Solo couldn't believe his eyes. His mother stood in front of his
father's bedroom, reaching into her purse. He frozen in shock as he
watched as his mother aimed and fired into the bedroom. The shot was
followed by an anguished scream.
Before he could react, he saw his mother aiming again into the bedroom
for the second time.
His mother turned to him and Solo was shocked when he saw how hollow
his mother's eyes were.
"You!" Hilde stammered. "How can you still be alive?!" The gun was now
trained to Solo.
"Mother?" Solo looked at his mother in disbelief.
"How dare you come into my life for the second time!!!" Hilde shouted
Solo felt ripping pain through his waist and was pushed backward by
the momentum. "Mo.. ther?" He spoke in disbelief and fell on his knees,
clutching his bleeding stomach.
Hilde pointed the gun at him. "You're so disgusting! I have told you
not to use my husband as your sex toy!"
She was about to shoot for the third time when Trowa and Wufei pounced
on her. They managed to subdue Hilde within seconds and remove the gun
from her. Quatre had fainted at the bottom of stairs, Lady Une had
stayed with him. His space heart couldn't bear the pain someone on the
upper level was radiating.
"Solo!!" Midii knelt next to Solo followed by Marimeia, Meiran and
"Why the hell did you stop me? Let me go!!" Hilde struggled and glared
at the bleeding boy. "How can you be so dense? I told you again and
again. I can offer him a family. I can offer him a normal life with
children. I can make him happy. How about you? What can you do for
"Woman, that's your son, not Yuy." Wufei spoke in irritation.
Hilde didn't seem to hear the Chinese man. She kept glaring at Solo.
"You should have understood that you don't deserve Duo. Leave him,
Yuy. He belongs to me! You're just a slut!"
Not wanting to hear more of the rude comments, Wufei knocked the
hysterical woman unconscious.
The others were shocked by Hilde's words, but the adults quickly got
over their surprise. Noin and Zechs entered the bedroom and gasped in
The bed had turned red from the blood. And in the middle of it, a
Japanese boy was hugging his bleeding lover. His blue eyes were full
of anguish as he looked at them.
"Duo!" Noin cried in anguish.
"We need to take Duo to hospital. Clear the way." Zechs barked the
command to the others outside the bedroom and then turned to the bed's
occupants. He tried to lift Duo but Heero hugged the unconscious man
tightly. "Heero, let go. We need to take him to the hospital."
Heero looked at Zechs and then at Noin who had arrived beside him. He
nodded slightly and reluctantly released his lover. "Save him."
Zechs nodded. "Are you hurt?"
Heero shook his head. "He ...... protected me."
Zechs and Noin didn't know what to say to that statement. Finally
Zechs cleared his throat. "We'll take him to the hospital."
The Japanese boy watched his lover being carried outside by Zechs and Noin.
Shouts and commands were issued outside the bedroom.
"Midii, you, Meiran, and Milliard wake your Dad and then go to the
hospital with Lady Une."
"Noin, Sally, you accompany Zechs. Trowa and I will take care of this
"Solo, you follow me. Your wound has to be treated in the hospital.
Marimeia, help him. Milliard, you call the hospital to alert them
about our arrival."
"Solo..." Heero spoke in anguished. "Solo..." He scooted to the edge
of the bed and stood up shakily.
Milliard had just finished calling the hospital when a hand clamped
his shoulder from behind. Startled, he turned around and gasped in
surprise. A familiar looking boy wearing white robe was standing in
front of him. His hands were bloody and so were some parts of the
"Solo?" Milliard choked out the word. No way, Solo was on his way to
hospital with his father. Suddenly he blinked as realization hit him.
The boy nodded and grabbed Milliard's shirt with his bloody hand. "Is
Milliard shook his head slightly. "I don't know. He was shot in the
"Take me to the hospital."
"Are you injured?" Milliard tried to check the boy but his hands were
"Take me to the hospital, Milliard." Heero repeated his words.
Dumbfounded, Milliard nodded. He headed toward the stairs and the
Japanese boy slowly followed him. However the Japanese boy stumbled in
the last two steps. Milliard caught him in time and was surprised when
he felt how light the boy was.
"Are you okay?" Milliard asked worriedly.
"I'm okay. Just tired." Heero panted.
