Chapter 6: Returning Favors


Swapping Numbers Finale: Returning Favors


Disclaimers: Really? Kotori fanservice? My goodness…I don't own ZEXAL, but if I did, I would make it skyshipping exclusive fanservice. The scene in the lake with Yuma and Kotori was just too cute though. And Rei was evil? Many people are gloating.


Another stage with more colorful displays than the last one was being set up along with various security guards and stage men working things out. Meanwhile, various girls that were from Heartland Middle School also arrived, most of them gossiping over the significant impact Kotori-or Yutori-had made for herself, being recognized by Juan Sanchez.

"This is so cool! Kotori is going to look fantastic!"

"I know right?"

Backstage, Lola, Juan and Housaku looked from behind the curtains.

"Oh my, oh my, if this keeps up, I'm going to need to start charging people to watch! Lola! Where is our model?!"

"Mr. Sanchez, please have some faith and patience. Beautiful girls always need time!"

Juan then waved his hand before moving further backstage.

"Yes, yes, I mean, look at how you turned out little Lola. Now where are the others?!"

As he kept walking, Yutori was a bit flustered in the whole situation.

"Geez…this dress is so weird!"

The dress itself was a bit grand, even for someone like Yutori. It was white, had a skirt that went behind her, similar to many other wedding dress counterparts, a pair of long white gloves that went up her forearms, a small veil that was attached to her hair, and a pair of little high-heeled shoes that were just as white.

"It's just too…open, grand…I can't do it !"

Juan then grabbed her by the shoulder, pointing towards the curtains.

"Everyone is nervous about a thing like this, but fear no, for shall nothing, and I mean, nothing will or shall go wrong as of now! I mean, with such a theme such as Marriage Boutique is nerve wracking, ABOLUTELY, AND I MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CAN-"

"Mr. Sanchez?"

"WHAT?!"

The man turned around, facing one of the agents with a clipboard.

"Sir, Mr. Taylor Gorrel has fallen ill just a few minutes ago due to Writer's Block, so he can't model today."

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

The poor man then fell to his knees in an overdramatic fashion, before yelling at the sky. However, Lola, who was on standby, saw the perfect opportunity for her.

"Mr. Sanchez, I have a perfect replacement for Taylor."

"Well, some good news, who is it?"

Lola then reached over, pulled Kuma towards her, and shoved him in front of him.

"Yuma! He's the best replacement."

The man then scanned his body top to bottom.

"You're right about that! Except, what the hell is wrong with his hair? Doesn't matter! Get the boy the tuxedo!"

Before long, everything had turned into another frantic mess.


Meanwhile, Outside!

A girl with two green ponytails was at the very front. No one saw it, but the green suddenly turned into different shades of blue, overly long hair that passed her rear, and a very over elegant dre-

"Screw it! You know it's me! Hey, where are you going? DON'T CUT ME-"


Back in the back…stage…yeah:

"Okay, we're going to be just fine!"

"Mr. Sanchez, please calm down, you're going to have a heart attack."

"Lola dear, I never had sodium this week, so I won't have one! Now, get the brides and grooms! The show is starting!"

In a flash, the man leaped out of the curtains and onto the stage with a microphone in hand.

"Welcome to the Juan Sanchez Fashion Show! It's going to be a smashing hit! Now, meet the beautiful girls and their wonderful themed dresses – THE BRIDAL OCCASION!"

As the music played from the speakers, many girls in different bridal dress designs flooded out, waving to the crowd and posing for pictures. Eventually, some males also came out in other elegantly designed tuxedoes that made the girls in the front row swoon. Eventually, there were two people behind the curtains, who were also the last ones.

"And finally, our main event dress!"

A bright display of lights then scattered everywhere before a huge spotlight was shone towards the curtains, moving to the side, showing Kuma and Yutori in their little attire of occasion. Their hands were intertwined with each other's before walking down the catwalk, posing for the audience, which earned any claps and applause. The duo just waved back to them, before they started posing for the camera. Kuma then leaned towards Yutori, whispering in her ear.

"I was talking to Lola earlier, and I was thinking…"

"Thinking about what?"

They then posed with a waltz like dip, Kuma holding onto Yutori's back while his other arm held her up.

"I may have been too harsh with you the other day, and I shouldn't have yelled at you like that."

Yutori then stood up, wrapping her arms onto Kuma's neck.

"No Kotori, I was being selfish. You're an important part of my life and I don't want that aspect to disappear either."

She then placed her hands onto his cheeks, pulling themselves closer for a kiss.

"NOT SO FAST BUCKO!"

Suddenly, ice began forming around Yutori's feet. It was quickly rising to her waist.

"No!"

"What's going on?!"

