"Twelve Drummers Drumming"


Caroline yawned for the millionth time.

She rested her head back on the seat, adjusting the neck pillow.

"Why did you wake me up so early?" She whined, opening one eye as she glanced at Klaus across the aisle.

"Well, it was either an hour and a half flight; or about a thirteen hour drive..."

Caroline groaned, "Okay, okay." She knelt forward and looked out her window, "But seriously, the sun isn't even up yet."

Klaus opened his mouth to counter her, but Caroline gasped.

"Is that an ocean!? Oh my god! That's an ocean!"

"Welcome to Florida, sweetheart."


Caroline gleefully walked out of the terminal, lacing her arm around Klaus's.

"Platonically." She reminded herself.

"Now, what're we doing here?" She asked, "Florida's not exactly the most Christmas-y state in December…"

"Well, that, of course, you must simply find out for yourself."

Caroline pouted, "Of course."


Caroline eagerly looked out the window of the rental car.

Christmas music played through the speakers.

She hummed to herself as Klaus drove easily.

"Hey, I told my mom I'd spend Christmas with her, will we be back by like…four or so?" Caroline asked quickly, remembering her promise to her mom.

Klaus nodded, "That can be arranged, it's hardly eight-thirty."

"Oh god, is it that early?"

Klaus laughed as Caroline groaned and thumped her head against the headrest.

"You're up by this time when you have class." Klaus argued side glancing at her as he drove.

"Yeah, but its Christmas vacation! It's practically illegal to be up this early."

"Well," Klaus began, "I think you'll find this worth the early hours."

"You better hope so, or this," She said, pointing to her fist, "Is going to meet your face."

Klaus laughed, "You'll punch me? Is that a threat?"

"Maybe." Caroline smirked, "We'll just have to see how awesome this gift…" She trailed off as the signs for Disney World came into view.

"Oh my god." She breathed, "Is it the parade? The Christmas parade? Are we going to watch it!?"

Klaus laughed and nodded.

Caroline squealed, "The Disney Christmas parade! My life is complete!"


Once they entered the park, Klaus had to keep up with Caroline's quick pace.

"We have to make sure we stand somewhere good, I don't want to get stuck behind annoying kids and their crazy parents."

Klaus followed as she brushed past several people.

Finally, she stopped when she got to an area that was roped off that hadn't yet been filled.

"This." She said, "Is perfect. We'll be able to see everything right from the front."

"Caroline!"

Caroline turned quickly, who could possibly know her out her in Florida?

"Mom!" She said happily, "What're you doing here?"

"Oh, my flight got in before yours, here look, I bought you some of those Mickey ears you always wanted!"

Caroline went to look at Klaus, but he wasn't there.

Her mom continued chattering as she couldn't help but continue looking for Klaus.

He wouldn't just leave them here.

"Technically, he didn't." Caroline thought, feeling the disappointment, "I said I wanted to spend Christmas with my mom, he's giving me what I want."

Caroline turned quickly back to the road as music began to play, signaling the start of the parade.

"Isn't this fun!" Liz said happily, "You've always wanted to see this live, and now you can. Merry Christmas Caroline!"

Caroline smiled, "Merry Christmas, mom."

"Merry Christmas Nik." She thought, turning around once more.


After the excitement from the morning, Caroline and Liz flew back to Mystic Falls together.

Caroline opened presents from her mom and had a present for her mom to open as well.

This Christmas was the one that topped them all.

After all the supernatural events that took place in her life, it was so nice to have such a human moment.

A normal Christmas with her mom.

And yet, it felt like something was missing.

"Oh, Caroline! Look!" Her mom yelled from the kitchen.

Caroline hurried in, and smiled.

"A white Christmas!"

Caroline smiled, "Before the snow sticks, I need to run a quick errand. I'll be right back."


Caroline pulled up to the Mikaelson manor as the snow just started to stack up on the grass.

She turned her car off and exhaled, not really knowing what to expect.

Bravely, she pulled her scarf tight and buttoned her jacket.

"If there's nothing in the first place, you can't lose anything." She assured herself.

The snow crunched beneath her feet as the wind blew her hair into a disarray.

She watched the ground with every step trying to conjure up the words.

Caroline stopped.

"What words?" She thought, "What am I even going to say?"

She looked up the front steps to the house.

"What am I even doing here?" She shook her head and turned around.

"Caroline?"

She paused and turned slowly, greeted by Klaus coming down the steps.

"What're you doing here?"

Caroline frowned and bit her bottom lip, "I…I…" She shook her head, "I don't know."

Klaus stepped towards her.

"I thought I knew what I was going to say, but really, I….don't." She smiled apologetically, "But, thank you. Seriously, this was the best Christmas I've ever had."

Klaus nodded, "Then I am happy."

Caroline scowled, "What?"

Klaus shrugged, "That's all I got out of this, your happiness. I told you, I only want you to experience joy, Caroline. You deserve it."

"But I-"

"Caroline." Klaus took another step towards her, placing his hand against her arm, "Of course I want you to choose me."

Caroline was stunned at his bluntness.

"However, I understand that now is not our time. We'll have our time, and when we do," Klaus pushed a strand of hair out of Caroline's face, she closed her eyes and felt his touch, "It will last forever."

Caroline opened her eyes and Klaus was gone.

Leaving her with a lot to think about.


Caroline sat in her room, at her vanity; she twisted the ring from day five around her finger.

"What's wrong with giving him a chance?" She couldn't help herself think.

She rotated the ring three times.

Caroline couldn't remember the last time she'd been so happy.

And it was all at Klaus' expense.

He did this for her.

To make this Christmas great.

Caroline shook her head while she took the ring off. She exuded a sigh and laid her head against her desk.

Suddenly, she heard a knock at her door.

Her head lifted instantly.

She rushed to the door and opened it.

All that awaited her was a simple letter.

"The Mikaelson's would like to invite you to their New Year's Eve Celebration"

Caroline flipped it over, and on the back, in pen it read:

"This ticket admits one only, a date is simply prohibited."

Caroline laughed out loud.

"Meet me at midnight, your choice,

Nik"

Caroline felt a shiver run up her spine.

A choice was needed to be made.

But the best choice, wasn't going to be the easiest.


A/N: A little cliffy Sorry, not sorry.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! This story was so much fun to write! Even though I probably bitched about having to update every day, every day...It was definitely worth it. You all made my entire month of December! I love you guys. Seriously. 100 reviews, 53 favorites, 121 follows!? Like, what even!? Like, I said, I LOVE YOU GUYS! LOVE LOVE FREAKING LOVE!

See you on New Year's, bitches ;)