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Chapter 9

It was the Friday of the 12th week and Damon and Caroline were out on a date in a restaurant one town over. Caroline and Stefan were graduating the following Friday and she was so excited about that then of course the wedding that was in two weeks time.

"What are you smiling about?" Damon asked Caroline as he noticed she'd zoned out.

"In two weeks tomorrow we're getting married." She grinned and he chuckled.

"Yeah... I wanted to talk to you about that." Damon said to her seriously.

"What's up?" She asked curiously.

"I changed my mind." Damon said

"About what?" She asked confused.

"I don't want to get married." He said and her jaw dropped.

"What?" She asked in disbelief.

"Kidding." He smirked and she narrowed her eyes at him.

"If we weren't in public, I'd kick your ass." She said to him and he grinned.

"I'm sorry. Couldn't help it." He smirked. "I can't wait for you to be Mrs Salvatore." He grinned and she smiled.

"Me too." She replied. "God you scared me there." She said.

"Why?" He asked.

"I'm already nervous that I'm going to be ditched at the altar and that just added to it." She replied and he frowned.

"The Originals couldn't stop me from showing up to marry you." He said and she beamed at him.

"Okay, that makes up for you being an ass." She grinned and he laughed.

"You don't think that's crossed my mind too?" Damon asked her.

"That I'd ditch you at the altar?" She asked shocked and he nodded. "Never going to happen." She shook her head.

"You're eighteen, buttercup. You're making a pretty serious commitment. I wouldn't blame you for having doubts." He said and she smiled.

"I have doubts about a lot of things but you aren't one of them." She replied and he grinned at her. "Oh, by the way, the menus came today." She said.

"Anything interesting on them?" Damon asked.

"I didn't look. I wanted us to choose together considering I'm deciding everything else." She giggled and he smirked.

"Caroline? Is the wedding you've planned for us what you really want? Elle said that girls think about this stuff all their lives... Is this what Elle called your 'dream' wedding?" Damon asked her. "I know I said I didn't want some huge over the top wedding but I'd do it for you if you wanted that." Damon said and she smiled.

"This is my dream wedding." She confirmed. "I always wanted to get married at a waterfall with my closest friends and family. I like that it's an intimate occasion. Huge weddings take away from the point of getting married." She said.

"Can you give me the details of what will happen on the day? All you've said is Crabtree falls." He said and she nodded.

"Elle, my mom, Bonnie and I are going up to the resort the night before for a girls' night then we'll stay over and get ready together in the morning. You guys will drive up in the morning with the bouquets from the florist and my dad will give them to us. Because you can't see me until we get to the ceremony, I'll be going into the woods first and there will be like a little dressing tent thing that I'll put my dress on in. Once I'm there, you guys will follow us and then my dad will walk me out to you." She smiled. "We'll have the ceremony then take a few pictures at the falls and head back to the resort together." She explained. "Then we'll have lunch and dance for a couple of hours then head back to Mystic Falls to change and fly out." She smiled.

"Sounds good." Damon smirked.

"Are you having a bachelor party?" She asked amused and Damon rolled his eyes.

"Mason and Ric are planning it. God knows what that'll be." Damon said and she giggled.

"Strippers probably." She laughed.

"Probably." Damon smirked. "As long as we don't end up too wasted I'm sure it'll be fine."

"Isn't the point to get wasted with your friends?" She asked amused.

"Yeah, but the last time I was at a bachelor party I ended up half way across the country passed out in a nightclub in the stock room." He smirked and she laughed.

"I don't want to know." She giggled and he shrugged.

"It would be too bad if you did. I don't remember anything." He chuckled. "The groom ditched the bride for a stripper anyway." He smirked.

"Probably not what I want to hear." She said and he chuckled.

"I've seen plenty of strippers and not one of them compares to you... especially in that cheerleading uniform when you give me a private show." He winked at her and she laughed.

"Charmer." She smirked.

They arrived home a couple of hours later and started to look through the menu together.

"Since there aren't many people coming, why don't we just let everyone decide for themselves what they want?" Damon suggested.

"Good idea." Caroline nodded then Stefan and Elena came downstairs to greet them.

"Hey." Stefan said.

