Summary- connected Drabble fanfic about how Vlad and Erin will always protect and love each other no matter what but of course there's a twist in it otherwise it would be boring.
"Do you have any idea how terrifying that was?" Erin asked Vlad once they got into his room. She began to pace up and down.
"Yes, I do!"
"I really thought you were going to throw me in that fire."
"I had to push it to the edge otherwise Dad would have worked out what I was up to. Why didn't you just tell me? I get why you didn't, but-"
"I should have, I know. I was just so desperate to find a cure for Ryan, th-"
"There isn't one, I've tried everything," Vlad said, cutting her off.
"Well, maybe you've missed something. Can you categorically tell me there isn't a cure?" she argued.
"Well..." He gave in. He couldn't lie to her. "No."
"Then I'm not going to give up!" She took a deep breath before continuing. "I've got to keep trying- he's my brother."
"Is that the reason you stayed?" he asked.
"At first," she replied, "but you're special, Vlad. I believed you when you said you wanted humans and vampires to live together."
"My own kind are going to hate this idea, and are going to do everything they can to stop it," he confessed. "Will you stay and help me?"
Erin thought for a moment. "Yeah. Yeah, I will," she said, nodding.
"I'll always protect you, I promise," he said.
"You've got to be the sweetest vampire in the world."
"Let's face it: there's not much competition. Fresh start, yeah? No more secrets."
"No more secrets," she agreed. Vlad stretched out his arms for hug; she took it, closing her eyes for couple of seconds. She knew she should tell him her other secret right then and there, but she didn't want to ruin this moment.
Once she let go she asked, "Did you really mean that?"
"Mean what?" Vlad replied, confused.
"What you said about protecting me?"
"Of course I did, why wouldn't I?"
She shrugged. "I don't know. I was just wondering."
"Alright, then," he replied simply. Erin suddenly hugged him again.
"I'm so sorry," she whispered into his ear.
But she wasn't apologising for not telling him about her being human. She was apologising for hiding her other secret, but only time would tell when she would reveal that one. It could harm their relationship for a couple of weeks, but it wouldn't be as bad as something else that someone had in store for them.