I know I forgot to do this last chapter!
(1): Nebit means leopard!
YGO – YGO
The next morning, Mert-Re went outside to see her brother, Akil talking to Akiiki. She hid behind one of the obelisks that were on either side of the palace's entrance and listened.
"I'm just worried about my sister, Akiiki." Akil said. "I mean… she told me what she saw a couple nights ago and… well… what if Mahad doesn't care about her anymore?"
Mert-Re gasped. 'I… never even thought of that, but… what if it's true?' She thought.
"Can't you just smite him if he does?" Akiiki asked.
"Well… yes, I could. Although, if he doesn't care for her anymore, then it wouldn't be very satisfying if I finished him off just like that." Akil answered. "No. If anyone hurts my sister, they have to personally deal with me!"
"You're a very protective brother."
"Of course I am. That's only because I love her."
"I know you do, and that's one of the things I love about you." Akiiki said.
"Huh?" Akil asked.
Akiiki blushed when he realized what he had said. "Oh… uh… um…"
"You mean it?" Akil asked as he made Akiiki look him in the eye. "Do you… really love me? Like… more than a close friend… or even a brother?"
Akiiki just looked at Akil and realized that he couldn't talk his way out of this one. "Well… yes, I do. …Please don't get mad at me, Akil. It's not like I can control the way I feel. I just have these feelings for you, and-" Akiiki was suddenly cut off when Akil kissed him. Akiiki's eyes widened before he just melted into the kiss and kissed him back.
Mert-Re smiled as she watched the scene before her. Then, she suddenly remembered what her brother had said. 'Is that… true? Could Mahad really not have feelings for me anymore?' She thought. She felt tears well up in her eyes, but she shook it off. 'Damn it, Mert-Re, do not cry!' She suddenly took off into the marketplace.
Mert-Re got to the marketplace and saw it alive and bustling. There were a lot of merchants selling their crops and livestock to make a decent amount of money. She went up to one of the merchants who was selling good luck charms and got a necklace with a scarab beetle on it.
Suddenly, someone ran into her and she saw that it was Yami. "Oh… hello." Mert-Re greeted.
"Hi. What are you doing out here?"
"I just came here because I needed to clear my head."
"What are you doing out here?"
"I miss this place. The sights, the sounds, the smell. I just miss it here."
"Pharaoh… are you feeling homesick?" Mert-Re asked.
"Maybe a little…" Yami said and walked away.
Mert-Re went back into the palace a little bit later and saw Mahad actually out of bed and walking around. "Mahad?" She asked and walked up to him. "What are you doing? It's too soon for you to be up and about. You should still be resting."
"Mert-Re, I'll be alright. It's all over now. I'm fine." Mahad stubbornly replied.
"Mahad, you're going to kill yourself one of these days." Mert-Re said. "You're always forcing yourself to do stuff when you know you're not feeling well."
"Mert-Re, I appreciate your concern, but you cannot tell me how to run my life."
Mert-Re was a little shocked. "I'm not trying to run your life. I'm just worried about you. You always push yourself and it's not healthy."
"I don't need your help." Mahad said and walked away.
Mert-Re quickly wiped her eyes as she felt tears start to form. 'I guess he really doesn't care about me.'
Mert-Re was walking towards her brother's room and when she got there, she just opened the door. She looked at her brother's bed and saw him and Akiiki sitting on it together, kissing.
"Oh! Sorry! I didn't mean to interrupt." Mert-Re said.
Akil and Akiiki just looked at her.
"I'll just… come back later." She said, sadly.
"Wait. Mert-Re, what's wrong?" Akil asked.
"It's nothing. I'll… just go find someone else to talk to." Mert-Re said and was about to walk out the door when Akil was suddenly standing in front of her.
"No. You are my little sister, Mert-Re, and I want to know what is bothering you."
Mert-Re sighed and went over to her brother's bed and sat down next to Akiiki, who gave her a friendly hug. Then, Akil sat in front of her. "Well… it started this morning when I heard you two talking and you said that Mahad didn't care about me anymore."
"Mert-Re, I'm sorry I said that." Akil said. "I'm sure he does."
