A/N: Yay! Second chapter... or... is it the first, considering that the last chapter was a prologue?! Oh well! Arigatou gozaimasu to everyone who reviewed! You guys are the best! Without your support, I wouldn't find the courage to post my fics! This fic is still dedicated to my hikari, Hitomi! I'm glad you like it so far! I know Yami was a bit harsh on Yuugi, but he has his reasons, which you will find out about in this chapter. Enjoy!
Summary: Yami is now wandering the cold winter streets. He happens upon a diner, where his hectic Christmas begins to unfold.
Wondering the streets on a cold night with nowhere to go is never the smartest plan. Yet, tonight, a sad and lonely pharaoh paid no heed to proper judgment. His thoughts held only the image of a heartbroken young boy with whom he'd hoped to spend a wonderful Christmas with.
After walking several blocks, he came across a diner. Why not... he shrugged as he walked in.
"Hey, Yami! Over here!" A familiar voice called from the corner booth by the window.
"Jounouchi?" Shocked at seeing his friend here at such a late hour, the curious pharaoh walked over to the blond teen and sat across from him. "What're you doing here? It's really late."
"I could ask you the same thing. You seem to be troubled by something. Wanna talk about it?"
Yami looked down at the table in shame, "Yuugi's... upset with me." Forlorn emotions could be seen in his eyes as he remembered the look on his enraged aibou's face. "I... haven't gotten him anything for Christmas yet. I want to, but I don't know how to go about it. Getting you guys gifts was easy. But...Yuugi's... different."
Jou just smiled and put his hand on top of the pharaoh's trembling hand, "You love him, don't you?"
Crimson eyes went wide in shock as he stared up at his kind hearted friend. A large red hue encompassed his face, so he hid his embarrassment by avoiding any further eye contact. He nodded slightly in response to the previous question.
"Then why is it so hard to buy someone you love a gift? When two people love each other, then it doesn't matter how large or expensive the gift might be. What matters is that it came from the heart. Do you understand what I'm saying, Yami?"
Still flustered about this whole conversation, the nervous pharaoh spoke timidly, "Yeah, but... he doesn't know yet."
Blond brows knitted together, "Doesn't know what?"
"That... I love him..." He sighed heavily as he peered out the cafe window. I can't believe Jou knew how I felt about Yuugi this whole time. I wonder if he knew before I did.
Concerned and confused, Katsuya decided to gather more info. "Why haven't you told him yet? Everyone thinks you two were meant for each other... even Seto! And you know that means a lot coming from him, especially considering that he used to have a huge crush on you."
Yami couldn't help but smirk and laugh a little at that last remark. "Yeah, I remember. Poor Kaiba. I hated turning him down after he seemed to have practiced for weeks on how to ask me out. But, I didn't feel the same way he did towards me. It wouldn't have been fair if our feelings weren't mutual. I'm glad he got over it and found new love with you, Jou. You two are a perfect match."
Jou scratched the back of his head, blushed, and laughed. "Come on, Yami! You're making me blush, man. And don't change the subject! We're talking about you and Yuugi here. You need to tell him how you feel. You know that, right?"
The pharaoh's bright smile reverted back to it's original serious state. "... I know..."
Seeing that his friend was a little clueless in the ways of the heart, Jou decided to lend his expertise. "Alright, Yami! Since you obviously need a helping hand in this matter, your good old friend "Jounouchi the Love Master" has decided to guide you in the ways of courtship!"
As a sweat drop fell down the back of Yami's head, he raised an uncertain eyebrow at his vanity ridden friend. "Are you sure about this, Jou? You really don't need to help me. I'll be fine on my own."
The blond just shook his hand in front of the suspicious pharaoh, "Nonsense! I want to help. Besides, you two have been single for too long... especially in your case." With that said, he couldn't help but laugh.
Yami just frowned mock-sternly at the giggling blond, "Okay, I get it! I'm over 3,000 years old! Ha-ha-ha! Give it a rest already! It's not like I was that old when I got sealed away. I'm still in my early 20s, dammit!"
"I know, I know! I'm just kidding, Yami! But, seriously, you two have been hiding your feelings for too long. I'm definitely going to need help on this one, so I'll see if I can get the whole gang in on this. This is going to be so much fun! Now, you said you haven't gotten him a gift yet, right? That's perfect! I'll make sure this'll be a Christmas both of you won't forget!" His eyes sparkled with anticipation.
Yami looked at him uneasily and sighed, I can already tell this is going to be one exhausting Christmas. I sure hope Jou knows what he's doing. He was able to win Kaiba over, so I guess he knows a thing or two about making a good impression.
Back at Home
Back at Home
His pillow was soaked, his eyes were bloodshot, and his face was red with sadness and frustration. Yuugi had been sobbing on his bed for what seemed like hours.
"Yami, you idiot! Don't I mean anything to him? Did getting me a gift slip his mind or something? Am I that easy to forget? I guess Yami will never feel the same way as I do about him. Maybe I should have confessed my love a long time ago. But it's too late now. I'll never be with the one I love. Yami..."
More sobbing followed, until he fell asleep with tears still streaming down his crimson cheeks.
to be continued...
So, what do you guys think of this plot? I wanted to include all of my favorite couples in this fic, so that's why I had Jou mention they were going to help. I honestly don't know how I'm going to pull this off, but I'm determined enough to make it a reality. Please keep reviewing, cuz that's what motivates me the most!