A/N: Thank you all so much for the reviews! You have no idea how much I appreciate it! It's very inspiring and helps me write faster. This is one of my favorite chapters. I love writing this! There's some definite Klaus and Beth interaction in this one and I really hope you guys like it. Thank you again!
Well, now we're in Tennessee. Stefan is completely different. It's almost like he flipped the switch but I know he still cares or he wouldn't keep me from fighting with Klaus. He thinks I don't notice but he is looking out for me. Klaus and Stefan are having me wait out in the car, while they're getting the location of someone called Ray Sutton. He's supposedly a werewolf and for some reason Klaus has, for the past 2 months been having us looking all around the country for a werewolf pack. He doesn't tell me much. I don't even know why he wanted me to come, he hardly ever asks for me to use my powers. It's strange but it's keeping everyone else safe. I sent Elena a bracelet when I finally managed to sneak off alone, I found down while we were in Florida. Her birthday's today so hopefully she got it.
I miss them all so much. Especially Alaric and Damon. They have been the ones calling the most, along with Jeremy. I think he feels guilty for not stopping me but I couldn't tell them. Klaus has let me keep my phone as long as I don't try and call anyone but it's tempting. I just wish Ric wouldn't worry so much, even though I know he's not going to stop. I hope they're taking care of him. I have to go. I think they're coming back.
As soon as Beth stuffed the journal into her bags, she heard the piercing screams of the woman in the house. She couldn't help but cringe at the sound, that she didn't notice Klaus sliding in next to her in the driver's seat with a smirk. "Did Sick Psycho Hybrid find out where Ray was?" She asked.
"Of course we did." Klaus confirmed with a small laugh. She glared at him. "Didn't you hear their screams? Some of your best work mate." He said to Stefan as he slid in the back, which didn't even acknowledge him. "Though I believe that them running in fear was all thanks to me."
Beth scoffed at him. She was disgusted from how he could take pride into killing them. "So, did you get the place, Niklaus?" She asked with an innocent smile.
He let out a low growl. "I told you not to call me that!" He snapped at her as he sped up. She just looked at him, expecting his answer. "Yes. He's at a little bar called Southern Comfort. It's going to be a long drive, so I'd get comfortable if I were you." He'd smirked. She rolled her eyes as she leaned away from him and stared at the window, not noticing the unreadable glances Klaus was giving her.
They arrived at the bar after a few hours. Stefan woke her up and she got out of the car and walked in with Klaus and him. There were some shady looking characters there but she could take care of herself, even if Klaus didn't already compel all of them. She sat at a booth, away from the bar while Klaus and Stefan went up to someone she assumed was Ray.
Beth knew that whatever they were going to do to him, she wasn't going to want to see it. She instead took out her phone to see an array of texts and call from Alaric, Damon and her friends. She knew that it would hurt more if she read them but she couldn't help but read a few. She caught one that broke her heart that was from Damon. 'I saw what happened. Are you safe? We miss you, El. I miss you. Please be careful.'
Beth stared at the message until she sensed someone coming over and Klaus slid into the seat across her as she quickly put her phone up. "I hope you aren't trying to call someone, love. You know our deal." He said with a grin as he put his feet up on the other chair.
"No, Klaus. As much as I'd love to be far, far, away from you, I haven't told anyone where we are." She said not even looking at him. Klaus almost felt guilty for her being miserable. He was hoping that spending two months on the road would have her warm up to him or at least brought back some kind of memories. All it seemed to have done was increase her disdain for him. His forcing her to come with him, blocked all of the good memories of him, she had.
"Well, I'm glad to hear that. Wouldn't want to put an early end to our road trip." He replied cheekily as he took a swig of his beer that he brought with him.
"Wouldn't want that." She told him sarcastically. She saw Stefan yank Ray by the collar of his shirt and throw him up against the dartboard. "What's he doing?"
"He's getting out answer from him." Klaus replied smugly. Beth rolled her eyes but couldn't help but cringe as Stefan threw a wolfsbane-laced dart at his face. "This is going to be fun." He enjoyed the show as Stefan threw another one but Beth, however averted her eyes. She really didn't want to see this.
