Chapter Fourteen: The Past and the Present

Notes: Okay, here's chapter 14. This chapter will explain things for Bakura and more specifically, Priest Seto.

" It better! They CAN'T leave! ;_; Here we go, folks."

^-^;; And yeah, the priest's not talking to me right now. But maybe he will after this chapter.

Priest Seto: "_; Doubt it"

And in answer to spiderfan's question, no, that was just friendship. I don't write ANY yaoi stuff. ^_~ And to Alan: Yugi had to recall the Dark Magician because he was draining away too much energy to keep up.

Oh, and since this is the last chapter of this fic, my new one will begin tomorrow, as usual. ^^ No clue really in this story for the next one, but Christmas should help out a tad. ^_~

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Chapter Fourteen: The Past and the Present

Priest Seto opened his eyes slowly to find himself standing in a strange and vast, white space, all alone. Confused, he looked around, hoping for some sort of indication as to where he was.

"Where am I?" he asked aloud, his voice feeling strangely suppressed, not echoing through the strange white area as he thought it would.

Suddenly, he noticed someone standing in front of him, wearing a beige Egyptian garment and a soft smile on her face. Priest Seto's eyes widened as he recognized the figure.

"I...Isis!" he cried, staring at her in disbelief. "What happened?"

Slowly, however, after remembering the last things that he had done, he realized what must be going on, and he looked into her blue eyes seriously.

"Even though I was just a spirit, I died..." he murmured. "I died when the attack hit the White Dragon, right?"

Priestess Isis continued to smile at him, but made no reply.

"You did it," she said finally.

Priest Seto blinked, confused.

"Did what?" he asked, tilting his head to the side.

"You changed the destiny," Isis explained. "You prevented the deaths of those three young people, and helped in the battle to defeat Bakura."

Priest Seto looked amazed.

"They won?" he asked, his eyes wide. "They were able to defeat Bakura?!"

Priestess Isis nodded.

"They were. The Pharaoh is now closer on his journey to recover what he lost in the last battle of the ages long past," she continued. "And the destiny of the Millennium Items is safe once more, for now at least."

Priest Seto sighed, feeling relieved.

"I hope that they all can keep it that way, then," he said in reply.

Priestess Isis nodded slightly, still smiling that mysterious smile.

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Mokuba shoved open the rusted door to the recreation center and rushed over to his brother, who was kneeling down next to the fading form of Priest Seto.

"Niisama!" he cried, tears sliding down his cheeks as he hugged his brother tightly. "Niisama!"

Seto looked down at his brother, hugging him back warmly.

"Mokuba..." he whispered, glad to have his brother safe and sound.

"I was so worried about you!" Mokuba sobbed, snuggling close to his older brother. "It was just like my real life..."

"It's alright..." Seto replied soothingly, though somewhat distracted still.

It hadn't really meant anything to him before whether or not the priest was around, but was as if he DID care...

Ishizu walked over to Kiki and undid the ropes that were binding her to the chair, no longer magical as their creator had fallen. Kiki stood up shakily, her legs having fallen asleep during the time she had been sitting down.

"Thank you," she said gratefully to Ishizu, who nodded.

Curiously, Kiki looked around. She could see Yugi bending over Bakura, trying to get him to awaken, and the black-haired boy hugging the Seto Kaiba who had rescued her the day before. But...

"Miss?" Kiki asked, looking up at Ishizu strangely. "Why is the man on the floor seeming to fade away? Is he...dead?"

Ishizu looked down at Kiki quickly, amazed.

"You can see that man?" she asked quietly.

Kiki looked up at Ishizu strangely.

"I...can..." she murmured, looking over at him with pity in her eyes. "He looks identical to Mr. Kaiba...But is he dead?"

Ishizu lowered her gaze sadly. She couldn't explain everything to Kiki, but it was strange. How is it that the girl could see the priest, but yet not the Pharaoh?

"Yes," Ishizu answered honestly. "He has been dead for a long time."

Kiki bit her lip, not understanding anything Ishizu was telling her. She looked over at Yugi, who was calling to Bakura.

"Bakura? Can you hear me?" he called, shaking Bakura slightly.

"Mm..." Bakura moaned, stirring slightly.

Yugi's eyes lit up hopefully.

"Bakura?" he asked as his friend's large brown eyes opened, and Bakura blinked up at Yugi.

