A/N: hello my wonderful readers! Here is the next chapter! Enjoy!

Elena POV

After a very long night filled with compulsion, chases, revealed truths, and a blonde Original, I'm finally back home.

I'm so happy to be home on my porch but my heart is somewhere else entirely. With that thought in mind, I dial Damon's number.

Damon POV

Man, what a day.

I'm shoveling dirt as I finish the task of disposing the dead pizza girl's body when I feel my phone vibrate.

I know who it is without even looking at the screen ID. Elena.

"Hope you're days going better than mine. Gotta say, I'm liking the odds."

"Stefan knows about us." She says taking a deep breath.

"Oh," I wasn't expecting that one. "How'd he take it?"

"How do you think?"

"Well I'm thinking for the first time all week I'm happy to be at Camp Nowhere." I can't imagine what will happen when I see Stefan.

"How's Jeremy?"

"That depends on how much you trust me" I reply honestly.

"You know that I trust you." Oh I hope you say that later.

"Then I think he's gonna get through this just fine."

"Thanks for looking out for him." Is she kidding? I would do anything for her.

"Yeah well I told them if they were good, I'd buy them both ice cream, so. Look I gotta go."

"Not yet." She stops me from hanging up. I can only guess what she has on her mind. Time to prepare myself.

"Something happened today." Uh oh. "I realized something about you. About us." She pauses. Where is she going with this? "And you can say that it's the sire bond. You know what? Maybe-maybe it is but I'm telling you it's the most real thing that I've ever felt in my entire life." Oh here it comes.

"I love you, Damon." Beautiful girl say what? My super hearing must be jacked up. "I love you." Oh my god she's serious.

I don't know how-

"Look, I'm going to get this cure for you and I'm gonna have to do things you're not gonna like-"

"Damon-" she tries to interrupt me but I continue and say what I've been practically dying to say since I sent her away.

"But listen carefully, get in your car. Right now. Come to me."

"I'll be there soon." She says. I can hear the smile on her face before the call ends.

I'm so shocked and in awe at this moment. I slide the phone shut and just take a second to look up at the sky and revel in this moment. I know what I would say to my only friend (besides Elena) if he were still here...

I finally got the girl, Ric. I think and I can't stop the genuine smile that escapes.

A/N: there you go! :)

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