see prologue for warnings, disclaimers
of Fate + Part 2
Heero's steps slowed as he
neared the source of deep, panting breaths. His grip tightened on the
hilt of his sword and he paused for only a moment before stepping into
what seemed to be a very recently made clearing. In the center stood a
large dragon, it's scales gleaming silver and black, sparkling every time
it's back rippled with movement. The dragon was leaning over a limp body,
whether it was a young man or woman he wasn't sure. The scaly head moved,
nudging the figure's waist slightly and then snorting again.
Heero took a step forward, his foot coming down on a small twig, snapping
it. ::Shimatta:: Heero cringed at the noise, and stopped, muscles tensing
as he raised the his sword defensively. The dragon whirled around it's
considerable wings splaying, head lower as he took what looked for all
the world to be a protective position in front of the unconscious person.
Large amber eyes narrowed, slitted pupils shrinking further until they
were nothing but thin lines. The dragon snorted again, smoke flaring from
it's nostrils, leaving the rancid smell of sulfur behind.
Man and reptile stared off, minutes taking far too long to pass in Heero's
mind. The dragon made no move to attack, seeming to not want to give up
it's defensive pose over the prone form behind it. Cautiously Heero turned
his wrist so that the blade was held sideways. He made a small move forward
and bent, laying the sword on the ground at his feet then came back up,
hand raised in a calming gesture. ::I hope I'm not making the wrong decision.::
The dragon blinked its amber eyes, standing there just gazing at Heero
as if trying to discern what the man was thinking. Then it's wings slowly
folded inward, securing themselves up against gilded silver and obsidian
The person the dragon had been protecting stirred, a soft moan piercing
the silence that still pervaded. "Huh... What happened..?" Heero's
eyes shot to the boy, for it could only be a boy. That voice was far too
smooth and deep to be feminine. ::Far too pleasing. Not nagging enough.::
Heero thought and inwardly shook his head. One of the person's slender
hands came up to rub at his forehead lightly. Eyes blinked open and the
boy sat up, gaze quickly finding his protector. "Aah! I remember
now..!" he cried and scurried backward, still in his sitting position.
The dragon half turned, constantly keeping an eye trained on Heero as
it looked at the boy. The boy's already wide eyes widened further, seeming
to swallow up his entire face as he sat his limbs locking in place. "Um...
A little help here?" he managed, his tenor a little raspy as his
eyes flicked quickly to Heero and then back to the dragon.
"I don't think it will hurt you." ::He didn't think it would
hurt me.:: Duo would have laughed if he didn't have the biggest lizard
he'd ever seen much too close for comfort. ::It's a dragon for Kami-sama's
sake! And he doesn't think it'll hurt me! Gah!:: He was about to voice
his disbelief, but the only thing that came out was a weak --
"Iya. He was protecting you." Duo could have sworn those amber
orbs flashed with displeasure at that, but the thought quickly left his
mind as the dragon lowered it's great, reptilian head and nudged him with
it's nose. He let out an involuntary cry and stared at the dragon. The
dragon huffed irritably when Duo didn't move and bent toward him again,
clenching the back of his drab brown jerkin between it's teeth and lifting
him up, setting him gently on his feet.
"See? He's not going to hurt you." Duo turned and realized that
the other boy had walked closer and was now standing beside Duo. Violet
eyes raked over his would-be savior but before he could really get a good
look at him, the boy was suddenly on the ground before him, rear planted
firmly in a mud puddle. Duo couldn't help but chuckle at the image the
boy made. An infinitely confused look was in his cobalt eyes as he stared
up at them through his messy brown bangs, wondering what had just happened.
Heero raised a hand to point at the dragon in disbelief. "He just -- "
but his words were cut off when the dragon snapped at him, narrowly missing
the finger. Heero's eyes widened in what could have been horror and he
scrambled upward then backed away. Duo was outright laughing by now, bent
over at the waist and clutching his middle tightly. "Just what is
so funny?" Heero glared at him."Oooh, nothing, but... I think
the dragon's just trying to tell you it's a 'she'," Duo said, managing
to calm down a bit. The other boy eyed the dragon, watching as the large
head bobbed once, as if in agreement.
