From Far Away
"THE PERFECT SOLDIER HAS APPEARED AND DESTROYED SOME VILLAGES IN OZ KINGDOM!!!"
The couple looked at each other, surprise was obviously shown on their faces.
<<I didn't do it, Duo.>>
<<I know that. How could you destroy the villages while I held you all
day and night, huh? I wonder who would dare to impersonate you
though.>> Duo prayed it wasn't Alex Mueller again this time.
<<Aa, we need to find out. Whoever they are, they aren't an ordinary
Without a word, having understood each other with eye contact only,
they leaped into the bathroom, cleaning themselves as fast as they
could and putting on their clothes before dashing out of their room to
find either Relena, Wufei, or the others they had trusted to be their
<<Ne, Heero?>> Duo asked while they were walking through corridor,
eyes scanning around, trying to find one of their friends.
<<I just realized we didn't use our telepathy while we were making
love just now.>>
<<....aa.... I forgot about the telepathy. In fact, I feel I'm just an
ordinary boy without any special power back there.>>
<<Yeah, me too....Oh!>> Suddenly Duo stopped and slapped his own head.
<<What?>> Heero also stopped walking and looked at his long haired
lover in question.
<<I just remembered I can teleport to whomever I want to. Damn, we
don't have to look around. I just have to think about one of them, hmm
maybe Wufei and....>>
Wufei was scanning the meeting room's occupants. Relena was sitting in
the head of the table while some important rulers sat on the right
side of the table. Trowa, Quatre, Noin, Hilde, and him were sitting on
the left side of the table while Sally sat next to Relena, ready to
give her input of the situation. Wufei himself was standing next to
Satisfied with the room's security, Wufei was ready to signal Relena
to begin the meeting when he felt a shadow looming over him. The next
second the raven haired warrior found himself flattened on the ground
by something heavy on his back. "Wufei!" He could hear Relena's
worried voice and some exclamations from the others.
"Uh... oh... sorry Wufei."
Wufei blinked as the weight on his back disappeared as quickly as it
came. He rolled onto his back and saw Duo standing before him,
offering his hand apologetically. "Maxwell!"
"Yeah, it's me." Duo decided not to wait and grab Wufei's hand,
helping the young man to stand. "Sorry, I didn't realize I had done
"Teleportation?" Wufei grunted and brushed his clothes. He'd read
somewhere about the ability and could guess it was the same way how
Duo arrived on their table yesterday.
<<Oops, Heero?>> Duo suddenly realized he was alone without Heero.
<<Who else? Where are you?>>
<<Sorry, koi. I think I teleported myself while we were talking. I'm
with Wufei now.>>
<<Hn. Teleport back and pick me up.>>
Wufei widened his eyes as Duo disappeared before his eyes. He blinked
in disbelief and saw Duo standing in front of him. Only this time, he
was not alone. The braided boy was hugging the boy Wufei thought was
too badly injured to be standing on his own. He could hear the gasps
of surprise from the others and knew they also thought the same.
Sally was the most surprised between them. She had checked Heero and
told Duo that Heero wouldn't be able to leave the bed for at least two
weeks. She quickly approached the braided boy. "Duo! Why did you bring
Heero? He is badly wounded and ....."
"I'm fine." Heero cut Sally's words
"Heero is really fine, Sally." Duo released Heero to show how well
Sally and the others stared at Heero, assessing the boy. Heero was
wearing short sleeved tunic, revealing his now smooth arms which were
full with cuts and wounds yesterday. That alone had made their eyes
widen in disbelief. "How?" Sally croaked, disbelief still thick in her
"I will explain it later. Right now, I believe there's something more
important to be discussed." Duo looked at Relena, "What is this about
the Perfect Soldier attacking some villages?"
"Look young man." One of the rulers, who had gotten over his shock at
Duo's sudden appearance, spoke up before Relena could speak. "I
believe it's a confidential matter that you don't have business with.
I don't know who you are, but you're interrupting our important
meeting." The man looked at Relena. "Can you ask your friends to leave
so we can start this meeting?"
"Actually, Sir Howard. I think they have to be here since it's their
business we are talking about." Noin pointed out.
"Noin is right, Sir Howard." Relena nodded and looked at the boys.
"Please sit down, Duo, Heero. We are just about starting the meeting."
