---Right Next to the Write One---

Yugi opened his crystal violet eyes slowly but closed them again against the bright light that filtered through them. "He's awake." Anzu whispered and suddenly Yugi felt her soft cool hand brush through his bangs. "Yugi. How are you feeling?" He groaned. "Just relax. You'll be okay." He took a breath and hissed at the pain that followed.

Yami walked into the room and took a slow breath, he had prepared for this moment but found that he still wasn't ready. "How is he?"

"He's in a little pain." Anzu said and pulled her hand away causing Yugi to frown. "He's fine." She leaned down and kissed his cheek. "Listen to what he has to say." She whispered so only he could hear. She walked out of the room.

Yugi opened his eyes slowly ignoring the sting of the sunlight until Yami twisted the shutter stick closing out the light. "Thanks…" Yugi sat up slowly. "So everything's okay?"

"The city is in ruins but it's nothing we can't fix if we all pitch in." Yami sat in the chair next to Yugi's bed. "Isis, Shadi and Bobasa took the items and the book; they are going to hide them once more." Yugi nodded. "Hopefully they find a better place. I don't need this to happen again."

"Why are you still here? It's over now, what else do you want?"

"Yugi about what I said before… I…"

"You didn't mean it." Yugi stated prepared for the obvious statement one would make in this situation.

"No, that's not it." Yugi froze what? He gave Yami a sideways glance. "At first I was only using you. No, even on that day I meant what I said. What I really want to say is that, I'm sorry."

"You're sorry?" Yugi sat up taller. "You're sorry! You used me, you took my virginity, you knew I had fallen in love with you and you still did this to me! I stood up for you when Jou had his doubts! Jou…" he paused…. "Now Jou's gone and you… all you can do is say you are sorry for all that you have taken from me."

"Yugi--"

"NO! Get out! I never want to see you again!"

"Yugi, I'm not leaving." Yami grabbed Yugi's fists in his hands and looked down into his eyes. "I don't know how to say this…" He shook his head and let out a frustrated grunt. "Yugi I want you to know… you helped me. My heart was cold and closed off. Then I meet you and all the rules changed. I was starting to forget that old part of me. I was angry at first… but now I see that when you came into my life it was destiny, it was what I needed. Life always seems to give me just what I need when I need it."

"Where were you?"

"I was…" Yami looked away.

"That's right, you were nowhere. So don't try to come into my life now, I don't need you. Get out." Yugi crossed his arms over his chest and turned slightly, ignoring his obvious pain. "Get out of my life. I hate you." Yami stood up and took a breath before walking out the door. Yugi brought a hand up to his face and covered his eyes as tears began to form.

---Five Years Later---

Yugi pulled up in his new black Mercedes, the drive wasn't as long as it used to be and it did get easier. The scars of the past were almost gone, the city was almost repaired, and Kaiba's new building was brighter and taller than before. Life seemed to move on as it always did. Yugi pulled up the drive and pulled on the parking brake as he stopped his car before getting out. He reached across the seat and pulled up the bouquet of flowers, his standard violet roses as sign of friendship. He trekked through the tall grasses of the cemetery. This small memorial was the least he could do to honor those who had lost their lives because of him.

He crossed the small courtyard pausing beneath a tall tree to feel the cool breeze he found there, "It's almost a sign of forgiveness, isn't it." Yugi turned around slowly.

"I thought you couldn't make it this year."

"What gave you that idea?" his friend stepped closer and stood next to him.

"The fact that there is a message on my machine that says you will be in Barbados this weekend with your boyfriend."

"Well it was postponed. He seemed to think this was more important." Yugi wrapped an arm around his neck and smiled. "Hey, maybe it was. I feel bad for everyone we lost."

"No too bad, you have your sister."

"That's true." He let out a heavy sigh, "but I caught a glimpse of life without her. And without Tristan too. I would have blamed him forever."

"Yeah, but it's a good thing our friendships are still as strong as ever." Yugi smiled up at his friend. "I couldn't imagine life without you either, Jounouchi. Thank god Seto was there to save us."

"Almost too late."

"True but the point is he was there when you needed him."

"That reminds me, how are things with you and Yami coming along?"

"Same as always." Yugi looked out over the headstones. "Things are getting a little better though… I suppose."

"When did he stop?"

"It was a while ago about two years after Zork."


A few months after being rejected, Yami Atemu the famous editor published his first book (The first book under his own name). The book hit the shelves and within a matter of days it became a bestseller. With the money his book brought in he was able to buy his own building, it was a small company but it was his, a small publishing company was all he needed. Everything worked out perfectly for him… or that's what he wanted to let people believe. He would be ridiculed if they knew the truth. If they knew that his heart was broken, if they knew he was in love, if they knew how lonely he was.

