he didn't have a choice now did he

twistedaydreams-deactivated2017  asked:

if we stop & think about it, we're addicted to anti. like literally addicted. when he first appeared, it was a new high for all of us because we never experienced something like that before. everyday kept getting better with the more cryptic stuff anti did. now, we can't stop thinking about him. we love him, we crave his presence. but yet, as the excitement grows for each new anti bit, it's not the same as it was the first time. thats why anti's dangerous, why he never left. we don't want him to

Daily ASOIAF interactions
  • Me: I ship Cersei and Jaime
  • Me: It's the only consensu ...
  • Me: It is consensu ...
  • They: EVIL! Gross! Ewwwwww
  • Me: They are the ONLY CONSENSUAL relationship in these books
  • They: Nonsense! Drogo and Daenerys are consensual and much better!
  • Me: Daenerys was forced and sold to Drogo when she was 13 and he was 30.
  • They: So what, women were sold into marriages back then, it's normal for that time.
  • Me: Daenerys was raped by Drogo several times.
  • They: She wasn't! She said "yes" on her first night.
  • Me: She was forced into the marriage, was threatened to be beaten if she doesn't please Drogo, didn't have a choice to say no.
  • They: You are just a rape enthusiast, she says "yes", that's consensual.
  • Me: You are ignoring ALL the circumstances of the "yes". Besides, he repeatedly rapes her for several nights to the point Daenerys thinks of suicide.
  • They: That was no rape, they were married. Marital rape didn't exist back then. You are being too harsh with Drogo, he only did his duty. Daenerys is his wife now, it's normal he has sex with her. And she cried because the first times are always painful, that's normal. They were totally consensual. Much better than Jaime and Cersei, INCEST IS EVIL!
  • Me: ...
  • Me: Why is that a CONSENSUAL relation between a brother and a sister, who were best friends during their childhood, based on mutual attraction, desire and feelings, is "evil", but a 13 year old girl being sold to a man more than twice her age and repeatedly sexually abused is "romantic"?
  • They: Your constant defense of incest makes me worried about your personal life. Do you sleep with your brother?
  • Me: ...
  • Me: ...
  • Me: Why did I join this fandom?
The Purge AU Starters
  • "Help me!"
  • "Please! Please don't leave me!"
  • "Come out, come out where ever you are."
  • "I'm not going to hurt you."
  • "I lied."
  • "Don't let them in."
  • "We have to help them."
  • "We don't need to help them."
  • "They wouldn't help us!"
  • "They would help us!"
  • "We can't lose our humanity."
  • "We lost our humanity once all this started."
  • "It's over."
  • "It's starting."
  • "The fun has only just started. We still have a whole night of fun with our new friends."
  • "We're your new friends for the night."
  • "How about a bet?"
  • "We bet that you won't survive the night, and you bet that you will."
  • "Just don't listen to the screams."
  • "Is it over yet?"
  • "They're monsters!"
  • "Monstrous."
  • "Is everything locked up tight?"
  • "Listen, if something happens to me..."
  • "Please don't go out there."
  • "I don't have a choice."
  • "I love you."
  • "Fuck you!"
  • "She's dead."
  • "He's dead."
  • "Mom's dead."
  • "Dad's dead."
  • "He didn't make it."
  • "She didn't make it."
  • "Let me in."
  • "We're going to get you before the night is through."
  • "We're going to do some real bad things to you when we get you."
  • "We survived. It's over."
  • "No it was nothing."
  • "What was that?"
  • "Did you hear that?"
  • "I'll be back. I'm just going to go check what that noise was."
  • "Lock yourself in the closet and don't make a sound."
  • "No. Now you do what I say. Understand?"
  • "You're not going to survive what I have planned for you."
  • "You might survive if you listen to me."
  • "I'm not going to make it."
  • "They stole our fucking car!"
  • "Fuck!"
  • "Is that a gun?"
  • "Is that a fucking machete?"
  • "Is that chain saw?"
  • "We can't fight them."
  • "We can fight them off together."
  • "I don't want to kill you."
  • "I'm going to kill you for what you did tonight."
  • "Time's up."
  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: hey im grump! and im not so grump and welcome to Frank Sinatra's warehouse! Arin, he did not want this anymore. ah well he didn't have a choice, he's dead. god rest his soul, god rest his soul, god rest his soul, god rest his soul, god rest his soul. THIS could be all yours for 100% of the price I CANT GIVE DEALS AWAY, ARIN. amazing! I'M A NOT A DEAL GIVER. this is amazing! 100% of the deals for half the price. call in now, get the deal, call in later, get the deal. IM NOT EVEN SELLING SHIRTS. Arin, what you get here is what you don't get anywhere else. You get a quality, you get a seam, you- *punch* GREAT DEALS FOR NONE OF THE PRICE! you're welcome, you're welcome, you're welcome, you're welcome to stay for as long as you like. yes. WHO'S GOT A SHIRT? THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS?? NOBODY NOBODY. ONLY THIS. NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY. WHO'S GOT A SHIRT? Call in now, call in later, Collin Farrell, Collin Mochrie. Have you seen a- the sea legs on a dog like that yet. cookies don't even cost this less! STOP. borderline narcissism. BONUS DEAL. we're getting half the deal for twice the price! can you believe the amount of asinine things we're saying? hokus pOKUS! THERES NOTHING STICKY ABOUT THESE DEEAALS. one, two, three, four tell me who you love me more. *smack* OW. SLOGANS THAT STICK! E CH. IPHONE. IPHONE. ANDROID?? OUT THE WINDOOOOOOOOOOW. NEVER NEVERSETTI FNE VER. WHO'S GOT DEALS?? WHOS. GOT DEALS? NOBODY BUT HERE, BABY! I wanna to sing a ♪amaze-♪ getha fuck outa my studio. i- i caaant.. i cannntt.. WHAT IS THIS MAN DOING TO OUR SHOW. ♪amazing grace half the deals twice the price. you surprised me with your lack of common buyer sense♪ HAJDE what thi- FUCK what's this i've got in my haaands? stop. EVERY DAY YOU'LL WEAR THE SHIRT. LOOK AT THE SHEEN ON THAT SHINE! THIS IS AMAZING. THAT EDGE. NEVER EVER HAVE YOU SEEN SUCH AN AMAZING SHIRT. jon i know what you're thinking. now arin, i know what you're thinking. i know what you're thinking, jon. arin, i know what you're thinking! i know what you're thinking jon! arin i see the cards on the table i know what you're thinking. I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING JON. i know what you're thinking. how can we sell these shirts for such a low price? we can't. they're at normal price. norm- would you do.. different? i wouldnt. business. what's that arin? we've got a caller! what's that. oh my god a caller! we got a caller! its caller, we didn't give out the number! we didn't give out the- we didn't give out the number. we didn't give out the number. i don't think we gave out the number. Ronnie did- we give out the number for the show? did we give out the number? ronnie? ronnie? ronnie? we didn't give out the number. ronnie said we didn't give out the number. nah he didn't say- ronnie did we give out the number? did we give out the number? no number? no number. we didn't give out the number? ronnie didn't give out the number. ronnie we didn't give out the number. who's callin that phone, arin? it's just white noise arin.. *demon voice* arin. i know what you're thinking. JON I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING. HOW AM I GONNA GET OUTA HERE? no. i mean i really know what you're thinking. THESE SHIRTS ARE GONNA CHANGE SOME LIVES, ARIN. EVEN DEMONS KNOW. EVEN DEMONS KNOOOOOW.

