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Perplexed

Chapter 2


Rebekah was bored of being up in the cabin alone so since there were three seats, Caroline and Klaus sat up there with her. Rebekah and Caroline chitchatted for a while then Caroline pulled her phone out.

"What are you doing?" Klaus cocked an eyebrow at her.

"Well, I haven't been in Baltimore for a few years like I said so I'm Googleing malls." She replied absently and Klaus was looking at her curiously again.

"Malls?" Rebekah asked.

"Uh... shopping centres? They're like big buildings with lots of shops inside." She said and Rebekah nodded in understanding while Caroline kept looking. Klaus thought this baby vampire was highly peculiar considering she was sitting in between two Original vampires yet she was looking up places to shop? "Hmm... Looks like there's an interesting looking mall called the Towson Town Centre." She said.


Caroline was kind of surprised at how well she and Rebekah were getting along. Klaus opted not to join them though she had a feeling he was watching them from a distance. She figured he thought she'd try and make a run for it the first chance she got. She felt like she was getting a chance to see a different side to them that they most likely didn't show others as others weren't interested, so she was fine with letting things play out. Although Elena was her friend, she was done with the whole 'let's all die for Elena' thing and she was looking out for herself for a change. She figured not making an enemy of two Original's would be a good way to start that whole 'surviving' thing she was attempting.

Rebekah was quite fascinated by the mall. Caroline said to her to have a look at the other shoppers and see if there were any styles she liked. She asked what colours she liked, she advised on what was fashionable for the season but explained that fashion was kind of a free for all nowadays so Rebekah could wear whatever the hell she wanted. Caroline gathered quickly that Rebekah wasn't used to making her own decisions as she wanted Caroline's opinion on everything, not that Caroline minded as she usually had an opinion on everything. They spent all morning and early afternoon going through shops. Caroline didn't exactly approve of Rebekah compelling them all the clothes for free but she was still trying that whole 'surviving' thing so she didn't comment. After they were fairly weighed down by bags, they went into the mall salon and they both had spa manicures and pedicures done. Caroline suggested they both get relaxation facials and Rebekah had never had one so she was intrigued. They had them done then had the makeup artist doll them up and the stylist did their hair and the two of them looked and felt fabulous when they walked out.

Rebekah was quite sure she'd never had so much fun in one day. Caroline was wonderful company. She'd loved the salon though. She really liked the pampering. She didn't want it to end though so she said to Caroline that they should go out to a bar or something since they were all made up anyway and Caroline agreed considering it was already nearly 7pm. They went back to the truck and locked themselves in the back then went through all of their bags and Caroline dressed the two of them to look fabulous. Caroline had Rebekah in a royal blue strappy swoop neck above the knee jersey dress with red leopard print high heeled pumps on and Caroline had on a lilac strapless dress with bright pink patent high heeled pumps on. When they were ready they left the truck and headed into the town centre.

They found a swanky cocktail bar and settled themselves into a high booth and got started on the drinks. Every man in the place was ogling them as they did look amazing.

"So? Did you like the girly day?" Caroline asked her with a grin. She couldn't get over how much fun she'd had with Rebekah. They'd just clicked so well. She'd had such a great day that she forgot all about the fact that she was supposed to be 'kidnapped'.

"I have to admit, Caroline... I had a brilliant time. It was so different than anything I've done before... I'm sorry I snapped your neck." She said sincerely and Caroline smiled.

"Don't worry about it. I'm glad you had fun. I did too. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun actually." Caroline admitted and Rebekah grinned at her. Caroline saw how happy that made her.

"Can we do it again?" Rebekah asked her and Caroline nodded immediately.

"Of course." Caroline smiled. Just then her phone started to ring again. It had been ringing all day and she was having too much fun with Rebekah to have it ruined by someone from Mystic Falls... she understood how weird that was and it was weird but she couldn't help it. She really liked Rebekah. She fished her phone out and saw tons of missed calls and a text message. She opened the message and sighed then showed Rebekah. Rebekah was surprised at her showing the text to her but she read it anyway.

Dammit, Caroline. Call me NOW or I'll do a locator spell to find you.

It was from Bonnie.

"You should call her." Rebekah said to her.

