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MYSTIC FALLS HOSPITAL


(Tyler is sleeping in a hospital bed. A police officer is standing guard outside the hospital room’s door. The officer hears a noise down the hallway. He walks around the corner to investigate. After looking around a bit, he starts to walk back towards the room containing Tyler, but he is attacked by Connor. Tyler hears the commotion and wakes up. Connor is using a sleeper hold on the officer and slowly lies him down on the ground. The officer is only unconscious. Tyler listens for any more noise. Suddenly, Connor enters his hospital room. He looks at the bed, but Tyler has disappeared. He walks into the room and turns around. Tyler goes in to attack Connor, but Connor grabs him and injects a toxin into his neck, temporarily paralyzing Tyler. He lies Tyler down on the hospital bed.)

Connor: Don’t bother. It’s a paralytic.

(Connor lifts up Tyler’s lips and sticks a needle into his gums. He takes out some of his werewolf venom. Tyler cries in pain. Connor takes the needle out of his mouth and pats Tyler on the face. He then exits the room. Tyler grunts and growls, attempting to move, he finally manages to super speed to the door and runs out of the room. He looks around the hallway, but Connor has gone.)


CONNOR’S TRAILER

(Connor is performing a distillation with the werewolf venom he stole from Tyler. He slices himself an apple and eats it, fiddling with the distillation setup. He sits down at a table with newspaper clippings and other paper goods. He picks up one clipping that mentions the church shooting and also glances at the note Pastor Young left for April. Under that, we see a note that reads ‘Tyler Lockwood; Vampire + Werewolf.’ He then picks up two folders, one that says Jeremy Gilbert and the other which says Elena Gilbert. He opens up Jeremy’s folder.)


SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

(Damon opens the front door of the house. Stefan is outside, fixing up a motorcycle.)

Damon: Good day for a midlife crisis. 164 years, I’d say you’re due.

Stefan: (sitting on the motorcycle) Elena’s transition to vampire has been a little depressing, I’m gonna help her have some fun.

Damon: Oh. Those who can’t do, teach.

(Damon walks out onto the porch.)

Stefan: Ah, I see we’re still fighting. Got it. Where you going?

Damon: That hunter jacked Tyler Lockwood of his werewolf venom last night, so basically, he’s got vampire poison in a bottle. And I’m gonna find him, and I’m gonna eat him.

Stefan: (stands up) I’ll go with you.

Damon: I don’t want your help. I just want to kill this guy and get the hell out of town. Wasn’t that the deal? Whoever Elena doesn’t choose leaves.

Stefan: That was before she turned.

Damon: And I stayed to help. If I take you punching me as the first clue, I’m not wanted here anymore.

Stefan: Listen, you blood shared with my girlfriend and I punched you in the face. You deserved it. Why don’t you stop being dramatic?

Damon: No, brother, dramatic would be leaving before I kill this hunter.

(Damon leaves.)


MYSTIC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

(Elena is leaning against a wall, outside of the school. Matt approaches her.)

Matt: Kind of weird doing this in our old makeout spot.

Elena: Thank you, for doing this. I can’t keep anything else down.

Matt: It’s okay. I kind of owe you my life, remember?

Elena: Yeah, but I didn’t make Stefan save your life so that I could turn you into a human blood bag.

Matt: Elena, please just… (He rolls up his sleeve and extends his arm towards her.) Let me do this for you.

(They stare at each other for a moment. Elena grabs his wrist and drinks his blood. As soon as she begins to feel the bloodlust take over, she stops. Matt looks down at his wrist.)

Matt: Was that enough?

Elena: (wiping the blood off her face) No. But if I had anymore, I’m afraid I wouldn’t stop. Here.

(Elena takes out a bandage and places it on Matt’s wrist.)

Elena: Thank you.

(Matt nods at her. The bell rings. Elena jumps down onto a table and then to the ground. Matt jumps down beside her. They begin to walk across the school grounds.)

Matt: So, you really think school is the best place for you right now?

Elena: The vampire hunter knows that Damon’s a vampire and that I know Damon. Hiding at home would be more suspicious, besides, I want to be here. It’s my senior year. I survived this long, there’s no way I’m bailing before graduation.

(Elena sees a pamphlet on the windshield of a car and picks it up.)

Elena: Town called for curfew?

Matt: Tyler got shot in front of half the town. Everyone’s a little freaked.

Elena: If only they knew the real story.


LOCKWOOD MANSION

(Carol and Tyler walk into the house. Two men are standing in the foyer.)

Tyler: Who the hell are you two?

Carol: Tyler, it’s okay. They’re here for your protection.

Tyler: More deputies?

(Klaus enters the room from the parlor. He has another hybrid following behind him.)

Klaus: Not exactly.

Tyler: (sighs) They’re hybrids.

Klaus: I was halfway to Chicago when I heard you were attacked. I had hoped to leave Mystic Falls for good, but duty calls.

Tyler: Nice to know you care.

Klaus: I don’t. I should have killed you for the little stunt you and your friends pulled. Stopping my heart; leaving me in a coffin to rot.

