So sorry for the delay in writing this last chapter! I can't believe it took me so long. My spring musical is coming up and we're running behind so for anyone who reads Kelly's Plea I'm working on it but it might take a while. Enjoy the final chapter in All Along.
"Sit and tell me everything! Where were you this morning?" Bonnie says as soon as I come to our usual table for lunch. I take a seat.
"I was late for school, Bonnie. No big deal." I reply.
"Yeah, right. I know Damon had something to do with it. After all, how did you get a pass without a note?" Bonnie challenges.
"You're too perceptive for your own good. I was telling the truth, I was late. Damon saw me on the way to school and gave me a lift. Then he came in and had the secretary give me a pass. End of story." I say, taking a bite of my salad.
"That's it?" she asks, frowning to show that she doesn't believe me.
"Yep. So, where's Stefan?" I say, so eager to change topics that I'm even willing to talk about my psychotic ex who also happens to have recently attacked his brother, aka my boyfriend.
"He went hunting. He's not exactly thrilled about you and Damon." Bonnie says carefully.
"I'd say not seeing as he attacked him and shoved a wooden stake into his stomach." I reply, stabbing some lettuce with my fork. Mercifully the bell rings and we head off to our afternoon classes. I can't concentrate in any of them and my eyes are glued to the clock, waiting for 2:34. Finally, after what seems to be an eternity, the final bell rings. I race to my locker and start shoving things into my bag as fast as I can.
"Whoa, what's the rush?" Bonnie asks.
"No rush. I think Stefan's waiting for you." I answer, desperate to make her leave me alone.
"Elena, are you trying to get rid of me? What's going on?" she asks.
"Nothing, Bonnie. I swear." I say, slamming my locker door closed. I turn to go, but Bonnie blocks my path.
"Then why don't I walk with you?" she asks in a faux innocent voice. I roll my eyes and head to the parking lot with Bonnie right next to me. Out of the corner of my eye I can see Stefan following us at a distance. We reach the parking lot where Damon's convertible is waiting.
"Well, see you later, Bonnie." I say, walking to the car and hopping in. Bonnie mouths Details, later and smiles. Stefan on the other hand clenches his jaw and glares at his brother who smirks. Damon puts the car in gear and speeds out of the parking lot.
"So, how was your day, Miss Elena?" he asks once we're on the streets.
"Long." I reply. "Where are we going?"
"Now what fun would it be if I told you? You'll just have to wait and see." he grins.
"Fine." I pout. Damon just smirks and continues speeding down the street. It's not long until we're out of Mystic Falls entirely. Damon looks over at me and grins.
"Get ready for the night of your life." he smiles, speeding even more now that we're on the highway.
"You're not taking me to Georgia again are you?" I ask apprehensively.
"No. Been there, done that." he says giving me his wicked grin. We continue to drive in silence for a while until Damon turns off the highway. The sign says 'Welcome to Willow Springs'. I turn to Damon curiously.
"What in the world are we doing here?" I ask as he drives through the sleepy little town.
"You will see in just a minute." he says. He turns down a side road and pulls into the drive of a beautiful little house.
"What is this place?" I ask.
"One of my many homes. I keep this one for when I want some peace and quiet. I certainly wouldn't go to Mystic Falls for that!" he laughs, answering my question. He gets out of the car and before I can even put my hand on the door handle he's opening my door for me. He extends a hand and helps me out of the car.
"Thank you, Mr. Salvatore." I grin.
"You're quite welcome, Miss Gilbert." he smiles. He leads the way to the front door and inserts a key into the lock. He opens the door and gestures for me to go inside.
"It's beautiful." I whisper, looking around at the well-lit entryway.
"I'm glad you like it." Damon whispers in my ear before placing a small, soft kiss on my neck. He shows me around the rest of the house and we finish our tour in the master bedroom. I sit down on the bed and Damon sits next to me.
"You know what I just realized?" I say, looking at him.
"What's that?" he asks playfully.
"That I've been with the wrong Salvatore all along. It was always supposed to be you." I reply.
"And I was chasing the wrong Pierce woman all along. It was always supposed to be you." he says, placing a soft kiss on the top of my forehead.
"I just wish that Stefan could see that. I don't want you two to be fighting for all eternity." I sigh.
"The problem is that Stefan sees you as a helpless human that I'm taking advantage of. If he didn't view you that way it would weaken his argument significantly." Damon says.
"That's it! What if we make it so he can't view me that way? It would make this you and me thing a non-issue." I exclaim excitedly.
"And exactly what is your brilliant plan?" Damon asks, cocking his eyebrow at me. I lean forward and whisper in his ear.
"Turn me." I murmur. Damon looks shocked.
"Elena, do you have any idea what you're asking?" he asks.
"Yes, I do. I'm asking to spend eternity with you. It also might help your relationship with your brother in the long run, but that's just a fringe benefit." I reply. Damon pulls a necklace out of his pocket. It looks just like his ring except it has an 'E' engraved in it instead of a 'D'.
"I had a friend of mine make this. I hoped that one day you would decide to turn even if I didn't dare dream that you would be with me." he says. I remove my vervain necklace and toss it aside. Damon clasps the new necklace around my neck.
"I love you, Elena Gilbert." he whispers.
"I love you, Damon Salvatore." I whisper back. He leans in and sinks his fangs into my neck. I know that I'll have to go through the transition and adjust to my new life but with Damon by my side, I'll be alright. I finally found the place I was meant to be all along.
The End. Please review and let me know what you think.