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18 November 2012 @ 03:17 am
Fic: Taking Care 1/1  
Title: Taking Care
Author: JenniferH (Arabian)
Rating: PG-13 (For impure thoughts and profanity)
Summary: A missing scene from 4.06, "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes." How Elena went from a drop in the lake to waking up nice and dry in her bed.
Word Count: 1,463
Disclaimer: The Vampire Diaries, and all her characters as presented, belong to Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, the CW, etc., etc., so on and so forth. ;)
Notes: I just kept thinking of how Damon had to have been the one to get Elena out of her wet clothes. So this. It's not beta-ed, not my best, but I just needed a break from real life tonight.


Everything was quiet under the water, but the shock of the flames beginning to immolate Elena combined with the cool of the water knocked her out long enough that he was able to come up with a quick solution to keep her from following in her bio-mommy’s wake.

Working with what he had, Damon tied Elena to the sharp, thin edge of an underwater rock with twisted trash bags thanks to the litterbugs of Mystic Falls. Drowning wasn’t a fun way to un-die, but it’s not like she wasn’t familiar with the process and at this point, he didn’t have much choice. After making sure she was secure… under the bridge, under the water and directly out of the sunlight, he headed back to dry land. Cursing the water because he really hated swimming. Cursing Klaus for taking off with Elena in the first place. Cursing Connor for not dying in that explosion. Cursing Stefan for expecting him to be the hero when his baby brother was much, much better at it.

Damon reached the bridge, figuring that when she threw the ring in the water she was standing roughly where she’d been when he first showed up. He hoped so anyway because finding the damn thing was gonna be enough of a bitch already. Standing on the railing, he looked straight down and then dove. Miracle of miracles, he’d gauged right. After less than a minute of searching, he found her ring. If that wasn’t a sign that the girl wasn’t meant to “die” on this bridge, then it was at least some truly stupendous luck.

Returning to her plastic-bag-trussed-up form, Damon reached for her hand and drew it to him. Carefully pulling the ring from his pocket, he slipped it onto her finger. Ripping the make-shift ropes off, he wrapped one arm around her waist and began to swim to the surface. As they broke from the water, a surge of happiness filled him at the sun shining on both of them, her skin pure and unblemished by the rays.


No one else was at her house when they arrived, surprising him a bit, but he figured that the others were cleaning up the remnants of their plan. Damon carried Elena up to her bathroom, laying her gently in the bathtub. He knew if it was him, he certainly wouldn’t want his wet clothes slopping all over the furnishings.

“Elena,” he said her name, tenderly stroking her cheek. She didn’t stir. Standing up, he weighed his options. He could just leave her in here until she woke up or he could divest her of her clothing and get her into bed, all nicely wrapped up under her covers. He reached into his jacket and pulled out his phone and gave it a shake, despite knowing what would happen after his swim. Sure enough, drops of water flew through the air.


With a sigh, Damon accepted that unless Stefan, Caroline or Bonnie showed up anytime soon, this was on him. Dropping the phone, he shrugged and slipped his quite uncomfortably wet jacket off and let it fall to the floor. His feet were bare; his shoes and socks in the trunk of the car. Grabbing a towel, he headed into Elena’s bedroom and rummaged for a change of clothes in the emergency bag he’d pulled from his car. A minute later, his old garments were bundled up in a plastic bag, and he was fresh and dry. Familiar with the items of Elena’s drawers, he grabbed a top and some comfy pajama bottoms before heading back into the bathroom. “Wakey-wakey,” he told her still form. She did not awaken.

“Fuck it.” He was not going to leave her lying in a bathtub in wet clothes. Bending down, Damon sat her up, resting her against the stall. He pulled her shoes off, and then sparing one more glance at her lax face, he reached for the snap of her jeans. Undoing it, he unzipped them and then slid his hands under the waistband and behind her rear. Telling himself to not enjoy the feel of her ass in his hands, he tugged the jeans down her legs… and enjoyed the feel and view all the way down.

