A/N: Sorry it took forever for this chapter life got in the way, I will try my best to finish the rest of the story maybe three more chapters thanks for reading.

I woke up to Damon staring at me smirking and I turned away from him when I remembered how he made me feel last night.

"Good morning Princess," He said kissing the back of my neck.

"Morning," I said with my back still turned to him.

"Did I do something wrong?" He asked nuzzling my neck.

"I don't know what you're talking about," I said shrugging.

"I prefer the sexy one you wore last night...so what did I do to deserve this one," He chuckled as he tugged at my covered-up pajamas.

"I asked if you saw Katherine last night and you kind of blew me off," I said.

"Well, she cornered me outside the grill last night...but what's that got to do with us?" He asked frowning.

"What did you two talk about?" I asked sitting up and facing him.

"Nothing important, she was just being Katherine...well, first she tried to get me jealous by telling me she spent the day with Stefan but when that didn't work she offered to sleep with me and I told her to get lost," He said seriously.

"I believe you but you came back here last night all hot and bothered, how do I know it wasn't her you wished you were pounding into aggressively," I said and he looked shocked.

"I'm confused right now... was I too rough on you last night Elena?" He asked with a confused look on his face.

"I can handle rough Damon, but not when you wished it was your ex-whore," I said.

"What, now you're just being ridiculous Elena," He said getting angry.

"But it's the truth," I said and he got off the bed and started putting his clothes back on.

"Dammit, she's still ruining my life even when she's not here," He said to himself in frustration.

"I was just being honest about how I felt last night," I said looking up at him.

"Elena, if you're having a second thought about being with me just say so, what you're doing right now is ridiculous," He said angrily and flashed away before I could stop him.

This is not how I expected the conversation to go, I thought we'd just talk and resolve it but it went completely wrong so fast.

I laid back on the bed not interested in facing the world today but of course, I wasn't that lucky, today is the Mystic Falls Historical Society Volunteer Day and most of the town will be there helping with the new public park, there's never a dull moment in Mystic Falls since Carol Lockwood became the Mayor, there's a celebration for every damn thing in this town.

In the previous timeline, Mason exposed Damon and Stefan to the Sheriff and her deputies today, I don't know if that's going to happen the same way but it's better to be safe than sorry.

I dragged myself out of bed and brushed my teeth then I took my laundry downstairs to wash, while the washing machine was running I made coffee and had a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I lounged around a bit on the couch in the living room flipping through the current issue of Jenna's Instyle magazine but my thoughts lingered on my situation with Damon. I finished up with my laundry went back upstairs took a shower and got dressed for the day before driving over to the boarding house to get the blood I promised Caroline.

I arrived at the boarding house and went inside without knocking on the door hoping no one would hear me which is close to impossible, I went to the kitchen and grabbed two blood bags from the hidden compartment in the fridge because I didn't want to go to the basement. I quickly put them in the freezing lunch bag I brought with me, I made my way towards the front door but I was met by Stefan.

"Hey Stefan," I greeted in a high pitch voice.

"Elena, are you coming or going," He asked.

"Um...I'm going, I just came to grab something," I said.

"You don't want to see Damon?" He asked curiously.

"I'm in a hurry...oh, you should know that someone will try to expose you and Damon at the volunteer thing at the park today, so please don't drink anything there it might be spiked," I said quickly.

"Who's trying to expose us?" He asked alarmed.

"I can't tell you, I don't need any confrontations today. Just bring your own water or whatever, please warn Damon about this okay" I said but I'm sure he already heard from his room.

"Keeping us in the dark about who's trying to expose us doesn't help Elena," He said with his hands in his pocket something he does when he's nervous.

"All I can say is this person is trying to prove to the Sheriff of what you are so be careful," I said and he nodded.

"It's barely a week and you two already have relationship problems... I knew he was going to mess up," He said changing the subject.

"It's not what you think and it's really none of your business," I said and ran to my car.

I sat in the car for a while and contemplated going back in to see Damon in his room but we shouldn't be talking with Stefan in the house gloating, so I changed my mind and drove away.

I texted Caroline that I have something for her she told me to meet her in the parking lot of the new park, she was waiting impatiently for me when I arrived.

"There you are, you took your sweet time getting here," She said in her typical Caroline fashion.

"Hello to you too Caroline, I only texted you a minute ago," I said rolling my eyes.

"Well, I don't have all day," Caroline said.

"I brought you a little something," I said giving her the freezing lunch bag from my car.

"Oh my God, thank you so much, Elena," She said after opening the bag.

"Sorry, I only got two bags," I said.

"No problem, you're a good friend Elena," She said smiling at me.

"Thanks, now let's go get our hands dirty," I said with a smile.

We joined the rest of the volunteers after she hid her blood bag in her car, we volunteered to paint some of the structures built for the flower beds it was easier in my opinion.

"Why is Bonnie not here getting her hands dirty too?" Caroline asked after a couple of hours of painting.

"Maybe she's running late," I said.

"I guess," She said painting away.

"Is everything okay with you and the Salvatores?" She asked looking over my shoulders.

"Yeah, why do you ask," I said not turning around.

"They've been throwing you some weird looks since they got here," Caroline said frowning.

"I don't know what you're talking about," I said finishing up my task.

"Well, I think it's for the best," She said with a shrug.

"I'm ready to take a break if you are," I said ignoring her comment.

"Definitely, let's go that way," Caroline said pointing away from the Salvatores.

"Sure, let me grab some water" I got two bottles of water and followed her.

We went to a slightly remote area near a stream, I gave her one of the bottled water and we sat on a rock.

"It's really beautiful out here," I said admiring the scenery.

"Elena, you never told me why you and the guys are fighting," She said whining.

"I never said we were fighting, you just assumed Care," I said irritated.

"So you mean..." She started to say but I've had enough.

"I know you've been spying on me for Katherine, and please don't deny it," I confronted her.

"Oh Elena, I wanted to tell you but she threatened me," she said ashamed.

"I'm not mad at you Care, but you could've asked for help," I said.

"She said she'd kill Matt if I told anyone," She said helplessly

"Don't worry, I'd play along she won't suspect a thing and maybe at the right time you could turn the table on her," I said.

"Thank's for understanding, I thought you'll hate me," She said relieved.

"She threatened someone you care about, so I can never hate you for doing what you have to do," I said.

"You sure she won't know I talked," She said nervously.

"Nope, with all your drama training classes I say you got this," I said smiling.

"You're so right," She said with confidence.

"What exactly did she want?" I asked.

"She wanted you far away from Stefan, but now she just wants you away from both of them, she said they belong to her...whatever that means" She explained.

"She doesn't own them, she's delusional," I said chuckling.

"I'd say she's evil and I'm so scared of her Elena," She said.

"Yep, she's evil alright," I said.

"I still can't get over Bonnie being an actual witch...well she's being telling us for a while now but I never believed her," She said smiling.

"I'll believe anything these days...my two best friends a witch and a vampire," I said smiling and looked over at her but she was distracted by something else.

"Elena, I think something is happening over there...I hear Stefan" She said pointing to the direction of whatever she was hearing.

"Oh my God...Care, let's go" I said praying that I was wrong in my assumption.

I was freaking out because I knew somehow Damon has managed to let himself be captured again even after I warned them, I ran after Caroline then we got to a clear path in the woods and what we saw wasn't what I expected at all.

