Chapter 3

The next morning I am awaken in a most unpleasant fashion: Damon shaking me and shouting at me that I'm going to be late. At this two thoughts came to my mind: first, if he doesn't stop shaking me I'm going to hurt him, and second, late for what? Then it hit me, I'm going to be late for SCHOOL!

Damon had mention that if we were going to be staying her for a while I should get involved in normal teenage stuff like school, but I thought he was joking. "Damon, you have two seconds to leave this room and let me go back to sleep before I through something at you." I say to him, my face buried in my pillow.

"You're in my room, remember. If anyone should be leaving it's you." He has a good point. I think to myself, I had forgotten that I got in bed with him last night after our fight.

"Damon, leave me alone." I'm starting to get irritated with him again.

"You're going to school even if Stefan and I have to drag you there." he said. At this point I'm not sure if he's joking or not. So I get up, and when I do, his last words hit me in the face.

"Did you say Stefan was going to school with us?" I ask looking at him.

"Not us, you." he says with that smug grim on his face. "I'm too old to attend high school, but you, dear sister, are just the right age to go." He starts to walk out of the room.

"Fine." is all I say to him. I know he can tell I'm a little upset that I have to go to school without him, so he turns to me and says,

"Come on, Stefan and I made breakfast." He gestures for me to get on his back (another one of our things we do) and I do. Once I'm on his back we leave his room and head for the kitchen.

We get to the kitchen and Stefan is already sitting at the table. He turns to us and says good morning, I say nothing back. I still don't like him. I get off Damon's back and sit at the table with Stefan. " So what's for breakfast?" I ask. Damon brings over a plat with eggs and bacon and sits it in front of me. I just look at it.

Stefan notices that I'm not eating so he leans closer to me and says "It's turkey bacon." Damon is at the counter getting a cup of coffee. I look from Stefan to Damon and then back at Stefan.

"What's so funny Damon" I ask getting a little annoyed with him.

"Nothing, it's just, you'll rip out a persons jugular without a second thought, but you won't eat anything fattening. I mean, vampires can't even gain weight." Damon says. Now Stefan is laughing with him.

"What are you laughing at?" I ask Stefan.

"Noting, it's just, he told me you where a little strange." Stefan said playfully.

"Oh I'm strange" I'm laughing too, and I hit Stefan with a piece of bacon, then pot it in my mouth.

Stefan looks at the clock on the wall and says "Hurry up and eat Catherine. School starts soon and you still have to get dressed." I forgot about that. Well maybe.

I finish my breakfast and go back upstairs to get ready. I take a quick shower, dry my hair, brush my teeth, do my makeup, and walk back into my room to get dressed. I get in my room only to find that once again I am not alone. Stefan is there. "What are you doing in my room?" it was more of an order than a question.

"I wanted to see if you where ready to go." he notices that I'm in a towel so he turns around. Like a gentlemen.

"I just have to get dressed." I said

"Oh okay, um, I'll just, a, wait for you downstairs."

"Okay, you do that. Cause I'm sort of in a towel."

"Yeah" he leaves the room and closes the door behind him.

"Well that was weird" I say to myself. I walk over to my suitcase again and decide on my dark skinny jeans, and a black ruffle thick strap tank top, and my black wedges. I walk over to the full body mirror in the corner of my room and inspect myself in it. When I get in front of the mirror I remember a sobering fact, I can't see myself in the mirror. I've know this fact for over a hundred years but I still long to see my wavy dark brown hair, my deep blue eyes. To see who I once was, and who I will always be.

I go downstairs and find Damon and Stefan standing at the bottom of the stair waiting for me. Damon holds a black messenger bag, and Stefan holds a similar one.

"What's that?" I ask Damon, but it is Stefan who answers my question.

"Your school books. I took the liberty of getting them for you. Damon told me you we're coming to school with me so I got you registered and got all your books for you." He pulls a piece of paper from his pocket and hands it to me. "Here's you schedule. I made sure that we had all the same classes so I could keep an eye on you." That's a little creepy that he wanted to 'keep an eye on me' but I wasn't going to say anything.

"Thanks" is all I say.

"You're welcome Catherine."

"Okay, you two kids have fun at school." Damon says with a little laugh in his voice.

"Try and stay out of trouble" I say to Damon as I give him a hug.

"I should say the same to you." We walk outside and we get in Stefan's car, a vintage red beetle, and drive to school. Mystic High is small, and there aren't a lot of students, so of course everyone is going to notice the new girl. We pull into a space in the parking lot, get out of the car, and start to walk towards the school.

"You nervous?" Stefan asks me as we walk.

"Little bit, but nothing I can't deal with."

"Well our first lass is US History, and Mr. Saltzmen is really cool."

"How so?" I ask.

"Lets just say, he knows about us." It takes a minute for this to register in my mind but then it hits me.

"Is he one of us?"

"No." Stefan replies, "But he knows what we are." I'm not sure if this fact is comforting or unsettling. I guess it's too soon to tell.

As we walk sown the hall to our next class I can't help but notice the people staring at me. Whispering about me unaware that I can hear their every world. One guy said I had a nice ass, a group of girls asked each other if they knew how Stefan knew me, and one guy just stared.

We get to class and I sit in the empty desk next to Stefan. The rest of the class file in and takes their seats as the bell rings. Mr. Saltzmen walks into the room and stands in the front of the class. He notices me right off, and points me out to the class. "Okay class," he said "we have a new student joining our class today, Catherine Salvatore. Catherine would you like to introduce yourself?" All he had to do was say my last name and all at once the whispering began again. I nodded my head to Mr. Saltzmen, and he motioned for me to come to the front. I did so and turned to face everyone.

"Hi, um, my names Catherine."

"How are you relate to Salvatore?" a blond boy in the back of the room called out.

"Matt." Mr. Saltzmen said

"Sorry" Matt replied.

"No it's okay. I'm Stefan's, um," I look to Stefan for an answer and he mouths one to me discreetly, "I'm Stefan's sister. I've been traveling with our brother, but now we're back."

"Are you two twins?" a pretty blond girl asked

"Um no, I skipped a grade, I'm only sixteen."

"Well thank you for sharing Catherine, you can take your seat ad welcome to Mystic Falls." I walk back to my seat and the rest of the day just flew by. I stayed close to Stefan, and made a few new acquaintances thanks to Stefan.

When we got back to the house Damon asked me how my day was, and I told him that it was good, but I had a lot of homework to do. So I went to my room and did not come out the rest of the night. Damon brought me some dinner, hamburger and fries, and sat down on the bed with me. "So you and Stefan are siblings now?"

"Well I had to think of some explanation as to why my last name was Salvatore. And since you're suppose to be my brother, I figured it was the best explanation. Besides," I say will I take a bight out of my burger, " it was Stefan's idea."

"Well I think it's a good idea." Damon says as he gets up from the bed.

"You do?" I ask

"Yeah." he says, " now we're all part of the same messed up family." he says laughing, and picking up the plate that once held my dinner. I hit him with a pillow, and he leans down and gives me a kiss on the head. "Night Cat."

"Night Damon." I put my school books away, get back in bed, and turn off the lights. And right before I fall asleep, I think to myself Maybe it won't be so bad here after all.