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20 February 2014 @ 11:40 am
Rising from the Ashes - Chapter 2(part 1)  
Amanda Gilbert scritte

Summary: "Fawkes has granted me a second chance and I won't waste it being trapped in my past nightmares. Just like a phoenix, I am reborn from the ashes of my old life and from now on, I have to forget who I used to be and really become Amanda Gilbert." Slight cross-over with HP.

Pairing: Damon/FemHarry(She's more an OC though).

Chapter 2


"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times,

if one only remembers to turn on the light."

(Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban)

Dear Diary

after everything that happened yesterday, I should be worried, scared about what this day would bring. And yet, I can't. I've never, in my entire life, backed down from anything thrown in my way and I'm not going to start now. I know that yesterday was just the beginning – of what, I'm not yet certain -, and yet I can't regret the change because – let's face it – my perfect, peaceful life, ended the moment my parents died. Yesterday's happenings have shaken up my life even further but not everything has been bad. I was so focused on my pain and my grief that I'd almost forgotten that I still have so much to be grateful for, so many people still that I love, that I almost took for granted. This is a mistake I'm not going to repeat. Yesterday has been a wakeup call, in more ways than one. And today, for the first time in four months, I feel alive again. I feel that, no matter what's going to happen from now on, as long as I'll have the people I love with me, I will be ready to fight back.

Amanda took a deep, fortifying breath and then smiled. She was ready. She left her room and almost smacked against her aunt, who was looking at herself in the mirror in the hall and trying to decide how to wear her hair today. Amy looked at her amused and curious. Jenna was dressed smart too, what was the occasion?

"Do I look adult? As in respectfully parental?" Her aunt asked her as soon as she noticed her, standing there and observing her.

"Depends on where you're going." Amanda exclaimed with an inquisitive tone.

"Jeremy's parent-teacher conference. Hair up or down?" Jenna put her hair up with an hand to demonstrate and Amanda smirked. "Sexy stewardess". She answered cheekily. Jenna let it down and Amanda laughed. "Boozy housewife" she exclaimed with a not-really sorry expression on her face. Jenna frowned at that. "Up it is then. You're feisty today."

"I feel better; not good yet, but better. So I've decided to go with it. Fly free, walk on the sunshine, and all that stuff. Where are Elena and Jeremy?"

"Jeremy left early. Something about getting to the wood shop early to finish a birdhouse". Amanda looked at her with a raised eyebrow and Jenna sighed. "There is no wood shop, is there?"

"Nope." Amanda was ready to bet Jeremy left early to visit Vicky at the hospital. She couldn't blame him, really. Jeremy was really worried about her yesterday, it was obvious he had deep feelings for her.

"Yeah." Jenna shook her head, obviously berating herself for her naiveté. "Anyway, Elena already left for school and I think it has something to do with the houseguest from last night."

"Stefan was here yesterday? All night?" Amanda couldn't help but be worried. It was true that she was the one to have pushed Stefan in Elena's direction in the first place and really, she didn't think Stefan had any intention of hurting either of them or anyone else really but there was still something about him that nagged her the wrong way and after what happened to Vicky… there was a word wandering inside her head that she didn't have the courage to say out loud but it was there. It seemed absurd and yet… but Stefan was with Elena while Vicky was attacked so it wasn't him… she didn't know what to think.
"Yep. Your sister seemed really taken by him. He's cute. And very polite." Aunt Jenna's words brought her back to the present. "Unfortunately I don't think he's as interested in her as she is in him. He seemed more interested in knowing where you were."

Amanda rolled her eyes at that. Of course he was. "I think Stefan doesn't really know what he wants. And I really, really hope Elena won't end up getting hurt because of him."

