Chapter five.

What do people know about love? Is love an objective subject? People always think children are not capable of knowing the true meaning of love. But do people really know about it? Or are they just pretending? In my state of mind, I think the person who counterfeit to be in love or to be an expert is definitely hypocritical. A person can never be an expert in love, it's not even possible. Everyone's love goes through different paces, you can never rush it. Love takes their own speeds, their own roads. You can't choose a path for love. Love chooses their own paths, not you. And everyone's love are dissimilar, how are is it possible for you to be an expert and teaches them on how to love?

In life, you can have two choices to believe in love. First, you can decide for yourself if you want to believe that your love happens for a reason. Every single move you make will affect you, your decisions, your thoughts, you trust your instincts. You can also think, the paths love chose for you are meant for you, you didn't even hesitate for a moment to believe in it. The second choice is, you don't think love will be the one to decide for you. You like to take matters into your own hands, you like to control love. You're the tailor of your love, you want to choose for yourself.

After the Stefan and Caroline broke up, they still remained as friends, like nothing ever happened between them. Well, they both know they weren't meant to peaked as friends. They both know they're better to stay as friends instead of lovers.

It hasn't changed much for Stefan and Elena too. They are still the same. Elena and Stefan would exchange glances during classes, laughing as each other's jokes, teasing much. But there's one thing changed though, Stefan would sometimes give Elena a light peck on the lips. The thing is, Elena didn't mind at all. In fact, she like this change. Students at their school have been gossiping about them. There are rumors about them. Some are saying they are dating, some are saying Stefan slept with Elena because he don't want to be a virgin, some even said Stefan hooked up with Elena because he wanted to be popular. Though, nor Elena or Stefan wanted to clear the rumors up.

Stefan and Elena are standing in front of Elena's locker talking. They became really close ever since the talk they had the other day in the gym. The one they had after Stefan and Caroline's break up. They share their secrets together, no hiding from each other stuff, they wanted to be veracious with each other. On the other hand, Matt himself has been spying or as people called, he's quasi spying Elena.

Caroline and Bonnie are walking to their direction. They wave at them and Caroline grimaced at them. Caroline herself is assertive that Stefan and Elena are dating, as in lovers. She thought Stefan often give Elena a peck on her lips are a sign of them dating. Even though Stefan and Elena told her they aren't. How is possible for them to be called as lovers when they haven't even been on a real date. Speaking of date, Stefan still haven't told Elena about the date yet. He's being secretive of it.

"Hey you lovebirds!" Caroline shrieked at her highest pitch as she walked over. She is so digging on Stefan and Elena.

"Caroline, how many times have I told you we are not dating!" Elena rolled her eyes at Caroline.

"Believe all you want Elena, I knew you two are shacking up. Whether you like it or not. You're just in denial." Caroline moderately, not caring a word of Elena just said.

Elena giggled a little. "It's true, Elena. You're just denying." Elena is shocked that Bonnie would be in this with Caroline. "You too Bonnie?"

"So where are you guys heading?" Stefan interjected.

"Oh, we're just heading to have lunch. Are you guys coming or not?"

"We'd love to but Stefan and I have to work on this history project that was assigned to , maybe next time?" Elena said as she hoped Caroline would understand. Instead of getting angry, she smirk at her. "What?"


Elena pinpoint that Caroline is probably thinking of something else. "We really are going to do this project, Care." Elena tried to reassure her.

"Yeah yeah. Well next time then." Bonnie chuckled. "Bye you lovebirds."

Stefan snicker and Elena put her focus on Stefan. "What?"

"She really did got under your skin.. when she said you and I are dating."

"Kind of. Well, you know, typical Caroline."

"Yeah. So I was thinking are you free tonight?"

"I guess. Why?"

"Remember the date I told you about the other day?"

Elena nodded. How could she ever forget about that day? That's the day they both admitted their feelings to each other.

"I was thinking if you could come over to my house and we could have that date. I wanted this to be a simple date. Not too formal yet not to casual. But it'll be romantic. I can assure to you about you."

"Yeah sure. Of course! That'd be nice." Elena smiled.

"Good. I'll see you at 8 pm?"

"Yep. We better hurry and finish our project."

"Okay." Stefan put his arm around Elena's shoulder. "I can't wait for tonight." Then he leaned over to Elena and kissed her on her lips. The kiss didn't last too long, it has only lasted for about one minute.

Elena gathered herself and said "Yeah neither do I."

