Disclaimer: The rights of Sailor Moon belongs to Naoko Takeuchi and Yu-Gi-Oh belongs to Kazuki Takahashi.
It's been exactly one year since Pharaoh Atem had left his friends and colleagues, and life seems to have gone back to normal. Except for Maximillian Pegasus, who was sitting in his painting gallery, constructing new cards for the game he created, Duel Monsters.
"Yes," he breathed, "beautiful." Pegasus gently stroked the canvas with his brush, perfecting its delicate features.
He rested his chin on his hand, admiring his work. Oh Cecelia, he thought, I know you would love this if you were still here. Pegasus slowly took a sip of red wine, before he was interrupted.
"Mr. Pegasus, sir?" It was one of his employees.
Maximillian almost choked on his drink. "Can't you see I'm busy!?" the millionaire barked. "What could be so important that can't wait until after I'm through?!"
Hans felt his cheeks redden. "I'm sorry to interrupt sir, but you have a call from Seto Kaiba." He held out the phone.
"Oh!" Pegasus immediately brightened. "Well then that changes everything now, doesn't it?" He took the phone from his worker, then shooed him away.
"Kaiba boy! So wonderful to hear from you!" he crooned. "How long has it been? Five…maybe six months?"
"Cut the small talk Pegasus." Kaiba said, "I heard you had some new cards." Seto Kaiba was sitting in the office of his billion-dollar corporation, Kaiba Corp. He pounded his fist on the desk. "I want them!"
"Ahh, Kaiba," Pegasus sighed, "just as sweet and friendly as ever. So tell me Kaiba boy, what makes you think that I would just give them to you?"
"I think you've misunderstood," Kaiba replied, "I'm willing to pay whatever price to get my hands on those cards."
Pegasus was staring at his painting before he started to laugh. "What, are you kidding me? What do you think I've been doing for the last thirty years of my life? Working at a fast-food restaurant?!" he paused, "But…when you say whatever price does that include young Mokuba?" he smiled deviously.
Kaiba froze at the sound of his younger brother's name. "How dare you bring him into this you snake!" he snarled, still remembering the sight of his little brother locked up in chains. "You know that's not what I meant!"
"Of course I do." Pegasus chuckled. "Tell you what, if you want these cards so badly then you're going to have to get them the old fashioned way. In a duel!"
"I don't have time to play your little games. I have a corporation to run!"
"You really think it's that simple don't you?" he chuckled. "I'm not asking you to duel me. See, you're going to have to win in my next tournament!"
"What!?" Kaiba yelled, "You could be putting those cards into the hands of a five-year old!"
"If that's who the winner is then yes. Although I'm hoping it doesn't come down to that."
"This isn't over yet you slime ball!" Seto protested, "I will get those cards!"
"Touché." Pegasus replied.
Seto Kaiba slammed the phone into the receiver, shaking with fury.
"Seto." Mokuba whispered. He peeked through the sliding doors, watching his older brother rest his head in his hands. "Why don't you smile anymore? I know! I'll win those cards for you! That'll make you happy!"
And so Mokuba started running, determined to win those cards for his brother.
"Where are they?" Téa said impatiently. She was standing with Yugi Muto, waiting for their friends Tristan and Joey.
"Gee, I don't know Téa." Yugi replied, "They should be here by now." He paused, noticing that Téa was staring at him. "What are you looking at?"
"Huh?" she blushed, "Oh, nothing." I wonder, she thought, if he knows that it's been exactly one year since the pharaoh left. Does he remember? I sure do.
As Téa was about to open her mouth to speak, Tristan and Joey came running toward them, panting as they stopped.
"Hey." Tristan gasped, "Sorry…that we're…late."
"Yeah," Joey said, "had to stop…for a hotdog."
Those guys are so crazy! Yugi thought, shaking his head. Then he froze. He hadn't realized that he was waiting for someone to respond to his thoughts. Someone…meaning the pharaoh. Yugi's face immediately fell.
Téa noticed. "Something wrong Yugi?" she asked.
