Life in mystic falls was not the same as everywhere else.
People lived in the day and creatures roamed the night, or at least everyone thought. Elena Gilbert was just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. She was a beautiful teenage girl going through a tragedy. This past summer her family had drove their car off of a bridge leaving only her surviving the crash. Her whole life was falling to pieces until she met a mysterious new guy, Stefan Salvatore. For centuries he has lived in secret, hiding in the shadows, alone in the world.
He is a vampire and is no longer afraid to show it. Stefan and his brother, Damon, have just recently moved back to the small town in Virginia. The Salvatore family has all been separated by time, leaving only the brothers with each other. Stefan travelled back to his hometown in hopes of meeting the girl he had saved in a crash on Wickery Bridge the past summer.
Stefan and Elena begin to have sparks from the moment they meet. Damon returns in hopes of rekindling a vampire love with Katerina Petrova, better known as Katherine Pierce. However, after realizing that Katherine had secretly escaped her underground tomb but hadn’t cared enough about him to find him, he resented her. He begins to fall for his younger brother stefan’s girlfriend, Elena. Elena constantly forgives Damon from doing horrible things to her like, feeding her vampire blood, essentially ending her human life as she accidentally drives off of the bridge her parents had died on the year prior. Elena has admitted she sees the good in Damon and believes he’s worth saving. Elena begins to rethink her feelings for Damon, though continues to love Stefan.
After becoming a vampire, Elena breaks up with Stefan as her feelings for Damon had become too strong for her to ignore. Elena later chooses between Damon and Stefan for the second time, this time choosing Damon, since she had fallen out of love with Stefan. She confirms her love for Damon during a heartfelt confession from them both, and they kiss.
Damon’s later proud as he says to the world, “I got the girl.” Their relationship lasts the whole summer and briefly becomes long distance when she begins attending college . After realizing how he’s changing her, he decides to break up with her, causing her great heartbreak. Stefan makes Damon realize how stupid he was acting and he decides to try and win her back. Nothing works out and she decided among herself that they should just stay friends even though in her heart she knew that their love would never disappear.
Damon and Elena go on a suicide mission. However, when the resurrection spell starts, Damon is unable to come back from the Other Side. Knowing that the Other Side is disintegrating and there is no other way for Damon to return, Elena breaks down completely. A ghost Damon confesses to her that she is the greatest thing that ever happened to him and the fact that he will die knowing he was loved by Elena Gilbert is the best remembrance of a fulfilled life.
Damon says I love you and leaves while Elena continues to cry and disappears into the darkness. Months after Damon’s death, Elena desperately mourns him. Life just was not the same without him. One day a coven of witches decide to bring Damon back from the prison world he had been living in since the other side had fallen apart. With bringing Damon and Elena’s best witch friend, Bonnie, back the coven brought their evil son Kai with them.
Damon and Elena picked right up from where their relationship had left off until Kai attacked everyone around him putting Elena in a coma. Kai revealed that he linked Elena and Bonnie together. As long as Bonnie lives, Elena won’t wake from her sleep; so when Bonnie dies, Elena will wake. Damon made the selfless choice of saving Bonnie’s life multiple times, keeping Elena’s promise to keep her safe.
They shared their final moments together with a dance and a kiss. Damon will wait for Elena until the day she wakes.