|bonnie bennett (taimi starr) (floatsfeathers) wrote in wariscoming,|
@ 2015-02-02 20:41:00
Caroline had been a wreck after Bonnie was sent home and when she saw her friend’s post on the network, she hadn’t actually believed it was really her. That was why she’d asked if that was the girl’s name. The last thing she wanted was to be blindsided by a facetwin’s arrival. There were more people with Elena’s face roaming around Lawrence than Caroline knew what to do with so it really wasn’t that farfetched that the same could happen with Bonnie.
But it hadn’t and she was a bundle of energy and nerves as she flashed her way to the motel, intent on seeing with her own eyes that her friend was real, alive, and truly there. She knocked on the door, intent on not giving Bonnie any time to say anything when the door opened.
Hugs were in order and she was going to be giving her friend a long one. “I’m so glad you’re here.” It had only been about two days but after having lived in Lawrence for months without her friend before, that had been long enough in Caroline’s opinion.
Bonnie’s head was kind of swimming with all the information she’d been given so far. There was a lot to take in, but however nuts this place was, she was glad to be sort of free again. At least she had her friends here and that was something, it was more than she’d had an hour ago. There was also the promise of tomorrow actually being a new day and the fact that it was definitely not May anymore. If Bonnie never had to live through another May day, it would be too soon.
Waking up in a graveyard had been less than fun, but she was okay. The first thing she’d done when she got to this motel was to take a shower. It wasn’t the best shower in the world, but it got her clean before she toweled herself off and pulled out her phone to connect to this network she’d been told about, where she found her friends waiting. And some people she definitely hadn’t expected.
When Caroline knocked on her door, Bonnie had been expecting her already, so she pulled the door open and let herself be hugged. It had been a lot longer than two days for Bonnie, and she hugged her back fiercely. “God, Care, I didn’t think I was ever going to see you again.”
“I didn’t think I’d see you either.” There was never any guarantee with the Seal bringing people back and considering how horrible things seemed to be in Mystic Falls, Caroline wasn’t always sure any of them would return. At least death was something that the Seal could circumvent with its pulling people into the new universe, but the fact that anyone could disappear in a moment’s notice wasn’t exactly comforting.
She finally pulled away from Bonnie and stepped further into the room, looking around it and taking it in. “You don’t have to stay here. There are a couple of apartment places--like really good ones--where we can all live for free. Plus Elena has a house here. You lived there before with her, Damon and Jenna. But then Damon and Elena moved out. They’re now at his place because he wished for it to be here.” Caroline forced herself to take a breath, knowing she was going too fast, that she was laying out way too much information for her friend to take in all at once. Being here was enough of a whirlwind and considering what she knew about Bonnie’s present circumstances back home, being alive had to be even more of a whirlwind. “And that is probably like information overload.”
So she would try to keep the new pieces of information to a minimum. Everyone needed time to adjust to Lawrence. “Or you could live with me. I’ve got room.” Though that would probably not actually work out and she really couldn’t blame anyone for that.
“Do you have questions? Cause maybe this would go a lot better and be way less confusing if I let you ask questions?”
Bonnie’s gratitude over finding herself someplace else - any place else - had increased upon learning the people she cared about were here. Seeing Caroline, she had to hold back tears, because she was just so happy and relieved. Whatever bad this place had, whatever else Caroline had to tell her, she could deal with it. She was just so damn glad to not be on her own anymore.
When Caroline mentioned a place to stay, Bonnie nodded. “Damon told me about that,” she said. She didn’t really know what to do, because she had a few choices, but whatever she picked, someone was probably going to be hurt it wasn’t them. “I guess I should probably go where my stuff is,” she mused aloud, “at least to start off with.” Maybe that was the best idea, anyway, if it meant she wouldn’t have to choose between living with Caroline or living with Elena. It was something she could probably figure out later, anyway.
So many questions. It was hard to know where to start when Caroline asked her if she had any. The first one that popped into her head was what Caroline had said just before coming over. “I have tons of questions, but for starters, who’s Henrik?”
Caroline sat down on the chair near the table in the motel room. This was always the hard part, explaining her life to her friends when they arrived. A lot had happened over the last two years. She’d made choices here that she might not make for decades to come if ever back home and she knew they wouldn’t always be happy with those choices. She didn’t regret them for a minute and while things had been a bit chaotic recently that had been more about lack of communication on her part more than anything else.
