Warnings And Disclaimer: I don't own Gundam Wing, and anyone who reads this should be aware of that fact at all times.

This fic contains: One AU Romance, yaoi, 1x2/2x1, 1+2/2+1, several other pairings as well, sexual acts of one kind of or another- kissing, hugging, love, etc, sap most likely, mild angst, yuri.

Note: This story is dedicated to my beautiful friends Angel Negra and KwyckSylver, who are the best friends a girl could have when it comes to self doubting ppl like me ^_^


"Just a perfect day, you made me forget myself. I thought I was someone else, someone good." Ė Lou Reed, Perfect Day

Fate
Part 3


Relena set the cooler down by the front door and yelled up the stairs. "Come on Duo! Time to go!"

The boy came flying down the stairs clad in a pair of cut offs and a t-shirt, and bounced to a stop in front of her. "Iím ready, I just need to go get my fishing pole and gear down at the dock."

"Ok, but try not to get distracted. Iím already waiting for Mil to finish his hair. Why doesnít he just cut it all off?" Her voice took on a plaintive tone as she raised it to yell the question back up the stairs.

"Aw come on sis, itís his vanity." Duo grinned at his sister, wiggling his own braid as an example of such vanity. Then he turned, and headed through the kitchen to the back porch. He could hear Relena yell up the stairs again as he opened the back door. The sun was bright already and the day promised to be hot. Duo admired the porch and then walked across it, pleased to note the paint was already dry.

His feet crushed the lush green grass as he made his way across the lawn towards the dock. Reaching the small storage unit resting at the head of the dock, he opened it and began pulling out what he might need for the trip. Two fishing poles, an empty tin can, some spare hooks. He turned to look back at the house then froze as he caught sight of Heero Yuy standing on the dock next door. The strange boy was standing stock-still and gazing up the hill at Duoís back porch. The wind ruffled his already eternally mussed hair and he turned and looked at Duo.

They stared at one another for a long moment across the small patch of water and rock. Then Heero smiled. "I like your porch."

Duo couldnít help himself; he smiled one of his most charming smiles and walked closer to that side of the dock, calling back over the water. "What are you doing today?"

Heeroís smile faltered and he glanced back up the hill at his house. "I have to finish unpacking, I start summer classes on Monday."

"Oh." Duo tried to keep smiling but failed, and to Heero it seemed as if the sun had suddenly become hidden behind the clouds. "Well, I guess Iíll see you around then?" Duo asked.

Heero grit his teeth, he knew he shouldnít do this, but just couldnít seem to stop himself. "Duo?" The other boy turned around again, fishing poles in hand. "Where are you going? I... I might be able to leave for a little while." The sun seemed to come back out as Duo smiled again.

"Itís a picnic at Lake Talin, weíll be gone most of the day." He frowned as he realized this would probably make the other boy not want to go. He had unpacking to do; he wouldnít want to go on a silly picnic.

Heero froze as Duo once more lost his smile. Why donít I want him to stop smiling? This was ridiculous. He forced himself not to think of all the unpacking he would have to do tomorrow instead of the relaxing heíd hope to have. "I think itís ok, can you wait while I go get changed? Should I bring anything?"

Duo suddenly grinned and turned to race back up the lawn yelling behind him. "Just bring yourself! Meet me in five minutes at my front door!"

Heero stood on the dock for a few moments, watching the beautiful boy run up the steep incline, his braid like a banner behind him. He shook his head and looked back up at his own house, then trudged up the hill to get some shorts on. He knew with a certainty his parents wouldnít miss him. If they even noticed he was gone.

***

"No, no. Not like that. Havenít you ever been fishing before?" Duo grimaced and took off the mangled worm, tossing it into the water and grabbing a fresh one. "Like this. See?" The worm wiggled feebly on the hook and Heero did his best not to flinch when Duo handed him the rod again. He smiled weakly at Duo and cast the line far out over the lake, watching in horror as the worm flew off for a third time.

Sighing, Duo grabbed another worm and waited for the line to be drawn in again. Heero eyed the wriggling thing with loathing. "Duo, itís ok. I think Iíve had enough fishing." He finished reeling in his line and placed the rod to one side. His eyes closed as the sun shone bright on the water in front of them, and Duo watched him silently.

"Heero?" The other boyís eyes opened and he looked at Duo expectantly. For a moment, the boy with the braid lost track of what he was going to ask and merely stared into Heeroís endless blue eyes.

"Yes?"

Duo shook his head and tried not to blush. "I was just wondering if you ever play chess."

"I know how. But I havenít played in a while." His gaze returned to the water and he didnít go on. Duo fidgeted and looked around. Getting Heero to have a conversation longer than a few sentences had been next to impossible. And Duo was just about ready to give up.

