A young lady in her late 20s got off the plane. Breathing in the air of her home, taking in the familiar surroundings, the warm feeling of being home coursed through her veins, making her glad that she was finally back after all these years.
'I wonder how everyone's doing,' she thought to herself. The minute she walked out of customs, she began searching for her friends.
"Tea, Tea," shouted a voice. The young lady looked towards the direction of the voice, and saw a familiar face.
"Joey. Oh my…" Joey Wheeler picked up his best friend and gave her a hug, in which Tea returned gladly.
"Let me get a good look at you." Joey put her down in front of him. In the ten years that has passed, Tea sure has changed. Her hair was no longer short, but long and ending at the middle of her back; she was thinner than usual, since she's been watching her weight for her job; her face showed maturity.
"The years did great for you," comment Joey.
"Same to you." Joey looked the same; only his hair was shorter and less messy than usual.
"Ahem," came another voice behind Joey.
"Yugi," asked a confused Tea. The figure nodded; Tea squealed and gave her other best friend a hug.
"You've changed," commented Tea.
"Yeah. I've gotten taller," joked Yugi.
"You look so much like Yami," whispered Tea, only loud enough for Yugi to hear.
"Don't be. So, where's Tristan?"
"He left two months a go for a photo gallery opening in L.A.," answered Joey.
"I'm so happy for him. How about getting me home," suggested Tea.
"So, tell me, what have you two been up to," suggested Tea when they were in Yugi's car (with Yugi being the driver).
"Well, Mai and I are finally together, married, and waiting for our second child," replied Joey.
"I'm so happy for you Joey. Wait, your second child," asked a very confused Tea.
"Yeah. Christopher's 8 years old. He beat Kaiba's daughter by two weeks." A huge smile was planted on his face after revealing this little fact.
"How about you Yugi," asked Tea.
"I just came back from a dig in Egypt. I'll finally be able to teach at the local college."
"That's awesome. How's Kaiba? What did you say about his daughter?" Silence followed the question, and Tea can tell thatshe just touched a very touchy subject.
"What happened to him," she asked again.
"It's not so much as to what happened to him, but what happened to Maggie," answered Joey.
"Maggie died giving birth to Bobby, Kaiba's son. Kaiba's now trying so hard to become the perfect dad and run a company at the same time," answered Yugi.
"Oh. I'm sorry for bringing that up," replied a saddened Tea.
"That's ok, you didn't know. So, how was your job in N.Y.C. with that ballet company," asked Joey.
"Great. I still wish that I was there. Dancing with the New York City Ballet was the best experience of my life. They offered me a job to teach at their official dance school, but I turned them down. I needed to be back home."
The sound of typing is the only sound that can be heard throughout the room. Seto Kaiba worked vigorously, trying to get the new product of Kaiba Corp out as soon as possible.
"Seto," came a voice.
"What is it Mokuba," asked Seto, not bothering to look up from his work.
"I'm taking Gwen and Bobby to the park. They're getting restless again. You coming?"
"Sure. I'll come with you."
Tea sat down on a nearby bench, taking it the scenery of kids playing in the playground, the trees, and the serenity of the park.
'Feels great to be back home,' she thought to herself with a sigh. A sniffle caught her attention, and she saw a boy, no older than 5, staring at her and on the brink of tears.
"What's wrong little one," she asked.
"I can't find my daddy. Can you help," the little boy pleaded. Tea couldn't help but smile at his innocence.
"Of course." The little boy smiled, and took her hand.
"Now, what does your daddy look like," asked Tea.
"He really tall, has brown hair, and wears a jacket," answered the little boy.
'Sounds like Kaiba,' Tea thought to herself.
"Bobby. Bobby," shouted a voice. Bobby ran over to an 8 year-old girl, and gave her a big hug.
"Gwen," squealed Bobby.
"God, don't ever do that again, do you hear me," interrogated the girl. Bobby nodded, and gave his sister another hug. Guinivere saw Tea, and bowed.
"Thank you very much miss. I'm sorry for the trouble that my brother caused."
"It's ok. I'm glad to help." Tea ruffled the little boy's hair, causing him to giggle.
"Gwen, Bobby. God, am I glad to find you both safe and sound," came another voice. A tall man with brown hair and blue eyes rushed over and gave both of his children a hug.
"Thank you miss for finding my children," thanked the father.
"No problem Kaiba," added Tea. Seto's eyes widened at what the young lady just called him.
"Do I know you?"
Tea rolled her eyes. "Don't tell me that you forgot Yugi's personal "cheerleader," and the girl who introduced you to the mother of your children."
Seto laughed at her smart remark.
"It's nice to see you again too Garderner."
'That's the first time he's laughed ever since mama died,' Gwen thought, 'Maybe this lady can help daddy to smile again.' The little girl tugged at her father's sleeve, getting his attention.
"Daddy, is it ok if the friendly lady stay with us. Didn't you say that you needed someone to take care of us," informed Gwen.
"You mean a nanny? Then yes, I did." Seto answered his daughter's question. "So, how about it Gardener? You up for the job of taking care of my two monsters."
"Daddy. I'm not a monster. Mommy always said that I'm an angel." Bobby had his hands over his chest, and a big pout on his face.
"How did… Never mind. I'll talk to you when we get home. So, how about it," he asked Tea. She looked at his two children, and couldn't help it by the looks on their faces. Guinivere was a splitting image of her mother; brown eyes full of warmth and maturity for a girl her age, dark brown hair with a bow in it, tan skin emphasizing her Asian heritage. Her brother, however, was a splitting image of their father; brown hair that was cut short, blue eyes that was just filled with so much innocence, and a teddy bear in which he always held onto. In other words, you can just tell that they were the children of Seto and Maggie Kaiba.
"Sure, I'd be glad to look after these two angels." Seto smiled, and this didn't' go unnoticed by Tea.
'You should smile more. It suits you,' came Maggie's voice.
'You're right Maggie, it does suit him.' Tea pondered.
"So, when can I start?"
A.N. Ok, how is it so far? I got inspired by a fic that I was reading. By the way, this is a completely different storyline and follows the series more than my other fic. Read and review. NO FLAMES, OR YE SHALL REGRET IT. Bye.