The war had been over for two years. Two wonderful, peaceful years. Duo scratched his head on looked over the chart in his hand. Two long, boring nothing-to-do years but go through trash and collect it. After the first year he had decided that maybe he had made a mistake in choosing this profession. After the second he was about to rip out his trademark thigh-length braid. He sighed and looked over his shoulder to where Hilde was making her way up the trash pile to him.

"How did we do today?" she asked lightly and with a smile.

"As good as always, I guess." Duo said on a sigh. Hilde came up and stood beside him, looking over his shoulder at the chart.

"Uh-huh." her eyes scanned up and down the screen before she smiled softly. "Duo what's wrong?"

He looked over at her in surprise, violet eyes wide. She never actually came out and said anything when she sensed his unrest. It was like and unwritten rule. "What do you mean?" he asked, deliberately trying to sound uninterested.

Hilde sighed and lightly put her hand on his shoulder. "Don't act stupid, Duo. You have been distracted and irritable lately."

"I have not." he snapped.

She raised an eyebrow. "Really? Duo, have you looked at your chart?"
Duo frowned and let his eyes focus on the screen in his hands. 'I'm bored' was scrawled all over the place along with four names written over and over again. Quatre, Trowa, Wufei and…he looked back at Hilde, meeting her concerned blue eyes. "So? I got a little bored today." he shrugged.

Hilde smirked and pointed at the page again. "You have Heero Yuy written on there more than any others and most of them have hearts around them."

Duo blushed faintly. "Uh….." His crush on the wing zero pilot was deeply personal and secret. Why he had been so stupid as to put hearts around the name…

"Duo…" Hilde sighed and turned, beginning to walk away. "I thought I should let you know that I have purchased a ticket for you on the next shuttle to earth."

"Huh? Wha-Hilde! Come back here!" he ran forward and grabbed her arm. "What do you mean you bought me a ticket to earth?"

She shrugged. "You need a vacation. I already called Quatre to let him know you needed a place to stay. He's arranged for you to have a pent house suite."


"No buts, Duo." she turned a resolved face toward his. "I am tired of having to deal with you. Go and have a paid vacation. I can take care of everything here."

"I-well…" he looked around him and sighed. He had wanted a vacation for so long, maybe this was what he needed. "Alright, but when is the ticket time? I have to pack."

"No need. You have clothes already there, I shipped them this morning."

Duo frowned at her. "You weren't going to take no for an answer, were you?"

"Nope." she smiled unrepentantly. "Now get going, the shuttle leaves in an hour. Pick up your ticket at the front by giving your name."

"Alright. I'll see ya!" He grinned suddenly as he hadn't grinned in months, the old Duo coming out. He leaned over and hugged Hilde tight. "I don't know how I will ever repay you…"

"Don't worry about it, you paid for everything." she grinned at his retreating back and laughed outright as he flipped her off over his shoulder.


"Oh yeah, this is the life…" Duo sunk further into the hot tub, letting the bubbling hot water relax his tired muscles. He closed his violet eyes tiredly and sighed. No worries for the next three weeks. Silence echoed in the room, broken only by the soft hum of the generator for the tub. He twitched his toes and shifted his position. He was still for another moment before shifting again. Shift, twist. Still. Shift twist. Still. Finally he opened his eyes and looked around, spotting a clock. He had been relaxing for a total of five minutes. Frowning he stood up and got out of the tub, wrapping a towel around his slender waist and walking away from the tub. He just couldn't stay still long enough to let the hot water relax him. He walked into his bedroom and grabbed a pair of loose blue jeans and pulling them on. He plopped down in front of the TV and turned it on, flipping dejectedly through the channels till something pink caught his eye.

Releena Peacecraft was sitting behind a desk, microphones trained on her mouth to catch anything she might want to say, looking as chic as always. She was blathering on about some political nonsense and he was about to change to some sports channel when a movement flashed behind the Queen. He frowned and concentrated on the figure, catching only a glimpse, but it was enough for him to be sure of who it was. Why was he there? Duo quickly turned off the television and stood, he had to get out and go somewhere. He grabbed a shirt and his wallet and keys before leaving, Heero Yuy's stoic face splashed across his minds eye as he had been, standing behind Releena, arms crossed.


"That went well." Releena smiled over at her companion. "Don't you think?"

"Hn." was the only reply she received.

"Come now, Heero, isn't there more you could say? I mean, the dignitaries were quite impressed with my body guard."

"Hn." Heero only grunted again and looked out the window of the fast moving car toward the street. Drowning out Releena's inane chatter and watching for anything that might interest him. A slim figure far away caught his cobalt eyes and he almost sucked in his breath. A long braid trailed behind the slow moving figure who's slender frame was hunched, hands in the pockets. It could have been anyone, but Heero knew instinctively who it was. Duo….

"--and then they…Heero? What was that did you just say.."

He looked over at her and frowned. He hadn't realized that he had said the name out loud till that moment. That was not a good thing. "Stop the car." he ordered shortly. Before Releena could say anything otherwise, the limo halted and Heero stepped out. "Drive on." the car moved away before Releena had a chance to react. Heero made his way to the person who had caught his eye.


Duo sighed and kicked at a pebble one the ground, tracking its way across the street before it was stopped by another pedestrians foot. He sighed again and looked for another pebble to kick when he ran into the poor person who had stopped the momentum of his rock. They fell in and ungraceful heap on the ground and he looked up and meet a pair of cobalt blue eyes. His apology died on his lips before it was ever uttered. "H-Heero?" Ohmygodohmygodohmygod……. Duo gulped and allowed the brunette to help him to his feet.

"Duo." his name fell from the 01 pilot's lips a lot easier than his had from 02.

"A-are you, uh, a-alright?" he stammered, and wanted to kick himself at his stupidity. He was Duo Maxwell, confirmed flirt and proud of it. He plastered his normal cheery smile on his face that gradually got easier the longer he stared at the ex-pilot. "Man! It's been forever! How are ya?"

"Fine." came the monosyllabic response.

There was a semi-awkward response as they just stared at each other. Duo put his hands in his pockets again and kicked his foot slightly. "So…" Heero just looked at him and Duo wanted to scream. "What brings you to New York?"

"What brings you to earth?"

Duo grinned and Heero gave what for him would pass as a grin as they spoke at the same time. "Wanna get some coffee?" Heero thought it over for a moment before nodding slowly. The two walked off in compatible silence.


Releena watched as Duo walked off with Heero, a frown pulling down her lips. "Follow them." she ordered her driver shortly.


Me: I would like to take this time to say that if I owned them, do you think I would share them with the general public? ::snuggled Duo-san:: he's too cute to share! ::gets death glare from Heero and slowly drops her arms and backs away:: I'm sure Hee-chan knows that ::winks::

Heero: Hee-chan?

Me: ::smirks:: yup! ::runs from enraged Heero, dodging bullets::

Duo: ::sweat drop:: please review, it would be much appreciated.