Special Additional Warnings and other: UST! And once again I have to apologize
for the massive amount of telephone calls… Yay, go confusion! *cough*
Disclaimer: still not mine.
Thanks to Ryan for the beta
Special Notes, just for you: Don't condemn Relena for what she's saying/doing
in this part… at least not right away. The fic will explain her actions
+ Part 4
Yawning, WuFei poured himself
a cup of coffee and groaned when he saw that the mug was only half-full
when the machine announced that it was empty.
"Quatre, you-" Annoyed, WuFei
turned but couldn't see his partner in the chair the other had occupied
for the past hour. Still not really awake, he continued mumbling to the
empty room. "-didn't refill the coffee-machine. Again." Suddenly, he saw
his partner entering the room, a stack of files in one arm, his free hand
dragging a tall man with him. WuFei rubbed his eyes and squinted.
"Barton, is that you?"
"Yeah. Look whom I found outside!" Quatre smiled, tugged Trowa closer
and pushed him toward WuFei, who immediately greeted him with a handshake.
"What are you doing up here? I thought they kept you locked up in the
cellar for good."
"Funny, Chang. They do let us out for exercise sometimes. Today it's my
turn." Trowa commented dryly, only his smirk betraying the seriousness
of his tone.
WuFei stuck his tongue out and turned to Quatre. "You forgot to refill
the coffee machine again! You were the one who wanted to start work at
seven in the morning. My only demand was coffee." He held out his hand
and let it shake. "Do you see that? Too much blood in my caffeine system!"
Trowa chuckled as Quatre pretended to inspect his partner's hand. "WuFei,
you've been partnered with Duo for too long."
This statement made WuFei snatch his hand back as he turned to Trowa.
"Barton, can't you reprogram him? Or uninstall Wife 3.0, I'm not sure
I can handle him like this much longer."
Trowa chuckled, but one sharp look from Quatre made him stop immediately.
"WuFei, I don't think it's Quatre who needs upgrading. Can I interest
you in Patience 1.0? I think you're Quatre-compatible, but only with this
WuFei smiled wryly and asked himself again why he agreed on discussions
with those two. Two against one was always unfair, and he wished Duo were
here to take up the verbal fight with the witty couple. WuFei knew that
alone, he didn't stand a chance, even with his partner there, they would've
lost any verbal sparring. WuFei smirked as he saw the two men share a
typical 'couple look'. They had been together for two years already, which
was one of the reasons why Quatre had been paired with Heero. The Preventers
gave couples the opportunity to work separately, to keep the risk of interference
between job and relationship as low as possible. He glared at them in
mockery and pointed with his mug at the stack of files in Quatre's arms.
"Are those the newspaper articles from south Hakone?"
"Yeah, but since we don't have any idea what we're looking for it might
be a bit difficult to pinpoint what time span we have to cover." Quatre
sighed and dropped the files onto the table, dividing them up into the
years the articles had come out.
"How far back did you go?" WuFei sipped at the cup and winced. The coffee
had been on the bottom of the machine for too long and had become too
bitter. He moved over to the desk and randomly opened a folder to see
what was inside.
WuFei halted his movement for a second, thinking about the talk he'd had
with Heero the day before. He looked up again and shrugged his shoulders
"I honestly have no idea how far back we have to go. Heero didn't mention
anything that could help. I guess he and Duo haven't come that far with
Quatre impatiently shuffled through the files. His voice was angry when
he voiced his question. "Why didn't you ask him? Maybe he could have-"
"He didn't respond any further, he seemed to be thinking about something
and I didn't want to interrupt him." That was as far as WuFei would go
for a near apology, so Quatre let it rest, although not fully convinced
that Heero would have zoned out like this.
"So, basically you two try to... do what exactly?" Trowa didn't really
know what these two were attempting to achieve by searching the newspapers.
To him it seemed like a futile attempt to help, but he didn't believe
it would lead to anything important.
"I already told you about the deaths. Well, we don't know if this hasn't
happened before or if there were other strange happenings in this area,
like unresolved killings or anything peculiar that might have a connection
to the current case." Quatre patiently explained, not looking up from
"That's pretty vague, I dare say."
Quatre turned sharply at what sounded like an accusation to him. "Got
a better idea? Would you rather have us do nothing to help them? Would
you rather see them d-"
"No Quatre. I'm sorry, that was uncalled for." Trowa quickly interjected
in an attempt to calm his partner down. "If I can help you with anything
like searching the network for information tell me, okay?" He made a step
forward and placed a chaste kiss on his lover's lips. "I'll see you at
lunch." Quatre nodded and after Trowa had turned a lazy smile crossed
his lips despite his sudden outburst. WuFei noticed and quickly turned
away at the intimate moment. Suddenly he felt a file poking him into the
ribs and he took it wordlessly.
"What's that?" He raised a questioning eyebrow, almost wishing he hadn't
asked when he saw Quatre's devilish grin.
"This is the year you're going to start with. You take the even years,
I'll take the odd ones. We'll work ourselves back in the timeline. Hopefully
we'll hear from Heero or Duo soon so they can give us some clues."
WuFei nodded and opened the file. When he saw what awaited him, he moaned.
"If this whole thing is a hoax I'll be very angry."
"If it isn't you'll be glad to have helped, so shut up and work." WuFei
sighed at the tone in Quatre's voice. He had never doubted that Quatre
was an excellent Preventer, but his easygoing nature often deluded the
people around him.
Heero had watched his partner nervously gnawing on his bottom lip for
ten minutes until he decided to break the silence that had fallen between
"Want me to drive for the rest of the route?"
"What?" Duo jerked his head around, not having understood what Heero had
asked, as he was deep in thought.
"I asked if you wanted me to drive."
"Please." He took a look into the rear mirror and drove the car to the
side of the road. Pushing the gear shift into neutral, he stepped off
the gas and pushed the door open. They switched positions, both men using
the opportunity to stretch their tired limbs before sitting down again.
Before Heero could continue the drive, Duo motioned him to stop.
"Can I use your mobile please? Mine is broken."
Heero searched his pockets, and when the cell phone was found, he handed
it to Duo. Suddenly he remembered his futile try to reach his partner
the day before. "So it wasn't just the static?"
"Excuse me? Why, did you want to reach me?" Duo glanced at his partner
surprised, as he took the phone gratefully before looking down again to
search the electronic memory for the number of his other partner.
"Yeah." Remembering what the call was about, Heero shrugged it off. "It
wasn't about anything important." He checked the rear-view mirror and
resumed the drive before Duo could think of asking what he had wanted
to call him for.
"Good. I'm sorry, but the old tattered thing fell from the seat in the
car and I had to announce it dead. The fifth in two years. Makes you wonder
if they make them deliberately easy to break." Duo muttered. "Ah, here
it is. Your cell is pretty state of the art. Where did you get it?"
"Spy & I."
"Really. They make cells too? I get all my computer software there." Duo
muttered while figuring out how to use the speakerphone option.
"Yeah, the software is pretty good there. Did you know they sell bullet
proof glass too?"
"They do? No, I didn't know that. I got mine through Lady Une when they
exchanged the old windows in the meeting room for new ones after the shooting."
Duo fell silent when the third ringing tone was broken by the nasal voice
of his Chinese partner. He quickly pushed the speakerphone button, allowing
them both to hear WuFei.
"Maxwell. What are you doing with Yuy's cell? This isn't your number."
"I know, mine's broken. Again." He smirked, knowing that WuFei was probably
rolling his eyes now, silently wondering how one single person managed
to destroy five durable cell phones within two years.
"Duo, I refrain from any comment. How's the investigation going? Commander
Une let Quatre and me work with you-"
"No!" Duo yelped and directed a worried expression at Heero who too shook
his head and spoke up. "Good Morning, Chang. The reason Maxwell doesn't
want your direct help in this case is that he has found the video and
already watched it."
"Morning, Yuy. I'm glad that you're that concerned, but neither Quatre
nor I will sit by while you-" Suddenly, WuFei realized the seriousness
of the statement. "Duo? You've found that video? What did- what happened?"
"Well, it's hard to describe. The most important thing is that it really
said that I would have seven days left to live. We thought about the possibilities
of somebody manipulating or tricking us, but we couldn't come to a conclusion.
What do you mean 'Lady Une let you work with us?"
"We're currently checking the newspaper articles for anything strange
that has happened in the South Hakone area around that hotel, but since
we have no idea what to look for it's hard to find anything useful. I
was hoping you would give us something to work with."
"We don't have all that much yet. Could you check the reason for a frequency
hole in that area and if it would be possible to send something despite
Heero nodded. He also had thought of that possibility. Suddenly, he remembered
a thought that had crossed his mind when he had seen the main building
of the resort for the first time.
"Could one of you check the background of the resort? The owner, when
it has been built, and what had been on the land before that, who had
sold the land in the first place, and why."
"Of course." WuFei seemed glad that Heero and Duo had some leads for them
to check. "Duo, a certain Dr. Takashi called for you last night. He said
that he had no luck reaching you. He told me what he found instead. Want
me to brief you now?"
"I just have to find the file first. Give me a minute. I'm buried in folders
here." They heard rustling as paper was shuffled around on a desk.
Suddenly, Duo's expression grew wide. "Shit!" he exclaimed. "WuFei! I
completely forgot about Kage!"
"Kage is doing fine. When I had gathered that you wouldn't be home last
night, I went over to your apartment and fed her. She's fine."
"Did you close the lid tight enough?"
"Of course, I wouldn't want a repetition of the last time." Heero watched
the display with interest, not interrupting. He didn't know why he wasn't
angry with his partner for wasting time talking about his pet. He did
know that he wouldn't scold Duo. He heard WuFei chuckle on the other end
of the line before the Chinese man interrupted himself and started briefing
them on what the pathologist had found. It wasn't much, as both men quickly
realized. In actuality, the doctor hadn't found anything to undermine
their theories but had been able to give proof that led them to exclude
their earlier guesses.
"So the kids really died from heart attacks and it's almost impossible
that their deaths could be the fault of some virus." Duo repeated and
summarized in short what WuFei had just told them.
Heero nodded. "It also means that we can say that technically it wasn't
murder. Whatever it was that killed them left no trace. Still, there must
be a reason behind all this."
"Whatever? Everything that has a reasoning behind malevolent actions
is human. We can almost be one hundred percent sure that 'whatever' killed
them was human." Duo didn't want to think of what exactly he meant, but
he continued. "That means whoever killed them must be incredibly
"-and he or she must be really angry to kill as cruelly as that."
WuFei listened with interest, as Heero and Duo completed each other's
theories like they had done nothing else for ages.
"Looks like a perfect hunt for the two of you" he interrupted. "Listen,
I have to go back to Quatre. Is there anything else you need to know?"
Duo shook his head and looked at his partner expectantly.
"No. We'll be home in about one hour. That'll be probably ten thirty or
eleven. We need an Audio-Visual Research room in the media department
by then. Those are the ones with all the equipment we'll need for video
copy and analysis."
"Sure. I'll make sure you'll have one as soon as you get here. Lady Une
will want you two reporting in, though she officially doesn't know that
you've been in South Hakone. You never told her directly. Duo? Can I talk
to you in private for a moment?"
Heero watched his partner rise his eyebrows in surprise and assumed that
Duo didn't also know what this was about.
"Of course. Let me set the speaker back."
"Tell me when you're ready. See you later, Yuy."
"Of course, Yuy out."
After the two had said their goodbyes, Duo picked up the cell phone and
held it to his ear. He gave WuFei notice that he was the only one to hear
their conversation right now and listened closely. Heero watched as Duo's
expression changed from surprised to some fish-like look. The other man
didn't seem to like whatever WuFei revealed to him. He tried to listen
in, but couldn't hear anything that WuFei said.
"She's what?" Duo wasn't entirely surprised that Relena Darlian had received
another high position after she had 'voluntarily left' the homicide department,
but he had hoped to never have to see her again. Now he learned that she
had become the head of the media department. Most likely the doing of
her brother, the second in command and chief of the computer laboratories.
If he wasn't careful, he would likely run into her. There had been no
other sign of her after the 'incident' two years ago, but neither Lady
Une or WuFei had any ideas as to whether the woman still held a grudge
against him or not.
"I see. Well, we'll just hope I won't run into her then, right? You'll
call us if you find anything out, right? Yeah, the same goes for us. See
He disconnected the call and placed the cellular on the dashboard in front
"We don't have much, do we?"
"No. We have an hour left until we get back to the bureau. Why don't you
spill what you've been thinking about for the past two hours?"
"I've been thinking about how beautiful the sun is shining and that it's
a shame that we have to spend this day working." Duo grinned and pushed
the play button on the CD player. Soon Alice In Chains blared from the
speakers and he reclined in his seat, watching his partner's reaction.
