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Note: Previously, in "Deadly Beauty," Caroline is unable to sleep, so she goes for a walk in the woods, where she meets up with Klaus. After giving her some "tough love," he decides to begin her training immediately.
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Several Hours Later...
Caroline wasn't sure what to expect as she followed Klaus to the place he was going to begin her training. She had no idea what his training methods were or how effective a teacher he was, but told herself to just go along with whatever he told her, since she would have to know this in order to fully understand the vampire way of life. Of course, she also couldn't help but be fascinated by him even though she had only known him a short time. She didn't know why, but she felt the need to be close to him, as though he was her only hope.
"How much further is it?"
Klaus smiled at her question. "Not much further now, love. We're almost there."
"That's what you five minutes ago," said Caroline. "Come on, Klaus, just where is this special place that we're going to be doing my training?"
Klaus didn't give her a verbal reply, but led her a little further until they came to a clearing in the middle of a dense forest. Caroline was in awe of the many sights that grabbed her attention and, due to her senses being heightened, it was a whole different experience than when she was still a human. The sounds were somewhat louder and Caroline had to look all around her to find out where the sounds were coming from. Not only were the sounds more intense more, but the smells were too, and Caroline was having a hard time distinguishing one smell from another.
Suddenly, Caroline detected a rather unusual smell coming from a clearing and went toward it. When she got closer, she saw a camp site. An even closer look told her that a young couple – possibly in their early to mid twenties – was using it. They looked like they were there for a romantic camping trip. Klaus followed her and smiled when he saw what she had found.
"Excellent, you've found your first meal. And a very fine first meal it is."
Caroline looked at him. "Huh? First meal? What about that girl I drank from at the mansion?"
"That was to help you complete your transition," said Klaus. "This delightful pair turtle doves you've found, they are your first meal. As I said, they are a fine meal for a young vampire such as yourself." He took a sniff. "I can smell how delicious their blood is from here, especially the woman's."
Caroline turned her attention back toward the campers and took another sniff. Shit, Klaus was right, their blood did smell good from here. She felt her fangs threatening to pop out, despite her efforts to discourage them.
"How are we going to get them to come to us?"
"We don't," said Klaus. "We will go to them."
Caroline blinked. "What?"
"It's simple, really," said Klaus. "We gain their trust so that they welcome us into their camp, and then, when they least expect it, we attack. If all goes well, and I think it will, you shall be eating very well, Caroline."
Before Caroline could ask how they were going to put their plan into action, Klaus had already started moving toward the camp site. Thinking that he was insane for doing this, she followed along after him. She wasn't sure about this, but she couldn't back away now, especially not after she had agreed to let Klaus train her. The campers' blood began to smell even more delicious the closer they got, and Caroline doubted she'd keep her fangs in check for very long.
Klaus, who was just a few feet ahead of her, reached the camp site first and smiled politely at the couple, who had no idea that they were going to meet a very gruesome end.
"Excuse me," he said. "I'm in a bit of a rough spot and I was wondering if you could help me."
The young man nodded. "Sure, what do you need?"
"My girlfriend and I were taking a romantic drive through the country," said Klaus, pleased that his ruse was working thus far. "I wanted to take her to a spot where we could watch the sunset, but I got lost and, the bloody idiot that I am, I didn't want to admit that I was lost. She got pissed at me, and after a bit of an argument, she convinced me to stop and ask for directions. But, before I could do that, the engine in our truck died and, because my cell phone battery died as well, I can't call for a tow truck."
Caroline listened to Klaus talk to the unsuspecting young man from where she was standing. Shit, the guy was hanging on to his every word. She had to admit, he was good at spinning a lie. I could definitely learn a thing or two by watching him, she thought.
The young man said, "Well, that sounds like quite a situation you've got there. I could definitely let you use my phone if you want."
Klaus smiled. "I really don't want to impose."
"Nonsense, it's the least I can do. Say, would you and your girlfriend like to join us? My girlfriend and I were just about to make some breakfast."
Bingo, just the words Klaus wanted to hear. This poor lad has no clue what he's inviting into his camp site. Little does he realize that he won't live past breakfast.
"Splendid," he replied. "We'd love to join you." He turned toward Caroline. "Darling, these nice people have invited us to eat with them."
Caroline gulped. The soon-to-be victim was in such close range that she was having difficulty concentrating on keeping her fangs in check. She forced herself to stay focused until the moment of truth came, which she hoped was soon because she was freaking hungry.
"Sounds good to me," she said. "Sure as hell would make up for your stupidity and pride." Gotta at least try to play the part of Klaus' "girlfriend" for the time being. Though, I wonder what it would be like to be his girlfriend for real?
Klaus smiled and turned back to the young man. "She's still pissed at me, as you can tell. But, she'll get over it eventually. How do you think we stayed together this long?"
The young man nodded and walked back toward the camp site, Klaus and Caroline following behind him. The minute they arrived, the young man's girlfriend saw them and tilted her head curiously.
"Scott, who are these people?"
