By : Sephiroth
Disclaimer: don't own 'em. ain't gettin' paid.
Warnings: rape, nice Relena.
Chapter : Two
Trowa gave Heero a questioning look as he walked through the front door. Quatre was out by the ambulance Heero had absconded when he'd first arrived.
"Heero..." Quatre said when he finally came inside, "I..."
Heero rounded on Quatre. Did he know? Did he feel Duo's agony and let it happen? Had the little blond Arabian let Duo get raped?
Before anyone knew what was happening, Heero's first swung and made contact with the side of Quatre's skull. The force of the blow caused Quatre to fall and strike the nearby table facefirst, the corner of it shattering the cheekbone mere inches below his left eye.
"Heero, what the fuck...?" Trowa demanded, helping Quatre to his feet. He touched the shattered cheekbone, apologizing profusely as Quatre nearly fainted from the shock and pain. "You almost caused him to lose an eye. What the hell were you thinking?"
"He let Duo get raped," Heero argued. "His spaceheart should have warned him. He should have saved him. Why didn't you? Why, Quatre? I thought Duo was your friend! Why didn't you save him?"
"I wouldn't let him," Trowa said, simply, as he helped Quatre into a chair. "Heero, it's my fault, not Quatre's. You owe him an apology."
"You stopped him from saving Duo?! Why?" Heero was furious. Quatre had wanted to help Duo and Trowa had stopped him.
"I didn't want that man to hurt Quatre, too." Trowa replied. "And we were on the other side of town. By the time we got there, it would've been too late to stop that man from raping Duo. All we could have done would be deliver Quatre into his hands. And there's the other reason."
"What other reason?" Heero asked, going over to Quatre and studying the damage he'd done. "Jesus, Quatre, I'm sorry. I just..."
"You're upset about Duo," Quatre winced from the pain.
"Don't talk, love," Trowa told him. "We'll get you to the hospital and have that looked at. Which hospital is Duo in? We'll give you a ride there."
"County General," Heero replied. "Quatre, I hope you can forgive..."
Quatre nodded, in too much pain to speak, as they headed out to the ambulance.
"Duo," Relena asked, "can you hear me? It's Relena. I know I've always been cold to you in the past. But I'd never wish anything like this on you. You're too good for something like this. I guess I was always jealous because Heero loves you so much."
"He won't now," Duo told her. "Not after this. I'm used up now. Worthless and..."
"No, you aren't," Relena told him. "You are not worthless. The man who attacked you is the one who was worthless. You mean so much to so many people. And Heero will still love you. In fact, he's probably going to be mad at me for killing your assailant before he had a chance to do anything to him."
Duo smiled at that. It made Relena feel better, even if the smile was very brief. She looked up as Heero walked in. "Heero. There, you see, Duo. Heero's here. He does still love you."
"The doctor told me," he said, his eyes widening at Relena's words Was she really encouraging Duo's feelings for Heero? "Thanks for bringing him here. When you found him..."
"She didn't just find me, Heero," Duo interrupted, "she saved me. She risked her life to save me."
Trowa had just come to tell them that Quatre was being admitted for the injury to his cheek. When he heard Duo's words, he felt ashamed of his inaction. But there had been a very good reason for not going.
"The other reason I told Quatre not to go to where Duo was is tthat I felt Duo wouldn't want us to see him like that. Was I wrong, Duo?"
Duo shook his head. "Thanks, actually. That was incredibly embarrassing. I think if any of you saw me...." his voice hitched. "Could... could you leave now?"
Heero sat on the edge of the bed. "I won't think less of you if you cry over this. You have a very good reason to cry. And I don't think any less of you now. Duo, you mean everything to me. No matter what anyone does to you I will always love you. Duo... I know this isn't the best place to ask this, or the greatest timing. But I want you to know how deeply I care. I want you to always be sure of our love.I.... I want you to marry me."
"Heero..." Duo could hardly believe what he was hearing. Had Heero just proposed to him? Did he really mean it?
"If you say yes," Relena told him, "I can get a priest and the paperwork right now. It's not the best place for a wedding, but..."
Duo wondered if he was dreaming. Here was his rival for Heero's affections doing all she could to ensure that he and Heero would be married. Encouring him to say 'yes' to Heero's proposal. "Yes, Heero," he told the Perfect Soldier. "I'll marry you."