Her cheeks betrayed her as they always seemed to whenever around either Salvatore. It was annoying at how being near them made her feel. But being around Stefan was even harder. There was more of that draw and familiarity she couldn"t understand no matter how hard she tried.
[#be5cf5 "So I do get you for at least the first dance tonight?"] Teagan asked with a smile, following him to his SUV. And when he opened the door, the girl again gave a faint curtsy before she got in.
A faint chuckle did slip from the man's lips as the girl spoke her words. [b "Disney had not come to mind, love. Because you outshine all of them. And you are very welcome. I am glad you liked it."] The man said as she took his arm. She seemed in good spirits and that meant that the night would or rather should be a good one.
[b "And here we are."] Klaus said as he opened the door of his car for her. For a moment he could not stop looking at her as he remembered the day they had spent together in the mueseum and then the night a week ago. He was hoping for anotjer way.
It was a long practice that he was able to keep the calm expression on his face. Looking to Klaus he gave a nod, watching the visible change with interest.
"Nowhere as amazing as you look," Stefan smiled. Sure, she had spent the night with Damon. Damon would be there but probably compelled a date. "The carriage awaits."
Opening the door to his SUV she smiled.
It took everything to remain inside and not around him. He would touch her, and she just imagined dying horribly. But he cared for her, so Elijah said. She did and then like that it was gone.
"I'd make a good Disney princess. I come packaged with quirkiness and sad backstory already," Madison grinned and took his arm happily. "That painting...it was...there was tears. Thank you so much. It's a piece of Texas with me."
Elijah had as was customed been short with him. It seemed that his brother was in one of his moods and was even telling him off again. But he was not one to back out or to back down. Besides he wanted to be Madison's date for the ball and that was what he was going to do.
When he got there, Madison was with Stefan and Teagan. It appeared that the girls both looked like those fairy-tales. And it made him smile to see that Madison had indeed worn the dress he had sent her.
[b "You look stunning, love. The dress very much suits you. Truly you look like a princess."] The man said as he offered out an arm to her.
Teagan was still excited for the night and was also more than thankful for Madison's help in finishing getting ready. She had helped the other girl as well and smiled. [#be5cf5 "I think we're both ready. And maybe we should go. He's been REALLY patient in waiting."]
The girl said as she smiled. Tea was the first to ascend the stairs as she was mored used to them and the ridiculous dresses as her mother made her do the parties and such all her life. Her cheeks flushed and she gave Stefan a smile and faint curtsy. [#be5cf5 "Thank you..and you look handsome.. I'm just glad we get the chance for this dance since the first one didn't go so hot."] The girl said softly and turned to watch Madi to make sure she was okay on the stairs.
When Klaus got there, Tea moved closer to Stefan, a fear of the man she did not understand evident.
"I don't think Cinderella had an inkling about the ball," Madison said dryly. It was strange to wear this considering she hadn't show this much skin in a dress before. It was absolutely stunning and she did love it. "He does have great tastes. And you get a chance with the good Salvatore."
She made sure to help her finish before she started on her hair. It was just like what her aunt had done for her cousin's wedding. So many years ago.
"Yeah, yeah...this is just the first time....and I think we're set to go. Shall we?"
Elijah had told him to be careful. Klaus would come and take her but to have them all outside so he wouldn't know. The girls seemed ready to go and it was a good thing.
It was good to know that at least Teagan would be having a fun time.
"Again, you both look stunning. Teagan, I feel so fortunate to have you as a date. I will apologize for the dance ahead of time though," Stefan smiled.
Madison struggled with the back of the dress and heels for a moment but managed to make it down safely.
The girl knew that Madison seemed nervous and jittery but she had no idea why. Since coming back from the festival to get ready, it was like she didn't remember what had happened. And she was too anxious, or rather excited to get out of their costumes and into the dresses for the dance.
