(Elena looks at Jeremy. He’s asleep. Then she goes in Jenna’s bedroom, looks around and leaves. Damon’s here)
Damon: That'll get easier. But you knew that.
Elena: What do you want?
Damon: I want to apologize.
Damon: Please. Elena, feeding you my blood, I was wrong.
Elena: Yes, you were.
Damon: And I know I don't deserve your forgiveness, but... I need it.
Elena: And I need some time, maybe a lot of time.
Damon: Sure. Of course, take all the time you need.
(Damon takes a bottle of scotch and pours himself a drink. He opens the curtains, drinks some scotch and then takes off his ring. He opens his arms and his skin burns but Stefan arrives and pushes him out of the sunlight)
Damon: Get off of me.
Stefan: You're not doing this.
Damon: Just did. You know what happened to Rose, Stefan.
Stefan: I don't care. You're not dying today.
(He uses his super speed and throws him in the cellar and closes the door)
Damon: What's the plan, Superman?
Stefan: I'm gonna find a way out of this.
Damon: Oh, right. A miracle cure. Good luck with that one.
Stefan: I got Bonnie looking for something, anything.
Damon: Always the hero, Stefan. Just tell me good-bye, get it over with.
(He coughs some blood)
Stefan: Lie still. Conserve your strength.
(Klaus wakes up, naked. He looks at the sun and smiles. Someone throws him some clothes. He turns his head. Elijah’s here)
Elijah: You've been busy.
Klaus: That was amazing. How long has it been?
Elijah: Almost 2 days. Full moon came and went. You remained a wolf.
(Klaus gets dressed)
Klaus: I can change at will, then. It's good to know. I remember every single kill.
Elijah: Yes, I've been cleaning up your little mess along the way.
Klaus: Just like old times, brother.
Elijah: You've had your fun. I believe we have a bargain.
Klaus: That's right. Now, what was it again? Oh, yeah. Wait. I remember. That's it. You wish to be reunited with our family.
Elijah: You gave me your word, Niklaus.
Klaus: What kind of brother would break his bond? Even though you did try to kill me.
Elijah: I could have. But I didn't.
(Elijah helps Klaus put on his jacket)
Klaus: And now no one can, not even you. Relax, Elijah. All is forgiven.
Elijah: Where are they?
Klaus: You need to lighten up. I'll bring you to them soon enough.
(Alaric is at the bar. He takes a bottle of alcohol from a waitress. She tries to take it back, but he won't let her. He is already intoxicated. He walks away from the bar. His phone rings. He answers. It’s Stefan)
Alaric: Sorry, you've reached somebody who's currently not operating.
Stefan: I need your help.
Alaric: Well, you must have me confused with somebody else. You see, I'm not allowed to help, just idly sit by while my girlfriend gets sacrificed on an altar of blood.
Stefan: Damon's dying.
Stefan: Tyler Lockwood bit him. We don't have much time.
Alaric: What do you need?
[Mystic Falls’ Square]
(There’s a special screening of Gone with the Wind. Some girls are dressed up for the event. Elena and Jeremy are here. She puts a layer of fog on the ground)
Jeremy: You brought me to see a girl movie.
Elena: We had to get out of the house, Jer. This is our 3-hour distraction from reality.
Jeremy: Is that what we're doing? Pretending like our lives aren't screwed?
Elena: We need to do this, ok? Breathe, eat, sleep, wake up, and do it all over again until one day, it's just not as hard anymore.
(She sits down. Caroline arrives with a basket)
Caroline: Hey! There you guys are. Who's hungry?
(She sits down next to Elena)
Jeremy: Are we really doing this?
Caroline: Yes, we are really doing this. We are going to take a page from Scarlett. We made it through the war. I know you guys went through hell, and my mom knows I am a vampire, so basically it's like Atlanta has burned. And yet, in spite of everything, we persevere.
Jeremy: All right.
(He sits down with them)
Jeremy: What are we eating?
Caroline: Something good.
(Stefan and Bonnie are here)
Bonnie: I'm not sure this is going to work.
Stefan: You've done a séance before, right? Contacted Emily Bennett. Maybe one of the witches might know how to help Damon.
Bonnie: Let's just hope they want to.
(She cast a spell. Some voices are whispering around them)
Stefan: Bonnie? Bonnie?
