"I can't believe you agreed to this for us!" Duo protested. "Without
"The injustice of it all!" Wufei protested, in agreement with Duo.
"We are soldiers," Heero replied, matter-of-factly. "There is no
"For you, maybe," Duo sulked, "but did it ever occur to you that
Wufei was the first to feel the sting of the needle
Trowa turned and shared a silent smile with Quatre. He was
Quatre smiled back, sensing everything Trowa had tried to hide. It
A moment later, as another needle left his own arm, Quatre joined his
It was Duo's turn next.
"I just want to go on record here and say that this really sucks,
Heero had only seconds to enjoy the silence before he, too, lost
Each of the five young pilots was placed in a cryostasis chamber and
The war Heero had wanted them preserved to fight in started the very
"Lexx, is that what I think it is?"
"It is another fractal core, Stan." Lexx replied. "Do you wish me to
"Yes!" Xev nodded, enthusiastically. "Tell it to fly through. This is
"What if we're killed?" Stan asked.
"If you're killed, no big loss." 790 would've shrugged if he'd had a
"We'll be fine." Xev insisted. "Come on, Stanley. Who knows how
"Lexx," Stanley said, "take us through that fractal core."
"As you command, Stan." Lexx complied.
"Where are we?" Xev asked, once they had recovered from passing
"Lexx?" Stan asked.
"There is no information in my databanks about this dimension." Lexx
Stan withered in disappointment, but Xev was beaming from ear to ear
"No," Stan shook his head, seeing the look on her face. "Forget it.
"Okay... if you're scared, I understand." Xev shrugged.
"I'm not scared." Stan protested. "Fine. you want to see how not
"As you command, Stan."
Xev raced to the Lexx's docking bay, where the ship would most likely
They stepped into the cryoship. Xev looked at each of the sleeping
"They're just babies." she said. "I wonder what they're doing here."
"There is one way to find out." Kai reminded her.
Xev nodded and instructed 790 to thaw the five young boys.
Heero drew his gun, leapt neatly over the projectile Kai shot
"I am Kai. This is Xev Bellringer of B3K. The robot head is called
"We're from the Cluster." Xev explained.
"Never heard of any of those places." Heero kept his gun trained on
"You have excellent reflexes." Kai noted. "It is only a rare few who
A low, deep, sensuous moan from one of the other now-open cryotubes
The unibanged pilot opened his eyes and saw the display his young
Quatre's eyes opened and he blushed a deep red as he realized he was
"That was quite a display." Xev told him. "Your boyfriend is very
"That's not how he usually acts." Trowa told her. "In fact, that's
"I sense the moods of those around me." Quatre explained. "Through my
"Then, you must've been sensing the love-slave program." Xev
"No, it isn't." Quatre admitted. "Normally, I could've withstood it,
"The love-slave programming causes a person to become addicted to
"Still not the most sensual thing I've felt." Quatre replied.
"Oh?" Xev's curiosity was piqued. "Then what is?"
Quatre looked over at the still slumbering Duo.
"Who is he?" Xev asked.
"Shinigami the Beautiful," Quatre replied, his voice laden with
"God of Death?" Xev raised an eyebrow. "Kai... maybe he can help
"I do not think so." Kai sounded doubtful.
"Well, it can't hurt to ask." Xev reasoned. She went over to the
"Lady, I'm the only one who kisses him." Heero told her.
"Of course." Xev backed away. "Please? We need to speak to him."
Heero pressed his lips to Duo's in a tender kiss. Duo responded
"Duo," Heero broke the kiss as Duo began to tug down his spandex
"Oh, man!" Duo sighed, more annoyed than embarrassed. He looked at
Kai nodded. "That is correct."
"We were hoping you could help Kai." Xev told him. "We understand
"That's right. The one and only Shinigami at your service." Duo
"Can you restore Kai?" Xev asked.
"Do not trouble yourself." Kai interrrupted. "The dead have no
"I'm the God of Death, not the God of Life." Duo apologized. "But
"I have no such need." Kai insisted.
"When you are ready, then." Duo smiled. "For now, how about a
"Earth?" Kai asked.
"Our home planet." Quatre explained. "It's such a beautiful place."
"You seem troubled." Xev noticed. "What's wrong?"
"Rashid... my retainer. Is he alive back on Earth. How much time has
"And you still aren't." Trowa reminded him.
Quatre smiled. "Thanks, Trowa." he told the other boy as he placed a
The five pilots followed Xev to the bridge of the Lexx.
"Oh no." Stan moaned as he saw the five teenagers.
Quatre bounded forward, glad of the opportunity to make a new friend.
Stan blinked. "How did you know I was worried?" he asked. He'd
"My Space-Heart told me." Quatre told Stan
"Your Space-Heart?" Stan asked. "What's that?"
"My empathy for all living things." Quatre explained. "For example,
"Come again?" Stan blinked.
"You were raised by strict people who conditioned you to believe you
Stan closed his eyes, memories flooding back. Lips upon his, tucked
Stan's eyes flew open. "No." he shook his head. "No I refuse to
"I only showed you what's in your heart." Quatre told him. "It's
Stan looked at Quatre, and saw no guile in the boy's eyes. This boy
"It was humiliating." he recalled his punishment. "And it wasn't
"Only now you were afraid to act on them." Quatre prompted.
"I was terrified to." Stan agreed. "He was punished, too. I guess
Realization came into Xev's eyes. "Stan? Are you talking about
Stan nodded. "Yeah." he said, his eyes damp with the tears of fond
Xev raised an eyebrow. "You're... in love with Kai?"
Stan nodded. "I guess I have been for some time."