Title: Synergy of the SoulSeries: StarcrossedPairing: Chloe/JeremyRating: TDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: When an unexpected tragedy, and very real danger threatens them, Chloe's group slowly forms and bands together. Descendants, reincarnations, witches, potential werewolves (other sorts of 'potentials') and even vampires must work together in order to save themselves.
"How do you know we can trust her?" Jeremy wanted to know, eyes narrowed on Katherine Pierce as she talked Bonnie through a ritual that would imbue the lapiz lazul necklace with the ability to let Caroline walk in the sunlight.
"We don't trust her." Chloe hugged herself as she looked around the woods they'd gone to so that Bonnie could perform the spell. "But we need her and she needs us. We can trust in that."
"You're always so untrusting," Katherine called over her shoulder, her gaze going to Jeremy before she smirked and turned to gaze at Bonnie. "You know, guy or girl, that soul is so clingy. I never saw the appeal."
A muscle jumped in Bonnie's cheek but she ignored the vampire as she began to chant the words that would create the Daywalking Amulet.
Jeremy turned to Chloe with a look that clearly told her he disliked Katherine as much as Evelyn had.
The lapiz lazul necklace glowed and hovered above Bonnie's palm before magic exploded around it like fireworks and slowly disappeared into nothingness as the necklace lowered itself unto Bonnie's palm. The witch's gaze went to Jeremy and Chloe.
Jeremy smirked and gave her a thumbs up.
Chloe's lips parted. "You are such a rockstar!"
Bonnie smiled brightly at them.
"Yes, well..." Katherine pouted. "None of this would be possible without me."
"None of this would be necessary without you," Bonnie glared at her before she took in a deep breath. "I'm going to take this to Caroline. I don't want to leave her alone in the house much longer."
"Me neither," Chloe agreed. "I don't want Zach to come in and find her all vampire-fied."
Katherine raised an eyebrow. "I have a question."
Jeremy glared at her. "And we should care because...?"
Katherine sneered at him. "Because George Lockwood's descendant is behind that tree and my question is if he already knows that he's one accident away from being a werewolf."
They all turned towards the distant tree in question. For a couple of seconds there was nothing - and then Tyler Lockwood stepped out from behind it.
His eyes narrowed on Katherine. "What do you mean when you say werewolf?"
Katherine snorted and turned to Chloe. "He's not so bright, huh? Definitely takes after George." She then turned to Tyler. "You've got werewolf in your genes. She's a witch. He's the reincarnation of a seriously annoying socialite. I'm a vampire. She... no one knows exactly what she is." She turned to Chloe. "Have you figured that out yet, by the way?"
Tyler's eyes were wide in horror. "Are you guys insane?"
"Tyler..." Bonnie tried.
"No. This is-vampires-werewolves-? I don't-!" Tyler's eyes widened when, in the blink of an eye, Katherine was in front of him and pushed him hard against the tree.
"Stop. Being. So. Annoying." She glared at him.
His eyes widened on her. "Your eyes! Your teeth!"
She frowned and then looked down on him to find the Vervain bracelet. "I see." She growled and let him go. "Can we forget this and get to the important part?"
Tyler's mouth opened and closed before he turned to Chloe. "She's a vampire!"
Katherine merely rolled her eyes, clearly annoyed. "I want to kill him."
Chloe glared at her.
"Relax. I said I wanted to kill him, not that I actually would." She folded her arms over her chest. "I never kill off anything that could prove to be useful in the future. You, the werewolf and the witch? Definitely useful." Her eyebrow raised as she gazed at Jeremy. "Him on the other hand..."
Jeremy bustled, eyes narrowed.
Tyler pushed forwards. "Will someone explain to me what the hell is going on?!"
"Yeah, I, uh, second that," a completely unexpected voice declared.
Everyone turned in horror to see Matt Donovan and Elena Gilbert a little behind them, eyes wide.
"Riiiiight." Katherine tapped her bottom lip with faux innocence. "I forgot to mention they were hiding too, didn't I?"
