Sinisquirrel: "No, I decided to take belly dancing lessons instead," came the familiar, sarcastic voice from across the room.
kwikkidus: "Really, can I see?!" He asks for a moment, before figuring it out. "...Oh. That's not very funny!"
Sinisquirrel: "Guess ol' Tsukayama musta rattled your brains 'round even more than they were before..." A figure dressed in red appears, stepping into the light with a small... creature beside her.
Sinisquirrel: She lifts her duel disk. "You ready, sucker?"
kwikkidus: "...Hey, what's that?" He held up a hand, peering at the whatever-it was. "And besides, you haven't told me what your ante is or anything like that!"
Sinisquirrel: "This is my ante. Rush! Sic 'em!" A small, curly-furred dog races towards Ed and jumps on him.
kwikkidus: He's tackled by the dog. "Ghha! H..hey! You're going to give me your dog?" He pauses a moment. "Wait, since when did you have a dog?!"
Sinisquirrel: "For a while now... no, Rush! Kill! Destroy!" The pup is, by now, pawing and licking at Ed's face...if it gets the chance.
kwikkidus: "A...ack!! Rush!" He starts laughing, being pawed and licked by the puppy. "R-rush! Down boy!"
Sinisquirrel: "... God dammit, why does nothing I do ever go right..." Mylene mumbles before issuing a short, sharp "HEEL!" to which the dog responds.
kwikkidus: Ed finally stands up. "You never had a puppy like that before... when did you..?" He pants for breath, moving his arm forward testingly.
Sinisquirrel: "When did you get so interested in what I had if it wasn't Doriado, huh? You'll find out... if you can beat me!"
kwikkidus: "F... fine. Even though normally, you wouldn't want to fight like this, would you?!" His duel disk activates, as he slides his deck into it.
kwikkidus: "People talk too, don't they?!"
Sinisquirrel: "Talk is cheap!"
kwikkidus: "If that's the case, then why are you so mad over something I said when I was a kid!"
Sinisquirrel: "It's not only what you said, it's what you did, too! My move first!" Mylene snaps six cards off the top of her Deck.
Sinisquirrel: "The worst thing ever about it is that it set me up for the same thing my whole life! Nightmare's Steelcage!" A large, spike-covered cage falls down over the two duelists.
kwikkidus: "Rival..." He draws five of his own. "What are you even talking about?!"
Sinisquirrel: "One face-down defender! End turn!"
kwikkidus: "Draw!"
kwikkidus: "Rival, I won't let you hide from me anymore. I play Mystical Space Typhoon to break this cage!" A torrent whips up immediately.
Sinisquirrel: "Tch!" Mylene holds her duel disk in front of her face as the wind whips away her stall card. "All that means is that you might have the guts to actually attack!"
kwikkidus: "I thought we were friends again." He slams down a Homunculus onto his duel disk. "I thought things had changed!" It whirls into life before him. (1800/1600)
kwikkidus: "Was that all a lie?!" He points at the defender, as the Alchemic Being charges at it.
Sinisquirrel: "What do you care, anyway!? You probably would've tossed it away as soon as it was convenient for you anyway. Just like last time!" Mylene's defender dies in a spray of pixels.
kwikkidus: "I'm not the same person I used to be!" The Homunculus's composition became more windlike, it sprouting feathers as a breeze started to ruffle through it. "Two reverse cards. Your move!"
kwikkidus: "...Oh, and if you couldn't tell, rival, I changed the Homunculous's element to Wind!"
Sinisquirrel: "That's what you keep saying, but you keep doing the same things... like I said, talk is cheap! AND I KNOW THAT! DRAW!"
Sinisquirrel: Mylene looks at her hand. God dammit. Everything gets worse when he's around. "You're also either really easily readable or a jerk, 'cause you've either got Miyabi down or you're bluffing."
Sinisquirrel: "Either way! One defender, end turn."
kwikkidus: "I draw, then!" He snaps the card off his deck.
kwikkidus: "Homunculus! Attack!:"
Sinisquirrel: The card flips over, revealing a big, spongy white... thing. With big, smiling face. It slams Homunculus back onto Ed's side of the field, causing damage as a result.
kwikkidus: "R..reeh?!" He quirks an eyebrow up. (7000) "Marshmallon... Always the same thing!"
