Here's the new story.
It won't be as long as my others.
Just to note, there will be a bit of Prideshipping(Yami/Seto), Heartshipping(Ryou/Yugi), mentioned Polarshipping(Joey/Mai), mentioned Bakura/Heba. NOne of these are serious pairings, really, and I'm not bashing them.
The ending pairings will be:
There's no bashing af any character this time.
Summary: Yami and Seto have been a couple for a while as have YUgi and Ryou. The relationships end with Seto and Joey getting together and Ryou and Bakura getting together. YUgi adn Yami end up living back together with Yugi's grandfather in the Game Shop. Yami has always loved Yugi. Will Yami follow his heart and get his true love, or will they end being nothing more than friends?
Disclaimer: I own nothing! (Except the plot)
Chapter 1- It's Over
"Damn it, Yami! Will you quit giving me the third degree every time that I come home?!" Seto growled.
"Well, what am I supposed to do when you come home at all hours of the night?!" Yami shot back.
"Just because I come home late does not mean that I am cheating on you! Work has been hard lately, and I'm having to work late!" Seto shouted.
"Really? Then why is it that you always seem to be unavailable when I call to talk to you?" Yami demanded.
"Because I told my secretary that I didn't want to be disturbed, and that I was not going to take ANY calls." Seto said.
"Yeah, and how do I know that you aren't just making up excuses?" Yami asked.
"Maybe if you trusted me once in a while, we wouldn't have this problem." Seto said.
"Maybe if you'd actually talk to me I wouldn't be so worried all of the time." Yami stated.
Seto glared at him. "You are just impossible sometimes." Seto said.
"Yeah, well, you're going to be sleep alone tonight." Yami shouted before he stormed out of the room.
"Fine by me!" Seto yelled after him.
Mokuba, who had been sitting on the couch and listening to the whole argument, shook his head at the scene his brother and boyfriend had made. 'This would be a lot easier if Seto and Yami would just admit that their relationship is over and end things instead of arguing every time they see each other.' Mokuba thought before he went back to his book.
Meanwhile, at the nigh club Midnight Rush, Yugi sat at the bar, drinking. He picked up the scotch and downed it in one gulp.
Beside him, Joey sighed and said, "Yug, I think that you have had enough." Joey said.
"No. I don't wan tot feel anything." Yugi mumbled.
Joey sighed. "Yug, you're not doing yourself any favors by getting yourself this drunk. It won't change the problem." Joey said.
Yugi just shook his head and drank another glass.
Joey shook his head. He knew that his best friend was beyond upset and hurt, but there wasn't much that he could do to help him. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed a number.
"What the hell do you want?!" a rather angry Atemu shouted into the phone.
"Atemu, I need you or Heba to come to the night club Midnight Rush." Joey said.
"Why?" Atemu growled.
"It's Yugi. He's here, and he's drunk and won't quit any time soon." Joey said.
"Damn it! Doesn't Ryou realize what he's doing to Yugi!" Atemu shouted.
A moment later, Heba said, "Joey, stay there. We'll be there soon."
"Sure thing, Heba. I'll be waiting." Joey said and hung up the phone. He turned back and saw that Yugi had had three more shots already. He sighed and muttered, "Atemu and Heba are going to have fun with him tonight."
'Why does he do this to me? Doesn't Ryou realize what he's doing? Maybe he just doesn't care anymore.' Yugi thought as he downed another glass.
Joey's phone rang, and he answered it. "Hello?" Joey said.
"Hey, Joey. It's Mokuba. Could I talk to you?" Mokuba asked.
"Sorry, Mokuba, but I got something that I have to deal with right now." Joey said.
"Is it Yugi again?" Mokuba asked.
"Yeah." Joey relied.
"Why does Ryou keep doing this? Doesn't he realize that Yugi knows and is being hurt by this?" Mokuba asked.
"I honestly don't know. Atemu and Heba are on their way here. Meet me at my apartment in an hour, and we'll talk." Joey said.
"Okay, Joey. See you then." Mokuba said and hung up.
It was five minutes later that Atemu and Heba arrived.
Atemu cursed under his breath in Egyptian when he saw Yugi.
"Sorry I had to disturb you, but I thought that you needed to come here." Joey said.
"It's okay, Joey. We'll handle this." Heba said and went over to his brother.
"Atemu, you're not mad are you?" Joey asked.
"No. This was serious. I'd kill you if it had been anything else." Atemu looked at Joey and said, "How are you?"
"I'm fine. I know things ended with me and Mai, but I know that it wouldn't have worked out for us. I mean, I'm gay, Atemu. It wouldn't have worked out with Mai." Joey said.
