5-26-2000

Nightmares (Prologue - teaser)
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Disclaimer: Dark-side-of-Duo fic, Relena-symp. All characters belong to their respective owners. I own nothing but the idea of the fic, they own the rest.
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~~ So break me shake me take me over
~~ When the madness stops then you will be alone
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~~ So your kind deals with the games in the mind
~~ Well you confused me in a way that I've never known
~~ -Break me shake me,
~~ Savage Garden
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~~ It's no surprise to me
~~ I am my own worst ememy
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~~ Cause every now and then
~~ I kick the living shit outta me
~~ -My Own Worst Enemy
~~ Lit
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Nightmares: Prologue: Dark Summons

Relena arrived from the spaceprt. The talks were tiresome and she wanted to get some sleep. She walked into her room, it was dark. Rlenea palmed the light switch. Nothing. A figure became visible as her eyes ajusted to the darkness.

"Who are you? What do you want?" She asked the dark figure.

"What I want? Who I am?" the figure repeated, seemingly confused, then in a stronger voice, "You don't need to know the answer to either question." The menacing tone took her aback. Stepping out of the room, ever so slightly, she saw the hall light play over the dark face, gleaming in his eyes. The eyes took on a violet glow.

Relena gasped as recognition struck her. Could it be? She shook her head violently. No, he wouln never. He was too good natured. This was some one else. Or was it? Some one that she was sure could do her harm.

"What makes you think that *I* want to hurt *you*?" he grinned.

"Why else would you hide in the dark of my room?" she asked.

"Hmm... you got a good point there, ojousan. Why should you believe me? Let's just say I wanna have some one know..." he trailed off, stepping into the light, revealing the slight boy, heart shaped face framed by chestnut bangs. His eyes looked hopefully from within. Like it was taking all the boy had to control something inside him.

Relena gasped and closed on the boy. He had obviously been fighting something and was quickly loosing any ground he had gained. Duo gropped Relena's shoulder for support.

"I can't fight it much longer..." he whispered, "Protect the others... from me... tell Heero... I'm sorry... Please, Relena..."

Relena had never heard anyone, let alone *him*, beg her for help. /The look in his eyes... how can I refuse?/

"What do you want me to do?" she asked, looking worridly at him.

"Please... kill me... quickly..."

-Prologue-
-fins-

 

Nightmares
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Disclaimer: All characters belong to their respective owners.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ So break me shake me take me over
~~ When the madness stops then you will be alone
~~
~~ So your kind deals with the games in the mind
~~ Well you confused me in a way that I've never known
~~ -Break me shake me,
~~ Savage Garden
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~~ It's no surprise to me
~~ I am my own worst ememy
~~
~~ Cause every now and then
~~ I kick the living shit outta me
~~ -My Own Worst Enemy
~~ Lit
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Part 1: Nightmares: Keeping Them At Bay

-3 weeks prior-

Duo lay on the bed staring up at the ceiling, sweat glistened on his forehead and he was breathing heavily.

/Another nightmare.../ Duo had been plagued by nightmares before, as a child, but recently the nightmares were all too vivid and occured all too often. It was the thrid time in a week that he'd awoken drenched in sweat and scared out of his wits. Only this time he awoke to find himself alone. No friend, no strong arms to hold him and drive the nightmares from him. Heero was on a mission.

As Duo stared up, he had a feeling, in the pit of his stomach, that he was not alone. The room was empty, but he felt another presence... in him. He felt like he was slowly being drawn in and eaten alive by something... evil.

A chill ran up his spine and he curled into a ball; willing himself to be small and insignificant.

Heero'd returned to find Duo curled up in a tight ball, in the shower, shivering. Duo'd turned the shower as cold as it went and just sat there. /Did he hope to freeze himself to death?/ Heero thought as he gentle toweled the boy off and placed him in the warm bed.

"Baka. Duo no baka..." Heero said as he gentle stroked Duo's slowly warming cheek, "Why would you go and do a thing like that?" He asked the sleeping boy.

Duo tossed in his sleep. Nightmares assulted his mind. This time not even Heero's touch or gentle shake and call, could wake him from his personal hell.

When Duo finally awoke his face was drawn and he looked exhausted.

"Damn. I feel like shit..." Duo said.

Heero entered the room and brought a tray of food and a couple of pale pink tablets.

"What're those?" he asked, feeling he already knew the answer.

Heero looked at him and Duo's face went white.

"No, no way in hell I'm take'em! Y'know how sick I get when I take sleeping pills!" He said, recoiling and pushing as far into the corner as he could go.

