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The day he discovers that Bonnie is dating Tyler, the world does not end, he does not feel a shift in his own personal universe. Nothing changes.
He doesn't really care to notice as they grow closer and closer. And, if he gave it the thought—which he rarely did—he would have said that he believed that they wouldn't last, that their relationship was merely a phase, and therefore completely inconsequential. And, frankly—he would have added—he didn't care.
The day he discovers that Bonnie is marrying Tyler, the world crashes down around him, and he feels something that he'd thought was long dead begin to rot and die within him. In a typical sort of Damon way he decides it means one of two things: either he needs to get laid, or he needs to ignore it. He does both, using the former, in fact, to achieve the latter.
It doesn't really work—that is, the part about managing to ignore it. He tries not to think about it, though it's nearly impossible since that's all that she, Caroline, and Elena talk about it seems. But he tries. It's a six month engagement, and he swears that if he has to listen to all of this nonsense wedding planning for that long, heads may literally start to roll.
Nearly a month after they become engaged, it comes to him. He doesn't want her marry him. It's rather strange, because he doesn't know where this knowledge comes from, he doesn't quite understand why he doesn't want her to marry Tyler.
He's pretty sure he doesn't want her for himself. Or, at least that's his official position. To be honest—which is not something Damon always excels at—he just knows that he can't have her for himself.
There are half a million reasons why, and he acknowledges them all. The one that hurts the most is that she hates him, blames him for so many damn things, there's no way he could ever make things right. He's tried. And yeah, he knows that it's a hopeless situation.
Although "old Damon" would have simply either taken her for himself—which he'd already concluded was pointless—or broken them up just because if he couldn't be with her, then he didn't want anyone else to be with her either . . . he wasn't that guy anymore. There's a part of him that can't let her marry Tyler, and there's a part of him that knows he has to accept that that's what she wants to do.
He wants her to be happy. He doesn't quite understand it. He doesn't want to feel the way he does—and frankly, he isn't even quite sure exactly how he feels anyway.
So he did what he did best. He went to go threaten someone with bodily harm.
"What are you doing here?"
Damon smirked. "You don't sound happy to see me. I'm hurt."
Tyler just stared at him, meeting his eyes confidently. "Do I need to break out the teeth?" Hah. Lame werewolf joke. Not funny.
Damon stood his ground, and didn't step back. He wouldn't hurt him. "Of course not. I just came by for a little . . . chat."
Tyler lifted a brow, "A chat?" Because that made sense. Not.
"You're marrying Bonnie."
"Yeah, I am. What's it to you?" Tyler obviously didn't understand where Damon was going with this.
Damon wasn't a fool, and he wasn't a cute, cuddly vampire who liked to wear his heart on his shoulder. "Nothing. But, it is something to Elena and Stefan, and Caroline . . . everyone, really. My point is, mutt, that if you hurt her in anyway, or in some way shirk your duties and she's not happy? Well, I will kill you." He said it with a smile, but the glint in his eye said that he was deadly serious.
"Are you threatening me?"
"Don't be so crass. It's more of a friendly suggestion."
By the next day, Tyler has almost gotten over the strangeness of Damon's warning. At least, he tells himself he has, because the truth is, it's really unnerved him.
He goes to see his bride-to-be.
"Tyler, hey," she slides into his arms. "I missed you."
"I saw you the day before yesterday. It hasn't been that long." He says it, but in fact he's glad that she misses him already. That whatever is going on with Damon has nothing to do with Bonnie.
"I know." Bonnie smiles, cheekily, "But I'm allowed to miss you, aren't I?"
"Of course," he sighs with relief and wraps her up in his arms. "I love you, you know."
"Yes, I do. I mean, we are getting married . . . I certainly hope you love me. Or else I'd have to hurt you." Bonnie says jokingly, but then she looks up at him and sees that something's not right, "What's wrong?"
"Liar. What's going on, Tyler?"
Tyler fidgets with his hair nervously. "Are you—Do you know if Damon has feelings for you?"
Bonnie snorts. The laughter just churns out uncontrollably. She thinks it's possibly the most ridiculous thing she's ever heard come out of someone's mouth. She can't believe this is what he wants to know.
Tyler is comforted by her reaction. "Would that be no?"
Finally, she manages to calm herself down and stop laughing. "That's ridiculous. Where would you get such a ludicrous idea?"
"He came to talk to me. He warned me not to hurt you. I have yet another person ready to destroy me if I break your heart, apparently."
Bonnie lifts her hand to his face, "It's a good thing you're not going to do that then, isn't it?" she teases. "But seriously," her smile disappears into her "Serious Bonnie" face, "If you're not ready for this—us, it's okay. I love you enough to let you go."
She wants him to ask her not to leave him. She holds her breath nervously.
"Don't." He takes her back into his arms and whispers into her hair, "I love you."
"I love you too." She breathes.
She does love him, of course. But the seeds of doubt have already been planted.
Mason hears his nephew walk into the study. "Hey, Ty, why are you here instead of with that lovely fiancé of yours?" It's midnight, so it's definitely a valid question.
Mason sighs, "What has that annoying vampire gotten himself into now?"
"My life. He came to warn me yesterday. He warned me not to break Bonnie's heart."
Mason merely blinked in response. "That's . . . strange. And definitely worth worrying about, as is anything out of the ordinary when it comes to Damon."
"Damon is just naturally out of the ordinary. This is different, it's suspicious."
"I'll see if I can find out what he's up to."
"Thanks." Tyler makes a move to leave, then quickly turns around and faces his uncle again. "Do you think he knows?"
Mason thought carefully. "I don't know. I don't think so, but you can't be too careful."
"What the hell did you say to Tyler?" Bonnie charges in, demanding with everything that she is that he answer her, honestly.
"We just had a little talk," Damon replies, not even bothering to look up from his drink.
"Hey, I was just defending your honor. Trying to be helpful."
Bonnie stares at him for a moment. "What the hell is wrong with you?"
"I was just trying to be nice."
Damon sighs. "I have no idea, especially considering how rude you are. Just waltzing into my home like this? Tsk tsk. I thought better of you, Bon Bon."
Bonnie begins to seethe. Originally she'd just been a little annoyed, but now she was on her way to furious. She focuses for a moment.
"Ow! Damn. Not nice, Bon Bon."
"Stop calling me that, Damon. Just be honest with me. Why?"
He sighs. He twists the glass around in his hand. The vodka offers no answers. "It's perfectly reasonable for me to go the fiancé of my brother's girlfriend's best friend and make sure he's not going to do anything stupid."
Bonnie just stares at him, completely shocked. "No—it's not. In fact, that's possibly the worst explanation you could have given me."
Damon merely shrugged. "Take it or leave it, it's the only one you're going to get."
Bonnie throws her hands up, exasperated. "I don't know why I bother. Anyway, stay away from Tyler, and stay away from me."
"You do realize I'm invited to the wedding?"
"Sadly, yes. It's not like I could leave you out without the whole town getting suspicious." Which is too damn bad, in her opinion. "If you ruin my wedding, I will personally castrate you in the most painful way possible."
Bonnie smiles when she sees him wince.
"Fine." She leaves, happily having diverted the disaster.
He watches her leave, happily planning on making sure that there's an even bigger one in the future.
Because verbally sparring with Bonnie had just made him realize something.
He wants her to be happy. But there's no way in hell she'll be happy with Tyler. So when he ruins their wedding, she'll just have to deal with it, because he's doing her a favor-regardless of whether or not she thinks so.
It's a little quirky. But I'm just a quirky sort of girl. Review?