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Perplexed

Chapter 9


Klaus took her home and helped her shower after they landed in Mystic Falls. Bonnie agreed to show the others where the B&B was so they could get some sleep. It had been a long day. Caroline put her pyjamas on and got into bed and she asked Klaus to go get Rebekah. She had to speak to her because she hadn't had a chance to do so yet. Klaus was reluctant to leave her but she insisted that he get Rebekah so of course he complied. He left and he hadn't been gone for ten seconds when Damon appeared in Caroline's room and he looked so relieved. Caroline was sitting up against the headboard and he walked over and sat on the edge of the bed.

"I'm so sorry, Caroline." He said to her sincerely and she nodded.

"It's okay, Damon. I'm okay." She said then took his hand. He interlaced their fingers and she looked at him. "We need to talk anyway." She said to him and he gulped. He knew where conversations like this went. "You are probably the most gorgeous guy that has ever walked the earth and you have something about you that I will always be attracted to... but I'm not the girl for you, Damon." She said softly and his expression changed to one of hurt. "You're not ready to be with someone yet. To give your whole heart to someone. You need to let yourself heal from the pain that people put you through your whole life before you can truly be with someone. And when you do, I will be totally jealous of the girl who finally lands Damon Salvatore." She smirked at him and he chuckled a little at that.

"Is this the part where you tell me that it'll always be Klaus?" He asked her and she shrugged.

"I'm in love with him but always is a very 'set in stone' kind of phrase that gets thrown around too often." She said and he smirked at that. "But Damon... just because the doppelgangers were stupid enough to pick Stefan over you doesn't mean anything." She said sincerely then moved her free hand to cup his cheek and he leaned into her touch. "Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve something because you do. You have to let all of that go. When you want to be, you can be so wonderful and any girl would be damn lucky to have you." She said and he felt kind of emotional at that. "I think a small part of me will always love you and always want you and who knows, maybe in the future, Nick will piss me off at a time where you're ready for me." She winked at him and he smiled at her. "And I know he's your brother but I've been dying to say this to you for a long time... Stefan is not your competition." She said to him sincerely. "Because he will never be able to compete with you." She said and his jaw dropped.

"What?" He asked shocked.

"You're in totally different leagues. Stefan is decent looking, a nice enough guy and a good friend. But he wouldn't stand out in a crowd. He's like the minor league in baseball. But you... You are... fun and wild and... epic." She said to him. "When you walk into a room, every set of eyes is on you. There is no comparison between you and there never will be. You're like the major league." She said. "The reason Elena didn't pick you is because she knows that she would never be enough for you. Stefan is the cute, mushy, boring romance guy... but a romance with you would be storybook epic. Elena knows she could never live up to that because she's in the minor league too." Caroline said and Damon looked well and truly stunned. "But the good thing about Stefan being a nice enough guy is that he puts up with your crap." She said and he smirked at that. "You could have your brother back, you know. You just have to realise that the doppelgangers are never going to be enough for you. You will meet someone, you just have to be open to it and stop dwelling on Katherine. She's a crazy bitch who will never deserve you." She said and Damon looked at her and his face betrayed how emotional he felt over everything she said.

"If that's how you feel, why are you choosing Klaus over me?" He whispered to her and she shook her head.

"I'm not, Damon." She said. "You have to understand that when you told me you had feelings for me, I was already in love with him. I was already together with him. I thought that you would never want to be with me so I gave up on waiting for you to want me. I know that you don't like him but... to be blunt... I'm not going to just dump him because you've suddenly decided you want me. You can't just do that to someone." She said to him sincerely. "I mean how would you feel if you were with a girl and they just dumped you because someone else suddenly decided they wanted her?" She asked and he sighed.

"I see your point." He nodded and he did get that. He knew Caroline was too nice to ever do that to anyone. He'd just had no idea that she had wanted him before. Why didn't anyone ever tell him these things?

"I promised him a shot and I'm going to give him one." She said and he nodded. "But eternity is a long time." She smirked and he chuckled.

"I think you're right though... I don't think I'm ready to truly be with someone yet." He said and she nodded.

