by Chibi Shi-Chan
Chapter Eleven: Going the Distance for Love
Duo was doing much better now. After the concert the smile returned on his face full force. That smile remained for the entire week and would not go away.
Back at school, he and his friends sat in the cafeteria. He was smiling once again, but not only about the concert, but because today was the day to hatch his little plan. However, his friends were still edgy.
"Now, explain to us again HOW you are getting to L.A.?" Asked Quatre.
"Well, after that little show I called the airport and got a ticket to L.A. That was...uh...a couple of days ago. My flight leaves today at 7."
"Won't it be late when you get there?" Asked Trowa.
"Nope...3 hour time difference." Said Duo happily.
"O.K....and the money...."
"I have plently in my stash. I've been saving for a rainy day like this Q." Said Duo, eating more cheese fries.
"O.K., what about your parents?" Trowa asked.
"I'm leaving them a note." They sweatdropped.
"Aw come on guys, they'd never let me go. Relena made it look like Heero crushed me in half and they want me to have nothing to do with him." Said Duo in a sad voice, hoping that they would agree with him.
"But still, couldn't you have talked to them?" Asked Quatre. Duo shook his head.
"Relena would just convince them otherwise, please guys, say you're with me on this." Pleaded Duo. The two thought about it and gave their friend a hug.
"Of course Duo. But, what will you do when you see him? Will you stay with him or come home or what?" Asked Quatre, eyes shining with tears. Duo sighed, he hadn't thought that far ahead.
"I...I don't know guys. I mean...I..."
"Just go Duo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. This is a one-shot chance at true love." Said Trowa. Duo nodded and the three of them ate their lunch together in silence.
Duo packed his bookbag full of clothes. He didn't know how long Heero was staying in L.A. and he intended on spending the entire time with him. He sighed as he looked at a picture of him with Quatre and Trowa. He grabbed it and put it in his backpack.
"Oh you guys, I don't know what to do. I gotta see Heero but, damn..." He shook his head. No time for that now...he had a flight to catch. He put the note to his parents on his bed and was about to leave when he bowed his head.
"Duh, I need the money." Duo went and grabbed his Heero Yuy poster, where a hole was in the wall. He grabbed an old wooden box and opened it, smiling at his keepsakes. A hair wrapper; one he had when his hair was braided for the first time. A teddy bear with one eye with all of it's fur gone; the only thing he remembered having before he was adopted. He smiled softly as he went through the box to grab the cash, but was surprised that the money he put there was gone.
"Where is it?" He went through the box again, but found nothing. Not a cent. He put the box back and searched his room. Nothing. His money was gone.
"Where the hell is it!" He exclaimed. He rushed downstairs to see if anyone saw it when he saw his sister sitting in a chair listening to a portable radio...a new one, a very expensive looking one. That wasn't all. She had a new outfit with some new shoes and a purse. Next to her were several shopping bags.
Duo gasped, she didn't...
"Just wild beat...communication..." She sang the lyrics to the song.
"Relena..." He started.
"While being pounded by rain...."
"Relena, have you seen my..."
"I want to let you know the..." Duo growled and snatched the headphones off her head.
"HEY!" She screeched, reaching for the headphones.
"Have you seen my money, you know, my stash?" He asked. She gave him an innocent look.
"Money, no I haven't dear brother." She said, looking down at her new Heero Yuy watch. He growled again and yanked her out of the chair.
"You bitch, you have seen it, and you used it on all this crap!"
"Now what gave you that idea my dear brother...oh here, I bought you a Heero Yuy T-shirt....cause it's the last thing you'll see of him." She said with a laugh. He slammed her back into the chair.
"How could you...HOW!"
"Oh please, do you think I would let you go after MY Heero? I knew you were going to try something desperate. So just sit and relax, what's done is done." She relaxed in the chair and reached for her headphones once again, humming the familar tune.
"You cold hearted bitch, why do you always have to ruin things for me?" Asked Duo, near tears.
"Why? Because you don't belong here. You are trash that got picked up by two people who felt sorry for you. You don't deserve their love, I do. You deserve everything I do to you." She said evily. That's when Duo snapped.
He charged for the chair, knocking it and her over. She let out a scream as she hit the floor, hard, seeing stars. Before she could get up, he pinned her to the ground and punched her square in the nose. She screamed as the red liquid squirted out.
"Get off me, you sleeze!" She screamed.
"No, I've been wanting to pound your fucking brains out for the longest time. I think NOW is a good time." He said, slamming her into the floor.
"That's right, scream. Scream as loud as you can."
"LET GO! MOM!!! DAD!!!" He was about to hit her again when his parents entered.
"Duo, get off of your sister." Said Mrs. Peacecraft. He turned and gave her an angry glare, his eyes looking absolutely evil. His mother actually shrank back.
"Oh, you want me to leave her alone. Why should I, all she does is make my life hell. All she does is spread twisted little lies so everyone can hate me. She deserves this." Said Duo.
"That's not true. Mommy, tell him to leave me alone."
"Relena right now we have nothing to say to you." Relena gasped.
"Don't 'papa' me young lady. We heard everything you two were talking about. I am ashamed of you right now." Mr. Peacecraft said angrily. Duo looked shocked as his parents continued to talk down about their daughter.