"Have a look through these and pick what you want." Damon said then handed over the menus to them. "You haven't mentioned anything about a cake, you know." Damon said to Caroline and she shrugged.

"We aren't having one." She replied.

"Why not?" Damon asked.

"It takes too long to get one made." She said. "They needed six weeks notice." Damon laughed.

"Do you want a cake?" Damon asked her and she smiled.

"Well, yeah." She replied and he chuckled.

"I'll take care of it." Damon said and she smiled.

"I forgot about compulsion." She said and he smirked.

"I gathered." He replied. "What do you want it to look like?"

"You choose." She smiled.

"Alright." Damon smirked.

"You'll regret that, Caroline." Stefan warned and she giggled.

"I'm sure." She smiled. "By the way, you boys have the suit appointment tomorrow." She said and Damon nodded.

"I know, Barbie. You told me four times." He said and Stefan and Elena laughed.

"Just in case you forgot." She giggled.

"You're nagging already." Damon smirked. "What have I done?" He asked and they laughed.

"You love me, really." Caroline smiled.

"What are your wedding essentials going to be?" Elena asked.

"Wedding essentials?" Damon asked confused.

"You know something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." She grinned.

"New and blue are the dress." Caroline smiled. "Something borrowed is my grandmother's veil and old is the groom." She giggled and they laughed.

"Ha ha." Damon smirked. "Isn't it supposed to be on you?" He asked.

"It's actually your mother's ring." She smiled and he grinned. "That reminds me, if I have your mother's ring, what's Stefan going to give Elle?" She asked and Stefan's eyes widened.

"He has his mother's ring to give her." Damon shrugged.

"Damon!" Stefan exclaimed wide eyed.

"Oops." Damon smirked.

"You have different mothers?" Caroline asked surprised.

"Obviously. Do we look remotely similar?" Damon asked amused.

"Can't believe you're only half brothers." Caroline said shocked.

"Well, maybe biologically but we weren't raised to be half brothers." Damon replied and Stefan was surprised at his answer. "I don't remember my mother, just Stefan's." Damon shrugged.

"What happened?" Elena asked.

"My mother died when I was a year old and since my father had no idea what to do with me, he married Stefan's mother and Stefan was born a year and a half later. Stefan's mother died when I was ten and he was eight." Damon shrugged. "So in essence, she was my mother too. That's when Giuseppe became the dick that he was."

"He didn't remarry again?" Caroline asked and Damon chuckled.

"Two wives died to get away from him... who was going to marry him?" Damon asked amused.

"Was he that bad?" Caroline asked.

"With Damon." Stefan nodded and Damon shrugged.

"He started being a dick so I didn't see why I had to put up with that so I was a dick back. Stefan was different though, he thought if he was good and did as he was told everything would be fine and I guess that worked out for him." Damon smirked.

"Yeah, until he shot me." Stefan said wryly and Damon laughed.

"He shot me first, dude." Damon smirked.

"You're lucky. I had to watch you die." Stefan replied sadly.

"It's not like it stuck, Stef." Damon replied.

"Still." Stefan said.

"It was a long time ago, stop being a sap." Damon said and Stefan rolled his eyes.

"Why is everything such a big joke to you?" Stefan muttered and Damon laughed.

"Jokes make eternity bearable, Stef." Damon pointed out and Stefan huffed and looked annoyed. Damon rolled his eyes dramatically. "What do you want me to say, Stefan? You want me to tell you that I still love my little brother?" Damon asked. "Well, I do. Sometimes. When you aren't brooding." Damon smirked and Stefan grinned.

"That's the first time you've told me that since we were human." Stefan smiled and Damon shrugged.

"Yeah, well, don't let it go to your head." Damon rolled his eyes. "God, next we'll all be holding hands singing kumbaya." Damon muttered and they laughed. "Have you two decided yet what you're doing while Barbie and I are on honeymoon? Are you coming with us or going somewhere alone?" Damon asked. "I need to get flights and hotels taken care of."

"Where are you going?" Stefan asked.

"Europe." Damon replied.

"I know but where?" Stefan asked.

"It's a secret." Damon smirked and Caroline giggled.

