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Dee & Ryo

FAKE Ficlet: Things Left To Learn

Title: Things Left To Learn

Fandom: FAKE

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ryo, Dee.

Rating: G

Setting: After Like Like Love.

Summary: Relaxing at home after being injured at work, Ryo wakes to the sound of music.

Word Count: 498

Written For: Challenge 16: Music at beattheblackdog.

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

There’s quiet music playing softly nearby and Ryo stirs, blinking his eyes open blearily. “Dee?”

“Hey! Sorry, babe; didn’t mean to wake you.” Dee moves over to the sofa where Ryo’s lying. “You need anything?”

“No, I’m good thanks. Guess I dozed off again.” Neither of them should be surprised; it’s been happening a lot since Ryo was injured on an undercover assignment two days ago.

“The doc did warn you the painkillers might make you a bit sleepy.”

“A bit?” Ryo shifts carefully, easing himself up into a sitting position and wincing slightly as his side gives a brief twinge. The stab wound isn’t serious, but it’s still quite painful, especially when he moves. “I’m developing a habit of falling asleep mid-sentence,” he grumbles. “I’ll be glad when I don’t need to take them anymore.” He glances towards the TV and then the stereo, both of which are turned off, and frowns, puzzled. “I thought I heard music…” He trails off uncertainly; are the painkillers causing hallucinations too?

“You did.” Dee gestures towards the guitar propped against one of the easy chairs. Usually it’s propped in a corner of the bedroom; Ryo’s been living with Dee for nearly two months now but he’s never seen his lover do more than run a duster over it occasionally.

“I didn’t know you could play.”

“I used to, but I’m a bit rusty; don’t seem to have as much time for it these days.”

“It sounded nice. What was it you were playing?”

“I don’t know what it’s called, just a tune I heard somewhere. I was trying to remember how it went but I think I might be getting’ it mixed up with something else.”

“Play some more?”

“You sure? I don’t want to disturb you; you need your rest.”

Ryo snorts at that. “I’ve rested more than enough already thanks to the painkillers. I think I’d like to stay awake for awhile if I can, otherwise I’ll be awake half the night.”

It’s Dee’s turn to snort now. “You’ll sleep like the proverbial log, just like last night, but okay.” He settles back in the chair, picks up the guitar and begins playing the same simple melody again, laughing as he gets a note wrong. “Told you I’m rusty.”

“Doesn’t matter.” Ryo smiles across at the man he loves, watching the strong, familiar hands move over the instrument, slightly hesitant through lack of recent practice, fingers plucking the guitar strings to bring forth music. It’s almost hypnotic and Ryo starts to feel sleepy again, but he doesn’t really care; the music is soothing and relaxing, and he’s filled with a deep sense of contentment.

After all the years he’s known Dee, it’s oddly reassuring to realise that he doesn’t yet know everything there is to know about him. There are still things left to learn and mysteries to unravel. As he drifts off to sleep again, Ryo briefly wonders if Dee’s still learning new things about him too.

The End


Mmm nice. I love a man who can play music and sing. Guitar is especially good :-)

Thank you!

I wanted to learn but my fingers are too short to bridge the strings.

Dee's guitar can be seen in a few of the manga panels.

(Although, I have an AU buzzing in my head where Dee is a cop and Ryo is a country singer - I can just see him peeping out from under the brim of a cowboy hat ;) I've gone through several versions in my head and different ways they might have met...)
Oh boy, now I'm almost ashamed I never noticed the guitar in Dee's apartment! In which panel did you see it? :D
It's ridiculous! I can see it in my head, but now I can't find it *headdesk* I'm sure I didn't imagine it o_O

Maybe it's in one of the later stories...

Well, whatever, my headcannon is that Dee can play the guitar. Lefthanded, of course ;)

Thank you.
Hmm I didn't find it either... But I'll keep my eyes open whenever I re-read FAKE again! :D
It's just such a crazy thing, because I'm sure I spotted it somewhere and thought Hmmmm, Dee plays guitar. Maybe I dreamed it, lol!

The way I remember, it was Dee's bed, seen from the foot of it, and the guitar was propped against the wall in the lefthand corner of the room *shrugs*