So . . . this is it. I'd like to start off by saying thank you, to all of you. I don't care if you followed this fic from the beginning, or if you've only started it recently, thank you for reading it anyway. I never imagined that I would get even half the reviews this story has gotten, so thank you. I wasn't in a particularly good point in my life throughout this fic, but you guys have really helped me. Your praise and support in your reviews has really made a difference, and things are getting better.
I would try to thank you all personally, but, unfortunately there are far too many of you to do that. I want you to know, however, that every review, from each of you, meant a lot to me, so thank you.
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crystalhoney, for being especially kind and encouraging, and always eager to know more.
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Before I say goodbye, I'd like to tell you about my other Klaroline fic, which I have now started. It's called Stone Cold Silence, and, well, here's the summary;
Caroline is a new councillor at Mystic Falls Psychiatric Hospital. Klaus is her new patient. There's something about him that she just can't place, if only she could get him to talk. She knows he's hiding something. That there's something more to his story. Because people don't just wake up with mental problems. At least, not people like him. Something leads them there. And Caroline wants to know what it is.
I hope that some of you will continue to read my writing, and that I can keep you as reviewers and friends.
Thank you again, so much, I really do appreciate all of your love and support!
~ EPILOGUE ~
Mystic Falls, present day
Many years had passed since the wedding of Caroline and Klaus Mikaelson, and the years in between, had not been easy. They had been filled with unbearable loss, disaster, and heartbreak. But through all of it, the two never left each other's sides. They dealt with everything together, one thing at a time, and somehow, they'd got to where they were now. Caroline had already been told, that being a vampire would be hard. She'd known that one day, she'd have to say goodbye to the people she loved, one-by-one, as she outlived all of them. She knew that she could never stay in one place, for more than a few years, for fear of people discovering what she was, after her reign as Queen was over. But no one had quite prepared her for how overwhelming it could be.
The only person she could depend on, throughout it all, was Klaus. And she was so glad she had him, because she didn't know what she would've done if she hadn't.
A few months after their marriage, Rebekah asked her brother if she could take a dose of the cure, and settle down with Matt, the servant boy. Klaus had been a little reluctant at first, but had eventually agreed. His sister had lived enough lifetimes for both her, and her lover boy. She deserved to be happy. After taking the cure, Rebekah and Matt moved to a house that Klaus had built for them, not far from the castle. And every week almost, Caroline and Klaus would visit his sister, her husband, and their three children.
Kol, after being banished from the castle by Klaus, was never seen again. And after many years without him, Klaus got word from Damon that Kol had been killed in a terrible "accident" by Katerina's hands. Finally, one of Katerina's murder plots succeeded, though how you can accidentally set fire to someone, Klaus would never be able to understand. He wasn't bitter about it though, as Kol's death was no huge loss. Klaus hadn't thought of him as a brother for years, not since they'd been turned, really.
Finn left not long after, to live with Sage in a small English village. And after all these years, Klaus still kept in touch with him, occasionally visiting the two of them. He was glad that his brother could finally be happy, without their parents overlooking everything that he did. Finn refused to take the cure though, not yet. He said that eventually, he and Sage would take it together, when it was time.
Not long after that, Klaus and Caroline received an interesting letter from Damon Salvatore. After everything that had happened between them, Klaus had forgiven him for his attempts to kill him, and him and his brother occasionally visited them. Along with the mysterious Elena Gilbert. And the letter concerned Elena in particular. When Klaus had told them to leave, the three of them had fled on a boat to America, whilst Katherine had decided to stay behind. Once there, they'd found a little town called Mystic Falls, where Damon and Stefan's mother was from. Upon driving there, their carriage had been run off of a bridge, and before the carriage could be completely consumed by water, Damon had fed Elena his blood, as a precaution.
Of course, Elena had died, before the Salvatores could find a way to break out of the carriage. Damon had been devastated, as he'd known Elena never wanted to be a vampire. Still, there was nothing he could do, as the cure was back in England, and it would be a while before they could get a boat back there. Plus, he had doubts over whether Klaus would even deem Elena "worthy" of the cure. So he'd allowed her to live as a vampire, for a while, before giving her the choice. She said that she'd rather be a vampire, and be with him, than have to grow old, while he stayed young forever.
Rebekah and Matt died not long after, as humans often do. Though Klaus had not been expecting them to die so young. The two of them had been victims of a terrible disease, when their children were long gone, and grown up. Klaus had offered to turn them both into vampires, but they'd refused. Still, he and Caroline had visited the two of them almost every day, as did their children, up until the point of their passing. Klaus had them buried in a small plot not far from where Jenna and Jeremy were. Rebekah's death had probably been the hardest for Klaus, though he knew it was what she'd wanted.
Many years after that, England went to war with a far off country, and their men attacked Klaus and Caroline's castle. They killed thousands of people, and many of Klaus' men in the process. But that wasn't all. One of the men managed to actually get into the castle, and he burned it to the ground. Very few people survived, and unfortunately Anna, Bonnie, April and Meredith were not among them.
Their deaths had been hard, but nowhere near as hard as the deaths of Caroline's family. She was so destroyed, that Klaus honestly didn't know if she was going to get through it. But despite all of that, she never once chose to turn it off. She said that no matter how devastated she was over their deaths, it was better to know that she loved them with all her heart, than to feel nothing at all over their deaths. He honestly didn't believe he'd ever loved her more, than in that moment, and he admired her strength through such a difficult time.
