10-19-2003

Title: GraveDigger
Author: DamnVespa
Category: Songfic, Angst
Pairings: 1+2 (umm…eventually), 3x4, 5xSally, ZechsxNoin
Warnings: This is going to be sad….very sad…So if you don't want to
be saddened then DON'T read this.
Notes: Okay…this is complicated and I guess you'll just have to read it to understand it…*crosses fingers* at least I hope you understand it. Oh and sorry about any spelling or grammer errors I've probably made. My Spell and Grammer checker isn't working right now.Disclaimer: I don't own GW or it's characters nor do I own "GraveDigger" by Dave Matthews.

[Cyrus Jones, 1810 to 1913
He made his great grandchildren believe
He could live to one hundred and three
A hundred and three is forever
When you're just a little kid
So Cyrus Jones lived forever]

Zechs smiled happily as he snuggled with his wife, Noin. He could feel Noin shift to make herself more comfortable. Then she stilled and her breathing deepened as she fell back asleep. Zechs opened his eyes and looked down at his wife. He tightened his arms around his wife and breathed deeply. He could barely hear the noise his two children made as they watched their morning cartoons.

Noin and him had stayed up late last night reading old mission reports. Une thought there was some connection from recent preventer deaths and a new rebellion. From what he and Noin found, she was right. He frowned when he thought that some people were going to try to start a war again. He didn't want his two children to ever know what war was. He had spent the last four years healing from all the mental stresses he had during the war. He had finally come to terms with Treize's death and with his own betrayal to everyone.

Noin whimpered in pain when he tightened his arms too tightly around her. Zechs immediately loosened his hold. Noin's eyes fluttered and finally opened. She yawned and looked up at Zechs.

"What time is it?"

"A little past noon."

Noin gasped and shot up into a sitting position, "The kids…"

"They're fine. I can hear them watching cartoons in the living room."

"But their breakfast…"

"I'm sure, they can feed themselves. They're not babies anymore."

Noin sighed wistfully, "No they aren't, are they? They've grown up so fast."

"Yes they have."

"Well, we better get up and make sure they aren't causing too much trouble."

Noin yelped as she was pulled back onto the bed with Zechs leaning over her. He smiled mischievously down at her.

"Why don't we stay here and play a little."

"But the kids…"

"Are too busy watching TV…"

Zechs leaned down and kissed her gently on the mouth. As the kiss lengthened it became more passionate until Noin was moaning into the kiss. Zechs hands roamed down her body and were in the process of taking off her night shirt when the door opened.

"Mom? Dad? You up?"

Zechs sighed and slumped down on to Noin. Noin huffed and shoved Zechs to the side and looked at the door. She saw her seven year old daughter, Alexandria, standing there.

"Yes we're up. What do you need Alexie?"

"Martin won't let me play any of his video games."

"I'll be there in a minute, sweetie."

"Okay, mommy."

The seven year old ran out of the room shouting down the hall, "Marty you're going to get it now."

Zechs sighed again and tried to snuggle into Noin but Noin moved out of the way and stood up.

"C'mon Zechs. We need to go talk to your son."

Zechs reached up to her and grabbed her hand. He started to pull her towards the bed, "They can wait a few minutes, I can't."

Noin smirked, "No, honey. We need to go see about your son. You can wait a while."

Zechs grimaced and let go of her hand knowing he lost. He heaved a sigh and stood. Then made his way to the bathroom. Noin smirked behind him, "Besides if we wait it will be a lot more fun."

Zechs turned and smiled from the bathroom door. Noin sauntered over to him and hugged him. She whispered "I love you" into his ear. Then she rubbed up against him. Zechs moaned at the friction she was causing in his groin. But soon the friction was gone and Noin stood on the opposite side of the room giggling.

Zechs frowned then smirked, "Tease. I'll get you for that later."

Noin smiled sweetly, "Promise?"

