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22 August 2010 @ 11:22 pm
Fic: A Gesture of Kindness (The Vampire Diaries)  
Title: A Gesture of Kindness
Character/Relationships: Damon POV, Damon/Elena, Stefan/Elena
Summary: We all have weapons in our arsenal.
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 962
Warnings: Brief profanity.
Notes: This was written for tvd_las; the challenge was "weapons we wield." I did well. :)

Damon is used to striking out with words. Much more often than not, his barbs draw metaphorical blood. This pleases him. Other times, he goes for the literal. He uses his superior strength, those wickedly sharp teeth, or a handy stake if it's a vampire that needs to be taken out. He brandishes his weapons with the intention to hurt, kill, and maim. And he succeeds nearly every time. He's not unique in this. Everyone that he has ever met in his living and undead life strikes out as well, wounding in a fashion that fits their particular persona. Be it human, vampire, werewolf or any other supernatural goobley-gook running amok in the world, whatever weapon of choice does the trick. Everyone intentionally uses what they have in their arsenal to draw blood.

Except for Elena Gilbert. She's a different sort altogether. Oh, he's sure there are others like her who wound without intention, who can destroy a person with a sweet look, a gentle word, a gesture of kindness. He's just never met one, or at least one who was willing to turn those weapons on him. She does; she has. And it's a real bitch. How this one slip of a human girl can rip him to shreds with her sweet looks, gentle words and unexpected, yet frequent gestures of kindness is just wrong. But there it is. And here she is.

"Damon?"

He looked into his glass, avoiding her for the moment. Too much introspection made him raw. He hated that. Damon grimaced.

"Damon," she repeated, and came over, standing in front of him. "Is there a reason you're ignoring me?"

Plastering a cocky grin to his face, he glanced up. "Because it annoys you and I find that amusing?"

She rolled her eyes. "You can come up with something better than that." She paused and he heard the slight intake of breath, the undertone of worry present. Fantastic. Now she was going to get all introspective on him.

"What's wrong?"

Here we go.

"Nothing is wrong, Elena. I'm simply enjoying a glass of fine Scotch on this blustery evening. Alone." His smile hardened. "Now go away." She didn't move.

He sighed with heavy exaggeration and lightened his smile once more. "Shoo fly, don't bother me."

Instead, she sat down next to him. He waited for her to speak, to offer up some analogy about her own pain, followed by a solution to make it all better. It didn't come. She was quiet. Finally, he looked at her. She met his gaze steadily, understanding there. And pity.

Fuck no.

"Do not pity me," he bit out, unable to cover his anger with snark and a smile.

She merely shook her head. "I don't pity you, Damon. I feel sorry for what you do, what you've done, what has happened to you, but I don't pity you. I just," she broke off and looked down, bending her head slightly, the curtain of her dark hair shielding her from his gaze. He raised his hand hesitantly and began to reach over and brush it back, but he was too slow for once. She sat up and tucked her hair behind her ear. "I just don't like to see you like this. I know that you're frustrated. Katherine is back, but nothing is what you expected. I know what that's like. To have an expectation of how things are going to happen because it's not just what you want, but what you need." She shrugged. "And then nothing is like what it’s supposed to be."

Elena met his gaze fully, and he knew that his expression was as open as hers. She smiled just the slightest. "It sucks, I know." She let out a heavy sigh. "And I'm sorry." Reaching out, she placed one hand over his and Damon had to turn his face away.

He wondered if she realized, even in her empathy, what she did to him. How she made him ... feel again. How she broke him over and over. How she tore through his carefully constructed walls of devil-may-care insouciance. He pulled away from her and stood up. Frankly, it pissed him off. And the number one reason why had just entered the foyer.

"Damon," she began, but trailed off when Stefan made an appearance in the room. Elena looked at Damon for one moment longer, regret in her gaze, and then a smile flashed across her face as she turned to his brother. "Stefan," she breathed his name and it was a quick cut to him.

He pasted on a wintry smile and raised a brow in Stefan’s direction. "Brother." Swiveling around, he headed to the fire. He didn’t need to see her rush to Stefan’s side, kiss his lips, stand so close that the two practically became one. He could hear every movement and it wasn’t even 1864 all over again because at the end of the night, Elena would still be with Stefan. He didn’t even get to share her.

"Good night, Damon." At that, Damon turned back to face them. He knew that Elena was unaware of the undercurrent of possessiveness in his brother’s tone, the firm grasp he had on Elena’s shoulder, the message of both warning and triumph that was in Stefan’s gaze.

