-The next night-
Victoria was walking along with Bastion when all of a sudden they heard this strange noise. It sounded like a cry from a wounded animal or something.
"You hear that?"
"Yeah, what is it?"
"There's only one way to know. Come on. Lets go check it out." Victoria said and was about to walk towards the sound, but Bastion got in front of her.
"The only checking out we will do is to check out of here."
"I'm not a baby."
"Fine. You're a chicken."
"I'm not a chicken either." Bastion said, but when Victoria started doing chicken noises and pecking the ground is when he snapped. "Alright, alright. We'll check it out."
"Now that's what I wanna hear." Victoria said. So they went to the place and what they saw surprised them. It was a little cheetah. All alone and without a mother. "Poor thing." Victoria said, and went up to it. The little female was scared of her, but couldn't protect herself. "It's okay. I'm not gonna hurt you." She said as she picked her up. Victoria stood up and looked at Bastion. "Can we keep her?"
"Victoria, are you insane? It's a cheetah. No. We have to leave her here."
"Leave her here? But she'll die."
"If the desert wants her then-"
"I want her."
"Victoria, I can't allow you to put the others in danger."
"Does she look dangerous to you?!"
"Victoria, that's not the point. What if her mother is trying to look for her and finds her with us?"
"And what if her mother finds her dead?"
"I can't let you keep her, Victoria. I know you mean well, but that doesn't mean that this is right. Besides... she can't come back to Duel Academy with us. If you take a creature out of it's enviroment then it'll still die. So there's basically no way that you can keep her without killing her."
"Please, Nii-san. Please." Victoria pleaded with puppy dog eyes.
'Oh no, the puppy dog eyes level 20 Bastion thought.
"Alright, alright, but only until we go back."
"But then she'll be so used to us taking care of her that she won't know how to survive in the wild."
"Victoria..." Bastion said, in an almost threatening tone.
"What if I can find someone here to look out for her before we leave? Then she'll be taken care of and I won't have to worry so much."
"That... is not a bad idea, but she's your responsablity." Bastion said.
"Yay! Thank you, Nii-san! Thank you!" Victoria said as she hugged Bastion. "I promise, I won't let you down. You can trust me."
Victoria was asleep with everyone else, when all of a sudden she heared a voice. It was fimiliar and at the same time... strange. She quietly got up and left without anybody else realizing. She started to follow where the voice was coming from.
She went to the bridge that was over the Nile and went over it. Once she was in the middle of the bridge, a bright light came up and the next thing she knew, she was in ancient times. She could still hear the voice and followed it into a temple.
When she got inside the temple it looked like a small pyramid inside of a big one. All around her where stones of all different demons and monsters and on a seprate part of the wall there where the three stones of the egyptian gods: Slifer, Ra, and Obelisk.
On top of the small pyramid someone stood person and they were singing a strange song in Egyptian which Victoria understood because she could read, write, and speak Egyptian.
She walked her way up to the top of the small pyramid and once she was close enough she realized who it was.
"Pharaoh?" Victoria asked, shocked to see him; actually shocked was an understatement.
When he heard his name (or title) being said, he turned around sharply and saw Victoria standing there. She saw his face and just lost it.
"Oh my God! It's really you!" Victoria said.
"Yes, it's me. Victoria I'm guessing, right?"
"You know my name?"
"But of course. I'm the one who was calling you out here with that song."
"I need your help."
"With what?" Victoria asked, and before the Pharaoh could respond, Mahad walked into the room carrying a pile of stones.
"Pharaoh? I've got the stones you asked for." He said, then saw Victoria. "V-V-Victoria?" He asked, very surprised to see her, and accidently dropped the stones.
"I knew I knew you from somewhere!" Victoria said as she pointed at him.
"Okay, okay. You got me." Mahad said, then looked at the stones. "Forgive me, Pharaoh. I'll pick these up at once." He said as he kneeled down and started picking them up.
"No. It's alright, Mahad. I'll do it."Victoria said as she went down the pyramid wall and up to him.
"You? But you're... you're..."
"If you say a girl I swear I'll snap." She said.
"That's not what I was thinking at all."
"Then what was it?"
"That you're beautiful and it would be a shame for you to get hurt." Mahad said, and Victoria looked at him, completely shocked.
"Don't worry. I'll be fine." Victoria said as she looked away, but soon enough got cut on one of the pieces. "Ow..."
"See. I was worried that it would happen." Mahad said. "How about next time listening to me?"