anonymous asked:

I like to think that Spain does have this dark violent self that he tries to hide for the sake of past being the past but I also want to think that maybe he didn't have a choice? After all the nations themselves have bosses above them.

well but they are their own people too yeah? i certainly headcanon that he wasn’t nice-guy-forced-to-do-shit by his King during the 1500s. i would characterise him as genuinely being a douchebag and power hungry during that period, much like england. 

imo he wasn’t only the power-hungry conqueror and probably did have fits of conscience now and then, but i’d like to think that ugly part is also very much him. like the aph characters embody the best and worst of their people and so they’re full of contradictions.

Spiderman 3 (2007 Movie): Sentence Starters
  • "Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice."
  • "It's the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right."
  • "You gonna kill me like you killed my father?"
  • "No. He despised you. You were an embarrassment to him."
  • "You took him from me. He loved me."
  • "I'm done trying to convince you."
  • "You came."
  • "We'll get you through this."
  • "I never should have hurt you... said those things."
  • "You're my friend."
  • "A couple of minutes ago wouldn't have been so bad either."
  • "Oh, my. What happened?"
  • "Looks like just in the nick of time."
  • "I don't think it's for us to say whether a person deserves to live or die."
  • "Before you know it, turn us into something ugly."
  • "Did you ever propose?"
  • "You said a husband's gotta put his wife before himself."
  • "I'm not ready."
  • "I hurt her."
  • "Well, you start by doing the hardest thing: You forgive yourself."
  • "I know what it feels like. It feels good. The power. Everything. But you'll lose yourself. It'll destroy you. Let it go."
  • "I like being bad. It makes me happy."
  • "If you know what I'm talking about!"
  • "Back then, nothing seemed to go right for me."
  • "People really like me."
  • "Stings doesn't it?"
  • "I protected you in high school. Now I'm gonna kick your little ass."
  • "You're trash."
  • "Your picture's a fake."
  • "You want forgiveness? Get religion."
  • "You are such a boy scout."
  • "We're just horsing around."
  • "I'm begging you. If you do this, I will lose everything. There's not a paper in town that will hire me."
  • "Show this to your editor."
  • "I want him dead too."
  • "Look, I want to kill the spider, you wanna kill the spider. Together, he doesn't stand a chance. Interested?"
  • "End of the line."
  • "Your wife told me to tell you to watch the anger."
  • "Time to take your pill."
  • "Hey. I'm the new guy."
  • "Um, yeah, look, just between you and me, guys kind of an amateur."
  • "From now on, I am gonna be taking shots of you for the Bugle."
  • "But you don't have to worry about that, buddy."
  • "You want a staff job, and you want a staff job, anybody care about what I want?"
  • "Shut up. Get out."
  • "Listen to me! I didn't kill your father!"
  • "You knew this was coming!"
  • "He was trying to kill me! He killed himself!"
  • "I didn't want this. But I had no choice."
  • "We always have a choice."
  • "I needed money."
  • "Why don't you just put down the gun and go home?"
  • "I realize now he was just trying to help me."
  • "I did a terrible thing to you."
  • "I spent a lot of nights wishing I could take it back."
  • "I didn't choose to be this."
  • "I'm not asking you to forgive me. I just want you to understand."
  • "How's the pie?"
  • "I'm just here to talk to you, beautiful!"
  • "Just a little something called 'Nice And Easy', what's on you?"
  • "I need a photographer."
  • "A hundred bucks?"
  • "Film's extra."
  • "Shazam!"
  • "That was OUR kiss!"
  • "It's a funny feeling, not knowing who you are."
  • "Never wound what you can't kill."
  • "Its a free country. Not a rent-free country."
  • "You will get your rent when you fix this DAM DOOR!"
  • "We can find a way to settle this."
  • "You're so right. I'm thinking... humiliation. Kind of like how you humiliated me. Do you remember? Do you remember what you did to me? You made me lose my girl. Now I'm gonna make you lose yours."
  • "How's that sound, tiger?"
  • "An orange?"
  • "I'm really sorry for what happened earlier. I shouldn't have yelled about that door. It was nothing to be angry about."
  • "This is none of your business."
