As it turns out, I already had this chapter and the next written from two years ago. I didn't realize it until recently. Basically, this one is almost finished.
So, here is the chapter where Terrance finds out about his mother. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh! or any characters associated with the show.
Chapter 21- Terrance's Mother
Yugi walked into the house after being on his feet all day at work. He was tired, his back and feet hurt, and he felt like a whale. He just wanted to lay down in his bed and go to sleep for the next ten hours.
Unfortunately, things weren't on Yugi's side.
"Papa!" Kayrn and Mary exclaimed, running to meet him.
Yugi smiled at them. "Hey, girls. Were you good for your aunt?" Yugi asked.
"Yes." the girls chorused.
Mana walked into the foyer with a smile on her face. "They were angels, Yugi. No need to worry about that." Mana assured him.
"I just wanted to make sure." Yugi replied. He smiled. "Thanks for keeping an eye on them for me."
"No problem. I didn't mind at all." Mana replied before she left the house.
Yugi headed into the kitchen.
"Papa, can we have spaghetti for dinner tonight?" Mary asked.
Yugi turned to face his daughters. "Is that what you want for tonight?" Yugi asked.
Both girls nodded enthusiastically.
Yugi smiled at them. "I don't see any reason why not." Yugi replied.
"Yay!" both girls shouted before they ran upstairs.
Yugi shook his head. 'At least what they asked for is an easy dinner. I won't be in the kitchen all night fixing dinner and cleaning it up.' Yugi thought. He went upstairs to his office to put his briefcase down on the desk before he headed into his and Yami's room. He changed into a pair of sweatpants and a shirt that he wouldn't be able to wear once he had the twins.
After that, Yugi headed back downstairs. He walked into the kitchen and checked to make sure that he had everything he needed to make dinner, or he would have to call Yami and ask him to pick up a few things on the way home. Thankfully, Yugi had everything he needed. He got everything out and placed it on the counter. He glanced at the clock and saw that he had time to just rest before he had to make dinner.
Yugi had just walked into the living room and sat down on the couch when he heard the front door open and close.
"Papa? Are you here?" Jaden called.
"In the living room, Jaden." Yugi replied.
Jaden walked into the living room. "Hey, Papa. Can I ask you something?" Jaden asked.
"Sure. What is it?" Yugi asked.
Jaden walked over and sat down on the bed beside Yugi. "Well, you know that summer break is coming up soon." Jaden started.
"Yes. I know." Yugi replied.
With Nicky, Kayrn, and Mary around, he knew that for a fact. All three were excited about the fact that they were about to be on summer break.
"Well, Sy's family is going on a camping trip the third week of June, and I was wondering if I could go with them." Jaden explained.
"Are his parents going?" Yugi asked. He knew that Syrus would go places with just his older brother, Zane, at times.
"Yeah. His parents are going, and so it Zane's girlfriend." Jaden answered.
"Well, I'll have to ask your father and see what he thinks about this." Yugi told him.
"Okay. Thanks." Jaden said before he got up and left. He knew that if Yugi said that, it meant that Yugi was at least considering letting him go.
'I have no doubt that Yami will say yes, but I might as well make sure before I tell Jaden he can go.' Yugi thought.
Yami walked into the house. He was also tired from a long day at work, but he was fairly certain that his husband was much more tired than he was.
The smell of cooking hamburger meat met Yami. He walked into the kitchen to find Yugi cooking. He walked over and wrapped his arms around Yugi before kissing him on the cheek. "Hey."
"Hey yourself. Welcome home." Yugi told Yami before he turned and kissed Yami fully.
"You do realize that I would have done the cooking. I know you have it hard being on your feet all day." Yami told him.
Yugi smiled at Yami. "I'm fine, Yami. Besides, the girls wanted spaghetti, and that's not that hard to make." Yugi assured him.
"Okay." Yami agreed before he headed upstairs. He went to his own office to set his briefcase down before going into his and Yugi's room to change into more comfortable clothes.
Once Yami was back downstairs, Yugi turned to face Yami. "We need to talk about Jaden." Yugi told him.
"Is something wrong?" Yami asked.
Yugi smiled at Yami before leaning back against the counter. "No. Syrus's family is going on a camping trip the third week of June, and they've invited Jaden to go. He just wanted to know if he could go." Yugi replied.
