Disclaimer: I do not own Yugioh or its characters, if I did you would see a lot of Seto anguish and a lot of making out between Seto, Yami and Yugi. I do own Tara and the Court system and history, please ask before using them
Rating: PG-13/R
Genre: Anguish/Action/Adventure/Drama
Archive: Please ask first
Warning: Yaoi (m/m) to be specific Yami/Seto/Yugi and maybe Yami Bakura/Ryou/Joey, Character Death, and seemingly continuous depression
Author's Note: I didn't really watch all the Yugioh episodes or read the Manga but I did see all the English translation episodes so bear with me. Explanations will be in the next chapters. Usage of English names and some Japanese dialogue.

Passions of the Blood Moon

By

Three Wings

Prologue: Remorse


"As I have told you, that is what exactly what happened. That night my own brother disowned me and my supposedly friends did the same. I was hurt more than I could admit. I thought that they would accept me as they did with Yami Bakura but I was wrong. Yet, that was not the thing that tore not only my soul but also my heart. To know that the ones you loved, will never love you or if they had that they would hate you till the time you die. That is what hurts the most, it could kill any normal man but I was no normal man. I was… no… am a half vampire.

"I knew I could never be the same nor could I be near them again. It hurt me beyond any medicine or cure could heal. I vowed that day that I would protect them and their families even in the cloak of night and I did. I also vowed that day I would not only use my powers to get my revenge but to use them to help those in need. I tried not to devour criminals' blood at first but within a year I found that I couldn't stop my hunger. The next year had been my first plentiful year as were the years that followed. I no longer had my bloodlust as often as I did and it only happened when my birthday befalls the Blood Moon, about every decade or so.

"Though my hunger had been satisfied I was not. I was disgusted with myself and I still am. I hated my life then but it was my company and my vows that keep me from killing myself, though even now that I am on Execution Road, I am ready to face death and embrace it but I regret not keeping my vows."

"Why were you framed?"

"Why? I was framed because the people here hate me for what I am. I did no crime and I served justice to evil, so why was I framed? I know why. They were more arrogant than I was and they could not accept that a demon saved their asses every day and night. That is why?"

"That must be hard, to have those you save betray you like that."

"I had worse. Your recording is almost finish, we have about thirty more minutes."

"Yes, we do. How did you hide that fact that you were part vampire?"

"I told the world that my top scientist created an eternal youth and immortality potion and that I was the first to test it. Then someone blew up that lab the next day with the scientist and the formula was lost for good. Their ignorance made it easy for them to accept. I was always expecting that my brother might reveal the real secret but he took that secret to the grave as well as the others."

"How long has it been since then?"

"The day of my execution is the same day I saved my brother and his friends, that will be a millennium from then."

"I have one more question for you."

"What is it, Miss Tara Suzuku?"

"Do you believe in incarnation?"

"Yes, I do and that those reincarnated will be the same as they were in their past life with very little differences to match the decade and time. Is that all?"

"Yes, that is all."

"Might I confirm something with you?

"Of course."

"Will you only play this tape to those people I have talked about if they remembered and have already been born as of yet and are old enough to understand?"

"Yes, of course. It shall be done."

"Thank you and goodbye."

"And to you, Mr. Seto Kaiba. May the afterlife be better than it is here."

O_o_O_o_O_o_O_o

"Wake up, DEMON, time to get up."

"Yes, sir. Is it my death day?"

"Yes, it is, now get up!!!"

"What is my execution, sir?"

"The whip, DEMON, now get moving!!!"

"Oh," was all Seto could say as he walked out of his cell.

The whip was the demon whip. A whip that was blessed by a wicked fallen angel, who used the weapon to kill a laboring mother and her soon-to-be-born child, then tossed into the flames of hell. Seto knew that was almost the only weapon to kill someone like him and that this whip is the most painful. He should know, his back was scarred from its lashes given by his foster fathers.

Seto held his head high as he walked into that grand stadium. The audience booed at him and some threw fruit and vegetables at him, yet he never faltered. As he was chained to the two steel pillars, a revenant gave him his final prayers. Seto was emotionless during the priest's speech and while they tore of his torn shirt. They didn't bother even with a mask. Soon the executioner stood behind him and raised the whip.

One. They would keep doing this for an hour before letting him rest for fifteen minutes and continue until he is dead.

Two. Seto didn't show any pain on his face but his back burned as the whip stuck him again.

Three. He was thankful that his brother and friends weren't here to see him or if they were then they didn't remember.

Four. He hoped that Tara kept her promise.

Five. The pain was unbearable now. He bit his bottom lip from screaming.

Six. The sick audience were getting impatient.

Seven.

Eight.

Nine. He screamed.

Ten. 'I won't black out. I WON'T,' he thought as the lashes continued to be harder as the whip lashed again and again.

Eleven. The crowd was ecstatic.

