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25 August 2011 @ 01:29 am

That's What Friends Are For, Ch. 4

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!

Rating: PG-13

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:  Again, I am so sorry for the long wait, but this is a long, thorough chapter, which I hope was worth the wait!   A lot happens and a lot of tension builds between several of the characters so I hope you like it!   Hopefully I'll dish Ch. 5 out to you guys by next month.

Also, keep in mind that Seth's behavior in this chapter is somewhat AU.   I don't think the Seth on the show would be this selfish, but for the purposes of the story, I think it makes things interesting to explore how this would have affected Ryan and Seth's relationship, and Seth will redeem himself in the next chapter.

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!  

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sarak14sarak14 on August 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Great story!
alluxera: Ryan1alluxera on August 27th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
I don't have to tell you anymore that I like your stories. Your characters are very real, I could punch Seth into the eye and I like the Ryan/Luke friendship. If only Kirsten would care a little more. And please, don't torture Ryan to much. Thank you for the update.
tdnk64: GQ mantdnk64 on August 27th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Great chapter. My heart bleeds for Ryan, he tries so hard to be good at everything, and please everyone,and also be there for everyone. He is so good at hiding his own pain.. so well written.

I hope Ch 5 is not far away?
ryanforeverryanforever on September 13th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Sorry this has taken a while but your chapters are so long and so good that I put them aside until I can find some spare time to sit and enjoy them. I'd rather not do it on the fly.

You have me seriously worried about Ryan. You've captured well the way he puts everyone else's needs first even to the detriment of his own health. It' so sad that his level of self worth is so low.

I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next installment. Cliff hangers ARE evil!!