Monday, January 28, 2019
The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion Chapter Nine
And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the class of 92 bonnie threw her pileus into the tenor along with incessantlyy unriv every(prenominal)ed else. We made it, she pattern. Whatever happens to dark, Matt and Meredith and I made it to graduation. on that point had been clippings this last school year when she had seriously doubted they would.Considering Sues death, decent had expected the graduation ceremony to be listless or grim. Instead, in that respect was a sort of frenzied excitement slightly it. As if every 1 was celebrating being alive-before it was too late.It unloo conform tod into rowdiness as p arents surged forward and the sr. class of Robert E. Lee fragmented in all directions, whooping and acting up. go uply retrieved her cap and indeed considered up into her mothers camera lens.Act normal, thats whats important, she told herself. She caught a coup doeil of Elenas aunt Judith and Robert Maxwell, the man Aunt Judith had recently married, standing o n the sidelines. Robert was memory Elenas little sister, Margaret, by the hand. When they saw her, they smiled bravely, besides she felt uncomfortable when they came her way.Oh, overleap Gilbert-I mean, Mrs. Maxwell-you shouldnt beget, she express as Aunt Judith handed her a small nosegay of pink roses.Aunt Judith smiled through the tears in her look. This would confuse been a very spare day for Elena, she communicativeise. I want it to be special for you and Meredith, too.Oh, Aunt Judith. Impulsively, honest threw her laces around the older woman. Im so sorry, she whispered. You receive how some(prenominal).We all miss her, Aunt Judith verbalize. past she pulled back and smiled again and the leash of them left. mediocre turned from run acrossing at them with a lump in her throat to look at the madly celebrating crowd.T here was Ray Hernandez, the male child shed gone to Homecoming with, inviting everybody to a party at his house that night. There was Tylers fri difference Dick Carter, making a fool of himself as usual. Tyler was rejoiced brazenly as his father took picture after picture. Matt was listening, with an unimpressed look, to some football recruiter from James Mason University. Meredith was standing nearby, holding a bouquet of red roses and smell pensive.Vickie wasnt in that respect. Her parents had unbroken her home, hypothesiseing she was in no state to go out. Caroline wasnt there either. She was staying in the apartment in Heron. Her mother had told Bonnies mother she had the flu, however Bonnie knew the truth. Caroline was scared.And maybe shes amend, Bonnie thought, moving toward Meredith. Caroline may be the only one of us to sour it through next week.Look normal, act normal. She reached Merediths group. Meredith was wrapping the red-and-black tassel from her cap around the bouquet, kink it between elegant, nervous fingers.Be careful with that youll misuse it, she say aloud.Merediths look of thoughtful melanc holy didnt change. She went on staring at the tassel, kinking it up. It doesnt earnm fair, she said, that we should get these and Elena shouldnt. Its wrong.I hump its awful, Bonnie said. only when she kept her tone light. I concupiscence there was some intimacy we could do near it, scarce we keistert.Its all wrong, Meredith went on, as if she hadnt heard. Here we are out in the sunlight, graduating, and there she is infra that-stone.I know, I know, Bonnie said in a soothing tone. Meredith, youre getting yourself all up pay sullen. Why dont you try to think well-nigh something else? Look, after you go out to dinner with your parents, do you want to go to Raymonds party? regular(a) if were not invited, we can crash it.no(prenominal) Meredith said with startling vehemence. I dont want to go to any party. How can you change sur boldness up think of that, Bonnie? How can you be so shal number one?Well, weve got to do something Ill tell you what Im doing. Im discharge up to t he cemetery after dinner. Im red to put option this on Elenas grave. Shes the one who deserves it. Merediths knuckles were white as she shook the tassel in her hand.Meredith, dont be an idiot. You cant go up there, especially at night. Thats crazy. Matt would say the same thing.Well, Im not asking Matt. Im not asking anybody. Im release by myself.You cant. God, Meredith, I always thought you had some brains-And I always thought you had some sensitivity. merely obviously you dont even want to think close Elena. Or is it just because you want her old boyfriend for yourself?Bonnie slapped her.It was a good hard slap, with plenty of energy behind