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SOMEWHERE IN THE WOODS

[Matt is frantically running for his life. A vampire is chasing him. He stops and hides behind a tree. He looks behind the tree, and when he turns his head back, a vampire attacks him. Jeremy shoots the vampire in the back with an arrow as the vampire drinks Matt's blood. The vampire falls over.]

A BAR SOMEWHERE

Jeremy: No way. I'm not doing this.

Klaus: What makes you think you have a choice?

Damon: You have to kill vampires to complete the hunter's mark. Mark equals cure. You're in a bar full of almost vampires, so get your hunt on.

Jeremy: Screw You. You said I wouldn't have to kill any innocent people.

Damon: Jeremy, they're not people.

Klaus: Enough! Have at it or else.

Jeremy: I don't take orders from you, dick. [Jeremy drops a stake.] Hunters can't be compelled.

Klaus: [laughs and walks up to Jeremy] You're right. I can't compel you. But if your conscious is getting in the way, then, allow me to make this easy for you. Because, I can compel them.

[They look at the vampires in transition and compelled women our feeding them their blood.]

Klaus: I'm going to give you a two minute head start. Then, I'm going to send every vampire in here after you. You kill them or they kill your friend...Matt.

Matt: Oh, what a second!

Damon: No, no! you turn them; he kills them. That was the deal, Klaus.

Klaus: I'm taking artistic license.

Damon: You know he can't take them all at the same time.

Klaus: With you as his coach, he'll be fine. It's Matt I'm worried about.

Damon: Ah...Jeremy, go get the weapons out of the car; I'll be right behind you. [Jerem runs out of the bar.] Both of you. [Matt follows.]

Klaus: If I hear an engine start, I'll kill Matt myself!

[Most of the transitioning vampires have been fed blood and are standing.

SOMEWHERE IN THE WOODS

[Jeremy is holding a piece of fabric's to Matt's bleeding neck. Matt is on the ground.]

Jeremy: Are you okay?

Matt: Yeah, I just need a second.

Jeremy: We don't have a second. They can smell your blood. We need to go.

[Jeremy hears something behinds him. He swiftly turns around, holding up his bow, but it's Damon. Damon reflects the bow.]

Damon: Don't hesitate! You're lucky it was me or otherwise you two'd be dead.

Jeremy: You set us up.

Damon: I was trying to get this thing over with. You're the one that pissed off Klaus. Now, you have to fight your way out of it.

Matt: All right, where are the other vampires?

Damon: They're newbies. They're still figuring out how to track which means you have two seconds to figure out how to fight.

Jeremy: [turns to Matt] The lake house is this way. If we can get there, they won't be able to get inside.

Damon: Wait, you want to run?

Jeremy: They're going to kill Matt.

Damon: [Hesitantly] Fine. Get out of here. I'll slow them down.

[Jeremy and Matt run to the lake house, and a vampire charges at them. Damon rips out the vampire's heart and looks at it. The vampire is dead.]

Matt: [running] Jeremy! Where are you?

Jeremy: Keep going. We're almost there.

[A vampire trips Matt, and Matt falls to the ground. The vampire stares at Matt hungrily and drags Matt closer to him by Matt's feet. Matt screams and struggles. The vampire is about to bite Matt, but Elena snaps the vampire's neck and throws him backwards.

Elena: Are you okay?

[Elena helps Matt up, and Jeremy is running towards him. Elena looks at Matt's blood covered neck.]

Elena: Oh my god...

Jeremy: Get to the house! Hurry!

[The three run to thw house and make it in.]

Elena: Jeremy, what's going on?

Jeremy: They're coming.

[Elena looks backwards, and a group of vampires arrive. Elena closes the door, and the scene fades, going to the opening credits.]

GILBERT LAKE HOUSE

[It is the following morning. Jeremy is placing a gun down while Elena is cleaning Matt's neck wound.]

Jeremy: Sun's up. They're long gone.

[Damon enters.]

Elena: What the hell were you thinking? [gets up] All I asked you to do was to teach him how to fight.

Damon: He's not the best student in the world.

Jeremy: Wait. Now, this is my fault?

Damon: Stop talking. Look, I know you're angry, but my way was the easiest, fastest, and safest way to complete his mark to get you the cure.

