I decided to use my two month vacation to check out the Domino Museum's exhibit on Ancient Egypt. The whole team had come to Japan to take a break from reality a month ago. I found a stone tablet there and decided to test my translation skills.
I had just barely finished when I noticed a boy that came up to look at the same tablet. The boy glanced at my notebook, "You got a line wrong, Sir. It's the fifth one down." The boy pointed to it and that's when I noticed it, "Thank you, little boy." The boy pouted, "It's not boy and I'm not little. I'm a high school student and my name's Yugi."
That's when I looked directly at him. The boy who had just introduced himself as Yugi looked like the figure on the stone tablet. I decided to investigate this further. "Sorry about that, I'm Daniel Jackson. Could I get a photo of you and the tablet? I'd like to remember that you helped me with this translation," I said, trying to play the hopeless tourist. Yugi shrugged, "Sure. But I have to leave afterwards. That is unless you need a local to guide you around. If so, I can call my Grandpa and let him know that I'll be late for the tournament at the shop."
"I'd appreciate that, Yugi," I told the unusually small teenager. I took his picture and we left the museum. "So what type of tournament were you going to go to," I inquired. Yugi pulled something out of a pouch that he had on his waist. I looked at the object in his hand. "These are Duel Monster cards. My best friend and I were two of the top duelists in the Battle City Tournament last year," he said. "If it weren't for my friends, I never would have been able to save my grandpa and the Kaiba brothers about two years ago."
I told him that I needed to stop at the hotel to drop some things off and see of any of my teammates wanted to come along. "I'll wait out here for you, Mr. Jackson," Yugi said sitting down in a chair in the lobby. Perfect, now I can alert my friends to the boy's presence without him knowing. I nodded and headed to the room. Jack and Teal'c were watching TV while Sam was reading a book. "Guys, I have something you might want to know about," I said pulling out the picture and placing it on the table in front of Sam. She looked at it, "This boy looks like the figure carved in the tablet. That's impossible, unless he's a Gou'ald." Jack jumped up to get a look at the picture, "Where is this kid now?"
"He's in the lobby waiting to play the role of tour guide," I answered. "I thought it best to have you check him out Sam. I wouldn't have thought twice about the sheer coincidence with his appearance, but when he said that I got a translation wrong, I was concerned." Teal'c spoke up as Sam left the room, "That was wise, Daniel Jackson. Let us hope that this youth isn't a host."
Five minutes later, Sam returned, "I sensed nothing from the boy. It could just be a coincidence that he looks like that figure on the tablet." I shrugged, "I guess. But that doesn't explain how he could read Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs."
"Yami, I don't think it was a good idea to tell him that he mistranslated a section of text."
"Yugi, he was going to miss the meaning of the carvings if we didn't"
I sighed, "But now I get the feeling that we're in for another mishap."
"We're not alone."
I looked up from the tiles to notice that a lady was staring at me. I smiled and waved, "Hi." She waved back and left.
"I wonder what that was about."
"No idea, Yugi. We'll just need to keep our guards up."
Just them my cell phone rang. I answered it, "Hello."
"Hey, Yug. Gramps told me that you were showing a tourist around. Where are you so that we can meet up?"
"I'm waiting for him to come back from his room at the hotel near KaibaCorp. I don't know how long he's going to be," I answered.
"Sounds like you really need some company, pal. We'll be there in a few," Joey answered and hung up before I could say anything. I figured it was best to stay put until someone showed up.
"Other me, what do you think you want to eat later?"
"I'd like it if we had pizza."
"Yami, Grandpa said that we need to chill out with having pizza so much. I know that most of what I eat you enjoy too, but I still need to take care of our health."
"I guess we could go for a BLT combo at BurgerWorld after we're done here."
"That sounds good."
Joey and the others showed up, "Hey, Yug. Still sitting there?" I nodded, "And I'm getting bored," I complained. "You don't have to wait any longer, Yugi. We're ready for the grand tour." I jumped at the voice, "Oh, hi Mr. Jackson. My friends showed up to help out. I'd like you to meet Joey, Tristan, and Tea."
"Pleasure to meet all of you," he said. "These are my friends and coworkers; Sam, Jack, and Teal'c." Joey blurted out, "That's an unusual name." This resulted in him receiving an elbow to the ribs from Tristan. We had just left the hotel when I heard a cry.
I ran ahead of the group and saw that a high school student had just taken a little kid's Duel Monsters deck. "Those don't belong to you. They need to be given back," I said. The bully looked at me, "And who's going to make me? I hope it's not you, pipsqueak."
"Yami, care to have the honors?"
With that Yami took over.
"It would be me," I said. "Prepare to face the consequences of taking what's not rightfully yours." The brute scoffed, "Whatever, runt. Let's duel." I completed the duel in less than fifteen minutes, finishing him off with a Dark Magician attack. "Now, return the cards you've stolen and leave."
"What was that," the one called Jack asked me. I looked at Tea and the others for help as I probably would dig us a bigger hole. Yugi mentally nudged me.
"I think we should tell them, Yami. I know that when we duel, your appearance and personality differ from my own."
"I understand, but perhaps I can show them."
"Oh yeah, I forgot that you can make brief appearances now. But let's leave that as a last resort."
"As you wish, partner."
"It's ok to tell them."
We went after Yugi after he took off to find the source of a cry that was heard. Just as we caught up, I noticed that the kid's personality had changed and his appearance was slightly different from earlier. That and he was playing a strange game in the middle of the sidewalk. After he finished, I wanted to know one thing. "What was that," I asked the strange kid. He looked at his friends as if he were asking for their help.
The kid sighed after a few minutes, "Yugi and I are one and the same. We're linked through the Millennium Puzzle." Huh? "Is that what that upside-down pyramid that you're wearing around your neck is?" Leave it to Daniel to figure things out before we can catch up. The boy nodded, "Yes, it is."
"Then what are you exactly," Sam asked. The boy replied, "I am not of this time but of the past. All I can remember is that I lived in Egypt 3000 years ago as Pharaoh, and had sealed my soul into the Millennium Puzzle while at the same time sealing away the Darkness that was threatening to destroy the world." This was getting to be a bit creepy. "Then why are you here," I questioned. "I'm here to prevent the return of the Shadow Games and gain passage to the afterlife. Yugi was the one who solved the Puzzle and has allowed me the use of his body at times."
"So you are a long-dead Pharaoh, and you, quote 'share that kid's body'," I asked, not believing this 'parasite'. "Yes, but what occurred to me was my fault and my destiny became linked with Yugi's the moment he completed the Puzzle," he told us. Joey spoke up, "They've been through a lot together. The Pharaoh and Yug have saved the world several times over from the Shadow Games. Just because they just happen to share Yugi's body doesn't mean that he's like the others." "I think you should put a sock in it before you say anymore, Joey," Tristan warned the blonde big mouth. His suggestion was a few words too late.
"What do you mean not like the others," Sam asked, "How many more are there like him?" 'Yugi' was the one to answer, "This is not the only Millennium Item. There are seven total. Unfortunately, I and two others have decided to use ours to protect others. One of the Items was stolen and its location is unknown. The other two wielders are using their Items for evil."
I counted mentally, "You just said that there were seven of these creepy things. I only counted six." He looked at me, "That is because one of the other two who have chosen to use their Items for good has two of them." That explains it. "If you are sharing that kid's body, why hasn't he said anything," Teal'c asked. "This is because he wanted to give me a chance to speak with you first and to clear up any misunderstandings," he explained. "Can we speak with him," Daniel asked.
"Yugi, I believe that we should show them that we are telling the truth."
"I agree. Let's show the others our surprise at the same time."
"Alright, let's do this."
I closed my eyes against the bright light, and when I opened them, everyone was staring at me. I mean 'us'. This was because we had split into individual entities. "The last time we saw you two do that was at the Ceremonial Duel," Joey pointed out. I couldn't help but recall our first duel against each other. Yugi almost won that day, but I gained the upper hand and won. This meant that I wasn't ready to leave and as a result, still shared my link with Yugi. "We wanted to surprise you guys next week, but it was now or never," my young friend told them. "Yami, I mean Atem, wanted to come out for the anniversary of my completing the Puzzle."