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02 March 2009 @ 09:09 pm
Fic: 5 Memorable First Dates Between Ryan And Brooke (The OC/OTH)  
So... I've had this idea for a while... finally decided to write it... Various universes, some you guys know (There's a Snapshots!Verse one in there!) some I know well but you guys haven't seen (yet). Each ficlet is titled with the location the Date takes place in. As with most of my '5' sets, there's comments and explanations after the fics. These range from sweet, to funny, to bittersweet.

1. The Newport Boardwalk

"Come on... please?" Brooke pleaded, tugging Ryan through the crowds.

"No," Ryan replied, even though he was smiling.

"Yes," Brooke said, nodding eagerly, eyes wide and happy.


"Ryan..." Brooke replied, pouting slightly. "Please?"

"Just one," he said.

"Just one round," Brooke agreed, grinning as she bounced on the balls of her feet slightly.

"No, just one," Ryan corrected firmly. "One, Brooke."

"Okay, okay," Brooke said. She turned to the man in the stall and slapped a dollar on the counter. "One baseball, please, my date's gonna win me something."

Ryan sighed as he took the baseball. His toss went wide and he glanced over to see a disappointed look on Brooke face, so he dug out another dollar. "Give me another ball," he said, not missing the way Brooke's eyes lit up and she clapped her hands together slightly. He hit it dead on this time, and laughed as Broke threw herself into his arms, squealing in delight.

"What would you like?" the man behind the counter asked.

Brooke considered for a moment, then pointed out the giant white bear. "You'll carry it, right?" she teased Ryan.

"I better get a good night kiss for this," Ryan replied with a sigh.

"Trust me, you will," Brooke replied.

2. The Yacht Club

"This is the most boring party I've ever been to," the brunette girl said as she sidled up beside Ryan. "Let's sneak out."

Ryan contemplated asking who she was, but then he spotted Julie glaring at him and found himself nodding. "Sounds good," he agreed.

"Come on," the girl said, grabbing his sleeve and slowly guiding him through the crowd until they reached the door and could slip out of the ballroom and into the empty hallway. "Well, cute guy, no bad music, and no stuck up idiots. The night's already looking up."

"Who are you?" Ryan asked.

"Brooke Penelope Davis," she said, holding out her hand.

"Ryan James Atwood," Ryan replied, smiling as he shook her hand. "So... what now?"

"We could... go steal a yacht."

"Probably a bad idea," Ryan said. "But I know one we can go hang out on."

"Sounds like a plan," Brooke said, threading her arm through his. "Lead on."


There was something about this girl. He couldn't picture any of the other girls in the party, especially not Marissa, taking off their heels and sitting on the deck of the yacht with their legs and feet hanging over the side, dress blowing in the breeze.

"So, who's boat is this?"

"My foster mom's dad's," Ryan replied. "Caleb's finally stopped thinking I'm a criminal, so he's actually said I can use it if I want. Not that I know how to sail something like this, even if I wanted to."

"I know how," Brooke replied. "Back home, before he got fired and we went temporarily broke, my dad had a yacht that me and my friend Peyton used to go out on in the summer. Many a boy in speedboats got flashed from the deck of that boat."

Ryan couldn't help laughing as he looked out over the water. "Where's home?" he asked.

"Tree Hill, North Carolina," Brooke replied. "I was head cheerleader, and I was suppose to be Class President. But then my parents suddenly decided I had to move here to live with them, even though before they'd promised I could finish high school in Tree Hill with my friends."

"That sucks," Ryan said.

"I really wanna go home," Brooke admitted. "But it's nice to be away from everything. No boyfriend who cheated on me with my best friend. No other friends who ran off and got married and are sickeningly happy now."

"Sounds like your best friend is a bitch and your boyfriend is an idiot," Ryan said, squeezing her hand.

"Maybe he just wanted a girl who wasn't a slut who strips in the back seat of his car to get his attention," Brooke said. "Or a girl who liked sucky emo music. Or a girl who understood and liked all that 'classic' literature he kept trying to shove down my throat."

"He's still an idiot," Ryan said.

Brooke looked over at him, and wiped the tears from her eyes. "Why can't I meet guys like you?"

"You did," Ryan said.

Brooke smiled. "I've got an idea."

"Another one?"

"You think your grandfather has food on this thing?"

"I know he does..."

"Picnic," Brooke said. "There's gotta be a blanket or towels or something down below."

"Wait here, I'll take care of it," Ryan said, pushing himself up.

"Barefoot picnics are best," Brooke called after him, laughing as his shoes were lightly kicked out the door that led below deck.

