+ Part 8
Heero joined Duo on the escalator.
"Now remember- we're parked on Minnie," Duo said with a grin.
"That just sounds bad," Heero shook his head.
"I know. Now, are you ready for your first Disneyland ride?"
"We're not even to the park." Heero blinked.
"I know." They left the escalator and joined some people standing by a
tree. "This is the first Disneyland ride- it's called the Parking Lot
One of the women they were standing near giggled. "Let me guess," she
said to Duo, "it's his first trip here?"
Duo nodded. "Yep, I'm just trying to keep the excitement up."
"I'm just hoping the tram isn't the best ride," Heero said and Duo made
"Just for that, I know what ride I'm making you go on first."
The tram pulled up in front of them and they all spread out on the narrow
benches as a cheerful voice told them that they were boarding the Disneyland
Tram. The tram got underway and everyone cheerfully ignored the recording
and started talking.
"You picked a good day," the woman told them. "It looks like the park
is empty so far."
"Yeah," the man with her laughed. "Just us professionals here today."
"I told him that was the best time to come. We can get through all the
rides, have lunch and then just enjoy DD for a bit." Duo laughed. "He'll
get the full Disney experience that way."
"Are you taking him to the Bayou?"
"Of course," Duo nodded. "That's the best place to take a newbie."
Heero rolled his eyes. "Let me guess- it's a place to eat."
"It's more than that," the man smiled. The tram stopped. "Hope you two
have fun." He followed his wife off the tram and they hurried towards
Heero looked around. They were across from a row of shops with ticket
booths at the end.
"This is Downtown Disney," Duo explained as they headed towards the booths.
"Think of it as a cleaned up version of what a city's downtown area should
"So it's a mall."
"Basically, yes. With amazing food courts."
Tickets purchased, they headed towards the gates, which were just opening.
There were lines, but they were moving fast, and Duo explained that it
really wasn't that busy.
He was right. They walked on to nearly every ride.
Heero enjoyed the park, but he enjoyed watching Duo more. He was animated,
happy and excited, pointing things out as they walked through the park.
"Did you notice all the curbs are rounded? It's meant to give you a feeling
On something called the Jungle Cruise, Duo chuckled at every lame joke
their skipper made, amusing the three children who sat across from them.
In the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, he pretended to translate all the
odd markings on the wall into rude limericks, making Heero choke with
laughter. When they stood in the Haunted Mansion and all the lights blew
out, Duo shrieked in his ear along with the recorded scream, making him
"You are the biggest kid here," Heero told him as they followed the other
people to their Doom Buggy.
"Is that bad?" Duo asked as he hopped in the Doom Buggy, pulling Heero
along after him.
Heero shook his head. "No. You're making this a lot of fun."
"Why thank you. Now, did you know that this was originally supposed to
be a walkthrough ride? The house of a skipper who killed his wife and
drowned at sea. Now there's a movie plot that I should make Quatre use..."
As they left the Haunted Mansion, Duo stopped by an odd storefront and
spoke with a lady in a Victorian-type costume. He returned with a square
card that he tucked into his pocket.
"What's that for?"
"I'll show you. C'mon." Duo tugged him down the imitation New Orleans
street and under a brick bridge. "The Pirates of the Caribbean. One of
the must sees here at Disneyland!"
They entered the building, looking at the pictures of pirates on the walls
and then boarded a boat that began to take them through something that
was supposed to look like a bayou. Off to one side were tables and chairs
in something that looked like an open-sided Southern mansion.
"There's a restaurant in the ride?" Heero blinked.
"Sure. That's where we're having lunch." Duo tapped the pocket with the
card. "I got our reservation and everything."
The boat turned a corner and a skull perched overhead began to mutter
about dead men and their tales.
"Isn't this too scary for the kids?" Asked Heero as their boat plunged
down a short waterfall and they began to sail past pirate skeletons.
"Nah," Duo shrugged. "It's history."
Once they were off the ride, Duo insisted on a short break. He bought
Heero a green-tinted drink and they found a small table to sit at.
"What is this?" Heero asked as he took a cautious sip of the green fluid.
"A mint julep."
"Shouldn't it have rum or something in it then?"
Duo laughed. "In Disneyland?"
"Good point. I retract the question." Heero took another sip of his drink.
"You seem to know the park really well."
"Yeah, well, like you this is one of the places I used to hear about as
"You said you grew up in Washington?"
Duo nodded. "Yes. I was raised by my aunt and uncle. My uncle was a minister
in a church up there. We didn't have much, but they were good people."
Duo nodded. "Yeah. They passed away when I was about 11 or so. I bounced
around foster homes for a while- got to college on a scholarship." He
shivered despite the warm sunlight. "You almost finished? I want to get
through Tomorrowland before lunch."
Heero downed the rest of his drink, sensing that Duo wanted to change
topics. "Sure thing." Duo gave him a warm smile and got to his feet.
He wondered, as he followed Duo to the next part of the park, if Duo had
given any thought to his offer yet.
"So," Duo asked as they sat in the dimly lit restaurant, boats half-full
of people floating by, "what do you think of it so far? Despite the lady
puking in front of you when we got off Space Mountain."
"And the kid who stepped on my feet in Star Tours." Heero smiled.
"He was looking at the Wookie. You can't blame a kid for being interested
in a Wookie."
"My toes can." Heero pointed out. The waitress arrived and Duo insisted
on doing the ordering. Heero let him. Duo, in a darkened restaurant, his
face lit only by the candles and the dangling lanterns was irresistible.
The waitress left after assuring them that she'd be right back with their
"You didn't answer my question." Duo pointed out.
