JC: OMG! This is so late. This was meant to go up last week, but I had no time to proofread it. I can barely go online nowadays and the weather has been really bad in our place. But seriously I felt a wave of relief when I finished this. This is the last chapter of WHITE VOW. Like I said in previous chapter, there will be a duel here, though not really that long. I meant to highlight the most important things here. And this chapter will basically focus around Jaden and Alexis, while the other characters get a special mention.
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Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, people, or its characters, but the plot is mine. All rights belong to Kazuki Takahashi.
Turn 30: Passion between Vows
It was almost time for the duel. Jaden had his Duel Disk on and he was wearing the same outfit he wore during Mrs. Rhodes Birthday Duel. His deck was all arranged and his little pal Winged Kuriboh was flying around his head in excitement. He and Alexis were going to duel once again in Kaiba Land. It seemed like only yesterday when they first dueled there. Back then, he was pretty confused with his growing feelings for Alexis. Now he was in love and proud to be the fiancé of the Obelisk Blue Queen.
It was going to be lonesome without Alexis. Long distance relationship was tough. While they do keep a good job keeping in touch, it was still different having her with him where he could touch her, embrace her, and kiss her.
"You know, most guys would usually think of THAT," Yubel intruded into his thoughts just for the sake of teasing him. "But you're not like most guys."
Jaden raised a brow. "That? What are you talking about?" he said, slipping his deck into his disk.
Yubel appeared before him with a cunning smile on her face. "Still like a naïve little boy I see," she said.
And suddenly it hit him like a flash of lightning. "You don't mean—" He stopped as his face went beet red in embarrassment. "I would never—"
"You almost had her if you hadn't stop," Yubel cut him off, still vent on teasing him more. "And it didn't just happen once."
"But I…I-It wasn't my intention…and I…I…" He was completely red and he felt very, very awkward. No amount of denial was going to get him out of this. Yubel knew everything and could see right through him.
Yubel let out a laugh meant to mock him. "You're too easy, Jaden," she said.
Winged Kuriboh landed on Jaden's head and nodded in agreement with Yubel.
"Gee, what great pals you are," Jaden said with a shrug as he rolled his eyes. "Anyway it's time to go. I bet Alexis is already there." But before he could even step outside his room, his phone rang loudly. Fishing it out of his pocket, he grimaced as he saw the caller id. "Great…Just the guy I wanted to talk to." And he was saying this with sarcasm.
"Does it take you this long to answer your lousy phone?"
Jaden pinched the bridge of his nose. Seto Kaiba always sounded serious and demanding to his ears. He felt an impending headache. "Okay, Mr. CEO, what do you want? If it's a job then I'm gonna have to take a rain check on that. I'm meeting up with Alexis today for a—" He stopped when Seto suddenly gave him a flash report. It was short yet detailed, and it made him completely frozen for a while.
He was not a guy well acquainted with anxiety, but Jaden was very concerned about Alexis and practically knocked over people just to get to his motorcycle. He ignored traffic rules and rushed to Kaiba Land, then to the dome where he found his fiancée dueling with the man that gave them nothing but trouble. David looked up and smirked at Jaden. Clearly David was mocking him. Jaden felt a rush of chill through his bones and all he could think about was protecting Alexis from danger.
Alexis was on her knees with one hand clutching her arm. She looked quite upset, quite flustered, yet her eyes burned with determination. Her life points had dwindled down to a mere 900, while David boasted 2700 LP. Indeed she was not in a good position.
"Impressive," David told Alexis, his smirk only becoming wider. "You've managed to dodge everything I throw at you."
Alexis clenched her teeth as she carefully rose to meet his eyes. "Don't even think for a second that you're going to win this, David," she said.
"I wouldn't think of it," David replied casually. "I just want to spend quality time with you by dueling you."
Jaden was not going to stand by and watch this go on. "Time for some intervention!" He rushed toward his fiancée and shielded her from David's eyes with his own body. "David, what the hell are you doing out of rehab?!"
David slightly raised his hands in a form of surrender. "Chill, man, I don't want any trouble."