After the ice had almost completely surrounded her, Yutori quickly saw her deck and number cards inside a bouquet she had near her feet.

"My deck! Get it from that bouquet!"

Kuma then quickly nodded, seeing the flowers and adding the cards to his pockets. A few seconds later, the girl from earlier in the chapter resurfaced from the shocked crowd. An ocean blue number glowed in her already blue enough hair.

"That's the number we lost!"

Lola and Juan then arrived on the scene too, where Lola just scowled at the sudden appearance.

"You have a ton of nerve interrupting a fashion show like this!"

The girl then stopped near the stage, her dress dancing with the multi colored lights in a series of sparkles.

"Well Lola, I suppose you now regret rejecting my dress idea now that I have your top and newest model captured!"

The girl ice then completely surrounded Yutori, before it broke into a giant ocean blue water droplet. She then started yelling in it, along with hitting the sides. The girl below just laughed her little head off.

"Don't bother trying little girl! You can't make a sound or get out! Now…I, Marizu, shall be taking over your show Lola!"

"Like you will!"

Marizu then saw Kuma ready with his duel disk. She just sighed before pulling her deck and placing it in the holder.

"Well, I suppose I can take out her boyfriend in a duel! Let's make a deal. You win, I let everyone go, I win, I keep you as my boyfriend and become top model in place of this girl!"

"What? NO!"

"Funny you should reject my offer. Number 68?"

The water around Yutori's body then started getting closer to her, where she then noticed the lack of oxygen closing in.

"Hrk! Ko-Kot…"

"Alright! I get it, just…stop. Please…"

The grip around Yutori then loosened, where she instantly found it easier to breathe. She looked out the encasement towards Kuma.

"Kotori…please, help me…"

Kuma scowled, as an AR fiel formed around them.

"DUEL!"


Kuma: 4000
Marizu: 4000


"I shall go first, draw!"

As Marizu's hand left the deck, it seemed as her entire body cascaded in sparkles.

"I'll start off with the Wind-Up Magician!"

A purple cloaked magician with a yellow golden gear in it's back appeared in a firery spiral, before starting to click.


Wind-Up Magician, Effect, Level 4, Spellcaster, FIRE:

ATK: 600
DEF: 1800

If the effect of a "Wind-Up" monster is activated, except "Wind-Up Magician": You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Wind-Up" monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position. This effect can only be used once while this card is face-up on the field.


"Next, a spell card, Materia Reloader!"

A cannon like object then formed onto the field, a box of different colored glass spheres contained within it, before reloading its chambers.


Materia Reloader, Continuous Spell:

During each of your standby phases, pay 600 life points, or destroy this card. Place one "Reload" counter on this card (max. 4) during Main Phase 1. If this card is destroyed, attach any cards from your graveyard to any Xyz monster on your side of the field as Xyz materials. For every two "Reload" counters, attach 1 Xyz Material.


"I've never seen this before!"

"One card facedown will end my turn, cutie. *wink*"


Hand: 3


Turn 2, Kuma:


"Don't let her get to you…I draw!"

As he drew the card, Astra flashed in, only to be shown in a bit of a weakened state.

"My connection with Mia isn't strong, we must win this!"

"I agree. Unlike Yuma, I know what to do here. I first activate Hand Destruction! So we both send two cards from our hands to the graveyard, and then draw two more cards."

Marizu just scoffed, before flipping her hair.

"Whatever, it is no skin off of my back."

As she sent part of her hand to the graveyard, Kuma just smirked all the way through.

"Now what is that smug smirk of yours?"

"I'm about to Kattobingu, THAT IS WHAT!"

As he regained his hand, a portal opened up in front of him as he activated another Spell Card.

"By activating the card, Question, we're going to play a game!"

Yutori inside the bubble just cheered while Marizu's eye twitched a little.

"Simple, just guess the monster at the bottom of my graveyard Marizu, and you remove it from play! Fail in doing so will have it special summoned to my field!"

"Curse you Hand Destruction! I wasn't paying attention!"

Lola just fist pumped at Marizu's twitching eye.

"Take that Marizu!"

After a few moments of silence from her, Marizu finally spoke.

"It's…Ga…gaga-"

A very loud buzzer then quickly cut her off, where Kuma took a card from his graveyard.

"That's wrong, so I can special summon this! Come forth! Dual Blader – Kazuto!"

From the graveyard colored portal, the black robed warrior arose, leaping backwards, holding the black and the green twin swords in both sheaths, a rush of wind emitting from his presence.


Dual Blader – Kazuto, Effect, Level 7, Warrior, DARK:

ATK: 2700
DEF: 1600

If this card was Special Summoned by a monster card or a trap card effect, this card can attack twice in a row. If "Petal Angel – Alium" is face up on the field, this card gains 600 ATK and DEF. If "Petal Angel – Yui" is on the field, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF. If "Petal Fatale – Leafa" is on the field, this card gains 200 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed, banish it instead. If this card attacks twice, next turn, it cannot declare an attack.


