AUTHOR'S NOTE: Hello my lovelies. I can't begin to apologize on how long it has taken me to update this story. Real life has been beyond busy for me, and then also I haven't felt much like writing Klaroline with all off the attacks on the fandom, drama, etc. However I got past it and below is the part.

Speaking of which, this will be the final part of TOHFMIY. There will be a few epilogues that will take place in the future of the timeline of this story, but this is the final part of Klaroline and the twins journey to come together so to speak. Thanks to klarolineepiclove, hybridlovelies, a-little-blonde-distraction, and jomosfamilyjewels for betaing this part and the ones that came before it. And thanks to cecevolume for being my original beta. Thanks to dhfreak, nfinneman, a-little-blonde-distraction, swinty81, and leetje, for their beautiful covers and approvesomuch for my Disney cover!

And I also wanted to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you readers. Your reactions to this story has completely and utterly floored me for the past year and a half. Your reviews gave me the inspiration to keep writing it and it truly would not be the story that it is without you guys, you gave me encouragement as well as ideas that helped me to write it. You guys made this one of the most reviewed Klaroline stories on here and I love you all for it.

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Now onto the part:

Part 57

A few months later

"Okay, now just a shot of the maid of honor, the bride and the mother of the bride." The photographer directed the group of well-dressed people; the two men present wearing tuxedos while the women were in either silver or navy.

"Which one?" Katherine said with a snicker as she moved out of the way of the photographer's lens along with Sage, Rebekah, Bonnie, and Elena.

"Very funny Kitty Kat." Stephen replied, knowing that Katherine had been referring to him.

It had been an ongoing joke among the group since the beginning of the wedding festivities, even though Liz was enjoying the idea of her daughter getting married; it was Stephen who was better with helping Caroline and Rebekah with the details. He had no problem checking over the flower arrangements or table settings while the bride had been busy, so Katherine had quickly dubbed him as the 'unofficial' mother of the bride. To the outside observer, people would think that Stephen and Katherine hated each other but in actuality, they had hit it off from the first time they had met months ago, they just had a funny way of showing it. Instead of pleasantries, they exchanged barbs. "No need to be so catty just because your husband was giving me more attention than you."

"Pfft…" Katherine said as she waved off his words. "He was just admiring your suit."

"And are you sure he wasn't admiring what was under the suit more?" Stephen retorted with a smirk and a wiggle of his eyebrows despite the fact that Bill was standing nearby. After so many years together, Bill acted as if he hardly noticed Stephen's antics anymore. Something that all of the Mikaelson men had discovered very quickly upon meeting him was that Stephen was just a natural flirt, no matter who it was: man or woman, gay or straight, it didn't matter at all to Stephen.

"Oh will you two stop?" Caroline exclaimed from her spot near the fountain next to Liz and Lexi. "There are innocent ears around that don't need to be exposed to what might come out of your mouths in an effort to one up the other one."

She watched the two of them to see if they would do as she asked and smiled when they both backed off. Stephen bowed his head slightly to her and said, "Of course Caroline, it is your day and I would never refuse a bride on her wedding day."

"Thank you Stephen. Maybe while you and Dad are here in Massachusetts, you could take advantage of it and become a bride yourself." Caroline responded before snapping her eyes back to Stephen. "But only after my day is over."

Stephen put up his hands in surrender. "I would never try to steal your thunder; I value my manhood too much."

Caroline couldn't help but chuckle before she got serious again and turned her focus back on the photographer. That is until she felt a small hand slide into hers and squeeze. She looked down and saw Lexi smiling back at her. "Is it time yet?"

"Almost. I think probably just a dozen or more photos?" Caroline answered, knowing how excited Lexi was for the actual wedding to start, probably just as much as she herself was. The last several months had been a bit crazy as they dealt with Tatia's trial, so the wedding itself was now very much the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for everyone.

Tatia had been found guilty of all all charges, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of children, and was sentenced for her crimes. It wasn't surprising considering she was caught with the twins and both of the twins bravely gave testimonies that couldn't have made their parents more proud. However, after a psyche evaluation, the judge had had her sentence changed to be carried out at the mental ward of the local women's prison. Upon the chance that Tatia's mental health improved, she would be moved to the general population of the prison. Yet even with her behind bars, the aftershocks of her actions were still felt in the Mikaelson household.

