A Series of Short Stories:
This was the not the first time Damon had been tethered to a tree, nor would it be his last. He scratched at his vervain-soaked bindings, hoping to quickly free himself, but his captor was far too observant.
“Is something bothering you?” the hunter asked in his stocky Scottish accent.
Damon laughed under his breath. Where to begin? Had he stayed put last night, instead of traipsing around the island by himself, he wouldn’t be in this situation. Though his fight with Elena had left him wounded, he would give anything to be back in her arms where he belonged. Being held captive by an insane hunter was not on his list of things to do today.
“Would you believe me if I said, mosquitos?”
Vaughn looked back at Damon, unamused. “Do your friends in Mystic Falls think you’re funny?”
Damon hitched his eyebrow, “You’ve been spying on me?”
“Aye.” He had been following them for a while now, learning everything he could about them, about Elena, Bonnie . . . Jeremy. He held out his hand, showing Damon his own hunter’s tattoo. It wasn’t until three days ago that his mark completed, for no apparent reason.
“Come on, man. Do I look like I know anything about tattoos? My skin, it’s flawless.”
Vaughn bowed his head in defeat, he had little patience for this kind of thing. He knew he wouldn’t get anywhere unless he gave Damon some incentive. Picking up the steel rod to his right, he pushed the sharp tip into Damon’s creamy, alabaster skin.
“My name is Galen Vaughn, and you’d better start talking.”
They had been looking for Bonnie and Jeremy for hours, having no idea where to find the missing pair. They needed help, but obtaining any kind of assistance – supernatural or otherwise – on the island was highly improbable. With few options, Elena called Caroline to collaborate on a plan, the only choice readily available at the time. It had been agreed upon, between the group, that the only way to find Shane was to search out the cure – retrieving the hunter’s sword from Klaus and deciphering the map with the images they had taken of Jeremy’s tattoo.
Tyler had easily found the hidden saber amongst Klaus’ collectibles, much to Original’s chagrin. Even though they had skillfully decoded most of the ancient ideograms (a very fine achievement for high school seniors), they were still missing something.
“Need my help with anything, Love?” Klaus had asked Caroline, who had frequently balked at similar statements.
Reluctant to reply, she handed over the sword to Klaus, who effortlessly broke the symbols of the cryptext down into one colossal revelation.
There is only one cure.
Stefan had never found much to love about immortality, always craving his human life, even long before he had met Elena. That unbridled urge to be normal was something he had in common with Rebekah. Although, she would undoubtedly go to extreme lengths to achieve that goal.
When Klaus had let slip the cure’s only stipulation, Rebekah had acted with swift and brutal measure, breaking Stefan’s neck – knowing he would promptly give the cure to Elena, if Rebekah were to do the honorable thing and give it to him.
Vaughn’s intent had been to use Damon for leverage, to coerce Bonnie Bennett into declaring the spell that would revive Silas, allowing Vaughn to kill the ancient immortal once and for all. However, like most plans, his well-thought strategy failed even before it began. He had removed Damon’s restraints, thinking it would be a greater challenge to kill the vampire that way. Unbeknownst to him, Rebekah had been only mere feet away.
Vaughn took aim at the Original, taking her down instantly, but Damon managed to dodge Vaughn’s attempts. Vaughn shot again, only to tether Damon to a wooden beam. Vaughn escaped unscathed, yet Elena had still been able to follow his path. That is, until she had – unexpectedly – been sidetracked by a mysterious figure.
“No!” She shouted at her attacker, but Elena’s vision went black.
Tyler had soon come to the realization that, before long, Klaus was going to want him dead. The only solution had to be for him get out-of-town as fast as he could. Despite Caroline’s attempt to compromise with Klaus – her plea for mercy – the Original’s unwavering vow to make Tyler pay had won. There is and never will be hope of a normal life for Tyler. His heartbreaking words of fate and undying love prompted Caroline to accept the inevitable. Their story had ended, but only for now.
“Until we find a way.”
She had bestowed a punishment upon him worse than death, an endless forever he could never share with his love. It was the pain he was forced to suffer for the crimes he had committed against her, against humanity. The small box he held in his hands was the only solace he had, the only certainty he had in the world. He was sure they would never be able remove it from his grasp. The only way to attain the cure would be to resurrect him. Little did She know, it had been his plan all along.
He waited as they looked upon him. He watched as the hunter appeared out of nowhere, as the woman forced the hunter into his hands. He thirsted as she offered him the hunter’s blood.
He drank and drank, devouring every single drop of the blood given to him, smiling as he slaughtered the hunter.
There was little else he could do now, but wait.
The Vampire Diaries
What did you think of this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? Do you think Jeremy is really dead? Were you surprised by Katherine’s return? What does she want with the cure? Will she use it herself or use it as leverage against Klaus? Is Tyler gone for good? Will Klaus finally make a move on Caroline now that the hybrid is gone? What happened to Shane? How will Elena handle Jeremy’s death? What kind of impact will Silas make on Mystic Falls? Tell me in the comments!