The Sheriff was unconscious on the ground and I heard people shouting call an ambulance, Damon was kneeling by her side checking her pulse while Mason was pacing around saying repeatedly to no one in particular that it was an accident.

Caroline stood still in shock afraid to near her mother and I also noticed Stefan was staying away too then it occurred to me that the Sheriff might be bleeding and they could smell it, Damon would've given the Sheriff some blood if there wasn't an audience watching.

"Please... tell me she's not dead" Caroline finally asked in a broken voice, I looked over at Damon for answers.

"She has a pulse, Blondie," Damon said.

Luckily the ambulance arrived quickly because the Mayor had them on standby for emergencies and the paramedics started working on her.

"It was an accident, she fell and knocked her head on that rock," Mason said to the paramedics while Damon just glared at him and I knew there was more to the story.

"I can't lose her Elena, I was so mean to her this morning...I need her to be okay" Caroline said to me.

"Don't think like that, you're not going to lose her Care," I said but I was freaking out on the inside.

The paramedics lifted the Sheriff on the stretcher and transferred her into the ambulance, Caroline tried to get inside too but they stopped her.

"I'm sorry but you can't ride with us," One of the paramedics said.

"How dare you, she's my mother and I'm going with her," Caroline said offended.

"Caroline, let them do their job, give me your keys I will drive you," Stefan suggested calmly.

"Okay," She said getting out of the paramedics' way.

I was glad Stefan intervened because God forbids she accidentally feed on her mother on the way to the hospital, as soon as the ambulance left she tossed her car keys to Stefan and we all followed her to the parking lot.

"How did this happened again?" Caroline stopped abruptly and asked.

"Wolf boy here knocked her over," Damon said.

Caroline flashed over to Mason and grabbed him by the neck, Stefan stepped in and quickly to separate them.

"Whoa, does your mother know what you are?" Mason said in shock and made a disgusted face.

"Shut up before I snap your neck," Caroline said threateningly.

"We'd sort this out later, let's just make sure the Sheriff is okay first," I said glaring at Mason.

I know it's going to be difficult stopping Damon from killing Mason today, I don't even know the right thing to do in this situation because Liz wasn't supposed to get hurt.

"Mason, I think you should leave and pray that Caroline's mom pulls through," I said hoping he doesn't go away planning another way to expose my friends.

"Nope, he needs to die for what he pulled here today," Damon said dissatisfied.

"I'm really sorry about your mother," Mason said to Caroline before leaving ignoring Damon being held back by Stefan.

"He's not getting away with this," Damon said to his brother.

"I will see you at the hospital right," Stefan said to me getting into the car with Caroline.

"Yeah, right behind you guys," I said.

They drove away and I was left standing there with my boyfriend who looked very unfriendly, I hope we could resolve our own issue too later.

"I warned you he couldn't be trusted," Damon said accusingly.

"Do you need a ride?" I asked ignoring his comment.

"Nope," He said avoiding my eyes.

"Alright, um...you left before we could finish our talk this morning," I said as he was turning around to leave.

"That's funny, I was told you came to the boarding house and avoided me," He said raising his eyebrows.

"I was just there to steal a couple of your blood bags, I hope you don't mind," I said and he looked confused.

"Oh, so you drink blood now," He said sarcastically.

"I got it for Caroline, she was having a hard time on Stefan's diet" I explained smiling but his face was unreadable.

"Mm-hmm, I have to go," He said and left before I could ask him where.

All I wanted this morning was an acknowledgment and an apology, now we have to clear up this awkwardness between us before it becomes a bigger problem. I called Bonnie on my way to the hospital and told her what happened to Caroline's mom and she said she'd meet us at the hospital. I got to the hospital and went straight to a nurses' station to get information on the Sheriff and they directed me to the fourth floor. Stefan was sitting patiently while Caroline was pacing the waiting room when I got there.

"Oh I'm so glad you're here Elena, I'm losing my mind," Caroline said hugging me.

"I called Bonnie on my way she'd be here soon, any news from the doctors?" I asked her.

"No, they won't tell us anything," she said restlessly.

"She'll be okay, can I get you anything...coffee or something?" I asked.

"No thanks," Caroline said.

"Maybe we should go hunting Caroline, you must be hungry," Stefan suggested.

"No thanks, I'm not hungry," She replied quickly.

"Why don't you take a short walk with me," I said to Caroline gesturing to her to follow me.

I know she doesn't want to hunt with Stefan because she doesn't like the taste of it but that doesn't mean she's not hungry.

"I guess it's okay," Caroline said reluctantly.

"Call if the doctor gets here before us," I said to Stefan.

"No problem," He said with a nod.

When we got to a safe distance I told her she needed to eat something because her present situation is very emotional and we don't want her to lose control, so we went to her car so she could feed on the blood bag I gave her and we sat in her car for a while after she fed since we never got any call to go back inside.

Bonnie, Jeremy, and Damon were there when we finally returned to the waiting room.

"Hey Caroline, I came as soon as I heard," Bonnie said hugging her.

"I'm sorry about your mom Care," Jeremy said.

"Thank you, Jeremy" Caroline replied.

"Stefan any news?" I asked.

"Nothing yet," He said and I nodded.

Damon was standing a little away from everyone else, so I went over and stood next to him quietly for a while.

"Why do I get the feeling that you don't want to talk," I finally whispered.

"What gave it away," He said with an eye roll.

"I don't get why you..." I paused when I saw the doctor walking over.

We all rushed towards the doctor, I held my breath hoping for a good news.

"I'm Dr. Fleming, Liz Forbes family?" The doctor asked after introducing himself.

"Caroline, how's my mom?" Caroline asked impatiently.

"I'm waiting on her MRI results, but right now she's sedated and sleeping comfortably," The doctor said.

"So she's going to be okay," Bonnie asked the doctor.

"Yes, It looks fine at this point so she should be waking up in a couple of hours" The doctor explained.

"Can I see her?" Caroline asked in anticipation.

"Sure, but only two people at a time, she's in room 412," The doctor said and Caroline nodded.

"Thanks, doctor," I said before he left.

"Bonnie, can you come with me please," Caroline said.

"Of course," Bonnie said then looked in my direction and I gave her a nod to let her know It doesn't bother me.

After Caroline and Bonnie left the waiting room to see the Sheriff, I sat down next to Jeremy.

"Stefan we need to go take care of wolf boy," Damon said to his brother.

"What's your plan?" I asked Damon as I'm not a fan of his usual method.

"I'm surprised this place is not crawling with the deputies yet, I expected Mason to be doing a lot of talking," Stefan said.

"I already talked to Carol Lockwood, wolf boy hasn't said anything yet," Damon said.

"When you said take care of him...did you mean to kill him?" Jeremy asked in a whisper.

"No one is killing anyone Jer, right Damon?" I said raising a brow.

"Right," Damon said rolling his eyes at me.

"Damon, I'm serious we can handle this another way," I said almost pleading.

"You're not the one getting exposed here Elena, Stefan please feel free to jump in anytime," Damon said.

"Mason out there is dangerous for us right now, maybe we can make a deal with him," Stefan suggested.

"Of course, Saint Stefan why don't we just stake ourselves while we are at it," Damon said rolling his eyes.

