I don't own The Vampire Diaries. If I did, Damon wouldn't have become a total defanged Elena doormat.

A/N: Sorry it took me so long to update this. Hopefully the next chapter will be up soon :)


Chapter 8

Ric's eyes fluttered open and all he saw was neck. He closed his eyes for a second to allow himself to wake up then he opened his eyes again and he saw that familiar raven hair, pale neck, pale muscular shoulders. That's when he realised that he was lying behind Damon with his arm around the vampire's waist cuddled into his back. Ric felt like he should probably be embarrassed but after the night before, cuddling didn't seem as embarrassing with Damon – as weird as that was. They'd talked and slept together and it was just so easy with Damon. Ric felt like he was seeing a whole new side to Damon. He did take his arm back though then rolled onto his back and stretched then he saw Damon stir. He figured the movement must have woken him by moving his arm.

Damon rolled over to face him and the way he moved left their faces only inches from each other's. Their eyes locked and Ric couldn't really help himself so he leaned forward and kissed him. Damon seemed mildly surprised but went with it and kissed him back. Ric reached out and put his hand on Damon's ribs while Damon pulled him a little closer without breaking their kiss. Damon was even more surprised when Ric pulled Damon on top of him. He kissed down Ric's cheek to his neck and playfully bit his neck without breaking the skin and Ric groaned a little.

"Morning." Damon mumbled against Ric's neck.

"Morning." Ric replied from underneath him. Damon felt Ric's hardness pressed against him so he moved a little until he was between Ric's legs and he positioned himself so that his cock touched Ric's then he moved forward then back and Ric moaned a little at the new sensation to his cock.

"How'd you sleep?" Damon asked into his neck and Ric rubbed down Damon's sides loving the way the cool skin shivered beneath his touches. Ric figured he was talking about the blood loss and in all honesty, he felt great.

"Like a log." Ric replied and Damon let out a small chuckle then trailed his tongue up Ric's neck until his face was hovering above Ric's. Damon took in Ric's lustful expression and he couldn't help a small smirk. He loved the fact that despite Ric's claims that he wasn't Ric's type, Ric clearly wanted him. He leaned down and kissed him and Ric responded immediately and kissed him back. Ric's hand trailed from Damon's side down his stomach and Damon moaned a little into Ric's mouth when Ric took hold of his cock. He stroked while they kissed and though Damon was still kind of unsure of how to do all of this with a guy, with Ric that didn't seem to matter much. Damon saw where it was headed and went to flip their positions. "No." Ric said and Damon looked at him quizzically. "You do it this time." Ric said and Damon looked surprised. His stomach fluttered a little at the fact Ric was trusting him with that.

"But you said there isn't any lube left." Damon pointed out and Ric shrugged.

"Can't you use your blood then bite me?" Ric asked and Damon looked even more surprised.

"Are you sure?" Damon asked him and Ric nodded. Damon went up on his knees then bit into his wrist and lathered himself up with blood. Ric watched his beautiful face turn vampiric and he couldn't help finding him even more attractive like that. Damon leaned back over him and gently hitched Ric's legs at his sides. Damon was pleased to see that Ric didn't look remotely nervous about what was about to happen. He leaned down and kissed him again and Ric deepened it while Damon lined himself up. Ric wasn't nervous which surprised him. He hadn't done this for years purposely because of his last bad experience. He just knew that Damon wouldn't hurt him.

Damon gently pushed in and Ric tried to relax as much as possible. Damon couldn't help the small groan escaping at the tightness around him as he gently slid inside. Ric had forgotten the feeling and it was a bit uncomfortable at first but it went away seconds later and he figured it was the effects of Damon's blood. Damon gave him a few moments to adjust to his size then he pulled back and lazily thrust back in. He was keeping things slow and soft because he knew that Ric's last experience was too hard and rough and he didn't want Ric to think it would be like that with him. Damon thought over how Ric had positioned himself then moved a little, pulled back and thrust in and Ric moaned into his mouth and Damon was pleased he'd found it.

"You alright?" Damon mumbled against his lips.