"Would you mind if we came with you?" Elena asked and Damon shrugged.

"No." Damon replied. "You'll do your own thing while we do ours. It's not like we'll be sharing a hotel room." He smirked.

"Then we'd love to." Elena smiled.

"Is it more than one place or just one place for three weeks?" Stefan asked.

"It's three countries, two different places in each country." Damon said.

"Can you at least tell us the first stop?" Stefan grinned and Damon chuckled.

"The homeland." Damon smirked and Stefan's face lit up.

"I'm really excited now." Stefan beamed and the girls laughed.

"Italy's first?" Caroline smiled and Damon nodded.

"Though I think we should extend it for an extra week and go to two other places too." Damon shrugged.

"You want a four week honeymoon?" Caroline asked excitedly.

"Might as well." Damon nodded.

"Okay." Caroline smiled.

"Well, then we're going to five countries." Damon smirked.

"What am I going to pack?" Caroline asked him and he chuckled.

"I'm sure you'll do plenty of shopping while we're away." Damon pointed out.

"That's why you want Elle to come, so you don't have to go shopping with me." Caroline giggled.

"I totally didn't think of that." Damon smirked lying through his teeth and they all laughed.

Damon looked down at the tie Caroline was holding up for him to see and he rolled his eyes.

"Barbie, I'm not wearing that." He said. It was a blue and white lacy tie.

"Why?" She asked confused.

"Because I'm getting married too, you know." Damon pointed out annoyed and she sighed.

"Sorry." She said. She was going a little overboard.

"You're not even supposed to be here for the suit fitting." Damon replied.

"Fine, I'll go. But your tie has to have this colour in it." She pointed to a shade of blue and he rolled his eyes.

"Yes, you've told me like ten times." Damon replied and she sighed and left the suit shop. Damon surveyed the shop then found exactly what he wanted... A black pinstripe wedding suit with a blue waistcoat, white shirt and blue tie. He tried it on and was pleased with how it looked. He walked out of the changing rooms. "Stef, what do you think?" Damon asked and Stefan grinned.

"That's great." He smiled. "Does Caroline know about the waistcoat?" Stefan asked and Damon rolled his eyes.

"She's not getting a say in the matter. At this point, if I feel like turning up in a rainbow suit, I'm doing it." Damon replied and Stefan chuckled. "Talk about bridezilla." He muttered and Stefan smiled.

"It's a good thing you love her so much. I don't think I've ever seen you get bossed around like this." Stefan chuckled.

"Stef, could you imagine if we'd decided to do this next year instead? A whole year of this?" Damon asked in disbelief and Stefan chuckled.

"Well, two weeks today and you won't hear anymore about weddings." Stefan smirked.

"You don't think she'll be like this if you and Elle get married?" Damon smirked. "If you decide to get married, I'm taking off until the wedding day so I don't have to hear about it." Damon warned and Stefan laughed.

"You'd make me go through it alone?" Stefan asked amused.

"Fine, we'll both take off then." Damon smirked and Stefan laughed. "Have you found a suit yet? I think you should get a waistcoat too so you and I stand out from the other guys." Damon replied.

"I really like the waistcoat actually. I'll see if they have one to match." Stefan said then Ric, Mason, Jeremy and Tom came out of the dressing room all in the same suit, shirt and tie and Damon chuckled.

"Is the bride going to be happy with this?" Mason asked as he motioned for them and Damon smirked.

"No doubt it's the wrong shade of red or whatever." Damon rolled his eyes. "I like them though so we'll take those." Damon nodded.

"Yours is great." Tom smiled.

"Don't tell her anything about my suit because she'll have a fit." Damon replied and they laughed.

"Why?" Ric asked amused.

"Because it's different than what she instructed but I like it so she's just going to have to deal with it." Damon smirked and they laughed.

"Won't she have more of a fit if she walks down the aisle and sees you wearing something different?" Jeremy asked amused and Damon shrugged.

"Maybe internally but it's not like she's going to make a scene in the middle of the ceremony." Damon chuckled.

"I still can't believe you're getting married. You." Jeremy said amused and Damon shrugged.

