4-29-2001

Title: Real Genius

Author: znma havok

Archive: will be at vinyl no miko's, anyone else sure...

Notes: things have been changed to make certain parings work later, and as much as i would like to tell you that they are ooc, for the most part i can see a lot of it happening...hmmm

Feedback: that would be nice

Disclaimer: duhh.

*** = change of scene

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"Library... library... 205."

Heero put away the school map and grabbed his books. He threw open the door and stepped outside. Unfortunately, he did not expect the hall of the dorm to be covered with ice and thus fell flat on his face. He looked up in time to see Duo skate towards him wearing an odd combination of boxers over sweat pants and a long sleeved shit and a flannel sheet tied around his waste in a makeshift toga. On his head was a pair of fuzzy panda bear earmuffs.

"Welcome to Romafeller Tech's Smart People on Ice!" Duo pulled Heero off the ground. "Let's go skating!"

Duo let go of Heero and skated over towards a tall boy with a very unusual haircut.

"Trowa, the ice turned out so great!"

"Yeah, it worked, didn't it?"

"How did you do it?" Duo asked as he casually draped an arm over Trowa's shoulders.

"Oh sure, I tell you and you tell someone. And next thing you know we're in the middle of another ice age."

Duo pushed away from Trowa and started spinning down the hall screaming, "Come on, everybody must skate!"

"That's cause you're a slacker, Maxwell." Some guy in a towel called as he walked by.

"Moles and Trolls." Was Duo's response. "Moles and Trolls. Moles and Trolls. Work, work, work, work, work. You never see the light of day! We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I'm sorry, but it's not like me. I'm depressed."

He did a little spin. "What? We had no one at the mutant hamster races. We had one entry in the Madam Curie look-a-like contest and he was disqualified later." He pulled off his earmuffs in disgust. "Why do I bother?"

If Duo was expecting a response he didn't wait around to hear it. He skated off towards the window and started yelling out it.

"Do you want a cherry? I grew them myself," Trowa handed Heero a cherry the size of a large apple. Heero was about to thank him when a hand crafted metal sled came crashing at his feet.

"Are you OK?" Heero rushed to the aid of the person on the sled.

He took off his helmet and answered Heero in what seemed like one breath, "No. Not emotionally, no. I'm disappointed, not terribly, but still. It should have gone much further, much faster. It's OK, I know what the problem is. It's obviously the drag coefficient. I'll just redesign the plates. I can do that no problem. I can do that here. But after I design them I have to cut them and that takes tools. That takes time. Do you know how much longer this is supposed to last?"

"Maybe another half hour," Trowa answered.

"Oh that's great! That's good. I can do that no problem. What's your name?" He was suddenly talking to Heero.

"Heero."

"Oh, thanks for your help, Heero. I'll see you later."

"Who was that?"

"That was..." Trowa started.

"I'm Quatre. I forgot to tell you my name. I'm Quatre. I heard there was going to be someone new this semester, are you it?"

"Yeah."

"Oh, do you have a bed?" Trowa glared at both Quatre and Heero.

"Yes...?"

"Oh, I was going to make you one if you didn't have one. But you have one. Okay. I'll see you later. Okay, bye."

"Bye," Heero said lamely. He was still in a mild state of shock from the energy the blond boy radiated.

"What's all this supposed to be?" Wufei asked as he came to his dorm room, arms full of papers.

"This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold. This? This is Wufei. This is what happens to people when they get too sexually frustrated," Duo chirped then skated off again.

Wufei rolled his eyes and threw the stack of papers at Heero.

"Here. This should keep you busy. This plus your other class work should turn your brain into tapioca in less than a month."

"Oh, Wufei, that's so unfair. And we were going to make you king of the Winter Carnival." Duo said eyeing the papers Heero was now holding.

"Yeah?"

Duo raised his eyebrows in an "are you serious" look.

"Oh, ha ha ha. I suppose you're in on it, too. Did you make this stuff?" Wufei asked Trowa.

"I'm not saying."

"Well, who's going to clean it up?"

"You don't have to. It's going to go from solid directly to gas."

"Woah. What is it?" Wufei stared at the ice.

"I'm not saying, but I can tell you that it's very rare and very unstable."

