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FAKE First Year Together: A New Day (May), epilogue
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Fake First Year Together: A New Day (May)

By Brit Columbia

Epilogue

Fandom:  Fake
Pairing:  Dee/ Ryo, but they don't appear in the epilogue
Rating: Worksafe! There are no sexy people in this chapter. Stand down, pervs.
Spoilers:  None, really
Timing:  Set in May, directly after book 7 ended
Summary:  Just in case you were wondering about this guy...
Disclaimer:  I do not own Fake or any of the characters created by Sanami Matoh. Len Jarvis and Jed Haverson are mine. I have not based these characters on any living persons.
Author's notes:  There are some incredibly long author's notes at the end, if you can stand to read them.
Thank you's: First, I will always be grateful to Sanami Matoh for creating FAKE in the first place. It really had a huge effect on me and will live in my heart forever. I also owe a debt of gratitude to all the people who helped me on  the long road of this story: my betas  bluesimplicity,   mtemplar , moontatoo and  the_ladyfeather. Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your expertise, your suggestions and your enthusiasm. You saved my credibility many times over!
Thanks also to  loki_the_fraud and  bale_ikura for your help with locations and police procedure, respectively. You guys helped me to add much needed authenticity.

FAKE First Year Together: A New Day (May)

Epilogue

Len Jarvis looked pityingly at the sorry-looking chump he had hired. Why did he have such a soft spot for losers? He had given opportunities to many of them over the years, and not always, he had to admit, with a good outcome. His late wife had been right. One should try to give a helping hand to those who can help themselves and just need a little bit of help getting started, not the ones who make a hash-up of everything they do and end up pulling you down with them, whether they mean to or not. He hoped this fellow wouldn't turn out to be one of the latter.

The guy sitting across from him looked thoroughly disreputable. He had two black eyes, a recently broken nose that seemed to have set crookedly, and a nasty burn on his neck. He was also sporting several days of stubble. He moved with the stiffness of a man who had either been in some kind of accident, or who had had the crap beaten out of him. Len felt that all evidence appeared to point toward the second option. The badly set nose and the inflammation around the burn seemed to indicate a lack of medical attention, also. He hadn't been willing to talk about his circumstances, saying only that he had given up on trying to make it in Jersey, and just wanted to come back to the sea.

"This your first visit to Maine, sir?" Len called everyone sir.

"No."

"You a fighter?" Len looked at his injuries skeptically, and the man looked a little abashed.

"Oh, you mean this." He pointed to his face. "Guy wouldn't give up, er, give me back my shirt." He indicated the oversized black hooded sweatshirt he was wearing. "Plus, his friends kinda had a problem with me. Guess they thought I was easy meat." His mouth twisted in a half grimace, half smile. "Not so easy in the end."

"You got people after you, sir?" Len frowned at him, wondering for the second time if he had made a mistake.

"No, it's not like that. No one will be looking for me." He said it with such finality that Len believed him.

On the whole however, he looked like trouble with a capital 'T'. Len admitted to himself that the only reason he had given this one a chance was the sadness in his eyes. He seemed to be carrying some kind of deep and possibly recent grief. He looked like the kind of guy who might up and walk in front of a train unless life gave him a couple of breaks.

Len sighed. "So, you say you can dive?"

"Yeah, got a lot of experience."

"You got certification?"

"Used to. It expired."

"Planning to recertify?"

"Not for a while."
 
"Seen a doctor recently? That burn on your neck looks to be getting infected."
 
"Uh, I guess I should. Is there a clinic around here? I can pay."
 
"Yeah, there's one in town," Len informed him. "I'm taking the truck in tomorrow to buy some paint and lumber for the new dock. You can ride along if you want."
 
"Thanks. Guess I will."
 
"What did you say your name was again?"
 
The man hesitated, his face seeming to close. "Haverson. Jedediah. But you can call me Jed."
 
Len looked at him thoughtfully for a moment. "That's a pretty down-south name for a man with a Big Apple accent," he remarked.
 
"Well, my mother was a church-going woman." Jed, or whatever his name was, seemed to have abandoned eye contact.
 
"Ah well, I can never remember anyone's name, anyhow," Len said reassuringly. "Welcome aboard. I'll be glad of another pair of hands around this place. It was last year I realized it was getting a bit much for me. It was a shock to think that perhaps I'm gettin' old! Me! Imagine that." He shook his silver head self-deprecatingly.
 