"It took dating a woman for you to realize that?" Atemu asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Nah. I always knew, but I denied it." Joey answered.
"Denied that you're in love with Seto Kaiba, you mean." Atemu said.
"Yeah, but I know that I don't have a prayer. I mean, Kaiba's been with Yami for a while now. Don't think that I stand much of a chance." Joey said.
"Joey, sometime, you have to fight for what you want. You know that Heba was with Bakura when we were in high school, but I knew that I loved him, so I fought for him, and look where we are now. "We've been married for three years." Atemu said.
"So, maybe I should fight for him." Joey ventured.
"If you want him, fight for him." Atemu said.
Heba walked over with a stumbling Yugi. "Let's go." Heba said.
Atemu helped Yugi outside and into the car.
"Call me if you need anything." Joey said.
"We will. Thanks, Joey." Heba said.
Atemu and Heba got in the car and drove away.
Mokuba was waiting at Joey's apartment.
"What's up, Mokuba?" Joey asked as he unlocked the door.
The two walked inside.
"Well, I know that you once had feelings for my brother. Do you still?" Mokuba asked.
"Yes, I do. Mai and I broke up a week ago. Mai knew that I was in love with Kaiba, but she ignored it. I realized that I couldn't keep doing that, so I ended it. I didn't love her. Besides, it's not easy for a gay guy to be with a woman." Joey said.
"Then tell Seto." Mokuba said.
"Mokie, your brother is with Yami." Joey said.
"Yeah, but didn't Yugi always say that regret is a terrible thing? You should tell him so that you'll feel better." Mokuba said.
"I don't know, Mokuba. I'll think about it." Joey said.
Mokuba brightened. "Great!" He sobered up and said, "How's Yugi?"
"Not good. He's drunk. Ryou's really doing a number in him, but Atemu and Heba will look after him." Joey said.
"Does Yami know what's going on?" Mokuba asked.
"No. You know that Yami's always had that protective streak for Yugi. If Yami knew, he'd kill Ryou. Besides, Yugi doesn't want him to know. I'm close to telling him, though." Joey said.
Ryou lay in bed, breathless. "I love you." Ryou said, leaning up to kiss Bakura.
"I love you, too." Bakura said.
The snuggled up together in bed.
"Ryou, when are you going to leave Yugi?" Bakura asked.
"I don't know. I need to, but Yugi's been so good to me that I don't like the idea of hurting him." Ryou said.
"Maybe you don't, but I think that you should. It'll be worse if he finds out we've been sleeping together the last six months." Bakura said.
"I'll tell him soon. I'd rather not sneak around anymore." Ryou said.
"Good. Then I can have you in my bed every night." Bakura said.
"Bakura!" Ryou exclaimed as Bakura flipped over so that he was on top of Ryou.
Yami sat in the spare bedroom that he had been using when he fight with Seto, which was almost every night. Yami sighed. "It's over between us. I know that. I just wish I knew how to end this." Yami said. He picked up the phone and dialed a number.
"hello?" Atemu said.
"Hey, Atemu. You got a minute to talk?" Yami asked.
"Yeah, I do. Heba's busy with Yugi." Atemu said.
"Listen. You know how I told you that I had been fighting with Seto a lot lately." Yami said.
"Yeah. I'm guessing that it's getting worse." Atemu remarked.
"We've been fighting every time that we are together. There's never a nice word between us. We haven't slept in the same room for the past two weeks." Yami said.
Atemu sighed. "Yami, you know as well as I do that you don't love him. You are in love with Yugi, and there is not another person who is going to make you happy because you heart belongs to him." Atemu said.
"I know that. I've always known, but I thought that maybe I could get over him. I know I was wrong." Yami said.
"Yami, my advice is that you end it before things get any worse." Atemu said.
"Okay. Thanks." Yami said.
"No problem." Atemu replied before he hung up.
Yami sighed and laid back. "I guess I do need to end things." Yami said as he lay down
"It's your own fault for getting drunk, Yugi." Heba said.
"I know. You keep telling me that." Yugi said.
Heba handed Yugi a cup of black coffee. "Hangovers are a bitch, Yugi. I don't know why you keep doing this to yourself." Heba said.
"I'm not. I can't take this anymore." Yugi said.
"What do you mean?" Heba asked.
"Come over to my apartment. I'm going to move back into the Game Shop with Grandpa. I can't take Ryou cheating on me." Yugi said.
"Okay. Let's go." Heba said.
Yugi nodded, and the two left the apartment.
Seto walked into the restaurant. He saw where Joey was sitting and walked over. "Why did you want to see me, mutt?" Seto asked.