"He may not be able to attack twice, but it's still a good powerhouse! So, to add on, I set one monster in defense position."

The back of his card then flashed on to the field.

"Now, I attack with Dual Blader!"

After a fierce battle cry, the black swordsman gripped his dark blade, charging towards the Wind-Up Magician.

"I don't think so! Activating Negate Attack!"

A vortex appeared right in front of the sword, cutting off the attack and no harm being done to the Magician.

"Tch, I place one card facedown to end my turn."


Hand: 2


Turn 3, Marizu:


Marizu: 4000 – 600 = 3400


Materia Reloader: 1 Reload Counter


"I can't believe you made me use that Trap Card, so I draw!"

Taking the cards, she then placed one onto her area.

"Wind-Up Rat, summoned!"

The small mechanical toy mouse then appeared, clicks going off as it was face-up.


Wind-Up Rat, Effect, Level 3, Beast, EARTH:

ATK: 600
DEF: 600

During your Main Phase: You can target 1 "Wind-Up" monster in your Graveyard; change this face-up Attack Position card you control to face-up Defense Position, and Special Summon that target in face-up Defense Position. This effect can only be used once while this card is face-up on the field.


"And since I Normal Summoned my rat, I can Special Summon my Shark!"

From a water-like portal, a toy shark with the same gold key in its back leaped out.


Wind-Up Shark, Effect, Level 4, Fish, WATER:

ATK: 1500
DEF: 1300

When a "Wind-Up" monster is Normal or Special Summoned to your side of the field: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. Once per turn: You can activate 1 of these effects.

Increase this card's Level by 1, until the End Phase.
● Reduce this card's Level by 1, until the End Phase.


"Next, by switching Rat from attack to defense, it can bring back one of its friends!"

Another flash of appeared, this time, a green toyish soldier with the same signature gold key in its back rose from its graveyard colored portal.


Wind-Up Soldier, Effect, Level 4, Warrior, EARTH:

ATK: 1800
DEF: 1200

During your Main Phase: You can increase this card's Level by 1 and ATK by 400, until the End Phase. This effect can only be used once while this card is face-up on the field.


"Now, I use the effect of Wind-Up Magician to special summon my Wind-Up Honeybee!"

In a brown colored light, a small yellow and black toy bee flew onto the field in defense position.


Wind-Up Honeybee, Effect, Level 1, Insect, EARTH:

ATK: 100
DEF: 300

When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can Special Summon 1 Level 4 or lower "Wind-Up" monster from your Deck.


"Next, is the Spell Card Falling Current! I declare that my Wind-Up Magician is now a Level 3 Monster!"


Wind-Up Magician: Level 4 = Level 3


"By the effects of Wind-Up Shark and Soldier, I shall raise the level of Shark, and raise the level of Soldier!"


Wind-Up Shark + Wind-Up Soldier: Level 4 = Level 5


"Now! I Overlay Level 5s Wind-Up Soldier and Wind-Up Shark and Level 3s Wind-Up Magician and Wind-Up Rat! Double Xyz Summon!"

In a burst of light with two red portals, two Xyz monsters flew out in a ridiculously colorful fashion of thunder and lightning.

"Come forth! Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh and Wind-Up Zenmaines!"


Wind-Up Zenmaines, Xyz, Effect, Rank 3, Machine, FIRE:

ATK: 1500
DEF: 2100

2 Level 3 monsters

If this face-up card on the field would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. Once per turn, during the End Phase, if this effect was used this turn: Target 1 card on the field; destroy it.


Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh, Xyz, Effect, Rank 5, Machine, WIND:

ATK: 2600
DEF: 1900

2 Level 5 monsters

Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 2 Set cards on the field; destroy them.


"What's the purpose of summoning them? They have no fighting power against Kazuto!"

"Maybe, not for long though!"

The last card in Marizu's hand then glowed ominously. Astra noticed it immediately.

"That's her key!"

"She's summoning it!"

"I activate Ranks in Numbers! It can allow me to Xyz summon any Xyz Monster from my extra Deck that matches the exact amount of Ranks as the current amount of Xyz Monster's ranks on my field, at the cost of reducing its attack and defense points by 1000 and attaching this card as an Xyz Material."

Static then appeared over the card, along with Astra's body, four lights being extracted from her.

"AGH!"

"ASTRAL!"

"Rise, Numbers 68!"

A number "68" flashed in ocean blue, followed by the number's sealed form. It was an egg that appeared to be made of water, with a floating red core visible within. Yellow dots lined the top in a ring fashion. There were visible black bubbles floating within the structure of the egg, as well as the dots turning to the same color as well, eerily flashing visibly within seconds. Soon enough, the red nucleus expanded as wide as the egg size itself, spreading the water onto the ground. The nucleus divided into 4 smaller spheres, one o them turning into a ruby, while some of the yellow dots separated into a pair of eyes. Eventually, the water started forming into a distinct body shape. It had 2 thick arms, three finger clawed-hands, two legs that had came out of the smaller version of the egg shape, a thin torso attached, which also connected the circular head and arms. Suddenly, on it's arms, a ring of black bubbly spheres glowed on its forearms, and yellow dots eerily glowed on its shoulders, near its torso, around a red jewel on its chest. Black dots glowed around its yellow eyes. Suddenly, a tube came out of its back, connecting to the back, while 2 tentacles appeared out of its head, attaching to the last remaining red spheres available. One Number 68 glowed in the space between its head tentacles, while a single purple overlay unit surrounded the monster.

"WoMANA, Calaris Vice-Versa!"


Number 68: WoMANA Calaris Vice-Versa, Xyz, Effect, Rank 8, DARK, Aqua:

3 Level 8 Monsters

ATK: 1000 - 1000 = 0
DEF: 3000 - 1000 = 2000

If you activate one of these card's effects, you cannot activate the selected effect again. If this card has no Xyz Materials, this card's original ATK and DEF are treated as 0 and cannot be in defense position. Once per turn, you can activate one of the following effects:

-Detach 1 Xyz Material. Switch the original ATK and DEF of all face-up monsters on the field. Any additions and subtractions to ATK and DEF due to card effects are applied to the new ATK and DEF. Monsters Summoned after this card's effect are excluded.

-Detach 1 Xyz Material. Your opponent's and your life points are swapped.

-Detach 2 Xyz Materials. Return this card to the Extra Deck, special summon 1 Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck, and attach any remaining Xyz Materials to the Special Summoned Monster.

-Detach 2 Xyz Materials. Switch ATK and DEF values with one of your opponent's monsters and one of your monsters.

-?


As the Number glowed within her blue hair, she just laughed maniacally.

"Now, I activate the effect of Numbers 68! I swap our ATK and DEF values! Go, Swap of Priorities!"

The last overlay unit then was absorbed into both of its claws, before crushing it and shooting two streams of purple into the sky.

"Now what?!"


Dual Blader - Kazuto:

ATK: 2700 = 1600
DEF: 1600 = 2700


Wind-Up Honeybee, Effect, Level 1, Insect, EARTH:

ATK: 100 = 300
DEF: 300 = 100


Wind-Up Zenmaines, Xyz, Effect, Rank 3, Machine, FIRE:

ATK: 1500 = 2100
DEF: 2100 = 1500


Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh, Xyz, Effect, Rank 5, Machine, WIND:

ATK: 2600 = 1900
DEF: 1900 = 2600


Number 68: WoMANA Calaris Vice-Versa, Xyz, Effect, Rank 8, DARK, Aqua:

ATK: 0
DEF: 0


"This isn't good!"

"Zenmaioh, activate your ability! By detaching an Overlay Unit, I can destroy two set cards!"

As a green overlay unit absorbed itself into Zenmaioh's separate arm, it shot two beams, destroying the set monster(revealed to be Ganbara Knight) and facedown(which was Copy Knight).

"Zenmaioh! Attack Kazuto!"

Zenmaioh then charged straight at Kuma, a claw straight at him. Kazuto blocked the attack with both swords, before an fireball destroyed him.


Kuma: 4000 – 300 = 3700


"Now, Zenmaines attacks directly!"

Two claws then snapped at Kuma, shocking him.

"AGH!"


Kuma: 3700 – 2100 = 1600


"Since I can't do anything else, this ends my turn."


Hand: 0


Turn 4, Kuma:


"It's my turn, draw!"

He looked through his hand, finding the situation quite terrible.

"This isn't good. I can't summon any Numbers with this hand, I can only go on the defensive for now…"

His hand quivered a bit before he gripped his cards.

"I set one monster and 2 cards to end my turn then."


Hand: 0


Turn 5, Marizu:


Marizu: 3400 – 600 = 2800


"Well, time to activate my Materia Reloader! By sending it to the graveyard with two Materia Counters on it, I can recover an Overlay Unit in exchange!"

As it started changing the revolving chambers, it catapulted a purple Overlay Unit to Number 68.


Number 68: WoMANA Calaris Vice-Versa: 1 OU

ATK: 1000
DEF: 3000


"And now, since I can't properly take you down, I suppose I shall activate Xyz Treasure, so for each Xyz Monster on the field, I can draw one card. There are three on my side, so that means I get an additional three cards."

