2 months later
Minnie was overly excited as she headed to the stables. Elijah had promised to take her riding tonight. She had never ridden before, but he had promised to teach her. He truly was an amazing man. He had tried his hardest to find a way to break her curse, but so far, he hadn't succeeded. She knew that he felt bad because of that, no matter how many times she had told him that he had no reason to feel bad.
He had done so much for her already and she was more than grateful for everything. He had given her a safe home and his company. Of course, she hoped that they would find a way to break the curse, but she was already happier than ever before. He made her happy.
"Oh, hello," she greeted Marcellus, the young ward of the Mikaelson family. He was brushing a large dark brown horse.
"Good evening, miss Minnie," the boy replied. "What brings you here this late?"
"I could ask you the same question," she replied smiling. "Shouldn't you be sleeping already?"
The boy shook his head.
"I want to take care of Apollo first."
"Oh. Is he your horse?"
"Yes. Mr. Klaus gave him to me."
"That's wonderful. And he's a beautiful horse."
"Handsome, miss Minnie," Marcellus corrected. "He's a boy, boys aren't beautiful."
"Forgive me," Minnie replied smiling. "He is a very handsome boy."
Marcellus smiled too; Minnie could tell that he was fond of his horse.
"Can you ride?" she asked.
"Of course, everyone can ride."
Minnie shook her head.
"Not me. Elijah will teach me tonight."
Marcellus was quiet for a moment before continuing.
"Mr. Klaus told me about your curse. I'm sorry."
"Thank you, but things aren't so bad right now. I am grateful to be here."
"Me too," Marcellus murmured.
Minnie hesitated for a moment before asking the question she had wanted to ask a month ago when she had met Marcellus.
"Does Mr. Klaus treat you kindly?"
The boy nodded.
"Yes, he does. Why do you ask?"
Minnie felt embarrassed for saying anything. Elijah had told her a lot about his family when he had thought that she was just a normal cat and she couldn't deny that meeting them had made her nervous. She still couldn't see Klaus as a paternal type, and she had been concerned about Marcellus. She hadn't said anything to Elijah though, she didn't want to offend him.
"I… I just wanted to make sure that you are happy," she murmured.
"I am. Mr. Klaus is a good man."
"That's good. What about…?"
She didn't have time to finish her question when Kol appeared next to her.
"Hello, beautiful," he hummed smiling. "How are we this fine evening?"
"Fine, thank you," Minnie replied as politely as she could. Kol made her nervous, but she certainly didn't want to seem ungrateful. He had after all helped Elijah gathering information about her curse.
"How wonderful." Kol paused and glanced at Marcellus. "Shouldn't you be in bed already, little boy?"
Kol's tone of voice wasn't harsh, but it certainly wasn't warm either. He sounded somewhat annoyed.
"Yes, Mr. Kol, you are right," Marcellus murmured. "Good night."
"Good night," Minnie replied. Poor child seemed to fear Kol.
"Now, where were we?" Kol hummed after Marcellus had left.
"Forgive me, Mr. Kol, but he is just a child," Minnie stated quietly. "I… I am incredibly grateful for all your help, but… Could you perhaps be kinder to him?"
Kol stared at her for a moment before replying.
"I… I just meant… I didn't mean to offend you, but it seemed that Marcellus fears you."
"Why would he fear me?" Kol asked smiling. "I have never harmed him. Ask him if you don't believe me."
"I do believe you, it's just…"
"I am familiar with fear," she murmured. "That's all."
"Hmm. I can believe that since your own mother cursed you. Just like my mother did to me."
Minnie bowed her head.
"Yes, Elijah told me. I'm sorry."
"No need to be, darling. I am over it."
Minnie didn't have time to reply when Elijah entered the stable.
"Kol," he stated.
"Good evening, brother. Going riding?"
"Yes," Elijah replied and looked at Minnie. "Are you ready?"
She nodded eagerly.
"Yes, I'm just a little nervous."
"No need to be," Elijah assured smiling. "I won't let anything happen to you."
She smiled too and walked over to him.
"I'm ready to learn."
Klaus and Kol were sitting in the balcony, observing Elijah and Minnie. He had been teaching her for the last two hours and it seemed that she could finally sit on a horse without him supporting her. Of course, Elijah had given her the calmest horse they had, an old mare.
"I'm riding!" she cheered laughing. "Look!"
"Looks very good," Elijah replied smiling. "You are doing great."
He was on his own horse, ready to catch her if she would fall.
"Can we go to the road?" she asked.
"Sure. Just be careful and stay close to me."
Klaus and Kol were both quiet for a while after Elijah and Minnie had disappeared behind the stables.
"Well… Wasn't that nice," Klaus finally huffed. "The kitty has certainly wrapped Elijah around her pretty little finger."
"Hmm," Kol murmured.
"This seems quite serious."
Klaus glanced at his brother.
"Don't tell me that you want her too."
"Oh please," Kol snorted. "She's a sweet girl, but as you know, I prefer naughty girls. She is an interesting riddle though. Her curse is different than anything I have seen before."
"Do you think it can be broken?"
"I don't know."
"Hmm. Let's hope that there is a way. For Elijah's sake."
"Easy, girl," Elijah hummed calmingly as he took the reins of Minnie's horse. "Easy."
The horse nickered and stopped obediently.
"That was amazing," Minnie sighed as Elijah helped her dismounting. "Thank you so much."
"You're welcome. I'm glad that…." The rest of his sentence died as Minnie suddenly touched his lips softly with hers. His whole body tensed immediately. A flush was rising in her cheeks as she pulled away.
"I'm sorry," she murmured. "I'm really sorry…"
A groan escaped Elijah's throat as he pulled her up by her arms and pressed a deep kiss to her warm lips. He had wanted to do this since the night he had first seen her in her human form. Canting his body over hers, he carefully pushed her back against the wall, gently, kissing her all the while. He groaned into her mouth, pressing his weight against her as much as he dared while his hands stroked soft fabric and softer skin. She tasted divine. It took a while before he regained enough control to pull away. She was breathing heavily, her bright blue eyes staring at him in wonder.
"Minnie, are you alright? I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to scare you or hurt you…"
"You didn't," she assured. "That… That was even more amazing than riding."
"Really?" he asked smiling.
He hesitated for a moment before continuing.
"Have you ever done anything like this before?"
She shook her head, lips reddened and slightly open.
"I would never force you to do anything you don't want to do…"
Before he could get further, Minnie's fingers touched his lips.
"I know. I trust you, Elijah."