"Thank you, Mr. Jarvis. I really appreciate your kindness."
 
"Kind nothing! I'll be working you hard, you know. Once the doctor gives you a clean bill of health, that is. You'll be scraping barnacles off boats, repairing the docks for me, and slapping down paint and tar 'til you've had quite enough of life in a nowhere little place like this." Len leaned forward and gave his new employee a hearty clap on the shoulder. "You go on to bed now, and I'll see you in the morning. You'll find blankets in the stow lockers on the boat. It sounds like you've gone through some hard times recently, but hey, the air is good in this place." He smiled encouragingly and waved a hand that indicated the world outside his office. "Fresh and sweet, not like life in the city. If you're looking for a new start, this place'll do for now. You'll be feelin' more like yourself tomorrow."
 
With faraway eyes, Jed gazed out the window for a moment, the window that opened onto the dusty road that led out of the marina. His face wore an expression of such wistful and naked longing, that Len looked away. It had to be a broken heart this fellow was suffering from, he decided. Up until now, he had been thinking that maybe it had been an untimely death, perhaps of a family member.
 
"Er...If you ever need someone to talk to, sir, I've been told I'm not a half-bad listener."
 
Jed's eyes returned to his new employer, and he seemed to give himself a kind of shake. Moving stiffly, he rose from his chair and offered Len his hand.
 
"Thanks," he said, "but I've noticed that talking doesn't bring anything back or change what's done. As you said, tomorrow's a new day. All a man can do is wake up and live it, one hour at a time. Good night, Mr. Jarvis." He slung his backpack over one shoulder and picked up his battered red tool box.
 
"Good night, sir.  Sweet dreams."

As the screen door closed softly behind him, a seagull called outside from one of the pilings, a cry of exile that went unanswered. It was a lonely sound in the fading light.
 
~end~

Additional author's notes:

Yes, it's really over. I know, I can't believe it, either. This story sort of went on forever. Three years, as a matter of fact! I know I left some loose ends in this one, but I'll address them all in the sequel, Justice. I just had to end A New Day somewhere because 44 chapters, and every one averaging about 7000 or 8000 words is insanely LONG. My first writing effort. *pets it affectionately* It's kind of like the first-born child that new parents make all their mistakes on before they evolve into lean, mean parenting machines. (Can you tell I'm a first-born child?)

What I learned from the process of writing A New Day: when I write a book in the future, don't publish it in installments! If I were to write A New Day again, I would organize the delivery of info differently and take out great chunks here and there to tighten it up. A lot of the hints I dropped in A New Day, I would save for the sequel. But, ah well! What's done is done. I'm not going to go back in and mess with it. I'm going to let it stand as is. It will be interesting for me to read it again ten or fifteen years from now and wince at the mistakes I made while congratulating myself on having improved as a writer.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the part that the readers played in the creation of this story, from beginning to end.

I'm not one of those writers who writes for him or herself, and I never will be. I write for readers. If I thought no one would read my work, I never would have put in the time and energy to write this story and the other ones. I would have used that time and energy for other things. Since I was thirteen, I created stories and movies in my head, but I never, ever wrote them down. I didn't think anyone would read them or like them. They were ninety percent M/M romance/adventure/drama, and they were nothing like the books I've read in the past that were for gay readers. I didn't know until I read FAKE by accident one day in Chapters Bookstore that there was actually a large market out there of women who would be interested in the subjects of my private imaginings! Lightbulb moment. I began to write because I had reason to believe that even if my work didn't turn out to be popular, someone somewhere would like it.

From the outset, I have wanted what I think most writers want, which is for people to read my work and like it. You, my past, present and future readers gave and continue to give me that. Collectively rather than individually, you spent thousands of hours of your time reading this story. So many people took the time to offer me feedback and encouragement along the way. This ongoing support was what helped me to develop self-discipline and judgment as a writer. If I had been working in a vacuum, I honestly don't know if this project would have ever gotten off the ground. So thank you a thousand times for your interest, your attention and your time! I hope you'll want to continue reading the things I write.

Justice, chapter one will be up the first weekend of July!
 

