I woke up the next morning to find the sun shining through my window. It looked like today was going to be a nice day. Hopefully it'll be this nice for the next few days. I looked over and Yami was still sound asleep. I didn't want to awake up so I gently removed my hand from his and went over to the window sill. For some reason I feel at peace whenever I sit near or in the window sill. I looked over at Yami.
"He looks so peaceful when he sleeps. I hope he remembers more of his past before we have to leave. If not his past then his name. I know for a fact that it's the one thing he must remember in order for both of us to enter the spirit realm. I'm sure once we enter, the memories we lost will return to us." I whispered to myself. Guess he heard me because his eyes opened.
"Morning Sakura." he said.
"Morning. I hope you slept well."
"Better than I ever have before. I had quite a dream last night."
"About what?" I walked over and sat on the bed next to him.
"Remember the dream you told us you had while you were in the hospital?" he asked.
"Yes I do. You had the same dream I take it? When I had mine it was like my spirit entered Akusa's body. I didn't know what your name was so I just called you 'Your Highness' all the time. How was it for you?"
"I believe it was. The first thing that happened was me running into you in the market place. You fainted. At first I thought it was from the heat but then the healers told me about this unknown disease that took both your parents away."
"That's basically how mine started too. The only difference was when I opened my eyes I was kneeling next to my parents' bed crying. Then I left and bumped into you in town." He nodded.
"Two weeks pat before you woke up. I did everything I could to make sure you stayed alive and that's how the healers came up with that very same necklace that is around your neck. It's still as beautiful as it was the day I put it around your neck all those years ago."
"To honest I'm surprised it still looks the same way it did when it was made. Whoever preserved it did a fine job. Anyway how did your dream end?"
"It ended with me proposing to you. That's how yours ended isn't it?"
"Yes it is. Did you ever find out what your name was?"
"Yes. You called me.. Atem."
'I did huh? It's a good thing you knew what my name was. I felt so stupid not being able to call you by your name when i entered Egypt. You seemed okay with it though so that helped." There was a knock at the door.
"Come in." I said. Yugi entered.
"Morning you guys." he said.
"Morning" Yami and I said together.
"Just thought I would let you know that everyone is waiting downstairs. Kaiba even showed up."
"Alright we'll be right down." I said. Yugi left with Yami behind him. I looked in my closet for something to wear. I settled on a whit tank to, blue denim jack, a multi colored skirt that came just below the thigh, and a pair of white wedges. Once I was dressed I looked in the mirror to make sure everything looked okay and then went downstairs.
"About time you got down here slow poke." Joey said with a smile.
"Don't make me hit you Joey." i let out a small giggle.
"No thank you." he stepped back.
"I was only kidding you dork." I said heading into the kitchen.
"Why don't you guys sit down and I'll make us some coffee." I said while getting the pot ready. They all went and sat down in the living room. When the coffee was done I did what every hostess would do an put the cups on a tray with cream and sugar.
"Not exactly sure how everyone likes their coffee so I just brought in the cream and sugar so you could add them if you wanted it." I set the tray on the coffee table and sat down on the couch with my cup.
"Any idea on what we're going to do for the next three days?" Joey asked.
"I was thinking about last night and the first thing we need to do is book our flight to Egypt. Unless a certain someone is kind enough to give us a ride?" I looked over at Kaiba.
"Don't expect me to do this all the time. You're lucky I even decided to show up today." he said.
"Well seeming as you still owe me for saving your Kaiba Corp's reputation I figured this would be perfect. Besides you're coming anyway so it makes sense."
He looked away and grunted.
"Now that that's settled why don't we just find things to do around town?" Tea suggested.
"Sounds like a good idea." Yugi said.
"Now the we've established how we're getting to Egypt can I leave now? I have a company to run." Kaiba said standing up.
"By all means do whatever you want Kaiba. It may take us awhile to get to Egypt even by a plane so we'll be leaving early tomorrow morning." I said.
"I'll send someone to pick you at six tomorrow morning and if you're not here you'll be finding your own way to Egypt. i'm talking to you specifically Wheeler. You're always late to something." Kaiba looked over at Joey with an annoyed look on his face.
"Yeah yeah." Joey said. Kaiba said nothing and left. At least he drank his coffee so I guess his time here wasn't a total waste of his time.
"Do we really have to leave that early? I thought you said we had three more days until you had to return to Egypt." Tea said.
