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20 October 2009 @ 01:13 pm
Crossover: Linger (Ryan Atwood/Rory Gilmore, The OC/Gilmore Girls)  
So, last night I posted about wanting to challenge myself with new crossover pairings, and shortly after postiung, I started writing this. I'm moving on to the ones people suggested as soon as I post this one.


Linger

When he thought about it, Rory Gilmore kind of reminded Ryan of Lindsey Garner. Except Rory loved books rather than science, and she had always known exactly who her deadbeat dad was, instead of finding out at sixteen over Christmas dinner.

But Rory was smart and beautiful and funny. And she was far more insecure that someone as smart and beautiful and funny as she was had any right to be. So, she reminded him of Lindsey sometimes. When he actually thought about it.

He met her when she was sent to do a news story on his little college experiment in activism, when he'd started a protest against the impending closure of a homeless shelter that had become known as a safe place for runaways to go, a place they wouldn't have to worry about the guy in the next bed over touching them (or worse, Ryan'd lived it, he knew there was worse) during the night, a place they could get a hot meal and a shower and help studying for their GEDs.

Rory was older by a couple years, already a college graduate and rapidly making a name for herself in the journalism community, not that he'd heard of her since he didn't watch much TV, but yeah, apparently she was kind of famous. She also managed to piss him off five minutes into the interview with the shelter's administrator by mentioning the rhetoric that the shelter encouraged runaways to stay homeless instead of going home.

~~~

"You ever been in a house where you got hit daily?" Ryan asked her the second they took a break from the interview.

"Ryan..." the administrator, Emily, said.

"Seriously, have you ever been smacked around my someone who's job it was to protect you?" Ryan asked. "Because I've lived it. I was safer hanging out with my older brother at parties with booze and drugs than I was sitting at home with my Ma. I got my ass kicked daily, first by my father, then by my ma's boyfriends, and if there had been a place like this? Damn straight I would have come here."

"That's exactly while Child Protective Services..."

"Oh, the group that took me out of that house, then put me back in, then took me out, then back in, a half dozen times before I hit 15? And more than once put me in a foster home where I got my ass kicked? Get a clue, lady. As long as everything looks good on the surface, CPS doesn't give a shit. And this shelter? There's kids coming here who ran from foster homes where they were getting raped by both other foster kids and by the parents. This place gave them a safe place to go. Somewhere that they don't have to be afraid, because the volunteers work their asses off to protect them. Somewhere that, if someone touches a kid, that person is forcibly removed immediately and banned, permanently, because these kids deserve better," he concluded. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go help the kids with their homework."

~~~

Rory had approached Ryan that afternoon, apologizing and pointing out that she'd just been trying to get the shelter's side of that debate, she didn't neccesarily agree with it. So Ryan had apologized himself, admitting it was a sensitive subject around the shelter. Rory mentioned that the tape had still been running during Ryan's rant, and she wanted his permission to air it in her segment, to try and make people see why the shelter was important. Ryan had tried to refuse, but Rory had gone off on a long winded speech about how Ryan's passionate defense of the shelter, and why it was needed by the kids, would convince a lot of people to get involved. Finally, Ryan agreed, claiming it was to shut her up, but really because there was something about her that he liked, and he didn't want to disappoint her.

Rory had been thrilled and hurried off to make sure they bleeped the mild swearing but preserved the emotion.

The next night, after Rory's piece aired, the shelter's phoneline was inundated with calls from people wanting to donate, and soon that had enough donations to fund the place for at least another year, more if the donations kept coming. And then Rory showed up again, asking Ryan to appear on camera with her, in an official interview. He'd tried to refuse again, but she'd kept insisting and pleading and he finally gave in, but only if she had dinner with him afterwards. He hadn't expected her to agree, and he'd planned to back down on that part of it the second she protested, but instead he found himself with a date.

Of course the Cohens, including Summer (especially Summer), all had to weigh in on what he should wear for the interview, especially with the date following immediately afterwards, until finally he'd thrown has hands up and told them he was weaing a clown suit before storming out. He never lived down that one, even though he actually wore the black slacks and blue button down over a black wifebeater that Kirsten and Summer had suggested.

~~~

"My mom was ready to jump on a plane to come strangle you after she saw the first story," Rory said between bites of her hamburger.

"Really?" Ryan asked, amused. "Because my mom was ready to hunt you down and strangle you for pissing me off that bad."

"I thought you said...?"

"When I was 15, I finally got a good foster family," Ryan said. "My Ma, Dawn, she kicked me out. I'd gotten in a little bit of trouble with my brother, and I guess the fact that I made sure the bills got paid wasn't a good enough reason to keep me around, so... out I go. None of my friends would give me a roof over my head for even a night, so I called the public defender who'd helped me and given me his card. Long story short, the PD, Sandy, and his wife Kirsten took me in. First time in my life I had any adults who gave a damn. "Nowadays, whenever I talk about my parents, or my mom and my dad, I mean Sandy and Kirsten. I mention my brother? I usually mean their son, Seth, because I'm not on good terms with my biological brother."

"That's... incredible."

"I wanna pay it forward someday," Ryan admitted. "Help kids like me get a chance to prove they aren't street trash. 7 years ago, I was 15 and scared that I was gonna have to start hustling to survive. Now, I'm a year away from graduating from a University."

"I'll be sure to tell my mom no strangling allowed," Rory said.

"I'll tell mine the same," Ryan agreed.

The End

Yeah, it's kinda open ended, but... lol... seemed like a good place to stop...
 
 
 
jujuberry136jujuberry136 on October 20th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
This is really cute. I love the mutual threats of mom homicide :D

I do hope there's more some day! Thanks for sharing.
Kat: 2Faceskatwoman76 on October 20th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like it :)
finleefinlee on October 20th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Very nice! And I never realized how much Rory is like Lindsey until now!
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
This is good. I hope there's more to come.
60schic60schic on October 21st, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Very nice. We got an unusually long bit of Ryan dialogue (and I do not mean that as a criticism) which now makes me long for the same from Rory, in that clipped and witty style the GG writers had.

: )
dogsbody01 on October 21st, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Me like.The chemistry between Rory and Ryan,was most excellant.Plus the threats, of a mommy beatdown, from Kirsten and Lorelei respectively.For their respective child(ren) being dissed, by the other;seems like the makings, of a good oneshot.:)
crossover_fancrossover_fan on February 9th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
I like Ryan and Rory together. It'll be interesting to see what happens when they meet each other's family and friends.