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08 May 2008 @ 09:42 pm
[Gundam 00 ficlet] Solitary Pisces  
Okay, so its not the drabble I promised before.  This idea jumped into my head and wouldn't stay quiet.

Title: Solitary Pisces
Author: evilkat_meow
Genre: Gen
Relationship/characters: Lyle Dylandy, Allelujah and if you squint hard enough- Lockon/Allelujah
Rating: PG
Warnings/kinks: Spoilers for well, the entire show I suppose, but specifically episode 23 forward


Lyle Dylandy knew the second his twin brother had died.  Despite however many miles or years separated them, he just knew.  He had been sitting at the tiny table in the equally tiny kitchen of his cramped apartment drinking his morning coffee and reading the newspaper when it hit.

 

It wasn’t a sharp pain or even a jolt for that matter.  Nor was it some overly dramatic sort of psychic “goodbye” from Neil himself.  No, he had just been sitting there, coffee mug halfway to his mouth, eyes following the lines on the page when a sudden, almost oppressive, feeling of emptiness came over him. The invisible umbilical cord that connected them all this time severed abruptly.  Up until now, Lyle had never really given much thought to that psychic bond, twin mumbo-jumbo.  There had been a time long ago when they were attuned enough to finish each other’s sentences and know what the other was thinking on rare moments of clarity.  Not since that one, horrible day though.  To suddenly lose all of the white noise that had always been buzzing in the back of his head for as long as he could remember still came with all the shock of a sucker punch to the gut. 

 

Gone.  He knew it in an instant.  Neil was gone forever.

 

He called into work shortly afterwards and told them he wouldn’t be able to come in.  He guessed that the dead tone in his voice was the reason they didn’t question him about it.  He supposed he should have felt at least a little guilty for not crying, but all his tears were used up long ago.  So he sat in his cramped apartment, in a state bordering on despondency, and waited. 

 

After a week had passed with no official notification, Lyle decided to go back to work.  He figured that whatever his brother had gotten himself involved with had to be something he wanted no part of.  Jobs on the other side of the law didn’t exactly notify the next of kin in the event of death.  Lyle figured the less he knew the better.  Neil had always been on some foolhardy quest about something, even more so after their parents and sister had been killed.  Neil often questioned his brother’s lack of hatred and need for vengeance in the years immediately following the loss of their family.  He questioned it until he could no longer remain and finally walked out of Lyle’s life just shy of their eighteenth birthday.  They hadn’t spoken since. 

 

Nearly a year after the bond went dead; he was surprised to find a man, most likely a few years his junior, standing at his family’s gravesite.  He stared at Lyle as if he were a ghost.  There was only one explanation for that.

 

“You knew my brother,” he stated flatly.

 

The other took a moment to compose himself before softly replying, “I did.”

 

This stranger had an accent that Lyle couldn’t place.  He was tall; perhaps even just a bit taller than he was.  The black hair and almond-shaped eyes denoted an Asian descent, but his build and the light shade of his bluish-grey eyes gave him away as a mix of some kind.  Japanese or maybe an HRL mutt.  

 

“He never spoke of me?”  Lyle asked cocking his head to the side.

 

“He never said you were still alive and he didn’t mention you were a twin.”

 

The young man’s posture became somewhat defiant with that last remark.  It was almost as if he was hurt that this information had been kept from him.  The corner of Lyle’s mouth twitched into an almost-grin.  If it there was one thing Neil was good at, it was keeping secrets. 

 

“Why are you here?”

 

The other man turned and knelt down to place his bouquet of lilies in front of the headstone.  “I was paying respect to a friend,” he replied.

 

Lyle came up beside him and leaned down to place his own flowers beside the young man’s.  “What happened to my brother?” he asked carefully. 

 

“He died,” the other said without looking at him.  It was the confirmation Lyle had been waiting for, but it still hurt more than he imagined it would to hear those words.

 

“His body?  What hap--”

 

“There was none to recover,” the young man interrupted as he stood suddenly.  A gust of wind caught the fall of hair obscuring the right side of his face and revealed a gold colored iris and a jagged scar that split the eyebrow. 

 

Lyle couldn’t help the surprised gasp that escaped his lips.  He had never seen such wildly mismatched eyes before.

 

“I have to go,” the other man said as he pushed past Lyle.

 

“No!  Wait!” Lyle practically screamed, clapping his hand down onto this strange person’s shoulder to prevent his escape.  “Please,” he said gently as he spun the man around to face him.  “Please talk to me.  I have so many questions.”

 

The younger man looked at him with sorrow-filled eyes.  He clearly wanted to flee, but after a drawn out silence, he nodded his acquiescence.  Lyle visibly relaxed.  Perhaps some part of him still felt guilty that he had never tried to reconcile with his twin.  Whatever it was, the need to know what happened to Neil grew more and more the longer he stayed in this man’s presence.  Just who is this man and what was his relationship to his brother?  Lyle had to know because the white noise, the mental static that he had known with his brother had suddenly begun to buzz in the back of his head once again.   


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Fran: Yoh (Koukou Debut)franwi on May 9th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
That was so good. You have me in tears here. I love the shock Allelujah got from seeing this ghost of Lockon then realizing there were still things he never knew about him - he was a twin. And Lyle's need for answers and a connection again. And maybe even *squinting* Allelujah was making this visit for his own "twin" whom he lost that day as well. Very moving, loved it!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Aww. *hands tissue* Thank you for your always thoughtful comments. I did have the Lockon/Allelujah dynamic in mind when I wrote this, but it ended up coming across way more subtle on the page. I guess Lyle didn't need to know all about that just yet. LOL
roxas_amonte10roxas_amonte10 on May 9th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
That was beautiful. I still get all teary-eyed, thinking of Episode 23... great work!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I don't think any of us will fully recover from episode 23.
roxas_amonte10roxas_amonte10 on May 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Do you have anything on Fanfiction? Just wondering.. :D
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 10th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
I do. Just about everything I have written can be found in my memories or you can check out: http://www.ficwad.com/author/11765
roxas_amonte10roxas_amonte10 on May 11th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the link!
rubyofkukundu: tieriarubyofkukundu on May 9th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
What a cliffhanger that ending is! Poor Lyle though. I like how you've written him: practical, sombre, alone. I can't wait for him to appear properly in the show.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading. The way I look at it is that if Lyle is going to become part of the show, chances are he's going to be the opposite of Lockon/Neil and he'll need a reason to become involved. This was just one possibility.
just a small town girl: [druaga] little heartscarameltrap on May 9th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
I like this. I had imagine Alle going to the gravesite (after finding out Lockon's real name) and the shock of meeting Lyle there. You wrote it quite well.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. For as much as we knew about Lockon, there is so much we didn't. Thanks for reading!
Sapphire: What my desk looks likesapphire_hime on May 9th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
That was lovely to read, and your prose flows easily.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment!
Wystii Arleon: AlleXLockonwystii on May 9th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
This read like the start of something more. I loved it! There was quite a 'gentle' feel to the piece and your portrayal of Lyle that had me very excited with the twist at the end. Well done.

[I'm finding myself very fond of this potential pairing since the end of the season and am so happy to see that I'm not the only one seeing it and that others are writing it, too!]
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 9th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading! And you're right, this could be the start of something more. Lyle is such an unknown at this point, he really has the potential to go anywhere.