Lucarly: Last chapter.
Aki: Wasn't this supposed to be a one-shot?
Lucarly: Yeah, what's your point?
Aki: ..Nevermind. Lucarly does not own Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's
Last Goodnight Kiss - Chapter 9
The only sound that could be heard was quiet beat of the clock on the wall. It was far past midnight, and I knew that should have been in bed, asleep.
Yet, I wasn't tired at all; or at least, I had convinced my body to not let sleep consume me.I licked my finger and slowly turned a page of my mother's diary, straining my eyes to read the ink under the dim light. I knew it was unhealthy to do so, but her entries were absolutely fascinating; which was the main reason I had stayed up. The other being that sleeping brought about nightmares of the recent battle we as the signers had overcome. But I wasn't the only one who was haunted; Jack and Aki were also troubled in their dreams.
"Shouldn't you be asleep?" asked a dark, feminine voice from behind me. I lifted my head slightly in surprise, but didn't bother to face the speaker; I already knew who she was. With such an enchantingly somber sound, it could only belong to Aki Izayoi.
"Shouldn't you?" I questioned in reply. She let out a low chuckle.
"Well, I was asleep." she said casually. I glanced back at her, examining her shrouded figure carefully.
"Nightmare?" I inquired.
"Mhm." she mumbled, nodding.
"Misty or Divine?"
"Do you want to talk about it?"
"I see...You don't have to be frightened though. You know, Jack and I are having the same problem."
"Well, Jack is asleep now." she commented plainly.
"Oh really? Hm." I mumbled, looking up at her ", And I thought Jack was the one who was struggling with sleep the most since...since...What was her name again?"
"Carley." answered Aki.
"Right; Carley..." I said before pausing to think. However, Aki continued to speak.
"He's sleeping because he's found comfort." was all she said. I blinked in confusion and looked up at her.
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Jack and his secretary; they're together. I don't know how or for how long, but they're sleeping together on the sofa in the front room. It's kind of...cute." said Aki thoughtfully. I mouthed an "Oh" and returned to the diary. I had the feeling that there was some sort of romantic tension going on between Jack, Mikage, and the deceased Carley, but I hadn't inquired him about it.
"Maybe that's what you and I need together; comfort." concluded Aki. I cast my gaze warily over at her, wondering what she meant by "together." But I shook my head, reminding myself that the relationship between Aki and I was only platonic.
I turned another page. I could feel Aki's feline-like eyes looking me over. I knew she wanted a response, but my tongue couldn't muster up any words for her.
"Are you awake because you fear dreaming of Kiryu, or because you want to read your mother's diary?" she asked quietly after a moment.
"Both," I began simply ", but what's here in this journal is amazing. It has everything I could ever want to know in it...Where my parents met, how they fell in love, when they got married...And there's information on the Momentum project too. That'll be helpful to Akutsu and Ayumi; who, as it turns out, wasn't lying when she said her mother was my caretaker."
"Interesting." she mused.
"What is?" I asked.
"They're together too," replied Aki. ", Akutsu and Ayumi, I mean."
Aki nodded. I paused for a brief moment to consider what to say next. Was it just me, or did it seem that Aki was after something that I was unaware of? My mind again wandered to the word "together."
"Did you know she was prophetic?" I asked simply, deciding to change the subject. I couldn't allow myself to yield to my desires; it wasn't right. Aki blinked.
"What?" she inquired.
"My mother; she had visions of the future." I explained.
"Is that so?" asked Aki, sitting down casually in a chair and crossing her legs. "Of what?"
"Mostly warnings to her co-workers, or my father. And according to her, all of them came true if not listened to." I answered, turning another page. Aki sighed and stood up before coming to my side, leaning over the diary.
"How far are you in her life right now?" she asked simply.
"I was just born two weeks ago." I replied. Aki's eyes scanned the page before something written on the page stopped her.
"Do you mind if I read this entry?" she asked hesitantly. I nodded and handed her the book. She looked it over carefully, and as she read, I could see her lips curl into a sly smile. Seeing her expression struck curiousity in me.
"What's got you so interested?" I asked. Aki snapped her head up at me, as if she had forgotten I was even there. But she smiled again and returned the diary to me.
"As lovely as a rose..." was all she said before she leaned down and kissed me on the cheek. I felt heat rise to my face, confused by her action.
"Goodnight, Yusei." said Aki before practically gliding out of the room. I stared at where she disappeared before returning to the diary, trying to find the meaning of her action in the ink. Then I saw it:Looking into my son's eyes this morning as he awoke, I could see a woman as lovely as a rose; soft, pale skin, red lips, and beautiful, amber eyes. This woman, I know, shall be his life companion, and she will bring him the love that Kiyoshi and I cannot fulfill.
The diary slipped out of my hands and onto the desk as I left to go find Aki.
Lucarly: So I tied everything back together. Remember chapter one? It was mentioned by Kiyoshi that Etsu said that Yusei would marry a woman as lovely as rose. So I thought it was appropriate for Yusei to read that revelation as a conclusion. And yes, I succumbed to my Disney-ending love and gave everyone a happily ever after. For the most part, at least.
Lucarly: You fail.
Aki: You fail more.
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