Prologue – Consider Me Gone

Ryo's POV

I smiled as I walked the single mile from work to the apartment I shared with my yami, happy to be released a few hours early from my job. A few months after 'Kura, Marik, and Yami left to the afterlife, they came back, saying that the gods had granted their request to stay. It didn't take long for Yami and Yugi to start dating, and then 'Kura asked me out. I had barely managed to stop myself from fainting with happiness. I said yes, of course. We had been dating for about two years now. Marik and Malik were the only pair that hadn't admitted their love for each other. We saw them often, since Isis had gotten a job at the Domino Museum. Malik and I were best friends, and he had told me that he loved his yami more than life itself. Neither of us had an answer to why Marik didn't notice his feelings. The gang had graduated from high school one year ago, but we made sure to have a 'get-together' at least once every month, and on all major holidays. We all stayed best friends.

I was pulled out of my happy thoughts when I got home. I unlocked the door and silently made my way to the bedroom that 'Kura and I shared, planning to surprise him. I ended up being surprised, though, when I quietly opened the door to see him and someone who looked like Marik having sex. He was cheating on me. I could only believe it because it was right in front of my eyes. I felt cold suddenly, like the room had lost all warmth. I quickly gathered everything I would need and left. I was going to shut him out of my life, and to do that, I would have to shut everyone out of my life. I left our –no, his– apartment, and went to the park to think, in a spot that I had never showed to anyone at all. I didn't want the others to worry, so I got out my cell phone and called Malik's, planning to get my number changed as soon as possible. I got lucky and hit the answering machine. The message I left would most likely haunt them forever, along with how cold my voice was, but I no longer cared. "Malik, this is Ryo. Don't try to find me. I just caught Bakura cheating on me with someone you know very well. I didn't want you to worry about me, so this is my good-bye note. No, I'm not going to kill myself, but I'm leaving this place. Although, who knows? Maybe we'll run into each other ten years from now. I wish you all the luck in the world. You'll always be my best friend, Malik. I'm sorry, but I have to leave." That done, I headed to the other side of town. Domino was a big city; I probably wouldn't run into anyone I knew if I lived on the other side of town, and they would think that I left entirely. I hoped to have enough time for the wounds on my heart to heal. Maybe I would see them again, but I hoped that it would be a very long time before that happened. For now, I was out of their lives, and they were out of mine.


A/N: Tendershipping streak. That's all I have to say. I'm hoping that making one a multi-chapter fic with an actual plot might help me to actually finish something. I have little to no idea on where this is going, although I have something for the next chapter, maybe. I hope. I'm going to very loosely base the chapters off of songs. This one was "Consider Me Gone" by Reba McEntire. Anyways, R&R, please!

-Mandy

P.S. Disclaimer: I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh. I'm not going to say it again. I only own the plot and my OC's. As far as I know, I stole nothing. If you think I stole something of yours, PM me and we can work it out.