"It's a complete fairy-tale isn't it? The real world cleaned up and made
Duo nodded. "I think that's why people like it so much." He shrugged.
"It's always good to escape for a little while."
"Or to think about what might have been."
"Is it anything like you thought it would be?" Duo asked.
Heero thought about it for a moment. The waitress returned with bread
and their drinks. Duo got another of those green things- Heero refused
to consider them a mint julep.
"Yes and no," he answered. "I mean- the magic aspect is definitely here-
they go out of their way to preserve the illusion." He waved his hand
around the restaurant. "Like here. We are supposedly sitting in an outdoor
restaurant at night. I can hear frogs and crickets- though really I know
this is a big building and we're inside, I'm still willing to enjoy the
illusion they create for me because it's done so well."
"And no, because really, nothing could've lived up to what I was expecting."
He smiled. "But thanks for agreeing to do this with me."
"It was my pleasure." Duo gave him a warm smile. "So, we've done all the
big rides. After we eat lunch do you want to go over to Cal Disney- there's
only a few good rides there- or walk around Downtown Disney- or would
you like to go home for a bit before I have to take you to the airport?"
Heero looked at Duo, his hair gleaming in the soft light, a mischievous
smile lurking around the corners of his mouth, and gave in. "Home sounds
The smile widened the corners of Duo's mouth. Before he could say anything,
the waitress reappeared with their plates. Heero eyed the batter-fried
thing on his plate and raised an eyebrow at Duo. "What is this?"
"A Monte Cristo sandwich."
"You noticed." Duo laughed. "The faster you eat it, the faster we can
go home. You're just wasting time arguing with me about it."
Heero ate it.
Duo opened the door of his house and Heero followed him in. Heero looked
at his watch. He had about five hours left. He'd have to be at the airport
an hour before his plane departed. He opened his mouth to ask Duo when
they'd have to leave, but before he could say anything, Duo kissed him.
Then it was all a dizzying tide of kisses and caresses that ended up with
him flat on his back in Duo's bed, clothes gone, Duo astride his waist.
"Please..." Duo murmured between kisses, "please..."
"Whatever you want," Heero told him, returning the kisses as fast as he
could. "Anything you want..."
It didn't take long to prepare themselves, Heero letting his fingers ready
Duo as Duo ripped open the plastic package with his teeth, his impatience
A few moments more and Duo was sliding down onto him, slowly and carefully,
but with the urgency still underlying it all.
Then it was all motion and sounds, Heero's moans, Duo's pleas, the soft
slap of bodies joining.
When it was over, Duo simply sank down and lay on Heero's chest. Heero
curled his arms around him and held him tightly.
Time was running out. Duo couldn't go with him today, he knew that logically,
not with a house to pack and a job to quit- but would he be quitting and
packing? Was he willing to leave all this behind?
"Have you thought about my offer?" Heero asked quietly.
"All day," Duo said. He propped himself up a little and ran his fingers
over Heero's cheek. "It was hard to think of anything else- spending the
day with you- knowing you were leaving tonight..." He smiled. "You alone
are the most tempting part of your offer, do you know that? To be with
you all the time, to share your bed..."
"I wouldn't expect..." Heero started.
"I would." Duo kissed him. "I don't think I could be near you and not
want you." He sighed. "But Heero... I can't. Your offer is so damn tempting,
believe me, I want to take it- but I can't." Heero opened his mouth and
Duo put his fingers over Heero's lips. "Listen to me. It's... it would
be like cheating. I wouldn't get what I wanted because I worked for it-
I'd get it because you pushed for it. It wouldn't be honest." He took
a breath. "And- I'd feel like I was using you. Using your connections,
living off of you... I can't do that. Even if I somehow found a job back
there- and I did think about that, I'd still be using you for your connections...
And what if the book flops? Then you've spent all that time and effort
on me..." He shook his head. "It would be better if I did it on my own
first- don't you see?"
Heero sighed. He did see- and he understood. It hurt though- and not in
a way he'd expected. He managed a smile and lifted Duo's fingers away
from his mouth. "I do see- but you have to promise me that you'll try.
That you'll finish the book and try to get it published. I'll keep bothering
you until you do."
Duo's face lit up. "So... you want to keep in contact? That would be okay-
to email you and all?"
Heero felt a little bit better. "I'd love that."
Duo nodded. "I promise- and I'll keep you updated on the movie too."
"I'll look forward to it." Duo looked at the clock, then twisted, pulling
Heero over on top of him.
"We have a little bit of time left. Once more? Please?"
Heero couldn't refuse him.
Heero took his bag out of the trunk. The LAX parking lot was packed full;
Duo had been unable to find a spot. Goodbyes would have to be said in
the parking-lot beside Duo's double-parked car.
Duo closed the trunk. "You have my email address?" He asked again.
Heero tapped his pocket. "Right here."
Duo nodded. He reached out and pulled Heero into a tight hug. "This was
the best weekend of my life. Thank you."
"Mine too," Heero answered and hugged him back just as tightly. "You know
my offer is always open. Just show up on my doorstep, okay?"
Duo nodded against his shoulder. "Okay."
They let go of each other and stood for a moment. Duo leaned forward and
brushed a kiss across Heero's cheek. "You'd better get going," he joked,
"before I just throw you in the trunk of my car and keep you."
"Don't tempt me." Heero smiled. "Goodbye Duo."
"Bye Heero." Heero took a deep breath and turned his back. He headed towards
the building, turning back only once to see the figure by the black car,
his braid twisting in the wind raise his hand and wave.
Heero waved too. Then he turned around again and began the journey back
to his east coast life.
[part 7] [part 9] [back
to Merula's fic]