This story is one that has bee running through my head for ages. Finally wrote it down. I believe it may actually be a long one. Please enjoy.

Disclaimer: Don't own Yugioh….bite me already.

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Fading Sunset

Yugi sat quietly on the bench looking out towards the ocean. His hands were folded gently in his lap; his back slouched as he watched the sun slowly set. Soft colors splashed across the sky and gently reflected off the sparkling water.

Everyday for the past six months he would come down to the peer and silently watch, reminiscing about his life. He was only eighteen years old and he had seen more things than most people had ever dreamed of. But soon it would end.

He had been diagnosed about five years ago of a certain heart condition. He was told he would only live another two years. He shocked them all by living an extra three. He knew though that his life was coming to an end. He could feel it. His body was growing weaker everyday and the pain in his chest and arm increasingly grew with each beat his heart took. No, it wouldn't be much longer.

Cringing, Yugi coughed. It hurt to cough. It felt like someone had taken a knife and shoved it straight through his heart. Holding his chest in pain he once again looked toward the horizon. He didn't mind dying; he had come to terms with that long ago. He just wished it didn't have to hurt so much.

The light was just about gone. Yugi didn't mind. He often stayed a while longer. Sighing he leaned back against the bench, letting his body relax further.

His friends knew a little bit about his condition thanks to his grandfather, but he himself never really elaborated on any of it. He didn't want them to worry too much. But knowing them they were probably doing a lot of it right now. The moment he's put in a hospital is the moment they'll understand, but right now they could wait.

As the last color of purple faded away allowing the black of the night to take over, Yugi pulled his jacket close and stood up. Feeling renewed and at ease he headed home.

The next morning Yugi awoke to his alarm clock singing away. Opening his eyes he glared at the piece of machinery. "Stupid thing." he muttered. "Why did Joey have to fix you?"

Sighing Yugi closed his eyes. His body was feeling exceptionally tired today. Blaming it on staying out too late Yugi attempted to reach up and shut the alarm off. He couldn't lift his arm. Confused he tried again. It was completely numb. Fear poked at his heart, but he forced himself to stay calm. 'It'll regain feeling in a moment.' He told himself.

Lying there he waited. He slept wrong that's all it was. He must have been laying on it and cut the circulation off. That idea was shot out the window when he realized he wasn't even lying on the correct side for that to happen. Fear poked at him again. Gritting his teeth he tried again. His fingers slightly twitched.

Okay, maybe his arm wouldn't move, but maybe he could stand up. Trying that idea he tried to move his legs. Weakly they moved. Now what? Taking his legs he tried to carefully throw them over the side of the bed. They went over, but with a little more force than he expected. His legs flopped to the floor and succeeded in taking the rest of his body with them. With a loud 'thud' Yugi fell to the floor and lay there, helpless.

'Crap," thought Yugi. 'I'm stuck.' There was no one else in the household to help him. What to do? He could wait for one of his friends to come by, but that would probably give them a heart attack. Not only that but it could be a while before anyone showed and at the moment he was very uncomfortable and the stupid alarm was still going off. Willing himself one last time he was able to slowly move his arm. Pushing himself up using the aid of his bed and his legs he was able to get himself into a sitting position. Now he was sitting, but what about standing? He tried to lift his arm to grab the top of his bed, but it only lifted about a foot above the floor and then flopped back down. Guess he was going to have to wait.

About twenty minutes later he heard the bell to the shop ring. He didn't know why he left the bell on the door. After the shop closed and his grandfather died there was no use for it. It was more for the sake of memory than anything else. "Yugi!" it was Tea. He could call out to her, but that would suggest he was helpless (which he was) and would worry her to no end. No, he was going to have to pretend.

Footsteps came up the stairs. Tea called again. Finally there was a knock on his door.

"Yes?" Yugi called. His voice was quieter than usual. It was a more of a rasp that came out. Clearing his throat he spoke again. Tea opened the door. Upon seeing Yugi she gasped and ran to her friend.

