Chapter 19: The Final Battle

Note: Yep. Probably the last chapter get ready for excitement! Conclusions! And, we will find out what happened to Mai and Taerro, have no fear.

"...and get ready for a really long chapter. ^_~"

OK, that too! So here we go!"

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Chapter 19: The Final Battle

As Yami reached the final step, there was a small flash of blue light, that engulfed everyone present. Several people screamed below, and Yami was engulfed in the light himself.

A moment later, the light faded, and everyone looked around.

"What was that for?" Duke asked, jumping away from one of the orbs on the ground.

"I don't know," Seto snapped in reply, pulling Amber out of the way of an orb.

Bakura stood in the middle of the chaos, his eyes wide. His Millennium Ring had stopped glowing, and he blinked.

"What's going on?" he asked innocently.

Malik rushed up to him.

"Bakura?!" he cried, realizing Yami Bakura must have retreated.

Bakura nodded.

"That's who I THINK I am at least," he kidded, but stopped when he saw the orbs. "YAAA! What's all this!!!" he screamed, tugging on Malik's arm.

Malik shook Bakura by his shoulders.

"Yami Bakura, you'd better get out here now! That's really low, sending this guy out to fight!" Malik yelled, shaking poor Bakura.

"," Bakura asked shakily.

"Dolt," Came a voice from nowhere.

"Huh?" Malik asked, letting go of Bakura, who looked quite relieved, and looking around.

"For one thing, it's not like you haven't already put my host out to fight once," Yami Bakura's voice snapped.

"And I'm not in here on my will you idiot," Yami Bakura's voice sounded through Malik's mind. "You don't think I'd actually put any trust in that fool."

"Then what's going on...?" Malik asked, looking up at where Yami had been.

He gasped.

It was Yugi!

"Wha...what's going on?" Yugi asked, looking around, but turned back to Madam Christina as she began laughing.

"What's so funny?" Yugi demanded, clenching his fists in frustration.

She stared at him with her dark brown eyes.

"Dear boy," she laughed. "I am a master of keeping spirits locked in items, so any spirit now is unable to leave their item, meaning any help you may be getting from a spirit in that puzzle is now USELESS!"

She laughed as Yugi just stared blankly at her.

" it true?" he asked, spiritually talking to his partner. "You can't help me?"

Yami sighed.

"I'm afraid not," His confident voice echoed through Yugi's mind. "But you can do it! Use the mind crush technique."

Yugi started to sweat as his friends below battle the orbs. Duke kicked one across the room, causing it to shatter against the wall. Tristan and Joey were battling with one, Seto was trying Duke's technique in kicking them, Tea stepped on one and squashed it, and Amber and Ishizu were trying to get Bakura out of the way of harm, since he had no idea what was going on.

"Just believe in yourself, Yugi..."Yami's fading voice called.

"Yami!" Yugi cried.

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Lishito, Mokuba, and Serenity ran through the dining room and into the stone room where the rest of the gang was fighting with the orbs.

"What the...?" Mokuba cried as Serenity let out a shriek, bringing her hand quickly up to her mouth in horror.

"Malik!" Lishito called as Malik dragged Bakura over to the enterance.

"Lishito," Malik said curiously. "I thought you were staying with Serenity on the ship; and where did this boy come from?" He pointed to Mokuba.

Lishito sighed.

"Mr. Kaiba's brother," he explained as an orb shot a smoking hole in the wall. "And they begged me to come and see if everything was ok!"

He ducked as a yellow blast rocketed by his head.

"What is going on here?!" he asked, looking down at Malik and Bakura.

"That's what I'd like to know, mates," Bakura replied, crossing his arms, worriedly.

"Yugi!" Tea cried, looking up him as he stared down at a vaguely glowing Millennium Puzzle.

"What's he doing?" Amber asked as she and Duke crushed the last of the magical orbs.

She walked over to where Seto, Tea, Joey, and Tristan were looking up at Yugi.

"Nii-sama!" Mokuba cried, running over to him.

Seto smiled down at his brother, then looked back up at the scene taking place overhead.

"What's wrong Yugi?" Tea cried, nervously, cupping her hands up to her mouth to make sure he could hear her.

Yugi sighed.

"I can't use mind crush," he sighed sadly.

Tea's head jerked up.

"What?" she asked the others.

Malik nodded.

"He needs to use mind crush to battle Madam Christina, but he doesn't think he can do it without the spirit of the puzzle's help," he informed her.

Seto frowned as Madam Christina advanced on Yugi.

"We have to buy him some time to get him to START thinking he can," Seto snapped, turning around and facing the others.

Duke nodded and tossed one of his signature dice up at Madam Christina.

"Foolish," she growled as the die hit her hand, knocking several orbs down at them. (Malik, Lishito, and Amber got right down to squishing them again)

"Hey Yugi! We know you can do it!" Joey called up encouragingly.

Tea nodded.

"Just believe in yourself!" she added.

Yugi looked down at the puzzle again.

"I know you can...Yugi..." Came Yami's voice from it, causing Yugi to smile slightly.

Seto looked down at his feet, where a spinning green orb was going around and around wildly. Taking off his jacket, he scooped up the little orb.

"What are you doing?!" Tristan exclaimed, pointing at Seto.

"Don't yell! My nii-sama knows what he's doing!" Mokuba snapped in reply for his brother.

Duke snapped his fingers.

"I get it!" he cried, as Seto flopped the jacket up, like a pillow, letting the tiny ball fly up into the air and crash down on the platform above.

Madam Christina looked down, startled, to see what had caused the crash.

"NOW YUGI!" Seto, Duke, Joey, Tea, and Ishizu all chorused.

"Okay..." Yugi breathed nervously, then thrust his hand forward, his eyes closed tightly for fear of what might happen. "MIND CRUSH!"