Amanda was sitting in history class and she could feel Stefan's gaze posed on her. She listened absentmindly to Tanner's lecture about the Comet that was going to appear in the sky the following night, all the while trying in vain to resist the temptation to turn her head and tell Stefan to stop looking at her. At the end she couldn't ignore him anymore and looked at him, silently sighing to herself. "Originally discovered nearly five centuries ago, it hasn't been over Mystic Falls in over 145 years. Now, the comet will be its brightest right after dusk during tomorrow's celebration." She heard Tanner said while Stefan smiled at her, obviously happy that she had finally decided to return his gaze. "Are we bothering you, Mr. Salvatore? Ms. Gilbert?" Tanner exclaimed out loud, interrupting their staring contest. Amanda didn't know to whom she was supposed to direct her glare, at Stefan for staring at her and prompting her to look at him in return or at Tanner for having humiliated her in front of the entire class, again. She decided to glare at her desk instead, waiting impatiently for the class to end. Luckily for her, it happened a moment later, the ring of the bell interrupting Tanner's lecture for the second time in an hour. Amanda decided that it was time to have a chat with Stefan because if she didn't do something now, Elena will end up getting hurt in the end and she couldn't permit that.

"Stefan, would you mind come with me a moment? I need to talk to you."

"Of course." Stefan smiled at her and reached her side. They left the classroom together and Amanda, taking a deep breath to find the courage to speak, said "You can't keep doing this. The way you're behaving is not right, or fair, towards Elena. You need to stop staring at me or be interested in me, just STOP!" Stefan was about to interrupt her but she ignored him and went on with her rant. "No, listen to me Stefan because I will not repeat myself. If you dare hurt Elena, I swear you will regret it. She's very into you so you need to forget this strange infatuation you have with me and do right by her, is that clear? Aunt Jenna told me that you spent the entire night talking with her. This means that you feel something for her right? Or at least, you're starting to, so leave me alone and think about being with her. She's an amazing girl, and I'm not saying that only because she's my sister and I love her to death, but because it's the simple truth. You won't find a better person than her. Please, Stefan, I'm begging you. Forget about me okay? I'm sure it's not going to be so difficult. You barely know me after all."

Stefan sighed and looked at the ground, a frown marring his forehead. Then, at last, he raised his head and looked deep into her eyes. "You're right. I like spending time with Elena. She's amazing and beautiful and special but…."

"No buts. Promise me that from now on you'll be interested in spending time with me as just your friend and sister's girlfriend, nothing more. Promise me!" Amanda urged him when she noticed him hesitate.

Stefan sighed but then nodded his head, resigned. "I promise."

"Good. Now go to her. Her Trigonometry lesson has just finished. Why don't you accompany her to her locker?" She winked at him and then reached Bonnie and Caroline that were talking about Bonnie's psychic powers. She didn't feel exactly comfortable, talking with Caroline after having heard what she said about her yesterday, but she decided to forget about it. After all Caroline was drunk and upset, not a good combination, for anyone.

"Ehy guys." She said as soon as she reached their side.

"Ehy Amy!" Bonnie smiled at her while Caroline just nodded her head at her. She looked pretty uncomfortable.

"I'm confused. Are you psychic or clairvoyant?" Caroline was asking Bonnie, obviously continuing a previous conversation.
"Technically, Grams says I'm a witch. My ancestors were these really cool Salem witch chicks or something. Grams tried to explain it all, but she was looped on the liquor so I kinda tuned out. Crazy family, yes. Witches? I don't think so."
"Yeah, well, feel free to conjure up the name and number of that guy from last night." Caroline said.

"What guy?" Amanda asked curiously.

"This really hot guy I saw yesterday at the Grill." Caroline said dreamily.

"And you don't know who he was?" Amanda asked, a sinking feeling in her stomach.

"No, I never saw him before yesterday. He had those amazing blue eyes and dark hair. He was older than us too I think."

Of course it was him. How many new handsome guys could possibly appear at the Grill, all in the same night?

"Was he as hot as Caroline describe him Bonnie? Because I wouldn't mind meeting him if he was..." Amanda asked just to know if Bonnie has seen him too. Caroline scowled at that, her competiveness' streak when it came to boys and with everything that had to do with Amanda, rearing her ugly head.
"I don't know, I didn't see him." Bonnie answered then asked Caroline. "Why didn't you just talk to him?"
"I don't know. I was drunk." was Caroline's only answer.

The three of them went outside and in that moment Amanda noticed Matt sitting alone at one of the plastic tables that were scattered all over the courtyard.

"There's Matt. Sorry, I have to talk to him, see how's Vicky doing. See you later." She waved at them and reached her ex-boyfriend's side.

