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16 April 2013 @ 07:50 am
Fic: How To Make a Better Vampire, 24/24  
Title: How To Make A Better Vampire
Chapter: 24 – The Right Choice [Featured Characters: Rebekah, Matt, Stefan, Caroline, Elena and Damon]
Author: JenniferH (Arabian)
Rating: M (For future chapters/language, sex, violence)
Summary: Post 3.22 -- Elena grapples with who she is as a vampire, struggling for control as she tries to find herself and accept who she loves (spoiler: it's Damon!) while her friends and enemies grapple with their own choices in this new world.
Word Count: 4,296
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. ;) The song quoted is "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," written by Beth Slater Whitson with music by Leo Friedman.
Notes: Thank you to my group of wonderful beta-readers who made this fic a ton better than it would have been otherwise. Following canon here, so there will be Stefan/Elena and as portrayed on the show, but fear not, this is very definitely a Damon/Elena story (with other pairings referenced, and some featured (Matt/Rebekah, Stefan/Caroline).

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Chapter 24: The Right Choice

The first thing Rebekah noticed was the melody out of place in this century, and then the lyrics, Let me hear you whisper that you love me too/Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true/Let me call you sweetheart, I'm in love with you, came to her mind moments before they were sung.

“Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” she murmured as the scent of burning candles and a floral blend assaulted her senses. She wasn’t positive, but she believed that the song had come out in 1910. “The Decades Dance,” she made the connection with a whisper, a smile blooming on her face. Walking into the Grill, she took in the transformation, her eyes wide with surprise and delight. The entire bar and every table was covered with flowers—bouquets, single-stems, corsages—and thick, golden candles. Silence momentarily filled the room and then the song repeated.

“I am dreaming, dear, of you
Day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue
When they're gray…

Matt stepped out from the shadows. His jacket was off, his tie undone, hanging loosely against his white shirt. He smiled when he saw her.

“You did all of this?” And she couldn’t keep the wonder out of her voice.

His smile deepened. “I found this song on the internet, thought you might recognize it.”

“Let me call you ‘sweetheart,’ I'm in love with you,” she sang softly along with the singer, and then laughed lightly. “Yes, yes, I do.”

“The candles were in the back and the shop across the street had a massive sale on all of their leftover flowers for the dance. I thought it would be a shame to let them go to waste.”

Spinning around, she spread her arms, taking in how beautiful the restaurant looked. “I can’t believe you did all of this.” Rebekah stopped and faced him as he moved closer to her. “It’s wonderful.”

“You’re wonderful and I’m an idiot.”

Her gaze softened. “Matt, I’ve done horrible things. I can’t expect you to—“

“But I forgave you. I can’t say I forgive you and then continue to hold those things against you. Act like I’m better than you. I didn’t just ask you to the dance because I knew you wanted me too. I asked you because I wanted to. To be with you, to see you smile when you attended your first high school dance.” Rebekah caught her breath as he reached out and picked up a single red rose, wilted at the edges, but the most beautiful rose she had ever seen. He held it out to her. Silently she took it. “I wanted to give you that experience and instead I let my past get in the way of your happiness. I am sorry. You deserve better.”

She sniffed the rose and then gave a gentle shake of her head. “You don’t have—“

“No, I do,” he interrupted. “See, I have this bad habit. I don’t let go. It kinda screwed things up with Caroline for a while, I couldn’t let go of Elena. And I talked to her tonight, Caroline, and I realized I was doing the same thing. Holding onto a memory, I guess, because I was afraid that the future wouldn’t or couldn’t be better.”

Matt let out a humorless laugh. “I haven’t had it very easy. I’ve tried to stay cool, keep my head, but I screw up just like every other stupid kid. I’ve had to grow up, be the adult, but yeah, I can still be a stupid kid. I was stupid to not appreciate you. I’m sorry, Rebekah.”

She let out a shaky sigh, feeling incredibly stupid herself because it was taking everything in her not to cry. She laughed instead. “I forgive you, you stupid boy.”

A slow smile spread across his face and his blue eyes were filled with such warmth they were a burning blue now. He put one arm behind his back and then held out his hand to her. “May I have this dance?”


“When the silv'ry moonlight gleams
Still I wander on in dreams
In a land of love, it seems, just with you
Let me call you ‘sweetheart’
I'm in love with you

She took his hand and Matt pulled her into his arms. Gentle and swaying, they spun slowly around the space, weaving in and out, around and about the candlelit tables.

“Let me hear you whisper that you love me too
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true
Let me call you ‘sweetheart’
I'm in love with you

On a buoyant note, Rebekah twirled away from him and then slowly danced back into his embrace.

“Longing for you all the while
More and more
Longing for the sunny smile I adore
Birds are singing far and near
Roses blooming ev'rywhere
You, alone, my heart can cheer
You, just you

The music played in the air, but they were still now, lost in each other’s eyes. “Rebekah,” he whispered her name softly and for the first time in nearly a century she felt her heart leap in her throat as a wave of joy swept through her. His eyes closed and hers followed suit as his head bent, his lips meeting hers.

