The Return: Nightfall
Author L.J Smith
Publication date 1991
Publication Order
Preceded by
Dark Reunion
Followed by
Return: Nightfall is the fifth book of The Vampire Diaries novel series by L.J Smith. It was published by HarperTeen in 1991.


Elena is resurrected, but is brought back inocorrectly, leaving her in a child-like state, preventing her from reading or speaking. blablabla


Picking up a week after Elena was brought back to life, she is in a child-like state and cannot read, write or speak, except with mental pictures. Caroline awakes early in the morning to talk with a reflection of herself in the mirror, as Damon observes. He feels a sting on his neck, but asks Caroline to invite him in. He is about to drain her of blood but realizes something is influencing him. Stefan allows Bonnie, Meredith, and Caroline to visit Elena, who kisses Caroline on the lips to identify her. This upsets Caroline, who is ordered to leave. It is revealed that Mrs. Flowers is a witch and her mother died at the turn of the twentieth century. Meredith, Bonnie and Matt crash into a tree, which grows larger and larger, trapping them inside the car. Bonnie calls Damon to help and he saves her. Stefan saves Matt and Meredith while Damon heals Bonnie. Elena wakes up one morning back to normal. She and Stefan invite everyone for a picnic, where they agree that malach, evil parasitic creatures, have infested the Old Wood and are under someone's control. A kitsune, a fox-spirit from Japan who calls himelf the "Hell Shinichi," appears. He and his sister Misao want the town of Fell's Church. Stefan disappears. Damon makes a deal with Shinichi to let him destroy the town, but let him and "his girls" get out safely. Shinichi makes the malach inside Damon grow. More malach also enter. The young girls of the town act strangely. Meredith and Bonnie find Caroline scuttling like a lizard. Elena uses "Wings of Protection" to heal Damon from the malach. She also sues the "Wings of Purification" and "Wings of Rememberance" to help Damon regain memories when he was possessed.

Characters that appearEdit

  • Elena Gilbert
  • Stefan Salvatore
  • Damon Salvatore
  • Bonnie McCullough
  • Meredith Sulez
  • Caroline Forbes
  • Matt Honeycutt
  • Mrs. Flowers
  • Shinichi
  • Misaoewr