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Birthday fic: Enthusiasm, 1/1

Title: Enthusiasm
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Heroes, early season 1
Characters: Gen: Hiro and Ando (friendship)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 671 words
Summary: While in Vegas, Hiro tests out his powers and Ando tries out his luck with the ladies.
Author's Notes: This is a Happy Birthday ficlet for empressaurelius, for her prompt: “Something Heroes with Hiro and/or Ando.”  This ficlet was inspired by Kevin Smith’s comments (about 3:00 on the clock) at the Heroes panel at Comic-Con.  And James Kyson Lee’s later response (about 4:15). :D Once again, thanks to mark_clark and van_el for the help.

< > - denotes dialogue that would be spoken in Japanese and subtitled on the show.

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Ne, Hiro,” Ando nudged his friend’s elbow, nodding to a table across the casino floor.  <That one over there… she’s cute, huh?>  Her friend, a leggy brunette, had gone to try her hand at the slot machines, and the woman Ando was interested in sat there, nursing a two-dollar margarita.  She reminded him of Jessica…

Ando had heard the phrase, ‘Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,’ and just thinking about it made a sort of nervous excitement run through his veins.  How lucky was he that on his first trip to America he ended up here?

Hiro seemed to be intensely studying the small pile of casino chips on the table in front of them. Several of them seemed to be standing on end now, forming a circle, though Ando hadn’t seen him set them up that way.  But Ando’s mind was on other things tonight, namely, all the gorgeous women. 

He placed a hand on Hiro’s arm.  <Right?>

“Nn,” Hiro nodded distractedly, “Kawaii…”

<You’re not even looking, Hiro,> Ando complained. <See the girl over there, blonde, black dress… she has a friend, too…>

Hiro finally looked in the direction Ando indicated, squinting a little. <Yes, she is very pretty,> he agreed with almost no expression, and then looked back down at his chips.

<Come on, Hiro, we’re in Vegas.  Let’s live it up a little!> he cajoled, his friend’s distraction not dimming his enthusiasm one bit.  <Do you want to go talk to them?  I might have a shot if it’s the two of us…>

Not even looking up, Hiro waved him off. “Chotto, Ando-kun.

<Wait?  We’ve been sitting here for what?  An hour and we haven’t done anything.  Hardly any gambling, no shows… we’re even drinking Sapporo…!> Ando gestured toward the chips, which were now shaped like a torii gate. <And what is so interesting about those chips?!>

For the first time in that hour, Hiro’s eyes lit with his own brand of enthusiasm.  <Look!  If I concentrate…> Hiro tensed for a moment, closing his eyes hard… a moment later, the chips resembled a five-pointed star.  He tensed again… and now they looked like a teardrop.

<Very nice, Hiro.  But what is that but a neat parlor trick?>

<Don’t you see how quickly I changed that… I mean, quickly from your perspective!> He waved his hands in the air as his excitement grew. <The less recovery time between time-stops, the more useful this power can be!>

Ando sighed.  At this rate, he’d be going to bed early. He stood up, exasperated. <Fine!  You can just stay here and play with your… your chips!  I’m going to go have some fun with or without you.>

“Nn,” Hiro grunted.

Ando turned toward the ladies’ table, and was stunned to see the blonde looking at him with an amused smile.  Her friend had returned, and began to whisper something in her ear.  They both giggled.  Even that was cute.

A goofy smile bloomed across his face, and he raised his right hand to give them a little wave.  They both waved back at him.

Well, it was now or never.  “Yosh,” he exhaled, squaring his shoulders.

Ando walked over to their table, a little bounce in his step.  “Hello, my name is Ando.”

“Hi,” they answered in unison.  The brunette held out her hand. “My name’s Morgan.”

“And I’m Lisa,” the pretty blonde answered with a smile. “Would you like to sit down?”