“Let me call you ‘sweetheart’
I'm in love with you”

Her hands rose and circled around his neck as her lips parted beneath the growing passion of his kiss. He wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling him to her tightly and there was nothing else. Just this boy. His kiss. The music. This moment.

“Let me hear you whisper that you love me too
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true.
Let me call you ‘sweetheart’
I'm in love with you”


Hair down, make-up off, comfortably garbed in a tank, pajama shorts and bunny slippers, Caroline headed into her bedroom, noisily slurping on her spoon. She dipped into the tub for another bite of Rocky Road and sighed as the cool ice cream hit her tongue.

“Heaven,” she whispered dreamily. Stopping at her DVD collection, she snagged The Notebook and then set her treat down on the dresser to open the case. Her eyes fell on the wilting corsage sitting there and Ryan Gosling was momentarily forgotten. Caroline sighed. Setting down the movie, she reached out for the flowers and brought them to her nose, inhaling the fading scent.

When Stefan had picked her up, she hadn’t expected him to arrive with a corsage in hand and a genuine smile on his face. But he had, acting like it was a real date. And then he kissed me, she reminded herself. Throwing her head back, she found herself remembering when he first came to town. Her first glimpse of his cool stride down the halls of Mystic Falls High, his charming, mysterious demeanor at the Grill after school and how she had shamelessly tried to capture his attention at the bonfire. Crazy to think that it was barely a year ago.

All night she had waited for the new guy to show up and when he had, she’d waylaid him, determined to make her move.

“Hey! There you are. Have you been down to the falls yet? Because they are really cool at night. And I can show you. If you want.”

God, the memory of it was just embarrassing. She’d all but flashed him! And Stefan, ever the gentleman, had tried to politely brush her off.

“I think you've had too much to drink.”

Hah, of course she’d had. It was the annual bonfire, booze and s’mores all around. And she’d told him so and then he hadn’t been so nice, just honest.

“Caroline. You and me, it's not gonna happen. Sorry.”

At least he’d apologized for shooting her down. But that was like forever ago and if anyone had told her that she would have hooked up with Matt, and Tyler in the following year, she never would have believed it. But… Never say never.

Holding the corsage, Caroline moved over to her bed and sat down. “Am I crazy?” She had to ask herself. “I mean, me and Stefan?” It wasn’t just that kiss—although it had been a pretty spectacular kiss—it was how close they were, how well he treated her and how much she just liked him. It was how he had made her feel better after Tyler broke up with her, and that he made her laugh and danced with her tonight after Klaus had gotten her all turned around.

It was because he was Stefan and through everything and how they had all changed inside and what they were to each other, he was the only one who was still the same to her. He was still that mysterious, cool boy that she’d seen walking down that hallway who made her smile. Caroline closed her eyes and then with a swift shake of her head, opened them, stood up and threw the corsage away because absolutely not! “No, no, no!” She was not going there. “God, Caroline, you *just* broke up with Tyler! What is wrong with you?”

She looked down at the flowers in the trash and sighed again. She loved Tyler, she totally did, but if she was being honest with herself she had never felt those butterflies with him that she had with Matt, and Klaus… and Stefan. Tyler had been her friend, one she had sex with, and whom she loved, but she had never been in love with him. That tingling attraction that consumes you had never been there with Tyler.

“I suck.”

A sudden, sharp knock on the door grabbed her attention and she was quite grateful. She’d been having way too many pity parties of late. Pulling on a robe, she picked up her ice cream and went to see who else was showing up on her doorstep tonight.

She peeked between the window curtains and then dropped it with a squeak. Stefan! There was silence on the other side and then another tentative knock.

“Caroline?” She heard him sigh heavily. “I know you’re mad at me—“

She opened the door.

“I’m not mad at you. I’m—OK, I am a little mad at you, but I’ll get over it.” Raising her brows, she frowned at him. “A few more hours would help though.”

“I know, I’m sorry. I want to explain myself. I want to apologize. I want to make it better.” His eyes were soft and green and pleading and so earnest and adorable. Ugh!

“Fine, explain yourself, apologize. Make it better, Stefan. You have five minutes. Ryan Gosling is waiting and my ice cream is going to melt.”

“Ryan Gos—? Never mind. I’m sorry.”

“You already said that.” She tapped her foot and crossed her arms, ignoring the cool tub against her sleeve.

“Yes, I did. OK, I know it’s not an excuse, I know, but I…” he trailed off and looked away for a moment. He huffed and then finally turned back to her, and she could swear that his face was kinda red. “The thing is, Caroline, I’ve never actually been… rejected before.”

“Oh, boy!” Her eyes widened and she couldn’t help it, she burst out laughing. Talk about first-world problems. Poor Stefan, fawned over and adored for the last century and a half!

He held up a hand trying to stem her laughter. “I know, I know, but, it's true. It is. And I handled it, Caroline, I handled it badly. I am sorry.”

Clearing her throat, she rolled her eyes, but she couldn’t help the tiny smile that fought its way onto her lips. He was kinda cute all flustered and embarrassed, she had to admit.

