I don't own The Vampire Diaries, I'm just a fan :)

It's kind of a shame that I don't because if I did there would be major Damon/Caroline going on!


Chapter 2

Damon woke up early and cracked his eyes opened. The first thing he noticed was the blonde mop of hair lying on his chest but it took him a minute to remember what had happened the previous night. He smirked when he saw she was stuck to the side of him with an arm over him. He wasn't sure there was any way he could move without waking her and she'd been through a lot. He didn't want to get up and just piss off leaving her to wake up alone when she'd no doubt still be a little confused, uncomfortable and hungry.

"Caroline?" He asked softly and he noticed her move a little.

"Five more minutes." She muttered sleepily and he waited for her to register. Five... Four... Three... Two... "Oh god! I'm sorry!" She exclaimed as she jumped away from him and he chuckled.

"Don't worry about it." He said softly. "How are you feeling this morning?" He asked and he wondered how long it would take her to notice that she was being hit by direct sunlight that flooded through the window.

"My body feels a little weird but I'm not as tired as I was last night." She admitted. "Wait – how did I end up sleeping next to you all night?" She asked and he shrugged.

"You feel asleep during the movie." He said hoping it would be all the explanation she would need.

"Oh." She nodded. "Look! I'm in the sun!" She grinned at him then ran over to the window and he smiled at her behind her back. He couldn't remember if there had ever been a time he'd been so excited about anything, let alone something as trivial as the sun.

"Kind of the point, Barbie." He smirked and she giggled.

"Can we go outside?" She asked him.

"If you want." He shrugged. "But you'll have to eat something first." He replied and she nodded as she smiled out the window.

"Would you do me the biggest favour ever?" She asked him and he cocked an eyebrow. He really didn't know what she would ask but was intrigued. He could never guess the next thing she would hit out with.

"It depends." He replied.

"On?" She asked curiously.

"What's in it for me?" He smirked and she laughed.

"A smile and a thank you." She replied and he chuckled.

"I don't think anyone has ever answered that before." He said amused.

"Can you take me to the home depot so I can buy paint?" She asked him and he chuckled.

"Paint for what?" He asked.

"My room." She said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"Oh." He said. He should have realised that.

"I was just thinking since it's going to take a little while to get control, I could start painting my room, that way you don't have to be forced to watch my every move since how much trouble could I end up in painting a wall?" She asked and he laughed.

"Don't you want me to just pay someone to paint your room?" He asked and she deadpanned.

"Then I'll just be sitting around doing nothing." She countered and he shrugged.

"Works for me." He pointed out and she laughed.

"I'd actually like to paint it myself. Then put on the border and the rest of the decorations." She shrugged.

"Fine, I'll take you." He rolled his eyes and she grinned at him.

"Thank you." She smiled widely as she promised and he chuckled.

"Yeah, yeah. Go get ready." He waved her off and she laughed then left his room and went into hers.

Twenty minutes later, Caroline came downstairs fully dressed with her hair and make-up done.

"That was fast." Damon pointed out and she grinned.

"I guess vampire speed comes in handy a lot." She replied and he chuckled then handed her a blood bag with a light blue straw in it. She didn't know that he left the house to go buy light blue straws and he was hardly going to tell her that. He couldn't really understand why he'd done that but she'd been so happy the night before when he found that and put it in. She did grin at him though when she spotted it and that was what he'd been going for. She drank down the bag slowly as he'd shown her to do although every instinct she had told her to rip it open and jump in head first. She didn't want to let Damon down and that was helping her control a lot.

"Good." Damon smiled at her in approval then Stefan came down with Elena in tow and saw Caroline drinking slowly and calmly with the blue straw. He was instantly a little jealous that she'd only just been turned yet she seemed to have better control than he had.

"Morning." Caroline chirped happily as she sipped slowly in the seat next to Damon.

"Morning." Elena said hesitantly and Damon rolled his eyes.

"She's not going to attack you." Damon muttered annoyed.

"Why are you all dressed up? You're not going out, right?" Stefan asked hesitantly to Caroline.

"We're just running an errand." Caroline shrugged and Stefan narrowed his eyes at Damon.

"Please tell me you aren't taking her hunting." Stefan said annoyed.

"Not that it's any of your business, Mr Nosy, but would I have her drinking out of a boring bag if I were taking her hunting?" Damon asked amused.

