A/N: Sorry, but that seemed like a great place to end. But I THINK this is the last chapter. I THINK. Okay, I was right. It's over. Hope you enjoyed.
Disclaimer: I own nothing but my plots and OC's.
Chapter 15: A Moment Stops
"What fortune or what fate before the last day leadeth thee down here? And who is this that showeth thee the way?"
Canto XV, from Dante's Inferno
I hold the gun in my hands.
Kaiba looks at me, stunned.
Yami falls down, staring at the shaking Kaiba.
A soft smile.
"I knew you had it in you."
A hand rests on my shoulder, takes the gun from me.
"Hey Game King," Greg says softly. The Captain comes up behind him.
"We found a note from Thorne. Jesus." He looks at Kaiba and takes off his hat. "Sad day when a man loses his mind."
"I think he's the most sane person I've ever met," I whisper, falling to my knees. Yami comes over and wraps an arm around me.
"There, there, aibou. It's alright. It's all over now. You did it." I nod. I did it. I caught him. I payed everyone back. I fixed it. Rebecca, can you hear me?
I fixed it.
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In Kaiba's will, he names Mokuba soul executor. Leaves everything to him. At seventeen, Mokuba becomes the president and CEO of Kaiba Corp. And his first action as one of the most powerful men in Domino City is to cover up what his brother did.
"You don't know what it was like," he says quietly to the Captain. He's still in the hospital, sharing a room with Yami. "He started losing it a few years ago. He was always angry, but something changed. Something was really different. And I had to live with it every day. I don't know. Maybe I could have stopped him." I shake my head.
"No. Kaiba was lost. You did all you could." He shrugs.
"Well, if I haven't done anything before, I'm doing it now. The Captain isn't letting any news of Seto reach the public. As far as anyone knows, he was killed by the Duel Monsters Killer who was actually a pair of men who were caught and killed in a police shoot out. The new dueling arena will be named after him. As will the first tournament. Which just got a huge spike in participants."
"Just what he wanted," I say quietly, stroking Yami's hand. He's out cold again. But he'll be alright.
We all will, eventually.
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Kaiba got what he wanted. In the years after his death, Duel Monsters took a whole new turn. Mokuba opened the Dueling Academy. He turned dueling from a semi-professional hobby into a full-fledged career. I lot of people thought I'd go back.
But I didn't.
I couldn't, really, knowing what sacrifices had been made to make this possible. These days I make appearances at Mokuba's request.
But I always remember what it took to do this.
I never forget.
"It seems strange, little one, but Kaiba brought us together."
"I don't know where we'd be if the whole Duel Monsters Killer had happened."
"We'd be together."
"You think?" I nod. "I guess you're right. We're meant to be together, aren't we?" I nod again.
"Yeah, we are."
"What happens next?"
"Whatever happens I guess."
"Hopefully no more murders."
"Hopefully." He smiles and kisses me. "You love me, don't you?" I say.
"Always, little one."
"Stop calling me that."
"Whatever you say, little one." I sigh. Some things never change.
Some things never stay the same.
I like to think I am a mix of both of that. That I can be ever shifting and still remain who I am.
I like to think that. I really do.