"Start off by repairing your relationship with Stefan. That's how you'll get yourself ready. You know you love him and he loves you. You just have to stop acting like the other is an enemy." She said. "He will always have your back and you know it." He chuckled at that.

"When did you get so wise?" He smirked at her and she shrugged.

"Who knows? I think it's all these kidnappings that are making me grow up." She smirked back and he scowled.

"Yeah, you have to stop that." He said to her and she giggled.

"You were recently one of my kidnappers, if you remember." She pointed out and he rolled his eyes.

"Yeah, but you know that I don't want to actually hurt you." He said and she smiled.

"So are you going to be my friend then?" She asked him and he cocked an eyebrow at her.

"Do you want to be friends with me? After everything?" He asked and she nodded.

"Yeah, I do." She said.

"Alright, Red. I'll be friends with you." He winked at her and she giggled.

"Blondie to Red?" She asked him amused and he shrugged.

"They say nicknames are a sign of affection." He said and she smiled.

"Then I'll have to come up with one for you." She said amused and he deadpanned.


Rebekah showed up a short while later and Damon left. She sat down on the bed next to Caroline.

"Hey." Caroline smiled.

"Hi." Rebekah replied in a small voice.

"Did your siblings get settled into the B&B okay?" Caroline asked and Rebekah nodded.

"Helen and Elijah went to sleep but Gabriel wanted to go for a drink so Bonnie took him to the Grill." Rebekah replied and Caroline giggled.

"Really?" She asked amused. "Gabriel's totally hot. Bonnie should get in there." She said and Rebekah laughed.

"I think that may be his intention. He's been eyeing her since before we got to you." Rebekah said and Caroline smiled.

"She could be doing with a hottie like Gabriel. She hasn't had any action in ages." Caroline said and Rebekah laughed.

"Neither have I." She replied and Caroline smirked. "I think I went out with the wrong Salvatore, by the way. Damon is gorgeous." She said to Caroline and she giggled.

"Beyond gorgeous." Caroline agreed. "You know... when he sorts his head out, you two might make a perfect match, come to think of it." She said amused and Rebekah laughed. "And that was so piss Nick off... yeah, you kind of have to now." She said and she laughed.

"He would be furious." She smirked at her. "Wouldn't that be... awkward for you?" She asked and Caroline smiled.

"If you haven't noticed, I'm kind of head over heels in love with your brother." She said and Rebekah smiled sadly.

"Even after..." She trailed off and Caroline took her hand.

"Even after." Caroline nodded. "And you are still my best friend and don't you forget it." She said to her seriously and Rebekah started to tear up.

"Caroline... I know it isn't enough... but you'll never know how sorry I am." She said and Caroline nodded.

"I do know, Becka. I know you wouldn't ever do anything to hurt me." She said in reply.

"How can you just... be so nice about this?" Rebekah asked and Caroline sighed.

"Friends are easy to make and easy to lose... but a true friend can take a lifetime to find and can never be lost." She said sincerely. "You and I are true friends and we always will be." She said. "I forgive you, Becka, completely. I just... I just want you back." Caroline said. "You have no idea how much I missed you in the last month and I don't ever want it to be so long again." She said.

"I missed you so much too." Becka said and Caroline hugged her.

"We're good, Becka. Can we just go back to being us again?" She asked into her best friend's hair.

"I want that more than anything." Becka agreed with a sob.


Caroline looked into the cell the following morning and Katherine was lying on the little bed in there. She was pasty and pale, shaking, sweating and clearly in a lot of pain. Her hands were covered in blood from coughing. Caroline couldn't stand this person... but she was still a person. Even the most despicable person can sometimes deserve mercy.

"Come to watch the show?" Katherine whispered unevenly and Caroline sighed.

"I am considering giving you the cure." Caroline replied and Katherine's jaw dropped.

"Why? He'll kill you!" Katherine exclaimed and Caroline laughed.

"No, he won't even yell at me for it." She smirked at Katherine.

"So he survived Michael?" Katherine asked shakily as she tried to comprehend that.