(She opens her eyes)
(Emily speaks through her, with her own voice)
Bonnie/Emily: Why have you come here, Stefan?
Stefan: I need your help. I need to know if there's a spell that can heal a werewolf bite.
Bonnie/Emily: No. Nature ensures a balance to everything.
Stefan: Is that true... or are you just saying no because it's Damon?
Bonnie/Emily: Perhaps it is his time to die.
Stefan: No. That's not balance. That's punishment.
Bonnie/Emily: I will not give you what you want.
Stefan: So you're saying that there's an answer to give? Please, if you know something, just tell me. Help me save my brother.
(Bonnie screams and falls on the floor)
Bonnie: They don't want us here. They think I'm abusing their power.
Stefan: They know something. There's an answer. They just don't want to tell me.
Bonnie: I heard them say a name.
Stefan: What was it?
[Mystic Falls’ courthouse]
(Carol enters in the sheriff Forbes office)
Sheriff Forbes: Carol. Hi. How you feeling?
Carol: Better, thank goodness.
Sheriff Forbes: That was a terrible fall. Shouldn't you be home resting?
Carol: I've been resting, and now I'm ready to get back to work. I need you to update me on where we are with the vampire situation.
Sheriff Forbes: Well, there have been some developments, but I'm handling it.
Carol: Are you? Because I left you in charge of this town's safety, and lately I'm not seeing any results.
Sheriff Forbes: I said I'm handling it.
Carol: Then see that you do, Sheriff, because if you can't, I'll find someone who will.
[Mystic Fall’ square]
(Stefan rejoins Jeremy, Caroline and Elena) Stefan: Hey.
Elena: Hey! Look who couldn't resist an epic romance.
Stefan: Will you come take a walk with me?
(She gets up and leaves with him)
Elena: I'm breaking the rules, you know. Movie night's supposed to be a distraction. Tomorrow we can return to our regularly scheduled drama.
Stefan: I know. I wish this could wait, but it can't. Listen, um, the other night when Damon was helping Tyler, something happened. Tyler was starting to transform, and Damon was bitten.
Elena: What? Is it... is he gonna...
Elena: Oh, my God. And he came to the house this morning and... and tried to apologize. I practically slammed the door in his face.
Stefan: He told me not to tell you, but I figured if you wanted to talk to him, I... I wouldn't wait.
Stefan: It's not over. There might be a cure, but I have to find Klaus to get it.
Elena: No. He's gonna kill you.
Stefan: No, he had the chance to kill me, but he didn't. Whatever Damon's done, whatever has led him here, I'm the one that made him become a vampire in the first place, so if there's a chance for a cure, I owe it to him to find it.
(They embrace each other)
Stefan: Go talk to him. Just tell him that there's still hope.
(Damon is not okay and is hallucinating)
(Katherine is getting ready. Damon looks at her)
Katherine: Mr. Salvatore, spying on a lady is a sign of very poor manners.
Damon: My apologies Miss Katherine.
Katherine: But since you are here, my corset strings seem to be knotted. I wonder if you can undo them.
Damon: Of course.
(He touches her skin)
Katherine: Will you miss me while off defending the South?
Damon: I shall.
Katherine: Then I hope you will hurry back. I fear I will be lonely with you away.
Damon: I would think Stefan should be company enough.
Katherine: Is it so wrong for me to want you both?
(He turns around. Elena’s here)
Elena: Don't you see? She was toying with you. All you had to do was say no, walk away. You had a choice.
(Katherine touches his cheek and makes him looks at her)
Katherine: Promise me that you will return quickly.
Damon: I promise.
(Back in the present, Damon lifts up his sleeve and sees the bite has gotten worse.)
(Stefan enters the apartment. Katherine is here sitting on the bed)
Stefan: Hello, Katherine.
(She gets up)
Katherine: Two days, I've been waiting. I'm supposed to be free of Klaus' compulsion by now. He's supposed to be dead!
Stefan: We ran into complications.
Stefan: Doesn't really matter. I just need to find him. Do you have any idea where he might be?
(She pushes him against the wall and asks him to shut up. Klaus and Elijah arrive)
Katherine: Klaus, you're back. Look who decided to come for a visit.
