BlueMoon Goddess: Alright guys here is the next chapter, and I hate to say it but this is the last chapter as well. It's been a nice ride, and I want to say thank you for reading, reviewing, following and favoring this story. So sit back and enjoy the last chapter!
Disclaimer: I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh; its characters, or 'Completely Smitten' by Susan Mallery which this fic is based on.
Summary: Tea ran away from her small town to do all the bad things she'd never done since she turned eighteen. And once she finds herself in a hotel room with a "bad boy," she's sure the loner will teach her the basics and Bakura has no problem teaching the innocent girl a thing or two... though something keeps preventing him from doing so. And once they take an unexpected road trip, they find themselves biting off more than they can chew as their heading down the road to love.
Tea walked into the church office late the following afternoon. Her trip home had been much faster than her aborted journey to California. She'd ignored all the tempting roadside shops and museums, instead driving until she was exhausted, then getting a room for a few hours before continuing.
She looked around the familiar office with its big windows and glass-enclosed bookcases. May's desk sat in the center of the room. Her chair was empty, but Tea could hear her talking in the other room. In some ways Tea felt as if she'd been gone a lifetime. In other ways it seemed she'd only left a few minutes before. So much had changed and yet so much remained the same.
The door to her father's office opened. May stepped out, saw her and screamed.
"Tea? Oh my goodness, Tea!" The curved thirty-something brunette rushed forward. Papers went flying as she wrapped her arms around Tea in a bear hug strong enough to snap ribs. "We were so worried, you should've called more. You look fine. Are you alright? Yami came back and said some horrible things. He and your father had words. I tried not to listen, but I couldn't help it. Now Yami's going to be looking for another position." May paused for breath.
Tea hugged her back, then kissed her cheek. "I missed you too, May." She said. "I'm sorry I worried you."
She didn't know what to think about her father and Yami, but she would find out what had happened soon enough.
She looked up and saw her father standing in the doorway. He was tall and as handsome as ever. When he smiled at her, she felt all her concerns fade. Whatever she'd done, he still loved her, would always love her. Of course, she thought as she hurried to his side. Why had she been so afraid to tell him what she was feeling?
"Oh, dad." She hugged him close, feeling the familiar combination of strength and love radiating from him. He pulled her into his office and shut the door, then rested his hands on her shoulders and studied her.
"It seems you survived your adventure." He said, his low voice rumbling in the small room.
She nodded. "I did just fine. I'm all grown up now."
"You've been that for a while, although no one around here noticed. Not even me." He sighed. "Things have been very interesting since Yami returned from Arizona. Why don't you tell me your version of things?" He motioned to one of the leather chairs in front of his desk, then settled himself in the other.
She didn't know where to begin. "What did Yami say about me?"
"That you were probably on drugs." Her father sighed. "It was his only explanation for your refusal to come back and marry him."
"What do you think?"
"That you didn't love him. Was I right?"
She nodded. "I didn't realize it for a long time. I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't figure out what. When he said he was having second thoughts, I got so angry. I felt that I was giving up everything I wanted to make him happy and then he had second thoughts? It was so unfair. That's why I took off…I couldn't stand it anymore."
"I pushed you into a relationship with him." Her father said. When she started to protest, he cut her off with a wave. "We both know it, Tea. You've always been so eager to please and do the right thing. I convinced myself you were in love with him, but I think deep in my heart, I knew you were with Yami because I wanted it and the congregation wanted it. I'm sorry…I should've seen what was happening and told you not to get married unless you were absolutely sure you were in love with him."
"Thanks dad." She whispered.
She'd only been gone for a short time, yet her father seemed to have changed. There was more gray hair in his black hair, or maybe she'd just never noticed it before. He was a good man. Wise, kind and giving, but every memory she had was of him by himself.
"Mom would never have wanted you to live so alone." She said.
He raised his eyebrows. "What brought that on?"
"I don't know, but it's true. She's been gone for years. Wasn't there even one woman who touched your heart?"
"Maybe." Her father shrugged. "I loved her so much. Losing her was the worst thing that ever happened to me. I didn't want to risk that again. Besides, I wasn't lonely, I had you, my work, friends, and God."
"During the day, but what about at night?"
"God is with us always."
She smiled. "You know what I mean."
"I do. I've thought about it from time to time."
"Is there someone?"
His gaze narrowed. "We're supposed to talking about you, young lady."
Tea laughed. "All right, keep your secrets. But if there's a spark you've found with someone, I think you should pursue it." She twisted her fingers together. "I know what you meant when you used to talk to me about loving mom."
"You've found someone?"
She nodded. She could feel the smile curving her lips and wouldn't have been surprised if her entire body started to glow. "His name is Bakura and he's a private detective. He's so wonderful, dad. He's strong, caring, generous, and he loves me and wants only the best for me. He's a good man."
"So where is this paragon of virtue? As your father, it's my duty to terrify him into taking good care of you."
She laughed. "That won't be necessary. He already does." Her humor faded. "He's in Arizona. That's where I want to be."
Her father frowned. "What's standing in your way? Is he married?"
"Oh daddy. He's not married, he wants me to be sure." How exactly was she supposed to explain the complexity of her relationship with Bakura? Did her father really want to know she'd spent their entire time together trying to get him to sleep with her? She thought not. "He knows about Yami and how I've been doing what everyone wanted me to do and not want I wanted. He loves me and wants me to come back to him, but first he wants me to live my life and follow my dreams. He says I need to be doing for myself now."
