Genre: Gundam Wing Fanfiction
Pairing: 6x2, 3x4, hints of 5x2, 1xR
Warning: R for possible language, m/m,
A/N: Many thanks to Marasmine for being my beta and friend.
Entropy of Memory +
After the excitement of their
arrival and then the early morning weirdness in their room (and wasn't
'their room' a strange term/concept to apply, thought Duo) the rest of
their day (no, not their day...too much they, them, their
and there wasn't any such thing the little voice added) was fairly tame,
if no less odd. Duo just hadn't realized how really odd things
would get after lunch.
The conversation with Quatre was pretty straightforward; Wufei spoke,
Zechs interjected and, although they were unfailingly and excruciatingly
polite, their body language spoke worlds; Duo just didn't quite understand
"Whatever Chang thinks is right, I'm sure." drawled Zechs in the
hated Milliardo Peacecraft voice.
"I bow to Merquise's knowledge of that subject," purred Wufei using
a silky tone Duo didn't like very much either. Duo noticed Quatre flinch
and rub his temple as the two continued their verbal sparring.
Duo didn't really think it was security although that's what they were
talking about on the surface. He did notice that Quatre stood between
them and Trowa kept a weather eye on them both. Duo thought they'd resolved
their issues about the war and Trieze but now he thought maybe he'd been
wrong about that. There was something going on. Thoughts of freighters
and long space trips floated idly through Duo's mind. Duo would have slipped
out of the room and found a quiet place to escape to, if he hadn't thought
it cowardly to leave Quatre and Trowa to deal with those two.
Duo listened and asked himself what was going on. The strange tension
between Zechs and Wufei he'd noticed earlier continued. Quatre and Trowa
seemed to take it in stride, not surprised by it but cautious; Duo knew
that if his face reflected his feelings then he looked confused.
Wufei was in charge of the Preventor security team but was, according
to Une's suggestion, having a working vacation. That seemed an oxymoron
of gigantic proportions when applied to Chang, Duo thought. Much to his
amazement, Zechs consternation, and Quatre and Trowa's amusement Wufei
checked over Quatre's security set up, made assignments to the agents,
and then left them to it. Duo couldn't keep the surprise off his face.
"I trained them, I'm right here, and I don't need or desire to micro-manage,"
Wufei responded firmly when Duo expressed disbelief.
Wufei snorted in amusement when Duo had quietly asked, "Do you feel okay?"
"I'm fine, do you want to check the monitors or walk the perimeter, or
do you want to enjoy your time off?" was the response Wufei gave.
"I know which I choose." Wufei had added with a smile. And although Duo
would have preferred to be on security detail he'd realized what would
happen if he said it.
Wufei looked at Duo knowingly, "I've learned to delegate. Quatre's security
measures are excellent. I have my cell, I'm armed, and we are surrounded
by agents." He glanced around the room before continuing quietly.
"Besides, Quatre and your partner," there was a subtle emphasis on that
word 'partner' that puzzled Duo, "would be enough to deter the most determined
attack." Wufei reached out to gently squeeze Duo's shoulder. "So relax,
enjoy yourself." Duo had difficulty getting his head around this version
of Wufei but it was welcome, none the less.*
The surprises hadn't ended after lunch. Zechs and Wufei managed to ratchet
the tension level down during the security briefing with Quatre and Trowa.
Both Wufei and Zechs had spoken with Lady Une on the vidphone. Trowa called
Heero but Duo had retreated to the quiet of the living room when his part
in the security discussion was over. Trowa knew Duo wouldn't speak with
Heero and Duo didn't know or want to know, what Heero had to say. 'Later,'
Duo promised himself, 'he would talk to Heero, later.'
Most of the security team had been dispersed around the estate and lunch
was a quiet affair with just the five of them. Quatre discussed politics
and business in the L4 cluster with Wufei and Zechs, while Trowa and Duo
talked about modifications Duo planned to make on his newest bike. The
one that was still mostly a pile of parts on the floor of the garage space
he rented. Zechs asked knowledgeable questions about politics, which was
not unexpected, and questions about motorcycle engines which was, then
had the nerve to appear amused by Duo's surprise.
