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Ficlet: Why He Stayed

Ficlet: Why He Stayed
Author: NightRider
Fandom: The OC
Beta: The wondeful souleswanderer who knows nothing about the show, but was nice enough to look it over anyway.
Characters: Ryan, Sandy
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The OC. How sad for me!
Rating: G
Summary: It's no secret that life is better in Newport, but why does Ryan really stay?
A/N: I've had this idea for awhile now and finally put it down on paper. No one die of shock, okay?

Ryan walked into the lavish kitchen, opening the refrigerator and viewing the ample supply of food. He grabbed the orange juice from the shelf and an apple from the bowl on the counter. He was trying to get used to all the food and he still cringed when the Cohens tossed away far more than they consumed.

The abundant supply of food was nice, but it wasn’t why he stayed.

He glanced at the pool house through the glass doors. A pool house. A freaking pool house. It was incredible – expensive sheets, fancy furniture, and it wasn’t like he had to worry about the Cohens being evicted.

A roof over his head, soft sheets and a place to call his own – it was wonderful, but it wasn’t why he stayed.

He pulled out a chair and dropped onto the seat, pulling his textbooks out of his backpack. A private school and a real chance for college… He didn’t think he’d ever get used it. College wasn’t an option or even a dream. Back in Chino, college was as much an option as sprouting wings and flying to Mars. Still, here he was with his textbooks and new clothes, attending a school that gave him a real shot at getting into a good college somewhere.

It was amazing, like living a dream he never dared to hope for, but even that, as incredible as it was, wasn’t why he stayed.

“Hey, kid,” Sandy said as he walked into the kitchen with his briefcase under his arm.

Ryan looked up, a hesitant smile lifting the corners of his mouth.

“Seth told me you aced your Physics exam yesterday,” Sandy said conversationally, watching as Ryan lowered his head and shrugged. He walked past the table, pausing to rest his hand on Ryan’s shoulder. “I’m proud of you.”

Ryan sat perfectly still as the door closed, and Sandy joined Kirsten outside to savor the warm California afternoon.

Ryan smiled, his pencil tapping against the tabletop, as his gaze dropped to the open textbook.

He couldn’t think of any place he’d rather be.




( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Sorry I'm clueless about the OC, but nice subtle characterization here. See email for the nit-pick.
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you caught that!!

Why is it when I screw up, it's always something huge?

Thank you so much, dear. You're wonderful!!
(no subject) - souleswanderer - Jan. 4th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 4th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Lovely little vignette.
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
YAY! You didn't die of shock!

I was afraid I might kill half the OC fandom by posting again. ;)

Thanks for taking the time to respond!
(no subject) - 60schic - Jan. 4th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nightrider101 - Jan. 4th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 4th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
?!? Do my eyes deceive me?

Other than having nowhere to go, Ryan definitely would have stayed for the occasional acknowledgment and genuine kind act or word. However few or far between they were, they would have been precious commodities that he would have treasured and replayed over and over.

(He probably never got used to their excess in all things- or of what to make of how they interacted with one another as he viewed them through the lens of his own experience.)

Btw, I stayed for Ryan.

Back to rubbing eyes...
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Many of us stayed for Ryan. :)

The idea of someone believing in him, someone being proud of him, I think that would have meant more than anything money could buy.

Thanks for the review, Beach. I'm glad you liked this little vignette.
(no subject) - beachtree - Jan. 5th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 4th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
that's lovely
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Praise from Sandy, lovely .
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
lovely, thanks for putting it on paper and sharing it.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely piece. You capture Ryan really good.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jan. 4th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Please never,ever leave the OC fandom? things just wouldn't be the same without you,

I really loved this vignette. It showed the little thinga in life mean the most and are free.

Thanks nightrider!:)
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Awww. Thank you. *blushes*

I have no intention of leaving, although admittedly, I'm not writing much for the fandom these days. I'm still out there, though. :)

Thank you for the kind review!
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Jan. 4th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Very very nice. I really enjoyed it.
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Love it.
Jan. 5th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
oh. *sniff*
so sweet.
so oh. *sniff* sweet.
Jan. 5th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Awww. Thank you! :)
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Simply perfect.
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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