Before Zechs closed the bathroom door he called to her, "Promise. Noin. Love you."

Then went to take his shower. She smiled and changed into some jeans and a t-shirt. She sighed when she heard her son yell for her.

Later that day, they met Une at Preventer Headquarters. Along with Heero, Wufei, Quatre, Trowa, and Sally. Une stood up at the head of the table, "So what have you got on this new group? Zechs?"

Zechs sat up straighter, "We did some cross referencing with old mission reports and deaths of several Preventers. And we've found this group to be in a number of them. They also seemed to be growing in force but I can't determine by how much."

Une sat back in her chair and steepled her fingers in front of her mouth. She then looked to Heero, "Have you found anything suspicious, Heero?"

Heero shook his head, "No. If they are hiding something they are doing a good job of hiding it."

Trowa sat up straighter in his chair, "Maybe we should have someone on the inside to see what this groups all about."

Une mulled that over then nodded, "That sounds good. Who wants to do it?"

"I'll do it." Trowa winced as he stood. His leg was still healing from the last mission he was on.

"No you will not. You're still injured from that last mission." Une glared. Then looked around the room.

"Zechs, you want to do some undercover work?"

"What! Why him? I'm the best at infiltration." Trowa shouted. Everyone but Quatre was shocked with his outburst.

Une stood up and glared at him, "I know you are, but as I said before you are still injured and I refuse to send you out there while injured."

"It's just a flesh wound. It won't interfere with the mission."

"You're limping! It's not just a flesh wound."

Trowa took a deep breath, "Look Une, I know you fancy yourself to be like an older sister to me but you are not. I can do this mission."

Une sighed and rubbed her temples, "I'm not speaking to you like an older sister. I'm your superior in this organization. You are not fit for this mission, Zechs is. He's second best in the field. I want someone fit in there."

Trowa glared at Une, "Fine." Then abruptly sat in his chair.

Zechs looked at Noin. He didn't want to leave her with the children by herself but he knew how important this was. Noin looked back at him, smiled softly and nodded. Zechs smiled while he reached over and squeezed her hand.

"I'm on it."

Une smiled tiredly, "Good. We'll set you up and you can leave tomorrow afternoon. Well gentlemen, I think that's it for now."

They all nodded and left the room.

~Four Months Later~

Zechs swore continually as he hacked into the computer. He found out that the rebel organization otherwise called "Friends for the Colonies" was out to restart the war. Their goal was to finally free the colonies from Earth once and for all. Even though the colonies had as much freedom as any other country in the world. This organization didn't want them to be part of the United Earth Sphere Nation. The group had already made their own army and were almost ready to strike at the Preventers.

Zechs typed frantically, he knew his time was short. When he infiltrated he thought it would be a piece of cake but he was wrong. Two days ago they had found out his real identity some how and now were trying to kill him. He had locked himself in this computer room, frantically trying to type out and send Une the latest report and prepare them for the upcoming war.

He heard the soldiers banging at the locked door. He didn't even glance at the door, he just kept typing. Finally he got it typed and sent it out on a secured line. Or at least he hoped it was secure. The soldiers kept banging on the door trying to break it down. Zechs took a deep breath and pulled out a slim detonator. He had set up bombs throughout the building before he got trapped in this room.

He took a few moments to think about Noin and his kids. He smiled with affection as he mentally pulled up pictures of them in his mind. The way Noin smiled at him, the way his kids would sit enraptured as he told them stories. He was saddened that he wouldn't be able to watch them grow up or grow old with Noin.

He looked around the room one last time and was startled to find glowing violet eyes and the outline of a boy. He felt a wave of calm flow through his body and he nodded to the boy. He sighed once and smiled while he pressed the button down just as the door splintered open. His last thought was of Noin and his kids sitting by the fire on New Years.

The base blew up in fiery haze. The tremor from the explosion was felt for miles around. There was nothing left of the building or of Zechs.

