Name: Dark Eyes
Author: Andro
Rating: R-sh.
Pairings: YamixYugi, SetoxJou
Warnings: Erm. Shounen-ai, probably some cursing....
Disclaimer: They're not mine. Sad, isn't it?
Author Notes: I decided to add one last [short] chapter [Before the epilogue that is] because I felt that I had somewhat disappointed you guys with the other ending. [Not to mention I didn't really feel very comfortable in finishing it off with Sayeka being the last character speaking and so on because she's an OC.]
This is entire fic is dedicated to all who have helped me with this fic.
Mel: Because you were my muse for this fic, pretty much.
Kimmie-sempai: Because you did such a gorgeous, gorgeous job of beta'ing, even though you have a busy schedule.
Emily: For being so kind as to beta read a few chapters of this story as well.
Beth: For putting up with my ranting, and long delays in writing.
Suki: Also for putting up with my ranting. =p


Of course, also dedicated to every single one of you who has reviewed, added me to your favorite stories, or even favorite author lists. I'm very honored, and although I wish that I could reply to every single one of your reviews, I'm afraid that would take up too much space. [Plus, y'all want me to work on more fics, rather than this, ne?]

Fanfiction/Original Fiction/Icon web site: cerulean.illuminati-x.net

I'm going to try to make a page answering to all reviews that have asked me questions there, but since I just thought up of the idea, it'll probably take a few days to put it up, and much longer to complete it.

Right-O. On with the yummy bishies.

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Chapter 12: Home is the Sweetest Thing

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"You'll come back, right?"
"I will." Yami promised firmly. A glimmer of amusement entered his eyes.
"After all, I've left half of my stuff over at your house."
"Yami!" From the slightly trembling lower lip, Yami could tell his boyfriend was about to break out the waterworks. Or the pout. Both worked miracles.
"I'm kidding! Of course I'll come back, I've promised to finish the year with you, haven't I?" The older youth chastised, drawing Yugi into his arms and giving him a firm hug.
"I know." The sophomore's voice was muffled as he pressed his face against an available shoulder.
"I'm being clingy, but it's downright weird thinking about not having you around."
The kendo master drew back slightly, just enough so that he could look down at Yugi's face.
"You're not being clingy," He pointed out, and used two long fingers to tilt up the other boy's chin, peering into the violet gaze.
"Besides, even if you were, I'd probably like it." He kissed the soft lips lightly.
"I'm just staying here a little longer to get all my things and arrange for Sayeka to take over my students. You can't stay here because you know you can't miss beginning of the year exams. It won't be long, I'll be back by next week."
Yugi nodded, albeit reluctantly.
"Yes..."
"Good." The smile that Yami gave him sent absolute thrills down his spine.
"I'll make it up to you."
"Really?" Yugi perked up, and then batted his eyelashes dramatically.
"Chocolate chip ice cream, a tub of gulfi, a bag of marshmallows, pop corn, you, me, a couch and a movie?"
"Well, I was thinking something more along the lines of what shouldn't be mentioned while Sayeka's less than five feet away from us trying to pretend she's not listening..."
"Oh, don't mind me, I'm just admiring the gardenias." Sayeka piped up merrily, tucking her hands behind her back.
"We don't have gardenias." Yami pointed out blandly. // No to mention we're in the middle of winter...\\
"You will, once I focus my mind enough to bring them into creation." She answered easily, and moved back to give them just a little more privacy.
"I feel so sorry for the man she marries." Yami murmured, rolling his eyes.
Yugi grinned, and rested his head on his chest.
"No, you don't."
A delicate pause.
"Well. Not completely anyway." He finished cheerfully, pulling back from Yami's arms.
Seeing that it was okay to approach the couple now, Sayeka smiled and patted Yugi's shoulder.
"Don't worry, I won't let any girls or guys try to steal him away from you."
"Thanks..." Yugi glanced at Yami.
"But I don't think I have anything to worry about."
Yami raised an eyebrow.
"You know," he began mildly. "I could take that as an insult."
"Yes you could, now go carry the bags into the car." Sayeka retorted, waving a finger at him, then pointing to the lonely car, not yet packed.
"Yes oh-sadistic mistress." Yami rolled his eyes and picked up the nearest bag. From the weight of it, it was probably Yugi's stuffed animals again.
Yugi watched him go with a small, amused smile playing with his lips before he turned to Sayeka.
"How do you think Jou and Seto are doing?" He asked curiously, thinking of the couple who had left two days before.
"Eh..." She tilted her head.
"They have problems, that's for sure. But I think they can work them out. Or at least I hope," She gave a vague shrug. "If they can trust each other to communicate their feelings, they'll be fine."
Yugi winced at that.
"Oh, won't that be fun."
Sayeka patted him sympathetically.
"They were better when they left... that thing with Tatsuha really taught Seto how fragile their relationship is, and how easy it would be to lose Jou, and Jou learned that he really doesn't want to lose Seto. It might have been for the best. Although, if they're not meant to be..."
"Then they're not meant to be." Yugi finished with a slow nod. It was a sad concept, but then again, life didn't usually offer happy endings.
"By the way, what happened with Ta-"
"I sent him packing." Sayeka cut in sharply, a dark look crossing her features. She sniffed and crossed her arms across her chest, assuming a very unlady like position, leaning on one leg.
"What a jerk. God, and I thought Kaiba was bad..." She grumbled, thinking of the black haired business man. He'd only slept inside the dojo for one night, he'd left as soon as he could the next morning. Good riddance.
"Seto's... just... uhm...." Yugi trailed off, trying to grasp an appropriate word.
"A jackass?" Yami offered, passing by to pick up the final two duffle bags.
"No! ... Well... maybe a little..."
It was Sayeka's turn to arch an eyebrow, and she echoed his words.
"A little?"
"...Well..."
Yami grinned as he came up to the two.
"all right, stop teasing him. You're about ready to go, just need to go tell your grandfather." He slung a casual arm around Yugi's shoulders.
"You remember what I've taught you, right?"
"Yes," Yugi made a face.
"As if I could forget all the bruises I have on me. I know that I can take care of myself if someone bothers me again." He avowed firmly, mind flickering towards Ahel. Too bad it wasn't so easy to protect one's self from people like Tatsuha though...
"Excellent." Yami drew Yugi into his arms again, and Sayeka took that as her cue to go find Sugoroku and leave them alone.

