Love is Bittersweet
A/N: I came up with this after watching 'The Sun Also Rises'. I hope you guys enjoy it!
"If you come back as a vampire, I'll stake you myself. So don't do it." I said as I lay Elena down on the couch. I brushed a strand of her hair behind her ear. "Because I couldn't stand the idea of you hating me forever."
Jeremy and Alaric rushed to the doorway. "How is she?" Jeremy asked looking at his sister.
"I don't know yet." I said not taking my eyes off Elena.
"What about Jenna?" Alaric asked. I turned to him and looked at him with sympathy. I knew that the loss of Jenna would be hard on him as well as Jeremy and Elena.
"I'm sorry Jeremy." I said sincerely. He had loss so many people in his life. Neither of them said a word. A few minutes later, Elena woke up. "Elena."
"Damon?" she said as she tried to catch her breath.
"How do you feel?"
"I feel fine." I was so relieved. I know that she didn't want to be a vampire. Several seconds later, Elena turned to Jeremy and Alaric. "Can you guys give me and Damon a few minutes alone please?"
"Sure." Jeremy said as he and Alaric left. I had no idea what she wanted to talk about.
***D/E D/E D/E***
As soon as I woke up, I knew I needed to tell Damon the truth. As I tried to find the right way to tell him, I looked at him. He looked confused and a bit worried.
"First off, I want to say thank you for saving me."
"No thank you needed Elena. I told you that I would always choose you and I meant it."
"Speaking of that, I have to be honest with you. Tonight could have gone a completely different way and…I realize that we are still in danger and I don't know how much time we have left."
"Please let me get this out." He listened intently as I continued. "If there's a chance that I might die…again. I can't die without telling you the truth. I love you Damon. I've been denying it for a long time because I didn't want to be like Katherine, but I don't want to keep lying to myself anymore."
Damon didn't say anything. Instead, he pulled me into his arms and kissed me softly. I smiled into the kiss as I wrapped my arms around his neck. After what felt like hours, he pulled back and smiled. "I love you too Elena. Yes, we might still be in danger, but I will always protect you. Now that I have you, I'm never letting you go."
"Good because I don't want you to." I smiled as I wrapped my arms around his waist and laid my head on his chest. I don't know what will happen next, but I know that with Damon by my side, even if I die, I will die happy.
***D/E D/E D/E***
As I held Elena in my arms, I contemplated on telling her about the werewolf bite. Then I thought that she has lost a parent and an aunt already tonight so I didn't want to cause her anymore pain. When I did finally die, I knew that I would die happy knowing that the woman I loved, loved me back.