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05 April 2013 @ 07:36 pm
Invisible Friendships Chapter 15 - Epilogue  
Well, here it is. I finished it! Chapter 14 could really have been the ending, but I had this in my mind and I just couldn't resist. I hope you like it.

Title – Invisible Friendships – Chapter 15 / 15
Author – alligator138
Fandom - CSI:Miami
Pairing – Ryan / Eric
Summary – Ryan meets an old friend who needs his help...
Chapter summary – Moving on…
Rating – PG-13
Warning – Slash – sometimes…
Disclaimer - They do not belong to me. But then, Mr Bruckheimer doesn’t seem to want them any more. *plots*


Invisible Friendships – Chapter 15 – Epilogue

Ryan grinned happily at the test tube he was holding. Not because it had provided him with any useful information – far from it. It was being frustratingly slow in its revelations. Surely it ought to change colour quicker than this?

No, he was just finding himself grinning stupidly at all sorts of things at the moment. Test tubes were just the tip of the iceberg. He’d gotten the weirdest look from the guy at the gas station yesterday, and realised too late that he’d been grinning at the gas pump. He would get called in for a drug test soon, if he kept this up. And it was all Eric Delko’s fault.

Somehow, in the last few weeks, Ryan had found he’d acquired a boyfriend. And after he’d sworn never again. Especially not someone he worked with. That was bound to be bad news.

But Eric had been persistent, bringing coffees, inviting him out after work, making time to be with him during the day. And he hadn’t been put off by being turned down – instead of winding Ryan up by refusing to take no for an answer, the Cuban had simply issued another invitation the following day with an equally appealing blush. Yes, Eric Delko could blush. Ryan sighed happily at the test tube. Who would have thought it?

The occasional coffee, drink after work, trip to the beach, visit to a club, had turned into something more. Ryan didn’t think that he could put a finger on the moment that happened. It might have been when he once again woke up in bed with Eric and didn’t scramble for his clothes. Instead, he turned over and snuggled in for a cuddle, and it had felt right.

It didn’t seem to be interfering with their work. Apart from Ryan’s inability to maintain a straight face, that was. They kept their hands to themselves during working hours. Mostly.

Ryan tipped the test tube backwards and forwards. The contents were supposed to change colour if the chemical he was looking for was present. The liquid remained stubbornly blue. He snorted at it and replaced it in the rack. Another minute, and he would run the test again. He was sure about this.

“Uhh…”

He nearly jumped out of his skin. On the other side of the counter stood a young man. Ryan cast a startled glance towards the door. Had he been so lost in his thoughts that this guy had come in without Ryan even noticing?

“Yeah. Yeah, uhh.” Ryan straightened up and cleared his throat. “What can I do for you?” There was something wrong here, but he couldn’t put his finger on what. This was obviously one of the new lab techs, probably lost in the maze of glass walls. Apart from… “You know, you need to wear your ID. You’ll get thrown out if you don’t. Security’s really hot on that.” Ryan knew about Security’s attitude to people without ID here, and it was a memory he wanted to forget.

The young man glanced down. “I don’t have an ID.”

Ryan frowned. “How did you get in here, then? Are you here as a witness? Looking for someone? Let me help you get where you’re going.” He made to usher the other man out into the corridor. Now he thought about it, the stranger wasn’t dressed for work, with his lop-sided baseball cap and scruffy shirt and jacket. He was probably someone who’d wandered off from the interview rooms. How he’d found his way up here was anyone’s guess.

“Ryan Wolfe? You’re Ryan Wolfe?”

Ryan stopped short, one arm extended towards the door, and his lips soundlessly forming the word, “What?”. There was definitely something wrong with this guy. The shirt under the jacket was torn, and it looked like his shoulder was… well, kind of misshapen. Lumpy. Like the baseball cap. “Who pointed you in my direction?” He tried to make his voice light and casual, but a nasty thought had slipped into his mind and he didn’t want to acknowledge it.

The young man shrugged, revealing the full extent of the damage to his shoulder. It moved completely independently of the rest of him, like it wasn’t really joined to him at all. Ryan took in the dent to the side of the baseball cap. A dent that just had to impinge on the young man’s skull. He shuffled for a moment before uttering the words Ryan now knew had to come.

“Sam sent me. He said you could help me. He said you were really good at this stuff…”

And he shrugged again, his torn shirt slipping and allowing Ryan a clear view of the mortal wound on his shoulder.

“He said to say he’s fine, he’s where he should be. He just… like… drops back sometimes. To check up on things.”

Ryan closed his eyes. Sam. What did the kid think, he was some kind of specialist in paranormal detective work? Just because he’d tracked down Sam’s body didn’t mean…

“Sure,” he said. “Tell me how I can help.” And he took his cell-phone out of his pocket so he’d have something visible to talk to.

~*~FIN~*~

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x_tremelylostx_tremelylost on April 5th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
OMG! that was a perfect ending!, I love it.
kg99 on April 6th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
That was wonderful. Ryan the Ghost Whisperer!
Silver M: a-watch4theplotmaldeluxx on April 6th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
And so the next (partly invisible) case begins... *lol* I'm happy that Ryan and Eric did end up together ;) Perfect ending. <3<3
frostfalconfrostfalcon on April 9th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Cute way to end it... oh course poor Ryan will have to try not to get to overwhelmed if more ghosts pop up needing help...
adam_brittboy on April 10th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
Just got around to reading this and really enjoyed it.

Very sad penultimate chapter. But a satisfying way to end the story.

Love that Eric/Ryan end up together (obviously) and also sorta LOL'd at the victim at the end. Ryan Wolfe - AKA Fox Mulder - or something to that effect!

Very interesting story.

Thanks, as always for writing.
gatekeeper1324 on April 11th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
ENCORE!!!!!
I nearly missed this one!! I am so excited by this. I know that you are having a long rest but maybe a sequel would be awesome!!

I have had an amazing time reading all your brilliant stories over the years! They have entertained me, made me laugh, cry, feel happy, intrigued me and kept me wanting more! Thank you for your stories.

I wish you every success in the future with everything you do. Hopefully, you will write a book or two I know you are skilled enough.

Talk to you again later!

ED.

Edited at 2013-04-11 09:49 pm (UTC)
yaholayahola on December 30th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
Hi Alligator,

I was off lj for a loong time, and wanted to re-read some of your old Wolfe/Delko fics and would love to read Invisible too.

Could you add me to your friends list please?

Greetings
yahola
alligator138: Eric - chestalligator138 on December 30th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hi,
Added you to my friends list - you should be able to access all my fics now. It's lovely to know people are still interested in reading my writings!
Ali x
devilishangel03devilishangel03 on May 7th, 2015 06:15 am (UTC)
Would really love to read this. Can I be friended?