A/N: Here it is! The new story I am starting. As I mentioned, this story will include a pregnancy for Elena. All human. It is a Stefan and Elena story, and other characters will make appearances. They are just too much fun to leave out. I am not sure how long this story will be. I suppose it depends on how much interest there is from you all.
Stefan and Elena's characters are different than they were in my last story. I wanted to write them differently to challenge myself.
Finally, this story is probably not what a lot of you had in mind when you found out about it. That being said, I ask that you give it a chance. Remember, I write Stefan and Elena. No matter what : )
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There You Were
"Will that be everything?" the young woman behind the counter asked. He nodded. "Okay, four thirty three please" she said, taking his credit card and swiping it through the machine. "I'll have that right up for you" she smiled sweetly.
"Thank you" he said, taking his card back and placing it in his wallet. He moved to the side to let someone else order. As he waited, he looked at photos on the wall. Some were of animals, some of buildings, and some of cars. None of them really made sense, but he really loved this little café.
"Mr. Salvatore" the girl said, holding up his coffee a few minutes later. Yes, he definitely frequented this little place on a daily basis. It was just down the street from where he worked. Often, he would take a walk on his break and come down here.
"Thanks Darcy. See you tomorrow" he said, turning around to leave, but bumping into someone instead. Before he knew it, the young woman was falling over. He grabbed her arm quickly, catching her and steadying her. "I'm so sorry" he said, letting go of her arm when he knew she could stand on her own. He examined his coffee and was relieved to see that none of it had gone on her or all over the floor.
She quickly pushed her hair behind her ears so that she could get a better look at the guy who had almost knocked her over. Her eyes lit up when she saw him and his did the same thing when he saw her. "Stefan?" she asked, almost in disbelief.
"Elena!" he said excitedly, setting his coffee down and pulling her into a hug. He hadn't seen her in forever. Well, since they were 18, so, if he did the math, almost six years. "How are you?" he asked, letting her go so that she could answer him. He hoped that he hadn't nearly choked her with the tight grip he had had on her. He couldn't help it though.
"I'm good" Elena said, fixing her hair once again. "Look at you! You look great" she said, smiling brightly like she always did. Her smiles were infectious. He really did look great though in his black slacks and green button down shirt.
"Me?" he asked. "Look at you! Beautiful as ever" he said, causing her to blush. She too, was dressed professionally.
"You always know just what to say to make a girl feel special" she smiled. He was definitely charming. He always had been. Starting the day he picked her a dandelion from the playground when they were five.
He wanted to tell her that she was special, to him anyway, but he decided to hold off. "What are you doing here?" he asked instead.
"I had a meeting up this way so I figured I'd stop in and try this place out" she told him. "I live in the city now though. I have for about a year" she added.
"Really?" Stefan asked. How did he not know that Elena Gilbert was living in the same city as him?
Elena nodded. Then, she checked her watch. "Oh, I really hate to rush this, but I have to get back" she told him regretfully. She had really just stopped by to get some tea and a muffin.
Stefan looked at his phone and realized he was going to be late as well. "Yeah, I have to get going too" he told her. "But hey, why don't we get dinner tonight?" he asked.
Elena seemed to perk up at the idea. "I'd love that" she smiled.
"Great. How about Acacia at six?" he asked.
Elena nodded. "I know where that's at. I'll see you at six" she told him.
He took a moment and just stared at her. It had been so long, after all. "I'm so happy I bumped in to you" he told her, giving her one of those looks that would make all the girls melt. He leaned in and kissed her cheek. "I'll see you at six" he said, grabbing his coffee and taking off.
Elena turned and watched him leave, waving when he looked back one last time. She took a seat and sighed. It had been way too long, yet, it felt like nothing had changed.
Stefan didn't know why he was so damn nervous waiting outside the restaurant for her to arrive. He had known Elena since they were five years old and even after all that time apart, everything felt completely normal when they had bumped into each other earlier that day. He also realized that it was probably completely stupid to be waiting outside in the cold, just sitting there.
He was 30 minutes early, having glanced at his phone a million and one times to see if she had sent him a message or to see if he had missed her call. But she hadn't called or sent him a message, so he figured she was still on her way. She was never late usually.
When it was ten minutes till, he saw a car pull up to the curb and park. His heart started beating even faster when she got out of the car and waved at him. He rushed to greet her from his seat on an outside bench, cursing himself when he didn't reach her in time to shut her door for her. "Hey" she smiled.