[#be5cf5 "Thanks..but I still like yours more. It'll be so much fun amd like Cinderella! Well at least we won't have to leave by midnight or worry about pumpkin carriages."] The girl teased the other as she was finishing the looped curls to her own hair and moved to the other girl to help her with the dress.
[#be5cf5 "Are you sure that you're doing okay?"] She asked as she had begun to help with Madison's hair.
How did Tea not have any idea? All Madison could think about was the fact that he wanted to kill her for something big. And also the fact that was not able to forget his hands and lips. Chirst, what was she going to do?
Stefan waited downstairs waiting on them.
"This dress is beautiful, Tea," she smiled. "Kind of like a wedding gown..." She said looking to her placing on some happiness.
Going for the bag with her dress, she pulled it out. It was still beautiful but she felt sick thinking of putting the dress on.
That question was not one he could truly answer. Or rather he could but truly it would be of no comfort to the girl. Nik did have a way of making things difficult and he could admit that he did feel sorry for the girl. Especially knowing that she had been so close to his brother and then all of this coming out.
"For the time being try and live your life as normally as you can. I know that comes as no comfort, but it is the best that you can do.." The man said, quietly. And after his words, Elijah compelled her into forgetting what he had told her when around Niklaus and also when around both brothers together.
The words were simple, but she felt the weight of them. She would ask him about it tomorrow. But for the time being she knew this was best. Knew that he had been right in her wanting to help Madi if something were to happen.
When he asked if she wanted to be his date for the night, Tea's cheeks coloured a soft pink but she gave a smile. [#be5cf5 "I would love to."] She said and couldn't help a laugh when he mentioned Damon's getting lost
Finding out she was the target from someone she had spent the day within an intimate matter was uncomfortable. Someone that she was attending an event with tonight.
"Okay, uh, what am I suppose to do during all of this other than forgetting that someone wants to kill me?" She asked fidgeting with her hands. This was beyond her but she didn't have a choice, did she?
"I'm not even sure that I do. No one wants to hurt you, though. He's after Madison though and I know you'll want to do something," Stefan took both of her hands before looking her in the eyes. It was a quick simple statement of not knowing when Klaus was around, and to not go with him.
"Would you want to be my date for tonight? I think Damon might have gotten lost," he offered with a smile. Tomorrow she'd know what he did.
It almost shocked her when Stefan had asked her permission this time in compelling her. He had not the first time and that had been as he said a "safety" measure. It took her a moment to register the words. Or rather a moment to truly grasp them. Did she really want her memory to be played with?
[#be5cf5 "I...Yeah do what you have to do. You're the one who really knows what is going on. And to be honest I don't want to die just yet."] Her last words were said with a weak smile.
"It is possible.. Trust me when I say those words." Elijah said slowly and quietly. It was not exactly easy for him to explain it to her though. Niklaus was a very complex man and he was full of contradictions. But to try and even explain it all would take a very long time as even he himself did not always understand it.
"When around both Klaus and I at the same time I will make you forget about this... So the times you will remember are away from him.. Again it is unfair to forget as it will make you more a target.." It as hard to explain it. "And yes...we want to try and save you.."
"It was all for your protection. I will tell you tomorrow...I want to ask your permission to do more compelling. There is a grave threat that we are working on here, and I need you to not know around him. You probably already know his name," Stefan said placing his hands together before sighing. "I'm sorry, we wanted to keep you out of this, even Damon."
God, this was hard to see. He waited for her permission at least, this time it would be for her own good.
Madison flinched at his touch for a second before frowning.
"How can you like someone and be willing to kill them at the same time?" Madison asked with a frown before nodding. If it was her choice she'd never look at him again and leave. Going back would mean she'd be happy to see him again.
"Um, then when I'm around you and him. I'm not a good liar," she said softly. "And...help save me?"
"Right now he has an idea of you being his missing piece but does not know it for certain. And even if he did it appears he is drawn and truly becoming attached. So that will detour him from trying to complete anything for a little while..so you have a little time. But if he is to find out and cannot get another, I fear Niklaus being as selfish and used to getting his way as he is.. He will kill you to complete his mission.." Elijah said, keeping her gaze.
