"The Lockwoods have dormant werewolf DNA in their bodies that can be triggered into activation." Bonnie blinked, leaning hard against the bed's backrest and hugging a pillow to her chest.
"And Katherine Pierce wasn't my ancestor-she was a vampire?" Jeremy blinked as well, just as visibly shocked as Bonnie was by everything they'd learnt. "How is it that she looks identical to Elena then?"
"I'm still not sure whether vampires can actually have kids or not, you guys could be the descendants of her dhampir children for all I know," Chloe admitted with a frown. "We can't discard any possibility."
"This is all mind-blowing." Bonnie shook her head. "I mean, I knew witches existed, but somehow the other supernatural creatures never even crossed my mind."
"What about zombies?" Jeremy wanted to know. "Or mummies? Or fairies?"
"I have no clue, but if vampires and werewolves exist I think there's a good possibility that they might exist too." Chloe looked between the two of them. "How are you guys handling this? Brains exploding yet?"
"Yep." Bonnie licked her lips. "How could you handle keeping all this to yourself?"
"She's used to dealing with things by herself and not relying on others." Jeremy sent Chloe a look.
Bonnie made a face. "I can't believe you're in danger, that you're hiding from assassins, and that you didn't tell us!"
Chloe flinched. "I'm harder to kill than you think."
Bonnie and Jeremy shared a look which said they definitely believed that her excuse was horrible and it would take a while for them to forgive her for not telling them about the Lionel situation. She had a feeling that they were more pissed with her for not telling them about that then about keeping the whole "vampires and werewolves are real" thing a secret from them.
Chloe watched them and had a sinking feeling in her gut that those two were going to become bosom buddies and gang up on her in the future.
"Well, at least we know now, and we can do things to prepare just in case someone comes to attack you. Be they this metahuman species you've told us about, or a normal assassin." Bonnie paused and shook her head. "I can't believe I just said "a normal assassin"." She sighed and turned her eyes on Chloe. "I'm going to talk to Grams and ask her about some defensive spells, like shields or something, that I can cast around the house-or at least around your room-most probably around your room since I don't think I'm strong enough to do one around the house yet." She nodded as if agreeing with herself. "That way at least you can sleep in peace knowing that someone isn't going to kill you in your sleep and if anyone comes at you in this house you'll be safe as long as you get to this room."
"I like that idea." Jeremy grinned as he placed a hand on Chloe's shoulder.
"Bonnie, you don't have to-." Chloe tried.
"Yes, I do." Bonnie reached out and grabbed her hand.
Suddenly Chloe wasn't in her room anymore with Bonnie and Jeremy, the blonde standing in the middle of another room with Katherine and someone Chloe hadn't seen before. She was guessing that this was the Fritz fellow that George had warned them about.
"Katerina Petrova and Thackery Suleman." The handsome man obviously knew them well, a smirk on his face. "I am surprised that you would come to me and not run. You know who I work for and why I am here, and considering that the two of you have been running from Master Klaus for so long-."
"You are only alive because Thackery says you serve our purpose better that way, so I would not start to gloat if I were you." Katherine interrupted his speech, her eyes narrowed.
He smirked larger. "Is that so? You two believe that I will leave Master Klaus' employment to work for you?"
"No." Chloe shook her head as she stepped forwards. "You are going to stay firmly in Klaus' employ."
Fritz blinked, his smirk fading slightly. "Okay, I will admit it. You have me confused and intrigued. How exactly do you expect this situation to play out?"
The look Katherine sent Thaddeus proved she was annoyed and didn't know the answer to that either.
Chloe moved to stand next to Katherine, her eyes on Fritz. "Where is Klaus? Is he close by? Does he know we're here or did you come here alone to confirm your suspicions before telling him?"
Fritz snorted. "Do you truly believe I will answer any of your questions?"
Katherine sent Thaddeus a look which clearly asked: 'Can we kill him now?'
