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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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ryanforever
Feb. 19th, 2008 09:59 pm (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. 19th, 2008 10:52 pm (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.
ryanforever
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
You're right about Ryan. I think that's why I got so hooked on the show and why I was so disappointed when it finished, because there was so much still left unanswered.

Ryan was an amazing character (and Ben certainly did a great job with the role). If only we'd been able to see where life took him.
nightrider101
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think that's why I got so hooked on the show and why I was so disappointed when it finished, because there was so much still left unanswered.

I agree completely even if I was a bit late to the party. ;)

At least the genre is still alive and well in fanfic. We're blessed with some amazing authors that are willing to explore some of the more complex sides of Ryan's diverse character.
ryanforever
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
True.

And the character is so intiguing that he'll give us story fodder for years to come.