Author's Note: I finally have a chapter ready! It's a bit rough but i'm trying to make and keep a schedule regarding this fic. This is my first time writing a story this length and it's more nerve-wracking than I thought. I also realized that my OC, Winnie, is a bit of a Mary Sue and when I came to that realization I just wanted to scrap it but I decided not to. Bonnie deserves someone who's alive and in her corner so if she's a Mary Sue, it's whatever.
Disclaimer: I do not own Vampire Diaries, just Winnie.
Winnie bends over with her hands on her knees as she tries to catch her breath. "Oh my god?! No one told me it would be hard work, physically!" She exclaimed as she looked up and glared daggers at a giggling Bonnie. "How is this funny? You couldn't have warned me."
"And miss this level of drama, absolutely not." Bonnie shakes her head. "It wasn't even that bad. You know Grams always said we had to be physically and mentally in shape to handle the power we have."
Winnie rolls her eyes but grunts in agreement. Winnie stands up straight and looks at her cousin making eyes at Klaus causing her to smirk. She jumps when she feels a hand touching her elbow. Winnie looks up into the brown eyes of Elijah who is holding a glass of water out to her.
"I thought you could use a little water as you seem to be out of breath."
You looking like a Greek God isn't helping me. "Thank you."
"It's my pleasure, Ms. Bennett."
Klaus claps his hands as he looks between the two witches after sharing a look with his brother decides that that's enough for today and they have more work to do. They all make their way back to the house to, unofficially, go over what they've learned and tricks to help them train. Klaus is talking about a witch he met in the 1960s who thought that it was good idea to smoke marijuana and meditate to get the full focus of her powers.
Bonnie snorts and says "Sounds like just an excuse to get high."
Winnie laughs at the thought when they enter the house through the patio door. She excuses herself to go to the bathroom and Elijah offers to escort her and she blushes when he lightly places a hand on her lower back and leads Winnie out of the room as they steal glances at each other.
A little while later, Winnie comes out of the bathroom and spots Elijah not too far away, on the phone. She looks around at the art on the wall when she sees Bonnie and Klaus in an office talking quietly with one another. They both keep missing the looks that the other is throwing their way. Winnie shakes her head and smiles as she continues down the hall looking at all of the artifacts.
She gets bored of looking around after a while and sees Elijah nodding along to whoever he's speaking with before he bids whomever goodbye. He turns and looks at her and she feels her heart stutter at their intensity. "Wow. I'm surprised I haven't melted into a puddle on the floor," she mutters to herself.
"Please don't melt into the floor, I quite like you intact." Elijah drawls with a smirk as he walks slowly towards her.
"Ohmygod…" she blushes. "I can't believe I said that out loud. I mean it probably doesn't help me that your super vampire hearing doesn't miss anything, does it?" Winnie giggles nervously avoiding his eyes.
Elijah doesn't respond but stares at her with such intensity that Winnie begins to fidget under his gaze. He had waited centuries for her and to be able to see and breath her in and just being near her proved to be a little overwhelming. Elijah needed to feel her skin just to confirm that she was real. He was not an impulsive person and he prides himself on his control but being near her made him want to give in and just hold her, but it would be too soon. He has finally found her and he can wait just a bit longer.
Winnie clears her throat breaking Elijah from his reverie. She looks up and meets his eyes before looking away again. "I know this is going to sound crazy, but I've found that my whole life is full of it…" she finishes with a weak chuckle.
"What's on your mind?"
Winnie stood debating with herself before she finally sighed and said "Have we met before?"
Elijah started, "I saw you briefly at the diner—"
"No, not there. I feel like I've met you before." Winnie gnawed on her bottom lip in thought. "I feel like I really know you, intimately. It sounds so strange saying it out loud, but I feel like I know you from a past life."