"But you're obviously causing trouble for Alexis." Jaden fisted his hands. "I'm not gonna let you hurt her again."
David laughed in disbelief. "You seriously think I came all the way here just to cause trouble?" He shook his head in dismay. "You know what? Think what you want. I don't care. Just let us finish this duel."
Jaden activated his disk, preparing to duel David himself. "There's nothing you wouldn't do. You're a rare breed of terrible." Just then a hand came upon his shoulder, making him turn to the owner. "Alexis?"
"I'm going to duel till the end," Alexis said.
Jaden was about to protest, but seeing the firm resolution in her eyes made him understand how important this duel was to her. He had always believed in her and he wasn't going to stop now. "All right…Do your best," he said, gracing her with a smile. But that smile immediately faded as his face grew a little worried. "I know you can win this. But if he tries anything funny, I'm gonna give him a serious beating."
Alexis appreciated the concern and she felt a little guilty for not telling Jaden about David's challenge right away. Jaden had been looking forward to their duel, but David had to come and intervene again. But it wasn't something she couldn't ignore. She couldn't refuse. She needed to duel him.
"How you manage to defend yourself is beyond me," David said, earning a glare from both Jaden and Alexis. "And you've destroyed every monster I let loose. Still I did manage to reduce your life points to 900."
Jaden stepped aside and let Alexis face him with her words. "I've been in tougher situations," she said, briefly giving Jaden a knowing look before setting a card on the Spell/Trap Card Zone. "I throw a face down and end my turn." She has three cards left in her hand.
"A field with no monsters," David boasted. "This is my win, Alexis." He smirked, drawing a card from his deck and adding it to his hand. He now has 4 cards at his disposal. With 2700 LP, there was no way he could lose, though experience did dictate him not to underestimate an opponent like Alexis. "I activate Replacement Parts!"
Alexis narrowed her eyes as she saw him discarding a very familiar monster to the Graveyard.
"Now that's in the graveyard I can add a Level 4 or lower Machine-type monster to my hand," David explained, holding out the card for Alexis to see. "Next thing I'm gonna do is to summon it! Come on out, Pandora (ATK: 1500)!" A Level 4 head-like Machine monster emerged on the field.
Jaden wasn't worried. He was confident that Alexis would be able to turn the duel around with her facedown. "Don't let David get the best of you, Lex," he muttered in a low voice.
But David was no fool. He was aware of the risks. Attacking her with Pandora would bring an end to the duel. However, the facedown was there and he could tell that it was a trap. "You're a worthy opponent, Alexis. That's why I'm gonna bring out the big guns!" He picked out a Spell Card from his hand and activated it. "Here's Prototype Development! With this spell, I can tribute Pandora to special summon The Big Saturn from my grave!"
A rare monster from the Planet Series, The Big Saturn (ATK: 2800) was a Level 8 Machine-Type Monster. It was huge in size and had a Saturn ring around it. This was David's ace monster.
Jaden was more than surprised. He was also amazed, but he wouldn't dare show it. "I've never seen anything like it. That one looks tough to beat."
Despite its size and tremendous fire power, Alexis wasn't fazed one bit.
"I wouldn't try to destroy it if I were you," David said, crossing his arms with a big smug on his face. "Cuz if you do, well, we both take damage equal to its ATK. We'll both lose and you'll never get your prize. Remember we made a deal that you have to beat me."
Watching David and hearing him laugh like a madman made Jaden's stomach churn. Nevertheless, he wasn't losing faith in Alexis. "Go show him what you're made of, Lex," he said quietly.
"Game over, Alexis," announced David, swinging his arm forward. "Saturn, go launch a direct attack!" With that command, the Machine-type monster charged toward Alexis.
Ready as ever, Alexis tapped the button on her Duel Disk to activate a trap. "This Duel's going overtime," she said as she gracefully raised her arm up. "Here's Hallowed Life Barrier! By discarding one card from my hand I won't take any damage from you on this turn." As she discarded a Monster Card to the grave, a transparent barrier protected her from getting crushed by Saturn's metal fist.
