Disclaimers: I don't own any of the Gundam Wing Universe. I'm not making any money off this story. It's written out of love, so please don't sue me.

Written: March-May, 2001
Overall Rating: R
Pairings: (3+5) (1x2x1)
Category: Angst Yaoi Shonen ai Friendship Sap WAFF Lime AU {Beware: Darkness Descending!}
Enigma Story Category: G-Boys High Adventure!
Warnings: Angst, yaoi, shonen ai, language, friendship, sap, WAFF, limey hints, dark themes taking control, plus "AU-OOC" for those who can’t cope

Notes: The priceless gifts of love and friendship that were exchanged by the Gundam pilots brought them closer together, but two of the team will soon be "hidden" as Trowa and Heero must infiltrate an OZ base. Wufei, Duo, and Quatre must share an apartment while the others are gone, creating a potentially explosive mixture. Are these new bonds strong enough to unite the circle in the face of the unexpected crises which arise as well as the approaching darkness?

//someone's thoughts//


Hidden Gifts
Part 17

Morning arrived at the OZ base without its usual boring routine due to the continued presence of Lt. Zechs Merquise, a man who was conspicuously absent most of the morning due to the fact that his headache had returned during the night.

For most of the members of the staff, Merquise's presence was only a slight annoyance but for two young men, it would change all of their immediate plans.

Heero had finally rigged the scanner with explosives and, after grabbing another cup of surprisingly good coffee from the friendly cook in the petty officers' lounge, he made his way casually towards the guard-post where he was scheduled to meet Trowa.

The Japanese teen made his way outside and proceeded to keep watch for his partner as well as a free vehicle to make their escape in. He became a bit concerned as their rendezvous time came and went, but after waiting the usual hour past the appointed time, Heero went ahead and hot-wired a sedan and left the facility, confident that Trowa was safe from harm.

As he drove to freedom, Heero wondered about his missing friend but his thoughts were more hopeful than concerned.

//So, Trowa couldn't wait to get back to Wufei after all, I guess.//

A slight smile crossed his lips at this thought.

//Can't say as I blame him, though. I gave him a hard enough time about getting more serious about moving their relationship in the direction it is so obviously headed that he probably wanted to rush back and find a way to seduce Wufei before he lost his nerve!//

//Honestly, anyone could see it was just a matter of time before they consummated that relationship of theirs, but I wonder why it took me suggesting it for Trowa to seem like he actually planned to do something about it? Sex isn't something any of us rush into to my knowledge, but it's so damned clear they've been in love for awhile. Maybe they've been avoiding the subject? I'd have thought Wufei might have just gone ahead and jumped Trowa by now. Then again…//

His thoughts darkened and he frowned as he pondered further,

//...maybe this isn't something that's going to come easily to those two? I know that I thought Wufei was straight, hell, he was married once before and all. Then again, I always wondered why Trowa rejected Quatre's obvious offers. Maybe they're not quite sure how to enjoy the physical aspects of a non-heterosexual love affair? If that's the problem, then I'm sure Duo and I can think of a few things to get them moving in the right direction.//

He chuckled as he turned the car away from the apartment in the usual pattern they employed to be certain that they weren't being followed after leaving enemy territory.

//If Duo could break through the barriers of *my* training, then my koi can damned well get a couple of blushing virgin-types over the initial jitters! They'll both be happier once they find out how much fun sex is and once they settle into whatever works best for them, I'm sure the whole team will function more smoothly. Odds are, the sooner they figure out who likes it on top and who likes it on the bottom, they'll be locked in their room for a few weeks just trying out everything Duo's probably been suggesting to Wufei while we've been gone! Here's hoping OZ can sit down and be quiet while Trowa and Wufei explore the unknown to their hearts' content!//

Convinced that the biggest thing he was facing was a joyous welcome from his long-haired lover when he arrived home, he just knew that Duo would want to celebrate the other couple's first time together almost as much as they would, Heero put his worries aside and focused on being sure he wasn't being followed. Since he wasn't, he eventually made his way to the apartment where he was destined to not be pleased with the situation after all.

Meanwhile, Trowa was angrily silent as an officer was reading over the new guard assignments for the OZ base.

//Fuck. I've missed the rendezvous with Heero and now I've got to go through this shit instead of finding a way to send Fei a message to let him know I'm okay.//

His angry internal musings were interrupted and Trowa glanced at the man.

"Ok, who's next? Ensign Bloom?" The captain nervously looked over his clipboard. "You're going to be stationed outside lab number two. Lt. Merquise hasn't given anyone an idea of what part of the base he wants to inspect today, so we'll just keep everything at the highest level of coverage and hope he doesn't realize this isn't normal for us."

Trowa wanted to scream in agonized frustration but instead he simply said, "Yes sir, what time is my shift?"

"Hmm," the man looked down as if the paper he held had come to him from the Oracle of Delphi and held all the answers they needed to get the TallGeese pilot off their backs so they could relax into their usual sloppy patterns again. "How about from 0800 to 1600? I'm thinking three eight-hours shifts a day should cover it, don't you?"

//Damned fool!//

Trowa hissed mentally, yet allowed none of his annoyance show.

//If you don't even know what to do to *pretend* to provide sufficient security, he's going to see right through your charade and then where will you be? And I'd much rather you just shut up! You've kept me from getting out of here on time and poor Fei will probably be worried sick over it! Damn it all, I do *not* need this shit now!//

The emerald-eyed pilot was seething inside, yet his calm exterior and steady voice concealed it all as he answered, "Certainly, sir. That's a reasonable approach."

"Ah, good!" The man brightened considerably. "I'm really not at all familiar with how things are done at other bases, and this is just a nuisance, but since I saw that you've worked at a lot of different facilities, I was sure you'd be able to give me some guidance."

//Sure thing,// Trowa snarled sarcastically to himself, //I'd give you all the 'guidance' you need if I had HeavyArms here! I'd blow this damned place to hell and back and then you wouldn't even need to worry over it, now would you, asshole?//

"I'm not usually on security detail, sir," Trowa finally answered with forced patience, "I'm a technical officer, sir, but I understand the situation. Let's just hope the lieutenant finds whatever he's looking for soon and leaves so we can get back to our usual duties, right?"

"You've got that right!" The captain smiled and placed a friendly hand on Trowa's shoulder and was surprised to find the muscles there tightly bunched together. "Something wrong, Ensign?" the man suddenly asked with genuine concern. "You're awfully tense."

A moment of panic hit Trowa before he smiled and answered truthfully, "I just want to get back to what I'd planned on doing, sir, that's all."

//Finding out what's wrong with Fei is what I'd been 'planning to do' and then maybe getting somewhere with that idea from Heero, too.// He thought with a small smile.

The oblivious OZ officer nodded and smiled in return, "Don't we all, son, don't we all!"

A sigh of frustration left Trowa's lips as he made his way back to the boring guard duty that he knew would be useless in the extreme. Zechs Merquise was not one to be fooled by such obvious charades as these buffoons pretending to keep the rigorous security measures that OZ dictated. As he walked along the corridors, Trowa was relieved to not be assigned closer to the prototype scanner that would experience a massive system failure soon thanks to Heero's efforts.

If only one thing had gone right on this mission, it was that and even though his own reunion with his still recovering love was delayed, Trowa was pleased that the threat to Duo's safety had been neutralized.

Even though his desires to be with the boy he loved were important to Trowa, the emerald-eyed pilot also cared deeply for his other friends and helping to protect Duo meant a great deal to him. This one sense of accomplishment helped him get through an otherwise long and nerve-wracking day of pointless guard duty.

Full Author's Notes to Run at Conclusion.

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