NEKO: Gah! The answer that the dimension crossing mew would've guessed was so close! (Mutters in excitement)
MALIK: She's strange. She acts pissed that someone nearly guesses her riddle but in fact she's thrilled that someone got so close.
NEKO: Oh, and Lolchen, normally Bastet's eyes are warm but she hates Yami with a passion, so whenever she looks at him her eyes tend to go 'cold' so to speak. Sorry if I replied to that twice, my brain seems to be slowly disintegrating.
BAKURA: Nothing new there.
NEKO: Shut up.
BAKURA: NEVER! NEVER!!!
NEKO: Sighs Ra, you sound like Zim.
NEKO: Snickers Now you really sound like Zim. Amber-sama, will you disclaim this please?
AMBER: Rolls eyes Neko-chan owns nothing. NOTHING! Well, except for Bastet's Curse, the riddle, and Tenshi. All respective artists/bands/songs mentioned belong to their respective companies.
NEKO: Also, I'll be bringing in another OC but she only plays a very minor part. I highly doubt you'll be seeing her again. I also apologize in advance for any spelling/grammar errors. My spell-checker is being a bitch again.
Yugi turned as he heard what sounded like a whimper from his dark. He moved next to the bed and leaned over Yami.
"Yu," Yami breathed. "Yugi."
"I'm here Yami," Yugi said, trying to hide the fear in his voice. "What do you need?"
"The answer…to a riddle. One moon."
"One moon! That's all the time we have!?"
"H-hai. That's all she will give me."
"Who? Who is she?"
Yami opened his eyes and Yugi had to choke back a scream. "Bastet herself." Yami closed his eyes again and passed out. Yugi crept out of the room and sat in a chair by the fire. He couldn't stop remembering the color of Yami's eyes.
They were black.
With two weeks behind them and only two left until classes started again (and the Curse claimed Yami's life) Yugi, Ryou, Malik, Bakura, and Marik (the two spirits only because sleeping on the floor was uncomfortable) spent a majority of their time in the library trying to find the answer to the riddle. Yugi had sent a letter to Tenshi explaining the issue but hadn't received a response yet. After an early morning, Malik was grumpy enough as it is, and when Avernus whapped him in the face with his wing upon landing, he snapped.
"Ra damn it Marik! Just give us the fucking answer so we're not wasting our time anymore! I'm sick and tired of spending all my time in the library when I could be doing something more productive!"
"Like homework," Ryou commented dryly, turning another page.
"Shut up Ryou," Malik snipped.
Marik sighed as he removed the envelope from Avernus' leg. "Just read the letter hikari," he said passing it over.
"Did Tenshi finally reply?" Yugi asked curiously.
"Yeah, she did," Malik said, opening the letter. He read it quickly and frowned. "We've got to be ready to leave in fifteen minutes. She's already spoken to Dumbledore and had the Floo Network connected to her dorm lounge. We're supposed to meet her at the college in room 236 in a half an hour."
"Why?" Bakura asked. "How's that going to help?"
Marik snickered, gaining everyone's attention. "She's going to give you the answer to the riddle of course. Why else would she summon us?"
Yugi's eyes lit up. "Really? Well, let's go!" He got up and began heading for the library entrance. Then he paused and turned back. "Where are we leaving from?"
"Dumbledore's office," Malik replied, re-reading the letter. "And we just wasted five minutes talking. Let's go."
The group jumped up and practically ran to Dumbledore's office. McGonagall was waiting next to the gargoyle for them.
"Ready to go?" she asked, already knowing what was going on.
"Yes," Yugi panted. "We're ready." McGonagall nodded and led them up the stairs and into the office. After taking a small amount of floo powder, and getting the destination from Malik, Yugi began the trip back to Domino.
As Yugi landed on the gray carpet of the co-ed dorm he was greeted by one of the occupants.
"Hey, you're Yugi right?" the woman asked.
"Yeah," Yugi replied, moving away from the fireplace just as Malik came flying out. "Who are you, if you don't mind me asking."
"I'm Amber, Tenshi's roommate. She asked me to wait for you guys and then show you where room 236 is."
"Oh. Thank you."
"Mmm-hmm. Not a problem." Once the other four had arrived, twenty minutes had passed. "Come on, this way. Her class ends in about ten minutes, but Sherrie normally lets them out early."
"Sherrie?" Malik asked.
"The World Religions teacher. It's Tenshi's favorite class."