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Getting up in the morning without Yami was very, very strange. So strange that while Yugi had still been halfway asleep, he had managed to spend five minutes trying to figure out just exactly what he was missing.
He stared at his reflection in the mirror and realized he was out of gel. Damn. He gave a small shrug and grabbed an elastic band, tying his hair loosely with it.
Yugi's eyes stared back at him from the reflective surface, and he noted that he looked tired. Tired, but content.
He yawned and stretched, feeling the mildly uncomfortable cloth of his uniform rub over his skin. He closed his eyes momentarily, and then flickered a look towards the watch on the wall.
Ten minutes until he had to meet Anzu and Jounochi.
// Better get a move on then.\\ Yugi told himself, shutting down the lights.

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There were a lot of things in life that Yugi Motou never expected to see. One was a Dir en Grey concert. Another was Anzu dressed as a goth. Seto Kaiba smiling-actually not smirking-at something, in public, with his arm around Jou's shoulders, was something he most definitely had to see to believe.
// I think I'm in shock. \\ Yugi told himself, and approached the trio with a slightly skeptical look on his face. Maybe his best friends and been kidnapped by an alien race and replaced by similar, but inferior copies.
Jou glanced up, sensing the new presence and smirked.
"No Yug, we're not clones."
"Alien replacements?"
"Nope." That was Anzu.
"Is this a dream?"
"Not unless you usually dream about me..." Seto remarked slowly, raising an eyebrow.
"Which," Jou added. "You're not really allowed to do."
"I'll remember that." Yugi retorted wryly, coming to a stop.
Anzu craned her neck, and looked around.
"Where's Yami?"
"Oh. Uhm. He's back at the dojo." Yugi shrugged, a little uncomfortable. He still had to tell Anzu... how she could not guess was beyond him. "He's closing up all the unfinished business he has, since he's going to finish out high school here. He'll be back next week." // I hope.\\
"Cool." Jou remarked with a nod, and then jerked his thumb in the general direction they took to school.
"I don't know about you guys, but I'd rather not be late and have to be in detention again."
"Why ever not? Heaven knows you're less than ten detentions away from breaking the number three record. Might as well reach for the sky." Anzu pointed out, but never the less all four started walking, even though Yugi kept sneaking glances at Seto whenever he did something rather... un-Seto like.

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Lunch rolled around, and Seto chose to skip his physics class. The teacher, Mr.Kudou was an idiot that spent his time trying to subtly flirt with the girls of the class anyway. There was nothing that he could teach Seto that Seto couldn't do five times better, or knew more about.
As expected, he found the trio along with a few friends that he never bothered to remember sitting at their usual table. Yugi and Anzu looked rather surprised at his appearance, but Jou only smiled and turned back to Yugi as Seto settled beside him without a word. Their companions, a couple girls and three guys stared at him for a long while, but eventually, they too turned back to their original conversations. Obviously, he wasn't as fascinating as he thought.
"Hey, you know who I haven't seen?" Jou started, a pensive, vaguely startled expression covering his face. He sat with his elbows on the table, chin propped up on his hands.
Yugi stopped frowning at his hard to open cartoon of milk long enough to glance up.
"Who?" He tried to search for the name of someone that he hadn't seen since coming back. It was obviously not Yami, so...
"Ahel."
"Oh. Well." Yugi paused momentarily, struggling not to say something mean. It wasn't like him, but then again Ahel was more than enough to strain the patience of an angel.
"Isn't that a loss?"
"Like losing a brain tumor." Jou mumbled, deadpan. Beside him, Seto smirked.
Kizuki, a tomboy lower freshman with short hair shook her head quickly, tossing the locks all over her face.
"Ahel isn't here anymore. Didn't you hear?"
Bakura glanced up long enough from his history homework to add in,
"They were in the country for practically all of vacation." He pointed out softly, and turned back to his work.
"Oh! Yeah!" Kizuki smacked her forehead dramatically. She must had done it hard, since her hand left a red imprint on her skin.
"Well, what about him?" Jou demanded impatiently. He hated being kept in the dark.
"He's been transferred out to some military school, for lack of discipline or something. We all know it's cause he's an ass. They probably just wanted to get rid of him before he attacked a teacher." Kizuki popped a crispy golden fry into her mouth.
Jou and Yugi exchanged looks.
Yugi felt a mix of relief and mild guilt flood through him. He wouldn't miss the senior, hell no, but he hoped that he didn't have anything to do with the change of schools.
Jou however, just looked triumphant and satisfied.
"Couldn't have happened to a nicer and better person." He announced loudly, not caring who heard, and nudged his cafeteria plate towards Seto.
"You might as well eat something if you're going to be skipping classes."
Seto gazed dubiously at Jou's 'food'.
"This is edible? It looks like it's going to move any second and start discussing cards with me."
"It's chewable."
"That does not mean that it's safe for human consumption." Seto protected.
"Oh, fine, starve." Jou gave up, but stayed away from the 'Mystery Meat' special. He wasn't stupid either. Just hungry.
Picking up the brownie{After all, the school hadn't made it, it was probably safe to eat}, he unrolled the plastic from it, and peered at Seto.
"Did you deal with Tatsuha?"
The business man glanced up from looking skeptically at the so called 'food', and nodded, looking all of the sudden grim despite the light atmosphere that sorrounded him.
"Yes. I didn't fire him, he's too good at his job, but I've permanently moved him to an over seas branch. Hamburg, Germany, to be exact."
Jou nodded, but didn't say anything.
"Who is Tatsuha?" Bakura asked them, looking a little confused.
"No one important." Seto dismissed.
"Right..." The silvery haired teen didn't look like he believed them, but he let it slide. Instead changing the subject and gesturing helplessly towards his thick textbook.
"Would any of you happen to know in what century Tanabata was started?"


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"Are you sure you want me to take over your students? They'll probably wipe the floor with me." Sayeka pointed out doubtfully, watching Yami put away all his words.
"If they do, I'm sure you'll give them the bitching of a life time." He replied off handedly, not even bothering to glance at her.
"Probably." She agreed, and sat down on the floor, knees tucked under her. The pink kimono she wore wouldn't allow her much movement.
"However, I am not taking Seto on." She pointed out stubbornly.
"Don't worry, I'll train him in the city." Yami tested the weight of a katana in his hands, and found it pleasing.
"Oh, good."
"He's not really that bad."
"I still can't stand him. I like Jou, but I am not sure that I'll ever like Seto." Sayeka shrugged and added,
"Say hi to Yugi for me tomorrow."
"I will." He promised, and put the sword away.
"You'll be fine."
She smiled dully.
"Yes. I know."
Yami closed the doors and locked them.
"You aren't angry at me for deciding to leave, are you?"
"No..." She answered slowly.
"Maybe I was a little bit, in the beginning, but I can't really blame Yugi you know. He's a good person. There aren't many good people left in the world." Sayeka grasped the hem of her kimono and twisted it between her fingers, wrinkling the delicate silk.
"I honestly like him. So I don't really mind."
"And you don't really want to consider moving into the city."
"No." The reply was immediate and sure.
"It's fun to visit sometimes, but... I suppose I'm old fashioned. I don't want to leave my home." She confessed.
"I'll be alright, honestly." Sayeka waved a finger accusingly at him.
"In any case, I lived years with you, Mr.Tough Guy, I'm sure I can cope again."
"Yeah, right. Maybe it's time you considered getting a boyfriend." He arched an eyebrow.
"Or a girlfriend."
Sayeka sniffled.
"Present me with someone I like, and we'll see."
"Sorry Sayeka, but I'm pretty sure that even I can't get Gackt Camui to come visit you."
"Idiot." She glowered at him, but it was fake.
"I don't like Gackt, I like Masa. Bring him and... and, well, I'd probably just forget you ever existed." Sayeka pretended to be thoughtful. "Sure you would." Yami picked up a seat cushion and tossed it at her.
"I'm going to bed." He announced, walking out. He heard a soft reply, and then a pillow hit the sliding door as he closed it. Yami shook his head slightly, smiling. Well, at least he didn't feel too guilty about leaving Sayeka alone. She.. wasn't really was important as Yugi, and he felt bad just thinking that, but he didn't feel right about just leaving her either. // People leave all the time, we'll still be friends.\\
He walked outside, ignoring the freezing cold that still froze the country and stared up at the sky.
It was true, you couldn't see the stars so clearly in the city. Nor did the moon shine so bright.
He wouldn't miss the sky though. He had something better than them waiting in Domino.

