Disclaimer:Don't own them, don't make any money off of this.
Warnings: Male/Male sex, graphic, language, violence, NCS Flashbacks
"No." Heero replied as he leaned into the hood of their car with a tool.
Duo frowned in frustration as he stood behind Heero, arms crossed over his chest.
"Tool set?" Heero asked.
"No," Duo replied.
Duo thought hard. "Haiku poem with.... silver feathers?"
"No," Heero replied, looking back at Duo with a frown. "That IS interesting though."
There was a long silence, with only the clink of metal against metal as Heero worked, and then Heero asked, "Ammo?"
"No," Duo replied absently, deep in thought. "Framed picture of Deathscythe?" he asked hopefully.
Heero turned to face him as he straightened and wiped his hands with a rag. "You have four of those already and I think it's too small for that."
"Oh, yeah," Duo replied sheepishly.
"Dilation hyper electrical calibrator?" Heero asked.
Duo raised eyebrows. "What's that?" and then, "No."
There was a pause as they seemed to be trying to read each other's minds.
"Four calling birds?" Duo asked with a grin.
Heero smirked, "No. Give up?"
Duo sighed. "Yes. You?"
Heero reluctantly replied, "Yes."
Duo bounced excitedly. "Then let's go open our gifts, baby!"
Heero closed the hood of the car. "I wouldn't have made you wait, but if we're going to Quatre's to see the others for a Christmas party, the car needs to run."
"I know! I know!" Duo replied impatiently, "Now, get your butt inside, Yuy!"
Heero chuckled as he watched Duo hurry ahead of him through the snow, long, cinnamon braid swinging excitedly to and fro behind him. Soda was following patiently, the dog looking uncomfortable with the snow getting between his toes.
Soon they were inside the warm house and kneeling by the small tree. Soda looked on curiously as Duo snagged two, small packages out from under the tree piled with gifts from friends and coworkers. The wrappings were different, Heero's done in a beautiful silver wrapping paper and topped with an intricate golden bow and Duo's looking as if it had been wrapped in clumsy haste in plain red paper. Aside from that, they looked identical.
Both of them looked at the packages, wondering, and then Duo said excitedly. "Merry Christmas! Open it!"
Heero smiled indulgently. "Open yours as well."
"At the same time, then," Duo suggested and Heero nodded.
They both ripped open paper, but each of them was intent on the other opening their gift and not on the gift they themselves were opening. When two identical white boxes were revealed under the wrapping, a pair of amethyst eyes met cobalt blue eyes.
"Heero," Duo said as if he couldn't get the breath to say that simple name.
"Duo?" Heero responded softly, a strong, loving expression clear on his face.
"You didn't?" Duo wondered.
"You too?" Heero asked.
They opened their boxes. In Duo's box, a silver, gundanium ring, with a small cross created from small, inset diamonds around the band, was nestled in golden tissue paper. In Heero's box, there was a gundanium ring in the shape of wings forming a circle.
They looked up at each other.
"It's beautiful," they both said at the same time and then they both launched themselves across the space between them and held each other tight.
"Will you wear it?" Heero asked hopefully.
"Yes," Duo replied emphatically and then, hesitantly, "What about you?"
"Forever," Heero replied, bursting with emotion.
"Forever," Duo promised in return.
As the two young men sank to the carpeted floor, Soda cocked ears at them and then seemed to whuff in amusement as the moans of impassioned lovers began to fill the warm house.
Merry Christmas Everyone. ^_^