Chapter 35: When You Believe

POV: Kara

I looked up at my brother, and was shocked to see his eyes filled with tears.


Roth did not speak, but he didn't need to, for he brought me into his arms, and for the first time in years hugged me like the brother he is.

"I'm so sorry, little sister," he whispered into my ear, "I'm so sorry…"

I looked up at him. "But…you…"

But I just didn't have anything to say, so I smiled subtly in naïve forgiveness.

I looked at Marik. "It's finally over."

"Over," Marik sighed, "What a beautiful word…but something tells me it's just beginning."

He came over and kissed my forehead. "After all…we still need to work out what happens to the twins…"

"Twins?" Roth repeated, his eyes narrowed, "What do you mean, 'twins?'"

I gave Roth a sheepish look. "Well…uh…Roth, it's like this…Marik and I…uh…"


But for the first time, I could sense Roth was partly joking.

POV: Joey

We went to the blimp (me in the lead) to see if the Shadow Realm had released Mai…

But when we got there, she was still motionless, and Serenity was crying next to her bed.


"Mai!" I yelled, trying to get through to her, "Aw, c'mon Mai, wake up! You can't leave us now, we need you…I need you…!"

"'Bout time you admitted it."

I gawked.

Mai's eyes were open, and she was grinning in amusement. And Serenity's crying…was laughter.

"I can't believe you actually thought…! Wow, you're a great actress, Serenity," laughed Mai.

"I could barely keep my face straight!" Serenity laughed.

I stared clueless at the two girls for a moment, and then I realized what happened. "Why you…"

But I couldn't help but grin in relief.

POV: Atem (at last!)

/So…/ said Yugi, /Atem's your name, huh?/

/Yes,/ I replied with a slight grin, /Finally I know what my name is…/

/You don't mind if I still call you 'Yami' though, do ya?/

/Of course not, Hikari./


Kara's voice cut through our mind-link conversation.

I blinked, and turned to her. "Yeah?"

Kara looked hesitant, before she unfastened the Millennium Necklace from her neck and held it out to me.

"Take this," she told me, "I don't need it anymore."

I stared at her in confusion, but her eyes were sincere and serious enough for me to smile and take it from her.

"Thank you," I said.

We exchanged a friendly grin, before Kara went back to Marik.

Marik kissed her cheek, before his eyes widened in sudden realization.

"Kara, I just realized something: I'm still the Pharaoh's Tomb Keeper. I…have to go back to Egypt…"

Kara's eyes widened. Ishizu and Odeon, however, exchanged a smile.

"About that," said Ishizu, "Odeon and I thought it over, and well…"

Odeon bowed next to Marik. "I wondered…if I could perhaps carry the honor of being the Ishtar Tomb Keeper instead."

Marik stared, and then his face broke into a smile. "Yes! Yes, yes, yes!"

And I never saw Marik hug Odeon anymore like a brother than on that day.

(((An Hour Later, Back in Domino)))

POV: Kara

We stood at Domino Pier. Duke and Tristan had already headed off, both trying to get Serenity's phone number as they left. Mai had already driven away in her purple car, not forgetting to give Joey a small kiss and her cell phone number before she turned on the ignition. Atem (I can finally call him that, wow!) headed back to the Game Shop, and it seemed he was trying to get Tea to find someone else to stalk. Kaiba had already left on a Blue Eyes plane with Mokuba, and had yet to realize that Noa was being a cyber stow-away. And Ishizu and Odeon were sailing away on the next boat back to Egypt, waving at us until they were out of sight.

I looked at Roth. "So…where to next?"

"Well…" Roth said, "I thought you'd aught to know…a reply came back from that American record company."

My eyes widened. "What'd they say? What'd they say?"

Roth smiled. "They told you to come to America immediately to sign the contract…You're in, Kara."

I screamed in excitement, hugging Marik and he hugging me. "I MADE IT! I MADE IT!"

Marik grinned. "Well…looks like we're headed off to America, eh?"

"You're coming?" I asked.

"Why wouldn't I?" Marik teased, rubbing noses with me, "If you're part of an adventure, I need to be there to look after you."

I grinned. "I'll take you up on that offer!"

And since then, the two Egyptians were never truly apart, for destiny can be a tormentor to some and a savior to others, but no matter what destiny dilemmas arose for Marik and Kara, they could always find the heart and the friends to help fight back against them, if they just believed.

'Many nights we've prayed with no proof anyone could hear,

In our hearts, a hopeful song we barely understood

Now we are not afraid, although we know there's much to fear,

We were moving mountains long before we knew we could.

There can be miracles when you believe,

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill,

Who knows what miracles you can achieve,

When you believe, somehow you will,

You will when you believe.

In this time of fear, when prayer's so often proved in vain,

Hope seemed like the summer birds so swiftly flown away,

Yet now I'm standing here, with heart so full I can't explain,

Seeking faith and speaking words I never thought I'd say.

There can be miracles when you believe,

Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill,

Who knows what miracles you can achieve,

When you believe, somehow you will,

You will when you believe.'

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, "When You Believe"