Episode One - New Day
In which the battle lines are drawn for Duo and Heero. In which Nataku and Ryu meet Raberba and Duo.

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Duo Yuy sighed, loudly, delighting in the way her 'brother' flinched. He glared at her darkly, and went back to his boring book. A glance behind her showed that her father was watching her, a warning in his eyes. A few seconds of silence stretched. Finally, she couldn't take it. She leaped to her feet, causing Heero Maxwell to glance up at her. "Gods, do you even breath?" she asked loudly. He stared at her. She rolled her eyes and looked at him. "Hello? I'm really asking you a question.." The silent boy's jaw flexed slightly. Duo grinned. So, she was getting under his skin huh? Perfect! She walked to him and stood by his side, staring at the book in his hands. 'A Tale of Two Cities'. She frowned. Another clue that this kid had no life. She darted in, yanking the book from his lax hands. With a soft sound, he was on his feet, glaring. She glanced at the book, a bored expression in her dark blue eyes. "How can you read this?" she asked, pretending not to notice the 'Dead and Grounded Glare' from her father. She leaped back as Maxwell leaped forward. He tripped and managed to grab her pants leg. "Hey! Leggo!" she yelled, going down. They struggled over the book, Maxwell getting the upper hand. With a devilish grin, Duo yanked on his ear, startling him. She bucked, throwing him off her chest. She was on her feet and out the door in seconds.
Heero Yuy sighed faintly. Beside him, his koi and best friend watched the scene unfold. "She's worse than I ever was," he heard him say. Heero nodded. "She's got your name.." Duo Maxwell glanced at him. "Really?" Heero nodded, watching his young counterpart sulk. Said counterpart glanced at them. "Okay. It's clear that she hates me. Can I go now?" The boy's voice was tired and slightly angry. Duo nodded. "Yeah. But try to like her? She is going to be your sister, you know". Although spoken lightly, there was an undercurrent of warning. His son shrugged and left.

 

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Nataku Chang glared at the blond beside her. He was disrupting her space. Just as she was about to tell him this, he leaped to his feet and waved. "Oi, Tricks! Over here!" Nataku glared again. Why did he yell so loud? As if to answer, a girl in black with a rather long braid bounded over. " 'Erba! Hi! I'm so bummed that summer's over," the girl chirped happily. Nataku scowled. Nice people were very annoying. The girl looked around 'Erba's shoulder, spotting Nataku. Nataku turned away. There was no way she was going to talk to that sugar addict! "Oi, you I haven't seen before!" the girl said cheerfully. She sat beside the scowling Nataku and grinned. "Friends call me 'Tricks," she said. Nataku gave up ignoring the bundle of high velositized energy and sighed. "What do others call you?" she said coolly. The girl winked and said,"Yuy. Duo Yuy." She tilted her haed slightly to the side. "So, do you have a name as well?" Nataku bristled at the slight slur. " I am Chang, Nataku," she replied. The girl grinned. "Hello, 'Aku." Nataku glared. "Don't call me that.." she growled. Duo shrugged causully. "Right." She turned to the blonde. "Bad news, 'Erba. You remember what we are supposed to do tonight?" He nodded. "Well..I have a family dinner to attend." Duo sighed dramaticly.

"Excuse me?" someone said. The three turned. Duo sighed. "Ryu. Hello." The boy standing in front of them blinked. "Do I know...Oh." His voice changed slightly. "Duo. What do you want?" Duo hide her eyes for a second. "Listen Barton, go away." Ryu bowed. "Ah, but I can not do that. Nataku, your father wishes to see you right away." He turned and left. Nataku frowned. Duo saw the frowned and sat beside her. "What's wrong?" Nataku glared. "None of your business, Yuy." Duo sighed. "Call me either Tricks. Or Duo. Not 'Yuy'." Her serious tone vanished and a smile took it's place. Patting Nataku on the back, Duo got to her feet, grabbed the blond's wrist and took off at a run.