Even though he knew he should contain himself, Jaden couldn't help but let out a big cheer for his fiancée. "Way the go, Lex!"
"What are you smiling about?" Yubel voiced out in his head. "Can't you see she's out of options? She has no monsters out and her hand cards are practically useless at this point. She is going to lose this duel and you're going to lose your fiancée."
Instead of a frown, Jaden smiled knowingly. "No way in hell she's gonna lose, Yubel. This is Alexis we're talking about—always the risk taker."
David rolled his eyes, clearly irritated that he couldn't take her out. "You're not gonna survive the next turn," he said, ending his turn.
Silently taking a deep breath, Alexis gazed down on her deck of cards. The outcome of the match depended on the next draw. She had always believed in herself and the strength of her cards. And she was determined to get back at David, to get back what was rightfully hers. "It's my draw!" she said, drawing a card.
"Give it up, Alexis," David told her. "It's over."
She begged to differ, Alexis thought as she looked at the drawn card. "This is just the card I need to beat you." She played an Equip Spell Card. "I activate Fulfillment of the Contract! By sacrificing 800 of my Life Points, I get to summon a Ritual Monster from my grave!" Her Graveyard shone in a bright life as the selected Ritual Monster Card came out. Alexis then immediately slapped the card onto the Monster Card Zone. "Now come on out, Cyber Angel Benten!"
Cyber Angel Benten (ATK: 1800) was a beautiful Fairy-type monster with long dark hair. She wore kimono-like tights and an elaborated golden ornament on her head. Her weapons of choice were two red fans connected by chain.
David raised a brow. "I'm sorry but I don't see how this is going to save you from total annihilation."
"Why don't you just shut up and watch," Alexis told him, picking out a Spell from her hand. "Because it's going to get more interesting from here and out."
Distress tainted David's confident features the second Alexis showed him the Spell Card she was going to use. "But that's—"
"It's Game Over for you," Alexis said, playing the Spell Card. "I'm equipping Ritual Weapon to Cyber Angel Benten!" A golden crossbow quickly materialized on Benten's left arm, increasing her ATK by 1500 points.
David's eyes went wide in shock. "3300 ATK points?!" His Saturn's effect will only work when it's destroyed by an opponent's effect and not by battle.
"Let the arrow pierce through the darkness. Cyber Angel Benten, attack The Big Saturn!" Alexis declared, and Benten wasted no time delivering one swift arrow at David's monster, completely destroying it.
David (LP: 2700 2200) clenched his teeth hard. "So what? I still have 2200 points."
Jaden had a big smile now. "Not for long, you nutcase," he announced.
"I forgot…This is your first time facing Cyber Angel Benten," Alexis said, crossing her arms in front of her chest. She remembered how she only used her Cyber Warrior-types against him before. "You should have done your research, David."
Of course he did his research, David thought as he glared at Benten. He simply forgot some certain things.
"You see, whenever Benten destroys an opponent's monster by battle, she can inflict damage to the opponent equal to the destroyed monster's DEF points," Alexis explained.
The American Duelist could barely react to her explanation as the Cyber Angel came up to him in a flash, giving him one hell of a slap with her fan. David fell onto one knee and pounded the floor with one fist. The Duel was over. "Damn it! After all this time, I…I still can't beat you!" he exclaimed, gritting his teeth. "I only wanted you to recognize me as a Duelist…as a rival…"
Alexis looked a little surprised and confused as she heard his words. "David…"
"You're not pulling our leg here now, are you?" Jaden said, taking Alexis' side, as he stared down at David. "Remember how you went crazy mad on us? And now you demand for respect?"
"That was a year ago…" David hung his head low. "I was too obsessed. I wanted Alexis. You will never understand, slacker."
Alexis didn't know what she was supposed to do. She told herself not to trust him, but she felt something different about him. Judging from the duel earlier, Alexis realized that his style has somewhat changed. David was usually very aggressive. He loved doing One-Turn Kills on his opponents. However, Alexis saw that he didn't even try to use OTK on her even once.
