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fic - two doors down : 7

Two Doors Down : 7

Two days from now.  That is when he will do it.  He has a plan.

In two days, Relena's invitations to her early holiday party will go out.  The smaller, private party she holds for friends, not the official functions she will attend later in the season.

Two days.  It will be Sunday.  Monday will be back to work, but in a good way, because the last couple of weeks have been a nuisance of re-accreditation formalities.  Today was the last day.  They're in the pizza parlor right now celebrating the end of it with a few members of their cohort.  He sips his soda at the table as he watches Duo fleece one of their fellow agents at a game of pool, but not really.  Duo warned the guy.  He just wasn't believed.

Two days.  They have plans to go watch the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Sanq Central Mall.  Duo still can't get over Earth's wanton waste of natural resources, this cutting down of old, healthy trees for the sake of commercialism, but this tree is supposed to be as tall as a Gundam and Heero looks forward to whatever absurd jokes Duo will make about it.  Duo will laugh, like he is laughing right now at something his pool partner just said.  That bright, warm laugh that emerged after the war.  Heero wants to hear more of it.  He wants to cause more of it.

Two days.  It will be a good time, because he will have a backup plan.  Or at least an escape plan.  On Monday, he leaves for the Moon office.  It's a short trip, less than a week.  He'll have something to look forward to when he gets back.  Or he'll be able to give Duo the time and space he needs to think things over.  Or he'll have the time and space he needs to recover from the heartache.

He thinks he's got it worked out, how best to say it, how best to be casual but still make himself clear.  This party seems ideal.  It's a small, private party.  There are no plus-ones.  No chance of Duo bringing anyone else.  No possibility of anyone else bringing Duo.  No need for Heero to even ask, obviously, but that makes it perfect.  It is a room with plenty of exits.

He thinks he'll probably flub it, but he's determined to err on the side of casual.  If he errs on the side of casual, he might be able to keep this, might still be able to stay close.  And if the gods are exceedingly good, he might even get another chance.  He will just need to be patient, to bide his time.

Duo unsurprisingly wins his game.  He slaps his opponent on the back with good cheer.  Another agent comes up to him.  She compliments him on his skill.  He shrugs it off good-naturedly.  She smiles at him.  He smiles back.

Two days.  He has a plan to maximize success and minimize risk.  But who knows?  If he fails, it could be another two months or another two years before the time is right again.

She touches his arm.

Today.  He stands up.

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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: January 1st, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
This one is my favorite, so far. It's so true to Heero's character. The planning, followed by flying by the seat of his pants. I absolutely love it!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Heero should know that plans rarely last past the first encounter. =) I always think that's what he was laughing so hard about in the first episode.  I'm sure there was tons of planning that went into his launch at the dawn of Operation Meteor... and all of it was completely derailed before he even made it down to Earth.
ramenkuri From: ramenkuri Date: January 2nd, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go Heero! No time like the present!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 2nd, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if he'll smoothly ask Duo out to a party they haven't even gotten invites to yet, or if he'll think something else up on the fly.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 3rd, 2016 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
She's gonna need to powder her nose when Heero reaches them. His glare will melt her makeup. Or possibly her brain.

Hmm. Will Duo notice or remain clueless?

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 3rd, 2016 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I think as soon as Heero moseys up with that determined gleam in his eye, Duo turns his attention entirely to him and the other lady gets completely ignored and eventually slinks away.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: January 3rd, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is SO Heero... special plan; max success.... minimum risk, and *bam* forget the whole thing and regroup. Poor woman will never know what just blew her our of the water. :D
Go Heero!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 3rd, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only fools stick doggedly to their plans when circumstances change underneath them. =D
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