From Far Away
"This is nuts! We're not gonna make it!" Duo cursed, he pasted his
chest closer to the wall and walked to the side like acrab. They were
on a mountain, walking on a footpath, which just happened to be as
wide as one of their feet. To their back was the mountain, and to
their front they could see tree covered ground far away down. Duo
tried to move his foot one step closer to Heero, who was in front of
him. Heero looked at him, raising his hand as if offering. Duo
immediately took the offered hand. Just then a gust of wind blew so
hard it caused Duo to tumble off the ledge, pulling Heero along with
//This baka will not survive if I let him hit the ground first.//
Heero growled and pulled Duo into his embrace. He flipped their bodies
so his back was now facing the trees below while Duo was on top of
him. Their fall was slowed by branches of trees, and brought to a stop
in a pile of bushes.
"Hn." Heero snorted. //Why did I save this baka?// He looked at Duo
who had his eyes closed and his head buried in Heero's neck. Heero
could feel Duo's soft breath against his skin.
//Did he fall asleep again?// Unconsciously, Heero ran his hand to
brush the back of Duo's head. //His hair feels like silk.// Then Heero
moved his hand down, grabbing the braid and caressing it. Duo groaned
and stirred, causing Heero's mind to snap out of his thoughts.
"Ouch!" Duo raised his head as Heero yanked the braid. "I'm still
alive?" Duo asked doubtfully. He looked up to the mountain where they
had just been. Duo's jaw dropped, "That has to be at LEAST 30 stories
high, and we're still breathing?!" Duo checked his pulse, just to be
"Itai." Duo felt his braid being yanked again and he looked down to
find that he was on top of Heero, again. "Whoaa, twice in a day!
Sorry, I'm really sorry, but I...hmmmphhh!!!" Again, Heero put the
braid in Duo's mouth and shoved him away. He stood up and felt a pain
in his right leg. //Hn, it's only dislocated, nothing serious.// Heero
sat and held his dislocated leg, prepared to set it back to the right
Duo had managed to pull his braid out of his mouth when he heard a
nasty 'CRACK'. He looked at Heero whose hands were still on the
offending leg. "You set your own leg!????" Duo knelt near Heero and
put his hand on Heero's leg. "It must hurt a lot." Duo began massaging
the leg carefully.
Heero stared at Duo. //Why is this baka massaging my leg? Does he
think setting the leg will hurt me a lot? Hn, I have been hurt worse
than this.// Oblivious to Heero's staring, Duo kept massaging the leg.
//It feels so good. He really knows how to massage and make a person
feel so........NO! I don't have time to relax and I don't need this
kind of distraction!// Heero shook his head and shoved Duo's hands
away. Then he stood up and walked away as if nothing had happened to
Duo just looked at him and then he shrugged. "Seems you don't feel the
pain, Heero. I wonder what will make you wince..." Duo trailed off and
stood up. He looked around and noticed a young man was lying not far
"Heero, there's a man over there." Duo pulled Heero's tunic lightly
and pointed at the man.
"Hn." Heero looked in the direction Duo pointed towards and noticed
the man too. He approached the man and checked him. //He is
unconscious and has a fever. I will have to find some herbs for him.//
He turned to Duo and pointed to the ground.
"Kokoni iro." *Stay here*Heero walked away, but Duo followed him.
//This baka doesn't seem to understand.// Heero turned around and put
his left arm on Duo's shoulder while his right arm pointed at the
ground again. "Kokoni iro." Heero used light pressure and gave a
little squeeze to Duo's shoulder.
Duo looked confused for a moment but then he nodded.
//Good, he understands.// Heero released his hold and went to search
for the needed herbs.
Duo watched Heero until he was out of his sight. He understood what
Heero wanted him to do this time as he turned his gaze to the man.
//This is the first man I have met since Heero. Maybe I can learn
(Since Duo wanted to learn the language, Heero's language will be
written in English while Duo's original language will be formatted
into --> #bla...bla..bla# )
"HEEROO!!" Duo's voice was full of fear. Heero jumped at his tone and
ran back to see what was wrong. //What is that baka getting into now?
And why should I help him anyway?// Heero could see Duo now. Duo was
not alone. There was a man standing in front of him, holding a sword,
and a rat-like-animal was resting on the man's shoulder.
"You are the leader of those thieves!" Another man's voice was heard.
