Chapter 2

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Note: Previously, in "Queen of the Pack," Elena arrives in Mystic Falls, where she meets Damon, the dashing alpha male of a pack that lives in the area, and it is arranged that she stay with him because she doesn't have a place to stay.

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Later on...

Caroline sensed that Klaus was tense as she held him close in their bed and wondered what could be causing it. He seemed fine when she came to their room an hour ago and while they were making love, so why was he so tense now?

"Klaus, what's wrong?"

Klaus looked at her. "I'd be lying if I said I was fine, so I won't. Truth is, Caroline, I hate being a beta. I'm older, stronger, wiser. Damon should be following me, not the other way around."

"What are you saying?" said Caroline. "You want to be the alpha? But, Klaus, to talk of a coup is treason, and that's punishable by death. I know that you're older than Damon and think that you should be in charge, but how are you going to take over? Everyone is so loyal to Damon."

"Ah, but you shouldn't count me out just yet, my dear," said Klaus. "Even the most loyal of followers can be swayed to turn against him. I just need to figure out what Damon's weakness and then, I can expose it."

"I think I already know what his weakness is," said Caroline. "Her name is Elena, and she just arrived a few hours ago. She's the one that Bonnie predicted would become Damon's mate, but she doesn't know it yet."

"Really?" said Klaus. "Well, that does present me with the perfect opportunity." He saw the look on Caroline's face and added, "Sorry, us with the perfect opportunity. If we take Elena away from Damon, he'll do anything to get her back, including giving the leadership of the pack over to us."

"It's not going to be easy," said Caroline. "He'll no doubt have her guarded like a treasure."

Klaus smiled. "But, that can be rectified."

Caroline scowled. "Rectified? How so?"

"You can lure Elena away from her protection detail," said Klaus. "Then, once you're out of their sight range, I'll make my move and we'll take her hostage and use her as leverage against Damon. If he knows what's good for him, he'll give control of the pack over to us."

"And if he refuses?"

"If he refuses, Elena will die," said Klaus. "Unless he wants her death to be on conscience, it will be in his best interest to do exactly as we tell him."

"You're quite a clever man, Klaus," said Caroline. "No wonder I love you so much."

"Thank you, darling," said Klaus. "This plan of ours is guaranteed to work. Before the next full moon, we'll be the leaders of this pack." He brushed her cheek with his finger. "Then, we can leave this hell hole and go wherever you like. Paris, Rome, Tokyo, it doesn't matter. Not as long as we're together."

Caroline smiled and kissed him passionately. She was confident that their plan would work. Truth be told, she had been wanting to leave Mystic Falls for quite a while now and this would be the perfect opportunity for her do so.

Elsewhere...

Elena tossed and turned in her sleep, moaning as she relived the memory of her pack being slaughtered. Finally, she couldn't stand it anymore and forced herself awake, screaming and cold sweat poured down her face.

No sooner did she wake up than the light came on and Damon walked into the room, a look of concern on his face and sensing her fear.

"Elena, what happened? Are you all right?"

Elena panted as she looked at him. "No, I'm not. I just can't seem to shake the image of them dying around me."

Damon tilted his head in curiosity. "Who?"

"The pack I lived in before I came here," said Elena. "I saw it happen and I escaped before they came after me. I've been running for the past two months ever since, looking for a place to hide and to be part of a new pack." Her eyes went wide. "Oh God, you don't suppose they followed me, do you?"

"I won't let anyone hurt you, Elena, you have my word," said Damon. "If whoever killed your old pack wants you, they're going to have a hell of a fight on their hands."

"No, Damon, I can't ask you to do that," said Elena. "You could get killed."

"I don't care," said Damon. "I want to protect you, no matter what the cost. You've been special to me since the moment you walked into this mansion." He walked over to the bed and sat down next to her, pulling her into his arms. "You're safe here, I promise you."

Elena said nothing and buried her face in Damon's chest, sobbing. For some strange reason, she felt safe in his arms. Hell, he even smelled safe and something told her that she should trust him with her life.

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