Elena Gilbert (narration): Dear diary... I couldn't have been more wrong. I thought that I could smile and nod my way through it. Pretend like it would all be okay.
Stefan Salvatore (narration): I had a plan. I wanted to change who I was. Create a life as someone new. Someone without the past.
Elena: Without the pain.
Both: Someone alive.
Elena: But it's not that easy. The bad things stay with you.
Stefan: They follow you. You can't escape them... as much as you want to.
Elena: All you can do is be ready for the good... so when it comes, you invite it in because you need it. I need it.
Elena Gilbert: You keep a journal?
Stefan Salvatore: Yeah, if I don't write it down, I forget it. Memories are too important.
Elena Gilbert (narration): Dear diary, today will be different. It has to be. I will smile, and it will be believable. My smile will say: "I'm 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'll make it through.