Jounouchi sauntered into the Duelist club. He'd been playing so many big leaguers recently that he wanted to see how he'd stack up against normal people now. There were loud cheers and some comments he couldn't quite make out as he entered the room and he realized that there was a duel already going on.

He pushed his way to the front of the crowd, wanting to see who was playing and stopped short. One boy he thought he recognized from a nearby school. The other one was Yuugi.

But he'd never seen Yuugi looking the way he did. The collar he habitually wore seemed more prominent somehow. His wrist cuffs... the belt he had slung on his hips to carry his cards in.... And he was practically fondling his cards!

Jounouchi looked at the other player and realized how distracted he was by Yuugi's looks and actions, then glanced at the board and realized that Yuugi would win within a few turns.

He started hearing everyone's comments again and this time recognized them as crude and sometimes graphic descriptions of what they wanted to do to Yuugi. With alarm ringing through his mind he turned and watched his friend again, noticing the purposefully sexual manner he was using. He tried to decide if it was the other Yuugi playing; the more mature, more confident person from the Millennium Puzzle who had played most of the duels Jounouchi had watched, but the younger boy's stance was so different from normal that he couldn't decide.

All he knew was that Yuugi's witty banter, the talk used to show your opponent that you knew as much as he did and were in control, sounded more like bedroom talk. Another glance at the field, now that Yuugi was about to win, made him pause again, noting that the stronger monsters and magic weren't out. The other Yuugi's favorite cards were either in the Graveyard - not likely, considering who he was playing against - or had never been played in the first place.

Yuugi won and sauntered out of the dueling ring. Jounouchi was momentarily stopped cold by the way that Yuugi was moving. He watched the boy a moment, highly turned on, then hurried after him to find out what was going on.

"I told you, the only way you get it free is if you beat me," he heard Yuugi say just before he turned a corner. He pressed against the wall and glanced around the corner to see what was going on.

"You were leading me on, bitch," the other boy said, voice tight with held in desire. "What are you trying to pull?"

Jounouchi's hands balled into fists in preparation to round on the boy. Yuugi's voice stopped him.

"I just said that was the only way you got it free," he said, and Jounouchi heard the smile in his friend's voice. "What are you willing to put out to get me to..." he chuckled, "put out?"

There was a moment of silence. Jounouchi's eyes widened as he heard the negotiations begin.

Jounouchi stopped and turned, hearing his name being called. Yuugi was approaching him, bright smile on his face and limping slightly. Jounouchi found himself much more aware of the way that Yuugi was dressed and moved.

"You have to see the new cards I got," Yuugi said brightly, pulling the deck out of his belt pouch.

"Yuugi..." Jounouchi said, unsure what to say to him after what he'd seen the previous day. "What's wrong with you that you're limping?"

Yuugi rubbed one leg lightly. "I must have pulled something. You know how I do that sometimes."

Jounouchi nodded, wondering if all the times Yuugi had 'pulled a muscle' were times he had been having sex with someone.

"Is something wrong, Jounouchi-kun?" Yuugi asked in a concerned tone.

"I have to talk to you, Yuugi," Jounouchi said, grabbing his arm and dragging him off to a private spot. "I was at a local dueler's club," he started.

Yuugi went pale, breathing starting to accelerate. "Who did you tell? What are you going to do?" he demanded frantically.

"Hey, Yuugi, calm down," Jounouchi said, holding his hands up in a calming gesture. "I haven't told anyone and I won't."

Yuugi sagged slightly with relief, then looked up in apprehension again. "So what do you need to talk to me about? You're going to beat me up now?" He winced slightly in anticipation.

"No, no, Yuugi!" Jounouchi said, trying to take some kind of control back. "I don't know what you're doing, or why you're doing it, or anything, but I'm not going to hurt you."

"And you're not going to stop being my friend?" Yuugi asked in a small voice.

"Of course not!"

Jounouchi was unprepared for Yuugi's relief to come in the physical form that it did as he was faced with an armful of his friend, Yuugi's lips fiercely meeting his own. He pulled back with a squeak.

"Stop it! Just... don't DO that, Yuugi! Shit...." He sat down, blowing out a breath. "What do you do that for, anyway?"

Yuugi shrugged, sitting next to him. "You know Jii-chan. He wouldn't give me an unfair advantage by giving me cards that other people have to pay for. I have to pay for them, just like everybody else."

"Can't you just get a job?" Jounouchi asked.

Yuugi smiled at him. "I look like I'm ten, Jounouchi-kun. Who would hire me? Jii-chan doesn't need any help - I asked. And I get more money this way than at any job flipping burgers I could get."

"But that was totally not like you out there," Jounouchi said, shaking his head. He paused. "Is that it? Is it the other you doing that stuff?"

"The other me?" Yuugi asked, blinking. He looked down. "The other me doesn't like that I do that. He's used to being able to get everything he needs easily. I don't think he quite understands needing to get money."

"But... Yuugi, is that a fair way to win a duel?"

Yuugi shifted uncomfortably. "I don't do it on duels that matter...." he said. "And if you think about it, me playing them at all isn't really fair. But it gets me the money I need. Did you want to see the cards I got yesterday?" he asked hopefully.

"Can I get you to stop?" Jounouchi asked, sounding concerned.

"It's not as bad as you think it is," Yuugi said. "And sometimes," he added wistfully, "sometimes they get me presents."

Jounouchi sighed. "Then at least find yerself a bodyguard. You don't know how those guys were talkin' after you left."

Yuugi gave a warm smile. "Thanks...."