Chloe placed her hand on Katherine's shoulder, telling her to wait without actually saying the words, and then let her hand trail down the vampire's shoulder as she moved towards Fritz. She smiled as she moved forwards and then struck, grabbing the vampire by his neck and slamming him hard against the wall, taking him off guard considering he hadn't anticipated Thaddeus' mysterious strength. Chloe leaned in close, staring deep into Fritz's eyes, feeling her own eyes tingle as she spoke. "You'll tell us the truth." She could feel something cracking inside of her but she ignored it and Thaddeus' slight panic at the sensation, concentrating on Fritz. "You'll answer any question we ask with nothing but the truth and you'll do as I tell you to."
Fritz's pupils widened before contracting and he nodded, his voice odd and monotone as he spoke. "Of course."
Chloe let go of Fritz and stepped back, a hand to her chest, where deep inside that thing still cracked slightly before stopping.
"That cannot be." Katherine's voice was a high whisper. "You Compelled him." She reached for Chloe's arm and turned her to look at her. "How? What are you?"
Chloe merely gave her a wry smile as she turned towards Fritz once more. "Does Klaus know that Katerina and I are in Mystic Falls?"
"No." Fritz answered immediately. "I wanted to ascertain myself before going to my former master with this news."
"Good. What made you suspect we were here in Mystic Falls to begin with?" Chloe wanted to know.
"I did not suspect Katerina Petrova to be here, I was following a lead on you." Fritz stared at Chloe, the blankness leaving his eyes, the monotone of his voice slowly evaporating as well as he seemed more and more like himself. "There are others who are searching for Katerina, but I am a part of the group who is searching for you."
"Doesn't he get bored playing this game?" Chloe wanted to know. "He's been hunting me down since I was fourteen."
Katherine sent Thaddeus a look before she turned to Fritz. "Why does Klaus want Thackery so badly?"
Chloe glared at Katherine.
Fritz answered. "Because my master is the third incarnation that has managed to elude my former master."
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned to look at Fritz. "Excuse me?"
Fritz turned his eyes on her, looking like a friend talking about the weather. "This is the third body your soul has inhabited, master. Every time Klaus gets close to ensnaring you, you end up dying before he can do so. I do not know what your purpose is to him, he has never told us what it is, but he has told us that should your body die once more before we can find you, we will all share in your fate."
Chloe could feel the shock and confusion Thaddeus had at this revelation, and knew that he had been just as taken aback by this revelation as she was.
"In each lifetime he has always almost gotten his grip on you, only for you to escape at the last second, and it fills him with such fury…" Fritz blinked. "Or so I've heard Elijah mention to Kol once when they thought I wasn't paying attention. He apparently goes into a rampage, killing every human you ever loved."
Chloe gulped, her mind going to Thaddeus' family, and then to Evelyn.
"Poor Little Miss Gilbert." And yet Katherine was smirking as she rested her head against Chloe's arm.
Chloe wanted to snap at Katherine but she turned her gaze back on Fritz. "Why does Klaus want Katerina?"
"He wants to punish her for ruining a certain ritual he would've completed with her blood and life when she was human." Fritz answered immediately. "I do not know the particulars, but Katerina discovered the truth to his 'courtship' and killed herself while she had vampire blood in her body, becoming a vampire, and ruining his plans."
Chloe angled a gaze in Katherine's direction, feeling somewhat sorry for her now and understanding her a bit more. "I see."
Katherine resolutely wouldn't look in Thaddeus' direction.
Chloe turned her gaze on Fritz. "How close is Klaus to discovering that we are here?"
"If I do not tell him anything, not very." Fritz declared. "And I will not. I will stay here and serve you. I-."
"No, you're going to go back to Klaus and you're going to serve me by pretending to serve him." Chloe stepped forwards, and since Katherine had wrapped her arm around Thaddeus' arm, she came forwards as well. "You're going to make it your duty to make sure no one finds out about Katerina or I being in Mystic Falls, and if someone does find out, you'll kill them. But if they tell Klaus before you can do so, you'll come here and warn us." She narrowed her eyes. "Do I make myself clear?"
Fritz fell to his knees and nodded. "You honor me by letting me serve you in such an important role, master."
"Yes," Chloe nodded. "I do."
Katherine stared at Fritz before she grinned brightly and rested her cheek against Chloe's shoulder, a soft giggle escaping her lips.
