|The Crimson Eye Keeper
Author: uzai sagi PM
Mandy Kuso was a girl who dreamed to become the best duelist like her mother once was. But when the Crimson Dragon gives her the crimson eyes, her life completely changes after her 15th birthday. YuseixOC some JackxOCRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Yūsei F. - Chapters: 22 - Words: 55,647 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 05-04-13 - Published: 02-18-12 - id: 7849264
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This is the next chapter people, and I'm glad that you have all been patient. If you haven't, I'm on a busy fucking schedule okay!
Disclaimer: other than my oc's, I don't own shit
Read and review. Or don't. I don't care-.-
Mandy and the twins had Yusei laying on the couch, our heroine softly patting his cheek to make sure he was asleep,... or unless he was dead. Nah, I'm joking!
They had to carry him inside, and he may be healthy but boy was he heavey! They were practicly trying not to drag him down the hall.
"So, how did you know he was coming, Mandy?" Leo asked.
"I don't know," Mandy answered. "I just felt that something was coming."
"Do you think he's okay?" Luna asked, worried about his wounds.
"He's fine, Luna, don't worry."
Luna saw the mark on Yuseis face and became shocked. "Mandy, he has a mark just like you!"
"So," Leo said, "what's wrong with that?"
"Remember the guy who used to clean the pool? Well, he had a mark just like it. When Dad saw that mark, he fired him. That means he's a bad person."
"That's not true! Mandy's got a mark and Dad didn't fire her!"
"Only because he knew it was for my own good, Leo," Mandy said. "This is different, but he's a good person. Talk to his cards and see for youself, Luna."
Luna looked at her big sister with uncertainty, but did what she said and placed her hand on Yusei's deck.
"So what do they say, Luna?" Leo asked.
"They say he's a good person, but he's sad."
"Sad about what?"
"Something a little personal, Leo," Mandy answered. "I've talked to them myself, and they asked me not to tell you guys about it."
Yusei then begins to wake up and immediately the twins began to panic.
"Where am I?" he asked.
"You're in our apartment," Luna answered. "We found you in the alley last night downstairs-"
"You wrecked your bike-" Leo then said, and it just went back and forth.
"You wouldn't wake up for a while-"
"So we brought you up here!"
"You were heavey!"
Mandy smiled and shook her head. "Bringing you up here was my idea."
"Yeah," Leo said, "she looked like she knew you were coming and came to the rescue and-"
"Okay, why don't we introduce ourselves," Mandy interupted quickly.
"Oh, yeah! I'm Leonard, but please call me Leo. This is my sister, Luna. We're twins, in case you haven't noticed; not identical twins, obviously. She's a she, and I'm a he. Oh, and this is Mandy, she's our babysitter, but most of the time we like to call her our big sister."
Yusei had picked up his deck when Leo introduced him to Mandy, who wasn't planning on telling them she had already met him anytime soon.
"So, uh, Mister, what's your name?"
Yusei looked at all of them, and then looked at Leo. "I have no idea."
Mandy frowned, but nodded. "Amnesia... Must've hit your head pretty hard." Mandy then got up from the couch. "Now, who's hungry?"
"WE ARE!" the twins shouted.
Mandy chuckled at their enthusiasm, then looked to Yusei. "How 'bout you, Amnesia Man?"
Yusei raised an eyebrow in confusion. "Amnesia Man?"
The twins snickered and Mandy giggled while saying, "Gotta call ya something, don't I?"
"Well, thanks but no thanks." However, once he said that his stomache growled, causing him to blush slightly and Mandy to roll her eyes.
"Yeah, tell that to your stomache." Once that was said, she went into the kitchen and started making her famous homemade chicken stir fry.
"I never met anyone with amnesia before," Leo said.
"Where are we?" Yusei asked as he looked around.
"Check this out," Leo said as he waved his hand making the shades open.
"Leo, just answer his question and tell him where we are," Luna complained, but he ignored her.
"Cool, huh? It's on a motion sensor. We've also got-"
"This is our apartment in the area called the Tops."
Mandy smiled and shook her head. Hey, she loves them, but they argue too much.
"Nice, huh? It's the best place in New Domino City; only super rich people can live here."
"Guys, no fighting," Mandy warned calmly. "We have a guest, remember?"
The twins looked at the ground. "Right." "Sorry."
Mandy continued to add a few vegetables to the stir fry as Yusei looked at her. "You look familiar. Do I know you from somewhere?"
