Tricks and threats

Warnings/notes : Seto/Joey, small hints at Bakura/Ryou and Yami/Yugi, weirdness, slight fluff, bits of Mokuba, Halloween-fic.

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

written at 9th october 2003, by Misura

A/N : I may have gotten the rules for Truth or Dare wrong. Sorry if that's the case.

Thanks to  DarkShadowFlame for pointing out the inconsistency in the first version of this chapter!

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Truth or Dare, Joey sourly considered, was not a good game to play when you had a secret crush and your sister was determined to make you admit that in public.

So far he'd managed to escape having to pick Truth when it was Shizuka's turn, but he wasn't sure how much longer he'd be able to do that. His only hope was that the others would get bored with the game and quit.

Yami especially seemed to be unable to see the fun in playing a game where there was no real winner. Bakura only enjoyed the game because it gave him an opportunity to put embarrassing questions to Ryou. Everyone present was grateful the ex-tombrobber had the decency to whisper them in his hikari's ear rather than say them out loud ; Ryou's hot blushes were indication enough about the nature of the Truths Bakura inquired about.

Yugi was too shy to ask anything more daring than his favorite kind of pizza or things along those lines. Anzu was nosy, almost as bad as his sister, but her Dares were pretty easy ('Don't mention Kaiba's name for half an hour', 'Don't talk about food for five minutes' and 'Sit quiet for three minutes') and she seemed clueless about his secret.

"Shall we go do something else after this last round?" Ryou proposed. Bakura grinned, stretching like a cat and making a remark through their mindlink that earned him another blush.

"We have some other things to do tonight." Bakura explained with a wink to Yami, who felt obliged to put one arm around Yugi and sent a glare in Bakura's direction.

Yugi squirmed uneasily. "Sounds all right to me, Ryou. Who's going to get the last turn?"

"Why don't you take it, Yugi?" Anzu smiled at him, prompting Yami to tighten his possessive embrace. "I'm sure no one would mind."

Ryou, Joey and Yami nodded, while Bakura looked bored and Shizuka pouted.

"All right then ... " Yugi licked his lips. "Joey, Truth or Dare?"

"Truth." Joey replied immediately, with a relieved grin. Yugi would ask something easy and he'd be able to keep his crush a secret another day.

"Joey ... " Purple eyes sought his. "Are you in love with Kaiba-kun?"

"No!" Joey answered, wondering why Yugi would suspect such a thing. Shizuka grinned at him and shook her head.

"That's not true, brother." she chided. "I've read his name in your note-books hundreds of times."

Joey felt his jaw drop. "You ... are ... reading *my* note-books? What on earth for? Haven't you ever heard of the word 'privacy'?!?"

"That's not important right now, Joey." Yami interrupted him.

"You lied, while you promised a Truth." Bakura crowed. "Now I get to tie you up and do anything to you I like! Muhahaha!" Ryou smacked him. "Ouch!"

"But ... " Joey protested.

"We will decide on a proper penalty for you. Together." Anzu glared at Bakura who was too busy muttering how much his head hurt to Ryou to notice.

"Fine, fine." Joey sighed, burying his head in his hands and wondering how he always ended up in this kind of messes and how he was going to get out of this one. Shizuka patted him on his back reasuringly.

"Don't worry, big brother, I'll make sure it won't be anything too bad."

Joey moaned softly. "Now why doesn't that make me feel any better?"

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[meanwhile, elsewhere]

"But big brother! I want to have some fun!" Mokuba made his eyes go wobbly, to signify there would be worse to come if Seto didn't gave in right away.

"You have a room full of toys, the most advanced computer-games in existence and an unlimited credit-card to buy anything else you could possibly want." Seto summed up. "I fail to see why you would want to dress up in some riduclous costume to go begging people for candy. Like you don't have a stash of the junk for your own."

"Maybe if you'd eat some yourself too sometimes, you wouldn't be so stuffy." Mokuba scoffed, dropping his cute act for a moment.

"Excuse me?" Seto raised one eybrow.

"You're the best big brother in the whole wide world." Mokuba amended quickly. "I love you more than anything in the world. Now, can I please go play Trick or Treat on Halloween? Please?"

Seto sighed, ruffling his brother's dark hair. "I'm just worried something happens to you, Mokuba, that's all. If you want to go that badly, it's okay, of course, but ..."

"Yay!" Mokuba beamed. "Thanks, Seto!"

Seto smiled down on the smaller boy hugging him. "You don't have to lie to me to get what you want though."

"I wasn't lying!" Mokuba replied indignantly. "You really are the best big brother I could've wished for. Really. I wouldn't want to miss you for the world."

"Thank you, little brother." There was a sparkle of warmth few people ever got to see in Seto's eyes. "Now, I want you to promise me to - "

"Be careful, not talk to strangers, not eat any candy I got from strangers and stay out of dark alleys. I know, I know. You worry too much." Mokuba grinned. "It's going to be fun. Just you wait and see, Seto. We can share all the candy I get and play boardgames the rest of the night, just like in the old days."

"Yes ... that sounds ... nice." Seto agreed quietly.

~tbc~