Jenniyah: the couples will be clear later. This is going to be Yaoi. Yuri
possibly, but only if people ask for it, mainly this is a yahoo story.
Ruby light: You are right, the religions, times and general cultures are
all mashed up here. This is not really a real setting so don't be surprised
if in the future you will have bits of ancient Egypt mixed with bits of old
Europe and bits of modern America, I make it all possible, lol. But I try
not to make it too obvious.
Priestess of Set: no, there is no incest between Mokuba and Seth, the kiss
that I mentioned was part of the ceremony. I used the Alexandrian Wicca
model for the ritual, and there on many occasions the High Priest would
kiss the High Priestess. As it was, Mokuba was taking the role of High
Priestess, so he would have gotten a kiss from Seth, but there is nothing
By the way, in this fic, Seth and Mokuba are Duke's cousins.
Seth's horse raced like the wind if not even faster. Everything seemed a
motion blur and the wind seemed to whistle past Serenity's ears as they
rode. The girl's eyes were open wide in shock, she has never rode so fast
in her life, for that matter, she has never been on a horse in her life.
And now, she was on a horse, with a strange man that said he wanted to kill
her, away from her only home and away from the people whom she knew all her
life and who didn't want her any more.
If she wasn't in so much shock from all that happened she would have cried
now, but as it was, she was too scared to do even that. It was almost
overwhelming, the speed at which all events took place, just a few days
ago, everything was fine, then all of a sudden she found herself locked up
in a room even though she never went out anyways, all the commotion with
the village, and then they accused her of witchcraft.
Goodness, Serenity didn't even properly know what witchcraft was! This was
all so confusing, this wasn't right, she has never done anyone any wrong!
And this man, why was he in such a hurry, was there some rush to kill her,
it seemed like he wanted to outrun time itself.
The girl whimpered loudly as the horse leapt over something on the road.
The sudden tug made the ropes cut into her feet and her wrists, she would
have cried out on the impact but it came out as a muffled whimper because
she was still gagged. Her body was so stiff with fear and tears were
threatening to spill from her eyes, whether it was from the wind or from
pain, she wasn't sure.
As soon as the girl was firmly seated in his lap Seth wanted to be out of
the village. He wanted to get himself and this child away from those people
and he wanted to get away from the silent bitter tears of her brother. He
hasn't seen such pure hate in a long time; that kid must really love his
sister, as much as he himself loved his brother, Gods, he didn't want to do
this to the boy.
The tiny girl in his arms was still whimpering quietly even thought they
were on the road for over an hour now, they were well away from the village
and Seth was sure that even if someone for whatever unthinkable reason
decided to follow them, they would not catch them now. It was safe to slow
down and he was afraid that if he didn't his horse would not live much
The horse slowed down and Seth had to catch Serenity, she almost fell right
Serenity whimpered as she felt the beast from hell slow down, she was
relieved only for a moment, but the next moment she was scared again as the
memories of all the stories about the ferociousness of wolves came to her
mind. She started to struggle again thinking that the man will tie her down
and leave her for the wolves, but in the next few minutes she felt the
binds around her feet and her wrists come off and the gag was pulled out of
"No! Please, don't give me to the wolves! Please don't!" those were the
first words to come out of her mouth as she covered her face with her hands
and started to cry.
Finally Seth could get a better look at her, he thought that she was at
least a young woman out there, she seemed tall and rather well formed, but
now when he got a second look there was no mistake, she was still a child.
"Serenity, how old are you?" he tried to make his voice sound as gentle as
he could, he was dealing with a scared child here and he knew from
experience that if he yelled at her he would not get a straight answer from
"E-eleven, I was supposed to be twelve next month?" she hiccupped and
rubbed her eyes.
For a moment a pair of icy blue slits widened, she was only eleven?!!! This
was nearly impossible to believe, she looked older then that, after all,
the last time he checked girls didn't start growing breasts at eleven. She
was a little too well formed for her age, well, at least for this part of
the world, where he came from, girls matured earlier then they did here.
"What do you mean you were supposed to be twelve next month, aren't you
still supposed to be twelve?" he asked with some amusement in his voice.
"I was supposed to, because you are going to kill me, so I'm not going to
be twelve." and then she started crying again, more desperately this time.
"Stop crying, you are safe for now. Were you not listening, it's holiday
season, no sacrifices made during holiday season. I will protect your life
for now because you remind me of someone, but don't become more trouble
then you are worth."
Serenity nodded, she certainly could not protect herself and he said that
he would not kill her for now. She sighed, she didn't know this man, she
didn't know if she could trust this man, even if he didn't want to kill
her, who was to say that he would not just leave her somewhere alone, for
her, that was just as good as death and she saw no reason why he would keep
He said it was holiday season, so what would happened after, would he kill
her then? She didn't want to think about what would happened after, for now
he said that she would live and she had to trust him because there was no
better alternative. And his arms did feel safe and protective, maybe by
that time he would change his mind about killing her, if she was nice
enough to him.
Something in serenity didn't believe that she was in danger, the way he
said that she would live for now made her believe him. He was her best bet
at life right now, if he had left her in the village they would have burnt
her, as she saw it, he had already prolonged her life and maybe if she
stayed with him he would help her stay alive again.
The horse started moving again, slower this time, but still quite fast, it
was already late afternoon, they should be in Taer by sundown.
Seth had a lot to think about as he rode, it was hard enough to take care
of his little brother the way they were, moving around all the time, and it
was two grown men taking care of one kid who was very mature for his age.
