Got the last chapter done, so I thought that I would go ahead and put it up.


Chapter 20- Happy Lives

"I cannot believe that you did this." Yami said.

"Don't blame me. I didn't have a choice." Yugi said.

"Yugi, I am eight and a half months pregnant. The last thing that I want to do is attend some ball." Yami said, pouting.

Yugi walked over and kneeled down to look Yami in the face. "Yami, you know that I have these balls as much as you do, but I was not given an option. This is an annual ball, and the council is insistent that I have the ball." Yugi said.

Yami sighed. "I am fat, Yugi. I don't want to be seen by a bunch of people that I don't know like this." Yami said.

"I know, but I'll make it up to you. I promise." Yugi assured him.

Yami smiled. "How is it that I can never stay mad at you?" Yami asked.

Yugi smiled back. "because you love me." Yugi said. He leaned down and kissed Yami. "Now, get ready. The ball's in an hour." Yugi said.

Yami sighed. "Is there not a chance that I can get out of this?" Yami asked.

"No. As my husband, you need you be there. Don't worry. Atemu, Seto, Marik, and Bakura will be there, and I also told your parents that they are welcome to come." Yugi said

"All right. I'll get ready." Yami said.

"Good." Yugi said,

Yami walked into the bathroom.

Yugi was already dressed in a dress version of his regular clothes.

There was a knock on the door.

Yugi went and opened the door to find Rishid outside.

"Rishid, is everything all right?" Yugi asked.

"Yes. I was coming to inform you that the first of the guests have arrived." Rishid said.

"Very well. I'll be down there soon." Yugi said.

Rishid nodded and left.

Yugi closed the door.

"You could have sued me as an excuse, you know." Yami said.

Yugi turned to see Yami dressed in black pants and a lavender shirt with a white cape. He was wearing the same crown that Yugi was.

"That wouldn't have been fair to you. I'd never pull something like that. Jou, Malik, or Heba might, but I wouldn't." Yugi said.

"All right." Yami said.

The two left the room.


Jou, Seto, Malik, Marik, Bakura, Ryou, Aknankanon, Amara, Heba, and Atemu were already in the ballroom as the guests started to arrive.

"Where is the Emperor?" Amara asked.

"It's customary that the Emperor arrive last, and since Yami's married to him, they'll both be last." Jou explained.

"I feel sorry for Yami.' Atemu said.

"Why's that?" Malik asked.

"Because he has to come to this when he's eight and a half months pregnant. I wouldn't want to be here when I was that far along." Atemu replied.

"Yeah, and none of us were as big as Yami is when we were pregnant." Seto agreed.

"It's just give us a good reason to torment him." Bakura said.

"You do know that Yami's been rather moody since he got pregnant." Aknankanon said.

"Correction. It'll give us something to tease him about after he's had the baby." Marik said.

There was small talk until Yugi and Yami walked into the ballroom. After a welcoming address from Yugi, the ball commenced.

"Having fun, Yami?" Marik asked with a smirk.

Yami smiled. "Say that again, Marik, and I'll define the term sibling rivalry." Yami said.

Seto rolled his eyes. "Let's not start a scene here. I really don't think that our husbands, least of all Yugi, would appreciate a scene." Seto said.

They looked to where the group named was mingling.

Yami, Atemu, Marik, Bakura, and Seto could see the hidden annoyance and boredom that their five husbands felt.

"They really don't like things like this." Atemu said.

"Whatever gave you that idea?" Bakura asked sarcastically.

Malik walked over and grabbed Marik by the arm. "Come on. we're dancing." Malik said.

"Why?" Marik asked, knowing how much Malik hated dancing.

"So that I don't have to talk to anymore snobbish people." Malik said lowly.

Marik let himself be led out onto the dance floor by Malik.

"I can see why Malik hates things like this." Seto said.

"Yeah, but I get the feeling that we'll be on the dance floor soon enough." Atemu said.

Atemu was right.

It wasn't long before Heba, Jou, and Ryou came to drag Atemu, Seto, and Bakura out onto the dance floor.