Damon threw the jeans over his shoulder and reached for the towel. He started at her feet, gently massaging and drying her puckered toes. Moving up her legs, he ran the soft, thick material up and down her flesh, rubbing it dry with slow, circular motions. Every few seconds, he looked up at her face to see if she was any closer to waking.

Pausing in his administrations, he found his gaze drawn to her panties. They were white and wet and pretty transparent. Swallowing deeply, he debated his next move. He could just put the pj bottoms over the wet material, but that would be uncomfortable for her. Or he could just take them off, which would be… uncomfortable for him. Cursing under his breath, he wondered when the hell he’d gotten so whipped that he wasn’t even allowing himself the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

With a grimace, he decided to compromise by patting the underwear down with the towel. It was still plenty uncomfortable, especially when he pulled her forward and rubbed the towel over her rear, but at least it made him feel less like a degenerate. But his task was not complete. Setting the towel down again, he slipped her sweater off, and then fingered the bottom of her top. With another exhalation, he pulled it over her head. This time he didn’t even pretend that he wasn’t going to enjoy the view. And was there ever a view. Like the panties, the bra was transparent, a filmy, white material that offered absolutely zero coverage.

He tilted his head to the side, taking in the most perfect pair of breasts he’d ever had the pleasure to gaze upon. Letting his eyes roam over her body, they traveled from her breasts, to the indentation of her waist over those still-somewhat transparent undies and then down the long, long mileage of leg under his perusal. Damon took his time, smiling as he memorized every inch of her that he could see.

Until he saw the ring that he’d placed upon her finger. The ring that his brother had put there first. His smile slipped, his eyes closed and he sighed. With a quick shake of his head, he got back to business. Picking the towel up again, he dried her torso, back and arms. He was about to pat down her bra, but quickly realized that it had to go. It was still too wet and clammy, and keeping that on under a dry top would just be stupid. Besides, it wasn’t as if he couldn’t see it all anyway.

Forcing himself to be impersonal, Damon reached behind and undid the clasp, keeping his eyes on her face and not peeking because seeing it all or not, the material as transparent as it was still was a barrier between his eyes and her completely nude flesh. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to feel less like he was taking advantage of her, rather just taking care. Setting the bra down, he grabbed the dark purple tank top he’d grabbed and with eyes closed, by feel, he slipped it over her head pulling it down. If his fingers slid across any part of her breast, it was entirely accidental.

Somewhat decent now, Damon grabbed the towel and pulled her to him as he began to massage her long hair as dry as possible. Reaching over, he picked up the long-tooth comb on the shower shelf and ran it through her tangled hair, grateful that since she was so out of it she couldn’t feel the pain.

Finished, he leaned her back against the shower wall and grabbed the pj bottoms, flinging them over his shoulder. Damon rose and bent down again, picking her up and carried her into the bedroom. Once she was on the bed, he maneuvered her pajamas on and straightened her top. He stepped back, looking her over. She looked clean and comfortable, nice and dry.

Damon picked her up in his arms once more and nudged the bed covers aside with his knee before setting her down. Brushing her hair behind her ear, he tucked her in, taking a moment to just appreciate that she was still here. So close, it had been so close. But she was here now and safe. Glancing to the bathroom, he almost went in there to clean up, but looking back to Elena, he decided that clean-up could wait. He wanted to be here for her when she woke up.

comeundone_82: DE Handscomeundone_82 on November 18th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)

Thank you very much!

I wonder if the writers ever think of this OR if they do it on purpose so that out mind can go wild with imagination ;) Lol either way, that´s exactly how it al went down in my book too ;)

Also the whole water-rescue-digging up the ring-move showed once more how stupid the s3 finale was in terms of Stefan´s inability to safe them both. Or maybe Stefan is even less into swimming LOL guess we will never know...
Arabian: Damon & Elena20arabian on November 18th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it.

