You Don't Own Me

Four years after the incident, Elena comes back seeking nothing but revenge on the one person who turned her. This is a problem for Damon, Stefan, and their friends. The only person who can "fix" her is the one who turned her - Damon Salvatore.

*Disclaimer: A/U. This story doesn't take place within the show or book series.

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9. The Humanity Switch

Damon wasn’t sure if she was telling the truth or not. Though he had known Elena for being a terrible liar. While he had agreed to meet with the girl Elena had briefly told him about, he could see it in her eyes that she had been only lying to him the entire time. “The girl doesn’t exist.” said Damon. Elena rolled her eyes and moved away from him. It was at that very moment everyone began to realize that Elena’s humanity wasn’t exactly on. To think that she could sell the sad story of the little girl who lost her parents to her friends and make them think her humanity was back on, she knew they wouldn’t fall for it. “Why are you doing this Elena?” asked Caroline. Elena had gone over to the table and poured herself a glass. Her friends and Damon were gathered in the living room.

“Doing what Caroline? All I wanted was one person, Damon, who refuses to turn his humanity off and join me. That is all I want, except I got Stefan instead. So Stef, how good does it feel to be boring, brooding Stefan again? Are you having fun with him Caroline?”

“You’re a bitch Elena.” spat Caroline.

“Thank you.” Elena smirked and took a sip of her drink. “At the end of this year, I will be moving back to New York. I will not be coming back. Mystic Falls just doesn’t really cut it for me anymore. All I’m asking is for Damon to come and join me.”

“Yeah, like that’s going to happen.” Damon scoffed.

“Fine. Goodbye Damon.” Elena finished her glass before leaving the boarding house. Everyone looked at Damon as if this entire situation was his fault, which it wasn’t (not entirely). Damon wasn’t the one who turned Elena. Actually, no one knew who turned Elena, except for Damon. He was there when it happened. It was like it was yesterday. The event flashed before his eyes. It was the summer after high school graduation. A party was thrown for the graduates of Mystic Falls high, except the party didn’t end with their last hurrah. Everyone had shown up at the Lockwood mansion. “I can’t believe this is it, our last day before we go off to college.” said Caroline. Elena was late to arrive. No one knew why. Damon had gone to pick her up from her house. Though we he arrived at the house, the front door was slightly ajar. “Jeremy, no!” He entered the house. He was too late. Jeremy was at the base of the steps, unconscious.

Damon was about to give Jeremy his blood. “Don’t move.” He turned his attention to the man whose hands were placed around her head. “I’ve given her my blood. I’ll snap her neck the instant you make a step towards the young man.” Damon could see the tears in Elena’s eyes. He knew how much Elena cared for her brother and would put his life before saving her own. He knew what she wanted him to do—save Jeremy. “Who are you?” asked Damon. 

“Knowing who I am isn’t your concern. Her brother is as good as dead.” said the man. Damon didn’t want to believe that. He made a move anyway towards Jeremy. Before he could help Elena, the man did what he said he’d do and snapped her neck. Damon was too late to stop the man, who exited the house. Elena was on the floor, dead. Damon knew she’d wake up, but she would be in transformation. “Come on Jeremy. Wake up.” He said impatiently. He saw the Gilbert ring on his hand. Her brother would be fine. He rushed to Elena’s side and waited until she woke up.

Damon remembered how upset Elena was at first when she became a vampire; but he had now seen how much she actually enjoyed it, which did worry him a bit. He followed her outside without a single thought of doubt crossing his mind. “Elena, wait.” He called after her. Elena stopped in her tracks and turned to face him. He could tell by the way she looked at him that her humanity was truly gone. He knew that she not only fooled her friends, but she fooled her family as well. Damon wasn’t going to ask her to turn her humanity back on. In fact, it wasn’t that single thought that crossed his mind either. It was what he felt in him that he regretted. He had let the one woman he had cared about and love go. He knew that being a vampire had changed her into an exceptional being. It was the small part of him that loved her even more because of it. “Talk to me about Jeremy.” said he.

“What?” Elena gave him a confused look. Damon repeated his question again. Elena shook her head and said that he was being ridiculous. Again, he asked her to talk with him about her brother. “I don’t understand why you want me to talk about Jeremy.”

“Elena, how did you feel when your brother almost died? Hm? You don’t seem to care about your friends, Stefan, or even me. So how did you feel when Jeremy was pushed down the stairs at your own house?”

“Angry, upset.” answered she.

“What if he died Elena? What if your family died? What would you do Elena? Just because your humanity turned off doesn’t mean that a part of you still does not care.  The reason for the humanity switch was to not have to feel that pain or guilt anymore. For some vampires, it wasn’t easy to control the bloodlust when it came to having feelings. How would you feel if someone killed your entire family?” Elena didn’t answer Damon. Before he could say anything, Stefan appeared with Jeremy in a headlock. Of course he was wearing the Gilbert ring, so if he died, he’d wake up hours later. “How do you feel now Elena?” Elena’s eyes switched back and forth between the two brothers. But she wouldn’t give him a straight-forward answer. She had decided to keep her mouth shut, which wasn’t the best idea. Before she could open her mouth, Stefan snapped her brother’s neck. “No! Jeremy!” Elena cried out.

Elena watched her brother fall to the ground. Almost immediately, she ran to his side in hopes that he was alive. Unlike the brothers, she didn’t notice the family ring until she picked up his hand. There were tears in her eyes. “Why did you do that?” asked she. Damon crouched down beside her.

“Do you feel that Elena? You feel anger, pain… Just let it all back in.”

“No…”

“Elena,” Damon paused and gazed into her eyes. He placed his hands on either side of her face, caressing her cheek softly. A couple of hours had passed. The sun had fully disappeared beyond the horizon when Jeremy finally awoke. “Jeremy!” Elena hugged her brother, close to her. There’s joy. Damon thought silently in his mind. He sat in silence while watching the two siblings together. Jeremy was confused and said Stefan snapped his neck. “I know Jer. I’m here.” said Elena, finally smiling. 

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