You're the finest thing that I've done
The hurricane I'll never outrun
I could wait around for the dust to still
But I don't believe that it ever will
Elena doesn't know how long they stand there, staring at each other and just taking one another in. Somehow, they end up sitting on the couch.
"What are you doing here?" she asks him, even though she doesn't really care what the reason is.
He shrugs, "I was in town, thought I'd stop by." He says casually, but Elena sees something lying just underneath a layer in his eyes that says this is anything but casual.
Elena nods slowly, and neither says anything for a moment. She decides not to push him on why exactly he's in town, because at least he's here, and that's enough for now.
She doesn't really know what she was expecting when she saw him again. Hell, she didn't even know if she was ever going to see him again. Sometimes, when she let herself think of him, she wondered if he had gone back to how he was before they became friends. But something always told her that that wasn't the truth, and that he wouldn't do that again. Of course, she knew that he wasn't out hunting bunnies and squirrels, but she never worried too much about it.
Elena shakes herself out of her thoughts, and turns her attention back to Damon. He's staring out the bay window, into the orange and pink sunset that serves as the perfect backdrop for the occasion.
"You broke your promise." She states, and Damon snaps his eyes to hers.
He sighs and rolls his eyes, "How'd I know that would be the first thing you'd say?"
Elena ignores the jab, "Why, Damon?" she asks.
Damon shakes his head, "You know exactly why, Elena."
She nods, because really, she does know. "Stupid question, I guess."
Damon smiles at her, and God, her heart is taking off just like she remembers and she's staring at him like she never got the chance to.
"So… do you have a place to stay at? You are staying, right?" Elena asks, subtle playfulness in her voice. He raises an eye, and her smile grows wider.
"Well, this is a lot nicer than the motel down the street."
It's kind of just implied that he's staying there, with her. Elena doesn't know how he got the hint, but he knows that things are different now. Maybe he sees the way she looks at him sometimes, or maybe he just misses her, but whatever reason, he's staying.
Or maybe it was because he told her he ran into Stefan and Katherine in New York. That seems more believable.
They're good together. Always have been, really. But now their potential is so much bigger because the elephant is no longer in the room like it had been before.
His teeth graze her neck while he hovers over her and moves slowly, dragging the sensations out. Her breath is becoming more labored with each stroke and her legs are wrapped around his waist. Soon, she's calling out his name and to his surprise, she asks him to bite her.
When he does, she feels everything that she was always meant to.
He helps her study for her end of the year test, and only tries to distract her about five times, in which she attempts to hit him with one of her twenty pound text books, but he just dodges it and pulls her on top of him. And they do it all over again.
Elena loves it.
She thought that Alaric and Jeremy and everyone else would disapprove, but surprisingly, they're happy. Happy that she's happy, anyways. Alaric claps Damon on the back when he sees him, and Elena remembers that her kind of dad lost a friend, too. Jeremy calls Damon a dick for leaving, but Elena can see amusement shining in his eyes.
"It's about time." Caroline squeaks out.
Bonnie doesn't say much, but at least she doesn't light him on fire.
Of course, it's not perfect. They fight, about stupid things because he can be childish and she's stubborn, but it's worth it. He never apologizes, but it's always about the little things. He'll drive to her campus, even know she knows that he hates being there, and bring her food from her favorite Thai place. When she gets home, she drags him to her bedroom and everything is alright again.
One day, she realizes that she wants to be with him forever. She already knew, deep inside, but it kind of just hits her one night when they're in bed. Their skin is blended together as he lays on top of her, still inside of her with his face buried in her neck.
She kind of just blurts it out, and he turns his face up to look at her, and nods slowly.
The moonlight casts a glow on his eyes and Elena is almost giddy when she realizes that she never has to look away again.
And when she smiles at him, he returns it and her heart takes off.
Tell me what ya think, eh?