Yugioh: Reach the Stars
Disclaimer: I do not nor will ever own the Yugioh series.
Chapter Two: Rising Star
"Sorry, Yui, you lose again."
It was late in the evening after the tragedy of Eira's defeat and the subsequent destruction of her favorite card. After Yui had naïvely challenged Vanite to a duel to reclaim Eira's honor, the Artemis Girls had spent practicing for the upcoming match. Needless to say, it was a disaster. The four friends were gathered around the small square table in the middle of Yui's apartment. The apartment itself wasn't remotely impressive: it was a one room area with a small kitchen and a conjoining bathroom – not really the kind of household one would expect to see from someone attending a prestigious school like Artemis Academy. It was no secret that Yui's family was poor and her mother had to work three jobs just to pay for tuition. This caused some discrimination between Yui and the snobbish, rich girls that attended the Academy, but Yui was fortunate enough to make good friends like Eira, Moriko, and Makea.
The airheaded brunette had listened to her friend's instructions and surprised everyone how well she understood the concept of dueling. This brought up the question why Yui claimed that she didn't know how to duel. But when they started practicing, it became obvious why: she – sucked – big time. Yui groaned loudly and fell back in frustration as Makea once again annihilated her Life Points with Queen Madolche Tiaramisu without sustaining any damage herself. This was Yui's twelfth match against Makea after going eight rounds with Moriko and fifteen matches with Eira, all of which ended in absolute defeat even when using her friend's decks. With another defeat added to her roster, Yui started flailing her limbs like a child having a temper tantrum.
"It's no fair! It's no fair!" Yui whined. "Why can't I get this right? It's not fair!"
"Just how old are you?" Eira sweat-dropped.
"I just don't understand why you keep losing so badly, Yui." Moriko commented, collecting the cards from her deck. "You always score 100 in the practical exams for dueling class. In fact, you're the only one in the entire class that actually has a triple A+. So why are you having such a hard time with this?"
"I don't know." Yui moaned, sitting back up. "When we do the exams in class, it easy because the problem is already laid out for us and we just have to pick the best choice to solve it. That's just a one-turn scenario. An actually duel is longer and more complicated." Yui smacked her forehead against the table. "And besides that…it just doesn't feel right."
"What doesn't feel right?" Makea asked curiously.
"The cards." Yui explained. "Whenever I use you decks, it just doesn't feel right – like I'm not supposed to be using them."
"Well, you need to pick one for your match tomorrow." Eira grumbled disappointedly. "I'd recommend using Moriko's Naturia deck because it relies mostly on tribute summoning, which should offer a good counter against that Uekte's Anti-meta deck."
"Anti-meta?" Makea repeated confused.
"It's a deck that focuses on eliminating special summons." Moriko explained. "It's a very dangerous deck because most people these days rely heavily on special summons like Fusion, Ritual, Synchro, and Xyz summoning. It takes advantage of people's dependence on special summon monsters and leaves them vulnerable for elimination."
"And unless we teach Yui properly, Artemis Academy is going to lose its flag and we'll be expelled for sure." Eira reminded everyone; the girls sighed in unison.
"Yui, I'm home!"
The Artemis Girls perked in attention as Yui's mother, Polaris Ryuusei, walked through the door carrying a bag of groceries no doubt meant for dinner. She was very beautiful 32 year-old woman – fairly young for the mother of a 16 year-old teenager – with short, inky-black hair and very lean figure that comes from hours of hard work. She also had a wide array of tattoos covering every inch of her arms from a fire-breathing Darkblaze Dragon to a cute little Card Ejector – tokens from her rebellious teenage years. Closing the door behind her, Polaris smiled at the sight of her daughter playing with her friends while making her way to the mini-kitchen.
"Hi, girls." Polaris greeted.
"Hi, Polaris-san/mama!" The Artemis Girls greeted in return.
"It's great to have you all over, but please try not to make a mess." Polaris requested, referring to the cards strewn all over the floor. As she started taking out the groceries, she rummaged through the cabinets for the proper cooking utensils. "Are any of you going to join us for dinner? We're having beef and cabbage stew tonight."
"Actually, it's getting late." Moriko said, standing up properly and bowing respectfully to the woman. "But thank you for the offer."
"See you tomorrow, Yui-Chan." Makea waved with a brilliant smile.
"Be sure to get some rest." Eira advised, following the others to the door. "You don't want to be tired for your big match tomorrow."
