Could you do an imagine for Elijah Mikaelson based on the song In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
Side Note: The lyrics to the song are in bold
I’ve lived on this earth for 1,000 years. I’ve seen and with much shame did some unspeakable things, all in the name of family - always and forever. But in all my years being what I am, never did I foresee that I’d meet someone like you.
Knowing what I am is something I hope one day you can come to terms with, however I’ll understand if my secret is too much and you decide to walk the other way, for all I desire is for you to be safe. But before you choose which path you want to take, I would like to share another secret with you. One that I’ve spent countless of hours, even endless sleepless nights thinking about.
Over the course of my existence I’ve fallen in love only a few times. And upon my arrival in New Orleans I fell in love with you. Being who I am comes with a lot of burdens, struggles and danger. That is why I became distant over these coming weeks, and for that I’d like to formally apologize. I see what a mistake that was. Because no matter how hard I try, I can’t unlove you. So I write to you this letter to share one last secret with you. Y/N, in case you didn’t know, baby, I’m crazy bout you. And I would be lying if I said that I could live this life without you.
You make me want to fight to be a better man. If there is any chance that you see any sort of future for us, I’ll be waiting at the compound. And I sincerely hope that you’ll walk through the doors.
You’ve got all of me, I belong to you.
With love, Elijah Mikaelson
Folding the letter in half, you sat unmoved on the dinning room chair completely overcome with a wave of mixed emotions. The apartment was dimming as the sun slowly disappeared behind a grey cloud. Anyone at this point would have gotten up and turned on a light, even a lamp. But you didn’t trust your legs to stand, much less move several steps towards the light switch.
You thought Elijah was a savvy guy in a nice, expensive suit. But first impressions were often wrong and underneath his suits lay a mountain of secrets. Running your right middle finger along the words etched on the paper, like you were waiting for more secrets to be revealed.
Finding an unknown source of strengthen, you stood up letting each foot guide the other towards the bedroom, just like a baby would taking it’s first steps. Changing into an outfit more suitable for the New Orleans evening weather, you travelled down the jam packed streets until coming to a halt in front of a large gate.
Leaving Elijah hanging was a thought that crossed your mind once or twice on the walk over, however standing just meters away you knew that wasn’t the sort of person you were. There was only one solution, one outcome that hadn’t changed since reading the letter. And you needed Elijah’s help in order to make it all happen.
The compound was empty from what you could see. You had stepped foot in the Mikaelson estate once before. Elijah had called apologizing that he’d gotten caught up in a family matter and therefore was going to be even more late than he’d like. So, thinking it would be a nice gesture you brought dinner to him. Expect his surprise expression wasn’t one of gratitude it was one of sheer shock, Elijah thanked you while ushering you out of the compound, thus begun the feeling he was keeping something from you.
“You came”. Spinning around, Elijah stood at the base of the stairs. Hope resonating in his brown eyes.
Pressing your lips together, “I didn’t think it would be fair to leave you hanging”.
“Can I get you a drink?. I know where Klaus keeps the good wine, we can grab a glass and talk”. Elijah started to ascend up the stairs, until he heard. “I’m not planning to stay long, I read the letter but it doesn’t change anything”.
Coming back down to solid ground, now hope of reconciliation had vanished. “I-I see”.
“I want to feel differently, I really do. And I want to be able to look at you and not envision a-”.
He sadly sighed, “A monster”.
“A vampire”, you added, not sure if they meant the same thing. “But even looking at you now is harder than I imagined, and I don’t know if that’ll change in a month or a year. All I know is I can’t live a normal life knowing your secret, Elijah”. Fighting the desire to rush out the door, you instead walked forward to him. “So I want you to do that mind compulsion thing that I read about, you can do that, can’t you?”.
Taken back by your request, Elijah steadied his balance reaching out for the railing. “You want me to erase every memory, every moment, every kiss?”. Shaking his head vigorously, “I won’t do that”.
“This isn’t your choice!. How do you expect me to walk around New Orleans, to see you on the street and be okay with it all?”. Tears stinging your eyes, “I can’t do it. I’m not strong enough”.
His thumb brushed away the tear. “You’re stronger than you know, Y/N. It is I who wasn’t strong enough to be honest with you, so here I am paying the price for the decisions I made, here I am losing the most extraordinary women I’ve meet”. Kissing you one, finale time his eyes bore into yours. “When you walk out of the door, you’ll no longer feel the burden of carrying my secret. All you’ll remember from this night is you took a nice, long walk around the French Quarter, had a lovely meal and then went back home to get some rest.
Y/N, you are now free of any ties that bind you to me or my family”.
One Month Later
Rousseau’s was bustling with tourists and residents alike. You were celebrating with a bunch of girlfriends a success presentation that led to a promotion, another step up the corporate ladder.
Heading to the bar you called for another round of drinks, the bartender nodded happily.
Turning around a little too fast, you ran straight into someone’s chest. “Oh, I’m so sorry”. Glazing up, a gorgeous man stood before you. The first thing you noticed was how well dressed he was. If you were to guess his suit must of cost a fortune, but you expected nothing less for a man of his status. “I’m such a klutz at times, here let me buy you another drink?”.
He stared at you, intensely.
“Have we meet before, you look awfully familiar?”. Curiously asking.
“I don’t believe so, forgive me but I must get going”. Leaving some money on the bar, you noticed it was more than enough to cover his drink and the second round of drinks you ordered.
“Wait! I didn’t get your name. Mine’s Y/N”. Extending your hand out towards him.
There was hesitation on his part, but eventually he shook your hand telling you his name was Elijah. “Itt’s very nice to meet you, Elijah. I hope this won’t be the last time we see one another”. Giving a warm smile his way, you returned to your table with a major sense of deja vu.
Let it never be said that you lack courage. Toasts and handshakes and wandering eyes—you bear it all with grace and a smile. But there is only so much social nodding you can endure before your butterfly costume reverts to its true caterpillar form at heart.
You find relief at last during the reception, guests too occupied with acquiring cake and champagne to notice a woman seated at a secluded table in the corner. You stare into the dancing flame of the candle centerpiece, its shape distorted by the bulge in the glass container. The sight is soothing and distracts you from the hollow disappointment that has slowly grown in your stomach since the start of the ceremony.
A disappointment that had you eyeing entryways and scanning over heads to find a particular mess of black curls. Now, you’re resigned to eating your slice of coconut cake in familiar solitude while trying to dislodge the troublesome ache in your chest. Two people have just spoken vows of lifelong love and devotion. You should be happy. It is a sign that there is a chance for shared joy in this world. You just have to wait your turn.
“Fancy meeting you here.”
Your eyes close in a slow blink. That voice. You would recognize that voice anywhere.
Where can I find your 8th Doctor 20th anniversary celebration? The gifs are amazing!!
Thank you! Unfortunately, I’m the sort of person who will on a whim start a new project without properly considering my own personal life, whether I can make the deadlines or if I can even complete it at my skill level, so it’s not done yet and if anything is kind of on the backburner. Not cancelled, but indefinitely delayed. It’s definitely not a “20th anniversary” video now!
I have continued to post edits that would likely be included (most recently an edit of Penelope Gate, and a bunch more in progress) which I’ll hopefully compile into an actual video at some point.
I did put together a post for the anniversary, even if it was a bit more simple: just a selection of gifs which I expanded (not cropped) into a cinematic widescreen from the original 4:3 by recreating what would have been just off screen.