Elijah inhaled sharply but it went unnoticed as Winnie continued speaking. "Like I know Bonnie like I know myself but I feel like I know you just as well as I know her. Like maybe we're connected? Or we were connected in a past life and we got separated and then our paths crossed again. It's almost as if there is another life that's been locked away that was just you and me and I can't open it. I know that sounds crazy, but not… What am I saying?"
Winnie finally looked at Elijah as he stared at her in awe. "I sound crazy, right?"
Elijah shook his head, "I assure you, Ms. Bennett, that you do not. It just confirms what I've known since I met you."
"That you remember us," he whispered. "You remember me."
Klaus stood behind his desk trying to look busy as Bonnie read through the grimoire in front of her. He took in her look of utter concentration as she translated the text in front of her and mouthed the words to herself. He remembers evenings spent with just the two of them sitting together as she did that very thing while he painted her. She was and still is so beautiful and strong.
"You know, I can tell you're staring, right?" Bonnie said without looking up.
"Who can blame me? You're absolutely captivating." Klaus replied with a smirk.
"Smooth," she giggled before sobering up. "How do you think our progress is going? Winnie's worried that she won't be able to keep up."
"Your cousin has absolutely nothing to worry about. She's stronger than she thinks but she seems to be holding back."
Bonnie lets out a sigh before standing. "Yeah, she's not the most confident but we can blame that on her previous environment."
"Do I want to know?" He asks.
She snorts as she rolls her eyes, "probably not. So… I have a question."
With a cock of his brow, Klaus motioned for her to continue as he took a seat on the corner of his desk near her. He turned to her expectantly as he watched her chew on her full bottom lip in thought. I should be the only one nipping on that plump, beautiful—
"Do you believe in reincarnation?"
Bonnie nods in contemplation. "Okay. I know this is going to sound… odd, but do you ever feel like we've met before. Winnie and I were talking and she said she felt a connection with Elijah like they've met before. I told her that I feel the same about you. I thought it was a bit of a coincidence, but now I can't stop thinking about it. It's just that we are the last two of the Bennett line, besides my mom, and you and Elijah are original vampires. It's just—ugh! There is something that I'm missing but I know it's connected."
Klaus looked at her in wonder as his thoughts raced a mile a minute. The prophecy at the forefront of his mind. Should he tell her? How would he tell her? But the thought that kept coming to his mind as he stared at his beloved,
"You remember us?"
Her eyes widened as she gasped. Winnie was right! But what does it mean? Were they together in a past life are they soulmates?
The two stared at each other before the moment was broken by the sound of Klaus's cellphone alarm ringing. He wanted to ignore it but he knew whomever was calling that it was important. "One moment. I have to get this."
Bonnie stood and walked a couple of feet away to give him privacy as he took the call. Her mind was reeling and she tried desperately to connect the dots between her and Klaus and Winnie and Elijah, but what was the connection between the two families. There was something she was missing but what.
Klaus ended the call and turned to Bonnie. "I'm sorry, love, but I have something to take care of that requires my immediate attention."
Bonnie gave him a small smile, "sure."
"We will have to continue this conversation soon because there is something you and your dear cousin need to know. It's too much to explain, so it would be best if we discussed it, all of us, after your next lesson."
Shoulders sagging in relief Bonnie nodded. "Sounds good… We should probably go anyway. I promised Winnie we would go shopping."
Klaus gave her a small smile and put his hand on the small of her back as he led her out of the office to join the others. They stop near them and Klaus breaks their staring contest.
"Brother. We have something that needs our immediate attention and the Bennett's," he turns to address Bonnie, "have a shopping expedition."
Elijah finally breaks the gaze he held with Winnie and looks down flexing his hands in an effort to not reach out and touch her. He doesn't know how Klaus is able to be in the same space as the other Ms. Bennett and not touch her.
Bonnie smiles brightly at Winnie and asks, "are you ready to go?"
Winnie nods at her cousin before she glances quickly at Elijah and says, "We can talk more about what I said, later. If that's okay?"
Elijah graces her with a smile, "I would love nothing more."
