Today will be different; it has to be. I will smile, and it will be believable. A smile that will say, “I am fine, thank you. Yes, I feel much better.” I will no longer be the sad, little girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh; be someone new. It’s the only way I can make it through.
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley onstage during FOX’s 2014 Teen Choice Awards
Because you were right, Elena. You wanted to protect me so I wouldn’t spiral because if I spiraled then it would prove that we shouldn’t be together, but—but I didn’t spiral. Despite every nerve in my body wanting to break something or hurt someone or do all the wrong things for all the right reasons, I’m holding it together the best I can, for you.