(Klaus looks at Stefan)
Klaus: You just keep popping up, don't you?
Stefan: I need your help... For my brother.
Klaus: Well, whatever it is, it's gonna have to wait a tick. You see, I have an obligation to my brother that requires my immediate attention.
(Elijah looks at Stefan)
Elijah: You understand how important family is, or you wouldn't be here. My brother gave me his word that he would reunite me with my own.
Klaus: And so I shall.
(He puts a dagger through Elijah’s heart, killing him. He pushes Stefan against a wall.)
Klaus: Now, what am I gonna do with you?
(He puts a stake through him)
Klaus: Do you feel that? It's scraping against your heart. The slightest little movement and you're dead.
Katherine: He's just trying to help his brother.
Stefan: The witches said you had a cure. Make me a deal. Just give me the cure, and I'll do whatever you want.
(Klaus takes out the stake. Stefan falls on the floor. Klaus pours himself a glass of blood)
Klaus: Trouble is I don't know if you'd be any good to me the way you are now. You are just shy of useless.
(Damon is looking at his werewolf bite. Alaric arrives)
Alaric: Well, that looks bad.
Damon: It feels worse. My subconscious is haunting me, Rick. Please tell me you have something for that.
(Alaric puts a glass of scotch and Damon’s ring on the door window)
Alaric: Double shot.
(He pours Damon more scotch)
Damon: That's good.
(He gets up and takes his ring)
Damon: Oh good.
(He takes the glass)
Damon: So my brother sent you for suicide watch?
Alaric: He's just trying to help.
Damon: He's doing what he always does, trying to right the wrongs of the past.
(Damon screams, he’s hurt)
Damon: You should want me dead. I'm the reason Jenna got killed.
Alaric: I don't blame you for Jenna.
Damon: Oh, sure you do. Let's not forget I turned your wife into a vampire. You must really hate me for that one.
Alaric: Ok, give me your glass. Neither one of us is drunk enough for this conversation.
(Damon gets closer and strangles him)
Damon: Kill me. Please.
Alaric: Screw you.
(He injects vervain into Damon with a dart. He falls on the floor)
Damon: No. Elena?
Alaric: Elena's not here, Damon.
(Elena parks her car. She hears a noise and turns her head. The sheriff is here and puts her hands on Elena’s mouth)
Sheriff Forbes: Don't make a sound.
(Damon is on the ground. Alaric looks at him)
Damon: I need blood. I need blood.
(Alaric goes to the fridge and takes a blood bag. He turns his head. The sheriff is here with a gun)
Sheriff Forbes: Where's Damon?
Alaric: You know, now's not a good time, Sheriff. Trust me.
Deputy: Sheriff, over here.
Alaric: I wouldn't go in there!
Sheriff Forbes: I just wanna talk to him.
Alaric: I wouldn't go in there!
(She closes the door and goes in the cellar she doesn’t see Damon. He’s behind her)
(He throws her against the wall and she falls on the floor)
[Mystic Falls’ square]
(Caroline, Bonnie and Jeremy are looking at Gone with the Wind on the town’s square)
Caroline: All this waiting around for news is ruining Scarlett for me.
(Jeremy’s phone rings. He answers. It’s Alaric)
Jeremy: Alaric. Hey.
Alaric: Tell me you're with Elena.
Jeremy: She went to go see Damon. I thought that's where you were?
Alaric: No, he just escaped. I think he's looking for her, and the cops are after him. Listen, he's in bad shape, Jeremy, so if you find her, get her somewhere safe, ok? I'm on my way.
(He hangs up)
Bonnie: If Damon is off the rails, there is nothing you can do to stop him. Let us take care of it.
Jeremy: You keep doing this. You left me behind before, and guess what Jenna still died. Now I'm going to find my sister. You go ahead and you try to stop me.
(Stefan is still on the floor. Klaus has a glass of blood in his hands. Katherine is looking at them)
Klaus: I heard about this one vampire, crazy bloke, always on and off the wagon for decades. When he was off, he was magnificent. 1917, he went into Monterrey and wiped out an entire migrant village... A true ripper. Sound familiar?
Stefan: I haven't been that way in a very long time.
Klaus: Well, that's the vampire I can make a deal with. That is the kind of talent that I can use when I leave this town.
