Pokemon Adventures Episode 5
Episode 5: Rematch!
There were two shines of light. On Kairi's end her Starly came out of her Pokeball. And on Lean's side out popped a Sneasel. Kairi made the first move as she called out to her Starly,"Use Wing Attack!"
"Sneasel counter it, with Fury Swipes," Lean ordered. Starly used her attack sending waves of energy at the Sneasel who dodged the attack and jumped up at Starly using his Fury Swipes attack on her.
"Dodge it, Starly!" Kairi screamed at the last second. Starly managed to avoid the attack just in time, much to the annoyance of Lean. Both Pokemon glared each other down. Seemed they were both an even match for each other. But they couldn't both keep dodging attacks forever. Eventually one Pokemon would have to take some damage. Kairi then ordered her bird Pokemon,"Double Team!"
Lean watched as Starly spit herself into about ten different Starlys. The Sneasel looked around confused, not knowing which one to attack,"Don't attack Starly, Sneasel. Let it come to you."
It had been a year after the pharaoh returned to the underground. Day brought the night so many times after that happening. Mutou Yuugi had started to get used to, but he could never accept the deep loneliness inside his heart. He tried to do everything, he even stopped duelling, but he could never forget Atem.
After a year, the king of the duelists changed because Yugi left the duel. It was a girl who was called "Hikarino Umi(光の海)". Her name's meaning was "Sea of the Light". She had created her cards herself and she believed in her cards, she loved them. Umi was really eligible to be the king(or queen) of the duelists. No one could defeat her so far, even Kaiba Seto or Pegasus couldn't do.
It was the end of the week. Yuugi was getting ready to go home, but he stopped when he heard Anzu's voice. She ran next to Yuugi, then she started to talk:
-We are planning to do something at the weekend. Would you come too?
Anzu frowned sadly:
-Hey Yuugi! I know you're suffering, but at least share with us. We're friends, right?
-We don't want to see you sad anymore, so you're coming with us too!
Yuugi tried to decline, but Anzu started to run towards the corridor with a smile in her face. So he sighed and walked out of the school. After a while, Anzu stopped running, because she saw Jounouchi and Honda.
-How did it go, Honda asked.
-He's coming with us, Anzu answered happily.
Jounouchi was unhappy. "I hope our plan works, I can't stand seeing him like that!"
"Neither can I!" Honda agreed with a nod. Anzu closed her eyes. She thought about the happenings.
-Atem... Please return, if you don't want to see you partner in a bad mood, she murmured. Then she started to walk across the street with Honda and Jounouchi.
But they didn't realise that someone was watching them.
-Now what are we going to do?
-We'll take you somewhere you really like, Anzu answered.
But even Jounouchi didn't open his mouth. Yuugi was suprised, where was he going to go? Anyway, Yuugi started to follow his friends. At the end, they were in front of a duel stadium. Anzu and Honda started to run inside, Jounouchi turned back and looked at Yuugi. Yuugi sighed:
-Was it your plan?
-Yes, Jounouchi answered.
-Why did you do something like that? You already know that...
-Yes, we know but we can't stand! You have to take your "King Of The Duelists" name back!
Yuugi looked at Jounouchi. They smiled each other then entered. "The other me..." Yuugi thought. "I'll be strong!"
How strange, everything was ready. As Yuugi entered, the referee announced the next duel: "Next Duel: Hikarino Umi VS Mutou Yuugi!"
Yuugi was shocked. He didn't duel for a long time, how could he defeat Umi? But he wasn't hopeless at all. He believed in his monsters. Just like Umi, the both of the duelists believed in their cards.
Before the duel, they shaked hands. Umi looked at Yuugi, and smiled:
-Pleased to meet you, I'm Hikarino Umi!
-Me, too! I'm Mutou Yuugi!
With Yuugi's answer, Umi's eyes widened. "Are you the person who contains The Nameless Pharaoh inside his body?" Yuugi was puzzled. "How do you know that?"
"Yuugi-san," Umi said. "Are you depressed because of being without your partner?"
Yuugi frowned. They went back to their places for the duel.
Yuugi's life points were 2700 out of 4000. In his side there were two trap cards and Black Magician Girl in ATK. Black Magician was in the graveyard, so her ATK was 2300.
Umi's life points were 2500 out of 4000. In her side there was one card and two monsters: "Lucifer" and "Belphegor". They were created by herself, so they were ultimate rare cards. Both of the monster were in ATK and their ATK were 1500, DEF were 1000.
It was Yuugi's turn, he drew a card. Then he activated it:
"I'm playing 'The Revival Of The Dead'! With this card, I can special summon a monster from either player's graveyard! I'm going to revive Black Magician!"
The Black Magician Girl's ATK was down to 2000, but at the end there were two strong monsters. Plus, Yuugi summoned The Celtic Guardian with 1400 ATK, so there were three monsters. Yuugi was going to attack with all of them, but Umi didn't let him.
She activated her closed card: "Trap card activation! Threatening Roar! You can't attack me in this turn." She understood that Yuugi finished his turn. She drew one card. Then started to play:
-First of all, I'm going to sacrifice Belphegor to summon Gaap The Demon!
Her ATK is 2000 and DEF is 1400. Now, by sending all of the cards in my hand to Graveyard, I can activate her special effect! This effect lets me to copy one spell card from my enemy's graveyard, hand or deck! The card, I'm going to copy is: "Revival Of The Dead!!!!"
All of the stadium was filled with excitement again. Umi started to activate her new card, and she revived her the most powerful monster in her deck:
-REVIVE, KANON THE FURNITURE!!!!
At the same time, a monster which looks like a young servant appeared in Umi's side. Kanon's ATK was 1500, DEF was 0. Umi looked at the shocked Yuugi. "I think it's your first time seeing him. So I'll explain all of his special effects: He gains 300 ATK for each card in our graveyards. You have 6, I have 14 cards so it's 20 at total. Kanon will gain 6000 ATK, his new ATK is 7500!!!"
Yuugi was stunned! Kanon attacked Celtic Guardian, and Yuugi lost.
