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October 2022



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Dee & Ryo

FAKE Ficlet: Third Shift

Title: Third Shift
Fandom: FAKE
Characters: Ryo, Dee.
Rating: PG
Setting: After the manga
Summary: Dee and Ryo are working third shift, and Ryo is being uncharacteristically grumpy about it.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Challenge 186: Night at anythingdrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters.

“This has got to be the worst part of being a cop,” Ryo said with a sigh his partner recognised as a poorly disguised yawn.

“Worse than paperwork?” Dee raised both eyebrows so they vanished beneath the thick, black hair flopping casually across his forehead. “Worse than endless red-tape, and gettin’ shot at, and all the disgustin’ stuff we haveta deal with at murder scenes?”

Ryo reconsidered. “Okay, so maybe not the worst part, but that still doesn’t mean I like having to go to work in the middle of the night. It’s not natural.”

“Yeah, I hear ya. This time of night I’d far rather be home in my bed, or better yet, in your bed. Nobody likes workin’ third shift, but we gotta do our share. It’s not as if cops can work nine-to-five like in an office. Night is the favorite settin’ for most criminal activity. The darkness covers a multitude of sins.”

“I know all that, you don’t need to justify anything. I’m still allowed to complain though, right?”

“Nobody’s stoppin’ ya.”

“Good. I hate working third shift, and I’m not too crazy about second shift either. I’m tired, my head aches, I’m hungry, and there’s nowhere open around here at this time of night, not even a twenty-four-hour convenience store.”

Dee hid a smile; now they were getting to the bottom of Ryo’s bad mood; he always got cranky when he was hungry. Usually though, he came to work prepared, with a few snacks to keep him going through his shift. Trail mix, or energy bars, sometimes even chocolate. Ryo was big on healthy eating, but there were days when nothing but chocolate would hit the spot.

“Forget your snacks tonight, did ya?”

“No, there just wasn’t anything suitable left in the apartment; Bikky had some friends over and between them they ate pretty much everything. I was going to pick up groceries after work yesterday, but Bikky’s principal called me and I had to go to the school instead.”

“What did the brat do now?”

“He got into a fight with an older boy. It wasn’t his fault, the other boy was bullying a smaller kid, but by the time I left the school I just wanted to go home to bed.”

“Well, just so happens you’re in luck; I raided the snack machine earlier.” Dee pulled a candy bar from his pocket and dangled it temptingly in front of his partner.

“You’re a lifesaver!” Just the thought of food perked Ryo right up, and he reached for the candy.

Dee pulled it back. “Nuh uh, payment in advance.”

“You want me to pay?” Ryo frowned at his lover, indignant.

“Yep, I want a kiss.”

That was typical Dee. “We’re supposed to be working.”

“It’s the middle of the night; there’s no one here but us. A kiss for a candy bar; it’s a fair trade.”

“Fine.” Ryo let Dee pull him in for a smooch. Candy and a kiss; he felt better already.

The End


Woo hoo!
It doesn't take much to put Ryo in a better mood!

Thank you!