Tyler: Yeah, well you used my body as an escape hatch then kissed my girlfriend. So, maybe we’re even.

Klaus: Not even close. But, you hybrids are a dying breed. I can’t make more of you and I won’t have anyone taking liberties with the ones I have left.

(Klaus begins to walk off.)

Klaus: Consider them your new bodyguards.

(He points at the three hybrids in the room and walks out.)


MYSTIC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

(Elena and Stefan sit down in their desks. Stefan looks at Elena, who is staring at the front of the room, looking like she is about to cry. Stefan looks at the front as well. He sighs, realizing what she must be saddened by.)

Stefan: It’s the first time we’ve been back in Alaric’s classroom.

Elena: First period and I’m ready to bawl my eyes out.

(Rebekah enters the classroom with flyers.)

Rebekah: Morning everyone.

Student: Morning Bekah.

Elena: Just like that, I’m no longer feeling sentimental.

Rebekah: So, I’m throwing a little anti-curfew party at my new house. Starts at the fifth period and goes till whenever, spread the word.

(She hands out a couple of the flyers.)

Rebekah: You’re welcome to join Elena, if you’d like to bury the hatchet.

(She hands Elena a flyer. Elena takes it.)

Elena: It’s a pretty enormous hatchet.

Rebekah: Well, I’m feeling generous of spirit.

Elena: (looking at flyer) New house, huh? Did your brother finally kick you out?

Rebekah: He didn’t kick me out, I left.

Elena: So, you left the only person on earth that actually likes you?

(Rebekah looks at Stefan.)

Rebekah: Well, your boyfriend liked me once. (Stefan looks up.) Actually, a lot more than once.

(Rebekah smirks. Elena looks furious.)

Stefan: Why are you still in town, Rebekah? Don’t you have anywhere else to go?

Rebekah: Well, history’s my favorite class. Actually, where is Mr. Saltzman...?

(She pauses. Elena’s rage intensifies.)

Rebekah: Oh, that’s right, I killed him.

(Elena throws her pencil at Rebekah. Rebekah grabs it and throws it back at Elena, stabbing her in the chest. They glare at each other. Elena removes the pencil from her chest and gets up. Stefan and Elena walk out into the hallway. Elena is still angry. Stefan is gently holding her arm in his hand, trying to calm her down.)

Stefan: Just breathe, just breathe. You haven’t felt this kind of rage before.

Elena: I hate her.

(Elena and Stefan stop walking and stand face to face.)

Elena: I didn’t think I was capable of hate, but I hate her and I hate that I hate her.

(Elena looks over Stefan’s shoulder.)

Elena: That’s the hunter.

(Stefan turns around. Connor is in the hallway, talking to a woman.)

Stefan: What the hell is he doing here?

(Connor starts to walk towards Jeremy, who is at his locker.)

Elena: Jeremy. No.

(Elena begins to walk towards Jeremy. Stefan stops her.)

Stefan: No, no, no. Hey, hey, you get this. (He shows her bloody hand to her.) Okay? I got that.

(Stefan walks towards Jeremy and Connor. Elena walks into the restroom. She takes off her sweater. She grabs some tissues and rinses the blood off her hand in the sink. She rubs the blood on her shoulder off with the tissues. Someone enters the restroom behind Elena. The girl is holding her neck.)

Heather: There you are. Rebekah sent me to see if you were okay.

(Elena throws away the tissues.)

Elena: I’m fine, Heather.

Heather: I’m not.

(Elena turns around and looks at her, confused. She sees blood dripping from Heather’s neck. She starts to breathe heavily. Rebekah enters the restroom.)

Rebekah: What’s wrong, Elena? Getting hungry?

(Heather removes her hand from her neck, making the blood easier to see and smell.)

Elena: No, get – get away from me.

(Rebekah wipes the blood from Heather’s neck with her finger.)

Rebekah: But she’s so delicious.

(She places her finger with blood on Elena’s mouth. Elena slaps her hand away.)

Elena: You shouldn’t be here. This is my school. It’s my life. And I’m not gonna let you ruin it!

Rebekah: It’s my school now. My life. Maybe you’re the one who shouldn’t be here. And I couldn’t help but overhear that there’s a vampire hunter roaming the hallways.

(Rebekah rubs her hand on Heather’s bloody neck wound.)

Rebekah: How inconvenient for you.

(Rebekah rubs her bloody hand all over Elena’s face. Elena vamps out and growls.)

Rebekah: See you in gym. I think it’s dodgeball day.

(Rebekah and Heather leave the bathroom.)


(In another part of the school, Jeremy is in a classroom with Connor. Connor is flipping through the folder he has on Jeremy.)

Jeremy: Do you mind telling me who you are and why I’m here? I mean, I’m happy to miss Bio but…

Connor: I looked into your family’s history. You and your sister have been through quite a lot.

(Connor throws the folder down onto the desk Jeremy is sitting in.)

Jeremy: What are you, a social worker? Why do you care?

Connor: Because you saw this.

