Chapter 1


I woke to the sound of running water and I sat up in an unfamiliar bed. I was naked and it was obvious that I had slept with someone only I couldn't remember who. I could feel a headache forming and it was keeping me from recalling what had happened last night. It was the first time I had ever had so much to drink that I had lost my memory.

Okay, calm down, Jounouchi, and think. I was with the others at the bar because we were celebrating the launch of Yugi's first game. Anzu even flew in from New York. Right, I remembered having fun but that was about it.

How did I end up in this hotel room? Ugh. The more I tried to remember the stronger my headache became.

My phone came to life and I stumbled out of the bed to find it lying on the floor next to my pants. I scooped it up and saw the words time for work, I stopped the alarm and quickly pulled on my clothes. I didn't have time to stand there and debate, it was getting me nowhere and I couldn't afford to be late again.

The water I heard earlier finally stopped and I panicked, I wasn't ready to face the person on the other side of the door. I pulled on the rest of my clothes and hurried out the door before the bathroom door opened.

When I reached the elevator I let out a breath I'd been holding and pressed the lobby button. I checked my phone for any clues as to whom I just slept with but the only texts I had were from my sister. I texted her back to let her know I was fine and leaned back against the back wall of the elevator.

I'd never had a one-night stand before but I found myself feeling empty and cheap. Did I even have the right to feel this way since I am the one who left first? I tried to let it go, people had one-night stands all the time. It's no big deal.

"You know once we go down this road, I won't be able to stop." I remembered a deep voice and a soft hand in my hair. I shook off the memory when the elevator stopped and tried my best to hide my blush from the people getting on.

When I walked out into the streets of Domino I was relieved to find that I was only a few minutes from work. I could see the familiar building looming in the distance it was like a beckon of light guiding me to a world I knew how to handle. All I had to do was focus on work.

I reached the doors of Kaiba Corp. and headed inside, I had barely made it to my desk when the clock struck nine. Yes! I made it just in time. I sat down at my computer and logged in.

"Hey man, you made it." Next to me was Honda, he'd gotten the job through his studies and hard work. "Mr. Yamada was going to assign you to children's toys if you were late again."

"Then, it's a good think I made it." I said.

"I was sure you'd call out sick today. You drank a lot last night." He said.

Now was my chance, "About last night, do you remember how I got home?" I asked. He didn't need to know I ended up staying in a hotel.

"No, we all left before you, you wanted to have one more drink by yourself." He said. "I'm glad you made it home safely. I should have stayed with you."

"No, I made it, don't worry about it." I said.

"So the new duel disk system is almost ready to test." Honda said, "Finally. You've been weeks for IT to finish looking it over."

"Wow, I forgot that we were supposed to do that today." I said. At least this would distract me from last night's…little adventure.

Mr. Yamada walked in and gave me an annoyed look, I guess he wanted me to be late. Yeah, well that wasn't going to happen. I wouldn't give him the satisfaction.

I turned to my desk and started reading my e-mails. I wouldn't be until after lunch when IT would hand off the new system to us.

One E-mail in particular caught my eye, I had gotten an e-mail from Seto Kaiba. It was odd because he specifically told me to keep out of contact with him while I worked here. I definitely had no problem doing that since I hated his guts.

I opened it and was surprised to read the words: "come to my office. We need to talk about last night." I read it over and over again, I couldn't believe this. Was Seto Kaiba the person I had slept with? There was no way. No way in hell. Maybe I did something to piss him off last night? Aw shit. If only I could remember. I felt the color drain from my face. If we did sleep together then how the hell did that happen? We hate each other.

"You okay?" Honda asked from his desk. "You look sick. Maybe you should go home." He said.

"That's not a bad idea." I said. I quickly deleted the email and closed down the mail program before getting out of my seat.

My phone buzzed as it received a text and I read it.

"Now" it was from a number I didn't know. "I saw that you read the e-mail. You have five minutes to get here" Shit. I didn't want to get fired so I quickly headed toward the CEO's office.

I reached the door of his office, it was slightly open so I pushed it open a little wider. "Thank you, I am sure your client will be happy he chose us to back up his product." Seto said before shaking someone's hand.

I watched Seto's hand and swallowed against a memory, I remembered his hands running through my hair, over my body, I remembered arching up off the bed at his tender touches. Shit, what was I thinking?! I ran a hand over my face to get rid of the memory.

"We'll be in touch, Mr. Kaiba." The man said before bowing and leaving the room. I moved aside so he could get by and watched Kaiba.

"Close the door." I did. "I owe you an explanation." He said.

I was rooted in place, I didn't want to move. Would I be fired for sleeping with the boss? His professional attitude was making me anxious.

"Last night…" he started.

"It was a huge mistake." I said, "I'm not even really sure what happened but I am sorry it happened." He gave me a long hard look and his eyes narrowed slightly.

"…Then, let's just forget about it. We don't need to talk about it or even acknowledge that it happened." He said. "We're done. You can leave." He said, taking a seat.

Suddenly he began working at his computer as if I wasn't there anymore. It kind of hurt but took the opportunity and quickly left his office.

Now that I was alone I realized that what he had said hurt more than I had thought it would. Forget about it? I should have been relieved but I wasn't, if anything I felt even more confused than before.

"Hey, Jounouchi." I turned around to see Duke standing there, he had gotten a job in the game design department. "You okay? Had a meeting with the boss, eh?"

"Yeah… sort of." It was more of an I'll-tell-you-what-to-do-and-you-do-it kind of thing.

"Don't let it get you down, he's pretty good at keeping his grudges in check at work. You did get the okay to work here, after all." He said.

"Mokuba said he'd sell his shares if Kaiba didn't give me a chance." I said.

"Yeah, well still, I don't think he would have okayed it if he didn't think you'd be a good fit." He added.

"Hey, Duke, have you ever had a one-night stand?"

"You're joking right?" he said. "Of course, there's nothing more fun than sleeping with someone purely out of attraction."

"I guess. I mean, you don't feel guilty or obligated to that person?"

"No way. That's the whole point." He paused, "why do you ask?" crap, he was getting suspicious. "Did you have one?"

"No…"

"You did, it's written all over your face." He teased, "Aw, my little Jou is all grown up now."

"Will you shut up already?" I looked around in the hopes that no one had heard him. "Okay, fine, I did but I don't feel good about it."

"Why the hell not? If you both wanted it then there's no problem."

"What do you mean, no problem? I'm honorable, I don't go around sleeping with anything that moves." I said, "No offence."

"None taken." He said, "All you can do is move on. Hey, at least you can't run into that person again. You'll be fine." He said, "I'll see you at lunch." He walked off.

Wouldn't have to see that person again? I hope he's right. It was obvious Seto didn't want to see me again. Maybe it would all work out. I headed back to my desk feeling confident that I could put this whole thing behind me. It was just a mistake and it would never happen again.