Warnings: Angst, Drama, hurt/comfort, some violence, language
Total Count: 18,275
Dislcaimer: Yu-gi-oh! is the intellectual property of Kazuki Takahashi. I do not own it.
Paitings: Yami/Yugi; Seto/Yami; Seth/Atemu
Summary: Set after the end of the series. The final duel didn't end as planned, and as all things go, for you to have something, something must be lost. This is a tale of what is to be sacrificed, because not even the Pharaoh can escape the inevitable.
A/N: This is a gift-fic for Dragonlady222 and she has been kind an patient enough to wait until I had it completed before she could read any of it. Many thanks to Chelle for the superb beta, if not for her, this fic would not be half of what it is now. Any remaining mistakes are sorely my own.
Italics denotes a flashback or a scene within the 'mind-scape.'
Seto opened his mouth to tell Yami where he could put his ‘request’ for help when Yugi jerked in Yami's hold. The wound on his shoulder pulsed and a viscous black seeped out and spread slowly towards his neck.