Rising from his defeat, David looked straight at Alexis and pulled out a card from his coat. "As promised…I'm giving this back to you…"
Her heart skipped a beat. It has been so long since she last seen that card. She thought she had lost it forever. "You've kept it all this time," she said, taking hold of the card. "And here I thought you—"
David laughed softly. "I never ripped it. I used another card to trick you. I wanted to use this card to get back at you, but no…I just couldn't. I know how important this card is to you." A frown then greased his lips. "And this was given to you by that MAN."
Alexis remained silent as she gazed down on her card.
"Look, I know I'm not gonna get into your good list anytime soon, so I might as well take a hike," David said, turning on his heel. "I came what I set out to do and that's that."
A part of her wanted to stop David from walking away. She was a bit confused by his actions. And she was even more surprised that David had actually kept her card safe and sound after all this time. That meant something and she appreciated it. It looked like there was hope for David after all.
Jaden and Alexis headed out to the Ferris wheel to get some peace and quiet. They told the operator to let them stay on top until they were ready to leave. In this case, Jaden thought with a sigh, it may take a while. His fiancée was deep, deep in her thoughts. No doubt she was thinking of David's odd actions. He'd normally break the ice with jokes, but he decided to respect her silence. It wasn't hard for him to understand if she needed a moment.
He received a phone call from Atticus and Mac not too long ago to inquire about the situation with David. Jaden relayed to them the events that took place and he left no details untouched. Atticus wanted to talk to Alexis, but Jaden assured him that she needed some time to think.
Taking out her long lost card from her deck case, she gazed at it softly and gradually her lips curved into a small smile. "David's so random, don't you think?" she finally spoke.
Jaden hesitated for a second. "Um…If you mean randomly crazy, well, yeah…"
"With him acting so high and mighty, he never had one real friend."
"That I can imagine."
"You know, now that I think about it, I was his first real friend."
Jaden raised a brow. "You're not going to start getting sappy over him, are you?"
Alexis lightly punched his arm. "No way," she said. "But I guess I kind of understand why he got so attached to me. I know what happened after the duel was a little weird, even for someone like David, but I'm glad that he made the effort to give back my card."
"We can't trust him just yet, but this is a good start for him," Jaden said, feeling relief for David. Sure, he didn't like David, but he wasn't the type to hold a grudge over someone. "Now let's forget about David."
Alexis raised an elegant brow. "Getting insecure now, are we?"
"Hey, I'm attached to you too," Jaden replied, slightly pouting. He meant it as a jest, but Alexis frowned. "I meant it in a good way."
She giggled. "I know. I'm pretty much the same with you."
With one finger under her chin, he tipped her face up so that he could clearly gaze into her lovely eyes. "I didn't get to duel you yet."
She took his hand into hers. "How should I make it up to you then?" she asked with a playful smile.
"I can only think of one thing," Jaden said. He wasn't really thinking, only prompted by instinct and the need, as he lowered his own lips to hers. Amazingly, she tilted her head back for his kiss, her eyes drifting closed as their lips touched.
The kiss was sweet and passionate. Unfortunately, it was all too brief. He drew away before his body could rule the mind. He had desire surging through him already despite the innocent intention.
Alexis' eyes flew open, looking startled. "Jaden?" When he blushed and simply looked away, she reached out with one hand to touch his cheek. She smiled, leaning into him, bringing her face closer to his.
"Lex…" Having her so close where he could feel her and smell her made his senses go wild. He gathered her into his arms and kissed her again.
Her arms went around his neck, drawing him closer, pressing against him as she returned the kiss with heated passion. He slid his hands up and down her back, exploring her curves, as he moved his lips from her lips to her neck. He tasted her skin and nibbled her ear, making her moan in pleasure. She urged him further with lips trailing kisses around his face. He let out a growl and brought back his mouth to hers, and she pressed even tighter to him; her breast firm against his chest. His right hand then went to her thigh to caress it. Slowly, he pushed her against the glass window, slipping his hand under her skirt.
