Noa blinked. He saw, what exactly was he seeing? At first, all that entered his line of vision was a blinding brightness.

Where was he?

More importantly, where had he been? The young green-haired Kaiba struggled to remember what he had been doing beforehand.

Unfortunately, he had a crystal clear perception of what had ensued.

He recollected walking from his father's limo and getting killed or at least that's what he thought had happened until now.

Slowly, actual shapes appeared. He knew by now that he was in a hospital room and a very high tech one at that.

Almost immediately a flustered blonde nurse noticed he was awake. "Oh my-. Clarissa, come here now! The Kaiba boy, he's-" she excitedly called another nurse.

Not long after, an older woman, apparently Clarissa, entered the room.

"My child", she gave him a look, was it pity?

"Janette please leave." The younger nurse looked confused but didn't question Clarissa, perhaps she was the senior nurse of the hospital.

Noa found his voice, "How long have I been..?" His voice sounded scratchy and pained from disuse.

"Shhh, you should rest a bit longer." The older woman bit her lip nervously. But what was there to be nervous about? He was alive, shouldn't she be calling his father and mother?

"In answer to your question, you've been in a coma for 4 years."

Noa blanched. That long? His parents could be dead! This woman needed to answer his questions immediately.

He noticed her concerned look, so he asked the question he feared the answer, "Are either of my parents still alive?"

Clarissa looked stunned. "Of course, my dear, in fact I'll go phone them right now." She smiled assuredly at Noa as she left the room.

Noa relaxed, now everything could be as before. The Kaiba family could once again be happy and whole, at least that's what Noa tried to convince himself.

When Clarissa left the room, her fake smile fell. But, true to her word, she went to phone the Kaibas. Of course his parents were still alive, however, they had grown impatient. Gozaburo specifically. Noa's poor mother had developed such severe emotional issues as a result of Noa's accident and Gozaburo's changes in behavior that she had been in a medically induced coma herself for approaching 3 years. Because the rightful heir to Kaiba Corp had been in a near death state for so long, Gozaburo had gone on to adopt a new one, a child smarter than his own, Seto Kaiba.

Clarissa dialed the number. Though she had no children of her own, she couldn't believe that a father had truly forgotten about his own son after a mere six months. For after this time had elapsed, he had adopted Seto and Mokuba Kaiba. From an outsider's point of view in fact one couldn't tell the boys weren't his real sons.

"Hello," Gozaburo's sharp all business voice cut through the line.

Clarissa nearly jumped it was so cold. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Her voice wavered a bit, "Your son is awake."

For once in his life Gozaburo was speechless but only for about a minute. He recovered rapidly.

"I'll be there in 5." The line went dead.

"Dad," Seto gently pulled on Gozaburo's sleeve, "where are you going?"

"Nowhere special, we'll go together." Though his words were not rude, his tone of voice was nowhere near kind.

"Can Mokuba come?" Seto bent his head in an almost ashamed way. He had figured out by now that Mokuba was for some reason "beneath" him in Gozaburo's mind.

Gozaburo looked distracted and mildly put out but he didn't allow his mood to reach his voice, "Yes." His dark charcoal colored eyes stared right at Seto, demanding he refrain from further questioning.

Seto briskly strode up to Mokuba's room.

"Big brother? What-" the younger boy rubbed his eyes a bit. He wasn't used to such long study hours so the 12 year old had been napping.

Seto's irritation at Gozaburo's forgetting to mention Mokuba was temporarily forgotten, "Dad needs us to go with him somewhere, hurry up okay." His voice grew softer. He loved his younger brother more than anything that was why he had cheated at that chess match at the orphanage so Mokuba wouldn't get left behind.

He flashed the younger boy a smile as the two walked down the stairs and out to the limo with their adoptive father.

As the two boys slipped into the back of the chauffeured vehicle, Mokuba opened his mouth to inquire of their destination.

Seto very nearly glared at his beloved brother; his gesture screamed for Mokuba to keep quiet as Gozaburo wasn't in the mood to talk of petty matters. He hated himself a little for it but it couldn't be helped. A glare from Seto was better than a beating. He would be damned if he let him abuse Mokuba the way Gozaburo did him.

In addition, Seto wasn't in the mood for his younger brother to be scolded.

Gozaburo was on a shorter fuse than normal today. Seto was sure of it and his sharp intellect led him to the conclusion that whatever was bothering him had something to do with this impromptu trip the three were taking. The businessman had said they were going nowhere special but Seto guessed the CEO was hiding something and he was dead-set on uncovering the secret, if there even was one, in due time.

A/N: A little touch up on ages. Noa and Seto are both 17 years old. Mokuba is 12; he just had his birthday. Yugi and the gang are in the 16-17 age range also, with Rebecca being slightly younger (15) since she is a genius and advanced grades rapidly. Seto is also a genius, but managed to talk Gozaburo in allowing him to attend public school so he could be with Mokuba. As far as grades go, it will be a 6th-12th grade school with Mokuba in 7th and the rest in the 11th.

Please don't be shy if you have further questions though!