Yui saluted like a soldier to her general and Eira returned the gesture – those two have an unusual friendship. The Artemis Girls thanked the Ryuusei's one last time for their hospitality before Polaris shut the door behind them. Those girls were very nice in rejecting her offer, but the older woman understood the real reason they had to leave. The girls understood that Polaris worked long hours to provide for her daughter, so they carefully avoided anything that would cost the woman money. Makea once offered to help with financial support, but Polaris hated the idea of accepting charity. She had done well to get Yui food, clothes, shelter, and a decent education, but being a single parent working three jobs for minimum wage could be very stressful.
"I got it, mama." Yui said, cutting off her mother's train of thought. The young brunette forced her way into mini-kitchen and pushed the older woman out. "You rest up while I cook dinner. Don't worry, I promise I won't burn the sink again this time."
Yui was a very sweet girl – she always seemed to be aware of other people's feelings. Though she normally advised her daughter to stay away from the cooking utensils, Polaris was too tired from working all day to argue. The tattooed mother dropped on to the couch like a lead weight, leaned back into the cushions with a loud groan, and closed her eyes peacefully.
"Yui, what was Eira talking about when she said you had a big match tomorrow?" Polaris asked like any concerned mother would.
"Oh, I challenged a bully from Apollo Academy to a duel." Yui informed, filling the pot with water. "He was very mean to Captain and ripped up her favorite card. It's a soldier's duty to defend the honor of their commanding officer!"
"Maybe I should have sent you to military school." Polaris said jokingly. "Well, I guess I don't have much to worry about. After all, you always been interested in dueling since you were a little girl and you've watched your friends duel hundreds of time. Did your friends buy you a deck or are you using one of theirs?"
"I'm borrowing Mori-Chan's deck." Yui said, sounding uncharacteristically doubtful. "But I don't know what I'm gonna do when I start dueling. I've seen Mori-Chan use her deck over hundreds of times and I know most of the strategies she uses. But when I use her deck, it just feels…wrong." Her mother hummed curiously. "I don't know how to explain it, but it feels like…like I'm not supposed to use it…like there's something out there that's waiting for me."
Polaris stared at the back of her daughter's head, studying the lazy teenager and repeating the words in her head. The tattooed woman pushed herself off the couch with a long groan, drawing a curious stare from her daughter, and padded across the room to the small closet. Yui forgot the stew and walked over as her mother got down on all-fours and started rummaging through everything. Polaris pushed away the blankets and clothes that no longer fit Yui until she stumbled across an old box that had been pushed into the back. The tattooed mother grabbed the old container and pulled it out – biting back a curse when she hit the top of the head. The box clearly hadn't been touched for years based on the pile of dust, which the mother carefully brushed away.
"Yui, sit down for a moment." Polaris asked kindly; Yui nodded and followed the instructions. "Yui, I always had a feeling that would become a duelist ever since you were a baby. You always loved watching other duelists on the street and you could recite every monster, traps, and spell can in their decks by heart. That's why I got you that D-Gazer despite our tight budget and encouraged you to watch as many duels as you can."
"Yeah, it looks like fun." Yui smiled happily.
"I've been waiting for this day for a long time." Polaris beamed, pushing the box to her daughter. "Open it."
The airheaded brunette blinked inquisitively. Yui never asked a lot from her mother because she understood their financial difficulties, so she rarely got any gifts outside her birthday and Christmas. But since neither of those were the case, Yui was curious why her mother had decided to bring this out all of a sudden. She tentatively grasped the lid and pulled it up, gasping in absolute amazement once seeing what it contained. It was a beautiful, pure-white D-Pad with light-blue slots and a golden star in the center. And next to it was a white case with a deck of cards already prepared. Despite being untouched for so many years, it looked brand new.
"Whoa…" Yui said in awe.
"I've wanted to give you this for the longest time, Yui." Polaris stated. "This deck and D-Pad used to belong to your mother – your real mother."
Yui stared at the woman in shock, but not for the reason you would think. Yui was fully aware that she was adopted and that Polaris wasn't her real mother. The tattooed woman had told her the story on her 13th birthday. Polaris was walking by the river at night after having another fight with her parents when she spotted a frail woman half in the water with her D-Pad active and holding a crying baby in her arms. Polaris had tried to call for help, but woman rejected the idea, knowing that she would be dead long before anyone could help her. So instead, she gave Polaris her child and asked that she be taken care of before slowly passing away.
