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Summary: What happens when Elena's cousin gets caught up in the drama of Mystic Falls and its resident bad boy vampire? Can she handle his past will fighting her feelings for him? 1x03 onwards. Damon/OC
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Chapter One: First Time Meetings
I'd trade my soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss.
I wasn't looking for this but now you're in my way.
Your stare was holdin', ripped jeans, skin was showin'.
Hot night, wind was blowin'.
Where you think you're going, baby?
Faith scrunched up her nose in annoyance as she looked in the mirror, twisting a curl around her finger as she tried to get her hair to sit in place. Finally she huffed out a sigh when she realised it was the best it was going to look and instead grabbed her leather jacket off her bed and began making her way out of her bedroom and down the stairs to let her mother know that she was going to head out.
She frowned when no reply came and she couldn't hear any movement from within the house, curious she wandered into the kitchen and shook her head in disbelief at the single sheet of white paper that lay on the counter. She didn't have to wager a guess what it was but still she picked it up already knowing that it was another note to tell her that her mother was once again out of town with a new boyfriend. At some point she should really move in with Matt and Vicki given that both of their mothers tended to run off on them without so much as a word or even money to pay the bills and get food. You'd think that over the years her mother would become more responsible instead of less. Scrunching the paper into a ball she flung it carelessly into the bin before grabbing her house keys, figuring that she may as well head over to Elena's since she was on her own again.
Walking up to the two story house Faith noticed two people were already standing on Elena's porch, she identified the blonde as Caroline straight away but she had no idea who the dark haired guy was. Mentally shrugging it off she approached the couple just in time for them to ring the doorbell. She glanced down at Caroline's hands and noticed that she was carrying a red velvet cake with her and already she could feel her stomach grumble in anticipation.
"Is that cake?"
Caroline turned around startled and probably would have dropped the cake if the dark haired guy with her hadn't steadied it in her hands. Now that she was closer Faith could see how good looking he was, good cheekbones, amazing clear blue eyes and given the smug grin stretching across Caroline's face she was willing to bet that this guy was her new boyfriend. The one she had been constantly dropping into conversation just in case Faith happened to forget about her 'sexy, older, bad boy' boyfriend. From the way the blonde girl had gone on she'd of thought she would have mentioned his name at some point in any of the conversations.
"Hey, what are you doing here?"
She shrugged and reached past them to ring the doorbell again when no one came to greet them, "My mom's gone again so Lena needs to feed me til she gets back or possibly forever."
Caroline frowned in concern as she looked the dark haired girl over, "For how long?"
"Don't know, who's this?" Faith asked in the hopes of changing the subject and reminding her friend that she still hadn't introduced them.
"This is Damon, my boyfriend."
Faith smiled at the happy smile on her friends face before facing Damon and offering him a hand to shake, "I'm Faith."
Instead of shaking her hand he lifted it to his lips and pressed a soft kiss to the top of it and lingered more than she considered necessary for a gentlemanly greeting. Before he could release her hand the door to Elena's house opened to reveal said brunette frowning at them all, no doubt wondering what they all were doing there.
Faith giggled at the dumbfounded look on her face and gently tugged her hand from Damon's and squeezed herself in-between the couple so she could get into the house.
"I'm interrupting but mom's gone and I am starving so feed me."
Caroline held her cake up to gain their attention before stating, "Bonnie said you guys were doing dinner so we brought dessert. I didn't invite Faith though."
Faith rolled her eyes as she grabbed the cake off the other girl, "Thanks, Care. I feel the love."
Damon smiled at all of them as Caroline barged her way into the house, "Hope you don't mind."
Before anyone could answer him Stefan appeared from the kitchen and approached the door, using his bulk to block the doorway as if he refused to let the other man in. Elena shot Faith and Caroline a confused frown at her boyfriend's weird behaviour.
"What are you doing here?"
"Waiting for Elena to invite me in."
Elena shook her head quickly having forgotten her manners, "Oh, you can just –"
Stefan sharply cut her off before she could finish the sentence and stammered his way through an explanation, "No, he can't stay can you, Damon?"
"It's fine, just come on in."
Faith frowned at the weird tension that had fell over the group and instead chose to gesture Damon forward so she could close the door behind him. He graced her with a small smile as he passed her before gazing around the house.
"You have a beautiful home, Elena."
"Oh, thank you." Elena said surprised that he would bother to comment on it at all in comparison to his home.
"Okay." Faith drawled before holding up the cake once again, "Anyone for cake?"
"Ugh, I cannot afford to put on another pound." Caroline refused and held her non-existent stomach fat.
Faith scoffed as she made her way into the kitchen, "Yes because you're huge and hideous. Why did you bring cake if you're not going to eat it?"
"It's Damon's favourite."
Damon smiled and slid past Caroline to stand beside the smaller girl, "It's true. I'm a sucker for red velvet."
"You want some?"
