Quatre had felt uncomfortable about sharing a room with Wufei initially, but
as the evening passed and the dark-haired youth had begun prowling the
apartment like a captive tiger, the Arabian teen felt relieved that the
arrangement would let him surreptitiously keep an eye on the boy.
At one point, Duo had been trying to convince Heero that Wufei was too calm
to be trusted, but the Wing pilot pointed out that they could do little about
the situation unless Wufei took action or there was something more concrete
to go by. Frustrated, Duo had then decided to "take action" himself and had
dragged his lover back to their room where the couple remained ensconced into
Sitting in the living room and trying to finish reading some reports on his
family's business dealings, Quatre was startled when a single bronze hand
came to rest on his shoulder.
The blond teen jumped slightly and Wufei chuckled softly, "And here I thought
that I was the only one on edge around here."
"Sorry, Wufei," Quatre turned to smile at him. "You startled me, that's all.
The Chinese boy looked at him with a curious expression and then shrugged. "I
believe that I will go to bed and wondered if you needed anything out of the
room before I turn out the lights?"
"Um, actually," the Sandrock pilot faked a yawn, "I'm kind of tired, too.
Guess we might as well both crash for tonight."
Wufei just nodded and they walked back to their room together in silence.
An hour later, as Quatre was discovering that the daybed was distinctly
uncomfortable, he heard a sound he had never heard before. Aquamarine eyes
blinked sleepily as he tried to figure out what he had heard when it came
again. Realizing it sounded more like a muffled sob than anything else, he
asked quietly in the darkness, "Wufei? Are you all right?"
The sound echoed again as the other boy rolled over in his sleep and his body
came to rest facing him. In the moonlight coming in through the window,
Quatre could see that Wufei seemed to be crying in his sleep.
A sense of foreboding overcame the blond teen as he slipped off the daybed
and moved closer to Wufei. He sat on the edge of the bed and reached out one
hand to gently shake the other boy, calling again, "Wufei? Wake up! I think
you're having a bad dream."
There was no response and he grew concerned, asking again, "Wufei? C'mon,
Dark eyes suddenly flew open, a look of pure terror on his face as Wufei
trembled and said in confusion, "Quatre? Where is he? Where's Trowa?"
Before an answer could be offered, though, the distraught youth added in a
voice that belied his still half-sleeping condition, "They have him! I just
know it! OZ captured him like they did me and if I don't get him away from
them, it'll happen to him, too!" His face lost all of its color and he
struggled to rise against the gentle pressure that Quatre suddenly felt
forced to exert to hold him in place.
Worry and fear crossed Quatre's face. He had no idea that the others
suspected that something truly terrible might have happened to Wufei
previously, but he knew the other was being irrational now and the most
important thing was to calm him down before he did something dangerous.
"Shh, Wufei, take it easy! Calm down, okay?" Quatre soothed while he kept
both hands on the other boy's arms to prevent him from getting out of bed and
rushing off as he seemed to want to do. "We don't know anything bad happened
to Trowa, what're you talking about?"
Tears welled up again in Wufei's eyes as his mind tried to reassert that the
nightmare he had just awakened from was reality and he struggled almost
violently to get away from the blond teen.
As Quatre became nearly desperate enough to shout for help from the other
pilots, the Chinese teen suddenly slumped against him. Dragging deep breaths
into his oxygen-starved lungs, Wufei allowed the crying jag to work its way
out of him before he turned his face once more to the frightened teen who
refused to let go of him.
"I... I am all right now, Quatre, thank you." Wufei finally said quietly, shame
at his emotional weakness showing on his tear-stained face. "You can go back
"No," the other boy said softly, "I'm not leaving you, Wufei, not until I
know what scared you so badly all of a sudden."
Wufei sighed and moved to lay back down with his eyes closed. "It was a
nightmare, nothing more. I am sorry I disturbed your sleep, just leave me."
"No," Quatre stated more firmly. "You're not telling me the whole truth here
and while that's your choice, I'm not going to leave you alone right now."
"Why not? Afraid that I shall do something stupid?" Wufei sighed, knowing in
his heart that this was exactly what he wanted to do.
Quatre smiled a little at this idea, his mind helpfully flashing him humorous
images of mashed potatoes and then the sadder sights of his own violence
against the boy beside him. "No, lately 'doing something stupid' is my
department. I'm more worried you'll do something, um, well, *unwise* if not
"Hai," Wufei mumbled, "'Unwise' is a good way to put it. Then again, leaving
Trowa alone inside an OZ base where Zechs Merquise, a man who has met him
face-to-face, is roaming and Trowa could be captured at any moment is
exceedingly 'unwise', yet Yuy did it."