"Yes I did say that and it may take us two days to get there by plane. Then Ishizu should meet us at the airport and take us to where we need to go. We may have more than three days for all I know. That's just what I was told by Akusa."
"Alright then. We'll be over. I'll make sure Joey wakes up." Tristan said smacking Joey in the back of the head.
"Hey! I need my beauty sleep! These looks don't maintain themselves you know."
"If you want to come to Egypt with us then you'll have to make sure you're up Joey." I told him.
"I'll be here." he said. We all finished our coffee and went into town. The first stop was the arcade. Tristan and Joey spent most of their time by the video games while Yami and Yugi watched Tea and I kick some serious butt at DDR. I surprised myself at how good I was at it. This was the first time I've ever played the game and I beat before I had to stop and take a break. While the game was a lot of fun, it took a lot out of me.
"I'll take over for you Sakura. Go rest for while. After a few more games we'll go get some lunch." Tea said.
"Alright sounds good to me." I gave Tea a high five as I stepped off the stage. Yami was waiting with my Jacket. He draped it around my shoulders.
"You were great. Was this the first time you've ever played?" he asked as we walked away from the area.
"Yes as a matter a fact it was. I didn't think I'd be that good. Guess you learn something new everyday. Even if it's about yourself." I gave him a small smile. He returned it.
"Hey whats up you guys? You tired already?" Joey asked leaning up against the wall.
"For your information Joey, while you and Tristan were over there playing video games and totally going nuts, I was kicking some serious butt at DDR. I took on five people and beat them all. Dancing that fast sure takes a lot out of you. Did I mention this was the first time ive ever played the game?" He looked at me like I was crazy.
"Remind me not to make you mad. If you can kick some serious can at DDR, I'm sure you'll be able to kick it just as hard if you had to beat someone up. Not that you ever would of course."
'Yeah I get the point Joey. When Tea gets back what do you say we all go out for Lunch? After that we'll figure out something to do."
"About time. I'm starving."
"Joey you're always hungry." Yugi said walking over with Tea. We all laughed and left the arcade. We walked a few blocks down the street and settled on a small fast food place. while everyone ate a big lunch, I wasn't all that hungry for some reason. Nobody said anything though. After finishing our meal we decided to walk around town for awhile.
"Alright guys I think I'm going to head home. I have some packing I have to do before we leave tomorrow. I suggest you do the same. Joey don't over back this time." Tea said
"That doesn't sound like such a bad idea. I'm feeling kind of tired as it is." I said with a slight yawn. Everyone nodded and we went our separate ways. Once we were home I went straight upstairs. Since I won't be here for much longer I don't really need to pack a whole lot. Thinking about leaving made me feel like crying. No matter how much I tried to hold the tears back I wasn't able to. I ended up crying myself to sleep.
The next morning came much more quicker than I would've hoped. When my alarm went off I got out of bed, washed my face to hide any sign that I was crying, and got dressed. I wore the same outfit as yesterday since It wasn't all that dirty. I grabbed what little I had, made sure everything was the same as it was when I arrived here and left the room. This is one place I"m going to miss.
I walked downstairs to find everyone waiting for me. I felt bad for taking so much time.
"Sorry I took so long everyone. If the car is ready to take us to the airport then let's go." I walked out of the house and hopped in the car before anyone even had a chance to say anything. Kaiba must be waiting for us at the airport. I didn't see him anywhere in sight. The others piled in and we were on our way to the airport to board the plane to Egypt.
"Sakura?" Yami touched my wrist.
"What's up?" I asked.
"Nothing really. We were just wondering if you were really okay with this." he said.
I sighed before answering. "From the day I was born I knew there was something different about me. I just never knew what it was until the day Akusa contacted me. When she told me that we were one in the same I knew that I'm not Akusa reincarnated. I am Akusa. I know it sounds weird but I think her spirit was never at peace. I think she knew that it was going to come back. She didn't know when or where but she knew. I think she entered my body the day I was born because she knew that I was the one who was destined to stop it. The same way she did 5,000 years ago."
"But if that were true then why did her spirit leave you when you met us?" Yugi asked.
"My guess is she left because she know that this was something I had to do on my own. Once the battle was over she was able to reconnect with me. When I first made contact with her she said that I had to set us free. What she meant by that was that I was destined to become her. I served my purpose here on earth and now it is time for me to finally rest in peace."
