Disclaimer: "I do not own Yugioh."
Unable to block out the bright rays of sunlight that crept through the French style windows, Tea opened her eyes. The first thing she saw was the broad chest of a man. A deep blush graced her rosy cheeks as she tried to place some distance between them, but his arm, which was draped around her small waist, prevented her from doing so. Afraid that her movements might wake him up, she sighed in defeat and gave up. She did not want to wake him up. She liked it more when he was asleep. At least then, she had some freedom.
For instance, she knew she would never be able to touch him if his cold blue eyes were boring holes into hers. She would be too afraid; afraid that she might upset him; even thoug part of her felt that he wouldn't be angry if she touched him willingly. Then again, he could find a reason to be angry.
Glancing up at his face, she slowly brought her hand to his head, threading her fingers through his silky brown locks. His face held a serene look while he slept. Slowly, trying not to bother him, she brought her fingers to his eyeslids. Black lines were starting to form under his eyes from the lack of sleep and too much work. She was worried about him, and she hated herself for that. She should be happy at his pain. But she wasn't. Why wasn't she?
Another sigh escaped her lips before she could stop herself. Her hand slid to his cheek and her fingers gently caressed his skin. Why did she feel this way? What exactly did she feel? She didn't know. And she blamed him for it. It was his fault. She thought she knew him, but she was wrong. She had been with him for two weeks now, and yet she still didn't know who he really was. Her fingers traced his bottom lip while she pondered over her thoughts. Why was he so confusing?
As she withdrew her hand form his face, his hand shot up and held it close to his lips. This sudden action had scared her and she gasped loudly. He chuckled and kissed her fingers.
"Did I scare you?" He asked in a gentle tone. She slowly nodded her head. A true smile appeared on his lips and he kissed her forehead affectionately.
"You don't have to be scared of me." He told her, and she nodded again. Silence filled the air as he closed his eyes and brought her body closer to his.
"I'm sorry I woke you up." She finally said, fearing the worst to come. Surprisingly, another smile appeared on his lips as he spoke.
"It's okay. I don't mind. Waking up to your loving touch beats waking up to an annoying alarm clock any day." A small smile appeared on her lips before she could stop herself. He smirked and placed his lips upon hers. His tongue licked her lips and she quickly opened her mouth for his tongue. But he withdrew his lips, emitting a longing moan from her.
"As much as I would love to, I'm afraid I can't. I have to get ready to go to Kaiba Corp." He said and got off the bed. She sat up as well, but didn't get out of the bed. He walked into the bathroom, while she rested her head against the headboard. A thoughtful look appeared on her face as she thought about the morning events. She thought he was going to be angry with her for waking him up. But he seemed calm, and maybe even happy. And he had been so gentle and kind, almost as if he…
'No. He doesn't. I know he doesn't.' She thought, and soon, sadness washed over her.
Why did it have to be this way? Why did she crave his touch, and his lips? Why did she wish for gentle moments like these to fill her life? Why did she wish for these moments with him? And why did she cherish these moments when they did occur, and lock them away in the safety of her memory? When he held her in those powerful arms, why did she feel so safe? Why did she feel that nothing would be able to take her away, not even death? Why?
She closed her eyes, trying to block out all the questions that constantly formed in her head. If only she had someone to talk to. Then she would be able to talk about her confused emotions and might be able to get answers. But she had no one. Yugi's name quickly popped in her mind, but she shook her head to dismiss that thought. He wouldn't listen. Hell, he didn't even want to hear her name or think about her. As for Joey and Tristen: they would to kill her on sight. She was all alone. And she had no one to blame but herself. It was her fault. She had chosen this. But it's not like she had much of a choice.
Tea sat on a couch with Yugi, while Joey and Tristen sat on the floor, arguing about something. Tea and Yugi watched them in amusement. Just then, the door opened and an armed police officer came in. Following him were many other armed policemen. Tea and Yugi stood up in surprise, while Joey and Tristen stopped their childish bickering.
"What's happening?" Tea asked in surprise.
"Can I help you officer?" Yugi asked, trying to hide his confusion.
"Yes you can, by raising your hands." The officer said, shocking the four friends.
"Why?" It was Joey who asked.
"Because you are under arrest." The officer said and turned to his other fellows. "Arrest them." He ordered and the other policemen moved behind Joey, Tristen and Yugi.
"Officer, why are you arresting them?" Tea asked desperately, watching Joey and Tristen struggle against the handcuffs that were being placed on their wrists.
"Because they have robbed the Domino arcade." The officer said calmly.
"WHAT?" The boys yelled at the same time.
"You are mistaken officer. We didn't do such thing." Yugi said honestly.
"Where were you yesterday at 5:00 pm?" The officer asked.
"We were at the arcade, but we were playing games. We didn't rob it." Tristen desperately tried to convince the officer.
"And you can't arrest them based on that. You have no evidence." Tea said.
"I'm not arresting them based on suspicion miss. I have solid evidence and I also have an arrest warrant." He shoved the piece of paper in front of her face.
"This has to be a mistake." Yugi said. "We're not thieves."
"Save it for the court hearing." The officer said coldly. "Take them away." He commanded and the policemen pushed the boys towards the door. Tea stood still, too shocked to move. The officer came near her and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"I know it must be hurtful to find out that your friends are thieves. But you should be happy that you found out now." He said kindly to her and she turned her head to glare at him.
"They're not thieves." She said in an angry tone.
"I know it'd take some time for you to accept it. But you should be glad that they didn't drag you into this horrendous scheme." The officer said.
"There is no scheme. My friends are nice people who would never do anything against the law. And I was with them at the arcade too. In fact, I was with them all day yesterday, and I know they didn't do it. How come you didn't arrest me?"
"We only have evidence against them." He said. "Anyway, I have to go." With that, he left.