"Oh it's nothing Téa!" he laughed. But Téa knew Yugi all too well.
Although Tristan and Joey didn't.
"Hey how 'bout getting a pizza?" Joey suggested.
"Um, didn't you guys just come back from eating hotdogs?" asked Téa, annoyed.
"Yeah, but all that running made us hungry again." Tristan complained.
"Wait guys," Yugi said, "I have to stop by my Grandpa's shop first."
"Hang on Yug, we'll come with you." Joey suggested.
Yugi nodded. "Okay let's go."
"Grandpa?" Yugi called out, opening the door to his grandfather's shop.
"That's weird." Tristan commented, "Why's your grandpa's shop closed?"
"Yeah and why are all the lights switched off?" Téa added.
"Yoo hoo!" Joey called out, "Yo, Gramps, you in here?"
"Guys over here!" Yugi shouted.
The four friends entered into the living room, where Yugi's grandfather sat six inches from the TV, not blinking, not moving.
"Oh no!" Joey wailed, "Yugi's gramp's turned into a zombie!"
"Pipe down Joey," Grandpa scolded. "I'm just waiting for something special to come on. It could start any moment now!"
"Grandpa, what special thing are you waiting for?" Yugi asked.
"Shh! It's starting!" he replied.
Everyone gathered around the TV, just in time to see Pegasus' face fill up the tiny screen.
"Greetings fellow duelists around the world!" he started, "In honor of the new cards I've created I've decided to hold a special tournament at Duelist Kingdom, putting those cards up for grabs! These cards are exclusive one of a kind treasures and I assure you that you won't find them anywhere else! The tournament begins next week! And I expect to see a lot of familiar faces there!" he paused then leaned toward the camera, lowering his voice, "that includes you Yugi boy."
For a moment no one said anything. Then Tristan spoke up.
"I don't trust that guy." He mumbled.
"Yeah," Téa agreed, "what's he up to?"
"Whaaat!?" Joey yelled, "How could he not mention me?! I was runner up at Duelist Kingdom! Where's the respect I deserve?"
"What do you make of all this Grandpa?" Yugi asked.
"Yugi!!!!" he shouted, grabbing his grandson's shoulders. Yugi flinched, startled. "You have to enter that tournament, you have to win those cards, I deserve them!" he sputtered, "I mean…you, deserve them, Yugi."
"Whoa! Slow down Grandpa!"
"Mr. Muto, what's so special about these few cards?" asked Téa.
He turned toward her. "It's not just a few cards, Téa. It's a whole deck of brand new, one of a kind cards!"
"A whole deck?" Joey and Tristan said in unison.
Grandpa nodded. "Mm-hmm. These cards are extremely rare. They say he was inspired on his trip to Japan."
"So…think we should head to Duelist Kingdom?" Tristan asked.
"I don't know. What do you think Yugi?" asked Téa.
"I still think that guy is up to something." Joey muttered, "He's almost as bad as Kaiba."
"Well," Yugi started, what have we got to lose?"
"Oh wow, Domino City is huge! Look at all the cute shops, guys isn't this place great!" Serena turned to her friends.
"I don't know Serena," started Raye, "it's too crowded, all the buildings are cramped together and I'm not exactly getting the best vibes, you know?" Although Raye was mostly upset about leaving the Hino Shrine, her grandpa, and also, her former crush, Chad.
"I heard that there's a great high school over here." Amy said, flipping through her brochure. "Perfect place to spend our senior year."
"I think I'm going to like it here too!" Mina said, looking around at all the guys.
"Oooh, you are so right Mina!" Serena agreed.
"Serena you already have Darien!" Lita reminded her.
"I know and I miss him already!" she wailed. Darien applied and got accepted to a college in the U.S. and since Amy had also decided to study in America, Serena and her friends thought they would tag along. Lucky for Serena though, the school that Darien was attending was not too far from here.
"Serena you're such a crybaby." Raye muttered.
"I am not Raye, is there something wrong with missing you're boyfriend!?" she yelled.
"Um…sorry to interrupt but can we come out now? It's kind of cramped in here." Artemis said, peering out from his cage.