"Kind of like you," Duo called as he slid past Wufei.

"You're all just a bunch of degenerates," Wufei turned to enter his room.

"We are? What about that time I found you naked with the bowl of Jell-O?"

"You did not."

"This is true," Duo insisted.

"I was hot and I was hungry, OK?" Wufei suddenly smiled. "Anyway, I've got news for you Maxwell. You're not number one around here anymore."

"Number one what?" Duo laughed.

"Mighty Mouse over there beat your placement scores by over 20 points," Wufei pointed at Heero, who had done his best to keep quiet up until now.

"Yeah? You did? Well, you must think you're pretty hot stuff."

"No...I..." Heero stumbled, as he was quite embarrassed.

"Well, maybe you are smarter than me. But can you do this?"

Duo skated off spinning and went to slide down the frozen staircase when the ice started to smoke. Duo fell to the ground in a thud.

"Woah! Trowa?" He coughed, "What's happening to the ice? Trowa! I'm melting!!!"

"It worked!" Trowa put on safety goggles. "Now, if we can just keep it from exploding..."

"Exploding? Oh god!" Wufei ran into his room as Trowa and Heero laughed.

"Hey Tro? You're just joking about exploding, right Trowa? It's a joke right?"

* * *

Heero woke up to the sound of his door opening. He opened one eye and saw the blond-haired man walked into the room and then into his closet. As soon as the closet door closet Heero jumped out of bed and threw open the door. Again, he found it empty of everything but clothes. He knocked on the wood inside the closet but found nothing unusual. He looked at Duo who was still asleep, tangled in his own limbs and braid. He sighed and left the room.

Heero entered the bathroom and was just about to do his business when Quatre ran in.

"Oh, hi. Good morning. I thought I saw you come in here. We met last night. Remember me? I'm Quatre. Oh I made you something." He held up an argyle sweater.

"Last night?"

"Oh yeah. It's just something to do with my hands. I think I got the right size." He held it up to Heero's back. "I'm pretty sure I did. I have 29 sisters so I use them for sizing. I have an eye for that sort of thing, so I just went ahead and made you one because I was up. Are you peeing?"

"Yeah..." Although, the positive answer didn't bother Quatre, he just went on talking.

"I never sleep. I don't know why. I had a roommate once and I drove him nuts. Really nuts. They had to take him away in an ambulance and everything. But he's OK now. But he had to transfer to an easier school. But I don't know if that had anything to do with me. But listen, if you ever need to talk or need help studying let me know because I'm just a few doors down from you guys. And I never sleep, OK?" and a breath, "Are you done?"

"I can't start," Heero said as he played with the chipping paint on the wall.

Quatre turned bright red, "Because I'm here?"

"I think so."

"Weird. I have to go."

"Me too."

Quatre was out of the bathroom before Heero could say anything else.

* * *

Duo opened the freezer and shook his head to get the stale smell out of his face. He took out a thermos.

"Good morning," he said as Heero walked into the kitchen area.

"Hey, Duo," Heero eyed Duo's monkey slippers and boxers that barely clung to his slim waist.

"Morning," Duo sat down at the table and pulled a frozen bar out of the thermos.

"You know, something strange happened to me this morning."

Was it that dream where you're standing in sort of sun god robes on the top of a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?" Duo asked.

"No," Heero laughed.

"Why am I the only one who has that dream?" Duo bent over the bar with a cutting too and cut a thin piece of the frozen substance off the bar.

"Is that liquid nitrogen?"

"Uh-huh. Coffee?" Duo asked as he put the piece of liquid nitrogen in the coin hole and pressed the button for regular coffee.Heero shook his head. "So what happened?"

"Did you know there is a guy living in our closet?" Heero asked.

"You've seen him too?" Duo sipped his coffee.

"Who is he?"

"Marquise." Duo bought a protein bar.

"Why does he keep going into our closet?"

"Why do you keep going into our closet?" Duo asked.

"To get my clothes but that's not why he goes in there."

"Of course not. He's twice your size. Your clothes would never fit him." Duo started back towards their room. "Think before you ask these questions, Heero. 20 points higher than me, thinks a big guy like that can wear his clothes."

-end part 3-

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