Characters: Carol, Dee.
Written For: Challenge 222: Bad Habits at drabble_weekly.
Spoilers/Setting: Vol. 1, Act 2.
Summary: Carol disapproves of Dee’s smoking, for very personal reasons.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: Double drabble.
“You know, smoking’s a bad habit,” Carol told Dee, watching him light up a cigarette. “It’s really bad for your health.”
“Yeah? Well the same can be said for your bad habit of pickin’ pockets. If not for Ryo and me, you’d be dead.”
It was the unvarnished truth, painfully blunt but in this case Dee thought that was justified.
Carol shrugged. “So I picked the wrong pocket; how was I to know?”
“You shouldn’t have been pickin’ ANY pockets. It’s against the law.” Dee tried to stare the girl down, but it didn’t seem to be working.
“I only did it because I was trying to raise enough to bail my dad out of prison. He’s dying, you know.”
“I know; Ryo told me.”
“He doesn’t have much time left and I just wanted him home, so I could have more time with him.”
“That sucks, and I’m sorry, but pickin’ pockets isn’t the answer.”
“It was all I could think of to do.” Carol sighed sadly. “He has lung cancer; smoked all his life. He quit when he found out but it was already too late.”
Dee stubbed out his barely smoked cigarette. He couldn’t enjoy it now.