"Hey yourself" he said, holding out his hand to help her step up onto the sidewalk. She took it without hesitating, only letting go when she was on it. "Is this place okay?" he asked as he opened the door for her. Maybe he should have asked Elena where she would have liked to go.
"It's perfect" Elena said, standing just inside the waiting area as they waited for a table. Once they were seated and the menus were opened, Elena launched right into a conversation. She was usually a chatty one, though he never minded because he loved listening to her. He loved her bubbly personality and the way she could talk to anyone and make them feel important. It was hard to find people like that anymore. "So" she said, setting down her menu. "Tell me what you've been up to" she said, taking a sip of her water that had been placed on their table.
Stefan set his menu down too. "Well, I got my Master's in Business Administration and I'm in charge of the Pediatrics department now, here in the city" he told her.
Elena's eyes grew wide. "Wow. You've been busy" she smiled. "That's awesome, though. You always talked about getting your business degree and working in a hospital setting" she said.
"You remembered" Stefan said, more to himself than to her. He had only mentioned to her wanting to work in a hospital once or twice before they graduated.
Elena laughed. "It hasn't been that long, Stefan" she said, still laughing lightly. It made him smile though. Six years. It had been six years since the last time he saw her. And it felt like a lifetime ago when he thought about it.
"So what about you?" he asked. "What have you been up to?"
"I'm a teacher" she said proudly. "I teach at a private school here in the city" she added.
"That's awesome, Elena" he told her. "I'm really happy for you. You always talked about being a teacher" he said. Then he laughed, remembering back. "Do you remember when you would want to play "classroom" and you would make me and Jeremy and Caroline all sit in front of your dry erase board while you taught us?" he asked.
"Yes, I remember" Elena said, smiling at the memory. She had always loved to teach people. "Speaking of Caroline, have you heard from her?" she asked. She had practically lost touch with everyone except for her brother.
Stefan nodded. "Yeah. She's married to my brother" Stefan said.
Elena's eyes grew wide again. "Damon? She married Damon?" Elena asked in disbelief. There was no way. Absolutely no way. She hated Damon. And he didn't exactly like her either.
"Yep. Drunk one night in Vegas" Stefan said, reading off his request to the waiter who popped by their table.
Elena did the same before turning her attention back to Stefan. She leaned over the table slightly and lowered her voice. "They didn't want to get a divorce?" she asked.
Stefan shrugged. "You know how my family views divorce" he said. They didn't agree with it. And Damon was not about to disgrace his family.
"Are they happy?" Elena asked.
Bless her heart. While Stefan thought his brother had what was coming to him by being stuck in a loveless marriage, Elena was concerned about Damon and Caroline's relationship. So Stefan just shrugged. "They're learning" he told her. Elena nodded, seemingly uncomfortable. Stefan didn't like that. "Enough about my brother. What about yours?" he asked, changing the topic slightly.
Elena smiled and soon forgot about Damon. "He's good. He's traveling right now. Seeing the world before he starts college" Elena answered. Although she missed her brother more than anything, she was happy for him. He had always wanted to see Europe.
Stefan had always taken an interest in Elena's brother Jeremy. He was a good kid who found himself in a bit of trouble every now and then, but Elena was always there to get him out of it. With Stefan's help, most of the time. "That's good to hear" Stefan said. "And Bonnie?" he asked curiously. The best friend.
Elena's smile slowly faded and Stefan felt like it was a question he shouldn't have asked. "I haven't … umm … talked to her … in a year or so" she admitted, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear. That was something she had done for as long as he could remember.
Her eyes looked so sad and all Stefan wanted to do was pull her into a hug. Sure he wanted to know what happened between them. Bonnie and Elena had been almost inseparable. "I haven't talked to Tyler lately, either" Stefan said instead, making a clear joke that only she would probably understand.
Luckily for him, Elena laughed. "You two hate each other" Elena reminded him. "I was surprised to see you two friend each other on Facebook a few years ago" she added.
"Yeah, I blocked him" Stefan admitted. "There's only so much I can take of having to read him complain about all the women he dates." He felt relieved to see her smiling again.
"Uh huh" Elena grinned. "So, tell me. Are you seeing anyone?" she asked him, taking another sip of her water.
Stefan shook his head no, still smiling at her. "No" he answered.
Elena shook her head. "You are a great guy Stefan" she told him. His eyes lit up upon hearing her say this. "You are going to make someone really happy one day" she added.