Katherine had always done things that had made Thaddeus wan to throttle her. Now, Chloe was feeling the exact same feelings as herself. It was a little trippy.
"Elena." Jeremy's eyes widened as they went between his sister and the vampire.
"Who-do I have a twin?" Elena's eyes were on Katherine. "Why didn't anyone tell me I had a twin?"
In seconds Katherine was in front of her, eyes shifting. "Forget you ever saw this."
Elena and Matt both took a couple of steps backwards. "Your eyes!"
Katherine's gaze searched them and then she threw her hands up in the air in frustration as she turned to Chloe. "Oh come on! How many people did you give Vervain to?"
"She's not human." Elena looked close to hyperventilating. "What is she?"
"The better version of you," Katherine muttered as she folded her arms over her chest.
"Jere, what is going on?" Matt moved around Katherine with Elena. "We got this weird text from Tyler and we decided to go see why he was acting so off - and then we see him trailing after this car and - and -."
Elena's eyes were on Bonnie. "You weren't joking when you said you were a witch."
Bonnie flinched. "Surprise."
Chloe glanced between them. "Look, I know that everyone has questions - but Caroline needs us right now. Let's just all go to Zach's and talk after we've helped her."
"What happened to Caroline?" Elena's eyes widened.
"She killed her." Jeremy pointed to Katherine.
"I turned her," Katherine huffed. "There's a big difference!"
"Turned her into what?" Matt paled.
Chloe sighed. "We need to go now."
Bonnie nodded. "She's right. We can talk there."
Everyone had questions, but somehow they managed to keep them long enough to return to their cars and head towards the Salvatore Boarding House.
Caroline could walk in the sunlight and the realization had her crying in happiness. Elena and Bonnie were on her either side, and while they offered her verbal comfort neither touched her. Chloe had warned them not to push the newborn's control on her hunger, and Katherine had agreed, until she'd changed her mind and told Elena to hug Caroline. Everyone had ignored that suggestion since clearly the older vampire didn't like her look-a-like. Caroline had some choice words for Katherine, (mostly: I don't like you, you're mean!) but otherwise she didn't seem scared of her.
Jeremy did not like the idea that they needed Katherine, but she definitely knew more than she was saying, and the reason why she wasn't saying was so she'd be useful to them. Evelyn mightn't have known that Katherine was a vampire, but she'd always disliked and distrusted Katherine, and maybe Chloe was right and Evelyn's feelings still controlled him to a degree because he couldn't stand Katherine Pierce. He almost didn't want them to accept her help - despite the fact that Caroline obviously needed it if she was to survive in her new state.
Matt and Tyler were taking this whole situation quietly but visibly bristling with questions.
Elena looked creeped out but trying to be supportive of both Bonnie and Caroline.
Katherine was visibly enjoying everyone's uncomfortableness.
Chloe, well, Chloe looked tired. And sometimes she winced when she thought others weren't watching. Jeremy was worried that this was because of what she'd done to Caroline. When Thaddeus used that power something inside of him felt like it was shattering - something already cracked. Had using the ability on Caroline made whatever it was crack even further?
Jeremy worried like hell about this.
"These two aren't necessary, you know." Katherine felt the need to point out as she motioned between Matt and Elena before she turned to Jeremy. "We already had one unnecessary person, why expand?"
"Because I don't trust you to Compel them," Chloe responded.
"You're no fun." Katherine gave a pout.
"We have a right to know." Elena's eyes narrowed. "Why do you look like me?"
"Excuse me?" Katherine scoffed. "I've been alive for hundreds of years! You look like me!" She sneered. "It's also ridiculously easy to play you. I watched you and Matty Blue Eyes for a while to figure out how to pretend to be you to fool Caroline." Katherine placed her hands on her hips. "I realized that all I had to do was be all gloomy and depressing." She motioned to Caroline. "Ask her how well it worked."
Elena's lips parted in outrage.
