Chibigal4: I've got nothing to say yet, so I'll just start.

Disclaimer: Sadly, I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh.

'Thoughts'

"Spoken Words"

Spirit to Host

/Host to Spirit/

Ch 1: Enter Yugi

Yugi walked into his room, closing the door behind him. He flopped down on his bed, smothering his face in his pillow. He had been holding back tears all day, but chose now to let them flow from his eyes. He couldn't believe his best friend was gone forever.

Flashback

Yugi was sitting in his soul room for a while, cradling a teddy bear. He didn't know much about Yami. He had helped him win ever duel he had been in, and even helped save his grandfather's soul. He figured the least he could do, was befriend the spirit. He took a deep breath, stood up, and exited his soul room. He stood in the doorway for a minute or two looking at the door that led to his other half's soul room. The door itself seemed shrouded in mystery. He carefully made his way to it. He hesitated for a moment before grasping the door knob. It felt cold, but Yugi mustered up enough courage to turn and open it.

Yami stood with his back to the door. "Come in if you dare...A game awaits you."

"I...I'm sorry, Yami...I guess I should've knocked." Yugi stammered, backing away a bit.

Yami turned around, "Oh, Yugi...I didn't see you there...You may come in."

Yugi nodded, and closed the door to Yami's soul room behind him. He held the teddy bear behind his back.

"Is something the matter, Yugi?"

Yugi brought the teddy bear out from behind his back and smiled at Yami. "Here, this is for you....It's a present."

Yami was shocked. Out of all the reasons for Yugi to enter his soul room, he never would have guessed that giving him a present would ever be one of them, let alone the reason for this little 'intrusion'. He was only stunned for a moment before re-gaining his cool. He returned Yugi's sweet smile and took the bear.

"Thank you, Yugi....But I'm afraid I don't have anything to give to you in return."

"You don't have to give me anything Yami...Just...Will you...be my friend?"

Yami was once again taken aback by his light. "Of course I will, Yugi. And know that I will be right here, should you need me."

Yugi smiled again. "And you know where to find me, if you need a friend."

End Flashback

Yugi continued to cry alone. He couldn't help thinking that this was all just a nightmare, and Yami would gently shake him awake and calm his fears...but this wasn't a nightmare...it was reality. Yugi never felt so alone in his life. He also felt abandoned. 'Yami told me he'd always be my friend...I thought that meant never leaving me.'

Flashback

Yami was in a transparent form, sitting on the edge of Yugi's bed, across from his light. "Yugi, there's something I have to tell you."

Yami didn't sound like his normal confident self, and this worried Yugi. "What is it Yami? Is something wrong?"

"Yugi, I'm afraid I can't stay with you."

"What!? Why?"

"You know I'm a pharaoh...I recently found that it's my destiny to return to the past and take my rightful place as the pharaoh."

Yugi wanted to say, 'No, Yami, you have to stay here, with me. You always say your past is uncertain...What if when you go back, and nobody remembers you...or cares about you...What if you make a mistake and change history for the worst? This has nothing to do with destiny...This is solely your decision. Are you just going to leave and forget everything? The friends and friends like family you met and got to know and love here? Are you really going to abandon us, Yami?' But, Yugi knew in his heart that the separation would be just as hard for Yami as it would be for him, so instead, he said, "Yami, you have to follow your heart and do what you think is best...And if that means returning to the past, then my friends and I will support you, no matter what your decision."

Yami sighed, relieved. "Thank you Yugi. Your support means the world to me."

End Flashback

'After all we've been through...Yami, you've been there for me, when I needed you...But how could either of us have know, that the only time you wouldn't be there for me, would be the time I needed you the most?' Yugi thought, to himself, as tears dampened his pillow.

Flashback to a few hours before

Yugi, Joey, Tea, Tristan, Grandpa, and even Bakura were there to see Yami off into the unknown past.

"Take care pal." Joey said.

"Good-bye Yami." Tea chimed in.

"Don't work too hard." Tristan said.

"Take it easy, alright?" Bakura said, quietly.

After that, Grandpa wished him well. Then Yami turned to Yugi, who had been quiet the whole time.

"Yugi?" Yami softly called.

Yugi looked at Yami for the last time. "If there's a way to get back to the past, then there's gotta be a better way to come home to the present than waiting 5,000 years...Visit sometime?"

"If I can." Yami replied, before he disappeared.

End flashback

Yugi wondered if Yami's soul room was still in the Millennium Puzzle. He decided to check. He appeared in his soul room and quickly existed. When he looked across the hall, his heart sank. The only proof a room was ever there, was the few holes in the wall where the door's hinges used to be. Feeling alone, he turned to leave, when something caught the corner of his eye. It was a letter, lying where the door used to be. Yugi picked it up and looked at it. It was written in Yami's handwriting...It said,

Yugi,

If you're reading this, that probably means I've returned to the past. I want you to know that during the time we were together, you've made me feel like a part of your family. There were times I had to remind myself that you weren't my brother. I've thought long and hard of what I should do...go back to the past, or stay here...It may be destiny, but it's something I don't want to do...If I had a choice, I'd stay with you...And if there'd be any reason for me to return, then, I'd come back in a heart beat. And I'll always be with you if you allow me to live on in your memory and in your heart. You are and will always be my friend...my light...my partner...

-Yami

P.S. Thank you again for the token of your friendship (the teddy bear you gave me way back when). I will keep it always, as a reminder of you and the all the time we shared.

Yugi left the hall and his soul room. He smiled as more tears escaped his eyes, remembering the letter. It would be something he'd always keep and treasure. Just then, the phone rang. Yugi sat up, reached over and picked up the phone.

"H-hello?" Yugi asked in a shaky voice.

"Hey Yug!" Joey greeted. "How ya holdin' up pal?"

"Ok, I guess...What's up?"

"Well, me and the guys are gonna hangin' out at Burger World and wanted to know if you'd come down and join us."

"Sure." Yugi said, happily. "I'll be there as soon as I can."

"Ok, later bud."

"See you guys then."

Yugi hung up the phone. He was about to run out of the door, but remembered Yami was gone. Yugi stood in front of the mirror. He felt a bit silly wearing the puzzle...there was no need for it now that Yami left. He was about to take off the Millennium Puzzle, but then a thought struck him. If Yami found a way to come back or visit, and Yugi wasn't wearing the puzzle, Yugi wouldn't be there for him.

"I'll wear it always...and keep it safe...for you, Yami." Yugi whispered to the silence. "You'll be with me always...In my mind, and in my heart...and I know that I'm in your heart and memory too."

Yugi then ran down the stairs and out the door to meet up with his friends, with renewed energy, a smile, and most importantly, hope for the future and for his friend, residing now, in the past.

-To be continued

Chibigal4: It may seem like a happy ending, but there's more. In future chapters, come other characters' views and feelings, and finally a conclusion. RR, and Flames will be used to heat my house in the winter.