Hey! Once again, long time no see... I'm currently revising all of my chapters (in this story) with the help of my beta InsaneShadowFan... I'm sorry that this story hasn't been updated in a long time, but I needed to change some things... I'm not done yet, but I think that you deserve a new chapter from all this waiting. Oh, and I suggest that you read all the above chapters before you read chapter 12, it'll be less confusing.
"Tea, I don't want you to stop being my babysitter! I don't like that girl that Seto hired... she's too conde- condes-"
"Condescending?" she suggested.
"Yeah, that! I really don't like her... I wish that she wasn't here. "Mokuba looked at her with wide eyes, "What was big brother thinking? You're already my babysitter. I don't need another one and-"
"Mokuba, it's okay! I m sure you'll grow to like her. Anyway, she really likes you and I'm sure she'll be a great babysitter!"
'I wonder who told me that lie. She's a lying, idiotic, materialistic, slutty bimbo who would do anything to take what I already have!' She thought.
'That includes Kaiba.' her inner-voice added. She decided to ignore that...
Her reunion with the Kaibas wasn't exactly what she had imagined. Hadn't she nearly died? Yet, Kaiba looked as impassive as ever when she had awoken to see his face... Didn't he care about her at all?
I don't know whatever gave me that idea. I obviously don't mean anything to him if he didn't care that I was on my deathbed. But I... I...
... want to mean something to him.
What had I expected? That a suicidal attempt would cause him to actually like me? Even though he did kiss me on his own accord. And that kiss... was... was... the best.
She shook of herself out of her stupor. She really needed to stop thinking about this. It wasn't right... "Mokuba, what flavor do you want?" she asked once they reached the counter.
"One bloody babysitter massacre, please!" he exclaimed.
"That's funny Mokuba! But what do you really..."
"Coming right up, Mr. Kaiba!" the lady at the counter said.
'What is this world coming to?'
"You should, like, call her man!" Tristan exclaimed.
"Yeah, tell her that ya sorry properly!" Joey added.
"How could you just leave her at the hospital like that?" Yugi asked incredulously.
"She hates me..." Yami said, with his head hung.
"But if ya know women, they change their minds! I heard that afta' you drink a lot of saltwater, you get delusional you say things that you don't mean!" Joey exclaimed. (A/N this is actually true. My sister almost drowned in the Ocean, and after the life guard save her, she thought I was a banana for the next 2 hours...)
Yami sighed. "Look, to prove a point... I'm going to call her on her cell phone. Then you guys have to promise to leave me alone, and stop badgering me..."
"Hello? This is Tea speaking... may I ask who's calling?" said Tea's voice.
"Umm, Tea this is Yami and I-"
"Yami? What nerve you have to even call me after all of this!" she screamed.
"I know but-" he started.
"It's so not my fault! You chose to leave, so stick with your decision! Don't ever call me again!"
Yami shook his head at his friends. "You see what I mean?"
When Tea and Mokuba arrived at the house, they found it to be filled with smog...
"What- cough- what is going on in here?" Tea yelled.
"I was wondering when you two would get back!" Myra said in a sickeningly sweet voice.
"What have you done, Myra?" Tea asked, angrily.
"It's not that big of a deal... I just wanted to cook something extra special for my first day of the job." She said with a plastered smile on her face.
"You don't expect us to eat that garbage, do you?" Mokuba asked.
"It's not garbage, you little bra- I mean Mokuba. It's food that all growing boys need. You most certainly don't need that Ice cream, do you? What's that flavor anyways? I've never seen it before..." she trailed off.
"It's a bl-"
"It's Black Cherry! It's a new flavor!" Tea finished for him.
She crossed her hands over her chest, "Well in this house young man, I will not allow you to eat such junk! Throw it away!" She screamed at him.
"No! We just walked to the store to buy ice cream! I'm not throwing it away just because you say so!" he stuck his tongue out for the added effect.
Her fake smile turned into a grimace, "Why you little BRAT!"
