Not mine. Thanks to hjb2006 for proof reading this for me!

I covered my face with my hands as a sob escaped, "I shouldn't have come here."

I heard Damon sigh as he moved off the bed. In just a second he was kneeling in front of me as he pulled my hands away from my face holding them in his as he looked into my eyes.

"Maybe not. But I'm glad you did."


"Really?" I asked with a sniffle.

He responded with a smug smirk and raised eyebrow, "Yeah really. I like you Swan, so you aren't going anywhere you hear me?"

I surprised myself by laughing, "Yeah, I hear you Damon."

He grinned, "Okay good, now tell me everything you know about this redhead and why she wants to kill you."

Damon went back to sit on my bed again as I sipped on my hot chocolate and told him the whole sad story. I noticed him tense up a few times during the story. It was obvious he didn't like hearing how close I had been to the Cullen family. He got up off the bed and started pacing when I told him what had happened at the ill fated birthday party. I swear I heard him mutter under his breath a few times calling Edward a few choice names.

When I got to the part of how Edward had left me in the woods, Damon's eyes became huge, and his nostrils flared. He was clearly pissed.

He listened intently as I told him about the wolves, and was very interested in them. He didn't think they were the same kind of wolf as Tyler. He wondered if their bite would have the same effect on his kind as the werewolves he was familiar with.

I had a hard time getting through the part of the story when Victoria killed my family. Damon surprised me by holding my hand, and handing me a tissue.

"So this Victoria wants to kill you as revenge for Edward killing her mate? It's not going to matter to her that the two of you aren't together anymore." Damon stated.

"She made that clear when she killed my family." I agreed.

Damon knelt down in front of me again taking one of my hands in his, "I swear to you, she wont get to you here. If she comes to Mystic Falls, she will have to get through Stefan and me to get to you."

"And that is easier said than done." we heard Stefan say from the doorway to my room.

Damon rolled his eyes as he gave me a grin. I looked over to see a look of shock on both Elena and Stefan's faces as they took in the scene before them.

"Not only that, but we have Tyler, Caroline and Bonnie on our side." Elena said with a smile.

"Right, can't forget Barbie, Teen Wolf, and The Wicked Witch." Damon said as he stood up.

I laughed causing him to grin at me again.

"On a serious note though, I think it's best that Bella is not left alone. We don't know where this vamp is, or if she knows where Bella is." he said looking over to Stefan.

Stefan gave a thoughtful nod as he crossed his arms over his chest, "Well she should be safe during the day at school. She will have the whole gang, plus Alaric watching over her."

"And I will be close by." Damon said.

I stood up shaking my head as I looked over to Elena, "I don't want to be a burden."

"Bella, you're not a burden, you're family." she replied as she came over and hugged me, causing me to tear up again.

"I'm sorry, I'm normally not this emotional I swear." I cried as I hugged her back.

"Hey, none of that now. I thought we agreed on this." Damon spoke up placing a hand on my shoulder.

I pulled away from Elena a bit to look at Damon. Over his shoulder I could see the surprised and questioning look on Stefan's face. This was apparently a side of Damon he was not accustomed to seeing.

"Sorry Damon. I swear I'm not normally this emotional. I think it's just the time change, and move and everything is catching up with me."

"Come on, let's go get some hot tea and a snack. Maybe that will help you feel better." Elena said grabbing one of my hands.

"Sure." I replied grabbing my mug off the desk. "You guys coming?" I asked.

"Sure." Stefan said with a tight smile.

Elena and I fixed our tea and grabbed some cookies. As we were getting ready to head into the living room to join the guys Elena stopped to take a call from Bonnie. As I was heading into the other room I could hear Damon and Stefan talking.

"What is going on with you Damon? I've never seen you be so caring or concerned for a woman since Katherine."

Damon snorted, "What are you talking about?"

"Don't play dumb with me. I know you brother." Stefan replied.

Damon sighed, "I can't explain it. I don't know Stefan, I just feel very protective of her. I'm drawn to her."

I shivered at the similarity of Damon's words to what Edward had once said. I wasn't sure if this was a good thing, or a bad thing.