*grin* I had been wondering what happened to Detective Shaver. Guess I know now. LOL. Now all that's left to do is to wait for Justice. Oooh! I'm looking forward to it. Wonder if Shaver (or, rather, Jed) will be back in that story, too? I kind of like how Jed rhymes with Ned. Guess it makes it easier for him to respond to. I hope he takes proper advantage of having his life and a new start.

And I really, really want to know what Abernathy's up to. *scowl* Irritating man.

Looking forward to more major hotness from our favorite boys, too! As Ryo continues on his journey of acceptance, with Dee nudging him from behind. *smile*

Congratulations on finishing the story, and Happy Writing on the next one!

I've spent the weekend getting Justice ready for the betas, hence my lateness in responding to your very nice review. (Thank you!)

Jed-Ned won't be back in Justice. I do have a whole story built around his return, but I probably won't write it for some time--it'll have to get in line! I want to finish Slave, write Justice,and then when that's done, my next big FAKE-writing effort will be Poison, which is the first of the FAKE First Year Together Series.It's set right before A New Day.

I guarantee that the very first chapter of Justice will answer your query about Abernathy.

Ryo's journey of acceptance takes a couple of interesting turns in Justice.

Thanks again! I'll be posting chapter one of the new story next weekend.

Great way to end a story Brit. I had a feeling he was still out there. I'm looking forward to reading 'Justice' and finding out when justice is served. You did a great job on this story. Keep up the good work.

Thanks Akasha! First Chapter of Justice goes up next weekend!

*Fangirl squeel* I'm so Excited for the rest! JULY?!?!?!?! What am I gonna do?!

lol

love ya!

-Neengy

July is coming soon, Neengy! Like...Wednesday, I believe. I should know that since July 01st is Canada Day, which is a big party day in this country. We usually celebrate by putting Canadian flags everywhere, wearing red and white clothing and having beer-fueled barbecue parties. The stores are already full of Canada paraphernalia.

Anyway, chapter one of the sequel has now been written and is in the tender loving care of the betas. I'll try to publish it on Friday July 3rd, although probably not many people will comment because most of my readers are American and that's going to be a huge party weekend for them.

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Thanks Erin! No tears necessary because here comes the sequel. Cake! I love it. This story is a cake with 44 layers and dark chocolate latticework up the sides to help hold it together. It's studded with walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. There are layers of fruit, jam, custard, ganache and buttercream. Whipped cream cream rosettes have been piped onto the raspberry fondant surface, and two naked marzipan man chase each other amongst dark chocolate curls, candied orange peel spirals and soft nougat discs... Okay, now I'm in tears because I seriously want that cake and I can't have sugar!

I liked reading this awesome story!!!
This is a good ending and I'm glad there is a sequel :)

You did a great job, I enjoyed reading every single chapter and...I am eager to read the first chapter of Justice x33~

Hold up your good work and have fun writing this story about Dee and Ryo ;D

See you soon then!!


Thank you very much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you want to read the sequel. I'll publish chapter one of Justice this coming weekend.

Yay! Ned...I mean, Jed... is alive! While I'm sorry that he couldn't stick around to be a better father to Kevin, it's the thought that counts, and it seems like he'd be happier at sea, anyway.

It's been a long haul, and I'm impressed as hell that you finished, never mind are planning a sequel. If it were me, this story would probably be languishing at about three chapters, unfinished and unlikely to ever be finished. However, I'm glad it is you. I'm glad that you persevered in turning out all the action, drama, and romance (especially the romance). I look forward very much to see what you've got planned for Justice.

July can't come soon enough...

He'll be way happier when he's close to the sea and not always looking over his shoulder. But he's going to miss his son terribly. At least Sheila and Kevin will get his pension and life insurance to live on.

Thank you very much for reading this long, long story. There's lots of action, drama and romance ahead.

*gives you a big hug, and would have given you a smidgen of dessert, but has no inkling of proper ones for your latest diet.. triscuits perhaps?*

A long involved project, more or less brought to a wrapped up end, like a decoratively messy wrapped-up gift. It sure looks impressive and beautiful regardless.

When you get the time, perhaps check out my two latest journal entries and inform me as to how I could elongate my own novel's beginnings?
8 pages (so far in the document, nearly 2 pages in the two entries), while the longest I've written for myself personally, still seems really short in comparison.

If you have time that is- we all know you're busy.

