By Vada via cretino
I'm extremely sorry to all of you that expected me to update quickly. Well, I had planned to. I had most of the chapter done and everything. -sigh- But my computer is like, six years old, and decided that now was the time to die. This had something to do with the fact that I have too much on the C drive, and therefore there wasn't enough memory to open programs such as word, which sucked. I still don't have a properly functional computer, but I can use school's every now and again. Obviously, due to my A Level work, I don't have that much time to update, but I managed to send my chapter to school, and I can use few things on my computer, but not for long and there's errors everywhere and UGH. But, here it is! I'm extremely sorry, and probably won't get a new computer until Christmas time, but I will TRY to update my stories during this time. I can't promise anything, as it took me this long to sort my computer out enough to just do this. So I would appreciate it if you guys didn't grill me about the slow update, as well as with my next one. I'm trying! Anyway, that's my reasoning out of the way.
I'm going to use an idea bubbleluvr gave to me in a review. It's quite ingenious really, but I didn't find the review till I went through those of TLW. Kudos to you, and thanks for some inspiration!
Also, thank you ALL for your lovely reviews. I've had so many, despite my lack of updates. Big kisses to you all! xXx
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh, Kazuki Takahashi does… etcetera, etcetera.
Warnings: Shounen-ai. My weird 'sense of humour'. Perverted and sarcastic Ryou. Swearing.
Chapter 14 – A Day at the Beach
I hummed to myself as I walked down the stairs, dragging the heavy blue beach bag behind me. It was another scorching day today, so where better to spend such a day than at the beach?
It was Malik's idea rather than mine, but I'd rather spend a day outside with two insane, sexy blondes than inside with a hormonal, sexy Bakura. Though Malik obviously had less than honourable intentions, probably another scheme to get Bakura jealous. I almost smirked at the image of a furious Bakura; he was definitely possessive of me. That, and he had grown a recent dislike for Marik and Malik.
I got to the bottom of the stairs, making a mental check to make sure I had everything I'd need.
"Where are you going?" Bakura demanded as he exited the kitchen, taking in the sight of me in his shorts and t-shirt.
The idea came to me last night. Why wear clothes I wasn't comfortable with when I could just wear Bakura's? I was still going to wear them, just not in such a public place like the beach, as I was still rebelling against Bakura's forbiddance. They were a bit too big, but they didn't look bad, and it kept me cool.
"The beach," I said simply, hauling the bag strap over my shoulder with a little difficulty, as it was quite heavy, and tucking the blanket under my other arm.
"On your own?" He asked, raising an eyebrow.
"No," I said, shaking my head, "with Marik and Malik."
As expected, Bakura scowled, his pale features darkening. "Then I'm coming with you."
"I don't really think you're invited…" I argued hesitantly.
All part of the plan. I knew he'd come anyway, that was Bakura for you. It was quite cute, really.
Bakura's scowl deepened. "So what? I'm coming, and that's that."
"What if I don't want you to?" I blurted suddenly. It wasn't part of the plan… it just came out.
Bakura stared at me in surprise, and looked a little hurt. "Don't you want me to come with you?"
I bit my lip and stared down at my feet. Of course I wanted him to come! Hello? Bakura in no shirt? I'd be mad to pass that up!
"No, that's not it…it's just, would you come against my wishes?" I asked, looking back up into his surprisingly sober eyes.
I really did want to know, actually. Bakura usually just did whatever he wanted, no matter what anyone said to him. So would he listen to me?
"Of course not. I wouldn't come if you didn't want me to," he said indignantly, offended.
My heart swelled at his admission and it felt as though it was going to burst out of my chest. I can't help but feel guilty, though, because I think I've actually hurt his feelings. The thought of hurting him actually hurts me too, which is hard to explain. Which makes me realise… Bakura's going to freak if he finds out about the plan. Not in the good way when he can't work an appliance, or when someone looks at me for too long, but genuinely angry. I just hope that he never finds out.
I smiled at Bakura apologetically. "I don't think Marik and Malik would like it, but I have no objections if you want to come."
Bakura's face instantly lit up. "I'll be right back," he said, and practically ran up the stairs.
I stood at the foot of the stairs, waiting for Bakura to return. I could just tell that I had a goofy grin on my face. Love does that to you, I suppose – make you act like a fool and stutter and blush. Or maybe that's just the case for me?
Bakura appeared at the top of the stairs moments later, and it took a large amount of willpower to not drool all over the place. I felt my cheeks heat up and turned away quickly. Bakura was wearing the black leather shorts that Yami and Yugi had bought me – well, I paid, and they chose the clothes – and nothing else.
After taking his sweet time descending the stairs, Bakura flashed me a little smirk. "If you get to wear my clothes, I think it's fair that I get to wear yours, don't you?"
