Chapter 1: notes 1 - 12
♡ please feel free to use your imagination to fill in the blanks regarding what duo might have said or done to get such a reaction from heero. there will be occasions where we get more info from duo's side - perhaps even a note or two!
Chapter 2: notes 13- 24
♡ if you have any questions as to what is happening behind the scenes, i will be more than happy to answer them if i can. some of it is even vague in my head!
Chapter 3: notes 25 - 36
♡ this is a very workable format for heero. it allows him all the time he needs to come up with an appropriate response to one of duo's notes, or to something duo has said.
Chapter 4: notes 37 - 48
♡ for the most part, both heero and duo have a fairly routine work schedule. unless they are working out in the field, which is not that common of an occurrence, they do have the weekends off.
Chapter 5: notes 49 - 60
♡ we will find out more about 'raven' as this odd little story moves forward - at the very least we will find out the inspiration for his name. ^_~
Chapter 6: notes 61 -72
♡ duo should probably know by now that being straightforward with heero is always his best option. heero is perfectly okay with having to remind duo of that every now and then - especially when it is something important.
Chapter 7: notes 73 - 84
♡ in this universe, wufei and trowa are also part of the preventers organization. while none of them have permanent partners and usually work on their own, trowa and heero are often paired up for field assignments, as are wufei and duo.
Chapter 8: notes 85 - 96
♡ now having crossed the 'friends to something more' barrier, heero and duo are navigating this new development in their relationship with relative ease. there have been changes in their usual banter, of course, but nothing heero had not been expecting. duo does manage to catch him off guard every now and then, but heero is nothing, if not adaptable.
Chapter 9: notes 96a - 107
♡ this series of notes was posted on my tumblr during pride month, and heero was not going to let the month of june pass without a written reminder.
♡ heero is slowly gaining confidence in his ability to rise to what he feels are some of duo's more challenging notes. heero does not strive to reach duo's level of the art, but is absolutely intent on giving the other man a run for his money when he is able to.
Chapter 10: notes 108 - 119
♡ duo's phone call with quatre was a bit awkward, and he was very glad that quatre was unable to accept the video portion of it. heero makes duo promise that he will let wufei into the loop in the very near future.
Chapter 11: notes 120 - 131
♡ everything continues to go smoothly for heero and duo; aside from the occasional mishap. heero is pleased with the progress they have made communicating with one another.
♡ i am just about caught up on posting the backlog of notes from tumblr, and so you can expect updates to slow down to weekly soon - as we will be live!
Chapter 12: notes 132 - 141
♡ and so we see that a leap has been taken! being the more cautious and inexperienced of the pair, heero is fine deferring to duo in matters such as these. duo is more savvy when it comes to interpersonal skills and has an excellent track record.
♡ i have been posting 12 notes at a time, but due to the next series of notes needing continuity, this chapter only has 10.
♡ chapter 13 will be a short story that i will be posting along with a series of notes that duo left for heero while heero was away on the field assignment mentioned in the last note of this chapter.
Chapter 13: successive normal / notes 142 - 147
Based on Preventers intel, Heero had estimated his out of contact window to be two weeks and that was the information he had passed on to Duo. In an unusual and unexpected turn of events, he and Trowa had succeeded in finalizing everything in nine days.
Still, it was a long time to be out in the field - where their duties took precedence over everything else, and Heero was feeling genuinely fatigued upon arriving home.
The house was quiet, anticipated for 16:00 on a Wednesday, and Heero removed his boots at the door before carrying his bags upstairs and into his bedroom; setting them near the closet to be dealt with later. *Their bedroom*, Heero quickly amended.
The new arrangement had begun only days before he had left on this assignment, and he glanced over at the bed, smiling at the extra pillows nestled up against the headboard beside his own.
Heero liked sharing his bed with Duo.
Waking up in the morning next to Duo after the night they had spent together at the cabin had been very nice. That short weekend getaway Heero had planned for them had quickly accelerated the changes in the dynamic between them.
He would have thought it was too soon into this new phase of their relationship, but Duo was adamant and Heero, unable to see a downside to it, had easily capitulated.
Heero was seriously looking forward to spending tonight in his own bed after being away; and knowing that Duo would be right there beside him made the prospect even more appealing.
Standing there in the bedroom, Heero was forced to acknowledge that it would be unwise for him to fall asleep right now, though he very much wanted to. If he were to lie down, it would undoubtedly be many hours before he woke, and that would be detrimental in attempting to re-establish his regular sleep patterns.
Deciding that a strong cup of coffee would assist in keeping him awake for a while, Heero descended the stairs and headed toward the kitchen.
