Note: This will use the Japanese time line. (For example, Yami's soul was locked in the puzzle 3000 years ago, instead of 5000 years ago.) But, I will use the English names for the characters.
Warning: This will contain cursing, crude humour, mature themes and some violence later (from action scenes).
Anyway, the title is based off of a song called Welcome to my Life by Simple Plan.
The story is going to start after Battle City story arc, but before the Doma story arc.
Mana, Kisara and Mahad are reincarnates of the original characters. They have the same Ka's and personalities as they did before, not having a "yami" spirit inside their bodys. This is the same way Kaiba is a reincarnate of Priest Seto and doesn't have the spirit of his former self haunting him.
I'm going to summarize the duels unless it is very important.
The bold numbers represent an author note, so just scroll to bottom if you see one or are confused about something. My final author's notes will be at the very bottom.
Bold equals Dream Sequence
This is Yami talking in the mind link
This is Yugi talking in the mind link
Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh or any of the characters. Kazuki Takahashi is the owner and creator of Yugioh.
Long ago in Ancient Egypt, games of immense and dreadful power were played—these games were called the Shadow Games.
The games were used to gain power, judge the fate of men, and sometimes evil intentions. The people of Egypt realized these games endangered their beloved country and the whole world.
To prevent further tragedy, a courageous young pharaoh sealed the dark magic away inside the Millennium Items to save his people. He hoped the dark magic would never be used again. In order to lock the magic away, the pharaoh gave up his own life and sealed his soul to his own item: the Millennium Puzzle. The Pharaoh had given up everything he held dear, everything he'd loved to silence the magic.
Many millennia have passed by and the knowledge of these items was lost by most people, including the people of Egypt themselves.
Now three thousand years later, the Millennium Items have been uncovered. The Millennium Puzzle now resides in Japan and was solved once again. Most importantly though, nothing will ever be the same again...
Staring outside of the window of the plane, I listened to my iPod and I thought about my new home land.
The plane was slowly landing at an airport in Japan and it was sun set. I wore a purple t-shirt, blue capris, a watch, a triquetra necklace (1) and a black hoodie. I wore the hoodie as a sign for my new adventure.
My older brother, Mahad, who had short, dark brown hair, deep tan skin, and closed charcoal gray eyes, was asleep beside me. He wore a white t-shirt, black blazer, and jeans.
I used to live in Cairo, but I was moving to a new country. I moved because my brother was offered a new job in Domino City at a museum since he couldn't find a job in Egypt. I had to move because Mahad is the only family I had left. I also knew that Mahad had to work hard at any job he could find to keep me in school. He is my legal guardian; despite the fact that he was only twenty four-years-old.
I loved my old country. I wanted a change in my life and I always loved adventure. Mahad had a different opinion then me. He didn't want to move at all, even though I wasn't sure why.
When I stop staring out the window, I noticed my brother woke up. Mahad turned to me and he looked very tired. "Mana," my brother began for the billionth time. "Are you current that you want to move to a different country?"
"Mahad, for the billionth time, I don't mind doing this." I cracked a smile. "Besides, we can't do much about it now. If we opened the door of the plane now we'll cause a plane crash."
The wheels screeched under the massive body of mechanics as they hit pavement; running down the runway, lowering speed. I felt like my ears had popped. (2) When the plane finally came to a stop, the passengers got up. We had to wait for a very long time because we were in the economy class seats at the back of the plane.
I don't mind flying at all. I was just worried about the wait and questions at the customs . We both stood up and got off the plane. We headed down the long hallway toward the customs. When we finally got to the end of the line, we were asked a bunch of questions like we were criminals. I tried to keep quite as I could throughout the process. I let Mahad answer most of the questions, unless a worker asked me a question. Fortunately, it wasn't that bad, but I was extremely relieved when I was done with the whole process.
After that, Mahad and I got our luggage before we started to walk down the hallway. My brother looked at me. I realized he looked very tired and annoyed.
"Wow! You don't seem that tired for someone who spent twelve hours sitting on a plane!" Mahad said plainly.
"Hey! It wasn't that long. Besides, I am a tad excited anyways."
"Oh, you're excited about what?" Mahad questioned, raising his eyebrows, "Moving to completely a different country and having to learn a new language?"
"Come on, it's not that bad! Besides, I learned the basics of the Japanese language already," I said, before I adjusted the strap of the duffle bag on my shoulder.
"You do realize that you have to know more than the basic language skills to live in a country like this?" he explained. "Are you going to learn more than that?"