I do wonder sometimes if they think about the logistics of stuff. LOL! As for Stefan's fail in the finale? I love Stefan dearly, I really, truly do, but dude he's like the worst hero ever. He sucks SO HARD at it. Post the car crash with her parents -- before he even knew her -- the only time he actually managed to save her was in "Smells Like Teen Spirt," when his switch was off and because he was compelled by Klaus to keep her safe. Other than that, he fails every single time. Oh, Stefan.

Anyhoo, thank you for commenting, I appreciate it. :)
comeundone_82: pic#117065852comeundone_82 on November 18th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh Stefan...there is not enough time in the world to describe my feelings with him. I guess it all comes down to me wanting to like him, I really do. It doesn´t even have to do with SE vs DE I just....I can´t like him because of how he treats Damon every so often.

Anyway, thanks for writing it! It´s been my 1st DE fanfic in...forever. That´s how frustrated I was with the show lately....
Arabian: Damon & Elena20arabian on November 18th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm OK with how Stefan treats him because it really comes across as annoying little brother to me. For me, it's obvious that for Stefan it's Damon >>>>>>>> Everyone else and I love that he loves his brother so much, even if he acts like a petulant little child about him sometimes, but again, annoying little brother.

I'm glad you liked this one, sorry you're bummed about the show. (I still adore it and have pretty much seen nothing but uber-obvious D/E is everything since 3.22 -- actually I've thought it before then, but 3.22 really drove it home.) I don't know if you'd be interested at all, but I am writing a season 04 fic (plotted it out before the season began, so any similarities are entirely because I know this show too darn well, LOL),
comeundone_82: bed scene 308comeundone_82 on November 23rd, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I know the show made sure to say Stefan would always choose Damon...but then sometimes, the way he talks about him or with him is so damn cold. IDK, maybe it´s because IMO Stefan is really not a sympathetic character. I was thinking about him a bit and in a way he has always been selfish with Elena. He always only wanted her. IMO he never even cared much for the town or tried to become friends with her friends. They were there and so he treated them well and made sure they weren´t harmed but IMO he wouldn´t have cared that much if it wasn´t for Elena. Whereas Damon IMO really became friends with some of the town people, tried to spend time with her family and the such...ah well. Hiatus is makes me rambling.

About that fic: YES, please link me :) This mini-hiatus is already taking too long, given all the happy DE anticipation LOL
Arabian: Damon & Elena20arabian on November 23rd, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
I know Stefan can be a selfish tool, but I kinda like that about him. It shows that, yeah, he's not perfect, and he's very much still that spoiled, always-chosen 17 year old turned whose entire world revolved around him. Since then, no one has ever not chosen him so there's been no need to change. However, I think it's just part of Stefan's journey and he'll actually start to grow up finally.

How To Become a Better Vampire -- I do want to say that (a) Elena is very much in-denial girl because I'm going with canon here, and (b) any similar plot-lines/moments, etc. in season 04 are purely coincidental. I wrote the entire outline in detail a week after season 04 ended. It's just taken me a long time to get stuff in gear and going. This is a link to the most recent chapter, but it has links to all nine chapters posted thus far.

Oh, and in case you're interested, other fics, meta-posts, icons, gifs, etc. can be found here.

Edited at 2012-11-23 09:33 am (UTC)
eolivet on November 18th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Awwww!!! This was SO sweet -- you managed to capture the lust-filled side of Damon with his more tender side (i.e., he was *always* going to look, but I like that you made him so self-aware about it :) Also I may have smiled a little too much at "the ring he placed upon her finger." Yeah. :)

This was sweet and sensual at the same time. Head canon accepted!!! :D Keep writing!!! :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena08arabian on November 18th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just can't see Damon not being totally aware that he's looking at naked!Elena and yet his love and respect for her wins out over his lust.