~Preventers Headquarters~

Une's eyes widened when Heero told her what had happened. He had gotten the email that morning and knew that Zechs had not made it. Une trembled in her seat. Zechs, one of her greatest warriors was dead. Tears came to her eyes but she harshly kept them back. She felt a hand squeeze her shoulder and looked up into the saddened eyes of Heero. She put her hand atop of his and squeezed back. She took a deep breath then picked up the phone. She dialed Noin's office number.

"Hello?"

"Hi, Noin. It's me Une. Could you please come up to my office."

"What's wrong?"

"Just come up."

"Alright."

Then Une hung up. She looked up at Heero, "Could you get the others. She's going to need her friends."

Heero nodded and left the room. Une was left in the room alone for a few minutes and she steeled herself for what she was about to tell Noin. Then Noin pushed the door open.

"You wanted to see me?"

Une looked up at her and a tear slipped out and snaked it's way down her face.

"Noin…I…something happened…"

Noin gasped, "Is Zechs okay? Where is he? How badly is he hurt?" During her growing unease Noin reached up and grasped Une's shirt.

Une reached up with both hands and grabbed Noin's hands.

"Zechs…he…Zechs didn't make it."

Noin's mouth fell open in shock. She stood there for a few minutes while Une continued to babble, "The base, it exploded. There's nothing left. I'm so sorry Noin. They found out about him. I'm sorry."

Then Noin pulled her hands from Une's, "No…You lie!!! He can't be dead. He said he was going to be back."

Tears were running down Noin's face as she said this. Une moved toward her to hug her but Noin pushed her away.

"I'm so sorry."

"NO!! YOU LIE!!! HE CAN'T BE DEAD! Tell me you're joking. PLEASE!!"

"It's no joke. He's dead."

Noin screamed loudly and took one of the chairs near her and threw it across the room. Just then the others came in and glanced sadly at the hysterical Noin. Quatre rushed in and hugged Noin fiercely. She struggled against him but then gave up and slumped into her arms. The others gathered around her to give her some support.

Une stood near her desk and tried valiantly to not cry. Heero looked up at her and left the group huddled over the form of Noin. He stood beside Une and Une drew from his strength.

[Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger]

~Zechs Funeral~

The funeral took place a couple of days later. Rain poured from the sky and onto the mourners.

Noin wore all black and stood with her two children who were also wearing black. Noin was sobbing into a handkerchief as the funeral ceremony went underway. Sally and Relena were standing by her, and giving her their support while holding an umbrella. They both were crying as well. Quatre, Wufei, Heero and Trowa were the pallbearers and they stood on one side of the casket in their uniforms. Zechs' empty casket lay over the lowering device which would lower the casket into the grave. On top of the casket was the Sanq National Flag.

The four pallbearers moved forward and folded the flag. Then Heero stood in front of Noin and gave her the folded triangle that was the flag. Then saluted her and she broke down crying. In the background the Sanq National Anthem played.

Then four uniformed men moved to the side and rose their guns and did a 21 gun salute.

Heero stood at full attention and looked straight ahead. Then out of the corner of his eyes he thought he saw a man with a braid swinging down his back with Zechs. But he dismissed it as an hallucination.

~Later~

After the funeral there was a gathering at Noin's house. Noin sat in the main room on a couch. She had stopped crying but she was far from healed. She sat there and stared into nothing hardly acknowledging anyone. Relena sat next to her with tears in her eyes. Sally sat on the other side. They spoke for Noin when someone came by to give their condolences.

Heero, Quatre, Wufei and Trowa stood one side of the room sipping their drinks. Zechs' children, Alexandria and Martin sat on the floor in front of their mother. Then Martin stood up and Alexandria followed him. They held hands as they walked to the four men.

Martin stopped in front of Heero and looked up at him, "Uncle Heero, you'll find the ones who killed dad, right?"

