"G'morning, everybody! I'm sorry that me and Yuffie-chan were a tad late.. She had fallen asleep at my place and we had to wash out her uniform.." Ryo waved
his arm as he enter
the class room. "And~ the train was late, too.. Why do I still ride those.."
Jonouchi eyed the British boy with a bit of envy. "And who said YOU could sleep with a girl..?"
Yuffie jumped a little.
Ryo gave the blonde a mild glare. "Ur-Ur no.. She slept on the couch.. I slept in my bedroom
.. I'm not a pervert like you, Jonouchi.."
"Who you callin' a pervert?! I'll show you what-" Everyone stared at Jonouchi blankly.
Yuffie looked away. "UH, Jou-kun, I think that it would be prefered that you don't.. Or... People might think you're queer..."
The fox twiddled her fingers. "It's kind of... Ur.." She shook her head.
Ryo nodded. "I get you, Yuffie. No need to explain."
Yuugi sighed and seemed to be a bit afraid when he looked to the camera on his desk.
The white haired Ryo stared at the camera. "What are you looking at, Yuugi?"
"Well.. When you and Yuffie-chan were off doing gosh knows what... This Pegasus guy... Sealed my Jii-chan in this camera." Yuugi turned
the camera towards Ryo and Yuffie.Wha..? That doesn't sound physically possible!
"Hello there! You must be Bakura... And what'd Yuugi call you? Yuffie? You're a cute little gal." Yuugi's Jii-chan said ecasticly.
Yuffie and Ryo jumped a little. "H-Hello, Yuugi's Jii-chan.." The fox girl bowed as she spoke. "Hoho, so we've got a vixen, eh? Yuugi, she's barely even taller then you!" Yuugi looked down a little. "Granpa.. Remember
.. I'm only 153 centimeters.. Yuffie-chan is 163.. She's almost as tall as Anzu
.." Yuffie giggled and shook her head. "Yuugi, where I'm from, 163 centimeters is short. One of our host boys in Toyama, Yuu, was a few inches taller then Ryo-kun. Heck, I'm shorter then my best friend, Ayaki. Don't worry about your height, now; it's likely that you're going to hit your growth spurt soon." Yuugi nodded with a cute smile on his face.
"Oh! I nearly forgot! I got some sort of invitation
to a tournament
.. Does anyone want to go?" Yuugi mewed softly.
"I'm goin'! I'mma beat them *******s at this game! Wooo!" Jonouchi said with pride.
"If Jonouchi's going, I guess I'll go too." Anzu smiled.
".. I'll go. It sounds fun
." Ryo said softly. Yuffie nodded a little bit.
"Okay. I'll meet you all at Ten o'clock on the docks."
"... There's so many people.." Yuffie said as she quivered. "... I don't like this!"
"Yeah. I think most of them are contestants." Yuugi said.
"I'm not scared of them... Really.." Jonouchi whispered, a little bit cocky.
"I think plenty of players is a good thing.. You can get more practice before the finals." Ryo concluded
The group started to head up towards the boat when Yuffie felt a small bump against her leg. "Eh?"
Two little kids were walking around. One was a girl with brown hair in a cute dress, the other a slightly older boy with blonde/brown wearing a red baseball cap. They appeared lost.
"Hey." Yuffie crouched down to her knees. "What's wrong, you two? Are you lost?"
The girl nodded as the older boy looked at Yuffie curiously. Upon closer examination the girl apeared to be holding an espeon doll. I should help them...
"What are your names..?" Yuffie mewled.
The girl seemed to cling to the boy. "I'm Rootsie..."
"Juudai is the name.." The boy said."I want ta be an awesome d-duelist!"
"Oh dear.. Where are your parent's, little ones?" Ryo turned and crouched down to be face to face with the little kids.
The little girl giggled. "We're not siblings; just good friends. I was hanging out at Juu-kun's house and he said there was a big contest going on with duel monsters!"
Yuffie looked slightly worried. "H-how old are you kids?" She mewled.
Juudai raised his hand. "I'm 6! and Rootsie-tan is 5!"
"Hay! Yuffie! Bakura! You guys comin' or what?!" Jonouchi yelled. "Just a minute, Jonouchi! We sort-of have a little problem over here!" Ryo responded.
