Author: Kat Lee
Dedicated To: badly_knitted, whose lovely stories are responsible for getting me to give this fabulous fandom another try
Challenge/Prompt: anythingdrabble 42: Chromatic and 1_million_words: Pool Party
Word Count: 522 (Sorry.)
Date Written: 1 July 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to their rightful owners, not the author, and are used without permission.
It was strange, Dee thought, stepping out into the city, but he felt somehow . . . different already after meeting his new partner. Granted it had been a long time since he’d encountered anyone with the ability to stir him as deep as Ryo already had. There was simply no one else in this city as beautiful as himself, noone who deserved to be able to turn his head, until now -- or at least that was what he told himself.
Yet as he walked away from the precinct, he could already feel something changing. The world around him seemed to be shifting. The buildings didn’t seem as massive and dark. The smog still hung in the air in its thick, grey clouds, but it didn’t hold his attention as it had in the past or make him cough.
Colors did seem to be everywhere around him, flashing brightly at him as he walked by. People seemed to be dressed more colorfully and wearing more smiles though they were as pressed together like tuna in a can as they always were. Even the streetlights seemed brighter as they flashed red, green, and yellow. Through the patches of smog he could see through, the sky appeared to be a brilliant blue, and flowers in reds, yellows, and purples called to him to stop to smell them.
As Dee bent down to do just that, he stopped with the realization of what he was doing . . . and why. He laughed aloud and grinned wide. He easily sidestepped a punk on skates as the kid tried to make a grab for his wallet, and even that didn’t really bother him. He was too stunned with the realization of the change that had come over him.
He wasn’t in love. He couldn’t be in love; he had just met the man after all! But he did have some major crushing going on. Dee laughed, aware of the chromatic world around him and equally aware that the last time he’d felt this way he had been a schoolboy after his first kiss shared with another guy. He’d thought he was in love then, but he knew better now.
He knew better, and he couldn’t help but to tease his own self. Laughing and shaking his head, Dee headed back to the precinct. He still felt like a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders, and it had very little to do with the fact that his work, which rarely bothered him, would now be shared. It had everything to do with the person who would be sharing it though. In the short time he’d known him, Ryo had already done something Dee would have thought impossible. He had a crush, just like the schoolboy from years ago!
He was still laughing and smiling when he returned to the precinct. “What’s with you?” another cop wanted to know, but Dee just laughed and laughed.
“Wouldn’t you like to know?” He just grinned and continued on. The whole station would soon be abuzz, but no one needed to know he had a crush until he was ready to make that crush his.