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fic - two peas in a pod : 5

Two Peas in a Pod : 5

"Fuck, Yuy, let me go already."

"Go to hell, Maxwell."

"I will once you let me go!"  He batted ineffectively at the hand from which he was dangling.

"I'm not letting go.  And if you would just stop squirming for a moment, I could probably haul you up."

"Your arm is already busted!  If you put that kind of strain on it, you'll compromise your ability to finish the mission!"

And did he really think his squirming wasn't also putting a strain on it?  Heero sighed and firmed his one-handed grip on the ledge above him.  "Once I pull you up, you'll be able to help me finish the mission."

"You could permanently damage your arm."

"I would risk permanent damage to my arm to save your life, Duo."

Duo stopped his squirming for a moment.  "You would?"

"Of course I would.  In any case, I'm not sure my arm is as damaged as it supposedly is.  It wasn't clear to me whether or not the parameters were calibrated to our personal stats."

A voice came from out of nowhere.  "Computer, end simulation."

The vista below them shimmered out to show the ground twelve feet below them.  Likewise, the cliff to which Heero had been clinging dissolved into a climbing wall.  And an observation window appeared in the once blue sky, revealing Noin with an exasperated look on her face.  "As usual, your performance is off the charts, and not necessarily in the good way."

Duo finally slipped out of Heero's grip and landed lightly on his feet.  "That means we didn't fail, right?"

"I've told you before, there is no passing or failing of the test.  It is merely to gauge your reactions in certain stressful situations, to help you understand yourselves and --"

Heero dropped to the ground beside him.  "I would like to know who packed our virtual gear.  Either there was severe negligence in allowing a frayed rope to slip through, or it was an act of deliberate sabotage.  Agent Maxwell could have died.  This is unacceptable."

There was a moment of silence.  "Dismissed."

Duo slapped Heero on the back.  "Whaddya say to some lunch, partner?"

"Sure.  You might consider ordering a salad.  You'd put less strain on my arm if you weighed less."

"Fuck you, Yuy.  Oh, actually, yeah, let's go to Toni's.  They've got that cucumber salad you like, and I've got an errand I gotta run out there...."

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ramenkuri From: ramenkuri Date: December 30th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love love love. Every single word.

Heero is breaking my mind asking who packed their virtual gear.

And the salad comment! *dies of mirth*
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 31st, 2014 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Heero's going to be packing his own virtual gear next time.
tanuki02 From: tanuki02 Date: December 30th, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely surprise to come back home (and to functioning internet) and discover these little virtual presents! I've enjoyed them all, but I think this is my favorite so far. I can just imagine Noin muttering to herself as she types up the results of the "test": "Two peas in a pod, I swear! Just two peas in a pod, and not your standard, predictable, well-behaved English peas, either!"
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 31st, 2014 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Noin probably actually only needs to type up a comment like 'see previous comments'. -_-
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: December 31st, 2014 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Bwhahahaha! Noin just threw in the towel! :D The virtual gear... omg, who but Heero? Love these to pieces. ^______^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 31st, 2014 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Heero will be hacking the test to his own specs next time.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: December 31st, 2014 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Someone is going to get a virtual talking to. *snork!*

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: December 31st, 2014 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
It's their own fault, really.  Shouldn't they always be checking their gear before heading out? =D
sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: December 31st, 2014 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
"I would risk permanent damage to my arm to save your life, Duo."

That pretty much tells Noin and Duo all they need to know about how Heero will handle a stressful situation involving Duo. I'm not sure why she'd expect any different result.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2015 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I sort of picture it being that the two of them long surpassed the actual intended stressful situation in the simulation and got themselves into entirely unplanned and uncharted territory. ^o^
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