A/N: I can't believe it. But this is the end. Wow.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed Tainted Love, I might revisit it for a serious of One Shots I've been thinking up, but it might be awhile. I will be trying to focus on some other things for a little while, work and school are becoming very hectic, so I apologize for the lack in updates. I will try my best to keep them as timely as possible.


Chapter 23

The rest of the night seemed to go by smoothly, that was until Caleb and Reid got around each other. The tension between the two friends was so thick that you could literally cut it with a knife. Audrey was put off by this and hoped to talk to Caleb, she didn't want him upset with Reid because she found herself in a terrible situation. Reid had only come to her rescue; he was not at fault for this.

As they were leaving, Audrey pulled Caleb aside.

"Caleb, can I talk to you for a second?"

Caleb's brown gaze met Audrey's and he gave her a small smile, "Sure Miss Nol—I mean Audrey…" He blushed at his mistake.

She waved it off and they stepped towards his silver Mustang. She clasped her hands nervously, not really sure how to bring this up with the taller, younger man. Twiddling her thumbs absentmindedly she cleared her throat.

"Um, I just wanted to tell you that what happened the other day," She glanced over at Reid who seemed to be in a much darker mood than he had been earlier. "It wasn't Reid's fault, he was just trying to protect me…" Her eyes met Caleb's and he looked a bit taken back by her words. "So if you want to be mad at someone—it should be me, not Reid. He was only looking out for me, you would do the same for Sarah, right?"

Caleb licked his lips, "It's a little more complicated than that," He looked away slowly to his girlfriend who was sitting in the passenger's seat of his car.

"I know," Audrey nodded, understanding fully what he meant.

"You do?" Caleb raised an eyebrow.

"Yes,"

"I don't think we're on the same page, Audrey… I mean… there are some things people just wouldn't understand." Caleb looked down at his feet, shifting uncomfortably.

Audrey smiled and leaned in towards him, "Trust me when I say that I understand, Caleb…" she gave him a knowing smile and Caleb's jaw set looking down at her.

"You know?" He asked quietly.

Audrey glanced around and gave a simple nod of her head, a serious look on her face, "That's not a problem is it?"

Caleb cleared his throat, "No, no…" He brushed it off. "Look, I've got to take Sarah home… I'll see you later Audrey…"

Audrey was discomforted by Caleb's response to her confession. Was it bad that she knew? It wasn't like she was some complete stranger that Reid told. She knew that it was a secret and that it would have to stay that way. She understood that.

But why was the dark haired boy so irked by her knowledge of their power?

She headed back to her car where Reid was leaning talking to Tyler about something that she couldn't hear. She noticed Claire was already climbing in to the passenger seat. The two young men stopped talking and turned to her with small smiles on their faces.

"Ready to go?" Reid asked her.

"Yep," She nodded her head.

"Great, let's get out of here,"

Audrey didn't argue, and she didn't press about what the two could have possibly been talking about. The ride back to her apartment was quiet, and a little too tense for her liking. When they got home she decided to ask one of her two questions.

"What were you and Ty talking about?" She asked him carefully.

"He's been thinking about telling Claire about us…" He retorted without hesitation, Reid could tell that it had been on her mind since they left Nicky's that night.

"Oh really, what'd you tell him?"

"That Caleb'd be pissed, as usual…" Reid rolled his eyes and fell on to the large couch. Audrey sat at the edge of the suede couch, not sure if she should press the subject. Reid could read her face too well these days because he answered her other question without a blink of an eye. "Caleb is complicated, he thinks everything has to have rules and regulations and makes everything more difficult than it is. Like the Covenant. It's a Covenant of Silence, yes but when what we are endangers our loved ones, or if they're in trouble and we have to use to protect them, don't they deserve to know that?"

"I would think so," Audrey nodded her head.

"He's old school. You know, only the wives of the Covenant and children should know what we are." He rolled his eyes. "That's why he's pissed at me,"

"Oh," She pulled her lips together in a thin line. "Well I told him that you told me, in not so many words."

Reid shrugged his shoulders, "I'm not worried about it." The blonde stated pulling her in to his arms. "What's the worst he can do? Erase your memory?"

Audrey gasped, she pulled away from him and stared, "You can do that?"

Reid laughed and pulled her against his chest, "We could, but we wouldn't… it takes too much power to do something like that… it could kill us."

Audrey blinked, "Don't you ever use again… you hear me?" She demanded.

Reid laughed nestling his face in to her hair, "You smell good," He murmured.

"Do not change the subject on me, mister!" She exclaimed playfully swatting at his arms that encircled her waist.

Reid didn't say anything he simply kissed her neck, letting his hands roam further down to the button on her jeans. She felt her entire body shuddered and completely forgot about the conversation at hand.

The next morning loud voices disturbed her slumber. She sat forward in her bed, rubbing the sleep from her brown eyes. She couldn't make the voices out at first, but after the next few lines she grasped exactly who had woken her up at—she glanced at the clock, five in the morning.

