Chapter Fifteen: Return

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Chapter Fifteen: Return

Suddenly, the black beast roared in agony, its red eyes turning yellow and its whole body suddenly becoming engulfed in a huge cloud of blue fog, much like the fog inside the crystal of Zurui's.

Priest Seto blinked as the beast gave one last enormous yell before vanishing, leaving only a trail of smoke behind. Seto stepped forward slightly, the rod still extending in case it was a trick, but nothing seemed to be around them anymore.

"It's gone," Yami declared, having been no longer able to sense its spiritual energy.

Priest Seto nodded, narrowing his eyes, feeling drained from the battle. Seto, too, sighed, lowering the rod back down to his side as Kuribo squeaked once more before returning to Yami's soul room.

"Good work, Yami," Yugi complimented his friend, who laughed, looking slightly embarrassed.

"But you're the one who really saved the day, Yugi," he pointed out, looking down at the Swords of Revealing Light card that his reincarnate was still holding. "I thought you were too tired to summon more monsters, but you ended up coming up with a brilliant strategy."

Yugi blushed, feeling flattered.

"Well, it wasn't all that great," he murmured, rubbing the back of his neck modestly. "Besides, it used your Ka."

Yami smiled, shaking his head. Seto looked over at Priest Seto who was lost in thought, trying to figure out more about the monster they'd just fought, although he wasn't getting very far on his own.

"Are you okay?" Seto asked in a cold voice, not wanting to really show that his was slightly concerned.

Priest Seto blinked, nodding.

"Yes, I'm fine," he replied, eyeing the boy. "And yourself?"

Seto looked away, the rod's glow brightening as a large whiteness starting from a distance started to come toward them, breaking away the darkness all around them.

"I'm fine," Seto replied, raising an eyebrow at the white cloud of fog coming toward them. "What is that...?" he muttered, looking skeptically over at it.

Yugi and Yami looked up from their conversation, narrowing their eyes at the whiteness.

"I...don't know..." Yami murmured, putting his hand over his eyes to shield them from the light. "'s coming right toward us!"

Yugi never got to reply as the white light suddenly surrounded them all, blinding them as a huge gust of wind blew by, and each felt their bodies seem to fly away with it in the whiteness.

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Yugi sprang up in bed, sweating as he looked around his dark room, a little ray of white light coming in through the window from the crescent moon outside. Breathing hard, the boy looked around frantically.

"Yami?!" he cried, looking down at the puzzle that was resting peacefully at his bedside, just where he'd left it before he'd gone to sleep the night before they'd woken up in the other dimension.

"Yes, Yugi?" Yami replied calmly, appearing in spirit-form, TRUE spirit-form, not in another body, beside the table.

Yugi narrowed his eyes, feeling as though time had sped up and he'd missed something.

"Why are we..." Yugi muttered, looking around. "It's like we never even left and woke up in that dimension..." he murmured, glancing over at the clock, which read 2:03 AM.

Yami nodded, looking seriously down at his friend.

"Ah," he replied, biting his lip. "Perhaps time passed more slowly in the dimension..." he began, but Yugi cut him off.

"And why did the monster just vanish and we suddenly appeared back in the REAL world in bed?!" Yugi pressed, confused.

Yami sighed, thinking back to the monster's spiritual makeup. Just at Priest Seto had thought, he too had suspected something strange about that monster, like a link to another being.

"It is possible..." Yami murmured, narrowing his eyes, the light from the moon glinting off the puzzle beside him. "That the monster we faced was Zurui's Ka," he explained. "When we defeated it, she felt herself weaken, and perhaps decided to eject us from her dimension."

Yugi gulped, feeling uneasy.

"So does that mean...she's still around?" he asked, looking worriedly up at Yami.

"Zurui?" Yami asked, turning to look out the window. "I have a feeling she is still very much alive. But something puzzles me..." he murmured, lowering his gaze as he thought to himself.

Yugi tilted his head to the side.

"What's that?" he inquired, curious.

Yami sighed, looking up at the moon outside through the window.

"Why would this woman have an ancient Egyptian Ka if she were living in this modern world?" he asked, shrugging. "I suppose we won't know for a while, will we?"

Yugi sighed, looking down at his bedding, knowing what his aibou meant by that.

"We won't know until she strikes again," he murmured, gripping his sheet worriedly.

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Seto blinked, sitting up in bed and looking around his darkened room. It was just as he had left it when he'd gone to bed...but why was he back there now? Priest Seto, in a spiritual form now, floated through the wall, looking confused as well as deep in thought.

