Power is in the Eye of the Beholder

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Chapter One: Unpleasant Discoveries

It was a dark and cold night in Domino, Japan, and most of the citizens were sound asleep, seeing as how it was well past midnight by now. The cold breeze that blew by every now and again rustled the bare branches of the winter trees and whistled against the windows of houses all around.

By the light of the moon, Ryou Bakura sat up in bed, blinking. A moment ago, he thought he'd been in another dimension, a dimension ruled by an evil mistress where he'd been forced to fight against his friends. But now...he was back at home, is his own bed.

"I'm...back," Bakura murmured in disbelief, pulling off his covers and standing up, looking around. "Everything's just the way it was when I'd left."

Silently, he started to walk over to turn on a light of some sort so he could see, but a jingle from around his neck caused him to stop and look down at his chest in fear.

A cold sweat broke out on his forehead as he recognized the gold object that he was wearing.

"The...the Millennium Ring?" Bakura whispered fearfully, taking a step backward, even though the ring itself was attached to him and walking backwards wouldn't bring him any further away from it than he was before. "But...but that's impossible!"

He'd given the Millennium Ring to Yugi after he and Yami Yugi had successfully defeated the evil spirit within it, but now it was back with Bakura, in his room, around his neck?

"My Millennium Ring was with me in that other dimension," Bakura thought to himself, trying to recall what had happened and organize his thoughts. "So...did it come back with me too?"

Gulping, he hurried over to his dresser drawer and pulled it open, afraid that the evil spirit within his ring would awaken once again and take control of Bakura. Hurriedly, he pulled out a sweatshirt and some pants, trying to find something quickly that he could pull on to go to Yugi's and return the Millennium Ring, before it was too late.

As the white-haired boy rummaged blindly through his drawers by the dim light of the moon, he pulled out a pair of long pajama pants, causing something small and round to fly out from where they'd been tucked in the cuffs and roll across the room.

Startled, Bakura dropped the pajamas and looked around, following the gleaming object's trail as it rolled around the room and came to a stop by the window. Reluctantly, Bakura leaned forward and squinted to see what had been tucked into his drawer secretly.

Gasping, Bakura recognized the object as the mood came out from behind the clouds, allowing a stream of light to come into the room, illuminating the object.

"It...can't be!" Bakura gasped, sweating harder now. "The...the Millennium Eye?!"

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Yugi hung up the phone, sighing as Yami appeared beside him in his spiritual form.

"I finished calling most of them," Yugi sighed, looking wearily up at his partner. "They all got back okay too."

Yami forced a smile, trying to be happy for his aibou. It was wonderful that everyone was back all right, but that didn't mean that Zurui, the owner of the other dimension, was finished with them just yet. They'd only weakened her temporarily.

"That's good, Yugi," Yami replied, smiling down at Yugi, who looked exhausted. "Now shouldn't you get some rest yourself? You've had a long experience and you've got things you need to do tomorrow."

Yugi groaned, picking his weary body up and walking over to his bed, collapsing on the soft mattress and pulling his blankets over him.

"I don't EVEN want to think about tomorrow, Yami," Yugi murmured sleepily, a hint of laughter in his voice, but a very vague one.

Yami smiled, shaking his head as he chuckled.

"All right, Yugi," he replied, grinning. "You get some rest now," he instructed, floating over to the window and staring out at the night streets, thinking to himself.

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Across town, Seto Kaiba lay sleeping soundly in his bed, quite ready for some actual rest after the whole other dimension escapade that night. His younger brother, Mokuba, was asleep as well. However, Priest Seto, the spirit of the ancient high priest, was still quite awake, not that a spirit needed sleep anyway, and was roaming the halls of the Kaiba Manor, alert.

"Zurui may have been temporarily weakened..." he thought to himself, narrowing his cold blue eyes as he passed by a grandfather clock. "But she will be back, I'm sure. But the question is, where and when will she strike next?"

