disclaimer: the boys aren't mine. i just manipulate them for my own personal enjoyment.

rating: *this fic is not yet rated*
feedback: it's necessary to live...so, yes!
warnings for entire fic: shounen-ai/yaoi, angst, duo/heero torture, language, small lemon-ish spots(?), AU (AC 200)
spoilers: none
pairings: odd....can't explain but it involves heero and duo and 3X4 implied.

notes: another one that came to me in dreamscape. yes, i know, i have weird dreams. you should see what happens after i eat pepperoni pizza ^_~

//heero's thoughts//
:: duo's thoughts ::

momentary lapse of reason
part 14

Loosening his embrace on Duo, Heero used one hand to steady him while he turned down the blankets of Duo's bed. Guiding his charge to a seated position, Heero removed Duo's shoe and stood. "Can you manage to lie down?"

Duo nodded and moved back onto the bed, shifting his full weight vertically onto the mattress before scooting into the center of the bed. Heero watched as Duo brought himself to a fully reclined position, aware of the discomfort the simple movements were causing him. "Would you like to take something for the pain?" Heero asked.

Duo offered him a weak smile in answer to his question.

"I'll be right back."

Returning minutes later, Heero sat a glass of water on the nightstand beside Duo's bed. Retrieving several small brown bottles from Duo's suitcase, Heero read each label before setting them down on the dresser. "It's Tylenol 3 with Codeine. Not as strong as what they have been giving you in the hospital." Heero commented, emptying two of the small white tablets into the palm of his hand.

"That's fine." Duo returned, propping himself up on one elbow as Heero made his way over to the bed. Handing Duo the Tylenol, Heero reached for the glass of water, offering it to him after he had placed the tablets in his mouth. "You should feel better in about 20 minutes."

Duo lie back down and looked to where Heero stood. "Stay with me until I fall asleep?"

Heero smiled and nodded before crossing the room to sit at Duo's desk, turning the chair to face him.

"When will Quatre, Trowa and Wufei get home?" Duo asked.

Heero looked down at his watch. "In about 3 hours. At 5:00." Heero replied. "Dinner is at 6:00. You should be well rested by then."

Duo nodded and his eyes began searching the room, his gaze pausing every now and then as he took in his surroundings. "Where is your room, Heero?" he asked, his eyes on Heero now.

"Just down the hall. I'm going to pick up a pair walkie-talkies later on, so that you can call me if you need anything."

"I was wondering about that. What about at night?" Duo asked.

"You can call anytime you need something. Day or night." Heero replied, looking toward Duo.

Duo's eyes closed, his voice almost a whisper. "Oh...."

He knew that Duo was not pleased with his response. "Duo?"

"Mm?" he responded, eyes still closed.

"What's wrong?"

Violet eyes opened slowly to look toward Heero. "I was hoping that you would stay here at night.... with me." He started. "But as long as I can call you, it's okay."

Heero pondered Duo's reply for a moment. There was constant activity at the hospital, both inside and outside his room, the scene very different from the one he now found himself in. The young man was not used to being alone...... especially in a strange place.

"Would you like me to move my bed in here for a while?" Heero asked.

Duo's eyes brightened and he nodded. "That would be perfect, Heero. Thank you."


In his room, Heero disassembled his bed, propping the mattress and box spring up against the wall. Carrying the metal frame down the hall, he left it outside of Duo's room, entering to find Duo out of bed.

"I had to go to the bathroom." He replied sheepishly to Heero's gaze.

Heero smiled and set about rearranging the furniture to make way for his bed, watching Duo out of the corner of his eye. His movements seemed to be more fluid now, the medication finally kicking in. "I'll be done here shortly, then you can get some rest." He told him.

Setting up the bed frame, Heero attached the headboard and retrieved both the box spring and mattress, lowering them onto their frame. Having completed the tiring task, Heero sat for a moment on the edge of his bed, smiling as he looked over at his now sleeping friend.

Rising to cover him, Heero bent and placed a gentle kiss on his forehead. "Rest well, Duo."

Crossing the room, Heero exited and quietly closed the door behind him.

Violet eyes opened as the door lock clicked into place. "I will, Heero.", Duo whispered, bringing his hand up to his forehead where Heero's lips had touched him. "I will......"


Since leaving Duo asleep in his bed, Heero had kept himself occupied doing various chores around the house. He was unaccustomed to having so much spare time, and it took a conscious effort to fill the void. After checking in on Duo at 5:00, Heero entered the kitchen to prepare dinner. He had little to no experience in cooking, but for lack of anything better to do, he decided to try his hand at it.

Heero was in the midst of setting the table for their evening meal when Trowa entered the kitchen. "Heero?" he began "Why aren't you at the hospital? Is everything okay?" he asked with surprise. Quatre and Wufei had made their way into the room to stand behind Trowa; the two equally as concerned judging by the expression on their faces.

Heero smiled as he looked up at his three friends. "Everything is fine." he started, immediately putting their fears to rest. "I'm not at the hospital, because Duo came home today."

He studied the three young men as they reacted to the news, joining them in the soft sighs and laughter that filled the large room.

on to part 15

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