I came up with the idea for this story two days ago and since then, all I've been doing is typing like a crazy woman. Seriously, right now, I'm having a hard time even focusing on the screen. I guess this means I need to take a break!
I have 10 chapters planned out for this story but it can end up being a chapter shorter or a chapter longer depending on how the story develops. I will try my best to update as frequently as possible, one thing I can promise is that I will not make you wait longer than a week for an update (considering I want to have it finished by 4/19 AKA the day we get a new episode, updating weekly is virtually impossible).
Rated M for later chapters ;)
Please review and let me know if you're enjoying it, it's always extra motivation for me to keep writing :) Thanks in advance & happy readings!
Chapter 1: Spell Gone Wrong
Klaus hung in the middle of the Salvatore's mansion, vervain dripping off his body. His clothing was torn and deep wounds covered his torso. His skin was wounded and the vervain had greatly weakened him. He barely had the strength to keep his head up and his vision was becoming blurry, to where he could hardly make out the shadow figures walking around him; like predators stalking their prey. No sooner had his body began to heal and his strength return than another splash of vervain-infused water hit him.
"So how does it feel to be the one hanging from chains this time around?" Damon's voice was taunting as he smirked in satisfaction.
"Go to hell," Klaus muttered.
"Actually, funny that you say that. Since that is exactly where you'll be heading in, hmmm, I don't know, 10-15 minutes?" Damon replied, turning to Bonnie for confirmation.
"Can't we just do this is silence? Your bickering is giving me a headache." Stefan complained as he looked over Bonnie's shoulder.
She had the grimoire opened on the floor as she finished lighting the last candle. She was quiet for the most part, working diligently and making sure she had done everything correctly. Stefan poured himself a drink and sat down, keeping an eye on Klaus from a distance. They all turned the attention to the door and watched Elena walk inside in a hurry.
"What is going on here?" She asked, looking alarmed at what the group was up to.
"Not much, just giving Klaus a taste of his sister's medicine." Damon raised his eyebrows, and pumped up his chest in pride.
"You can't kill him, Damon. We know how this bloodline thing works. Tyler will die along with him!" She spoke as her fingers moved swiftly over her phone's buttons.
"Relax, Elena. We're not going to kill him, but we are going to do the next best thing." He paused for a moment, looking back at Klaus before hosing him down with more vervain. "We're going to make him disappear... poof!" He turned back to her and smiled, a confused look appeared on Elena's face.
"I'll be performing a banishment spell." Bonnie explained. "And if it all works the way it's supposed to, he will be sent into another realm. Kind of like limbo, for vampires." She stated.
"And if it doesn't?" She countered. Stefan and Damon both rolled their eyes at her question.
"What is he going to do, Elena? Look at him, he doesn't even have enough strength to keep his eyes open." Stefan replied.
"All I'm saying is, we can't afford to kill him. Not when the life of one of our own is on the line." Once again, she reminded them that Tyler's life was also at stake.
"Enough yapping, get on with the action!" Damon cut in. "Bonnie, begin the spell. And you..." he stepped in front of Elena, "No more questions, once the spell has been started it must be finished without any interruptions."
Elena made a zipping movement over her mouth with her fingers, raising her eyebrows at Damon. She looked over at Stefan who was still busy with his drink and approached him, taking a seat next to him. Bonnie began chanting, the lights in the mansion started flickering and a rush of wind swirled around the room, elongating the fire burning from the candles. Her eyes were shut and she began moving back and forth as if in a trance. Klaus screamed out in pain and Elena began to feel more and more concerned with every second that passed. Bonnie picked up the white oak stake that they'd taken from Alaric and was just moments from completing the ritual. She lifted it up in the air, standing up and walking towards Klaus.
"She's going to kill him. Stop her she's going to kill him!" Elena tried to run to her but Stefan wrapped his arms around her, pulling her back.
"Be quiet Elena," he whispered into her ear and she struggled to set herself free. "She's not going to stab him, she's going to stab the ground below him, to open the portal." Elena stopped resisting, looking at him with suspicion.
Just as Bonnie was about to take a strike at the ground below a flash of blonde hair moved across the room. Damon and Stefan were both caught off guard as Caroline managed to get inside the circle and shield Klaus with her body. The vervain burnt her as soon as he touched him and the stake hit the ground with force, everything happening in the blink of an eye.
"Noooo!" Elena cried out as both Caroline and Klaus got sucked into the invisible portal below them and Bonnie collapsed to the ground.
