pairings : 5x2
warning : yaoi, lemon, alternate universe, bit-of-angst
He hated the beach. Hated the
heat, the sand, the sun, the throngs of giggling, jiggling girls running
past his lounge chair, kicking up sand to stick to his oiled skin. How
had he ever let his roommate talk him into this?
Sighing, he brushed at the
sand on his legs and sat up in his chair. He raised his hands to shield
his eyes from the sun as he focused on a pristine sailboat on the horizon.
He envied the people on the boat their solitude. With his hands raised
over his eyes, he lost peripheral vision, so he was surprised when something
light was dropped into his lap.
"Here ya go, Chang. Try these out."
"What?" He squinted as he glanced up at his braided companion, who was
wriggling his eyebrows at him over a pair of black, plastic sunglasses.
"C'mon, try 'em. They keep the sun out and have other uses as well."
"Other uses?" Wufei picked up the cheap eyewear and adjusted them on his
nose. The relief from the glare was immediate.
"Oh, you know," the animated boy beside him explained as he settled into
his own chair. "You can ogle all you want and not get caught."
"Oh, I see," the Chinese boy said disinterestedly. He did not share Maxwell's
enthusiasm for the bikini-clad populace of this crowded beach. However,
he thought it in his best interest to play along. He added his own comments
of "nice" or "sweet" whenever it seemed a reply was necessary to Maxwell's
running commentary on the passing females.
Duo Maxwell was a definite ladies' man on the campus of the small, northeastern
college they attended. He had a date with a different girl every weekend,
and sometimes two during the week as well. How he kept his grades up was
a mystery to Wufei. The Chinese boy managed to make a 4.0 only through
constant study, and the grueling schedule he kept provided the perfect
excuse for not dating.
Wufei closed he eyes behind the sunglasses and allowed his brain to drift.
He still managed the occasional "hmm" to placate Maxwell, grateful that
the dark shades kept his companion from knowing that he wasn't paying
A sudden quiet tension radiating from Maxwell, as well as an increase
in girlish giggles around them, alerted Wufei that some change was afoot
and he opened his eyes and looked around for the cause.
'Ah,' he thought with a smirk, 'the 2 p.m. patrol. Quite a distraction.'
The reason for the stir was jogging along the shoreline towards them.
Six tanned and perfectly-sculpted male specimens splashed their way down
the beach. Matching red swim trunks and sun-bleached hair marked them
Wufei almost had to laugh at the way all activity on the beach stopped
as every person's eyes seemed to be glued to the spectacle along the shoreline.
He had to admit, that even though the muscular, ripped bodies weren't
his style, they sure were easy on the eyes.
As the group neared them, one of the lifeguards with an intriguing fall
of reddish-brown hair over one green eye glanced at them and smiled.
"Hey, Chang," he grinned as he dropped away from his companions for a
moment to jog in place.
"Barton," Wufei replied with mock seriousness, "Get out of here and go
save someone's life."
The tall lifeguard laughed and waved as he turned and rejoined his companions
in their trek.
Wufei was smiling slightly, watching the retreating forms, as he suddenly
remembered Duo's earlier tenseness. Turning quickly, he caught his roommate
staring at the lifeguards over the top of his plastic sunglasses. It looked
for all the world like he was 'checking them out' and if Wufei didn't
know better he'd swear that was a look of hunger. But since he was sure
Duo was straight, Wufei tried to put another label on the emotion in Duo's
narrowed eyes. Was he jealous of the burly young men?
Duo quickly switched his attention back to Wufei and, with a thin veneer
of nonchalance asked, "You know him?"
"Yes," Wufei answered slowly, his eyes behind the dark shades intently
focused on his companion. "Trowa Barton. He was in my psych class."
Duo gave a disinterested sounding, "Mm," in answer and settled back in
his chair, but Wufei knew Duo well enough that he could tell the braided
young man was still thinking about Barton. Some mischievous impulse made
Wufei continue the conversation.
"And in my tai chi class," he continued as he decided to ignore the fact
that Duo's fingers were tightly clenched on the plastic arms of his beach
"He's quite an athlete from what I understand."
"We have lunch together sometimes and we've gotten to know each other
"For instance," Wufei hesitated for dramatic effect as he watched his
companion closely. "I know that he has a boyfriend."