"Oh." They exited the dorm and walked across a large parking lot to a small building with a sign outside. The sign said Platte, so they assumed it was the name of the building. Amber led them in and up the stairs. Making a left turn she stopped in front of a door with a paper sign stating "236" on it. The others stopped to wait with her. They could hear voices in the room but couldn't make out what was said. After a minute, the door opened and a voice could be heard.
"Remember to bring those tests back next week. Have a good night everyone!"
"Hi Sherrie," Amber said walking in. The others followed.
"Wow," Malik said, looking around. "This room is tiny."
"That's no surprise," said a voice from the far right corner. The group glanced over to see Tenshi packing her laptop into a bag. "There's only ten people in this classroom. The rest are in different towns. It's a broadcasted class. Oh, and it's about time you showed up. You're late." She smirked.
Yugi stepped forward. "Please Tenshi, please tell us the answer to the riddle. We only have two weeks left!"
"I know that. I'm not left out of the loop when it comes to the Curse." She took a breath, closed her eyes, and began to recite the riddle. "In a room where religions meet, there is no anger or deceit. All are there for one reason, and there's no such thing as treason." She opened her eyes. "Riddle solved."
"Huh?" Yugi asked.
"Oh," Ryou said snapping his fingers. "In a room where religions meet, there is no anger or deceit! A World Religions classroom!"
Bakura stared at his light. "Care to explain?"
"In a classroom the teacher brings different religions together so the students can learn about them. And because knowledge is being gained, anger isn't felt on the student's part. And deceit isn't involved because a teacher would never lie to a student about a topic of study. And as for the second line, the reason is learning and there is no treason because you can't betray history."
"Correct," Tenshi stated.
"Well, that part's solved," Yugi said. "But that's only half of it. We need to find Bastet's daughter."
Tenshi rolled her eyes. "Ra Yugi, have a little faith here. Who did you find in said room?"
"You and the teacher." Yugi glanced around. The teacher had left and Amber was waiting outside. "Wait a minute…" Yugi looked at Tenshi, who had a smug look on her face. "You! You're Bastet's only daughter!"
"Very good Yugi. You figured it out. Congratulations." She clapped her hands together in mock applause. "Give the boy a prize. Oh, wait, that's my job." She smirked and took a small vial out of her bag. Then she lowered her mouth to her arm. Realizing what she was going to do, Ryou and Yugi looked away. Bakura, Marik, and Malik watched with morbid fascination as Tenshi bit into her arm with very sharp teeth. Rivulets of blood poured down her arm from the bite, which she caught with the vial. Once the vial was full, she capped it and handed it to Bakura, who promptly licked the outside.
"BAKURA!!!!" Yugi cried in disgust.
"What?" Bakura asked sniggering. "I'm cleaning it for you."
"Ugh." Yugi shuddered. "Eww."
"Aww, what's the matter Yugi," Tenshi asked tauntingly. "Can't handle a little bloodshed?"
"For your information, yes, I can," he snapped turning to look at her. Seeing her licking her own blood from the bite made him feel sick to his stomach, but he continued to glare at her. "I just don't like to if I don't have to."
She smirked as she finished cleaning the bite and glanced up at the clock. "You'd had better get back to the castle. It looks like it's almost dinnertime for you guys."
"Yami!" Yugi headed out the door first followed by Malik, Marik, Bakura, Ryou, and Tenshi. Tenshi and Amber escorted the group back to the dorm. Along the way, Tenshi handed something to Ryou.
"What's this?" Ryou asked.
"With your voice, you should be able to pull this off easy. I've done it already."
Ryou examined the vinyl record she had given him. "What is it?"
"That, is Assemblage 23. "Let Me Be Your Armor" on one side and "Sorry" on the other. Oh, and you'll want a record player too. Don't worry, I have two and they don't run on electricity. They run on Shadow Magic, so you don't have to worry about the one shorting out. I'll give you some other music when we get back to the dorm. That way it won't be music-dead at school."
"Finally!" Bakura cried. "I'm sick of dead air! If I was straight, I'd kiss you Tenshi."
"Only if you were straight? What if you were bi?"
"Well, maybe then too…"
Tenshi laughed along with Amber as the group got back to the dorm. "Hold on a minute. Amber, help me get this stuff for them will you?"
"Sure," Amber said with a grin. The two girls headed off to their room. A few minutes later, they returned with a portable record player and a medium stack of records.
