Um. This is inspired by the snow outside (even if it isn't really snowing yet) and my own wonder at the first snowfall of the season (even if I despise being cold) and is dedicated to the ... was it the 200000th visitor? to GWAddiction, whose name I've temporarily misplaced.
Set in the miraculously outside of the timeline and plotline of GW safehouse, with all the pilots in attendance, sap, shounen ai, ooc, Wufei-abuse, etc.
When It Snows
"It's snowing again!" Duo raced through the safe house, a huge grin on his face. "Guys, it's snowing again!"
"We heard you the first time," Wufei muttered testily.
"What's the matter, Wu, don't you like the snow?" Duo smiled brightly at Wufei.
The other pilot glared back. "No. I do not." With that he pulled the quilt a little more tightly around his shoulders and clutched protectively at his mug of hot cocoa.
"You're no fun, Wu-chan," Duo sighed. "Getting you outside for a snowball fight is out of the question, ne?"
"Maxwell, Yuy will abandon his computer to throw snowballs before I will set one toe outside this house. Now go turn up the thermostat, I'm freezing."
Watching this exchange, Quatre winced, muttering to Trowa, "Uh oh... I sense trouble..." as Duo's eyes took on an unholy sparkle.
"Heero~!" Duo bounded away.
"This... could be bad," Trowa agreed. "Shall we save ourselves the trouble and get our coats on?"
"Might as well... you wanna be on my team?"
Bored. Very bored. Heero grimaced at his computer. No missions, and none likely for a while. Snowed in, with nothing to do.
Well, other than contending with a bored and cabin feverish American.
Duo burst into their shared bedroom. "Whatcha doing, Heero?"
"Why do you want to know?" Heero countered.
Duo beamed at him, all innocent eagerness. "Well, I was just thinking you might like to get a little exercise since you've been cooped up for so long."
Duo made it sound reasonable, whatever it was he was about to propose. "...what kind of exercise?"
"Um..." Duo thought rapidly. "Cold weather combat and maneuvers, plus a little strategy."
Heero considered this, translating it into Duo-speak. ~Cold weather combat... for Duo... is... A snowball fight, maybe?~ "Aa. I'll be outside in five minutes."
Duo cheered. "Let me just go get Wufei..." Smirking, he headed off, a baka with a mission.
Heero allowed a tiny smile to cross his face as Duo left. He should have known there was an ulterior motive to Duo's idea. He listened. Right on cue, Wufei erupted into inarticulate cries of fury.
"I just want you to know," Wufei growled, glaring at the assembled group,"that I hate each and every one of you. But--I hate you and Yuy the most,Maxwell. Justice will be extracted for this."
"Whatever you say, Wu." Duo clobbered him with a snowball.
"Kisama!" Wufei howled. "Maxwell! Omae o korosu!"
Duo meeped and took off running, and the fight was on.
"Injustice," Wufei mumbled. "Injustice... Nataku..."
"I think we broke Wufei," Quatre murmured.
"No, he's just too cold to do anything but rant," Trowa judged.
"Heero throws a mean snowball, ne?" Quatre helped Wufei out of his snowbank.
"Aa. Let's get him inside." Trowa began guiding Wufei into the safehouse.
Quatre glanced over at Duo and Heero, who were still pelting each other with snowballs. "They look like they're going to be busy for a while."
"It'll do us all good for Duo to burn off the energy."
"Amen to that!" Quatre agreed fervently.
Duo laughed hysterically as Heero blinked away a well-thrown snowball.
"Baka," he grumbled good-naturedly.
"Aw, you know you like it." Duo turned his face up to the falling snowflakes. "Wufei's going to kill me later."
"Only if he manages to thaw out first." Heero hefted a snowball, drawing a bead on Duo, but stopped to watch the way the snowflakes were dancing over Duo's reddened cheeks, catching in his hair and eyelashes.
"What's the matter, Heero, getting cold?" Duo teased, looking away from the falling snow.
"Not a bit." Duo laughed. "I love this stuff, man. It's too much fun."
Heero shrugged. "We should go in, get warm."
"Yeah, yeah... if you say so." Duo fell in beside Heero as they trudged back to the safehouse. "Maybe I am a little cold, at that."
"Duo." Heero stopped; Duo, quizzical, stopped and looked at him. "Thank you."
"No big deal, Heero--it was just a snowball fight, you know?" Duo shrugged. "Besides, I was going crazy cooped up inside."
Heero snorted. "I think we all knew that." He leaned forward, impulsively, brushing his lips across Duo's cold cheek. "Tomorrow, let's see if we can get Wufei to build a snowman."
Duo stared at him, surprised and a little flushed. "I--" He cupped his hand to his cheek. "I'd like that, Heero."
"Good." Heero turned and headed inside.
Duo looked up at the falling snow and smiled quietly. ~And people wonder why I love this weather.~
Would you believe I've been trying to write this fic since last winter?<sweats>