A chronological note of events that occur during the span of the television show under the name, 'The Vampire Diaries'.
Events occuring in Mystic Falls that effect the entire town.
The Mystic Falls town cemetery is established.
Party down at the Falls for the High School Students.
Events that occur involving the main characters in Mystic Falls.
As Stefan leaves the school office after enrolling and heads towards the toilet, Elena is about to leave the boys toilet. As she leaves, she turns and almost walks straight into Stefan's chest. She tries to explain but leaves it at 'It's a long story.'
Later in History, Elena steals a glance at Stefan, oblivious to the longing glances she is receiving from Matt. Stefan catches her and watches her. This catches Bonnie's attention and she texts Elena; "HAWT-E STARING @ U."
Elena and Stefan meet again in the cemetery after Elena is freaked out by the sudden fog and the crow when she is writing in her diary and leaves, although she thinks she sees a man behind a gravestone as she is on her way out. They talk a little more before Stefan asks if she's hurt herself and, after seeing and smelling the blood, quickly leaves.
Stefan appears at Elena's door as she was about to leave for The Grill, apologising for disappearing earlier in the afternoon and checking that her leg was okay. He also returns her diary to her, after finding it by her parents gravestone, and ensures her that he didn't read it. When she asks why, he tells her that he wouldn't want anyone to read his. She seems surprised and agrees when he tells her that memories are too important to forget.
She invites him to go with her to The Grill.
Matt confronts Bonnie about Elena and asks for advice on what to do to mend their broken relationship. He still has feelings for her but feels awkward talking to her as she broke up with him. As Bonnie tells him to just give her some more time, Elena walks in with Stefan, surprising all her friends.
Matt walks over and says 'Hi', introducing himself to Stefan.
Caroline, Bonnie, Elena and Stefan are talking, the girls finding out more about Stefan. Elena realises that she has a lot in common with him. Caroline invites him to the Back to School party down at the Falls the following night but he doesn't accept until her knows the Elena is going as well.
Zach accuses Stefan of murdering Darren Malloy and Brooke Fenton. Stefan denies that it was him. Zach tells him that it was a mistake for him to come back.
Stefan fishes one of his diaries out of a closet and opens it to reveal a photo of a girl named Katherine taken in 1864 who has a striking resemblance to Elena.
Mr. Tanner asks for an answer to a question about the Battle of Willow Creek from both Bonnie and Matt and receives a vague (attempt at being cute) answer and no attempt at answering respectfully. When he turns the question to Elena and receives no answer, he tells her that, since summer is over, the fact that her parents died is now irrelevant.
Stefan comes to Elena's rescue and gives Mr. Tanner the correct answer to the question as well as correcting him and advising him to brush up on his facts in the archives when he gets one of his facts wrong.
Stefan and Elena talk some more. Elena tells Stefan of her parents death and also of her relationship with Matt.
Matt confronts Elena about why she broke up with him and tells her that he still believes in them as a couple.
Caroline approaches Stefan and tries to convince him to spend some alone time with her down at the Falls. He rejects her, telling her that nothing was going to happen between them.
Stefan returns home and tells Zach of the latest attack, adding that it wasn't him.
In his bedroom, Damon appears and when asked why he has returned, he replies with only one reason; "Elena."
The two talk about her resemblance to Katherine and Damon tries to convince Stefan to drink human blood again.
The reason why Stefan wears his ring is revealed; it protects him from burning in the sun.
The two brothers fight. Damon wins because he drinks human blood and is therefore stronger than Stefan.
Damon catches Caroline's eye at the Grill and he peaks her intreats.
Stefan appears at Elena's door and states that he needed to know that she was okay. She tells him to ask her again the next day, after they've talked and invites him in.
Stefan and Elena are caught staring at each other during History.
Stefan then gives Elena an original copy of Wuthering Heights while they walk down the corridor.
Events that occur involving the secondary characters in Mystic Falls.
