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“Mrs. Harris.”

The woman in the kitchen gave a small jump, as if she had forgotten that there was a party of people for her in the next room. She turned to give him a warm smile. “Why Ryan, I didn’t realize you were there. Can I get you something? Are you hungry?”

Ryan shook his head. If anything, he should be reminding her and Rylie to eat. Rylie herself had been so silent, Ryan wasn’t sure if she had a bite.

“Someone was asking for you,” he said curtly.

“Who was it, dear?”

“I’m... not sure.” To him, everyone at the gathering looked the same. Same frowns, same murmuring manner of speaking, same apparel colour.

“Thanks for telling me Ryan, I’ll be out once I’m finished with the dishes.” She smiled in her black dress and returned to her view above the sink. Hearing the tap water running above the plates and mugs, Ryan knew that it was time for him to leave. But his feet wouldn’t budged. The funeral reception needed her presence.

“Mrs. Harris?” he spoke again.

“Yes dear?”

“Can I help you dry the dishes?”

Her answer did not come quick. Her voice was sickly sweet when it said, “That would be very nice.”

Ryan made his way and picked up a wash cloth. For a few minutes, neither would speak or look at each other. When the plates were all done, Ryan took his time to wipe the last glassware. Rylie’s mum had placed her hands by the sink and leaned towards it, her eyes casted downwards.

“It doesn’t feel real, does it?” she said.

“Yeah.” Ryan replied somberly.

“I keep thinking that Bill is laughing as he looks down on us.”

Ryan cleared his throat. “Things will get better.”

“Now don’t you worry about me, dear.” She tilted her head towards him. “I’m good, and I will be. We’d known it will happen for some time... so -” she paused, drifted by her thoughts. Her expression grew darker, and she seemed ignorant of Ryan’s presence until he put the glass down.

“Mrs. Harris?”

Noting the concern on Ryan’s face, she quickly continued. “I am okay with it, you know. I knew what would change after he’s gone; I mean, we talked. We talked about you kids, the house, the garden, who gets the to keep his coin collection, the colour theme for his mother’s new kitchen - but somehow, somehow I’ve forgotten about the toothpaste. The one in the bathroom - Bill squeezes it from the center and I’ve always corrected it, but today - this morning I went in there, and there was no dent on the thing, so I -” she clasped one hand above her mouth, and inhaled loudly.

Ryan gazed at his feet, pretending to be oblivious to her muffled cries. He knew he should comfort her; hers was the family that didn’t hesitate to bring him in when he was going through the same thing. They were the reason he was not brought up to foster care. He brought up a hand to hold her wrist steadily.

“I’m sorry. I.. miss him too.”

The woman seemed genuinely surprised. She wiped her tear-stained face with a tissue and kneeled down to his height. “Thanks Ryan. It’s good to have you here.” She pulled him in for a hug, before walking out from the room.

“There you are, Laura -!” an elderly woman’s voice resonated through the living room. “Everyone’s been looking for you."

Ryan half-listened to the murmured chatter of adults who began to give their condolences to the widow. He leaned back towards a wall, when he spotted Rylie across the room.

He’d never seen her wore black. Even at his parents’ funeral, Rylie had adorned something blue that brought out her glistened eyes. Now, the somber hue contrasted her starkly pale face and short blonde hair. He reached out a hand when she walked over.

“Hey,” he said.

The girl nodded and suddenly hugged him. No tears, no words, just a life-gripping embrace. Ryan pulled her in, knowing the pain of void inside of her.

A few long minutes after, she pulled away slowly. “I don’t know how you did this.”

Ryan shrugged his shoulders, but knew deep down the answer was standing next to him. “It gets better,” he simply said. Taking hold of her hand, he guided her into the ceremony.
Just a short story to thank those who still believes in these stories. :love:

I know it's not much of a RyRy, but it's still pretty cute. It's a backstory for RyRy's childhood, something that happened long before Ryan and Rylie was absorbed into Watchers.


Ryan & Rylie (c) WATCHERS
WATCHERS (c) =kai-isolated & ~nixcoo
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Froidel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
GAH. This is too cute. You know my weakness c:

Welcome back by the way. You don't post much anymore... :(

He’d never seen her wore black. (should be wear)
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emisnowstar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
- ALMOST CHRISTMAS STORY COMPLETED PLZ. JK. I know you're super buzy already. :P Can't always satisfy every reader and fan that comes along the way but, THAT'S A CUTE FILLER. ;_____; MORE PLZ.