"Yeah, as did the other four Originals." Caroline nodded and Katherine's eyes widened.

"He released them?" Katherine asked shocked.

"Yes." Caroline said then silence fell. "Are you sorry?" Caroline asked her softly.

"For what?" Katherine asked confused.

"Anything?" Caroline asked her. "Do you have remorse for anything you've ever done?" She asked almost pleadingly. She wanted Katherine to not be a monster.

"I have remorse for plenty of things, Caroline. I still remember a time when I wasn't... this." She pointed to herself. Caroline stared at her in contemplation.

"And what about your word? Does that mean anything to you?" Caroline asked and Katherine looked at her. Caroline was sure that she'd never seen such an honest expression on Katherine's face before.

"Yes, it does." She replied.

"Do you want the cure?" Caroline asked her.

"I don't want to die." Katherine whispered and Caroline could see the fear all over her face. Caroline had begged Michael for mercy and was shown none.

"If you give me your word that you'll leave and disappear, you'll never contact the Salvatores again, you'll never contact any of us again, you'll never hurt any of us, you'll never try to cause problems for Klaus or any of the Originals, if you see any of us in the street, you'll go the other way... I'll give it to you." Caroline said and Katherine stared at her for a moment. "Klaus won't hunt you but if he happens to see you again, I don't know what his reaction will be." Caroline said.

"And if the Salvatores find me?" Katherine asked.

"If they're dumb enough to look for you then that's their problem. That's not breaking your word." Caroline said. "You have a chance to actually have a life, Katherine. You aren't on Klaus' hit list anymore. You don't have to be on the run. Settle down somewhere, make some friends, fall in love with someone who will treat you well. See it as a fresh start." Caroline said to her. Caroline was surprised when she saw tears welling in Katherine's eyes. She'd wanted that for centuries.

"Okay, Caroline. I give you my word." Katherine said and Caroline nodded.

"Don't be dishonourable or next time I won't bring you his blood." Caroline warned.

"I promise." She said. Caroline opened the cell door then walked over to Katherine and handed her a vial.

"Don't make me regret it, Katherine. Go get yourself a blood bag, say goodbye permanently to Stefan and Damon then get the hell out." Caroline said then turned on her heel and left the cell. Katherine drank down the blood and seconds later she could feel her neck healing. She couldn't believe Caroline did that for her. She saved her when she didn't deserve it. She would miss the brothers... but she would keep her word.


Katherine drank down a blood bag and pocketed another one then went upstairs only to find Stefan in the living room.

"Katherine?" He asked shocked. "You're... cured." He said confused and she nodded.

"Caroline." She replied and Stefan rolled his eyes at the tender-hearted baby vampire. "We made a deal." She said to Stefan who looked at her curiously.

"What deal?" He asked.

"In return for the cure, I've to leave all of you alone forever and never contact you again." She said and Stefan looked surprised. It was a good deal. "So, Stefan..." She said walking up to him and taking his hand. "I gave her my word and I will keep it. This is truly goodbye this time." She said to him sincerely and Stefan nodded.

"Take care of yourself, Katherine." He said and she gave him a small smile.

"I'll always love you, Stefan. But it's time for a fresh start." She said. "Can I have a hug?" She asked him and he smirked then hugged her. She hugged him back tightly knowing she might never see him again.

"Goodbye, Katherine." He whispered.

"Goodbye, Stefan." She replied then pulled away. She gave him a small smile then walked right out the front door of the boarding house... where Caroline stood with Klaus. Katherine's eyes widened and she froze in fear when she saw him.

"Oh for God's sake, Caroline." He huffed. "Did you give her that vial?" He asked her and she nodded.

"Yes, we made a deal." She replied and he shot her an annoyed look.

"What?" He asked her annoyed and Caroline rolled her eyes which shocked Katherine.

"Go, Katherine. Damon's at the Grill. Go say bye." Caroline said to her but Katherine didn't move.

"Caroline." Klaus said annoyed and Caroline looked him in the eyes.

"Katherine and I made a deal. She is going to disappear and never cause us any problems again and you are not going to hunt her." Caroline said to him.

