5-31-2004

Disclaimer: I do not own Gundam Wing or its characters or the song Gravity.
Title: Going Home--Sequel to Return from Eternity
Author: Karen, The Huntress hickman@rockbridge.net
Rating: PG 13
Warning: angst
Part: 1/1 complete
Archive: http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/shadesandechoes/gwarchives/karen/karen.html

"Going Home" is based on the song "Gravity" from the Wolf's Rain OST CD

Summary: Heero fights back against the Zero System's debilitating affects.

Going Home

 

Sequel to "Return from Eternity"

 

~Been a long road to follow, been there and gone tomorrow without saying goodbye to yesterday.

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"Heero! Wait!"

Duo Maxwell's voice echoes inside my head like the repeated report of a machine cannon. I ignore the pleading call, switch on the Zero System without giving a damn if it isn't correctly calibrated and willingly merge with the accelerated images flashing across my mind.

Man and machine as one, that's the only connection required to be the Perfect Soldier. I need no other link, no bond of either flesh or spirit. Despite Duo's persistent offers of friendship, I choose to be alone. I prefer the solitude that makes it easier to say goodbye each time I answer duty's demands.

Something's wrong. My body is numbed to the bone. Eyes struggle to follow the battle. Ears strain against the deafening blood-rush throbbing in my brain.

Bright light. White noise. Senses are bombarded...TOO MUCH....TOO FAST!

Then darkness and silence as I tunnel into an endless abyss and Duo's voice fades away.

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~Are the memories I hold still valid or have the tears deluded them?

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Residual flickers, fluttering like fireflies, dance before my sightless stare. Steady static hisses in my head. Strangely there is a certain comfort in the isolated sensations. No more clamor of destruction, no scent of death, no blood on my hands. And no more need to hide the tears of my lonely heartache.

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~Maybe this time tomorrow the rain will cease to follow and the mist will fade into one more tomorrow.~

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Alone, maybe for eternity. Would that be so bad? Could every tomorrow be free from the pain in my heart and soul? Like Duo's voice, can I fade away into peaceful seclusion or could I endure the severance from my humanity?

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~Something...somewhere out there keeps calling. Am I going home?
Will I hear someone singing solace to the silent moon?
Zero gravity, what's it like? Am I alone?~

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Floating through the ebony void I'm suddenly afraid. No longer can I be a recluse or remain estranged from the only person I trust to guard my life, my heart. In the distance, a whisper shatters the utter silence surrounding my soul. A voice sings of solace from the utter loneliness.

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~Is somebody there beyond these heavy aching feet?
Still the road keeps on telling me to go on.
Now something is pulling me, I feel the gravity of it all.~

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Fighting the overwhelming weightlessness I call on every ounce of strength I can muster. I push my senses and my body responds to the increasing gravity. I follow the voice, the lifeline that's pulling me from the depths of despair.

"Heero."

My name, the savior of my soul knows my name. The Zero System's muddled confusion evaporates and I can clearly see the way.

"I love you."

Something warm touches my lips. I blink against the invading light then focus on an angel's face with concerned violet eyes.

"Duo."

"I'm here and I will be forever."

"Forever" I repeat as Duo's love bears me safely home.

OWARI

Going Home--Karen Hickman--May 2004