I know it's been a long wait but I kept re-writing this chapter. Not sure if it's gone in the direction I was aiming for but this is how it came so this is what I give you.
Thank you and big hugs to all of you who have read and stayed with me through this.
Sorry for any errors you discover. Enjoy
Bonnie stood on the branch, leaning back onto the thick trunk taking in the sight before her. Fells Church stood before her filled with the hustle of early morning walkers, joggers and Mother's trying to wake their children up for school. Father's fetching the morning paper to have with their coffee before going to work. They had all lost a few days of their lives but Bonnie justified with herself that a few days was worth the price rather than the many lives that would have been taken. She planted fake memories that a serious plaque had placed the town under lock down and kept them all in doors while special services had come and cleansed the town. It was a little farfetched as far as she was concerned but as Meredith had pointed out it was a lot easier and less time consuming than going into each of their memories and faking their lives for the days they had been asleep.
It was now the fifth day of them waking up and Bonnie was happy that no long term damage had occurred to anybody from the effects of her spell. For the first day many where hungry and dehydrated, a few slightly confused and un-coherent; while others had so much energy they spent the day running around town trying to burn it off. Though nobody could explain to each other why they were behaving this way; they all between them figured it must be the after effects of the strange plaque.
Bonnie wasn't too worried about being discovered in her tree; if someone happened to look up they wouldn't see her anyway; not before they cracked their necks anyway. She was stood on the highest branch of the tree. Closing her eyes, she breathed in the wind blowing against her face. She was alive. She also woke up five days; the difference was she had woken up from death. She remembered everything about her encounter with Brandon and the beach. At the time when he told her about his conditions, she didn't understand them. Now she knew; and the conditions had been a blessing on her. Looking up towards the blue sky she kissed her fingertips and blew.
For the past five days she would silently thank the heavens and Brandon for their gift to her. True to his word, Bonnie had woken up with her memories of her imprisonment but it no longer hurt to think of her time there nor what she went through. Bonnie was also in a way glad that they couldn't take those memories from her, they are a piece of her and is what has helped her become the person she is; Good or bad, it is events in our lives that shape us, change us and teach us life's lessons.
As though the heavens received her kiss of thanks and hearing her thoughts a ray of sun broke though the white clouds and landed on her. Laughing out a-loud in sheer joy, she winked into the ray then sprinted along the branch before jumping from the tip. She allowed herself a few seconds of free falling before allowing the rush to consume her changing into her Hawk form and taking flight towards the old wood and the Boarding house.
Taking a detour through the trees she twirled in and out of the branches; dancing with the trees. In the past five days pieces of her old self had come slowly creeping back to her. She remembered what it felt like to be free, to play and have fun; most importantly to live.
5 Days Ago;
Bonnie felt warmth spread through her as she slowly began to wake up. She could feel the large gentle hands stroke her cheeks and knew instantly who they belonged to. Capturing his hand in hers, she opened her eyes to see his midnight black eyes shining down at her.
He responded by giving her a smile that melted her heart "Hey back!"
Before she could give him a smile in return he crushed his lips onto hers. Damon knew he was a being rough but he couldn't control himself nor could he even begin to try. Taking her hair into his hand he fisted it pinning her head where she lay; while his other hand held her jaw. He didn't know when his fangs had come out but he could feel them cutting and piercing her with his assault; taste her blood but he continued.
Bonnie took the assault on her mouth with open arms. She knew this was Damon's way of dealing with emotions when he didn't know how else to deal with them. His aura screamed against hers; Damon Salvatore had been scared. That fear had been replaced with relief so fast he was dealing the only way he knew how. As she felt her blood trickle down her chin towards her neck she pushed inside his aura, calming him. She took hold of his emotions and soothed them back down to a level that he could deal with.
She felt the pressure soften on her lips as she released him. He began kissing her chin and neck cleaning up her blood while her lips healed.
"I'm sorry" He whispered, his breath tickling her skin.
"What for? Kissing me, I'm hoping there are more where that came from!" Damon looked up to see her smiling at him with no conviction in her eyes for what he had just done to her. She knew him, accepted him and took him as he was with no intentions of wanting him being anybody else but himself. Growling at her he captured her lips once again, more gentle this time. Finally groaning when he knew if he didn't get them downstairs soon then he was jumping out of the window with her and disappearing.
Wrapping her legs around his waist he stood up and began walking towards the door.
"Damon, shouldn't I get dressed first?" Bonnie let a little giggle loose as she took in his features looking at her bare legs wrapped around him. "You keep looking at me like that, were not going to make it out the door"
"That's fine by me" Going against what he wanted to do, Damon let her down onto the floor to go dress. "Leave my shirt on though"
Without taking his eyes from her, he watched as she pulled on a pair of tight deep blue jeans; taking a mental note of no underwear, with her ankle boots and pulling on a black lace bra without even taking his shirt off. If he hadn't been watching her he would have missed her zooming and jumping back into his arms and would have dropped her.
