Sideways + Part Two (cont)
Relena's home was set against the ocean with a large terrace hanging over
the calm waves. The beach was small, dotted here and there with rocks
big enough for three or more people to sit comfortably on. The heart of
the party was located in the large recreation room and spilled out on
the veranda. Music flowed from the expensive stereo system set into the
wall. People gathered in clusters, some around the refreshments, some
poking at the many dials on the stereo, some playing with the gaming system
connected to the wide screen television and still more grouped together
just talking and laughing.
Duo and Heero wandered in, walking close together. Immediately, Quatre
spotted them and waved them over to where he, Wufei and Trowa were standing.
"Hey, guys!" Duo said, smiling widely. "All decked out
for the party atmosphere, I see."
"It's a great party, too," Quatre said, returning Duo's smile.
"Relena knows how to do this right."
"Indeed she does," Wufei agreed. "The punch is excellent."
"That's spiked," Trowa said, his face bland.
"As I said," Wufei replied, taking another sip, "excellent."
"You're priceless, Wu," Duo said, laughing.
"Of course I'm priceless, Maxwell," Wufei agreed. "There's
only one of me."
"We hope," Duo said.
"Duo, Heero!" Relena said, making her way over to them. "You
guys look wonderful, when did you get here?"
"Just now. Place looks spiffy," Duo complimented her.
Relena had taken the hint from Scoops and draped white and black lights
across her ceiling, leaving trails of varying lengths dangling down. More
lights were being used as curtains for the doorways. Shiny streamers glinted
in the breeze and fiber optic lamps were set in various alcoves along
the wall, turning slowly in circles.
"Thank you," Relena said, beaming. "Have a drink and enjoy
yourselves, I have to go say hello to everyone. I swear, you miss one
person and they think you've snubbed them. Oh, I'm pretty sure the punch
was spiked about ten seconds after the party started, but the cans of
soda in the fridge are safe if you want that."
"Sure thing. Once you've done your rounds, track us down from some
chitchat," Duo said.
Heero gave her the small quirking of his lips that counted as his smile.
"Thanks for inviting us, Relena," he said, catching the sideways
glance Duo threw him.
Relena smiled and moved to say hello to the newest batch of people that
had just wandered in. "Oh, I forgot," she said quietly, turning
back to Heero. "It's fine for you and Duo to go anywhere in the house
that's not locked," her gaze flickered over to the hallway where
the stairs led to the second story quickly before she continued on her
Heero just barely managed to cover his surprise at Relena's statement.
Duo, half listening to Quatre and half listening to Relena, broke out
into a wide grin.
"Duo?" Quatre said.
"Huh? Oh, sorry man, I was thinking about something."
"Do share, Maxwell. You are grinning like the Cheshire cat,"
Wufei said calmly.
"I think I'm gonna get some of that punch and say hi to everyone.
You coming, Heero?" Duo said.
Heero blinked, putting a halt to his wildly careening thoughts. "I
would like a glass of water," he said to Duo as they weaved through
"Not water, punch," Duo corrected.
"Because you have to at least try the punch. It's one of those unwritten
Heero looked unconvinced.
"Maybe I just want to get you tipsy," Duo said, making a face.
"If you do that, it will ruin our plan."
"Ooooh, will it now?" Duo said, his eyes glinting mischievously.
Heero took the glass of punch Duo handed him and took a drink, swallowing
past the lump in his throat. Duo raised his own glass to his lips, taking
a long drink and looking around. Heero watched the muscles in his throat
work, letting his gaze trail upwards to where Duo's lips touched the rim
of the cup.
Heero frowned; he was staring again. It was just Duo drinking a glass
"Hey, hey, there's Hilde and Dorothy. C'mon, Heero, let's go mess
with 'em a bit," Duo said, turning around and coming face to face
with Heero's scowl. "Whoa, man, what's up with you?"
Heero smoothed the frown from his face with effort. "What did you
"I said, let's go talk to Hilde and Dorothy," Duo said, frowning
a little. "Where were you to?"
Heero grunted something unintelligible.
"Didn't you want to talk to Hilde?" Heero asked.
"Yeah, I did," Duo said, still giving his friend an odd look.
"Were you planning on shouting across the room?"
"Nope," Duo replied and started walking towards the two girls
A few hours later, a crowd had gathered around the widescreen television,
watching a video Relena had pulled out. It was a humorous little movie
done up by the school's film club, featuring the goings on about the school.
Almost everyone in the school showed up on the screen once, and there
were lots of laughs and comments.
Heero sat in one of the beanbag chairs, Duo sitting on the floor in front
of him leaning back against it. One arm was draped casually on the seat,
resting lightly against Heero's leg.
Heero resolutely kept his eyes on the screen. Despite his best efforts,
he found them wandering back again and again to look at Duo. For some
reason, he was hyper-aware of the body heat coming from the braided boy
and seeping through the material of his pants.
