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11 August 2016 @ 10:15 pm
Pick-A-Prompt Fic - "Minister's Wife" - Prompt #27  
Click HERE for the details on this new Pick A Prompt. Basically either you can challenge me or you can accept my challenge, either way you pick a number and a fic will be written by someone. challenged me with with #27 and The OC.

The prompt itself has nothing to do with The OC, I believe it's from True Blood, but could be wrong. In this case, it's the text on the gif and the emotion of it that inspired...

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Minister's Wife

When he opened the door, Ryan almost didn't recognize the woman in front of him. Dark blonde hair, falling in soft waves from where it was clipped back off her face. Buttoned up blouse paired with a knee length skirt. Manicured fingernails, light makeup, and tasteful jewelry. He had never seen her looking like this, not even the times he'd seen her in court trying to get custody of he and Trey back.

"What the hell, Dawn?"

"Hi, baby," Dawn replied with a smile.

"What are you doing here?"

"I wanted to see you! Show you how good I'm doing and tell you... I'm a changed woman. No drugs, no alcohol... I'm engaged!"

"What?" Ryan asked.

"He's a minister at a church in Albuquerque, isn't that great? I'm gonna be happy at last!"

Ryan was silent for a moment, then burst out laughing. "That's... that's a good one, Dawn."

"I'm not joking!" Dawn snapped. "He's a good man, and he loves me, and..."

Ryan stopped laughing to stare at her, realization dawning on him. "And you want me to play doting son and make you look good," he said.

"This is my chance to be happy for once..."

"Right, because you were always such a devoted mother," Ryan replied. "No. Leave."


"Don't call me that!" Ryan snapped. "You know, if you had shown up a couple years ago with this bullshit request? I might have agreed, because I do still love you. But now? Now I know what it's like to have a kid, I know how a real parent feels about their kid, and it is not to toss them away when they're inconvenient!"

"You're a dad?" Dawn said. "I'm a grandma? Since when? Boy or girl?"

"You don't get to know," Ryan said. "Because no, you aren't a grandma. That title goes to the woman who has actually been a mother to me. The woman who was there for me when I needed someone to be there. And you are not even remotely that person. Never have been. I will not expose my kid yo you're shit. You will never know my family. And you need to leave. Now."


Ryan just shook his head and stepped back inside, closing the door then turning to see Robbie standing at the foot of the stairs, an uncertain look on his face as he tugged his sleeves down over his hands as much as he could. The doorbell started ringing, accompanied by Dawn knocking and begging him to open the door, and Ryan slowly moved over and sat down on the stairs. "So... that's my mother."

"You know what? I am totally cool with having an uptight rich lady for a grandma if that's the alternative," Robbie said, sitting down next to him, but watching the door warily. "You okay?"

"Been better."

"You've been my dad for like six months, and you're already better at the whole parent thing than she seems to be," Robbie said. "It's like she didn't even really see you."

"She never has."

"Well, no clue how it happened, but you're awesome," Robbie said, thumping his shoulder against Ryan's. "But she sucks."

Ryan chuckled, glancing up at the door as the doorbell stopped and the knocking tappered off. "Thanks, kid."

"Anytime," Robbie said. "Besides, you helped me deal with my lousy mother. Least I can do is commiserate with you about yours."

Ryan snorted and put an arm around Robbie's shoulders, pulling him close. "Now you know why I said 'I get it' about your mother," he said. "And I'm sorry you had to hear all that."

"I've heard worse. And I'll bet you have, too."

"Let's just say, compared to past behavior, I can almost believe her as a minister's wife," Ryan said. "Honestly, I was expecting her to through something through the window," he added with a shrug.

Robbie considered. "Maybe we should go into the kitchen. Just in case she changes her mind and... throws something."

"Good idea," Ryan agreed, getting up.

The End
Jessica SmithJessica Smith on August 12th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Great story. I am assuming Robbie was the kid that Ryan sees at the end of the show. Nice switch up because I originally thought Ryan's kid would be younger and his biologically but I like the twist.