Sinisquirrel: "Oh, like Homunculus is so original!" Mylene shoots back.
kwikkidus: He sets another card facedown, and it appears next to his other two. "Not that! You just always try your best to keep everyone and everything away from you!"
kwikkidus: "Turn end!"
Sinisquirrel: "Please! If that's some sorta deck analogy, it's totally weak. Draw!"
kwikkidus: "It's a you analogy! You have even fewer friends than me, and I don't have any friends!"
Sinisquirrel: "Wrong! I have more friends now than you've ever had. Ever!"
kwikkidus: "Really?! Like who!"
Sinisquirrel: "Like people who actually know how to accept and even, golly, praise good work! Heavy Gravity!"
Sinisquirrel: As the field changes into the inside of a spaceship, the girl slams down another card. "One face-down defender. End turn!"
kwikkidus: "I draw!" He pulls the top card off his deck.
kwikkidus: "Homunculus! Attack that new defender!" He points at it.
Sinisquirrel: "If you want a better analogy, you could say all you're good at doing is destroying everything people work so hard for." Mylene comments as her defender is easily dispatched.
kwikkidus: He throws out his hand. "I never did anything like that..." Spiritual Wind Art - Miyabi appears as Homunculus is caught up in a vortex. "Now, I need that Heavy Gravity gone."
Sinisquirrel: "Does 'destroyed friendship' mean nothing to you? Oh, wait. I'm right. It doesn't." She says as Heavy Gravity is swept away to the bottom of her Deck.
kwikkidus: "At least I'm willing to give people a second chance... to help them no matter what! You're willing to hang someone over something that happened when they were a little kid!"
kwikkidus: He sets a monster in defense and a card facedown. "Your turn!"
Sinisquirrel: "Draw!" Mylene nearly rips the card from its holding slot. "Like you did anything to show you'd changed in the least little bit."
Sinisquirrel: "I'm surprised you didn't turn tail and dock the first boat out when you saw me here!"
Sinisquirrel: She slaps two cards down as Rush looks on with a whine of worry. "And, still, it's the same old thing! Everyone loves you and your stupid tricks!"
Sinisquirrel: "Even Isabel prefers your friendship over mine 'cause of it! You have no idea how much that hurts! One defender, one reverse, end turn!"
kwikkidus: "...Draw!"
kwikkidus: "...Rival. Getting mad at you isn't going to change anything for either of us. Will it?" He flip summons his defender, Giant Rat.
kwikkidus: "If you're so mad at me... then come on! Just yell at me all you want until you feel better! If you're so blind you can't even see it, it doesn't matter anyways!" He points at the new defender. "Attack!"
Sinisquirrel: "Not so fast! I activate Wall of Revealing Light!" Mylene's Life Points lower. (5000)
kwikkidus: He shakes his head. "Alright then... My turn's over!"
Sinisquirrel: "I'd rather be blind with rage than be blind from buying my head in the sand like you do! Draw!"
Sinisquirrel: "You're probably thinking right now that everything's gonna be just fine if you can beat me. You'll get something precious from me, spout off some stupid friendship speech, and it'll be peaches and cream."
Sinisquirrel: "You didn't even have the guts to come after me until you got her back... and it makes me sick! Flip Summon, Swarm of Locusts!"
Sinisquirrel: "Destroy the most recently set one!" She orders the Swarm, pointing them towards the indicated card.
kwikkidus: Widespread Ruin is eaten clean through. "Agh... Rival..."
Sinisquirrel: As the Locusts return, Mylene orders them to flip back down. "One reverse! One defender! End turn."
kwikkidus: "During your end phase, I activate Scapegoat!" Four small lambs fill up the remainder of his field. "And then I draw."
Sinisquirrel: "Aw, great. Tribute fodder."
kwikkidus: "You can't tribute the tokens for anything in my deck."
kwikkidus: "I have another plan." The Giant Rat is engulfed in light. "I want to introduce you to someone."
