Yu-Gi-Oh! Does The Lion King
Disclaimer: I don't own YGO or The Lion King.
Credit for the inspiration for this fic goes to my friend Yamachanismyman, and for this song in particular, Falcona Sky wolf (although I changed it a bit).
From the day we arrive on the island
And flinching, step into a duel
There's more to learn
Than can ever be learned
Most of which
Are all of the new rules.
There's far too much to lose in here
And that much might never 'gain be found
But the things we possess
Are far too dangerous
So our necks we wear them around.
It's the Heart of the Cards
And it's in us all.
Don't despair, there's hope.
With faith and love.
'til we find our place
On the path unwinding
It's the Heart of
The Heart of the Cards.
Shadi, the wise Egyptian, came up to the golden castle that loomed over Duelist Kingdom, to present the new prince, Yugi. After a friendly hug with King Atem, he held the Millennium Scale up, and weighed Yugi's heart. Yugi was more than qualified to be king someday. So, he picked little Yugi up, carried him to the balcony, and held him up for all the Duel Monsters to see.
It's the Heart of the Cards
And it's in us all
Don't despair, there's hope
With faith and love
'til we find our place
On the path unwinding
It's the Heart of
The Heart of the Cards!
Later, after the ceremony, Marik, brother of the queen, was pouting in a cave, toying with a large beetle he planned on eating.
"Life's not fair, is it?" he asked. "You see I, well I, shall never be king, huh. And you shall never see the light of another day!" he chuckled. "Adieu." He was about to place the bug in his mouth when Ryo Bakura, the king's advisor interrupted him.
"Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?" he asked.
"What do you want?" grumbled Marik.
"I'm here to announce that King Atem's on his way. So you'd better have a good excuse for missing the ceremony this morning!" The beetle escaped Marik's clutches and scurried away.
"Oh, now look, Ryo," he said. "You've made me lose my lunch."
"Ha!" laughed Ryo. "You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you. He's as mad as a Blue-Eyes with a backache!"
"Ooh, I quiver with FEAR!" said Marik, sarcastically. He looked like he was about to hurt Ryo.
"Now, Marik, don't look at me that way…HELP!" cried Ryo. Marik tackled him.
"Marik?" came a deep voice.
"Impeccable timing, your majesty," said Ryo. Marik let him go.
"Why, if it isn't my brother-in-law, descending from on high to mingle with the commoners," said Marik.
"Ishizu and I didn't see you at the presentation of Yugi," said Atem.
"That was today?" Marik faked. "Oh, I feel simply awful!" he scratched his nails down the side of the cave, and they screeched like nails on a chalkboard. Ryo gritted his teeth hat the sensation. "Must've slipped my mind."
"Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the queen's brother YOU should have been FIRST in line!" said Ryo. Marik just grinned evilly at him and Ryo ran behind Atem in fear.
"Well, I was first in line," said Marik. "Until the little hairball was born!"
"That hairball is my aibou," said Atem. "And YOUR future king!"
"Oh, I shall practice my curtsey," said Marik, mockingly. He turned to leave.
"Don't turn your back on ME, Marik!" yelled Atem.
"Oh no, Atem," said Marik. "Perhaps you shouldn't turn your back on me!"
Atem got very angry at this threat. "Is that a challenge?!" he demanded.
"Temper temper! I wouldn't DREAM of challenging you!" said Marik.
"Pity," said Ryo. "Why not?"
"Well, as far as brains go, I got the Egyptians' share, but when it comes to dueling strength…I'm afraid I'm at the narrow end of the Duel Disk." And with that, Marik left.
Ryo sighed. "There's one in every family, sire. Two in mine, actually. And they always manage to ruin special occasions."
"What am I going to do with him?" asked Atem.
"He'd make a very handsome throw-rug," joked Ryo.
"And just think; whenever he gets dirty you could take him out and beat him!"
"Ah ha ha…" chuckled Atem.
As the months passed, the rains came, and in his solitary home on the island, Shadi was painting a picture of Yugi on the wall. He'd completed it, but then he remembered Yugi's unique little doink of hair that flopped down in front of his forehead. So taking a dab of yellow paint on his thumb, Shadi carefully swiped a little sweep of paint on the picture and said "Hmm. Ah, ha ha ha ha ha…Yugi. Heh, heh, heh."
The next morning, before the sun had even come up, Yugi was awake and all ready to go out and see his future kingdom. He ran into the royal bedroom to wake up Atem. "Oops, sorry, oops!" he said while climbing over Ishizu. "Atem? Atem!" he whined. "Atem, Atem, Atem…"
"…aibou is awake…" mumbled Ishizu.
"Before sunrise, he's YOUR aibou!" mumbled Atem right back.
"Atem, c'mon, Atem!" whined Yugi. Pulling on his hair, he struggled and sent himself flying backwards. "ATEM!" CRASH! "Whoa." Ramming his head into the king, he looked him in the eyes and said "You promised!"
"OK, OK, I'm up, I'm up," said Atem.
"Yeah!" said Yugi. Atem yawned, and then took Yugi up onto the very top of the castle to look at the kingdom.
"Look, Yugi; everything the light touches is our kingdom."
"A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Yugi, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king."
"And this'll all be mine?" asked Yugi.
"Everything," said Atem.
"Everything the light touches…what about that shadowy place?" asked Yugi.
"That's beyond out borders," said Atem. "You must never go there, Yugi."
"But I thought a king can do whatever he wants."
