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fic - valentine's day AC199 [haven]
Title:  Valentine's Day AC199
Series:  Moments of Haven
Summary:  Err, it's about Valentine's Day AC199.  Too lazy to come up with a more interesting title.  Also saves me from having to come up with an interesting summary.  =p

Notes:  Okay, so I said I wasn't going to write one, but after *someone* left a sad face in my anti-valentine's-day post, I felt guilty.  >_>  This goes between 'long and winding road' and 'school supplies'.

Valentine's Day AC199
A Moment of Haven

"Oh, crap."

"What?"  They were only grocery shopping, and Heero couldn't see anything that would warrant such an expression of concern in the breakfast aisle.

Duo obviously differed.  "Today's Valentine's Day, isn't it?"

"Hm.  Yes, I think so."

"Dammit."  He prided himself on being observant.  And he wouldn't say that he hadn't noticed the incessant pinks and reds everywhere, per se.  He just hadn't paid them any attention.

"So?"  It took a few seconds, but Heero finally came to the same conclusions that Duo did.  "Oh.  Are we supposed to be doing something for Valentine's Day?"

"Oh good.  So I'm not the only one who totally spaced on it."

Heero glanced around with a new appreciation for his surroundings.  None of the decorations had invaded the home of the oatmeal, but at the end of the aisle, he could see a display of cards, and there were some metallic red balloons floating above the rows.  Perhaps the ubiquity of the decorations had made them all fade into the background.  He turned back to his partner with a small smile of rueful apology.  "I'm sorry, I just ignored it like always."

"Yeah, me, too."  Duo exhaled with relief.  While he was certain that Heero hadn't secretly been plotting some Valentine's surprise, it still took a load off his mind to hear it.  It would have been a surprise in an entirely unintended, uncomfortable kind of way.  "But, well, what with the new 'us' and all... I mean, this is a pretty lame way to spend our first Valentine's Day, don't you think?"

"Can't we just use the old 'every day should be treated like Valentine's Day' excuse?"

"But we use that excuse for everything!"

Heero could only enumerate Christmas under the heading of 'everything', but thought he would gain little from pointing that out.  Instead, he shrugged and got the oatmeal settled in their basket before setting off at a leisurely pace toward the spice aisle.  "Nothing wrong with consistency."

"Aw, come on, can we not be lame just this once?" Duo said to the back of his head before moving to catch up.

"You've never thought it was lame before."  If Duo kept pushing it, Heero decided he might get a little defensive.  But not until then.

"Yeah, but this... this is different."

"Really."  His dry tone saved him the trouble of casting a wry, sidelong glance at Duo as they came up even with each other.

"Okay, maybe not *really* really, but we can at least make a token effort, yeah?  Pretend to be like everyone else every once in a while?  I mean, yeah, we aren't ever going to be like everyone else, but that doesn't mean we should just let everything go to rot.  All that other traditional weirdness is kind of whatever, but this at least has some relevance to us."

"True."  Thinking on it further, he resolved to go home and look up the origins of the holiday.  Given that Valentine had a 'Saint' prepended to his name, he wouldn't be surprised if this were just another day devoted to a martyr of a religion he didn't subscribe to, and if that were the case, he'd have to do a little more rationalizing in his mind to separate it from the traditional Christmas holiday they had discarded.  Valentine's Day still seemed a largely commercialized celebration to him, but at least he could get behind the love and romance part of it.  That didn't make him nearly as uncomfortable as a day celebrating martyrdom itself.

"Doesn't have to be much," Duo continued, unaware of Heero's thoughts.  "We can, um, do what we normally do, dammit."  Suggesting that they cook each other a nice dinner was pointless when that was exactly what they were already shopping for.  "Well, at least afterward we can light up a fire or-- goddammit!  Now that I've suggested it, now it's all contrived and I hate that."

"You really like painting yourself into corners, don't you?"

"Oh, shut up."  He petulantly looked over the spices arranged neatly in their racks.  They already had the ones they were planning on using to meet the next few stages of their spice challenge, but they checked back in regularly so they didn't miss a good sale on something they would need down the line.

Heero hung back and gave him the space to pout.  "No wonder you believe in improv so much."

"Not my fault people always make so many *plans* for Valentine's Day."