(Stefan gets up)
Klaus: Katerina, come here.
(Katherine gets closer. He takes her arm. His face changes, his eyes are yellow. He bites her)
Katherine: Aah! Aah! No. No... No. No. No.
(He bites his wrist. He makes Katherine drink his blood. Her wound heals. Klaus looks at Stefan)
Klaus: You want your cure? There it is.
Stefan: Your blood is the cure.
Klaus: Gotta love Mother Nature.
(Klaus holds Stefan by his shoulder)
Klaus: Now... Let's talk, you and I.
[Mystic Falls’ square]
(Damon is here. He seems sick. He turns his head and sees Katherine in a lavender dress)
(She disappears. Jeremy rejoins her)
Damon: Where's Elena? I need to see Elena now.
Jeremy: Ok. Let's get you out of here first, all right?
(Jeremy holds him)
[Mystic falls’ courthouse]
(Elena is in the sheriff’s office)
Elena: Where's Damon? What have you done to him?
Sheriff Forbes: Why do you even care? You know what they are, what they do.
Elena: Look, I understand why you hate them, but you're wrong.
Sheriff Forbes: They're murderers, Elena. End of story.
(A deputy enters)
Deputy: Damon Salvatore was just spotted outside entering The Grill.
Elena: Wait. You've gotta let me come with you. He's sick. He's... he's not himself.
(The sheriff looks at the deputy)
Sheriff Forbes: Keep her here.
(She leaves. Elena is trapped in the office)
(Jeremy is with Damon and calls someone)
Jeremy: Hey, it's me. I'm with Damon at The Grill.
(The sheriff arrives. Damon is in front of Jeremy. She shoots him but Damon runs off so she shoots Jeremy. He falls on the floor, dead. She rushes over him)
Sheriff Forbes: Oh, God. Oh, God.
(She speaks in her radio)
Sheriff Forbes: I've got a gunshot victim at The Grill. Get the paramedics here.
(She looks at Jeremy)
Sheriff Forbes: You're gonna be fine. It's gonna be ok.
(Bonnie and Caroline rushes over them)
Caroline: Mom. Mom, what did you do?
Sheriff Forbes: I was aiming for Damon.
Caroline: He still has his ring.
Bonnie: She's human. The ring won't work on him. Caroline…
Caroline: I got it.
(She bites her wrist and puts it in Jeremy’s mouth)
Caroline: Come on, Jeremy. Just drink. Go on, Jeremy. Drink.
Sheriff Forbes: What are you doing?
Caroline: I'm helping him. Jeremy, drink. Please. Please. Please
(He doesn’t drink because he’s dead. Alaric rejoins them)
Alaric: Bonnie, what's going on?
(He sees Jeremy)
Alaric: Oh, my God.
Bonnie: I know what I need to do.
(She looks at Alaric)
Bonnie: I need you to grab him. T-take him with us.
Sheriff Forbes: No, no, no, no. You can't move him. This is a crime scene.
Caroline: Mom, you let them go.
(Alaric grabs Jeremy)
Alaric: All right, come here, buddy. I got you. I got you.
[Mystic Falls’ courthouse]
(Elena breaks the window with a chair)
(Klaus puts some of his blood in a vial. Stefan is looking at him. Katherine is in retreat, looking at them)
Klaus: There it is. You want to save your brother? How 'bout a decade-long bender? And I have big plans for you when we leave this town.
Stefan: I'm not like that anymore.
Klaus: Well, that's too bad. You would have made a hell of a wingman.
(He pours some blood down the sink)
Klaus: Now that's more like it. I want you to join me for a drink.
(He throws him a blood bag. Stefan drinks a sip)
Klaus: Finish it. All of it. You do everything I say, and I save your brother. That's the deal.
(Stefan drinks all of it. Klaus throws him another blood bag)
(Bonnie and Alaric and Jeremy’s body are here)
Alaric: Is this even possible?
Bonnie: There's a spell for it if they'll give me the power to use it.
(Jeremy’s head is on her legs. She casts a spell. Voices whisper around them)
Alaric: What? What is it?
Bonnie: They're angry at me for coming back here. They don't wanna help.
Alaric: Well, they have to!
Bonnie: They said there'll be consequences.
Alaric: Well, he's just a kid. Tell 'em to shut up!
