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My fingers keep clicking on the keyboard for a second, then I pause-
- and pretend to reread what I was writing. Trying to figure out what
has triggered my sense of alert.
Ah, slight smell. One I know very well. But its silent unexplained presence
/Analysis: 02, no threat./
I let my fingers click a few more keys. My back and shoulders are completely
relaxed, I show no signs of any tension, any awareness.
/How close? Analyse./
I have learned a lot from Duo...
But he's still a lot better at stalking me than I am at foiling him, now
that he knows me and my capabilities even better than before.
Now that I know he's here, should I let him-
No I guess not. I wait a second, then uncoil like a spring, sending the
chair flying as I reach behind me, grabbing.
So fast-... He dodges my hand but trips over backwards. I stare down at
him; lithe yet muscular, dressed only in black sweatpants, sitting on
his rump with a rueful but amused expression on his face.
"Fuck, Yuy, you're gettin' good at this! You didn't need to grab at me
like that though. I wasn't going to hurt you." His hips flex a
bit as he leans back against his hands. Normally if I become aware of
him, I let him get... closer.
"Hn." I scrutinize him. He's visibly come out of the shower, his hair
is still damp, so where did that smell come from?
The smile curls. "Oh my. Is the perfect soldier in a bit of a snit? What's
wrong, can't handle not gettin' any last night? You gonna go all cold
and moody on me now?"
"Whoa! Guess not!" He laughs as I kneel down and reach towards him, but
it fades as I do nothing more than lift his hands before my face, examining
"Er-" And then he blinks as I curl his fingers towards him and point to
his nails. There is a very thin line of yellow beneath some of them.
"Thanks, buddy." Instantly, the jester is gone. Pilot 02 realizes I may
have just saved his life. The fluid we use in our Gundams' hydraulics
has a characteristic and very pervasive smell. He's been working on Deathscythe
ever since our training match yesterday, he's probably blocked out the
smell by now. But in a few hours, that slight trace of his presence might
have gotten him killed. "I better go scrub that before I leave tonight."
I say nothing as I sit back down in the straightened chair and go back
to my list of spare parts requirements. He doesn't go back to the bathroom,
"Of course, you still didn't have to grab at me like that, babe." His
voice is low and back to teasing. "So I still think you're a bit put out."
"No." I can feel him getting nearer. "I couldn't allow you to try to creep
up on me, Duo. Not while partially aware of your presence. We cannot risk
an injury to you before a mission."
"Before a- never mind."
He doesn't finish. I never hid from Duo that the game he chooses to play
with me now is dangerous. Stealthing up to me while I'm awake and concentrating
on other things is risky, even for a master of the art, one whose presence
is now more familiar than any other. He doesn't touch me when he does
this, he knows better than that. He gets in very close though, then steps
back and waits for me to notice him at a safer distance. I can always
tell from his grin how close he got to me and how long he was there before
I noticed. It stretches out like a ruler, measuring the risk and his satisfaction
This game excites him. It excites me as well, though I disapprove of it.
It's dangerous, but it keeps me on my toes. This is good training. Since
he started I have learned a lot about stealth, infiltration, control and
His nighttimes stalking was also dangerous, yet I had allowed that to
continue after I found out about it. It allowed me to observe the master
of stealth up close, without the protective jester mask he usually wore,
and it had been challenging. I don't know how long Duo had managed to
stalk me before I even became aware of it, I guess quite some time from
the way he'd mastered it. That one touch against my hair that one night
had been his mistake. It had registered, though I'd been too incapacitated
by exhaustion to react immediately. Fortunately by the time I'd surfaced
he'd stepped back and I was able to conclude the threat level was minimal.
It took me some time before I could analyse what had happened adequately,
and figure out what was going on. If I was awake, nothing happened. In
the end I had to bug our own quarters for a week to confirm what he was
doing when I was truly asleep.
Duo was very put out about that later when I told him. I think he was
embarrassed. But I consider it an accomplishment.
