Chapter 17: Good-byes, Hellos, and Wrapping Things Up

Notes: ^_^ Ok! Where to begin with the notes...

"Well, first of all, Lady of the Thread was correct. The next story IS partially about new shop across the street."

Eh...SDG and's not QUITE a weapon's factory though. ^_~ But I have the first chapter of that story up as well as this last chapter of this one. The link's at the bottom of this chapter.

Anyway, another story wrapped up. Yay! Even though I loved writing this one. Priest Seto is such a fun character...

"What she means to say is expect to see him again sometime. ^_~"

^-^ Yep. Oo, and yes, those temples aren't very well build. Of course, it's probably been standing for thousands of years, so we'll give it a break.

"So long as it doesn't kill any of our heroes." -_-;;

Oh, and one more thing. The scene with Tea and Yugi is sort of like one from the Virtual Reality series in the anime. ;)

Anyway, on with the last chapter!

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"We've got to get out of here!" Bastet yelped back at the others.

"Come on!" Yami called, and the 5 (plus two spirits) started down the hallway, decorations on the wall on pieces of the stone ceiling falling every second.

"Can't you just teleport us out with your powers?" Taerro called up to Bastet, but she shook her head.

"Can't," he yelled back. "My energy's been drained from the battle. It would be too dangerous to try, and if we stopped, we may never get out."

Taerro turned pale.

"Forget I asked then!" he called back to her, dodging a piece of falling stone.

"How about you?" Priest Seto called down to Seto.

"I don't think I'll try," he replied, as he'd been in the battle as well, and he didn't even have powers that compared to Bastet's.

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The little car, packed with the rest of the gang, traveled through the pleasant night in the desert.

"Soo, what are we looking for again?" Tea asked, trying to get Joey's elbow off of her stomach.

Malik shrugged.

"Just trying to find the others I guess," he replied. "And at least this way, we can do it faster."

"Though with half the comfort," Tristan muttered, resting his chin in his hand.

Mokuba stared ahead, worried. His brother had said he had been in a temple somewhere in the desert, and not to be concerned, but how safe was a temple? What if his brother was in trouble right then?

Mokuba sighed.

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As the group continued running, sweating and panting from the heat and the running, a large chunk of the ceiling caved in just in front of Bastet. She jumped out of the way just in time, but the entire rest of the path was blocked.

"Oh no!" Bakura gasped, looking at the path. "What do we do now?"

Taerro gulped.

"According to my calculations, there's not enough time to move all this before the whole temple caves in," he said sadly, wiping sweat off of his forehead.

"This is bad," Bastet said, sighing.

Seto nodded.

"Is there nothing we can do?" Yami inquired, dodging another falling piece.

Bastet bit her lip.

"Well, I suppose, since it's the only option," she began, looking up at the two. "If you and Seto both combine your powers with mine, then perhaps it'll be enough to get us out of here."

The building shook violently again, and there was a horrible tearing sound. Taerro turned back to the three.

"If this is the plan, then you'd better start working on it fast," he advised.

Bastet nodded.

The Millennium Puzzle shown brightly as Bastet, Seto, and Yami combined their powers.

"Now, concentrate hard on outside!" Bastet shouted.

Seto nodded.

Bakura and Taerro and Priest Seto got closer, not wanting to be left behind. In a moment, the blinding blue flash appeared once more, and they all disappeared with it.

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Malik's car continued to ride along, when suddenly, a group of people appeared right in front of it, causing Malik to slam quickly down on the breaks.

"Whoa!" he cried as the car stopped just inches from the people.

Seto opened his eye a crack and saw that they were back out in the desert, far away from the crumbling temple. Taerro and Bakura staggered away from Bastet, who was shaking her fur out tiredly.

"I guess we could do it after all," she said softly.

Yami nodded.

"You're turn, aibou," he said to Yugi, switching places with him.

Yugi smiled fondly down at the Millennium Puzzle.

"Thanks Yami," he whispered.

"Yugi!" Came a familiar cry from behind him, and he looked up to see Tea running at him.

She wrapped her arms around him, pinning his own arms to his side, and squeezed him tightly.

"Ow, Tea you're choking me!" Yugi gasped, though he was happy to see his friend.

"I was so worried about you! Why didn't you tell me where you were going?!" she cried.

Yugi grinned sheepishly.

"I was in a hurry?" he tried.

"Bad excuse," Tea replied, happily. "But I'm just glad you're ok."

"Niisama!" Mokuba cried, jumping out of the car and running over to his brother, knocking him over as he embraced him tightly.

"Aa, Mokuba!" Seto cried, hugging him back.