"It'll happen to you one day too, Gilbert. You'll meet a girl who is beautiful and fun and marginally crazy and you'll be all sapped out too." Damon smirked and they laughed. "Even if she is bridezilla." Damon said.

"I think you were smart to do it so soon. Could you imagine what Caroline would be like if she had to wait for a year?" Tom asked and Damon laughed.

"I said the same thing to Stefan." Damon chuckled.

"Are you writing your own vows?" Ric asked curiously.

"Vampire Barbie wants to go the traditional route with the vows but she's getting them changed a little bit. She doesn't want the obey part to be in it." Damon said and Ric, Jeremy and Mason stared at him wide eyed. "What?" He asked confused.

"I know what they are." Tom laughed and the other three seemed to sigh in relief and Damon laughed.

"Oops, forgot to tell you that, didn't I? The only one that doesn't know is Liz." Damon said and they nodded.

"Thank God. I thought you totally stepped in it there." Jeremy said and Damon laughed.

"Look!" Stefan exclaimed as he ran into the changing rooms with a red satin waistcoat that matched his tie and Damon chuckled.

"You sounded as excited as Barbie just there." Damon pointed out and the guys laughed.

"Shut up, Damon." Stefan muttered then went into a changing room and he pulled on the suit then the waistcoat, buttoned it then put the jacket on. "What do you think?" Stefan asked with a smile as he came out.

"Very nice." Damon nodded but he sounded like he could care less.

"You don't sound excited about the wedding, Damon." Ric pointed out and Damon shrugged.

"I'm looking forward to Caroline being my wife but I could care less about the actual wedding. Don't tell her I said that though." Damon warned and they laughed.

"You're already totally whipped." Mason smirked and Damon rolled his eyes.

"I'll give you a witty reply to that when her father isn't right there." Damon smirked back and they laughed. "Speaking of that, Mason and Alaric..." Damon put on a serious tone but his smirk made it clearly mocking. "Keep that in mind when arranging this bachelor party. Tom will be there too, you know." Damon pointed out and Tom laughed.

"I won't tell Caroline if there are strippers." Tom said and Damon shrugged.

"She expects there to be strippers." Damon replied and the boys looked stunned. "What?"

"She does?" Mason asked surprised and Damon laughed.

"She's very cool, you know." Damon pointed out with a smirk.

"Hypothetically, if there were strippers, would you tell her that?" Ric asked and Damon laughed.

"Ric, if there were strippers and I didn't tell her, I'd be spending my honeymoon on the couch." Damon replied and they all laughed loudly. "Just nothing with a cop uniform... that would be creepy." Damon said and they laughed.

They bought all the suits and Alaric took them home to his place because Damon wasn't sure Caroline wouldn't snoop if he took them home. He walked into the house and stood staring in disbelief with Stefan by his side who was wearing a matching expression.

"What the hell is going on?" Damon asked in disbelief and the girls laughed. Damon saw white streamers hanging everywhere and Caroline was wearing a joke veil.

"We threw Caroline a bridal shower." Elena replied.

"Stefan, want to go get drunk?" Damon asked him then realised the Sheriff was sitting there. "I mean I'll get drunk and you can drive me home?" Damon corrected and even Liz laughed at Damon's freaked out expression. The bridal shower seemed to kind of make it hit home and they all saw his horrified face. Stefan smirked at Damon as he knew Damon would freak out at some point.

"Sure, I'll drive you home." Stefan nodded then Damon forcibly dragged him out by the arm and the girls laughed.

"I think Damon just registered that he's getting married." Elena smirked.

"Think I should be worried?" Caroline asked nervously.

"No but he might come home really wasted tonight." Elena replied amused.

"I'll pretend I didn't hear that." Liz smiled.

Damon pushed Stefan into the car and got in the driver's seat then drove off like a madman. Stefan found it quite amusing until Damon drove out of Mystic Falls.

"Uh... Damon? Where are you going?" Stefan asked confused.

"I need to get out of here." Damon said his eyes still wide.

"What do you mean?" Stefan asked worried.

"I can't be here right now." Damon said then stopped the car. "Out." He pointed.

"If you're going somewhere, you're taking me with you." Stefan replied.

"Go protect Caroline and Elle. I might be away for a while." Damon said.

