Title:  Retrieving Destiny
Part:  12/23
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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Sighing heavily, Anzu settled into her bed for another night of restless sleep.  She really wasn't looking forward to it, but her tired body was demanding she rest.  Unfortunately the dreams she'd confided in sharing with Jonouchi had increased extensively over the last few nights.  And after witnessing the successive appearances of first Atem and then Dartz, she couldn't blame the blond for needing time away from them.  The blue-eyed brunette was finding it increasingly difficult to cope herself and felt that soon she'd need a "mental health day" too.  Her saving grace through her storm of anxieties came in the form of the calm feeling she got with just a glance at Yuugi and Hanasaki's radiant and joyful expressions around the new arrivals.

"If only I knew why I've been seeing them in my dreams!" she muttered aloud.

"That is a problem I can solve quite easily."

Not having expected an answer to her questions, Anzu let out a little shriek of surprise and bolted upright.  "Kaiba-kun!  What are you doing in my tent?!" she exclaimed angrily.  Really, like she wasn't stressed out enough already!

"I believe you have mistaken me for my light," Seth replied, stepping out of the shadows and into view.  Anzu stared in wide-eyed shock at the darker version of Seto, her mind immediately reminding her of the High Priest in her dreams.  Not wanting to give her time to panic, Seth strode over to the still-seated girl and placed a hand on her forehead, "htp hr s-h3," he intoned in ancient Egyptian, casting the same memory spell on her that he'd cast on Jono and Tryphon.

Sky-blue eyes slid closed and the teenage girl fell back onto her bed, unconcious.  Covering her to her shoulders with a blanket, Seth smiled down at the other reincarnated ms-n hwi, "Rest well, Teana."

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Well into the night, dark gray eyes snapped open as the last vestiges of a man's final memories flashed through his mind.  Panting heavily, the teen sat up and reached for his glasses on the bedside stand, 'Calm down Tomoya.  You're all right.  You're still alive.  The other lights were reincarnated so maybe your remaining knights were too.'  He turned to look down at his slumbering mate, 'Dartz is free and soon the remaining darks will join us.'  He smiled now, softly kissing the Atlantean king on the forehead.  'Hopefully Seth is correct in his assumptions and we will be reunited with Timeaus, Critias, and Hermos.  They'll freak when they learn how long they were sea-' Tomoya cut off his own train of thought as another hit him like a bolt of lightening.

((Dartz, wake up!)) he yelled through their link, badly startling his mate awake.  The older man staring at his lover with the fuzzy awareness that only one who has been abruptly awakened from a deep sleep can pull off.

((I know where our daughter is!)) Hanasaki crowed in delight, launching himself at his darkness.

Fully awake now, Dartz stared at his light in shock.  ((Didn't she die with you?)) he asked hesitantly, too afraid to hope for such a miracle.

The orange-haired teen shook his head vehemently, ((No!  I put her into a magical form of stasis and hid her in subspace!  I was going to hide the other lights there with her, but I was killed before I got the chance!))

With a cry of pure joy, Dartz leapt from the bed and swung Tomoya into his arms, spinning his light around the room.  Unable to contain his happiness, he started to laugh loudly, his joy infecting his now giggling mate.  "You remember?" he asked when he'd calmed enough to speak, but not enough to wipe the huge grin off his face.

Tomoya leaned up and rubbed his nose against Dartz', "Everything," he murmured against the other's lips, pulling away before the his mate could start anything.  "Don't pout love, we need to get dressed and get our daughter back before we do anything else," he gently admonished his lover, pressing a quick kiss to pouting lips to mollify his sulking darkness.

"I can always count on you to keep focused on the important things," the Atlantean king said with a smile, using magic to dress himself.

"Just like I can count on you to keep me from getting carried away with my work," Hanasaki replied, doing the same for himself.  Fully dressed, he wasted no time and after lighting the lamp on the table, began making a series of complicated hand signs.

((You're doing it here?))

((Of course.  The return spell doesn't have to be cast in the same spot as the original to work,)) the former scholar replied through their link, already speaking the words of the incantation.  Within seconds a bright light "opened" in mid-air and the body of a young girl floated out.  Suddenly the light winked out and the girl fell into her father's open arms.