"And say what?" Caroline asked her.

"Nick wanted to take you in the hope he could find a friend in you, so I don't know what you should say." Rebekah said and Caroline nodded. She'd gathered that but didn't want to say that. Caroline realised that this was a long haul kind of thing and at the end of the day, she'd had a great time so far, they hadn't hurt her, hadn't done anything to her... she figured she'd have to leave Mystic Falls soon enough anyway and this way, maybe nobody at home would have to suffer. So she made her decision... She would stay. Willingly.

"I'll be right back." Caroline said to her.

"Where are you going?" Rebekah asked her worriedly.

"Just outside the door to call." Caroline pointed. "It's loud in here. Come with me if you want to." She said sincerely and Rebekah looked at her in contemplation. In that moment, Rebekah understood that Caroline was asking for a sliver of trust.

"I'll wait for you." Rebekah said and Caroline gave her a small smile.

"I'll just be one second." She replied and Rebekah nodded to her. Caroline got out of the booth and went outside the door. She didn't know that Klaus was watching her from down the street. She got her phone out and she called Damon.

"Okay, where the hell are you?" He answered immediately. He'd been one of the ones calling all day. As was Bonnie, Elena and Tyler.

"Tell Bonnie that I left Mystic Falls and I'm not coming back. I don't want to be found so tell her not to do a locator spell on me." She replied and Damon was silent for a moment.

"What?" He asked in disbelief. "Why?"

"Because I'm sick of all the drama. I'm sick of almost dying to protect Elena, not that I don't love her, because I do... but I'm choosing me." She said to him defiantly. She knew she sounded selfish but she couldn't tell the truth. Bonnie would no doubt want to follow her and she didn't want that. She didn't want anyone to be hurt.

"You're a people pleaser, Caroline. I don't believe you." Damon replied.

"And since when do you know the first thing about me, Damon?" She asked him and he was quiet. "You don't. So don't pretend to." She said.

"Klaus is forcing you to say all this, isn't he?" Damon asked her quietly.

"No, Damon. I'm not with Klaus. I'm alone." She replied sincerely as it was the truth in that moment. Klaus was shocked at her reply as he could hear what Damon was saying. He didn't understand why she wasn't begging to be rescued... why she wasn't trying to leave.

"I don't believe you." He said and she sighed in annoyance.

"Dammit, Damon! Don't you get it? I'm not taken or in trouble or lost. This is my choice and I'm never coming back. I don't want to. So pass that along because I'm not repeating myself." She said annoyed and he was quiet again.

"You annoy the hell out of me, Blondie, but I'm still going to find you and bring you home." He said to her and her jaw dropped at him saying that.

"Then what?" She asked him seriously.

"What?" He asked confused.

"I'm still not going to age. My friends are going to grow old and die while I don't and I'll still be alone forever. No. I don't want to be found. Just forget I ever existed and tell the others to do the same." She said to him seriously. Klaus was shocked at her saying all of that. He wondered what his sister had said to her.

"How are you going to be alone forever? Last time I checked, Stefan and I are in the same boat." Damon countered and Caroline huffed in annoyance.

"Yeah, well Stefan annoys me to no end and you want to kill me. I'd rather be alone than be stuck with you two." She said and Klaus smirked at the comment about Stefan. He was seriously annoying.

"I don't want to kill you and you know it. Stop being silly and get your neurotic ass back to Mystic Falls." He said to her and she was stunned that he sounded like he gave a crap.

"Damon, don't insult me by pretending you give a flying fuck what happens to me. The only reason I called you is because I thought I could just tell you my message without all the arguing. Just pass it along that I want to be left alone." She said then hung up before she lost her nerve. Damon cared? About her? She didn't want him to care. She was used to Damon not caring. It had been the one constant in Mystic Falls. She could always count on him to act a certain way. She switched her phone off then went back into the bar and got back into the booth with Rebekah and gave her a smile. Rebekah had been worried she might run... though she saw that she shouldn't have been.

"How did it go?" She asked and Caroline sighed.

