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07 June 2014 @ 11:20 am
Fic: Decision (Good Enough!Verse Oneshot)  
So... I'm sorta picking this fic back up after like four and a half years...

Good Enough is the Brothers & Sisters/The OC story where Ryan Atwood is the illegitimate Walker sibling. This little thing fits between Parts One and Two of Good Enough, so after Ryan talking to Nora and arguing with Sandy, but before Ryan arrived at the Walker house and met his new found siblings. It shows why he was late enough that Nora thought he wasn't coming.


Ryan sat in his jeep, parked by the side of the road overlooking the ocean, and stared at the phone in his hand. Finally, he pulled up a number he had stared at so many times it was memorized and dialed it. As it rang, he questioned the decision, but the moment it was answered he knew he had to do this.


"Nice phone manners, Trey," Ryan said.

There was silence for a minute. "Ry?"


"Hey. What's up? Are you okay?"

"Do you... do you remember when we were kids, and that guy, William, used to visit? Mom always got sober, and cleaned up the house, and made sure our clothes were clean and it would be good for a little while?"


"Do you know who he was?"

"Ryan, why are you..."

"Did you know he was my biological father? And Ma got everything nice looking because he was giving her money?"

"How did you..."

"So you did know?"

"Yeah," Trey admitted. "Ma said if he didn't think everything was good and we were happy, he'd take you away and I'd never see you again."

"That woulda been hard for him to explain to his wife and five kids."


"Yeah. I... uh... I actually met William's widow today."

"He's dead?"

"A couple years ago. Nora... that's her name, Nora... she came to see me at work, because she wanted me to know that if ever I needed anything, I had five siblings who cared, and she wanted me to know who to call if I needed medical history... Sandy told me they wanted nothing to do with me, but apparently they all want to meet me, and Nora invited me to dinner at her house tonight so I can meet them, and I'm halfway between Newport and Pasadena, pulled over by the side of the road, and I don't know if I can go through with it, even though..."

"Even though you desperately want family."


"What was she like?"

"Nervous, but... she seemed really nice. She didn't seem like she blamed me for what Ma did..."

"I think you should give them a chance, and if they blow it, then... that's that. You'll be okay without them, but... maybe you can be great with them."

"You're not gonna hate me if I bond with my new found siblings?"

"Maybe a little," Trey said, though his tone made it clear he was joking. "You're still my brother first and foremost. I'll always be the one who taught you to walk, and ride a bike, and..."

"To swear? To steal cars?"

"You never learned that last one."

"Shut up," Ryan said, laughing slightly. "I love you, Trey. I haven't forgiven you for attacking Marissa, and I don't know if I ever will, but... you're my brother, and I love you."

"I love you, too, LB."

"I hate that nickname."

"I know," Trey acknowledged. "So... what are you gonna do?"

"I'm going to Pasadena, and if I don't chicken out again, I'm gonna meet my half siblings."

"Good. Just don't forget that, no matter how much of a fuck up and lousy brother I am, I love you and if you need me... I'll deal with prison if I have to, but if you call, I will be there."

"I know."


I'll admit that I went back and edited Part Five of Good Enough because after writing this I realized it directly contradicted a line in Part Five (Ryan told Nora he hadn't spoken to Trey in a couple of years) so I changed it to work (now he tells her he talked to Trey about the Walkers a little bit, but it's weird and complicated between them).

Part Six is coming, I actually had it almost all written, but I realized I was missing an opportunity for potential awesome, so I scrapped half of it to switch it around. But probably in another day or two I'll have it up.

I need to get some Brothers And Sisters Icons... lol
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thekiller00thekiller00 on June 8th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
It's good to see a new post for this fic. I was also wondering when Trey would make an appearance, although I'm a little surprised that he knew who Ryan's father was and didn't say anything.