Seth:  I don't own Yugioh or any of its characters; also, I don't own the song 'Numb' by Linkin Park either. Now that that is clear, I hope you enjoy this short story.

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Just Me

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     "Yugi, I can't believe you got beat up again. That's like the third time this week… Honestly, you need to learn to defend yourself. I wish you would just listen to what I say and come with me to one of my martial arts classes. Ra knows you can use it…" Yami comments after his twin enters the room; beaten and battered. He stares hopelessly, but his expression is almost neutral.

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I'm tired of being what you want me to be,

Feeling so faithless; lost under the surface,

Don't know what you're expecting of me,

Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes,

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     He sighs and shakes his head. Obviously tired of watching his light coming in so badly hurt. "I don't like doing this, Yami. It's not my fault that I'm such a bully-magnet." He tried to defend and Yami sighed again.

     "It is your fault Yugi. I've scared off guys five times bigger than myself. Hell, I've even beaten bigger men than those bullies that pick on you. If you would act tougher and stop looking so weak, then you would be able to stop them too. I'm not trying to criticize you or anything, I just hate the vision of you all bruised and beaten." He turned to the shorter boy and glanced once at him before throwing his gaze out the window.

     "Yami…" He whispered, but the older folded his arms, and remained impassive.

     His eyes closed, tired of this same conversation. "Go wash up before your grandfather sees you, Yugi. I'm positive he wouldn't want to find out you've been in another fight." He whispered back in slight annoyance. With a simple nod Yugi left Yami's room. Yami's eyes opened slightly and he stared towards the closed door. "Yugi, why can't you just take the advice that I give you? Don't you realize that I know what's good for you? Or do you really like getting pummeled everyday?" He sighed and checked his watch.

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I've become so numb; I can't feel you there,

I've become so tired; so much more aware,

I'm becoming this; all I want to do,

Is be more like me and be less like you…

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     He winces as the warm water showers down over the cuts and bruises that cover his chest and stomach. Yami always asks why he doesn't fight back, why doesn't he stay with people he knows, or why doesn't he at least learn how to protect himself? Why…? Why..? Why..?

     The soap stings too, but after the previous days he's just about used to the pain. Why..? Yami always wants him to play it safe, but if that's so true why does he always desert him for Joey and Tea… Yugi's supposed friends before he was released out of the Puzzle.

     Not that they don't spend any attention on him, on the contrary, everyone knows how strong-minded and courageous the small teen has become, and yet they don't invite him to movies or outings because they are troubled he might be afraid of the movie or he will get sick on the roller coaster rides... He's nothing but a doll to admire and he feels like he is on display but cannot be touched for fear of damaging his perfect features. So naturally they spend more time with Yami. Yami; he can take care of himself and doesn't fear anything…Yami is everything that Yugi could never be… Cool, fearless, strong and amazing… Yugi is fragile, sweet and innocent; easily broken.

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 'Cause everything that you thought I would be,

Has fallen apart right in front of you,

Every step that I take is another mistake to you,

And every second I waste is more than I can take.

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     "I guess you look alright. I'm sure he won't notice anything." Yami said inspecting Yugi as he came back in. "Well, I hope next time you'll just let Joey or Tea walk you home. At least that way, you'll be safe. Yami implored, as he went over to his bed and started slipping on his jacket. "Anyway, will you be alright on your own? I have to meet Bakura in like ten minutes, but I won't leave if you need me to stay." He said with sincerity.

     He did care; it's just hard to remember between the scolding and condemning and the smothering and hurtful words. "I'll be fine, Yami. Go ahead and go, I don't want you to be late." Yugi says with a smile, pretending to not care that his other self thinks he is such a child.

     He hesitated before nodding, "Alright. You know my cell-phone number so call me if something happens – I'll have it on at all times." He ruffled his light's hair and then walked out of the room with Yugi right behind him. "I still feel a bit weary of leaving you alone." Yami admitted as they walked down the stairs.

