I don't own The Vampire Diaries.

A/N:

To address a review where someone said that Elijah wouldn't lose control - this was a case of 'reading between the lines' because he is a vampire like every other who can be affected by his nature and it was a case of he saw an opportunity (since the doppelganger seems to be his only taste) and allowed himself to get lost in his nature because she was lost in her nature. It was never meant to read like Elijah lost all control of his mind just because he killed a bunch of werewolves.

To address the 'cheating': Damon and Caroline were broken up, so it's not cheating. As for Stefan and Elena, I said in the blood deal chapter that Elena was going away with Caroline so that Stefan could figure out his feelings for Rebekah, so again, not really cheating as in this story Elena and Stefan haven't been a proper 'couple'.

And finally, I would just like to say that going back in time to change the future doesn't mean that everything is going to be sunshine and roses because there are consequences for every action and if everything was fixed perfectly, it would be kind of boring, so, if you don't like that, nobody is forcing you to read this.

For those of you who still like where I'm going with it, I'm almost finished chapter 34 so it shouldn't be long. Take care and thanks for reading!


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Chapter 33


"Caroline?" Damon exclaimed down the phone then he heard growls and screams and a thud where her phone had clearly dropped.

"What's going on?" Stefan tested, seeing Damon panicking.

"The werewolf Kol turned is attacking them!" Damon exclaimed as he pulled on his jacket.

"Kol turned a werewolf?" Rebekah sniggered. "I have not witnessed a bloodbath like that in centuries." She remarked amused.

"This isn't funny, Rebekah!" Damon growled then disappeared out the door in a blur.

"What's his big problem?" Rebekah retorted to Stefan.

"He loves Caroline, that's why." Stefan replied. "I'll see you later."

"Wait, where are you going?" Rebekah probed confused as she grabbed his hand.

"I have to help." Stefan responded like it was obvious then bolted out of the house after Damon.


Damon got to her room and he gasped at the sight of her broken window with blood all over it, shards of glass all over the garden then he looked in her room and saw blood on her floor near the window and over the pane. He couldn't hear anything inside the house but he figured that Caroline would do the sensible thing and lead him away from a residential area and into the woods where he'd cause less carnage. Damon was kind of pissed at the weather since it was a grey cloudy day, no sun to stop the turned wolf.

Damon followed the trail of blood worried sick because he could smell Caroline's blood so Mason had clearly hurt her. Damon ran as fast as he could through the woods until he saw Caroline kicking the crap out of Mason in the distance. He smirked at her being so badass then ran as fast as he could push his legs to go. She got a kick in to Mason's chest which made him fly up in the air and by the time he got to the ground to lunge at her, Damon was there and he snapped the wolf's neck, making him fall on the ground unconscious and Caroline panted.

"Thanks." Caroline acknowledged with a nod and Damon went up to her and hugged her tightly because he couldn't help it. He'd been worried out of his mind. Caroline melted against him because she couldn't help it either.

"He hurt you." Damon observed gently, seeing her blood all over her neck and shirt.

"He just bit me. Nothing to worry about." Caroline mumbled.

"Where's Elena?" Damon tested.

"He somehow smacked her and she got knocked out on a tree about a quarter mile that way." Caroline pointed. "I just wanted to get him away from the houses before he could encounter humans, you know?" She sighed and he gave her a small smile – always thinking of everyone else.

"I'll take him to the cell." Damon promised.

"Thanks." She replied softer and he stared into her eyes.

"I really wasn't trying to hurt you." Damon said and she nodded.

"I know." She agreed. "Sorry for getting so mad at you. I forget sometimes how hard it must be for you." She sighed.

"What do you mean?" He tested and she shrugged.

"In a few weeks, my mind will go back to the future and the version of me that'll be left won't remember anything for a year and almost two months. I don't have to deal with that but you do." Caroline elaborated softly and he nodded.

"If you don't want me sleeping around between now and then… ask me to wait." He directed as he watched her and she took a long breath.

"I can't do that to you. It's not fair." She shook her head.

"If you want me to wait then tell me and I will." He repeated and she bit her lip.

"How about you just don't do anything until I'm gone? Then I don't have to know." She mumbled then he pushed her up against a tree and her breath hitched as his body stood flush against hers.