Stefan took a deep breath. “I want to make it up to you.”

“How?” Her foot started tapping again.

“The Spring Falls Fair is coming up. I'll take you? If you want.” He pasted a charming smile on his face, a hopeful light in his eyes.

Caroline paused and softened enough to unfold her arms. She was quiet, thinking and took the time to take a bite of ice cream. So good. She sighed, still thinking. I really do love the Spring Falls Fair and not going solo would be a lot more fun than stuck with Bonnie, Elena... and their boyfriends. Narrowing her eyes, she pointed her spoon at him.

“What about Elena? I will not be used in some attempt to break up her and your brother."

He shook his head. "Nope. I made my peace with Elena, with them being together." Taking a deep breath, he met her gaze, clear-eyed and firm. "I'm moving on."

Biting her lip lightly, she wondered how horrible it would make her to go out with her best friend's ex two seconds after said best friend hooked up with her ex's brother and she, Caroline, broke up with *her* ex. Caroline, it's not like he's proposing! It's the Spring Falls Fair!

"Will you win me all the stuffed animals I want?”

Without missing a beat, he responded with a grin. “Every one in the whole place if that's what will make you happy.”

She made him wait a few more moments and then finally gave him a full smile. “OK, it's a date.”

His grin melted into that smile that he only gave her, the one that made her heart flutter just a little bit. “It's a date, Caroline.”

Clearing her throat, she gave a small smile. “OK, then. Good night.”

“Good night.”

He continued to look at her, not moving and then his head cocked slightly to the side. He opened his mouth to speak, she waited. He remained silent, and then took a step forward. Caroline straightened up, her eyes widening a bit.


He didn't say anything and then with a decisive nod, he took one step closer and reached out, capturing her face in the palm of his hands. A light gasp escaped her and his eyes were warm, and just then a darker shade of green. "I'm going to kiss you again."


"Because I want to kiss you. Caroline."

She blinked, and her voice was a whisper. "OK."

And he did. His head lowered, his lips were soft as he captured her top lip between his. As his breath whispered into hers. As his fingers caressed her skin.


Stefan pulled away slowly, and he was smiling and she was smiling. He nodded once more and then turned and walked away. She watched him for a moment and then shut the door, turning to lean against it. With one hand loosely holding her Rocky Road, the other on her rapidly beating heart, she thought of that bonfire forever ago and she couldn’t help but wonder again.

“Never say never?”


Elena paused outside of Damon’s room. The entire walk up the stairs she had been listening and hadn’t been surprised to hear restless footsteps and low mutters that finally crystallized into one phrase as she got closer, "Where is she?" She realized with relief that despite his fear that whatever Stefan wanted to say would change things between them, he was still waiting for her. And now Damon would know that it was only him.

She took a deep breath, closing her eyes, and reached for the door knob when a sudden flush swept through her body, heat pooling in her belly. This wouldn’t be the first time that she and Damon would be together. It had happened in this room, barely a month ago, but everything had been different. Or maybe not. The heart of who they were and what they felt, those things hadn’t changed. Just the circumstances.

And now she couldn’t help but remember the mad passion she had felt in his arms then, his kiss consuming her as his hands wandered possessively over her body, lips trailing down her throat, her chest. As he came into her and everything she had ever known before exploded into a thousand pieces. How completely he had undone her. Elena’s eyes drifted open. Her heart beat faster and she couldn’t stop the joyful smile that burst across her face. She didn’t want to stop it. She wanted the joy. She wanted Damon.

And he was waiting for her. Elena opened the door.

“I didn’t eavesdrop. I do have some manners.” His voice held a practiced ease and he was turned away from her. His back was naked, his feet bare. His shoes were no doubt neatly put away and his shirt and socks in the hamper in his closet. Everything in the room was spotless, even the undone bed was turned over neatly. Damon, the neat freak-slash-vampire, she thought affectionately.

“Damon,” she said his name softly, confidently.

He turned around and in the second between seeing her face and seeing the *look* on her face she watched the nonchalant air designed to hide his aching heart fade. His eyes widened and there was just the slightest lift to the corner of his mouth, but it was enough. She could see that he saw the truth.

“I love you,” she said.

“Elena…” His voice was barely a whisper.

Her smile grew and she could feel the heat of it lighting her whole being. “I love you, Damon. I love you so much. You, Damon.” Her gaze was clear, her voice was strong. “Only you Damon. Always you. You.”

In the next moment she was in his arms. Whether she had flown to him or him to her, she couldn’t recall. His mouth captured hers in a devastating kiss that left her breathless, gasping for air even as she clutched him to her, trapping his lips between hers, biting, piercing the lower one, tasting his blood and loving every drop. Their tongues danced and then on an exhalation of breath, he licked a moist trail down her chin, over the curve of her throat.

His hands moved to the front of her gown, creating space between them and with one solid tear, he ripped the fabric down the middle. At the very same moment, his teeth sank into her neck. She fell against him, her knees growing weak as dampness pooled between her thighs with each suck upon her flesh.

