A/N: So hello again everyone! I hope you enjoy the latest chapter in this little saga. (lol) So yeah, I'm thinking about doing another story, but I'm not too sure. Any of you guys have any ideas on what pairing you'd like? I was even thinking of doing a YGO! version of Edward Scissorhands. (lol) Anywho, enough rambling. I hope all of you guys enjoy this. Pip, pip cheerio!!

Disclaimer: IvoryTears, formerly known as Court12, does not and will never own Yu-Gi-Oh! (That is unless the creators lose it to me in a game of Old Maid. I'm wicked sweet at that game :D ) Nor anything else I may use in this fic!



Chapter Ten

Serenity was gazing around at everyone. Joey and Mai were slow dancing with Joey whispering something in her ear to make Mai blush. Yami and Tea were talking to Yugi and his date, a cute blonde headed girl who was in his history class. Serenity giggled at the way Sarah was teasing Ryou, who was doing his fair amount of teasing back. And finally, she saw Alice and Seto sitting off by themselves at one of the makeshift booths. It looked like they were in deep conversation and getting along quite well. She sighed.

"What is it?" a deep voice asked, pulling her from her thoughts.

She smiled up at Bakura, who had walked back over with two glasses of punch, "Oh nothing."

She gestured to everyone.

"It's just nice to see everybody happy and with someone."

Bakura snorted and Serenity gave him a halfhearted glare.

"Aren't you happy?"

He snaked his arms around her waist and whispered into her ear, "Of course."

She blushed at the sudden contact as Bakura snickered. She pulled away from him.

"Well, glad that's settled," she laughed.

The slow song came to an end and a quick upbeat pop song came blaring through the speakers.

Black dress with the tights underneath..

Serenity's eyes got wide and she turned excitedly to Bakura.

"I love this song! We so have to dance to it," she exclaimed.

Bakura shook his head, "Uh uh. No way, I don't dance."

"Oh c'mon, please.. I'll be your best friend forever," she batted her eyelashes, "pretty please."

He grumbled at her, "I don't know how to dance."

She grabbed his hand and started to drag him out onto the dance floor.

"Don't worry, no one will notice."

"Yeah, well what if they do?"

Serenity laughed, "Trust me, they won't."

Bakura looked around and realized she was right. All the other guys were too busy paying attention to how their dates were dancing and couldn't give a fig about the person next to them.

"Oh alright, but you owe me."

She grinned, "Mm hmm. We'll see."

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"So I hope I'll become a famous writer someday, somewhere up there with the likes of Poe," Alice laughed, "which I highly doubt."

"You never know. Look at me, I owned a corporation at the age of fifteen," shrugged Kaiba.

"Yes, but we can't all be chess playing geniuses," she smiled.

Kaiba coughed to hide his blush.

Alice glanced at the large clock they had displayed on the wall.

"Y'know, you've been here long enough to appease your brother, so you can head out if you like. I'm sure you're bored to death at this silly dance."

He quirked an eyebrow, "Are you?"

"Well no," it was Alice's turn to blush, "I-I've rather enjoyed myself. You're different. I can talk to you so easily. Weird huh?"

"No, not at all. I've enjoyed talking to you too. I would rather stay, that is, if you like my company?"

Alice smiled, "Yes, I'd like that."

"Would you care to take a walk outside, it's getting rather stuffy in here."

Kaiba stood up an offered Alice his arm.

"Sure."

The two pushed themselves through the crowd and made their way to the double doors.

"Wow, it is way more refreshing out here," Alice sighed.

"I agree."

Seto stretched, "And a lot less crowded."

Alice laughed, "Very much so."

They walked aimlessly and came across the playground.

"Oh I love to swing!" she pointed to the swing set a little ways off.

"Want to race?"

"Sure. Are there any stakes?"

Seto grinned, "If I win, you have to do one thing I ask. And if you win I have to do something you ask. Deal?'

Alice pondered it for a moment, "Well… deal!"

She took off running.

"Hey I didn't say go!" yelled Kaiba, trying to catch up with her.

"That wasn't part of the deal, you just said whoever won!" she shouted back behind her.

A few seconds later, they both stood next to the swings panting.

"I won," Alice grinned cheekily.

"You cheated," sulked Kaiba.