"I called Damon in the hope he'd just be like 'whatever' but he decided to pretend to care. I'm guessing Elena's with him. He'll pass it along anyway." She said to her. "Anyway, can we forget about Crappy Falls and get drunk and look at cute boys?" She asked her and Rebekah chuckled.

"Absolutely." She smiled then they clinked their glasses together.


Klaus had been watching Caroline and Rebekah all day. He was sure he'd never seen his sister smile and laugh so much. Real smiles and real laughter. She'd been happy. All day. It made him wonder... was this blonde baby vampire who he'd been looking for?


Rebekah and Caroline had partied until late then the two of them found a hotel around the corner and compelled themselves a two bedroom suite and passed out drunk. Caroline woke up first in the morning and wandered out into the living room. She was still wearing the dress from the night before and she realised she was only about a mile away from the truck where they'd left the clothes but she didn't know if Klaus would be there to open it and she could hardly break the door. She knew that both Klaus and Rebekah had keys to it but she didn't want to wake Rebekah and she had no idea where Klaus was. She was kind of hungry so she walked over to the suite door and opened it and stuck her head out. Down the hall, she saw a member of staff.

"Excuse me?" She said to him quietly and he looked at her.

"Yes, Miss?" He asked.

"Can you come here for a second?" She asked and he nodded then hurried down towards her. She motioned for him to enter then she closed the door and stared into his eyes. "Don't move or speak." She compelled then bit into his neck and drank deeply. When his heart started to slow she pulled away, pierced her finger on a fang then dabbed a drop on each fang mark. It healed in seconds then she licked away the excess on his neck. She stared into his eyes again. "You are released from previous compulsion. You will not remember that I bit you. I asked you for assistance with my luggage." She compelled then let him go and he gave her a smile.

"Is there anything else I can help you with?" He asked her.

"No, thank you. You were most helpful." She said to him then opened the door and he nodded then left. She closed the door behind him then turned around only to find Rebekah looking at her with curiosity from her bedroom door. "Morning." Caroline said brightly.

"Good morning." Rebekah replied. "You said you've only been a vampire for six months." She pointed out and Caroline nodded.

"I have." She said.

"Then how were you able to feed so calmly and stop?" She asked and Caroline shrugged.

"I don't want to kill anyone." She replied and Rebekah looked at her curiously.

"Why?" She asked a little confused.

"Because I don't have to." She said to her and Rebekah seemed to be studying her.

"So you don't kill when you feed?" She asked.

"Not since I was just turned, no." Caroline replied and Rebekah looked seriously surprised.

"Never?" She asked in disbelief.

"I've killed three people." Caroline replied shocking Rebekah.

"But... I don't understand." She said to her just as there was a knock on the door. Caroline opened the door only to find Klaus standing there.

"Morning." Caroline said to him and he looked at her a little surprised that she was greeting him like that.

"Good morning." He replied cocking an eyebrow at her as he walked in. "Can we go now?" He said to his sister annoyed.

"I just woke up. I need to have a shower." Rebekah replied and Klaus groaned. "Be a dear and bring over the clothes, will you?" She asked Klaus in fake sweetness and he shot her a look that stated clearly that that was not happening.

"Just hurry up the two of you so we can go." He complained.

"And are we supposed to go back to the truck in towels?" Rebekah asked him annoyed.

"Just shower and put your dress back on. The truck is downstairs so you can change once you get there." Klaus replied and she scowled at him.

"That is so tacky." She said to him.

"Nobody cares, Rebekah." He said to her deadpan and Caroline couldn't help a little chuckle which made them both look at her.

"Sorry... you're just such a guy." She said and Klaus' lip twitched in amusement while Rebekah giggled.

"They just don't understand." Rebekah said to Caroline amused.

"Next time, we'll take a change of clothes with us. Just this once we can do the shower/same dress as yesterday thing." Caroline said to her and she laughed.

"Alright. Let's hurry before he starts again." She said and Caroline nodded. Rebekah hurried back into her room a Klaus looked at Caroline curiously for completely avoiding what no doubt would have been a tantrum from Rebekah. Caroline gave him an amused look and a wink which surprised him as obviously she'd diffused the situation on purpose then she hurried into her room too. Caroline had a speed shower as she didn't imagine keeping Klaus waiting for too long would go down well. She towel dried her hair then pulled on the dress again and just threw out her underwear. She didn't imagine that they'd be near a washing machine any time soon so she didn't see the point in keeping them when she and Rebekah had gotten tons of clothes. She pulled on her shoes then left her room only to find Rebekah still wasn't out yet. She could hear that she was still in the shower.

