Here's one of the stories from my last poll.





MalikxMarikxMariku(no shipping)




This one is set in ancient Egypt.

Summary: Yami is the lover to Atemu, the Pharaoh if Egypt. Atemu has the stress of needing a child, but not wanting to leave Yami. Yami still pines for his old lover, Yugi, whom he has not seen since he was taken from his village. Yami's old friends of his, Joey, Ryou, and Malik, have told him that they believe Yugi to be dead along with Serenity, Joey's sister, and Mokuba, Seto's sister. When Seth, Atemu's cousin and high priest as well as Joey and Seto's husband, comes across the three in a village, he takes them back to the palace. It is found out that Yugi has a four-year old daughter that he had by Yami. When the council gives Atemu the chance to have the heir to the throne by Yugi, will he take it? Will Yugi be willing to have the child? Yami is in love with both of them and want them to be able to be together. As choices are made, will Yugi and Atemu find themselves falling for each other? Will Yami have his wish to have Yugi and Atemu fall in love so that the three of them can be together? Find out.

Warnings: Mpreg, lemons later on

Also, I hvae inputted the Baby Brokers from Chibi Kurbioh's story The Prince and the Commoner. I have Chibi Kuriboh's permission to use this, so that belongs to her.

Disclaimer: I own nothing!

Chapter 1- My Lover's Pain

~Atemu's POV~

I was jolted awake when I heard whimpering. I blinked away sleep before I was able to focus on what was going on.

Beside me, my husband was whimpering in his sleep.

I reached over and wrapped my arms around him. "Shh. It's okay, Yami. It's okay." I told him.

I've known Yami for almost three years. We've been lovers for almost a year and a half. We've been married almost six months.

His nightmares aren't anything new. They happen every so often. I wish that there was something that I could do to ease his pain, but I know that there is nothing I can do. Only one thing that could help is next to impossible.

"Yugi." Yami whimpered in his sleep.

I sigh. The name is nothing new. I just wish that I could do something.

Sorry. Maybe I should explain what exactly is going on.

I am Atemu, the Pharaoh of Egypt.

About three years ago, Yami was brought to the palace as a slave. I was startled by his appearance because he looked exactly like me. Yami's eyes were a blood-red crimson while mine were more of a maroon color. I'm also deeply tanned while Yami's tan is light. Yami was placed in the kitchen as a slave there. I didn't see him often except when I would have my meals in the dining room.

One day, while Yami had been serving us, a rouge servant threw a dagger at me, trying to kill me. Yami threw himself between me and the dagger in an attempt to save me. The servant was captured and executed, as an attempt on my life, whether I was injured or not, is an immediate death sentence. Isis, my priestess as well as the best healer in Egypt, saved Yami's life.

I would have been killed had it not been for Yami's actions. I would have freed him, but I knew that he would only be enslaved later on by someone else, so I decided to make him my personal servant. Over time, I fell in love with Yami.

At first, Yami avoided my advances, so I thought that he had no interest in me. It hurt, but I accepted that. I learned later that it wasn't that Yami didn't like me.

After some time, Yami told me about his life before he was enslaved, mainly about his husband, Yugi. Yami did feel something for me, but he loved his husband and couldn't stand the thought of cheating on him. I respected that.

Two more slaved came in, and they happened to come from where Yami was from. The news they had to tell Yami was anything but good. The village had been destroyed, and they thought that Yugi had died that day.

It had broken Yami's heart to learn that,

I had never seen true love, but I knew that was something that Yami and Yugi had had.

I helped Yami through it.

After learning about that and after he had started to recover from the loss, Yami started to open up more to me.

We are now married now, but Yami hasn't forgotten about Yugi, and I don't expect or want him to.

Most would be jealous that someone else held a part of Yami's heart, but I don't. I've learned that I can't change what he feels, and I have accepted that. I understand. In truth, from what I have heard about Yugi, I wish that I could have met him.

Yami still dreams about Yugi from time to time. I wish that I could do something to help, but seeing Yugi again is the only thing that would help, and even though I am the Pharaoh, that is not something that I can do.

~Normal POV~

Atemu just held Yami through his nightmare. He always did when Yami would have these nightmares.

It wasn't long before Yami finally woke up.

