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"So I'm confused," said Stefan, "If we were such great friends then why do I only know you as the hybrid dick who sacrificed my girlfriend on an altar of fire?"

Charlotte laughed at her brother, he was slurring his words a little, the one shot had been followed by several more and the bottle from earlier was now significantly emptier. Klaus shot Charlotte a glare but really he liked hearing her laugh again.

"All good things must come to an end," Klaus replied, pausing for a beat before telling another story about how Klaus and Rebekah's time in Chicago had come to a close.

"You compelled him to forget," Charlotte spoke for the first time since leaving Stefans apartment, ending the lull after Klaus' story having finally put the pieces together.

"That's right my darling. It was time for Rebekah and I to move on. Better to have a clean slate."

"But why?" Stefan asked, "You shouldn't have to cover your tracks... Unless you're running from someone."

Klaus' face was dark now, closed off and cold as he replied, "Story time's over."

"I need another drink," Stefan said, "A real one," he stood and left the bar quickly causing Charlotte to worry for him.

Charlotte and Klaus were alone now, she was watching him as he grasped the bottle by the neck, pouring a generous refill into his glass. Charlotte wasn't good at staying mad at Klaus and especially now when he looked so low she didn't want him to feel alone too. She felt guilty watching him so after a moment Charlotte slid over into Stefans seat, sliding her glass to Klaus for a refill as an act of reconciliation.

"Last call," Gloria called out behind them, "Drink 'em up."

Charlotte saw movement on Klaus' other side and she looked up, surprised Stefan had returned so quickly. Her breath caught in her throat with fear as she saw Damon sitting on Klaus' other side, sighing deeply and dramatically he shot her a grin.

"I see they've opened the doors to the riffraff now," Klaus said without turning to look at Damon.

"Oh honey, I've been called worse," Damon replied causing Klaus to smile with amusement. He turned, looking past Klaus and smiled at his sister who he hadn't seen for more than six hours in a century and a half, "Hey Charlie, missed ya."

Charlottes voice shook as she replied, "D, what're you doing here."

"I told you I'd come get you didn't I?" Damon replied, not breaking eye contact with Klaus. Charlotte stared back in horror, not sure how Klaus would retaliate.

"You don't give up, do you?" Klaus asked, twirling a paper umbrella between his fingers.

"Give me my brother and sister back and you'll never have to see me again, take me for them."

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