Stefan stared at her for a moment, thinking about why he never let any of his relationships go past the third or fourth date. He knew why. Then he refocused. "So, what about you? Are you seeing anyone?" he asked. He was nervous to hear her answer, but he needed to know. For his own sanity.
Before Elena could answer, the food had arrived and the question was forgotten. It was nice, just having her there. Her presence was enough to make his entire night.
When dinner was over, Stefan had suggested that they go for a walk. The temperature had dropped slightly, but they both had jackets on. The pace they kept was slow until they ran out of sidewalk. They were on a path that followed along the James River. They turned and faced the water that showed the moon's reflection. "I had a really nice time tonight" Elena said, turning just slightly to look up at him. She had missed him so much.
"I did too" Stefan said, smiling down at her. He wanted to see her again. He needed too. "Do you want to get lunch tomorrow?" he said, a little too eagerly maybe because he watched her eyes quickly avoid his and her smile fade.
"Stefan" she said, making his heart drop. She had that effect on him. "There's something you should know" she added.
Stefan now felt like a brick building had fallen on him. This was the moment where she was going to tell him that she was seeing someone. That she had a boyfriend. Of course she would. She was beautiful, inside and out. He didn't know if he could handle hearing her tell him that though.
"I'm … I'm pregnant" she told him, finally looking at him and expectantly waiting for his reaction.
He wasn't sure if his facial expression had changed. He realized that she was searching his eyes for a reaction, so maybe his face had remained neutral. "Congratulations" he finally told her, forcing a smile. It was the only thing he could think to do. "So, uh, who's the lucky guy?" he asked. He really didn't want to know. It would only rub salt into his already opened wound.
Elena seemed to falter with her answer. "Well … he uh … he doesn't want to … you know … he doesn't want to be a part of the baby's life" she finally got out. "Or mine, now" she added.
Stefan didn't know if he was angry or relieved. He definitely was concerned, though. "I'm sorry, Elena" he said quietly, looking out over the water. Anger won out though, he decided, because all he wanted to do was find the guy and punch him for doing this to Elena.
But Elena quickly shook her head. "It's okay" she smiled. "I'm ready to do this alone" she added. She had thought about it a lot. Prepared herself. She was going to be fine.
Stefan seemed to just nod. That was so typical of her, to make the best out of a crappy situation. "So, uh, how far along are you?" he asked awkwardly. He hadn't even noticed anything with her jacket on. He also wondered if it was appropriate to ask her that.
Elena seemed to relax a bit. She was so worried that Stefan would be disappointed in her. But he seemed to be more interested than anything. "Four and a half months" she told him.
"Boy or girl?" he asked. It was all he could think to do. Ask questions.
"I don't know yet" she said. She would find out at her next appointment in a few weeks. Stefan nodded yet again. There was an uncomfortable pause. "It's getting late" Elena said. "I should probably get going" she added.
"Yeah" Stefan said, turning to walk with her. The walk back to her car was much quicker. And quieter. Stefan could see Elena's breath as they walked and he felt terrible for dragging her out on a walk. Had he known, he wouldn't have suggested it.
When they made it to her car, Elena stopped and looked at him. "Thank you again for dinner" she told him, knowing it was the last time she would probably see him for a while. Her pregnancy didn't exactly leave a lot of room for spending time with Stefan.
Stefan smiled. It was amazing how much a person could change without really changing at all. If that made any sense. "So, lunch tomorrow?" Stefan asked, catching her off guard.
Elena's mouth dropped open some, ready to remind him of the fact that she was pregnant. But the look in his eyes, the focus he had on her, made her stop. "Are you sure?" she asked hesitantly.
"Absolutely" Stefan smiled. "Meet me at that little café we bumped into each other at today" he said. They had the best food. "What time are you on your lunch break?" he asked.
"Twelve" Elena said, excitement building up in her. She thought for sure Stefan would continue to be awkward and not want to spend time with her. Truth of the matter was, she was lonely.
"Twelve it is" he said. "I'll see you tomorrow" he told her, placing his hand against her cheek and kissing her other cheek.
"Bye" she smiled, getting into her car.
"Bye" he told her. He stepped back onto the sidewalk and watched until her car had turned off onto another road. Then he let out a breath that he felt like he had been holding since Elena told him the news.
Pregnant. And alone. He couldn't believe that someone would walk out on her like that. He was proud of her though for being so brave and he knew that she could raise a child all on her own. He just didn't think that she should have to.
A/N: So, what do you think? Should I continue?