Light gray eyes fluttered open and a sunny smile broke out on the girl's cherubic features.  "Daddy!" she cried happily, wrapping tiny arms around the aqua-haired man's neck, "You're here!"

"Hello, my little princess," he greeted his only child, tears of happiness threatening to overwhelm him.

Pulling away she spotted Tomoya standing next to her father's shoulder.  "Mommy!  You're here too!" she squealed in delight, letting go of Dartz with one arm to wrap it around the other man.

"I promised, didn't I?" he whispered into her soft brown hair, struggling with his own tears.  Finally, they were reunited.

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Walking through the dark, expansive void that was the Shadow Realm was quite dangerous and risky.  Should a normal human find themself trapped there, they would become hopelessly lost in mere seconds and dead within minutes.  Even the most skilled of mages were wary of treading the treacherous world alone, knowing that if the energy drain didn't kill them, the chance of some unknown creature doing so was even more likely.

Seth however, was no human or even a mage.  As a kkwy, the shadows served him, bending to his will with little to no effort and providing him a useful and versatile power.  But even he could eventually become lost or prey to one of the many creatures that roamed the dark realm.  No fool, Seth wasn't just wandering blindly about in his search.  He had sensed a familiar, comforting presence here earlier when he was shadow walking and it was this presence that he was following.

Kisara.

Kisara, the shape-shifting ms-n hwi, who's mighty blue-eyed, white-scaled, dragon form had sent even the mightiest warriors cowering in terror.  Gentle and kind to her friends and allies, fierce and terrifying to her enemies, she was the older sister Seth and Jono had never had.  It was Kisara who taught Jono how to fly over great distances and at daring heights with skill, speed, and agility.  And it was Kisara who had calmed Seth when he had nightmares as a child and who cared for Jono when he was injured from his training.

Seth would know her power anywhere and it was this trail that he was following.  Like a beacon of light in the distance, her powerful aura radiated mutely in the swirling mists, drawing the priest steadily deeper into the realm.  Time was difficult to gauge here so Seth had no idea how long he had been walking in the dark, his only true proof of movement the steady increasing of Kisara's power as he drew closer.  When it seemed as though he might never truly reach the end, the yami spotted a figure slumped on the ground.  Wary of a trap, he cautiously approached the figure, testing the area with his magic for any signs of danger.  Finally coming close enough to make out the features of the person, Seth found himself torn between joy and rage.  Joy in finding the woman he was searching for and rage at finding her unconscious and bound tightly to the spot by chains imbued with powerful magic.  Checking her bindings for traps, the dark auburn-haired priest then checked for any sort of spell that might send a warning out.  Finding none, he grinned viciously, and gathered his own power to strike at her bonds.  Releasing his power with a shout he blasted the chains, forcing more and more power into them until they began fracturing under the strain, then shattered with a deafening crack.

For a long moment nothing moved.  Then came the near-silent sound of long white hair sliding over a slender shoulder and the rustling of linen cloth as the awakening woman sat up.  Deep blue eyes blinked sleepily for a moment before locking on the man standing before her.

"Nb i, Hm-Ntr Seth! (1)" she exclaimed in surprise, getting to her feet then bowing to the darkness.

"Rise Kisara," he commanded, smiling warmly when she raised her head.  "I am glad I was able to locate you here."

"As I am to see you in good health," she replied with a smile of her own.  "I feared that you might be harmed by our enemies.  Tell me, are Jono and nty hm-ntr Seto well?"

"They are now.  However . . ." Seth's face took on a pensive expression, "After you and the others were sealed, the sorcerer and his priests made their way to the throne room.  We engaged in battle, but they used their evil magic to seal our Per-Aa, King Dartz, Isis, Otogi, and myself.  They had already successfully sealed Bakura and Marik and were drawing on their trapped power to defeat us.  After we were sealed his warriors killed all the remaining ms-n hwi and our akhu."

Kisara stared at the priest in horror, "Then how . . ?"

"Three thousand years have passed since we were sealed and the souls of our akhu and your fallen comrades were granted a second chance at life by the gods.  It was Heba's reincarnation, Yuugi, who solved the puzzle that was Atem's prison and released him.  They in turn released Dartz to reunite him with Tryphon's reincarnation.  Then the four of them released me," he smiled again at the pale woman.  "Jono and Seto were already together, this time born in the same year, and now we are together as we intended.