"That was quick." Klaus commented.

"You said to hurry up." She pointed out and he smirked at her for that.

"I put a couch in the truck." He said to her and she looked at him surprised then smiled.

"That's cool." She said. "You know, it's a shame you didn't come out last night with us. We passed by this tiny hole in the wall jazz bar that looked quite cool." She commented and he looked at her curiously.

"What was interesting about it?" He asked.

"It wasn't anything fancy, just a plain bar but it has the local musicians playing there. Rebekah said that it looked quite similar to a bar you two went to in the 1920s." She said and he nodded.

"Did you enjoy your day with Rebekah?" He asked her as he watched for her reaction and Caroline grinned immediately.

"Yes, it was great. She's very good company." Caroline replied and internally Klaus was shocked at how her features showed that she was very definitely telling the truth.

"Are you sure about that? I find her to be quiet irritating." He commented and Caroline laughed a little.

"I am sure every older brother feels that way about their younger siblings." Caroline replied surprising him. "But yes, I had a great time." She said sincerely with a smile. It was the truth. She did have a great time. "I'm so glad vampires don't get hangovers because we drank enough to kill an elephant." She said and he couldn't help a little chuckle from escaping... she was just so... so...

"Besides passing the jazz bar, what did the two of you do?" He asked. He knew already but he was hardly going to say that. He wanted to hear her tell him about it.

"We started off in a cocktail bar then found like an old man bar, they're always funny to have a few drinks in. After that we went to a poppy dance club." She replied and he nodded.

"Aren't you going to sit down?" He asked her curiously.

"No." She replied and he cocked an eyebrow at her.

"Why not?" He asked curiously.

"Because my dress is really short and I'd rather not flash you." She said and he couldn't help laughing loudly at that. He had so not been expecting that answer. "I'm sure I should have come up with a more ladylike response but I don't see the point in lying." She said and he smirked at her. He hated liars.

"You are very blunt." He said though this time when he said it he said it with amusement and she nodded.

"Since Rebekah's still in the shower, I could nip down to the truck, get changed and bring up clothes for her." She suggested and Klaus narrowed his eyes at her. She saw his look and couldn't help rolling her eyes at him. "I'm not going to steal your truck, Klaus. First of all, I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to drive it and second, who the hell steals a truck?" She asked him and he couldn't help a little chuckle at the weird little vampire.

"I did." He smirked at her and she looked surprised.

"Oh." Then she giggled. "You could just come down with me then." She pointed out and he looked a little surprised.

"Very well." He nodded.

"Cool, one sec." She said then hurried over to Rebekah's room and poked her head in and Klaus watched her curiously. "Rebekah?" She called.

"Yeah?" She called back.

"I'm just running down to the truck to get clothes. I'll bring them up. What do you want to wear?" She asked.

"Can I try that tight jean boot combination you told me about?" She replied. Caroline had explained skinny jeans with knee high boots over the top.

"Sure. I'll be right back." She called.

"Alright." Rebekah said back then Caroline left her room again and Klaus watched her curiously again.

"Why does it matter what she wears?" Klaus asked her furrowing his eyebrows and Caroline shot him and amused look and patted his arm as she walked past him.

"Such a guy." She said amused and Klaus was stunned at the affectionate little gesture but followed her out of the room anyway. They made their way out of the hotel and over to the truck and Klaus opened the back. "Turn around." Caroline said to him and he was kind of amused at her bossing him around.

"Why?" He asked her and she shot him an annoyed look which only amused him further.

"Because I have to climb into a truck then get changed. You might be an all powerful hybrid but you're not watching me change." She said crossing her arms over her chest and he chuckled.

"Yes, but you see the coffins are in there." He pointed out and she rolled her eyes at him which only made him more amused at the ballsy little vampire.

"Yeah and if that were of any interest to me, you'd have a point." She said and he couldn't help a little chuckle at the very blunt little vampire.

