Hey, everyone! I know I haven't updated "Stolen Moments" in what seems like forever (the last time being September 28, 2018), but inspiration has been lacking. No spoilers, just enjoy what I have for you!

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the remedy is the experience.
this is a dangerous liaison
I says the comedy is that it's serious.
this is a strange enough new play on words
I say the tragedy is how you're gonna spend
the rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
well, it all amounts to nothing in the end.

Klaus smiled as he looked out at the crowd entering the club. Tonight, he had organized a special masked ball in honor of a certain blonde vampire had come to mean more to him than all the jewels on God's good earth. He had become a better man because of her and he knew she felt the same about him.

"I see you spared no expense with this event, Niklaus."

Elijah's voice behind him brought him out of his reverie and Klaus maintained his smile as he said, "You know me, brother. When it comes to Caroline, money is no object. If I know her, she won't be able to resist a party for very long." His senses alerted him to a familiar presence and looked to see Caroline walking in, grabbing the nearest mask. "Speak of the devil, there she is."

"Well, you certainly have her pegged," said Elijah. "Go on, then, enjoy your evening and be sure to give Caroline my regards."

Klaus nodded and left his brother's side to go down and grab a mask of his own. He needed to make sure Caroline didn't know it was him until the opportune moment, even though she'd most likely sense his presence. No matter, the hunt is half the fun.

Unaware that she wasn't entirely alone, Caroline made her way through the party goers. She approached the bar and ordered a drink from the bartender. She had to admit, this was her type of party. She couldn't remember the last time she had ever attended a party quite like it, and she had attended a lot of parties, both as a human and as a vampire. Regardless, she had a feeling this was going to be one of the best.

The bartender returned a minute later with a glass of wine. Caroline eyed it curiously. "Excuse me, but I didn't order this."

The bartender pointed toward a tall, masked man. "The gentleman over there did."

Caroline looked in the direction of the masked man and detected a familiar presence about him. Before she could wonder who it was, she knew the answer. Klaus. Of course. And I think this answers my question as to who sent the invitation to this party.

She took the glass and went over to the hybrid, who smirked at her. "I had a feeling this was your doing. I've had my suspicions about who sent me the invitation. Okay, spill it, what are you up to?"

"You think I'm up to something?" he said. "Caroline, love, you wound me. How could you possibly think I have an ulterior motive?"

"Oh, trust me, I've read the Klaus Mikaelson Playbook," said Caroline.

"The Klaus Mikaelson Playbook, you say?" said Klaus. "I had no idea there was a book a written about me. Of course, given the fact I've walked this earth for centuries, I'd imagine there would be an entire library of books written about me."

Caroline scowled. "Don't be so smug."

Klaus wasn't fazed by her remark. Instead, he laughed slightly. "Very well, love, if you want to know why I'm throwing this party tonight, I won't keep you in suspense. I'm actually throwing it in your honor."

"Wait, this party is for me?" said Caroline. "But, if it was for me, why did you send me an invitation? It doesn't make sense to invite the guest of honor to her own party."

"It was all part of the ruse," said Klaus. "I apologize for that, by the way." He smirked. "Tell me, love, are you surprised?"

"Surprised isn't the word," said Caroline. "Though, I have to commend you for your efforts, Klaus. Apparently, I've underestimated your power. Just when I think I have you figured out, you go and do a complete 180 and surprise me."

"Welcome to being in a relationship with me, Caroline," said Klaus. "You'll find that I'm full of surprises."

Caroline smiled for the first time since she entered the club. This evening definitely proved that there was never a dull moment with Klaus involved. She downed her drink and when she heard the music start to heat up, she looked at Klaus and smiled again.

"You know what? Let's dance."

"You don't have to ask," said Klaus. "I'd love to dance with you."

Caroline laughed and grabbed his hand, leading him out onto the dance floor.

Note: This is where I end this installment of "Stolen Moments." I know it's short, but I had nothing else to add. Enjoy and stay tuned!

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