Disclaimers: GW is not mine, never will be. I'm just borrowing them for awhile. Since I'll be using many songs from various artists a standard disclaimer will be stated. I do not own any of the songs that will appear within this fic, they belong to their respective owners. All poetry within is mine.

Pre-notes: This is it minna-san. I was listening to Rober Miles as I wrote this, so it isn't too angsty....I hope you all enjoy the final part. "That's the Way it Is" is not mine, it belongs to Celine Dion.

[...] song lyrics
//...// thoughts
**** scene change
////////// flashback
{...} dream

Rising Star
Part 6

Quatre noticed Heero leaving in the middle of the song, he also felt a pain in his chest.//What happened, is there something about this song that holds meaning for him?// Deciding he needed time alone, Quatre went back to watching the dancing singer. //I still get the weirdest feeling from him. Almost like it was Duo, but it can't be...or can it?//

Duo slowly woke up, feeling warmer than usual. //Odd//. He opened his eyes and was meet with cobalt. //It wasn't a dream//. Smiling a true smile, he burrowed further into the warmth he missed so much.

Heero watched his love sleeping, going over the couple of weeks in his head. //No wonder I felt such a pull towards him. Heero no baka, you should've figured it out// Seeing the green of his eyes and the small smile, he smiled back welcoming the warmth. "Duo, my Duo. I thought I've never see you again. Missed you so much" the last part came out as a choked sob. //Dammit get ahold of yourself//

"Heero, I'm so sorry. There was no other way, this mission was already in progress before you and I got involved." sighing he turned to look at his koi. "Remember when I left?" Seeing the nod he continued. "I wasn't at the school the entire time. First I went to G, still very upset. He told me of this plan to destroy a new mobile suit, but it was under the highest security. So I suggested a plan. We knew Oz would plant a trap, so I decided to self destruct taking the base with me. We then hoped Oz would get cocky since `they destroyed' a gundam." Looking up from the floor he saw Heero's gaze still upon him. "The first thing we had to do was create a new life for myself"

"Why a music star?"

Duo smiled, "Well I've always wanted to be a singer and what better way to hide than to hide out in the open?"


The other three pilots were beginning to worry. Heero had been gone for quite awhile, asking Relena if she saw him. "No I haven't" Quatre clutched his chest as he felt a pain, "I think he is crying". Everyone's face mirrored shock, deciding to go and find Heero, they teamed up and searched the area.

Trowa and Quatre walked down the halls looking in each room. They saw Setsuna coming toward them. "Have you seen Heero?" was the question. Grinning wildly she nodded and told them to get the others, she needed to talk with them. Leaving the two pilots, she went to find Relena.

"Relena guess what?"

"What? Do you know where Heero is?"

She simply nodded and smirked. Catching the nonvocal message, Relena smiled. //Finally two souls reunited//


Heero listened to Duo's every word. Although still hurt from the staged death, he was relieved to finally find his other half. "Duo, what about your hair?" He felt really odd asking this, not wanting to admit he had a thing for the hair.

Grinning at his koi, he captured Heero's mouth in a long breathtaking kiss. "Don't worry about that, it's all taken care off." Pulling Heero on top of him, they began to explore each other again when a loud gasp came from the doorway.

Wufei met with the other two in the hall. Deciding they needed to ask Adam if he knew where Heero was, they opened the door and walked in without knocking. The site before them startled them, making Quatre gasp out loud. They were met with rather annoyed glares.

"Oh shit, Hi guys umm what's up?" Duo asked

Not able to keep the chuckle down, Heero started laughing louder and louder practically rolling on the floor. "Duo no Hentai".

Finally claming down, he looked at Duo's beet red face. "Heero!" He said firmly, mock anger given away by a twinkle in his eyes.

"DUO??????" Wufei yelled.

// Oh double shit// "Hm, yeah Wu-man. It's me" He gave them one of his cheekiest grins. The looks he received ranged from disbelief to mild anger. Getting up from under Heero, he quickly pulled on a robe.

Getting over his shock first, Quatre's mouth moved like a flapping fish for a few moments. Forgetting words, he ran and glomped onto Duo. "It's you!!!" he repeated over and over, finally understanding that strange feeling in his space heart. "I should have known"

"Is it really you Maxwell?" Wufei still wasn't sure.

"Of course it is you Justice piping anal baka. Get over here and give me a hug before I tell Relena you have a crush on her." He grinned impishly. Wufei turned red, but quickly got over it. Deciding to lay his cool exterior to rest, he ran in and joined Quatre in hugging their lost friend. Looking over their heads he motioned for Trowa to join in. Needing no further encouragement, he too joined in. Tears of happiness poured down faces. Heero wormed his way through the other three and latched onto Duo. Finally all five friends were together again.


Two days had passed since the `reunion'. Each pilot getting onto Duo for pretending to be dead, then hugging him. It is true, you don't know what you have until it's gone, Quatre Trowa Wufei and Heero didn't realize how much Duo meant to them until he was gone. They all wanted Duo back with them, but with his career in the music industry, it posed as a obstacle.

Setsuna and Relena cleared their throats, getting the pilot's attention.

"We have already discussed this. Actually we had this planned over a week ago" Relena stated. Duo's mouth dropped. "You mean you knew?" She nodded then told him why she didn't tell him, she knew this was the best way to get them together again.

"Duo you will perform once more, a farewell concert. Your will be `attending' private school in the Sank kingdom, or that is the story we will tell the press." She looked at Relena who nodded. Looking at all his friends, Duo smiled brilliantly and called for a group hug.


Heero and the others stood off to the side of the stage. Duo was performing his last concert for a while. The music just pouring into him, his sweet voice sending the crowd into a melodious trance. Focusing on the words, he smiled.

{I can read your mind and I know your story
I see what you're going through
It's an uphill climb, and I'm feeling sorry
But I know it will come to you

Don't surrender 'cause you can win
In this thing called love}

// I did win, I won him//

{When you want it the most there's no easy way out
When you're ready to go and your heart's left in doubt
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is}

He thought about everyone that has happened. //I can truthfully say I have friends and a purpose to live and fight for//

{When you question me for a simple answer
I don't know what to say, no
But it's plain to see, if you stick together
You're gonna find a way, yeah

So don't surrender 'cause you can win
In this thing called love

When you want it the most there's no easy way out
When you're ready to go and your heart's left in doubt
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is}

// I've never let you go again, this I swear. Yes Duo, I have faith now, you gave it to me//

{When life is empty with no tomorrow
And loneliness starts to call
Baby, don't worry, forget your sorrow
'Cause love's gonna conquer it all, all}

// How right this song is. Did you pick it for those reasons, or just because it is so lovely? I didn't think I would go on, but I'm glad I did. Forever koi//

{When you want it the most there's no easy way out
When you're ready to go and your heart's left in doubt
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is

When you want it the most there's no easy way out
When you're ready to go and your heart's left in doubt
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is

That's the way it is
That's the way it is, babe
Don't give up on your faith
Love comes to those who believe it
And that's the way it is.}

Duo sang with his whole heart. The song was special to him, it reminded him of his relationship with Heero. //So true, keep faith and love will find the way.// The song ended and lights faded. He walked over to his friends, receiving positive comments. They walked together to a very special appointment. Driving to the spaceport, they boarded a plane to Professor G's lab.

Well minna,

That is it for Rising Star, but not to worry. I have more instore for the pilots. Now that the "Duo crisis" is over, time to bring in some more events. "From the Ashes" is the next fic in this bizarre serious of mine. C&C craved!!!! Let me know if you liked and want more, *chibi eyes* Onegai????


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