it. Meredith drew in a sharp breath, one hand to her reddening cheek. Everyone around them was staring.Thats it for you, Bonnie McCullough, Meredith said after a moment, in a voice of deadly quiet. I dont ever want to speak to you again. She turned on her heel and walked forthNever would be too soon for me Bonnie shouted at her retreating back.Eyes were hastily averted as Bonnie looked around her. But there was no question that she and Meredith had been the center of attention for several minutes past. Bonnie bit the inside of her cheek to keep a straight reflection and walked over to Matt, who had lost the recruiter.Good.Do you think the slap was too much? We didnt existingly plan that I was just sort of freeing with the moment. maybe it was too obviousIt was fine, just fine. Matt was looking preoccupied. non that dull, apathetic, turned-in look of the last few months, hardly distinctly abstracted.What is it? Something wrong with the plan? Bonnie said.No, no. Listen, Bonnie, Ive been thinking. You were the one to discover Mr. Tanners body in the Haunted family line last Halloween, right?Bonnie was startled. She gave an involuntary shiver of distaste. Well, I was the prototypal one to know he was dead, really dead, instead of just vie his scene. Why on earth do you want to talk about that now?Because maybe you can answer this question. Could Mr. Tanner deliver got a knife in Damon?What?Well, could he?I Bonnie blinked and frowned. Then she shrugged. I suppose so. Sure. It was a Druid sacrifice scene, entertain, and the knife we used was a real knife. We talked about using a fake one, but since Mr. Tanner was acquittance to be lying right there beside it, we figured it was safe enough. As a matter of fact Bonnies frown deepened. I think when I found the body, the knife was in a different place from where wed set it in the beginning. But thusly, some kid could have moved it. Matt, wherefore are you asking? serious something Damon said to me, Matt said, staring off into the distance again. I wondered if it could be the truth.Oh. Bonnie waited for him to say more, but he didnt. Well, she said finally, if its all cleared up, can you come back to Earth, amuse? And dont you think you should maybe put your arm around me? Just to direct youre on my side and theres no chance youre going t o show up at Elenas grave tonight with Meredith?Matt snorted, but the far outside(a) look disappeared from his eyes. For just a brief instant he put his arm around her and squeezed.D..j. vu, Meredith thought as she stood at the gate to the cemetery. The problem was, she couldnt remember exactly which of her previous experiences in the burial site this night reminded her of. There had been so many.In a way, it had all started here. It had been here that Elena had sworn not to domiciliate until Stefan belonged to her. Shed made Bonnie and Meredith swear to help her, too -in blood. How suitable, Meredith thought now.And it had been here that Tyler had assaulted Elena the night of the Homecoming dance. Stefan had come to the rescue, and that had been the beginning for them. This graveyard had seen a lot.This graveyard had been the beginning, and the end as well. And maybe there would be another end tonight.Meredith started walking.I wish you were here now, Alaric, she thought. I could use your optimism and your savvy about the supernatural-and I wouldnt mind your muscles, either.Elenas lynchpin was in the new cemetery, of course, where the grass was notwithstanding tended and the graves marked with wreaths of flowers. The stone was very simple, almost plain looking, with a brief inscription. Meredith bent wipe out and placed her bouquet of roses in prior of it. Then, slowly, she added the red-and-black tassel from her cap. In this dim light, both colors looked the same, same(p) dried blood. She knelt and folded her workforce quietly. And she waited.All around her the cemetery was still. It seemed to be waiting with her, breath held in anticipation. The rows of white stones stretched on either side of her, shining faintly. Meredith listened for any sound.And and so she heard one. Heavy footsteps.With her transmit down, she stayed quiet, pretending she noticed nothing.The footsteps sounded closer, not even bothering to be stealthy.Hi, Meredith.Meredith loo ked around quickly. Oh-Tyler, she said. You scared me. I thought you were-never mind.Yeah? Tylers lips struggle back in an unsettling grin. Well, Im sorry youre disappointed. But its me, just me and nobody else.What are you doing here, Tyler? No good parties?I could ask you the same question. Tylers eyes dropped to the anchor and the tassel and his face gloomyened. But I guess I already know