It was an interesting challenge, to figure out how to mimic my own sleep
patterns and catch Shinigami in the act. I made the effort because it
was good practice for both of us.
And maybe I was... curious.
Well, I guess I was still trying to learn more about him at the time.
I knew that I would not get any answers if I asked him flat out, and that
the behaviour would immediately stop. Then I wouldn't be able to analyse
it. I decided that he was good enough to survive these in my mind they
were training exercises- even on those nights I was truly asleep, I respected
his abilities that much.
So I waited, and watched, both at night and in our work together. My patience
allowed me to finally analyse the reasons behind his actions. I concluded
that he desired, among other things, a closer relation.
I weighed this and decided that this was acceptable. I had been desiring
some release and intimacy, but it was not an option till then; I would
not have compromised the mission with someone unrelated to it. And besides,
it would have been frustrating and dangerous to try to conduct relations
with someone who was unable to understand the risks and precautions needed.
... Speaking of which... .
/Proximity- 02, no threat./
He's sliding up behind me, but a bit to the side, so that I can see/sense
him properly. He leans against the back of my chair and turns his head
towards mine, and blows gently to lift my bangs from my eyes. My hands
stutter then lie still on the keyboard. He leans a bit more and a finger,
calloused from using weapons from a gun to a Gundam, lifts slowly to my
/Close proximity no threat./
- and brings it down the side of my face without touching the skin, letting
me get used to his presence through our usual ritual.
I am controlled enough that a casual touch will not result in injury,
most time. I do have to function in normal societies without decking giddy girls
trying to lean on me. And for some reason which I cannot compute, when
we are undercover in a school, this seems to happen a lot. Duo has refused
to explain this to me. It's hard, it's stressful, but a casual touch,
particularly from a fellow pilot, will not get a violent reaction from
But Duo doesn't want a casual touch.
I always feared that my body would interpret sexual excitement as a form
of danger, and that I could injure a partner if I wasn't controlled. It
was a relief to find that with a cautious and slow approach from a source
I knew was not a threat, my deeper conditioning could be, well, broken-
I tense and Duo's finger quickly withdraws and he leans back slightly.
I think he should leave, I think he will leave, but then he leans forwards
again slowly. His fingers on the back of my chair are half an inch from
my t-shirt. He twitches his shoulder, and his braid falls forward into
my lap. I tense, but I also flush...
... With a cautious and slow approach from a source I knew was not a threat
my deeper conditioning could be altered to allow closer contact.
The braid drags an inch across my lap as Duo leans forward a bit more,
and, sensing the state of tension from me to be acceptable, finally lays
lips like feathers against the corner of my jaw.
And he slips past my defences, turning them off in the process.
The senses of danger, tension and excitement turn to desire. He smells
slightly of soap and Gundam hydraulics fluid. I breathe him in deeply...
He grins ‘like a cat covered in canary feathers' as Winner put it the
other day, and slides gently forward, to straddle my lap. His arms curl
around my sides I'm still on the edge, still too tense to allow hands
around my neck- and he moves forward in one fluid dragging movement that
brushes every inch of my thighs up to my groin.
"Hey babe." His words are a zephyr touch on my lips more than a sound.
"Yes." But I say it with only a breath at the back of my throat and my
lips moving against his. "And you should rest before-"
He moves his hips and grinds against me. "Make me."
"If you insist on compromising your welfare and the mission this way,"
I breathe, "I will have to."
"Oh you make me so horny when you almost tell a joke." I'm having a hard
time catching his evanescent words, my blood is humming through my body,
rushing in my ears.
I lift one of his hands strong, very capable of serious damage-
-and kiss the palm before placing it on my shoulder. Violet eyes near
mine ignite at the caress and the sign of trust, of nearness, as his fingers
drift towards my neck in a caress.
