Who's a Weak Onna?

Chapter 14

Dumb Luck

(AN: Warning, severe WAFF alert. I'm the self-nominated Queen of the Sappy Happy endings. Yes, it's the end. But I'll be back. Just like MacArthur said when leaving the Phillipines. If you don't know what that refers to, you're probably flunking WWII History.)

"I'm so glad you could all be here," said Quatre, raising his glass of champagne. He usually was not one to drink, but this afternoon was a special occasion.

The ex-Gundam pilots and others were gathered out in the back garden of the Winner estate, under the shade of a large gazebo. Light classical music was playing softly in the background and around them was a riot of newly blooming spring flowers.

"I'd like to make a toast to my friends, Chang Wufei and Sally Po," he said formally.

Everyone stood and the slight clinking of glasses was heard.

Wufei bowed, and took Sally's hand in his.

"We're so honored all of our friends could be here to celebrate our engagement."

Duo jumped up and yelled, "Way to go, Wu-man!" and proceeded to grab Wufei up in a ferocious bear hug.

"Put me down!" Wufei demanded, but he made no move to break free.

"Put him down, Duo," said Hilde, patting her very round stomach.

"If I could get up.." She smiled. "I need a winch to get up these days."

"Sorry for crushing your precious little body," teased Duo. "I got carried away."

Wufei growled faintly. "My body is neither precious nor little," he said.

"Don't pop a vessel, man," said Duo. "It's just an expression."

At around 5'10, they were both of a similar height, so 'little' was indeed an "expression" as Duo put it. Wufei had spent the last 6 months fine tuning his body back to something near it's original condition, so he was almost as broad across the shoulders as his long-haired friend.

A slight limp when he was tired was the only residual sign that he had almost lost his leg 10 months earlier. The doctors predicted that soon, even that vestige of the accident would be gone.

Heero frowned slightly, "When will you be fit for duty? Any estimates?" he asked Wufei.

Wufei looked at Sally briefly. "I'm on desk duty for a few more months," he said, "but as soon as I get a clean bill of health, I'll be back on the mission roster."

Heero nodded. "It will be good to have you back."

"Wow, high praise," said Duo. "You really rate."

Heero shook his head once. "Baka," he muttered, looking at Duo.

Duo grinned at him, "I know you still love me best," he teased, reaching over to try to ruffle Heero's hair. Heero dodged easily and yanked Duo back down into his seat by the back of his jacket.

"Easy on the duds!" complained Duo, twisting around to see if there was any damage to his beloved black leather motorcycle jacket.

"Goodness," gasped Hilde, rubbing her stomach again.

"What's wrong!" asked Duo in faint alarm, kneeling by her chair.

"Nothing, just an huge kick," said Hilde. "Feel that!" she said, putting his hand on her stomach.

Duo put his hand gently on her abdomen, and his eyes widened in amazement for second. "I never get tired of feeling that," he said, bending over and kissing Hilde's stomach.

"How's things in there, little guy?" he said in a high, ridiculous voice.

"Is it a boy, then?" asked Relena, smiling at them.

"Yes, and a good thing, too, because my dumkopf husband here has been calling him 'little guy' from day I found out I was pregnant," Hilde said.

"So, I'm psychic," said Duo, grinning at everyone.

"Dumb luck," said Heero.

Everyone laughed, including Relena, who patted his arm.

Heero's eyes widened slightly, people rarely laughed at anything he said.

"Do you have a name picked out?" asked Quatre, smiling at Hilde.

"I was thinking of Solo," said Duo quietly. There was a noticeable silence for a few seconds.

"It's a lovely name," said Relena, finally. "Very fitting."

Trowa silently handed Quatre a handkerchief, and smiled at Sally, who smiled back at him.

Duo sniffed, "I get kind of choked up myself, Q-man."

"Sorry, I only have one handkerchief," said Trowa.

Wufei snorted and Sally nudged him with her elbow. "Be nice," she hissed in Mandarin.

"I am being nice," he replied in the same language. "But, I can be much nicer later, when we're alone."

"You're deliberately trying to make me squirm," she whispered.

"Later," he said. "Under me. Writhing in ecstasy, moaning and screaming my name. "

"Bad," she said, smiling.

"It's rude to have dirty discussions in front of other people," said Heero.

"How do you know that was a dirty conversation?" asked Duo.

Heero just shrugged.

"You speak Mandarin?" asked Wufei, his face reddening a little.

"Enough."

Sally laughed.

"I'll have to remember that," said Wufei, looking disconcerted.

"What'd they say?" asked Duo.

"Tell him and I'll run you through," threatened Wufei. "It's bad enough you know. At least you can keep your mouth shut."

"Is it all right if he tells me later?" asked Relena, her eyes innocent, but with a wicked smile on her face.

Heero shook his head. "Hentai."

"You noticed," said Relena.

Duo laughed. "I always knew that goody two shoes thing was an act."

"Help me up," said Hilde, "I need to go to the bathroom."

"Again?" asked Duo.

"Yes, again," said Hilde irritably. "If you don't like waiting on me hand and foot, you shouldn't have knocked me up."

"Yes, oh goddess of my days and nights."

"That's more like it."

"It's all in the training," said Hilde to Relena as Duo hoisted her out of the wicker cushioned chair.

"Whips and chains?" asked Relena.

"Of course," said Hilde, giggling. "Oh, don't make me laugh, I'll wet myself."

She waddled to the house with Duo holding her arm.

"You make it sound like we're all hen-pecked weaklings," said Wufei, frowning, at Relena.

"They were joking," said Sally, "Don't start."

Wufei wisely decided to bite his tongue.

"Would you like to take a walk?" asked Sally, rising from her chair. "I want to look at the gardens."

Wufei nodded. "I'll come with you." He grabbed his cane and rose from the chair. He didn't really need the cane that much anymore, but it was a gift from Sally and he'd gotten attached to it.

It had a bronze dragon's head forming the handle of an ebony lacquered stick.

She took his other hand as they walked along.

"I want to show you something," she said.

She led him to the low stone wall secluded by trees next a small bubbling pond.

They sat together on the low wall and she leaned over and put her head on his shoulder.

"This is where I first realized that I loved you," she said, taking his hand and kissing the back of it.

"I've never been here before," Wufei said, looking a little baffled.

"I came here after we fought once and that's when it came to me," she said, "I realized that the only way it could hurt so much for you to be angry with me was if I were in love with you."

"I wish you could have found out in a more pleasant way," he said, sounding genuinely apologetic.

"I suppose there are as many ways to discover you love someone as there are people," Sally said, "and they're all wonderful in their own way. You should know that better than anyone."

"Me?" said Wufei. "I'm not exactly an expert on love. Far from it."

"And yet, you've managed to find it twice in a lifetime. A lot of people never even get one chance," Sally said.

"Dumb luck," said Wufei, smiling.