I walked over to Damon and took his hands to get his attention, he became still and looked at me.

"You could maybe lock him up in the basement where Katherine can't reach him, then when vervain is out of his system you can compel him to forget everything" I suggested hoping Damon would listen.

"This conversation is getting too heavy for a hospital waiting room," Jeremy said nervously.

"Damon, I think Elena's idea makes more sense than just killing the guy," Stefan said getting up from his seat.

"I'll think about it, let's go, Stefan," Damon said.

Damon stepped away from me so quickly without saying goodbye and left with Stefan.

A couple of hours later Bonnie came out to tell us that Liz was awake, we went to the room and she was sitting up in bed talking to Caroline.

"Hi Liz, I'm glad you're okay," I said walking closer to her bed.

"Elena...Jeremy thanks for coming" The Sheriff said tiredly.

"Sheriff, how do you feel?" Jeremy asked.

"I feel like I have a house on my head...other than that great," She said trying to smile.

"Do you want me to call the doctor?" Caroline said fussing over her mother.

"No honey, I'm okay...nothing a little rest won't cure," She said holding her daughter's hand.

"Yeah, maybe we should go and let her rest," I said.

"You guys should go I still need to talk to the doctor," Caroline said.

"Alright, call us if you need anything okay," Bonnie said and Caroline nodded.

"Don't forget to step out to eat when you get hungry okay," I said giving her a look.

"Thanks, I can handle it okay," Caroline said pushing us out of the room.

"Thank you, kids," The Sheriff said and settled back in her bed.

I left the hospital feeling a little less worried, I went to the grill with Bonnie and Jeremy to get something to eat then I hung out with them for a while before going home. I went straight to my room feeling a little tired so I laid down on my bed to rest my eyes and as soon as my head hit the pillow it was lights out for me.

I woke up hours later to a very quiet house, I got out of bed and went downstairs to the kitchen to get a glass of water I checked the time and it was midnight, wow I couldn't believe no one bothered to wake me up for dinner.

I know the day was stressful and all but I've never taken a nap this long before, I went to Jenna's and Jeremy's room to check in on them and they were sleeping peacefully.

I went back to my room and checked my phone but there was no missed calls or texts from anyone, not even Caroline to update me on her mother.

I got ready for bed for real this time but of course I couldn't sleep, a part of me was tempted to drive over to the boarding house and hash it out with Damon I can't have him avoiding me every time we have a fight but thinking back on it now I shouldn't have picked a fight with him this early in our relationship. I didn't know he was going to react the way he did, It's safe to say the thought of Katherine made me feel so insecure and it clouded my judgment.

I turned my thoughts away from my relationship troubles to reflect on how I've made a mess of other things too, I blame myself for what happened yesterday because in trying to protect Mason I put Liz in danger she could've died, I should've been upfront with Damon and Stefan and none of that would've happened, I have to do better next time because I can't afford another mistake.

It was 3 a.m and my head hurts from all the thinking I've been doing so I decided to read instead, I picked my most boring book that always put me to sleep and it worked like a charm.

Jeremy woke me up in the morning to tell me Tyler has given the moonstone to Mason, he also told me the Sheriff checked herself out of the hospital against doctor's orders and I was relieved because that means she was better, I don't know what I would've done otherwise.

I showered and got dressed before going down to the kitchen to get something to eat, I put on a pot of coffee and I poured myself a bowl of cereal because I was too impatient for anything else that's how hungry I was.

"Good morning Elena," Aunt Jenna greeted entering the kitchen.

"Morning Aunt Jenna... I can't believe you didn't wake me up for dinner last night," I said shoveling down my cereal.

"Oh, I thought you were with Damon," She said looking confused.

"Nope, I was tired when I got home yesterday evening so I decided to take a quick nap...Imagine my shock when I woke up by midnight" I said.

"I'm sorry, it didn't occur to me to check your room, I just assumed you were out with your boyfriend," She said apologetically.

"It's okay," I said finishing up with my cereal.

"It's official, I won't be winning the guardian of the year award anytime soon," She said chuckling awkwardly.

"Don't be too hard on yourself, it was an honest mistake," I said trying not to ruin her day by making her feel guilty.

"It wasn't even a takeout Elena, Ric made dinner last night," She said looking deflated if she didn't look like someone shot her puppy I would've laughed.

"I'm sure he'd make plenty more dinners in the future, don't worry about it okay," I said wishing I didn't say anything in the first place.

Why do I keep putting my foot in my mouth, first Damon now Jenna? I have to keep my feelings to myself for a while, it wasn't my intention to make anyone feel bad but that's all I've managed to do, thank God Jenna can't dump me.

"You're right," Jenna said.

"I heard the Sheriff discharged herself from the hospital last night," I said changing the subject.

"Oh yeah, maybe It wasn't as bad as we thought," Jenna said sipping her coffee.

"I was there Aunt Jenna she hit her head pretty bad and she was unconscious for a long time" I explained.

"I'm just glad she's okay, Jeremy filled me in on what happened with Mason," she said.

"Yeah, what's your plan for today?" I asked.

"I'm helping Carol Lockwood supervise the volunteers setting up for the Masquerade's ball, oops I'm already running late," Jenna said.

"I have a feeling you might see Katherine today, you still remember everything I taught you about compulsion?" I asked.

"Yeah, don't worry I've been preparing for it...even though what I'd like to do is knock her teeth out for messing with my family," She said confidently and I was impressed, I know I have Ric to thank for that.

"I know right," I said laughing.

"Ric has been teaching me how to use his hunter gadgets...you know just in case," She said proudly.

"Alright, just be careful," I said.

She gave me a hug before leaving the house, I texted Bonnie to meet me at the boarding house, I went back to my room grabbed my bag and car keys then drove to the boarding house very nervous to see Damon because I don't know what mood he's in today but when I arrived his car wasn't there.

"Anybody home" I shouted as I went to sit in the living room.

"Hey Elena," Stefan said coming into the room.

"Stefan... where is Damon?" I asked.

"I have no idea, he left a couple of hours ago," He said.

"I was hoping he'd be here so we could all discuss Mason's situation... Bonnie is on her way too" I said.

"Shouldn't your BOYFRIEND tell you where he'd be?" He said not even hiding his gloat.

My phone vibrated and it was a text from Jenna, she said she was sure Katherine just spoke to her and she told her to expect a call from her later for further instructions. I texted her back to go straight home, I also texted Jeremy to go home and stay with Jenna just in case until I get home.

I'm not sure why everything is happening so fast and different, I thought Katherine hurt Jenna in the other timeline because Damon rubbed it her face that he killed Mason, so what's her reason now. I'm losing control and we haven't even faced Klaus yet.

"Where did you two go yesterday when you left the hospital in a hurry?" I asked Stefan curiously.

He didn't say anything he just shrugged his shoulders, then I heard the front door, Bonnie and Damon walked into the room together.

"Hey, Bonnie...Damon," I greeted them.

"I thought I was late, then I saw Damon just driving in too...hi Stefan," Bonnie said.

Damon nodded at me before heading to his favorite side of the room to pour himself a drink.

"Hey Bonnie," Stefan greeted back.

"What is this gathering about?" Damon asked squinting his eyes in my direction.

"Well...I thought we should discuss what to do with Mason and to figure out if the Sheriff believed him or not" I explained looking at him.

