Title: The Price of Perfection 3a and b/?
Author: Syn (mistress_syn@hotmail.com)
Archive: GW Addiction http://www.geocities.com/fenris_wolf0/ (Thanks Tyr! ^_^ )
Category: Angst
Rating: ?
Pairings: 1x2, 3x4 implied
Warnings: angst, shounen-ai
Disclaimer: Not mine. Don’t sue.
Author’s notes: This is my bribe to Aaeth to get the next chapter of Shinigami’s Song written and posted. I hope it works. ^_^Thanks to Diane and Bonne for all their help in beta reading part of this story. I would also like to thank everyone who sent their condolences and their appreciation of my story. I really appreciate it! ^_^
Sorry for the cross posting.
This was split up because after I wrote this, I realized that the chapter needed more to it, so the next segment will be posted tomorrow. I am going to bed now. ~_~

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Part 3 a
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(Heero’s POV)

Quatre started to say something when a loud crash was heard from upstairs. “What was that?” The blond Arabian asked with fear in his eyes. I had the feeling he was thinking the same thing I was.

“DUO!” Quatre, Wufei and I chorused as we and Trowa bolted from the kitchen, reaching Duo’s and my room in record time.

I threw open the door, noticing no one there. Quatre gasped and I followed his gaze to see my koibito sprawled across the bathroom floor. I ran to his side and gently lifted his prone form into my arms. Blood was dripping down his face from a small laceration on his forehead. His still damp hair clung to him, streaking across his body, which looked sunken and hallow. It was such a difference in what I had believed his body was like.

How could I have not noticed such a change in appearance? Was I so caught up in the missions and my own role in this war that I failed to truly ‘see’ him? I kept remembering how hurt he would be that I only seemed to want to show any sort of attention when we were alone, which hadn’t been very often lately. Actually the past few months there have only been a handful of time that we had a chance and they were usually spent in bed with little time for talk. I can’t believe that I hadn’t noticed anything until recently due to the fact that Duo and I had been ordered to work together for the past two weeks. And even then I had only started seeing slight differences in his actions the past couple days. How could I have let him down? I was so caught up in my self-loathing that I barely noticed the others’ approach or of Quatre’s ministrations to Duo to ensure he was still alive.

“His pulse is steady, but weak.” Quatre said looking at me with a slight smile on his face. I know he was just trying to reassure me, but damn I wanted to just wipe that smile off his face. How could anyone show any signs of happiness with Duo, my koi, in the state that he is.

“I’ll call Sally.” I barely heard Wufei say, still fighting with myself, berating myself over all the indifference I had shown him when we were around the others. I felt tears hanging unshed and held Duo closer, trying to reassure myself that he was going to be okay. I felt someone wrap a blanket around my koi as they tried to pull him from my arms. I would have none of that. I barely remember standing up and exiting the bathroom. Some how I ended up running into Wufei, and thankfully he grabbed my arms to steady us or I would have dropped Duo.

“Let’s go.” Wufei said directing us towards to door to the garage. “Sally will meet us at the hospital.” He opened up the door to the back seat and helped me place Duo in, then he ran around to the driver’s seat while I climbed in next to Duo, who had the blanket wrapped around him.

The drive was quiet, with the only sound being Wufei’s voice as he contacted the other’s via his cell phone and after that, only the sound of Duo’s breath caught my attention. I concentrated on it as it was the only proof that he was still alive. It must have been soothing enough for me to relax, because I awoke at the hospital sprawled out across a few chairs in the waiting room.

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Part 3 b
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(Sally’s POV)

I had actually started to think that for once I would be able to get through a full day of work without any major problems, and little stress, Wufei’s call ended that train of thought. I was only able to get a few details before he hung up, but it was enough to get me worried. I ran out of my office, down the hall and took the elevator to the access tunnels. I had to spend most of the day doing paperwork but thankfully my office was located only two buildings away from the ER and were connected by numerous underground access tunnels. They came in handy during attacks.

I got to the ER, found a computer terminal and began entering the info Wufei had given me. Emaciated body form, ribs very noticeable, fainting spells, mood changes, possible depression? I understand the mood changes, definitely with all the stress and the horrible things that they, at such a young age, have been exposed to. I just hope that the change in body weight and form isn’t due to something from OZ. The computer gave me not positives, but that was expected without any blood workup.

“Dr. Po?” A young nurse stood in the doorway looking very harried, seeing that she had my attention she continued. “There is a boy here with two others that seem to be out cold. He said that you were expecting them.”

“Yes thank you. I will be right there.” Two? I thought that only Duo was out. I wonder what happened? I had better hurry. Quickly I closed out of his file and locked it from other’s wandering eyes. Best not let them figure out they are more than they appear to be. And jogged out to the waiting room.

Arriving at the front entrance of the ER I noticed Wufei leaning over what appeared to be Duo on a gurney, but saw no trace of the ‘other boy out cold’ that the nurse spoke of. Wufei looked up and I could see the pain and worry in his eyes. I could see him almost pleading with me. He was the first to break the silence between us.

“Duo was found passed out in the bathroom.” He said looking down at the chestnut-haired boy with worry showing openly across his face.

“The nurse said that there were *two* boys out cold.” I searched the waiting room but didn’t see any of the other boys. I would have figured that Heero would have come along. Maybe he is still out on a mission. My thoughts were interrupted by a groan from the fey youth. I looked down at him and noticed his eyes were opening.

“There is an examination room now open for you.” The same nurse that had got me said as she and an orderly grabbed onto the gurney and led it away further into the ER. I started to follow when I noticed that Wufei wasn’t and turned to see him walk over to the chairs in the waiting room. I saw as he approached a few with their backs to us a figure begin to sit up and realized that was the other boy the nurse was talking about. I jogged over to see that it was Heero.

“Is he okay?” I asked not waiting for a response. “I have to go check out Duo and see if they have started the blood workup.” I glanced from each of them who merely nodded and I headed back to see what had happened to the young pilot.

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