It was a quiet night, just like any other night. Yusei Fudo and friends were gathered together to tell stories around the fire.
"This is the scary story about the legend of Cat Kong!" said Tank with a flashlight shining in his face "Half cat, half gorilla."
"That's not scary." said Rally.
"Quiet, I'm not finished… He also had… Two big batwings! A huge golden hook for a head! And two bright red eyes… made of wood!"
For a moment Yusei, Rally, Blitz, and Nervin just sat there picturing the creature described by Tank.
"How is that possible?" asked Rally.
"What do you mean?"
"Well for one thing, if his head was a golden hook, then how would he breathe? And how would he eat anything?"
"Uh… I don't know."
"That's not scary, that's stupid." said Blitz.
"Fine! You tell a story then!"
"I've got one." said Yusei "Have you guys ever heard… the legend of… Damian the Bad?"
"I'll take that as a no… Years ago in New Domino city… there was a turbo duelist… and not just any turbo duelist, the worst turbo duelist in the world. He was so horrible at turbo dueling that everyone called him Damian the Bad."
"What's so scary about a bad turbo duelist?"
"Quiet Tank!" said Rally "Yusei's not finished!"
"So anyway, one day Damian got sick and tired of losing all the time. He spent all his money building a deck that he thought would allow him to beat anyone, and he built it around the one monster that can beat anything… you know."
"He built it around Exodia the Forbidden One?!" exclaimed Rally.
"Well… did it work?"
"At a prestigious week long Turbo Duel tournament he debuted his new deck. For the first time in his life Damian was on a roll. Day after day he and his new turbo Exodia deck just conquered the competition. And then during the final duel when he was about to draw the final piece of Exodia… it happened."
"He lost control of his duel runner and crashed into a wall!"
Yusei paused for effect.
"Don't worry, he survived. But when he woke up in the hospital a week later he learned that since he had accidentally crashed his duel runner he lost the duel on a technicality. He went mad, because he couldn't win a tournament even with the Exodia deck he had spent all his hard earned money on. One day when his duel runner had been repaired he went joyriding… and no one ever saw him again."
"What happened to him?" asked Rally.
"Some say he rid his runner straight to… you know."
"All the way down town… to the most southern point."
"Oh come on Yuse." said Blitz "You expect us to believe he drove it down to the South Pole?"
Yusei slapped himself on the forehead.
"No, he drove himself and his runner straight down to the fiery underworld!"
"Yes! But that's not the worst part… They say that every year during the week leading up to the anniversary of his last duel Damian comes back, atop a fiery duel runner and with a new Exodia deck outfitted with powerful demon cards, to prove he's the best duelist ever. To do this he seeks out the best duelists in the world, and if he defeats them he drags them down to rot in Hell. And you know what… the anniversary is next Saturday."
"The best… but… wouldn't that make you one of his targets?" asked Rally.
"I guess… Then he'll be coming."
"How will we know?"
"There are three signs that signal the approach of Damian the Bad… First, if there are lights on wherever you are, then they will flicker on and off, and eventually they will stay off. Next, you will smell something horrible, some say it smells like rotten eggs… but I'll tell you what it is… it's the smell of."
"Socks?" asked Nervin.
"No, fire and brimstone. And finally you'll here Damian's ghastly laugh as he approaches. It shrieks and moans and send a chill through your bones… it's not of this world… it's inhuman. Then the next thing you'll see coming out of the darkness will be a duel runner with the wheels ablaze with hellfire, driven by… Damian the Bad!"
At that moment someone jumped down with a skull like face and scared the hell out of everyone, everyone that is except Yusei. The person took off his mask.
"HA-AH! You guys should have seen the look on your faces. Great story Yusei."
"Tanner told it to me back when we were incarcerated at The Facility."
"That was scary Yusei." said Rally "What did you think Tank? … Tank?"
They found Tank huddled up in the corner shivering.
"I don't know what he said… but it was the way he told it."