"Why do you smell like Kol?" He asked seriously and she frowned. "I know Elena slept with Elijah. I smelled it off her." He informed and she rolled her eyes – stupid vampire senses.

"Don't tell Stefan that, Damon." She muttered. "He doesn't need anything tipping him over the edge." She pressed.

"I won't." He assured. "But I want to know why you smell like Kol." He repeated seriously.

"I killed a bunch of werewolves then the last one, the one that shot me in the head and set me up, Jules, the bitch that I fucking hate…" She fumed at the thought of her. "I pulled her heart out and it was the most satisfying feeling ever and I was consumed with this sensation I've never felt before." She started and he gulped because he knew exactly what sensation she was talking about. "He took that moment to grab me and kiss me." She elucidated and his expression fell.

"You slept with Kol." He whispered with a heartbroken expression and she shook her head.

"No." She denied.

"What?" He asked shocked.

"No." She denied again. "I pushed him away from me then I ran away and hid from him, snuck back to my hotel and had an ice cold shower." She admitted and he gaped at her.

"How?" He gasped and she stared into his eyes.

"Because I love you." She whispered and his insides melted. "I was consumed by it and I kissed back for a few seconds but it was wrong. It felt wrong because it wasn't you and I couldn't bring myself to do it because I don't want anyone but you." She explained and he crashed his lips to hers because he couldn't help himself and she kissed him back as he gripped her. "Eww, you taste like Mamie." Caroline complained, pulling away from him.

"Forget the stupid cheerleader, Princess. I was just drunk and pissed and worried about you and Kol. I'm sorry. I won't do it again." He guaranteed and she sighed.

"You're such an asshole." She muttered and he chuckled, knowing she was caving, so he kissed her again and she couldn't help kissing him back. "Fine. Wait." She requested as she pulled away again and he smirked.

"Wait?" He asked and she nodded.

"Am I the last person you slept with?" She asked and he nodded like it was obvious. "Keep it that way." She bid and his stomach fluttered.

"If I go celibate for a year and two months for you, you better mean it." Damon pointed to her and she nodded.

"I do." She assured and he nodded.

"Fine." He agreed making her smile. "Then we're back together until you leave." Damon negotiated and she considered that.

"Fine." She accepted then pulled him back to her and they were kissing again and he grinned against her mouth, delighted to have her back. "We should…" Kiss. "Get him to…" Kiss. "The cell." She mumbled against him.

"Can't I just kill him?" Damon mumbled back.

"No." She denied annoyed. "Plus, I have to go see if Elena's okay." She remembered.

"You get Elena, I'll take him to the cell, be in my room in ten minutes." He pointed to her as he stepped back with a smirk and she chuckled in disbelief.

"Or…" She smirked back. "We could just meet back here and make use of the trees." She teased and lust coated his face.

"Fuck yes." Damon approved then was gone in a blink with Mason and she giggled then darted towards Elena – confused and unsure of how she went from hating Damon to getting back together with him… charming bastard. She rolled her eyes at herself for falling for his crap.

Again.


Present


"Why do you look so smug?" Bonnie examined Damon confused and he smirked.

"Wouldn't you like to know?" Damon quipped deviously then wandered out of the room into the library and their eyes followed him with confusion.

"Hundreds of years and I still don't understand my brother." Stefan sighed amusing Bonnie and Elena.


Past


Damon waited at the tree for ages but she didn't show, so he ran to her house to investigate. There he found her and Elena cleaning up the shards of glass and the blood. Caroline saw him and gave him an apologetic look.

"Forgot about this." She motioned to it and he nodded.

"There's a window guy in town that has ready-made ones like that. I'll go compel him to install one now then Liz doesn't have to know." Damon offered surprising them.

"Thanks." Caroline smiled. "You're the best." She added and he smirked then gave her a wink and he was gone.

"What?" Elena asked confused. "He's the best? I thought you weren't talking to him?" Elena questioned confused and Caroline sighed.

"I could make excuse after excuse but the reality is… I fall for the Damon-charm crap every single time." Caroline muttered and Elena laughed at her admitting it.

