~ ~ ~ Hiya, peoples!! I'm back with another YugiOh story. BUT Yami and Yugi aren't helping me with this one - they're too busy with my other stories. -_-

Anyway, first thing's first - I DON'T OWN YUGIOH OR ANY OF ITS CHARACTERS.

Second of all, this fic is in an alternate universe (AU). Now, being in America and having stupid dubbers, I haven't seen the very first season of YugiOh from Japan - you know, how Yugi solved the Millennium Puzzle and everything else. Dubbers started it with the Duel between Kaiba and Yugi. (Damn it!!) So, that's why it's AU. PLEASE forgive me - I don't know what happened.

Also, I don't know which genres to out my stories under, so I'm putting them all under "General". I'm keeping the rating, since this fic has STRONG language, child abuse, and violence in some chappies. (Maybe I'll add some yaoi, but I've vowed not to write yaoi or sexual scenes until I've gotten a boyfriend. So, that's gonna take a while, but I'll think about it, okay? ^_^)

I think that's it for now. Hope you enjoy the fic!! *^_^* ~ ~ ~ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

"Why don't you just get a life, you goddamn bastard?!"

"A LIFE?!? I'd HAVE one if you hadn't walked into my life, slut!"

"Don't you call me a slut, Akuyo! You're the one who goes out and fucks whores all night!!"

"Hey, you do it, too!! But any man who fucks you has to be a real low- life!"

"What the hell did you say?!?"

"You heard me, Chihoya!!"

"Well, fuck you! I wish I'd never met you!!"

"Hey, it hasn't exactly been heaven from MY side, bitch!!"



The boy sniffed quietly from his closet, where he had hidden when his parents had begun fighting. Wiping his nose with the back of his hand, he curled up into a ball as the yelling downstairs grew louder and louder.

"Hey, listen up, bitch - why don't you just get the hell out of here? Doesn't seem like you wanna stay here anymore!!"

"Why don't YOU get out, you asshole?!? I PAID for half of this house, so half of it's mine!"

"Can't take half a house, you slut!! Even a man with half a brain could figure THAT out!!"

"You callin' me dumb?"

"I'm calling you an ass!!!"

"Hey, look who's talking, bastard - you're the one going out all the time, getting drunk, and fucking those slutty bitches that you call 'your girls'."

"HEY!! They fuck a lot better than YOU do!!"



The boy whimpered as he heard the door slam shut and a car's tires screeching, meaning one of his parents had left the house. =(Please let it be my mother; please don't let it be my father,)= he prayed as he heard footsteps moving quickly towards his room. His eyes grew wide with fear as the door was thrown open violently.

=(No...)= the boy thought as his father pulled him out from the closet. His eyes began to tear up as he knew what was coming.

"You little bastard," Akuyo hissed between clenched teeth as he grabbed the boy roughly by the collar. "It's all YOUR fault that she doesn't love me anymore!"

The boy cried out as his father began to slap him across the face. "O- Onegai..." he whimpered as the beatings got harder and harder.

"Shut the fuck up, Yugi," Akuyo said harshly as he dropped the boy on the floor and began to kick him in the chest.

Yugi began screaming as the kicks pounded into his skin, each bruising blow sending him into a world of pain. The tears began to pour faster as Akuyo pulled him up from the ground by his crimson and black hair.

"G-Gomen n-nasai," Yugi said as he began choking with sobs from the intense pain in his body.

"You're sorry, huh?" Akuyo snapped fiercely. "Well, it's a little too late for THAT." He used his free hand to send an onset of punches into Yugi's body. The boy's screams got louder as he felt a few of his ribs cracking.

"If you hadn't been born, Chihoya and I would have broken up by now. We'd be MUCH happier if it hadn't been for YOU!!" Akuyo's red eyes flashed with malice and hatred as he continued to beat Yugi. After a moment, he grabbed Yugi roughly and threw him into the far wall.

Yugi let out a final cry as his back slammed into the wall. As he crumpled to the ground, Akuyo stomped out and slammed Yugi's door after him. In a few moments, the boy could hear his father's car roaring down the street as the man headed towards a bar.