"Oh." Yami stated. He pulled out a kitchen focus and sat down. He folded his hands together and rested his chin in them. "Well, I don't see why not. Jaden's a smart kid, and he does love camping. Besides, Syrus's parents won't let them do anything crazy." Yami thought a moment before he spoke again. "Syrus's parents are going, too, right?"
Yugi laughed before turning back to the spaghetti. "Yes, Yami. I made sure of that before I even told Jaden we would talk about it." Yugi answered.
"Okay. I see no reason why he can't go." Yami stated.
"I felt the same way, but we always said that we would always discuss everything about the kids before we gave them an answer." Yugi stated.
Yami smiled. "It's always best to have a united front." Yami remarked.
"I agree wholeheartedly." Yugi replied.
That night, Yugi and Yami were relaxing on the couch.
Nicky, Kayrn, and Mary were all upstairs in their own rooms at the moment.
Jaden had been told at dinner that he could go. He was excited and wanted to go over to Syrus's house to tell him.
Terrance had been unusually quiet. He didn't say much at dinner.
After thinking about, Yugi realized that Terrance hadn't exactly been acting like himself recently.
Yugi turned to his husband and said, "Yami, have you noticed that Terrance is acting oddly?"
Yami glanced over at Yugi. "Well, I've noticed that he seems to be a lot quieter. Why?" Yami asked
Yugi sighed. "I'm just worried. Something is obviously on his mind, and I was wondering what it was." Yugi answered.
Yami chuckled before wrapping an arm around Yugi. "Terrance is a teenager, sweetheart. He's bound to have things that he doesn't want to talk about with his parents." Yami stated.
Yugi frowned, not convinced.
"Yugi, he might just be having some problems with Megan. I doubt he's going to talk about his love life with us." Yami said.
"I suppose so." Yugi agreed.
The two then settled back to watch the movie that was on TV.
About half an hour later, Terrance walked into the living room. "Dad. Papa." Terrance said to get their attention.
The two looked over at their son.
"What is it, Terrance?" Yami asked.
"Can I talk to you a minute?" Terrance inquired.
Yugi picked up the remote control and turned off the TV. "Sure thing, Terrance. Come on over here." Yugi replied, patting the seat next to him.
Terrance walked over and sat down next to Yugi.
"What's on your mind, son?" Yami asked.
"Well, ever since Jaden met his mother a few months ago, I've bee wondering about mine. You never talk about her, Dad." Terrance explained.
This was the conversation that Yami had been dreading for the last ten years, and he had to fight to hide his displeasure at having to talk about something like this.
Tea was the last person in the world that Yami really wanted to speak about.
"What do you want to know?" Yugi asked. He decided to handle the conversation so that Yami could get himself together. Yugi knew that Tea was a topic that Yami really didn't like talking about.
"Well, I was just wondering why I've never met her. You've never spoken about her." Terrance replied.
Yugi knew that this was a conversation that Yami and Terrance needed to have alone without him there. "I'll head on up to bed and let you two discuss this." Yugi told them. He then stood up with a little help from Yami and headed for the door.
Terrance looked at his father. "I hope I didn't upset him." Terrance said. He didn't want Yugi upset. He loved Yugi as much as he loved Yami, and he didn't want his questions upsetting the man who had raised him.
Yami smiled. "You didn't, Terrance. Yugi just knows that this is a conversation that we need to have." Yami replied.
"Oh." Terrance replied before facing his father.
Yami sighed. "Terrance, there's a reason that I don't talk about your mother." Yami was unsure of how to say it.
"Dad?" Terrance asked.
Yami glanced over at his son and sighed. "Terrance, there is no gentle or easy way to say any of this, so I'll just have to be blunt. Your mother and I were together for six years in all. We had been together for five when we found out she was pregnant with you. We were excited. Or I was." Yami explained.
Terrance looked shocked by that statement.
Yami continued. "When you were a month old, your mother came home one to say that she was leaving for America to go to Julliard the next week. She had always wanted to be a dancer, and she had her chance. She packed up her things after she told me and left."
"You mean, she walked on you?" Terrance asked
"Us. I told her that if she left, then I wanted full custody of you. If she was really leaving, I didn't want her to come back later on to try to take you from me. She signed over full custody before she left for America." Yami said.
"You mean, she didn't care?" Terrance asked.
"Terrance, the truth is that she told me she never wanted you. She had wanted to get an abortion, but didn't because of how happy I was about you." Yami stated.
Terrance glanced down. "So, I was a mistake to her." Terrance said.
Yami moved closer and placed a hand on Terrance's shoulder.
Terrance looked up.
"She may have thought that, but I never did. I have never regretted having you." Yami told him.
"Was that the last time you saw her?" Terrance asked.
"No, but I'll get to that in a minute. After she left, it was hard. I had to take you to a clinic one time when you were sick, and that's where I met Yugi. He was working there, and since we went to high school together, he helped me out. I agreed to stay at his house until I got back on my feet. Well, you know how things ended up." Yami said.
Yugi and Yami had already told Terrance and Jaden the story of how they had lived together for four years before they ended up getting together.
"Yeah." Terrance replied, remembering that story well.
"Well, it was while Yugi and I were planning our wedding that Tea showed up again. She had become a successful dancer in America and came back because she wanted me back. Apparently, she had it in her mind that I would wait for her and that she would come back so that we could be together once she made it big. I wasn't going to leave Yugi just because she wanted me back. In truth, I had gotten over her. I was in love with Yugi and was going to marry him regardless." Yami said.
"What about me?" Terrance asked. He knew he would have been around five at the time.
Yami hated this part. "Terrance, I'm sorry, but she didn't want you. In fact, she suggested letting Yugi keep you and us leave." Yami told him.
Terrance looked shocked.
"I'm sorry, son, but that's the honest truth." Yami said.
Terrance was quiet. He wasn't sure what to believe.
"I know that this is hard for you, Terrance, and I know that you might not believe me." Yami said. He expected something like that.
"Dad, could I meet her and see for myself?" Terrance asked.
That wasn't what Yami wanted to hear, but he knew that he needed to do it for Terrance's sake. "Okay. I'll do this. We'll wait until you get done with school and we'll go see her." Yami told him.
Terrance nodded. "Thanks, Dad." Terrance stated.
Yami nodded. He wasn't looking forward to this trip at all.
"So, you're going to see her?" Yugi asked.
Yami had told Yugi everything that had happened with Terrance only an hour ago.
Yami nodded. "I don't really want to. You know I have no liking of that woman, but I am willing to do this for Terrance's sake." Yami stated.
"It's for the best. Terrance needs to see for himself what kind of woman she is." Yugi told his husband.
"I know." Yami replied.
Yugi smiled. "It'll be fine, Yami." Yugi assured him.
Yami lay back on the bed. "My fear is that she'll see me there and think that I've left you to come back to her. You know she's going to show her true colors then." Yami said.
Yugi nodded. "I know that she will, Yami.".
Yami released a frustrated sigh. "I just don't want to see Terrance hurt by all this." Yami stated, concerned for his son.
Yugi leaned over and kissed Yami. "Don't worry about anything, Yami. It'll be fine. You just make sure that Terrance knows we love him regardless of what she says."
"Don't worry about anything, Yugi. I'll make sure that he knows that." Yami told him.
Yugi nodded. He was glad to hear that.
After school had ended, Yami had followed through with his promise to Terrance.
After their talk, Yami had tracked down Tea to see where she was. It had taken some time for him to manage to accomplish that because of the fact that Tea had gotten married and now had a different last name. She had married a wealthy man in New York nine years ago.
It didn't really surprise Yami that Tea had married someone who was rich. She was the type that liked expensive things, so it made since that she would marry a man who could provide those types of things for her.
Yami also learned that the two had two kids together. He had been rather surprised by that. He didn't think that she would have wanted any kids after everything that had happened with Terrance. Yami just hoped that she was a better mother to them than she had been to Terrance.
Yugi would have went as well, but he had the other kids that he would have to look after. Plus, he wasn't allowed to travel far from Domino because of his pregnancy, so Yugi wouldn't be able to go. He did take them to the airport.
"Let me know when you get to your hotel." Yugi told his husband.
Yami smiled at Yugi. "Don't worry, Yugi. I will." Yami assured him.
