Title: Passing on the Reward
Author: Amm (SoulSeeker)
Pairing: Yuki Juudai/Tenjoin Asuka (Dub names used.)
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Theme: #13—excessive chain
Rating: For Everyone (PG)
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. I am just playing 'Barbie' with them, cause god knows they're a lot more fun than real Barbies.
Summary: Some things were best kept a secret.
A bright orange sun greeted the students of Duel Academy on a early, manic Monday morning. Normally, they would all be sound asleep; morning seldom existed in the teenagers' world. However that morning, the campus was abuzz with chatter and excitement.
It was this way every year when Industrial Illusions announced the release of brand new Duel Monsters' cards. Even Jaden Yuki was awake to obtain a brand new pack of cards for himself—"way before anyone else!" he had told himself. But when they arrived at Dorothy's card shop, they realized that Jaden would have a hard time believing what he had said.
"Wow." Alexis gawked, amazed at the amount of students.
"Well, it seems we weren't the only ones with the brilliant plan to wake up early," Syrus murmured with widened eyes. "I didn't even know this many people came to Duel Academy!"
"It looks like…a really, really long chain," Jaden said in amazement, tracing the long line of people with his finger.
"Or a snake," Alexis added, imitating Jaden's motion. "Looks like you won't be the first after all, Jaden."
He scratched his head a little, sweating. "I guess not…"
Syrus sighed, holding his head. "Now what do we do? I don't want to wait out here for hours. It's way too hot!"
"But if we wait until later, there might not even be any left!" Jaden exclaimed in a disappointed whine.
Alexis shrugged. "Well, it is a Monday," she reminded them. "They've got to go to class eventually."
The three of them looked onto the crowd with uneasiness. Syrus shook his head, letting another sigh escape his lips. "They sure don't look like they plan on going to class any time soon," he muttered.
"Oh, calm down, you hot-heads." Alexis suddenly came up between the two of them with a smile. "It's not like this is the only shipment that'll come in. We'll have plenty of chances to get some of those new cards."
"I guess you're right," Jaden replied meekly.
"I can't wait to see them!" Syrus exclaimed. "Remember, Chumley's been working as an artist for Industrial Illusions for a long time now, so some of these cards could have his artwork on it!"
"Hey, you're right!" Alexis replied. "That'll be great to see!"
"Think that picture he drew of you two kissing will make it onto any cards?" Sy asked, grinning.
"Syrus!" Alexis blushed profusely. But before she could protest any longer, Jaden spoke.
"Well, it'll be lucky if we get to see any of the cards today." He stared towards the front of the snake-like line. Squinting the right way, he could just barely make out Chazz's black spiky hair, surrounded by his cronies. "It's too bad we can't use a card to magically switch places with Chazz, all the way up there."
Alexis looked and saw him as well, but seeing the sheer amount of people in between had made it seem utterly hopeless that they would even make it that far. "Well, I say we magically find our way to class, before Crowler has a cow. We're going to be late if we wait here much longer!" She slowly began to turn around, looking back and forth between her two companions to see if they would follow suit.
"I guess you're right." Syrus frowned, but nodded firmly in an attempt to convince himself that they were doing the right thing. "Let's get going."
"Aw, c'mon, guys!" Jaden grabbed both of them by the shoulder. "It's not like we'll be the only ones late today. Just look at the number of students here! Let's just stick it out a little longer, huh? What do you say?"
Alexis brushed her dirty blonde hair aside, sighing in disappointment. "You can stay if you want, Jaden, but I'm going to go."
"Yeah, I'm going to go with her, Jay," Syrus added. "Don't stay too long, okay? You know you have issues with Crowler as it is. He's not going to be happy with you!"
Jaden rolled his eyes. "Please. That old geezer's never going to be happy with me, even if I did make it to his boring class on time. You guys go on ahead, I'll catch up with ya."
And so Jaden went ahead into the line, hoping that some of them might disappear for class, much like his friends. Alexis and Syrus made their way over to Crowler's classroom. They found themselves alone, however. Not even Crowler was there to greet them.
"Gee, you don't think Crowler was caught up in this whole 'new cards' business, too?" Syrus asked, his voice echoing.
Alexis shook her head. "No way. They probably just needed some help with the crowd control. I'm sure he'll be back soon. Let's just wait here."
Syrus nodded and they sat in silence for a few moments. A few bursts of conversation here and there, but otherwise they were both relatively patient. Alexis pulled out a book, and Syrus looked through his deck of cards, fantasizing about what kinds of cards he might get. It was then that they heard the door creak. Expecting Crowler, Alexis quickly put her book away, and Syrus put his cards back in his deck.
But it wasn't him.
"Miss Dorothy?" Alexis looked thoroughly stunned.
"Hey! What're you doing here?" Syrus smiled, pleasantly surprised.
