Characters: Dee, Arnon, Tommy, Barry.
Setting: Set after the manga but references Vol. 6 Act 18.
Summary: Arnon’s death had a lasting effect on Dee and his other friends.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Old Friends’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble.
Despite all the years that have passed since that day, Dee hasn’t forgotten, not any of it. Along with Barry and Tommy, Arnon was one of his best friends, the four of them had know each other for practically their whole lives, had promised to be friends forever, only Arnon’s life got cut short.
He hadn’t been a bad kid, no more than the rest of them had been. Sure, they’d done a bit of shoplifting, because growing boys were always hungry and none of them had much money, but that was about it. In a bitterly ironic twist it was that very lack of money that had led to Arnon’s death, but not for any selfish reasons. He’d got in with some bad dudes just because he wanted to help his mom pay the rent, keep a roof over their heads.
It had been just the two of them since Arnon’s dad had died, her boy was all she had and after he was killed she just shut herself away. She never got over losing her only child.
Most of Dee’s friends know he makes an annual pilgrimage to Jess’s grave; fewer know that he visit’s Arnon’s too, sometimes alone, sometimes with Tommy and Barry. In a strange way, Arnon’s death cemented the promise they made so long ago to always be friends… How can they break it now one of their number is gone? They owe it to his memory to stand together no matter where life takes them. They keep in touch; phone calls, occasional visits…
Losing their friend changed them, made them grow up fast, made them more cautious, because it could just as easily have been one of them trying to earn some extra cash. Arnon is gone, but he lives on in them. Forever.