"Are you all right, Yami?" Atemu asked.

"I'm fine, Atemu. I'm sorry that I woke you up." Yami said, feeling bad that he had woken up his lover when he knew Atemu had a long day ahead of him.

"It doesn't matter, Yami. What matters is that you're all right." Atemu told him, pulling him closer.

Yami turned and snuggled against Atemu.

It wasn't long before Atemu was asleep.

'I don't know why Atemu puts up with me. I mean, I'm supposed to be his lover, but I'm dreaming of another man. I know that it is Yugi, but still. Why does Atemu want me?' Yami asked himself.

"Stop thinking that." Atemu said.

Yami jumped. "I thought you were asleep!" Yami exclaimed.

Atemu sighed and looked at Yami. "Yami, I do love you, but I understand that you still love Yugi and always will. I don't hold that against you." Atemu said.

Yami sat up and said, "But why not? Doesn't it bother you?"

"No, it doesn't. Yami, you fell in love with Yugi, and you two were married and happy. I can't ask you to just forget about the time you shared with Yugi. I don't want that. I accept that you will always love Yugi. And I put up with you because I love you." Atemu said.

Yami sighed. "I just don't see how you can deal with it." Yami said.

"Yami, I just do. I understand that you will always love Yugi, and I don't want that to change because of me. It can't change. I know that. Stop worrying about it, and just accept the fact that I love you, and I accept everything about your life." Atemu said.

"It's just hard still." Yami said.

"I understand." Atemu assured him.

Yami nodded and lay back down.

"Yami, can I ask you something?" Atemu asked.

"What?' Yami asked.

"What did Yugi look like?" Atemu asked.

Yami sat back up to look his lover in the eye. "Why would you ask me that?" Yami asked.

"Well, you've told me a lot about Yugi, but never what he looks like. I was just curious." Atemu said.

"Well, he looks a lot like we do." Yami said.

"You're kidding." Atemu said, sitting up.

"No. It's one of the things that no one understood. We weren't related in any way, but we looked that much alike." Yami said.

"Could you explain a little more?" Atemu asked.

"Well, Yugi had our style hair. He just didn't have the blonde streaks. He also had softer, more innocent looks than ours. Yugi was of smaller stature than other people. He had gorgeous amethyst eyes, though. I think that was one of the features that always fascinated me." Yami said.

"Amethyst? That's an odd eye color." Atemu said.

"I know, but he had amethyst eyes. It was one of the oddest things that he had." Yami said.

The two continued to talk until Ra rose.

"We've talked the night away." Atemu said.

"Sorry. I know that you needed your sleep." Yami said.

"Don't apologize. I'll be fine." Atemu said.

Atemu was sitting in a meeting with the priests and the council.

Unfortunately, Atemu wasn't paying that much attention to what was being said.

"We have captured even more of the Baby Brokers. Any that remain are being hunted down as we speak. They are running because we know that we are on to them." Karim, one of the priests, said.

"We believe that a few more are in another village, and we want to send more soldiers to capture them." a councilman said.

Seth, another priest as well as Atemu's cousin, noticed that his cousin wasn't paying attention. He discreetly nudged Atemu, telling him to pay attention.

Atemu glared at his cousin, but returned his attention to the meeting.

"Pharaoh, we need to send out more soldiers to find the remaining Baby Brokers." a councilman said.

"Yes. I agree. I want these men caught so that they can be punished for the crimes they have committed against the people of Egypt." Atemu said.

The council nodded, happy with this.

"Volunteers will be asked, and they will be set to leave by tomorrow morning." Atemu said.

Yami sat on a balcony, playing the necklace around his neck.

"Yami, you all right?" a gentle voice asked.

Yami looked to see Ryou, a man with long white hair and gently, grown eyes. He was also obviously pregnant. "I'm fine, Ryou." Yami said.

"Dreaming about Yugi again?" Ryou asked.

"Yeah. I thought that the dreams would stop." Yami said.

"Do you want them to stop?" Ryou asked.

"No, not really." Yami admitted.

"You miss him." Ryou stated.

"Yeah." Yami admitted.

"Well, it's to be expected. You were in love with Yugi, and still are. You know that that can't change." Ryou said.

