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I probably shouldn't start another story but this idea was nagging me :D

A New Start

(Takes place after Season 2 Finale however there were no consequences to bringing Jeremy back and Anna and Vicki are not alive.)

Damon watched Katherine leave his room and saw the regret on Elena's face. He knew she would never have kissed him if he wasn't dying and he accepted that. He had accepted that they would never be together and as much as he loved her, he knew that he had to move on.

"It's late; you should head home and get some rest." He said to her and she snapped her head to look at him.

"Don't you want to talk about this?" She asked.

"No." He shook his head. "I just want to take a shower and go to sleep. It's a new day tomorrow, Elena. Go on. I'm fine." He smiled lightly hoping she wouldn't see his lie.

"Okay, I'll check on you tomorrow." She nodded then left without another word. Once he'd heard her close the front door he got his phone out and called Caroline.

"Hey! Are you okay?" She answered and he chuckled. He was surprised that she even cared.

"Yeah, can you come over to the boarding house? I have to talk to you." He replied.

"I'll be there in 10 minutes." She agreed.

"See you then." Then he hung up. He had a shower, got dressed and went downstairs to wait for her. He grabbed two packets of blood and poured them into glasses, preparing himself for what would be a difficult conversation for both of them. She arrived and knocked the door. "It's open." He called, knowing she would hear and she came in. She rushed over and hugged him. That surprised him to no end. He awkwardly patted her back.

"Thank god!" She sighed.

"It almost seems like you'd be sad if I died." He smirked.

"Don't be a jerk; you know I care about you." She folded her arms across her chest.

"Drink?" He asked and handed her a glass of blood.

"Thanks." She said and he gestured to the couch and she took a seat. He sat down beside her and exhaled. "So what do you want to talk about?" She asked.

"You aren't going to be happy about this but if you care about the people here you'll listen to me." He said and she looked a little afraid. "It's time for us to leave Mystic Falls." He said and she gaped.

"We can't just leave." She said.

"Supernaturals can sense other supernaturals, Caroline. The longer we stay here, the longer things will come here." He replied and she looked sad. "I know I've caused so much damage to this town in the short time I've been here but they all deserve a chance at a normal life, don't you think?" He asked.

"They do." She agreed.

"We're putting them all in danger the longer we stay here." He said soothingly in the hopes she would understand. Things had changed between them since they'd first met and he'd come to appreciate her and found that she was an excellent vampire. She seemed to have the perfect balance of good and bad down perfectly. She walked the line between human and vampire so well, it was like she'd been one for all eternity and not just a few months.

"But, what if something comes and we aren't here to protect them?" She asked and he could see the tears welling up in her eyes.

"Bonnie is a powerful witch, Caroline. She can take care of anything that comes this way." He told her and she nodded. "It's time for the vampires to leave Mystic Falls." He said to her.

"Okay." She nodded and her tears fell down her face. "Damon?" She sobbed.

"Hmm?" He asked softly.

"Can you do me a favour?" She asked.


"Can you stake me?" She whispered.

"WHAT?" He yelled. "NO!" He couldn't believe she had just asked him that.

"Why?" She mumbled as she wiped her eyes.

"Why would you even want that?" He exclaimed.

"I don't want to be alone forever." She said. "I don't want to have to leave here and go somewhere where I don't know anyone and have nobody only to have to move a couple of years later and go through it all again." She confessed and he was taken aback.

"You won't be alone." He said to her confused.

"What do you mean?" She asked.

"You'll have me." He shrugged and she brightened a little at that.

"You won't leave me?"

"No. I won't leave you." He confirmed. He was glad he wouldn't be alone either.

Caroline got up the next morning early, with one goal. She had to pack her things and say goodbye to her mother. She had talked to Damon about plans and when they were leaving and he'd told her about Stefan. She agreed they had to try to find him and find out exactly what's going on. Katherine didn't say much about it. If he'd made a deal with Klaus, they knew Stefan would have to see it through... Damon just wanted to know that his brother was ok. Caroline looked around her room and started to pack her most precious things. Damon had promised her that he would take her shopping for clothes so she didn't need much. She took her photos and jewellery and important documents as well as keepsakes from over the years. She had accepted that she was a vampire and had responsibilities because of it and it made sense to give the people of Mystic Falls a chance to live peacefully. Once she was fully packed she looked at her room one last time and tears streamed down her face. It would most likely be the last time she would ever be here. She took her stuff down stairs and left it in the hall just as her mother came in the door.

"What are you doing?" Her mother asked curiously.

"I'm giving you a chance at a normal life. A safe town. The threat is gone and now it's time for the vampires to leave." She said sadly.