-Emiifire.
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soulie7 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
YAY STORYYYYY I missed your storys nix :D
But Oh dear the saddness/cry
but still nicer than what kai does to poor ryry LOL Those poor souls have died so many times at her hands
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Writer
Hahaha I'll try for something happier next time :D
How are u doing soulie?
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soulie7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
somehow ryry happy does not compute LOL
and Im ok just being a bored hobo for summer/shot
:D and can't wait for more watchers Love reading your stories and watching kai torture everyone
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ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
OH GOD THAT WAS HORRIBLY SAD BUT INCREDIBLY CUTE AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M FEELING BECAUSE I LOVE THESE TWO SO MUCH BUT SEEING THEM IN THIS MUCH PAIN HURTS ME.

*breathes* I'm happy to see you posting again! And it's crazy angst too! I really missed all of this~ You've done a wonderful job twisting my feelings >3<
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
Hehehehehehehe I love to polarize my readers' feelings so... SUCESS :XD:

As with Kai as well, we love putting these two in a lot of angst - muahahahha. And this happen when they were young too- Ryan's 12 and Rylie is only 10 /sob sob/

:D
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ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
AWW THAT YOUNG? Man, that makes it even more sad.

This is, like, a super success because my feeling just shot off the chart. xD
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FallRockPumpkins Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that was amazing, and cute (between Ryan and Rylie). Even made me sad a bit reading this. Amazing. Great job!
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
Thank you so much Pumpkin :D :D :D
I'm so glad you like it.
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FallRockPumpkins Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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KreepyKyute Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I love all these little stories! I'm sad to admit that I have only read the RyRy ones, but it is because I'm a little confused about the order I should be reading everything else. Is there a little guide or character biographies I can read so that I'm not confused as to who is who xD; sorry.
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
I do make a lot of RyRy stories, so I'm glad to know you've read quite a lot of 'these little stories' :D

And yes, there is something like a guide to help you read them in some order: [link]
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Dances-In-Rain Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought I died of happiness when I saw you'd posted this, but now...I'm stuck somewhere between wanting to do a happy dance about the awesomeness that is RyRy, and wanting to cry because this was so beautiful and moving. Despite how sad it was, I'll take any opportunity to learn more about their past.
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
I love how you said you wanted to do a happy dance, since your name is 'Dances-in-rain'. <--- Lame dry joke, hahaha.

Thanks so much for your comment, it makes me very happy to know it can move anyone. :D You also might wanna know that Ryan is 12yrs old in this story, while Rylie is 10.
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Dances-In-Rain Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, and don't be so suprised, you're a very talented writer. :)
And that little bit of extra info just made me spazz like the crazed fangirl I am. :squee:
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Red-N Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, dear, nixcoo, you still have it! It was beautiful!
I love the way you staged it, I feel speechless... That talent is a gift, my dear, use it!
I'll be here for your next story!
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
Dear Red, you are always such a joy to write for! Thanks so much for always being so supportive. :tighthug:
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annaoi Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh goodness... this brought me a flashback to my grandma's funeral *sniff*... But no worries, I'm OK hehe. Anyways, I love how Mrs. Harris is a little bit mysterious at first but was introduced as Rylie's mom, by mentioning hints. It's kinda funny how I pictured Ryan and Rylie in this story as them in present day but a bit surprised that this story was in the past. Nevertheless, This is beautiful writing - made me remember my own sadness when some of my loved ones passed.
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
Yeah, in my head, I was definitely thinking that they were children, but I realized after posting it that it might not appear that way. Ryan is actually 12, and Rylie is 9 here.

And aww, I'm sorry that your grandma has passed. At this moment, my grandfather has been hospitalized for a month and I'm worried that it might be his last :( We've all have accepted it though. Because of death, that's what makes life worth living. :)
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annaoi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I see, the ages make sense now.

My grandma passed away a year ago and we moved on, but of course sometimes I can't help feeling sad whenever I remember her. I pray that your grandpa can still hold on to have good moments with you and your family. And I agree, death is part of life and acceptance is the key. :)
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TheBlueGuardian Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful, so moving. You set the scene well, I was able to picture the events as they unfolded. Very atmospheric!
Well worth the wait, great job nixy :)
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nixcoo Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Writer
Nyawww thanks Blue. That's such a humbling compliment, so thank you :D
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TheBlueGuardian Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My pleasure :iconsupertighthugplz:
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