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End Chapter 12

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1.Tanabata is the festival of stars in Japan.
"Long long ago, there was a young lady named Orihime (literally means a weaving lady). One day she welcomed a husband called Kengyu (a man who leads a cow). After their marrige, Orihime quit weaving clothes because Orihime enjoyed spending time with Kengyu rather than her job. It made the God so angry that he sent Kengyu away to the Galaxy which is a long way off from where they lived." This tragic ancient Chinese legend is an origin of the star festival called Kikkoden of which people prayed the couple of the stars, Orihime and Kengyu for the improvement of their skills. Later, the festival was brought to Japan. It is said that Tanabata, which had been an annual festival for royal and samurai families for a long time, originates in Kikkoden. It was widely spread to the public during Edo period. Since the first feudal lord Date Masamune encouraged the festival to women and children in Sendai, it has became a popular event regardless of their rank. - siip.city.sendai.jp/kankokoryu/english/events/tanabata97/stf-hist-e.html
Epilogue sometime soon, I hope. I have a lot to work on, and this is sadly on the back burner sort of. >_O; The epilogue, I think, shall be a little bit long. It could even be considered a mini sequel probably.
o_O; Fanfiction.net isn't letting me upload because this chapter is too short? What a gyp. *crosses fingers* Although, if you see this note, I obviously managed to get it uploaded.
... Okay, this is really annoying. *goes to add another bit* -_-;
Pffft. Anyway, hopefully it'll let me post in a bit.
Remember that fic I mentioned a while back? I'm planning to eventually do another Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic, more based on a Seto x Jou pairing, but also Yami x Yugi. I've actually managed to come up with a title for it, Snowblind. Surprise of all surprises, I actually like the name. Usually, I have a horrid time trying to choose the 'right' name.
Speaking of, I really don't know why I chose Dark Eyes for this fic. o_O; I suppose it's a pretty general title, and as good as anything. At least I didn't leave it untitled, or decided to name it something like... Yami and Yugi Meet! Seto and Jou are Idiots!...
Pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten as many reviews as it did. =p Then again, who knows?
Anyway! Snowblind will hopefully be started before the year ends, although my muse seems to have snapped and is giving me all sorts of ideas for Kira x Setsuna fics. [Angel Sanctuary]. If you can't tell from visiting my website, KiraxSetsuna is like, my uber favorite pairing of all times. Unfortunately, it's not really very popular... not to mention that there aren't that many fics about [Angel Sanctuary], period. So I've taken it upon myself to write about them. No one else is, so I might as well get off my lazy butt and do it. ^^; Right now I'm doing research on samurai and kabuki customs in the 16th-18th centuries, because I feel like writing an AU KxS fic. [Actually, I seem particularly fond of AUs, even though I know a lot of people hate them.] But before I start on that fic, I'm going to finish this... very, very odd PWP about RaphaelxSetsuna. [Angel Sanctuary yet again.] Then I'm going to focus on three or four things probably... Writing the epilogue for [Dark Eyes], writing [Emeralds]-a FerioxFuu, LantisxHikaru AU fic[Yet again...] and [Danger of Caring], my poor abandoned Tatsumi+Watari fic. I actually wrote a short 4th chapter the other day, and it's currently being beta'ed. Two more, long chapters and I'll finish the fic. I hope. You all know how I am. >_ Wonder if with this ramble, FF.net will let me post. *cheats*
Nooope.