Mokuba was a boy, and even though he was only ten, Mokuba could usually
take care of himself and it was still hard to be on the move with him. This
was a girl, a girl who was not nearly as mature as Mokuba was, that is not
speaking physically and a girl who could not see, she could not take care
of herself at all. Traveling with both of them would become nearly
Seth sighed, he could not figure out for the life of him how to deal with
He glanced up, it was already getting late in the afternoon, the sun was
low over the horizon, he never noticed how he slowed down, he was so deep
in thought about this girl and how his own life could change now because of
her. Looking down at the said little nuisance, she was fast asleep leaning
against him. Seth sighed for the hundredth time during that trip, it was
one thing deciding that he wanted to keep her; it was a different thing
deciding what he would do with her.
He rode into the city later then he had expected. The sun was already down
and he knew that Mokuba and Duke would be worried about him by now. He
wrapped little Serenity into his black cloak keeping her warm and out of
sight of people. He didn't want there to be rumors in the city about her.
Seth might have been welcomed here well as a traveling priest, but one
could never be too cautious.
Duke was waiting at the window for Seth to return. It has been a while and
is cousin was usually punctual, what was keeping him? He said that he would
be back before sundown. Mokuba, his other cousin was sitting in a soft
comfortable chair looking bored even though Duke knew better, the kid
always worried about his older brother.
"Hey, Mokuba, you want something to eat, you barely had anything for
dinner, it's not good for you."
"Na, I want to wait for Seth to come back so we can eat together."
"Well, I think that we should eat, who knows, maybe he got held up, he left
rather quickly yesterday." Duke was just trying to strike a conversation,
he himself wasn't that hungry. He didn't like his cousin going out like
that on his own, not that Seth couldn't take care of himself, but no matter
how well one man could take care of himself, he could not defend himself
against a crowd. Duke was hoping that everything was ok.
He has gone so deep into thought that he never noticed Mokuba stand up and
walk to the window, that is until he heard Mokuba shout and tug at his gold
"Big brother is home!" green eyes refocused on the rode and surely, there
was Seth looking tired and worried, by the looks of it something didn't go
right. Getting more worried Duke proceeded to meet his cousin.
"Mokuba, stay here."
"I said stay here, don't question me!" his tone was a little harsh, but his
nerves were on edge, he has been worried forever. Putting on a perfectly
calm expression he walked towards the front door and outside to meet Seth
and see what is the bundle that suspiciously looked like a person in his
"Duke." Seth greeted seriously and his younger cousin frowned a little.
Unwrapping the cloak from around Serenity Seth shook her awake. The girl's
face twisted in discomfort for a minute and then her eyes opened. It was
dark and she could not see at all, save for the vague lights coming from
lanterns and fires.
"Jou? What's wrong?" her confuse voice was sleepy and she was disoriented.
She looked so cute like that, if it wasn't for the fear in her eyes when
she remembered where she was and what happened to her earlier. "Seth?!" now
her voice was alarmed and she was fully awake once again.
"Relax Serenity; we've arrived at my temporary home. Meet Duke, my younger
cousin. Duke, this is Serenity."
One slender black eyebrow rose inquiringly. "Seth, I believe you have some
explaining to do." Duke's smooth voice still carried that same accent that
he shared with Seth and Mokuba and that Serenity found alarmingly alien.
"Yes, and I will explain everything once we are inside, now would you
please introduce Serenity to Mokuba and take her inside."
Duke nodded and Seth could read the concern clear on his face. "Aren't you
coming in?" asked Duke as he approached him and got a better look at the
girl. She was pretty, like an angel, brown hair, golden eyes, petite frame,
but she was a child, Duke who was a little more familiar with women then
Seth was could not have mistaken her for a woman, she was still very much a
"I will soon, I have to tell the villagers that we will not be staying for
the celebrations." As the look of worry on Duke's face intensified the look
on Seth's face clearly read 'Don't question me'
"Whatever you say, you are the boss." He was not only worried, he was also
very confused, but he was guessing that it had something to do with the
girl, speaking of which, she looked like she was about to panic, she was
clinging to Seth as if he was a lifeline. That in itself was a unique
sight; usually children were afraid of Seth.
Seth untangled Serenity's hands from his shirt and lowered her onto the
ground. "I will be back soon; Duke will take care of you for now." Seth
could not figure out why this girl would cling to him, she gave her more
reason to fear and hate him then anyone else did. And he only said that he
would not kill her for now, was she so scared of everything in general that
she would want to stay near a man who took her from her family and
threatened her life if only for the little bit of temporarily protection
that he provided?
"Well, c'mon there flower, let's get you inside, it's cold out here!" Duke
made his voice sound cheery even though it was obvious that it was fake
cheerfulness, not even Serenity was falling for the fakeness of his
happiness and instead of making her feel at ease he made her even more
Even thought, Serenity made an attempt to follow in the direction of the
voice, but after two unsure and tiny steps she stopped staring at the
ground and looking generally lost. Duke stared at her confused.
"What's wrong?" hearing his voice she made a few more steps towards him but
stopped not quite reaching him, outstretching her hands before her she
tried to feel around in front of her. Only then it dawned on Duke what was
wrong with her and why Seth seemed so concerned, not only they had another
child on their hands, not only it was a girl and they were two men, that in
itself didn't look good, but also she was blind.
"Here." He said softly and gave her his hand which she clutched onto for
support and assurance. "C'mon." he picked her up easily in his arms and
giving Seth one last worried look carried her of inside.
Serenity was feeling more and more panicked with every minute. She could
feel the discomfort of this new man, she could feel the fakeness in his
seemingly cheerful voice, and there was something wrong here. She didn't
want to be with him, she didn't like being in his arms, she felt like she
wasn't wanted, awkward, an unwanted, unexpected bother that was as
confusing for him as it was for her.
She wanted to be back with Seth, she has grown accustomed to his strong
protective arms around her. He held her with no reluctance, he was
confident and she felt more secure with him. There was no hesitation to his
actions, and when he said that he would protect her for now, somehow she
was sure that he would protect her for now. She wanted to be back with him
and not Duke.