"I'm fine. You can go faster." Ric smirked and Damon realised that Ric knew what he was doing. Damon nodded then went back to kissing him and he sped up just a little earning a moan from Ric. Damon took Ric's cock in his hand and started to pump him while he thrust and Ric bit his lip so he wouldn't yell out in pleasure. Damon saw on Ric's face that he wasn't going to last much longer so he allowed his own build up. He thrust and pumped and kissed and Ric felt like he was turning into mush. Ric knew he was close and he could feel that Damon was close so he turned his head to the side baring his neck a little though he wanted to watch Damon's face change so he kept his eyes trained on Damon's face.

Damon's face changed and Ric was seconds away. He knew the instant Damon's fangs entered his skin, he'd be done. Damon leaned down and sucked on Ric's neck and Ric's eyes closed in pleasure. Just as Ric reached his peak, Damon sunk his fangs into his neck and the two of them came loudly as they writhed against each other. Damon pulled his fangs out of Ric's neck after he'd slumped against him then he lazily licked the two small wounds and finally pulled out of him and rolled to his side. Ric felt pretty incoherent after that. Damon turned on his side to face Ric and Ric did the same as he pulled the covers up over them.

"That was amazing." Ric said after a few minutes and Damon smiled then leaned forward and kissed him. Ric kissed him back and put one arm over his side. Damon pulled back and gave him an amused smirk.

"Have to say, Ric, you're little logical speech seems to have gone right out the window." Damon said and Ric looked at him confused.

"What do you mean?" He asked.

"This clearly is a 'thing' now." Damon replied and Ric understood what he meant and nodded.

"I know." He agreed then pulled Damon a little closer. Damon put his hand on Ric's hip as he looked at him in curiosity. "It's just so easy with you." Ric said.

"Easy?" Damon asked.

"There's no bullshit. I can be myself and we have a lot in common." Ric replied and Damon nodded in understanding.

"Does this feel normal to you?" Damon asked.

"What do you mean by normal?" Ric asked confused.

"Not normal, that's the wrong word... just..." Damon said as he thought of the word. "Like... right?" He asked and Ric was a little surprised at him saying something like that and was even more surprised to see a little nervousness on Damon's face. He had to admit, he'd never had anything that felt so comfortable as this did. He'd been wary of Damon at first but when he finally let him in, it did feel right. Almost like it was meant to be that way.

"It does." Ric agreed and Damon smiled. He leaned in again and kissed Ric then Ric deepened it and their tongues graze each other.

"So... how'd I do?" Damon asked against his mouth.

"Best ever." Ric replied in a mumble and Damon smiled.

"So it didn't hurt?" Damon asked and Ric understood that Damon was making sure he hadn't been too rough.

"Only for like one second but then your blood must have fixed it because there was no pain after that." Ric replied and he saw the relief on Damon's face.

"Good." Damon replied.

"We're going to have to get ready and go meet Caroline. We can't leave her sitting around alone waiting for us." Ric said and Damon nodded.

"I'll go back to my room and get a shower then. I'll go down and get coffee afterwards." Damon replied.

"Alright." Ric replied then in a blink Damon wasn't lying next to him anymore. Ric turned around and saw Damon buttoning up his shirt and his jeans were already on. "Show off." Ric said and Damon chuckled.

"Maybe, but I think you like it." Damon replied amused.

"I might." Ric chuckled as he sat up. Damon pulled his boots on then walked back over to the bed.

"Later, Ric." Damon said then leaned down and pecked him on the lips and in a blink he was gone. Ric couldn't help the small smile on his face as he got out of bed and went into the bathroom.

Damon showered then got dressed, grabbed his stuff then went downstairs to the hotel restaurant. He walked in and spotted Caroline sitting at a table reading a magazine with a cup of coffee.

"Morning." Damon said and she looked up at him and smiled.

"Morning. Sleep well?" She asked and he chuckled.

"I did. What the hell are you reading?" He asked as he sat down next to her.

"Just some gossip trashy magazine that was lying on the table when I got here." She shrugged as she set it down. "Where's next on the trip?" She asked.

"Lubbock." Damon replied.

"So, you two haven't been doing any sightseeing or anything?" She asked curiously.

"Is there something in Dallas that you want to see?" He asked.

"Nothing in particular." She shrugged.

"Tell you what, Caroline." He smirked. "After Klaus, Ric and I will take you anywhere you want to go." He replied and she smiled surprised. "But unfortunately, right now we have to keep going." He said and she nodded.

