<happy sigh> This song is a personal favorite and I had it in the back of my mind to do something with it, but couldn't quite figure out what. Then I went back to the vid I'd designed for the song ages ago (before "Gundam Wing" existed) and changed it a little and, lo, there was vidfic.

Then the vidfic got uppity and produced a fic. I'll be posting it in just a few minutes. Same basic story, slightly different perspectives.

Enjoy.

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I'll Be Waiting (Vidfic)
By LoneWolf
(kodoku na okami)

COMMENTS: Wind and rain seemed an appropriate atmosphere. Transitions between shots are all "fade through black" (like a blink). The song is "The Prodigal (I'll Be Waiting)" from Amy Grant's album "Unguarded". Shots are called in square brackets [ ] after the pertinent line of the song. As usual, shot calls are brief. Turn on your imagination.

WARNINGS: shonen ai, the war ends in June AC196, no "Endless Waltz"

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(Introduction plays)
[Full-length shot, 3/4 rear, Duo's left. After the war, Heero and Duo stand in a hotel lobby, shaking hands.]
[Waist up shot, profile, Duo's left. Duo grabs Heero in a hug.]
[Close up shot. Duo's hand slips an envelope with Heero's name on it in the pocket of Heero's jacket.]
[Waist up shot, profile, Duo's right. Heero gently pulls away. Shakes his head.]
[Long shot, 3/4 rear, Duo's right. They look at each other for a moment. Heero turns walks out the door.]

I face the day again
[Full-length shot, looking down. Duo wakes up in bed, Heero beside him. Image of Heero fades as Duo sits up and looks at the spot where it was.]

Against the window pane
[Medium shot, rear left 3/4. Duo sitting at kitchen table, cereal and toast before him, looking out the window at the wind-blown rain.]

I remain your closest friend
[Close up, front, left 3/4. Duo's face. Sad.]

And wish you back again
[Wide shot of table. Duo, breakfast half-eaten, looking at a hazy image of Heero in the empty chair opposite him.]

You wonder how I feel
[Soft edges. A memory. Duo hugging Heero.]

You think you've pushed me too far
[Soft edges. A memory. Heero shaking his head.]

If only you could see this pen
[Close up. A notebook. "If only you could see this pen" is being written.]

Scribbling down my heart
[Waist-up shot, profile, Duo's left. Duo writing in the notebook.]

I'll be waiting
[Through the window. Duo looking out the window.]

I may be young or old and grey
[Full-body shot, 3/4 front, Heero's right. Heero, denim shorts, tank top. Sitting before his computer, typing.]

Counting the days
[Waist-up shot, profile, Heero's right. Heero pauses, looks up at wall.]

But I'll be waiting
[Over Heero's right shoulder. Focus on generic calendar hanging on wall. April, AC198.]

And when I finally see you come
[Waist-up shot, profile, Duo's left. Duo looks up from writing and out the window.]

I'll run when I see you
[Wide shot. Duo running toward camera. Pan to follow him to front door.]

I'll meet you
[Medium-long shot, front of house. Door opens. Duo's face falls. There's no one there.]

But still the days drag on
[Long shot, 3/4 rear, Heero's right. Jeans, jacket. Walking down an empty street on a rainy night.]

Why did you decide to go
[Medium-close shot, profile, Heero's right. Head down, frowning.]

Did you only need to see
[Medium shot, 3/4 front, Heero's right. He pauses under an awning.]

What only time can show
[Medium shot, front. Heero looks around at the empty street.]

I'll be waiting
[Close up. Heero's hand pulls out of his jacket pocket.]

I may be young or old and grey
[Close up. Hands holding battered envelope with Heero's name on it.]

Counting the days
[Waist-up shot, front. Heero sighs looking at the envelope.]

But I'll be waiting
[Waist-up shot, 3/4 rear, Heero's right. Removing paper from envelope.]

And when I finally see you come
[From Heero's perspective, looking down. Hands holding envelope and creased, torn paper with words. "I'll be waiting," and "Aishiteru."]

I'll run when I see you
[Close up. Front. Tears on Heero's face. Head shaking.]

(Instrumental bridge)
[Camera pans to track Heero as he runs down the street.]
[Long shot from behind of Heero running through the rain.]
[Shot up a flight of stairs. Heero's right as he passes camera into shot, then up stairs out of shot.]
[Thighs-up shot, profile, Heero's right. He fumbles with keys and unlocks door.]
[Shot of door across room. Heero enters and closes door behind him.]
[Full body shot from behind as Heero lays down on the bed.]
[Heero's calendar. June AC199.]

And even if
[Long shot, profile, Duo's left. At kitchen table writing.]

You never do return
[Closeup. Notebook. "You never do return" is being written.]

Still I will have learned
[Waist-up shot, profile, Duo's left. Stops writing. Hands shaking.]

How to love you better
[Closeup. Notebook. Ink smeared by tears on paper. Pen falls.]

I'll be waiting
[Closeup. Duo's face. Tears on his face.]

I may be young or old and grey
[Over Duo's left shoulder as he looks out the window. Calendar on table is in focus. October AC200.]

Counting the days
[Looking in through the window. Duo's face. Mouth open. Eyes wide.]

But I'll be waiting
[Wide shot. Duo running toward camera. Pan to follow him to front door.]

And when I finally see you come
[Medium-long shot, front of house. Door opens. Duo runs out into the rain.]

I'll run to meet you
[Waist-up shot, front. Heero stops, pulls back slightly, uncertain.]

I'll be waiting
[Waist-up shot, profile Duo's left. Duo runs up and grabs Heero and hugs him tight.]

I may be young or old and grey
[Mid-back-up shot, Heero's back/Duo's face. Duo crying, smiling, talking fast.]

Counting the days
[Waist up shot, 3/4 Heero's back, Duo's right. Heero stands there. Duo holding him.]

But I'll be waiting
[Waist up shot, profile, Duo's right. Tentatively, Heero's arms rise and close around Duo.]

And when I finally see you come
[Close up, Heero's face, sad, but with a hint of a smile. Lips moving. "Aishiteru."]

I'll run to meet you
[Close up, Duo's face, smiling. Lips moving. "I've been waiting."]

(Chorus repeats and fades)
[Long shot up the front walk holds as... They break the embrace. Duo leads Heero inside, arm around Heero's waist. The door closes.]

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Yes, I'm a sucker for happy endings. <grin>