"I know. I just wish I had had more time, I guess." Yami said.

Ryou smiled at him. "You'll be fine, Yami." Ryou said, patting his friends shoulder.

"Thanks, Ryou." Yami said.

After the meeting, Atemu and Seth walked down the hall along with Mariku, captain of the guard, and Akefia, a mercenary.

"Atemu, what is your deal? You never zone out like that during a meeting." Seth said.

"I know, Seth. I know." Atemu said.

"What's on your mind?" Akefia asked.

Atemu sighed. "Yami dreamed about Yugi last night." Atemu answered.

"Oh. I guess you two were up all night." Seth said.

"Yeah. We just talked. I wish that I could help him." Atemu said.

"We all know what you're going through." Akefia said.

It was true.

Seth, Akefia, and Mariku had all faced similar situations.

Akefia was the first to face it. Bakura, one of Akefia's husbands, was brought to the palace as a slave. He was defiant and mouthy. Akefia had taken an immediate liking to him and had taken Bakura on as a servant. Bakura showed Akefia no respect and constantly fought with him. Akefia soon found himself falling in love with Bakura. He learned that Bakura already had a husband, and that he had been taken from him when he was made a slave. It had surprised Akefia when he learned that Bakura was married. Bakura would constantly have dreams about Ryou. When Ryou showed up at that palace, Bakura was overjoyed because Ryou was his missing husband. After some time had passed, Akefia found himself falling in love with Ryou as well. It wasn't long before the three were all married to each other. Ryou was now seven months pregnant.

Seth had a similar story. Seto was the first one to come to the palace. He was about as cold and distant as Seth was, and Seth had taken a liking to that. Seto had immediately halted any advance that Seth made by telling him that he was already married. Seth respected that, but Seto had fallen for him, but remained faithful. Seto also dreamed about his husband a lot. Joey, Seto's husband, arrived at the palace with a little boy that looked exactly like Seto who was named Chris. They had had a child together. Seth had stepped aside and was going to let them be together, but with time, Joey and Seto both fell for Seth. The three were now married, and they had just found out that Joey was pregnant a month ago.

Mariku was the last one to go through it. Marik was a man brought in. He was very temperamental, he was crude, he was rude, and he held no respect for anyone. Mariku liked people like that, and he had taken Marik on as a servant. Marik showed absolutely no respect, and Mariku loved it. Mariku wanted Marik to be his lover, but Marik made it clear that he was already married, and he would not betray him. Mariku found himself respecting this wish, which was unlike him. Marik constantly had dreams about his husband a lot. When a servant named Malik was brought to the palace, Marik had instantly gone to him because Malik was his missing husband. Oddly enough, Malik and Marik both fell for Mariku, and the three were now married.

"I know that you understand, but there is a difference." Atemu said.

"What's that?" Mariku asked.

"Seto, Marik, and Bakura all knew that their husbands were alive. Yami knows that his are dead." Atemu explained.

"I guess that is harder." Seth admitted.

"I just wish that there was something I could do to help him." Atemu said.

"Well, I don't think that there is much that can be done. We can't perform miracles." Akefia said.

"I know. The only thing that would really help is finding Yugi alive, and I don't see that happening." Atemu said.

Seto, Joey, Marik, Malik, and Bakura were all in a lounge.

"So, what should we do?" Marik asked.

"How about we go and torment the council?" Bakura asked.

"You know that Atemu hates it when you do that." Seto said.

"But it's so much fun." Marik said.

The door opened, and Ryou walked in.

"Hey, Ryou. You okay?" Bakura asked as Ryou sat down beside him.

"Yeah. I just saw Yami. He dreamt about Yugi last night." Ryou said.

"Well, he won't ever stop." Seto said.

"I just wish that we could do something." Joey said.

"I don't think that that is something anyone can pull off." Bakura said.

"At least Yami doesn't know the worst part." Malik said.

"What worst part?" Atemu asked.

All six jumped, turning to see that Atemu, Seth, Akefia, and Mariku had entered the room.

"Um, well-" Malik stumbled.

"You see, we, um-" Joey started.

"It's just that, well-" Ryou mumbled.

Atemu hated it when people wouldn't tell him what he wanted to hear.

"Out with it!" Akefia growled.

Ryou sighed. "Look. There's something that we didn't tell Yami when we came here because it would have only caused him more pain than he was already in. We didn't want to make things more difficult than they had to be." Ryou said.

"What do you mean?" Atemu asked.

"You know that the village that we lived at was burned down, and that we think that Yugi was killed." Malik said.

"Yes." Seth said.

"Well, what we didn't tell you was that Yugi was pregnant." Ryou said.

"WHAT?!" was the startled reply.

"Yugi found out only a few days after Yami was taken by the slaver traders. It hurt Yugi when he learned that he was going to have Yami's child when Yami was gone. Well, Yugi was nine months along when the attack that destroyed the village came. Yugi died, and so did the baby." Malik said.

"We didn't tell Yami because it was hard enough on him to learn that Yugi was dead. I think it might have killed him to learn that he had lost a child, too." Ryou said.

Atemu was silent.

"Look. Maybe we're wrong to keep this, but it will only cause more harm." Joey said.

"They're right. Yami's my cousin, and I know that he always wanted kids. If he knew, it would kill him. I'm not sure that he could recover from this." Seto said.

"Still, don't you think that he has the right to know?" Mariku asked.

"We know, but isn't it bad enough that he knows his husband is dead. Why should he be forced to mourn his child as well?" Bakura asked.

Atemu wasn't sure what to think, so he left.

"I'll go and talk to him." Seth said and left the room.

"Maybe this isn't the best thing to do, but we really think that this is the best thing for him." Marik said.

"Maybe it is. Yami's suffering enough as it is." Akefia said.

"Maybe, but it still sucks." Mariku said.

"Are you all right, Atemu?" Seth asked.

"Seth, Yami didn't just lose his husband. He lost his child. He deserves to know." Atemu said as they walked in the gardens.

"Yes, he does, but he doesn't deserve to have to suffer anymore. For almost two years, he has suffered with the knowledge of losing his husband. He loved Yugi. We all know that. We also know that he would have loved that child. Is it right to force him to suffer?" Seth asked.

Atemu covered his face. "What am I going to do? I don't know if I should tell him or not." Atemu said.

"You do what you think is right.' Seth said.

Atemu was upset. He loved Yami and didn't like the thought of lying. As he saw it, not telling Yami was as bad as a flat out lie. "I just wish that Yugi was alive. That would make things so much easier." Atemu said.

"Atemu, can I ask you something?" Seth asked as he sat down beside Atemu.

"What?" Atemu asked.

"If we were to find Yugi alive and well and the child alive and well, what would you do?" Seth asked.

"What do you mean?" Atemu asked.

"Atemu, you know that Yami loved him. You know that Yami would love that child. What would you do since there's a chance that Yami would leave you for Yugi?" Seth asked.

Atemu was quiet. He hadn't thought of that scenario. Thinking of what Yami had been through, the answer was clear. "If it made Yami happy, I wouldn't stand in their way. I love him, and I don't want him to suffer." Atemu said.

"So, if Yugi was found, you would want him brought here?" Seth asked.

"Yes. I would. I might lose Yami, but at least he would be happy." Atemu said.

"Atemu, Seto thought he would never see Joey again. Bakura thought he would never see Ryou again. Marik thought he would never see Malik again. It could happen." Seth said.

"And if it does, I won't stand in their way." Atemu said.

Seth nodded. "Just understand the consequences if it does." Seth said.

"I do, Seth. I understand them." Atemu said.

When Atemu entered his chambers, he found that Yami was already asleep. He walked over and sat down beside Yami. He reached over and brushed Yami's bangs out of his eyes. 'Yami, I wish that I could help. I wish you could see Yugi again, even if it meant that I would lose you. I don't know if I should tell you about the child or not.' Atemu thought.

Atemu got up and changed out of his clothes and into a skirt to sleep. He climbed into bed beside his husband and wrapped his arms around Yami, bringing Yami close. 'I know Yami misses Yugi, and there is nothing that I can do about that. I just wish that there was.' Atemu thought.

Slowly, Atemu fell asleep, holding Yami.

I hope that this was a good start. This is jsut laying some of the groundwork. Yugi may not show up for a few chapters.

Next: Seth is given a mission.