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Title: The Feathered Dragon’s Wish
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Pairings: forthcoming Atemu x Yuugi x Jounouchi
Rating: M for shounen ai
Warnings: angst, melodrama and sap
Summary: (end of series ‘fix-it’) Yuugi’s leading the life of his dreams: he’s going to college, he has an amazing boyfriend and wonderful friends. Things are about to change when he realizes his feelings for his best friend have turned into love; what does that say about his own relationship and how is he going to deal with it?
Author's Notes: Feedback is a great thing.





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On his way home, Yuugi had a lot to think about. He felt joyous and happy, knowing that Jounouchi reciprocated his feelings, but his heart was heavy with worries and sadness. He wanted to cry. This love, so pure, so wanted and so warm… and there was no way he could enjoy it. What was he supposed to do? He wanted to be with Jounouchi just the way he was with Atemu. To feel his arms around him, to share his life with him… how could that ever be possible? How could he make it possible? He had to talk to Atemu. It wasn’t fair to keep him in the dark.

Yuugi would never do something behind his back, that was simply out of the question - but now that his and Jounouchi’s feelings were ‘in the open’, he had to do something about it, and hiding it from his partner wasn’t an option. Atemu had the right to know. A bit overwhelmed, Yuugi arrived home and he went upstairs. It was almost closing time and Atemu was at the store, teaching basic dueling skills to a couple of school kids. Yuugi didn’t want to disturb him and walked into the living room to greet his grandfather, sitting comfortably in his chair with a newspaper in his hands.

“Yuugi, good afternoon,” he said. “You’re very late today, aren’t you?”

“I went home with Jounouchi-kun to talk about something.”

“Is everything okay?” Sugoroku asked, alarmed by the sullen tone in his voice.

“I have a massive headache, jii-chan,” Yuugi said, which wasn’t besides the truth.

“Well, lie down until dinner’s ready,” his grandfather suggested. Yuugi nodded and continued his way upstairs. In his bedroom, he could let his tears flow freely. What had he gotten himself into? Wasn’t Atemu enough for him? How could he even have these feelings for someone else, best friend or not, when he had the other half of his soul right here, loving and caring for him unconditionally? He thought he would feel a little better now that he and Jounouchi had spoken about their feelings to each other, but a giant amount of guilt and insecurity was weighing him down.

Yuugi rolled into his bed and pulled the covers over him. His mother was like clockwork when it came to dinner, so he had little under an hour. Yuugi closed his eyes and fell asleep quite quickly, dreaming nonsensically and restlessly. A slight pressure to his face, gentle and soft, recalled him from his sleep and slowly it started to dawn to him that someone was touching him. He opened his eyes and to no surprise, Atemu sat on the bed beside him, brushing away some wayward strands and tucking them behind his ear.

“Aibou, jii-chan told me that you had a headache,” he said, keeping his voice low. “How are you feeling?”

Yuugi had no answer ready, but he shot upright and took Atemu in a death grip, wrapping his arms firmly around him and pressing him so close, that he squeezed all of the air out of him. Atemu returned the gesture nonetheless, slightly taken aback by the ferocity of Yuugi’s tight embrace, and his voice was notably higher as he tried to draw breath. “Aibou?”

Yuugi hugged him even closer, taking in everything: Atemu’s scent, his voice, his body, his warmth… he fisted his hands in Atemu’s shirt and put his head on his shoulder. As expected, Atemu sank his hand into his hair and started to pet him. “What is wrong?”

“Just this killing headache,” Yuugi said, still not lying; church bells resonated inside his head and he groaned. He barely had a headache ever before.

“Is there something I can do?” Atemu moved up his other arm, his hand stroking Yuugi’s back.
“You work so hard, aibou. All these presentations and projects, all those tests…”

“Says the one who puts in sixty hours a week at the Game Shop,” Yuugi mumbled in return.

“That is different,” Atemu said. “It is my job to support our family.”

“You’re always so supportive,” Yuugi said. He shivered lightly. Nothing could shake Atemu’s faith in him. “Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far.” He shivered once more, realizing how he was repeating Jounouchi’s words back to him. The resemblance was uncanny.

“Nonsense.” Atemu pressed a kiss to the top of his head. “You have always been much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Even without me, you would have gone to college and made your future bright on your own.”