Normally I'd say that turnabout is fair play, but this is not fair, dammit! I didn't answer, instead scowled at him, yet his smirk never wavered.
At some point the bag must have fallen from my shoulders, and without a word Bakura picked it up with ease, opening the door and squinting a little in the bright light. It's hardly surprising; he spends most of his time watching television. Bakura doesn't say so, but I have my suspicions that he watches the action movies to steal ideas on how to do something evil. He seems to have lost his touch lately.
I followed, my eyes shamelessly following Bakura's behind as he walked. I quickly snapped my eyes upwards just as he stopped walking and turned around, a silvery eyebrow raised.
"You're just going to leave the front door wide open?" He asked, and I could hear the laughter in his voice.
Here's another problem I have to face daily with Bakura. He's sexy and he knows. He flaunts himself all the time, and I think he does it purposely just to torture me. Seeing as he can't torture anyone else, anyway - not successfully.
I merely glared at him and closed and locked the door. When I'd turned back around Bakura just smirked at me.
"Jerk," I muttered as I stormed past him, hoping the journey to the beach would be quick and painless for me.
"Ryou!" Malik greeted jovially as Bakura and I stepped off the bus, rushing over and pulling me into a hug, causing me to drop the blanket.
I'll never understand how Malik can just pull away from a make-out session with his darker half and carry on as if nothing happened, especially when looking so dishevelled. I somehow managed not to laugh at his mussed hair and flushed cheeks, though.
Bakura made a weird sort of choked, growling noise at Malik, much to Malik's amusement.
Slipping his arms around my waist, Malik peered at Bakura from over my shoulder, fluttering his eyelashes demurely. "Hi Bakura," he said, grinning. Malik's hands went even lower, causing me to squeak in an embarrassingly undignified way when he squeezed my butt.
"Malik!" I cried in mortification, pulling his hands away roughly. Malik merely snickered at me and stepped away, smiling when Marik appeared beside him, linking their hands together.
"Malik, Marik," Bakura acknowledged coldly, crossing his arms across his chest, looking very irritated, as opposed to the blondes in front of us.
/Why did you want to come if you're just going to be all grouchy?/ I asked, his anger filtering through our link and making me irritable.
-/Who knows what they'll try to do to you?/- Bakura muttered, before he followed Marik and Malik, who had started walking along the slightly uphill path that led to the beach.
I rolled my eyes as I picked up the blanket before following as well, making sure to stay a little way behind so I could watch Bakura's leather-clad ass as it swayed slightly while he walked.
/But what business is it of yours?/ I countered.
-/I am your Yami, in case you had forgotten,/- Bakura said indignantly, -/So what happens to you is my business, as I'm meant to protect you and stuff./-
/And stuff? Oh, that fills me with confidence./ I said sarcastically. /And since when have you ever protected me?! You're too busy watching television or stealing to aid me in anything!/
-/What about when I saved you from that fat woman in the arcade?/- Bakura asked smugly.
I didn't answer straight away as we had reached the top of the small hill and the sparkling blue ocean came into view, full of children, teenagers and adults alike all swimming and playing in the waves. I bit my lip as I noticed how full the beach was. It was crammed full of Domino residents taking advantage of such nice weather. How were we going to find anywhere to sit?
-/Well?/- Bakura snapped impatiently – though still sounding smug, of course – breaking into my thoughts and reminding me to move my feet.
/It was your fault that happened in the first place!/ I argued, annoyed.
I felt Bakura's confusion for a brief second before it disappeared. I guessed that Bakura had covered it up, so as not to look like he wasn't in control of the situation.
-/How was it my fault?/- He asked, affronted.
Not wanting to divulge Bakura with that piece of information, I sent him a mental glare – plus a real one at the back of his head for good measure – alongside the mental image of my middle finger.
-/End of discussion, I take it?/- Bakura asked in an amused tone.
Despite my best efforts to stay angry, my lips twitched upwards of their own accord and my ill feelings washed away. I could feel that Bakura's mood had lifted, which had, in turn, made me feel better as well.
I blinked in realisation when I noticed something for the first time. I could feel his emotions. I had been able to for a while now, why had I not been more aware of this sooner? Normally he blocks himself from me, liking to keep to himself. Feeling slightly awed and thrilled, my smile grew until I was sure I looked like a complete moron.
Maybe we were progressing further than I dared to hope?
"Hey, Ryou, you in there?"
Malik's playful voice snapped me out of my thoughts, and I stopped walking. Only now did I realise that we'd reached the beach as I wriggled my toes, feeling the warm, slightly grainy feeling of the sand as it filtered between them.
It was as if the mute button had just been taken off, and all of the sounds returned at once – the laughing, talking, splashing and the crashing of the waves as they hit the shore.
I grinned sheepishly at Malik, who rolled his eyes, muttering something about me that I couldn't quite catch. Marik had quite clearly heard and snickered in amusement.