Aknankanon and Amara were already dancing.

Yami sighed. He really hated being left out. He felt a hand on his arm and looked to see Yugi beside him.

"Would you like to dance?" Yugi asked.

"As big as I am?" Yami asked.

"It's that or talking." Yugi said.

"Let's dance." Yami said.

The two went out on the dance floor and started to dance.

"And the council wants this to go on why?" Yami asked.

"It's tradition, and it shows the people that we are completely ignoring them just because we are in power. There are some people here who are from the different cities and towns." Yugi said.

"Oh. So it's the time that the people can come here and see that you don't think you are as high and mighty as some people think." Yami said.

"Pretty much. I admit that it can get rather redundant, but it's only once a year." Yugi said.

"Well, I suppose it's not so bad since I do get to spend it with you." Yami said.

"Glad that you think like that." Yugi said.


After the ball, Yugi and Yami returned to their room.

Yami got into hid nightclothes and fell onto the bed.

"Tired?" Yugi asked as he climbed in bed next to Yami.

"Yeah. That wore me out. I don't have the energy that I used to you." Yami said.

"That's just because our little girl or boy takes most of it." Yugi said, wrapping his arms around Yami.

Yami cuddled up against Yugi and said, "Yeah, but I wouldn't trade it for the world although I would like this child to come very soon." Yami said.

Yugi laughed. "You don't have but a few more weeks, Yami. This little one will be here before you know it." Yugi said.

Yami nodded. "Yeah. I know, and I can't wait to see what our son or daughter looks like." Yami said. He looked up at Yugi and said, "What would you rather have?"

"Honestly, I don't actually care if the baby is a boy or girl. All that matters is that the baby is healthy." Yugi said.

"Those are my thoughts exactly." Yami said.

It wasn't long before the two fell asleep.


Yugi had gone back to his chambers so that he could eat lunch with Yami. He found Yami fast asleep with Atemu beside him. "Atemu, is everything all right?" Yugi asked.

"Yeah. He's just really tired. I know I got like that when I was at the point he's at." Atemu said.

"All right. You go and eat with Heba. I was planning to spend lunch in here anyway." Yugi said.

Atemu nodded and left the room.

Yugi decided to let Yami sleep. He sat beside Yami and picked up the book that he had been reading from the nightstand and started to read it.

When lunch arrived, Yugi had the servants leave lunch on the table. Yugi put his book down and gently shook Yami away. "Yami, you need to wake up." Yugi said.

Yami groaned and scooted away from him. "Just five more minutes, Mother." Yami mumbled.

"Yami, I am not your mother, but I could go get her if you like." Yugi said.

Yami opened his eyes and blushed when he realized what he had said. "Sorry, Yugi. When did you get here?" Yami asked.

"About an hour ago. Atemu was in here. I told him to go back to his room for a while. Lunch is here, so get up and eat." Yugi said.

"All right." Yami said. He got up out of bed and walked over to the table to eat.

The two eat in relative silence.

Yugi frowned. He had always known Yami to want to talk. "Yami, are you all right?" Yugi asked.

"I'm fine. Why do you ask?" Yami asked.

"You're rather quiet, and I know that you hate the quiet." Yugi said.

"Oh. I guess I'm just a little tired." Yami said.

"Maybe I should have Ishizu come and check on you." Yugi said.

"No. Atemu did that this morning, and Ishizu said that I'm fine. All that's wrong with me is that I'm tired. Ishizu did say that I could have the baby at any time now." Yami said.

"She did? Maybe I should put aside some of work and stay here with you." Yugi said.

"Yugi, that's not necessary. You don't need to push aside your work for me. It's important." Yami said.

"Yami, you and our child is more important to me than my work." Yugi said.

"But-" Yami started.

"Yami, nothing is more important to me than you and out child. I am going to cut back on my work, and there is nothing that you can do to change my mind, so don't even try." Yugi said.

Yami sighed. "All right. If it'll make you happy, go ahead." Yami said.

Yugi smiled. "Good." Yugi said.