"Um, Papa-" Terrance wasn't sure what to say. He was afraid that he had really hurt Yugi by wanting to see his birth mother.
Yugi smiled. "Don't worry about anything, Terrance. I understand." Yugi then hugged his son. "Just go and get the answers you need."
Terrance smiled back. "Thanks."
Yami then kissed Yugi before the two headed to the plane.
Yami hadn't planned to spend that long in New York. He didn't think that Terrance would want to stay long if their meeting with Tea went anything like Yami's past meeting with her did.
By some miracle, Yami had managed to get in touch with Tea and asked her to meet him.
Tea had seemed rather reluctant to meet with him, but finally agreed to.
Yami feared that this wasn't going to go well at all. He just hoped that Terrance wasn't too hurt by this in the end.
Since Central Park was a large open area, it was where Yami had asked Tea to meet them.
The two were waiting for her to arrive.
While Terrance was anxious to meet the mother that he never knew, Yami was nervous about how it would all play out. He was worried that Tea wasn't going to be too kind from the way she sounded on the phone.
Yami turned to finds himself facing Tea.
Tea was wearing a skirt that reached the bottom of her thighs. She also had on a short-sleeved shirt that fit her tightly and showed off her breasts. Her hair had grown out. She had it curled in waves so that it flowed down her back.
Yami was surprised by the change in her.
"You asked me here, so what do you want?" Tea asked. Her voice held a cold tinge to it.
Yami knew then that this wasn't good. "Tea, there was something that I wanted to talk to you about." Yami told her.
"Please just save it, Yami!" Tea snapped.
Yami was shocked by this.
Terrance even more so. The only person who had ever snapped at his father was Yugi, and that normally only happened when Yugi was very tired and in a bad mood or when he was pregnant.
"What do you mean by that?" Yami asked.
Tea snorted. "I know that you came here because you realize that you were foolish to choose Yugi over me, so you came here to beg me to take you back. Sorry, but it's too late. I'm happily married." Tea told him, showing off her diamond ring.
Yami bit his tongue to stop himself from verbally lashing out at her for that. "I have not left Yugi, Tea. I know that I did not make a mistake in choosing him over you. That was a good decision." Yami told her.
Tea looked surprised. "If you're not here for that reason, then why are you here?" Tea demanded. She was pissed that Yami wasn't there to try to get her back. She had wanted him to want her so that she could hurt him the same way he had hurt her. She just would never accept the fact that she was the only one to blame for loosing Yami in the first place.
Yami motioned to Terrance who stood behind him. "Terrance wanted to meet you."
Tea looked shocked at that before she finally focused on Terrance and realized that he was the son who she had abandoned when she left to pursue her dream of dancing. "Why did you want to meet me?" Tea asked.
Terrance knew the real reason. "I wanted to know why you left me." Terrance told her evenly.
Yami was shocked by this.
Tea glared at him. "I left because I didn't want you. You were a mistake, and I should have aborted you when I had the chance." Tea snapped.
Terrance's eyes widened shock and hurt.
"I shouldn't have even told Yami about you. Then there wouldn't have been a problem." Tea added, not caring how much she hurt the teenage boy with her words.
Terrance looked even more hurt.
"I-" Tea started.
"That's enough, Tea!" Yami interfered harshly.
Tea turned her angered blue eyes on him.
"He asked a simple question. You didn't have to be cruel to him." Yami told her.
"It doesn't matter. I have a husband who loves me and two great children. I don't need my husband finding out about my mistake." Tea snarled.
Yami's crimson eyes darkened. "Fine. You won't have to worry about that." Yami informed her. He had no intention of ever seeing Tea again and had no reason to see a man who had decided to marry this vile of a woman.
"Good." Tea snapped before turning to leave.
"One other thing." Terrance said.
Yami looked at his son, wishing he hadn't stopped her from leaving.
Tea turned back to look at him.
"Yugi was a better parent to me than you ever could have been. I see that now. I'm better off with him than I ever could have been with you as a mother." Terrance told her.
Tea's eyes flashed angrily before she turned and stormed off.
Yami turned to his son. "Why did you say that?"
"Because it didn't take me long after she got here to realize that. I'm sorry, Dad. Maybe we shouldn't have come." Terrance told him.
Yami put an arm around his son. "Don't worry about, Terrance. You needed this, I think." Yami replied.
