Today seems fitting to take a look back at the very first Christmas Eve we experienced with the Fake gang.
It was a pretty good (if emotional) one for everyone involved.
Ted got the Eve off to be with his date, Dee agreed to cover Drake’s shift so Drake got to spend the night with his girlfriend, hell JJ even got to spend most of the evening with Dee. It was a pretty good night for most of the officers.
Then there’s Ryo.
Who’s struggling through loneliness and bitter memories of his parents murder, that took place on Christmas eve all those years ago when he was in his teens. He hasn’t told anyone, not even Dee, he even attempted to switch shifts so he wouldn’t have time to sit and dwell on it. But when his night gets cut short he ends up at home, alone (Bikky has been sent to Carols for the night) and he’s left to his thoughts.
He can’t talk himself out of it, no amount of “deal with it Maclean” is going to pull him through the loneliest night of the year. He’s left wallowing in his thoughts.
Until Dee arrives with the Christmas cheer.
Because even though Dee knows nothing about Ryo’s parents, knows nothing about what this day actually means to his work partner, he still doesn’t want him to spend it alone. Even though Ryo had actively crushed all of Dee plans to spend the day together that evening by accepting more work, Dee still goes to find him as soon as he’s off shift.
Even brings snacks, champagne and a little tree.
Because this is the first Christmas Eve Dee has had someone worth spending it with and he’s not going to let that slip him by.
Ryo is so touched, already so emotionally raw that he just sits and quietly cries to himself.
And they cuddle, kiss and watch the snow come down until the church bells signal Christmas.
And everything is beautiful, just for a short while.