Disclaimer: I do not own YuGiOh.

THIS IS THE FINAL CHAPPIE!!! Sadly, this story is coming to an end; there will be sequel, but I'm not sure when it will be posted… (sweatdrop). Sorry that this fic has been kind of rushed, but back when it was first posted, I wasn't as experienced with writing. I've gained a lot of knowledge and new vocabulary in the time between then and now.

This chapter is short because… uhh, there really isn't a lot going on in this chapter… (sweatdrop) Heh, I tried to make it as long as possible… so, happy reading!

I hope you all have enjoyed this fic! Thanks to all of my supportive reviewers!!!

Ladythief15: Would you like your character to be in the sequel? I have an idea for an alternate name, but I wanted your permission first.

Sailor Tiamat: Thanks for reviewing! After I update Bad Dreams (which is next), I'll update Paradise Island. (XD)

DojomistressAmbyChan: Thanks for reviewing! Yeah, Anzu and Bakura always seem to find trouble (even in this chappie). But the sequel will be much happier!

Master Ruby: Kana won't be forgotten… I don't plan on it anyway. Thanks for reviewing and I hope you update soon!

Pharaoh'sJewel: I hope you update your stuff! Yeah, I was thinking of Harry Potter… It's so great, isn't it?

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Beneath the Desert Sands

By: Chi Yagami

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Chapter Ten – Every End Starts a New Beginning

Anzu sighed as she and Bakura walked towards the area where Yami had tried to marry her. She was worried that Yami might attack them, but Bakura reassured her that Yami would die before he laid a hand on her. She didn't doubt it.

She still felt tired and dizzy, though. She figured it was probably just exhaustion from the heat, but she wasn't too sure… He kept shooting side-glances at Anzu, but she just smiled. Bakura could feel that she was hiding something but decided to let it drop.

They were approaching the campsite slowly, the sun hanging high above their heads in its jealous sky. She knew that by now, they could've created a pool with all of the sweat they were releasing. Bakura kept trying to hold her hand, but she continued to pull away; even holding hands was too hot. He came to a halt and turned to her.

"Umm, Anzu… I'm really burning up out here… Would you, uhh, mind if I take off my shirt?" he asked her, shifting his eyes uncomfortably. She blushed a mad red, and, nodding, turned away. Bakura pulled off his drenched shirt, rung it out, and threw it over his shoulder. They continued to walk towards the settlement.

Anzu's face was bright red, but lucky for her, Bakura thought it was the heat. She couldn't help looking over at his bare chest. His smooth, tan skin was already wet; today was the hottest day Egypt had ever seen.

When they were close enough to the camp to see it clearly, they discovered it lay in ruins. Tents were scattered across the grounds, and Yami's "great wall" was crumbled in various spots. The only structure untainted was Yami's extensively large tent and maybe an outhouse… In the center of all the rubbish sat a large stage, and upon the stage were several large, burnt poles. Bits of rope could be seen at the feet of these poles, and Anzu had a sick feeling that something or someone had been tied there at one point…

"B-Bakura?"

"Yeah?" he replied, looking around. "What the hell happened here?"

"I don't know… but I know it can't be good… Bakura?" she asked again, her entire body aching.

"What?"

"I… I don't think…"

"You don't think what?" he asked, his mind elsewhere. When she didn't answer him, Bakura turned around to go to her. She was nowhere in sight; he started panicking. He called out to her but no reply came. He darted around in every direction, looking for her. He finally found Anzu on the ground at the edge of a dismantled servants' tent. She'd collapsed there before she'd been able to tell Bakura she didn't think she could go on in this heat.

He ran to her side, shaking her gently and calling out her name. Anzu appeared to be unconscious. He dropped his shirt and rested his head on her chest, checking for a heartbeat.

It was slow and faint, but he could hear one. Bakura picked her up and cradled her in his arms. He cursed himself for letting her walk around in this weather. But how was he supposed to know she was tired? She hadn't said anything… of course, she always put everything else before herself.

"Drop the girl or you're both dead."

He whipped around to find a circle of guards pointing their spears in his face. Bakura clutched Anzu tightly, refusing to give her up. Then Shadi came out of the crowd.

"Bakura, it would be wise to put her down and surrender," he advised the young thief. Bakura shot the man a distasteful glare before setting his beloved onto the sand. Two guards seized him by the arms and dragged him forcefully away. Shadi knelt down by Anzu.

