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eero and Duo walked into the apartment, and Heero went straight for his
computer. Duo followed. He watched as Heero's fingers danced over the
"What are you doing, Heero?" Duo finally had to ask.
"Checking to make sure it recorded," answered Heero.
"Recorded?" Duo asked.
"The webcast," explained Heero.
"You recorded it?" asked Duo in surprise.
Heero nodded, then held up an envelope. "The recording, and these, are our
ticket away from Treize," he replied. "And I think he'll be along any minute
now to claim what he thinks is his."
As if on cue, there was a loud banging at the door. "Guess who," smirked
Heero, and got up.
"Heero! What are we going to do? Treize will be furious!" Duo worried,
following Heero to the door.
Heero stopped and gently held Duo's shoulders, looking straight into his
eyes. "Let me handle Treize," he said reassuringly. "I know what I'm doing.
This is our chance. Trust me."
"I do trust you, Heero," Duo replied. "I love you."
Heero smiled, and said, "I love you too, Duo. It will be ok." And he opened
Treize stalked in. "What is the meaning of this?" he demanded, slamming the
door behind him.
Heero briefly considered playing dumb, but decided against it. "It's over,
The manager snorted. "It's not over until I say it's over, little boy. And
it's far from over. You owe me too much."
Heero had to laugh. "I owe you? For what, exactly? For making money off of
me? For letting your boyfriend and countless other old men touch me? For
groping me every chance you got?" Heero paused, watching as Treize's face
twisted with anger.
"I protected you, you ungrateful brat! I kept you a virgin!" Treize shouted
back, balling his fists in fury.
"Only so you could make more money off me," Heero shot back, smirking.
"We had an agreement. About the auction," Treize growled, still convinced he
could bully Heero into doing whatever he wanted.
"I'd like to see you prove that in court, Treize," replied Heero. "Since I am
underage and all. In case you'd forgotten."
"You're nothing without me, Heero. Nothing," Treize threatened. "I'll make
sure you never work again."
"That would be a relief, actually," laughed Heero. "I think I've had quite
enough of selling my body, thank you."
Seeing that his threats weren't working, Treize moved on to the next tactic.
"I have friends, Heero. You wouldn't want your pretty boyfriend here to get
hurt, now would you?" he snarled menacingly, stepping closer to Duo.
Heero stepped between them, looking up at Treize without fear. He wasn't
worried about himself, and he would protect Duo until his dying breath. "That
won't be a problem," he said, holding up the contact sheet between them, the
small photos documenting the day's session. "I really don't think you want
these photos to be delivered to the FBI."
Treize snorted. "I can prove you're over 18. Plus, there's nothing there that
links me to you."
"Except the fact that you're my manager, and I can prove that, and will
testify that you forced me to pose," countered Heero smoothly. "And you've
forgotten one other thing in your greed, Treize. Duo is most definitely a
minor, and we can prove it." Heero stopped, letting that bit of information
Treize started to go red in the face. How could he have miscalculated like
this? He tried to save himself. "He never said he was a minor. I was tricked!"
"That will never stand up in criminal court, and you know it, Treize,"
replied Heero. "The fact is that we are both 17 and it was your
responsibility, as an adult, to protect us. You know damn well what the law
is in this case. So do I."
"You're bluffing. You'll never testify in court against me," sputtered Treize.
"Watch me," shot back Heero. "I'll do anything to keep you away from me and
Duo. Anything. Got that, you pedophile?" Heero finished, almost snarling.
Duo hadn't said a word all this time, just watched the verbal war erupt in
front of him. He was worried, but he was also thrilled at the way Heero was
fighting for him.
Heero wasn't even worried any more. It felt wonderful, to finally stand up
for himself to Treize, and tell the man how he really felt. And if it hadn't
been for Duo, he may not have ever gotten up the nerve to do it. He was
fighting for the both of them now. And it felt right.
Treize's mouth hung open, looking back and forth between the two boys.
"Will come nowhere near either of us," Heero finished for him. "Nor will you.
