Stefan approaches a brown house (number 2136). It's Second-Sight Shack. Gram answers the door and he offers his hand, saying that he's a friend of Bonnie's. Her dad told him she might be there. He wants to know where she went. Grams says she doesn't know -- but Stefan does. He's all, "Wha--?" Grams says, "I told her to face down her fear, and I'm sensing now that you know exactly why she was scared. You know what I am, and yet you offered me your hand, which means you wanted me to see that I can trust you." Stefan remains stone-faced. "Can you?" Grams says, "I trust you'll keep her safe. Better be on your way, then. I'm not going to invite you in. I'm sure you understand why." She raises her eyebrows and closes the door in his well-chiseled face.
Library: Anna's giving Germ the grand tour and helping him to find local history of the 1860s. He assumes she works there, but she's just home-schooled, and studying at the library to get a feel for a school environment. When he tells her his paper topic (local fear and hysteria surrounding the war and how it influenced certain writers at the time) Anna wisely advises that he narrow it down a bit. When Jeremy offers: "The origin of local folklore and myths," Anna refuses to play semantics. "You mean the vampires." Jeremy's eyes widen, as I woo-hoo. From reading here and there, I realize a lot of people think Anna's a bit too twee, and she probably is, but I love her and want to keep her as a pet. Is that wrong?
Bree's Bar: Elena wonders about her resemblance to Katherine and if it makes her part vamp. Damon explains that vampires can't procreate, "though we love to try." Card. Tell that to Angel and Darla. Anyhow, according to him, if she's Katherine's descendent it would mean Katherine spawned before she was turned. Elena wonders if Stefan was using her as a Katherine-replacement. Damon, always thinking of his brother, says, "Sounds kind of creepy if you ask me." She asks him about eating, and blah blah blah. MYTHOLOGY MOMENT: As long as they consume blood regularly, vampires can eat whatever they want. It's their Activia. Elena then orders a drink. When Damon is surprised, she reminds him of his recommendation that she take five minutes off from her life. Elena says that five minutes needs a beer.
Library: Anna -- who is wearing a rather impressive ring, herself -- thinks there might really be vampires out there. Jeremy tries on his Joss Whedon hat, saying, "Yeah, that would be folklore. Vampires are a metaphor for the demons of the day." In his mind, the demons of the day were Union soldiers. And I get where he's going, but as a lifelong Yankee (but never a Yankees fan, sorry New York), this is uncomfortable for me. I hate when the Confederacy is romanticized, even from a distance, but enough about me, what do you think of me? Wait. No. I mean...back to the story. Anna and Jeremy bicker back and forth for a few minutes over whether it sounds like there were real vampires, or it was all just creative expression. At any rate, Anna says Jeremy is much smarter than she first figured. So say we all, little one. So say we all. We also learn that Anna's great-whatever grandpa kept a journal full of spooky stories, just like Jeremy's ancestor. Isn't it romantic?