Pairing: 1+2+1/1x2x1; reference to past 1xR, R+1.
Disclaimer: If I owned GW, I would be happy. I am happy. But to draw the
conclusion that I own GW from those statements would be to affirm the
consequent, and would therefore be an invalid argument. See?
Warnings: Part 17 has a mild lime warning, and it also contains some slightly
vulgar talk: don't mind me... For all other warnings see part 1 and individual
parts. This is an AU fic.
Notes: *sigh* Everything's been messed up for me recently, and I probably
won't be around for at least a few days, but I'm going to do my darnedest
to get this out before I have to go! I don't have my sig or even my header,
so this is a fresh start. Also, it kind of didn't want to end, this part
-- but where it does end is a sort of natural lull. Part 18 will
begin immediately where this one leaves off, and is nearly done already
-- at least one good thing came out of my indecisiveness about
where this was going! ^^ Enjoy, all, please! ^^
+ Part 17
They remained in silence for
a few minutes, unwilling to surrender to the feeling of uselessness that
hung over the situation. Heero shook his head. They had no way of tracing
the hack attempt: whoever had done it had hidden all clues as to their
identity and location. In some way he knew it was dangerous to assume
the perpetrators were colony activists: but it was the only vague hope
of a lead that he had. The fact that Duo had seemed to think the same
way, he realised, made him even more determined to pursue that line of
The thought of Duo suddenly gave him an idea. He knew Duo was the sort
of person who always knew what was going on around him even if he couldn't
see it; he had no doubt that Duo would have great knowledge of the side
of colony society that was kept hidden, from everyone, not just the Earth...
Again, he felt a sharp sting of regret that he had not been back in so
long. Regret that he just hadn't gone back there after the war... But
now, this was the way the dice had fallen and he had to use his resources
as best he could. There was no time for looking over shoulders to what
was left behind. But still, it was a good indication of what they should
change in the future.
Heero stared out of the window. "We should've known the possibility
of this way in advance." He turned to look at his companions again.
"We're all colony people; we should pay more attention to what's
happening in space. We need that knowledge now." He saw Trowa look
away from him. He knew what the other man was thinking, and wasn't surprised
by his words.
"So, you're going to speak to Maxwell again."
Heero felt no need to act defensively. "He's our best source of information
as to the general atmosphere in the colonies right now. He's proved to
be invaluable so far -- I don't need to remind you who found the
Trowa looked him in the eye. "That wouldn't be so difficult if he
was the one to put them there in the first place."
Heero kept his voice quiet. "We don't have any evidence of that.
We don't have any evidence of anything, and that is why I want to speak
to Duo." He turned to Wufei, effectively ending his exchange with
Trowa. "I suppose you've been told everything that's been going on."
Wufei nodded. "Yes. I haven't had time to think it through properly
yet -- though I have to say I am surprised at you giving out your
trust so easily, Heero." He looked sideways up at Heero.
Heero looked back at him for a few moments before turning to look out
of the window again. He could see the city under cloud: greys, reds, patches
of green. The same things he always saw... He looked away. "It's
a feeling I have." He paused just a moment. "This whole investigation
is based on feelings. There's nothing else. It's not a mistake to follow
them up. What we need is solid evidence. I intend to use all the available
means to get it." `So, Duo is just a means to an end? No, I know
that's not true. But... I have to say that.' "And I can keep an eye
on him. What's he likely to try, if we're around all the time?" Another
breath of silence. "I'll do what I think I should." He felt
like it was a mantra.
Heero slipped away from his position against the wall by the window, breaking
the heaviness that had settled in the room. "Trowa. Go and fetch
that software." The sergeant left obediently. "Wufei, you should
make sure you put it into use at the summit as soon as you possibly can.
I'll come with you if I have to." A nanoflash of Duo in his subconscious...
"No, I can manage it. If I need any more help I'll let you know."