"And why not?" He asked her crossing his arms over his chest. Katherine was stunned that Caroline was bossing him around.

"Why? Because I begged Michael for mercy and he didn't show me any. I can't do that to someone else." Klaus winced at that. "Everyone deserves a sliver of mercy and that's what she's being given. If she's dishonourable and breaks her word then at least I completed my part but I'm not going to be dishonourable and neither are you." Caroline said to him and he huffed in annoyance.

"Katerina?" Klaus asked her and she looked at him nervously. "You are lucky that Caroline is so kind. I do not ever want to see you again. Is that understood?" He asked her and her eyes widened and she nodded. She couldn't believe that Klaus was actually listening to Caroline. "Good. Then go before I change my mind." He said.

"Thank you, Caroline." Katherine said and she was gone in a flash.

"What am I going to do with you? You are turning me into some useless harmless thing." He said to her and she giggled.

"Well, if you remember, you are like a million times stronger and faster than me. I can't make you do anything. So you decided to show her mercy all by yourself." She pointed out and he deadpanned.

"Things were easier when I was just evil." He said and she laughed.

"You were never evil, Nick. But don't you feel a little better? Knowing that she didn't have to die to leave us all alone? She's been running from you for 500 years. She's been living in fear for 500 years. She deserves a chance to just live." Caroline said to him.

"You are making me have a conscience. I don't like it." He said and she smiled.

"Nick, she was an innocent human girl who ran from you because she was afraid. If the roles were reversed, would you have just stood there and let a vampire kill you? Or would you have tried to fight for your life?" She asked him and he huffed in annoyance.

"Fine, you may have a point. But stop it now. I refuse to feel guilt over Katerina." He said and she laughed.

"Yeah, don't feel guilt. She still killed me." Caroline said with a smirk and Klaus scowled.

"And now I want to kill her again." He muttered and she smiled and put her arms around his neck.

"Just forget about her. She's gone from our lives forever. And if she hadn't killed me, I wouldn't have had the chance to fall in love with you." She smiled at him fondly and he wrapped his arms around her waist.

"So you still love me?" He asked her softly and she could see the guilt all over his face.

"You have no idea how much." She said sincerely. "But I still fully intend to kick your ass." She said and he chuckled.

"Why's that?" He asked her and her face turned serious.

"Because you left me." She said to him. "You left me when I needed you." She said and he felt terrible.

"I'm sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing for once." He said to her and she nodded.

"I know that. I do understand even if I disagree. But, in future, you will remember that it's 2012 and I know what's best for me, not you." She said to him and he smiled at her sadly.

"I am leaving again, Caroline." He said to her and she pulled her arms back from him and stared at him.

"Then I'm going with you." She said and he shook his head softly.

"No, darling." He said to her and she gave him a look of disbelief.

"Wait a minute." She said to him annoyed. "You come rescue me from Michael because you love me but you don't want to be with me?" She asked and in truth, he wanted that more than anything... but he had a deal.

"I can't." He said to her willing her to believe him and she stared at him like he was a moron.

"Why not?" She asked annoyed. "First you tell me you're not capable of love, which is bullshit. Then you tell me that you want to be with me. Then you rescue me like a God damn knight in shining armour. Then you tell me you love me and I'm the first girl you've ever loved. Then I find out about my mother's death. Then you up and leave me. Then you rescue me again because you love me... and now you're just leaving?" She asked in disbelief. "You're screwing me around." She said to him angrily and he felt so badly about that. They didn't know that the other Originals were on their way to the boarding house and had stopped when they heard him say he was leaving her. And because they were totally nosy they were listening.

"That's not my intention, Caroline. But you are too sweet to be with a creature like me. I won't allow you to waste your life on me." He said and she positively glared at him.

"You won't allow me? Who the hell do you think you are?" She yelled at him and the others were highly amused at this baby vampire yelling at Klaus.

"You know that's not what I meant, so don't take it that way." He replied annoyed.

