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ENCOUNTER: Name (14) by CoffeeAddictedDragon ENCOUNTER: Name (14) by CoffeeAddictedDragon
"Yami."

"Yaaaah.... meh..."

"No, Ya-MI. MI MI MI. It's a long E."

"Humans and their ridiculous tongue..."

Yami and Mana sat at the bottom of the tank, laying on some of the flatter stones. At his request, Mana was teaching Yami how to speak a short sentence in human. Normally, the Ebony Royal would never have stooped so low as to speak human, the last thing he wanted was to become more like his man captors, but Yami now had two reasons to begrudgingly change that. One was that, after weeks of searching, he had decided that escape would be impossible without some sort of human intervention. He'd need to you his wit, but to do that he would need to have some basic form of communication with them. Secondly, he had recently discovered that the humans had given him a nickname since they did not know his real one, Darky. As soon as he has realized this, he wanted to change it. Darky was a ridiculous name. He'd need to learn human talk to change that as well.

But it was proving to be difficult...

Mers talked through a series of yips, growls, chirps and singing. All very diverse and primal noises in a pattern that created a song like form of communication as well as body language. Humans were very different. They only made one real type of noise and instead used the mouth and tongue to make "words." They also used little to no body language when speaking, leading to Yami never really able to figure out what they were feeling or saying. He of course had expressed these things to Mana during his lessons.

"I know it's weird." She said, patting him on the shoulder. "But that's the way they work."

Yami grunted, ear frills flattening in frustration. "How do they know what the other is thinking or feeling if they don't use their bodies. You and I have fins, claws and frills that show how we feel. We growl when mad, we purr when happy, we sing certain songs to say different things. Humans are just so... Stiff?" Yami honestly couldn't think of a good word, but it wasn't complimentary to them.

Mana smiled. "You'll figure it out, you're a pretty determined mer."

Yami didn't look at her, still glaring into the waters infront of him, but a flick of his frills showed he was listening...

"... Wanna try again?..."

"... Very well..."

"Right, repeat after me. 'My name is Yami.'"

***

"Your an idiot Mahad..."

Mahad chuckled as he waded into the shallow end of the main tank, a fish in each hand. Today he would attempt to feed their guest from his hand.

"I need to get some sort of trust from him, his check up is coming up and I don't wanna have to keep tranquilizing the poor guy!"

harry raised an eyebrow, still watching. "I dunno. I like it when he's out cold and not snarling at me..."

"Oh hush you awful person." Mahad replied jokingly, coming to stand in the knee deep water before splashing the fish in the water.

"Lunch time you two!"



"Come on!" Mana said, tugging at yami's hand excitedly. "I'm starving! Let's go eat!" Yami groaned as he was dragged along by his uninjured arm towards the higher, shallower part of the tank. The two broke the surface a couple meters away. There, the human Mahad stood with a fish in each hand, calling them over. "He has two fish, he must wanna feed you personally!" The golden mermaid chirped excitedly. "Like that'll ever happen..." Yami growled darkly, narrowing his violet eyes at his warden.

Mana turned to him, blue eyes wide. "Come on Yami... You said it yourself, you need Mahad to trust you... This is a sign he want's you to trust him back."

"Grrrr...."

"Please do it... For me?"

With this Mana leaned forward, giving the biggest most hopeful look she could muster. Yami stiffened. Even little pups couldn't make eyes like that...

"I'll go first if it'll help..." She said, leaning forward a little more.

"... Fine."

"Yay!" Mana pulled back, hands in the air with her small victory before swimming over to Mahad, licking her lips hungrily.

Yami watched, the lower half of his face submerged in the water, as Mana took the fish and received a pet from Mahad. He grimaced. She really was a pet, it almost seemed a shame. She quickly swam back over, fish in mouth, before gesturing for him to go next. The merman growled and bared his teeth, but slowly swam towards Mahad. He had promised to do this, and he was a mer of his word.

He slowly approached, zig zagging a little so his side was almost always to the brown haired human male. All the while he continued holding out the fish, waving it a little bit to keep his attention.

"C'mere boy... There we go..."

Yami slipped closer, eyeing the fish as his stomach lurched with hunger.

"That's it, come on over Darky. I'm not going to hurt you..." Mahad continued saying in a low, clam voice.

The mer bristled a little at the insulting name. He got closer, slowing in his approach, his gaze flickering from the fish to Mahad's face.

"That's it Darky..."

'Stop calling me that...' Yami thought, his back fins shuttering a bit with aggression.

"Come on Darky..."

'Stop...'

"Darky come on. You almost have the fish Darky."

'That's not my...'

"Take it Darky-"

Yami snarled, rising up and knocking Mahad backwards. The Ebony Royal rose to his full height, almost practically on top of the startled caretaker. Yami puffed up every frill and fin on his body and he snarled

"MY NAME IS YAMI!" He shrieked, locking eyes with Mahad.

The room was silent.