"Yes, please let us out," Luna pleaded, "I feel like some sort of prisoner."
"Oh Luna! Artemis! I'm so sorry!" Mini apologized, letting the two cats out.
"That's okay," Artemis replied, stretching his legs, "I'm just glad to finally be out of there!"
"Yeah sorry guys," Serena mumbled, "I was just a little distracted by Miss Bratty over here."
"Why you…" Raye started.
"Alright you two," Lita interrupted, "we're not going to get anywhere if you two won't stop arguing."
Before anyone else could respond, the same commercial Yugi and his friends had watched appeared before the girls and all over Domino City.
The commercial ended as quickly as it had started.
Serena and her friends stood perfectly still, mouths open in shock.
"Isn't that the same guy we saw in Japan a few months earlier?" Mina asked.
"The infamous Maximillian Pegasus," Amy nodded, "creator of Duel Monsters."
"Yeah they had a big gathering for him and everything!" Lita added.
"They say the reason for him being there was because he was looking for an inspiration to make new cards." Raye said.
"Well he must have been inspired because here he is throwing a tournament." Mina said.
"Hey, I know! Why don't we go?" Serena suggested.
"You can't be serious." Luna answered, rolling her eyes.
"And why not?" she asked, glaring.
"Because meatball head," Raye muttered, "we don't even know where this Duelist Kingdom place is."
"And even if we did," Amy added, "it's next week, which means we'd be missing school and as new students that wouldn't make a very good impression."
"It'd also take some time to pack." Added Lita.
"Need we say more?" Mina questioned.
"Okay, okay, I got it!" Serena shouted.
"Good." Amy said. "Now, I say we should each split up and have a look around just to get familiar with this place. I'll go and check to see if we got registered at the new school. Then…in about an hour or so, we'll all meet back in front of that game shop." She pointed to the store in which they'd soon find out was Yugi's grandfather's.
"Everybody get it?"
"Got it!" they all agreed.
"Okay, see you all in an hour!"
And so they all set off on their separate ways, oblivious to the friends they were all about to make.
"Hey! This is a nice bakery!" Lita commented, walking into the store. She took a deep breath, filling her nose with the smell of fresh bread and pastries.
She picked up a couple of rolls, stuffing them into a grocery bag. "Bet I can make something yummy out of this! Oops!" she accidentally dropped one on the floor and as she bent down to pick it up, her head collided with someone else's.
"Ow!" she yelped, falling back onto the floor.
"Hey, I'm really sorry about that." A voice said. A guy's voice.
"Oh it's fine, really, I'm o-…" as she was rubbing her forehead, she looked up to find the hunkiest guy she's ever met. He had deep chocolate brown eyes, brown hair, and a smile that could launch a thousand ships.
Wow, she thought dreamily, he looks just like…well, actually, he doesn't look like any of my ex-boyfriends!
"Need a little help?" he asked, holding out his hand to her. She took it without a moment's hesitation. His hand felt so warm and a wave of electricity jolted through her.
He pulled Lita up to her feet then introduced himself. "Hi. I'm Tristan."
"I'm…Lita." She suddenly realized she was still holding on to his hand. She pulled it away, blushing furiously.
But Tristan just smiled. "Here." He said, holding out the roll. "You dropped this."
"Thanks." Lita mumbled, taking the roll from him. Once again their fingers brushed each other and she felt her cheeks redden.
"So…" he started, eying the grocery bag in her hands, "that's a lot of food you got there. Having a party?"
Was there a hint of jealousy in his voice? Lita doesn't know why but for some reason this made her really happy.
"Maybe. What's it to you?" she asked, teasingly.
Now it was Tristan's turn to blush. "Nothing," he stumbled, "it's just that I…I…"
Lita laughed. "Actually it's for my friends, they'd eat this whole bakery store if they could! Especially Serena…" she gasped, covering her mouth. She didn't mean to say so much, it's just that Tristan was so easy to talk to.
Tristan looked at her strangely for a moment, and then sighed. "I'd love to stay and talk with you Lita," he said, "but I better get going."