  • "Do you want to push me away?"
  • "Push you away? Why would I want to push you away... I love you!"
  • "They're gonna kill us both."
  • "Your shots are so good."
  • "You don't deserve my help."
  • "Do I have any girlfriends?"
  • "This thing got any more?"
  • "She doesn't know what you are."
  • "Tell me you love me?"
  • "I know you're trying to defend your fathers' honor, but there is no question that he died by his own hand."
  • "What does it matter to you, anyway?"
  • "Hate those things!"
  • "Take your hands off me."
  • "I live in the presence of great truth."
  • "I promise I'll make you healthy again. Whatever it takes, I'll get the money."
  • "I'm not a bad person. Just had bad luck."
  • "They're my best friends... I'd give my life for them."
  • "Was I really good? I was so nervous. My knees were shaking."
  • "It's all about diffusion."
  • "The applause wasn't very loud."
  • "You are such a nerd."
  • "Where do these guys COME from?"
  • "You've taken your eye off the ball."
  • "You know, I guess one person really can make a difference."
  • "It has the characteristics of a symbiote, which needs to bond to a host in order to survive. And once it binds... it can be hard to UNbind."
  • "I love romance. I am French."
  • "You fired him."
  • "I could use some help over here!"
  • "I guess you haven't heard. I'm the sheriff around these parts!"
  • "This could be a tragic day for the people of New York."
  • "It's hard to believe what's happening. The brutality of it. I - I don't know how he can take anymore."
  • "Everybody needs help sometimes."
  • "He's a good boy. He must be in some kind of trouble."
  • "What about that amazing... amazing night that we had?"
  • "We had a coffee."
  • "Make him suffer, make him wish he were dead. First, we attack his heart!"
  • "There seems to be some kind of activity in the web."
Minority Report (2002) Starters
  • Sometimes, in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark.
  • If there's a flaw, it's human. It always is.
  • Everybody runs.
  • The dead don't die. They look on and help.
  • I'm sorry [muse name], but you're gonna have to run again.
  • It's funny how all living organisms are alike. When the chips are down, when the pressure is on, every creature on the face of the Earth is interested in one thing and one thing only. Its own survival.
  • Dig up the past, all you get is dirty.
  • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  • You still have a choice.
  • I wanna kill my boss.
  • You sick bastard! You're what makes this a terrible world to live in!
  • Can you see?
  • I like you, you've always been nice to me. I'll give you two minutes before I hit the alarm.
  • Looks like we won't be working together after all.
  • I'm thinking somebody got away with murder.
  • You're not gonna kill me?
  • He set me up. He set me up.
  • Busy busy busy.
  • I'm sorry for whatever I'm going to do and I swear I didn't do any of that stuff I did.
  • Are you reading my mind right now?
  • I like you. So, I don't wanna have to kick you or hit you with anything hard, but only if you promise to help me.
  • I'm not being set up. I really am going to kill this man.
  • Don't you ever say his name!
  • We don't choose the things we believe in; they choose us.
  • I call it a gift, for them it was more like a big cosmic joke.
  • I've never heard of him! But I'm supposed to kill him in less than thirty-six hours.
  • You don't have to chase me.
  • You know how many orgies I had as a homicide cop?
  • You don't want your kids to know terror, then keep them away from me.
  • You'd better drink this. Soon you won't be able to swallow, and then you'll be totally buggered.
  • Stephanie: Bradley, we need to talk.
  • Brad: Mom, I didn't mean for it to happen. Seth, Dean, and Roman trashed the house; I tried to stop them but they tied me to the stairs. I had no choice.
  • Triple H: Yes, you did.
  • Brad: But dad, I -
  • Stephanie: But you did, though. And because of that we have no choice.
  • Brad looks outside.
  • Brad: Why is he here? WHY IS KANE'S CAR PULLING UP?!
  • Stephanie: Well...
  • Triple H slaps Brad in the back of the head.
  • Triple H: We're sending you to live with your uncle. Now get out of here.
  • The door opens and Kane's arm grabs Brad by the collar of his shirt and drags him out.
  • Stephanie: Shh-shh-shh...this will be good for you.
I Will Wait - Chapter 11


