He also states that he doesn't deserve her, but that his brother does.

He kisses her forehead and says he wishes she could remember this, but she can't.

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The two begin to kiss passionately before getting interrupted - it is later revealed that it wasn't Elena he kissed, but Katherine Pierce.

Later in the season, it also implies that he actually feels human emotions, such as pain and love, which helps the viewer sympathize toward his character in some situations.

But mostly, he likes to take care of himself and do the dirty work, in his own sadistic ways.

In season two, Katherine tells Damon that she never loved him and that it was always Stefan.

The arrangement transpired after a bargain for his blood that would cure Damon of the werewolf bite he had received from Tyler.

At first, he is reluctant to involve Elena in the rescue attempts, employing Alaric Saltzman, Elena's guardian, instead as Klaus does not know that Elena is alive after the sacrifice which frees Klaus' hybrid side.

As the camera shows a close up of Damon's eye as he is compelling Elena to forget, a tear slips.

Elena blinks and her vervain necklace is back around her neck, Damon is gone and her window is open with the curtains blowing.

However, when Rose, Damon's old friend who turned Katerina, suffers from a werewolf bite, he gives her the memory of her life prior to becoming a vampire, and helps her remember how good it felt to be able to wall and feel the sunlight, without it burning her.