"That? You want us to use THAT?!"
The item in Ishizu's hands was a necklace. A necklace that looked like it was around in the ancient times. On the necklace was a red pendant.
"Yes." Ishizu nodded. "This pendant is one of the thousands of pendants the ancient Egyptian sorcerers used to de-spell magic spells. Although, they usually lost their power after being used."
"Whoa, wait a minute. Ishizu...if they lost their power after being used, then wouldn't this one be useless?" Kay asked. "I would assume that there aren't any new ones out there."
"That is true." Ishizu said. "But, apparently, this one still has some power left in it."
"How is that possible?" Atem asked.
"The only possibility me and my brother were able to think up, was that this one must have never been used. It was found it in a tomb. As you may know, items found in tombs were placed there so the deceased could take those items with them in the afterlife. This pendant doesn't have much power, but it should have enough." Ishizu explained.
"Doesn't have much power? If it was never used then...why?" Cat asked.
"This pendant is around 2,000 years old. It shouldn't come as much as a surprised to see that some of it's power has faded with time." Ishizu answered.
"Well...sounds good to me! Should we go?" Kay asked.
"Hold on, Kay." Ishizu said. "It's not that simple."
"Since it's a necklace, we can only assume that all we have to do is get Tema to wear it, correct? How can it not be simple?" Kaiba asked, his arms and legs crossed, looking uninterested.
"There are two requirements and one warning I need to share with you all first." Ishizu said.
"Requirements? Uh-oh, I knew this wasn't going to be easy." Kay mummered.
"Sure, it doesn't make it easier, but it doesn't make it much harder either. This all has to be done by the Pharaoh, anyways." Marik explained.
"Me?" He asked. "Only me?"
"Only those with pure Egyptian blood can use this. You are Pharaoh. There is no doubt you will be able to use this." Ishizu explained.
"Okay then. We have one requirement. What's the second one?" Cat asked.
"Once the pendant is placed around Tema's neck, it was start to glow. The Pharaoh must then cry the word, ashem."
"Ashem...? Um...what does that mean?"
"It's Ancient Egyptian for, "Destroy". It refers to "destroying the spell"."
"That makes more sense."
Ishizu handed the pendant to Atem.
"I word of warning for you is this: Be careful. I am sure Tema will know what this pendant is and what it does. It will be hard to try and place it around his neck." She said.
"Thank you. We'll do our best."
Ishizu smiled at everyone.
"I am happy we were all able to meet again. I wish you all luck. And please do be careful. Tema is a dangerous man." She said.
"You can say that again." Kay said with her arms crossed.
"Alright guys. We'll head back to Domino city tomorrow morning." Atem said.
Quiet, but clear, footsteps were heard.
One of the employees from Tema's company peeked into the room where Yugi, Jounouchi, Honda and Anzu were being held captive.
"Hmph. The kids are just sleeping." The man said before yawning. "Well...it is 5:00am...I ought to be asleep too."
The man continued to mutter to himself before he left. Once his footsteps couldn't be heard anymore, Anzu and Yugi sat up.
"Alright! This is our chance!" Yugi hissed.
Anzu nodded and glanced at Jounouchi and Honda to see if they were ready as well. But they weren't sitting up.
The two friends glanced down at Jounouchi and Honda. They were really sleeping! The boys snored.
Anzu frowned a little and nudged the two with her foot.
"Hey!" She hissed. "Wake up! NOW!"
Honda slowly opened his eyes and sat up tiredly.
"Wha...? I'm...I'm awake." He yawned.
"Good! But we don't have much time! We only have an hour! Jounouchi needs to wake up!" Anzu whispered frantically.
"Leave that to me." Honda said, sounding more awake.
He scooted around so he was facing Jounouchi and swiftly kicked him in the face.
"OW!" Jounouchi yelled, sitting up quickly. "WHAT WAS THAT FOR?!"
"SHHH!" Yugi, Honda and Anzu hissed at Jounouchi.
Jounouchi quickly shut his mouth tightly after remembering what was going on.
