Plans Gone Astray

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Notes:

I assumed Xellos had a heart and human emotions to make it work ... even if I think it's OOC.

Song is by Usher and it's called You Make Me Wanna.

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This is what you do
This is what you do
This is what you do
This is what you do

"Please realize I'm not doing this to help you."

"Of course not," the Trickster agreed amicably, polishing the stone in his staff, "You're doing it for Lina. Just like I am."

Zel snorted, "Never thought a Mazoku could be capable of love."

Xellos shrugged.

"A warning, bastard: If you ever hurt her, in any way, I will find a way to kill you, no matter what," the flashing hatred and protectiveness in those icy eyes was unmistakable even to Xellos. Even he would be hard pressed to avoid someone who would hunt him to the ends of the world.

"I understand, Chimera."

Before anything began between us
You were like my best friend
The one I used to run and talk to
When me and my girl was having problems

"Tell me again why we're wearing dresses," Zel said, glaring at the clothes Amelia had stuck him in, taking careful steps so as not to get tangled in the long front part of the skirt.

"Lina-chan," he replied, opening his fan and waving it in the chimera's face. A chimera who promptly beat him upside the head with it.

"Oh yeah ... "

You used to say it'll be ok
Suggest little nice things I should do
And when I go home at night and lay my head down
Last thing I think about was you
And how

Zelgadis held out a banquet of roses to Xellos. "Here."

"What am I supposed ... oh."

"Yeah, oh. They're Lina's favorite, you dope, go give them to her," Zel said, shoving the roses into the Trickster's hands and then shoving him in the direction of Lina.

"How'd you know what her favorite flowers were?" Xellos asked, straightening his cape and making his staff hover beside him as he did so.

"It's a secret."

"Baloney, you were eavesdropping again!"

"So?" Zel blushed scarlet, "You do it all the time."

Xellos grinned and phased out.

You make me wanna leave the one I'm with
Start a new relationship with you
This is what you do
I think about a ring and all the things that come along with you
Make me, You make me

"It's a formal party and you are going to wear it if it kills you!" Xellos grunted as he shoved a very unresponsive and hostile Zelgadis into a changing room and held him down to change him into a tux for one of the many events that Amelia threw parties for.

"If you - mphf!"

"Yes, yes, Zel-kun, whatever, " looking at his own handiwork, he smiled, getting off Zel, who he had been straddling moments before. Xellos pulled off the chimera's gag and helped him up, "See? It wasn't so bad, was it?"

"Says you!"

"Just go out and sweep Lina off her feet, Stone Boy."

Now what's bad is you're the one that hooked us up
Knowing it should have been you
What's sad is that I love her but I'm falling for you
What should I do

Absently lifting Xel's staff out of the way, Zel scrawled something on a diagram while Xellos sat back and watched, occasionally voicing a comment. Dropping the charcoal, Zelgadis sighed in frustration, "It can't be this complicated!"

"Escapades of such a nature must always be complicated, it's a rule for seduction, you unromantic fool."

"Who says?"

"Me."

Zel threw the charcoal at the Trickster's head, "Oh please, it's already paid for, she's gonna be in the kitchen at this time of day, and all you need to do is give the necklace to her."

"Where's the fun in that?" Xellos said, pouting.

The chimera rolled his eyes and handed him the jewelry box, "Are all your tricks this complicated, Trickster?"

"Nope! Just the ones with you, my dear, analytical friend." With that, Xellos phased out, grinning.

"Stupid Mazoku."

Should I tell my baby bye-bye
Should I do exactly what I feel inside
Could I, I don't wanna go, don't need to stay
But I really need to get it together

Zelgadis watched Xellos and Lina talk in the garden of Amelia's castle. The Mazoku leaned close to steal a kiss as they talked. A kiss Lina blushed over but didn't object to as the Trickster phased out to do whatever mischief he did at this time of night.

