Fandom: The Vampire Diaries
Pairing/Characters: Elijah/Caroline, with Tyler/Caroline & Damon/Caroline sprinkled throughout
Word Count: 1700
Spoilers: through 'Daddy Issues'
Summary: (Alternate take on the werewolf/vampire face off in 2.13) Elijah shows up instead of Jonas and helps Caroline after she makes an almost fatal mistake. But helping then has unforeseen consequences for Elijah, Caroline, Damon, and Tyler.
A/N: This was started before ‘Daddy Issues’ aired, so I took liberties with the situation surrounding Caroline’s capture and what the werewolves knew about the curse
Chapter 1: Blood and Trust
If there is one thing Caroline has learned since the Salvatore brothers have come to Mystic Falls, it is that she hates being used as a pawn in the games of others.
She remembers the way Damon used her in his game to hurt Stefan and Elena; she was too stupid and too naïve to know what he was doing to her back then. Now, she knows better than to let anyone use her like that. After that mess was sorted out and he left her alone, there was Katherine using her in her scheme, killing her and forcing her to spy on her best friend by threatening Matt. All so she could get to Elena.
Now the werewolves are using her as a pawn in a game she won’t even pretend to understand. She knows they want revenge for what happened to Mason, and she knows they want to break the curse. And, of course, she really shouldn’t be surprised that it all has something to do with Elena, because she’s the doppelganger.
She’s had a long time to think, being kept in this cage for who knows how long. The time is only being broken up when Brady decides to torture her some more with that damn gun. The pain from that gun is unbearable and she’s sure her screams are heard for miles. And it hurts her even more to know that Tyler’s around somewhere not doing anything to stop her pain—even after all she did for him. She’s beginning to hate her situation and those who’ve put her in it.
She’s doesn’t know how long she’s been here, but it’s been a long time since she’s fed, and lack of blood and so much pain has made her ravenous. One of the worst things about being a vampire, Caroline’s decided, is that when she gets hungry, she tends to get a little emotional. Right now, she’s scared and angry and she can’t even look at Tyler when he comes down to speak with Jules or Brady. She just faces the wall and shuts everything out until they’re all gone, until she’s alone. Then she cries.
Eventually, she hears the sound of the cage opening. “Come on, little bloodsucker,” says Brady. “Playtime’s over, it’s time to end this.”
She doesn’t fight, doesn’t have the energy to do so anymore, so she resorts to pathetic whimpering and tries to catch Tyler’s guilty eyes. He won’t look at her, though, and he walks away so he doesn’t have to hear her, or at least, that’s what she assumes when he runs ahead.
They end up leading her out into the forest, maybe the edge of the Lockwood property, she doesn’t really know. She doesn’t ask why they’re there, she already knows. They want the moonstone to break the curse and they’re trading her for it. At least, that’s what they’ve told Tyler, but when Tyler’s not around, they talk of betrayal and deceit.
They know that to break the curse they need a werewolf and a vampire as well; they’re not going to use one of themselves as the wolf and they won’t be able to catch another vampire. It’s her and Tyler, and she needs to get him alone to tell him so.
Luckily, fate seems to agree with her for Brady, who’d been half-dragging half-carrying her, throws her to the ground unceremoniously. “Tyler,” he commands, “watch her while we secure the perimeter.”
Tyler nods and sits in front of her, his eyes downcast. She read the guilt in his posture the moment he took notice of the blood caked to her clothes. It shouldn’t take much to convince him of the truth.
“They’re not—they’re not gonna let me go,” she whispers.
Tyler looks at her now, surprise etched in his features. “Yes they are,” he insists, “once they have the moonstone—”
“—once they have the moonstone they can break the curse,” she interrupts. “Did you know that to break it, you need a vampire and a werewolf as well as the doppelganger? So, not only are they going to kill Elena, but there’s a good chance they’ll kill me too. And do you really think they’ll kill one of their own? No, it’ll be you because you’re expendable to them.”
Tyler shakes his head. “No, they just need a witch to undo the curse, that’s what she told me,” he says. “The curse is in the moonstone, they just need to take it out….”
Caroline reaches out a hand, touching his shoulder tentatively. “They lied to you, Tyler. They needed your cooperation so they lied.”
“They said you were a part of what happened to mason,” he mumbles, looking back at the ground.
