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: You know, I got my warnings a bit mixed up last part. *This*
is the part with the risqué language in, lol. I wasn't sure whether
to put it in or not, but I think I salvaged it... Maybe... ^^;; So Part
18 has another mild lime warning. For all other warnings see individual
parts. This is an AU fic.
Notes: Well, Heero's not speaking to me and Duo's locked himself in the
bathroom (*giggles at Kwyck*) -- not to mention just about every
reply I got to part 17 slapped my wrist for leaving the boys like this.
But *shrugs helplessly* this part was already half-written! And I'm afraid
it's all part of my evil plot to - oops, didn't mean to give that away...
Carry on... ^^;;;
+ Part 18
Heero shifted up a little so
he was leaning back against the headboard. He thought for a minute. "It
might be a lot to ask of you. I suppose I'm asking you to be a detective:
use your own knowledge and contacts together with any information you,
or we, find out."
Duo sat up and smoothed stray hairs back into his braid. "It doesn't
sound too much for me to handle, even if I say so myself. But..."
he shrugged and got up off the bed, leisurely making his way to the large
wardrobe and unlocking it. "It just might seem a little strange...
Almost like I was spying on my home..." He retrieved a briefcase
from the wardrobe and relocked the door, returning to the bed. "Betraying
Heero hadn't thought about it like that before. He supposed... that was
what he had been doing, moving to Earth permanently and eventually joining
its police force... but then another thought struck him. "We're not
traitors, Duo. I don't consider myself to be taking sides. I'm just doing
what I see as the right thing."
Duo smiled, as if what Heero said had pleased him, and started up the
laptop he'd removed from the briefcase. "Well, that makes two of
us. Now we've just got to make everyone else do the same." He grinned,
but Heero knew it wasn't a joke. "I know plenty of places where stuff
like this gets talked about. It's pretty cryptic, not a lot of people
would be able to work it out, but..." he hesitated." I've been
involved in things like this myself before. I know what I'm looking for."
Heero could imagine. After all, he'd had some pretty good ideas himself
of where to research criminal activity. He wasn't sure his superiors would
approve, if they knew -- but they probably didn't even know most
of it was possible. And if the criminals were caught, everyone was happy.
Heero had always maintained that if the rules were wrong, he didn't have
to follow them.
Duo had linked up the laptop to the satellite connection and was busily
typing locations into several windows. Heero moved to sit next to him
on the end of the bed, leaning in to look at the screen. It was a messageboard
where the threads had such titles as "Space pollution: the main culprits"
and "Protect yourself from police brutality". Heero smirked
wryly. It seemed Duo was right to think that this was a good sort of place
to start looking.
"See, whenever there's something being planned there's always people
talking about it. This year people were asking about the summit, but the
replies and chat were very vague. Now I think about it, I guess that might
be... unusual..." He shifted a little on the bed. Heero looked at
him quizzically. Duo gave a nervous laugh. "It's just... you're..."
he looked sheepish. "You're sitting very close to me..."
Heero stared at him for a minute and then understood. He laughed.
"I'm glad you think it's funny!" Duo said hotly, and Heero moved
away a little. As he clicked and typed, Duo continued to talk, half to
himself, it seemed to Heero. "I can't believe this, a few weeks ago
I was on the colony, I had a boyfriend, I was getting some whenever I
wanted! Then I come to earth, meet the perfect man -- he's dedicated
and smart and isn't just interested in my body. But guess what, he's married...
and gorgeous... Not a good combination, overall..." Duo was mumbling
by now, almost under his breath, but Heero was close enough to hear. Duo
sighed, set the laptop on the floor and turned back to Heero. "It's
true Heero -- just sitting here next to you was... distracting
me. Especially certain parts of me. Just like earlier, watching you by
the window... I can't stop thinking about you, Heero! Y'know" he
made a very vague hand gesture that Heero nevertheless understood and
couldn't help but find amusing "I've been taking cold showers every
morning to stop myself thinking about you. Otherwise I think I might have
made myself sore, with all that thinking."
Heero smirked again. "If it's any consolation," he leaned closer,
"I thought about you, too."
Duo made a frustrated sound and looked away. "That image does not
help!" As if drawn by magnetism, though, he turned his face back
to Heero and pressed their mouths together. "God..." he spoke
against Heero's lips in between and into kisses "This... isn't getting
us very far..."
Heero nodded, pulling back and noting the odd mixture of relief and disappointment
that passed over Duo's face. "I should go anyway." Duo nodded
then, and sighed. "Yeah, I know. I have to say though, it wasn't
that I didn't enjoy being distracted." He picked up the laptop again
and put it on the dressing table. "I'll do what I can. But right
now... I think I need a shower..."
Heero smirked. "I'll see you tomorrow."
Duo grinned back at him. "You'd better."
It suddenly occurred to Heero that the summit was soon going to be over.