Terrance smiled. "At least I had a great father in Yugi. I know now that he's the best thing that happened to you and me back then."
"That he was." Yami agreed.
The two then headed back to their hotel.
"You sure that you're okay?" Ryou asked.
Yugi turned and smiled at his friend reassuringly. "I'm fine, Ryou. Trust me"
Ryou wasn't so sure. He didn't know if he could handle a child wanting to meet their real parent the way Terrance did.
As if he knew what Ryou was thinking, Yugi said, "I know that this doesn't make much sense to you, Ryou, but I know Terrance needs this. He needs to see her."
"Okay. If you say so." Ryou replied.
In addition to Amanda and Daniel, Bakura and Ryou had had another daughter they named Annie, who was nine, and another son they had named Michael, who was five.
"I know what I'm talking about, Ryou. Terrance needs this. Just like Jaden needed to know his mother, Terrance at least needs the chance to meet his mother." Yugi told him.
"And how do you think that's going to go?" Ryou asked.
"Not well." Yugi answered.
"I thought as much." Ryou stated.
Yami and Terrance had just gotten back into Domino from the airport.
Since the plane had arrived early, Yami and Terrance had just called a cab to take them home.
"You think Papa will be surprised that we're home sooner than expected?" Terrance.
"I think he'll be surprised, but he'll be happy." Yami replied.
Terrance had handled everything Tea said better than Yami had expected. Terrance had known that Yami never saw him as mistake, and that was enough to keep Terrance levelheaded. It had hurt Terrance to know that his birth mother couldn't stand him, but he knew that he would learn to live with it. He was also able to remember that Yugi loved him just as much as Yami did, and that helped more than anything.
Once at the house, Yami and Terrance got out. Terrance headed on in while Yami paid the cabbie.
Terrance went in and found Yugi in the living room. "Papa."
Yugi turned to face Terrance. "You're back early!" Yugi exclaimed.
Terrance smiled. "Yeah. We are. We just took a cab home." Terrance replied.
"Did you find what you were looking for?" Yugi asked.
"I don't need it. I don't need her. I realize that you're the best parent I could have besides Dad, and I'm lucky to have you." Terrance answered before he walked over and hugged Yugi.
Yugi was taken aback, but hugged Terrance anyway.
"Thanks for everything," Terrance told him.
"Anything for you, Terrance." Yugi assured him.
Terrance then grabbed his suitcase and headed upstairs.
Yami was standing in the living room and saw everything. "I guess you could say this changed some things for him." Yami stated as he set his suitcase down.
"I noticed." Yugi replied. He had his eyes on the stairs, but turned to face his husband. "What happened?"
"In short, she called Terrance a mistake and told him that she wished she had aborted him." Yami answered.
Yugi shook his head. "How she could be a good mother I'll never know." Yugi stated.
"I don't, either." Yami replied before sitting down.
Yugi sat beside him. "Anything else?" Yugi asked.
"She had it in her head that I had left you and come to be her to come back to me. I think she hoped to say no like I did." Yami stated.
Yugi shook her head. "She must think she's some kind of gift to men." Yugi remarked.
"Well, she's not." Yami replied, leaning back into the couch.
Yugi rubbed Yami's arm. "Do you think Terrance will be okay?" Yugi asked.
"Yeah. After what I had told him about her, I guess he expected it. He'll deal with it." Yami then laughed. "He even told Tea that you were a better parent to him than she ever could have been. I think that remark pissed her off."
"Good. She needs to be pissed off." Yugi stated.
"I know." Yami said. He then rubbed Yugi's stomach. "And how are the little ones?"
Yugi had had a doctor's appointment while Yami was gone, which upset Yami since he didn't like missing Yugi's doctor's appointments.
"We're all fine. Nothing to worry about. My mom went with me."
"I bet she loved that." Yami stated.
"She sure did." Yugi agreed. He then said, "Come on. Let's get you upstairs. I'm sure that you're tired."
"Yeah. I am." Yami agreed.
The two then headed upstairs.
It was pretty clear that they would never have to deal with Tea again since Terrance had the answer that he was looking for.
Hope you liked the chapter!
I'm working on some of the other stories, so no worries! I'm working on it. Just still trying to get the creative juices flowing.