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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, United Duelists Academy

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The next part of the tournament was set to happen at the start of the next semester, giving students time to focus on their studies, as well as be… well, students.

It was a time of peace.

"Synchro Monsters are the monsters of duelists with high willpower," Explained the teacher at the front of the class, he had black spikey hair with orange highlights, his assistant was a young woman with dark red hair.

His name was Yusei Fudo, the woman was Aki Izayoi, although, to the students, they were Mr. Fudo and Ms. Izayoi.

"At least, that's how it usually is," Yusei continued, "Synchro Monsters can also be created by utilizing the power of a Tuner monster, who can take the power of other monsters in the user's possession…" He explained, "and cultivating it into something new…" he finished.

"Any questions?" He asked the class, the hand of Yugo was the first one to hit the air.

"Yes, Mr. Sakaki?" Yusei said with a grin.

"Mr. Fudo, what about my situation?" Yugo asked, "I just, well, started with a Synchro Monster!" He said.

"Like every other monster," Yusei started to explain, "Synchro Monsters can sometimes come to a duelist simply because the monster's spirit likes that duelist," he explained.

"Huh…" Yugo said as he sat back down, "so Clear Wing came to me because she liked me…" He muttered to himself.

"Now, another thing about Synchro Monsters…" Yusei continued, "it was discovered that when transforming into a Synchro Monster that if you transform while moving at a high speed…" He said as he drew a monster on the whiteboard behind him with the word "Synchro" written on it, apparently moving at a high speed.

"There is a temporary boost in strength for that monster," Yusei explained, "It was called the Speed Boost, and was what inspired the creation of D-Wheels to give duelists an easy way to use this power!" He said with a grin.

"Can we see it?" Asked someone amidst the crowd of students, Yusei chuckled, "Perhaps another time, but for right now, I have assignments for you all…" Yusei replied as groans shot throughout the classroom, followed by even louder groans as Aki handed out papers.

Both Yuya and Soul were snapped awake by the girls beside them, "Huh!? What!? I was listening, I swear!" Yuya yelled quickly as Aki smiled at him, handing him a paper filled with questions he didn't know the answers to.

"You need to pay attention in class you know!" Yuzu scolded, Yuya immediately put his hands together and started to beg, "Please help me!" He begged as Yuzu felt her hand twitch for her paper fan.

"Fine…" She finally said with a sigh, earning a wide smile from Yuya.

"Soul, do you need any help?" Syrup asked as Soul glanced at his paper.

He yawned and picked up a pen, "Nah… I already know all this stuff anyway…" he said lazily as he started to answer the questions on the paper with ease, "Are… you sure?" Syrup asked with a look of concern.

She glanced at his paper, and surprisingly enough, they were all correctly answered, at least, that's what Syrup thought at least.

"Are you like, some sort of genius?" Syrup exclaimed.

Soul yawned as he flipped to the next page of the packet, "Call me whatever you want…" He said lazily, "but trust me, I'm not a genius…" He said as he started to answer the rest of the questions.

"A prodigy then?" Syrup asked while Soul yawned, "Hm… I guess…" He replied, "A lazy, idiotic, prodigy…" He muttered under his breath so that Syrup wouldn't hear him.


"Yuya Sakaki?" Said a voice from behind a door that read "Counsellor's Office"

Yuya stepped inside and nearly fell over when he saw who was at the desk, "H-Headmaster!?" He exclaimed as he saw the familiar spiky hair of Yugi Moto.

The young man chuckled, bags hung under his eyes, and a cup of coffee rested on the desk next to him, "Surprised to see me?" He asked, "Our current counselor is away, for now, her sister is apparently about to experience the miracle of childbirth!" He said with fake enthusiasm, he looked like he hadn't slept in a few days.

"I-I see…" Yuya said as he nervously sat down in front of him, "Are… are you okay?" He asked nervously.

"Hm? Of course? Why wouldn't I be?" Yugi replied with a smile that was clearly forced, "It's just three days of constant work and no sleep, especially since I now have to take over our counselor's duties…" He started to ramble, "But I'm fine, I've gone longer without any rest…!" He said as he held his coffee in one hand, he seemed to be gripping it tightly, as if trying to break it, as he took another sip.

Yuya stared at him.

"Listen, how about we focus on your problems, not MINE…" Yugi said with an eerily kind and happy tone, Yuya gulped and nodded his head.

"Now then, what seems to be the problem?" Yugi asked as he put the coffee cup up to his lips and emptied it, he then placed it back down on the desk and took out an energy drink as he put the mug into a coffee maker, making another cup of coffee for him.

"Well… you see, it's one of my monsters, sir…" Yuya began to explain, "I… I used it in the tournament?" Yuya explained.

"Ah yes, the black dragon right?" Yugi asked, "I watched the replay of the tournament, the Xyz Pendulum monster I presume?" He asked.

"Y-yes…" Yuya replied, "I… well, I haven't been able to use that monster ever since the tournament ended…" Yuya explained, "I know it's there… but I can't transform into it or even bring it out as a spirit…" Yuya continued.

"Well…" Yugi said as his head swayed ever so slightly, "There's a simple explanation for that…" he said.

"Really? What is it?" Yuya asked.

"You aren't strong enough for it yet!" Yugi said.

"Huh?" Yuya said in response.

"Let me put it for you this way…" Yugi continued, "Right now, that power will only come out if you really need it…" Yugi explained, "Such as when you are in danger, you're at your limit, or there is some other reason that the spirit determines to be a good reason to come out!" Yugi said as he drank some of the liquid in the energy drink.

"But… what about other times?" Yuya asked.

"Well, once you yourself have grown stronger, you will eventually be able to transform into that monster whenever you wish!" Yugi explained, "But as of right now, you are still just a freshman…" Yugi said as he stared into Yuya's eyes, even though Yugi's eyes were tired, Yuya could see a special kind of… glimmer within them.

"So all you need to do is continue to grow, learn, and become stronger…" Yugi said with a genuine smile, "now, is there anything else?" Yugi asked.

"No, thank you," Yuya said as he stood up, Yugi smiled, "good… now run along now…" Yugi said as he head suddenly fell and hit the desk he sat at, a loud snore shooting through the room.

Yuya noticed a blanket resting against the back of his chair and figured it was the right thing to do what he was thinking. He walked over and picked it up, throwing it over the unconscious headmaster's body.

He then quickly left the office while Yugi let out loud snores.


Xyz Monsters are pretty fickle…" Yuma explained to his class, "They aren't really 'created' exactly…" He said, "It's more like you take two powers from inside you… smack them on top of each other… and then hope that it's enough to summon a powerful spirit to you!" He said with a huge grin.

Everyone in the class collectively tilted their heads and said "Huh?"

Astral sighed, "I'll take over from here…" He said with an exasperated sigh, Xyz Monsters are a powerful type of monster with special abilities that are usually much stronger than other monsters…" Astral explained, "the cost of which usually means that those abilities require a cooldown after a certain amount of uses…" he said clearly.

"To obtain an Xyz Monster, you must have two or more monsters of similar strength…" Astral explained as Kotori drew two shapes with little angry eyes and a smile, as well as four stars above each of them.

"It's a complicated process, and difficult to explain with words…" Astral continued, "to put it bluntly, you Overlay those monsters together…" he explained.

Another collective "Huh?" Shot through the classroom.

Astral chuckled, "Yes, that doesn't make much sense, does it?" He asked, "It's different from fusing two powers together to make a fusion monster…" Astral continued, "Think of it like this… you place the two powers together inside an isolated area…" Astral explained while Kotori drew a strange swirly portal-like thing on the board.

"Then, you overlap the powers on top of each other… when done correctly, a powerful burst of energy should occur…" He explained, "Then, an Xyz Monster will either be created, or an Xyz Monster spirit will be drawn to you…" Astral said clearly.

There was no collective expression of confusion in the classroom this time around.

"It's strange, but it is what it is…" Astral said as he floated back down next to Yuma.

"Of course, however…" Yuma continued, "sometimes, like other monsters, an Xyz Monster will simply come to you because it likes you!" Yuma said with a large grin.

Yuto looked down at himself, "Is that why I have Dark Rebellion?" He muttered to himself.


Yuya and Yuzu exited their classroom, the day was almost over, with just one more class left to go through.

"Hey! Look at that!" Yuzu exclaimed, quickly running towards the opposite wall in their hallway, Yuya ran after her with a look of confusion.

He then saw what she had run towards, it was a large poster attached neatly to the wall.

"What's this?" Yuya asked as Yuzu stared at it, "It's a school play…" Yuzu said as they stared at it.

UDA Fine Arts presents…

Romeo & Juliet

A tragedy of epic proportions!

Auditions this Friday at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM!

"Yuya!" Yuzu said with a bright smile on her face, "Auditions are today, and right after school!" She said giddily.

"You… wanna go to the auditions?" Yuya asked, "What character do you even want to play?" He asked.

"I dunno…" Yuzu replied as she took out her phone and snapped a picture of the poster, "But still, wouldn't it be fun?" She asked.

"I mean… yeah, it does actually look fun…" Yuya replied as he stared at the poster, "Do you wanna go?" He asked.

Yuzu nodded her head with excitement, Yuya grinned and took out his phone, "I'll let everyone else know, heck, they might even join us!" He said while Yuzu stared at the poster with a look of glee.

Entertaining WAS something Yuya wanted to do, so why not?


