Aria: Here it is...my first fic...please be gentle and don't flame me! This is an YGO/RG Utena crossover. For those of you who know Utena, this is near the beginning, just before she duels Touga for the first time until just after their second duel. For those of you who don't know Utena...look into it immediately. Um...*looks at notes* ...oh yeah, YAOI warning...Y/Y, J/S, Y/OC, J/OC, and some Tea and Tristan love!! *sighs happily*

Yugi: Anything else?

Aria: Well yeah...clearly, I have to have a disclaimer. Hmm....*snaps her fingers*

Touga: *saunters in, looking sexy* Yes...?

Aria: *drools* Uh...Touga...care to do the disclaiming honors? *hands him a slip of paper*

Touga:*reads...sexily* *Aria sighs* Ok...it says here, Aria Marier doesn't own Yu-Gi-Oh! Or
anything like it, really, except for this fic she's writing. *smiles at Aria, who simpers* Also, she doesn't own Revolutionary Girl Utena...a very cool man in Japan does. *smiles...sexily*

Aria: *breathlessly* Thanks, Touga.

Touga: *smiles* Anytime.

Joey: Can we get ON with it, please?

Aria: *looking after Touga* Huh? Oh, yeah...sure. Okay, here we go!

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Secrets of a Rose

Chapter 1: The Letter

The letter was short and smelled faintly of roses, written in green ink on the thick, smooth
paper. Tea checked the address again before reading it, and her forehead crinkled slightly.
"Ohtori...?" she muttered, and searched her memory. Sounded familiar. She shrugged and
unfolded the letter.

Dear Cousin, it read,
I know it's been a long time . I hope things have gone well for you since I left for school. My mother
told me about you and your friends at Duelist Kingdom...very impressive, cousin!
You are probably wondering why I've written to you, after so long an absence-simply, this letter is
an invitation. I haven't seen you in so long, and I'd like for you-and your friends, if possible-to come visit
me here at Ohtori for a while...perhaps over spring break, and to come to one of my concerts? Please do come,
Tea. I'll be looking for you. Your loving cousin,

Miki

She read it again, and laughed out loud. Miki! She hadn't seen or heard from him since he went off with his sister to that fancy boarding school. She put down the letter, still smiling, and picked up her phone.

This was an opportunity not to be missed.

Half an hour later, the gang was assembled in the park. Seto lounged against a tree, one knee pulled up, the other stretched out on the cool, shaded grass. Joey and Tristan sat near by, Tristan lay with his eyes closed while Joey picked at grass and sent glances at Seto from under his heavy bangs. Yugi, from his seat by Yami, spoke up once they'd all arrived.

"What's up, Tea?" he asked. "Why'd you call us all here?"

"Okay," she said, and sat down in the sweet grass, playing with a glossy leaf. She checked to make sure they were all there-Yami, Yugi, Joey, Tristan, Kaiba, Ryou, Bakura-great.

"Well, you know how our spring break is coming up?"

They all grinned and looked slightly starry-eyed. She laughed. "Does anyone have any specific plans?"

"Not unless you count running a major corporation," Seto said with a slight smile.

"Not particularly, no," said Yugi. "Why? Do you have something in mind, Tea?"

"Actually, I do," she said, grinning widely. She held up the letter.

"This is from my cousin Miki," she continued. "He goes to Ohtori Academy...a private boarding school, and he plays piano on the national level. He wants us to come visit him at Ohtori, for spring break, and to see one of his concerts." She looked around at her friends, beaming. "I figured, why not? It's not like we're doing anything else over break...and it might be nice to get out of Domino for a few weeks. Anyway. What do you all think?"

They were quiet for a moment, shooting incredulous glances at each other.

"Your cousin..." Seto said, thinking. "He's not Miki Kaoru...is he?"

She looked over. "Uh...yeah, actually. Why?"

He whoofed and lay back against the tree, tilting his head against the bark. "He's only the most acclaimed pianist of the year...just like last year...so young, and so talented...every one's talking about him."

Tea grinned. "That's Miki, all right."

"I think it's a great idea," Yami said from where he was lounging in the grass. He uncurled his lithe body for a stretch, sat up, and looked at Yugi. "What do you say, Aibou?"

Yugi shrugged and smiled. "Sounds good to me," he said. Tea smiled. Two down...though everyone knew that Yugi would go with whatever Yami decided. He worshipped his darker half...who, surprisingly, seemed to not notice.

"Tristan? Joey?" Tea asked, turning to them. Joey shrugged noncommittally.
"Sure, sounds fun," he said, and flicked a glance at Seto. He looked up and grinned. "It'll be good to get out of here for a while, you know? Right, bro?" Tristan nodded.

"How about the rest of you?" Tea asked, but she saw Ryou shaking his head.

"I wish I could, Tea," he said. "but I just took a part-time job for those weeks. I'm sorry." Bakura just shrugged. If Ryou didn't go, he didn't go.

Finally, Tea looked to the brown-haired teen still leaning against the tree, looking up into shimmering green leaves.

"How about it, Kaiba?" She could practically hear Joey's heart speed up from where she sat.

For once, the young CEO looked a bit uncomfortable. "I don't know," he said slowly. "The company...Mokuba..."

The others looked at each other, and Tea sighed. She had to get Kaiba to come, for...she looked at Joey, who was carefully looking elsewhere.

As usual, though, Yugi had a solution to the problem at hand. "Listen, Kaiba," he said kindly, "my grandpa will probably be pretty lonely if Yami and I both go away...so maybe Mokuba could come and stay with him while we're away. I know he'd really enjoy that." The others nodded, and Tea could see Seto's resolve weakening.

"To see Miki Kaoru..." He sighed. "But the company..."

"Can take care of itself, practically," Tea said firmly. "Come on, Kaiba...take a break now and again."

He scowled at her, and she knew she had won.

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ENDNOTES:

Aria: Yay! That was fun! Joey, you're so cute.

Joey: Humph. *sulks*

Seto: Don't worry, Puppy...you get me in the end.

Aria: Now, boys, no giving things away...awa...away...*stares at Touga, who has just walked in*

Touga: So when do we come in?

Aria: Huh? Oh...um...*looks at notes* next chapter. Promise.

Touga: Perfect. *leaves...sexily*

Aria: *siiiiiigh*

Well, folks, I hope you liked this first chapter. Please, pleas review! I have a lot of cool ideas for this! Cheers! *waves*