"Can we swim here?" It took a moment for the question to register, and then Duo smiled.

"Yeah." Dragging in his line Duo set it aside and stood up. "The waterís kind of cold, but it feels good." He stripped off his t-shirt and waited for Heero to do the same. The other boy stood for a moment, eyes fixed on Duo, and then he took his shirt off and stepped towards the water.

Dipping a toe in, he glared at the water as if it were something foul. "Duo, this water feels like itís below freezing." Duo grinned and stepped ankle deep into the ice-cold lake. Heero chuckled when he started to shiver.

"This is supposed to feel good?" Heero raised a skeptical eyebrow and stepped in beside Duo, gritting his teeth as his feet became instantly numb from the chill water.

"Give it a minute, youíll get so numb you wonít feel the cold." Duo flinched as he moved deeper into the water. He grinned again and said over his shoulder. "Itís not so bad."

"Watch out for the mackerel!"

Duo tried to turn at the loud yell and suddenly lost his balance. A sheet of icy water spraying Heero as the longhaired boy went down with a splash. Milliard stood for a moment taking in the scene, then slowly collapsed on the bank and began to laugh.

Duo stood up, glaring at his brother, then shivered violently. "It is that bad." He said deadpan as he was able through his chattering teeth.

Heero was standing near the bank gasping; so much water had hit him he might as well have gone down with Duo. "Iím freezing." He said through clenched teeth.

Milliard managed to stop laughing and wiped the hair from his eyes. "I came to ask if you were hungry yet. Oh Duo, the look on your face was priceless." He started chuckling again.

"You have the worst sense of humor sometimes Mil." Duo flicked his wet bangs back from his face and stalked towards the shore. Heero was already out of the water and putting his shirt on.

"Did you find them Milliard?" Relena came through the trees and stood for a moment. Taking in the sight of her elder brother on the ground and the two very wet, shivering boys. "I guess you did find them then. Come on guys, there are some towels in the car." She beamed at them and then turned to help Milliard up. "One of these days Mil, heís going to get you back for these little jokes of yours." She said in a low voice.

"Sure sis, but itís worth it now." He laughed and linking arms with his sister, they followed the dripping boys back towards the picnic area.

***

The back seat of the tiny car was cramped, Heero decided. Duo shifted, and his bare leg brushed against Heero again. Definitely not enough space in this little car. It was an hour and a half trip home, and after only a half hour Duo had managed to brush against him exactly five times. Heíd been keeping track. He knew Duo wasnít doing it on purpose. At least he didnít think it was being done on purpose. He peered out of the corner of his eye at the other boy and wondered what he was thinking about. For the last fifteen minutes, Duo had done nothing but stare out the window and sigh. Heero was hard pressed to ask him what was bothering him, he wasnít used to talking to people. For too many years now heíd kept to himself, avoided company. Heíd never had time to make any friends. Moving from place to place the way he had most of his life hadnít left him with very many opportunities for such things.

Another sigh and Heero gave up, he had to ask or heíd wind up throttling Duo. Beautiful or no, the boy was starting to get on his nerves with all that sighing.

"Whatís wrong Duo?" Milliard asked from the front seat, where heíd been fiddling with the stereo and annoying the hell out of Relena.

"Nothing." Duo looked at Heero and seemed as if he wanted to ask something, then he faced the window and sighed again. He looked back over his shoulder when he felt a tentative tap.

Heero frowned for a moment then asked in his softly accented voice. "Whatís wrong?"

"I... What are you doing tomorrow?" Duo didnít even realize he was biting his lip as he watched Heero, waiting for an answer.

"I have to finish unpacking tomorrow." Heero felt bad as soon as he said it. It was the truth, he did have to unpack and get ready for school. But he still felt a pang of guilt for making Duo get that look in his eyes. "Maybe, you could help?" He asked, hoping this would bring that light back to Duoís eyes, and it did.

Duo turned away from the window and smiled, his violet eyes shining as he started to pour out questions. "Sure, Iíll help. I donít have any work tomorrow. How much stuff do you have left to unpack? Will your parents be home? What time do you want me to be over?"

Heero held up a hand to pause Duo. "Thereís a room full of boxes to unpack, my parents flew out about three hours ago for Japan, and you can come over whenever you wake up and feel like it." His face didnít change once as he replied. Though Duo could have sworn, he saw a hardening in Heeroís eyes when he mentioned his parents.

"Then Iíll be over early so we can get it done faster. What time do you usually get up?" He said, wanting to ask why Heero had come with him if his parents were leaving that day.

"Five a.m., but you can sleep in if youíd like. I donít want to drag you from bed so early if your not used to it."

"Iíll be there at five then. You do have the coffee maker unpacked donít you?"

Heero couldnít help but smile as Duo grinned at him. "No, but Iíll show you the box its in."

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