If possible I want to request another story. Your so good and I totally understand responding to anyone who hasn't gotten a story yet first. Whenever you get a chance.

you write it (please)
criminal minds /oc universe (when brooke and ryan are kidnapped but get rescued by the team)
Maramissmara on August 12th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the intent is that Robbie is the kid from the end of the series. Robbie actually pops up in a couple different stories, with slight variations to his backstory, but he's always an abused and neglected kid that Ryan can't help but be drawn to and want to help. There's a couple other prompts that if chosen will mostly like be about Ryan and Robbie... mostly because the actor I use as my default teenage Robbie is featured in them... lol

And of course you can challenge me again! Anyone can issue a second challenge as soon as I have posted my response to the first one they challenged! So far I've written all the challenges I've gotten, so feel free to keep challenging! The only 'rule' is each person can only issue one challenge at a time. Once I've finished their challenge, they are free to challenge again... does that make sense? I just worked 5am to 3pm, so... yeah, kinda fuzzy brained...
beachtreebeachtree on August 13th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
That was quick! I was back attempting to finish work, so I missed it last night.

The idea of Dawn and the minister was some kind of stroke of twisted genius. Dawn is nothing if not extreme. Can we say seesaw, only never with the positive, only what she thinks is going to be a gain for her, no matter how hard she steps on Ryan (or tosses him aside or throws him under the flavor of the day/week/month or Frank, first of all, bus) without a second glance or thought. Good for him for keeping the physical and emotional distance and being empowered. I wasn't sure at first about his son's age and if he'd be able to understand what was going on, or if Ryan was talking more to himself before going to calm a younger, but still perceptive child until the reveal. Then it fit that this was the younger version of himself who had some kind of shared experience.

Thanks for rising to the challenge! It's great to have glimpses of Ryan again and as a parent in whatever way.
Maramissmara on August 13th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
I see it as going two ways... Either the minister really is a nice guy and good minister (who doesn't really how awful Dawn truly is), or... he's actually a cult leader who calls himself a minister... lol... I kinda lean towards the second option... Dawn would be easily manipulated into joining a cult, I think, and if the leader showed an interest in her she would jump at it because I see Dawn as defining herself based on the man in her life.

Robbie would be about fifteen or so in this, the same age Ryan was when he met the Cohens, and in a lot of ways he's a reflection of Ryan at that age. I sorta intentionally made Robbie maybe seem younger when he very first appeared (the tugging his sleeves down over his hands), to emphasize why Ryan was so firm that Dawn would NOT know his family and NOT know anything about them. Robbie is snarky and sarcastic, and he and Ryan give each other a hard time a lot, but he's also very vulnerable emotionally. Ryan is literally the first person in his life to stand up and protect him, to tell him he was allowed to be scared, vulnerable, 'weak', allowed to screw up and do stupid things, and that he would still be loved and still have a safe home regardless. Robbie had absolutely no one until Ryan, just a mother who did the bare minimum to keep him alive.

I always love the idea of Ryan being a foster dad, that he would be more than willing to take in the 'damaged' kids that no one else wanted, because he wants to try and help them. Even if he fails, he wants them to know that someone cared enough to TRY, because in the long term that could make the difference.
beachtreebeachtree on August 13th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
I definitely see any "minister" as embodying all of the most despicable traits of the sleazy, manipulative, controlling and out for power and cash kind who puts ego first. It's far too prevalent in certain so-called "churches" filled with the gullible or just willing sheeple, meaning the wrong kinds of self-proclaimed Christians who are often far from people with the best motives, actions and words. They're their own kind of cult, not to exclude the more traditional form, even if it's disguised as something else. That would appeal to a Dawn and she'd be easy pickings. She's not the brightest bulb on the tree at her best and semi-sober, and she's beyond self-absorbed along with defining herself through whatever man she's with. For Ryan, it has to be a rush of memories hitting all at once with the images and feelings. Time to literally and figuratively close the door and in her face.

The insights into the Ryan and Robbie dynamic are helpful and make sense in terms of Ryan's defining traits and what he'd want to do for others based on his own constant struggles. For him, until Sandy, there was no one willing to see him, not the kid lost in the Atwood mess and trapped by them, never mind reach out and believe in him on his own terms. Ryan grasped at the helping hand and was more than willing to do everything he could, even if it meant having to figure out the rules and adapt almost solely without much guidance. That makes the "try" part important. It's a two-way street, but Ryan would again do all he could for a kid who would have to try as well.

Thanks again!