Joey looked up. "I-I wanted to talk to you, Ka-Seto." Joey said.
Seto sat down, surprised by the use of his name. "About what?" Seto asked.
Joey took a breath. "You may hate me even more for what I'm about to say, but I feel that I need to say it. Seto, I love you. I've been in love with you since we were in high school. I was too afraid to tell you then. I just needed to tell you that." Joey said.
Seto sat there, wide-eyed. "But, you're with Mai Valentine." Seto said.
"Mai and I broke up. I saw that I couldn't keep dating her when I knew that I was gay. It wasn't right to keep leading Mai on like that. I decided that I should end things with her." Joey said.
"Why didn't you ever tell me in school?" Seto asked.
"I knew that you hated me, and I didn't want to make you hate me even more. Besides, I knew you were dating Yami, so I said nothing." Joey said.
"Joey, I wish that you had told me before." Seto said.
"Why?" Joey asked.
"Because I was in love with you, too." Seto said.
Joey looked at him in shock. "Then why did you always argue with me?" Joey asked.
"I started those arguments because it meant that all of your attention was on me. I didn't think that you would want me, so I decided to at least have your attention sometimes." Seto said.
"I guess we both hid everything for no reason." Joey said.
"Then I guess we could get together." Seto said, leaning forward.
"Hold it." Joey said.
"What?" Seto asked, confused.
"Seto, your still with Yami. The only way that we are going to be together is if you break up with him first. I won't be the other man." Joey said.
Seto nodded. "Yami and I haven't been getting along for months. Truthfully, we've been over for months. We just never ended things. I'll end them today, though." Seto said.
"Call me when you do." Joey said.
Yugi and Heba finished packing the last of Yugi's things.
"Come on. Let's go." Heba said.
Yugi nodded and picked up the last box.
It was then that Ryou walked in. It wasn't unusual for Heba to be there, but what was unusual was the boxes. "Yugi, what's going on?" Ryou asked.
Yugi turned to Heba. "Could you take these on down and give me a minute?" Yugi asked.
"Sure, brother." Heba replied. He took the boxes and went downstairs.
"Yugi, what's going on?" Ryou asked again.
"I'm leaving, Ryou. I'm going back to live with my grandfather." Yugi said.
"What? Why?" Ryou asked, shocked.
Yugi looked at Ryou with teats in his eyes. "Because I can't live like this anymore, Ryou." Yugi said.
"Live like what?" Ryou asked.
"I know, Ryou. I know about you and Bakura." Yugi said.
Ryou's eyes widened. "Yugi, I-" Ryou started.
"Don't try to explain it, Ryou. You can't. It wouldn't have hurt so much if you had actually broken up with me before you went to Bakura's bed." Yugi said.
"Yugi, I never meant to hurt you. I didn't want this." Ryou said.
"Ryou, you and Bakura can be together now. I'm going back to my grandfather. Good-bye." Yugi said and walked out of the apartment without looking back.
Seto found Yami on the living room on his laptop. "Yami, can I talk to you?" Seto asked.
Yami looked up. "I'm busy." Yami said.
"Yami, it's important." Seto said.
Yami sighed. He put the laptop aside and turned to Seto. "What?" Yami asked.
"Yami, you know that we've been having problems lately, and well, truth is that I've kind of found someone else." Seto said.
"So, you were cheating on me." Yami said.
"No! Yami, I never cheated on you." Seto said. He sighed and said, "I had lunch with Joey this afternoon. He told me that he was in love with me. I told him that I had always felt the same. I want a relationship with him, but Joey told me that I had to break up with you first." Seto said.
"I understand. Joey's like that. Truth is, I planned on breaking up with you, too." Yami said.
"Did you find someone?" Seto asked.
"No. I'm just tired of the arguing. We both knew our relationship ended months ago. I talked to Grandpa, and he told me that I could come back there. I've already got my stuff moved there. I was just here to tell you." Yami said.
"Yami, I'm really sorry." Seto said.
Yami shook his head. "Don't be. I knew that you were in love with Joey when we got together just like you knew that I was in love with Yugi. The truth is that neither one of us were truly in love with the other." Yami said.
"I guess so. I hope that we can at least be friends." Seto said.
"I'd like that, Seto. I hope that you and Joey work out. I mean that." Yami said.
"I know. This won't affect your job. You can still work at KaibaCorp, Yami." Seto said.
"I didn't think that it would. Good-bye, Seto." Yami said. He got his laptop in the case and left the mansion.
Once again, I am not bashing any pairings. I don't like these pairings, but I have nothing against them, either. I just don't like to read about them.
I hope you liked this.
The next chapter will have Yami and Yugi realizing they are living under the same roof again.