the answer. Youre here for her. Elena Gilbert, A Light in Darkness, he read sarcastically.Thats right, Meredith said evenly. Elena means light, you know. And she was certainly surrounded by darkness. It almost beat her, but she won in the end.Maybe, Tyler said, and worked his jaw meditatively, squinting. But you know, Meredith, its a funny thing about darkness. Theres always more of it waiting in the wings.Like tonight, Meredith said, looking up at the sky. It was clear and dotted with faint stars. Its very dark tonight, Tyler. But sooner or later the sun will come up.Just desire he showed Elena, Meredith thought. In a way she was enjoying this verbal fencing, but she never lost sight of what she had come here for. Her icy fingers dipped into her jacket pocket and found the tiny sprig of verbena there. Thats all right, Tyler. I think Id prefer to stay here.You sure about that? A cemeterys a dangerous place to be alone.Unquiet spirits, Meredith thought. She looked right at him. I know.He was grinning again, displaying teeth like tombstones. Anyway, you can see it from here if you have good eyes. Look that way, toward the old graveyard. Now, do you see something sort of shining red in the middle?No. There was a pale luminosity over the trees in the east. Meredith kept her eyes on it.Aw, come on, Meredith. Youre not trying. Once the moons up youll see it better.Tyler, I cant waste any more time here. Im going.No, youre not, he said. And then, as her fingers tightened on the vervain, encompassing it in her fist, he added in a blandishment voice, I mean, youre not going until I tell you the story of that headstone, are you? Its a great story. See, the headstone is made of red marble, the only one of its kind in the whole graveyard. And that ball on top-see it?-that must conceive about a ton. But it moves. It turns whenever a Smallwood is going to die. My grandfather didnt recall that he put a muster up on it right down the front. He used to come out and check it every month or so. Then one day he came and found the scratch in the rear. The ball had turned completely backward. He did everything he could to turn it around, but he couldnt. It was too heavy. And that night, in bed, he died. They buried him under it.He probably had a heart attack from overexertion, Meredith said caustically, but her palms were tingling.Youre funny, arent you? Always so cool. Always so together. Takes a lot to make you bid, doesnt it?Im leaving, Tyler. Ive had enough.He let her walk a few paces, then said, You screamed that night at Carolines, though, didnt you?Mered ith turned back. How do you know that?Tyler rolled his eyes. Give me reference point for a little intelligence, okay? I know a lot, Meredith. For instance, I know whats in your pocket.Merediths fingers stilled. What do you mean?Meredith backed away a step.You think thats going to help you, dont you? But Im going to tell you a secret.Merediths eyes measured the distance between herself and the path. She kept her face calm, but a violent shaking was beginning inside her. She didnt know if she was going to be able to pull this off.Youre not going anywhere, babe, Tyler said, and a prominent hand clasped Merediths wrist. It was hot and damp where she could feel it below her jacket cuff. Youre going to stay right here for your surprise. His body was hunched now, his head fox forward, and there was an exultant leer on his lips.Let me go, Tyler. Youre hurting me brat flashed down all Merediths nerves at the feel of Tylers flesh against hers. But the hand only gripped harder, grinding te ndon against bone in her wrist.This is a secret, baby, that nobody else knows, Tyler said, pulling her close, his breath hot in her face. You came here all decked out against vampires. But Im not a vampire.Merediths heart was pounding. Let goFirst I want you to look over there. You can see the headstone now, he said, turning her so that she couldnt help but look. And he was right she could see it, like a red monument with a shining globe on top. Or-not a globe. That marble ball looked like it looked likeNow look east. What do you see there, Meredith? Tyler went on, his voice beefy with excitement.It was the full moon. It had risen while hed been talking to her, and now it hung above the hills, suddenly round and enormously distended, a huge and swollen red ball.And that was what the headstone looked like. Like a full moon dripping with blood.You came here saved against vampires, Meredith, Tyler said from behind her, even more hoarsely. But the Smallwoods arent vampires at all. Wer e something else.And then he growled.No human throat could have made the sound. It wasnt an sham of an zoology it was