"I won't tell anyone, Caroline. Just stay." Her mother said urgently.

"More supernaturals will be drawn here if we stay. This way, it'll be safe." She said. "I love you, but I'm not human anymore." Caroline cried. "I'm a vampire and if leaving keeps you all safe, then that's what I have to do."

"Please." Her mother welled up.

"I'm sorry." Caroline whispered then hugged her mother. "You can come visit me if you want to."

"I will." Her mother agreed as it was obvious her baby girl was going no matter what she said. "I love you, sweetie." She whispered just as Damon pulled up outside. He got out of the car and made his way up to the door. Caroline let go of Liz when she heard his footsteps.

"Damon, help me with this." She said and Liz snapped her head to the door and opened it. She wasn't sure how to react to Damon standing outside.

"Liz." He nodded.

"Damon." She nodded back.

"Sorry I pushed you." He said awkwardly.

"Sorry I tried to shoot you." She replied just as tensely.

"Let's go." He nodded to Caroline.

"Take some bags." She said and he stepped into the house and grabbed two of her suitcases.

"Liz, I doubt it will happen, but if you need help, you have my number. Also, talk to Bonnie. She will be able to handle anything that's thrown your way." He said and Liz was startled at his offer.

"Take care of her." Liz looked at Caroline.

"I will." He nodded.

"Bye, mom." Caroline whispered and the two of them walked down to Damon's car and put her stuff in the trunk and the backseat. She got in the passenger seat and Damon got behind the wheel.

"Who else do you need to say goodbye to?" He asked.

"Bonnie, Elena and Tyler." She said.

"You need to convince Tyler to leave too." He said.

"He's leaving anyway." She shrugged.

"Aren't you going to say goodbye to boy wonder?" Damon asked.

"Matt? No. He's made it clear he wants nothing to do with me." Damon nodded and kind of wanted to kill the boy but shook it off.

"Where first?" He asked.

"Tyler." She said and Damon drove towards the Lockwood house.

He pulled up outside the Lockwood estate and Caroline jumped out. She rang the doorbell and Tyler answered.

"Hey." He smiled.

"Hey." She said.

"What are you doing here?" He asked suspiciously when he saw her tear streaked face.

"I'm leaving Mystic Falls." She said. "I came to say goodbye."

"Why?" He asked.

"This town deserves to be free of supernatural creatures. Staying will only draw more here and I can't do that to my mom or my friends." She said sadly.

"I'm leaving too." He nodded.

"Where will you go?" She asked him.

"Back to Florida." He nodded.

"Keep in touch?" She smiled lightly.

"If you're ever in Florida, look me up." He grinned then hugged her. "I'll miss you."

"I'll miss you too." She said then Tyler noticed Damon in the car.

"You're leaving with him?" Tyler asked surprised.

"He's not so bad once you get to know him." She smiled.

"Just, be careful." He said.

"Always am." She nodded. "Bye, Tyler."

"Bye." He said then watched her walk back to the car.

"I'm not so bad, huh?" Damon smirked when she got in.

"Bonnie next." She said ignoring him and he nodded.

Caroline and Damon stood side by side at Bonnie's door waiting for her to open. She was surprised to see them there when she did.

"What's going on? What happened?" Bonnie asked confused.

"We're leaving." Caroline said and Bonnie's jaw dropped.

"Why?" She asked startled.

"You know that if we stay here it will only bring more vampires here." Damon said.

"Then we'll fight them." Bonnie said as if it was obvious.

"While the bodies pile up?" Damon asked.

"I can't believe I'm actually going to miss you, Damon." She laughed and he smirked.

"You're just going to miss using me as your magical punching bag." He chuckled and she smiled.

"True." She nodded with a grin.

"I might swing by on your birthday and your present can be a really big aneurism." He said and she laughed.

"I'm glad you didn't die." She said.

"I figured if I anyone was going to kill me it would be you." He shrugged with a cheeky smile.

"Keep in touch, Salvatore."

"You too, Judgy. No hug?" He asked with a laugh.

"Fine but if you bite me, I'll set your ass on fire." She warned.

"Promise?" He grinned then she hugged him. He squeezed her lightly and had to admit he would miss the little witch. He let go then kissed her cheek. "I'll wait in the car." He said then turned and sped into the driver's seat.

"Caroline." Bonnie said and immediately welled up with tears.

"I'm going to miss you most." Caroline said then embraced Bonnie and sobbed into her shoulder.

"I get why you're going but I wish you weren't. Love you, Care." Bonnie sniffed.

"Love you too." Caroline whispered.

"Don't let Damon corrupt you." Bonnie laughed and she saw Damon roll his eyes in the car.