"Duo..." Heero said through clenched teeth, "I-can't-bear-to-see-you-this-way. You need a good nights rest. Like you said: You do look like Death warmed over." Duo just stared at the dark haired boy, eyes wide in amazement at the amount of emotion he'd displayed. He took the offered glass and choked down the pasty pink pellets.

Not long after, sleep claimed him. A familiar phrase rang through his mind as he drifted into dreamland: "What are dreams when nightmares rule the mind..."

-Present Day, Present Time-

"Please, Relena..." his eyes pleaded. He pressed a metal object into her hands.

"Duo..." She whispered. /Why? Why do you want *me* to do this?/

"Please, Relena... Now!!" his face bore an expression of despiration. /That usually cheerful face, how can it bear that expression and not shatter into a million pieces?/

"Tell me, Duo. Why? Why do you want me to? What's so bad that you want me to take your life?" She asked softly, tenderly.

The violet-eyed boy began to sob. Relena wrapped her arms around his shoulders in an effort to soothe him. Violent sobs wracked his body.

After what seemed like an eternity the sobs subsided. Quietly, he told her about the nightmares and the evil eating at him from within.

"I can't control it much longer. Please! Relena!" his voice grew shrill with despiration, "To protect those around you, those you care about. This evil... If I am not destroyed... it will make me kill everyone we care about."

"Duo... why me? I understand, but I don't think I can do it..." she said quietly.

"Shall I give you a reason?" with that he launched himself at her, /No, the evil is controling him... this isn't Duo.../

"Hurry, Relena!" the tiny voice screamed from within the body repressing it, "I'm loosing control over it!"

Relena leveled the gun at Duo and clenched her eyes shut, "I'm sorry..." She pressed her finger to the trigger and...

-Part 1-
-fins-

 

Nightmares
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Disclaimer: All characters belong to their respective owners.
~...~ flashback (kinda)
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ So break me shake me take me over
~~ When the madness stops then you will be alone
~~
~~ So your kind deals with the games in the mind
~~ Well you confused me in a way that I've never known
~~ -Break me shake me,
~~ Savage Garden
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~~ It's no surprise to me
~~ I am my own worst ememy
~~
~~ Cause every now and then
~~ I kick the living shit outta me
~~ -My Own Worst Enemy
~~ Lit
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Part 2: Nightmares: Realization

Relena leveled the gun at Duo and clenched her eyes shut, "I'm sorry..." She pressed her finger to the trigger and...

"I can't. Duo, please tell me what is wrong," she saw, dropping her arm to her side.

Duo looked as if he was gaining some measure of control and sat with a thump.

"I don't know. I just know that when I was captured a while back..."

~Duo lay in a dark cell. Fluidy coughs wracked his body from time to time.

"Gyet up," came the gruff voice of the guard, "There's som'un here ta see ya."

The cell door opened and a man dressed in a doctor's scrub walked into the harsh light.

"Duo Maxwell, you are to do exactly what I tell you or you will be terminated."

Duo complied. They led him to a room and sedated him...~

"...what they did <shrug>, I just know that after that I began to have these really horrible nightmares about *me* killing my friends..." Duo shivered and Relena looked at him, deep in thought.

After a time, she spoke, "Duo, do you think it could be some kind of brain washing or some boichemical thingy?"

Duo shrugged again, "I don't know, Sally might..."

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" 'Yes, that might be what we're looking at here... Yes, OZ was reported to be testing some new fangled biochem weapon... but... no... I'll let Heero know... he's been looking for that baka... Goodbye...' " Sally turned to the boy standing beside her.

Wufei looked at the woman with intrest, "What is it?"

"Duo's acting strange..."

"When is he ever acting normal?"

"No, Wufei, he tried to kill Relena... and was saying something about being tampered with..." Sally looked thoughtful, "Relena's bringing him in. I need to get the testing equipment ready. Could you inform Heero?"

"You will not use me as your errand boy, woman."

Sally rolled her eyes, then sweetly, "Please?"

"Woman!" he threatened.

"Come on, Wufei. This is important."

"Fine..." he stormed out the door to his jeep and took off toward Heero's place.

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"... so what you're saying is that he's in trouble..."

"I guess. All I was told was to get you, Yuy. Nothing more. Are you coming or not?"

"Of course..." Heero's face was stern, but his eyes held concern.

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Sally began hooking him up just as soon as they got in the door.

"Ok, Duo... just sit still and we'll find out what the Hell is wrong with you..."

"Right... lets just get this over with..."

-Part 2-
-fins-

TBC... ::nods:: this one is really trying to get at me... I am working on part 3 at current. Please C&C (this is a very old fic... I began it sooooo long ago, but now I think I can work on it more...)