TITLE: It's a Kinda Magic
PART: Chapter Six
AUTHOR: AJ from NZ
Shinigamis Demon http://www.geocities.com/shinigami_demon/archives.html
Celestial Chronicles http://celestialchronicles.50megs.com/
GENRE: fantasy, AU
PAIRINGS: 1x2, 3+4, 5x Sally & Meiran, Cathy & Hilde,
WARNINGS: OOC, double-dealing, Suzu,
DISCLAIMER: I dont own GundamWing and am using the characters from that anime series without permission - all other characters and locations are the intellectual copyright of this author.
AUTHORS NOTES: last of the revised chapters - tomorrow I start posting the new chapters... enjoy
Special Thanks To: Liz, Tenshi-chan, Deborah, Hana-chan, Misuzu, ld, Stormy, Christie, Ashkara and Walking Terror for their continuing support.
An indistinguishable noise drew Quatres eyes curiously ceiling-wards. Whats going on up there?
Chuckles greeted his innocent question and he looked confusedly at his friends. Well?
Heero and Duo are Mei paused, fumbling for words that wouldnt upset the blonde boy.
Enjoying their conjugal rites. Hilde supplied with her usual bluntness. You did know that with a Gods blessing on their bond they are lawfully wed?
Quatre blinked surprised. Well I knew they were bonded I didnt realise that theyd received a Gods blessing wow!
Cathy looked from the innocent blonde to her brother and back, trying not to grin. Thats understandable not all soul-bondings are Gods blest. Heero and Duo enjoy something rare. Had you been told of soul-bondings at all?
No. Quatre looked down at his feet, feeling suddenly very ignorant. Such things werent discussed at home. Certainly not by my father!
Trowa patted Quatre gently on his back. Dont fret it Quat. Id never come across a bonding before I first saw Heero and Duo. When they met for the first time you could almost see the bond form it was .
Miraculous. Mei smiled, remembering. Its not something you see everyday and it doesnt occur overnight but when it happens She shook her head, overcome with the memory. It rocks your world.
Nodding her agreement Sally snuggled closer to her sister and their husband, drawing strength from their presence. Healing Duo had taken a lot out of her. Its not something you see everyday in fact soul-bondings are very, very rare She looked closely at Trowa and Quatre and stifled another smile. But sometimes were blessed with more than one.
Trowa frowned, wondering what the healer-mage was hinting at. He frowned even more when his sister started sniggering. Whats so funny?
Wufei joined his laughter to the others, even Hilde was chuckling softly. Theyre not so blind they who wont see.
Stop quoting at me and explain!
Cathy rolled off her seat and sat gasping for breath. Oh, Little Brother you have my blessing really you do!
Gazing from one laughing face to the next Quatre suddenly understood what they found so funny. The realisation made him gasp with shock and for several moments he felt as if the world had tipped itself upside down.
Quat! Trowa rushed to the swaying boys side and wrapped his arms around Quatre. Are you all right?
Yes, I am now. Quatre smiled sweetly at the Semahti and closed his eyes, centring himself in the sudden turmoil of his soul. This felt so right to him and he leaned into the others arms.
Trowa tightened his grip on the delicate blonde. Are you sure?
More than ever before. Quatre sighed softly, only just restraining himself from snuggling further into the other boys embrace.
Looking closely at the Awerunamian Trowa frowned slightly before adjusting his grip. It never occurred to him to release the smaller boy. It just felt so right to hold him so. If you say so. You should rest though, youve been through a lot in the past day.
Not bothering to open his eyes Quatre nodded sleepily in agreement. It seemed too much of an effort to say anything and he was so comfortable. He knew the others would be discussing the situation but he had little to contribute and decided that no one would mind if he slept.
A blanket was wrapped around the two boys made Trowa glance up to see his sisters smiling face.
Quatre looked chilled, she offered in explanation, managing not to laugh at her brothers expression. You too.
Im not that cold, he protested.
Sure. With another smile Catherine returned to her own seat. So, now what happens?
It was somewhat later that Heero, with Duo once again in his arms, returned to where the others were gathered. Both were smiling and there was an air of contentment about them that hadnt been there before.
Their arrival woke Quatre, who looked up and smiled a welcome at his cousin, glad that he was now on the way to recovering from the injuries hed received earlier. Welcome back Duo.
Thanks Quat. Duo replied softly, still weary. Thanks for reversing Relenas spell if you hadnt
Heero held Duo closer, as if he could ward off the thought of what could have happened. He nodded at the small blonde though, adding his silent thanks to his lovers. Sitting down with Duo still ensconced in his lap he looked from face to face. Whats been decided while we were busy?
We, in the company of Cathys troop, will be going to Howards come first light. Surprisingly it was Hilde who responded. From there who knows?
Youre coming with us Hilde? Duo looked curiously at the petite Healer. I thought youd be staying here?
