TITLE : Dreams on Dragon Wings
AUTHOR : AJ from NZ
EMAIL : email@example.com
ARCHIVE: umm... I'm not too sure actually... celestial chronocles is unattainable at the moment... so if anyone wants to archive this fic please let me know ^_^
GENRE : AU Fantasy
WARNING: nothing major.. Duo teasing Heero... ^_^
DISCLAIMER : I don't own them *sighs* I'm jes messing with their lives ^_^
NOTES: I owe this part entirely to my muse Wai Wera Horoi... ^_^
Noin exchanged a smile with Duo then extended one slender hand to the former Holy Terror still seated on the ground. Come with me and Ill give you over to the Priest of Lehcar here in Ekupaur she see to your cleansing and will be as a sister to you.
Relena? Duo looked at Noin with sudden interest. At Noins nod he grinned widely. Great! I knew she would rise far in the Priesthood. He looked down on Milliardo once more. Trust Relena with your life and soul she will steer you clear of any pitfalls that result from the Neasean version of our Lady.
Nodding mutely Milliardo followed Noin from the room, too confused by what had just happened to reply. There was no doubt in his mind that both the Messenger and the Priestess had spoken truly in regards to Lehcar he had been granted a second chance to serve the Goddess, and he was not about to mess it up.
Trieze and Heero watched Duo silently for several moments, adding this new information to what they already knew concerning the young Messenger. Mage, Messenger and now Priest did the deceptively frail looking boy conceal any further secrets?
Brendan coughed politely, drawing the attention of all that remained in the room. If youre ready Messenger Duo? Id advise that you left for the Mont as soon as possible to prevent any further attempts on your life.
Treize nodded, agreeing with the Emperors decision. Heero if you are ready?
I am always ready Lord Treize! Heero snapped to attention an action that looked rather peculiar given that he was still garbed as a serving wench. We can leave immediately.
Duo sniggered. It might be better to change first. Looking at his own apparel he decided to follow his own advice. Both of us.
Hiding their grins Brendan and Treize nodded and left, leaving the Flight Leader and Messenger alone.
My flight suit is hidden behind the door will you be safe while I change? Heero looked at Duo as if he expected the messenger to suddenly faint.
I am quite capable of protecting myself but if you like you may check that there arent any more assassins hiding behind the door. Deciding that he deserved to have a little fun at the others expense Duo gestured solemnly for Heero to proceed him into the adjoining room before he changed. To his surprise the DragonWarrior did just that; poking and prodding any possible hiding places for would-be assassins. It made the Messenger snigger, earning him a glare from his assigned guard.
Someone is trying to kill you, I dont see it as a matter for laughter.
I dont think youd see anything as a matter for laughter. Duo shook his head and started to remove his courtiers clothing. More suitable clothing for his journey would be forthcoming in a matter of moments. Stripping completely he heard a startled gasp from behind him. Oh, youre still there I thought you were going to change?
Heero fought a sudden blush as he surveyed the naked youth in front of him. I I didnt expect He faltered and blushed further.
Duo tried not to laugh at the others shock. Surely youve seen a naked man before? Or does it embarrass you? Suddenly solicitous of the others feelings he approached the blushing youth. Do you find my lack of apparel distasteful?
No! Heero looked down and then jerked his eyes up to meet Duos smiling face. I mean what I mean is He fumbled for control both of his voice and his eyes which kept drifting downwards despite himself. You dont have anything to change into!
Sorry to disappoint you my friend, Duo nearly laughed at the flustered look on the other boys face and his inability to control his wandering eyes. But I have clothing on the way. If youd like to leave me to get dressed in private so you can do the same?
Private dressed Yes! Seizing on the excuse Heero bolted from the room, slamming the door shut behind him.
Duo stared at the door shaking with silent laughter. This is going to be fun, I feel it in my water. With a satisfied smirk in place he opened the bundle which had appeared as Heero left and changed. Shrugging the over tunic in place he surveyed himself in a nearby mirror and nodded in approval of what he saw. The formal uniform for a Messenger of his rank and status was a mixture of suede, leather and silk velvet in shades of silver. It was warm, comfortable and supple. Sweet as!