"But Your Highness...." Howard protested.
Quatre forestalled the man. "I will be responsible for them, Sir
Howard. They are the ones who brought the news about Treize's death
and they are also the only ones who know about this Perfect Soldier we
are talking about."
"Fine." Howard sat back reluctantly, watching Heero and Duo take their
seats on the other head of the table across from Relena.
The young queen cleared her throat. "Let's begin the meeting then. Let
me introduce the rulers of the neighborhood kingdoms to you, Heero and
Duo." Relena gestured to first person on her right side. "This is Sir
Ron Shirin, ruler of Barge kingdom at the south of Sank. Next is Sir
Howard, ruler of White Fang kingdom in the east. The beautiful woman
next to Sir Howard is Lady Iria, ruler of Lunar kingdom in the north."
Duo smiled politely at the rulers. "Nice to meet you. I'm Duo Maxwell
and this is my mate." He gestured to Heero who nodded his head in
response, "Heero Yuy."
"Let's start this meeting then." Relena spoke up. "Sir Ron Shirin, Sir
Howard, and Lady Iria. I invited you to my kingdom to discuss about
Treize's death yesterday, however this morning, we received news about
a creature calling itself the Perfect Soldier destroying some villages
in OZ kingdom. My spies said it blew up hundreds of OZ soldiers in a
single blow." Relena looked straight at Heero and Duo. Having
understood the unspoken question, Duo shook his head no. It wasn't
"The Perfect Soldier has started destroying ..... This is the
beginning of chaos foretold in prophecy." Ron Shirin sighed in defeat.
"I think we also need to discuss that." Relena smiled at Duo, thanking
for the answer and continued. "You have to know that this creature is
not the real Perfect Soldier. It only borrows the name of the
legendary creature in our prophecy."
"Wait." Ron Shirin spoke up. "How do you know it's a fake?"
"I have a trustful source." Relena answered calmly. "Whatever it is,
we need to stop it before it takes anymore innocent lives and attacks
our kingdoms. We have to cooperate and join our forces to defeat this
"Hundreds of soldiers in a single blow...." Howard pondered. "My
spies said the OZ palace was blown into pieces within seconds not long
before this creature appeared. We all know there's no creature save
the Perfect Soldier which has the power to do that."
"You're right, Sir Howard. However, I can assure you, this is not the
Perfect Soldier." Relena explained patiently. "I need your help to
defeat it. From what my spies told me, this creature is heading
without any certain destination, destroying all the villages it passes
by. It's hard to predict where it's going. We need the watchful eyes
from each kingdom to anticipate its movement."
"I'm sorry, Lady Relena. But I need obvious proof that this creature
is not the Perfect Soldier." Iria joined the discussion. "I don't
want to risk my people's lives by ordering them to fight the
unbeatable creature in prophecy. It's useless to fight when we know we
will lose in the end." Ron Shirin and Howard nodded in agreement.
<<Stupid rulers.>> Duo growled telepathically. <<They are all
<<Tell that to them, not me.>> Heero snorted.
<<I intend to do that.>> Duo cleared his throat, drawing the others'
attentions to him. "Sorry for interrupting, but I think it's better to
form your armies than talking about the impostor. If you want obvious
proof, I'll give it to you. You all know the prophecy says that
Shinigami controls the Perfect Soldier. However Shinigami isn't said
or spotted near the creature. That creature is working on its own and
is definitely not the Perfect Soldier."
"Just because we haven't spotted the Shinigami doesn't mean that's
proof it isn't the Perfect Soldier." Howard spoke up. "He just can
order the Perfect Soldier to destroy and sit on one of the tavern,
"The Perfect Soldier wouldn't leave Shinigami alone." Heero stated
flatly. "He would protect Shinigami with his life."
<<I mean every word, Duo.>>
<<I know. And I will do the same to you.>> Duo smiled slightly. Hidden
below the table, their hands gently entwined.
Their friends looked at them in respect, however the rulers seemed
confused. "He? You refer the Perfect Soldier by 'he'?" Ron Shirin
looked disgusted, however before he had a chance to continue, a dove
flew in through the open window and perched on his shoulder. He
retrieved the note tied on the dove's leg. His eyes were wide and his
face paled when he finished reading it. "The Perfect Soldier is
halfway toward the border between my kingdom and OZ."
