"What was the glass dragon for?"
Serenity froze…"Oh no! He saw it what it was! What do I tell him? Think Serenity! Think! This is no time to blush!" But to no avail, Serenity felt her cheeks grow hotter by the second, and was speechless. "I…um…"
Kaiba just looked straight at her, and then made a business call of his phone. "Did Kaiba just bail me out? He could've humiliated you just now…" The thought of it just made Serenity feel even hotter, she was once again finding reason to praise him.
Serenity avoided eye contact for the rest of the ride, and Kaiba didn't bring it up again after he ended his call. "Maybe he's forgotten about it…"
After dinner, Serenity was about to bolt straight back to her room, not wanting to be close to Kaiba downstairs. But just as she was about to leave the table, Kaiba stopped her. "Drop by my room in 30 minutes." Kaiba was not asking, it was an order. "Oh god…alone with him in his room? What do I do? Snap out of it Serenity!"
"O-ok." Serenity meekly replied before leaving.
"What does he want? Can it be that he actually hasn't forgotten about the broken glass dragon? Oh well, one way to find out…here goes nothing…" Serenity walked over to Kaiba's room, his door was semi-opened, as the lighting from his computer illuminated the dark room. He was working as expected. Serenity knocked gently. "Umm..you wanted to see me?"
"Come in." Kaiba stated without looking up from the monitor. "And close the door…"
Serenity shivered as she heard the last order. "This can't be good…." Regardless of her nervousness, her shaking hand found its way to the door and closed it slowly.
As Serenity turned back to face Kaiba after closing the door, she found him literally inches away from her again. "How did he….?" She didn't even hear footsteps of him walking over! "Uhh…." She couldn't bring herself to look Kaiba in the eye, finding all of a sudden just how interesting the ground was to stare at.
Kaiba put his hand underneath Serenity's chin, causing her face to fluster again. Slowly, he brought her head up so that she looked straight into his eyes. "I believe I asked you a question earlier today…"
"Did you? What was it? I don't remember…" Serenity tried to feign ignorance, hoping Kaiba would drop the subject. "Yea..like that'll ever work…" And it clearly didn't…Kaiba pressed on.
"Don't play dumb and innocent with me Serenity…you know exactly what I'm talking about." As Kaiba was saying this, he was advancing closer to Serenity, forcing Serenity to back up. All of a sudden, Serenity felt something make contact with her legs. "Oh no! His bed!" Serenity lost balance and landed flat on her back on top of Kaiba's king-sized bed.
Before Serenity could react, Kaiba had already hovered over her. "Why does this seem all so familiar?" The situation caused memories of her first day at the mansion to flood back. "What should I do?"
"Could it be that the dragon was for me?" Kaiba mused in a low, taunting tone.
Serenity couldn't answer him, and tried to turn her head to the side so that she didn't have to face him directly, but Kaiba stopped her. He grabbed her chin once more and forced her head straight. "Let me go!" Serenity complained as she attempted to push the larger body off of her. She failed, as Kaiba pinned her arm to her side with his free hand.
"Answer me first…"
"No! It wasn't for you…" Serenity quickly stammered, while squeezing her eyes shut.
Kaiba moved his face closer to hers. His nose was merely a centimeter away from hers. "Don't lie to me now…" he whispered. "Lying doesn't suit you…"
Serenity froze again. "Does he know? He's not stopping with his questions…oh…why me?"
"Why Serenity?" Kaiba whispered again. Serenity could feel his hot breath on her cheeks.
She couldn't answer him. No way could she confess to him that she was in love.
Kaiba smirked. "Could it be…."
"Oh. My. God. Did he see right through?" Serenity couldn't bear to think about it.
"…that you like me?" Kaiba murmured in a sly tone. The smirk remained on his face.
Once again, Serenity didn't say anything.
"I dislike waiting for answers…"
"Yes…" Serenity said weakly.
The room was dark enough that Serenity couldn't make out Kaiba's face, but she could hear the laughter building up from Kaiba's stomach. It was an evil laugh, one that you'd hear from a typical villain on a TV show.
Kaiba pressed on. "Why?"
"I don't know…" Another weak-voiced reply.