Sinisquirrel: "What, Dark Doriado?"
kwikkidus: As the light fades, a girl in a purple dress appears. "No, Josephine. Also known as Needle Lady!" (1900/1500)
Sinisquirrel: Mylene claps. "Hoo-freakin'-ray. You got another Duel Spirit who loves you."
kwikkidus: "Next, I activate a spell card called Doriado's Tears. For every other Earth monster on the field, Josephine will gain 500 attack points. And Goat Tokens are Earth monsters!" (3900/1500)
Sinisquirrel: The petite prodigy looks at Rush. The small dog looks back at her. They both shrug together, somehow. "Okay."
kwikkidus: "Now..." He points at the new defender. "I don't have any spells or traps, so that's the one to attack!"
Sinisquirrel: Mylene's defender is destroyed in a volley of needles. "You're some piece of work."
kwikkidus: "I'm not done." Needle Lady shoots through the dust cloud and at Mylene. "Needle Lady deals piercing damage... and when she hits my opponent's life points, they lose the top card off their deck."
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, some work." Mylene mutters before being assaulted by the spray of needles. (1700)
Sinisquirrel: "Some... lousy, shitty piece of work... 'Oh, I won't use Doriado, I'll just get a whole new unique Duel Spirit!'" She tosses the top card of her deck into the Graveyard.
kwikkidus: "Mylene..." He looks towards her. "You keep saying I never change. You keep saying I haven't. But can you really say that for sure?"
Sinisquirrel: "Is your stupid turn over with or not?"
kwikkidus: "..." He looks away. "Yeah. It's over. I end."
Sinisquirrel: "Good! But before that, I'm declaring my Trap Card activates! Solemn Wishes!"
Sinisquirrel: "Draw!" (2200)
Sinisquirrel: "You're right, though... I'm being too harsh. You've totally changed since we were kids..." Mylene places down a defender.
kwikkidus: "Let me guess, I've gotten worse, is that it?! Become meaner?! Something like that?"
Sinisquirrel: "No... you've gotten better... at manipulating others to do your dirty work. Like her." She points at Needle Lady. "What's she, anyway?"
kwikkidus: "She's a friend who... well... when she heard what happened to you, she wanted to help. That's why she's here."
Sinisquirrel: "More like when she heard what happened to Doriado. End turn."
kwikkidus: He draws, staying quiet for a moment. "Rival... If I hadn't changed... why did you come to me when you were having nightmares?"
Sinisquirrel: "Isa-chan had her own problems. She wasn't gonna listen to me. Or at least, now I know she wouldn't have. Nothing compares to her problems."
kwikkidus: "So you came to someone you knew you hated... and you pretended to be his friend. Why?! Why would you do something like that?"
Sinisquirrel: "Would you have listened to me otherwise!?"
kwikkidus: "Yes... I'd listen to you. That's why... Rival. Can we just end this duel?"
Sinisquirrel: "You must be in a bind if you're talking to me. I know you! You were pissed off because I didn't make you go into that stupid cave of cards with us!"
kwikkidus: "I wanted to help you, rival! I know I'm not a hero or anything... but I want to do something to help!"
Sinisquirrel: "And all you woulda done is complain about how you couldn't do anything!"
kwikkidus: "Yeah, EXACTLY like I'm complaining right now! Rival, please! Just stop the duel. I don't want to take anything that's valuable to you."
Sinisquirrel: "Forget it! I'm tired of you not taking me seriously!"
kwikkidus: "Alright... I tried." A light appears around Josephine this time. "I'm sorry... but I need to call on someone else. I hope you understand... and thanks for everything."
kwikkidus: "I summon Thestalos, the Firestorm Monarch!" (2400/1000)
kwikkidus: "When summoned, he takes one card at random from your hand. If it's a monster, you take 100 points of damage for each level it has."
Sinisquirrel: "Well, genius, I've only got the one... and it's a Spell Card." She shows off Heavy Gravity before slipping it into her Graveyard.
kwikkidus: He sets one card facedown. "Mylene. Don't you ever want to be my friend again? Is there some way?"
Sinisquirrel: "Sure, if you say I'm better than you are."
kwikkidus: "...What if I told you you were more important to me than my health was?" He nods. "It's your turn, now."