"Ready" Bonnie hoisted herself up on his hips and planted a kiss on his lips stopping him from asking her if she was sure they couldn't stay here. She only did this because she didn't want to leave the room either.
Damon whipped them downstairs into the kitchen where everybody else was gathered drinking black magic or tea waiting on him for news.
He released her with a wink just as Elena and Meredith came over grabbing hold of her and pulling her from his embrace. After a life time of squeals and tears (Mostly from Bonnie) he couldn't help smirking across at her as she jumped on Sage squealing some more and giving him the tightest hug she could manage with her little arms. He accepted a glass of black magic from Stefan just in time as she charged his brother sending them both crashing to the floor. Looking down on them he raised his glass in cheers to his brother who looked up at him from under Bonnie's hugging assault from his position on the floor and looking much like a deer caught in headlights before succumbing to her assault and hugged her in return.
The boarding house came in view and she soared down landing on Mrs Flowers back garden on her own two feet. Walking towards the back door Meredith greeted her with a cup of Black Magic.
"How are things this morning?" She walked out and passed Bonnie.
"Good, they've adjusted back nicely. I don't think they will need any more help from me"
"That's good!" Bonnie took a sip of her Black Magic watching Meredith; who just stood staring at the flowers.
"How are you doing Meredith?" After everything that had happened in the couple of weeks she had been back, Meredith had gone through the biggest change.
"Alaric called a few days ago, apologising. Blaming his emotions on the way he reacted. I know he wasn't there for me at the time but I love him Bonnie" Meredith turned back to face Bonnie.
Bonnie was sure she was trying to convince herself more than point out a fact "Then why the turmoil look?"
A small smile twitched at the corner of Meredith's lips "Never could hide anything from you could I?"
"Physic remember," Bonnie stepped a little closer "It's Sage isn't it, he's got you all confused!"
With a slight shimmer in her eyes Meredith looked at Bonnie. Bonnie wrapped her friend into her arms. Since waking up she hadn't told anybody about what had happened when she met Brandon, it was her secret.
"Do you remember Mrs Flowers spell? You guys told me about the knife and the blood and Mrs Flowers piercing me in the heart." Meredith pulled back from Bonnie and nodded. "During her chant, what did Mrs Flowers refer to you as a role in my life?"
"How do you know about that?" In truth Bonnie didn't want them to know she knew. Bonnie understands the rules of any kind of blood spell; blood doesn't lie. As much as she holds each role to her heart, there is one role she holds more than the others and if it was too ever come true; she wanted it to be because he wanted it, not because she knew what the spell had said and thought she expected it.
"It doesn't matter, what matters Meredith is that Mrs Flowers couldn't have used your blood for that role if you weren't destined for the role. Logically speaking Sage is my Father in this life. Think about it, and you will discover where you belong" Bonnie reached across and kissed her friend on the forehead before leaving her to her thoughts.
"Hey Bonnie; when did you become so knowledgeable?" Meredith shouted back smile-ling at her little redheaded friend as she walked away throwing her arms in to the air shouting back "Physic, it's what I do"
Bonnie walked in to the kitchen, disposed of her used glass into the sink and went into the living room where she found Matt reading a sports magazine. Sitting down next to him she leaned her head on to his shoulder after taking note of his packed bags in the corner.
"When are you leaving?"
"Now actually, I was waiting for you to get back." Matt closed his magazine and wrapped an arm around her shoulder. "My coach wants me to start training my knee back up."
"Well at least this time we can keep in touch and I can come and see you play"
"I'll hold you to that and look for you in the crowd" He replied before standing up. "I've already said my good-byes to the others. I'm just happy that this time when I leave I know you're safe." Bonnie jumped up and hugged him with silent tears.
"Be careful Matt and no more injuries" She watched as he pulled away, grabbed his bags and left. She walked over to the window, and watched him load his car before driving off.
"He'll be alright dear, he's got a big future and love isn't that far behind for him." Mrs Flowers stood by the stairs. Before Bonnie could respond she turned heading to the kitchen. "Goodbyes are not forever nor are they an ending"
Shaking her head with amusement she went to check on Elena. She and Stefan were also leaving today. Sage had gone back a couple of days ago, and she had refused to leave until she was happy everyone in town had recovered much to Damon's dismay.
She walked straight by her room door without looking knowing Damon was taking a shower.
"You cannot sneak by me Cara"
"Really, then how did I manage to sneak out this morning without you noticing?" Bonnie challenged him back.