Mahad stared at the mer, eyes huge, and watched as the black scaled mer bared his teeth and snarled one last time before sliding back and grabbing the fish that had begun floating away and started swimming away.

Harry sprinted over. "Oh my gosh, Mahad are you okay!?"

At the same time, Ishizu came running up the stairs and racing into the room. "I heard yelling, what's wrong?"

"... He talked..."

"What?" Ishizu said, tilting her head.

Mahad turned and stood, eyes huge and glowing with child like enthusiasm despite the fact that a creature that could have easily killed him had him pinned mere moments ago. ""Dark- I mean Yami talked! Well more like yelled but I didn't teach him that and none of us said the name Yami so that mustmeanthatMANAtaughthimhowtospeakatleastalittlebitwhichopensupHUGEnewpossibilitiesohjustwaituntilpegasus..."


Yami glanced back at the ruckus behind him. Mahad was going on excitedly, babbling and hardly breathing with the two other humans just staring at him. He grunted and dove beneath the surface, fish tightly gripped in his jaws.

Mana was waiting.

"Well, the... Uhm the presentation was a bit... Aggressive. But you spoke in human, and Mahad seems happy. You didn't mangle him either so points for that." She said, giving two thumbs up.

Yami rolled his eyes and swam down to a stone to eat. "Your human is weird. You'd think he'd be terrified."

Mana swam down beside him and giggled. "Well... If he were terrified then I wouldn't be here..." She said, almost wistfully.

Yami perked up and glanced at her, curious. "Oh?..."

"Yup... But..." She then turned and grinned at him mischievously. "That's a story for another day." With that, Mana tapped him on the nose and swam off at full speed, giggling.

Yami stared after her, watching her golden form turn and vanish behind some fake coral.

What did she mean?...

Perhaps there was more of a story between Mahad and Mana then Yami had thought...

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As you can see, Mahad becomes an excited little fish person enthusiast, even when he's inches from being mauled.

No more nicknames for Yami. XD

Anyways, sorry for the delay with this one guys. ^^;



Yugioh/Characters (c) Kazuki Takahashi

Harry/Story/Mers/Designs (c) Me
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:iconkuro-kai08:
kuro-kai08 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Can't wait to read more of this
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! ^^
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:iconkuro-kai08:
kuro-kai08 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
you're welcome
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:iconabyssalthedragon:
AbyssaltheDragon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Allow me to laugh for an hour

*walks off and starts laughing hysterically*

Abyssal: *faceclaw*
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:iconkrestenawolfshadow:
Awesome work Star! You've done a great job with this picture and story. Every time I see a new mer pic from you I always smile and immediately get to reading more of your amazing story. Keep up the fantastic work! :D (Big Grin) Clap 
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! :hug:
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Your very welcome Star! :D (Big Grin) 
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Congratulations Mahad!  Your Royal spoke to you, informed you of his true name, and didn't kill you.  Your reputation with Yami is downgraded to dislike from hated.

Mana must have poured all her skill points into charm.  She can persuade anybody.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Puppy dog eyes man. You master that and you will get anything... XD

Congrats Mahad, you went from hated, to deeply disliked. XD
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MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow it's amazing he talked, but I guess it had to happen that way. Nice work.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. ^^
Well he can only say "my name is Yami" but its a start. XD
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MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. True, but he's got to start somewhere.
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:iconpixiepastel94:
Pixiepastel94 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I truly love this story. and its so awesome. *thumbs you rock dear ;)
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank younso much! :iconblushplz:
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:iconpixiepastel94:
Pixiepastel94 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
your truly welcome dear and its a pleasure to meet you. :3
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pleasure to meet you too.... ^^
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:iconpixiepastel94:
Pixiepastel94 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
the pleasure all mine and I love the story, its super interesting. you have a beautiful gift for writing dear, I mean it.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. ^///^
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:iconpixiepastel94:
Pixiepastel94 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
np dear and its the truth.
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
This...was...SUPER AWESOME!!!!!
I love how Yami tackled/shocked Mahad. XD
Can't wait to read the next one about Yami's check up. (Let me know if you need help, 'kay?)
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do, thank you!
Oh, and his check up won't be for awhile....  
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:iconfairyofthunder22:
FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Darn! Oh well...
Can't wait to read what happens next!
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AbyssaltheDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
you tell em yami lmfao
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
num
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YaminDarkKnights Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Filmographer
i love the story heheXD
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^
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YaminDarkKnights Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Filmographer
yw
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Glacie95 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Yay!!!!! New one!!!! I love this story!!
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Glacie95 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
You're welcome ^^ I can't wait to see what happens next :D
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SpiritDragonRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
At least Yami got his name across :XD:
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Point. Made. XD
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SpiritDragonRyuu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Haha yep :XD: Don't think they will be calling him Darky anymore :XD:
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
ha ha ha ha! That was a shock enough, although there was no need to shout, Yami 
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yami was pretty mad about his nickname. XD
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
no surprise
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