"Don't worry about wolf boy, and leave the Sheriff to me I will take care of her too," Damon said dismissively.

"What did you do to Mason?" I asked trying not to panic.

"Did you kill him?" Bonnie asked glaring at Damon.

"Relax ladies, he's in the basement...if I recall correctly it was your idea Miss Gilbert," Damon said smirking and Bonnie looked relieved.

"I was going to tell you, we shadowed him for a while yesterday and we finally got him at dawn on his way back from wherever" Stefan explained.

"I bet on a conjugal visit with the evil bitch," Damon said chuckling.

"So did he say anything yet?" I asked looking in Stefan's direction because Damon's attitude is annoying me right now.

"No, we asked him about the moonstone and he just laughed at us," Stefan said.

"I just have to spend a few minutes alone with him without saint Stefan here and he'd be spilling his guts," Damon said smirking.

"If he's had time to stash it since Tyler gave it to him then I know where it's hidden," I told them.

"Is that one of your "psychic" thing again?" Damon said mocking me.

Bonnie gave me a questioning look, I just shrugged.

"Stefan you should find wolfsbane to weaken him just to be safe...I don't know when the next full moon is" I said.

"Good call, I'll take care of it," Stefan said nodding.

"So tell me where the moonstone is, I already told Katherine I have it when I told her I killed her boy-toy," Damon said smirking.

"You shouldn't have done that Damon, all you did was put Jenna in her cross path just for fun," I said irritated.

At least the mystery is clear on how this whole thing got started.

"Whoa, what does that mean?" Damon asked seriously.

"Uh... don't worry about it, I took care of it," I said sighing.

"Of course you did, " Damon said rolling his eyes as he went over to pour himself another glass of bourbon.

"Everything okay with you two?" Bonnie asked me in a whisper.

"I'll tell you later" I whispered back.

"I should go take care of that wolfsbane thing," Stefan said.

Stefan got up to leave and the doorbell rang at the same time, he left to answer it then he was back in the room seconds later.

"Elena, it's Caroline and she can't get in," Stefan said.

"Oh okay, do you mind if I invite her in," I asked looking at him and Damon for approval.

"She's your friend, you don't need permission," Stefan said.

"Don't look at me...you can do whatever you want," Damon said leaving the room.

"You know I can hear you right, I don't have all day... invite me in now" Caroline demanded loudly.

"I'll be right there" I shouted back.

I went to the door and invited her inside then she blocked Stefan from leaving the house.

"I need everyone here, I have a message from Katherine and it's important Stefan," Caroline said.

"How's your mom doing Caroline?" Bonnie asked and I felt like a bad friend for not calling her sooner.

"Well, she's okay but she's very stubborn...she won't let me help her" Caroline complained.

"Help her with what," I asked.

"The hospital wanted her to come in for a follow-up and she refused to let me take her, can you imagine that," Caroline said.

"Why are you really here Blondie," Damon said leaning on a wall when he came back to the room.

"Well, Katherine cornered me in the bathroom at the grill to give me a message for you and Stefan...oh she was really scary" Caroline sighs heavily.

"I don't have all day Blondie, spit it out," Damon said irritatedly.

"Well, she said I quote "Tell Damon and Stefan that I want the moonstone or I will rip this town apart until it rains blood tomorrow night at the Masquerade Ball" Caroline delivered dramatically.

"Wow that's terrifying," Bonnie said.

I didn't say anything because I was pretty much expecting it but that didn't stop my annoyance towards Damon for always aggravating things, now the ball is rolling faster than I can control it.

"She's going to do it in public... you couldn't help yourself you had to rile her up about Mason," Stefan scolded his brother.

"She's just running scared and desperate...she's out of tricks," Damon said nonchalantly.

"We can't underestimate her, we have to play this smarter than her Damon," Stefan suggested.

"Can't we just give her the moonstone so she'd leave?" Caroline said.

"Nope, Katherine's not getting dick from me, I've had it with her...I will go to that Masquerade Ball and kill her," Damon said pacing the room angrily.

"I'll help you, I can't have her destroying this town again," Stefan said.

"Good, we have a plan, Elena you're quiet over there..do you object?" Damon said pouring another drink.

"Oh I agree with you and we have work to do," I said.

"Whoa, hell has frozen over," Damon said jokingly but I ignored him.

"I have to be home before Katherine attacks Aunt Jenna again," I said getting up to leave.

"Again, what happened?" Stefan asked.

I told them about Jenna's encounter with Katherine, now she expects Jenna to be dead or in the hospital so she might try again when she discovered none of that happened because I prepared her ahead of time.

"Did I miss something, how did she know to warn Jenna?" Caroline asked confused.

"It's a long story, I'll fill you in later" Bonnie said to Caroline.

"I need everyone at the Gilberts house tonight for operation kill the bitch...Elena let's go" Damon said grabbing his jacket.

"Where are we going?" I asked.

"Jenna's protection detail reporting to duty," Damon said heading to the front door.

I said goodbye to the others and caught up with Damon outside.

"We should take my car," I said.

"Yes boss," He said with no argument.

He got in the car and I drove us to my house we barely said anything to each other, so when he tried to get out the car when we arrived home I pulled him back.

"Are we okay?" I asked Damon.

"Sure," He said with no emotion.

"Damon, we still have to talk," I said.

"I'm not in the mood to talk right now" He sighs still holding the car door opened.

"Okay, I'll talk ...you just listen," I said.

"Alright," He said closing the car door reluctantly and settled back on his seat.

"Um, I didn't mean to offend you with what I said yesterday but that was how I felt at the time...I guess I was just feeling a little insecure but I'm over it now, I brought it up because we are supposed to be honest with each other" I tried to explain.

"Honesty? yeah right, coming from the same girl keeping secrets from me," He scoffed.

"I'll tell you everything when the time is right," I said.

"Not interested Elena, let's get inside we have important things to care of," He said.

He opened the car door to leave again but this time I didn't try to stop him.

Jeremy was in the living room engrossed in whatever video game he was playing while Ric and Jenna were sitting at the kitchen table talking and sharing a bottle of wine when we entered the house.

"The cavalry has arrived" Damon announced dramatically patting Ric on the back.

"Damon...Elena" Ric greeted.

"Ric I'm glad you're here, hey Aunt Jenna" I nodded at them.

"I expected you back sooner Elena," Jenna said.

"Sorry, I was held up," I said.

"I heard you were supposed to kill yourself, Jenna," Damon said chuckling.

"It's not funny man," Ric said glaring at Damon.

"She told me to grab the sharpest knife I could find and stab myself repeatedly, it took everything in me not to tell her to kiss my ass," Jenna told us.

"Katherine's a dramatic bitch," Damon said smirking.

"I'm glad you prepared me, Elena," Jenna said appreciatively.

"No problem," I said.

"Well Jenna, I'm at your service in case the crazy bitch decides to strike again," Damon said.

"Thanks," Jenna said to Damon.

"Damon, I got it covered," Ric said.

"That's cute Ric," Damon said smirking.

"What are we doing about Katherine?" Jeremy asked finally joining us in the kitchen.

"Don't worry baby Gilbert, it ends tomorrow night," Damon said convincingly.

"Cool whatever you're doing count me in," Jeremy said pumped.

"Don't you dare Jeremy," Aunt Jenna said warningly.