Deciding to ignore them, I glanced around us, noticing that we had quite a large area of space and that Malik had already set out his blanket, and Bakura had placed our beach bag on the sand. Wondering how they had managed to find space when the area had clearly been full, I looked around to see a family of four looking fearfully at Marik, one of the children even in tears as the Mother tried to comfort her. Looking to the other people nearby, they too were casting wary and frightened looks at the intimidating blonde.
"Marik!" I scolded, "You scared people away to find us somewhere to sit?!"
Marik merely smirked at me, not seeming the slight bit remorseful. In fact, he looked pretty pleased with himself.
"Lighten up, sugar, it's not like he sent them to the Shadow Realm," Malik said lightly, fishing through his bag for something.
I gave up trying to teach the loons human decency, sighing in defeat. I made my way over to where Bakura was stood, glaring at a group of people that were probably a year or so older than me, who were looking terrified. I rolled my eyes, unfolding the blanket and setting it out on the sand.
"Leave the poor people alone and sit down, Yami," I berated, taking the sun lotion out of the bag before sitting down on the blanket.
Bakura raised an eyebrow at the command but complied none the less, settling himself down close to me. A bit too close, really. Had we not talked about personal space already?
I squirted liberal amounts of the lotion on my palms and began to apply it to my legs, arms, chest and most of all my face. I remembered one time when I had forgotten to put sun lotion on and grimaced. My face looked like a tomato all week, I didn't hear the end of it from Bakura for months.
The bottle was swiftly plucked from my hand, so I looked up to glare at Bakura…who's face was inches from mine. I surprised myself by keeping my composure, and raised an eyebrow in question. We were so close I could properly see the colour of Bakura's eyes. They look almost black from afar, but up close they're a really dark brown. I knew this already, of course. I'd pretty much memorised how Bakura looked by now.
"Want me to do your back, hikari?" Bakura asked, grinning, his warm breath ghosting over my skin.
"Uh…s-sure," I stuttered, turning away in embarrassment.
So much for composure.
I heard the squelch as my Yami squeezed the bottle – too hard most likely – and jumped at the sudden feeling of the cool liquid on my heated skin. Bakura's calloused fingers gently massaged the lotion all over my back, and I fought the urge to scoot backwards to get closer to Bakura.
The moment was over all to quickly, as Bakura lifted his hands from my skin. But instead of moving away like he was supposed to, Bakura moved closer. I felt my whole body grow warm at the feeling of Bakura's bare chest against my back and his breath caressing the shell of my ear.
"All done," he murmured huskily, nipping my ear playfully.
I jerked in surprise, knocking my head into Bakura's. I moaned in pain and clutched my head, leaning forward to rest it against my knees.
Way to go, idiot! You just had to ruin the moment, didn't you?! Ow…
"What was that for, Ryou?!" Bakura's pained voice exclaimed from behind me. I wasn't completely sure, but I thought I heard him mutter something else afterwards. I caught bits of, "Not again…bad luck…stupid hikari…"
"Y-you bit me! I was surprised!" I exclaimed indignantly into my knees, trying to hide my embarrassment.
"Ryou!" Malik exclaimed from somewhere, cutting Bakura off.
Bakura muttered profanities under his breath, which was a waste of time because they were very clear. Well, to me anyway.
I looked up, to find Malik and Marik stood a few feet away, their blanket, bag and parasol – where'd they get that? – abandoned.
"We're off to test out the water, you coming?" Marik asked, smirking.
Ugh, I bet they just saw what happened. I am so going to be teased about this later.
"Um, no, not yet. I'll join you guys in a bit," I said, rubbing my head ruefully.
They both said, "okay," in response and looked at one another before racing towards the water, stepping on children's sandcastles and kicking sand at people while doing so. Those two are so inconsiderate.
I blinked as I remembered Bakura's presence and close proximity. I slowly twisted my body and turned my head to chance a glance at him, to find him staring right back at me. My eyes widened and my cheeks reddened, but I made no attempt to move away.
"Ryou…" Bakura started, slowly inching towards me, placing a hand on my knee, "I…"
…End of chapter! Haha! I know this is extremely evil of me, considering the very, very, very long wait you guys endured. Also, I know I said that I'd do one chapter per day, but I ended up writing so much, and hadn't even got very far, I figured I'd stop it here. And what better place? -smirks- So there will still be the same number of chapters remaining, as this day will have two chapters to it instead.
I already know how the next chapter is going to start off, as well. -cackles-
Anyway, I can't apologise enough, and I'm sorry to say that the next chapter won't be updated that speedily either, but hopefully, if I can manage my time right and do some writing on paper and then use my free periods to write it up at school, then it definitely won't be a long a wait as it was for this chapter. Review, please?