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It happened so long ago; so long ago that, in fact, I can hardly remember anymore. All I can remember are feelings and flashes of images. I remember a great battle. I remember the scent of blood. I remember screams of pain and terror.
I remember pain and desperation.
And then everything stopped.
All of a sudden I felt peace.
I felt as if I was liberated from everything; from pain, from sorrow, from suffering.
All I have known since then was this peace; endless silence and peace.
I do not know how much time has passed.
All I know is that all of a sudden I started receiving flashes; flashes of huge machines.
Another war; another battle.
More pain and more sorrow.
And then I saw 5 young men.
Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Winner and Wufei Chang.
In my mind I could follow their destinies. In my heart I felt their suffering.
I knew them better than I knew myself.
I observed as they climbed above their differences.
I watched as they grew up into young men.
I saw an end to pain and suffering brought forth by their efforts and their blood.
And I knew it was time for me to come out.
Only, there was one problem.
I didn't know how.
I didn't know how to come out of this prison I was in; this body-less, timeless existence I was in for only God knows how long.
As I tried to get out of this prison I continued watching them. I saw Heero go after Relena Peacecraft. I saw the two of them find happiness and salvation in each other and I was happy for them.
I watched as Trowa and Quatre finally admitted their feelings for one another. I observed as Sally Po finally managed to pull Wufei out of his shell.
I watched them get married.
And I saw Duo Maxwell.
I saw him pull further and further away into Shinigami's hold. My heart felt for him.
My heart felt his pain.
It was unbearable.
I felt as if my heart was breaking.
At that moment I knew I would have to get out of this prison; if for nothing else then to help him find happiness.
I knew I had to get out of here.
I only hoped I would soon find a way.
Through The Rabbit's Hole
"Get a move on!" Duo snapped and looked back at the three Agents that were a part of his and Wufei's team. Une dispatched the 5 of them on this mission saying it would be a perfect opportunity to see how the 3 rookies functioned under unusual conditions. This blizzard they were stuck in was everything but usual, that was for sure.
Wufei chuckled lowly when he saw the scowl on Duo's face and the infamous Death Scythe Pilot glared at him.
"Give them a break, Maxwell." He said. "They are still green. It's only normal for them to find it difficult to move through this blizzard." Duo sneered and looked at the three Agents that finally managed to catch up with them. They were huffing and puffing up a storm and Duo scoffed.
"Some Agents you are." He muttered and turned around to look forward.
"Can't we take a break?" Agent Kelly Clint asked and Duo looked at her with a raised eyebrow.
"You want to freeze to death?" He asked.
"We aren't like you, man!" Agent Joshua Bane said and Duo sneered at him. "We are normal human beings! We aren't meant to walk through a damn blizzard."
"You are Preventer Agents!" Duo snapped and the three flinched while Wufei snickered. He knew very well why Une didn't put Duo in charge of training the rookies.
Special Agent Shinigami was possibly the most respected and feared Agent in Preventers. He was ruthless towards his partners and expected only the best out of everyone. One could say he became the Perfect Soldier. Only his closest friends knew that he was possibly worse than Heero ever was.
He dedicated his whole life to Preventers and expected nothing less from those who partnered with him. The only ones able to keep up with him were the other Gundam Pilots. They had no problem keeping up with his tempo, but others couldn't.
The fact that Une put Agents Kelly Clint, Joshua Bane and Bruce Thomas on this team meant that she either had high expectations for them or she didn't like them all that much.
"Yes, we are Preventer Agents." Thomas said. "But we are still human! We need a break!" Wufei snickered and looked at Duo who growled lowly.
"You can either keep up with Chang and I or you can go back. We're not stopping until we reach the Mark." He snapped.
"What the fuck, Maxwell?!" Bane snapped. "We aren't machines! This blizzard is unnatural!"
"You have to give him that." Wufei muttered so only Duo could hear him. That wasn't hard though. The blizzard really was unnatural. It was unlike anything either one of them has ever seen.
"If we stay here we'll freeze to death, Chang." Duo said and Wufei shook his head.
"You're right. But if they fall too far back we'll lose them. I don't think Une will be overly thrilled with that." Duo scoffed and rolled his eyes.
"She can have a fit for all I care. I can't believe she sent them with us." Wufei chuckled and the three rookies bristled at Duo's words.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Thomas shouted.
"Exactly what I said!" Duo snapped and Thomas flinched back. "We have less than 13 miles to the Mark. You've rested enough, now move it!"
"We didn't rest at all!" Clint said and Wufei raised an eyebrow at her.
"If you had spent the past minutes on breathing and not complaining you would have rested sufficiently." He said and Duo snorted. He fixed his backpack and turned to move on.
"Move it!" He snapped and started to push forward through the knee high snow, strong wind and blizzard. Wufei chuckled, fixed his backpack and moved after Duo. He threw a small glance back and saw that the three followed after them with murdering looks.
"I don't think they like you all that much, Maxwell!" Duo scoffed and threw Wufei a small glance.
"They can choke on it for all I care." He snapped and Wufei laughed.
