Yusei Fudo opened his eyes hesitantly, fearing the sting of the white light directed on his eyes. He was in Neo Domino City's most prestigious hospital, but he really didn't care about that right now. He winced as pain shot through his right arm, which was wrapped in a bandage connected to his neck.
'So are you feeling any better?' Aki Izayoi asked him sweetly.
'God, no.' He grumbled in response.
'Would you like anything? Rua and Ruka are sleeping. Jack went to the cafe for some coffee. I'm sure he'll bring you some. After all, it's 1:00 in the morning.'
The wounded Signer smirked mockingly. 'And you've been here for how long exactly?'
'W-well, actually I don't know. I fell asleep a few hours ago.' She turned her head to the side, attempting to hide her face from him. Her efforts were futile, since he saw the delicate spread of crimson on her cheeks.
'I never knew you cared so much.' It was a joke. A supposedly harmless, meaningless joke. But even a blind man would be able to see that it had hit a nerve.
'Of course I do. I.. If it weren't for me, you wouldn't be hurt like this! If I had been more careful during my duel with Misty, you wouldn't have had to jump in and save me! This is all my fault. I'm so sorry. I was never of any use to you. From the moment we met up to now, I've done nothing but hurt you. I want to help you, but I can't. I want to make it up to you, but I just don't know how! Maybe it's because I haven't been thinking about how to serve the rest of the Signers... It's because I've been thinking of how to serve you!'
Her eyes started glazing over, and he could see that she was about to cry. He hated himself for being so overconfident in thinking that he had finally stopped her suffering. But he was wrong. Every second of every minute of every day, she was suffering. And it was all because she wanted to please him.
He wanted to say something, to give her words of encouragement and friendship, but 'Aki...' was all that came out of his mouth.
'I want to make it up to you.' She repeated, facing him at last with tears streaming down her face.
'But what can I ask for?' he thought miserably.
'There is one thing I've always wanted, but I couldn't seem to be able to get it.' He admitted, his expression thoughtful and pondering.
'Sure.' She replied, wiping her tears away and smiling pleasantly. 'You can ask me for anything.'
He simply nodded, debating within himself.
Can I really ask her for this?
'So what is it?'
Can I really ask for something so selfish?
Is it so wrong?
'A book, some tires?'
To want to love someone...
'God, it's a computer chip isn't it?'
... and to want someone?
'Come on, what is it?'
Doesn't she want that too?
'No, it's ...'
What am I doing?
'You. Just you.' He finally answered.
The powerful psychic duelist suddenly stopped smiling, her expression turning 360 degrees. She frowned in confusion, her heart threatening to punch through her chest. 'What was that?'
'I said I want you. You're all I want.'
'Don't make jokes like that! Really ...' she laughed. But it was evident that she didn't believe it was a joke.
'It's not a joke.'
'I'm telling the truth. I want you. I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, have children with you, have a family with you ...'
'... Just like I've always dreamed of.' He finished.
'Don't do this.' She whispered before he kissed her lightly on the lips, his tongue gently finding its way to her willing mouth.
I can't. I'll only hurt him.
'Aki. Aki. Aki.' He chanted over and over in between kisses. His free hand cupped her face. Suddenly, his pain seemed to go away. The pain in his arm, and the pain in his heart-the pain of losing so many friends, the pain of dreaming of someone he thought he could never be with.
'Stop.' She choked, her voice small.
He obeyed, searching her eyes from any other emotion than the one that was displayed-pain.
'I can't do this. I can't be with you. I can't love you.' She said as her tears started flowing yet again. She stood up and ran out of the room, pressing her fist against her heart.
'Why?' he asked, even if she was no longer in the room.
A/N: I don't own 5D's or any of its characters. This is a story I prepared for a contest n Janime. I hope to finish it before submission. I hope you guys like the story and continue reading on until the final chapter of this story and to support Yusei and Aki all throughout! Read and review please. :D