Being only 16 years-old at that time, Polaris could have just pushed the child off to an orphanage at that time and moved on with her life. But holding that innocent child and seeing that sweet little face, something changed in her and decided that she would keep the baby. This caused more fighting with her parents and was eventually kicked out of her home, but she was able to manage with the support of her friends and did her best to raise that baby into a responsible adult. Well…Yui wasn't exactly an adult or particularly responsible, but it was a work in progress.
Yui deeply loved her adopted mother over her birth mother, but that didn't stop her from questioning what the woman was like and what happened that forced her to give up her only child. This D-Pad and deck was now her last connection to her real mother – it was a bit overwhelming.
"This…was my real mama's?" Yui murmured softly.
"Yes." Polaris nodded in confirmation. "Around the same time she gave you to me, she also gave me these and made me promise that I would one day pass them on to you. She told me that these cards were meant for you and said how you would one day 'Reach the Stars' or something like that. Now that you feel ready to start dueling, I think it's time I returned them to their rightful owner." The tattooed woman stiffened when her daughter's eyes started welling up. "Yui, are you…?"
"MAMA!" Yui cried jubilantly, tackling the poor woman to the floor with a strong bear hug. "Thank you, mama! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"It's nothing, Yui." Polaris smiled, patting her tearful child on the back. "I hope that – what's burning?"
The heartfelt moment was over – the stew was burning.
"Oopsie." Yui laughed nervously.
You know when you wish that time would slow down; it has a funny tendency to speed up? The school day passed in the blink of an eye and before they knew it, the Artemis Girls were already at the top of the hill in Milky Park for Yui's match against Vanite. The pompous jerk was already waiting for them by the time they arrived with his ugly henchmen massaging his shoulders and pumping him up like something out of those American boxer movies. The greasy-haired bully was looking too relaxed for someone that was about to head into a duel, but his reasoning was understandable given Yui's less than poor dueling skills. Casting a glance over to her self-proclaimed "soldier", Eira was concerned that perhaps Yui would be too scared to face Vanite and duck out at the last minute. But it was just the opposite: she looked very eager to get started, like a child waiting for Christmas Day to come.
"Didn't think you Artemis chumps would come after I humiliated you yesterday." Vanite mocked arrogantly. The greasy-haired student snapped his fingers, signaling one of the more stupid-looking henchmen to pull up a bright-yellow flag with a white sun. "We brought our school flag as promised, but I not scared of losing it to a bunch of little girls."
"And we brought our as well." Moriko replied, bringing up a grey flag with a white crescent moon.
"How did you manage to get that?" Makea whispered curiously.
"I…called in a few favors…from the student council." Moriko muttered embarrassingly.
"Moriko, you sneaky devil." Eira grinned devilishly while nudging the bespectacled teen.
"Take a good long look at your flag, girls." Vanite said confidently. "Cause this'll be the last time you'll ever see it."
"You'll be ok, Yui, as long as you remember the strategies I taught you last night." Moriko said encouragingly, but more to herself than to her friend. Passing off the school flag to Eira, the student council president carefully pulled out her deck and held it out for Yui to accept. "I tried rearranging some of the cards to match your style and added in a few extras, but it'll be up to you to make it work."
"Aw, I don't need borrow your deck, Mori-Chan." Yui beamed, flashing her pure-white deck case. "I brought my own."
Eira, Makea, and Moriko could not hide their bewildered expressions – since when did Yui have a deck of her own? Because of their financial troubles, Yui barely had the money to buy a D-Gazer, let alone an entire deck. But as they said in Eira's country: Ser ikke en gave hesten i munnen (Don't look a gift horse in the mouth). While Yui and Vanite took center stage, their friends and followers moved to opposite sides of the field with their D-Gazers active. The Norwegian girl had proven to be a bad influence on the innocent brunette, who had thrown and captured her new customized D-Pad with her wrist gauntlet before slapping on her D-Gazer.
"D-Pad – set!" Yui exclaimed. "D-Gazer – set!"
AR Vision Link Established!
"Duel!" Yui and Vanite shouted in unison.
Yui (4000) – Vanite (4000)
"I think it's only fair that the returning champion should start." Vanite smirked, drawing his sixth card. "And first I summon Psi-Blocker." A humanoid-like machine with neon-green markings appeared on the field (1200/300). "This card is special because once per turn, it allows me to declare monster's name and anyone with that name can't attack or use their effects until the end of my next turn."
