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fic - slow and steady part 6 [misc]
Title:  Slow and Steady
Part:  6

Slow and Steady
Part 6

"Duo.  Would you mind doing me a favor?"

"Of course not."

"I..."  He took a fortifying breath.  "I need to go shopping."

Duo laughed quietly.  "Like, shopping-for-embarrassing-things shopping, or like Christmas shopping?"

"Christmas shopping."

"You don't have to look so grim, man."

"You know I dislike shopping under the best of circumstances."  That he was not in his best of circumstances hardly needed saying.

"Yeah, sure, no problem.  Wanna go now?  Shops should still be open for a bit.  It's Tuesday, so it should be relatively uncrowded."

Heero nodded once in agreement.

"Surprised you aren't onlining it."

"I don't know what to get yet."


"Krista and Ari.  They've done a lot for me this year.  I know it's their job, but... it seems appropriate that I give them some token of my appreciation."

"Yeah, totally."  Duo mentally reviewed what he knew of them.  "I wouldn't really be surprised if they gave you a little something, too, so you can be all smooth and reciprocal, show off your social chops."

"The ones I'm borrowing from you, you mean?"

"Best damn chops in town.  At your service."

"That's right.  You actually enjoy this ritual consumerism."

Heero's sour face illicited another chuckle from Duo.  Heero was actually pretty good at it, when given proper directions.  Duo could usually ask for something not particularly specific, and Heero would come back with exactly the right thing, with features he didn't even know he wanted.  "Yup.  This is pretty convenient, actually.  Give me some time to do some shopping of my own.  Gotta poke around, see if there's anything cool for the guys."

"What, nothing for me?" Heero teased in his typical deadpan fashion.  They didn't always exchange gifts.

"Oh, well, for you, I was thinking about trying my darnedest to get you to come home with me."  He automatically thanked the waitress for bringing their dinner check, but didn't take his eyes off of Heero.

Heero returned the gaze evenly.  "I wasn't planning on a visit..."

"Not like you need to buy a ticket.  You can fly down with me.  Ooh, maybe I could even score a med-trans.  Not one of those stat-evacs, but one of those swanky VIP types.  You're a VIP, right?"

"You're going to use me to score a sweeter ride?"

"Hey, that's what friends are for, right?  At worst, I'm sure Quatre can use his connections to hook us up with something."

"Quatre doesn't use connections.  Quatre is a connection."

"True, that.  Now, I'm sure you've got plenty of vacation time accrued.  And it's not like the department can't live without you.  Your whole job there is to make yourself redundant, after all.  We can jet off Friday afternoon, after your next treatment, and have you back here by the Friday after that.  Or heck, even later, if your doc updates your schedule.  You can rest up on the flight down.  You know I'm good for a smooth ride."

Heero eyed him skeptically.  "...I'd have to clear it with Dr. Kessler."

"Done.  And Krista and Ari, too."

An eyebrow rose eloquently.

"I wasn't trying to go behind your back or anything.  I just didn't want to even bother having this conversation if they were going to say it wasn't medically advisable or something.  But you're doing awesomely.  Just keep up your exercises -- your PTs said you can do a lot of them on your own, and they can brief me on the rest, if you like, but it's not like they're worried you might slack."

Heero looked at him steadily.

"I didn't even go super out of my way to ask them.  Just had a moment here and there."

He looked away, lips pursed.

"I can give the guys advanced warning.  Not the whole story, I guess, unless you want that.  But at least enough so they don't freak out as soon as they see you."

He released a little puff of a sigh.

"Yeah, I know, Quatre's going to fuss, no matter what I say, but I promise I'll do my best to get him to lay off.  Scout's honor.  And really, he'd fuss even if there weren't anything out of the ordinary, and you'd be prepared to handle that, wouldn't you?"

He leaned back in his chair, arms crossed loosely, and gave Duo a more direct stare this time.

"Quatre was making noise about another big slumber party, like last year, you know?  Or, uh, what's the other word for it?  Staycation, right?  So yeah, when I mentioned I was getting shipped up here, he may have asked me to ask you.  And I could have asked you sooner, but, uh, you know.  Situation wasn't what I expected.  Thought I'd take some time to sit back and re-evaluate things.  And now I have.  And now I'm totally asking you if you want to come down with me."

He tilted his head questioningly.

"Yeah, you have a choice.  I'm not going to kidnap you or anything.  That'd hardly be fair, since it's not like you could outrun me or something."

One corner of his mouth lifted just slightly.

"Hey, you coming would totally get you out of having to buy presents for everyone.  Hell, me getting you to come could totally get me out of having to buy presents for everyone, too.  This is, like, the best of all worlds.  Whaddya say?"

He unfolded his arms, put one on the table, drummed his fingers for a bit.  "I'll think about it."

Duo tried not to grin too widely.

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issen4 From: issen4 Date: December 19th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I am sort of dreading that the reaction from the other pilots would be way more extreme. Great chapter, though.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 19th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it would be more extreme, too, but alas, I wrote a Heero/Duo fic, which means the others barely get any screentime, so their reactions are sort of irrelevant. ^^'
sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: December 19th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duo seems pretty confident that Heero is going to go along with this idea. (Actually, I'm confident too, since the story is still ongoing.) It does seem like a good way to let everyone know all at once what's going on. I love the word 'Staycation.'
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 19th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heero's not shy about saying no when he wants to say no.  He didn't say no, therefore he must have meant yes. =D
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: December 19th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
And they say Quatre is the strategist. Ha! He's got nothing on Duo! ^____^ I look forward to the enlightenment.

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 19th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duo just knows that he has to have all his ducks in a row before attempting to convince Heero of anything. ^_^
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: December 19th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Since they are the only five people I would trust to actually do that... No surprise. ^___^

Well, okay... I suppose I know a RL person or two who thinks that way.

Ah crap. Now I'm wondering if this Heero has a teddy bear somewhere... ^_O

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 19th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
A teddy bear other than Duo, you mean? ^_^ A plushy does make an appearance in this fic... As do our favorite rodents.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: December 20th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gasp!* Robosquirrels?! ^_____^

corpus_yaoi From: corpus_yaoi Date: December 20th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Duo totally covertly corners Heero into totally visiting the guys XDDD
It was totally sweet, totally.

Also: totally.

I like how Heero's all skeptical at first, but Duo explains it like an off-the-cuff thing that just happened to work out swimmingly. Naturally, all the die would fall just-so for him. I also wonder what constitutes embarrassing-to-shop-for goods...
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 20th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, he did roll a good run of luck with the doc and the PTs.  It's not like Duo would lie to Heero or something.  But it's also not like Duo wouldn't have made his own luck if the dice didn't work out in his favor. ^_^
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