"Wait! Tristan!" Lita called out. Tristan turned around. "Will I get to see you again soon?"
Tristan smiled sadly. "I doubt it seeing that I'll be heading to Duelist Kingdom next week."
And as Tristan was walking out the door Lita thought, You may not know this yet Tristan, but so am I.
Lita turned to the cashier to pay for the groceries, giving the money in the hand that was still warm, from Tristan's touch.
Careful…careful Amy. She thought, carrying an armload of books. Maybe I should have checked at the school to see if we registered first, and then went to the library. Not one of your most brilliant ideas Amy!
The books in Amy's arms stacked high over her head, so she could barely see. Although she could still hear.
"Just look at that geek," a voice said, "how many books can that girl read?"
"That's Amy Mizuno," another voice whispered, "I heard that she's like a genius! People say her parents are filthy rich!"
"She's probably a real snob."
"Yeah, thinks she's too good for us!"
The two friends snickered as Amy quickly walked away, on the verge of tears.
She leaned against the fence that surrounded the school and threw her books on the ground. Then she let the tears fall.
I guess it doesn't matter where I go, she whimpered silently, people are always going to make fun of me.
"Hey, you alright miss?"
Amy looked up, startled. In front of her was a boy around her age with messy blonde hair and brown eyes. He looked at her, concerned.
"Oh…yes, I'm fine." She lied, her eyes flickering back to the people who make fun of her.
The boy followed her gaze. "Did those two say something? Because if they did…"
Amy didn't say anything. Instead she started to pick up her books.
Joey quickly bent over to help her, skimming over the titles. Calculus? Physiology? Joey looked into Amy's blue eyes. Who is this girl? He thought.
"So what college are you going to?" he asked, flipping through Einstein's Theory of Relativity Pt. II.
Amy blinked, confused. "College?" she asked. And then she smiled. "Oh no! You see, I transferred to that school over there." She jerked her thumb at the school behind her.
Joey's jaw dropped. "What?! That's the same school I go to! Then what are all these books for?"
Amy looked at him like he'd grown a third arm. "I read them for fun of course."
"You…?" Joey sighed. "Ahh, forget it." He smiled. "So what's your name?"
"Oh how rude of me! My name is Amy Mizuno."
"And I bet you already know who I…" Joey slumped, "oh what's the point," he sulked, "nobody knows who I am."
It took Amy a moment before she finally recognized him. "You're Joey Wheeler! Came in second place at Duelist Kingdom and were one of the finalists in the Battle City Tournament!"
"See? What I tell…" Joey looked up, surprised. "Wait, what did you say?"
"I heard you're one of the top duelists in the world!" Amy said, smiling at him.
"You did? Well I don't like to brag…" Joey said sheepishly.
Amy straightened out her books. "Will you be entering next week's Duelist Kingdom Tournament?"
Joey suddenly turned serious. "As a matter of face Amy, I am. But it's not for those new cards. See, I don't trust that guy Pegasus one bit. I think that creep's up to something. Why? You thinking of entering too?"
"Oh no," Amy said, "actually, I don't ever know how to play Duel Monsters!"
"Well, then I guess I'll have to teach you sometime! But right now I better go home and start packing! Here's your book." Joey handed the book to her. "I'll see you later Amy!"
Amy set her other books down and clutched the one Joey had handed her to her chest. It was the only fiction book she had checked out. A romance novel, something she had a passion for and would be devastated if any of her friends found out. Although she wondered if Joey had seen it.
"Uh-oh!" Amy said, checking her watch, "Now I'm going to be late! Serena's bad habits must be rubbing off one me!"
"Ugh, this place is terrible!" Raye complained, walking alongside the road. "No parks, no temples, not even a tree in sight! I knew I shouldn't have listened to Serena!"
As Raye was about to cross the street a teal car skidded to a stop, inches from running her over.
"Hey!" she yelped, "watch where you're going!"
Inside the car was Duke Devlin, creator of Dungeons and Dice and a close friend of Yugi's.
Whoa, he thought, she's cute.