"Stop calling him a brat! He's a good boy, you just don't know how to handle kids." Tea said, "Come on Mokuba, lets go upstairs and find something to do. I'm sure that Myra needs to be alone to cook her garbage- I mean food." Mokuba snickered as she led him upstairs.
Myra watched them leave with a dark look in her eyes. 'Seto Kaiba will be mine whether you like it or not Tea... I'll make sure I run you out of this house once and for all. You'll regret the day that you ever crossed paths with Myra Banks!' she thought.
"So what do you want to play Mokuba?" Tea asked.
"I want to play cards! But not Duel monster cards... just regular cards. And I want my brother to play!" he exclaimed.
"Okay, but you have to go and get your brother so we can-"
Mokuba shook his head, "No... I want you to go get him, he'll listen to you."
Tea looked puzzled, "Why do you say that?" She ruffled his hair, "Your brother probably wouldn't listen to any one but you."
"I know, but just trust me." Mokuba said. "He will listen to you."
'What the hell is that supposed to mean?'
Tea shrugged and walked down to Seto's annex office and knocked on the door. "Kaiba, are you in there?"
There was no response.
"Kaiba?" When there was no response, she pushed the door open to find Seto slumped over his desk, asleep.
'I would have never thought that the great Seto Kaiba falls asleep on the job!'
She noticed a conveniently placed Polaroid camera on the shelf. It had three pictures remaining.
Kaiba woke up to a couple of white flashes.
'What the hell is going on here?' he thought. He lifted his head off his desk to see Tea standing before him with a camera aimed at him.
He said up straight in his chair, angry that she'd seen him in such a vulnerable position, "Gardner, what do you think you are doing?" Kaiba demanded.
Tea rolled her eyes, "I believe it's called blackmail... but then again, I could be wrong." she said sarcastically.
Seto growled, "Give me those pictures, Gardner!"
"You have to do something for me to get them back, Kaiba." she said, licking her lips.
Seto's eyes widened ever so slightly. "And what would that be?"
Tea walked slowly, he could almost say seductively, over to his desk. She leaned over so that her mouth was to his ear.
"I want you..." she started.
Seto's eyes widened again, and he almost hit himself to make sure that he wasn't dreaming.
"...to play cards with Mokuba and me." she finished, and then stepped back. "That is, if you don't want pictures of you dozing off in the tabloids tomorrow." she walked out of his office, to join Mokuba in the other room.
'Who ever thought that Gardner could pull something like that off?'
Mokuba paced back in forth impatiently, "Is he coming or not?"
Tea held her head in her hands, "Mokuba, stop that! You're making me dizzy..." she thought about what he said for a moment before responding, "I really don't know. But if he doesn't come, we'll have just as much fun together."
Mokuba sighed, "I wish that big brother would take some more time off... I really miss him."
She looked at him sympathetically. "You know, as much as I hate to admit it, I kind of miss arguing with that pr- I mean your brother."
Mokuba looked up to her with wide eyes, "Tea, do you like my big brother?"
Tea was taken aback, "O-of course I do. He's your brother, what's not to like?"
Shall I make a list?
Mokuba shook his head, "You know what I mean. Do you like Seto"
"NO!" She responded a little too quickly, "No, I don't."
Mokuba's shoulders sagged slightly, "Oh. Because I thought when you get married, you can be my real big sister."
Tea laughed, "Sorry, Mokuba. He's not really my type. He's just my employer."
Mokuba rolled his eyes. She couldn't possible be more obvious. "Ok big sister Tea. I'll believe you," he lowered his voice, "For now..."
Mokuba looked at her innocently. "Nothing, Tea."
She sighed, "Look, I don't think that your brother is–"
"Talking about me again, Gardner?"
Mokuba jumped up in the air from happiness. "Really Seto? You'll play cards with us?"
He sighed. "Well, I do have status reports to do... and staff rearrangements–"
Mokuba looked utterly dejected. "W-well... go ahead and do it Seto. It's more important..."