A half an hour later, Stefan was still torturing the werewolf. Beth tried to ignore the screams of Ray. She focused on sliding the beer bottle around the table, using her powers. It worked for a while until he screamed again and she lost her concentration and broke the beer bottle. Klaus looked at her with raised eyebrows. "What?" She snapped at him.
"No need to get defensive, love." He told her coolly. Klaus knew she was just putting up a façade. No matter how matures she was, she still had a certain innocence to her. She wasn't someone who could hurt anybody else without reason. It wasn't in her.
"Ray, you can end this right now. Just tell me where your pack gathers for the full moon." Stefan told him coldly as he walked closer. Ray was afraid of him, but this was his pack. He couldn't just let these guys hunt them down.
"I know, I know." Stefan sighed. "You live by a code and all that, but see…" He pointed over to Klaus who just smiled. "He's not going to let me stop until you tell me. And I do whatever he says, that's the way it goes around here."
A woman walked up to Klaus and leaned in to talk to him. Beth couldn't hear much but she did catch something about Damon, at the farmhouse, they left. He was getting closer. Stefan seemed to hear more and walked up to Klaus as the woman walked away. "My brother's still on out trail?"
"He's getting closer, I'm going to have to deal with that." Klaus said annoyed as he stood up. Beth stood up too, she couldn't let Klaus get close to Mystic Falls or Damon. Elena would be in danger too. Stefan was thinking the same since he grabbed his arm.
"No, no, let me handle it."
"Why should I let you leave?"
"Because you know I'll come back." Stefan reasoned. It was part of the deal and he would stick to it. It kept Elena and Damon safe, which was what mattered. Klaus wasn't completely convinced though.
"You saved my brother's life; I'm at your service." He reminded him.
Klaus shrugged. "You sound so tedious and indentured, aren't you even having the least bit of fun?" He asked with a smile as he pointed to Ray and Beth rolled his eyes. Even with Stefan, pretending he doesn't care, Beth knew differently.
Stefan didn't answer. "I'll make sure my brother doesn't bother us anymore." He told him as he began to walk away.
"Maybe, I could go with him? And help keep Damon away?" Beth offered quickly. If she could go to Mystic Falls, she could see Alaric and Damon both to make sure they were okay.
"I don't think so, love." He said shortly sitting back down. Stefan just left so as not to hear them argue. Beth could take care of herself. Klaus knew that Damon and her were close. Stefan could convince Damon not to follow them but Damon couldn't just let Elizabeth leave if he saw her. Beth glared at him.
"Why not? Damon would listen to me more than him!"
Klaus just rolled his eyes. "And he'll just happen to overpower you and keep you there. Sorry, sweetheart, but I need my witch here with me." He said as he took a swig of his beer.
"Fine. 1. I'm not your witch! And 2. Do not call me, Sweetheart!" She told him firmly. She hated how he always called her that, knowing that she hated it. He just laughed at her.
"Of course you aren't love."
"Drop dead." She muttered under her breath.
"Too late, love. Already did." He replied. He put his beer down and walked over to Ray. "Let's see now. What can I do with you? Shall we continue our game?" He picked up another dart but this time he walked straight up to him and shoved them straight into his chest. Ray yelled out louder this time. Just as Klaus was about to jam it into his face, Beth spoke.
"Why don't I help?" She said quickly, not wanting to hear anymore. Klaus turned around looking amused. "I can get it out of him, faster than you can. And it won't be as morbid as your way."
Klaus smirked at her. "Now where's the fun in that?" He was just egging her on.
"Well seeing a psycho hybrid torturing someone isn't exactly entertaining and since you're getting nowhere, I you'd need help." She replied with a shrug. She leaned on the table.
"Still bloody annoyed about torturing the 'innocent', I see, Elizabeth." Klaus chuckled. He knew that she couldn't just sit there watching Ray get brutally tortured. It wasn't in her nature to be so indifferent, while someone is getting hurt.
"I agreed to come, Klaus. I didn't agree to torture anybody."
"It apart of the package. Get over it love."
She scoffed. "What's the point of me being here, if I don't use my powers?" She asked. He never once asked her to use her powers, but continuously uses Stefan to torture people.
