From Silence to Sound
“That is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen,” Quatre said.
“I beg to differ,” Duo said. “Remember that lamp Relena gave you and Trowa as a wedding gift.”
“Okay you’re right,” Quatre conceded. “But that rust bucket is a close second.”
The rust bucket in question was supposed to be a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, but it looked more like a trash pile.
“Just you wait Q by the time I’m through with this car it is going to be a babe magnet.” Duo proclaimed.
That had been one year ago and today the body that had been mostly rust was a glossy teal that perfectly matched the color the car would have been in its prime. Now if Duo could get his masterpiece to drive farther than the end of the driveway he would be in business.
Calling it a lost cause for the day Duo headed over to the garage sink to wash up. When came up out of the sink from washing his face Heero was standing by the garage opening.
“Yo,” Duo greeted his longtime friend and housemate. “What’s up?”
“I need a favor,” Heero said. “What did you have planned for this afternoon?”
“Alexander called,” Heero paused. “Apparently there was some trouble at the rental property and he needs a wall fixed without Quatre finding out about it.”
Duo laughed, “Oh boy. I bet there’s a story there.”
“I was supposed to be the one to fix it but I forgot about WuFei’s martial arts exhibition. If I miss going to see it, he’ll dump me.”
“And kick your ass.”
“And kick my ass. So will you do it?”
“What’s in it for me?” Duo asked rubbing his hands together.
Heero went in his wallet and pulled out a few bills totaling fifty dollars. He handed the cash to Duo.
Duo looked at it and smiled. “Sucker, I would have done it for twenty but thanks.” He smacked Heero on the arm.
Heero glared. “Just make sure you get it done today.”
“No prob, buddy. Since when have I ever let you down? Don’t answer that.”
Heero walked away shaking his head. Duo followed him back to their home. After the war and some time apart the former Gundam pilots had settled down together in a three bedroom three bath cabin in the woods. The place was owned by Quatre and he found it amusing to make all of them with the exception of Trowa pay rent. The cabin was quite a long commute to Preventer’s headquarters where they all worked but they enjoyed their privacy.
A short bit away from their cabin was another cabin also owned by Quatre this one was rented by an artist named Alden and his husband Alexander. The Comodeens were a nice enough couple. Alexander was quite a bit older than Alden, about ten years. Both were blond. Alexander stood a much taller than his husband. Being an artist Alden was kind of flighty and eccentric but the two were in love and Alexander spoiled his young husband like nobody’s business. Alexander rented the cabin for Alden so he could have beautiful scenery to inspire his artwork. The nearby lake and surrounding forest had no lack of beauty so the area was perfect inspiration. As for the cabin itself, Duo, Heero, and WuFei earned a rent break for performing upkeep on the property. As soon as Duo and Heero entered their home they were greeted by Trowa.
“Forgot another date Heero?” Trowa asked.
Heero ignored him and went to change. Trowa shook his head and sipped from a nearby mug of coffee.
“You think he would keep track of things like that seeing how anal retentive he is about everything else,” he said. “Add that commitment phobia and it’s a wonder WuFei hasn’t left him for Sally yet.”
Duo laughed, “Yeah. Seriously Tro, WuFei made me promise him I wouldn’t meet anyone, fall in love, and get married before Heero proposes to him.”
Quatre entered from the laundry room. “Really, so do you have any prospects then Duo?”
“None at all and I plan on keeping it that way.”
“Duo,” Quatre began.
Duo cut him off, “Don’t go divining my emotions Q I’m perfectly happy on my own. Now if you’ll excuse me I have things to do.”
Duo bound off to his room with his braid bouncing behind him. He changed quickly into a shirt that didn’t reek and ducked out the back door before Quatre could start on him again. The blonde was of a mind that Duo should be dating instead of tinkering with old cars and machines in his garage, but Duo was in no hurry to dive in the shark pit of the singles game, especially since he knew what he was looking for did not exist.
A run-in with a fortune teller had confirmed that. The one he was destined to love died as a child. He had not only died the child been brutally murdered before he and Duo had even met. Duo hadn’t blinked an eye at the hag’s proclamation. Maybe she was wrong? The air in her shop had been thick with the smell of marijuana. She was high. Duo would not spend the rest of his life alone. The right guy for him did exist.
Duo looked up the blue sky through the trees. It was much too nice a day to be depressed. He headed into the garage for his tool kit and anything he needed to repair the drywall like putty, tape, and epoxy and made his way to the neighboring cabin. Upon arriving he knocked on the door and it was answered by the older blonde, Alexander.
“Yo, Mister Comodeen. How’s it hanging?” Duo greeted.
“Duo, how many times do I have to tell you to call me, Alex?” he laughed shaking Duo’s hand.
“Sorry, force of habit. So what’s the trouble?”
“Ah,” Alex began stepping back so Duo could enter. “The wall in the back bedroom has a hole in it.” He made a face.
“How did it happen?” Duo asked with a grin.
“Let’s just say I didn’t do it and if we keep the incident between us it would be great.”
“Yeah, but Heero knows, too.”
“I’ll find a way to buy his silence.”
Duo laughed, “Good luck. Where is it?”
“The last room on the right.” Alexander said. Duo made his way down the hall. If he had looked back at Alexander, Duo would have seen the smirk on the man’s face. Duo was about to walk into a scene that would change his life forever. Duo opened the door and across the room by a high dresser was a young man. A completely nude young man.
His back was turned to Duo giving him a good view of the guy’s bottom and Duo approved. Slim with small but well defined muscles, the guy’s body was a work of art. He seemed to be short in height which was okay with Duo, because the rest of him was amazing.
Duo got so caught up in lewd thoughts for a moment that he was completely caught off guard when the guy turned around. Let’s just say his height was his only shortcoming. Duo made a sound of distressed lust and the guy threw something that hit Duo in the head. His world went dark.