Heero felt just a tiny snuff of disappointment at not having another opportunity
to go to the summit, to Duo; he found his reaction amused him a little.
"I want to see a full report of the changes the Preventers implement."
Wufei nodded, standing up. "Of course." He hesitated a moment,
then crossed to the door of Heero's office, turning back to Heero as he
reached it: "Personally, I'd say you could come and oversee. But
I have a feeling my superiors wouldn't like that."
Heero nodded. "Don't worry about it. I have work here to be getting
Wufei nodded, and gave Heero a bow of the head before leaving, meeting
Trowa just outside the doorway with the relevant equipment. Heero closed
the door behind his visitor, and sat back down at his desk. He could have
gone to the summit with Wufei, he had no fear of the Preventers' criticisms
of him for finding fault with their procedures -- he could brave
their hostility easily. And see Duo...
But no. Relena would be there as well. He would go later, when he could
see Duo... alone... He smiled wryly to himself. He could wait.
Heero went straight to the hotel from the police station. He had left
a message in Relena's personal vidmail box, explaining that he still had
important work to do. It was true, he was going to be working.
But his line of investigation had a more interesting consequence. He shut
that away: perhaps it was safer to block it out so he could feel like
he had a real reason to be there...
But before he could think about it any more he was at the door of Duo's
room and Duo was letting him in. And before he could do anything else,
he was responding to the kiss that Duo immediately drew him into. The
kiss was not shy, not half-hearted: and it reminded Heero of what he had
been trying to forget he was there for. He pulled away eventually, though
not too soon: he let himself have that much.
Heero was silent for a minute, feeling Duos body against his, warm; but
he had to be honest. "I need your help again."
He felt Duo smile where his mouth rested on Heero's neck. "So you
come here to seduce me into helping you..." Heero snorted, and Duo
laughed. "No, that's just my wishful thinking." He slowly let
go of Heero and moved to sit on the bed, resting back on his hands. "What
is it? The investigation, right?"
"Someone hacked into the summit computer network." Heero walked
to the window of Duo's room and looked out over the city. It looked so
different in the dark -- he lights picked out the streets and buildings,
the city in negative. From here he could see different features, too:
the river the city was built on. The park in the exp4ensive part of town.
The summit complex... "It was far too easy to do it. Everyone is
just so complacent, even the Preventers." His hand curled into a
fist. "Seven years of peace and they think they're invulnerable.
Just because they weren't expecting it doesn't mean they shouldn't have
been prepared for it." He lapsed into silence.
"So what's your thinking? What do you want me to do?"
Heero continued to look out of the window. "I still think there's
a lot of potential in Trowa's idea. There's usually far more unrest at
these summits, added to which we know there's been bad feeling in the
colonies. I can't help but agree that the two might be linked." He
looked back at Duo as he spoke. "I need your knowledge of the colonies.
You must know what the atmosphere is like at the moment. You're best placed
to find out more." He stared at the wall, noticing out of the corner
of his eye that Duo looked like he was going to say something, but changed
his mind. Heero went on. "I shouldn't have left it so long to go
back there. I should have kept in touch." His voice was resigned.
"I understand now: Relena has been reluctant to go to space for a
while now, even though she's vice-foreign minister." He remembered
her reaction to the argument Duo had started, and it fitted into place
in his head. "She's afraid, because of the hostility towards the
Earth. She thinks if she leaves it well enough alone, the problem will
go away. She doesn't want to confront it, in case the result undermines
her peace." The words said with more than a little irony. "So
they let the situation go on... like an open wound because they're afraid
of the sting if they treat it. They're so afraid of war they risk it through
trying to avoid it." Heero found that he couldn't fathom such sheer
perversity. He had never been afraid of conflict... never been afraid
enough, so he kept being told...