As her hand replenished, a grin spread across her face.

"Well, what do you know? A second Xyz Treasure! That means another three cards!"

Her hand was now full to the brim of five whole cards, before she took one card that made her grin sickeningly.

"Spell Card activate! Overlay Regen! This allows Number 68 to gain another Xyz Material by attaching this card to it!"

As Overlay Regen appeared, it turned into a purple Overlay Unit, shooting itself towards Calaris Vice-Versa.


Number 68: 2 OU


"Time for another assault! Zenmaioh activate your effect!"

"Trap card activate! Damage Diet! Quick-Play Spell activate! Mystik Wok!"

The two cards then flipped up, revealing the set monster to be Gogogo Golem.


Gogogo Golem, Effect, Level 4, Rock, EARTH:

ATK: 1800
DEF: 1500

Once per turn, this face-up Defense Position card cannot be destroyed by battle.


"First, by releasing Gogogo Golem, I can gain 1800 points, AND halve all any damage that I will take this turn!"


Kuma: 1600 + 1800 = 3400


"Grgh…I activate Number 68's effect then! We switch life point values!"


Marizu: 2800 = 3400
Kuma: 3400 = 2800


As Kuma felt drained, all of Marizu's monsters were ready for their attack.

"TIME TO TAKE YOU OUT! All-out assault!"

A various row of attacks sprayed out from her monsters, severely crippling Kuma.

"AGH!"

"KOTORI!"


Kuma: 2800 – (5300/2=2650) = 150


"To end that, I shall place one card facedown to end my turn. Flawless victory!~"


Hand: 3


Turn 6, Kuma:


"Tch…that one really hurt…"

Yutori inside the ice bubble had a few tears that threatened to fall, while Mistral had her hands covering her mouth in horror.

"ASTRAL/KOTORI!"

Kuma weakly drew his card, and then quickly saw a glimmer of hope.

"This is perfect! Spell Card Activate! Xyz Treasure! With three Xyz Monsters, I can draw three more cards!"

"That won't help you in the slightest. My victory is assured."

As his hand increased, Astral saw an opening.

"The path is open! Do it Kotori!"

"I hear you! I Advance Summon Petal Angel - Alium!"

A lightning bolt then struck across the sky, before a rapier sword endowed in silky white fell and landed in the ground. Another flash occurred, before a chestnut haired girl covered in a dress completely made of petals picked up the item, spinning it around.


Petal Angel - Alium, Effect, Level 6, Warrior, LIGHT:

ATK: 2300

DEF: 1900

You can special summon this card from your hand if your opponent has 2 or more Xyz monsters on their side of the field. If there is a "Dual Blader - Kazuto" or "Petal Angel - Yui" on your side of the field, this card gains 500 ATK and DEF. If this card destroys a Monster in Attack Position, monster effects cannot be activated until your opponent's Main Phase. If this card was used in the Xyz Summon of a "Petal" monster, it gains 700 ATK and DEF.


"The third SAO Reference!"

"That's right! And with this, I attack the Wind-Up Honeybee! Flash Penetration!"

The girl then sprinted across the field, before leaping up, sending multiple stabs from her rapier at the poor toy bee.

"EEEK!"


Marizu: 3400 - 2000 = 1400


"YOUUUUUUUUUUU! I activate Honeybee's-"

"Ha ha! Not gonna happen with Alium's effect, so I shall place two cards facedown to end my turn."


Hand: 0


Turn 7, Marizu:


Marizu's hair started flipping out a bit, rising a bit on end before it flopped back down.

"You're going to get it NOW!"

As she drew her card, her grins just got frankly more twisted.

"Heh heh…I activate another Overlay Regen."

"This is getting ridiculous."

"So are you, and I'm going to end it! By removing TWO Overlay Units from Number 68, I can switch the Attack and Defense values of two monsters on the field! I choose Number 68 and Petal Angel - Alium!"

"I activate the Trap Chlorophyll Petal Displacement! I can only activate this card if I have 1000 Life points or less and a "Petal" monster is on my field. I can send an Xyz monster from my own Extra Deck to the graveyard, to negate the activation of another monster's effect on the field, and gain life points equal to that monster's ATK!"


Kuma: 150 + 1000 = 1150


"B*TCH!"

"Hey, don't start whining, you get to keep the Xyz materials rather than throw them out."

"Fine! This card is useless anyways! I activate Number 68's last ability! I can swap it out for a different Xyz Monster!"

Both overlay units then absorbed themselves into it's two antennae, where an odd scenario happened. In the place of the aqua number was an enormous silver grey machine with a pyramid-shaped lower body, four jet boosters, an oddly humanoid upper body, two hands, and a purple head with yellow eyes. Multiple gold keys inserted themselves into the body, and two orange Overlay Units circled it.


