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Author's Note : Ryan and Rylie are just friends in this story.


"Ryan, hey!" Rylie waved her left arm extensively until she caught the jogger's attention. The light drizzle made it difficult to see clearly, and Rylie watched as Ryan slowly made out who the blonde with an umbrella was. Casually, he paced himself towards her.

"You're soaked," were Rylie's first words to him. She tilted her umbrella towards him, but their height difference proved difficult for her to balance it. After being knocked in the head a few times, Ryan took hold of the umbrella and shielded Rylie from the April shower.

"I have two more laps to go."

"You already know I'm not going to let you run in this weather." Rylie said. She could sense Ryan's mind trying to calculate his way out of her refusal, but he didn't say a word. Instead, he guided them onto the path heading towards their apartments. They walked in silence, which wasn't unusual, but Rylie knew something was on his mind.

"Zack told me what happened."

Ryan grunted.

"It's not your fault, Ryan. It was only one missed shot."

"One missed shot." Ryan repeated gravely.

"Exactly. And you didn't harm anyone or anything else. It's just… he got away."

Ryan said nothing. He held her arm to coast around a puddle and led her to a detour. They walked into a gazebo that was in the middle of their apartment gardens. Rylie gave him a questioning look.

Putting down the umbrella, Ryan pointed towards one end of their compound where the gate was located half a mile away. "Can you count how many lights are at the exit gate?"

Rylie could see that a few lamps were lighted under the continuous downpour, but they appeared to flicker from their distance. "No. Can you?"

Ryan nodded. "There are eight in total, each two feet apart, and the second from left is broken." He paused. "If I'm instructed to shoot one, I can't miss or a different one breaks. Every shot makes or breaks a sniper, Ryle."

Rylie listened as she wrapped her arms around herself. She looked onto the direction. "How do you know there are eight of them?"

Ryan appeared bemused. He took her hand and pointed out towards the lamps, guiding her to discern between the light source and the refracted light. Rylie gave him an impressed look.

"There's so much room for a fatal error."

Ryan shrugged nonchalantly.

"Isn't it stressful?"

A brief smile appeared on his lips. "All I need is one moment of clarity before the trigger is pulled."

"Oh?" Rylie was intrigued. "How do you find that?"

He casted his eyes towards the rain. "I think of the things I know for certain."

"Like what?"

Ryan raised an eyebrow and turned his head towards Rylie. Their eyes locked in a muted exchange of lingering questions, making Rylie blush. As quickly as it came, Ryan dropped the ominous glare.

"I need to go change," he spoke normally. "Let's head back."

Rylie hesitated, but knew Ryan better than to prod on such a trivial instance. Putting it aside, Rylie joined her companion after he held out the umbrella for her. She found comfort in seeing Ryan amused when she accidentally submerged one shoe into an unseen puddle, and later, when she held out her arms wide to taste drops of rain. Perhaps her lack on inhibitions towards pneumonia made up for her constant nagging.

Unbeknownst to her, behind his cryptic smile, Ryan was collecting mementos that would calm his nerves in the chaos of a minefield.
Fluuuuuuuuuuuffffffffffffffffffffffffffff



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QueenMeetsDA Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THE FEELS
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0Hachiko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so much fluff and soooooooooooo cute
i think i´m going to die
if you ever write a book i will buy it and read it
because you are an awesome writer
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
Heheehehee what a dream that would be :la:
Thanks sweetie!
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otani012 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
WAI ARE YOU SO BEAUTIFUL IN WRITING?
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
WHY YOU SO AWESOME AND LIKE MAH CRAPPY STUFFS? :glomp:
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otani012 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
WHAT CRAPPY STUFF I DUN SEE ANY CRAPPY STUFF.
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jelli-chan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
OMG MORE FLUFF :heart:
yes i'm weak against fluff //shot
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
Heeee fluff fluff fluff fluuuuufffffffffffff :la:
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jelli-chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
FLUFF <3 melts into puddle on floor
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annaoi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is kinda deep. It's actually good to read about Ryan not entirely in the calm state that he's always been. I guess certainty is his secret and it failed him once - but Rylie is there for that :D.

Anyways, I love it. I want MOAR!!! :la: not forcing you of course :iconheheplz:
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
Yeaaaaaaah, I love your take - and Ryan doesn't usually talk this much. Heeeeee :la:

p/s I love your new icon! How simple and cute!
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annaoi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the angst as much as Kai does LOL. :XD:

And thanks :D
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kai-choo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE LOVE LOVE OH MAH BBY RYRY :iconeeeeeplz:
fluff fluff flufffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

i'll make u a fluff writer from nao on!!!!!!! :icontrollfaceplz:
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
:fork:
*squeezes fluff out of brain*
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kai-choo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol moarrrrr flufffff :iconidekplz:
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ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
OH GOD THIS IS SOOOO SWEET~ Rylie's always helping out Ryan. It's so adorable. (And nice play on the 'one shot' title~)

Keep up the fluff. I love it, love it, LOVE IT!
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
Hehe I like the title a lot too. :D
I'll try and make more fluffiesss!
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ShOrtSh4dow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Yay~ I look forward to it.
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soulie7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
NIX Y YOU SO GOOD AND MAKE MY HEART BREAK
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
HEEEEEE IMMA HEART BREAKERRR :heartbreaker:
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soulie7 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
You kill it with joy...and Kai....blows it to pieces killing Ryan every chance she get
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Sword-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so sweet. Awesome one shot! :la:
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nixcoo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   Writer
Thank you! Hope you'll enjoy more! :D
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