Author's Note June 2015: This story has reached its 10 year anniversary! Holy cow! I started writing this story back in 2005, fresh out of my high school sophomore year. You can see the improvement in my writing, though I will say the earlier chapters aren't bad compared to my other stuff from high school. And I still have the inspiration to finish it! Working quickly to finish chapter 11 by June 29th, the official anniversary date~
Disclaimer: I do not own YuGiOh.
Well, I am back from Europe! It was AWESOME! Heh, and we were at the Eiffel Tower the same day Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes (or whatever her name is...). A couple of the adults actually saw Tom Cruise! Too bad I didn't; I would've taken a picture.
THERE WILL BE PAIRINGS! I swear, there will be romance eventually... Bad Dreams and Through the Eye of the Beholder are to be updated next. TTYL
This idea came to me around 1:15 am. Mystery x Suspense x Romance x Humor x Drama
Rate M for language and mature content
Summary: No one ever thought it could happen. Her blood ran cold the day she discovered who he really was. And now she's gone to the enemy for help, the only one who could possibly know why he wants her dead.
Blood on the Moon
By: Chi Yagami
Sometimes, my friends just don't know when to quit. I mean come on, you've been in the same fight ever since Battle City, and you know you're never gonna get what you want. Who knows? Maybe she's not into you guys at all; maybe she has some secret infatuation with rich boy over there, not like we'd ever know, thanks to her overprotective brother (sweatdrop). All I know is that I'm sick and tired of listening to the constant bickering that's been going on for years. Heck, I've tried to but in time after time, but y'all just keep it up; I mean, what else can I do? I don't resort to violence like SOME people (cough-cough-Egyptians) …wait, why is it that all of the Egyptians are violent?! Maybe I should hang out with normal people… WHAT THE HELL IS IN MY FACE?
"Are you alright?"
Am I all right? HELL NO. I've got friends fighting, and you're the only one who's sane enough not to join in. Although you can stop waving your hand in my face now. I can see you quite fine.
"I'm fine, Ryou," I reply, plastering on a cheesy smile.
Who the Hell am I kidding? I'm a wreck.
"Are you sure?" Ryou replies, giving me one of those parental looks. "You've been zoned out for quite a while now."
No duh. Although no one seems to have noticed, not even Yugi, who claims himself to be my best friend. Ah, and that's exactly why I'm in this wretched state: I, the Queen of Friendship, am – yup, you guessed it – having doubts about my relationships with my friends. After all we've been through, sometimes I wonder if my so-called friends are really themselves anymore. The constant fighting, nagging, forgetfulness goes on and on; I don't even know if they realize I exist anymore. I give and give and give and give some more, and what do I have to show for it? A bunch of friends who don't even show me respect. Hell, Joey just reached across the table and took my burger! DOES THE MEANING OF 'HEY THAT'S NOT YOURS' EVER CROSS YOUR MIND, YOU DOG! Kaiba's right, a mutt is a mutt; I tried with no success of changing that. Oh well.
I smile and nod. "I'm just… uhh thinking about that geometry project we have to do together. When are we going to do that anyway?"
School. Another problem in my life. When will the misery end? Homework never stops, I've got endless projects, and all these AP classes my parents signed me up for aren't helping! Everyone thinks I'm a smart, good girl who's going to have a happy ending. As if. HAH. Little do they know, I'm dying inside. I used to be so happy at school, with my friends. Although now that I look back on it, maybe I was never really happy. I suppose I thought I was happy. Heck, what if I just enjoyed the feeling of relying on childhood fantasies? Somewhere along the way, I must have hit a reality check. The once happy-go-lucky, friendship-talking Anzu Mazaki you knew is dead and buried.
"Hmm… well, how about you come over to my place after school?" he suggests.
And be in the same house as your sadistic yami? I don't think so! The south ends of two magnets click better than me and that Egyptian snake. But, trying to keep up my act, I decide to shrug it off.