Sinisquirrel: "Not the same." Mylene draws. (2700) "I don't give a damn about your health."
kwikkidus: "So all you want is to be the best?"
Sinisquirrel: "Just better'n you'll do for now. Flip Summon, Swarm of Locusts." (1000/500)
kwikkidus: "Then I activate the reverse card." As it flips up, Thestalos is surrounded by a magic circle, turning into fire. "Spiritual Fire Art - Kurenai."
Sinisquirrel: "Well, that was a no-brainer." Mylene mutters as she uses her duel disk to shield herself from the flames. (300)
kwikkidus: "I guess so."
Sinisquirrel: "Tch. Suffer a little burn of your own. Nightlingale!" (500/1500) A small, white bird flies up, gathering the spirit of the face-up card beside it before launching an assault on Ed.
kwikkidus: "Reeh?!" (6700) "Hnngh..."
Sinisquirrel: "Using their effects, I flip Nightlingale and Swarm of Locusts back into face-down Defense position." The insects and the bird disappear for now.
Sinisquirrel: "All I care about right now is making you take me seriously! You think you can just get away with a 'let's talk about it' like we're some stupid daytime talk show? Hah! Your move!"
kwikkidus: "...Mylene... why wouldn't I take you seriously?" He draws a card. "You've turned this duel into the kind of duel you're best at. A long game."
kwikkidus: He sets a monster in defense mode. "There's no way I can attack right now. You're the one in control of the match. I knew going in that you could win."
kwikkidus: "I'm taking this entire duel seriously. Turn end!"
Sinisquirrel: "Now you are, you mean. You're just like the others-- Nobody takes me seriously until I make 'em. And why? Just 'caue I can't do magic. Draw!" (800)
Sinisquirrel: "I'm only just lucky when I find people who'll take good work seriously. Otherwise? Hah. Like Isabel wants to be my roommate, or like Mr. Big Blue Jin Honjou really wanted my help..."
Sinisquirrel: "If it weren't for that big techy door... heck, I'm even surprised he'd asked me when he was already friends with the stupid Data Lord."
kwikkidus: "Magic?! This is all about magic?!"
kwikkidus: "...Rival. You're way better with that technology stuff you do than I am with magic. Why are you talking like magic's the only thing that matters!"
Sinisquirrel: "What was this school built for, genius!? Flip Summon Swarm of Locusts and Nightlingale!"
kwikkidus: His eyes widen a little white bird flies through him again. (6400) "Reeh... I won't... I won't let you sell yourself short like that!"
kwikkidus: "You were the one who made those guns, right?! You were bragging about it when you shot Doriado! Magic can't do stuff like that!"
Sinisquirrel: "You ever read the history of this game? OF COURSE IT CAN!"
kwikkidus: "...Mine can't. Nobody's at this school can."
Sinisquirrel: "So? It's been done. All I did was make a replica."
kwikkidus: "I'm not the one who doesn't take you seriously, Mylene."
Sinisquirrel: "You wouldn't even fight me when I had something important of yours."
kwikkidus: "I didn't even talk for a good long while!"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah? How good was that for her, huh?"
kwikkidus: " wasn't. I was... in shock. I felt... I think I know how you felt that day."
Sinisquirrel: "... yeah?"
kwikkidus: "Yeah. Like your heart's been ripped out, and someone shoved a bunch of spikey... something in there."
Sinisquirrel: "And who's to say you don't deserve more of it, huh? All back down! One reverse, end turn!"
kwikkidus: "Rival, I'm..." He pauses, quirking an eyebrow at her. "Alright... draw."
kwikkidus: "I flip summon Slate Warrior! When summoned that way, its attack and defense both rise by 500! (2400/900)
kwikkidus: "One reverse of my own... and I end."
Sinisquirrel: "In your End Phase, I activate my second copy of Solemn Wishes!"
kwikkidus: "I... I see. Your turn, then."
Sinisquirrel: "Draw!" (1800)
Sinisquirrel: "A little more of the same." You know how this goes.
kwikkidus: And again the bird hits home. (6100)
kwikkidus: "Then I activate Spiritual Earth Art - Kurogane. By tributing a goat, I can return Giant Rat to the field!" (1400/1450)
Sinisquirrel: "Another Rat, huh...? Well... all back down! End turn."
kwikkidus: "Draw..."
kwikkidus: "Rival. I was going to apologize that day, you know... One reverse. Turn end."