The spectators were cheering Umi. The referee took the microphone and announced the result:
"THE WINNER IS HIKARINO UMI!"
Yuugi sighed and went out. Anzu and the others ran after him. He was staring at the road. Honda came near him and put his hand on Yuugi's shoulder:
-Oi, don't be depressed so easily! Even after so long time you did great!
-I'm not sad because of my defeat. I still couldn't get used to fight without him. I know, everyone has a right place to be. The other me should be undeground. But...I...
Yuugi and the other were suprised as they heard that voice. It was Umi. Yuugi walked towards Umi.
Umi looked carefully at Yuugi. "I was right. You miss 'the other you', right?
-How do you know that, Yugi was surprised.
-Because I was watching you after Pharaoh's extinction. I can understand it by looking at your dueling style. You didn't fight alone before so you feel coward. You only expect to lose, because of that you lose!
-Tell me if I'm wrong. Your actions against me weren't clear. More than attacking me and struggling to win, you defenced yourself and prepared to lose. Do you remember my last attack? You had two closed cards, are you sure they both didn't work?
Yuugi thought carefully. One of the closed cards was "Mirror Force". If he had played that, he wouldn't lose so easily. Umi was right, he lost because of feeling alone and coward. He turned his back.
-Do you want to see him again, Umi asked.
-Yes, Yuugi answered. I want to see him again.
-If I said that I could revive his soul inside your body, what would you do?
Yugi turned to Umi as he heard Umi's question. His eyes widened. "Would you do it really?"
Umi was suprised by this beg. She smiled and closed her eyes. "Sure." she said. At the same time, The Eye of Anubis appeared on her forehead. She created a white magic circle in front of the suprised Yuugi and his friends. Then she started to say these lines:
God, hear my voice,
Give me the right to call a soul,
Open the Gates of Heaven,
Revive, PHARAOH ATEM!
As she finished these lines, a sacred thunder appeared and striked Yuugi. In his chest, The Millenium Puzzle appeared. Then everything glared, it turned to white.
Umi and the others had closed their eyes. Anzu opened her eyes slowly, and she couldn't believe her eyes. The Legendary Pharaoh, "The Other Yuugi" was standing in front of her.
Yami sat behind the counter in the Game Shop, looking healthier than he had been a year ago. His skin no longer had that pale tinge, the circles under his eyes were gone. No longer could people see the bones beneath, he had also put on a more bit of weight that fit his size.
The once pharaoh had accepted his pacemaker; acknowledging that it was a part of him now, things were better. And with that the many check up’s that came with it every few months.
However he looked forward to those days. He didn’t before…the doctors always treated him like he was an animal that would bite if they got too close. But then he met Dr. Brooks.
She was a woman who lit up the room when she entered. Her kindness and soft voice as well as her understanding helped Yami come out from the shell he had curled himself up in. She helped him when many would have labeled him a lost cause.
But not her.
She never gave up on him.
Nor the others in her care.
He cracked a grin when he thought that, if this was another time, she would’ve been the most amazing queen. She’d have ruled not only the land but the whole palace. Of course, her Irish heritage stated that all women ruled the house. The men took orders from them…not the other way around.
Oh Angela looked like a delicate flower or fairy…but she had thorns. Yet they only showed when she was protecting those under her watch. Like a bear with its cubs.
A ‘Fairy Queen’ indeed.
Yami saw a lot of that when stayed at the ‘Emerald Isle’ Clinic. Angela never let anything out of her sight; she and her Godfather ran that place like a tight ship. Somehow they always knew when someone needed help before it even happened.
No matter what, Yami always found himself missing the place; the hiking trails, the library, the game room, even the horses…he felt like it was his second home. He was always welcomed there. And from time to time he would make a mark on the calendar to go there for a few weeks to relax and visit the children who had captured his heart. Not only did they love Dueling him…but they saw him like a big brother. Never an idol to fawn over.
Yes, he couldn’t be happier.
However, he could tell that something was going on today. Many people would pop into the store to buy a card or pass by the window with flowers, chocolates, or wrapped gifts in their arms. Also he saw children chatting and bring crafts home; drawn pictures, or clay figures.
This only increased his curiosity the more he thought about it. Halloween wasn’t for a few more months, Christmas, Valentines and Easter had passed...so what could it be? Yugi had told him of all the big Holidays, right?
“Maybe I should ask, just in case.” Yami thought, before turning back to the book he had been reading. His Japanese was getting better, and could read now. Through some of the words still stumped him at times.
Grandpa came in from the house, with a plate of apple slices and peanut butter. He chuckled at Yami before setting the plate down. “You look like you’re enjoying the book, my boy.”
The tri-haired young man looked up with a smile. “Yes, I am.”
“I can take over now, Yami. Go inside and sit on the sofa, and make sure you take your meds.”
Yami looked at the clock with a frown. “That time already?”
“ ‘Fraid so.”
He got off the chair and nodded ‘thanks’ before going into the house and removing his shoes inside.
Time seemed to fly faster these days.
He made his way to the kitchen where he found his pet cat, Ahmose, fast asleep on the table. He smiled and scratched her behind the ear, causing her to blink her eyes at him sleepily. Stretched out and leaned her head into Yami’s hand, like she had done as a kitten, before licking his thumb.
“Had a good nap, Ahmose?” He asked her. She purred as he scratched her under the chin.
“I’ll take that as a ‘yes’.” The once pharaoh chuckled, before going to the counter and filling up a glass of water. He had a few sips then took out his pill box, before opening the lid marked for Thursday. Yami had to admit this was ingenious…a place to put pills for every day and remind him if he had or hadn't taken them.
He remembered going shopping for this with Yugi and Grandpa, at a store Dr. John O’ Riley had recommended. Run by a friend of his.
The store owner actually customized the pill boxes to make them fun for kids and teens…he also did the same for Trakes, crutches, and bio limbs.
Yami had picked out a black box with flames on the four sides and white metal letters for the days of the week.
And now he could take them without thinking they were poison.
He shook the pills into his hand, before putting them in his mouth and swallowing with the water. Yami coughed a couple times as they went down his throat…which was normal. Few times they never wanted to go down.