Behind his back, Heero smiled faintly.  "Why should we do anything for it, then?  Sounds like it should be your least favorite holiday.  Maybe you'd prefer, say, St. Patrick's Day?  Boxing Day?  Summer Solstice?  Hm, or is it that, now that I've brought them up, now I've ruined them for you?"

Duo glared over his shoulder.  "Geez, remind me never to bring up Valentine's Day to you again.  You're mean on Valentine's Day."

"There's nothing wrong with making plans, Duo.  There's a large difference between plans and... and..."

Something so barely different that he couldn't even find a different word to describe it?  "Ha, see?  Not so large, then."

"No, large.  I just don't have a few nice words to encompass what we're talking about here.  Plans and..."  When a woman entered their aisle, he nudged them in the direction of the dairy section.  The time it took to gain some distance from others gave him some additional time to think.  "And setting up a time-table for the progress of our relationship.  If I were going to seduce you tonight, I would want to do it because I felt like doing it, and I felt like you would be a willing participant, but not because I felt like I had to do it, and I wouldn't want you to feel like you had to go along with it."

Loitering near an end display of pasta sauce to wait for another shopper to vacate their destination, Duo made a face.  "Man, what do we call that?  Simple?  That doesn't sound simple at all.  At least, when you get all wordy about it."

Heero shrugged.  "I told you I didn't have a few good words to describe it."

"Yeah, well, technically speaking, you didn't have to describe it at all.  It's not like we're not on the same page about this."

"Then we should be on the same page about the difference between this and making plans."

"We are," he protested, chewing on his lip for a moment.  The coast cleared, so he strolled over to the milk and started looking for the carton with the latest expiration date.  When that was done, he led the way toward the eggs and shared his thoughts while checking his selection for cracks.  "You know, I think I figured out another lesson I need to teach in my class.  All this time, I don't think I've ever reminded them that field improv is not a license for stupidity.  Improvisation doesn't mean acting without a plan.  Means coming up with a plan on the spot, vetting it, and executing it.  Can't just go doing things without stopping for a sanity check, no matter how rushed you are."

The idea floated in the air between them for a few seconds before Heero smiled tentatively.  "Glad to hear it."

Duo looked up just in time to see the tail end of that expression.  "What?" he asked, just a little defensively.

Heero shook his head.  "Just... glad to hear that I might be able to do this improv thing after all.  I've always found your idea of spontaneity a little..."  He paused, hoping Duo would fill a word in for him, but was forced to continue when Duo looked at him expectantly.  "...intimidating."

After a few blinks, Duo punched his arm lightly.  "Hey, you know I've always said you've got nothing to fear.  Besides, even if you have totally comprehensive plans behind something, there's probably going to be a few leaps of Heero logic in there that I'll never understand, so if nothing else, you'll always be a man of mystery.  That's kinda spicy, too."  He winked.  "So.  Let's start improvising some plans, Yuy."

"Improv's your field," he deferred, despite his fresh revelation.  He protested the need to plan anything, anyway.

"Oh, as if you've never done anything on the fly."  Duo rolled his eyes, and strode off to find them an unoccupied aisle to lead them to the registers up front.  "If you were that kind of a mindless foot soldier, you'd be dead by now, and I know I've got death issues, but I tell ya, I am not into that whole necrophilia thing."

Heero was certain Duo would always be a man of mystery as well.  "I'm not really sure how we got from Valentine's Day to necrophilia."

Duo stopped to turn and smirk at him.  "Try to keep up, Yuy.  Maybe you need to take my class."

They'd bantered on the topic several times before.  This time, Heero found a new twist.  "How about some private lessons?"

The smirk widened.  "Ooh, now we're talking.  Maybe you could give me some private lessons, too, hmm?  Maybe a little hand-to-hand in the bedroom?"

"The bedroom, hm?  Getting ambitious, aren't we?"  They'd never actually made it upstairs, let alone to their bedroom.

"Hey, gotta aim high, or we'll never make it up there."

"We'll get there one day."

"One day."  Duo stopped and savored the thought.  "See, I'm totally not psyching myself out by thinking it has to be tonight."

"Good for you."

"Will you reward me for my good behavior?"

"How about we go home... and cook a nice dinner together?"