After lunch the five men returned to the living room which boasted a huge
fireplace with a roaring fire. It was cool in the mountains and the fire
was welcome. Trowa excused himself on the pretext of making vid-calls
and Quatre suggested a game of chess to Zechs. Duo sprawled on the sofa
and thought about the wisdom of retreating to his, or rather, 'their'
room for a nap when Wufei stood and extended his hand.
"Take a walk with me?" Wufei asked. Startled, Duo took his hand, and Wufei
pulled him off the couch. He could feel Zechs' eyes on him but Duo didn't
look at him. Quatre's expression told Duo he wanted to say something but
instead Quatre turned and spoke in a quiet voice to Zechs. Wufei said
a goodbye as he and Duo left the room but if Zechs or Quatre answered
him Duo didn't hear.
Zechs mind wasn't on the chess game. He thought about the way Duo had
looked that morning, lying asleep in the bed across from Zechs'. Duo had
looked very young relaxed and stretched out in the comfortable bed. Zechs
had to dress and leave the room to keep himself from reaching out and
stroking the curve of Duo's jaw. He had wanted to smooth the stray strands
of hair away from Duo's face, wanted to free Duo's hair from it's confining
braid and see how it looked falling down his back. Zechs had practically
raced out of the room carefully, quietly so as not to wake Duo but he'd
left as quickly as he could.
Quatre had found him pacing in the long hallway, given him a knowing,
sympathetic look and suggested that he might enjoy a walk down to the
river. The brisk trip to the river and back had soothed him. Quatre was
waiting with a breakfast tray for him on his return.
"Duo will be starving and the dining room is already filled with security
people. Do them a favor and take this up to your room. It will keep him
occupied and out of their hair. Plenty of time for him to talk about it
later." Quatre was beginning to look a bit harried Zechs thought.
Sipping his coffee, waiting for Duo to finish dressing, Zechs had his
libido and emotions firmly in hand. He wasn't going to push Duo and make
him run again. He'd decided that the way to Duo's heart was gentle firmness,
being there, being consistent and most important letting Duo make the
first move. He thought he was making some progress; Duo really seemed
to be responding to him. And if it didn't seem to be working there was
always the other option, capturing Duo and dragging him off to a cave......
he would much prefer that course of action.
When Duo walked out of the bathroom wearing just a towel and his hair
falling over his shoulders Zechs' resolve to avoid acting like a caveman
was severely tested. Zechs was quite proud of himself for not forgetting
all his good intentions.
Then Chang had shown up. He'd wanted to knock Chang's arm off Duo's shoulder,
wanted to order him out of the room, wanted to wipe the smug, self-satisfied
look off his face. Zechs didn't think growling and snarling and jealousy
would win him any points with Duo but it had been hard to exercise self-control.
And now, watching Chang pull Duo out of the room by the hand, taking him
for a walk alone under the flimsy excuse of needing fresh air well, Zechs
was seething. Zechs saw right through Chang. He might profess to be Duo's
friend, but it wasn't friendship he had in mind. Zechs considered the
possibilities. Chang had an edge because he had been Duo's friend for
a long time but as far as Zechs was concerned Chang Wufei had had his
chance and Duo belonged to him. Zechs only hoped Duo saw it that way;
he hoped that Duo saw Chang as a friend and nothing more, and hoped that
Duo saw him, Zechs, as much more than his partner.
Quatre saw and felt the emotions playing across Zechs face as he stared
blindly at the chess board. At least any doubts he had concerning Zechs
real feelings for Duo were resolved. Now if they could just get through
the rest of the day without an altercation between WuFei and Zechs.
They were both startled from their thoughts several minutes later when
a rather breathless security agent hurried in to say that the security
system had gone down and that they were unable to contact Agents Chang
and Maxwell. Quatre was still giving instructions when he realized that
Zechs was gone, most likely on his way to find Wufei and Duo. Quatre didn't
think that was going to end well at all and hurried off to find
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