"Hey, cheer up, you look so sad. I don't know who you are but you came with
my brother so I guess its ok that you are here." Serenity heard yet another
voice and it startled her. She could tell that this one belonged to someone
younger, perhaps her own age, or close to her age. He too had that same
foreign sound to his voice when he spoke, but he seemed more sincere then
Duke was, at least his cheerfulness was not forced.
"I'm Serenity." She offered him a small smile.
"I'm Mokuba, Seth's little brother." He grinned and jumped of the chair
taking both her hands and completely ignoring the fact that he could see
she was blind. "C'mon, you must be hungry, I have lots of food saved up, we
haven't eaten yet, we were just waiting for my brother to get back, but it
looks like he'll be busy, as usual, so we'll eat first!"
Serenity stumbled after him not trusting her feet and her eyes in this
unfamiliar place, but Mokuba despite his excitement seemed careful to steer
her clear of any obstacles and within minutes she trusted his guidance to
tell her where she could and could not step safely.
Duke watched the girl and Mokuba, this was kind of nice, she seemed to warm
up to Mokuba right away, but then again, almost everyone did and they were
both children. It seemed like Mokuba was exited, he seemed lonely very
often, someone close to his age was nice in the house, keep him company. He
watched the kids eat, they were a fun to watch couple, Mokuba insisted that
Serenity try everything because it didn't seem like she ever tried most of
the foods that Mokuba was accustomed to eating and he seemed delighted to
make sure and change that.
After about an hour of eating, talking and laughing the two seemed to
finally get tired. They both had a long day and both Mokuba and Serenity
have gone through a lot of emotional strain lately.
"Well, that would be about enough fooling around from you two, tomorrow is
another day so off to bed with you!" Serenity has very successfully
forgotten that Duke was even there, but now that he spoke, there was no
fakeness in his voice, he seemed to have successfully forgotten his worries
watching them play.
She smiled, he sounded much more pleasant when he was really happy.
"Duke, can Serenity sleep in my room until she has her own?!"
Duke laughed, it didn't seem like Mokuba was ever going to sleep.
"Sure kid, just make sure you go to sleep tonight, I don't want you playing
all night. If you have no mercy for your own tired self, at least remember
that she must be tired too."
"OK!" he yelled as he dragged Serenity of after him, she was now fully
trusting him to lead her safely around the unfamiliar place and he seemed
quite good at it too.
Duke followed rolling his eyes at his little cousin's antics, he could be
such a hyper kid sometimes, it was a wonder where he got all his energy.
After more laughing, playing and a near pillow-fight both Serenity and
Mokuba were fast asleep among the numerous pillows and silk sheets on
Mukuba's wide bed. It really was too big for one kid and they looked cute
curled up in a small ball. Serenity looked like she was in heaven, she
must've been so tired, and honestly Duke didn't think that she ever even
slept in a bed this soft before.
Putting out the candle Duke left the room and went to wait for Seth to
return and tell him what the deal with this little angel was. Luckily he
didn't have to wait long, he walked in after half an hour and after they
have ate their supper he proceeded to tell Serenity's story.
"So, now you see, there is no way we can continue traveling with her on our
hands too. And there was nothing here but trouble, I think it's time to go
home anyways, we've seen enough. If we leave tomorrow, we will make it for
the ship that is leaving in a few days. If we are late, then we have to
wait a month for another ship."
"We don't have to go by ship; we could just go by land."
"We could, but traveling by land while dragging two children with us, one
of which is disabled is that much harder then traveling by water. It's
easier for us to look after her on the ship, she technically doesn't have
to go anywhere, and she can just stay in the room. Some fresh ocean air is
good for us. Besides, it'd take forever on land."
"So, then we are going to Mikan, the port city."
"Yeah, I heard there is a merchant ship that will be leaving soon"
"Well, in that case I'm not getting much sleep tonight; I presume you want
to leave in the morning."
"Yes, so let's start packing."
Duke groaned, this was going to be one long night, and tomorrow would be an
even longer day, but the idea of finally returning home, after nearly a
year of traveling seemed so sweet. Had it only been a year? It seemed like
forever now, how he missed his home, the shifting sands, the life giving
Nile, it was like a dear memory now, and he'd love to finally go back.
Duke was happy that it was still holiday season, maybe Seth would find
something to do with the girl, because so far, she was nothing but trouble
and even if Seth would not normally kill a child, he might leave her
behind. For her that would certainly mean death too. Either way, Duke
assumed that Seth will decide on their way to Mikan, if she was coming with
them he would take her on the ship, if not, the port city would be as good
a place to get rid of her as any.
Jou's horse went non stop. The sun rose and the forest became lighter.
After a few hours of running the horse slowed down and started a slow but
steady walk towards the town of Taer.
Jou was still miraculously on the horse's back. How he managed to stay on
unconscious with the horse galloping like that was a mystery, but there he
was, still unconscious on the road to the town. He was about three quarters
of the way there when the sun rose. As the morning progressed the horse
continued her steady pace towards Jou's destination, but the boy was not
aware of that, he was barely even alive any more.
Some people who have been to the Esbat two nights before gathered to bid
the High Priest farewell. It was a shock to everyone that he would not be
staying for the celebrations tonight, but there was nothing to be done, the
Priest made it clear that something happened very urgent and that he needed
to leave right away.
It was sunrise and Seth was pleased that not everyone that was there that
night came to see him off, that would have been more of a crowd then he
wished. These people stayed up later at night then people did in Christian
communities, therefore they slept in later in the mourning. They were off
on the road when the sun was fully in the sky, and as it seemed no one had
even seen Serenity, she was hidden in the wagon all along.
Seth figured that it would not be very good if the people saw two men leave
suddenly with a little girl, he didn't want rumors, after all, rumors like
that could make someone follow them and then cause trouble. The kid was
already enough trouble it seemed. Also, he used to have three horses, now
he only had two, with only two horses and four people it would take longer,
more weight meant more work for the horses which in turn meant they would
need to rest longer.
