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03 October 2010 @ 06:48 pm
Fic: The Last Few Seconds (The Vampire Diaries)  
Story Title: The Last Few Seconds
Character/Relationships: Elena pov, Damon/Elena, Stefan/Elena
Rating: PG
Summary: Missing scene from "Bloodlines" (aka: the Damon/Elena roadtrip episode)
Warnings: None.
Notes: This was written for tvd_las; the challenge was write a deleted/missing scene.

Damon's blue Camaro pulled up in front of Elena's house. She turned to gaze at the white facade, a deep breath escaping her. Back to reality. The five minutes were almost up. She glanced over her shoulder and gave Damon a small smile before slipping her hand under the door handle, her leg sliding out as the door opened. She shut it behind her and leaned back heavily, wanting just a few more seconds. She could feel Damon's gaze burning into her, opened her mouth to speak, but found herself at a loss for words. And then he was in front of her, an eyebrow raised.

"Come on, spit it out. Purge."

"How do I know you didn't compel me?" That isn't what she wanted to ask him; that question had already been asked and answered, even mostly believed. A slight roll of his eyes indicated that he was aware of that very fact as well, but he played along.

"You just have to trust me." And he smiled that crooked smile, his eye crinkling in a deliciously flirty way. She'd only noticed it on this road trip of theirs. Her stomach did a little flip. Tiny really, practically unnoticeable.

Elena dropped her gaze with a nod and then took another deep breath, asking her real question. "Today, last night, whatever, bringing me with you," she looked up at him. "Is it because I look like her?"

"Nah, that's Stefan's bag." He answered immediately, and a tension filled her because there was no smirk; he meant it. Elena frowned. He offered up a conciliatory smile, "I'm just saying, Stefan, when he looks at you, he probably sees the 'good parts version' of Katherine. I liked Katherine, naughty bits and all. You're nothing like her. You think you look like her, and on the surface you do, but in the eyes, your expressions, the way you move," Damon shook his head. "You're not Katherine."

Elena nodded, the initial confusion caused by his words erased by his explanation.

"So no worries," Damon continued and Elena looked at him, confused again. "I'm not going to fall for the human teenager who looks like my girl and cause problems for the whole Edward and Bella love story come to life that you and Stefan have going on. Any issues you have, they're all on you two." He grinned as Elena shot him a dirty look.

"I'm not --" she stopped, not willing to give in to his baiting. She straightened up, determination filling her. "I need to talk to Stefan." She looked at him, a slight plea in her gaze. "Can you not be at the boarding house when I do?"

"I think I can amuse myself somewhere else somehow for the next few hours." He waggled his eyebrows lasciviously. She rolled her eyes. He smiled, and then gestured to the car. "Want me to drop you off?"

"No. I need to see Jenna, shower, change ..." She trailed off. Damon nodded.

"Thank you." And she meant it.

Damon did that eye-thing again. Another tiny flip-flop that was easily ignored. Shaking her head with a smile, she turned to walk away and then paused and gave into the temptation to tell him the truth. "Damon, I like this side of you." She met his gaze. "I want it to be real."

Grinning, Damon threw his keys into the air and deftly caught them. "Then it's your lucky day." He sauntered over to the driver's side of the Camaro and slipped inside. He offered her a tiny salute as he started the car. "Later."

Elena watched him drive away, a small smile playing along her lips.
goshgollyg: de bar kissgoshgollyg on October 3rd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
That. Was. Perfection. I wish this scene had actually been a part of the show! It totally would have fit perfectly too, and given more context to their scenes in the following episode. Amazing job!
Arabian: Damon & Elena05arabian on October 3rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yay! I wanted to give that bit of Damon/Elena-esque, but I wanted to keep it believable at that point in the series. :)
europebound11: TVD - DE arm leaneuropebound11 on October 4th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
I love your icon!!! <333
Arabian: Ian & Nina05arabian on October 4th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! I tried to get something from the final scene, but it just was not working, so I figured this scene might give me something to work with and it did! YAY! :)
europebound11: TVD - DE kiss cheek pooleuropebound11 on October 4th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Aww, this was so cute!! I loved it! Definitely a scene that was easily missing from the epi. Love how she ignored the tiny, miniscule flips her stomach created, lol Great job!
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)03arabian on October 4th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. I wanted to have it flow out of the scenes we already had, and just add that extra bit of closeness without going over the top and being OOC.

Edited at 2010-11-14 08:58 pm (UTC)
Myramidnightblack07 on October 4th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
that was wonderfull!! So wish they had a scene like this on the show, we didn't get to see the "immediate aftermath" of the roadtrip of their first road-trip, so not cool :( love the way you had Damon make it clear to her that it was NOT because she looks like Katherine, because I really don't think that's what it is for him given how much he loved Katherine for WHO she was, not who he THOUGHT she was (quite unlike Stefan)... great stuff :)
Devin: [TVD] Damon Elena Hand Touchcanariesrise on October 4th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
This was great. Very in character, well written, and fun to read. I hope you write more!
Arabian: Damon & Elena08arabian on April 3rd, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, I think I got these comments during some LJ notification fail because I didn't even realize you and a few others had responded. So sorry for not commenting sooner.

Thank you very much. I'm actually in the process of writing two more fics. Lord knows when I'll get to them, but I have them all planned out. :)
eolivet on October 4th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved this most of all -- your Damon had the perfect balance of snark and "truthiness" (as they used to say on BtVS...I think ;) And I love the last exchange. LOVE. Seems very "them" to me. :)

Please keep writing!!! :D You are certainly giving me the lovely interaction the show is not at this moment. ;)
Arabian: Damon & Elena04arabian on April 3rd, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. You know me, I try and stay as IC and believable according to where canon is in my story as much as possible. Glad I pulled it off. And I do have a few more TVD stories planned. I do!
safetywordssafetywords on October 5th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I cannot describe how perfectly fitting this scene would've been been on the show. I love how it smooths over the events of "Bloodlines" into the next because TVD episodes don't always have the smoothest transitions with how quickly they burn through subplots and such. Plus, (I won't lie), I love the idea of going back to a very defining Damon/Elena moment. Having the opportunity to leave behind the Jeremy-killing-angst of season 2, was very nice. Thank you for sharing this little Delena moment. You have a very strong grasp of these characters, and I'd love to see more DE fanfic from you.
Arabian: Jeremy & Bonnie01arabian on April 3rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much. Such a lovely comment -- that I believe I got when LJ notifications were down because I didn't even know this was here until today. I really wanted to make it that transition scene, and I'm glad I succeeded for you.

I wrote an earlier DE fic (A Gesture of Kindness, and I do have a few more planned that I'm tentatively working on now when I have the time.
Britt: TV Vampire Diaries Damon/Elena When we fbritt_1975 on October 13th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
This is excellent! I love that Damon tells her that while she make look like Katherine on the surface, that it's only surface.. especially in light of the VERY different way Katherine smiles, moves and speaks.

I really enjoyed this... the tone and pacing was exactly like something that would be on the show. It was so easy to 'see' it because it fits so perfectly into their behavior and the dynamic of the show.

Love them!
lacrimadraconis: TVD Elena smilelacrimadraconis on October 19th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I just got around to reading this and I have to say it would have fit so perfectly into that episode. I loved the glimpse into Elena's head and heart.
Well done!
Heather-Ann: Body languagelinsell_farm on March 16th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that bidding on you in the Help_Japan auction lead me to read this fanfic. :o)

This is just right for a missing scene between Damon & Elena. It's soooo lovely to revisit them at the beginning of their flirtiness. I love how honest they both are with each other. You got the feel of them just right.

Thanks for sharing.