"Okay, that's fine." She smiled.

"Though, we're staying two nights in Vegas so we can take you to a show one night." He smirked and she grinned.

"That's so exciting." She said happily and he smiled knowing Ric had been right. Just then the server came over. "Think I might get some food." She said to herself looking at the menu.

"What can I get you both?" The woman smiled.

"I'll have a black coffee and the full breakfast and the wife will have..." Damon looked at Caroline who chuckled at the wife comment.

"The chocolate chip pancakes and an orange juice, please." She smiled.

"I'll get those over to you." The woman smiled as she wrote that down.

"Thanks." Caroline smiled then the woman left. "Wife?" She asked him amused and Damon chuckled.

"I don't know. Keep calling you that." He shrugged and she chuckled and remembered him asking if they'd gotten married and he was too drunk to remember. She gathered that's where he got it from.

"You want to go where?" Damon asked Ric sceptically and in a little bit of disbelief.

"The Buddy Holly Centre." Ric repeated from where he sat in the backseat.

"Why?" Damon asked confused.

"It's got the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame and it's no doubt very interesting." Ric replied.

"Dude was a total geek, Ric." Damon replied and they both chuckled.

"So, I'll just go by myself then." Ric shrugged.

"I'll go with you." Caroline said and Ric smiled at her for being so nice.

"What am I supposed to do while you're both off at a geek shrine?" Damon asked with a huff and they chuckled.

"What did you do for a century and a half without us?" Caroline teased and Damon rolled his eyes.

"Fine. I'll just go find somewhere to drink then." Damon muttered.

"We should go out to some real Texan restaurant tonight." Ric replied.

Caroline and Ric went to the Buddy Holly museum and Damon went and found them a hotel while they did that. He got two rooms since the hotel was fully booked though one room had two beds so it made for a good excuse to Caroline since neither he or Ric wanted her to know about their little 'thing' yet.

He picked them up then they went into town to the Double Nickel Steak House advertised as one of the top ten steaks in Texas which appealed to Ric. Ric ordered the rib-eye steak, Damon ordered the filet mignon and Caroline ordered the stuffed chicken medallions and they all thoroughly enjoyed their food. After dinner they were heading to a cocktail bar called The Gas Light. Damon parked the car down the street then the three of them walked up there when two men suddenly were standing in front of them. Damon instinctively took a step forward to put himself between them and Ric and Caroline.

"You're in our area." One man said allowing his true face to show. Damon's face came out too. This wasn't the first time he'd been in an altercation with other vampires about 'turf' and he knew the rules of the game. Caroline felt a twinge of fear at the sight of the two vampires.

"Just passing through." Damon replied.

"You'll need to get permission before you stay here." The other said to him and Damon scoffed.

"It's one night and we'll be gone tomorrow so you can shove your permission." Damon replied and Ric wanted to roll his eyes at Damon's inability to talk things through.

"That's the rules." The first one said.

"Or what?" Damon asked him deadpan.

"Or we could just take your human and your baby vamp." The other replied amused.

"Try it." Damon replied dangerously.

"Two of us and one of you." The first one said and Damon smirked.

"But I only need two hands, don't I?" Damon asked darkly and they looked at him confused until both Damon's hands shot out at lightning speed and pulled their hearts from their chests and they looked shocked as they fell to the ground. Ric and Caroline gasped at how fast that happened. Damon looked around the street and saw that nobody witnessed anything then he stuffed their hearts back into their chests and picked them up and in a blink he was gone.

"What the hell just happened?" Ric asked Caroline in disbelief. Caroline turned around and saw Damon down the street shoving the two vampires into the trunk of his car and she motioned for Ric to look and he saw it. He was back seconds later. "Explain." Ric said to Damon seriously.

"Some vampires get all territorial about their 'turf'." Damon said doing air quotations.

"You need to wash your hands, Damon." Caroline said and he nodded.

"We should probably go back to the hotel. If we were spotted earlier and they were sent to warn us, others could get suspicious if they don't come back." Damon said.

"Why did you kill them?" Ric asked confused and Damon looked at him in disbelief.