Her father winced. "I didn't mean not to listen."
"I know. It just sort of happened. I was willing to do what everyone thought was right. I should've stood up to people, but I didn't know how."
"Do you know?"
"Yes. I love you daddy, but I'm not going to be able to live here anymore. I want go to school to be a professional dancer. I want to marry Bakura and have a life with him."
"It sounds to me as if you've got everything planned."
"Then what are you doing here? I thought you said your young man was in Arizona."
Tea caught her breath. Her father's love and acceptance filled her heart with a joy and peace that nearly gave her wings. She threw herself at him. "I love you daddy."
He hugged her tightly. "I love you too, I always have. You're a wonderful daughter and one of the most special people I have been given the privilege to know. God blessed me when he brought you into my life, but it seems to me, it's time for you to start living your life. Just don't forget your dear father in all the excitement of your new life."
"I won't." She promised. "Not ever."
Bakura glanced at the clock and tried not to do the math. Unfortunately his brain supplied him with the information. Ten days, seven hours. That's how long it had been since Tea had left Scottsdale, and he hadn't heard from her since.
They'd made a deal, he reminded himself. She would go back to her old life and decide what she wanted. If it was him, she would be in touch, if not…he didn't want to think about that. He didn't want to think about a cold, empty life spent missing her. He'd done the right thing by letting her go, he only wished it didn't have to hurt so badly.
While he knew he wouldn't get over her, he figured the loneliness would get easier in time. He went back to the Scottsdale police station, and they were happy to accept to him back. They even gave him the promotion he turned down before and now he was swamped with several field projects he had to coordinate. He had his own office, an assistant and a team reporting directly to him. The pay increase meant that should Tea return, they would be able to afford to get a house right off. And if she didn't…he'd have a hell of a nest egg.
In the meantime, he kept busy with his new responsibilities and getting ready for Ryou and Miho's wedding. Everything was coming together, except for wanting Tea back.
'Just my dumb luck.' He thought grimly. He'd finally fallen in love with someone he'd had to let go. Nothing in life was easy, right?
The intercom buzzed. Bakura hit the button. "Yes?"
"You have a visitor. May I send her in?"
Her? Tea? He told himself it wasn't possible, that it was too soon, that she might not still be in love with him. But he didn't want to believe that.
"Sure." He said, telling himself he had to get over expecting her to walk through the door. He stood and waited.
Either his mind was playing tricks on him, or the world had stopped turning because twenty seconds later a pretty young woman with blue eyes and a wide, winning smile stepped into his office. She wore denim shorts and a cropped t-shirt that exposed a sliver of stomach and sent need racing toward his groin.
Tea closed the door behind her. "You said to go get my life in order. That took about fifteen minutes. I didn't think you'd believe me if I rushed right back, and I thought you had a good point. So I talked to my dad, I made lists, I tried to get over you." She shrugged. "I can't. I love you. So how long do I have to wait until we can be together?"
He didn't remember moving, but suddenly she was in his arms. He kissed her, tasted her, needed her, and loved her. All the pain of being alone, of missing her, faded. She loved him. She still loved him.
"I love you. I've missed you." He murmured, kissing her cheeks, her mouth, her chin, and her nose. "Every damn day has been hell."
She looked at him and smiled. "Compound swearing. I'm so impressed." She touched his face. "I missed you too, with every breath. I love you Bakura. How could I not? You wanted what was right for me, even when it hurt you. Isn't that the real definition of love? Wanting what's right for the other person regardless of your own needs? The thing is, you're right for me. I know you're not perfect, but that's okay. I'm not perfect either, and you're the best man I've ever known. I love you so much and I'm proud to be loved by you. I want to be with you always. I want to marry you, make a home with you and hold hands and make love until we're old and gray and should probably know better. But we'll do it anyway because we can't resist each other." She paused. "But I'll wait if you me too."
He laughed and swung her around the room. "I don't want to wait even a day." When he set her on her feet, he stared into her eyes. "You've said all the fancy words, so I only have those left in my heart. Marry me Tea, I'll do my best to make you happy. I'll keep you safe, honor you and love you."
"Yes." She kissed him. "Yes, of course."
Bakura angled his head and deepened the kiss. Passion exploded between them. It would always be like this, he realized. He would always want her and she would always be there for him. He could see their future as clearly as if it were a movie up on the wall, and it made him humble with gratitude.
"There's just one thing." She said, pulling back. "We have to go to Ohio because my dad wants to meet you and I sort of said we could be married there. Is that okay?"
"Absolutely. As long as Yami isn't performing the ceremony."
She giggled. "Nope. He's long gone."
"Then Ohio it is. And California for our honeymoon."
"Well, I've been thinking about that. Let's get married and then go to New Orleans. I heard they have good restaurants and other places to see there."
"I thought that's what had started everything. You were driving to California to follow your dreams."
"It was, until I realized that I'd found my dream of being with you. It's not about the location. It's about being with the man I love and having him love me back."
"I do." He vowed.
BlueMoon Goddess: And that's the end folks! Thank you all for sticking around for this story, it meant a lot to me. Though I will say I'm not really sure I'll be writing again for the Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom anymore. It's not that I don't like writing for them, it's just that not that many people write much for Tea x Bakura and other pairings I love so much. But hey, if I get inspiration, I might go back and finish my old stories of these two guys and maybe start a new fiction, if I can think and find inspiration. But if you like other anime's, check out my other fics. I have a few that are already completed and on the verge of being completed. So like I always say, until next time guys! ^_^