By the time Yugi and the rest of his friends had made their way out of the memory world, Ryou Bakura was long gone. The only evidence that his yami had followed the other teens was a puddle of blood dribbling from one stone step to the next.

And that went quite unnoticed.

While Yugi and the others were contemplating the whereabouts of the last millennium item, the pharaoh's real name, and the thought of sending him to his final resting place, for once, Yami Bakura wasn't thinking about any of those things.

He had something else on his mind.

A feeling that, for the first time since he was a child in Kul Elna, he wasn't completely alone. And Ryou had that feeling too.

It wasn't a happy ending. Well, not yet anyway.

But it was a pretty good starting point, and one that they would never forget.