Yami had to wait to take his insulin, so the meds could dissolve in his stomach. Course he also needed to have eaten food before injecting that. He set the cook timer to go off so he would remember to take it.
He grabbed a sandwich and then went into the living room and laid across the sofa to finish his book. Ahmose left the table and jumped into Yami’s lap before curling up and purring.
The once powerful pharaoh smiled and opened the book to where he had left off. Having a bite here and there.
Twenty minutes later, he read chapters six through thirteen. He was starting on the fourteenth when the timer went off.
“Seriously?!” Yami groaned. “Just when it was getting interesting…”
Ahmose got off his lap and rubbed against his legs affectionately. Before following him to the kitchen again.
Yami gave a grunt of pain when he injected himself. “How does Yugi DO this every day?” He muttered.
“Yami? I’m home!”“Speak of the devil…” He amusingly thought. Yami tossed away the needle and syringe before going to the hallway to welcome Yugi home.
“How was your day, Yugi?” He asked while picking up Ahmose, who melted in his arms.
His look-a-like smiled while removing his shoes, “Went well. Through I think the language class would be better if the teacher didn’t have a voice that made everyone want to sleep. Luckily, he had to go to a meeting so class was cut short.”
Yami felt somewhat envious…but then he remembered the boring lessons he had to sit through. Although the magic lessons were fun.
“I have a lot of Homework to do.” Yugi continued. “But right now, I could use a snack.” He looked at Yami. “Wanna share a bowl of ice cream?”
Yami chuckled, while he stroked Ahmose’s back. Ever since they found out there was a type of sugar which diabetics could have…Yugi had gone to the store and bought every type of sweet or snacks that was made with it. Then he came home and ate a whole carton of Vanilla ice cream made with that sugar.
But he ended up getting a stomach ache from eating it all.
Which ended up resulting in a house call from Angela who, very sternly, told Yugi that this was the price from eating all of it in one day. Yugi just smiled and told that it was worth it. But he wouldn’t do it again.
And Yami swore to her ‘highness’ that he would make sure Yugi didn’t do it again. A promise form one royal to another.
“I’d like too, Yugi. But I’ve just taken my insulin…however I’ll get some for you.”
The pharaoh carried Ahmose to the kitchen where she was placed on the counter. He took out a bowl and spoon before opening the freezer and asked, “Pecan or Mint chip, Yugi?”
“Pecan, today.” Came Yugi’s answer.
Yami took out the container and put two scoops in the bowl, then placed the ice cream back in the freezer. He carried it back to Yugi who gobbled it up.
“Take it easy! Remember what An-Dr. Brooks said.” Yami told him as Ahmose jumped into his lap again.
“I can’t help it!” Yugi stated. “I’ve always dreamed about ice cream…now that I can have it I’m gonna indulge.”
“Then shouldn’t you savor it, instead of eating like Joey does when he sees chocolate?”
Yugi paused with the spoon in his mouth, before a blush painted his face.
“You know I’m right.” Yami added.
His partner glared before replying, “So what? And why’d you almost call Dr. Brooks by her first name? You’re not in love with her are you?”
“What?! No! She said I could call her that-.”
“Why?” Yugi asked, in a jealous tone.
“When I was at Emerald Isle; she said that if I was uncomfortable calling her doctor…I could call her by her name. In the end it helped me trust her. That’s all ok?”
Yugi was silent a minute, then nodded to accept the answer. Once the ice cream was gone, he put his feet on the table and sighed. It was good to be home.
Yami thought this was the perfect time to ask Yugi, so he cleared his throat. “Yugi?”
“I’ve been seeing people walk by with flowers or gifts by the armful…is something going on? I mean…isn’t all the days of celebration finished?”
Yugi sat straighter. “There’s one more holiday. To be honest I forgot…it’s going to be Mother’s Day soon.”
“Yeah, a day dedicated to Mothers…to celebrate them and show them how much we love them.”
Yami became quiet…a little too quiet. This Yugi noticed right away.
“Yami? Is something wrong?” No answer. So he tried again. “Yami?”
The once-pharaoh looked at him with sad eyes. “I won’t be celebrating it, Yugi.”
"I never knew my mother. I can't even... I can't even picture her! It's so wrong of me, to not even see the mother who risked everything giving birth to me." Yami even went to hold his head, as if touching upon his skull could miraculously stir some lost memory.
Yugi looked on sympathetically. "It's okay, Yami. There are lots of people who don't have mothers, or very rarely spend time with them."
"Well, take Kaiba for instance. He barely knew his mother before she died. At least, I'm sure she must've, or else he wouldn't have been adopted. Then there's Joey. His mom moved out when he was still very young."
Yami looked hardly convinced.
“It’ll be fine. I promise, Yami.”
“Then what about you Yugi? Where’s your mother?”
Now suddenly Yugi became obtrusively uncomfortable. Yami knew his light too well, and saw the indicated signs. He felt bad for having stepped on a tender spot, for Yugi usually hid nothing, and was very open about most things. Yami at once fumbled to apologize.
“Yugi… I… I didn’t know… I…”
Yugi looked at him, his shadowed countenance slowly easing into a light smile. “I know you’re trying to apologize Yami, and I don’t want you to. It’s okay. I’ll tell you. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do anyway.”
“But Yugi…” He clearly did not want to cause him any distress.
Yugi merely took his hand. “I don’t really remember her, you know? When I try to think of her, I see a face that’s so full of light I can barely see her features. My Grampa has pictures of her, but the real pictures seem to be from my heart.” He gave a pause, and Yami looked on, tense as if he was waiting for his opponent to draw a card. “She died when I was five years old.”
“Cancer. They didn’t have the technology back then to catch it early.” Yugi sighed and he seemed to expel the sadness with it. “Grampa looked after me. And he was real good at it. He couldn’t replace a mother’s affections, and I was bullied a lot. I often think the loneliness might have killed me. But Grampa gave me puzzles to put together, and then one day when I was seven years old he gave me the millennium puzzle.”
