This was my first Yu-Gi-Oh! story I ever wrote. After re-reading it, I thought I'd go over it and make a few changes. I hope it's better than it was before!
Warning: SPOILERS- this fic takes places after the end of the anime. The main couple is Yuugi x Anzu, but there are hints of Honda x Shizuka.
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh!
'It's strange, how time seems to pass by like a blur, without you noticing. Well, that's how I feel anyway.
'Time has passed since I had to duel Mou Hitori no Boku in the ceremonial battle in Egypt, and to give you a hint at how much time has passed, I'm 19 now. I'll let you do the maths. But it still feels like yesterday when Mou Hitori no Boku lost the duel and had to return to afterlife. But I can tell you, a lot has changed since I returned to Japan.
'As I said before, I'm 19 years old. I'm still the same person as I used to be- kind, caring- and I still look the same-apart from the fact that I've grown a bit since the last time you saw me. I've only grown a few inches though. I'm about the same height as Mou Hitori no Boku, maybe taller, but I'm still nowhere near Jonouchi and Honda's height.
'My life has changed a little too. I graduated from Domino High, and am now attending the local university, where I'm studying Ancient Egyptian History (which I'm getting high marks in)…I wonder why?…). I guess that all those adventures with Mou Hitori no Boku…I mean… Atemu, and the Sennen items has really got me interested in Egyptian History. Plus, I get to go on digs with jii-chan! But when I'm not on digs in Egypt-I've only been on one short one so far-or studying at home, I work in the game shop. After all, I will be taking over the rights to the shop as soon as I'm ready. And besides, its not like I have anything else to do since my friends have left me.
'The Kaiba brothers are still running their company, building new Kaiba Lands all around the world, creating new duel disks, and even setting up a duelling academy right here in the city. It's very popular with kids that want to be pro duellists.
'Jou and Honda left a few weeks ago, but it seems like they've been gone forever. After graduating from school, they decided to take a year off before studying at uni. They got a few jobs to keep themselves busy during the day, but a few weeks ago, they left to visit Jou's sister, Shizuka, since it's the Christmas season. Honda went because he and Shizuka are together now. Took them a while, didn't it? I'm happy for them, really I am, but seeing them together reminds me of my closest and oldest friend…
'Speaking of Anzu, she's in America now. After leaving school, she got a place in one of the world's best dancing schools. She's only been there for about a year and a half, but she's already become a huge star, both over there and here in Japan. There are posters of her everywhere, and every time I see them it reminds me of how much I miss her, and how I regret not telling her how I really feel. Ah well, it's Christmas tomorrow, at least I've got that to look forward to.'
Yuugi Mutou walked through the front door of the Kame Game shop, closing it behind him, making sure that the sign on the front said 'open'. 9:30am. Time to get to work. The tri-coloured hair teen looked up at the counter, expecting it to be empty, but instead saw his grandfather waiting for him. He smiled down at Yuugi in his usual cheery way. Yuugi smiled back faintly.
"Good Morning Yuugi!" said Sugoroku cheerily. "Did the walk help?"
Recently, Yuugi had been feeling (and looking) depressed, due to Christmas coming up and all his friends were out of town for a while and wouldn't be able to make it to the celebrations. He had had a lot on his mind, and because of this, he would space out for a while, which Sugoroku had found hard not to notice. So, when Yuugi had come down for breakfast that morning, he had suggested that Yuugi should go for a short walk before the shop opened in the fresh morning air-even though it was freezing cold-to clear his head. And if when he came back he didn't feel like working, Sugoroku was more than happy to work in his place.
"Hai jii-chan," Yuugi said whilst walking up to the counter. He took off his jacket and hung it on the back of the door that lead to their living area. "The walk helped a lot."
"Are you sure?" asked Sugoroku, not entirely convinced. "Because you know that you can take the day off if you still don't feel up to working."
"I know but I can handle it. Besides, you worked all day yesterday, so it's only fair that I work today."
At first, Sugoroku was reluctant to let Yuugi work. He still looked a little worse for wear. But once he saw the determination in Yuugi's eyes, his heart softened and he changed his mind.
"Alright Yuugi, I'll let you work today," he said whilst making his way to the part of the building where he and Yuugi lived. He stopped at the doorway and turned to face his grandson. "But call me if you get tired or need a break."
