Characters: Dee, Ryo, Mother.
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Dee and Ryo were raised in vastly different ways.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Disparate’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: Triple drabble.
Dee and Ryo’s childhoods had been so wildly different there was no comparison. Ryo had grown up in a suburban house, the only child of moderately well-off parents, while Dee had been raised by a Catholic nun, in a crowded orphanage situated in one of the poorer areas of the city.
While Ryo had wanted for little, enjoying regular family vacations, going on school trips, riding his brand-new bike to and from school, Dee had worn hand-me-downs and second-hand clothes, walked to school, and maybe got a trip to the zoo or a day at the beach once a year, if he was lucky.
At Mother Lane’s orphanage, even with donations of clothes and toys, there was never enough to go around. Everything was make do and mend, and yet despite that, he’d never considered himself poor, just as Ryo had never considered himself privileged.
One thing they’d both had growing up was plenty of love. Okay, so Ryo’s parents had been focused entirely on him while Mother’s love had been shared with anywhere up to twenty other kids at any given time, but Dee had never minded that.
Between Mother and Jess, Dee figured he’d received at least as much love and attention as any kid with a family, but he still sometimes wondered what his life might have been like if his parents hadn’t abandoned him. Would he have grown up like Ryo in a home filled with love, or would he have been neglected and abused the way some of the orphanage kids had been before being placed in Mother’s care?
No, he didn’t regret being raised by a nun, there were far worse fates a child could endure, and he didn’t envy Ryo either. Their different upbringings gave them different perspectives, made them a better team.