Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker
Fic Title: Sand Castles
Why This Must Be Read: Besides being ridiculously satisfying as a Audrey/Duke fan, I really like how this fic explores and depicts the emotion aftermath the things that Audrey learns in the first season finale.
There it is: there’s the thing they’ve been so carefully not saying since the autumn tumbled into winter, and the snow came to swallow the world. There’s the thing they’ve been trying to pretend wasn’t there at all. “She’s not our Audrey,” says Nathan.
“Maybe she’s not your Audrey,” Duke says, mildly. “I’m not giving up on her yet.”
Laughter has never come naturally to Nathan, and so he doesn’t even try. He just looks at Duke levelly as he starts the engine, and says, “Why not? She gave up on us.”