Bonnie and Winnie settled quickly into a new routine, but haven't seen the Mikaelson's in a few days to establish a training schedule and that left the girls with time to think about other things, like Winnie's vision. Every time that Bonnie brought it up Winnie says that she still needs to think about it and research before making any decisions. Well Bonnie has had enough.
"Winnie, I really think we should talk about your vision. I don't want to tell the others and stress them out for something that may or may not happen."
Winnie shrugs while she continues chopping vegetables for the side salad and avoiding eye contact. "I agree. No offense, but I don't trust them to help save you. There have been too many times where they haven't chosen you and I don't want to resent them any more than I already do."
"Mouse… They're our friends."
"Some friends!" Winnie exclaims setting down the knife and giving her complete attention to Bonnie. "I'm mad at them! I know it may not seem like it because I joke around with them and act like everything's fine, it's not. Where were they when I left, when Grams died, when you needed them? They were supposed to step up and be here for you. It's like when I left things fell apart. I blame myself because you were alone so long but I blame them, too."
"Winnie, it's okay."
"It's not okay, Birdie! Forget about them for a moment. My vision scared the hell out of me. I can't lose you." Winnie sobbed as she looked at Bonnie. "I won't be able to survive that. I've already lost my mom, Grams, and made my dad forget about me. I can't fucking lose you. I won't have anyone left." Winnie buried her face in her hands as she cried.
So much had been building to this moment and Winnie just couldn't take it anymore. Bonnie gently reached over and gathered her cousin into her arms and held her as she cried. "Shhh… it's okay. We'll figure it out."
"And on top of that I have this connection with Elijah. I've never felt this strongly about someone I barely even know and we have to talk about it, but like where do I start? Where do we start? There's like so many different and important things happening at once and I don't know what to do."
Bonnie hushes her cousin as she continues to cry in her arms. They stand in the kitchen holding each other while Winnie calms down. She gently steps back from Bonnie as she wipes her eyes and smiles ruefully. "You weren't lying when you said there's a lot I don't know about. I've only been home a little while and shit's already happening."
Bonnie giggles as she wipes the tears from her eyes. "Believe me, this is just a walk in the park to what normally happens here." She puts her hands on Winnie's shoulders forcing her to look at her and says, "I promise you I will fight my hardest to not leave you alone. We just have to figure out a plan and what we can do."
Winnie sniffles and nods. "How are you not freaking out right now? This has as much to do with me as it does with you. Actually, probably more to do with you."
Bonnie sighs softly and says "I've had a lot of practice controlling my emotions. Plus now, I have you here now."
Winnie rolls her eyes. "I'm not so great. I can't even keep it together," she replies wetly.
"You being here is really all I need," Bonnie said. Deciding to change the subject she brought up her last conversation with Klaus. "I also spoke with Klaus about what you said about reincarnation and I think he knows something."
"I knew it! Do you think we were reincarnated? Maybe they're our soulmates! But if they are I don't understand why they didn't say anything."
"Or maybe they couldn't say anything? You know witches, there's always a catch."
"True." Winnie brightens and whispers, "Bon, Klaus was in my vision. I think all of this is connected in some way. He was with me trying to save you."
Bonnie nods in agreement. "He said that all of us meaning you, me, Klaus, and Elijah would talk after our next lesson."
"Should I tell him about my vision?"
She stands thinking and then shakes her head "Not yet. I want to talk to Grams. Between the both of us we can reach her on the other side."
"I don't know… Can't we talk to Aunt Abby first?"
"Maybe. She can't reach her like we can. Mom hasn't really had much magic left after…"
"After my mom died. Yea." Winnie whispered. "I still think we can use her guidance."
"You're right. School doesn't start for another week so maybe we can drive up to where she's living now for a day or two and then come back."
"Sounds like a plan. And on that note, I'm hungry is the lasagna done yet?"
"Shit!" Bonnie exclaims as she goes to check on their dinner.