Surprised gasps were heard in the room.
"Judging from the speed, I estimate this creature would reach the
border tomorrow morning." Trowa spoke up.
"My kingdom is doomed." Ron Shirin looked panicked. "I didn't do
anything to Shinigami and yet he targets my kingdom as his Perfect
"The Shinigami wouldn't do that." Duo threw a grateful look at Wufei
as the raven haired warrior defended him.
"How can you be sure that he won't do that? You don't know him." Ron
Shirin pointed out. "No one knows how he looks like. We don't know
whether he is a bad person or a good one."
"Lord Shirin is right." Iria spoke up. "How can you be so sure
Shinigami wouldn't do that and taht this berserk creature is not the
Perfect Soldier? This creature destroyed OZ palace within seconds.
It's enough to prove it is the Perfect Soldier."
"No, it's not. " Duo tried to answer calmly while inside all he wanted
to do was to thwap each ruler for their cowardice. "OZ palace was
destroyed by a huge explosion. I was there, I saw it crumble into
pieces and I saw no sign of that creature until I left the place."
"Young man, you have to be smarter if you want to lie." Howard looked
at Duo sharply.
"I'm not lying." Duo glared back at Howard.
The man snorted. "You can't travel from OZ to Sank within one day,
even if you use Sagitarius to teleport to get here. Only white doves
from Barge kingdom can travel that fast, sadly they can't bring you on
their back. You must be a liar."
"I did teleport to get here but I didn't use Sagitarius. I can
teleport by myself." Duo looked at the man furiously. He hated it when
someone called him a liar. He teleported himself next to Howard. "Do
you see me holding any Sagitarius right now?" Before the man could
answer, he teleported back to his seat, sitting down and daring Howard
to say something.
Howard looked long at Duo while Duo looked back at him sharply, not
breaking their gaze. The man finally relented and looked away. However
Iria didn't give up easily. "Let's assume you did teleport from OZ to
Sank. What proof can you give us about Treize's death? I know he is a
powerful man. He can't die easily. It could be him who planned all of
this and you are simply his pawn to carry out the plan."
"Lady Iria, you can't accuse Duo like that." Hilde tried hard to
control her patience and keep the peace in the discussion. "Duo is..."
Duo held up his hand, stopping Hilde and looked coldly at Iria. "Look
Lady. Treize is dead. I saw it with my own eyes. He was killed by his
own greed. Is it so hard to believe that this creature is not the
Perfect Soldier? Are you too cowardly to fight it, just because the
rumor said it's the Perfect Soldier."
Iria's eyes flared as Duo called her a coward. "It can destroy OZ
palace within seconds!"
"I told you an explosion destroyed the palace, not that creature." Duo
"And who can make a great explosion like that? No one! Except the
Perfect Soldier! This creature also could kill hundreds of soldiers in
a single blow. That's a very obvious fact that this creature is the
Perfect Soldier." Ron Shirin pointed out.
Duo sighed exasperatedly. "Fine! Better to tell the whole truth, it's
the only thing that will satisfy you."
"Duo..." Relena looked worried.
"It's okay, Relena."
<<Don't stop me, Heero>>
<<I won't. Just remember I'm right behind you.>>
Duo smiled and squeezed Heero's hand. He looked at the stubborn
rulers. "How about looking at it from my point of view so you will
believe me. That creature is not the Perfect Soldier because the
Shinigami never ordered his Perfect Soldier to destroy any villages."
"And how do you know the Shinigami never ordered it?" Ron Shirin
asked, raising one eyebrow.
"Because I'm the Shinigami." Duo glared.
Ron Shirin paled for some seconds before bursting out laughing. "Nice
joke, boy. You have to do better than that to convince us. Where's
your Perfect Soldier if I may ask?"
"I'm not joking. I'm the Shinigami and my Perfect Soldier will show
himself if he wants too." Duo looked sharply at the laughing man.
"Nice try. You even can't even order your Perfect Soldier to show
himself." Ron Shirin chuckled but suddenly he yelped as fire appeared
out of nowhere and danced in front of him. He backed away as far as he
could until his back was pressed against his seat, but the fire
followed him, circling around him so the man had to keep still or he
would get burned.