Chloe turned to ask her what was so funny but found herself in her bedroom once more, staring at Jeremy, whose face was grim.
He let his hand fall from her shoulder. "You two sure were chummy, weren't you?"
Chloe blinked as she stared at him. "You saw that?"
"Why didn't you tell us that Thaddeus had the ability to do something like control that vampire?" Bonnie wanted to know, proving she'd seen it too.
Chloe looked between them. "I had no idea he could. This is the first memory I have which he does something like that."
Bonnie made a face. "First he was super strong, and then he could control vampires?" She pursed her lips. "Just what was Thaddeus?"
"Human." Chloe knew that for sure.
"No human I know of can do that sort of thing." Jeremy licked his lips.
"But maybe a witch could." Bonnie eyed Chloe thoughtfully. "Grams said that while most witches use Traditional Magic, which draws energy from the forces of Nature and may be used however the witch sees fit, there are many other types of magic out there. She hasn't gone into detail with me about them because she said that Bennett witches never use those other magics because most of them are dark and can twist you, that many times you get these unbelievable powers, but that they always come at a price." Bonnie licked her lips. "What if Thaddeus is a witch who could use one of these other magics? What if that is the reason why he can do all these things - and why Klaus wanted him so badly he chased him throughout three lifetimes?"
"Can I just point out that Klaus has to be a vampire?" Jeremy wanted to know.
Bonnie nodded. "Or some other supernatural being that is immortal or just long-lived."
Chloe stared between the two of them before she turned her attention back to Bonnie. "You really think Thaddeus could've been a witch?"
"It's a possibility." Bonnie took in a deep breath. "I'm going to have to get more information out of Grams about the other sorts of magics that are around, without her getting too suspicious of course. When I find out more about these magics, and if any of them could give you the ability to control vampires, then I'll let you know."
"Thanks." Chloe smiled at her. "That would be a great help."
Jeremy eyed Chloe thoughtfully. "I just don't get a witchy vibe from you."
Bonnie raised an eyebrow. "And what sort of 'vibe' do witches give off?"
He chuckled at her prickliness. "Well, you're the only witch I know so I'm going by you, and I'd say you're kinda fiery."
Bonnie blinked. "Say that again?"
"You have this intense aura, I have no other way to put it. Chloe doesn't." Jeremy answered. "She's-she's calming."
Bonnie was obviously trying her best not to snicker at them and failing. "My god, you two are too cute." She leaned forwards and rested her chin on her hand. "I can see what Caroline means when she says that being in a room with you for a couple of minutes makes her wanna get a boyfriend."
Chloe blushed harder. "We're not-!"
Jeremy leaned his elbow on her shoulder, eyes on Bonnie. "We are a good-looking couple, aren't we?"
Bonnie's lips curled in a smile as she nodded. "You definitely are."
Jeremy grinned right back at the other girl.
Chloe stared between them and realized in horror that her early feelings had been right. Those two were going to become very close friends and would gang up on her all the time.
Bonnie seemed to take pity on her, because while she still looked evilly amused, she changed the topic. "Is there anything at all you can tell me about that power to control vamps? I mean, did you feel anything? Any little information would be useful."
Now that Chloe thought about it, she brought her hand to her chest. "Yeah, I did feel something." She clutched at her heart. "It was like something inside of me was already cracked and cracked even more when I used that ability. And I know I could feel Thaddeus worried, very worried, about the cracking."
Bonnie's eyes narrowed. "That's not good."
"Why?" Jeremy turned to her, serious once more.
"Well, it seems as if Thaddeus was either drawing power from whatever it was that Chloe felt, and that power source is debilitating and crumbling-or the use of the power is making something happen inside of him, something that he didn't want." Bonnie worried her bottom lip as she thought it over before suddenly she was off of the bed and on her feet, grabbing her bag. "I'm going to spend the night at Grams and see what I can start finding out."
Chloe's eyes widened. "You don't have to start right-."
"Yeah, I do." Bonnie's expression was worried. "Chloe, you have Thaddeus' strength. That means that you might also have this ability, and if that's true, that means there might be something cracked inside of you and if that's true we need to know what it is and how to help you."