The answering chuckle seemed to indicate a negative response.  "We had a nice dinner planned before we figured out what day it is.  That totally doesn't count.  I bet you just can't think of anything special to do."

"Every night is special, Duo," he intoned piously.

Duo snorted.  "If everyone's special, then nobody's special, babe.  You wouldn't want us to have *no* special nights *ever*, would you?"

A long silence came from Heero's side of the conversation.  It was decidedly nonplussed.  "How about I make this night special by letting you win this one, hmm?"

"Ooh, total cop-out, Yuy!"

"But you're hardly going to turn me down, are you?"

Admittedly, it took a moment of consideration to come up with an answer.  "Yeah, actually, I am."  He laughed at the look on Heero's face.  "Don't be so cocky, Yuy.  I don't have to win every battle to win the war.  Or, you know... be 'cocky', but in a whole other way."  He grinned widely, leaving no doubt as to how he meant his words to be taken.

Heero didn't mind losing this battle, either.  There was something oddly transfixing about that twinkle in Duo's eye.  He passed a few seconds reassuring himself that he could look away if he wanted to.  Really.  "You're dangerous when you hit your stride."

"But you like me that way."  Duo flashed a quick victory sign.

"Now who's being cocky."

"But you like me that way," he repeated, this time with a different emphasis on his words and a smile that leaned toward salacious.

See, Heero could too tear his eyes away from that twinkle, if only to sweep a casual glance over the rest of Duo's body, which somehow had a particular twinkle all its own.  "I won't deny it."

"Glad to hear it."

They let the conversation lapse as they stood in line and completed their grocery transaction.  Duo was content with looking around to find inspiration wherever it might strike, while Heero was content with watching Duo work his magic.  It wasn't until they got outside that Duo found a little something to work with.

"Hey, come on, over here," he said, gesturing with his head toward a farther exit of the market.  He made his way over to the middle school students camped out in front of the automatic doors, attempting to extort money under the guise of 'fundraising' from passing customers.  "Hmm, lessee what we've got."

A less-than-perky boy greeted him.  Duo pretended to listen to the spiel about the eighth grade's class trip and instead perused the choices in front of him.  "Ooh, got it.  Hang on to this, would ya?" he asked, passing his share of the grocery bags to Heero.  Another of the students immediately appeared in front of him on the other side of the table and tried to make suggestions for what last-minute candied treat would best please his valentine, but he had already made up his mind.  He plucked an almond chocolate bar from one box and a box of hard candy from another and showed off his finds to Heero.  "There.  Nuts for my nut, and sweet hearts for your sweetheart."

Heero suppressed a smile as Duo paid for the candy.  "I always did think I was the better off of the two of us."

Duo let the humility pass with a note to himself to correct it later.  Instead, he shrugged saucily.  "Won't deny it."  He thanked the kids cheerfully, reclaimed his bags from Heero, and they headed back to the jeep.  Feeling quite proud of himself for accomplishing at least something for the holiday, he claimed the driver's seat and pulled out of their parking spot.  "Hey, pop open the heart candy, will you?"

"Can't wait, can you?"

"Hey, it's Valentine's Day, not Christmas Eve.  I'm just curious.  Heard about those things, but never had them before.  I'm kinda hoping they don't taste nasty, otherwise we're turning this car around and you're getting me a better present."

Heero shook his head, but did as he was told.  "I assure you, I can get you a better present if you head on home instead of turning the car around."

"Yeah, well I totally just bought you a present to give to me, which is kind of tacky, so you need to make it up to me anyway."

"I didn't ask you to buy it."

"Hey, you told me to come up with a plan.  I came up with a plan."

"Which I could execute on my own."

"But you wouldn't have come up with the 'sweet hearts for your sweetheart' thing.  That kind of thinking on your toes just isn't your style."  At a red light, he took the candied hearts offered to him and glanced at them.  Reading the message written there, he chuckled softly.  "Now *this* is more your style."

"But you like me that way... right?"

He leaned over and delivered a quick peck to Heero's cheek.  "You betcha, flyboy."

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miyun From: miyun Date: March 2nd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
akdjfladjflkadjl~ are you talking about this sad face? look, look it's not! :DDDDDDDDDD

*goes to read*
miyun From: miyun Date: March 2nd, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Can't we just use the old 'every day should be treated like Valentine's Day' excuse?"