"Aunt Jenna, I want to help and you can't stop me," Jeremy said without a care and that Jenna up.

"So what's the plan, Damon?" Ric asked curiously.

"We're having a meeting later to make a plan," I replied quickly.

"Okay," Ric said.

"Since I'm stuck here with you bunch I might as well make dinner," Damon said looking through the fridge.

"That'd be awesome dude," Jeremy said.

"The fridge is kind of empty... Ric, I'm making a list, time for you to go shopping," Damon said writing on a paper he found in a drawer.

"Sure, I can do that" Ric agreed with no argument.

"Jer, let me know when the others get here," I whispered to him before sneaking away to hide in my room.

I couldn't take the awkwardness between Damon and me right now, he was being normal to everyone else but me.

I crawled into bed and popped in my iPod and turned the volume loud enough to drown out the laughter coming from the kitchen, hours later I was startled by Jeremy standing over me, I had my eyes closed I didn't see or hear him come into my room I took out the earbuds from my ears laughing awkwardly.

"Elena, I knocked but you didn't answer," Jeremy said.

"Sorry, the music was a little too loud," I said.

" I came to tell you dinner is ready," He said.

"Oh, you guys can go ahead and eat...I'm not hungry," I said.

"Damon made all your favorites, you don't want to miss it," Jeremy said.

"I'm just not hungry okay...let me know when the rest of the gang gets here for the meeting," I said.

"Alright, suit yourself," He said before leaving my room closing the door behind him.

When Bonnie came to my room later I was so relieved because I was tired of waiting for the so-called meeting.

"Hey girl, I heard you've been up here for a while...are you okay?" Bonnie asked sitting on my bed.

"I'm fine Bon, is everyone here yet," I said.

"Stefan will be here in about ten minutes he said, something about Mason" She explained.

"Give me a minute and I will be down okay," I said smiling at her.

"You know you can talk to me about anything right" She tried again.

I really don't think talking about it while Damon is downstairs probably listening is smart I'd talk to her some other time.

"I know that thanks," I said and she nodded and left the room.

I waited a couple of minutes before walking quietly downstairs to join the rest of the group in the kitchen area, Damon was watching me and I looked away avoiding his eyes, I still can't believe he didn't bother to check up on me while I was in my room.

"Elena, you missed dinner...I kept something in the fridge for you in case you changed your mind," Jenna said sipping wine, I'm shocked she's not face down passed out with all the drinking she's been doing.

"Thanks, Aunt Jenna" I smile awkwardly at her.

"Elena, come get your man before I hurt him," Caroline said in frustration.

I don't know what Damon said to piss her off but I was definitely not getting involved.

"I'd like to see you try Blondie," Damon said smirking and Stefan chose that moment to come in before things escalate.

Bonnie spelled the room and I kept quiet while everyone made suggestions before I said anything, I was surprised the room was unanimous with the idea of killing Katherine. I fed them their own plan from the previous timeline, Caroline was excited about the part she'd be playing in it, we spent most of the evening ironing out the plan.

Damon kept his eyes on me the whole time smirking, he was enjoying making me squirm in my seat.

I fixed my attention on Ric as he demonstrated to the gang how to use his weapons and they practiced with enthusiasm especially Jeremy.

"Why do I feel like you're not telling us everything" Damon whispered in my ears, I didn't even know when he got behind me.

"I thought you didn't care what I've got to say" I whispered back.

He pulled me away from the group to the living room and I went willingly.

"I don't want anything to go wrong tomorrow... so spill," Damon said.

"Nothing, but she's gonna say things to stop you...all lies by the way," I said.

"Like what?" He asked curiously.

"She might tell you she linked herself to me and whatever you do to her will happen to me too," I said avoiding his eyes

"And...any truth to that?" Damon asked in disbelief

"No, she'd say anything to throw you off your game," I assured him.

I hate myself for lying to him but I don't have a choice because if I told him the truth then he'd make a bigger deal out of it and last I checked he doesn't exactly trust witches and he won't believe that Bonnie and her grandmother could do what they promised I'm not even sure myself.

"Are you sure Elena? I may hate Katherine she's not worth risking your life," He said looking me in the eyes.

"Yeah, I'm sure," I said staring back at him and forcing a smile to be more convincing.

"Okay, I believe you," He said and my stomach turned with guilt.

He left me and walked back to the others in the kitchen, I sat on the couch for a moment to gather myself before joining them.

"We don't have the moonstone yet," Stefan said.

"I'll get it in the morning, he hid it in a place full of vervain...oh did I mention snakes too," I said shaking my head.

"Hmm, clever...I didn't know he had it in him," Damon said smirking.

"It also meant he didn't trust Katherine completely either," I said.

"You're right," Stefan said.

"I will take you there in the morning," I said looking at Ric.

"I'm trying not to ask questions here, but how do you know so much Elena?" Jenna asked confused.

I saw the look on Jeremy and Caroline faces and I know they have questions too but unfortunately, I don't have answers for them right now. I know it was irrational but I just suddenly felt attacked.

"I don't want to be rude or anything but I'm done talking for tonight goodnight," I said and marched out.

There was silence in the room as I left, I heard Bonnie tell someone not to worry that I'd be okay.

I showered and got into bed, I felt like the weight of the world is on my shoulders and I'm drowning with no life jacket, I broke down and cried into my pillow for a while and I wasn't sure why.

I never knew knowing the future will be this overwhelming or was it the keeping secrets from my friends and family part that was killing me, my mind wandered around a bit before I finally fell asleep.

When I woke up in the morning I had a feeling Damon has been in my room, it was just a feeling really or maybe my mind was just playing tricks on me. When we weren't together he was always in my room uninvited now he couldn't be bothered, he didn't even care if I had dinner last night what's up with that.

In normal circumstances, I'd be so angry right now and I'd tell him to go screw himself but I came back here for him and I'm not giving up without a fight, let just say my hurt feelings can wait.

I spent some time writing in my diary, oh I got so much to say and I felt a little better after I was done. I advised myself to stop obsessing about my relationship status and focus on making sure the plan today went smoothly or the repercussion might be fatal.

I got dressed in some old clothing to fish out the moonstone, I went down to the kitchen to get something to eat, the living room wasn't exactly empty like I expected Damon and Stefan were lounging there like they own the place.

"Morning guys, were you here all night?" I asked raising my eyebrows.

"Morning Elena, we stayed just in case," Stefan said.

"How did you sleep, Elena?" Damon asked giving me a look I couldn't read.

"I slept well thank you" I replied trying to appear cheerful.

I went to the kitchen to make coffee but a pot was already made, I poured myself a cup and sat at the kitchen table, I would've eaten the leftover from last night if Damon wasn't here.

Damon and Stefan came into the kitchen too, Stefan sat next to me while Damon went to open the fridge.

"Thanks for the coffee," I said looking at them both even though I knew Damon made it.

"What do you want for breakfast?" Damon asked standing by the opened fridge but before I could answer Jenna interrupted.

"Whatever you can make will be appreciated," Jenna said as she entered the room, Jeremy following closely behind her.

"Good morning family," I said.

Jenna squeezed my shoulders and smiled at me, I was relieved she wasn't holding a grudge after last night.

"I know there isn't much in there Damon, I have to remember to do groceries more," Jenna said awkwardly.