"…I don't know." Mert-Re replied. "After the way he just treated me…"
"What did he do?" Akil asked, sounding more protective.
"Well… he was walking around and even limping a little bit. I told him that he should be resting instead of up and moving around. He just got a little mad and said that he didn't need my help then walked off without saying anything else."
"Where is he?" Akil asked.
"Last time I saw him… he was headed for the Temple of the Gods." Mert-Re answered.
Akil just got up and ran out.
"…He's going to hurt Mahad, isn't he?" Mert-Re asked.
"Most likely." Akiiki answered.
Mert-Re sat there for a second before running out of the room. "Akil, wait!"
Akil went into the Temple of the Gods and saw Mahad standing there. "Hey! Mahad!" He yelled, and then ran up to Mahad who had his back towards him. "What the hell do you think you're doing?! You think you can just treat my sister like shit, and you don't even care?!"
Mahad turned around to look at Akil with tears in his blue eyes and coming down his face.
"Of course I care, Akil. I'm in love with your sister. I would do anything for her. I never meant to treat her like that… I don't know what the hell came over me."
Suddenly, Mert-Re ran past the door, and just listened to Mahad and her brother's conversation.
"I'm so stuck on your sister… that it's almost pathetic."
"How is that pathetic?" Akil asked.
"Well, it's not. It's just… it's complicated." Mahad said. "I just hold so much love for her that… I can't describe it. I guess you wouldn't understand that well. I mean… I don't think you have feelings that strong for anyone."
"Excuse me? How do you think I feel about Akiiki?"
"So, you finally admitted your feelings for him, huh? I knew it wouldn't take long!" Mahad said.
"Huh? You mean… everything you just said… was just to get me to admit that I love Akiiki?"
"That last sentence was, but not all of it. The rest of it, I truly meant. I wouldn't lie about my feelings for Mert-Re."
"I know." Akil said as he gave Mahad a friendly pat on the shoulder. Then, he suddenly said, "Alright, Mert-Re. You can come out now."
Mert-Re came out from the doorway and walked over to them. "How did you know I was even here?"
"I'm your brother. I know everything. Now where were you? I thought you would've gotten here sooner."
Mert-Re giggled and grabbed an apple that was in the basket next to her. "I thought you knew everything." She said, and then took a bite out of the apple.
"…Whatever. I'll leave you two alone" Akil said and walked out. Although, before he fully left, he stuck his head back in and said, "Just keep it PG. I have eyes in here, you know." He said as he pointed to the tablet of Ra, and then zipped out.
Mert-Re just giggled and took another bite out of the apple. Suddenly, someone pulled her into a hug and obviously she knew who it was.
"Mert-Re…" Mahad whispered in her ear as he held her close. "I'm so sorry."
Mert-Re turned around and wrapped her arms around Mahad's neck. "It's alright. I'm not mad at you or anything. I was just a little sad, that's all. Though, now that I heard you say what you said about me… I couldn't be happier."
"I meant every word, you know?" Mahad said.
"I know. That just makes me even happier." She said, and then kissed him. She then broke the kiss and said, "I love you… so much. I don't even know how to describe how much either."
Mahad chuckled and kissed Mert-Re's forehead. "I love you too."
Mert-Re lifted her hands and placed them on Mahad's headdress, then took it off and tossed it in some random direction.
"What did you do that for?" Mahad asked.
"I just… wanted to see your hair."
"Because it's pretty." Mert-Re said and ran her fingers through it. "It's soft and untangled. Not anything like my mess of hair." She said as she pointed to her hair.
"What are you talking about? You're hair is just as beautiful as anything else about you. It's long and smooth and someone could just run their fingers through it so easily."
Mert-Re smiled and hugged Mahad with her arms wrapped around his waist and her head placed on his chest, right over his heart. "You really are too sweet, Mahad. No wonder I fell in love with you." She sighed happily.
"What are you so happy about?" Mahad asked, teasingly.
"I'm happy that I'm in your arms and that you're saying how much you love me!" Mert-Re said, then nuzzled her nose into his neck and breathed in the intoxicating scent of lotus flowers. "You smell good."
