Klaroline AU meme: The Family (Wo)man
Caroline Forbes is a wealthy fifty years old vampire living the high life in New York City.
On Christmas Eve, she is surprised to hear that her old lover, Klaus, tried to call her after many years, but she decides not to call him back; the same night she makes a strange meeting with a witch in a street of New York. The two women talk a lot, and in the end the witch, whose name is Lettie Mae, proposes a spell that allows her to see what kind of life she would have if she had given Klaus a chance to win her love, starting by taking the Cure. She is not so sure about the entire thing, but the witch casts the spell before Caroline could say a single word.
The next morning, on Christmas Day, Caroline wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom with Klaus by her side. Shocked and confused she hold up in the bathroom, and there the witch appears in the mirror to explain Caroline that she’s experiencing a glimpse of an alternate universe in order to understand what’s wrong in her real life and in the way she’s wasting her life.
After being composed, Caroline turns out to be Klaus’ wife and the mother of his – their – two children, a boy and a girl whose names are Henrik, as the deceased younger brother of Klaus, and Elizabeth “Lizzie”, as Caroline’s mother.
Very soon, Caroline’s young daughter realizes her secret, thinks she is an alien and decides to assist her in surviving her new life. Caroline struggles to fit into the role of a family woman, making many serious blunders such as missing opening Christmas presents, flirting with a married man, and forgetting her anniversary. However she begins to succeed in her new life, bonding with her children and, above all, falling in love with her husband.
Just as Caroline is finally realizing the true value of her new life, she sees Lettie Mae again and demands to stay in this life, but, though sorrowful of Caroline’s situation, the witch informs her that there is nothing she can do. So, her epiphany jolts her back to her wealthy—yet as she now realizes, lonely and unfulfilled—former life on Christmas Day.
In desperation, she remembers that Klaus has called her just the day before, so Caroline calls him back only to know that he was moving to Paris and he wanted to give her back a necklace he had given her decades earlier and that she had restored when their brief relationship was over. So she runs after him at the airport and describes the family they had in the alternate universe the witch showed her in an effort to win back his love. Shocked but intrigued, Klaus agrees to a cup of coffee at the airport, suggesting that they might have a future after all.