"Sure. That'd be great," I reply dryly. I narrow my eyes at the rest of the group. Tristan and Duke are still fighting over Serenity (dear Ra when will they come to their senses? Hey, wait, now I'm saying Ra? Great… just great…), Joey's eating everyone's food, Yugi and Yami are playing Duel Monsters, and Bakura is, well frankly I don't know or care where he is. Ever since the yamis and hikaris were separated, chaos has been potted in this garden of disaster. Yes, Yami and Yugi, and Bakura and Ryou, got their own bodies. This creepy old guy in some outdated Egyptian rags popped out of nowhere while we were all at the game shop. Yugi was all like 'Shadi, what are you doing here?' What is he doing here? WHO THE HELL IS HE? Why am I never included in the mumbojumbo ancient magic stuff? Do they think, that just because I'm not guy or a duelist or a Millennium Item freak, I can't handle it? Hell, I've been kidnapped, brainwashed, and who knows what else! I deserve every right to know what's happening, especially since I'm the one who stresses out over their well-being! Maybe I wouldn't stress as much if I knew WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON! So everyone (save Yugi) was confused about baldy (I know that old geezer was bald; who else around here do you see wearing TURBANS on their heads besides perverted old guys who don't want young girls knowing they're bald?) and we all backed away from him. Then he said some mystic stuff in Egyptian, and BAM Yugi and Yami were two people! WHAT? No one would explain; all Yami said was that Shadi thought it was high time the yamis got their own bodies. Joey flipped out about Bakura getting his own body. Well, that got people rolling. Even I was scared, I have to admit. That tomb robber walking around, able to kill people on his own free will? Was Shadi THAT dumb? I guess not, because Bakura hasn't done anything… YET. I think Shadi turned him into chicken shit or something. Ryou says he just mopes around the house, and if he is at school, he's always in detention. Some people will never learn…
At least we don't have to worry about Marik or his yami. They're all the way in the middle of an empty desert. Losers.
I don't feel like sitting here anymore.
"I feel like dying."
Ryou just gave me a questioning look. Oh well. It's the truth. What the Hell am I saying? I'm a sucker for my friends.
"I'm just joking Ryou!" I apologize. "I didn't mean it, really!"
Who was I kidding? I felt like there was nothing to live for these days. None of my friends cared anymore. I guess you could say after Battle City, we grew apart. Not physically or anything, I mean obviously I still eat with them, but it's not the same. Were we ever really friends in a normal environment? We met Ryou, Duke, and Mai while out on adventures. I don't think I've ever just 'hung out' with them, unless you actually want to count that time Yami and I went to the museum. No, we've just been together during adventures that all center around Yami! Why is it always about him and his dumb puzzle! Nothing ever revolves around Joey, Tristan, or me. I'm not asking for center stage, just a little recognition! I feel like I'm always being pushed to the back of the group. Yami and Yugi take the spotlight, everybody knows who they are, and Joey and Kaiba are right up there behind him. Mai and Ryou (and I suppose Bakura too) aren't as famous, but they've got their faces plastered on several websites, considering they were finalists. People even know who Tristan, Rebecca, Serenity, and Marik are! Marik doesn't even live here and he's more popular at school than me! Fuck, even ODION is more known than me! THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE REALLY IS! They simply know him as Marik's double, or some crap like that. Maybe I'm overreacting… No, in the old days, my friends were always there for me. Now you never see them outside of school with me. Yugi, Yami, and Kaiba are constantly being challenged by beginner duelists, and Joey and Mai are always going places together. Duke and Tristan follow Serenity around everywhere. No one has time for me anymore. I went to a movie with Ryou once, and I think he was trying to hit on me, but we talked it over and decided we were just friends. That was about three months ago, right after my parents left for America on another one of their stupid business trips. They always tell me they won't be gone long and promise to take me somewhere when they get back. Promise my can! They haven't kept any of their promises, and they never will.
"I'm out of here," I grumble, throwing my tray in the trash, none of food even touched (well, save the food that Joey stole). I think I saw Ryou's eyes go as big as tea saucers, but he jumped up real fast and ran in front of me.
"Hey, Anzu, why don't we go work on the project right now?"
I blink about three times and just stare at him. Is he crazy? Ditch school with him to go work on a school project? The Hell? Eh, beats whatever I'd planned on doing.
"Yo, Anzu, are ya gonna eat your puddin?" Joey asked, still chomping away on her burger. "Anzu?"
He looked around for his brunette friend and saw her walking away with Ryou. 'Wonda where dose two are goin…'
"Hey, am I da only one dat noticed dat Anzu an' Brit boy just walked off together?" he said to everyone else.
They all stopped and looked at him. Yami dropped his cards and looked in the direction that Joey was pointing. Yugi glanced up too, and Tristan and Duke stopped fighting.
"Hey, she is gone," Duke replied. "I didn't even notice she left…"
"Where did they go?" Yugi questioned Joey.
"I dunno. All I saw was Ryou an' Anzu walking off together towards da parking lot."
