A/N: Finally, I get the next chapter up! Sorry for the wait,
sports fans. Beware the hints of shounen ai, all ye who enter
here. Eh, if you survived the prologue, you'll survive this.
Yuugi's head hurt. Mostly because his other side had been
whining all morning about Jounouchi, the mysterious dark boy who
was apparently dating the moon if you knew anything about
Chinese, and just ghosts in general. Bakura seemed to be
suffering from similar problems, and by the time their morning
classes were over, both boys would've dearly loved to have
someone on hand to strangle.
Unfortunately for their blood pressure, Jounouchi was absent, so
instead the entire group got to spend the morning panicking
about his whereabouts and, of course, discussing . . .
"Since WHEN can Jounouchi see ghosts?!" Anzu demanded as soon as
lunch began. "Since when do ghosts even EXIST?!"
"What, the half-dozen 'other sides' running around town don't
count?" Honda asked dryly.
"You're taking this whole situation rather well," Bakura
observed, raising the proverbial eyebrow.
Honda shrugged. "It's just more magic. No big deal."
"Of course it's a big deal!" Yuugi protested, throwing his hands
up in anxiety. "Something is weird about this- Jounouchi-kun
never even mentioned it to us!"
"Did he really have to say anything?" Honda shrugged again. "I
already knew that he saw stuff that other people didn't- I just
didn't know it was really there. Figured he was a bit nutty,
but I never really cared, y'know? At the time I first noticed
it, he was my only real friend. That was the only thing that
seemed to matter."
"He could've been very sick!" Bakura cried in horror. "You
should have told someone, Honda-kun!"
Honda's eyes narrowed. "Jounouchi doesn't like head doctors
very much," he said solemnly, as if that one sentence could
explain everything in the world.
"Bakura, the other you- he said he saw them too, right?" Anzu
asked after a moment of slightly worried silence.
"Of course I did," Bakura answered arrogantly, a familiar light
coming into his eyes and the Millennium Ring emerging from
beneath his shirt. "After all, aren't I as dead as any of the
"I am also dead. Technically, at least," Yuugi pointed out- or
more precisely, his darker half pointed out as the Puzzle
flashed gold and his body shifted into a more confident posture.
"But I can't see them. Sensing the dead- especially the angry
dead- is usually a simple enough task, but actually seeing them,
as if they still had their physical bodies? That is not
something that I've even dealt with before."
Bakura looked particularly smug at that comment, and the former
pharaoh was suitably annoyed at being outdone in any way by a
lowly tomb robber. However, the possibility of violence and/or
quarreling between the pair was forgotten as a certain teenaged
CEO slunk over and all possibilities of violence became the ones
between Seto Kaiba and Yuugi Mutou's other half.
"Where's the puppy dog, Yuugi?" Kaiba asked with a smirk that
implied impending doom.
"Right here!" a cheerful voice announced, and Kaiba yelped in
shock as he was suddenly embraced from behind.
"Jounouchi-kun?!" Yuugi yelped, his eyes bugging out at the
sight of Katsuya Jounouchi not only hugging Seto Kaiba, but also
seeming perfectly happy about it. No doubt "seeming" was the
key word, but it was still a rather disturbing sight, feigned or
"What do you want, puppy dog?" Kaiba growled, face reddening in
"A dog, am I?" Jounouchi pouted in a way that looked
terrifically disturbing coming from a high school student, then
suddenly gave a wicked grin. "Well, if you say so, Seto-chan."
And he promptly licked Kaiba's cheek.
Yuugi and Anzu simultaneously twitched, Honda rolled his eyes,
and Bakura burst into sadistic laughter and cheered at the
vaguely horrified look on Kaiba's face.
"What the HELL was that?!" Kaiba half-shrieked, yanking out of
the blonde's grasp. Instead of waiting for an answer, however,
he chose the better part of valor by retreating quickly and with
"WHY did you just do that?" Yuugi hissed, his eyes sparking red
and looking ready to punish Jounouchi with extremely violent
"Had a feeling it'd get him to leave," Jounouchi explained with
a faint grin. "Hey; y'know, he kinda tastes like- "
"WE DON'T WANNA KNOW!" Anzu and Yuugi shrieked in perfect
"Jounouchi, where have you been?" Honda demanded.
"I have exorcised the demons!" Jounouchi folded his hands and
took on a rapturous expression. "This house . . . is clear."
"That's it, no more pirated dubs for you," Honda muttered as
everyone gave the other boy very weird looks.
"But it was a good movie!" Jounouchi whined.
"People said that about 'Princess Mononoke,' " Honda retorted.
