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Dee & Ryo

FAKE Fic: The Secret Life Of Sunflowers

Title: The Secret Life Of Sunflowers

Fandom: FAKE

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Sunflowers, Ryo, Dee, Bikky & Carol

Rating: PG

Setting: Vol. 4, Act 12

Summary: FAKE through the ‘eyes’ of Ryo’s sunflowers.

Word Count: 647

Written For: Challenge #80: Shinies – The Secret Life of an Ordinary Flower at fan_flashworks.

Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Sitting on the bedroom windowsill, the sunflowers saw everything. They watched over Ryo as he slept peacefully, bore witness to Dee’s rather ham-fisted attempts at seduction (pouncing shows enthusiasm but is rather lacking in romance), and observed Bikky’s inventive ways of defending his foster father’s honor.

Despite their lack of ears, they listened in to many things. Long, rambling conversations, short, heated arguments, the grumbling and whining of a teenage boy reluctantly doing his chores and homework, and the bickering between a man and a boy who professed to hate each other, yet would defend each other to the end.

Time passed, and the sunflowers flourished under Ryo’s care and attention, blooming bright as the sun. Then one day, as Dee lounged on the edge of the bed, chatting idly with his partner while Ryo tended to the flowers, the girl Carol arrived, looking distraught.

The flowers eyed Dee’s brand of ‘comfort’ with suspicion, but nodded their heads in approval as Ryo dispensed sage advice to the troubled girl. They did not truly understand the trials and problems of humans, but then they didn’t need to. It was enough for them to observe the mystifying behaviour playing out in front of them. Humans were considerably more interesting than the pigeons that occasionally alighted on the sill outside their window.


The following week, Bikky crept furtively into Ryo’s bedroom one evening and approached the flowers where they dreamed in their pot.

“Gotta have something to give Carol for her birthday,” he muttered. “I just hope Ryo won’t be too pissed at me. Huh, even if he is it’ll be better than having Carol mad at me, or worse, upset on her birthday. I’ve put her through enough the last couple of weeks. Here goes nothing.”

He reached out and quickly sliced through the stems with a sharp knife, one at a time, laying each bloom carefully on the bed.

That was unexpected! After months of growing in one place, the sunflowers wondered if they might be about to see a little more of the world.


Wrapped in newspaper, tied with a big bow, the sunflowers, now arranged pleasingly in a bunch, were carried from their familiar room, through the apartment and out into the wider world beyond.

Sights and sounds abounded; the human world was chaotic, loud and dazzling, even in the dark of night. Their journey passed in a blur as Bikky hurried through the streets to his destination, where for the first time ever, the flowers found themselves outside a window looking in at an unfamiliar room and a very familiar girl.

As Carol opened the window from within, Bikky slipped through, presenting her with the bunch of sunflowers in lieu of a birthday gift; she was understandably impressed by their simple beauty. Although flowers lack vanity, they are very much aware that to humans they exist to be decorative, so they do their best to please the human eye.

The flowers had long since noticed that humans were easily distracted and therefore, they were only mildly surprised when a short while later, they found themselves dropped carelessly to the floor as Bikky and Carol turned all their attention on each other. And so, as they lay forgotten on the rug, a bunch of sunflowers became the sole witnesses as two young people left childhood behind, expressing their love for each other in the most intimate way they could. It proved to be an educational night for all concerned.

Sadly, it would be the last sight these sunflowers would ever be privileged to witness. By morning they knew they would be withered beyond any hope of saving, but flowers have no fear of death and no regrets. They are natural observers, always watching but never telling what they see. After all, flowers are to be found wherever there are lovers, and so shall it always be.

The End


This was lovely, but I was still really sad about the sunflowers...
Yeah, I was disappointed that Carol didn't at least put them in water. Of course, I would have preferred if Bikky hadn't cut them in the first place...

It always amuses me when I read the manga that Ryo somehow failed to notice they were gone until the following day when he went to water them, despite the fact that they're right by his bed, lol!

Thank you!
Oh my God what a cute idea! That was so, so adorable - and funny, too! And such wise words in the end! We could all learn something from the way of life of a sunflower.

You see me impressed! *-*

(And I don't think I'll ever look at the sunflowers in the manga the same way again as I did before, lol!)
I'd re-read that volume recently so when I was browsing the prompts at the community I'd just joined that one jumped out at me and I knew exactly what I was going to write. It was fun trying to write from the sunflowers' POV. I wonder if they spared a thought before they died for dear Ryo, who had tended them so lovingly. I'm sure they were grateful for his care =)

Thank you!
(I'm glad I'm not the only one who constantly re-reads FAKE, haha! :D )
Yes, the prompt was perfect for the sunflower! I think I'll take a look at that community, too...
Well, there's one good thing about the sunflower being gone: Ryo can "adopt" a new plant and shower it with love! (I wonder if Dee was ever jealous of the sunflower...?) :D
I'll bet he was!

Oooh yes, go join the community! It's multi-fandom, and you can submit artwork, vids, podfics, etc as well as fic. New prompt every 10 days, and badges to be earned. If you join, mention my name in an author's note on your first post there, saying I sent you, and I'll earn a badge! I really want a badge, lol! I want lots of badges. I'll get another one if I post something for the current challenge and the next one...

Maybe Dee will get Ryo a new plant =D
Aww this is cute.
Poor flowers.
What an unusual viewpoint.
It was a scene from the manga that just popped into my head when I saw that prompt and I loved the idea of writing from the sunflowers' perspective. Poor things, I always felt bad about them being just dropped in the rug and left.

(The funniest part for me though is that Ryo, delightful airhead that he is, doesn't even notice they're gone until he goes to water them the following night, even though they're right by his bed, lol!)