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GW Fic - "Playing Black" (G)
Title: Playing Black
Author: Ruth
Rating: G
Characters: Heero, Duo (non-romantic)
Warnings: None
Archive: Gundanium Line, all others please ask
Feedback: Anglofans@aol.com
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?
Symbols: /=italics
Summary: Duo tries to find out what makes Heero tick
Word count: 524

I wanted to figure this Heero guy out. Our first meeting wasn’t on the best terms. He was trying to shoot a girl and I stopped him. Turns out she was a princess; now she’s Queen of the World and when you see her on the news screen she’s the saddest gal in the whole solar system. Pestilence* ordered me to save his ass from the Alliance Hospital and he thanks me by wrecking my ‘Scythe to fix his Gundam. Comes to shoot me when I was dumb enough to get nailed by Oz and instead saves me. He goes off flying Oz prototypes when we’re on the moon. Flies that freaking monster Wing; but he’s been making Cat lead the four of us against the dolls while he sits on his ass. Don’t know what the hell his game is and I want to find out before he decides to get me killed ‘cause he’s bored or something.

One of the few things Pestilence always told me was that you couldn’t really find out what made a man tick until you either got drunk with him or played chess. Well, there wasn’t going to be much luck getting drunk on Peacemillion, no matter what I bribed the Old Man* with, he wasn’t going to let us make moonshine in the middle of a war.

So, I’m playing chess. I’d already played with Cat on Earth. I got my ass whipped in ten moves, and he apologized. Nice guy, don’t get on his bad side.

I set up the board in the mess room. It was our “lounge” and we hung out there after we ate. The chess board magnetically attached to the table and all the pieces had magnets in their bases. Heero was sitting staring at a cup of . . . something; tea, soup, coffee, God knows.

“Hey,” I plunked the board in front of him. “Want to play? Spot you white so you get the first move.”

“Why?” he asked.

I blinked. “Well, we got to pass the time, why not?”

“Why chess?” he pursued. “It’s a war game.”

“It’s a game,” I shrugged. “Howard’s got it; we don’t have anything else. Want to play?”

“No,” he scowled at me. “War is no game.”

“It’s not war, it’s a game. Shit, fine, be like that.” That answered that. Asshole. I started to pick up the board. He stopped me.

“All right.”

“Fine by me,” I put the board back down. I let him play white.

Damnedest game I ever played. None of his moves made any sense. I had him in check twice and then I realized he was protecting his queen. Didn’t he know you’re supposed to protect your king? I told him that when I hit him with checkmate after another three moves. He just shrugged.

Still can’t figure out what’s in his head. Shit. I picked up my board and he went back to studying his cup of whatever. Trowa, Cat and Wufei wandered in.

Now, Trowa, he’s another nut I want to crack. . . I owe him an asskicking after he shot my ‘Scythe. Let’s see if he plays chess.


Pestilence - Duo’s Episode 0 name for G
Old Man - Duo’s fanon term for Howard


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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: January 14th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked that. I can see Heero doing that, since I think he knows how important Relena is to world peace. I also liked your Quatre. This was my favorite line:

Nice guy, don’t get on his bad side.

just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: January 14th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked it! As for Quatre, I'm not one of the founders of sdqb because of my good looks. :)
avidita From: avidita Date: January 14th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Jeeesus, that was SO right! Short and perfect!
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: January 16th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
yanagi_wa From: yanagi_wa Date: January 15th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
This was very interesting. Play chess to understand Heero. But the best line was about Quatre: Nice guy; don't get on his bad side. This was very good writing.
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: January 16th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked it.
misanagi From: misanagi Date: January 16th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this, Ruth.

Duo is so perfect here, and I have to agree with the other readers on the line about Quatre. So perfect! *hugs*
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: January 16th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!
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