"He is really hot." Elena agreed and Caroline tried not to gulp, starting to worry about leaving the past where Elena wasn't with Stefan anymore…


Caroline's eyes fluttered open and she saw that her room was in darkness. Then she heard the tiny tap again and snapped her head to the window and noticed a familiar cheeky smirk and she chuckled in disbelief. She saw that it was after 12.30am then glanced at Elena who was fast asleep beside her. Caroline silently climbed out of the bed then motioned around the house because Elena would hear her opening the new window since it hadn't been oiled yet and it squeaked. She hurried out of her room, down the hall then opened the window in the living room.

"What are you doing here?" Caroline whispered when he was facing her from outside.

"The truth or what I should say?" Damon asked mischievously and she giggled quietly.

"What should you say?" She smirked.

"That I couldn't sleep because I want to kiss you." He replied and she smiled as her stomach fluttered.

"Truth?" She asked amused.

"Booty call." He winked and she cracked a laugh.

"I see." She responded amused – then he reached in the window and grabbed her and pulled her outside and she let out an unladylike squawk in surprise making him laugh. "What are you doing?" She gasped, slinging her arms around his neck for support.

"What do you think I'm doing?" He teased then pulled the window over so that it looked closed in case Liz got up during the night or anything then he carried Caroline around the back of the house and she was shaking with laughter – understanding that he was carrying her because she was barefoot.

"You really like carrying me around, huh?" She teased and he smirked.

"Think it's an 1800s thing." He winked and she giggled. "Hang on." He whispered then darted away in a blink…


It felt like seconds later when they arrived at a tiny cabin in the woods. Caroline was visibly surprised when he unlocked the door then carried her inside and she couldn't help a smile seeing that there were candles lit everywhere giving it a warm glow which she found rather romantic.

"Aww." She smiled and he smirked. "Are you becoming a little romantic, Mr Salvatore?" She teased affectionately as he carried her over to the bed and he chuckled at how absurd that idea was.

"No." He denied. "I just love you and we're back together and we haven't slept together in ages and I wanted it to be… nice." He admitted and her insides stirred as he gently set her down on the bed then kicked his boots off, tossed his jacket aside and finally climbed on top of her on the bed and her arms gently settled around his neck while his face hovered above hers.

"You just going to look at me?" She whispered and he exhaled. "Why are you nervous? It's just me." She stated and his eyebrows furrowed.

"Because it's the first time we've been alone together since our blood deal." Damon answered quietly and she understood – it would be their first time since they'd realised that they were 'forever'. She moved her hands down to his chest then unbuttoned the top button of his shirt as she watched his eyes and he watched hers. She unbuttoned the next one then the next one, slowly, caringly, until the shirt was open then her hands tenderly caressed the skin of his chest and he let out an almost inaudible sigh of happiness and pleasure.

"Kiss me." Caroline whispered and he smiled a little.

"I love you." He said gently, staring into her eyes, the way he said it giving her no doubt that it was true.

"I love you too." She replied then his lips met hers in a gentle but passionate kiss as Caroline's hands moved around his body to his back under the shirt, trailing her fingers affectionately over his back.

He hadn't needed to say the words because she knew him well enough to know that he'd been nervous because he didn't want to just have sex, he wanted to make love and she was sure that he hadn't really ever done anything like that purposely before. They'd had loving sex before but not the kind that began with gentility and tenderness the way this had…


Afterwards, Damon lay with his upper body half on top of her and his face tucked into her neck with his arm over her waist and his legs flush against her side while her arms were locked around his back and her body tilted towards him. They'd been lying there for a while in silence because neither needed to say anything after that. They knew what they had was incredibly special, so there was no real need to talk about it.

"I have school in the morning." Caroline mumbled and he chuckled in disbelief against her neck.

"Really? That's the first thing you say after that?" Damon smirked and she snickered and kissed his ear which amused him.

"You know I love you. You know I loved what just happened between us. You know I want to be with you forever. What epic thing did you want me to say?" She smirked and his insides fluttered at the other part.

"I don't know." He countered. "Not that." He stated and she giggled.

"What's with the cabin? You compel this place or something?" She teased and he rolled his eyes but didn't move from where he was tucked into her.

"This is my secret place. I built in 1861." Damon admitted surprising her.

"You built it?" She asked and he nodded.

"I own all of the land a square mile around it too. I used my army pay to buy this land." He smirked and she smiled surprised.