"Ric, their threat to take you two, that wasn't idle. They would have done it, you'd be drained dry, Caroline would no doubt be staked for being so new, so I wasn't taking any chances." Damon said and they looked at him surprised. "Now let's go." Damon added.

"What are you going to do with the bodies?" Caroline whispered as they hurried back to the car.

"Take them somewhere secluded and set them on fire." Damon shrugged. "Can't believe we were in New Orleans and nothing happened but we run into vampires in Lubbock." Damon muttered.

Damon drove them out to an abandoned bit of land, dug a quick hole with a shovel Ric hadn't even known about then stuffed the two bodies in the whole, set them on fire and when they were decayed, he covered them back up. After that, the three of them went to the hotel. They were just parking in the guest parking lot when Caroline couldn't help it.

"Damon?" She asked softly and he looked at her. "Can you stay with me? I'm nervous about those vampires now." She said and he nodded.

"We'll all stay in the same room. I haven't got a clue how many vampires are here but it would be better if we didn't split up." He replied surprising Ric. Ric understood then that it was a real issue considering he didn't think Damon particularly liked the idea of the three of them staying in the same room.

The three of them went into the hotel room with the two double beds.

"I'll take the couch." Damon said.

"Don't be silly, Damon. It's not a big deal, just share with me." Caroline waved her hand unconcerned then set her stuff down and Damon glanced at Alaric who smirked at him amused so Damon knew it was okay.

"If you're sure, wife." Damon smirked and they both chuckled.

A couple of hours later the they were sitting on the couches drinking while watching a movie.

"Where are we going tomorrow?" Caroline asked curiously.

"Santa Rosa but we're stopping off in Roswell so the history geek can go look at fake aliens." Damon replied and she giggled while Ric rolled his eyes.

"How on earth can you say fake aliens? You're a vampire. Vampires aren't supposed to exist either." Ric pointed out and Damon chuckled.

"It would be ignorant to think we're the only planet that has life but that doesn't mean I want to think about aliens. That's just creepy." Damon replied and they both laughed.

"You're creeped out by aliens?" Caroline asked amused.

"Have you seen those alien movies? They are way worse than vampires. I'd take Klaus over them for a confrontation any day." Damon replied and they laughed in disbelief.

"But you could kill the aliens. You can't kill Klaus." Ric pointed out.

"Ewww! I'm not touching them!" Damon replied disgusted and they buckled over with laughter.

"This is so funny." Caroline giggled.

"Considering you had your hands inside two vampires' chests earlier, how can aliens creep you out after that?" Ric asked amused.

"Simple. Ripping out hearts doesn't creep me out." Damon replied with a shrug and they laughed.

"Weirdo." Ric chuckled.

"Not really. Aliens are icky." Damon said and they were back to laughing loudly.

"Icky? You seriously just said the word icky?" Ric laughed.

"Have you seen Independence Day?" Damon asked him deadpan and they laughed.

"Yeah." Caroline giggled.

"Those aliens are disgusting and covered in slime. That's so much worse than just some random vampire's heart." Damon replied and they laughed.

"So what would you do if aliens invaded us?" Caroline asked.

"Hide." Damon replied like it was so obvious and they buckled over laughing.

"You are so weird." Ric replied amused.

"Why?" Damon asked.

"You stood in front of Klaus and basically told him to fuck off but you're afraid of an alien?" Ric teased and Damon rolled his eyes.

"I'm not afraid of aliens. They are just..." Damon shuddered and they laughed.

"Icky?" Caroline giggled.

"Yes." Damon replied and they laughed.

Damon passed out next to Caroline on the side closest to Ric. Ric looked over at the sleeping vampire and he couldn't help feeling worry. Just that morning when he'd forgotten all about that side to him, Damon went and did something reckless and irresponsible. He killed those two vampires without knowing what the consequences would be. There could have been ten vampires watching in the distance for Damon's reaction.

Ric wasn't sure he could deal with that side to him. Ric couldn't deal with losing someone else, especially not Damon. He watched the seemingly innocent sleeping face of the vampire he was developing such strong feelings for and his heart clenched. He couldn't fall for Damon. He couldn't let himself. He was going to have to talk to him and stop whatever it was that was happening between them because he just couldn't do it. It would hurt – but it would hurt way more if Damon got himself killed and Ric had to live without him...