A couple of hours later, Caroline returns after getting Matt home and is surprised to find Bonnie in the dining room while Stefan is in the kitchen washing dishes.
"Hey," Bonnie greets her with a smile. "How is Matt doing?"
"He's doing better. I think he'll be a little sore for the next few days though." Caroline cringes when she remembers how much Matt limped when he got out of the car. "Since it's so quiet, I'm guessing the others haven't gotten back yet and it's just you and Future Stefan."
Bonnie nods confirming Caroline's assumption.
"I see you made yourself dinner and dessert." Caroline looks at the dessert plate on the table in front of Bonnie.
"I didn't actually. Future Stefan made this." She tilts her head toward the kitchen where Stefan is.
"Really?" Caroline looks surprised. "I didn't know Stefan could cook."
"Neither did I, but it was amazing." She'd been surprised when her stomach growled earlier and Stefan offered to make her something. Curious about his cooking skills, she agreed and now here she was eating a piece of the cake he baked.
"So did you get any info about the woman that has Future Stefan's heart?" Caroline asks as she takes the seat next to Bonnie.
"Caroline, you should hear the way he talks about her." Bonnie says wistfully, something that doesn't escape Caroline's attention.
"What's she like? Is it an Elena 2.0 situation?" Caroline honestly hopes not because that would mean he just replaced Elena with this mystery woman. She wants something different for Stefan and hopes that what he has with this new woman.
"No." Bonnie shakes her head. "It's not like Elena at all. The vibe I get from him is completely different than the one our Stefan has with Elena."
"What do you mean?"
"You know how Stefan has a tendency to have singular-focus when it comes to Elena?"
"Yes." Caroline nods as she and Bonnie both remember the coin toss situation with Abby.
"I'm not really sure how to explain it." Bonnie taps her fingers on the table as she searches for the right way to phrase her thoughts. "He's obviously doing all he can to save his wife and it's obvious she's the best thing to ever happen to him, but we actually talked about a lot of different things. It wasn't about magic or Elena like it is with our Stefan."
Caroline is about to respond when Stefan walks in with a cake-filled plate and slides in front of Caroline.
"Wow! This so good."
Stefan and Bonnie both laugh when Caroline digs into it, making sounds of pleasure as she eats.
"So does the guy I end up with eat this in the future too?" She had been planning on making another attempt to question him when they were interrupted by the situation with Matt and Jeremy.
"Very subtle." Bonnie gets out between giggles, unable to hide her laughter.
"He does actually, but that's all I can tell you about him. Nice try though." Stefan shakes his head in amusement; he should have known Caroline wouldn't back down on this. He knows the future version of her can be just as persistent when comes to stuff like this.
The three turn toward the door when they hear door open and they see Damon saunter in, looking relaxed.
"What happened?" Caroline and Bonnie stand up and meet him in the living room.
"We managed to snap Jeremy out of out of it right away. It was actually a lot easier than we thought it would be, thanks to some tonic." Damon had been surprised when Jeremy's attitude change was fixed with a simple tonic, but he isn't going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
"So why did it take so long for you to get back here?" Bonnie had been alone with Stefan long enough for him to make dinner and dessert.
"And where are Elena and Stefan?" Caroline assumed they would have come back with Damon after all was said and done.
"My brother ran off to be alone or something." He shrugs, he hadn't been all that focused on his brother. "And me and Elena were busy giving each other pleasure." He looks up at Stefan when he says the latter giving him a smug look.
Bonnie and Caroline give him twin looks of disgust, but Damon ignores them not at all surprised by them. What he's really interested in is Future Stefan's reaction. He had time to think and he's starting to believe that Future Stefan was lying to save face in front of everyone.
Stefan stares at Damon blank-faced for several before he starts to chuckle loudly, drawing the attention of Bonnie and Caroline who they hadn't realized was in the room.
"What the hell are you laughing at?" Damon snarls at the future version of his brother. He'd purposely revealed his sex session with Elena hoping to gauge Stefan's reaction. He had expected some anger or hurt, not laughter. And he has to admit the laughter is throwing him off.
"You're seriously trying to bait me into a fight by bragging about sleeping with Elena?" He shakes his head in disbelief. "Despite me telling you that I don't end up with her."
"Listen you can pretend-"
"No you listen!" Stefan interrupts his voice suddenly serious and filled with emotion, surprising everyone in the room. "The only reason I'm here is to save the love of my life."
Both Bonnie and Caroline feel a tug at their hearts when his voice cracks slightly, while Damon sighs impatiently.
"I didn't come here to reminisce about my past relationship with Elena. And I definitely don't want to get into some stupid pissing contest with you." Stefan glowers at him, causing Damon to look away in annoyance. "The sooner you figure that out the better off we'll all be."
Stefan walks out of the room and makes his way to his temporary bedroom, feeling drained all of a sudden.
Not long after, Bonnie and Caroline decide to leave as well, no longer wanting to around Damon.