(Connor rolls up the sleeve of his shirt, revealing the tattoo only Jeremy could see. Jeremy looks confused.)

Jeremy: It’s a tattoo, big deal.

Connor: I call this a hunter’s mark. As in vampire hunter.

Jeremy: A – a vampire hunter? (Laughs) Look, I’m sorry man but…

(Jeremy gets up.)

Connor: Jeremy. I know your family’s history in this town, so you playing dumb just makes you look dumb.

(Jeremy glances out the classroom door. Stefan is outside, listening in to the conversation. Stefan walks away.)

Jeremy: Why the show and tell? I don’t even know you.

Connor: Because it’s invisible. To anyone but another hunter or a potential hunter. Find me a vampire, I’ll train you, teach you how to do what I do. I’m on Hudson off Route 13. Don’t show up unless you find one.

(Connor begins to walk towards the door.)

Jeremy: Well, how am I supposed to do that?

Connor: Why don’t you start by asking your friend with the bandage on his neck?

(Connor leaves the room.)


CONNOR’S TRAILER

(Damon opens the door to Connor’s trailer. He stands on the steps and sees if he can enter without an invitation. He smiles when he sees that he can. He enters the trailer and sees the distillation setup and newspaper clippings. He touches one of the clippings and is suddenly shot by two arrows. He yells. He goes to take out the arrow in his leg, but sees that it is attached to a bomb. He then decides to pull the arrow in his chest out, but also sees a bomb attached to the end of the string. Damon moans in exasperation.)

Damon: Um…. Yeah.


MYSTIC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

(Stefan and Caroline are sitting outside at a table. Elena is pacing back and forth in front of them.)

Caroline: It was a valiant first day effort. No one will judge you if you want to go home.

Elena: I don’t want to go home. I want to take the white oak stake and kill her. That’s how mad I am. She made me murderous!

Stefan: How about we just leave the murdering to Damon?

(Stefan gets up and walks towards Elena.)

Elena: And – and then do what? Ignore her to death?

Stefan: Look, she’s trying to make herself feel better. She knows that everybody hates her, so she’s trying to hate harder. Tell you what, let’s just skip the rest of the day. Go have some fun. I feel like this day is severely lacking in fun.

(Elena looks at Caroline. Caroline smiles. Elena nods.)

Elena: Yeah. Okay, fine.

(Stefan smiles.)

Elena: Then we’ll go to her party and show her that she can’t intimidate me. I just have to go home and change first.

(She waves bye to Caroline and leaves. Stefan turns around and looks at Caroline.)

Caroline: Does she seem a little off balance to you?

Stefan: Yeah, she’s channeling all her emotions into rage. It makes her feel like she has purpose. I used to do that too when I was, you know.

Caroline: Ripper you?

Stefan: Yeah. She needs to come to terms with it, confront it, let it in before she can let it go.

Caroline: (nods) You’re good at this, you know that? You saved my vampire life, now you’re saving hers.

(They start to walk off together.)

Caroline: You should write a book. Go on the View.

Stefan: Hm.


LOCKWOOD MANSION

(Tyler is lying on the couch, tossing a football in the air. A girl enters the room.)

Hayley: So, this is where you’ve been hiding, huh?

(Tyler turns around and sees her. He gets up.)

Tyler: Hayley?!

Hayley: Hey, Lockwolf.

(She embraces him. Tyler embraces her back. She pulls away holding his neck in her hands. She then pushes him in the chest hard.)

Hayley: Ass! I thought Klaus killed you.

Tyler: I should have called.

Hayley: From your trailer park in Florida, you liar!

(She looks around, then sits on a desk.)

Hayley: You’re totally loaded!

(Tyler says nothing.)

Hayley: I chained you up all over the Appalachians. I talked you through every turn. I helped you break the sire bound. You could have told me your real story.

Tyler: I didn’t want anybody to follow me back.

(Hayley frowns at him.)

Tyler: Werewolves weren’t safe around Klaus and you shouldn’t be here either. His hybrids are all over this house and so is he.

(Hayley gets up.)

Hayley: I know. One of his hybrids is with a pack I ran with. He called me and told me that he was coming to protect a guy named Tyler and I thought what are the chances?

(They stare at each other for a moment without saying anything.)

Hayley: Well, the least you could do is pour me some fancy, rich people Scotch.

Tyler: Sure. Absolutely.

(Tyler walks over to the Scotch and Hayley falls down onto the couch.)


CONNOR’S TRAILER

(Meredith enters the trailer.)

Meredith: Why were you being so cryptic?

Damon: Come in. Close the door.

Meredith: Tell me that is not a bomb.

Damon: Okay. It’s a kitten. It’s an adorable, exploding kitten.

Meredith: Why didn’t you call your brother?

Damon: Because I’m proud and stubborn and… oh, look! You’re already here.

(Meredith glares at him.)

Damon: Come on, you’re not gonna get hurt. All I need you to do is be doctorly and cut out the arrow. I’d do it myself, but if I move…

(Damon touches the string of the arrow.)