Wind-Up Zenmaister, Xyz, Effect, Level 4, Machine, EARTH:

ATK: 1900 + 600 = 2500

DEF: 1500

2 Level 4 monsters

This card gains 300 ATK for each Xyz Material attached to this card. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card to target 1 face-up monster you control; change that face-up monster to face-down Defense Position, and if you do, during the End Phase of this turn, change it to face-up Attack Position.


"Much better! Now, I attack with Zenmaister!"

"Hold it right there! Half Unbreak!"

"What?! No!"

"Oh yes! This prevents Alium from being destroyed and halves my damage. How's them apples Marizu?!"


Kuma: 1150 - 100 = 1050


"Doesn't matter, you still take damage, but you'll also get some more with it! Quick-play spell, Blasting Xyz! By removing an Overlay Unit from Zenmaines, I can deal an extra one thousand points of damage if I fail to destroy a monster with another Xyz Monster!"

The ball of electricity that used to be one of its Overlay Units was building within the claws of Wind-Up Zenmaines, before it fired a powerful blast of electricity at Kuma, and from the looks of it, severely injure him that part of his tuxedo got ripped, and had him literally rolled up a bit on the floor. Tutor's tears then hit the surface of her prison fully.

"KOTORI! KOTORI! NO!"


Kuma: 1050 - 1000 = 50


"Well, I guess that's that. Nothing you can do now."

Upon those words, Yutori squinted a bit, before there was a bit of horror on her face.

He wasn't moving.

"KOTORI! YOU HAVE TO GET UP! MIA! Help them!"

Her Hands kept banging onto the water, and with some proficiency, was starting to cause a bit of a rip in it.

"Hey, I think it's working! I'm coming Kotori!"

As she kept hitting the water, the ripple started becoming bigger, before a whole gap was formed, where she could stick her hand out.

"Kattobingu!"

Marizu then heard the voice, shocked to see Yutori escaping.

"What the hell?!"

"Daze, ORE!"

She then miraculously broke through the water that had imprisoned her, landing right next to Kuma, shaking him.

"Kotori, c'mon, please wake up!"

"Astral's signs of life are fairly weak, if we can get your body back up and running Yuma, then we can save him and Kotori."

"I hear you, so for now, I'm taking this duel!"


Yutori: 50


"Keep it up! I place two cards facedown to end!"


Hand: 0


Turn 8, Yutori:


"I draw, and activate Peacekeeper's Amendment! By negating the effects of traps on the field for this turn, this lets me special summon a "Paradise" or "Utopia" monster from my graveyard, and I choose Number 13: Paradise!"

"When was that ever in your graveyard?!"

"You'll find out, I'm about to summon it!"

A light then erupted in front of Yutori. The number "13" formed and flashed in blue, and a familiar sealed form emerged. The form began to change and shift until all arrangement were made, filling in the armaments. She grasped her staff, her 13 glowing, and spun it around before yelling her trademark "HEE-YAH!" and taking a battle stance, making them cheer.


Number 13: Paradise, Xyz, Rank 4, LIGHT, Spellcaster:

ATK: 2400
DEF: 1600

2 Level 4 monsters

When the effect of a face-up "Number 39: Utopia" on your side of the field activates: you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. If a face-up "Number 39: Utopia" you control has no Xyz Materials: you can equip this card to that monster as an Equip Card. If this card has any Xyz Materials when you activate this effect: attach those Xyz Materials to the equipped monster. While the equipped monster is equipped with this card: its effects are negated, it cannot be destroyed by battle, and its control cannot switch.


"Next, I activate Heavenly Paradise!"


Heavenly Paradise, Normal Spell:

Activate only while you control Number 13: Paradise and you have only this card in your hand. Draw five cards.


"So, let's get to it!"

As she drew her new hand, Kuma's body twitched a bit.

"Yu…ma…"

"Now, I activate Return of the Bladers! This allows me to Special Summon Dual Blader - Kazuto!"

"Him again?!"

As Kazuto emerged from his black colored portal, he quickly went to Alium and pecked her on the cheek.

"I now normal summon Gogogo Giant! And with its effect, it allows me to special summon my Gogogo Golem from my graveyard!"

As the red giant emerged from the graveyard, the blue golem followed suit, both crouched in Defense Position.


Gogogo Giant, Effect, Level 4, Rock, EARTH:

ATK: 2000

DEF: 0


Gogogo Golem, Effect, Level 4, Rock, EARTH:

ATK: 1800

DEF: 1500


"Next up, Level Award! It makes Alium a Level 7 Monster!"

"Impossibru!"

"I now Overlay Alium with Kazuto, and Giant with Golem! Double Xyz Summon!"