Chapter 10 

The rest of the chapters are linked here – Chapter 1


Day 56

Caroline shuts the door to her room gingerly, making sure not to wake the vampire sleeping inside. She had woken up 30 minutes back to find Stefan looming over her, worried and asking her if she was okay. She had been asleep for two days as an after effect of the ‘vampire-roofi’ and Stefan hadn’t slept a wink. By the time she woke he was so spent that he could barely string five words together. It took her half hour to coax him into it, but he was finally getting the sleep he needed.

She walks out to find Damon cooking pancakes in her kitchenette. She wonders if hallucinations are also part of the side effects.

“Hey there blondie..”

“Damon…what are you doing?”

“Babysitting” He gives her his signature annoying smile.

“Excuse me?”

“Not you ! My brother.. he was going a little ..” He draws circles around his ear to emphasize his point, “Cuckoo… Pancakes?”

She ignores him. She moves past him to the coffee machine. Just as she takes the first sip, she hears a thud. Alaric has fallen off the couch, face down. He groans, “Did Stefan have a nervous breakdown yet?” He asks out loud. Caroline nearly chokes on her coffee.

“What ?” She says regaining her composure.

“Oh hey… you’re up…that’s great..” He climbs back onto the sofa “We are out of booze” he says and goes back to sleep.

“Almost out of blood too..” Damon says. ‘Drink up Blondie” he says gesturing to her coffee,”we are going for a blood slash booze slash other crap run”

“pppff, yeah right ! ..” She says sarcastically only to be confronted by a very exasperated Damon.

“You listen to me ! Thanks to your boy friend, we have been up for almost 2 days” He puts two fingers up to drive home his point, “ two freaking days and we are tired and out of everything and Bonnie wants something called a bear-claw .. what the hell is that? So help me God I’m… ”

“FINE ! Stop whining !” She cuts him off. She leaves the kitchenette in a hurry. She doesn’t see Damon eyeing the phone she left behind in her haste. She feels bad that everyone was up for days, she also feels bad and a little odd that Stefan was worked up to such a state …  its not something she is used to… but she is grateful that the gang was around. So yeah, she would go with Damon and get Bonnie her bear-claw and Alaric his booze and the vamps their blood…its the least she could do.

Stefan hears the water running in the shower. Caroline must be okay … everything seems to be going back to normal.

He had spent the first night by her bedside. He didn’t think it essential to sleep. She would wake up the next day and he could get some sleep then. The gang thought the same and stayed up with him in solidarity. It was a nice gesture. Damon wasn’t too thrilled, but he had his drinking buddy with him, so he drank the night away. They figured that they could all just sleep through the day when she woke up. But she didn’t wake next morning, or afternoon or evening. By nightfall,  Stefan started obsessing over why Caroline was asleep for so long; which worsened when another morning passed by and Caroline remained blissfully asleep. He kept pestering Bonnie to double check with Lucy Bennett and snapped at Damon every time he asked him to calm down. Alaric had even suggested knocking him out with the same substance that made Caroline so drowsy!

But she is fine now. He lets himself drift off to sleep again. He doesn’t hear her step out of the shower, change and leave the apartment. 

