by Snow Tigra and Chibi Shi-Chan
Quatre leaned back in the chair and felt his eyes
begin to drift shut with fatigue, almost immediately
he sat up and shook his head, forcing away the sleep.
He couldn't help it, a year after the wars and he'd
gotten used to a normal sleeping pattern again.
Glancing at his watch he noted that they'd been on the
terriforming project for a very long time, and it
didn't look like this long day was going to end any
time soon. Sighing softly he stood up and stretched
in an attempt to wake himself up more. Massaging his
shoulders he turned to the bed where Duo lay.
Surprisingly he found the violet eyes open and looking
around the room. Quatre smiled softly. If Duo was
awake that meant he wasn't doing as bad as they
thought he was. Walking over to the bed he took the
damp cloth from Duo's forehead and went to risen it in
"Where are we?" Duo moaned quietly, attempting to sit up but failing miserably.
"In one of the bunk rooms. We brought you here to
rest after you lost consciousness." Quatre replaced
the damp cloth and Duo relaxed, taking comfort in the
coolness that washed over his forehead. "How are you
"Like I just played the stage to a tap dancing gundam." Duo muttered with a forced smirk.
Quatre laughed quietly. "Well, you must be getting better, I see your sense of humor is still intact."
Duo nodded and closed his eyes for a moment, as if
drifting off, but they opened again and he brought his
hand up from under the covers to glance at the time.
"Where are the others?"
"Still looking for Noin and Zechs. I called
headquarters and Sally should be arriving with a way
for us to get back soon. We just need to wait for them
to return and then we leave."
"Great. The sooner the better, I can't wait to get out of this hellhole."
Quatre nodded, in complete agreement with his fellow
former-pilot. He sat back down in the chair and
placed his hand on Duo's cheek, noticing the boy's
face was still quite warm. He was still very sick,
but seemed to have gotten better since he was now able
to stay conscious. He was about to open his mouth and
say something when they heard the sound of footsteps
moving toward them from out in the hall.
The sound of footsteps wouldn't have been that bad in
itself, but these were not human foot steps! It
sounded more like an elephant or a very heavy animal
stomping down the hallway, and the fact that the sound
leaked through the thick door was not a good sign.
Duo's eyes widened significantly.
"What is it?" He whispered quietly as he attempted to
sit up, the damp cloth falling to the floor as he
ignored the dizziness sweeping over him.
"I don't know." Quatre whispered softly.
"Maybe it'll just walk by."
Both boys remained completely still as the steps came
closer, the entire room seeming to shake. How big was
this thing?! Quatre clutched the gun Heero had given
him tightly and eyed the door.
"Quatre..." Duo repeated, gritting his teeth as he
forced himself to sit up completely and swing his feet
over the side of the bed. He felt lightheaded and his
body shivered but he ignored it. He wanted to be
ready to run if they needed to. But he was still
painfully aware of the fact that there was only one
entrance to the room, and that led to the hallway.
"It'll just pass by," Quatre murmured, more of a
mantra of hope then a statement. Both boys were
scared out of their wits at the possible size of this
thing coming toward their room.
The steps stopped and both boys held their breaths,
their eyes locked on the door. The steps had stopped
right outside the door and neither dared move or even
breathe fearing they would give away their position.
But no matter how quiet they were what ever it was had
already heard them. Because there was the loud sound
of cracking metal and the wall caved in on itself,
falling down in a rain of plaster and wires as
something big broke into the room.
"Holy shit!" Duo choked out as the creature stepped into the room.
This thing had definitely once been human, because it
still retained its human form. But it was amazingly
large! The remnants of a work uniform were ripped and
stretched across a spectacularly muscled body that put
even the proudest of body builders to shame. Green
vines seemed to encircle the things' body but they
weren't vines, they were blood veins turned a ugly
moss green as they pumped blood around its body, black
beady eyes darting in their direction from a bald
head. The entire body was devoid of all hair, as if
this thing had never had any to begin with.
Quatre let out a small cry as soon as he saw the
creature and started firing the gun, shooting bullet
after bullet into the thickly muscled chest. The body
seemed to swallow the bullets, not even bleeding. The
gun clicked, showing it was empty and Quatre's hands
began to shake in fear.
The gun fell from his hands and clattered to the
The creature began advancing toward Quatre, backing
him up against a wall. Both boys watched in mute
horror as it pulled back its fist and moved forward
with amazing force. Quatre managed to drop to the
ground and dive between the creatures' feet as the
fist slammed into the wall, raining more plaster and
wires into the room.
Running as fast as he could Quatre grabbed Duo's hand
and the two raced from the room, not even bothering to
use the door. Instead they darted out the hole the
thing had made in the wall and down the hallway,
panting and running as fast as they could. It wasn't
even a second before they could hear the thing
following them with heavy and loud footsteps.
Duo coughed as Quatre pulled him on, his feet dragging
more then a little bit. He tried to keep from
tripping but his world spun from what ever he was sick
with and he was forced to run with his eyes closed to
keep from getting dizzy. Still his world seemed to
swirl and more then once he grabbed hard onto Quatre's
shoulders, moaning as his stomach churned painfully.
The bald creature caught up with them quickly and
raised its fist, once again only just barely missing
them as they rolled to the ground and its fist lodged
into another wall. Quatre coughed from the plaster
dust and forced Duo to his feet, in an attempt to keep
running, but Duo's body swayed and stumbled forward,
landing on the ground with a cry.
Duo coughed, blood hitting the floor just under him.
"I can't...my leg...I can't feel my leg."
Quatre's eyes widened. Duo was losing the feelings in
his limbs? Not good! That meant that all this
running was only making him worse. Gritting his teeth
he wrapped Duo's arms around his own neck and started
running again, pulling the boy behind him on his back.
He knew he was moving too slow and that the bald
creature was going to catch them this time for sure.
He wasn't strong enough to carry Duo's body and still
give the creature a good chase, but he refused to
leave Duo behind!
"I'm not leaving you behind, so just forget it!"
With those words Quatre forced himself into a harder
and faster run, sweat beading over his forehead from
the energy it took. He'd risk it though.
He turned the corner and wasn't even looking in front
of him, all his concentration on getting himself and
Duo as far from the creature as possible. Luckily
though he heard the warning from ahead and obeyed
without a second thought.
Quatre dropped to the ground and rolled, using his
arms to shield Duo from the impact as much as
possible. As the two lay huddled on the ground
gunshots rang out over head. They could hear the dull
thumps as the bullets hit the bald creature and
without looking Quatre knew it wasn't doing much. But
finally there was a loud thump behind them of a body
falling to the ground and then people rushing toward
Quatre opened his eyes and whimpered softly as he
found Trowa kneeling beside him, quickly wrapping his
arms around the boy. "Trowa!"
"Duo?!" Heero knelt next to Duo, his face creased
Violet eyes blinked open, with effort and Duo forced a
small grin. "Hey Hee-chan, how are ya?"
Heero wrapped his arms around the braided boy tightly
and tried to help him stand, but Duo's body remained
limp, leaning heavily on Heero.
Quatre stood up, still holding tight onto Trowa. "He
says he can't feel his legs Heero. One of us is going
to have to carry him."
Heero nodded without a word and scooped Duo up in his
arms, holding the boy close as he drifted in and out
of consciousness again.
"We had better get out of here, and fast. He won't
stay down for long." Noin said, her gun still trained
on the huge body behind them.
All the boys turned wide eyes toward the huge figure
in morbid amazement, it wasn't dead?! But they didn't
give it time to stand up again. Instead they moved
down the hall quickly, not caring what direction they
went, only caring that they got away from the creature
before it was able to stand up again.