"You have much to learn little one, you left the house at dawn, walked the streets until the joggers came out, then sat on your perch in the tree until..."
"Ok ok old wise one...Damon what are you...your naked!" Bonnie couldn't help the squeal in her voice at Damon charging in front of her, dripping wet and absolutely naked.
"Who are you calling old?" His eyes bore into hers invading her personal space.
"Damon you are stood in the hall way, what if someone comes? What if Elena or Meredith comes?" Bonnie tried to push him back into their bedroom but was getting nowhere.
"Then they will both find out just how lucky you are and be very jealous, now back to that old thing" Damon picked her up and pushed her against the door frame. "Do I look old to you?"
"You have serious age issues you know that!"
"Damon what the hell are you doing?" Both he and Bonnie spun to face Stefan stood a short distance away. The look on Stefan's face at Damon stood in all his glory had Bonnie laughing so hard tears formed into her eyes.
"We shall finish this conversation later Redbird!" Letting go of Bonnie, he disappeared back into his room leaving Bonnie to land on her ass with a smirk as she swore. He then heard Stefan erupt into laughter at the look on Bonnie's face. Job well done he kicked the door closed with his foot.
Elena came out her bedroom to find Bonnie on her ass and Stefan holding his stomach, both unable to catch their breath with laughter.
"What did I miss?" Looking from Stefan to Bonnie she gave up "Never mind"
Once Bonnie sobered up she went into Elena's room. "I was coming to see if you wanted help loading your car?"
Elena walked out the bathroom "No need, where only taking essentials, were going to buy as we go. I hate that we are splitting up so soon"
"We'll be back together before you know it; we all need to adjust back into our own lives. You and Stefan need to travel without looking for me, Matt has his football, Meredith needs to find her place again and I need to teach Damon how to behave" Bonnie finished with a laugh.
"At least this time we are all on the other end of a phone" Elena added positively.
"I won't be" Elena and Bonnie spun to face Meredith. "I'm going where a phone won't get signal"
"Does he know?" Bonnie wanted to jump for joy.
"No, I'm going to surprise him. I'll go through the gate Damon took us through. Bonnie for goodness sake jump already, your twitching" Before long all three women were jumping, Bonnie's joy for Meredith being contagious.
By that night Meredith had took off in her car to the gate anxious to get to where she was going. Elena and Stefan had taken off not long after, with promises of phone calls along the way of their journey.
Damon now stood leaning against his black sleek baby waiting for Bonnie to finish saying good bye to Mrs Flowers. In the time he had waited for Bonnie to decide she was happy to leave Fell's Church he had all Mrs Flowers windows replaced. Just before leaving he placed a large bundle of cash into her tea tin with a small note, hoping that after everything the shock wouldn't give her a heart attack.
Bonnie came skipping out with tear stained cheeks, but still smiling. She was once again wearing one of his black silk shirts due to his insistence. What could he say? She looked damn good in them. Pushing away from the car he opened the door for her.
"My lady" He said with bow.
"Thank you kind sir" Closing the door behind her he made his way to the driver's door; giving Mrs Flowers a small nod before climbing in himself.
"So, where are we going?"
"Wherever you're heart desires to go!"
"Yes, after we have been to Italy"
"Hey you just said..." Keeping one hand on the steering wheel he swept Bonnie up and sat her on his knee before capturing her lips. After a while Bonnie pulled back. "Italy it is" She knew she didn't have to tell him to keep his eyes in the road; Damon could drive a hundred and fifty with his eyes closed using his senses to drive.
"Will you pass me a bottle from the glove box; I forgot to drink before we left. It will keep me going till we get to the airport." Bonnie stayed on Damon's knee as she stretched forward to get him a bottle. She didn't find any bottles at all; in fact the glove box was empty. Knitting her brows she reached in further finally finding a small velvet box.
Pulling it out, she sat back looking at Damon who looked as confused as her. Opening it she gasped. A Red Stone sat surrounded by smaller black ones on a silver band. Bonnie didn't know much about different types of stones or diamonds but she didn't need to too know that she loved it.
Damon pulled her chin up to for her to look at him. "Don't you ever leave me again Miss McCullough. Without you I have found my life is nothing. Become my Queen and stay by my side so I can protect you; love you. Become my Mrs Salvatore?"
Bonnie held the small box in her small hands, allowing Damon to take the tiny ring from its cushion and place it on her finger. Twinkling her fingers in front of them both she finally replied
"Mrs Bonnie Salvatore sounds good"
There you have it, my finished version. I hope you liked it and it wasn't too disappointing.
Let me know either way, good or bad.
One last thought for you...Should it end here? What do you think! There are so many directions it could be taken. I'll let you guys decide. Big love and Hugs to all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx