I know this is really short and I'm so sorry, I just couldn't seem to make it longer. Anyway, this is the last chapter, sorry again! I'm toying with the idea of a sequel but my muse has not seen fit to grace me with what it would be about. So for now, enjoy!
"Pharaoh? Pharaoh!" Yugi fairly screeched.
"Say it louder, I'm not sure if Rome heard or not," Atem said dryly. He'd thought Yugi would get over it in a little while, turned out he was wrong.
"Sorry," Yugi apologized.
"Okay, just hush already," Atem said not unkindly.
"Is that an order, your majesty?" Yugi grinned putting an emphasis on the last word. Atem groaned making Yugi laugh.
"Okay, I had to do that at least once," he explained, "but I think I'm over it now."
"Thank Ra, I get enough of that from Bakura and Marik."
"They know?" Atem nodded.
"Does Seth know?" Yugi couldn't help asking.
"He's my cousin the high priest."
"H-high priest?" Yugi stammered then started laughing.
"What's so funny?"
"Joey's…atheist," he managed to get out. Atem started laughing too, it was too ironic not to.
"Yes, I suppose that could cause some problems in the long run," Atem said when they finally calmed down.
That seemed to break the tension between them and the walk back to Neferi's was enjoyable.
The sun was a couple of hours from setting when they got back to the house.
"Will you stay for dinner Atem?" Neferi asked as they came in, "Everyone else is."
"If you don't mind," Atem accepted politely.
"Really I can't see how you got such fine manners hanging around Bakura and Marik," she said as she started dinner. Most of the kids had gone home so the teenagers still in the kitchen helped out.
"Speak of the devil," one girl said as Bakura and Marik walked in the door behind the other boys.
"You rang?" Bakura said grinning at the girl who made the comment. She just rolled her eyes at him.
"What can we help with?" Ryou asked cheerfully. Immediately Neferi put him to work chopping vegetables. She gave everyone in the kitchen a job. There were kids doing laundry, cleaning, stirring, chopping, and looking after the remaining children. Everyone was busy.
Atem found it oddly refreshing to see people moving about like this and actually getting things done. Not at all like the palace where it seemed everyone was in a hurry but not really doing anything important.
He was snapped out of his thoughts when dinner was served. Since it was such a nice day everyone sat outside to eat. Neferi was an excellent cook he learned as he sat next to Yugi. She could give the palace chefs a run for their money. All too soon the meal was over and everything was cleaned up. It was almost dark when Seth convinced the others it was time to go.
Surprisingly they were accompanied by Ryou, Joey, Malik and to Atem's delight, Yugi. Somewhere during the course of the day they had apparently all found out Atem's true identity and the only ones not acting differently were Yugi and Malik. The other two soon got over it.
It was almost dark by the time they got back to the palace wall.
"Come on Atem," Bakura said as he climbed over. Atem nodded and turned to Yugi.
"I suppose this is goodbye," he said sadly.
"You'll come back to visit right?" Yugi asked hopefully.
"I don't know, I'm going to catch hell for sneaking out so it might be awhile-" He suddenly found Yugi's warm lips pressed against his mouth. Without Atem really noticing Yugi deepened the kiss and they stayed that way for a good minute.
Yugi was blushing furiously when they finally broke apart. All the other's were smiling and winking at each other.
"On the other hand, I think I can come up with something to distract Mahado for a few hours…" Atem said. Yugi smiled at that and pecked him on the cheek.
Seth had to help Atem climb up and then they were once again inside the palace walls.
"So how did you like your day off?" Seth asked slyly.
"I haven't felt this great in a long time," Yami sighed.
"Well that's good, because here comes someone to try and ruin your mood," Bakura said pointing behind Atem. Mahado was coming down the garden path right towards them.
"We'll come by later to see how things went!" he heard Marik call and he realized they were running in the opposite direction.
"You have some explaining to do my pharaoh," Mahado said.
Atem just smiled and shook his head. "Whatever you say," he shrugged still grinning and started for his room. Mahado trailed behind him lecturing and criticizing him for is irresponsibility and lack of conscience and discipline.
Atem stopped listening when Mahado started in on his choice of jewels, or rather the lack thereof. At this point Atem was at his door.
"Please keep him out," he said to the guard and proceeded into his quarters. He laughed as Mahado tried to follow only to be barred by the guard.
Nothing could get him down as he proceeded to undress and climb into bed. That night he slept more soundly than he had in a long time dreaming of a certain purple-eyed angle. The next morning, even as he listened to Mahado lecture him some more about how he was never to do something like this again, was planning his next day off.