"Birds Of A Feather"
Written By: Stone Angel
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Disclaimer: I WISH I was making money off this.
And I wish I owned the characters. But, sadly, they're just my playthings
and other people who are richer and happier than I can claim otherwise.
Warnings: TWT, shounen ai, sap, fluff, occaisional silliness, humor, angst, blood, violence, language, kinda super natural.
Archive: Steal it or any parts of it and I WILL
kill you. Im not kidding, Ive seen me do it
Authors Notes: It's Super Natural in a really wierd way(that isn't even a good way to describe it), *NOT* SCI-FI, *NOT* DARK in the least, and it's something that I'm sure many of us have thought of at one time or another but I've never read anything about it so I'm changing that. Hmph.
I hope you like it. ^_^
Spoilers: Yeah, a few. Unfortunately, they are from several episodes from all over the the series(including the Episode Zero manga) so listing them all would be pointless. And they are things that I think everyone knows already. But, to cover my own ass, if you have not seen the show, don't read. Also, why would you be here? 0_o
Feedback: I will love you forever if you let me know what you think. Good comments adored, CC welcomed, flames laughed at.
THANKS TO... KOHAKU!!! (glomps!), who helped me
work out a few things with the fic. You rock!
"Birds Of A Feather"
Duo sighed and wiped the sweat from his brow. Smiling
to himself, he looked back at the distance he had just covered in
such a short time.
Quatres safe house lay a good half a mile away.
A decent sprint.
Stretching his legs briefly, he fell back onto the grass
and grinned as a butterfly flitted overhead. He watched as it alighted
upon a white flower a few yards away.
"It must be so freeing to have wings." He
said to it.
It didnt respond.
He sighed and looked up to the clouds that passed over-head
lazily, just letting time pass by.
Duo startled slightly and looked over to where Heero
was standing and looking at him many yards away. "One of these
days, Im putting a bell on you, Heero."
The pilot glared but said nothing of that. "I just
received a message from Quatre."
At that, Duo sat up. "Ah? What did Blondie-Boy
have to say?"
"Hes been delayed." Short and to the
Duo tried not to let his face fall, but he knew it did
and felt bad when Heero noticed. "Oh. Uh, how long did he say?"
Duo wanted to tug on his braid but resisted and nodded
as he turned his attention back to the butterfly.
It flitted over to a clover flower and flexed and relaxed
its wings happily.
Turning his head back to Heero, he saw him watching
the butterfly with an unreadable _expression. "Oh."
Heero looked back to him. "Its my turn to
do dinner." He said simply and turned and walked away.
Duo sighed and fell back again. Another week at
best. Probably two. Possibly more. Stuck with Heero. Great. Thanks
a bunch, Q. He rolled onto his side and closed his eyes.
He and Heero were both in hiding after their last mission
had gone so splendidly well.
Actually, it HAD been going splendidly well, until OZ
had showed up earlier than expected. They had chased the pilots who
barely made it to their Gundams and now they were being hunted and
looked for all over the Earth and colonies, just because they blew
up the biggest mobile suit factory OZ had. Yeah, OZ could be pretty
petty like that.
It was only supposed to be for a couple of days, but
it seemed like the Doc and Professor felt that more time was needed
for things to cool down. Duo couldnt kid himself; they were
not winning by any stretch of the word. If he and Heero were both
captured, it would most likely be the end. A little down time was
necessary. But it was just shy of a week now and he was going crazy
being trapped in the same house as the other pilot.
It wasnt that he hated Heero. But the guy was
stone cold. And he had already been stuck alone in the safe house
with him for six days. His ears were usually ringing from the silence
and his jaw was getting stiff from all the talking he wasnt
He opened his eyes again and saw that the butterfly
had chosen a flower a little closer to him. "Would it really
KILL Heero to have a decent conversation?" He asked it quietly.
"Im so desperate to talk to someone that Im sitting
here talking to BUGS for gods sake!"
The butterfly imitated Heeros silence perfectly
and Duo sighed again.
Rolling over again, he peeked a look at Heeros
He was walking at a decent pace towards the house with
a sea gull flying after him.
The small, white and grey creature would land and then
fly a few paces to catch up and then land again only to repeat the
Heero turned and saw it and chased it away, making Duo
smirk and shake his head.
Duo had noticed during their six-day stay in the safe
house on Earth that birds really seemed to like Heero, which was a
shame since Heero seemed to loathe them. He closed his eyes as Heero
continued his way towards the house, listening to his footsteps.
He already knew how the day would play out. He would
head to the house and do laundry, and then sit down for dinner, then
do the dishes and take a shower while Heero would go out to a place
about which he wouldnt tell Duo, but Duo had a feeling that
it was the beach since one day Heero had had a little sand in his
Pulling himself up after a few long, lazy moments, Duo
headed back to the safe house.