He stiffened slightly as he saw his partner's face twitch with annoyance
and almost wished he hadn't said that. Nevertheless, it was his way to
let everything play out, and Yuy had no right to criticize him.
Heero turned the volume down to almost nothing and looked at the street
resolutely. His calm voice cut through the air as he briefly glanced at
Duo coldly. "You think this is all a game?"
"No! Of course not! I just don't see what good it does to be thinking
so hard all the time. Loosen up. It's not as if we'll solve the case in
this one hour while we're sitting in this car. I can't think right now.
Give me a break. If you're so hot for the case, why don't you tell me
what you've been thinking about?"
Heero took a deep breath and tried to calm down, but he couldn't. He had
to get this out of his system or it would stand between them for the rest
of the case. He raised one hand from the steering wheel and let it slide
through his hair, frustrated with his partner's attitude. "You're the
psychology student! You tell me how one could kill by visual and audio
suggestive messages or by hypnosis! That is if it is possible to hypnotize
someone so that they die after seven days. Duo, I am not able to
draw the same connections as you do!" His hand went back down on the steering
wheel, an exasperated gesture of defeat. This was more than he had wanted
to show, but now he had to go through with it. "My education was different
from yours. I can tell you what explosive one used by merely smelling
the smoke, but I have no idea how to hunt down a psychopath. Lady Une
told me to trust you, but if you're not even seriously thinking about
the case, what am I supposed to think?"
Duo was stunned at his partner's outburst and closed his eyes, already
sorry for aggravating his partner like this, but he knew that it was good
for Heero to have let that out. He knew that Heero wouldn't be able to
solve the case alone. That's why he had tried to go ahead and do it alone,
but he could slowly see Commander Une's reasoning in pairing them up.
They completed each other better than Heero could do with Quatre or WuFei
could with him. They were more alike than either of them would like to
admit, but they knew it. That made it so hard to forgive and forget the
other's mistakes, because each of them made exactly the same mistake.
To forgive someone for one's own mistake was hard. Heero couldn't take
Duo's carelessness because he himself didn't care much about life. On
the other hand, Duo couldn't let Heero get into danger voluntarily, because
if he did he would have had to admit that he was no better. They would
have to work those little problems out, and this fight was the first step
toward a better relationship. Heero admitted that he was not perfect,
that he lacked some skills. Duo did too. Duo had the same problems when
looking at Heero. He lacked Heero's skills, and that was something he
hated about himself. With a sidelong glance at Heero, Duo wondered whether
the other man could see it too.
"I'm sorry, Heero. I just don't believe it makes much difference whether
we bounce around theories now or not. I've already said it once. I can't
think right now. My brain is drained. I'm going to sleep for the rest
of the trip. I didn't get all that much sleep in the last week. When I'm
awake, I'll tell you everything I was thinking about, but not now. A tired
soldier is a dead soldier because he makes mistakes. Surely you know that."
Duo didn't expect an answer . He laid back in the seat, his hands fumbling
under the cushion until he found the handle to push the back of the seat
into a more comfortable position. With a murmur, he leaned against the
door and fell into a light sleep, neither fully asleep nor really awake.
He didn't see Heero's jaws working as the other man took a good look at
his slumped figure.
Under normal circumstances, Lady Une wouldn't believe that one could know
who was outside just from the knock on the door, but working in this department
she had soon learned that it was, indeed, possible.
"Come in, Yuy." She looked up briefly, making sure that it was indeed
Heero Yuy and his partner who were entering her bureau. With a few trained
phrases, she excused herself to the caller and put the phone down.
"Maxwell, Yuy, nice to see that you care to come in and report."
"Good morning, Commander."
Duo stared at his partner, expecting something other than a title as a
welcome, but Heero looked at the desk and didn't made any attempt to speak
up. "Commander. We do owe you an explanation for our sudden disappearance,
but we had to follow some very important leads."
"Yes." Heero began slowly as if he wanted to say something else, but he
didn't continue. Instead he looked at his partner who immediately took
a step forward and sat down in one of the chairs in front of Lady Une's
desk without invitation. Shrugging, Heero followed his partner's example
and sat down in the unoccupied chair next to Duo's. He listened as Duo
started bluntly with their report.
"Commander Une, we've found the video."
Lady Une slowly nodded her head, not sure if she really wanted to hear
their conclusion, but she knew that she had no real chance. Director Khushrenada
had already asked about the progress of the investigation. He had been
more than a little miffed that she couldn't tell him much. Her agents
obviously didn't report to her, and she would have to make sure that her
agents knew their place. She had ignored his comments, like she always
did. He couldn't replace her, because he knew that she was the figurehead
of the Preventers in Tokyo and, moreover, because her homicide department
had the highest crime clear-up rate in Japan.
Heero continued. "We believe that it was really the video that killed
those four teenagers, possibly by hypnosis or other suggestive underlying
messages." He spared a glance at his partner, who looked at him wide-eyed
and begged silently to stick with his theory. Duo nodded slightly in agreement
although he did not fully understand why Heero lied to their commander
"Yes; although we'll have to analyze the video before we can be sure."
"We are going to attempt doing so after this briefing."
Lady Une nodded again and looked down at her notes.
"Chang told me you went to South Hakone. I'd appreciate it if you gave
me details. Director Khushrenada already complained about your lack of
discipline. I tried to explain to him, but you know how he gets. Try to
give me more information. I can divide it into portions and feed it to
him, but I need something to tell him."
"Of course, Commander."
When he saw Heero looking at him in expectation, Duo explained further
what they had found out. "We went there because of the interviews we had
with the late teenagers' parents. There had been a dead boy before, and
all leads pointed to a certain holiday resort in South Hakone. That's
why I decided to go there. Yuy followed me about half an hour later."
"I see. Well, type it up and give it to me as soon as possible. You're
dismissed. I assume Chang has already organized whatever you need?"
Duo was already rising from his seat. "Yes, he has. We'll analyze the
video and follow the leads. You'll hear another report by noon tomorrow,
"Fine. Khushrenada is not happy that I have four agents on one case. Be
prepared for Chang and Winner to be ordered to another case. Good day."
After they had left Une's bureau, Heero immediately led the way to the
elevator to go to the media lab on the last floor. As promised, WuFei
had reserved a room, and the receptionist of the media lab immediately
pointed them to the third Audio-Visual Research room. Suddenly, Heero
remembered the documents they had asked their partners for. He also remembered
that he hadn't taken a shower this morning. He sniffed at his clothing
and decided that he wanted one as soon as possible.