The priest sighed, closing his eyes as he floated down the dark hallway, the old clock he'd passed striking two in the morning. There was still so much he didn't know about the newest enemy of theirs, but it seemed that any possible answers to the mystery of Zurui lay within the other dimension itself, but seeing as how they'd both been brought to and released from the dimension without a trace of a door, there was no way that the priest knew of that could take them back. Not that they NEEDED to be going back right away, though.

The clock chimed behind him once again, indicating the hour as Priest Seto glanced out a large window in the living room of the mansion. The moon outside had hidden behind some dark clouds, immersing the whole house in darkness.

"We will just have to stay on our guard," Priest Seto sighed.

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Ishizu Ishtar sat outside the house she shared with her brother, Malik, and their loyal friend, Lishito, staring up at the round moon above. It was late at night, but the Egyptian woman felt restless, and couldn't get to sleep.

"Ever since I gave the Pharaoh my Millennium Necklace, I haven't possessed the powers to foresee the future," she said softly to herself, folding her hands in her lap as she stared out at the seemingly endless desert in front of her. "But even being separated from the Millennium Necklace has not fully impaired my intuition, although...it is strange."

Ishizu brushed a lock of her long, black hair behind her, resting it on her shoulder.

"Normally I only sense things when I'm close by the item, like when I visit Japan," she murmured, lowering her gaze to her lap. "But lately, I've been feeling a great force looming close by, as if something huge is about to happen."

Looking up at the sky, the woman sighed.

"I only hope it is not dangerous," she murmured softly.

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Over in the temple in Egypt, out in the middle of nowhere on the sandy plain, Bastet, the black cat goddess, sat on a stone block, her yellow eyes narrowed, her tail flipping back and forth impatiently as two men approached her.

"Well?" she asked, raising an eyebrow at the two Egyptians, one of which was carrying a golden set of scales, the other wearing a golden ankh that was carved into a key at the bottom. "What have you discovered?"

The man with the ankh-necklace stared at the cat goddess with his hard, dark eyes.

"Yugi Motou and his...friends have managed to escape from the other dimension which they had been sealed in," The man announced, Bastet's eyes lighting up.

"Really? How do you know this, Shadi?" she asked, glancing skeptically over at the man.

The man beside Shadi smiled, holding out the golden scales.

"We both saw visions of it with the aid of the Millennium Key and scales," he replied kindly. "All of the chosen ones, and their comrades, were freed from the odd dimension."

Behind Bastet, the ibis-headed god of the moon, Thoth, put his quill to his chin thoughtfully.

"How?" he inquired, looking over at the two men with his beady, black eyes.

Shadi looked over at the other man.

"Though Karim and I saw visions of their safe return, we lack the reasons why and how," he explained darkly.

Thoth glanced over at Karim, the younger Egyptian man with should-length black hair and dark skin. He held the scales delicately, treating them with respect.

"Karim?" he asked, studying the man. "So you've found the final chosen one, have you not, Shadi?" Thoth asked, his gaze going from Karim to Shadi, who nodded.

"Yes, I have," Shadi replied, looking over at Karim as well. "The fated possessor of the Millennium Scales is this man, Karim. He was working on a simple farm when I found him, but the item itself tested him, and it proves that he is the one."

Karim looked down at the Millennium Scales, or rather, HIS Millennium Item in wonder. It had only been a few days since he'd been snatched out of his life that he'd lived in the same way for twenty long years and drawn into this strange mystery of the ancient Millennium Items. He'd heard the stories all his life, but to actually find that he himself was one of the chosen ones was quite a shock.

Bastet's tail flicked again.

"Good then," she replied, sitting up straighter. "And what else have you seen with the items abilities?"

"There is a strong force in Domino," Karim replied, deciding to speak up for once. "Good or evil, I cannot tell, but it hovers there, and..."

The Egyptian man paused, closing his eyes, a new piece of information coming to him as the Millennium Scales lit up. Bastet cocked her head as Thoth looked on in interest. A moment later, Karim opened his eyes again, thrown off guard by the sudden activation of the item.

"Well?!" Bastet asked anxiously, intrigued as she stared wide-eyed at the man.

Karim swallowed.

"The force, although I do not know how..." he began, trembling slightly. "Possesses a Millennium Item."

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End of Chapter One

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