"So no matter what card Yui plays, he can just block in." Eira examined, biting her thumb anxiously. "And when his next turn comes, he can summon that Vanity's Fiend and clinch the duel."
"Let's not lose hope that Yui has a trick up her sleeve." Makea stated optimistically. "She's surprised us before, so maybe she can do it again."
"And then I place two cards face down and end my turn." Vanite concluded as the images appeared on the field.
"My turn! Draw!" Yui shouted giddily, squealing like the school girl she is. "Yay! I made my first draw in a duel! This is so cool!"
"Is she going to be ok?" Moriko asked doubtfully.
"I have no idea." Eira muttered in response.
"Sorry, got a little excited." Yui apologized to her friends in a childish manner. "Ok, back to the game! I summon Constellar Pollux!"
A decked out in bulking armor appeared on the field, though he appeared very unusual because half of his body was coated in rough golden armor and the other half was covered in smooth silver armor – the twin-bladed sword it carried was made in a similar fashion. (1700/600)
"Constellar?" Makea blinked in confusion. "I've never heard of a Constellar before."
"Maybe it's new." Eira shrugged.
"Flashy entrance, but you still forgot about my Psi-Blocker." Vanite snickered mockingly. "Now that I declare that any monster with the name Constellar Pollux can't attack or use its effect, your monster is completely useless now."
"Not for long." Yui replied eagerly. "Because I play the continuous spell card: Constellar Belt!" The card showing a loop of light made by two monsters appeared on the field. "As long as this card remains on the field, the effects of all light-attribute monsters can't be cancelled. Now I activate Constellar Pollux's special effect! When Constellar Pollux is normal summoned, I can special summon another Constellar monster from my hand. I summon Constellar Aldebaran!"
A massive monster decked out in bulking white armor and cape with bronze-horned helmet and carrying a neon-red ring appeared on the field (1300/800)
"Because he already declared the effect on one monster, he can't stop the other from attack." Moriko analyzed impressively. "That's very cleaver plan for someone like Yui."
"Aldebaran, attack Psi-Blocker!"
On the command of its master, the horned knight leaped across the field and swiped its glowing ring across Psi-Blocker's abdomen, flawlessly cleaving the human-machine hybrid in one smooth line. The psychic monster exploded just as Aldebaran returned to its side of the field and Vanite staggered slightly from the aftershock of the destruction.
Yui (4000) – Vanite (3900)
"And now that Psi-Blocker isn't in effect anymore, I attack you directly with Constellar Pollux!" Yui ordered.
"I activate my face-down trap card: Damage Diet!" Vanite interjected, flipping the card up. "With this card, any damage I take is cut in half."
Flashing its mismatched twin-bladed sword, Constellar Pollux jumped to an impressive height considering his weight and dive-bombed for the greasy-haired Apollo student. But thanks to the effect of the newly played trap card, a row intersecting walls formed around Vanite to shield him from the blow. Pollux's sword effortlessly cut through the wall like a hot knife, but the force behind it was greatly reduced. Still, the effect was enough to send Vanite flying backwards on to his back, earning a rousing cheer from the Artemis Girls.
Yui (4000) – Vanite (3050)
"Boss, get up, you're losing!" One of the Apollo henchmen cried.
"Shut up! I'm not losing!" Vanite retorted angrily, hastily climbing back to his feet. "I'm just giving her a false sense of security."
"Really? Thanks." Yui smiled innocently; the crowd sweat-dropped. "Now I'll place one card face down and end my turn."
"There's no way I'm gonna let an Artemis airhead get the best of me!" Vanite growled, drawing his fourth card. "I play the spell card: Premature Burial. By sacrificing 800 Life Points, I can bring back on monster from my graveyard. And I choose Psi-Blocker!"
The humanoid machine returned to the field similar to how it was before its destruction, though not without the cost of a large sum of Life Points.
Yui (4000) – Vanite (2250)
"This is where I take over now!" Vanite exclaimed in assurance. "I sacrifice my newly revived Psi-Blocker to Tribute Summon Vanity's Fiend!"
