Chapter 5

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Note: Previously, in "Forbidden Fruit is Always the Sweetest," Caroline encounters Klaus after he gives her earrings and the drawing he drew of her.

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Caroline & Elena's Dorm Room – 2 Weeks Later...

Caroline turned the pages of her psychology textbook as she lay on her belly on her bed. It had been a grueling two weeks since the encounter with Klaus and she had been doing her damndest to focus on her studies again, in an attempt to put that man out of her mind. She had to admit, though, she did enjoy kissing him, but that was beside the point. Charming as he was, she still barely knew him, not to mention the fact that she had no idea how they were going to make a "relationship" work between them, or how they were going to keep it a secret from everyone. Well, Damon and Elena already knew, but what about Dr. Martin, the one responsible for them meeting in the first place?

"Hey, Caroline."

Caroline looked up from her book to see Elena decked out in a sexy little black dress. "Wow, Elena, you look awesome. What's the occasion?"

Elena smiled. "Thank you. It's for a party that's being held at the Student Center tonight." She nodded at the sweats Caroline was wearing. "You should come. You've been doing nothing but studying the last two weeks since the whole 'incident' with Klaus, and it'll do you no good to keep your nose buried in that damn book. You love parties, remember?"

"That's true," said Caroline. "But, I've got a shit load of work to catch up on."

Elena rolled her eyes. "Caroline, it's Friday. Who the hell studies on a Friday? You can always put it off until tomorrow. Come to the party tonight. You need a night off."

Caroline wanted to protest, but knew it was futile, especially when she knew Elena was right. She had definitely been working too hard lately, and she could use a night off. She placed a bookmark in her book to save her place and got up from the bed.

"Just let me find something suitable to wear."

"I knew you'd change your mind," said Elena. "You won't regret this, Caroline, I guarantee it."

Caroline nodded and went to her closet. After only a moment of searching, she found a navy blue dress with spaghetti straps that she loved, went into the bathroom, and came back looking like she was on her way to a fancy benefit rather than a school party.

She gave herself a look in the mirror while putting on some strawberry lip gloss. "I clean up pretty good." Looking at Elena, she added, "Come on, let's get out of here before I change my mind."

Elena nodded and the two girls grabbed their purses and left the room.

Student Center – A Short Time Later...

The party was in full swing, with plenty of booze and music to go around. Caroline smiled as she took in the sights and sounds of the place, the stress from all the studying fading away like a bad memory. She was grateful that Elena convinced her to come out tonight, because she definitely needed a break from everything, especially Klaus.

"I see you're back to your old self," said Elena. "Aren't you glad I dragged you here?"

Caroline nodded. "Oh, yeah, definitely." She looked toward a back corner. "Lena, isn't that Stefan over there?"

Elena looked in the direction that Caroline was looking and saw that her ex-boyfriend was definitely there, and he had Katherine with him. Of course, since those two were practically joined at the hip, it was no surprise that they'd be here together.

"Look at that little slut. Bad enough I have to see them swap spit in class, but they don't have to show up everywhere I go," she said. "The only consolation I have is that Damon's here."

"My ears must be ringing, because I heard my name being mentioned."

Elena turned and saw Damon coming toward her, armed with two glasses, one for himself and the other for Elena, along with a bottle of bourbon that he had snatched from the bar. "Believe me, Damon, I think you'd better not leave my side tonight, because your stupid cousin is here with his slut girlfriend."

Damon looked over and saw Stefan. "I'll be a son of a bitch, it's him all right. Damn it, why the hell does he have to show up here?" He then saw the couple coming toward them. "Shit, here they come." He went over to Elena and wrapped his arm around her shoulders. "Just pretend to be nice to them and they'll get the hint."

Stefan gave the trio a smile when they got close enough. "Well, look who's here. I didn't expect to see you here tonight."

Elena faked a smile. "Where else would we be?" She looked at Katherine, noticing her outfit. "Nice dress, Katherine."

"Don't think I don't know what you're trying to do, Elena, because I can see through your bullshit," said Katherine. "You're pretending to be nice to us, thinking we wouldn't know. Well, let me tell you something, I'm not stupid."

Elena stood her ground. "No, you're not stupid. But, you are a slut that just so happens to look like me so that Stefan wouldn't feel bad about cheating on me with you last year."

Damon smirked. "Ooooh, she got you there."

"Shut up, Damon," said Stefan. "You have no room to talk, especially since you put her up to this."

