Early Birthday Gift
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Bella quickly shut her laptop as she knew Klaus was just about to appear. She turned around and faced Klaus with a smirk. “Ready to go?”
Klaus looked at her curiously. “What are you hiding?”
Bella smirked, “I just happen to have bought something for myself, an early birthday gift. It’ll be a nice surprise, definitely one of the best things I’ve ever gotten for myself.”
Klaus looked to Bella for a moment before nodding his head. “You’re a terrible liar, love.”
“I’m not lying!” Bella said with a smile. “It really is a birthday gift to myself.” She stood and placed her laptop inside her carry-on bag. “My dad should be here any minute to say goodbye. Maddie has assured that the coffin is perfectly fine on the plane, and he’s not too happy about the seating arrangement on the flight he is on. How was I supposed to know that he was going to be seated between a crying baby and a snoring grandma?”
Klaus smirked, “I was under the belief Maddox was your best friend at the moment. What changed?”
“Nothing changed.” Bella said with a smirk. “But it’s always fun to mess with Maddie, he’s the only person who will ever get me back for my childish antics.”
Klaus grabbed the bag from her and walked out the door ignoring her remarks of being able to carry a bag. “Why do you continue to argue if you know that I’m not going to relent and allow you to carry the bag?”
Bella shrugged her shoulders and smirked, “Nik, just because I know something is going to happen, it doesn’t mean that I have to enjoy it. Besides, I like to argue with you, I’m always hopeful that one day you’ll get annoyed and let me win.”
Klaus simply smirked and set the bags inside the car before turning back to Bella. “Do you really believe I’ll ever give in?”
“I have high hopes about everything.” Bella responded with a smirk, she moved and kissed Klaus’s cheek. “And I know that eventually, if I really want something you’ll always help me get it.”
Klaus smirked, “Your father is approaching, love, I’ll give you a moment with him.”
Bella laughed, “Nik, at this point I’m more that positive my dad has given you his full blessing.”
“Doesn’t change anything, love.” Klaus said approaching the house. “I’m still heading back inside.”
Bella smiled and turned her head to see her dad pulling into the driveway with his cruiser. “Hey, dad.”
Charlie smiled getting out the car. “Glad I didn’t miss seeing you off, Bells. I was worried I had missed you already.”
“I wouldn’t leave without seeing you one last time.” Bella said with a grin, she stepped forward and hugged her dad. “Besides, I know Sue gave you some brownies for me.”
Charlie chuckled, “I’m starting to believe you like Sue more than me.”
“She does make the best sweets in the world, and I have a serious sweet tooth.” Bella said grinning as her dad handed her the tray. “I swear; Sue can make anything delicious.”
Charlie chuckled, “I know our new son is going to get a few cavities.”
Bella grinned, “Finally given in to believing that I’m right?”
“You haven’t been wrong so far.” Charlie responded with a small smirk.
“You’re definitely right about that.” Bella said setting the brownies aside. “I promise that my next visit will be a bit longer, and not that far away.”
“I hope you keep that promise.” Charlie said he smiled as Bella hugged him. “You promise to call more often, and next time you get into any sort of danger you give me a call. I don’t want to hear from the insurance company before I hear from you.”
Bella smiled. “Only happened once, dad.”
“Don’t let it happen again.” Charlie responded he pulled back seeing Klaus exit the house. “You ready to go, son?”
Bella turned her back to her father and grinned at Klaus, I told you so, written all over her face.
“We’ve got everything.” Klaus assured ignoring the look on Bella’s face.
Bella turned back to her dad. “I’m going to head inside and grab a bottle of water, I’ll give you about 3 minutes to have some father protecting daughter talk with Klaus. Really sell it, dad, I mean use your gun if you have to.”
Charlie rolled his eyes as Bella walked away. “I appreciate everything you do for her. Despite my… beginning judgements of you, I’m glad she met someone that’s more mature than her and is capable of taking care of her.”
Klaus smirked, “I really doubt she would admit that I take care of her, she prefers to believe that she’s independent and can do everything by herself.”
Charlie chuckled, “That girl can be a pain in the ass with how stubborn she is. I’m just glad it seems you are more than able to handle her.”
Klaus chuckled, “She certainly is stubborn.”
Charlie looked up as Bella was coming out of the house. “Got everything?”
Bella nodded, “Yup, now we’re ready to go. Finish your talk?”
Charlie rolled his eyes and took a step forward and hugged Bella. “I’m going to miss you, Bells.”
“Sure, but then Sue’s stomach will grow and you’ll be more preoccupied with your growing baby boy.” Bella responded with a smirk. “It’s okay, dad, I know that I’m officially your second favorite child.” Bella kissed her dad’s cheek. “I’ll call you when we land.”
Charlie nodded opening the car door for her and helping her in. He turned to Klaus as the door closed. “Don’t let her get a motorcycle, she’s going to end up killing herself.”
Klaus smirked, “I agree with you, she’ll only hurt herself.”
Bella leaned out the open window. “I can hear both of you, and I would like to believe that when I do get a motorcycle, I’ll be a complete natural at it.”