"Mill! What are you doing? Come on, we gotta go!" Meiran shouted from
"I need help here!!" Milliard shouted back. A few seconds later,
Meiran came in and gawked at the boy he was holding.
"What do you want to do with him" Meiran looked incredulously at her
"Take him to the hospital. Come on, don't waste time." Milliard pulled
the boy up and together with Meiran, the three of them managed to
reach the car. Quatre was still unconscious in the front seat. Une was
sitting behind the wheel while Midii was waiting for them in the back
seat. Both of them also looked startled when they saw the boy Milliard
and Meiran were dragging.
"Save the questions for later." Milliard spoke up and shoved Heero
into the car. He then climbed in, followed by Meiran. "Let's go, Aunt
Une nodded and pushed the pedal. They entered the main road in two
minutes. There was uneasy silence in the car until Heero broke it.
"How long till we reach the hospital?" Heero asked Milliard.
"Ten to fifteen minutes." Milliard answered and frowned. "How did you
know my name back then?"
"I saw your photo."
Heero turned to the blonde girl on his right. "You're Midii."
Midii nodded in surprise. Heero turned to the black haired girl
sitting next to Milliard. "And you are Meiran."
Meiran scowled but she nodded nevertheless.
Heero nodded slightly and looked up at the driver through the rear
mirror. "Lady Une."
Une smiled sadly. "Heero, I'm glad you're alive."
The Japanese boy nodded and turned to look at Quatre. "I caused him
"What made you think it was your pain uncle Quatre felt?" Meiran
snorted. "Solo's pain is greater than yours."
The boy resembled their friends smiled sadly at Meiran. "I'm sorry.
Quatre probably feels our pains simultaneously."
Meiran opened her mouth to retort more but Milliard shook his head.
"Don't fight now. It's not the time."
The Chinese girl pouted at her blonde friend but she grudgingly stayed
"Are you hurt anywhere?" Midii looked worriedly at the Japanese boy.
"No." Heero looked down at his bloody hands. "It's all Duo's."
"What happened, Heero?" Lady Une asked while she kept her eyes on the
"Hilde came in and saw me. She suddenly went hysterical and pulled out
her gun. Duo jumped to shield me as she fired the gun."
"Why did she go hysterical so suddenly?" Lady Une frowned.
Meiran snorted. "Every wife would be shocked to find her husband
sleeping with a boy."
Again Heero smiled sadly at the black haired girl. "Aa.... Right..."
The trio didn't know how to respond to the statement. Meiran still
wanted to give him a few more pieces of her mind but Milliard stopped
her. While her two friends struggled against each other, Midii just
looked at the Japanese boy. She felt very strange watching the boy
that had the same look as her friend. His figure was a figure of a
young boy but his eyes had the same shadows as her parents'. Those
blue eyes were the eyes of an adult. Midii noticed the Japanese boy's
hand trembling then. She realized then that Heero cared for Duo, and
maybe Solo too, as much as they all cared for them. She reached up and
covered the callous fingers with her hand. The Japanese boy looked at
her in surprise.
Midii forced a smile. "Uncle Duo will be all right."
A little light came upon those dull blue eyes. "Aa, he'll be okay..."
"We're here." Une announced as she stopped the car. The teens quickly
got out from both doors, followed by the Japanese boy.
Not waiting for Lady Une to park the car, Meiran ran as fast as she
could, followed by Milliard. Midii was about to follow her friends
when she realized Heero didn't follow them. She looked behind her and
saw the Japanese boy walking slowly toward them.
"Mill!" She called out the blonde boy who looked over his shoulder and
then turned around without changing his running speed. Meiran however
kept running, already too far to hear Midii's shout.
I forgot about his condition. Mill berated himself inwardly as Midii
and he together approached the staggering boy.
"Heero, are you sick?" Midii said worriedly as they stopped in front
of the Japanese boy.
"Just a bit weak." Heero panted softly. "Go on you two. Solo will need
your support. I'll meet you in the ER soon."
Milliard frowned as he noticed how tired the Japanese boy was. It
looked like Heero would collapse anytime soon. His frown was mimicked
by Midii when he glanced at the blonde girl. When their eyes met, they
both knew they would take the Japanese boy with them. Milliard nodded
and then slung Heero's right arm over his shoulder, supporting the
Japanese boy's weight.
Heero was startled. "Milliard..."