"He does?" Duo sat up and stared in the direction of the retreating lifeguards.
"Oh, okay," he sat back in apparent relief as Wufei wondered what the
hell was going on in his roommate's head.
The Chinese boy shook his head in confusion. "I'm going for a swim."
He stood and tossed the sunglasses onto the webbed chair and walked into
the surf. The coolness of the water and the power of the surf was invigorating.
He dove into a wave and swam with short, powerful strokes for several
minutes. Before he left the water, he took the tie out of his hair and
ducked his head to slick the hair back from his face. He slipped the stretchy
hair tie over his wrist as he walked out of the surf, oblivious to the
lustful stares he was receiving from the females around him and from behind
one pair of cheap sunglasses.
Duo groaned as Wufei emerged from the frothy waves, looking every inch
a god. Droplets of water slid down smooth golden skin. Slicked back hair
emphasized his features and clung to his shoulders. And speaking of clinging,
those wet, black swim trunks more than showed off his slim hips and powerfully-built
Duo shut his eyes as Wufei approached. A year now they had been living
together and Duo had yet to figure out his roommate's sexual preference.
Wufei never dated, but what was more unusual was that he showed no interest
in girls whatsoever. Duo dated plenty of girls, but what no one knew was
that he dated to hide his natural preference, not to accommodate it. He
had thought of bringing the subject up directly, but was too afraid of
losing Wufei's friendship. But now that he knew that Wufei had at least
one gay friend and didn't seem to mind...
He didn't want to think about that now. For now, he just wanted to have
Jumping up from his chair, he grabbed the Chinese boy by his arm.
"C'mon, Fei! Let's make a sandcastle!"
Wufei balked at first, but found that, as usual, he couldn't resist that
little-boy smile. Duo's lithe form scampered along the beach looking for
sea shells, and bits of seaweed to decorate their castle with. His enthusiasm
was infectious and soon half a dozen children had laughingly come to their
aid with pails and shovels. Duo's walls of sand rose higher and higher
as Wufei manned the moats and tried feverishly to keep the sea from taking
their creation. The children squealed when a strong wave raced up the
shore and threatened one wall. Finally their efforts were to no avail,
as the entire structure toppled and the sea took back its own.
"Whoa, I guess that's it guys!" Duo said to a chorus of groans and smiled
and bowed to several people who clapped in appreciation of their efforts.
A little girl of about five years walked up to Duo and patted his braid,
now roughened by the sun and sea.
"Are you a merman?" she asked.
"No," Duo chuckled as he squatted near the child. "What makes you ask
"My mama always said that this kind of seaweed is mermaid's hair," she
held up a dripping piece of greenery, then pointed at Duo's braid.
"Wha..?" Duo grabbed his braid and found that, indeed, he had a long piece
of seaweed entangled near the end of it.
Laughing, he unwound the slimy bit and handed it to the large-eyed youngster.
"There you go, sweet. Real, live merman hair." The girl grinned delightedly
and ran back to her family.
Wufei stood, hands on hips, watching the exchange. Duo's eyes sparkled
as he laughed, his nose and cheeks slightly pinkened by the sun, hair
wild from drying seawater, his body covered in sand, bright blue and yellow
swim trunks threatening to slide off his slim hips. Wufei thought he had
never looked more beautiful.
The Chinese boy turned and started to gather their belongings.
"C'mon, Maxwell. It's time we got back. I don't want to be here when your
shorts fall off and you get your ass arrested for indecent exposure."
Duo chuckled and had to bite back several comments that came to mind.
He discarded them all as being too suggestive. As they walked back to
their rented beach house his mind was consumed with one thought. 'If
my shorts did fall off, would you even look, Wufei?'
The sound of rain on the roof was a constant drumming as an old ceiling
fan creaked and the television reporter droned, "Tropical Storm Bill continues
to dump several inches of rainfall on the coast and we can expect more
within the next twelve hours..."
"Bill. What a stupid name for a storm. How do they come up with these
stupid names anyway?" asked the boy sprawled on the couch.
Wufei didn't even look up from the book he was reading. "Personally, I
fail to see the need to name any weather pattern, but I believe in this
instance they name the storms alphabetically starting at the beginning
of each storm season."
"Well, it's stupid."
