Title: More Than Partners
Characters: Ryo, Dee
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Dee and Ryo are far more than just partners these days.
Written For: The tw100 prompt ‘Pair’
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble. Amazingly, this is exactly what I wrote on the spur of the moment, the only editing being correcting a few places where I hit the wrong key, which I do all the time, or missed a key entirely. I’m a fast one-finger typist, but not always accurate. Anyway, point is, I wrote a triple drabble without even trying! Spooky!
Cops always worked in pairs because out there on the street, you needed to know that someone had got your back; it was part of the job. Your partner, the person you worked most closely with, was almost like part of a cop’s standard equipment. You leave the academy, get assigned to a precinct, are issued your badge, uniform, firearm, bulletproof vest, and your partner.
Both Ryo and Dee had worked with several partners over the years. Some they’d got along well with, some they’d barely tolerated despite having to rely on their protection in dangerous situations, but for both of them this was the first time a partnership had really stuck.
They considered themselves lucky that they’d clicked right from the start, forming not just a partnership but a strong and continuing friendship. From their first day working together, there was no one that either of them trusted more than their partner, and neither of them could have explained why, it was just instinctive.
These days though, they were so much more than just partners and friends; they were a couple, a seemingly mismatched pair who nonetheless worked on every level. Chief Smith’s impulsive decision to foist the new child off on Dee as a kind of punishment for misbehaviour had, in retrospect, been a kind of inadvertent matchmaking. Ryo liked to think of it as serendipity, a happy accident. Dee preferred to believe it was fate.
Which was the truth wasn’t important though. What mattered was that despite the vastness of the city they called home, they’d somehow found each other. Ryo had never believed in soul mates, that one person in all the world who would complete you as no other could, and yet he couldn’t help thinking that in Dee Laytner, he’d found his missing piece.