"I did no such thing, cuz," said Damon. "Elena's acting on her own accord, completely free of any influence from me." He removed his arm from Elena's shoulders long enough to pour the bourbon into the glasses he had brought, offering his cousin a glass. "Want a sip? I brought plenty."

"No thanks," said Stefan. "I don't drink that shit. I haven't forgotten the stunt you pulled at the last family Christmas party. I was sick for a month after you forced that bourbon down my throat." He then squeezed Katherine's arm. "Come on, babe, let's get out of here. I don't want my cousin's stench to rub off on me."

Katherine nodded and the other couple walked off, leaving Damon, Elena, and Caroline alone. Once they were gone, Damon and Elena clanked their glasses together and drank the bourbon. No sooner did they finish than Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" began blaring on the speakers. Damon smiled at both Caroline and Elena.

"Come, ladies, let's dance!"

The girls giggled and they followed Damon out onto the dance floor, moving to the beat of the music. Caroline let Calvin's voice overtake her and in that instant, her encounter with Klaus two weeks ago was forgotten. She felt like a completely new person, especially in the company of her best friend and Damon, even if he annoyed the hell out of her sometimes.

Several Hours Later...

Caroline watched as Damon and Elena slow danced together, their bodies pressing against each other, occasionally kissing and exploring their mouths with their tongues. Sighing, Caroline then looked at her watch and saw that it was close to 1:00 in the morning. Shit, had she really been out that late? She wanted to tell Elena that they had to leave, but she decided against it, thinking that Damon would probably walk her back to the girls' dorms, or possibly sneak her into the boys' dorms for some late night action.

Grabbing her purse, Caroline exited the building, hoping that she could at least get back for some sleep. It wasn't that she didn't enjoy herself, which she did, but she wanted to climb into bed and rest up for the studying that she would no doubt be doing all day tomorrow.

As she walked down the dark, deserted path, Caroline looked all around her, having heard about the dangers of wandering the campus alone at night. So far, everything was quiet, except for the beating of her heart. Suddenly, Caroline felt herself being grabbed and then thrown against a tree. She looked to see who had grabbed her and when she saw a rather tough looking guy in a ski mask wielding a knife, she went to scream, but the guy clamped his hand over her mouth, pressing the blade of the knife against her throat.

"Don't you dare scream," he growled. "You scream once and I'll kill you."

Caroline mumbled something under his hand and when he removed his hand, she said, "What do you want from me? Money?" She shakily handed him her purse. "Here, just take what you want. I promise I won't tell anyone. Just please don't hurt me."

"Oh, I don't want your money," said the man. "I want to have a little fun with you."

Caroline knew what that meant and, remembering what she learned in karate, she kicked him in his groin and, seeing that he was stunned, ran away, hoping to escape him. However, her attacker quickly recovered and caught up to her, knocking her on the ground, punching her in the face before ripping at her dress with his knife, ignoring her sobs.

However, before he could proceed any further, the masked thug felt himself getting knocked aside, landing rather ungracefully on his ass and when he looked to see who had done it, he saw Klaus standing above him.

Growling, he said, "What the hell, man?"

Klaus didn't answer at first, just grabbed his shirt collar and made him face him. After a few minutes, he said, "Didn't your mother ever teach you to show a young lady some respect? This poor girl did nothing to deserve what you nearly did to her." He punched him in the face and then in the groin, only harder than Caroline did. "I hate men like you, thinking they can get away with treating a woman like she was nothing." He hit him again, this time knocking him unconscious. "Stay put. The police will be here shortly."

Once the attacker was subdued, Klaus then turned and went toward Caroline, who was slowly sitting up. Klaus removed his jacket and knelt down next to her, wrapping it around her. Caroline looked at him and, hot tears stinging her eyes, she threw herself against him, sobbing hard into his chest.

Klaus hugged her to him, running his fingers through her hair. "Shhh. It's okay, you're safe."

Caroline shook in his arms, sobbing harder. "Why the hell did I think I could walk back to the dorms by myself like that? I'm so stupid!"

Klaus pulled back and looked her in the eye. "Don't you ever say that about yourself again. You are not stupid, far from it. You made a mistake, we all do. None of this was your fault, so don't blame yourself for it." He hugged her again. "That's not important now. What's important is that the man who did this is going to be punished."

Caroline said nothing, just sniffed. It was ironic, really. Here she was trying to forget about him and he saved her from being raped. Still, she felt safe in Klaus' arms and although it was strange that he was here at this late hour, Caroline was grateful for it.

Note: I know, I'm evil, but I wanted to up the ante a bit, so I thought I'd have Klaus come to Caroline's rescue. Stay tuned!

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