For the first few days after the kidnapping, both the twins and Klaus and Caroline were exceptionally clingy. They kept the twins home from school for two days but once they went back, Caroline walked them to their classroom every day and was waiting at the same door when it was time to go home. The twins didn't mind a bit, both children wanting the security blanket she represented. Gradually, as weeks past though life went back to normal though Caroline and Klaus could see that in their eyes, a bit more guardedness especially when they were around Katherine and they hated Tatia a bit more for that. Though she had understood, it had hurt Katherine to see the twins flinch when they saw her, but after a few meetings with a therapist, Henry and Lexi's relationship with their aunt had been repaired.

As she looked at the bright eyes and brilliant smile of the smaller blonde and reached forward to fix the tiara on top of her pinned up curls, Caroline saw only the little girl who was excited to see her dad and 'mom' getting married almost as if none of the ordeal with Tatia had happened. She was grateful for that, even if it was just for the day.

"That's good. I can't imagine how Henry must have been during the guys' pictures," Lexi commented, thinking of her twin's aversion to dressing up. He was able to wear a pair of very comfortable dress shoes but she knew that it would only help his thoughts on dressing up a bit unlike her who was loving every minute of it. She got to wear a white poofy dress covered in silver sparkles and a dark blue sash, just like her mom's. And the tiara, that was the biggest thing. It had been a gift from her dad, and it matched the diamond bracelet that he gave her mom too.

Caroline couldn't help but smile at the image of Henry that popped into her head at Lexi's words. Her son would definitely not be happy about having to wait around dressed to the nines in his mini-tuxedo and she wondered briefly how Klaus was keeping him dressed. At the thought of her soon to be husband, her eyes automatically drifted down to the infinity bracelet he had gifted her as a wedding present.

She had found it on the table next to her bedside this morning, with nothing but a card that said, 'To my love.' She had panicked for a moment thinking that perhaps he had somehow snuck into the hotel room her, Elena, and Bonnie had been sharing to avoid him seeing her before the wedding but when she emerged from her bedroom into the living area of the suite, Rebekah was waiting for her with Lexi and had told her that she had been the one to deliver it to her. After being assured that he hadn't broken his promise to stay away from her, Caroline had been able to fully take in the beauty of the bracelet and it hadn't left her wrist since she put it on.

With the announcement that some of the guests were starting to arrive, Caroline was ushered out of the courtyard and back to the bridal room that they'd been using to get dressed, having already having had their hair and makeup done at the hotel, while everyone else except for Lexi and her dad went to find their seats.

Once they were settled back in the bridal room, Caroline moved to the mirror to check her hair. She had decided against wearing a veil, it just didn't work for her and had chosen to wear her hair up despite Klaus' objections to it in the past. The curls were loosely pulled to the back of her head, with a few flying free to frame her face. She loved the softness of the style not to mention the practically of it, it would keep her hair out of her way during the festivities.

Since neither of them were especially religious, Klaus and Caroline had decided not to do the traditional church route that Rebekah and Stefan had, instead looking throughout the city for an unique location, finally settling on the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. With all of the marble, stone and wood it was the perfect location especially after Caroline found out that they could have the ceremony in the courtyard surrounded by the beautiful gardens and archways. It was timed just right so that the ceremony would begin with the sun just beginning to set so that by the end of it, the courtyard would be illuminated with the combination of the setting sun, candles and lighting under the nearby archways. Then once it was over and her and Klaus were husband and wife, they would adjourn to the nearby hall for the reception and dancing.

'Husband and wife...' Caroline repeated in her head. She couldn't believe that in less than an hour, they would be married and she could feel the butterflies in her stomach. Screw that, these were too big to be butterflies; they were hummingbirds or something about that size.

Before she could work herself up into a complete panic attack, her father appeared in front of her with a small glass of white wine. She looked up to meet his eyes and he smiled. "You look like you need this right about now."

Caroline thought about refusing for a moment but shot the idea down. "Thanks, I think I do."