Mandy looked at him and raised her eyebrow. "No. Do I look like I have that kind of face?"
The twins looked at them in curiosity.
"I think I've seen you before, but I don't know when or where."
"I'll take that as a 'yes' then."
As they started eating, Mandy got a little distracted by Kittybat trying to mess with Sonic Chick.
'Kittybat, leave Sonic Chick alone!' Kittybat mewed in annoyance, but did what she said and left the chicken alone.
Yusei couldn't help but look at Mandy every now and then, still wondering if he had seen her before or not. Once they were all done, they got his clothes and gave it to him.
"Now that you got your jacket on, take a deep breath and say 'My name is' and then say your name," Leo suggested.
"He's tried that ten times," Luna said annoyed. "It's obviously not working, Leo."
"Well, it worked on tv," Leo said.
"Leo, tv's different from reality," Mandy stated. "Not everything happens for real."
"There was this guy on this show one time; he was helping people remember things they forgot, like where they left their keys and stuff."
Yusei looked over his shoulder and saw pictures and action figures of Jack Atlas.
"Hey, whatcha lookin' at?"
"Those..." Yusei replied. All three of his hosts looked at the stuff... Look, I know I need to be specific, but come on, he's an ass.
"Huh? Oh, that's my shrine!" Mandy grimaced as Leos eyes seem to brighten. "Jack Atlas is like my all time hero. He's the greatest; no one can beat him in a turbo duel!" The twins didn't notice Mandy smile to herself as she recalled the last duel Yusei had with Jack. "And one day, I'm gonna be a champ, just like Jack!"
"You can't even ride a normal bike," Luna commented.
"I stayed up for 12 seconds, last time I tried! Anyway, does Jack Atlas mean anything to you?"
"Yeah, but I don't know why..." Yusei answered. Mandy frowned.
"I figured as much," she said.
Yusei looks at her, confused as to why she talked so sourly about Jack.
"Oh yeah, Mandy doesn't like him at all, though," Leo said once he noticed the confused look Yusei was giving her.
"He bugs her all the time, of course she doesn't like him," Luna stated sourly at Leo.
"Bugs her?" Yusei asked looking at the twins.
"Yeah," Leo answers, "like calling her nonstop, visiting her school, sending her flowers."
"The other day he got her new number and called her," Luna mentioned. "She freaked out from it. Mandy gets really tired of him easily, and he gives her a big headache, too."
"Plus, her high school enemy, Lisa, harasses her everyday! Keeps calling her mean names, and always challenges her to a duel. But Mandy always wins."
"Is this some sort of crush Jack has on you?" Yusei asks Mandy, making her lean on the arm of the couch.
"Unfortunately, yes," she answers in disgust. "He's been this way towards me for two years, all because of who my mother was."
"Your mother?" Yusei asks, raising an eyebrow.
"Oh, yeah! Her mom was a famous duelist from the Satellite known as Chloe Kitsune," Leo said. "She was a legend! And guess what, Mandy's gonna be the Queen of Games someday, just like her mom!"
"Wow," Yusei said in amazement, looking at Mandy. "Your mom must've been pretty amazing."
Mandy smiled sadly. "Yeah, she was."
The twins frown at her sad tone. They knew she missed her mother, and they hated seeing her sad everytime she thought about her.
"Okay, let's get back to the main topic here. You and Jack Atlas."
"Yeah! Maybe you're a fan of his, too, or maybe you wanted to duel him! You are a turbo duelist," Leo said.
"How'd you know that?" Yusei asked.
"Uh... because we found you next to that duel runner." Leo pointed to the corner.
"Basicly," Mandy said, "it was a lucky guess."
"Mandy's got one, too! She inheritated it from her mom, and it's so awesome when you see it!"
"Her dad gave it to her for her birthday," Luna mentioned with a smile.
"That sounds interesting," Yusei said walking to Mandy's side as she walked to his runner. "Is your dad a duelist, too?"
"No, but he works at the Kaiba Dome," Mandy answered. "Works with Director Rex Goodwin, to be more specific, which also means... he works for Jack Atlas." Mandy groaned as she said that last part.
"You really don't like him, do you?"
"Am I right about you?" Leo asked Yusei excitedly. "Are you a big time duelist who is in town to duel Jack?"
"I don't think I'm a big time anything," Yusei answered touching the bike.
"Maybe you should try hypnotizing him, Leo," Luna said sarcasticly.
