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Hmm… In this chappie, you will find out why everyone was laughing at Tea in the arcade, and Tea's going to meet Bakura! Oh, and about the Prom thingy: I meant that usually it's just juniors/seniors who get to go to the prom, but in THIS fic, all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors/seniors can go. The gang are sophomores.

This chapter doesn't really have a dedication, so… I DEDICATE THIS CHAPPIE TO ALL MY WONDERFUL READERS! Thank you!

A caught a mistake I made, and I'm surprised no one else caught it. Remember how Kaiba and Ishizu were dating at the beginning of the fic? Well, last chapter said that she was going to the dance with Yami! Heh, I guess I just got caught up in trying to prove that Yami and Tea weren't going to the dance together that I forgot about Kaiba! Oh well, that will be explained…

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samuraiduck27: Uh, actually, that was Bakura writing that on the table. Ryou got stuck on the elevator (XD).

DojomistressAmbyChan: Don't worry; Yami and she won't be having any more, uh slumber parties and whatnots.

Master Ruby: Thanks for the review! And my computer does that too sometimes.


Temporary Illness

By: Chi Yagami


Chapter Five – Ryou x 2

It was a week before the Prom, and Serenity still hadn't found a dress. She was trying to impress the now single Seto Kaiba, who had been recently dumped by Ishizu.

"So why did you dump Kaiba?" Tea asked again.

"He was too boring, and wasn't very romantic… Serenity, I'll give you a fair warning: if he's even into you, you probably won't be able to tell," she told the young girl.

"So Serenity," Mai asked confused, "how come you get to go to the Prom. You're only in 8th grade, right?"

"Yeah, but Tristan and Duke both asked me, so… I told Duke no and Tristan yes. I think Joey trusts Tristan more…"

Tea laughed. She, Mai, Serenity, and Ishizu were finally shopping together. After the incident at the mall with Yami, she had decided never to take a guy shopping again.

She wished she had a date. Ishizu had Yami, Serenity had Tristan (and although she was only using him to see Kaiba, she still had a date), and Mai had Joey. After Duke had been crushed by Serenity, he had asked her, but Tea had said no. She would go with Yugi, but he was already going with Rebecca. She could always ask Kaiba… but he'd surely say no and Serenity would probably get mad. Malik was probably going with Miho, and Marik was just too creepy. Of course, there was always him… Ryou Bakura. But he was even creepier than Marik.

The girls finished shopping, and Tea returned home.

She slammed the door and went straight up to her room.

'Why am I so crabby? It's not that time of the month, it better not be! Urgh… I'm just so stressed out. Why is Ryou stalking me? Should I tell somebody? Ugh… I think I'll take a nice relaxing bath…'


The next day at school, Tea decided to find a date. She decided a last resort could be to ask Marik… but ONLY as a last resort. She entered the library to find Malik studying.

"Hey, bud, what's up?" she asked, sitting next to him. "Where's Miho?"

Malik gave her the 'why-the-heck-would-you-EVER-mention-that-name-around-me' look.

"You're not dating Miho anymore?"

"No… little witch ditched me the other day… I think she's going to the prom with Kaiba… grrr…"

"Kaiba's going with her?" Tea asked shocked.

"Yep. And now I'm dateless…"

Tea nodded.

"Join the club," she said.

Malik looked at her in a new light suddenly.

"Hey! Why don't we go together?"

"Really?"

"I don't see why not," he said grinning. "I mean, weren't you looking for a date anyway?"

"Yeah… You know, if I couldn't find anybody else, I was going to ask your brother…"

"You've got to be kidding me," Malik said laughing as they left the library. "Oh, Tea…"

"Yeah?"

"I'm sorry about what happened to you in the arcade…"

"You were there?" she asked. "Great… another person to witness my demise…"

"Yeah well, Marik was there too… and he paid everybody five bucks to laugh at you," her friend told her.

"What? Why the heck would he do that!"

"Remember back in seventh grade when you punched him in the nose and everybody laughed?"

"HE NEVER GOT OVER THAT!"

"No… He said he wanted to give you a taste of your own medicine…"

They entered the cafeteria and joined the usual group. Well, after Tea slapped Marik and called him a selfish bastard in front of the whole school.

Ryou and Bakura were watching from their usual table in the far right corner. He was going to ask her to the prom until Bakura told him she was going with Malik.

"Bakura, why do you have to creep her out so much? I mean, when you wrote that ketchup on the table, she flipped out," Ryou said.

"I don't know… it just seems fun."

"Do you think I should go to the prom?"

"Yes," Bakura replied. "Tea will be there…"

"Well," he said, "I'm thinking I should give up on Tea… she's never going to like me anyway."