Sinisquirrel: "Shoulda, woulda, coulda. I've heard it from you before. Draw!" (2800)
Sinisquirrel: "Des Lacooda!" The Zombie camel rises with a dull roar. (500/600) Mylene draws 1. (3800) "Not that they'll do anything, but you might know how this works! Swarm of Locusts, flip up!"
kwikkidus: "...Here's a nother thing you've heard before, then. Spiritual Wind Art - Miyabi." He shows the card, as the Slate Warrior hurricanes away the Wall of Revealing Light.
Sinisquirrel: "Hmph! Doesn't matter! Nightlingale!"
kwikkidus: "Ghh... Mylene!" He shuts an eye, slumping slightly. (5700)
Sinisquirrel: "What're you whining about now?"
kwikkidus: "...Why do you care!? You're just going to make it worse if I say it!"
Sinisquirrel: "Good. You've finally learned something." She slaps down a reverse. "Everyone, back down! End turn!"
kwikkidus: He draws.
kwikkidus: "Giant Rat! Attack Des Lacooda!"
Sinisquirrel: "Ah-ah! Before the end of your Main Phase 1, I activate Threatening Roar!"
kwikkidus: "...Ghh... I end, then." He takes a deep breath. Why... Why is she mean?! I know the demon did it... but... I didn't think she'd be this bad...
Sinisquirrel: "Hmph! Draw!" (4800)
Sinisquirrel: "Flip Summon! Des Lacooda. I draw again." (5800)
Sinisquirrel: "Next, Swarm of Locusts!" Which is, again, just for... "Nightlingale!"
kwikkidus: "...That's something I've always been jealous of you for." (5300)
Sinisquirrel: "Flattery, now, is it? Tribute Marshmallon for a face-down defender!"
Sinisquirrel: "Flip all of my cards back face-down..."
kwikkidus: "Not at all. It's the truth. No matter what, you always come back."
Sinisquirrel: "Is it a surprise? You probably thought you'd had me swept under the rug back then, too." She places a card into her Spell and Trap zone. "Swords of Revealing Light. End turn."
kwikkidus: "...Nff..." He draws a card.
kwikkidus: "I don't think I've ever beaten you, Mylene. I'm not that naive!"
kwikkidus: "...I don't want to beat you. I want to be friends again, but now you're too good for it all of a sudden... All because of some demon that was talking to you and convinced you everyone but her thinks you're worthless!"
Sinisquirrel: "Mn, not just her. Meso and Melissa... I got a lot of praise for once."
kwikkidus: "If there's one thing you're not it's worthless! Everyone calls you for help! Everyone wants you to help them!"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, right. When did I get called?"
kwikkidus: "You were there at the end of things last time."
Sinisquirrel: "Prob'ly jus' 'cause they wanted some sorta brain trust if somethin' happened to Hawkeye, that's all."
kwikkidus: "They wanted your help because you're special. Because you have something nobody else can do. I... don't."
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, right... even there I'm not unique."
kwikkidus: "Even if you're not unique... at least someone thinks you can do something."
Sinisquirrel: "Knock it off! I was a brain trust! That's all!"
kwikkidus: "Even if that's the case! At least someone wants your help!"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, right... when I'm not even offering."
Sinisquirrel: "I bet if I woulda asked I'd've gotten turned down faster'n lightning strikes."
kwikkidus: "There are people who appreciate you, Mylene! There's people who love you, people who care about you! And there's people who wish they were competent as you are!"
Sinisquirrel: "They only appreciate it when I show them! When I make the best effort possible! You make some snow and everyone thinks you're great!"
kwikkidus: "You can build anything, anything you want! And... all I have is snow."
Sinisquirrel: "FOR NOW! If you got your head outta your ass and actually learned something, you could probably make blizzards!"
kwikkidus: Giant Rat glows as it's engulfed by a bright light. "I've been trying, okay?! I summon Mobius, the Frost Monarch!" (2400/1000)
Sinisquirrel: "Aw, you little brat! I knew that God damned Monarch was coming!"
kwikkidus: "...Don't insult him." He points at her. "He'll be destroying your Swords and your Solemn Wishes."
