Elena Gilbert: I realized that I'd just be writing things that I should be telling you.
Stefan Salvatore: What would you write?
Elena Gilbert: I would write: "Dear diary, today I convinced myself that it's okay to give up. Don't take risks. Stick with the status quo, no drama. Now is just not the time." But my reasons aren't reasons, they're excuses. All I'm doing is hiding from the truth. And the truth is that... I'm scared, Stefan. I'm scared that if I let myself be happy for even one moment... that the world's just gonna come crashing down... and I don't know if I can survive that.
Stefan Salvatore: Do you wanna know what I would write? "I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. Then the sun came up and reality set in." Well, this is reality. Right here.
Stefan Salvatore: That's what this is about? You wanna expose me?
Damon Salvatore: No, I want you to remember who you are.
Stefan Salvatore: Why? So, what? So I'll feed? So I'll kill? So I'll remember what it's like to be brothers again? You know what? Let her go. Let her tell everyone that vampires have returned to Mystic Falls. Let them chain me up. And let them drive a stake through my heart. Because at least I'll be free of you.
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.