"Clear Wing Synchro Dragon, attack! End this Duel! Whirlwind Hell Diving Slasher!" The majestic white dragon flew high into the sky, spinning to create a powerful aura of wind above itself, then began its descent toward the ground at high speed. Its target: Yuya Sakaki, who stood in its path in a still, trancelike state, unmoving, even as it was getting closer. Yuto broke out into a sprint, intending to push Yuya out of its path. However, just before he could reach the other boy, Clear Wing collided with him, sending Yuya flying across the park. In horror, Yuto forgot about the Synchro Duelist he'd been fighting just minutes prior and rushed to Yuya's side to make sure he was alright. Holding his doppelganger, Yuto realized that Yuya had been grievously injured from the blast, and Yuto's chances of making it to the hospital the boy's friend from Fusion was at in time were slim to none. There was nothing he could do. He hadn't felt this helpless since Ruri was taken from him so long ago.
Yuya tiredly opened his half-lidded eyes. "Yuto, before I go, there… are some things I need… to tell you."
"Don't talk like that. You'll be fine." It was a lie. He knew it was a lie. Yuya knew it was a lie. Yuya knew he would never see another sunrise. Yuya accepted it. Yuto was the one who refused to accept the truth. Not Yuya.
"First, I've never been… able to say it until now, but… I'm thankful… you saved Yuzu from Shingo and his gang back then. Second, I want you… to have this. It's my Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Just remember… to always use it to… keep everyone smiling. And finally… Tell… Yuzu that I love…..." Before Yuya could finish his statement, the light faded from his eyes, and his body began to dissolve into particles of light.
Yuto sank to his knees, open palms outstretched on the pavement. Steel grey eyes empty, facial expression blank, except his mouth, hanging half-open from a combination of shock and disbelief. He'd lost comrades on the battlefield. But they were carded. They might have a chance to come back. Now… Before everything went black, he could hear Yuzu's voice calling out for her lost friend. Silence.
He woke up in a girl's bedroom, ceiling overhead. He turned to the left, and saw Yuzu sitting at the bedside. He gently sat upright, rubbing his head, before getting out of the bed and standing in front of the girl.
"How long was I out for?"
"Almost 6 hours."
"That long? How did I get here, anyway? The last thing I remember is dueling the Pawn of Fusion in the park. His dragon attacked for the win. Everything after that's a blank."
"I carried you here. But I have a question for you now. Why were you dueling him? And why do you think he's your enemy?"
"Before I can get into the details, there are some things you need to know first. This world, the one you call your home, isn't the only one. There are four dimensions that exist. The one we're in now is called Standard. I am from one of those other worlds, the Xyz Dimension. Ours was a peaceful world. We knew nothing of war or conflict. We dueled simply because we enjoyed it. Then the warriors of Fusion, another of the four worlds, arrived. Your friend Sora is from that dimension. Their attack was brutal, merciless. We were unprepared. Their Duel Disks were capable of turning people into cards. I lost some of my closest friends to them. Ryoga, Rio, Kotori, Tetsuo. All gone because of them. And then they took Ruri. The Pawn of Fusion is the one who took her from me. So I'll never stop. I'll get Ruri back. And then I'll make Academia pay." At this point, Yuto was incapable of holding back the tears flowing down his cheeks. He had balled his hands up into fists out of anger and sorrow. Pressing his nails into his hands to the point that they began to bleed.
"So Sora was…" Yuzu had a sinking feeling that she knew why Sora had been sent to Standard.
"He was probably sent here to test out the defenses of this dimension. That's why I'm going to stay. I won't let what happened to me happen to anyone else."
Yuzu walked over to a table in her room. "Then you'll need this."
Yuto's eyes widened in shock. "That's…"
"Yuya's deck. Yuya was in the Maiami Championship, so it would be suspicious if he suddenly disappeared. So, at least until we find him, you'll have to act in Yuya's place. Tomorrow, we'll have a duel to help you get accustomed to Yuya's style of dueling, but for now, you should be heading back to Yuya's house. The sun's coming up. It'll be bad if you're not there when Yoko gets up. Come on, I'll walk you. Besides, I need to give you a few pointers along the way."
Approaching the house, Yuto quietly entered. If there was one positive to have come out of the invasion, it was that he had become very good at stealth. Making his way up to what he assumed was Yuya's room, he couldn't help but notice all of the circus-themed decorations that littered the room. He climbed into the bed, closing his eyes, despite knowing that sleep would not visit him that night. Climbing out of the bed upon hearing Yuya's alarm, he tried not to trip over anything, making his way down the pole.
A woman in what appeared to be her late thirties greeted him as he came down.
"Good morning, Yuya. How are you feeling today?"
"I'm alright, Mom. Just didn't get much sleep last night." 'Mom.' Never would Yuto have thought that such a familiar word could sound so wrong.
A look of concern appeared on her face. "Are you alright? You sound stressed."
"No, it's nothing. What's for breakfast?"
"I figured you'd want pancakes, so I already made some. By the way, what's with the hair?"
"It's just a new look I'm trying out. May I have some pancakes, please?"
"Of course." Yoko set a plate in front of him that Yuto conservatively estimated to be around half the size of his body. He idly wondered how big of an appetite Yuya must have to eat all of these. Regardless, he managed to down about a third of them before reaching his limit. It was a welcome change from the rations he and the other Resistance members were forced to eat, but after living off of said rations for so long, Yuto simply didn't have the stomach to finish them.
"I'm sorry for not finishing my pancakes. I'm just not very hungry. May I be excused? I also need to go to Yuzu's house to practice for the upcoming tournament matches."
"Alright. Be safe, and make sure you're back before dark."
"Yes, ma'am. Goodbye."
"So, you ready to get started?"
"Let's do this."
"Alright, but there's something you should know before we start this. This will be an Action Duel." Yuzu smirked at her opponent.
"Action… Duel? What does that mean?" Yuto raised an eyebrow in confusion. Suddenly, a robotic voice emanated from his Duel Disk.
"Generating Action Field: Crossover."
Yuzu then snapped her fingers, as a sphere of cards above the field were scattered across the field.
"Action Cards dispersed."
"Duelists locked in battle!" Yuzu began.
"Kicking through the air alongside their monsters, they storm through this field!" Yuto continued, almost as if instinctually.
In unison, they chanted, "Behold, this is the newest and greatest evolution of dueling! Action…"
Turn 1: Yuzu
"I'll start! Since I control no monsters, I can summon Aria the Melodious Diva (ATK 1600/DEF 1200/LV4) in Attack Mode! And since I have a Melodious Diva on the Field, I can summon Canon the Melodious Diva (ATK 1400/DEF 2000/LV4)! Next, I'll set one card face-down, and end my turn."
Turn 2: Yuto
"It's my turn! Draw! With my Scale 1 Stargazer Magician, and Scale 8 Timegazer Magician, I set the Pendulum Scale! I can summon monsters Levels 2-7 simultaneously! Swing, pendulum of the soul! Draw an arc of light which illuminates those fallen! Pendulum Summon! Level 4, The Phantom Knights of Cloven Helm! Level 4, The Phantom Knights of Fragile Armor! And the dragon with dichromatic eyes! Level 7, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon!"
Yuzu was shocked. "You just Pendulum Summoned on your first try! It took Yuya hundreds of duels with Gongenzaka just to do it once!" Yuzu then noticed something different about Yuto. Her eyes widened. Gone were his steel grey eyes and perpetual frown, replaced by red ones and a smile she knew all too well.
"It can't be… Yuya?!"
"Ladies and gentlemen! The fun has just begun!"
To be continued.