Our Per-Aa thought it best we find and release the sealed ms-n hwi before releasing the other kkwy.  We do not know the final fate of the traitor and his followers . . ."

Kisara nodded, "I understand.  In an unknown situation, caution is best."

"You are the first I've found," he told her, looking out over the endless field of moving blackness.

Understanding what the priest wanted from her without needing an explanation, Kisara closed her eyes and held both hands over her heart.  Reaching out with her powers she silently called out in search of her beloved husband, the darkness to her light, her mate, 'Mahaado.'  Feeling a faint tug on her soul, she opened her eyes and turned to the High Priest.  "This way," she said, walking off in the direction of the tug, followed closely by Seth.

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They came across the Black Magician not too far away from where his wife had been imprisoned.  The beautiful woman had taken one look at her husband and had roared in rage, furious at what they had done to the man she loved.

Staring up at the bound magician, Seth couldn't entirely hide his shock.  Encased inside a thick magic shield, the man was tied tightly from neck to toe in a mass of the same magic embued chains he'd found around Kisara.  In addition, there appeared to be shackles clamped tightly around his neck, wrists, and ankles and secured to the "ground".  It all screamed overkill, 'Why go through so much trouble to bind one man?'

"You know my husband is quite fearsome at his full power.  They were right to fear him so," Kisara stated, having finally calmed enough to guess at the priest's thoughts.

Nodding and shaking off his surprise, Seth started feeling out Mahaado's bonds in the same manner as he'd done with Kisara's.   As he worked Seth realized that the shifter had made a good point, Mahaado, the Black Magician, was the most powerful mage ever born in Khemet and quite possibly the entire world.  Only someone using powerful talismans and evil magic could possibly have hoped to overcome him.  'Which is exactly what happened,' Seth thought wryly, breaking the shield and moving on to the first layer of chains.

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Something was poking him.

Grumbling and snuggling closer to Atem, Yuugi attempted to ignore the irritating sensation and go back to sleep.  Maybe it would go away?  No such luck.  The poking followed and even picked up a bit.

Yuugi swung an arm behind him, swatting blindly at his "attacker" and gaining a giggle for his efforts.  A feminine giggle.

'What the-?' he thought rolling over and coming face to face with a cheerful looking green-eyed brunette teen.

"Hello Mana," Atem drawled groggily having been awakened from Yuugi's moving around.  "As pleased as I am to see you alive and well, is there a reason you felt the need to poke my akhu awake?"

"I'm afraid that is my fault my pharaoh," a new voice responded for her, giving the giggling girl a light thump on the head with his staff.  "I must apologize for my apprentice's behavior.  I sent her ahead to awaken you and did not specify how."

"There's no need to apologize, my friend.  Yuugi just isn't much of a morning person," Atem replied, grinning at the sight of one of his oldest friends.

"Ouji-sama your akhu is so cute!!" Mana suddenly squealed, glomping onto Yuugi.

"Mana!" Mahaado shouted in horror at his apprentice's manners.

Pouting the girl released the wide-eyed, confused light, "You're no fun teacher," she groused, raising her own staff.  "I'm gonna go find Teana," she stated and vanished in a swirl of sparkles.

Looking between the two men and at their expressions Yuugi wondered if he should be worried.  'It's waaay too early for this,' he decided finally, shifting his focus to the man Atem had called his friend.

Sensing his confusion, Atem decided introductions were in order.  "Yuugi, this is Mahaado, a magician ms-n hwi and the girl who just left was Mana, his apprentice.  Mahaado, this is Yuugi, Heba's reincarnation and my akhu.  Yuugi is the one responsible for all our freedom."

Yuugi blushed modestly as Mahaado bowed to him, "I'm not totally responsible.  If Pegasus-san hadn't done all that research and arranged to bring me here then none of this would have happened."

Atem nodded in agreement before returning his attention to Mahaado, "Where are Seth and the others?'

"Seth and Kisara have gone to see Jono and Seto.  Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos have gone to report back to King Dartz and Tryphon."

"Hmm, we'll have to speak with Pegasus about finding new sleeping arrangements for everyone," Atem said, smiling at his dozing mate.

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November 24, 2008
-edited May 23, 2009

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1 - My Lord, Priest Seth!