"Are you alright? What happened?" she asked worriedly.

"It's nothing. I just kinda fell out 'o bed." Yugi said smiling.

"How long have you been sitting here? Your alarm should have gone off twenty minutes ago!" she said. She checked his forehead and his pulse. He rolled his eyes.

"I'm fine, Tea. I must have slept through most of it." He lied. Tea looked at him sternly.

"Alright…if you say so. Now, hurry up and get dressed or we're going to be late." His friend said still unconvinced. Grabbing Yugi's hand Tea helped pull him up. She suddenly had to grasp Yugi's shoulders as he nearly fell forward trying to stay on his feet. When Yugi had regained his balance Tea looked at him disapprovingly.

"I'm fine. I swear." Yugi said with a small, nervous chuckle. Tea shook her head in frustration. "I'll be down in a minute." He told her. Nodding her head she left him in peace.

Sighing Yugi clutched his dresser. Noticing his alarm clock he gave it a wap and knocked it off. It fell to the ground with a 'clank' and burst into four different pieces. Hardly noticing he opened his drawer, took out his outfit, and proceeded to get dressed.

About twenty minutes later Yugi was still trying to put on his last sock. His arms had gained their strength back, but his legs were still a little weak. With a last effort he shoved the sock on and then plopped himself on to his bed. Breathing heavily he was beginning to wonder if this was such a good idea. Taking a deep breath he stood back on his feet and headed out his door. He walked down the hallway and into the kitchen where Tea was sitting messing with her bracelet.

"Took you long enough." Tea joked.

"Couldn't find my sock." He lied again.

"Ready to go?"

"You go ahead and head outside. I'll be there in a minute." He said. She gave him a wary look, but he just smiled.

"Okay, hurry up though. The guys are pretty impatient." She said with a wag of her finger. When she had finally left the house Yugi walked to the cupboard.

"I feel like a walking medicine cabinet." He muttered pulling out his daily meds. He swallowed the handful of pills with a small drink of water. Coughing slightly he put his glass in the sink and proceeded to the stairs.

Stumbling, literally stumbling, down the stairs Yugi found Tea waiting patiently by the door. Her face was cast down and her hands clenched her purse in a knuckle white grip. Yugi cleared his throat to catch her attention. Jumping slightly Tea looked up in surprise.

"Took you long enough." She mockingly scolded. Yugi smiled, but he noticed her eyes were glossy and didn't hold their usual spark.

"What's wrong, Tea? You look upset." Yugi asked concerned.

"Oh, I'm perfectly fine." She smiled. Yugi nodded his head and directed toward the door.

"Shall we?"

"We shall." The two walked out the game shop and headed toward Domino Park.

Tea glanced every now and then at her friend. He was looking rather pale and more than once she noticed him stumble. Tears threatened her eyes. It was so hard to watch him deteriorate like this. He had been steadily getting worse throughout the past few weeks. It was obvious. Short walks were a chore for him, running was impossible, and even standing was becoming an issue. Bringing her hand to her face she quickly wiped away a stray tear that had fallen. Suddenly, Yugi gasped and a gripped Tea's arm.

"Yugi, what's wrong?!" Tea cried. She held on to Yugi's waist to keep him from falling.

"I-It's nothing. Can we just rest a bit?" he asked weakly.

"Sure." She said leading him to a bench. She gently brushed his bangs away from his face. "Maybe we shouldn't go. The guys will survive without us."

"No," Yugi said shaking his head. "We should really go. It just wouldn't be fair for the times they were there with me."

"But, Yugi." Tea spoke worriedly grasping his hand. "You shouldn't over exert yourself! You'll make yourself worse!"

"I'll be okay." He spoke reassuringly. "I'm just out of breath is all. I'll be fine." Tea looked at him sadly.

