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Title: A link in the chain; a cat in the cradle
Fandom: The Vampire Diaries (TV series)
Characters: Tyler, Katherine
Word Count: Just over 1000
Rating: T+/PG-13
Warning: There is anti-American political commentary on the Vietnam war in this chapter.
Summary: Sometimes the underdog scores.

She doesn’t show up for the next few days. So he listens to debates over about which pagodas are worth the visit in the common room; checks out the art museum with a couple fellow backpackers; marvels at how it’s possible for a 100 cc motorbike to transport a family of six here and enjoys the food at street stalls. It’s nice not to have to worry about getting sick, but he sticks to the busiest stands anyway- he figures the quick turnover means the food can’t have been sitting too long and it’s got to taste pretty good if the locals are lining up. But he sits with his back against a wall, scents the wind and scans the crowd more often and he’s careful to use an IP blocker when he gets online. And all the while he weighs the pros and cons.

Katherine is a cold-hearted killer and he can’t trust her not to bail if it all goes south. But at least she doesn’t bullshit about her number one or the risks. And she’s good at planning stuff like this; she’s always holding a handful of trump cards.

Still, she freaking killed Caroline, set them up- and what the hell was that crap about Mason supposed to mean?

He wishes he could talk to Caroline, get her perspective. But everybody knows that she is the one person he would give his right arm to talk to. Calling her would give away his location; make all the care he took to cover his trail a waste. He’s betting the instant Katherine’s name crossed his lips her answer would be, “um, NO,” anyway.

So he’s got his answer ready when Katherine makes her move. He turns to her warily when she sidles up next to him at the War Remnants museum.

She ignores him and studies the My Lai massacre display, frowning at the photos of piles of corpses- mostly half-naked women and children. “Tragic, isn’t it? The French controlled them for seventy years before the Vietnamese won independence. And they were still sorting themselves out when America sank its claws in, all in the name of suppressing an idea.”

“I can read the captions myself.”

“But will the lesson be as clear? Just look at what the big bad bully can do.”

He looks away and shakes his head before he answers. He knows what she's implying. “How about we look at how many people died fighting? Did you see those guillotines back there? The tiger cages?”

“There are always casualties in war. It’s whether the end result is worth the price.”

“That’s- pretty cold.”

She eyes him and shrugs. “I disagree- I admire their tenacity despite the odds. America had the equipment, the allies, the brute strength. Whereas the Vietnamese were starving and their weapons outdated. But they knew their land and their people- and better, they knew how to use them. The underdog won the war. Don’t you find that inspiring?”

She tilts her head in the direction of a young Vietnamese couple, and he looks over.
“Aren’t they adorable? Must be nice to live in a world where your biggest problem is that your boyfriend doesn’t want to pose for a picture.”

He doesn’t understand their words, but the girl’s cajoling tone as she aims the camera and her boyfriend’s half-hearted protests are painfully familiar. And suddenly his eyes sting and his chest aches so badly that he can’t stand it. So he turns away and starts walking toward the exit.

“I know what you’re trying to do.”

“And you also know I’m your only shot at ever going home to her.”

He stops and whirls to face her. “We make a move, and there’s no telling what he’ll do! I didn’t consider the consequences last time, and everybody paid.”

Aware the other visitors are starting to stare, he takes a breath, moves to the side and forces himself to speak more evenly. “He’s going to get bored eventually. She just has to… play along until he does. It’s safer this way.”

She arches a brow. “Really? What if he stabs her through the heart the next time?”

His mouth falls open and he scrambles for a second. “How did you…?”

“Well, I’m assuming it wasn’t you that left the big, bloody hole in her tank top.”

“…You were watching us?”

She gives him an exasperated look. “I have people watching Klaus. Sometimes I wonder how you goody two shoes survive at all. I’d have moved out of town ages ago.”

He sighs. It’s not like he hasn’t had the same thought over the last couple of years. “It’s our hometown. People we’ve known all our lives are there,” he says quietly, and she tilts her head and looks him square in the eye.

“Violence tends to escalate towards victims. What is she, eighteen? Klaus hates being denied.”

He can’t argue with that. And he can see by the flash of triumph in her eyes that she knows she’s won.

“…Fine. I’m in.”

Her smile of satisfaction freezes when he continues.

“One condition.”

Her eyes narrow and she tilts her head.

“Your…people… get me in touch with Caroline too.”

She rolls her eyes. “Aren’t her inane little blog updates enough?”

“I don’t want to know about cheerleading or prom committee. I want to know if anything’s wrong; get her a real message. They’re in Mystic Falls anyway, right? Not going to tax your resources.”