Now the Priest was gone from the town and the people who came to whish him
farewell were all going to their respective homes. One such woman lived not
in town, but along the road outside of town. She came quite a long way to
see the young man off; she was rather impressed by his ability to organize
and his stronghold on people. After all, every leader, including a
religious leader had to be able to keep people under some kind of order.
Now this old woman was slowly making her way back home, she could not walk
fast and it was taking her quite a long time. By the time she had finally
made it, it was almost noon. She walked up to her neat little house and
looked at the plants growing in front of it tenderly, her herbs needed
watering. She lived alone and all the work that needed to be done was done
by her, no one to help her, no one to take care of her when she would get
too old to take care of herself.
The old woman's only son has died a long time, killed in the forest by the
wolves, ever since then she lived alone, her husband left and never came
back when their son was only a baby and she had no one else left. She
sighed thinking about these sad things, how she wished and prayed that the
Gods would send her someone to support her when she was too old.
Picking up the bucket she slowly strode outside to water her herbs only to
find a horse nibbling at her precious plants. She was almost about to shout
and chase the stray animal away when she realized that it was a horse and
that there was a person slung over it. Dropping the bucket she rushed
towards the horse who warily stepped away from the woman.
"Now, c'mon, be a good girl, stay still for me." she tried talking to the
horse gently as she approached. Panicking, the animal reared throwing Jou
off with a thump and jumped away a few paces, but not too far, she was a
well trained animal and would not leave without her rider.
Gasping the old woman rushed to Jou's help and after some struggling
managed to drag him inside. He was far too heavy for her to lift, but
somehow she managed to put him on the bed.
She looked over him evaluating his injuries, as it seemed he had many
injuries from before, the ones that are half healed, old bruises and cuts.
Also, it seemed that he had quite a few new injuries, by the looks of
things, this boy has been beaten and more then once.
She shook her head as she busied herself preparing remedies to ease his
pain. He must be a runaway, ran away from whoever was abusing him, maybe he
didn't have anywhere to go, maybe, if she took care of him now, he would
even stay with her and be like a son to her. Oh how she wished that, maybe
the Gods have at last answered her prayers and sent someone to be there for
her when she got old and weak.
She was smiling as she took care of Jou, like a mother would, she washed
his wounds, bandaged him. She put healing ointment on his cuts, and when he
would occasionally awake for short periods of time, she would give him tea
to bring down his fever.
He never seemed to be awake for longer then a few minutes and then when he
was, he would be delusional, he kept saying something about having to save
someone. Poor boy, thought the woman as once again that day he fell
When afternoon came his fever broke and he slept not waking for the rest of
the day and night. She herself barely went to sleep watching over him,
making sure that he was not in pain and sleeping well.
Morning came and she prepared breakfast, she knew that he would be awake
soon and probably hungry. His horse came back yesterday and was now tied to
a stake grazing happily outside her house. She recognized this horse, it
was definitely one of the priest's horses, but she doubted that the boy
would be able to ever take the horse from the Priest; it must've been given
to him. Whoever he was, he must have something to do with the Priest's
visit to Saniks.
Just as she was going to go check if the eggs were ready she heard a knock
on the door. Now that was strange, no one ever came to visit her. Glancing
at the still sleeping blonde she frowned, if this was his pursuer, she
would not give the boy up.
"Who's that?" she asked opening the window instead of the door. It was high
of the ground and she was pretty safe, she trusted herself to be quick to
close it in time if whoever it was had less then friendly intentions.
"Oh, hello there grandma!" there was a young man standing outside her door.
He had long snow white hair and red eyes. Seeing him the old woman smiled,
she has seen him in Taer before, he surely was not after the young boy that
she had given shelter to.
"Hello there son, can I help you?"
"Sure grandma, that your horse out there?" he pointed at the beauty that
was happily devouring grass not far away.
"For now it be mine, an old friend left her here for me to watch, she a
beauty, isn't she?"
"Sure is, say, how much would you want to sell her?"
The old woman frowned, she could use some coin, but it was not her property
to sell, what would the young man say when he awoke and his horse was gone.
"Sorry lad, not my horse to sell."
"Well then, what about the owner, who's your friend grandma, would he sell
her to me, I'll pay a lot for such a beast."
"He's not here; come back in a few days and maybe then she'll be yours."
The man smiled, but there was something unfriendly about his smile as he
turned around and walked of seemingly angry.
From the inside the woman heard a moan and turned around to see the young
boy wake up.
"Ahhh, you awake now lad, has been a while." She smiled at his confused
"A while?! How long?! I have to go!" he sat up straight and hissed in pain.
His body was aching too much for him to even move. Jou fell back down on
the bed breathing heavily and beds of sweat forming on his brow line.
"Now, you will not be going anywhere for a while lad, you are much too hurt
to move. Here, have some breakfast." She smiled as she fed him delicious
Despite his protests, Jou was made to stay in bed for the whole day and the
next night. He was loosing hope of ever saving Serenity, but the woman was
right, he had to be able to stand up to save her. It took another day for
him to be able to walk, but as soon as he could, he was out of there headed
for the town. The old woman looked at the dust left by the horse as her
hopes left without ever looking back; he never even thought back to her, he
was only thinking about someone out there, way ahead of him.
Sighing she went back to sit down, she had poured her heart into taking
care of him, she had poured her soul into the prayer she said for him
constantly, she was so tired and now he was not here for her to lean again.
She sat down and for the longest time she stared ahead of her, he never
even looked back.
Jou galloped towards the city with only one thought in mind, catch up, save
his sister, but as he went, there seemed to be no hope of ever getting
there in time. The dread was rising in his heart as he burst into the city.
He talked to people, asked around, yet no one heard of a girl.
