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2017-06-28 02:37 pm (UTC)
damon knew being human again wouldn't be a cake walk. he'd told himself, time and again after he convinced elena he knew what he was choosing, that he
know. it was going to be difficult, it would take adjusting to, some days he'd hate it... but it'd all be worth it, just to wake up next to her. to have her at his side through it all, kicking his ass when he was being a shit and to hold his hand when he wasn't. for elena, he'd go to the ends of the earth, so taking the cure? that was nothing.
and for once in his life, damon salvatore was right about something.
being human has sucked. relearning how to breathe, having to go to the gym, experiencing all those little inconveniences that he
as a vampire. the first time he'd gotten a cold elena had had to stay home from her classes because he'd been such a whiney baby about it, and his first sunburn hadn't gone much better. he's been sick a lot more than he hasn't lately, with his immune system only having been prepared for germs from a century and a half ago. it's been one bullshit ride after another, back here in humanville.
but because it's sucked, he's gotten even closer to elena, as if that were even possible. the first time he'd fallen back into the shallower breathing pattern that he used as a vampire and nearly suffocated because he was a
, she'd sat with him with her hand on his chest, reminding him what his lungs felt like when they were full. they go to the gym together three times a week now, and she's started to teach him the vampire defense stuff ric taught her in high school. he helps her study when she stays home to look after him while he's sick, and she makes sure he doesn't die of 21st century superbacteria.
against all the odds, despite stefan's doubts and hers, he makes it work. he even likes it, more and more often every day. he has a life now, a real one, with the only woman he'd ever want one with. no matter what he gave up, it'd be worth it just to have this.
time passes more quickly this way, and before either of them really know it, she's graduated college and has her medical school all lined up. it's really too convenient to be true, but hey. it's about time something in their lives worked out.
damon's had this apartment and bar ready since they talked about becoming human together. he couldn't have known she'd want to move all the way across the country for medical school, but... he'd had a hunch. they couldn't stay too close to mystic falls, after all, and her brother was already farther west than he was east. that he got them a place in portland, and her first choice was the oregon health and science university... well, he wasn't about to look at it too closely. for once, coincidence was working in their favour.
they pull up to the building and elena's already smiling, big and bright, and that's another thing that makes all this worth it. she smiles so often now. she'd started smiling more when she accepted being a vampire, but now that she's human again it's like she never stops, always finding something to take joy in. that smile is more than enough to quiet the parts of damon that still miss being the eternal stud.
Does it count as remembering if I had it ready a week after you took the cure?
he asks, eyebrow raised, going around the car to start pulling out their bags. it's easier to keep his hands busy than to worry that somehow she doesn't like it, or that it's not really what she wanted. no matter what he tells himself, that's something that's never really gone away — that fear that this is all going to be swept out from under his feet if he wants it too much. most of the time he can ignore it, and when he can't... well, distracting himself with tangible proof that there really is a
at all is better than distracting himself with murder, probably.
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