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Leave the story open-ended if you want, or read the following and get some closure. It's your choice.


When he came to, Mai was holding him. He blinked. That was unexpected. She jumped when he woke up.

"Jounouchi!" she exclaimed. She looked embarrassed that he caught her worrying about her, but she didn't let go of him.

"Hey," he murmured. He was alive, and actually felt real happiness, for the first time in three years. He remembered Valon, and grief washed over him just as quickly, raw and consuming. Then something else, when Mai took his hand, and he looked up to a starry sky.