Jounouchi LOOMED like the dark shadow of death. "You did NOT
just diss Ashitaka," he growled.
"Can we please focus here?!" Anzu yelled. "Jounouchi, where
were you?! Please tell me you didn't stay in that damned park
"I didn't," he replied. "I had to leave around three and track
down the ghost of a little girl who'd run off. She was scared
away when the other spirits got angry- I barely beat the Tatari-
Mokke to her."
"The what?" Yuugi asked in confusion, the original finally
taking control again.
"Tatari-Mokke," Bakura clarified calmly, smirking and hooking
his hair behind his ears. "It is a creature that takes
children's souls to Hell and turns them into evil spirits."
Anzu and Yuugi shared horrified looks at the statement.
"That's terrible!" Anzu cried. "What a monster!"
"Not exactly. The Tatari-Mokke only takes children to Hell if
it can't soothe their anger with its flute's music and convince
them to go to the other side," Jounouchi corrected, taking a
seat between Honda and Yuugi. "It protects them until they can
safely cross over into the realm of the dead with a Shinigami's
"Shinigami . . . That's a god of death, right?" Honda inquired,
still far more composed than the others. "But if the Tatari-
Mokke only wanted to calm her, why'd you have to stop it?"
"Unfinished business," Jounouchi replied. "She most likely
wouldn't have gone without finishing it, and then it would've
had to send her to Hell."
"What was the business?" Anzu asked.
Jounouchi blinked in surprise and suddenly turned to Yuugi with
a puzzled look. "You know, I honestly forgot to ask. What was
"Eh?" Yuugi gave him an odd look before realizing that the other
boy was actually looking at the empty space over his shoulder,
not Yuugi himself. Honda cast a quick glance around to make
sure there was no one watching the other boy talking to
Meanwhile, Jounouchi was turning slightly green. "Um, Mayu-
chan, I may not be an expert on family relationships, but I
really don't think you should kill Satoru. He IS your brother .
. . no, I'm not siding with anyone, I just think- okay now, I
SERIOUSLY doubt that ANY member of your family wanted you to die
like that . . . Because burning to death hurts a lot . . . um,
it's really none of your business how I know that."
"That is just freaky," Anzu muttered, crossing her arms and
giving Jounouchi a weird look.
"I like her," Bakura remarked lightly, leaning back and crossing
his ankles. "She's neat."
"You just say that 'cuz she's homicidal," Honda retorted,
mimicking the position and closing his eyes.
"True," the tomb robber admitted with a shrug.
Jounouchi rolled his eyes. "You're both idiots," he muttered.
"Look who's talking," the duo retorted in perfect unison, then
scowled at each other.
"Enough, okay?" Anzu cut in. "Jounouchi, you've still got
explaining to do."
"Later, Anzu," he promised, sighing and getting back to his
feet. "Right now, though . . . Get back, Mayu."
"The Tatari-Mokke has come for its due," Bakura said in an
"Wait, what?!" Yuugi demanded, alarm creeping into his voice.
"That creature you were talking about- it's HERE?"
Bakura grinned. "Well . . . Let's just say, you'd better pray
koinu-kun here's smarter than he acts, eh, Yuugi?"
"What is THAT supposed to-?" Anzu began angrily.
Jounouchi's head suddenly snapped to the left with an audible
crack. When he turned back to face the others, his mouth and
nose were both bleeding. He swiped a hand across his jaw and
"Shit," the blond muttered, glaring at the blood on his palm as
his friends stared at him in shocked horror and Bakura's grin
widened. "I think I pissed it off."
* tbc . . . *
A/N: A lot of the magic and mythology that I am using is mumbo-
jumbo. And a lot of it is really Japanese in origin, but I've
had to take a few liberties to tie the legends together and make
them fit in with this story. So if you notice a really glaring
error, feel free to mention it, but anything smaller may have
been sacrificed for the sake of the overall storyline.
And hey, in case you haven't noticed yet, this story, though it
focuses on the characters of Yu-Gi-Oh!, will include cameos by
characters from other series on a regular basis, often from very
popular series like Inu-Yasha but also from almost unknown ones
like Bleach- basically, if I can figure out a way to fit it in
believably, it'll probably show up. Even if you aren't familiar
with whatever series is guest-spotting, it is very unlikely that
it will present a problem since this is an AU anyway. If you
are, you'll just understand the more subtle in-jokes.
This chapter's guests: Mayu and the Tatari-Mokke from Inu-Yasha:
A Feudal Fairy Tale. Brief mention of Touya Kinomoto and Yue
from Card Captor Sakura.
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