Get Ready for Some Steroline K-I-S-S-I-N-G

After years and years of anticipation and waiting, it seems Steroline fans are finally going to see their wish come true. Because word on the street is that during Thursday night's Vampire Diaries episode "Stay," a Stefan and Caroline kiss is finally going to happen. What makes me so sure? Well, aside from the fact that the above photo is practically radiating sexual chemistry, TVD has released an extended promo for "Stay," which includes some Steroline hand-holding and what appears to be the beginning of a pretty epic lip lock. (Seriously, is it getting hot in here or is it just them?)

Of course, we all knew this day would inevitably come and while I've never been an avid Steroline supporter (I'm still Klaroline all the way, baby!), even I can't deny that this moment is guaranteed to turn all of our hearts into heaping piles of lovesick mush. I mean, say what you want about Stefan's jerk-like behavior this season, but you can't deny this guy knows how to kiss. That said, I do wish this budding romance was happening under different circumstances. Not that I can't appreciate a crisis bringing two friends closer together because that definitely can happen. However, before Sheriff Forbes was diagnosed with cancer, Stefan had basically been treating poor Caroline like dirt.

Look, I get that he was hurting over Damon's "death," but that's no excuse to completely turn his back on everyone else. Not to mention the fact that when Caroline finally brought her feelings for Stefan to his attention, he immediately shot it down and adamantly declared that he did not feel the same. But now that Caroline's mother is dying he's suddenly had a change of heart? Is that really how Steroline fans wanted this love story to play out?

I suppose his feelings could have started off as guilt-induced, but turned into something real over time — and I really, really hope that turns out to be the case. Because Caroline is one of the best characters on this show and deserves to be treated as such. So yes, despite my own reservations, I am curious to see how this all plays out. From what we've seen so far, Caroline makes Stefan a better person and I'd love to see that continue. So as long as he doesn't regret — or God forbid even stop the kiss entirely midway through — I'll happily sit back and appreciate this swoon-worthy scene for all its worth.

Let's just hope this really helps to "seal the deal" on their growing relationship. Steroline fans have been patient long enough, so if it's going to happen, now is certainly the time. Check out the promo below and watch the sparks fly:

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