+ Title: The Eye
of Horus - Part 16
(Full Title: Heero Yuy and the Eye of Horus)
+ Author: Vinyl Koneko (Emily)
+ See Prologue for warnings, pairings...
Eye of Horus + Part 16
Heero couldn't think of anything appropriate to say, so he just held
Duo, crouched to the ground and letting his koi release all his anger,
frustration, and sorrow out on his shoulder. "I thought you were dead,"
Duo murmured after some time had passed, trembling slightly from the
"It'd take more than an OZ bullet to kill me," the young doctor
replied, leaning back slightly. Heero reached up, brushing chestnut bangs out
of blue-violet eyes. "Are you all right?"
Duo nodded slightly. "I am now," he replied frankly. The corner of his
mouth twitched slightly. "You wouldn't have anything warmer I could
wear would you?"
Heero's eyes narrowed dangerously. "He didn't touch you, did he?"
The longhaired man shuddered involuntarily recalling what he had to put
up with from the general. "I don't really want to talk about it right
now." Duo pressed his lips firmly into a line. "I just want to forget
The other man stood up suddenly, hands clenched into fists at his side.
"Duo, tell me! He deserves to pay for his crimes!"
Duo winced, trying his hardest to avoid eye contact with Heero, but the
worry in the Prussian blue depths kept pulling him back, forcing him to
hold a steady gaze. "H-he'd kiss me, calling me his pet; he'd touch my
hair and my face. I...I don't want to think about it."
The injured expression on the other man's face was making Heero even
more enraged at OZ's general. 'Duo's such a strong person... Why the hell
did he have to try to break his spirit like that? What kind of sick
person takes pleasure in the agony of others?'
A cool breeze swept over them, promising a break from the intense heat
of the day. Heero noticed Duo shiver and berated himself for not acting
sooner. "Come on. There's blankets in my tent and there should be
something warmer you could wear lying around." He helped Duo up and didn't
say anything when the American didn't release his hand, instead gripping
it tighter and huddling to his side. Heero shrugged off his jacket,
placing it across Duo's shoulders until they got to the tent which was a
little warmer since it trapped the heat of the day and kept out the
chilled nighttime wind.
"The Eye's in that cavern somewhere." Duo was twirling a loose strand
of hair around his finger. "With all the Maganacs, handling the soldiers
should be a breeze. I don't know what Khushrenada and Marquise would
do, but no one really knows the exact location of the Eye, anyway, so our
odds are pretty evenly matched."
"It's not that important right now. We're at a stalemate until one side
comes up with the Eye, and we have the advantage of contacts in the
area and elsewhere who possibly have access to the information we need."
Heero pushed open the canvas door to one of the tents and motioned for
Duo to go inside. Heero smiled at seeing the amazement on his koi's
"Shit, this is a tent? I think this is bigger than my hotel room! Cots,
trunks, and even a full-length mirror... The Maganacs really know how
to do it up when they go camping!" He titled his head, watching Heero
dig through one of the trunks. "Why'd you bring so many clothes?"
"I didn't," Heero managed to find an extra shirt and pair of pants for
Duo, hoping they'd fit. "It's mostly equipment that was on the plane.
Some of it is food rations."
"Thank God, I'm starving!" Duo graciously accepted the canteen of water
Heero offered him, but wrinkled his nose at what was supposed to be
food. "Are you sure that's edible?"
"They're roasting lamb and squab around one of the campfires if you'd
prefer that instead." Heero pulled out more ration bars, knowing that
Duo wouldn't go for the meat. He knew it was negative on the squab
because it's essentially a pigeon which, according to Duo, is the avian form
of a rat. Duo wouldn't go for the lamb, either, because Heero recalled
from Greece that the longhaired man could never bring himself to eat a
lamb because they were "just too damn cute".
["You see, some things are cute so you don't want to eat them.
Other things," Duo said with a wink, "make you want to
stick their meat in your mouth."]
Heero felt his face grow warm in memory of what had transpired after
that particular dinner.
"Earth to Heero..." Duo called, and only then did the other man notice
that he had stopped paying attention to whatever Duo had been rambling
about for a moment. "You spaced. What's going on upstairs?"
"Just thinking about Greece," Heero closed the trunk carefully, making
sure it was locked. "The time you told me why you didn't eat lamb...and
what happened afterwards..."
"Yeah," indigo eyes turned nostalgic and Duo looked like he was
mentally going back in time. "It really has been a while, hasn't it?"
"Duo, I'm sorry, I would have gone back, but-"
The American put a slender forefinger across Heero's lips. "I know
you're sorry; I'm sorry, too. But we won't get anywhere if we don't move
passed it." It was then did Heero notice that Duo was wearing the white
shirt he had lent him, his chestnut hair free from its confining braid
and cascading down his back. Besides that, though, Duo wasn't wearing
much else. "I want to forget right now, love. I want to forget about
Treize and Zechs and the Eye. Tasukette kudasai."
"Ryoukai." Heero pressed forward into the other man, aggressively
taking Duo's mouth with his own, claiming it as his and his only.
Something about that seemed right to Heero - something that made the dull ache
in his heart make him feel so much more alive than he had in the last
five years. It had been there all this time, but only now, after what
had occurred, was Heero able to see it for himself. He broke the kiss for
a moment, letting both of them catch their breath. "Duo," he breathed,
inhaling the presence of his koi, his Duo. "Ai shiteru."