"Then how should I take it?" She asked him just as annoyed as she crossed her arms over her chest. "I don't understand you! You're being a total dumbass, you know that?" She yelled and he was trying not to laugh as were the other four. Klaus wasn't aware of their presence yet as he was too focused on Caroline. "You released your siblings to take down Michael! Why the hell did you even bother? You should have just let him kill me if you were intending to just be a jackass the minute I'm better." She glared at him and he shot her a look.

"As if I would ever let anything happen to you if there was something I could do to stop it." He said and she scowled at him.

"So you do love me." She said to him and he sighed.

"You know I love you more than anything." He said to her.

"Then what the hell is wrong with you?" She asked him annoyed and he sighed.

"I just think it would be better for you if you weren't involved with me. It will always lead you to danger. Others might take you to get to me." He said to her seriously. "You will always be in danger if you stay with me." He said and she rolled her eyes.

"You mean like Michael?" She asked him annoyed and he flinched.

"Exactly." He said and she nodded.

"So... do you think he would still have been able to take me if you'd been with me?" She asked and his eyes widened.

"I told you I was sorry and I truly am. I had no idea..."

"I'm not trying to lay a guilt trip on you. I'm trying to prove a point." She interrupted him. "What is this really about? You'd think for a thousand year old pain in the ass you'd have learned to lie better." She said to him dryly and Helen, Gabriel, Elijah and Rebekah were shaking with silent laughter at the ballsy little vampire. Rebekah had so missed her.

"Caroline, you have to let me go." He said to her softly.

"No." She said to him defiantly.

"You have to." He said and she stared at him.

"I don't have to do anything." She snapped at him and he groaned in frustration.

"I could just compel you." He said to her and she narrowed her eyes at him.

"First of all." She said putting her hand on her hip annoyed. "You made me a promise that you would never compel me and I will kick your ass if you even attempt it." She warned and the other Originals were dying to laugh at that. "Second of all, I knew you'd be a dumbass after I healed so I drank vervain." She said to him and he looked surprised.

"I thought you trusted me." He said to her and she laughed.

"You just threatened to compel me!" She yelled at him and he sighed.

"I wasn't going to do it." He muttered and she smirked.

"I know." She said amused and the others were biting their lips so they wouldn't laugh. Helen, Gabriel and Elijah totally loved this little vampire already. "But our deal only ensured you wouldn't do it. You could totally make Becka do it so I took a precaution." She said and if he hadn't been so annoyed he would have been proud of her for being so clever.

"This is beside the point, Caroline." Klaus said to her seriously and she shook her head.

"I don't get it." She shook her head. "You released your siblings to save me. You told me you would never release them because they would kill you." She said to him. "So I don't und..." She froze then took a step back and looked at him in fear. "You made a deal with them didn't you?" She asked him shocked and he wanted to groan in frustration at her figuring it out. "Answer me." She said.

"Yes." He nodded and her jaw dropped.

"Are you out of your ancient mind?" She yelled at him and he couldn't help a tiny chuckle at that. The others were highly amused by her.

"You make me question my sanity regularly, darling." He said to her amused and she shot him a look for that comment.

"What was the deal?" She asked crossing her arms again.

"It doesn't matter, Caroline. Just forget about it." He said and realisation washed over her.

"You're going to let them kill you, aren't you?" She asked him shakily.

"Caroline." He said annoyed and she covered her face with her hands. A second later she was throwing her arms around his neck and clinging to him.

"Then let's run." She said to him. "Just this one time, be dishonourable. Please." She said as tears streamed down her face. He reluctantly hugged her back because who was he kidding? She was his whole world. "I'll run with you forever." She said and his stomach did that thing again. The others were shocked that she would do that. That she would give up her eternity to run with Klaus from three Originals.

"A deal is a deal." He said to her into her hair. "I can't run." He said and she let go of him and started to pace.

"No. This is not acceptable, Nick. You can't just trade your life for mine." She shook her head. "That's ridiculous." She said to him angrily though her tears didn't stop.

"It was worth it to keep you safe." He said softly and she glared at him.

