There. The last part of this mini-story. ^^

Disclaimer & Warning: Meh! Same as the previous two chapters!

And... I'm not willing to give anything away, so I'll talk later at the end.

Oh, first, though, I apologize to people who found this ficcy somewhat... confusing. It is meant to be as such. ^_^; I focused more on language and emotion than thought. If you really are confused about who's writing which letter (you shouldn't be), the first letters in each chapter are Yugi's, and the second letters in every chapter are Yami's.

...And if you so desperately must know what's going on right now, Yugi and Yami had a fight. Yugi went to sleep. Yami left. Yami's in the park. Yami's heading towards the pond. Yugi is starting to go outside. I will... explain this chapter's actions at the end if you don't understand.

Hm? Yeah, bad chapter title. I know "eternity" doesn't really have anything to do with the other two words, but... well, it seemed to fit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Need... Necessity... Eternity...

Tiny feet pattering... on concrete... on sod... on grass... Tiny hands, cradling a bottle of clear glass... Crystal pureness reflecting sunlight...

Lake reflecting sky... reflecting trees... Delusions of sapphire, of emerald...

Glass reflecting, refracting... Wooden cork, rolled-up paper stained by tears...

The water's edge... Sitting... Setting adrift last words of a torn heart... Amethyst eyes squeezing shut... droplets of innocence, of a heart rend by sorrow...

Whispering... Whispering...

"May my words find their way to him... Someday..."

If you ever find this, my protector, then let me tell you one thing before you decide to toss it aside in disgust at my name. I miss you. I'm sorry for all the trouble I've caused, sorry for all the accusations... for everything. It wasn't until you were gone that I realized how important you were. Everything I had... were given by you. Without you here, everything feels so... empty, so devoid of feelings. Even in just the few hours that you have been gone...

All right, I know you would roll your eyes at me, call me overdramatic. Maybe I am. But it's true. Things feel... different. I am lonely. Grandpa is down. Everyone seems to have problems and, try as I might, I don't have the ability to help.

What started our fight in the first place? An argument over who was the better duelist... Well, then, I cede. You are. Of course you are. How else could you have taught me? Why else did you need to step in each time I dueled? My skills are much below yours, as is my confidence. Without your guidance, I am scared. Even walking down the street, I know people will challenge me, and though I will not back down, I fear horribly for losing the title of "King of Games" that you have won for me. What is a title to me? Nothing. But... it is the last that I have left of you...

Do you hate me?

You would say "no", wouldn't you? I... know you well. For so long, I haven't considered how you would react. I just... assumed I would know. But now, thinking back on you as you truly are, not as an imagery I created... you are not someone to be feared... by me, at least. You are calm, reasonable... even gentle at times. Though we got off on the wrong foot, we quickly became friends. And friends... do not doubt friends. No matter what happens, we stay together, stay strong through numbers, through the bonds we have formed that nothing could break. Perhaps, in this one thing, Anzu might be right.

So, as a friend, I ask that... if you ever read this, please come back. We will wait for you. Because... you are a friend, because we love you.

Because I love you.

Silent footfalls across smooth stones... soft sand... bending grass... Low whistles searching, calling... Hands cupped in reception...

A white dove, a symbol of innocence... Fluttering wings, waiting... A bitter smirk at the choice gracing full lips...

Nimble fingers, a thin ribbon of iridence... Attacked to a ready talon, rolled-up paper stained by tears...

A flash of feathers, wings lifting towards the sun... Away from outstretched hands...

Walking towards the lake, towards the only serene haven... Ruby eyes staring sightlessly... pools of liquid flames...

Whispering... Whispering...

"May my words make their way to him... Soon..."

Aibou, I hope the dove has been successful in finding you. If you are reading this note, then I assume he has. Let me, please, say one thing before you tear up my words. I need you. I am sorry for my arguments, for my stubborness, for going against your wishes. I have left, to save you the trouble of telling me to go... and because I could not bear to see your anger and pain. But everything important to me... were given by you. You rescued me from my millenia-long wandering in the darkness, the same aimless wandering I do now, in the light. Even in these hours -- so short but feeling like eternity -- I have lost my purpose.

Perhaps you think I say too much. Perhaps I really am. But truly, I have no reason to exist. I have not been charged to do anything, and so, I protected you. It was the least I could do to repay you for freeing me from my seemingly-eternal prison of darkness. But now... There is nothing left except to find my past. And without you here, I could not do even that.

Why have we, two halves of a whole, fought? I remember now... that it was an argument of being the better duelist. Now, I know it is you. You duel for those around you, using the strength of your heart. I have already taught you everything I know... and it is well-known that the student must surpass the teacher. Though I duel for you often, I know I should start to let you do it yourself, to build your confidence. I have seen you duel alone... and you are remarkable. Though your fame, your title, are won by me, I am proud to see you wear that title, and I know that you would uphold it... that you would never let me down...

Would you forgive me?

I know you... I know you would say "yes". You are that kind of a person. Being together for so long, I have started to forget how you really were. I assumed I know everything... and made a big -- if not fatal -- mistake. It would have costed me my victory, had this been a duel, but I hope it did not cost our friendship. You are always so kind, so gentle, so sweet. So many times in the past, I have angered you, hurt you, but you always forgave me. Please do so once more... for this time... Though, if you do now, I will understand. Even if I leave forever, those days of knowing you... has given me something valuable.

Sometime... sometime, after things have calmed, maybe I will come to your door. Maybe I will ask... if you would have me back. Because... you are precious to me.

Because I love you.

A sharp intake of breath... A gentle breeze teasing remarkably similar hair...

Ragged breathing, tears spilling from crimson eyes which had remained cold for millennia...

Glancing up, orbs of pure lilac, deep and filled with hope...

Silence, broken by loud heartbeats, by pulses proving life... proving that what stood before each was not a mirage of wishful thinking...

A cry of joy... Arms twined around warm bodies...

Tears, tears of relief, of delight, of the passing of the deepest sadness...

Side by side, in never-ending embrace, two figures watching a fiery sun dipping below the horizon with a splash of colour upon clear water...

Side by side, sharing kisses, sharing heart, two figures stepping lightly over grass... over sand... over stone... over sod... over concrete... Onto carpet.

An old man, smiling... never interfering...

Two figures bouncing into one room...

Two voices ringing in the night... Two voices piercing the full moon in its pale luminescence...

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*smiles proudly* Done. ^_^ Had you all thinking it was gonna be sad, didn't I? ^_~ I couldn't bear to hurt these pretties all sad like that. ^_^;;

Alrighty, I think this chapter's pretty much straightforward. If you still didn't get it... Basically, Yugi went to a lake in the park (eh, maybe I shoulda put "pond?" ^^') to set adrift a message in a bottle, knowing that Yami was probably there, and hoping he would find it. Yami is, indeed, in the park. He finds a bird and gets it to take a message to Yugi. He kinda wanders around, and goes to the lake... and they meet. They hug, they kiss, they go home, and... They, ah, do... lemony things. ^_~