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Chapter three of A New Day
Dee Blue waves
brit_columbia
Well I could go on and on about how much chocolate I ate today, but then everyone would be shocked and start thinking I have a problem.  Not that it's not true...But hey, at least it's legal  and it doesn't fry one's brain as harder 'drugs' have been known to do.  No, chocolate is my drug of choice, and my secret weapon is Karate!  Yeah, it's a serious calorie burner.   Believe it or not, I actually killed my non-waterproof watch on the weekend, by sweating so much.  The watch was bathed in a stream of sweat that ran down my limbs and steamed up my watch.  I didn't know that could happen.  I normally never wear my watch during Karate, but this was in the gym.  Anyway, enough about me and sweat and addiction.  Here's Chapter three of FAKE First Year Together(May)
 

A New Day 

Pairing:  Dee/Ryo

Rating:    Chapter three is Mature.  Coarse language, no sex.

Spoilers:   To Volume 7

Timing: Set in May directly after Book 7 ended

Summary:  Ryo is coming to terms with the changes in his relationship with Dee, as well as his new sexual identity. Meanwhile, Dee and Ryo are searching for a young runaway. This story explores homophobic attitudes but is primarily a love story between two men.

Disclaimer:   I do not own these characters.  They are the property of Sanami Matoh.  I am not making any money from this.

Author
's notes:  I believe in a strong and equal Ryo and Dee.  Chapter four is almost ready. 

Thank you to my beta, Blue Simplicity, for keeping me pointed in good directions. 

                                             


A New Day

 

Pairing:  Dee/Ryo

Rating:    Chapter three is Mature.  Coarse language, no sex.

Spoilers:   To Volume 7

Timing: Set in May directly after Book 7 ended

Summary:  Ryo is coming to terms with the changes in his relationship with Dee, as well as his new sexual identity. Meanwhile, Dee and Ryo are searching for a young runaway. This story explores homophobic attitudes but is primarily a love story between two men.

Disclaimer:   I do not own these characters.  They are the property of Sanami Matoh.  I am not making any money from this.

Author's notes:  I believe in a strong and equal Ryo and Dee.  Chapter four is almost ready.

Thank you to my beta, Blue Simplicity, for keeping me pointed in good directions.
                                         

A NEW DAY

 

Chapter three

 

The door banged open and JJ erupted into the room, eyes darting around in search of his target.

 

"He's not here," Ryo said without looking up from a pile of photographs on his desk.

 

JJ put a hand on one of his hips. "Well, don't you know where he is?"

 

"Yeah, but would he thank me for telling you?  Now there's a question I think I know the answer to."

 

JJ pouted a little. "Well, I have an important message for him from the Chief.  Come to think of it, I should probably tell you, too

 

"And why is that?"

 

JJ sighed.  "He wants to see you two in his office ASAP.  Not sure what it's about."

 

"What? Honestly, JJ, you should have just said so at the beginning," said Ryo, standing up hastily and stuffing the photos back into the manila envelope where they belonged.

 

"Why don't you go along to the Chief's office right away, and I'll find Dee for you and let him know where to join you?" JJ suggested hopefully.

 

"Fine, whatever," said Ryo.  "He's on the roof having a smoke."

 

JJ vanished instantly, leaving no trace of himself in the long corridor which Ryo stepped out into a moment later. Ryo gave his head a slight shake of exasperation.  He strode off down the hall and met Dee coming up the stairwell with a cup of coffee in each hand.

 

"Chief wants us," Ryo informed him.

 

"Damn that badger!  This better not take too long.  Don't we have an appointment at three?"

 

"Um, yeah. I wonder what he wants?" murmured Ryo to himself.

 

Dee glanced over at him.  There had been minimal eye contact and communication from Ryo all day.  It was like an extension of his behavior last night, except Dee knew he had not dreamed the part about getting his nose kissed.  He sighed.  His partner was a man of many moods, and Dee just did his best to hang on for the ride.

 

"He probably just wants to load more cases on us, as if we're not busy enough already," he grumbled, taking a swig of his coffee.

 

Ryo didn't answer, which didn't surprise Dee, and they lapsed into silence as they walked down the hall toward the Chief's office.

 

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"Do we know if he was having trouble at school?" Dee asked.

 

"His dad didn't mention anything about that," the Chief replied.  "You can ask the parents when you see them. Just find the kid quick. I've known Mike Abernathy a long time, since we were both on the beat together.  A few years ago, he went in for a desk job over at I.A.  He's hoping to keep this as quiet as possible.  I told him I'd put my best guys on it."

 

"Did he--" Ryo began, but the Chief cut him off.

 

"Everything I know about this case --and that ain't much-- is in the file, there, Randy. Look it over tonight and tell me what you're gonna do about it tomorrow.  Now, get out of here, guys.  I got work to do, unlike some people."  The Chief clamped his cigar back in his mouth and fixed them with an irascible glare.