"Ehy Matt? So how is Vicky? Is she going to be okay?" She asked him without preambles.

"They're keeping her overnight to make sure there's no infection, but she should be able to come home tomorrow." Matt answered with a soft smile, obviously grateful that she had asked about her sister.
"That's good news." Amanda said with an optimistic smile.
Matt nodded, obviously sharing the feeling.
"And your mom? Did you get in touch with her? Is she coming home?"
Matt sighed at that. "Called and left a message. She's in Virginia Beach with her boyfriend, so. . .we'll see how long it takes her to come rushing home." Amanda grimaced at that but didn't comment.
"Vicki's lucky that she's ok." Amanda commented out loud. "I mean, because of all those other animal attacks. Those people have not been as lucky as her." Then she realized how blunt she was been and she winced, immediately apologizing to him.

"It's okay. I know what you meant. Yes, she's been very lucky, and now there's talk of some missing campers."
"Did she say what kind of animal it was that attacked her?" Amanda finally got to ask the question she was really dying to ask.
"She said it was a vampire." Matt answered her, a frown of confusion marring his handsome face.
"What?" Amanda startled at that, her initial suspicions seemingly being confirmed.
"Yeah, she woke up last night and muttered 'vampire' and then she passed out."
"Uhm." Amanda didn't know what to say so she stayed silent. Matt, probably taking her silence for disbelief said "I think she was drunk. So, I saw you talk with the new guy last night. I thought you said there was nothing between you two."
Amanda frowned at that."Matt, I thought we already had this conversation yesterday."
Matt scowled, uncomfortable and probably a little hurt too."Yeah, you're right. You know, I'm. . .I'm actually gonna go back to the hospital. I want to be there when Vicki wakes up, get the real story about last night."
"Yes, of course." Amanda smiled sadly at him and let him go.

After school Amanda, Bonnie, Caroline and Elena were all sitting together at a table outside the Grill.
"Well, I was talking to Grams, and she said the comet is a sign of impending doom. The last time it passed over Mystic Falls, there was lots of death. So much blood and carnage, it created a bed of paranormal activity." That was Bonnie. Amanda listened intrigued. Now that she knew Bonnie's grandmother was saying the truth about Bonnie being a witch, she was very interested to listen to what she had to say.
Of course Caroline had to interject her own opinion, obviously more than a little skeptical of what Bonnie was saying. "Yeah, and then you poured Grams another shot and she told you about the aliens." Caroline said derisively, then turned her attention towards Elena, obviously more interested in what she had to say about her night spent with Stefan "So then what?"
"So then nothing." Elena said embarrassed.
"You and Stefan talked all night? There was no sloppy first kiss or touchy feely of any kind?"
Elena shook her head."Nope. We didn't go there." Her tone was enough for anyone else to understand that she wanted to drop the conversation, but Caroline was not everyone else.
"Not even a handshake? I mean, Elena, we are your friends. Ok? You are supposed to share the smut." Caroline inquired further.
"We just talked for hours."
Caroline looked at her in disbelief "OK, what is with the blockage? Just jump his bones already! Ok, it's easy. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, sex!"

Amanda laughed at that. Elena shook her head, a little exasperated but it was obvious she was amused too. "Profound." Suddenly a look of determination crossed her face and Elena stood up.
"Where are you going?" Bonnie and Amanda asked together.
"Caroline's right. It is easy. If I sit here long enough, I'll end up talking myself out of it instead of doing what I started the day saying I was going to do." Amanda wished her good luck at that, even if inside she was a little worried about her sister's safety. But she couldn't certainly say to her that she needed to stay away from Stefan after having encouraged her to get to know him. And anyway she had no real proof that Stefan was a vampire, just suspicions and speculations, nothing certain.

Amanda spent another hour with Bonnie and Caroline before heading home.

Two hours later and there was still no trace of Elena. Amanda tried to call her but she was not answering her phone. At the end, a little worried for her sister's safety, Amanda decided to make her way to the Salvatore Boarding House. She parked her car outside the large mansion before getting out, looking around her in awe. She had never had the possibility before to see the Boarding House, this was the first time she could see it at such a close range. Of course, nothing could compete with Hogwarts Castle but she had to admit that the Boarding House was really beautiful.

