A/n: Here you go. Hope you enjoyed the last chappie. Duel credit went to AnimeKiwi369.

Damsel in Distress

Chapter 2

Simon groaned. "Someone-" he broke off coughing. "-hired me and my gang to kidnap-" he coughed violently. "-the…girl," he whispered disconnectedly and then his body went limp. Yusei dropped him and headed over to his runner to contact Mina.

After reporting the incident to Sector Security, his runner started to play a message.

"If you want the girl, go to an abandoned building on the outskirts of town," a smooth voice said coldly and hung up.

"Hey, wait a minute," Yusei protested just as the dial tone started. Then he started worrying. Akiza was a good friend of his, and if anything happened to her, he didn't think he'd be able to handle it. Do I have feelings for Akiza? he wondered. Or are we just friends? He shook his head. Friend or more, there was no time to think about it. He had to contact the others and tell them.

As he arrived at a spot near the bridge, he met Crow and Jack. They were beside their runners with their helmets in their hands. Jack turned around with an angry look on his face.

"Yusei." he snarled. "You call in the middle of the day, with absolutely no explanations. What the heck is going on?"

"Can it, Jack," Crow intercepted. "What's up, Yuse?"

Yusei raised his visor. "Akiza's been kidnapped. I don't know who, but I'll meet them soon," Yusei explained. "Get the message to the others, I'm going after her." He lowered his visor and began to start his engine.

"Hey, wait. You can't just run off," Jack protested angrily. "Akiza can handle herself, perfectly fine, until we can figure out a plan."

Crow grinned. Jack Atlas, thinking for once? "At least tell us where you're going, Yusei. We'll meet you there," he suggested. He knew how important Akiza was to Yusei.

Yusei turned. "An abandoned building on the outskirts of town," he quoted the message. "I'll meet you there," he said as he sped off.

Jack was annoyed. "Typical Yusei. Be the hero," he sighed. But Akiza was his friend, though he was quite sure she could handle herself. This was Akiza, they were talking about, not some weak, little mouse. Crow got onto his runner.

"Come on. We probably should round up the gang," Crow rationalized. Jack nodded, climbing on to his own runner. They sped off, two streaks of black and white.


Akiza attempted to wrest the chains off her wrist, but failed miserably. A man with gold teeth turned around from the passenger seat.

"No use tryin' to escape, girly," he said with a nasty grin. "Even if you're some psycho duellist."

"Psychic, Marco. The girl's a psychic," the driver corrected. Marco's eyes narrowed.

"Psychic duellists are psychos," he said. "I saw you on TV. You was the one tearing up the ground and makin' them winds."

Akiza balled her fists. "I could break every single one of your bones and throw this van into the river," she hissed. Marco let out a high, nasal laugh.

"Ain't nothing' doin'," he contradicted, wheezing.

Akiza narrowed her eyes. "What do you mean?" Marco laughed again.

The truck driver sighed. "What Marco means to say is that your psychic powers will be disabled by those chains until the boss says otherwise," he explained. Marco snorted.

"Got all the answers, don't ya, Einstein?" he said disgustedly. The driver, "Einstein" sighed again, as Akiza wondered how long it would take until she would get her powers back. She sat up straight. I can do this without my powers, she thought fiercely, as she tugged at the chains, again, while the van drove farther and farther away.


A/n: This story takes place around the time after they meet Sherry, when Yusei's kidnapped. At least, I think so. But anyhow, hope you enjoyed it!