The entire group was now watching Yuffie, Ryo, and the two kids. "Whats wrong? And who are these children?"
"These two seem to be lost..." Yuffie said, a bit shy.
Rootsie nodded, hugging her espeon doll.
"Well, let's see if we can find their parents..!" Yuugi said.
The group proceeded to search the docks. Ryo and Yuffie asked people who wern't trying to board the ships. Yuugi and Jonouchi checked around the nearby neighborhoods. It seemed hopeless to find these kids' parents.
Suddenly, a voice rang out. "Rootsie! Juudai?! Where are you! It's time for dinner!" Yuffie shoved her fox ears forward, trying to figure out what it was saying. Did I just hear someone yell out these kids' names?
Yuffie turned around. A taller woman was jogging around, looking for something.
"Muum!!" Juudai yelled. The boy grabbed Rootsie's hand and ran towards the woman.
"Oh dear! Where were you, two? I've looked all over!" The woman said, a bit teary eyed.
"Checking out the docks! It's awesome!" Juudai said with glee.
"We did get lost.. But this group of duelists helped us!" Rootsie pointed towards the gang.
Juudai's Mum stood straight up. "Thanks for helping my child and his friend. You have my eternal gratitude."
Jonouchi scratched his head. "It was no problem. If Rootsie hadn't ah bumped into Yuffie's leg, they would have been lost for an even longer time."
The clock near them went off. it was time to get on the ship!
Yuffie walked towards Rootsie and Juudai. "You guys don't get lost again.. And maybe when you're older, you'll be as good ah duelist as us." She hugged the kids, and went with Yuugi, Jonouchi, and Ryo to meet up with Anzu and Honda.
"What took you so long? We've been waiting here for about 10 minutes!" Anzu snarled.
"We had a little problem with two kids.. Luckilly they are safe with their mum." Yuugi smiled as he spoke.
~On the Boat to Duelist Kingdom~
"Wow! This is the commoners' room? It's so roomy! I call slumber party!" Yuffie skipped in. Ryo and Yuugi were close behind.
"Man, where's the food I'm STARVING." Honda stretched as he walked in. "Same here.. EY! Person, give me somm'ah that fancy grub people talk about when they go on cruises! And hurry up with it!" Jonouchi hollered at a passing staff, whom was a bit frightened and hussled to get Jonouchi's request.
The group ended up having a picnic in the upper left corner of the commoners' room. They enjoyed Sashimi, Burgers, and Cream Puffs!
"Uu.. I'm stuffed.." Jonouchi fell to the ground, petting his enlarged belly. "Then don't eat so much, Jonouchi. It's not good for you." Ryo said, sweating a little. Yuugi swallowed the last bit of Burger he had and flopped over on his belly like a little penguin.
"It's going to be so hard to get to bed tonight... I've been shivering from excitment for about an hour now.." The tri-colored hair boy giggled. Anzu laid out the blankets that the staff had given to them and fluffed the pillow she had brought with her.
"How many days are we gonna be on this ship, Yuug?" Jonouchi said with a burp.
"Only a day.. We'll be on the island by 5:00 PM tommorow.." Yuugi said. "How 'bout we get some sleep so we aren't zombies tomorrow?"
Yuffie nodded. "Yeah. Let's get some sleep.." The fox girl yawned.
"Don't try anything funny tonight.." Anzu said as she closed her eyes. If I wake up in the night, at least I won't have to deal with Anzu or anyone else.. It's a lot easier. Heheh.
Yuffie thought as she curled up on her blanket.
"G'night, guys... " The fox girl said as she yawned. Ryo nodded a goodnight as he lay down next to her, his blue eyes sparkling like water.
~Later in the night~
"Nn.. I can't sleep.." A soft voice moaned. The feel of soft hair against her arm was enough to make Yuffie stirr a little.
"Hehe. Yuffie-chan.. You look so adorable while you sleep.. If only I could tell you how I feel." The owner of the voice, Ryo Bakura, rubbed the fur on the back of Yuffie's ear and stood up. "I doubt that it will ever happen, though.. I've been hiding my feelings from you since we met, clichè as that may be. But... I wonder what you meant when you sang your version of 'Favorite Things'... Hmm." The Whittette walked out of the room, wherever he was going, the secret little listener, Yuffie, didn't know.