He left the room with a swinging stride but lurched to a sudden halt as he took in Heeros new appearance. From head to toe he was encased in supple black leather that hugged his lithe form like a second skin. Well, well, well!
Heero looked up at the Messenger, his fingers fumbling slightly as he laced up his over tunic. The Messengers formal uniform was as form fitting as his own and left little to the imagination. Not that Heero needed to imagine anything. He swallowed suddenly; naked the Messenger had been a vision that would haunt his dreams for several nights, but clothed for some reason the sleek uniform heightened the boys fey beauty. Oh my.
Duo smiled, pleased at the reaction hed drawn. You like?
Swallowing slightly Heero nodded, not trusting his voice. The slender messenger doing strange things to him and he wasnt sure he liked the feeling of loss of self-control.
Trying not to smirk Duo motioned towards the door. Shall we leave? I believe everyone was in somewhat of a rush to have me vacate the premises.
To keep you safe. Heero frowned at the Messengers flippant tones. You act as if were about to hold you prisoner.
Arent you? Duo tilted his head to one side, fixing Heero with a measuring look. Have I been given a choice? No. Im being sent into exile at your Mont without a say in the matter. I am more than capable of caring for myself and I seriously dislike the high-handed manner in which Im being treated.
Still frowning Heero considered what Duo had said. He concurred the Messenger did have a point but... "Its for your own good, he tried to reason. Were opening the Mont for you strangers arent normally welcomed and well be doing more than welcoming you, were letting you live with us.
Rolling his eyes Duo stormed across the room, stopping about six inches away from the Flight Leader. His voice when he spoke was a controlled snarl. Youre making such an effort and being so damned condescending about it. I hope you choke on your welcome because Im not going with you!
Heero fought his compulsion to back away from the furious boy, getting angry himself. Grabbing the Messengers arm he gave him a contemptuous shake. Get a hold of yourself! You are coming with me whether you like it or not! Lord Treize and the Emperor himself have decided. Acting like a spoiled brat wont get you anywhere, why dont you just accept your orders and behave!
Accept my orders and behave? Duos voice became deceptively calm. Accept. My. Orders. He shook his head. Cant do it.
What do you mean, you cant do it? Heero was fast loosing his temper with the mercurial Messenger. Dont you ever follow orders?
No. Duo grinned at the expression of pure shock on Heeros face. Ahhh, I see Ive just committed a major sin by your standards. He sniggered. Messengers are given guidelines and expected to work from there were never given orders we dont like orders.
Dont like orders? Heero couldnt grasp the concept. But what how how can you cope?
Easily. Duo perched on the arm of the nearest chair, watching Heero closely. He realised that hed just shaken the young Flight Leaders foundations. Are you never encouraged to make your own decisions to think for yourselves?
No. Heero frowned on the very thought of questioning the orders hed been given it wasnt in him to do that. We follow our orders. We dont make a fuss, we dont argue and we dont complain.
Duo chuckled softly at the rebuke. Would-be Messengers are selected because of our questioning natures, and general inability to follow rules that conflict with common-sense. We think for ourselves and make the decisions that guide our lives. There are rules but very few of them and most are simply common-sense. Something occurred to him and he nodded thoughtfully. I guess you could say that as Instant Obedience is your guiding ethic; Common Sense is ours.
Common sense. Heero pronounced the word as if it were profanity. Common. Sense. How common.
Duo fell off the chairs arm laughing loudly. Common sense, my dear DragonWarrior is anything but common. At least so Ive found.
Heero looked down at the laughing Messenger with disdain. And youve been looking?
Searching would be a better word. Duo abruptly sobered. Youve never, in your entire life, questioned any orders youve ever received? Not even once?
Of course not. Heero felt offended that this flighty boy would think him the sort to question or disobey orders from higher up. It isnt done.