"Alright gang." Yugi whispered. "We don't have much time. First we gotta get out of these ropes. Follow me."
The four slowly stood up and walked further into the room.
After a moment of walking, Yugi stopped.
"Here it is." He said, looking at a stone statue. "Look. The statue is holding a spear. I'm pretty sure it's sharp. Although, I can't reach it."
"Allow me." Jounouchi said, walking up to the statue. Turning around, he carefully rubbed the ropes against the spear. Not too long after, the ropes broke loose. "Aw right!"
"Nice going Jounouchi!" Yugi cried with a smile.
Jounouchi grinned and began to untie everyone else.
Once everyone was free, they ran towards the back of the room, where the exit was.
"Finally! Fresh air!" Honda cried when they reached the rooftop.
"It's kinda dark out though." Yugi pointed out.
"Remember what the employee said? It's around 5:00am. The sun will be rising very soon." Anzu said.
"Okay. We made it out here. Now what?" Jounouchi asked.
"We need to look around the area. Since this is our first time up here and we need to see if there's a way down without being detected." Yugi explained.
Kay pulled on her PJ top and sighed, walking over to the table to where her cell phone was.
"It's past 10pm! Who would be calling me so late..." She muttered and answered her phone. "Hello?"
"Kay! Kay, it's terrible!"
"M-Mr. Motou?" She gasped. "Wha...? What's wrong?"
"I-Its Yugi and the others!"
"Why? What happened to them?!"
"Ever since they left for school yesterday, they haven't come home!"
Yesterday? Oh, right. We're not in Japan anymore. We're in Africa. But Mr. Motou sounds so tired...did he sleep at all?
"Oh no..." Kay murmmered. "Do you know where they might be?"
"I'm not sure. But I wouldn't doubt Tema has something to do with all this!"
"You might be right Mr. Motou. Did you tell Atem and Cat about this?"
"I wasn't able to get a hold of them. So I called you. Thank goodness you answered."
"I see. I'll go and everyone else. Don't worry Mr. Motou. We'll be back as soon as we can! In the meantime, you sound so tired. Try and rest, okay?"
"I don't know if I can. I'm just so worried about the kids."
"I understand. It's okay. But do try and rest. If Tema really is behind all this, then he won't hurt them. They should be safe. But like I said, try and get some rest."
"Alright. Thank you Kay."
The two hung up.
Kay quickly tossed her cellphone onto her bed and ran into the next room.
Kaiba was sitting at a table, typing on his laptop. He looked up at Kay.
"What is it?" He asked.
"Oh. You were planning another all-nighter, weren't you?" She mummered before shaking her head. "No! That's not important right now! We need to get back to Domino as soon as we can!"
"Why?" He asked. "Can't you wait until tomorrow morning?"
"I'm afraid not. Mr. Motou just called me. He said that ever since Yugi, Jounouchi, Honda and Anzu left for school, earlier, they haven't come home. At it's past 5:00am over in Domino City." Kay explained. "We both believe Tema might be behind this."
"Fine." He said, closing his laptop. "If we need to get back soon, then I guess we can head out tonight. I don't know if the other two will be very happy about it though."
"If they really want to sleep, they can sleep on the way. This is an emergency!" Kay cried. "Are you awake enough to fly us all the way back to Domino?"
Kaiba was putting his stuff away.
"Yes. I can do that. I'll call Mokuba and tell him to look around Domino in the Kaiba Corp. helicopter." He said.
"What good will that do? They could be in a building for all we know!" Kay pointed out.
"But they might not be. While we're on our way, Mokuba can cover the unlikely part of the search. It can't hurt to at least look. Or would you rather I didn't call Mokuba?"
"No, no...that's fine. Call Mokie. But while you're doing that, I'll go tell the other two."
Kay quickly left the room and knocked on Atem's door.
Atem answered the door, looking very sleepy.
Cat and Atem had went to bed earlier than Kay.
"Kay...?" He mummered tiredly. "What is it?"
