Author's Note: The events are from episode 118 and the title is from Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh. If I did, there would be more Puzzleshipping.
Just Forget the World
Everything hurt. Yami groaned, trying to move from the ground, his whole body throbbed from the pain of his last attack, the idea of getting up seeming like a mammoth task. He tried to move, his lower back still aching from the combination of the burn from Ra and the attack of Inaba White Rabbit. Yami opened his eyes, slowly pushing up from the ground as Tèa shouted up to him, having to stop as the muscles in his back spasmed and refused to listen, his arms trembling as his forced himself to remain like that. "Don't listen to him Yugi! Get up!"
"Silence." His head jerked up as Noa spoke, trying to get his body to listen to him, Yami managing to flip to his side. His eyes widened as the sky darkened, lightning flashing through the clouds. He looked down at Tèa, struggling to get to his hands a knees, watching as she was struck by lightning.
'Tèa! No!' Yugi's anguished cry ran through his mind, Yami slumping where he was as he watched the stone creep up Tèa's body, the brunette reaching out for him.
"Tèa!" His arms gave out, sending him slamming back down onto the rock. Yami gasped, his eyes widening, his vision beginning to blacken around the edges. He struggled to hold on, he had so many people who were depending on him, he couldn't give in now. Yami reached out for Yugi, trying to find the familiar mind. He was jolted out of his concentration as Noa began to speak.
"Well this should quiet things down a bit. If you could speak I'm sure you'd admit now that I'm the better duelist. You have no monsters to play, no cards in your hand and no friends to cheer you on. You're all alone Yugi, there's no one left to support you."
"That's not true!" Yami let out a relieved sigh as he found Yugi's mind with his own, relaxing as they merged for a moment, Yami opening his eyes as Yugi pulled away. He found that he was in his soul room, lying on the cold stone floor. Yugi was standing over at him, staring angrily at the ceiling. He didn't seem to notice that Yami was awake, the spirit looking around before trying to get up.
Yugi jumped, looking down at him before stepping over Yami, crouching at his side. He reached for Yami's hand, grabbing a tight hold of it as he stared down at Yami. "As long as I'm here, you can't be alone!"
"I know that, aibou."
Yugi brightened and tugged at his hand. "And I'm not the only one who's here. Come on!"
He tensed at the pain, his soul still feeling the abuse that had be dealt to their shared body. "Yugi, aibou, it hurts."
"It's alright, Yami, it isn't far, I promise." He tugged gently at Yami's hand again, the spirit struggling to get up. Yami felt worry from Yugi's end of the link, the teenager nearly pulling Yami up before wrapping an arm around Yami's waist, encouraging Yami to rest an arm over his shoulders. Yami obeyed the silent order, letting Yugi arrange him as he wanted, glad for the support. Yugi glanced over at him, Yami shaking his head.
"I'll be alright, aibou."
"It doesn't look like it."
Yugi bit his lip and looked away, guiding Yami to one door and standing outside, Yami slowly taking more of his own weight as he felt like he could stand. "All you have to do is look inside your heart and inside your mind and you'll see that your friends are never far. They're all right here."
Yami looked around, blank stone meeting his gaze. And there was nothing unusual in his soul room, nothing that he could sense. He frowned and looked back at Yugi. "But I don't see anyone."
"Just look in here." His attention was moved to the door that they were standing in front of, Yugi reaching for the handle.
Yami reacted, grabbing Yugi's hand. The rooms in his soul were dangerous, most of them rigged with traps. He knew which ones were the rigged doors, but this door made him uneasy, he didn't recognize it. And, if he didn't recognize it, there was no guarantee that he would be able to keep Yugi safe from whatever was inside of it. He looked over at his partner, drawing Yugi close. "I've never seen this room before, Yugi."
Yugi wriggled out of his embrace, laughing as he stretched up to kiss Yami. The teenager's arm fell back around Yami's waist, holding the spirit close to him. "It's not dangerous. It holds your recent memories."
"My…" The door was swung open, Yami walking into the dimly lit room with Yugi at his side. For a moment, the room remained empty, Yami looking around at the same sand colored stone that made up the rest of his soul room. Then, there was a slight flicker, Yami staring in amazement as he friends appeared, each of them bearing a card and their well wishes or, in Kaiba's case, a threat. He watched them as they all milled around for a moment, fading in and out before disappearing entirely.
Yami stared at the empty room before looking down at the cards in his hand, feeling Yugi come back to his side. Yugi's arm slid around his waist again, Yami turning to look at the teenager. He smiled and leaned his head against Yugi's shoulder, the two standing like that for a while. Yami closed his eyes as Yugi spoke. "So, you know what to do."
"Yes. Let me stay here a little longer."
That got a laugh out of Yugi, Yami lifting his head from his partner's shoulder, enjoying the smile on Yugi's face. "Don't tempt me."
'Save them, Yami. Save them first and then we'll have time for ourselves.'
'Alright, Yugi.' He nodded, unable to stop himself from leaning over to kiss Yugi. The teenager turned, wrapping his arms around Yami's neck, pressing up against the spirit. The cards slipped out of Yami's hand as he reaching up to tangle his fingers in Yugi's hair, allowing himself to be backed against the wall as Yugi deepened the kiss. Yugi took control of the kiss, Yami happily following along, hating the thoughts that were running through his head.
After this Marik and his past were waiting for him, the moments that he had left with Yugi ticking down into nothing. Soon they would all be gone, gone forever and out of his reach along with the soul that him so much joy. His grip tightened on Yugi, Yami opening their link wider and letting his feelings of love flow towards Yugi, basking in Yugi's own love. He still couldn't bring himself to say those three words, but he could show Yugi and he hoped that it would be enough in the end.
'Yami.' He pulled back at the sound of his name, panting for breath, watching Yugi. "You have a duel to finish."
The cards were lying on the stone where he had dropped them, Yami staring at them. If he walked over and picked them up, he would be forcing himself to follow the path to his memories. It would be too easy to return and challenge Noa to a Shadow Game, and then he wouldn't have to leave. He was happy with Yugi. His hold tightened as he lowered his head to rest it against Yugi's shoulder, his partner holding him. "Yami?"
"You have to save them." He stared at Yugi before nodding, crossing the floor to scoop up the cards, glancing back at Yugi before returning to their body.
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