Amanda reached the big front door and knocked. When there was no answer, she tried to open the door and found to her surprise that it was already open. She entered a little hesitantly, calling out her sister and Stefan's names, hoping the two of them were inside. She suddenly heard cawing from behind her and turned around. A crow was flying towards her and Amanda lowered her head to avoid it. When she turned around again, she collided against the very attractive man from last night.

"We really should stop meeting like this." He said with a smirk.

Amanda blushed slightly, embarrassed but smiled at him. "Yes, we should." A moment pause during which the two of them looked at each other intently and then Amanda spoke again. "I. . .I'm sorry for barging in. The door was. . .open." She turned around to prove her point but she found the door closed. She frowned, confused and a little suspicious but turned around again, pretending that everything was fine.

"Don't worry about it. I don't mind." Damon said with a flirty tone that was obviously part of his nature.

"Thank you then."

"You're welcome." He looked at her for a second, his amazing blue eyes scrutinizing her and then he spoke again. "Let's see If I can guess your name. You must be Amanda."

Amanda raised an eyebrow at this, surprised that he knew her name. "And how do you know my name exactly?" She asked with a light tone even if inside she was a bit suspicious.
"Simple. Stefan told me about you. I'm Damon, his older brother." Damon said with a smirk.

Suddenly a flashback of a memory made its way inside Amanda's mind.

"Oh, you – you just look…" Damon shook his head, confused. "I'm sorry, you just really remind me of someone. I'm Damon."

"Are you okay?" Damon asked, bringing her back to reality.

"Yes, yes, I'm fine." Amanda smirked at him in turn and answered, instantly recovering from whatever it was that she saw. "Oh right. The one he doesn't talk to." She said a little ironic.

"Stefan told you about me?" Damon asked her, obviously taken aback by her words.

"Not exactly. He let it slip, more like."

"Of course." Damon kept silent for a second before offering. "Please, come." Gesturing towards the inside of the house since they were still in the hall. "I'm sure Stefan will be along any second."

"I was looking for my sister actually." And then, noticing the room in which they had just entered, she asked "Wow. This is your living room?"
"Living room, parlor, seventies auction. It's a little kitschy for my taste." Damon answered and then asked curious. "Your sister?"

"Yes. Elena. Stefan didn't tell you about her too?" Amanda asked, his tone a little sarcastic now.

"I'm afraid not." Damon smirked and continued. He seemed amused by their conversation. "I have to confess that the only reason I know about you is because Stefan warned me to stay away from you."

"Oh, now I understand. The noble Stefan is trying to protect my virtue from his evil older brother."

Damon looked at her surprised and then laughed aloud. "How long have you known my brother exactly?"

"Since the day-before-yesterday I think." Amanda said with a little shrug of her shoulders.

"And you have already realized how he thinks? Consider me impress."

"Please. Stefan is easy to figure out. You, on the other end... not so much."

"So, I deduce from your words that you and him are not... together?" Damon asked, and his tone was a little relieved.

"Me and Stefan? Uhm, no. He's really not my type. He's dating my sister actually." Damon looked surprised at her words but he didn't comment. "It's the reason why I'm here." Amanda continued. "Elena told me that she wanted to come here and talk to Stefan. But neither of them are here, are they?"

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm the only one at home right now." Damon smirked again. Amanda smiled, amused by their banter. "Well, I'm happy for my little brother." He continued. He didn't sound the least bit sincere though, just sarcastic. "It's about time. For a while there, I never thought he'd get over the last one. Nearly destroyed him."
"The last one?" Amanda asked intrigued.

"Yeah. Katherine. His girlfriend?" Damon answered like it was obvious.

Another flashback.

"Katherine." The handsome man suddenly in front of her exclaimed. It was Damon.

"No – um – I" Amanda looked behind her to make sure he was not talking to someone else. "I'm Amanda."

"Okay, what was that?" Damon's voice once again brought her back to the present. "This is the second time I've seen this blank look on your face in less than two minutes. Am I boring you? Because, let me tell you, I'm not used to people ignoring me. Especially if they're beautiful women." Damon asked her with his usual irony, even if he seemed kind of worried.

