Title:  Retrieving Destiny
Part:  11/23
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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Despite having had no intention of moving until at least the next day, Jonouchi found that he was unable to ignore his stomach once lunchtime rolled around.  However, his two possessive lovers were making it impossible for him to even sit up!

"Aww, come on guys!  I'm starving!" he whined plaintively, tugging futily at the arms they had locked tightly around his waist.

"Too tired pup," Seto grumbled, snuggling into the captive blond's back.

"Should you both not be sleeping?" Seth inquired groggily, not bothering to lift his head or even open his eyes as he spoke.

"I WOULD be sleeping if my stomach wasn't trying to chew its' way out of my body!" Jonouchi complained, his stomach voicing it's own protest with a loud growl.

((Guess we'd better feed the puppy,)) Seto sighed mentally to his other, sitting up with a loud yawn.  Reluctantly, Seth did the same, stretching his arms over his head.

"Freedom!" Jonouchi cheered loudly, leaping out from between the two auburn-haired males before either one got the chance to grab him again.  Cuddling was great, but not on an empty stomach!

While the naked blond rummaged through his bag for clothing to wear, Seth and Seto chose to sit back and enjoy the show their blond lover was providing them.  It was while Jou bounced around happily getting clothing both for himself and his lovers that Seth remembered something he wanted to ask his hikari.

"My light, why do you call Jono "puppy"?" the priest asked curiously, he could tell it was a title given with affection, but he didn't understand where it had come from.

Seto smiled, "He's always reminded me of one:  loyal, affectionate, playful, cute, noisy, and clumsy."

"Noisy!" Jonouchi's yelped indignantly, stalking over to glare at his smirking boyfriend.  "I'll show you noisy you stuck up bas-mmmph!" the blond was cut off as Seto stood and swept him into his arms, sealing their lips together.  Jonouchi flailed in protest at first before giving in and melting into the other teen's embrace.

Seth laughed at the pair's antics, ((I see what you mean, nhy hm-ntr!))

Breaking the kiss with a much calmer Jou, Seto raised an eyebrow at his darkness.  That was the second time he'd called him by that name.  "Katsuya . . . what does 'nhy hm-htr' mean?"

The blond grinned, quickly understanding that Seth must have reverted to the old nickname out of habit.  "It's nothing bad or nearly as embarrassing as "puppy"," he reassured his boyfriend.  "It was the nickname almost everyone in the palace called you by.  It's kind of a play off of Seth's title as High Priest, it literally means:  "little priest", because back then you were just five years old."

Seto blinked in surprise, a faint pink blush dusting his cheeks.  "You are NOT calling me that in front of anyone else," he growled in embarrassment.

Seth grinned unrepentantly at his light, "I make no promises, Seto."

"Seth I mean it!"

Laughing the darkness stood and gave his flustered light a quick kiss on the lips, "I will try, but I can not guarantee I will not accidentally . . . slip up."

Seto growled in frustration as his two lovers laughed good-naturedly at his ire.  He didn't like it, but knew that this was the best he was going to get from his stubborn dark.

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Feeling happier and more complete then he ever had before, Seto declared that they would take a "mental health day" and spend their day together.  Jonouchi had heartily agreed, for several reasons, and cajoled Seth into re-sealing their tent and conjuring up a late breakfast.

After sating their hunger, Seto and Jou took turns explaining the function of the dig site and why they and their classmates were there.  The whole archaeological process was greatly confusing to Seth, who didn't understand the fascination with what he classified as junk, but he reluctantly shelved his protests after learning that both his Pharaoh and the Atlantean king were assisting in this odd array of menial tasks.

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It wasn't until after dinner that Atem and Dartz, accompanied by their lights, arrived at their tent.  And not even a full second after the shield was removed, Yuugi bounded into the tent and over to Jou, leaping into his arms and snuggling up against his best friend's chest happily.

"I'm so happy that you're feeling better Jonouchi-kun!" he chirruped, dropping down to grab the blond's hands.  The amethyst-eyed teen had been fretting over his friend's well being for some time and had immediately noticed the difference in his eyes the instant he'd walked into the tent.