Eira visibly cringed – this was exactly the kind of tactic that resulted in her losing her Gungnir card. She had trained Yui for hours on strategies on how to counteract Vanity's Fiend's summon blocking ability, but she hadn't expected him to pull it out so soon. The human-machine hybrid dissolved into a cluster of stars and was quickly replaced by a tall man, rather handsome looking man with bloody-red hair. He wore a black cloak that covered most of his body with a silver skeleton frill around his neck and piece of a black mask on the left side of his face. From the depths of its bottomless cloak, the handsome monster exposed its left arm, which was completely covered in blood-red fur (2400/1200).
"Awesome!" Yui cheered, creating widespread confusion. "Now I have a chance to activate my trap card: Gravity Bind!" She pressed the button on her D-Pad, revealing the digital field card. "As long as this card remains on the field, any monsters at Level-4 or higher can't attack."
"All right, she bought herself some time." Moriko sighed in relief.
"Good work because now I get the chance to activate my trap card: Dark Illusion!" Vanite smirked haughtily, revealing the demonic-looking card. "When a magic, trap, or monster effect targets one of my dark-attribute monsters, this card allows me to negate the effects and destroy that card." A wave of shadowy mist glided across the field and evaporated Yui's trap card, causing her to flinch. "And to add insult to injury, I play two spell cards: Riryoku and Twin-Swords of Flash Light – Tryce." Both spells appeared on the field and Vanity's Fiend was found holding a pair of narrow swords. "Twin Swords of Flashing Light – Tryce allows Vanities Fiend to attack twice, but reduces its attack by 500."
Vanity's Fiend (2400/1200) – (1900/1200)
"But thanks to the effect of Riryoku," Vanite continued victoriously. "I can cut the attack points of one of your monsters in half and add them to Vanity's Fiend until the end of my turn. And the one I choose is Constellar Pollux."
Yui and the Artemis Girls gasped in horror as the life energy of the dual-sided knight was sapped through the openings in its armor and dropping to its knees. The transparent energy wafted over to Vanity's Fiend, who proceeded to devour the life force like a thirsty vampire – Makea thought it was a vampire, anyway.
Constellar Pollux (1700/600) – (850/600); Vanity's Fiend (1900/1200) – (2750/1200)
"Now to go in for the kill." Vanite laughed evilly. "Vanity's Fiend, slaughter both of her monsters."
With Pollux rendered helpless and Aldebaran too powerless against the strength of their opponent, Yui could only watch helplessly as her poor monsters were simultaneously sliced in half by Vanity's Fiend. For that one instant before they were slain, Yui thought she could feel the fear in their hearts, but was quickly brought back to reality by the Fiend's lightning-fast cuts. Vanity's Fiend casually glided back to his original position as the Constellar knights were segmented into multiple pieces of broken armor before spontaneously combusting. The force of the attack threw Yui back a good distance, even causing her to flip backwards and land painfully on her chest.
Yui (650) – Vanite (2250)
"YUI!" The Artemis Girls screamed fearfully over the Apollo's laughter.
"That should be the end of my turn." Vanite announced smugly. "And Vanity's Fiend dropped down to its earlier attack points."
Vanity's Fiend (2750/1200) – (1900/1200)
"You stupid little Artemis chump." Vanite insulted. "Did you really think that someone who's never been in a duel all her life would stand a chance against me: one of the top students at Apollo Academy? You should have done the smart thing and run away with your tail between your legs; at least then you would be spared the humiliation of being beaten by my Anti-Meta Deck." Yui remained flat on the ground, almost as if she was unconscious. "What's the matter? Got nothing to say? How typical of an Artemis ch…"
A strange noise reverberated around the hillside, which was originating from the fallen duelist. The airheaded schoolgirl was trembling like a leaf and the Artemis Girls were afraid that Yui had finally broken down to tears. But it only took a quick moment for everyone to realize that it wasn't sobbing…it was laughter? The audience stared at the brunette with stunned expressions as Yui slowly pushed herself to her hands and knees, shooting her signature sparkling smile. She was absolutely amazing. She was on the ground after being blown back with her clothes dirt and her hands covered in scratches, but she still managed to find a way to smile. Vanite was flabbergasted – what could be so funny about losing so badly.
"Owie, that hurt." Yui muttered childishly, dusting off her skirt as she stood up. "That was a really cool trick you did – using those two spell cards at once to destroy both of my monsters. I'm kinda sad that Pollux and Aldebaran are gone and I'm almost out of Life Points, but that was still pretty exciting. Even if it's only my first duel, this is the most fun I've ever had!"