"Y...Yugi?" he murmured, trying to focus on his friend.

"Yeah!" Yugi replied, nodding. "You're okay!"

Bakura winced as he tried to pull himself up off the ground, but Yugi gently forced him back down.

"Take it easy Bakura," Yugi instructed, smiling. "You were possessed by the Millennium Ring and a lot of battling took place. You're probably pretty sore."

Bakura forced a small chuckled.

"You can say that again," he murmured, his eyes half closed as he lay back down against the wood of the basketball court. "I feel like a ran into a wall or something."

Yugi scratched his cheek, smiling slightly.

"Yeah...something like that," he replied with a laugh.

Mokuba suddenly gasped and looked down at Priest Seto's still form.

"Is he...did he really...?" he asked in broken sentences, looking up at his brother with his tear-streaked face.

Seto sighed, hugging Mokuba tightly.

"He blocked an attack for me," he explained. "So I guess he's...gone..."

Another tear trickled down Mokuba's face as he hugged his brother tighter. Gone? He didn't want the priest to be gone! He'd had such good times with him, and he'd always helped Mokuba and Seto out. But now...

"I'll miss him..." Mokuba murmured, a teardrop falling from his cheek as he squeezed his eyes shut.

Seto didn't reply.

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Priest Seto stared at Priestess Isis, unsure of what to say next. He didn't have to think long, however, as she spoke up next.

"Seto, though through the combined efforts of the reincarnates, you, and the Pharaoh, you threw off destiny this time, however, there are more evils that will cross that path," she said to him seriously. "The journey is far from over and there will be rough times ahead..."

Priest Seto narrowed his eyes. What was Isis saying? The journey was far from over? Did she mean the reincarnates? Surely she must, as he...

"...but in the end, you all will prevail," Isis finished, looking up at him.

"Wait..." Priest Seto cut in, looking at her with a strange expression. "Are you saying..."

Priestess Isis smiled.

"That attack didn't kill you," she informed him. "No, and you are still needed. Your journey is not yet over, as the Pharaoh's is not yet completed either."

Priest Seto's eyes widened.

"I..." he began, but Isis smiled.

"And I know you, and the Pharaoh, will do fine," she continued.

"Isis..." Priest Seto murmured, but she merely turned around.

"Give the Pharaoh my greetings when you get a chance, Seto," she called, her voice growing faint as she walked away into the whiteness of the room. "Good bye...for now...and good luck."

"Good...bye..." he murmured in reply.

And Priest Seto watched as she walked out of sight, and the whole room suddenly turned pitch black.

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Mokuba's teardrop fell down, and instead of passing through Priest Seto's vague outline as it usually had, it splashed against his cheek. Mokuba's eyes widened in wonder as the teardrop sparkled and the color began to return to the priest's spiritual form.

Seto raised an eyebrow as he watched the spirit that had been fading away up until a moment ago regain the pale coloring and return. After a few moments, Priest Seto slowly opened his eyes, blinking up at Seto and Mokuba.

"Priest?!" Mokuba cried happily, as Priest Seto sat up and looked around, looking slightly distracted. "'re not dead?!"

Priest Seto looked over at Mokuba with a smile.

"Well, if you don't want to get technical, then no. I'm not dead," he replied with a wink. "At least my spirit-form isn't, I suppose."

Seto smirked.

"Well, I guess that's good then," he replied, trying not to sound TOO happy, as Priest Seto stood back up, having felt awkward on the ground.

Mokuba nodded, grinning.

"Yeah!" he exclaimed.

Kiki and Ishizu were walking over to help Yugi, who was trying to support Bakura as the two stood up. Yami watched Priest Seto, Seto, and Mokuba from a distance, smiling.

"At least everybody made it through this one intact," he sighed with relief, his eyes wandering over to the Millennium Ring, which was lying on the floor near the wall.

"Aibou..." Yami murmured, Yugi giving Bakura to Ishizu and Kiki and stumbling over to his friend. "I know now is not the time to ask Bakura about this, but by defeating Yami Bakura in a battle, that means that we are entitled to the Millennium Ring..."

Yugi smiled up at his friend.

"Yeah!" he replied with a nod, retrieving the ring and brushing dirt off of it. "And I bet Bakura won't mind a bit. In fact, I bet he'll be glad to get rid of it!"

