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(fic) Disappointment by Ruth - Not a rock, I'm just Ruth
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(fic) Disappointment by Ruth
Title: Disappointment
Author: Ruth
Rating: G
Pairing: Nichol/Relena
Warnings: Post-war AU, angst, "Sojourner" universe
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Disclaimers: Gundam Wing and its 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?
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Summary: There comes a time when mistakes have to be admitted and decisions re-evaluated.

There was still something attractive about her. She left her jacket on a chair and her shoes by the door. Her stockinged legs were drawn up under her as she sat on the couch with a laptop, the coffee table within arm’s length loaded with at least three PDRs running news feeds, another laptop running a search, the plasma screen on SNN(System Newsfeed Network) and an actual book in front of her. She was gnawing on the end of her stylus like it was a pencil. Working again, this was not what he anticipated when he asked her to marry him.

“You’re not dressed,” he said critically.

“I told you, Nichol,” she made a note on the laptop. “I’m not going.”

“It’s a very important party, Relena,” he frowned. “A lot of people will be disappointed if you’re not there.” He would be disappointed. This was what it was supposed to be about. Glamourous parties with lots of glamourous, important people and press and being seen on the arm of the youngest President of the Earth System United Nations - doubtful the people would ever elect another eighteen-year old to the post. He had dressed in the finest tuxedo with all the best accessories. He knew she had a gorgeous dress that would make them look perfect.

“A lot more people will be disappointed if the details of this water rights treaty aren’t finalized for tomorrow’s vote,” she retorted.

“Damn it, Relena,” he ran a hand through his hair in frustration.

“You’ll just have to go without me,” she said quietly. “I’m sure Julia won’t mind a bit.”

“Julia? Who’s Julia?”

“Please don’t,” she set down the lap top and faced him squarely. “I’m not uninformed.” Her eyes looked tired, her mouth drooped.

He felt an urge to sweep her off the couch and carry her into the bedroom. He could love all the tension and weariness out of her, leaving her short blonde hair mussed and her blue eyes sparkling - he’d done it before. “I see,” the urge passed, leaving disappointment in its wake. “What are you going to do about it?”

“What do you want me to do?”

Cry, he wanted to shout at her, scream, curse, get angry, be hurt, think I’m something worth fighting for! “I want you to come to the party.”

“And then what?”

“Damn it, Relena.”

“Just go, Nichol,” she sighed and picked up the lap top again. “Just go.”

“All right,” he turned to the door. He knew if he went out, he would not be back. He should feel sorry, but all he could feel was disappointed.



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black_rose From: black_rose Date: January 17th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*feels lost* Sojourner universe? It's very well done, Ms. Ruth, even though I'm not sure who Nichol is.


just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: January 17th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! The Sojourner Universe started as a story about Heero returning to Earth after ten years of living in peace. It's insisting on breeding sidefics instead of getting to the point.

Nichol is the minor character on Barji who at first suspects Trowa of being a rebel and Gundam pilot; tries to fire Barji cannon while Lady Une is in the battlezone and then risks his life and "dishonor" to be among the eighteen survivors of Barji that returned the wounded and comatose Lady Une to Earth (and Treize).

In the sidefics that have taken on a life of their own, he marries Relena after being there to comfort her after her mother's tragic death. Duo makes an attempt at stopping her, but ends up saying he will pray for her happiness. He is later arrested by Preventer Wufei, assisted by Trowa and Quatre, when he tries to pedal the secrets of government contracts to WEI. He surrenders when Duo shows up to make good the threat he made on Relena's wedding day "You make Relena unhappy and I'll kill you."

The trial and scandal cost Relena her office and she is on the "rubber chicken circuit" when (hopefully, if I can kickstart the bunny)her path and Heero's cross.
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