"We're back," Seto stated, blinking. "It's as though we were never ever there."

Priest Seto nodded, narrowing his eyes.

"That beast..." he murmured, thinking along the same lines as Yami. "It must have been Zurui's Ka, and when it was weakened, she had to throw everyone out in order to save herself."

Seto nodded, pushing his covers off and standing up, thinking.

"Because when a person's Ka dies, they die as well," he finished, looking up at the priest, who nodded.

"Right," Priest Seto replied, looking around the room again. "Mokuba is fast asleep. Should we wake him?"

Seto shook his head, turning on his lamp and walking over to the door.

"No, we'll let him sleep," he replied, sighing with relief that his brother was all right. "I'm going to go check on him though," he added, wanting to make sure that Mokuba was truly there, and not still in the other dimension.

The brown-haired boy, followed by the ancient high priest, walked down the hallway and slowly opened the door to his younger brother's room. Mokuba was curled up under his quilts, fast asleep. Seto smiled.

Seto walked over and pulled up the covers over Mokuba's shoulders, and the black-haired boy stirred, rolling over and blinking sleepily up at his older brother.

"Ni...niisama?" he murmured, trying to focus in on the person standing over him. "Are we...back? We're not in the weird...dimension?"

Everything had suddenly changed so fast from the white room in Zurui's world to now back in the mansion in bed, it seemed almost as though the whole thing were a dream. Maybe it had been one...

Seto shook his head.

"No, we're really back home," he replied, smiling. "Now go back to sleep and get some rest, all right?"

Mokuba smiled softly and rolled over when he realized he was clutching something in his hand. Blinking, he brought it up into the light from the moon where he gasped.

Seto blinked, looking down at the shiny foil.

"The Blue Eyes White Dragon card?" he asked, looking down at Mokuba, who nodded, holding it out to Seto.

"Yeah..." he murmured, still shocked that everything had really happened, and the card in his hands proved it. "The Blue Eyes helped me a lot..." he murmured, sleeping as Seto took the card back. "It helped me save Pearl...and myself from Zurui's test thing..."

Seto stared down at the card for a moment before tucking it into his pocket.

"Thanks, niisama..." Mokuba murmured, smiling. "I love you."

Seto smiled back.

"I love you too," he replied sincerely.

Priest Seto smiled from where he'd been watching. Everything had turned out all right after all, he thought to himself, glancing out the window of Mokuba's room. For now, at least, he added to himself, his smile fading as he realized that the Despair from the Dark hadn't completely died, which meant Zurui was still very much alive.

The high priest had a feeling that they hadn't seen the last of Zurui.

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Meanwhile, standing outside in the Egyptian desert, Shadi held the Millennium Key in his hands, opening his eyes from his meditation. A man with dark skin and shoulder-length black hair stood beside him, a small set of shiny golden scales resting on the palm of his hand.

"So, the chosen ones of the Millennium Items have succeeded in freeing themselves," Shadi murmured, narrowing his dark eyes.

The man beside him nodded, looking down at the scales in his hands.

"Ah," he agreed, having seen the same vision with the power of the Millennium Scales. "We should inform Bastet now, should we not?"

Shadi nodded slowly, his face solemn.

"We should and will," he replied, narrowing his eyes. "Tell me, did you sense something else while tapping into the powers of your Millennium Item?" he asked, looking over at the younger man.

The man looked down at the scales, still not used to calling them "his" Millennium Item.

"I sensed a dark force...unlike most of the others presences I've felt in the short time that I've possessed the scales," The man replied, narrowing his eyes in thought. "Do you think another dark force could be aiming at the Millennium Items?" he asked, looking over at Shadi quizzically.

Shadi sighed, looking out into the distance.

"Perhaps," he replied airily. "Or perhaps it is merely a dark force. Not every dark force will the chosen ones come into combat with, Karim."

Karim nodded.

"I know," he replied. "And I hope that they will not encounter it."

"I agree," Shadi replied, turning around, the wind blowing the back of his white ropes back. "There are many other things the chosen ones need to accomplish. But come now."

Karim nodded, slowly turning and following Shadi in the direction of the temple, still pondering about the dark force.

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Priest Seto: o_o Karim has a reincarnate too?!

^-^;; Well, that's what it looks like, priest. ^_^! Anyway, until next time, thanks for reading and reviewing, and see you soon. XD