"But…"

"Come on. We're going to be late." Yugi took her hand and stood up. Tea smiled and stood up as well. The two walked again.

Yugi and Tea reached the park with minutes to spare. Quickly (or as quickly as Yugi was aloud without keeling over from exhaustion) they made their way to where the duels sign ups were about to start.

"Geez, what took you so long?" Joey asked jokingly.

"Couldn't drag myself out of bed this morning." Yugi replied plopping himself down on the bench. Tea just stood there silently eyeing her friend warily. Joey saw the look and bit his lip.

"You alright, Tea?" Tristan asked.

"Yeah," she said quietly. "Everything's fine."

Joey and Tristan gave her a questioning look. She just shook her head and mouthed 'later.'

"So," Joey said trying to find a way to lighten the mood. Yugi hadn't noticed, or appeared to have noticed, what Tea had done. His head was resting on his fist. "You guys ready to join that new tournament coming up?"

"Yeah! I've been practicing new strategies like crazy!" Tristan replied excitedly. "I'm so going to own!"

"Fat chance! This'll be your first tournament." Joey teased poking Tristan in the ribs. "Besides, you got me to contend with and there's no way you can beat me."

"Hmph, I'll show you!" Tristan said defensively crossing his arms.

"I can't wait either. Everyone's joining this tournament! We'll be able to see all our old friends again." Tea stated, her mood suddenly changing.

"What about you, Yugi?" Joey asked. Yugi lifted his head and smiled.

"I'm not going to compete this tournament." He replied.

"What?!" The three friends asked in unison.

"Why not?" Joey asked stunned.

"I wanted to sit on the side lines and just watch you guys for once." Yugi said smiling.

"You sure? I mean you love to duel." Tea said in surprise.

"Yeah, man this ain't like you!" Tristan replied concerned.

"I thought it would be a nice change. And it would allow someone else to win for once, too." Yugi teased. The four laughed.

The grandfather clock sounded 8am. The park was becoming crowded with people. A large tent was in the center of the park with the words: "DUEL SIGN UP" printed on the front. A flock of people crowded around it waiting.

"You guys better get over there before the line gets too big." Yugi stated.

"Yeah, you wanna walk up there with us anyways?" Joey asked.

"No, they might get the wrong impression." Yugi replied.

"True." Tristan said. "We'll be right back." Joey and Tristan took off toward the line.

"Why don't you sign up, Tea?" Yugi asked.

"Nah, I don't want, too. I'm not much of a duelist." She replied sitting next to him.

"You sure? I'd think you'd have fun." Yugi pressed.

"Well, maybe. But…"

"Come on, just try it." Yugi pushed nudging her in the side. "Go run up there with Tristan and Joey.

"I know but it's just. I don't want to, you know, leave you alone on the side." She said solemnly. Yugi looked at her with a sad expression.

"Tea…don't miss out because of me. I'll be fine. And I'll feel guilty if you done sign up." Yugi said gently. He placed his hand on hers and gave it a gentle squeeze.

"Oh, alright if you insist." Tea sighed smiling. "I'll be right back then."

Yugi watched her take off and smiled.

When Tea had caught up with the two men Joey gently flicked her in the hand, worry was written all over his face.

"What happened today?" Joey asked concerned.

" Well," She said glancing back at Yugi who was staring off at a bunch of pigeons pecking at the ground. "When I went to pick him up this morning he wasn't waiting outside like he said he would. I went inside to see what he was doing and I ended up finding him on his floor. It looked as if he'd been sitting there for awhile."

"What was he doing?" Tristan asked confused.

"Nothing he was just sitting there. He looked so pale and tired. He told me he had just woken up and had 'accidentally' fallen out of bed. I thought it was kind of silly but when I tried to help him up h-he could barely stand!" Tears began to well up in her eyes at the memory. Taking a breath she continued. "Then, w-when we were walking he kept stumbling on his own feet. You know Yugi; he's not the type of person to trip! He's such a graceful little person. About half way to the park we had to stop and rest. H-he couldn't keep walking it was just too hard. I wanted him to stay home, but he insisted on going. He said he really wanted, too. He's getting worse!" Tea cried, tears escaping down her cheeks. She quickly brushed her hand across her face.