You will leave me and my assets alone. This apartment, my car, my bank
account. It's all in my name. Everything else, is yours. You're out of our
lives, forever." Heero saw that Treize was about to object one more time, so
he played his last card. "And in case you get tempted, Treize, the webcast? I
recorded it. I have proof you broadcast it. Two minors, engaged in sexual
acts. Sounds like 20 years to life to me." Heero looked over at Duo to make
sure he was all right. Then he continued, "Now get the fuck out of my sight
before I decide to turn the evidence over to the FBI anyway. Now." Heero
walked to the door and opened it.
Treize looked at Heero one more time, and said, "You'll be back. This is all
you're good for."
That was too much for Duo. He stepped forward and said, "No, Treize, you're
wrong. Heero is brilliant and beautiful and loyal. It's you that's not worth
shit. Now crawl back to the swamp you came from."
Both boys watched in triumph as Treize turned without another word and
stalked off. Heero slammed the door with finality and turned just in time to
catch Duo as the longhaired boy flung himself into his arms. He held Duo
close, burying his face in the other boy's fragrant hair. It was over at last.
Neither boy knew how long they stood there like that, holding each other
close. It could have been hours, or just a few moments. The only thing Heero
knew was that he had never felt as happy as he did right then. He was free.
He was in love. He had the rest of his life in front of him. Never in his
life had he felt so optimistic. He had enough money to last him quite a
while. He had Duo. He never had to sell his body again. He couldn't quite
accept it; so much had changed so quickly that he knew it would be a while
before it all soaked into his brain. Right now all that mattered was the boy
in his arms. "Duo..." he whispered, loving the sound of the other boy's heart
beating against his.
Duo clung to Heero. The last few days had been a roller coaster the likes of
which he had never known in his young life. A jumble of hormones, endorphins
and nerves made it all a blur. But the end result was that he had met Heero,
and they had fallen in love. So in a twisted way, it had been worth it. And
something finally occurred to him: "We can have sex now, Heero!"
Heero laughed at Duo's bluntness.
"What?" Duo asked, confused. "We can!"
"I know, I was just thinking that, but I didn't want to be crude and mention
it!" replied Heero, hugging Duo close again. "I love you, Duo."
Duo nuzzled Heero's neck, breathing in the other boy's scent. "Love you
Heero pulled back slightly; the longhaired boy's actions were starting to go
from affectionate to sexual. "I don't want to rush it, Duo."
Duo looked at Heero, pretending to be hurt. "Don't you want me?"
"Of course I want you, Duo," Heero answered seriously. "More than anything.
The only thing I'm grateful to Treize for is that I'm still technically a
virgin, so my first real time can be with you."
"Oh, Heero," cried Duo, hugging the other boy tight once again.
"But we have all the time in the world now, Duo. No need to rush," continued
Heero. Then he thought of something. "When do you need to be home, Duo? When
do your parents get back?"
The mention of his parents brought Duo back to earth slightly. He thought.
"They will be back in a week. I should be back in maybe 5 days, so I can make
sure everything is ok."
"I wonder how many times we can make love in 5 days, Duo," murmured Heero
into the longhaired boy's ear.
Duo moaned at Heero's words, and thrust his hips against Heero's. "I don't
know, but it will be fun to find out..."
They kissed again, and Heero held Duo tightly against him. He never wanted to
let go. "Duo," panted Heero. "Not now."
Duo pouted. "I know. We need to take our time." Not to mention the fact that
they had already climaxed twice that day. Not that that kept them from
getting aroused just talking about it... "And I'm hungry!"
Heero laughed, and said, "Well, we can't have that, now can we? Where do you
want to go?"
Duo thought for about half a second before he proclaimed, "Pizza!"
So Heero and Duo went to a local pizza restaurant where Duo proceeded to
amaze everyone in the place with the amount of pizza that he could stuff in
his small frame. They returned home, full and tired. The single most eventful
day of their young lives, and the start of their future together, had
exhausted them. They tumbled into Heero's huge bed, and fell asleep in each
Continued in part 16