Why is Enzo texting me,… wait, WHY ARE THERE TEXTS FROM ME TO ENZO !” Caroline is livid.

“Well… I may have texted him pretending to be you..” Damon says. Caroline is still glaring at him. He pulls the car to the side of the road.

“Just hear me out”

“HEAR YOU OUT?” Are you serious right now?”

“Caroline ! Elena is sleeping in a magically enclosed crypt with the cure to vampirism running through her veins, what do you think Lily will do to her if she found out?”

Caroline’s expression changes, her brows furrow as she thinks Damon’s words through. She never thought Elena could be in danger. But maybe the guy had a point.

“Bonnie destroyed the ascendant… Stefan locked her in a cell. She has already tried to kill them both. Do you really think she won’t go after them now that her crazy family of super powerful witchpires are here ?”

Truth of the matter is that she loves Bonnie and Stefan more than she hates Damon… and after what she went through at the Grill, she knows first-hand how powerful a Heretic can be.

“I tried to reach Enzo, but he wont answer my calls and Stefan refuses to go to Genevieve for information…”

“What makes you think Enzo will tell me anything” She cuts him off. She hasn’t been in contact with Enzo for a while. 

“He doesn’t have to..just. talk to him, find out why he’s with crazy pants.. maybe we can get him back on our side…”

She admits to herself that this is not the smartest move. Enzo could come with one or more Heretics by his side. And they would want to do more than ‘talk’. But it was too late to back off now. Enzo had texted that he would meet her in a few hours. Backing off now would potentially mean closing a door that they might need access to in the future. So after weighing it out, she decides to take the risk.

Caroline sees Enzo approaching her from the entrance of the diner. He seats himself opposite her in the booth she chose. 

“Where have you been? Damon’s been trying tor each you for weeks” Caroline gets straight to the point. Niceties can be saved for another day. She has no patience for them today.

“Why do you suddenly care about Damon’s woes?” Enzo asks in return.

“I don’t !” She declares.

“Well then what is it ? Why are we here?”

“What’s going on? Why are you with Lily?” Caroline asks disapprovingly.

“Why shouldn’t I be?” He is indifferent.

“Why shouldn’t you be!? Well they are crazy socio-paths for one thing.” Her voice drops to a whisper as she continues,  “Why would you choose them over your friend?”

“Friend? You must be joking.. a friend who doesn’t give a damn about whether I’m dead or alive is no friend at all”

“And the Heretics…why would they give a damn”

“Lets just say we are kindred souls.”

“Whats that supposed to mean?”


His father had abandoned them shortly after he was born. He had no memory of him. There were times he wished he had a photograph at the very least. His mother told him he looked like his father. But he was only 6; he could only imagine what an adult version of himself would look like. Times were hard. There was hardly any money at all. There were days when they went to bed without supper. He was grateful for his mother voice, he clung on to it as she sang and drowned his hunger in the melody, allowing his mind to get some rest.

The sun had set quite a few hours back. He was uncertain as to what they were doing out so late. It was a neighbourhood he was not familiar with. His mother took him some place where he would stay dry while it rained outside. She handed him an old piece of dry bread and she was gone, whispering words of solace that she would be back. That was the last he ever saw of her.

He was woken up by a older gentleman prodding him with a walking stick.

“You lost boy?”

He didn’t answer.

“You deaf too?”

“My mother…I’m waiting for my mother, Sir”

“I see.. and how long have you been waiting?” The man asked.

“Three days Sir.”

The man sneered. “And you’ll die here waiting for her… Come with me boy”

“Where are you taking me”

“Whitechapel” He answered.

… .

“What’s your name ?”

Lorenzo Campbell Ma’am”

Well nobody here is going to call you Master Campbell boy. Enzo.. that’s your name. You hear me?”

“Yes ma’am”

… .                   … .                      … .                  … .                  … .

“Look at me!” The older boy said grabbing his hand. They were walking back to where they slummed with the rest of the children. Their ‘boss’ would be waiting for them to collect their ‘earnings’ which they pick-pocketed, often from drunks.

“Stop crying, the sooner you accept your life, the better it will be. Your mother is not coming back for you, she never was planning to ..”

He looked at him wide eyed, his mother wouldn't just abandon him. “She wouldn’t….” He began, tears and heart-ache choking the life out of the rest of his intended words. The older boy knelt down in front of him. “Did you live close to where she left you?” His voice was gentle and calm.

“No” Came the reply.

“Why do you think she left you one block away from Whitechapel? This area is quite famous you know…for this sort of thing..” Enzo had no arguments to quell the boy’s assertions. He was only 7. His tears fell quickly and heavily on the pavement where they stood as he grasped the notion that this would be his life from now on.  “I don’t want to go back…I didn't steal anything…I will get a good lashing” He said in between sobs.