"The priest has left a few days ago, he should be on the ship heading for
his homeland now, but maybe not, never know, if you hurry, might catch up
to him yet, what business do you have with him lad?"
"A girl, I saw no girl with him, him, his cousin, his brother, no girl
Jou raced out of the city like the wind not staying a moment longer headed
for Mikan, the port where Seth supposedly was heading. He was going to
catch him and demand his sister back. But even though that was what Jou
told himself, he knew that he has been too late, way too late. He gathered
that the priest lied about the celebrations, if the holiday was so
important for him to not kill on, wouldn't have he at least stayed to
celebrate it?! No, he only wanted to be able to take Serenity with him, be
alone with her, in the forest and then dump her there for the wolves to eat
when he was done with her. Why?! She was just a child, that sick pervert!
Jou thought that he must've taken her innocence together with her life and
the more he thought, the more his hate intensified, the more he urged his
horse to go faster. He had not slept that night, he paced nearly all night
just waiting till the animal was rested enough to get up and carry him
Morning came and Jou was on the road once again, speeding faster then
probably time itself, or so it seemed. He arrived in Mikan in half the time
it usually takes to get there from Taer, and in a third of the time it took
Seth to get there. When he stumbled among the people, tired, hurt and
hungry, he had gotten the news that he has been too late.
Jou collapsed exhausted and heartbroken near some inn. He was crying again
and his only company was his horse, and even the loyal beast reminded him
of the cursed Priest.
"Hey there lad, come here, you don't look good sitting in front of my inn
balling your eyes out. Come inside, eat, rest, then tell me your trouble,
who knows, maybe I can help you."
Jou looked up, there in the door stood a young woman dressed in a nice
dress, but she wore an apron, it seemed she worked in the inn and by the
looks of it, it was an expensive inn.
"No thanks, I've got no money to pay you."
"Nonsense!" she shook her mane of blonde curls and her violet eyes
sparkled, "My treat pup, I like taking in stray dogs, come on!" she tugged
him inside too cheerful for his tastes. He even missed her insults.
"I'm Mai, I own this place, you can work for your keep later, right now you
look like you would die if you don't rest and eat something."
"I'm Jou." A plate of steaming thick stew and a warm loaf of bred was
placed in front of him accompanied by a big cup of ale, simple but good
food and God was he ever starving!
Jou figured that he had nothing to loose, nowhere to go, he wasn't sure why
he pursued the High Priest this far, he had known that he must've killed
Serenity the very same day she was accused. Perhaps he wanted revenge,
wanted to put a knife through the heart of a man who done that to his
precious little sister. It didn't matter any more, nothing mattered any
more, the priest was gone, escaped to wherever he came from and he was
stuck here, staying in an inn which he could never pay for due to the
kindness of the rudest loudmouth he had ever knew.
Three days have gone by; despite Mai's sharp remarks about him being a dog
she seemed nice enough. Caring, smart, pretty, she took care of him God
knows why. Jou was unhappy to find out that she was a witch, pagan, but
then again, that was no surprise to him, a lot of people here were. Why she
bothered with him was beyond him, she was pretty, rich, popular and
influential, there was nothing in this for her, yet, she insisted that he
stay and he had nowhere left to go. He gave her his horse which was the
only thing of value that he had, but from there on, he was useless.
Four days have come and gone and he barely noticed. He helped around where
he could, but he was too depressed and bitter to be good help in an inn
where he had to deal with people. Needless to say, he was not popular and
was causing more trouble then he was helping, once again, he had no idea
why Mai didn't kick him out on his second day.
Yet, she seemed happy enough, more so, she would even defend him if someone
was rude to him; maybe he had finally found a friend? Or maybe not, thought
Jou as once again he heard Mai's annoying voice refer to him as a dog.
On his fifth day Jou was actually warming up to Mai, he was still too
depressed to be happy, but she was a good support and her endless selfish
enthusiasm was a great distraction. Plus, the work was busy and hard not
giving him time to think much of his loss, he was beginning to think that
maybe he could make it; maybe he could go on after all.
As usual, things were getting to good to be true and on that same day a
young man with a mane of wild long white hair and fierce red eyes walked
into the inn followed by two city guards.
Everyone turned to look at him including Jou and Mai who came closer to see
what the commotion in her inn was.
"Who is the owner of this place?!" asked the white haired man. Jou
shivered, he looked like a demon, scary.
"I am, can I help you?" Jou had to marvel at how Mai could stand up to
people like that.
"I come from Taer, a town for days on horseback from here. I come looking
for a criminal, a killer and a thief." He paused to observe the murmurs
going around the dinner table.
"Well then, you look in the wrong place, I don't house criminals." She said
confidently and was about to turn around when the man caught her arm
roughly stopping her.
"I think you are wrong young lady. You house a boy named Jou, I hear he
works for you right."
She nodded irritated wondering what did this have to do with Jou.
"Jou is wanted in Taer. On the night he has left he has taken he life of an
old woman who has gave him shelter and the horse he came here on he stole
from the woman's rich brother who lived in the village beyond. It seems he
has you fooled my lady." The stranger's voice seemed deceivingly sweet and
carried none of the warmness that a normal voice might carry.
Red eyes flashed dangerously with satisfaction as violet ones widened with
"Jou?!" Mai turned around staring at him wide eyes and disbelief written
all over her face.
"What?! I never!"
"Impossible!" Mai stated confidently, "He would never do something like
that; you've got the wrong man!"
"No, and how then would you say a boy without a coin of money have a horse
of such an expensive breed. Why would he run it to near death if he was not
running away, what do you think those bruises and cuts are on his body? We
nearly had him, but he escaped us. But either way, I have an order to seize
him and his horse is to be returned to its rightful owner."
Mai looked at the order that was shoved in her face and there it was, all
Jou's crimes stated one by one.
