Chapter 2: Revelations

Note: In this chapter, Tea and Yami learn about why Yugi tried to kill himself and make a decision. Also, Yugi begins his fight to save his soul from the Shadow Realm. Finally, the Bakura in the Shadow Realm is Ryou Bakura's Yami.

Tea sat on one of the benches outside of school, her crystalline blue eyes filled with sorrow. Yugi was gone, vanished into the Shadow Realm. For the last few hours, all of them had tried to find him without success. Yami, of course, was worried about his aibou's safety. Still, none of them were more worried about him than she was.

"Oh Yugi..." Tea said sorrowfully as she looked into the evening sky, seeing the first stars of the evening appear. The shimmering reminded her of the glint of friendship in Yugi's eyes. Tears began to cloud her vision as she thought again of her friend.

"Are you all right, Tea?" She looked up after hearing the familiar voice of Yami.

"I'm worried about Yugi." Tea admitted. "The last time he was pulled into the Shadow Realm was in his duel with Pegasus."

"I know and remember." Yami decided to do the most honorable thing he could do for his aibou, especially after thinking over what Yugi said to him before he vanished. "Tea, there's something you don't know about what happened to Yugi."

"There is?"

"Yes, and it concerns our relationship as well. A few hours ago, I went back to the game shop to see if I could find soemthing to tell me why Yugi's soul is in so much pain. I was about to leave when I saw this near the trash." Yami then handed Tea a piece of paper. When she opened it, her crystalline eyes immediately began to tear once more. It read:

Dear Tea,

I wish there was another way I could say this, but I guess this is the only way I can. For the longest time, ever since the day we first met, you had always been my best friend. You were the one I could go to when something was on my mind, when I needed to just talk to someone. We would spend so much time together, either studying for school or just hanging out playing Duel Monsters with Joey and Tristan. The cheerful look in your eyes was enough to make anyone smile. It was something I'd always look forward to every day.

Tea, this isn't easy for me to say but here goes. For a while now, I started having feelings for you. When Bakura's Yami abducted our souls and made us into Duel Monsters in the Shadow Realm, the last thing I wanted to do was put you in danger. Joey, Tristan and I knew that if you were played, you would be sent to the graveyard and I couldn't stand that. When I had to duel Kaiba for the second time on Pegasus's castle and I lost control of Yami, my spirit was broken to the point where I never wanted to duel again. I thought that I'd lost my chance to save Grandpa forever. You cried with me that day and even dueled Mai to win some star chips for me. I never told anyone this, but the only reason that I kept dueling despite what happened was because of you. Your friendship and faith in me was one of the reasons that I kept going. After a while, it got to the point where I didn't want to go another day without hearing your voice, seeing the happiness in your eyes, or the gentleness of your smiles.

Tea, I guess what I'm trying to say is that... I love you. I love you in a way that's a lot more than just friendship. Still, even now when you're with Yami, I still feel this love for you. I know you'd never feel the way I feel but it's something I had to say. I hope that we'll still be friends, though.

Your friend,

"Yugi..." Tea said softly as she folded the paper closed. Never in her wildest imagination had she thought that Yugi's feelings for her ran this deeply. "Why didn't you tell me?" She then turned to Yami, who could sense what she was about to say to him. "Yami, I'm sorry. I care about you but..."

"I understand, Tea." Yami said with a tinge of regret in his voice. "Believe me, if I had any idea, I never would have dishonored Yugi like this." He then clapsed her hand one last time. "I think that at least we should remain friends."

"I'd like that." The two of them then looked into the evening sky, seeing the stars appear one by one and hoping that their frined was all right.


"I'm not surprised to see you here, Yugi." Yami Bakura said evilly to Yugi. "You were never living up to your fullest potential in that world anyway. You were always second place in your friends' lives. At least here, you don't have to deal with those feelings of neglect and pity." He then held out his hand to Yugi. "I'm offering you a choice, especially since you don't have to deal with HIS presence any longer. The Millennium Puzzle is useless to you as it is now, but surrender it to me and I can give you more power than you've ever dreamed. You could get revenge on all those who had hurt you, all those who had killed your spirit."

"Is he right?" Yugi thought to himself. "Am I just pitied by all my friends? Am I really just second place in their lives? Maybe I really do belong here, since this is where evil spirits were banished. Maybe I should give up my puzzle."

"For someone who has faith in the heart of the cards, you have a severe lack of faith in yourself." Yugi looked up and noticed his surroundings change. His grandfather was standing before him, as he would sometimes when he dueled in the past. "Listen to me, Yugi. You've done a great deal since you tried to rescue me from Pegasus. You've proved to your opponents and to yourself that there is a heart to the cards. If you give up your puzzle, you'll be forsaking that belief."

"But Grandpa," Yugi said, "you don't understand. The only reason I'm here is because no one out there, except for you, cares enough about me."

"That's ridiculous." Grandpa replied. "You have many friends, Yugi. You were the one to show Kaiba that Duel Monsters is more than just power. You showed Joey how to believe in himself to become a great duelist and help his sister. You showed Mai that she couldn't go through life without real friends. Finally, you showed Tea what it means to be a true friend. So you see, Yugi, a great many people care about you."

"Grandpa's right." Yugi thought to himself. "If I give in, I'll be letting everyone down. I do have friends who care about me. I should have thought about that before. I know what I have to do now and it's not surrendering my puzzle to this thief of souls." Suddenly, his Millennium Puzzle glowed brightly, filling Yugi with warmth and confidence. His surroundings changed again to the Shadow Realm. He stood to his feet and looked Yami Bakura directly into his eyes.

"I thought about your offer and I've decided." Yugi said with more confidence than he's had in months. "If you want it, you'll have to duel me for it." At once, his dueling deck appeared in his hand. Yami Bakura grit his teeth in anger.

"So be it, little Yugi." Yami Bakura hissed. "You will find that this Shadow Game will be unlike any you've played before. Not only will I claim your puzzle, but your soul will be locked here for all eternity."

"So be it." Yugi said bravely, letting the magic of his puzzle fill him. "Prepare yourself, soul stealer, because it's time to duel!"