Stefan took her hand and in a flash they were gone. The next thing she knew she was on the back of his motorcycle. She didn't know where they headed but she didn't care. She was already enjoying herself. Where he took her next, didn't matter. She was having fun again and it was something she didn't want to stop. Feeling brave she carefully and slowly stood up on the bike, until she was standing up completely. She spread her arms out, she felt like she was flying. Now she knew how Rose from the Titanic felt. It was an amazing feeling. For the first time in a long time she felt…free.

She did eventually sit back down. But she spent a good time…well flying. Soon after driving for a while Stefan pulled over and climbed off the bike.

"What? Stefan, where are we?" she asked.

"Secret, just follow me."

"Stefan, I may be a vampire, but I've seen enough horror movies to know this isn't going to end well."

Stefan laughed. "Elena, I'm not going to murder you. Just trust me and come on."

Elena followed after him until they were in the middle of woods. Elena gasped and smiled when she saw a small picnic already set up with some bottles of animal blood and candles.

"Now I know why Caroline was late for school." Elena teased.

Stefan chuckled. "If I left to do this you'd be suspicious."

"It's beautiful, Stefan."

"Thanks, now let's sit down and enjoy ourselves."

Elena sighed. "I'd really rather go home and check on Jeremy and then come back."

"Elena, this is supposed to be about having fun, not worrying about anyone or anything."

"Stefan, I can't do that, not right now. There is too much going on, between Jeremy and now Rebekah I just…I can't enjoy myself. Can we please just go home?"

Stefan sighed and slowly walked toward her. "Elena, I'm sorry, I really didn't want to have to do this, but you've left me with no other choice."

Elena looked to him and started backing up. "Do what?" she asked nervously.

Using his speed he grabbed her and brought her down onto the floor making her squeal in surprise. The next thing he knew his fingers were on her sides running up and down super fast causing her to break out into squeal of giggles. "Tickle time!" she said in a sing song voice.

"No!" Elena giggled. "Stop it!"

"Nope, you brought this on yourself by refusing to have fun."

He moved to her stomach causing more laughter and for her to start squirming and trying to fight his hands away. "Stef-Stefan sto-stop!" Elena giggled.

"Not until you promise me you're going to start having fun and you're going to stop worrying about everyone!"

"But…But Jer-Jeremy…" she gasped between giggles.

"Nope, Sorry, he's fine at home, safe and sound. You don't need to worry about him."

"Ye-yes I d-do!"

"Ok, then I need to keep tickling you."

He grabbed one arm and held it in the air and tickled under her arms. She screamed in laughter. "NO! STEFAN NOT THERE!"

Stefan chuckled and tickled her there for another second before he let her arm go and moved to her ribs. "Are you going to stop worrying now?"

"Ye-yes! Sto-stop!" Elena laughed.

Stefan chuckled and stopped tickling her. "Say it!"

"I'm going to stop worrying and enjoy my day here with you."

Stefan smiled and sat up. "Now, let's dig in and enjoy."

Elena smiled and nodded. After the day was over she'd go back to worrying, for now she was going to enjoy herself. Something she hadn't done in such a long time.

"You know, that really wasn't fair." Elena said as they took a sip of their bottles of blood.

"What wasn't fair?" Stefan asked.

"I thought I was stronger than you once I changed so I'd be able to fight you off easier when you tickled me."

"So why didn't you?" Stefan asked with a smirk.

"I tried!"

"Do you know what stopped you?" he asked.

Elena shook her head.

"Like I've told you before your senses are heightened. That includes your sense of touch, so if I tickle you, you're more ticklish now than you were before. It's still your biggest weakness." Stefan answered with a smile.

Elena groaned. "I regret the day I told you that!"

Stefan chuckled. "Hey, I didn't want to do it, but you forced me into it."

"I didn't ask for you to do that!"

"Yes you did, by refusing to have fun you secretly asked me to tickle you."

Elena giggled and shook her head. "You're such a dork."

Stefan laughed. "I learned from the best my dear."

Elena just giggled and shook her head again…wait she was giggling? She was actually laughing and having a good time…how was that possible?

"Stefan, thank you. As much as I hate to admit it…I really did need this."

Stefan smiled and leaned forward and they shared a kiss on the lips. "Anytime, My Love."

Elena smiled at the new Nickname. They pulled away and Elena sighed softly looking at her half empty bottle of blood.

"What's wrong?" Stefan asked.

"I'm just…I'm tired of having blood, Stefan. I know I need it to survive but I just…I want something new."

Stefan smiled. "I had a feeling you'd say that." He turned behind him and grabbed a basket. He reached inside it and pulled out a small hot/cold container. He opened it and Elena smiled. "Chicken Parmesan."

"Yep, here, have some." He set a plate down in front of her and himself.

Elena happily took a bite of the chicken and moaned. But as she swallowed she noticed something and just smiled again. "This isn't tomato sauce is it?"

Stefan chuckled, "No, but don't ask what it is or you may not want it anymore."

Elena chuckled and nodded softly. She ate her new meal happily. Stefan smiled watching her. It was good to see her smile again.

"Thank you, Stefan. You always seem to know what I need." Elena said taking the last bite of her food.

Stefan smiled. "Actually, it's all Lexi. When I first got onto the animal blood I hated the taste it was awful I didn't like it, I didn't want it. So Lexi came up with the idea to mix it with human food, of course she didn't tell me until after I had eaten the entire thing."

Elena giggled. "You couldn't taste it?"

"Nope, she never told her secret on how, but she managed to overpower the taste with something else so I never did taste the blood."

"She's so smart."

"She was." Stefan gave a soft smile and sighed.

"Are you ok?" Elena asked gently.

"Yeah, just talking about her…"

"It's ok to miss her, Stefan."

