Having him close again was distracting. She liked to dance with him though, during the slow dance she stepped closer resting against him a little. It was strange to have that desire for someone, considering this was the first time she had felt that.
"That's kind of sad. He still seems to care though," she commented, though she wasn't one to speak. Stopping at the end she leaned up and kissed him.
"Damon does what Damon wants, and he decided to strike first. If anything it was all at him," Stefan gave a thin smile at that. "Whatever you chose to do, I won't hate you."
He smiled and stroked her hair a moment.
Klaus was distracted, Damon was distracted, only Elijah seemed alert. "Do you feel up to more dances?"
When the other girl had been led off by Stefan, Klaus had offered Madison a hand and led her onto the fance floor. It almost seemed like the first time and just as she had been, Nik found her graceful and quite an agreeable partner. And it was not long before his eyes had followed hers and he caught sight of his brother.
[b "Elijah and I have quite a long history. Some of it is better than other parts. But at the moment he and I are not on the best of terms."] The man said, but it was all he was willing to offer up.
Teagan's cheeks became a bright pink as she could tell she and Stefan were being watched, but kept her attention on Stefan. He was graceful and an easy partner to dance with. Not nearly as bad as he said, or not at least in her opinion.
[#be5cf5 "Honestly I thought you did hate me after that...So when you asked..I was surprised but also happy."] The girl said as her gaze met his.
Whatever the issue was seemed to be solved. Stefan returned to Teagan's side and escorted her over to the dance floor. Damon seemed to mind, by the way he was nursing his drink.
"I am glad you agreed to go with me. I never disliked you for what happened, I wish I could say it was the first time," Stefan said gliding with her. He wasn't great still, but he was having a lot of fun with her.
"Happy to be here," Madison said brightly. It was strange watching all them, and then she spotted Elijah talking to Mrs. Lockwood. Right now she was completely unaware but she enjoyed Elijah despite the awkward meeting.
"What's the story between you and Elijah?" She asked as they started to dance comfortably.
[b "I'm glad you accepted my invitation and decided to come with me, love."] Klaus said and gave Tyler a faint smirk as the boy had seemed surprised to see the pair of them there.
When Stefan and Teagan had arrived, the man stayed with the girls. He would wait until one of the Salvatores had come back and gotten her little friend. And then after he would claim Madison for a few dances.
Teagan nodded to Stefan when he had excused himself, eyes following him to his brother. She had been around the pair and seen their interactions. Definitely odd and in a sense reminded her of herself and Isobel. [#be5cf5 "I think it is a love and hate thing...like you hate them but still would do anything for the other.."] Her words were thoughtful, but proved that she totally agreed with Madison
Madison gave him a happy look before stepping in the car. This wasn't exactly what she had expected to be in at this point, it was also much better than she had expected.
Arriving at the Lockwood's it actually didn't feel like she didn't belong. She couldn't help a smirk at Tyler as they walked in. "I'm glad you asked me to come," she said kissing his cheek happily.
Damon was already there flirting with one of the women there.
When Stefan and Teagan joined them, Stefan excused himself to see Damon. She leaned closer to Teagan. "Those brothers are weird together. I can't tell if they hate or love each other..."
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?"
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