real. A vicious guttural mat that went up and up, snapping Merediths head around to look at him, to stare in disbelief. What she was seeing was so horrible her mind couldnt accept itI told you it was a surprise. How do you like it? Tyler said. His voice was thick with saliva, and his red tongue lolled among the rows of long canine teeth. His face wasnt a face anymore. It jutted out grotesquely into a muzzle, and his eyes were discolor, with slitlike pupils. His reddish-sandy haircloth had grown over his cheeks and down the back of his neck. A pelt. You can scream all you want up here and nobodys going to hear you, he added.Every muscle in Merediths body was rigid, trying to get away from him. It was a visceral reaction, one she couldnt have helped if she wanted to. His breath was so hot, and it smelled feral, like an animal. The nails he was digging into her wris t were stumpy blackened claws. She didnt have the strength to scream again.Theres other things besides vampires with a taste for blood, Tyler said in his new slurping voice. And I want to taste yours. But freshman were going to have some fun.Although he still stood on ii feet, his body was humped and str angely distorted. Merediths struggles were feeble as he hale her to the ground. She was a strong girl, but he was far stronger, his muscles bunching under his enclothe as he pinned her.Youve always been too good for me, havent you? Well, now youre going to find out what youve been missing.I cant breathe, Meredith thought wildly. His arm was across her throat, stoppage her air. Gray waves rolled through her brain. If she passed out nowYoure going to wish you died as fast as Sue. Tylers face floated above her, red as the moon, with that long tongue lolling. His other hand held her arms above her head. You ever hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood?The rusty was turning into b lackness, speckled with little lights. Like stars, Meredith thought. Im falling in the starsTyler, bow your hands off her Let go of her, now Matts voice shouted.Tylers slavering snarl broke off into a surprised whine. The arm against Merediths throat released pressure, and air rushed into her lungs.Footsteps were pounding around her. Ive been waiting a long time to do this, Tyler, Matt said, jerking the sandy-red head back by the hair. Then Matts fist smashed into Tylers newly grown muzzle. Blood spurted from the wet animal nose.The sound Tyler made froze Merediths heart in her chest. He sprang at Matt, twisting in midair, claws outstretched. Matt fell back under the assault and Meredith, dizzy, attempt to push herself up off the ground. She couldnt all her muscles were trembling uncontrollably. But soulfulness else picked Tyler off Matt as if Tyler weighed no more than a doll.Just like old times, Tyler, Stefan said, setting Tyler on his feet and facing him.Tyler stared a minute, then tried to run.He was fast, dodging with animal agility between the rows of graves. But Stefan was faster and cut him off.Stefan was dragging Tyler back. I always knew you were a jerk, he said, shoving Tyler against a headstone, but I didnt know you were this stupid. Id have thought you would have learned not to jump girls in graveyards, but no. And you had to louse up about what you did to Sue, too. That wasnt smart, Tyler.Meredith looked at them as they faced each other. So different, she thought. Even though they were both creatures of darkness in some way. Stefan was pale, his green eyes blazing with anger and menace, but there was a dignity, almost a purity about him. He was like some stern angel carved in unyielding marble. Tyler just looked like a detain animal. He was crouched, breathing hard, blood and saliva mingling on his chest. Those yellow eyes glittered with hate and fear, and his fingers worked as if hed like to claw something. A low sound came out of his throa t.Dont worry, Im not going to beat you up this time, Stefan said. Not unless you try to get away. Were all going up to the church to have a little chat. You like to tell stories, Tyler well, youre going to tell me one now.Tyler sprang at him, vaulting straight from the ground for Stefans throat. But Stefan was ready for him. Meredith hazard that both Stefan and Matt enjoyed the next few minutes, working off their collect aggressions, but she didnt, so she looked away.In the end, Tyler was trussed up with nylon cord. He could walk, or shuffle at least, and Stefan held the back of his shirt and guided him urgently up the path to the church.Inside, Stefan pushed Tyler onto the ground near the open tomb. Now, he said, we are going to talk. And youre going to cooperate, Tyler, or youre going to bevery, very sorry.