Tyler Lockwood in a relationship with Vicki Donovan
Bonnie tells Elena that her Grams keeps telling her that she's psychic. Revealed that Bonnie's ancestors were originally from Salem. Bonnie contemplates the idea considering that she predicted that Obama would get president on his election and also Heath Ledger's death. They almost crash after a crow fly's into the car windshield and gives Bonnie a fright.
Jeremy is seen giving drugs to Vicki Donovan. He started doing drugs after his parents death and, even after summer, is still taking pills. Elena confronts him in the boys toilets and tells him to quit, summer's over and she doesn't want to watch him destroy himself anymore.
The students of Mystic Falls High School return after summer break.
Matt confronts Tyler about what is going on between him and Vicki, his sister.
Jeremy asks Vicki why she isn't interested in him anymore. She tells him that she pretty much used him for drugs over the summer. It's revealed that Vicki took Jeremy's virginity when they were both high. She wants him to back off before he ruins things between her and Tyler.
Caroline reveals all she found out about Stefan during third and fourth period to Bonnie. She also adds that they are 'planning a June wedding' before walking away.
Bonnie has a vision of a crow, fog and a man. She blames it on the alcohol but Elena remembers what she saw in the cemetery the day before and isn't so sure.
When Tyler tries to have his way with Vicki and she refuses, Jeremy arrives and tells Tyler to leave her alone. Vicki labelled as a slut by Tyler before he walks away because she said 'No.'
Vicki pushes Jeremy away as well and walks into the woods by herself.
Damon attacks Vicki in the woods as she is walking back towards the party. She survives.
Elena follows Jeremy into the woods, seeing that he is drunk. When he trips and falls onto someone, they see that it is Vick, with blood on her neck. She wakes up briefly when Jeremy touches her face.
Jeremy carries her back to the party and Matt is instantly by their side along with Tyler and Bonnie. Stefan watches from a distance, knowing that it's a vampire attack but leaves quickly.
Vicki is taken to hospital in an ambulance with Matt as Elena watches.
Bonnie tells her that her and Caroline are going to The Grill for coffee and wait to hear news on how Vicki was doing and Elena tells her that she has to take Jeremy home.
Bonnie then tells Elena that, while there's no way that she's psychic, whatever she saw earlier when she touched Elena, she feels is just the beginning.
Elena talks to Jeremy about moving on from the death of their parents and carrying on with their lives.
Caroline opens up to Bonnie about the one-sided rivalry she shares with Elena. She admits that, although she tries so hard, she's never the one that's picked. It's always Elena, and she doesn't even try.
Vicki wakes up in hospital and tells Matt what it was that attacked her; 'Vampire.'
Jeremy lies to Jenna, telling her he wanted to get to Woodshop to finish a bird house. Jenna doesn't realise this until she tells Elena where he's supposedly gone. He actually goes to visit Vicki in the hospital to make sure she's okay.
Bonnie explains to Caroline that technically she is a Witch and that her ancestors were 'some Salem Witch Chics'. Even Bonnie doesn't take what she's saying seriously and, carrying on the mocking of Bonnie's 'powers', Caroline asks her to conjure her the 'name and number' of the guy she saw in the grill the night before [a.k.a Damon].
Jeremy confronts Tyler about Vicki, asking him what he knows he doesn't but should know, since he apparently cares about her so much. The pair almost fight before Jeremy warns Tyler to stop playing Vicki.
Elena questions Matt about Vicki. More is revealed about Matt's home life. Stefan listens to the conversation from a bench not that far away. Matt tells Elena that Vicki claims it was a vampire that bit her.
Events that occur to minor characters.
Grayson and Miranda Sommers Gilbert are killed when their car drives off a bridge into a lake. Elena, who was in the back seat, somehow manages to escape and survive.
On their way home from a concert, Darren Malloy and Brooke Fenton are attacked by Damon Salvatore. They don't survive. The murders are described as an animal attack.
Damon attacks and kills a couple that are camping out it the woods, hoping to see the passing comet.