Title:  Retrieving Destiny
Part:  21/23
Author:  Murasaki Rose
Beta:  none
Genre:  Romance/Fantasy/AU
Rating:  NC-17
Spoilers:  Yami Yuugi's real name
Warnings:  Yaoi (male x male), Yuri (female x female), 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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Seated comfortably in his darkness' lap, Yuugi cuddled with his lover contentedly where they were seated at the edge of the bonfire.  Tonight was the last night at the dig site for the students from Japan so the rest of the crew had decided to make this night's festivities extra special for them.  Feeling happy and welcome amongst the music and laughter, Yuugi was surprised when he was struck by a sudden wave of homesickness.

((Are you all right, ari?)) Atem asked, looking down at his mate in concern.

Yuugi nodded, ((Yeah, I was just feeling a bit home sick is all,)) he said through their link before switching to speaking out lout.  "It's hard to believe that we've only been here two weeks.  So much has changed in such a short time."

"Yes, yes it has," Atem replied, his gaze growing distant for a moment.

Hearing the odd inflection to his yami’s voice, he suddenly realized that his darkness would be leaving HIS home to be with him.  ((We can come back and visit as often as you'd like, koi,)) Yuugi promised, feeling horribly guilty and not wanting his other to be sad.

((It is not this Egypt that I will miss ari.  Rather it is the Khemet that I grew up in and where I first met you that I miss,)) Atem was quick to reassure his light.  "But I would give it all up again in a heartbeat, if it meant I could spend the rest of my life with you by my side," he told his beloved, earning himself a heartfelt kiss from his emotionally overwhelmed amethyst-eyed lover.

Yuugi smiled sweetly up at his darkness, "That was the sweetest, corniest thing anyone has ever said to me," he teased lightly, giggling at the dumbfounded expression on his lover's face.  He hadn't been able to resist poking a little fun at his darker half; after all, it wouldn't do to let the former pharaoh get too big of a head.

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Seated close to Atem and his light were the two Atlantean royals, alone since Chris had been put to bed earlier by their knights who had surprised the mated pair by offering to watch over her so that the two could remain at the celebration with the others.  Touched by the offer, the lovers had accepted and were now enjoying the evening along with their friends, both new and old.  Turning his head to smile down at his light, Dartz felt his breath catch at the beautiful sight his mate made in the firelight, the flickering flames making his pale orange hair seem to glow with a fire all it’s own.  Unable to resist, the yami pulled the teen closer and softly kissed his temple, earning himself a beautific smile and a gentle kiss on the cheek in return.  Hanasaki truly appreciated his lover's sweet show of affection, especially when his mind kept wandering away from the bonfire and back to Japan where his mother and father were waiting for his return.

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Watching his lovers battle over a game of Senet, Jonouchi couldn't decide whether to be irritated or amused:  On the one hand, his husband and his boyfriend were both playing outside and were surrounded by their friends.   On the other hand, they were both so completely wrapped up in their game that neither one was paying attention to anything but the board.

"Feeling kinda third wheelish, huh Jou?" Honda asked, clapping a hand down on the disgruntled blond's shoulder.

"Nah," Jou replied shaking his head, "Just kinda annoyed that they're so wrapped up in their game that they can't enjoy the party."

"I don't think they're as focused as you think Jono," Otogi replied, coming up on the blond's other side.  To prove his point, the ebony-haired darkness wrapped an arm around Jou's waist and spoke out, "Since your lovers are too busy to pay any attention to you, how about Honda and I keep you . . entertained," he purred to the honey-eyed blond.

"Take your arm off the puppy before I break it Otogi," Seto growled, suddenly looming over the seated trio.

"-and before I am forced to do something . . . rash." Seth threatened, standing next to his light and looking equally pissed.

Releasing the blond, Otogi grabbed Honda and made a hasty retreat, calling back to the blond as he ran, "Told ya so!"

Jou had just enough time to blink before he was hauled off his feet and into an unyielding two-sided embrace, his mouth fiercely claimed by each of his lovers in turn.  'Heh, I think I like their jealous sides,' he thought happily.

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From their seat across from Yuugi and Atem, Anzu and Mana were giggling at the scene Jou and the others had just made.  It really was sweet to see just how much the normally stoic auburn-haired males loved Jonouchi and each another.  Meanwhile, the two girls had been having a wonderful time watching all their friends, both past and present, enjoying themselves with their soul mates.

Next to them, Kisara had managed to get Mahaado to relax and enjoy the festivities for once.  She knew that tomorrow their new life would begin, opening a world of opportunities and a great many challenges as well so she wanted her husband to relax just a little before they started.

The comforting warmth of Mahaado’s breath against her neck made her sigh and snuggle happily into the arms that had wrapped around her waist, “I love you, my Dark Magician.”

Struggling not to blush, he buried his face into her hair and replied, “As I love you, my Dragoness of Light.”

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Talking with his older brother Rishid, Malik couldn't help but be excited about heading to Japan with the others.  As it had been the case for the Japanese teens regarding their trip to Egypt, for him it would be his first trip outside of the country.  The lavender-eyed teen was especially pleased that he'd taken the time to learn Japanese when he'd first found out they were going to be joined by students from Japan since his impulsive decision would now serve him well in the next leg in his life journey.