The Smile Crew

PendulumPioneer: Hey guys! Check this out!

Pendulum Pioneer:  [Image File]

PurpleIdiot has joined the chatroom

PurpleIdiot has changed his name to Fusionisabitch

Fusionisabitch has changed the room name to  Yugo is afraid of the dark

Gottagofast ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ has joined the chatroom

Gottagofast ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ has changed Fusionisabitch's name to MYNAMEISYUGOYOUDIPSHIT

Gottagofast ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ has changed the room name to  Chatroom

MYNAMEISYUGOYOUDIPSHIT: Lol

MYNAMEISYUGOYOUDIPSHIT has changed his name to Emperor_Yuri

Emperor_Yuri: So what, do you wanna audition for the play or something?

Ms. Pigtails has joined the chatroom

Ms. Pigtails has changed her name to Princess_Yuzu

Princess_Yuzu: Yup! Does anyone wanna join us?

Gottagofast ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ: Sounds fun! I'm in!

Emperor_Yuri: Oh god, Fusion of all people ACTING?

Gottagofast ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ: Shut up Yuri, also it's YUGO, not FUSION

IdealHousewife has joined the chatroom

IdealHousewife has changed his name to Yuto

Yuto: I think it's a great idea!

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Serena has joined the chatroom

Thatgirlwiththesamefaceasthatgirl has joined the chatroom

Thatgirlwiththesamefaceasthatgirl has changed her name to Windwitch

Birds_Love_Me: What's this about?

Serena: Stop flooding my phone with notifications

Windwitch: Ooh! I love Shakespeare plays!

Emperor_Yuri: fine, I'll come

PendulumPioneer: So everyone's coming?

Serena: I mean, I guess

Princess_Yuzu: Yay!

Yuya put his phone back into his pocket, closing out the mess of a chatroom he and everyone else had made.

Yuya wondered which role he wanted to audition for when the time finally came.


Yuya and Yuzu walked towards the auditorium, there was already a fairly large crowd by the doors.

They saw Yuto and everyone else standing together in a group, they quickly joined them.

"Who's the antagonist in Romeo & Juliet? I wanna play that guy…" Yuri muttered as he looked at an audition script, a stack of papers stapled together and filled with different scenes for every character.

"Who do you think I should play?" Ruri asked, "Hm… did you consider Juliet?" Rin replied.

"I did… but no, I don't think I wanna play the main character…" Ruri replied.

"Oh, hey guys!" Yugo said as they finally noticed Yuya and Yuzu joining the group, "We grabbed two scripts for you guys too! Here!" He said as he handed them each a stack of paper.

"Maybe I'll play Juliet…" Yuzu muttered, "But doesn't that mean having to kiss whoever plays Romeo?" Yuto said in response.

Yuzu's face suddenly went bright red, "K-KISS!?" She yelled out, "I-I mean I guess, yeah…" She stuttered as she immediately flipped through the rest of the pages, "Y-yeah, I guess Juliet just isn't for me…" she started to say.

"YOU!"

Everyone suddenly turned to face the loud voice that had just pierced their ears, there was a young and tall woman with brown hair and a wide smile on her face staring directly at Yuzu, "Let me see you!" She said as she ran over to Yuzu and stared directly at her face, seemingly analyzing her.

"Umm, who are you?" Yuzu asked nervously, "Anzu, Anzu Mazaki, Ms. Mazaki, whatever!" She said quickly, her face was brightening the more she looked at the pink-haired girl.

She suddenly placed her hands on Yuzu's shoulder and smiled, "My director's instinct is screaming about you!" She said excitedly, "You're perfect! At least I hope so…" She said quickly.

"Perfect? For what?" Yuzu asked nervously.

"For the role of Juliet of course!" Anzu said as though it was obvious.

"HUH!?" Everyone yelled.

Anzu suddenly grabbed Yuzu's hand and started dragging her into the auditorium, "W-Wait! I don't think I'm cut out for…!" Yuzu started to protest, though her words fell on deaf ears when it came to the woman dragging her inside.

Yuya watched in shock, Yuzu as… Juliet?

It certainly brought a smile to his face to see her playing such an important role… but, then he thought of Yuzu kissing an unknown man.

He quickly ran towards the door and caught it before it closed, peering through to listen to what was to happen next. His brothers crowded behind him, as well as Yuzu's sisters.

"W-wait! I don't think I can play someone like Juliet…" Yuzu tried to say as she stood in the center of the stage, a spotlight focused on her while Anzu and what looked like the headmaster, Atem, sat down to watch.

"Please, just try it!" Anzu pleaded, Yuzu bit her lip and sighed as she turned to the page with Juliet's audition lines.

Yuzu took a deep breath in, and a deep breath out, before beginning to read the lines.

"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name;

Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,

And I'll no longer be a Capulet." Yuzu recited.

Her voice seemed to ring on Yuya's ears, was it always this serene? This soothing?

Anzu looked at her own copy of the script and responded with the line of Romeo, who spoke next.

"Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?" Anzu recited, it was a line that Juliet wasn't able to hear, but it signified the point where Yuzu would continue speaking.

"Tis but thy name that is my enemy;

Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.

What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,

Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part

Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!

What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes

Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,

And for that name which is no part of thee

Take all myself."

Yuzu finished reciting the monologue, she took a deep breath in and out as she looked at the two teachers in the audience.

Anzu looked like she was about to cry tears of joy, Atem also looked impressed.

"You're PERFECT!" She suddenly yelled out, jumping out of her seat as Yuzu stepped off of the stage, "Please, will you please play Juliet?" Anzu pleaded.

"I… I don't know…" Yuzu said nervously, "It's just that… being Juliet means… well…" Yuzu started to stutter.

Atem walked over to her and placed a hand on her shoulder, "Will you give it some thought?" Atem asked with a kind smile, "We will be here at 12 PM to 1 PM, both Saturday and Sunday," Atem assured, "Please, give us an answer at one of those times…" he requested, Yuzu nodded her head and started to leave.

Everyone quickly moved away from the door as Yuzu walked out, "Well?" Serena asked.

"They… want me to play Juliet…" Yuzu whispered.

Everyone let out quiet congratulations, though Yuzu wasn't smiling.

"What's wrong?" Ruri asked.

"I'm… not sure, I have time to decide but…" Yuzu said nervously.

Anzu burst out the door, "Is there anybody auditioning for Romeo?" She yelled out.

Yuya's body suddenly moved on its own, running directly up to the woman.

"Me! I want to audition for Romeo!" Yuya yelled out, his friends behind him stared at him, Yuya however, stared directly into Anzu's eyes confidently.

"Please…" Yuya said quietly, his eyes burned with quiet determination.

"Not so fast! I'm the one who's auditioning first!" Yelled a voice behind him, Yuya turned to look at who it was.

Oh, of course.

Shingo Sawatari, the guy who had somehow gotten the ability to use Pendulum Monsters.

The thought of Yuzu kissing an unknown person suddenly changed into the thought of Yuzu kissing Sawatari.

"No!" Yuya said firmly, Sawatari gave him a smug look, "Oh, and as if you of all people can play Romeo better than me," He said mockingly, "bring it on then, I'll destroy you as I did in the tournament…" Sawatari said menacingly.

"Right, well both of you will be auditioning, so settle down…" Anzu started to say.

"Nah, how about this…" Sawatari said, "We'll watch each other's auditions, I wanna see the look on his face when he sees how much better I am…" Sawatari said smugly.

"Bring it on!" Yuya yelled back.

"Now, boys…" Anzu started to say before Atem suddenly came out, "Is that truly what you want?" Atem asked the two boys.

"Yup…" Sawatari replied.

"I'm fine with it…" Yuya said back.

"Then why not…" Atem said with a grin, he walked back inside with Yuya and Sawatari following him, and Anzu placing a hand up to her forehead in exasperation.

"Yuya is… trying out for Romeo?" Yuzu muttered to herself.

Inside the auditorium, Sawatari stepped up to the stage first once Anzu and Atem sat down, Yuya was surprised that the headmaster was also helping with the play, but he didn't bother to question it.

"Now watch, as the great Sawatari struts his stuff!" Sawatari said dramatically as he began to recite the lines.

After about a minute or so, Sawatari finished and grinned at Yuya, he gritted his teeth, he hated to admit it, but Sawatari did well.

"Impressive…" Anzu said as she wrote something down on a clipboard, Sawatari jumped down from the stage and gave Yuya a smug grin, "Try and beat that…" he said as he walked past him, sitting down in the seats, confident that Yuya couldn't do what he had just said.

Yuya nervously stepped up onto the stage and looked at his script, it was a pretty long monologue, and poetic to the point where he had trouble understanding exactly what Romeo was saying.

He took a deep breath in, and another one out.

Not enough, once more…

Still, not enough, why was he so nervous?

He noticed Yuzu watching him through the window in the door to the auditorium, his breath hitched for a moment.

Somehow, seeing her seemed to calm him down pretty well.

He took another deep breath in, and another one out.

Alright, he was ready.

"He jests at scars that never felt a wound." Yuya started off, he stopped and looked at Anzu.

"Juliet appears above at a window…" Anzu said, clearing him to continue.

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief,

That thou her maid art far more fair than she:

Be not her maid, since she is envious;

Her vestal livery is but sick and green

And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.

It is my lady, O, it is my love!

O, that she knew she were!

She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?

Her eye discourses; I will answer it.

I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To twinkle in their spheres till they return.

What if her eyes were there, they in her head?

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night.

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O, that I were a glove upon that hand,

That I might touch that cheek!

He stopped, he looked directly at the headmaster and Anzu, he hadn't realized it, but his legs were shaking ever so slightly, and his back felt incredibly itchy…

Sawatari's mouth hung open, a look of shock on his face.

Anzu suddenly stood up and clapped, "I love it!" Anzu said with a huge smile, "Perfect! Splendid!" She exclaimed, even Atem clapped his hands gently.

"If… If I don't get the role of Romeo…" Sawatari said weakly, "Are there any other roles I can try for?" He asked.

"Of course," Atem replied, "Mr. Sakaki, why don't you take a break, you look like you're about to collapse!" Atem said jokingly, Yuya nodded nervously and thanked them for their time as he left.

Yuya stepped outside and nearly fell over, he was quickly caught by Yuri and Yuto.

"Yuya? You okay?" They asked with a tone of worry, though smiles were on their faces.

"You guys were listening?" Yuya asked nervously, they nodded.

"Man… acting up there is stressful!" Yuya exclaimed as his brothers let him lean against the wall, "But… it was fun, and I think I did better than Sawatari!" Yuya said with a smile.

Yuzu smiled and took out a pink handkerchief, "Geez, look at you, you're sweating up a storm!" She said as she handed him the pink cloth, "Thanks…" Yuya replied as he wiped his forehead.

"Yuya as Romeo…" Yuzu muttered under her breath, she didn't know how to feel about that, really…

If Yuya got the role, wouldn't that mean he'd end up kissing whoever became Juliet?

She gulped, she had a lot to think about.

Meanwhile, Soul and Syrup had been watching the entire ordeal play out from the sidelines, Soul was actually paying more attention to what had just happened than anything else at school.

"Why are you so interested in them?" Syrup asked curiously, "Their relationship is so adorably cliche, that it's a really good form of inspiration for stuff that I write…" Soul replied.

"Hm…" Syrup said as she stared at the boy and girl, their relationship reminded Syrup about one of her own relationships in the past.

A small smile formed on her face, "Yeah… you're right…" she said softly as memories flew through her own head.

She reached into her pocket and took out a necklace, it had a golden chain, or at least, it looked golden, as the necklace, a small red gem in the shape of a heart was attached to the end.

"What's that?" Soul asked as Syrup stared at it, "Looks neat, why don't you wear it?" He asked.

Syrup sighed, "I probably should…" She muttered, the gem seemed to radiate a gentle heat around it, Syrup thought for a moment.

"…Where'd you get it?" Soul asked.

"A gift…" Syrup said, "from my ex…" she explained.

"You're keeping a gift from your ex?" Soul asked.

"Well, he IS technically my ex…" Syrup said as she stared at it, "but we didn't really break up, it was more like… it just became impossible to see each other…" She explained.

Soul thought for a moment, "What was his name again?" He asked.

"Drake, why?" She asked.

"His last name too, what was it?" Soul asked again.

"Drake Fenice, again, why?" She asked.

"No reason…" Soul replied, "so why are you keeping the gift?" He asked.

"You have a lot of questions…" Syrup mumbled, "Well, it's just something I have to remember him by…" She said, "It's important to me…" She said.

"Well… Drake sounds like a good guy…" Soul said as he took out his phone, Syrup smiled, "he was…" she said as she put the necklace around her neck, it felt warm.

Soul typed in the words "Drake Fenice" into his phone's search engine, his eyes widened a bit in surprise.

"Huh…" Soul muttered as he stared at Syrup, "That's… something, alright…" he muttered under his breath.

Syrup had tried out for a variety of different characters, not caring who she got, so long as she was in the play, she had put her entire heart into every single character she auditioned for

Soul had tried out for anybody as well, it was likely he was just going to be a background character with the lazy acting he gave in his auditions.

He stared at Syrup, she was his complete opposite, always bubbly, happy, attentive, she was blinding, whereas he was the very definition of gloomy.

But hey, at least there's one thing they have in common.

They both have their own demons they have to deal with.


A day had passed, so it was Saturday now. If Yuzu left right now, she could get to the auditorium at 12.

She opened the door and began to walk, she eventually reached the warp station and went to the closest location to the auditorium.

She reached the auditorium and went inside, true to their word, Atem and Anzu were speaking inside the building.

"Oh! You're here!" Anzu said with excitement, "So? Have you decided yet?" She asked as Yuzu walked up to her.

Yuzu mumbled something, her cheeks were bright red and her speech was almost inaudible, at least to Anzu, Atem, however, could read her lips, and he grinned.

"Sorry, what was that?" Anzu asked.

Yuzu raised her head and looked Anzu right in the eye, "Who…" she started to say, she felt her words catch at the back of her throat, she gulped and tried again.

"Who is going to be Romeo?" She finally asked.

Atem chuckled

"Why do you want to know that?" Anzu asked curiously.

"I just… want to know…" Yuzu muttered as her voice slowly drifted away again, Atem decided to save her.

"She wants to know who she'll have to kiss if she says yes!" He said with a grin, Yuzu's face flushed and Anzu giggled.

"Well… I guess I can tell you that…" Anzu said kindly, Yuzu looked into her eyes, not realizing how much hope was in her own eyes.

"It was a bit of a hard decision… but in the end, we settled on Yuya Sakaki," Anzu said, "He really blew us away! And it was apparently his first time reciting the script as well!" She said with a smile.

Yuzu gasped, she looked at Atem, he nodded.

She felt her heart pounding, to play as Juliet with Yuya as the Romeo…

The thought of it caused her face to go completely red, for a moment she was about to refuse, to scream "No" and run away while holding her face with her hands.

"…I'll do it…" Yuzu finally said, "I want to play Juliet!" She finally said with confidence.

Her heart felt like it was about to jump right out of her chest, had she really just said YES?

"Excellent!" Atem said as he took out a clipboard and wrote down "Yuzu" in the section that read "Juliet"

Anzu looked ecstatic, "Thank you! This is going to be the best Romeo & Juliet play ever!" She said excitedly, Yuzu laughed nervously as well.

The vision of Yuya kissing some other, faceless girl vanished from her mind, completely replaced with the image of her instead of some unknown, nameless girl.

Her face flushed, "I-I should probably go!" Yuzu yelled as she quickly ran away, Atem chuckled again.

"Man, my instincts bring us an acting star yet again!" Anzu said with a smile, Atem got up and handed her the clipboard, "with that, you should have all of the actors you need," Atem said kindly, "Now, as much as I'd like to help you some more, I have somewhere to be…" Atem said mysteriously.

"And where is that?" Anzu asked curiously.

Atem's face suddenly darkened, "We finally got Strong Ishijima to talk," Atem said darkly, "He doesn't know who the traitor is, but he gave us the location of the person who helped him even reach the school," Atem explained, "I'm going after him personally, I'll probably be gone for a while…"

Atem started to walk towards the door before stopping and looking back at Anzu, "Please make sure Yugi gets some sleep," Atem asked, "He's been spending too much time working and not enough time taking care of himself…" He explained.

"Yeah yeah, you just worry about yourself, okay?" Anzu replied with a grin.

"Of course" Atem replied as he left the auditorium, the door closed behind him, and he was gone.

Anzu sighed, "Now who can I ask to help me with this…" She asked herself.


"Yeah, I'm fine with it," Kurosaki said, shocking everyone in the room.

"Wait, you are?" Yuto asked with a look of bewilderment.

"Yeah, Romeo and Juliet is a great and well-written story," Kurosaki explained, "I'm not pleased about the fact Yuzu has to kiss a guy, but it's just an act…" said Kurosaki.

"Shocking, I was sure you would've ended up burning down a building in your rage…" Soul said bluntly.

"Yeah you're rig-WAIT, WHEN DID YOU GET HERE!?" Yuri exclaimed as he suddenly saw Soul and Syrup standing behind all of them.

"You guys left the door unlocked…" Soul explained, "and you're all much better company than anyone else…" said Soul.

"The people at our dorm are like, really focused on their studies," Syrup continued, "Every time we do something relatively fun instead of studying, we get this collective look of pity…" She explained.

"So, apparently Yuya is gonna be Romeo…" Serena said as she grabbed Yuya's arm and started dragging him away from where he was sitting, "And Yuzu is gonna be Juliet…" Serena said as she got closer to Yuzu, she placed Yuya right next to Yuzu and stepped away.

"You two are gonna need to practice kissing…" She said bluntly.

Yuya and Yuzu's faces went bright red, "W-WHAT!?" They both yelled. Yuri bent over laughing as the two blushed, earning a sharp glare from Kurosaki.

"I mean… you don't wanna end up becoming famous for the most awkward kiss scene in history, right?" Rin teased.

"B-b-but we can't just kiss all of a sudden!" They both yelled out, "W-We need time!" They yelled.

Soul had fallen asleep, but he was holding a sign in his hand that read, "Just kiss already" on it.

Kurosaki meanwhile, was having a mental battle within himself whether he should stop this because, on one hand, it's for the play, but on the other hand, this technically wouldn't be acting.

"Just DO IT!" Yuri suddenly said as he pushed Yuya from behind towards Yuzu.

Everything went silent as Yuya started to fall on top of Yuzu.

Yuya was suddenly pulled back onto his feet by Soul, who had somehow woken up, appeared behind him, and grabbed him in the span of about two seconds.

"No," he said bluntly, "I am not about to watch the most cliche moment in history happen…" He said as he patted Yuya's back.

Groans of disappointment filled the room while both Yuya and Yuzu found a place to sit down, their faces red.

"Say what you want about me, but there are too many male-trips-and-falls-on-female-causing-a-kiss moments in love stories…" Soul said bluntly.

"I… I guess we're going to need to practice eventually…" Yuzu said quietly, "Y-yeah…" Yuya stuttered back.

A light bulb suddenly lit up in Serena's head, "Wait!" She said quickly as she ran out of the room.

She came back a moment later holding a Pocky box.

"The last time we played this, it didn't work out too well!" She yelled, "But it STILL HAPPENED," she said as she took out one of the sticks.

Everyone stared at both Yuya and Yuzu.

Yuya and Yuzu looked to Yugo and Rin for help.

They did not get help, instead, they got two emotionless looks.

"We are not about to be the only two people here to have played the Pocky game…" they both said in unison.

Five minutes, and a fair amount of struggling later…

Yuya and Yuzu now sat on the floor across from each other, each biting down on one end of the Pocky stick, their faces red.

"This is also pretty damn cliche…" Soul muttered, "but I'll take it…" he finished.

"Ah… the first kiss…" Syrup said dreamily, "I remember mine… it was perfect…!" She said with a blissful smile on her face

"Yeah… lucky you…" both Rin and Yugo said in response, though they had already apologized to each other about what had happened with their own Pocky game, they had sort of left it at that. Neither of them had really talked about well, the kiss.

The only thing keeping the two from just letting go of the chocolate-covered sweet was the fact that as the actors for Romeo and Juliet, this was gonna happen eventually.

Kurosaki suddenly stood up, "I need to leave…" he said as he turned and left the room, the conflicting emotions in his head too much to handle.

"Hold on… I'm recording this…" Yuri said as he took his phone out and started recording, Serena did the same, "Pray that this doesn't end as it did with Yugo and Rin…" she muttered under her breath.

Yuya gulped and inched a little forward on the stick, Yuzu blushed and did the same.

Ten excruciating minutes later…

Yuya and Yuzu's faces were even closer now, hardly any space between them, and hardly any pocky left either.

Their faces were as red as Yuya's hair (the red part, obviously), they could feel each other's small breaths as their lips stood dangerously close to each other.

"Come on… come on… come on…!" Yuto whispered to himself, even he was waiting in suspense for the big moment.

Yuya looked directly into Yuzu's blue eyes, she stared back at him.

"Oh, FINE…!" Yuzu thought as she steeled her resolve.

She advanced by a single, half an inch.

And their puckered lips finally touched.

Everyone gasped as the Pocky vanished and the tips of their lips made contact for the first time.

It was a short, innocent, and sweet kiss.

They separated after five seconds of their lips touching the others awkwardly. They jumped away from each other, their faces red and gasping for breath as they stared at each other.

Ruri's face was beaming, "That was so adorable!" She exclaimed, "You two are so awkward and I love it!" Syrup squealed in agreement.

"Meh, should've gone all in…" Yuri muttered.

"The real kiss can wait…" Soul muttered to himself.

Both Yuya and Yuzu suddenly collapsed onto the ground, fainting.


A week later, rehearsals officially started, and Yuya and Yuzu's situation ended up making its way to Anzu and her new helpers, Mr. Judai and Ms. Asuka.

"You don't have to worry about the kissing right now," Anzu said with a smile, "We won't force you to practice it if you're uncomfortable with it, but you will have to kiss during the play unless there's another reason why you can't?" She asked while also teasing the two.

"Really?" They both said immediately, Anzu nodded kindly.

A wave of relief washed over them, but at the same time, they both looked down a little in disappointment (not like they'd admit it though).

"Aww, boo!" Yuri said in disappointment from nearby.


A month passed as they practiced, learning their lines and learning how they would act while onstage.

Sawatari complained that Yuya and Yuzu would still need to kiss eventually, but in the span of a month, very little progress was made, they had tried simply kissing on the cheek, but they couldn't handle that level of contact yet either.

Other than that though, it was going fine. Costumes had come in, and they were pretty high-quality stuff as well.

Yuya had asked Sawatari about how he had gotten the ability to use Pendulum Monsters, but he just shrugged and said: "I dunno, ask Reiji about that!"

A bit of a problem, considering that Yuya could seemingly NEVER seem to find Reiji anyways.

A month turned into two months, and two months into three.

"The semester is almost over, isn't it?" Yugo asked as he and his brothers dressed into their costumes, something they were now supposed to practice in from now on.

"Yeah, the play is gonna be the last big thing before the semester ends, and we get to see what the next part of the tournament will be like…" Yuto replied.

"I nearly forgot about the tournament… hopefully, we don't have to deal with anything like that Kachidoki guy…" Yuri said with a tired tone.

"I wonder how he's doing…" Yuya muttered.

Yugo suddenly let out a shout of excitement, he pulled out his phone and grinned giddily, his brothers peered over his shoulder curiously.

"Wha-!" Yuya exclaimed.

"You didn't…!" Yuto gasped.

"Oh hey, you actually pulled it off…" Yuri said, looking impressed.

On Yugo's phone, was a live feed of the girl's changing room.

And Yuzu and her sisters had just walked inside.

"Turn it off, TURN IT OFF!" Yuya practically yelled as Yuzu started to take off her shirt, he was trying to look away, but his eyes were locked to the screen.

"No way! Can you imagine the kind of stuff I can make Serena do if I have pictures of this?" Yuri said with a smug grin.

"You can't blackmail people, Yuri!" Yuto yelled.

"What, it's not like I haven't already…" Yuri muttered.

"OFF! TURN IT OFF!" Yuya screamed while Yugo's eyes widened to the size of dinner plates as they continued to look at the screen.

Suddenly, Rin looked directly at the camera, everyone froze.

"Wait… everyone stop what you're doing…" She said as she grabbed a stool and placed it under where the camera apparently was.

A moment passed.

The camera suddenly shifted, and suddenly started to move downwards, blood had seemingly started to drain from Yugo's face.

They suddenly saw a closeup of Rin's face on the screen, she inspected what was apparently the camera, before her face suddenly contorted into a mixture of embarrassment and rage.

"YUGO!"

They HEARD that, not even from the phone, they heard it through the walls, Yugo's face had gone a ghostly white, his brothers quickly dashed away from him to their own lockers.

"Sorry Fusion, you're on your own" Yuri said quickly.

"Karma is a bitch, Yugo…" Yuto said with a tone of disappointment.

"If you live, I promise to apologize…" Yuya said as he tried to remove the image of a half-naked Yuzu from his head.

"W-wait, you guys!" Yugo stuttered, banging was suddenly heard on the door to the locker room, Yuya, Yuto, and Yuri decided to hide in their lockers, as not to be found in the same room as Yugo.

The door was suddenly burst open, the air left Yugo's lungs as four figures stood outside the door, each fully clothed, and staring directly at Yugo.

Rin looked like the very definition of pissed, Ruri looked cross, while Serena had a look of confusion on her face like nobody had explained to her what was happening yet. Meanwhile, Yuzu had the same look on her face as Rin, although with much more embarrassment, and a paper fan in her hand.

Yugo attempted to find an excuse, to spit out some lie that could somehow get him out of this situation.

Unfortunately, it seemed that like his brothers, his vocal cords had abandoned him as well.

Yugo's brothers winced as they heard Yugo shriek, followed by multiple angry yells and a loud crash.

"Rest in peace… brother…" Yuya, Yuto, and Yuri all thought as loud crashes filled the room.

Five minutes later…

The girls finally left the room, Yuya and his brothers slowly exited their lockers and looked around, trying to find Yugo's remains.

They found him lying on the floor, completely limp and unconscious, his phone laid next to him, broken completely in half.

"He died as he lived…" Yuri muttered, "a hopeless pervert…" He stated while his brothers each nodded in agreement.

In response, Yugo's middle finger slowly uncurled, flipping off the three males standing above him, along with a quiet "fuck you guys…" from the limp body below them.

Yugo-Being-A-Perv Counter: 1


More days of practice passed, Yugo now got multiple glares from all of the females in the play on a regular basis, while his brothers denied involvement. In the end, Rin and her sisters were the only ones willing to go near him, as they had forgiven him after a week of Yugo being forced to do whatever they asked him to do, mostly their homework and cleaning their rooms.

They started setting up the auditorium for the play, using transformations to speed up the process.

"Come on! Elemental Hero Neos!" Mr. Judai said enthusiastically, changing into a large human-like warrior who was wearing a white skin-tight suit around him, and though he was human-like, whether he was even human was questionable.

With the help of being able to transform into large and powerful monsters, constructing giant scenery-props was fairly easy, though they all did break a sweat while working on the props.

And before they knew it, it was only days until the date of the play.

"Yuzu? Yuya? Can I speak to you for a bit?" Anzu called as everyone rehearsed their parts, the pressure was getting to them.

Yuya and Yuzu each walked to Anzu, Yuzu wore a white dress and flowers in her hair, while Yuya wore clothing that gave him the look of a medieval prince.

"The big day is coming up, you guys…" she said softly, Yuya and Yuzu could tell where this conversation was leading.

"Yeah… we have to kiss…" Yuya said nervously, it had been put off for far too long, and they didn't want to end up literally butting heads if they attempted to kiss during the play.

Anzu sighed, they were perfect for their roles, they had each memorized their lines completely, and could speak them confidently and dramatically, seemingly transforming into the characters themselves.

There was only going to be two kisses that they would have to do during the play, those kisses being at the tragic ending, but it was still terrifying.

Judai suddenly entered the room along with Asuka, "Ah, just let them be!" He said casually, Anzu stared at him, "But we can't just…!" She started to say before she saw Asuka give her a look of reassurance.

"Ugh… okay, fine…" Anzu gave up, she turned to face the young boy and girl, "Just understand that you WILL have to kiss during the play, no exceptions!" She said promptly, Yuya and Yuzu each nodded their heads.

Both Yuya and Yuzu avoided each other's gaze, unable to look at each other without their faces turning bright red.


It was the day of the play.

"Oh my god… what am I gonna do…!" Yuzu panicked while her sisters tried to calm her down, but she couldn't.

Outside was a large, incredibly large actually, sea of people about to watch them perform.

But that wasn't even the main problem, the main problem was, of course, Yuya.

"I… I have to k-kiss him soon…!" She stuttered out, her face bright red as emotions shot through her head.

Suddenly, Syrup appeared in front of her.

"Huh…!" Yuzu started to say as she looked up, she noticed Syrups palms hanging in front of each other.

Smack!

Syrup clapped her hands together right in front of her face, "Ah!" Yuzu recoiled in surprise.

Syrup grinned, "Are you calmer now?" She asked kindly.

Yuzu looked down at her hands, they had stopped shaking.

"What did you…" Yuzu started to ask, Syrup simply grinned, somehow causing Yuzu to stop talking.

"Listen, you like him, don't you?" Syrup asked as Yuzu's face turned bright red, though she didn't say anything.

"I understand, you're a tsundere who can't be open about her feelings…" Syrup sighed, "I am not…!" Yuzu started to say, before suddenly quieting again when she saw Syrup raise an eyebrow at her.

"You can take your time when it comes to your relationship with him, whatever you wanna do…" Syrup said as she placed her hands on Yuzu's shoulder, "but these moments, they're going to be really special for you…" Syrup explained, "because people, especially people you care about, can be torn away from you without any warning…" she said softly.

Yuzu looked up at her, she could have sworn she saw a flash of sadness in Syrup's usually-peppy face.

"Now go on… you want this, right?" Syrup asked.

Yuzu nodded, she was of course, right…

Telling Yuya her feelings… was out of the question, her heart couldn't possibly take it…

But she couldn't hide her feelings of excitement, even with all of the butterflies in her stomach.

"Come on, Yuzu…" she muttered to herself, "you can do this…" she said as she stood up, her legs still shook, but she had a look of confidence on her face.


The play was going well, everyone acted their hearts out, and the crowd was loving it.

Eventually, they reached the moment that Yuya and Yuzu knew was coming.

"Arms, take your last embrace. And, lips, O you

The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss

A dateless bargain to engrossing death." Yuya recited as he stood over Yuzu, whose eyes were closed as she played dead. Yuya took from the pocket of his costume, a small, black, and fancy bottle. It was only filled with water, but for the play, they would act it out like poison.

"Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide.

Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on

The dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark.

Here's to my love!" Yuya said as he held the bottle in the air. Yuzu gulped, knowing what was coming.

Yuya placed the bottle up to his mouth and drank the water inside it in a single gulp, he gagged (acting, of course) as the bottle fell from his hand, clattering to the floor.

His knees shook, and he fell forwards, now laying on top of Yuzu.

He began to speak again, this time, however, almost quiet, almost rasping.

"O true apothecary," Yuya said as his face fell close to Yuzu's, "Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss…" he paused, the last two words now catching on his tongue, he knew what was to happen next.

He took a deep breath, though he disguised it as a gasp for the audience, before finally speaking his last two lines, "…I die…" he finally said, before placing his lips to Yuzu's own lips.

Yuzu gasped lightly at the sensation, she nearly opened her eyes in the surprise, but she kept them lightly closed for the play.

"I'm kissing… I'm kissing Yuya…!" Yuzu thought frantically, the sensation shot through her like electricity, if it weren't for the fact that Yuzu had to remain limp, she might have leaned forward into the kiss.

Yuya slowly separated his lips from hers, before laying down limply next to Yuzu's body in the casket she had been laying in.

She nearly whined in disappointment, she would never admit to it, but she wanted to feel that sensation again, she wanted to feel her lips against his. If the kiss was a drug, then Yuzu could have become an addict.

She suddenly remembered the rest of the play, and slowly opened her eyes to continue the play.


Yuzu's face was twisted in sadness, She-no, Juliet, had just found Yuya-no, Romeo, lying dead at her side.

Neither she or Yuya knew they were good at acting before this, so this would be cause for celebration later.

"What's here? A cup, closed in my true love's hand?

Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end.—

O churl, drunk all, and left no friendly drop

To help me after? I will kiss thy lips.

Haply some poison yet doth hang on them,

To make me die with a restorative." Yuzu recited, leaning down and this time, being the one to kiss Yuya.

She had forgotten the fact that people were watching them and simply continued to recite the lines she had engraved into her memory.

"Thy lips are warm…" She said softly as they separated again, she could faintly hear two other characters enter the scene for their own parts in their scene, but she managed to hear her queue to continue speaking.

"Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief…" Yuzu said as she picked up a prop dagger below her, raising it into the air. "O happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust and let me die…" she said before plunging the plastic, yet real-looking dagger to her chest.

The blade vanished, being a trick-knife with a blade that retracts into the handle, but it looked real enough.

She fell next to Yuya, letting out convincing gasps as she slowly closed her eyes, laying limp next to Yuya.

"He's… warm…" she thought as her eyes closed, relaxing into her position, lying peacefully next to him.

Meanwhile, in the audience…

"Kurosaki, I know what you're thinking right now…" Gongenzaka started to say.

"It's-just-an-act-It's-just-an-act-It's-just-an-act…" Kurosaki muttered to himself as he held down an arm that was trembling violently.

"And I just want you to know…" Gongenzaka continued.

"It's-not-real-It's-not-real-It's-not-real…" Kurosaki continued to mutter to himself.

"That you promised your sisters that you wouldn't lose your mind during the play…" Gongenzaka finished.

Kurosaki froze, his face had gone completely blank and emotionless.

"I think you broke him…" Sora said from beside Gongenzaka.

Kurosaki-Loses-His-Mind Counter: 1


A man dashed into an abandoned warehouse, sweat dripped down his neck in large amounts, he was gasping for breath as he leaned against a wall, attempting to catch his breath. The full moon shone brightly in the sky above him.

A ball of purple energy burst through the wall next to him, just barely missing his face. He jumped back with a shriek, he'd evaded this guy for months now… but he just wouldn't give up.

"You've led me on quite the chase…" he heard the voice of his pursuer from outside, these walls were thinner than he had thought. "But I believe it is time we bring this to a close…" the voice continued.

The warehouse door opened ever so slowly, a purple-robed magician stepped inside, followed by another magician that wore bright blue, yellow, and pink.

The Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl, you'd have to have lived under a rock to not recognize those monsters.

Finally, the figure of a tall, fairly muscular man stepped inside, his hair unbelievably spikey, and a strange, pyramid necklace hanging from his neck.

"Damn it…" the man grunted, he had heard that this man was coming for him, and promptly packed his bags and tried to get as far away from him as he could.

Clearly, he hadn't gone far enough.

"It just had to be you… didn't it…" the man gritted his teeth, "The duelist who doesn't transform… yet one of the strongest duelists in the world…!" He said angrily as the man's face came into view. "Atem!" The man declared.

Atem grinned, "I suggest that you come along quietly… we wouldn't want to make too much noise at this time of night…" He said calmly, DM and DMG each pointed the ends of their staffs at the man, dark magic forming at the tips.

The man took a step back, an orange card manifesting in his hand, "As if… I'd go down without a fight…!" He declared as he crushed the card in his hand. "To me! Ancient Gear Knight!" He yelled as he transformed into a robotic warrior, holding a shield and spear as his weapons. Despite his old and rickety appearance, Atem could tell that he was still fairly strong for a criminal-duelist.

"Get away!" The man yelled, thrusting his spear directly at Atem's chest.

The pyramid-necklace hanging from Atem's neck started glowing, and a glowing, third eye formed on his forehead.

"W-WHA!?" The man yelled as his surroundings suddenly vanished, leaving him in a deep, dark void. Atem and his spirits had vanished as well.

He soon noticed that his transformation had come undone as well, there was no floor beneath him, yet his feet could feel the solid ground underneath him.

Suddenly, he found himself sitting down in front of a small, wooden table. At the other end of the table, sat Atem.

He scrambled to get out of his seat, but despite nothing being there to hold him down, he could not move.

Atem smiled at him, "Please, don't be so alarmed…" he said cryptically, a cup of tea suddenly popping into existence beside him, suspended in the air until Atem picked it up, taking a sip of the warm liquid.

"Where the hell are we!?" The man yelled, Atem simply smiled as he took another sip of tea from his cup.

"Answer me, damn it!" The man yelled angrily, Atem slowly put the cup down on the table and grinned.

"Call me foolish, naive, or even condescending…" Atem began to say, "but I found it a bit unfair to you, having to fight me for your freedom…" he explained.

The man almost felt insulted, but at the same time, fighting Atem wasn't something he really wanted to do either. "So then… what are we doing?" He asked with a hesitant tone.

Atem smiled, "A game…" Atem said with a grin that seemed almost sinister, but not entirely. "A very simple game… and a reward I would assume you would want…" Atem explained.

"And what would that be?" The man asked.

"Should you win, I shall leave you alone, and you will no longer have to worry about me coming after you, ever again…" Atem said with a look of confidence, "I swear it on my pride as a duelist…" he finished.

"And if you win…?" The man asked.

"Well, I take you in, of course…" Atem said with a calm smile.

"And if I refuse?" The man asked.

"Should you refuse this challenge, I will be forced to release you from this place," Atem answered, "But of course, that means that we will fight each other in the real world, and we both know how that will end…" said Atem.

"I don't have a choice then, do I…" The man muttered, Atem simply smiled.

"Let me warn you," Atem said suddenly, "Accepting this challenge is also an agreement, an agreement not to cheat…" Atem said gravely, "a punishment game awaits those who cheat, after all…" He said mysteriously.

"Yeah, yeah… all right then…" The man said exasperatedly.

Atem smiled and snapped his fingers, a mirror suddenly appeared above them, before plummeting to the ground and shattering on the table, however shattering perfectly into large pieces, like a puzzle.

"The rules are simple…" Atem began to say as he crossed his legs, one on top of the other, "we will each wear a blindfold over our heads, and try to put the mirror back together again, like a puzzle…" He explained as two blindfolds appeared on the table.

"Taking the blindfolds off, is, of course, cheating…" Atem said as he wrapped the blindfold around his head, covering his eyes, the man did the same thing.

"Now then… the Shadow Game shall commence…" Atem said cryptically, "Game Start!"

The man immediately went to work, attempting to find which shards of the mirror would fit together properly, only to find that he really wasn't good at this game.

"Wait… I can just take off my blindfold… and he would never know it… right?" The man thought to himself as he raised the blindfold past his eyes and onto his forehead.

"And this piece… goes here?" Atem muttered to himself, the blindfold still on as he pieced the mirror together, he was already about halfway done.

The man grinned, "This'll be easy!" He thought to himself as he started piecing the mirror together at a fast pace.

"I'm about halfway done… how are you?" Atem asked, seemingly innocently.

"Damn, this is hard…" the man said while holding back his laughter, he was already almost done with the game.

"I'd like to remind you, that cheating is not allowed…" Atem said randomly, "Mhmm, yeah yeah…" the man said half-mindedly, there was only one piece left.

"This game is mine…!" The man thought triumphantly as he moved to place the final piece into the mirror.

However, the piece wouldn't fit.

"Huh…?" The man muttered, he tried turning the shard a different way, but it was no use. Not only was the piece much too big, but it was in a completely different shape as well.

"The hell!? This game is rigged!" He yelled angrily.

"No, the Shadow Game simply responded to your cheating…" Atem said gravely.

"Wha!?" The man exclaimed, Atem stood up and pointed directly at him, "The Shadow Game reveals humanity's true nature!" Atem exclaimed as a glowing third-eye appeared on his forehead again. "The door of darkness has been opened!" He yelled as the wind started to blow wildly around them, blowing everything off of the table.

"The hell…!" The man yelled, "That's it, lemme out of here!" He yelled angrily.

Suddenly, a flash of orange light came from behind him, and there stood his monster, Ancient Gear Knight.

"Ancient Gear Knight…!" The man gasped, he looked back at Atem, the blindfold was still on his regular two eyes. This was his chance.

"Go! Ancient Gear Knight!" He yelled the mechanical warrior's eyes flashed as it raised its lance, attacking the spiky-haired duelist in front of them.

Atem raised a hand and caught the large lance with ease.

"What the!?" The man exclaimed, golden energy suddenly began to flow around Atem's body, the eye on his forehead glowing bright, the same light emanating from his necklace as well.

The table vanished, and Atem raised his hand above him, where a red, glowing card hovered in his palm, yet a heavenly, golden light shone from its center.

The man thought it was just his imagination, but he could have sworn he saw Atem's appearance change for a moment, his skin turned brown, and his attire changing into what you would think an old Egyptian would wear. But his appearance turned back to normal before the man could properly process it.

"The punishment game has begun… you ignored the warnings, and now you shall pay the price!" Atem yelled, his blindfold flew off of him as he glared at the man.

The man jumped backward, Ancient Gear Knight doing the same thing.

"Come! One of my three most powerful servants!" Atem yelled as the wind howled around them, "Slifer The Sky Dragon!" He yelled as he crushed the card in his hand.

A loud roar echoed around them, causing the winds to blow even more furiously, Atem stood still as thunder crackled around them, the man could briefly make out a figure in the darkness surrounding them.

Suddenly, a flash of lightning struck the area behind Atem, and in an instant, a monster that the man had never wished to encounter floated menacingly behind Atem.

"N-No way…" The man muttered as he stared up at the giant monster.

A long, red dragon.

With two jaws.

Even his monster shuddered.

"It's over…" Atem said as yellow lightning began to form in Slifer's bottom jaw, "Now attack! Go, Slifer!" Atem yelled as the man screamed in fear, his monster raised its shield desperately.

"THUNDER FORCE!"

The man screamed as a large stream of lightning erupted from Slifer's jaw, his monster attempted to block against it, but to no avail.

They were both blasted away by the stream of power.


The man was back in the real world, completely unconscious, and foaming at the mouth.

Dark Magician gave Atem a look of concern.

Atem grinned, "Oh, he'll be fine…" Atem said as he picked the man up and threw him over his shoulder, "Although, he might wake up a little… shaken…" Atem admitted.

Dark Magician Girl poked at his face with the tip of her staff, also a little concerned.

"Again, he will be fine…" Atem stated as he stepped out of the abandoned warehouse, "He's just unconscious…" He said with a grin.

"Admittedly though… I probably should have held back a little, no?" He asked cheerfully while his magicians sighed in response.


"Here's to a successful play!" Yugo exclaimed excitedly, holding up a mysterious drink that Yuri had gotten ahold of.

"Yeah!" Yelled everyone else, each holding up a similar beverage (everyone else being: Yuya, Yuzu, Yuto, Ruri, Rin, Yuri, Serena, Syrup, and Soul, not Kurosaki though, he had apparently needed to go to bed and process everything after the play).

They each cheered to a successful play, celebrating with food, snacks, and a lot of party-poppers (except Soul, who looked like he was about to fall asleep, which is understandable, considering how late of a night it was). They all took a drink from their respective cups and continued to celebrate.

"So…" Yuri said as he sat down next to Yuya, "You and Ms. Paper-Fan finally smooched, didja?" He said with a large grin on his face.

Yuya and Yuzu both blushed, "Y-Y-YEAH, I-I GUESS…" They each exclaimed at the same time.

"B-But it was just acting…!" Yuzu said quickly.

"Y-Yeah! It was just for the play…!" Yuya agreed.

Yuri groaned and leaned back on his seat.

Yugo shook his head with disappointment.

Yuto slapped his hand to his forehead.

The sisters had similar reactions as well.

Syrup was giggling tremendously, "PFft-hahaha!" She exclaimed, "Y'all are so adorable…!" She yelled as she broke into a bigger fit of giggles.

Soul snored, having fallen asleep again.

Both Yuya and Yuzu blushed, refusing to look at each other in the eye.

"Well, enough of that…" Yuto said as he cleared his throat, "I believe it's time we had some fun, no?" He said with a smile.

And thus, the party began.


"Hey, Rin… you have pretty eyes…" Yugo spat out half-mindedly as he leaned on Serena's shoulder.

"I'm not Rin! Get off me!" Serena yelled angrily, kicking him directly in the gut, and sending him directly into the wall.

"K-KOH…!" Yugo grunted in pain as he slid down the wall, clutching his stomach desperately.

"Yeah… that's right!" Serena yelled as she wobbled a bit, "Don't touch me ya fuggin… pleb…!" She groaned, her face was a bright red.

"Serena… why are you... slurring yer speech…" Rin groaned while her face flushed a similar shade of red.

"I dun fuggin know…" Serena groaned back as she fell against the wall.

Syrup was laughing hysterically against the wall, she had started laughing about ten minutes ago, and she was still going.

Soul was wide awake, but he looked exhausted as he stared out at them.

"Wait… what are these drinks anyways…" Yuya muttered as he stared at his cup.

Yuri's face was as red as Serena's, "Oh, just passion fruit…" he groaned.

"Oh."

"SPIKED WITH HARD ALCOHOL!" Yuri suddenly screamed.

"NOOOOOO" Yuto screamed, "WE'RE UNDERAGE YURI! I'VE HAD LIKE, FIVE CUPS OF THIS!" He shrieked.

"I KNOW!" Yuri yelled back, "ISN'T THIS GREAT!?" He shrieked.

"Oh…" Soul muttered, "So that's why I'm awake…" he said to himself.

"AHAHAHA!" Syrup burst out, "That's HILARIOUS!" She yelled as she buckled over laughing, apparently breaking into constant laugher if drunk.

"Yuto… is that you…?" Ruri mumbled as she stared at the four brothers, "There's four of you…" she mumbled, halfway on the verge of passing out, yet still awake.

"I've had four glasses…" Yuya muttered as he leaned against the wall, "Oh no… how much did Yuzu have?" He asked.

"Yuuuuuyaaaa…" Muttered the pink-haired girl from behind him.

Drink Count:

Yuya: 4

Yuto: 5½ (has half-a-cup left)

Yugo: 4½

Yuri: 6

Serena: 6

Rin: 5

Ruri: 7

Soul: 2

Syrup: 4

Yuzu: 12

"Twelve… she's had twelve drinks…" Soul muttered.

"Yuuuuyaaaaaa…" Yuzu groaned as she suddenly latched onto him, hanging from his chest while Yuya struggled to keep her from falling to the ground, "I misssssss youuuuuuu…" she groaned.

"I'd like to point out that Yuri KNEW what was in the drinks, but he still drank six glasses…" Soul muttered.

Yuri burped, "Damn right!" He yelled.

"Soul…" Yugo muttered, "Didn't you say you could draw anybody naked…?" He groaned.

"Gimme thirty seconds of just staring at someone and yeah, I can accurately imagine it, yeah…" Soul muttered back.

"GOOD" Yugo exclaimed, "I WANNA PICTURE OF RI-"

He didn't get to finish the sentence, as Rin had jumped up and punched him directly in the gut, right where Serena had just kicked him.

Yugo-Being-A-Perv Counter: 2

"Yuuuuyaaaa!" Yuzu groaned, "Come sleep with me!" She yelled.

"WHAT!?" Yuya yelled.

"I get lonelyyy at night!" She groaned, "I want CUDDLES!" She exclaimed as she clung to his body.

"O-Oh… Wait, WHAT!?" Yuya yelled.

Yuri whistled from his spot on the couch, where Serena had found a nice place to pass out, on Yuri's lap.

"Touch her and Kurosaki's gonna kill ya…" Soul muttered while Syrup shook him back and forth in her endless stream of laughter.

"Yuuuuuyaaaaaa…" Yuzu groaned, her face was bright red, and her blue eyes stared directly into Yuya's own eyes.

Christ, she's adorable.

"I think you put Yuzu to bed, she's drunk too much…" Soul said with the bluntest face in existence.

"What!? Why me!?" Yuya yelled as the alcohol he had unknowingly placed into his system made him react much too strongly.

"Well, obviously because she's clinging to you and not anybody else…" Yuri slurred lazily.

"Yuto! Help me!" Yuya yelled as the intoxicated girl tightened her grip around him.

"I HAVE FAILED EVERYONE!" Yuto screamed as now sat in a corner, a look of anguish plastered on his face, "I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE RESPONSIBLE ONE!" He yelled in despair.

"Go home, Yuto!" Yugo yelled, "Yer drunk!" He groaned as he continued to clutch his stomach in pain.

"Y-You're d-drunk!" Rin yelled angrily, "Shhhhhhut up… ya, hypocrite…" She slurred before falling off of the couch she was laying on and promptly losing consciousness.

"Yuuuuuuyaaaaaaa…" Yuzu groaned, "Why're you being so meaaaaan to meeee…" She moaned as drunk tears flowed out of her eyes.

"BUT IM NOT THOUGH!" Yuya yelled desperately.

"I'VE BROKEN THE LAWWWWWWW!" Yuto screamed in anguish, "I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO DRINK UNTIL I'M TWENTY-ONE!" He wailed.

Syrup's laughter had broken out into full-on hysteria, so Soul took it upon himself to smack her in the back of her head, promptly knocking her out.

Ruri was now on the floor next to Rin, "I have a confession to make…" Ruri groaned before passing out as well, unable to finish her sentence, and probably for the best.

"Oh, FINE!" Yuya yelled as he separated himself from Yuzu, and picking her up bridal-style. "I'll take Yuzu to bed!" He said exasperatedly.

"Yuuuuuuyaaaaaa… that's naughty!" Mumbled the intoxicated female in his arms.

"S-SHUT UP!" Yuya yelled in response, his face somehow turning an even deeper shade of red.

Soul chuckled, "Heh… naughty…" he mumbled before also, passing out.

Yuya decided to ignore everyone else and just go to bed to sleep off Yuri's prank.

"FUSION, you have a shitty sense of fashion!"

"SHUDDUP, GRAPE-HEAD, AND ITS YUGO, NOT FUSION"


Yuya managed to open the door to Yuzu's room, despite his hands being full with the girl in his arms.

"Note to self…" Yuya said as he walked over to Yuzu's bed, "never yet Yuri handle the refreshments, ever again…" He finished as he laid the girl down on the bed. Yuya hoped that out of all the things he was going to forget in the morning, this mental-note wasn't one of them.

Yuzu was now mostly asleep, meaning she was mumbling strange things that Yuya didn't understand, and her eyes were still halfway-open.

Yuya groaned as he tucked the pink-haired girl into bed, completely and utterly exhausted from today's events.

The play had gone off perfectly, to Yuya and Yuzu's embarrassment, however. The kiss was one thing that they hadn't talked about yet.

Yuya stared at the intoxicated girl and sighed, he wondered if what he was thinking of doing right now, was really the right thing to do.

Yuya was exhausted, Yuzu was exhausted, and there was a bed right here…

Yuya knew that the idea would have been the epitome of bad ideas to him normally, but for some reason, the idea seemed like a much better idea right now…

He blamed it on the alcohol.

"Yuya…" Yuzu muttered as her eyes started to open, "Is that you…?" She asked sleepily.

"Yeah, it's me…" Yuya replied softly. He couldn't help but examine her face as she stared at him, it may have been just the alcohol, but she seemed even more beautiful tonight than ever before.

"Yuzu…" Yuya started to say before he suddenly felt her arms wrap around his neck and roughly yank him onto the bed.

"Y-Yuzu!" Yuya exclaimed as he felt her arms wrap around him, pulling his face right into her chest while she cradled him.

Yuzu was giggling, a smile on her increasingly-red face. "Y-Yuzu, what are you…!?" Yuya started to exclaim, before having his voice drowned out by Yuzu's drunken giggles.

"You're really handsome… and you have three lookalikes…" Yuzu muttered half-mindedly, the alcohol doing the talking for her.

Yuya's face turned an even brighter shade of red at those words, and he sincerely hoped she wouldn't remember this in the morning, because otherwise, Yuzu's paper-fan would be the least of his worries.

"Y-Yuzu, I shouldn't be here…!" Yuya said quickly, Yuzu simply giggled and put a finger to his lips, "You're… so cute…" she muttered drunkenly, Yuya's face seemed like it was about to catch on fire.

"Kissing you… I really… enjoyed it…" Yuzu said softly, her face slowly moving closer to his own face.

"U-Uhh…" Yuya stuttered, "I-I enjoyed it… as well…" he finally said, being unable to find a proper response, and just blurting out the truth.

Yuzu giggled at him, giving him an almost seductive smile.

"Oh god, she's that type of drunk…" Yuya panicked, though Yuzu continued to embrace him.

"Yuya… you have really soft lips…" Yuzu mumbled as her face inched closer, "O-oH rEaLlY…?" Yuya's voice cracked.

"Yeah…" Yuzu mumbled drunkenly, Yuya was finding it more and more difficult not to focus on the many features of her face. "Do you… mind if we kiss… again…?" She asked innocently.

Yuya's mind broke, and his heart exploded.

"Y-Y-Y-YUZU… W-W-WE CAN'T…" Yuya sputtered frantically.

He didn't get to finish his sentence, as Yuzu decided to kiss him without waiting for an answer.

"M-mmph…!" Yuya grunted as he felt the pink-haired girl's lips press against his own.

"They're… soft…" Yuya suddenly thought as his body seemed to melt into the kiss.

Every rational part of Yuya's mind flared in panic, before suddenly vanishing into thin air, allowing Yuya to lean further into the kiss.

Yuya blamed it on the alcohol.

The door to Yuzu's room suddenly opened, and in walked Serena, her school-uniform partially unbuttoned, and her hair a complete mess. Not to mention the cup of spiked-liquid that was for some reason in her hand.

"Oops… this isn't my room…" Serena muttered drunkenly.

She then noticed Yuya and Yuzu together in the bed, Yuya froze while Yuzu continued their kiss.

A moment passed.

"…make sure to wear protection…" Serena muttered before closing the door, though Yuya managed to hear something from downstairs before the doors closed.

"SERENA, COME ON, YOU KNOW YA WANT ME!"

"YURI, PUT YOUR PANTS BACK ON!"

"AH, SHUDDUP YUTO!"

Yuya felt the urge to yell at Serena that what she was implying, was NOT what was happening, but his mouth was currently busy.

He and Yuzu finally separated, gasping for breath. "Yuzu…" Yuya started to say.

Unfortunately, Yuzu had just passed out.

With her grip around him, still completely locked.

"Y-Yuzu…! I need to head back to my room…!" Yuya stuttered to no avail, the alcohol had finally knocked the young girl out for the night.

"I'm… so screwed tomorrow…" Yuya said out loud while Yuzu snuggled up to him, a smile plastered to her face.

Yuya couldn't help but get comfortable in her arms and fall asleep next to her, taking in her scent as they cuddled.


Yuzu woke up to light flooding into her room from the window, and a pounding headache that felt like a drill was attempting to break through her skull.

Obviously, her mood upon waking up was less than ideal.

"Ow… my head…" Yuzu groaned as she sat up, her hair a complete mess as she looked around at her surroundings.

"Is this… my room…?" Yuzu pondered out loud, "How did I get here…?" She asked nobody in particular.

"We had a party… we all drank the juice Yuri got us…" She mumbled.