Tea's knees gave up and she sank to the floor. Tears formed in her eyes as she thought about what had just happened. She knew they were innocent. But how could she prove it? She racked her brain for an answer, but failed. She was too confused to think straight. She glanced around the empty game shop, and felt scared. Grandpa was out of town, so she couldn't ask him for help.
"What do I do?' She thought desperately.
'I have to see the guys. I have to talk to them.' She thought with determination and walked out of the game shop. She locked the door and continued towards the police station. Once inside, she felt intimidated by all the policemen who gave her weird looks. She put on a brave front and walked towards a policeman.
"Excuse me sir." She said, trying to get his attention.
"What?" He asked in a rough tone.
"Umm… three boys were just brought in here. Could you tell me where they are?"
"Why?" He asked while staring at her. Anger surged through her at his rude behavior.
"I want to see them." She said.
"Why?" It seemed like he was enjoying torturing her.
"Because they are my friends. Now can I please see them?" She said, trying to keep herself from shouting at the annoying man.
"Whatever. Follow me." He said and brought her in front of a cell. "They're in there." He said, pointing to the cell. Tea thanked him and walked towards the bars.
"Yugi?" She called out. She saw a head move towards her and breathed in relief to see them. They quickly ran towards her.
"Tea? Are you okay? Did he arrest you too?" Joey asked her. A small smile appeared on her lips at his concern.
"No, he didn't. I'm fine. How are you guys?" She asked.
"I guess we are okay too." Joey said in a low voice.
"Guys, I know you didn't do it. I told the officer, but he doesn't want to listen. I don't know what to do." Tears formed in her eyes again.
"Don't cry Tea." Tristen said, watching tears fall from her eyes.
"Yeah. It's not that bad. All we need to do is get a good lawyer and we can prove our innocence." Yugi said with hope. He always was one to never give up and let the situation get the best of him.
"I know. But lawyers cost a lot of money. I don't know if I have enough." She said and Yugi knew she was talking about the money she had saved for New York. Guilt seeped into his every pore as he realized that they would have to use her hard earned money in order to get out of this situation.
"Don't worry Tea. We have some money. And I'm sure grandpa has some too. We can get a loan and pay the lawyer." He said, not meeting her gaze. He couldn't think of anything else to say.
"The banks won't give us loan." Tea said in a depressed voice. After all, they were only teenagers without full-time jobs.
"We need to find someone who will." Joey said. Suddenly, Tea's eyes widened.
"I got it." She immediately said. "I'll see you guys later."And with that, she ran out of the police station. There was only one person she could think of that would be able to help them in this situation.
Seto kaiba sat in his office, typing furiously on his laptop, when the bell rang. He slowly got up and walked downstairs, cursing the person who dared to bother him. The person rang the bell again and again, frustrating him even more. He opened the door and was about to yell at the person, but was shocked at what he saw. Tea Gardner stood at his door, eyes red and puffy from tears. As soon as she saw him, she threw her arms around him and sobbed into his chest. He stood stiff, not knowing what to do.
'What the hell?' He thought, but he didn't try to push her away. Instead, he wraped a stiff arm around her shoulders and brought her into the mansion, closing the door behind them. He slowly walked towards the living room, her arms still wrapped around him. There, he seated himself and her.
"What's wrong?" He asked in a cold voice.
"Kaiba you have to help me." She said, her voice hoarse from all the crying. "The police took Yugi, Joey and Tristen away."
"Why?" He asked, his face bearing no emotion or reaction. And then Tea told him the whole story; from the time the police appeared at the game shop to her visit in jail. When she finished, tears were falling from her eyes again.
"Stop crying." He commanded. She stared up at him, and then wiped her eyes.
"Kaiba, please. You have to help them." She begged.
"I don't have to." He pointed out coldly.
"Please. I'm begging you. We can't pay for the lawyer ourselves." She desperately said.
"Maybe they did rob the arcade. How can you be so sure they didn't?" He asked.
"Because I know them. I was with them the whole day and I know they didn't do it." She said. An angry look appeared on his face at her words, but it disappeared as swiftly as it had appeared. She, too absorbed in her grief, didn't notice it.
"Okay Gardner. I'll help you." He said after a considerable pause, and her face brightened with joy. She threw her arms around him again and hugged him tightly.
"Thank you so much kaiba." She said. "I am really grateful to you for helping us out."
"I said I'd do it. But not for free." He said and she pulled away in surprise. He smirked at her confused look and continued. "What do I get in return for helping your dorky friends?" She visibly sighed at his words. He was Kaiba after all. She was a fool to think he would do anything out of the goodness of his heart. But at least he agreed to help them.
"I don't know what I can give you for this deed kaiba." She honestly said. What could she give a man like Kaiba, who had everything at his disposal, just a sentence away?
"I have something in mind." He said with a smirk that made her stomach churn in fear. "The question is: would you be willing to give me what I want?" She thought for a second. What could he possibly be referring to? Then a determined look appeared on her face. Whatever it was, it couldn't be bigger than her friends well-being and future.
"I'm willing. I'll give you whatever you want." She said.
"Are you sure Gardner?" He asked, devilish smile on his face widening. "Once you agree, there's no turning back." Ignoring the increasingly sinking feeling in her stomach, and the fear that now beat in sync with her heartbeat due to the sadistic look in his eyes, she hesitantly nodded her head.
"Yes. I'm sure. Just tell me what you want." She said. His eyes twinkled insanely as he spoke.
"What I want… is you."
I always wanted to read story in which kaiba was abusive towards Tea in their relationship. I tries to find some on the site, but didn't have much success. Mostly, it is Marik or YamiBakura. Come on people, Kaiba is evil too. Most stories portray him as a being who is very nice on the inside. I am taking a different approach.
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