He doesn’t know how long they stand there, neither willing to back down or look away as tourists mill past. Finally, she sighs, glowering.

“Fine. We have a deal, little Lockwood. Don’t make me regret it.”

He gives her a look. “Somehow, I don’t think it’s going to be you with the regrets.”

She raises her brows, smirks and struts into the crowd.

“Airport. Tomorrow at three. Bring a winter coat.”

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A/N: The My Lai massacre and its revelation to the American people was actually one of the pivotal events that put America on the path to losing the war. No, your populace is not going to support your aggressive (and expensive) foreign policy when the okay is given to kill babies, even foreign yellow babies, in a bid to suppress something as nebulous as Communism.

 

Date: 2013-03-01 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackcanine.livejournal.com
Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!!!!!!

I can't wait to read more of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did Tyler and Katherine ever interected on the show? (Other than when he welcomed her inside his house) I can't remember. If they didn't, waht a waste, this is golden!

Date: 2013-03-01 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 12-12-12.livejournal.com
YESSSSSSSSSS

But at least she doesn’t bullshit about her number one or the risks.

YES PERFECT. Nothing Tyler hates more than a manipulator, and Plec is wrong-wrong-wrong when she says Katherine is all-manipulation-all-the-time, she is a conscious, deliberate manipulator, yes, but she is also painstakingly honest about some things, in a way that I think would work for Tyler.

Still, she freaking killed Caroline, set them up- and what the hell was that crap about Mason supposed to mean?

Love that he doesn't get what the hell she was talking about when it comes to Mason. Reminds me of when Jules told him that a vampire would never be his friend, because "It's our nature to be enemies," and he replies, "Do you have any idea how stupid that sounds?" :D

He wishes he could talk to Caroline, get her perspective. But everybody knows that she is the one person he would give his right arm to talk to. Calling her would give away his location; make all the care he took to cover his trail a waste. He’s betting the instant Katherine’s name crossed his lips her answer would be, “um, NO,” anyway.

Aw yeah, I love that he wants to talk to Caro, and that he knows she'd be all "NO WAY" to working with Katherine. Heh. And aww, the moment when he sees the other couple just got me where I live. Because yes Caro would totally be that kind of adorably pestering girlfriend. ♥

He sighs. It’s not like he hasn’t had the same thought over the last couple of years. “It’s our hometown. People we’ve known all our lives are there,” he says quietly, and she tilts her head and looks him square in the eye.

I love that you can tell that he's not quite convinced by his own argument (because he *would* have left long ago, with Caroline, if she didn't have such strong ties to the town herself) but he's not about to say that to Katherine (his wariness and distrust are awesome, especially since Kat sees right through him anyway.)

She rolls her eyes. “Aren’t her inane little blog updates enough?”

Katherine rolling her eyes at any kind of romance/sentimentality or what she considers to be teenage silliness/frivolity = A+++, always. :D
Edited Date: 2013-03-01 05:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-03-01 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babybluez-13.livejournal.com
Yay, more!!

I love that Kat knew all the right buttons to push with Tyler to get him to side with her, and even though he knew what she was doing he couldn't help himself.

Also, even though Tyler doesn't trust her, I think he might find a weird sense of comfort in the fact that she's a bossy-pants who is going to force him to do everything her way lol. I mean, he clearly appreciates that in a woman :)

And aww so much that Tyler made Kat agree to get a message to Caro.

Date: 2013-03-01 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisal825.livejournal.com

Katherine is a cold-hearted killer and he can’t trust her not to bail if it all goes south. But at least she doesn’t bullshit about her number one or the risks.



YESSSSS


Perfect description is perfect.

I love this! So glad you're continuing! Woot!

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - TVD Newsletter #214

Date: 2013-03-02 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] ellensmithee referenced to your post from Saturday, March 2, 2013 - TVD Newsletter #214 (http://tvdnewsletter.livejournal.com/66591.html) saying: [...] by , PG-13, Jenna-centric A link in the chain; a cat in the cradle [...]

Date: 2013-03-02 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txgirl0302.livejournal.com
Dude. Duuuude. *Makes insane flaily motions*

I don't want this fic to ever end lol. I love how great you write these two together. It makes it all the more painful that we never got a legit scene with them in canon. The wasted potential of TC working with Katherine now is beyond sad. It's downright heartbreaking.

Sigh. What I would have given for Tyler and Katherine to have found some kind of alliance in the show, hell what I would have given just for them to have one single friggin scene together.

"Little Lockwood"

Creys.

I can't wait for more!

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