Chapter Twenty

Closing her mouth Bonnie raced to catch up with him, almost tumbling down the steps in the process. "Damon, wait up. I was just joking about the first kiss." She told him breathlessly as she finally caught up with him. "I know." He said with a small smile as he began to walk once more closer to the shore. Looking at the water Bonnie raised a curious brow as she remembered something. "I thought that vampires hated running water." She said as they stopped a few feet from the shore. "Vampires hate crossing running water. Ancients like Klaus can't without an extreme amount of pain but younger ones like my little brother and me get something to the equivalent of a really nasty tummy ache, depending on how strong we are." Nodding to show him that she understood she slipped off her shoes.

"What are you doing?" He asked as she handed them to him. "I'm going to get my toes wet for a second. It's been forever since I've been to the beach." Bonnie could feel his eyes on her as she raced forward and dug her toes in the soft wet sand. Closing her eyes as the sea foam surrounded her toes she began to realize that maybe her birthday wasn't turning out so bad after all. Turning back around she walked back to him and finding a smile on his face her curiosity seized her once more. "What?" She asked and moved to take her shoes back but Damon had other plans. Extending a hand in the air he kept her shoes out of her reach. "Hey now fair picking on the gravitationally challenged girl." She told him as he continued to play keep away with her shoes, pushing her gently away with his free hand. "Give them back Damon or you'll be sorry." Smiling down at her as she jumped in the air he gave a soft chuckle. "What are you going to do? Bite my ankles?" Giving a frustrated growl Bonnie stopped jumping and stepped back to glare at him. "Fine keep them, but I must say they're not your size and will look horrible with that outfit."

Tossing her shoes to the ground Damon stepped forward and grabbed her playfully by her arms. Pain shot through her as his hand came in contact with the scratch on her arm. Releasing her Damon took her arm gently with both hands and sought out the wound. Pushing the torn material of the sleeve away he studied the scratch, a worried expression etched on his face. "Well I don't see any pieces of wood and it's already starting to heal up." Letting go of her arm he ripped a piece of his own sleeve off. Bonnie watched in silence as he walked to the shore and dipped the piece of fabric into the water. Returning to her he took her arm in one hand and moved to wipe the scratch with the soaked piece of his sleeve.

She tensed slightly as the salt water came in contact with her skin, causing it to sting for a moment. "I know this probably hurts a little but I have to clean it." Gritting her teeth she nodded her head as he continued to clean the scratch a few minutes. When he was done he placed a small kiss on the scratch before ringing out the water in the cloth. 'Souvenir?' Bonnie asked herself silently with a smile as he folded the damp cloth up and slid it into one of his pockets when he was done "What about you?" She asked softly out loud, reaching out to touch the spot over his heart that was stained with blood. "I'll be fine, I started healing about an hour ago." As he said this Bonnie remembered hearing that vampires healed faster than humans. "But you lost a lot of blood. Don't you need to." "Feed?" He finished for her, and a smile touched his lips as she nodded her head.

"I could feed right now but I don't need t. I'm not in any danger." Sighing with relief she was happy to know that he wasn't hurt bad enough need a 'blood transfusion' or anything extreme like that. Stepping closer to him she placed both of her hands on his chest. "But you could use a few drops right?" Covering her hands with one of his he shook his head as he stroked her cheek with the back of his other hand. "Not tonight Bonnie, that's something I'd like to save for a night less stressful. A night that we can devote entirely to one another." He told her, his eyes darkening slightly. Bonnie knew it was a promise it was evident in his voice and the way he was looking at her with his obsidian eyes.

"Ok." She agreed in a hushed voice as she rested her forehead on his chest. "Where do we go from here?" She half expected him to make a joke about driving somewhere else but he didn't. "We'll just see what tomorrow brings. I've got tons of skeletons in my closet and things that I have done that I'm not proud of but if you're willing to look past my flaws I think I can try to be a better person for you, to make what we have work." Snuggling closer into him as he wrapped his free arm around her she felt content in just being with him. Thinking back on it she realized she had gotten exactly what she had wanted out of the day. She got the action, the adventure, and the handsome knight willing to risk anything to rescue the damsel in distress. The more she thought about it the more she realized she got 'A Day of Chivalry.'

The End.. ok.. tell me what you all thought.. Whether you loved it, hated it, thought it was the kewlest thing since sliced bread.. I wanna know. It's been fun writing it and listening to everyone's comments. Shadow:.. sorry I didn't make her kick him but he just didn't seem to need it after a while.