Now Wufei did look up. "Judging by the lack of variety in your vocabulary,
I'd have to say that you're bored silly."
"No, you think?" Duo shot back sarcastically.
Wufei sighed and put his book down. "Why don't you go across the street
to Jack's?" The combination bar and pub was enjoying a brisk business
now that the rain and high waves were keeping everyone off the beach.
Duo groaned and turned onto his stomach. His muffled reply of "Don't wanna,"
was barely audible through the cushion his head was buried in.
Duo moved his head back and forth on the cushion. They had played cards
for two hours earlier.
"T.V.?" Duo just grunted. There was no cable and the local reception sucked.
"Swimming? Sun-bathing?" Duo raised his hand and made a rude gesture in
"I'll take that as a 'no'," Wufei muttered.
"Alright," Wufei said firmly as he sat in front of the couch with legs
crossed. "Let's talk."
"Eh?" Duo lifted one bleary eye from the sofa cushion. "What?"
"Let's talk," Wufei repeated. "We never have time to just sit down and
talk, so..." he shrugged.
Duo looked at him warily, but he sat up and gave a hesitant, "O-kay."
"I'll start," Wufei offered. He raised his eyes to the ceiling as he thought
for a moment. "I'm having a good time on our vacation, despite the fact
that I didn't think I'd like the beach very much." He looked expectantly
at Duo, who managed a small smile.
"Okay, it's been pretty fun, at least until the rain started. Let's see...my
favorite part so far has been...playing with the kids on the beach."
Wufei was surprised. He expected Duo to list the girls in bikinis as his
favorite and he said as much. Duo colored and his jaw tightened as he
shrugged and looked away.
Wufei was beginning to regret his choice of diversion when Duo glanced
slyly at him.
"Why didn't you ever tell me about your friend, Trowa?"
The Chinese boy blinked at him, at a loss for words momentarily. His mind
was whirling. 'Duo knows something,' he thought. 'He's fishing
for information...but why?'
"I...I don't know," he stammered. "It's not like I was trying to hide
anything from you." 'Not about Trowa, anyway' he added in his head.
"Are you...uncomfortable with the idea of me having a friend who's gay?"
Duo shook his head as he looked down at his lap.
Wufei tilted his head and spoke quietly. "What is this about, then?"
Duo bit his lip and looked away, then up at the ceiling. Anywhere but
at the boy in front of him. Now that he knew that Wufei had a gay friend,
maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't freak out if Duo confided in him. A little,
"I, um..." Duo sighed and hesitated as he gathered his thoughts. He was
grateful that Wufei waited quietly. "You know all those girls that I go
out with?" Wufei looked confused but nodded.
"They...they're okay, I guess," Duo fidgeted with his hands in his lap
as he spoke, "but, um, I really...I mean *really,* prefer boys." He held
his breath and bit his bottom lip until he couldn't take it anymore and
glanced over to see how Wufei was taking his admission.
Wufei was stunned. 'All this time,' he thought, 'all this time
I've lived with him...how could I not have known...unless...' He didn't
think Duo was the type to take advantage of another's weakness, but what
if Duo was just messing with him? What if Duo had found out that *he*
was gay and was somehow tormenting him?
Duo watched as the blank look on Wufei's face gave way to one of suspicion.
"Why are you telling me this?" Wufei demanded.
It was Duo's turn to look stunned. Of all the reactions, he didn't expect
"What did you expect me to say?" Wufei was on his feet now, almost shouting.
"You expect me to say, 'That's okay, Duo, because I'm gay, too' just to
satisfy your curiosity? Just so you can take your admission back later?
Well, guess what? I don't care, anymore. I...don't...care." He threw his
hands up in the air and turned his back on his stunned friend.
Wufei whirled around to face Duo. "You see, I *am* gay, Duo. Though I
sincerely doubt that you really are. There, I said it. Are you happy now?"
Duo's eyes were huge as he stared at Wufei and slowly shook his head.
"No," he whispered. "No."
He stood and brushed past Wufei as he headed out the door, into the rain.
Wufei stood there paralyzed as he stared at the open door and at the rain
falling steadily outside.
'What have I done?' he thought in dawning horror.
Duo stumbled across the sand until he reached the water's edge. The wind
was blowing the rain in sheets and the violent surf raged at his feet,
but he didn't care. He was soaking wet, his t-shirt and jeans hanging
sodden from his shaking frame.