3. The Prom

"I owe you one, Ryan," Brooke said as she and Ryan sat in his car outside Harbor.

"No, you really don't," Ryan replied.

Brooke looked over at him, smiling softly. "Yeah, I do," she said. "You stepped up, you... you came to my rescue. And now when we walk in there, and I know everyone is gonna stare and cop attitudes about you and me being here together, and Lucas is gonna..."

"My brother is an idiot, and it'll be nice to be the one people are looking at for once," Ryan said. "Not that I'd want that all the time," he added hastily.

"Of course not," Brooke agreed. "You ready to deal with it for tonight?" she asked.

"No," Ryan said. "But let's go anyway."

"That's the spirit," Brooke said, smiling as Ryan jumped out to run around and open her door for her, offering a hand out. "Thank you," she said, threading her arm through his. "Now, let's go show them how hot the rejects are looking tonight."

"Sounds like a plan," Ryan agreed.


While they were prepared for the surprised looks, neither had been prepared for the level of hate coming from Lucas, Blair, and Peyton.

"Maybe this wasn't such a good idea," Brooke said, looking around.

"Don't let them win," Ryan replied. "You are better than them."

"So are you," Brooke said, squeezing his hand. "Come on, I see Chuck, He's sure to make some accurate and cutting but incredibly bitchy for a straight guy comments about the idiots and bitches," she said.

4. Fisherman's Wharf

Brooke sat cross legged on the bench beside Ryan, eating her ice cream as she soaked up the sun. "I think I like California first dates," she said.

"Oh yeah?" Ryan replied.

"I don't feel like some dumb cheerleader trying to fit in with the smart guy," she explained. "Even though I'm pretty sure you're a smarter guy than my ex."

"I'd say your ex is an idiot," Ryan said, taking a bite of his ice cream bar. "He let you go, didn't he?"

"That is such a line," Brooke said, laughing.

"Yeah, it is," Ryan admitted, smiling back at her. "So, what do you wanna do next?"

"I wanna... do whatever you wanna do," Brooke said.

"Even if that's... architectural tour?" Ryan suggested, laughing at the not quite disguised look of distaste on Brooke's face. "How about we check out the shopping? I wanna get some cheesy tourist things to send to my sisters."

"How many sisters do you have?"

"Well, the baby is Sophie Rose," Ryan explained as they got up. "She's in Berkeley with our parents, so I see her all the time. Then there's Kaitlin, she lives in Newport with her mom and our baby brother to be..."

"Wait..." Brooke said.

"Sophie Rose's parents are my former foster parents, who were better parents in 4 years than my biological parents where in 15 years. Kaitlin's mom is dating my biological father, and I love her like a sister, even if Frank and Julie broke up, so... she's my sister."

"That's sweet," Brooke said. "And the other sister?"

"Summer," Ryan said. "My foster brother's ex-girlfriend. Summer's... she kinda pulled me out of this really bad depression a while back. Everyone else tried, but... Summer got me to listen to the others. She's always gonna be family."

"You can't possibly be a real guy," Brooke said. "No guy is that sweet."

"I guess I'm a figment of your imagination then."

"Yeah, well, I'll enjoy my delusion while it lasts," Brooke said. "Let's go find cheesy tourist stuff for your sisters," she added.

5. The South Of France

"I dare you," Brooke said.

"No," Ryan replied.

"Why not?" Brooke asked as she peeled her shirt off over her head and went to work on the buttons of her jeans.

"We could get caught?" Ryan replied, trying not to laugh at the innocent look on the girl's face.

"At midnight? Half a mile from anywhere?" Brooke replied.

"This isn't on my list," Ryan said.

"Check the end," Brooke said, kicking her jeans off and turning to take off her bra.

Ryan dug the notebook he had his list on out of his backpack and flipped through the pages until he came to the end of the list, finding five items had been added in more delicate handwriting than his own.

#108 - Go skinny dipping in the South Of France.
#109 - Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details.
#110 - Shower in a waterfall
#111 - Sleep under the stars
#112 - Pretend to be engaged to a beautiful woman so you both get free stuff

"You added stuff to my list?" Ryan said, looking up and seeing Brooke was already waist deep in the lake. "Brooke?"

"You falling behind here, and it's on the list!" Brooke called in a sing song voice before dunking under the water.

Ryan looked down at the list, then back up at Brooke as she came back up out of the water, laughing. "I'm coming!" he called back, starting to strip. It wasn't like he could really complete any of his own items that night, and there were worse things to do before you die.