"Well just a little," she poked his arm, "my question is, what were you going to ask?"

He smirked, "You sure you want to know?"

"I'm sure I want to know or why would I—"

Kaiba leaned down and pressed his lips against hers. It was a gentle kiss, and chaste seeing as how this was their first time together ever.

"—Ask you," Alice finished breathlessly.

"Now what my question is, did you like it?"

Alice nodded, "Good question."

She wrapped her arms around his neck, "But I'm going to need a little more information before I can fully answer it."

He grinned at her, "I've never stood in the way of learning."

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Tea blushed at Yami's arm around her waist. I never thought this would happen!!

She was sure she probably had one of those stupid grins on her face, but she didn't care!

Yugi and his date, Ginny, had walked off to meet some of her other friends and it was finally just her and Yami.

"So how do you like it so far?" she asked turning to look at him.

He gazed down at her with those dreamy eyes and smiled, "I'm having a wonderful time with you Tea."

She felt like she could melt.

"Good," she smiled, "me too."

Yami led her over to a booth away from all the people and speakers.

She fidgeted with the bracelet on her arm.

"Is something wrong?"

Tea smiled, "No nothing, it's just so hard to believe that you're here with me."

She took a deep breath, "I've liked you for a long time now Yami, and I-I just hope that you feel the same way. I'm just really nervous, I don't want to mess this up y'know? I really, really would like for this to work."

Yami smiled, "Me too Tea."

He held her hand across the table, "I've had strong feelings for you too, and I just didn't know if you liked me the same way. But now that we're here together, everything just feels so.. right."

Tea blushed, "Thanks, that means a lot to me."

Yami reached over the table and gave her a small kiss on the cheek.

"You're welcome."

He pulled her up from the table as another slow song started to play.

"Would you care to dance with me?'

"I would love to," she laughed.

This night can't get any better!!

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"C'mon Ryou! Come dance with me," Sarah pleaded,.

"I don't know."

"I've never wanted to dance with nobody but you. I won't take no for an answer.. well I'm not going to sing the rest 'cause it's rude. But please Ryou, pretty please with a chocolate cherry cordial on top!"

"Well," Ryou hesitated, "I'm not a very good dancer.."

"So? Neither am I, but I don't mind. Please..," she pouted.

"Oh alright, but just one song ok?"

She pumped her fist up in the air, "Woo hoo!"

Ryou eyed her warily, "I mean it just one song."

"No problem my British compadre," laughed Sarah.

He shook his head and smiled.

"Well what're we waiting for?"

Sarah and Ryou made their way out onto the floor.

"Aw look it's Serenity and Bakura!"

Ryou looked around quizzically before noticing a laughing Serenity and a disgruntled Bakura.

"Wow, couldn't say I saw that one."

Sarah waved her hand, "Psh, they're good together."

Ryou shrugged as they continued to sway to the music.

"Ryou?"

"Hm?"

"What are you doing this weekend?"

His brow furrowed, "Nothing I suppose. Why?"

Sarah blushed, "Well I was wondering if you'd like to hang out tomorrow. Just me and you."

Ryou grinned at her, "Sure."

"Good," she grinned back.

Sarah laid her head on his chest and the two continued to slow dance together.

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"Joey stop fretting. She's perfectly fine," sighed Mai.

"He betta not lay a finga' on ma sista," he growled.

She laughed and pulled Joey over to the table with the punch bowl.

"Oh lay off, let her have some fun. Besides at least it's not Kaiba." Oh if he only knew! She laughed to herself.

Joey relaxed a little, "Yeah dat's true."

Mai rubbed his arm, "See?"

Joey blushed at the sudden affection, "Would ya like ta dance?"

"Not at the moment, not really one for hip hop music," she smiled.

He led her over to a bench seated next to the DJ booth.

Mai sighed, "It seems like forever since I've been to one of these."

"Really? I figured tons a guys woulda been askin' ya to go to all sorts of dances."

She laughed, "Yes, but I don't go with just anybody."

Joey's eyes widened. Did that mean he was..?

"H-hey Mai.."

"Yes, Joey?"

He looked down at his shoes then back up at her. She'll neva go for a guy like me.

"Ah neva mind."