"Fun?" Vanite repeated quizzically. "How can this be fun? I destroyed your monsters, draining you of your Life Points, insulted you repeatedly, and now I'm about to humiliate you and take your school's flag away. So explain to me how losing is supposed to be fun?"
"It's not about winning or losing." Yui said knowingly; Vanite grimaced at the notion. "I've watched my friends have fun dueling for years and this is the first time I ever had a chance to duel myself. I don't really know a lot about what I'm doing and people say I can be a little scatter-brained." Eira, Makea, and Moriko whistled innocently. "But there's just something about dueling gets gets me so excited that I feel like these emotions are going to explode out of my chest. I've never really known what I wanted to do since I'm so bad at school, but now I know what I want to be for the rest of my life. I want to become a professional duelist someday so that I can meet loads of strong opponents and have lots and lots of fun!"
"That Yui." Eira shook her head amusing.
"She's so simple-minded." Moriko chuckled.
"That just means she's a sweet girl." Makea smiled brightly.
"You think you can become a pro." Vanite scoffed loudly. "As if you'll ever get that far. I'm gonna crush you and rip your deck to shreds!"
"That'll never happen!" Yui responded powerfully. "Because no matter what happens, I'll never give up! I won't stop dueling until I Reach the Stars!"
This is the first time Yui had ever sound so assured since…ever. Eira had only known the girl for a year since they were freshmen and couldn't help feeling proud at how far the lazy airhead had come in such a short amount of time. But while watching her so-called "soldier" pump herself up for the next round, the Norwegian girl noticed something different about Yui – something that shouldn't seem right by scientific standards. Beneath her crystal-blue D-Gazer lens, Yui's left eye was miscoloured from its usual innocent-blue to a royal-purple with her pupil converted to an unnatural eight-pointed star.
"Hey, what's wrong with Yui's eye?" Eira sounded worried.
"Huh?" Moriko replied perplexed. "What do you mean? What's wrong with her eye?"
"Looks fine to me." Makea remarked.
"They can't see it." Eira thought in bewilderment, turning her attention back to the duel. "I know my eyes aren't playing tricks on me – I definitely saw something."
"My turn! Draw!" Yui announced, pulling her third card from the deck. But unlike the last few rounds when everything seemed normal, there was something strange going with her cards now. There was a luminescent glow radiating around a specific card in her hand; this was the first time she had seen this. "That's weird. Why is it glowing like that? I wonder if maybe…" She cautiously took the card and slapped it on her D-Pad. "I play the Spell Card: Graceful Charity! I can now draw three cards as long as I discard two from my hand."
Yui drew three more cards as instructed, making her hand a total of five without counting the card she already used. The airheaded brunette wondered what could have possessed her to make such a risky play with only a bare minimum chance of turning things around until her eyes were guided by the unnatural glow of one specific card. She couldn't believe it – she had forgotten that this card was even in her deck. And with two other cards already in her hand, she may just be able to pull this off. With a small smile on her face, Yui discarded two cards from her hand and faced her opponent – Vanite seemed a little shaken by her positive attitude.
"I told you nothing was gonna stop me and you're about to see why." Yui grinned brightly, slapping down one of the cards. "I activate the spell card: Forbidden Chalice! By selecting one monster, I can increase its attack points by 400 points. And since it's the only one on the field, I choose Vanity's Fiend."
The handsome monster gratefully accepted the golden chalice that appeared before it, casually sipping the delicious liquid it contained.
Vanity's Fiend (1900/1200) – (2400/1200)
"What's the point in giving my monster a boost?" Vanite asked in obvious confusion.
"Vanity's Fiend may be a little stronger, but..." Yui stated dramatically, pointing to the managing monster. Vanite followed her hand and stammered fearfully as the aura of power that once surrounded his monster had faded away with a single breathe. "Now Vanity's Fiend loses all of its effects."
"Now Yui can use special summons again!" Makea exclaimed happily.
"She broke his ultimate defense!" Moriko squealed.
"Go for it, Yui!" Eira cheered.
"Now I play Constellar Algiedi!" Yui continued triumphantly. A woman decked out in silver armor carrying a sapphire-encrusted scepter appeared (1600/1400). "And thanks to Constellar Algiedi's special effect, I can special summon one Level-4 Constellar monster from my hand. And now I summon Constellar Kaust!" Appear besides its ally in knighthood was a half-man/half-horse machine protected by white armor wielding a golden long bow (1800/700). "And now I can activate Kaust's special ability!"