I may have smiled a little too much at "the ring he placed upon her finger." Yeah. :)

Yeah. :D
Cleopatracandycentric on November 18th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Can totally see this happening! Enjoyed!
Arabian: Damon & Elena07arabian on November 18th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Florencia: DE (Getting There)florencia7 on November 18th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
OMG You're totally reading in my thoughts, because I was secretly wishing for you to write this very missing scene ♥

That was wonderful. I loved how you addressed everything, from how Damon managed to keep Elena underwater while searching for the ring to getting her dressed.

I loved this!!! :]
Arabian: Damon & Elena03arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad that I fulfilled a request I didn't know you were wanting. :)

I just couldn't not cover all of it if I was going there, you know? LOL!

Glad you liked it.
Thoughts= stars I can't fathom into constellations: delena animatedthesicko1012 on November 18th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for writing this! It was PERFECT and just how I now think it would have happened.
Arabian: Damon & Elena14arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Thank you. It just wouldn't leave my head, so here it is. :D
Frust-sheep: sheep: fruity-FRUST-SHEEPfrust_sheep on November 18th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh so cute! Thanks for this missing scene. :)
Arabian: Elena11arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Thank you. I had fun with it. :)
logicisfailing: the middlemanlogicisfailing on November 18th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's true about his phone - nice catch! I enjoyed the story - I'd like to think he did have to change her out of her wet clothes (and went about it just like this).
Arabian: Caroline06arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
I tried to think of all of the logistics, you know? LOL! I don't see how he didn't change her clothes. I was able to check more thoroughly, and yes, totally different top! :D
Cassandra Elise: authorcassandra_elise on November 19th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
You managed to make Damon noble and adorable while keeping him in-character. I especially liked his OCD thoughts about the messy state of her bathroom. LOL Well done.
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Well, thank you. I had to add something about Domestic!Damon because he so would be thinking of that. I seriously, seriously love Domestic!Damon. :)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon decisionbadboy_fangirl on November 19th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
He could just put the pj bottoms over the wet material, but that would be uncomfortable for her. Or he could just take them off, which would be… uncomfortable for him. Cursing under his breath, he wondered when the hell he’d gotten so whipped that he wasn’t even allowing himself the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

With a grimace, he decided to compromise by patting the underwear down with the towel. It was still plenty uncomfortable, especially when he pulled her forward and rubbed the towel over her rear, but at least it made him feel less like a degenerate.

This whole section is just, so sweet while also being LOL. Damon at his best.

Thanks for posting!
Arabian: Damon07arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks. I'm glad you liked it. I had fun with it. :)
mlb388 on November 19th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
It's funny because I was thinking the exact same thing. How did she go from the river and soaking wet to being in bed with dry clothes, makeup and perfectly straight hair. So cute how he was trying not to look but not too hard. He was taking his chance to check out the goods. So funny. I always notice that Elena always has makeup on when she's going to bed or waking up. Last time she went to bed when Damon was there, I was thinking it was funny that she had lipstick on. :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on November 19th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
Hah, in the shower, she's got the full on extra lashes/mascara thing going! See:

Elena's make-up and realism do NOT go hand in hand on this show, LOL! But I still love it so. :)

I just had to write this up; I thought it would make a cute missing scene.
killerbunny117: Smolderholderkillerbunny117 on November 20th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Great job!
Arabian: Damon08arabian on November 20th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
vanimy: Damonvanimy on November 29th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hehe, so sweet. I was wondering how she got into these clothes too, lol. But I'm sure the writers didn't think of that when they wrote the episode!

I would've liked a scene with Damon carrying Elena all wet and all BTW, just that little snippet but well that's what fanfic is for, I guess. Thanks for this. ;)
Arabian: Damon07arabian on November 30th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, when they don't have to deal with the in-between, pesky things like logic don't matter. Although, since it was Damon she was with, I'm sure it crossed some minds that yeah, people would so be DAMON UNDRESSED AND DRESSED HER!!!!!!

Glad you liked it. :)
Bogwitchbogwitch on August 14th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
He's lucky she didn't wake up. :)