Ryan O'Malley
A blast from the past
Sun Jun 16, 2019 19:39

Ryan entered the Cascade Hall, looking around for his parents and other relatives that would be coming to Sonora tonight for the concert. He was here alone, as Sophie and his children were not allowed to come. He sort of understood with the children, and he wasn't sure if Stanley would even be able to sit still for the concert but he and Sophie were a married couple and should be allowed to do things together. Not that they never spent time apart, but Ryan felt like he was missing something without her standing next to him at an event. Plus, it was kind of wrong that-technically-Carrie was allowed to come-though of course she wouldn't-and Sophie wasn't.

However, he wouldn't miss this concert for anything even without his wife along. He knew it was incredibly important to Peyton that he be there. They'd always been very close ever since the time the fourth year was a baby. It was really nice for Ryan after the way Carrie had treated him to have two younger sisters-the other being his step-sister Sally-who actually liked him, especially as Peyton in particular adored him.

Anyway, though Ryan had been here since he graduated, when Sophie was working here, it was nice to see his alma mater again. The tour would be like a trip down memory lane for him. Things like meeting Sophie and winning second place in the challenges-on a team he was leading -sprang to mind. True, Ryan's team hadn't won, but that they hadn't been dead last had made him feel a bit less like a total loser.

Of course, not all his memories here were positive. Like when Carrie had been sorted into the same house as him and he'd spent three years living in fear of running into her in the common room. Plus, all the times when he had and she'd harrassed him.

Ryan would like to believe he'd come a long way since then. He was happily married with three wonderful children and he had a career as a social worker, doing his best to protect kids who were like him though sometimes, he didn't feel as if he was able to do enough. His instinct was to take children out of those situations but that didn't always work out the way he wanted. Then Ryan felt like a failure and one whose particular failings lead to the suffering of a child. It kept him up at night at times and he worried more about the children he'd came across in his career than his own. His own children were happy and healthy and had two loving parents. That wasn't the case with the ones he worked with.

He continued to look around the Hall, not spotting anyone he knew. Before he could, someone came up and greeted him.

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