"Where'd you get it, Joey?"

Joey scowled slightly, peering at the binding of the book in his hands and trying to read the old, scratchy writing. "I dunno. My grandma sent it to me and told me not t' open it."

"What's the point having a book if you're not going to read it?" Seto sneered, crossing his arms. Truthfully, he didn't want to be there, but Mokuba had wanted to come, and hell if he was going to let the geek-squad corrupt him.

"Ya haven't met my grandma." The blond narrowed his eyes at him. "She's crazy, but she's always right."

Yugi tilted his head. "Is she the one that sent you that necklace, too?"

The brunet smirked as his eyes fell on the silver form of a dog holding kushi dango [1] in its mouth—while chasing its tail—kept around the other boy's neck with a thin silver chain. "It suits you, mutt."

Joey growled at him. "It's s'posed to represent an inugami [2], stupid! Ah, what d'you care anyway?" He looked down at the book and bit his lip.

"If you want to open it, why don't you?" Mokuba asked, plopping down next to him.

"'Cause she told me not to or else I'd suffer unimaginable trials that I may or may not survive." He grimaced. "And I don't wanna see if she's right again."

"If she didn't want anyone to open and read it, why the hell would she send it to you?" Duke asked, raising an eyebrow inquisitively.

"I dunno." He frowned and fingered the edge of the book. "Maybe 'cause I've learned that she knows best."

Tristan rolled his eyes. "Come on, Joey. She's a crazy old lady who probably keeps lots of cats."

Joey scowled at him indignantly. "She only has seven!"


"Three of 'em are old! They're just bidin' time with her until they die!"

"…Uh huh."

"…Shut up, Tristan."

"Sooo… You can't even tell what the name of the book is?" Ryou asked, trying to keep the peace. "Not even one letter?"

The blond looked back down at the book and frowned. "I can see an 'h' and maybe an 'n.'"

"Hmm… That doesn't really help then, does it…"

"Why not just open it?" Bakura asked, raising an eyebrow. "If something bad happens, the pharaoh and I can just use our shadow magic to banish it or debilitate it."


Yami raised an eyebrow as well. "You don't have faith in our powers?"

"I don't," Seto muttered. …Not that anyone heard him.

Joey frowned in thought and slid the book to rest on its spine in his lap. "…I dunno, guys. My grandma's pretty superstitious sometimes, and—"

The book shuddered, then flew up into the air, the cover flipping open to reveal the first page. There was a flash in which Joey saw the word 'Mythaven' cross his vision before the pages began flapping as they turned as if pushed by invisible fingers or wind. The pages suddenly stopped—right in the center of the book—and began to glow.

And as everyone knows, this did not bode well for anyone.

Joey reached out to grab the book and try and slam it closed before anything could happen—like set a psychopath loose or unleash a bunch of monsters from a different magical realm—only to feel a sucking sensation as soon as his hands touched the book. He let out a yelp as he was pulled closer to the book, trying to tug his hands away only to find them being helplessly drawn into the glowing pages.

He felt someone grab onto his arm, but that didn't help him from being sucked in. Yugi gasped and grabbed his other arm, only to find himself being drawn in as well. Tristan and Yami grabbed onto him, Duke and Ryou grabbed onto Seto (who'd grabbed onto the blond first), and Bakura grabbed onto Ryou.

Mokuba could only watch in horror as everyone was suddenly sucked into the book.

The book snapped shut with a thump of old pages, glowed a moment more, and then fell to the ground with a thud. He stared as the light dulled, willing it to spit his friends back out, then let out the one word that could sum up all of his feelings and thoughts exactly.



Joey let out a shriek as he found himself suddenly falling from the sky, flailing helplessly, before falling into a large, deep pool of water. He clawed to the surface and gasped in the air once he reached it, then looked around for land.

Then something fell on him, forcing him back underwater. He shoved whatever it was away and surfaced again, sputtering out the water he'd accidentally inhaled. He turned in confusion and scowled when he saw what landed on him. "You!"

"Nice to see you too, mutt," Seto snarled, glaring back at him. He only glared at him for a moment, though, before beginning to look around. "Where the hell are we?"

It wasn't very easy to tell. They were in a large lake surrounded by lots of trees. It could have been any natural area. …Though they assumed it was safe to say that they weren't in Domino anymore.

Joey started swimming toward the bank. Seto was quick to follow him. Once safe on the mud, he looked around again, eyes landing on a shadow moving through the trees. He grabbed the brunet's sleeve quickly. "Kaiba, do ya see that?"

"What? …Oh God, what could go wrong now?"

The shadow moved closer, showing it to be about the size of a horse, maybe a little smaller. It had lots of hair and walked on four paws. Its eyes were a bright, glowing gold. As soon as it stepped into the light, both boys found in horror that it was a very, very large golden-red canine.

The dog blinked at them, first looking at the larger teen, then the blond, then back again a few times. Then it grinned and, in a distinctly female voice, stated, "You must be Joseph. Your grandmother talked about you a lot."


[1] Kushi dango is dango on a skewer. Dango is a Japanese dumpling made from mochiko (rice flour), related to mochi. Three to four dango are served on a skewer. There are many different varieties, like:

An-Dango—short for anko, or sweetened red-bean paste

Bocchan Dango—dango that has three colors; one colored by red beans, one colored by eggs, and one colored by green tea

Chichi Dango—slightly sweet light treats usually eaten as a dessert

Hanami Dango—also has three colors, Hanami dango is traditionally made during Sakura-viewing season, hence the name Hanami (hana meaning "flower," mi meaning "to see")

Goma—sesame seeds; it is both sweet and salty

Kinako—a toasted soy flour

Mitarashi—a syrup made from shouyu (soy sauce), sugar, and starch

Teppanyaki—dango on a skewer with a tangy teppanyaki taste

[2] Inugami are a type of shikigami (spirit summoned by practitioners of on onmyōdō, much like a western familiar) resembling (and usually originating from) a dog, and most commonly carrying out an act of vengeance or acting as guardians on behalf of the inugami-mochi (or "inugami owner"). Inugami are extremely powerful and capable of existing independently, as well as turning on their "owners" and even possessing humans.

There are two popular origins of inugami, but I'm just going to give you the lesser of two evils: The general belief is that an inugami is created by burying a dog up to its neck and placing food around it, which it cannot reach. It would take days for the dog to die, and during this time the dog's master would tell it that its pain is nothing compared to his own. When the dog dies, it would become an inugami; since its dying wish would have been to eat, the food placed around the corpse would act as a placatory offering, and thus make the spirit obedient.