by Snow Tigra and Chibi Shi-Chan
Quatre, Trowa, and Wufei rushed down the now bloody
hallway. It had taken them a while to get rid of the
zombies, especially since they had all started diving
forward after Heero had raced ahead. They had to
retreat to keep from being attacked. Now however the
zombies were dead and they were also aware of how much
ammo it took to kill them. As they raced to meet up
with Heero and Duo they took stock of their ammo,
trying to figure out how many more things they could
afford to run into. Turning the corner all three
stopped dead in their tracks.
Three pairs of eyes stared at the two figures curled
close together while kissing each other, very
passionately. Wufei's eyes widened while Trowa's face
gained a hint of red and Quatre glanced away.
All three smiled. Two wars filled with countless
battles couldn't bring the two of them together, but
killer creatures could. Despite the fact that it was
about time they discovered their feelings now was not
the time, nor was it the safest place. Quatre stepped
forward to politely interrupt the boys when something
squished underfoot. Quatre jumped back quickly and
The floor around them was covered in blood and....small
chunks of brain. Quatre swallowed hard as his eyes
followed the trail to the corpse lying on the floor
about a foot away from Heero.
Curved legs that were bent at 90-degree angles lay
sprawled out from the body, while a pile of blood grew
even thicker on the floor. Whatever the creature was
it certainly wasn't human, or at least not anymore.
Dark black claws took the place of fingers, lined with
blood like it had slashed someone pretty badly. The
body itself looked to be made completely of red muscle
tissue and blue blood veins. It was also missing a
"Oh my..." Quatre choked out.
"What the hell is that?" Wufei asked, lowering his gun
as his face gained a tint of green.
"You mean, what the hell was that?" Trowa amended
softly. No one responded.
Past the creature Duo and Heero pulled away from each
other and Heero helped Duo stand on his own wobbly
"Hey guys," Duo said in a forced cheerful voice. He
kept his arm wrapped around Heero's shoulders, still
not sure if he could stand on his own.
"Duo! What happened?" Quatre's face grew quite
worried as he noticed the amount of bandaged wounds
the braided pilot now had. Duo responded with a weak
"That thing happened," Duo said, not even glancing
over at the dead creature. "Lucky for me Heero got
here before I was turned into meatloaf. I'm fine
"Are you sure?"
"Yeah Q, I'm sure. Now let's try and find the others
and get out of this place. I don't want to run into
anything else anytime soon."
Heero nodded his silent agreement. Wrapping one arm
around Duo's waist the two tried a few test steps
while the others turned to head out once again.
However all stopped when they heard limping footsteps
Wufei and Trowa immediately readied their guns and
dart around the corner with them pointed and ready.
Gunshots rang out until the hallway was silent again,
finally the two boys turned back to the others and
"Clear," Trowa said, reloading his gun.
"What was that?" Duo asked as he and Heero moved
"It sounded like those zombies." Quatre replied,
taking Duo's other arm to help him move faster.
"Zombies?" They moved around the corner and Duo
glanced to the bodies on the floor then quickly looked
away, not wanting to get any more sick then he already
"Yeah, it appears that this place is infested with a
whole lot of things, not just killer dogs and acid
"Great, just bloody great."
The five Preventers continued on for a while, moving
at a very slow pace thanks to the licker, as Duo had
dubbed it, clawing up his leg and his painful shoulder
wound. Every corner they turned Wufei and Trowa went
first, guns ready. Considering the condition of their
teammate they were moving pretty fast, but not fast
enough. At their current speed they weren't likely to
get to Zechs and Noin before something else did, if it
hadn't already. Still they moved as fast as they
dared, running into more and more zombies around each
"They're everywhere," Wufei said, as he fired the
final shot at another zombie, watching it collapse to
Duo coughed loudly, leaning most of his weight on
Heero's arms as his body shivered. He'd been moving
slower for sometime, sweat starting to bead across his
forehead and a slight redness moving through his face.
Heero watched him with worry as he coughed again and
grimaced in pain.
The American looked up when Quatre called him, a shaky
smile on his face. But that smile wasn't able to hide
the hazy look in Duo's eyes, Quatre frowned.
"How you feeling?"
"Not too good actually." Moaning softly he pushed
away from Heero's grasp and grabbed onto the wall,
falling to his knees and grabbing his stomach. His
face turned a shade of green and he threw up on the
floor, giving it a greenish and brown color. Heero
knelt down beside him and rubbed his back until Duo
"Duo?" Heero didn't even try to keep his face
neutral, the concern and worry was obvious as he
waited for the cringing Preventer to answer.
"God I feel sick," Duo murmured, trying to sit up
straight. But as he did a wave of dizziness hit him
and he swayed for a second. His eyes slipped shut and
he slumped backward into Heero's arms, losing
Heero caught him quickly, pulling Duo toward him and
shaking him lightly, trying to wake him up or at least
get a reaction. The other three rushed over and Wufei
placed his hand over Duo's sweat covered forehead.
"He's burning up, really bad." Wufei frowned deeply.
"What the hell happened to him?"
In Heero's arms Duo's eyes fluttered for a second and
he trembled, moaning softly before slipping back into
unconsciousness. Heero shook his head, unable to
answer Wufei's question.
"The spiders, the licker, something in the air," Trowa
frowned and shrugged. "Most likely the thing that
attacked him, since none of us are sick...yet."
Heero frowned deeply at the beautiful face before him
which was now twisted in pain. They had to do
something to help him, but there weren't many options
to choose from. And they couldn't keep Duo with them
if he kept losing consciousness; it would slow them
down too much.
"We have to find a place to put him so he can rest.
Then we can go out and find Noin and Zechs then come
back for him." Heero said reluctantly. He didn't
want to leave Duo alone, but they didn't have much of
a choice. The others agreed with him.
Heero handed Trowa the map of the compound and lifted
Duo gently in his arms as the other boy looked for the
closest room that would be relatively safe. Luckily
there was a bunkroom not too far down the hall and
they made it there without running into anything
major. Once in the room they checked it out to make
sure it was safe while Heero laid Duo down on one of
the many gray colored bunks, tucking the military
issue blanket tightly around him.
Duo's eyes flickered over for a second and he gained a
look of question. "Hee-"
Heero's silenced him with a soft kiss to the lips.
Quatre stepped up behind Heero. "Perhaps I should
stay with him while you guys go and find Zechs and
The Japanese pilot turned a glare on the blond, as if
scolding him for suggesting that anyone else stay with
Quatre placed a comforting hand on Heero's shoulder.
"I know you want to stay with him, but you are the
best one to go out and find the others. I mean, you
DID study the map along with Trowa, so you two know
the compound better. I can watch him Heero, and if
things get worse I know enough things from my sister
Iria to try and help him."
Heero sighed but nodded. The boy was right. "Fine.
Watch him. And take this." Heero handed Quatre his
gun, the same gun he used on the creature that had
"If one of those...things...or anything else shows up
this should take care of them with a couple shots to
Quatre took the gun and nodded. Heero turned and gave
Duo one more small kiss then took Quatre's other gun
and headed toward the door. Without saying a word he
stepped out of the room, Wufei following close behind.
"Be careful Trowa." Quatre said in a timid voice.
Trowa nodded and kissed Quatre's lips before leaving
Quatre watched the door close behind him, leaving him
and Duo alone.