Chained and shadowed to be left behind
Nine and one thousand
Metal militia for your sacifice
Iron clad soldiers
Join or be conquered the law of the land
What will befall you
The metalization of your inner soul
Twisting and turning
We are as one as we all are the same
Fighting for one cause
Leather and metal are our uniform
Protecting what we are
Joining together to take on the world
With our heavy metal
Spreading the message to everyone here
Come let yourself go
~ Metal Militia, Metallica
We got to the orphanage and eagerly stepped inside the dry building, shaking
ourselves off in a fashion similar to wet dogs as we stood in the lobby.
I didn't bother with the receptionist and gave her a sharp look that prompted
her to automatically buzz us into the inner part of the building. I strode
down the cool, white corridors with Evette's small hand in mine and approached
the administrator's office.
Catherine's office was usually quiet but as we approached, I heard a deep
voice shouting angrily. I stopped and stared at the door, trying to get
an idea on what was going on before I went busting in.
"--thought you were giving that garbage up! Like anyone has the money
to support your habi---""Don't tell me what to do, *little brother*."
"Little brother?" The male voice scoffed. "You don't deserve
the title of older sister until you get the dust out of your nose and
the pipe out of your damned mouth."
There was a wounded gasp and the sound of a chair being pushed back.
Evette and I looked at each other with identical bemused expressions and
I raised my fist to knock. The voices on the other side of the metal door
immediatley quieted and I heard high heels clacking against the tile floor.
When the door swung open I found myself face to face with Catherine. I
took in the sight of her unruly auburn curls and puffy, red eyes before
I spoke. "I have the stuff."
As she moved to let me in the male voice scoffed, "Who's that? Your
drug dealer?""Hey Cathy, who's the asshole?" I looked at
the tall figure and raised an eyebrow. He was dressed all in hunter green
army fatigues, complete with laced up black boots. The man turned around
and my eyebrows shot up as I got a good look at the familiar face. "You
two are related?!""You should know. You were eavesdropping long
enough," Trowa said dryly and turned back to the window, taking a
drag off of his cigarette.I stared from him to Catherine and scratched
my head. "Like, real brother and sister?""No Duo, fake
brother and sister."
I glared at the back of his head. "Okay, Private Jerkoff.. I get
the point. What's with the army gear anyway?"
"I always dress like this. You just couldn't see it under my coat."
I made a face. "Why would you want to look like a---"
"Why are you here, Duo?" He asked impatiently.
I rolled my eyes. "We~ell, your lovely sister hired me to get some
medicine from the pharmacy using my special five finger discount."
"You *hired* him to steal you medicine?" Trowa turned around
and gave his sister an incredulous look.
Cathy looked at me, finally speaking up. "I thought we said you would
do this for me for free? The kids are really sick! There's some kind of
bug going around and--""I don't want any money, but I do want
Her blue eyes narrowed and she placed her hands on her bony hips. "What
kind of favor?"I pushed Evette forward from where she had been trying
to blend in with the wall. "Take this kid off the streets for me."
Cathy looked down at Evette and narrowed her eyes. "I don't know
if that's possible Duo..."My eyes hardened and I took a step towards
her. "Cathy.." My voice was several degrees colder and it made
her eyes widen in surprise. "The kid said she came here for help
and was sent away. I'd like to know what the fuck kind of games your faculty
is playing around here. Kids are sick and fuckin' dying on the streets
because of this damn rain and you're sending them away?!"
"There's no more room!" She protested, hands flying up to fiddle
with the bow on her blouse nervously.
I sneered. "If the bedrooms are full I suggest you turn the playroom,
the lounge and the fuckin' lobby into temporary shelters for these kids.""Duo!
What kind of place-- I don't know how you expect-- I just can't--""What
the hell are you saying?! Do you even know what these kids are going through
outside? Starving, freezing and dying! What kind of selfish--""Enough!"
Trowa glared at both of us. "Catherine will take care of the girl.""Trowa!
You have no right to interfere --"
"You seem to forget who gives you the money to keep this place open,
Catherine," He said with a challenging tone in his voice.
She opened her mouth to reply but closed it, repeating that action a few
times before she settled for glaring at her brother heatedly. "Fine,"
She said tightly. "I'll go get her cleaned up." She shot a dark
glare in my direction and grabbed the girl's hand before starting towards
the door.Evette smirked at me and gave me a thumbs up before following
Catherine out.I mentally patted myself on the back and set the package
on the angry woman's desk. One glance at Trowa told me that he wasn't
in the best of moods so I went and stood beside him quietly; looking out
the window. After a few minutes I shot a look at him. "I kind of
feel like God up here." He gave me a weird look and I laughed. "Nah,
I'm serious. I'm up here lookin' down at all those people and for the
moment I'm much better off than them cuz I'm here all cozy and warm, yanno?"He
snorted quietly. "You're a weird kid, Duo."
I nodded in agreement and pressed my hands against the glass of the window.
"Catherine should consider getting bullet proof windows," I
commented thoughtfully.Trowa looked up as if I had sparked some memory
in his head. "Whatever happened to that cop?"My heart felt like
it was clenching in my chest and I drew my breath in sharply. For some
reason... it was always painful for me to think of Heero. I had taken
a big liking to him and the idea of him off somewhere else having the
time of his life while I was stuck here, made me sick. It was probably
selfish but I couldn't help it. The only time I did think of him was at
night... "What do you mean? He went back to wherever the hell he
came from," I replied gruffly.