The fox had awoke when Ryo was tossing and turning in his sleep, muttering things about an evil spirit. So.. I've heard it. It wasn't exactly a confession, but.. Ryo loves me. I myself didn't think this would happen..
Yuffie propped herself up on her elbows, looking for the Whittette.
I better find him..
Yuffie stood and looked around, her nose twitching. I may not have as great 'ah nose as my ancestor... But Ryo's scent is unmistakable from others..
Her nose took her to the outside, where it smelled of salt and the soft breezes flew free. She saw the waving of Ryo's white hair.
Yuffie relaxed a little, seeing his silky white hair flowing. It reminded her of her brother's, but longer and softer.
Ryo seemed so cool there, the pale moonlight hitting his face. Yuffie just wanted to go up and hug the Brit then say something sweet. But her shyness held her back: What if something bad were to happen? It was the middle of the night, but that didn't mean that someone might be watching. Jounouchi was a real blabbermouth, and he would tell the whole island if he saw. Yuffie had started to back away on her wobbly legs when she heard a soft voice.
"Hey.. Yuffie-chan, what are you doing up so late?"
Ryo was now looking at her, his blue eyes shimmering and his smile as sweet as candy.
Yuffie looked up to the Brit. She bit her lip as she felt the heat rise in her face. "Not much... I woke up and discovered you were gone..."
The vixen slowly walked up to Ryo, who looked back to the stars. "It's nice out here, isn't it?"
Yuffie nodded. "Other then the air smelling like it hasn't eaten anything but salt for the last week, it is. The breezes feel awe-fully nice, too." Ryo's smile grew as the vixen spoke. And awfully romantic... Hehe.
. Yuffie grinned a little at the thought.
The two talked for about ten minutes about school and what the next few days might be like. Ryo looked down a lttle and turned to Yuffie. "Uh... Yuffie... I... I have to... Say something bloody important... So please, open up those ears of yours and listen..."
"I..... I-I...." Ryo's cheeks turned rosier as he stuttered.
"I-I-I really like you... W-Would you.. Care to be my girlfriend..?" He was looking Yuffie straight in the eye now, his entire face flushed.
Yuffie looked up to him, then smiled a bit. "Ryo... Ya know, until an hour ago, I didn't think you shared the same feelings as me.... Yes, when you thought I was asleep, I was listening." She stood up on her tippy-toes and pecked him on the nose. "Yes, I'll gladly be your girlfriend." Ryo sighed in relief. "And here I was thinking that a cute bird like you wouldn't dare think about going out with a nerd like me." Ryo whispered. "Well, you thought wrong." Ryo took Yuffie's face in his warm hands and started kissing her on the lips. Yuffie caught on quickly and bit gently on his lower lip, granting herself full acess of his mouth. Ryo slowly pushed Yuffie up against the wall of the ship whilst they kissed. The two tongue-tussled for a while. Ryo, suprisingly, was very dominant when it came to making out and quickly won that battle. Yuffie slowly pulled away, the only thing connecting their mouths was a trail of saliva. Yuffie giggled and wiped it away with a spare cloth she had in her skirt pocket. "Now, my princess, it's best we get to bed. We need our beauty sleep; Especially you." Ryo said as he poked Yuffie's nose. The vixen giggled and took his hand as they returned to the commoners room. Everyone was asleep, and it didn't look like they would wake anytime soon. Yuffie slowly laid on her fluffy blanket that was dotted with little characters with Ryo beside her. "What do these characters read, Yuffie?" Ryo whispered. "They're the names of my friends back in Toyama." She pointed to several, reading off the names. One wasn't in Japanese, and was crossed out. "Who is this?" Ryo said pointing to it. "That's Cody Collins... It's crossed out because a week or so before i moved back here, we were GF/BF... We got into a real bad fight.... Tch. Guy was too obsessed with that dating sim he had. Shouldn't have come to Japan in the first place." Ryo hugged Yuffie close. "Well, he's missing out, now. Now you have me." Ryo purred as he whispered. Yuffie cuddled in close to the Brit. "You're so warm...." She mewled. "G'night, Ryo."
"Good night, my princess..." Ryo said as he kissed her on the forehead.