4. Reflection

"How do you like your cards ?" Kira asked over supper the next day.

Naruto grinned. "They're great. Though they wish they can be in a real game."

Kira froze mid-noodle bite. "You mean they talked?" she questioned in disbelief. "How can they talk?"

"In my sleep silly." Naruto said simply. "Gishki Erial told me that I can see them because of your bad father being sealed in me."

"Kyuubi?" Kira asked. "How can it be, because of him? Did he do something to you?" she asked angrily.

Naruto shook his head. "It's just because he's a supernatural being and can see them, so me being a Jinchuuriki automatically makes me able to see them too."

Now Kira just felt put out by this knowledge. "Then why can't I see mine?"

"Maybe 'cause it's because you're the Demon Queen now." Naruto said bluntly.

Kira grimaced. "Unofficially."

Naruto shrugged. "It doesn't matter. You are your bad father's heir, and that automatically makes you queen while he's...locked up." he grinned slyly. "Then again, your not exactly the easiest person to talk to. I mean, I met Mokuba-kun's older brother today and he says less than you!"

Kira grimaced at this comparison as she absorbed this knowledge. She should have been more perturbed by this, but she wasn't. After all, she existed, so why not duel monster spirits? Heh, maybe she should sleep with her deck under her pillow to get her cards to talk to her.

"Don't feel too bad, Kira-nee, I'm sure they'll talk to you...evetually." Naruto tried to be consoling. He really did. But hey, he was 7.

Kira slumped further into her chair and pouted.


Kira knew she was dreaming because the place she was in was her 'dream house.' Oriental, with sliding doors for the rooms, but actual door for the front and back of the house.

She found herself in the living room faced with seven transparent people. One boy, five girls, and one woman. She recognized them all almost instantly. "You're the cards in my deck; the Charmers." Then she frowned. "Why are you here?"

"You wanted to talk to us, and we got voted out as the ones to speak with you." The girl in brown, Aussa, said.

Kira nodded. That made sense, in a weird sort of way. "We're you cards scared to speak with me?"

The girl in blue, Eria, shifted. "Uh, sorta, your highness. We understand that this must be very surreal and difficult to accept, more so than your adopted brother, but this is the burden of being a supernatural being."

"On the bright side, be glad you just don't have the powers, but two entire realms at your disposal if you wish." Dharc sai in his perpetually gloomy voice.

Kira blinked. "Huh?"

Hiita, Kira's eerie double, took over explaining. "You see, as Queen of Makai, unofficial or not, you have a lot of power not only there, but in the duel monster world too." She explained in a voice that was just too similar to Kira's own.

"Right." Kira replied faintly. "Why do we look alike?" That had been a question she desperately needed an answer to.

Hiita smiled slightly. "One bombshell at a time, your highness. All will be revealed in time."

Kira's eyes twitched at the snarky tone Hiita used. It was the same tone Kira herself used when she was trying to be an ass to people. Karma really is a bitch it seemed. "Hardy har." She said dryly.

Hiita grinned wryly, but remained silent.


'That was the strangest dream I've ever had.' Kira thought as she brushed her hair, the brown locks have already started to grow out. She looked down at her school uniform in disgust, pink and blue. What was she, 5? She really did prefer wearing pants since to her they were more comfortable, or maybe that was just because she had spent the majority of her life pretending to be a boy and it was difficult adjusting to being a girl again. Who knew?

A knock on the bathroom door brought her out of her musings. "Kira-nee, I need to use the bathroom." Naruto whined.

"Okay, I'm done anyway." Kira said putting the brush down, opened the door, and mussed up Naruto's hair as she passed by him.

He scowled cutely at her. "Stop being so girly on me."

Kira smirked slightly. "Well, I am a girl, and you didn't whine when I did this as a 'guy.'" She snarked as she made her way into the kitchen.

Thanking her impeccable foresight, she never had to rush to get their lunches ready since she made them the previous night. Their bentos were filled with left over teriyaki from dinner, sushi and rice balls. She put the orange bento into Naruto's backpack and the yellow one into hers'.

"Time to go, Naruto-kun." Kira called.

Naruto shot out of the bathroom in his uniform and she handed him his pack. "Mokuba-kun said I could stay with him for the weekend and this afternoon too!"

Kira nodded. "That's really nice of him."

Naruto nodded. "He's a pretty great friend. Too bad his brother's a prick."

"Naruto!" Kira scolded. "That's not a nice thing to say."

"Well he is!" Naruto huffed as they headed out the door, Kira locking it behind them. "You always told me to be honest, and that's what he honestly is."

Kira sweat-dropped. Perhaps she had taught him that trait a little too well. 'I guess this is what being a parent is like, huh?' she thought sardonically.

"Hey, kid, what are you staring at?" A voice that Kira recognized asked annoyed. She looked over and saw her brother was staring up at the blond that had been in the game shop.

"You have blond hair." Naruto deadpanned.

The other blonde's brow ticked. "So do you, pipsqueak."

Naruto grinned up at him. "I've never seen anyone else with blond hair, I thought I was the only one."

The older blond snorted, looking less annoyed by the younger's naïveté. "It's rare for someone to have blond hair here kid. Let alone blond hair and blue eyes. You sure you're really Japanese?"

Naruto scowled. "My Tou-chan had blond hair and blue eyes and he was Japanese."

The older blond blinked, looking stupefied. "Really?"

Naruto nodded. "Hai!"

Kira decided it was time to step in before Naruto said something a little too personal. "Hey, you're that guy from the game shop, Yugi's friend."

The older blond huffed. "And you're that girl, Uzumaki."

Kira rolled her eyes. "And what's your name then?"

"Jonouchi." The blond answered. Then he seemed reluctant to add the, "Katsuya" part.

Kira though couldn't help thinking of Tsunade's slug summon, but didn't dare comment on it. 'What are the chances though?'

Naruto then piped up. "And I'm Uzumaki Naruto!"

Jonouchi blinked. "You two related or something?"

Kira smirked. "Or something, Jonouchi."

The other blond had the barest hint of a smirk on his lips. "You know it's considered rude to not add an honorific to the surname."

Kira outright grinned. "Well, I'm not like most people. Politeness is irrelevant."

Jonouchi grinned back. "Then I think we're gonna get along just fine, you and I."

Naruto again jumped in. "Wanna walk with us, Katsuya-nii?"

The older blond looked down at Naruto and stared. "Pretty forward, ain'tcha kid?"

Naruto nodded. "So will ya?"

"Well, ain't got nothing else to do, so might as well." Jonouchi shrugged.

Kira deadpanned though. "You do realize that this is the way to school, right? So weren't you just going to go in that direction anyway?"

Jonouchi shifted and sent her a glare before pointed looking down at Naruto and ignored her. "So quirt, you play duel monsters?"

Naruto pouted. "I have no one to play against. Why, do you play?"

"Er, sorta." Jonouchi said evasively. "Hey, you wanna play a game with me?"

Kira snickered. "Oh man, you must suck if you're asking a 7 year to play a card game."

Jonouchi looked up at her with a renewed annoyed expression. "What's you just say, Uzumaki?"

"I said you suck!"

"Take that back!"

"Make me!"

For a split second, Naruto realized how similar they were acting and if that was the case, how long they'd be arguing for. 'I'll never understand big kids.'


A/N: The woman that appeared with the five charmers was the Elemental Mistress Doriado. She's the 'teacher' of the charmers.