Trying to catch his breath, Yugi began to crawl towards the closet again. The boy had been moved into a small room at the back end of the house two years ago when his parents had begun to argue. The room only had a small closet, a broken window that was covered by a towel, a small table with a broken leg, an old torn mattress, and a few thin blankets.

Yugi began shifting through the few clothes on the floor, and he smiled sadly as he pulled out a beaten-up cardboard box from the mess. He slowly began dragging it towards his "bed" as he winced from the pain in his arms and legs.

As he approached his destination, he sat down on the semi-hard surface, grateful for the rest. He opened the box and peered at its contents. Inside were the few things he could actually call his own, the things that his parents hadn't found and taken away. A picture of his family before the fighting was all crumpled up near a corner of the box. A small pillow he had managed to salvage was laying at the bottom of the box, a golden box sitting on its surface.

Smiling, Yugi took this box off of the pillow. Opening it, he began to sniffle again. He took out a deck of Duel Monsters cards and a half- finished golden puzzle. His grandfather had given them to him before he left for a dig in Egypt two years ago. The old man had promised to come back soon, and he said that he wanted Yugi to solve the puzzle by then. In fact, it had been after his grandfather's departure that the abuse had begun.

"Grandpa..." Yugi murmured as he shifted through the Deck until he found his favorite card - the Dark Magician. It had always helped him with every Duel he had been in and never let him down.

Setting his Deck aside, he reached for the puzzle. He had started it a year ago, and it appeared to be forming a pyramid of some sort. With every piece Yugi managed to fit in, it got harder and harder to solve. But Yugi was determined to solve it before his grandfather came back...even though it had been so long already.

=(Maybe he's forgotten about me,)= Yugi thought as his vision clouded over with tears. Bringing his knees to his chest and wrapping his arms around them, he began to cry into his legs. Each sob sent a tremor of pain through his chest, but he didn't care. He was in so much pain, enough to make the boy feel as though he was dying.

"Why?" Yugi whispered to the golden puzzle at his side as tears began to fall down his bruised cheeks. "Why does this have to happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?" Each question sent another dose of pain throughout his body, and this in turn caused Yugi's tears to fall faster.

"Tenshi..." he cried as the pain escalated.

In response to his plea, a warmth began spreading throughout his back. Yugi's violet eyes opened as he felt the warmth snake around his chest and the pain in his ribs fade slowly away. Looking down at his chest, the boy could almost see cloudy arms wrapped around him, comforting him. His eyes turned up towards a broken mirror that was propped in a corner of his room, searching for the source of the warm feeling.

Staring at his reflection, he could see a cloudy figure sitting behind him, holding him close as he cried harder. It was a girl with long dark hair and white robes. Her dark eyes were sad as she brought her arms around him, healing his broken ribs and minor cuts.

Yugi sobbed again, knowing who the figure was. "Seika," he murmured, using the name he had given his friend. He sniffed again as the girl smiled sadly. "Arigatou..."

Seika held Yugi to her as she began to stroke his hair softly. The boy's tears fell onto her robes as he asked, "You'll stay here, even if my parents come home? You'll be watching over me, even if I can't see you?"

She didn't answer - she only continued to hold him and comfort him until he fell asleep in her arms. Gently moving him to the mattress, the girl spread the thin blankets over his fragile form. Sitting next to him, she leaned over and kissed him lightly on the forehead. Yugi stirred slightly in his sleep, a smile beginning to dance on his lips.

Seika smiled sadly again at Yugi before she cast her gaze towards the golden puzzle next to him. As she stared at it, it began to glow softly with an eerie light. The glow faded slowly, but the girl only smiled.

Hearing a car pull up in the driveway, Seika turned back to Yugi and gently stroked his hair. As Yugi sighed peacefully, the girl gazed once again at the puzzle before she faded into nothingness. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

~ ~ ~ AAHH!!! I didn't like doing this to Yugi. O.O Poor guy...Hope it gets better for him.

So, what's the deal with Seika? What happened to Yugi's grandfather? And is anyone going to stop the abusive Akuyo?

We'll just have to see!! ^_^ Please R & R!!! I'd appreciate it, thank you! ~ ~ ~