"The day has finally come." I said to myself. I know I should be happy about this but for some reason I have this lingering feeling that I'm forgetting something. I just wish I knew what it was. judging by how dark it is outside it must be early. I couldn't seem to get anymore sleep so I just threw on my robe and went upstairs. The air had a slight chill to it. I know Egypt is usually a warm place so to feel a little chilly was different. Especially in the middle of summer. I looked up and the sky was filled with so many stars. It was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. Besides the one in Egypt 5,000 years ago of course.
"Beautiful night ain't it?' I turned around to see Joey coming up the stairs.
"Can't sleep either huh?" I asked. He shook is head. Silence surrounded both of us for a while Guess neither of us really know what to say at a time like this. The last time we were alone together was the night joey made my dream come true. I still don't know why I couldn't talk to Yami about my dream but I guess things just happen in weird ways sometimes.
"I just wanted to let you know that it was nice to finally be able to hang out with you after three years. You've grown much more beautiful. I just wish our time together could've been longer. I've known the Pharaoh for about as long as I've known Yugi."
"How long has it been?" I asked.
"Four years. I met you a year after I started hanging out with Yugi and the others. I thought about you everyday after you left."
"I think you told me this once before." I sighed before continuing. "I want to apologize again for not leaving you a note to thank you for the kindness you showed me those two days. I know I didn't say much and I'm sorry. I was just scared that I would start crying as soon as I opened my mouth and I really don't like crying in front of strangers. I hardly even cried in front of my parents when they were still alive honestly. I guess all those years of holding things in are finally catching up to me since I've cried in front of people a lot these past few weeks. Even now, I'm still afraid to cry."
Out of nowhere Joey pulled me into a hug. A tight hug.
"Do it." he cut me off
"Do what?" I asked him. I tried to pull away gently but he just hugged me tighter.
"You said you were afraid to cry in front of people right? You don't have to be like that. Not with me and not with the others. We all care about you and we want to make sure you're always happy. So if you feel the need to cry then cry."
"Joey I appreciate the offer but I'm alright. Really. Yes I'm afraid to cry but I don't feel like I have to in order for that feeling to go away." I pulled away from him. "The memories I've made with all of you these past few weeks are enough. I wouldn't trade them for anything."
"That's good to know." Yami said coming up to us.
"Morning." I said.
"Morning." he replied. Nobody really said much after that. We just all walked over to the decks railing and looked out to the horizon. The sun was just beginning to rise and it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. I usually feel so safe when I'm with these two but for some reason I'm feeling a little uneasy. I hate it when things like this happen. Why can't I just go one day without having some weird feeling in the pit of my stomach? I was so lost in thought I hadn't noticed that both Yami and Joey placed their hands on both of mine.
"Sorry did you guys say something?" I asked looking at both of them.
"We noticed the look on your face and wondered if you were alright." Yami said Joey nodded. Should I tell them how I'm feeling or just keep it to myself? I've worried everyone so much over these past few weeks and I hate myself for it. I don't want to worry them more. Then again, Yami may figure it out sooner or later.I took a deep breath and exhaled.
"To be honest I'm not sure how I feel right now. I know I should be happy that my soul can finally rest in peace after 5,000 years of wandering the earth but I don't. At least not truly."
"What do you mean exactly?" Yami asked. I sighed.
"I mean that I have this feeling that something isn't right. I don't know what it is though I probably sound crazy don't I?"
"No you don't. I have the exact same feeling." Yami stated.
Out of nowhere a shadow in the shape of a hand grabbed me around the neck and lifted me up in the air.
"Sakura!" both Yami and Joey shouted.
"I'm... Fine..." I said gasping for air. In truth I wasn't fine. I couldn't breathe. I just didn't want to worry them more than I have already. It was like the shadow was squeezing the life out of me.
"I can't die here. It isn't my time or place. My spirit must return to where it belongs. I need to figure out a way to get rid of this thing and whoever is controlling it once and for all." I thought.
I focused all the energy I could muster to consume myself in a bright white light to chase away the darkness and it's source. The water below me parted and at the bottom of the ocean was one of the minions who attacked me before.
"You again!" I shouted. He said absolutely nothing.
"I am not going to let you hurt me or anyone else anymore you got that?! Now by the power of light and all that is holy I banish your spirit back from whence it came! Forever!" The light now consumed everything around us. Water was flying everywhere. It was like a tornado almost. However everything disappeared just as quickly as it came. Was this the feeling Yami and I both had or is it for something completely different?
"Sakura..." I heard Yami and Joey say. I looked down and they both had a hand extended out for me to take. I smiled and placed a hand in each of theirs. They gently pulled me down and hugged me.
"I'm alright you guys. Nothing for you to worry yourselves over."
"We know." Joey said. They both pulled away, looked at each other, then looked at me.
"We're just glad nothing serious happened to you after what you've been through already." Yami said.