For a few moments, the man was silent and then slowly and gently touched her shoulder and gave it a squeeze. "I'm sorry for all of this and for you having to find out this way. But for you not to know would be unfair... And I will have to make you forget in a sense about this..at least when around my brother." He said slowly and quietly as dark gaze locked on her.
[#be5cf5 "The night you took me home...that was why it seemed so much time was missing.."] Teagan said quietly as her brown eyes were still locked with his. Somehow she had a feeling he was going to do it again. Why else would he have taken the trouble to explain?
[#be5cf5 "What are we going to do? The party is in an hour..."] Those words slipped her lips and she finally pulled her gaze from his. What was going to happen now that she and Madi knew?
Sitting back down she was not sure what to do. There were so many things running through her head, the explanation was just not cutting it for her.
"So, he's incomplete then," Madison said softly. That had always felt the case, and one of the few that understood her. "Okay, vampires, werewolves, hybrids. And if he finds out, what happens?"
She hated to ask but she just had to ask.
"There's much more. We should join Elijah. He happens to be a lot older than Damon and I..." Stefan said before looking her in her eyes. "I, we, can compel thoughts. I did that. So that if Klaus or anyone could not be invited in...another thing."
There was an hour before the party and to appear as normal as possible was neccesary.
His words he could see were A LOT for the girl to take in. And when she had said she had slept with Klaus, somethow that had not surprised him. His brother did like to have his way and Elijah had seen how taken with this girl Nik seemed to be.
"Yes, what Niklaus is cooking up has something to do with you. He has been trying to break this curse.. or rather seal upon him for many years. Most the 'pieces' he has to his puzzle but one." Elijah muttered. God he did feel bad for this but he was not generally one for sugarcoating things when they were of great importance and needed to be known.
The girl gave a pained smile when she had been told not to say anything. [#be5cf5 "I may have already done that.. When he took me to the Boarding House the day we all played pool. I had been looking at the old photo on the wall by the door before entering the parlour...and well..."]
Her eyes then locked with his when his hands had gone to her shoulders. [#be5cf5 "I get it. Not something you're proud of and well if it gets out there will be another 'hunt'.. But thanks for telling me now.."] Scared, she was still scared but for some reason she trusted him.
"My brother and I are the Salvatores from the original family members. I wouldn't say anything to Damon about that. It was not easy for us before or after changing," Stefan said and placed a hand on hers. "I'm sorry I did not tell you. It's something we keep under wraps."
It was just a matter of Klaus and the discovery. He wanted to keep her safe. "We never meant any harm, even Damon...and hes' well, Damon."
"Werewolves, too? And he's both...and I slept with him..." She stood up beginning to pace a little. Looking to him she listened to him barely piecing it together and then it finally clicked.
"Holy shit...you don't mean what he's cooking up has something to do with me?" She asked the force hitting her like a brick wall. God, what had she done to deserve this?
"Yes, Niklaus and I are both vampires. But he is more than that. The reason he came here to Mystic Falls is he has been working for a very long time to break a curse on him. One that bound his werewolf part." Elijah went on to explain. Since he had already told her so much, the man thought it wise to let her know all of it.
He could not imagine how much it was truly to take in. But from the l9ok within her eyes, the Original knew she was fearful. Wise if he was to be honest. Only a fool would not be afraid of all of this.
"So now you know the truth of this. What we are and what his intentions happen to be."
Her heart was still fluttering and her mind reeling. How did one really come to terms with the fact that everything they had been taught a myth was in fact true. But she had to day something. He was obviously feeling awkward about this.
[#be5cf5 "I mean...this really isn't normal.. Scary...but could be worse. Then when you were helping me with the drawings you were telling me the true fashion of the times..but then..."] But she snapped her mouth shut. Tea had wanted to ask why he still felt familiar and why she was drawn in. But she couldn't.
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