Title: Real Genius
Author: znma havok
Archive: the boarding house (http://members.tripod.com/vinyl_no_miko/index.htm)
Warnings: weirdness, closets, popcorn, blah blah blah...
A few weeks had passed and Heero was beginning to get into the swing of things at Romafeller Tech. Between bullying from Wufei and frequent visits from Quatre at the oddest times, Heero spent all of his other time either studying or in the lab. His classes had dwindled off to leave him as the only student in a sea of tape recorders and eventually even the professor taped his lectures. The only thing that was constantly bothering him was the blond living in the closet. Duo had told him that it was Marquise but that didn't really help him understand the oddity of someone living in a place that doesn't exist.
One night while Heero was alone in his and Duo's dorm studying, he noticed that the door to the closet was partially opened. With his curiosity perked, Heero entered the closet and began his regular routine of knocking on the paneling. For some reason, Heero decided to close the door behind him this time, and low and behold the back of the closet parted down the middle and revealed the school's old steam tunnels. Written on the wall was "this is it".
Heero stepped forward and entered what looked like an old roller coaster car with the number 06 painted on the side. The car started to descend into the tunnels and eventually stopped in a jungle of pipes. Heero stepped out of the car and hid behind one of the larger pipes. From his vantage point, Heero could clearly see the blond working on what looked like a giant robot.
* * *
Duo leaned against the new metal railing to Treize's front porch eating popcorn out of a brown paper lunch sack. Treize came jogging into the front yard and nodded acknowledgment to Duo before kicking the Great Dane off his lawn again.
"You wanted to see me your joggingness?"
"Mr. Maxwell, right on time. That's a little unusual these days. You still run?" Trieze stretched his arms over his head as he walked toward the house.
"Only when chased." Duo began to climb the porch steps, when Treize stopped abruptly.
"What is that smell?"
Duo sniffed his shirt. "It must be the dog."
"Yes, sir. I know," Duo said as he shoved a handful into his mouth.
"Get it away from me. I can't stand popcorn. I hate popcorn! Put it over there!" Treize pointed to a spot on the far end of the patio.
"Good now I know what to get you for your birthday." Duo dropped the bag on the steps before walking into the house. "Well, I guess we're moving up in the world, eh Treize?"
"Try not to touch anything."
"Quite a change from the old place" Duo wandered over to where Treize was removing his shoes.
"Shoes," Duo took off his shoes. "Look, I want to start seeing more of you in the lab."
"Fine, I'll gain weight."
"You're a very funny boy." Treize's comment was dripping with sarcasm.
"Thanks, Treize. I try."
They both entered Treize's office. "You can sit," Treize motioned to one of the chairs as he moved to behind his desk and sat down. "You know, when I first brought you into this school I thought you were going to be another Einstein, and you were well on your way. And then?"
"You're disappointing me, Duo."
"And you me, Treize."
"Look, it's about our deal."
"I know and I have advanced your project more than any three students on campus have."
"That was yesterday. What have you done for me today?"
Duo stammered and feigned concern.
"I want five megawatts by mid May," Treize cut to the chase.
Duo nervously laughed, "Uh, Treize, I think you might be getting a little obsessive about this. Now, I took in Heero and he's coming along fine. And, he's working his guts out for you. So, what exactly do you want?"
"I want five megawatts by mid May. I don't care if you are arrogant. I don't care if you are disrespectful. But, you're attitude is distracting Heero and that I won't have," Treize warned him. "The rules have changed and I want it by mid May."
"Treize, I think you're just forgetting about one little detail. This is I'm out of here. I'm gone, history, Casper, I'm graduating." Then he mouthed, "me gone," and pointed to the door.
"To graduate you need my course, dear boy, so it seems I have a say in what you do and where you go. So from now on you and Heero will spend every waking hour in the lab. You will solve my power problem and you will solve it by my deadline."
Duo slammed his hand down on the table and stood up, "Treize, if you think by threatening me you can get me to be your slave, well, that's where you're right, but, and I'm only saying this because I care. There are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing."
"I'm not kidding, Duo."
"Neither am I, Treize," Duo said just before he left Treize's office.
-end part 4-
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