"Luna," Mandy said in a warning tone as she put her hands on her hips.
"Sorry," Luna said.
Leo glared at his sister before running to the shrine, grabbing an envelope, and going to Yusei to give it to him. "Mister, maybe you have one of these. I'll take it out, you tell me if it looks familiar."
"Okay," Yusei said.
Leo opened the envelope and showed Yusei a picture of a trophy.
"Well, does this ring any bell?"
"The Fortune Cup?" Yusei asked. Leo nodded.
"Yeah! It's this big tournament between a bunch of people Kaiba Corps. randomly selected; it's gonna be huge! And, hey, hey, get this! They selected me, I'm gonna be in the-"
"Actually, they selected me and Mandy," Luna interupted, making Leo growl.
"Technically, they selected Luna, but she's too scared to enter. So I'm going to pretend to be her, and then enter, and then win that thing!... That is, if I don't go against Mandy." Leo seemed scared at the thought of dueling Mandy, making her smirk.
"No one is going to believe that you're me, Leo," Luna said. Leo growled and ran to his sister.
"Why wouldn't they believe? We're twins, we look just alike!"
"I'm a girl, I'm pretty."
"I'll wear make-up."
"Leo wears make-up! Leo wears make-up!"
"You know what I think, Luna? You're jealous."
"Why are we even arguing about this? We still have a bad guy in our house." Leo became angry at this.
"You don't even kow for sure if he's a bad guy! He probably got framed for a crime he didn't commit!" Mandy frowned and looked nervously at Yusei before looking at the ground in guilt. "That happens, you know. I saw it on tv."
"Um... he's still in the room," Luna whispered. Leo looked dumbfounded and then look at Yusei.
"Thanks for trying to help me and everything, but this Fortune Cup thing isn't ringing any bells," Yusei said as he threw the card over to where Leo had it. "I should get going."
As he was going to leave, Mandy grabs the back of his jacket and pulls him back, making him look at her in confusion.
"Uh-uh-uh," she says as she wags her finger. "We still haven't figured out who you are. And going out into the city by yourself won't help any."
"Yeah, she's right," Leo said. Mandy got an idea, and knelt down to whisper something in Leos ear. Leo brightened. "Cool! Hold on!" Leo ran to a closet.
"Just let him go, Le-" Mandy held up her finger as a way of interupting Luna, who immediately closed her mouth.
"No wait!... Just uh... alright!" Leo brightened as he got his duel disk on. Mandy smiled and nodded as he ran back to them. "Before you go, Mister, I've got one more idea. I challenge you to a duel, Mister Amnesia Man!"
"He's got more important things to do-" Luna was saying, but Mandy cut her off
"Luna," she warned.
"Dueling might help him remember who he is. It showed my mother who she was."
"Yeah, and I saw it on tv once," Leo said. "Jack was giving an interview and he said that 'When dueling, the duelist feels who he really is'. So if you duel, you might remember who you are, right, Mandy?"
"Come one, come on! Let's duel!" Leo shouted until his disk slid down his arm, making Mandy giggle. "Dumb thing never stays on... This is emberassing." Leo tried to get it fixed as Yusei looked at him, seeing an image of a friend of his. "Just give me a second. I'll fix it up and we'll be good to go."
Yusei smiled slightly. "You know, I think you remind of somebody. I don't know who, but... this might work. Let's do this."
"You mean it?" Leo asked in excitement. Mandy ruffled his hair. Yusei pushed button and his duel disk was unlocked.
"Sweet! Good thing you remember how to do that," Leo said, making Mandy roll her eyes. "Oh man, I'm gonna show you moves you've never seen before!" Leo did some arm movements before his disk slid down again.
Mandy chuckled. "Here, let me help you with that." She took them out to the pool edge and worked on Leos disk.
"So where are your parents?" Yusei asked.
"They're on a really important buisness trip," Leo answered.
"They're always on buisness trips," Luna said, "but at least we have Mandy to take care of us."
"Mandy's in charge of us with some tutors that come here every now and then, and mostly-"
"What they mean is that I have taken care of them for years," Mandy said.
"Luna doesn't understand that just having Mandy around instead of our parents is the coolest."
"I see," Yusei said in amusement.
Mandy tampered with the disk a little more and was soon finished. "There we go!"
"Uh... it's perfect," Leo said as he waved his arm a little. "Thanks, Mandy."
