Chapter 19: The Positively Pounding Pie Contest

Notes: DMG: Thanks. I know Tristan is spelled with an "A" but for some reason I can't train my fingers to type that way. (They've memorized the way with the "O"!) :`(

Also, you guys are starting to figure it out now but…

"*Giggles at Lady of the Thread's note*"

*Smashes Red Archery Girl's clam shut.

Never mind her! Let's get on with the story here. Oh, and does Yami Bakura EVER disappear for good? Lol, I don't think so!

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Joey, Duke, Amber, and Tea walked up the sandy hill, following the map to where the Pie Eating Contest would begin in only a few minutes.

"So, do you really think you can eat all those pies, Joey?" Amber asked suspiciously, raising an eyebrow.

Joey nodded eagerly.

"Just give 'em to me and I'll eat 'em," he declared proudly as they approached a tent with the words "Pie-Eating" on it and walked underneath.

"My, do you four look like you've seen a lot!" The women sitting behind the table exclaimed, noticing their battered condition.

"Uh…you could say that," Duke mumbled, rubbing the toe of his shoe into the sand.

Amber and Tea giggled as Joey eyed the table filled with pies with a maniac gleam in his eyes.

"How much longer?" he asked vaguely.

"Uh…7 minutes?" Amber asked uncertainly.

"Too long," Joey shook his head.

Tea sweat-dropped.

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Meanwhile, Mr. Taylor, covered in hotdog toppings, walked by the pie eating booth.

"Mr. Taylor!" Tea called, looking behind her and spotting him. "Over here!"

Mr. Taylor turned around.

"Oh, hello Tea, kids," he said politely, taking off his ketchup stained jacket. "What's going on?"

"Joey's entering a pie-eating contest," Duke said with eyes narrowed in exasperation as Amber held Joey back from lunging at the pies.

"I…see," Mr. Taylor said, looking at the sign up sheets on the table. "Can I sign up?" he asked the women at the front desk.

"Oh!" She looked mildly surprised. "Oh, sure, just sign right here. We'll start in about 5 minutes."

She leaned her head out of the tent and looked around.

"Where IS everyone? It's like they all left!" she cried irritated.

All four grinned and put on smiles of fake-innocence.

"Uh…maybe it was too hot," Tea suggested.

"Yeah, maybe," Duke agreed.

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Meanwhile, Yami Yugi let Yugi take over again.

"Well, it looks like the others took care of the last monster," Yugi announced to Seto and Mokuba.

Seto leaned against the wall of a building, his arms crossed.

"That's good then," he replied.

Mokuba nodded.

"Yeah," he agreed with a nod. "I don't think I'd like to meet up with another one of those weird monsters again!"

Suddenly, a noise from behind the three caused Yugi to turn around. Walking up to them was Taerro and Bakura.

"Where have you guys been?" Yugi asked, running up to them. "There were monsters attacking everywhere!

Taerro nodded.

"Yes, I know," he replied. "We were trying to hide from them, but Bakura tripped over something and has partial amnesia."

Yugi's eyes widened.

"Really? How badly?" Yugi asked in a rush.

Taerro shook his head.

"He just forgot what happened between now and this morning, that's all," Taerro said with a shrug. "Nothing serious, I guess, as today wasn't exactly fun, or something I'D want to remember."

However, inwardly, Yami Taerro smiled.

"Actually, I very much want to remember this day," he thought. "The day I defeated one of my enemies."

"Where is everyone else?" Bakura asked, speaking for himself for once.

Seto looked at his watch.

"It's probably time for that pie-eating contest Joey was going to enter," he replied with a shrug. "Maybe they're all over there."

Yugi nodded.

"Let's go then!" Mokuba announced, walking forward.

"Wait up!" Came a voice from behind them.

Everyone turned to see Tristan running up to them, holding in his arms a trophy.

"Wow, mate, that's a mighty large trophy!" Bakura exclaimed. "What did you win it for?"

"…The Dune Race," he said breathlessly. "Where are you guys heading?"

"To see Joey eat pies," Seto said unenthusiastically.

"Great! I hope he wins!" Tristan announced as they hurried over to the tent.