"Hey are you even listening to me! Look at me when I'm talking to you, who do you think you are almost running me over like that! Do you have any idea who I am?!" Raye yelled at him.
"No, so why don't you tell me?" Duke said, smiling mischievously.
For the first time Raye actually looked at him. Wow, she thought, he is so fine, but he still tried to run me over!
"My name," she said stiffly, "is Raye." She then started to swiftly walk away on the sidewalk again.
"Hey! Slow down!" Duke called, slowly driving beside her. "Don't you want to know who I am?"
"Not particularly." Raye muttered.
"Well, I'll tell you anyway." Duke said, "I'm Duke Devlin, creator of Dungeons and Dice."
Suddenly Raye turned around, her eyes sparkling. "Duke Devlin!? You mean the Duke Devlin?!"
I knew she'd fall for me sooner or later. He thought arrogantly.
"Never heard of you!" she said at last. And Raye started to walk off again.
"Wait! Hold on!" Duke sputtered, surprised. "Don't you at least want a ride home?"
Raye sighed. "Thanks but I think I can manage." She said wryly.
"Fine if that's the way you want to be. Can you at least tell me if you've seek a kid with spiky hair, name's Yugi Muto?"
Yugi? Raye thought, his name was mentioned on that commercial with Pegasus!
"Why do you ask?" she asked, curious.
"Well, not that it's any of your business," Duke started, "but I'm kind of a close friend of his, and I just want to say hi, you know, see how he's doing." Duke shrugged.
"Uh, wasn't he mentioned by that one guy, on that commercial…" she started, trying to sound inconspicuous.
"Pegasus." Duke said, his face grave. "I used to have a lot of respect for that guy."
"Yeah him!" Does this person not like Pegasus or something? Raye thought, confused. Must have had a bad past with him. "Um actually I think I saw this Yugi Muto guy going…that way!" she said, pointing in a random direction.
"Hmm…that's weird. Okay. Thanks Raye!" he said, speeding off.
My pleasure. Raye thought deviously, then began whistling a happy tune as she headed down the street.
"Ooh, Mina you got a great deal on all these stuffed animals!" Mina was walking through Domino City, shopping for things to put into her new room.
"Hey that looks like a nic-whoa!" she cried, tripping and scraping her knee.
"Stupid rock!" she said angrily, picking it up and throwing it as far as she could.
She froze when she heard the sound of glass shattering.
"Uh-oh." Mina whispered, sprinting to see the damage she's caused.
"Hey! What's the big idea?"
"Huh?" Mina said, looking at a little boy standing next to a limousine…who's rear window had a huge gaping hole the shape of the rock she's thrown.
"Look what you did to my big brother's window!" Mokuba shouted, glaring at her.
"Look," she started, "I'm really sorry about your window. I didn't mean to…" Mina trailed off not knowing what to say.
She came closer until she was standing right in front of Mokuba. "Here." She said, throwing him a blue stuffed seal, "take a stuffed animal, oh, and I'll pay for your window!" Mina reached into her pocked for money until she realized that she had spent it all on buying those stuffed animals.
"Mokuba what's taking so long!" A voice barked from inside the limo.
"So that's your name!" Mina said, smiling.
"Seto, I found the person who wrecked our window!" Mokuba called back.
"I wouldn't say, "wrecked"," Mina muttered.
"Ha!" Mokuba said smugly, "Now you're going to have to deal with my big brother!"
"Oh joy." Mina said sarcastically, rolling her eyes.
"Alright, what's going on out here?" Mina watched as someone who looked no more than a year older than her step out of the limousine and examine the damage. Then he turned to Mina, eying her bag of toys.
"What did you do? Break my window with one of your cute little furballs?" he scoffed.
"No!" Mina shot back. Then added quietly, "I threw a rock at it."
This, unlike Mina had expected, seemed to make him even more angry. His little brother too.
"What?" Mokuba yelled, "do you have any idea of who you're dealing with?"
"No, but I'm pretty sure you're going to tell me kiddo." Mina sighed.