"I will jii-chan. Thanks."
The day passed just like every other day did for Yuugi; dull and uneventful. The mailman came in the morning to deliver the days post. As Yuugi went through the mail, separating the bills and Christmas cards from everything else, he found that he had been sent two letters. He opened the first one and found it was from Jonouchi and Honda. It read;
Hey bud, how are you? Me and Honda are having a great time, especially Honda who keeps kissing my sister whenever I'm out the room! (How could I not kiss her?Honda)
Shizuka says 'hi' and says that she'll try and visit again when ever she can.
I hope you're doing OK Yuugi, 'cause we both really miss you and can't wait to get home so we can all hang out again!
Before we go, we just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas Yuugi. Make sure you enjoy yourself and save some Turkey for me! You know how much I love your gramps cooking! (Jou)
From your best buds,
Jou and Honda
Yuugi was glad to hear how well his friends were doing and smiled as he read Jonouchi's letter. After reading it he picked up the second envelope. Judging by the various foreign air-mail stamps that had been used, this second letter was from his oldest and closest friend, Anzu. Her letter read:
Thanks for your last letter. It really cheered me up after a long and tiring day. You don't know how much I miss you guys!
Things are really hectic over here right now, as I'm suppose to be appearing on TV shows left, right and centre. I've also got to practise for this huge show that's coming up so I'm never out the dance studio. But there's a slight problem: I have no idea where the show is going to be! A lot of help that is!
I hope you're alright Yuugi, and I hope that you have a good Christmas. I'm sorry I couldn't be there in person, but I'll be there in spirit!
With love from your dearest friend,
Yuugi was happy that his friends still wrote to him and that they hadn't forgotten about him, but the letters reminded him of how far apart they were. Would they ever be as close as they used to be?
The shop was busy that day, since it was the last day to shop before Christmas and there were many late shoppers about, so Yuugi always had something to do. Most of the customers were parents who had come into buy a new game that had just been released, or were kids coming in to buy a present for a relative or friend, but occasionally a few duellists that Yuugi recognised can in to buy some Duel Monster cards.
There were two kids that Yuugi particularly remembered. They had come in to buy some Duel Monster cards, and told Yuugi that they wanted to be the world's best duellist, just like himself. They were two young boys; one had short blonde hair, and was very loud and confident, if not a little dumb; the other kid was a little shorter than the first, had spiky black hair with hints of red highlights, and was more quiet and shy compared to the first. To Yuugi, they reminded him of Jou and himself, only younger.
'One things hasn't changed these past couple of years. I'm still the world's best duellist and King of Games. Something which Kaiba is still unhappy about. In fact, I think my next duel with him is sometime before New Years. Fun…'
Later that evening, when the shop was closed up and the days takings had been counted and put away, Yuugi sat by his desk in his room, flicking through an old book. But it wasn't just any book; it was a scrapbook, which he had made over the years since he became friends with Jou and Honda. It was filled with all sorts of clippings from newspapers and magazines, and old photos of him and his friends when they were still in High School. There were pictures of them all together in Duellist Kingdom, their hometown during Battle City, even some of them when they were in Egypt. There was one particular picture that always caught his eye. It was of him and Anzu in Egypt after they had just arrived. The pair had one arm wrapped around each other and had huge smiles across their faces. As Yuugi looked more closely, he could see that they were both blushing slightly. A small smile appeared on Yuugi's lips.
Photos weren't the only things in the scrapbook. There were also newspaper articles of whenever Yuugi won a tournament or an important duel, complete with a few pictures of the duel (How these pictures had been taken Yuugi did not know). Only the person in the photo's duelling wasn't Yuugi, but Atemu. Sometimes, it was Yuugi in the photo, after the duel had taken place and he was collecting some sort of prize. But most of the time, Yuugi could tell that it was the Egyptian Pharaoh.
Memories started flashing in his mind of all the duels they faced together; of how they became such good and close friends in such a short space of time; how they discovered Atemu's past together; how Atemu had managed to rescue Yuugi's soul when it was captured; how Yuugi defeated him, sending him to the spirit world…
Yuugi slammed the book shut. All those memories were starting to make him feel depressed again, not to mention giving him a headache.