The dark haired man quirked a brow at her question and she flushed slightly as she realised how suggestive she'd made it sound. Awkwardly clearing her throat she turned to the drawners and shot Bonnie a small smile as she dug through the middle drawer for the cake knife. She quickly slid a piece onto the dessert plate and passed it Damon who took it with a smirk before he walked away. Elena approached her cousin and suppressed her laughter at the flustered look on her face. It was amusing to see Faith in such a state over a simple interaction with a guy; usually she was much more confident around them.
Faith frowned at her and shoved a plate of cake into her hands roughly, "Shut up and eat your cake."
"I love you." Elena sing-songed as she walked away to join Stefan and Bonnie.
"Well, I hate you."
An hour later the group had migrated to the living room despite Faith's insistence that she was heading home. She'd been fed and saw no reason to stay and hang out with the group. Caroline was clearly here for Damon and so had spent the majority of the night fawning over him in a way that made Faith almost ashamed to be her best friend and Bonnie was here to bond with Stefan. Faith did not need to bond with Stefan, she liked him just fine and it wasn't like she was the one wanting to date the guy. Nevertheless she found herself sat beside Elena on the couch, watching the Salvatore brothers shoot each other annoyed looks when they thought no one else was looking.
"I cannot believe that Mr Tanner let you on the team. Tyler must be seething but good for you, go for it."
Damon nodded in agreement, "That's what I was telling him, you have to engage you can't just sit there and wait for life to come to you, you have to go get it."
Faith snorted into her glass before asking, "Where did you get that, a self-help book?"
"They are a multi-million business so they must be doing something right."
"Yes for certain types of losers with no lives." She mumbled unaware that Damon heard what she said and was withholding a grin.
Caroline continued on unfazed by their exchange, "Elena wasn't so lucky today, I don't know how you're ever going to learn the routines."
"Gah, cheerleader talk – I'm out. Care, try to be tactful."
That said Faith picked up the empty glasses from the table and made her way back to the kitchen to clean it up before she made her second escape attempt. She was loading the dishwasher before she got the sensation someone was watching her. Straightening up she turned and gasped when she realised Damon was standing right behind her. Before she realised what she was doing she slapped him on the shoulder and tried to shove him away from her, frowning when he barely budged an inch.
"Oh, my god, wear a bell or something."
He smirked and held up his empty glass as explanation, "Sorry, you missed one."
Elena coughed from the doorway to announce her presence when she took in the close proximity of Damon and her cousin. She hadn't been blind to the looks he had been slyly giving her and her cousin all night despite the fact that he was meant to be dating Caroline.
"You forgot, like four glasses actually."
Faith shrugged unconcerned at her inability to clean and awkwardly tried to move away from the dishwasher to let Elena in but Damon was unrelenting and she ended up brushing up against him in her effort to move. His eyes still on hers he blindly reached around her to hand the glass to Elena who's fingers failed to find purchase on the glass and it slipped from her fingers. Luckily Damon managed to grab it before it smashed on the floor and passed it back to the taller brunette with a smile.
"Nice save." Elena commented impressed with how quickly he'd caught it when he hadn't even been looking in her direction.
"Yeah, Elena has butterfinger syndrome, really bad."
Elena laughed before mock shoving her cousin into the kitchen island, "Shut up."
Damon chuckled as he watched them before remarking, "I like you two, you know how to laugh and Elena; Stefan seems a lot happier since he met you which is something I haven't seen in a very long time."
Elena's smile faded at his comment, "Earlier, did you mean Katherine?"
Faith glanced between them confused about what they were talking about before realising it was probably something that was said when she had left the room and began tidying up. Damon hummed in agreement as he helped the two girls load the rest of the dishes.
"How did she die?"
"A fire, tragic fire."
Elena frowned concerned about the type of issues she could be involving herself with, "Recently?"
"Seems like it was yesterday."
"What was she like?"
"She was beautiful, a lot like you in that department…both of you actually." He shot Faith another smile before turning back to Elena, "She was also very complicated, selfish and at times not very kind but very sexy and seductive."
Elena handed him another plate unimpressed by his description of his brother's ex-girlfriend, "So which one of you dated her first?"
"Nicely deduced, ask Stefan, I'm sure his answer differs from mine."
She scoffed at the accusation in his tone, turning quickly and handing the table clothes she had been fiddling with earlier to her cousin before stomping out of the room and upstairs to what Faith assumed was the bathroom. Damon let out a low whistle and approached her as he watched her cousin storm off.
"Something I said?"
Faith glanced at him uneasily as he took a seat beside her and answered vaguely, "Elena's fiercely protective of those she cares about."
"I didn't mean to cause offence." He assured her and he sounded genuine about it so she didn't argue the point.
"She'll get over it, don't worry."
He nodded and tugged one of napkins out of her hands and began to fold it, "So I'm guessing from your earlier reaction you're not a cheerleader."
She laughed and shook her head, "Uh, no. I used to be but when – well basically I quit. Lena and Caroline have been trying to get me back into it for years with various compelling arguments but things like that haven't mattered for a while."