“Henrik is the youngest of the Mikaelson family. He’s Klaus’ little brother who actually died back home. But here he’s alive and a witch and like ten years old.” Nearly eleven. They really needed to figure out the whole birthday thing for the kid. “I’m one of his guardians and he lives with Klaus and I at our house that’s a little ways outside of town. It’s huge. And we’ve got horses and a dragon because gotta love the Seal giving kids what they want. And I have a dog. Her name is Lily. We also have a goat right now.” And Floki was there as well but Caroline had a feeling that what she’d already said was more than enough to start with. “She’s not ours though.”
She watched Bonnie carefully, trying to figure out how exactly her friend was wrapping her head around that news.
“You and.. Klaus.” Yeah, that was going to take a little time to wrap her head around. “You and Klaus have a house. That his little brother lives with you at.” Honestly, she didn’t even really know what to say to that. She knew Klaus had some.. thing for Caroline, but the Caroline she knew had never really returned it. Well, except that one time, but there was a difference between having shameful sex with him and living in a house with him.
She should probably pick her jaw up off the floor now. There were more important things to figure out than.. this. Right?
“I feel like I’ve missed a lot,” she said finally, when she could figure out how to say anything other than just what the hell? “Maybe you should just start from the beginning.”
Caroline knew it was a huge thing to take in, so she was pretty much expecting Bonnie’s reaction. At least there was no yelling. It really sucked when there was yelling. “I’ve been here nearly two years. Elena--human Elena--was here. Matt was for a bit. And I dunno. Somewhere along the way I decided to give Klaus a shot. Of course at first it was so he didn’t do crazy things.” Or so she’d told herself anyway. “But I got to know him and getting to know him led to an actual relationship with him. And then sort of with his whole family because of the mess that was going on. They consider me family.” Which had its ups and downs.
“I’ve died here, Bonnie. Like died and its a miracle that I’m somehow alive again. Stake through the heart and I was a corpse that was practically ash.” There was little point in saying how Klaus had lost his mind when that happened and everything else that had transpired because of that event. “Seal brought me back but I’m happy and I love him and he loves me. He did horrible things back home, I know that, and nothing will change that. He does help out here. And he’s not going around killing people.” Only monsters.
“And Damon and Elena are totally married. And Stefan married Rebekah.” That was entirely more scandalous than her being with Klaus.
Bonnie was having trouble wrapping her mind around the idea that Caroline loved Klaus. Was she out of her mind? Bonnie knew more than anyone what Klaus was capable of, but as Caroline brought up Damon, her expression softened. Damon had done some pretty horrible things, too, but that wasn't who he was. As much as she hated to admit it, he'd really become a friend. If Damon could do it, why not Klaus? Oh, Bonnie definitely didn't trust him, but she told herself she could try to reserve judgement for now. Of course, she also made a mental note to make him regret it if she ever saw him hurting Caroline or her other friends in any way.
Damon and Elena getting married wasn't that surprising with as long as everyone was saying they'd been here. Stefan and Rebekah was a shock, though and it showed on Bonnie's face. "Huh. Stefan and Rebekah. That's not weird or anything." Bonnie wasn't close to Stefan the way Caroline and Elena were, but she wouldn't have really seen that coming. Then again... "I guess if he could hook up with Katherine, it's not that much of a leap, though," she said out loud. "I mean, she was human and dying, but still."
"Yeah I keep hearing about how she's going to die. That she does die which is just weird to think about because I thought she'd live to torment us forever. But Elijah is engaged to Katherine. Here at least." It was like a who's dating who of Mystic Falls and Caroline had a feeling that Bonnie's head was already overloaded. "So there's Henrik. And then Klaus also has a baby. Because apparently that's a thing back home. Her name is Hope and she's tiny and adorable."
That was probably enough talk about the people they knew though. "One nice thing about here is that we are not a TV show or a book series or anything. Some people are. Like you'll see Superman and Captain America around here and their lives are available for all to see. But we have no clue what's going on back home. Which is good and bad, but I prefer it to seeing it all play out on screen every week."
That just seemed to drive the others insane.
“Yeah, Katherine is definitely gone back home.” Bonnie could still remember it, how she hadn’t been able to send Katherine to the Other Side. That was around when things had started to go really wrong, before it all collapsed, but she didn’t really know how much Caroline knew or wanted to know, so she didn’t really volunteer any of those details now. She was definitely getting a headache from all the information she was getting. Caroline and Klaus, Stefan and Rebekah, Katherine and Elijah. Yeah, there were some definite surprises there and she was trying not to judge. Caroline seemed happy and she told herself that’s what was important, that her friends were happy and safe here, so she just nodded her head at those little details Caroline was filling her in on.