"Well where are you going then?" Stefan asked and Caroline smiled.

"Home depot." She said and Stefan looked at Damon in disbelief.

"I don't believe you." Stefan said and Damon shrugged.

"I don't care." Damon replied.

"We really are going to home depot. I want to paint my room." Caroline explained and Stefan arched an eyebrow at Damon in question.

"If she's going to be living here, she can decorate her room if she wants to." Damon shrugged. "Not everyone wants a morbid room like yours." Damon smirked and Elena laughed and Stefan shot her a look.

"Let me get this straight, you're taking Caroline to home depot so she can paint her room." Stefan said and both Damon and Caroline nodded. "What's in it for you?" Stefan asked and Caroline and Damon glanced at each other then laughed.

"Just a smile and a thank you." Caroline grinned and Damon chuckled. Stefan was never going to believe that.

"Are you seriously going to just interrogate us all day about going to buy paint? It's not like I'm taking her to a massacre." Damon pointed out. "It's home depot. What's the deal?" He asked confused.

"I would expect you to try to take her to a massacre... The fact you're taking her to buy paint unnerves me." Stefan replied honestly and Damon laughed.

"I suppose we could massacre the shoppers." He shot Caroline a playful look hoping she would play along.

"I am still a little hungry." She replied to him with a smirk of her own and he chuckled at her silent understanding.

"Let's go Blondie-bear. I haven't killed anyone in too long." He smirked back at her then stood up and nodded his head to the door.

"We can't make a mess though, these are my favourite shoes." She said to him and he had to bite his lip to keep from laughing loudly.

"You two are actually kidding, right?" Elena asked sceptically. Damon offered his arm to Caroline and she took it then they started to walk away.

"Guess you'll never know." Damon winked at Elena then they left the house. Elena and Stefan stared at each other in disbelief.

"Let's follow them." Stefan whispered and Elena giggled.

"Won't Damon notice?" She asked.

Damon drove them to the home depot and they went inside. Damon was actually too busy laughing with Caroline in the car to notice Stefan following them and was surprised at just how much he was enjoying her company again. She picked up a basket which he took from her and she arched his eyebrow at him.

"You must be bringing out hidden manners I didn't know I had." Damon smirked at her and she laughed. They walked down to the paint section and Stefan and Elena followed stealthily behind them. They went down the aisle next to the one Damon and Caroline were in and listened intently.

"How can there be so many shades of blue?" Damon asked amused.

"I guess they just add an extra drop of either white or black paint then give it some stupid name." Caroline replied and he chuckled at her quick response.

"What are you going to do to the room? Have you thought about it?" He asked curiously and she was surprised he was showing any interest in it.

"Well, I was thinking about partitioning the walls horizontally in the middle and putting light blue at the top and maybe like a turquoise colour on the bottom. I saw a pretty white four poster bed in a catalogue that would be really nice so I might buy that too." She said.

"What about the floor? It's that red brown wood." He pointed out to her.

"Guess I could paint the floor too." She nodded. "Any ideas?" She asked curiously.

"Paint it either white or black then you can add colour to it with designs and stuff. I'll help you if you want." He shrugged.

"You can paint?" She asked surprised.

"Mmhmm." He said. "You should do something crazy with it. We could paint it like leopard print." He laughed and she grinned.

"That would take forever." She pointed out.

"Are we getting any older?" He asked her and she giggled.

"Poor choice of words." She conceded with a smile. "But if I do something crazy with the floor, it won't match the walls." She said and he thought about it.

"Instead of doing the horizontal border thing, why don't you paint all the walls the same colour then frame the edging of the walls with a different colour." He shrugged and she grinned.

"I like that." She smiled.

"What about the rest of the furniture?" He asked. "If you're getting a white bed you can't have those ugly wardrobes in the room." He said.

"I could paint them too." She replied and he chuckled.

"They are antiques, Barbie. Stefan would be so pissed." Damon said then smirked. "Let's get wood paint for them then." He said and she laughed loudly. Stefan and Elena stared at each other in disbelief at how well Damon was getting along with Caroline... He was being so... nice?

"I like your leopard print idea actually... but it would work better with a black base so I guess the bed will have to be black too." She said as she thought about it.

"Or turquoise." He smirked. "This is making me want a crazy room too." He pointed out and she laughed.