“It’s alright, he won’t hurt you, I promise” The older boy reassured him and gave him a quick hug. Enzo chose to believe him. What choice did he have?

The older boy - Jack his name was, took the blame for the low earnings and took on the lashes.

… .                   … .                      … .                  … .                  … .

“She’s an old lady…” He said thinking out loud. Robbing the home of a defenceless old lady felt wrong.

“So?” Jack replied. “They are all the same Enzo, old or young, lady or gent, they are all the same. .  Jenks maybe a bastard..but he is right about one thing. People are all cunts. They don’t deserve your mercy.”

… .                   … .                      … .                  … .                  … .  


“  You bloody well better work harder or I’ll sell you off like the others” Jenks yelled at them. “Now bugger off you little fucks!”

They would get no supper that night.  He curled up on the raggedy old mattress he called a bed and forced his eyes shut. He no longer had his mother voice to distract him from his reality,

He felt a light tap on his shoulder. He opened his eyes to see the wide blue eyes of a little girl. She was quite tiny. Her sandy brown hair was un-kept and there were streaks of dirt across her pretty face. She smiled at him holding up a piece of bread. He was startled. Kindness was something he never expected to encounter ever since his mother abandoned him three years ago. He thanked her; not knowing that in a few years she would be sold off and he would come back one day to find her gone. He split the bread in two and gave one piece to Jack. He was the only one he could call family.

… .                   … .                      … .                  … .                  … .  

“You and me brother. When we have enough money, we will leave this bastard and take off to the Americas”, Jack said as he hid his knife in his person. They had graduated from pick-pockets to house breaking thieves to murders for hire. The life was hard. It had always been and it looked like it always will be. But there was something to be said about the companionship of a brother who looked out for you at all times. Enzo was grateful that he had Jack these past 10 years.

“Family does not always mean blood” Jack used to say. “You and me, we are family, we are brothers, we look out for each other..”

As fate would have it, he would later go on to lose his brother in a job gone wrong.

“You hesitated…” Would be Jack’s final words to his brother.

He leaves out the finer details of his past. He does not want to get into it. He only touches upon the basics. Abandonment, and being forced into being a thief and a murderer for survival, as a result of his abandonment. Jack, the little girl and any other person of import is left out. She does not have to know everything about his gruesome history.

“I’m sorry your mother abandoned you…” Her voice drips with sincerity. It’s one of the things Enzo admires about her. Her capacity for empathy and compassion, was what set her apart from the others. Many would hold the opinion that after all his misdeeds, his past was not worth empathizing with.  

The heretics were abandoned too …for reasons beyond their control. Tell me… what if you had a different life? Not one where you were raised by parents who loved  you and cherished you; but one where you were unwanted.. uncared for… what if you were forced to endure cruelty for the most part of your childhood  … would you be the same person you are now?”

Caroline is silent. Whatever cruelty she was subjected to was never when she was little.

“It wasn’t their fault that they were born with no magic.. a little kindness would have gone a long way if you ask me…” He muses. 

“That may be so… But why should we have to pay for something some witch coven did to them over a century ago?”

“What makes you think you will be made to pay for somebody else’s crimes?”

Caroline doesn’t answer. She thinks back to her recent altercation with one of the Heretics. What crime did those poor girls (who were compelled by the Heretic) commit to warrant such cruelty? What crime did Matt commit to almost lose his life to this Heretic? If Stefan hadn’t gotten to her on time, she would have most certainly died that night, along with Matt and those girls. She thinks back to all the villainous supernatural beings they have had the misfortune to encounter these past few years. Sure, she survived, but there were casualties. How many more casualties will it take to settle the debt of over a century’s worth of bitterness and pain?

“So what now? The Gemini coven are clearly all dead…what else could they possibly want?”

Enzo doesn’t reply. He clearly does not want to let anything slip.

“How far are you willing to take this?” Caroline genuinely concerned.

“Tell me you didn’t manipulate Caroline into getting information out of Enzo” Stefan is on the phone with his brother and he sounds annoyed.


“Where is she?”

“I can’t tell you that brother, cant have you swooping in..”

“Get her out of it Damon !” Stefan raises his voice. His brother’s recklessness is something he could do without right now. 

“uuhhh… I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Genevieve just turned up.. gotta go” Damon hangs up the phone.

He remains seated in the car contemplating his next move. She can handle it he tells himself. If things take an ugly turn, he can always barge in and help her out.

“Lorenzo” She hears a sing song voice, bringing her plans of getting under Enzo’s skin to a screeching halt. She takes her eyes off Enzo to see Genevieve standing beside him. 

