Cards of Destiny

A Yu-Gi-Oh fan fiction

By Rowan Cousland

Chapter One

The Finalists

"Battle City Finals, here we come." Yugi Motu thought as he and his friends walked into Kaiba Corp Stadium. He, Mai and Joey were finalists in the Battle City Tournaments. The rest of their friends, Duke, Tristan, Serenity, and Tea were there for support.

As they entered the stadium, they looked around. "This is it?" Yugi asked.

"This place is still under construction." Duke pointed out. The stadium looked only half finished.

In the center of the stadium stood Seto and Mokuba Kaiba, and two men who worked for Kaiba Corp. "Welcome duelists." One said. "Please present your locator cards."

Joey held up his with a triumphant smile. "Check it out. We call have six!"

"Congratulations then." The other man said, reaching into his pocket, and pulling out eight cards. "These are your tournament . You are now officially Battle City Finalists."

Mai rolled her eyes and too her I.D. "We already knew that."

Joey took his and looked over it. "So where is everyone else?"

"So far there are only three of you, including Mr. Kaiba. The other four are expected to arrive shortly."

With that being said, the group stood and waited, watching the entrance to the stadium.

Soon after, another Duelist arrived. Yugi got a strange feeling in the pit of his stomach. "Guys, I've got a bad feeling about this." He said quietly.

Joey looked at him. "Do you think it's that evil creep Marik?"

Yugi shrugged. "It could be." He brought his gaze back to the door and watched as the duelist made their entrance.

A man who looked to be nineteen entered. He had platinum blonde hair, lavender eyes, and he had a tan, as if he'd spent most of his life in the sun. He was wearing a sleeveless vest, black leather pants, and a few pieces of jewelry. (A/N: Release the squealing fangirls!)

Tea and Joey ran to greet the duelist. "Hey, we know you." Joey pointed out. "You're Namu right? You're the one who helped Bakura out earlier."

Marik smiled. They still thought he was a friend, Namu. "Glad I could help."

Tea turned and introduced him to the rest of the group. But the whole time, he was looking at Yugi. Yugi instantly got that feeling in his stomach again. But he kept up his smile, and welcomed "Namu" to the tournament.

"It's nice to be with such a welcoming crowd." Namu said. "I hope everyone I meet is as nice as you guys."

As soon as he said that, another duelist limped their way into the stadium. Everyone gasped. "It's Bakura!" Yugi shouted. (A/N: Cue the rest of the squealing fangirls!)

He ran to Bakura, and stopped him from falling over. Tristan ran over as well. "Bakura? What are you doing here? You need to get back to the Hospital."

Bakura smiled. "I'm fine. Don't worry about me. Just getting used to walking again."

Yugi looked at Bakura's arm. "What are you doing wearing a Duel Disk?"

"How else was I going to get six locator cards and enter the finals?" Bakura said. He held up the cards.

The look of pure shock spread over everyone's face. "No way!" Yugi thought. "Bakura could barely walk! How could he win six locator cards?"

Joey and Tristan join in on the questioning. But Bakura quickly changed the subject. "Looks, it's the seventh duelist."

Everyone turned back towards the entrance. A big, strong looking man walked in wearing a purple cape. Tea and Joey gasped. "That's him!" Tea said.

Yugi looked at her concerned. "He's the one who kidnapped me." Mokuba added.

Kaiba glared at this duelist. "State your name and business now."

The man lifted his head and looked at Kaiba. "I am Marik." He said.

"I should disqualify you for capturing my little brother." Kaiba returned. "But have something I want, and before the finals are over you Egyptian God Card will be mine."

Marik showed no emotion as he walked away from Kaiba.

One of Kaiba's men stood in front of the finalists. "Alright. Give me your attention please. Seven out of Eight of you are here. So now it's time to announce…"

"Wait!" a female voice shouted. Everyone turned to the source of the voice. A girl who looked to be about Seventeen was running in the stadium. "Wait! Hold on a minute!" She stopped just short of Kaiba's men. She bent down trying to catch her breath. "Sorry I'm late." She panted. She held up her locator cards.

Kaiba looked at the girl. "State your name."

The girl looked up at him. "Kayla. Kayla Edwards. I'm filling in for the eighth duelist until she arrives.