The two warriors and the two earthly beings spiraled into the air, before a red and a galaxy portal opened up in front of her.

"Appear now! Petal Bladers – Kirito x Asuna and Number 39: Utopia!"

The Petal Bladers were the same two monsters that were used to summon it while Utopia came back with a mighty triumphant "UTOPIA!" battle cry.


Number 39: Utopia, Xyz,Effect,Warrior, Rank 4, LIGHT:

ATK: 2500
DEF: 2000

2 Level 4 monsters

When any player's monster declares an attack: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; negate the attack. When this card is targeted for an attack, while it has no Xyz Materials: Destroy this card.


Petal Bladers – Kirito x Asuna, Xyz, Effect, Warrior, Rank 7, EARTH:

ATK: 3000

DEF: 2500

2 Level 7 Warrior Monsters

You can only Xyz Summon this card once per duel. This card can attack twice on your next main phase. You must detach an Xyz Material for this card to attack. If this card has no Xyz Materials, return this card to the Extra deck and Special Summon the Xyz Materials that were used to Xyz Summon this card. The Special Summoned Material's original ATK and DEF values are halved and cannot declare an attack until your opponent's End Phase. The effects of the Special Summoned Monsters are negated.


"HOLY CRAP!"

"Time to finish this! This is over and you know it! Double Blades of Love! Hope Slash! Amethyst Power Collider!"

The Number's swords cleaved whole through Zenmaioh, the two swords of black and white had went through Zenmaister in a quick finish, and the purple energy blast had went through the double clawed Zenmaines.

"No, I'm supposed to be it! I'm supposed to WIN! AGH!"


Marizu: 1400 - 1400 = 0

Yutori/Kuma: 50 WIN


As the AR space dissolved around them, Marizu had fainted onto the stage, and everyone watching were cheering.

"THAT WAS AWESOME!"

"Was that staged?"

Lola then quickly grabbed a nearby microphone while Kuma was able to get up.

"Who cares! Let's hear it for Yuma and Kotori, the most fashionable duelists in Heartland!"

The whole crowd then gave a large applause and cheers for them, Yutori helping Kuma up back onto his feet.

"The tuxedo doesn't seem to have survived mind her."

They both then chuckled, while Astra and Mistral both were looking at Marizu and her Extra Deck.

"At long last, we have found it, Number 68, fully constructed with it's last effect."

Astra and Mistral carefully stuck out their hands, extracting the number from Marizu. Mistral gazed at it carefully, then stole a glance at Yutori and Kuma. At that very moment, the card started resonating, before flying out of the hand of Mistral, guiding itself to the two teens nearby.

'Yuma, Kotori, you both have learned well…'

Yutori then leaned towards Kuma, placing a kiss on his lips, where at the same time, Number 68 glowed with two blue and red lights. When the lights died down, Kuma and Yutori felt…different. When she looked ahead, she saw…herself. When Kuma looked ahead, all he saw was himself.

"I'm me again!"

They both took ahold of each other again, staring deep into each other's eyes.

"Kotori…Once again, I'm sorry!"

"No, I am…and…I still love you Yuma."

"Same."

They kissed each other again, leaving the crowd to awe in the cute moment.


Later that weekend:

"Kotori! Let's go let's go!"

Yuma had been (somewhat) politely waiting at Kotori's staircase, going through his deck multiple times (which was quite unnecessary in hindsight) for their date. After another two minutes, Yuma just sighed and ran up the stairs, opening the door without a second thought.

"I said let's-"

"YUMA!"

Kotori was still wrapped in a towel, and from the sudden burst through the door, her fingers slipped from the cloth, causing it to fall.

"YUMA!"

"I'm so sorry!"

Outside, Mia just laughed at what had happened, while Astral stared out into the open, looking at a very peculiar sign.

"Well, I guess this is a happy ending."

The peculiar sign was a picture of the two teens, in their wedding outfits, lips locked in a kiss.


Happy Late Valentine's Day everyone.


Cards Used:

Dual Blader – Kazuto, Effect, Level 7, Warrior, DARK:

ATK: 2700
DEF: 1600

If this card was Special Summoned by a monster card or a trap card effect, this card can attack twice in a row. If "Petal Angel – Alium" is face up on the field, this card gains 600 ATK and DEF. If "Petal Angel – Yui" is on the field, this card gains 300 ATK and DEF. If "Petal Fatale – Leafa" is on the field, this card gains 200 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed, banish it instead. If this card attacks twice, next turn, it cannot declare an attack.

Petal Angel - Alium, Effect, Level 6, Warrior, LIGHT:

ATK: 2300
DEF: 1900

You can special summon this card from your hand if your opponent has 2 or more Xyz monsters on their side of the field. If there is a "Dual Blader - Kazuto" or "Petal Angel - Yui" on your side of the field, this card gains 500 ATK and DEF. If this card destroys a monster, monster effects cannot be activated until your opponent's Main Phase. If this card was used in the Xyz Summon of a "Petal" monster, it gains 700 ATK and DEF.