"But nothing Relena, how could you do that to Duo? He did nothing to you. We took him in because he was less fortunate and he has given us nothing but love. And you tramble all over him." Mrs. Peacecraft said angrily. Duo stood up and walked up to his parents. Tears he held back for years of Relena's abuse fell from his beautiful eyes. His parents embraced him, trying to make up for years of being blind of Relena's ways.
"It's O.K. son." They said. He pulled back and smiled.
"Now we understand how you feel about this boy. But it seems that Relena here has taken it upon herself to use YOUR money." Mrs. Peacecraft glared at Relena, making her feel two feet tall.
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you, it's just that, I didn't think you'd let me go after what she said." Said Duo sadly.
"Oh honey, we love you. You can talk to us. I just wish I would've known this sooner so I could talk to your sister." Relena didn't like the way she said that sentence, it was way to nice.
"Yes. So, you feel that strongly about going to L.A.?" Asked Mr. Peacecraft. Duo nodded.
"I've got to see him again."
"Well, don't stay too long, we got to discuss this more, about what will happen when all of this is over. Now take this..." Duo was handed a credit card...."and use it to pay for the ticket." Duo kissed his mother on the cheek.
"And hurry, you don't know how long he'll be there." Duo nodded and ran off. Relena sat up and watched as her brother took off. She ran to the window to see him heading in the direction of Trowa's house. So, that was how he was getting there...
"Oh Relena, we need to talk." Said Mrs. Peacecraft. Relena froze and approached her parents.
"Mom, Dad, I know you must think pretty badly of me, but...but...he MADE me do those things. He...."
"Enough Relena, now, go and take all of that stuff back. You will also get a job to pay back for the money you stole."
"Job, as in manual labor, to pay your brother back."
"But, wouldn't returning all of this pay him back?"
"Oh no, it's that plus a whole lot of interest. But for now, you can give us that nice little computer and telephone and all those lovely Heero Yuy items to hold us until we feel you earned your fee." Mr. Peacecraft said with that evil grin only parents can give.
"What...you're treating me like...like..."
"...like you did your brother. Now go on and return the stuff. Honey, I think the computer would look nice in our bedroom." Mrs. Peacecraft said to her husband.
"How...how could you do this to me?"
"Easy, we're parents, we can do that. Now go, you have to search the yellow pages for a job kid." Relena had tears in her eyes as she went to take the stuff back. Her parents smiled.
"Good enough punishment?"
"It should be enough until I can think of something else." They nodded as they walked away to Relena's room to see if the big screen T.V. was too big for their room, or, if it would go in the living room.
Duo thanked his friends as he ran off, his bookbag on his back as he made his way to the airport. Quatre sighed as he watched his friend leave.
"I'm gonna miss him." He said.
"What do you mean, he's gonna come back home soon."
"Yeah, but after that, after he settles things at home and with Heero... I feel...I feel that he's gonna leave." Said Quatre. Trowa gave his lover a kiss on his lips.
"Duo's always gonna be there, if not physically then in our hearts love. Don't worry about it, he's happy and that's all that matters. Duo loves us as we do him. Nothing can break that between the three of us." Said Trowa. Quatre smiled.
"You're right. Good luck to you Duo."
The flight was smooth and surprisingly short. Duo grabbed his pack and left in search of a cab. He still had no clue as to where Heero was staying but he could still try.
"It has to be the very best, like back at home." Said Duo, standing outside waiting for the cab. He had little money on him since Relena stole most of it, but he had some in his pocket.
"Hopefully the place isn't that far." He said. A cab finally stopped for him and he entered, the platinum blond man looking at him appreciately.
"Hey there, where ya headed?" He asked in a deep, sexy voice.
"Uh, the nicest hotel in the city." Said Duo.
"Oh really, that's pretty far so you might wanna get comfortable. And the traffic is gonna suck because that singing kid is there." He said. Duo smiled.
"Good, that's exactly what I wanted to hear."
"Oh, you're a fan too?"
"I'm his biggest fan. I'm Duo Maxwell." He shook the man's hand.
"Zechs is my name, hm, Duo...oh yes, that boy Heero was singing about the other day. I can see why."
"Nice to meet ya Zechs. Maybe we should get going, I don't have too much money on me and..."
"No problem, the ride's on me."
"Really, oh I couldn't."
"Sure I could, it's not everyday I can look at beautiful violet eyes. Sit back and relax kid." Duo nodded, the plane ride catching up to him. He closed his eyes and sighed, seeing only cobalt blue.
Duo woke up to the sound of Zechs stopping the cab. Duo stepped out.
"Thank you so much." Said Duo.
"No problem, and traffic wasn't that bad afterall. But it was terrible on the way to the airport."
"On the way...I wonder why..." Just then they heard a girl crying, walking past them.
"What's wrong?" Asked Zechs. The girl gave him a sad gaze..
"I missed him!"
"Heero! He was leaving and I couldn't get my autograph." Duo's heart sank.
"He must have another concert or something." Said Zechs.
"No, he said he's going back home...to Japan."
NO! Heero can't be leaving...Duo hurry and catch up to him before he goes!!! Stay tuned for the next part as Duo races against time to reach his koi *smiles* Dramatic aren't I?