Bakura watched the girl with interest. She had long curly brown hair that reached her lower back, and piercing green eyes. She was wearing a grey tank top, a thin white knee length skirt, brown leather boots with a jacket to match, and the Kaiba Corp Duel Disk on her left arm. The right sleeve of her jacket lifted up a bit, exposing a gold bracelet.

Bakura's Millennium Ring, hidden under his shirt, was starting to act up. The needles of the ring started pointing at the girl. Luckily no one was looking at him at the time. He put his hand over the ring, forcing the needles to go back down again.

"Interesting." Bakura thought. "I wonder if this girl is in possession of one of the Millennium Items. I shall have to look into this later."

"Your story checks out. The eighth finalist called ahead of time, telling us this. Welcome to the Battle City Finals." The guard gave Kayla her I.D.

Kayla smiled, and stuck it into the pocket of her jacket. She then walked over to where Yugi and his friends were standing. She looked up, and spotted Tea. "Tea? Tea Gardner?"

Tea looked at Kayla. "Kayla? Oh my god, what are you doing here?"

Kayla lifted up the arm that she wore her Duel Disk on. "I'm in the Finals. Duh." She smiled. "What are you doing here? Are you in it too?"

Tea shook her head. "I'm just here to cheer on my friends." She turned to the others.

"Guys, this is Kayla. She and I were best friends before her dad was stationed over in the Middle East. Kayla, these are my friends, Tristan, Joey, Mai, Serenity, Duke, Bakura, and Yugi. And over there is our friend Namu."

Kayla looked at them. "Wait, you mean Yugi and Joey? As in the two finalists for the Duelist Kingdom Tournament?"

Joey laughed. "See? I told you guys someone would recognize me!" He quickly walked up to Kayla and held out his hand. "Joey Wheeler. Second runner up at Duelist Kingdom." Kayla shook his hand with a smile.

Yugi held his hand when Joey was finished. "And I'm Yugi. It's nice to meet you Kayla."

"It's a pleasure to meet all of you." Her gaze eventually met Bakura, and she noticed him staring at her, almost as if he was examining her. She looked away ignoring him.

Yugi and Bakura could both sense a great power coming from her. "Who exactly is this girl?" Yugi wondered.

"You didn't tell me that you played Duel Monsters, Kayla." Tea said.

"Well, I didn't before I moved. I just got into it after watching the Duelist Kingdom tournament. It looked like fun, and my brother was really into it. He gave me his deck, and taught me everything I know."

"That's awesome." Tea said. "Maybe you could duel one of us later, and show us what you can do. Not for competition, just for fun."

Kayla smiled. "I'd like that. Who wants to go first?"

Joey jumped up. "I call first duel." He said. "I want to see what you've got, Kayla."

"You're on Wheeler."

The security guard cleared his throat. "As I was saying before, though your locator cards led you here, this is not where the Battle City Finals will be taking place."

"The actual tournament area should be here anytime now folks."

"I'm lost." Joey said. "What else is new?" Mai countered.

"Where exactly are the Finals being held?" Yugi asked.

Suddenly, a giant blimp came into view above the stadium. Everyone gasped. "So we're dueling in the sky?" Yugi asked, amazed.

"You've got it Yugi." Mokuba said with a smile. "Four thousand feet in the sky." He turned to everyone else. "Alright everyone, climb aboard for the Battle City finals!"

The blimp landed, and everyone entered. Kayla stopped Tea right after Bakura boarded. "That's Bakura right?"

Tea nodded. "Yeah. Why?"

"Oh, no reason. Just curious." Kayla said. She now had his name. If she found him staring at her the same way he had before, she would confront him. Something about him made her feel uneasy.

"Hey guys? You coming?" Yugi shouted from the blimp.

"Yeah, hurry up!" Joey added. "I want to get some practice in before the finals start!"

Kayla smiled, and ran on board. "Come on Tea!" she shouted with a laughed.

"Just like old times." Tea thought to herself. "Hey, Kayla! Wait up!" she ran after her friend, laughing along with her.

Before the security guards boarded, another duelist made their way into the stadium. "I believe you were waiting for me?" she asked. The two nodded. She handed them her locator cards. "Should we inform the girl that you have arrived?"

The duelist shook her head. "Let her duel in this tournament. She has a lot at stake here, and has something she's fighting for."

The guards nodded, and let the duelist board. "And besides," She thought. "If I fail to save my brother, then Kayla will have to do it. It is what her future holds."