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fic - impulse [misc]
Title:  Impulse
Summary:  "You know... every time another person asks you out... I'm afraid you're going to say yes."
Notes:  A more socially awkward and perhaps impulsive Heero than I usually write, but it's drabble length and therefore I don't care.


As he arrived by Heero's side, he snapped his fingers near Heero's head, not close enough to startle, but enough to make his point.  "Hey.  You're looking tense all of a sudden."

Heero didn't move for a couple more seconds, but when he did turn his head to look at Duo, his expression was more pensive than blank.  His gaze shifted over Duo's shoulder to watch the retreating back of the co-worker that had just been speaking with Duo.  "You know... every time another person asks you out... I'm afraid you're going to say yes."

Duo blinked a couple of times before glancing back at the person he'd just turned down.  "Why's that?"

Even after the object of his visual focus disappeared around a corner, Heero kept staring off in that direction.  "Because... I don't want you going out with them."

"Uh, well, luckily I don't want to go out with them either.  Otherwise I'd be saying yes, obviously.  But, uh... thanks for backing me up... I guess?"  When Heero said nothing, he tried again.  "Okay, maybe I guessed wrong.  Why were you afraid I'd say yes again?"

"Because... I don't want to lose you."

It was turning out to be a strange day for Duo Maxwell, but that wasn't something too unusual for him.  He took a slow, deep breath and prepared to wade right into the thick of things.  "Aw, I wouldn't be one of those idiots who ditches all his friends once he hooks up with someone."

Heero shook his head softly.  "I would lose you."

He tried again.  "No way, Heero.  You wouldn't lose me.  You're stuck with me."  He slung a companionable arm over Heero's shoulder and gave him a little shake as he started guiding them toward the parking lot.  "You know what a packrat I am.  I keep everything..."  Heero was leaning into him ever so slightly, but it was enough for him to notice when Heero usually walked so straight and strong.  "Heero...?"

They walked a few more steps before Heero shrugged off his arm and stopped to turn to face him, a resolute look in his eye.  "I'm tired of being afraid, Duo."


"If I were the next person to ask you out, would you say yes?"

There was a word other than 'uh' just on the tip of his tongue, but it got lost for a while, the way he got lost in Heero's intense expression.  "Uh... Yeah.  Yeah, I would."  They stared at each other for a few more silent seconds, as if rather unsure of where to go next.  Duo scraped something coherent together.  "I... kinda woulda asked you out maybe, 'cept... well, I didn't really think you'd go for it."

Heero kept the steady look up for a few heartbeats more before it faltered and he looked away again.  "I'm... not really sure if I would, either.  I just know that... I don't want you going out with anyone else.  If you're going to hang out with someone, I just... rather selfishly... would prefer that person to be me.  I don't want you to need anyone else.  I want to be that person for you.  I want..."

Duo reached out and squeezed his bicep reassuringly before slowly pushing them back along their original path.  "Yeah.  I get it.  I... want that, too, except I never really had to worry about it like you did, I guess, since I, uh, don't really seem to have much competition for that spot in your life.  But hey, honestly, you never really had that much competition either."

It was Heero's turn to speak, but it was a little while before he did.  "I don't think I want what those others want.  I want to be... with you.  By your side.  At your back.  I want to be the person you turn to.  The person you come home to.  The person..."  He shrugged uncomfortably.  "I don't really know what I want, beyond that."

Duo smiled as he reached out and shyly threaded their fingers together.  "Do you want this?"

Heero stared at their conjoined hands for a bit before nodding.  "Yes.  I think I do."

"That's a good start.  We'll figure out the rest."

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17 comments or Leave a comment
salmastryon From: salmastryon Date: February 21st, 2011 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh warm fuzzies. What nice thoughts to go to bed with.

And honestly sometimes it is nice to mix up how you write characters. :D
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 21st, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, next thing you know, I'll be writing weepy ukes or something. ^o^
merelymir From: merelymir Date: February 22nd, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd get weepy if you did that... and not in a good way.

Not that you probably couldn't write a good weepy uke is just... a weepy uke!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 22nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm. *ponders* I guess by definition, there isn't much you could get away with there.  The uke part is fine, I suppose, but weepy is weepy.  Heh, I wonder if a person could write a weepy seme...
sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: February 21st, 2011 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll echo the first comment, but in my case, it was something lovely to wake up to!

I always enjoy watching Heero try to put his feelings for Duo into words. It never fails to make me smile.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 21st, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Heero wouldn't care much for the common vocabulary of love.  Far too vague.  So he'll find his own ways of saying it, and without pride or shame or anything else getting in the way. <3
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 21st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heero expresses the inexpressible so well... That's so sweet. *sigh* I love your guys. ^___^

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 21st, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
He sort of trailed off there... but I think he nailed most of the important stuff. ^_^
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 21st, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Duo got it and Heero got it; that's really all they need. ^____^

And I melt into the seams of the tiles. *snerk!*

sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: February 22nd, 2011 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
You've really embraced this warm fuzzy thing... that was lovely! I'm late to the party, so I'll be another one saying thanks for the bed time story, just a different night. :D
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 22nd, 2011 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
*puzzled* I didn't think I had any more reasonable deniability at this point, when it comes to the warm and fuzzy. -_-
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I dunno... your warm has been fuzzier lately. Or your fuzzies have been warmer? ^___^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 23rd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I've just had enough free time lately to write up all the lint that's usually lining my pockets. ^^ *attempts to adjust temperature knob*
hostilecrayon From: hostilecrayon Date: November 12th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
D'awwwww. This is so adorable. I love seeing Heero at a loss for words, for some reason. <3
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 13th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
At a loss for words, and yet somehow still so expressive. ^_^
tyreling From: tyreling Date: May 21st, 2017 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww so adorable!!!!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: May 26th, 2017 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always found this ficlet a little weird because of the random co-worker asking Duo out in the parking lot.  And the guy was bold enough to do it while Heero was waiting for him.  But I guess we get past that part pretty quickly.
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