Damon's eyes twinkled, and he waved goodbye with his fingers. "Have fun, you two." His grin turned lecherous. "Don’t do anything I wouldn’t ... which leaves you with so many possibilities." The satisfaction dimmed in Stefan’s eyes. Point to Damon.

"Good night, Damon," spoke Elena, her voice soft, the sentiment genuine, and it took everything in Damon to maintain his smile. With one glance of rueful sympathy, she left the room, hand in hand with his brother.

Point Elena.
 
 
 
akkas_journal on August 23rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
*heart breaking*

Oh, God.

*hugs you*

Oh, bb...that was...waaah, my poor bb Damon~
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder02arabian on August 23rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much. :D This was my first Vampire Diaries fic, I'm glad I got it right.
nicole: Ian Ninamajestic_mango on August 23rd, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
.... Oh my god! That was honestly amazing!

I don't think I've seen characterisation quite as perfect as this before in a fic! It made me smile and made me want to cry all at the same time.

It was short but perfect, I don't know what else to say apart from that I LOVED IT!

I hope you'll write more for D/E, you're really talented!
Arabian: Ian & Nina01arabian on August 23rd, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Gah! Thank you much.

I don't think I've seen characterisation quite as perfect as this before in a fic!

Oh, that's wonderful to read! Characterization is SO very key for me; the most important thing when writing fic, so I'm thrilled that it worked. :)

I hope you'll write more for D/E, you're really talented!

Thank you again; well, I'm still in the las_tv competition, so I expect I'll write more, and I do have three other fics (one multi-chaptered, one that's DE and SK, one based off of an Ian comment) that are percolating in my brain.

Vickie: Ian-Delena Cosmic Lovesarcasticcheese on August 23rd, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Your characterizations here are spot. ON.

I was able to picture this entire scene in my head and hear the dialog in the voices we've become accustomed to. That doesn't happen very often, it's usually just in my voice.

Aaaah, I could keep gushing with praise over this story. I offer up the heartiest of congratulations and can't wait to read the next entry!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Edited at 2010-08-23 03:01 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on August 23rd, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
SQUEE!!!

Thank you. Seriously, characterization is so the most important thing to me so I'm just THRILLED that that is what people are commenting on. YAY!
lacrimadraconis: TVD Damon Elena huglacrimadraconis on August 23rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was yours? It was one of the very few stories I liked in LAS.

I have a thing for melancholic, resentful undertones and this was beautifully done!
Arabian: Damon & Elena04arabian on August 23rd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yup, this was mine. Glad you liked it.

I have a thing for melancholic, resentful undertones and this was beautifully done!

Thank you! I'm actually not a heavy angst-writer, but I certainly do the undertones. Being the challenge as it was, I couldn't go with my traditional happy ending, though, but I think it worked out well. :)
bleu_marine_2bleu_marine_2 on August 23rd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. So totally Damon. I love it and I envy your ability to slip into the mind of the "man" (or "vampire" as it were). I hope you will write more.
Arabian: Damon & Elena05arabian on August 23rd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much. I'm so very glad that I nailed Damon (*snerk* I wish).

I hope you will write more.

Well, I'm still in the LAS competition, and I have three other stories (some partially written) percolating. You definitely will be seeing more TVD fic from me.

Thank you. :D
Traciestrangedazey on August 23rd, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Amazing! So heartbreaking, poor Damon. The tone was just right, I can't believe it was your first. Brava!
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on August 23rd, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I've been writing for a while, but yeah, this was my first TVD/DE fic.

Yay! I'm glad it was liked. :)
Tracy ღtracycutie on August 23rd, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I just love the angst in this, my heart feels for Damon:(
Arabian: Ian & Nina01arabian on August 24th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm not a big angst-writer, so I'm glad that when I do write it, it works.
panna_niesmiala: DE.rosepanna_niesmiala on August 24th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
My poor baby hurts again. We're ruthless human beings to make him suffer that much in almost every single fic.
I love it though, of course.. after all masochistic and depressing stories of how the world breaks apart for unloved and unappreaciated and.. unhugged (;D) is what's interesting for my persona.


He'll get this second point eventually.
;)
Arabian: Damon & Elena05arabian on August 24th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
We're ruthless human beings to make him suffer that much in almost every single fic.

LOL! Yes, we are.

Glad you liked. :)
eolivet on October 3rd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Mmm, the aaaangst! I love it! :) Elena's loquaciousness and Damon's...lack thereof seem very in-character to me (though his zingers are great!). :D And that ending...sigh!

I'm so glad you won first place with this -- you deserve it!!! Can't wait to see what else you've written!!! :D
Arabian: Damon & Elena03arabian on October 3rd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
You know I try to stay in character, so yay!! :D

I'm still shocked I won, but double yay! :D :D
vanimy: D/E finalevanimy on September 1st, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
My first reaction? Ugh, why did it end? I want mooore!