Nope, no triscuits. They're made of wheat, and wheat is out. But I can have cream of brown rice balls with cinnamon, mango and coconut... Surprisingly tasty.

A decoratively messy wrapped gift that nonetheless looks impressive and beautiful? I love it! Yes! That sums up A New Day (and many other parts of my life) perfectly!

And not even a breath of rest before diving into the sequel? What is it with you and Swordy, anyway, and all yer sequels!

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

This was an incredibly complex, rich story that does real 'justice' to the characters of Ryo and Dee, the men and the cops and the lovers that they are. Ryo is not wimpy and submissive; Dee is not an inconsiderate asshole. Neither gets kidnapped and raped. They are strong, and smart, and know how to do their jobs. Their jobs are actually important to them. Your mystery has actual credibility to it, and does not rely on thin coincidences for Ryo and Dee to make breakthroughs. Every point I've just listed is rare anomaly for 99% of Fake fanfics, and that last one is an anomaly for both Fanfics and the manga itself (Sanami was not so into research and heavy plotting).

It was a genuine pleasure and thrill to read, and I was only disappointed that the story did not end with Dee and Ryo nailing the bad guy. But wait! The sequel. I'm sure it'll be fantastic, and I hope show us some real evolution for the younger characters. Bikky and Carol were a big part of this, also a fanfic anomaly, and I hope you'll continue to keep them in the plot. It would be wild and cool if you progress this timeline far enough into the future that it actually includes Sanami's 'fast-forward' Bik/Carol scenes from within the manga. Because those were often fun and cute, and your fic has done such a great job of integrating itself with the canon story so far.

I so totally knew Shaver wasn't dead. But did he get away with the money? I thought he did, which makes applying for a barnacle-peeling job a little strange. Unless he's just looking for a way to keep busy. In any case, they'll probably never think to look for him in Maine, so I wish him well. He was a jerk, but I know what it's like to be born without the lucky gene, so I sympathize. It's self-righteous Mike that I'm rooting to fall. I'm sure you'll make it happen. Can't wait!

Thank you, Peacewish, for this long and detailed review. I'm sorry it took me a few days to get back to you.

Wimpy!Ryo and Asshole!Dee are two guys I just don't want to read about, even though I accept that they are enormously popular with certain fanbases. I wanted to make our two FAKE detectives human and likeable, yet stick as close to canon as possible so that the fans of Fake would clearly recognize them.

I believe that human beings (and particularly men) get a lot of their sense of identity from their jobs, so I always wanted to treat Dee and Ryo's choice of career as a very real and important part of their lives. That said, I was certainly the same as everyone else when I read the manga, thinking, "Okay, enough about the job. Go somewhere private and Bikkyless, you guys and do something romantic!"

I knew lots of people would be disappointed that Abernathy didn't get his just desserts, but it had been my intention from the very beginning to keep him around for the sequel. He'll get taken down eventually, however, and his fall will hopefully be enormously satisfying to Dee, Ryo and the readers.

Thanks for your support on the issue of the younger characters. Bikky and Carol were an inescapable part of the manga, and since their lives are intertwined with Dee and Ryo's, I feel I can't just ignore them. I'm having fun writing them, anyway. It's a challenge for me, trying to climb into the minds of very young people who, although both street-smart, are still lacking in a lot of the adult life experience I've had. I must keep them thinking, acting and feeling like teens, so I have to be careful not to slip into either an adult or a too-young mindset when I'm writing them. The scene from Volume 2, Act 7 where Carol goes out with Bobby and gets kidnapped by the gang of bank robbers is actually due to happen in the First Year Together series, as Carol is 15 going on sixteen right now in my story and Bikky is 13. It'll show up in one of my future stories, but I'm undecided as to whether I'll work it in or just refer to it.

Yeah, Shaver took the money with him all right. He kind of had to leave in a hurry and that's why he dropped a few bundles of cash when he made his escape from the Navy Yard by bicycle. But right now he needs to disappear and keep as low a profile as possible. After all, it's not like he can go open a bank account or anything. 'Ned Shaver' is dead and has to stay that way. Thanks for caring about him, though! He may be unlucky, but he's pretty resourceful and definitely not a coward.

Thanks again for all your kind words and encouragement. I very much appreciate your taking the time to comment so thoughtfully and in such detail.


