He doesn’t hide who he is from her and she has no illusions of his sainthood. He tries to go before he begs her to be with him. It’s all he’s ever wanted, but he refuses to be selfish. For once, not just in their relationship, but in 170 years, he is not allowed to walk away. She stops him and says what he has yearned to hear all of his life. “I love you, Damon.” And it is real and he knows it. In that moment he knows love and he knows peace. He allows himself to demand what he wants. “Get in your car, right now, and come to me.” The smile on her face is nowhere near as radiant as the one he gives when mentally telling Ric he finally got the girl. I wonder if Ric and Rose are holding hands and jumping around heaven SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-ing as much as I am right now with this pillow?