He inclined his head briefly. “Very much, thank you.” Taking the chair beside Lisa, he noticed that both of their drinks were pretty low.  A perfect opening.  “Can I get you ladies a drink?” he asked them in his smoothest English.

The two girls looked confused for a moment, passing a glance between them before Lisa frowned.  “Are you sure it’s okay with your boyfriend?” She nodded over toward Hiro.

“My… b–b–boyfriend?!” Ando spluttered.

“Yeah, I mean, won’t he be jealous?”

Ando’s head dropped in defeat.  Not again.  Man, he was ditching Hiro at the next casino.

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( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 9th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)

Barb, that was GREAT! A cool little story that had so much potential on its own... then that ENDING! HAHA! I've always wondered why people didn't react more to seeing the two of them together so often... *snorfle*
Aug. 9th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Abby! I had a lot of fun with that one. The two of them are very close friends, ne?
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
Awwww... Poor Ando! :(

^_^ Maybe he'll have better luck at the next casino. :p
Aug. 10th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
*kiss* Thank you, Saavi...

I think he will have luck... someday... unfortunately, in my mind, after this is when he meets that conartist. :O
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Aug. 10th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
*snerkle* OMG Barb, that was hilarious. And SOOO easly to see happening in the the show. HAHA!

Poor Ando. The boy has no game. I love it!
Aug. 10th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mel! I'm surprised that hasn't actually... but hey! Maybe the writers aren't as into taking cheap shots as I am.

I love Hiro and Ando, though. *huggles them*
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful, especially for your first time with Heroes. You write both Hiro and Ando really well. This story fits very well when they were in Vegas. The last part was very funny. I believe that is something that would only happen to Ando.

Good job.
Aug. 11th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thanks! I really didn't know if I could write Heroes at all! I may have to give it another shot. And if someone requests it, I definitely will!
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
AAAH. AHHHH. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT. LMAO. SO perfect, and it would fit PERFECTLY into the show! Thank you so much, hon. ♥
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was really worried that the joke at the end might not come across right... I'm so glad!

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Aug. 14th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! I know I would have been confused about them in RL... :D
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! Poor Ando, he just can’t catch a break, just trying to get such action! *hehe* My man, Hiro, totally clueless, is such a hoot! He's just trying to get his power under control! I wasn’t expecting the girls to say what they did. Really unexpected, but funny none the less. Thanks, Babs.
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
So, true. Unspecial Ando is very unlucky, too. I had a blast writing that... so glad you liked it! ♥
Aug. 16th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much for pointing this to me. Kevin Smith is always fun to watch. I'm not a huge fan of his movies but his story about getting superman made (and fighting a giant spider) is classic.
Aug. 16th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm the same, he's funnier on camera than behind it!
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Aug. 17th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Hey! That's a great idea - the Hiro/Ando show!

And absolutely! You must request a ficlet! I'm having much fun. :)
Aug. 19th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
*grins* I already told you I really liked this story, but I'll repeat myself! Hiro's abstracted quality comes through so perfectly here, as does Ando's lack of focus on such things. :)

This was your first Heroes fic? I hope there'll be more (Noah/Cassandra!)
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
And I'm so glad for that encouragement before, I was really worried about the joke at the end...

It was my first, yes, and when's your birthday? I can certainly do a Noah/Cassandra fic for that! :D
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Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was cute! :)
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I got you an H/G fluff fic I remembered!

Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
You're good at promotating things. *wink*

That poor Ando!!! LOL Loved the ending! XD
Oct. 22nd, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Hehehehe, I was hoping you'd come read it. :D

Thanks, I wish we could get more of poor Ando this season. I'm crossing my fingers. ♥
May. 23rd, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I love unexpected endings -- and this was just the best kind!!
May. 23rd, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oo, am I about to be treated to a morning full of reviews? Brilliant! (Ignore if you are just bored and passing the time.)

Anyway, I'm the "queen" of the unexpected ending... *lol* At least that's my reputation. ;)
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