Thanks for all the comments everyone! Sakuya, I'm glad you liked the
darker, more disturbed vein of the story. This is the last chapter of this
part, but the sequel is coming up. It's a lot funnier, but the darker side
is always prevalent. I'll begin posting it tomorrow, so do drop by and see
what you think.
And now, End New Decisions. It's been fun! ~Kabuki
The table had been cleared when Yugi returned to the shop. Bakura was
seated in a chair covered with a blanket and sipping some herbal tea while
Tea hovered over him protectively. Joey and Tristan were engaged in a deep
conversation with Grandpa, their voices low so as not to disturb poor
Bakura. Everyone looked up when Yugi entered the room. Joey and Tristan
raced to their friend. "Yug, where've you been? Where'd ya go?"
The younger boy shrugged, "Out. I tried to find Pegasus."
"And? Did ya find him?"
Yugi eyed his friend for a long moment, then slowly shook his head. "No. He
Joey stared at his friend, knowing he was lying, but said nothing. What
could make Yugi lie about something like that? Had Pegasus done something
to him, or had Yami Yugi taken care of the problem. He clenched his jaw,
angry that his friend would hide something so important.
Tristan nodded, accepting Yugi's story easily. "That's good. He's caused
enough trouble. Poor Bakura over there just won't stop freaking out."
Tea meanwhile had approached with caution, her eyes questioning. She
glanced at Bakura quickly before presenting a black cloth made heavy by its
contents. "Do you guys know what this means? We've got to take that Ring
away from Bakura somehow!"
"We tried that before, remember?" Tristan shook his head. "It didn't work
then, I doubt it'll work now. There's got to be something we haven't
"Well," Tea held the burden gingerly. "Does anyone know what we should do
with . . . with this thing?"
Joey rubbed the back of his neck. "I dunno. Maybe we should lock it up or
throw it in the ocean or something." Tristan smacked him on the back of the
head, causing Joey to yelp, "What? It's a good idea!"
But Yugi had already relieved Tea of the parcel, his eyes hooded as he
spoke. "I'll take it."
Joey opened his mouth to say something, but stopped. Something was very
wrong. He just couldn't figure Yugi out, but then no one really ever
understood Yugi's intentions. Their friend was a mystery in many ways, Joey
and the others simply hadn't gotten around to confronting him about it. But
Tea and Tristan simply nodded and smiled. "That's a good idea, Yugi!" Tea
grinned. "I'm sure your Yami will know what to do with it."
Bakura watched everything from his corner chair, sipping the tea and trying
to keep the evil voice of his Yami at bay. His lips moved very slowly as he
softly muttered, "You did it. How could you?"
::Humph! I did it for both of us, you idiot! I took advantage of the
situation and got what I wanted. Anyway, who gave you the right to give
away something I rightly stole? You get it back, Bakura. If you don't bring
me the Eye, I'll take over your body by force and get it myself.::
He could just feel the darker spirit smiling wickedly. ::Oh wouldn't I?::
Bakura put his head in his hands and moaned, dropping the cup of tea in his
haste. "Leave me alone!"
::No. I like it here.::
Yugi and his friends all turned to look at Bakura. Grandpa was shaking him,
trying to rouse him from whatever hysteria he'd fallen into, but the boy
remained unresponsive. His eyes were wide and frightened. Yugi looked at
the parcel in his hand, the power of the Millennium Eye evident even
without its master, and shuddered. For the first time, he wondered what
good could come from items that caused so much pain. Was it pure luck that
his Yami was kind and protective? Was everything simply up to luck? Had
Bakura been born specifically for the torment of the Millennium Ring as
Pegasus seemed to hint that he'd been for the Eye? It just seemed too
cruel, that innocent and kind Bakura should suffer so.
The Eye glinted in his hand, mesmerized by the power of the Millennium
Puzzle. It wanted to attack blindly, but remained dormant, knowing that its
wielder would soon come. Pegasus would have to come.
Yugi stared at the Eye itself, a weighty golden orb in his palm. It seemed
to emit its own ghastly light, pulsing like a heartbeat. Yugi clutched his
Puzzle with his free hand, and closed his eyes.