"Have we met before?" Amanda asked him out of the blue.

"What?" Now he seemed more than worried.

"Have we met before?" Amanda repeated.

"What makes you think that?" Damon asked, and his tone was suddenly defensive.

"I-I'm sorry. I just... it doesn't matter. Forget I said anything. You were telling me about Katherine..."

Damon looked at her for a long moment, obviously studying her but in the end he just shrugged and smirked again. "Yes, Katherine. The love of Stefan's life." His tone was bitter, angry... jealous even. "So, my brother and your sister haven't had the awkward exes conversation yet."

Amanda shook her head. "Nope. Well, at least as far as I know. But they met just two days ago after all so..."

"Yes, of course. Well, I'm sure it'll come up soon enough. Or maybe he didn't want to tell her because he didn't want her to think he was on the rebound. We all know how those relationships end."

Amanda startled at that, a sudden shiver of warning going down her spine. Was it possible that Stefan was so obsessed with her because she looked like her ex, Katherine? After all, in these strange flashbacks she had a few moments ago, Damon had called her Katherine. Fortunately her troubled thoughts didn't appear on her face. The Occlumency lessons with Snape had become useful for something at the end after all. She smiled at Damon ironically before commenting. "You say it like every relationship is doomed to end."

Damon smirked at her and shrugged. "I'm a fatalist. Hello Stefan." His last words were said in the same tone as the first so for a millisecond Amanda didn't realize what it was that Damon had said. Then, once she understood, she turned around suddenly and came face to face with Stefan, and her sister fortunately was with him. Stefan didn't look pleased to see her with Damon, far from it. If looks could kill. She thought with a roll of her eyes.

"Amanda, I didn't know you were coming over." Stefan exclaimed with a tone devoid of feelings.

"I know. I'm sorry, I should have called, I just..." She tried to explain that she came looking for Elena but Damon interrupted her. "Oh, don't be silly. You're welcome any time. Isn't she, Stefan?" Amanda noticed immediately the change of tones in the conversation. Damon had been a mix of sarcastic and flirty before with her but it was obvious that that was just the way he was. He was just teasing her, and Amanda was teasing right back. But now, he had suddenly become harsher somehow, his tone was still sarcastic but not playful. It seemed like he was goading Stefan towards some kind of reaction. And it seemed to be working because Stefan had become suddenly stiffer if that was possible. "Oh and you must be Elena. Amanda was just telling me about you." Damon continued, his attention immediately shifting towards Elena. "I'm Damon, Stefan's brother. It's very nice to meet you." Elena smiled at him, seemingly a little dazed by his good looks, and answered "Nice meeting you too Damon." Damon took her hand in his and shook it. Stefan, Amanda noticed, was glaring at his brother forcefully. Damon, that had obviously noticed this, smirked at him.

Amanda wondered once again what the hell had happened between these two. Why two brothers couldn't seemingly stand to be in the same room together.

"You know, I should break out the family photo albums or some home movies. But. . .I have to warn you. He wasn't always such a looker." Damon was still saying to Elena.

"Thank you for stopping by, Amanda. Nice to see you." Stefan suddenly said, interrupting the conversation.

Amanda looked at him, surprised by his sudden rudeness and decided to tease him a little. "Well, this was certainly a dismissal if I ever heard one."

Stefan frowned, obviously a little embarrassed, but was firm in his decision. "Don't be rude Stefan, Amanda has come here just for you." Damon said mockingly. Amanda glared at him. "Actually, as I was trying to say before being so rudely interrupted by you Damon, is that I was here for my sister. I didn't hear from her in three hours, she wasn't answering her phone either and I was little worried so I decided to come here since I knew that she wanted to see you Stefan."

"Yes, I intended to come here in fact but I met Stefan on the way and we spent the time walking around Mystic Falls." Elena answered with a small smile and a blush.
"Good, now that I'm finally reunited with my sister, we really should go, right Elena?" Elena answered in the affirmative and Amanda continued. "Well, Damon, it was... interesting meeting you." She said, not sure how to define their encounter. Damon smiled at her amused and taking Amanda's hand in his, he kissed it, looking into her eyes. Amanda tried really hard not to swoon but then chastised herself for almost doing so. "Great meeting you, too, Amanda."