Duo gave his leg a little nudge. Heero glanced down and Duo shot a glance
at the terrace doors. Getting to his feet, Heero picked his way out of
the room and into the cool night air.
Duo waited several minutes. When he caught Relena shooting him furtive
glances from the couch, he rose and trailed after the Japanese boy.
"Heero?" Duo asked, peering around the terrace and not finding
"What took you so long?" Heero asked from right beside him.
"Shit!" Duo hissed, jumping. "You scared me!"
Heero was leaning against the wall beside the door, almost completely
hidden in a small niche in the wall. He made a vague grunt.
"I was waiting to see if anyone noticed," Duo said, choosing
his words carefully. Relena was sneaky enough to have found a way to listen
in on their conversation.
"Nope," Duo said with a smile.
Heero took it to mean that someone had indeed seen them both leave.
"Follow me," Duo said, taking Heero by the hand. He led them
down the winding staircase to the long strip of sand.
The ocean lapped quietly at the shore as they walked, Duo glancing back
at the house every now and then.
"What are you doing?" Heero asked.
"There's a spot I saw from the veranda earlier that'll be perfect.
You can't see a lot of detail, but it'll work great for what we have in
Heero wondered if what he had in mind was anywhere near what Duo was thinking.
He had a feeling it wasn't.
"Here we go," Duo said, much too soon for Heero's liking. The
braided boy sat down on a flat-topped rock, pulling Heero around in front
of him to stand between his legs. Duo's face was a few inches lower than
his, forcing him to look up at Heero.
"Move a little closer," Duo said, tugging on Heero's hand. "I'm
sure Relena's leaning halfway off the balcony trying to get a good look
Heero complied, then asked, "How long are we going to stay here?"
He was trying hard to not stare down at Duo. It wasn't doing him any good.
If he didn't look at Duo's face, he was looking at the pale skin of his
arms and how the muscles bunched and flowed with each movement.
"I dunno. I'll let you know when I figure it out." Duo turned
his head to the side a bit, squinting at the house. "Oh, yeah. There's
someone up there. Ten bucks says it's Relena. Give me your hands."
Duo didn't wait, slipping his hands down the length of Heero's arms and
placing his friend's hands on his hips. "Come here."
"She saw you follow me," the shorthaired boy guessed as Duo
pulled him closer and wrapped his arms around Heero's neck. Duo was so
close now, the warmth of his body and the scent of his skin filling and
overwhelming the Japanese boy's senses.
Duo turned back to the other boy, grinning sheepishly. "Yep."
Heero gave Duo a half-hearted glare. His friend smiled recklessly, dipping
his head down and returning the glare with that half-pout he did so well.
A breeze blew the loose strands of his hair back, leaving his face clean
He looked down at Duo, watching the light and shadow play over his face.
He thought about the warmth radiating from his friend's body and the feel
of the lean muscles underneath his hands. He thought about how easily
Duo made him smile and how much he loved being around him. And then he
thought about how much he loved . . . .
"Heero . . ." Duo said, watching the other boy's face gradually
change. "Are you going-"
Closing the distance between them, Heero pressed his lips lightly to Duo's,
cutting off the end of his sentence. His eyelids fluttered, then slipped
closed. Heero hesitated, realizing that the soft warmth against his mouth
and the sharp intake of a breath of air belonged to Duo. His already rapidly
beating heart seemed to speed up, sending blood and heat rushing though
him. The hands on his shoulders tensed and relaxed and then Duo tilted
his head to the side, closing his eyes and rubbing his lips against Heero's.
Acting without thinking, Duo parted his lips, ghosting his tongue over
the Japanese boy's mouth. Heero drew in a shuddering breath. Encouraged,
Duo did it again, starting to lean back and drag Heero with him.
Heero responded to the pressure on his shoulders, taking one hand away
from Duo's waist and bracing himself against the rock. He brought his
leg up, sliding it over Duo's and half-kneeling above him. The braided
boy kept falling backwards until he lay flat on the rock with Heero pressed
tightly against him.
Heero's lips parted of their own volition. Duo took the opportunity and
slipped his tongue deep into the other boy's mouth, tasting him. Heero
groaned when Duo pulled away, tangling his hand in Duo's hair and plunging
his own tongue passed the braided boy's lips, stroking Duo's tongue and
biting at his full bottom lip. Duo tasted like oranges, warmed by the
Duo's heart was pounding wildly against his ribs, his pulse thundering
in his ears. He bent the leg Heero wasn't straddling up at the knee, rubbing
it against Heero's body. Moaning into his friend's mouth, he nipped greedily
at his lips.
Heero broke away, trailing his lips over Duo's jaw and lower, closing
his mouth over the soft skin of the other boy's neck. Duo arched his back,
baring his neck for Heero to taste. The cobalt-eyed boy bit down gently,
then traced the mark with his tongue. Pulling back, he rested his forehead
against Duo's collarbone, breathing heavily.