"My brother Seto is the owner of Kaiba Corporation the biggest gaming corporation in the world! He makes more money in a month then you probably will in your entire life!"
"Is that what KC stands for?" Mina said sarcastically, "I thought it stood for Katie's Cosmetics. And I bet that money's been put to good use too. Did he hire you to talk for him or are you always this pleasant?"
Mokuba was shaking with fury.
We need to get moving, Artemis thought, otherwise we're going to be late. He crept up behind Mina and scratched her leg.
"Ouch!" Mina yelped. "Artemis!"
"A cat?" Mokuba said. "Cool!"
"Oh you like animals?" Mina asked. "That's one thing we have in common!"
Mokuba smiled at her. "Guess you're right."
"Meow! Meow!" Artemis said to Mina.
"Well I think my cat's getting a little fussy which means I better get going! Oh, wait, before I do…"
Mina reached into her bag, pulling out a small paperweight with a ton of smiley faces sketched inside. She took Kaiba's hand, opened it, and placed the knick-knack inside.
"See you later sunshine! Mokuba!" she turned to Artemis. "Let's go Artemis." And they started running not once looking back at Kaiba and Mokuba, who were staring after them.
"Well, that was nice of you Mina." Artemis said.
"He looked like he could use a little bit of sunshine in his life." Mina shrugged. "Now c'mon, let's go before we're late!
Artemis shook his head then chuckled. "I think his sunshine," he started, "is you."
"Oh I knew we shouldn't have stopped at that ice cream shop!" Luna scolded. "Serena why do you have to be such a pig!"
"I am not!" Serena said, her mouth full of her ice cream sandwich. They were running through Domino City, trying to look for the game shop so they wouldn't be late.
"Oh great, just how did we end up in here?" Luna barked, finding herself and Serena in a deep dark alley. "Just hope we don't run into any alley cats."
"Don't worry Luna we'll find our way out." Serena said, looking around. "At least…I hope we do."
Suddenly a bright light appeared before them, floating in air, then slowly coming down to the ground.
"What's happening?" Serena asked, shielding her eyes from the blinding light.
"I don't know!" Luna answered.
"Wait! I recognize that voice!" Serena exclaimed. "It's…"
"Rini!" Luna finished for her.
"Hi you guys!" Rini squealed, now appearing before them.
"Rini!" Serena yelled, annoyed. "What are you doing here?"
"Well Serena," Rini started, "Mom said that I should come over here and spend time with you and the Sailor Scouts! And look who I brought!"
"Diana!" Luna exclaimed.
"Ugh, this is all happening so fast!" Serena moaned.
"If you want proof that I should be here, Mom gave me a note herself!" Rini said, pulling out a small envelope.
Serena tried to grab for it but Rini held it out of her reach.
"Hey! Let me see it!"
"Mom told me to give it to Amy, not you!" Rini shot back.
"Listen up you little virus," Serena seethed, "I'm your mom in the future so you better give that…"
"Rini?" Luna interrupted, "You look…different?"
"Gosh, I was wondering when you guys would notice!"
"What, notice what?" Serena said looking around totally oblivious to Rini's appearance.
"Duh, you dork!" Rini exclaimed, "I'm sixteen!"
"What?" Serena said, "That's only two years younger than me!"
"Yep," Diana squeaked, "Neo Queen Serenity wants you to teach Rini about the wonderful life of adolescents. Since there isn't anyone her age to teach her at Crystal Tokyo!"
"But Serena's only a teenager herself!" Luna protested, "She can't even find a simple game shop!"
"Who better to learn about teenagers from, then a teenager!" Diana said.
"Especially one as stupid as Serena!" Rini added.
"Hey!" Serena cried. "We just got here! How do you expect me to find a game shop!?"
"Game shop?" Rini asked, as Serena and Luna started arguing. "You mean that one over there?" she said, pointing to the shop down the street.
Serena and Luna immediately stopped bickering and started to laugh uneasily.
Diana turned to Rini, "I still can't believe Serena's your mom!"
"And I still can't believe Luna is yours!" Rini laughed.