“Damon,” she cried as he suddenly swept her up into his arms. Her heels dangled and then slipped from her feet as he swung her around. A wicked smile lit his face and he captured her mouth in a quick kiss before throwing her onto the bed. Her eyes widened in surprise as she bounced on the soft mattress. “Damon!”

“We’re doing it on the bed this time,” he informed her as he unbuttoned his trousers and unzipped his fly. “And we’re getting all the way naked.”

Elena grinned and looked down at her tattered dress. She shrugged and pulled off what remained, throwing it to the floor. She couldn’t help but snort when Damon sent a quick wince its way, but seconds later his lips parted and the blue of his eyes darkened when she rose to her knees and reached behind her back.

“Elena…” He said in a hoarse whisper.

She paused with a playful expression. “You did say we were supposed to get naked, right?” And then before he could respond, she unhooked her bra and flung it across the room. This time, his eyes did not follow her discarded clothing. Leaning forward, she swung her legs around and lifted up her rear to remove her pale panties.

Damon audibly gulped.

“You’re still dressed,” she pertly informed him, a wide grin curving her lips as her eyes fastened onto the prominent bulging of his boxers. Two seconds later he was no longer dressed and her smile faded into blissful anticipation. She relaxed onto her elbows and began to inch her way backwards up the bed.

Just as her head reached the pillow, Damon zoomed over and lay on top of her. His grin was nearly feral, his eyes rimmed with red and the faint tracing of veins appeared. Elena could see the pointy end of his teeth between the parting of his lips. She breathed his name, desire flooding through her like nothing she’d ever felt before and as the heat surged inside of her, she felt her own fangs pop out, the blood pooling under her eyes.

Damon suddenly threw his head back with an exultant laugh and a grin danced upon her lips in response. He looked back down at her, his vampiric face falling away. “I love you, Elena Gilbert.”

So overcome with emotion, lying in his bed, naked in his arms, seeing such openness, such happiness on his face, Elena could only nod. Her fangs receded, the dark veins fading. She reached up and entwined her arms around his neck. On a breathy sigh, she pulled him to her. “Make love to me, Damon.”

His next kiss was the sweetest she had ever known. His next touch, the softest, as his fingers trailed down her arm, entangling with hers. Rising slightly, his other hand drifted over her chest, dancing upon, circling around her breasts before he bent down and took one puckered nipple between his lips. Suckling lightly, he released her hand and traveled over her hip bone, fingers grazing the curve of her thigh before skimming underneath. Damon lifted her leg up, his knee nudging her other leg farther apart as he moved from one breast to the other, tracing the pale areola with his tongue.

A gasp escaped her, her back arching when he slipped his finger and then thumb inside of her, quickly finding the nub at her center. He lifted his head from her breast and swooped down to capture one more kiss, his tongue sliding in between her lips. Her nails dug into his back and she spread her legs wide when he finally entered her with one glorious thrust. She wrapped her legs around his hips. Pulling from his kiss, she threw her head back as he buried himself deep inside of her, moving in and out steadily and then with faster, harder, deeper thrusts. Elena screamed, the sound ripped from her throat as wave after wave of a most astonishing orgasm exploded inside of her.

And it felt right and she was torn apart and came undone. The waves receded, she returned to herself as Damon gave her a kiss. Soft and sweet, gentle, nearly chaste. And just like that everything came back together and she was complete.

“I love you,” she whispered. His eyes shone and he mouthed the three words back to her before pulling out and settling beside her, cradling her in his arms. The room was quiet, their breathing returning to normal and she felt peaceful. A calm filled her to such a degree that she honestly couldn’t remember the last time she had felt this good. This right. He was right. And everything that had happened from the moment she had met him crystallized into this moment, all of the wrong turns, the curves, the back roads, all of it led here, now, to this moment.

“I was wrong,” she said to him. “I mean, I made the wrong choice, but I’m glad I did.”

“Hmm,” he muttered, contentment in his voice.

“Matt and I were heading out of town when we thought that Klaus was dead. We knew what that meant.” She pulled away slightly and met Damon’s confused gaze. “He told me to choose. We were halfway between Mystic Falls and where you were. I chose Stefan. I chose wrong.”

Her eyes were clear when she met his and she hoped he understood what she was saying.

“Elena, it's OK.”

Of course he didn’t. It had all just come together for her now. Every choice. Every decision. Every declaration. Elena raised herself up and looked down at him, determined to say this right, determined that he understand.

“No, don't you see? Because I chose Stefan I went back to Mystic Falls. I ran into Rebekah on Wickery Bridge. Damon, I died because I chose wrong. But if I had never done that, I don’t know if I would have ever had the courage to love you. To be who I’m supposed to be. To be with who I'm meant to be with. You.”

She reached down and ran a finger lightly over his face. “It’s like you said before. If you hadn’t chosen to turn for Katherine, we never would have met. It was the wrong choice, Damon, she was the wrong choice, but it led you to me. I did the same thing. I chose the wrong person, but it led me to you. And now I’m here. And I have forever.”

