Chapter 19 – One Big Happy Family

Disclaimer: I don't own the Vampire Diaries. I'm just borrowing.

Note: I know I've been slow with the updates for this story, but my other writings and stuff in my real life have gotten in the way. Well, I'm here now and I'm going to go ahead and do the next chapter of "In Session." Thank you to everyone who sent me reviews so far. I couldn't have done this without your support. When we last left everyone, Elena had given birth to her new twins, Ian and Damian. No spoilers, except the action in this story takes place just before Christmas (it's early, I know, but hey, gotta get in the spirit somehow).

Salvatore Mansion – Before Christmas

The Christmas tree looked absolutely beautiful as Elena stepped back to admire the ornaments and the lights. She wanted the mansion to look festive for the holidays, especially for the children. Damon smiled when he saw the tree. Christmas hadn't really been celebrated in the house since he and Stefan were younger, so he was grateful that Elena wanted to have it.

"It's beautiful, amore mia," he said. "Until you came, I hadn't celebrated Christmas in years."

Elena smiled at her husband. "Maybe that's because you didn't have a reason to."

"Well, if you're going to put it like that, then I guess you're right." He wrapped his arms around her from behind and kissed her neck. "Have I told you how much I love you today?"

Elena moaned as she felt him kissing her neck. "No, but you've certainly showed me plenty of times in the bedroom." She giggled as she then felt him nibbling the spot he had just kissed. "Damon, stop it. Bonnie and Jeremy are going to be here any minute. Do you want them walk in on us like this?"

"What, this?" said Damon. "But, they're married, just like we are. It's not like they've never seen a public display of affection before." He nibbled her neck again. "Besides, I want to open my Christmas present early."

Elena rolled her eyes. She knew what he meant by that last statement. Before she could answer him, the doorbell rang. She looked at the clock and it read 6:30, the time that Bonnie and Jeremy said they were coming over. However, before she could move, she saw Stefan heading toward the door.

"I'll get it, guys," he said. "I know how preoccupied you two are at the moment."

Damon smirked at his brother. "Awww, thanks, Stef. You're the best."

Stefan returned his brother's smirk and opened the door, revealing Jeremy, Bonnie, and little Miranda, who was asleep in the carseat that Jeremy was carrying in one hand. The other had presents for Kaylee and Amanda, plus some for Ian, Damian, and Stephanie.

With a smile, Stefan said, "Merry Christmas, guys."

"Thank you, Stefan," said Bonnie. "I hope you don't get too mad if Jeremy and I only stay a short while. I promised Grams that we'd visit her. I'm telling you, that woman is taking being a great-grandmother way too seriously."

"Hey, don't worry about it. We'll understand," said Stefan. "As long as the kids get to see their other aunt and uncle, that's all that really matters."

Then, as if on cue, Kaylee and Amanda were seen coming downstairs. They had been helping Lexi with the babies for the past hour, and when they heard the doorbell, they had gotten excited, having not seen Jeremy and Bonnie in quite a while.

Jeremy saw them before his wife did. "Hey there, girls. Have you been good this year?"

Kaylee nodded. "We sure have, Uncle Jeremy. Amanda and I can't wait for Santa."

Amanda nodded as well. "And before you ask, yes, we still believe in Santa. The other kids think we're stupid for it, but we don't care."

Jeremy was about to answer when Elena came in. She had succeeded in getting away from her husband. Of course, the baby monitor on the mantel went off, indicating that the twins were awake, so he had gone upstairs soon after she left.

"Where is that pretty little niece of mine?"

Bonnie smiled at her. "Here she is. I think she looks like you, but Jeremy doesn't believe me."

"I still think you're wrong," said Jeremy. "Miranda doesn't look like Elena, she looks like me."

"Pay no attention," said Elena. "He's only saying that because this is his daughter and fathers tend to be bias when it comes to their daughters."

Kaylee scowled curiously. "What does 'bias' mean?"

Elena smiled. "It means having your own opinion about something."

"Oh," said Kaylee. "I think that's what Amanda and I are. We're bias about our belief in Santa."

Elena was about to say something when Damon was seen coming downstairs, a baby in each arm. It wasn't that hard to tell the boys apart. Ian had brown hair like Elena, but instead of having two brown eyes, he had one blue eye and one brown eye. The cause was unknown, but the doctors said that it wasn't life-threatening. Ian was also very laid back and mellow.

Damian, on the other hand, had black hair and blue eyes like Damon. Unlike Ian, he was active, always looking for mischief. Elena often worried that when Damian got older, he would pick on the other kids on the playground. Hell, he might even torment his brother, cousins and sisters.

Stefan smiled at this. "Looks like the boys are up."

"Yeah," said Damon. "They wanted to see what was going on."

Bonnie smiled as well. "Oh, they are so cute."

"Oh, they're more than that," said Damon. "Someday, the girls are going to be knocking the door down, wanting to get a date with one or both of them." He smiled at Damian. "Of course, I think they'll especially go after this little guy here. The nurse at the hospital told me that he flirted with one of the baby girls in the nursery. Can you imagine, only a day old and he was playing the field already."

Stefan laughed. "Yeah, we're going to have a regular Don Juan on our hands."

"Oh, yeah, the phone will be ringing off the hook."

Lexi, little Stephanie in her arms, came down then. Although she had been born perfectly healthy, the doctors were still concerned about her heart and wanted to monitor it carefully, just to be sure that it didn't cause any serious damage later on.

Later...

It wasn't long before the whole house was quiet again. Stefan had taken Lexi and Stephanie to the mall for pictures with Santa, Bonnie and Jeremy had gone to Bonnie's grandmother's house, and Jenna had taken Kaylee, Amanda, and the boys for the night. Elena sighed as she sat on the couch and watched the lights on the tree as they sparkled.

Damon walked into the room with two wine glasses and a bottle of wine. Elena smiled when she saw him.

"How did you know I wanted some wine?"

"Call it one of my special abilities," he replied. "Besides, the mood is perfect for it."

He poured them both half a glass of wine and handed a glass to Elena. "But, first, a toast. To my beautiful Elena. The woman I love more than anything else in this world and who has made me a better man because of it." He clanked his glass against hers. "Merry Christmas, amore mia."

Elena smiled. "Merry Christmas, Damon."

She then clanked her glass against his and when they had consumed a majority of the wine in their glasses, Elena smiled again.

"You know that Christmas present you wanted to open earlier?"

Damon smiled as well. "Yes. Why?"

"I was thinking maybe I can give it to you now," said Elena. "Considering as how you've been a good boy this year."

Damon didn't get to reply, because he was silenced by a scorching kiss. He returned her kiss and scooped her up into his arms, carrying her upstairs to the master bedroom, where they weren't seen for the rest of the night.

~ FIN

Note: I was going to do one more chapter, but I thought that I'd end the story here, since everyone seems to be happy. Hope you've enjoyed reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

P.S. I'm going to be doing a sequel to this story, which I'll work on tomorrow. It'll take place 7 years after this story, with the younger children in second grade and Kaylee and Amanda in their freshman year of high school.