Wufei groaned as he realized how petulant his voice sounded and he continued,
"Now I am being unreasonable and I know it, but I can not seem to stop
thinking that something has gone wrong beyond a simple delay. We all felt
that there was going to be trouble on this mission and now that there is, I
can not keep the worry from my mind. I wish I could just go into that damned
base and get Trowa out of there right now."
"I understand," Quatre remarked as he took a risk and stretched out on the
bed next to Wufei.
The Arabian teen lay on his side, looking at his smaller companion, studying
his face and feeling remorse yet again for the line of stitches that remained
across his cheek. "But you can't do that, Wufei. You're not strong enough
with your injuries still bothering you and all. Besides, it's not unusual to
need an extra bit of time to escape after infiltration. It happens to all of
us at times."
"Maybe," Wufei groused unhappily, "But when was the scanner prototype
supposed to self-destruct? Won't OZ be looking for those responsible for that
as soon as it happens? They are certain to spot Trowa then if Merquise has
not noticed him already."
"Hmm," Quatre frowned. He hadn't considered the fact that Merquise, a man
he'd never even met, could play a role in the unfolding drama.
Silently coming to a decision that would radically change the destinies of
all five of the Gundam pilots, he allowed a smile to return to his face.
Quatre then reached out to stroke the other teen's back in the way he'd seen
both Trowa and Duo do that seemed to relax Wufei.
"Well, Wufei, I honestly have no idea what Trowa and Heero set up, but why
don't you try to go back to sleep?" He smiled more broadly as he felt the
tense muscles relaxing under his fingers. "I can pretty much promise you that
things will be different by this time tomorrow, okay?"
Eyes sliding shut as sleep began to reclaim him, Wufei had enough presence of
mind to ask, "What are you planning, Quatre? What did... " he yawned as he tried
to resist the gentle massage that the blond boy was giving him and failed,
"... you mean by that?"
"Oh, nothing, really," Quatre lied. A slightly self-deprecating smile touched
his lips as he added, "I'm sure things will be better by tomorrow night.
"M'kay," Wufei sighed sleepily, his words slurring slightly as he fell
asleep. "Why dun you just stay here now? 'S more comfortable than that damned
Quatre looked startled and then allowed himself a truly happy smile. "I think
I will. Thanks, Wufei." He wrapped one arm lightly around the other boy and
snuggled closer before drifting off to sleep himself.
Wufei, however, had reawakened somewhat and while he wouldn't rescind his
offer, being held by the same youth that had attacked him was suddenly a bit
//He's not a monster, fool!//
The Chinese teen chided himself, allowing the contractions into his mental
speech that he usually worked so diligently to avoid speaking aloud.
//This is just Quatre. The same person you trusted before and one simple
mistake caused by lack of sleep doesn't change who he is inside. Besides,
he's worried about Trowa, too.//
As sleep threatened to return and pull the dark-eyed boy back to itself,
Wufei actually forced himself to put his own arms around Quatre's body and
return the cuddling. He was rewarded with a happy little squeak from the
sleeping boy in return and he smiled ruefully.
//How can I ever be angry with him for falling in love with Trowa in the
first place? With those beautiful green eyes and that soft brown hair, Trowa
is simply irresistible and Quatre was around him so much more than I was for
months. No, as long as Quatre understands that Trowa makes his own choices
and respects that, I shouldn't have anything against him.//
Wufei's last thoughts of forgiveness were commendable, but he failed to take
as seriously as he should the danger he had detected in the other boy's
words. Quatre now had a very risky plan in mind and Wufei was the only one
who could have stopped it.
Full Author's Notes to Run at Conclusion.
End Notes for Parts 20 and 21:
Dedications: Gomenasai, but tonight there's no disco ball.
[John Travolta gets up and leaves and Nic Cage and Jay Chan laugh at him (the
first one due to "Saturday Night Fever", the first two due to "Face/Off", and
the second pairing to make my kitten-koi smile, reminders of The Game are
everywhere!) um, just so you know: in The Game, codenames were used that
identified Heero as Travolta, Trowa as Cage, and Wufei as Chan. my favorite
movie action heroes, go figure!]
Tonight's posting run is dedicated to my kids getting through the last week
of school! If we can survive this as a family, I just might take this coming
weekend off and go hang out at Animazement, the anime con in Research
Triangle Park, NC, where Yu Watase will be featured and go enjoy that! It
*might* even make the angst get better, ne? But I doubt that Melpomene will
be impressed unless we're able to score an original Chichiri by Watase-sama!