Just as promised:
Yusei stopped when he heard a loud screech. He turned his head to he was facing one of the many entrances to the subway tunnel. It came again, and his blood when cold when he recognized Rally.
"Leave me alone!" it echoed from down below.
Yusei narrowed his eyes and rushed to the entrance, which was only a few yards away. He stopped against the wall and listened again.
"Now, kid. It was a simple demand. Give us the thing you stole."
Rally, you thief! Yusei thought to himself bitterly. That kid was always getting into trouble for his ways.
"I didn't take anything!"
A likely story.
"Hand it over or-" he heard the click of a knife unsheathing, "you won't been around long enough to give it back. We'll just take it."
"No! Get back!" Rally screamed.
There were footsteps as they advanced, and Yusei took action. He wasn't thinking, just doing. He raced inside and up the tunnel a little ways, seeing that the gang had Rally against the wall. The knife was raised above the leader's head.
Yusei's eyes widened. Rally was not going to die on his watch.
Just as the knife was being brought down. Yusei pushed Rally out of the way. He felt a sharp pain sear through his abdomen, which slowly dulled into a burning. Ignoring it, Yusei grabbed the guy's arm and twisted it, making him drop the weapon in the process. He punched him in the gut, sending him backwards.
He turned on the other three, who looked down at their leader. One grabbed him and they bolted.
He looked down and saw Rally on the floor, looking up at him.
"Yusei! You're hurt!" he stared at where the knife had stuck.
Yusei looked down and saw it. Blood was seeping from it, more and more by the second. It hurt more than anything he'd ever experienced, but he just shook it off and looked at Rally again.
"Come on," he said, causing the pain to intensify. "Let's get back."
"Yusei, you shouldn't be walking!" Rally insisted, shuffling to his feet.
"Come on," he repeated and started in the direction of home. He looked back once and saw that Rally wasn't moving.
"Yusei, you need help," he declared. "You stay and rest. I'll go get someone."
"Rally, come on," Yusei ordered. "We can't stay here."
Rally clenched his fist and followed him. Yusei, walking once again, took a look at the wound. The scarlet liquid had found its way down his shirt and it was throbbing. He looked forward again, putting a hand to it to stop the bleeding as much as he could. It didn't quite work.
They walked along the wall, their pace painfully slow.
"Yusei, please, just sit down. I'll go get someone."
"I'll be fine Rally."
But just as he said it, he knew it was a lie. His eyesight went fuzzy for a second and his head was beginning to cloud. He tripped on his own foot and stumbled forward a bit.
"Yeah," Yusei muttered. His voice sounded so far off.
He made it a few more feet before the world around him began to spin feverishly. He leaned against the wall and took a deep breath.
"Yusei?" Rally's call was barely audible.
He couldn't answer. As soon as he breathed out, his legs gave and his sight when gray. He fell to his knees and gripped at his injury, breathing in quick rasps. A blurred image of Rally appeared in front of him, holding his shoulders.
"Yusei!" he shrieked. It echoed through his head, unable to register. "Yusei, look at me! Please, Yusei!"
He tried, he really did. But as he lifted his head, he became dizzy. He felt himself slump forward, but Rally caught him and balanced him on his knees.
He stared at the floor, which was spiraling in odd patterns.
"Hold on, Yusei. Just hold on!" Rally shrieked somewhere distant. "Blitz! Over here! He needs help!"
Yusei was vaguely aware of his arm being pulled around someone's shoulder, and less aware of being shoved to his feet.
After that, he remembered nothing.
Akiza sat at the table, her head in her arms. She was exhausted, but refused to sleep until Yusei woke up and she knew he was okay. Everyone else was asleep. It had been two days since Rally was attacked and Yusei was stabbed.
She heard a soft rustle and she lifted her eyes to see that Yusei was trying to sit up. He had his back to her, but she knew he was awake.
Akiza sighed and stood. She headed over the smaller table by his Runner, which had a tiny flashlight on it. As she passed, Akiza put a hand on his shoulder and pushed him down. "Quit moving."
She didn't know why, but she was angry with him. Perhaps it was because he had scared her to the core.
She grabbed the light and looked over her shoulder, to see Yusei was supporting himself with his elbows, trying to get into a sitting position. He met eyes with her and she looked away.
