Title:  Retrieving Destiny
Part:  8/23
Author:  Murasaki Rose
Beta:  none
Genre:  Romance/Fantasy/AU
Rating:  NC-17
Spoilers:  Yami Yuugi's real name
Warnings:  Yaoi (male x male), implied Mpreg
Pairings:  YYxY, SxJxS, DxT, YBxR, YMxM, HxO, PxC, IxM
Minor Pairings:  BMGxA, BMxK, TxCxH
Disclaimer:  Here we go.  Yu-Gi-Oh and all its characters are the property of Kazuki Takahashi, Shueisha, Konami, Toei, and unfortunately, 4 Kids Entertainment.  In other words, I don't own them and I'm not making any money off of this, I'm just a fangirl having some fun.
A/N:  "text" = speech, 'text' = thought, ((text)) = telepathy

Summary:  While assisting his grandfather on an excavation in Egypt for their senior class trip, Yuugi and his friends unleash seven powerful beings from their millennia-long imprisonment.  These strange creatures, who call themselves "darkness", will bring about a series of life-changing events for the close-knit group of teenagers.

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While Dartz and Hanasaki were getting "acquainted" with one another, Yuugi and Atem had joined the others down at the dig site itself.  Today, he and most of his friends had been assigned the task of helping clear debris from the area and Yuugi was hoping to use this opportunity to help Atem begin acclimating.

"Will you be all right, koi?" Yuugi murmured softly to his mate as the two headed towards their station.  He'd noticed the slightly glassy look in the pharaoh's eyes and had also been catching flashes of longing and sadness through their link.

"Ah," Atem replied, his eyes still a bit distant, ((It's just . . . very hard, mry.  Everything I knew is gone.))

Taking hold of Atem's hand Yuugi entwined their fingers and used his free hand to gently guide his yami's eyes to his.  ((But not everyone,)) the small teen reminded his lover.

Realizing his hikari was right, Atem laughed and pulled him into his arms.  "Thank you, ari."

"Anytime, koibito.  Anytime."

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Passing by Jonouchi and Kaiba, Yuugi once again caught the blond watching them, or rather Atem, from the corner of his eye and sighed.  His best friend had been acting odd all day and it was really starting to worry him.  He hadn't seen the other teen so worked up since their class trip to the haunted shrine.

((Something wrong, ari?)) Atem asked, having sensed his light's concern.

((It's Jonouchi-kun,)) the Japanese teen admitted, ((I don't know why, but every time you're around he starts acting weird.  He's been freaking out a lot since we got here and now it's almost like he's in shock.))  Yuugi told Atem as they both pushed wheelbarrows of dirt over to the debris pile. 

Atem glanced over in the blond's direction, a thoughtful expression on his face.  ((Perhaps he remembers some of his past.))

"You knew Jonouchi-kun?!" Yuugi yelped out loud, forgetting to use the mind link in his shock.

Atem nodded, "Yes ari, I knew him," he answered aloud before continuing through their link, ((He was the personal bodyguard of my High Priest and his akhu . . . and a good friend.))

((Really?!)) Yuugi asked excitedly, the unspoken:  Tell me more!, easily deciphered from his tone.

Crimson eyes grew distant as the young darkness thought back, ((His name was Jono and he was the youngest son of five children.  His father owned a small farm that kept their family fed with enough left over to sell or barter for anything they could not provide for themselves.  I met him when I was five years old and my father took me on my first tour of the small villages surrounding the capital.  It was something my father did often so he would have a better understanding of our country and our people and he wanted me to do the same.

The first couple villages were uneventful, my father would ride the main street with me seated in front of him and he'd point out interesting sites to me while the people cheered.  Then we would stop and catch a light meal with the village elders and merchants before heading on to the next.  It wasn't until we reached one of the fringe villages that things got interesting:

As we were riding down the main street my father's horse suddenly spooked and reared up on it's hind legs.  Startled, I lost my grip and fell to the ground beneath the panicking horse.  I tried to get out of the way, but the horse came down in front of me, spinning around a couple times before rearing again as my father tried desperately to get it under control.