O_o_O_o_O_o_O_o

Tara hurried to her friends' house, urging her driver to go faster. Yesterday after interview with Seto she went to his mansion to look for any pictures to identify anyone from his past. It shocked her to know that they were her friends but what intrigued her was that the only one to have the same ornament, as the picture was Ryou, Yami Bakura, Yugi and Yami, not the others.

As she reached the house, she raced to the front door, heedless to the oblivious tranquillity. She knocked and Mokuba answered the door. She was relieved to see that everyone was there. "Mokuba, may I speak to you, it's very important."

"Of course, Tara, come right in," responded Mokuba, moving out of the way as he led her to the living quarters of the mansion.

In the past, the original Mokuba descendent made a business in a computer design field and the company was called Millennia. After disowning Seto Kaiba as a brother the original Mokuba stayed at Ryou Bakura's mansion and decided to create his own business. He never seen his brother again nor had known that some of his employees were from Kaiba Corp. and were assigned to his company. Soon Millennia was better that Kaiba Corp. and Seto Kaiba didn't even argued about it.

"Hey, Tara, what's up," asked Joey from in front of the TV.

The original Joey had opened a weapon business in the past with the help of original Tristan. Though both still dueled, they never actually appeared often. The original Mai, however, began a new line of clothing designs but dueled whenever she could. The original Tea went on to become a Broadway star. The original Ryou, on the other hand, continued to be an archaeologist. Yugi continued his reputation as Game master and became billionaire and a chemist as Yami join careers with Ryou as an Egyptian archaeologist expert, with Yugi of course.

"Ah, could I talk to all of you," asked Tara, nervously.

"Sure, after the execution, Tara, I wanna see who they executing today," replied Tristan.

"Oh, Tristan, be quiet. It's rude and unjust to do that to someone," said Tea, hitting him in the arm.

"Then, why are you watching, hon," asked Mai as she sat next to Tea.

"I wanna know what crime the guy did."

"Why are you here, Ryou, Yami, Yugi," asked Tara.

"Yami and Yami Bakura wanted to be here and I guess we just wanted to tag along," explained Yugi as Ryou nodded.

Yami and Yami Bakura were never dead, except their respective millennium items were sealed and the puzzle were broken once more. The only the reincarnated Ryou and Yugi could break the seal and put the puzzle together. Yet, one thing was when the seal was broken, neither knew what had happened in their past lives.

"What do you want to know," asked Tristan.

"When do you want me to ask, before or after," said Tara, trying to keep the worry out of her voice.

"How, about now," asked Yami.

"Um, you guys believe in reincarnation, right," as they nodded, she continued, "do you remember anything from your past lives, um, like a thousand years ago, when Duel Monsters were first created by Pegasus?"

"Yes, we do. We dreamt about that life a couple months ago before realizing that was our past life," replied Ryou.

"Good, um, do you still hate Seto Kaiba from that life or if you ever did?"

"Yes, we did and maybe we still do. I don't know," responded Mokuba as the others nodded, "Why do you ask?"

"No reason, look after the execution and do me the favor and listen to these recording discs," she answered as she laid three recording discs on the coffee table.

"All right but do you want to stay," asked Tea.

"No, I better be going. I have plans for later."

She left, while the others continued to watch the show. The EXECUTION was a broadcast of the executions of those who committed the most horrible of crimes. It was aired about once a month, sometimes two. Right now they were talking about the weapons used and the history of them. It would act as a documentary until the last hour of the execution. It would also show the first twenty minutes of the execution as well. In reality it was never live.

"Why did you say that, Mokuba," asked Yugi.

"I don't know, Yugi, but I could have told her the truth," replied Mokuba, "What would you have done in my place?"

"I don't know."

"Why did she come and ask that? She just doesn't do something without a reason," said Ryou thoughtfully.

"Maybe it has something to do with the execution. She's like a confessor, the one who the condemned speak to a week before their execution but what do that have to do with Kaiba," asked Yami.

"I think I know why she asked," responded Joey in shock, " here look…"

Everyone walked in front the holographic TV and gape. Two guards were dragging someone out of the shadows as the announcer said, "Here is what you all have been waiting for, the execution of the convicted. Without further ado, we bring out the former CEO of Kaiba Corporation, murderer of innocents, and psychopath, SETO KAIBA THE DEMON!!!"

"Oh my god…" Everyone was in shock. Seto was dressed in a black shirt and pants the fabric was plain. As he walked out, he was noticeably pale and his eyes had no sparks of life in them as they once had. The onlookers booed, threw fruit and insulted him. His face was expressionless, as were his eyes. His body posture was that of one in defeat.

A revenant had come over to him as manacles were chained to him and said, "Seto Kaiba, in a court of your peers of Neotropolis, you are hereby condemned to the Demon's Whip. If you have any final words, speak them now or forever hold your peace," Seto didn't speak, "May the holy trinity have mercy on your soul."

"Brother…" Mokuba was in shock, he had no idea that his brother would be alive or even committed a crime.

"Damn, he looks horrible not to mention sick," supplied Joey.

"Someone, turn it off, I'm getting nauseous," complained Tea.

"Here comes the first strike," exclaimed Yami Bakura.

