June 2021



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[GW Fic Rec]: "Return To Duty" by Merula

I can't believe that it's been ages since I've last read a Gundam Wing fanfiction. So when I read my LJ flist today and someone posted a link to the current "Moments of Rapture" Contest I went over there to have a look. Unfortunately, not one of the stories submitted to the contest has a summary of some sort. I don't like stumbling blindly into a fic without knowing at least when it's set or what's going to happen. But since the desire to read a GW fic again has been awakened, I went back to last year's contest and finally read Merula's "Return To Duty" which is worth a rec. So here it comes:

TITLE: Return To Duty
AUTHOR: Merula
FANDOM: Gundam Wing
PAIRING: 1x2x1
GENRES: slash, a little angst, action, adventure
WARNINGS: nothing
TIME FRAME: Post EW, post war, Preventer Era
WORDS: approx 9,269
SUMMARY: "Heero is reluctant to return to Preventers after an injury." (Summary given by the author.)
LINK TO FIC: Return To Duty

So I was surprised when my doorbell rang late one Thursday night. Looking through the peephole I had to suppress a surge of disappointment -- and then felt guilty for it.

I opened the door and glared -- the best I could these days -- at the person on the other side.

"What do you want?"

"Nice to see you too, Heero," Quatre smiled sweetly at me. I knew better than to trust that smile. "Well, I've either become a Avon Sales representative, or I've come to visit you. Which do you think is more likely?"

"I don't need any makeup."

He rolled his eyes at me. "Are you always this charming to your guests these days?"

"I forgot to grab my gun when I answered the door."

"Ha ha. Are you going to let me in or not?"

"Not." I replied and stepped back to close the door. Quatre, however, was not deterred. He stepped in right after me, putting his whole body in the way of the door. This brought him perilously close to my face. Points to him though -- he didn't flinch.

"Ah, I seem to be in." He pushed on my chest, forcing me backwards, and stepped around me. Before I could stop him, he was headed towards my kitchen. "I'll just get myself some coffee, shall I?"

The summary sums it up pretty good: During a Preventer mission Heero got seriously injured and he now struggles to return to duty, and he would be off-duty forever, if it weren't for Quatre and Trowa who have other plans...

Oh I love Merula! She is one of the best authors the GW fandom has to offer. This fic is a "get together" fic, since the theme of the contest was "Mission: Get Together". "Return To Duty" has nearly everything I like in a GW fanfiction: it's post war, Heero and Duo are Preventers, there is a Preventer case and it's a get together fic, since I don't like fics in which Duo and Heero are already together. And best of all, it is one of those fics where Quatre and Trowa play matchmaker of some sort, which is great if it's well-written, and believe me this fic is very well-written.

It has alternating POV's. It's told from Heero's and Duo's POV. Oh don't run screaming for the hills now! I know most of the fics with alternating POV's don't work at all, but as I said this one is a well-written fic. The alternating POV's fit and don't ruin the plot development in any way.

The only thing that's too bad is the lack of some hot rolling between the sheets, but everything else is most satisfying! :)

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