Katherine ignored her and turned to Chloe. "I hate to take back what I said before, but Klaus will want her, too, and I'm not up to giving him anything he wants."
"I don't know who this Klaus is, but he can't have Elena!" Matt snapped.
"Oh, you're adorable." Katherine smirked. "Klaus is the vampire king. If he wants you bent over, there's really nothing you could do to stop him."
"Vampire king?" Jeremy heard the waver in his own voice and hated it.
"Yes, well, at least he considers himself the vampire king." Katherine glared, disgust on her features. "He's an Original Vampire, and with that status comes some perks, such as extra abilities other vampires don't have, which makes him powerful. Case in point, so far there doesn't seem to be a way to actually kill him."
Jeremy blanched at that. Chloe had a powerful immortal who couldn't be killed after her.
"There's always a way to kill something." Bonnie frowned. "Everything in nature has a weakness."
"Believe me, if there was a way to kill him I wouldn't have spent hundreds of years on the run," Katherine snapped before she pointed to Chloe. "And she wouldn't have spent a couple of lifetimes doing the same."
Caroline held her hand up.
Bonnie blinked. "Yeah, Care?"
Caroline looked left and right before she lowered her head. "I'm hungry."
Jeremy's eyes narrowed. "You already drank all the blood I brought."
"One, that was animal blood, not as nourishing to a newborn." Katherine rolled her eyes. "Two, she's a newborn. She's going to be ravenous for a while." She then smirked. "Someone here want to feed her?"
Elena took an unconscious step back and then looked utterly guilty for it.
Chloe sighed and began to roll up her sleeve.
"Heyheyhey!" Jeremy glared at her. "No! We'll just go and get more blood." He grabbed her arm and turned to look at the others. "We'll be back." And with that he yanked her behind him to where her car was parked at the front of the Salvatore Boarding House. "Chloe, you just can't keep feeding a vampire!"
"Don't say that word so loudly!" She scolded with a look around before they got into her car and began the drive towards the nearest butcher's.
Now that they were alone, Jeremy couldn't keep his mouth shut, no matter how much he knew that it wasn't the moment. "You used your Compulsion on her despite knowing that it hurts you."
Chloe flinched. "I had to, Jere."
"No. You didn't have to. Just like you didn't have to give her your blood!" Jeremy glared at her, furious. Couldn't she see that she was already in so much danger and didn't need to carelessly get into more? "Just like you didn't have to team up with Katherine Pierce again!"
"I haven't teamed up with her. But we need her. Caroline does." Chloe let out a sigh as she turned the corner. "Jeremy, considering that Zach is growing vervain in the Boarding House I wouldn't be surprised if Katherine's story of vampire hunters in Mystic Falls is true. That means that Caroline is in danger, and it's my fault. It also means that Caroline has to somehow get over her death and work alongside the person who killed her! And. It. Is. My. Fault!"
"This isn't your fault!"
"Katherine killed her to get to me, Jeremy!" Chloe glared at him. "She did it so that she'd have leverage over me." She let out a sigh and stared ahead of her. "It is my fault."
He sighed as he watched her, could see the guilt on her features, and felt a wave of both annoyance and understanding. He could get why she saw things that way, but that didn't mean he agreed with it.
They were silent for the rest of the drive to the butcher's, and Jeremy wondered why the guy who'd sold him the blood before didn't question why he needed so much blood so quickly. It made Jeremy wonder if this happened frequently and the butcher had just learnt to mind his own business.
Someone who wasn't minding his own business was this guy in a hoodie off to the side. Jeremy had seen him there the last time he'd come, and the guy was now observing him and Chloe with visible intrigue. Jeremy didn't recognize the guy, didn't think he was local. He probably wouldn't have paid him any mind or even noticed him if it wasn't for the intricate tattoo that ran up his arm.
"What do two kids like you want so much blood for?"
Chloe looked up, quite placidly. "A prank."
Jeremy turned towards her.
So did the guy with the tattoo. "What sort of a prank involves animal blood?"