"Duo, I'll talk to Chang and grab a quick shower downstairs while you
prepare the video set. Maybe he or Quatre found out the name of the previous
"Oh. Right. I completely forgot about that. Of course. See you in a few."
While Heero showered in the bathroom next to the Preventers' gym and met
up with WuFei a few floors up, Duo made a copy of the video so that they
wouldn't waste any time in their analysis. He wanted to go to the major
tech room to investigate the bandwidth. If they knew what had recorded
the video, their search would probably go on much faster.
After he had labeled the copy with one of the stickers on the desk, Duo
placed it on the desk and put his wristwatch next to it so Heero would
remember to look at the time when he watched the tape in case he was back
earlier. Duo left the room and closed it, making sure the red light on
the magnetic lock was on. He didn't want anyone else to endanger themselves.
With the original tape in his hand, he searched for the tech lab, which
had to be on the same floor. That didn't say much, considering how large
the floors of the building were. He was just about to give up and return
to the receptionist's desk to ask for directions, when he rounded a corner
and found what he had been looking for. Duo slid the keycard through the
slit on the lock and punched in his code when he heard a sneering voice
"Mr. Maxwell, what a pleasure to meet you again."
Recognizing the voice instantly, Duo turned and glared at the woman who
was standing a few feet away.
"Ms. Darlian, I'd love be able to say the same about the pleasure of your
presence." He punched in the last number with force and waited for the
light to change to green. When it flashed on, he excused himself politely.
"I am sorry, Ms. Darlian, but I have some work to do, I'm sure you don't
mind." Quickly, before she could respond, he turned and entered the room,
slamming the door behind him. Shutting Relena out of his mind, he concentrated
on what he came to the tech lab for, namely finding out what instrument
the video had been recorded with. He shoved the tape into the machine
and let the video play. Strangely, the display didn't show what he had
expected. He tapped the plate in a futile attempt to get it working correctly,
but nothing happened to reassure him. The video 'wasn't' recorded. It
just 'existed'. Rubbing his temple, Duo tried to wrap his mind around
the idea that he had seen an animated thermography. He shuddered. This
was not possible. The idea of somebody being able to make an animated
thermography was as outlandish as the idea of beaming or interstellar
travel. The video showed no sign that it had been recorded by something
similar to a video camera. He tried a few of the buttons that should have
corrected any mistake in the machine, but none brought any other result.
Sighing, he took the video out of the recorder and moved to the door.
He turned back to make sure that the power supply for the machines was
cut off and turned the lights out. Another lead leading to nothing. Looking
around carefully, Duo made sure that Relena wasn't around. He really didn't
want to run into her again. The woman had been ready to drag him in front
of a judge or at least kill his career. He didn't even know why she hated
him with such fierceness that she would fall back on such low resources.
He walked down the corridor back to their room, tapping his fingers on
the videocassette. He would stay longer to search the Internet for the
newest information on parapsychology and psychokinetics. If the video
was a mental one, he could eventually ask one of his professors if they
had heard something. His mentor, whom he had worked with for his diploma
had a vast archive of paranormal cases from all over Japan, and he knew
a lot of the phenomena involved, he would know how to find what they needed
for their investigation.
When he came back to their assigned room he found Heero sitting in one
of the chairs, busily comparing notes on a notepad with the files. His
hair was still wet from the shower and he had a new set of clothes on.
Obviously he, too, kept spare clothing in his locker. Upon hearing the
lock click, Heero turned and looked at Duo questioningly.
"I was in another lab to find out what had recorded the video." Duo had
wanted to ask Heero to guess, but considering the strained relationship
between them he didn't want to take any chances. "You were right. At least
that's what I could find out."
"I was right? With what exactly?"
"The video wasn't recorded in any way! For example, a video camera makes
a picture and it gets put on film. This video doesn't have any tracks."
"But, that's like-"
Again, Duo interrupted him, even more excited now that he could relate
his theory to somebody else. "-like being born without fingerprints! The
video was made in a telepathic way. I want to talk to one of my old professors
who specialized in this field of study. He might give me some names or
people who have that ability."
Watching Duo explain with such élan made Heero smirk. "When do
you want to call him?"
"He's not at the university today, but I'm sure he'll be there tomorrow.
I'll call him tonight and make an appointment." Duo stepped behind Heero
to see what his partner had been working on and leaned on the back of
the computer chair. Heero turned again and leaned back, so that Duo could
see the files better. It didn't help much because Duo couldn't see the
letters. He quickly fished the glasses out of his black bag on the floor,
noticing how good Heero smelled as he bent down.
"That's the name of the previous owner. The files weren't public and it
took WuFei quite some negotiation to get them. The previous owner was
a man named Richard Morgan. An American wedded to a Japanese woman named
Mei. They bred thoroughbreds on the land, which wasn't as big as the resort
is now. It was mostly surrounded by nature." Heero paused for a moment
and got another sheet of information which was half empty. "Strange thing
is, they didn't live there for long. There is no Morgan family around
in South Hakone anymore. They left after selling the land." Heero saw
his partner bend over some more to grab a sheet. He grabbed it and shoved
it closer into Duo's reach.
"Glasses?" Heero smirked, admiring the view. Duo grabbed the sheet with
a growl and answered briefly.
"Yeah." He turned his head, his nose inches away from Heero's. When he
saw the smirk, he narrowed his eyes and growled daringly. "What?"
Heero knew when it was better to deny any sort of amusement and his eyes
widened momentarily. "Nothing! It's just -" Quickly deciding that it was
best not to irritate his partner, he gave Duo his most dazzling smile
and continued. "Looks cute."
Duo snarled mockingly and moved away, barely hiding his grin. Instead,
he looked at the sheet of paper, regarding its contents. "So the new owner
of the resort couldn't help much. Strange, but we'll leave that for now
and analyze the video. You haven't watched it yet, have you?"
"No. But I will do so now."
"Okay. I'm leaving so you can watch it alone. The first impression is
important, I think. Maybe we can go and grab some lunch after you've watched
it. I'd like to hear your views, and I could use something to eat."
Duo smiled and walked toward the door. "Lights on or off?"
"Off is fine."
Heero watched his partner leave the room, then turned and pressed the
play button. He didn't see the red light on another machine go on. Instead,
he stared at the screen, reliving the feelings Duo had felt the night
before. A strange joining of scenes, seemingly in no order at all. Some
were scary, some disgusting, and some plain unrealistic and abstract,
some even evoking feelings.