“Genevieve, come sit with us” He gestures her to have a seat beside him, “Meet Caroline”

“The girl who tends the bar” Genevieve exclaims. She doesn’t say it in a demeaning fashion. She in fact, seems a bit taken by Caroline. “It’s a pleasure to meet you” She says

“Likewise” Caroline responds. Small talk with Stefan’s ex…great !

I hope I’m not interrupting anything” Genevieve says to the two-some. 

“Oh no.. Caroline has eyes only for Stefan” Enzo is quick to reassure her.

“Ooh my is that right?”

Not exactly… we are just friends…” Caroline says uncomfortably.

Genevieve raised her eyebrows, clearly not convinced.

“Well.. we kissed,..and then he ran for the hills” She laughs “I’m not his type..” Caroline concludes. 

“But you are still friends?” Genevieve is curious. 

“Yes..we are..” Caroline replies. 

“Interesting…Lorenzo, would you be so kind as to give Caroline my phone number.. I’m afraid I’m still trying to understand this little contraption” She says eyeing her phone like it is an alien device.. “Quite useful though wouldn’t you say?”

“You know, there’s some place I need to be..” Caroline figures its time to leave before things get complicated.

“One last thing, Caroline, if I may keep you for a few more moments.”


“Three days ago, were you tending the bar ?”

“No.. I was out… on a trip.. it was Stefan’s birthday three days ago..”

“Well.. a dear friend, Malcolm, he ventured out supposedly to go to the bar and he has not been seen since…You wouldn’t happen to know anything about that would you?”

“No…I just came back into town this morning” Caroline feigns ignorance and puts in a little shock and empathy to boot. She stares right at her,  eyes wide and sincere, secretly thanking her lucky stars for giving her the good sense to choose Drama as her major. Genevieve pauses before she continues 

“I’m sure he’ll be back” She says dismissively, “ laughing, I’d wager, about the good time he had .. he’s always been a bit of a wanderer..” Genevieve says changing the mood, “ thank you for your time”

“Take care gorgeous” Enzo adds before she leaves.

Caroline and Damon enter the apartment to find Stefan waiting for him. He has his signature frown, his lips form a straight line, he is clearly not pleased.

“Stefan ! Your up..” Caroline says, she expected him to be still sleeping.

“Uhuh.. what have you been up to”

“For crying out loud.. it had to be done Stefan” Damon yells at his brother. “And now we know the crazies still don’t know Malcolm is .. heartless

“Malcolm?” Alaric asks Damon

“The heretic Steroline killed” He says proudly.

“Steroline?” Stefan and Caroline ask in unison.

“Stefan and Caroline.. the abridged version” Damon says matter-of-factly.

“Did you get my bear-claw” Bonnie interrupts.

“ ‘cause that’s what’s important here” Damon responds sarcastically.

Caroline slips out from amidst the chaos of Damon and Bonnie arguing about the significance, or lack thereof of sugary baked goods and goes towards her room. She hears Alaric enquire about his alcohol. She enters her room closely followed by Stefan.

“You’re mad . . ” She says as Stefan shuts the door behind them.

“No.. I’m not mad..I’m..” He sighs and continues  “Caroline..  Damon shouldn’t have manipulated you into meeting Enzo”

“What makes you think I was manipulated into it?”

“It’s Damon…it’s what he does..”

“Yeah well… I went because I wanted to, it was a calculated risk, I wasn’t tricked into doing anything”

Stefan realizes he may have hurt her ego. Caroline is not dimwitted and she hates it when people assume she is.

“I didn’t mean it like that”, he says softly.

“What did you mean?”

“Just that, it was dangerous, and you had just Damon as back-up… you shouldn’t have gone…”

“Stefan, I used to babysit Klaus all the time with NO backup.. Enzo can’t turn into a wolf and kill me..” She says changing into more comfortable shoes. She doesn’t get what the fuss is about, she’s been thrust into more dangerous situations by Stefan himself.

He can’t really argue with her reasoning. She was always the go to Klaus distraction for the group back when they were battling him. Logically, he shouldn’t feel too worried, Caroline has always proven to be able to take care of herself, and others if need be.. But he is worried nonetheless…He has always considered himself unlucky in love. With Caroline, he genuinely believes he has a shot at happiness and after what happened with her recently, he doesn’t want her to put herself at risk…no matter what the pay-off.  He notices her check herself in the mirror.

“Going somewhere?”

“To the Grill”

“You’re kidding..” He sounds slightly exasperated. The memory of her starting to desiccate as Malcolm plunged a stake into her heart, flashes before him.

“No…why would I be kidding”

“Caroline !! The Grill ? After what just happened ?

“Its going to look suspicious if I quit right when a Heretic has gone missing from the Grill”

“And what if..”

“I’ll call for back-up if things go south” She cuts him off, walking out of the bedroom. Stefan follows her as she crosses the living room.