'He didn't believe me,' Duo stared, unseeing, out across the restless
ocean. 'He didn't believe me.' He repeated the mantra in his head,
hoping that it would change, but it didn't. He heard his name shouted
and turned to see Wufei running in his direction. Without thinking he
started to run, just to get away, but the water and his soaking wet jeans
hindered his flight and Wufei caught up before he could get far.
"Duo, please!" Wufei gasped as he tried to catch his breath. He was wearing
a t-shirt and a pair of thin pajama pants that were already soaked through.
Duo held up a hand.
"Don't! Just don't!" he cried. He turned to face a stricken Wufei. The
rain made a constant hiss in the sand around them.
"How could you?" Duo yelled. "Of all people, how could you not believe
"I'm sorry, Duo! Please listen to me!" Wufei begged as Duo turned his
back to him.
"For so long..." Wufei stumbled forward until he placed his hands on Duo's
shoulders. The braided boy flinched but didn't try to move. "For so long
I've wanted to tell you. But I always thought you were...hell, you were
Duo Maxwell. The ladies' man. The man everyone wanted. Including me. But
I thought that if you knew that, you'd be disgusted. That you wouldn't
even want to be my friend anymore. I've...I've lived with that fear for
so long that it's hard to get rid of." He gently turned the other boy
to face him. "Duo, I always thought you were straight. You never gave
me any reason to think otherwise," he added softly.
"Except when I came right out and told you," Duo's voice was calm but
his eyes were the same stormy color as the sea and sky.
Wufei sighed. "I was wrong not to believe you, and I'm sorry. I've lived
with this secret for so long and I've become so mistrustful of others
that I retreated into myself. And I didn't trust the one person I should
Duo looked into Wufei's eyes. "Well, I can understand about having secrets
and not trusting people. But I want you to know that I never lie."
Wufei nodded. "I believe you."
Hesitantly, Duo moved forward to put his arms around Wufei's waist. Wufei
wrapped his arms around Duo and he could feel the other boy shivering.
"Let's get you home and dried off." Arms around each other they headed
for the beach house.
Once inside the house, Wufei stripped off his t-shirt and tossed it onto
"You stay here while I get some towels," he told Duo before heading for
the bathroom. Duo shivered with his arms crossed until Wufei came back.
"Here," Wufei handed one towel to Duo while using the other to scrub at
his own hair. He noticed that Duo was trying to wrap the towel around
his shoulders while wringing the water out of his braid with shaking hands.
Wufei draped his towel over his shoulders and reached for Duo's.
"Let me," he said softly. He took Duo's towel in one hand and grasped
Duo's hand with the other and led him towards his own bedroom. The room
was dark and warm and smelled of Wufei's shampoo and sunscreen. Just inside
the door, Wufei turned and moved close to Duo, breathing in the smell
of rain-soaked skin. They stood nose to nose for several seconds, each
reveling in the other's nearness. Wufei noticed that Duo's lips were still
shivering, so he bent and brushed his own briefly against them.
"Is this too soon?" He breathed against Duo's cheek. The braided boy gave
a small sound and shook his head. Wufei was so warm, and Duo craved that
warmth right now. But more than that, he craved a different kind of warmth
that he'd been wanting for a long time now.
"You're still cold." It was less a question than a statement.
Wufei put his hands on the hem of Duo's t-shirt. "Let's take these wet
things off so you can warm up."
"Warm up," Duo repeated, almost in a daze as he let Wufei drag the sodden
cloth over his head. He tensed a little when he felt Wufei's hands at
the buttons of his jeans. But Wufei didn't pull the soggy jeans down.
First, he took the blanket from his bed and wrapped it around Duo's shoulders,
then let Duo remove the pants himself.
Wufei wasn't feeling quite so timid. He lifted one of Duo's hands and
placed in it the end of the tie to his pajamas. Duo lifted his eyes to
Wufei's and smirked as he pulled on the tie to loosen the thin pants.
They dropped to the floor revealing the fact that the Chinese boy wore
no undergarments. And he was most decidedly aroused.
Duo reached out and wrapped a hesitant hand around Wufei's hard length
while his other hand held the blanket closed around his shoulders.