"Oh, there's more to being king than getting your way all the time!" said Atem.
"Ha, ha, Yugi…!" The two of them took a walk through the kingdom while Atem explained things to Yugi. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the monsters; from the weak Khuriboh, to the soaring dragons."
"But, Atem, aren't Khuriboh the weakest monsters?" asked a confused Yugi.
"Yes, Yugi, but let me explain; without weak monsters, there would be no way to distinguish the strong monsters. And so, they are all connected in the great Heart of the Cards." Just then, Ryo caught up with them.
"Good morning, sire!" he said.
"Good morning, Ryo," Atem answered.
"Checking in with the morning report!"
"Well, the buzz from the Killer Needles is from the left of the suspected spot," Ryo began.
"The Feral Imps are going ape…" Ryo continued. Atem noticed Yugi was trying to shuffle his deck, but he kept screwing up and flinging cards all over the place.
"What are you doing, aibou?" he asked.
"Shuffling," Yugi answered.
"Let an old pro show you how it's done!" whispered Atem.
"…I tried to tell the Garnecia Elephantises to forget it, but they can't…" Ryo continued,
"Ryo, would you turn around?" asked Atem.
"Yes, sire." Ryo turned around and kept right on talking. "The cheaters are harder…"
"Grip the cards gently," Atem instructed.
"…cheaters never prosper…"
"OK, grip the cards gently, right? Yeah!" whispered Yugi.
"What's going on?" asked Ryo.
"A shuffling lesson," said Atem.
"Ah, very good. Shuffling. SHUFFLING? Oh no, sire, you can't be serious…oh…" Atem just motioned for Ryo to turn back around. "This is so humiliating…" he moaned.
"Try not to slip the cards," Atem whispered.
"What are you telling him, Atem?" asked Ryo. No one answered. "Atem? Yugi?" Suddenly, a million cards exploded everywhere, mostly shooting into Ryo.
"Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" laughed Atem. "That's very good! Ha ha ha ha ha!" Then, Kemo, an island official popped up.
"Ryo," he said.
"Sir, news from the underground!"
"Now," said Atem. "This time…"
"Sire!" cried Ryo. "Rare Hunters! In the kingdom!" Atem leaped forth to his duty.
"Ryo," he said. "Take Yugi home."
"Aw, Atem," whined Yugi. "Can't I come?"
"I never get to go anywhere," Yugi complained.
"Oh, young master, one day YOU will be king. Then you can chase those cloak-wearing, mangy, stupid poachers from dawn until dusk!"
Back at the castle, Marik was looking for a good place to nap when Yugi came up.
"Hey Marik, guess what!"
"I despise guessing games," said Marik.
"I'm going to be king of Duelist Kingdom!" said Yugi.
"Oh goody," said Marik, sarcastically.
"Atem just showed me the whole kingdom. And I'm going to rule it all. Ha ha!"
"Yes," said Marik. "Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know." He flopped down in the shade.
"Hey Marik," said Yugi. "When I'm king, what'll that make you?"
"A monkey's uncle."
"Ah ha ha! You're so weird!"
"You have no idea," said Marik. "So, Atem showed you the whole kingdom, did he?"
"He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border…?"
"Well, no," said Yugi. "He said I can't go there."
"And he's absolutely right. It's FAR too dangerous. Only the bravest duelists go there," said Marik.
"Well, I'm brave!" said Yugi. "What's out--?"
"I'm sorry, Yugi, I jus can't tell you!"
"Yugi, Yugi, I'm only looking out for the well-being of the closest thing I've got to a nephew!" said Marik.
"Yeah right, I'm more like your only friend!" said Yugi.
"All the more reason for me to be protective!" said Marik. "A Mammoth Graveyard is no place for a young prince. OOPS!"
"A Mammoth WHAT? Whoa!" said Yugi.
"Oh dear, I've said too much!" moaned Marik. "Well, I suppose you'd have found out sooner or later. You being so clever and all. Just do me one thing; promise me you'll never visit that DREADFUL place."
"There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember…it's our little secret!" Yugi ran off, and Marik grinned.
Yugi ran down to the base of the castle, where he found his best friend, Tea, having her hair done by Mai.
"Hey, Tea!" he said.
"Hi, Yugi," she answered.
"Come on, I just heard about this great place!" he whispered.
"Yugi, I'm kind-of in the middle of a hair-appointment!" Tea hissed.
"And it's time for yours," said Ishizu, grabbing Yugi and beginning to comb his crazy hair.
"Ishizu!" whined Yugi. "Ishizu, you're messing up my mane!" Ishizu only smiled warmly. "OK, OK, I'm pretty. Can we go now?"
"So where are we going?" asked Tea. "It better not be anyplace dumb!"
"No!" Yugi assured her. "It's really cool."
"So where is this 'really cool' place?" asked Ishizu.
"Oh," Yugi said. "…around the water field."
"The water field?!" screeched Tea. "What's so great about the water field?!"
"I'll show you when we GET there!" said Yugi through gritted teeth.
"Oh. Uh, Mai, can I go with Yugi?" asked Tea.
"Hmm, what do you think, Ishizu?" asked Mai.
"Well…" said Ishizu.
"PLEASE?" said Yugi and Tea with big, toothy grins.
"It's alright with me."
"YEAH!" yelled Yugi.
"Alright!" said Tea.
"As long as Ryo goes with you," added Ishizu.
"No, no Ryo!"
END OF CHAPTER 01