"So, is this where you disappear to when nobody can find you?" She asked and he chuckled.

"Yeah, basically." He agreed and she smiled. "Nobody else knows about it though. You're the only person I've ever had in here." He added and her stomach fluttered.

"I won't tell anyone." She assured gently and he smiled.

"I know." He agreed then kissed her skin. "Come here when you go back to the future." He bid and she smiled and gave him a small squeeze.

"Okay." She agreed.

"Can't believe I'm going to go without for over a year." He grumbled against her and she giggled.

"Bet you won't make it." She teased.

"I will so." He defended. "If you mean it that we're going to be together for real and permanently when you go back to the future, nothing and nobody would ever be worth risking that for." He replied quietly and she smiled as her heart melted.

"I came up with a semi-solution." She began.

"What's that?" He tested sceptically.

"Well, I'm obviously going to leave a letter for my past-self, so I was thinking I might put in it that she could visit you when her vampire hormones get the best of her." She smirked and he cracked a laugh.

"You want me to be your past-self's fuck buddy?" He asked amused and she chuckled.

"Well… why not? It means my past-self is regularly getting some so she won't hook up with anyone else and it means you don't have to be celibate since it's not cheating." Caroline detailed and he considered that.

"Why can't I just date your past-self? I don't mind starting over as long as I have you." Damon countered gently and her stomach fluttered.

"Because you still need time to get over Katherine, for one." She reminded and he was about to argue that but she continued before he could. "For another, I'm kind of commitment-phobic in general, so you already being in love with me when she won't remember ever meeting you before would freak my past-self out." She added surprising him. "And lastly…" She muttered. "My past-self is a stupid airhead and I don't want you seeing that." She mumbled embarrassed and he cracked a laugh.

"But I'm going to have to teach her control." Damon pointed out and she froze.

"Uh…Elijah already agreed to do that." Caroline admitted and his head snapped up to look at her.

"What?" He asked her in disbelief. "I am your sire." He said like it was obvious. "How could you let some other vampire train you?" He questioned and she saw that he was pretty hurt.

"Because my past-self is going to freak out about being a vampire. Like hysterics and crying and confusion since I know nothing about the supernatural in this time. I'm blunt and dramatic and neurotic and a control freak so all of that is going to be heightened into a dangerous bumbling mess of chaos… I don't give a flying crap if Elijah sees me like that because I don't care what he thinks about anything." She said. "But I'll be really embarrassed if you see it." She said sadly and he exhaled.

"But why? I love you so much. I don't care if she throws a tantrum and breaks the whole boarding house. I want to be there for you and try to make it easier. I want to assure your past-self that I'm always going to be there. That she doesn't have to worry about a thing, because I'll do anything to make it better." He opposed, staring into her eyes and she felt badly.

"You're not going to like me like that." Caroline disputed softly and he nodded.

"Yes, I am, because I can completely understand it. You have experience of this world, so you've grown up but your poor past-self is an innocent seventeen year old girl who is going to wake up as a creature from monster movies after having no idea of this world, missing months of her life, she'll find out that she was shot, almost killed by an 'animal attack' and was on the news because of it, that her best friend is suddenly a vampire too while the other is a witch, that her future-self came back in time and took over her body, had a relationship with me that everyone knows about and she'll have no memory of any of it but she'll no doubt feel violated by the fact I know every inch of your body when she'll feel like she's never met me before. It's quite cruel, to be honest, and she will have every right to freak the fuck out because if that was me, I know I would too." Damon detailed and she exhaled.

"I never thought of it that way before." Caroline admitted and he nodded.

"It's another reason that I want you to stay in this time." He added. "What if your past-self gets so upset that she turns it off?" He put forward seriously and she frowned and bit her lip. "What if she hates me for going out with her future version?" He asked concerned. "Caroline, I… I've barely been sleeping because all of this runs through my head on repeat. We fell in love eternally in just a few months… what if she hates me for over a year? That would ruin our future together because these will be your memories, so you'll feel that hate too." He stated and she nodded with a sigh.

"Alright, Damon." She relented.

"Alright, what?" He asked confused and she took a deep breath.

"Alright… I'll stay in this time." She replied and he was glad that he was lying down already…


A/N:

Next time - what happened to Stefan?