1. The Newport Boardwalk
New Universe, don't really know much about it beyond the fact that Ryan and Brooke are cute together... lol...

2. The Yacht Club
Again, New Universe, don't know much except it's set sometime between Seasons 2 and 3 of both shows, with Ryan/Marissa having broken up and Caleb still alive and softening towards Ryan. Also, Julie is an evil bitch, cut from the same cloth as Victoria, Brooke's mom.

3. The Prom
This is part of the Orange Hill!Verse. It's a The OC/OTH/Gossip Girl crossover where they all live in the town of Orange Hill, California, Ryan and Lucas are brothers, Lucas is an ass who dumped Brooke for Peyton, Ryan has always been in Lucas' shadow and Brooke is the only one of the 'populars' who really ever noticed for anything but mocking so he's totally willing to help her get a little revenge on Lucas. And Chuck is Brooke's cousin and despite their huge differences Chuck and Ryan have become friends, and they both despise vapid and shallow Blair, who pretended to like Ryan in order to play a cruel joke on him which was Lucas' idea... and it's funny and a nice soap-y dramatic mix of the shows... It actually started with this random manip I made of Ryan and Brooke from what was originally a 7th Heaven ad featuring Lucy and Kevin and I sort of built the whole idea around that image... lol...

4. Fisherman's Wharf
Snapshots!Verse. I'd say it takes place a few days AFTER they first met at the gym. Coffee after the first meeting doesn't count as a date because they were just seeing each other as potential friends. But when Ryan asked if Brooke wanted to hanging out that weekend, it was for a date, and this was part of that date. It just suddenly came out, the part about Ryan calling Summer his sister, but it fits in this universe, since even if it hadn't been Taylor that Seth slept with, Ryan would be siding with Summer in that whole mess.

5. The South of France
Things To Do...!Verse. This one... there's no tiptoeing around it. Ryan is sick, like terminally ill, has maybe a year or so to live, and he decides to spend it doing all these things that under normal circumstances he wouldn't because he'll never get the chance to experience the things he really wanted to (falling in love with The One, getting married, being a dad), so he wants to do lots of other stuff and have the Cohens at least be left with the idea that he experienced something before he died. And he meets Brooke by chance in Europe and she winds up tagging along with him and when they end up stranded in the south of France, in the middle of nowhere by a beautiful lake... well... Brooke's a force of nature. lol... This universe could also, quite possibly, wind up with Jess Mariano joining the pair on the around the world journey. I'd write the whole thing if I could decide whether I want to be sad and kill Ryan or happy and find a way to let him live....

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garnigalgarnigal on March 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I like all of these, but I'm craving more in the Things To Do...!Verse. And I'd vote for sad and kill him.
Maramissmara on March 3rd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
lol... the sad ending works the best, as much as I hate killing him... it would jsut kinda saeem like a cheat to have him live a long life after going through all this drama of wanting to live because he's dying...

Things To Do... has kinda been my secret baby for months now... half of the Skinny Dipping scene was actually written back in JUNE (when I put out a call for things Ryan might put on his list... lol) but needed polishing before posting and this seemed like a good time to post the scene... lol...
garnigalgarnigal on March 3rd, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
It's a bit of a cop out, but you can always epilogue with Brooke having a baby - Ryan won't get to be a dad, but it would be a sweet little full circle for the people who love him and miss him.
Maramissmara on March 3rd, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I was actually kinda thinking that myself! lol...
fifimom on March 3rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for the fictions and the explanations.
alluxeraalluxera on March 3rd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I really like Ryan and Brooke together, although I'm a little sad about #5, because I don't like dead!Ryan.
Please don't kill him, I love happy endings. :)
jujuberry136jujuberry136 on March 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I liked these! Especially the Things to Do 'verse! I think you'd probably have to kill Ryan at the end (doctor's don't give out terminal diagnoses lightly) but you could always go the reincarnation route (Brooke later on meets reincarnated!Ryan) or you could always try having another guy receiving a heart transplant from Ryan after he dies and meeting Brooke and having there be a connection. Apparently sometimes people with major organ transplants have personality or habit changes after their transplant which they attribute to the donor.

Anyway, loved all of them thanks for sharing!
Maramissmara on March 3rd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Both of those ideas could actually work really well... the heart one especially, because I've heard of that phenomena before and find it fascinating....
ocmissocmiss on March 6th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oooh, they all sounds really good, i really hope you'll continue to write some of them (especially TO DOs Verse !!) :)
dogsbody01 on July 2nd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Nice writing.I really liked "Fisherman's Wharf" and "The South of France"best.