Title: Spring Thaw
Characters: Ryo, Dee
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: The snow is melting, bringing its own hazards.
Written For: The tw100 prompt ‘Thaw’
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.
Spring’s on its way, the heavy snows of winter finally starting to thaw. First the loose, soft snow on rooftops and other places where it’s remained untouched, then the slush on the roads, and finally the frozen mounds, compacted and filthy, pushed aside by snow-plows and shovelled from the sidewalks for the safety of pedestrians.
Everywhere seems to be dripping, drops falling from buildings, bushes, branches, and signposts alike, as if it’s raining despite the cloudless sky.
Ryo laughs as Dee gets dripped on and curses, shaking the drops from his hair and glaring at the tree they’re passing. “You should watch where you’re going,” he says, just as he gets dripped on himself, the cold water sliding straight down the back of his neck. The expression of shocked horror on his face is enough to make Dee double over.
“Look who’s talking! You should practice what you preach!”
Spring must be getting to them too, because Ryo lunges at Dee, yelling something uncomplimentary, and Dee takes off at a run, his lover hot on his heels. They’re both laughing now, and for a moment they forget they’re supposed to be working, canvassing for witnesses.
It’s good to be alive.