"Be patient, sweetheart. We'll get to that point in no time." He said glancing over at her, ignoring the question.
"I said not to call me that."
"And I don't quite frankly care, sweetheart." He replied throwing another dart at Ray's neck and Beth flinched slightly.
"Right. I forgot you don't care about anything, Niklaus." She snapped at him. He turned and full on glared at her. Spending over 2 months on the road with him, she learned a few things. Including that he hated his full name, for some unknown reason.
"I told you not to call me that." He snapped at her. Beth actually felt slightly nervous but he wouldn't do anything to her. It was part of the deal.
"And I don't quite frankly care, sweetheart." She smirked at him. He let out a low growl but turned away from her, before he did something he knew he would regret. He instead took his anger out on Ray, jabbing the dart into his chest, making him scream again. Beth tried to ignore it but she couldn't.
"Let me try!" She shouted after a few minutes. Klaus looked over at her, he could see that it was actually making her feel bad hearing his pain. He pretended to think about it but then moved Ray onto the pool table.
"Fine." He said. He gestured over to the bleeding werewolf who now lay on the table. Beth put her hair up to keep it out of her eyes and walked over to him. Klaus crossed his arms and stood a few feet behind her as she placed her hands next to his head.
Beth closed her eyes and concentrated. Klaus didn't understand what she was muttering under her breath, but he could tell from the words that it was Latin. He saw a frazzled Ray starting to relax as he closed his eyes. Klaus was looking more at Ray that he didn't notice Beth starting to sway a bit on her feet. She almost fell but Klaus rushed over to catch her. She pushed him off. "I'm fine." She snapped and continued with the spell. She did not want any help from him at all.
"Hurry up." He replied, though she didn't see him looking slightly concerned for her. She continued the spell as the lights started to flicker on and off. Klaus felt a shiver go up his spine at the electricity in the air increased and Beth's nose started to bleed. She wiped it away and finished the spell but when she was done, she could barely stand on her feet.
Just before she fell again, Klaus caught her with ease. He picked her up, and carried her over to sit on the counter of the bar. Beth swore she saw a flash of concern cross his face but it disappeared to be place by an annoying scowl. "I said I was fine." She insisted as held her head as a headache started to come.
Klaus scoffed, handing her water. "Yes, because having a nose bleed and barely being able to stand is the perfect definition of fine." He said with sarcasm in his voice.
"I got your stupid location, it's in the smoky mountains. No one died, I'll live." She knew that she'd get better. Beth knew that when you're in a tense environment or not relaxed while using magic, your body will fight it. She didn't want to discuss anything about her powers with Klaus, though. She didn't want him to try and take advantage of her weakness, once he knew what it was.
Klaus rolled his eyes at her. "Do you always have to be so bloody stubborn?" It was just like her to overdo it, just to help someone else. She had always done that and it was annoying and admirable at the same time.
Beth scoffed. "Look who's talking. I doubt any vampire is as stubborn as you."
He chuckled. She was right about that. "I don't doubt you'd be wrong about that love."
She rolled her eyes. "You were probably the most stubborn in your family. Even Elijah was reasonable."
He scoffed. That was far from the truth. "I do believe that title belongs to my dearest little sister Rebekah. Bloody girl was as stubborn as they came." He said. Beth raised her eyebrows. Elijah had mentioned he had a sister named Rebekah but didn't go into details.
Beth couldn't help but smile a little. It seemed impossible someone could be as stubborn as Klaus was. "I seriously doubt that."
"You clearly don't remember Rebekah, then." He chuckled again. He knew that when Elizabeth and Rebekah came to an agreement together, no one could ever change their minds.
"Clearly." She agreed but she was curious now. "She was seriously worst than you?"
Klaus actually laughed. "No, no. Kol was the worst of us." He knew that his brother was stubborn and reckless most of the time. More than any of his other siblings combined.
"Kol? Who's he?" Beth asked. Elijah mentioned other siblings but never their names.
Klaus grinned at her. Elijah was usually honest, but he knew his brother well. He found Elizabeth and he wanted to keep her to himself, he would of course leave out Kol. "Why am I not surprised my brother didn't tell you about Kol? He was your greatest love, Elizabeth."