This chapter is a Gift!Fic for SamSam92. The next one will be Jack x Carly moment. I will try to write it and post it as soon as possible.

Head-canon story (takes place after the WRGP)

Disclaimer: I don't own Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. I own the title, the plot of this story and the ships I named. Also I don't own the cover image; I found it on the Internet so the credit goes to the original artist! This is non-profit story and I'm not making any money from it.


Aki's POV

I took a deep breath, stretching myself.

"Are you tired?" A calm voice came from behind. Immediately, I recognized the owner and my heart bet faster in my ribcage.

"Only a little," I replied, trying to stifle a yawn. I failed dramatically.

I heard him chuckle as he came closer. Resting his elbows on the thin banister of the balcony, he leaned forward slightly.

"It sure was a nice party," he murmured, looking away at the spectacular view of the all the lights of Neo Domino city.

I was at the closing ceremony for the WRGP tournament. All duelists who had taken part in it were inside the huge building, enjoying themselves.

It was past midnight, but nobody showed the slightest sign of fatigue or desire to leave. We all had a good reason to celebrate—not only for the interesting match or the victory of our team, but for the salvation of the entire world. This, we owed to the man who now stood beside me.

Of course I was happy about our victory, but I was even happier about the fact that he could stand next to me, talking to me right now. I still remembered those awful and terrifying moments when I, well, more accurately when all of us had thought that he was dead and that the future Sherry had talked about had come true.

"Yes," I nodded in agreement. "Nice party." And I glanced into the room, trying to spot my friends.

Rua was next to the buffet, filling his plate perhaps for the twentieth time. Ruka was laughing and teasing him, probably for his endless appetite. I smirked.

I saw Crow at the edge of the room, away from the lights and the flashy media. He was talking with... Sherry? I knitted my eyebrows, puzzled. That was strange. Even stranger, was that Sherry seemed to enjoy his company.

I shook my head. It may have seemed a little unrealistic, but who cared about what was possible in this world and what was not? The man next to me had already proved that every destiny can be changed.

I tried to find Jack but he was nowhere to be seen. Probably he had been mobbed by his massive fan club. I released a light laugh.

"Everyone looks to be having a really good time, huh?" Yuusei asked, following my line of vision.

I nodded. "Everyone," I whispered.

"What about you Aki? You don't look as happy as the others." His question came so calmly and found me unprepared.

"What you mean?" I asked, blinking my eyes a couple of times. "Of course I'm happy and-"

He gently stopped me by putting his fingers on my lips. "I know you're happy, I didn't mean that you're not," he said softly. "What I meant is that you still look confused, like something's bothering you and keeps your mind from relaxing fully."

"Um," I bit my lip. Of course he was right; the thought of his possible death was still spinning in my head like a hot poison. "Really, it's nothing," I lied.

"Aki…" his tone made it clear that he didn't believe me. "We are friends. You know you can tell me anything and I will always be by your side."

"Always?" I wasn't so sure. I had never imagined that he could ever die. Yuusei Fudo, my savior and the hero of the city, could not die. How foolish it was of me to think this. One day, I, all of us, would know that he would die by putting his life on the line all the time… I swallowed. I didn't want to think of it.

"Always!" he assured me and placed both hands on my shoulders. "Now will you tell me what you're thinking about?" he pushed the matter and I gave up.

"Don't promise, Yuusei," I muttered, lowering my gaze to my feet. "You never know what fate is waiting for you. At the Ark Cradle you almost died-" my voice cracked and I bit my lip in an attempt to hold back my tears.

"It's OK, Aki," he comforted me. Then, he did something I would never expect from him. He brought himself closer and locked me in a warm embrace.

Shocked, I breathed in and forgot to breathe out.

"I make my own destiny," I felt his breath in my hair. "And I will walk on my own path of life. As long as you are with me, I have a good reason to stay alive."

"Yuusei," I called out his name uncertainly.

"And I have a very powerful motivation to save the world… the fact that you live in it," he pulled back his head and I lifted my eyes to meet his cobalt blue orbs.

My heart was ready to explode when I spoke. My voice came out hard. "W-Why?" I stuttered. "What is so special about me?"

He picked his words carefully and slowly gave me my answer.

"Because…" he bowed his head. "I…" his lips were a breath away from mine. "Love…" he stared in my eyes with intensity. "…you!" he finished and covered my lips.

I closed my eyes and kissed him fully, wrapping my arms around his neck. He hugged me closer to his body. Flashes of light filled the area and I heard people cheering, but I didn't pay attention. I pushed them away, feeling that the only people on earth were me and the man I love.

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