Hey, everybody, well, it's been one heck of a summer, filled with toe injuries, family reunions, and summer blockbusters. But now that all of them are, in one way or another, dealt with, I'm ready to embark on the second of my three all-original storylines taking place in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Avatar world. It will feature characters, most you already know (in one form or another), and a few new ones. This one is dedicated to BEWK, he knows why. So without further ado, let's get on with it.
The Quest for the Seventh Item
Fanfic Chapter 264: Mysteries Abound.
It was a dark and stormy night. The rain pattered not gently against the old house. Everything about the house said old. Even the phone looked like something out of a past decade.
The phone that was now ringing.
The man heard it and went to answer it, "Hunter," he greeted.
"Dr. Hunter?" Came the uncertain voice.
"I'm terribly sorry to bother you at this time of night, but it's very important! Do you still have the card I gave you?"
The man had a surprised look on his face (even though he knew the young woman he was talking to couldn't see it). He reached into his shirt pocket and took out the card in question, "Why yes I do, in fact I'm staring at it right now."
"I'm sorry, but I need it back."
"Of course, I'll give it to you when I get in to…"
"No!" The woman's voice shouted causing Hunter to pull the receiver away. "I'm sorry, but I need it now, it's a matter of life and death."
"Okay, Ishizu, calm down, how about we meet in front of the museum in ten minutes."
Hunter hung up the telephone. "She sounded very upset about something."
Dr. Hunter turned and saw a young boy standing in the hallway. "Kevin, I'm sorry, did I wake you up?"
"Do you have to go to work?"
"Only for a few minutes… I hope," he added in a low tone. He bent down and put a hand on Kevin's shoulders. "Kevin, I want you to go to bed now, okay? If I'm not here when you wake up in the morning, I want you to go over to Cousin Mai's, okay?"
"Sure, Dad, but why do you think you won't be home?"
"I probably will, but in the off chance that I'm not, please go over to Cousin Mai's, okay?"
Dr. Hunter pulled on his rain coat and went outside.
He didn't know that he was being watched.
The rain had not let up. Dr. Hunter waited by the fountain. He saw some headlights coming towards him and turned towards them.
He realized too late that the car was moving too fast, it was moving almost with a purpose. The car nailed him in the front and actually ran him over. The car backed up and took off down the road again.
It was five minutes later before a young woman in a poncho came running up. "Am I too late?" She wondered out loud. "Have the gods already taken their revenge? No, this looks like human means." She reached into Dr. Hunter's inside pocket and took out the card that she gave him to guard. She realized that it was stuck to another card and she pocketed both. She ran over to a pay phone and dialed 911. "There is someone laying at the front of the museum, he might be dead." She quickly hung up. "I'm sorry, Dr. Hunter, but my first duty is to the protection of the Egyptian God Cards." She turned and ran off.
(6 years later)
The man slammed the desktop. "Why hasn't that imbecile Dartz contacted me yet? He said that he would inform me the moment our plan succeeded. I pulled a lot of favors to keep the government off his back, the least he could do is keep me informed." He paced up and down the office. "Maybe he can't contact me, maybe they already got to him. Which means that whoever got to him will be coming after me next. I better get prepared."
Kevin Hunter ran up the steps to the apartment he shared with his cousin. The mail was piling up and Kevin knew he should probably sort it. Most of the mail was of course addressed to Mai.
Kevin sighed; he hadn't seen Mai since their duel in America. Though he held no grudge against her (even he was aware that she was under the control of a mind-altering crystal at the time), he wished to see her again. After losing his mother and father, Mai was the only family he had left.
Kevin kicked off his shoes and carried the mail inside. Most of it was bills, there were also a few circulars and a letter from Rebecca. The two had been communicating off and on ever since the Doma Group had been defeated (though Kevin was sure it wasn't as often as she has been communicating with Yugi).
Suddenly a letter fell out of the pile. There was no postmark on it, no return address, not even a stamp.
It was addressed to him. Curious, Kevin opened the letter. Unfolding the piece of plain white paper, he noticed something falling out of it onto his lap. He gasped. "Wh… what?"
The letter was in delicate cursive.
Your father would've wanted you to have this.
Kevin quickly ran to the phone book and looked up an address. Grabbing his backpack, which contained his Duel Disk and deck, he ran out.
"Maybe… a spear… no, that would be too cumbersome… maybe some kind of piece of jewelry…" Yugi pounded his head on his desk. "It's impossible."
Startled, Yugi fell back in his chair as Yami's spirit appeared behind him. "Oh, Pharaoh, it's you."
"No luck, huh?"
"None what so ever, there have been no clues as to what the seventh Millennium Item is."
Yami turned and stared at the three Millennium Items they gathered at Battle City: the Millennium Ring, the Millennium Necklace, and the Millennium Rod, which were laying on the bed. "We already have four Millennium Items, but we still need to discover and find the other three."
"We know that one is the Millennium Key, that's owned by Shadi."