Klaus flipped through the book that Bella had brought him for their flight. He looked over at her as she shot awake. “Everything alright, love?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah.” Bella said she reached over and grabbed his seatbelt strapping him in. She did the same for herself and rubbed her eyes to take off the sleep she was feeling. “We’re going to experience extreme turbulence. We’re flying straight through a thunderstorm; the pilots won’t have any idea until they’re already in the middle of it. Idiots.”
Klaus looked up just as the sign for passengers to put their seat belts on flashed. “Are you going to be alright?” He questioned turning to Bella knowing she wasn’t the best when it came to turbulence.
“Every time I get on a plane; I always make it a point to use my gift to make sure that the plane doesn’t crash. It’s always been a no, but from now I’m going to start questioning just how much I’m going to have to suffer through the flight. I need more information.” Bella responded unamused. She reached over and grabbed Klaus’s hand as the turbulence started. “I wish I had drugs so I didn’t have to be awake for this.”
Klaus chuckled he set the book down and wrapped his arm around Bella. “You need to focus on something else, love. As long as your mind is on what is occurring now, you’re only going to continue to stress yourself.”
Bella rolled her eyes, “Nik, I may know that we’ll get to the airport alive, but that doesn’t mean feeling the plane shake is something I enjoy. There’s nothing that is going to take my mind off of what is occurring now.”
“Why don’t you tell me what you bought as an early present for yourself?” Klaus responded smirking as just as he thought Bella’s eyes widened.
“Nik, I love you, but I’m not going to tell you everything. That is my surprise, you’ll find out when we got home. It’s to be delivered not long after we arrive home.” Bella responded with a wide smile.
“If you got a baby tiger or chimpanzee, they’re not allowed in the home.” Klaus warned. “Or any exotic animal for that matter.”
Bella sighed, “Well, you should’ve said something sooner, Nik. I’ve already bought a baby swing for my chimp, and I’m naming him Freddy. He’s adorable.”
“There is no need for you to have an exotic animal as a pet.” Klaus responded smiling slightly as he could already tell she was distracted.
“Yes there is! One, I happen to think it’ll keep me company for all the time you spend out with your hybrids and whatnot. And two, I happen to know that Maddie’s favorite animals are tigers and chimps. This is something that will help us become closer friends.” Bella said with a grin. “Not to mention that I think a chimp or a tiger would do a wonderful job of protecting me, much better than any pet dog would.”
Bella hummed in excitement as they approached the house. She stilled as a flash came into her mind.
“It’s the only way.” Elena insisted. “If we don’t do this then he’s just going to keep coming after us. He’s never going to leave this town.”
“He hasn’t outright attacked us, yet! For all we know, he’s gotten what he came for and he could be sticking around for the sole reason, because he wants to.” Damon argued. “Face it, kiddos, you’re all overreacting over something that hasn’t even happened yet. And all because Rose says that he’ll come after us? None of us have royally pissed off Klaus, so we shouldn’t be doing something that is going to provoke him.”
“Are you saying you’re not going to help us?” Caroline questioned curiously.
Damon nodded holding up a glass. “That’s exactly what I’m saying, Barbie. I want nothing to do with a plan that is potentially putting my life in danger.”
“Damon, we need your help.” Elena insisted stepping forward. “Please, I need you to help me.”
Damon shook his head, “Not going to happen, you may have my brother wrapped around your finger, but I won’t join him. Barbie, Sabrina and you Miss Drama Queen, can all do this yourselves, but you’re going to leave me out of it.” Damon turned to Stefan and shook his head. “You know this plan is stupid. They’re going to get themselves killed drag us along with them.”
“Damon…” Stefan trailed off.
Damon laughed bitterly. “They’re going to wake up the most feared vampire hunter who happens to be ancient, and will not only try to kill Klaus, but will try to kill any vampire who comes in contact with him. Including me, you and Barbie over there.”
Damon held his hands out in defeat seeing that he wasn’t going to be listened to. “Fine, you idiots go ahead and wake up Mikael, but you keep me out of it.”
Bella gasped slightly as she came out of her vision. “We have a problem.”
“Which would be?” Klaus questioned pulling into the house.
“Elena, Bonnie, Caroline, Stefan and Rose are all trying to wake up Mikael. They want to get him to kill you.” Bella said with a frown.
“When are they going to attempt this?” Klaus questioned curiously.
“In three days, four hours, and 23 minutes.” Bella responded with a smirk. “We can leave tomorrow and retreat Mikael’s body before they can get to it. And then we can be there when they go to find it, it’ll be real theatric when they open the coffin to find it empty and then have us appear. It’ll be wonderful.”
Klaus sighed, “There’s no reason to worry about it today. We’ll take care of it tomorrow.”
“Good.” Bella responded with a wide smile. “I have several things to do today, one of them being playing with my birthday gift.”
Klaus rolled his eyes, “Has it arrived yet?”
Bella sighed, “Not yet, it will be about another hour and a half. Come on, Maddie is inside the house, we can get him to start looking in on that spell that was used on Mikael.”
Bella jumped up as her power was tingling letting her know that her birthday gift to herself was about to arrive. She exited the house walking past Klaus and Maddox as they were discussing Mikael and various spells they could use on them.