"–but I think I can pencil you in." He finished with a smirk.
"YAY!" He jumped up and gave his brother a hug.
Tea watched the two brothers with admiration and a little envy. Mokuba had Kaiba, and Kaiba had Mokuba no matter what... but what did she have? A pair of dead parents, a lost company, and a bunch of so-called- friends? She had no one... Kaiba had proven that fact. She was nothing to anyone...
When they broke apart, Tea hid her pain and sadness behind a bright smile. She wasn't going to burden anyone with her problems. "So what game do you want to play?"
"Two Fives." Kaiba said as he put one card down with the most unreadable expression that Tea had ever seen.
Tea looked at Mokuba. He shook his head. She had a feeling that he was lying, but she didn't know if she wanted to risk it... "Kaiba." she looked at him with an impenetrable stare, " I have a feeling that you're lying..."
He shrugged. "Go ahead, your loss. If you want to lose go ahead and risk it."
Domino High School; Lunchtime
"COME ON YAMI! YOU CAN BEAT HIM!" Tea screamed at the top of her lungs. "KAIBA DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE!"
Kaiba smirked, "Hn. Looks like your cheerleader's delusional... there is no way you can possibly beat me!"
A smirk appeared on Yami's face to rival Kaiba's, "Don't rejoice yet Kaiba. I place two cards face down and end my turn."
"You have no monsters on the field, your life points are wide open, and you place two cards face down? Go ahead, your loss. If you want to lose go ahead and risk it. Blue-eyes Ultimate dragon! Attack his life points directly!"
"Not so fast, Kaiba! You've fallen into a trap! My depolymerization card separates your blue eyes white dragons and sends them to the graveyard. But I'm not finished! I use my grave robber card to steal all monsters sent to the graveyard in this turn! Blue eyes white dragons! Wipe out his life points!"
"BS, Kaiba!" Tea exclaimed.
Kaiba grimaced slightly and collected all the cards from the pot. "I'll get you back for that Gardner..."
"Eat your words, Kaiba! One six." she said as calmly as she could.
"One seven." Mokuba said looking around at both Seto and Tea. Neither of them were paying attention to him. Both of their eyes were on each other.
"One Eight." Kaiba said.
"One nine..." Tea hid her hands from view, a tell tale sign that she had played her last card.
"BS!" Seto exclaimed, a triumphant expression on his face.
Tea looked dejected as she slowly moved her had toward the pile. But instead of taking it, she flipped the card over...
It was a nine of hearts.
Tea punched the air. "I win! How does it feel Kaiba to be beat? I am the champion!"
Seto coughed. Tea thought it sounded distinctly like "fluke."
She raised an eyebrow. "A fluke, was it? I believe that I won square and fair, Kaiba."
"Whatever I you want to believe Te–Gardner. I have work to do." he walked towards the door, "Don't think this is the end. Enjoy your victory for now, but I'll beat you next time."
Tea followed him, limping. "I'm not letting you get away that easily!"
Mokuba shook his head. Even he could plainly see that the two were made for each other.
Tea silently followed Kaiba to his office still elated at beating him in a match fair and square. She figured that since he played duel monsters so much, he lost all ability of winning regular games. She would definitely get a lot of mileage out of her victory, that was for sure.
Kaiba stopped abruptly at his office door before punching in a four digit pin on the keypad. 1025... Tea made a mental note of the number in her head. Whatever it stood for, it must have been pretty important. It was then that she realized that she'd never been inside Kaiba's secret office. She was filled with curiosity. Was there any particular reason that his office had a keypad? She noticed that it was the only room in the vast mansion that had a keypad.
She blushed, Even Kaiba's room doesn't.
He turned the doorknob quickly and pushed the door open. Tea's breath hitched up in her throat. It wasn't like she imagined at all. It was...too boring.
The walls were an off-white, with a royal blue border. His desk was a rich mahogany with an office chair behind it. A bunch of file folders were piled neatly on his desk, along with a flat screened computer. A cream colored couch was set off in the corner. There wasn't one thing that she found even remotely interesting about his room. Not one thing...