“This place just gets weirder and weirder,” she said, shaking her head and laughing a little. “I can’t complain, though. Compared to where I was...” She was glad to know their lives weren’t on tv or anything. Bonnie wasn’t sure she wanted to see how things were playing out at home. She didn’t want to find out she was stuck over there forever. Most of her loved ones were here and safe and she wanted to focus on that more than what that other version of her was going through.
“I feel like if you have any more bombshells to drop on me we’re going to need some drinks, you know.” She didn’t know how much more there could be, how much weirder it could get, but after the last few years in Mystic Falls, she knew better than to think it couldn’t possibly get any stranger.
“I think that’s all the bombshells I’ve got for now. But I think drinks could still be a thing because we still need to talk about you.” Because she knew bits and pieces. That Bonnie was dead--and not for the first time. That she was stuck in some in between pocket place or something like that. Damon had tried to explain it but it was hard to wrap her head around everything that went along with it. Especially when she didn’t know half the people he brought up anymore.
“Do you need anything?” She’d almost asked if her friend was okay but that just seemed like a stupid question. Bonnie was probably as far from okay as possible at the moment even if Caroline could tell she was grateful to be with her friends. But being grateful definitely didn’t equal okay.
“Like a hug maybe? Because we got one in but something tells me you haven’t been hugged in ages. And we could do a sleepover because we definitely haven’t had one of those in a while. Just stuff ourselves full of chocolate and alcohol until we’re bursting at the seams.” A little slice of normal in their otherwise crazy lives.
Bonnie had been planning to stop by and see Damon since he had Miss Cuddles with him. And maybe, just maybe, a part of her wanted to see him. Against all odds, the two of them had actually become friends and she’d maybe missed him a little bit. But she wanted her magic back, too, which meant getting her bear from him. When Caroline brought up the idea of staying over, though, Bonnie couldn’t help thinking that sounded like an amazing idea.
“Yes, yes, to all of the above,” she found herself saying. It had been a forever since they’d had a good sleepover, even before the collapse of the Other Side. It had been months more since she’d been trapped in the past, without her friends. She’d had Damon for a lot of that time, but she’d missed Caroline and Elena like crazy.
“You think we can get Elena to join us?” she asked hopefully. She’d take a night with just her and Caroline, but suddenly getting the three of them together seemed like the best idea.
“I’m pretty sure all it will take is one phone call and she’ll be here as fast as her feet can carry her.” It would be better with all three of them. It had definitely been a while since they’d had a sleepover like they used to with just the three of them. Caroline needed it and she knew Elena would too and considering Bonnie’s response it was obvious that her friend also needed it.
“Plus we can get her to take some of the alcohol from Damon’s stash so we’ve got the good stuff and get us some snacks. Possibly a movie as well so we’re really paying homage to how we used to do this.” Everything seemed to be coming into place and Caroline really enjoyed when all of the pieces fell into place like this. “I’ll call and also tell her to bring over pajamas so we’ve got comfy clothes for this.”
Because sleeping in jeans was not fun, no matter how expensive they were.
Bonnie nodded, a grin spreading across her face as Caroline talked plans for the kind of sleepover the three girls always used to have. She was getting more and more excited. It seemed like the perfect way to spend her first night here. She’d missed them both so much and she definitely needed this.
“Tell her to get Miss Cuddles from Damon,” she added when Caroline mentioned pajamas. She could use a change of clothes, anyway. The ones she was in weren’t exactly clean. She’d had a shower, but then she had to put on the same clothes she’d been wearing before. The idea of getting out of them and into pajamas, clean pajamas, sounded like heaven.
So did the movie and booze and snacks. It all sounded perfect.
Bonnie was alive. That was all that mattered to Caroline at that moment. Damon had told them all that earlier when he’d returned a few months back but it wasn’t the same as actually having her there to hold and see. She knew that Elena would feel the same way.
“I’ll call and make sure that she has him give over the bear and bring it here.” It was such a blast from the past to hear Bonnie even mentioning the teddy but if that was what her friend wanted then she would get it. “Why don’t you see if there’s anything on TV for us to watch and if there’s not I can have her snag one of my DVDs when she picks up my pajamas.”
And then once Elena arrived they would all be together again, just like they were supposed to be.