After lunch, it's time for Bonnie and Elena to head for their chemistry class. Bonnie have been trying to find Elena but she couldn;t find her anywhere. She waited outside of the classroom for Elena. She saw Elena walking to her direction. She waved at her and when Elena saw her, she smiled.

"Hey Bonnie, why are you outside?" Elena ask as if she's curious.

"I was waiting for you." Bonnie started twirling the end of her hair.

"But why? Is there something you want to talk about?"

Elena perceived tat Bonnie is acting weird and off of herself lately. But she didn't bothered to ask about it. She thought if she wanted to talk about it, she would talk about it. Maybe now is the time.

"No." Bonnie paused and Elena looked at her curiously. "Wait. Yes there is. You knew Stefan's brother Damon right?"

"Yeah what about him?"

"I have been seeing him for quite a while now. I wanted to tell you about it but I can't find the right time to. Stefan saw us but I asked him not to tell you as I will myself. I feel I'm obligated to tell you, because you guys are dating, and I wanted to. Please don't get mad at Stefan, I told him not to tell you about. Please don't be mad at me." Bonnie looked down and continue her rambling but Elena stopped her.

"First of all, Bonnie, why would you feel obligated to tell me? Me and Stefan are not dating, for the hundredth time! We've hung out like a few times only. Second of all, I'm not mad at you or Stefan and I'm not going to. You can see whoever you want, it's not like I'm your mom or anything." Bonnie chuckled. "Now we have to go inside of class now or we're gonna get punish from Mrs Chandler for being late."

Date. A date is a guy taking a girl out for a movie, or a carnival, or just a simple and and a nice dinner. Date is also those kind of thing where girls spend hours and hours of fixing themselves, putting on makeup, choosing the perfect and glamorous outfit. But not for Elena Gilbert. Elena's not the kind of girl who spend most of the time making herself look perfect, presentable. She hates those things. She likes it causal. She didn't really know much of a date, since Matt never take her one. But that doesn't mean she's outdated about dates. She always heard about it from Caroline. Caroline's been to tons of dates.

Elena likes to put on minimum makeup, she's more of a natural beauty kind. Even when she has no makeup on, she looked like she has some on. Elena's skin tone is tanned, and she's perfect for the color white. She wore a snow white dress that ran from the bottom of her knees to the top of her chest. The color of the morning sky, was wrapped around her waist, held by a silver pendant on her left side. A small oval medallion hung from a thin necklace around her neck. Segments on the medallion were equal in color to her waistband, as well as to the little round earrings dangling from her ears.

After dressing her herself up. She ran downstairs. She saw Jenna and Ric. Ric is her history class teacher. Jenna and Ric are dating and it feels awkward for Elena to be around them.

"Hey, Jenna. I'm going to Stefan's and I'll probably be late to be back home."

"Yeah sure. But be sure to be back before your curfew!" Jenna shouted before Elena walks out the house. "I'll keep that in mind."

Elena got inside of her car and started driving to Stefan's house. Elena was psyched about her real first date with Stefan. It'll be one big step for the.. Though she thought to herself, if they already had their first first date, does this mean they're a couple or not? Should they label what they are or not? Does Stefan wants to be with her? So many questions are roaming inside of Elena's mind but she abandoned them since she already arrived at Stefan's house. She got out of her car and rang the doorbell. Within a minute she saw Stefan standing in front of her.

Stefan's wearing his usual clothes, but this time, it's a little bit more formal. The clothes he chose. Stefan couldn't stop himself from staring at the gorgeous woman in front of him. Her shoulders composed, as her white evening dressed flared in the night air. Cock-tailed to enhance the lace, that brushed against her mid thighs. Stefan snapped himself out of his thoughts. "Come in." Stefan gave her a genuine smile. "Thank you." Elena smiled back at him.

Stefan closed the door behind him and then he lead Elena to the place he had set up for their date. Their date took place in the backyard. There are rose petals along the hallway, all lead to the backyard. The backyard was filled with candles, and there's a table in the middle of it.

"Wow this is beautiful! You did all this?" she turned to Stefan and asked.

"Yeah I did. I told you I wanted this to be simple, romantic and special. Didn't I?"

Elena put her gaze to Stefan. "And also you look really beautiful." Elena blushes a little. She likes it when Stefan can have that effect on her.

"You're not bad yourself. You look hot."

"Why thank you! Shall we?"

"We shall."

Stefan pulled the chair out and indicate Elena to sit on it. "What a gentleman." Elena teased.

"Well, what do you know." Stefan smirked.