Meredith: Don’t.

(Damon pulls his hand away and makes a soft kabooming noise.)

Meredith: Okay.

(Meredith grabs a knife lying on the table. She goes behind Damon and puts the point of the knife to the arrow which is going through Damon’s back.)

Meredith: Okay.

(While Meredith is cutting the arrow, Damon picks up the letter from Pastor Young.)

Damon: So, how well did you know Pastor Young?

Meredith: He was a patient of mine. He was always a nice guy.

Damon: Nice, crazy guy. He wrote a letter about sacrifice and war brewing in Mystic Falls.

(He shows the letter to Meredith.)

Meredith: What does he mean “a greater evil is coming”? (She continues to pry out the arrow from Damon’s back.) Don’t we have great enough evil already?

Damon: You’d think.

(Damon’s phone starts ringing. It’s Elena calling. He ignores the call. Meredith notices this, but continues her job.)

Meredith: How did you get stuck on hunter duty?

Damon: Stefan had a Physics test.

Meredith: You are a good brother.

Damon: I’m the bad brother.

Meredith: You’re strung up to a bomb while Stefan plays vampire with a girl who broke your heart, but you’re doing a very good job of acting like it doesn’t suck.

(Meredith finishes prying out the arrow as much as she can to allow Damon to remove it without the bomb exploding.)

Meredith: Okay, I think that should be good.

(Damon yanks out the arrow and drops it on the table.)


MYSTIC FALLS HIGH SCHOOL

(Matt is at his locker. Rebekah walks up to him.)

Rebekah: Hey Matt.

(Matt ignores her.)

Rebekah: So, I’m having a little party, you should ditch last period and come.

(Matt pulls out a notebook and continues to ignore her.)

Rebekah: Look, I know you’re still angry I ran you off the bridge, but you have to understand, Alaric killed my brother. He was trying to kill me, I had to do something to stop him. I never wanted to hurt you.

(Matt looks at Rebekah, scoffs, closes his locker and walks off. Rebekah, with a saddened look on her face, walks in the other direction. Matt walks down a hallway. Connor is leaning against the wall and speaks to Matt.)

Connor: What did you say last time? Hickies?

(Matt stops and turns around to face Connor. Connor walks up to him and grabs Matt’s arm. He rips the bandage off from his wrist and sees the bitemarks.)

Connor: Kinky girlfriend. Who are you letting feed on you?

Matt: I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know where I got that.

Connor: Are you sure about that?

(Connor grabs Matt and throws him against the wall. He grabs a knife from his belt and places it against Matt’s throat.)

Connor: Tell me which one of your high school friends is a blood sucker.

(Connor applies more pressure to Matt’s throat.)

Matt: It’s Rebekah. Rebekah Mikaelson.

(Connor nods and releases Matt from his knife blade, but without taking his hand off from around his throat.)

Connor: Thank you. And when you wake up, she’ll be long gone.

(He pulls Matt away from the wall, then slams him back into it, knocking Matt unconscious.)


SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

(Elena is searching through a set of drawers in Damon’s room. Damon walks in.)

Damon: Hope you plan on cleaning this up.

(Elena turns around, startled.)

Elena: I need bourbon to get through Rebekah’s party. Yours is better than Stefan’s.

Damon: Top drawer in the dresser.

Elena: Thanks.

(Elena walks over to the drawer and opens it. Damon pulls out a silver flask from his pocket and swigs from it. Elena turns back around.)

Elena: You keep alcohol in your underwear drawer?

(She pulls out a pair of briefs.)

Damon: No.

(Elena throws the briefs back into the drawer.)

Damon: But you weren’t looking for alcohol, were you? Do you think I’d actually leave the last remaining white oak stake where any vampire could just walk in and take it?

(Damon opens up his shirt. Elena sees the wound from the arrow.)

Elena: What happened to you?

Damon: Hunter mishap.

Elena: (walks over to Damon.) You know he was at my school today?

Damon: Yep. Jeremy told me.

Elena: Why were you talking to Jeremy?

Damon: Don’t worry about it.

(Damon begins to take his shirt off.)

Elena: Damon, don’t bring him into this.

Damon: Cherish the thought that he might actually be useful, Elena.

(Damon has removed his shirt and begins to undo the belt on his pants. Elena looks down.)

Damon: You staying for the show or...?

(Damon unbuttons his pants. Elena snaps back to reality and walks out of the room.)

Elena: I’m finding that stake.


CONNOR’S TRAILER

(Connor is outside of his trailer, carving a symbol into a wooden stake. He hears Jeremy approaching.)

Connor: You got a vampire for me?

Jeremy: No, but I know where you can find one. There’s a Dr. Meredith Fell, she uses vampire blood in surgery. I think she has a deal with one, her blood for his.

(Connor gets up.)

Connor: You see, that’s the problem. When a town protects one vampire, word spreads, more come, they feed, they turn, soon you got a full on infestation. Your high school, for example, is crawling with them. One’s even throwing a party.

Jeremy: Is that where we’re going?