Elena: I don't care about the cure, Damon. Not if it means putting the people that I love in danger.

Damon: Hey, there would of been no danger if he hadn't gone all bleeding heart.

Elena: He killed someone. These were innocent people.

Damon: The mark grew, didn't it?

Elena: [sighs] Okay, look, we need a plan. There's a group of compelled vampires out there, and as soon as the sun goes down, they're going to come after Matt, so we have to find a way to protect him.

Damon: Yes, I know. [Damon walks over to Jeremy and puts his arm around his shoulder.] But there will be no problem when big Jer and I here go on a hunting expedition. [Elena doesn't look on board with the plan.] Elena, I know it's tragic. I get it. We also agreed that he had to kill them. Now, we have added incentive. So you take the least most evitable player home; Jeremy and I will finish this.

Elena: I'm sorry? Are saying I should leave him here with you?

Damon: Trust me. I will keep him safe. Okay?

[Elena looks at him warily before nodding her head 'yes.']

SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE

[Stefan is coming out of the shower. He stops and turns around to see Rebekah reading his diary on his bed.]

Stefan: [clears his throat] I know you were, uh, daggered for a little while, but, uh, knocking is still a thing.

Rebekah: So is writing in your diary apparently. I'm just checking for doubts. You can never be too cautious when it comes to love. One minute, you're begging me to compel Elena from your mind, and the next, I'm up coffin creek with a dagger in my back.

Stefan: Right, well, you can read it all you want. I'm done with her.

Rebekah: [turning a page] Until we find the cure, right? [Stefan doesn't answer and pours himself a drink.] Hey, I'm talking to you. [closes the book]

Stefan: Oh, I know you are. I'm ignoring you.

Rebekah: [gets up] Look, we're at a bit of a disadvantage in this whole race for the cure. Team Klaus has Jeremy the hunter, team Shane has Bonnie the witch-

Stefan: If your here to remind me of our last place status, I'm very well aware.

Rebekah: I actually have a plan. The cure is buried with Silas, that ancient evil guy my borther, Kol is afraid of. Shane was so eager to prove his existence that he gave away that he has one of the keys to resurrecting him. His headstone.

Stefan: I see. You wanna steal it.

Rebekah: Yes, and then, Team Shane will have to join Team Rebekah, and Team Klaus will be left out in the cold where he belongs.

SHANE'S OFFICE

[A candle is lit. Bonnie looks rather stressful as she and Shane our sitting at his desk.]

Shane: You know, just because your eyes our closed doesn't mean you're meditating. Come on, use your breath. Use your breath to calm your nerves.

Bonnie: Great. So now, I can't even meditate right? What else can I fail?

Shane: Bonnie, you didn't fail.

Bonnie: I did an  expression spell that almost killed April.

Shane: Exactly! Almost. Failing would have been actually killing her. You got like uh...D Minus.

Bonnie: It's not funny. [Candle ignites] I have all this power now, and I'm worried I won't be able to control it.

Shane: Bonnie? Look at me. [grabs her hand and hypnotizes her] I'm here with you. You don't have anything to worry about. You are strong; you are focused. You are in complete control.

Bonnie: You're here with me. I'm in complete control.

[The candle's flame goes out, and the door opens. Liz and one of her deputies barge in.]

Bonnie: Sheriff?

Liz: Bonnie, I'm going to need you to go.

Shane: What the hell are you doing?

Liz: We need to ask you a few questions.

[Her deputy takes Shane and handcuffs him.]

Shane: [laughs] Are you serious? I'm sure I can answer without the handcuffs. Come on, this isn't even your derestriction.

Liz: Then, I guess we better get you to Mystic Falls ASAP.

[The deputy takes Shane out of his office, and Bonnie is angry.]

Bonnie: Wait! Why are you doing this?

Liz: That's something you should ask your dad.

[The sheriff leaves.]

AT CAR BY THE BAR

Jeremy: Do you really think they went back to the bar?

Damon: [opens the trunk]  Where else are they gonna go? It's all cabins and vacation homes; they can't get in anywhere.

[Damon hands Jeremy a gun. jeremy puts it behind his back as Damon hands him the compound bow.]

Damon: All right. Here you go.

Jeremy: Fine. Let's get this over with.