The young man, named Scott, replied, "Relax, Julie. They're just lost and I'm helping them. I even invited them to join us for breakfast. I know that they're strangers and I should've consulted with you first, but they really need our help."
Scott's girlfriend, named Julie, eyed their guests curiously, but instead of verbally bashing Scott, she sighed and said, "All right, but after breakfast, give them the help they need. I don't want any more surprises on this trip."
Klaus smiled at Julie's words. Too bad, Julie, because you're about to get a big surprise whether you want it or not.
Without a word, he took his place by the fire, Caroline joining him half a beat later. She couldn't believe just how easy this was. So far, Scott and Julie didn't suspect a thing, which was what they were hoping for. In fact, she was looking forward to feasting on their blood, because she could imagine it tasting as good as it smelled.
Scott got the breakfast going and sat by their guests. "Oh, you must really think I'm rude. I didn't ask your names and I invited you to join us."
"Oh, think nothing of it, mate," said Klaus. "You were so concerned with convincing Julie that it slipped your mind. But, as long as you're asking for our names, I'm Nik, and this is my girlfriend, Caroline."
Scott smiled. "Nice to meet you." He tilted his head at Caroline. "You know, this is going to sound really awful, but you look like you're old enough to be her brother. I mean, she's got to be at least sixteen, and you're about my age."
"Yes, well, Caroline fancies herself as a very rebellious girl," said Klaus. "Her mother doesn't approve of her dating me, but that only makes her desire me more." He looked at Caroline. "Isn't that right, love?"
Caroline nodded. "Yeah, I could care less what that controlling bitch thinks. If I want to date Nik, I will, and there's not a thing she can do to keep me from the man I love." Actually, a controlling bitch describes my mom perfectly. And Klaus isn't that far off about her not approving of us. She'd be against this relationship in a heartbeat, but who gives a shit what she says?
Julie came back and took her seat by Scott. She still looked pissed, and that was understandable. After all, Scott had gone behind her back and invited two strangers to join them for breakfast. Klaus looked at Caroline. She appeared to be controlling her urge to lunge at the young couple and tear them apart, which was a good sign.
Making sure that Scott and Julie weren't listening, he whispered to her, "It won't be long now, love. We've got them right where we want them."
Caroline nodded again and whispered back, "Good, because I'm starving over here."
Klaus nodded as well and looked at their unsuspecting victims. They were just minutes away from an appointment with the man with the cloak and sythe, and they were oblivious to it. He then got an idea, seeing that Caroline was practically chomping on the bit.
"Scott, may I trouble you for the use of your phone?"
Scott nodded. "Sure, no problem. I'll even show you where it is."
He got up and went toward the tent, Klaus getting up and following after him, leaving Julie and Caroline. When they got to the tent, Klaus grabbed Scott and threw him to the ground, cupping a hand over his mouth.
"Now that I've got you alone, there is something you should know. We are not who you think we are. Apparently, you didn't read your horoscope today, because it said you would meet a very violent end." He got closer to the frightened young man. "Now, we're going to walk out of here, and you're not going to scream or run. Do you understand?"
The compulsion seemed to work, because Scott did as he was told and he followed Klaus out of the tent. Julie saw what was going on and didn't like it. She was about to get up when Caroline grabbed her and, extending her fangs, drove them into the young woman's throat, growling hungrily as she drank her warm, sweet blood. Klaus watched this from where he was standing. Damn, Caroline didn't waste any time, did she? While she was busy with Julie, he drove his fangs into Scott's neck, his blood making contact with his tongue and sending a piercing warmth through his veins.
Once she had made quick work of Julie, Caroline got up and joined Klaus at Scott's neck, growling just as hungrily as she did with Julie. Then, when she and Klaus were just about done with their victim, his head snapped off and rolled on the ground by their feet.
Caroline noticed this and her eyes widened. Shit, did she just do that?
"His...His head, it snapped off."
"So it did," said Klaus. "My, my, Caroline, you are quite impressive. You're not only a vampire, but from what I saw just now, you're becoming a very rare but dangerous type of vampire."
"A rare type of vampire?" said Caroline. "And what is that?"
"A Ripper?" said Caroline. "What does that mean?"
"Not only do you drink your victims' blood, but your hunger drives you to the point where you literally rip their bodies apart," said Klaus. "Hence the name."
Caroline couldn't believe what she just heard. In doing what she just did, she not only took Scott's blood, but she made his head snap off his body.
Seeing that she wasn't speaking, Klaus said, "How do you feel, love?"
"I feel...like I've been liberated."
"That's what being a Ripper should always feel," said Klaus. "Stick with me, Caroline, and you'll be the best damn Ripper this world has ever known. The bodies you leave behind will speak volumes."
Caroline smirked, licking the blood from her lips, flashing her still blood-stained fangs, her eyes a nasty black. Even though she knew that she shouldn't be feeling like this, but she was anyway, and enjoying it. What's more, she hardly felt any remorse for what she did. As she told Klaus, she felt liberated, as though her humanity was gone for good and it was replaced with something even better.
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