Characters: Ryo, Dee.
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Their latest case has got Ryo tied in knots. Thankfully Dee’s there to help.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Knots’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble.
Ryo’s whole body felt tied up in knots. He knew it was down to stress from the case they were working, but knowing the cause did nothing to alleviate the discomfort. He tried to relax, rolling his shoulders, but far from easing the tension in his shoulder muscles that just seemed to tighten them further.
He reached for his half-full coffee mug, then changed his mind and pushed it away. The last thing he needed was more caffeine. His head was starting to ache.
“You okay?” Dee asked.
“I’ll live.” Ryo reached up with one hand, trying to massage the opposite shoulder. It wasn’t the best angle, but it helped a bit.
“Here, let me. I could do with a break myself.” Dee shoved his chair back and stood, moving around behind Ryo and replacing Ryo’s hand with his own, kneading the tense muscles. “You’ve got more knots in you than a piece of string!”
“What does that even mean?” Ryo asked, slumping back into his seat with a sigh as Dee’s fingers dug in, seeking out the knots of tension and unravelling them. “It’s not like string comes ready knotted…” He trailed off, losing his train of thought. Dee really was good at this.
“Does it matter?”
“Huh?” Ryo’s head lolled forward, exposing the back of his neck to Dee’s ministrations. Had he and Dee been talking about something? He couldn’t remember.
“Never mind.” Dee’s fingers kept working until he’d eased out every knot he could find. “Better?”
“Mm, thanks.” Reluctantly, Ryo straightened in his seat as Dee sat down across from him again, both of them returning their attention to the details of their current case. The headache that had been developing seemed to have vanished. Ryo wondered if he could persuade Dee to finish the massage tonight.