New Year Gathering : A Report
"How is it?"
"You're right. How about this?"
"Too sweet. What was that last bottle?"
"I hope the girls are all above 18."
"Don't worry, now try this."
"Still too sweet."
Duo grabbed the last wine bottle and poured its contents into the big
Heero took another sip from the mixture. "Perfect."
"I don't see what the relation between mixing the drinks and my
revenge is though."
"Oi, revenge is best served cold." Duo poured the mixture into the
ready glasses. "My plan is simple actually. Relena said she would join
in the next game after the new year countdown. So we will get her a
little drunk before the game starts. It's fortunate that I'm in charge
of mixing these drinks."
Heero waited but then he realized that Duo didn't intend to explain
further. He was feeling a bit drunk himself after repeatedly tasting
the concoction, not to mention the two full glasses of white wine he
had already consumed during dinner. Not that he would admit that to
Duo. The braided boy had also tasted the concoction, but he looked
unaffected. Heero would be damned if he would show that he couldn't
hold his liquor as well as his friend.
"Then?" Heero prompted, hoping his voice wasn't slurred.
"Then you will see." Duo winked.
Heero rolled his eyes. "That's a half cocked plan that you have for my
"Improvisation during the mission is my talent."
Heero snorted and finished the glass he had used to sample the brew.
"If you fail this mission, omae o korosu."
"If I don't, will you reward me?"
"Huh? Reward?" Heero set down his glass on the kitchen's counter and
frowned. "What reward?"
"You mentioned about some new Anime movies you have while we were on
the journey here this morning."
"You want a copy of them? Sure."
Duo grinned widely. "Ninmu ryoukai."
Having finished with the trivia game, Hilde then announced that the
new year's countdown would be held outside, near the barbecue pit. It
would start in ten minutes. As all the girls took a stand outside, Duo
started distributing the drinks. Hilde helped the braided boy while
Heero concentrated on bringing the biggest glass of the mix to his
cousin. Relena was delighted with his 'kindness' and thanked him.
Heero knew he should feel guilty. He was not, however.
Feeling giddy and strangely happy, Heero took a glass for himself. He
stood near the cottage, a few feet away from the flock of girls.
Relena was giving a speech about how happy she was with the gathering
going smoothly and spoke of her resolution for the new year. The girls
raised their glasses after Relena's speech and sipped their drinks.
Heero sipped his as well.
"Don't get drunk before you get your revenge." Duo appeared next to
him, holding a glass of the mixture as well.
Heero snorted. "I'm not drunk."
It was Hilde's turn to give a speech now. She spoke passionately about
her satisfaction with the gathering and thankfully it was a short
speech. The girls cheered for her as well and sipped their drinks.
Heero followed suit.
"Alright, ladies," Hilde shouted. "Countdown from twenty, start now!
"Nineteen..." The other girls joined in the countdown. "Eighteen,
seventeen, sixteen, fifteen.."
Heero smiled at the girls enthusiastic countdown.
"Fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, " Relena joined in with
the countdown, having finished her big glass of the concoction. She
was unaware that she was being watched by two grinning boys.
"Ten, nine, eight, seven, six," Duo caught Heero's eye as he saluted
him with his glass.
Holding Duo's gaze, Heero raised his glass and finished the contents.
He then joined in with the countdown.
"Five, four," Duo downed his drink.
"Three, two, "
"ZERO!" The girls all shouted together.
Right after the last number had been counted all the lights suddenly
went out. Heero found himself in total darkness.
"What happened?" Relena shouted.
"I don't know." Hilde answered.
"I think it's a blackout," another girl commented. "The lights are out
in the other cottages as well."
Heero wasn't aware of the conversation though; as soon as the lights
had blacked out there was something warm and soft pressed against his
lips. Heero blinked in confusion and raised his hand, wanting to know
what it was. However, the second he moved, that warm and soft feeling
disappeared. His hand reached nothing. The sudden loss of feeling made
him stagger a bit.
Then as suddenly as they'd gone out, the lights came back to life. The
girls cheered in relief. Heero blinked in surprise and at the sudden
"Are you okay?"
Heero turned his head to the right and saw Duo standing a few feet
away. The braided boy looked pleased about something.
"Of course. Why are you grinning like that?"
Duo just grinned wider and swung his empty glass lazily. "I'm happy
with the new year."
Heero rolled his eyes and dismissed his friend. He thought about what
had happened during the brief blackout. Could the soft and warm
feeling against his lips have been someone's lips? Someone had been
Heero shook his head to clear his mind from the drinks he had
consumed. Kissing was impossible. It would take about five seconds for
one the girls to reach him. The darkness had lasted no longer than
five seconds and the only person near enough to him was Duo, who
hadn't moved from where he was. No, it was impossible for it to be a
kiss. Maybe he was just imagining things. The drinks certainly had
confused his mind.
"Come on girls, shift around and make room for the others," Hilde
instructed. After the new year countdown, they had all gathered in the
living room where Hilde had then announced that they were going to
play another game. This game required them all to sit in a circle.
This time all of them joined in the game so it was a big circle that
formed in the living room. Heero hurriedly sat down next to Duo, not
wanting to be stuck between two girls.
Satisfied with the circle formation, Hilde put an empty bottle into
the center of the ring and explained the game. "This game is a
combination of Spin the Bottle and Truth or Dare."
The girls cheered.