“Oh, well, yes…”
“Anyway,” Yugi added on a still brighter note, “I think you should celebrate Mother’s Day!”
Yami blanched. “W-Why?”
Yugi nudged him playfully. “Dr. Brooks! I know you inside and out! You respect her, and if you don’t love her like couples do, I think I understand that your affections are well, from that of a son.”
Yami gave him a look and nudged back.
“Be serious, Yugi…”
“I am. Listen, Angela’s like a mother to everyone already. You remember when I had that stomach ache? She was practically scolding me like I was her relative. But when she talks to you-”
“What about me?”
Yugi held up his hands. “Hear me out, okay? She speaks to you as if you’re her son. And the way you act around her-”
“It’s alright. I won’t tell…but you’ll have to tell Dr. Brooks one of these days.”
Yami was staring to panic…he could feel his pacemaker trying to keep his heart calm. “No…no…it can’t be…I can’t feel that way…right?”
Ahmose her head rubbed against Yami’s chest, as if sensing her master’s distressful emotion.
Yami petted the cat, feeling himself relax. But his mind was still whirling. Was his emotions towards Dr. Brooks…as if she was his mother?
“I’ll get it!” Yami said, jumping up and going to the door with Ahmose in his arms. “Saved by the bell.” He mentally noted.
He took a few breaths to calm down before opening the door, and getting a surprise.
The young raven haired woman smiled, “Hello, Yami. How are you?”
Yes, it was. The Irish doctor was dressed in a beige thank top, indigo sweat shirt, jeans and ballet flats. Around her neck was her mother’s necklace and she had a small black purse.
“I’m…I’m fine.” Yami said, a little too fast. "Out of the frying pan...and into the fire."
She frowned and felt his forehead. “You’re flushed, Yami. You ok?”
“He ran to get the door.” Yugi yelled, from the other room. Earning a glare from the other.
“Oh, I see.” Angela noted. She smiled again at seeing Ahmose and scratched the cat under the chin. “Hello, Ahmose. My, you’ve gotten big!”
The once pharaoh felt fidgety; the conversation he and Yugi had replaying over and over in his mind. “To what do we owe this visit, Angela?”
“My Godfather and your Grandpa are having their little game of checkers. They do every time around this day of the week.” She replied. “I was in town to place an order for some new flowers for the garden.”
“You gonna invite her in, Yami?” Yugi called again.
Yami face palmed, “Oh, right! Please, come in.”
Angela laughed and came inside. She removed her shoes and placed her purse by the door.
“Good to see you too, Yugi. How’s your stomach?”
“Much better.” Yugi said, getting up with the bowl in hands.
The Irish woman frowned and crossed her arms. “Yugi…”
“I only had one bowl, I swear!”
“He did. I gave him the bowl myself.” Yami confessed.
“I believe you both.” She said, before taking off her sweat shirt. “But no more until tonight.”
“Got it.” Yugi groaned before going into the kitchen.
Yami put Ahmose down and gestured for Angela to sit. “Would you like a drink?”
“Yes, please. Water would be fine.” She answered, while sitting on the sofa.
Yami brought her a glass of water and sat beside her. “Why do I get the feeling you’re here for something else?”
“You mean besides checking your pacemaker?”
He smirked. “Yes.”
Angela laughed. “You got me. I actually wanted to ask you and Yugi something.”
“Ask us what?”
“I’ll tell you both. But first…how are things?”
Yami chuckled, there was no way to detour this woman’s mind. “I’ve been well. Through taking the insulin isn’t fun.”
“I just don’t understand how Yugi does it every day.”
“Because I’ve been doing it longer than you.” Yugi stated, as he came back into the room. “You get used to it, after a while. So what did you want to ask us?”
Angela took a sip of water, “Well, we’re going to have a Mother’s Day picnic and dance at the clinic. All the patients and their moms are going to be there, we’re also going to have games and an art table for the kids. However…we’re sort on hands. So I was wondering if you both could help out?”
Yugi grinned. “I’m free on that day! I think some of my friends are too…I could get them to help as well.”
“Wonderful! The more the merrier.” Angela replied.
“I’ll have to think about it.”
Both turned to Yami; both in surprise.
Yami shrugged. “I think I promised Grandpa I’d mind the store that day.”
He saw surprise in Yugi’s eyes, and he knew he’d get the twenty questions.
“Yami-” Yugi began.
“I’ll see if Grandpa will let me go.”
Angela nodded, then looked at Yugi. “Yugi? Can you go ask my Godpa if he’ll be home for dinner? They should be in the shop.”
Realizing he couldn’t win, Yugi went to the shop leaving the two alone. Once the door closed, Yami looked at Angela. “I’ll try and come. I will try.”
“I understand. It’s alright…don’t stress out.” Angela told him. “Many are busy on this day. Now, before I forget…I might as well check your heartbeats.”
“You don’t have to do that.”
“Trust me if I don’t do this now…it’ll be eating at me later.” Angela replied while walking to her purse. She pulled out a zipped case and brought it back over to the couch. She unzipped it to reveal it contained a stethoscope, thermometer with protected slips, syringes, and rubber gloves.
Yami raised a brow. “You always carry that in your purse?”
She gave him a smirk that rivaled his own. “When you’re a doctor you never know what’s going to happen. Best to come prepared.”
He laughed, there was no denying that.
Angela placed the thermometer in a slip, then had Yami put it under his tongue while she took his pulse.
While she was doing that, Yami kept thinking back to when he got his first real check up. Oh there had been others…but those had been done in the hospital without his permission. And the doctors had been treating him as if he was nothing more than an infant. Then when Angela gave him one…it was different. She would ask him if he was comfortable or would like to stop. She would ‘ask’…ask! None of the other doctors had ever done that.
Angela removed the thermometer and read the results. “Temperature’s normal. That’s good.” She took off the slip and tossed it away. She paused when removing the stethoscope. “Remember when you used to be scared of this?”
“Yeah. I didn’t know what to expect back then. Plus…it looked like a snake at the time.”
The raven haired woman laughed at that. “To tell you the truth…most of the kids think so too at first.” She then had Yami lift his shirt up so she could listen to his heart.