Elena met his loving gaze and a smile so open and sweet was upon his face. Reaching out, he captured her hand, entwining their fingers. With a smile of her own, she watched him watching their interplay. Damon looked back up at her and there was just the slightest catch in his voice when he spoke. "We have forever."

With a nod, Elena gave him another quick kiss. "Yes, we do."

She smiled. He grinned. She settled back down against him, squirming to get comfortable. He shifted with a slight groan. They were quiet, and then... "Elena?"


With breathtaking speed, Damon let go of her hand, wrapped his arms around her and rolled her underneath him. "Now that I finally have you where I want you, I intend to take full advantage." A wicked grin lit his face. "We're vampires, babe, we can go all night."

Elena grinned joyfully and held nothing back. Because he was right.



So here we are at the end. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with the story and thank you so, so, so much to those who have taken the time to comment, even if it was just a comment to let me know you were reading it. If you have read up to this point, and you have enjoyed it, even if you commented earlier but haven't since... it would mean a tremendous amount if you would let me know that you read this and that it worked for you. I've been working on this for 10 months and I've spent a LOT of time trying to make it right. So please let me know if you think I did. Thank you. :)
Vickie: Ian - Damon Cheerssarcasticcheese on April 16th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing this, my friend. It was a joy to read, even in semi-rough draft form, and I'm so glad you decided to stick with it and finish it. It is one of the best TVD fics (and probably ranks up there in overall fics) that I've read and it's definitely something you should be proud of. :)
Arabian: Elena02arabian on April 17th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! I appreciate SOOOOOOOOO much your help and your cheerleading when I was down. MUAH!!!
tj2013tj2013 on April 16th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
That was an wonderful closure. I enjoyed the whole ride with you and I am looking forward to reading more from you. I have read a lot of fanfics over the past months, some better, some worse, but yours is really standing out!
Thanks for finishing it, I am sure you have A LOT of readers who liked it as much as I did.
And I must say I am really impressed how you made your own story working with all that sirebond stuff that was going on in Season 4 so far. I know you had the story outlined before this season, but I still think it's not easy not to get influenced by the ongoing episodes. So - good job!
And they have all become better vampires in the end, indeed.
Arabian: Damon & Elena14arabian on April 17th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! (And thank you for commenting so much after each chapter, it helped me keep going!)

I'm not sure when I'll write more TVD, but if I'm inspired, it will show up! LOL!

It was actually easier working on the fic once the sirebond hit because before that there were a lot of small (and big) things that happened on the show that were similar enough to what I was writing that I had to remember what happened on the show vs. my fic (I actually barely caught some stuff in re-reads before posting!). Once the sirebond hit and all that followed, it was different enough that I didn't have that problem anymore.

And they have all become better vampires in the end, indeed.

Indeed! :D
tj2013tj2013 on April 18th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am happy my comments made a difference. Sorry I tuned in so late - I discovered your site and your fanfiction only a while ago. I happen to be a writer and I know how good it feels to get feedback on the stuff you write. Especially if you write it for the others and not only for your personal entertainment.
It was a great read and you should go on writing, being it fanfiction or something else.
In the meantime I will avidly follow your recaps - on to the next episode tonight. Or - in my case - tomorrow. LOL. Take care!
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline05arabian on April 21st, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
They really did. I didn't get many comments overall, so those I did helped me to push through my disappointment and fears that I sucked, LOL!

If I write any more TVD fanfic, it will probably be short stories because I do have an original novel I'm working on, and I get to get to working on THAT!

Ooh! Waiting for your response to my write-up for the last episode. I LOVED it. :D
draconis23: bsg: kara UBdraconis23 on April 16th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)

That was so wonderful. I don't use lj anymore, but I had to make an exception and leave a comment. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this story. At this point I actually think I like it better than the show. The pairings are just spot on and make so much more sense. Having Stefan with Caroline just feels right. I love her with Klaus, but for the person she is, Stefan would be a perfect match.
The whole character development after Elena becomes a vampire is so much more plausible than what canon wants us to believe. I love the fact that she takes her time to try and figure out what/who she wants and actually needs. Probably the biggest plus you got here is the absence of that god awful sire bond.
And don't even get me started on the last part here. The whole Katherine/Stefan parallel was a bit surprising to me. I never thought about that way and it makes so much sense. I just had an 'aha' moment. ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to share my joy in reading this. And I already added the story to my fic rec list on tumblr. So...I hope more people will come and read. It's marvellous. :)

Thank you for sharing!!!
Arabian: Damon & Elena21arabian on April 17th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for heading onto LJ to let me know that you liked the story. I really, really appreciate it. (I checked your rec list, you can move this to COMPLETE! And I'll check out your other recs on there too.)

I am OK with the sire bond on the show (mostly because I think it's opening up and dealing with a lot of issues that might have been ignored, and I don't think it's real, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many inconsistencies), but since I don't have 2 more seasons to write (LOL!) I was able to get my versions to a happy ending sooner rather than later.

RE: The wrong choice parallel, that was just so telling when that happened in 3.22 (and no way was it not deliberately paralleled to D/E in 2.22) that I had to touch upon it in the final chapter.