"We will spin the bottle and the person the bottle points to will have
to choose Truth or Dare. Depending on the choice, the one who spins
the bottle gets to ask the question or request an action." Hilde
grinned then. "To make the game more interesting, we will play the
game as the characters we are cosplaying respectively. For example, if
Duo here gets pointed at by the bottle, he will have to answer a
question or take the dare like Solo Minworst is supposed to act. The
one who questions or dares him will also have to keep in mind that
they are dealing with Solo Minworst instead of Duo Maxwell. Any
A 'no' chorus was heard from the girls. Heero was feeling glad that
he'd chosen Odin as his character. It was easy to act as Odin. He
would just keep silent or shoot whoever dared to ask him anything.
Poor Duo would have to answer the questions truthfully because Solo
was known to never tell any lies.
"And of course if you refuse to do the dare or answer the question,
you'll be punished." Hilde grinned evilly and gestured to the girl
sitting across from her. "Our friend here has prepared a vile
concoction which you will have to drink as your punishment."
Heero looked at the girl wearing the tennis costume. He wondered
whether the glasses she wore were part of her costume or not. She was
grinning as she raised a big bottle filled with green liquid for
everyone to see. "I have mixed veggies and some spices in it. Don't
worry, it's perfectly safe to drink. It's healthy actually, but I
can't guarantee the taste, which is of course the purpose of this
"Trust me, you better avoid the punishment." Hilde added her two cents
The girls shuddered while Heero looked at the bottle dubiously.
"Okay, let's start the game!" Relena took over. "I suggest we give the
honor of spinning the bottle for the first time to Hilde who has
worked so hard for this gathering."
No protest was issued for the suggestion so Hilde happily went into
the center and spun the bottle. When the bottle stopped spinning, the
girls laughed as the first victim was chosen. Heero thought inwardly
that God must have found his sense of justice since it was the girl
who'd concocted the punishment mixture who got pointed at by the
"Poor girl, " Hilde ruined her words by grinning at the girl. "So
truth or dare?"
The girl grimaced and chose truth.
Hilde's eyes gleamed with mischief as she delivered the question.
"Tell us how you make love with your tennis racquet. In detail."
Heero was taken aback with Hilde's question. He again realized that
this was a yaoi gathering, not an ordinary gathering. He should have
known that the game was not as innocent as it seemed; Heero reflected
mournfully as the girl stammered her answer. Her face was as red as
"She's lucky she didn't choose dare." Duo whispered from where he was
seated next to Heero.
"Oh?" Heero didn't think the girl was lucky.
"Hilde could ask her to 'show' it instead of 'tell', you know."
Heero shuddered. Suddenly the girls around him looked like a pack of
hungry vultures. "Is there any chance to ditch the game?" He whispered
back to Duo.
The braided boy raised an eyebrow to him. "Don't tell me Perfect Odin
is afraid of a harmless game?"
"Of course not," Heero quickly retorted. He then groaned and damned
his pride for trapping him in this 'harmless' but humiliating game.
The spectacled girl had finished her explanation. She exchanged place
with Hilde and spun the bottle. It pointed at the girl with white
tank-top whom Heero had heard her friends refer to as Blowfish. Since
Heero didn't know her real name as well as her character name, he
associated her with the only name he knew, Blowfish.
Blowfish had chosen truth. The tennis girl's eyes sparkled behind her
spectacles as she asked her victim to tell them the details of an
event when she'd taken the uke position for the first time.
Blowfish smirked. "Never, because I will never bottom."
Heero found out later from Duo that the Blowfish character always took
the seme position in the story. Her answer was so in character that
the other girls cheered. The spectacled girl grumbled as her victim
escaped with her dignity unscathed.
Some girls distributed what left of the mixture Duo and Heero had made
before the new year countdown. Heero poured it into his glass and
sipped it as the game continued.
It was Blowfish's turn then to spin the bottle. The next victim was a
girl with spiky blonde hair. She wore a white T-shirt with a green,
long sleeved outer shirt and blue jeans. Heero knew the character the
girl was cosplaying was from the same Anime as Relena's, but he didn't
remember which character it was. The girl bravely chose a dare.
"Demonstrate how you would do a striptease for your lover." Blowfish
stated her dare gleefully.
The other girls went wild hearing this. Lewd whistles could be heard
as the current victim turned several shades of red. In the end, the
girl decided to take punishment instead of doing the dare. The others
weren't disappointed with her choice, since watching her take the
punishment had been an entertainment in itself.
Heero watched the poor girl make a face as Hilde gave her a glass full
of green liquid. She pinched her nose with one hand and used the other
hand to pour the glasses contents into her mouth. There was a strained
silence for some seconds after the girl swallowed the liquid before
the poor girl dashed to the bathroom. The other girls snickered as an
indescribable sound emerged from the closed bathroom's door. Heero
decided it was better suffering a little humiliation than drinking
that vile concoction.
They waited until the poor girl returned and the game resumed. Having
been a victim, it was no surprise that the girl took her turn with
vengeance. The next victim suffered the humiliation of having to tell
her character's deepest desire for the character's best friend. As the
game progressed, some girls could think of devious questions or dares
while some were too kind to deliver such actions. So some girls got it
easy while some got thoroughly flustered. Hilde was one who got it
easy as she only had to answer who her character preferred as his
seme. There were some other girls who had chosen to bear the
punishment so Heero got to watch the scene of girls scampering to the
bathroom several more times.
Eventually, the bottle pointed at Heero. He had hoped that God would
be kind and spare him the humiliation, but it appeared it was too much
to hope for that kind of leniency.