Disclaimer: Duo and Heero and the rest of the GW gang aren't mine. This
story is. Nuff said.
See Part 1 for warnings
************ Time passing or scene change
*~*~*~*~*~* Major POV shift
Marriage + Chapter 9
Unsure how much Relena's tirade
would affect Duo, Heero had tightened his arms around him as soon as she
started to shout. He held on through Quatre's banishment of Relena and
Dorothy's acceptance of the invitation to stay, worrying. 'If that bitch
upset him, she can kiss her political career good-bye. Peace isn't quite
that fragile anymore. And frankly, if it really depends on someone
like her, we're already in big trouble.' Duo had dropped his head
into the crook of Heero's neck part way through Relena's outburst and
within the last few moments, his shoulders had started to shake. 'Fuck.
He'd better not be crying or she's going to be one very, very sorry
girl. Hmm, this business of making Une keep me stationed as her bodyguard
is essentially blackmail, and I do believe I just might be able to find
some security footage of one of those conversations... And if I can't,
I'm sure I can make some from some other tapes... And I'm sure
Q's security tapes will have that little incident of her sneaking into
my room in her slip and Duo chasing her out... Wonder what else I can
dig up that the media would find interesting...'
"Duo?" he asked worriedly.
"'Mokay, Heero," Duo gasped, lifting his head. Abruptly it became
clear that the shaking shoulders were from an attempt to suppress laughter,
not tears. "Oh man, she's got a lot to learn about the fine art of
insulting someone!" he snickered. "Common? If there's
one thing Tro & I aren't, it's common! I mean, come on, we're
two of an elite group of five Gundam pilots! Nothing common
about that! And oh yes, we mustn't forget my 'revolting habits' that I've
'perverted' you with! Aren't you revolted by that 'disgusting thing' I
Relieved at Duo's reaction to Relena's insults, Heero gave Duo a smirk
and replied, "No, I guess you've 'perverted' me beyond redemption.
Darn. Guess we're going to just have to keep on shocking and appalling
her." Reaching over, he snagged another melon ball off his plate
and offered it to Duo. "I do believe that it was your turn to feed
"Mmm, I'd be glad to," Duo answered with a lecherous grin, "but
I think we'd better take breakfast back upstairs to finish it. That
much of an exhibitionist, I'm not."
Seeing Duo point to the small pitcher of syrup that accompanied the French
toast, Heero agreed. "What are you waiting for then? Let's go!"
Wondering just what the hell Relena Peacecraft could have done to make
Quatre Winner of all people banish her from his house, Une disconnected
the call. 'I have a distinct feeling that we're going to be needing those
contingency plans. Obviously something rather nasty took place between
our dear, sweet Vice Foreign Minister and the former Gundam pilots.'
Preparing to call the number that Dorothy had referred her to, Une paused
for a moment to consider that little tidbit. Dorothy Catalonia
had a habit of landing on her feet. If she was still at the Winner estate
while Relena was not, Relena's political career was probably headed for
trouble, if only because it was Dorothy that researched all the politicians
and let Relena know exactly who each one was and how to handle them. 'At
times, Dorothy has been the only thing keeping that "Sanc royalty"
attitude of Relena's in check. Without that moderating influence, she's
going to be insulting people all over the place.'
Abruptly changing her mind about calling Relena just yet, Une started
digging through the piles of paper on her desk, looking for a particular
press release. 'She's always had the full support of the Spacers' Association
and all the lobbying power it wields, but if I remember correctly, the
new spokesman for the Spacers' Association is one person that she actually
has insulted previously. And also someone with a very strong
appreciation of the Gundam pilots. I think I just found another ally in
the war to keep the Preventers' budget intact,' she thought, smiling slightly
as she read through the press release in question. Quickly, she punched
a call code into the phone, making sure to choose the secure line.
"Hello. It's Lady Une. Could I speak to Howard please."
Several days had passed peacefully since Relena's banishment from the
Winner estate. Heero, however, was starting to get concerned. Lady Une
and Sally Po still had not arrived at Quatre's, nor had either of them
contacted him. 'I wonder what went wrong. I thought for sure that having
sabotage and demolitions training on her palace grounds would be
enough to make Relena let me go. We've never actually discussed what happens
if she doesn't...'
Curled together in a contented tangle of limbs and sheets, Heero hated
to spoil the relaxed mood but he really needed to know if his hold on
Duo was sufficient to pull him away from the life he seemed content with
to return to Earth and a probably much less pleasant one at the palace.
"Duo?" he asked softly.
"What if she doesn't let me go?"
Duo raised himself into a semi-sitting position and leaned over Heero,
looking down at him with a slight frown. "What kinda question is
"What if Relena doesn't let Une transfer me? What if she insists
on me staying at the palace even though we're married?"
"I repeat, what kinda question is that?" Duo scowled down at
Heero, "You'd better not be suggestin' that I'd chicken out on you
and not go with you, buddy-boy."
Heero couldn't prevent a look of relief from spreading across his face.
"You did think that! Heero no baka!" Duo yanked the pillow
out from under Heero's head and swatted him with it. "Partners, remember?!"
Swat. "You" Swat. "Watch my back" Swat. "And
I " Swat. "Watch yours!! " Swat.
Grabbing Duo's pillow, Heero started swatting back. Moments later,
a full-fledged pillow fight was in progress. By the time it ended, both
pillowcases were virtually empty and the room was adrift in fluffy white
"Quat's gonna flip," Duo observed, looking around at the mess.
"It's gonna take hours for somebody to clean this up. Oh well,
I'll just tell him it's all your fault."
Heero raised one eyebrow in disbelief, then brushed distractedly at where
a feather hung down from his bangs. "All MY fault? Who threw
the first - err - swat? "
"Oh no you don't. I'm not takin' the fall for this. I wouldn't
have swatted you if you hadn't been such a complete baka. Besides,
I won the pillow fight. I still have feathers left." Duo proudly
reached through one of the rips in his pillowcase and pulled out a couple
of spindly feathers.
"Oh really? You won the pillow fight?" Heero said, getting
a mischievous look on his face. "Well, I happen to have a
feather or two left myself. And I intend to put them to good use!"
With that, he pounced on Duo, feather in hand, and started tickling him.
"Hey, no fair! You're not even ticklish!" wailed Duo, collapsing
in a heap of helpless giggles.
'Okay, maybe Relena won't let me go too easily. But I have a feeling that
after a few weeks of Duo and I living in her palace together, she'll be
begging us to leave!' Heero thought, following his ticklish companion
down to the floor.
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