Theft of heart

epilogue

Warnings/notes : Bakura/Ryou, some hints at Seto/Jou and Yami/Yugi, AU?

Disclaimer : I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh.

written at 28th october 2003, by Misura (re-uploaded)

Thanks to the people who reviewed the twentieth chapter :

To Rei Akita : Sorry, hope this chapter'll cheer you up a bit. :)

To Swoot : Glad to hear you liked it! :)

To Suppis Tenshi : I like using Shadi as the mysterious man behind the scenes, even if he's much of a mystery to *me* as well. ^^; He's just so ... Anyway, glad to hear you liked the way I ended things in the past. ^_^

To MusumeMarron : Thank you very much, hope you'll enjoy the epilogue! :)

To FREAK014 : Uhm, actually only Ryou and Keith died. Bakura chose to become the Spirit of the Sennen Ring to be reunited with Ryou in the future and Yami & co. followed the instructions of Ryou's father and got away safely. ^^; I'm not *that* cruel! :)

To Kaira-chan : ^^; Uhm, sorry? Any comfort if I confess I had planned this ending from the start? *coughs* I hope you'll like the epilogue enough to forgive me. ^_^;

To sugahigh : Sorry for not being original enough to give it a faerie-tale ending. Hope you'll enjoy the epilogue! :)

To s.h.i.r.o.i.k.e.t.s.u.e.k.i : Nonono, only Ryou and Keith died. (Not that I'm not feeling guilty about that already but ...). Bakura was by his choice turned into the Spirit of the Ring, while Yami and co. got away thanks to Ryou's father. Still, I do hope you'll find the epilogue satisfactory. ^_^;

To Kia Ryou : Thank you. :)

To Sorrow/Dark Star Goddess : To make up to both them and you, the epilogue's really fluffy. Hope you'll like it! Thank you! :)

To BlingBling021 : Bakura and Ryou got caught in the storm caused by Pegasus. Ryou died, but Bakura was given a choice by Shadi. He chose to become the Spirit of the Sennen Ring so that he might be reunited with Ryou one day. That's about it, sorry for being so vague! ^^;

To DreamingChild : Double thanks and hope you'll find the epilogue to your liking! :)

To DarkFlareKitsune : Uhm, would you settle for just a happy ending? ^^; Thank you! :)

To Carmen5-Nemrac : Thank you very much! :)

To Kiawna : *catches a Mokuba-plushie* Thank you! Hope you'll enjoy the epilogue! :)

To ! : Hmm, and happy campers don't review? ^^; *Anyway* what's done is done. Maybe this epilogue makes things a bit better?

To Digimagic (and Sarah) : Thank you! I'm glad to hear you liked it!

Bakura & Joey : *get glomped*  ^_^  We're alive!

To Temptress Nagisa : I did, I did and I did. Hope you'll enjoy this last chapter! ^_^ Thank you!

To Windswift Shinju : Hmm, your powers of foreseeing are quite adequate. And yes, it was kind of the Sennen Ring that Bakura stole. ^_^; Thank you very much!

Otogi : Awww, are you sure? I've got a pair of ponpons [probably misspelled] and a cool mini-skirt if you change your mind! ~.^

Seto : You don't want to know? Well, it's not like I want to tell you either. Some things are better left unsaid.

Joey : Yeah, like 'I love you, my dearest Joey'. -_-

To ChibiLuver : No, I lied. -_-;;; *coughs* Sorry for that. Yes, there's an epilogue! Hope you'll like it! Thank you! : )

To Romennar : Thank you! : )

To Starflower Sakura : Remember that patience is a virtue. ^^; I already have another project planned for after this, so it'll probably be a while before the alternative ending/sequel gets on its way. (It's alternative because, obviously, Bakura and Ryou will be in it, alive.) Thank you! ^_^

To Donella : Yes, it was. And I'm feeling sooo guilty! ;_; Sorry.

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The sand was slowly filling his mouth, his lungs, and he was suffocating, choking, crying ...

"Ryou!"

He wondered why Bakura could still speak, though the knowledge that his lover was still alive made him feel a little bit better.

"Ryou, wake up!" Hands were shaking him now, almost frantically. To his surprise, he found himself able to open his eyes without them getting stung by sand.

