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I forget that I can write AU stories too! this one is just a short fluffy piece about Duo and Heero and first meetings.  (And yes, between Yuri on Ice and Check Please! I've totally got ice sports on the brain...)

“I don’t understand why I have to go to this stupid recital anyway.”  Duo grouched and pulled at the collar of his shirt, he hated wearing ties and his mom had knotted this one particularly tight today.

“One, because it’s good for you to be exposed to all sorts of music.”

He rolled his eyes and she held a finger up in warning.  “And two, the son of your father’s co-worker is performing and we were invited.   He’s your age you know, and it wouldn’t kill you to go support someone in their hobbies, even if you’re not interested in what they’re doing.”

Duo grumbled and kicked a rock across the driveway, ignoring his mom’s pointed glare when it bounced off the tire of their car.  “How do you know he’s any good?  He could suck and this will just be a huge embarrassment for everybody.”

“Duo Maxwell, I am appalled by your attitude and if that’s the sort of ungracious behavior you plan on displaying then I can think of several things to help adjust it.  Starting with spending time at home spreading winter mulch on the garden rather than attend hockey camp next week.”

He tried to open the car door but it remained locked and he yanked on the handle before turning to glare at his mom.  She was staring him down though with her scary face, hands on hips, and he sighed.  “Moooooom.  It’s freezing out here, let me in.”

She just raised an eyebrow, foot tapping and he sighed heavily.  “Fine.  I will ‘readjust’ my attitude and clap super hard for this kid.  Okay?”

She gave a short nod and then finally let him into the car.

The stupid kid was probably some awkward nerd with glasses who spent all of his time inside and didn’t know a hockey puck from a Ding Dong.  Duo could see his mom watching him from the rearview mirror though and kept his grumblings inside his head.

The recital hall was packed and Duo had to admit he was a little impressed.  If he were performing in front of all these people he’d be kind of nervous.  He’d played games in front of larger crowds but that was being part of a team and once you got on the ice it was all about adrenaline, moving as fast as you could and keeping your eyes open.  The piano sitting alone up on the stage in front of everyone, looked awfully intimidating.

They had seats saved up front.  He shook hands with a pretty petite lady, the kid’s mom apparently and yes sir, no sir’d his father and the man standing next to him who was the kid’s dad.  They were Asian and Duo couldn’t help wanting to snigger about that stereotype but another quick warning look from his mother kept him nodding politely.

The boy’s mother leaned toward him and smiled.  “I’m so glad you came, Duo.  We moved here four months ago and Heero hasn’t had a chance to make that many friends.  He didn’t want to play today and so I’m so glad you’re here to cheer him on.”

Duo just nodded and then sat back in his seat when the lights started to dim and everyone started to quiet down.

A kid who looked about his age came out on the stage and went to the piano.  He had messy black hair and no glasses.  In fact, he didn’t look like a nerd at all. He fidgeted with his own tie as he sat down and Duo felt a little better knowing that he wasn’t the only one who disliked the blasted things.

When Heero started to play though, Duo forgot about everything else and leaned forward, mouth hanging open.  He didn’t know what song the boy was peforming but it was incredible and fast and Duo held his breath a couple times as fingers flew across the keyboard but Heero never messed up.

Duo was one of the first people to stand up for the ovation at the end and he clapped so hard his hands hurt.  After everyone had left, Heero’s parents took them over to the side of the stage and he watched while they gave Heero lots of hugs though the boy seemed more relieved then anything.

“Dude!  That was amazing!”  Duo was practically hopping up and down and he saw his mother give him a knowing look and just stuck his tongue out at her before turning back to the bewildered looking boy in front of him.

“That was like…I’ve never heard or seen anything like it!  I’m Duo by the way.  Our dad’s work together.  We should totally hang out.  I can’t play any instruments but I’ll watch you play any time!”

Heero looked a little shell shocked by the stream of enthusiasm coming from the other boy but then he gave a small smile.  “That’d be cool.  You don’t have to just watch me play though, I like doing other stuff too.”

Duo beamed, “Really?  What other stuff do you like?  I play hockey.  I’m going to camp next week and then our season starts.  You should come watch one of our games some time!  Have you ever played?  Where do you live?  We get street games going sometimes, you could come play with us!”

He paused and then shrugged, “Or you can just sleep over and we’ll hang out and maybe catch a game.  Do you like movies?  We can watch movies too!”

“I’ve played field hockey before.  And I like movies.”  Heero grinned, leaning forward  into Duo’s space, staring to bounce a little himself in matching excitement.  “I don’t know where you live but sleepovers sound really fun.”

Without realizing he’d done it, Duo grabbed Heero’s hand in his and swung it back and forth.  “Awesome!  I’m so glad you moved here! Do you have a phone?  I’ll give you my number.  Where do you go to school? We must go to different ones, that sucks but maybe next year you can switch!”

Heero just looked at the boy holding his hand and then nodded quickly, eyes shining in delight.  “Yes.  Yes to all of it!”

They were still chattering as the adults scooted them out toward their various vehicles, promises to get together again soon, made.

Now I want to write a story that takes place in the future when they're grown up and Heero is a famous concert pianoist and Duo plays for the NHL and they attend all of each others concerts and games...
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