Characters: Ryo, Melinda.
Challenge: 99: In A Week Or Two at drabble_weekly.
Spoilers/Setting: Shortly before Like Like Love.
Summary: Everything is changing for Ryo.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: Double drabble.
“You’re moving?” Ryo hadn’t been expecting that.
For all her small stature, his next-door neighbour Melinda was a crusty, temperamental battleaxe of a woman, but he’d grown fond of her over the years since he’d first moved in. Grumpy she might be, but she’d always been ready and willing to help out, babysitting Bikky when Ryo had to work a late shift, and even taking care of the boy if Ryo was sick. She’d been a good friend for the last seven years, and Ryo had done all he could to help her in return, picking up her groceries, and taking her trash down to the dumpster when he took his own.
“I’m not getting any younger; all those stairs get harder to deal with every day, and you don’t need my help anymore now your boy’s grown. A couple of weeks and I’m out of here; there’s a vacancy at the retirement complex where my friend Maisie lives. I’ll be fine there. It has elevators, a nice garden, and bingo every Wednesday.”
“Sounds ideal,” Ryo said with a smile. “I’ll miss you though. Just don’t forget, you have my phone number; if you need anything at all, just call.”