Several hours later
When Stefan regains consciousness he feels as though he has been hit by a semi truck and when he looks around the room he is surprised to find himself on his couch at the boarding house. The last thing he remembers is being at Caroline and Tyler's rehearsal dinner. He and Bonnie had been out on the balcony until Caroline demanded they come back inside. They had been on their way inside when there was an explosion of fire and then nothing.
Stefan sits up and Tyler is the first to notice. He nudges Caroline awake and she sighs sadly when she realizes Stefan is awake. How do you tell one of your best friends that their wife and child are gone?
"It's good to see you awake." Tyler is the first to speak, having no idea what to say. He knows Stefan won't want to be awake once he finds out what happened to Bonnie.
"Where's Bonnie?" Stefan looks around in confusion when he fails to see Bonnie anywhere in the room. "Are she and the baby okay?"
Caroline exchanges a sad glance with Tyler, not quite knowing how to break the news to him.
"Tell me where my wife is!" Stefan picks up on their distress and begins to yell loudly.
"Stefan…" Caroline begins sadly, tears welling up in her eyes.
"No!" He shakes his head, not wanting to hear the rest.
"S-She didn't make it. I'm sorry." Caroline gets out between sobs.
"No! No! You're lying to me. She can't be-" Stefan stands up and tries to rush out of the room.
"It's true the explosion was just too much for her body." Tyler stands in the doorway, blocking Stefan's exit. He knows if he lets him, Stefan will try to go back to the ballroom. "I'm really sorry, man."
The sad look on Tyler's face makes Stefan realize that what he and Caroline are telling him is the truth. That Bonnie and child are gone and suddenly all he sees is anger.
One minute Tyler is blocking Stefan from leaving and the next Stefan has him a chokehold. He looks into Stefan's eyes and Tyler can tell that the vampire is completely out of it. That he's fueled by his anger at losing his family in the blink of an eye. He understands it; he felt similarly when it came to Klaus. In the end Stefan had been the one to help him get past his hatred, so he'll take the brunt of Stefan's anger, knowing that the vampire needs an outlet.
Stefan's grip remains unmovable, despite Caroline's yells and attempts to pull him away. Eventually Tyler attempts to remove Stefan's hand from his throat as it's more difficult for him to breathe. However, it almost as though Stefan's fury gives him super strength because he's unable to break Stefan's hold.
"Stefan, stop it!" Caroline yells out, only to be surprised when Stefan suddenly growls out in pain and drops Tyler to the floor.
After a few seconds Stefan collapses to the ground as well. Caroline is confused until she spots a vervain dart sticking out of Stefan neck and Matt holding one of Bonnie's dart guns. She assumes it must be one of her more mild guns since Stefan is still conscious and figures Matt must have gone to get the gun when she was trying to pull Stefan off of Tyler.
Caroline rushes to Tyler, worried that Stefan might have actually done some damage.
"I'm okay." Tyler croaks out as she caresses his cheek. Once he catches his breath, they both take a look at the floor where Stefan is lying and share a sad look when they see the distraught look in Stefan's eyes.
Stefan shoots up in the bed, distressed by the memory. For a brief second he thinks that it was just a terrible nightmare, but when looks around and doesn't see Bonnie beside him, he remembers that his nightmare is actually reality. Not one night has passed that he hasn't been bombarded with the memory of being told Bonnie was gone. And tonight is no different.
Deciding that he needs some air, he pulls on his clothes and walks around town, coming to a stop when he realizes he's near the lake he and Bonnie have spent a lot of time at. After Silas, it had been difficult for him to come back here without remembering being in that safe, but he looks at it as the beginning of his life with Bonnie. He also remembers this being the place where he received some of the best news of his life.
"Not that I'm not enjoying being out here with you, but is there a reason you asked me to bring you out here." Stefan asks as he holds Bonnie in his arms while they glance out at the lake.
They had been on their way home from a movie night when Bonnie asked him to make a detour to the lake. He'd been surprised since it's February and it's still chilly outside, but when she looked at him with those beautiful green eyes, he couldn't say no. Besides the idea of wrapping his arms around Bonnie had incredibly appealing.
"Because I need to tell you something and I thought this would be the best spot."
"What do you have to tell me?" He says softly as he presses a kiss against her forehead. He knows whatever it is has to be important since she wanted to come to the lake.
"I will, but first I want you to use that vamp hearing and tell me what you hear out here." She shifts, giving him a smile that brightens when he does as she asks.
Stefan closes his eyes and begins to pinpoint each sound. "I hear the wind blowing, the sound of you breathing and finally my favorite thing to listen to; your heartbeat." He finishes and looks at her not quite sure where she's going with this.
"Anything else?" She asks as she rubs the back of his hand with her fingers.
Stefan gives her a perplexed look, but listens again a bit more carefully this time. And he's surprised to hear a second heartbeat coming from Bonnie's body. Surprised he spins her around his arms so she facing him and listens again.
"Another heartbeat-" His eyes shoot from Bonnie's coat covered stomach to her face where she's looking at him with a knowing smile on her face.
"You're pregnant?" He asks just to make sure he's not hearing things.
Bonnie nods her head happily and laughs when he scoops her up into his arms, spinning her around in a circle before pressing his lips to hers.