"But we use that excuse for everything!"

*Laughs* omg!why are they so cute *heart bursts*

"I'm not really sure how we got from Valentine's Day to necrophilia."

Best.line.ever! *dies* XD

"But you like me that way," he repeated, this time with a different emphasis on his words and a smile that leaned toward salacious.

XD!! Just.This. why so squishable Duo?

"There. Nuts for my nut, and sweet hearts for your sweetheart."

literally LOLed and possibly almost died snorting my brains out. omg CHEESE.

*still giggling* Okay, I feel no remorse whatsoever giving you that sad!face (if it had been me you were talking about). If I gave you more sad!faces in the future would there be more of these? hehe. yeah, I know. :D

Much enjoyed! Duo is ridiculous. Heero is just...may I squish him? They're just so perfect for each other I want to stand outside their house and camp out there just for the cute!

triste_amor From: triste_amor Date: March 2nd, 2009 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Very cute, I liked Duo's improv! I really want to know the message Heero gave Duo though. Candy hearts ftw!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 3rd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking something along the lines of a couple of hearts that said 'be mine' and '4ever'. ^_^
jilltanith From: jilltanith Date: March 2nd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kept wondering how many people in the store were eavesdropping . . .
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 3rd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no, they were quite careful to avoid people everywhere they went in the store!  And they used their indoor voices. ^o^ And they were shopping after their classes were over, which is before five, which is when people start coming in after work to go shopping, so the population there was scarce.

(i'm glad all my neurotic pre-planning could answer a question! ^^'')
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just soooo them! *hugs them both* *and runs!*

I am speechless with squee. ^_________^

and yeah; every female and most of the men in that store are eavesdropping like crazy. and squeeing. ^_~
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 3rd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, they were avoiding people everywhere they went.  Sure, there could have been someone on the other side of an aisle, but they spoke quietly, and even if someone did hear, at least they couldn't see who was saying it.  And when people did come by, they stopped talking.  I didn't want to keep saying that they spoke softly, so I just didn't bother. ^^
issen4 From: issen4 Date: March 2nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
"But we use that excuse for everything!"

"Nothing wrong with consistency."

Oh, Heero. I adore the way they banter, and weirdly enough (or not), this is the nicest Valentine's Day fic for them that I've come across. I can see them behaving like this!

Everytime I read a new chapter of Haven, I can't help but go back and read the earlier chapters all over again, because I can't get enough of them.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 3rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Nicest, eh?  My thanks.  Too bad it was about three weeks into the post-season! ^o^

Happy reading. ^_^
trafeane From: trafeane Date: March 3rd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious as well about this as well. I was trying to remember what some of those messages were. "I 'heart' U" is the only one I can remember.
trafeane From: trafeane Date: March 3rd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
... And by this, I meant "what's the message on the candy" thread.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: March 3rd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the way they banter and tease in... stealth mode. *snerk*
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 3rd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'm always in stealth mode, but I find myself always trying to choose the aisles with the fewest people, too!  Unless I know exactly what I want, I usually like standing there staring at my choices, comparing labels and prices and stuff, and I prefer to do it without an audience. ^^'
aisushi From: aisushi Date: March 4th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I realise others have quoted this a gajillion times before but I found it adorkable, too!

"Can't we just use the old 'every day should be treated like Valentine's Day' excuse?"

"But we use that excuse for everything!"

[...]"Nothing wrong with consistency."

Also, I totally misread spice aisle as space isle the first time.

And and imagining a sparkly Duo now (but not in that *koff*vampiric*koff* way).
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 4th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's amusing that people find that remark of Heero's so funny when I just think of it as Heero being Heero.  ... then again, maybe that's why it's so funny. ^_^
tyreling From: tyreling Date: August 29th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
ASDFGJ Gosh this whole fic made me smile and feel all soft and woozy inside. I love how these two are sort of 'planning' their special day without being too cliche or in Duo's words... improv the whole day. XDDD I love their interaction too.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: August 30th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, hard to be cliche when I said, 'crud, I forgot to write a Valentine's Day fic,' after which I wrote a fic that started out with them saying, 'crud, we forgot to celebrate Valentine's Day.' ^^' Fic by necessity!
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