Kaiba noticed her the dismay on her face right away. "I never let any of my staff members go near this room. I see no need for decorations."
"Oh... I see." She looked at him, "But how can you do any work in here? I mean... it's so uncomforting."
"I manage." He said simply as he sat down in his office chair and opened his laptop.
The silence stretched on for a painfully long time. Tea desperately needed to talk to someone, even if it was the most unsociable person on the planet. "So... what kind of work do you have to do?"
Kaiba smirked. He would have fun confusing her. "Critical analysis of our data programing, Employee reconfiguration, sketches for our new duel disks, and calculating our net profit."
To his surprise, Tea didn't look confused at all. She actually looked...smug? "Can I help?"
"I seriously don't think you'd be capable, Gardner." He smirked, "It would take years and years of experience to figure most of that out. I don't expect that from a cheerleader."
She only smiled, "Trust me Kaiba, I'm capable."
"So, in order to make the duel disk more efficient, you need to simplify the computation. The more simple it is, the better the system will be." Tea said as she made the finishing touches to the duel disk sketch. "I also think you should make more of a variation on the color scheme. Blue, red, and white get kind of redundant." Tea concluded. "You agree?"
Seto didn't speak for several moments, he was transfixed. How did she know? She knew more about technology than he himself did! This was the second thing that she had bested him in. He was in awe, but she wasn't about to show it. "Pretty good... for a cheerleader."
She rolled her eyes, "You're never going to let that go, are you?"
He didn't answer her. He was still confused. How much more was there to know about this girl? What else was she hiding from him?
Tea waved her hand in his face. "Hello! Earth to Kaiba? Anyone home?"
Suddenly he grabbed her hand and forced her to face him. "How is it that you know all of this?"
Her eyes darkened, "My father...he used to make me create new technology for his company. I spent days and nights working on things that were even too advanced for our time. And every time, my father would beat me because my work wasn't good enough for him. Can't say I miss him too much..." Why am I telling him all this? What's compelling me to tell him! This is SETO KAIBA!
Kaiba thought abought the information that she'd just relayed to him. He remembered her briefly mentioning her tyrant of a father, but he had no idea that he made her soldier the wight of his company. She must have been no older than six years old. Not even he had started that early...
"Well, now you know..." she glared at him, her eyes holding a new intensity, "And if you call me a cheerleader again, I'm going to have to hit you..."
Kaiba rolled his eyes."Ooh. I'm so scared."
Tea's eyes widened slightly. Something was wrong with Kaiba? Was he...teasing her? Normally he would have turned back to his computer without sending her a second glance. Had he changed?
When her she finally had control of her voice she said, "You should be. I'm going to go and cook dinner now... any requests?"
Kaiba turned back to his computer screen and continued typing. "I don't really care."
Her heart sank. Same old Kaiba...
As Tea limped down the stairs she caught sight of something that angered her.
"That's wrong. Now as your punishment you will cook dinner for the rest of us. Do I make myself clear?"
Mokuba stuck his tongue out at her. "No. I'm not going to do it."
Myra looked as though she was about to hit him, but luckily for him she just grinned. "If you don't I can sue your brother for mistreatment."
Mokuba rolled his eyes. "You can't do that. I may be a kid, but I'm not stupid."
"I'll do it." she seethed. "I'm not afraid to sue your brother for all he's worth."
Mokuba suddenly looked scared. "Fine... I-I'll do it."
She ruffled his hair roughly. "Good boy. I expect dinner to be on the table when I get back, okay?" She walked out of the kitchen but stopped at the steps leading to her room. "And if one word of this gets to your brother, I'll make your life a living hell."
Suddenly, Mokuba began to cry. The tears rolled down his cheeks, and he fell on his knees. Tea could feel her heart breaking with each sob he emitted.
She limped down the rest of the stairs and straight to him. She held him in her arms and rocked him back and forth. "Shhh. You should stop crying. It only shows that she's won. I don't know why she's here, or what she wants to do. But I'm going to find out."
