Chapter 11

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-TNOF-

The morning following her small spectacle with Damon, Sofia is awakened by a knock at the front door. She lies in bed and listens to Trenton's tired footsteps shuffling from his bedroom, past her bedroom, to the front door. She hears the front door open, and Trenton clear his throat.

"Good morning, my name is Elijah. Is Sofia here?" she hears Elijah's smooth baritone voice ask clearly from the doorway. Sofia immediately gets up, walking out her bedroom door, pulling her slept-in, braided hair over her right shoulder.

"Yeah, she is. I'll go wake her up," Trenton says, turning from the door.

"That's alright, Trenton," Sofia says, placing her hand on his shoulder, and smiling at Elijah. "Good morning, Elijah."

"Good morning to you, too, Sofia," Elijah says, pleasantly.

"Go ahead and invite him inside, Trenton. He's a friend," Sofia says, and Trenton nods unsurely to her.

"Come on in," Trenton says to Elijah, and Elijah nods to him and steps through the threshold of the house. Sofia shuts the door behind him. "I'm goin' back to bed," Trenton says, and Sofia rolls her eyes at his retreating back.

"I see you've just awoken yourself," Elijah comments, looking around the living room.

"It's only 7:30, but you always were an early riser," Sofia comments, smirking.

"Indeed. And you were always one to pull yourself out of bed in the early afternoon," Elijah says, turning to look at her.

"A girl needs her beauty sleep, Elijah," Sofia says, tilting her head to the side. He smirks at her. "Well, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go change into something more appropriate," Sofia says, turning and going back to her bedroom, and quickly changing into her day clothes. When Sofia walks back into the living room, she sees Elijah looking through the books on the bookcase. "So, how long do you plan on staying in Mystic Falls?"

"Just until all of this business with Niklaus is dealt with," Elijah says, turning to face her as she walks into the living room.

"Well, you know you're welcome to stay here if you'd like," Sofia says, smiling at him.

"I think I'll have to accept your offer, Sofia. Thank you," Elijah says, giving her one of his rare genuine grins.

"You gave me places to stay for nearly 100 years. I think it's time that I return the favor," Sofia says, making him chuckle lightly, and that makes Sofia smile. She's always loved the calming sound of Elijah's chuckle.

"Well, my things are out in the car, but before I take the time to bring them inside, I have to go meet with the mayor," Elijah says, and Sofia nods, knowing that asking questions would be a waste of her breath, because he wouldn't answer her anyway. He makes his way out of the living room, stopping only to deliver a quick kiss to Sofia's head, and leaves the house.

Sofia looks to the left of her when she hears Trenton's bedroom door open, and he speed walks into the living room.

"He's staying here?" Trenton asks, his eyes showing traces of distress and anger. Sofia frowns a bit and tilts her head to the side.

"Yes," Sofia says, simply, and Trenton lets out a huff of exasperation.

"And you never thought to, oh I don't know, talk with me first?" Trenton asks, throwing his hands into the air, his eyes wide with disbelief.

"I'm sorry, Trenton. I didn't think you'd mind," Sofia says, raising an eyebrow.

"Mind?" he nearly shouts, and Sofia narrows her eyes at him. "That's the vampire who was gonna take Elena! Bonnie told me everything. How Damon Salvatore staked him, and he's obviously not dead since he's staying here now. In this house. Where I live."

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