"I can still see him through the curtains," Bonnie whispered to Elena. She couldn't do it and betray her grandmother like that. All she had was her family and Elena, who was holding Bonnie's arms and starring into her eyes like that would help her to locate.
"He can still hear you. That's not going to change anything."
Bonnie's eyes darted over to the drawn beige curtains in her grandmother's living room. The last sliver of sunlight allowed her to see his silhouette march back and forth. Yeah, he paced up and down the length of her porch as if he owned it-as if he owned everything.
Elena gently shook her. "Bonnie, please, Stefan may kill somebody else. If it's not to help him, then do it for someone else."
"I hope he dies." Bonnie blurted the words out before she could stop them. She didn't want to hurt Elena. Her friend winced at Bonnie's secret wish. Bonnie bit her bottom lip that seemed to protrude more these days. Vengeance had settled down in Bonnie's heart, but receded for the moment.
Watching Elena mature from the time of that tragic car accident and helping her brother, Jeremy, to cope brought back how much pain Elena had gone through. It was the same pain Bonnie faced today. Yet something special happened to her friend. A boy, so mysterious and handsome until he even stopped Bonnie's heart, came into Elena's life. Elena was never the same again-animated, loved, and happy, despite all that vampire angst and Damon baggage. Ugh!
Before Bonnie could take back her words, Elena let go of her arms and flopped down on the couch. The sobbing started, tears funneled down her best friend's face while the silhouette behind the window stopped pacing.
"I don't know what to do. I'll die without him, Bonnie."
"No, no-don't start this!"
The sobs continued from Elena. Bonnie sat beside her, now seeing her friend clearly. Long brown luxurious hair, without a strand out of place, was now windblown. A strand edged into her friend's mouth and Elena brushed it away. Her face was tear-stained and cheeks rosier from the emotional breakdown. She hadn't been the popular cheerleader at school for over a year. She'd taken a more responsible path because of a her family's tragedy and Stefan.
Elena grabbed Bonnie's caramel wrists that contrasted sharply against her friend's olive skin.
"If it weren't for Stefan, I'd be dead. I wouldn't be here. Do you understand, Bonnie?" Bonnie shook her head.
"That day the car went over the bridge, Stefan was the one who saved me. He is my miracle. I can't let him die, no matter what!"
The realization hammered Bonnie's heart. The first hammer-Stefan had saved Elena's life. The second hammer-Stefan was the one who also had her grandmother locate Bonnie and saved her after she fell into the tomb. The third hammer-Stefan had given her blood to heal the bite wound Damon afflicted on her, almost killing her. Bonnie shook her head, remembering Damon was right behind that window. Elena's hot tears splashed on Bonnie's hand bringing her back.
Seconds later, Bonnie almost jumped out of her skin from a few long raps on the window, causing it to rattle.
"Time's a-waisting, you two!" Damon's muffled voiced sent shivers down her spine.
Bonnie finally closed her eyes, separating herself from Damon's impatience and Elena's tears. She still felt her friend's hot hands grasping her wrists. The heat and Elena's closeness inspired Bonnie's urgency to locate and rescue. Darkness burst around her with green and brown cloudiness. Her heart beat desperately while she pushed beyond the dark edges of the vision.
The cloudiness dispersed and the shapes sharpened, changing into streaked green blurs of foliage and brown tall stems. They raced by and stopped. Bonnie sniffed. She hadn't smelled anything in her other visions. This time she smelled a toxic...no...a tangy scent...thick, wet? Like smelling rain, but not rain?
This was weird.
She was about to break away when the blurred green and brown turned into tall trees, a clearing, and a mansion lit by floodlights in the background. What was that she heard? Crying? It didn't come from Stefan.
Bonnie could tell Elena sensed her nervousness while her hot fingers dug into Bonnie's skin. But Bonnie ignored the pressure and pushed on in the vision. Go back! Back to the mansion-the trees! The heat was unbearable, like breathing in hot California air in September. It slapped her in the face-an explosion of crimson!
Thick blood sprayed around the hinges of her sight...no Stefan's! Ohhh God, no!!! Crying!
Bonnie shoved Elena away and jumped up from the couch. She grabbed her hair, the burning tears burst from her eyes.
Elena jumped up after. "What? What! Tell me!" Elena shook Bonnie.
Banging commenced on the door.
"Let me in!" A man's voice, not Stefan's, pierced her awareness. It was Damon's.
Bonnie stepped back. She couldn't catch her breath, couldn't take the image anymore. "Nooooo....nooo, not again!"
"Where!" Elena grabbed Bonnie's shoulders again and then held her tight, her cheek hot. Bonnie could feel Elena's heart beat triple time. She was as scared as her. "Where?" Elena said more quietly.
Stefan charged a small child in her vision. She couldn't even form the image or words. What he did was worse than feeding off of Amber. A small baby! No need to hurry now, the deed was done and the dead was dead.
"He's at the Mayor's mansion." Bonnie's voice wavered. She took a deep breath for control. "The same place where we found him with Amber a few days ago..." Before she could finish, Elena ran out the door and left with Damon.