Chapter One: Crossed Wires

Yugi Motou jerked out of a trance in the middle of homeroom when the teacher smacked the ruler against the desk.

"Starting this Friday," he announced to the class. "Due to a computer file problem that has occurred over the weekend..."

Everyone turned to look at Joey Wheeler.

"What?" Joey asked, sitting up straighter, realizing everyone's eyes were on him. "I didn't do it!"

Yugi chuckled. Joey had a reputation for causing trouble.

"As I was saying, the teachers need time to repair the problem without the students in the buildings, so Friday's this month will be teacher work days."

The whole class cheered.

"No school!" Joey cried standing up.

"However," Their teacher continued. "To keep you busy on those long days off, you are all required to sign up for one of two extra-curricular activities: A course in "Exploring Physical Education", or a course in Swing Dancing."

The class groaned, except for Tea who looked extremely pleased. Yugi knew Tea would sign up for dance, because she was planning to be a dancer when she grew up.

"Now, after the bell rings, please come and sign up for the class you would like. Hurry, there's limited space available in each."

Yugi slumped down in his desk.

"Dance? Or PE?" he asked himself looking down at the Millennium Puzzle.
"Perhaps dance,"

Yami said appearing beside him. "That could be fun, and you might get a chance to dance with Tea."

Yugi blushed.

"Don't be ridiculous Yami, why would I want that?" Yugi muttered. "I'm too short to dance anyway."

Yugi had just made up his mind to sign up for the "Exploring PE" class when the bell rang. A stampede of students ran forward to the two sheets of paper on the teacher's desk. They began scribbling on one sheet of paper, but the other sheet no one paid attention to.

Yugi tried to fight his way through the crowd but it was useless. He was too weak to push his way past the others.

"Tristan! Get off my foot!" Joey's voice came from inside the crowd.

"Taylor! Wheeler! By my desk and wait until everyone else has gone!" The teacher called.

"But..."

"Now!"

Joey and Tristan grumbled as they watched everyone else sign up, except for Yugi, Bakura, who seemed to be waiting for the crowd to die down, and Seto Kaiba, who hadn't even bothered to get up. He was reading in the back of the room.

Tea happily signed her name to the dance sheet and walked away.

"See you later, Yugi!" she called as she ran out the door and to her next class.

Yugi, Bakura, Joey, and Triston approached the sign-up sheets and found that every single spot on the "Exploring Physical Education" had been taken.

"Oh no!" Joey cried jumping backward from the sheets as though they were attacking him. "They expect boys to sign up for...for..."

"Dance?" Bakura finished uncertainly.

"Guess so," Yugi said signing his name under Tea's. (She was one of the only two people who signed up.)

Bakura and Tristan added their names under Yugi's and Joey reluctantly added his.

"Hey!" Joey called over to Kaiba, seizing an opportunity to make him angry. "Kaiba! Looks like you're stuck with taking Dance Class!"

Kaiba walked to the front of the room and looked down at the two sheets. Then, he smiled at Joey.

"I see you are too," he retorted.

Then he turned to the teacher.

"Are these courses required?" he asked.

"Yes, they are,"

Kaiba sighed and added his name under Joey's. Then he walked out of the room without saying a word.

"Oh Yugi," The teacher said making a photo-copy of the list and then handing it to him. "Please call the people on the list the night before the class to make sure they're going to be coming."

"Uh, okay," Yugi muttered shoving the list in his back pack and walking out the door.

"You're welcome to bring friends or siblings!" The teacher called out as the remaining students left the room.

"Yeah, right, like Serenity's going to want to dance," Joey muttered as he walked out of the room.
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"I'd love to take a dance class!" Serenity cried when Joey told her the news later that evening. "I've always wanted to learn and now I can, with you and all your friends too!"

Joey fell to the floor then got back up again.

"You actually want to take this silly course?"

Serenity nodded eagerly.

"Oh yes, onicha!" she replied happily.

Joey sighed.

Across town at Kaibacorp, Kaiba was madly typing away on his latest Virtual Reality program when Mokuba walked in.

"So what's this about no school on Friday?" Mokuba asked taking a seat on the couch.

"Something about computer repairs. We have to take some Swing Dance class though," he added writing the last line of code and saving the program.

"Cool," Mokuba said. "Maybe you'll have fun."

Kaiba smiled.

"Learning dance? I have a company to be running and I'm taking a dance course," he said sarcastically. "How ridiculous."

As night fell, Yugi walked up to his bedroom at the top of the Game Shop and lay out on his bed.

"I'm tired," he murmured but noticed the list sticking out of his bag.

"Oh yeah," he said picking it up and staring at it. "It IS Thursday, and I did promise the teacher I'd make sure everyone would be coming. I guess I'd better do that."

"Ah," Yami replied from the dresser where he was perched, watching Yugi.

After collected the phone book, Yugi picked up the phone on his desk and dialed Joey's phone number.

"Hello?" A girl's voice came from the other line.

"Serenity?" Yugi asked.

"Yes, would you like to speak to my brother?" she asked.

"Mm," Yugi said in reply.

Serenity put down the phone.

"Joey! Joey? JOEY!" Yugi heard her yell.

"Onicha? Where are you..." Her voice grew faint as she walked away from the phone.

Yugi sighed.

"This could take a while," he muttered.

Suddenly, he heard a strange scratching sound on the other line.

"And....*fuzz* pepperoni fuzz ...hold the..."

"Hello?" he called into the receiver.

"Hey Yug," Joey's voice came from the other line. "Sorry 'bout the wait. What'd you need?"