The second she said that sentence, her headache got worse. Simply because of her increasing annoyance at herself for allowing herself to consume ANYTHING Yuri gave them, especially without asking about it first.

"Christ… it was spiked… wasn't it?" She said aloud, it made sense, after all, it would explain the massive memory gaps in her head.

Suddenly, she felt her hand brush against someone next to her.

"AH!" Yuzu yelped as she jumped backward, immediately noticing the head of red and green hair next to her.

Yuya groaned, clutching his head similarly to what Yuzu was doing with her own head, "Good morning…" he mumbled sleepily, his hair sticking out in more places than usual, and clearly still half-asleep.

"Yuya… in my… bed…" Yuzu muttered as Yuya slowly started to wake up, turning to face her.

A moment passed as they stared at each other.

Yuya was the first to react, "Y-YUZU!?" He exclaimed loudly.

His reaction, however, was quickly ignored as Yuzu reacted next.

"Y-Y-Y-YUYA!?" She screamed, "W-W-W-W-W-WHAT ARE Y-Y-YOU DOING HERE!?" She stuttered as her face turned a dark red.

"I-I-I was…!" Yuya started to stutter, but Yuzu's mind ended up going elsewhere.

"Oh, Yuya…"

"Yuzu… I lo-"

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Yuzu suddenly shrieked, her imagination running completely wild, and causing her face to burn even hotter than before.

"H-H-HOW FAR DID WE GO!?" She suddenly yelled at Yuya, rapidly embracing herself as her imagination continued to implant ideas of her and Yuya committing acts of naughtiness in the night, into her mind.

"W-W-What do you-I mean, n-no! We didn't…!" Yuya started to say, quickly understanding what she was implying.

Yuzu's mind, however, could no longer take it.

"GET OUT!" She screamed, grabbing her paper fan and smacking Yuya across the face with it, and sending him flying off of the bed.

The door to Yuzu's room suddenly opened, "Hey, Yuya are you in he-" said the voice of Yugo.

CRASH

"AGH!" Yugo yelled as his brother crashed into him, sending them both flying out of the room.

"Out! OUT!" Yuzu screamed as both boys scrambled to their feet, shut the door, and ran.

Yuzu dropped the fan, her face still darker than even her hair.

"Ahhhh…" Yuzu started to say, her voice getting louder.

"AHHHHHH!" Yuzu started to yell as she clutched her head.

"How far did we go!? What did we do!? What happened last night!?" She yelled to herself as she grabbed a pillow and started to squeeze it in her excitement.

"Argh! Why can't I remember anything about last night!" She yelled angrily, her breathing hard and fast, "Do I even WANT to remember it!?" She asked herself.

"I WANT TO REMEMBER IT!" She screamed into her pillow, before starting to vent the rest of her frustration by squealing into her pillow.

Meanwhile, downstairs…

"WE ALL HAVE HANGOVERS THANKS TO YOU!" Yelled the angry voice of Serena.

"YEAH, IT'S AWESOME!" Yuri yelled back.

"No…" Yuto grumbled from nearby, "It really isn't…" he groaned.

"So, I found Yuya in Yuzu's room…" Yugo said as he and Yuya came downstairs.

Yuri's face brightened, "Well? What happened?" Yuri immediately asked, Serena simply scoffed, but showed interest nonetheless, while Yuto's face paled.

"N-Nothing much…" Yuya said with a blush on his face.

"Oh come on! You were in the same bed toge-Ow! My head…" Yugo started to say before clutching his head painfully, all thanks to the hangover of course.

"Ooh! Did my little brother finally lose his V-Card?" Yuri asked excitedly, either unaffected by his hangover, or somehow ignoring it.

"W-What! No!" Yuya quickly exclaimed, "Of course not!" He yelled.

Both Yuto and Serena let out sighs of relief.

Both Syrup and Soul walked into the room, Syrup was rubbing her throat tenderly, while Soul looked… exactly like he usually looks, except with messier hair, and considerably darker bags under his eyes.

"Why is my throat so sore…?" Syrup muttered hoarsely, her voice rough as though she had lost it.

"You were laughing hysterically for no reason, for like an hour…" Soul replied bluntly.

"So what did you guys do then? Other then cuddle, obviously" Yugo asked.

Yuya's mind suddenly flashed to the night before, his memory of the night becoming clearer.

"Do you… mind if we kiss… again…?"

His face turned red, and everyone else in the room leaned forward in curiosity.

"…It doesn't matter…" Yuya finally said, "She doesn't remember it anyway, she was completely drunk last night…" he said as he sat down and held his head.

"You CANNOT leave it like that!" Yelled the voice of Rin, who had suddenly appeared in the room without anybody noticing her. Something noticeable on her though, there was a small, purple bruise on her neck.

"Rin… is that…?" Yugo started to ask.

"A hickey? Yup," Rin said bluntly, "And I have NO idea who gave me it, so yeah, really made me feel a lot better after waking up outside, in a bush…" she said with a harsh voice.

"I… woke up in the middle of the backyard…" Yugo muttered.

"Hm? What was that?" Rin asked.

"NOTHING" Yugo quickly yelled.

"What happened between me and Yuzu, again, doesn't matter…" Yuya said as he stood up, "We were both drunk, and she doesn't remember it, which is probably for the best, anyways…" Yuya said before walking back upstairs and into his room, shutting the door behind him.

Everyone remained silent.

"Well…" Yuri broke the silence, "That sucks…" he said bluntly.


A few days had passed since then, and whenever Yuya and Yuzu were in the room, you could practically feel the awkward vibes coming off of them.

However, the news they would be given today would temporarily cause that awkwardness to vanish completely.

"Alright class, I have some big news…" Yuma said from the front of his class, both Yuya and Yuzu were fidgeting in their seats, being right next to each other after all, and though it would never be enough for Kurosaki to find out what was going on, he was getting increasingly suspicious.

Yugo, who had already fallen asleep, got himself a painful stomp to his foot to wake him up (courtesy of Rin).

Yuri yawned, Serena was already paying close attention, and Yuto and Ruri promptly stopped talking in order to listen.

Yuma, though he would never admit it, would always get a nice feeling whenever he actually got the attention of his class.

Yuma cleared his throat, "As you know, a few months ago, we had the first round of the Arc-Evolution Tournament!" He started off.

Did he still have everyone's attention? Yes? Okay, good.

Well, we now have a date for the next part of the tournament to start!" He revealed, causing cheers and murmurs to shoot through the classroom.

Ah… don't you just love it when you bring happiness to a classroom?

"At the start of the next semester, there will be a school-wide field trip to where the next part of the tournament will take place!" Yuma exclaimed as Kotori turned on a projector behind him, showing a map of the world.

"It will take place here, on the man-made island, Maiami Island," Kotori explained, pointing at a spot in the ocean on the map, causing the screen to zoom in on the area, revealing a fairly large, man-made island in the area.

"Maiami Island? Seriously?" Yugo exclaimed, the other students in the class equally surprised.

Maiami Island, a man-made island with a population of 1,500.

"You will all be staying here…" Astral said as he took over, Kotori took a remote and pressed a button, switching the screen's image from a map to a high-definition picture of a large skyscraper.

"Your roommates will be the same people you are rooming with as of right now," Astral continued, "There are a variety of different facilities, which are all listed in the permission slips." Astral finished.

"P-Permission slips…?" Yuzu said nervously, Yuya raised an eyebrow in response. Yuzu's sisters were showcasing similar reactions.

"When you get the chance, please send these slips to your parents or guardians," Kotori said as she started to hand out the sheets of paper, excitement immediately began to course through the classroom, conversations breaking out in every single area.

"Aw, sweet! They have a huge pool!"

"5-Star Restaurant!? Seriously!?"

"This is gonna be awesome!"

"Well, looks like we'll be having some fun soon…" Yuri said to Serena.

Serena scoffed, "If we can even go…" she muttered under her breath.

Kurosaki suddenly appeared, he gave Yuri a glare, something that Yuri gladly returned. "Serena, give me your slip," he said firmly, "I'll make sure a signature gets on it."

Serena slapped the paper into his hand, and Shun went off to get the other permission slips from his sisters.

"…I really hate that guy…" Yuri muttered with a venomous tone.

"What's that about?" Yugo asked as Kurosaki took Rin's paper, Rin sighed, "Let's just say that our dad is… strict…" she said cryptically, she started ignoring Yugo completely before he could ask her anything else.

Meanwhile, Yuto was asking Ruri a similar question.

"Ruri?" Yuto said curiously.

"Umm… our dad isn't easy to convince when it comes to events like this…" Ruri said nervously, Yuto decided not to press the topic any further.


In a dark room, a dark-skinned, bald man stood next to a computer, watching a video on the large screen that could hardly even be made out thanks to the constant flare of static in the video.

"Thi- -ds -w, Z-!"

"D-N Y-!"

"I'm so-y…"

"It -nt e- - thi-!"

"-hat!?"

"I -ill w- -his, R-!"

"N-!"

The remainder of the video faded to static, with the faded sound of monsters roaring behind the static.

The man sighed and closed the video, bringing up another screen and calling a contact labeled "The Doctor".

"I trust you've done what I've asked of you?" The bald man said after The Doctor answered the call.

"Of course…" Said the slightly-giddy voice of The Doctor from the screen.

"Good, we must confirm that HE resides within those boys…" The bald man said before promptly hanging up the call.

"Ray… It won't be much longer now…" The bald man said to himself, clenching his fists.