He had arranged this meeting for them himself. Had Lina chosen one of them yet? He wasn't sure ... but he found that lately he was watching Xellos more than Lina ... why? He pushed the uncomfortable feeling away and went on his way, concocting some more plans for the two. Hmph, I'm getting to be just like Xellos!

You make me wanna leave the one I'm with
Start a new relationship with you
This is what you do
I think about a ring and all the things that come along with you
Make me, You make me

Xellos spun the night flower between his fingers, considering how to hook Zelgadis and Lina up. Dinner? Romantic stroll? Serenade her? Zel did have a lovely singing voice.

He frowned. Odd how he felt better making the chimera happy than his Lina-chan. He shrugged it off and once again turned to the his thoughts to romantic encounters. Heh, I'm getting to be just like Zelgadis!

At this point the situation's out of control
I never meant to hurt her
But I gotta let her go
And she may not understand it

What was wrong with him? He was enjoying planning these things with Xellos more than actually carrying them out! Why? Zel sighed, being perfectly honest with himself, Because I don't want Lina to take him away ...

Leaning back against a column, he stared out into the cloudless night sky, This situation is getting out of control ... And worse, Xellos was a guy! How had he possibly fallen for a guy?! Let alone someone he had hated the very sight of?!

While all of this is going on
I tried, I tried to fight it
But the feeling's just too strong
You make me, make me

This situation had long since spiraled out of control. He wasn't even thinking about Lina-chan anymore, it was only Zelgadis. Finding ways to make him smile, get Zel mad enough to actually touch him - and then beat the daylights out of him ... which, unfortunately, was the big problem. Zel-kun hated his guts with a passion. Their truce always was a rather unwilling one.

The Trickster sighed from his vantage point, watching Zel read. The chimera was curled up in a chair, a scarlet bound book resting in his lap. He's rather sweet that way, when he let's his guard down ... Xellos smiled softly, Like an angel ... a rocky one ...

You make me wanna, you make me wanna, you make me wanna
You make me wanna, you make me wanna, you make me wanna
You make me wanna, you makin' me

Zelgadis nearly jumped out of his skin when something draped itself over his shoulders. He whirled, fully ready to attack whatever it was, and came face to face with the smiling Xellos. "Oh. You."

The Trickster nodded, smiling widely, "Yup, me." He suddenly darted forward, giving Zel a face full of hair in the process, as he caught the book the chimera was reading, bringing it close to read the page. He stared at Zelgadis incredulously, "Romance!?! You're reading romance?!?!"

Zel blushed, "So?"

"So ... I didn't think you'd read something like this ..." flipping a page, Xellos decided to "read" aloud, " ' The sweet sensation of his touch was like fire. Did I never realize ... ' gets a little steamy here."

"Hey! That's not in there!" he yelped, snatching the book back and closing it, setting it aside so he could hurt the unwanted annoyance.

The Trickster grinned, amused, "You are full of secrets, aren't you?"

"Yeah, whatever, and you're not going to know any of them!"

"What if I want to?"

Zel stared at him, thoroughly startled by the odd tone in Xellos's voice, "What?"

"What if ... ," Xellos whispered, hesitantly bringing a hand up to touch the chimera's cheek, "I want to know you ... ?"

Did he just leave off secrets? Or did he just say what I thought he said? Zel swallowed, thoughts and emotions an uncomfortable blur. Xellos was far too close now, nearly nose to nose with him as the Mazoku leaned closer, tangling his fingers in Zel's hair, tugging lightly, slitted eyes searching his own.

Xellos's voice was soft and uncertain when he finally spoke again, "Do ... you want to know my secrets, Zel-kun?"

He was startled, but he leaned closer, noses meeting as he answered, just as uncertain, "Yes ... Xel-chan."

The Mazoku smiled a little, "Deal?"

Zelgadis didn't bother to answer, instead he sealed this bargain with a kiss.

You make me wanna leave the one I'm with
Start a new relationship with you
This is what you do
I think about a ring and all the things that come along with you
Make me, You make me

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