Heero looked down at the boy and nodded. Martin then looked to the others. They also nodded. Martin nodded and took walked back to his mother with his sister in hand. An older man walked over to the boy and patted him on the shoulder.

"Your father was a great man. He will be missed. I'm sorry for your loss."

Martin glared up at the man, "Yes, my father was a great man, but he's not gone."

The man looked down at the boy in surprise. Martin continued on.

"My grandmother told me that nobody is ever gone if you keep them in your heart. My father is there, in my heart."

Then Martin walked over to his mother and hugged her. His sister did the same while still holding Martin's hand.

Heero, Wufei, Quatre and Trowa knew that even though Zechs was dead he would still live on in the hearts of his son and daughter. Forever.

[Muriel Stonewall, 1903 to 1954
She lost both of her babies in the second great war
You should never have to watch
Your own children lowered in the ground
I mean you should
Never have to bury your babies]

~2 months later~

The Preventer building shook as another missile from the attacking Aries hit the building. Une ran down the long hallway trailing Trowa while Quatre trailed Une. Heero, Wufei, Sally and Noin were outside in Leos trying to stop the oncoming forces. Trowa and Quatre stayed behind to protect Une which was good since the opposing force also sent in ground troops.

The enemy were on the lower floors working their way up. Une, Trowa and Quatre had been on one of the lower floors fighting them. Then they retreated up to the higher floors and into the surveillance room. Trowa locked the door and hoped the enemy didn't realize where they were. Quatre and Une hurriedly brought up the cameras to see where the enemy was and try to out maneuver them. Quatre gasped when he saw the cameras for the levels above them. The enemy was coming in from the top and the bottom.

"Damn it. We're trapped." Quatre swore.

Une looked at all the screens trying to find a way out while Trowa stepped up behind Quatre to look at the screens as well. Then Une saw something.

"Maybe not. If we can get the third floor, there doesn't seem to be anyone from there on down."

"Unfortunately we have about twenty to thirty soldiers between here and the third floor." Trowa snidely remarked.

He had not forgiven her for not sending him on that mission instead of Zechs.

"Well it's the best we got, Barton. Live with it." Une snapped at him.

She knew why he was angry with her but she still backed her decision one hundred per cent.

"Let's go for it. It's a shot, a slim one, but it's better than nothing." Quatre said. Trowa nodded at him and went to the door with his gun out. He looked down the hallway and saw it was clear and nodded back to them.

The three of them slowly made their way down the hall when ahead of them a squadron of rebels rounded the corner and opened fire. They all hit the ground, while she threw a fog grenade in their general direction. The fog effectively hid them enough that the rebel forces couldn't make their way through it and risk getting killed. Une looked over and realized that both Trowa and Quatre were hit. She got a hold of each of them and dragged them into one of the offices. It took a few minutes and she hoped that the fog grenade lasted long enough until she got them hidden.

She finally got them inside the office and locked the door. She heard the enemy soldiers' disbelieving shouts and footsteps running away from her. She didn't care at the moment though, she had to assess their damages. She looked at Quatre and tears started running down her face. His eyes stared unseeing at the ceiling, his lips forever kept in a grimace. She would have checked him for injuries if not for the bullet hole in the middle of his head. She reached over him and closed his eyes and sighed, "Night Quatre. Sleep well."

Then she quickly moved to her other compatriot. Trowa lay in a growing pool of blood. She quickly checked him for injuries and started to sob at what she found. He had been hit three times in the chest. One near his heart and two others on his right side. He had blood flowing out of his mouth and he was coughing. His breathing was harsh, and loud in the now quiet office. He opened his mouth and tried to speak. Une laid her hand on his lips, "Don't talk. You're hurt, but don't worry we'll get you out of here. You'll be fine."

Trowa shook his head and gasped, "Don't…lie. I'm…dying. Quatre?"

Tears were streaming down Une's face. These two had always had a special place in her heart and now they were dead and dying before her very eyes. She felt helpless and for the first time in a long while, scared.

