Disclaimer: I do not own YuGiOh or Castle in the Sky.
This is the final chapter! I'm sorry it's taken so long to post, but I've been busy with school and exams etc. oh yeah, and we now have DSL at my mom's house! Yippee! Well, thanks to all my readers who have been patiently waiting. Here it is.
Through the Eye of the Beholder
By: Chi Yagami
Chapter the Last
Her head hurt really bad. What had happened? She couldn't remember anything. As she opened her eyes and tried to focus, her fingers began to work properly. Now she could feel the cold sludge under her palm and smell the mold that was growing on the walls. Yuck, she thought. Where was she? When at last she regained full vision, she took in the whole of her surroundings. A barred window let in a few rays of light to her right, and on her left was an ancient bench. And to her left there was… a hairball?
"Uhh… big brother," it mumbled, rolling over. It was a young boy! But who was he?
The young girl stood up and brushed herself off. How long had she been here? There was a large cell door across the room, but it didn't have a window. She had to pull the bench over under the window to be tall enough to see what was going on outside.
"HUH? I'm looking out at the sky? And below me is… the ocean?" she gasped.
'WHERE AM I?'
"Oh look, I caught a princess."
She was afraid to turn around. Had Yami finally gotten her? However, it didn't really sound like his voice… She whipped around, only to be shoved up against a wall, the Millennium Rod pressed on her neck.
"Marik!" she spat. He chuckled.
"Yes, me. What are you so eager to get away from that you would hide in here?" he asked curiously.
"Well, if I'd known YOU were here, I wouldn't be!" she said, pushing the Rod away with the tip of her finger.
"Ah, your fat porcupine is calling for you now," Marik snickered. "You have nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide. There is no way out for you. You may choose one of two options: you can just say nothing as I call for Yami, after which I will kill both of you and everyone else around… or, you can join me and stay here forever, and I will save you from Yami."
She took a step sideways, away from him. What did he care, whether she lived or not? As the king-wanna-be's voice drew nearer, she realized that those were her only options. She had to…
"Okay," she said slowly, catching Marik off guard. "I will, uhh, surrender to you and stay here after you save me from Yami… And one other thing."
"Hmm?" he inquired, raising an eyebrow. "And what would that be?"
"You let Bakura return to Earth safely."
"Ah, that white rat you adore so much?" It was more of a statement than a question. He began to circle her like a hawk, the Rod still inches away from her face.
Tea decided to ignore the comment. She had to make sure Bakura made it home okay. She would never forgive herself if something happened to him. "Well?"
He stared at her for quite a while. Was the trade really worth it? But of course: an excuse to kill Yami and the albino out of the way. Even if Bakura made it back to ground A-okay, he could still be hit by one of the missiles…
"You have a deal, sweet princess," he mocked, shaking on it. "Now, just let me do the talking, and Yami will be out of both of our hair for good."
She nodded and followed him out the door.
Yami was growing impatient. Where could she be? He glanced ahead into the darkness of the corridor, straining his ears to hear the pitter-patter of footsteps: nothing.
"Anzu," he growled to himself more than to anyone in particular, "where are you!"
"Well, well, well. If it isn't the pineapple from Hell."
His frustration turned into hatred; Marik was standing a few feet in front of him, smirking. The Millennium Rod was gripped in his right hand, and he seemed to be enjoying Yami's presence.
"What do you want, Marik? It would be in your best interest to leave Kanashi at once. You aren't involved in this," Yami told him coolly. "Now, where is Anzu?"
"You mean Tea? Calling her by some ancient name, what an idiot… I love being the one that has the honor to kill you."
Tea, who was listening from behind a corner, had sunk to her knees. How had she been swept up in this mess? She began to trace her fingertip in the dirt as she continued to listen to Marik and Yami throw insults at each other. She noticed a soft glow underneath her eyes and touched her necklace. Tea stood up and looked around.
A Millennium Item… A Millennium Item was nearby…
"Tea!" Bakura continued to call out. He'd been walking for quite a long time now down this endless corridor. He was tired and worn out, but his concern for the girl kept him going.
"Damn girl, where are you!" he muttered. Suddenly, he heard footsteps. He braced himself for a robot or villainous man. It was Tea. She blinked and ran to him.
"Oh Bakura," she sobbed. "I've ruined everything! Either Yami or Marik will kill the other and then we're next!"
"Shssh," he told her. "It'll be all right—"
"No it won't! (sniff) So many people have been hurt! I wish I had thrown the necklace away!"
"Then we might have never met. And eventually someone would've found Kanashi."
"I suppose… Oh yeah, I think there's another Item around here. My necklace is glowing."