"I know you prefer red but I knew you'd refuse it, wouldn't want even the remote possibility that it would spill on your dress." Bill teased.

Caroline let out a very unladylike snort at her father's teasing. He was correct, if he had brought her a glass of red wine, she would have banished him to the other side of the room, not wanting there to be even a remote chance of something staining her dress. She had looked too long and hard for it only to have it ruined because she needed some liquid courage. "I don't know what's wrong with me, I shouldn't be this nervous."

"Everyone is nervous on their wedding day." Bill assured her. "It's normal even if you know that the person you are marrying is the absolute right person for you. I'd be worried if you weren't nervous Care, it's not in your nature to not worry about something like this."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that if you think on it, it's not marrying Klaus that has you nervous, but the wedding itself." Bill explained. "You're so worried about something not being perfect that you're going to make yourself not enjoy it. This is your day, sweetie, just enjoy it. Because even if the flowers are a little wilted…."

"What? What do you mean wilted?" Caroline asked panicked.

"They aren't! I was just using that as an example, and a bad one." Bill stated. "What I meant is that even if every detail isn't perfect, the end result will be. You will be married to the man you love and have the family you love as well. Just remember that, okay?"

Caroline thought over what he said, and nodded in agreement. He was right, she had done all she could to make this day perfect and if she didn't try to relax a bit, she would end up not remembering much of it. Not to mention being exhausted, and that was the last thing she wanted with her wedding night starting in a few hours. Thoughts of Klaus removing her dress or what his reaction might be to the lingerie she had on brought a blush to her cheeks that was still there when she heard her dad say, "It's time."

Finishing off her wine before setting it to the side, Caroline took his proffered arm while grabbing Lexi's hand. "Let's go get married."


Klaus and Henry had been in their places at the end of the aisle for only a couple of minutes when he noticed his son starting to fidget. He wasn't sure if it was the clothes or the fact that the crowd, though made up of family and friends, were staring at the two of them along side of the officiant, a red headed woman named Genevieve who would be conducting the ceremony. Henry would mess with his collar then look over at the nearby fountain and then back at the crowd until Klaus was sure that his head was going to start looking like a bobblehead doll. He nudged him slightly, just enough to get his attention before asking. "You alright, son?"

Henry's attention snapped to his father before nodding. "Yeah."

"Are you sure?" Klaus asked. "I know it's a little warm in these suits but I don't think either one of us want to risk her wrath by taking a dip in the fountain."

A smile appeared on Henry's face at his father's statement. "Yeah, I'm pretty sure Mom would banish me from having cake for the rest of my life if I did that."

"You'd be lucky if it was only cake." He replied as he watched the fidgeting start again, deciding to try and take his mind off of it for the last few minutes, he asked. "You still have the ring right?"

Henry rolled his eyes before he answered. "Of course, it's right…."

Klaus watched as Henry patted his pocket only to get a panicked look on his face. "Henry…"

"It's right here Dad, I swear." Henry responded as he continued to hunt through his pockets. Klaus was starting to actually feel anxious that Henry might have indeed lost the ring when his son started laughing, just before he flashed the small band in hand. "You should have seen your face! I didn't think you'd actually fall for it, but you did."

"Henry, that wasn't a bit funny." Klaus chastised. "You nearly made my heart stop beating…"

"Uncle Kol told me to do it." Henry admitted. "I told him you wouldn't believe me but he said he'd give me five bucks for it."

"Your uncle paid you five bucks to play that joke on me?" He asked as he sent a glare over towards his younger brother who only threw back a mischievous smile.

"No, he paid me ten. I told him I wasn't going to get in trouble for only five bucks." Henry explained.

"I thought I taught you better than that." Klaus reprimanded before winking at his son, "You should have held out for twenty."

Henry let out the breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding, now that he knew his dad wasn't mad at him. He was thinking about how he probably could have gotten his uncle to give him twenty dollars when the music started.