"Yeah, but I will eventually. As we entered the main lobby, a playful smirk came on my features. "Moving to a different country is not going to be that bad! You just exaggerate things too much."
"Sure," Mahad said with an eye roll, voice dripping in sarcasm.
Turning around, I noticed a large glass window that showed the outside of the airport. The view showed the city skyline and some water in the background.
"The city looks really cool at night," I said, continuing to gawk at the scene in front of me. (2)
"It actually does look interesting." I looked at him from the corner of my eye, and he turned away from the view. "Come on, we have to find a taxi to go to our new home." Mahad walked away toward the main door and I stared at the view for a few more moments.
"Come on, let's go!" I heard my brother call out.
"I'm coming!" I exclaimed before I ran toward him. I walked out the door and the door slammed shut.
When we got outside the airport, we put our luggage and waited at side of the street. I quickly realized that there were a lot of people in the same situation as us. My brother tried calling for a taxi for several minutes, but nothing happened. After a long time, we became bored and just wanted to go to our new home. I stood on the sidewalk beside my brother.
"Mahad, you've been calling for a taxi forever," I said with a heavy sigh, sitting down on the curb. "We should just give up on this and find another method of transportation to get home."
Sighing, Mahad shook his head. "We should try this for a bit longer. We shouldn't just give up on this because we're tired."
"I know," I said with a frown, "but still my feet are killing me from standing up for so long." I stared down at the sidewalk. "I just want to get to our new home already."
Mahad groaned. "Mana, you're fifteen years old, I think you can suck it up for a bit longer."
"I guess," I sighed, glancing up at him again.
Mahad's cell phone started to vibrate in his pocket. He pulled cell phone out and looked at it.
"Apparently your wish was granted." He did a tired smile. "I just got a text. It says one of my friends is picking us up and she'll be here very shortly."
I stood up. "Cool, who is it?" I asked, trying to get a good look at the screen of the phone.
"She's a friend who I've meet before back in Egypt; she moved to Japan about a year ago. She is a new co-worker of mine at the museum, too."
"Did I ever meet her before?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Well," Mahad squinted, looking like he was trying to remember. "No, I don't think you have."
I was surprised I didn't meet her before, especially since she was my brother's friend. I wanted to meet her.
After awhile, a small, dark blue car came up and parked beside us. The driver rolled down the windows and saw the person more clearly. I noticed the driver was girl about Mahad's age. She was wearing an Egyptian style dress; made of beautiful white silk with golden embroidery lining the hem and collar.
Her long black hair reached down to just above her elbows. She had a strong, blue gaze.
Glancing to the side, I noticed Mahad smiling at her. I figured Mahad must have known her very well.
"Greetings Mahad," she said with a smile.
I stared her awkwardly. I haven't met her before, especially because my brother seemed to know her extremely well.
"It has been so long since we last saw each other. I haven't seen you left Egypt!" My brother said with a smile of his own.
"I know, ever since I've came to Japan a lot of things came up which I took care of." She frowned, leaning against the steering wheel. She didn't look my brother in the eye. "I haven't been able to contact you as much because of that."
"By the way, this is my younger sister," he said, pointing to me. "Mana, this is my friend Ishizu. Ishizu, Mana."
"I'm delighted to meet you," she said politely, holding out her hand.
"Thanks," I said, shaking her hand. "I am glad to meet you, too."
Mahad and I loaded our suitcases in the trunk of the car. Mahad went into the passenger's seat and I went in the back seat.
When Ishizu started to drive, my brother and Ishizu started talk. I decided it was best if I stayed out of it because I figured I'll just make things awkward for them. I pulled out my iPod and started to listen to some Arabic pop songs from my home land. My gaze moved automatically to the window. I watched the scenery pass without any real thought. Japan looked surreal. People were going about their business. Business and corporation buildings towered above streets. Most of the tall skyscrapers had signs in Japanese writing. I could barely read the signs at all, but I didn't care. There wasn't a lot of greenery, and it didn't seem to have as much wide open space as Egypt. The city seemed very alien to me.
Eventually, we made it to a new looking apartment building. I knew this would be my new home, since Mahad bought it before we moved here. I put away my iPod and I glanced at my brother.
"Thank you for the ride," my brother said. "You were a big help."
I took off my seat belt and leaned forward in my seat. "And you saved our butts too," I said, trying to annoy my brother. My brother's cheeks gained a hint of pink to them.
"You're welcome. It wasn't much trouble for me." She beamed. "Besides, Mahad is my friend; it's the least I can do."
