Chapter 1: Summer's End

Notes: First of all, this is the sequel to "When You See a Black Cat" although you DON'T need to have read that one first to understand this one.

"Really."

Anyway, yeah, the only thing you'll really have needed the Black Cat for is my couple of made-up characters (whose profiles are on my profile) and what happened last "episode." So anyway, as for the disclaimers, I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh! or any of their characters. I do own Amber, Taerro, and the personality of Bastet.

"And she got the idea for this fic from her little brother, so she gives him credit too."

And don't get nervous when you don't see Yugi for the first few pages. I decided not to write him in right away, but he'll be there, rest assured. ^_~

Anyway, get ready for the fic everyone!

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Chapter 1: Summer's End

"Duke! Come here! I think I see them!" Amber Johnson called from the window of Duke's house one August evening.

She was spending the summer with him in Japan, and the two were quite interested in the new shop that had opened up across the street from the Black Crown, Duke's game shop. So far, they hadn't seen much of the owners at all, but they had heard strange noises coming from the building every once in a while.

"You do?" Duke asked, running across the room and leaning out the window next to her.



"Yeah, look by the door," she said, pointing.

A man with a strange outfit was walking out the door, closing it safely behind him.

"They look like they're wearing astronaut outfits," Amber said quietly, her long brown hair ruffling in the evening breeze.

"Yeah..." Duke agreed, squinting to get a better view.

The man got into a large truck, in which two other men were already inside. The engine started, and the truck drove away and down the street.

"Weird," Duke said, watching them drive away.

"I know," Amber agreed, pulling her head back in the window and smoothing out her dark pink shirt. "I wonder what kind of business they're in."

Duke shrugged.

"So long as it's not gaming, then I'm ok with it," he joked, walking into the kitchen with Amber.

Amber chuckled.

"Yeah, but your shop's already pretty well set," she pointed out as she opened the refridgerator to get the lemonade out.

As she closed the door, a piece of purple paper fell loose from the magnet that was holding it on and to the kitchen floor. She bent down and picked it up, reading the title.

"Oh, the "End of Summer Dance," she said, showing the paper to him. "I totally forgot about that. It's this Friday."

"Oh yeah," he said, taking the paper and reading it too. "I wonder if the others are going."

Amber smiled.

"I hope so," she said, pouring herself a glass of lemonade. "It'd be fun."



"It's kinda sad summer's almost over though," he said with a sigh, sticking the paper back under a magnet.

Amber's smile faded as she took a sip of her drink.

"Yeah..." she agreed. "Sad."

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Seto Kaiba was typing on his laptop in his bedroom at his desk, working on the new graphics for a sequel to his latest game. It had been such a huge success there was quite a demand for a new one.

He yawned as he pressed the view button to see the game so far. It was still in its early stages, so there wasn't much to do. Although, he had to make sure the dialogue boxes were working properly for the characters in the game.

There was a knock on his door suddenly, causing him to turn around.

"Come in," he called.

The door opened and his younger brother, Mokuba, walked in, smiling.

"Hi Mokuba," he said happily, saving his file before continuing to talk.

He had once worked for three hours on a program, only to have the electricity go out and all of his work lost. Ever since, he saved his work every few minutes.

"Hey, niisama!" (respected brother) Mokuba replied, walking over and sitting down on the end of Seto's bed. "What's up?"

Seto sighed tiredly.

"Just working on a new program, that's all," he replied, jerking his head toward the computer to emphasize.

"Oh," Mokuba replied. "I wish you wouldn't work so hard." He admitted, looking up at his brother. "You ought to take a break ever now and again."

Seto smiled, turned off the moniter and walked over to his brother.

"All right," he agreed. "Was there something you had wanted to do?" he asked, sitting down next to him.

Mokuba shrugged.

"Oh, not really, I just wanted to ask you about this."

He held up a purple piece of paper, similar to the one Amber had shown Duke earlier. Seto took it from his brother and skimmed it.

"The End of Summer Dance?" he asked quizzically. "Why? Did you want to go?"

Mokuba shrugged again.

"Well, I just thought it would be fun if we all went, you know, Yugi and his friends and everyone," he replied. "After all, when school starts up again there won't be many evenings like this."

"But a dance?" Seto repeated. "That's really not my thing, Mokuba."

Mokuba grinned.

"Well, not me either, but I thought of it more like a party than a dance," he said, smiling up at his brother. "Will you think about it?"

Seto sighed.

To him, a dance meant girls dressed up in sparkly outfits, giggling and trying to get guys to dance. Guys dressed in suits and ties, standing around, talking and dancing, and impressing girls. The party Mokuba was talking about really didn't fit in Seto's opinion of a dance.

"I'll think about it," Seto replied with a smile, looking over at his alarm clock. "Wow, it's nearly ten! I think it's time for you to get ready for bed."

Mokuba sighed.

