A/N: Hey guys. :) Had this idea on vacation. Here goes. Using Japanese names and settings because of the plot. You'll see. :) Story is very AU.

Disclaimer: I own nothing but my plots and OC's.

Dear Atemu,

You won't believe this, but I just woke up after a twelve hour nap! Well, I guess it wouldn't be called a nap then, but still. The flight from Tokyo to Honolulu was long and you know how I can't sleep just anywhere. I was wide-awake the whole time, thinking morbid thoughts about crashing in the ocean. I kept seeing those masks drop from above me, even thought I knew I was being irrational.

I hope that the job jii-chan gave you is going well. The shop is easy to run, but we get busy and he needs the help. I'm glad you wanted to lend a hand. He likes you, and I know you'll do a great job. Just don't let Jounouchi and Honda start one of their lines of credit again! It took them months to pay that off! Jii-chan is still irked about it.

I have a roommate here at the university. His name is Benjamin, but his last name is Tanaka. His parents are from the Nagano prefecture, but he was born here in Oahu. I think that's pretty cool. But I suppose it can be trying, too. He has the pressure of acting American with his buddies and acting Japanese with his parents. He's really nice though and he told me my English is already pretty good. Ben (that's what he likes to be called) promised me he would help me a lot.

I miss everyone. It's sort of lonely here. I want to go to the beach, but I don't think I can look at the ocean right now. The sea is so large, I feel like it might swallow me whole. And the sand is too heavy for me to think about. There are things here I don't understand yet, and I don't want to feel so small right now. I just want to be home…

But I decided to come here and I'm not quitting now! You know me. Once I start, I just have to finish something.

I don't know what the post is like between here and Tokyo, but I promise I'll try to write as often as possible. I don't know how I'll get by without the words you all will write me. Make sure Jounouchi and Honda write, too! Because you know them. They'll forget and then it'll just be one excuse after another. I already miss their constant whining and fighting. Get in a punch for me, will you? Just kidding, of course.

Miss you already.

Your friend,