New Year Gathering : A Report
Heero was enjoying the newest episode of Grand Wing he had just
downloaded when his phone rang.
"Hi, Yuy speaking."
"Hi, Heero. It's me."
Heero's eyes lit up as he recognized the voice. "Duo, what's up?"
"Well..." Duo hesitated. "If you have time, can you accompany me to
Reyna beach tomorrow?"
Heero blinked. They'd just returned from the gathering three days ago
and now Duo wanted to go back there? "What for?"
"I just found out that I left the cross I wore for the gathering in
the cottage. The cross is actually Hilde's and she will skin me alive
if she finds out I have lost it."
"So you need to go back to retrieve it," Heero snorted. "I don't know
why you're so careless."
"Well, I'm usually not. I removed the cross before I took my shower.
You know there was an accident happen while I was in the shower and it
made me forget to retrieve the cross when I left the bathroom."
"I don't know what accident you're talking about," Heero said while
his face flushed red.
"Oi, I forgot you'd decided to forget it." Duo chuckled. "So will you
"Sure. I don't have anything else to do tomorrow."
"Cool, I'll pick you up tomorrow at 11 AM then."
"Hey, wait. Do you even know where my apartment is?" When they'd
returned to the city after the gathering three days ago, Heero had
asked to be dropped at the place where they had gathered first.
"Relena told me." Duo said casually. "I'll see you tomorrow. Oh yeah,
bring your swimming trunks just in case."
When Duo had hung up, Heero decided he would have to have a word with
his meddlesome cousin. The mention of pink tutu was a very effective
way to keep Relena in line nowadays.
"Thank God the cross was still there," Duo said as he got back into
his car. He dangled the said cross for Heero to see. The boy was
wearing casual clothes, a gray T-shirt with black jeans. His long hair
was tied into one long tail behind him. "Now I'm safe from Hilde's
"That's a good thing." Heero agreed. "Now where to?"
Duo turned on the car's engine. "Well, since we are already at the
beach, I figure we can take advantage of that and swim for a while."
"Fine by me," Heero spoke calmly. His heart was different matter. It
started throbbing faster when he realized he would see Duo's bare body
again when they went swimming.
Duo grinned at Heero's answer. He steered the car toward the free
beach two kilometers from the cottage.
Heero tried to calm his heart, but the nearer they got to the beach,
the faster it began to beat. He'd told Duo that he would rather forget
about the embarrassing accident. However, he never forgot.
He couldn't forget it.
Duo's long, clinging hair.
Duo's wet, sinewy body.
Duo's violet eyes gleaming with mischief.
Those images would occupy Heero's mind at least once a day.
Though they had appeared to go back to their easy friendship, Heero
knew something had changed.
He had changed. He had started seeing Duo differently after that
They finally arrived at the free beach. Duo parked the car in quiet
secluded place. Still in the car, the long haired boy started shedding
his clothes. Heero found that he couldn't tear his eyes away. He
watched as Duo's body was slowly revealed. It was the same body he
had seen three days ago. Only this time it was dry instead of wet. It
had a healthy golden glow that Heero's own skin couldn't achieve.
Duo finished shedding his clothes and only had his swimming trunks on
now. He looked at Heero in amusement.
"Enjoying the view?"
Heero swallowed then grunted. "That's your ego talking."
Duo just chuckled. Heero turned around and started removing his own
clothes. He had worn his swimming trunks beneath his clothes just like
Duo had. It was the practical thing to do after all. Heero could feel
Duo's eyes on him as he disrobed and felt like squirming. His heart
throbbed loudly, so loud that he thought Duo would be able to hear it.
"You have a nice body."
Heero glanced back at Duo. He swallowed when he saw the appreciation
shining in those violet eyes. "You're one perverted, gay boy, you know
"Guilty as charged, " Duo grinned. "Come on, let's swim."
Having finished removing his clothes, Heero stepped out of the car. He
waited for Duo while the long haired boy locked his car then together
they walked down the sands and jumped into the sea. Despite his
nervousness about seeing Duo's wet body again, Heero was having fun.
He loved swimming and he hadn't had time to swim during the gathering.
He followed the waves and slid along them. Duo swam along side.
Heero's heart throbbed faster when he managed to get a full glimpse of
Duo's bare body. But it was quickly forgotten when he got sprayed by
the long haired boy. Heero of course sprayed his assailant back. That
quickly turned into full blown water war.
After the water war, they went to rent sliding boards. Heero got onto
his and swam further into the sea in search of big wave. The bigger
the wave was, the longer he could glide along it. Of course, Duo
didn't want to be left behind. Being the competitive teenage boys they
were, the wave gliding turned into competition. Each of them tried to
glide longer than the other. On one unfortunate turn, Duo lost his
balance on the board and got turned over. Heero snickered when he saw
Duo gasping for air. Of course God didn't let him enjoy the view. A
big wave came from behind him and turned his board over. It was his
turn to be gasping for air then.
They were in the water for two long hours before their skin started
wrinkling. The sun had also begun to set. They agreed to call it a
day. They still had a three hour drive back to the city after all.
They returned to where they had parked the car. Duo took out the
towels he had brought and gave one to Heero.
"Thanks." Heero started drying his body. "I had a great time today."
"Me too." Duo grinned. He was drying his own body. "And for the
record, I manage to glide longer than you."
"That's just pure luck," Heero snorted. He had finished drying his
body and wrapped the towel around his waist. He retrieved his clothes
and went to the changing rooms not far from the car. When he emerged
from the changing room, Heero saw that Duo was still drying his hair.
The setting sunlight fell upon his wet body, making it glisten. Heero
swallowed as he felt his heart begin to pound rapidly again.
As Heero approached the bare chested boy, Duo smiled bitterly at him.