"Damon, you're getting married in two weeks. You can't just go away for a while." Stefan replied.

"I need to." Damon said. "Just get out." Damon muttered and Stefan sighed then got out and Damon drove off at top speed. Stefan walked back so that it would be believable as the Sheriff was in the house. He got to the house half an hour later and still had no idea what to say to Caroline. How the hell would he tell her that Damon left town? He was relieved though that the Sheriff's car was gone. He walked into the house nervously but tried to mask in and tried to hurry up the stairs but...

"Stefan? Where's Damon?" Caroline asked confused and Stefan hesitated and turned around.

"Uh... Well... See the thing about Damon is that he doesn't always think things through and does rash things but it doesn't mean he doesn't love you because he does." Stefan said to her and she narrowed her eyes at him.

"Stefan? Where. Is. Damon?" She asked slowly and he gulped.

"Uh... Damon... Kind of... Sort of... Left town." Stefan replied and her jaw dropped and she gasped.

"WHAT?" She yelled at him and Elena and Bonnie ran into the hall.

"What happened?" Elena asked confused.

"Damon left town." Caroline said emotionlessly.

"How could he just leave?" Elena asked in disbelief.

"He kind of freaked out." Stefan replied apologetically. "I knew he would but I didn't think he'd leave town." Stefan said.

"What did he say? Is he leaving town as in leaving me or leaving town as in he's going to go get wasted in a bar for a couple of days then he'll be back?" Caroline asked.

"If he was leaving you he would have told you that so it's most likely the second option." Stefan said.

"Fine but if he's not back for graduation then I'm cancelling the wedding." Caroline said and Stefan nodded. He got his phone out and tried to call Damon but it went straight to voicemail.

"Damon, if you're not back by graduation, Caroline's cancelling the wedding. Stop being a jackass and come home already." Stefan muttered then hung up.

"Care, are you okay?" Bonnie asked softly.

"I'm fine. I'm marrying Damon Salvatore for god's sake. It's not like I didn't think of this already." She shrugged.

"You're taking this well." Elena replied.

"Depending on when he gets back, I'll know how much to kick his ass." Caroline said with a shrug.

The nine hour drive took Damon only six hours as he drove at top speeds and he was finally at Niagara Falls. It was dark and he was standing watching the falls with a bottle of bourbon. He watched the rushing water and thought about his wedding. His wedding would be at a waterfall... If Caroline could forgive him for running away. He finished his bottle for Dutch courage then switched his phone on. He had two voicemails. One from Stefan and one from Caroline. Stefan's was first and was right after he left and Damon rolled his eyes when he heard it, not looking forward to Caroline's. Then he heard her soft voice.

Damon, I just want you to know that I love you. If you need a little while then that's fine, I'll still be here when you get back. But one thing you should know... I won't beg you to come back and I won't try to force you. I'm going to bed now, goodnight, Damon. Sleep well.

Damon felt badly for what he was doing, he just needed some time alone. He had no intention of leaving her at all, ever, and he was so happy that she was being so supportive of him. He dialled Stefan's number as he wasn't sure he could keep it together if he talked to Caroline as he was pretty damn drunk.

"Damon, thank God! Where are you?" Stefan asked.

"Niagara Falls." Damon replied and Stefan could hear that he was really wasted.

"You're in Canada?" Stefan asked in disbelief.

"Can you do something for me?" Damon asked him.

"Damon, please don't ask me to say something to Caroline for you." Stefan said nervously.

"Just tell her that I love her and I won't stand her up. I just need some time alone." He said and Stefan sighed in relief.

"I was so worried for a minute there you were going to say you'd never come back." Stefan said.

"I could never do that to her." Damon replied.

"What the hell are you doing in Canada?" Stefan asked.

"I don't know." Damon said. "I... just don't know." Damon said.

"Damon, I can hear that you're drunk. Just be careful, okay?" Stefan asked.

"Will she forgive me?" Damon asked ignoring his comment.

"She'll forgive you after she kicks your ass." Stefan said and Damon chuckled.

"Got it." He replied.

"Damon... Are you okay?" Stefan asked.