     'I'm fifteen not some child. I bet that not even Mokuba gets this much harassment with Kaiba.' He thought, but only smiled. "It's ok; Grandpa will be here soon anyway. You better go." The shorter replied, in that sweet tone everyone was used to.

     As they stood by the front door, Yami looked back at him and sighed, "… Alright, but I'll call you later, okay?" Yugi nodded and watched him leave. He sighed and since it was Sunday, the store was closed. So he went upstairs to his room.

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I've become so numb; I can't feel you there,

I've become so tired; so much more aware,

I'm becoming this; all I want to do,

Is be more like me and be less like you.

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     Yugi stared dispassionately out his window and watched as people went on about their daily routines and life. This is what he did everyday, waiting for someone to notice him and ask him out to have some fun. But no, let's not do something that might injure the young teen.

     It's better to get his other self, the one that can hold his own in a fight and who can be very persuasive just in case Joey gets himself in trouble… Yes, such is the case right now. Yami is going to be meeting Bakura and the others most likely…

     But one thing he wished he could do is speak to Yami through that special link that they have, unfortunately Yami had closed it off. Not out of anger or anything, he just thought that it would benefit Yugi as well as himself. Before they had to have the link, but now Yami felt that it would be better if they didn't have that anymore. Yugi narrowed his eyes to mere slits, "Bakura and Ryou still have their link connected…" He sighed glumly.

     "I wish it was open, and then maybe he would know how I feel. I just want one person to understand me, who realizes that I have my own thoughts and I'm not weak. I know I'm smaller and not as physically strong as him, but I am still just as fun and exciting as him." He said to nobody.

--Flashback of Yesterday--

     "I can't believe you let them do this to you over and over again. Yugi, really do you like being the small wimp all the time?" Yami said in frustration.

     "I-I'm not a wimp…" Yugi retaliated, never feeling so hurt by Yami before..

     "I'm sorry; I didn't mean to say that." Yami quickly apologized and then shook his head, "It's just, if they are messing with you, then why do you walk home alone? Doing that, what else do you expect? Yugi, walking alone only tells them you want to get beaten up." His eyes softened at his light half, "You should ask one of the others to walk you home. That's what I'd do if I were you…" He added.

       "You used to be the one that walked me home… And I don't want to bother Joey and the rest, they have things to do right after school and I don't want to intrude on them." Yugi defended.

       "Well, if I were you, I'd find some way other than letting myself get pulverized. You should get Joey or Bakura to walk with you no matter how busy they seem to be, that's what I'd do…"

That's what I'd do...

--End Flashback

     "I don't want to be anyone else. Not Yami not anyone. All I want is to be… Me…" He hung his head low and sauntered over to the bathroom. "Nobody can see that, why?" He said drawing a bath for himself.

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…I've become so numb; I can't feel you there,

I've become so tired; so much more aware,

I'm becoming this; all I want to do,

Is be more like me and be less like you…

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     Two hours passed by and sadly, that phone call from Yami was never made. And now Yugi lay eyes closed in the bathtub. His face half under water and half above. He didn't seem to be breathing, because he wasn't. He had drowned; did he mean to kill himself? Or maybe he was just too confused about his life to realize what he was doing.

     And he was gone… Meaning he couldn't go back to gazing out the window, he didn't see that Yami had returned – along with Bakura, Tea, and Joey. They laughed and talked about whatever it was they had just gotten through doing.

     Soon they disappeared from window's sight and the front doors open. Muffled sounds of them speaking with his grandfather; they ask where Yugi is and the reply "Upstairs…" was given. There are some more words exchanged and finally they all decide to speak with Yugi. Up the hallway stairs they go coming closer and closer to Yugi's room…

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I've become so numb; I can't feel you there,

Tired of being what you want me to be,

I've become so numb; I can't feel you there,

Tired of being what you want me to be…

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All I ever wanted was to be me… What was so wrong with that..?