Once the end was on his chest, Yami had another memory flashing back. He remembered when Angela let him hear his own for the first time…how surprised he was. Of course he had never heard the sound of heart before then. The fact that it proved he was alive; alive and not a spirit. He remembered how Angela held him in her arms as he sobbed…stroking his hair and rubbing his back.
Like a mother would.
He would never forget that moment.
Angela put her stethoscope away and removed her gloves. “You heart sounds good, Yami. The pacemaker’s doing a good job.”
“Thanks. I’m happy to hear that.”
He watched the Fairy Queen put her tools back in the case, then returned the case to her purse. Yugi came back inside and saw Angela by her purse.
“Leaving already?” He asked.
“In a few minutes, I am. I just finished checking Yami’s heart and pacemaker.” She explained. “Everything sounds good.”
“That’s great. I asked Dr. John for you, Angela. He said he’ll be home for dinner.”
“Thanks Yugi.” Angela said, smiling. “I best be off then to make dinner since I know Godpa will be home tonight.” She petted Ahmose who had been rubbing against her legs, before putting on her shoes. “I’ll see you at the picnic/dance Yugi. And I hope to see you there too Yami.”
“Ok Angela. Take care.”
When the door closed, Yugi turned to his other half. “You are going, right?”
Yami sighed. “I told you: I need to think about it.” He went over to the closet and pulled out a light jacket. “I’m going out for a while.”
“You have your phone?”
“Yugi…” Yami warned, feeling his anger start to rise.
His light backed off. “Ok, ok…just checking.”
The pharaoh petted Ahmose one more time, then left the house.
Outside was a warm and sunny day. The sun was out, trees were green or had pink blossoms and the sky was blue. People were laughing and chatting with each other, either in person or on the phone.
Yet Yami barely noticed. He was thinking about what Yugi said and the flashbacks he had when Angela was there. And the more he thought about it…the more it made sense. He did think of her as his mother.
She had been there for him when he needed her the most…like when he had that nightmare and when he almost broke down after he had gotten his results from the MRI back. She had been there with soothing words and a warm embrace.
That allowed him to slowly gain her trust, and keep him from drifting into his fears.
“Yugi was right,” Yami thought. “I do see her as my mother. But what do I give her?”
The pharaoh thought painting her a picture…but he wasn’t much of a painter. Or sculptor either so working with clay was also out. She had lots of flowers already and wasn’t big on receiving clothes since she had what she needed. Also, she wasn’t a spa person either.
Yami crossed his arms and continued to ponder his thoughts. He remembered Angela would sometimes play Duel Monsters with the kids…through her deck was small. She didn’t mind of course; and he did help her create a new one last time he was there. However, the little shop in the clinic sold the Card Packs…so that wasn’t what he should give her.
“It has to mean something.” He whispered to himself. “To show her how much I care for her and what she’s done.”
Something in the store window caught his eye, he went closer and saw a pendent in the shape of Dark Magician Girl on a sliver chain. Her hair and top of her staff was gold, eyes were aquamarine, and her outfit was made of pink diamonds and sapphires. There were a matching set of earrings and bracelet too.
Next that; there was a Kurriboh necklace with topaz for the fur, emeralds for the paws, and amethysts for the eyes. It was also a set that came with a ring and earrings.
In front of these creations was a sign: DUEL MONSTER JEWELRY DEBUT-More inside.
“Interesting…” Was the pharaoh’s thought. “Worth a look.”
Later that night,
Yami sat at his desk which was in his room; wrapping paper, tape and scissors surrounded the small parcel that sat in front of him.
He was proud of himself…he had found the perfect gift for Angela.
At dinner he told Yugi and Grandpa that he’d be going to the party/dance on the weekend. Needless to say Yugi was thrilled.
“You’re going?! Great! We could really use your help.” Yugi had said.
“You need to get more fresh air, my boy.” Grandpa added. “And I’m sure the children would love to see you again.”Yami picked up the parcel in his hand, he really hoped Angela would like this. He cleaned up his desk before turning in for the night. Slipping under his covers, Yami put the gift on his nightstand before curling up and closing his eyes.
His nights were usually dreamless…but every so often he dreamed. Sometimes the dreams were memories of his adventures while being a spirit. Other times he would dream of being a child with his head in someone’s lap…being embraced by not only arms but also wings. Both producing warmth and making him feel safe.
And it was that tonight; allowing the pharaoh to rest peacefully.
Yami was in the front seat of Yugi’s car, with the small gift in his lap. He found himself wishing they were already there; like a child excited to open his presents before Christmas or Birthday. And he had to keep himself from running out when they pulled up to the Emerald Isle.
Yugi and Yami got out of the car and followed the arrows and people to the back where the horses and garden were. The middle of the green field had a dance floor and chairs were stationed around it. A DJ played music that was family friendly. Flower Garlands were wrapped around the Lalinai’s that offered shade with a few table underneath.
There were a few booths for games such as Ring-Toss, Knock Down the Milk Bottles, and Fishing for prizes. An Art’s and Crafts table was covered with crayons, paints, colored pencils, glue sticks, colored paper, and glitter.
Picnic tables were croved with pink and white paper table cloths, while others were set up with food of all kinds.
Lastly, an Ice Cream man pushed a cart around selling the frozen treats that were both normal and sugar-free.
The whole place looked beautiful. And there were so many people!
“Wow.” Yugi breathed. “Angela wasn’t kidding when she said they were going to be short on hands.”
“So it seems.” Yami noted.
Both boys turned to see Anzu running towards them. She wore a yellow sundress and white sneaker-like sandals. “You guys came! We were getting worried you wouldn’t show.”
“We wouldn’t miss it, Anzu.” Yugi confirmed.
“Angela said that she’d like you to help me at the Arts and crafts table, Yugi.” She told them. “You as well, Yami. Or you can-.”
The three turned to see a group of children run up and crowd around the pharaoh. One was in a wheel chair, two were on crutches and one had crutches that were attached to the arms. The rest of the kids seemed normal…but at the Emerald Isle, everyone was normal. Even if you were ill on the inside…you were no different than anyone else.