"He's gone, Trowa. I'm so sorry."

Trowa shook his head again, "Don't…be. Not…your…fault. You've…always been…a…sister to me. I'll…miss…you."

Trowa tried to speak again but pain raced through him and he arched his back. His mouth wide open in a soundless scream. Then he went limp. Une shakily placed her fingers on his neck and sobbed out loud when she felt no pulse. She gently closed his eyes as well and sat there weeping.

She heard a sound in front of her and looked up. She saw a young boy with glowing violet eyes and a long braid standing in front of her. Beside him stood Zechs, Trowa and Quatre. He smiled at her and she felt calm even though tears still ran down her face. He held out his hand to her and she took it. She never noticed the rebel behind her, or the sound of the gun as he shot her in the head.

It rained outside.

[Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger]

~Later~

Heero, Wufei, and Sally were in a posh living room in the Sanq Palace reviewing a map. They had been severly outnumbered when the enemy attacked the Preventer base. In the end they had to retreat with only a small number of Preventers. They were the only ones left. They knew Une, Quatre and Trowa were dead. The enemy wasted no time in airing the news to the whole world.

They even paraded the bodies of the dead around in a sick celebration. Then they burned them in a huge pile that was televised to the Earth and colonies. Noin had taken her two children and was now in hiding. She wanted to fight but she had two children to take care of.

There was no funerals for the fallen, but the remaining Preventers grieved in their own way. Sally was then appointed the leader of the group. She led them further away and started to gather forces to fight back.

For the next several months, they used guerilla tactics to kill the enemy. Skirmishes had broken out everywhere against the new regime. They had changed from "Friend of the Colonies" to the "New Romafeller." They wanted to bring the world and colonies under one rule.

Most nations fought back with fervor but soon were falling one by one. The pacifism that Relena had preached about was working against them. Most nations had gotten rid of the bigger weapons and now were paying the price. Sanq was flooded with refuges from different countries.

Relena still believed in pacifism but now she realized that you have to fight for it. She still lead the country and refused to allow it to fall. The remaining preventers gathered here and fought back the enemy as best they could.

Relena left Dorothy in charge of getting the ammunition and metal needed to build an army to fight the threat. Relena was still the hope of many people and many countries refused to give in because she wasn't.

[Ring around the rosie
Pocket full of posies
Ashes to ashes
We all fall down]

Sally pointed at a spot on the map, "The reports I've been given tell me this is where the main headquarters is. If we hit that and kill their leader the rest should crumble."

Heero and Wufei both nodded.

"But who should we send?"

"I will go, Heero is needed here more than I." Wufei said.

"NO!" Sally shouted, "I don't want you going."

"Sally, I wouldn't go if it wasn't necessary but it is. Heero's skills are needed here more than mine. He's better at strategy than I am. I will go."

"No, we can send someone else…"

Heero walked out of the room to give the two some room. Wufei walked over to Sally and cupped her face.

"Sally, Wo Ai Ni. I don't want to go anymore than you want me too. But there isn't anyone else I trust to do this right. I can't promise you I'll be back but I want you to know I love you and I always will."

Tears slipped out of Sally's eyes, "I know, I love you too. And I know you have to do this. I just…"

Wufei held her close, "I know."

~That Night~

[Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger]

The moon was covered by clouds as Sally watched Wufei leave on his motorcycle. She watched until the darkness swallowed him up and she couldn't see him anymore. Heero stood by her side and watched with her. Sally turned back inside but Heero stood out there for a few more minutes. He tensed when he saw something move in the distance.

He squinted into the night to get a better look. He saw a boy with a long braid walk down the road, heading in the same direction as Wufei. The boy turned his head and looked back at Heero.

