Yugi starred blankly off into space, daydreaming about having fun in the Egyptian sun; after all anything is better than being stuck inside listening to some old loony go on and on about something…Yugi hadn't really been paying enough attention to even have the slightest clue what is was his tutor had been jabbering about for the past hour.
He caught a glimpse of his friends Jou and Honda racing around outside, and found himself for what he believed to be the umpteenth time angry with his parents, and grandfather for forcing him to endure these pointless lessons. Especially when since neither his grandfather nor his parents as far as he knew had ever been taught how to read or write, but he was just guessing about his parents seeing as how they had died when he was about 6.
"Yugi. Yugi! YUGI!" his tutor, a village elder by the name of Delra shouted, causing Yugi to jump out of his skin.
"Yes elder Delra." Yugi said, forcing Delra to sigh. He had been teaching Yugi for years, he should have known better than to expect Yugi to pay the least bit attention when the weather was this nice.
"Well, I was going to ask you to answer a question. But seeing as how you haven't paid the least bit of attention I've decided to do us both a favor and dismiss you early today. So, go outside and have fun with your friends." Delra said.
Yugi suddenly broke into a huge smile that lit up his entire face. "Thank you. Thank you very much elder Delra, I'll see you tomorrow." Yugi said as he got up to leave.
"Yugi." Delra said, causing Yugi to pause at the door.
"Yes sir?" Yugi asked.
"Why don't you take the rest of the week off, enjoy the nice weather." Elder Delra said with a slight smile.
Yugi ran up to him and gave him a big hug before he scampered off out the door.
"Jou, Honda, Anzu I got done early today." Yugi said as he came out of elder Delra's house.
"that's great Yug." Jou said as he ruffled Yugi's tri-colored hair, causing the two remaining members of their group to laugh as Yugi struggled to get out of Jou's grip.
"Come on Jou, let me go." Yugi whined causing Jou to burst into laughter before he relented to Yugi's request and released him.
"So, what do you guys want to do?" Honda asked after a moment.
"We could go swimming, seeing as how its so hot out." Anzu suggested which got enthusiastic replies from both Honda and Jou.
"Why don't we just play Hide-and-go-seek or something like that until Ryou and Malik can join us." Yugi said.
"But Yugi, they won't be done til dinner and then your gramps will have you doing chores for the rest of the night." Jou whined.
"He will not. Besides I have the rest of the week off, not to mention its my birthday this Friday. There'll be plenty of time for us all to go swimming." Yugi said.
"the big sixteen isn't it?" Honda asked.
"Yup and I can't wait." Yugi said. The four played Hide-N-Seek until Yugi's grandfather called him in for dinner.
Dinner was nothing special just some fish and bread, and after the two had finished eating, Yugi's grandfather said, "Yugi there's something that you and I need to talk about, something important."
Yugi looked up at his Grandpa, who had a very serious look on his face, clearly whatever it was it was indeed something important.
"What is it Grandpa." Yugi said.
"Have you ever heard of a Hikari?" Yugi's grandpa said rather off handedly. Yugi frowned, clearly confused by the whole thing.
"No, no Grandpa I haven't." Yugi said.
"Alright, then I guess you're in for a story." Solomon said as he leaned back in his seat, as a way of indicating they'd be here for a while.
"okay." Yugi said after a little bit of hesitation before he leaned back as well to listen to his grandpa.
"Now, as I'm sure you know the Egyptian gods created all of us. Now, the parts you don't know about are the special cases. You see occasionally, they create what are known as Yami's and Hikari's. Now the Yami's tend to be quite powerful individuals in their own right, they are usually endowed with the ability to tap into some powerful magic as well. Anyway, for each Yami the god's create a hikari. The hikari's tend to be smaller, weaker versions of the Yami's. Once the two join they are supposed to create some type of a balance for each other, however, I don't know much about that. Here's what I do know, that the Hikari's have to join their Yami's on their sixteenth birthday." Solomon said.
"And you're telling me this because why?" Yugi asked, grandpa doesn't usually go on about stuff like this for no reason. And if he means what I think he…no he can't mean what I think he does, I mean get real I don't have anything to do with this myth.
"Well, I don't really know of any simpler way to say it than this. Yugi, you are a Hikari." Solomon said.
"I'm a what?!" Yugi said as he got to his feet. This has to be a joke, grandpa can't be serious.
"A hikari. Your Yami will be here to collect you sometime on Friday." Solomon said as calmly as he could.
"But, what about my birthday? And what do you mean 'collect me'?" Yugi asked.
"as for your birthday we'll celebrate it on Thursday, so you don't have to worry about your party being disrupted and by collected, I mean picked up. You'll be going with him." Solomon said.
"I won't go. I refuse." Yugi said.
"You don't have a choice in the matter. You have to go. Yugi, I don't like this anymore than you do, but we both are just going to have to deal with it." Solomon said.