"Hi there! My, it sure looks lonely in this classroom. Is it only you two?" Dorothy looked around; she looked like she was looking for someone, but if she was, she was sorely disappointed.
"Yeah, it's just us two," Syrus replied.
"Mmhmm. Jaden decided to stay behind to try to get that new pack of cards from your shop…we tried to convince him to come to class, and go back later, but…"
Alexis trailed off with a shrug.
"My, that's really too bad…" Dorothy frowned.
"Say, why aren't you at your shop? Shouldn't you be there right now? There were a lot of people!" Syrus suddenly stood up, alarmed.
Alexis nodded, suddenly standing as well. "Yeah, that's right!"
Dorothy simply laughed. "Oh, no, no, don't worry about that. I've got Crowler and some of my Obelisk Blue students working the shop for me right now. You see…" She paused for a moment. "So many students get carried away every year, skipping class on the day these new cards are released, standing in the obnoxiously long line, and sometimes even fighting…"
"Yeah, that's true," Syrus nodded, remembering the crowd from earlier that morning.
"It was pretty rowdy up there," Alexis commented, and turned to Dorothy. "But isn't that all the more reason you should be up there right now?"
She shook her head with a wide grin. "Well, you see, the chancellor and I came up with this idea that all the students who actually went to class on time, and didn't get caught up in all the craziness...should get a reward!"
Syrus's and Alexis's eyes both widened, and they looked at each other. "A reward?" Syrus gasped.
"I told Jaden he should've come with us," Alexis grinned, shaking his head.
"Well, he certainly should've listened to you," Dorothy replied. "You see, the reward we decided on is precisely what everyone is going so ga-ga over at the moment." She pulled out something from her pocket. "We decided that those students who kept their cool would receive a free pack of the new cards that everyone is fighting over!"
They stared at the shiny new pack of cards they each received, and grinned widely. Dorothy smiled as well; she loved to see the students' face light up when she did this every year.
"Wouldn't students just find out, though, if you do it every year?" Alexis asked curiously.
"No, no…you see, we ask that the students not to mention it to anyone else, so that the tradition would be kept safe every year," Dorothy replied. "Er…and, naturally, this applies to you two as well. Some things are best kept a secret, you understand."
"Guess this means we can't tell Jaden," Syrus laughed.
"Yeah, too bad." Alexis looked down at her pack of cards, frowning. She sighed, feeling slightly guilty now. Jaden had wanted those cards more than she did! A lot more. So she had an idea…
It was just about then that Dorothy left, and some other kids started to show up. Crowler did too, but, there weren't quite enough students to hold a lecture, so he just gave boring, tedious busy-work.
"Hey! You're back!" Syrus suddenly chimed up. Alexis looked up as well.
"Yo!" He had the same goofy smile on his face as always, Alexis noted.
"Did you get some cards?" she asked. Looking at his empty hands, though, Alexis could already guess the answer.
"Not a one," Jaden replied. "They ran out before I even made it in. Go figure!" He forced a chuckle, scratching his head; he knew he should've gone with his friends, but he had to try to get some of those cards!
"Oh, well!" Syrus shrugged, though the smile on his face still showed. He received a weird look from Jaden. Alexis shook her head; she supposed he wasn't the best actor in the world, nor was Jaden the quickest at noticing things…
"Hey, Jaden, what's that?" She pointed to his desk, and he turned around, somewhat obediently.
"Hm? Oh, wow!" Jaden's eyes widened—it was a brand new pack of cards! The very new ones that he'd missed out on getting that morning, conveniently left for him. "Where did these come from? What a miracle!"
Alexis laughed. It was like she could finally understand the satisfaction that came from what Dorothy did every year. Seeing his face light up was certainly a sight to behold…and it was well worth it.
"Well, it seems you got your cards after all." She smiled, giving him a firm pat on the back.
"Yeah! I wonder who left 'em though…" Jaden rubbed his chin thoughtfully.
"Yeah, I wonder..." Syrus smirked, looking over to Alexis. "Gee, do you have any idea, Lex?"
Their eyes wandered over to her expectantly, and lingered. Her eyes widened, as she held her hands up in surrender. "Don't look at me! Why, I have no idea who your little secret admirer is. Maybe Santa got confused and came early. I don't know."
"Oh, really?" Syrus replied with a wink.
Darn it. He's going to blow my cover!
Alexis and Syrus both laughed, and it made Jaden look at both of them with suspicious eyes.
"Are you guys…hiding something?"
Both voices chimed out at once. Jaden shook his head, deciding that his friends were strange sometimes—and Alexis realized perhaps she wasn't the best actress in the world either. And luckily for her, Jaden wouldn't notice that.
A/N: Wow, I can't believe I made it to number 20! I hope you guys have been having a great summer. I don't really have much of the inspiration I used to, to update every week like I used to so long ago, but I'm glad some of you still read, and I hope you guys stick with me for 10 more stories.
Thanks for your support!