The array of colorful 3X3 notes stood out vividly against the dull finish of their stainless refrigerator, and Heero could not help but let out a loud laugh as he stepped inside the room. He might have predicted this if he had given in any thought to it, but his exhaustion was easily at the forefront of his thoughts for the past few hours.
Heero neared the refrigerator, reaching out to touch the first of the notes – a purple one. He was inordinately pleased seeing them there, immediately dismissing his thought as somewhat irrational. It was obvious that Duo had been thinking about Heero while he was away. Heero could understand that; he had done more than his fair share of thinking about Duo as well.
Still with a smile on his face, Heero filled the coffeemaker with water and added the coffee grounds and then set the machine to brew, and finally reached up into the cabinet to retrieve a mug.
Returning to stand in front of the refrigerator, Heero carefully read each one of the six notes Duo had left in his absence; arranged in a mostly orderly fashion in three distinct rows on the right-hand side door.
Heero had no difficulty reading Duo’s handwriting, but that might have been because he was long accustomed to reading it. It was nothing like his own, though not surprising given what he knew of Duo’s past.
If pressed to classify the notes, Heero would have said that they were very ‘Duo’. The messages were alternately random and sweet, precocious and inquisitive and seeing Duo’s thoughts there in front of him caused Heero to miss Duo very sharply in that moment.
Heero pulled out the small stack of yellow post-it notes and a black felt tipped pen from the tiny drawer next to the stove and set them on the counter. Some of Duo’s notes could be answered in the available blank spaces of Duo’s original notes, but others would require more than a couple of words in response and Heero planned to respond to them all before Duo was expected back from work.
The coffeemaker beeped and Heero poured himself a nearly full cup and carried it into the living area and then seated himself on the couch.
Heero had only been sitting for several minutes in the familiar setting before deciding on a change in tactics. The revised plan included allowing himself a short nap that Heero hoped would help him spend the balance of the evening in an upbeat and tentatively more social mood.
He retrieved his phone from the pocket of his trousers and set the alarm for 18:30 before lying the cell on the couch beside him and reclining back into the soft leather as he let his eyes drift closed.
If Heero had done his calculations correctly, he would have plenty of time to shower, order a quick meal and respond to Duo’s notes before the man himself was due to arrive home.
here are duo's notes:
and here are heero's responses:
♡ this was a fun experiment. i enjoyed being inside of duo's head for a little while and getting some of his thoughts out there. i would love to hear what you think!
♡ we get to learn a few things about heero here that might not have been revealed from his notes alone. communication between them is improving, and heero feels less apprehensive about trying to express what he is feeling to duo. heero is thankful that duo is the way he is, and that he doesn't always need to spell it all out for him.
♡ chapter 14 will return us to our regularly scheduled notes - which will be updated weekly from now on.
Chapter 14: notes 148 -159
♡ in addition to answering all of duo’s notes upon his return from his field assigment, heero left the first of these stickies on duo’s favorite coffee mug, knowing that he would find it only after heero had left for work the following morning.
♡ duo fully enjoys discovering some of heero's lesser known 'secrets', and while heero is prone to giving him a bit of a hard time about it, he doesn't really mind. heero is certain that there are some things in duo's past that will eventually surface.
Chapter 15: notes 160 -171
♡ heero and duo enjoy teasing one another about a wide variety of things. this is something that has remained constant throughout their relationship. heero is pleased that their new status as lovers has not altered the dynamic in that respect.
Chapter 16: notes 172 -183
♡ heero is sometimes apprehensive to divulge too much information, but he does not hesitate to answer duo's questions; sometimes omitting things he doesn't think duo is ready to hear. heero is fairly certain that duo is not always 100% forthcoming with his responses to some of heero's inquiries either, but heero understands. there are some things that are still not easy to talk about.
Chapter 17: notes 184 - 195
♡ there are still occasions where heero has a difficult time determining whether duo is just teasing him about something or if he is serious. duo seems to derive a great deal of amusement from flustering his lover from time to time, and heero has learned to be a good sport about it.
Chapter 18: notes 196 - 207
♡ heero enjoys a good challenge, especially when duo is the one to initiate it; and even more so when duo claims he had no such thing in mind.
Chapter 19: notes 208 -219
♡ there is still a lot that heero and duo have to learn about one another, as duo is no doubt finding out here. some, but not all of this new knowledge, revolves around their fledgling intimacy; and that is a new territory for them both.
Chapter 20: notes 220 -231
♡ a small mishap in the hot tub prompts questions and someone is more inquisitive than they should be.
Chapter 21: notes 232 -243
♡ despite their many years of friendship, duo retains the ability to surprise and sometimes bewilder heero. the appeal now is greater than it ever was.
♡ i am sorry for the delay in updating this chapter. i have not been posting these on tumblr, as i am taking a temporary break. updates will resume soon - i promise!