(A/N: Short, I know, but I wanted to finish it before midnight strikes here where I live! Half an hour to go! My last update from 2012, and probably in a few weeks, so though it sucks, I hope you enjoy it! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FOLOWERS!)

Chapter 22

The first time they spend New Year's Eve together, they discuss marriage. They don't discuss getting married to each other. They just talk about marriage as it is.

Since their Christmas was incredible, both families decided to also spend New Year's Eve in the same place. They should take the advantage that the two boys lived in the same place and that they could spend the holidays together.

Amelia always prepares dinner, and apparently, it's a tradition that Yugi can never see how she prepares it. She jokes that it's to keep in touch with him once he leaves the house to live at his own place. "I can only hope whoever you marry won't know how to cook so that you call me to ask me how."

"Mom," Yugi replies. "The fact that you think I won't bring my family for the holidays is the silliest thing I've ever heard."

Yami tries not to get too excited about that idea, but he still can't help imagining it, imagining having a family with Yugi and both of them coming back to their parents' for the holidays. Even if it's just the two of them. Maybe they'll get married someday. Yami sure hopes so. Maybe someday they'll have a kid, or two, or three. Maybe they'll see two beautiful twin babies and want to adopt them or something.

He chastises himself for thinking ahead of time. He'll think about all that stuff when his future with Yugi is assured. If it ever comes to that.

"Hey, Yami?" Yugi asks him as they're both looking out the window at the snow falling from the sky outside.


"Would you like to go on a walk with me?" he says, a faint blush on his cheeks. "It snows every year during New Year's Eve, and I've always wanted to walk in the snow on this day, but my mother's never allowed me to go outside by myself. Would you mind…?" He doesn't finish repeating the question.

Amelia pops her head out of the kitchen and into the living room, where the two boys are. "My poor child," she jokes. "I have deprived him from the joy of having a walk in the snow in New Year's Eve. Yami dear, would you be so kind to make my son's dream come true?"

Yami smiles to himself. "Sure thing." He grabs their coats and helps Yugi put his on. Then he holds out his arm to Yugi, like a gentleman, as they head towards the door. "Shall we?"

Yugi chuckles before looking down at his shoes. "You're a dork." But he says nothing else as he slips his arm through Yami's and they make their way outside.

The snow looks absolutely beautiful as it rains down upon them. When they first leave the house, Yugi immediately stops and looks at the sky. It's only a couple of hours until midnight, so the sky above them is already dark and filled with stars and it's incredibly stunning. Yugi lifts his arms up in the air and closes his eyes, the snow falling on his face.

It's the most beautiful picture Yami has ever seen.

"Oh, my god," Yugi says. "This is amazing."

"Yeah," Yami says despite himself. "It is."

Yugi lets his arms fall limp to his sides. Then he opens his eyes, but he keeps staring at the sky. "I know this has nothing to do with the subject," he starts, "but being here got me thinking. Have you ever thought of getting married?"

Yes, Yami thinks. Yes, I have. "Um, yeah," he says. "I mean, I'd like to, someday."

"Me too," Yugi says. "What my mom said made me think about my future. About having a family. You know I want to have children, but… getting married is a more difficult deal." He joins Yami again, locking their arms together, and they resume their walking. "Why do you think people get married?"

"I think there's more than one answer to that question," Yami says, his other hand inside the pocket of his coat. "Some people marry for economic benefit. Some others marry because they want to spend the rest of their lives together. Some others marry because they're having a child, and it's kind of an excuse to stay together. I think it depends on the one who's getting married."

"Why would you get married?"

"Well, because I want to," Yami answers, taking a glance at Yugi. "If I get married, it's because I want to tie my life to the one of the person I'm marrying. It's because I love the person and I want to spend the rest of my life with them." And I really hope that that person turns out to be you. I don't think I could ever love anyone else as much as I love you. Before Yugi can suddenly read his mind, Yami clears his throat. "Why would you get married?"

"Same as you," Yugi says, looking up at him. "If I ever get married, I want it to be to that special person. That person I want to spend the rest of my life with. I mean, I don't want to marry someone and then have it end up in divorce, you know? I want to marry someone with whom I'll be together forever."

Yugi looks like he did when he was talking about having children; like it's the one thing he wants to do in his life. Yami can't help but wonder if Yugi's thinking about him.

"The snow's getting heavier," he says as the cold starts increasing. "We should head back home."

"You're right," Yugi says while they turn around to go back home. "It can't be long till midnight."

Dinner is, as Yugi mentions, delicious. Amelia is a great cook, and Yami hopes that someday, he'll call her his mother-in-law.

It's only a few minutes until New Year, so they sit around the television and wait for the clock to strike midnight.

Yugi and Yami hold hands. The countdown begins.

"Ten!... nine!... eight!... seven!"

What did I like best about this year? Yami questions himself.

"Six!... five!... four!... three!"

That I got to meet Yugi.

"Two!... one! HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

It's all a blur of kisses and hugs as the Mutous and the Atemus wished each other a happy New Year. And while this year was incredibly great, Yami hopes that this new year is even better.