Hilde smiled gently at her friend. No Duo. Im coming with you something tells me you might need the services of a healer and besides She suddenly blushed, the flush brightening as Catherine laughed. Ive signed on with Cathys troop Im tired of being parted from her for great lengths of time.
A broad smile crossed Duos face. Thats great! He leaned out from Heero to hug the dark-haired girl. Congrats!
Heero chuckled and pulled Duo back against him. I was wondering how long youd enjoy being separated after youd declared your bond. He smiled smugly down at his lover. You owe me.
Yeah, yeah Ill pay up. Duo didnt mind losing the bet; he was enjoying his friends happiness too much. At heart the longhaired boy was an inveterate matchmaker and there was nothing more he liked than to see one or more of his friends happily joined with someone. Now that Cathy and Hilde were officially a couple that left only two of his group alone He sent a measuring look over to where Trowa and Quatre sat, and then smiled gleefully. His cousin was curled up on the taller boys lap, and Trowas arms were wrapped protectively around the blonde. He wondered how long it would take them to acknowledge their bond.
So, what do we do now? Wufei looked around the room at the others. Weve got to get out of town before Mathias and the other man discover where we are.
Mei grimaced. I thought we were going to go to Howards?
We are. Heero confirmed, after a sidelong glance at his lover. From there, well, the best I can think of is if we head north. Thats the least likely direction for us to go, seeing that none of us has any connections there.
Cathy frowned, considering something. My next contract is with the Duc dArtemi his northern estates back on to the Tepahu Ranges and hes hired us to deal with the bandits that come down from there. We can go there.
Sounds like a good idea to me. Duo looked around for objections. Anyone have problems with that?
Most of his friends shook their heads but Wufei and his wives hesitated. We may have a problem if the Duc is going to be there. He knows me by name and sight. I was engaged to his eldest daughter remember?
Oh. Having forgotten this Duo worried at his lip. Damn, and it seemed such a perfect solution.
Dont work yourselves flustered over nothing. Hilde smirked. First off, the Duc wont be there hes busy here, haranguing the King over some ancient law he wants brought back into use; secondly his daughter has long since been married to the son of Magan de Morte.
de Morte? Wufei frowned. Isnt he a Death mage?
Hilde nodded silently.
Poor her. Meiran tightened her hold on Wufeis arm. Id hate to be married into that family.
They dont have a great reputation, agreed her sister. The only attraction is their wealth and power.
Well, thats as may be, but lets try and concentrate on our situation shall we? Duo reminded the others. Worrying about some stupid courtier wont get us anywhere.
True. Wufei smiled at his wives. If the silly woman is married off, then so much the better, for everyone.
Sally returned the smile, as did her sister. Better for us anyhow.
Heero coughed politely. I thought we were supposed to be planning our departure, not reminiscing?
But reminiscing is such fun! said Wufei with a wink. Especially when youre remembering how you got out of an arranged marriage to some ditzy Jafa and instead married the women of your dreams.
Well saved Fei, cheered Duo, grinning. But Heero has a point. The sooner we can get things sorted out the sooner well be away from my beloved father. He sobered. I wish you others hadnt become involved though you could end up in some serious trouble
Quatre moved across to his cousin, laying a comforting hand on his shoulder. Duo, we wouldnt be your friends if we left you on your own when you needed our support the most. Sides, I dont want to stay there without you
Nodding his thanks at the small blonde, Heero hugged Duo gently. Dont hold yourself responsible for our actions Duo. We came of our own free will. He looked into his loves troubled eyes. Quatres right, youve always stood by us when we needed it, now were just returning the favour.
Duo looked at his circle of friends and could only see complete agreement on each face. He managed a somewhat shaky smile. Thanks, I only hope that nothing bad comes of this I couldnt forgive myself if it did.
It wont. Hilde stated firmly. Now get your lazy butts over to Howards. Hell be able to give you more advice about what to do regarding that idiot father of yours. Cathy and Ill bring the troop around and meet you there in two hours.
Trowa nodded at his sisters lover. Are Quatre and Duo up to it?
Yes. Hilde looked at the cousins. As long as they take things easy for the moment, things should be fine. She fixed a stern look on Heero and Trowa. Its up to you two to make sure that they dont over do things. Understood?
Why look at me? Trowa couldnt understand why Hilde singled him out Heero he could understand, but why him. Im not Quatres keeper.
To his surprise the normally solemn healer sniggered before answering. Just keep an eye on him Trowa, you can do that much cant you?
Yes, he replied, his confusion made worse by the fact that Quatre was blushing and the rest, including his sister, were stifling their laughter. What?!
Nothing. Catherine tried not to choke on her laughter as she pushed the obtuse boy towards the door. Well meet you in a couple of hours. I hope Howard can help.
So do we, answered Duo before he turned and led his friends towards their next destination.
Catherine watched them till they were out of sight then turned to her lover. Ill round up my mercs then. Theyll be more than happy to leave theyre getting restless. Youll get our things ready?
No problem. Actually Im looking forward to leaving here too, said Hilde thoughtfully.
