You didn’t kill Aaron Whitmore. I did.
What? Why?

I can’t protect you, Elena. I don’t know how many vampires there are in there. [snaps fingers] That’s how long it takes you to get your head ripped off. I have to be able to get in and get out. I can’t be distracted with your safety. Or this will end up in a bloodbath that none of us walk away from. Including Stefan. I know. I get it. Understand?

Damon + favourite character traits