(Connor closes the door to his trailer and begins to walk away. Jeremy follows him.)

Connor: Nah, we’re going to the hospital. Some of those people are drinking at that high school party, I’ve got it covered. They’ll be dead by sundown.


REBEKAH’S HOUSE

(There are kids outside, drinking from a keg and having a good time. Elena and Stefan make their way to the entrance of the house and step through the doorway.)

Stefan: Wow, we didn’t have to be invited in. I wonder who used to live here.

Elena: Or who died here.

(They stop walking. Elena sees Rebekah and a look of rage spreads across her face.)

Stefan: You’re fixating.

Elena: No, I’m just quietly hating.

(A boy walks past Stefan and Elena with a cup of beer in his hand. Stefan compels the boy.)

Stefan: This is mine now.

(The boy hands Stefan his cup of beer.)

Stefan: Thank you.

(Stefan hands the drink to Elena.)

Stefan: Why don’t you have a drink? It’ll help you let go.

(Elena takes the cup from Stefan. She’s about to take a sip when she sees April walking across the room.)

Elena: April’s here. I’m gonna go say hi.

Stefan: And I am going to find something a little stronger than beer.

Elena: (smiles) Okay.

(Elena and Stefan walk off in opposite directions.)


LOCKWOOD MANSION

(Tyler opens the front door. Caroline is standing outside. She giggles when she sees him and puts her arms around his neck.)

Caroline: I ditched Rebekah’s ditching party.

(She kisses him and looks behind him.)

Caroline: What’s with all the testosterone?

Tyler: Hybrids. I’m on house arrest.

Caroline: Says who? Your mom? (whispers) Come on, let’s sneak out.

Tyler: Not my mom, Caroline.

(Caroline looks confused.)

Caroline: You’re kidding me. Klaus?


(In the office, Hayley picks up and looks at a picture. Klaus is standing in the doorway behind her.)

Klaus: You’re a new face.

(Hayley turns around and looks at him.)

Hayley: And I take it from your accent you’re an old one. Klaus.

Klaus: My reputation precedes me. Hopefully not all bad.

Hayley: A little bad. Mostly repulsive.

(Klaus moves closer towards her.)

Klaus: So, you’re a friend of Tyler’s? That's strange, he’s never mentioned you.

(Klaus overhears Tyler talking to Caroline in the front foyer.)

Tyler: You should go to the party. I’ll be fine here.

Caroline: But, I’d rather hang with you.

Tyler: Trust me, I am no fun right now.

(Klaus has a devilish look on his face as he looks back at Hayley.)

Klaus: And I think I know why.


REBEKAH’S HOUSE

(Elena walks into the kitchen. April is standing at the island in the center of the kitchen.)

Elena: Hey.

April: Elena! Thank God, I know someone.

Elena: I’m glad you came. (Elena offers her a drink.) Are you thirsty?

April: You know, you used to read me bedtime stories.

Elena: And now I’m giving you beer. Sounds about right.

(April laughs. She takes the cup from Elena and takes a drink.)

April: Mm, if my dad could see me now.

Elena: How are you doing with everything?

April: I’m trudging through my denial phase. Dreaming up conspiracy theories.

(Elena frowns.)

April: My first weekend home from boarding school, my dad smelled cigarette smoke on my clothes before I even walked in the door. He would have noticed a gas leak in the house.

Elena: So, you – you don’t think that it was an accident?

April: I know there’s no investigation. That everyone’s calling it an accident but the shooting at the church it just feels like…

(Rebekah walks in behind them.)

Rebekah: Like something wicked this way comes. I know, right? It’s like this town’s cursed or something.

Elena: Hey, April, why don’t you go look around the house and I’ll find you in a little bit?

April: Okay.

(April leaves the kitchen.)

Rebekah: Did I forget to uninvited you?

Elena: Did you blow up her dad’s house to get revenge on the Council?

Rebekah: I don’t give a damn about some dodgy, middle aged Council. You come into my house throwing around false accusations and then you have the nerve to drink my beer?

(Rebekah takes the cup of beer from Elena’s hand. Rebekah smirks as she takes a sip of the beer. Elena hears a sizzling noise. She looks down at her hand and sees that the sun is burning her. She notices that her ring is missing.)

Elena: My ring!

(Rebekah smiles. Elena super speeds into a dark corner of the room. Rebekah holds up Elena’s daylight ring.)

Elena: Give it back!

Rebekah: Get it yourself.

(Rebekah throws the ring down the drain of the sink.)

Elena: No!

(Elena moves out of the dark but is yet again burned by the sun. Rebekah turns on the garbage disposal and walks out of the room. Elena takes a deep breath and super speeds towards the sink. She sticks her hand down the drain. Her flesh is burning, but she manages to grab the ring out of the drain and put it back on her finger in time. Elena is furious. She walks over to her bag on the countertop and takes out the white oak stake. She starts to leave the kitchen, but Stefan is standing right in front of her.)

Stefan: Damon give that to you?

Elena: Yes. Reluctantly. Stefan, she’s – she’s not gonna stop, she’s just gonna keep pushing and pushing.