"There's more…" Vanite moaned pathetically.
"Twice per turn, I can target a Constellar monster on my field and increase its level by 1." Yui explained.
The centaur archer neighed powerfully as it aimed its enchanted bow and released two airs directly into the air. The twin projectiles spiraled wildly for a short moment before gravity took control and propelled the arrowheads back down to connect with the two knights. The touch of the arrows empowered the Constellars with new strength that came from their new level of 5.
"Why would Yui increase their Levels?" Makea openly pondered until she was suddenly struck with realization. "Unless…"
"Her first Xyz Summon." Eira grinned. "I've never been more proud."
"I overlay Level-5 Constellar Kaust and Constellar Algiedi!" Yui announced. "I activate the Overlay Network with these two monsters! Xyz Summon! Reach the Stars, Constellar Pleiades!"
The two Constellar knights dissolved into brilliant spheres of yellow light and were propelled into the air in a twisting motion. When a spiral-galaxy gateway formed in the center of the battlefield, the twin lights submerged into the depths of darkness and exploded in a spectacular array of lights and stars. Emerging from the galactic crossroad was a colossus monster that showed gave off the presence of both honor and power. The new Constellar was protected by thick layers of silver armor with golden plates overlapping them on the arms, legs, shoulders, and torso – including the golden eight-point star of the Constellar on its chest. He also wore a frilled helmet with serrated eye holes and a seven-point cape that was white with golden diamonds on one side and a galaxy of stars on the other. In its hands was a sterling-silver sword with a golden guard rail around the handle (2500/1500 ORU: 2).
Dear Kami…" Makea murmured.
"Ja, Yui!" Eira roared proudly. "Now you can destroy his monster!"
"I'll do more than that." Yui grinned excitedly. "I detach one overlay unit to activate Constellar Pleiades' special effect! I can target one monster on the field and return it to the user's hand! And I choose Vanity's Fiend!"
One of the yellow spheres orbiting the colossus knight merged with Pleiades' sword to give it a golden aura. With a large grunt, Constellar Pleiades swung its silver swords across the air and created a golden wave that cut across Vanity's Fiend's torso, forcing the handsome monster back into its master's hand. Vanite was too stunned to catch his card. His ultimate Anti-Meta deck crushed by a clueless Artemis Girl – this should be happening, it can't be happening!
"Constellar Pleiades, attack Vanite directly!" Yui commanded victoriously. "Sword of the Seven Sisters!"
The noble warrior raised his sword with one hand pressed against the side and gently resting its head against the blade edge, almost as if in a meditated state. The background eroded into a map of the starry-night sky with seven particular stared creating connected lines to form the constellation of the seven sisters: Pleiades. The warrior's sword inherited a transcendent-white glow from the blessings of the seven sisters and Pleiades raised it head for battle. The stellar knight glided across the field and showed no mercy as he slashed the duelist seven times – one for each of his matrons. Vanite was pitched backwards, yelling n agony as his Life Points quickly dropped to 0.
Yui (650) – Vanite (0) – Winner: Yui
The park was unnaturally silent – everyone was stricken speechless at the sudden turn of events. While the AR Vision deactivated and the observers removed their D-Gazer's, the true reality had washed over them. Yui had won – she won her first duel against Vanite. The airheaded brunette wasn't sure when it happened, but she suddenly found herself being lifted off the ground and thrown up by her classmates, chanting her name in jubilation. On the other side of the field, the Apollo delinquents tried to help their defeated leader, but the greasy-haired loser shoved them aside while shooting an angry glare at Yui. His Anti-Meta deck beat by a stupid Artemis – impossible. She must have cheated, Vanite kept telling himself. Eira quickly wrapped up their celebration and strutted over to the Apollo group with a Cheshire grin.
"Well, well, well, isn't this familiar." Eira said teasingly. "Not so tough now without your little trump card, are ya? Now that you have been properly embarrassed, we'll be taking that flag now."
"Grr…like hell you will!" Vanite snapped.
Artemis Academy had always recognized Apollo Academy as a lying; cheating school, but this was taking it to a new low. Despite his promise, Vanite quickly jabbed the Norwegian student in the stomach and reached for the Artemis flag while the Girls were distracted with their friend. There was no way he was going to go back to the Academy empty-handed – he could just steal the flag and say he won. No one was gonna argue with his goons backing him up. Vanite thought he had come up with the perfect plan and started to make a run for it. It didn't get very far, however, as an arm stretched into view and effectively clotheslined the cheater. The greasy-haired deceiver flopped on his back with a painfully loud thud, which caught the attention of the Artemis Girls as they turned to the assailant.
