New Year Gathering : A Report
"RE.LE.NA." Heero growled threateningly. He had pounced his cousin as
soon as they had arrived at Reyna Beach and dragged her into a
secluded area behind the cottage.
"Uhm.. Hi, Heero." Relena started backing away.
"It's true that I am not the only guy in the gathering." Heero glared
at his cousin. "But you didn't mention that there would be only two
guys among a pack of bloodthirsty girls."
"We are not bloodthirsty." Relena protested. "And I didn't lie to you.
You have Duo as your companion."
"He is gay," Heero growled again. He would have throttled his cousin
as planned if he hadn't been interrupted.
"Relena, there you are!!" Hilde shouted as she approached them. "What
are you doing here? We have so many things to do! C'mon!" With that
statement, the dark haired girl dragged his cousin away, leaving Heero
to fume alone.
"What does me being gay have to do with my being your companion?"
Heero was startled by the sudden question. He turned around and saw
Duo standing not a few feet from him. For once, the long haired boy's
expression was closed. "You don't want to be friends with me just
because I'm gay?"
Heero shifted feeling a little uncomfortable. "I didn't mean it like
"Then what did you mean?" Duo advanced. "You and I have the same
interest in Anime. We talked just fine before you knew I was gay. I'll
even bet you enjoyed our discussion. I thought we could be good
friends. Now, just because you know I'm gay, you don't want to be my
friend anymore. Is that it?"
"It's not like that," Heero protested as he backed away. "The fact
that Relena tricked me into coming to this yaoi gathering, pisses me
off so much so that I look for any excuses to throw at her. I like you
just fine." He was forced to stop when his back hit the wall of the
Something lit up in Duo's violet eyes. The long haired boy stopped his
advanced and stood only a few inches away from Heero. His eyes
regarded Heero's blue eyes seriously. "So you don't mind being my
"Of course not," Heero answered. His heart was acting strangely,
beating a little faster than it normally did.
"Good." Duo straightened and grinned. "It's not so bad, Heero. Most of
the girls here are nice. You can discuss almost all Anime with some of
them. Just don't mind their biased opinion when it comes to the male
"Make that a VERY biased opinion," Heero said grumpily, feeling
relieved as his heartbeat went back to normal. Nothing much he could
do until he could go back home. The beach was in a rather secluded
area with no public transportation. Since he couldn't drive, he
wouldn't be able to get back without help. He decided to trust Duo and
try to be more civil towards the other girls. Maybe he could have
Duo grinned. "Really, you should try to enjoy the gathering. It's not
so different to an ordinary Anime gathering after all."
Heero said grouchily, "Since I'm stuck here, I don't see that I have
any other choice. I can't drive and the driver won't take me home."
"I'll take you home tomorrow." Duo grinned wider and slung an arm
around Heero's shoulder. "C'mon, let's help the girls with the
preparations, shall we? I'll help you plan your revenge on Relena
later, how about that?"
"Deal." Having decided to make the best of his situation, Heero
followed Duo to the front of the cottage. "Do you know that you like
touching people without permission, just like Solo?" Heero pointed out
as he tapped Duo's arm around his shoulder.
"And you're as grouchy as Odin," Duo countered. "We will make a good
The cottage, Heero found out, was quiet small and barely accommodated
twenty people. It was a two story wooden building with many windows
which admitted the sea breeze. It had two bedrooms, one on the ground
floor and one on the upper floor. Since it was especially designed to
host the partying group, the living room took up half of the ground
floor along with a small kitchen and bathroom. The living room was
pretty much an empty space, decorated with one long couch and a
television set. The upper floor was smaller. Other than the one
bedroom, it had a small empty area where the staircases were and a
balcony facing the sea.
"We have twenty people here and only two bedrooms. What was Relena
thinking?" Heero commented as Duo and he exited the upper bedroom
where they'd put their bags and went back down.
"Well, the gathering will be held from dusk till dawn so I don't think
sleeping will be in the schedule. The bedrooms are merely a place to
keep our bags. One for the girls and one for the boys." Duo grinned.
"It's a good thing there are only two of us. We won't get cramped like
Heero snorted. He would bleach that pink teddy bear white if Relena
even dared to suggest he share a room with the girls. And speak of
"There you are." Relena approached them. "Duo, since you are good at
fixing stuff, can you take a look at the bathroom door? It won't
close. I have tried to contact the cottage's owner but he isn't
"Sure, Princess." Duo saluted and went to check the door to the
bathroom which was located next to the stairs.
"Princess?" Heero raised an eyebrow at his cousin.
"That's my nickname," Relena explained haughtily. "We usually call
each other by nicknames."
Heero managed not to roll his eyes at Relena's choice of nickname.
"And what's Duo's?"
The fact that Duo had used Solo Minworst's code name as his nickname
was not a surprise. After all, he himself had used Odin Lowe's code
name as his nickname. Heero couldn't help but feel slightly happy. He
had found someone who was as fond of Grand Wing as him.
"Since you don't have anything to do, come and help me with the
decorations." Relena took his arm and dragged him away.
Heero followed because he had nothing better to do. Relena ushered him
to the kitchen table and dropped a pack of flat balloons to the top.
"Help me blow up these balloons until they are about head size. I'm
going to see what Hilde's up to." And off the Princess went to the
other side of the living room where her friend was writing on some
cards with the other girls.
Heero sat down and started on the balloons. His first balloon exploded
in less than a minute.
"Don't make them bigger than head size!!" Relena shouted from across
Heero grunted and worked on the second balloon. It didn't explode but
instead of the usual smooth round shape, the balloon was long and
narrow, more like a capsule. Relena had come back to help him. She
took one look at his balloon before snickering.
"What's wrong?" Heero asked his cousin.
"Nothing." Relena grinned. "Your balloon is like a banana."
Heero shrugged and went to work on the next balloon. He blew it up in
the same way but the result was anything but normal. This time his
balloon was like Mickey Mouse's head. Relena giggled at him. Heero
threw the finished balloon to join the previous one and worked on the
"Why are you giggling, Princess?" Duo asked as he approached them.
"Heero has talent with the balloons." Relena gestured to her cousin
who was again producing another strange shaped balloon. "How is the
"I have fixed the door, but it's an emergency repair only. Tell the
others not to turn the lock forcefully or it will break."
"I'll do that." Relena stood up. "Can you give Heero a hand?"
Duo grinned and sat down, "Sure, this blowing job should be easy."
Relena laughed loudly as she left while Heero gasped. His hold on the
newly made balloon weakened; and since he hadn't tied it yet, the
balloon deflated rapidly, but Heero didn't care about the balloon. He
was glaring at Duo. "Why the hell do you use such words?"
"What words?" Duo asked innocently.
Heero glared more fiercely, "You know what those words meant."
"Stop fighting, boys," Relena said as she approached them again. She
ruined her admonishment by grinning. "It's just a joke, Heero. After
those balloons, do these special balloons as well please. I'm going to
check the barbecue pit outside." She put some small boxes on the table
and went out of the cottage.
Heero looked down at the boxes and gaped as he recognized the
"The girls are really planning to have all yaoi fun in full force."
Duo grinned. He opened one of the boxes and pulled out a transparent
rubber. "Condom balloons. Wicked!"
The fact that he had been asked to blow the condoms into balloons was
hard to take. Heero's angry shout reverberated around the cottage.