(Bonnie continues to cast the spell. Her nose bleeds. She cries)
Bonnie: Emily. Emily! I know you're there. Please help me. I love him.
(The whispering stops)
(She cries. Jeremy opens his eyes)
Bonnie: Oh my god.
Bonnie: Oh, my God, Jeremy. Oh, my God.
Jeremy: What happened?
Bonnie: Doesn't matter. You're ok. You're ok.
(She raises her head)
Bonnie: Thank you.
[Mystic Falls’ square]
(Elena is running and looking everywhere but she stops)
(She grabs him)
Elena: Hey, come on. Come on. We have to get you out of here. We have to hide you.
Damon: Where are we going?
(Damon is running after Katherine)
Damon: Wait for me. I want to come with you.
(Damon trips. Elena rushes over to him)
(Damon pins Katherine against a tree)
(Elena looks at Damon)
Elena: Hey. Hey. Relax. We need to get you out of here.
(He pushes her against a post)
Katherine: You're faster than I thought.
Damon: Why must you always run from me?
Katherine: Because I know that you will chase.
Damon: Then let me chase you forever. Feed me your blood.
Katherine: I will not feed you, Damon. If you want it, take it.
(She cuts her neck with a needle)
Katherine: It is your choice to make.
Damon: I choose you, Katherine.
Elena: Look at me. Hey. It's Elena. It's Elena.
Damon: Promise me you will not tell my brother.
Katherine: I promise. It will be our little secret.
(He leans toward her)
(Damon leans toward Elena’s neck)
Elena: No. Damon. No.
Damon: I have to... If we are to be together forever.
(He bites her neck and drinks her blood)
Elena: Damon, stop. You're hurting me. Damon, you don't have to do this. Please stop. You're hurting me!
(He stops and looks at her)
Elena: Damon.... Damon.
(He falls on the floor. Elena holds him. She holds her neck and looks around her)
(Caroline hangs up her phone. Her mother is still here)
Caroline: That was Bonnie. Jeremy's alive.
Sheriff Forbes: I thought I killed him.
Caroline: You did.
Sheriff Forbes: I don't understand.
Caroline: I explained it to you once. I... I had to make you forget because I was so scared of what you might do. But now... I don't wanna lie. I'm not gonna be afraid of you anymore. I don't want you to be afraid of me anymore. I'm still your little girl.
(She embraces her)
Caroline: It's me. It's me, mom.
(The sheriff cries and embraces her too)
(Jeremy is in his bed, talking with Bonnie via webcam)
Bonnie: Hey. What are you doing?
Jeremy: Trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Feel different, weird.
Bonnie: Yeah, you were dead. It'd be weird if you felt normal.
Jeremy: Bonnie, I, uh... I don't know how to thank you.
Bonnie: You can thank me tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. Good night, Jeremy.
Jeremy: Good night.
(Their conversation is over. Alaric arrives)
Alaric: Hey, bud. I'm gonna take off. Need anything?
Jeremy: Uh, no, no. I think I'm good.
Alaric: You know, uh, on second thought, I might just crash here. Is that cool?
Jeremy: Yeah, yeah. Sure. Whatever.
Alaric: All right.
Jeremy: Alaric, um... Thank you for everything.
Alaric: Ah, you can thank me tomorrow... And the day after that, the day after that.
Jeremy: Dude, come on! I knew you were listening.
(He throws something at him. Alaric smiles)
Alaric: And the day after that.
(He smiles and leaves. Jeremy laughs)
(Damon is laying on his bed, sweating and looking sick. Elena’s here, with a towel on her hands)
Elena: It's ok, Damon. I'm right here.
Damon: Elena, get out of here. I could hurt you.
Elena: No. You won't. I'm here until the very end. I'm not leaving you.
Damon: Get out of here.
(He screams and coughs. She sits down and takes him in her arms)
Elena: Hey, hey, hey, hey. Hang on. Shh. It's ok. It's ok. It's ok.
Damon: It's not ok. It's not ok. All those years, I've blamed Stefan. No one forced me to love her. It was my own choice.
Damon: I made the wrong choice. You tell Stefan I'm sorry. Ok?
Elena: I will.
