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August 2019



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Dee & Ryo

FAKE Ficlet: Time To Give Up

Title: Time To Give Up

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Dee, Ryo

Rating: G

Setting: Vol. 4, Act 11.

Summary: Dee’s come to realise he’ll never win Ryo…

Word Count: 282

Written For: My own prompt at [community profile] fic_promptly. Prompt at the end.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Maybe it was time to give up and accept defeat. As much as he loved Ryo, this wasn’t fair on either of them. Every time he got his hopes up a little, he’d catch that look on Ryo’s face, the confusion and worry, and it would be like having a bucket of ice water tipped over his head.

“I…I just can’t keep chasing after something I’ll never get.”

Ryo apologised of course, he always did even when he’d done nothing wrong. Dee knew he was the one at fault, not Ryo; his partner was caring and naturally affectionate, Dee just kept taking that to mean something it didn’t. He built himself up with unrealistic hopes, he shouldn’t be surprised when they turned out not to be real. Time to let go of the dream and accept reality, live in the real world instead of existing on baseless fantasies. It would hurt less. Decision made, he steeled himself; Ryo’s friendship would have to be enough.

Then there was all the mess with getting shot in the leg, the school being blown up, Ryo’s very unexpected reaction to Dee’s close call, a week in hospital…

When he was finally allowed home, the first thing Dee did was to order Chinese takeaway. He needed something good to eat after all the inedible crap the hospital served up as food. How was a man supposed to regain his strength on that?

Happily stuffed, he cracked open his fortune cookie, read the fortune inside it and smiled. ‘Do you believe? Endurance and persistence will be rewarded.’

Perhaps he should reconsider. His earlier decision to give up his pursuit of Ryo might have been just a bit hasty…

The End

A/N2: The prompt was: ‘FAKE, Dee/Ryo, Fortune Cookie Motto: "Do you believe? Endurance and persistence will be rewarded".


Patience is a good thing for Dee to learn. Lucky for him Ryo is a good teacher.
Dee learned a hell of a lot from Ryo without even realising it, but the rewards were definitely worth the effort!

Thank you!
How cute! :3
Dee was so close to giving up :( Good thing he didn't! I wonder what Ryo would have done if he did...
I don't like to think! Ryo's not one to push himself forward, so he probably would have just accepted Dee's loss of interest in him and gone on living his lonely, loveless life.

Thank you.