Oi, I finally got off my lazy @$$ and wrote the next chapter. Hope you like it! This is what happens when I don't have to work! YA! I think I'm gonna quit! No, then how will I feed my anime addiction? Hmmmmmmm.....
On with the fic!

 

Duo looked up at him a little sadly.

Is that what it feels like when I hit Duo? Oh God Duo, I'm so sorry.

"Sorry." Duo gasped, clutching his stomach. Heero bent down next to him, concern etched in his face.

"Are you ok man," he whispered, "I didn't mean to hit you that hard."

"Haihai…can you just take me in the house. I think I want some water."

Heero nodded, and pulled one of Duo's arms across his shoulder. Duo, to his surprise, felt himself blush when Heero slipped the other arm around his waist. He shook his head to clear his thoughts of such nonsense, but it seemed to him that he couldn't concentrate on one single thought on the way back into the house. He always was attracted to Duo, and he did wonder why his body felt a longing ache after Heero had deposited him into a chair. He drank the water Heero handed him and greedily gulped down a few aspirins for his aching stomach.

"Duo," he started, then corrected himself, "Heero, why…why did you…?"

Heero looked at him, eyes blank and ready for a question. The eyes, Duo found, where fascinating. He had always thought that they where bleak and evil, but to him…they held a measurement of warmth. It's Duo, he's the one that's doing this to me. It's just a trick that's all.

"Never mind."

Duo stood and limped into his bedroom, slight hunched over from his stomach. Heero's eyes trailed after him, watching the yard long braid sway to a timeless beat.

Why am I checking MYSELF out? Why? I mean, I could do that in the mirror anytime, but why am I doing it now? And enjoying it so much? Heero's feet trailed after the longhaired pilot. Heero didn't know why he followed, he just did. His body had a yearning to help the other boy.

When he reached out to turn the knob to the bedroom, his fingers shook. His whole hand started to shake and he had to grab it to keep the jitters from traveling up his arm. He took a deep breath, and turned the knob.

The site inside surprised him.

Duo sat on the bed, unbraiding his long locks, and trying helplessly to brush his hair. He sat slightly slouched over, and Heero's eyes widened at the site. He looked ridiculously cute. A perplexed frown knitted the two fine eyebrows together, and he watched as Duo's hands fumbled with the brush.

"Need some help?"

Duo's head shot up and he blinked at Heero, face reding. "I was just…you said…I always wanted to know…um, yeah. I could use the help."

Heero smiled and sat behind Duo, taking the brush from Duo's hands and pulling it threw the silky chestnut hair.

"Thank you."

Heero nodded, and pulled the brush through a rough knot, making Duo wince in pain.

"I'm sorry He-Duo. I didn't mean to hurt you."

Duo suddenly turned around, tears flooding his pale cheeks. "Does it hurt that much every time Duo? Does it hurt that much each time I hit you."

All Heero could do was nod. "Yes. Yes it hurts that much."

"Then why didn't you tell me?!?!" Duo screeched, launching off the bed and rubbing his cheeks. A feeble attempt to wipe the tears away. Heero Yuy doesn't cry!

"Because I didn't want to upset you Heero."

"You wouldn't have! I wouldn't hurt you like that for the world Duo! I lo-" Duo stopped himself, cursing and looking away. Damn emotional body. How does Duo put up with it?

"You what? Tell me Heero."

"No. I'm not…how are you so emotional all the time? Doesn't it hurt?"

Heero stood and cupped Duo's face in his hands. "Only sometimes. I'm sorry if it upsets you, but I'm just an emotional person."

Duo searched Heero's eyes. Warmth pooled in the centers, and a light glowed in them, the likes of which he'd never seen. "I like it. I like feeling emotions."

"And I like being considered responsible." Heero chuckled, and Duo felt his ears burn.

"You are." Duo whispered and lightly kissed the side of Heero's face.

Heero smiled and hugged the longhaired person close. "How about we make a deal then? You be me for a few more days and I'll be you. We'll switch tomorrow night, how's the sound?"

"Really? You'd do that for me?"

Heero smiled again, and nodded.

"Always, just as long as I can change out of this spandex and go shopping for some REAL clothes."

Duo nodded. "Deal."