She frowned, "Joseph Wheeler you spit it out right this instant."

"Why? Ya won't say yes."

"Yes to what exactly?"

"Ta dating me," Joey blushed deeply.

Mai's mouth made a perfect 'O'.

Her eyes softened, "Joey why didn't you say something."

"Cause you woulda just laughed at me or somthin'," he shrugged, "besides I know ya'd probably just say no."

"Now Joseph, how do you know how I think? You don't, and if you would've asked me I may have just said yes," she crossed her arms.

"Really?"

"Yes."

Joey grinned," Mai would ya like to go out wit me?"

She tapped her chin with her finger, "Hm, I don't know.."

He slumped his shoulders.

"Of course you big oaf," she playfully slapped his arm.

Joey brightened up instantly and hugged Mai. She laughed and patted him on the back.

"Ok, ok. You're going to crinkle my dress."

"Oh sorry," he blushed, "I'm just.. happy."

He smiled at her and Mai blushed under his gaze.

"Well would you like to dance now?"

Joey grinned, "Yeah."

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The night passed in a haze of laughter, stolen kisses, and dancing. The weekend passed by just as quickly if not as eventful. As Monday morning dawned bright and early, (and thankfully decided to keep a clear blue sky) the birds chirped happily in their perches, and Serenity Wheeler was meeting with one Seto Kaiba outside of their shared English class.

"Wow I can't believe we got such a good grade on this project."

Kaiba smirked, "Why wouldn't we? I never make anything less."

Serenity rolled her eyes, "Geez what an ego."

"I know your jealous Wheeler."

Serenity laughed, "Yeah right."

She turned to head over to her locker, then turned back to him.

"Hey Kaiba, I-I just wanted to thank you for helping me out on this and my history. I know you could be doing better things, and it's really nice of you."

He shrugged, "It's not like I hate you or anything Wheeler," he grinned, "even if you are in love with me."

She scoffed, "So not. Besides I saw you and Alice the other night."

Kaiba raised an eyebrow at this, "Your point is?"

Serenity smiled, "Nothing, you just be good to her, you hear?"

"You should expect nothing less than the best from me," he grinned.

"Again with your ego," she sighed and shook her head.

"I'll see you around, Wheeler," he waved as he turned and walked down the corridor.

"Yeah, see you," she called after him.

Sarah walked up to Serenity as she was at her locker.

"So what's cracking hombre?"

"Eh nothing much, here check out what Kaiba and I made on our project," she said as she handed her the paper.

Sarah whistled, "Nice."

"So what're you up to?"

"You see it," laughed Sarah, "I'm going to hang out with Ryou after school, I was wondering if you'd like to join."

She elbowed her, "You can invite Bakura."

Serenity laughed, "Ok, ok. I'll see if he'll come."

"Awesome! I'll see ya at the end of the day."

"Alright, later!"

It's so great. This weekend did wonders for everyone. She sighed dreamily. Bakura is so.. sexy. Yes, definitely sexy.

The bell rang and Serenity sprinted down the hall.

Just my luck to think of him and be late to class. She giggled to herself. Oh well..

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The bell rang to signal the end of the day and everyone rushed out, glad to be free if only for a short period of time. Serenity walked over to where Sarah and Alice were hanging out.

"C'mon, is he a good kisser or not?"

Alice crossed her arms, "I'm not telling you anything. Besides who said we even kissed."

Sarah grinned, "Oh but how could you not. You wouldn't shut up about him the other night when I called. Something had to have happened."

Alice spotted Serenity walking over to them.

"Hey," she waved her over.

"Hi," Serenity smiled, "so what're we doing?"

"Well seeing as Alice's boyfriend has a job," she elbowed a blushing Alice who mumbled, "He's not my boyfriend."

"We can chill out at Ryou's and drag her with us and plus then you can see Bakura."

"Ok then," laughed Serenity.

When they arrived at Ryou's house, Bakura was in the shower, and Sarah wanted to talk to Ryou about something this coming up weekend so Alice and Serenity were left alone in the living room.

"So care to tell me how your night went?" asked Serenity.

Alice blushed, "Good, and yours?"

Serenity smiled, "Same here."

There was a few moments silence.

"Seto asked me out that night," Alice all but whispered.

Serenity's eyes widened, "Really?"

