youcallitwinter (youcallitwinter) wrote,

fic: a road trip for absolution

title: a road trip for absolution
rating: pg-13
pairing: damon/elena. stefan/elena. post season finale.
summary: "Uh, no." he tells her, "big boys go out and fight. Girls stay at home and cook. Where were you when they taught Patriarchy 101 at school?". [damon's pov]


"I mean, are you in this car because you want to help your little brother save the girl that he loves or is it—is it because you love her too?"

He lets go of her foot, and doesn't look at her, can't look at her. They walk on.


They're going to find Stefan. He knows it. He's going to save him or die trying, and anyway he's been alive way past his expiry date, it's not like it's going to be devastating or anything. He's lived much too long enough and died far too many times for it to matter anymore.

And sometimes, when she smiles at him, like she did the first time she met him, when he wasn't anyone in particular, just this man in a house she happened to be in, he knows it. He knows it's going to end. She'll go back to Stefan, and he'll be left, the credits rolling on the story they never had. Pretending he doesn't want her with every breath he doesn't need to take. But he's going to do it anyway.

He's no savior, but he'll be the understudy, fit in the hero's shoes, play a part he doesn't know the lines for, not steal the girl, whatever.

He's no savior, but this time, he's going to be the one to save his brother.

Tags: character: damon salvatore, character: elena gilbert, fandom: the vampire diaries, fanfiction, fanfiction: the vampire diaries, ship: damon/elena

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