Duo wanted to wait outside the room until Heero finished watching the
video, but after a few minutes the waiting made him uneasy, and he left
his spot for a bathroom break. He was about to reenter the room, the door
already slightly ajar as he heard Relena's voice behind him.
"Mr. Maxwell, your lover called out for you on the intercomm system. He
probably wants to meet you in the janitor's closet on the third floor
for a 'meeting'."
"My what?" Duo didn't understand what the woman was hinting at. He was
in no relationship at the moment. Obviously Ms. Darlian couldn't get her
head around the fact that his sexuality had burst her hateful plan two
"Your fuck buddy. Mr. Chang."
Duo clenched his fists. He would not let this woman denunciate his friend.
By doing so, she had definitely overstepped her line, not only by calling
him a fag to his face, but by involving WuFei. He remembered WuFei's lessons
on polite negotiation and convinced himself that it was better to not
aggravate the woman any further.
"As I may inform you, Ms. Darlian, Chang WuFei is happily married and
I can assure you that I do not, nor do I wish to, have a sexual relationship
with him." He tried to remain calm, even though it took all of his inner
strength. "I don't know why you should assume so, but you are wrong. Whatever
your problem with me is, I don't want you to draw my friends or partners
into your little game. We both know that you lied."
"I know, although considering your past, it wouldn't surprise me if you'd
just jump Mr. Chang without asking for his consent. That's what made it
so easy for me to press charges."
The video had just stopped when he heard Duo's voice outside, the door
already half open. Someone had to be holding him back. When Duo didn't
enter, Heero stood up and inched closer to the door. An angrily raised
voice made him stop. Duo seemed to be barely holding back his anger. He'd
heard the same tone of voice from Chang a few times before, and obviously
the Chinese man had taught his partner some of his skills. Now he recognized
the other voice. Relena Darlian, one of his former partners and obviously
now working in the media department. Heero decided to wait. After all,
Relena and her dispute with Duo two years ago had caused him to break
up the friendship he had with two of his colleagues. He wanted to know
what was going on between these two ever since.
Now, he heard Duo angrily ask "What's that supposed to mean, Ms. Darlian.
'Considering my past'? You don't know enough about my past or my person
to assume whatever you are so cleverly trying to hint at."
"Oh, I do know whom you've let fuck you to join the Preventers. I do know
what a slut you are and I'll be damn sure to let your partners know so
that they know what trash they're working with. I failed once, but I won't
"You're fucking insane, Darlian."
Heero couldn't believe what he'd just heard, and anger flushed his face.
He knew that Duo wouldn't need to sleep his way into the Preventers. He
was one of their best agents, and probably the best profiler in the department.
He just started to take the door out of Duo's hands and open it when said
man entered, his lips in a thin, hard line. When he saw Heero's face,
he made an instant turn and left the room again. He all but ran down the
corridor to the staircase and let the door crash shut behind him. Heero
growled, only guessing that his expression had made Duo uncertain. He
left the room, determined to set his partner straight about his personal
value. He didn't know what exactly had set this off, but suddenly Relena's
motives seemed a little bit clearer to him. The phone rang once, but Heero
decided that this matter deserved his attention more than the phone call.
Too late he realized whom the caller would have been.
Heero almost snarled at her when he left the room to run after his partner.
Relena actually seemed subdued by his anger and didn't comment. As soon
as Heero had left the corridor through the door to the staircase, Relena
moved toward the research room, catching the door before it shut, curious
as to what the two agents had been doing inside.
Heero opened the door and was immediately hit by a gush of fresh air rushing
through the staircase. He didn't have to decide which way to go as the
only door left above him shut and the draft ceased. He made his way up
the stairs and opened the door to the rooftop. Heero didn't know why he
was following his upset partner to calm him down. He just knew that he
had to. He had to apologize for believing Relena rather than another respectable
agent and for not even listening to Duo's side of the story. He had been
angry, but he still didn't know why. Angry at Duo? Angry that Duo had
been attracted to Relena rather than him? Noticing how insane he sounded,
Heero shook his head. He didn't even like Duo very much. Or did
he? Before he could answer his own question, he reached the end of the
stairs and opened the heavy door to the rooftop.
Noticing the wind that was sweeping over the roof, he rubbed his upper
arms to warm himself up. He searched the roof until his eyes lay on the
figure of his partner who stood near the edge on the broad platform that
surrounded the roof. His arms were stretched out, slightly wavering in
his stand as another squall of wind hit him. Carefully making noise on
the gravel so that he would not startle Duo, Heero made his way toward
the figure. Before he could call out Duo's name, the other man turned
his head and smiled at him.
"It's like flying."
Heero looked at his partner for a second, making sure he wasn't about
to do something stupid, then he stepped next to him and mimicked the posture.
They stood in silence for a minute before Heero opened his eyes again
and looked over to the other man's face and nodded slowly.
"Like flying." He felt the air rustle his bangs and wondered what the
wind would do to Duo's long hair. Staring at the other man's braid, he
saw it fly too, despite the weight it must have had. He stepped back and
down from the stand, noticing Duo doing the same. Duo didn't look at Heero,
but at the horizon when he answered the silent question between them.
"She lied two years ago, I didn't touch her."
"I know that now. I -" Heero paused and waited for Duo to look at him.
"I apologize, I had no reason not to trust you."
"I never held any grudge against you, Heero. I always thought you'd rather
believe her because she was so damn convincing. In fact, I was rather
surprised that Lady Une or WuFei didn't." Duo looked at the horizon again
and smiled a sad and wistful smile. "I don't even know why she did it."
Suddenly, it dawned on Heero. He knew why Relena had lied, or at
least he thought he knew. The woman had always wanted him, and obviously
she thought Duo was a rival. His theory didn't explain why Relena had
thought he had any interest in her since he had never given her any sort
of sign, and it didn't explain why she hated Duo so much either. He had
never shown any interest in Duo either had he? Sure, before the incident,
he had liked hanging out with him and their partners during lunch hour
and he had to admit that he had always thought fondly about the other
agent, but he had never given the man any signs either. If he had, would
Duo have stalked him like Relena did? Would Duo have followed him around,
trying to get him to go out with him? Heero doubted it. He looked over
at his partner and watched the sad look on the handsome face. He couldn't
tell Duo all this. "Nor do I." The lie almost hurt him physically, and
Heero couldn't bring himself to look at his partner but instead followed
Duo's gaze toward the horizon. "Don't let this worry you now. You have
backup, which she doesn't."
Duo sighed and turned fully toward his partner. He didn't want to tell
his partner that Relena actually did have backup. She had powerful backup
in the form of Zechs Merquise, her brother who would do everything to
aid his sister, who would do everything to get him out of the Preventers.