And before the others got over their surprise, the fire disappeared as
suddenly as it appeared, leaving the room now in stunned silence. Duo
blinked and closed his jaw, which had dropped in surprise. Knowing who
the culprit was, he turned to look at his lover, only to watch Heero
"Duo doesn't need to order me. I have shown myself. Are you satisfied,
now?" Heero's tenor voice sounded so loud in the room. He looked at
the trembling Ron Shirin expressionlessly.
"Now you know why I invited both of them to join this discussion. I
think I need to remind you not to make the Shinigami and the Perfect
Soldier angry." Relena had to stifle her giggles at the shocked
expression of the neighborhood rulers while the others snickered and
Howard, the first one to get over his shock and process what Heero had
said, looked at the short haired boy in disbelief. "Are you telling me
that you are the Perfect Soldier?"
"Th..That's impossible." Iria, who also had gotten over her shock,
stammered, "I know some peoples who can make fire like that. It
doesn't prove you are the Perfect Soldier."
Heero growled in irritation. No wonder Duo was furious. These rulers
were as stubborn as a rock.
<<Stubborn aren't they?>> came a chuckle.
<<Hn.>> Heero sat back and glared. "Do I need to destroy a palace to
"Not, my palace, Heero." Relena spoke up and then looked at the other
rulers. "Maybe one of you wants to sacrifice your palace to prove the
Ron Shirin, Howard, and Iria paled.
"There's one way to prove you are the Perfect Soldier." Ron Shirin
spoke up nervously.
Heero raised an eyebrow. Waiting.
"My prophet told me long ago that the Perfect Soldier was born in one
of the villages in my kingdom."
At hearing the statement, Heero's expression became dark.
Ron Shirin swallowed before continuing, "It's a secluded village where
I can't find the hidden entrance, until.... Until... "
"Until it was burnt six years ago." Heero answered flatly, ignoring
Duo's worried look. His eyes were looking far away. "The village's
name is Elwan. Its chief made a promise with the Dark Lord and got
his wife pregnant with the Dark Lord's seed. As the exchange of
bearing the child, all the villagers were rewarded with wealth and
fortune with one extreme condition. The born child had to stay in the
village until Shinigami claimed him, no matter how he was hated,
feared, and ignored because of his Power." Heero was silent for some
<<Heero, that's enough.>>
Heero didn't answer to Duo, instead of that, he spoke up gravely. "The
child escaped from the village before the time because he couldn't
stand the situation anymore. The promise was broken and all the
villagers got killed. Because of the child."
"Heero, stop." Duo squeezed Heero's hand, trying to break Heero from
his haunted past.
"I killed all of them." Heero's eyes lost all the emotions when he
said the last sentence.
"Enough!" Duo snapped and put his hand on Heero's shoulder while
throwing a dark look to the rulers, focused on Ron Shirin. "I believe
you have got your answer. Relena, we'll be in our room if we're
Relena watched as Duo and Heero disappeared from their seats before
turning to look at Ron Shirin and speaking flatly to the man. "Have
you been satisfied now, Sir Ron Shirin?" The other followed her suit
and looked at the pale man.
Ron Shirin swallowed. Guilty flashed on his pale face as it was on
Iria and Howard. "Yes, he is the Perfect Soldier."
Ten minutes later, the meeting was over with Sank gaining the full
cooperation from Barge, White Fang, and Lunar kingdoms.
Duo appeared in his room with Heero in his arms, who refused to look
at him. The braided boy gently lifted up Heero's chin and kissed his
lips gently. "It's not your fault, Heero."
"I killed them." Heero finally looked at his lover. His face held no
emotions but his eyes betrayed him. Duo could see anguish, regret, and
guilt reflected by the blue orbs.
"Stop blaming yourself." Duo ran his fore finger over Heero's face,
brushing his lips and cheeks. "I saw it in your dream. You didn't do
it intentionally. You left because you thought it would free your
mother from her misery."
"Whatever I thought won't change the fact I killed them all."
Duo growled and tightened his grip on Heero's chin. "You didn't do it
intentionally. Don't you understand that?! It's NOT your fault!"
"No but! Can't you for once forgive yourself? If you can't do that,
how can I forgive myself? Do you want me to drown in guilt and regret
like you too?....... oh damn!" Duo just realized what he had said. He
released Heero and sat down on the bed, burying his face into his
hands. "Gomen, koi...."