"I'll do whatever I can to protect everyone. I won't let anyone get themselves hurt on account of me." I said turning to face the ocean. I could tell we were getting closer to Egypt because I started to feel at home now more than I ever have. The rest of the group filed upstairs not long after the attack happened. The group is all together. For one final time.
"I can see the dock from here." Joey said. I nodded. I really didn't want to speak because I was afraid I would start crying. Could it be that I really don't want to leave everyone? Is that the feeling in my stomach? Or does it have something to do with me finally returning home? I couldn't stop a tear from falling.
"I really hope nobody saw that. I can't start crying now. I've done enough of that already." I thought. As to be expected someone did see what happened.
"Are you alright Sakura?" Tea asked.
"Yeah I'm fine. Nothing to worry about." I said. I'm not going to make them worry anymore. Not when I'm so close to saying goodbye to everyone.I took a few deep breaths to calm myself. It helped.
Nobody really said anything until we pulled in to the dock. Even so, nobody really needed to say anything anyway because we all had a general idea of how everyone was feeling. Both happy, and sad.
"Welcome to Egypt everyone." Ishizu said leading us off he boat.
"It is such a beautiful place." I said.
"Very beautiful." Yami agreed.
"Follow me and I will take you to the place in which you seek. However, I am not allowed to enter. The rest you must do on your own."
"What else is there to do?' I asked.
"You will find out once you arrive."
We walked for who knows how long and the heat was absolutely intense. I'm surprised it didn't make me pass out. I was starting to feel dizzy though. Guess Yami saw that my skin was kind of pale because he wrapped an arm around my waist to keep me steady.
"We have arrived." Ishizu said stopping suddenly.
"Man it feels weird to be back here again." Said Joey. Yugi nodded.
"It sure does bring back memories." Yugi said.
"I agree." Yami replied
"Can we hurry this up? I've wasted enough time with you geeks already. I've got a company to run you know."
This got me angry. I turned to face Kaiba.
"You know what Kaiba? If it wasn't for me you wouldn't have your stupid company! If you didn't want to come with us then you should've said something. i'm not going to stand here and listen to you complain. So if you want to leave then radio somebody and get out of here!" I turned and ran inside the tomb. The moment I stepped inside I knew that I wasn't Sakura anymore. I am now Akusa, Queen of all Egypt.
I found what looked to be my sarcophagus and the moment I touched it my memories returned to me. From when I was a small child, to the day I left this world. I heard footsteps behind me and I turned to see everyone coming down the stairs.
"Are you alright Sakura?" asked Yami I shook my head.
'I am no longer Sakura my Pharaoh. She is still a part of me as she will always be but I am now Akusa. I remember everything now. From when we were children up until the day we both left this world."
"How did you regain all of your memories so fast?" he asked
"Place your hand upon your sarcophagus and you will see." He did as I said. By the look on his face I could tell he was somewhat happy.
"Well?" i asked him.
"I remember everything." he said.
"I told you you would." He came over and hugged me tighter than usual. His hand resting on the nape of my neck and his chin resting on the top of my head. I wrapped my arms around his waist. We stayed like this for several minutes. We finally pulled apart, looked at each other and nodded. We both knew that it was time for us to go. We then turned to look at the others.
"It's time isn't it?" Yugi asked. I nodded.
"Yes. It is now time for us to part ways. While we may be gone physically, know that we will always be in each others' hearts." I said walking over to all of them. I saw the locket in Joey's hand. It looked like he was about to drop it. I took it from him and put it around his neck. He then hugged me tightly.
"Goodbye Joey." I whispered to him and pulled away. He kissed my forehead and I moved on to say goodbye to the rest of the gang. Tea, Tristan, and Yugi all stepped forward to give hugs and final goodbyes. Kaiba was just standing by the entrance as usual not saying anything. I just looked at him and nodded. He did the same. I backed away from everyone and cleared my throat to speak.
"I know I've said this already but I want you all to know that the memories I made with everyone over the past few weeks mean the world to me. I wouldn't trade them for anything. I know that even after I pass on, those memories will never leave. They will stick with me for all of eternity." I said.
'It's the same with us." Joey stated. "We won't ever forget the time we spent with the both of you."
Atem and I both nodded and turned to face the doorway to our resting place.
"All we have to do is say our names and the door will open." he said grabbing my hand. I nodded We climbed up the small set of stairs and stood as close to the door as we could possibly get without actually touching it. We looked at each other and we both knew that now is the time to open the door.
"We are King Atem and Queen Akusa!" we both shouted. The door opened and this bright white light showered the entire room. Everyone covered their eyes. We stepped forward but were stopped suddenly by hearing shouting behind us. We turned around.
"We won't ever forget you two! As long as we live you'll be in our hearts!" Joey shouted. The other three nodded in agreement. Kaiba just shrugged. We both gave a thumbs up as we stepped inside. We were now wearing traditional Egyptian clothing. The same clothing we wore before we died. The necklace and earrings fit perfectly with the outfit I was in. We turned around and faced everyone one last time as we watched the doors close and separate us forever.
"Goodbye everyone. Live long and happy lives. For both of us."