As the first notes of the melody began, Klaus directed his gaze down the aisle and after a few moments saw Lexi making her way around the back of the grounds and beginning down the aisle. Her blonde hair had been curled and piled on top of her head; the tiara perched among them, shining almost as brightly as the smile on her face. She walked slowly down the aisle, back straight and eyes forward but he had no doubt that she was making sure that everyone could see her clearly. Mikaelsons, especially the female ones, liked to make sure that the focus was on them when they entered and Lexi was no different. She broke her stare briefly as she passed their family, smiling at her aunts, uncles and cousins before continuing, looking right at him this time.

Her dress was very innocent looking despite the fact that it was strapless; a billowing white skirt and frilly top with a big navy blue bow tied around her middle but he was conflicted as he watched her. He saw both his little girl and the woman she was going to start becoming in the next few years and he wasn't sure if he could handle the thought of her growing up, not yet. He was glad he wasn't going to be doing it alone and that both of his children would now have Caroline, a woman who loved them unconditionally.

When Lexi finally made it to the end of the aisle, he smiled and winked at her before she moved to her place, mirroring Henry's placement yet on Caroline's side. Just as she did, the music changed, signaling the upcoming arrival of his bride.

Klaus had been forced to watch many romantic movies in his years, a lot of them due to Caroline, and he didn't believe in most of the clichéd moments they always conveyed, where time stopped and one of the couple got tunnel vision when they spotted the person that they loved but it was exactly what happened when he saw Caroline arrive at the end of the aisle. There was nothing but her and if he lived a thousand years, he would remember this moment at the end of it.

The strapless dress she had chosen showed off quite a bit of her soft pale skin of her neck and shoulders, though he could swear he saw a faint blush as well. The dress fit snuggly down her body highlighting her curves until the bottom part of her thigh, where it flared out around her before reaching the floor and trailed behind her. The material wasn't a bright white, but softer and covered with lace, a navy blue sash just under her bust adding a bit of color to it. His gaze rose to her face and the glorious smile on her face. She looked so radiant, his fingers inched for a pencil or a bit of coal, something that he could use to draw her with but as her and her father reached him, he brushed the thought aside.

As Caroline and her father made their way towards Klaus, she couldn't help but let her eyes roam over him. She really liked seeing him in formal wear, especially in a tuxedo. The style was a bit different than the one he'd worn at Rebekah's wedding, but still impeccably tailored to fit his lean muscular body. He had kept his stubble, and his hair was styled slightly so that his curls were a bit tamed, though she knew all it would take was one run through of her fingers through them to muss them up, a lot which she loved on him. Thinking of running her fingers through his hair made her think of his own hands and her gaze dropped down. She noticed then that his hands were bare, a pleasant surprise.

Three weeks before, Klaus had come home wearing a large bandage on his left hand and Caroline had freaked out a little. He told her it was nothing to worry about, that there had been an accident at work and that he was fine aside from having to wear the bandage. Once she had known that he was fine, she then started to worry about the position of the injury, how was she going to put his ring on his finger during the ceremony if it was all bandaged? He had assured her that it would be gone by then and he had been right.

The music ended when they reached the end of aisle, Caroline and Klaus with her father between them facing the officiant as she began the ceremony.

"Friends, we have been invited here today to share with Niklaus and Caroline, a very important moment in their lives. In the time they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife." Genevieve stated before directing her gaze to Bill. "Who supports this couple in their marriage?"

"Those who love them." Bill responded and once the officiant nodded, he turned towards Caroline, leaning in to give her a kiss on her cheek.

When he pulled back, Caroline caught a glance of glassy eyes from her father just as he blinked them away and he stepped back, allowing Klaus to join her at her side. He nodded to Klaus before retreating back to where Stephen and Liz were sitting amongst Caroline's side of the guests.

With Bill no longer between them, there was only a couple of inches between the couple and nothing could stop Klaus from taking her hand in his, wanting to have some kind of small contact with her after almost a day of nothing. Caroline looked surprised but didn't pull away from, for which he was thankful, and looked forward as the ceremony continued.

"Klaus and Caroline may the promises you make this day live always in your hearts and in your home so that all which you share now deepen and grow through the years, leading you through a lifetime of happiness."

As much as she tried to focus on what was being said, Caroline couldn't keep her mind from thinking of how much her life had changed since she got that text from Stefan, asking her if she was interested in a job working for a single father. She never would have thought in a billion years that the text would lead her here.