"No it isn't!" She yelled at him. "So you're just going to stand there and let them kill you? Without a fight? Are you insane? Isn't there a loophole in your deal? I can't believe this is happening." She rambled and shook her head as she tried to comprehend how much of an idiot he was.

"Caroline..."

"No!" She yelled at him. "No, that would be as stupid as me taking my ring off in the sun." She said to him then she froze and looked up at him. "You know what? I love you and I want to be with you and only you. If you do this, that's what I'll do. I will take my ring off in the sun and I am not fucking kidding. So you just think about that. When you come to your senses and realise that my plan to run is way better, I'll be at my house packing a bag." She said to him seriously and his jaw dropped. So did the three Originals who weren't Rebekah. She knew how much Caroline loved Klaus. The others were shocked that the baby vampire wouldn't live without him.

"Caroline..." But she was gone. She ran and he was left standing outside the boarding house alone. "God, she's a fucking nightmare." He muttered.

"I like her." Helen said and Klaus snapped his head to the side to see his four siblings standing there.

"How long were you standing there?" He asked them annoyed.

"For a while. I really like her. I see why you fell in love with her." Helen grinned. "I can't believe she shouted at you like that. She's a very brave little vampire." She said.

"She's full of cheek." Klaus muttered and they laughed.

"Is Katerina dead?" Elijah asked curiously and Klaus huffed in annoyance.

"No, my little annoying darling thought showing her mercy was a good idea so she made a deal with her and gave her my blood to heal her." Klaus said and all of their jaws dropped.

"Seriously?" Gabriel asked shocked and Klaus nodded.

"And you weren't angry?" Helen asked and Klaus shrugged.

"It is impossible to stay angry at her." Klaus said and they laughed.

"She is perfect for you." Helen smirked at him amused and he rolled his eyes.

"Yes, well, whatever." He said. "Let's get this over with." He said to them and the three of them glanced at each other.

"She was right. It seems there was a loophole." Elijah said to him and Klaus looked confused.

"Pardon?" He asked confused. Rebekah's face was full of hope as she looked at her three oldest siblings. She and Klaus had become so close since the advent of Caroline and she couldn't imagine losing him.

"The deal was that we help you kill Michael." Gabriel said.

"You killed him by yourself." Helen said.

"What?" Klaus asked shocked.

"We're still holding onto the dagger though, just in case." Helen warned him. "So you better behave yourself, baby brother." She said and his jaw dropped.

"You're not... going to kill me?" He asked sceptically.

"We have wanted you to be like this again for a thousand years, now that you are, we don't want you dead anymore." Elijah said and Rebekah grinned.

"Though you are still going to have to make it up to me since you left me in a box for over two centuries." Helen warned him and he smirked at her.

"Isn't your presence torture enough?" He asked her and she laughed.

"Nope. And since I am certain that your lady and I will be friends, I am sure she will agree with me that you have some serious making up to do." Helen smirked back at him and he deadpanned.

"You are not allowed near her." Klaus muttered and they laughed knowing Caroline could get him to do anything.

"I think I will quote her: Allowed? Who the hell do you think you are?" Helen said and they laughed.

"Just kill me." Klaus said and Helen laughed.

"No, I think this will be highly amusing." She smirked and he scowled at her.

"You can't boss me around just because you're the oldest." Klaus warned her and she smirked at him deviously.

"No, but Caroline can." She grinned wickedly and he deadpanned while the others laughed.

"Nick, stop standing here! Go after her!" Rebekah grinned at him and he was gone before anyone could say anything else which caused them all to laugh loudly.

"I must say though. Niklaus is not known for his patience and it shocks me that he lets a baby vampire yell at him." Elijah said and Rebekah giggled.

"Caroline hasn't ever treated him like he's an Original. She's blunt and speaks before she thinks and isn't afraid of us and never was." Rebekah said.

"Wait – so this isn't just since he fell in love with her? She's always spoken to him like that?" Helen asked shocked.

"Yes." Rebekah smirked and Helen and Gabriel looked shocked. Klaus had already told Elijah about her from the beginning. "Even when he had his emotions off and was still being an arse." She said.