Abruptly, his mind came to a realization. What was he doing again? Was he insane? Doing it in an amusement park? On top of the world in a Ferris Wheel? Though it took a great amount of effort, he pulled himself away from temptation. In the light of the setting sun, she looked so beautiful. Her eyes were soft and misty with a desire that nearly drove him mad.
"I did it again…" he muttered, looking away. "So—"
"Don't even try to say sorry, Jaden," she cut him off. "I'm just as guilty as you are." She had lost self-control a while ago to the point that she wouldn't even mind doing it there. She felt kind of embarrassed about it.
With a sigh, he looked back at her. Yubel was right. He did want it. He had wanted to make love to her. But no, he mustn't. They were still young. They shouldn't risk it even though he wanted her as much as she wanted him. "Lex, I love you," he said sincerely.
Alexis gazed at Jaden gratefully, putting both of her hands in his. "I love you too," she replied, thinking how lucky she was to have him.
The guilt and worry that had lurked in his brown eyes melted away, and he smiled. "Alexis, I'm really gonna miss you." He took her in his arms for a long passionate kiss. Finally, when they were both breathless, he raised his head to look deep into her eyes. "You take care over there, okay?"
"I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself," she said as she showed him the card she won from David. "And I can't wait to use this."
Jaden took the card and gave it a thorough look. "Pretty cool card for someone as cool as you. I'm sure you're gonna kick butt with this."
Alexis felt that she could accomplish anything. With Jaden backing her up, she was going to work even harder in College. She sighed happily, resting her head against his chest. "So, any dinner plans?" she asked.
"Hmmm…I know this great Hamburger place," Jaden suggested.
Alexis giggled as she held up her card in the air. "Hamburgers it is," she said. Her eyes practically sparkled and her heart was at ease. Her head was already filling up with ideas for the card and her deck. Welcome back, Blizzard Princess.
Several Years Later…
Jaden Yuki woke up from a wonderful dream, though he couldn't quite remember what it was. But he was sure it was a good dream. He was propped up in bed in his own lush bedroom, his left ring finger adorned with a band of white gold. A smile graced his lips as he raised his hand to take a better look at the ring—a 9ct white gold 5mm diamond cut edge ring. Yes, it was stylish and classy, not to mention expensive. However, the ring meant something more to him. It was a symbol of love and an everlasting bond. He made an important vow with this ring.
He gave the room a good look, feeling proud of what he had accomplished. He was living in a first class condominium in Domino City. The unit was big and spacious. He had a living room with a huge flat-screen TV, Blue-Ray player, and state of the art Digital Home Theatre system. And his bedroom was stunning in every corner, boasting minimalist design and cool shades of color like midnight blue and white. This was all possible because of his hard work and earnings.
A few minutes later Alexis stepped into the bedroom wearing her light-blue nightdress underneath a white silk robe. As she approached the bed, she greeted him with a pleasant smile. "Morning, sleepyhead."
One way to start a morning was to see her face when he wakes up, Jaden mused. "You're early today and it's Saturday. You don't have to go to work today." And he enjoyed seeing the familiar white band on her left ring finger—a 9ct white gold ring with the addition of sparkling diamonds in a beautiful design. It fitted her perfectly.
"This is the only time I can make a proper breakfast for you, you know," she said, flicking his forehead.
His eyes lit up. "You made breakfast?! Sweet! Thanks a bunch, Alexis." He pulled her closer and settled her on his lap. "Did I ever tell you how lucky I am to have you as my WIFE?"
She rolled her eyes. "Only about a thousand times."
He placed his hands on her face as he leaned forward. "You totally rock," he muttered, kissing her softly on the lips.
She ran her hands down his chest, retuning the kiss.
His hands drifted down to her thighs, caressing her smooth, milky skin. "How about some appetizers before a big breakfast?" His right hand then slid beneath her nightdress and touched her intimately there. A shiver rushed through her when his fingers coaxed her. She parted her lips with a moan as he began exploring her mouth with a demanding tongue.