It isnt done. Duo repeated softly, shaking his head making his long tail of hair whip back and forth. How much would remain undiscovered if people didnt do things that werent done.
This is going nowhere, and neither are we! Heero tried to ignore the direction the conversation had taken. I cant wait around here all day. Are you coming willingly or do I have to drag you?"
Youd drag me? For a moment Duo considered the threat, a mischievous glint in his violet eyes. Pick me up and sling me over your shoulder?
If I had to. Heero tried to ignore the glint in Duos eyes for some reason it made him nervous. We have to go!
Theres that word again we Duo folded his legs and looked up. There is no we, fly-boy. I see no reason why I should shift from here.
Is nothing to me. Duo interrupted Heero before the other could get started. I am answerable only to the Council of Messengers.
What about the emperor?
What about him? Duo was determined to see how far he could provoke the sombre Warrior.
Heero drew in a deep breath, trying to control his temper. No one had ever made him this angry before, or this confused. You are answerable to him.
Are you? Duo smiled gently.
Well, no. Conceded Heero reluctantly. But he ordered-
Ahh. Duo held up an admonished finger and waved it at the gasping Flight Leader. I told you how I felt about being ordered didnt I?
Losing all semblance of control Heero grasped the hand waving the finger and pulled the Messenger roughly to his feet, intending to throw the boy over his shoulder as hed threatened. He was not at all prepared to have the deceptively slight boy throw him. He blinked stupidly at the ceiling. Wha-?
I am more than capable of taking care of myself. Duo smiled sweetly down at Heero. I also strongly dislike being manhandled at least being manhandled without consent with consent of course is something completely different.
I cant take this. Heero moaned softly. He decided to ask Treize to give the job of guarding the unappreciative Messenger. I shall request Lord Treize to send someone else in my stead. Zeroth and I will leave you alone.
Zeroth? Duo looked curious. Whos Zeroth?
Zeroth is my dragon. Heero managed to control himself. He wanted nothing more than to escape this baffling boy. His head was aching and he was unprepared for any further arguing. I was to fly you to the Mont, remember?
Your dragon? Duo beamed at the confounded Warrior. Why didnt you say so earlier? Ive always wanted to fly dragon-back.
Why didnt I say so earlier? Heero closed his eyes and hoped that the whole situation would prove to be some strange dream or nightmare that would vanish upon opening them again. To his disappointment when he opened them all he saw was Duo leaning over him looking concerned.
Are you all right down there? I didnt throw you too hard did I? Duo wondered if hed gone too far in teasing the sombre youth.
No I didnt hurt you or no youre not all right? Duo fastened earnest eyes on the supine young man. If youre not harmed maybe we can get going then? Since youre in such a hurry and all that?
No Heero started and lost his train of thought as he gazed into those disarmingly innocent eyes. He shook his head angrily he was a trained and respected Flight Leader and it simply wouldnt do for him to continue acting so bamboozled around the Messenger even if he was completely bewildered by the mercurial youth. No, no I am perfectly fine and you are correct in stating that I am in a hurry.
Duo fixed the innocent look on his face, masking his amusement with the ease of long practice. To have someone like this DragonWarrior to play with was going to be fun even if he was being sent into seclusion against his will. Thinking of the fun he could have with an entire Mont at his mercy made him snigger. Oh, this will be fun!
Huh? Heero glared, confused with the sudden change in subject was the Messenger incapable of keeping his mind on one thing at a time? If you are quite finished your fooling around we ought to leave. I left Zeroth in one of the cloistered gardens as that seemed the most private area and we are trying, he stressed the word trying, to keep your departure a secret.
Smiling sweetly at the confused boy Duo made a florid gesture towards the door. After you my dear Flight Leader. I shall follow your lead with great pleasure.
Giving Duo another suspicious look Heero preceded the slender boy out of the apartment. He couldnt help but feel that the other was having some sort of joke at his expense and that made him more frustrated than ever. Zeroth is an Onyx, so dont be frightened by his size I find a lot of you plodders seem to be terrified of our dragons.