Eyes shining with joy the kids hugged him if they were able, or nodded in ‘hello’.
“…duel with the kids.” Anzu finished, with surprise. She had heard of the children’s fondness for the King Of Games; she just didn’t know how fond they were.
A little girl, with serious burns, hugged him while clutching a Dark Magician Girl plushie. “Why did you stay away for so long?”
“We’ve missed you!” Chimed in a ten year old boy, whose arm was in a cast.
“Yeah!” A twelve year old boy, his friend, confirmed.
Yami laughed. “I was planning to come in a few weeks. You guys know my schedule better than I do.”
A deep hearty laugh made him look up to see Dr. John walking towards them, leaning on his crudgel-walking stick like always. He wore a pair of tan capris, old sneakers, a striped blue t-shirt, and a grey jean vest. His misty green eyes gleamed over his half-moon spectacles. He was also pushing a wheel chair which a girl, with lavender hair and pink eyes, sat in.
“You make the kids giddy as elves drinking moon wine, lad.” He said, before shaking Yami’s hand in greeting. “Good to see ya, laddie.”
“Same here, Dr. John.” Yami replied.
“Yugi? You and Anzu head to the Art table, I need to talk with Yami for a minute.”
Yugi blinked. “Oh…ok.”
As he and Anzu went over to the station, Yami turned to army veteran. “Am I in trouble?” He joked.
The old field medic chuckled. “No, Lad. But I wanted to introduce you to Lilly.” He gestured to the girl in the wheelchair, he had been pushing, beside him.
Lilly had a pale complexion, her lavender hair was tied in two pigtails, and she wore a rose colored top with jeans and white sandals. The wheels of her chair had ribbons threaded through the metal lines. She blushed and gave Yami a small wave.
Yami kneeled down and took her hand. “Nice to meet you, Lilly.” He said, before kissing her hand.
Lilly covered her mouth and silently giggled. Then made a motion with her hand.
“She’s deaf.” Dr. John explained. “But she can read lips very well. She’s been wanting to meet you for a long time, now. Ever since KC Tournament.”
Lilly shook her head at Dr. John and signed something that made the elder pretend to be sheepish. “Oh forgive me, I mean since Battle City.”
“Really?” Yami asked her. “That long?”
She nodded, then took out a pad and pencil before writing on it and handing it to Yami.
“I really like your duels. Can you help me make my first deck the next time you’re here?” It read.
He smiled at the young girl. “Of course Lilly, I’d be happy to. Maybe you can teach me some sign language too?”
Lilly clapped her hands in joy and nodded. She took the pad back and wrote something else.
“Can I have your autograph, please?”
“Of course.” Yami said, smiling. He turned to a blank page and used her pen to sign his name there. Lilly’s grin when she held the pad to her chest warmed Yami’s heart.
Dr. John smiled and turned to Yami. “Lilly’s a new resident here. Her mother’s here but she usually works at a shoe store in the mall. Double shift to pay the ridiculous fees the other hospitals had for keeping Lilly 24/7.” He patted the girl’s shoulder. “However, thanks to Kaiba Corp, this wee lassie is here for better treatment and housing.”
“Huh? What do you mean ‘thanks to Kaiba Corp’?” Yami asked.
“Why they’re our sponsor now.” Dr. John answered. “I thought Seto told you and Yugi?”
Yami rubbed his temple, “He hardly tells us anything, unless it benefits him.”
The old field medic shook his head. “Sins of the father…well you know now. Angela can tell ya more…I’m going to make that announcement later after she-oops! Almost let that pixie out of the bag.”
“What are you-?”
“Can’t tell ya. Ruin the surprise.” Dr. John said with a wink. “Well, I best get Lilly back to her mother.”
Yami blinked, but cracked a grin. “Alright.” He kissed Lilly’s hand again. “See you later, milady.”
Lilly silently giggled again, and waved as Dr. John wheeled her off.
The King Of Games waved back before walking around the grounds, and looking at everything. He saw Joey managing the ring toss and ducked behind the counter every few minutes if there weren’t any customers.
Curious, Yami headed over with Angela’s gift in his inner coat pocket. He leaned against the counter causally, before saying loudly, “You here, Joey?”
There was a yelp as Joey hit his head, before coming out.
“Ow…man, Yami. You know how ta scare a guy.”
“What were you doing down there?”
Joey got a nervous look in his eyes. “Nothing…just getting out of the sun.”
“But the sun doesn’t hit right here,” Yami thought. “It’s too early in the day.”
“And I was checking the prizes…you know to see if I’m running low.” Joey continued.
“He’s hiding something.” Came Yami’s next thought, before saying, “Alright. Is Tristan here?”
“Naw, he’s out of town…family reunion.”
“Did Kaiba come?”
Joey growled. “What do you think?! Of course he is! He came with five of his goons…got four of ‘em stationed at key points. The last is with him and Mokuba.”
Yami nodded, accepting the answer. The CEO never went anywhere without his body guards. “You seen Angela, anywhere?”
The blonde chuckled, “She moves around a lot. Doesn’t stay in one place through; last I saw her she was by the food table. Speaking of which, can you get me a drink and snack Yami? I’m dying here and I can’t leave my post ‘til noon.”
“Sure. Be right back.”
Yami walked over to the Food Tables, where there was a lot of choices; from hot dogs, sweet potato fries, and burgers, to chips, cookies, and cakes. For drinks there was lemonade, diet soda with and without Splenda, and punch. The cakes and cookies were the same.
There was food for vegetarians too: burgers that weren’t made with meat…but carved from a root and seasoned to taste like meat. Also there were chicken patties and fish and chips, plus pasta’s like veggie lasagna.
His mouth watered and he got Joey a tray of sweet potato fries, and a cup of punch. For himself he got chicken and chips plus a Splenda Diet Coke.
Yami carried the can of coke in his left jacket pocket, while balancing the two plates on each other in one hand and carrying the cup of punch with the other hand.
Once he got back he didn’t see Joey, so he figured he was under the counter again. Yami put the plates down and the cup before knocking on the counter. “Joey?”