Caroline sees the way he’s searching his memory, trying to hold onto some grain of truth in their story. “No,” she says. “I knew about what Damon did to him, but he only did it because Mason was working with Katherine who was a threat to Elena.”
“And they took you, said you’d get what you deserved. Did they mean death?” Tyler looks up at her, fear reflected in his eyes. “Caroline, I—I don’t want to see you die. I don’t want to die either.” He looks around and makes a decision. “We have to get out of here, we have to leave now. I betrayed you once before, but I won’t now.”
He stands up and tries to pull her to her feet, but she stumbles before she fully stands and falls back down to the ground. “I’m too weak, Tyler,” she tells him. “I haven’t eaten in…so long.” She feels about ready to cry.
Tyler offers his wrist to her. “Drink from me,” he suggests.
Caroline shakes her head, “I won’t do that to you, not now. You need your strength. You have to fight. We’re stuck here till it’s all over—we have to wait it out.”
“I won’t let you die,” Tyler says. “I’ll protect you,”
Caroline’s eyes widen marginally at that. “Don’t endanger yourself,” she warns, “do not die for me.” Tyler nods, but she sees the look in his eye. He meant what he said; he’ll protect her, even at the expense of his own life. She wants to tell him not to, but she knows it’ll be useless, so she nods and they go quite between them. For this to work, they can’t appear to have spoken at all.
The others come back soon and Brady starts taunting her again. And she knows Tyler can’t speak out against him, can’t even look at her for fear of giving them away, so she takes his taunts and a few more bullets, her screams brining the vampires to the vicinity faster, she supposes, because all of a sudden, through the burning haze of pain, she hears Elena screaming her name.
Brady’s holding her close so she can’t even try to run, and she’s trying not to cry, trying even harder to keep from looking at Tyler. She feels so alone and scared and she doesn’t want to die, doesn’t want this to be how she goes.
“Hand Caroline over and we’ll give you the moonstone,” she hears Stefan say.
Jules laughs manically. “Did you really think it would be that easy?” she asks, tauntingly. “No. You killed one of ours; we think it is only fair if we get to kill one of yours.”
And then Brady’s forcing Caroline to kneel on the ground, execution style and Caroline hears Bonnie gasp and Elena cry out. “No, you can’t do that.” Caroline doesn’t believe they’ll kill her now. They need to do the spell and break the curse first, but she doesn’t think they’ll leave without their thirst for revenge fulfilled.
Tyler then uses this opportunity to seem outraged. “You didn’t say anything about killing her,” he accuses Jules. “You said you just wanted the moonstone!”
“I said she’d get what she deserves. She’s a vampire, Tyler, your enemy. You need to know how to take care of your enemies before they take care of you—just look at what happened to Mason.”
“You lying, manipulative bitch,” Tyler growls, moving predatorily toward her.
Damon, never one to take a serious situation seriously, has to add, “I could have told you that, young wolf-boy.” Things get fuzzy for Caroline after that.
Brady shoots her once again with that damned gun, and Tyler loses it, going after Brady. Stefan goes for Jules and Damon starts working on the other werewolf minions. Elena and Bonnie are working on a spell, trying to stay out of the way, being protected by Alaric and Jeremy. But Caroline’s left alone in her haze of pain and this bullet must have been the one that broke the proverbial camel’s back, because she can no longer resist the smell of blood in the air.
Tyler knocks Brady to the ground only feet from her and she makes her way over to him and sinks her teeth into his neck, sucking greedily. The blood euphoria doesn’t last long, however, because all of a sudden, her throat starts to burn and she cries out.
Elena’s screaming again, and Caroline can’t focus on much because she’s crying out too. “It hurts,” she’s saying, “it really hurts, make it stop!”
Jules, pinned down by Stefan, is laughing. “You can’t drink werewolf blood,” she’s saying manically, “it’s poisonous to vampires.” Caroline starts to cry because she thinks she’s going to die now. It can’t be much different then a bite, right? She’s going to die like Rose. And Jules is laughing and she hates the sound of it because she really doesn’t want that to be the last thing she hears before she dies.
“Would someone please shut her up!” Caroline screams in agony.
Then, without any warning, blood is being splattered from all directions as someone faster than even the vampires can see eradicates all the werewolves. All of a sudden, they’re all splattered with blood and someone Caroline thinks is absolute perfection is standing in the clearing right in front of Elena.
Bonnie’s chanting stops, and Elena’s eyes widen as she softly says one word. “Elijah?”