"Neva' been better!" the blond replied, dropping the small teen's hands to grab him in a loose headlock and give the trapped hikari a noogie.

"Augh!  Jonouchi-kun!" Yuugi wailed, flailing in the blond's grasp.

"Say uncle, Yug!" the taller boy taunted, his honey brown eyes glittering with mischief as he spoke the next words, "Or should I call ya Heba now?"

"Never!" Yuugi cried out in answer to both questions as he twisted until his hands were in range of Jou's sensitive sides.  Launching an offensive tickle attack, the small tri-colored haired teen was soon free of his best friend's grip and had slipped away to return to the safety of Atem's side.  Laughing breathlessly, he managed to stick his tongue out before breaking into a fit of giggles.

Wrapping an arm around his laughing hikari, Atem addressed the former bodyguard, "Have all your memories returned, Jono?"

"Yes my pharaoh," he replied in ancient Egyptian, bowing to his sovereign, his amused expression hidden behind a curtain of golden blond hair.

"Hmph.  Then you know you're only supposed to address me as Pharaoh in court," Atem replied, a peevish expression on his face.

Jonouchi raised his head, revealing his amusement, "Yeah, but I couldn't resist the urge ta tease ya."

"How did you get all your memories back?" Yuugi asked curiously.

"Seth did it," the blond answered, nodding his head in the direction of the High Priest.  "He fixed it so I got all of them back in one shot, instead of in random bits of my dreams.  All I had to do was settle both my past and present memories down together and that was it."  He smiled reassuringly at his best friend when he saw the teen's troubled expression, "Don't worry Yug', I'm still me . . . just now I remember everything from being Jono too."

"Ano, Seth-san?" Hanasaki's soft voice broke through shyly.  "That spell you used on Jonouchi-kun . . . would it work on anyone?" he asked nervously of the intimidating figure.  The Egyptian darkness, who stood a bit taller than Kaiba, was equal in height to his own darkness Dartz, but seemed to radiate a far more dangerous and intimidating aura.

Seth seemed to take no notice of Hanasaki's nervousness, or if he did, made no mention of it.  "Yes it would.  It's a generic spell and quite simple to cast, why do you ask?" he questioned, having a strong feeling he already knew the answer.

Hanasaki smiled up at him, "Then if it wouldn't be to much trouble, would you be willing to cast it on me?"

Dartz gasped and took hold of Hanasaki's shoulders, turning him to look him in the eyes.  "Beloved, you're not doing this because you feel obligated are you?  You know I love you as you are."

The pale orange-haired teen smiled up at his mate, "I know.  But I can feel the loss you feel from my lack of memories."  Dartz opened his mouth to protest and was stopped by a gentle hand covering his mouth.  "It's deep and well hidden, but I can still feel it and . . . and . . I feel the loss as well," his smile turned wry, "There's a deeply buried part of my own heart that aches and yearns to remember what I have lost," gray eyes glittered warmly as he cupped the taller man's face with both hands, "So please, don't feel guilty.  I want this as much as you do," he reassured the darkness, kissing him softly.

Gold eyes shining with unshed tears of joy, the aqua-haired male drew his small mate into a fierce embrace, closing his eyes and burying his face in the pale orange locks.   ((How is it possible that I am so blessed?))

((Because you are you,)) Hanasaki replied hugging him back just as tightly.

Smiling softly at the heartwarming scene, Seth cleared his throat softly before speaking, "I would be happy to cast the spell when we are finished here."  He told them, receiving a heartfelt "thank you" from them both.

"Yes, we still have the matter of the remaining sealed kkwy and the missing ms-n hwi," Atem interjected, deciding it was time to move their discussion along.  Besides, the sooner they finished, the sooner Seth could cast his spell.  "Between the seven of us, we have more than enough power to release Bakura, Marik, Isis, and Otogi all at once," he told the assembled men.  "However, I feel it would be best to wait until we have found and released our other protectors."

