Look, I’ll say this. Katherine may have کہا that she loved Damon because it would rattle Elena. But, what seems to confuse people is her behavior in 2x21-2x22 — in comination with these words. Hence, it’s very much a statement like, “I don’t get it! First, Katherine loves Stefan forever (and ever, amen!) and then she loves Damon. Katherine’s confusing!” that tends to circulate around the fandom.
But, I’ll agree there.
She’s an enigma, and I don’t deny that.
That said, I think that what you’re pointing out is actually pretty simple, and just wasn’t told to آپ throughout...
A ship, to be romantic needs to be a lot of other things too:
MUTUAL, SELFLESS , REAL, PURE, EXTREME, EXCITING.
Damon/Katherine is all of this.
First of all the 1800 scenario helps a lot, along with Damon’s rebel soul, Katherine’s past and above all her vampire “situation”.
This won’t be pretty for Steferine shippers, but Stefan/Katherine has no bases to be a ralationship like DK
Their bases are: SELFISH REASONS: Stefan wanted her just because of her laugh and زیتون skin and above all because he knew NOTHING about her, when he saw HER for what she truly was ,he was DISGUSTED and all...