Pushing his private life aside, Duo cocked his head to the side and smiled.
"You're right. Let's concentrate on the case and forget about her. You've
watched the video?"
"Yes, I did." Duo's sudden change in topic made Heero forget what he had
wanted to say, the reason why he had followed his partner to the roof.
He had wanted to make one thing clear to Duo; that he was worth the position
he had within the Preventers' organization and that Relena didn't know
what she said when she had told him that he had to fuck somebody to get
his current rank.
Duo resisted the urge to ask Heero what he thought about the video, instead
he asked "Want to talk about it over lunch?"
"Sure. Cafeteria, or-"
"Let's go to the Italian Diner around the corner, I don't feel much like
Preventer food today."
Heero agreed and let Duo lead the way back to their assigned research
room to make sure it was locked and that nobody would need it for the
rest of the day. They left their files and the video tapes on the desk
and made their way to the elevator.
Duo was startled when Heero started talking so suddenly but immediately
knew that he was talking about the video. He waited for his partner to
tell him more about what he felt, but nothing came so he pressed the button
for the first floor and watched the doors close before he agreed.
Back in her bureau, Relena closed the shutters and locked her door. Whatever
Maxwell and Yuy had been doing in the room, she wanted to know what it
was. Luckily, Heero hadn't seen the empty video cassette in the recorder,
or he would have labeled the tape. She pushed the cassette into the recorder
and switched the TV on. The blue screen changed into static and Relena
watched with a slight shiver as a white ring appeared on the screen.
The diner wasn't very crowded even though it was already lunch time. Heero
entered the restaurant first and immediately went to one of the booths
in the back of the room, ignoring the waiter who desperately tried to
get his attention and place them closer to the other tables which would
have made his job easier. Duo had to smile at his partner's antics, but
he understood the reasoning behind them. Quietly he followed the two and
when the waiter turned to fetch the menus, Duo winked at the man whom
he already knew. He ate at the diner quite often. The waiter immediately
recognized him and bowed his head slightly.
Heero looked at their silent conversation and was determined to ask Duo
how frequent his visits to the small diner were when his cell phone rang.
"Yuy? I called at the media department earlier, but I don't think Ms.
Darlian passed the message on. I found out what you wanted to know."
"Good news?" Heero motioned Duo to come closer and made room for his partner
to take the seat on the bench beside him.
"Depends on what you think is good." WuFei said on the other end, just
as Duo managed to listen in. If WuFei said that, it usually meant bad
news or at least disappointment.
"What did you find out?"
"Well, the frequency hole is quite easily explained. The antennas don't
reach the hotel and obviously parabolas would have been too expensive.
The whole South Hakone area is in that frequency hole. Even though hacking
a TV station would be no problem, one could not use it to send something
to one of the televisions at the resort."
Duo sighed and reclined in the seat, watching Heero's shoulders slump.
None of them said anything. They both knew what it meant. Heero thanked
WuFei briefly and disconnected the call.
"At least now we know what to exclude." He stated firmly, also leaning
back, letting their bodies touch. He felt Duo's shoulders shake slightly
and turned to look at his partner worriedly, only to see the other man
chuckle, looking back at him.
"At least something positive, eh?"
Heero nodded, not fully understanding what was so funny about his comment
until he saw the irony. A smile curved his lips and he added. "I just
hope we'll find something to confirm one of our theories, too."
Duo's exuberant chuckling vanished and his expression grew serious, not
fully able to hide the sarcastic smile. "That's not funny, Yuy. You have
a wicked sense of black humor."
"What humor?" Heero threw a bad pun right back, but their banter was interrupted
by the waiter who chose that moment to bring the menus. The man waited
until they had chosen their drinks and left them to choose the food. Heero
couldn't help the small grin as Duo patted the outside of his jacket to
determine the residence of his glasses.
"Want me to read it out to you?"
"Funny, Heero. So funny." Duo sighed as he realized he'd left the glasses
in the bureau. He would have ordered Lasagna anyway, so there was no real
need for him to look the dish up. It unnerved him that Heero had this
"Hey, don't get grumpy with me just because I happen to see better than
you. Come to think of it, how do you shoot?"
"I have no problems with shooting, thank you very much. Don't try me,
Yuy, or you might end up with a black eye." Duo narrowed his eyes, his
"I'd much rather try you at the shooting range. I want to know if my partners
can shoot the broad side of a barn if they can't even read menus."
"You think I'm a bad shot? You think I'd be at the Preventers if I couldn't
shoot a fly off a wall? You think I fucked my wa-"
"Don't!" Heero intercepted and laid a calming hand on his partner's arm
"Don't say that, because we both know it's not true. I saw your file,
I know your abilities, and I never doubted that I could implicitly trust
your shooting skills." Heero's attitude changed within the second and
he continued in a smooth voice. "I didn't mean to anger you. I just want
to measure my gun with yours if you know what I mean." Heero winked and
Duo was appalled to see the other man bat his eyelashes. He opened his
mouth to throw some bad innuendo back at Heero but he found that he couldn't.
Instead he opted for another retort.
"You want a match? What are you doing tomorrow night?"
"Tomorrow night it is." Heero paused and looked at his partner questioningly.
"Do you want me to read it out loud now or not?"
"I'll eat lasagna. Thanks anyway."
"But there are so many other-"
"Shut up, Yuy... while you're still on my good side."
Heero smirked and waited for the waiter to come into view so he could
get the man's attention. As fun as their conversation was, he wanted to
get over lunch and go back to analyzing the video. They had a deadline,
after all. Heero winced at the choice of words in his thoughts, but composed
himself and didn't show any of it. He finally caught the waiter's eyes
and the man immediately came toward their table.
The waiter looked at the young men expectantly, immediately realizing
that the man with the long braid had obviously forgotten his glasses again.
He made a sign for one lasagna and waited for the other man to tell him
his order. He noted the dish and pretended to listen to the longhaired
man's order which he had already noted. He grinned, proud of himself for
knowing his customers so well.
"So?" Duo watched the retreating back of the waiter before looking at
his partner. "What do you think of the video?"
"It's strange, that's for sure. I have to admit that I didn't pick up
"You were upset and running. I wanted to follow you rather than wait for
the phone call."
