Seto sat in his dorm room alone listening to his I-Pod while sitting at his desk. His lap top was open for he had been looking at the rankings for new duelists since he had put away his cards for good. His window was up and he could hear the laughs and antics of his fellow college mates outside in the courtyard. Though it was a beautiful, sunny day, he was in no mood to be bothered by the lame, drooling fangirls that were probably waiting to jump him outside. It had been that way ever since he enrolled at Sho-Jo University. Everyone knew he was a multimillionaire who owned the multimillion dollar company Kaiba Corp. They also knew him from watching him duel in Battle City just two years ago. Though he finished second to that of Yugi Moto, everyone still followed him around because they knew deep down that he was the best.
Every now and then some jealous football jock who may have dabbled in the art that is Duel Monsters, would approach him begging for a duel. He of course, would refuse simply because he knew they weren't even on his level. There was only one person in the world that was possibly on his level but that person had not been seen in almost two years. Yugi Moto. Ever since the Pharaoh Atem and Yugi had managed to separate their bodies, they had decided to travel alone since they had been stuck together for so long. Seto of course, couldn't care less what happened to either of them though he had to admit that he kind of missed the interaction. Though he'd never verbally admit it, he actually enjoyed being around the twerp Yugi and more importantly, Yami. It seemed that Yami always had a way of reading into his thoughts or moods like no other. That was part of the reason why Seto pushed Yami away. His pride would never allow him to admit that there was a chance he would consider either of them as a friend.
They allowed the Pharaoh and Yugi to graduate from their high school. It took a lot of work but they somehow managed to fix Atem's records showing that he was the first cousin of Yugi Moto. When asked about Battle City, Atem would let Yugi take the credit. The same applied for Duelist Kingdom. No one in the world would ever believe the story of Atem even if they tried so this was for the better. Hmpf. Why am I thinking about that loser? Seto banged his fist against his desk and sighed. The life of a rich boy was just too lonely.
He picked up his cell phone, opening it up to the contacts menu. There was only three numbers in it: his house number, Mokuba's cell, and Kaiba Corp. He knew Mokuba was probably in the middle of a duel at school. He was enrolled at Kaiba's very own Duel Academy and was doing quite well on his own. Every now and then he'd call his big brother asking for tips on how to beat certain monster types. Other than Mokuba or his corporate advisers, no one else would call.
But that was nothing new to Kaiba. In fact, he had always been a loner and because of this, he figured he would never get bored being by himself. Today however, was one of those days where he wished he was still an active duelist. At least during a duel, he had some human contact and verbal communication. Alright Seto. Get a grip. You like being alone. Yeah right. I have never been completely alone. I've always had Mokuba…or someone to duel against. Seto's thoughts were interrupted by a knock at his dorm room door. Hmmm how strange. I never have visitors. Seto slowly stood to his feet and headed for the door.
"Who is it?" he grumbled.
"Uh…Mr. Kaiba sir? We uh…we need to talk with you for a second." It was the dean of the university Ms. Helms. Seto rolled his eyes opening the door.
"Is there something I can do for you?"
"Uh…well Mr. Kaiba sir, I uh…I know how much you hate being bothered…"
"And you better have a damn good reason for bothering me now," he snapped.
"Uh…right. Well you see, I know you specifically asked for a private facility for yourself."
"Which is why I built it. Come on and get to the point old woman. I have things to do."
"Uh…right. Well um…we had a new student to enroll today and because of his status, I uh…I really think it would be a bad idea for him to stay in the regular dorms."
"His status huh? Who could be more important than me? Huh? The guy that has donated thousands of dollars to this school out of the goodness of his heart?"
"Uh…Mr. Kaiba sir, I think you're important but it's just…for his safety and peace of mind…but I mean, I suppose you don't have to let him stay. In fact, he said that hell would freeze over before you'd share a room with him. He…he tried to get me to leave you be and…"
"Wait a second. Who the hell is this guy?"
"Uh…well sir, it's…it's some guy named Atem." Seto stared at the woman for several seconds as he was not quite sure he heard right.
"Yes, sir. Atem…uh…Atem Moto."
"Uh…well no sir. He never mentioned being a duelist though a lot of he students here say he is. In fact, they say he's your rival."
"That would be Yugi. Go ahead and send him in. He can stay."
"Ex…excuse me sir?"
"I said he can stay. Don't make me repeat myself again now get going!" he yelled.
"Hai, yes sir," she bowed before taking off down the stairs. Kaiba closed the door and leaned back against the wall. He had no idea what he was feeling. His stomach was in knots and his heart was racing. Could it be that after two years he was actually excited about seeing one of his rivals? No. Couldn't be. He hated Yugi and his little pharaoh look-a-like so why was his body reacting that way? Maybe it was because he was feeling alone. Yes, that had to be it. He was finally about to have some kind of human contact and it was with someone he knew would be able to stay on his level. There was a soft knock on the door and his heart skipped a beat. After several seconds he finally managed to find his voice.
"Kaiba?" There was no mistaking that voice. Kaiba hurriedly turned the knob opening the door. His heart stopped when he found himself face to face with his old rival.
"Yugi?" he managed.
"Not quite but close enough," he grinned. "So do I have your permission to room with you for a semester? I know it can't be that much fun staying in a mansion sized dorm room all alone." Seto just stood there staring at his old rival. It was indeed Atem himself and though it had been two years, he still looked pretty much the same though less stressed. His hair was still spiked in a weird way, making him look like a pharaoh of some sort. He was dressed in black jeans and a white button down shirt, the millennium puzzle dangling around his neck. He had matching gold studs in his ears and the funny Egyptian symbol on his forehead was glowing brighter than ever.