Stefan is brought out of his thoughts when he hears the sound of a twig snapping and hears the object of his thoughts calling out his name.
"Stefan?" The last person Bonnie had expected to see when she decided to come out here was Stefan. At first she thought it was her Stefan, but based on his posture and his jacket, she quickly figured out it was Future Stefan. "What are you doing out here?"
"I come out here when I need to think." He feels a kick to his gut whenever he looks at her. It's hard being in her presence and not being able to greet her the way he normally would. It's even more difficult looking into her eyes and not seeing the love reflected in her eyes. Still being around any version of her means a lot to him so he tries to push down his depression and focus on the reason she's out here "What about you, why are you out here at 2am?"
"Same reason as you I guess. For some reason coming out here always calms me." Bonnie answers suddenly wondering if the Stefan that she knows does the same.
Stefan nods his head, despite knowing the answer to her question already.
"Are you okay? Wait, let me rephrase that, "What's wrong?" Bonnie asks bluntly, knowing right away that something is wrong.
"How did you know I was upset?" Stefan looks at her in shock, surprised that she figured it out so quickly. Then again Bonnie had always been good at reading him. Especially once they became closer.
"Well I mean aside from the whole I-traveled-back-in-time-to-save-my-wife thing, I can practically feel the pain coming from you." Bonnie doesn't know why she feels his pain so clearly, but she does and knows that he's trying his hardest to hide it from her.
"I couldn't sleep." He reveals after a few moments of silence. "I've been dreaming about what happened the night I lost her." He stares at the water seemingly lost in his pain. "Every time I wake up, for a few seconds I feel relief that it was only a nightmare. But when I see her side of the bed empty, I remember it actually happened and it's like I'm living it all over again." He looks down, trying to hold in his tears
"I want to help you." Bonnie blurts out suddenly. She hadn't planned on saying that, but seeing him so sad makes her want to help him.
"I couldn't ask you to do that." Stefan shakes his head negatively, not wanting her to get dragged into yet another problem. He also has to admit that the idea of Bonnie unknowingly helping herself kind of weirds him out.
"That's exactly why I want to help you. We talked for hours and it had nothing to do with magic. You didn't make me feel like a tool or a secret weapon. And I hate to say it, but feeling a human being doesn't happen to me all that much these days."
Bonnie looks away sadly and Stefan frowns knowing it will take awhile before she stops feeling that way. Not to mention ashamed that it takes him a while before he becomes an actual friend to Bonnie.
"So let me help you Salvatore. Let me help you find a way to save your wife." She implores fiercely.
"Okay." He gives her warm smile, knowing that there's no stopping her when she gets like this. "Thank You."
"Don't mention it." She smiles back at him and they both look out at the horizon taking in the glow of the moon against the lake.
"That's it, Love." Klaus groans as he thrusts inside of the woman he brought home tonight. After dealing with the Mystic Falls gang, all he wanted to do was satisfy himself with some blood and sex. So he'd picked out the beautiful woman he saw and now here he was embedded inside of her.
He slams into her a few times before he fills his balls tighten and then he's coming inside of her. He thrusts until she flies into her orgasm and without warning his bites into her neck draining her dry.
He begins to laugh evilly, knowing that she definitely hadn't planned on losing her life when she agreed to come home with her. Klaus is just about to drag the woman out of bed when he sees a flash of smoke and suddenly a dark-haired man he doesn't recognize is standing his front of him.
"Who the hell are you?" He snarls, jumping out of the bed, not caring one bit that he's naked. However before he can charge at him, a fist is hitting him in the face.
"Don't worry about who I am." The mystery man says as Klaus recovers from the punch. "All you need to know is that I'm from the future and I need your help to fix a problem I have."
"Why would I want to help you?" Klaus snaps, irritated by the man's presence.
"You want to take over this place right?" He asks referring to the town of Mystic Falls.
Klaus says nothing, only giving him a blank stare.
"Well I can help you do it if you help me." The mystery man hints knowing that Klaus is attracted to power,
"By doing what exactly?" He asks somewhat intrigued but still cautious.
"By taking out the Bennett witch."
Klaus laughs in disbelief. Bonnie may be thorn in his side, but she can be useful to him at times.
"I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the witch. She is even more powerful in the future than she is now and manages to destroy you."
"Now I know you're lying." Klaus chuckles. "She wouldn't dare because if she does that means she kills nearly everyone she cares about as well."
"What if I told you that the witch found away to destroy you without harming anyone she cares about."
"…" Klaus frowns worriedly, he'd known Bonnie was powerful and he thought it was attractive, but not if she manages to destroy him with that power.
Knowing this is his chance to convince Klaus, the man continues trying to convince him.
"I managed to succeed in the future, but afterwards I realized that killing her now would prevent her from doing all the good she will do in the future. Which will turn the tide back over to my side." The man grins at him.
"Again I have to ask, aside from preventing my murder, what is in it for me?"
"It's simple kill the witch and I'll make you even more powerful and indestructible than you already are. Do we have a deal?" He raises an eyebrow, waiting for Klaus' response.
"We have a deal." Klaus agrees. "Now get the hell out of my bedroom."