"I won't." She giggled. "I'll call you when we settle down somewhere." She said.

"Call me anytime you want." Bonnie nodded.

"You too." Caroline replied then dashed to the car while she still could. Bonnie wiped her eyes then went in the house and sobbed her heart out. Damon and Caroline had one last stop to make.

Damon drew up to Elena's house and turned to Caroline.

"Give her this." He handed her a note.

"You know she's just going to storm down to the car." Caroline said.

"Then stop her." Damon whispered unable to make eye contact.

"Okay." Caroline nodded then got out of the car. She walked up the familiar steps and knocked on the door and Alaric answered.

"Hey Caroline." He smiled then noticed Damon in the car. "Go right on in, I'm going to talk to Damon." He said and she went inside. Ric walked down the steps to the car and Damon got out. "So you're alive and kicking." Ric grinned.

"So to speak." Damon smirked.

"What's with all the stuff in the car?" Ric asked confused.

"Barbie and I are leaving town." He said and Ric's jaw dropped.

"Don't leave, Damon. This is your home."

"And how many people have died because I came back here?" He asked seriously. "No, this town is better off without me."

"I'm not." Ric said stonily. "Who am I going to drink with? You know I don't make friends easily." Damon chuckled.

"Tell you what. Once Jeremy and Elena leave for college, come find me, I'll turn you and we'll party it up." Damon smiled.

"Deal." Ric nodded with a laugh and Damon was surprised. "Don't look so shocked, Damon. My best bud is a vampire." He chuckled. "Of course I want to turn."

"Glad to hear it." Damon nodded with a smirk. He cared a lot about Alaric and was happy at the thought he'd be around forever. A true kindred spirit. "Just don't get killed before then." Damon said.

"I won't." He smirked. "Elena gave me John's ring so unless I'm in a freak accident it'll be all good." He laughed.

"See you in a year then?" Damon asked.

"A year." Ric nodded. "Come here, jackass." He grabbed Damon and hugged him. Damon patted him on the back and laughed.

"When did I get huggable?" Damon asked sarcastically as he pulled away.

"You're not. I just don't think you'll kill me yet." Alaric smirked.

"You seem sure of that." Damon said ominously.

"I trust you." Alaric said and Damon blinked in surprise.

Caroline walked into Elena's room and Elena put down her diary and smiled.

"Hey!" Elena grinned and Caroline's face fell. The hardest goodbye for her was Bonnie but Elena had lost so much and she felt bad. "What's wrong?"

"I just came to say goodbye, Elena." Caroline said quietly.

"What?" Elena exclaimed. "Where are you going?"

"I don't know." She shrugged. "We haven't talked about that yet."

"We?" Elena said and started to panic. Caroline nodded and handed Elena the letter from Damon. She tore it open while holding a hand over her mouth. Caroline watched the tears fall from her eyes.

Dear Elena,

I don't think I can say goodbye to you in person. If that makes me a coward then so be it. I'm going to track down Stefan and find out what's going on. I'll let you know what I find out. But don't waste your life waiting. I know you never want to turn and I accept that and I understand. This is your chance at a normal, happy and most of all human life. Find some boring human guy that will make you happy and have lots of pretty babies and enjoy it. That's what I wanted the most before I turned... To be a father. I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Bonnie will keep you safe and if you ever need me you know how to find me.

I love you.

Goodbye, Elena.


"Where is he?" Elena said through her tears.

"In the car." Caroline replied sadly and Elena rushed to the door only to be stopped by Caroline.

"Let me go." Elena said confused.

"No. He asked me to stop you."

"No!" She screamed. "I have to see him! Please! Let me see him!" She crumpled into sobs on Caroline's shoulder and Caroline rubbed her back in circles.

"It's better this way, Elena. You'll understand." Caroline whispered as she held her friend.

"Please, Caroline! Please!" Elena cried.

"It's ok, Caroline." Damon said after he jumped in the window. Elena spun round and ran to him and gripped his chest.

"I'll go to the car." Caroline said and left the room.

"Please don't go!" Elena cried into his chest.

"Don't make this harder than it already is." He whispered and he could feel his own tears forming but he sucked them back.

"I'll do anything, please just don't go." Elena whimpered.

"I'm sorry." He said unevenly as he tried to control his emotions. "Bye." He said then leaned down and kissed her lightly on her lips. Then she was alone in her room. She crumpled to the floor as she heard his car drive away. Jeremy rushed into Elena's room and found her on the floor by her window shaking with sobs.

"Elena? What's wrong?" He said as he scooped her up and embraced her.

"He's gone." He said as she shook. "Damon's gone."