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fic - watering hole part 2 [haven]
Title:  Watering Hole Part 2
Series:  Moments of Haven
Summary:  A continuation of Watering Hole part 1.  There shall be a part 3.

Watering Hole
Part 2
A Moment of Haven

They both looked up as they heard voices come down the hall in their direction.  Three of Duo's students came around the corner, duffles slung over their shoulders.  They were fresh from the locker room and still merrily discussing the day's events.  When Joe caught sight of them, he waved.  "Yo, Teach, still here?"

"Yeah, got some loose ends to tie up," Duo answered, wiggling his fingers airily at his report.  "And I couldn't let you kids go without some sort of last words or something."

"You were watching the whole time, right?"

"Yeah.  Why would I go through all the trouble to help set this thing up and then fall asleep in the skybox?"

"So what did you think?  Did we do you proud?  Well, maybe except this loser over here," he added with a loud whisper, not-so-subtly pointing a finger at the man beside him.

The agent in question protested.  "Hey, you can't hold me accountable for the actions of my entire team."

"What, you're not going to stand up for your comrades-in-arms?  For shame!"

"Dude, that's just bad management to make the whole team take the fall for no good reason.  Our leaders should be the ones stepping up, yeah?"  Their eyes swiveled in Duo's direction.

Duo held up his hand to ward off their implications.  "Whoa, hey there.  I was your teacher, not your leader."

A soft snort came from Heero's side of the corner lounge.

"Um, not that we should be pointing fingers or anything," he amended with a false conscientiousness.  "That's not cool at all."


Joe perked up.  "Hey, a bunch of us are getting together in a little bit at Jerry's.  You should come.  Um, you're invited, too, Agent Yuy," he added a bit stiffly.

Duo hid a snicker.  "Yeah, that sounds great."  He turned to his partner with zeal.  "We'll be there, right?"


"Yup," he confirmed brightly.  "We'll head on over as soon as we finish up here."

"Looking forward to it."  They waved goodbye and left, chatting amongst themselves.

"Jerry's?" Heero repeated.  "South, down the street?"

"Yeah.  I hear it's a popular hang-out for the locals."

"That's a bar, right?"

"Yup."  His grin was equal parts good cheer and challenge.

"...This should be interesting."

"Thirty says I can score some booze."

"...Deal.  No need to get drunk, though."

"Aw, come on, Yuy.  You know me better than that.  'Sides...," he added with a wink, his voice dropping to a level of confidentiality.  "I'm saving that cherry for you, remember?"

Heero rolled his eyes and moved to finish his report.  Perhaps he took advantage of the fact that his face was turned downward to hide a small smile.

They strolled into the bar with their usual confidence and did a quick survey of the foreign surroundings.  Many students from both their classes, and Shevtsova's as well, were present, making up a majority of the patronage this evening.  They barely had time to absorb that when they were flagged down by one of the clumps of agents.

"Hey, guys," Daven greeted as soon as they made it to the table.  "Cool you guys came."

Duo shrugged, throwing a glance over the room.  "You guys all look like you're getting along great now."

"We could say the same about you two."  A few of the guys at the table eyed the pair of them.  "Sort of."

"Huh?"  It took him a moment to remember that the only experience most of his students had had with Heero had been witnessing their little bean bag battle.  "Oh, ha.  Nah, it's all fun and games, long's no one gets their eye poked out, right?"  He turned to Heero for agreement.


One of his students laughed.  "Man, if there were two guys that could poke someone's eyes out with bean bags, I'm sure you'd be it."

Heero unfortunately attempted to participate in the conversation.  "I don't think it would be all that difficult to poke someone's eyes out with a bean bag, given the proper application."

The lone CQC student at the table saluted his erstwhile instructor with his bottle.  "Here here, sir.  You tell 'em."

Duo was pleased that Heero's students had apparently acclimated to his occasionally odd perspective.  He smiled brightly at his own students like it had been a great thing to say and headed the conversation off in a different direction.  "Most of you all are shipping out tomorrow, eh?"


Another agent chimed in.  "'Bout damn time, too.  Not that it hasn't been a riot, but I'd like to get back to my life, and, well, my job, man.  Gotta put some of these new-found skills to use, right?"

"You better," Duo said, nodding righteously.  "I didn't waste my time teaching a bunch of desk jockeys."

"You betcha."  He finished his beer and signaled to the nearby barkeep.  "Hey, one more, please?  Hm, and two for these guys here, eh?"

Jerry eyed them critically.  "I don't think so."

"Hey, what now?"

"I don't serve alcohol to minors."

There was a brief lull in the air around them before most of the people laughed with some level of amusement.  Duo shared the amusement, but only smiled with dignity.  "I don't believe we are minors, my good sir."

"You may not be minors," he conceded grudgingly.  "But you sure ain't twenty-one."

"We're older than we look, yanno."

"Yeah?  Lucky for you, even older-than-twenty-one's has got to show some ID."

"Don't suppose a Preventers badge will do the trick?"  Duo asked hopefully, but wasn't feeling like enough of an ass tonight to whip it out uninvited and try to parade it around like it granted him some sort of divine authority.

