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The screen went dark, and the room's lights went up. Manx's voice
was gone. Silence hung over the room. Omi had heard himself
acknowledge the mission. But it hadn't really sunk in. he stared at
the darkened screen. His mind was racing. Not that he wouldn't do
anything for Weiss... but this? He wasn't sure he could pull it off.
Ken moved up to him and gave him a worried look, "Omi? Are you
okay?" His hand reached out and came down on the younger teen's
shoulder, "I'll back you up as best I can."
Omi's head snapped around to face Ken, blushing suddenly at his
proximity. "That's the problem," he mumbled. He had no wish for his
teammates to see him... like he would have to dress for this
mission. He looked down. "I'm ok. I *will* complete the mission." He
stood up, avoiding everyone's eyes. "If you will excuse me, I have
to go prepare..." He walked out quickly.
Aya watched him go. "I hope Manx isn't wrong about this."
For once, Yohji was in agreement. "I think this is going to be hard
on him. Ken, you're closer to his age... You'll have to be there in
case he needs some moral support."
The athletic teen nodded. "I'll try. I just hope nothing happens to
him." He fidgeted with his jacket, "He's always been the stable one
Aya glanced over at Yohji. "That's not saying much." Without another
word, he left the room.
Shaking his head at yet another agreeable assessment, the blond
followed him out. From behind his sunglasses, worry sprouted even
though his gaze was distracted by the redhead's swaying
posterior, 'He'll figure himself out. He has to.'
Meanwhile, Ken sat down hard on the couch downstairs, lost in his
thoughts. How was Omi going to handle it? Would he be able to get
through this unscathed?
"God, Omi... Don't screw this one up."
Omi threw himself on his bed in dismay. He had to succeed at this
mission. Too many young boys and girls, runaways mostly, were
disappearing. Manx had uncovered evidence of a child prostitution
ring. Omi, being the youngest, and youngest looking, had to be the
one to go in. He was used to putting his life on the line for the
mission. That never bothered him. But now he would have to put his
body on the line in more than one way...
So he had to pretend to be a prostitute. Ken would be backing him
up, he wouldn't be in danger. He wasn't expected to actually sleep
with anyone of course, but Omi couldn't imagine how else he was
supposed to insinuate himself. He hugged a pillow to him. No one
knew he was a virgin! How would he pull this off?
There was a soft, almost tentative, knock on his door, "Omi? Did you
need anything?" It was Ken's voice - worried - offering anything
that might make the youth's problems a little less difficult to
Omi sat up quickly. "I... I'm fine, Ken." He went to the door and
opened it. There stood Ken, and another problem. He had been
attracted to the soccer player since they had first met, but hadn't
the nerve to do anything about it. He wasn't even sure Ken liked
guys. And now, for him to see Omi like this... he blushed
"Listen... I know... this isn't going to be... easy for you," Ken
stammered upon seeing the blush. Why did Omi always have to look so
damn cute? "If you need... anything while this mission is a go...
Just tell me, okay?" There. It was said.
So why did it sound so lame?
Ken was trying to be so nice, Omi's heart ached. Poor guy, saddled
with babysitting him. "I really appreciate it, Ken. I'll remember
that." But how the other boy could help him without blowing his
cover was a mystery to him. "I won't fail, Ken."
Now it was time to get down to the gritty details of the
mission, "Ummm... Omi... we really should... talk about... ummm...
Omi stepped back from the door, letting Ken in. "What do you mean?"
The athletic teen smiled weakly, barely fighting a blush, "Well...
about how to... make things look like you've... well... you know..."
Ken was going to have brain failure if this conversation kept up.
Omi blushed even more. "Oh," he said faintly. If he couldn't even
talk about it, how could he DO it? "What... do you suggest?"
"How... how good are your acting skills?" Ken was starting to lose
control of that blush. His eyes clearly avoided Omi's bed, fighting
the reality of what they had to do with some form of denial.
"Acting?" Omi was lost now. He really felt like a child. "I don't
know... what you mean..."
There was a loud groan, "I mean... making noises and stuff... you
know... like they do in Yohji's... movies?"
"I've never watched those!" squeaked Omi.
Ken sighed, "You'll have to. And... take a look at his doujinshi
collection. You have to have an idea of what's going on." The older
boy couldn't believe what he was saying. How could anybody expect
this of innocent Omi?
"I'm not completely innocent," snapped Omi, embarrassed but trying
to prove he wasn't just a kid. "I've... seen pictures..." He trailed
off, even more embarrassed that Ken might find out what he liked to
"Oh." Ken turned and walked to the window, letting his blue gaze
drift out, "Okay... I guess that makes it a little easier... But
looking and doing are... very different."
