It had been five months, five long months without Tyler. Caroline knew that he was away trying to conquer his transfixions. But it had been over one hundred days with no calls, or texts, or news of any kind from Tyler. She had been worried when he'd first left, frightened after a couple months, suspicious after month number four, and now, the fifth month, just plain mad. She had completely been convinced that someone forced Tyler to leave, and is holding him captive. And given the circumstances, Klaus 'fancying her' and having already been in control over Tyler, Caroline was sure that Klaus was behind it all.
Having made up her mind, she got in her car and raced down to the mansion Klaus was living in.
It was a cool day, and it looked like it was going to rain. She had graduated from school a while ago, and was now free to do whatever, whenever. She had been planning on going to college; that was, before she was a vampire. Now, if she went to a school or anything, she'd been there for over four years, and by the end of it: she would look exactly the same as she did the first day. So, to avoid any suspicions, she planned to keep a low profile (for the first time in her life), and move away as soon as she reaches the age where she should be changing.
But that didn't matter right now; what mattered was that she confronts Klaus and gets Tyler back.
Klaus looked up from his paper, slightly amused as he heard the sound of tires grinding and slide on gravel as they came to a halt right outside his house. He placed his stencils and paper down on his desk and walked out of his room and into the hallway, just in time to hear the door slam shut.
"Klaus!" Caroline yelled, not thinking through what she was doing. All she really knew was that Klaus had Tyler somewhere and was mostly likely torturing him, and she was going to end it.
Klaus, having recognized the high pitched, angry voice, smirked. He strode over to the top of the stairs that led down to the entry room, and stopped. "Yes sweetheart?" he called back, making her look around. He heard the clicking of her heals as she walked around.
"Alright," she called. "Where the hell are you?" she demanded, giving up because she knew she'd never find him in this huge house, even with her vampire senses.
Klaus flew down the stairs, immediately catching sight of her blonde head. He smirked harder and silently stalked up behind her, smelling the flowery scent in her curly hair. In her presence, he forgot to say anything to let her know he was there.
"Klaus!" she hollered again, making him jump at and annoy him because of the random loud noise.
"There's no need to shout, love," he murmured against the shell of her ear. She whirled around, gasping out of shock. She stepped back a couple of paces and glared at him. Her scowl was so intense that Klaus had to laugh at her. "You know, you really do look better when you're smiling," he commented.
"Where is he?" Caroline snapped, getting straight to the point and ignoring his input.
"And who might you be referring to?" he asked calmly.
"Don't play dumb with me," she warned, lifting a finger to point at him. "You have Tyler," she informed him.
Klaus raised his eyebrows in further amusement. "And what makes you think that?"
Caroline coughed in an exasperated way. "Where else would he be? He hasn't returned any of my calls, and he disappeared right at the time that you started hitting on me!" she explained, getting more fired up every second. "So just stop! You have absolutely no right to come to Mystic Falls, kidnap my boyfriend, and then try to buy my affection while you act like you have nothing to do with Tyler! All while ruining all my friends' lives and killing innocent people all over the world!" she preached, finally stopping and taking a breath.
Klaus crossed his arms while listening, making it look like he really did care. He started at her enraged face while thinking. Then suddenly, he took an audible intake of breath as he looked down at his feet and took a few steps towards her.
"Alright," he started, coming to a halt in front of her. He looked up into her eyes with a serious look. "You want you precious little doggy back, I understand that," he said, nodding. Then he leaned in and whispered, "But what are you going to do for me?"
Caroline raised her eyebrows at his words. "You want me to do something for you….for Tyler's freedom?" she repeated in dismay.
"Oh don't look so surprised, love. You had to have seen that coming."
It was true, Caroline had known that Klaus would force her to do something, or give him something in return for Tyler, but she had been praying that he would give them a break, just this once. Caroline sighed and rolled her eyes. "What do you want?" she asked, crossing her arms as well.
Klaus stared at her for a moment, building up the unneeded tension. Then he leaned even closer, so they were merely inches apart and said in a low voice, "Stop being so resistant and give me a chance. You have to be excepting, grateful, and nice to me. Treat me like I'm one of your friends."
"You expect me to be grateful and nice to you while you go around ripping people's throats out?" she clarified. Klaus just stared at her, waiting for an answer. Caroline huffed, "You're unbelievable," and shook her head and looked off.
Suddenly an idea hit Klaus. A cocky one, yes, but one that would kill her…metaphorically. "Alright, love. I'll pretend to be nice…if you pretend to be my girlfriend."
Caroline turned her head slowly to face him completely as she had before. Her eyes were big and her mouth was slightly open. How could he even ask that? Where did it come from? Caroline spoke quickly, "I'll be nice, and polite, and I'll even pretend I don't want to claw your eyes out for Tyler's freedom. But if you think for a second that I'm going to pretend to be attracted to you, or be your 'darling', you've obviously lost your mind," she finished, giving him a sincere look.
Klaus smirked, even though he was actually quite disappointed. "Good, then I can continue to eat people and you cannot yell at me for it," he informed her, making it seem like this was to his advantage.
Caroline opened her mouth to say something, but all that came out was little choking noises, obviously being at a loss of words. Klaus raised his eyebrows, coaxing her to speak. Part of him knew she was reconsidering, and he was happy with that; but part of him also hoped she would decline again. He couldn't just stop feeding, that would be truly impossible for him.
If Caroline had been thinking, she would have said yes to his offer, freeing Tyler, saving thousands of innocent people from Klaus' hand, and torturing Klaus with the blood frenzy he would have had to endure, and only have to give up her love life for a while. However, Caroline would not give in to the idea of expressing affection onto this murderer. The thought of even liking him scared her. She wouldn't know what she would do if she even became allies with him; so fake boyfriend was completely out of the question.
"Fine! Continue to be….you!" she exclaimed, relaxing Klaus completely and making her happy she had made a decision. "Do whatever you want, Klaus. Just give me Tyler."
Klaus turned around and headed to the stairs he had descended earlier with a skip in his walk as he answered, "Nope. Doesn't work like that, sweetheart." He took a step up the stairs and turned around.
"What are you talking about?" Caroline enraged, growing overly annoyed and confused as to how it could possibly 'not work like that'. "We made a deal! I'm nice to you and you hand over Tyler!"
Klaus sighed like she should already know how this works. "Yes, but you have to hold up your side of the deal-"
"As do you!-"
"But I don't believe you will fully participate on your end of the bargin," he continued over her.
"What are you saying? That you don't trust me? If anyone should not be trusted here…" she stopped short, realizing that Klaus could indeed be trusted if you carefully pick out the way he words everything he makes a bet on.
Klaus, feeling like he would let her go with the unfinished sentence, continued like he hadn't heard that last sentence she started. "I'm saying that I will give you your Tyler when your being civilized with me is no longer an act. And if you can't accept those terms," he added, holding up a finger as she started to protest, "then I shall continue to torture Tyler for as long as his week hybrid heart can tolerate," Klaus threatened.
"But even if I am 'civilized' with you, you'll still hold him captive and drain the life out of him!" Caroline confronted.
"Wrong. I will hold him captive, yes, but I will not touch him," he corrected.
Caroline glared at his calm face and, having made up her mind as she had before she came here, put on the most sarcastic smile she could muster and waved stiffly at him as she said, "See you later, Buddy." And with that, she turned on her heel and exited the house.