the किस was genuine and pure, signifying how far Damon and Elena have come, as फ्रेंड्स and possible romantic partners. There's a real connection between the two, a support and comfort that both characters desperately need.
but the fact that she leans into it says everything. This is a perfect moment -- it mirrors what he thought was their first किस in the Season 1 finale, and it's not about lust या fear, just about a quiet moment of support and affection.
After several very close moments this season, how much longer can the will-they-or-won’t-they pair go there without actually going there? “We’re not in the business of the eternal tease that never goes anywhere,”