"I'm sorry, Mahad." Victoria said. "I guess my brother is right. I am stubborn and hard-headed. Just like my mother." She said, sadly.
"Stop with the selfpity and come here." Mahad said as he pulled her closer to him so he could look at her cut. He brought her hand closer to his mouth and licked the cut.
"M-Mahad...?" Victoria said as a blush appeared on her face.
"Mahad, stop that." The Pharaoh said, sternly.
"Yes, your magesty." Mahad said, respectfully as he stopped.
'Man, what's up with him Victoria asked herself.
-Later that night (or day in the afterlife world)-
"What was up with earlier?" Victoria asked the Pharaoh.
"What do you mean?"
"Why were you telling Mahad to stop like that? He was only trying to make me feel better."
"Maybe I just don't want to see two people together like that."
"Hm... I bet Yugi has something to do with that." Victoria said under her breath as she rolled her eyes and the Pharaoh froze.
"What was that?"
"Nothing." Victoria said, then sighed. "Look... I'd hate to be rude to a Pharaoh here and everything, but I said that Yugi must have something to do with that."
"Don't ever say that name in front of me." The Pharaoh said as he stood up.
"What name?" Victoria asked, pretending to be innocent. "Oh, you mean "Yugi"?"
"Yes? You want me to say it? Okay. Yugi. Yugi. Yugi. Yugi. Yugi." Victoria said, and the Pharaoh said stomped out of the room and headed outside.
"Victoria... why did you do that?" Mahad said as he came from around the corner.
"Why not? I thought he liked Yugi. Why doesn't he want to hear his name?"
"You don't know, do you? It's because..."
-Outside with the Pharaoh-
'She thinks she can just do what ever she wants to. She may live in the present world, but here in the after life... she has to go by my rules.' He thought. 'That stubborn, hard-headed, little-'
"Tsk, tsk, Pharaoh. What's this I hear? You threatening my daughter?" Someone asked, and the Pharaoh turned around to see a women who looked like an older version of Victoria standing there.
"Meskhenet?" (For those of you taking notes, "Meskhenet" means "Destiny".) "I wasn't threatening anyone. It's her who seems to be threatening me." He said as he sat down. "She keeps saying that name."
"You mean "Yugi"?" Meskhenet asked, and Yami suddenly felt a stab in his heart.
"Don't do that!"
"You know what happens when I hear that name."
"Yeah, you go into a deep depression because..."
-Back inside the palace with Victoria and Mahad-
"Wow! I never thought of it that way before." Victoria said.
"So, you'll stop mentioning Yugi around him?"
"Good. Thank you, Victoria. Why don't you go apologize to the Pharaoh?"
"Yeah." Victoria repeated before walking out to see the Pharaoh (since her mom wasn't there anymore). "Pharaoh?"
"What is it, Victoria?"
"I wanna say... I'm..."
"Huh?" Victoria asked, and the Pharaoh turned around with a smile on his face.
"I've been thinking. Maybe I was a little rude."
'A little Victoria thought, sweatdropping, but decided not to mention it out loud.
"But you have to know the reason I don't want to hear... his name..."
"It's because you're in love with him." Victoria pointed out, quite bluntly to say the least, and the Pharaoh's eyes nearly popped out of his head.
"Lucky guess." Victoria said as she shrugged. "But here's a news flash for you, Pharaoh... he's in love with you too."
"I know that."
"...You do?" Victoria asked after she did an anime fall.
"Yeah, of course."
"You know that he loves you the same way you love him?"
"Yes. He told me. We confessed then." The pharaoh said, and Victoria did another anime fall.
"Then, why the hell do you not wanna hear-"
"Because I can never see him again."
Yet again, another anime fall from Victoria. "Oh..." She said, slowly.
"Oh." Yami said.
"You didn't have to come here, you know? You could've stayed there with Yugi."
"No. I had to come here."
"Oh, give me a break!" Victoria stated in a really annoyed tone. "You had to come here. I can't believe a Pharaoh is such an idiot at love. I mean... I like you and you're a great Pharaoh, but you are such an idiot!"
"Well, it's a little too late to turn back now."
"Yeah... I guess." Victoria said, slowly.
"Anyway... it's nearly sunset, which means it's nearly sunrise in the present time. So, you better be heading back before you stay trapped here forever." The Pharaoh said.
Victoria got sent back to the present time when the sun went down in the afterlife and the sun was rising in the present time. When she got back, she walked around for a little bit until she ran into Bastion.