"After we've done mine we can make your room crazy too." She smiled and he chuckled.

"Deal." He nodded.

"Instead of baby blue, sorry Damon, I'm going for pink." She laughed and he rolled his eyes.

"It's your room, Barbie." He replied.

"Well, it'll only be little bits of hot pink to brighten it up against the black and turquoise." She said and he nodded.

"Maybe it won't be that bad." He smirked and she laughed.

"Is that Damon-language for 'I actually like that idea but I'm too cool to say that'?" She smiled and he chuckled.

"Shut up or I'll stake you." He smirked and she laughed.

"I'm shaking in my boots." She winked and he chuckled. She scanned the paint colours and finally found a hot pink and turquoise that she liked and she put a few tubs in the basket Damon was carrying. She got some black paint too then they moved over to the wood paint section and got wood paint that matched the colours for the wall paint.

"We'll need to get brushes and all the other crap." Damon said then led her down the next isle. When they got into the aisle, Damon spotted someone run around the next corner who looked an awful lot like Elena and he smirked. "Mom and dad followed and are spying on us." He whispered into Caroline's ear quietly enough that Stefan wouldn't hear and she winked at him.

"Are we going hunting after this?" Caroline asked him absently and he smirked at her knowing what she was doing.

"We'll have to drive for a while outside of Mystic Falls so that no bodies are found." He said to her and she bit her lip to keep from laughing. She could practically hear Stefan's brooding forehead.

"Surely we can just dump them deep in the woods? How would anyone know it was us?" She asked him and he grinned at her.

"Your mother will be on my ass if another bitten body is found." Damon countered.

"So bury them then." She shrugged.

"I'm so glad to have found a kindred spirit." Damon smirked at her and she sniggered under her breath.

"Well, like you said, I'm a vampire now. I can't give a crap about measly humans." She said and Damon shook in silent laughter knowing his brother's reaction would be funny.

"I knew you were corrupting her!" Stefan exclaimed as he jumped out. Caroline and Damon looked at each other and burst into hysterical laughter.

"We knew you were there dumbass." Damon laughed and Stefan just realised that he'd been caught spying on them.

"We were just getting... this." Elena said as she picked up a tube of something. She looked at it and had no clue what is was and her face showed that.

"Right." Caroline giggled. "I believe you." She said.

"Fine, we were spying." Elena sighed and Damon chuckled.

"We know." Damon said.

"Did you really tell her not to give a crap about measly humans?" Stefan asked Damon in disbelief.

"No." Caroline giggled. "I just thought your forehead would take over your face if I said that." Caroline replied and Damon laughed loudly.

"This is going to be fun." Damon smirked at her and she giggled knowing he didn't mean the room.

"Let's ditch the ninjas." Caroline said and Damon laughed then the two of them gathered brushes and left the aisle leaving Stefan and Elena gobsmacked, though for different reasons.

"What's he doing to her?" Stefan asked Elena.

"Actually, Stefan... Before her parents split up, that's how she acted. He seems to be bringing out her fun and prankster side." Elena conceded with a small smile.

Damon was still grinning when they got to the till. Caroline tried to pay but Damon handed over his card to the sales clerk before Caroline got a chance. Damon just winked at her and she thanked him. They went back to the car then drove to the boarding house. Damon carried the paint and supplies up to her room and she trailed behind him.

"Floor or walls first?" She asked Damon for his opinion.

"If you do the walls first, painting the floor will cover up any drips." He shrugged.

"Good point." She nodded. "How long will the paint take to dry?" She asked curiously.

"A few hours." He shrugged. "But it'll need a few coats. These rooms probably haven't been painted in decades."

"We'll have to take all the furniture out." She sighed.

"We?" He smirked.

"Aren't you helping me?" She asked him amused and he cocked an eyebrow at her.

"What's in it for me?" Damon asked and she giggled.

"I'll help you do yours." She replied and he chuckled.

"You would help anyway." He pointed out.

"Fine, you can choose the movie next time." She replied and he smirked.

"I suppose watching porn together could be kind of kinky." He said and she giggled.

"I'm not watching porn with you." Caroline replied.

"Okay, how about this instead?" Damon smirked. "I'll help you paint if you do it in your cheerleading uniform." He chuckled and she laughed.

"Perv." She quipped.

"Deal?" Damon asked amused and she laughed.