I'm glad that all of the pairings/characters worked for you. :)
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I just can't thank you enough from writing this, it was an amazing journey :)

The characters were spot on, the relationships worked out realistically, the plot was interesting and never bored me and the dialogue was realistic and great as well. Your fic took me away from the show itself and showed how everything should've played out, without the horrible sirebond.

I do not know what else to say, so thank you so much! I hope you won't stop writing, because your stuf is just so good. I'll recommend it to other TVD fans I know, and ask them to comment.
Arabian: Damon & Elena24arabian on April 17th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for commenting. :)

I'm glad that the story worked well for you all-around, yay! I am still loving the show myself and I'm OK with the sire bond (mostly because I think it's opening up and dealing with a lot of issues that might have been ignored, and I don't think it's real, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many inconsistencies), but since I don't have 2 more seasons to write (LOL!) I was able to get my versions to a happy ending sooner rather than later. Yay!

Thanks for reccing it to others. I'm not writing anything else right now, but I can't say that I won't be writing more. :)
Bogwitch: TVD - Damon 1977 Bloodbogwitch on April 16th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's great to see you finished this! Though only 10 months? I can only wish!

The story worked out fine and things worked out a lot smoother and happier than on the show!
Arabian: Damon16arabian on April 17th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much about 10 months, quickest I've ever written a long story. I really tried to develop stronger writing habits this time around in prep for... my original novel, which I have to start working on again.

I have the advantage over Julie and co. in that I don't have 2 more seasons to write for so I can get to my happier ending sooner rather than later, yay! :)

Thank you for commenting, I do appreciate it lots. :)
hotarujazz: hands and dance 4x07hotarujazz on April 17th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
I wanted to catch a moment so I can properly comment and I read every chapter as they came out but I've been saving myself for the end to comment on your story as a whole.

I loved your story so, so much and I can't begin to explain to you how in awe I am at how consistent you are with character development. I can't find a single moment where I thought: okay, that was a little OOC at this point! Usually I find this at least once per long fics and that's fine because I understand how hard it is to be so consistent when writing something this long. Kudos to you my friend for seriously impressing me and I've read tons of fanfics from lots of fandoms!

You made a believable journey for all of the characters and I love how you resolved all of Stefan's relationships! XD And there are A LOT of unfinished business with many ladies for him. Kind of makes me think of current canon Stefan and how he likes to bail before the things are truly resolved! Also, Matt! I think you touched something that was never fully explored in canon. How Matt holds on to his failed relationships because I feel like he does in a way. Not necessarily as a jealous ex all the time but he puts himself in a "reserve" sort of.

Elena was glorious in this fic, exactly in character! Her struggle with what she wants as opposed to what she should want is something that's constantly present in a canon but never truly said and that's why I think many people don't like her. They fail to understand this essential part of her survival's guilt. And Damon, how he calms himself with their understanding although he doesn't trust fully in it. Deremy....OMG, it was hard to read after events in canon because I wanted this kind of relationship between them and now it's not gonna happen! *brb to go cry my eyes out*

In conclusion, I have no objections. Congratulations on excellent story and I can't wait for a plot bunny to catch you with another story!
Arabian: Damon & Elena23arabian on April 21st, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. It is always very important to me to stay in character. And considering that I conceived/plotted this out before the season even started, I was gratified by how many similar things actually happened on the show (hah! we even got a S/C moment during a dance in the last episode like I had written), that it made me feel good not only about what I was writing but about the show in general! But anyhoo, my point is thank you. Having the characters act as they would based on the show's writing is very important to me and I'm glad that it worked for you.

Stefan and Matt are two of my favorite characters who don't seem to get much slack in my fandom world, so I wanted to give them their due, while still putting my key couples (especially Damon/Elena) in place.

Elena was glorious in this fic, exactly in character!

THANK YOU! I got SO MUCH flack on her character and how horrible she was to Damon and she didn't deserve him and on and on. It made me feel a little of what I'm sure Julie goes through. So frustrating. So thank you for loving my Elena (who is so the show's Elena! Can ya tell how much I love her? LOL!)

The Jeremy/Damon stuff, heck, the Jeremy stuff period was SO HARD to write after he died on the show. I had to put my Jeremy feels at bay and write him as he had been. :sobs: And of course any time I can do some Jeremy/Damon bonding, I'm gonna go for it. :)

In conclusion, I have no objections. Congratulations on excellent story and I can't wait for a plot bunny to catch you with another story!

Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words, but I did want to comment also on your first comment. There were many times while writing this that I just wanted to stop because I felt like I was writing in a vaccuum. People would comment on one chapter and then never show up again, or I'd get very few comments period. It made me feel like I was pretty sucky and wasn't doing a good job. The only reason I continued is because I had so much of it plotted and planned out, I was ahead in chapters and my betas pushed me. In the future, if you're reading a multi-fic story that you're enjoying, I'd suggest letting the writer know before the end because I know I'm not the only one who gets the juice to keep going and finish a story because other people want to see it continue. BUt again, thank you so much for what you said about it. It means a lot. :)
Dani Mephistopholes: World Domination Corporate Editiongeeky_dani on April 17th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
I waited until it was done and then devoured this whole fic. It was spectacular and well worth the wait. Great characterization, engaging plot, fabulous dialog, and overall just a fantastic story. I will be downloading this one from AO3 to put on my kindle for re-reads. Thanks so much for sharing!
Arabian: Alaric01arabian on April 21st, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you enjoyed the finished product and it all worked for you. :) I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how much you liked it.
kellygreen83: pic#119640376kellygreen83 on April 18th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
To me, the mark of a good story is when it's done, I just want to know what happens next. It shows that you've created a world that draws the reader in and keeps us interested even beyond the end of the story. If at the end of a story I'm no longer curious, to me, that (usually) means that the story was not completely successful. Your story wants me to keep reading and want to know what happens next. It was so full of life and history that you can't help but want to stay immersed in it. I know that it is over, and I liked the way you tied up all the loose ends so I guess we'll just have to wait until your next story for more incredible characters and detailed plots. That, and we can always continue to watch the show that inspired this story to see where they take the characters :). I hope that all of this made sense, I've never been very good with words myself which is probably why I like reading others so much.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on April 21st, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
It made perfect sense and I thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed my story. It means so much to me that you enjoyed it and you let me know that you did. I really appreciate it, and I'm happy that you liked the completed story. :)
(Anonymous) on April 22nd, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
I love your episode reviews, and I loved this fic. Your grasp of the characters and their interactions is simply awe-inspiring. Despite my passion for the show, I don't read a lot of TVD fic, because, no matter how well-written, it usually seems somewhat one-dimensional compared to the shifting subjectivities and competing narratives that define these characters. Those, to me, are what you've captured, as shown by the sheer number of parallel character beats between this fic and the evolving season.

I also found your story to be a very interesting meta-narrative - as you note in your replies, you had the luxury of aiming for resolution, whereas part of the show's genius is to continually show the potential for resolution, while always keeping it just out of reach for both characters and audience. I see a lot of people get really annoyed by this, but to me it's what makes TVD unique and addictive. Your story was satisfying because it could allow arcs to go somewhere, but also, for me, because it highlighted both that potential in the show, and the purposes and meanings of frustrating it. I'm sorry that I didn't comment as you went along, but I'm not sorry that I saved the whole thing to read at once, because that let me get right into the twists and turns of your plot!
Arabian: Damon & Elena29arabian on April 22nd, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
I could not love this comment more. I really could not. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love hearing that others still have passion for the show and appreciate that I was absolutely trying to convey the same brilliance of characters and shifting relationships as the show does.

I also found your story to be a very interesting meta-narrative - as you note in your replies, you had the luxury of aiming for resolution, whereas part of the show's genius is to continually show the potential for resolution, while always keeping it just out of reach for both characters and audience. I see a lot of people get really annoyed by this, but to me it's what makes TVD unique and addictive. Your story was satisfying because it could allow arcs to go somewhere, but also, for me, because it highlighted both that potential in the show, and the purposes and meanings of frustrating it

This, this, this! It's why I'm so confident about the endgame of the show because yes it's taking time to get there but they are so are putting all the pieces into place so that when we do get there, the resolution will have been earned and be oh so rewarding.

the sheer number of parallel character beats between this fic and the evolving season

I honestly could not believe the number of things that I got right and it made me SOOO happy as a fan of the show who's been pushing forth my belief in what they are trying to convey as part of why I love the show so much. To see that I am reading their intentions correctly makes me so happy as a TVD fan.

Thank you for understanding that comments along the way would have been lovely, but I imagine it was nice to read without any gaps along the way. Hey, if you ever feel like rereading and want to add your thoughts to past chapters (or to my ep reviews--if you haven't before, anon, so I'm not sure--by all means do so. Also, I just set up a thread up for prompts if you're interested in more of my writing.

Again thank you so much! :D
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: DE lip touchbadboy_fangirl on April 23rd, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the whole thing, but what I loved the most was the excellent callback to Damon and Elena's first encounter from the beginning of your story and how completely different this one was--same feelings and reasons for it, yes, but totally different mood and attitude about it. It's a complete, full circle, and this time it's exactly the way it should have been. More importantly, I love the parallel with Elena making the *wrong choice* and sharing that with Damon, because I'm of the mind that really we shouldn't regret anything, all we can do is appreciate where we are now and do the best we can, so I like that feeling and theme here. She can't change it, and she wouldn't, even if she could. Just like Damon. AUGH. It's one of my favorite things about them--that Damon would purposely put himself through hell all over again if he knew Elena was at the end of the road, and by contrast, Stefan would rather forget all that--or, you know, go over and start making out with Caroline, which works really well for me, too :D

I also liked Caroline's thought-process about Tyler, because I think that's the way I've always seen them--he loved her, and she wanted to love him because of that, but she doesn't really, not like she loved Matt, and not like she could love Stefan. The things Caroline and Tyler went through together forged this strong emotional bond that was pretty confusing for both of them, I think, and blurred the line between love and *in* love, so that was a brilliant way of staying true to canon but taking it to a whole new place, as well.