Jerry was unfazed.  "Not unless it shows your date of birth."

Yeah, he didn't think so.  Duo tried a lateral move instead.  "The war was a tricky thing, though, yanno?  Lots of records got messed up."


One of his students spoke up in their defense, but Duo didn't turn around to see who it was.  Charlie, he thought it was.  "Aw, come on, Jerry.  We're celebrating the end of class here.  And these guys were our teachers.  Can you believe that?"

"Still not serving them alcohol."

"Aw, we're not gonna tell."

"Still not serving them."

Heero leaned against the bar casually beside his partner.  "You serve mostly law enforcement around here?"

The barkeep's eyes flicked over to him and he nodded, both grimly and proudly.  "And I don't like conflicts of interest."

Duo sighed loudly and with much drama.  "Well, can we at least get something else to drink?  Something that *looks* alcoholic?"

Jerry snorted and turned to fetch some drinks.  He came back with two colorful fruity drinks with umbrellas in them.

Duo stared at them for a few seconds before laughing.  "Aw, fuck.  Now you're just messing with me."

The barman shrugged.  "You didn't specify."

As he walked away, Heero chuckled almost imperceptibly.  "That's thirty to me."

"Ha, no way, Yuy.  Not yet.  Night's young."

"Good luck."

"Mmm, hey, this is actually pretty tasty!"

Heero plucked the umbrella from his drink and dropped it in Duo's before taking a tentative sip.  His response was a neutral sound, but he took second taste.

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turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 14th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
What's funny is that Duo's students are just feeling sort of protective of him. ^o^ At least where that scary CQC instructor is concerned.

Heh, cautiously protective, that is, because I'm not sure any of them would volunteer to jump between the two of them in a fight. =)
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 13th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice try, Duo. No cigar, though. ^____^ I am a little surprised that Duo doesn't have a 'special' ID for just such awkward moments... Then again, Heero would probably frown on that. ^_~

*snicker* Is he going to keep his little umbrella? ^__^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 14th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Heero wouldn't frown over it so much as go, 'wtf? you carry a fake ID around in your wallet? (and why didn't i think of that? >_>)'

Hm, I wonder if that umbrella was a little love note from Heero to Duo. ^_^
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 14th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I wonder if Heero has one that Duo doesn't know about. O_O

Awwww... That would be cute. ^____^ I've always liked the stupid little umbrellas. They're perfectly goofy.

Bet Duo could come up with a way to make little tiny bombs that look like drink umbrellas. ^___^ The robot squirrels could plant them on bad guys.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 14th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Heero's fake ID probably has Duo's name on it. ^o^ (oh heero, you're such a dork sometimes. *facepalm*)

*pictures robot squirrels in little uniforms delivering umbrella'd drinks to unsuspecting terrorists at the terrorist resort*
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: April 14th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggles* *snickers* *snork!*
uminohikari From: uminohikari Date: April 13th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laughing* That barman wins forever
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 14th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure he's seen tougher punks than a couple of mild-mannered Gundam pilots. ^o^
merelymir From: merelymir Date: April 14th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snorts at mild-mannered Gundam pilots* Should be an oxymoron...
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 15th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The Gundam pilots were a lot more mild-mannered than, say, the Ozzie pilots. ^_^ There was something seriously wrong with OZ's selection process for those crazies. -_-
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: April 14th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I am commenting now, but I read on my way to work this morning, and it was a very nice way to start the day! ^o^ The barkeep is just awesome, and I about died snickering over the 'get along' part. Oh, they get along just fine guys... nothing to worry about! ^o^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 14th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
If you only ever listened to rumors about the guy that threatened to break the bones of everyone in his class, I think you'd be a little wary of the guy, too. ^o^ No way that crazy dude could be a buddy of their super cool and laidback instructor.

But with luck, those guys will never learn just how well the two of them get along. ^_-
pyrrhical From: pyrrhical Date: April 15th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so cute. I totally want to see more interaction -- like actually having to do something on the field or office with one of their students. That would be awesome.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 15th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I've considered it, but the logistics are daunting.  Most of their students are from out of town.  And since their supervisors frown on the boys doing field work unless absolutely necessary, they're not likely to get assigned any official, real work.  And if I want to stay in the continuity of the series, I need to find something that has a solid basis for happening, and not just like, oh they were walking through town one day and happened across this hostage situation, or something like that. =p

*shakes fist* Curse you, Plausibility!
pyrrhical From: pyrrhical Date: April 15th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
XD! Well, they do get summoned to do research: that could happen within the realm of plausibility. I just think it might be interesting, with the student going, "so, wait, why don't you do field work if you teach it?" Haha, oh, my brain.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: April 18th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I have some ideas up my sleeves... but none of them can happen any time soon. =)

Personally, I'd be interested in seeing if I can get them into some situation where Old Man Keller from across the street would see them doing 'field work'. ^o^
pyrrhical From: pyrrhical Date: April 18th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I have actually also considered how interesting that would be. ♥ Or, really, any number of people who were prominent towards the beginning of the arc. Hm~ Interesting!
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