Of course, poor Damon... :( One of the many reasons I want D/E to end up together, Damon deserves to know what it's like to be loved like Elena could love him, dammit.

I especially loved that line about how it wasn't even 1864 again because he didn't even get to share Elena. I don't know why but that broke my heart even more than everything else. My poor heart.

Excellent job and excellent characterization for the three characters (Damon's avoidance and snark covering his heartbreak, Elena's compassion and understanding and Stefan's hints of brotherly competition).

I can't wait to read other fics of yours!! :D
Bogwitchbogwitch on September 1st, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh Elena, she just can't help herself.
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on September 2nd, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
OMG, I can't believe I didn't comment initially
Let me rectify that transgression post-haste :(

This is simply EXCELLENT!!! You showed so many of the awesome qualities and traits of these characters that make me ship them so hard.

Everyone intentionally uses what they have in their arsenal to draw blood.

This is so true and a great title for this story.

"Because it annoys you and I find that amusing?"

so very accurately Damon :D

How she tore through his carefully constructed walls of devil-may-care insouciance.

Wonderfully descriptive and in-character. Bonus points for using "insouciance" :D

And the number one reason why had just entered the foyer.

An excellent way to bring Stefan into the story, and so insightful.

"Brother."

Damon's greeting of Stefan is so simple but laden with subtext.

He knew that Elena was unaware of the undercurrent of possessiveness in his brother’s tone

This feels exactly right to me, that Stefan is possessive of Elena. This adds another great layer to this moment.

"Good night, Damon," spoke Elena, her voice soft, the sentiment genuine, and it took everything in Damon to maintain his smile. With one glance of rueful sympathy, she left the room, hand in hand with his brother.

GAH! I love that you portray how much pain her actions cause Damon without making her unsympathetic. I feel so bad for my bb, Damon but Elena is incognisant that she's the cause of it. Ahh, the angst.

A wonderful fic, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing it (again).
distant_autumn: DE - Kiss - by electrical_sdistant_autumn on September 6th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Gah, I am super late in commenting, but oh, I loved this. The idea of him seeing her kindness as a weapon is fabulous, I love your characterisation, and the D/E interaction is just beautifully done.

Everyone that he has ever met in his living and undead life strikes out as well, wounding in a fashion that fits their particular persona.

Oh, Damon. This sort of thing is one of the reasons why you do so need Elena in your life, BB.

He looked into his glass, avoiding her for the moment. Too much introspection made him raw. He hated that. Damon grimaced.

"Damon," she repeated, and came over, standing in front of him. "Is there a reason you're ignoring me?"

Plastering a cocky grin to his face, he glanced up. "Because it annoys you and I find that amusing?"


Loved that bit. Him playing for time while he tries to bring the mask back up, how spot-on their dialogue sounded, and how of course, of COURSE she totally sees through him. And then his reaction to what he perceives as being pitied, how he sees it like that rather than just her truly understanding his pain and caring for him, and how she is able to push past his defensive reaction and connect with him.

He raised his hand hesitantly and began to reach over and brush it back, but he was too slow for once

What a wonderful little moment. Damon being hesitant about anything is so unlike his usual self, that it makes it so very powerful when here, he does. Oh, my heart. But I also like the sense that this is what she does to him: makes him want to reach out both to her and because of her. And that's physical in this moment, but it's not just that, it's what she does to him in general. Get him to try and connect, to her, to his lost humanity, to others.

Reaching out, she placed one hand over his and Damon had to turn his face away.

I love that while he hesitates and misses the moment of physical connection, she has no such fears and just successfully reaches out to him (physically, as she is doing emotionally). And I love that it is too much for him, that he can't quite stand it, how much she sees of him and how much of him she already has. Like having to turn away from the sun, because it's going to burn him. And then of course he reacts by feeling angry about it, about what she can do to him, because that's so much easier to deal with, the anger.

I also love that when Stefan enters, it doesn't just seem to be Damon's mask that goes back up, but (for all that she loves Stefan) Elena's too.

He didn’t even get to share her.

Again I feel compelled to say, oh, Damon.

And oh, all those undercurrents between the three of them at the end, what is said verbally and what is communicated in other ways. And Damon keeping score, like they are fighting with real weapons. Which is both sad (it should not be about that, and it is ouchy that Damon does sees it like that) and yet... it's not entirely untrue, is it? Not given the emotional damage they are all capable of inflicting on each other, intentionally or unintentionally.

Lovely fic ♥!