"Mou Hitori No Boku…Anzu…Jou and Honda…all of them are gone…I'm all alone now…"
Yuugi felt a few tears fall down him cheek, and land on his book with a small 'plop'. Sniffling, he dried his eyes, knowing that his friends wouldn't want him to cry. He looked at the clock beside his bed. 11pm. Time for bed. Yuugi turned off his lamp, and climbed into bed, hoping that his dreams would be happy and peaceful.
He had never been so wrong in his life…
He was trapped, alone in the darkness. He tried calling out, but his voice made no sound. Panicking, he frantically looked around for signs of life. But all he could see was darkness. Complete and utter darkness. He was all alone…
That's when he heard it; laughter. Dark, evil laughter, echoing all around him. Yuugi looked around anxiously for the source of the laughter. He soon found it. Out of the shadows stepped out every single person Yuugi had hoped he'd never see again. All his old foes- Pegasus, Marik, Dartz- every single person he and Atemu had faced in order to save the world were closing in on him, trapping him in a circle.
Yuugi was scared, more than he had ever been before. But when all hope seemed lost, Yuugi spotted a group of familiar people, just outside the circle. His friends were all grouped together – Anzu, Jou, Honda, even Atemu was there.
"Mou Hitori no Boku! Anzu! Anyone! Help me!" he called out to them. "Please! Help me!"
But they couldn't hear him. There were too far away, disappearing into the shadows. Yuugi tried and tried again to call out to them, but it was too late. They were gone. He was left alone, his old enemies now only metres away. He didn't know what to do. He was trapped. This was it. This was the end. He screamed out in fear as they were only inches away…
Yuugi bolted up in his bed with a scream. Panting, he tried to catch his breath back, whilst wiping the cold sweat from his head. The images of the nightmare were still fresh in his mind.
'What a horrible dream. I'm glad it was only that: a dream. But…then again…it wasn't. Just like in that dream…or should I say nightmare…I'm alone. My friends are nowhere near me. They can't help me or talk to me! I'M ALL ALONE!'
Yuugi felt his eyes burn as more tears formed and fell down his face. This time, he let them fall. They had been kept inside for so long, they needed to fall. He couldn't keep them locked away any longer…
…But that's when he noticed something odd.
It was close to midnight, yet the sky was as bright as if it was morning. Curiously, Yuugi looked out his window, and soon saw the source of the light. It was a star. The brightest star he had ever seen.
"What a strange star," he commented to himself, "I've never seen anything like it…" And then he got an idea. "Hey! Maybe it's a special star which grants you a wish, like some sort of Christmas miracle! It may be corny, but I might as well give it a try. I have nothing to lose." Yuugi closed his eyes, put his hands together, and focussed, hard. "Oh great start burning in the sky, please grant me this one wish. Please let me be reunited with my friends soon!"
Yuugi focussed hard on his wish for a few more moments, then slowly opened his eyes. He had expected something to happened. He just didn't know what exactly. Maybe there should've been a flash of light, or maybe something had happened to. He checked himself over. He didn't look or feel any different. How was he suppose to know if it worked?
"I guess it didn't work," he sighed in disappointment. "Oh well, I'd better get…back…to…what the hell?"
The sky had suddenly become a lot brighter. The star that Yuugi had wished on was shinning brighter than it had done before. Yuugi felt himself before hypnotised by the white light. It was so calming…so peaceful…
Then, suddenly, a giant burst of light shot from the star, straight into Yuugi's room. Yuugi covered his eyes to protect them from the blinding light, but made sure that he could still see what was happening by looking through the gaps between his fingers.
"What's going on?" he cried out.
Yuugi noticed something coming down the ray of light into his room. A shadow of some sort. As he looked closer, he could see that it looked like a person.
Slowly, the light from the ray died down, but not completely. As the light began to fade away, Yuugi could see the shadow become clearer and clearer. He was right, it was a person, and they looked strangely familiar. As he looked more closely, the light dying away around him, he could see that the figure was wearing some very interesting clothes. It looked like some Pharaoh's attire from Ancient Egypt. The figure had very similar hair to himself, only this person had a few more blonde streaks here and there. Yuugi's heart beat quickened in excitement as he recognised the figure standing in his room.
"It can't be…but it is!…"
The light faded, leaving a small glow emitting from the ghostly figure. A smile crept up on Yuugi's face as the familiar figure smiled down on him.
"Mou Hitori no Boku!" Yuugi cried with joy.
To be continued…