"Victoria, where have you been all night?"
"What are you talking about? I've been here?"
"No, you haven't. I woke up in the middle of the night to find you gone and I've been searching for you ever since." Bastion said.
"Nii-san, you're delusional. I've been here. You must of been dreaming."
"Searching for you was no dream. If it was a dream, I've got to say that it was one of the most realistic dreams I've ever had." Bastion said. "I was so worried about you and kept calling your name and you never answered. I was afraid that something terrible had happened and that I'd never see you again. Then, you show up and try to make me look like an idiot? How could you?!" Bastion said, hurtfulness in his tone as he turned and walked away.
Victoria stood there, feeling ashamed about how she had treated her Nii-san after he had spent all night worrying about her. She sighed before running after her Nii-san to apologize.
"Nii-san, wait up!" Victoria said as she caught up to Bastion. "Look... I'm sorry. It's just... I didn't want you to know where I really was, because I knew that if I told you-"
"Where were you really?" Bastion asked, suddenly struck by suspicion.
"I... um..." Victoria mumbled. 'Oh shit!' She thought as she realized exactly what she said. "I was... in the afterlife world, alright?"
"T-the afterlife?" Bastion asked, and Victoria could swear that she saw Bastion's right eye twitch.
"What's the matter, Nii-san?" Victoria asked, but before Bastion could answer, Yugi came around the corner and started talking.
"Victoria, did I hear something about the afterlife?"
"Yes. I went there last night. Speaking of which... you're coming with me tonight when I go back."
"And just who said that you were going back there?!" Bastion yelled.
"Nii-san, you can't stop destiny."
"Yes. Don't you see? It's my destiny to go there and help them."
Victoria woke Yugi up at around 10:30 and headed out to the bridge which would take them into the afterlife. What they didn't know, was that Bastion was awake and sent Isis (the baby cheetah) out after them.
When Victoria and Yugi were at the bridge, they crossed it and the bright light sent them into the afterlife.
Yugi was shocked when he saw what was after the flash of light.
"Wanna see Yami again? I can bring you to him."
"Then follow me." Victoria said as she took Yugi's hand and led him towards the palace. But the closer they got, the more nervous Yugi became before he finally decided that he couldn't do it.
"Victoria, wait! I can't do this!"
"Why? What's wrong?"
"It would be too awkward. It's been too long. I can't do it."
"Aw! Come on! Once you two see each other again you'll be able to deal with it." Victoria said, and Yugi saw Yami come around the corner so he squeaked and hid behind a cactus. Victoria waited for Yami to be out of site before going over and saying something to him. "Just to let you know. That's not really dealing with it." She said, then followed Yami into the palace while Yugi just stayed where he was.
-Inside the palace-
"Yami!" Victoria yelled as she was trying to catch up to the Pharaoh, but he didn't respond. "Yami!" She yelled, but again, no reply. "Pharaoh!" She yelled, and he turned around.
"What?!" He yelled back.
"There's someone that you should see."
"Who?" Yami asked, and Victoria grabbed his hand to lead him somewhere.
"You'll see." She said as she lead him outside and to the place where Yugi stayed.
When Yami and Yugi saw each other, well... I guess you could say that emotions broke lose as they ran and practically grabbed each other. (If it was anyone else but Yugi and Yami, I'm guessing Victoria would of lost all of her meals that she had eaten that day.)
"Yugi... I've missed you so much!" Yami said as he nuzzled his nose into Yugi's neck.
"Yami..." Yugi whispered. "I've missed you too."
"You know what... I'm just gonna go and let you two have your privacy." Victoria said, but they weren't even really listening, they were too busy focused on each other, so she just walked away with a smile. But then, she thought of something and her smile disappeared. 'Wow! I just realized... I'm all alone again.' Victoria said, and sighed, sadly.
"Victoria?" Someone said behind her, and she looked to see Mahad standing there. He walked up to her and took her hand into his. "Are you alright? You sure seem to be a little depressed today... or tonight as you would probably say."
"I'm just feeling a little down. That's all." Victoria said, and Mahad gave her a hug.
"It'll be alright, Victoria. Everything will be alright. As long as you're near me... I won't let anything upset you." He said, and Victoria was shocked.
'Maybe I'm not alone after all.' Victoria thought.
Whoa! This is a freakin' long chapter! Well... I hope you all love it anyways and pretty, pretty please review and tell me what you think! I CARE IF IT'S A FLAME!!!!