Stefan: Well, if you want to kill her, (Stefan steps aside and gestures towards the hallway.) I’m not gonna stop you. But see, here’s what’ll happen, it’ll feel really good for about ten seconds and then after that tens and thousands of vampires all over the world will start to die. Every vampire she ever turned will die. See rage is a really powerful feeling. But guilt, take it from me, it’ll destroy you. So, you can either go after her or you can get on the back of my motorcycle and we can get the hell out of here.

(Stefan smiles and puts out his hand. Elena places the white oak stake in his hand. They both walk out of the house and down into the front yard. Rebekah is standing on the porch.)

Rebekah: Leaving so soon?

(Elena stops and turns around; looking up at Rebekah.)

Elena: No. Not just yet.

(Elena looks at Stefan and hands him her bag.)

Elena: I never got a drink.

(She looks at Rebekah, smirking, and walks over to the keg. She places her hands on the sides of the keg and does a handstand. Someone sticks the beer hose in her mouth and she starts to drink. Everyone starts to chant chug. Elena eventually comes back to the ground and wipes her mouth.)

Elena: Now I’m ready to go.

(Stefan hands Elena her bag and they walk away together. Rebekah watches them leave, but her vision starts to blur. She walks back into the house and looks in the mirror. All over her face, veins start to creep up.)

Rebekah: What the hell?


LOCKWOOD MANSION

(Tyler walks into the office. Klaus is sitting in a chair with his feet up on the desk.)

Klaus: She’s quite fetching, that Hayley.

Tyler: Where is she?

Klaus: Oh, she had to run, but don’t worry I had her take the back door so Caroline wouldn’t see.

(Tyler walks towards him.)

Tyler: Whatever you think you know…

Klaus: I don’t know anything, but I’ve put together a pretty convincing picture. Why don’t you tell me where my imagination deviates from reality?

(Klaus gets up and walks towards Tyler. He circles around him as he speaks.)

Klaus: You went off to the Appalachians to break my sire bound, there you met a pack of werewolves, begged them for help, among them was a girl. She was gorgeous. With the same animal instincts as you. Emotions ran high, inhibitions ran low.

Tyler: Stop it!

Klaus: Then, in a moment of weakness, the thick sexual tension became something much more real.

(Tyler turns around and faces Klaus.)

Tyler: I said stop!

Klaus: And Caroline has no idea.

(Tyler looks flabbergasted. Tyler’s phone rings. Klaus walks over to it and picks it up. He smirks and sits back down in the chair.)

Klaus: Hello, Damon.

Damon: Klaus, where’s Tyler?

Klaus: Tyler’s otherwise occupied making big decisions about honesty and what not. Is there anything I can do?

Damon: I’m going after the vampire hunter, so if he’d like to join.

Klaus: He wouldn’t. I however…


COUNTRYSIDE

(Stefan and Elena are on Stefan’s motorcycle, riding through the country. Elena removes her arms from Stefan’s waist and puts them on his shoulders. She begins to stand up on the seat. She places her arms out to her side and smiles. She feels the breeze rush past her and revels in it.)


MYSTIC FALLS HOSPITAL

(Meredith is walking down a hallway. Jeremy and Connor follow her. Meredith opens the door to a room and walks in.)

Jeremy: That’s her.

Connor: Stay here.

(Connor walks past Jeremy and enters the room Meredith also just entered.)

Connor: Is a hospital really the best place for a germaphobe?

(Damon walks out from behind a rack of medical supplies.)

Damon: Did I say that I was a germaphobe? Pft, sorry, I meant vampire.

(Connor pulls out a gun to shoot Damon, but is struck by an arrow. He drops his gun and bends down to pick it up. He is shot by another arrow. He looks at both the arrows and sees they are attached to bombs.)

Damon: Stings, doesn’t it?

(Connor attempts to grab his gun again, but someone kicks it out of the way. Connor looks up and sees Klaus.)

Klaus: Hello, mate.

(Damon smirks.)


SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

(Elena pushes Stefan down onto his bed and straddles him. They start to kiss passionately. Elena sits back up and looks down at him. Stefan starts to sit up as well, but Elena pushes him back down on the bed. Elena starts to vamp out. Stefan grabs her and super speeds himself on top of her. They start kissing again. Stefan starts to kiss Elena’s neck and chest. Suddenly, he stops and Elena looks up at him. She sees Damon on top of her instead of Stefan.)

Elena: No!

(She pushes “Damon” off of her. Stefan is startled by this.)

Stefan: Are you okay?

(Elena breathes heavily. She grabs her arm and pulls up her sleeve. There are red marks creeping up her arm.)

Elena: Stefan. What’s wrong with me?

(She pulls up her other sleeve. Stefan is worried.)

Stefan: Damon said the hunter had werewolf venom.

Elena: Oh my God.


REBEKAH’S HOUSE

(Rebekah is sitting at a desk in her room. She looks down at her arm which is marked up just like Elena’s. Matt walks in the doorway and leans against the frame. Rebekah sees him standing there in the mirror.)