"You could pull the daggers out." He replied and she sighed.

"A lot of people have fucked you over, haven't they?" She asked before she could stop herself then she quickly recovered as she doubted that would go down well. "If I was planning to do that, I could have just snuck out of the hotel room while Rebekah was sleeping and busted into the truck, but I didn't did I?" She asked him and he was watching her seriously. He didn't do trust well but she was just so... so...

"Fine, just hurry up." He said then turned around as she climbed up into the back of the truck then she pushed her luck and closed the door. Klaus spun around at that and his jaw dropped at the ballsy little vampire. In all fairness, the coffins were creaky as hell so he'd be able to hear it if she opened one... though... for some reason... he knew she wouldn't. Not even a minute later she was opening the door again and she was dressed in light jeans and heels and a little black jacket. She had a couple of shopping bags in her hands and she hopped out and closed the door behind her. Klaus looked at her curiously again then locked the back of the truck.

"I like the couch." She smiled at him as they walked back and he cocked an eyebrow at her.


Caroline handed over the clothes to Rebekah and she ended up in red skinny jeans with black boots over them and a black top and jacket. Rebekah loved the outfit. After that they left the suite and since Rebekah had compelled it the night before, she compelled the front desk to forget about them being there. The three of them left the hotel and went into an abandoned shop around the corner. Caroline was kind of confused until she saw three humans there. Klaus released their compulsion then he fed from one and Rebekah fed from the other after Klaus had motioned to a girl for Caroline. Caroline bit into her neck then when her heart slowed she did the same as she'd done earlier and healed her neck then stared into her eyes and compelled her to forget seeing them and being bitten and to leave. The girl turned and walked away and Klaus pulled away from his girl and looked at Caroline.

"What are you doing?" He asked her shocked as Caroline sat down on a box.

"What do you mean?" She asked him confused.

"Why is that girl walking away?" He asked her as the girl was now gone.

"Because I didn't want to kill her." Caroline replied and Klaus narrowed his eyes at her.

"Why?" He asked her straight out and Caroline sighed.

"Who do you care about most?" She asked him and he just stared at her. "Is it Rebekah?" She asked and he just kept staring. "That girl is somebody's Rebekah. So I'm not going to kill her." Caroline replied and both Rebekah and Klaus stared at her in mixed disbelief and confusion.

"She's just a human." Rebekah said to her confused.

"She's also a person with friends and a family and a life. So I'm not going to kill her." Caroline replied.

"That won't do." Klaus said to her deadpan and Caroline shot him an annoyed look.

"Then kill her yourself. I'm not doing it." Caroline said to him and internally both Klaus and Rebekah were shocked at her saying that.

"I could just compel you to do it." Klaus said to her and she nodded.

"You could. But it would still be your choice, not mine." She replied and Klaus' jaw dropped at her being so frank.

"You said you were attempting not to annoy me." Klaus said to her and she nodded.

"I am." She replied with a shrug.

"This is annoying me." He replied and she sighed.

"Why?" She asked him bluntly and he looked at her confused.

"What?" He asked.

"How does that girl walking away from here affect you in any way?" She asked him and he looked at her stunned. As did Rebekah. Nobody spoke to Klaus like that.

"You are a vampire." He said to her as he didn't have an answer for her question and she nodded.

"I know." She replied.

"Just drop it, Nick. She did the same thing earlier this morning. That's just how she feeds." Rebekah said to him and Klaus cocked an eyebrow at that then ignored the two of them and finished feeding on his girl then dropped her on the floor. Caroline understood that Klaus was not pleased with her but she wasn't going to change for anyone regardless who they are. Klaus watched Caroline for a moment and he noticed she still didn't look at him with disgust even though he had just killed the human he'd been feeding on. He found he was quite unnerved by the little vampire. She was just so... so...

"Don't attempt to change me, Caroline. It will not work." He said to her seriously.

"I wasn't trying to." She replied and he looked at her confused.

"What was with the humanitarian spiel then?" He asked.

"You asked me why and I gave you my answer of how I feel about it. I didn't say that for any other reason." She said and he narrowed his eyes at her.

He just couldn't figure her out.