"Hey Joey," Yugi sighed. "I need to know if you're going to come to the dance class tomorrow."

"Sure am," Joey replied. "And Serenity too."

"That's cool..." Yugi started but was cut off.

There was an odd click through the receiver and suddenly, a women's voice began talking.

"...and I'd like a small pizza with..."

"Pizza? You're ordering pizza?" Joey cried.

"...extra cheese and a two liter of soda. Do you understand?"

"Yes ma'am," Came a man's voice. "One small pizza, a two liter, and anything else?"

"A large deep-dish with extra sausage!" Joey said drooling.

"I'm a vegetarian!" The lady cried shrilly, outraged. "I only want a small pizza with..."

"THE WORKS!" Joey cried happily.

"Joey, hang up the phone!" Yugi cried beginning to get nervous.

"Who is on this line?" The lady demanded.

"So one deep-dish with extra sausage, one small w/ extra cheese, and a small with the works?"

"NO!"

Yugi hung up.

"I hope Joey hung up. I shudder to think what that lady'd do to me if she could trace my call." Yugi sighed with a gulp.

Yugi dialed Tea's number and tapped his fingers on the desk as the phone rang.

"Kaiba," Came the sharp voice from the other end.

"Kaiba?" Yugi asked checking the number he dialed.

"Who is this?"

"Yugi Motou," Yugi said scratching his head, puzzled. "I need to know if you'll be at dance tomorrow."

A sigh came through the receiver.

"Yes, if this ridiculous class is absolutely necessary."

"Okay then," Yugi said cheerily. "Bye."

"Hello?"

"Kaiba?" Yugi asked putting the receiver close to his ear.

"Hello? Is this Yuey?" A scratching voice came through.

"What is this?" Kaiba asked.

"This is Yugi," Yugi said shakily. "You can hang up Kaiba."

"No! Don't hang up!" The voice called. "I need you!"

"Well I certainly DON'T need you clogging up my phone line," Kaiba replied.

There was a click on the other line.

"Yuey, I need you services right away," The man said in a rush. "It's terrible! My house, it's flooding!"

"And...my services will help that?" Yugi asked weakly.

He caught a glimpse of Yami who had both eyebrows raised in astonishment.

"This is Yuey's Plumbing?" he cried hysterically.

A slosh of water was heard in the background.

"No, this is the Game Shop!" Yugi called over the roar of water.

"Oh no! The pipe broke! I need a plumber! I need a plumber! I nee..."

Suddenly, a gurgling sound came through the receiver and the noise of rushing water. Then, the phone went dead.

Yugi hung up the phone, his hand shaking.
He wiped his forehead.

"I don't even want to think about that," he said with a sigh.

"Next on the list is...Tea...oh yeah! I already tried her and got Kaiba. Well, I'll try Bakura first."

Yugi turned to the phone and carefully picked it up. He heard rushing water through the receiver.

Yugi slammed the phone down again.

"Okay," he said with a deep breath and picked up the phone one more time.
No water could be heard. Just the dial tone.

Yugi sighed with relief.

"Okay then, next on my list was Bakura," he said scanning his finger down the list of names.

After looking up the correct phone number, he dialed it in and waiting nervously as the phone rang. By the time the other end picked up, Yugi was biting his finger nails nervously.

"Hello?" Came a small voice on the other end.

"Ryo Bakura?" Yugi asked with a sigh of relief.

"Um...yes....who is this?" Came the voice on the other line.

"Yugi, remember?" Yugi asked.

"Well, yes, but what do you need?"

"Are you going to be at Dance Class tomorrow?"

"Uh...yeah. Why wouldn't I?" Bakura asked.

"Well, it's just my job. Call everyone who signed up and make sure they'll be there."

"Well, I'm going to be there, so I guess that finishes your job," Bakura said.

"Hello?" Came a girl's voice.

"Uh...hello?" Bakura replied stunned.

"Oh hi! I've been trying you for hours! But you never answer your phone! Are you trying to avoid me?"

"No, but I can see why I would," Bakura choked out.

"Oh no," Yugi muttered and hung up.

"Well, I just wanted to talk to you! Can't you just hear me out? I think that we would make a very cute couple..."

"Couple?" Bakura cried.

"...yes and I think that we ought to get together sometime..."

"I...I...I don't even know who you are!" Bakura cried.

"What? It's me silly! This is Tyler right?"

"No, this is Ry...." Bakura started but thought better of it.

"I better not give her my name or she'll come after me next!" he thought.

"This is....Joey Wheeler," he lied.

"Sorry Joey," he thought to himself.

"Oh, well nev-er-mind!" she cried and hung up the phone.

"Whew!" Bakura sighed hanging up the phone. "I hope Joey won't be too angry when she starts calling him up."

Back at Yugi's house, he was staring at the phone in disbelief.

"What is this? Crossed lines or something?" Yugi muttered. "I don't want to think about what they girl might have said to Bakura."

After another half hour of criss-crossed calls, including a very unpleasant one between Triston and Yugi and a women who would simply not hang up on her boyfriend, Yugi had finally completed the list.

"Oh," Yugi sighed lying flat on his bed with Yami watching from the dresser. "I'd rather Shadow Duel than face that again."

"You might change your mind upon remembering your last experience in Shadow Duels," Yami replied.

"Well," Yugi said remembering. "Yeah, you're probably right."

He rolled over and pulled the covers up over his head.

"At least now I can get some sleep for tomorrow," Yugi muttered sleepily and within a few minutes, was fast asleep...