The green-eyed man cocked his head to the side and eyed me thoughtfully.
"You two seemed... close."A bark of laughter escaped my throat.
"Close. Right. That's why he never bothered tryin' to get in contact
with me again, right?" I scowled and stared at my boots.
"What's the matter, Duo? Hate to think that he actually got on with
his life and isn't pining away somewhere for you?"
Bingo. He'd hit it right on the nose and it hurt like a bitch to hear
out loud. "Fuck you, Trowa," I snarled angrily and turned away
from him. His thin hand grabbed my shoulder before I could walk away and
he squeezed it. "I'm.. sorry. I'm just in a lousy mood." When
I didn't respond, he sighed. "My sister.. is a junky. I just found
out she was using again."I turned around slowly and eyed him, relaxing
a little when I saw that he looked genuinely apologetic. "I had a
feelin' somethin' was shady about Catherine eva' since I used to see her
hangin' around drug spots at night." I shrugged and crossed my arms
over my chest. "As long as she don't bring that shit around the kids,
she can sniff what she wants." I threw another look his way. "And..
I just don't like talking about Heero, okay? The truth hurts so I don't
like to hear it."He raised an eyebrow. "I wouldn't have brought
it up.. but I was hoping you had kept in contact with him. There are a
few things I'd like to talk to him about."I momentarily forgot the
fact that I was peeved and looked at him with interest. "Like what?"He
hesitated for a moment and looked over his shoulder as if he was making
sure no one was around. "I don't know if you know this, Duo but I
was in the war."My mouth dropped open and I'm pretty sure my eyes
were boggling out of my head. "Really?"Trowa nodded and turned
towards the window again. "Yes. How much do you know about the war?"
I shrugged. "Not much... all I know is what I heard from the streets
and the snatches of news coverage."
He nodded again. "Well, I'm assuming you know what it was about?""Yeah,
the Romefellar and Oz factions were both fighting to get control of Earth
and the colonies, and the Gundam pilots were rebels who wanted to destroy
'em both and protect the colonies from being controlled by a bunch of
dickhead dictators, right?"
Trowa smirked. "Pretty much. All the news said at the end of the
war was what the big shots wanted the people to hear, so I'll fill you
in on the rest." He cleared his throat and shot me a look to make
sure I was paying attention. "The war was never officially resolved
and all that wound up happening was that the Romefellar Foundation was
completely wiped out. Oz's leader, Treize Khushrenada signed a peace treaty
with Foreign Minister Relena Peacecraft and her brother Milliardo and
agreed to help them govern the colonies and Earth in a democratic fashion."My
eyebrows drew together. "I never understood how that happened, considering
Treize was like.. a bad guy."
Trowa nodded. "Yeah, the details on that are a little murky but what
seemed to have happened was that he at first signed the treaty and just
agreed to stay out of the way and not cause any more trouble, but what
wound up happening was that he gained power in the government by making
a bunch of deals with the Peacecraft twins. They're all a bunch of crooked
bastards and they pretty much run everything the way Romefellar and the
old Oz factions wanted to. They're just a lot more tricky about it and
pretend to be democratic."
I raised an eyebrow. "Please remind me why people fall for that shit..."He
laughed. "Because people are stupid and believe the propaganda that
they are fed with a golden spoon. They see Relena Peacecraft's face plastered
everywhere, see her wholesome charm and think 'wow, what a good leader
I have!'. Idiots," He scoffed.
I shook my head. "But what does this have to do with Heero?"
Trowa sighed. "Now when I tell you this, keep your comments until
I'm done." I nodded and he continued. "I.. was a Gundam pilot.
That's where I learned all of that hacking. I looked him up and found
out that Heero was too. Us pilots were the only ones who actually cared
about the people of the colonies and hopefully he still does."
I gaped at him and he continued. "I lied to him when I told him I
hadn't cracked the disc. I got to the first bit of information but not
very far.. and there was some wicked shit on there. I didn't get to the
details but I can tell you now that all of this stuff, the sickness going
around the colony, the Black Out and all this rain.. it's not a fuckin'
I nodded slowly. "And you think that if he's still Mister Colony
Guy.. that he'll do somethin' to help?"
Trowa nodded in agreement. "Yeah. I made a copy of the disc but there
is so much encrypted shit on it that I still haven't cracked it all. I
thought that he would be the best bet in getting some help but since he
didn't bother to keep in touch, I'm not so sure anymore." He sighed
and rubbed a hand across his face. "I'm almost scared to see the
rest of the stuff on it but I know that I have to if we're going to do
anything about this situation."
My eyebrows shot up. "We?"A small smirk crossed his face. "Yeah,
'we'. You might not have been a Gundam pilot but you got a lot of heart
and more bravery than a lot of people do these days. If we're going to
get out of this alive and try to save the colony.. well we're going to
have to do it together."I grinned at him. "Playin' Super Hero
now, army boy?"
"I always kind of admired Batman," He deadpanned.
I laughed and clapped a hand on his back. "As long as you don't ask
me to whip out the red tights and dress like Robin.. you got yourself
a side kick."
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