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Elena Gilbert stood staring at herself in the bathroom mirror. She sighed. It had been a long day and all she wanted to do was curl up in bed and sleep. Her Uncle…or birthfather was nearly stabbed to death by her vampire boyfriend's ex- vampire girlfriend, also her ancestor. Her boyfriend was stabbed by the same person as well. Her best friend was in a car crash and almost died , her brother was depressed and almost killed himself just so he could be a vampire, but most importantly her boyfriend's brother had kissed her ancestor thinking it was her and now he was mad because she said she would never kiss him…it had been one of those days. She walked out of the bathroom and jumped startled by the sight of Damon sitting at the foot of her bed.

"You scared me."

"I'm just doing my part in the neighborhood watch." He muttered without emotion.

"Thanks for protecting us…protecting me."

"That's me, the trusted bodyguard, calm in crisis."

Elena noticed something was off about him. "Have you been drinking?"

He held his pointer finger and his thumb only inches apart. She could tell by his behavior he was drunk.

"And you're upset that's not a good combination."

"No, I'm not upset, Upset is an emotion specific to those who care."

"Come on Damon, that's a lie. You care."

Damon looked up at her for the first time since starting this conversation. He looked really angry and annoyed. "You are surprised that I thought you would kiss me back? You can't imagine that I believe you would want to?"

Elena sighed, why did he have to bring this up, and why now? "Damon…"

He cut her off before she could finish. "No, all we've been doing here means something. You are the liar Elena. There is something going on between the two of us and you know it." Damon stood up and moved closer to her. Elena moved back a bit but he followed. "And you're lying to me, you're lying to Stefan and most of all you're lying to yourself. I can prove it."

"No…" Elena started but was cut off when Damon pressed his lips to hers holding her face tightly in his hands. She tried to pull away but failed, she pushed against his chest and he pulled away. "Damon don't, what's wrong with you?"

"Am I lying about this?" he nearly growled. He tried and failed at kissing her again.

"Stop, you're better than this, come on." Elena said.

"That's where you're wrong."

Damon tried one last time at kissing her. She pulled as far back as she can.

"No, no Damon. I care about you. Listen to me, I care about you. I do but… I love Stefan, it's always gonna be Stefan."

Before Damon could answer Jeremy, Elena's brother appeared in the door way. "Elena, what's going on in here?"

She didn't want her brother involved in Damon's drama. "Nothing Jeremy it's ok. Just go back to bed." She pulled her hands free from Damon's grip.

Before either of the siblings could speak Damon answered for them, "No, it's not ok Elena." He looked at Jeremy, than to Elena. "He wants to be a vampire."

Before Elena had the chance to stop him, Damon ran over to Jeremy and pinned him by the throat against the wall.

"No, Damon Stop it!" Elena shouted.

Damon is now strangling Jeremy and he speaks "You want to turn off the pain? It's the easiest thing in the world."

Jeremy was gasping for air, his eyes wide with fear.

Damon continued "The part of you that cares just goes away, all you have to do is flip the switch and snap!" Once he uttered the word snap at the same time he broke Jeremy's neck and let him fall to the floor.

"NO!" Elena cried.

She rushed to her brother's side shaking him, praying and hoping he'd wake up, but deep down she knew he was dead. She cried hysterically taking gasps for air. She looked up at Damon who was standing in the doorway. She gave him the most hated look she could. He looked at her, then to Jeremy before he walked away.

"Ju-just hang on Jer, hold on ok. I'm…I'm going to get you help." Elena stuttered through her tears. She grabbed her phone from her nightstand and called the number she knew by heart.

"Hello?" Stefan, her boyfriend answered.

Elena wanted to tell him everything but she couldn't find her voice. All she could do was cry

"Elena? Baby is that you?"

"Stefan!" she choked out.

"It's me, Elena's what's going on over there?"

"Help me!" Elena cried.

With that she hung up. She cried over her brother's body. First her parents died and now her brother? How could she move on from this? She heard knocking at the front door. She wanted to answer it but she didn't want to leave her brother. Her phone buzzed telling her she had a text. She looked at it and saw it was from Stefan.

"Out front, let me in."

She was too emotional to text back, she couldn't let go of her brother. She had to protect him.

Within a few minutes Stefan realized something was wrong so he went through her window. The next thing she knew she felt a big gust of air.

"Elena, I'm here what's….oh my….Jeremy!"

Stefan rushed down to Jeremy's side.

"Can you save him?" she whimpered.

Stefan listened for a heartbeat or any sign of a pulse but there was none. He couldn't give up. Jeremy was one of the most important people in Elena's life and he wasn't going to die. He bit into his wrist and opened Jeremy's mouth put his wrist in hoping he'd start drinking the blood.

"Come on buddy take the blood."

All it did was cover Jeremy's face in blood.

"Wha-what about Anna's blood?" Elena asked her body shaking.

"It's been at least 24 hours; it has to be out of his system by now and if it wasn't he would have awoken as well. I'm sorry Elena; there is nothing I can do."

"No! Stefan save him!"

"I tried baby I'm so sorry. He's gone."

"No, no!" Elena cried. "No Jeremy!"

Stefan pulled her into his arms holding her tightly gently rocking her hoping to give her some kind of comfort.

"What happen Baby? Don't tell me, he took more pills?"

Elena shook her head. "Damon…drunk….upset." That was all she could say and that was all Stefan needed to hear. Elena pulled away from Stefan and cradled her brother's body in her arms.

"It's Katherine; she got under his skin and un-did everything that was good about him." Stefan sighed.

"There is nothing good about him Stefan, not anymore. He's decided what he wants. He just don't want to feel, he wants to be hated, it's just easier that way. He got his wish…" Elena choked back a sob as she blurted out the words. "I hate him Stefan!"

Stefan got behind her and gently kissed her shoulder. "I know baby. I know."

Elena cried into her brother's hair. Stefan kneeled behind her just holding her and doing what he can to help soothe her.

"What am I going to do Stefan? What am I going to tell Jenna, and John?"

Stefan sighed. "That's up to you. If you want to tell them the truth, you can. If you don't, I'll help you come up with something."

"Telling the truth could expose you as well as Damon." She whispered more to herself.

Stefan didn't speak. He just let her think out loud.

"Uncle John, already tried to kill you once, if he finds out what happen he won't rest until you're both dead and I can't handle losing you."

Elena sighed. "There was a home invasion, I never saw the attacker. Jeremy fought him off the best he could. It's the way that keeps you safe."

"Elena, don't worry about me. If you want to tell people the truth, that Damon killed him you can."

Elena shook her head. "Telling on Damon, tells on you. I need you Stefan; I can't get through this without you."

Stefan sighed. She had, made up so many lies for him, to the people she cared about just to protect him, now she was even doing it with her own brother.

"I don't want him to just be buried in the woods though. He deserves a funeral and to be buried next to our mom and dad. It's what he would have wanted."

"Of course, I'll do whatever I can to help you all right?"

Elena nodded and buried her face in his chest. Stefan kissed her head and rubbed her back. Elena was never going to forgive Damon for this and in all honesty, Stefan wasn't sure he could forgive him either.

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