I know what it's like to put in so much time and energy into something like this, and I hope at the end of it you are happy and proud of your effort. The journey is the reward! Kudos!
Arabian: Damon & Elena24arabian on April 24th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you caught that callback to their first time. I actually went back to the end of chapter 2 and chapter 3 to take lines and situations to make them as close as possible while highlighting the differences, so it means SO MUCH to me that you caught it. :D

Ever since I came up with the idea of this one, I knew that I wanted to parallel Damon/Elena in the bed at the end of season 02 and him talking about his wrong choice with them in bed in a completely different situation talking about her bad choice, but how both led them to where they belonged forever...with each other.

I was trying to figure out how to deal with the Tyler aspect of Caroline's story, to justify her interest in Stefan being pronounced enough to go on a date with him, and I just looked to canon while writing it. And it felt right.

This was a lot of work, but yes, I'm very happy with the finished result. I'm glad you liked it. :)
Florencia: DE (Morning After)florencia7 on May 9th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
OHHH YOU! ♥ ♥ ♥ THE QUEEN OF HAPPY ENDINGS, YOU! It's absolutely amazing how you managed to sprinkle stardust over every single character's head by the end of this story while keeping everyone strictly in-character and the plot in tune with the characters. I LOVE the way in which this story ended. I love each and every ending that you gave to these characters.

”“I wanted to give you that experience and instead I let my past get in the way of your happiness. I am sorry. ” - The setting, the words – everything is so perfect in this scene and it just fits both Matt and Rebekah so well. It's sweet and romantic and simple and youthful – it conveys who they are, who they want to be.

”He wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling him to her tightly and there was nothing else. Just this boy. His kiss. The music. This moment.” - It's like an ideal version of a beginning of a perfect human adult life – a glimpse of/at happiness, the kind of happiness that would make both of them happy. I love this.

I LOVED the Caroline alone scene. Scenes like that are hard to write and this one is just PERFECTION. It's so vivid, so easy to SEE.

”“The thing is, Caroline, I’ve never actually been… rejected before.”” - lol! Got to love an honest guy like that haha I love how this plays into them being always so open with each other. It's amazing how in Caroline/Stefan scenes your writing always evokes a sense of... *light* - just this sense of ease & joy that is between them, that they can give to each other.

”“The Spring Falls Fair is coming up. I'll take you? If you want.”” - I love the callback :] (And I also love how this corresponds to/contrasts with Elena's words in 4x01: “I'll be with you forever. If I want.”)

”Narrowing her eyes, she pointed her spoon at him. / “What about Elena? I will not be used in some attempt to break up her and your brother."” - Every moment here is so cinematic, so easy to picture! I love your attention to details: looks, gestures, etc.

”In the next moment she was in his arms. Whether she had flown to him or him to her, she couldn’t recall.” - I can never breath while reading your DE scenes. You always capture & convey the closeness (in every sense of the word) between them in such a simultaneously strong and delicate way that makes my heart clench because of sheer beauty of it.

I can't believe that was the last chapter! I got SO attached to this story. I will miss it SOOOO Much :[ ♥

This story was truly epic – if there was ever the best context to use this word, this is it. It's STUNNING how beautifully you weaved this story, how apart from leading, so exquisitely per aspera ad astra, Damon & Elena to their happy ending beginning, you gave so many other characters their respective, artfully crafted journeys.

Every chapter of this fic was so insightful, so versatile, and how you handled and balanced all the stories – it's incredible and it's beyond me how you managed that for it would seem to be an impossible task. Yet you did it. You did it in such a BREATHTAKING way!

Most importantly, this story was not written in words; it was WRITTEN IN EMOTIONS and that's what matters most in case of any story. You are a writer at heart and it was SO clear in & through every chapter, every paragraph, every word.

I loved this story and I loved reading it. Thank you so much for committing so much time and heart to to this story and for sharing it ♥ ♥ ♥

I loved loved LOVED this story. It's an instant TVD fan fiction classic

PS. *saves to memories*

Edited at 2013-05-09 01:32 am (UTC)
Arabian: Elena02arabian on May 12th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
Ahh, my Matt/Rebekah scene -- with all the candles, in the Grill, having a moment (before being cock-blocked by Kol)! I squealed when that scene aired in the last episode! OH MY GOD!

I've been wanting Stefan to say a variation on this ever since Elena broke up with him, the whole "I've never been rejected before," LOL! And Caroline is the only I could see that happening with.

BTW: The Stefan/Caroline kiss? Thank sarcasticcheese for that. The original finished draft did not have a kiss with them. Uh huh.

Thank you again for being such a stalwart supporter of my stuff. I REALLY appreciate you, you have no idea! :)
anna_gemini: pic#119329386anna_gemini on May 31st, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this story so much, that I can't find words.
I would like to translate it into Russian. May I start and try to save all beauty and tenderness of this story in other language?
Arabian: Damon & Elena27arabian on May 31st, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you very much.

And yes you can translate it, that's fine by me. I'm honored. :)