"I was so worried about you," Mokuba sniffed, holding on to Seto tightly.

Seto patted his younger brother's back gently.

"It's all right, I'm fine," he replied.

"That's good!" Mokuba said. "I love you, niisama."

Seto smiled happily.

"I love you too, Mokuba," he replied.

A few feet away from this happy reunion, Priest Seto looked on, a small smile on his face as well.

"You two have quite a relationship," he said at last, to Seto.

Seto looked up at him, startled for a moment.

"Oh, yes, we do," he replied.

He paused for a moment. As much as he hated to admit he'd needed help from someone else, he couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for the priest.

"But I wouldn't be here, if it weren't for you," he said solemnly.

Priest Seto shrugged.

"Forget about it," Priest Seto replied, in a modest way that only Seto did.

Bastet opened her eyes and sighed.

Ishizu, Malik, and Lishito had gotten out of the car by now, and were talking to Bakura and Taerro about what had happened. Joey and Tristan were crowding around Yugi and Tea to talk to them.

"It seems Thoth and Anubis left just before the cave in, and the other gods have Anubis now under control," Bastet informed the group. "Osiris and Ra (the gods, not the duel monsters. ^_~) destroyed the coins, so that no other would be tempted by the powers of Egypt."

"That is wonderful," Ishizu exclaimed.

Malik nodded in agreement.

"Yes, it is," he replied.

Bastet wandered over to Seto, who looked down at her.

"I will now remove the power from you," she said gently. "Although, you were quite a good warrior with them."

Seto chuckled.

"I'm more than ready to go back to being normal," he replied seriously.

Bastet looked up at Priest Seto.

"However, you know, the spirit of the priest will return to its resting place," Bastet informed him.

Mokuba and Seto looked up, and for the first time, Mokuba saw the spirit Seto had been talking to all this time.

"Wow! You look just like my niisama!" Mokuba exclaimed.

Seto raised an eyebrow.

"You can see him too?" he asked.

Mokuba nodded happily as Bastet chuckled, her silver necklace, that had been glowing so brightly, died down once again.

"You're the ancient niisama?" Mokuba asked curiously.

Priest Seto didn't know how to reply. Seto sighed.

"Yeah, I guess he is," Seto sighed.

Bastet nudged Seto.

"Are you ready?" she asked.

Seto looked down. He couldn't explain it, but although he was more than ready to get rid of the powers, he wasn't ready to see the priest leave. For some reason, despite how much he hated to admit to things like magic and spirits, he believed in a small place in his heart that he was the reincarnate of the priest.

"It's time I go back where I belong anyway," Priest Seto said. "It was nice to meet my reincarnate though."

Seto didn't reply.

"Be sure you take care of Mokuba," Priest Seto instructed, then added more softly, "And take care of yourself too."

Seto smirked.

"Sure," he replied, turning back to Bastet.

She closed her eyes and a white light engulfed Seto. A moment later, the light died down. Mokuba and Seto turned back around, but Priest Seto was no longer there.

"So he went back?" Mokuba asked Seto, cocking his head.

"I guess so," Seto replied, as the two looked up at the sky.

Bastet sighed, pacing the desert. Tea walked over to her.

"What's wrong?" she asked, reaching out her hand to Bastet.

Bastet looked up at Tea.

"Miss, I wish to stay in Domino, for a fear more strange things will happen, and I must be there to help," she said. "It is my new assignment, Osiris says."

Tea smiled.

"If you need a place to stay, you can stay at my house if you want," Tea offered.

Bastet looked up into the girl's kind eyes.

"Thank you very much, Miss," she replied, climbing into Tea's amrs.

"Just call me Tea," Tea replied, standing up again.

Ishizu looked back toward the village.

"Yugi," she said, walking forward. "Malik, Lishito and I must deal with a few things here in Egypt before we return to Domino once more. You all return without us."

Yugi nodded.

"We'll be waiting for you!" he waved as the three got back in the little car.

Malik waved back.

"See you see guys!" he called.

"Later, Malik!" Joey called.

Tea looked down at Bastet.

"Can you get us home?" she asked gently.

Bastet purred.

"If Yugi does not mind assisting me," she replied.

Yami laughed as Yugi let him out.

"No problem," he replied.

Everybody laughed as the first trace of Egyptian sunlight came up over the end of the horizon.

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End of Story!

What did you all think?

"Yes, it was sad Priest Seto had to go home, but remember what I said in the notes above...^_~"

Ok now, don't go giving anything away! Here's the link to my next story in this little "series". It's called "Who You Gonna Call?" ^_^ Guess who?

Bye now!