Hearing the furious cries of irritation from Isis and Mai, the teen looked up in time to see his lover laughing like a maniac as he ran from the scene, an empty bucket still clutched in his hands.  Looking back over at the female hikari and yami, he saw that his hopefully not about to be castrated mate, had dumped a bucket of dirt all over the two women.  Seeing the angry glares of both women focused in the direction his darkness had run, Malik sent his lover a single message, ((I am NOT hiding you from them Marik.))

More maniacal laughter was his only reply.

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Outside of camp, perched high on the rock outcropping where Ryou had first heard his yami's voice, two silver-haired males had curled against one another and were gazing up at the full moon and myriad of stars, their wings wrapped around each other to conserve warmth.  Having felt too crowded amongst the people gathered around the bonfire, Bakura had led his light outside of camp and over to the rock for some quiet time alone with the teen.  Neither one spoke, as both males were simply content to be together enjoying the quiet and the magnificent view.

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The next morning as they were packing their things away, the Japanese teens were surprised yet also very pleased to learn that Malik was coming with them.

"I've got to go to college somewhere, why not pick one in Japan?" he'd commented.

Later, over breakfast the teens had also come to two disturbing realizations were wondering what they could do to solve the problem, so after they finished eating, the group had headed over to Pegasus to ask him if he had any ideas.

"Ano, Pegasus-san?" Yuugi began, "How are we going to get our yami's and the others back to Japan with us?"

"Yeah, it's not like they came with passports or anything," was Jonouchi’s comment.

Pegasus smiled at the assembled teens, "Ah Yuugi-boy, I was wondering when one of you were going to ask me that question.  The solution to the problem is simple, and lies in the very objects you released them from."

"What do you mean?" Ryou asked.

"I mean that the kkwy can temporarily return to their item, allowing them to safely pass through every airport in any country you land in without detection." the man explained to the group.

Malik raised a hand, "Question:  How exactly are you intending for us to make it through customs with NINE items that legally belong in the hands of the Department of Antiquities?"

"That would be where I come in, little brother," Rishid broke in, entering the room with a folder in hand.  "In this folder is the paperwork for each of your items, stating that what you have are authentic REPLICAS, crafted to resemble talismans described in an ancient legend." he smiled at the teens, "I even have stickers from the "manufacturer" complete with serial numbers."

"And you really think this will work?" Seto asked incredulously, knowing the insane amount of protective procedures the Egyptian government had in place to prevent artifacts from being smuggled out of the country.   They were very rigid and effective and, after years of refining their procedures, were nearly impossible to get around.

"Normally no," Rishid answered honestly.  "Fortunately, the items you have are only vaguely mentioned in legend and there is no other proof that they exist.  Adding to that, is the fact that because they are magic in nature, the items have remained untouched by time, making them appear new."

"What about Chris?" Tomoya asked, concerned about his daughter's passage to Japan, he didn’t want to put her back into sub-space if he didn’t have to.

"Ah yes, Hanasaki-boy.  Your daughter was a bit more difficult, but I was able to pull a few strings and have managed to obtain all the legal documents she'll need to travel with you.  As far as anyone knows, she's Japanese born and your adopted daughter who traveled with you on your trip."

"Did you do the same for Mana, Kisara, Mahaado, Timeaus, Critias, and Hermos?" Anzu asked, knowing she had no item for her wife to hide in.

Pegasus shook his head, "No.  Mahaado has assured me that the six of them would be able to follow you magically."

Anzu sighed in relief as Yuugi thanked the man for all his help and the group took their leave.  It was time to go home!

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((Ari, are you sure this device is safe?)) Atem asked his light from inside the Puzzle as the teen headed for the airplane.   He knew boat travel, and the horseless chariots hadn't seemed too bad, but this flying chariot . . .

((Don't worry Atem.  Flying is much safer than driving and you handled that just fine,)) Yuugi reassured his darkness.

((Not bad, but I still think the smaller ones we had back in Atlantis were crafted far better,)) Dartz commented, critically examining the large commercial aircraft they were boarding.  ((Yes, but these are quite safe.)) Tomoya replied, making sure Chris was secured in her seat before taking the one next to her.

((I'd prefer we were traveling by Shadows like the ms-n hwi.)) Bakura growled from inside the Ring, the confined cabin filled with unknown people making him suspicious.  ((Bakura, we've been over this.  We all came to Egypt by plane.  It would look suspicious if we didn't come back the same way!)) Ryou told his darkness again.

((We still should have blasted that man for touching our husband!)) Seth snarled, referring to the man who had decided for that some reason that Jonouchi looked suspicious and needed to be searched.  ((He'll be lucky to have his job tomorrow if I have my way.)) Seto growled back, a possessive arm curled tightly around the blond's waist.  Jou offered no complaint, not having enjoyed being searched anymore than his lovers had enjoyed it happening to him.

Honda and Anzu followed after them, their own mates silently observing the airplane in awe, when the brunette girl smacked the male on the back of his head as he started to say something to antagonize the trio ahead of them.

Not about to allow anything to ruin his good mood, Malik was practically skipping onto the plane, while Marik silently basked in his light's innocent joy.  The two of them were looking forward to their time in Japan.

((Are they always this lively?)) Isis asked Mai as the blonde woman took her seat.  ((No, sometimes they're worse,)) the orchid-eyed woman replied tiredly.  ((You should see them at school.))

After the nightmare of going through first customs and then airport security, Sugoroku was just glad they all got onto the plane in one piece.  He just prayed that their arrival in Japan went smoother than this had.

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November 30, 2008
-edited May 30, 2009

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