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fic - two doors down : 11

Two Doors Down : 11


Duo would have turned around and gone back downstairs if he hadn't been noticed.  But he had been noticed, and now it was awkward, so he had to finish going on up.  "Hi.  Sorry, didn't think anyone else would be up here."

The guy shrugged.  "I don't have a monopoly on the roof."

He wished he had a better reason for being on the roof of their complex, but there wasn't, so he resolved to just do it quick and get outta there.  The other guy was just standing there, hands in the pockets of his thick jacket, staring off into nothing.  Duo gave him plenty of space and did what he came up here to do.  He went over near the edge of the roof and peered down at the neighborhood below.  He went over to a second edge and peered over that one, too.

"You're not going to jump or something, are you?" the other guy asked.  He made it sound like he was discharging a social obligation by asking.

"Nah.  Just wanted to see how far the power outage goes."

"Not far enough."

That seemed awesomely misanthropic of him.  "What are you up here for?"

There was a pause as if he wasn't inclined to answer, but come on, the guy had started the conversation.  "Wanted to see if I could see the stars any better without so much light."

Duo looked up, then out across the city.  "View's probably better in that direction," he commented, hitching a thumb in the direction away from the city center.

"The moon's over here."

"Hm, half full tonight," he said inanely.

"Or half empty."

A soft snort of laughter escaped him.  "Depending on your point of view.  You from upstairs?"

The guy looked at him.  For real this time, as if he wanted to confirm that Duo wasn't being literal.  "Yeah.  L1."

"Ah."  Duo peered into the night sky more closely this time.  "That it?" he asked, pointing, knowing that pointing was kind of a useless exercise but unable to help the reflexive gesture.  "You can kinda see a shiny thing in the empty half of the moon?"

"Aa."

"You're lucky.  I stopped looking pretty quick.  You know it's pointless to look, but you can't stop yourself from looking all the same.  At least at first."

The guy gave him another look this time, a longer, more measuring look.  "L2?"

"Yep.  How long you been dirtside?"

"Almost a year now.  Came down for work.  You?"

"Me?  I've been here since I turned eighteen.  Came down here for work, too.  Well, not for any job in particular, I mean, but to find work.  L2... yanno."

The guy nodded, but refrained from patronizing comment, for which Duo was glad.

"Hey, I'm Duo.  I live in three-eleven.  I think I recognize you?"

"Heero.  Three-thirteen."

"Yeah, thought so.  You miss home?"

"I miss the stars.  I miss... the vastness of space."

Duo nodded slowly.  He wasn't sure if he missed the same thing Heero missed, but he thought he knew what Heero meant.  "You ever go out hiking or anything?"

"Hiking?"

"Yeah.  Like, out in the National Forest.  That's pretty close by.  It's great if you camp out there, too.  You kind of get that same feeling, yanno?"

"Oh.  I hadn't thought of that.  Do you go hiking?"

"Now and then.  If you're interested, I'd be happy to give you some recommendations."

"Yes.  I'd like that."

"Sure, gimme, well, at least 'til the power comes back on so I can look up the stuff on my computer.  I can slip a list under your door or something."

"Thank you."  They stood for a moment in companionable silence, looking at the sky.  "This is my first outage on Earth.  How long is the power normally out for?"

"Varies.  Sometimes it just blips and it's back in no time.  This time, though... You hear the big boom before it happened?"

"Yeah."

"Transformer probably blew out.  Might be a little while.  Inconvenient timing, too.  Dinner time.  I mostly came up here to scope out how far the blackout goes so I can figure out where to scrounge up some food."

"Oh.  I hadn't even considered that.  I'm sure it can't go far enough that you can't drive -- oh.  I suppose the gate to the parking garage probably doesn't open."

"Yeah, don't think so."  Duo took a few steps toward the southern edge of the building.  "Doesn't look like it goes too far in this direction.  It's walkable.  Not too familiar with what restaurants might be out there."

Heero came up beside him with his phone in hand.  In no time at all, he'd googled up the top rated restaurants in the proper area and was holding his phone where Duo could look at it with him.  "This one's a five star hole-in-the-wall."

"Ooh, I love those.  Those little local businesses.  Where is that?"

Heero tapped the info up.  "Well within walking distance.  Here's an excerpt from the menu.  Oh, this sounds delicious."

"Seriously."  Duo paused.  "Do you wanna...?"

"...Have some company for dinner?"  At Duo's nod, he shrugged.  "Sure."




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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: January 5th, 2016 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
This might be one of those rare occasions where people are happy to have a power outage. I like that Heero is still from L1 and Duo from L2. It tells a lot about their backgrounds with just a mention of where they're from.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 6th, 2016 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading in a fic once that L1 is closest to Earth, and L2 is farthest from Earth, but L1 and L2 are closest together.  That's always stuck with me.  Also the idea that L2 is perpetually behind the moon from Earth's perspective. (And L1's and L3's.) Always out of sight, always out of mind.  Seems like that would do interesting things to the psychology of the people there.
tanuki02 From: tanuki02 Date: January 5th, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

reb

Sounds like it's a bit chilly; might be a good opportunity to linger over dinner in a nice warm booth and chat about the weirdness of weather and other dirt side phenomena, among other things.
Tomorrow's Epiphany- I'll miss these little treats!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 6th, 2016 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: reb

Oh goodness yes, the little hole in the wall will end up having a great dessert menu, and a couple of coffees later...

This pretty much officially concludes the holiday season. =/
ramenkuri From: ramenkuri Date: January 6th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Stargazing!
I love five star hole in the walls.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 6th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there must be other similar places scattered around town... Sounds like a great excuse for them to go exploring and adventuring together. ^_^ (above and beyond the inevitably shared hikes, of course.)
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: January 8th, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was totally not stalling the end of these... ;_;
This one is just lovely; a bit less hesitation in these two, and adored Heero's obligatory 'jump?' line. :D
Yes, there should be much lingering and exploring and... stuff.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 9th, 2016 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Less hesitation because they really are just random neighbors meeting, and they happen to become fast friends.  It's not anything more because Heero's, well, Heero, and Duo thinks Heero's 'not his type'.  It's not 'til Duo's fellow ex-pat friend, most likely Trowa, sees how they are together and just keeps facepalming at Duo until Duo finally recognizes the potentials here. ^_^
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