Mahad couldn't help but blush at the complement. "Y…you think so?"
"Mmm…" Mert-Re answered as she nuzzled closer. "Mm-hm."
Suddenly, Azizi walked in the room. "Oh! Sorry! I didn't mean to interrupt!"
Mert-Re and Mahad just looked at Azizi and smiled, reassuringly.
"No, no. That's alright, Azizi." Mert-Re said. "Do you need something?"
"Oh… um…" Azizi said and bowed. "Mahad, the Pharaoh requests your audience in the throne room."
"Oh… alright. I'll be right there." Mahad said and watched Azizi walk away before looking at Mert-Re and took her hands into his. "I'm sorry I have to rush off."
"It's alright. I understand." Mert-Re said.
They gave each other a little kiss before he rushed out of the room.
In Rome, Aemilia went up to the throne where her father, Darius, was sitting.
"Father? When are we going to go through with the plan of invading Egypt?" Aemilia asked. "Don't you think we've put that plan off for far too long?"
"Well… we can't until Bakura and those other three finish their end of the bargain." Darius answered.
Up on the cliffs back in Egypt, sat Kakra who was overlooking the city like she usually does at night. She was sitting there with her cheetah pet named, Masika(1), and her mate Bomani(2), and their cub, Sagira(3). Masika had been Kakra's pet since she was a little girl and three of the cheetahs were all nice to her.
"What am I going to do, you guys?" Kakra asked. "I really want to go and see my brother, but… I can't just abandon Nefertari… not to mention Marik."
Suddenly, Bakura came walking up to Kakra from behind and started talking. "Kakra, why do you always look out in the city with a waiting look. Like… you want something to happen."
"It's nothing. What do you need?"
"Nothing. I was just about to go back to Nefertari and ask her to share my bed again tonight." Bakura answered.
"Bakura, I really think there's a reason that you're sleeping with Nefertari so much. Then, once you get what you want, you're going to cast my best friend aside like a bunch of old clothes."
"There is a reason, but I'm not going to cast her aside once I get what I want." Bakura said. "I told you to never tell me how I feel about her again!"
"Bakura, you don't care for Nefertari and everyone knows it!"
"I know it, and that's all that matters!" Bakura yelled, and stomped off.
'Maybe going to see my brother isn't a bad idea after all.' Kakra thought. 'So Bakura does have a reason for sleeping with Nefertari so much… I just wonder what that reason is.'
Bakura went into Nefertari's room and saw her lying on her bed. Bakura went over to the bed and woke Nefertari up. "Wake up. Wake up, Nefertari."
Nefertari groaned and looked at Bakura. "What is it?"
"Come share my bed." Bakura said.
"Not tonight, Bakura. I'm too tired." Nefertari said as she turned her back towards Bakura. There was silence and Nefertari knew that Bakura was still there looking at her. "What?"
"That's the first time you've ever refused me."
"Yeah… so? There's got to be a first time for everything, right?"
Bakura stood up. "I have to go blow off some steam." He said and walked out. He got outside and started punching random objects. "Dammit! Why the hell is she refusing me?! She's never refused me before! Has what Kakra's been saying gotten to her head? Kakra, you are dead!" He said, then stomped back to where Kakra had been, but she wasn't there. "Where is she?"
Down in the city, Kakra was running towards the palace with her three pets. When she got to the entrance, there were a bunch of guards there.
"Kakra! You are not allowed in this palace! Leave these grounds immediately!" One of the guards said.
Kakra simply nodded and her pets went and started chasing the guards away. "And they call themselves palace guards? Please, they can barely keep themselves safe." She said, then ran into the palace.
Kakra entered to the throne room to see everyone there. "Well, quite a collection of friends you have here, Pharaoh Atem. I really feel quite upset that I'm not in this group."
"You're not wanted!" Mert-Re said with a glare.
"Not want-" Kakra asked. "Oh dear, what an awkward situation. I really had hoped that it was simply due to some oversight." She said as she pet Masika. "Well, in that event. I had best be on my way."
"And… you're not offended, Kakra?" Zahur asked.