"I have a counter offer that will still let you be a perv but I don't have to ruin my uniform." She said and he looked at her expectantly. "I'll wear the short shorts and a skimpy tank top and put my hair in pigtails." She said and he chuckled.

"Deal." He smirked.

"I wasn't finished." She replied and he looked amused. "You have to do the same." She replied.

"I don't think I'd suit pigtails." He smirked and she laughed.

"No." She rolled her eyes. "I mean, you can wear something revealing for me to look at then too." She said and he chuckled.

"Don't want to ruin my good clothes anyway." He winked then went into his room. Caroline giggled then changed into what she said she would. She put her hair up then Damon came back into her room wearing only knee length black shorts and black socks. "Is this revealing enough for you?" He asked seductively and twirled for her and she giggled.

"Works for me." She smiled. "Help me with the bed." She said and he chuckled.

"I'll get it." He said and she looked confused for a second. "You could probably lift a car over your head." He answered her silent question and she gaped at him.

"Can I try that?" She asked and he laughed.

"Sure, just not mine. You can bench press Stefan's car later." He smirked then towed her bed out into the hallway. He did the same with the drawers and wardrobes until the room was empty.

"So show me exactly what you meant so I can picture it." Caroline said as she stared at the peach coloured walls. Damon walked over to a corner in the room and measure out about four inches with his fingers from the corner so she could see.

"This part would be black." He said motioning up the whole corner from the floor. Then he measure out about two inches over from where the black would be. "This line could be the splash of pink that you want then the middle would be all turquoise." He said and she nodded.

"I really like that." She said.

"I'll measure out all the lines if you want to start setting up the paint." Damon offered and she smiled widely.

"Great." She said. She poured out the different coloured paint into trays while Damon sped around drawing lines in pencil in the corners and along the edging on the ceiling. Caroline watched him curiously when she was finished getting them appropriate brushes for the surfaces. Now that she was thinking about it, she was actually thoroughly enjoying Damon's company. He was being really nice to her and past experience with him made her feel like she was waiting for the inevitable. She felt like she would say one wrong thing or do one wrong thing and he'd be gone. She felt a connection to him though and didn't know if it was because it was obvious they got along really well when she wasn't being neurotic and he wasn't being a dick, or if it was the sire/progeny bond. Damon had stopped drawing lines and watched Caroline stare into space. He watched curiously as different emotions flit across her face. It started with a small smile and a look of joy which then turned to hurt then worry then confusion then sadness then curiosity.

"I can practically hear the cogs turning in your head." He smirked at her.

"Oh, sorry, must have zoned out." She shook herself out of her thoughts and saw that Damon was finished.

"What were you thinking about?" Damon cocked his head to the side and watched her with curiosity again.

"Nothing." She smiled.

"As your maker, I demand that you tell me." Damon said playfully and she laughed.

"This isn't True Blood, Damon." She smiled and he chuckled.

"I just always wanted to try that to see if it would work." He smirked at her. "Tell me." He said softly.

"I was just wondering if..." She trailed off.

"If?" He asked urging her to continue.

"I don't know, we just seem to be getting along well and I feel a connection with you and I was wondering if it's because you're my sire or if it's because we're like sort of friends now." She said and Damon was surprised at her comment as he'd been thinking the same thing in the home depot store.

"I don't do friends, Blondie-bear." He smirked and she sighed.

"It's always one step forward, two steps back with you." She muttered. "I'd be a good friend to you, you know." She pointed out and he smiled almost shyly at her. Damon was taken aback by what she said and he knew that she deserved the truth.

"I don't do friends because everyone I've ever trusted has fucked me over." Damon said to her honestly and she nodded. She could understand that.

"Me too." She admitted. "So why don't we try to be the friends that didn't fuck each other over? I'll have your back if you have mine." She said genuinely.

"I already broke that with you then." Damon said sadly.

"Fresh start from now. None of that happened." She replied and he looked startled.

"Why?" He asked. "Why would you do that?"

"You didn't have to help me last night, but you did. In my greatest time of need, you were there for me when there really wasn't anything in it for you. That matters far more to me than something you did last year when you didn't have your emotions on. You and I are different people now than we were then; it's only fitting that the rules be different too." She said. "I won't let you down, Damon." She said sincerely then stuck out her hand. "Friends?" She asked him with a smile. Damon looked at her hand and felt his walls crumbling down. He took her hand softly and shook it.