Bella grinned as the man was already taking down her bike. “YES!” She said in excitement. “Give me the clipboard so I can sign for it. There’s no need to waste any time here.”
The man chuckled. “Yes, mam. You go ahead and sign this and I’ll go ahead and grab your custom helmet from the back.”
Bella grinned, she hurriedly signed knowing that if she didn’t Klaus would come out here and stop her. She smiled triumphantly as the man drove away leaving her with her new motorcycle. She turned her head as a throat was clearing, “Hey, Nik!” She said with a smile. “Look at what I got!”
Klaus sighed, “You’re going to get yourself hurt, Isabella. You don’t know how to use one of these, you’re barely capable of driving something with four wheels, do you really think removing half of the wheels is a good idea? You’re putting yourself in unneeded danger.”
Bella sighed, knowing in the pit of her stomach he was right and that he was already worrying over her safety. She knew how worrisome he could get over her safety, and this was definitely one of his worst nightmares. “I know you’re angry, truthfully, you have all right to be, but I really wanted to try this.” She leaned down and picked up the box. “See, I even bought an outrageously priced helmet that is engineered to protect me when I inevitably fall off this thing.”
Klaus sighed, he took the box from her hands and ripped it open and pulled out the helmet. He looked it over and sighed, “How much did you pay for this?”
Bella grinned, “You paid close to a thousand dollars for that.”
“Every time you get hurt you’re going to have to take in some of my blood.” Klaus responded.
Bella sighed, “Every other time?”
“You can’t negotiate this, Isabella. If you want to use something that will potentially kill you, at the very least give me the peace of mind that you won’t die permanently.” Klaus responded placing the helmet on her head to secure that it fit right.
Bella grinned, “Okay, but you at the very least you have to teach me how to do the basics with this thing.”
Klaus smirked. “I don’t know how to use one.”
“Nik.” Bella said with her eyes widening. “Please, I know you know how to use one of these. Did you forget all about my little gift? If you don’t help me, I’ll just have to learn by myself and I’ll get hurt 10% more, and it’ll be worst.”
Klaus sighed, “You’ll have to take my blood before we do this.”
Bella grinned. “I can agree to these terms.”
Bella smiled beneath her helmet as Klaus drove the motorcycle. Truthfully, she wasn’t paying attention to a word he was saying. She was just pleased to be in this moment with him, to be able to see his hidden talent at being able to drive a motorcycle like a professional. Bella removed her arms from his waist as the motorcycle stopped. She removed her helmet and took Klaus’s offered hand to get off the bike.
“Want to try it, love?” Klaus questioned curiously as Bella didn’t seem interested in driving it herself.
“Not really.” Bella responded with a shrug of her shoulders. “I quite honestly think driving a motorcycle is far too dangerous for me too ever attempt it.”
Klaus sighed, “Then what was the point of buying this thing?”
Bella grinned, “An early birthday present.” Bella responded with a smirk. “Nik, I knew from the very beginning of your ability to drive one of these things, but I also knew you would never willingly let me get on one with you. Which is the entire reason you haven’t driven one since we met, so I devised an entire plan so that I could ride a motorcycle with you. I enjoyed it, and now you have a new motorcycle, it seems we both got something positive out of this plan of mine.”
Klaus shook his head, “You could have just asked.”
Bella laughed, “No, I couldn’t. You know you would’ve said it was too dangerous and refused to. I know you, Nik, so I did what I had to in order to get what I wanted.”
“This was a stupid plan, love.” Klaus responded as he watched her go inside the house.
Bella shrugged, “Worth it though! I got what I wanted, and you and I both know that if I ever attempt to drive a motorcycle, I’d end up killing myself.”
Klaus rolled his eyes and followed her inside. “It’s ridiculous that you went through all this trouble just so I’d take you on a motorcycle ride.”
“I thought it was genius.” Bella responded with a smile. “I mean, it worked.”
Klaus chuckled, “I suppose it did, love.” He moved and wrapped his arm around her shoulders. “Tomorrow, Maddox and I are going to go and handle my father.”
Bella raised an eyebrow. “I’m not allowed to go?”
Klaus smirked, “Sorry, love, I need you to do something else for me tomorrow.”
Bella groaned, as her gift let her know that he wanted her to try and befriend the Mystic Falls group, or at the very least get some information on them. “I don’t want to!” Bella whined. “They’re annoying! Nik, I barely made it through my high school years, and you want me to try and be friends with these idiots? Nik, I’m great at several things, but I’m no miracle worker.”
Klaus chuckled, “I’m only doing this secure that you don’t get yourself into any sort of mortal danger.”
Bella sighed, “Fine, but you should know that if I’m going to have to do this. I am going to have to start taking up drinking, because there’s no way I can do this with a sane frame of mind.” Bella shook her head and walked out of Klaus’s grasp and headed up the stairs. “I doubt their parents are even sober around them. There’s a reason this small town has 7 bars and 2 liquor stores.”
Klaus chuckled as Bella continued to mutter under her breath as she walked up the stairs. Tomorrow, things would certainly continue to get interesting in the small town of Mystic Falls.