Stefan apologizes to Elena for trying to kiss her when last they met. "My therapist says I'm acting out -- trying to punish Stefan." Elena wants to know why, so Damon lies that it's all in the past. "Let's just say that the men in the Salvatore family have been cursed with sibling rivalry, and it all started with the original Salvatore brothers." On the dance floor, Stefan asks Caroline if Damon told her to ask him to dance. She plays dumb, and Stefan suggests they have some champagne -- which they do -- even though her sheriff-mom is on the premises and on the job!
Damon exposits that the Salvatores were prominent in town until the Civil War. He's surprised that Elena knows about the Battle of Willow Creek, so he tells her that the history books leave out the fact that the people killed in the church didn't meet their end by accident. They were believed to be Union sympathizers, which is a funny way to spell vampires. "So some of the Founders, on the Confederacy side back then, wanted them rounded up and burned alive." He walks over to a model of the church as he says that Stefan and Damon had someone they loved very much in there. "And when they went to rescue them they were shot -- murdered in cold blood." Elena asks who they wanted to save. Damon looks her straight in the eye. "A woman...I guess. Doesn't it always come down to the love of a woman?" He tilts his head. Elena gets straight to the point. "Look, I'm sorry that you and Stefan have this thing between you, but I can't get in the middle of it, Damon. I just -- I hope you two can work it out." Damon says he hopes so too, and Elena smiles.