"A wedding is more than a celebration of the Love which lives in our Bride and Groom's hearts today. It reaches into the future and proclaims their intentions for that which tomorrow shall hold. A couple who wed are joined not only by the mutual affection and love they share, but also by their hopes, dreams and by their promises of what will be..." Genevieve declared. "The promises and vows they make this day shall guide them into their common future and are not just between Caroline and Klaus because you will not only be a new couple, you will be a new family. So Lexi and Henry, will you please move closer to your parents for the special family rites of this wedding."

The twins moved from their spots so that they stood behind Klaus and Caroline as she retrieved a small bit of Klaus' drawing parchment that she had wrapped around the base of her bouquet. While they turned towards the kids, Klaus took the flowers from her and she began to speak. "Thank you for sharing your dad with me, loving me and allowing me to love you with all of my heart. I was not there when you took your first steps, but I promise that now I will love and support you in every step that you take in your life."

Caroline turned her focus to Lexi then, before continuing. "I love you, Lexi and I am devoted to making your life full of happiness and accomplishments, nurturing your creativity, encouraging your independence, and making sure you always know what a gift you are to this world. I will forever be proud to call you my daughter."

She leaned down to grasp the blonde girl's hand, squeezing it before taking Henry's and starting again. "I love you, Henry and I am devoted to making your life full of happiness and accomplishments, ensuring that you thrive to your fullest potential, and that while you reach for the sky, you remain grounded by the love of our family and our home. I will forever be proud to call you my son."

With her vows to the twins complete, the officiant took over. "Klaus and Caroline, please join hands and face each other so that you can look into each other's eyes and see the beauty of what is about to happen."

Caroline released the twins and placed her hands in Klaus'. When they were arranged, Genevieve spoke. "Henry, please hand this ring to your Dad to give to Caroline. Klaus please place this ring on Caroline's finger and hold it there as you repeat your vows to her."

Klaus did as instructed, sliding the ring down her left ring finger, just as he had done on Christmas Day at her mother's house when he asked her to marry him. "I give you my promise to be by your side forevermore. I promise to love, to honor, and to listen as you tell me of your thoughts, your hopes, your fears, and your dreams. I promise to love you deeply and truly because it is your heart that moves me, your head that challenges me, your humor that delights me, and your hands I wish to hold until the end of my days."

At the end of his vows, Klaus raised her hand to lips before pressing a soft kiss on top of her fingers. The gesture was so sweet, so intimate and so very Klaus that Caroline felt her chest constrict on how much she loved him washed over her. She barely recovered before it was her turn.

"Lexi, please give this ring to Caroline to give to your Dad. Caroline, please place this ring on Klaus's finger and hold it there as you repeat after your vows."

Caroline nodded as she took the ring from Lexi, turning over Klaus hand so that she could do as he had done to her and place the ring she was giving him but stopped immediately, stunned by what she saw. On his left ring finger, right where her ring would rest, scrolled in bold black was her name. It hadn't been an accidental injury that had caused him to wear a bandage for the past few weeks; he had tattooed her name on his finger! She glanced up at him surprised, only to be rewarded with a knowing smirk.

Klaus loved seeing her reaction and the surprise on her face at the first glance of the ink on his finger. It reminded him vaguely of the night when she had gone to a Halloween party with Bonnie and they had surprised each other in the foyer, she had had a look of surprise on her face that night when she had first caught sight of the twins' names on his chest though she hadn't asked about until later during their talk on the beach. And back then, her eyes hadn't softened like they were now.

A quiet murmur from the audience broke Caroline out of her stupor and she began to recite her vows. "Klaus, I give you my promise to be by your side forevermore. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and grow with you. I will love you when we are together and when we are apart. I will stay with you through sorrow and joy, in sickness and in health until the end of my days."

She slid the ring slowly down his finger as she spoke, but not before running her thumb over the tattoo, almost as if she expected it to rub off. Caroline wasn't sure if it was the action or perhaps the skin was simply just sensitive but she felt a small shudder go through Klaus at her caress and she smiled a little before sliding the ring over top of the tattoo.