"I know, but I just wish I could see her again and say sorry."

"What for?"

"Well the last time she was here I wasn't very nice to her."

"She knows you weren't yourself. Just like I did."

Stefan sighed. "The things I said to you that night…"

"Stefan it's over. You're not that guy anymore. I've forgiven you."

"I know, but it's always going to be a part of my past that haunts me."

Elena nodded but then used her vampire speed and knocked him to the floor, sitting on his stomach. "Now who is not enjoying himself? Does little Stefan need to be tickled?"

Stefan laughed. "You can try, I'm not ticklish."

"That's not possible…everyone is ticklish."

Stefan shrugged. "I'm not."

"I don't believe you."

"Then try, I won't stop you." Stefan stretched his arms over his head and rested on his hands.

Elena pouted. But she didn't give up. She started on his sides, stomach, ribs…abs, armpits. She even removed his shoes and tried his feet. He really wasn't ticklish. "Fine, but I know one thing to make you laugh, one way that nobody can resist."

Stefan just smirked. "Go ahead and try."

Elena lifted his shirt and pressed her lips to his stomach.

Stefan knew what she was doing. "Wait…Elena…NO!"

She blew a huge went raspberry causing him to scream in laughter and pull his arms down instantly trying to push her away.

"So you're weakness isn't tickling, it's raspberries." She teased and did it again.

"ELENA!" he laughed. "STOP IT!"

She giggled and shook her head. "Why should I?" She blew another one and pinned his arms down to his sides.

"Because, I'm stronger than you and if you don't I'll reverse this and you'll be the one getting raspberries!"

Elena giggled knowing he was right. She blew one more and let him go. "Truce?" she asked.

"Truce, no more tickling or raspberries?"



Then to seal the deal they kissed passionately which quickly turned to making out.

They spent the rest of the day in the woods just laughing and talking and enjoying themselves again. They didn't talk about anything sad the rest of the time they were there. They even watched the sun set.

They arrived home both exhausted. Stefan was going to go right up to bed but Elena stopped and looked to the closed basement door and then looked to Stefan. He knew what she wanted. He smiled softly and nodded. "Let's go say good night to, Jeremy."

Elena squealed in joy and vampire sped down into the basement. Stefan chuckled and ran after her.

She reached the cellar and peeked her head inside the bars. Jeremy was sitting on the bed staring at the wall.

"Jer, are you awake?" she asked softly. Stefan was next to her but stayed out of site.

"Of course, I'm awake, why would I sleep, or rather, how could I sleep down? It's cold and dark, and I'm all alone."

Elena sighed and looked down, then back to Jeremy. "We just want to help you, Jer. Once you get better you'll be allowed out."

"Yeah, that's what they told Ric too and now he's dead. It's only a matter of time before I'm next."

"Don't say that, Jeremy! You're not next! You're not going to die."

"How do you know?"

"Stefan promised, Damon won't kill you."

"He did it once, what's going to stop him from doing it again?"

"Things are different now, Damon and I are closer."

"Yeah, sure, that's going to help. You're never down here when he comes to give me the medicine are you? You don't see how he treats me, I feel like I'm in jail!"

Elena looked to Stefan in fear and then to Jeremy. "What do you mean? What does, Damon do to you?"

"First he beats me up a little so I'm weak, then he pins me down and squeezes my cheeks together and pours the horrible stuff down my throat, then forces me to drink his blood to hide all the scars and bruises."

Elena looked to Stefan who shrugged. It didn't sounds like Damon, but then again Damon was very unpredictable.

Elena looked back to her brother. "Damon isn't like that anymore."

Jeremy sat up in bed and for the first time looked at Elena. He had tears streaming down his cheeks. "Oh sure, I see how it is now. You believe Damon over me, you trust Damon more than you trust me! I was sick and hurt you, now you're scared of me and you don't trust me."

"No, Jer, that's not true at all! I do trust you, I'm not scared of you!"

"Yes you are, that's why Stefan is down here with you! It's why you won't come see me by yourself anymore! You hate me, you hate me." Jeremy cried.

"No, Jer, no, it's not true."

"Please just make it, stop!" Jeremy cried. "It hurts too much, just make it go away."

Elena squeezed her eyes shut and tried to stay in control. She hated her heightened emotions. She opened her eyes and Jeremy was still crying. "Please, Elena, just make it stop, make Damon stop hurting me. I promise I'll be good."

Elena couldn't handle anymore of this. "I'm sorry." She whimpered and in a flash she was gone.

Stefan sighed and ran after her. He found her back upstairs sitting on the couch crying into her hands. He went over and sat down next to her and pulled her into his arms. He just rubbed her back and let her cry. There was nothing he could say right now that would comfort her.

"LET HIM OUT" Elena screamed. "LET HIM OUT OF THERE!"

"Baby, we're helping him, this is helping him." Stefan cooed gently hugging her as tight as he could without hurting her.


"He's getting better, but he isn't ready to be out, yet. Baby, please stop crying. I know you feel guilty but trust me you're doing the right thing."

"Then why do I feel so horrible?" she choked out.

"Oh Baby, doing the right thing is almost never easy. It was it was easy it wouldn't be the right thing."

Elena just cried into him. Stefan rubbed her back. They had, had a fun day of laughter and teasing but now it ended with only tears and sorrow, when would things get better and stay better?

A/N ok, now before I get an angry mob of Damon fans, relax, Jeremy lied and Damon doesn't treat him that way. Elena is going to figure that out in the next chapter but Damon doesn't treat him like that. Jeremy lied to get to Elena. So calm down Damon fans, he is a good guy in this story. Now with that said, leave me your thoughts in a review. Stelena fans what did you think of all the fluff?

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