Chapter 18: Working Things Out

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Chapter 18: Working Things Out

A few hours later, everyone was back in Domino at Duke's house, talking about the day's events. Bastet and Thoth had bid their farewells and left the group to return to Egypt.

The two Egyptian deities were both sitting in the hallway of their temple, both quite pleased with their recent success in the battle with Anubis.

"So what has Osiris punished Anubis with?" Bastet asked gleefully, licking her tail lightly.

Thoth smiled.

"Well, Anubis has been confined to his temple for a decade, as well as forbidden to contact any other being other than ourselves and the other gods," he replied, writing something on a papyrus scroll. "That should keep him out of trouble for a while."

Bastet nodded in agreement.

"That is one good thing," she replied with a sigh of satisfaction. "Your moon attack was quite a brilliant strategy, I must say."

Thoth smiled, pleased.

"It did act rather efficiently, didn't it?"

Bastet nodded, her mind wandering to other things.

"There are still great enemies out there, though," she murmured. "The Vampire Lord has reawakened, and several other evil spirits are still at large, and that is just the evils I can sense."

Thoth nodded.

"There will be trouble ahead for the mortals and the Millennium Items," he agreed.

Bastet nodded.

"Yes...much trouble and trial..."

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Back at Duke's game shop, the air was much lighter as the gang settled down to relax for the remainder of the evening, exhausted from the day's events.

Yugi was anxiously watching Tea, who was lying on the couch, waiting for her to awaken again and explain what had happened. Was her mind in the dark world, and that was why she wasn't waking up, like Mai after dueling Yami Malik?

Yami watched his partner for a moment before looking over at the other side of the room, where Seto was talking to Mokuba, who'd rushed over the instant he'd heard Seto was there. Priest Seto was watching them from above, floating in the air.

"I'm gonna go see if Joey's finished making the hot chocolate yet," Mokuba announced, hopping off the couch. "I'm so glad you're okay, niisama," he added before leaving, giving his brother a quick hug.

Seto smiled, returning the hug.

"Yeah, me too," he replied as the little boy ran past Tristan, who was carrying a class of soda, causing the teen to nearly drop it all over the floor.

"Watch it!" Tristan yelled as some soda spilled over the top and slopped onto the carpet.

Duke smiled from the couch where he had been sitting with Amber and Pearl. Amber had managed to find a golden coin in one of Anubis's drawers and gotten back to the Devil's Dice just in time to free him.

Now, he and Amber were just talking and watching the others.

"It's okay, I'll clean it up later," he muttered as Tristan grinned at Taerro, who was sitting in a chair across the room, reading.

He'd been quite shocked to know he'd been possessed for over a month and of all the destruction and chaos the evil spirit had caused. From Pearl's information, they gang had been able to deduce that Yami Taerro had stored up enough energy to separate himself from his host, Taerro, and become his old self again.

Although it was not pleasant to know that an old enemy had just become stronger, it was good to have Taerro back.

"How can you read at a time like this?" Joey asked, coming in from the kitchen carrying trays of soda.

Taerro perked and looked up at Joey, raising an eyebrow.

"A time like what, Joey?" he asked curiously, tilting his head. "Soda time?" he joked, gesturing at the tray.

Joey sighed, slumping down.

"I couldn't figure out how to make hot chocolate without cocoa," he muttered, glaring over at Duke who smiled innocently.

"What?" he asked, looking quite surprised. "I think Mai and Amber used all of it up on that cake they made at Halloween."

Joey shook his head as Taerro took a drink, as did Tristan, from the tray.

"Figures," he muttered, looking over at Yugi, who grinned as Tea's eyes fluttered open.

"Yu...Yugi?!" she gasped, sitting up straight. "Where am I? What happened? And what...what...huh?" she asked, looking around, completely confused.

Yugi grinned, closing his eyes.

"You're home, Tea," he replied, pointing to the others. "We beat Anubis and got Pearl back."

Tea nodded slowly, remembering the Dark Game now.

"Yes...yes...and I beat Aroshae in the Dark Game..." she murmured, causing everyone to look up, stunned.

" played a dark game, Tea?" Tristan repeated.

"And WON!?!" Joey burst out, looking completely baffled.

Tea grinned.

"Yep!" she replied, Yugi smiling.

"I knew you could do it, Tea," he replied, smiling over at Yami, who nodded back at his partner, also smiling.

Seto sighed, leaning back as he watched Mokuba take a drink and talk with the others over by Joey and the tray. Glancing up at Priest Seto he suddenly remembered something.

"I never said thank you," Seto said, not looking directly at the priest.

Priest Seto raised an eyebrow, coming down to Seto's level.

"For what?" he asked, looking slightly confused.

A very small smile flickered across Seto's face.

"For helping me out back there," he replied.

Priest Seto smiled.

"You couldn't leave that boy like I did," he told his reincarnate seriously.

Seto closed his eyes, thinking to himself. It was as if, though he never would admit it, that he was beginning to understand the spirit of the past more, and not only that, but also beginning to form...a sort of friendship with him.

And although he had felt before that he hadn't needed or wanted any friend in the world beside Mokuba, deep down, he felt that he liked the fact that the priest was "friends" with him.

Pearl fingered the pearl around her neck as she leaned against Amber's shoulder. Amber had retrieved it before they had left the temple, knowing how special the pendants were to her family members.

"You know what Amber?" Pearl mumbled softly, Amber and Duke looked down at the white-haired girl.

"What Pearl?" Amber asked with a smile.

"I think that evil bat-guy took all the power out of the pearl..." she muttered, her eyelid drooping. "I can freeze anything no matter how hard I try..."

Amber frowned slightly.

"Oh..." she said sadly. "That's too bad."

Pearl shook her head with a smile.

"Nah...maybe it's not..." she murmured, starting to fall asleep. "Now it's just a regular old pearl...but it's my pearl and no one else will want it now..."

Amber and Duke chuckled.

"Well, at least she forgave you," Duke pointed out with a smile.

Amber nodded.

"Yeah," she sighed, her eyes half-closed. "I'm just glad this whole thing's over...for now I suppose..."

Pearl's eyes opened again and she clung onto Amber tighter.

" you guys always fight bad guys like them?" she asked in a small voice.

Amber slowly nodded.

"Well, we've encountered them several times," she admitted.

Pearl looked up at her cousin worriedly.

"Then they'll be back again!" she exclaimed.

Amber grinned.

"Don't worry," Duke assured Pearl with a smile. "We've made it through tough spots before, and we can do it again."

Amber nodded.

"Yeah," she agreed, looking around at the others, who were all enjoying the evening together. "As long as we stick together, we'll always come through."

Yami smiled, having overheard the last line.

"Quite true," he agreed to himself. "Quite true."

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