History class: The teacher lectures about Virginia's Civil War history while Stefan and Elena steal glances at, and exchange coy smiles with one another. The slightly cooler Richie Cunningham-type, who is still moping because he's been staring at Elena and Stefan staring at each other, cranes his neck to get a look at the text Bonnie is sending to Elena, which reads: "HAWT-E staring @ U." Okay, I hate text speak, but if you're trying to save keystrokes, wouldn't "HOT-E" be a better choice? No matter. Elena doesn't text back, but her face is all LOLZ.
Exterior -- the streets of Mystic Falls: Elena walks alone to the Mystic Falls Cemetery (established 1792). And it's time for her second DIARY-Ahhh of the episode. She made it through the day. No one noticed she was faking that she was fine. Blah blee bloo blum. The raven (crow, whatever -- Corvus) lands on the headstone in front of her -- the headstone of Grayson Gilbert and Miranda Sommers Gilbert, who passed on May 23, 2009. The carver helpfully included "Loving Parents" at the bottom, for the mouth breathers in the audience. Elena greets it with a, "Hi crow," but she's creeped out. As the crow caws, the fog rolls in (during the middle of a sunny day) and Elena takes off. She looks over her shoulder at the bird, and runs towards the woods (instead of that nice sunny, main-looking street she used to get to the graveyard). A male figure, shrouded in yet more fog, watches her from behind an angel statue. Whether she sees him, or just senses his presence I cannot tell, but it gives her pause. Finally, she moves on. When she breaks out in a run, I tell Scott, "If she doesn't fall, I'll give this episode an "A" and will sit up straight for the rest of the hour." BAM! A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue turns her back to this pitiful scene. Guilt washes over me when I realize that in my fantasy, the BVM avoids taking her son's name in vain only by crying out, "Cheezum crow, she fell!" I whisper a hasty confession and snuggle down into the couch.