 

Dee, always glad to be dismissed, was on his feet immediately.  "Come on Ryo, let's get back to that MOUNTAIN of investigations we were in the middle of before this latest interruption."

 

"Laytner!"  The Chief growled warningly.

 

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A little later, they were exiting the station parking lot in Dee's car. Dee sat in the passenger seat, trying hard not to give Ryo driving and route advice.  He distracted himself by playing with the radio and complaining about the new case the chief had just given them.

 

"It seems like we're getting stuck with yet another case that should be going to Juvie," he said.

 

"Yeah, but why us?  Why not Drake and JJ?"  Ryo was frowning slightly as he drove.

 

"'Cause we're better than Drake and JJ.  Hey, you missed Fourth!"

Ryo ignored that last remark. "OK, you might get me to agree with you there, but this is not a high profile case.  This one could've been given to anybody.  There must be some reason why he gave it to us."

 

"It's probably got something to do with you being such a 'family man'," Dee said.

 

Ryo glanced quickly at him.  "You think so?"

 

"We'll find out if I'm right.  Damn walrus.  Hey, where exactly are we going?"

 

"Bikky's school," Ryo said apologetically.  "This'll only take a few minutes, I hope.  Sorry about that."

 

"Ah, don't worry about it," said Dee, who was quite pleased to be taken along on whatever personal thing Ryo was up to with Bikky.  It was a clear sign that Ryo wanted his company, maybe even his support.  "So, this is our three o'clock 'appointment', is it?  Didn't know you had it in you."

 

Ryo gave him an amused look, but forbore to say anything.

 

Dee was surprised when Ryo parked halfway down the block from the school, and made no move to get out of the car.

 

"Uh, we goin' in or what?"  Dee pulled a smoke from the pack in his shirt pocket and lit it.

 

"Not yet. There's something I want to check out.  Let me know if you see him."

 

Dee nodded. "You were all edgy about getting him from the bus station, yesterday, too. What's going on?"

 

"Nothing, I hope," Ryo replied.  "I've just got a bad feeling, that's all."

 

They sat in companionable silence for a few minutes, and then Dee said, "Had an interesting conversation in the car with Carol last night."

 

"Oh?"

 

"Yeah.  She congratulated me."

 

"What for?"

 

"Bagging you, doofus.  She also warned me, on pain of losing her affections forever, not to break your heart."

 

Ryo stared at Dee for a moment, then laughed.  "That sounds like her," he said.  "She's really happy for us, Dee."

 

Dee blew smoke out the window.  "I ask you, do I LOOK like the heart-breaking type?"

 

"Yep," said Ryo.

 

"Whaddaya mean, 'yep'?  Don't you even want to think about it for a few minutes first?"

 

"Nope," said Ryo.

 

"Yo, Bikky and crew at two o'clock. Headed this way."

 

"Let's hope he doesn't see us."

 

Dee sprawled with his back to the passenger window, effectively blocking Ryo from view.  Ryo's eyes stayed on Bikky, who was coming toward them, but on the opposite side of the street.  He was in the company of his usual posse, plus a few other slightly older kids that Ryo didn't know.  As soon as they had gone by, Ryo was out of the car, followed by Dee.

 

The teenagers ahead of them were too busy talking, laughing, and insulting each other to notice that they were being followed.  Presently, they stopped at the entrance to an alley, and the noise they had been making suddenly stopped.  One of the older boys slung an arm around Bikky, and they seemed to be conferring briefly in low voices.  After a minute or two, Bikky stepped away with a confident grin and a quick salute, and strode purposefully into the alley.

 

Aware that one of Bikky's friends might glance their way at any minute, Ryo tugged Dee into a doorway.  His face was set and tight.  Dee could see he was gritting his teeth.

 

"How long you wanna give him?" he asked.

 

Ryo shook his head.  "I dunno.  Not long."

"Smells like drugs to me," Dee remarked in a neutral tone, eyes on Ryo.

"That's what I think, too," Ryo sighed.  "Let's go stop him."

                        ~~ end of chapter three~~

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:( Now I'm nervous.

(Anonymous)
Okay, how can I be completely nervous/uncertainly sad and happy at the same time? Because this story is so well written. Awesome. Can't wait for more.

Sneaky Ryo tricking JJ. There really is a reason for them to not get along and the feeling is most certainly mutual dislike. Part of me is really hoping for the big reveal when JJ finds out he's lost Dee to Ryo, but that's because I'm mean.

I don't think you're mean, I just think you like the drama. And me too! I really enjoy the unresolved, unacknowledged tension between Ryo and JJ. I'm looking forward to someday writing about that moment when JJ realizes he's lost all chance at ever having Dee.

Bikky! What are you doing?! :P

Poor Ryo... He must be so upset and curious at the same time. I know I would be freaking out if that were my son!

Did I ever mention that I love the JJ character? He's adorable!

-Neengy

Yes, poor Ryo is very worried. I love writing about JJ! Especially JJ and Ryo being subtly snarky with each other.

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