Thank you so much for a work well done. A New Day (May) is a marvellous piece of fanfiction that stands far above the usual quality of FAKE fandom, I might say it set new standards for what I enjoy reading these days!

I wish you luck and I'm sure you'll be a successful writer in the future as well as today. I'll be eagerly waiting for a sequel!

(Sorry, once again my comment was short and almost icky, this summer I keep being too damn tired to think while on the internet!)

Thank you, Twiyah! Your comment was most welcome (as always) and definitely not 'icky'. I know that feeling of being too tired to think while on the internet. It often leads to the accidental deleting of important things, so be careful!.

*grins* Now that you're done, I start another Brit-a-thon and reread from the beginning. If you want, I would be happy to create a page for you that has links to all of the chapters, since I'll be going back to reread anyway. Let me know. I can't wait for more and for you to finish up the sexy slave fic.

What? Again?? *Hugs and bestows chocolate upon you!* I can't believe you're going to tackle this story again, especially considering it's the size of a small asteroid.

However, I would gratefully like to take you up on your generous offer to create a page for me that links all of the chapters. A few months ago a new reader (no doubt a young, computer-savvy person) asked why I didn't have such a page. I rather sheepishly directed her to my tags page and hinted that although I am seriously lacking in computer skills, I did nonetheless have friends who could help me in that regard... Actually, you are the person who leapt to mind, since you have kindly offered to help me in the past.

I just want to remind you, though, that there are FORTY-FOUR flippin' chapters plus an epilogue to this story, so I hope you know what you're letting yourself in for! Let's just say "No rush!" We've gone this long without a page that links all the chapters, so it really doesn't matter if we go a little longer.

Thank you again for your interest and your thoughtfulness!

Thank you! I'm very pleased with myself for completing something so big.

I can't believe it is done. I have truly enjoyed this story. It has the perfect mix of plot and hotness for the world of FAKE. I truly believe it is the best of all FAKE fanfic out there. I look forward to the sequel!

Thank you so much. That's high praise indeed, considering that there are some very good Fake fics out there. But I'm naturally not going to argue with you! My motto is to accept all compliments gratefully and bask in them! I can't wait to present the sequel. I'll post the first chapter of Justice this Friday.


Oh, Brit, what a wonderful epilogue!

I remember when I first came upon 'brit-columbia' at ff.net; you'd written a short Dee/Ryo fic, and I enjoyed it so much! I've been accused of being overly enthusiastic in my comments *sigh* and I guess I am, but I love to read. Especially something well written in my favorite fandom.

There is a ton of fic out there, and some of it is excellent, and some less do. But if it's something that catches my attention, or touches my heart, and allows me to connect with it mentally or emotionally, I feel compelled to let the author know.

As you stated, you write for your readers. I do not understand someone who would write in a public forum such as lj for themselves, but each to his or her own.

All I know is that I have thoroughly enjoyed 'A New Day,' and I thank you very much for sharing it with me.

*********

Back to the epilogue (sorry!)

I have a soft spot for Det. Shaver, and I'm glad that he's found someone to give him the chance to get back on his feet.

And, of course, I'm looking forward to 'Justice' and not just for the HAWTNESS between our boys, but so that Lt. Abernathy can get his just desserts.

Thank you.

Thank you, my dear. *Hugs you* You've been a great support to me. I promise that I, for one, will never accuse you of being too enthusiastic in your comments!

Detective Shaver is facing a difficult life of hiding his true identity and not being able to contact his family, but at least no one is trying to beat or kill him on a daily basis anymore. And he's back by the sea, which he loves.

It has been my great pleasure to share A New Day with you, and I'm looking forward to doing the same with Justice.

I am interested about the black guy Abatheny beat up under the guise of Ryo

Alan Radley will be coming back in Justice!

I have commented your other works, but I think I've hardly said a word about A New Day. It's kind of rude since I've read every chapter and you have worked hard for them.

I appreciate that you are a dedicated, skillful writer and thank you for sharing your fic with us. It's great to have you writing!

You are very welcome! Thanks for telling me that you have read every chapter. I remember your name, so I'm sure you must have commented on A New Day before. You're one of my Finnish readers, aren't you? I hope you'll also want to read every chapter of Justice. I'm going to post the first chapter within the next half hour. I know it's late at night in Finland right now, but maybe you'll see it sometime tomorrow. Thanks again!

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