Disclaimers: Gundam Wing and Co. are not mine but the story and everything
else is. Oh, and one more thing, I dont make money with this so youll
not get anything from me when you sue, so there! =p
Warnings: shounen-ai, yaoi,
Pairing: 1x2, 3x4, 5x13, 6xN
Chapter One : Hilde!
Lord Maxwell! Lord Maxwell! Your father has arrived. He requests your presence at the throne room.
Duo Maxwell, heir to the throne of Sanq, 16th Duke of Lowengrine and Lord of the Maxwell Manor, sighed as his most trusted assistant Quatre Raberba Winner approached and announced his fathers arrival.
Do I have to, Tre*? I mean hes not gonna be all fatherly on me, so why bother? Hes just gonna bug me again on getting married and producing an heir. He knows very well that I dont go for the opposite sex! Duo all but whined to his best friend.
Quatre put his arms around Duo as he stirred him in the direction of the throne room. You know that will happen sometime in the future and hes only worrying about the kingdoms safety. You never know whats going to happen next, he lectured the prince.
I know, I know. I just wish that I have an older brother so that Ill not have to shoulder all the responsibilities of an heir!
Ah, Duo . So nice to see you again! My, how youve grown! Howard Langley Maxwell IV, king of Sanq, hugged his son as he belted out his traditional greeting.
So you say every time, Father, was the princes reply as he disentangles himself off his elder.
The king pulled back to look at his son. He looks so much like his mother. And about as stubborn too.
Now, now. Dont be like that Duo. Well have a father and son heart-to-heart talk later but for now, I have very good news to tell you! Duo winced as Howard bellowed too near for his comfort.
He sighed, What is it now, dad? A ball? A line up of every eligible daughter of the nobles? You know Ill never choose one of them!
I know, Duo. But I seem to recall a much favored attention to a certain young princess only in the last Fall Ball . Hmmm? The king tapped his sons back non-too-gently on the latters opinion.
Daaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!! I only paid attention to Relena coz the pink of her dress was too bright for the other guests! Her voice is sooooo annoying and she just keeps on yakking and yakking and yakking on just about anything stupid you can think of! I mean, even Quatre was ready to kick her out! And Quatres probably the most polite person I know, he whined.
Now, now Duo rolled his eyes as he heard once again the start of his fathers you-cant-be-mean-to-a-possible-bride-candidate-lecture.
You cant be mean to all of your possible brides like that! And I was not talking about Rele-something-or-the-other. I was talking about Hilde! Now, theres a fine young woman. A daughter of a noble. Now, dont start pointing out the faults of her family! Her father is a good man Though I wonder, I havent heard from them yet.
Duo smirked. Father, if you think that I was attracted to Hilde, well lets just say you dont know me very well as your son. I only spoke to her because we admired the same guy!
Hearing the last few words of his son, King Howards face darkened into a more somber mood. Duo, as much as I love and adore you, you cant go about pretending that you like men just to spite me and make me stop looking out for your bride! And even if what you say is true, you know you cant not marry a girl! This country needs an heir!
I know, Dad. Its just that He sighed. maybe youre right after all. Or its just me. Im NOT attracted to women! Youve seen how Ive flirted with other guys! And dont tell me you havent heard the rumors yet!
no, I dont sleep with any guy Im attracted to. Im waiting for the RIGHT one Duo look at his father rather dreamily. Dad, maybe you can just find another heir. Or Hey, didnt you tell me that I have a brother but you dont know where he is? Maybe we can set out a search party for him. He smiled prettily.
The king looked up at Duos last words. He hadnt really listened to any of his sons tirade as he knew Duo will eventually stop and take a breather. He came back out of his reverie when he heard the part about Duos brother and was reminded at the fact of his obviously hurried arrival.
Howards face turned serious. Thats what I was going to talk to you about .
Duo stopped his tirade. It is rare that his father interrupts him more so that he was listening is the evidence that his fathers really serious.
Chapter Two : Brother Dearest
Duo looked at his father in concern. His father is known for his all too jovial attitude and it is rare for him to be so grim.
King Howard sighed. I have received news that a man that fits your brothers description has been spotted near our border-
As his fathers first words reached his ear, Duo exclaimed happily, Thats great news dad! I mean, have you sent out a search party for him already?
No, I havent
Duo straightened jerkily. What?! We- you have spent the past five years looking for him! I would have thought that you would jump at the first opportunity to at least meet that look alike in person!
Sighing, Howard took a seat.
I know, Duo. But the man- Howard cleared his throat, vying for time. He looked at his sons expectant expression and stifled an urge to sigh once more.
When it was clear that his father would not continue any time soon, Duo urge him on with a good dose of puppy-eyed look.
Howard cleared his throat once again, this time with nervousness caused by the anticipation of his sons reaction to his news.
The man befitting your brothers description is-, he sighed. known as the Lightning Count.
Duo sank to his knees in stunned realization.
The Lightning Count? The Lightning Count?
King Howard nodded his head, resigned.