"Well, let's look for it."
They walked in circles, examining the walls and floor. Finally, Bakura spotted a piece of gold poking out of the ground.
"Here! It's stuck."
They managed to dig the thing up, and Tea cleaned the Item with her shirt.
"Do you know which one it is?"
"No," she replied. "It looks like a pyramid, an upside down pyramid…"
The two slowly stood up and turned around.
"I said don't move!" Kaiba repeated, his gun pointed mostly at Bakura. "I know you two are somehow involved with this wicked place, and I intend to get to the bottom of it!"
"Who are you?" Tea asked. "You work with Yami, yes?"
"Not any more. That bastard kidnapped my brother and I want to know where he is! Girl, you're coming with me; I know you have some value to Yami."
"You will not touch her," Bakura stated protectively, stepping in front of Tea. "Your quarrel is with Yami; leave us be."
Kaiba tightened his grin on the gun and fingered the trigger. "I'm not joking. She's coming with me or else."
"Don't!" Bakura pleaded. "Would your brother want you to find him this way? By threatening people?"
Kaiba's eyes widened, then narrowed. "HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER!"
Kaiba's body shook all over. He dropped the gun and staggered back.
"What have I done? What have I done…?" he asked to no one in particular. He glanced at the other two before turning and running the opposite direction.
"Bakura! Bakura, are you okay!" Tea cried, shaking him.
In her mind, time had slowed down. She saw Kaiba's finger pull back on the trigger, and she heard the gunshot. She had looked at Bakura, who seemed frozen. Without thinking, she pushed him on the ground, falling on top of him.
"Stop yelling! I'm fine," he coughed propping himself up. "That bastard will pay… trying to shoot me…"
"I'm so glad you're okay," she sobbed.
"Tea! Your arm!"
"Huh?" She looked down at her right arm. Blood was splattered everywhere. For the first time, she realized she couldn't move it. Tea clutched her stomach. She had a sick feeling inside and felt very dizzy.
"Tea! Tea! Tea…!"
His voice was growing distant, and a loud siren soon replaced it. She tried to cover her ears and screamed stridently when her right hand twitched. Tea closed her eyes and leaned against Bakura.
'I wish it would go away. Everything, everything just fade away…'
And it did.
A warm breeze blew in from the gulf. The young woman who had been busying herself by taking care of the farm animals was now resting in the grass. One of the horses trotted over and nuzzled her bare feet.
The woman looked up and smiled.
"Tea, sweetheart, why are you out here all alone? Where's Daddy?"
"He's making supper. Mommy, will you hug me?"
"Of course! Are you okay?"
"I just want us to always be together."
"We will, honey."
"Mommy, can't we go outside?"
"No, sweetie, it's raining. And I see lightning."
"Listen to your mother."
"Mommy, look! The amnimals are running away!"
"Oh no. Chad, we forgot to close the gate!"
"We'll have to go and get them."
"Tea, honey, you stay right here. Daddy and I are just going to make sure the animals are safe. We'll be right back."
"Tea, this is your Aunt Jaime. Do you remember her from summer visits?"
"Aww, she's so polite. Tea, I know we haven't lived together before, but how would you like to come stay with me in the city?"
"She's hasn't spoken much since it happened."
"What did happen?"
"Lightning struck a tree. A burning branch fell on them while they were trying to save their animals."
"Oh how terrible!"
……………'It was my fault, Aunt Jaime… all my fault… uhhh…'
She tried to roll over but found that she could not move her body. She tried to open her eyes, however she had no luck there either. She could hear voices though.
"…make sure she takes this three times a day. And if she dies, it's your head that will roll."
"Tea, I hope you're okay…"
Tea? Who's this Tea? Was he talking to her? But her name definitely wasn't Tea… ! What was her name! She'd forgotten her own name! Only one name seemed to pop into her head… Someone was sticking something sharp in her left arm… She gave up fighting and decided to try to sleep.
Marik entered the room and ordered the maid to leave. It had already been three weeks since he'd killed Yami and taken over Kanashi. Then, keeping his promise, he'd dumped Bakura on a desert island. Tea's arm had been wounded badly, and she was currently in intensive care. He pulled a chair over next to the bed and stared at her.
"Tea, I really do hope you're alright. I swear, when I see that shtbag again, he's toast..."
Heh, kind of an abrupt ending there. But everything will be explained in the sequel! It might take a while to write, because I'm working on other fics too, but it should get up sometime over the summer. Well, I hope you all have enjoyed it. I like to have ten chapters to a fic, don't I? Coincidence though. Well, bye for now!