That's What Friends Are For, Ch. 3
Fandom: The OC
Title: That's What Friends Are For
Author: Theresa (aka TC or sportsmed14)
Beta: Beachtree! Once again you are amazing! Thank you for all of your help. All mistakes in this chapter are mine and mine alone!
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I do not own the characters, not even the adorable Ryan Atwood/Ben McKenzie. The OC universe and all of its characters were created by Josh Schwartz and owned by him as well. Don't sue me Josh! I mean it! No copyright infringement intended!
A/N: Guys, I am SO SORRY that I took so long to update! This chapter has been written for a while, but life got in the way. It is the summer time now, so I will try to update quicker from now on! I hope you guys stick with this story despite how slowly I've been updating it. I promise it will be worth the wait if you stick with me! I have an intricate plot planned out for the remaining ten or so chapters and it will get quite intense and many relationships will be developed (Ryan/Luke, Ryan/Sandy, Ryan/Seth, Ryan/Kirsten, Sandy/Kirsten, and Ryan/Seth/Summer/Anna).
This chapter introduces the following characters: Kirsten, Caleb, Anna, Summer, Dr. Kim, Meredith Ward, Dr. Canales. Every scene in this chapter is important for later character development, even if it seems like fluff at times.
The second half of this chapter (the Ryan & Luke part) becomes EXTRA intense and is BASED ON A TRUE STORY (something that happened between me and a close friend) so please keep that in mind. I hope you will not be mad at Luke after this chapter or if you are, please consider the fact that he is an overwhelmed teenager. We all make mistakes, but what happens in this chapter with Luke is essential to his development later on in the story and what Ryan does for him in this chapter is essential to the building complexity regarding their friendship. When Ryan's severe illness becomes revealed, I will expound upon these things more and you'll understand better what I am talking about in later chapters.
Sorry that was so long winded and thanks so much for sticking with me and for all the amazing reviews!
Summary: After Luke's dad goes public with his homosexuality, Luke's life takes a turn for the worse- everything spiraling out of control. Unable to deal with his problems, he turns to alcohol as a means to cope. Ryan is there for him during his darkest hour. Meanwhile, a serious illness threatens to rob Ryan of the new life he is trying to build with the Cohens.
Enjoy you guys! And if you feel compelled to do so, I always appreciate reading reviews! :) After all, feedback helps me improve my writing, which works in the favor of you guys who read it! :D Thanks!
HERE IS CHAPTER THREE!