Author: Merula
Disclaimer: Gundam Wing is not mine.

Before anyone remarks that Fei seems OOC here, please keep in mind that not only is he a stoic kind of guy- but also that he and Duo have an audience. Keep that in mind.

Run and Hide + Part 12

"Duo?" Fei found his voice.

"It's me," I confirmed, inwardly squirming. Fei tends to- rant. I was expecting him to launch into one at any second.

"Has Heero seen you?" He said it in such a gentle tone that I didn't- couldn't respond right away. "Duo- you need to see Heero. Please."

"I've seen him," I answered, finding my voice. "He's here."

"You talked with him?" I nodded. Why wasn't Fei ranting? This was really- odd to say the least. "Duo, gods, please tell me that you're going to stay with him. Tell me you worked it out. Or," and his voice hardened and became more of what I was expecting, "I will come up there and beat the crap out of you." I know my eyes widened. "He needs you more than anything or- anyone else." That was definitely bitter. "Duo, answer me!"

"I talked to him," I replied in response to the pleading in his voice. "I need him too."

"That's not a yes Duo!"

"Yes, it is. I promise Fei. I'm staying with him this time." I saw relief and a bit more of that bitterness play over Fei's face for a moment.

"He missed you so much, Duo." Fei's mouth quirked in a smile. "I did too. They told you...?"

"About Sally?" I nodded. "I'm glad for you Fei- I really am. Heero said that you were happy- you are, aren't you?" Fei's smile widened a bit.

"Very much so. More now than before. You heard?" I smiled back.

"I did. I hope you are fussing over that woman of yours. She's going to have her hands full with two Changs."

"As much as she'll let me." Sally's face appeared next to Wufei's.

"He's driving me crazy, Duo! Tell him that I can take care of myself!" I laughed for her.

"Nope. Pregnant women need to be taken care of."

"I agree," Quatre joined back in the conversation. "Enjoy it while it lasts, Sally."

"Men!" Sally huffed and vanished.

"I'd better go see where she wandered off to," Wufei told us. "She has a tendency to go and do things that she knows will give me a coronary."

"We'll talk to you soon, then," Quatre nodded.

"Bye Fei." I told him.

"You'll keep in touch, Duo?" He asked me, black eyes narrowing.

"Yes," I assured him with a faint smile. "Didn't you hear Quatre? They aren't letting me out of their sight."

"Good. I want to talk to you more- later- all right?" I saw the hurt look in his eye and I understood what Fei was asking. He wanted to talk without the audience- to hear the explanation I'd given Heero. He deserved to hear it.

"All right. I'll call you soon Fei. Go keep an eye on your wife." He smiled.

"Thanks Duo. I'll talk to you soon."

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