"Do you know where she lives? I quite fancy seeing her yell at him again." Helen smirked and they laughed then Rebekah motioned for them to follow her.


Klaus stood outside her house for a few minutes, not really sure what to say. How could he word it so he didn't sound like an idiot? He hadn't noticed the arrival of his eavesdropper siblings either. He was pacing outside the door but before he got the chance to figure out what he was going to say, Caroline opened the door with her arms crossed over her chest.

"Were you planning on just pacing out here indefinitely or were you going to man up and knock?" She asked him annoyed and the siblings were dying to laugh at that.

"You... uh... knew I was here?" He asked her sceptically and she rolled her eyes.

"I might be a daft baby vampire but I can hear footsteps, dumbass." She said to him and he chuckled while the others shook with silent laughter at that. "So are we running away or are you here to continue talking a lot of crap?" She asked him annoyed.

"My siblings have decided not to kill me." He said to her and she froze. She stood staring at him for a good minute then she cocked an eyebrow at him.

"And?" She asked.

"So I came to tell you that." He said and her expression didn't change.

"And?" She asked and he chuckled.

"And I'm sorry for not telling you about the deal." He said.

"And?" She asked and he smirked knowing where this was going.

"There's more I should say?" He asked and Caroline was kind of amused by that but she kept on her annoyed front.

"And you aren't going to be a jackass and leave me again or I'll kick your hybrid Original ass." She said to him and he laughed.

"I won't be leaving you again." He promised and she stared at him for a second in contemplation then uncrossed her arms and smiled.

"Okay, I'm not mad anymore." She said and he laughed loudly. The others were holding onto each other they were laughing so hard but they were keeping it silent so as not to alert Klaus of their presence.

"That's it? I think your fury only lasted about a minute this time." He smirked at her.

"Oh I'll still be kicking your ass at some point but other than that the issue has been resolved." She said and he chuckled.

"Is that so?" He asked amused.

"Yep." She nodded.

"So can I kiss you now or what?" He asked her fondly and she smiled.

"When do you ever ask for what you want?" She asked him and he chuckled then grabbed her and kissed her. She kissed him back like the world was going to end then pulled away. "However." She said to him with one finger in the air and he looked at her amused. "If you ever want to get laid again you're going to have to take me on dates and romance me off my feet like the Disney princess that I am." She said to him in warning and he laughed. The others were still laughing at that and they were finding it difficult to keep quiet because she was just so funny.

"I think you should marry me." He said to her shocking his siblings completely and Caroline just looked at him.

"No." She said and he smirked. The Originals were even more shocked at that and they'd completely stopped laughing.

"No?" He asked her.

"First of all, that was probably the worst proposal ever." She said to him and he laughed. The others were now laughing all over again. "Second, you are in the 'bad books' as they say, so at the moment, my answer is no." She said and he smirked. "Third, it wasn't even half an hour ago that you were trying to leave me so sort that ancient head of yours out before you start talking about things like this." She said to him and he chuckled.

"You're the one that said you'd run with me forever." He pointed out and she rolled her eyes dramatically.

"Just because I intend to be with you forever doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to marry you." She said to him and he chuckled. "You'll have to do better before I go through the ridiculous sham that is a wedding for you." She said and he smirked.

"I will." He nodded and she smiled. "Though I have to say, I am curious as to this supposed ass kicking you're going to give me." He said and she giggled.

"It'll happen when you least expect it." She said to him and he chuckled.

"So you are going to use the element of surprise to your advantage since you're a baby vampire?" He smirked and she looked at him confused.

"I'm not going to try to physically harm you, dumbass. I do love you, if you remember? I am literally going to kick you in the ass." She said and he buckled over with laughter at that. So did the others. They couldn't contain it any longer and even Caroline giggled at his reaction and she realised that they were being listened to when she heard howls of laughter coming from across the street. Klaus was far too amused to even look at his siblings but Caroline noticed them and blushed.

"That is hilarious. Even for you." Klaus said as he laughed and Caroline just rolled her eyes then shut the door on him which made everyone laugh all over again.