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fic - i backward cast my e'e part 27 [novella]
Title:  I Backward Cast My E'e
Part:  27

I Backward Cast My E'e
sequel-lite to for promis'd joy
Part 27

"Okay, I give.  I've been sitting here for like half an hour, and I still can't come up with a 'statement of purpose'."

Heero didn't even bother to look up from his seat on the bed.  "It's only been ten minutes."

"Yeah?  Well, time sure doesn't fly when you're trying to pull some quality BS out of your backside."

"The latest reports indicate that most employers don't even read the 'purpose' or the cover letter, unless you write something stupid there."

"Oh great, now you've jinxed me into writing something stupid."

Heero rolled his eyes before looking up from his homework.  "Do you have the rest of it finished?"

Duo flopped back in his chair and spun it around once.  "Yeah, it's not like I have that much stuff to put on this.  Well, I mean, I've got the facts down, skills, coursework, and stuff, but I still have to format the crap out of it."

"You're not supposed to do anything clever with it, either."

"Can I open yours?"

"It's on the desktop.  Not final, but good enough for now."

Duo set his document aside and opened up the draft of Heero's resume.  No information he didn't already know there, so nothing surprising there.  The whole thing was clean and simple and somehow didn't look like he'd just been following a template of some sort.  "You managed to fill a whole page with this stuff."

"Nothing a clever twiddling of margins and spacing can't achieve."

He smiled to himself as he continued to scrutinize the living daylights out of Heero's mission statement, looking for a similar trick he could apply to his own.  That got boring after a minute and he snuck yet another glance over at his boyfriend, leaning against the wall with his knees pulled up as a surface to rest his homework against.  A few seconds later he had his eyes back where they belonged, but less than a minute later, they returned.

Heero looked up from his work, alerted by some sixth sense, or perhaps the suspicious silence coming from Duo's quarter of the room.  "I'm sure you're overthinking things."

"Or underthinking them," he countered with a snort.  "You've gotta stop sitting like that, babe."

Heero blinked twice, then just went ahead and asked.  "Why?"

"Because I keep trying to look up your shorts and it's distracting."

That wasn't quite what Heero had been expecting at all.  He lifted his homework from his lap to crane his head around and see what the issue was.  His shorts weren't all that baggy or short, and the angle probably not all that advantageous from where Duo was sitting.  "I don't think you can see anything from there."

Duo smirked.  "I've got a good imagination."  Not being able to see anything only made him want to slide his hand up that leg and up the hem of those shorts to do a little manual investigation of the hidden area.  "Man, I told you this would happen."

"What would happen?"

"Once we had sex, I'd have trouble thinking about anything else."

"I assumed you were joking."

"So did I."  He laughed.  "Can't say I wouldn't be trying to sneak a peek even if we hadn't, though."

Heero set his homework aside and flattened his legs to the bed to remove the distraction.  His hands settled demurely in his lap, as did his gaze.  "Sorry."

Duo chuckled as he waved the apology away, but somewhere in there, he realized that Heero seemed far more sincere than the situation warranted.  "Wait, sorry for what?"

"I'm distracting you."  He met Duo's confused look glumly.  "I promised you, back when we got together.  I wouldn't take you away from your schoolwork, I wouldn't take you away from the market, and I wouldn't take you away from your friends and family.  And it seems like I've done all three of those things now."

Duo's thoughts chugged its way through that claim.  "Hey, market?  That's life.  Howie?  Only for like twenty-four hours when I freaked out, and that wasn't even true, and even if it was, we're so totally past that.  Howie hasn't lost me; he's gained a free worker for the market."

"You were still worrying about leaving Howard alone at the market over spring break."

"Yeah, but both of you whomped my ass over that."

"That doesn't mean--"  He shook his head.  "In any case, now I've completed the set and..."

Duo couldn't decide whether he was touched or annoyed, but either case warranted heading over to sit down by Heero's side, scooting over until their shoulders were touching.  "Heero.  That's... awesome that you care, but... you're taking this entirely the wrong way.  I mean, I was taking things entirely the wrong way, back in the day, so... yeah, I've updated my expectations, and you should, too."

Heero leaned into him briefly.  "What does that mean?"

As if he knew.  He cobbled together an answer.  "Well... Take that thing over spring break.  It's like Howie said.  I'm not exactly going to go off and get a real job and then come and work part-time at the market.  Well, yeah, okay, maybe my mind sort of thought that it would work out that way, before I really thought about it, but after I thought about it... Well, that's not how things are going to work out, and I guess no one would really want it to work out that way anyway, so..."  He concluded with a vague shrug.  "I'm only right most of the time, not all of the time.  Deal with it."

Heero snorted softly.  "Even if you were wrong, I promised to do those wrong things for you."

Duo turned his head to level a wry glare at Heero.  The proximity was a little distracting, but he wrestled the urges down, if only to prove to Heero and himself that he'd been wrong.  "I'm not gonna fault you for doing the right things, Heero.  And even so, you're still off-track.  If anything... that time I thought you were taking me away from... everything?  Getting over that wasn't a matter of you giving me back to all that.  It was me learning that I could take it all with me.  If you get what I mean.  So you didn't even do anything you'd need to apologize for.  So stop it already."