"Ah, your hand is cold," Wufei gasped. He pushed himself into Duo's grasp
and growled, "But it feels good," when Duo attempted to remove his hand.
He reached a hand up behind Duo's neck to pull him closer, his mouth moving
slowly over Duo's until the braided boy opened his lips with a soft sigh.
Wufei immediately took advantage and let his tongue explore the softness
Finally, Wufei released Duo's lips and bent his head to rest his forehead
against the other boy's. "Tell me," he said breathlessly, "tell me if
I go too fast or too far, okay?"
"'Kay," Duo nodded shakily. "Um, Fei?"
"Yeah?" The Chinese boy was doing delicious things to Duo's earlobe.
"I...I've been with plenty of girls...I mean, only with girls, never with
another guy. So I'm sorta, I mean, I'm not used to..." Duo shrugged in
embarrassment as his words trailed off and Wufei lifted his head to look
into his eyes. "But I want you, Fei. I want you to be the first. I want
you to make me feel."
Wufei groaned and crushed his mouth to Duo's as the braided boy surrendered
and thought, 'Yes, this is what I want.'
After a while, Wufei straightened, and gasping, removed Duo's hand. "That
feels too good," he said. "Can I help you with your hair?"
Duo's eyes brightened. "That would be nice." He sat on the edge of the
bed as Wufei got his hairbrush off the dresser and sat behind him. Gently,
Wufei took off the hair tie and loosened the braided mass. He used his
fingers to spread it out and then slowly brushed the chestnut lengths,
starting at the bottom and working his way up towards the top. Duo was
delighted with the feel of Wufei's gentle fingers in his hair.
"Mm, Fei. You can do that anytime you want."
"Good," Wufei remarked. "Is there anything else I can do...anytime I want?"
he asked as he turned Duo and pushed him to lie on the bed beneath him.
The suddenness of his movement caught Duo by surprise, but he grinned
up at the Chinese boy.
"What would you like to do? I'm afraid you'll have to show me," Duo said
with a charming mixture of seduction and coyness. Wufei knelt over him
and pulled on the blanket to reveal all of Duo's slim body. The long-haired
boy closed his eyes in rapture as Wufei proceeded to cover every inch
of the unblemished skin with kisses. Duo opened his eyes and looked down
with a gasp when Wufei kissed his hipbones. Then Wufei urged his legs
apart to kiss his upper thighs and nuzzle the soft sack beneath his manhood.
"Please," Duo whimpered. And Wufei complied, taking Duo's cock into his
warm mouth and sucking hard.
"Oh, God," Duo gasped and tossed his head as Wufei continued the delicious
assault, licking and sucking in earnest.
Suddenly Wufei released him and stood up. "Hold on a second," he said
as he stood and searched through his dresser drawer for something.
"Man, you are so cruel," Duo groaned. Wufei turned and showed him the
bottle of lube he found in the drawer. "Oh," Duo's cheeks turned a delightful
shade of pink.
"Remember to tell me if you want me to stop," Wufei reminded him as he
climbed back onto the bed. He coated a finger with the lube and gently
circled Duo's entrance. Duo tensed slightly at first, then relaxed when
he realized that Wufei was moving slowly, allowing him time to get used
to each new sensation. When Wufei slid a finger into him it felt odd,
but it didn't hurt. As Wufei continued to move first one, then two fingers
in and out, Duo started to feel more aroused. He began to move his hips
in time with Wufei's thrusts.
"Duo..." Wufei twisted his fingers and bent them towards himself to rub
against the front of Duo's channel. Duo had focused on Wufei when he called
his name. His eyes widened and he gasped.
"Shit, Fei! What was that?"
Wufei smiled, "That's your prostate. A gay man's best friend," he added
as he continued to stroke that part of Duo's anatomy. "Mm. Feel good?"
"Ah, you know it does. Oh, god, please," Duo pleaded.
"Please what, Duo? You mean this?" Wufei asked as he lowered his head
to suck on Duo as his fingers continued stroking.
"Ah! Oh! Oh! Oh, god!" Duo was nearly incoherent as he found himself stimulated
both from inside and without. Almost immediately he found himself experiencing
the most powerful orgasm of his life. His whole body tensed as he rode
the feeling over the crest and down again as his body pumped itself into
Wufei's eager mouth.