Once inside and greeted by the smell of tempura, he
called into the kitchen. "Doing the laundry! Want me to do yours?!"
"Ah!" Heero called back over the sound of
a frying pan.
Duo headed up the stairs to his room and gathered his
few sets of clothes from where they were scattered on the floor. He
had never been extremely neat and now was no exception.
He looked at the bed and decided that washing the sheets
was logical since he was already washing everything else. He stripped
the bed and bundled the sheets before heading to Heeros room.
Feeling a little nervous, he stopped before the closed
Heero had made it very clear at the beginning of their
stay in the house that Duo was NEVER to open the door if it was closed,
and Duo had said he would not open it or go into the room. But he
also knew that Heero knew that he was only getting his laundry. He
had given his permission for this time.
Grasping the handle tightly, he slowly turned it and
opened the door. Looking inside first, Duo stepped in and found Heeros
laundry in a neatly folded pile by the door.
That was the only thing out of place in the room. Even
the bed had been made, almost perfectly.
He picked up the clothes and set them in the hall before
heading to the bed and throwing the blanket off. Taking off the flat
sheet, he frowned at the fitted one over the mattress.
Sitting there on the foot of the bed, against the perfectly
white background was a single, perfectly white feather. It was about
seven inches long and slightly curved.
Reaching out carefully, Duo picked it up and brought
it close to his face for inspection.
It was snowy white and looked flawless. He felt it with
his fingertips and smiled in awe. It was as soft as his hair.
I wonder what the hell this was doing in Heeros
bed. I could ask... But why do I get the feeling that that conversation
is one of the many that I will never have with Heero? Could it be...
He passed by the kitchen on his way to the laundry room
and saw Heero fixing two plates.
The other pilot looked up. His eyes caught sight of
the sheets and widened slightly before returning to normal. "I
didnt know you were washing the bed clothes as well."
"Might as well." Duo chirped. "Saves
time. You know how a stitch in time saves nine?" He grinned.
His only response was a raised eyebrow.
He sighed. "Its one of those many annoying
American sayings that dont really mean anything."
Heero scowled. "Then why say it?"
Duo tried to think up a good reason but soon gave up
and continued towards the laundry room. "Forget it."
The silence behind him was expected, but no less hated.
Throwing everything into the washing machine, he set
it to auto and headed back into the main part of the house.
Heero was setting the dishes on the table next to two
glasses of orange soda. The dishes were sushi and tempura with white
Duo grinned. Until six days ago, the thought of eating
raw fish had been pretty disgusting to him, but he had tried it to
make Heero stop glaring at him for not eating a dinner he had spent
so much time preparing, and now it was one of his favorites. "Cool!
You rock." He sat down in front of a plate and proceeded to wolf
down its contents with a record fifty percent success rate with the
chopsticks. "This is great, Heero!"
Heero sat across from him at the table and closed his
eyes in annoyance for a moment before picking up his chopsticks and
silently starting in on his rice.
* * *
When they were both done, Heero stood. "Im
"Yeah, what a shock." Duo responded as he
picked up the dishes and headed for the sink.
Heero didnt respond and Duo heard the front door
open and close.
Duo turned and looked at the door. Why does he
leave every evening? Ive tried not to bother him. Does he hate
being around me so much that he cant stand to be in the same
house with me even when Im quiet? He stared at the door
for a moment more. I just wish that we could be friends. This
"fellow soldier" bullshit is getting to me.
Heero ran at a fast pace towards the beach. The sun
had just set and he couldnt wait to reach the cliffs.
The muscles in his back spasmed painfully and he ran
a little faster.
As the tree by edge of his favorite cliff came into
sight, he ran as fast as he could. Now only twenty meters away, he
smiled slightly, taking off his shirt, and prepared for the jump.
* * *
Duo looked up from where he was reading his manga on
the couch in the small living room when he heard the front door open.
Heero stood there, out of breath and a little sweaty.
His hair was disheveled and though he looked exhausted, his eyes looked
much happier than they had been when he had left. He glanced at Duo
and the look was replaced by a blank _expression. He closed the door
before jogging up the stairs and walking down the hall towards his
"Have fun?" Duo called with a grin.
"Hn." The door closed loudly and he heard
the bed creak quietly as Heero undoubtedly threw himself onto it.
Duo sighed in frustration and considered going and trying
to start a conversation with the other pilot for a moment but decided
against it as he heard Heero run the shower in his room.
Shaking his head, Duo gave up on the hope of talking
to Heero for the rest of the night and continued reading, absently
stroking the feather in his pocket.
~ * ~