The two stood up after they finished eating.

Yami went back to the bed to lay down.


Yugi called it quits when it got close to dinnertime and headed back to his chambers.

"Mother, I am fine!" came Yami's voice.

"No, you're not! You could have that baby any day now." came Amara's voice.

Yugi sighed.

Yami was in another defiant mood, which meant that Yugi would have a very long night.

Yugi walked into the room to find Yami arguing with his mother.

"Amara, it's all right. I'll sty with him." Yugi said.

Amara nodded and left the room.

"You'd think that I couldn't do anything for myself." Yami muttered.

"She's just worried, Yami." Yugi said.

"I'm fine. I haven't had any trouble with this pregnancy, so there is nothing to worry about." Yami said.

Yugi shook his head.

The two ate dinner in silence.

"Yugi, how was your day?" Yami asked.

"It was fine. Just the routine paperwork that I always have to do." Yugi replied.

"You seem to do that a lot." Yami said.

Yugi smiled. "I prefer it like that because it means that everything in the kingdom is fine." Yugi said.

"I can understand that." Yami said.

After the two finished eating, they went to bed.


The next morning, Yami jolted up in bed and clutched at his stomach, gasping at the pain.

Yugi, who had been woken up by Yami's movements, sat up and said, "Yami, what's wrong?"

"I think-that I'm-in labor." Yami gasped out.

Yugi's eyes widened. He immediately got out of bed and helped Yami up. "Come on. Let's get you to Ishizu." Yugi said.


The family was gathered outside of the healing chambers once more, waiting to hear from Ishizu about how Yami and the baby were.

Yugi was pacing the floor, worried. He now knew why his brother had been pacing so much. The waiting was nerve-racking.

"We didn't wait this long with any of us." Jou muttered.

"Every person is different, Jou. You never know how long a person can be in labor." Amara said.

Another hour past before Ishizu finally came out.

"Ishizu, how is he?" Yugi asked.

"He's fine. We had a little trouble." Ishizu said.

"What?" Atemu asked.

"Nothing serious. It's always harder when the person has twins." Ishizu said.

"Twins?!"

"Yes. A boy and a girl, and they are all fine." Ishizu said.

Yugi nodded and went inside.

"Wow. Twins." Seto said.

"I guess it runs in the family." Bakura said.

"Yes, which means that any of you could have twins." Amara said.

Seto, Jou, Bakura, Ryou, Marik, Malik, Atemu, and Heba all paled at the thought.


Yugi walked into the room to find that Yami was holding both their children.

"Hi, Yugi." Yami said.

"Hi. I think we know why you were so big now." Yugi said.

"Yeah, we do. I never thought that I might have twins." Yami said.

"Well, we do now." Yugi said.

The boy looked like Yami right down to the crimson eyes. The girl looked like Yugi right to the amethyst eyes.

"Well, I guess we can welcome Prince Derik and Princess Ariel to the world." Yugi said as he took Ariel from Yami.

"Yeah. We can." Yami agreed.

"We're going to have fun raising them." Yugi said.

Yami laughed. "Yeah, if one brings rarely any sleep, then I guess we are guaranteed no sleep." Yami said.

Yami and Yugi smiled, ready for their new adventure.


As the years passed by, Seth, Crystal, Inchan, Grace, Derik and Ariel grew up.

Their parents and grandparents watched with pride as the six grew up.

When Derik turned twenty, Yugi stepped down as Emperor and gave the throne to his son, who he had deemed as ready to be Emperor.

All the couples ended up growing old and happy together.

Yugi, who had been known by many as the Emperor of ice, had his heart melted by a single servant who saw that there was more to him and brought out the person that he really was.

Yami saved Yugi from the coldness that gripped him, neither forgot the trials they went through to reach the point that they were at.

Neither forgot their early years.

And so, the ice was that covered the Emperor's heart was melted.

THE END


That's the end of Melting the Ice.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed. Hope you liked the ending.

My next few stories are probably going to be shorter than my others have been. I'll start them soon.

R&R.