She smiled and went to sit on the bench with Luna.
"What do you say?" Yusei asked. "You ready to duel? You can have the first turn, Leo." Yusei walked a few feet away from Leo.
Luna looked nervously at Leo, but Mandy ruffled her hair in assurance.
"I should warn you, my deck rules," Leo said.
"I'm sure it does," Yusei replied.
"Here we go!"
(Okay, I'm skipping to the end. My brain is mush when it comes to some of the duel scenes okay)
"I sure hope the amazing Leo is ready for an amazing move by my Nitro Warrior," Yusei said.
His Nitro Warrior attacked one of Leos cellphone monsters. Leos lifepoints went to 2000.
"The crowd is not liking this," Leo said nervously.
"The crowd definitely won't like Nitro's special ability... See, when it destroys a monster in battle, it can switch a monster you have in defense mode into attack mode, and then it can battle against that monster. So I'm switching your Cell-Fan in attack mode!"
"No way!" Leo shouted.
"Sorry, but yes way. Nitro Warrior, attack Cell-Fan with Dynamite Crunch!"
As soon as he said it, Cell-Fan was crushed, making Leos lifepoints go to 0. Leo looked like we wanted to cry, making Mandy and Luna go to his side.
"Leo," Luna said, "don't cry when you lose..."
"I'm not crying," Leo said wiping his eyes.
"Yeah, don't be upset," Yusei said walking over to them. "Dueling you helped me remember who I really am. So thanks for helping me get my memory back." Mandy smiled. "So how 'bout I give you some pointers for helping me out. See, you're a really good duelist, but by spending your time and energy trying to get your monsters where you want them to be, you didn't leave room to aniticipate any counter attacks. Your Morph-tronics can adapt, now it's time for you to learn to do the same. Jack Atlas certainly can."
Leo looked down and Luna put a hand on his shoulder.
"I thought you did really good, Leo," Luna said.
"Yeah, and didn't I teach you that you have to adapt to your opponent, Leo?" Mandy said, making him look at her.
"Sorry, Mandy," he apologised. "I guess I forgot. I was just so excited that-"
Mandy kissed his cheek. "I know, Leo. I'm actually glad that you've started to improve."
"So are you gonna tell us who you are?" Leo asked Yusei. Mandy looked at Yusei with a sad smile.
"I'm not sure if that's a good idea," Yusei said and walked away.
"Oh, come on. Pleeeaaasse?"
"You see this marker?" Yusei pointed to his cheek. "Trust me, the less you know about me, the safer you will be."
"Come on, if I don't know who you are, then how can I be your friend?"
"I think that's kinda the point, Leo," Luna said pouting. "He's saying he can't be our friend."
"Yes he can!" Leo argued.
"At least crash with us for the night, stranger," Mandy suggested. "It's getting late."
"Yeah, and maybe in the morning you can tell us who you are!"
"I'll think about that," Yusei said smiling.
"Think about telling us, yes," Mandy stated, "but you're staying the night, mister."
"Whatever you say."
Hours had passed and Mandy was getting ready for bed. Leo and Luna were already asleep, thanks to Yusei's help.
Mandy walked into the livingroom and saw Yusei with the light on. Curious, she walked over and saw the twins duel disks and couple of screwdrivers.
"Leaving goodbye presents, I see," Mandy said.
"Yeah, just thought I'd give 'em a little something as my way of saying thank you," Yusei replied.
"Leo was the main reason."
"But it was your idea wasn't it?"
Mandy became surprised, but smiled. "Yeah, but I don't like to take credit for it."
Yusei looked her over, and yes, she was breath-takingly beautiful. Though she was wearing a blue shirt which had the sleeves ending at her elbows and blue thin striped pants and had her hair in a low ponytail, she was like an angel. Yusei shook his head, making Mandy confused.
Mandy shrugged and got up from the couch, walking into the kitchen. "Well, if you're going to leave, you should at least have some leftovers."
Yusei seemed shocked. "How-"
"Lucky guess," she interupted walking back with a styrofome box. "Plus, my mom was the same way when a couple helped her out."
"I see," he said. "So Jack bothers you, huh?"
"Ugh! Please, I'd rather not talk about that."
Yusei rubbed his neck. "Right. Sorry."
"Don't be," Mandy said smiling.
Yusei returned her smile, and once again gazed into her eyes. She still had that same sparkle that made them look beautiful.