"So forget it, tell them where to go."
"Elena maybe but have you met your girlfriend?"
He grinned at her and they went back to silently folding things for a few moments. Faith tried to subtly look at him without him noticing because she guessed that he did not need to be given an ego boost; however her face softened at the far off look on his face. He'd had the same sort of look the entire time he had been talking to Elena about Katherine.
"I'm sorry." She paused as he looked back at her in confusion and clarified, "About Katherine? You lost her too."
She watched his jaw slacken in surprise and the way his lips parted as if he wanted to reply but couldn't find the words to do so and instead he locked eyes with her for several more moments before Elena entered the room again this time with Bonnie in tow mumbling an apology and asking if they needed anymore help. Faith sneaked a look at Damon again as he grinned at Bonnie and studied the profile of his face, he played the hot bad boy card very well but there was something more attractive about the open vulnerability on his face when she had given her condolences over Katherine. She blinked in surprise as Damon turned his head and caught her eyes for a brief moment before he stood and left the kitchen without a word.
"I saw that."
Faith gave a look of confusion over her shoulder at her cousin, "Saw what?"
She shook her head and pointed sternly at the petite girl, "Your and Damon's little eye exchange, don't go there."
"He's Caroline's boyfriend, Elena! What kind of person do you think I am?" She snapped as she stood and made to move away from her.
Elena quickly reached out and grabbed her forearm to stop her, "I'm sorry. I know you would never do that, I just don't like the way he was looking at you."
"He can look at me however he likes; I don't go after romantically involved guys."
"I know, I'm sorry." She promised and gave her puppy dog eyes until Faith caved and punched her lightly on the shoulder as a sign of her forgiveness.
"Okay, but I am now officially going home, say goodbye to everyone for me?" Faith asked already tugging her jacket off the back of the stool and pulling it on.
Elena nodded in agreement and Bonnie gave her a little wave as she made her way out the back door, fully intending on hopping over the fence and into her back garden. She'd always found it more than strange when she was younger that her mother had chosen to buy the house right next to her brother's, although now she was grateful to be so close to family with her mother almost always out of town. Jenna made sure that she was well looked after it, particularly when her mother forgot to leave any money behind.
With a sleepy sigh she made her way into the house, making sure to lock the door behind her before she trudged up the stairs to her bedroom. She quickly stripped off her clothes and pulled on her pyjamas deciding to forgo her shower until the morning. She crawled under her covers before the coldness of the room hit her bare legs and with a contented groan she snuggled in and hugged her pillow, falling asleep within seconds.
With a frustrated grunt she kicked off her covers as the room temperature had risen during the night and she found herself struggling to get back to sleep. She shrieked as something knocked against her window and when she looked over she found herself disbelieving to find Damon perched on the tree outside her window.
"Damon?" She asked incredulous and made her over to her window and opened it, "What the hell are you doing?"
He grinned at her and gripped the window frame tightly, "You gonna invite me in before I fall to my death?"
"Would serve you right but yeah, come in." She muttered and moved out of his way, shutting the window firmly behind him to keep out the wind. "I have a front door you know?"
He shook his head and walked slowly towards her, "I couldn't wait to see you."
"Um, why?" She asked warily as he stalked towards her.
"Because of this."
She barely had a moment to breathe properly before he was on her, his lips slanting over her own without a second thought as his hand tangled in her hair to prevent her from moving away from him. Without even thinking about what she was doing and with whom she opened her mouth to him, her teeth biting down on his bottom lip in her haste to get closer to him. With a growl he griped her thighs and hiked her up so her legs wrapped around his waist and he walked them over to her bed before he dropped her gently. He wasted no time in lying on top of her, fitting himself between her thighs as one of his hands held her wrists above her head while the other slipped under her thin tank top to grip her bare waist. She gasped as his lips pressed softly against her throat, his blunt teeth lightly scraping over her pulse point.
She panted harshly and squirmed beneath him, "We can't do this, what about Caroline?"
"Who cares? I know what you want, what you need."
She moaned as his breath fanned across her neck before a sharp pain shot through it, she shrieked and tried to escape from beneath him but he held her firmly in place until her body went limp.
With a strangled scream Faith shot up in bed, sweating and shaking as her eyes frantically checked around her room for any sign of the dark haired man. With a relived sigh she pushed back her sweat soaked hair realising that it had just been a dream. It had been disturbingly vivid however and so she ran a hand over her neck to make sure there was nothing there. Despite how horrifying the ending of the dream had been she found herself embarrassingly aroused by the first half of it. She didn't know whether to be more ashamed of the fact she had a sex dream about her best friend's boyfriend or that she was still horny even though he'd bitten her like a vampire. All she knew was that she had never been so turned on in her life and she was in no position to act on those feelings if she wanted to or not.
"Ugh, I am such a freak."
Hey, I just met you and this is crazy.
But here's my number, so call me, maybe?
And all the other boys try to chase me.
But here's my number, so call me, maybe?