"We might have to duel him for it."
"We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Another is the Millennium Eye which Pegasus had but apparently lost."
"That's definitely going to be the hardest to gather."
"Maybe, then there's the seventh item. We don't have any clue as to what it is or what it can do."
"What worries me, Yugi, is who has it. Remember, both Marik and Bakura possessed a Millennium Item and those two nearly became possessed totally by them."
"True, whoever owns the seventh item may turn out to be like them. Then again, if there is a spirit inside the seventh Millennium Item, it might turn out to be like you."
"Is that a good thing?"
Yugi pretended to think about it, then he and Yami both burst into laughter.
As Yami calmed down, he stared at the Millennium Items. Yugi and I both know that I won't be here forever. Sooner or later, I will pass on to the other side. But I'm sure that Yugi will be all right. He has people who care about him, people who would do anything for him, and the only one who doesn't know that is Yugi himself. I think Tea… Yami gasped, "The museum!"
"Yugi, the Egyptian exhibit where we first saw the stone tablet, it might contain a clue as to the seventh Millennium Item."
"Then let's go!"
Yugi stepped into the museum and headed to where the stone tablet was. But it was gone. In fact, all of the Egyptian artifacts that he saw when he went to the museum with Tea were gone. He finally ran over to a guy in a suit and said, "Uh… excuse me."
"Yes, what can I help you with, young man?" The man asked.
"What happened to the Egyptian exhibit?"
"I'm afraid it moved on, it wasn't' scheduled to stay here at the museum forever."
"Is Miss Ishizu Ishtar around?"
"I'm sorry, she returned to Egypt, is there something I can help you with?"
Yugi looked downtrodden, "No, sorry to disturb you. He turned and walked out. Well that was a dead end… uh… no offense, Pharaoh."
"None taken, but where do we go from here?"
"I wish I knew. Maybe we could use the Millennium Ring or the Millennium Necklace to find the item."
"That might be the best course we could take."
Yugi arrived home. "Ah, Yugi, there you are," his Grandpa said. "I'd like you to meet the newest member of the Game Store staff."
"Hi, Yugi." Harold gave him a little wave.
"Harold? What are you doing here? Wait, are you the new employee?"
"Yup, since my stint at the arcade ended, I've been looking for a new job. Fortunately, your Grandpa was kind enough to give me a part time job."
"But we don't pay much, so how are you going to pay for food and stuff."
"That's the strange thing, as it turned out Katy and Uncle Leon had been footing my rent and utility bills. But I still need money for my tuition and food and stuff. And get this, your Grandpa said he would also pay me in Duel Monster packs."
Solomon nodded, "We always have extra packs lying around."
Yugi gave his Grandpa a dirty look, "You just don't want to pay him the full salary, don't you?"
"We don't get a whole lot of business any more unless we were to advertise that a certain King of Games buys his cards here."
"Oh no, Grandpa, please don't do that," Yugi said waving his arms around.
"Okay, Harold, for the first task, I'd like you to restock the display cases with rare cards. They're in the back." The door chime signaled. "Ah, welcome to The Game Shop, how may I help you?" Yugi and Harold also turned towards the door.
"Kevin!" They both exclaimed.
Kevin looked up, just as surprised. "Yugi, Harold?"
"So, do you two know this boy?"
"This is Kevin Hunter, we met him at Battle City."
"Hunter?" Solomon stared up at the boy, "Your father is Adam Hunter, isn't it?"
"Yes, the resemblance is uncanny. Your father led the expedition to the Ancient Egyptian Archives where Dr. Hawkins and I were almost sealed in forever. He was a respectable archaeologist if nothing else. It was a shame when he died."
"I was told that the owner of this Game Store was an expert on Duel Monsters, and I had a card I wanted him to check it out."
"Well you came to the right place," Solomon said. "I'm the most Duel Monsters savvy guy this side of Industrial Illusions."
"That's good," Kevin said. "I need to know if this is a real card." He took out a card and showed it to the three.
Everyone gasped, "Yugi, is that what I think it is?"
"I think so."
The card was the head of Exodia the Forbidden One (1).
"Well, Grandpa?" Yugi asked as his Grandpa studied every detail of the card with a Jeweler's scope.
"Is it a fake?" Harold also asked.
Solomon removed the scope from his eye. "If that's a fake, I'm Seto Kaiba."
"You mean it's real?" Kevin asked.
"Real and legit. My generation of Duelists had searched high and low for pieces of the Forbidden One. But nobody has been able to gather all five pieces, let alone the head. Kevin, where did you say you got this?"
"It was in this envelope. It must've been hand delivered. But by who, I don't know."
"Kevin," Harold said reading the letter. "The letter said that your father wanted you to have this. What if whoever wrote this knew what really happened to him."
Kevin's head snapped up and stared at Harold, "Do you really think so?"
"Well obviously we don't have much to go on. What do you remember about your father's death?"
