Dream (part 14)
Pairings: 1+2+1, 3+4+3, 5+M+5, D+R+D
Warnings: AU, shounen- ai, sap... angst... unease... rabid photographers.
*shakes her head* Bad grammar.
Feedback: I crave it all...
Disclaimer: I own nothing this is all for fan fiction purposes!!!
Dream + Part 14
Something wasn't right. His
bed never was this oddly shaped. However, he'd take the discomfort if
it with the warm body pillow every night. Wait a sec. Body pillow? Duo
opened an eye to see Heero curled up with him on two reclined shuttle
seats. He propped his chin up on Heero's chest and thought back to the
night before. He smiled as he remembered the fun they had with the press.
Those that worked for the band new who he was but they would keep their
mouths shut about him. They all got along and Hilde, the stage manager,
kept her fingers crossed. He wondered what happened to the rest of the
Slowly Duo pushed himself upright, yawning. Last night he'd managed to
get changed out of his outfit but with all the fun, only managed to get
into boxers instead of his sweat pants. The cold air of the shuttle made
him shiver as the blanket slid off of him.
He slid off of the chairs and snagged the sweats out of his duffel bag.
He got dressed and wandered over to the food dispenser. He waited as the
coffee brewed, then poured. He smiled at the aroma and dumped four packets
of sugar into the mug. He walked to the shuttle door and opened it. He
carefully maneuvered out onto the wing to watch the earth rise through
the large shuttle bay window. He sat down on the wing, kicking his feet
and drinking his coffee, watching the sun and the earth dance past.
He couldn't believe he was actually conscious at 9am. It was comforting,
somehow, to be able to sit, watch the stars and the earth dance in the
sky and think of nothing. He took another sip of his coffee. He knew they'd
pay for the fun they had with the press. He just hoped it wouldn't be
It probably wouldn't be as difficult as putting off Heero. The years under
Relena's promise carved their own mark on Heero. Now that he'd been released
from the promise, it seemed like he wanted to make up for lost time. When
Duo first met Heero, he'd been, in solid denial of what he felt. He'd
been attracted to him and hadn't acted on it. Now that he'd been released
from the relationship part of that promise, Heero wanted to touch Duo
all the time.
Duo sighed. He didn't want to be anyone's sex toy for the short time between
Relena and The One. Trieze hadn't understood that and that's why he wasn't
here now. Duo closed his eyes. Heero wanted to know what he'd been missing
and Duo really wanted to show him but he had to know that Heero was serious.
That Heero wouldn't leave when he'd learned all the tricks he had to teach.
Almost automatically, Duo took another sip of his coffee.
The worst part of everything that everything he yelled last night at the
hotel about Heero he felt was true. He did love Heero. He did get serenaded
at the concert. He did feel that Heero was his soul mate. But the word
Heero used when apologizing, there are half a dozen levels of love. Duo
shook his head. Why should he lower his standards from True Love simply
to satisfy what could be a passing desire?
He swallowed the sugar-laden dregs in the cup. A funny thing, true love,
Everyone talks like it exists but you go looking for it, waiting for it
and it never touches you. And when you think it does, there's no way to
tell if that's really it with the other person as well.
Duo started at the voice then turned to smile at Heero standing in the
doorway. "Morning Heero!"
"Goodmorning. May I join you?"
Duo shrugged looking back at the window. He set his mug down on the wing
as Heero made himself comfortable next to him. "We both probably
shouldn't be out here."
"After you went to sleep, I checked the privacy laws. Since none
of us in the band ever had to worry about our private lives before, we've
never worried about it unless it came up in an interview. Relena and I
never answered anything about us, though the press liked to ask about
it." Heero paused, thinking. "In conclusion of recent events,
now people are interested. However, the band can file an injunction with
the courts that will force the press to ask over the phone for in person
interviews. Which means, anything not sanctified by NeoAero can't be reported
in any kind of publication."
Duo looked over at Heero. "That's possible?"
Heero smirked. "It's possible under Earth Sphere Alliance laws which
supersedes colony and Earth law. I posted the injunction to the Associated
Press Syndicate and the ESA courts at 4:32am CST." (1)
Duo frowned slightly. "So why didn't you set that up after you and
Relena split?" He asked curiously.
"We would have to get our lawyers and record company to agree to
file it for us. NeoAero consisted of moneymaking minors and they knew
that scandal caused more money for the band. When we revised our contract
upon all of us turning 18 we gained control over most of the decision
making for the band."
"And at that time, why didn't you?"
"Our management still reeled from the fact that we gave them a legal
right cross, it wouldn't have been politic at the time to do that. Five
years later it is because there is a reason. You."
Duo nodded. "That makes things easier for Q and T."
They sat in silence for a while. Duo sat not saying anything for a change
and Heero wondering why he was so silent. "Heero, When you apologized
and you said you loved me, I don't doubt that you do but I'm," He
stopped. "Heero, I don't lie. Never. Last night when we were getting
away, when I was screaming, I told the truth." Duo lifted his eyes
to look at Heero.
He sat stunned, but not entirely surprised. Duo could see the emotions
surface on his face however briefly; shock, embarrassment, happiness,
affection, worry and confusion. Heero blinked. Duo could see the wheels
in his head turning as he thought. "You want to know if I feel the
Duo nodded ducking his head. "What can I say, I'm a romantic."
