Once When
Ch. 1
By: Ember
Love waits for you forever, from the past, to the present, to the future and beyond.

An old man sat in a rocking chair, a blanket wrapped around his thin body. His once vibrant brown hair is now silver with age. His eyes are closed and he is humming a song softly to himself. One hand rests in his lap; the other clutches a long braid throw over his shoulder.

A door opened across the room from the man, and a figure ran across the room and jumped into his lap.


The man's eyes shot open, surprise etched across his face. He looked down at the girl and smiled.

"Hey punkster, what's up?"

He ruffled the girl's hair and cuddled his close. His voice sounded young, around 30, but his eyes and face gave away his 78 years of age.

"Mama and Daddy are cooking dinner downstairs and they told me to come get you." The man nodded and then felt a tiny hand on his cheek. "What's wrong Granpa? Why are you so sad?"

Duo looked at the girl in his lap. She was so full of life, so full of love. She helped dull the pain some days.

"Do you miss Heero again?"

"Hai, very much."

"Tell me the story again Granpa. I forgot it."

"But I told you it before you went to bed last night! Are you getting as forgetful as me?"

"Oh no Granpa! I just like your story. It makes me happy that you love Daddy so much."

Duo chuckled. Her eyes where a deep cobalt blue, and her hair was long and blond. She was his best friend. She listened to him rant, listened to his stories about when he was younger and saved the world. When he would be down, she could sense it and would always make him feel better.

"Well, dinner shouldn't be ready for a while, I don't think it would hurt."


"Ok, Ok *sigh* calm down. Come sit on me knee. Let me think.ah yes. Once when I was younger."


AC 195

"HEERO NOOOOOO BAKA!" Heero growled and threw a wrench at Duo, which he easily sidestepped. "Getting a little rusty eh? EH????"

Duo's voice rose and bounced off the walls of the hanger.

"What do you want Duo?"

"I'm bored, come and play with me!"

Heero looked down at the violet-eyed boy from his Gundam and scowled.


"Pul-lease? With marshmallow Gundams on top?"


"With chibi Shinigami sprinkles on top of that?"

"Duo can't you see I'm busy?"

The self proclaimed God of Death rolled his eyes. "Yeah right! I know for a fact that you've been on your laptop all day. Lookin' up porno sites man?" Duo arched an eyebrow.


"I bet you have been! And you're probably all turned on. Been jacking off Heero?"


"Let's just see if the other's agree with me. HEY QU-"

Duo tumbled to the ground as Heero pounced on him.

"Oi, man get off!"

"Iie, only if you shut up."

"OK! MERCY! I promise not to yell for the guys anymore."

Heero climbed off him and turned to leave. Duo jumped on his back and they both went sprawling on the floor. Duo's nimble fingers found Heero's sides and began to tickle him mercilessly.

Heero, to his astonishment, couldn't contain the laughter that clogged his throat. He bit down on his bottom lip, trying to stop the giggles from coming. It didn't work.


Duo almost died when he heard Heero laughing. It was a deep and husky laugh. Duo fell in love with him all over again. He loved the look of pure mirth on Heero's face.

Do you know Heero? Do you know how much I love you? You must know that I do.


Duo looked down at Heero and winked.



Heero giggled hysterically and Duo leaned down until their noses touched.


Duo stopped his squirming fingers and brushed his lips across Heero's. Heero stopped and looked at Duo with wide eyes. "I think I love you. Isn't that crazy?"