"No, Stef. I'm not." Damon said then hung up and switched his phone off. He picked up another bottle of bourbon and started to drink it as he stared into the falls.

It was Sunday morning and Stefan came downstairs to see a glum looking Caroline staring into space.

"Hey." He said to her cautiously.

"Morning, Stef." Caroline replied absently.

"Damon called." Stefan said to her and her head snapped up to look at him.

"When?" She asked.

"Last night." He replied and her jaw dropped.

"Why didn't you come and wake me up?" She asked in disbelief.

"He was... drunk. Really drunk." Stefan replied as he sat down across from her.

"He's left me, hasn't he?" She asked in a small voice.

"He asked me to tell you that he loves you and he won't stand you up, he just needs to be alone." Stefan said and she sighed in relief.

"What else did he say?" She asked.

"Well... he was in Canada." Stefan said and she gaped at him.

"What the hell is he doing in Canada?" She asked confused.

"I have no idea. He didn't make much sense on the phone. He just asked me to tell you that and asked if I thought you would forgive him." Stefan said.

"What did you say?" She asked.

"I told him you'd forgive him after you kicked his ass." Stefan smirked and she laughed.

"Good answer." She smiled.

"Did you manage to sleep?" Stefan asked.

"A little but I haven't slept by myself in months so it was weird." She replied. "But you're not telling me something about the phone call." She pointed out and he sighed.

"I asked him if he was okay and he said no then hung up. I don't know what's going on with him." Stefan shook his head.

"I just wish he would talk to me. His phone's still off." She muttered.

"Caroline, do you want me to drive you to Niagara Falls?" He asked her softly and she shook her head.

"If Damon needs some space to deal with something then he can have space to deal with whatever it is. Sure, I miss him, but I'm not going to smother him." Caroline replied and Stefan smiled.

"You just get him, don't you?" Stefan asked her and she giggled.

"I do." She nodded. "But if he misses my graduation he's sleeping on the couch when we go to Europe." She said and he laughed.

It was late Thursday night and Damon was lying staring at the ceiling in his hotel room. He'd spent the whole time at Niagara Falls drinking the whole day in his hotel room then staying out all night watching the falls. He hadn't switched his phone on again since he spoke with Stefan. He didn't deserve Caroline and he knew it but he didn't know what to do. If he didn't go back, the rest of his existence would be miserable without her and it would kill him to know that he did that to her. If he did go back, he knew he'd be happy but he would always know that he wasn't good enough for her and he felt that she would be wasting her life by being with him. It was almost 3am and he hadn't bothered going to the falls. He sighed and switched his phone on to find one voicemail. He took a deep breath then listened.

Hey. It's 9.30pm on Thursday night and I haven't heard your voice since Saturday. I miss you and I know you, Damon Salvatore, and I know you've been laying thinking about whether or not you deserve me but I really believe that you were meant for me. I'd never be happy with anyone else and neither would you. But, if you've decided that you aren't coming back, please tell me. Please tell me if you've left me and spare me the humiliation of not knowing. My graduation is tomorrow at 9am and I just thought I would tell you that I love you. I hope you're okay.

Damon stared at his phone and took a deep breath... Then sped out the door.

It was Friday morning and Caroline, Stefan and Bonnie were sitting on the stage for graduation. Surprisingly, they hadn't been given assigned seating so they were sat next to each other. Caroline felt a little broken hearted as she still hadn't heard back from Damon. She was considering cancelling the wedding as nobody had heard from him. She checked her watch while the principal went on and on in his speech and it was 9.14am. Stefan and Bonnie glanced at Caroline and both had matching expressions of worry and sadness on their faces. Then Stefan and Caroline's heads snapped up when they heard the screech of tires a couple of streets away... Someone was driving like a madman. Caroline couldn't help the grin that spread across her face but she tried to wipe it away as her mother was giving her a funny look. She heard the slam of breaks then less than a minute later she felt eyes burning on her and she looked up. There leaning against a tree at the back of the crowd was Damon looking like a rock star and she grinned at him. Stefan and Bonnie followed her gaze and Stefan smiled too while Bonnie scowled at him. Caroline had to physically stop herself from running to him, instead she just stared and he stared back. The ceremony seemed to take forever and when she'd finally collected her diploma and they'd been told they were graduates, the parents stood up and the graduates started piling off the stage and she ran to him. Stefan, Bonnie and even Matt watched as Caroline ran and Damon moved towards her then picked her up and twirled her in the air and kissed her like the world was going to end.

