Characters: Ryo, Drake, Dee.
Setting: Vol. 6, Act 18.
Summary: Dee is missing, but Drake knows where he’s gone.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Missing’
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: 250 words, a double drabble and a half.
Dee’s missing; he hasn’t shown up at work, and he’s not answering his home phone or even his mobile. Ryo’s understandably worried; his partner’s never just taken off before without telling him, but Dee has been known to do some crazy things so perhaps Ryo’s concern is justified.
“What’s today’s date?” Drake asks, and when Ryo tells him, he nods. “I know where he went.”
The cemetery is big, but even so Dee proves easy to find, sitting on the grass beside a grave, smoking. Ryo isn’t sure he should intrude, but he figures Dee can always tell him to go away if he doesn’t want company.
It doesn’t come to that; Dee’s surprised to see him, but not displeased.
They sit there for a long time as Dee tells Ryo the story of the man whose grave he’s visiting; Jess Latener, the cop who discovered Dee as a baby and took him to Mother, then stuck around, taking on the role of surrogate father. He didn’t have to, yet he’d visited Dee every day.
He hadn’t been perfect, he’d ended up on the take like so many other cops, but in the end all that mattered to Dee was that Jess had been the closest thing he had to family. That was why he visited the man’s grave every year on the same day, because whatever his faults as a cop, when it came to being a father Jess was everything Dee could have wished for; second to none.