"Bakura?" He blinked against the bright sunlight that was streaming into the room through the half-opened curtains.

"No, I'm Seto Kaiba." Bakura rolled his eyes. "Of course it's me, you moron!"

"Oh." Ryou replied weakly, looking around, noticing all the small familiar things about his room, as if he'd been gone on aa long journey and just returned.

"Is something wrong?" Bakura frowned, walking back to the bed they had shared and sitting down on the edge to study his hikari.

"I had a ... very weird dream." Ryou stammered. He could smell pancakes too now and remembered his father had come home for a couple of months.

For a moment, a peculiar expression flashed over Bakura's face. Then it was gone, replaced by a fond smile, as Bakura leaned over to ruffle his hair.

"Well, you're awake now, silly hikari, and your father threatened to eat the pancakes all by himself if we weren't in the kitchen in five minutes."

Ryou's stomach rumbled, suggesting he got up and dressed as soon as possible. Bakura grinned, tossing the clothes he'd laid ready the previous evening on the bed.

*****

"Ah, even the two lovebirds can't resist the smell of my pancakes!" Ryou's father exclaimed, pointing at the kitchen-table on which a damping stack of pancakes was calling out to hungry teenagers to come and eat them. "Good morning!"

Ryou smiled ruefully, while Bakura immediately grabbed one of the pancakes and started wolfing it down. If the look on his face was any indication, they were quite good indeed.

"There are also plates, knifes and forks." Ryou's father remarked with a sigh. "But, never mind those. Glad you're appreciating my culinary masterpiece."

Bakura grinned, making an enthusiastic noise.

Ryou supposed he ought to be glad his yami was past the stage where he would talk with his mouth full.

"Has either of you seen the newspaper today already?"

Since he'd just taken a bite out of his own pancake, Ryou limited his reply to a shake of his head.

"Two of your friends are on the frontpage. Here, take a look."

Ryou accepted the newpaper, unfolding it curiously, while Bakura leaned over to get a look on it as well. They gasped almost in unison, while Ryou's father chuckled.

"They make much too cute a couple to keep their relationship a secret, don't you think?"

The picture spanned nearly half the frontpage, showing in full color how a scowling Seto Kaiba had his arm put around Joey Wheeler, who wore a dopey grin on his face and cheerfully waved into the camera. 'Match made in heaven' was the, in Ryou's opinion remarkably postitive, headline.

"I hope neither of them's going to regret that." Ryou murmured.

His father 'tsk'ed. "Don't be so pessimistic, Ryou. This world's not as old-fashioned as it once was. I admit that in my time, this - " he gestured at the picture " - would have amounted to financial suicide for Kaiba, but times are changing."

"Ryou had a bad dream." Bakura remarked, by way of explanation. "He's still not quite over it I think."

"Well, dreams never come true." Ryou's father smiled. "Except for the good ones of course."

Bakura grinned and nodded. "Here, have another pancake."

*****

"It wasn't just a dream, was it?" Ryou asked.

"Don't know what you're talking about." Bakura mumbled, kicking at some of the leaves that were lying around in the park. The autumn-wind picked them up, whirling them around in a merry dance.

"It couldn't have been ; everyone was there. Yami, Yugi, Seto, Joey and even Otogi." Ryou continued as if Bakura hadn't spoken.

"How does that prove it was real?" Bakura demanded angrily. "That sooner proves the opposite ; why would everyone you know, down to Pegasus and Malik, be a reincarnation of someone in the past?"

Ryou gave him an triumphant smile. "*That* fact doesn't prove anything no. But the fact that you knew Malik and Pegasus were there as well, even if I hadn't named them in my list *does*."

Bakura grumbled something. "We might just have shared the same dream. Such things happen, you know, Yugi and Yami have it too."

"Why can't you just admit what I dreamt was the truth?" Ryou sighed.

"Why can't *you* simply shut up about it?" Bakura shot back.

"I'm sorry." Ryou offered after a short silence. "I shouldn't have pushed you."

Bakura's scowl slowly faded as he put an arm around Ryou's shoulder. "And I shouldn't take my fear of the past repeating itself out on you."

Ryou blinked, opening his mouth to say something. Bakura prevented him with a kiss.

"Let it rest, hikari. We have got the present together, as well as the future. Isn't that enough?"

~OWARI~