Stefan excused himself to go check on Mason while Damon made us pancakes and scrambled eggs and I noticed him watching me as I drenched my pancakes in syrup before devouring it.

After we've done eating Jenna and Jeremy excused themselves to their rooms, I was alone with Damon and I didn't know what to do with myself so I tried helping him with the dishes but he refused my help, I just sat there thinking of what to say.

"As soon as Ric gets here we can go get the moonstone," I said quietly.

"Sure," He said wiping down the sink.

It was hard watching him be all domesticated and cute when all I want to do is wrap my arms around him, I went to the laundry room instead to grab rain boots then I took out long rubber gloves from under the kitchen sink.

" What do you need those for?" He asked.

"Well, I need them to get the moonstone," I said.

"I'm guessing water is involved," He said smirking.

"Yeah, snakes too... that's what the gloves are for," I said chuckling.

"And you have to do this yourself?" He asked raising his brow.

"Yeah, I can handle it" I said and his expression changed.

"Sure you can," He said and I detected sarcasm in his tone.

I was relieved when Ric finally showed up and a couple of minutes later Stefan came back too.

I grabbed a rope from the attic and left the house with Damon and Ric in my car with Ric riding in the front seat, It was a short drive to the old well at the edge of the Lockwood property.

Damon made a fuss about me going down the well but Ric kept him in check while they work together to get me in and out of the well. I was creeped out the whole time because I hate snakes but I made sure not to show it, I got the box and key quickly because I knew exactly where to look and luckily I wasn't bitten by any snake.

When we got back to the house the rest of the gang were there, we went over the plan one more time. I insisted Jenna has to stay home and she wasn't happy about it but when Ric saw how serious I was he backed me up and offered to stay home with her which worked out perfectly.

Everyone went about their day, Bonnie waited for me while I took a shower and changed my clothes then we drove to her grandmother's house in her car.

"Hi, Ms. Sheila" I greeted when she opened the door to us.

"Hello Elena, good to see you again," Ms. Sheila said smiling at me.

"Grams, sorry I wasn't here last night like I promised something came up, " Bonnie came forward and hugged her.

"I figured you got a better offer than hanging with your old grandma," Ms. Sheila said lightheartedly.

She went into the kitchen and came back with a tray of milk and cookies for us, we accepted and thanked her without complaining, I can't remember the last time I had cookies with milk.

"Ms. Sheila, I know Bonnie has been updating you on what's been going on...Um, I was hoping you found a spell and you will be there with Bonnie to unlink me from Katherine when we face off with her tonight," I said a little on edge.

"Well, you won't be needing my presence there my child," She said and I panicked

"Grams, I can't do it alone...I'll need you there," Bonnie said and I nodded in agreement with her.

"Calm down kids, what I'm saying is I've already taken care of it and that's why you won't need me," She said chuckling at the look on our faces.

"How?" Bonnie and I asked.

"With the information you gave us Elena, I was able to contact Pauline my niece who connected me with Johanna and she arranged a meeting between me and her daughter Lucy," Ms. Sheila explained.

"Wow, that's impressive," I said in awe.

"Grams, why didn't you tell me you were doing all that?" Bonnie asked frowning.

"Child, I had to be sure it'd work before I say anything," Ms. Sheila said amused at our reactions.

"So did it work Ms. Sheila," I asked Impatiently.

"Yes, Lucy is a lovely girl she agreed to fake the link as long as we promise Katherine will not be around to come after her," Ms. Sheila explained.

"Grams, you don't have to worry about that the Salvatores are determined to get rid of her once and for all" Bonnie told her.

"Thanks, Ms. Sheila, we appreciate your help," I said delighted, she's made everything easier.

"I'll tell Lucy you said hello Grams," Bonnie said happily.

I think Bonnie was really happy about meeting another young Bennett witch, we said goodbye to her grandmother and left to hang out at the grill for a while.

Damn, I can't believe I'm this happy over the prospect of someone dying even if that someone is Katherine, I'd have suggested the tomb but it didn't really work the last time. I just convinced myself that Katherine dying will save Aunt Jenna and others, call me heartless but after all the chances I gave her in the previous timeline she still burned me in the end.

Bonnie picked up Jeremy for the Masquerade ball all dressed up, they had to go ahead of time to set up a room at the Lockwood's, I sat back in the living room with Jenna and Ric eating pizza with them.

"Elena, why aren't you dressed?" Aunt Jenna asked after so many exchanged looks between her and Ric.

"Oh, I'm going this way," I said.

"Why is that?" Ric asked confused.

"I don't want anyone confusing me with Katherine tonight dolled up, besides everything happening tonight depends on Caroline, Stefan, and Damon," I said.

"That makes sense," Ric said.

"Elena, just be careful okay" Aunt Jenna added.

"Of course," I said before leaving them for the night.

I arrived at Lockwood's compound and waited in my car for awhile to give the gang time to do their thing but I got tired of waiting with no text from any of them I finally went inside. I hid my face as I made my way through the crowd looking out of place in my attire, I ran upstairs in search of them then I came upon Jeremy standing still outside of a doorway staring into a room.

I rushed over to his side to see what he was looking at and the room was a complete disaster with furniture thrown everywhere, Katherine was on the floor dead grey and veiny with several of Ric's special stakes sticking out of her chest and Stefan and Damon were bloodied struggling to get back on their feet, Katherine messed them up pretty bad.

I took another look at Jeremy and he was shaking like a leaf and I noticed he was holding one of Ric's gadget in his hands then it dawned on me that my little brother was responsible for killing Katherine.

I pulled him into my arms and held him close until he stopped shaking.

"Are you okay Jer?" I asked.

"I had to kill her myself Elena," Jeremy said in a shaky voice.

"I know, you'll be okay Jer," I assured him and he nodded.

Damon finally got on his feet and helped his brother up too, I texted Bonnie to come and lift the spell from the room so Damon and Stefan can take out Katherine's body before Mrs. Lockwood or someone else discovers us.

"Guys are you okay?" I asked Damon and Stefan.

"Yeah sure," Damon replied staring down at Katherine.

I know I should feel something for her death she was after all my doppelganger but I felt nothing, my only concern was for my little brother who had to kill someone who looks exactly like me.

Bonnie came upstairs with Lucy and they worked together to unspell the room, Damon and Stefan got into action wrapping up Katherine in a curtain Jeremy tried to go help them but I pulled him back.

I pulled Bonnie aside and told her what happened with Jeremy and made her promise to stay with him for the night to make sure he was okay, then I left after that because my night wasn't over.

I took a deep breath before exiting the Lockwood house praying that I wasn't making a mistake walking into a trap on purpose, I walked towards my car and then I was grabbed from behind and for whatever reason, I blacked out.

I woke up to Trevor untying my hands and legs, I was laying down on a worn-out sofa in the familiar abandoned house, I caution myself to tread lightly with him and Rose because I don't need anything else going wrong.

"What do you want with me?" I asked and I didn't have to fake fear, Trevor actually scares me because he's kind of unpredictable.

"Shh, don't talk or I'd make a meal out of you," He said menacingly.

"Please don't hurt me," I said.

"Just a taste," He said exposing his fangs as he tried to bite my neck.

"Trevor, control yourself" Rose scolded him as she came into the room and I relaxed.