"What's wrong?" Seto Kaiba asked as he leaned back against Yami's Lamborghini, he had witnessed Yami sign the lease for his new building and waiting for him to walk out.

"Pardon? Why would something be wrong, I have everything I need. Now, get off my car." Yami pulled up his key and stopped at the door, Seto had refused to move.

"Well you seem to have life in order but something tells me that you're just settling. There is something you're missing. Thing is, I can't figure out why you haven't gone after it."

"You don't know what you are talking about." Yami gave Seto a small push and unlocked his door before pulling it up and open.

"Then I guess you've lost your edge." Yami gave him a look, "Well weren't you the one who said that you would do anything to get what you wanted. That you wouldn't stop until it was yours. Guess you can't do that anymore."

"Is that a challenge?" Yami glared up at him

"You mean you haven't had enough?"

"Never." Yami stood proudly

"Then it's a challenge." Seto backed off and started toward his limo.

"What are you doing here anyway?"

"As you know the Kaiba Corp building his under construction. I'm rebuilding my staff."

"Pass, I'm opening my own place." Yami waved the deed toward him.

"So I've heard." Seto waved him off. "Good luck."

"I don't need it."

"Of course not."

---

Yugi stood outside his game shop and let out a long sigh. A "For Sale" sign hung in the front window. This was the end of his childhood and the end of his past. "I'm sorry Grandpa; I kept her open as long as I could." It was bittersweet because he knew he would have to give up the shop to start over, but it felt as if he was leaving his grandfather behind. Yugi let the handle of the door go and gripped tight the little bell that used to hang above the door.

"Oh no." in the distance, Yugi could hear the roaring engine of Yami's Lamborghini, seemed to be louder than ever since it was repaired. "Shit." Yugi looked frantically for a place to hide, something he did often when it came to Yami. He just couldn't face him.

The car pulled up behind him and he could feel Yami's eyes on his back and he froze. "Yugi" his voice was sweet chocolate to his ears. "No place to hide this time?" he said, and Yugi could tell he was smirking. How in the hell did he know everything about him?

"I wasn't hiding."

"Okay." Yugi furrowed his brow at the nonchalant response. "Get in."

"Ha, that's a good one, resorted to telling joke have you?"

"I want to talk so get in."

"There isn't anything to say." Yugi finally turned around and held his breath at the sight of him. His usual suit was a bit more casual due to the vest he chose to wear. "I mean, there isn't anything you can say to fix this."

"Just let me say something, before you completely reject me again."

"You broke my heart."

"I know. I'm sorry. But I love you."

"Oh okay, everything's better now." Yugi rolled his eyes.

"Please try to understand. I was… I've been in love before. And I know what it's like to be heartbroken. I never meant to get so close to you, you were just a random writer."

"When is this supposed to make me feel better?"

"Yugi, I don't know what you want me to say, I can't take back all that I've done to you. The only thing I can do is tell you how much you have changed me. Yugi you opened my heart again. I don't know how or when it happened but you are my light and I need you, I love you and even if you reject me now, just know that I will always love you."


Yugi drove off with one final glance at the memorial stone his flowers dancing slowly in the cool breeze. "Rest in Peace." He uttered feeling a bit foolish that, that was all he could say. His car rounded the gates of the cemetery and he headed back toward the city. He got out at his destination and let out a sigh. He was late.

He took a breath and pulled open the door before entering. "You're late." Of course his boss would be waiting for him.

"I was at the memorial, I told you that."

"That's not what I mean. Where are the next chapters?"

"I have them." Yugi said.

"Where are they?"

"In here." Yugi tapped on his forehead and his boss shook his head. Yugi knew that wasn't good enough. "You'll have them by the end of the day.

"Slacker." His boss rounded the desk and stood before Yugi tall and proud. "Perhaps I should help you get them down on paper." He said in a husky voice that caused Yugi to shiver.

"Ah-ha, like you said, "Yugi pulled away. "I should get started on those chapters." Yugi pulled back and headed toward his office.

"Get your sweet ass back here." His boss grabbed Yugi's wrist and yanked him back into his arms.

"Mr. Atemu. This is highly inappropriate."

"Is it?"

"Yes." Yugi's voice hitched as Yami grazed a hand over Yugi's cock. "Ah…"

"I love you." Yami whispered in his ear.

"I love…you…too" Yugi panted slightly at the thought of what was to come. Yami tugged on Yugi's hand and pulled him into his office before shutting the door.

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