She smirked at him. "Clearly you've never seen Carrie."
The guy eyed her before he smirked and held out his glove. "Name's Robertson."
Chloe eyed the glove before she put her hand in his and shook it. "Chloe." She slipped her hand free and wrapped her arm around Jeremy's. "This is my boyfriend."
Jeremy fought the urge to look at her in wide-eyed shock. Why had she just called him that? Sure, he didn't mind, but considering how she was skirting their feelings and relationship all the time he hadn't expected her to come out and say that. So in lieu of looking stupid and confused, Jeremy reached out and shook his hand. "Jeremy."
Robertson nodded as he pulled his hand back. "You two local?"
"I am." Jeremy wondered what the faint lemony scent was and where it was coming from.
"Here you go, kids." The butcher passed them a large paper bag filled with bags of blood.
Chloe eyed Robertson.
Robertson eyed Chloe.
Jeremy grabbed the bag and turned to him. "We've got to be going." He opened the door for Chloe to slip out. "Cool tat by the way," and with that he followed out after her.
Chloe rubbed her fingers together and brought them up to her nose. She reached out for Jeremy's hand, brought it to her nose, and sniffed as well when he got into the car. "I thought so."
Jeremy narrowed his eyes as he closed the car door in time to see the guy appear at the butcher's open door. He brought his own hand to his nose and smelt the lemony scent he had earlier. "What is it?"
"That guy has vervain soaked into his glove." She started the engine. "Also? Something felt off about him."
"He can't be a part of the vampire hunting group, he's not local." Jeremy kept his gaze on the guy as they reversed out and then joined the traffic. "Are there nomadic vampire hunters?"
"Maybe." She shivered. "I don't know, he didn't feel normal."
"What do you mean?" Jeremy finally turned his gaze on her. "He looked like any other tattooed weirdo in a butcher shop to me."
"Tattooed?" Chloe made a face. "He had tattoos? I didn't notice."
"How could you not notice them? They started at the back of his palm and curved up his arm."
Chloe shifted her gaze to the guy in the rearview mirror before she turned to look at Jeremy. "I don't see a single tattoo."
He used his side mirror to eye the guy. "But I do."
"That begs two questions." She took in a deep breath. "One - why can't I see the tattoos? Two - why can you see the tattoos?" She let out a breath. "There's a notepad in the dashboard. "Think you can recreate them for me?"
"Not in detail..." Jeremy opened the dashboard and found the notepad with pencil in it. He closed the door and leaned back on is seat as he flipped through the pages, glancing at the different sketches and notes jotted down on the pages. "What's this?"
"It's called a notepad," she cheeked.
"Ha ha." He rolled his eyes and then stopped on a page and read its contents. "I talked to Stefan/Lucas on the phone again today. This time while he was hesitant he didn't hang up immediately on discovering that I wasn't Zach. He even asked me how I was and talked to me for a couple of minutes. I wonder what the change is all about." Jeremy raised an eyebrow. "Is this your diary?"
She snorted. "Very funny. No. I jot down things that catch my attention or make me question things."
Jeremy continued to flip through the pages until he came across a picture of Evelyn and Thaddeus which had been stuck between the pages. His eyes widened and his heart raced as he pulled it out and stared at it. In the picture Evelyn sat on a tree stump and smiled up at Thaddeus, who grinned down wryly at her. "How-how did you get this picture?"
"Hmmm?" Chloe glanced over and her eyes widened as she yanked it from his grip. "Forget you saw that!"
"How about-no?" He yanked it back and flipped the picture around to see, in cursive writing, the words: Etiam in morte, superest amor. "What does it mean?"
"In death, love survives." Chloe blushed darkly. "Bonnie found it. Don't ask me where." Her blush grew. "It's a nice picture so I figured I'd keep it."
Jeremy didn't think he'd ever seen her this embarrassed, and he kinda loved it. It was obvious that despite how rational she tried to be about things, that she obviously felt much more about him than she liked to admit. He liked that, a lot. It was why he didn't push the issue, didn't push her. Instead he merely smiled brightly, put the picture back within the pages of the notepad, and found a blank page before he got lost in drawing the little he could remember about Robertson's mysterious tattoos.
