Thanks for the lovely reviews everyone! I was feeling inspired (plus I’m impatient) so I updated again. FYI this is the last chapter that will feature a flashback. Everything is present day from after this onwards : )
Thanks Nicole @romanoffsbite for the cover. Big spoiler the family secret is out!!!
Family Ties: Act 15: I Shall Believe
Oxford, England UK, June 23 2016
His eyes fluttered open slowly, the light was streaming in through a crack in the blinds and it took Klaus a while to adjust to his surroundings. He didn’t need his eyesight though to feel her warm body curled up against his. It felt like old times, especially since the today’s date marked five years since he left her without any explanation.
His betrayal was still so fresh after all these years even though Klaus was doing what he thought was right. The fact he had to tell himself that repeatedly didn’t make Klaus feel any better and he realised just how much he’d missed those times and just how much he’d missed her. He turned his head slowly, trying not to wake her but also wanting to watch her sleep peacefully. It was something Klaus used to do when they’d spend nights together all those years ago.
Mystic Falls, June 23, 2011
Klaus awakened with a start, they’d fallen fast asleep the previous night. Caroline had arrived earlier the day before as Klaus was setting up their tent by the lake. It was the only place they could really be together without the prying eyes of Mystic Falls on them.
“So, what’s the occasion?” She’d asked curiously as her hands stroked the locket he’d given her four months earlier. The fact she wore it when she was around him was something that pleased him but given the current situation and what he needed to do it also killed him. She’d obviously grown to love it just as much as Klaus. He looked at her, those blue eyes bright with excitement.
“Do I need an occasion to spend time with my girl?”
“You realise I own your ass just as much as you own mine, right?” Klaus grinned loving just how feisty she was.
“You’ve gone to so much trouble, I’m feeling kind of spoiled but not quite sure why?”
“Well, if you cast your mind back we did kiss for the very first time just over seven months ago at the Highway after I gave you a much needed tutorial session in pool. If I’d been able to see you three days ago I would’ve planned this surprise date then.”
“Seven months?” She asked choosing to ignore his remark about her billiard talents. No doubt on purpose.
“What can I say? I’m more partial to odd numbers,” he grinned. “Plus, I know you’re still a little shaken from that car accident a few weeks ago so figured you deserved to be spoiled.”
“I’ll forgive you just this once,” she smiled moving in closer and squeezing him tightly. It took all of his willpower not to break down right there especially mentioning the accident he knew wasn’t so accidental now.
It had to be their last night together otherwise Mikael would go through with his threats and given what he’d done to her car, Klaus knew he wasn’t lying. Her safety was of the upmost importance and although he wanted to rebel, Klaus needed to cooperate. That’s what had compromised her safety in the first place after all. If he told her he was leaving and why, Klaus knew Caroline would fight against it and given the immediate threat looming that couldn’t happen.
“So, what do you want to do now that you’ve got me here, Mikaelson?” She smirked, kinking her left eyebrow. “Go fishing? Read one of your favourite novels to me? Or maybe something else?”
“How about all three?” He murmured, gently caressing her lower back and placing a lingering kiss on her lips, his arousal rubbing against her leg giving away his less than innocent intentions.
“As much as I’d love to see you fish in this particular state,” she joked, looking down at his growing erection. “How about we take this inside the tent?” Before he could reply her lips were on his again devouring him greedily as they shed their clothing at a rapid rate. As Klaus unhooked her bra and her creamy breasts spilled free he inhaled sharply knowing he wouldn’t be this close to her ever again. That was why he needed to savour every moment tonight. He may have been losing her but at least he would still have the memories they shared.
Klaus pulled her closer, his skin tingling as her nipples rubbed teasingly against his bare chest. “God I love you, Caroline,” he moaned into her hot mouth.
“I love you too,” she murmured against his skin, her face nestled in the crook of his neck as he caressed her tenderly. It wasn’t the first time she’d said it but Klaus never thought he’d heard anything more beautiful in his life. Klaus couldn’t wait any longer, laying her softly on the ground and wishing that they didn’t have to sneak around like this. She deserved so much more than a tent in the woods. The one thing he could do was make it special and given it was their last night together Klaus knew that much was true.
Morning had broken, Klaus could hear the birds in the surrounding trees chirping, so too the water as it rushed downstream past their favourite spot. She was nuzzled against him, the blanket barely covering her naked body. The only thing she still wore was the locket he’d given her and Klaus didn’t think she’d ever looked so beautiful with it clasped around her neck.
As Klaus watched her contented face as she slept next to him, Klaus knew he had to leave soon but the thought of being away from her for a prolonged period weighed on his mind heavily. How could he leave his beautiful angel without a proper goodbye? The thought was ripping him to shreds and Klaus knew he had to leave before the second thoughts began to creep in. He slowly moved away, glad she was such a deep sleeper. One last glance at her beautiful face as he threw on his clothes haphazardly and Klaus disappeared into the woods, knowing that it would probably be the last time he’d ever see her again.
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