The Perfect Gift
Waking up was not a good thing at the moment. Memories of ending the
second war caught up with him before he opened his eyes. Oh right, no
wonder he felt like shit. Heero groaned when he tried to move. He felt
as if a Gundam had just stomped on him.
"Oh, you're finally awake."
Heero heard Duo's familiar voice coming from his right side. He tried
to open his eyes but his eyelids weighed a ton.
"You know, most people celebrate Christmas at home with their lover.
Of course, I should have known that we are an exception. Do you know
what today's date is? It's the 26th, and I've just celebrated
Christmas with a comatose lover in a hospital. I was tempted to
decorate your encased leg as Christmas tree."
Duo being Duo, wouldn't come out directly and say he was worried; no,
he had to do a lengthy rant. Heero sighed inwardly. He had made the
perfect plan to celebrate Christmas with Duo. He had planned to follow
The Twelve Days of Christmas and give Duo the related items in
suitable amounts each day. But the war had ruined it completely.
"Do you know how many bones you have broken this time? Twelve bones.
Twelve! You're supposed to give me twelve drummers on Christmas day
not twelve broken bones!"
Heero tried to open his eyes again but they still refused to budge. In
the end, he decided Duo's rant wasn't so bad for a lullaby.
"I'll be damned if I have to celebrate New Year in hospital as well.
Do you hear me, Heero? Heero? .... Heeroooo??"
When he resurfaced from his sleep for the second time, he found that
Duo was still ranting. Heero groaned and wondered if the hospital had
any ear plugs anywhere.
"Are you awake now? It's no fun scolding your lover when the said
lover is asleep, you know."
Heero tried again to open his eyes and this time, the eyelids
complied. He was greeted by the sight of Duo, looming from the side,
looking at him in concern.
"Duo, " Heero said his lover's name hoarsely.
Duo disappeared and came back with a glass of water. He put a straw in
it and gave it to Heero. "Here, don't try to sit up. Just sip it
Heero took the water gratefully. He only managed to drink half of the
water before declining the rest.
Duo put the glass on the table next to the bed. "So, how are you
Duo rolled his eyes. "Right, and I'm Santa Claus."
Heero cleared his throat. "I'm sorry your Christmas is ruined. I have
prepared your gifts but..."
"Heero," Duo said exasperatedly. "Don't listen what I have been
telling you for the past hour, I don't mean it. You have already given
me a great Christmas present."
Heero blinked. "I have?"
"You have ended the second war. It's a great Christmas present for
everyone." Duo smiled slightly then gave Heero a serious stare. "I
would have preferred it if you could have found another way to end it
without landing yourself in hospital though. You've already visited
this damned place one time too many. As I recall you were also in the
hospital this time last year. I swear..."
"Duo," Heero interrupted Duo before he could develop into a full blown
"We will have a quiet Christmas next year."
Duo's eyes softened as he gave Heero a fond smile. "Only the two of
Heero nodded and blinked his eyes, trying to stay awake.
"You're tired. Go to sleep, love." Duo pulled the blanket to Heero's
chin and leaned forward to kiss Heero softly. "I'll be here when you
Heero yawned and gave up fighting sleep. "Merry Christmas, Duo."
Duo kissed him again as Heero closed his eyes. "Merry Christmas,
Heero. Next year, just give me a small gift. I'll be very happy to
have you alone and in perfect health to spend Christmas with."
As Heero settled back to sleep, he wondered if a house fell into small
gift category. Well compared with saving the world, surely it was
Or maybe he would give Duo a ring.
Surely that was small enough.
Heero fell asleep with a slight smile on his face.