Disclaimer: I own NOTHING. If I did, Elena would've chosen Stefan in the finale and not Damon.

Alright. The idea for this fic came from the movie "Natalee Holloway", but it is VERY different.

Prologue

Prologue

"Are you ready?"

Stefan looked up from his seat. His eyes were bloodshot, and looked like he hadn't slept in days.

Who was ready for this? Stefan numbly wondered. Who was ready to deal with something this life-altering? Who was ready to face that their world had been changed forever and definitely not for the better?

Stefan simply nodded his head.

The truth was, this wasn't about him.

This had nothing to do with him.

This was about the one person who mattered more than his very existence.

He would do whatever it took.

"Listen," The middle age woman began, her eyes soft. "I am so sorry that I had to tell yo-"

Stefan shook his head, his whole being just numb. "Please, I can't...I can't hear it again. I have to go out there and tell millions of people that my world is missing," He breathed in deeply. "I have to tell all of them who is responsible."

The woman nodded. "Still, you don't have to do that now. I laid one hell of a bombshell on you. If you need a few minutes..."

"Elena doesn't have a few minutes!" Stefan snapped, and then calmed himself down. "Listen, I don't know what's going on, okay? I don't know if my girl is..." He blinked back tears. "I don't know! All I do know is that this is not gonna go unpunished, and those guys...are not gonna be able to hide from this. I'll make sure of that."

The woman nodded again, and looked at him with a great deal of respect. "In that case, you're on now."

Stefan nodded and followed the woman out.

Stefan stepped into the news room, and stood in front of the camera.

"My name is Stefan Salvatore and my girlfriend, Elena Gilbert has disappeared." He began. "She was last seen at the Dark Horse being lead away by two guys maybe a couple years older than me." He took a deep breath. "One of them is Klaus Michelson . He is involved in a violent crime against my girlfriend. The other believed to be merely an accomplice, is Elijah Michelson."

Stefan's eyes held a tinge of raw anger, but kept calm. "I am hoping to get this message across to every nation out there. Do not let these criminals walk among your citizens. Do not chance letting him do to someone you love what he has done to someone that I love." He choked and blinked back a few tears. "This is in honor of my beautiful girlfriend who I have not seen in forty two days, and who I will continue to search until I find her. Thank you."