This gets me:

You know in the end Stefan picked Elena. He picked her happiness over his own life. He thought she deserved to be happy even if it wasn’t with him, even if it cost him his life. That’s what their story is about. They are soulmates, even if they weren’t endgame, in a way they were.

Originally posted by v-a-m-p-i-r-e--d-i-a-r-i-e-s