The clouds moved and Heero could see the boy's face. It was heart shaped and there was a playful smirk on his lips. He gasped as his eyes were caught with violet ones. He stood there a long time and looked into those eyes. He felt a sense of familiarity and realized this was the same person he saw at Zechs' funeral.

He wanted to shout and run after the boy but something made him stop. The smile on the boys face changed from playful to something else. It took Heero a few minutes to realize that the smile was full of love. Then the moment was over and the boy turned back to the road. Heero blinked and found himself staring at nothing.

He tried to shrug it off as a hallucination but something inside him told him it wasn't. Something also told him he knew that boy from somewhere but he just couldn't remember where. He turned and went back into the palace. Outside, it started to rain.

~A few days later~

[Little Mikey Carson, 67 to 75
He rode his bike like the devil
Until the day he died.]

Wufei cursed again as he felt another bullet whiz by his head. He turned and fired at the enemy soldier, killing him. Wufei kept running toward the forest where his bike was hidden. He pulled a detonator out of his jacket and pressed the button. He felt the rumble of the ground as the explosions went off before he heard it.

He finally made it into the forest and grabbed his bike and revved it. Then got on and sped back to Sanq. As he sped down the long stretch of road he heard a mechanical sound over the sound of the wind whipping around him. He glanced back and swore when he saw a Aries chasing him.

He sped up as fast as he could go on the bike when there was an explosion in front of him. He swerved around it and just barely kept the bike steady. He swerved on the road so it was hard for the following Aries to get a good shot on him. He prayed that his bike go faster and that he would get through this alive.

Wufei felt the bike jerk beneath him and the next thing he knew he was flying through the air. The Aries had shot the ground under the back of the motorcycle. Wufei landed harshly on the road and rolled. He finally skidded to a stop. He moaned in pain, and coughed up blood. He couldn't move, he was in so much pain. His body looked like a broken doll on the road.

[When he grows up he wants to be
Mister Vertigo on the flying trapeze
Oh, 1940 to 1992]

The Aries raised it's gun and aimed at the body on the ground. Wufei looked up at the suit and smiled. He had done his job and now Sally and Heero had a chance to stop them. He only hoped Sally would forgive him. He thought back on his life and smiled. He felt he had made Meiran, his first wife, proud. She had been the warrior and not him up until the day she died. Then he became the warrior to get revenge for her death. He had always looked up to his first wife and he felt he did what she had wanted.

He heard a noise to his left and looked over and was shocked to see a boy with long hair in a braid and glowing violet eyes standing there. Beside him stood Zechs, Quatre, Trowa and Une. He opened his mouth to shout when he felt peace settle over him.

He smiled at the boy and whispered, "Maxwell."

Then the Aries fired.

[Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger]

~Five Months Later~

Christmas was soon in coming and many people were celebrating. The war was finally over.

Sally stood and looked over the streets from the top of the newly built Preventer building. Heero moved into the room and stood behind her. She wiped a tear from her eye and turned to look at him.

"We did it."

"Hai."

She turned back to study the celebrating masses below.

"He would have loved to seen this. They all would have."

Heero thought back to all the losses over the past year. Starting with Zechs, then Quatre, Trowa and Une then finally Wufei. Their losses still hurt Heero even if he didn't show it.

"Heero, I'm quitting. I just can't do this anymore."

Heero nodded his head, "I understand. Who will you leave in charge?"

Sally turned back to him and hugged him. Then moved back, "You. I'm leaving you in charge."

Heero looked at her in shock, "Me? But…"

Sally put her finger to his lips, "No. You are a good leader and you will make sure this never happens again. I just can't do this anymore. Not without…"

Sally put a hand to her mouth as she tried to stop her sobs, but they came anyway. She had lost most of her friends in the war and her husband. She leaned against Heero and got herself under control. She then pulled back and gave Heero a watery smile. There was a knock on the door then the door opened and Noin came in the room.

"Sally?"

"One minute, Noin." She turned to look at Heero, "I'm leaving you in charge. I'm going to go with Noin. Don't let us down."

Heero nodded his head, "I won't. Goodbye Sally."

"Bye Heero."

Then Sally left the room with Noin.

~Years later~

[Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain, I can feel the rain
Gravedigger]

Heero rasped quietly in his bed in his room. The doctors wanted him to be in the hospital but he refused. He was the last one left alive. Noin and Sally had both died soon after peace had been achieved. They said it was heart problems but Heero knew it was from broken hearts. They missed their husbands so much that they followed them.

Heero ran the Preventers and kept things peaceful but soon he felt his age catch up to him. He had to give up working as the leader of the Preventers and gave it over to Martin Peacecraft to run. He was just like his father.

Alexandria worked as the Vice Foreign Minister after Relena retired. Both of them were bringing peace to the world and it seemed that it would stay for real this time. Relena had retired and moved to a house in the country with Dorothy. They lived peacefully for years. They died together in that house.

Caitlin walked into the room to check up on her patient. The doctors didn't want Heero at home by himself so they hired her to watch him. She was to report any changes to them and call them in an emergency. She made sure he had some water and checked his vitals. During this process Heero stayed silent.

In the beginning, Caitlin had tried to converse with him but soon gave up when he didn't talk back. She smiled at him when she was done checking him over and then quietly left the room.

Heero sighed. He blinked and then widened his eyes when he saw a boy in his room. It took him a few minutes to realize it was the boy he had seen when Wufei went on his last mission. The boy smiled down at him and sat on the edge of his bed.

"Are you here to take me away?" Heero rasped quietly.

"Yes, Heero." The boy said. His voice was smooth and soothing.

Heero blinked in surprise, "You know my name?"

"Of course I do, koi."

Heero started to cough horribly in surprise. The boy helped him into a sitting position and rubbed his back. Heero weezed trying to get breath back into his lungs. When he was finally able to draw a breath the boy eased him back onto the bed.

Finally Heero was able to speak, "I'm not your koi. I don't even know you."

The boy smiled at him, "Of course you do, Heero. I'm Duo Maxwell, your koi."

Heero's eyes widened as his mind was assaulted with memories. Memories of him with Duo, Quatre, Trowa and Wufei fighting a war. Fighting a war against Zechs, Une and Noin. Then after the war and moving in with Duo. Their love for each other. He remembered how they both died of old age.

"Open your eyes, Heero." Duo said and caressed his face.

Heero didn't realize he had closed them and opened them. He looked up into the eyes of his beloved and sighed, "Duo."

"You remember me!"

"Of course, baka. But I don't understand?"

"You and the others were sent into a different universe where you were needed. Unfortunately I couldn't go with you. I was needed elsewhere, but when I wasn't needed anymore I hurried as fast as I could to get back to you guys. I was given a choice of either entering during the war and not know any of you or to be the one to help you once you died. I chose the latter, knowing I will see you again, my heart."

Heero smiled at him, "I missed you."

Duo smiled down at him, "Me too. Come on my love. The others are waiting."

Heero looked at him quizzically, "The others?"

"Yeah, here hold my hand."

Duo reached down and took Heero's hand in his. Heero gasped as he finally saw the others. Noin and Zechs stood off on one side of him. Zechs held Noin in his arms and they were both smiling. Next to them stood Quatre, Trowa and Une. They smiled down at him. Wufei and Sally stood next to them with Relena and Dorothy. They were all waiting for him. He smiled at them then looked at Duo.

"I'm ready."

"Good. Now, just let go and then we can get out of here."

Heero closed his eyes and let go. When he reopened his eyes he was standing in Duo's arms looking at his friends. A slight smile graced his lips and then they faded from the room.

~Heero's Funeral~

Many people attended the funeral of the last hero of the war. Martin and Alexandria stood at the forefront to say goodbye to their Uncle. There was a flash of lightening followed by thunder. Then it started to rain.

THE END

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