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fic - two sheets to the wind : 7

Two Sheets to the Wind : 7

Relena smiled in triumph when she found Heero's little hiding place.  He was out of sight of most of the ballroom on the side of this balcony, but knowing that that was exactly the sort of place he'd favor had narrowed down her search.  "Good evening, Heero."

"Relena," he answered, tilting his head in acknowledgment.

They were mostly hidden from view, so she snuck in for a quick hug-in-polite-company before taking a place beside him.  "You didn't have to come."

"I told you I would."

"You had other plans."

"I didn't have other plans when I told you I would come."

"Well."  She knew better than to argue with him.  "Thank you for coming, then.  You needn't stay long, now that you've kept your word.  You may leave well before midnight."

"I didn't arrive in a pumpkin."

She laughed.  "I spoiled -- well, interrupted your evening with Duo, at the very least.  Now, I know you won't kiss in a place like this, so I insist you be elsewhere at midnight.  Somewhere properly private."

"A kiss at midnight?"  It sounded vaguely familiar.  "Is that a tradition of some sort?"

"It is.  Your relationship formally began barely a week ago, but I trust such a kiss would not be out of order.  Duo is likely... Oh, what do I know about what he knows or how he thinks," she sighed fondly.  "I won't pretend.  Or presume.  But there, I have given you the knowledge to do with as you please.  Where is Duo?"

"Off looking for something that's bubbly and not champagne."

"Glasses with the red ring on the base."

"Hm.  Will you be participating in this tradition?"

"Me?  Goodness.  Perhaps I shall contrive to keep the company of Ambassador Zhang, or perhaps Ambassador Annan.  Akua is a fine 'old gent', in his own words, and I am certain Ambassador Zhang will simply enjoy the countdown as a sign that she has stayed long enough at this boring party.  Alas, Dorothy invited me to share good luck grapes with one of her cousins, but I will have to be standing at the front of the room at midnight.  Minister Collins is doing the countdown, so I needn't be center stage, but I will still need to be present."

"So this is not a tradition you enjoy?"

"Well, there are many traditions.  One of which holds that how you pass the New Year will dictate your fortune for the rest of the year, and I am already kissed all year on the cheek by men I've little desire to be near at all.  I've no wish to formally cement my fate."

Heero frowned thoughtfully.  Her tone was light, but he felt there was perhaps something hovering underneath it.  He glanced over her shoulder, then back to her.  "It's not midnight yet, but I've heard that I won't be here at midnight, so this will just have to do."  He leaned in to kiss her cheek.  "Good fortune in the new year."

She was surprised, but touched, and barely had time to form an 'Oh' before Duo showed up at her elbow, two drinks in hand.  He kissed her other cheek.  "Happy New Year, 'Lena."

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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: January 1st, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another sweet story. It's nice seeing Relena being friends with Heero and Duo. I'm sure they'll always be there for her, if she ever needs anything.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
She'll get their backs, too, however she can.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: January 1st, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Being a politician means too many close encounters of the icky kind. =P Maybe the guys can erect a force-field for her. ^__^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
She probably gets fewer kisses on the cheek when she's wearing her Sanq regalia.  It's a bit more no nonsense.  Unfortunately, she needs to cultivate that approachable persona.
pellsfan From: pellsfan Date: January 1st, 2017 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yet another lovely vignette. I understand Relena's feelings. I was quite happy to have just my husband to share a kiss with last night.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't quite midnight, but maybe their kisses are just powerful enough to last until then. ^^
tanuki02 From: tanuki02 Date: January 1st, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been so much fun to open one of these little literary presents each day. Thanks!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 1st, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for reading!
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: January 2nd, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love when Relena is supportive of their relationship. And very sweet that she took the time during one of her 'boring parties' to hunt Heero up and make sure that he knew it was cool to bail for some privacy.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 3rd, 2017 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the idea of Heero staying very long at one of these boring parties is kind of absurd to begin with. =)
pyrrhical From: pyrrhical Date: January 8th, 2017 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heero: always to the rescue. I'm pretty sure he's still going to be doing that at 80.

Also considering this a sequel to the last. Because I want to and you can't stop me! Well, that's not true. Probably. ;D

I wonder what Heero and Duo will do on their date.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 8th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Besides snog? =D They're probably not real big on crowds, though, especially New Year's crowds.  But they are all dressed up now, so...
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2017 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how very cute and thoughtful of them all!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: January 28th, 2017 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, well they're still going to ditch her well before midnight for some alone time. ^o^
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