Attn: World – A Memo From Damon Salvatore

To: The World c/o The Vampire Diaries Writing Team

From: Damon Salvatore, previously known as a psycho w/no redeeming qualities, currently known as the go to guy in a crisis and the man who will do anything for love.

Subject: When The Woman I Love Is In Danger of Dying THIS Is How I Roll.

When this episode begins, I, Damon Salvatore am lounging sexily in my bed listening to an Original that I don’t trust any farther than I could throw him (so yeah, not at all) tell the woman I love and my idiot brother about how he’s got some conveniently magical potion that *might* bring her back to life after his brother drinks every single drop of blood in her body.

Shockingly to the rest of them – I did mention they’re all idiots right? – I actually think this is a BAD idea. Pointing this out earns me a blithe “then I’ll be dead” from Elena and a shrug from Stefan. A shrug!

Because you know, it’s not like we care if she lives or dies or anything. Unable to stand the stupid I retreat. Elena eventually comes after me – is it just me or is she wandering into my bedroom a lot lately – to tell me that she wants me to understand why she’s doing this. And here I thought my opinion didn’t matter to her.

It’s funny, until I met Elena I didn’t think there was anyone in the world who could possibly be as stubborn as me. That’ll teach me to make assumptions, won’t it?

I find myself admitting that I can’t lose her. It’s as close as I can come to telling her how absolutely petrified I am for her without completely losing my mind. And when she turns those doe eyes on me and says that I won’t lose her – especially after she told me not so long ago that I’d lost her forever – well…fear got the best of me. I’m not particularly proud of it but I panicked worse than Stefan at an Easter Bunny convention.  I’d rather live in the depths of hell for the rest of eternity than watch her die.

So I force her to drink  my blood. If we can find another way, she doesn’t die and if she dies, she’ll come back. I know I shouldn’t have taken the choice from her but what she’s not getting is that right now she *has* no choices; there’s no middle ground for her. It’s eternal life or no life at all.

Of course then Stefan aka The Hypocrite patrol strides through the door and decides to get violent because I did to Elena the same thing he did to me 147 years ago. As always it’s “do I say, never as I do” with him.

Still, the aftermath isn’t pretty; Elena’s yelling, Stefan’s bleeding – because I got him good with that lamp  and then I have to deal with Elijah’s lectures. Much as I hate to admit it, the dude has a point. I took her choice away from her, now I have to find a way to give it back.

This involves alcohol, a meeting with Klaus, working with Alaric, emotionally blackmailing Katherine, snapping a witches neck, NOT killing Boy Wonder and getting Caroline and that Lockwood kid out of the tomb. Of course because no good deed ever goes unpunished and bad things happen in threes I 1) get bitten by wolf in transition, 2) find out that Klaus has Elena and 3) find out that he has a back up witch and werewolf and won’t even use me as the freaking vampire sacrifice. Instead, he has Katherine turn Jenna.

Which makes me wonder why the hell Elena wasn’t IN the house WITH Jenna so that Jenna wouldn’t have been taken in by Katherine’s ruse.

ETA: I just found out that Stefan took Elena hiking all day and then just stood there while Klaus took her away. He’s either calm because he knows that thanks to me if she dies, she’ll come back. Or he’s….I’ve learned a lot of words in 170 years but I’m still coming up blank here. Feel free to fill in your own adjectives.

In any event, I think this pretty much qualifies as a no good, horrible, very bad day.  Odds are I’m going to die. Odds are Elena will still be pissed at me when I do. If  she’s even alive herself.

It might not have worked out the way I wanted it to but I had to try. I had to do something to try and save her or buy her time or save her friends. Because as many times as I’ve undoubtedly screwed up in my life, I’d rather try and fail than do nothing and just let Klaus kill her.

I love her more than my life. Nothing else – truly nothing else – matters more than that.

Now that that’s all out there, I’m going to give Ciara her blog back….and go have another drink.

Ahem.  From Damon Salvatore’s lips to your…well I’ll let you decide where you want his lips to go. I’m in a generous mood 😆

Other random thoughts from me on this episode.

I love Alaric and I especially love his bromance with Damon. Jenna and Alaric are cute as are Tyler and Caroline. I was off the Forewood train – not that I was ever totally on it – but I’ll take my cues from Caroline. If she can forgive him so can I.

I’m not even going to bother talking about Stefan. I will however say that in the face of his weakness, Elena’s bravery and strength is just magnified. But that is not a reason to keep them together. For the love of all that is holy, I hope she gets away from him soon. I could not be any more serious. She doesn’t need to be with Damon just yet but she needs out of her Stelena prison.

Klaus is still not scary but he’s mildly more entertaining than he was.

I also liked the D/K scenes. The shoe is on the other foot now, Damon using her love for Stefan to manipulate her rather than her using it to hurt him. I think these two could be half decent allies. He’s never going to love her again but color me shocked, they could actually be the best kind of frenemies.

And that’s pretty much all I got here, really so I won’t be doing a full recap. It was a really good episode but there wasn’t enough screen time dedicated to things that I genuinely care about for me to bother with a scene by scene breakdown. Forgive me? 😉

10 Things I Hate About…

I titled the post like this because I’m going to start off with a quote from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

Chastity to Bianca: So, I know you can be overwhelmed. And I know you can be underwhelmed. But can you ever just be whelmed?

Bianca to Chastity: I think you can in Europe.

If it’s possible to just be whelmed, then I think that’s how I feel about this episode. Normally, I like episodes better after re watching them. For the first time, I think I came out of a re watch liking the episode less than the first time I saw it.

Is anyone else bored with Klaus? I'm bored with Klaus. Starting to get annoyed too.

There were things I liked and things that I didn’t like but overall, this episode didn’t do it for me. I think that shows because this may well be the shortest recap I’ve ever written. I didn’t feel like there much to say. Read the full recap here.

Damon & Elena Cordially Invite You to Their Wedding…

So those of you reading my fic The Other Salvatore Brother know that I posted the epilogue earlier today. You also know that the fantabulous Dazed Rose made me a banner for it. It’s in fact the link to the story on the Fan Fic page of this blog.

However, to celebrate Damon and Elena’s beach wedding in Brazil, she made these other two graphics and I don’t have to tell you that the prettiness is almost too much. Almost because there is no such thing as too much Delena goodness. So feast your eyes fellow shippers.

I Will Always Choose You – The Last Dance Revisited.

Because, of all the amazing lines Damon has had, and the A game that Ian Somerhalder brings to every single one of them, that line and that scene still stand out. It’s a DEfinite milestone.

Now. I don’t know if it’s because of how much I hated the episodes from 2×14 to 2×16 and even 2×17 barring the last ten minutes of it that made me appreciate this episode so much. It’s either that or the fact that I seriously tuned out anything related to S/E & B/D. If it didn’t have Damon and Elena in it, I don’t think I retained it the first time around. I know there were mixed feelings within the fan base so we’ll see how I go as I rewatch. You’re basically getting my thoughts in real time.

Read them here

Know Thy Enemy & Thy Audience

This episode – on first watching – came so close to me deciding that I wasn’t going to recap it. I was honestly quite underwhelmed by the majority of it. You’ll hear more on why later on.

Isobel's return bored me every bit as much as I thought it would

But the last ten or so minutes brought it back from the brink and the previews from next week so look so wild that I feel like – tentatively, incredibly cautiously, still terrified that they’ll find a way to screw up the D/E awesomeness that I spy with my little eye in the promo – saying that TVD is on its own road to redemption. The show seems to be getting back to what made it so amazing last season.

Read my full recap here