Matt: You don’t look so hot.

Rebekah: Whatever it is, it’s not the white oak stake, so it can’t kill me.

(She starts to get up.)

Rebekah: I’m surprised you came to my party.

(Matt walks into the room.)

Matt: Well, I thought about it. You explained why you ran me off the bridge, so the least I could do is explain how I feel. The truth is Rebekah, I think you’re amazing.

(Rebekah smiles.)

Matt: You’ve had a thousand years to learn, to grow, and to start fresh. And somehow you’ve managed to throw it all away. Now you’re alone. You’re compelling your friends. Your brother hates you. You whine about not finding love. The reason you don’t find love is because you don’t deserve it.

(Rebekah rips out Matt’s heart. He falls to the ground, dead. Rebekah stares at the heart in her hands. She drops it. The whole thing was just an illusion due to the werewolf venom. Rebekah seems relieved and yet terrified.)


MYSTIC FALLS HOSPITAL

(Connor is attempting to pull the arrow out from his side. Damon and Klaus are watching him.)

Damon: Keep it up, buddy. We’ll be scraping you off the ceiling.

Connor: You two are gonna kill me anyway.

Klaus: Well, let’s not be too hasty. I feel like we’re just getting to know each other.

Damon: Let’s start with the basics. Where are you from, what do you know, maybe you can cue me in on this ‘greater evil’, because I’ve fought this guy (Points at Klaus) and there’s nothing more evil than that.

(Damon hands Klaus a letter in his hands.)

Klaus: Yeah, truth be told, I’m as evil as it gets.

Connor: I’m not telling you anything. And if you think if you kill me it’s gonna be over, there’s another waiting to take my place.

Damon: See, this is what I like to hear; vague threats, ominous prophecies, disappearing tattoos.

(Connor looks up at them. Klaus looks down at Connor and stops smirking.)

Klaus: What do you mean tattoos?

Damon: Don’t bother, you can’t see the damn thing.

(Klaus kneels down next to Connor.)

Klaus: There’s more to you than meets the eye, isn’t there?

(Connor looks at him. He attempts to stake Klaus, but Klaus is too quick and catches his arm.)

Klaus: Nice try, but I’m faster than your average vampire.

(Klaus twists his arm and grabs the stake out of his hand. He sees the mark carved into the wood and recognizes it.)

Klaus: You’re one of the Five.

Damon: The what?

Connor: And I’m faster than your average hunter.

(Damon sees that Connor is about to pull the string to the bomb and rushes out of the room, leaving Connor and Klaus behind. The bomb explodes and Damon is thrown through the air, landing face down on the floor. He looks behind him as the massive fireball disperses.)


SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

(Elena is lying in Stefan’s bed, looking incredibly ill. Stefan is on his phone.)

Stefan: Come on Klaus, where the hell are you?

(Stefan hangs up his phone and sits on the bed, next to Elena.)

Stefan: Hey.

(Elena smiles at him. She feels the werewolf venom running through her and shuts her eyes. When she opens them she sees Damon where Stefan once was and looks confused.)

Elena: Why am I thinking about you?

Damon: Because you’re a vampire now. And part of you knows you’re a lot more like me than you are like him.

(Klaus enters the room. Stefan gets up and walks towards him.)

Stefan: You came.

Klaus: I did. And for future reference, one voicemail is just as effective as nine.

(Elena moans in discomfort. Klaus looks at her.)

Klaus: What’s wrong, love?

Stefan: She has werewolf venom in her system. You know you’re the only one that can heal her, Klaus, please.

Klaus: And what would you have done if I were no longer here? Hm? If you and your friends had succeeded in ridding the world of me, let’s play that game for a moment, shall we?

(Stefan angrily steps forward.)

Stefan: Whatever you want from me….

Klaus: I don’t want anything from you.

(Klaus walks over towards Elena and sits on the bed next to her.)

Klaus: Her, on the other hand… If you had told me a few hours ago, I wouldn’t have cared a lick about her dying. But, as it turns out... (He bites his wrist.) You may be of use to me after all.

(Klaus places his wrist in her mouth and Elena drinks his blood.)

Klaus: Yes. There we go.


REBEKAH’S HOUSE

(Rebekah is lying in her bed, still looking as though she is being effected by the werewolf venom. April walks in the room and knocks on the doorframe. Rebekah opens her eyes and sees her.)

April: Hey.

(April picks up some empty cups and throws them in a garbage can she is carrying.)

April: Way to bail on your own party.

Rebekah: I just. I needed a minute. Did everyone leave?

April: Yeah, deputies weren’t actually super happy about the anti-curfew party.

Rebekah: Why are you still here?

April: Um, honestly, picking up trash is a hell of a lot better than sitting at home alone thinking about the family you no longer have.

(Rebekah gets up and walks towards April.)

Rebekah: Hey, uh, if you want, I could – I could help you look into what happened with the fire at your farmhouse.

April: What are you going to be able to do that I can’t?

Rebekah: You’d be surprised.