[Jeremy pulls back the compound bow.]

Damon: Listen, just go one at a time only shoot for the heart, don't hesitate, and don't miss. [hands Jeremy an arrow]

Jeremy: Save the teaching moment. Elena's not here. You don't have to pretend like you give a damn about me.

Damon: [closes the trunk] I'm trying to keep you alive, dumbass. [hands Jeremy more arrows] Come on.

[Jeremy and Damon head into the bar, and music can be heard in the background. They walk in cautiously, and Jeremy holds up the bow. A giant blood smear can be seen on the ground, and Damon walks around it.]

Damon: Something's not right.

[They follow the trail of blood into the back storage room. A giant pile of the vampires corpses are in the corner.]

Damon: Looks like we're going to have to find some new vampires or waste.

Jeremy: What the hell happened?

Kol: I confess. [Jeremy turns around and holds the bow up to see that Kol entered the room.] I did it.

Jeremy: Kol?

Kol: Jeremy, good to see you, mate. Sorry about the mess. Ugh, it was a little crowded when I arrived, and I prefer more intimate gatherings. We three need to have a little chat. [takes a sip of alcohol]

Kol: Care for a drink?

Damon: He's underage, and I don't like you, so let's just cut to it.

Kol: You know, my brother bragged about his plan to complete Jeremy's hunter's mark. It's easy enough to track this lot down. They were all hiding in the shadows. Now, killing young vampires is easy or old ones, for that matter.

Damon: Why? What's it to you either way?

Kol: Because you fools in your zeal to find the cure, you risk waking somebody very dangerous.

Damon: Oh...You must be talking about Silas.

Kol: What do you know of him?

Damon: Nothing. I don't want to. Not our problem.

Kol: Isn't it?

Damon: Hu ah.

Kol: A few hundred years back, I came across a group that worshipped Silas. His followers told me that he would rise again, and when he did, he would trigger the end of all time. You know, being an immortal, you can see why I'm opposed to time's ending. So I murdered all of them. And now, here you are willing to risk raising him in your search for the cure. I can't exactly sit back and let that happen, can I?

Damon: We're not going to back off the cure 'cause you were told one too many scary bedtime stories, you idiot.

Kol: [pushes Damon] Jeremy, we were mates in Colorado. You're a smart lad. Would you call off this imbecilic treasure hunt?

Jeremy: [holding up the bow] I'm not calling anything off, mate.

Kol: [takes a step backwards] I could kill you. But then, I'd have to deal with the hunter's curse. And I, I don't particularly feel like being haunted for the next century. Better idea. I'll just rip off your arms.

[Kol rushes at Jeremy, but Damon rams Kol into the wall. The fight.]

Damon: Jeremy, run!

[Jeremy flees, and Damon continues to hit Kol. Kol catches Damon's hand and puts him in a headlock.]

SHANE'S OFFICE

[Stefan and Rebekah are rummaging through Shane's office in search for the tombstone.]

Stefan: Well, headstone's not here.

Rebekah: Don't ripper out on me; we'll find it. Oh, you're all bottled up. You need a release. Maybe we can find a voodoo doll or something.

[Rebekah opens a desk drawer and moves a bottle. She lifts up a stack of papers to find Shane's herbs.]

Rebekah: Ah, this should do the trick. Exactly what you need. [walks over to Stefan] The professor's stack of herbs.

Stefan: Not interested.

Rebekah: What happened to you? You were so much funner in the 20's.

Stefan: I was a psychotic killer with no emotions in the 1920's.

Rebekah: You may have been a killer, but you were far from emotionless, Stefan. [smiles] You had a blast. I know you remember. The jazz, the booze, our little table at Gloria's...Don't make me compel it out of you.

Stefan: All right, um...I guess we had a little bit of fun.

Rebekah: Thank you, so now that we established that fun is, in fact, possible, maybe you'd like to start having some? [Stefan hesitates] Don't worry about the professor. He won't be back anytime soon; I made sure of that.

[Stefan takes the jar of herbs, and Rebekah smiles.

POLICE STATION INTERROGATION ROOM

[Shane and Liz are sitting at a table.]

Shane: You're accusing me of orchestrating a mass murder? Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?

Liz: It's Mystic Falls. It's actually one of the least ridiculous things I've heard.

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