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Drabble: Learning

Drabble: Learning
Author: NightRider
Fandom: The OC
Rating: PG
Summary: Despite all he knows, there's many things Ryan's got left to learn.
A/N: Thanks to brandywine421 for her assistance and musical motivation.





There were a lot of things Ryan knew how to do. He knew how to make breakfast. He knew how to get vomit out of cheap carpet. He knew how to roll a joint. He knew how to pour concrete to make a foundation for a house. He knew how to drive a car. He knew how to wash his own clothes. He knew how to hide a broken arm for months.

There were a lot of things Ryan didn’t know how to do. He didn’t know how to properly set a table. He didn’t know how to tie a tie. He didn’t know how to plan a charity event. He didn’t know how to surf. He didn’t know how to make idle conversation around the dinner table. He didn’t know how to use chopsticks.

“Thanks for setting the table, kid,” Sandy commented as he walked into the kitchen and saw Ryan awkwardly standing next to the table with a cluster of silverware in his hand. “I really appreciate all your help.”

There were many things Ryan didn’t know how to do, but he was learning. And for once in his life, he wasn’t afraid of the consequences if he didn’t get it right the first time.

~Finished~

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brandywine421
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
And for once in his life, he wasn’t afraid of the consequences if he didn’t get it right the first time. Great line. Great drabble!!
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks hun! And thank you for your assistance. :) I thoroughly enjoyed myself this evening.
beachtree
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
First of all, love the icon. So appropriate considering the tie. Sometimes they're just a mystery... And he didn't hesitate to keep trying with that dreaded accessory either, did he?

I love the example of the idle conversation around the dinner table. It resonates for all you don't say. I immediately think of the Atwood HoT, with anyone who dared attempt a quasi-charade of a 'meal' trying to be nonchalant despite the pins and needles- anyone but Frank, A.J. and whatever Neanderthals roamed in between. "Hiding in Plain Sight 101 and Hoping for Something Edible" doesn't correlate to dining in Casa Cohen.

Setting the table is so symbolic for having the proper tools- for once- and knowing how and when to use them. Not dreading the consequences and relaxing enough to maybe make a mistake? Priceless. Imagine getting a second chance- and being able to attempt it- and not as a trap to dig the hole deeper...
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm getting better at using the appropriate icon. :) I pulled that one out of the bunch that brandywine421 made for me.

I figured the Atwoods didn't even bother to eat dinner together. I got the vision of every man for themself and God for them all.

Dude, I still don't know how to properly set a dinner table. Silverware placement confuses the hell out of me.

Thanks for the kind review. I appreciate it!
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teachertam
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
Aw, so sweet and beautiful!

Nicely done.

Thank you.
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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katwoman76
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Perfect last line.
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm glad you liked it.
fifimom
Feb. 17th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Thanks Sweetie, it's always good to read you.
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Thank you for continuing to read!
fredsmith518
Feb. 17th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
that's a good drabble, saying something meaningful in a few words is tricky, well done, I see you found the words that wanted to be written:)
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Drabbles were always hard for me. Some people have the ability to knock you on your rump with ten words. I never was one of those poeple. ;

I'm so glad you enjoyed this.
yessi_5
Feb. 17th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Awwww. This was so sweet.
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
jujuberry136
Feb. 17th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Awww. So cute! Lovely drabble.
nightrider101
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
kazfloyd
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Very sweet drabble!
nightrider101
Feb. 18th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ryanforever
Feb. 20th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Very enjoyable drabble. There was always so many layers to Ryan Atwood that nothing ever seemed straight forward. It would take forever to peel them off and get to the real feelings beneath.
nightrider101
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Ryan was such a complex character. We could write fanfic for years and never even come close to covering it all. :)

Thanks for the kind review.
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Aww.
This was sooooo cute. You're the best, Sara. *hugs*

~Nicole
nightrider101
Feb. 20th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Aww.
Thank you! *hugs back* :D
smc36
Feb. 21st, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Nice. Drabble.
So sweet.
nightrider101
Feb. 21st, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
mirella67
Mar. 21st, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
I just stumbled on this. Nice work, and that last line is a killer.
nightrider101
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you found my LJ! :)

Thanks for the kind review.
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