Duo just stayed silent and motioned his partner to continue with his observation
with a raise of his eyebrow. Heero had to smile at the slight motion and
was astonished that he could understand the other man that easily without
"The first picture is the bloody water, I didn't really know what to do
with that one. I mean it's scary, but it's pretty much abstract. It's
gurgling and whatnot. I don't think that could be real. If we assume that
the video was produced in someone's head, that person either liked blood
a lot or he has seen so much of it that he's scared of it. He or she."
"Right, although the first picture you see is the ring. I agree with your
theory on the bloody water. The next scene is the woman combing her hair,
what did you think of that one?"
"Something was wrong there. I can't point it to something right now, but
I hope we'll find that out later when we watch the tape again. It had
something to do with the mirror, I think."
Duo nodded. "Did you see the fly?"
"Yes. I almost wanted to touch the screen to see if it was real."
Duo agreed with him, absentmindedly looking into the shop. What did that
mean? A fly? A fly so real it looked like it was ready to leave the screen
in a maritime scene. It was utterly abstract, but it had to mean something.
Duo held his head in his hands, propping himself up, trying to find a
connection until he felt Heero nudging his ribs, announcing that their
meal had arrived. Breathing out heavily, he leaned back and grabbed the
cutlery while the waiter placed the lasagna and the fettuccini in front
"Buon appetito!" Duo smiled and dug into his lasagna, trying hard not
to think of the scene with the monkey. He shuddered slightly and watched
Heero doing the same. They looked at each other in the same instant. Heero,
whose memories were even more fresh than those of his partner, shrugged
his shoulders and picked up a few more noodles.
"Chang, please get Winner and come to my office, please." The voice of
Director Khushrenada carried through the office without effort.
"Of course. We'll be there in a minute." WuFei straightened and went over
to the smoking room where he was sure he would find Winner talking to
his partner, who spent all of his breaks there. He opened the room with
the balcony and immediately saw the two men standing close together, sharing
a cigarette. Quatre stood with his back to the room, holding a cup of
coffee in one hand, the other entwined with his fiancée's hand
who leaned against the handle of the balcony.
WuFei came closer, fighting his way through the clouds of smoke and the
talking people in the room. The balcony was small, and currently the two
lovers were the only ones outside. When he was within earshot, he spoke
"Quatre, Khushrenada wants to see us."
Trowa had to smile and took the cigarette from his partner's lips. When
Trowa had announced that WuFei had entered the smoking room, they had
bet on the Chinese man's reason to come into the room. Quatre had been
right. Obviously Khushrenada deemed it fit to break up his agents' lunch
hour for presenting them a new case. Nobody in the whole organization
knew what motivated the man to rob his agents of their lunch breaks, and
nobody cared anymore. They just went back to their break afterwards, pretending
nothing had happened.
Quatre turned scowling. "Did he say anything?"
"No. You know him. I think he wants us on another case. Remember that
Lady Une already mentioned that he didn't like four Preventers working
on one little case."
"Little? It's a case that could kill two of his elite force. The stupid
bastard hasn't realized that yet."
"Maybe he called us in for something entirely different. Are you coming?"
WuFei turned to walk back into the room when he heard Quatre chuckle.
"WuFei, how can you ask such a thing! You're married and in the presence
of my lover, you rascal!"
WuFei rolled his eyes and turned back to face the two chortling men. "Trowa,
would you mind sharing him? I'm sure I can work something out with my
"Time sharing?" Trowa raised an interested eyebrow, which earned him an
elbow into his ribs from his fiancée.
"Of course. Why not? Quatre, aren't you interested in getting to know
"Trowa, I'm afraid the opportunity is too enticing. You don't mind me
going with WuFei, do you? I promise we'll make it fast."
Trowa grinned, trying to get his facial expression back under control.
"Take your time, love. I want you to come again later." WuFei chuckled
and watched recognition wash over Quatre's face.
Quatre pecked his lover on the cheek and winked, grinning. He turned to
follow his colleague. Before he was out of hearing range, he smacked WuFei
on the shoulder and huffed mockingly. "You and your dirty mind, WuFei.
What did you think he meant?"
They left a quietly laughing Trowa behind and crossed the large floor
toward Khushrenada's bureau.
When they finished their lunch, Heero and Duo had compared their ideas
of how to proceed with the analysis of the video and were ready to execute
their plan. They quickly paid and rushed out of the restaurant, not wanting
to lose time or ideas that they had gotten during their talk.
They reached their destination within a few minutes, since the Preventers
building was only around the block and the elevators were empty. They
stepped out on the top floor, returning to their bureau for the day. The
videos and files all lay on the desk, and nobody had been in the room.
They had locked the door, but since almost all Preventers with a certain
rank had access to the research rooms, that didn't mean much. They were
glad that their wish had been respected and their room hadn't been assigned
to anyone else.
Heero locked the door behind him while Duo pushed the tape into the recorder.
Instead of answering, Heero took the remote and flicked the TV on, waiting
for the video recorder to recognize the cue. Soon, the white ring appeared
and the game started anew.
When the image with the woman combing her hair appeared, Heero pressed
pause and motioned for Duo to take the slow motion wheel. The other man
let the tape play, picture after picture, stopping when the camera swerved
from the woman in the right mirror to the girl in the left mirror.
"Do you see that?" Heero pointed at the still screen. "No camera. There
should be one because the camera points directly at the mirror."
Duo nodded, writing the clues down. "The first riddle. We know what's
wrong, but we don't know how it was done."
"Move forward. I want to see the next one. The one with the man in the
"Did you see anything wrong with that scene?"
"No, but I want to see the house. We need clues about the locations where
those scenes where 'shot'. Maybe the house has a special architecture
we would find only in certain places."
"Good idea." Duo took the wheel again and let the video play forward,
capturing the building in a still picture. "Do you recognize something?"
Heero shook his head. "No, but I'm no architect. Do we have someone from
the Preventers who knows such things?"
"I doubt it, but we can ask Quatre later. He knows almost everybody in
"He just loves to gossip with the ladies in the smoking room." Heero smiled
and batted Duo's hand away from the scrolling wheel. He moved the scenes
forward until the maritime scene appeared. They both looked at the fly,
fascinated. Duo brought his hand up and yielded to the temptation to touch
the fly. Nothing happened, and they both released breath they didn't know
they had been holding. Reluctantly, Heero moved the scene forward, jumping
over the scene with the monkey and the horse, going more slowly when the
scene with the people crawling in the mud appeared.
"What?" Heero looked at his partner, wondering how Duo could pinpoint
the feeling so easily.
"Don't you feel it too? When you watch that scene, all those people -
stop!" Duo exclaimed and took the wheel into his hand, rolling it back
until he could see the people crawling through the mud in slow motion.