"You can't give up now!" Bakura exclaimed, slamming his fist down on the table, causing the mustard bottle to fall over and several people to give Ryou yet more strange glances. "You've dragged me too far into your personal life now to back out."

"You… you actually care about me?"

"I wouldn't put it that way. Once I get going on something I'm going to finish it, and Ra damn it you're going to get Tea back!"

'Back? What the hell is he talking about? I never had her to begin with… and I'm surprised she isn't going to the dance with Yami… I wonder if they were ever really dating, or if Bakura was exaggerating…'


The night of the dance, Ishizu, Yami, Tea, and Malik all rode up to the school in Ishizu's car. Ishizu had on a very elegant Egyptian robe trimmed in hieroglyphics, and her long black hair was wound neatly into a bun. Yami was dressed in his black tux and Egyptian tie, and Malik was wearing a white tux and a purple tie. Tea had on her blue dress and matching shoes, and her hair was also in a bun but with small strands hanging down.

The four of them entered the cafeteria to find the place decorated beautifully. Tables were set up around the room, and people were dancing out in the center. Yami spotted their other friends.

"Hey! Joey! Mai! Tristan!" he called out as they walked over.

Joey waved back. Mai was wearing a strapless gold dress, and Serenity had on a light pink dress that looked way too long for her. Yugi, Joey, Tristan, and Duke were all wearing black tuxedos, and Rebecca had on a light yellow dress. Tea spotted Miho over with Seto Kaiba and waved. Miho said something to her date and then came over. She had on a long white dress that had lots of ruffles.

"Tea!" she squealed, giving her friend a large hug. "You look so beautiful! Who's your date?"

"Umm… him," she said, jerking her head towards Malik who was staring daggers at Miho. "We only came as friends; don't worry."

"Good," Miho said, "because Malik's a selfish pig who just dates girls to mess with them."

"And Miho's a selfish brat who doesn't know when to stop calling you!" Malik said through gritted teeth. Tea could feel the tension building up so she walked Miho back over to Kaiba.

"Hi Kaiba," Tea said. "You look… nice…"

"Don't you think that neckline's a little low? Or do you intend showing yourself off to the school?" he snickered.

Miho shot a mean glance at him and apologized. Then she dragged him out onto the dance floor, waving good-bye to Tea.

She shook her head and looked around for Malik.

"Tea?"

She turned around to see Ryou looking at her. He was wearing a white shirt and light blue pants. Tea noticed he didn't have a tuxedo on like most of the boys. He actually looked really nice.

"Wow, you look lovely," he said with a smile. "Would you like to dance?"

"Uh," she said, glancing around for Malik. A slow song started…

Suddenly, Tea felt as if her arms were being placed around Ryou's neck. She looked at him; he looked kind of disappointed.

"Yes," Bakura said to him, "I know you wanted her to say yes by herself but at least this way you get to dance."

Bakura pulled the two pieces of the Ring out again and left. He decided maybe he could try taping it back together…

Ryou decided to make small talk with Tea.

"Umm, listen. I'm sorry about all of the weird stuff that's been going on… but I want you to know that I really like you Tea."

"You've been stalking me!" she said. "Everywhere I go, I run into you!"

"Maybe it's just coincidence… Are you and Yami still dating?"

Tea pulled away from him.

"What? Who said we were dating?"

"You mean you weren't?"

"NO! Yami and I are just FRIENDS."

"Oh…"

They danced in silence for the remainder of the song.

"Thanks for the dance," he said, kissing her cheek and walking away.

Tea touched her cheek and smiled. Maybe things were looking up after all…

She decided to go looking for Malik. He was probably arguing with Miho in a corner somewhere…

She turned down a hallway, not knowing that someone else was up ahead.

Bakura hadn't been able to find any tape. He sighed and leaned up against a row of lockers. He fingered the gold pieces in his hands. He held them up in front of his face and put them together, as if they were one again. He didn't notice the soft glow it gave off…

He turned around to go find Ryou, but instead he saw Tea walking towards him.

"Ryou, what're you doing here? How'd you change so fast?" she asked him.

"Me?" Bakura asked. He must be hallucinating now.

"Yes you. What're you doing?"

"I don't know… Let's go back out there, shall we?" he asked shakily. He grabbed Tea's hand and pulled her back into the cafeteria. He spotted Ryou by the punch bowl.

"Ryou, where are we… Oh my god."

Bakura turned back to her and stopped. Ryou looked up and saw Bakura and Tea. He walked over to them.

"Oh my god! There's two of you!" she shrieked. Bakura and Ryou looked at each other and gasped.

Bakura reached down into his pocket and pulled out the Millennium Ring. It glowed brightly in his hand. Ryou caught Tea shortly before she fainted, but Bakura kept staring at the Ring that had somehow pieced itself back together.


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