"Did you cook all this?"

"Of course! Haven't I mentioned to you I'm an excellent cook?"

"You haven't. And no one likes a bragger. I'll be the judge of whether you're an excellent cook or not." Elena gave him a sexy smile.

"Well go ahead then. I'm all ears for your thoughts."

Elena took a bite of her food and relish in it. "Wow, this is really good! I never knew men could cook. Well, not all of them. Stefan you should've mention to me you're an excellent cook!"

"Ha. I tried to be an excellent and I guess I succeed in it." Elena rolled her eyes and shake her head. "Now shall we continue eating?"

They finishes their dinner in a delightful atmosphere. There are not awkward silence. Just laughter. They laughed at each other's own jokes.

"Thank you for this lovely dinner, Stefan. This dinner was very luxuriating for me."

"I'm glad you liked it. And I have something to tell you."

"What is it?"

"Have Bonnie told you about Damon?"

"Yeah she did. She told me today before our chemistry class. She told me that you knew but she asked you not to tell me. And if you're wondering if I'm mad at you or not, the answer is no. You didn't tell me because she asked you to and you respected her choice."

"I'm glad you're not mad at me. Phew." Stefan felt like a stone have been lifted from his shoulder. "Also, I have something to ask you about it."

Elena looked at him curiously. "What is it?"

"Okay, so this isn't really easy for me to say. Here we go. I know you just got out of a two years relationship with Matt. But whenever I'm around you, I feel like my whole body is on fire. Like someone ignited a fire inside of me. I couldn't stop myself from thinking about you." Stefan looked up and he saw tears are gathering up in the corner of Elena's eyes. "When we smile together, when you are by my side, when you talk to me, when seeing your message my heart, it skips a beat, when any romantic song reminds me of you, when I make love signs on the back page of my textbooks, when everything around me just feels like, love. When you touches me, it sends me tingly feelings, I feel like electricity are going through my body, it feels like I've been electrocuted by your simple touch. It's weird though." Stefan paused. He stood up and walked over to where she's sitting as he cupped his both hands on Elena's cheeks. "I have never feel like this before. It's all new for me, and it did took some time for me realize what I've been feeling for you. I am falling for you Elena. I once wrote in my journal, the day we first met. After that day, I went home and wrote in my diary, I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. Would you do me the honor and be my girlfriend."

Elena is now tearful. She could feel tears wanting to come out. Stefan's hands are still cupping her cheeks. She's stunned by the speech Stefan just said. She never thought of him saying this to her. Hell, she never know any guy wold say his kind of thing to her. "Stefan, this is really beautiful. What you've just said to me, I never thought anyone would say that to me. This is all new o me too. You're the first to ever say this kind of thing to me. I keep thinking of how much I love talking to you, how good you look when you smile, how much i love your laugh. I daydream about you on and off, replaying pieces of our conversation, laughing at funny things that you said or did. I've memorized your face & the way that you look at me. I catch myself smiling again at what I imagine. I always wonder what will happen the next time we are together, & even though neither of us know what the future holds, I know one thing for sure; you're the best thing that ever happened to me. And the thing is, I'm falling for you too. So yeah, I'd be the honor and be your girlfriend."

Right after Stefan heard Elena saying yes to be his girlfriend, he pulled her closer and crashed his lips on hers. Elena kissed Stefan back without any uncertainty. They kissed each other with all the strength they have, the gave into each other. At this very moment, they finally became one true soul mate.

If we wanted to know when love will come to you in your life, one simple kiss can tell you the answer. Sometimes, love comes with a kiss.

There will come a time in your life when you will become infatuated with a single soul. For this person you'd do anything and not think twice about it, but when asked why, you have no answer. You'll try your whole life to understand how a single person can affect you as much as they do, but you'll never find out. And no matter how badly you hate it or how badly it hurts, you'll love this person without regret, for the rest of your life.

Sometimes, we are afraid to make the first step. We are afraid that making the first step would ruined things, utterly. We couldn't help ourselves from thinking that. It's normal, everyone have insecurities. But maybe when we try and make the first step, something might turned out to be good. Or even better than we thought it. If you are able to make the first step, things might get better and you'll feel confident enough.

From the moment that Stefan and Elena first kissed, they knew they would be spending in each other's arms for the rest of their life.

Making the very first step might the your first step of finding your true love.

Here's chapter ten. I hope it's not too weird or anything. Hope you guys like this chapter. Reviews are appreciated! Enjoy! (: