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ENCOUNTER: Past (20) by CoffeeAddictedDragon ENCOUNTER: Past (20) by CoffeeAddictedDragon
“Yami?”

Yami looked up from the remains of the fish that he’d been eating at the sound of Mana’s voice. His left ear frill twitched as he met the Gold Midian’s gaze expectantly. “Mmhmm?” He gave a muffled reply before swallowing the last of his lunch and turning to face her fully. “Yes, Mana? What do you need?”

She paused for a moment, seemingly hesitant. Her fiddles with her fingers a bit and her gaze darted at the ground for a moment. He blinked, concerned, before Mana sighed and settled herself down beside him. “I wanted to thank you…” She said quietly, something the Yami wasn’t used to. “For… What are you thanking me?” He replied, settling beside her and tilting his head, his meal now properly forgotten.

“For last night… During the storm…” She replied, looking down and giving a shy half smile as she scratched the back of her head. Despite the smile though, he could see a ghost of fear in her eyes at the memory. Yami waved his hand dismissively. “You needn’t thank me. I couldn’t very well leave you like that.” Mana smiled, a more genuine one, and cocked her head to the side a bit. “Well technically you could have.”

He snorted. “True, but what kind of mer would I be then?”

“A rude one maybe?” She said with a snicker.

He grinned “Very.”

She laughed, showing her sharp fangs. He smiled in amusement before his face fell a little and his eyebrows furrowed a bit. “Mana… I do have a question though…”

“Hmm? What is it?”

“Why are you so afraid of thunderstorms?...”

Mana blinked and Yami watched as her face paled a bit and an anxious look flickered through her eyes. There was a pause before Yami pursed his lips and got up. “I’m sorry, I overstepped. I’ll leave the matter be.” He swam slowly past her, internally scolding himself. ‘Foolish… It’s obviously a sensitive subject…’

He had some a few feet when…

“... I didn’t always live here, you know…”

Yami froze, his spines twitching at the statement. He turned slowly and looked at her.
She was still sitting there, her arms crossed as she lay on the sand, facing away from him. He stared for a moment before he slowly drifted back over and took his place close beside her. “Mana?” He said quietly, leaning forward a bit.

She sighed and looked up, pursing her lips a bit and meeting his gaze. She seemed unsure.

“Mana, you don’t have to explain yourself if you don’t want-”

Mana cut him off. “No. No, I owe you at least that right?” She said with a grin, though it seemed a little forced.

Yami narrowed his amethyst eyes. “If you’re sure.”

“I’m sure.”

Yami settled himself down and waited patiently as Mana sighed and lifted her chin.

“Like I said, I didn’t always live here… I’ve been in the aquarium almost as long as I can remember. Almost.” Yami blinked, immediately questions were bubbling up inside him like boiling water but he restrained himself and resigned instead to patiently listen.

“I can’t remember everything very well… I was so young…” She scratched the back of her head. “Mahad’s told me the things I don’t remember, like how he and some others found me on a beach as a pup-”

“You were in the wild?!” Mana snapped her head to look at Yami, who had just smacked a hand over his own mouth. “Sorry.” He apologized after a moment of silence. “I didn’t mean to blurt that out.” Mana giggled, her shoulders shuddering a bit. “No it’s fine! Yes, I’m pretty sure I was born out in the sea…” Yami nodded. “Please, continue.”

The Midian twitched her ear fins and smiled. “Right… Anyways, I don’t remember much about when I was a pup before the aquarium… But…” She grimaced, hesitating.

Yami waited, blinking slowly as he patiently waited.

Mana sighed, looking off in the distance, her grip on her arm tightening and loosening. “Like I said, Mahad found me washed up on the beach just after a thunderstorm... “ She narrowed her eyes. “I… Don’t remember much… Only that it was loud… There was water crashing everywhere and thunder roaring. I didn’t know which way was up or down and then all of the sudden, I was spinning and flailing…” She paused, her eyes drooping a bit and her ear fins lowered. Yami blinked and tilted his head to catch her eye. “Mana?...”

She flicked her eyes over to his and blinked. She shrugged and closed her eyes. “I just remember flailing around and being… Scared…”

There was another long moment of silence. Yami quietly regarded her, blinking softly.

She shook her head then turned to face him, shrugging and smiling weakly. “Then everything went dark. When I woke up I was here in the medical pool with Mahad and my wounds were all wrapped up.” She tilted her head and blinked. “And I’ve been here ever since.” She finished with a final shrug.

Yami narrowed his eyes slightly, tilting his head a bit. “I see…” Deep in his gut, he could tell there was more to it than just an unfortunate encounter with bad weather. He almost pressed for more details, but the look in her eyes… There was a hesitation. It was a look he was familiar with, a feeling he knew well. Kind and open as Mana was, it seemed to him that she was holding back. He wanted to know why, what she was holding back.

But not today.

Mana blinked at him and tilted her head, unsure. “Yami?”

“Ah, sorry.” He blinked and his features softened. “I’m sorry that happened to you… I can hardly imagine what getting beached like that is like.

Yami could wait to find out the rest of the facts later, he had pushed far enough for today...

Mana smiled. “Yeah… Not fun.” Her eyes suddenly lit up humorously. “Though it’s funnier to imagine that it’s what it must feel like to be in a washing machine.”

Yami’s eyes sparked curiously, his eyebrows furrowing. “Washing machine?”

Mana grinned, the faint shadow of anxiety from her storytelling fading from her eyes. “Yeah! It’s a box that fills with water and swishes human cloths around inside to clean them!”

Yami puffed up his back frills and hissed. “That’s stupid.” He said, wrinkling his nose. “Wearing those weird things for no reason… Too complicated... Why even…?”

Mana giggled. “Apparently humans don’t like showing off their gender traits” She then whispered. “They get embarrassed easily…”

Yami folded his arms and growled. “I’d be embarrassed too if I was born human…”

“Oh hush! And here I said you were nice!” She cried, reaching over and grabbing the tail of the fish he’d been eating and whacking him playfully on the head with it.

“Ah-MANA!” He rubbed his head and looked up just in time to see the Gold Midian darting off, laughing. Yami crouched, growling and rolling his shoulders before giving chase.

Mana glanced behind her and squealed, zig zagging around the tank with Yami hot on her tail. Despite his best attempts, he found her smile and laughter to be contagious and soon he could feel the water rushing past his fangs as he grinned and gave chase.

He knew full well she was avoiding telling him everything. He would know, he’d used such techniques before for his own problems… But for now he could indulge her…

She could tell him when the time was right. Besides, it felt odd seeing a somber Mana, even if they had only know each other for a month or two…

Seeing and hearing her laugh was far more pleasant.


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Previous:  ENCOUNTER: Storm (19) by CoffeeAddictedDragon
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EDIT: Crap, forgot her arm tag...


LOOK WHAT THE CATFISH DRAGGED IN YO. Britney Spears - Oh Yeah! 

Writing is a tad rusty, cause, ya know, it's been like... 8 months since the last update.... Woops. Joker creppy smile - icon 

But, an update's here by popular demand! Hopefully I'll get into the swing of things soon. Lol, Thanks for the patience you darling little beans you!



Oh I have such chapters in the distance ahead... Hades - Oh Yeah 



Yugioh/Yami/Mana (c) Kazuki Takahashi

SovereignMers/Encounter/Story/MerVersions (c) Me


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:icontenkokukutiw:
Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
When will it continue?
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Theres no real set date. It mostly happens when it happens I suppose.
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Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018
I only have to wait, I liked treated the idea.
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Qween3000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Can you write to me when the next one comes
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may not remember. Best I can say is add me to your watch list if you wanna be guaranteed for an update.
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Qween3000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Have you added to the watch list, let me know when the next one comes
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Qween3000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
And when will the next page come ???
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure, they just kind of happen, and the holidays have delayed it a bit.
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Qween3000 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
OK;) (Wink) 
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:iconqween3000:
Qween3000 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017
When will the next page come ????

or is the comic finished ??
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't really say. It certainly isn't finished but it kind of gets worked on when I have time/motivation. Hopefully the next one will be up soon.
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amporter56 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
Ahhh! You updated this story! I'm so happy! I love this story so much. I can't wait to see what happens.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it so much, thank you. ^^
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MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you focused in on Mana hear while Yami is the one listening. You can really tell that she has something important on her mind. Nice work.
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^ Glad to see that my writing skills aren't too rusty. ^^
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MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome and it is good that you are still writing, because practice is what can keep those skills of yours sharp.
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megakyurem4188 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this chapter
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I am gladyou liked it! ^^
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megakyurem4188 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yami thinks something is up about her story
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmh yus. Suspitious Fish Person....
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megakyurem4188 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Detective yami at your service
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Hi again. ^^
I really like the way you did this one. The amount of detail in it is really good. I love the way you've drawn mana, her hair and eyes look so beautiful and I like the blurry effect you added with yami. Fantastic job Star. =D :clap: 
I am so glad to see more of encounter series again, I have missed it so much. ^^ I can't wait to see what happens next. :squee: :happybounce: :excited:

( any clues or sneak peaks on what's next? )  
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked it and the image. Much easier with the new art system I have now. :)


(Nope sorry, your gonna have to wait. heheheheheheheher.)
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
=D

(darn, well I look forward to seeing the next chapter. ^^ Any idea when you might release it?
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no idea.
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Oh ok. Hopefully soon maybe. ^^
Sorry for asking a lot I am just super excited to see tat encounter is back. :squee: :excited: :happybounce:
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Nefeloma21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yahooooooooo! Finally a new chapter! This is so great! And we get some backstory for Mana! Oh I can't wait for more chapters! I'm also wondering what Yugi and the others are up to hmm... We will find out! XDD Can't wait for more!^^
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad your patience was not in vain. ^^

And you are right, we shall see. ^^
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Nefeloma21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe^^ Can't wait for more!


(Also little question... are we gonna see Kaiba and Mokuba on this story? If we don't I don't mind it is still great!^^ I'm jus tasking from curiosity XD)
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm... most likely not much, since the story mostly takes place in the aquarium.
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Nefeloma21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh no problem with that^^ The story is still awesome!^^
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Linkandyugi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student
No white box just a message
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, try this. See where it says "Comment stack" where the comments are? Follow that bar to the right until you see about four icon buttons. Click the second from the left and see if that helps. you might have your comments on a different mode.
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Linkandyugi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student
I fix it!!!
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Voila. 
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:iconlinkandyugi:
Linkandyugi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student
Thank you 
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NP.
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Glacie95 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
I love it!!!!! Especially when they begin to play <3 so cute!!!!! I'm not surprised she didn't tell him everything. It can't be very easy talking about her past
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^

Yup, especially since they're still not completely sure about one another. That'll change in the future though. ^^
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Glacie95 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
Welcome :) and it shouldn't be a problem considering Mana's personality
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017
This is great!
And Mana whacking Yami on the head with a fish...priceless! *bursts out laughing* I so see that happening! XD
Can't wait for the next chapter!
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it, thanks. ^^
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awww this was so cute 
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx
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Linkandyugi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student
I need assistance  for so reason I can't replie my replies in the notication,  only it simply tells someone posted a replie 
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhm, I dunno what to tell you... :/
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
maybe her arm number was taken off for checking so it worked as it should? 

no wonder Mana hates thunder storms, if she was separated from her mom and pod during one when she was really smal
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm maybe! 

Yup, poor gal! Maybe we will find out more in the future eh?
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
yeah
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OmnipotentCarrot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was right about what happened, wasn't I?
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