"A monster, that's what he is." Bane said.
"This is the last time I agree to go on a mission with him." Thomas grumbled and Clint nodded her head.
"Less talking, more walking!" Duo shouted and the three tensed up, not believing Duo heard them.
"A monster, I tell you." Bane said.
"Not a monster, kid!" Wufei called and smirked at them over his shoulder. "Only Shinigami."
Duo let go of a relieved sigh when they walked into a huge, ice cave. It seemed a bluish light was coming from deep within it.
It was hard to estimate just how deep the cave was. They walked some 20 meters into it to get away from the storm. It has only worsened the closer they got to the Mark.
"Wufei?" Duo called and said man straightened from where he was cleaning his backpack of the snow.
"Try to contact HQ." Duo said and Wufei nodded. "Clint, Bane, Thomas, set up camp." He said and the three moved quickly; not quickly enough in Duo's eyes. Wufei chuckled when he saw the way Duo glared at the three.
In a way he understood Duo's situation. Two weeks ago Duo returned from a pretty difficult infiltration mission. The only reason why he was on this mission was because Heero had to be home, because Relena could give birth at any time now, Trowa and Quatre were in the middle of negotiating merger with another company and Zechs and Noin were stuck on Mars.
Suffice to say, Duo wasn't all that happy with the current situation.
The fact that the two of them would have been enough for this mission didn't help either.
Why Une thought that the other three needed to go with them was beyond him, but he wasn't one to question the woman. He looked down at his equipment and frowned. He looked up when Duo cursed up a blue streak. He saw that Duo was trying to get a reading on his GPRS.
"Either the equipment is malfunctioning or something here is messing with it." Wufei said and Duo looked at him.
"That means we're cut off from HQ." He said.
"Fantastic." Kelly said and the two Special Agents looked at the three Agents who stopped in the middle of setting up camp. "Does that mean we're actually stuck in this place?" She asked.
"What? You're afraid you'll miss an appointment?" Duo asked and Kelly blushed. "This is a mission, Clint. Shit goes wrong on missions all the time. If you can't think on your feet then you chose a wrong job." He said and Kelly looked at the ground.
"No need to be so hard on her, Maxwell." Joshua said and Duo snorted. "We're new to this."
"You're Preventer Agents." Duo spoke lowly and his violet eyes flashed for a moment. "You're supposed to be better than everyone else, so suck it up, grow some fucking balls and deal with it!" He said and looked at Wufei making it clear that he was done with the rookies.
"What's the plan?" Wufei asked.
"I say we try and see how deep this cave goes. According to the mission data a huge energy source was found here. Une said it appeared a few months ago and only grew stronger. Whatever it is, it seems it isn't harmful. The gamma-radiation is nonexistent. Whatever it is, Une sent us over to investigate." Wufei nodded and stood up.
"Clint, Thomas, Bane. You three finish setting up camp while Maxwell and I investigate the cave." The three nodded while Duo took two flashlights and two emergency bags from inside of his backpack. He threw one flashlight and one bag to Wufei who caught them and smirked at Duo.
"Ready?" He asked and Duo snorted.
"Let's bust this joint." He muttered. "If we're not back in five hours, pack up and make your way back. Don't wait and don't hesitate, clear?" The three Agents raised eyebrows at him and Duo growled lowly. "Is there something you don't understand?"
"No sir!" The three snapped and saluted Duo who snorted and nodded at Wufei.
"We've been walking for two hours now." Wufei said and looked at his wrist watch. They have abandoned their winter jackets an hour ago. The deeper they walked into the cave the hotter it got. To their surprise the cave seemed to be made out of solid ice still. Even though the temperature was well above zero there was no water on the floor.
Duo hummed lowly and looked at his own wristwatch.
"We'll go for another half an hour and then make our way back." He said and Wufei nodded. Duo took off his turtleneck and tied it around his waist staying in a black, tight, t-shirt. His bangs started to stick to his sweaty forehead and he seemed even more nervous than he was when they started their trip down the cave.
"Is there something wrong?" Wufei asked as they walked and Duo shot him a small glance.
"Except the fact that we're on a mission with three useless slackers?" Wufei chuckled at that and shook his head.
"I'm not asking this as your partner, Duo." He said and the brown haired man looked at him with a raised eyebrow. "I'm asking this as your friend. Is there something wrong?" Duo sighed and looked in front of himself again.
"I don't know, Fei." He muttered and Wufei smiled slightly. It's been long, too long since he got the chance to talk with Duo. The braided man was always on a mission somewhere and most of the time his missions forbade any sort of communication. "I guess I'm just pissed off about everything lately." Wufei nodded.
"Is there something particular?" Duo shrugged.
"I dun know, man." He said and Wufei smiled again. Duo was regressing back to his street accent which meant he was slowly relaxing again. "I constantly feel like somethin's gonna happen. I dun know. Maybe I'm just paranoid." Wufei frowned.
"A bad feeling?" He asked and Duo shrugged.
"More like expectation." Duo said. "I'm constantly jumpy and I can't get a moment's rest. It's like-like someone's constantly watchin' me an' I know there's no one. I feel like I'll go nuts." Duo muttered and they took a turn. "Maybe I just need a damn break."