"Is it because of money?" Kaiba pondered. "Sleep with me tonight, and I'll write you a cheque that'll last you a life time…"
". Was Kaiba really seducing her?" Serenity was too shocked to answer. The thought of money never even came across her mind. She was appalled that Kaiba would even think that. Sure she was nowhere near as well off, but she certainly wasn't this cheap. Finally, Serenity's anger and embarrassment boiled pass her limits. "No!"
"What was that?" Kaiba actually sounded surprised, if that was possible. Even if he wasn't surprised, he had let his guard down…Serenity snuck out from under him. But he regained his senses, and his arm darted out and grabbed hers and pulled her down again.
Just as Serenity was trying to figure out what had happened after her attempted escape, she found herself in the CEO's powerful arms. "Please…let me go…" Serenity begged, as tears ran down her face. She hated being weak, but in Kaiba's presence, that was all she ever felt.
"No." Kaiba flatly said.
This time, it would be Serenity's turn to ask. In between sobs, she managed pose her question. "Why…why are you doing this to me?"
It was Kaiba's turn to be speechless.
"Please…stop…I can't take this anymore…"
Kaiba was shocked at the girl in his arms pouring her heart out.
"Yes…I like you! I said it, you happy now!" Tears continued to flow down her face.
Kaiba still hadn't said anything. Instead, he brought his hand up to Serenity's face and wiped her tear-stricken cheeks.
"Why do you do this…why do you play with my feelings like this?" Serenity sobbed again. "You have any idea how hard it is to be me…I know this is all wrong, my brother would hate me if he found out…but I can't help it! I tried to stop myself, but I can't!" Unknowingly, Serenity had buried her face into Kaiba's chest, crying even harder.
"I'm supposed to hate you…for all the things you've done to my brother and my friends….but I can't!" Serenity bawled. For a second, Serenity swore she felt a hand stroke the back of her head. "And I know you'll never feel the same way about me…but I can't help it!"
Serenity felt another stroke and pat, it was comforting. Finally, she managed to compose herself slightly and pull away, now looking at Kaiba's tear stained shirt. "I'm such a fool…" Serenity attempted to get up. But once again, Kaiba didn't let her.
"Wait." Kaiba said solemnly after minutes of just Serenity confessing everything bottled up inside her. "You're…not a fool."
"Huh…?" Serenity was confused as she was surprised by what Kaiba had just said.
"I was only joking about the cheque…" Kaiba was referencing his earlier proposal. Noticing that Serenity didn't respond, Kaiba once again brought lifter her chin with his thumb and forefinger. "Serenity…you're anything but a fool…"
"Se..Seto…" Serenity didn't know why, but she found herself whispering his first name.
"You know…I've grown pretty fond of having you around after these past several months…"
Serenity was still a tad confused. "Was Kaiba trying to hint something?"
"I liked seeing you…angry…scared…Serenity, you're so easy to read…that's why I enjoyed teasing you…"
Serenity wanted to feel angry, but she couldn't. "I…."
Before Serenity could finish, she felt Kaiba's lips on hers. This kiss was brief…but it felt like an eternity for Serenity. Serenity was left stunned…absolutely at a loss for words.
"To be honest…I didn't think things would turn out this way." Kaiba admitted.
She shrugged her head, trying to clear the cobwebs. "What do you mean?"
"You were supposed to be just another trophy…I never thought that I would end up cherishing it…"
Serenity didn't say anything. Although Kaiba didn't outright say that he liked her as well, but it was clear to her that her relationship with Seto Kaiba wouldn't be as simple as mansion-owner and captive. Regardless of how he really felt, Serenity was certain of one thing…she had found the true Kaiba…the one that had alluded everyone for the past decade.
She didn't care anymore about how Joey might react. Nothing was important anymore, all that mattered was that Kaiba had willingly taken her into his arms at this moment. Serenity didn't care about the future; she closed her eyes, just wanting time to freeze so that this moment could last forever…
Well that's it everyone! Hope you guys enjoyed it.
I did my best to keep Serenity and Kaiba in character as much as possible. For me, to have Kaiba straight-out say "I love you" to Serenity seemed highly unlike something he'd do, so I had to have him express his feelings more 'indirectly'.
I know there's plenty of S/S fics out there, but so many of them end up having both act all out of character. I hope that that I've managed to break that mold.
Thanks for the support!