After there was nothing left for the two of them in England, Caroline and Klaus decided to travel the world. There was so much he had to show her, so much that she had to learn. They'd travelled everywhere, from Paris, to Italy, to China, to Australia, in the space of about one-hundred years. Eventually, they'd been to almost every corner of the Earth. But after a while, traveling became tiresome, and after hearing so much about America from Damon, Stefan and Elena, they decided to go there instead.
Caroline loved it there, and they spent most of their time with Elena and the Salvatores. And eventually, Elijah joined them. Katherine had left England, and had sent Elijah a letter, telling him that when she was ready, she'd come and find him, and then they could be together. He counted the seconds until then, and moved to New Orleans. Stefan left them eventually, too. There was nothing left for him now, and he felt he was simply getting in the way of Damon and Elena's relationship. He promised his brother that he would visit often, and went off, to find out what the world could offer a man like him.
After a good hundred years of all of them living in Mystic Falls, they'd called everyone together one last time. Caroline, Klaus, Elena, Stefan, Damon, Katherine, Elijah, Finn, Sage, Lexi and Rose. They agreed that, whenever one of them wanted to take the cure, they would go to Klaus, and he would give them the location of just one of the doses. They also agreed, however, that none of them were quite ready to do it just yet.
Klaus and Caroline had agreed that, when the time was right, they would take the cure together. They knew that, eventually, they would get tired of the life they lead, having to lose all of their friends, and they would eventually have to die themselves. But when they did, they wanted to make sure that it was together. Elena and Damon made a similar agreement, and Elena was quite surprised, as she knew that Damon saw humanity as a weakness. He liked to be strong, and powerful, almost unbeatable. But he said that, if it was what Elena wanted, he'd do it without a second thought.
And one fine, sunny day in New Orleans, Elijah finally got what he had waited so very long for.
He was walking along the streets, hands in his pockets, on the way to the bar to meet an old friend of his. He'd spent many years in New Orleans now, and had settled there quite well. Though there was still something missing, and it didn't take a genius to figure out what it was. He missed his Katerina. It had been almost five-hundred years now, and Elijah was growing tired of waiting. Despite this though, he didn't want her to come back, if she was still putting on this Katherine facade. If, after all this time, his Katerina was gone, then he guessed he would probably have to give up hope. There was only so much a man could take.
It was then, that he saw her walking down the street, a small piece of paper in her hand.
She looked so . . . different. She was no longer Katherine, but she wasn't his Katerina either. And he should've known long ago, that his Katerina was never going to come back, not really. Because she was gone, and he just had to accept that, and move on. Her hair was just as long, and perfect as he remembered, flowing down her back in light curls. She looked . . . younger somehow. He knew that was impossible, but without all the hate and anger behind her eyes, she really did look so much younger.
It was too much, and before he could stop himself, he rushed over to her, and held her in his arms.
She went stiff for a moment, before realizing who it was, and she then relaxed into his arms. Finally, after all this time, they could be together, and there was nothing and no one that could stop them now. She was home.
All the way back in Mystic Falls, a few days later, Caroline and Klaus Mikaelson made their way through town, on their way back from Damon and Elena's house. It was quite early in the morning, and they walked, hand-in-hand, Caroline's hair framing her pale face like a halo in the sunlight. She'd just been telling Elena about her job she'd just gotten, as a nurse. She'd been training for so long, and Klaus could not have been more proud. Meredith had taught her so much back in England, and Caroline loved to take care of people, it was the perfect job for her.
Klaus, however, wrote novels for a living. He'd been doing so for many years, and had been published several times. He'd had to change his pen-name a few times, of course, so as not to arouse suspicion. K. Mikaelson, Nik Mikael, Klaus M., Nik M., Niklaus Mikael . . . He'd lost track of the many names he'd made for himself. But on the day each book was published, Caroline would go straight to the nearest bookstore, and buy one of the very first copies. It had become sort of a tradition, as he never allowed her to read his books until they were finished. There was a whole bookcase full of Klaus' books, all read and adored by Caroline.
Walking through the town, Caroline gave a small gasp, and stopped in the middle of the street. Klaus looked concerned for a moment, until he saw a grin stretch across Caroline's face. He followed her line of vision across the street, to where two little children were playing.
They couldn't have been older than five or six, and they were sat at their mother's feet outside a cafe, while she spoke to a friend. They were playing with small toys, and throwing them up in the air. Caroline had always loved kids, Klaus knew this, and she'd loved to go over to Rebekah and Matt's house to see their children. She'd sit with them for hours, telling them stories, and playing games with them.
"They're so cute!" she exclaimed, still grinning, and Klaus couldn't help but agree. A few hundred years ago, before he met Caroline, the idea of standing in the street, and grinning like an idiot over a pair of children would have been completely ridiculous. But he'd always found Caroline's enthusiasm infectious, and he had to admit, if there was one person he wouldn't mind having children with, it was her.
"Do you want one?" he asked, and she turned to him, shocked. They'd talked about taking the cure before, but they'd never, not once talked about the possibility of children. In fact, Caroline had ruled it out almost completely.
"Maybe one day, I mean we always said -" she replied, but Klaus cut her off. He reached inside his pocket, and held up two pieces of printed paper to Caroline. Plane tickets, to England.
"Why not now?"
And so that was the day that Klaus and Caroline Mikaelson set off back to England. Klaus knew exactly where the cure was located, and was no longer afraid of taking it. He knew now, what he wanted, and how much Caroline wanted the same. And for two people who had lived so long, and lived so many different lives, going back to humanity was but the next great adventure.
~ THE END ~