We got out the car and retrieved our stuff from the trunk. My brother waved and smiled, and then Ishizu drove off. We walked through a door, passed straight through the main lobby and started to walk up stairs.
"So, you have a crush on Ishizu?" I said, trying to annoy him.
"Mana that's not true! We're just friends!" Mahad exclaimed before he let out a groan.
"I know you aren't just friends." I smirked, walking up another flight of stairs. "I know that look in your eye; you like her more than a friend."
"Stop it, Mana!"
"The more you deny it, the more that it's true," I said with a sly grin.
"Sure Mana," he said with an eye roll.
"When is the wedding? Also when do I get a new nephew?"
"Stop it, Mana!"
"Okay, I'll stop it. But it doesn't make it less true," I said slyly. I smirked in victory before Mahad groaned again.
We walked up a few more floors until we got to our floor.
Mahad opened the door. The living room had light brown walls and hardwood floor. There are a kitchen with a few small appliances. On the far wall of the living room had a small hallway which led to a washroom and two tiny bed rooms. I realized I had to share the only washroom in the whole apartment with my brother. I tried not to think about that at all.
I walked with some stuff in my hands, heading straight for the far bed room. I stood in front of the white door before I opened it.
I noticed the walls of the room were paint light brown too, which I want repainted. There wasn't any furnature in it, but I kinda saw that one coming considering most new homes are like that.
I dropped my stuff on the floor. "I call dibs on the far room!"
"Sure, why not!" my brother yelled back. "I found an even better room anyway."
"Sure you did!" I yelled back.
My brother let me unpack alone and I got settled in my new room. I blowed up an air matress so I had something to sleep on and I ate a bit of chocolate I had from the plane. After I was done unpacking, I was exhausted. I looked at the clock on my phone and realized it was long past midnight. I quickly got changed for bed and went to sleep.
After a few hours, I saw myself in an ancient Egyptian style dress. I was in a palace courtyard in ancient Egypt. The courtyard had many plants and had a pond with some fishes in it. The palace looked huge and had stone walls.
I looked around. I saw another guy who was a about couple of years older than me sitting on the edge of the pond. He had strange spiky tri coloured hair with blond bangs which framed his deep tanned face. He also had sharp amethyst eyes and high cheekbones. He wore a cream coloured tunic that went down to his knees and a violet cape which was wrapped around his shoulders. He had golden bracelets on and a golden crown with the eye of Horus on it. In addition, he wore a strange inverted gold pyramid around his neck. He looked like he was crying only moments ago and was really depressed.
"Prince, are you alright?" I asked worriedly.
"No, I'm fine," he said, looking worried about something.
"Prince, you can't fool me that easily." I put one hand on my hip. "I've known you for a very long time."
Sighing, his gaze darted to the ground. "I can't lie to you, can I?"
"Nope, you can't," I teased, leaning forward slightly.
The Prince gave an exasperated sigh. He looked up at me again. "I'm not sure if I'm ready to become pharaoh."
"Why?" I asked curiously before I tilted my head to the side.
"How can I?" The Prince stated, looking down at the pond beside him. The Prince looked up at me again as I stared directly into the Prince's eyes. The Prince trembled and clenched his fist."I'm only a teenager, I'm not sure if I can lead an entire kingdom!" The Prince walked over to a palace wall and leaned on it.
I walked over to the wall and leaned on it beside him. "Prince, you are strong. Your father taught you everything you need to know to be a good pharaoh. You will be a great ruler."I encouraged him, putting a comforting hand on his shoulder.
"How do you know that for sure?" he teased with a small smile.
"I know this because I've know you my whole life; I know you can," I said with a smile. Then, I hugged him. I felt the Prince tense up in surprise. His eyes widened as he gave a small nod. "Plus, you know I'll do anything to protect you because you're my friend. Even when I die I'll protect you if you need it. I'll find a way, I promise," I said cheerfully as I hugged him still.
I woke up and I clutched my head in my hands.
"Wow that was a weird dream. Who the hell was that guy in my dream?" I sighed. "I really need to stop eating chocolate before bed. And why am I talking to myself?"
I had a bad feeling that more dreams like that would happen. I rolled my eyes and went to sleep, this time the dreams weren't like the ones I just had.
1) The necklace is foreshadowing for something important that will happen later. I'll give you a hint, what TV show that was a symbol for? Place your bets now. lol
2) I only said this because I assumed it was couple hours since they got off the plane. I think the sun would have set by then.
Beta read by Afekia Bakura April 11, 2012
Beta Read by Eternal Suffering July 2, 2012