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: May-July, 2001
Overall Rating: NC-17
Overall Pairings: (3+5) (1x2/2x1) (?x5)NCS
Category: DARK Angst Yaoi/Shonen ai Friendship Rape-Memories Sap Lime AU-OOC
Enigma Story Categories: G-Boys High Adventure! & Gundam Nightmares
Warnings: DARK, angst, yaoi/shonen ai, friendship, remembrance of
non-consensual sex, sap, lime, language, violence, fear, AU-OOC
Notes: The hidden gifts that Wufei discovered brought him a sense of joy at
the time, but now shadows of a dark and painful past return and his world
begins to shatter. Can Trowa find the strength to truly love him
unconditionally and somehow keep the Chinese teen from being irrevocably
While Heero, Quatre, and Trowa made their plans for facing the unknown, a
minor miracle occurred in the second story bedroom where Duo kept watch over
It wasn't dramatic, and it certainly wasn't everything the braided teen might
have hoped for at that point, but as Duo scanned the internet for information
on OZ's latest efforts to locate the Gundam pilots he heard a small noise
"nnn..." Wufei's voice softly echoed in the room, immediately drawing Duo's
attention since he feared he might have imagined the sound in the first place.
Duo set the laptop aside quickly and focused his attention on the boy on the
bed. "Wu? Babe, are you okay?" He leaned over and brushed the loose black
silk hair back and peered more closely at the still closed eyes and shook his
head sadly. "You're still not awake, are you, Wu?"
The American pilot sighed sadly as he tucked the blankets up more warmly
around Wufei's neck and slumped back down next to him. He shook his head
unhappily, "Wu-chan, what the hell am I supposed to do about all this? I'm so
damned desperate, I think I'm starting to hear things! Any chance you're
gonna come out of this soon, babe? I mean, if you don't then…"
Before Duo's soliloquy could continue, though, the Chinese teen actually
rolled over onto his side and curled towards him as if instinctually seeking
comfort. This brought a broad smile to Duo's face as he moved to embrace the
smaller teen. The braided boy gratefully lay there rubbing his friend's back
and softly speaking reassuring words that might help draw Wufei back into the
world of the living.
Quatre walked up to the doorway and looked in before entering. He was amazed
to see that something had finally changed and he walked in smiling as he
offered quietly, "Duo? What happened? Is Wufei doing better?"
Violet eyes glanced over at the doorway and Duo smiled, "Yeah, I think so,
Quatre. He moved and it seems like he's asleep for real now instead of that
weird zombie mode he was in before."
"Is he in REM sleep, Duo?" the Arabian teen asked, walking closer and looking
at the boy they were all worried about who hadn't spoken or even opened his
eyes since the disastrous morning.
"I'm not sure," Duo remarked and looked more closely then moved out of the
way so that the Sandrock pilot could check. "Why is that important, Quatre?"
As he knelt by the side of the bed, Quatre looked closely and was pleased to
detect the Rapid Eye Movement indicative of normal sleep. Rising back up with
a relieved smile, he told his friend, "If he's moving in his sleep *and*
experiencing REM, then we've got a better shot at Wufei coming out of this
today instead of tomorrow, Duo. Without achieving normal sleep, he might've
needed medical intervention and while I can call my sister I'm sure we'd all
prefer to handle this one ourselves, or am I wrong?"
"You're not wrong, Q-Ball," Duo remarked with a gentle smile of his own while
he allowed the nickname to carry his gratitude for the other's sensitivity,
something he'd cruelly accused him of having none of earlier that day.
Usually impervious to guilt over such minor matters, the American teen had
realized that he had been terribly judgmental earlier in the day and he
Granted, being awoken by the sound of one of his friends screaming in fear
followed by the crashing of a door was a startling way to start the day, but
to have assumed the worse about Trowa without evidence was too much. The
unpleasantness that had been directed at the blond boy was far more than he
could write off to simple exhaustion but the stress they were facing now was
worse than what even terrorists usually faced. Duo decided to make an effort
to try harder to be more reasonable as the day wore on.
For his part, Quatre suddenly realized he was running a bit behind schedule
for delivering the coffee he'd promised and spoke up quickly, "I almost
forgot, I came to tell you that Trowa woke up. Heero asked me to get them
some coffee since there was something they needed to discuss in private. I'm
going to go brew some now, would you like a cup? Or, if you want," he looked
puzzled then added, "I can take over here if Heero needs you there when he
talks to Trowa?"
First Duo had smiled at the news that Trowa had awakened, but then he frowned
as he considered his options. Coming to a decision, he shook his head. "No,
I'd better stay put, Quatre. I think Heero may handle this better solo and he
would've asked for me if he wanted me there."
The American looked uncertain at first and then his face set more firmly as
he added firmly, "No, I definitely think I'll stay out of that discussion for
now. If they can't work it out, then maybe I'll get involved. However," his
face brightened considerably, "I would just *love* some java! What kind are
Quatre smiled gently as he realized that sometimes being the support team was
as important as being the ones to face the firefight as Heero and Trowa
seemed about to do and offered, "Um, how's some of your Starbuck's French
Roast sound, Duo?"
"Sounds yummy good, Q-Ball!" Duo smiled back with a wink, "Add a cookie to it
and I'm there! Uh, well, I'm here, actually, but you know what I mean!"
Quatre giggled slightly at the attempt at humor and nodded, any break in the
tension was welcomed. "You got it. Be back in a bit."
"Kaybees," Duo agreed cheerfully and then went back to quietly guarding the
boy sleeping next to him and hoping that their teammate had been right and
that Wufei might awaken soon.
Full Author's Notes to Run at Conclusion.