"I remember my father getting a call in the middle of the night, then he told me that if he wasn't back in the morning, that I was to go to Mai's. When I woke up the next morning, he wasn't there so I went to Mai's. Then the call came in, the call that said he was hit by a car."
"Wait a minute," Harold said. "Yugi, I remember something."
"What is it, Harold?"
"When I was part of the Four Horsemen, Uncle Zigfried described a plot to stop Kaiba Corp."
"Recently, Kaiba Corp. has come under scrutiny because it is believed that an employee was responsible for the death of a prominent archaeologist and Gozaburo is covering for him."
"What if the death of Dr. Hunter was done by an employee of Kaiba Corp.?"
"In that case, there's only one place we can go to." Yugi and Harold looked at each other and nodded.
Mokuba Kaiba was vice-president of Kaiba Corp. and that meant he was privy to certain information. And since he was the only one of the Kaiba Brothers who actually smiled, it seemed like a good person to go to.
"Sorry, Yugi, but I don't recall anything about a Doctor Hunter."
"What about when your step-father ran the place?"
"I don't know," Mokuba said slowly. "Look, Yugi, it's not like I don't want to help you, but when Seto took over Kaiba Corp., he asked that all files pertaining to the old Kaiba Corp. be destroyed."
"You mean there's nothing you can find out for us, Mokuba? Even the teeniest bit of info would be really helpful."
"Hold on a second." Mokuba accessed a database. "Legal records can't be erased by anyone, so if… yes, got it! Okay, back when Gozaburo was still running Kaiba Corp, an employee named Andros Hinxton was indicted for vehicular manslaughter. Gozaburo needed to send Johnson to reach a plea agreement."
"What happened to him, Mokuba?"
"Gozaburo let him go. I think he went into politics."
"Thanks, Mokuba, you've been a big help!"
As Mokuba hung up the phone, he was unaware that Kaiba had been listening to the conversation from outside the office.
Yugi told Harold and Kevin what he learned from Mokuba. "Okay, this guy from Kaiba Corp. named Andros Hinxton was accused of running someone over."
"You think this Hinxton guy was the one who ran over Dr. Hunter?" Harold asked.
"I'm not certain, but it's a lead worth checking out."
"Did I just hear you say Andros Hinxton?" Solomon asked walking into the kitchen where the others were.
"Grandpa, do you know him?"
"Not personally, but he's currently a Senator and there's an interview going on with him right now!"
The three boys ran into the living room. Solomon was right, on one of the news channel was a broad shouldered man with five o'clock shadow in a green sweater and black slacks. He was speaking from a library or study.
"Absolutely, Lisa," the man was saying. "It's really our fault the younger generation is so violent. We had to live with our parents beating on us and with today's advance technology, it was only inevitable. But that doesn't mean we can't do anything about it. That's why I'm sponsoring the Violent Children Protection Act, to curb the tide of violence by today's youth."
"Politicians," Harold grumbled. "They're like a cave, a big mouth with nothing inside."
"He's supposed to be running for president next year," Solomon exposited. "Some of his policies have been very controversial."
"Such as?" Kevin asked.
"Such as a decree to outlaw Duel Monsters."
"Are you serious?" Harold and Kevin asked together.
"He says that Duel Monsters are making children more violent and they need to be outlawed. In fact, that's what this interview was about."
"That guy's crazier than Pegasus drunk," Harold said dryly.
"Thanks, Harold, I didn't need that picture."
Yugi looked at the background and gasped, "Guys, look at that!" He pointed to a table that was to Senator Hinxton's right. On the table was a golden object. It had a T-shape with two trays hanging off of each side. An eye-shaped decoration was at the center.
"Yugi, that thing has the same eye-shape thing as your Millennium Puzzle!" Harold gasped.
"That's it, that's the seventh Millennium Item," Yugi muttered.
"Millennium what, you mean like that thing that sent Mai into a coma?" Kevin asked.
"It's kind of complicated," Harold said. "I'll explain later."
"You said that at Battle City."
"So the man who might've had a hand in killing Dr. Hunter also has the seventh Millennium Item," Yami noted. "It's a strange coincidence."
"I'm not sure it is a coincidence," Yugi replied.
"What did you say, Yugi?" Harold asked.
Yugi ran up to his room and when he came down, he had his Duel Disk and a backpack. He stuffed his Duel Disk in his backpack. "Harold, call the others."
"Yugi, are you going to duel that guy?" Harold asked.
"Yes, that scale thing is the seventh Millennium Item I've been looking for, and if we're to have any hope of unlocking the Pharaoh's memories, we're going to need all seven Millennium Items."
"I don't care about that," Kevin said. "If that guy killed my father, he has a lot to answer for."
"All right," Yugi said. I don't know what the link is between the death of Dr. Hunter and the seventh Millennium Item, but I have a feeling this is going to get worse before it gets better.
Duel Monster Database
Name: Exodia the Forbidden One (Exodia's Head)