Alice blushed even deeper, "Yes," she fiddled with her shirt hem, "I've never met anyone like him."

Serenity squealed, "Oh that's so great! I'm so happy for you two!"

She hugged Alice.

Alice laughed, "Sarah doesn't know yet, so please don't tell her."

"Ok, but why don't you want her to know?"

Alice raised an eyebrow, "Are you serious? She would never leave it alone. I'll let her know, just not any time soon."

Serenity laughed, "Alright, my lips are sealed."

Sarah and Ryou walked into the room carrying a few drinks and snack food.

"So what were you chikas talking about?"

"Nothing," Alice and Serenity replied in unison.

"I see," Sarah looked at them suspiciously.

Ryou cleared his throat, "Is there anything in particular you guys want to do?"

"Yahtzee?" Serenity looked at everyone.

Sarah shrugged, "Sure."

Alice and Ryou nodded in agreement. They set up the board and gathered around the coffee table.

"What are you doing?"

They all turned to the doorway to see a squeaky clean Bakura.

"Playing Yahtzee," Alice gestured at the board, "care to play?"

He shrugged and plopped down next to Serenity. He nuzzled her neck as a slow blush crept along her cheeks.

She coughed, "So um, shall we see who goes first?"

Sarah won the dice roll and began the game.

"Alright, fixin' to school you guys. I'm the Yahtzee master," smirked Sarah.

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Serenity entered the front door to her house and called out, "Anyone home?"

Silence was her only greeting.

She shrugged, "Oh well guess not."

She walked upstairs, placed her book bag on her bed, and turned on the radio. She pulled out her journal and sat on the edge of the bed, facing the window.

Diary entry,

So it's been forever since I've written. To get caught up: Tea and Yami are an official couple as is Ryou and Sarah, who told everyone after I won at Yahtzee this afternoon. (Which I think Bakura was helping by cheating :P ) Anywho, and speaking of that sexy devil he and I are dating. Weird but eh, it works.. :-) Joey finally worked up the nerve to ask out Mai (finally so now everyone can do a happy dance *lol*). Secretly Kaiba and Alice are an item. I'm so happy for them, I really am. He needs someone to mellow him out. *lol* Bakura was so sweet to walk me home this afternoon, which I think he only did it so we could make out. Pervert. :P Anywho, this whole week and weekend has been pretty crazy! It's just insane how everyone came together. No one's lonely, well except Tristan.. oh well. :) I'm so mean; Bakura must be rubbing off on me! *lol* I made a good grade in English, Kaiba isn't all that bad once you get to know him. Tutoring won't be all bad. (I'll just bring Alice!! :D ) So I shall end this on a happy note. Till later, ta!! 3

Serenity closed up her diary and stuck it in her nightstand. She gazed out her window watching the sunset, pondering what the future held next.

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A/N: So yes, that's it, it's finished. (bows) Thank you, thank you, you may hold your applause. Just kidding, but I really hope you guys liked this. The last two chapters are my favorite I believe. My writing improved immensely and it shows. (lol) I will start another story, and it will be a Seto/ Serenity (I think! O.o) I really like that couple. So yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed my first attempt at writing. It seems like no one is ever on here anymore and that's sad. A lot of great writers on here inspired me to try my hand at something like this. Eh, enough rambling, please show me some love people!! ^_^

Songs that inspired me for this chapter are:

Don't Trust Me – 3Oh!3

Never Wanted to Dance – MSI (Mindless Self Indulgence)

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

A Whole New World – Late Night Alumni

Everybody's Happy Nowadays – The Buzzcocks (though I like Ash's better!)

Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold

Here In Your Arms – HelloGoodbye

Ist Das Gut – Tatu and Rammstein

Shady Grove – Nick Ogawa (kick a$$ cello player; he so pwnz!)

So yeah I hope you guys liked this, I tried to end it on a happy note. I'm a sucker for happy endings!! So now I'm off to chillax with my berfriend (pronounced burr-friend *lol*) and watch SyFy's Alice for like the 3rd time. :D

Shout out to all my reviewers:

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You guys helped to inspire me when I was running on empty. So plushies of your choice and chocolate chip cookies to all! Until we met again, tootles!! ^^

~Ivory Tears