It was a relief that there had been no further incidents, but he couldn't
help feeling a sense of dissatisfaction for other reasons.
They still didn't know who had planted the cameras, who had hacked into
the network. Whoever had gone to all that trouble -- assuming it
was the same organisation -- was clearly planning something that
he urgently needed to find out about, and he was barely any closer than
he had been at the beginning. He and Duo has spent the last few evening
s combing through messageboards, online journals, chatrooms and any other
place they suspected might have any hints at all. Duo had spoken to friends
and contacts in the colonies, people he thought likely to be able to help.
They had collected various snippets of things they thought might have
significance; but so far the pieces hadn't snapped into place. It had
been frustrating; but at the same time, Heero had enjoyed spending time
working with Duo.
Duo, who would soon be leaving. Another reason why he was reluctant for
the summit to end. Somehow, without him expecting it or even consciously
encouraging it, he had come to see Duo as an integral part of his life,
himself... He had never called it, as Duo had done, love: but he could
not quash the suspicion, the potential, the spark he knew it was... They
had disciplined themselves in their work together, each using his own
laptop to carry out his own research; but every so often, Heero had heard
the clicking and tapping stop, and felt eyes on him... Turned to see the
amused hint of apology in Duo's eyes as they approached and he was kissed;
but he never resisted... He allowed himself that little...
Heero realised with a start that their roles had been reversed and he
was the one staring this time. Duo was waving a hand in front of his face
"Hello, Heero... You were drifting off there man! What're you thinking
Heero turned his chair sideways from the corner of the table he was using
and stretched his legs out. "I was just thinking about the end of
the summit. It's not far off. What are we going to do?"
Duo frowned. "I know. It's dangerous -- if they're going to
do something, they're going to have to do it soon -- and we still
have no idea what."
Heero was glad Duo was thinking the same way. But at the same time...
he wanted a break from thinking about it. "I was thinking more about
us. You'll be leaving once the summit is over." I don't want to be
Duo gave Heero the most beautiful smile he'd ever seen, eyes wide as if
in surprise and catching the light. "Heero..." He got up and
went to Heero, crouching to bring their faces level. "See, persistence
does have its reward." He kissed Heero suddenly, passionately and
Heero received it hungrily, craving the feeling. Before he could realise
it, Duo was straddling his hips on the chair, keeling in such a way that
they touched... Heero moaned and broke the kiss, torn. It felt... amazing,
but if he didn't stop it would he be able to later? He felt helpless,
being pushed by the force of his own pent-up feeling.
He hesitated a long moment, just watching Duo... caught up... Then...
brought his hands to Duo's hips, slowly, rested them there. "Kiss
Duo obeyed, a smile curling his lips as he breathed a little quicker and
leaned in again. Heero realised how easy it was, how normal... He thought
of how much he would miss this if he were to lose it, even for a short
time... Quite naturally, as if they both thought the same thing at the
same time, the kiss slowed, became more tender: the heat was now warmth.
It nearly hurt Heero to eventually break it... When they did, he rested
his forehead against Duo's. The embrace was no longer sexual; it was comforting,
Heero felt -- a communion...
"I don't want you to go."
Duo smiled, bittersweet. "I can't afford to stay here! I'm not rich!
The government have paid for my trip, they're not going to fork out any
more." He sighed frustratedly. "And you've already said you
can't come with me, I know that..." He fell silent again, his arms
round Heero's neck, rubbing his cheek against Heero's.
Heero held him, arms now round Duo's waist, concentrated on the warm body
pressed to his, the darkness as he closed his eyes and just felt.
As soon as the thought occurred to him, it seemed, it was past his lips
before he could even think of stopping it; instinct taking over. "Stay
Duo pulled back sharply and looked him in the face. "What?!"
"I'm serious. Stay here on Earth. That way..." he went on, reluctant,
but knowing he couldn't avoid admitting the truth "I can protect
Duo laughed delightedly. "The best thing about that is, you know
perfectly well I can look after myself, but you still want to do it."
He sobered, and looked into Heero's eyes, getting even closer. "There's
a word for that."
Heero pressed on, determined. "If there is a revolution or something
like one, you might be in danger. Colony people might not trust you for
your dealings with Earth."
"That's ridiculous! What is it you're going to make me do? Something
so terrible? You told me..." His outburst faded, and he sighed. "I
know, I know, you're right." He kept his gaze on Heero's. "And
of course I want to stay. But with you? That's what you meant, isn't it."
Heero didn't say anything.
"I don't know... Hell, just seeing you for five minutes has a pretty
strong effect on me." He shifted in Heero's lap. "What's living
with you gonna do?" He contrived to look so forlorn that Heero smirked.
Duo smiled as well. "But we'll endure this together." He moved
on Heero's knee so he sat sideways, leaning back on Heero's shoulder and
taking his hand. "After all... we'll have all the time we need together,
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