LETTERS FROM DUO
series for the Death and the Dragon Arc)
By: Mel and
Duo was finally over
what Quatre called 'his snit-fit'. Breakfast was finished, Wufei had not cut off
Duo's braid, though the threat still stood, and Trowa and Quatre had grudgingly
forgiven him for his interruption. Now he had to pack for their move to the new
safehouse, something he generally disliked doing. Plus, he had to pack for Heero
as well, since said Japanese maniac had decided that warning Duo that he was
going on a mission in the middle of the night was not important.
important," he muttered, stomping into their shared room. "Just sneak out, don't
leave a note, let Duo wake up without a clue, it doesn't matter, let Duo worry
his brains out... Heero, you idiot..."
SENT: 08:53 June 24,
Heero. What was one of the steps of being a best friend? Do you remember the one
that states: 'Do not disappear on a mission without telling Duo you're leaving'?
I thought that one was right up there with 'Do not shoot Duo', 'Do not steal
Deathscythe's parts without permission', 'Do not traumatise Duo with suicidal
tendencies or self-surgeries'. In other words, I'm just a little ticked at you
right now. So are Tro and Q, since I disturbed their *quality time* this morning
by barging in their room and asking where you were. And 'Fei threatened me with
de-braiding because their yells of 'DAMMIT DUO!' woke him up. So... first I wake
up and you're gone without even a note, like a thief (which is my title, not
yours), then I embarrass Q, Tro and myself by barging in on their *ahem* morning
ritual, THEN my braid is threatened, all before ten in the morning. All in all,
this is starting to be a sucky day in general. It's all your fault, you
What would you say if _I_ pulled that stunt? Just up and
disappeared without a word in the middle of the night? You'd threaten to tie me
to a chair until I got it through my head that I was supposed to tell you when I
was leaving. Am I right? Or you'd withold all fruit and snacks until I promised
I'd never do it again. And don't give me the line 'You needed to sleep. I didn't
want to wake you up'. That won't work. I told you to wake me up, or at least
leave a damned note. This was the last chance, Heero. Do it again and no more
oranges... I won't ever make you apple cobbler again.
Okay, I feel better
now that I've ranted at you.
We're leaving tomorrow for a new safe house.
I've attached the coordinates for you. Quatre says it's in the mountains and
kind of hard to get to by ground vehicle, but that's a good thing-- harder for
Oz to find us. It also has an old, huge abandoned mine, two klicks away, that's
been hollowed out and refitted for all five Gundams. I can't figure how they did
it without giving it away, but we'll see. There's a small city about half an
hour away, too. The mad scientists actually picked this place so we could get
the Gundams overhauled and upgraded in secret, but they got a bonus because
Sally is working at a clinic there, and they want us to get some check ups and
innoculations. I say they're just getting into pilot torture. You know how I
feel about shots, hospitals, doctors, pain...
Anyway, gotta run. I told Q
I'd pack your things as well as my own, and if we're leaving in a couple hours,
I'd better get busy.
Be careful, you lunatic.
Don't forget... no oranges or cobbler if you pull this stunt
P.P.S. I'll email every day, just so you don't get lonely or miss
me too much, 'k?
* * * *
As soon as Heero turned on his laptop, it did everything short of
jumping up and down and waving signs to let him know that an email from Duo had
arrived. After he managed to shut all the alerts off (as quickly as possible;
some of the buzzes and chimes were loud, and his new dorm room had
thinner walls than he liked), the japanese pilot sat back and frowned at the
*He hasn't done anything like that before,* he
thought wearily. *He's sent me animated screen savers, and silly music, and
some very odd pictures of treize, but... that was just noise. Unpleasant
*Somehow, I think he's mad at me... but what did I
After reading the message, he was even more
"'Without a note'?!" he muttered, re-reading the first
paragraph. "I left a note! I remembered that damn 'do not disappear' rule,
and... I... oh, fuck."
SENT: 17:32 June 24,
SUBJECT: Re: *sigh*
I'm sorry. I really am. I deserve
to be called 'Dopey'! I sneaked out because I thought you needed the sleep, it's
true, but I *was* going to leave you a note. A long note, with a full
explanation and details, not just 'gone on a mission, see you'! I reminded
myself at least three times while I was tiptoeing around packing up, and I even
got out a notepad-- I think I left it on the desk-- and then you rolled over and
said something in your sleep, I thought you were waking up, I froze, and by the
time you had settled down again I guess the note had gone right out of my
I am *really* sorry.
I've attached a file with the mission
details so you know what's going on (yes, I realise that is not my normal
paranoid action, but *if* OZ intercepted this, by the time they cracked the
code, I'll have graduated from university. It's *your* code, after all). It's
another boarding school, so you're not missing anything except homework (not a
loss) and my company (also not a loss at the moment, judging by my brainless
incompetence this morning).
I'll be careful. And the same goes for
P.S. Do you want me to bring back tiramisu as an
apology, or would you like something different this time? What was it...
"I am in
such deep shit," Heero sighed, leaning back in his chair and letting his
head and arms dangle. "Bakayarou..."