"Congratulations." Damon smiled at her.

"You came back." She said softly and he nodded.

"You were right... I was lying drunk in a hotel room thinking about how I would ruin your life if I married you." Damon said honestly. "Then I listened to your voicemail and I realised I'd rather stake myself than be without you." He admitted and she kissed him again. "Sorry I'm late." He said sadly.

"Better late than never." She replied. "Though, if you're late on our wedding day I'm going to throw a fit." She warned and he laughed.

"I won't be." He shook his head. "I'm sorry I ran." Damon said to her sadly.

"I know why you did." She said soothingly. "I've missed you but I know you needed this." She cupped his cheeks.

"I love you, Caroline Forbes." He smiled at her and she grinned.

"I love you too, Damon Salvatore." She said back and he chuckled and kissed her.

"So, is the witch going to set me on fire?" Damon asked her and she laughed.

"She might." Caroline shrugged.

"Can you believe I'm actually happy to see you?" Stefan asked as he reached them and Damon smirked at him.

"Don't start going mushy on me now, Stef. It's supposed to be an eternity of misery, you know." Damon pointed out and Stefan rolled his eyes.

"How could I ever forget?" Stefan smirked back at him. "You actually saw me graduate." Stefan grinned at him and Damon chuckled.

"Don't kid yourself, Stef. I wasn't watching you." Damon replied and Caroline laughed.

"Stop being a dick, Damon. I saw you watch Stefan collect his diploma." She said and Damon rolled his eyes.

"You're going to be my wife in eight days, you can't rat me out like that." Damon countered and she smiled as did Stefan.

"You deserve it for ditching me for nearly a week." She pointed out and he winced.

"Fair enough." He nodded.

"It's okay, I got you back." She shrugged and he cocked an eyebrow.

"How so?" He asked and she laughed.

"Your room is now pink." She replied and his jaw dropped.

"What?" He asked in disbelief and Stefan laughed loudly.

"I was bored." She shrugged and Damon blinked rapidly.

"You painted... my room... pink." Damon said deadpan.

"Yup." She nodded.

"You're kidding me. Please tell me you're kidding me." Damon said to her.

"Nope." She replied keeping a straight face. "Its baby pink and Barbie pink. Extra girly." She said and he took a deep breath and exhaled.

"Run." Damon said.

"I'm not running." Caroline said annoyed.

"Not you. Stefan. You let her paint my room pink!" Damon yelled at him as Bonnie walked up and she laughed.

"Damon, I had no idea." Stefan said honestly and Damon glared at him.

"This I have to see." Damon said annoyed then stormed off down the street to his car and when he was out of sight, Caroline burst into laughter.

"Did you actually paint his room pink?" Stefan asked her in disbelief and she giggled.

"No, but he'll have to drive all the way home thinking I did." She smirked and Stefan and Bonnie laughed. "I really wish I'd thought of it before or I would have." She giggled.

Stefan drove home with Caroline and Bonnie in the car. Elena had stayed home because she knew Jenna would be going as they made a tribute to her since everyone thought she died. When they went into the house, Damon was sitting with Elena in the living room with a glass of bourbon.

"You're so funny." Damon said to her and they all laughed.

"I would have if I thought of it sooner." She smirked at him and he deadpanned.

"I don't doubt that." He muttered then downed his drink. "I'm going to bed." Damon said then sped up to his room, got undressed and got under the covers. Caroline came upstairs moments later, removed her red graduation robe then got in beside him.

"Why are you being so grumpy?" She asked him as she tucked herself into his arms and he held her tightly.

"I'm just tired and cranky and I missed you." He said and she smiled.

"Did you have trouble sleeping without me?" She asked and he nodded. "Me too." She sighed.

"I'm not going anywhere without you again." He said and she giggled.

"Good because I can't really sleep without you either." She replied and he smiled then pulled her closer and both of them were asleep moments later.