(April nods.)


MYSTIC FALL HOSPITAL

(Firefighters and officers are inside the room where the explosion occurred. Carol and Damon are standing in the hallway outside of the room, talking.)

Carol: So, the sniper was inside?

Damon: Yep, still is. In tiny little pieces.

Carol: Good. I’ll cancel the curfew and call off the extra patrols. I can’t say I approve of your methods.

Damon: I’ll give a donation. You can name a wing after me, Mayor.

(Damon walks away into the waiting room. Jeremy sees him and speaks to him.)

Jeremy: See, I told you I could be a badass.

Damon: Shhh, badasses don’t say that. Doc!

(Damon approaches Meredith.)

Damon: Nice job.

Meredith: You told me the plan was to lead him to the storage room.

Damon: And we did. Congrats.

Meredith: You left out the part about blowing up a hospital. With patients who are sick and fragile and who don’t need things exploding down the hall from them!

Damon: It was contained. Nobody got hurt. Come on, buy me a farewell drink. (He claps her on the arm.) We’ll talk about what the hell Klaus meant by the Five.

Meredith: You know you’re not going anywhere, Damon. And I’m not your new partner in vampire crime. Fix things with Stefan and Elena. Don’t let your pride leave you all alone.

(Meredith walks away.)


SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

(Stefan is in the parlor with a drink in hand. Caroline opens the front door and enters the house.)

Caroline: Hey.

Stefan: Hey. Thanks for coming.

(Stefan sits down and Caroline walks into the room.)

Caroline: Not every day I get summoned by a Salvatore. So, what’s up?

Stefan: (sighs) Do you remember what you were like before you turned?

Caroline: You mean an insecure control freak?

(Stefan laughs. Caroline sits down.)

Caroline: Yeah.

Stefan: You grew into yourself when you became a vampire. You changed. And Elena, she’s changing too, and I want her to be able to enjoy it. Without all the guilt and shame that I went through; and there was a moment today when she did. And when I’m with her, every bone in my body tells me to join her. To enjoy it. But, I know that if I do, even a little, I risk becoming him. The Ripper. I love her and I don’t want to hold her back.

Caroline: But you don’t know how to be around her and still resist that urge.

Stefan: Damon promised he’d help me stay off the edge, but he and I, we’re not in a very good place right now. Not when it comes to her. I just thought, you’re so good at it, at being a vampire.

Caroline: (laughs) Because of you, Stefan. I’m good at it because of you. Come to me, whenever you want, and I won’t let you lose control.


GILBERT HOUSE

(Matt walks into the kitchen.)

Matt: Elena, hey! If I had known you were gonna go to that party, I never would have told Connor about Rebekah.

Elena: I already had this conversation with Jeremy. There’s no way you guys could have known that I would go, I mean, I was surprised that I went.

(Matt starts to roll up his sleeve.)

Elena: Stefan warned me that I would feel things more powerfully, but Matt, the hatred that I felt today, I almost – I almost killed her, in front of everyone, in the middle of a party. That’s not me. At least, it didn’t – it didn’t use to be.

Matt: Honestly, Elena, Rebekah kind of deserves it.

Elena: Yeah, but it’s not just about Rebekah, it’s about my mind.

(Matt removes the bandage from his wrist.)

Elena: I’m having these terrible thoughts – these violent images and I – it’s all driven by one simple thing; this hunger.

(Elena starts to drink from Matt’s wrist. She drinks more than she usually does.)

Matt: Hey, Elena, are you sure you want to take that much?

(Elena continues to drink his blood.)

Matt: Elena. Elena, that hurts. Elena. Elena!

(Elena grabs Matt by the throat and super speeds him against a cabinet. She begins to feed on him harder.)

Matt: Elena! Elena!

(Damon super speeds into the room and pushes Elena off of Matt. Elena is still vamped out and growls as she tries to rush back towards Matt. Damon pushes her back.)

Damon: Stop! Stop.

(Elena starts to turn back to normal and looks at Matt. Matt is terrified. Elena starts to cry.)

Elena: Oh my God. Matt, I’m sorry. I’m so – I’m so sorry. I didn’t – I didn’t mean to.

(Damon walks towards Matt and compels him.)

Damon: It’s okay. Forget what just happened. You came over, she fed a little bit, and you left. Now go home.

(Matt leaves. Damon looks at Elena.)

Elena: What have I done?

(Damon walks over towards her.)

Damon: Nothing you should be ashamed of. You are a vampire now. You just have to learn the right way to be one. And I’m gonna teach you.

(He pushes a strand of hair out of her face and behind her ear. Elena nods.)


CONNOR’S TRAILER

(Connor wakes up on the couch in his trailer. He attempts to get up, but is pushed back down by Klaus.)

Connor: You saved me.

Klaus: Congratulations, you just became worth more to me alive than dead.

Connor: What – what did you mean when you said I was one of the Five?

Klaus: You don’t know your own history?

(Klaus kneels down next to him.)

Klaus: Well, let’s just say, it’s made you the most well protected vampire hunter in town.

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