"Why no, your majesty." Kakra said as she bowed.
"Kakra…" Anupu asked.
"And hello to you too…" Kakra said as she bowed to Anupu. "Brother."
"Brother?!" Everyone asked.
"Oh… yes. Kakra is my twin sister." Anupu said as he scratched the back of his head, sheepishly. "Perhaps I forgot to mention?" He laughed nervously.
Later that night, Mert-Re was outside on her room's balcony, looking up at the stars thousands of glittering stars. Suddenly she felt someone grab her from behind and she screamed. Although, when she heard a familiar laugh, she looked and saw Mahad. "Mahad, please don't scare me like that."
"Sorry. I couldn't help myself." Mahad said before kissing her shoulder and looking up at the stars with her. "What are you doing out here?"
"Just thinking." Was Mert-Re's answer. "You know… about Kakra. I don't think it's safe for her to be here."
"Technically, I don't either. Although, I do trust Prince Anupu and he said that he would take full responsibility for Kakra."
"Yeah, I know. I trust Prince Anupu too."
"So, I don't think that there's anything to worry about." Mahad said, then kissed Mert-Re's shoulder again. "Please… do not fret, my love. I don't like seeing you stressed." He said as he ran his hands through Mert-Re's long, silky hair.
Mert-Re looked at Mahad and smiled. "Thank you, Mahad. I appreciate your concern." She said, then giggled.
"What's so funny?" Mahad asked.
"I'm just remembering the first time we saw each other after you left to go from being a regular farm boy to being a priest."
(A/N: This is a flashback!)
About a year ago, Priest Mahad wanted to go see his lifelong friend, Mert-Re. He hadn't seen her in two years because he never had time to go out into the city when he was studying to become a priest. He was talking to Mana outside the palace doors. "Okay. I'm going to go see her. I just have to be smooth… cool… confident." He looked at his sister. "How do I look?"
"Like… a priest." Mana answered and saw her brother jump on his horse and ride into the city.
At Mert-Re's house, she was sitting on her rooftop with her brother, Akiiki, and Akil's "pet" jungle cat, Kissa(4). Suddenly, there was knock on the door that lead into the house and Kissa growled.
"Who's there?" Mert-Re asked.
The door opened and in walked Mahad, but none of them recognized him. "It's me, Priest Ma- I mean… hello."
"I don't really want to see you or any other priest." Mert-Re said as she stood up.
"No. Please…please, just… give me a chance."
"Just leave me alone!" Mert-Re said just as Kissa started growling at Mahad and keeping him back.
"Down, kitty…" Mahad said, but Kissa just kept growling at him and keeping him back. Mahad took off his headdress and tried to shoo Kissa away that way.
Mert-Re looked and thought she recognized him. "Wait! Wait! Do I… know you?" She asked and Kissa backed off a little, but still kept a close eye on him as she stood next to Mert-Re.
Mahad put his headdress back on. "No, no."
"You remind me of someone I met a long time ago… in the marketplace."
"The marketplace?" Mahad asked, then cleared his throat. "That's impossible. I've lived in the palace my whole life. So… it couldn't have been me there."
"No… I guess not." Mert-Re said as she looked down, sadly.
Suddenly, someone poked Mahad in the back and he looked to see his sister poking her head through the door behind him. "Mana?" He whispered.
"Why don't you give her a complement?" Mana whispered.
"Um… you know, you are very…" Mahad said, and trailed off.
"Wonderful? Magnificent? Glorious? Punctual?" Mana offered those suggestions to finish Mahad's sentence.
"Punctual?" Mert-Re asked.
"Sorry." Mana apologized.
"Uh… beautiful!" Mahad quickly said.
"Nice recovery!" Mana complemented.
Mert-Re smiled and started walking towards him. "Hm. I'm rich too, you know? I guess I would be a fine prize for any nobility to marry."
"R-Right." Mahad said, and stuttered from Mert-Re getting so close that he was pinning himself against the wall. "Someone like me."
"Right." Mert-Re said. "Someone like you, and every other full-headed, wavering peacock priest I've met! Just go jump off the roof!"