“That’s it? You’ll call for back-up? That’s your plan?” He calls after her.

“Sounds like a good plan to me” Damon interrupts them.

“Stay out of it, Damon” Stefan snaps back.

He goes with her to the Grill. She fills him in on everything that happened in the car ride to Mystic Falls. When they reach the Grill, Caroline heads to the bar and Stefan sits in the far corner of the restaurant, assessing everyone. He doesn’t want to make it obvious that he is here for Caroline.

Its been a long day, and all he wants is to sleep right now. Caroline left the Grill and dropped Matt before heading to her house in Mystic Falls. She didn’t feel like driving back to Whitmore. He made sure she reached home safely. Damon and Alaric were with Bonnie. The house was quiet.

He doesn’t hear the faint sound of the main door opening or the light treading of feet up the stairwell. He is startled when he hears the knock on his door. He looks on as the door opens up slightly to reveal a tuft of blonde hair.

“Hey” He says smiling. Sleep can wait.

“Hey” She said, walking in. She doesn’t close the door behind her.

“You OK?” he asks his eyebrows furrowed.

“Yeah I..just wanted to see if you were okay..you seemed… I donno..” She doesn’t know. She hasn’t really been on the receiving end of Stefan’s  I-love-you-and-I’m-scared-to-death-that-you’ll-get-hurt train of thought’s actions and reactions. So she assumes he is not okay. 

He doesn’t get up from the bed. He’s too tired. He pats the side signalling her to come to him. She plops up on the bed.

“I’m just..worried about you” He admits, voice heavy with sleep. He is lying on his side facing her. She lies down next to him, trying to read his expression.

“I’m fine, you don’t have to worry..” She sees that he is genuinely worried and he doesn’t have to be. Not really. Not according to her.

“Well, I’m not fine..” He says.. She is confused. She shifts and lies on her side , her arm cushioning her head, facing Stefan. He continues to look right at her, the events of the past few days unfolding in his consciousness. “You almost died Caroline.. and I’m not fine..” 

She is staring at him intently. He continues, “I’ll wait..” He says; still groggy, eyes drooping,  “I’ll wait for years if I have to.. for you to believe that my feelings are not going anywhere…I’ll wait…because the one good thing about being what we are is that when you are ready, I’ll have an eternity with you….”  A quiet sadness creeps up in him as he continues, “What I don’t want .. is to lose you…” He sighs and moves closer to her. “So. . I’m allowed to worry. .” He smiles a little, his eyes closing on him.

She’s still staring at him, taking in what he just said. “What?” He asks her flirtatiously, with a lazy smile on his lips, nudging her playfully. “Nothing” She says softly. She’s not used to such adoration from him. He moves closer and kisses her forehead and lets his elbow hang over her waist loosely hugging her and closes his eyes. She turns to rest on her back and snuggles up to him, he responds by holding her tighter, snaking his arm around her. They lie there for a while. She stares up at the ceiling while he sleeps. She’s worried too. About what Damon said, about what Enzo said or rather what he didn’t say.. She sighs.. “Whats wrong?” He asks.

She shifts her body sideways to face him. He moves back and places his elbow on the pillow hoisting his head up to look down at her pretty face staring at him. “What are you thinking?”

“Enzo.” She begins..

“That’s comforting” He feigns jealousy. She smiles, but continues to remain thoughtful.

“What about enzo…:”

“Something he said… What makes you think you will have to pay for somebody else’s crimes…”

“Crimes huh?”

“yeah.. it’s not some random thoughtless selfish thing like Damon thinks..these people genuinely feel like they were ill-treated…and they want to strike back…”

“The Gemini coven are dead…” Stefan says confused a little.

“so why are they still talking about crimes and…” She lets the sentence hang in the air as she lets out a sigh of frustration.

“the Gemini coven are not the only ones responsible ..” Stefan looks at her worried. He’s onto something. He doesn’t have to complete his sentence.

Caroline’s eyes grow wide, “The Bennetts..helped to create the prison worlds..” Everything snaps into place.

They both share a look… the Heretics were after a way to strike at not just Bonnie, but the whole of the Bennett coven !

I’ll call Bonnie” Caroline says immediately getting up from the bed. 

“I’ll tell Damon” Stefan responds looking for his phone.

      … .                     … .                       … .                        … .

“I should go..” Caroline confesses. They just informed Bonnie and Damon about their suspicions. Its very late and Stefan is obviously in need of sleep. 

“Stay…Please..” Stefan pleads.

He is still waiting.. she is still not ready… but there is an inexplicable comfort in the way he holds her… then there are her own feelings for him screaming out to her. begging her to stay. So she decides to stay  …just this once. She gets back into bed and snuggles up to him as he places the duvet over her and wraps his arm around her and closing his eyes.