Looking out of the corner of his eye, Heero noticed the unconscious
man had awakened but it seemed the man had some additions to his
injuries. Heero assumed the man, who was in front of Duo, added said
"You managed to run away yesterday but not this time. And I see that
you have another friend." The thief looked at Duo. "Looks like this
one will make a good price at the market. Your face is quite
beautiful, let's see how your body is." Heero heard Duo yelp in panic
and the sound of clothes being ripped.
Without thinking, Heero charged forward. A strange feeling emerged in
his chest but Heero couldn't put a name on it, this being the first
time he felt that way. All he knew was that he didn't want anybody
else to touch the long haired boy, only he could touch and hold the
beautiful boy since he was the one who found him. Or so he kept
Heero unsheathed his sword and swung it at the thief.
"Argh!" The sword hit the thief on the shoulder, Heero pushed the
sword down deeper, wanting to finish the man off but suddenly the man
disappeared. Duo's jaw dropped when he saw the thief materialize far
away from Heero.
"How dare you hurt me, you will pay for this, the next time we meet."
After saying this, the thief disappeared again.
Duo's mind tried to register what just happened. The thief had ripped
his clothes and teleported twice. No one in L2 too could do that,
really no *human* could do that. He only read about the teleportation
in Sci-Fi comics and novels. And now a man was doing a teleportation
act in front of him. Shocked, surprised, and scared, he started to
tremble. Heero didn't seem surprised. His cold face didn't change when
he saw the thief teleport. He just stared in the direction where the
thief disappeared and then turned to look at Duo, and noticed the
Heero was confused, he was never good at dealing with feelings. He
kept looking at Duo and when he didn't show any signs of calming down,
Heero knew he had to do something to stop the trembling. He approached
Duo, raised his right arm to the back of Duo's head and his other hand
encircled Duo's waist, pulling the trembling boy into his embrace.
Falling into Heero's embrace, Duo felt warm and safe. He raised his
arms and returned the embrace, pressing himself closer to the warm
source that was Heero's body. "Heero...." Duo sighed and leaned his
head on Heero's shoulder. His trembling had stopped but Duo still
didn't want to pull away. Not when he received the affection,
moreover it was from the boy whose blue eyes made his heartbeat faster
every time he looked at them, there was no way he would let it go. He
closed his eyes and felt Heero's heartbeat make a steady rhythm
together with his own heartbeat.
Heero hugged Duo tightly. He could feel Duo's bare skin touching his
body and Duo's hair brushing his neck. Never in his life had he felt a
hug could feel so good and so comfortable for he was never been hugged
before. He was lost in the feelings he just found.
"Uhm....pardon me...." A man's voice broke the serene state between
them. Heero growled and pulled away from the embrace. Duo was dazed
for a moment but then smiled sheepishly.
"I don't mean to interrupt you, but I desperately need your help. My
leg is broken and I can't get into my cart." The man pointed at the
cart near him. Heero lifted the man into the cart and hocked the horse
up while Duo tended to the man's injuries.
"You are not from here, are you? Your language is different," said the
man to Duo. Duo just stared at him, not knowing what to say or how to
"His whole family has been killed, and I found him yesterday. He
followed me since then," said Heero to the man.
"You are really kind then. Oh yeah, I got something for him." The man
searched inside his cart. He took out some tunics. "Heh, actually I'm
a merchant. Look at these tunics. They will fit both of you
perfectly. I'll give them to you for 100 credits."
Heero raised an eyebrow, "................75."
"What? How could you still make a bargain with a wounded person?" The
merchant tried to act innocently.
"Since there is a man who charged his own savior." Heero took the
clothes and handed them to Duo.
"Kigaero," said Heero, hoping that Duo would understand.
To his surprised Duo nodded and put on one of the tunics. Then Duo
"Wow, he is trying to learn our language," said the merchant. Heero
just looked at Duo. Looks like he had underestimated the braided boy.
"Whoaaaaaa...." It was night when they entered a village and Duo was
amazed. He noticed the houses were built from stone and almost all the
men wore tunics, but they didn't carry any sword like Heero.
Heero stopped the cart in front of a house. He jumped down and knocked
on the door.
"What?" A big man opened the door. He looked at Heero who turned to
look at the cart. The man noticed the wounded merchant and opened his
door widely. "Another patient huh? Come in."
"Thank you, Doctor," said the merchant as Duo helped him inside. "And
what do you mean by 'another patient'?"
"Many soldiers came here this afternoon. Looks like they have been
knocked out by the force of a greater power."