"May all your days be filled with joy and happiness. It is my honor and great pleasure and by the power vested in me by the state of Massachusetts, that I now pronounce you husband and wife."

Before the directive to kiss her could be delivered, Klaus' hands were on Caroline's face, pulling her close as his lips sought out hers. Their first kiss as husband and wife was much like many of the other kisses they had shared, full of passion and excitement yet tender and loving. They got so caught up in each other that it wasn't until they heard someone, actually someones that sounded an awful lot like Kol and Damon yell out for them to get a room that they broke apart. Caroline blushed slightly as she thought about the show that they had just given them while Klaus only smirked at the crowd before the ceremony was closed.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present to you for the very first time – the Mikaelson family – Klaus, Caroline, Lexi and Henry."

And with that, the courtyard erupted in clapping and whistles.


Caroline was pretty sure that by the time the wedding was over, her face was going to be aching from smiling, both because of all of the pictures but because she was so unbelievably happy. Not just because everything had gone off perfectly, though it had, the ceremony had been perfect even with Klaus' little surprise 'gift' to her that had made her pause, or how they had gotten out of hand with their first kiss, and everything had been set up for the reception just as her and Rebekah and planned for it to me.

After the ceremony and all of the pictures had been done, her and Klaus along with the rest of the family had moved out of the courtyard and into the nearby Bates Hall for the reception. It was a beautiful room, long with an arched ceiling, books and windows lining the walls. When Caroline had first seen it, she had liked it but had thought that the way the library usually set it up for weddings was a bit too formal. The long tables just didn't do it for her, and she had wanted to use one of the other rooms. However Rebekah had stepped in and after a brief conversation with the people in charge and by the end, they had it set so that the hall was set up with more intimate round tables.

As her eyes traveled over the room, looking over their guests who were finishing up their slices of cake. Her and Klaus had cut it not long ago, after everyone had been served the three course dinner, though it had broken her heart to do so, it had been beautiful. Their cake was four tiers, round and covered in dark blue fondant with small silver sugar crystal studs in it that had reminded her of stars. Henry had actually been disappointed with the cake, well at least initially. After he had seen the menu that was available, he had done every bit of begging and pleading that he and Lexi could do to get them to have not only the cake but also a Donut and Sundae Bar that the caterer would make. When they had told him no, he had pouted for a least two days before coming around and now as Caroline watched him and his sister hovering in their large pieces of cake, she decided that he had forgiven them.

"You know it's going to take hours for them to come down from that sugar high." Caroline commented as she looked over at Klaus.

Klaus only shrugged, offering her a devious smile. "Luckily that is Bekah and Stefan's problem tonight love; I'm only worried about my bride's level of energy tonight. I have big plans for us."

"Oh do you?" Caroline asked as she picked up her champagne flute and took a sip to wet her suddenly dry mouth. How is it he could do that even now after over a year of being in bed with him?

Klaus nodded, never breaking the eye contact between them and he could see hers darken with desire, until he saw Rebekah motioning to them that it was time for the next event. "But for now, I believe I will have to make do with having you in my arms another way. My sister is not so subtly telling me that it's time for our first dance."

"Ah, yes it is." Caroline agreed as she broke away from Klaus' gaze and caught Rebekah's. A few moments later, the voice of the DJ could be heard throughout the hall from his spot in a nearby room where the dancing area had been set up.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, it has come to that point in the evening where Klaus and Caroline are going to share their first dance as a married couple. If you would join us in the Abbey Room so to witness this first for our special couple."

A few moments later, after Klaus had led her to the dance floor, he did just as he said he would, taking her in his arms as the first notes to their song began.

I've seen the world

Done it all, had my cake now

Diamonds, brilliant, and Bel-Air now

Hot summer nights mid July

When you and I were forever wild

The crazy days, the city lights

The way you'd play with me like a child

Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

I know you will, I know you will

I know that you will

Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful

"Dancing with you right now, I can't help but think of the first time I had you on the dance floor, at another wedding." Klaus murmured in her ear.

"The night that it some ways it began between us." Caroline stated.

