LETTERS FROM DUO
for the Death and the Dragon Arc)
By: Mel and
stretched out on Deathscythe's leg, waiting for the meteor shower to begin. He
had run a search when he had first come to Earth, to find all the interesting
natural phenomena the planet had to offer. Meteor showers had been one thing on
the list, and he had logged the times and places predicted for seeing them for
the next couple of years. Tonight was listed as one of the best, and luckily
this mission had brought him to the ideal viewing spot.
Slowly, one by
one, the bright 'stars' shot across the clear, dark sky, gradually increasing in
number. Sighing, he wished Heero was here. This would be something else his
friend would be interested in... of course he'd have to give Duo all the
technical jargon before he'd actually loosen up and enjoy the light show, but
that was just the way Heero was. Quatre would love it, too. He'd probably beg
for popcorn while watching... he did the last time they watched a thunderstorm
together. Trowa would... Trowa! That was it. Heero, Quatre and Wufei were in the
wrong hemisphere to really see this, but Trowa was in Indonesia, another ideal
Duo grabbed his laptop from his camp, climbed back up onto
Deathscythe's leg and fired off an email to the other
SENT: 21:48 March 08, 196AC
SUBJECT: Don't miss
Remember that sunset we
watched a while ago? Man, the one tonight blew that one away! Maybe it's the
whole 'Outback' thing, and the red dirt and rock of Uluru, but you wouldn't
believe all the different colours-- reds, oranges, yellows... even purples! And
not a cloud in the sky. I think I'll catch the sunrise, too. It should be
spectacular! Yes, Tro, I *do* watch sunrises, almost every chance I get. Of
course, I go back to bed afterwards, whenever possible, so I doubt anyone has
noticed. Don't say anything about it, you'll ruin my reputation as a 'lazy,
slug-a-bed' as 'Fei calls me.
The moon is huge, too, and the stars look
like you could reach out and grab them. It's great out here, except for it being
as hot as hell during the day, hence my email alias.
Anyway, before I
bore you, since you're in southern Indonesia and only about three hours behind
me time-wise, I thought I'd let you know: I'm laying out here on 'Scythe,
watching the most fabulous meteor shower. If the weather reports for your
location are correct, you should have clear skies and should be able to watch it
too. According to radar and satellite reports, it should really get going in
about four hours. It's touted as the 'most active and meteor-saturated shower in
I just thought you might be interested.
Hope you get
this in time!
* * *
SENT: 21:02 March 08, 196AC
SUBJECT: Don't worry I
Thanks. I knew
this was due, but I'd lost track of the date; I'm glad I won't end up missing
I've been watching some really good sunsets here, too, but the
sunrises are better. It doesn't surprise me that you watch them too. Your secret
is safe with me. As for Wufei, Quatre once said he spends too much time sucking
on life's lemons.
P.S. Nice to be able
to just *watch* meteors, instead of worrying about one of them depressurising
the colony, isn't it?
up his laptop, Trowa glanced up at the tall trees surrounding his camp and
snorted, noting how the foliage completely blocked his view of the sky.
*Looks like I got too much of a good thing when I picked this spot because it
had good cover. I wouldn't have known the meteor shower was on until it was all
over... well, thanks to Duo, I can make it to my sunset-watching perch before it
really gets started.*
Slinging his laptop over one shoulder, he
jogged off towards one particular tree. Taller than most in the area, it had a
convenient bare branch near the top, and an excellent view of the local
scenery... incidentally including the OZ base he was here to