"Duo, I know I love you. I know I'm attracted to you. I know that
the attraction's been there since I first saw you in the wings on the
stage. I don't know what true love is supposed to feel like." Heero's
voice washed over Duo, not doing much to comfort him. "What I know
is this. I feel more strongly for you than I ever did with Relena."
Duo half smiled and looked out toward the window. "That isn't saying
much. You're gay."
"No, Duo. Listen." Duo looked back at him. "I feel more
for you than I ever did with Relena. Good emotions, bad emotions all of
it." Heero said. "In the beginning, I was attracted to Relena
for her presence on stage, then later to who she was. Physically, she
didn't have the right equipment. It's taken five years to learn about
her, and two months to learn the same amount of information about you."
Heero reached out and pushed a stray strand of hair back behind Duo's
Duo smiled. "Fuzzies stickin' out?"
Heero nodded, his hand dropping to Duo's shoulder. "That usually
"I know. But I also usually get a shower and a palm full of conditioner
to get the tangles out." He laughed. "It's a little difficult
to braid hair that gets knots after being down and moved like it was without
"Can I help you fix it?"
Duo nodded and smiled as Heero got to his feet. He held out a hand and
helped Duo up. They walked along the wing back into the shuttle. Duo grabbed
his bag from under one of the seats and unzipped it.
"I've got some detangler in here somewhere." He muttered, setting
the newly found brush down on the floor.
The call button beeped on the main vid screen. Heero frowned at it and
pressed the receive button as Duo continued to look.
"Heero, Why are we getting requests for interviews all of a sudden
and no press?" Relena asked.
Heero's mouth twitched as he looked at the makeup-less figure twisting
her hair up. "P.I. 167-179 filed under ESA law at 4:30am." Relena
looked puzzled as she pinned her hair into a bun. "P.I. 16- , Heero
you didn't." She smiled as she recalled the law.
"If you'd like you can invoke third party." Heero smirked.
"And send the press through an agent with orders for no interviews
at this time?" Her eyes sparkled. "Heero, last night I wasn't
sure about your announcement at the concert, now? I love it. Dorothy and
I won't have to be so careful anymore. I don't know why none of us thought
of that before!"
Duo looked up from his bag at the screen and grinned. "You're a politicians
daughter 'Lena! That's too simple! Face it, you're used to using manipulation!"
Relena laughed, her eyes looking over Heero's shoulder to the figure seated
on the floor. "You may be right about that, Duo. Quatre and Trowa
are curious about what happened to have them receiving phonecalls at a
place no one's supposed to know we are so if you two will excuse me, I
think I'll explain." She looked back at Heero. "If I didn't
think Duo'd be upset, I'd kiss you Heero."
"Who said anything about Duo? You know I don't like to share."
Dorothy replied leaning over Relena's shoulder. "Gentlemen. Enjoy
your privacy and take use of it." She moved toward the end button
and paused. "Oh Duo, I commend you on your hunt of Heero, a little
different than the route I took, but effective." Dorothy's eyes flicked
briefly to Heero. "When you get the chance, screw him senseless.
He should have remembered the legal out a month ago. You truly have his
mind heavily occupied."
Dorothy smiled at the blushing Duo and the slightly pink Heero.
"Heero? Is Duo a good kisser?" She laughed as Heero reddened
even more and disconnected.
Heero fought to regain control of his blush. Behind him, Duo coughed.
"Uh, I , um found the detangler. We could go back to a hotel though.
By now the press should have completely cleared out."
Heero turned around. "You'd go out in public not looking your best?"
Heero shook his head. "It's fine. I don't mind."
Duo smiled and held out the brush and spray bottle. Heero accepted them
and sat down in one of the seats.
* * *
The tangles were gone but Heero still brushed. "Why do you have your
hair so long? There's no purpose for it."
Duo sat silent under the work of the brush. "I suppose it's a reminder
of who I am. When my Mom was still alive, she kept it at shoulder length.
Her's was longer and I wanted mine just as long. When I went onto the
streets it became my trademark. It held things that I needed to keep safe,
my lock picks and money. To part with it now would be like me turning
my back on everything I've ever been."
Heero set the brush down and ran his fingers through his hair. The feeling
of his fingers lightly massaging his scalp reminded him of the last time
anyone brushed his hair. Duo colored slightly and crossed his ankles,
dropping his hands to his lap. Heero began to braid his hair, fingers
lightly ghosting along the back of his neck. Duo shivered as the strands
and fingers glanced down his back. He closed his eyes, determined not
to think about his hard on.
Suddenly arms surrounded him and the end of his braid wound up tickling
the palm of his hand. His eyes shot open as Heero kissed the side of his
neck. "Heero," He smiled. "Thank you, but-"
"Hush," Heero silenced him with a kiss.
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(1) CST= Colony Standard Time. I'm taking liberties with time because
I haven't seen -any- official time slates for this. CST is operates off
of the international date line, that's where it gets it's time, however,
CST is a day behind Earth because of Einstein's theory of relativity.
In otherwords, the faster you go, the slower time seems to go. Scientists
actually proved the theory works. They synchronized two watches on Earth
then let one go up on a shuttle. When the astronauts returned to Earth,
the watch, I think, was five minutes behind. I figure with the time it
took people to get those colonies up there and working to the time when
this story occurs, the colonies are actually behind a day. Legally this
works out nicely for NeoAero. Any squealing that got done after the concert
would be declared illegal being that the colonies are a day behind and
the ruling gov't is on earth. *grins*
Mwuahahahahaha! I left things! I have had -no- sleep. I'm going to get
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