Author's Notes: Yayness! Chapter 5 is finally up! I apologize for not updating this sooner but I had a touch of writer's block and then I had some school trouble so that's why I haven't updated in awhile. However, I had great inspirations for both Happy April Fool's Day and A Dancer's Thoughts. Anyway, on with the chapter!
Disclaimer: Oh wait, I still have to do a disclaimer! #curses# I do not own: 1) Yu-Gi-Oh! 2) Star Wars 3) Digital Video Disc (DVD) 4) Any other books or movies I make random references to. Are you happy now? #mutters on and on about how the fan fiction authors are cursed with doing a disclaimer for everything they write.#
Finally it was Saturday and Mokuba was ready to show his movie. Together, he and Tea waited in the living room.
"Tea, do you know where my brother is?" Mokuba asked.
"I haven't seen him since breakfast this morning," she replied.
"He's probably in his office," Mokuba groaned. "Working..."
"He has an office here in his home?" Tea asked in amazement.
"Yeah," Mokuba replied in an offhand voice. "When he doesn't go to Kaiba Corp. he works in there on whatever product he's trying to perfect."
The minutes passed and eventually Tea and Mokuba realized that Seto wasn't coming.
"Why don't I go get him and you can set up the movie?" Mokuba suggested after half an hour. Walking towards the stairs, he turned around when he heard Tea cough.
"I, uh, don't exactly know how," she admitted, glancing around at the complex technological setup.
"Umm...maybe you should go get Seto and I can set up the movie instead," Mokuba said.
Cautiously, Tea pushed open the office door. "Kaiba, the movie's about to start," she said upon seeing Seto sitting in a desk.
"Maybe later," was his response as he continued typing.
Tea was annoyed. "You promised Mokuba you'd watch the movie with him," she stated. Not receiving a response from the CEO, she walked around the desk and reached for the laptop.
"Gardner, leave my computer alone," Seto said, rising from his chair.
"Well, I have to get you away from your precious technology so you'll actually go downstairs and watch with Mokuba!" Tea exclaimed. "Otherwise, you'd just sit up here typing all night!"
Inside his mind, Seto growled. "She does have a point. When was the last time I slept a full night or even spent some time with Mokuba?"
Leaning over across Seto, Tea pushed the shut down button on the laptop. "Now you have to come down with me!" she triumphantly stated.
"Gardner, I hope you know that I'm doing this only for Mokuba," he said before following her down the stairs.
"Big brother! You're here!" Mokuba exclaimed. Glancing over to Tea, he asked, "How did you get Seto out of his office? Usually it takes me 15 minutes just to get him to stand up!"
Tea grinned. "Well Mokuba, if you just separate your brother from any form of technology, he is completely at your mercy and will do whatever you want!"
"Gardner," Seto growled. "If I hear one more word out of you..."
"Guess what movie we're watching?" Mokuba broke in, trying to change the subject.
"Umm, I don't know, what?" Tea asked.
With a flourish, he pulled out a DVD case from behind his back. "Star Wars 3 Disk Set Collector's Edition: Episodes 4 through 6!" he crowed
"We're actually going to watch that crap?" Seto asked, unfolding his arms.
"It's not crap!" Tea shouted. "It's really good!"
"Fine, whatever," Seto said, glaring at her.
Mokuba inserted the disk into the Toshiba DVD player. A menu popped up and he selected the 'play movie' function. "Come on Tea!" he said. "Come sit with me!"
Tea walked over and sat behind him on the couch.
"Popcorn?" Mokuba asked.
"Uh, not right now," Tea said, avoiding his glance. "Shh, the movie's about to start.
The three settled down, watching the prologue scroll by. Then a starship appeared on the screen, firing upon another one. When Darth Vader entered the shuttle, Tea buried her head in her hands.
"I don't like him...he's creepy," she said, peering through her fingers. "His breathing is so weird!"
"Gardner, it's just some idiot in a mask! It's very obvious!" Seto said. "Why don't you just calm down and watch the movie!"
For awhile, all was silent. Until Ben Kenobi rescued Luke from an ambush. "Obi-Wan?" he said. "Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long time."
Right on cue, both Tea and Mokuba shouted, "How long?"
And Ben said, "A long time."
Both of them collapsed onto the floor in giggles. "Hehe!" Mokuba laughed. "That's my favorite part of the whole movie!"
"Yeah," Tea agreed. "Except for the part at the end when they have the final battle!"
Seto rolled his eyes. "Mokuba, get off the floor," he said.
"But this movie is so funny!" he exclaimed, tears in his eyes.
"The special effects are pathetic," Seto said, not even paying attention.
"Kaiba, they made this movie 20 years ago, the special effects aren't supposed to be as good as the ones today," Tea said.
"Whatever," was his one word response.
After Luke had destroyed the Death Star and the movie was over, Mokuba turned back to his brother. "Seto, can we please see the other two episodes?" he begged.
"Umm..." Seto could not speak due to shock. "Two more movies of this?" he screamed in his head.
"Sure, Mokuba!" Tea took advantage of Seto's silence.
"Seto, come and sit with us!" Mokuba begged. "Please?"
"Fine," he responded, leaving the corner of the room. Glancing briefly at Mokuba he sat down on the end.
"Kaiba, come sit next to your brother," Tea demanded, tugging on his arm.
"Guys, the second movie's about to start!" Mokuba said, sitting down next to Tea. (a/n: So Tea's in the middle of them, it's a two person couch, they're all kind of squished together.)