Duo smiled contentedly, momentarily taken aback by the volume behind
Heero's words. "My feelings for you never changed," he whispered. "They
just got suppressed and hidden for a little while, but they never
changed." Duo's smile turned seductive as he lowered himself onto the cot,
pulling Heero down after him and moaning in pleasure as their mouths met
Heero woke gradually the next morning at the sound of light bickering
outside his tent. He could make out the silhouettes of two Maganacs
exaggeratedly pointing at the tent and then at each other. Heero sighed,
kissing the top of Duo's head before carefully easing out of his lover's
embrace. He saw Duo frown slightly in his sleep, curling into the
blankets a little tighter to make up for the lost heat. Heero pulled on the
clothing that had been discarded the previous evening, glancing at his
watch to check the time. 'A little before seven...what would they
want?' Heero pulled open the tent, standing in the doorway with his arms
crossed as the two men still argued between each other.
They didn't notice Heero until he cleared his throat. "What is it?"
"Rashiid wanted us to notify you that we found an alternative entrance
to the cavern," the heavier of the two, Ahmad, said.
The other, Auda, nodded in agreement. "But since you and Mister Maxwell
were still asleep we couldn't decide who would wake you up."
"Didn't want to make you angry, Doctor Yuy," Ahmad amended.
Heero smiled slightly at the two men, the knowledge that another
entrance had been discovered making him feel a little better about having to
leave Duo sleeping alone. "Show me."
Auda and Ahmad started eagerly off in the direction of a land bridge
about a mile down that lead them to the ledge on the opposite side of the
canyon. From his viewpoint Heero could make out the OZ tents below. He
knew they had to be making less progress. If OZ had its hands on the
Eye, the Maganacs on watch would have notified him about it.
"Heero," Quatre met them at the other side, "you won't believe it when
you see it... It's more elaborate than all of the pyramids combined!"
There was a five-by-five hole marked off with rope, Trowa throwing
rappel lines down while Rashiid made sure they were firmly secured at the
top. The ground had to be a good forty feet below, and from Heero's
vantage point, he could see that the walls appeared to be plated with
sheets of gold, decorated with hieroglyphs and scenes of the gods. The
archaeologist could also tell that the same scenes and hieroglyphs were
repeating themselves over and over again.
Heero pulled on a pair of gloves, tugging on one of the ropes. "Is this
"It should be," aquamarine eyes narrowed questioningly, "why do you
Heero braced the soles of his boots against the inner rim of the hole,
jumping off and bouncing off one of the paneled walls to the ground
below. Each time his feet hit the wall, it resounded with an echoing thud
that let Heero know that there were either more corridors running
parallel to this one or something was hidden behind that particular wall.
With his knowledge of ancient Egyptian architecture, Heero knew that if
it were another room, it was a trap, so he opted to start down the
corridor and see where he would end up. He could hear Quatre shouting at him
"Wouldn't want to get lost down here," came a familiar voice. Heero
wasn't surprised that Trowa had followed him down. "Duo wouldn't be happy
if you did."
The Japanese man pointed at the walls. "The gold is reflecting the
sunlight down here. The light is bright enough to see by but not so bright
that it will damage the walls."
"Why wouldn't they want the walls damaged?" Trowa asked, running his
fingers over the hieroglyphs as they went along.
"They tell the story of the Eye and where we can find it." Heero
pointed at a particular scene. "These corridors all point in the same
direction, towards the middle of the cavern, but there are smaller corridors
that are set up to confuse your sense of direction and to make you doubt
yourself. Just following the same corridor in a straight line should
lead you to the Eye of Horus."
"Doesn't that seem too easy?"
"That's what the architects wanted you to think. They wanted you to get
They kept walking further, Heero glancing around to make sure if
anything didn't seem right. The pyramids were loaded with traps. He didn't
see why this cavern wouldn't be similar. Suddenly the corridor opened up
into a large room with a circular pedestal in the middle. Heero looked
around, confused. 'This has to be it, so where's the Eye?'
Heero quickly drew out the gun at his side. He could hear footsteps
coming down one of the adjacent corridors. Their company stepped into the
light, and upon seeing Trowa and Heero drew out their own weapons.
Zechs Marquise's eyes widened in disbelief as Treize donned an amused
smirk. "Doctor Yuy, Mister Barton, we meet at last."
"You won't get the Eye, Treize. I'll see to that," Heero growled out.
Zechs sneered. "Still need to find it first, Yuy."
A crack of thunder erupted above the pedestal, creating a cloud
swirling with electricity. Out of it stepped a figure, and Heero blinked, not
believing what he saw. The figure was relatively human, but he had a
head that looked more like that of a falcon with a sun disk upon his
"What the hell is that?" Heero heard Trowa gasp beside him.
"It's Ra," the archaeologist still didn't believe what he was saying,
"the sun god."
"Help me, please." "Roger/accepted/etc." You know, like "mission
accepted" is "ninmu ryoukai". ^_^ It's a Heero-ism. Can't have a Gundam
Wing fic without it, even if it is an AU fusion with Indiana Jones.
"I love you" in case you didn't know. Although this is *rarely* said
*at all* because it has such a strong meaning. Normally it's "suki
desu" or "dai suki desu" ("I like you" and "I like you best" respectively),
so "ai shiteru" is a frigging big deal, especially back around 1940!
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