Part 6 of 7.
Klaus took the stairs two at a time eager to interrupt Caroline’s regularly scheduled cleaning time to coax her into an early dinner with his younger siblings. He had text her over an hour ago and still no reply which to be honest was strange.
Caroline made a point to be prompt on anything she did and with everyone she spoke to, it had never taken her more than ten minutes to ever get back to him. Carefully he pulled the spare key from the top of the door frame and inserted it into the key lock turning it as he opened the door.
His stomached dropped to the first floor of her building at the sight before him, “I seem to have come by at the wrong time,” he said interrupting them. Caroline looked stricken and Klaus wished the floor would swallow him so he could be buried beneath where his stomach had dropped.
Caroline was about to scream as the door swung open angry at the kiss Tyler had just planted on her without warning. She turned in shock seeing Klaus there, his eyes growing dark as he looked at them both a small part of her told her she didn’t deserve that look.
They were just friends she reminded herself and also she hadn’t planned this or wanted it for that matter Tyler just couldn’t take a hint. The rest of her however was shouting at her for still thinking they were ever just friends.
All over she also knew that Klaus was leaving and she was missing her moment to catch up to him. “Klaus! Don’t leave!” she shouted through the door leaving Tyler in her apartment shoving passed him as she chased Klaus down the stairs.
He took the stairs by storm stomping down fighting the envy he felt growing inside of him, the rage that had him curling his fingers into his palms. The image burned his mind more than it should have his feeling for Caroline boiling over as she shouted for him to not leave.
As if he could, he needed to collect himself and be the friend she wanted him to be, to go back up there and be happy for her. He growled internally hitting the aged wall tearing the wallpaper a bit with his ring as he heard her steps his heart ceasing its pounding in his ears.
He paused taking a deep breath preparing for battle when he heard her threat he laughed a deep laugh in his throat. His attachment to her was like a rubber band, stretching, reaching out but always coming right back.
It had already been a crappy day and after he’d caught her in a compromising position with her ex of course the next logical thing to do was to drop another level and follow him. “Klaus stop right now or don’t come back!” she said stopping him his head turning to look at her.
She finally caught up with him a little out of breath and wishing she had stepped up her cardio lately but right now that wasn’t important. “What are you doing here,” she asked tucking her hands in her pockets to keep from reaching out to him.
His mouth opened and closed without words slipping through before he shook his head he took another step away from her as he turned his head. “I was- I wanted,” he tried to say, “I …” Klaus was at a loss for words something she had never experienced.
“We weren’t,” Caroline tried to say, “Tyler and I, we have a history but. Could you look at me please while I’m talking to you,” she said as she walked around him making him look at her. This time her hands went to his shoulders and down his arms rubbing reassuringly.
“You don’t have to explain yourself,” Klaus said softly, “We’re friends, good friends,” he supplied with a sad smile as he cupped her face before he moved past her. She winced at his choice of words remembering that day outside his office.
“We are but I want to do more to you than friends are allowed to,” she confessed making him pause giving her an opportunity. The look on his face was priceless and she knew just when he felt her grab on to him pulling him back surprising him as her lips molded to his hotly, sweetly, relief coming in waves from both of them.
“What about,” he tried but Caroline shook her hear burying her hand in his hair adding much needed pressure to their kiss making him groan. She grinned as he lifted her up from her waist with one arm the other cradling her back as he span them all cheesy like.