Yuugi lessened his grip just a little, giving him more room to breathe. Atemu didn’t release his embrace though, still holding him close. “Rotten headache,” Yuugi muttered.

“I wish I could do something to take it away, aibou. How about a massage?”

“Mou hitori no boku…” Yuugi realized how much he was longing for his touch, as if he needed to be reassures that everything was all right between them, even though Atemu didn’t know anything about his inner turmoil. Atemu took it as a confirmation so he placed his hands on Yuugi’s neck, gently massaging. Yuugi leaned against him, surrendering to the calming movements, the touch of Atemu’s long, slender fingers on his skin. The massage didn’t relieve his headache immediately, but it worked out a couple of knots between his shoulders and at the base of his neck. The serenity of the moment was interrupted by his mother, calling that dinner was ready.

“Do you want me to bring your dinner upstairs, aibou?” Atemu asked.

“No, no, I’m going to the kitchen with you,” Yuugi said hurriedly. His mother would fuss over him greatly and he couldn’t deal with that, right now. Atemu’s loving care was almost too much to bear, and it confused and angered him. He had to figure out these feelings and emotions soon!


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The next day, Yuugi missed Jounouchi at class. It worried him; Jounouchi had never missed one day of classes before. He sent him a text message and got a little anxious when he didn’t receive an immediate reaction. Yuugi checked his phone religiously between classes and decided that if Jounouchi hadn’t responded in an hour, he would go over to his house, his alcoholic father be damned. Right before his last class started, a beep from his phone announced a text message, and Yuugi quickly read it. I’ll call you later today. Well, that was a relief, somehow… at least Jounouchi wasn’t involved in an accident and he hadn’t decided that he never wanted to talk to him again… still anxiously, Yuugi went to class and he was glad when the lecture was over, as his concentration was totally shot. When on his way home, Jounouchi called.

“Jounouchi-kun!” he all but screamed into the phone. “Where have you been?”

“I’m so sorry,” he apologized. “I’m in big trouble, Yuugi.”

“What’s the matter?”

“I received a letter this morning that we’re all going to be evicted,” he said, voice grave.
“City Hall has acquired the plot and instead of fixing up the place, they want to tear it down and build a new apartment complex. You’ve seen it here, Yuugi, you know how dilapidated it is. We have to leave as soon as possible, so the city can start with the demolition. I’ve seen the plans; I’m never going to be able to afford an apartment in the new building.”

“That’s something for later,” Yuugi said. “For now, it’s more important for you to have a place to stay.” He didn’t have to think about it for one second. “You can stay with us!”

“Are you sure? You know… after what we talked about yesterday…and besides, your grandfather and your mother…”

“I’ll check with everyone,” Yuugi said. He was sure that no one would object to helping out his friend in need. “I’ll call you back, all right?”

“Yes, thank you. It’s all so sudden; I have to get out by the weekend. If they had given us some more time…”

“I’m sorry to hear all of this,” Yuugi said, thinking about all the other renters who were in the same, dire situation. Where would they all go to? “I’ll call you back as soon as I can, Jounouchi-kun.”


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At home, Yuugi asked his mother and grandfather and without hesitation, they agreed to have Jounouchi over to live with them. More so, Yuugi’s mother immediately went to clean and prepare the guest room, shaking her head that the ‘poor boy couldn’t be out on the streets’. That left only Atemu. Yuugi walked into the store, using the door that separated the Game Shop from the living quarters. No customer was present and Atemu rummaged around in a box with loose Duel Monsters cards for sale, sorting them alphabetically.

“Mou hitoro no boku, I’m home,” Yuugi said.

“Aibou! I totally forgot to ask you this morning, do you still have a headache?”

“No, your massage worked miracles; I’m fine.”

With no one around but them, Atemu indulged him with a kiss. Yuugi happily answered, his heart as always filling with so much love, now more than ever if that was even possible.

“I am glad to hear that. I do not like to see you in pain. Fortunately, it is almost weekend, so you can kick back and relax.”

“Speaking of the weekend…” Yuugi told him about Jounouchi’s situation.

“Of course he can stay with us,” Atemu agreed.

“I knew you’d say that,” Yuugi said, overwhelmed by a sensation of giant relief. “I’ll call him and tell him he can come over right away!” He retrieved the cell phone from his pocket and pressed the speed dial button.