Yugi looked up at his friend, his eyes sparkling.

"And...this will bring you one step closer to finding your lost memory!" he added, sounding very excited.

Yami nodded slowly.

"I think you're right, Yugi," he replied, looking over at the others. "But this battle brought me one step closer in more than just one way," he added, thinking to himself.

Yugi nodded.

"Yeah..." he sighed, feeling weary. "But now...I think I'm gonna go home and go to bed..."

Suddenly, however, much to Yugi's surprise, he was squeezed around the middle by a brown-haired girl who had just run up to him, her eyes worried and scared.

"Yugi!" Tea cried, hugging him, despite the fact everyone else was in the room. "Yugi! What just happened?"

Yugi winced.

"Ow...Tea could you let go?" he murmured, smiling a little. "And I'm fine...we just had a little battle with Yami Bakura...that's all."

Seto rolled his eyes, overhearing.

"That's all," he repeated with a small grin. "Sure."

Yugi caught Seto's eye and winked, still grinning rather embarrassedly as Tea let go of him. She brushed away something near her eye and looked down at him sternly.

"Next time you're going to go do something crazy like that again, let me know first, okay?" she asked, still smiling, though her voice was firm.

Yugi nodded honestly.

"Okay!" he replied, walking over to the others, Yami behind him. "Thanks guys, for helping me out and everything."

Seto shrugged and Ishizu smiled.

"Any time at all, Yugi," she replied softly.

Kiki smiled too, glad to be free from Yami Bakura.

"It is I who owe you all thanks," she spoke up, everyone turning to look at her. "You all risked your lives to rescue me. I cannot express my thanks."

Yugi smiled, putting a hand behind his neck, blushing slightly.

"No problem, Kisara," he replied, calling her by the only name he knew her as.

Kiki chuckled, putting a hand to her mouth.

"That name is so old-sounding," she giggled, looking up at Yugi. "Just call me Kiki."

Tea's eyes widened.

"Kiki! The dancer!" she exclaimed, recognizing the girl. "Yami Bakura had you captive?"

Kiki looked overwhelmed.

"I suppose," she replied. "But I am glad that is over with."

Bakura nodded weakly.

"Me too," he replied.

The others nodded in agreement, Seto sighing heavily. Mokuba looked up at him, worriedly.

"Are you okay, niisama?" he asked, tilting his head.

Seto smiled down at his little brother, ruffling his hair.

"I'm fine, Mokuba," he replied. "Just tired."

Mokuba smiled lovingly up at his brother and hugged him, holding onto his arm.

"Then let's go home," he suggested, Seto nodding as the two started for the door, Priest Seto watching the two, somewhat happy for them.

"I love you niisama," Mokuba whispered, snuggling up against his older brother's arm.

"And I love you two," Seto replied warmly.

"At least he'll be able to do what I never could," Priest Seto thought to himself with a sigh, watching Seto and Mokuba, even though he felt slightly out of place.

But to his immense surprise, Seto turned around and raised an eyebrow at him.

"Aren't you coming, priest?" he called, Mokuba turning around as well.

"Yeah! Come on!" he called invitingly, smiling.

Priest Seto smiled happily, and started off after the two.

"Yes," he called back, the two brothers turning around again and heading for the door as Amber and Duke burst in, looking exhausted.

"Whew..." Amber sighed, looking around. "What the heck happened in here?!" she cried, noticing the dents in the wall and the battered-looking group of Yugi's friends.

Duke raised an eyebrow, scratching his head.

"Yeah..." he murmured, looking from Bakura to Yugi, to Seto, Mokuba, and Ishizu.

Yugi smiled, closing his eyes and tilting his head to the side.

"Well, it's a long story," he replied simply. "But for short, we had a battle with someone, and won."

Duke shrugged, putting his hands in his pockets.

"I guess that's the important thing, right?" he said, smiling. "And that everyone's okay...well, will be okay," he added, noticing Bakura's roughed up appearance and Yugi, Seto, and Ishizu's tired-out looks.

Yugi nodded

"Yeah..." he agreed with a sigh, looking up at Yami and smiling.

Yami winked back at him. Indeed, it was.

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Priest Seto: Mm...not so bad...

^_^ You're talking to me again! YAY!

Priest Seto: -- Okay, so I am. You shouldn't have made me think I was dead, though.

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