AU meme - Sarah Williams is the outsider who crashes into Storybrooke and in a town brimming with magic even her right words aren’t enough to keep a certain specter from her past away.
And could love free me from the shadows? Can a bird sing only the song it knows, or can it learn a new song?
“The Lady of the House of Love” by Angela Carter
Elijah - the LORD is my God; the prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven without first dying and it is believed he will return as a forerunner of the endtimes
Katerina/Katherine - purity
Matt - gift of God; variation on Matthew, in art the gospel of Matthew is traditionally depicted as a man
Niklaus + Kol - victory of the people; variations on Nicholas
Lexi - protector of humankind; variation on Alexandra
Damon - one who inspires gentleness
Stefan - made royal, crowned; the first Christian martyr
Okay, but, the significance of being crowned in the Christian tradition, guys. You want a king? He’s going to make you a slave. You want to be a good king? Be a servant. You want to be a leader, show people the way? They will murder you for it. You finally get your crown, a crown you deserve, and along with it you get the perspective to understand that all the accolades you deserve are nothing compared to the praise you can and should dole out so you take it off and lay it at the feet of God.
And that is all just so Stefan. Stefan, the second son honored above the first. Stefan “I heard you scream” / “I can’t think of a better reason to die” Salvatore. The legendary ripper whose shadow over a city made women walk a little faster and mothers clutch their children tight. Tell me this isn’t a man who knows what power is - and he knows how it weighs on a soul. He has been elevated so far above us mere mortals that our lives are nothing to him but playthings and he has realized how wrong that is. Through his honor he has been brought so low that his life is merely an instrument. Seconds, minutes, days, centuries - all are worth nothing if he does not put them to good use and if that means he dies then so be it.
He tells us himself he’s named after a martyr. No other sort of death will satisfy. It’s not that he’s suicidal or has a martyr complex. He doesn’t think so highly of himself that he believes he should live up to his name. He thinks so low of himself that he never thinks he can live up to it and that makes him reckless with his own life.
Caroline - woman; derived from the masculine Charlemagne
Bonnie - pretty girl
Elena - illuminated; diminutive form of Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships
Rebekah - bound, joined, coupled; the biblical Rebekah is known for leaving her home and family on the promise of love
AU meme - I’m not girly, little Caroline anymore.
She has the gall to attempt staring him down and in return he invades her personal space, closing the distance until they’re breathing the same air and can feel the warmth coming off each other’s bodies.
“Pfft!” She rolls her eyes. “So you’re a big, bad Original vampire. I’m captain of the cheer squad, head of the dance committee, reigning Miss Mystic Falls - and no one is going to sacrifice my best friend. I’ll eat you for lunch.”
He grins. Such foolhardy self-confidence is worth a chuckle. “You think you can take me, little vampire?”
She smiles back and unlike most vampires her age, doesn’t show off her new-found fangs. “Yeah, I do.”