Elena smiled at people as they passed them. Both she and Stefan were well liked and respected in the community despite being vampires. Actually maybe even because of it. Due to their superior strength and speed they made ideal protectors for the humans at the rebel camp. And most of them didn't mind swapping a bit of blood for that kind of security. Elena would never drink from anyone who wasn't willing though and she would protect them anyway. It was part of the promise she had made the people there.
She squeezed Stefan's hand and when he turned to glance at her she smiled at him reassuringly. Things were always going to be okay as long as they were together. And since they were immortal they would have eternity to be together and Elena liked that. She had detested being a vampire for a long time but then had accepted it. It meant she and Stefan could be together after all.
Once they had reached the shaded darkness of the woods, they broke apart and Elena's senses went into overdrive. There was plenty for Stefan to eat. Chipmunks, squirrels, even a few rabbits she could see moving around in the dark. She could hear all of their tiny heartbeats moving around her. There were plenty of birds in the trees too.
"What are you in the mood for?" she asked him quietly, not wanting to disturb the wildlife.