"You don't think they're going to skip class, do you?" Tristan wondered aloud, scratching his head. "Anzu's too good to ditch class for a guy."
"Eh, just let them go make out," Duke said, brushing it off.
"HELL NO!" Yami all but shouted, pounding his fist onto the table and standing up. "I'm not letting some foreigner touch MY woman!"
"You're a foreigner too ya know," Joey mumbled.
"Hey, just because Anzu was your concubine in a past life, Yami, you have no reason to claim her in this century," Tristan said matter-o-factly. Yami shot him a death glare that could've killed Anubis, Ra, and Isis at once.
"Yami, he's right; Anzu doesn't even like you. Remember when you asked her to the dance last year, and she told you no and went with Kaiba?" Yugi reminded. Yami growled.
"I still can't believe she went with dat freak."
"I can't believe he went at all."
"So what do you think Ryou and Anzu are up to?"
"Maybe they're working on that math project…"
OMG I am SO bored. Ryou and I haven't come up with anything for the project. We're supposed to make a 3D model of something related to geometry, not much to go off of. Right now we're driving around Domino, looking for inspiration. Ryou's car is so... old. I think it's his dad's ancient Honda. Huh? We just stopped in front of… the arcade? What inspiration are we going to find in here? A diagram of a video game?
"Oh, I thought you could use some fun right now," he smiles. "Wanna play some DDR?"
DDR? I LOVE that game! I guess I could play a game with him… NO, nevermind. I stopped playing that game some time ago, and I think I suck. I can't play that game in front of people!
"I stopped playing that game a year ago…"
"But we can play a game if you want to…"
He positively BEAMS at me.
Great, so I've managed to cheer him up, but what about me? Just as we were about to start playing, a swarm of people surrounded us. WHO THE HELL INVITED YOU?
"Anzu! Anzu! Anzu!"
"Hey, I think that they're fans of yours," Ryou said a little too prepared. Did he plan this? I suppose he's trying to cheer me up… hey, did he notice that I'm depressed?
"Yeah," I reply. "I can't do this with all of these people around." I jump off stage and exit the building, my friend chasing after me.
"Anzu! What is wrong with you?" he asks me. "I was just trying to loosen the mood and you ruin it!"
Jeez, I've never seen Ryou so angry. I can see he's trying to control his anger while at the same time shout at me. Wow, I always thought Ryou was kind of a pushover; I guess not… WTF? He just grabbed my arm REALLY HARD! I sweat it's turning blue…
"Ryou, are you okay?" I ask. He's clutching his head with his other hand while still trying to rip off my arm. It reminds me of when Marik first introduced himself with an injured Ryou slung over his shoulder. The poor kid is always getting hurt.
"Do you need to go to the hospital?"
"LEAVE ME ALONE!"
Did Ryou just raise his voice at me?
"I'm sorry, Anzu… there's something wrong with me," Ryou keeps gasping. I don't know what to do! I think he's going to die on me or something! OH MY GOD! HE JUST COLLAPSED! RYOU!
Well, now I'm sitting in the waiting room of the hospital, dying to find out what happened to Ryou. The doctors took him in immediately, thank god! They told me he's asleep, but they can't figure out what's wrong with him.
"Miss Mazaki," a nurse said, giving me some papers, "could you please fill out Mr. Bakura's contact information, as well as yours?"
"Thanks, you can give it to the secretary when you're done."
Whatever. I sit down and begin to fill out the paperwork.
... ... ...
THE HECK? I have no damn clue as to where Ryou's dad is! Hell, I'm not exactly sure where MY parents are! Great, now I've got this sick feeling in my stomach. Is it because I feel guilty of bailing on Ryou and then causing him to faint?
... ... ...
Or maybe I just need to use the bathroom…
¡ WHAM !
Who did I just clash into? MOVE OUTTA MY WAY PEOPLE, I'M GONNA BLOW!
"Sorry," I mumbling, dodging around them and continuing towards the bathroom.
"My, my, my, Anzu Mazaki. It has been a while, hasn't it?"
SHIT! I'd recognize that oily voice anywhere! What the Hell is that rat doing here!
Just keep walking, just keeping walking, just keeping walking…
They stood there: one cowering, one smirking. His arms were firmly wrapped around her waist, he had no intention of letting her get away, not after traveling this far.
"Well, Anzu, I never thought I'd see you here."
"I could say the same thing, Marik," I spat, twisting in his grip. "Get your filthy hands OFF me!"
