Hi guys! So I just barely finished 3x22 of TVD and this idea came into my head so I decided to throw it out there and see how it goes:) Anyways this takes place directly after 3x22. Damon writes a goodbye letter to Elena when he is going to leave Mystic Falls. But he changes his mind and decides to break his promise to Stefan and stay to try and win Elena back.

Disclaimer: I do not claim ownership to The Vampire Diaries or any of the characters. It's not mine if it was Elena would've chosen Damon:P

Pairing: DELENA duh;) Bonnie/Jer and possibly Klaroline:)

Enjoy!


Damon's POV

I sat in my car with my head in my hands. I knew I had to leave. Elena had chosen my brother. She chose Stefan, the perfect goody-goody, Stefan. I'd promised that if she chose him, I'd leave. So I had to leave. Saying good-bye to her would be too painful. So instead I wrote her a letter. She's a vampire now—well in transition at least, but I'm hoping she'll choose to turn—so maybe in a couple hundred years, she'll come to me. Who knows now though… I'd left the letter on her pillow. She'd see it when she got home from the hospital tonight thanks to Merideth but for now, it was time for Damon Salvatore to move on.

I started the engine and drove off, away from Mystic Falls, and away from the love of my life. Elena.

20 minutes later

I couldn't do it. I couldn't leave. I'm sitting in her bedroom just waiting for them to arrive home from the hospital. I had to see her one last time. Just to be sure she really did choose Stefan, and if she did, then I will leave.

Elena's POV

"Jeremy I'm fine, really. Please stop coddling me," I begged as Jeremy and Stefan helped me inside of the house. I'd been in transition for two hours and they were already treating me like a baby.

"Jeremy will you go get her some water?" Stefan asked.

Jer nodded and ran into the kitchen while Stefan sat me down on the couch and sat next to me. "Elena," he said sternly. "We're just worried about you. Are you sure you want to turn?"

"I know that Stefan, but a girl does need her space sometimes. And I don't know. I don't want to but I have to…I can't leave Jer alone. He's already lost so many people: Jenna, Alaric, our parents, Vicky, and Anna. I won't let him lose me too. Now, I'm going to go clean up and change. Am I allowed to do that on my own?" I teased, pouting.

Stefan smiled and pecked my lips. "Of course. Take as long as you need. I love you," he called as I walked up the stairs.

"I love you too," I replied. Walking up into my room, I went into my bathroom and washed my face, then walked back out and sat down on my bed. Laying back, I heard something crinkle, like paper or something. I turned my head to the left and there was an envelope with my name on it. It was his handwriting. Damon's

I hadn't seen or talked to Damon since I'd called him on the phone earlier to night. The night he was supposed to be dead. I grabbed the envelope, opened it, and began to read the letter; Damon's voice seemed to be reading it to me in my head.

Elena,

If you're reading this it means that you are home from the hospital. I'm assuming you're expecting me to crack a joke of some kind so just don't let my brother get you on his squirrel diet if you do turn. It's bad for your health.

Anyways, I just want to take the time to tell you that I understand your decision to choose Stefan over me. He's been there for you when you needed him most. He will always be there for you. Never, ever forget that Elena. Stefan and I agreed that whomever you didn't choose would leave town so you could be happy with the other of us. Guess the one leaving was me. Ha. To think that I actually thought that I could have a chance at you loving me in return.

Remember when you said that if we would've met each other before you met Stefan, maybe things would have been different? We actually did meet before you met Stefan. It was right before your parents picked you up and took you home. Right before Stefan saved you. I compelled you to forget about it because I didn't want anyone to know I was in town. But seeing as how you are now most likely going to become a vampire, you'll probably be getting these memories back soon so I wanted you to hear it from me first.

Now onto the "serious" bit. I want you to be happy Elena. I really do. Because I love you so much. I am willing to let you go for your happiness. If you really and truly want to be with Stefan, I understand that and will always let you live by that decision. But if you ever change your mind, I'll be around. I will always love you Elena Gilbert. I promise you that. If you need me, you know where to find me.

Two more things: The first, don't let Stefan see this. And second: Turn around.

~Damon~

I felt tears come into my eyes as I finished the end of Damon's note. I turned around and there he stood. Damon Salvatore.

"Elena," he breathed.

"Damon?" I asked, choking back tears.