It wont be all fun on the road yknow, cautioned Cathy.
I know, and Im ready. Hilde smiled at her lover. Now go and get the troop together. Ill be waiting.
All right. With a jaunty wink Catherine marched off to find her missing mercenaries.
Hilde waved and turned back inside, mentally listing what shed need to take with her. Her musing was interrupted by a sharp knock on the door. She opened the door to be confronted with a sight shed been dreading since first arriving in Jafa. What are you doing here?
Silver eyes dancing in amusement, Suzu smiled sweetly at the stunned healer. Now is that anyway to greet your sister?
Half sister, corrected Hilde automatically. How did you find me?
Really little sister, purred Suzu, pushing her way past the shocked healer. Its not like it was difficult.
Hey! Grabbing her sisters arm Hilde swung the taller woman around and pushed her up against the wall. What the hell gives you the right to come pushing your way into my house and my life? I thought I made it abundantly clear at our last meeting that I want nothing to do with you?
Suzu looked down at her fierce-eyed sister and smirked. You made your thoughts perfectly clear on that occasion sweet sister. However, times change and so do situations. I need your help.
You what? Hilde released her sisters arm and rubbed tiredly at her temples suddenly she had a headache. You need my help? You the great, wonderful all-powerful Suzu Margarita de Morte actually need the help of your despised little sister?
That is our father talking Hilde, not me. I never despised you hell youre the only sister I have, and the only sibling that I can hold an intelligent conversation with. Unlike Treven you have some brains between your ears. Suzu dropped the smirk and looked suprisingly serious. Our beloved Father has some crack-pate scheme in mind and is causing no end of trouble
Why should I care? Hilde sighed and closed the door behind her sister. She directed Suzu to a seat and sat opposite her. You know Father hates me.
Thats as maybe little sister but if father goes through with this scheme of his we all stand to lose. Even you. Anyone with the de Morte name will be branded a traitor to the crown. Suzu fastened her silver eyes on Hilde and hoped the other would see sense. Im really going to need your help Hildebrande.
Dont call me that! Hilde flared. Dont ever call me that.
Holding her hands up in a pacifying gesture Suzu smiled. Calm down. I wont call you that if it affects you that strongly.
Hilde shuddered. No ones called me that since Mam took me away from the estate. Im Hilde Schbeiker here, healer first-class. Hildebrande Melissande de Morte died years ago. She drew in a calming breath. So, what exactly do you want me to do, and just what is he up to this time?
Drawing in a calming breath of her own Suzu spoke. Hes going to do a conjuration at the lunar eclipse using the old magics Death Magic. Hes already got a victim chosen, the son of the Arch Mage of the Academy no less.
What! Hilde looked at her sister in shock. The Arch Mages son?
Yes, replied Suzu calmly. The Arch Mage agreed to this, not that my dear pet had much choice in the matter.
Your pet? Hilde wondered if this was all just a terrible nightmare. She pinched herself hard and hissed in pain. Damn!
Suzu frowned at her sister. Yes, Mathias is now my pet his own fault Hilde, he tilted the scales and he lost protection when he tried to give his son over to Father. The Gods no longer want him.
Hilde shook her head in confusion. Whatever. So what do you want me to do? Im only a healer?
You also happen to be a friend of young Duos, and I know for a fact that he came here for healing. Unlike our moronic Father I do have some brain cells and did a little research on his chosen prey. Research that revealed that his friend Trowa has a sister and that sister happens to be bonded to a certain healer of my acquaintance. I just put two and two together and came up with the logical place for him to run to.
Hilde looked suspiciously at her too calm sister. So, having come to this conclusion, what are you going to do about it? Tell Father?
Rolling her eyes in frustration Suzu glared back. Hilde! I dont want Father to get his hands on that boy! Father intends to overthrow the King and take his place. Now I know as well as you what a useless monarch our current king is, but do you really think our Father would be any better?
No, Hilde had to admit that Suzus argument made sense but she couldnt bring herself to trust her sister. What I cant get is why you are betraying him to me.
Because you have the means at hand to stop the whole mess. You know the boy, you can warn him and keep him out of Fathers clutches.
And while Im doing this what will you be doing? Hilde narrowed her eyes.
Suzu smirked again. Keeping Father and Mathias occupied and hopefully out of your hair. And trying to get someone in the Court to listen to me unfortunately Father has most of them under his thumb and unfortunately my reputation precedes me
Ill do what I can. Hilde looked her sister over, wondering Suzu was telling the entire truth. It was never an easy task to read her. Youd better go now before anyone sees you.
Thank you for your graciousness in this little sister, mocked Suzu as she swept by Hilde and out the door. Just keep the boy safe unless you want Father to get his hands on him and you know what Father is capable of youve seen the results of some of his spells
Yeah I know, Hilde shuddered at the memories. Go with the Gods Suzu.
Oh, I will, never fear that. Suzu laughed softly as she
walked away. Its not like I have any choice.