After Colony 212
27th of February
"Heero, I'm home!" Duo looked around the house, searching for his
Duo turned toward the voice and saw Heero entering from the door that
connected to their garden. He smiled as he saw Heero's hearty
expression. However his smile turned into frown when he noticed the
dirt on his spouse's jeans. "Heero, you are doing the gardening again?
I told you not to do that."
"Just a little bit." Heero went to the cupboard and took out a bottle
of compost. "The flowers in the left corner need extra treatment and
Duo scowled deeper as he followed his spouse into the garden. "There's
a reason why I hired Hans to be a gardener, you know."
"I know." Heero poured the compost over the intended ground. "I just
want to have a hand in tending the garden a little. This work won't
tire me, Duo."
"In your normal condition, it won't. But you just recovered completely
from your injuries."
"I'm fine, Duo. I know my limits. How was your check up?" Heero
changed the topic swiftly.
"I'm 100% recovered." Duo grinned and approached the younger man. "Now
I can do this."
"Duo!" Heero shouted in surprise as the older man held him by the
waist and lifted him up.
"I have wanted to do this since I found out that you are giving me a
daughter." Duo spun his spouse around. "Yup, daughter. The results
have come back. We're going to have a daughter. Don't act so
surprised. The advanced technology nowadays had made it possible to
know the gender of the child earlier. Hey, you look pale...."
"Bathroom" was all Heero could blurt out before he put his hand over
Duo didn't need to be told twice. Holding Heero tightly, he ran toward
the bathroom and put Heero down in front of the stool right on time. The
Japanese boy emptied his breakfast while Duo rubbed his back
"Don't ever do that again." Heero glared at his sheepish looking
husband when they came out of the bathroom later.
"Gomen, I thought you have gotten over your morning sickness for
"It's 10:21 AM. It's still morning, baka."
After Colony 212
14th of March
"You promise you will wait till I grow up to be your bride." Gillian
wailed as she hugged Heero's left leg. Her older brother was
pretending not to know her and trying to leave the scene.
A hand snatching his collar prevented him from doing so though.
"Where do you think you're going?" Solo glared at his friend. "Take
Gillian off of my Mom."
Milliard grimaced but then brightened suddenly. "Gillian, stop
wailing. Solo will take you as your bride."
Solo's eyes widened. He heard a happy squeal and turned around
in time to catch the five year old girl who had thrown herself toward
him. "Mill! Wait till I get you!" Solo shouted as Gillian wound
herself around his leg.
The said blonde hurriedly ran away while Meiran rolled her eyes. Midii
just giggled, Ramsey sleeping peacefully in her arms.
Duo chuckled as he watched his son trying to get rid of Gillian and
chase Milliard around. He had invited them all to celebrate Maxwell
Corporation's 16th anniversary. The party had gone for almost two
hours. Many guests had arrived and departed and now the only guests
left were his closest friends. Standing next to his husband, Duo put
his arm around Heero's waist. "How are you feeling?"
"He's fine, Duo." Sally rolled her eyes. "Stop asking the same
questions every ten minutes. I'm thankful that Wufei is not as bad as
you." She turned to Heero. "Do you feel like kicking him?"
"Hey!" Despite his protest, Duo inched away as his husband's eyes held
a strange gleam. It was best not to tempt a pregnant man.
It was dusk when all the guests left, including Gillian who had to be
dragged away. Solo heaved a breath of relief and went to look for his
Mom. He found him sitting on the wooden settee in the garden. "Mom!"
Heero looked up to his son. "All gone?"
Solo nodded and sat next to his Mom, holding up a small box. "Here,
Grandpa Howard asked me to give it to you."
"Thanks, Solo. This is for you."
Solo blinked at the white covered book. He slowly took it from Heero's
offered hands and studied it. "This is...."
"It's a diary." Heero confirmed Solo's guess. "A gift for you."
"Er.. thanks, Mom." Solo grinned sheepishly.
"I know you feel awkward. I felt exactly like you when Duo gave me
"At least Solo didn't point a gun on your face for giving him a
diary." Duo snorted as he joined his family. "The guests are all gone.
Let's go inside."
"In a minute." Heero replied and turned to Solo. "You don't have to
write in the diary if you don't want to. I bought this book for you on
"The hormones again, huh? "
Heero sent a glare at his husband. Ignoring Duo's grin, he put his
hand on the diary and spoke to Solo. "Its color is white, just as your
life now. Pure and untainted. You can choose how to color your life,
make them interesting shades of color on every page of your life."
Solo swallowed a lump and nodded. "Thank you, Mom."
"It's good advice." Duo hugged his spouse and kissed his cheek
affectionately. "What's my present? OW!" Duo rubbed his side and made
a mental note that a pregnant man still can elbow quickly.
"That's for the unnecessary comment about my hormones." Heero grunted
and shoved the small box he received from Solo to his husband. "Here."
Duo snatched the box eagerly and opened it. His eyes softened at the
content as he held it up. It was a thin necklace with a scythe shaped
pendant. A small violet gem rested on the scythe. "Let me guess, this
is what you have been conspiring with Howard about?"
"What did the old man have to do with the gift?" Duo leaned forward
and nuzzled Heero's hair persuasively. "Hmmm?"
"....the chain from Wing, the pendant from Deathscythe."
Duo made a mental note to ask Howard how much of their Gundams the old
man had managed to salvage. "Thank you, Heero. It's very lovely." He
put on the necklace and removed his old one. Looking at his husband,
he smiled and held up the necklace with its worn out cross pendant.
"This is for you." He put his old necklace around Heero's neck and
kissed the Japanese boy gently.
"Hmm." Duo purred as he continued his kiss. "You're welcome."
"Stop pawing Mom, he needs to rest after your insatiable 'exercise'
this morning." Solo's stern yet amused voice stopped Duo's wandering
The older man cursed and straightened up. He glared down at his son.
"How did you know about this 'exercise'?"
Solo grinned devilishly. "Mom walked with a limp this morning."
The said boy already dashed into the house, laughing happily. He would
leave his Dad to handle his blushing Mom. "I'll see you at dinner,
"Little devil...." Duo shook his head and silently thanked his son for
giving him the chance to see his usually stoic husband blushing as red
as a ripe tomato.
Heero gave the older man a stern look. "We're not having sex more than
once a week from now on."
On second thought, he should have cut the little devil's allowance
Duo set to whine and plead to his moody husband to get his right of
having sex freely back.