There was to Damon, a palpable if not audible crack as the stone encasing his soul burst open and a great piece fell away. With something inside him singing, he clutched Bonnie to him, feeling the wet towel through his raw silk shirt, and feeling Bonnie's slight body under the towel. Definitely a maiden, and not a child, he thought dizzily, whatever the writing on that infamous scrap of pink nylon had claimed.
He clutched at her as if he needed her for blood, as if they were in hurricane-tossed seas and to let go of her would be to lose her.
Storyline: Faced with the fallout from his
interaction with Cade, Stefan is determined to have one thing go right –
Christmas Eve with Caroline. However, when Damon and Sybil crash their
Christmas Eve dinner, which had been joined by Alaric, Matt and Peter,
things quickly take a dark and twisted turn. Meanwhile, in a series of
flashbacks to Stefan’s past, Cade’s attempt to entice him with his
mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision.