Promise me that you’ll never fall in love with me.
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That was all Elena Gilbert had asked of Tyler Lockwood when they realized that there was something more between them than just friendship. And eventually she gave into allowing them to explore what those feelings were because they owed it to themselves. He had been her best friend until high school, then their friendship faded, only to pick up again like it never had ended when things started getting rough between her and Damon. He had been the one to comfort her, hold her, make her feel better, and be the distraction that she needed. It wasn’t hard to see why she started to feel something for him.
“I love you.” Tyler said, as the two of them paused at the wickery bridge as they took a walk on a beautiful summer’s day.
“Ty..” Elena started, shaking her head at him lightly. “You promised you wouldn’t fall in love with me.” Big chocolate brown eyes filled with more emotions than a girl her age probably should feel.
Tyler sighed lightly, brushing a strand of her brown hair behind her ears. “I know I did but I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love with you and I don’t regret it one bit Elena.” He meant every single word. Tyler had tried to fight it at first but there was no stopping himself from falling in love with the brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in front of him.
Elena bit down on her lip nervously, sorting through her thoughts and emotions. She had been heartbroken so many times that when she had wound up taking a chance with Tyler, she didn’t want to fall in love again. Because all she did was love and get hurt but he had never hurt her like they had. She was happy with him. She wasn’t a girl who looked like a vampire of an ex-girlfriend to him, she wasn’t caught between him and his brother, it was just him and her and no one else. “I…” She began, stopping momentarily.
“It’s okay Elena. I get it.” Tyler replied with a shrug, taking that as her not feeling the same way about him.
“No you don’t.” She replied, shaking her head. “I told myself not to fall in love with you because I was afraid that I’d just wind up just as broken as before. I told you not to fall in love with me because you deserve better. I’ve been afraid that I couldn’t love again or at least give most of my heart and I wanted you to be with somebody that could give you their full heart. But the truth is - I fell in love with you too somewhere along the way.” She replied softly, her eyes focusing on the ground.
“Hey look at me…” He said softly, cupping her chin so that he could lift up her face to look at him. “You’ve already given me all I deserve and more Elena. I know you’ve been hurt but I also know how big your heart is. So let’s just start with love and see where it goes from here.” His thumb trailing across her jaw line.
“Okay.” She replied, a smile tugging at the corners of her lips.
Tyler placed his hands on her hips, pulling her closer as he brought her lips to hers lovingly as Elena wrapped her arms around his neck.
A kiss that Elena knew tasted of love and happiness. Nobody ever said love was easy but with him, it was a love worth fighting for.