When We Were Friends

Good-bye

By the time Joey left the hospital, Mokuba and I were already Kaibas. I never told him we were leaving, let alone told him to where.

I didn't get a chance to find out what happened to him that day in the woods before I found him. I never asked so he never told. Somehow I think it was better that way.

I remember the last day I saw Joey in the hospital before I moved away from the orphanage. He had no idea we would mostly likely never see each other again. If he had, it would have been a million times harder to say good-bye to him.

"Hey Joey." I tried to make me voice cheerful but I'm guessing I fail miserably.

"Alright Seto. What's wrong?" Great. I had him worried about me. He was in the hospital for a long list of stuff and still worried about me.

"Nothing. I'm just a little tired." He must have bought my lye because he didn't bring it up again. "How are you feeling?"

"Fine. Unless you count the fact that I'm stuck here for another week, I'm bored out of my mind, and the food here tastes like shit." Well it was easy to tell he wasn't in one of his best moods. This wasn't going to be fun.

"Well, I don't know what to tell you about the food. But it can't be all that bad. What did you have today?"

"Breaded monkey meat, hot fruit mush, cold brain tumors, frozen rocks and, some sort of warm chucky white stuff. How does that sound to you? Are you ready to eat lunch with me from now on?"

"Please tell me you're joking." If not I think I was going to be sick.

"Well, they told me it was chicken sandwich, apple sauce, veggies in cheesed, baked potato, and milk, but I don't believe them. I still think it was monkey meat and brain tumors. What's so funny?"

I was sitting over in my chair cracking up at this. Joey could always make me laugh. I was really going to miss him. "You." I finally answered.

"Well if I 'm so fun-" Joey was cut off be someone coming in the room.

"Seto." Great it was Ms. Lux telling me it was time to leave Joey and go home and pack. Damn that women, "We have to get going. Lots to do back home you know."

"I'll be right out." She left us alone to say our good-byes, final good-byes.

"What do you have to do back home?" Joey asked, bringing me out of my thoughts.

"Nothing all that important." I lied. "Well, I better go before she gets mad." I slowly got up. I wanted to make this as quick as possible.

"Bye Seto." Joey wave good-bye to me.

"Good-bye." I turned to the door. "Oh and Joey. Don't get into too much trouble without me all right?"

"Sure thing. Bye."

I went to the door and walked out, but before I closed it, I took one last look and Joey. Good-bye Joey." And then I left.

I walked down the hall to find Ms. Lux waiting for me.

I knew it was better for Joey not to know. As long as Joey didn't come see me, I would be able to keep my full attention on Mokuba. My little brother needed me and I had to be there for him. I had to focus on Mokuba and nothing else.

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Kaiba closed the book and placed it on his desk. He sat there and thought about that day in the hospital. How he had told himself to always put Mokuba first, and he always had. Mokuba can second to nothing and he never would in the eyes of Seto Kaiba.

Kaiba never regretted not telling Joey about him being adopted. But he always wondered if Joey and him would still be friends to this day and not just classmates. Not classmates was way too nice of a word. How about worst enemies who are constantly at each other's throats in hope of finally squeezing it to the point where the other would never breath again. Yeah, that fits better.

"Kaiba," Kaiba looked up to see Joey standing in the door way. "You never told me about leaving all because of Mokuba. Because you always wanted to put your brother first. Is that it?"

Kaiba got up and walked right past Joey. "Yeah, that's right mutt."

The End

Well that's it for this fic. Sorry I took me so long to get it posted. At first I couldn't figure out how I wanted it to end. Then when I finally had everything ready to be typed, I end up in the hospital. I swear, it had to be something like monkey meat and brain tumor that they were trying to feed us. Warning to all: Never eat hospital food. It sucks.

Review and tell me what you thought of my ending. If you don't like it I was thinking about writing alternate endings but only if my reviewers want be to.