"Pack your things, we need to get back to Domino and fast." Kay said.
"I just got a call from Yugi's grandpa! Yugi, Jounouchi, Honda and Anzu are missing! And we believe Tema is responsible for this!"
Atem rubbed his face and blinked a couple of times before he looked awake again.
"What?! But how?!"
"I don't know what happened and neither does Mr. Motou! All I know is that we should be getting ready to head back home now!" Kay exclaimed.
"Right!" Atem said before heading back into his room.
"Ugh! I can't find a single way down!"
"Maybe we're really stuck." He said.
"Hey, we can't give up! We've come so far!" Jounouchi cried.
"But what else can we do? There's no way down! We're stuck here!" Anzu said.
"And our time is almost up." Yugi added in.
"I don't care! There's gotta be a way outta here! I refuse to be Tema's hostage any longer!" Jounouchi snapped.
"We may not have a choice, man. Unless some miracle happens, we're stuck." Honda said calmly.
"That's all we can hope for." Yugi murmmered.
"Well then start hopin'!" Jounouchi yelled.
There was a minute of silence between the four.
"Hey guys...is it me, or is that helicopter coming this way?" Anzu asked, looking at a black helicopter that was indeed heading towards the rooftop.
"Oh man! We'd better hope those guys are on our side!" Jounouchi exclaimed.
"What are the chances of that?!" Honda cried. "They probably work for Tema too!"
The helicopter came closer. A wind started to pick up.
"What do we do guys?!" Anzu yelled above the noise.
"No point in running away now! We've been caught!" Honda shouted.
"Hang on a minute guys!" Yugi yelled. "Look! I think this is our miracle!"
The helicopter slowly landed on the rooftop. But it wasn't just any helicopter...it was a Kaiba Corp. helicopter!
The door opened and Mokuba stepped out.
"There you are! Seto called me from Egypt to look for you guys by sky!" He said.
"Kaiba did? But...how did he know we were being held hostage?" Yugi asked.
"According to Seto, your grandpa called Kay and told her that you guys have been missing." Mokuba explained. "Seto, Kay, Cat and Atem are on their way back to Domino right now."
"Well that's great and all...but don't you think we should be leaving? Now?" Honda asked.
"He's right. I wouldn't be surprised if Tema's company noticed your helicopter Mokuba!" Yugi said.
"Then there's no time to lose! Hop on guys!" Mokuba said, jumping back into the helicopter. Anzu, Jounouchi, Yugi and Honda followed and they took off.
"So, uh...how's Cat?"
"Still asleep." Atem answered, glancing at Cat who was leaning against his shoulder, asleep.
"Geez, Cat's such a weird sleeper. One night she's a lighter sleeper, the next, she sleeps like a rock and nothing can wake her up." She said. "I don't think she even realizes that our friends have been kidnapped."
"Well, she IS very tired." Atem said.
"True. I've never seen anyone fall asleep while packing their suitcase. Nor did I think it would ever be so funny...that is, until I had to pack her suitcase for her." Kay said thoughtfully.
Atem sighed at this and shook his head.
Before anymore comments were made, the soft ring of a cell phone came up.
"Kay, you can answer that for me, right?" Kaiba asked, focusing on his flying.
"Yeah, sure, but...you can actually receive calls up here?" Kay asked.
"Just answer it. It's from Mokuba." Kaiba murmmered.
"I would ask how you know it's from him...but...nevermind." Kay said, picking up Kaiba's phone and answering it. "Hello?"
"Hey Mokie! What's up?" Kay asked, glancing at Kaiba for a second, her eyebrow raised.
Atem chuckled quietly and Kay ignored him.
"I have some good news for you all. While I was checking out Domino City from the Kaiba Corp. helicopter, I found Yugi, Jounouchi, Anzu and Honda!"
"You WHAT!? Mokie that's GREAT news!"