There was a cracking sound, and Madam Christina screamed. All the orbs that had not been destroyed suddenly evaporated into little puffs of colorful air that floated up and vanished near the ceiling. When the colors cleared, Yugi gasped.

Madam Christina was still standing, although now, she looked a little different. Her eyes were a bit...bigger and happier looking, and she looked rather confused.

"My, my, what on earth are we doing here?" she asked in a voice so much kinder and sweeter than the one she had been using earlier.

Tea breathed a sigh of relief.

"You do it Yugi!" she cried, running up the stairs to him and giving him a quick hug.

Yugi blushed.

"Thanks, Tea," he replied with an embarrassed grin.

Seto blinked in confusion.

"Wasn't that supposed to destroy his enemy?" he asked himself, but didn't dare mention it out-loud.

There was no need to, he thought.

"Young man, could you kindly tell me what we're doing?" she asked, looking at Yugi.

Yugi grinned up at Tea.

"Well, it's a long story..." he began.

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Twenty minutes later, the gang, Seto, Mokuba, the Ishtars, and Madam Christina were all sitting in her parlor. (She couldn't quite recall where the large hole-in-the-wall had come from...)

Madam Christina sighed as the maid, (who had heartily apologized to Malik for screaming at him like that before; "I didn't realize you were a guest!") put down a plate of cookies.

"I've always been fascinated with antiques and old things," she began, after Yugi had informed her of what she'd been doing. "I went to many shows and auctions, trying to find the perfect pieces to add to my collection."

Yugi nodded.

"But then I ran across some...strange objects." She continued. "The seemed to have voices in them..."

"As the weeks went by, I became obsessed with finding more and more items with the spirits in them...and before I knew it, I'd become someone completely different from who I used to be."

"I was just a chaotic woman who's only desire was to see my spirits in my antiques destroy," Madam Christina sighed.

Amber patted her shoulder.

"Aw, don't worry about it," Amber said reassuringly. "As long as you've gone straight now, it really doesn't matter."

Everyone nodded in agreement.

"But still! I need to do something to make up for what I've done to you and your friends," she insisted, looking around at them. "Is there anything you might want or need?" she asked.

Ishizu looked up, her eyes lit up.

"Well, I run the Egyptian Wing in Domino Museum, and..." she began but Madam Christina cut her off.

"...I've got several interesting Egyptian pieces," she said agreeably. "You may certainly take a few back to your museum!"

Ishizu smiled.

"Thank you," she replied gratefully.

"For once the woman's not talking about evil presences," Yami Bakura hissed, crossing his arms. "Now let's get back to the city and destroy the evil Taerro."

Yugi smiled.

"Don't worry, we will," he said with a grin, then looked down at the puzzle.

"I knew you could do it, Yugi," Yami said, appearing beside him, spiritually.

"I know. Thanks!" Yugi said to his partner.

Seto stood up.

"Well, it's been nice, but we have to be going," he said emotionlessly, turning to walk away. "Let's go, Mokuba."

"Hey, Kaiba!" Yugi called, turning around and looking at him. "Thanks for all your help, you two. I couldn't have done it if you hadn't tossed that orb up there."

Seto smiled a very, very small smile.

"Forget it," he replied, though not angrily; more modestly than anything.

"See you later guys!" Mokuba called, waving, as the two walked back outside into the evening sunshine.

"That was quite an experience, ne, nii-sama?" Mokuba chirped brightly as they walked back toward Seto's helicopter.

"Yes, it was," he replied, patting Mokuba's shoulder.

"I'm glad that lady went back to being normal again, too," Mokuba said happily.

Seto nodded.

"Yes, that's always nice," he replied.

"But I'm more happy that everyone's ok," Mokuba said seriously.

Seto nodded again.

"Yeah..." He looked back at the house where Yugi and his friends were walking out of, now.

"I just hope we don't run into anything like this anytime soon," he said, grinning, and the two happily boarded the helicopter together.

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Joey stretched.

"Now that was some adventure," he sighed, rubbing his own back, and looking around at his friends. Suddenly, he looked nervous.

"Hey!" he cried, looking around. "Where's Mai?!"

Yugi looked around. The blonde was nowhere in sight.

"Perhaps she flew off the boat when we were going through that portal of Yami Bakura's," Duke suggested, but stopped after a death glare from Joey.

"Hey!" Came a cheery voice from above everyone.

The all looked up into the sky to see a helicopter of some sort, though not Seto's.

"Hey guys!" Mai called, leaning out of the helicopter as it came down for a landing.

Ishizu backed away, holding a box in her arms with the antiques that Madam Christina had given her.

"M..Mai?!" Joey stammered as she hopped out of the helicopter and winked at the pilot.

"Thanks sweetie!" she called to him. "I can get home from here."

"K. No problem!" The Pilot called back and flew the helicopter away.

"Mai what were you doing?!" Joey exclaimed.

Mai frowned.

"Well for the second time today, Joey, you left me behind. I fell out of the boat and you guys went through some weird portal without me, so I had to hitch a ride," she said angrily, smacking Joey's cheek slightly.

"Ow, okay, okay!" Joey protested with a grin.

Yami Bakura made an impatient sound.

"Can we go defeat Taerro now?" he asked angrily, his arms crossed over his chest.

Yugi smiled.

Yami Bakura was so helpful, but he had a feeling things were going to go back to normal as soon as their deal was fulfilled.

"A deal is a deal," Yugi said, as they started back to Malik's boat. "Let's go guys!"

"Yeah!" Everyone else chorused, as they all walked back toward the boat, together, in the evening sunshine.

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Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the sequel: "When you See a Black Cat..." (my 13th sotry on (!!)

"Bye for now, everyone! And thanks so much for reading! ^_^"