We have reached the end! I'm so sad to see this story be over, but, at the same time, it was only supposed to be ten chapters. I'm so thankful to all the support I've had along the way for this story and I'm finally ready to put the characters away for now.
I'll (hopefully) be starting a new Delena story soon, I just need to find my muse.
I hope you all enjoy the final chapter.
"Damon!" Elena screamed from their bedroom.
Hearing his wife, he scrambled up the stairs and looked at her, "What? What's wrong?"
"It's time," she said, her lip quivering slightly. Her hands were braced on the doorframe to the bathroom and she looked as if she was in pain.
His brows creased in confusion before he looked down and noticed the puddle of water around her feet. His anxiety skyrocketed as he stuttered, "W-what about Amelia and Jacob?"
Elena sighed and grabbed the hospital bag that she had packed weeks ago, "Call Care and Stef. They can watch them for a little while."
He nodded and took out his phone as he went to collect their other children. She sat on the bed and waited for her husband as her mind wandered back to every other time that she had waited.
Stacey Elizabeth was the first to be born on the fourth of July. The little girl had decided that she wanted to be a week early and make her appearance right as the fireworks were going off in New York City. That was the year that Caroline had convinced the new couple to get away for a late celebration of their wedding anniversary. She was the spitting image of Elena with chocolate hair and mahogany eyes; however, she had Damon's pale skin.
Jacob Cooper followed when Stacey was almost two. Damon had been on a plane to join Elena in Mystic Falls. Jenna had just given birth to her second child and Elena wanted to be there and ended up going into labor herself. Jacob was as sweet as could be. He was a miniature Damon in every way, yet seemed more suited to Stefan's passive disposition.
And, now, the couple was awaiting the new arrival of Samantha Elaine and James Castiel. They had been thrilled when they learned that they were having twins, as unexpected as it might've been. Explaining it to their other children had been difficult, but with Stacey almost five and Jacob three, they grew to like the idea of having two new babies.
"Caroline just got here," Damon said, rushing into the room and running a hand threw his messy raven hair as he looked around the room, "What else do you need? Do you have everything? Is there-"
"Damon, I'm ready to go," Elena smiled, cutting him off, "We've been through this twice before; we should be experts by now."
He nodded absentmindedly and took the overnight bag from her, "Let's get going, kitten. I'm ready to meet our other two miracles."
"No running in the house, please!" Elena called after the blur that she was sure were her children.
The day had finally come to celebrate Samantha and James' first birthday. The twins were currently being passed around the living room between the relatives while the two older children were playing with Toby and Eliza, Jenna and Ric's children. She wasn't sure where her husband had wandered off to, but she was thankful every moment for the little family that they had created.
"What're you thinking about, baby?" Damon asked, appearing behind her and wrapping his arms around her waist, cradling her barely-there bump.
She smiled, "Just thinking about our family." She leaned back against him and closed her eyes. He had a way about him that always made her relax and she couldn't be happier.
He chuckled, pressing a kiss to the side of her neck, "How's our newest addition doing today?"
"Good. She's making mommy a little sick, though," Elena answered with a grimace.
She shrugged, "I just have a feeling it's a girl. We'll know in a few months."
"As long as this little miracle is happy and healthy, I don't care," he smiled, "Besides, we can always have more."
She gawked and turned around in his arms, "I thought we agreed on four?"
"Well, technically, the one nestled in your stomach right now is number five," Damon shrugged, doing that eye thing that she loved, "And, if we're going to break the rules, we might as well go all out." His hands dropped to her still flat stomach and rubbed it affectionately.
"Mommy! Toby took my dolly!" Stacey pouted as she wiggled her way between her parents, "Aunt Jenna is too busy with Sammy to help!"
Jacob wandered in after his sister and noticed that Damon's hands were still cradling Elena's flat stomach. His eyebrows pulled together as he asked, "Mama, is there another baby in your tummy?"
Stacey's mouth dropped open as she looked between her parents, "Is Jake right? Are we gonna have another brother and sister? Are you bored with Sammie and JC yet?"
Damon laughed and picked up his daughter, "We love Samantha and James very much, but sometimes-"
"You had sex, right?" Their five-year-old son asked, his face not alight with embarrassment in the slightest.
"Jacob, where did you hear that?" Elena asked, appalled.