"I said quit moving, idiot," she growled.
"Hm," he grunted. "How did I get here?"
She heard him groan and she turned to see than he was grasping his side. The blanket had fallen away a little and she got a perfect view of his unclothed chest. She glared at him and muttered, "And that's why I told you to quit moving."
He looked up and replied, "I get it now."
Akiza rolled her eyes at him and walked over. "How are you feeling?"
"You are not," she gave him a light slap on the arm. "I can tell."
"How did I get here?" he repeated as she began to unwrap the gauze.
"Blitz dragged you," Akiza told him. "You lost a lot of blood."
"I figured that."
"Whatever," she threw away the bandages and used the flashlight to take a closer look at the gash.
He gritted his teeth.
"It's okay to admit you're in pain," she said as she set down the flashlight and grabbed new wrap of gauze.
She turned the see he had lied back down fully and closed his eyes.
"You know, it wouldn't kill you to smile once in a while," she snapped suddenly.
His eyes opened promptly, fixing her with a blue stare. "Huh?"
"You heard me!" she yelled just a little too loudly.
He stared at her, emotionless.
It was like that a moment, before, "Yusei! You're okay!"
They turned to see Rally in his doorway, grinning.
"Yeah," Yusei gave him a small nod.
"I guess you were right, Rose!" Rally said rather rowdily. "She saved your life, Yusei!"
Yusei forced himself to sit up and looked at Akiza. "I didn't know that. Thanks."
Akiza just huffed and took a seat back at the table.
Rally grinned at Yusei. "Hey, Yusei?"
Rally ran up to him and wrapped his arms around carefully. Yusei seemed a bit surprised, but nonetheless, did something that made a smile play at Akiza's lips.
He stiffly returned the embrace, holding Rally to him like an older brother would.
"Thanks," Rally murmured.
They stayed like that moment, and Akiza noticed Yusei's t-shirt nearby, all sewed up now from when she'd gotten bored.
She shook her head and grabbed it.
Rally pulled away from Yusei and grinned again. "I'm glad you're okay."
"Thanks," Yusei replied, still not smiling. "You should get to bed. It's late."
Rally nodded. "Okay."
Akiza watched as he headed back to his room and shut the curtain. She looked at Yusei again, who was staring after him, like he was still trying to wrap his head around what just happened.
"Here," Akiza tossed him his shirt. "Put this on. I don't need to see you without it on anymore, Mr. Shirtless."
He looked down and grimaced. "Sorry."
Akiza laughed. But frowned when he tried to get it on and growled under his breath. He was still hurting due to the lack of painkillers anywhere in Satellite. Just a simple task such as putting on a shirt was a killer.
She sighed. "Here."
Yusei looked at her with, she swore there was curiosity in his gaze, as she took it from him and pulled it over his head and on him. He took over and tucked it into his pants, his usual look minus the boots, jacket, and gloves.
"Better?" she asked, putting her hands on her hips.
He glanced up and said, "Yeah. Thanks."
She was about to turn away when he said something else.
"When was the last time you slept?"
Akiza paused. "A while..."
He shook his head a bit. "You need it."
"I can tell you're tired," he explained. "Go to sleep. It's not like anything's gonna happen."
"Things happen all the time-"
Akiza looked him over, then gave in. "Fine. But don't go trying to do too much, okay?"
She left him there, closing her curtain and shedding her jacket and hood.
"The idiot tried to walk home."
All of what she'd been through the past days whipped through her mind, reminding her of where she truly was.
"Don't mind Yusei. That's just how he is."
Akiza moved the sheets from her bed.
"He's my son."
She sat on the mattress and breathed in.
"Yusei showed up. He was carrying you."
She lied back and pulled the covers over her. The full extent of exhaustion hit her full force.
"Don't you dare give up!"
Her eyes began to close as one last thing crossed her thoughts.
And she fell asleep, unable to stay awake any longer. And she knew that when she woke up, nothing would be different. She wouldn't be home.
So how was that one? If you don't know who the quotes belonged to that were going through Akiza's head at the ends it went in this order:
and Yusei in the dream
Just in case you were confused. Well, that's it. As I'm sure you know, I'll update soon! ByeBye;)