A Warrior's Love

Damon Salvatore is older than everyone thinks he is...his soul is also not entirely Damon's either. Reincarnation has been a researched theory numerous times, but hardly anyone ever remembers their past life....but Damon does. Maybe that is why he is the way he is...or maybe it helped him become the vampire he is today. But what happens when his past comes back to haunt him? Read and you will see

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5. Secrets

Damon gasped as he shot up in bed panting heavily. His body trembled as the last remnants of his dream faded from the forethought of his brain. He nearly jumped out of his skin when a vampire rushed through his door causing him to leap into a reflexive warrior crouch/stance at the intrusion. He blinked when he saw an Original standing in front of him...he was actually kind of expecting his brother. 

Elijah stared at him a moment before asking "Is something the matter Damon?" 

Damon stood out of his stance and answered: "It's nothing, Elijah." 

Elijah stared at him a moment and said "That scream didn't sound like nothing. It almost woke the whole house, I think you are lucky that it was me that came investigating."

Damon answered, "I have no clue what you're talking about."

Elijah sat down gracefully in a chair as he stared at the younger vampire. He studied the older Salvatore with keen eyes as the young man took a deep breath to try and steady his nerves from the nightmare/memory he had. 

The older Mikaelson brother said "I have been around for over a thousand years Damon. I was there when PTSD became an official diagnosis title....I was also one of the first ones in my family to get that...along with nightmares...or memories of things that I regretted or things that should never have happened. The point is Damon, you can't tell me that the nightmare or memory you had tonight was nothing." 

Damon didn't say anything as he clenched his jaw against the heartache that throbbed through him. He knew Elijah was right, but he didn't plan on revealing anything to the Original...his brother...or anyone for that matter. He was going to keep it to himself and he was never going to spill it, no matter how many times he relived those memories or had those nightmares. He couldn't bear to let someone know that about his past life...or the other vampyre species. 

Elijah however, didn't seem to want to let the matter go. He held back an eye roll as he heard the younger vampire clench his jaw and take deep breaths to steady his frantic breathing and erratic heartbeat.

Elijah said "Damon, I've noticed the bags under your eyes. Your either having nightmares, which considering we are vampires and you are who you are...you wouldn't really have horrendous nightmares on a consistent basis that would disrupt your sleep. It is memories of something in your past that you haven't got over or faced yet. I don't think this is the first night you have woken up screaming either."

Damon didn't say anything so Elijah continued "I get it, Damon. You don't want to tell anyone because you don't want to face whatever it is that is haunting you...but you will have to eventually. The memories won't stop on their own, they won't just go away because you ignore them and hope they will disappear. Trust me, I have had a lifetime to figure these things out. It took me a long time to get over the memories of what my parents did to my family, what my brother did to my family...and what the wolves did to Henrik...I was his older brother...it was my job to protect him and I failed...those memories still come back time to time, but they aren't as haunting or crippling as they were." 

Damon felt emotions run through him like a tidal wave and he whispered "I'm fine. I can handle this." 

Elijah held back a scoff at the most unbelievable voice or excuse and watched as the vampire turned to head towards the alcohol cabinet in the room. He hated to do it this way, but he now saw that there was no other way....so he interlaced his fingers and got comfortable because he knew what he was about to do, and he knew that the younger vampire was going to need some help to get through this and he was the only one here that Damon would open up to as Enzo was out getting a blood stash for the house. 

He looked unflinchingly at the vampire's back and said "Whose Kalona Damon?" 

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