Klaus pulled back just enough to catch Caroline's eyes. "No, our story began the moment you appeared on my doorstep, we just didn't know it."

Caroline leaned forward then, brushing her lips across his. "True, but that night, after you told me that you wanted me after everything, I knew I had no other choice but to be with you. I was tired of fighting my heart and instead gave into it. And I have never been so happy that I did."

I've seen the world, lit it up as my stage now

Channeling angels in, the new age now

Hot summer days, rock and roll

The way you'd play for me at your show

And all the ways I got to know

Your pretty face and electric soul

Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

I know you will, I know you will

I know that you will

Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful

Dear lord when I get to heaven

Please let me bring my man

When he comes tell me that you'll let him

Father tell me if you can

Oh that grace, oh that body

Oh that face makes me wanna party

He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds

Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul

I know you will, I know you will

I know that you will

Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful

Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful

Will you still love me when I'm not young and beautiful

By the time the song was over, there wasn't an inch between them, Caroline having lowered her head to Klaus' shoulder and his hands wrapped around her waist. If the DJ hadn't announced that it was time for the next dance, the one where Caroline danced with her father and Klaus with Rebekah, the two would have forgotten that they weren't alone..

After several more dances, Caroline with Stephen and Henry then a few more with Klaus, while Klaus danced with Liz and Lexi, it was time for the throwing of the bouquet.

All the single women were in front of her with other guests on the fringes as Caroline slipped off her heels before taking Klaus' hand to help her to stand on the chair.

"Throw it at Bonnie." Klaus whispered to her. "It will knock the smirk right off my brother's face."

"I'll do my best." Caroline replied with a smirk to rival his. She moved into position, keeping Klaus' hand in hers to hold her balance then at the count of three, she let it fly over her shoulder she hoped in the direction that she remembered Bonnie to be standing.

However, when she turned around, Caroline couldn't help but burst out laughing at who was holding her bouquet, no one other than Stephen. He looked as surprised as she did though, no wonder considering he hadn't even been in the group. "How did that happen?"

"The women were jumping around so much and fighting over it that it kind of fell into his hands." Klaus explained.

"Well I did tell him earlier that he and Dad should get married while they were here, maybe he'll take it as a sign that I was right." Caroline replied with a smile.

"Then I'll do my best to aim your garter at him." He stated.

Caroline couldn't help but scrunch her nose up at the thought. "Ew, do you really think my dad is going to want a piece of lace that you took off his daughter's leg?"

"Maybe you're right." Klaus replied with a chuckle.

"Of course I am." She agreed. "And if you just remember that, this marriage is off to a good start."

"Cheeky woman." He mumbled as he turned the chair around so that she could sit and face the audience. She took her seat and settled her dress around her before popping her leg up so he could get to it easily. Though she was expecting it, she still jumped slightly at the feeling of his warm hand on her. He started at her ankle, trailing his fingers all the way up her stocking covered calf until he reached the underside of knee. His other hand repeated the action, though this time he brought the dress up with it, exposing her leg just a bit when his fingers moved around to the top of her thigh and up to where the garter was resting. By this time, Caroline could feel her breath coming out in short gasps and when she saw the mirth dancing in his eyes, she knew he'd done it on purpose. "I'll get you back for that."

"Oh I have no doubt love." He countered before slipping the garter down and off her leg, dropping her skirt back in place before standing up and flicking it behind him without even looking. A cheer erupted behind him, and when they looked to see who had caught, they saw Kol standing in front, holding up the silver and blue material over his head victoriously.

Bonnie could only shake her head at her boyfriend's antics. "Kol, you know what this means don't you?"

"That I beat every other guy here to the prize." Kol answered smugly.

"That since you caught it, you get to dance with the person who caught the bouquet." Bonnie explained. "Which means Stephen."

All the glee on Kol's face at his victory dropped off like a rock as her words sunk in, he hadn't thought of that. Before anyone could say a thing, he called out. "Heads up Bill."

Bill barely had a minute to look up before Kol shot the garter sling shot style at him. He caught it but just barely, looking at Kol with confusion then understanding.