"The disadvantage of having long hair." He grimaced as he tried to
comb his wet and salty hair. "I tried to remove the hair tie but it
got stuck in my hair."
"Let me help." Heero stepped closer to the long haired boy and reached
for the tangled hair. It felt rough because of the salt water but
Heero knew it would feel silky once Duo washed and dried it properly.
The tie had gotten tangled in the hair. He stepped closer, wanting to
take a good look at the messy knot. It took Heero five minutes to
straighten it out.
"Finally!" Heero said triumphantly as he separated the tie from Duo's
hair. "Here's the troublesome tie...." Heero forgot what he was about
to say when he saw Duo's violet eyes up close. He had been looking
down all the time in his effort to straighten Duo's hair. Now that he
looked at Duo's eyes, he found that their faces were very close. It
seemed that in his efforts to remove the tie, Heero had stepped closer
than he'd intended to. There was only a feet distance between their
bodies. The realization that he was so close with the perfect body he
had thought a lot about during the past few days caused the
butterflies inside his stomach to flutter rapidly.
Duo's expression wasn't helping either. The long haired boy was
looking at him fondly, as if he was enjoying what he was seeing. Heero
gulped. He knew he should pull away but Duo's eyes held him in place.
Duo whispered his name huskily, sending a delighted shiver through his
body. He watched as Duo's face drew closer and closer. Then all he was
aware of was the feel of wet lips upon his; Duo's wet salty lips
against his dry ones.
It felt nice.
Heero sighed when the kiss ended.
Duo looked at him in delight and leaned forward again. The second kiss
was longer and more pleasant. He could feel his body tingle with
pleasure. A wet tip brushed between his lips as if asking for
entrance. Heero tentatively opened his mouth and gasped when the wet
intruder slipped past it. It explored his mouth and cajoled his tongue
to dance with it.
Verrrrrrry nice. Heero moaned as he leaned against Duo's bare chest.
The short haired boy was out of breath when the kiss ended. Somewhere
during the kiss, Duo's arms had come up and were now trapping him
between them. Not that Heero mind being trapped between those arms. A
feeling of warmth and contentment enveloped him, making him sigh
again. His arms came up and embraced Duo back. The happy sound Duo
elicited made his lips quirk up.
Heero rested his head against Duo's, forehead against forehead, and
closed his eyes. His mind was trying to take in what had happened just
now. He had just kissed a boy. A gay boy. Did the fact that he liked
Duo's kiss make him gay as well? He didn't feel repulsed. On contrary
it was a very nice kiss. It felt right.
"Heero?" Duo asked tentatively.
The cautious tone made Heero realize that Duo was feeling unsure about
what had just happened. Looking from Duo's point of view, the long
haired boy had risked their friendship by initiating the kiss. If
Heero had felt repulsed instead of what he was feeling right now,
their friendship was pretty much ruined. But Heero didn't feel
repulsed. He was feeling he was right where he wanted to be; and he
just needed to let Duo know what he was feeling.
Heero tightening his embrace on Duo before he pulled his head away,
allowing him to look into Duo's anxious face. Whatever the long haired
boy was feeling was always evident on his face. It was very contrary
to Heero. The short haired boy knew that his face still showed his
neutral expression, an expression he had learned to master to make it
difficult for Relena to judge his mood. Opposites attract; Heero
remembered what Duo had told them. It seemed that applied not only to
Odin and Solo but to Duo and him as well.
Heero allowed his neutral expression to slide into a slight smile.
Duo's violet eyes shone with hope in reaction to his expression
change. "Heero." His name was said with much more certainty than
"I liked the kiss." Heero saw no point of beating around the bush.
"I'm glad." Duo's lips curled up.
"That was my first kiss, you know."
Heero made an agreeable sound and closed his eyes, enjoying their
"I'm afraid to say that you're mistaken."
Heero blinked and opened his eyes. He saw Duo's violet eyes gleam
wickedly. "What did you say?"
"This is your second kiss, I'm afraid."
"What..." Heero trailed off, remembering he had felt the same wet
sensation on his lips when they had that black out right after the
new year countdown. His eyes narrowed at the boy before him. "It was
you that kissed me that night!"
"Guilty as charged." Duo grinned sheepishly.
Heero wanted to protest but it was a moot point. Whether Duo had
kissed him or not on that night, he would still be Heero's first kiss.
In the end, he punched lightly against Duo's chest to show his slight
displeasure. "You should ask first before taking, you know."
"I learnt my lesson," Duo rubbed his chest, "and I'm asking now."
"Are you okay with this?" Duo put the hand he used to rub his chest
around Heero's waist, tightening his embrace. "With us?"
"I don't know." Heero answered honestly. He could see Duo tense at his
answer. "What I know is that your kiss feels right. I like being with
"That's good." Duo smiled in relief. "So are you okay with me treating
you as my lover?"
"Yeah, but let's take this slowly, okay? How about being your
boyfriend first?" Heero didn't want to admit it but he really was
na´ve. He didn't know much about being a boyfriend to a gay boy let
alone being a lover.
"No problem." Duo smiled happily. The setting sun added the light to
his violet eyes making them shine brightly.
Heero knew then that whatever he was feeling, it would be affected by
what Duo was feeling himself. If Duo was happy, he would be happy and
he believed it also applied the other way around.
Duo's smile then turned into a smirk.
Heero eyed his newly proclaimed boyfriend warily. "What are you
"I think the right label for you is my fiancÚ. After all you accepted
my proposal, didn't you?"
"Omae o korosu."
Duo was sporting a big bruise to his left eye when he went to meet
Hilde the next day. No matter how much Hilde persuaded and threatened
(when persuasion failed), he didn't tell her what had caused the
bruise. He only mumbled something about learning not to poke a