"I agree with Bonnie." Jeremy announced as his dark eyes rested on the pretty witch. "When is your Grams gonna be in one of her many seminars? Chloe and I can come over and help you study her books. It'll be better, and go faster, if we're there helping you."
Bonnie blinked before she smiled. "She has one coming up. I'll let you know the exact time."
Jeremy smiled back and nodded. "We'll bring the snacks."
Bonnie's smile turned into a grin. "I like Pringles."
"Noted." Jeremy smirked.
Chloe looked between them, that horrified feeling growing. "I'm doomed to never having a choice in anything I do ever again, aren't I?"
"Definitely." Jeremy and Bonnie announced at the same time before sharing a conspirator's grin with each other.
Chloe sighed and leaned hard against her pillow, seeing the only silver lining in this that at least Jeremy had finally made a friend that she approved of.
Jeremy's phone beeped and he made a face at the screen. "It's Elena. She's warning me that I'm getting dangerously close to breaking Aunt Jenna's curfew."
"I'll drive you home, it's on my way back." Bonnie offered.
Jeremy opened his mouth, no doubt to say that he was too old to be paying attention to a curfew.
"Thanks Bonnie, we need Jeremy to not be grounded so he can help with the studying." Chloe got to her feet.
Jeremy closed his mouth because he couldn't argue with that point.
"I'll walk you two out." Chloe looped her arms around theirs and smiled, the girl maybe looking forwards to their ganging up on her in the future, but she would never admit to it and she'd complain, loudly, each and every time they did so.
The blonde was still smiling at this thought as she waved to Bonnie and Jeremy as they drove away. She waited until they were gone and out of sight before she turned to enter the house, but something off to the side in the forest caught her attention. She narrowed her eyes, moving towards the woods after the figure that had disappeared into the shadows, and let herself be enveloped by the darkness within, completely hidden from the moonlight that had been shining down on her earlier. She looked around her at the sound of feet moving rapidly, at a dark shape circling her rapidly.
The blonde raised an eyebrow, annoyed. "What's with the games, Katerina?"
The circling stopped and suddenly Katerina stood in front of her.
"What? Did you think I wouldn't recognize your attempts at intimidating me?" Chloe rolled her eyes, seriously annoyed with this vampire, and yet maybe this memory would give her further insight into the ability that Thaddeus had had. "It's curious that you'd try use it on me though. You know I'm not scared of you in the least bit and that I don't have a reason to be." She gave the vampire a wry smile. "Weare conspirators in our little scheme, aren't we?"
Katherine moved closer, her hips swaying, her eyes narrowed. "You told Stefan to stay away from me today. That I didn't love him."
"Ah, you heard that." Chloe understood now why Katherine was pissed, this was a memory based after the one that she'd lived through at the festival. "Well, if my telling Stef of how you just so happened to appear in my bed the night of the Bacchanalia didn't make him love you any less, then I doubt anything I tell him is going to change the way he sees or loves you. Him or Damon, for that matter.Especially Damon." Chloe shook her head at the memories she had of Damon Salvatore. "Just the fact that they keep you hidden from Giuseppe despite everything says as much, I suppose."
Katherine moved even closer, millions of thoughts obviously racing through her mind and visible in her eyes. "You make me sound like some sort of monster."
"You are what you are, Katerina." Chloe shrugged. "I don't particularly like you-you could've easily Compelled Rosalyn Cartwright to break her engagement with Stefan instead of killing her-and things like that make it impossible to really like you, but I suppose I'm stuck with you until we get what we need out of our little scheme."
Katherine tilted her head to the side, her lips half curled in a curious smile. "This world was better without that whiny little twig."
"I liked her." Chloe frowned. "She was sweet, maybe horribly shy, that's true, but she was always very nice to me ever since I came here, even when others looked down on me because I'm a poor immigrant."
Katherine's eyes sparkled, her smile near vicious in glee. "What would poor Miss Gilbert say if she could hear you talking about another woman so passionately? Maybe I should tell her?"
Chloe glared at Katherine. "How many times do I have to tell you to leave Evelyn out of this?"
Katherine suddenly chuckled, bringing her hand to her mouth. "This is too rich."
Chloe eyed her curiously. "How so?"
