Chapter One

Dear Diary,

Today is the first day of school after summer break. I decided to join the cheerleading squad…again. It's not that I missed it, but I know mom would want me to go. It's been a year since the accident and still, I have no idea what to do with my life. It's like I don't know how to live anymore. Aunt Jenna is trying so hurt to help us, but she can't. And who blames her? How could anyone take away the pain of three (well, two) children who lost their parents? I just want it to stop, I can't take it anymore. Sometimes I'm thinking about giving up, accept the pain and my pointless life. But as tempting as it sounds, I can't do that. I have to think about Jeremy. He needs his sister and since the other one isn't 'available' anymore, I have to be there for him. Katherine, my sister has changed a lot the past years. She was always snob and the most popular girl in school, but now she has also turned into a complete emotionless bitch who only knows how to party, make out with the whole football team and she acts like everything is fine and the is happy with her life. Anyway, I've got to go, Jenna is calling me. Today is her big day with Alaric, her fiancé. I forgot to tell you about it, didn't I? He is moving in with his nephew, today. Jenna is all nervous about it and I have to go calm her down. Wish me good luck, today is gonna be a long day.

I slowly closed my diary, took a quick look at the mirror, grabbed my staff and run downstairs to find a nervous Jenna looking at me all worried.

"Are you sure this is a good idea? I don't want you guys to think I'm giving up on you" I could tell she was still worried we didn't like to have a 'stranger' in our home and the was feeling guilty about it. Truth to be told, when she first told us about the idea of Alaric moving in, both Jeremy and I were…shocked. Katherine was like 'whatever' and I believe she really didn't give a fuck. But that was before she learnt about Alaric's nephew, Damon, who happens to be a senior like her and a total 'hottie'. I don't believe in rumours, we don't even know the guy.

"Elena are you even listening to me?" I suddenly heard Jenna voice.

"Yeah. Look Jenna, I've told you a thousand times that we know you love us, but this is your home to, you need to move on with your life, start your own family and be happy. We appreciate everything you've done for us, but this is your time." I said smiling. I it was true. After thinking about it we went to the conclusion that she deserves to be happy and it would be unfair of as to ask her to give up her life.

"Look I've got to go now, Caroline is probably waiting for me." I added.

"Oh, fine. And Elena? Just so you know, Alaric will be at school today and probably Damon too. They will bring their stuff here after school and they might need your help"

"OK, don't worry about it. Bye Jenna, love you" I said and I quickly got out of the house. The thought of having Alaric as my teacher scared me a little, although I've met him and he seems like a really nice guy. I guess having him at school too was too much for me.

I pushed my thoughts away when I saw Caroline waiting for me in her expensive blue-black Mercedes. Caroline, my best friend, has been my rock after my parents death. I can't imagine going through all of that without her. Although can be a pain in the ass sometimes, I still love her as my sister. She is part of my family now. We have been friends since the first day of military school. I still remember her with her perfectly cirled golden hair giving me her cake because I forgot mine and I was starving. She was always polite, confident and beautiful. A real Barbie like I use to call her sometimes.

"Well good morning, Lena. Are you ready for our first day of school? I know I am!" she said cheery as I entered her car.

"Really, Care? Only you can be excited that summer is over. Is this about Matt?"

"What? No. I just missed cheerleading and the parties. I told you, El, I'm so over Mattie. He is just a child. What I need is a real man." She said seriously.

"If you say so"

We spent the rest of the ride without talking. When we got out o the car and started walking towards the school, Caroline suddenly stopped me. I turned to look at her and she only asked me "Are you sure you're OK?"

"Of course I'm fine, Care, don't worry" I smiled at her. She always felt it when something was wrong. "Now come on, let's go."

She took my hand and we entered Mystic Falls High School.

Luckily Caroline and I are joining the same classes except from France and Maths. The bad news is that Alaric and from now on , is my new history teacher.

Caroline and I were walking to our lockers when I saw a familiar face. I took I deep breathe before I excuse myself and walk to his direction.

"Hi. How is your first day as a Mystic Falls teacher?" I asked politely with a smile at my face.

He looked at me and he gave me a wide smile "Elena, it's nice to see you. It's going pretty good so far. How is your first day?"

"Good, I guess." OK, this is awkward, I thought. "Em, Jenna told me that you'll bring your stuff at home after school, do you need any help?"

"Sure, it's really nice of you, Elena. Thank you. I'll see you after school then."

"Yeah, I'll see you later " I said and walked away.

When we finished our English lesson, I was already emotionally and physically drained. All I wanted to do was to go home, under the covers of my bed and sleep for the rest of the day. My classmates were still talking to me only to inform me how 'sorry' they were for my loss. I only smile and say 'I'm fine, thank you' but I doubt it's believable.

'There is only one subject left, Elena, you can do this' I thought to myself. Then I heard Caroline telling me something about seeing me at practice and suddenly I was alone. I was about to run after her but then I remembered why she left. My last class today was France. I released the time and I started running towards my locker.

There was a death silence in the corridors of the school, everyone was probably in their classes. I took my books from my locker and I locked it as fast as I could. I turned around but before I had a chance to run back to my class I found myself being trapped against two strong hands. I looked up only to meet the most mysterious and beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen in my entire life.