Heero's hand found Duo's and twined their fingers together.  "So this means you'll figure out how to take the schoolwork with you when we have sex?"

Duo laughed and kissed him in a substantial way.  "I'll figure it out.  Maybe I'll get over it -- nah, I don't think I'll be getting over you any time soon.  But hey, if nothing else, it's only a couple more months 'til graduation.  I think I can hold out that long.  Then I guess there's normal work after that, but hopefully that shouldn't involve nearly as much homework, so that means I'm completely allowed to think naughty thoughts about you outside of the nine-to-five.  That's, what, sixteen hours?"

"Seventeen, if you count your lunch break."

"Ooh, I always did like the way you think.  I think I can handle it.  And really, I ought to be allowed to think naughty thoughts about you any time I want, just as long as I'm not distracted by them, right?"

"That sounds dangerously close to a slippery slope."

"You were the one pushing sixteen to seventeen," Duo retorted easily.  "You and me, we've got a lot still to learn about each other, some of which may only be learnable during our young horndog years.  I will absolutely not let those opportunities slip us by, no matter how much you think you ought to do that very, very wrong thing."


"Wow what?"

"You actually managed to figure out how to bring education into our sex life."

"Whoa, I figured that out much sooner than I thought I would.  So..."  He twisted around and shifted over to straddle Heero's leg.  "Up for a little sex ed?"

Duo's hand sliding up the hem of his shorts made it hard to refuse.  "Well, I guess you were thinking too hard about your resume, anyway..."

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lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 10th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)

They are such practical, well-rounded guys... ^____^

And the resume will go much better once Duo has relaxed. Unless Heero turns him into a pool of jello... O.o Oh well... even jello sets after a while. ^___^

Thanks; this is lovely. ^__^

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 10th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The resume would annoy Duo less if it weren't for a career fair he wishes he didn't have to go to because his internship should already have informed him of his acceptance. =)
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 10th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, ick. >.< I hate when that "crossed in the mail" kind of thing happens.

Hell, I just hate job fairs. =P

In that case, the distraction is very necessary.


turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 10th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, no, the program isn't expected to respond for a few more weeks, I think.  Duo's just impatient. =) (and really really hoping he's in and that attendance at the career fair is merely a token gesture.)
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 10th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

*smacks self* Perhaps next time I should try reading for comprehension. I just skated right past that. *sigh* Lizard brain is... lizardy. O.o

There was a break-in last night, so I'm still trying to get my thoughts away from booby-traps, electrical wires and automated guns. >_< Bah.

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 10th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh noes!  Was anything particularly annoying taken?
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 10th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not that anyone can tell. *sigh* It was the garages and mine is so... um... not neat that it probably scared them, but the guy who does car restorations has a bunch of expensive tools. He was still checking. The sheriff thinks something scared them off and they didn't get a chance to take much, if anything. >_< I *so* want some kind of RoboCop car alarm thing for the garage now. >_> One of the lethal ones. *grumbles*

I checked online just after all that and found boy fluff and felt much more secure. ^___^ And started wondering what Duo would do after a break-in at the market. *snork!*

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 11th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, glad to hear my plotless fluff still has a purpose nevertheless. =) Fortunately, it was 'just' the garage.  A little less twitchy, I hope?

Duo would probably... switch career paths and start engineering security systems. -_- And Heero would probably switch, too, just to make him more comfortable.

*imagines someone trying to break into heero's garage while they were in there rotating duo's tires...*
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 11th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

*snork!* I'm sure that the local gang would find themselves mightily confused if they crossed paths with either the Plans or the Haven guys. Along the lines of "how did we end up in jail again?"

Much less twitchy in the light of day. And the management fixed the garage doors so they can't be popped again. ^___^ That helped too. I'd still like to have a RoboCop alarm... >.>

If you happen to have a manual garage door, you definitely want either dual bolts - one on either side of the door - or a ground-sunk bolt. I only had a single and they managed to pry the unbolted side out enough to slip the bolt out of its slot. *sigh*

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 13th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The local gang would probably be mightily confused no matter which universe's guys they ran into. ^o^

You don't want a RoboCop alarm.  You want a RoboSquirrel alarm!  (robosquirrelcop...?)

Power garage door for me, thanks.  Shiny and new, too, since the spring on the old powered garage door broke about a day after I took possession of the house. -_-
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 16th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

*smacks head* OMS!! Of course! How could I forget Duo's RoboSquirrel technology! Shame on me! ^___^

Yes, indeed; I should have a complete set, plus the 'feed the cats' option. ^___^ Duo needs to market that idea. *snork!* I can't even imagine Heero's reaction to that sort of announcement. ^___^

Automatic doors are a Good Thing. ^___^

salmastryon From: salmastryon Date: January 10th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 10th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!  Duo's engineering mind will figure out any problem, given enough time, right?
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: January 15th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it's distracting so much as... uh... theraputic? Yeah. Like, a GOOD distraction? :D
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 16th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in the beginning of the story, Duo was distracted by family drama.  I think this is a huge step up, yes? ^^'
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: January 16th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes! They're coming along quite nicely! :D
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