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Title: Untitled - pending
Author: skinscript
Rating: unrated (pg so far)
Fandom: Vampire Diaries
Warnings: None yet, possible spoilers for anything that's aired
Wordcount: 1000
Posted to: Just here, til it's done.
Pairings: Stefan/Elena so far - dunno yet past that. Overall this is Gen/Humour, not shipping
Summary: Damon makes good on his threat to go on the Amazing Race, and drags Stefan, Elena, and Alaric with him.

Part One - Altanta

"Hey," Alaric said about five minutes after they'd entered the car. "Where's our camera crew?"

Damon pointed at the dashboard. "In-dash camera," he replied with his typical succinctness.

"Really?" Alaric leaned close to see, then realised he was probably giving the production crew a closeup of the inside of nose and hastily withdrew.

"We'll pick up the humans again at the airport," Damon continued easily.

Alaric shifted in his seat. "Should… I suppose we need to be careful what we say," he hurriedly changed what he was about to say.

"Why?" Damon downshifted smoothly to take the offramp for the airport. "I'm an open book." He looked directly into the camera, grinning toothily. "He's worried I'm going to say something ridiculous, like that he can't die or that I'm a daywalking vampire or something." He laughed, ignoring Alaric's choked protest and horrified expression. "Well," he leaned towards the camera conspiratorially, "that part's true. Ah! Parking."

Alaric finally managed to catch his breath, gave the camera a wry look of his own. "Doesn't believe in hiding the crazy, does he?" he muttered.

"Ha! Why hide? I want to share with the whole world!" Damon pulled the parking break and opened his car door. "That's why we're here."

Alaric rubbed his already aching forehead. "That," he said, "is what I am afraid of."

They were the fourth team to the airport. Alaric watched another team sprint past them with a grin. "How long do you think it'll take them to realise that it's a bad idea to run in American airports these days?" He asked.

"About that long." Damon grinned as the team was stopped by a pair of very serious-looking men in airport security uniforms. They joined the line.

"It's the Pretty Boys!" One of the other teams said loudly, gesturing at them.

Alaric groaned. Damon grinned. "Well," he said to the other racer. "I am awfully handsome." He tilted his head at Alaric. "But Rick here? Really?" He made a show of looking him up and down. "You know, I hadn't noticed, but you're pretty hot."

"Oh, please," Elena interjected, sliding past Alaric to step ahead of Damon in line. "You've totally noticed." Stefan followed her, edging past Damon's knowing smirk with a put-upon expression.

"Didn't you just butt in line?" The racers ahead demanded.

"That's all right." Damon waved one languid hand, staring down at Elena's smug face. "This is just the order we get on the plane." He leaned forward and bared his teeth at her. "I'll win when we get there. I'm just biding my time."

"Thanks, Damon," Stefan slid adroitly between them, turning Elena into the curve of his arm. "I appreciate your confidence, but, well. You're going to get your ass kicked."

Damon snorted.

Alaric watched them bicker, frowning. He still didn't really know what Damon was after with this trip, nor did he have a feeling for why Stefan was humouring him. For that matter, he wasn't sure why he had decided to come along.

For the moment, he decided as Elena and Stefan stepped up to the counter to get their tickets, it would be best to stay quiet and watch.


The other teams introduced themselves in the departure lounge at the gate. Stefan applied himself to remembering names and backgrounds, committing skills and impressions to memory with the ease of long practice. He saw Damon socialising comfortably while scanning the group with that eagle look he had, choosing which of their opponents would be threats and which would not. He could already tell that Damon had dismissed the entire group as unlikely to challenge them, but he disagreed. Factors like luck and will couldn't be discounted here. Then again, Damon probably figured he could just compell anyone who got too far ahead.

It wasn't a bad plan, as plans go.

Alaric stood to one side, leaning against a pillar and smiling slightly as he watched the proceedings. His eyes were sharp as they raked across the rowdy group, and Stefan nodded to himself. Alaric would be a tough competitor. He had to admit, Damon had chosen pretty well for a partner.

And when the hell had he started to think of this as a real game?

Elena laughed at something, drawing his attention. He smiled at her, then caught Damon's eyes from where he was grinning at her as well. As their gazes locked, Stefan's smile faded. Damon's sharpened into something close to a threat.

Stefan looked away, and in doing so glanced again at Alaric.. He was watching Damon with a half-smile on his face, like he was figuring something out.

Elena laughed again, and Stefan shook loose his mood. He bent over to check their bags as their flight was called.

It was time to let it go. For now, Elena was happy and Damon's plan (whatever it was) was still a long way from fruition. For now, he would let it be a game and would take the opportunity to relax a bit.

For now.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Wheee! More! :) Glad to see it!

I like the perspectives of Alaric and Stefan in this chapter, especially as they both seem to be trying to figure Damon out (well, in Alaric's case a lot more than just Damon), just as I am, and ultimately resolving to try to have fun and watch and wait - a smart decision I think. Damon strikes me as someone who'd choose to reveal his plans in his own time, and there might not be much you can do about it before then. Stefan, of course, has had a lot more experience reading his brother, though.

Love how unbothered Damon is at the "pretty boys" title they've gained, and love the continuation of the Alaric/Damon vibe from Elena and the others, even though Alaric probably isn't aware of it, and Damon totally wouldn't care anyway.

Also love that while Stefan attempts to figure all the other people out, Damon is (at least seemingly) confident that nothing will mess up his plans - just a great little comparison of their characters there.

The looks between Stefan and Damon over Elena are interesting. Will be intriguing to see how that one plays out.

The humour throughout this also rocks. Loved the airport guard bit - so true, and yet I hadn't even considered it until you mentioned it. :)

Anyway, loving it, can't wait until they reach their next destination and are confronted with the tasks ahead, yay! :)

Oct. 9th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, lots of watching back and forth. I think it's a thing for me - having my characters watch my favourite one rather than providing it from his / her perspective. Maybe I'm a voyeur at heart. *cough*

I can imagine that Damon's habit of standing extra close to be threatening to people who know what he is would look like something completely different to the people who don't. I also can't imagine Damon being anything other than entertained by their assumptions, just as I think Alaric is much too self-possessed to care.

I'll probably end up skipping stuff I could perhaps otherwise describe, but so be it, yeah? I'm trying to remember this is fun not work. :D

Thank you!!
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
So, things about to get started. I like the juxtaposition of the views. I like the looking at it through other eyes.
Alaric is a wonderful character, as much as we seem to know about him, we really don't know *him* much. This is something you have kept here. Even though we get to see things through his eyes, we still don't know why he's here. You could take it any direction, and it would be fine, because we don't really know him. Wonderful.
As for Stefan, like how he views things, how he waches Damon watch. Great dynamics.
Thanks for posting,
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