Duo rolled his eyes at the condescending tone but followed silently. The trip through the otherwise deserted passages was quick and without incident but the slight Messenger couldnt throw off the sense of being followed. The feeling made him tense and he frowned slightly as he followed the seemingly impervious Heero.
For all his nonchalant act Heero too was tense. Hed sensed something following them, and after the previous attack on Duo, he didnt feel like taking any chances. If someone was after the Messenger then theyd have to come through him first.
Unconsciously Duo drew nearer to the taciturn Warrior. The sense of being followed grew stronger and he fought the instinct to turn and look. He didnt want to take the risk of the unknown becoming aware that hed detected it. What it didnt know could only work to his advantage.
In front of him Heero came to an abrupt halt, hand raised. Somethings wrong!
What? Duo asked, the hair on the back of his neck rising as the unseen presence became more strongly felt. Is it something major or can we just get a move on?
Heero frowned at the seeming levity. Major.
When further details werent forthcoming, Duo sighed in frustration. How major?
A group of armed men appeared from around a corner and halted facing the two. A noise from behind alerted Duo to the fact that theyd been surrounded.
Life-threatening. Heero watched the men in front of him closely. Hed heard the noise but hoped that Duo was as capable of defending himself as the Messenger had boasted.
Duo took in the situation, his eyes flickering from side to side. He assumed from Heeros comment that they were surrounded, and if the men in front of them were of the class of those behind, they were facing a serious fight. He grimaced. These are new clothes, if I get them all mucky, someone will pay.
Suppressing the urge to roll his eyes at the facetious comment Heero concentrated on the three men facing him. All bore the look of hardened assassins but there was something else about them that nagged at him, a certain glassiness around their eyes that seemed out of place. He put that aside for further consideration at a later date. He sunk into a low crouch, eyes never leaving his opponents. He held his staff lightly in his hands, relaxed and waiting for them to make their move.
Duo frowned as he too noticed the glassy looks on the assassins. He recognised the signs faster than Heero and groaned. These were Ennimi the most feared of all the assassin sects. Drugged into a sense of invulnerability they paid no attention to wounds and would fight on no matter how badly wounded they were. Death was the only thing that would stop them, and they werent easy to kill. He grinned broadly. I guess Saen was really pissed of with me to send this lot.
As Heeros three opponents launched their attack with uncanny speed and timing he feinted back then struck out with his staff attempting to sweep their feet out. To his surprise they easily avoided his attack and started to press in on him acting in concert with bewildering speed. It seemed to him that theyd rehearsed this attack already and he was barely able to avoid their quick thrusts. Hed been forced into a defensive stance and didnt much like it. Hed never fought anyone like this before.
Much as he wanted, Duo couldnt afford to glance behind him and see how Heero was doing. His attention was focused on the four in front of him. Ducking under a concerted effort from one pair he found himself nearly skewered on the swords of the other. Narrowing his eyes in anger and concentration Duo began to chant something softly as he continued to dodge and weave. Crouching low, a pair of daggers in his hands, he suddenly lunged at one pair, apparently forgetting about the others. As they brought their swords up he suddenly twisted and rolled beneath the attack. The pair of assassins that had been about to attack him from behind suddenly found themselves skewered on their fellows swords. Taking advantage of the situation Duo ducked in again and slit the throats of the skewered pair.
Fighting a trio whod been trained to fight as a single unit wasnt easy, as Heerod soon discovered. Hed been hoping that theyd attacked singly or at least get in each others way but no such luck. Fighting like a man possessed hed kept from being seriously wounded but was bleeding heavily in several places. He tried to keep the wall to his back his worst fear was that one of them would come at him from behind.
Duo straightened slightly, head tilted to one side, his daggers held loosely in his hands. Rage clouded the faces of the remaining pair of assassins as they slid their swords out of their compatriots bodies. Breathing heavily they advanced. Judging the distance as accurately as he could, he threw the daggers. One assassin crumpled to the floor, hit in the throat. The other caught the dagger mid-air and threw it back.