The blonde hit his head again, while getting up. “Back already?”
“Maybe you should get a helmet?” Yami joked.
“Yeah, yeah…laugh it up. Which one’s mine?”
Yami handed him the plate of fries and he began to munch on his. As Joey leaned over the table, Yami saw something sticking out of his pokect.
“In your pocket.”
Joey moved as if poked if a hot iron. “Nothing!”
Yami raised an eyebrow. “Joey?”
“It’s nothing Yami, really.”
“Alright, Joey. If you say so.” Yami pretended to leave and watched his friend duck down again. Moving quietly, he went over and peered over the edge to see Joey reading something. And from the way he was giggling…was either funny or…
“Oh Ra…” Yami thought. “Don’t let it be…”
Yami fell backwards and Joey scrambled out from under the counter. He groaned as he got up to see Angela at the side of the booth, holding the enter/exit curtain open, and eyes blazing like golden fire.
“What in the name of Oberon’s Court are you doing?!” She angrily asked.
“I-I um…” Joey stammered.
Angela moved so fast that it didn’t seem possible. She grabbed the object in Joey’s hands, and made a face of disgust. She rolled it up and bonked Joey hard on the head with one hand. “You foolish boy!” She hissed. “You don’t read this filth when there are children present!”
The blonde duelist moaned in pain while he rubbed his head. And Yami had to cringe, pitying his friend but at the same time angry that he brought something that vile to a family friendly place.
“I didn’t mean anything by it.” Joey tried to explain.
“I don’t care!” Angela argued. “I find you reading something like this here on this property again, I’m going to give you over to my Godpa for the harshest punishment he can think of. Do I make myself clear?!”
“Yes, mam.” Joey whimpered.
Angela breathed to regain her composure, and left the booth to the front where Yami was rubbing his back. He saw that she was wearing a purple t-shirt with white butterfly print, cropped jeans, and tan sandals. A green bandana kept her hair back and her mother’s necklace gleamed in the sunlight.
“You ok, Yami?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. I didn’t know you could be that scary.”
She blushed. “Only when I have to be. Sorry you had to see that.”
Angela tossed the magazine into a trash can as the janitor came to change the trash bags.
“It’s fine.” Yami assured her, while taking his food to where Angela had been sitting.
Angela hugged him when they sat down. “I’m so happy you came. I saw you with Lilly while I was making my rounds; you were great with her.”
He blushed. “Thanks.”
“Yugi and Anzu are doing well at the Art table.” She told him. “They’re quite capable with kids. Especially with the planting the flowers in the pots they decorated.”
“So that’s what the flowers were for?” Yami asked.
“Yep. The kids decorate a flower pot and then place a flower inside it before taking it home. The main thing for them to remember is to write their name on popsicle stick so we know which belongs to who.”“I think it’s a great idea.” He commented before taking a bite of his food.
“Are you enjoying yourself?”
“Yes. I’ve never seen this place so busy.”
Angela laughed, “You should see the Halloween dance…I think’s even busier. Not as much as Christmas.” She paused to take a sip of lemonade. “I hope you’ll come to one. I think you’d have fun.”
Yami shrugged. “We’ll see. But I would like to.”
“Well, if you can make it…I’d be very happy. The kids too.”
He smiled; the kids seemed to bring out something in him. “Speaking of the kids…I heard from Dr. John that Kaiba Corp’s your sponsor now?”
“Yes. I was surprised myself when Mokuba came and purposed to join forces. Kaiba was reluctant at first…and wouldn’t get back to me for a week.” Angela explained.
“What’d you do?”
“What makes you think I did anything?”
Yami smirked, while taking a sip of his coke. “I know you did.”
Angela chuckled. “Ok, ok…I did. I marched into his office and demanded to know his answer. The look on his face when I kicked the door open…priceless.”
“You kicked the door open?!” Yami asked, jaw dropped.
“He wouldn’t get off the phone.” She explained. “Anyway, I stormed up to him and told him that I had waited long enough to hear back from him. He said he’d do it and would call me when the papers were drawn up.”
Yami bit his lip to keep himself from laughing. “I wish I could’ve been there.”
Angela lightly punched his arm. “I think you’ve bruised that ego of his more than I have.”
“I wouldn’t be so quick to say that, Doctor.”
Both turned to see the blue-eyed CEO behind them. Seto wore his white trench coat, black shirt and pants, as well as boots. As always, he carried his sliver brief case.
Beside him was Mokuba, who waved at Angela. And a bodyguard on the other side of Seto.
“My ego is perfectly fine.” Seto finished.
Yami finished his sandwich. “So, Angela didn’t scare you senseless when she kicked down that door?”
“Please…it’ll take more than that to frighten me.”
“Really? Now do I find that hard to believe?” Yami asked, smirking.
Seto glared at the King Of Games, “I never get scared!” He then smirked. “You on the other hand…do get scared.”
“And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
“But when you played that so-called ‘Seal’; you were scared of losing-”
“At least I don’t resort to suicide like you did at Duelist Kingdom!”
Mokuba stood back as Yami and Seto got in each other’s face…sparks flying from both their eyes.
“Stop it, both of you!” Angela scolded, pushing the two apart. She glared at Seto. “Mr. Kaiba, you maybe our sponsor…but I won’t allow you to anger or frustrate the patients here. Rich or not, I’ll be more than happy to knock you down a feet off your high horse.”
Seto scoffed and looked away. “Very well.”
“Thank you, Seto.”
Mokuba looked at Angela. “Sorry about my brother, Dr. Brooks.”
“Its fine, sweetie.” She said, ruffling his hair. Turning to Seto, “Aren’t you hot in that coat?”
“No, I’m fine. Besides I’ve got to get back to the office soon.”
A nurse with pink hair came up to the group, “Angela? We need you to look over a file for a new patient…not sure what treatment plan we should use.”
“Alright, I’ll be right there.” Angela said, before turning to the boys. “No more fighting…got it?”
Yami nodded, and kissed her hand. “You have my word, majesty.”
“Thank you, pharaoh.”