He slowly pushed the wheel, going forward picture by picture. Suddenly,
the scene jumped for a moment, and a strange raster picture appeared showing
apparently hundreds of faces looking at the viewer, laughing. Heero shuddered.
He knew what his partner meant. The faces seemed to laugh at the viewer.
He felt shame, but didn't know why.
"What the hell is that?" Heero drew his eyebrows together. It wasn't
natural that a video, a picture, could make one feel emotions so strongly.
It certainly wasn't a common experience for him, and he hated it. He could
control his feelings nearly constantly, but this forced him to feel something
he didn't want.
He took the wheel from Duo's hands and quickly played forward.
"Heero! We can't just leave that scene out because we're not comfortable
with it, what if this is a major clue?" Duo tried to bat Heero's hand
away from the wheel, but the other wouldn't budge.
"Duo, this is insane!"
"That's why we're working on it. Let me see that scene again!"
"Great! If you're so hot for it, why don't you analyze it al-" Heero halted
himself. This was exactly what Duo had wanted in the first place, but
he had told the other man that he wouldn't let him do it alone. What was
he doing? "I'm sorry, Duo. I didn't mean to react like that, it's just
that this abstract thinking makes me so damn uncomfortable."
"It's okay. I understand. I won't mind if you leave now. I can do it alone.
It's no problem."
"No. I'm sorry. Let's go back and watch those faces again."
"Are you sure?"
"Of course. Please." Heero moved his hand away from the wheel, but suddenly
halted and went back. "What's that?"
He moved the scene the tape currently showed slowly forward, recognizing
a shutting movement.
"Are there more of those?"
"I don't know. Did you recognize them?" Heero moved slowly forward and
found another shutting movement. "What could it mean?"
Duo shrugged his shoulders and noted the clue down onto his notepaper.
This case was definitely becoming more interesting by the minute.
A few hours later they had watched the video multiple times, but hadn't
found out much more. Every minute of the video was now tightly written
down on the notepaper and they went over the observations when Duo suddenly
yawned and asked his partner what time it was.
"Six thirty." Heero looked at his wristwatch, remembering that Duo's still
lay on the table somewhere. He reached out and grabbed a few folders from
a slanting pile and found the watch underneath. He gave it to his partner
who checked it out of habit.
"We won't find out much more tonight. Let's head for home. I'm tired."
"Sure. Let's put the files back into your bureau and go home."
Duo grabbed the two video tapes and his black bag and moved to the door,
waiting for Heero to take the rest of the files outside so that he could
lock the door.
While Heero waited outside, Duo flicked the lights off and let the door
fall into place, waiting until the red light blinked on. "I will try to
call my old professor tonight at his home. Maybe we can meet him tomorrow
at the university. I hope he can cram us into his schedule."
They took the elevator downstairs to the crime department, surprised that
the floor was almost empty. "Are you sure it's only six thirty?" Duo frowned
and went over to his bureau, keying in his personal password before being
able to open the door. He flicked the lights on and let the bag fall on
the floor next to a file drawer.
Heero just nodded and looked around in the room, which he hadn't set foot
in for a long time. The room was small, but it was filled with bookshelves
which were crammed full of psychology books and files on profiling cases.
On the wall behind the desk were children's pictures, obviously drawn
for the profiling unit since a lot of them had the insignia of the CPU
on them. Heero knew that Duo often worked on kidnapping cases which involved
children. He let the stack of files fall on the desk so that Duo could
lock them away in a safe drawer and walked closer to the wall of pictures,
looking at them closely. They often involved red stains and black men,
scary pictures which children had drawn to get rid of the pictures in
their minds. One of them made Heero frown and he wanted to ask Duo what
it meant. It showed a figure in a circle, obviously under the ground.
He felt Duo's breath on his neck and slightly turned, only to see the
other man's eyes closing to keep his emotions back.
"The Mayer-Nagoya case. Three years ago, two girls disappeared from their
school and no one knew where they had vanished. We got a clue two days
later when someone found the shoe of one of them in the parking lot. We
were sure they had been either kidnapped for ransom or-" he took in a
shuddering breath "- something else. The families got a call each another
two days later, assuring the parents that there was no reason to be sad,
the kids were in good hands now, that they wouldn't have to suffer for
"I got the information and went out hunting. I did the profile, and we
found out who had done it. How isn't important. Three days later, we found
them too late. Cathy Mayer was already dead. Her friend Hitomi Nagoya
was alive, barely. Their captor had buried them both in a casket six feet
underground, an air tank breathing into the casket so that they wouldn't
suffocate. She wouldn't talk to anyone, but she drew this picture for
the trial. She's now ten years old."
With a sharp movement, Duo turned to the desk and took the stack of files,
locking it away in the bottom drawer of his desk. Heero was still looking
at the picture. Had he really thought Duo was a shallow character? He
turned and stared at the bowed back of his partner. When Duo straightened
again, he looked at Heero with a hollow smile.
"Let's get you home. It's partially my fault that your car is at that
resort in south Hakone and until you get it back, I'll give you rides.
Where do you live anyway?"
Heero slowly gave him his address and moved toward the door. He definitely
had to rectify some of his assumptions about his partner.
"I know where that is. No problem. When do you want me to pick you up
tomorrow morning?" Duo locked his bureau and then followed Heero toward
"Seven thirty. If we want to meet your professor at the university, we'll
have to leave at least two hours early."
The elevator halted on the parking floor below the ground level and they
went to the car, noting again how empty everything was. The car wasn't
far away from the elevator and soon they sat inside, on their way out
of the building.
When Duo stopped the car at the curb in front of the building where Heero
lived, Heero thanked him without words. They didn't need them as they
had already agreed on the new driving arrangement. He got out of the car
and closed the door. Before he turned to leave, he bowed down and looked
in by the open window.
"Tomorrow at seven thirty."
"Seven thirty. Goodnight, and don't let the bedbugs bite." Duo winked
and let the window close automatically. He left the curb with screaming
tires, tired and impatient to get a hot shower and his bed.
Geek-Notes: I realize that Lady Une's rank (Tokusa second grade = count)
resembles 'Colonel' and not 'Commander', considering the fact that she,
in the original GW was one of Khushrenada's Special Mobile Suit Corps
and not in Veinte's Marina... (see? I really looked it up in my EW manga
^^;; *cough*) but I like calling her 'Commander'... 'Colonel Une'? "Cologne
Une? You smell wonderful today!" ... >.<
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