“Moshi moshi?”

“Jounouchi-kun, pack your bags! You’re going to stay here.”

“Really? Awesome! Thank you so much!” Jounouchi was just as relieved, but he sobered up quickly.
“It’s only this weekend, you know? I mean, I’ll try to find a place to live as soon as possible…”

“Don’t worry about it,” Yuugi said, feeling excited and scared at the same time. He ignored the contradicting knot of emotions turning his stomach upside down. “If you hurry, you’ll be in time for dinner!”

Jounouchi snickered. He only had one pair of hands. “See you soon,” he said and they severed the connection. Not a moment later, Yuugi’s mother called out for dinner and he and Atemu went upstairs, to enjoy a delicious meal.

He arrived an hour later, carrying a ratty suitcase and a stuffed backpack. Yuugi took the suitcase from him. Jounouchi avoided looking at him, creating an awkward moment. Yuugi was about to say something, when Atemu came downstairs.

“Jounouchi-kun!” He greeted him. “So good to see you.”

“Atemu,” Jounouchi said and Yuugi stole a glance at him - he could see the look in his friend’s eyes, lighting up completely when seeing the former Pharaoh. “Thank you so much for having me over! Of course, I’ll pay rent…”

“No, you won’t,” Yuugi cut him off. “We don’t charge people here.”

“I’m not a moocher,” Jounouchi said stubbornly.

“Nobody said you are,” Yuugi gave back. “Our house, our rules: no guest has to pay to stay in this house. Stop worrying, Jounouchi-kun. All you have to do, is to help out in the household.”

“I’ll clean whatever you want,” Jounouchi said. Now he looked at Yuugi, who smiled at him. However, he was feeling the same tension. After their mutual confession, things had changed… and probably were about to change even more. Atemu didn’t notice, he was simply happy to see his best friend.

“Come upstairs,” he said, “I will show you to the guestroom.” Of course Jounouchi knew his way around the house, but he followed Atemu nonetheless and Yuugi came up the rear. Jounouchi greeted Yuugi’s mother and grandfather in passing, who also expressed their joy to see him. The guest room was at the end of the hallway, a modest room containing a futon, a cupboard and a small desk with a chair.

“I’m sorry it’s a little bit sparse, Jounouchi-kun,” Yuugi apologized.

“Are you kidding? This room is nicer than my entire apartment!” Jounouchi put his backpack down, next to the suitcase on the floor. “Than my previous entire apartment. What a disaster! I knew the building wasn’t up to par, but to be actually evicted…”

“What about your father, Jounouchi-kun?” Atemu asked.

“We got into a big fight.” He scowled. “He demanded that I found another place, move his stuff and pay for everything to boot… I said I couldn’t find an affordable place on such short notice, and that he should stay with friends in the meantime. When he noticed me packing, he started yelling and screaming and once he hurled bottles at me, I just picked up and left.”

“I am sorry to hear that,” Atemu said. “I should not have asked.”

“No, no problem.”

Yuugi wondered if Atemu noticed the different look in Jounouchi’s eyes. The different way he looked at Atemu, it was so profound and honest. He truly loved the both of them, but Yuugi had never doubted Jounouchi’s words. The big problem was that Atemu didn’t notice, he wouldn’t notice as he was quite dense in that area. His love was for Yuugi, period.

“Did you have dinner already? Would you like something to eat?” Yuugi asked, a little too lightly.

“I didn’t have any time to eat,” Jounouchi said, embarrassed.

“We have plenty of leftovers. Let’s go to the kitchen and get some food into you.”

Yuugi’s mother didn’t mind reheating some of the food and after Jounouchi was provided with a big bowl of gyudon, everyone moved to the living room. It was a very nice, relaxed evening. Only Yuugi and Jounouchi seemed to feel the slight tension; Yuugi caught Jounouchi looking at him every now and then as if he wanted to check if everything was still all right between them. He also saw the longing in his eyes, when they darted over to Atemu, sitting next to Yuugi and touching him, putting his hand on his or draping his arm around him as they watched TV together.

Yuugi’s heart ached, as he wanted nothing but to share this with Jounouchi. To hold both his hand and Atemu’s, and to share each other’s love and care… he tried to focus on the movie, but the main plot escaped him and he got confused by the multitude of plotlines going nowhere. After the movie was over, it was time to go to bed. As always when Yuugi went upstairs, Atemu went with him, no matter how often Yuugi told him that he didn’t need to go to bed that early with him. He appreciated it of course, but if Atemu wanted to watch more TV or enjoy the rest of the evening to himself, he was okay with that. This evening however, he was quite happy that Atemu went with him and as they undressed and prepared for bed, his eyes never left him.

“It was busy at the Game Shop, right?” Yuugi asked, always glad to hear when the store was doing well.

“Yes, and before I leave for the United States, many customers wanted to get strategy tips from me.”

Yuugi nodded, while his heart took a small dip. Thanks to his enthusiasm, Atemu had warmed up to the idea of traveling and had accepted Kaiba’s offer. His trip was coming up soon and Yuugi was starting to dread it. Not because of Jounouchi and his confession, but because of Atemu being away from him, at the other end of the world... unfortunately, the trip was planned in the middle of the college year, so Yuugi couldn’t accompany him. He’d be gone for three weeks, and Kaiba would join him halfway for more promotional activities. Yuugi knew that Atemu was anxious, yet looking forward to his trip. As he had vividly encouraged Atemu to take this opportunity, it would be hypocritical to ask him not to go after all. Without another word, Yuugi closed the distance between them and wrapped his arms around him. Atemu enjoyed the affection.

“Aibou…”

“I’m going to miss you so much, mou hitori no boku.”

“I’m going to miss you too. It is just for a couple of weeks…”

“Three weeks! It’s almost a month,” Yuugi pouted. “And didn’t Kaiba-kun mention something about staying longer, to play more tournaments?”

“We will see about that.” Atemu sounded confident and calm, but unbeknownst, he didn’t manage to calm Yuugi down. Instead, he hugged him even closer. “I am glad though, that Jounouchi-kun is here.”

“How come?” Yuugi asked, strangely confused and hopeful at the same time.

“That way, someone is with you,” Atemu said and nuzzled Yuugi’s neck. “I do not like seeing you alone, aibou.”

“Kaa-san and jii-chan are here as well,” Yuugi protested half-heartedly.

“Yes, but they retreat fairly early for the night and I do not like the thought of you spending hours by your lonesome self,” Atemu insisted. “With Jounouchi-kun around, you will always have company and do things together.”

“You always think of others.” Yuugi pressed a kiss to Atemu’s head. “I’ll be fine.”

“I know you will be.” Atemu broke up the embrace to get into bed, patting invitingly on the mattress. Yuugi followed his example and pulled the covers over him. He wasn’t so sure if he was going to be fine. He wasn’t so sure if everything was going to be fine.


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After a couple of days, Jounouchi’s presence felt so natural, like another family member, that nobody regarded him as a guest as he stayed over at the Mutou residence. True to his word, he helped out with the household and as he was quite handy, he fixed a couple of leaks, replaced an electrical outlet and was happy to repaint the room of Yuugi’s mother, as she wanted to change its interior decoration.

The tension seemed to have ebbed away, but both Yuugi and Jounouchi were extremely busy with college as their mid-terms were coming up, and while Jounouchi was still searching for an affordable apartment, Yuugi was occupied with Atemu’s trip. He didn’t want to miss out on any moment he could be with his Pharaoh before he would leave. The day of his departure still arrived too soon and Yuugi would take him to Domino City airport to see him off. Atemu said his goodbyes to the family. Yuugi’s mother and Sugoroku wished him a safe trip. He turned towards Jounouchi.

“Goodbye, Jounouchi-kun,” he said.

“Have fun and kick some American ass!” He suddenly took him into a big hug. Very briefly though, so Atemu wouldn’t feel embarrassed or overwhelmed, but not giving him enough time to return the gesture either. When he pulled away from him again, Jounouchi glanced at Atemu a little apprehensively, but nothing seemed to have changed, except for a slight look of surprise on his face.

“We have to go now,” Yuugi said, “we don’t want to miss your flight, mou hitori no boku.”

“Yes, we are leaving.” Atemu smiled at the others. “See you all in three weeks!”

“Bye! Take care!” everybody called after him. Yuugi jiggled with the car keys. After graduating Domino High, he had learned how to drive. The city’s public transportation was excellent, but he thought it was a vital, important skill and he was glad he had mastered it. They reached the airport without any delays and Atemu checked in. Before he went through customs, Yuugi stopped him. They kissed.

“Three whole, long weeks,” he said softly.

“I will call you every day,” Atemu promised.

“Call me as soon as you’ve landed,” Yuugi said and touched his face. “I don’t care what time it is, I want to know that you’ve arrived safely.”

“It is going to take a while,” Atemu said. He had to travel to Narita Airport first, which would take him two hours, then a layover of two more hours and then another fourteen hours to get to the United States. Kaiba had taken care of all the documents and had arranged for a seat in business class, which provided at least some comfort during such a long travel.

“Don’t drink alcohol on the plane,” Yuugi reminded him, even though it sounded lame to his own ears. “You don’t hold your liquor well, and the air is different in a plane. I don’t want you to arrive drunk off of your ass.”

“I will only drink water, aibou,” Atemu promised him sincerely. A metallic voice announced the boarding call for business class passengers, and Atemu had to really leave. Yuugi waved after him for as long as he could, but once Atemu was through the gate and out of sight, he left the airport, feeling down.


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The week kept Yuugi busy enough to not be upset about the absence of his partner too much. All of the teachers piled it on thick, demanding projects and presentations, and he had a lot of studying to do. Jounouchi kept himself in the background, studying and working just as hard. He didn’t need to stress about finding a new apartment, as he was welcome to stay with the Mutou family for as long as it was necessary, but Yuugi’s mother and grandfather were oblivious to any undercurrent of emotions, just as Atemu had been.

Yuugi realized how difficult it had to be for Jounouchi, just as he was struggling himself. They were so close, yet they had to be so far apart. He wished they could act upon their emotions, but it wasn’t possible. He missed his Pharaoh the most at night, when he was in bed, trying to fall asleep. Yuugi was glad though, that Atemu was having the time of his life. No one else but Rebecca Hopkins had picked him up from the airport and she was showing him around, helping him out with the English translations and making sure that he arrived everywhere at the right time. She referred to him as ‘darling’, just like she had done with Yuugi, but she was well aware of their relationship and didn’t mean it as to interfere, but as an affectionate name. Rebecca wasn’t that active in dueling anymore, also completely occupied by her computer science studies at a prestigious American university.

Her grandfather, Professor Hopkins, sent his regards to Sugoroku, who was very excited to hear from his old friend. Atemu called daily through Skype, waking Yuugi up every now and then as he didn’t take the time zones into account. Yuugi didn’t care of course, he only wanted to hear Atemu’s voice. They exchanged cutesy words and ‘I miss you’ for hours on end; if it had been a regular phone connection, the bill would’ve been sky high.

The first weekend without Atemu was approaching fast. Yuugi was looking forward to it as his head was spinning; he had studied a lot and worked ahead with Jounouchi on several projects, so they both could take the entire weekend off. Delighted at the prospect of having time off, Yuugi walked into the kitchen with a big smile on his face, to get himself a snack.

“Kaa-san,” he greeted his mother as he opened the fridge.

“Yuugi-kun,” she said, “I’m spending this weekend with friends, remember?” He blushed, embarrassed. He’d been so caught up with his studies that he had completely forgotten about it.
“I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon.”

“What about jii-chan?” Yuugi asked, fearing that he had missed another important part of information.

“Well, he’s not coming along with me,” she chuckled. “I do believe he’s meeting up with some friends of his own this Saturday evening, so you’ll probably have to drive him.”

“No problem,” Yuugi said.

“I trust you to keep the house clean and not to make a mess out of the kitchen,” she threatened him half-heartedly. “I’ve made some dinners for you and Jounouchi-kun to heat up, or you can call for take out.”

“Kaa-san, I know how to cook,” Yuugi said. “Besides, there are many leftovers in the fridge…we could get a week worth’s of dinners out of that.”

“Yes, that’s right.” Ever since Jounouchi started to live with them, she had increased the portion size at dinner, as he ate much more than she was used to. She had adapted quickly enough, and Yuugi was amused at the fridge, stocked to the brim. He mulled over her words. If she and his grandfather were gone, that meant he had the Saturday evening for himself. Great, maybe he could just hang out in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn...? Just to take his mind off Atemu not being there with him…


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