"That's all we needed to know. We'll be with you every step of the way." Joey said. I nodded.
Once we arrived at the airport we boarded the plane to Egypt. The flight took about a day and a half. We landed and entered the building. Ishizu was there to greet us just as I was told.
"Welcome to Egypt. I will now take you to your final resting place." Ishizu led us to the harbor where a large boat was waiting for us.
"What's the boat for?" Joey asked.
"This is the only way to get where we need to go." Ishizu said. I walked behind her and boarded. We each had our own rooms which was nice. After everyone was settled we all hung out on the deck for a while. Joey was acting like an idiot as usual. It made us all laugh though. Well all of us except Kaiba. He just looked annoyed. He still wasn't over the fact that Kaiba beat him when they dueled at Battle City after they were both disqualified so he challenged him again. The outcome? He lost.
"Dang it! I thought I had him this time." Joey said dropping to his knees.
"Face it Wheeler. You're still nothing but a second rate duelist. You'll never beat me and you know it." Kaiba said walking away.
"just you wait rich boy! I'll stomp you so hard one of these days and you'll never see it comin'! joey said shaking his fist in the air.
Kaiba just shook his head and went down below. The rest of us followed shortly after. I said goodnight to everyone and tried my best to fall asleep. I tossed and I turned but I couldn't get comfortable. After about an hour I threw on my robe and went upstairs to get some fresh air. I guess Joey had the same idea.
"I take it you had trouble falling asleep?" I said. He turned and looked at me.
"Same for you huh?" he asked. I nodded and walked over to where he was.
"Beautiful night isn't it? You never see the stars this clearly with all the lights back home." He nodded.
"Before my parents got divorced my sister and I used to watch the stars all the time. The day before my mom left after the divorce was finalized I told her to always watch the stars and to know that her big brother will be watching them too."
"That's very sweet. I never had anyone like that when I was growing up. I can tell you really care for your sister. She must feel very lucky to have someone like you to look up to."
He just nodded.
"Thank you joey."
"For what?" he asked.
"For saving me after my parents died. I don't know what I would've done if it weren't for you."
"Don't worry about it. It's not important anymore."
"Yes it is. It is to me. When you told me about our encounter in the hospital, I had no idea how to process the information. After thinking about it last night I realized I never apologized properly. I know I should've left you a note thanking you for your kindness but I was in such a hurry I didn't even think about it. It wasn't right and I'm sorry. "
'I never forgot that day you know."
"Really?" He nodded.
"I was so happy when you were introduced to us I almost ran over to you and scooped you up in my arms."
"You know I've always dreamed of someone doing that when I got older. When I was little I would always tell myself how wonderful it would be to have someone who would love me no matter what. And how he would take me in his arms, spin me in the around and then we'd share a passionate kiss. That dram never came true. Oh well. I'll be leaving soon so I guess it doesn't matter anymore."
"I could do that if you wanted." That came out of nowhere.
"What did you say?"
"I said I could make that dram come true for you if you wanted me to."
"You would do that wouldn't you/"
"If you'll let me then yes. Ever since the day you were introduced to us I've wanted to take you in my arms and tell you how much you meant to me. You wanted someone to do the same thing right? I can make both of our dreams come true."
Joey would go that far? For me? I guess he really does care.
"Why not? I'd love it if you'd do that for me Joey. Just as friends though."
"Well obviously. I'd never take a pal's girl from him."
I backed away from him him a few feet to make the moment more believable. I took a few breaths and ran toward him. He had his arms outstretched and when I entered them he spun me around and hugged me. After a few moments I looked up into his eyes. He placed both his hands on my face and leaned down for the kiss. Talk about the right moment. the wind was blowing and everything. My dream came true.
"Thanks for that Joey. You really did make my dream come true. I've seen this happen in my mind all the time. Of course the guy I was with when that happened was always a shadow."
"You made my dram come true to so there's no thanks needed." He gave me a smile.
"I guess not. Goodnight Joey." I kissed him on the cheek.
"Goodnight Sakura. See you tomorrow." he said.
I smiled at him and then went back to my room. It took a few minutes to comprehend what had just happened between joey and I but then I realized I gave him a proper thank you for saving me that day by letting him take me in his arms. I smiled at the though and then got into bed. I fell asleep not long after my head hit the pillow.