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Birthday wishes - Not a rock, I'm just Ruth
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Happy Birthdayshimeji!

I'm reposting that wonderful picture that inspired me to write the story I'm also reposting.



Title: Negotiations
Author: Ruth
Characters: Quatre, Trowa, Original Characters
Rating: G
Warnings/Kinks: none
Disclaimers: Gundam Wing and it's characters are owned by the corporation Sotsu/Sunrise, Bandai and others and are being used for entertainment purposes only. You honestly think anyone would pay me for this?
Summary: When L4 Representative Quatre Raberba Winner enters a debate he does not go in unarmed.
Word Count: 500
Notes: Inspired by the picture by shimeji
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Quatre stood very still in front of the mirror. He cleared his mind, concentrating on his heartbeat, on fitting inside his skin. He had learned this meditation technique from Chang Wufei. It was useful. His empathic abilities must be reined in their tightest before the Council, where lies were a part of everyday business and enemies smiled and shook hands daily. There was a tap on the door. Quatre closed his eyes briefly.

"I'm ready," he said.
******

Octavius Barton jumped to his feet and pounded his fist on the counter. "That is completely unacceptable!" He shouted.

The President of the Earth System United Nation's Resource Council pounded a small wooden gavel on a block of marble. "The L3 Representative is out of order!" He shouted back. "Representative Winner has the floor."

"It's all right, Mr. President," said the L4 Representative, Quatre Raberba Winner, calmly. "I'm certain Representative Barton is unhappy because it is one of the Sudanese dams owned by Barton Industries that is one of the twelve we are recommending for demolition. If Representative Barton will check the report my committee has issued, you will see that seven of the remaining dams are owned by Winner Enterprises."

"The financial losses to Barton Industries will be staggering." Octavius argued.

"Forgive me, Representative Barton; but I have information that refutes that claim." Quatre countered. "I have access to certain internal memos that that indicate Barton Industries has in fact been losing money by _maintaining_ the Sudan dam site."

"How could you possibly. . .?" Octavius sputtered. "Unless you have been illegally accessing our data banks, there is no way you could know that!"

"The data banks were legally accessed as part of an ongoing investigation by the Preventer Organization, Representative Barton." Quatre resisted the urge to smirk. Granted, the memos had been specially encrypted against unauthorized access and Heero Yuy could never resist a challenge. . . "I believe your sister, Catorce gave us permission for the access?"

Octavius sat down, chewing on his lower lip.

"To conclude, Mr. President, " Quatre continued. "If these recommendations are implemented, we will dramatically alleviate the drought situation in both the North American continent and a substantial portion of Sub-Sahara Africa."

"Thank you, Representative Winner," the President turned to the main body of the Council. "Do I hear a motion for a vote on the proposed recommendations?"
******

The President of the Union of African States ran up to Quatre and shook his hand vigorously. "I can't begin to thank you enough, Mr. Winner."

"There is no need, Mr. Tsubara," Quatre returned the grip warmly. "I'm only glad to help."

He retreated into his office and shut the door. He leaned against it and closed his eyes, sighing deeply.

"Bad?" Asked the tall, green-eyed man who was officially his bodyguard and unofficially so much more.

"Not now," he opened his eyes and lowered his shields to drink in the warmth and love projected in his direction. "Not now."

"Good," Trowa came over to embrace him.

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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: October 28th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Both the picture and the story are very good. They go perfectly together. Thanks for reposting!
kedriaa From: kedriaa Date: October 28th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
So cool! :) I love it when Quatre kicks ass in the political arena.

The piccie is beautiful too, i especially love the colours.
lil_1337 From: lil_1337 Date: October 28th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was wonderful. I love the the fact it was representative Barton who was throwing the fit. The ending was just perfect.
darthanne From: darthanne Date: October 29th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading this second time around just as much. Thanks for reposting.
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