12-22-2002 (revised)

Rating: R
Pairings: 2X1X1, 4X3X4, RXDXR, past 6X5X6, past 12X5, Past NC OCX6.
Warnings: ANGST! DARK! NC 2X1stuff, AU, Hints of Lime, Crazy? Bastard Duo, preggy? Violence
Web page: www.bishonen.ishandsome.com
The tidbit at the end is the song `Bodies' by Drowning Pool
Status: Unbetaed


Runaway 5/8

Princess Hilde got what she wanted. The Emperor had taken her too his bed to feed from her. Too bad she didn't realize one of the side affects of a royal feeding was that the donors soul was laid open. It had developed as a safety mechanism in ancient times. That way the Emperor could be sure those who were taken to their bed weren't trying to kill them.

So she betrayed herself in her moment of triumph and even as Duo pushed her away and spat out her blood in disgust he saw it. In his mind he saw her plan all too clearly. From the beginning of her jealous delusions that she could take Heero's place to the implementing of her sneaky plan. With a sick feeling in his stomach he saw the day she had switched Heero's contraceptive with a dark magic potions.

He could clearly see her accomplice's faces in his head. How dare they try to manipulate him into harming his pet. They were all the reason his beloved was gone.


Hilde must have seen something change in Duo's eyes. For she started to crawl backwards on her hands and knees whimpering in absolute terror. Duo watched her retreat with a growing smile then spoke a word and her eardrums burst at the ancient sound. Hilde's body began to twist and jerk in mid air as every single bone was fractured into shards. Her keening wail of pain ended in a gurgled murmur as splinters of her ribs pierced her lungs. But she was not allowed the blessed peace of unconsciousness for Duo spoke the word again. At the sound her internal organs slowly dissolved in to acid, devouring her body from within with liquid fire.

Truthfully Duo preferred her pained grimace to her smiling visage. Still it wasn't as fun as it use to be. He could have left her like that to spend all eternity driven insane by pain. But he didn't, she was more useful dead. Speaking another harsher word Duo made a complex motion in the air with both hands drawing an intertwined pattern invisible to the naked eye.

Her immortality was drawn out in a wave of orange that rippled then dispersed; Hilde's eyes grew almost pathetically grateful as they dimmed. With a sneer he reached though the mushy remains of her chest and ripped out her faintly beating heart. Leaving the room and her broken corpse for someone else to clean up.


Her body was pure even if her soul had been tainted. He would be able to use her traitorous heart. Striding through the castle corridor he smirked at the people who stumbled out of his path. It had been awhile since they had seen him like this. A maniacal gleam in Duo's eyes, fresh blood painting his robes and the heart of a virgin clenched in his palm. He headed to a room that had been abandoned for centuries.

He had wanted to hide the darker side of his nature from Heero. But he really didn't have a choice now.

His feet found purchase on the worn stone stairs easily without need of any deceiving light. He could still hear the shrill echoes of tortured souls haunting the room, clamoring for blood. Appeasing them with the heart of a princess, Duo released them. Sending his invisible army into the unprotected empire with a smile of pure pleasure. The Howlers would seek out and destroy those who planned with Hilde.

He could almost pity the fools. They would never find the peace the princess did. Once the pain had broken them and turned once rational beings into creatures of pure agony, the howlers would devour their bodies and their souls would join his invisible army. After that the only time their pain would lessen would be when they too joined the hunt.

As the wind of The Howlers departure settled and emptiness filled the room, Duo began to wash in the always-warm water that filled the center basin. Undressing as he purified his body he unbraided his long hair. Unraveling the imprisoning spells he had wrapped around himself. To find Heero he would release the whole of his power. For Heero he would tap the power of a true Blood Emperor of the Niken. For Heero he would become Shinigami.




Let the bodies hit the floor
Let the bodies hit the floor
Let the bodies hit the floor
Let the bodies hit the floor
Beaten why for
Can't take much more
One - Nothing wrong with me
Two - Nothing wrong with me
Three - Nothing wrong with me
Four - Nothing wrong with me
One - Something's got to give
Two - Something's got to give
Three - Something's got to give
Let the bodies hit the floor
Push me again
This is the end
Skin against skin blood and bone
You're all by yourself but you're not alone
You wanted in now you're here
Driven by hate consumed by fear
Let the bodies hit the floor.



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