Epilogue: Fierce

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Summary: Derek begins his hunt for his new pack as the Argents declare war. The Code has been broken and neither side is going to play by the rules. Contains SPOILERS for season 2.

Time: Season 2: Episode 12

Genre: Drama, Romance, and Horror

Rating: PG-13

Date Finished: August 20, 2012

Just a little something to wrap this story up...

Lydia held Jackson. Tears were falling down both of their checks and both were shivering. Tonight something different and wonderful had happened. Jackson was now back to himself all because of Lydia's fierce love for him. If was as if she knew, when the reality of it was that she had no idea what had just happened.

"Jackson, it is okay," she whispered into his shoulder. "It is okay and we are okay." She rubbed his back that was clothed with her jacket. "Everything is going to be okay now, I promise."

Jackson buried his face deeper into her shoulder and clung to her as if his life depended on it. Lydia did not cry out as his claws dug into her. It did not matter. Jackson was back and in her arms. It was where he had belonged all this time.

The key laid a few yards away from them. Its' shiny form had long since been forgotten. It was just sitting there waiting for someone to call for it. The key was very similar to the kanima. Both needed a master and both could cause damage. However, both had to the ability to be saved. They just needed the right person to come along.

"Lydia," Jackson mused. He had pulled his face out of her shoulder so that he could look at her. "I love you."

Lydia blinked hard. She had been waiting and waiting to hear those sweet words escape from his lips once again. In this moment, it fit perfectly.

It did not matter that she was still in the dark. It did not matter that she did not know for sure what had happened. What mattered was that she and Jackson were together and their love was fierce. No matter what happened. They would always have each other.

Lydia looked Jackson in the eyes. "I love you too." She leaned in and kissed him.

Jackson returned the kiss with fiercely. He was the one to break the kiss. He got up and went over to the key. He picked it up and come back to Lydia. With an open palm, he offered her the key. "I want you to have this."

Lydia looked at the key stunned. Did this mean that they were back together? She reached out and took the key. Whatever this was, it was a step in the right direction. She and Jackson may not had been fixed all the way, but they were no longer broken.

Lydia stood up and nodded. "Thanks."

Jackson did not say a word and did not look at her.

Lydia touched the side of his face. "Jackson?"

He looked at her slowly. "Lydia, I am sorry."

"For what?"

"For everything."