Santa Clarita: Preventers: Holding Valor 1/?
Disclaimer: I don’t own Gundam Wing.
Allen sat, hands in his lap, lips parted, brown eyes glazed over. There was a touch of gray at his temples and he wasn’t built like a professional quarterback anymore. His hands were softer, much more the hands of the school teacher and foster father. He was a man that had taken in 138 children, most of them damaged by war.
Most of those children would have found live very difficult anywhere else.
Duo Maxwell knelt before him, thumbs rubbing the back of his hands. Allen had been his foster father for half his life, from the day the courts had placed a scared, skinny 15 year old on the home, until a 30 year old Dr. Maxwell knelt before him, rubbing his hands. “We’re going to get him back, Pop. I promise.”
Heero Yuy sat at the table, focused on his computer, still in his Preventer’s uniform. The only trace of emotion in the Japanese agent was a tight jaw and the nearly muted beep of a continually attempting to connect call by their commanding officer.
There were no more small children in the house. The older kids were all in school, except Didi, who had refused to go. She was as close to a biological child as Allen was ever likely to have with ebony skin and dark eyes, long dreadlocked hair, and smooth curves. She rubbed her face, pushing straggling bangs back, and stared at Duo, as if he were going to have all the answers, somehow. He’d been her big brother, the person she was closest to after Allen.
Martha sat, watching everything, face grim. She was always the commander of the family, the one who decided things. When things were completely out of her control, she rarely had anything good to say.
Mary sat in M2’s lap, head on her shoulder.
Mary, Martha, Allen, Joel, and M2 had been together longer than any of the kids they’d raised had been alive.
In four hours, Joel Murphy was going to be executed by a terrorist group.
“We’re going to get him back, alive,” Duo promised.
Allen grabbed his wrists, holding tight. “No.” The first no was soft, reasonable, but what followed ripped through the room. “No! Two teams have gone in already. Twenty two Preventers are already dead. War is coming back! They’re going to boil my husband alive!” Allen started shaking, eyes wide as if shock was all that held raging grief from boiling him where he stood. “Joel.”
Duo shifted his hold, so that he had Allen’s wrists instead. Still shorter than his foster father, he was no child any more though. Broad shoulders, a braid down to his waist, he moved his hands to his pop’s face and forced their eyes to meet. “I will bring him back - alive.”
“Answer that call or turn the sound off,” Martha snapped. “Duo! If you go after him, if you and Heero do that, you’re just going to die too.”
Heero looked up and for a short moment he was the boy that came into the house fifteen years before, unsure of himself, frightened by a world after war the he had never been trained for. Martha had given him structure and saved both of them and before he could stop himself, he’d answered the call.
A furious Colonel Une appeared on his screen. “Major Yuy! Are you listening to me!?”
Heero gave her his full attention for about long enough for her to draw another breath. “You can not go after Lt. Colonel Murphy! He knew the risks when he took that mission! Do you understand?”
Blue eyes stared at her. His fingers started typing again. “We are going to complete his mission and extract him.”
“No! Request for mission denied. If you disobey me I will strip you of rank and discharge you! Do you understand?”
Heero arched an eyebrow. “Would you like my resignation?”
“No! Listen! You stole his mission briefing! You know they have biological weapons that we can not allow to be used! We’re going to fire bomb the entire base, reduce it to black glass. Do you understand me? If you go in there, I can’t call that off.”
Heero actually paused, glared at her. “There are roughly five thousand human beings on that base, in addition to a man I consider to be a father to me. They are not human beings that I like, but killing them is beyond the scope of Preventer’s sphere of activity.”
“Saving lives, millions of lives, is within the sphere of my activity,” Une growled back. “I feel fond of you and Major Maxwell, but I will still drop that bomb and spread your atoms to the Khaiber Belt and back.”
“Then I guess we’d better hurry,” Heero said, moving to end the call.
“Did you tell Duo? Tell him what’s going to happen,” Une pleaded.
Duo appeared over Heero’s shoulder. “Hey, Une! it’s too bad you can’t just turn off the air in the base for a while, uh?”
“I have apologized for that,” she said. “I am sorry that Lt. Colonel Murphy’s mission didn’t complete more successful, but he has given us useful targeting information and we will be able to prevent any further death.”
“I mean... other than the some five thousand crazies on that compound.”
“They are hostile combatants,” Une stressed.
“Every human’s a dumb fuck” Duo said, wrinkling his nose. “We got four hours to get in and get Joel. We can take out their weapons stash.”
“Lt. Colonel Murphy is an excellent agent,” Une said, but that’s all she got to say because Duo reached over and ended the call.
“She might have given us useful information,” Heero chided..
“I never liked working for her anyway,” Duo said, kissing Heero’s temple.
Another call came in, this time with the theme from Jurassic Park as the ringtone. Duo made a long face. Heero shrugged, but answered.
Relena looked grim, professional, and very much like a person in control of the most dangerous weapons known to humanity. “Heero,” she said, smiling very slightly, a touch of fondness in her voice. “I am appointing you and Duo as an independent commission. I have sent you... transportation. Retrieve Joel, neutralize the threat. You have four hours.”
“Thanks bunches, ‘Lena. We gonna make it work.”
She straightened the cream colored tie she wore, smiled with an edge of vicious political ruthlessness. “I know you will.”
“I’m coming,” Martha said, standing up.
Duo brushed his bangs back, mouth open. “Whoa.”
“No,” Mary said, brushing her fingers through M2’s hair. “Martha, you’ve never done field work. I’m going.”
Duo’s head tilted, hands on his hips. “Like you’re gonna say you’ve done field work?”
Mary smiled. A shiver went down Duo’s back.
“More than you know,” she said.