Underneath the canopy, several contestants were sitting down. (There were only 3 aside from Joey and Mr. Taylor, 2 boys and a woman.)

"There's our man!" Tristan called happily. "Go Jo…" he stopped short when he saw his dad tying a napkin around his neck neatly.

"DAD?!" he asked in complete shock. "You're entering?!"

Duke nodded, walking over to them.

"That's right, Tristan," he replied with a grin.

"But no one is going to beat Joey!" Tristan protested. "Joey can eat about 5 hamburgers in 3 minutes!"

"And you're saying that a GOOD thing?" Seto asked, raising an eyebrow.

Tristan shrugged off the question.

"Don't worry, Tristan," Yugi replied. "It's just a fun little competition."

"Sure it is," Triston muttered.

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"Each contestant has five pies," The announcer began, 5 minutes later when all the contestants and viewers were settled. "The first to finish his or her five pies is declared the winner, or, the person who eats the most. Ready? BEGIN!"

It was almost disgusting to watch at the same time it was exciting. Pie filling was everywhere as the contestants munched their way through their pies.

Joey just lifted his pies out of the tray and took giant bites out of it, as if it were a giant pop-tart. Mr. Taylor was taking gentleman-like bites and had cut his first pie into eight pieces. By the time Joey had finished his second pie (apple), Mr. Taylor was on his third piece.

The two boys quit after two and a half pies, and the woman was still eating, though slower than before, on her third pie. Joey kept on eating past the fourth pie and into his last one.

"Come on Mr. Taylor!" Tea cheered, as no one else was cheering for the poor man, and she felt bad for him.

"Go! Onichan!" Serenity called as Joey started on his fifth and final pie.

"I think we're coming to the home stretch!" Duke announced excitedly.

Mr. Taylor was finishing his fourth piece and the woman stopped eating altogether now. Joey, on the other hand, showed no signs of slowing down.

"The winner!" The announcer called, as Joey took the last bite of his fifth pie.

The audience clapped loudly, especially Yugi and his friends. (Seto didn't do much clapping, though)

"Hey?" Joey poked Mr. Taylor.

"Yes, Joey?" he asked the boy. (Joey had blue and red stains all over everything from his face to his shirt, and even his shoes had been splotched.

"Can I finish your other pies?" he asked.

Mr. Taylor looked surprised.

"Um…I suppose so…" he stammered and the crowd grew silent as Joey began toe at ANOTHER pie!

"What's this?" The announcer asked, looking over at Joey. "The winner is STILL hungry and is now eating another contestant's pies?"

Yugi laughed.

"Joey! Save some for us!" Yugi called, running up to join his friend and Mr. Taylor.

"You kids can share the rest of my pies," Mr. Taylor said, pointing to his remaining three pies. "I'm too full to even look at them."

"Thanks dad," Tristan said happily, sitting down in his dad's seat as Mr. Taylor got up and walked away.

"I'm going to buy a drink," Mr. Taylor explained, walking away.

"Sure dad!" Tristan called through a full mouth as everyone else sat down to enjoy the pies.

While everyone was munching, Mai suddenly walked over to them, holding a fifty dollar bill.

"Guess you did have some business after all," Tea exclaimed, gaping at the bill.

Mai shook her head.

"No, the stand was ruined when two bikes road by, so I just picked up the remainder of the compacts and lipsticks and was going to stash them back at the hotel when one of the managers of the beach stopped me," she replied.

"He said people were leaving his park because of lack of security and fun, and he said if I'd stand at the exit and hand out my make-up supplies to the women and girls who were leaving as an "apology" thing, he'd pay me," she continued. She waved her bill in the air. "Which he did."

She stared at the gang, who were all covered in pie, except people like Seto and Tea and Serenity, who were a bit neater than the others.

"Hey, is there any pie left for me?" she asked, taking a seat next to them.

Yugi nodded, handing her a plate with a piece of blueberry pie on it.

"Thanks," she said, taking a bite. "Did Joey win the contest?"

Duke nodded.

"Of course," Seto replied with a sigh.

Mai grinned.

"Well, I guess today had a pretty sweet ending, wouldn't you say guys?" she asked.

Everyone nodded in agreement as they sat there and enjoyed their pie in the evening sun.

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