sm: 8x10

Damon: Dear Bonnie, I am a coward. I should be saying this to your face, not writing this letter, but I know if I do, you’ll talk me out of running away from all my problems. You’re gonna make me face a future without Elena. Then you’re gonna help make me the best man that I can possibly be. The same way she did. And I’m absolutely terrified of failing you both.  So I’m leaving. Because I’d rather let you down once than let you down for the rest of your life. And I hope it’s the happiest life. Because you, Bonnie Bennett, are an amazing woman, a mediocre crossword puzzle player and my best friend. With great love and respect, Damon.

Dear Bonnie,

I am a coward. I should be saying this to your face, not writing this letter, but… I know if I do, you’ll talk me out of running away from all my problems. You’re gonna make me face a future without Elena. Then you’re gonna help make me the best man that I can possibly be. The same way she did. And I’m absolutely terrified of failing you both. So I’m leaving. Because I’d rather let you down once than let you down for the rest of your life. And I hope it’s the happiest life. Because you, Bonnie Bennett, are an amazing woman, a mediocre crossword puzzle player, and my best friend.

With great love and respect,

Damon.

8x10 — Nostalgia’s A Bitch

what really gets me in the bamon scene is that feeling that lingers there, that if he didn’t walk away three years ago things would’ve been different now and they could’ve been more and i just look at bonnie’s face through his speech and it’s written all over her face, that ‘we could’ve been together by now but you ruined it’ and it shows why him leaving made her mad, not just because he abandoned her but also because if it weren’t for him, they’d have been in a better place right now and damon knows this and regrets it in the way he looks at her after promising he wouldn’t leave again. that bitterness, knowing that it doesn’t make a difference now cause she isn’t his anymore but he promises anyway cause he’ll take whatever he can take