Duo lay beneath him, gradually opening his eyes and staring up at the
sky. His breathing was ragged, his lips still tingling with the sensation
of Heero's mouth pressed to his. Swallowing and licking his lips, still
tasting Heero on them, he looked down at Heero's bowed head.
"Wow . . ." Duo said, his voice barely above a whisper. "I'll
bet that sure as hell was convincing," he added softly.
Heero stayed very still, not moving except for the deep breaths his body
forced him to take. His clothes had grown tighter, the material pressed
against his groin by Duo's body. The thought sent tiny thrills traveling
up his spine.
"Very," he said dryly, but his voice came out deeper and rougher
"Okay," Duo said, trying to pull himself together. "We're
going to get off this rock." He took a deep breath, catching a small
hint of Heero's scent. Closing his eyes, he tried to slow his rushing
Heero nodded, slipping his arms underneath Duo and lifting him up. Duo
let out a surprised yelp, wrapping his legs around Heero's waist and holding
tightly onto his shoulders to keep himself from falling. Freeing one hand
and using the rock to brace himself, the Japanese boy lowered them both
carefully to the sand with Duo still holding him tightly.
"Damn it!" Relena hissed, yanking the set of opera glasses away
from her eyes.
"What?" Quatre asked, looking from the girl to the rock she
was glaring at. "What happened?"
"They just went on the opposite side of the boulder, I can't see
"See who anymore?" Wufei asked, strolling out onto the terrace.
"Heero and Duo were making out on top of that rock over there,"
Quatre said nonchalantly. "Things were just getting good when they
decided to get down on the sand. On the OTHER side of the rock."
Wufei's brow creased. "You were watching?" he asked, stunned.
"Of course," Trowa said from where he sat on a patio chair.
"Although Relena did get very greedy over the binoculars once Heero
was straddling Duo."
Wufei started to sputter.
"Wufei?" Quatre asked. "Are you alright?"
"No, I am not!" Wufei said indignantly. "How could you
do this!? And you call yourselves FRIENDS!"
"Wufei," Relena began as Quatre paled visibly.
"No, I do not want to hear it," he said, glaring at her. "Next
time, you will not leave me out of this. I am appalled that you didn't
even THINK to ask me if I wanted to see." He crossed his arms over
his chest, still glaring mightily at the lot of them.
They all stood frozen, eyes wide and gaping at the Chinese boy.
Then Trowa started to laugh.
Heero sat on the sand, his back against the rock with Duo sitting on his
thighs. His hands were hot against Duo's back as he held him. Duo leaned
forward, resting his head on Heero's shoulder. Then the braided boy started
to chuckle. Heero glanced at him quizzically.
"I guess the joke's on us, huh, Heero?" he replied, letting
his hands drop down from Heero's shoulders to tangle in the webbing of
his own shirt.
"I'm not joking," Heero said softly.
Duo looked back up at him, dark lashes shielding his eyes. Heero was lost
in Duo's face, watching the play of emotions behind his eyes and only
catching the tail end of what he was saying.
". . . you mean?"
"I mean that I didn't kiss you to convince anyone that we were a
couple," Heero said, his shoulders tensing.
"Why did you?" Duo asked quietly.
". . . because I wanted to . . ."
Duo was silent, listening to the rhythm of his breathing match Heero's.
"I think I . . ."
"That's enough, Heero," Duo said suddenly.
Heero's eyes widened.
"I . . . I already know," the chestnut haired boy said, getting
to his knees and moving closer to Heero while still straddling him. "It
just took me a while to figure it out." He placed his hands lightly
on Heero's chest, looking down at the Japanese boy.
"It's strange," Heero said, watching his hand run up and down
the length of Duo's braided hair.
"That everyone else was right all along," Heero said with his
"We aren't going to tell them that, though, are we, blue eyes?"
Duo said, lowering his face closer to Heero's.
"No," Heero breathed against Duo's lips seconds before they
closed over his own.
Blue: That's it, all done.
Duo: Only two parts?
Blue: Yeah. They're long parts.
Duo: . . . and no lemon?
Blue: *flat look*
Wufei: Is that all you can think of, Maxwell?
Trowa: You were the one who was upset that the rest of us deprived you
of the pleasures of voyeurism.
Quatre: I can't believe you said that.
Blue: What Wufei said? It's not that unbelievable. *grin*
Quatre: No, I meant Trowa.
Heero: *tiny smirk* Pleasures of voyeurism.
Duo: *leer* Trowa is keeping secrets.
Blue: Not if I can help it. *smiles evilly at Trowa*
Blue: You'd think that by now, you'd know better.
Duo: *wryly* You'd think we'd all know better.
Blue: Hush, you.
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