A/N: For the YGOdrabble LiveJournal writing community's challenge #59 Kings, which this piece happened to win. Much love to everyone who voted for it.

Disclaimer: Kazuki Takahashi and all associated companies are the rightful owners of the Yuugiou! franchise and I claim no association with any of them. No copyright infringement intended with this and no money is being made from this. Please support the creator by purchasing the official releases.

Warnings: none; worksafe.

Promise a Promise

One day, he will rule all Egypt. He will walk this land, and the bones of the Pharaohs will groan under his feet. Fear will be his wife. Despair and Lost Hopes will be his children. He doesn't need an army. He is an army.

From the highest possible vantage point Bakura overlooks the twilit desert stretching out in front of him. One day, which cannot come soon enough, everyone in this land will bow down to him as the King of the Thieves.

He is eleven when he makes that promise. He is seventeen when that promise is fulfilled.