"Heh, heh. It is, isn't it? Everyone's suspicions were correct. Tema was behind this. I found them on the rooftop of Tema's company building. According to them, Tema held them all hostage on the 37th floor. An employee would check on them once in a while, and while the employee wasn't there, Yugi took a look around. There was a doorway which led to the rooftop. So they made their escape through there."
"Wow. Were they on their way down from the rooftop when you found them?"
"No. They were actually about to lose all hope. There wasn't a way down from the rooftop without being detected by Tema or one of his henchmen. I guess they were really lucky that I happened to have spotted them."
"They were VERY lucky, Mokie. Anyways, we're on our way back to Domino City. So we'll see you when we get home, okay?"
"Alright. We'll all meet up at Mr. Motou's game shop, okay?"
"Sounds good. Bye Mokie."
Kay hung up the cell phone and smiled brightly.
"So what did Mokuba have to say?" Atem asked.
"Amazing news guys. Mokuba found and rescued Yugi, Jounouchi, Anzu and Honda!" Kay announced cheerfully.
"He...He did?! Kay, that's great!" Atem said with a wide grin. "Tell us the details!"
The sun shined brightly down on the Game Shop. It was a beautiful day.
"Even though I'm really happy you all are safe, what you did still wasn't smart." Atem said sternly, arms crossed over his chest.
Yugi, Jounouchi, Anzu and Honda looked sheepish.
"I know. Sorry." Yugi apologized.
"It was my fault for bringing the idea up in the first place." Honda admitted. "Sorry. Anzu tried to tell us that it wasn't a good idea."
"Yeah, and I went along with Honda." Jounouchi mummered.
"Y'know. I figured you were all smart enough to know that it was too dangerous." Kay said, a slight disappointed look on her face and arms crossed.
"Well, what's done is done. I just hope you all learned a lesson through all this." Yugi's grandfather said.
Yugi, Jounouchi, Anzu and Honda all nodded.
"Alright. Enough pity parties. I have work to do, so if you'll excuse me." Kaiba said before turning to leave.
Everyone watched him leave.
Jounouchi huffed angrily.
"Hmph! That Kaiba! He still hasn't changed!" He snapped. "Thinks he's too high and mighty to be around us!"
"Get over it Jounouchi. It's always been like that." Honda said.
"Still!" Jounouchi growled.
"Kay? Aren't you going to go back with him?" Cat asked.
Kay looked at Cat.
"Oh...yeah. Soon. I'd figure I'd stick around and help you and Atem fill these four with the details about defeating Tema before I left." She answered before yawning. "And when I get back home, I'm going to take a nap. I only got a little sleep on the way back to Domino. YOU on the other hand, Cat, slept through everything!"
Cat grinned sheepishly.
"Well...I was tired." She said.
"That's no excuse!" Jounouchi cried, jumping in on the girls' conversation. "Me and the other three were in danger! And all you did was sleep!"
Cat held up her hands in defense and smiled weakly.
"I-I'm sorry! It's not like I meant or wanted to miss everything!" She said.
"She's right Jounouchi. She was just very tired from the trip. And she had to leave when she finally fell asleep. It couldn't be helped." Atem said.
"Okay, fine. I'll let it slide." He mummered.
"Why are you so riled up today anyways, Jounouchi?" Kay asked.
"It's just one of those days, is all." Yugi said calmly.
"Hmph! Call it what you like." Jounouchi mummered, arms crossed over his chest.
Atem's face then turned serious.
"Anyways. It's a good thing we had gotten what we needed before we returned." He said. "Thanks to Ishizu, Marik and Rishid, we were able to obtain the item and information we need in order to defeat Tema."
After his words, everyone's faced turned serious as well.
"I'll start off by saying that whatever plan we come up with, it won't exactly be easy...but if we work together and do it right, then we will be successful." Atem explained.
Everyone listened quietly.
"Okay. I'll explain how we can defeat Tema."
I updated! Aren't you so proud of me? :D Lol
Anyways, the Tema arc is almost done. Which means the story itself is almost done!
I hope you enjoyed this chapter!
See you next chappie! ;)