" I'm bored."
Heero's eyes barely flickered in Duo's direction.
" Bored, bored, bored. Bored." Duo flopped back on the large, four-poster bed and stared up at the ceiling. " B-O-R-E-D. "
" I got the hint the first sixty times," Heero said absently, scanning the report in front of him. Duo sat up and blew out his breath.
" Ne, Heero - come for a walk with me!" he entreated. Scooting off the bed, he walked over to his partner and draped himself over the stoic pilot's shoulders. " Please?"
Heero shrugged him off and gave him a weak glare - weak by his standards anyway. While anyone else would have been frozen with fright, Duo - long since immune to the patented Yuy Death Glare - grinned unabashedly at him. Heero growled. " I have mission reports to send to Dr. J." He narrowed his eyes. " As a matter of fact, so do you."
Duo waved his hands in the air. " It will keep 'til later! I'm bored NOW!"
" And you're more interested in that damn laptop than your own boyfriend-"
" And Rashid won't let me into the liquor cabinet anymore because he thinks its MY fault that Quatre got drunk and nearly burnt the house down trying to start a fire in the fireplace-"
Duo's head snapped up at his lover's irate tone. Heero was glaring at him with full intensity and Duo ducked. " Yeah, Hee-chan?"
" I am TRYING to work! Go for a damn walk by yourself - I'm sure you can handle it!"
The sarcasm was not lost on Duo. He sat down at the harsh rebuke, watching as Heero turned back to his laptop with an air of finality. Duo fiddled with the edge of his braid, pouting slightly - until he heard it.
A faint noise, almost a humming sound. It reminded him of the mini-bike Wufei rode sometimes but the engine's purr was lower, more gravelly. His head lifted and he looked out of the second floor window of Quatre's estate. His eyes widened, and a small smile crept onto his lips, growing wider with each passing second. With a chortle, he leapt off the bed and bounded out the door.
Wufei was in the sun room reading a newspaper when the braided American bounced by the door, rubbing his hands together and chuckling evilly. The look of pure unadulterated mischief, coupled with his famous Shinigami grin, sent shivers down Wufei's spine and he set the paper down nervously.
" Do I want to know what Maxwell is up too?" he asked himself warily. Then the memory himself, a bottle of hair dye, some anesthetic and a pink tutu made him shiver again and he decided to continue reading in his room. With the door locked.
Duo jumped off the marble steps of the front landing and hit the ground running. He saw Rashid watching what had caught Duo's attention and he headed for the giant man.
" Master Duo!" Rashid jumped as Duo appeared next to him, eyes glazed with excitement. He almost swore he could see a faint hint of drool lurking at the corner of the young man's mouth. " Uh..."
" Can I try Rashid?" Duo snapped his head around and he turned on his secret weapon - huge violet-blue chibi eyes. Rashid fought to keep from crumbling.
" Now Master Duo - it is not a toy..."
" Pleeeeeeeeeeeeaasee??" If possible, Duo's eyes got even larger. A faint shimmer of tears lurked suspiciously, and his bottom lip trembled slightly.
Rashid fought against that innocent look for all of two seconds. Sparing a second to dash off a quick prayer to Allah, he nodded resignedly and motioned for the Maguanac they were watching to come over. As Duo bounced on the balls of his toes eagerly, Rashid wondered briefly where on earth his common sense had gotten too....he could have sworn he had it only a minute ago...
Heero pressed enter and leaned back, satisfied, as his final report was sent on it's way to Dr. J's laboratory on L1. He stretched his arms and it was then he noticed how quiet the house was. Standing up, he thought back tothe harsh way he had spoken to Duo, knowing with a faint pang of guilt, thatthe American didn't mean to be annoying - he just wanted to have fun, experience life - and get Heero to experience it too. He sighed.
" Guess I better go apologize."
Closing the lid of his laptop, he wondered where to start looking for his braided baka - and then he heard it. A faint whoop of joy, coupled with the sounds of an engine running. He quickly moved to the window, peering out quizzically - and fought to keep from laughing out loud. With an uncharacteristic smile on his face, he hurried out of the room.
Wufei was just leaving his room when he saw Heero pass - and was shocked to see the look on his face. Heero? SMILING? He followed the Perfect Soldier - if something made Heero Yuy smile like that, it HAD to be good.
The two went through the front door and pulled up - Trowa and Quatre had returned from their trip to town and were sitting on the porch with about a dozen Maguanac and Rashid - watching and laughing as Duo tore up one side of the huge lawn and down the other on a large, powerful, modified riding lawnmower, braid flapping out behind him, looking remarkably like a chestnut-colored tail.
The Deathscythe pilot's maniacal laughter could be heard even over the roar of the engines as Duo raced over dips in the lawn, and careened around trees. He skirted the flowerbeds, slowing down briefly to keep frombarreling into a plastic flamingo - a present he himself had given to Rashidas a joke - and whooping as he accelerated, waving one hand in the air likehe was riding a bucking bronco.
Quatre was giggling uncontrollably at the scene before him, and he turned to Rashid.
" I didn't know those things could go that fast!?"
Rashid looked embarrassed. " Aaa, Master Quatre-sama....you have a very big lawn and one of the men decided to make some....adjustments to the machine, to make the chore go faster."
" It worked," Wufei chuckled as Duo began racing in small circles, leaning into the turns, perched precariously on the edge before straightening suddenly and shooting forwards, howling as he did. It was then that he discovered his audience watching him, clapping as if they'd enjoyed the show. Shocked, he let go of the handles and let the engine idle, slowing to a stop in front of them. He scratched the back of his head sheepishly.
Rashid shook his head and gingerly took the keys from the mower's ignition. Duo's expression turned to a pout as he reluctantly climbed off the machine. He heard Rashid mumble something about crazy gundam pilots before lamenting at the unevenness of the lawn thanks to Duo's rather...unorthodox method.
He bounded next to Heero, shrugging as all four pilot's looked at him askance.
" Well, I said I was bored!"