Marriage of Inconvenience
by Erin Salvatore
Disclaimer: I don't own the Vampire Diaries. I'm just borrowing.
Note: The idea for this new story came to me the other day and I wanted to go through with it. It's a Delena AU/AH, only it's a little different than the ones I usually do. The plot centers around Damon and Elena, two executives from rival companies. They can't stand each other, but they must marry to secure a merger between their companies and stay together for six months until the merger is finalized. However, will they learn to love each other in the interim?
"Damon, you didn't have to agree to this. We can always handle the merger in a different way."
Damon Salvatore listened to the concerned words of his brother, Stefan, as he straightened the bow tie that went with his tux. In a way, he was right. He didn't have to agree to this, but according the terms, the only way the merger would work was if Damon married the CEO of Gilbert Pharmaceuticals, which so happened to be Elena Gilbert, who just recently inherited the company after her parents died. Damon had been hesitant about the whole thing, considering the fact that he and Elena had been enemies since they met last month at a board meeting.
"Relax, Stefan," he replied. "This is only temporary. Once the merger is complete, she'll go her way, I'll go mine, and we'll never have to deal with her again."
"I still don't like it," said Stefan. "The terms say that you two have to stay married for six months. How the hell are you going to do that?"
"You know me, brother," said Damon. "I always find a way to make things work. The mansion has guest rooms, right? She can stay in one of them for the six months that we're going to be 'married.' And I'm pretty sure she'll have her suitcase with her so that she can leave as soon as the six months are up."
"I hope you're right, Damon," said Stefan. "I don't want this to blow up in your face."
Damon was about to reply when his twin sister, Natalia, walked in. "Guys, the limo is here to take us to the church. We better hurry, the ceremony is in less than an hour."
Damon nodded. "Right. Thanks, Talia."
"Hey, even though I think this is bullshit, I want to get this over with."
Damon nodded again and walked out of the room, followed closely by Stefan and Natalia. The event was no doubt going to attract the media, since both Salvatore Industries and Gilbert Pharmaceuticals were well-known companies, especially when the announcement of the merger hit the presses.
Elena Gilbert looked at her reflection in the mirror and wanted to puke. Why the hell did she have to go through with this anyway? Just so the press could have something to print? She didn't want to go through with the merger in the first place, since she couldn't stand being in the same room with Damon Salvatore, or anyone associated with Salvatore Industries for that matter.
She looked at her best friend and maid of honor, Caroline Forbes, and said, "Can you believe the bullshit I have to go through to keep my company afloat?"
"I know exactly what you mean, Elena," she replied. "But, at least the marriage is only for six months until the merger is complete. Then, you won't have to see Damon ever again."
"Six months of pure hell is more like it," said Elena. "Being forced into marrying a man I hate is torture of the worst kind." She sighed. "I mean, I envy you, Caroline. At least you have a man that you're in love with and will do anything for."
Caroline nodded, because it was true. For the past two years, she had been dating a prominent neurosurgeon, Dr. Klaus Mikaelson, who also happened to be a Gilbert Pharmaceuticals client. Even though he was against the merger, he had come to the wedding because Caroline didn't want to be by herself.
"Elena, don't envy me because of Klaus," she said. "You'll be as happy as me one day. Maybe after this whole bullshit with Damon is over, you can find yourself a guy that will treat you the way Klaus treats me."
"Maybe," said Elena. "I just don't want to be miserable."
"I know, but try to hang in there until the six months are up," said Caroline. "And you know that you can call me, right? Just because you're going to be..."
Caroline never got to finish, because Elena's aunt, Jenna Sommers, came in. "Girls, they're here. The limo pulled up a few minutes ago. We'd better head out to the sanctuary."
Elena slowly nodded at Jenna's words and sighed as she walked toward the door, Caroline grabbing her train and carrying it. God, how she wished her parents could be here right now. Hell, she even wished that her brother, Jeremy hadn't been deployed to Iraq the night before. But, she still had Jenna and Caroline with her, so that made the situation better, even if it didn't make it completely better.
The sanctuary had only a handful of people in the seats, mostly because the plans for the wedding were made at the eleventh hour and this was the best both sides could muster. Plus, the priest was out of town, so they got Klaus' brother, Elijah, to perform the ceremony.
Guess they found out that Elijah had graduated from the seminary, Elena thought. Though, I can't imagine how pissed Klaus was when he heard about it.
No sooner did she finish that thought than Elena looked toward the seat Klaus was sitting in and noticed a scowl on his face. Oh, he was definitely pissed, and she was pretty sure that Caroline was going to have her work cut out for her later.
When she reached the altar, Elena tried not to look at Damon, even though his blue eyes were hypnotizing. His short, sleek black glistened under the lights, and she tried not to imagine herself naked in his bed while caressing his delicious body, or kissing his lips. Just ride it out, Elena. It's not like you're really marrying him. This is just so his company can merge with yours.
As the ceremony began, Damon did his best to not look at Elena, but it was difficult, considering just how beautiful she looked in her gown. Her long, dark brown hair was in gentle curls that added to her beauty, and her brown eyes seemed to sparkle in the church's light. She even had a body he imagined himself caressing while they were naked in his bed and having passionate, primal sex, and lips he tried not to imagine kissing and nibbling.
God, if only this marriage wasn't strictly for business, he thought. I'd show Elena pleasures beyond her wildest dreams. You're such a dumbass, Damon. At the end of the six months, you're going to be kicking yourself.
Note: Yeah, this is a different Delena story. Don't worry, though, it will get better as the story progresses, because during the course of the six months, both Damon and Elena are going to struggle with their feelings for each other.
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