"You're a buzz kill," Trevor said to Rose then he straightened up and left the room.

Even though it was good seeing Rose alive again, I don't trust this Rose and also the way things have been going lately I can't really predict what she might do to me.

"What do you want from me," I asked her just to get her talking.

"My God, you look just like her" Rose said amazed.

"My name is Elena Gilbert, not Katherine...tell me why I'm here or let me go," I said as I stood up.

"I know who you are and I want you to be quiet before I make you," Rose said sternly.

"You don't understand..." I started to say but before I could finish my sentence she dealt me a vampire slap that knocked on my ass and I fainted I should've seen that coming.

When I woke up again I heard Rose and Trevor talking down the hall, I decided to sit obediently and hope Bonnie is sounding off the alarm of my disappearance to the gang by now and help them find me.

I'm only here to make contact with Elijah ahead of time and I hope I don't regret it. Bonnie sent me a paper message through a spell to tell me that the boys were on their way and Damon was a wreck and that made me smile.

Rose came back into the room and started rearranging it, turning on lights and blocking windows in preparation for Elijah's arrival, about half hour later Trevor ran into the room nervously.

"He's here, this was a mistake," He said in a panic maybe he could feel his own death coming but I was in no position to help him and help these days have a way of biting you in the ass.

"No, I told you I'd get us out of this and you have to trust me," Rose said reassuring him.

"No he wants me dead," Trevor said pacing the room agitated.

"But he wants her more," Rose said pointing to me.

"I can't do this, you give her to him...he'd have mercy on you but I need to get out of here," Trevor said hyperventilating.

Rose managed to calm him down if she had known that Trevor's instinct to run was correct maybe she would've let him leave when he had the chance.

There was a loud pound on the door, Rose left Trevor with me to check it out, it took her what seems like forever to return to the room with Elijah.

Elijah stared at me for a moment before he flashed to my face to sniff me and smiled creepily, I was shaking with fear because this Elijah scares the crap out of me.

"Well, we have a long journey ahead of us Miss Elena, we should be going but I have to take care one last piece of business first," Elijah said to me.

He turned away from me to face Trevor and Rose, I tried to think of what to do fast because I can't let him take me away from here before Damon and Stefan get here.

"I've waited so long for this day, Elijah. I'm truly very sorry" Trevor apologized as Elijah walked around him.

"No, your apology is not necessary" Elijah replied.

"Yes, it is...you trusted me with Katarina and I failed you," Trevor said trembling making no eye contact with Elijah.

"Oh yes, you are the guilty one and Rose here aided you because she was loyal to you, that I respect. Where was your loyalty?" Elijah said and stopped in front of Trevor.

"I beg for your forgiveness" Trevor continued to beg.

"So granted," Elijah said and Trevor thought all is well for a second before Elijah decapitated his head from his neck with his bare hand, Rose gasped in shock and burst into tears.

"Don't, Rose...now that you're free," Elijah cautioned her to stop.

I was mortified even though I saw him do it before in the previous timeline, it was still a horrifying thing to witness.

Elijah is as dangerous as his brother Klaus despite his gentleman persona, who am I kidding every vampire is capable of evil depending on their state of mind. By the time Elijah moved towards me to take me away I was already shaking with fear seeing a severed head and headless body would do that to you.

"No, what about the moonstone?" I said quickly trying to buy more time and that made him pause.

"What do you know about the moonstone? Elijah asked.

"I know it's important to you and I know where it is, let me go and I'll help you get it," I said.

"Are you negotiating with me?" He asked like It's a foreign concept.

"It's the first I'm hearing of it," Rose said quickly still in fear even after her pardon.

"Tell me where the moonstone is?" Elijah asked compelling me, I wasn't wearing my necklace but I have vervain strategically placed in my jean pockets.

"In the tomb where I buried Katherine last night after she tried to kill me," I said lying beautifully.

"Interesting," He said and before he could ask me another question we heard glass shattered from somewhere in the house.

"What is that, who else is in this house?" Elijah asked Rose.

"I don't know," Rose said and Elijah grabbed my arm and dragged me through the hallway to the outer room.

When he saw shadows moving around us in speed, he pushed me over to Rose angrily.

"Rose" He demanded an answer.

"I swear I don't know who it is," Rose said almost crying.

Damon and Stefan distracted him enough running around the room in top speed hitting him with Ric's special stakes then they whisked Rose and me away to hide us from Elijah.

"Excuse me, to whom it may concern, you're making a great mistake if you think that you can beat me, you can't so I want the girl back," Elijah threatened from where he was.

Knowing how it worked the last time I told them to follow my lead because I was gonna be the bait, I grabbed a vervain bomb from Damon.

"I'll come with you, please just don't hurt my friends they're only trying to help me," I said returning to Elijah hiding the vervain bomb behind me.

"What game are you playing with me?" Elijah asked flashing closer to me and I smashed the vervain bomb on his face and he screamed.

Damon and Stefan attacked him from each side he fought back until Damon nailed him to the door with a long stick post and he turned grey, Rose saw what happened and ran away, this is not the time to tell them Elijah is not dead yet.

Stefan came forward and gave me a hug, Damon was kind of hanging back a little I stepped away from Stefan and ran over to Damon almost knocking him over and I cling to his neck in a tight embrace, something about how it happened the last time had always haunted me and I'm so glad for the do-over.

I told the boys to forget about Rose when they tried to search for her, and before we left I slipped a note in Elijah's pocket discreetly. Damon made Stefan sit in the back seat of the car and he drove all the way home holding my hand with his right hand, it felt like he was afraid I'd disappear again if he released my hand it was so sweet.

After the brief reunion with everybody at home where I had to tell them what happened without going too deep, I went to my room and took a long shower before seeking out Jeremy privately to talk to him about how he's been handling killing Katherine but he seemed to be in a good spirit but I still have to keep an eye on him though.

I also discussed Elijah's witches with Bonnie and how to interact with Luka when they finally meet in school, right now Bonnie is the only one that knows Elijah is still out there.

I haven't seen or heard from Damon since they dropped me off, I was hoping he would be here for dinner, after eating a takeout dinner with my family, I went back to my room brushed my teeth, changed into my PJs and made sure I was wearing my necklace.

I sat on my bed and waited for Damon to show up, I almost gave up then I felt his presence and I looked up and he looked troubled and my heart raced nervously, I extended my hand to him and he came closer and sat next to me holding my hand.

"Damon, thank you for rescuing me today," I said.

"Of course," He said avoiding my eyes.

"You accused me of having a second thought about us but I think it's you who's having doubts," I said because his energy told me he's about to break my heart.

"Well, the truth is I love you Elena Gilbert... and I've never felt this way before in my life and I only realized it when you went missing," Damon said disheartened.

"But that's a good thing right?" I said knowing I was about to be rejected.

"I'm so wrong for you and you deserve better Elena," Damon said.

"Why do you think you're wrong for me Damon?" I asked holding his hand tight.

"What's the point," He said sadly.

"Tell me and I'd be the judge of that," I said.

"You're young, human and untainted, I have nothing to offer you but damnation," He said trying to remove his hand from mine but I held on tight.

"Before you make any drastic decision I want you to go somewhere with me tomorrow and if you still feel the same way after that then I will let you go," I said desperately.