Marik grins. "Not a chance. Do you think I'm just going to give up after coming this far?" He turns me around and grips my shoulders. EEK! This is going WAY too far! What the crap is he doing here? I'm being harassed by a psychotic murderer while my friend dies in the room next door. MY LIFE TOTALLY SUCKS!
"What do you want, you washed up has been?" I hiss. He gives me one of those creepy smiles that make you want to die right then and there. Save me! Somebody, anybody! HEY, DUDE IN A WHEELCHAIR, SAVE ME!
"I want you, dear Anzu," he says seductively. My eyes widen. Does he really mean that? His evil eyes never leave mine, and he sure isn't loosening that grip of his either. I don't believe him; he's hurt way too many people to come back just for a girlfriend. I bet he brought the Rod with him too! AIEEE!
"If you think you can use me to get Yami's puzzle, well forget it!"
"I don't want the stupid Items! I came here to get you," he replies, holding me close. Ugh! I did not want to be NEAR him! Why can't stuff NORMAL ever happen? My friends desert me, the only person who cares fainted, and now a psycho has returned, claiming to be in love with me! Well, actually he never said that, but it doesn't matter. I know he still wants to rule the world. I'm just another toy in his master plan to collect the Items etc. Hmm, that sounds a lot like Bakura's plan… bet they're in on it together-
HE'S KISSING ME! HE'S GOT HIS DISGUSTING LIPS ON MINE! Hey wait… it kind of feels, nice. What bull am I smoking? This is MARIK ISHTAR we're dealing with. The freak who killed Ryou and his yami! Then… then why am I kissing back?
"See, I knew you liked me," he whispers, pulling away from me. I think I'm beat-red now. I can't believe I just kissed him. EW!
"Hey mate, get your arms off her."
We both whip around to see Ryou standing about ten feet away from us. THANK GOD!
"Ryou! You're alive!" I breathe.
"Yeah, thanks to you, Anzu. But, what is Marik doing here?" he asks. Oh yeah, Ryou wasn't there when Marik turned 'good' (not the term that best fits him but whatever) so I guess he thinks Marik is really his yami (Yami Marik).
"I should be asking you the same thing, snowball head. I thought you were dead," he replies, narrowing his eyes. Heh, and Marik wasn't there when we discovered Ryou in the kitchen eating. Hey, he took his greasy paws off me! I'm HOME FREE! I dash over to Ryou as quickly as I can.
"You haven't seen the last of me, Mazaki," he growls, storming off. "You WILL regret it."
I wonder what the heck Ishtar was doing in a hospital? And what did he REALLY want with me? Hell no am I EVER kissing that pervert again! So now Ryou and I are walking back to his car (which I used to get him to the hospital). Poor Ryou. I feel so bad for him.
Ryou watches as I pull my cell phone out of my purse. DUKE? WTF? Why would he call me? School probably just let out, but still…
"Anzu, you gotta get over here!"
"To da school," I hear Joey shouting. There sure is a lot of background noise… what's going on?
I hang up the phone and shoot a confused look at Ryou. I explain the sitch as Ryou and I take off to the school in his car. We try to get there as fast as we can (sweatdrop) but his car is SO SLOW! We finally get there, and I'm surprised to see a gigantic crowd in front of the building.
"What's going on?" Ryou asks as we raced inside. I shrug. Probably something Joey did… lol. DID I ACTUALLY JUST THINK "LOL" IN MY HEAD? I feel like I'm on drugs or something…
As we get closer to my locker, the crowd gets tighter. We push our way up to the front where a section has been roped off.
"ANZU!" Yugi shouts from like right in front of me. I freeze.
On the floor in front of my locker, written in big letters in what looks like (ew gross) blood, is the word DIE. I can feel my heart beating faster as I look up at my locker. With the noise of cops and students fading into the background, I step under the ropes and over the message, until I'm right in front of my locker. It looks as if someone threw a bomb on the door. One of the hinges is broken, the blue paint is scratched, and I think someone tried to pry the door open with a wrench. I lift up a shaky hand to the lock.
"We waited for ya," I could hear Joey explaining. "We thought it fair for ya to be da one ta open it."
"Thanks…" My voice trails off as I twist the knob. I can hear Ryou asking Yugi loads of questions, and I'm pretty sure the THUD I just heard was someone fainting. It clicks and I force open the door.
I can hear reporters clicking away their cameras in the background. I think another kid fainted. I know my breath shortened.
My books are covered in blood. All of them, even the book stuck inside another one. But that's not what everyone was staring at. Oh no.
On my locker wall, a blood-dripping rose was held in place by a dagger.