Omi stared at Ken, once again thinking how handsome he was, how nice
his body was... he realized he was drifting into a fantasy. "Maybe
you should do this mission, Ken..."
"Me?" Ken whirled around, blinking, "Omi... I'm not anything close
to what they want. I look too old. You... I know you're seventeen,
but... You don't look it. Anybody who didn't know you would guess,
at the oldest, fifteen." He shook his head, "That's what the sick
bastards really want, Omi."
Omi slumped on the bed. That wasn't what he was hoping Ken would
say. "I guess you're right," he sighed. Ken thought he was a kid
too. And that liking another boy was sick. "I'd better get to work
The sudden dejection tore at the older boy and he sat down on the
bed next to Omi, "Listen... There's going to be things we can't
fake. Kissing and certain touches are going to be expected out in
the open." Ken steeled himself against those things... To have Omi's
hands on him would be embarrassing... especially for the younger
assassin. "They're going to know something's up if we're not
completely comfortable about it."
Omi's head shot up. We? He had missed something. "You mean... you
Another blush crept up Ken's face, "Yeah... we're going to have to
kiss in front of them." Why did the athlete suddenly look forward to
such an idea?
"Oh my god..." Omi's hands flew to his mouth. He hadn't thought...
he thought Ken would be observing.... this was so much worse... He'd
never be able to control his real feelings.
"I'm sorry, Omi," Ken whispered, "But, if you don't want to be made
on the spot, you're going to have to get used to kissing other
guys." Ken's hands were literally wringing the sheets at his knees.
This was so damned awkward!
'I'm so dead,' thought Omi, not even able to look at Ken. 'I'll get
to kiss Ken, but he'll hate it... he'll hate me for it.' "How do I
do that, Ken?" he whispered.
Yohji's eyes went owl-like. Ken was actually taking some thought
into good preparation for a mission! He would have been proud if the
subject matter discussed in the room didn't have such an effect on
him. On one hand, he wanted Omi to retain his innocence... but, on
the other, he knew that the younger boy had been harboring feelings
for the athletic assassin. Yohji wondered just what this mission
would do to those feelings.
Quietly, he bent back down to resume listening at Omi's door.
Aya leaned against the wall outside his room, scowling at Yohji. The
blond was eavesdropping again. As much as he enjoyed the sight of
Yohji bent over like that, this wasn't acceptable. He strode forward
and grabbed the blond's collar, dragging him away silently.
"Gyah! Aya!" Yohji struggled to get his feet under him, "Just what
the hell are you doing?"
"Shhh! You're impossible, Yohji. Do you spy on everyone?" Aya
demanded, when they were back in Yohji's room.
"Listen... I was just making sure Omi was okay... Sheesh!" Yohji ran
a hand through his golden hair, "Ken's actually doing some good pre-
mission preparation. I wasn't going to stick around for much
longer!" He gave the redhead a shove, "You're such a suspicious
Aya crossed his arms. "I have to be with you around. Why don't you
just install cameras in everyone's bedrooms?" Aya blushed as he
realized what he had just said. "Just leave them alone," he growled
as he tried to brush past Yohji.
His arm got grabbed, "What do you think about this mission, Aya? I
know you've seen how Omi looks at Ken." Yohji let concern write
itself over his face, "Do you think they can handle it?"
Aya glared at Yohji and yanked his arm free. "They're both big boys,
Yohji. They've got by so far without your help. Omi and Ken will do
their best for Weiss. I trust them."
Reasserting his grip, Yohji shoved the redhead against the
wall, "That's NOT what I mean! Omi's never really had any experience
in this... Do you think he'll come out okay?" The blond was getting
angry, "Stop being an asshole and think about how the mission is
going to affect them in the long run..."
Aya couldn't help but think how sexy Yohji was when he got angry...
but he pushed him back and said, "Why don't you go give them some
pointers, then, Yohji? You're the expert, after all." He glared at
the blond. Yohji was always bragging.
"Do you think it would help?" Yohji thought for a moment, and then
something dawned on him, a nagging that had been in his thoughts for
a while, "Speaking of looking... I've noticed that you seem to like
looking at me..."
Aya's violet eyes flashed. "We're just full of ourselves, aren't we,
Yohji?" He thought he'd been more subtle. But Yohji was so
watchable... especially when he went out at night, all dressed up.
"Maybe..." The pale assassin couldn't say much more after Yohji's
mouth crushed down on his...
Continued in part 2