"How could you?! I trusted you; I thought that you were really rushing to
save your sister! I bet you made that all up, you.you!" she had no words
Jou tried to protest as he was dragged away by the city guards and the
woman that he had thought became his friend turned her back on him. She
didn't believe him.
"Stop! What the hell are you talking about! I never killed anyone! I never
stole anything! That horse was given to me by that bastard High Priest! He
is the killer, he killed my sister!" Jou yelled at the white haired man.
"Give it up, if he killed your sister, why would he give you a horse?! You
are starting to believe your own lies!" the stranger with red eyes said out
loud but then he walked near and stared Jou right in the face.
"I'm Bakura, and of course you didn't kill the old hag, I did." He grinned
and was gone before Jou could yell again.
The struggling boy was dragged towards the city's prison and out of the
corner of his eyes he saw Bakura lead away his horse, he saw how he looked
with admiration at the beast and understood. He was being accused because
the thief could not get his horse! Enraged Jou struggled and yelled harder,
but soon he was inside the prison walls and out of the sight of people.
The moment no one could see them one guard put a knee in Jou's gut and the
other whacked him hard in his back. Jou fell to his knees coughing, he was
already hurt, the new injuries were more painful over the old then they
normally would be. Jou wondered just how much more damage could he walk
away from. A heavy door creaked open and while Jou was still stunned he was
dragged down stone stairs unresisting.
Another door and he was shoved roughly onto the floor of a stone cell. Two
mice squeaked away when his body landed heavily on the cold stones. The
door swung shut and only moments later Jou was banging on the closed
obstacle screaming for them to let him out and that he was innocent.
"You really think they are going to listen?" an amused voice was heard from
behind and Jou turned around startled.
When he was thrown here he had believed that he was alone and he was more
then surprised to find someone else in the cell with him. He looked
frightened for a moment until he got a better look at whoever was sitting
on the pile of dirty straw in the corner.
There was another young man here with him; he looked only slightly older
then he himself was, maybe sixteen, but no more then that. Sand blond hair,
violet eyes, freaky grin, tanned skin. And he spoke with an accent that
reminded him of the High Priest, Seth.
"Who the hell are you?!" Jou growled staring at the stranger eyes narrowing
"I'm Malik, you never answered my question, do you really think that they
would let you out?"
"They have to, I didn't do anything wrong."
"Do you think that they care, if you are here then you pissed someone of,
had something someone else didn't have, been someone that someone wanted
out of their way, you don't have to do anything to be here, there are lots
of reasons to be here." He grinned.
"So then, what is the reason you are here?" Jou slid down to sit on the
cold floor never looking away from this other man.
"Me? Oh, I killed someone." He grinned even wider taking in how Jou paled.
'Just great, you are stuck in a cell with a killer and he doesn't even seem
to be a sake killer, just wonderful'
"You mean, you actually?" Jou couldn't even say it, how could this other
guy state it so simply?
"Yes, the bastard touched my sister, he deserved to die! What about you,
wouldn't you kill if someone touched your sister?"
"I would never kill anyone!" Jou exclaimed but at the same moment his face
faltered, didn't he come here wishing to put a knife through the heart of
the man who killed his Serenity, wasn't he going to do just what this guy
did? Yes he was, so what right did he have to judge the man before him.
Perhaps he deserved to be here just as much, only one thing was wrong, the
killer of his sister still walked free while he was going to be hanged for
a murder and theft that he had never committed.
Malik saw Jou's face twist in anger.
"Aaah!, I struck a nerve, did I not?" he grinned. "What's your name, tell
me your story, I like hearing them."
"Jou." So for the lack of better things to do Jou proceeded to tell Malik
all that happened to him, starting from the moment Serenity got accused to
the moment he was thrown here, he told this guy everything. And when he
finished his story he stared at him waiting for some kind of reaction, but
the one he got was not the one he expected, Malik threw his head back and
"What exactly are you laughing at?!!!"
"Why?" Jou was puzzled.
"Because you are innocent, and you thought that you could ever kill. You
are right, you could never kill, if I put you in front of your priest right
now and gave you a knife, you would never sink it into his flesh, you would
not have killed him."
Jou was almost going to agree but then he thought of his little sister,
what was done to her, the bastard must've raped and then killed her! All
the anger came back to Jou.
"You are wrong, I would make an exception for that man, I would make an
exception for Alec, I would make an exception for Tea, for Tristan and for
Bakura, I would put a knife through their hearts, it's their fault, they
deserve to die for what they did!"
"Sure." Malik purred and Jou was not sure it he was laughing at him again
or if he was agreeing with him. "Go to sleep puppy, our sentence is some
time away, my sister came by yesterday, she says she was able to push my
sentence back again. They execute by cells, the longer I live, the longer
"Why bother, you are going to be executed eventually."
"Maybe, sleep." Malik pushed some straw Jou's way to make rough bedding out
The straw didn't help much, the rocks were still hard and cold and Jou
could not force himself to close his eyes with this psycho here, but after
a few hours, sleep took over, he was too tired and he passed out.
Nightmares plagued his restless night and when he finally woke up he was
just as exhausted as he was when he first went to sleep.
"I'm not going to ask you if you had a good nap there, but you better get
up, my sister will be here soon."
"She comes to visit every day?" Jou asked rubbing his eyes.
"And she's allowed to?"
"Do you have more words in your vocabulary?" Jou asked irritated by the one
"Yes." Jou had to suppress a growl, this guy was so irritating, he wanted
to strangle him.
Half an hour later the door opened and the guard let in a young woman. She
gave Jou a glance before she embraced her brother who seemed unfazed.
"You brought me some goodies?" he seemed to be more interested in food then
his sister at the moment.
"Yeah, yeah, here." She rolled her eyes and then looked at Jou. "I'm Isis,
you must be Jou."
Jou nodded scowling, that accent and that tanned skin, it was unnerving
"You don't look like a killer."
