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"Damon."

"Alaric."

Alaric sighed in exasperation.

"Are you even listening to me?"

"Of course" Damon said, putting on one of his charming smiles-though judging by the pissy look on Alaric's face, it wasn't working. Now it was Damon's turn to sigh.

"What do you want from me Ric?"

"I want you to tell her!"

Damon's eyes narrowed slightly.

"I've already promised that I'd tell her. Be patient- you can wait a little bit longer."

"That's not the point Damon." Alaric stood his ground. "I want you to tell her soon. Now"

"Tell me what?"

The two turned around to see the brown haired girl in question hanging in the doorway of the kitchen, arms crossed.

"Hey Elena."

Alaric smiled at her while subtly pushing Damon a little closer to the petite girl.

"Damon here has something he wants to tell you."

The room took on an air of awkwardness as Damon stayed silent.

"What is it?"

Elena looked at Damon expectantly, if not a little warily. Damon looked desperately between her and Alaric.

"I just wanted to tell you that..." Damon fumbled slightly, searching for the right thing to say. Which really shouldn't have been a problem-he always knew what to say.

But now...

He glanced over at Alaric, an apology written on his face. The closest Damon Salvatore could be to looking apologetic anyway.

"I was going to tell you that you look very nice today."

Elena looked over at Alaric, doubt written across her face.

"That's all?"

She looked directly at Alaric when she said it this time. If anyone would tell her the truth, she thought it'd be him.

Ha.

Alaric smiled humorlessly, answering her but looking at Damon when he said it.

"Yea. I guess it was."

...

Alaric excused himself from the room and made his way to his car. He had just fished his key out of his pocket to unlock the car door when-

"Alaric."

Alaric didn't turn around. He could see Damon's face clearly in the reflection of the car window.

"I'll tell her about us, I promise. I just-"

Another sound of frustration. They seemed to be doing that a lot around each other.

"I just need more time Ric."

Alaric calmly unlocked his car and slipped into the driver seat, his eyes on the steering wheel. Before he could close the driver door, he stopped himself long enough to speak.

"It's been two years Damon. I don't know how much longer I can wait."

'I don't know how much more I can take.'

The unfinished thought hung in the air between them.

He stuck the key in the ignition and prepared to leave. A hesitant tap on his window stalled him, and he unrolled it slowly. He was still facing ahead but judging by the hot breath tickling his neck Damon had stuck his head through the window to say what he wanted to say next.

"I'll be at the Grill tonight. Maybe around nine or ten?"

Alaric turned as much as he could, staring at Damon for a long second. As he dove into the dark pools of blue so close to him, he suddenly felt very tired.

"I'll be there."

As he drove off, Alaric didn't bother trying to prevent the angry tears from flowing down his face. Once he came to a red light, he gently placed his head on his steering wheel and wondered just why he was doing this to himself.

'You know why' his subconscious whispered patronizingly.

Yes, Alaric did know why. It was simple really-it was stupid.

The reason he was allowing Damon to hide their...whatever it was...away from Elena-from everyone- like it was his dirty little secret. The reason that no one knew that for the past two years they'd been seeing each other...the reason that he'd wasted two years of his life being involved with someone who only had eyes for another woman.

...he was in love.

Like so many others before him, he'd fallen in love with Damon Salvatore.

And it was tearing him apart.


A.N.:I wrote this short so that i could leave it as a one shot but at the same time have it as a sort of pilot chapter. if you think it should be a multi chapter fic, let me know!

My long awaited (dreaded) end of the year test are coming up, so this will be it for a couple of weeks.(gotta study)

Just drop me a line!...er review!...and once my test are through i'll most deff. be back! (i'll miss it here too much to stay away too long!)