Duo's voice was quiet as it broke into his thoughts. "So you think
it's someone in the colonies, right? You know..." he sounded thoughtful,
and just a little bitter. "You're right, there is a lot of
resentment in the colonies. But the Earth isn't blameless, Heero. I'm
sure you can see that. If they had paid more attention towards
us then maybe things would be different. The colonies are sick of Earth
patronising them; Earth people look down on us. We... Colony people have
had enough of it, being taken advantage of."
Heero turned to look at him, took in the suppressed anger there. He looked
back out of the window, but watched Duo's reflection, seeing eyes fixed
on his back. "Earth isn't a second Oz, Duo. They're not trying to
act as dictators towards the colonies. They're just... ignorant. Their
fear of war makes them not see the danger. They've gone too far in the
opposite direction to the one Oz was taking. But they don't want to fight."
"Or maybe they just don't want to be seen not to be fighting,
hmm?" Duo sighed. "I don't know. You've lived here on Earth,
you can see that, what you're saying." He waved a hand generally.
"But that isn't what it looks like from the colonies."
Heero saw that somewhere communication had failed. He had an idea where.
But Duo was speaking again, in a much lighter tone. Heero wasn't sure
he wanted the subject to change; but he was tired of it, tired of ignoring
the real reason he had for being there... He listened to Duo.
"You want me to find out who it might be, huh?" Heero could
see Duo's reflection smile lob-sidedly in the window. "If I were
insecure I'd think you were just using me for my connections." A
half laugh. "But I'm not."
Heero kept watching in the window as Duo stood up and walked towards him.
"Y'see, I know exactly how you feel, Detective Inspector Yuy."
Heero enjoyed the warmth of Duo's arms wrapped round him from behind.
"I know you want me..." Heero almost unconsciously tilted his
head a little to allow Duo to more easily kiss his neck "...just
as much as I want you..." Heero felt a sudden shiver run through
him, as though he'd been found out doing something he shouldn't... He
suppressed it easily; but... it was also a strange thrill, an anticipation.
Duo's tongue touched his throat, just lightly, then slipped away again
and Duo spoke against the wet skin. "You know it too... you want
me." His hand moved to Heero's groin and cupped the half-hardness
there; Heero could feel Duo's own erection against his hip and he quickly
found himself fully aroused. He felt Duo smile against his neck, nuzzling
closer. "But I won't make you do anything you don't want to, Heero."
The hand between his thighs applied just a suggestion of pressure; lips
were right next to his ear -- Heero hissed out a breath. "I
can wait, Heero." Duo's voice was low. "Because I know you'll
not be able to resist forever." A quiet laugh, a kiss to Heero's
jaw just below the ear. Then abruptly the hands were gone from Heero's
body, and Duo had moved away, back to the bed.
Heero turned, surprised, in time to see Duo half-throw himself back onto
the bed, eyes closed.
"But oh, god, Heero..." his eyes opened again and he met Heero's
gaze, "I hope you stop resisting sooner and not later..." His
hand was in his lap, rubbing almost imperceptibly, but Heero saw what
he was doing, and was as mesmerised as he knew Duo wanted him to be. He
crossed to the bed and knelt at Duo's side, watching... Duo looked up
at him. "I can't help wanting you." His voice not much more
than a hoarse whisper. "Just looking at you, standing close to you..."
His hand stilled and then reached up with its partner to bring Heero down
and fix him with a deep kiss. Heero couldn't help but follow with his
body, and they lay together, touching, trying to get closer...
"Heero..." Duo was almost panting now. "God, stop me, if
you're going to... I... I can't..."
Heero pulled way and lay on his back, suddenly reminded again... He shut
his eyes tightly; no, he mustn't do this... Even though he wanted so much
to share... everything with Duo... He took deep breaths, focussed on the
ceiling. Heard Duo's own breathing slowly calm, and the other man lie
against his side.
"I'm sorry, Heero." Whispering again. "I love you. I'll
do anything I can for you. But you'd better tell me what you need me to
do, before I go crazy."
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