"Did you talk with Une about taking a vacation?" Duo snorted and smirked at Wufei.
"Ya really think she'd let her best field Agent take a vacation?" Duo asked and Wufei snorted.
"Right." He said. They took another turn and just as Wufei was about to say something else he lost his footing.
"WUFEI!" Duo snapped and reached for Wufei to grab his hand. Now, it would have been good had they had solid ground under their feet, but the moment Duo grabbed Wufei's hand he slipped and the two were sliding down.
With grunts they suddenly hit solid ground.
"This will hurt in tha mornin'." Duo grumbled and Wufei made a sound of agreement while they picked themselves up. The looked up the slide.
"You think we'll be able to climb up?" Wufei asked and Duo hummed.
"It will take a little effort, but yeah; we can make it to the top." Duo said and Wufei nodded. Duo turned around to see where they were and gapped.
"Well, fuck me silly." He muttered and Wufei rolled his eyes.
"Maxwell, I don't think you should be-" He swallowed his words when he turned around and saw what had Duo cursing. Some 10 meters in front of them was an ice wall that was radiating a blue light and incredible warmth. It seemed to be pulsating.
"Fuck me." Wufei rasped out and took a few steps closer when he noticed a blurry shape behind the ice. Duo walked over to it with careful steps.
"Hush." Duo said and Wufei raised and eyebrow at him. There was something strange about the Death Scythe Pilot. Duo stopped a foot in front of the wall. He slowly raised his hand. Here seemed to be a layer of perspiration on the ice wall and Wufei slowly walked over. Ever so slowly Duo placed his hand on it.
"It's warm." He muttered. He passed with his hand over the wall, wiping away the perspiration and the two gapped at what they saw.
"Impossible." Behind the wall of ice was a man. He seemed to be floating in the air. His clothes and shoulder long hair floated around his muscled body. His oval face was creamy white and raven black lashes rested on his cheeks. He looked as though he was sleeping.
Duo shivered when a sense of familiarity washed over him and took another step closer placing his other hand on the ice wall.
"Am I really seeing this?" Wufei muttered.
"He's-he's beautiful." Duo whispered and Wufei looked at him with shock. From where he was standing he could only see Duo's profile but he could clearly see the look of wonder and shock on Duo's face.
"Duo-" A strong pulse shook the cave and the two almost lost their footing.
"What the fu-"
"We have to get out of here!" Wufei snapped. Duo first looked at him and then back at the man trapped behind the wall. In that moment another pulse, stronger than the last one shook the cave and then happened something that had the two Special Agents gape. With another pulse the man's eyes snapped open. Two orbs of clear emerald looked at them and his cupid bow lips pulled into a small smile.
Those words echoed through their minds and before either had the time to really think things through, they were blinded by blue light and soon everything faded into whiteness.
"Fuck this." Duo grumbled as he slowly woke up. He realized his cheek was stinging from the cold. With instant awareness he jumped into a sitting position and looked around. "What the fuck?" He asked. They were on a snowy plane. All their equipment was scattered around them. Kelly, Joshua and Bruce were a few meters away from him and Wufei was lying on his back a meter away from him.
"Wufei?" He called and crawled over to his friend. He shook Wufei awake and the Chinese man groaned. He woke up instantly and sat up quickly when he realized something was very, very wrong.
"What happened?" He asked.
"I have no bloody idea." Duo said and stood up. He looked at the three sleeping Agents and rolled his eyes. Wufei chuckled despite the situation and stood up.
"I do believe they could sleep through a nuclear explosion." He muttered and Duo snorted.
"ON YOUR FEET, SOLDIERS!" He snapped and the three jumped up, disoriented and still half asleep.
"What the fuck?" Bruce said as he looked around.
"Our thoughts exactly." Duo said. "What the fuck happened?" He said and looked around. There was nothing but whiteness around them.
"Beats me." Wufei muttered and walked over to his backpack. He took out his GPRS and snorted. "Dead." He said and threw it on the ground. He looked at his wristwatch and raised an eyebrow. "Maxwell, whatever happened we're royally fucked." Duo raised an eyebrow and looked at his own wristwatch; or what was left of it. The glass was cracked. It wasn't even blinking.
"I don't even want to look at the rest of our equipment." He muttered and Wufei snorted. He was about to say something when they heard the sound of a chopper coming in their direction. All 5 of them looked up and almost immediately spotted a black dot on the horizon that was getting increasingly bigger.
"I hope as hell that's our ride." Duo muttered. 5 minutes later a chopper landed in front of them and Heero jumped out.
"I'd say thank God, but I do believe something else was at work!" Wufei shouted over the sound of the chopper.
"Our radars detected a huge explosion in the area! Une immediately dispatched three choppers!" Heero said as they gathered their equipment and made their way to the chopper. "Quatre and Trowa are in their own choppers!" They got in and buckled up. "What happened?!" Duo and Wufei exchanged a look as well as the other three.
"We'll tell you when we know ourselves!"
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