The chains Klaus had hung from swung back and forth, the candle flames had been extinguished and the smoke lingered in the air. The ground inside the circle was as solid as it had always been. Tears ran down Elena's face as Stefan helped Bonnie come to. Damon paced back and forth, he was visibly furious.
"What just happened?" He screamed! "How did Barbie, where did she..." He pulled on his hair and growled in despair, his eyes darting towards Elena, who was still crying. "What are we supposed to do now? We can't reverse the spell, Bonnie doesn't have enough power." He was shaken but at the same time satisfied that they had rid themselves of Klaus.
They laid Bonnie on the sofa, she was exhausted and weakened. Elena confessed to having messaged Caroline when she thought they were planning to kill him. All she was trying to do was save Tyler but instead she got her friend banished along with Klaus to who knows where.
"There's a way out." Stefan said, calmly.
Damon and Elena waited for him to continue, paying very close attention to what he was going to say. Damon leaned against a bookshelf, folding his arms over his chest and narrowing his eyes.
"Bonnie tried explaining it to you too," Stefan looked at Damon, "but you were too busy celebrating ahead of time that you didn't even pay attention to what she had to say."
"Well what is it, brother? Spill it." He demanded.
"There's a portal in that realm as well, but it's not easy to find. If we can somehow give Caroline a hint, maybe she can find it. That's the only shot we have at getting her back home." Stefan's words weren't very optimistic but they gave Elena hope and comfort.
They were busy devising a plan when Tyler came rushing through the door.
"Here we go..." Damon muttered.
"Where's Caroline?" He asked, anger in his voice.
Damon rolled his eyes and did his best to calm the hybrid down. After a long and thorough explanation he had no other choice but to knock him out and lock him in their basement.
"Was that really necessary?" Elena asked as Damon walked back into the room.
"It was either that or getting bitten, and trust me, I'm not going through that again." He stared into Elena's eyes, they both knew what had happened the last time Tyler Lockwood had dug his fangs into him.
Bonnie regained her strength and came up with an idea to guide Caroline to the source of the portal but just like Stefan, wasn't entirely convinced it would work. She explained that time in that realm was different; a day in Mystic Falls could mean a week in there. It was going to be hard figuring out how to get 'in touch' with her if they didn't know where she was.
The sun radiated on Caroline's skin, burning bright against her closed eyes. She could see the taint of red and orange behind her eyelids. Her head felt like it was going to explode. She opened her eyes trying to focus on her surroundings and lifted her hand up, examining the back of her head. The wound that was there had already healed but she could still feel some pain.
"Good, you're awake." Klaus leaned against a tree, looking down at her.
His black shirt was torn and ragged, there was dirt on his face and his hair was dismantled. His jeans were in a similar condition. Her nostrils caught the salty smell of ocean water as a cool breeze hit her face.
"What happened? Are we dead?" She asked, her eyes widening at the thought. "No, we can't be dead, otherwise, if I'm here with you, it must mean I'm in hell..." She closed her eyes and whispered to herself, "wake up Caroline, wake up, wake up..."
Klaus chuckled a bit and shook his head. "No, we are not dead. And you are most definitely not dreaming sweetheart." He looked around, his eyes focusing on the ocean. "Something tells me we're going to wish we were dead though."
They were surrounded by water, endless miles of blue sparkling waves. The roar of the sea was the only sound around. Klaus walked onto the beach, he took off his shoes and walked on the hot sand, letting the water reach his toes. Caroline watched him as she pushed herself up and dusted herself off. She ran her hand through her hair and followed, hesitant at first.
"Then where are we?" She yelled out behind him. He turned around to face her.
"I think your friend Bonnie said she was banishing me to limbo..." He said loud and clearly.
Caroline furrowed her eyebrows, not knowing what to make of this revelation. How could limbo be such a beautiful place, and why were they here? She sat on the beach, crossing her legs.
"I don't understand." She yelled back. "I thought they were going to kill you."
Klaus walked towards her, a smile on his face.
"Don't even think about it," she replied, looking up at him and shielding the sun with her hand, "the only reason I tried to save you is because Tyler would die along with you." She assured him. Klaus shrugged, not believing her entirely.
"It's true." She said, coming to her feet.
"I could've sworn, I saw a hint of doubt in your eyes that night at the dance." He replied with a smirk.
Caroline rolled her eyes and laughed. "You keep thinking that." She said, walking away from him.
"Where are you going?" He asked.
"I need to find a way out of here." She replied.
Klaus ran after her, grabbing a hold of her arm. "Look, love, this may look like paradise but looks can be deceiving."
"Yeah tell me about it." She mumbled under her breath, defiantly.