"What all do you have there?" Malik asked curious.
"Ummm, let me see," Tenshi said as Amber handed Ryou the record player. "Assemblage 23 you already have, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Specimen, Sex Gang Children, Skinny Puppy you'll like that Bakura, Nox Arcana Pharaoh will like that, Asp, The Birthday Massacre, Virgin Prunes, The Sisters of Mercy, Dead Can Dance Ryou you'll really enjoy them, Bauhaus, Peter Murphy, Clan of Xymox, Depeche Mode, Imperative Reaction, Combichrist Marik you'll love that, VNV Nation, and one has Wumpscut on one side and Ministry on the other. Each record has its own cover and on the cover are the names of the songs and which side they're on. Mail me if you have any questions or requests. I've got plenty more where that came from."
"Wow," Ryou said as Amber and Tenshi split the twenty records between Malik, Marik, and Bakura. "This should keep us busy for a while."
"I hope so," Bakura said, eager to be able to listen to music after dinner again. The group bid goodbye to the girls and headed back to the castle.
Upon their return, Yugi wasted no time in taking the blood to Yami, who drank it with disgust but was visibly better after it was gone. The others put the records and player in their room before heading down to dinner. For the first time in a week, Yami was able to join them again.
"So, where were you guys earlier?" Harry asked as they sat down. "You weren't in the library when we looked."
"We had an emergency and went home for an hour," Ryou explained.
"What kind of emergency?" Ron asked.
"Well, you remember how Yami was sick?" Yugi asked.
"Yeah," Harry responded. It had had a visible effect on Yugi. The small teen had been depressed for the past two weeks because of it.
"Well, we had to go get the cure for his illness. Tenshi isn't one to waste time, so we had to go right away."
"Oh, I see. How did you get there and back?"
"We used the Floo Network. She connected it to her dorm temporarily so we could get there and back."
"I didn't know you could do that."
"I think it was Dumbledore's idea," Ryou put in. "We left and returned through his office at least."
"On the upside though, after dinner won't be so silent anymore."
"Huh?" Ron asked. "What do you mean? The common room is normally pretty loud after dinner."
Bakura rolled his eyes. "Musically Ron. Tenshi loaned us a magic-powered record player and several records. We're playing music tonight." He smirked.
"Oh. Well, that should be interesting then."
After dinner, Ryou brought the record player out into the common room. Harry and Ron had already spread the word and an endtable was already cleared off for the player. After it was set up, Bakura handed over a record.
"Which one is this Bakura?" Ryou asked.
"Assemblage 23," Bakura replied looking at the cover. "Side one is 'Let Me Be Your Armor'."
"Okay." Ryou took the record and placed it on the player. He started the player and the somber sound of an organ filled the room. drumbeats were added, followed by other instruments and a techno-like beat developed. Ryou read the lyrics off the cover as the vocals started.
Let me take the fall, let me take the blame. Let me carry you from hell to home again. Let me walk for you when your legs are weak, let me find the words for you when you can't speak. Let me be your armor, let me be your shield. Let me take away the pain you feel (your armor). Let me be the light that guides your way through darkest night. Let me be your armor. Let me take the blows, that were meant for you. Let me help you with the trials your going through. Let me keep you safe, from the world outside. Let me wipe away the tears that fill your eyes. Let me be your armor, let me be your shield. Let me take away the pain you feel (your armor). Let me be the light that guides your way through darkest night. Let me be your armor. Let me keep you from, experiencing need. Let me bind you with my selfishness and greed. Let me stifle you, let me have control. Let me smother every aspect of your soul. Let me be your armor, let me be your shield. Let me take away the pain you feel (your armor). Let me be the light that guides your way through darkest night. Let me be your armor.
"Wow…" Malik said as the song ended. "That was… indescribable."
"The third verse really changed the perspective of the song," Ryou added as he flipped it over. "This one's called 'Sorry'." A similar beat filled the air as the last one, but with less intensity.