Wufei had stopped moving his fingers when he felt Duo's body tense around
him. He moaned in pleasure as Duo thrust his hips upwards and he tasted
Duo for the first time. As Duo's body relaxed and his breathing finally
evened out, Wufei released the softened cock from his mouth and nuzzled
the curls at the apex of Duo's legs. He left his fingers where they were
"Oh, god, Fei," Duo finally got out. "I can't even begin to describe...that
was...no, *you* were amazing."
"I've barely started," Wufei answered as he placed a kiss on Duo's flat
stomach that made the boy gasp.
"You...you're gonna kill me!" Duo said in mock protest and he moaned lightly
as he felt Wufei begin to move his fingers slowly.
"Well," Wufei quipped, "there's a reason they call it the 'little death.'"
He added more lube to his fingers and slipped three inside of Duo. It
was a bit easier now, since the long-haired boy was so relaxed from his
orgasm. After a few minutes, Duo's erection began to grow again and Wufei
once more stroked the boy's sensitive spot.
"Mm," Duo sighed, "I want...I want..."
"What, Duo. What do you want?"
"God, I want you, Fei. Please, please fuck me," the long-haired boy whimpered.
Wufei carefully removed his fingers and spread the lube on himself. He
pushed Duo's knees up towards his chest. "Hold your knees for me, love,"
he said and Duo obeyed. Wufei placed the tip of his rock-hard cock at
Duo's entrance and gently pushed. It met no resistance as little by little,
Duo's body welcomed Wufei's for the first time.
Wufei was panting with the exertion it took just not to move. "Are you
okay?" he asked.
Duo nodded, his eyes wide. "It...it feels a little funny, but it doesn't
"Good," Wufei said. "It always feels funny at first, but it gets better."
"Now," Wufei instructed, "put this leg down." Duo let go of one leg which
allowed Wufei to lower himself so that their bodies were in contact from
chest to hip.
"Mm, that's nice," Duo breathed. Then, "Oh, that's very nice," as Wufei
started to move slowly inside him.
"Ah, Duo," Wufei breathed, "you feel incredible."
Duo was completely aroused and whimpered slightly as Wufei brushed against
his prostate as he thrust into him again.
"Sure you're okay?" Wufei slowed and raised himself to check on the boy
"Yes, please, please don't stop," Duo begged and raised himself on his
elbows to claim a kiss which Wufei eagerly returned. Wufei angled his
hips so that he rubbed against Duo's most sensitive spot with each thrust.
Over and over he pushed into that delicious tightness and sweat broke
out on his brow as he struggled to prolong the pleasure.
"Sweet, sweet, Duo. So...good."
Duo's head tilted back as his own pleasure mounted. Wufei's body rubbed
against his erection and his cock teased him from the inside. It wasn't
long before Duo knew that he'd be falling again.
"Oh, oh, Fei," he managed to say between thrusts, "I think...ohhhhh!"
Duo's body tightened as he came for the second time that night, clamping
down on Wufei's erection with such force that Wufei was sent over the
"Ah, ah, Duo," Wufei managed a couple of shallow thrusts before he was
spilling himself into Duo's heat, his hands twisted in Duo's hair on the
pillow. When his breathing finally slowed to something near normal, he
realized that he had collapsed on Duo and must be crushing him. He lifted
himself to check on the boy beneath him.
Duo's eyes were closed and his breathing was still ragged. Wufei untangled
his hands from Duo's hair, hoping that he hadn't pulled it too badly,
and kissed him soundly.
"Mm," Duo smiled when their lips parted. "Was it good for you?"
Wufei snorted. "No. It was fucking incredible." He smiled at Duo's laughter.
"What about you? How did this compare with your...previous experiences?"
"I think...," Duo stretched like a contended cat, then snickered at Wufei's
"I think that I am *so* gay, Fei-babe!"
"Good," Wufei growled and reveled in the sound of Duo's laughter as he
rolled them over on the bed.
Wufei looked up just in time to catch the sunglasses Duo threw at him.
He put the cheap sunglasses on as they headed back to the beach. The storm
had ended and the day was already hot and sunny. Duo donned his own shades
as they settled into their chairs. The beach gradually grew more crowded,
but the two boys hardly noticed. Because behind the cover of dark sunglasses,
they only had eyes for each other.
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