He tips my head slightly to kiss me, a feather blowing in a breeze to
start with, gentle touches. My hand drops from his arm to his back, then
down to the side of his bare waist in a gentle caress. I feel him ply
to that touch. I'm actually dropping my hand to the pocket of his sweatpants
to insure he has what we need on him. I feel his lips move against mine
in a grin as he realizes what I'm doing.
Duo told me after one of our matings, in the hushed tones of secrets
in darkness- that he was surprised at how sensual I could be.
My gentleness came from a massive effort at control, first. Then, that
first night, when he broke through my when he slipped momentarily
into my defences-
- the gentleness was... natural. My hands, when mine to control, had no
desire to crush or maim. Child's hands.
No, said Duo. Not gentle. I appreciate that mind you, babe, don't get
me wrong you bruise me enough when sparring. But sensual?
Sometimes that sensuality is accidental, like now, as I caress his hip
lightly and feel the small tube in the pocket of his sweatpants, but can
I really be doing something entirely by accident? Probably not. Sensual.
I'm not sure where that comes from.
I think it comes from Duo. The word Sensual was not even in my word database
until I met him. He embodies it. I don't know if he brings it out of me
or inflicts it upon me.
But we both like it.
J inflicted my strength upon me, among other things best forgotten right
at this moment. I have no problem standing slowly, Duo still draped around
my shoulders and waist. My senses have tightened around me I trust Duo
to be a second set of eyes and ears in case of danger, we should see it
coming- but I still know where the chair and table are and I manage to
move past both, avoiding a small thump or sound of furniture dragging
on thin carpet. I move away in silence, despite the weight in my arms.
I told Duo on our second night that I would not let our changing relations
affect the group dynamic of the team I'd slowly come to rely on as much
as well, not quite as much as Wing, but almost.
Duo had whispered, Sure babe, whatever. I just don't want to share.
This is just too fun this way anyway.
I decided not to think about that. As long as he had some reason
for discretion... I don't need the others worrying about how these physical
contacts will affect the efficiency of pilots 01 and 02. I do enough of
that for all five of us and Dr J as well.
His hand flutters up my arm. So in tune that I can tell a signal from
a caress, I follow his lead without thinking, taking two steps in the
direction indicated. We fetch up in silence with Duo pinned against the
wall near the desk.
He smiles and kisses my forehead where a frown has settled. "Here. Against
the wall." He mouths, greedily.
I scowl at him. I happen to know that Barton is reading in his room
on the other side of that wall.
Duo's grin melts into a pout. I crush my lips against it, like I wanted
to do yesterday-
-and rock against him. His breath hisses out between my lips and his muscles
flex beneath my arms as he uses the wall's friction to return the favour.
I allow him a few moments of pleasure well I enjoy it too- then I tear
us away. His chest heaves in a silent groan, but that is too athletic
a position for two pilots who both have missions soon, too prone to injury.
The bed is more yielding.
"You're no sport, babe." His complaint a small tickle on my ear as I lean
him down on the bed.
"You're a sport, baka." I mutter, and his grin is like fireworks as he
realizes I meant the double meaning. I do intend to restrict what
I learn from Duo...
The real sport is getting out of our clothes without the antique bedsprings
squeaking. I almost consider tossing covers on the floor instead, but
the old floorboards beneath the carpet are just as bad, and Quatre is
on perimeter watch on the monitors in the small room under ours. And he's
definitely one to be careful with...
Duo rescues the tube from his pocket before the sweatpants go tumbling
from the bed. He tries to push it into my fingers but I close his own
on it. "You're leaving soonest." I tell him, as firmly as I can while
not lifting my voice louder than the faint hum of my laptop's batteries.
Duo's eyes roll. It's very expressive. But I know he wouldn't have me
thinking any other way (even if he likes to complain about it constantly).
If he did-
- the little pop of the tube's cap sounds erotically loud, and Duo grins
as he squeezes some into his hands, then tickles me with his breath all
the way to my erection. I feel his very talented mouth on me now that
I have been trying to learn from him- as well as slicked fingers
lower down and I stop thinking entirely for the next chunk of blissful
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