Amanda went to leave but her way was blocked by Stefan, who was still glaring fiercely at Damon.

"Stefan!" Amanda said to get him to move but he didn't seem to hear her. "Stefan!" She called a second time and finally Stefan moved out of the way. Amanda was finally able to reach her sister's side and together they crossed the doorway and left the house.

Damon watched Amanda go and smirked.

"Great gal. Whoo. She's got spunk." He said just to irritate Stefan. "You, on the other hand, look pooped. Did you over-exert yourself today? Let me guess. . . hospital."
Stefan glared at him and Damon's smirk grew larger. "Someone had to clean up your mess."
"Well, were you successful? Did the powers of persuasion work? Remember, if you don't feed properly, none of those little tricks work right."

The lines on Stefan's forehead deepened. "How long was Amanda here?" His tone was both worried and jealous. Damon smirked again, his suspicions confirmed. Stefan obviously had a thing for Amanda, it didn't matter that he was apparently dating her sister. He had probably settled for Elena because Amanda wasn't interested in him. And wasn't that funny? Damon was ready to bet that the only reason Stefan was back in Mystic Falls was because of Amanda, obviously because of her amazing resemblance to Katherine. Fortunately for him Amanda has a twin almost identical to her. Damon had the sudden urge to laugh out loud but he restrained himself.

"Were you worried, Stefan? Scared we may be doomed to repeat the past? Isn't that why you play your little game, "I'm a high school human"?" He taunted him.

"I'm not playing any game."
Damon rolled his eyes at that. "Of course you are. We both know the closest you'll ever get to humanity is when you rip it open and feed on it."
"What kind of game are you playing, Damon?"
Damon's grin became amused but his tone was dark. "Guess you'll just have to wait and see, won't you?"

Amanda and Elena had returned back home about an hour ago. Amanda, after a lot of questions from Elena about her meeting with Damon, had finally relented and told her what Damon had said about Katherine, Stefan's ex. Elena was now retelling her disappointed hopes to Jenna, who was listening patiently to her. Amanda had tried to explain to her that it didn't mean anything, that everybody had exes in their life, someone that once upon a time had been important to you, and that that didn't mean that Stefan wasn't interested in her or that he was trying to replace Katherine with her - she ignored the little voice in her head, telling her that it was exactly what was happening -. And of course that was also the fact that Damon was not exactly an impartial voice in this since, from what Amanda was able to gather from his tone, it was obvious that Katherine had been important to Damon too. Maybe Katherine was the real reason why they had such a messed up relationship.

"He's on the rebound and has raging family issues." Elena was saying.

"Don't be so melodramatic Elena." Amanda said with a roll of her eyes.
"Well, at least it's an ex-girlfriend. Wait till you date a guy with mommy issues or cheating issues. Or amphetamine issues." That was Jenna. Amanda grinned at her.

The moment was interrupted by Jeremy that entered the house just in that moment. Amanda realized instantly that her little brother was high... again.

Jenna had probably realized too that something was wrong with him because she immediately left the kitchen and followed him in the hallway. "Jeremy? Jeremy, where were you?" She asked him, her voice raised like Amanda had never heard her use before.
Jeremy looked at her for a second, smirked and said "More stoner stories? Look, Jenna, I get it, you were cool. And so that's. . .that's cool." He gestured with his hand, a mocking smile on his face, before making his way up the stairs.
"Oh, no, no, no!" Jenna protested before grabbing an apple from the kitchen counter and threw it at Jeremy.
Jeremy looked at her in disbelief for a second, like he couldn't believe their aunt could do something like this. "Ow! Why? Why. . .why did you do that?" The situation could have been funny if it wasn't so sad.
"Listen up! Quit ditching class or you're grounded. No discussion." Jenna continued. Jeremy wasn't the least bit intimidated though. "Parental authority, I like it. Sleep tight." He mock-nodded at her before going up the stairs to his room. Amanda looked at Jenna with a frown. The situation was really, really bad.