Was he out of his mind? She listened closer, apparently he was.

"I can't believe you told her, Reid!" Caleb's vice filled her apartment.

"What exactly was I supposed to say to her, Cale?" Reid groaned. "'No honey, you were just seeing things, my eyes weren't black, it must have been trick lighting'?"

His voice carried a sort of malice that Audrey hadn't heard from him before. She stayed in her room pretending to be asleep, just incase he decided to come check on her. She kept her breathing low and even so it wouldn't disrupt them.

"You could have found another way to explain it to her." Caleb urged him.

"You get to tell Sarah and Pogue gets to tell Kate but Tyler and I are supposed to lie to our girlfriends?" Reid argued, "That hardly seems fair."

"Pogue and I had no other choice, Reid." Caleb's voice was deep and Audrey could imagine the two of them standing toe to toe invading each other's personal space.

"And I did?" Reid scoffed. "There's no telling what that bastard would have done if I didn't use!"

Audrey visibly cringed, he was right. She had no idea what Jacob had planned of her. There was no telling what he would have done to her if Reid hadn't used his supernatural powers to get in to her apartment. He had used to save her life.

She wanted to go in to that room and tell Caleb that Reid did the right thing, at least in her eyes. But she thought about it and stopped herself. Caleb and Reid had to figure this out on their own. Caleb had to start trusting Reid, and his instincts.

"Caleb there's nothing that could change what I did." Reid sighed and shook his head, he looked up at his friend and met his gaze; the look on his face telling Caleb that he wasn't budging on his decision. "What's done is done."

"You're a pain in my ass," Caleb admitted.

"Look," Reid's voice turned stern. "Audrey is someone I think I'm going to be with for a long time," His voice was low, as if he knew she was awake. "I couldn't stand it if we had any secrets,"

"You really think that?"

"Do you honestly think that I would expose our secret to just anyone?"

Audrey felt her heart jump to her throat; she knew it was true without Reid saying the words. Hearing it, though, made it hit home even harder.

"I trust you," Caleb sighed after a few moments of silence between the two of them. "I just didn't expect to have our secret leaked out to three other people within a six month period of us ascending."

"Neither did I, Caleb, but I had no other choice,"

"I know,"

Audrey smiled at the words he spoke, they touched her. She was happy to know that the way she felt wasn't one-sided. That Reid had been feeling everything that she did. She curled deeper in to the comforter of her bed, low whispers were heard but she didn't care to listen now.

"See you at school Monday, right?" Caleb asked a bit of a laugh carrying on in his voice.

"Unless the Provost wants to suspend me again, you never know…" Reid grinned wickedly at his best friend.

"Call me," Caleb announced before Audrey heard the door shut, and then lock.

She heard his footsteps down the hall; she opened one eye and saw him leaning casually against the door frame, a handsome smile on his face. She was busted.

"I knew you were awake," He mused.

There was no point in denying it, she sat up and smiled at him, "How'd you know that? I was extra quiet…" She grinned at him.

"I just know these things," He laughed coming in to the bedroom and sitting on top of the covers. "But you heard everything, huh?"

Audrey grinned at him scooting closer to him; she didn't say anything just gave a simple nod. Reid sighed and fell back on to the bed.

"Tyler and Pogue are going to ride my ass when Caleb is done telling them."

"Telling them what?" Audrey asked maneuvering herself on top of him, straddling his waist.

"That I'm pussy whipped," Reid smirked his hands taking a firm hold on her hips.

A grin spread across Audrey's face and she leaned down to meet his lips in a slow, steady kiss. When she pulled away Reid was gripping her even tighter now.

"There's nothing wrong with that, is there?" She winked at him grabbing his hands and pinning them above his head. She leaned forward her lips barely touching his.

"Hell no," Reid grinned at her wickedly, capturing her lips with his.

Lying in his arms, she felt at home. IT felt so right to her. She knew that leaving Spenser was probably the cowardly thing for her to do. But, it was the right thin to do for herself and for Reid. She found it to difficult to concentrate when she knew the object of her affection was only a few feet away from her at any given time.

The man that she would rather undress than teach was staring at her like he wanted to throw her down on to her desk and do unmentionable things to. Thoughts that shouldn't cross her mind during the words day, did. And it had been too difficult for her to continue like that.

She was content with her decision though. She would be happy with any other job as long as it meant that she could be with Reid the way she wanted to be. It would all work out for them in the end, she knew it would.

She wanted to be able to be with him out in the open, like she was at Nicky's. She didn't want to have to hide what they had. She didn't want what they had to be viewed as wrong or indecent. What they had wasn't tainted, it was just love.


Yay, another book ends and a new one will probably begin. I think I might finish up the Covenant stories I have and take a small hiatus from the fandom (though I love it and will more than likely come back). My story ideas aren't coming enough for this fandom, but we'll see how things go! :)