"What?" Mahad asked.
"Brother…" Mana whispered from behind him. "Just be yourself." She said before leaving.
"Yeah right!" Mahad said.
"What?" Mert-Re asked.
"Uh…uh… you're right." Mahad said, and Mert-Re looked confused. "You shouldn't be just some prize to be won. You should be free to make your own choice. I'll just… go now." He said and walked right off the roof.
"No!" Mert-Re said.
Mahad stuck his head back over the roof. "What? What?"
"How…how did you do that?" Mert-Re asked. Then, she saw the small dragon that Mahad was on.
"Meet my pet dragon." Mahad said.
"He's… beautiful." Mert-Re said, and the dragon licked her.
"You uh… don't want to go for a ride, do you?" Mahad asked and Mert-Re just raised an eyebrow at him. "We could get out of the city. Fly around."
"Are you sure it's safe?" Mert-Re asked.
"Sure. Do you trust me?" Mahad asked as he stuck his hand out to her.
Mert-Re looked at him, shocked. "What?"
"Do you trust me?" Mahad repeated.
Mert-Re suddenly had a brief flashback.
(A/N: …It's a small flashback inside a big flashback!)
A 9 year-old Mahad was sitting with an 8 year-old Mert-Re on the edge of the Nile.
"Come on, Mert-Re! Let's jump across the rocks together!"
"But Mahad, the running water scares me…" Mert-Re said.
"You'll be alright. Do you trust me?" Mahad asked as he offered his hand to her.
Mert-Re smiled and said, "Yes." She grabbed his hand and they started hopping the rocks across the Nile.
(A/N: Back to the original flashback!)
Mert-Re smiled. "Yes." She answered, then took his hand and they began flying through the skies.
Mert-Re and Mahad were lying on the edge of the Nile, looking up at the stars together.
"The night sky is just so magical!" Mert-Re said.
Mahad looked at Mert-Re and smiled. "Yeah… it is."
Mert-Re just looked back, then back up at the stars. 'Time to find out for sure if this man is who I think he is!' She thought, then said. "It's a shame that Mana had to miss this clear night."
"Nah! Mana isn't too interested in the night sky! She doesn't really like flying either!" Mahad said, and when he saw Mert-Re's face, he realized what he had just said. He sat up quickly and looked at her. "Uh… I mean… oh no!"
"It is you, Mahad! I knew it!" Mert-Re said as she took his headdress away from him. "Why did you not tell me? Did you think I was stupid?! That I wouldn't figure it out?!" Mert-Re asked.
"No. I just didn't want to tell you because… you haven't seen me in so long that… I wanted to find out about what you had been up to since I left before telling you."
"What I've been up to?"
"Like… if you had… found a husband yet or not." Mahad said. "I have to admit that it was my main concern."
"Concern?" Mert-Re asked. "What do you mean? What? Are you in love with me and won't stand to see me with anyone else?" She asked, meaning it as a joke.
"Huh? Yes? Yes what?"
"I love you, Mert-Re. I have ever since we were little."
Mert-Re blushed. "Oh…"
(A/N: We're back to the present… or past… grr! We're not in flashback anymore! Let's just go with that!)
Mert-Re and Mahad were now sitting on Mert-Re's bed.
"Why didn't you just tell me who you were?"
"Like I said… I wanted to see if you had changed any and had anyone special. Besides… a priest visiting an old friend in the city. Sounds kind of strange, don't you think?"
Mert-Re just smiled. "Not that strange." She said as she nudged Mahad lightly with her arm. Then, she placed her head on his shoulder and sighed, happily. "I love you."
"And I, you." Mahad said and kissed Mert-Re's forehead.
YGO – YGO
Holy f-ckin' shit! This chapter was long! It's now 11:45, and I've been working on this chapter for three hours straight! I hope you all appreciate this! I work hard to entertain you all!
(1): Masika means "born during the rain".
(2): Bomani means "warrior".
(3): Sagira means "little one".
(4): Kissa means "sister of twins" and is Taniya's past life.
…Now, I am going to bed!
Goodnight and… REVIEW!!