"Friends." He nodded. "I won't hurt you again." He promised then she pulled his hand towards her and hugged him. He hugged her back immediately and it felt nice to have a friend again. He hoped he could live up to his promise.

"Good." She grinned at him when she pulled away. "Let's get painting." She said and he chuckled. Damon painted the black part while Caroline painted the turquoise part, leaving the pink for last as it was a finer area and would need smaller brushes. Anytime Damon would be near her he'd 'accidentally' touch her with his brush leaving black paint on her and she'd retaliate with the turquoise. When it came time for the pink to be done, Damon was concentrating on a line so Caroline rushed over and painted a pink heart on his shoulder at vampire speed then he pinned her to the door and smirked. Her hands were pinned up by her face and she moved her fingers and painted a pink streak on his face and he pulled back and looked at her in mock horror.

"You painted my face!" He exclaimed half in disbelief and half amused then she ducked under his arm and raced to the other side of the room holding out her brush to defend herself.

"You look pretty in pink." She quipped and he laughed.

"What did you draw on my shoulder?" Damon asked amused as he held up his own paintbrush with pink paint.

"A heart with 'C' in the middle." She giggled and he smirked at her.

"I'm going to get you back." He warned playfully.

"You'll have to catch me first." She teased. He rushed her but she was expecting that so she ducked under his arm again and raced down the hall then the stairs. Once she got into the living room he caught her and pinned her against the wall with her wrists locked above her head and she giggled. "Fine, you caught me." She laughed.

"Payback." He smirked then wrote his name in huge pink letters on her arm.

"What did you do?" She giggled.

"What are both of you doing?" Stefan asked and Damon and Caroline hadn't even noticed Stefan and Elena in the room. They both turned to look at them and Stefan and Elena laughed at the sight of both of them covered in paint.

"We're painting." Damon shrugged.

"I think you missed the walls." Elena gestured to them. Only then did they look at themselves. Caroline was covered in black and pink paint and a little turquoise. Damon was covered in turquoise and pink paint and a little black. They looked at each other then started to laugh.

"You got it in my hair." Caroline pouted and he chuckled.

"It's water soluble paint." Damon replied and she sighed in relief.

"Good." She nodded.

"Think I'd let you make me look like a vampire smurf if it didn't wash off?" He smirked at her and she laughed.

"I'm surprised you even know what a smurf is." Caroline joked and he rolled his eyes.

"I might be old but it's not like I lived under a rock." He replied and she smiled.

"Let's go finish the wall. We're nearly done." She said.

"Fine, but don't draw anymore hearts on me." Damon warned and Elena giggled as did Caroline. Stefan was surprised to see how carefree and fun Damon seemed to be around her.

"I can't promise anything." Caroline said seriously and he rolled his eyes then she dragged him up the stairs by the hand.

"Are you still convinced that he's trying to corrupt her?" Elena whispered to Stefan with a smirk of her own.

They finished the room and Damon scanned it for imperfections as Caroline grinned.

"It's perfect." She smiled and Damon was feeling pretty happy with himself for suggesting it to her.

"We're going to have to do it again tonight or tomorrow." Damon smirked.

"Tomorrow." Caroline nodded. "I'm bored of painting for the day." She said and he laughed. "Can I sleep in your room again tonight?" She asked. "The paint fumes are really... pungent." She wrinkled her nose and he laughed.

"You just want to snuggle again." Damon teased her and she laughed.

"I'll try to keep my hands to myself." She smirked. "So can I?" She asked. "I can sleep in another room if it bothers you." She shrugged.

"Just try to keep the snoring to a minimum." Damon teased and she looked affronted.

"I don't snore!" She exclaimed and he laughed.

"Oh, but you do, buttercup." He smirked.

"You're mean." She pouted and he grinned.

"You knew that already." He pointed out. "What do you want to do for the rest of the day? It's only like 4pm." He said looking at his phone.

"What about some training?" She grinned.

"Fighting or compulsion?" He asked her.

"What about both?" She smiled. "We can fight for a while then later we can go out and I'll compel us a takeaway pizza for our movie night." She grinned and he laughed.

"Movie night?" He asked sceptically.

"No porn." She pointed out. "But you can pick the movies." She said.