"We'll take you to Solo." Midii cut in. She then stepped aside and let
Milliard help Heero forward. She walked side by side with them.
It was said weakly but full of gratitude. Both Milliard and Midii
heard the words and both wondered if they had the heart to send the
Japanese boy away if Solo didn't want to see him.
Alcohol aroma filled the room as he entered the building.
Sobs and screams.
He never liked hospitals.
It reeked of death.
His eyes trained on the door in front of him. He could read the
'Emergency Room' board above the door.
His son was in there.
He passed the door and saw familiar figures surrounding the middle
bed. Nurses and doctors were among them. Was his son safe?
"Milliard! Midii!!" An angry screech from Wufei's daughter, followed
by gasps from Marimeia and Sally. Zechs and Noin must be accompanying
He had to see him after this.
"Don't shout here." The doctor spoke sternly. "Your friend is safe, it
was only a flesh wound however he has lost a lot of blood. We need to
do a blood transfusion. Tell us if you know his blood type so we don't
have to do a blood test."
He straightened at the doctor's words, willing his weak body to hold
on a little longer. "Solo has O type, same as his father." That got
him stares from the others. He ignored them all and walked forward.
"Mine is O too, you can take it."
The doctor frowned. "You don't look quite well." The man turned to
the nurse. "Do we have O typed blood supply?"
The nurse shook her head. "All supplies have been used for the other
patient. He is in surgery, now."
He had to see Duo after this......
"Take mine." He lifted his arm.
The doctor shook his head. "You're too weak." The man turned to the
others. "Do any of you have blood type O?"
He knew the others didn't. He had memorized their data once he got
hold of the laptop that Duo had given him. Staggering, he moved
forward and grabbed the doctor's collar. "Only Duo and I have type O."
He used his remaining strength to shake the doctor. "Take mine! Solo
can't wait too long."
The doctor hesitated for a second before making the decision. He had
to admit that the paramedics worked very swiftly. In a matter of
seconds, the others were ushered out of the room and he found himself
lying on the bed, next to his son. A infuse tube injected into his
left wrist and connected with his son's right one. Turning to his
left, he saw his son's eyes closed. Solo must have fainted from lack
of blood. He closed his eyes and felt his blood leave his body and
merge with his son's.
For a short time, they were one again. His blood kept his son alive.
He unconsciously caressed his flat stomach with his other hand and
felt the emptiness within him.
How he would do anything to turn back the time.
To be able to hold his baby...
He opened his eyes to drive the impossible wish away.
Solo wasn't a baby anymore.
A shadow loomed above him. He looked up and saw the nurse looking down
at him. She smiled slightly. "We will remove the tube now."
He shook his head. "No. It's still not enough to replace Solo's
"But it's the limit." The nurse gently told him.
"You can take my blood twice." He stated. "I know I won't die."
"But you will be very weak." The nurse protested and reached for the
He grabbed the nurse's arm. "Leave it."
The woman hesitated but then nodded. "I'll be back."
He answered by releasing her arm and then turned to watch his son
"I'll remove the tube now."
He turned his head from his son to the nurse. This time he didn't
protest as the tube was removed from his wrist. He had watched Solo's
breathing become steady and he knew his son would be okay.
Now to find Duo....
"No, no, you have to rest for a while." The nurse tried to stop him
when he sat up.
He pushed the woman's hand away and staggered up. "Where's the
"You should rest." The woman tried to push him back onto the bed.
"No." He caught the woman's hand and squeezed it. "Tell me where the
The woman gasped in pain. "Use the back door and turn to the left at
the first cross section."
"Thank you." He released the nurse's hand and staggered toward the
back door. As he closed the door, he could hear Sally and others enter
the ER room. Solo would be safe with them. He looked up and gathered
his strength to move forward. He could feel the blackness want to
swallow him but he fought it. He wouldn't succumb before he knew about
It took him quite long but he finally reached his destination. Zechs,
Noin, Wufei, and Trowa were waiting in front of the room. He staggered
forward, one hand on the wall, supporting his weight. He had gotten
close enough that when a doctor came out from the room, he could hear
the surgery outcome.
"Mr. Maxwell is out of danger now. The bullet missed his vital organs."
Duo was safe.
It was the only thing he cared to hear.
Solo was okay. Duo was okay. He had nothing to worry about now.
Heero let out a deep breath and let the blackness take him.