He looked at me with a slight frown then he nodded again in agreement and I was relieved, this sacrificing his happiness for mine bullshit is not going to fly with me.

"Okay, if that will make you feel better," He said after a long pause.

"I will pick you up in the morning, be ready by seven," I said.

"Alright sleep tight," He said and tucked me into bed then he kissed me on the forehead before disappearing into the night.

He finally told me loves me while trying to break up with me, he's got something else coming if he thinks I'm letting him off easy. I slept off thinking of how to convince him tomorrow that he's all I've ever wanted and he's plenty good for me.

In the morning I texted Bonnie and Caroline that I was skipping school, I got ready and packed an overnight bag just in case. I told Jenna and Jeremy where I'd be, Jenna wasn't happy I was skipping school to hang out with Damon but I convinced her it was something very important to me then she promised to call the school for me.

I drove over to the boarding house and right there on the porch Damon and Stefan are arguing while Rose was watching, I got out of my car and approached carefully.

"Good morning guys," I greeted.

"Elena, I'm glad you're here, Rose said you're still in danger and she has all these information about that Elijah guy and his friends she wants to help you but she has to stay here" Stefan explained.

"Yeah right, she had the nerve showing up here after she kidnapped her," Damon said rolling his eyes at Stefan.

"I'm sorry about that Elena, I was desperate...but since Trevor is dead and I have no one else and nowhere to go I can help you," She said apologetically.

"This is ridiculous, Elena you're not buying any of this are you?" Damon asked but I just stood there quiet let them hash it out.

"I called Lexi after Rose showed up here last night and told me she knew her and Lexi vouched for her," Stefan said.

"I should care about Lexi's endorsement why?" Damon said irritatingly.

"She's my best friend and I trust her," Stefan defended.

"I'm not gambling with Elena's life on Lexi's word," Damon said.

"Elena, it's your call if you want to invite her in or not" Stefan stated and Rose looked on curiously.

"I know how you feel Damon but I think we should let her stay," I said trying not to worry about history repeating itself between them.

"Have you lost your mind, Elena?" Damon demanded.

"No, but I have my reasons," I said.

"It better be a good one," Damon said storming into the house.

"Can we trust you, Rose?" I asked just for appearances.

"Yes, you can," Rose said.

"Then come on in," I said.

"Thank you, Elena," Stefan and Rose said at the same time.

It was funny to see Stefan thanking me when it's his house and he wants Rose here, Lexi must've said some nice things about Rose this can't just be for my benefit because he knew I know things too.

I went to Damon's room to look for him, this is not a good start to the day I had planned.

"Damon, are you ready to leave?" I asked entering his room.

He came out of the bathroom buttoning up his shirt, he doesn't look angry or anything but I can tell he's still not over my earlier decision.

"Do I have to go?" He asked.

"You promised me remember," I said.

"Great, I will meet you outside," He said dismising me.

I walked passed Stefan and Rose talking in the living room I told them not to expect us back until next day, so the talk with Rose and the rest of the gang will have to wait until we got back. I didn't have to tell them anything but if I was being honest with myself I was lowkey telling Rose Damon was taken, whoa jealous much? oh well.

I waited patiently for Damon in my car and when he finally showed up he went straight to his car.

"If we have to be anywhere we are taking my car," He said getting in his car.

I got out of my car with no argument and grabbed my bags from the car and transferred it to his Camaro, the funny thing is I anticipated him pulling a stunt like this to get out of going anywhere with me.

"That was easy," He said as I got in his car.

"Just promise you won't ditch me," I said.

"We'd see about that," He said smirking.

I gave him the direction to our destination and he drove in silence, to make things less awkward I talked about Mason.

"How's Mason?" I asked

"Alive, freshly compelled and released, just the way you wanted," He said sarcastically.

"Thank you, I know it was hard for you but killing him would've brought his wolf pack to town" I explained again.

"Well...he's clueless about everything now," He said with a shrug.

"Yeah, I hope Tyler and Mrs. Lockwood believes him when he told them he's being partying with some girl he just met and misplaced his phone," I said chuckling.

"Of course they'll believe him, I was meticulous with my work," He said proudly

"Sure, I believe you," I said.

We finally arrived at the lake house I smiled at him as I got out of the car and retrieved my bags from the back seat and took them inside the house, when I noticed Damon wasn't behind me I went back outside and he was leaning on his Camaro with his arms crossed, I got closer and looked at him questioningly.

"Elena, what are we really doing all the way out here?" He asked looking at the calming lake.

"I wanted to talk away from everyone and I thought here makes sense," I said.

"It's beautiful, your parents own this place?" He asked.

"Yes, I spent my last summer here with Jeremy after I got out of the hospital...I love it here" I said smiling.

"Alright, let's get this started," He said going into the house ahead of me and he was blocked by the shield.

I burst out laughing at the expression on his face and when he couldn't keep a straight face anymore he laughed too. I invited him inside and showed him around the house then he sat back in the living room while I put my things away.

The weather was very nice so I suggested we take a walk around the lake and he agreed, we talked about random things on our walk and I told him about my childhood memories visiting the lake with my family and he was enthralled by the stories.

When we were done walking around the lakeside we returned to the house and sat together on an elevated bar on the deck overlooking the lake and the cool breeze blowing in our hair it was perfect, I didn't want to ruin the moment by bringing up the issue that brought us here but I wasn't that lucky.

"Everything about you is simple and pure, you can understand why I don't want to complicate your life," He said while staring thoughtfully at the water.

I grabbed his face gently and turned his head to me and looked deeply into his eyes.

"Last night when you said you love me, did you mean it?" I asked.

"It doesn't really matter," He said looking away again.

"It matters to me Damon," I said taking his hand.

"Yes Elena, I love you...so much which makes this even harder," He said facing me and I could see the pain in his eyes.

"Well, in case you are wondering I love you too... and I've loved you for a while now," I said gazing into his beautiful blue eyes.

"You do huh, that's good to know," He said smirking and a twinkle in his eye.

"Of course, you idiot," I said hitting him playfully then I lay my head on his shoulder smiling and he put his arm around me.

"Are you cold?" He asked massaging my arm.

"Not really but it's getting a little chilly out here," I said.

"We don't want you getting sick now do we," Damon said smirking and took off his jacket and draped it over my shoulders.

"Thank you, we should probably get inside I'm kind of hungry," I said smiling.

"Sure, why not," He said.

He got up and helped me up too and we walked leisurely back to the house. Damon helped me make fire for the fireplace while I made us sandwiches from the little foodstuff I brought with me.

"I guess I could eat this," He said sitting down to eat with me.

"You can take some blood from me if you want, I'm vervain-free," I said extending my hand to him to bite.

"Are you crazy, you're not food Elena...this is exactly what I didn't want to happen," He said offended.

"I guess I should just tell you what I've been hiding from everyone," I said quickly.

"You don't have to tell me anything Elena," He said shaking his head.

"You need to get the whole picture before you dump me," I said.

"Okay, if you insist," He said giving up.

He finished off his sandwich, then he stared at me waiting for me to start talking, I stopped eating because I already lost my appetite.

"Well, um... I'm from the future," I blurted out looking at him seriously.

"What do you mean by you're from the future?" He asked looking at me like I sprang three heads.

Here we go, the cat is finally out of the bag, there's nothing I can do now but deal with the consequences.