Genre: General

Rating: K+

Summary: Yami really needs a break from saving the world so many times…snippet: "THE WHOLE WORLD IS DOOMED TO DEATH BECAUSE OF MY CARELESS MISTAKES! "

A/N: I was challenged to write this after my friends and I had a very random conversation based on a very interesting picture. I apologise now for the randomness.

HUGE CREDIT to Kaya Kioko, whom is the artist that drew the picture that this story is based on.

Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh! or any of the characters.

-I-

Yami, calm down

"Hmm…" Yugi pondered, looking at the board. "I'll move…here." He moved one of his pieces.

"Good move," Yami commented. He placed his fingers on his chin as he thought deeply about where he should move next. "In that case, I'll go…here." He moved one of his pieces forward on the board.

"Ha ha!" Yuugi cheered. "You fell for it, Yami!"

"What!" Yami exclaimed.

Yugi beamed. He reach forward and moved one of his pieces. "Ha ha! See? You fell for my trap! I win!"

Yami stared at the board, completely in shock. He glanced at the pieces, each move they had made running through his mind. He glanced at Yugi's piece. He mentally hit himself. He had made an amateur's mistake. He had fallen for the oldest trick in the book.

"You lose Yami!" Yugi continued cheering.

Yami's mouth fell open. "I…I…lost?"

"You sure did!" Yugi started running around the room in glee.

Yami on the other hand…

"Oh…no…I…I-I…LOST!" He jumped out of his chair, tipping the board up with his knee.

Yugi immediately stopped running around the room. "Yami?"

"I LOST!" Yami yelled. "THE ENTIRE WORLD IS DOOMED!"

"Y-Yami?"

"THE WHOLE WORLD IS DOOMED TO DEATH BECAUSE OF MY CARELESS MISTAKE! WOE TO THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO THIS…THIS…FAILURE!"

Yugi began to panic. "Yami, calm down…I-It's just a game-"

"BUT I AM THE KING OF GAMES! I SHOULD NOT HAVE LOST! I AM THE ALMIGHTY AND POWERFUL PHARAOH, AND YET I COULD DO NOTHING AS YOU, A MERE CHILD DEFEATED ME!"

"Yami-"

"I NEED TO BE LOCKED AWAY! THROW AWAY THE KEY SO THAT I MAY NEVER BE RELEASED AGAIN TO MAKE MISTAKES AS BAD AS THIS! WE ARE ALL DOOMED! I NEED TO BE CONDEMNED TO THE SEVEN PITS OF HELL!"

"Yami!"

"I'M NOT WORTHY! I'M NOT WORTHY OF ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD!"

"YAMI!"

"KILL ME NOW! FOR IF I AM NOT WORTHY ENOUGH TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM DESTRUCTION, I'M NOT WORTHY ENOUGH TO LIVE-"

SLAP

Yami fell back into his seat. He placed his hand over his stinging cheek. "…T-Thanks, Yugi. I…I-I needed that…"

"Don't mention it," Yugi said nervously. He quickly fell to the floor and stuffed the checkers board and pieces back into the box before Yami spotted them. He reminded himself never to play checkers against Yami again. What he needed was a nice, long break from heroism…

…Because saving the world so many times had really gone to his head.