"I think it's better if we stick together." He said, ignoring her comment.
Caroline stood silent for a moment and then looked down at Klaus' hand on her arm. He let go and put his hands in the air, she couldn't help smiling at the gesture.
"Fine," she replied, "but if you even in the slightest try anything funny, I will not put up with it." She warned.
"And what exactly, constitutes 'funny'?" He asked. Caroline rolled her eyes and walked back to the beach, Klaus followed with a smile on his face.
The sun began setting and the air was becoming colder. They both knew they couldn't stay on the beach forever; finding shelter was a priority, even for vampires. Caroline started making suggestions of what they should do. The planner that she was, would have written it all down if she had a pen and paper. Klaus only listened and smiled at how adorable she looked when she felt like she knew what she was talking about. The forest area of the island was now covered in darkness but something caught Klaus' attention out of the corner of his eye. Caroline noticed his gaze drifted away from her.
"What is it?" She asked, frightened, turning around to look over her shoulder.
"I thought I saw something." He replied.
"An animal?" Her frightened look suddenly turned into a smile. "Maybe we can eat!"
"Yeah, maybe we-" he stopped again, interrupted by the figure running through the trees.
"It's not an animal." He replied. Caroline grabbed a hold of his arm with one hand and without thinking, clutched on to his shirt with the other.
"We're not alone." She stated. Klaus looked down at the frightened blonde and placed an arm around her.
"Klaus..." she began, "this would constitute 'funny'." She said, but didn't let go of him. He smiled to himself before a concerned look appeared on his face again, wondering what he had seen.
"We need to get moving and find a place to rest." He said softly.
They surveyed the area, looking for higher ground, by this time the last traces of sun disappeared over the horizon and the moon shined brightly, reflecting over the calm ocean. The stars looked beautiful, much bigger and brighter than Caroline had ever seen. She stared for a while and took a deep breath. The chirping of crickets echoed through the forest and the occasional hoot of an owl added to the night sounds. They decided to seek refuge in the cliffs a few miles down the beach.
After having reached the spot they both realized they were tired. They were breathing a little heavy and looked at each other baffled.
"I've never experienced this before." Caroline announced as they continued walking, looking for any crevice deep enough for them to climb into.
"It's this place. It must be messing with our vampire abilities. I'd assume being a hybrid would be no different." He assessed.
Caroline looked up at the side of one of the cliffs and noticed an opening between the rocks. She pointed to it and Klaus nodded. They climbed up and laid on the hard ground, catching their breath.
"Well if we can't use vampire speed without feeling like we ran a marathon, this is going to suck." She said, turning her head to look at him.
After a while they both sat at the edge of the opening, their legs dangling down, nothing but ocean in front of them. Caroline once again, looked up at the sky, admiring the stars.
"I've never seen anything more beautiful." She said.
"Me either." Klaus replied, without taking his eyes off of her. She realized what he had meant and looked down embarrassed by the compliment. "Wow, you really never give up, do you?" She finally asked, to which he only replied with a smile.
"If I ask you a question, you promise to be honest?" he asked, his gaze fixated on the sea.
"What is it?" She replied with curiosity.
"Are you in love with him? Is he the person you want to spend the rest of forever with?" He looked at her.
"First of all, that's not one question, it's two," she said, raising up two fingers, "second of all, that's a really personal question, even for you." She stared at him in silence and then continued. "But... to be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sure. I mean, I love him but I just don't know if I'm in love with him." She mumbled. "And I've never really given enough thought to what the rest of forever would be like, so..." She paused.
Klaus looked at her, trying to hide the slight happiness on his face. He looked up at the sky, the stars still shining like fireflies flying around during a warm summer evening.
"I guess none of that matters now, I'm stuck here now. If I'm going to spend the rest of forever with anyone it looks like it's going to be you." She opened her mouth after having said those last words and immediately shook her head. "You know what I mean, we're stuck here. I have no other choice." She reiterated.
"No. I understand, I don't have a shot in hell with you, or should I say limbo?" He replied, walking back into the innermost part of the cave. "We should get some rest, tomorrow we'll keep searching for a way out of here."
He lied down on the ground, to say the hard floor was uncomfortable was an understatement. Caroline lied down next to him and immediately began complaining about how hard it was. She laughed at him when he offered his chest as her headrest. Klaus closed his eyes contemplating her answer about Tyler; perhaps he had a chance after all. He began thinking that maybe this wasn't the worst thing that had happened, the prospect of being stuck in limbo was starting to look a lot better.
To be continued...
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