"He's not sis, he's just an unlucky idiot." Malik grinned at the glare he
was receiving from Jou seemingly satisfied that he was successfully making
Jou want to strangle him and completely unfazed by the stern look his older
sister was giving him.
"You could behave, for my sake." She scolded her brother but even though,
Jou could see the tenderness that she held for him in her eyes, she loved
this annoying brat.
"What for, I will die soon, won't I?"
"Looks like not, unfortunately. Marik will be here soon, I've got a message
that he is coming, another week and you will be out of here."
Jou sulked, the real killer would be free while he would still be hanged.
Well, at least he had a week to live, however this Marik was going to save
Malik, Isis seemed confident in his abilities.
"You know he will probably kill me right after, right sis?"
"You deserve it, now I got to run, I'll talk to you tomorrow little bro."
and she was gone with a wave of her elegant tanned hand.
"Who's Marik?" Jou looked hungrily at the food that Malik was still
"Our older brother, pray that you don't live long enough to meet him." For
once Malik seemed serious and it made Jou nervous.
"Because, Marik is scary. He is way scarier then I could ever hope to be
and if you are scared of me, you will be terrified of him."
"Whoever said I was afraid of you?!"
"You are." Malik grinned knowingly and all of a sudden Jou did not want to
meet this Marik person at all.
The week gone by faster then Jou would have wished for it to. Isis came by
every day, she was good company, nice and intelligent, but Jou could tell
that she was not his class of people. If he saw on her street she would
probably not look at him, she was beautiful, educated, smart and it seemed
rich too, she was able to pay for pushing back the sentence. He was not
rich and not educated, and while he was not stupid, he did not consider
himself a genius. It also seemed that whoever Marik was, he was wealthier
then both Malik and Isis, more powerful and it also seemed like he was the
head of the family, the eldest son. It didn't appear that they had a father
and Malik would not talk about it, neither would Isis, she actually seemed
hurt every time Jou tried to ask so he stopped trying.
When the week was up Jou was actually shocked to find out that he had liked
Malik's company too, the annoying, arrogant, egoistic and psychotic boy who
shared his cell somehow made a place in Jou's heart, the hear that he
didn't think he had any more.
He would never admit it and he still didn't trust Malik at all, even less
now, but he was now actually glad that the guy would live. Somehow, he
almost considered the psycho his friend for the past week Malik was always
able to come up with the most wrong things to say that would still somehow
make Jou feel better.
This was a special day, the day before Isis said that the ship that carried
Marik would come this morning. Malik waited anxiously for her visit that
day and so did Jou, although the visit would not bring good news for him.
But that day Isis never came and despite the fact that Jou told himself he
shouldn't be, he was still worried.
Malik just looked pissed of, as if it never occurred to him that something
could have gone wrong, he didn't look one bit worried. 'How can he do
that?' wondered Jou, this was his life that they were talking about, if
something, anything went wrong with the ship or something happened to Isis,
Malik was a goner, and still he was just mad, not worried at all.
"Don't you at least have the decency to be concerned, for all you know the
ship could've sunk and you are going to be executed."
"You are an idiot, Marik's ships don't sink, he makes sure they are well
made and he is too good of a captain to get into trouble at sea, he is
here." Malik sounded so confident and matter-of-factly. Once again Jou
wanted to slam his head into the wall, Marik had his own ships, was their
captain and this is when Malik decided to tell him?! Apparently Jou
seriously underestimated just how rich the Ishtar family was, no wonder
Isis had no doubt that when Marik was here Malik would be freed no
Jou just kept staring at Malik who had that usual grin on his face.
"Jerk." Jou turned away from him pouting, he remembered that Malik didn't
tell him anything unless he asked, and even then there was no guarantee
that he was not lying.
Malik only snickered, he enjoyed making Jou mad, especially since it was so
That night Jou slept uneasy, he tossed and turned, but he couldn't really
fall asleep well. Morning came and he didn't want to get up, he almost
hoped that Isis would not come again, but when the time for her visit came
so did she.
Jou almost expected her to be with someone else, but she was surprisingly
"So, where's the jerk, was his ship late?" greeted her Malik. Ignoring her
brother Isis nodded to Jou and gave him his portion of the goodies that she
has been bringing for both of them.
"His ship was on time, he arrived yesterday morning."
"So why the hell am I still here?!!" Malik was getting dangerously pissed
"He thought that there was no rush getting you out, he is taking care of it
now, you will be out in an hour or so."
"Why so long?!" it seemed like a few more moments and Malik would combust.
"He's taking his time." Isis grinned giving her brother a wink as she left
the cell. Now Jou could fully understand why Malik has been so angry
yesterday, apparently he knew that his brother would do something like
that. He could be out of here yesterday in no time, but it seemed like his
brother liked to 'take his time'. If this was him, Jou would be angry too,
Carefully edging away from Malik who was currently radiating anger in waves
from him Jou eyed him warily, he was almost debating to scream for help
when Malik shrugged and grinned proceeding to wink at the paler then usual
"How many timed have I felt the urge to strangle you, why haven't I yet?"
questioned Jou rolling his eyes and shaking his head, he could never
understand Malik and it didn't look like he will be trying to understand
him for much longer anyways.
An hour later a guard came in and announced that Malik was to get up and
"Get out of here asshole." Jou grinned, despite all happy to see Malik
leave this place, he wished he could come with him, but it didn't look like
he would be going anywhere, the guard who was giving him warning looks
would make sure of it.
Surprisingly Malik didn't sneer or gave a sarcastic comment, he looked at
Jou with his expression unreadable and waved, then left.
'There he goes; a complete mystery.' thought Jou as he stared grimly at the
cold rocks of the cell, all alone once again.