By the time Episode 6 was halfway through, Mokuba had fallen asleep against Tea's shoulder. Tea had also started to nod off, leaning her head against Seto's arm.
Seto glanced down at her. "What is she doing?" he thought. "Why can't she sleep on Mokuba's shoulder?"
"But maybe she wanted to sleep on you instead..." a voice said.
"Oh no, are you my conscience?" Seto narrowed his eyes. "I thought I got rid of you when I was adopted by Gozaboro."
"Nope, I'm still here," the conscience smirked. "And I always show up when you least expect it."
"Joy," Seto sarcastically exclaimed. "You can leave now."
His conscience shook his head. "Nope, I'm not leaving until I prove my point."
"And what point would that be?" Seto asked.
"Hello? The point about Tea?" his conscience exclaimed, flailing his arms.
"What about her?"
"That you like her."
"What? There is not even a remote possibility that I like Gardner."
"Well, what about that time when you almost kissed her?"
"That was a mistake, I – wait, how do you know about that?"
"I'm your conscience, Kaiba-boy! I know every and any thought that passes through your head. I also know that you've been thinking about Tea ever since she started living here."
"Yeah, so what if I have? She's my employee!"
"True, but you think more about her than all your other workers combined."
"No I don't."
"Anyway, let me prove to you how much power I have here," his conscience smirked.
Seto watched in horror as his arm snaked around Tea's shoulders. She let out a sigh, content with the warmth and Seto felt as if something had just slithered through his stomach.
"I know you'd see things my way Seto!" his conscience cheered.
"I'm just making sure she isn't scared by the movie. That's all."
"You didn't think the movie was all that scary before, did you?"
"I think I've proved my point well enough. Time to go, but don't forget, I'll be back!"
"You'd better be coming back! That way I teach you a lesson in pain and...wait, where did you go?"
Sighing, Seto gave up trying to communicate with himself. Shifting in his seat, he stared intently at the screen, trying to divert his attention from the brunette currently snuggling against him.
"You know, this movie isn't so bad after all," was his last thought before drifting off to sleep.
Tea awoke a few hours later. "I must have fallen asleep on the couch," she thought, examining her surroundings.
Looking around, she noticed an arm around her waist. "Oh my God, don't tell me I fell asleep against Kaiba!" she frantically thought.
Shifting, she noticed Seto lying next to her, asleep. He had a small smile on his face as if he was having a pleasant dream.
"He's kind of cute when he's asleep," Tea thought. Suddenly, she felt his arm tighten around her waist. Seto drew her even closer, nestling his nose in her hair. A contented sigh left his lips as he settled back to sleep.
After her initial shock, Tea settled down a little. For some reason, this position felt comfortable, almost as if it was a protection from him.
Tea ran back into the bar, barely stopping to grab her purse. She flew by Tristan, who was still dancing with the blond.
"Hey Tea, what happened?" Joey asked, noticing her tearstained face.
"I'm going to leave now!" she said, her voice strangely high pitched.
"Umm...okay," Joey said, noticing Mai coming back with drinks.
After grabbing her jacket, Tea ran out of the door, noticing the rain for the first time. Once she was sure nobody was following her, she slowed down to a walk.
"So here I am standing in the rain," she thought. "I have no one, I have nothing. What do I have that's left?"
Shivering, Tea tried to suppress her tears. Snuggling closer to Seto, she slowly fell into a shallow sleep.
Seto didn't want to wake up. He hadn't had a good sleep for a long time and he was much more comfortable than he would have been trying to catch a few hours in his office.
His pillow was also softer than it should have been and it smelled faintly of strawberries.
"I've got to remind the maids to keep using this brand of fabric softener," he thought. Suddenly, he heard a small whimper.
"I don't remember going to bed last night!" Seto's eyes flew open. He was sprawled on the couch after falling asleep during the movie with Tea Gardner.
She was currently clutching his shirt, her hands intertwining with the thin fabric. Her face was contorted into a grimace as she twisted and turned in her nightmare.
"Gardner, wake up!" Seto said, shaking her.
Tea groggily opened one eye and suddenly found herself face to face with Seto Kaiba. Unfortunately, due to her surprise, Tea fell off the couch, pulling a very confused Seto down with her.
"What happened?" she asked, feeling the cold floor against her back.
"You fell asleep on me during the movie, I woke you up, you panicked and fell off the couch, pulling me with you," Seto explained in a very monotonous voice.
"Oh," was Tea's simple response. Suddenly, she realized the position they were in. Her hands still clutched Seto's shirt while his hands were placed on the floor on either side of her face, keeping his weight off her.
"Who did this to you?" Seto asked, leaning in.
"I-I don't know what you're talking about," Tea replied.
"Gardner, it's obvious somebody had been hurting you, if not physically, then mentally. You have nightmares, you refuse to talk about it and you don't have an appetite. So who's doing it?" he asked.
"Why should I tell you?" she asked. "For all I know, you're just going to hurt me too."
Seto reached up with his thumb to brush away her tears. "Why would I do that – Tea?" he asked, dangerously close.
"P-please don't," Tea said, backing up.
Cupping her chin in his hand, Seto looked into her eyes. "I would never hurt you," he said. Leaning down, he captured her lips with his.
Author's Notes: The real reason this story is taking so long is because it isn't exactly flowing the way I want it. It seems to me that this fic is just going in circles. Tea cries, Seto comforts her, etc...This chapter was about halfway written when I realized this, so I deleted it and started over from scratch. I'm going to try and keep things moving forward instead of around in a circle, so bear with me while I make adjustments.
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