A/N: Ayyyyyyeee...long time no see? If this has a lot of mistakes, I apologize. This was edited my me, myself and I and I am very lazy :D In case any of you were wondering, my chapters are very rarely ever this short. I plan the future chapters to be much longer. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own the TVD or TO characters, plot lines, etc.

Heart Strings
Chapter 1: A 1,000 Year Old Vampire


"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed,"
-
Adolf Hitler


Songs:

Bebe Rexha-Monster Under My Bed


Gabby decidedly liked Elijah. He was incredibly intellectual, funny, and a great conversationalist. It didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes.

"So you can't like, read my mind, can you?" she asked interestedly as she dug into her plate of pancakes. Elijah watched keenly, one hand in his pocket and another cradling a mug of coffee on the table as he leant back in his chair.

"No," his mouth was twisted with a smirk, his dark eyes drinking her in.

"Do you sleep in a coffin?" she wondered.

"No," he repeated.

"Garlic?"

"Harmless."

"Crosses?"

"Myth."

"Holy water?"

"Myth."

"My whole life has been a lie," she grumbled. "You'll probably tell me you don't drink blood, now."

"I do," his smirk widened.

"Uh huh. Do you drain them dry? And if you don't, do they turn?"

"That's not something you need to worry about, Miss Gilbert," he said pointedly. She stopped eating and narrowed her eyes at him.

"I'm gonna take that as a yes, then," she shrugged, taking a sip of her water. He sighed and looked around.

"I do my best not to take unnecessary human lives. And in order to turn a human into a vampire, they have to have vampire blood in their system. Then, they have to die with said blood still in their system."

"Ew," Gabby scrunched up her features, glaring slightly at her plate of food that seemed a little less appetizing. "You couldn't wait to tell me until after I was done?"

"You insisted," he shrugged unhelpfully. She turned her glare onto him before she crossed her arms and leant back in her seat.

"So what happens now, huh?" she ran her tongue across her teeth, cupping her hands around the ceramic mug that had come with her coffee.

"Your sister," he drawled slowly, keeping a keen eye on her as he waited for her reaction, "is what you could say…a person of interest," he hedged. A look of horror crossed her face.

"Do not tell me my sister is a part of some underground, weird, supernatural crime ring. Do you even have those?" she scrunched her nose in confusion.

"Your sister is far from a criminal," he assured her. "I only wish to aid your sister. And, in return, request her assistance." Another weird look crossed her face.

"That sounds ominous," she took a sip of her drink. "What could my sister need a 1,000 year old vampire for, exactly?"

"Her life is danger," he noted. "And not the 'my-boyfriend-is-a-vampire' kind."

"What do you mean?" she frowned. "Elena, like, cries if she hurts a lady bug. So if she's pissed anyone off, I'm sure-"

"It is not her doing, I'm afraid. She's merely been dealt a cruel hand," he sighed. "The life of a doppelganger is not an easy one."

"What does that mean, exactly?" she questioned. "Doppelganger. I know you said that Katherine lady looked like Elena, but-"

"She is Elena, in every essence of her being-their genetic makeup, down to every hair follicle, is exactly the same. Their only differences is personality and, of course, the way they think and feel, which is due to both their environment as a child and upbringing. Elena and Katerina are entirely different people, in that respect," he provided. "However, should you ever cross Katerina dressed as Elena and acting as her, I am afraid to tell you that you would have no chance of discerning the difference. You have already met Katerina, I do believe."

Gabby blanched. "Wait, seriously? When?"

"Last night, I know for certain," he lifted his own mug to his mouth. "Elena had no plans of attending that party."

"That's why she was acting so weird," she breathed. "Trippy."

He quirked his lips. "Indeed."

Suddenly, her phone started blaring. She jumped and blushed at the judgmental gazes of the other patrons as she hurried to turn the ringer down and glanced at the screen. Her heart panged. She let the call end.

Elijah glanced at her phone as well.

"You haven't called anyone," he noticed.

"It's not like I have anyone to call," she said bitterly. "What could I possibly say? 'Hey, it's Gabby, AKA the-one-you-forgot-with-a-dangerous-vampire. No worries, though, he took me out for breakfast. Think you could pick me up sometime soon? I still have that bio homework to finish,'" her features twisted in distaste. "No thank you. I'd rather you just tell them I ran away. That would make it so much easier on me. It's not like I do my homework anyway, either."

"As interesting as it would be, I do believe your family needs you," he said in amusement. She scoffed.

"Yeah? What can they do with a 100 pound fifteen year old girl?" she questioned.

"You'd be surprised," he smirked dryly. "As trying-or useless-you can find family to be, family is always important."

"I was wondering why a 1,000 year old vampire would understand important family values, but I don't particularly feel like crying through what is no doubt a very sad story."

"A story for another time, then," he smiled at that moment. It was more polite than genuine, but she was struck once again by how blindingly attractive he was. Nope. Vampire. Old, old vampire. Very bad.

He stood and gestured for her to do the same, waiting for her to step out first and allowing her to lead them out of the restaurant, with a guiding hand on the small of her back.

"I'm going to take you back to your family now," he told her quietly, ignoring her whine of protest, "and we're going to pretend this never happened. You woke up ten minutes away from your house in the park, with no recollection of how you got there, or how you got those clothes. You don't know about the supernatural, and you don't know me. Am I understood?"

She winced at his warning tone. "Yes sir."


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A/N: lol when you haven't updated anything in so long there's nothing in your Docs. Anyways, sorry this took so long, but please lemme know what you thought and how you think I should proceed! Thank you to everyone that reviewed last chapter!