A/N: I've had this idea for awhile, and yesterday while sitting around without inspiration on my other stories I started writing this one. I know, I've got some many going, but I just can't help myself.


Summary: Entering a new school was a big deal, its an even bigger deal when you're not going as a student, but as a teacher. When American Literature professor, Professor Walden, decides to take a sabbatical after winter break, Spenser Academy calls on the newly certified Audrey Nolan to take his place. When she meets the infamous Sons of Ipswich, can she resist the charm of the resident bad boy?


Tainted Love

Fumbling with the stack of papers in her hand, Audrey Nolan glanced at the paper on the top. A room number staring her dead in the face, Room D415.She took a few steps and looked around the hallway, bodies clad in uniforms shuffled about heading in all different directions. Frustrated, she grabbed the next person she saw in hopes that they could point her in the right direction.

"Excuse me; I'm looking for room D415..." She looked up to meet a pair of startling brown eyes.

The young boy looked at her and gave her a charming smile, "Next hall over, third door on the right..."

She gave him a small smile and nodded, "Thanks,"

Audrey weeded through the bodies and found the very room she was looking for. Slamming the stack of papers on the desk she stared around the empty classroom. It was fifteen minutes before classes were due; she took a few deep breaths before grabbing the chalk and writing her name on the chalk board behind her.

She was going to be taking over for Professor Walden's American Literature class for the rest of the school year. The man had decided to take a sabbatical half-way through the year. She had been offered the position because of her great recommendations and her past with this place.

She realized they must have added this wing recently; it hadn't been there when she attended five and a half years ago. Sighing she shifted through her papers. This would be her first teaching job since passing to get her teaching certificate. She had four classes today, and she hoped that they would go smoothly.

A bell ringing made her jump several feet in to the air. Grasping her chest she looked around and saw a few bodies come through the door. She gained her composure and pulled out Professors Walden's notes he left her. They were studying contemporary authors before the Christmas vacation.

She looked over the class role and took a seat in her chair. A few rowdy voices outside of her new classroom caught her attention. She raised an eyebrow and looked around.

"Fuck you Garwin, why don't you and your boyfriend get the fuck out of my face?"

Another voice interjected, "Dude, what is your problem?"

"You are my fuckin' problem..."

Audrey got up and headed to the door, there was not going to be a fight in front of her class, not on her first day. She stood in the doorway, her arms crossed over her chest. She looked at the crowd forming and sighed.

"Is there a problem boys?" She asked her tone sugarcoated.

The two boys that were squaring off, each with a friend backing them up, all about ready to jump on each other snapped their heads up in her direction. The looks on their faces said it all. She smirked and narrowed her eyes at them.

"Uh-- well..." The dark haired boy stuttered rubbing the back of his head, giving her a sheepish grin.

She rolled her eyes and glanced at the blonde who was staring her up. She glanced at the two younger boys that were backing up their friends and waited for someone to say something.

"Just some friendly hazing," The blonde cocked an eyebrow in her direction.

He blew off the brunette he was arguing with and walked towards her, the crowd of people looking at him as he got closer to her.

"You must be new here..." He tapped his fingers on his chin.

Audrey shifted her weight to her left foot, "And?"

"Well, you see... I'm the official Spenser Academy Welcoming Committee..." He grinned glancing over at his shoulder to the brunette that had been standing behind him. Audrey rolled her brown eyes and glanced down at the student ID that was hanging partially out of his pants pocket.

The last name caught her attention, Garwin, he was one of the 'Sons of Ipswich' as Professor Walden explained in his notes to her. She shifted again and moved to the side.

"I do believe you have this class first period, don't you Mr. Garwin?"

The blonde boy smirked at her and stopped right in front of her, "I like a woman who knows who she's dealing with..."

Audrey didn't offer him a reaction, she simply watched as he walked up to his seat, the brunette boy he was arguing with eyed her up before entering the class as well. The blonde's friend eyed the class before taking off in the opposite direction.

Satisfied, Audrey went back to her desk, more bodies shuffled in just as the last bell was ringing. She could feel all the eyes in the room on her as she headed over to the door to close it. Just as she was about to shut the door two more bodies slinked by her. Smirking she closed the door and turned to the class.

Twenty-eight pairs of eyes were on her, all expecting her to speak. She couldn't cower away now, this was it for her. This was the beginning of her new career.

"Good Morning," She cleared her throat. "As Professor Walden informed you before Christmas Break, he has taken a sabbatical, and I'm here to take his place..."

"Thank you God for answering my prayers,"

Her brown eyes tore up to see the blonde, hands clasped together, his eyes directed at the heavens. Half of the class laughed, the other half snickered. She shook her head and walked back to her desk.