Ducking a shoulder height blow Heero brought his staff around in a hard arc while kicking out simultaneously. The crunch of a bone breaking no longer comforted him hed realised that the men didnt feel their injuries no matter how serious. His staff crushed the windpipe of one and at last he was rewarded with the sight of one of his assailants falling to the floor unmoving. This momentary relief was soon quelled as the remaining pair increased their efforts.
Duo ducked and rolled, bouncing quickly to his feet. He knew that the remaining assassin would be the hardest to defeat. With this in mind he released the spell hed prepared earlier. As the lone assassin charged mindlessly at him Duo raised both hands in front of him and made a sudden grasping gesture, pulling his closed fists back into his chest. The chest of the assassin burst open like an overripe fruit, spraying blood and intestines everywhere. The body, already dead, continued forward from sheer momentum before collapsing to the floor.
He blocked one blow with his staff, then brought the other end of his staff up hard between the mans legs. Even heavily under the influence of the drugs, the Ennimi screamed as his testicles were crushed and his suddenly nerveless hands dropped the sword. Snatching up the weapon Heero dodged two more rapid blows then with a lucky swipe he severed the assassins hands. Without thinking he swiftly beheaded the handless one, then finally silenced the screaming assassin.
Determining that there were no further opponents to kill, Heero turned to see how Duo had fared. He was in time to see the Messengers final attack.
Duo wearily looked up into Heeros shocked face. I told you I was capable of protecting myself.
NOTES FOR DREAMS ON DRAGON WINGS
EMPEROR BRENDAN OF THE HOUSE OF NEIRBO
ENLIGHTENED SEMI- CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY.
CAPITAL CITY EKUPAUR
OTHER CITIES ETTENEAJ, ATAMET
KING SAEN OF THE HOUSE OF YEARDEATH
BASIC FEUDAL SYSTEM
MILITARILY CONTROLLED TYRANY
CAPITAL CITY YDDAP
ELECTED LEADER GRANT OF RECCOS
CAPITAL CITY YTHAC CITY
OVER ALL LEADER DRAGONLORD TREIZE & DRAGONLADY UNE
INDEPENDENT OF ALL COUNTRIES AND GOVERNMENTS
RELIGIOUS SECT WORSHIP / SERVE THE GODESS ECRIVSE
SEVERAL MONTS TO A COUNTRY
DRAGON LORD / DRAGON LADY
IVORY QUEENS FERTILE FEMALES
ONYX MATES OF THE QUEENS, RIDDEN BY DRAGON LORDS & FLIGHT LEADERS, (riding an Onyx doesnt automatically make a rider a flight leader or Mont Lord, but you cant be either unless your dragon is an Onyx)
SILVER ONLY RIDDEN BY ARCHIVISTS OR PROPHETS - NEUTERS
AMETHYST RAREST COLOUR OF ALL ONLY EVER RIDEN BY FLIGHT CONTROLLERS FERTILE FEMALES
RUBY MOST COMMON DRAGON COLOUR - NEUTER
TOPAZ - NEXT MOST COMMON COLOUR INFERTILE MALES
EMERALD NEXT SMALLEST DRAGON, INFERTILE MALES
SAPHIRE SMALLEST OF THE DRAGON SIZES, INFERTILE FEMALES
RATIO OF DRAGON COLOURS 1:1000
AMETHYST - [FF] - 1 - RAREST OF ALL COLOURS NOT SEEN IN THREE CENTURIES
SILVER - [N] -17 - RIDEN BY ARCHIVESTS & PROPHETS ONLY
IVORY - [FF] - 42-- QUEENS CLUTCH EGGS USUALLY RIDEN BY FEMALES
ONYX - [FM] - 129 - CONSORT MATE WITH QUEENS; RIDDEN BY LEADERS
THESE FOUR COLOURS ARE THE MOST PLENTIFUL AND PROVIDE THE BULK OF THE DRAGON ARMIES
EMERALD - [SM] - 157
SAPHIRE - [SF] - 179
TOPAZ - [SM] - 207
RUBY - [N] - 268