AN: This is the second of series of fics I'm calling The Third King. All can be read separately from each other, but they also all tell a story together.

Disclaimers: I don't own Yugioh 5D's.

Rating: T

Pairings: implied Yusei/Jack

Warnings: None

Summary: It had been a while since Jack had had nightmares.

02: Night Terrors

Yusei was running toward him, but was getting farther and farther away.

Jack called out to him, reaching out to him. Yusei didn't seem to notice that he was there. He kept running, occasionally glancing back behind him. Jack raised his eyes to see what he could be running from; behind him, stretching across the horizon, was a shadow with silver eyes.

Dread swept over him. No matter what, he could not let that shadow get Yusei.

He started running. He felt himself getting smaller and smaller. He was drowning in his clothes. He didn't seem to be moving anywhere.

"Yusei!" he yelled, his voice high and childish.

Yusei finally looked up. His eyes widened when he saw Jack.

"Yusei! Don't stop! You can't get caught by it!"

Yusei glanced back again. Jack watched in horror as Yusei tripped and slammed against the ground.


Yusei tried to get up, but as soon as he got to his feet, he fell down again. He sat up, clutching at his ankle. The shadow seemed to expand at even a faster rate. It was almost touching Yusei now.

Jack started running toward him again. He couldn't let it get Yusei!

A huge black bird dove out of the air and grabbed Yusei by the shoulders. It lifted Yusei into the air, trying to fly away from the shadow toward Jack. But Jack didn't want that bird around either. He couldn't decide which he hated more, the bird or the shadow. But something in him liked the bird to and wanted it to help. He didn't know what to do.

A bright dragon suddenly slammed into the bird's side. The bird screeched and changed directions, flying away from the dragon instead of away from the shadow.

"No! Stop! You have to get away from the shadow, stupid bird!" Jack called out.

The bird glanced at him, squawking. That was all it took. The dragon rammed into him again, and the bird dropped Yusei.

Jack screamed and started running again, even though he knew he would never get any closer. Yusei slammed into the ground, driving up a cloud of dust.

The shadows rose up and dove down onto Yusei. Jack screamed again.

Suddenly, the shadows disappeared. A dark figure rose from the ground.

Jack shot up, screaming. He looked around frantically, afraid the shadows would be there. He was relieved to see that he was back in his room.

He lay back down again. The dream was slowly slipping away from him, growing dimmer and dimmer. By the time he fell asleep again, he had completely forgotten it. His birthmark burned as he drifted off.