Each of them had done their best. Matt was still his friend. For Meredith, maybe the day would come when she could look at him and not think 'inhuman' - or at least not think it immediately and constantly. Maybe Bonnie, the moth, would be able to stay away from the unholy flame. Now, there was something to worry about. He could all too easily see Bonnie taking a walk on the very wild side with Damon. His brother had a soft spot for her already, she knew. But if either of them had a problem, he already knew what he had to do to find a plan for a solution. Just look up.
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Whatever. I just won't have Elena hurt, is all. Or the little red-headed witch.' 'Ah, yes, sweet Bonnie. I wouldn't mind one or two like her. One for Samhain and one for the Solstice.' Damon snorted drowsily. 'There aren't two like her; I don't care where you look. I won't have her hurt either.
Dismissed like a dog. Damon groped for his jacket behind him, found it, and wished that his groping for his sense of humor could be as successful. The faces around him were all the same. They could have been carved in stone. But not stone as hard as that that was coming together again around his soul. That rock was remarkably quick to mend-and an extra layer was added, like the layering of a pearl, but not covering anything nearly so pretty.
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For a moment he wondered, again, if he should just give it all up. Perhaps he should go back to Italy, back to his hiding place. What made him think that he could rejoin the world of daylight? But he was tired of living in shadows. He was tired of the darkness, and of the things that lived in it. Most of all, he was tired of being alone.
Wait.' Stefan's voice was hard suddenly. Bonnie and Elena turned back and froze, embracing each other, trembling. 'What is your-your father-going to do to you when he finds out that you allowed this?' "He will not kill me, ' Sage said brusquely, the wild tone back in his voice. 'He may even find it as amusant as I do, and we will be sharing a belly laugh tomorrow.
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You didn't feed from her, ' he said, and this was not a question. 'Swill poison? Not my kind of fun, little brother.' One corner of Stefan's mouth quirked up. He made no response to this, but simply looked at Damon with eyes that were... knowing. Damon bridled. 'I told the truth!' 'Going to take it up as a hobby?
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Bonnie who had never hurt a - a harmless thing for malice. Bonnie who was like a kitten making airy pounces at no prey at all. Bonnie with her hair that was called something strawberry but that looked simply as if it was on fire. Bonnie of the translucent skin with the delicate violet fjords and estuaries of veins all over her throat and inner arms. Bonnie who had lately taken to looking at him sideways with her large childlike eyes big and brown under lashes like stars...
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The hell with your secrets, ' shouted Bonnie. 'Language, language! How about this: One of you has kept a secret all their life, and is doing so even now. One of you is a murderer-and I am not speaking of a vampire, or a mercy killing, or anything like that. And then there is the question of the true identity of Sage-good luck on your research there!One of you has already had their memory erased-and I don't mean Damon or Stefan. And what about the secret, stolen kiss? And then there is the question of what happened the night of the motel, that it seems that nobody but Elena can recall. You might ask her sometime about her theories about Camelot.
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She had the feeling that she would be different from now on, that she could never go back and be the same person she had been. So who am I now? Somebody fierce, I think. Somebody who'd enjoy running through the darkness, underneath stars bright as miniature suns, and maybe even hunt deer. Somebody who can laugh and death