He was a teenage roughly a year older than the girls with a mass of messy, machine-grey hair and a pair of wire-rim glasses, which he pushed up the bridge of his nose to prevent from falling off. He was wearing the standard uniform of Apollo Academy: black pressed jeans, a pair of black-polished shoes, white undershirts, and golden-yellow blazers with white suns. But as opposed the people they were used to seeing from Apollo Academy, he didn't seem particularly hostile – he actually looked downright friendly. A noise in the background caused the Artemis Girls to look over as Vanite's minions were subdued by other Apollo students.
"Now that wasn't very honorable, Vanite." The bespectacled man said casually. "You know how we feel about cheaters in the Academy."
"Kaiku Shinka?" Vanite mumbled dizzily.
"The captain will want to hear about your…dealings." The man known as Kaiku said venomously, pulling the boy up by his collar and throwing him to one of the other students. "Take him directly to the Captain. I'm sure he's gonna wanna hear all about this." The younger student nodded and pushed Vanite away with the rest of his followers in tow like criminals being carted off to jail. All the while, Kaiku reached down to pick up the Artemis flag and held it out for the girls to take. "You'll have to excuse him for his idiocy. Hope you don't think that all Apollo students are like that."
"Don't you think Artemis students are stupid?" Eira said rudely as she snatched up the flag.
"Completely the opposite." Kaiku said politely. "The Captain holds many students from Artemis Academy in high regard. It's just the typical stereotype that Apollo and Artemis students hate each other because the founders had a little sibling quarrel. I hope you don't think badly about our school because of one brat's actions."
"Aw, it's ok." Yui waved nonchalantly before the others had a chance to complain. "He was very rude, but I had a lot of fun dueling him."
"Yes, I heard your speech earlier." Kaiku chuckled amusingly; Yui scratched her head embarrassingly. "Well I hope you don't mind if we take back our flag. Vanite had no right to take it in the first place and can assure you he will be properly punished for everything he's done. It'll be a miracle if the Captain doesn't decide to burn his deck."
"I don't think it needs to go that far." Moriko said worriedly.
"We take honor very seriously at Apollo Academy. And speaking of which…" Kaiku spoke, reaching into the pocket of his golden blazer. The bespectacled man pulled out a card and offered it to Eira – it was Gungnir, Dragon of the Ice Barrier. "I hope you accept this as token of our sincerest apology. Only a truly evil teme would tear up someone else's card."
"Herregud!" Eira screamed in her native tongue, quickly snatching up her prize. "This…I…but…I thought this was only made in my country!"
"Thank Kami for modern express mail." Kaiku smirked knowingly, watching the Norwegian student kissing her precious card lovingly. "When we heard about want happened, a few of the students chipped in the pay for a replacement. Quite a few of them understand how it feels to lose something precious."
"Wow, you Apollo students are really nice after all." Makea said cheerfully.
"Yes, but we have a tendency to be a little competitive." Kaiku said seriously, pushing up his glasses. "Make no mistake, Yui Ryuusei. Vanite is one of the biggest jerks in Nebula City, but he is also ranked as the one of the top ten students in the Academy. And now that you've beaten him, others will be coming around more often and challenging you until they win."
"Really? Great!" Yui responded giddily. "I bet there are lots of tough duelists in Apollo Academy just like in Artemis Academy. I want to duel each and every one of them!"
"You know, you're a good kid, Yui Ryuusei." Kaiku stated in a praising tone. "Don't ever change."
The airheaded brunette laughed embarrassingly with her cheeks tinged red – it wasn't very often someone outside her mother and friends praised her. Since there was nothing left to discuss, the bespectacled Apollo student left the girls to bath in the euphoria of Yui's first victory. Probably the first of many victories to come based on his observations. The Constellar cards were nothing like Kaiku had ever seen and Yui herself was an unknown factor: simpleminded and clumsy, but dueled on a professional level. No doubt the Captain would want to hear this and he would…..eventually. This was a very special day for the Ryuusei girl. Let her enjoy it for a while.
"I think we found an interesting one this time." Kaiku thought fascinatingly, taking one last glance at the departing women. "I'm can't wait to see where the road will take you, Yui Ryuusei."
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