The boy turned to Duo, running a hand through his already messy brown
hair and replied with a distracted, "Hn. Figures," as he finally
gave Duo chance to get a good look at him. ::Gods...:: Duo barely kept
himself from gaping.
The boy's dark green tunic hung loosely from his form, falling to mid-thigh
from where it was belted at his waist, sleeves ending widely at his wrists
but giving enough of his lean, wiry figure away to make Duo hard-pressed
not to drool. The light brown leggings clung to narrow hips before disappearing
into calf length boots that gleamed black in the dim light that managed
to sneak its way through the think canopy of green overhead. He seemed
to be about the same height as Duo and as his gaze moved up and he noticed
the boy had the most beautiful eyes he'd ever seen.
They were an intense, deep blue, close in shade to only the darkest midnight
sky. His face was perfectly sculpted, high cheekbones and a chin that
jutted only slightly. Duo sighed inwardly. He'd like a chance to get to
know this perfectly gorgeous man, but he doubted that was likely. His
clothing -- no matter how plain and covered with dirt -- was very well
crafted, his posture was stiff and elegant at the same time and there
was a certain light in those cobalt eyes... All spoke of wealth and high
stature. His own brown jerkin didn't come close to the quality of the
other boy's clothes. Why would someone like that want to get to know a
boy who lives in a small, very plain cottage at the edge of a forest,
much less be with him as Duo would have preferred?
For one thing all his clothes were hand sewn, because they'd never owned
a spinning wheel, for reasons Duo could never pry from his "parents".
His top laced up the front -- the neckline dipping in a shallow V to the
top of his chest -- and sleeveless for maximum movement and incredibly
plain and somber. The dragon snorted, breaking the silence as she considered
the two boys with knowing eyes. Duo took his braid in hand and scrunched
his nose up when he saw the mass of mud. He looked back at Heero, his
eyes twinkling cheerfully, "What say we find a lake and clean ourselves
Heero opened his mouth to accept, but the sound of an all to familiar
high-pitched female voice crying his name made him snap it shut again.
::K'so I forgot about Relena... Leave or stay...:: "Heeeerrooo??"
broke into his thoughts and his habitual scowl deepened. "Heero,
where are you?"
Muttering a curse he turned his back to Duo without answering and retreived
his sword. He started to walk away when the braided boy's smooth tenor
"I take that as a 'no'," Duo tried to keep the disappointment
out of his voice. ::A woman... figures I would be that luckless.::
"Hn." was Heero's only response.
"Heero, ne?" Duo ventured, hoping to get the blue eyed boy to
stay a bit longer.
"Hai," Heero turned toward him a bit. "Heero Yuy,"
he muttered before turning again and stalking off into the woods after
the annoyingly feminine voice.
::Yuy... Why is that familiar?:: Duo caught his lower lip between his
teeth. Then his eyes widened as he stared in the direction Heero had left.
"Shit," he mumbled, his heart sinking. He turned toward the
dragon and hesitantly brushed his hand over her smooth silver and onyx
scaled head then started openly petting her. "I was right. High-classed,"
he laughed. "Gods, I think I've fallen for the Prince. The Prince!"
The dragon snorted and knocked his hand away then laid her head on Duo
shoulder, her amber eyes shining with sympathy. Duo shook his head and
grinned cheerfully at her, "Wonder what they'd say if I brought you
home with me. Eh heh, my "parents".. Yeah, 'Kaachan Quatre,
'Touchan Trowa and... er... distant Oji-chan Wufei?" Duo could have
sworn she flinched at the last name he said. Then he just shook his head,
passing it off as imagination. "Wanna find out?" he invited
with a smile.
The dragon backs away from the boy and shook her head, looking off in
he direction of the cottage with an almost mournful gleam in her eyes.
Duo frowned briefly then grinned again and shrugged. "Heh, suit yourself,
but I have got to get this mud out of my hair. 'S driving me crazy!"
The dragon nodded in agreement and turned away, obviously telling the
boy to go. Duo shrugged again. "Well, ja!" he turned and walked
away, unaware of the now human amber eyes following his movements.
"You are only too welcome, Prince Duo," a soft feminine voice
whispered, the words tinged with a long-lived sadness. An elegant hand
brushed black hair away from high cheekbones and the slim form of a woman
clothed in shimmering silver turned into the forest and moved swiftly
deeper. "Only too welcome."
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