Heero was surprised at Duo's sudden change. Forgetting about his
guilt, he sat down next to Duo and looked at him in worry and
curiosity. "What do you mean?"
"Nothing....." Duo mumbled.
Heero put his hand on Duo's thigh. "Don't start to lie, Duo."
There was a silence before Duo took a deep breath and lifted up his
head. He put his hands around Heero's waist, pulling the boy closer,
and looked straight at his lover. "I stabbed you with the swords,
ripped your wings, and made you so much in pain, Heero. I hurt you
with my own hands."
Heero shook his head. "Treize controlled you. You didn't hurt me
"You didn't kill your villagers intentionally either."
Duo watched as Heero opened his mouth but no words came out. Duo
sighed and caressed Heero's cheek with the back of his hand. "How can
I forgive myself for hurting you if you can't forgive yourself, Heero?
I can understand how you're feeling because I'm feeling the same. I
really hate myself for hurting you."
"Don't...." Heero took Duo's hand and held it tightly.
"I know." Duo rested his forehead against Heero's. "I stopped blaming
myself yesterday. That's why I don't want you to blame yourself
either. I long ago realized regretting won't fix what have I done so I
did the best thing I can to redeem it."
"Redeem?" Heero asked hesitantly.
"Yes, a redemption for hurting you." Duo kissed Heero gently. "I
settle to do my best to make you feel loved anytime and anywhere."
Minutes passed in silence. When Heero didn't show any sign to answer
soon, Duo kissed him again and slowly leaned back, pulling Heero with
him until he was lying on the bed with Heero on him, his head resting
on Duo's chest. <<I know you're confused. You want to forgive yourself
and at the same time you still blame yourself. Let me tell you a
story while you battle with yourself in there.>>
Duo looked at the ceiling while one hand caressed Heero's messy hair.
<<There was once a child who had been alone as long as he remembered.
He didn't remember his parents and only knew he had to fight with the
other boys to get a piece of bread from a bakery's dustbin. He was
caught stealing by a man who then took him into his care and raised
him like his own son. The man often tried to hug or pat him, to show
him his love, but the boy dodged the touch. He never let the man touch
him if not necessary. They lived in the man's house for a month and
during that, the closest touch he ever allowed is shaking hand with
Duo paused for some seconds, his hand stroking Heero's hair lightly.
Heero tugged on his tunic, urging him to go on.
<<One day, the boy got home from school only to find the man died of
heart attack. He cried for the first time he ever remembered when he
realized he had lost the only person he loved and loved him back.
During the funeral, he wished he had done something better for him. He
wished he didn't shove the man's hand away when the man tried to
comfort him. He wished for many things but in the end, it was too
late. The man was gone. He could do nothing to change it. He took the
man's last name as his own name and obeyed the first advice the man
ever told him. Never lie. He wandered alone for a few months and then
was taken into an orphanage where he met an equally kind woman and
lived with her till fate brought him to meet his beloved. He then
vowed not to fail this time. He would do as best as he could to his
loved one know they were truly loved.>>
Duo closed his eyes and buried his face on Heero's hair, nuzzling the
silky brown threats. Heero didn't speak and Duo didn't either. They
basked in the peaceful silence for some moments until Heero looked up
and kissed Duo in a sweet and tender way.
<<Thank you for the story, Duo.>> Heero spoke telepathically as he
pulled away from the kiss.
Duo smiled. Looking at those Prussian blue eyes, he knew Heero knew
who was the boy in the story. Words often failed to express the
feelings where the eyes succeeded.
<<Does it help you to not blame yourself for what happened in the
<<Aa.... >> Heero looked hesitant. <<I still can't forgive myself
fully, but I'll try, Duo. I will.>>
Duo nodded, smiling a little wider. <<How about trying to save Barge's
people from your impostor's attack as your redemption, love?>>
<<I'll do that.>> Heero nuzzled Duo's neck. <<I'll do my best to do
<<*We* will do that, love.>>
<<Yes... we... together...>>
After that, there was no word exchanged, verbally and telepathically.
They stayed where they were, feeling contented in each other's arms
and wishing the time would stop.
But sadly, time couldn't stop and another battle was waiting for them.
 Borrowed from A-chan's fic, El-wan = L-one = L1 ^_^