"Okay, you're looking at me like that again and it's creeping me out," Mandy giggled, snapping Yusei out of his trance.
"S-sorry!" Oh crap, he stuttered...
"'Sokay, it's not like you mean any harm."
Soon they were out the door and into the elevator.
"I hate to duel and dash, but it's for their own good," Yusei said. "If I stick around here any longer, it'll get you guys into more trouble."
Mandy nodded. "I understand. My mom did the same thing with the couple when she was on the run."
Yusei looked intensely at her. "You know, you didn't have to pretend we've never met before, Mandy."
"I know, but see they wouldn't understand if I told them the whole story. It gets pretty complicated."
"I understand... I have one question I'd like to ask you." Mandy nodded, allowing him to go on. "Why did you run away back at the Facility? I never got a chance to talk to you."
Mandy looked down in guilt. "Because... I thought you'd be mad at me for not helping you. I wanted to help you escape, really, but Jack held me back. No matter how hard I tried to fight, he wouldn't let me go. So when I saw you again, I got scared."
Yusei took in everything she said and could tell that she indeed wanted to help, but couldn't because of Jack. He placed a hand on her shoulder.
"I'm not angry with you, Mandy. In fact, I actually wanted to say thank you for trying to help me." Mandy looked at him in shock. "You're the first person of this city who has ever showed me any kindness. From what I've heard from the guys at the Facility, you're a lot like your mom. Yanagi and Tanner have told me a little bit about your life growing up, and I want to say that I'm sorry for what happened to your mother. I can see that it must've been hard without her, but I'm glad that you were able to pull through."
Mandy was still shocked, but she smiled. "I'm glad to hear that."
Yusei returned her smile. "They also told me about Jack bothering you, and the whole Lisa-"
Mandy grimaced, but she still smiled awkwardly. "Yeah, I figured they'd tell you that, but like I said I really don't want to talk about it."
"Hey," Mandy said sadly, "I'm sorry for what Jack did to you in the past. I really am."
Yusei shook his head. "There's nothing you could've done to prevent it, Mandy."
"But if there was something I could've done, I'd do it."
Yusei smiled at her. "I'm sure you would."
Mandy returned his smile.
Once the elevator stopped, they both stepped out and Yusei got on his runner.
"Promise you won't forget us?" Mandy asked.
"I won't, trust me," Yusei replied.
"Good. And also..." Mandy leaned down and kissed his cheek. "Thank you for saving my life." Yusei blushed at this sudden action, causing Mandy to giggle. "See ya, Yusei." Then she walked into the elevator.
Yusei soon snapped out of it and revved up and rode away.
Once he was further away from the Tops, Yusei reached his hand to his cheek. He could still feel the warmth on his face, but her kiss was nice. Something he never would've expected.
Then Trudge rode in front of him. "I was starting to think that you didn't like me."
Yusei grunted as he tried to slow down, since Trudge was blocking his path.
"I'm taking you in, Yusei. So you gonna come in quietly?"
Yusei just revved up and turned around.
"That's what I was hoping you would-" Then they both get blinded by a light. "What the?"
A car door opened and Lazar stepped out and walked toward them.
"Officer Trudge, aren't you supposed to be guarding the 'Candles and Calendar Keyas' at the outer rim mall?" Lazar mocked.
"I didn't get your name, short stack!" Trudge barked.
"I'm special deputy, Lazar," he said pulling out his ID. "I work for the directed general, and I outrank you. Sorry" Lazar then laughed.
"How come I've never heard of you?" Trudge demanded shocked.
"I'm on official buisness, Officer Trudge. I would advise you to leave the area immediately."
"This bug is a menace! He stole that duel runner from the Ambassador Center, he-"
"Officer! There is very little room in this city for street cops who don't know their place or when to shut their mouths."
Trudge shook with anger.
"So what official 'buisness' are you on?" Yusei asked as Lazar reached into his inner pocket.
"A delivery," he answered handing him an envelope, "for a Mr. Yusei Fudo."
Yusei opened the envelope and his eyes grow wide at the picture of his friends in the Satellite.
"We would like you to participate in the Fortune Cup. If you refuse, the people you see in that photograph will pay the penalty for the rouge actions you took in taking the runner." He walked away, but then turned back around. "Oh, and don't think we won't let your heroic deed in saving Miss Mandy Kuso go unrewarded. You've made yourself quite the hero. Have a good evening." He then got back in the car.
Yusei crushed the invitation and glared at the retreating car.