Phantom's Requiem

Chapter 22

Prey

"Now, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way," Yuri smirked.

"Which one do you think I'll choose?!" Serena retorted angrily.

"Excellent. I prefer the hard way."

"Back off. She's going underground," one of the guards informed him.

"Oh, right. I nearly forgot about the insects. Why don't you two take a nap?" he asked. Raising his Duel Disk in front of him, a violet light engulfed the two officers, as they were sealed into cards. "Much better. Now, where were we?"

Turn 1: Yuri

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/5

Serena LP/Hand: 4000/5

"I set one monster face-down. Turn end."

"That's it? Maybe you're not so tough after all," Serena mocked.

"I can't attack on the first turn, can I? But don't underestimate me. You'll regret it," he warned.

"We'll see!"

Turn 2: Serena

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/4

Serena LP/Hand: 4000/5

"Draw! I activate Polymerization! I fuse Blue Cat and White Rabbit to summon Lunalight Cat Dancer! Cat dancer attacks your face-down!"

Yuri smiled as his monster was destroyed. "You should've saved that Fusion. I'll take it for myself soon."

"And how do you plan to do that?"

"You'll see."

"Tch. My turn's over."

Turn 3: Yuri

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/4

Serena LP/Hand: 4000/3

"It's my turn! Draw! I summon Predaplant Cordyceps! Then I activate Super Polymerization! I discard one card to fuse monsters from both sides of the field!"

"That means...!"

"I fuse Cordyceps and Cat Dancer! Flower risen from the dead! Beast dancing within the darkness! Now become one, and from the hell brimming beneath, give birth to a new terror! Fusion Summon! Appear! Poisonous dragon with hungry fangs! Level 8! Starve Venom Fusion Dragon!"

Predaplant Cordyceps

Level 1

DARK

ATK: 0

DEF: 0

[Plant / Effect]

During your Standby Phase: You can banish this card from your Graveyard, then target 2 Level 4 or lower "Predaplant" monsters in your Graveyard; Special Summon them. You cannot Normal Summon/Set the turn this effect is activated.

Super Polymerization

Quick-Play Spell

Cards and effects cannot be activated in response to this card's activation. Discard 1 card; Fusion Summon 1 Fusion Monster from your Extra Deck, using monsters from either side of the field as Fusion Materials.

Starving Venom Fusion Dragon

Level 8

DARK

2 DARK Monsters

ATK: 2800

DEF: 2000

[Dragon / Fusion / Effect]

Once per turn, if this card was Fusion Summoned this turn using only monsters on the field as Materials: You can make this card gain ATK equal to the combined ATK of all Special Summoned monsters your opponent currently controls, until the end of this turn. Once per turn: You can target 1 Level 5 or higher monster your opponent controls; until the end of this turn, that opponent's monster has its effects negated, and replace this effect with that monster's original effects. If this card is destroyed: You can destroy as many Special Summoned monsters your opponent controls as possible, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to the total ATK the destroyed monsters had on the field.

"Battle! Starving Venom attacks directly!"

Serena LP: 4000 – 2800 = 1200

"Now, either you come with me, or this goes on. Those are your only options. Which will it be, Serena?" Yuri taunted.

"I'll never join you," she spat.

"As you wish. I set a card. Turn end."

Turn 4: Serena

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/2

Serena LP/Hand: 1200/3

"I draw! I set the Pendulum Scale with Lunalight Tiger and Lunalight Wolf! I use Tiger's Pendulum Effect to Special Summon Cat Dancer from the Graveyard with its effects negated! Then I use Wolf's Pendulum Effect to Fusion Summon by banishing Fusion Materials! I banish Cat Dancer, and two Purple Butteflies in my hand! I Fusion Summon Lunalight Panther Dancer in attack mode! That's all."

Turn 5: Yuri

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/2

Serena LP/Hand: 1200/0

"After such a grandiose play, that's your strategy? To stall with a monster that has the same ATK as Starving Venom? I'll play your game, then. I set a monster and one face-down. Turn end."

Turn 6: Serena

Yuri LP/Hand: 4000/1

Serena LP/Hand: 1200/0

'This is it... If I play my cards right, I can win..."

"I draw! I attack your face-down with Panther Dancer! This monster can attack each monster you control twice, but they can't be destroyed by the first battle!" Serena's monster attacked Yuri's face-down, revealing Predaplant Stapeliaworm.

"Then what was the point of that?" he asked, sounding bored.

"I attack again! When Panther Dancer destroys one of your monsters, she gains 200 ATK until the end of this turn!"

"Fufufu... In that case, attack, right before you lose." he chuckled ominously.

"You're the one that's going to lose! Panther Dancer attacks Starving Venom twice, with 3000 ATK this time!"

Yuri LP: 4000 – 200 – 200 = 3600

"At this moment, Starving Venom's effect activates! When it's destroyed, it destroys all of my opponent's Special Summoned monsters and inflicts damage equal to their combined ATK!" A dark portal appeared in the center of the duel field as Starving Venom's hand shot out, clawing at Panther Dancer in an attempt to drag her down with it, screeching and roaring as it did.

"You lose," he smirked.

"Panther Dancer's effect keeps it from being destroyed by my opponent's card effects. You'll lose in just a few more turns," she responded.

"Tch. How annoying. But it won't help you. I've seen enough. This duel is over."

"What are you going on about?" Serena inquired.

"Fact of the matter is, you're coming back with me to Academia."

"I won, and that means you let me go. We had a deal, remember?"

"I never said anything about a deal. I just told you that we could do this the easy way or the hard way. Did you really think I would just give up if you won?" He grinned, approaching her.

"N-no! I won't help you destroy any more worlds!"

"Like I said... You don't have a choice." Pressing a button on his Duel Disk, the two of them vanished in a flash of light, back to the Fusion Dimension.


"Yuto, the next match is starting soon. It's us against..." Yuya stopped before finishing his sentence.

"I know... Sergey is up next. But we're going to win. Let's go, partner." The other boy responded, eyes blazing with fury.


"Yuri, you did well to retrieve Serena. But what of Yuzu Hiiragi? I asked you to bring her back too, didn't I?" The Professor questioned.

"Yes, but I have a special plan for her. One that should prove to be quite interesting," he spoke. Staring at the ARC-V Reactor, he burst into a fit of crazed laughter, leering at the Bracelet Girl that had given him so much trouble. His next target would prove to be even more valuable.


Hopefully, I can start updating a bit more regularly again now that the duel that gave me the most trouble is out of the way. Also edited the format for the card info to make it a bit less cluttered. Anyway, time for the

Review Response Corner (actually the shortest one yet, only 1 review this time)

Ulrich362's Review: Huh, well that was... surprisingly easy for Yuzu. I can't say I expected her to win that fast, but I guess in hindsight it makes sense. I can sort of understand it being hard to script a duel between those two and even more so to make it believable. Though now that Yuri is encountering Serena... well actually thinking about it if she chooses the hard way I honestly would give the dueling advantage to Serena over Yuri. True he's skilled but in a one-on-one match I don't think he has the skill necessary to beat her. As for the plot points regarding then nightmares and Sergey... one or two more chapters huh, sounds fun. Not sure what you have in mind but it should be fun. Awesome chapter, looking forward to the update.

Yeah, that's part of the reason it took so long. I really couldn't find a way to make it not seem one-sided, not for lack of trying mind you. Anyway, next chapter is Yuto VS Sergey, which I've been hyping up for a while now. Hopefully it'll be better than Yugo VS Yuri, though. That was disappointing, seeing as how long it was built up for.