Petal Bladers – Kirito x Asuna, Xyz, Effect, Warrior, Rank 7, EARTH:

ATK: 3000

DEF: 2500

2 Level 7 Warrior Monsters

You can only Xyz Summon this card once per duel. This card can attack twice on your next main phase. You must detach an Xyz Material for this card to attack. If this card has no Xyz Materials, return this card to the Extra deck and Special Summon the Xyz Materials that were used to Xyz Summon this card. The Special Summoned Material's original ATK and DEF values are halved and cannot declare an attack until your opponent's End Phase. The effects of the Special Summoned Monsters are negated.

Heavenly Paradise, Normal Spell:

Activate only while you control Number 13: Paradise and you have only this card in your hand. Draw five cards.

Return of the Bladers, Normal Spell:

Special Summon one "Petal Angel - Alium", or "Dual Blader - Kazuto" from your hand, deck, graveyard, or banished card zone, and negate the special summoned monster's effects. This card can only be activated if you have one face-up "Petal Angel - Alium" or "Dual Blader - Kazuto" on your side of the field. The face-up "Petal Angel - Alium" or "Dual Blader - Kazuto"'s effect is also negated.

Peacekeeper's Amendment, Quick-Play Spell:

During this turn, neither player can activate any set Trap Cards, and the effects of all face-up Trap Cards are negated. Special Summon one "Utopia" or "Paradise" Monster from your graveyard.

Blasting Xyz, Quick-Play Spell:

Activate only when an Xyz Monster on your side of the field fails to destroy your opponent's monster in battle. Detach one Xyz Material from one Xyz Monster on your side of the field, and inflict 1000 points of damage to your opponent.

Chlorophyll Petal Displacement, Counter Trap:

You can only activate this card if you have 1000 Life points or less and a "Petal" monster is on your side of the field. Send one Xyz Monster from your Extra Deck to the graveyard, and negate the activation of another monster's effect on the field. Gain life points equal to the negated monster's ATK. If the negated Monster's effect was of an Xyz Monster, the Xyz Materials are not detached.

Materia Reloader, Continuous Spell:

During each of your standby phases, pay 600 life points, or destroy this card. Place one "Reload" counter on this card (max. 4) during Main Phase 1. If this card is destroyed, attach any cards from your graveyard to any Xyz monster on your side of the field as Xyz materials. For every two "Reload" counters, attach 1 Xyz Material.

Ranks in Numbers, Quick Play Spell:

Select one Xyz Monster from your extra Deck that matches the exact amount of Ranks as the current amount of Xyz Monster's ranks on your side of the field. Special Summon that monster onto your side of the field(this is treated as an Xyz Summon), and the attack and defense points of the summoned monster by 1000 and attach this card as an Xyz Material.

Number 13: Paradise, Xyz, Rank 4, LIGHT, Spellcaster:

ATK: 2400
DEF: 1600

2 Level 4 monsters

When the effect of a face-up "Number 39: Utopia" on your side of the field activates: you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. If a face-up "Number 39: Utopia" you control has no Xyz Materials: you can equip this card to that monster as an Equip Card. If this card has any Xyz Materials when you activate this effect: attach those Xyz Materials to the equipped monster. While the equipped monster is equipped with this card: its effects are negated, it cannot be destroyed by battle, and its control cannot switch.

Number 68: WoMANA Calaris Vice-Versa, Xyz, Effect, Rank 8, DARK, Aqua:

3 Level 8 Monsters

ATK: 1000
DEF: 3000

If you activate one of these card's effects, you cannot activate the selected effect again. If this card has no Xyz Materials, this card's original ATK and DEF are treated as 0 and cannot be in defense position. Once per turn, you can activate one of the following effects:

-Detach 1 Xyz Material. Switch the original ATK and DEF of all face-up monsters on the field. Any additions and subtractions to ATK and DEF due to card effects are applied to the new ATK and DEF. Monsters Summoned after this card's effect are excluded.

-Detach 1 Xyz Material. Your opponent's and your life points are swapped

-Detach 2 Xyz Materials. Return this card to the Extra Deck, special summon 1 Xyz Monster from the Extra Deck, and attach any remaining Xyz Materials to the Special Summoned Monster.

-Detach 2 Xyz Materials. Switch ATK and DEF values with one of your opponent's monsters and one of your monsters.

-Detach 3 Xyz Materials and pay 2000 Life Points. Exchange Hands, Main Decks, Extra Decks, fields, Graveyards, and Banished Zones with your opponent