"Maybe, that's why he doesn't want to duel." Joey spoke softly. "He knows he won't be able to stand the exertion. It would wipe him out in the first ten minutes." Joey closed his eyes and rubbed his hair furiously. "Man, I feel like such a jerk! I should have checked up on him more. Ever since his grandfather died he's been getting worse with each passing moment and alls I could think of was the stupid tournament!"

"I know. But I think he doesn't want us to worry. He's afraid we'll get too caught up in his problem." Tea spoke wiping away her tears.

"Poor Yugi. Of all the people it had to be him. He's the last person that deserves this" Tristan stated sadly.

"We'll just need to keep an eye on him." Joey said.

Yugi sat there waiting. He stared at the birds with a slight fascination. Suddenly, a slight pang shot through his heart. Clutching his chest he took a deep breath. The pain disappeared as soon as it had come. Yugi let his hand drop to his lap. He suddenly felt exhausted. Closing his eyes he took a few deep breaths allowing his body to relax. He wasn't going to last much longer out here.

"Tired?" Yugi looked up and was met with a smirking CEO. "Shouldn't you be over there signing up with your stupid friends?"

"Hn? Oh, not this time. I'm just going to watch." Yugi replied.

"What?" Kaiba asked perplexed. "I was expecting you to jump for the chance!"

Yugi shrugged his shoulders and smiled. "Are you dueling?" he asked. Kaiba shook his head no. "And there's no bad guy running loose so I think this'll be a good break."

"Hmph. I know you. There's more to it than that." Kaiba smirked folding his arms. Yugi just shrugged his shoulders and smiled. "Don't lie."

"I guess you caught me." Yugi chuckled. Kaiba noticed Yugi's voice wasn't as powerful as usual when they talked. He was quiet, almost weak sounding.

"What's the real answer?" Kaiba questioned folding his arms.

"Just a little sick." Yugi stated. "And I don't believe I'll be getting better anytime soon."

Kaiba opened his mouth to ask where that had come from when he noticed Joey and Yugi's other two friends walk up. Kaiba shut his mouth and gave them an uninterested glare.

"What's up, Kaiba?" Joey spoke with very little enthusiasm.

"Hmph." Was all he said. "I will talk to you later." He spoke to Yugi. Yugi smiled and nodded. Turning on his heel Kaiba walked away.

"What was all that?" Joey asked giving the retreating CEO a harsh glare.

"He just wanted to chat." Yugi stated. Joey sat on the ground and Tea sat next to Yugi on the bench, Tristan just stood.

"What do we do now?" Tristan asked suddenly bored. "The announcements don't start for another half hour."

"We can go out to eat." Joey offered.

"You just had breakfast." Tea stated.

"Your point?" Joey replied back.

"Why don't we just hang about?" Yugi suggested. He really was in no mood to go walking unless it was back home.

"Alright, works for me." Tristan said.

The four friends sat around in the shade, talking. Yugi didn't say much but instead let his back rest against the bench and listened. He felt so tired. Every now and then he'd catch one of his friends looking at him. He'd smile and they'd smile back, their worry slipping away for at least a moment.

The hour was gone in a flash. A man in a black suit stood on a large podium with a microphone. "Welcome duelists!" he announced. The four friends and everyone else in the park looked up to listen. Yugi tried to focus but he was having a terrible time. His arm was beginning to ache. His eyes tried to focus on the person but he just couldn't do it. Sighing he rubbed his head and gently touched Tea's hand.

"I'm gonna head home, if that's all right?" he whispered.

"I'll walk you there." She said quickly. The other two men hadn't noticed, their eyes transfixed on the man in the suit.