He nodded slowly and I ran into his arms, beginning to sob. "Oh Damon I thought you were dead!"

Damon just stroked my hair. "Shhh," he soothed. "It's going to be okay. We'll get through this, I promise."

I shook my head and looked up into his deep eyes. "But it's never going to be okay Damon. I had plans, I wanted to grow up, get married, have kids, and have a life. And now…I'm never going to get any of that. All because I didn't want Stefan to save me."

Damon tensed when I mentioned the fact that I made Stefan save Matt first. "He shouldn't have done that."

Damon's POV

"He shouldn't have done that," I said softly.


I shoved Stefan against the wall. "Why didn't you save her?" I screamed. "Why Stefan why?!"

"Elena wanted me to save Matt, Damon," Stefan replied calmly.

I scoffed. "You complete idiot brother! You always let her make the decision! It's always what 'Elena wants' with you! Why can't you realize that because of you, she's going to be stuck like this for the rest of her life!" I screamed and threw a punch at his jaw.

Stefan dodged and punched me in the stomach. "Because that's why she loves me Damon. I let her make her own choices," he hissed. "And now she's chosen me over you. Which I believe means, you need to leave town." There was a hint of 'Ripper Stefan' still in his voice.

I raised my hands in the air. "Fine. I'll go. But just remember, no matter what she wants, I will always choose her over anyone." I turned and stormed out of the hospital closet.


"Damon what's wrong?" Elena asked me, worried.

I looked down at her. "Nothing's wrong Elena, just having…flashbacks I guess."

She buried her face in my chest. "Damon, I…read the letter. And I have to ask, why did you compel me to forget we met?"

"I didn't want anyone knowing I was in Mystic Falls yet Elena. But from the moment I laid eyes on you, I've been completely and totally in love with you."

"Damon…" she trailed off, at a loss for words. She thought for a moment and opened her mouth to speak but there was a knock at the door that interrupted her.

Elena's POV

There was a knock on the door. "Elena?" Stefan asked. "Can I come in?"

I shoved Damon into my open closet door and closed it. "Stay silent," I hissed. Wiping the tears from my eyes I replied: "Uh yeah! Come on in Stefan."

He opened the door and walked in slowly. "You doin' alright?"

I rubbed my hands up and down my arms. "Yeah, just thinking…"

"About?" he inquired sitting down on my bed.

I took a deep breath. "I made my final decision. I want to turn," I said shakily.

Stefan stood and pulled me into his arms, for some reason, it didn't feel as safe as it used to, not the way I just had felt with Damon. "Elena," he whispered, kissing my head. "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I won't leave Jer alone. I can't let him suffer anymore lose."

"Okay. So when do you want to complete the transition?" he asked holding me close.

"First thing in the morning, do you think I can make it that long without blood?" I asked worried.

Stefan lifted my chin and leaned in. "I think, you can do anything Elena," he whispered and kissed me softly.

I smiled against his lips, but inside, something felt like I was betraying Damon by kissing Stefan. Wait no why am I saying that? I chose Stefan. Not Damon, Stefan. But there's a small piece of me that wonders if I really made my final decision, since apparently, I did meet Damon first.

Stefan pulls away and takes my hand. "Come on, Jeremy made hot chocolate for us."

I smile softly. "I'll be down in just a sec. Let me put on my pajamas real quick. Love you," I say as he walks out.

"Love you too!" He closes the door and I quickly pull open my closet door.

"Damon, you've gotta get out of here, at least for tonight," I hiss.

He smirks at me. "What Elena, don't want your boyfriend knowing that his brother that you may or may not potentially be in love with is in your bedroom about to do this?"

"Damon what are you talk—" But I can't get another word out because his lips are against mine.

I melt at his touch, just like that night in Denver at the motel. I completely give into him and tangle my fingers in his hair. Damon pulls my waist closer to him. He doesn't break our lips apart as we fall onto my bed. I can't seem to control myself when I'm with him. He makes me want more. But I have to stop myself. I chose Stefan not Damon. I pull away, gasping for breath. "I have to go downstairs," I stammer. "Stay. Here. We'll talk when I get back."

Damon lies back on the bed, putting his hands behind his head. "Don't stay too long, I don't think we were finished making-out Elena," he replies smirking devilishly.

My face flushes crimson red. "Just…stay. Please," I beg. He nods in agreement and I run downstairs to talk with Stefan and Jer.


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