I'm sorry I can't bleed for you, the way you want me to. Throw myself against the rocks, the way I used to do. I'm sorry that I can't prolong, the pain I've been put through. I'm sorry yes I'm sorry, so sorry but not as sorry as you. You wear your misery like a crown, you're only happy when your down. And the saddest part is you don't even know why. What are you lacking deep inside? Depression as a point of pride. If you're not careful the world is going to pass you by. I'm sorry I can't always drown, in rivers of dispair A man forever broken by, a need for your repair. I'm sorry if the things I said, were somehow misconstrued. I'm sorry yes I'm sorry, so sorry but not as sorry as you. You wear your misery like a crown, you're only happy when your down. And the saddest part is you don't even know why. What are you lacking deep inside? Depression as a point of pride. If you're not careful the world is going to pass you by. I'm sorry that my happiness, isn't to your taste. A pessimistic optimist, who's bound to be replaced. I'm sorry I can't grovel in, emotions I outgrew. I'm sorry yes I'm sorry, so sorry but not as sorry as you. You wear your misery like a crown, you're only happy when your down. And the saddest part is you don't even know why. What are you lacking deep inside? Depression as a point of pride. If you're not careful the world is going to pass you by.
There was a bit of silence and then…
"Was that song referring to me?" Marik asked.
"I'm not sure," Ryou answered. "It seems like it could've been in a way… Hmmm. Let's try another one. How about that one with Ministry and Wumpscut?"
"Sure," Bakura said. "Ministry first. If I know Tenshi like I do, the song is 'Everyday is Halloween'."
Ryou gave him a weird look. "Ooookay then." He put the record on, started it, looked at the song, and groaned. "You were right."
Bakura smirked. "Told you." As before the sound was techno-like but this one had deeper drum sounds.
Well I live with snakes and lizards, and other things that go bump in the night. 'Cuz to me everyday is Halloween, I have given up hiding and started to fight. I have started to fight. Well any time any place anywhere that I go, all the people seem to stop and stare. They say 'why are you dressed like it's Halloween? You look so absurd, you look so obscene'. Oh, why can't I live a life for me? Why should I take the abuse that's served? Why can't they see they're just like me? It's the same it's the same in the whole wide world. Well I let their teeny minds think, they're dealing with someone who is over the brink. And I dress this way just to keep them at bay, 'cuz Halloween is everyday. It's everyday. Oh, why can't I live a life for me? Why should I take the abuse that's served? Why can't they see they're just like me? It's the same it's the same in the whole wide world. Oh, why can't I live a life for me? Why should I take the abuse that's served? Why can't they see they're just like me? I'm not the one that's so absurd. Why hide it? Why fight it? Hurt feelings, best to stop feeling hurt. From denials, reprisals. It's the same it's the same in the whole wide world.
For the rest of the night, the group played the records, and voiced comments on each song. By the time they had played every song, it was nearly three in the morning. The record player and records were put away and the occupants of the Gryffindor dormitory finally retired. And in the transfers room after everyone was in bed, a contented sigh sounded.
"Well," Yugi said to nobody in particular, "That was an interesting two weeks."
I'll agree," Ryou said tiredly. "Goodnight everyone."
"Goodnight," five voices replied. After everyone was asleep, Yami found himself in the blackness of Bastet's realm once again.
"Bastet?" he called out cautiously.
"So, you have returned," Bastet said as she appeared behind him and sat down, her tail flicking from side to side. "Which means the riddle was solved and your judgement day has been delayed." A hissing sigh sounded. "I really shouldn't be too surprised. My daughter is quite fond of the theif and the keepers after all. And it's nice to see that she has found someone to make her happy." Another sigh emitted from the goddess's mouth. Then she gave Yami a stern look. "I hope this teaches you to be more appreciative of cats in the future. Next time I might not be so lenient." She got up and walked away, the darkness of her realm vanishing along with her and Yami found himself back in his soul room. with a sigh, he returned to his body and drifted off to sleep.
NEKO: And there's chapter nine.
MALIK: A year and four months later…
NEKO: Shut up Malik. I got it up, what more do you want?
NEKO: Don't answer that. Now, let's see. Chapter started way back when, returned to at 1:00am and finished at 4:02am. Damn, that's not too bad. And I'm actually pretty happy with this chapter too… Also, this one's twice as long as the last one, so hopefully that makes up for the Ra-awful amount of time…
AMBER: I hate to say it Neko-chan, but I doubt it.
NEKO: Me too Amber-sama. Me too. Oh, and if anyone has any questions on the music, feel free to send me a PM and I'll tell you what I can about it. The three songs in the chapter are all Industrial which has a techno-like sound but with a darker aspect to it.
BAKURA: Since you read it, review, favorite, alert, whatever you want to do. Flames will be used as fuel for the Voot Cruiser.