"I can wait if you want to hear the rest of the announcements." Yugi said leaning back against the bench.

"No, no! I can run back afterwards. " She stated.

"Thanks." Standing up shakily Yugi tapped Joey on the arm. "I'll see you guys later."

"Dude, I'll take you home." Joey spoke.

"I got it, Joey." Tea said.

"Okay, I'll check on you later." Joey said to Yugi. Yugi smiled and nodded his head. Joey and Tristan watched as the two people made there way out of the park.

"Do you think he's going to be alright?" Tristan asked. Joey shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't know." He stated. They turned back to the announcer but their thoughts were on their best friend.

Tea walked Yugi back to the house. Numerous times they had to stop and rest until Yugi could catch his breath. When they finally reached the home and she was sure Yugi was going to be fine she raced back to the park. Yugi shut the door to his house and headed up stairs.

Yugi stood shakily in the hallway. Sweat beaded at his face and his body swayed. A small pang in his heart throbbed in his chest. This wasn't going to be a good day. Suddenly, Yugi grasped his chest in pain. Nearly falling he lowered himself to the floor. Gasping for breath he shut his eyes tight waiting for the pain to subside. It didn't. His vision became blurry and the boom began to spin. Leaning his back against the wall he shook his head trying to regain his sight. Darkness began to creep into his mind, the pain increased. His breaths rattled in his lungs until finally Yugi lost consciousness.

Joey knocked on the door of his best friend's house. He was feeling extremely worried. Earlier that day when Yugi had told them he wasn't going to compete Joey was shocked. He didn't want to believe that Yugi was getting worse but when he had seen Yugi touch his chest and grimace he couldn't deny it any longer.

Knocking again Joey waited. Still no response. Not eve n a sound. As more worry began to cloud his mind he gently pushed the door open.

"Yugi?" Joey called. No response. Looking about he noticed Yugi's shoes in the corner. He was still home. Walking around he headed up stairs. "Hey, Yug'! Where ya at, buddy?" He walked into the living room, still no sign. Scratching his head he looked around and then, there in corner, he saw him. Lying in the hallway between the bedroom and the family room was Yugi.

"Yugi!" Joey cried, rushing to his friend's aid. Grabbing his shoulders Joey shook him gently. "Yugi, wake up!" Joey's heart fluttered in fear. Bringing his fingers up to his friend's throat he felt for a pulse. It was faint and beating erratically. Reaching for his cell phone he dialed 911. Tears welled in his eyes and he hugged his friend tightly.

A few minutes later the paramedics still hadn't arrived. "Yug', come on, buddy." Joey whispered. Yugi's breaths were coming in short gasps. Joey held him tighter and buried his face in Yugi's hair. Where were the paramedics? Fear was gripping at his heart. Was Yugi going to be all right? "Please don't let him die!" Joey prayed.

Suddenly the ambulance drove in. The next moment flashed in a blur. Joey remembered being pulled back. Two men in white uniforms rushed forward and enveloped Yugi. Joey stood to the side in confusion and fear. He watched as the men placed a breathing mask upon his friends face, checked his pulse, and gently placed him on a stretched and wheeled him out. One of the men grabbed Joey by the shoulders and spoke. Joey was in such a state of shock he didn't hear a thing. The paramedic shook him slightly. Joey shook his head and tried to focus.

"I need you to tell me what happened." The man said urgently.

"I-I don't know. I found him like this." Joey stuttered.

"Do you know what could have caused it?"

"H-He's been sick. He's got some kind o' heart condition." Joey stated meekly.

"Alright, we're going to need you to come to the hospital. Is that okay?" Joey nodded. "There's a police officer that will give you a ride, go with him."

"O-okay." A man in a blue uniform gently took Joey's shaking arm and led him to a flashing police car. Joey watched as the ambulance zoomed off taking his best friend with it.

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-Tragedyluver