(She nods. Clean her face with the towel and puts her head against his)
(There are a lot of blood bags on the ground. Stefan is drinking one and looks at Klaus)
Klaus: You're very cooperative. It's almost as if you're enjoying it.
(He gives him another blood bag)
Stefan: No more. Not until you give me the cure.
Klaus: Not until we make a deal. It's your choice, Stefan. You can either remain here living your life in Mystic Falls, or you can embrace what you truly are, leave town with me, and save your brother's life.
(Stefan takes the blood bag and drinks)
Klaus: That's the spirit.
(He takes the vial with his blood and looks at Katherine)
(He compels her)
Klaus: Take this over to Damon and come right back.
Katherine: You want me to leave?
Klaus: Yes and if I were you...
(She takes the vial and disappears)
Klaus: I'd hurry.
(He sits down in a chair)
Stefan: She'll never take it to him. She'll never take it to him.
(Damon is in Elena’s arms)
Damon: This is even more pitiful than I thought.
Elena: There's still hope.
Damon: I've made a lot of choices that have gotten me here. I deserve this. I deserve to die.
Elena: No. You don't.
Damon: I do, Elena. It's ok. 'Cause if I'd have chosen differently, I wouldn't have met you. I'm so sorry. Done so many things to hurt you.
Elena: It's ok. I forgive you.
Damon: I know you love Stefan. And it will always be Stefan.
(She takes his hand and lays next to him, putting her head on his chest)
Damon: But I love you. You should know that.
Elena: I do.
Damon: You should have met me in 1864. You would have liked me.
(She raises her head and looks at him)
Elena: I like you now. Just the way you are.
(He close his eyes. She kisses him)
Damon: Thank you.
Elena: You're welcome.
Katherine: Well, it's me you should be thanking.
(Elena turns her head)
Katherine: I mean, I'm the one who brought the cure.
(Elena rushes out of the bed. Katherine looks at her)
Katherine: I thought you were dead.
Elena: I was.
(Katherine sits down next to Damon)
Damon: You got free.
Katherine: Yep. Finally.
(She makes him drink Klaus’ blood)
Damon: And you still came here?
(She touches his face)
Katherine: I owed you one.
(She gets up)
Elena: Where's Stefan?
Katherine: Are you sure you care?
Elena: Where is he?
Katherine: He's paying for this.
(She shows her the vial)
Katherine: He gave himself over to Klaus. I wouldn't expect him anytime soon.
Elena: What do you mean, "he gave himself over"?
Katherine: He just sacrificed everything to save his brother, including you. It's a good thing you have Damon to keep you company. Good-bye, Elena. Oh. It's ok to love them both. I did.
(She throws her the vial and disappears. Damon starts to gets up and looks at Elena)
(Elijah is in a coffin. Klaus is looking at him. Two men are here)
Klaus: I suppose, brother, you've been reunited with our family.
(He closes the coffin and looks at the two men)
Klaus: Put him with the others. We're leaving town tonight.
(They puts him with others coffins. Stefan receives a text from Elena telling him that Damon’s okay and asking him where he is)
Klaus: So... Did Katerina make it in time?
Stefan: You won't be seeing her again, you know.
Klaus: Because she's on vervain? I've been around a long time, Stefan. I rarely get played for a fool. Besides, she won't get far. You'll help me see to that.
Stefan: What is it you really want from me?
Klaus: All will be explained in time. Once we leave this tragic little town.
Stefan: Then are we done here? Can we go?
Klaus: Not quite. You see, I have a gift for you.
(A girl is here)
Klaus: Come here, sweetheart. Don't be afraid.
(The girl rejoins them. Klaus looks at Stefan)
Klaus: See, I wanna make sure you honor our deal... That you'll be of use to me.
(He bites the girl’s neck and drinks her blood)
Klaus: I could have compelled her to behave, but a real ripper enjoys the hunt.
(He releases her. She leaves, screaming. Stefan stops her, bites her and drinks her blood until she’s dead. Klaus looks at him)
Klaus: Now we can go.
(Jeremy hears a noise. He wakes up)
(He gets up and goes out of his room)
(Someone is behind him.. he turns around but no one’s there. He goes down the stairs. Vicki goes down behind him. Alaric is sleeping on the couch)
(He turns around. No one’s here. He goes in the kitchen. Anna’s here)
(He turns around again. Vicki’s here)