"But we already know where the other kkwy are, why wait?" Jonouchi asked, confused by what seemed to him, an unnecessary delay.

"It's just a feeling I have," Atem answered pensively, "I don't think it wise to release that much magic without some form of protection."

"You fear an attack," Dartz spoke, understanding the other ruler's apprehension.  There was much that had been hidden or "lost" over the millenia since their imprisonment and while their lights were well versed in the world, there were still many potential dangers that they were unaware of.

Atem nodded, crimson eyes narrowed in thought.  "We never knew just who that sorcerer was, or the type of magic he was wielding.  All we do know is that he succeeded and nearly wiped away all trace of our existence."

"And Pegasus did say that all the hikari and yami around the world went into hiding, but he couldn't find out why," Yuugi said, gently squeezing Atem's hand to offer comfort to his mate.

Seth's own sapphire eyes narrowed, "In that case, it is possible that he and his followers did the same and that his sect has survived."

"That is what I fear," Atem agreed, "and no offense to Jono, but if that is the case, it will be far too much for one ms-n hwi to handle alone.  That is why I feel we should find and release our ms-n hwi:  Mahaado, Mana, and Kisara, as well as the Atlantean knights:  Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos."

"Two ms-n hwi," Jonouchi interrupted.

"What do you mean, Jono?" Seth asked his husband, curious as to the blond's statement as he had not yet seen all of the teen's friends.

Atem groaned and slapped a hand to his face, "How could I have forgotten?  Thank you Jono."  Seeing that Seth was still confused, the young pharaoh explained, "Teana was reincarnated as well and is their friend Anzu Mazaki."

"I see.  Shall I restore her memories as well?"

"You'd better," Jonouchi spoke again, "She's been having the same dreams I have so I know it'll make her feel a lot better to know she's not going crazy."

Yuugi stared at Jou in shock, ((She is?!  Why didn't she tell me?)) he thought, unconsciously sending it through his link.  He was feeling a bit hurt knowing that neither his best friend nor his oldest friend had confided in him.

((I'm sure they both had their reasons, ari.  You know neither one would ever hurt you intentionally,)) Atem consoled him mentally while verbally telling Seth that it would be a good idea to restore the girl's memories tonight.

"I wonder though," Dartz interjected, a thoughtful expression on his face, "have either of you given any thought as to where our missing protectors have been sealed?"  Once sure he had everyone's attention he continued, "Tomoya and I have been searching the archives extensively and have found not even the slightest hint as to where they could be."

"I have a theory," Seth responded, steepling his fingers thoughtfully, "to be able to seal Mahaado and Mana, both magicians of unparalleled power and skill, along with the four most powerful shifters our countries had ever known.  To seal them so quickly and so permanently would take a great deal of power and a place that would sap them of their strength."

Atem, Dartz, and Jonouchi stared at the High Priest with dawning comprehension.

"The Shadow Realm," Atem breathed, shocked that he hadn't thought of it before.

Seth nodded, "Yes, the Shadow Realm.  With your permission, I will go tonight and search them out."

Nodding eagerly, Atem grinned at his cousin, "Of course.  I'll leave it in your hands."  Standing and pulling Yuugi up with him, the Pharaoh said his goodnights and left.

Dartz did the same, staying behind long enough for Seth to cast the memory spell on his mate, then carrying the sleeping teen back to their tent.

"Are you sure you want to do this alone?" Seto asked his darkness, finally expressing his concern once the others had left.

"Yes nhy hm-ntr.  If anyone has sensed our activity, I stand far less chance of being detected if I go alone."

"You better come back to us alive and in one piece Seth, or Seto and I will take turns kicking your ass," Jonouchi threatened his older lover.

Smiling warmly at the concern of his two lovers, Seth pulled them both into a crushing embrace.  "Always, my loves.  I shall never leave either of you again," he vowed, kissing them both deeply in turn before releasing them and melting into the shadows.

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November 22, 2008
-edited May 23, 2009

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