As Angela walked off, Seto turned to Yami in disbelief. “She knows?”
“Oh yes…she does.” Yami replied.
“I’d tell you…” The former pharaoh smirked. “But then I’d have to kill you.”
Seto returned that smirk. “Touché.”
“Now, tell me why you decided to sponsor the ‘Emerald Isle’?”
The CEO leaned against the table. “I thought it’d be a sort-of ‘thank you’…for saving your life, when no one else would.” He chuckled. “Also Angela helped me as well.”
“Big Brother passed out from stress.” Mokuba chimed in. “His blood pressure was, ‘higher than a kite’ according to Angela. He almost went into a coma from it. She had Seto sent here and her Godfather treated him…with herbal medicines and a special aroma therapy oil.”
“I told you to not mention that.” Seto said through his teeth.
“He was bound to find out sooner or later.” Mokuba said.
Yami’s smirk widened. “So that’s why you did it? Very noble of you, Kaiba.”
The once pharaoh turned to see Yugi and Anzu coming up to him.
“Dr. O’ Riley is going to make announcement, come on.” Yugi said, lightly pulling on Yami’s arm.
Yami let him pull him towards the dance floor. Dr. John O’ Riley stood in the center, leaning on his walking stick.
“Alright, settle down.” He told everyone. “Well, it so nice to see so many faces…both new and old. Thank you for coming to our little get-together; our first here in Japan. Many things have happened this year…good and bad. I’m happy to announce that Kaiba Corp. has become our sponsor, this is a grand thing to happen to our family. And to add to this special occasion, a dance from my homeland by my the one dearest to my heart.”
Dr. John left the stage and on walked a woman in a traditional Irish dance costume of green, gold, and red. Hair held back with a woven headband.
“Angela?!” Chimed Yugi and Yami in unison.
Yes it was her. The Celtic music started and Angela began to dance; the hard heel of her shoe making a hard knock on the floor. As the music picked up pace, Angela did too.
“Enjoying the dance, lads?”
Yami coughed on his drink, and Yugi jumped before turning to see Dr. John behind them. The Irish doctor was chuckling and watching his Goddaughter dance.
“Y-Yes sir.” Yami said, after getting his breath back. “I’ve never seen a dance like this before. What’s it called?”
“This kind of Irish dance is called a ‘Step Dance’. The oldest of all the dances in Ireland; not an easy dance to master unless you’re dedicated.”
“She’s good.” Yugi mused.
“Thank you, lad.”
The music ended and Angela bowed as the crowd clapped. She left the stage and headed for the clinic to change. People started to crowd the dance floor again; dancing with their moms or loved ones.
Yami moved over to the side, and finished his drink. He was impressed with the dance he had seen, the style and graceful moves…he was slightly jealous. Because of his pacemaker, he couldn’t do those kind of dances. And he kinda wanted to know how.
After tossing his empty soda can away, Angela came out in the street clothes she had been wearing before. He jogged up to her.
“Angela! Wait a minute.”
She turned and smiled at the young man. “Yami, did you enjoy the show?”
“Yes. I…I have something to tell you.”
Angela nodded and led him to a bench, where they sat down. “Is something wrong? Are you feeling alright?”
“Nothing like that, Angela.” Yami told her. “I just wanted to thank you.”
Yami rubbed the back of his neck. “If I hadn’t met you…I’d probably be either on Life Support or dead. I owe you my life, Angela.”
Angela put a hand on his shoulder. “You owe me nothing, Yami.”
“Yes, I do.” He said, while pulling out the gift from his inner jacket pocket. “I wanted to let you know…even though you’re not my mother by blood, you are one to me. And that won’t change.”
“Yami…” Angela was stunned. She took the gift and removed the wrapping to find a velvet box. Opening it to find a pendent styled after the Duel Monster Fairy’s Gift. The skin was green metal, the dress was emeralds, and the wings were peridot and amethysts. The hair was black onyx which shone purple in the light.
“Sweet Midsummer…it’s beautiful.” Angela breathed, then looked at Yami. “This is for me? I-I don’t-”
“You’re a mother to me Angela…I’ve never knew my real mother, but I-I love you that way. I understand if you don’t feel the same but-”
“I feel the same Yami, I see you as my son.” She confessed. “I told you I see everyone as family…but I feel as if you’re my own flesh and blood.”
Yami smiled, eyes bright before asking in a shy tone, “Then can I call you ‘mom’? When we’re alone?”
“Like in your day? When those closest to you couldn’t say your name in public?”
Angela hugged him, and he hugged her. Both stayed like that for a minute then parted.
“Help me put it on?” She asked.
Yami clasped the necklace around her neck, the pendent fell just below her mother’s necklace. For a brief moment, Yami thought he saw the two glow with magic.
Angela cupped his face, “You have such a sweet and kind heart Yami. I’m happy to know that about you.”
Yami chuckled. “I’m glad you think that…‘mother’.”
That made them both laugh.
Both walked around a bit, saying ‘hello’ to those they passed. It seemed as if the two had known each other for years.
By the time the dance was ending…Yami and Angela were at a table having a piece of cake.
“I wish I could dance like how you did.” He told her.
“No…not with this Tin Man heart in me.”
Angela shook her head. “There are many people who have a pacemaker, and they can dance as well as anyone.”
Yami raised a brow.
“I know one. In fact he’s going to start a dance class here next week…the same dance I do.” She explained. “Just try it ok? I can even help if need be.”
The young man sighed, before smiling. “Alright, alright…I’ll try it.”
Yugi came up at that moment, “We got to go, Yami. Grandpa will wonder where we are, if we’re not back soon.”
Yami sighed and got up, then hugged Angela. “See you next week, Mom.” He whispered.
“I’ll see you soon.” She replied. “I’ll have your room ready, next week.”
Yami then left with Yugi; knowing that Yugi would give him the twenty questions about the necklace. But he would answer anyway. Nothing could keep him from smiling that day…for now…he had something he never had.
This pic.. I colored it with colored pencils. I haven't used colored pencils in over 3 years D=
(yes, i forgot that line on her shoes >.> )
(outfit from Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games)