Disoriented and too afraid to move, I froze in the worst possible place, directly beneath the horse's dropping front hooves.  I had just enough time to register the danger I was in before my vision was filled with a flash of red and gold.

The next thing I knew, I was safely on the side of the street, floating about a foot above the ground in someone's arms, watching as the guards finally calmed my father's horse.

"Are ya okay?" I heard someone ask as I was set down.  Wanting to thank my rescuer I turned around and saw a blond-haired boy with slender, red dragon wings grinning at me.  Before I had a chance to speak though, my father had picked me up and was reassuring himself that I was unharmed.)) Atem smiled warmly from the pleasant memories.

((Jono might have snuck away from us unknown, but fortunately for him, Seth was with us too.))

((Seth?)) Yuugi asked, he hadn't heard this name before.

((My cousin, fellow darkness, and later on my High Priest,)) Atem explained, remembering his frustratingly arrogant cousin with a fondness one can only have for their family.  ((Seth spotted Jono trying to slip away and literally jumped off his father's horse to chase after him.  Jono was so startled he didn't even try to fly, he just ran.  But being four years older than us, Seth was bigger and faster than Jono was and had no trouble catching up and tackling him to the ground.

When the rest of us caught up to them, Seth had pinned him and Jono was yelling and thrashing around trying to escape.  By then his mother had arrived and managed to calm him down, but she looked terrified.  Father then decided to send the three of us back to the horses with some of the guards so he could talk with Jono's mother and father who had finally arrived.

The first thing I did was thank him for saving me and ask for his name.  He told us and then Seth apologized for tackling him, which shocked me, because Seth never apologized to anyone.  With a little coaxing, he even got Jono to open up and talk to us.  He told us about his older siblings, his parents, and what it was like growing up on a farm.  We even learned that his parent's had no idea just what their youngest son really was and so to protect him, they had kept his wings hidden all his life.))

Amethyst eyes blinked in confusion, ((He wasn't a yami?))

((No, he was a ms-n hwi (1).  They are similar to akhu and kkwy in that they are magical and human in appearance, but ms-n hwi possess magic of their own and their forms vary greatly.  Some have wings like akhu and kkwy do, some have other animal features, most look entirely human but can either shape-shift or are powerful magicians.))

At the word magician, Yuugi's eyes lit up and sparkled in delight, a host of new questions lining up for later.  ((Go on,)) he prodded his darkness, looking over at his best friend and grinning, trying to picture the blond with wings like Atem had described.

Atem chuckled, ((Patience ari.  Now as I was saying, Jono had no idea that he was perfectly normal and had run simply out of fear from being exposed.  Seth and I were more than happy to tell him all about ms-n hwi while we waited.  Eventually our parents returned and my father informed us that Jono would be coming with us to the palace for training.  Jono began panicking again until his parents managed to reassure him that it wasn't a punishment, but a privilege and that they would visit whenever they could.  Taking in his distress Seth, who had become quite taken with Jono, spoke with my uncle and got him to promise that we could come visit Jono's home too.

So Jono returned to the palace with us and from then on, you hardly ever saw Seth without him.  They spent every possible moment together, save when they were having lessons or training, so it was only natural that Jono become Seth's bodyguard.  Then when Seto came to the palace, Jono became his guard as well and their duo became a trio.))

((Seto?)) Yuugi interrupted, glancing over at his best friend's auburn-haired boyfriend.

((Yes, mrw-t (2).  Seto, my cousin's akhu.  He was born eight years after Jono came to the palace,)) Atem smiled fondly, ((I find it ironic that he would be given the same name in both lifetimes and that he would fall in love with Jono's reincarnation.  It also reassures me that the three of them will be very happy together.))

((Three?)) Yuugi's face turned bright red at the implications.

Atem laughed at his light's innocent reaction, pulling the smaller teen to him in a tight hug.  "Three antyw akhu.  Seth and Jono were married when Jono turned sixteen and they intended to marry Seto when he reached sixteen as well.  I highly doubt Seth will let imprisonment, death, or even reincarnation, get in the way of their plans."

Stunned and just a little embarrassed by that last revelation, Yuugi focused his attention on his work while ignoring the amused chuckles coming from his mate.

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The happy laughter coming from his best friend Yuugi and the new guy Atem drew Jonouchi's reluctant attention back to the pair for the umpteenth time that day.  Watching the darker-skinned male hugging his friend, the blond felt his hackles rise, something was seriously wrong here.  First there was Malik, who looked just like an older version of one the children from his dreams, then Pegasus hands him the same bracers he was always wearing in his dreams, and now the Pharaoh from the same dreams was cuddling with his best friend!

He'd known something was up when Yuugi had shown up late that morning.  Having known the small teen for several years, Jonouchi had had no trouble seeing through his friend's lame excuses but since he seemed happy and healthy, he hadn't wanted to call him on it.  Until Yuugi had introduced Atem to them.

Seeing the Pharaoh real and right in front of him had shocked him so badly that Jonouchi swore his brain exploded right then.  If it hadn't been for Seto's hand gripping his shoulder, he would have bowed to the man!

Equally strange was how close Yuugi was to the newcomer.  Now Jou knew that Yuugi was a friendly and affectionate soul by nature, but he was also very shy when it came to romantic and sexual advances.  In the past the small teen would always blush tomato red and stutter whenever anyone professed interest in him.  Now though . . . judging from the way Yuugi kept curling into Atem's side, the sultry and slumberous gazes they would exchange, and how they would hold hands with their fingers entwined, it was VERY obvious that there was more than friendship going on between them.  How the hell did that happen so fast?!

"Slow down pup, you're going to strain something," Seto interrupted the blond's train of thought, placing his hands over his lover's.  Jou scowled up at him and started to make a nasty retort when he noticed the direction of Seto's gaze.  They had been working together on moving loose rock debris and his auburn-haired boyfriend had just stopped him from attempting to lift a particularly large one.  Had he tried to lift it without paying attention, he most likely would have hurt himself.

"Gomen, Seto."

Brushing off his apology, the blue-eyed teen dug right in to what was bothering him.  "What has you so preoccupied?"

Jou shrugged, "Oh nothing.  Just that my best friend has suddenly gotten waaaay too close to a guy that conveniently walked into our camp and straight out of my dreams," he answered nonchalantly.

"The reoccurring ones?" Seto asked, dreading the blond's reply.

Jonouchi nodded, a grim expression on his face, "That guy is the Pharaoh in my dreams, right down to the damn name!"

Seto's eyes narrowed thoughtfully, focusing on the pair of tri-colored teens working nearby.  His eyes widened when he noticed what was hanging around Yuugi's neck.  "Is that the puzzle Pegasus gave him to work on?"

"Yeah.  Yuugi said he finished it last night and the crazy guy insisted he wear it for now.  He even gave him the rope it's on," Jou answered, remembering yet another of the odd events of the day.  "What kind of archaeologist lets a teenager run around wearing a priceless ancient artifact?"

"A very strange one," was Seto's absent reply, his mind returning to the strange scepter still in their tent.

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As dinnertime rolled around there was still no sign of either Hanasaki or Dartz.  Remembering the warnings he'd received before and concerned as to the couple's well-being, Pegasus had asked Yuugi and Atem if they would retrieve them, trying desperately not to laugh at their disturbed/reluctant expressions.  After all, it wouldn't do to anger the one person capable of ensuring that the Atlantean couple actually ate today.

"Do you really think they're still . . ?" his wife asked, blushing and unable to even complete her own question.

Watching the two tri-colored teens leave the mess tent, Pegasus began laughing softly.  "From the way Atem spoke earlier, I wouldn't be surprised if they are.  You did notice that he didn't look the least bit surprised that they weren't here."

"Oh my," Cynthia replied, unable to think of anything else to say.

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Arriving at Hanasaki's tent, Atem and Yuugi were brought to a halt at the entrance by a simple, faintly luminescent barrier spell that had been erected over the entire structure.  Yuugi poked at it curiously, giggling when it gave slightly and seemed to jiggle in reaction.  "I wonder how nobody noticed this?" he asked, poking it again.

"Only someone with magical abilities can see it," Atem explained, holding a hand just above the surface.  "To anyone else, they would just cease to wish entrance upon trying."

"Oh," Yuugi's eyes widened adorably.  "Do you think they're asleep?"

"Hard to tell," Atem smirked, "Dartz has also added a silencing spell to it."

"Oh boy," Yuugi sighed, shaking his head.  "I guess we'd better get this over with then.  Hanasaki-kun needs to eat."

"Agreed," Atem replied, concentrating his magic to breaking both spells.  As the shield faded the tri-color haired duo braced themselves for anything . . . and were greeted by the faint sounds of movement.  Breathing a shared sigh of relief, they grinned at each other and stepped inside.

As they expected, inside the tent the smell of sex hung heavily in the air.  Over on the bed, the Atlantean king lay curled around Tomoya with just a lightweight sheet providing them enough cover to protect their modesty.  Smiling happily at the heartwarming scene, Atem wrapped an arm around Yuugi's waist, pulling his own light close before clearing his throat.

Dartz' eyes snapped open and focused on the their two "guests", recognizing them immediately he relaxed and gently shook his mate's shoulder.  Hanasaki groaned in protest, nuzzling against his darkness as he reluctantly began to wake.

Knowing that Atem wouldn't leave until he'd had his say, Dartz decided to give his light an extra nudge to move things along, ((Wake up love, we have company.))

The reaction was instantaneous, Tomoya's head popped up, dark gray eyes blinking owlishly at his mate, "Huh?"

A soft giggle from Yuugi brought his attention to the other yami and hikari in the tent.  "Pegasus-san wanted to make sure you weren't sexed to death."

Blushing bright red, Tomoya pulled the sheet up over his head in embarrassment.   "I am never showing my face in public again."

"Don't worry Hanasaki-kun, we're the only ones that know," Yuugi tried to reassure the other light.

Dartz looked over at Atem who shrugged in response, "You missed the mid-day meal and the evening one has already started."

Assuring the two that they would be along shortly, Dartz turned his attention to his mate.  His beloved had done the same thing after their first time all those centuries ago in Atlantis.  Remembering how he'd gotten the boy out the first time brought a devious smile to his face.  This would be fun.

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Dinner went smoothly, if one disregarded Jonouchi's near panicked reaction to Dartz, and Yuugi's friends were even less suspicious of Dartz than they had been of Atem.  Yuugi suspected it had something to do with the idea of a research assistant they hadn't met being easier to accept than Atem's late night arrival.  Unfortunately for Hanasaki, the persistent blush on his face had the group asking questions that his aqua haired mate was more than happy to answer.  Luckily for the poor teen, a round of kicked shins beneath the tables had ended both the questioning and any more too-informative answers.

Now as the rest of camp readied for bed, the four yami and hikari sat in Yuugi's tent discussing their next move.  Yuugi was practically beside himself with worry over Jonouchi.  He could see that his best friend was fast approaching his breaking point and it worried him greatly.

"If Jono's reincarnation is so upset, then I believe Seth would be our best choice," Dartz advised.

Atem nodded in agreement with the Atlantean king, "He always could calm Jono down."

Yuugi looked up hopefully at his darkness, "Can we do it right now?"

"With Dartz and Tomoya's help we can," he assured his light, pressing a warm kiss to his forehead.

"Well then, what are we waiting for?!" the small teen cheered, bouncing over to grab the bespectacled teen's hands, "Let's free ourselves a High Priest!"

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November 20, 2008
-edited May 12, 2009

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1 - born to protect (ancient Egyptian)

2 - love (ancient Egyptian)