Title: #76 "Sore wa... himitsu desu" - Part 4
Arc: Life With Heero
Author: Calic0cat <calic0cat@fastmail.fm>
Story Completed: June 16, 2003
Genre: Shonen Ai/Yaoi, Friendship, Romance
Pairing: 1+2
Rated: PG
Warnings: AU, OOC, Swearing
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Disclaimer: Duo and Heero and the rest of the GW gang aren't mine. This story is. Nuff said.

Notes: The arc begins between one and two years after Endless Waltz. Duo POV in this story.

************ Time passing or scene change

Author's Notes: See earlier fics for notes on the arc as a whole. Feedback is appreciated.


Duo closed his eyes and relaxed into the strawberry-flavoured kiss that Heero was giving him. He hadn't been too sure whether driving up here was a good idea or not but it seemed to be working out okay.

'There's a sort of thrill to it. Kissing with other people only a few feet away yet at the same time knowing that they can't actually see what we're doing...' Public kissing with privacy, contradictory though that was. The idea had intrigued him when he'd thought of it while they were at the bowling alley but he hadn't made up his mind to go through with it until it was almost time to leave. Up until then, he'd simply intended for them to go to the ice cream parlour and share a sundae as he'd originally planned.

'But this is better... *Much* better...' he thought as he fed Heero a spoonful of the sundae before giving him another one of the kisses he owed from their little bowling competition. He felt his hair slip loose from the braid and his lips twitched into a grin before he broke off the kiss. Heero had a definite hair fetish; he was constantly taking Duo's hair down when they were in private. Duo didn't exactly *mind* - but it could be a real nuisance at times. "You better hope you don't get any strawberry sauce and ice cream in this, Yuy," he mock-threatened, waving a handful of hair for emphasis.

Heero just smirked at him. "I am *never* sloppy, so if anyone gets anything in your hair, it will be you."

"Hey, are you insinuating that I *am* sloppy?"

A raised eyebrow and another smirk were the only response. Duo stuck his tongue out at Heero in playful retaliation. And promptly found it put to better use as Heero leaned forward and captured it in an open-mouthed kiss. Their tongues battled for dominance as the kiss deepened. Duo slid his hands under Heero's shirt; one gliding over his solidly muscled back while the fingers of the other rubbed gentle circles on his abdomen. He slid a bit closer to Heero, wincing as his knee banged the gear shift. 'Damn! Wish I'd thought of this earlier, I'd have driven Heero's car instead; his has a big enough backseat that we could have moved back there...'

Duo forgot about his bumped knee as Heero's hand slid from behind his back to his stomach, dipping daringly below his jeans' waistband, making his breath catch and his own hands freeze for a moment. That - was new territory...

His tiny instant of hesitation was enough to make Heero draw back from the kiss. "Duo? Stop or okay?"

They'd kept their hands above the waist up till now; that had been a firm rule in bed and an unspoken agreement the rest of the time. 'I'm not ready to go - well, all the way - yet... But maybe it's time for a little more serious fooling around...' "Okay," he decided. He gave Heero a reassuring smile then slid his own fingers that little bit lower on Heero. "You?" He was guessing that Heero was okay with it or he wouldn't have started it but better safe than sorry.

Heero nodded and leaned forward to kiss Duo again. Duo was vaguely aware that Heero must have set the remaining bit of sundae down - somewhere - because now Heero had both hands busy exploring his body but he wasn't too concerned about exactly where it was at. He was more interested in what those hands were doing to him and carrying out his own bit of exploration. Trying to shift closer to Heero, he cracked his knee on the gear shift again. "*Shit!*" he swore in frustration. "Damn gear shift... That's twice now that it's attacked my poor knee..." He rubbed his abused knee gingerly.

"Want me to kiss it better?" Heero suggested with a grin.

Duo laughed at the suggestion. "Think that'll work?"

"Maybe..." Heero bent and pressed a kiss to Duo's knee then massaged it gently with both hands. "Better?" he asked.

"Actually - yeah..." Duo gave him a surprised grin. It was amazing how different Heero's fingers rubbing his knee like that felt from when he'd done it himself. The fact that his knee was throbbing had been rapidly forgotten in the wake of the tingling heat that seemed to be continuing to spread out from wherever Heero's fingers had touched. That - awareness - of each other's touch just seemed to keep growing.

"But I think maybe that's our signal to finish the sundae and head home," Duo said regretfully. "If I'd thought of this sooner, we could have brought your car but this one's backseat is way too cramped for making out; it'd be even worse than the front."

"True," Heero snickered. "Well, there's not too much left to..." His voice trailed off. "Umm... Oops?"

"Oops? What do you mean, oops?" Duo asked suspiciously. He followed Heero's silently pointing finger, turning to look at the dashboard. Nothing there. He gave Heero a questioning look and Heero shrugged sheepishly.

"That's where I sat the sundae..."

"Oh shit..." Duo looked down at the puddle of strawberry sauce and mostly-melted ice cream on the floor. He groaned. Right on the carpet. "I suppose it was too much to hope that it would have at least managed to land on the rubber floor mat," he muttered in disgust.

"I'll clean it up when we get home," Heero said with a sigh.

Duo snickered, "You jinxed yourself with that 'I'm *never* sloppy' remark, buddy boy."

"Yeah, yeah, I know..." Heero muttered, scowling at the mess. "Just the way I wanted our date to end - cleaning the car floor..." he grumbled.

Leaning across, Duo kissed him on the cheek. "Well, that's certainly not what I had in mind. Cleaning the car floor would really be a sucky way to end our first date. So - *we'll* clean it up when we get home," he said firmly. "Together. And then I'll give you the rest of those kisses that I owe you. In the house, on the couch. Where there's no gear shift to attack my poor abused knee. *Then* we'll call the date officially over. That sound better?"

Heero's scowl turned back into a grin and he leaned over to kiss Duo in return. "Much."

"Good," Duo said with a smile. He wasn't going to let a little spilled ice cream put a damper on the evening. The carpet could be cleaned; no big deal. He wanted the date to end on a good note. A little fooling around in the comfort of their own living room should take care of that quite nicely. 'Very nicely indeed...'