"They've come all this way… and they don't even know what happened…"

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Anzu woke up in a dark room. She was lying on a soft bed, and she felt much better. She noticed that her robes had been changed, and she hoped that it had been a maid and not Yami…

Shadi entered and bowed.

"Are you feeling better, dear?"

"Oh, Shadi, thank goodness you're here!" she said, hugging her old friend. "What happened here?!"

"Not now, child," he apologized. "You must listen carefully: the situation is out of my hands; there's nothing I can do. You must sneak out of the tent in about ten minutes. I'll distract them long enough for you to talk."

"What?" she asked confused. "Distract who?"

"Just follow my instructions," Shadi commanded, leaving her to ponder this. Anzu sat on the edge of the bed, lost in her thoughts.

She remembered what he'd said, and, sure enough, in ten minutes, she poked her head out of the tent to see guards coming from every direction, running to the right. Well, obviously Shadi had distracted them from something to her left. She tiptoed over and peered around the side of the tent: nothing.

"Anzu!"

She spun around to see Bakura chained to a wall. She ran over to him and threw her arms around him.

"What's going on?" she asked.

"Anzu… they're going to… put me to death," he said slowly. She shook her head.

"No… No! They can't! They can't! You haven't done anything!" she cried, breaking down on Bakura's shoulder.

"I would hug you if I could, but I can't," he said with a faint chuckle. Anzu looked into his eyes.

"It's not funny! I'll never see you again!" she said, tears streaking down her cheeks. She could tell Bakura was trying his hardest not to cry. She fingered the Ring and searched her mind, desperate for anything.

The Millennium Ring! Of course! Why hadn't she thought of it before?!

Reaching inside her robes, Anzu pulled out the Ring and took it off her neck. She hung it around Bakura's neck.

"What's this for?" he asked her.

"It will save you," she replied, giving him a small smile. "Your life will be put into the Ring and you'll come back millions of years from now. We can meet again!"

"What? How are you so sure of that?"

"I just am! I promise you, we will meet again," she said confidently. He looked into her eyes and saw a spark of determination and many held-back tears.

"Anzu, I love you," Bakura told her, his eye now catching onto the guards that were returning.

"I love you too, Bakura," she replied quietly, leaning in for one final kiss. He would savor that last kiss forever.

"Go," he urged her. She ran back into the tent shortly before the guards reached Bakura and took him towards the poles.

Anzu marched up to Shadi.

"How could you let this happen?!" she demanded, the tears flowing freely. "I love him! You know he's innocent!"

"Anzu," he replied, trying to calm her, "it was Yami's last wish that he be condemned to death. I have no power over that."

They could hear Bakura's distant shouts, and Anzu tried to run to him. Shadi held her back fiercely.

"NO!" she screamed, crying harder. "WE CAN'T JUST LET HIM DIE!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

Anzu buried her head in Shadi's robes as he comforted her.

"Not long after you escaped," he started to explain, "Yami discovered that you were gone. Seth tried his best to protect Jylie, but he was captured, as well as Malik. Jonouchi waged war on Yami, and a huge battle broke out. Well… Yami pretty much won… and all of our friends were killed…"

"What?!" Anzu cried, breaking out of Shadi's embrace. "You mean there's no one here but us?!"

"Yes… Yami was murdered too…"

"How could you?! Now I have no one!!!" she yelled.

"I had to watch my wife die," Shadi said softly. "Anzu, you are not the only one hurting."

She sighed and ran outside. Anzu scampered onto the stage and instantly spotted a recently burnt pole. She hugged it tightly and cried out Bakura's name continuously.

'I can't believe he's actually gone…! They're all gone! I can't believe Shadi let them do that! I don't care if the Millennium Necklace foresaid it or not, they're dead!!!'

She continued hugging the pole long after dark. Anzu remembered how she'd told Bakura they'd meet again someday.

"Maybe," she said sarcastically. "That's twice now he's left me…"

She turned her head to the sky and cursed the moon. Anzu touched her lips, and with the memory of Bakura, she fell asleep against the wooden rod.

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The End.

Sorry Bakura died. This story was kinda angsty I guess… but the sequel will be much happier, I promise!

Thanks for all of your support and nice reviews! I promise the sequel will be much better… (--;;) I should have it up at least by summer (well, the 1st chappie anyway).

Sayonara!!!!!

-Chi Yagami