Katherine suddenly attacked, face pale and veins black as she lunged, fangs elongated.
Chloe moved rapidly, dodging the attack and slamming Katherine against the nearest tree, holding her hands up over her head and grabbing her by her neck, keeping the struggling vampire in place with her body and grip. She glared down at Katherine. "What game are you playing, Katerina?"
Katherine struggled with all her might before she looked up at Chloe and laughed, seeming utterly elated. "I knew it."
Chloe frowned in confusion. "Are you in need of blood or something? You sound out of it."
Katherine smirked. "Gonna offer me a bite, Thackery?"
Chloe snorted. "In your dreams, Petrova."
Her grin grew. "I always knew."
Chloe was seriously starting to get concerned for the annoying vampire she was teamed up with. "Knew what?"
Katherine grinned up at her. "Really, Thackery. What would you do if your dear Gilbert found us like this? Or Stefan or Damon for that matter?" She smirked. "Or are you unable to deny your attraction any longer?"
That was enough for Chloe to let her go and make a face at the very thought of her and Katherine together. "Get real, Katherine." She took in a deep breath and folded her arms over her chest. "What do you want? Why did you come here?"
"Don't you trust me?" Katherine merely smirked before she disappeared, rushing away into the shadows and out of sight in seconds.
Chloe frowned in the direction the vampire had taken off in. "Not in the least bit."
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"I don't know, Jere, she was just being weird. Then again, Katherine was always able to throw Thaddeus off his game, and it annoyed the hell outta him." Chloe stood on the balcony, the moonlight shining down on her as she talked into her cellular. "I don't mean it like that you idiot. Sure, she's gorgeous, but I've never-you're so stupid." She chuckled and shook her head as she stared up at the moon. "Is that Evelyn speaking or you? You know, sometimes I find it hard to differentiate you two." Her lips curled in a teasing smirk. "What do you mean? There's tons of differences between me and Thaddeus! For one, I'm definitely much more patient with you than he ever was with Evelyn." She snorted in laughter. "Jeremy Gilbert, you're such a brat!" She covered her face with her hand. "Yeah? Well you tell Bonnie Bennett that she and I are gonna have a talk about that. She was my friend before she as yours so if she's taking sides it should be mine!"
"Tomorrow? That sounds great. We can skip school and just spend the time going over her Grams' books." Chloe grinned brightly before she blushed. "Don't you even think of it. Those kinds of spells backfire you know." She went brighter red. "No. I have never had to resort to something like that! I'll have you know that I have had guys after me." She then snorted and palmed her face once more. "I didn't say that to get you jealous, you idiot! And no, I'm not giving you any names! They don't matter!" She was clearly amused as she shook her head. "Night Jere-yes-I'm leaving you like that because you're being an idiot." She shook with her laughter. "I am more patient with you than Thaddeus was with Evelyn! He would've hung up on her a long time ago!" She bit her bottom lip, a tender expression on her face. "Have good dreams, Jere." She went hot red. "I don't need to hear that!" She closed her eyes tightly and licked her lips. "Good night." And with that she hung up and shook her head. "When did he start getting so damned cocky? And lecherous?" Shaking her head, Chloe took in a deep breath before disappearing into the house, closing the doors behind her.
Katherine emerged from the shadows, eyes narrowed on the house.
When she'd trailed Stefan back to Mystic Falls and seen him talking to this girl, she'd been annoyed more than anything else. Who was this blonde to be talking shit about her? And then she'd heard Stefan whisper that name. She'd been so shocked that she hadn't even thought of following Stefan when he'd skipped town. She'd always known that Thackery would return, hadn't he been the third body the soul had been housed in? She just hadn't expected his new body to be that of a girl. Now that was funny as hell!
She'd been on the run since his death, knowing that with it his Compulsion over Fritz would've ended and Klaus would come after them, and now that Thackery was back (in whatever form he was in) Katherine figured she had a chance again. Chloe Alexander, the body that now housed the soul, had Thackery's strength, Katherine had been able to test that out successfully tonight by that attack of hers. That was promising. If the girl had Thackery's strength she might have his other abilities. And if that was so…
Katherine smirked. "This is going to be so much fun."