"My name is Audrey Nolan,"

"So Audrey, how about me and you go out tonight, I'll show you a real Spenser welcoming..."

The blonde was a smart-ass; she definitely knew it was going to be a long day. She pursed her lips together, crossing her arms over her chest.

"You can call me Miss Nolan... and trust me... Mr. Garwin, I don't need a welcoming from you..."

The class 'Ooh-ed' and the blonde simply lifted his shoulders in disinterest. She shook her head and glanced down at the seating chart. Her eyes scanned over the crowd trying to familiarize herself with students and names. She glanced at a familiar face and smiled up at him.

"Mr. Danvers, could you please tell me where Professor Walden left off?"

The brown eyes boy from earlier that morning looked alarmed at first, but soon settled back in to his seat and nodded his head, pulling out his notebook. He cleared his throat and glanced at the blonde before letting her know exactly what the last notes were that they took.

The notes were on one of her favorite authors, Stephen King.

She picked up her copy of The Shining and smiled holding it up, "This is actually one of my favorite books of all time…" She opened the front page and stared down at the words that had been accumulated by a very intelligent writer. "The Shining was one of the first books ever to focus on alcoholism… and addiction…" Lifting her gaze to her new class she gave them a warm smile, "I want to spend this class period to see what you guys have liked about the book so far, and to get to know you."

She heard the blonde mumble something under his breath causing the girls around him to giggle and the guys to snicker. She sat on the edge of her desk, crossing her legs at the ankles. She placed the book down and picked up her seating chart.

"Ok, tell me… Miss Snider, what did you think of the book?"

"To be honest," Audrey could tell as soon as the red head opened her mouth that she was one of those girls she detested in high school. "I didn't like it…" The class was full of murmurs and the blonde boy piped in.

"And that's surprising?"

The red head snapped her neck in his direction and shot him a glare, "I didn't like the fact that the main guy is an abusive, alcoholic father, who broke his son's arms when he was three… what the heck is that about?" She shook her head and continued. "I just… I found it frightening, and I could barely stand to read it…"

Audrey nodded her head and pushed off of her desk, "Perhaps King was trying to portray a different lifestyle to everyone…" She pursed her lips together. "Trying to pull away the fiction, and give it more of a reality…" She glanced at the chart in her hand. "Mr. Parry, what do you think?"

Her gaze settled on the long haired man that sat next to the dark haired, brown eyes boy that had helped her earlier that morning. Hazel eyes snapped at her and she smiled when he glanced down at his book.

"I enjoyed it," The dirty-blonde boy stated calmly, his eyes showing that he was still half asleep. Audrey was expecting that to be the end of his answer, but the hazel eyed boy surprised her. "I enjoyed the character development, the situations that came about…" He sat straighter in his seat. "I think that King was trying to portray a dysfunctional family, and he did so in a light that I've never seen before." He shrugged his shoulders, "The plot, the setting… all of it worked out to be this incredible masterpiece…"

Audrey smiled pleased by his answer. She gave him an appreciative nod and glanced back down at her role, "Miss Vance, what was your favorite part about the book?"

Class continued like this for Audrey, she would ask simple easy questions, just getting the opinions of her class. She wanted to get a feel for their personalities; she wanted to grab their points of view and what they liked.

The bell rang and the students began to shuffled, "I want to warn you, tomorrow's discussion won't be as easy…" She pointed out as they all got up to leave.

She sat down at her desk and looked through Professor Walden's notes, she was pleased with out class went. She couldn't have asked for a better day.

"Audrey,"

She glanced up, her brown eyes meeting a pair of very pale blue ones.

"That's Miss Nolan to you, Mr. Garwin…" She pointed out putting her notes down. "Can I help you with something?"

"Actually, I was thinking that I could help you…" He gave her a sly smile.

Audrey stared at him for a second and stood up, the blonde's eyes following her as she walked around the desk. She sat on her desk and glanced at him.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Garwin, but your savvy charm isn't going to work with me… nor are your dull pick up lines… I suggest you get to your next class before you're late…"

The blonde's lips pulled in to a scowl as he stared at her. Without so much as a word, Reid Garwin grabbed his bag and walked out of the room.

Audrey shook her head and sat back down; she wasn't expecting to be teaching kids that were only five to six years younger than her. She couldn't deny the immediate attraction she had to some of these young men.

Especially the blonde. Though his lines were lame, he still had a certain charm about him. Shaking her head she fought the thoughts that were plaguing her mind, she couldn't have those kind of thoughts about her students.

She didn't realize that those thoughts were just the beginning; it was going to be a long semester.


I always thought that if there was a smokin' hot young teacher that Reid would try to get with her. (Insert Tainted Love here... lol). So... what do you think?