"Why are there many soldiers in this village anyway?", asked the
"Well, many prophets said Shinigami had appeared in the golden forest
near this village but someone has taken him. So the soldiers from
another kingdoms accused each other and ended up in fighting" The
doctor said while cleaning the injuries.
"Shinigami??? The only person who can summon the Perfect Soldier? The
said monster, which has the greatest destruction power? " The
merchant was surprised.
"Yes, Shinigami. I wonder what he looks like and what kind of monster
the Perfect Soldier is," said the doctor while bandaging the merchant.
Duo listened to their conversation, but didn't understand what they
were talking about. He only managed to catch some words like Shinigami
and Perfect Soldier. He glanced at Heero who was leaning near the door
and found the short haired boy tense when the doctor and the merchant
said the word "monster".
His gaze was interrupted by a hard knock on the door. Some soldiers
pushed the door open and walked in.
"We heard that some strangers were in your place," said one of the
soldiers who seemed to be their leader.
"Yes, here they are. The boys brought this wounded man. It seems the
thieves have attacked them during their journey," said the doctor.
"A merchant and two boys....they seem suspicious." The leader stared
at Heero strangely and then he turned to his men, "You two check the
cart outside and the rest look over the man and the long haired boy
while I interrogate the other boy." At his command, the soldiers
Duo saw some soldiers approached. He looked at Heero who raised his
finger and pointed to the ground. Understanding that Heero ordered him
to stay calm, he let the soldiers verified the merchant and him.
The leader licked his upper lip and approached Heero.
"Judging from your clothing, you are a warrior. Is that right?" The leader asked Heero.
"I'm asking you a question, boy," the leader held Heero's chin and lifted it up, "answer the question."
"Good boy. Now open your clothes."
Heero's eyes widened.
"What? Are you hiding something beneath your tunic?" The leader smirked, his hand descending on Heero's neck now.
Heero growled and opened his tunic, revealing a well-muscled body. Duo
held his breath. Perfect is a word that described what Duo thought
about Heero now. Perfect body, perfect muscles, perfect chest......Duo
shook his head //NO NO NO!!! Don't think about it!!!.....but his body
is really gorgeous....// Duo was busy fighting with his own mind.
"As a warrior, your body is not disappointing." The leader moved his
hand down from Heero's neck to Heero's chest. Duo was breathing faster
now, he wanted to be in the leader's place, touching Heero's body. He
could see the leader stroke the firm muscles and 'accidentally'
brushed one of the nipples. Duo felt anger and jealous at the same
moment. Anger because he was not the one who touched Heero and jealous
because he couldn't touch Heero like the leader was at the moment.
But to everyone's surprise, Heero abruptly pinned the leader's hand,
which was wandering on his chest, with his left hand while his right
hand held up the leader's sword against the man's neck. "And as a
warrior, I can kill you easily." Heero's voice was dangerous. The
leader felt the sword on his neck and his face went white.
The room was silent until the leader spoke up nervously," I believe you are really a warrior."
Heero released the leader's hand and moved his sword from the leader's throat.
"Let's go." The leader left the house as fast as he could, followed closely by the other soldiers.
Heero snorted and put on his tunic again then he walked to where Duo
and the merchant were. They quickly set their jaws, which had dropped
down without their knowledge when they saw Heero's speed and skill,
back to the original place.
"We will stay at an inn, I assume you will spend your night here." Heero looked at the merchant and then looked at the doctor.
"Uhm yeah, I still have to tend his broken leg." The doctor said nervously.
Heero nodded and then pulled Duo out of the house.
#Heero, you are really great. Did ya' see the look on the man's face
when you held his own sword to his throat? His face looked like a hunk
of cotton! I bet he never thought you would do that...# Duo spoke
along the way. Heero, who didn't understand Duo's language, had had
enough. //Doesn't this baka get tired of speaking?// He glared at Duo
and said "Omae o
Duo remembered he has heard the words once and he tried to repeat the words, "Onna...o...kisu.." *I'll kiss a girl*
"Omae o korosu!"
"Omae.. o..kisu" *I'll kiss you*
Red face, Heero glared at the braided boy, "OMAE O KOROSU!"
"Omae... o...korosu." Duo smiled, this time he managed to say the right words.
Heero just stared, dumbfounded as Duo's smile widened. Then he sighed
and walked toward the inn while mumbling, "Why did I save this
Duo just stared at him in confused and innocent way.