Night came and Jou went to sleep, he had cried before. Apparently he had
never known just how lonely a cell can be when you are all by yourself. No
wonder Isis came to visit Malik every day, you can go crazy here all by
Morning came and it brought nothing but despair, there didn't seem anything
to look forward to in a day, he was all by himself and he wished now that
his sentence would be faster, dragging out life like this was too painful.
Even though Jou wished that, later that day, when a guard came into his
cell and told him to get up, his heart nearly stopped. Suddenly he wished
to live, he wished he had more time, he wished even that he ad stayed home
with Alec, anything, just not this. He hadn't expected his sentence to be
so soon, was it time already?
Of course, he didn't have anyone to pay for him to push back his sentence,
he was going to hang and it was going to happened tonight. Jou whimpered as
he was handled roughly and led down long corridors.
The blonde was stunned when he was pushed outside and there was no crowd,
no extra guards, no rope to hand him by, it seemed like a regular
afternoon, what was going on?
The guard kept leading him until they were by the harbor in a small street.
There, he saw three people, two of whom he recognized as Malik and Isis. As
he had expected, they were dressed nicely, cleaned up and wearing enough
gold to buy his entire village.
Then his eyes traveled to the last person and he froze. Malik was right, he
did not want to ever meet his person. He was taller then Malik and Isis who
were both taller then Jou himself, strong muscular figure, wide shoulders,
tanned flawless skin.
His head was adorned in a crown of sand colored hair that stood up in
devilish spikes, his eyes were outlined with black and they were such a
bright burning shade of purple, so piercing that it seemed one could drown
in them. There seemed to be a storm in his eyes. And his face, it looked
pure evil, almost inhuman, the grin on it made him look not just scary, but
Jou gulped as he was pushed in front of him.
"He is all yours Lord Marik, I'm out of here." The guard proceeded to exit
as fast as he could and Jou couldn't blame him, right now he would rather
be in his cell then facing this man, more like the devil himself then a man
"So you are Jou. Malik has been telling me about you, intriguing." Marik's
voice purred, so smooth and deep with a heavier accent then even Seth had,
so exotic. He stepped forward moving with a grace of a predator, so
alluring and beautiful, he screamed danger.
Jou seemed to have forgotten how to move and how to speak at the same time,
he forgot to even question why he was here.
"My little brother seems to like something about you. That fact alone is
enough for me to grant you life. I paid for you, you are free now, but
there are things my baby brother told me about you that make me want to get
better acquainted with you." He grinned again now standing right in front
of Jou and very much towering over him, as if he wasn't already
"Really?" you managed to squeak and recoil from the man. It felt like being
near him was suffocating, as if he was radiating the heat of hell itself,
Jou wasn't sure any more is he was talking to a man or the devil.
"Yes, my brother says you were wronged, he says you want revenge. I like
revenge, so here's what I'm going to do." Marik leaned in and purred into
Jou's ear, he was circling the boy like a predator circling prey, Jou
almost felt like he was going to pounce any moment, but his words caught
the blonde's attention, he wanted revenge, now more then ever.
"I can offer you your revenge. I can offer you to see your adoptive father
in pain, his friend, crushed. I can let you see your so called best friends
crying at your feet. The thief that had robbed you and got you thrown into
prison, destroyed." Marik's hands descended on Jou's shoulders, smoldering
hot, everything about this man seemed so suffocating, so burning.
Jou jumped and whirled around to face the man, he had never noticed how he
had gotten behind him even though he knew that Marik was moving, had that
smooth voice really intoxicated, hypnotized him so much?
Marik grinned and roughly turned Jou back around to his back was to him.
Marik's arms went around Jou, long slender fingers wrapped around Jou's
thin pale throat, almost gently. Jou shivered and swallowed in fear, this
guy was a complete nutcase, but there was something so irresistible about
that voice, he was so evil, this was like sin.
"There's more Jou, I can help you crush Seth." Jou stiffened at the name
all the hatred he felt for the man flooding into his eyes. Just for a brief
moment Marik's fingered tightened around Jou's throat and the boy became
painfully aware of his situation, his position, the slender delicate
looking hands contained crushing power.
Jou nodded unable for form much words, or even one coherent thought.
"Good, you would like that, wouldn't you?" Jou felt Marik's hot breath on
his ear and he could almost feel him grin.
"Y-yes I would." He was sure of it, he would give anything to get revenge
against the people who hurt him and his sister, anything was worth it to
see them in the same kind of pain that he was in.
"But you know, everything comes at a price, what would you be willing to
pay to get your revenge?"
"Anything!" Jou's eyes were burning with heat of anger, anger directed
towards those who hurt his sister and him, somehow, Marik seemed to be
fueling his anger and for the second time Jou wondered if he was talking to
a man, or the devil.
"Very well, here's my price. Your revenge, anything you like done to anyone
you wish in exchange for your freedom."
Jou blinked, what did that mean?
"I help you Jou, and you become my slave, my property, I do with you as I
like, you do as I tell you to. I help you and you belong to me."
Jou's instinct was to say 'no way' right away, his nature rebelled against
such a price, but then Serenity's beautiful face flashed in his mind and he
hesitated. What was it, his freedom, or his revenge. What did he want more,
avenge his sister, make everyone pay, or did he want to be free?
He looked up startled to meet with a pair of violet eyes and he didn't know
what to say, anger was battling with free spirit inside of him and his fate
and life were now defined by two words, yes, or no.
AN: Next chapter, find out, what will Jou's decision be. Will he says yes,
get his revenge and agree to be Marik's slave, or will he say no and go
free. If he goes free, will Marik pursue him, or maybe Marik will not let
him go in the first place. What does the psychopath want from Jou in the
first place? And if Jou says yet, find out what kind of revenge can Marik's
twisted mind think up. What is Jou's life coming to?
Also, next chapter find out what happened to Bakura, Ryou makes his first
appearance and Jou becomes even more evil then he is in this chapter.
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