Chapter 7

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A/N: Not really much to say for this chapter. It's a longer one, so I hope you all enjoy it!

Disclaimer: I, of course, don't own the Vampire Diaries. Never have, never will. I'm just playing around with the story!

-TNOF-

Sofia jerks awake when her cell phone begins ringing on her vanity table, and she groggily walks over and looks at the screen. She frowns when she sees Caroline's name flashing brightly. She hadn't heard from Caroline since she told her of hers and Stefan's chaotic trip in the woods earlier that night.

"Yes?" she answers, rubbing her left eye with her index and middle finger.

"Sofia? Can you come over?" Caroline asks shakily.

"Caroline, you are aware of the time right?" Sofia asks, grumpily, raising an eyebrow.

"I know. I'm sorry, just please? My mom's not here and I really don't want to be alone right now. Please Sofia?" Caroline pleads, and Sofia can tell she's on the verge of tears.

"Alright," Sofia says softly, and Caroline lets out a large breath. "I'll be there soon, okay?"

"Okay," Caroline whispers, and Sofia hangs up. She slips on a pair of flip flops and looks down at her pajamas. She shrugs, and bolts out the door, and in seconds she's standing on Caroline's front porch. She quietly enters the house, and walks up the stairs to Caroline's bedroom. She gently opens the door, and frowns when she sees Caroline sitting up on her bed with her knees pulled to her chest.

Caroline looks over at her door with wide eyes, and lets out a sigh of relief when she sees Sofia there. After Caroline's encounter with Katherine in her bedroom, she became terrified that the older vampire would return, so she decided to call Sofia. Caroline feels oddly safe with the much older vampire, and remembers Sofia's promise to not let anything happen to her. She knows Katherine wouldn't show up if she had someone else around her.

"Caroline, what's the matter?" Sofia asks, shutting her bedroom door and sitting on Caroline's bed next to her.

"I... I just had a bad dream," Caroline says, and Sofia frowns.

"Do you want to talk about it?" Sofia asks, and Caroline looks torn.

"It... It was just about Katherine," Caroline says, trying to school her face to not show that she's lying. Sofia studies Caroline's face and sighs.

"It's perfectly understandable after what she did. You don't have to worry though. As long as I'm around, Katherine won't hurt you," Sofia says, brushing some of Caroline's blonde hair out of her face.

Caroline nods, smiling a bit. Her smile suddenly drops. "What if she hurts you?"

"I'm older than Katherine is. I'll be fine," Sofia says, sending Caroline a reassuring smile.

"Will you stay here tonight?" Caroline asks in a small voice.

"Of course," Sofia says and gestures for Caroline to lie down. She does so, and Sofia lies next to her. Caroline shuts her eyes, pushing away the guilty feeling in her stomach that came from lying to Sofia. Caroline tiredly wonders if she should have told Sofia the truth, but those thoughts slowly fade as she drifts into a dreamless sleep.

-TNOF-

"Elena invited me to a barbecue today," Caroline tells Sofia when they arrive at her house the next morning. "Do you think it's a good idea?"

"Why not?" Sofia asks, going into her bedroom.

"Just the fact that there's gonna be humans in that house. Humans that I care about and don't wanna hurt," Caroline says, following her. She looks around Sofia's room as they talk.

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