The Doll House: Chapter Five

Sally rolled her eyes as she stood over the bed. Wufei was having another fit. Sure, he was confined to that bed since his injury, and his pride had been shot to hell, but she really felt like punching him when he behaved this way. "How old are you again?" she asked.

"Seventeen!" he snarled, jerking the bandages out of her hands.

"That's funny. I could've sworn you were four." She replied, walking out of the room and slamming the door shut. She could hear him screaming out obscenities as she walked into the living room and flopped onto the sofa. She placed a cold hand on her forehead. "I should throw him out. I should leave him to the mercies of the Congress. It's what he'd do to me."

A knock at the door startled her and she jumped up. She reached into her pocket and pulled out a pistol. She made sure it was loaded then turned off the safety latch. She crept quietly to the door then flung it opened, aiming the gun point blank at the person standing in front of her.

Duo held his hands up stupidly. "Don't shoot!" he cried.

Hilde smiled uneasily at Sally. "Did we come at a bad time?"

Sally shoved the gun back into her pocket quickly and wrapped her arms around Hilde. "No, not at all! I've missed you so much!"

Hilde hugged her back, then her eyes darted to Sally's pocket. "Is anything wrong?"

"I guess you could say that. I have to be cautious. There's a hit out on-"

"Woman! Bring me that damnable chair!" a loud voice roared from inside the house.

Hilde and Duo nearly jumped. "Who was that?!" Duo asked.

"The honorable Senator Wufei." Sally said dryly, going over to the corner of the room to fetch a wheel chair.

"He's living with you?" asked Hilde.

"Unfortunately, yes. Immediately following the pass of the Dolls Freedom Act, a hit was put out on him. I was helping him evade assassins when one of them got lucky and injured him. Broke both his legs."

Duo and Hilde looked shocked, but more at the somewhat smug look on Sally's face than the news that Wufei had been hurt. "You're enjoying this, aren't you?" Hilde asked her.

Sally finally allowed herself to grin widely. "I won't deny that it's been fun watching his ego deflate."

They followed Sally further into the house as she wheeled the chair into the room. Duo nearly cracked up when he saw Wufei perched in the bed in his pajamas. Wufei's eyes widened and a look of horror spread over his face. "What the hell are they doing in here?!"

Duo continued to laugh as Hilde dragged him out. "Sorry, Senator. We'll wait in the living room."

Sally reached under Wufei's arms to help him up, but he swatted her hands away. "I can do it myself!" he yelled. He propped himself up, his pained expression making it clear that he needed help. But Sally only watched. If he was determined to do it himself, why stop him? He succeeded in scooting himself around to where his back was facing the chair, and was working on pushing himself into it when his arms gave way and he fell back, his head landing in the chair itself.

Sally stood over him, smiling. "Now do you want help?"

"No!" he screamed, fighting to sit himself up again.

She decided to ignore his childishness and she picked him up by his arms. She easily sat him in the chair. "There. Wasn't so bad, was it?"

Wufei was too angry to speak to her, so he folded his arms over his chest and looked to the ground as she wheeled him into the living room, where Duo and Hilde sat together on the sofa. "How's it hanging, Wufei?" Duo asked casually.

Wufei merely snorted. Sally gave them a look that said "he's always like this" and sat down on the sofa beside Hilde. "So what brings you two here?"

"You know what today is, don't you?" Hilde asked her.

Sally thought for a second before gasping. "That's right! It's today, isn't it?"

Wufei's curiosity got the better of him. "Well, what is it?!"

"This is the two year anniversary of the Dolls Freedom Act." Duo answered him.

"Ah yes, the day my life began a downward spiral that has lead me here to this confounded existence." Wufei said bitterly.

Sally rolled her eyes again. "You could always leave."

"All right, I'll just get up and walk out!" he yelled sarcastically.

"Uh… wheel out." Duo pointed out.

Wufei screamed and wheeled himself out of the room. Hilde nudged Duo painfully and he shrugged. A ring from the telephone jolted them all. Sally's sense of caution had already began to rub off on Duo and Hilde. Wufei happened to be wheeling by it when he picked it up. "Yeah?" he said hatefully.

Sally jumped up and tore the phone from his hand. She slammed it down onto the hook and looked at him with disbelief. "No one's supposed to know you're here! If you keep answering the phone everyone will know exactly where you are!"

Wufei mumbled and started to wheel off when the phone rang again. Sally looked at it suspiciously. Finally she picked it up. "Hello?"

"Sally? Is this Sally Po?"

Sally instantly recognized the voice. "Catherine!" she cried, making Hilde leap from the couch and head toward her. "I can't believe it!"

Catherine's voice was low. "I know. Listen, Sally, things are heating up again. I need your help."

"Anything. Just ask."

"Trowa came to my apartment last night. He brought bad news. There's an organization in China that's been dealing in Dolls. Rumor has it that the government is in on it. Senators Winner and Catalonia are checking into it as we speak. If you have any means, could you go there and meet up with them? Trowa and I are on our way now."

Sally froze. People are still supporting the Doll System? She felt like puking. Somehow she managed to say "Okay."

Catherine went on. "I tried to reach Hilde, but I couldn't get a hold of her. Do you have any idea where she is?"

"She's here." Sally said, still shocked as she reached Hilde the phone. Sally leaned against the wall.

Wufei wheeled closer to her. "What is it?"

"The Doll System… its still happening."

Hilde silently laid the phone on the hook. Duo rushed to hug her. "It's all right. We'll stop them."

Hilde smiled weakly at Duo then reached Sally a piece of paper. "Here's the location. Let's get going."

"Going where?" Wufei asked irritably.

Sally narrowed her eyes at him. "You're not going anywhere. You're injured. We're going to China to meet up with Quatre Winner and Dorothy Catalonia."

Wufei looked ready to burst. "You can't tell me what to do! I'm a grown man! If I have to wheel myself through the streets shooting people, I will! China is my turf, if anyone should be there, it's me!"

"Why are you so concerned?" asked Sally.

"I gave up my career and my reputation to stop the Doll System, not to mention risking my life. How do you expect me to just sit here while they're starting up again?"

Duo blinked. "Um, even if you go with us, you'll still be sitting there while they're starting up again."

Wufei screamed and launched himself toward Duo, who dodged and laughed hysterically while Sally held Wufei back. "All nonsense aside," Sally began, flashing Duo a warning look, "we need to head out. The two senators are already there and who knows what they've discovered." The others nodded and the four of them headed out toward Duo's space craft, preparing to face their fears and their enemies once again.