"NANI???"

"SETO," yelled Mokuba as he watched the TV. Seto jerked in pain as the whip lashed at his back and tore off some of his skin, miraculously he did not scream, at least not until the ninth hit.

"Demon's whip, the most painful torture they could come up with. They will continue this for an hour and rest for fifteen minutes before continuing and then they repeat until he is dead. No one will aide him during these times of rest," explained Yami Bakura, his eyes never leaving the screen.

Joey stood up rather abruptly and knocked over one disc on the table. As he bent down to pick it up it began to play, somewhere towards the end of the recording. Everyone looked at it in shock as realization of the voice kicked in. It was Seto Kaiba's.


/"As I have told you, that is what exactly what happened. That night my own brother disowned me and my supposedly friends did the same. I was hurt more than I could admit. I thought that they would accept me as they did with Yami Bakura but I was wrong. Yet, that was not the thing that tore not only my soul but also my heart. To know that the ones you loved, will never love you or if they had that they would hate you till the time you die. That is what hurts the most, it could kill any normal man but I was no normal man. I was… no… am a half vampire. /

Everyone either gasped or gaped in shock. The television couldn't be heard as everyone focused on the recording.

/"I knew I could never be the same nor could I be near them again. It hurt me beyond any medicine or cure could heal. I vow that day that I would protect them and their families even in the cloak of night and I did. I also vowed that day I would not only use my powers to get my revenge but to use them to help those in need. I tried not to devour criminals' blood at first but within a year I found that I couldn't stop my hunger. The next year had been my first plentiful year as were the years that followed. I no longer had my blood lust as often as I did and it only happened when my birthday befalls the Blood Moon, about every decade or so.

"Though my hunger had been satisfied I was not. I was digested with myself and I still am. I hated my life then but it was my company and my vows that keep me from killing myself, though even now that I am on Execution Road, I am ready to face death and embrace it but I regret not keeping my vows." /

Soon Tara's voice was heard. /"Why were you framed?"

"Why? I was framed because the people here hate me for what I am. I did no crime and I served justice to evil, so why was I framed? I know why. They were more arrogant than I was and they could not accept that a demon saved their asses every day and night. That is why?"

"That must be hard, to have those you save betray you like that."

"I had worse. Your recording is almost finish, we have about thirty more minutes."

"Yes, we do. How did you hide that fact that you were part vampire?"

"I told the world that my top scientist created an eternal youth and immortality potion and that I was the first to test it. Then someone blew up that lab the next day with the scientist and the formula was lost for good. Their ignorance made it easy for them to accept. I was always expecting that my brother might reveal the real secret but he took that secret to the grave as well as the others."

"How long has it been since then?"

"The day of my execution is the same day I saved my brother and his friends, that will be a millennium from then."

"I have one more question for you."

"What is it, Miss Tara Suzuku?"

"Do you believe in incarnation?"

"Yes, I do and that those reincarnated will be the same as they were in their past life with very little differences to match the decade and time. Is that all?"

"Yes, that is all."

"Might I confirm something with you?

"Of course."

"Will you only play this tape to those people I have talked about if they remembered and have already been born as of yet and are old enough to understand?"

"Yes, of course. It shall be done."

"Thank you and goodbye."

"And to you, Mr. Seto Kaiba. May the afterlife be better than it is here." /

Mokuba couldn't believe it. He had never thought of what Seto might have thought when he disowned him nor had the others. Tears filled his eyes, as did everyone else's, he bowed his head in shame. "How could I have done that to him?"

Tea placed her hand on his shoulder. "We didn't know. We forgot he was human, all we saw was a monster that killed those who were about to kill us. I'm usually the kind one; I should have stopped you instead of joining you. We were all so angry."

Yami walked up to the younger Kaiba brother. "We were blind, Mokuba. Our fear and anger was clouding our minds. We couldn't see that he was only trying to help us."

Yugi sobbed into Joey's shoulder and wailed. "All this time, he was looking out for us and we didn't see it. Now he's being executed because of this. This isn't justice, it's EVIL!!!"

"Why didn't we help him? He's right if you could accept me, why was it so hard to accept him as he was," asked Yami Bakura thoughtfully.

"I don't know, hon, but it's too late now," said Mai as she sighed from Tristan's embrace.

"Maybe we can somehow make it up to him, I don't know how but maybe…" Tristan trailed off.

"We will, as a repayment. We will, brother I promise you," vowed Mokuba.

All their stares laid on the TV as they watched Seto's undeserved punishment. With every breath, they felt remorse for what they had done. With every heartbeat, they hated themselves more and more. With every second passing by, they asked for forgiveness. It was then they knew that they had never hated him, angry yes, but not hate instead they loved him more that ever. Or so was the case in Mokuba's, Yugi's, and Yami's hearts and minds.

To Be Continued


End Notes: This is only a prologue… Hope you like it please Rate and Review it if you do. Flames I do accept. Only if you review I will continue the story, at least until I get five reviews.

Three Wings