He shrugged, "Uncle Stefan bought me a book. He said since I was five, I needed to have no-knowl-"
"Knowledge?" Damon suggested bitterly.
Elena sighed, "We really need to start watching what your brother gives our children."
"Are you gonna have a baby, Mommy?" Stacey asked, her brown eyes wide with excitement.
The raven-haired man hugged the girl close to his chest and smiled, "You're going to have another brother or sister soon."
"Yay!" The children cried in unison before Stacey wiggled out of her father's grip and ran to the living room yelling about being a sister again as Jacob trailed behind her.
"So much for keeping it quiet," Elena mumbled, leaning against her husband with a defeated sigh.
Damon snorted, "We're Salvatores, baby. We don't do quiet."
Sara Emily followed Jackson Caleb closely, only eighteen months apart. Their last child, however, was Danté Alessandro. He was the only exception to the rules of their children's names seeing as he was born nearly two months early and Elena had almost lost him numerous times. He didn't resemble either Damon or Elena, but instead favored the blonde hair and green eyes of his Uncle Stefan. Danté was a smart boy, always ahead of his class and he even graduated at sixteen, ahead of Jackson and Sara.
Stacey, Samantha, James, and Jackson had all decided to follow in their father's footsteps and attend law school. When Giuseppe retired from the law firm, Stefan and Damon promptly took over before giving it to Damon's children.
Jacob had decided that he wanted to be a writer and as soon as he graduated from college, he took his reporting skills to Europe and traveled as much as he could. He was just like his mother, he wanted adventure and excitement.
Sara, on the other hand, was married right out of college to her high school sweetheart. They currently lived in Virginia and decided to uphold the 'Gilbert' tradition of being a Founding Family, thanks to Elena hyphenating their last names.
Danté decided to work for NASA. He was in charge of designing space shuttles and calculating everything in between.
Damon and Elena were thankful that they were able to watch their family grow. Seven children and many years later, and they were as strong as ever. They had defied all the odds and their marriage had survived.
Stefan and Caroline had never had children, but they were happy that they were a part of Damon and Elena's children's' lives. The couple was almost a set of extra parents.
"Sweetheart, are you still awake?" Damon asked, rolling over in bed and gazing at his wife.
He would never get over how beautiful she was, even though so many years had passed. Her dark hair was sprinkled with grey and her olive skin was lined delicately, but as soon as her eyes opened, all he saw was the woman he fell in love with thirty years ago.
"How can I sleep when you keep asking if I'm awake?" She quipped back, a smile pulling at her lips, "It's midnight, Damon."
"Then you should know how important today is," he shrugged, pulling a box out from under his pillow, "I mean, I know you're getting older-"
"Don't you dare finish that sentence if you want sex any time soon," she warned before her eyes landed on the box, "What…?"
Damon leaned forward and pressed a soft kiss to her lips, "It's our thirtieth anniversary, baby. Can you believe it?"
Her eyes misted with tears as she sat up with him quickly following suit, "Thirty years and seven children later…"
"Our life is beautiful," he murmured, kissing her temple as he handed her the box, "Open it, kitten."
She looked at him before opening the box and stifling a small gasp. Inside was a beautiful green photo album with the picture from their wedding in Vegas on the front. Gingerly, she opened the book and gazed at all the pictures inside.
Ric and Jenna's wedding, their Disneyland adventure, the week at the beautiful beach. There were a few candid photos of Damon teaching her how to swim and how to surf. Photos of the Christmas they spent in New York, as well as pictures of Elena holding the sonogram for Stacey. Caroline and Stefan were in quite a few of the pictures, too, always with smiles on their faces.
Photos of the beginning of their marriage cascaded into the rest of their lives. Every milestone with each of their children and every important moment was preserved between the pages of the green book.
"Damon…" There were no words for how Elena felt. He had went above and beyond for their anniversary and she had hardly even remembered it, not that she had ever been good with dates.
He wiped away the tears that were running down her face and cradled her in his arms, "I love you, Elena. I always have and I always will. You've given me so much in the past thirty years that I'll never be able to repay you."
"I have you," she whispered, kissing him softly, "You and our children are the best thing that ever happened to me."
Damon pulled back and stared into her beautiful mahogany eyes, "Going to Vegas was the best thing that ever happened to me."
"And waking up in Vegas next to you was the best thing that ever happened to me."
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