Pairing: Elena Gilbert / Stefan Salvatore
Fic Title: Can You Show me?
Author: i love alex
Genre: Romance, Humor
Why This Must Be Read: first, you must know it comes from the best stelena author around. Second, it's scorching hot and intense without really being about sex- it's only two characters being so deeply entwined with and within each other than no love triangle can truly touch that. Also the story is a perfect filler between episode 2.19 and 2.20: Stefan expresses his uneasiness with the 'psituation' between his girlfriend and brother, and Elena proceeds to express where her heart stands where both brothers are concerned. While this is a beautiful piece of writing in general, it stayed with me because it sdepicts so very well how when Stefan and Elena talk, there's no deception of themselves or each other. They are shamelessly, effortlessly open and honest with each other, even when it stings a little- it's like they are physically unable to be anything else than that.
"You can feel more than one thing at once." She says softly.
"For Damon?" Stefan asks quietly and she can't bring herself to look back at him.
"For you both."
"Love?" He asks, like it's the saddest thing in the world and she nods, only once.
She turns her head and instinctively starts to walk towards him; the expression on his face a mixture of hurt and unwilling acceptance for the things she was telling him, like they were things he already knew but didn't want to believe.
"I'm in love with you. Always will be."
"Damon?" He repeats, stepping back and sinking down against the bed.
"You." She retorts, sliding her way between his legs, gathering her hands around his head, lifting it.
"Years from now, tomorrow, yesterday."
She presses a kiss to his forehead as his hands come back around her waist, "Always." She repeats, brushing her nose down his face.