When they returned, it was to an almost full-out war. Chloe didn't know what had started it, but she had two guesses as to who had. And the two guesses were glaring at each other viciously.
"Enough!" Bonnie snapped just as Chloe and Jeremy were arriving. Magic rippled out of her and pushed Katherine and Tyler away from each other, the vampire and the man with the werewolf gene in his body looked about ready to murder each other. Caroline sat in the corner, her eyes bloodshot and dark veins down her face as she shook and visibly tried to hold back her hunger. Matt looked like he wasn't sure whether to back up his friend or hold back his girlfriend, who kept yelling things at Katherine.
Chloe wasn't exactly sure how things had escalated this quickly.
"SHUT UP!" Jeremy yelled and brought everyone's attention to him. "You heard Bonnie! Quit it! We mightn't like each other, but we're going to have to work together if this is going to work out."
In seconds Caroline was standing and had grabbed the bag of blood out of his hands.
"Caroline stop!" Chloe looked around her, terrified that the girl would start drinking out in the open where anyone could see her.
Caroline whimpered and looked up at her, body trembling as tears filled her eyes "But I'm so hungry!"
Bonnie seemed to realize why Chloe had stopped Caroline, and nodded. "Come on. Let's go to the shed. You can eat there without anyone seeing you do so."
Caroline nodded and, at a ridiculously fast pace, disappeared into the shed with the plastic bag of blood.
Bonnie sighed and squared her shoulders and she walked towards the shed. "We're going to have to talk to her about walking at a normal pace."
Katherine turned to Chloe. "How do you put up with these people?"
Chloe just sighed and turned to the others. "What happened?"
"It doesn't matter." Matt cleared his throat. "They've explained everything to us while you two were gone, and I want to say something to you."
Chloe's eyes widened. She hadn't expected a confrontation from Matt of all people. "Go ahead."
He squared his lips and took in a deep breath. "Thank you. For the vervain things you gave us. You were trying to protect us, and we appreciate that."
Chloe's eyes widened, not having expected that.
"I would have appreciated being told I have a slutty mirror image though," Elena mumbled.
"Little Miss Frumpy with the flat dumpy is such a buzzkill." Katherine rolled her eyes.
"Why didn't you tell me that I had the werewolf gene?" Tyler snapped at Chloe, not at all grateful like Matt. "I think that's something I should've been told! And the fact that it could be triggered!"
"Are you planning on killing someone?" Katherine asked. "Because you being at fault for someone's death is the trigger."
Tyler went pale. "What if it's an accident?"
She snorted. "You still would've caused it, wouldn't you?"
He took a couple of staggered steps back. "Last summer I nearly put this guy into a coma during one of our games. I could've-I-." He sat on the ground suddenly, visibly shaken.
"Boohoo." Katherine was not a sympathetic person at all. "I think even your ancestor was braver than you, and he always had his tail between his legs. Literally."
A muscle jumped in Tyler's cheek as he glared at the vampire. "Would it trigger if I kill a vampire?"
Katherine sneered at him, not at all afraid.
"There isn't time for this." Chloe glared at them. "On top of the Council, we have a rogue vampire hunter with odd tattoos who has just come into town."
Katherine looked up at that, eyes narrowed. "Odd tattoos?"
Jeremy lifted the drawing he'd half-way completed. "He had these interconnected ones on his arm, and Chloe couldn't-."
Katherine snatched the drawing from him, eyes wide. "Impossible!"
"What is it?" Elena came a little closer to peek a look at the design.
"It's-I've seen this design before-but they're supposed to be extinct." Katherine threw the notebook back at Jeremy, who caught it in midair. "You have one of the Five here in Mystic Falls." She narrowed her eyes. "That means that any vampire or supernatural creature in Mystic Falls needs to leave. Now. Before its too late."