"Aw," he protested, but got up anyone.

"Come on," Seto said, and he and his brother left the room together.



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Tea yawned, and looked over at her clock. It was 10:01, and she still hadn't finished her entry in her journal. She'd been writing a lot lately, because every day there seemed to be something else strange and interesting happening to the gang and she.

For example, only a few days ago had they returned from Egypt, helping a goddess get Anubis back in line. The goddess, Bastet, had been most grateful for their help, and had wished to remain in Domino to keep "an eye on things," as she said.

So Tea, who'd always wanted a cat, agreed to let her stay with her, even thought she knew she was a goddess, and not a real cat. She looked over at the sleeping Bastet, who was curled up on her pillow. She was quite worn out from the adventure, but Tea didn't mind.

"...and I'm hoping to at least get one dance with Yugi at the End of Summer Dance." She wrote. "Not that I like him, but, I think it would be fun, since we did take all those dancing courses during the year."

She closed the book and stowed it in her bottom drawer underneath a pile of old notebooks. Not that she needed to hide it from anyone, though. She was an only child and her mom and dad hardly ever came in her room, much less went through her drawers.

She yawned and stood up just as the telephone over by her bed rang. She hurried over and picked it up.

"Hello?" she asked tiredly, rubbing her eyes to stay awake.

"Tea?" Came a familiar voice.

"Hi, Taerro," she replied, recognizing the voice, sitting down on her bed. "What's up?"

There was a pause.

"I just wanted to know if you knew if Bakura was planning to be somewhere tonight, cause he's not at his house and I wanted to talk to him," Taerro explained from the other end.

"Oh," Tea said, concerned. Where would Bakura be?

"I don't know," she replied sadly. "Why not try calling Yugi? He could be over there."

"Ok," Taerro replied. "Thanks, Tea."

"Sure thing," she replied cheerily. "See you tomorrow."

She hung up the phone and gently moved Bastet off of her pillow so she could put her head down. She flicked out the lights and snuggled under the covers.

"I wonder what Bakura's up to?" she thought, as she attempted to fall asleep, but found her mind spinning with concern. "Could it have something to do with the Millennium Ring?"

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Joey Wheeler stretched out on the couch, remote in hand, eyes glued to a science-fiction movie that was playing on the television.

"Oniichan," (older brother) Serenity mildly scolded, walking in the room with a can of coke in her hand. "Remember what happened last time you watched a scary movie like that?"

Joey shivered.

"Don't remind me," he replied, looking over at his sister.

"You were afraid of the telephone's ring for three days!" Serenity exclaimed.

Joey sweat-dropped.

"Well, yeah, but that was that," Joey replied, turning back to the TV. "But if you want to do something else, we can," he offered, sitting up.

Serenity smiled.

"How about we watch a different movie until mom comes to get me?" she asked, sitting down on the couch.

"Ok," Joey said, moving over and making room for his sister.

He smiled. Summer had been quite fun, as Serenity had been coming over nearly every day to spend the day with him while their mother worked. Plus, no school had been a major bonus as well. He wasn't looking forward to the pleasures of summer to end.

"I wish summer wasn't almost over, oniichan," Serenity replied, as if reading his thoughts.

Joey nodded.

"Yeah...I know," he replied. "But don't worry! There's still a couple weeks left!"

Serenity nodded.

"Yep!"

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Yugi Motou was sitting up in his bedroom, fishing through his deck for his Dark Magician.

"Ah," he exclaimed, picking it out. "Here it is."

"I told you you hadn't lost it," Yami replied with a hint of a smirk, as he appeared in spirit form beside Yugi.

The puzzle was lying on Yugi's desk across the room, beside the telephone.

"I know," Yugi sighed, feeling embarrassed. "But I didn't remember seeing it this afternoon when I dueled Taerro."

Yami grinned.

"There's nothing wrong with that," Yami replied. "I'm glad you're keeping such good care of the deck."

Yugi nodded.

"Yeah..." he replied, looking out the window.

Suddenly, the doorbell downstairs in the Game Shop rang loudly, causing Yugi to jump up from his bed.

"What the...?" he cried, his heart pounding, before he realized it was only the doorbell.

"Who would be ringing the bell at this hour?" Yami asked curiously, appearing once more.

Yugi shrugged, walking over to the door of his room.

"I don't know," he replied, opening it. "I'll be back in a moment." He called back to Yami.

Yami nodded.

"Could you get that Yugi?" his mother called from her room down the hall.

"Sure!" he replied, galloping down the stairs and to the door in the Game Shop.

"I wonder who it could be..." he thought, as he reached out to unlock the door.

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End of Chapter One

"Oo yes, cliffhanger. She's got to throw in one of those."

Can anyone guess who'll be at the door? ^_~ Just look at the title and you should figure it out. Thanks for reading, and leave a review. Next chapter up sometime between today and the next two days, so come back soon!