Hey! This is my newest story... Possibly a one-shot unless I'm inspired to continue. It takes place immediately after "The Undertow." It's a Ryan introspective piece about his relationship with Sadie.

Inspired by the Rascal Flatt's song, "Bless The Broken Road." So, technically, not a "songfic." I didn't know if this was legal or whatnot… if it's not, I will delete it. For reference only, here are the lyrics.

Disclaimer: I don't own the O.C. I'm not making any money off of this. I just like to write. I also don't own the song, "Bless The Broken Road" nor do I own or have any affiliation with Rascal Flatts... although I do love them!

Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road Lyrics

I set out on a narrow way many years ago

Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

But I got lost a time or two

Wiped my brow and kept pushing through

I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

Every long lost dream lead me to where you are

Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through

I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you

But you just smile and take my hand

You've been there you understand

It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream lead me to where you are

Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars

Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road

That led me straight to you

Ryan let his body mold to Sadie's. He took a deep breath. He had done with Sadie what took him so long to do with Marissa. Thinking back, Marissa had been so much more complicated than the girls he "dated" in Chino. Although, "dating" was much more casual sex than a meaningful relationship. In Chino, Ryan thought it was better that way. No strings attached. Just call up some girl, a name in a little black book, have some fun, and never have to deal with the repercussions. Well, that was until he got to Newport. Emotions were more intense, and to Ryan's surprise, the experience was so much more, well, passionate.

For the first time in Ryan's life, this felt right. Sadie felt right. Everything seemed to lead to this. Ryan and Trey stealing the car. Sandy getting him out of Juvie. Meeting Marissa for the first time. All the encounters with Luke, Oliver, D.J, and even Alex. Dating his foster mother's illegitimate half-sister. Trey almost raping Marissa. Marissa shooting Trey. Even Johnny's death. Marissa and Ryan's "mutual breakup."All these landmarks on Ryan's broken road led him to Sadie, the first emotionally stable person he's met. Well, emotionally stable girl. Could he really be involved with a girl who didn't need to be saved? Someone who isn't technically related to him? Someone who wasn't getting beat up by their ex-fiance who may (or may not) be the father of her unborn baby? Someone who didn't have more emotional problems than designer handbags she owned? Could that ever happen?

Maybe it could. Ryan realized something with Jess. He was on a quest to save "helpless" women. Those in terrible situations, just like he used to be in. It was more than a mere savior complex. No, Ryan was trying to save the one person he couldn't. His mom. No matter how hard he tried, he never could save her. But, boy, did he try. He cleaned up after her when she came home drunk. He took countless beatings from her drunken boyfriends in a vain effort to deflect the attention off of his mom. He cooked her dinner. Hell, he even stole food from the grocery store so she wouldn't go hungry. Maybe Kirsten couldn't understand this because she never had to fend for herself, while taking care of an alcoholic. Maybe nobody understood this. The realization hit him like a brick. Maybe living with the Cohens hadn't helped him as much as everyone thought.

Maybe Ryan could trust Sadie enough to tell her everything. Everything Everything. As in, things he's never told the Cohens… and could never dream of telling them. There were things… almost buried too deep in him. He was never the type to unload his problems on other people. But, maybe that was just what he needed.

Maybe all he needed was for Sadie to take his hand, smile up at him, and thank God for that broken road that led him straight to her.

So... reviews? Please? With sugar on top?