"Uh…whatever. Bring your stuff in because I'm not doing it for you," he growled. He hurried back into the room and sat at his desk. The dorm room was more of a mansion than an actual dorm room anyway. As soon as Atem walked in, he was a little baffled as to what to do with his stuff. There was one large bed on the left side of the room. It had a black canopy over it that was slightly ajar revealing beautiful black bedding with matching gold pillows. On the right side of the room was another bed. It too had a canopy over it but it was decorated with gold bedding and matching black pillows. Both beds were made of nice maple wood that had been painted with a golden finish to it. At the far back of the room was a kitchen area, with a small glass round table and two chairs. There were shelves in each half of the room, but there was a thick wall dividing the two halves altogether. Perfect. I won't get in Kaiba's way if I stay on my side, but…which side is mine?
"What is it Yugi? You've been here five minutes and I'm already sick of you."
"I'm sure you are, but I have a question for you. Which side of the room am I permitted to stay? I promise to stay out of your way if you so wish it." The question took Kaiba off guard. You see, since he had been in school he had never actually slept in either of the beds. He had been sleeping on a bean bag or a pallet on the floor for quite sometime now. He thought about this for several seconds then answered.
"Well all mighty pharaoh, I suppose you should take your pick. After all, you are the chosen one."
"Kaiba please. I'm only…never mind. Do you mind if I take the bed on the right side of the room, the one draped in gold? The black is a little too dark for me. I've spent my entire life living in darkness so I'd prefer the light if you let me."
"What the hell does that mean Yugi? What's with all the humbleness? I could care less which bed you sleep in just as long as you stay away from me," he huffed. Atem just shook his head, a wry smile crossing his face.
"As you wish Kaiba." Same old Kaiba, but then it wouldn't be right if he wasn't as grumpy as ever. Atem dragged his bags to the other side of the room. He made several trips in and out the dorm until he finally dragged in the last of his belongings.
"About time. I thought you'd never finish," Kaiba huffed. He was standing at the door, leaning against the wall watching the pharaoh as he dropped his last bag near a desk on his side of the room.
"Yeah well I had so much stuff that I just couldn't leave behind."
"Let me guess, those God awful millennium item thingies," he scoffed.
"No. Actually Marik has those."
"You still trust that lunatic? Even after all the trouble he caused during my tournament?"
"Yeah. I trust him. Sometimes people make bad choices but I believe he's on the path to goodness from now on."
"God you're as naïve as ever. So what's in the bag? I see you treated it as if it was a bomb or something?"
"Funny you should ask." Atem sat on the edge of his bed after drawing back the drapes. He opened his bag carefully pulling out picture frames. "They are all pictures of my friends."
"Oh give me a break! Those losers?"
"Well I hardly think they are losers," he shrugged. He pulled out several frames and began arranging them nicely on his bedside table. He put a couple on the desk that would soon be home to his lap top and then he put a few on the dresser with the mirror. The last frame that he pulled out was put in the very center of his other surrounding pictures on his nightstand. It was a picture of him and Kaiba from the Battle City tournament. They were both standing side by side, holding up their duel disks striking a pose. Kaiba stared at the picture full of disbelief. That…that picture…why does he have a picture with me in it?
"Yugi, what's with that picture? I hardly think you need to be harboring pictures of me. People might think we're pals or something. You don't want to give them the wrong idea," he smirked.
"You're right. I don't want to give them the wrong idea and if it makes you feel any better, I promise not to show this picture to anyone, but I'm not getting rid of it. The pictures that I have of my friends remind me why I kept on dueling. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here today. That includes you too Kaiba, my friend."
"Oh please Yugi. Enough with the friend talk. I'm going to my side of the room so don't bother me and we'll get along just fine."
"Alright. I'll come get you for dinner."
"I'll pass," he grumbled. When Seto reached the comfort of his room, he took a seat at his desk letting out a huge breath. Human contact. He never knew that human contact could bring him so much joy but then again, he had never gone so long without it. He made sure that Yugi was still in his room before slowly opening the top drawer of his desk pulling out a small picture frame. It was the exact same picture that Yugi had on his desk. It was the from the Battle City poster they had posed for four years ago in order to promote the tournament. As Seto played with frame, a little smile formed across his face. Yugi…my friend. It would take him time but eventually he would have to learn to accept Yugi as his friend…or maybe something more but for now he would have to get used to having him around and that was going to be hard enough, especially since his emotions were slightly confused. Just what is this feeling? Only time will tell.
AN: Just the intro to something I have been wanting to experiment with for quite sometime. I have been preoccupied with my Inu/Kik and my Naruto stuff for so long that I just haven't had the time to start this one. It's not going to be all duels and whatnot. It's basically going to be a tale of a growing friendship and potentially more. There will probably be lots of fluff but then I'm sure there will be other things as well. The rating may change depending on the direction I go with it. Lemons are a possibility at some point but like I said, only time will tell. Romance, drama, angst, friendship--that is what you are to expect. I'm sure there will be dark themes later so I'm just trying to give you all a heads up. If you like it fine if not then thats too bad. I am writing this for myself because YuGiOh was one of the best anime's ever. Let's see, review if you want to. Uh...let's see...There's a slight chance that I won't be able to update this one a lot since summer is fast approaching. But do not fret. If you like the story so far then I will make it my mission to finish it. Alright. I think that's all.