Caroline watched the whole exchange with a smile on her face that turned into a squeal as Klaus grabbed her hand and tugged her out the chair before dipping her backwards, silencing her laughter with a kiss. She melted into the sensations before he pulled away. He held her securely with one hand before cupping her face with the other. "I love you Caroline Mikealson."

Caroline smiled back at him before saying, "As I love you Klaus, always."


Two Days Later


At the sound of their name being called Klaus, Caroline, and the twins all stood and made their way towards where the law clerk was waiting for them. They were at the main courthouse for the final hearing for Caroline's adoption of Henry and Lexi. While they had been planning the wedding and dealing with Tatia's trial, they had also been going through the steps for the adoption.

There had been an insane amount of paperwork, interviews, as well as one home visit that finally led them to this final step and despite all that, Caroline was nervous. The judge could rule against her. True, it wouldn't change her relationship with the twins, they would still be hers without that slip of paper but it would show the world that they were hers and that's why she wanted it. They had even postponed leaving for their honeymoon for a week so that they could do the final hearing right away.

Once inside the judge's chambers, they moved to the chairs in front of his desk and took their seats once he motioned for them to do so. "I have here in front of me the petition for one Caroline Forbes now Mikaelson to legally adopt Henrik and Alexandria Mikaelson, is that correct?"

"It is, your honor." Caroline answered.

The judge nodded, pursing his lips as he glanced once more at the paperwork in front of him before letting it fall onto the desktop. "Now I've reviewed all of the paperwork and the caseworker's notes when they spoke to the children and both of you but before I announce my final decision, I have something I want to say, directed specifically to Mrs. Mikaelson."

"Yes your honor?"

"I want to ensure that you understand that if I grant you this petition of adoption, these children are your responsibility for the rest of your life. I know that you and Mr. Mikaelson are newly wedded and I congratulate you on your marriage, however as a member of this state's family court, I often see marriages end due to various reasons and if this was to unfortunately happen, you will still be these children's mother, regardless of your relationship with their father. You understand this?"

"I do your honor." Caroline replied. "Regardless of the state of my marriage, Henry and Lexi will forever be my children, I swear it."

The judge studied her face, taking in her words before speaking again. "Then by the State of Massachusetts, I grant this petition of adoption, you Caroline Mikaelson are now the legal guardian along with your husband of Henrik and Alexandria Mikealson. Congratulations."

The twins jumped from their seats before the words were completely out of the judges mouths and jumped into Caroline's lap, hugging her tightly. Klaus stood and shook hands with the judge. "Thank you your honor."

"You're welcome Mr. Mikaelson." The judge responded. "Now take your family home, I believe this is a cause for celebration."

Klaus nodded in agreement before he turned towards Caroline and the twins who had stopped hugging and gotten out of their seats. "Ready?"

Caroline nodded. "Now that our family is complete? Try to stop me."

As Klaus and Caroline led the twins out of the judge's chambers and through the court house, Henry and Lexi began to bicker about where they should go to celebrate.

"Pizza." Henry requested.

"No! We should get Chinese, that's Mom's favorite!" Lexi argued.

"Guys," Caroline interceded. "Let's figure out some place that we all like. But not sushi, your dad is the only one who likes that."

"Which is why I only ever get it when I'm at the office." Klaus stated. "Since no one else is as adventurous as me."

"Yeah, keep telling yourself that." Caroline teased.

"Can we call Uncle Elijah and Uncle Finn and see if they can all come?" Lexi asked.

"Not tonight sweetie, for this celebration we are going to keep it just to our part of the family." Klaus declared. "Okay?"

Both of the twins nodded before they started throwing out suggestions as to where they wanted to go while Caroline added some of her own, and Klaus just watched his family, enjoying the moment.


I hope that it was everything you wanted it to be. I know some are disappointed that there was no smut in the final part but it didn't really fit due to the adoption scene at the end. And I know some of you might be disappointed about her not getting pregnant by this part but I hope you will still come back to read the epilogues.

Speaking of the epilogues, please leave any suggestions you might have for future events you would like to see for our family here.

I do plan to write more Klaroline after the epilogues on this are complete, but I will be taking a bit of a break from it before I do. Not too long hopefully!