He did not need to hesitate or stop himself anymore. Alexis was his wife now and he loved it every time they were so intimate. She was beautiful, so alluring, and so desirable. "Alexis…"
She slowly pulled away and looked into his eyes. Her cheeks were flushed red and her heart was beating fast. "Jaden…" She pressed her temple against his. "I have something to tell you…"
"Hmmm…" He closed his eyes, wrapping his arms around her slim waist. "What is it, Lex?" He thought he was getting a kiss from her, but he got his nose pinched instead. He opened his eyes in surprise and saw his wife smirk at him.
"Breakfast is getting cold, big guy," she said before getting off the bed.
Jaden frowned and almost wanted to pout like a child. "No treats before breakfast?" he asked.
Raising a brow, she crossed her arms. "Jaden, breakfast now," she said, half-demanding and half-teasing.
A sigh escaped his lips. "Fine then."
Alexis giggled. "You know, I think I'm spoiling you too much," she said.
"Me? Spoiled? No way." He swung his legs off the bed. "I just can't help myself."
"Well, anyway, I'm heading to school later. I still got some papers to grade."
"Diligent as always. It's no wonder you have PhD in Dueling." His wife had been a straight A student during college and she even graduated as Magna Cum Laude. She also finished her MA degree in Duel Psychology before proceeding to Doctorate level. She was simply amazing. And now she was a Professor in Duel Academy (Domino City Branch) and the Dorm Master of the Obelisk Blue Female Dorm.
On the other hand, Jaden was still a personal agent to President Seto Kaiba of Kaiba Corp, though more on an occasional basis. He also worked as the Gym Teacher in Duel Academy.
"Speaking of school, the freshmen are having their Duel Examination today. It was supposed to be yesterday, but something came up so it had to be postponed. I heard that some kid stuck bubblegum in Dr. Crowler's hair. Poor guy had to get his hair cut short."
"SHE did mention that to me yesterday. SHE thought it was pretty funny."
Alexis paused for a moment. "You don't think…"
Jaden let out a laugh. "I have a feeling that—" He stopped when the phone suddenly rang. The moment he answered it, the voice on the other side blared so loudly that it almost made him deaf. "What the? Dr. Crowler?! Wait, slow down… You're talking like a mad man. And why are you panting? Are you running?"
"What's going on?" Alexis asked.
"Gah…You come back here this instant, young lady!" Dr. Crowler shouted at someone, and Jaden couldn't help but wonder who he was yelling at.
"No way, man!" a voice belonging to a teenage girl shouted back.
"Face the consequences of your actions!"
"But it was an accident! Really it was!"
"First, it was the bubblegum. Now you say that bucket of water was an accident?! You're just like your father!" Dr. Crowler grumbled into the phone. "Just stop already, Ms. YUKI!"
Jaden let out a nervous laugh. "Um…Okay… I think I know what's going on now," he said. "Well, I know you can handle things there, Dr. Crowler. Good luck!" With that, he hung up before he could hear a sermon.
Alexis shook her head and sighed. "No, don't tell me. It was our little troublemaker again, right?"
He scratched the back of his head. "I kind of feel bad for Dr. Crowler."
"SHE really is a female version of you."
He rose from the bed and approached her. "At least she has your brains," he said, snaking his arms around her waist and pulling her closer to him.
"But she has your personality."
"Yeah, that's true. And when it comes to dueling, her style is a mix of ours."
Alexis smiled. "Sure is."
"Come on now." Jaden looped his arm around Alexis'. "I'm dying to eat breakfast."
JC: I'm sure you guys got what I was trying to present in this last part, right? I wanted to introduce Little Miss Troublemaker, but I figured reserving her for another GX story. I'm not sure if I'll be making a sequel or a completely new story. I'm still trying to gather my thoughts. Don't forget to check out the fanart I made for this chapter. Just head on to my DeviantArt account for a good view. Now I can't wait to hear your reviews! Remember, flames are a big NO-NO! You may also give me ideas whether or not I should do a sequel or a new story. I'll gladly receive them with open arms. Once again, I thank you for sticking with me till the end. You guys are the best!