He sniffled. "B-but why did Seto hire her when we have you?"
That's a damn good question.
"I don't know, Mokuba. But look? WE can make dinner together! Wouldn't that be fun?"
Mokuba nodded and gave her a hug. "Tea?" he whispered in her shoulder.
"What is it?"
"I love you."
Tea felt a strange feeling in her heart. A feeling that she hadn't felt since as long as she could remember. She'd been on her own for so long... she'd forgotten what it felt like to hear those three simple words. She hugged Mokuba tighter. "I love you too Mokuba."
By the end of the afternoon, Tea and Mokuba were covered in every cooking substance imaginable. They had such fun cooking dinner. Remarkably, the kitchen stayed remotely clean. Tea couldn't remember a time that she had laughed so hard. She didn't feel as though the weight of the world was on her shoulders anymore. She felt totally carefree.
Tea smiled, she wanted things to stay the same. "Wait here Mokuba. I'm going to go and call your brother, 'kay?"
"Okay!" He gave her the thumbs up.
She had no idea what he really meant by it, but she gave him the thumbs up as well. She limped up the stairs and up to his secret office. Surprisingly, the door was already open. She was about to call his name, but she saw something that made her stop in her tracks.
Myra held her hands behind her back innocently, though she was anything but. "So... Seto– "
Kaiba narrowed his eyes. "You're not permitted to call me that, Banks."
"Whatever you say Kaiba dear." She brushed him off with a flick of his hand. "I wonder... why do you keep that girl, Tea is it? There must have been a reason that you called me. Or... do you like her?" She shot a look towards the door and Tea locked eyes with her for a split second before she turned back to Kaiba.
He was shaken with rage, "Would you just leave me alone?"
She placed both her palms on his table with surprising force. "I'm going to stay right here until you answer my question. You can't do anything about it. So answer me."
He raked his fingers through his hair in annoyance. "Our relationship is fully professional. Nothing more."
Tea felt her breath hitch up in her throat. I don't know what I expected from him.
"I don't believe you Kaiba. I see the way you look at her when you think no one else is watching. I knew you back in school Kaiba. You were nothing like you are now. She's changed you." Kaiba was silent for a moment and Tea thought that it was the end of the conversation. She turned to leave, feeling utterly dejected. The wall that she had carefully built around her heart over the years was slowly eroding. So many disappointments. So much heartache...
Kaiba looked up, clearly aggravated, "You're right. Perhaps I do feel something for her... or perhaps I don't. But that doesn't concern you at all. Leave my office you inane excuse for a girl."
She let out a scream of fury and stormed out the door. Tea looked at her with triumph, "I can let you borrow a dictionary. I'm sure you still need to find out what 'inane' means."
Myra tossed her long ebony hair. "You'll see Gardner. I'm going to win and you'll be devastated."
Tea raised an eyebrow, "Win what? I believe the fight for a brain is a lost cause." Tea feigned surprise, "Oh! Did I say that out loud?"
Myra, clearly defeated, stomped down the hall and into her room.
Tea pushed the door open and invited herself in. "Kaiba?"
He looked at her, his look of disgust slowly ebbing away. "What do you want Gardner?"
"How do you feel about..."
"...er– eating dinner right now." She said. She could have kicked herself. Perhaps he didn't notice her little slip-up. Perhaps he didn't care for what she said at all.
But unluckily for her, nothing ever got past Seto Kaiba.
He slowly rose from his chair and walked over to her. His steps were slow and calculating making it painful fro Tea to watch. When he got close to her she took a step back, slightly afraid. What was he plaining to do?
He grabbed her wrist lightly. "What were you going to say?"
She looked at the ground as if it was the most interesting thing in the world. "I-I'll ask you after dinner."
"I'll hold you to your word."
Tea turned towards the door insanely happy to get away from him. What was this feeling deep inside her chest?
Please Review and let me know what you think of Chapter 12! Luv YA!