Sinisquirrel: "I'll call 'im what I want! I've still got the upper hand in this!"
kwikkidus: "You're not even making sense anymore!" He points at the newest defender. Giant Sphinx, I'll bet my life on it! "Attack, Mobius!"
Sinisquirrel: "I knew you would, and what's that gotcha? Nothing!" The defender flips up and... sits there.
kwikkidus: "...It got me plenty. You know my deck. I know your deck. We can't surprise each other anyways, what's the point, rival?"
kwikkidus: "I end my turn."
Sinisquirrel: "So, what, this is gonna be effective? Keep your silly little Mobius on the field so it can just attack over and over again? Draw!" (6300)
Sinisquirrel: "Des Lacooda." Mylene draws 1. (6800)
Sinisquirrel: "Swarm of Locusts. And... Nightlingale."
kwikkidus: (4900)
Sinisquirrel: "All flip face-down... And add one reverse. End turn."
kwikkidus: "I draw."
kwikkidus: He places a card onto his duel disk. "Giant Rat. Attack mode." (1400/1450)
kwikkidus: "Rival..." He shuts his eyes, looking down. "Why is it... why do you keep on hurting people?"
Sinisquirrel: "Gravity Bind. Just t' knock down any ideas you might have 'bout attacking."
kwikkidus: "...I see. But that didn't answer the question. Why are you hurting people?"
Sinisquirrel: "Because I'm tired of making an effort to please people."
kwikkidus: "So you hurt people. Just so others will be happy with you?"
kwikkidus: He nods slightly. "That's... so sad. I end my turn. Go."
Sinisquirrel: "Idiot. It's about the recognition."
Sinisquirrel: "Do stuff to please people and they'll barely, if ever, say 'thank you' or care. Do stuff to piss them off and they never forget you."
Sinisquirrel: "That's what's sad."
kwikkidus: "I..." He paused a moment. "I see." It's pretty obvious that wasn't what he was going to say originally.
Sinisquirrel: "Draw." (7300)
Sinisquirrel: "I don't care what you were gonna say, you know. It was probably something like, "I don't think so!" or something lame, anyway... but you know I'm right."
kwikkidus: "...It was more that I'd never forgotten about you. Even when I tried."
Sinisquirrel: "Edward Finklestein is a nobody. But people like Kazimir Farkas and Alastor Donovan? They'll be remembered..."
Sinisquirrel: "And you know, in stories, too. 'The brave hero' doesn't get a name..."
kwikkidus: "Y... yeah."
Sinisquirrel: "And now? Let's say you beat me. Big deal. I go back to square one and you don't even get a name."
Sinisquirrel: "I beat you and suddenly all of your good guy friends know my name. You get it now?"
kwikkidus: I don't want to win or lose, though... I just want... "I don't care about any of that stuff. So what if nobody knows my name?! I want rival to be my friend again."
Sinisquirrel: "Why?"
kwikkidus: "Because.. I screwed up bad. I know it. But I was a kid... I didn't... I didn't mean it very long, but.. it was too late."
Sinisquirrel: "Why'd you even do that, then... why'd you reject my help?"
kwikkidus: "Because I... I felt like I had to do it myself, and if I had anyone helping me.. It wouldn't be right."
Sinisquirrel: "How does that work!? What's it matter who helps as long as what you do gets done?"
Sinisquirrel: "If I did that, I'd be working the metal myself instead of working from premade parts! That's stupid!"
kwikkidus: "I was like FIVE. I didn't think of that at the time! It's really not very fair to think I'm still the same way, just because I said one stupid thing!"
Sinisquirrel: "You had that many years to get into contact again..."
kwikkidus: "Mylene. Ever since that day, I couldn't even talk to you or anything!"
Sinisquirrel: "Why not!? I didn't even move away in the same day or anything!"
kwikkidus: "That hardly means I know how to call you! Maybe you knew how to pick up a phone and dial it back then, but I didn't!"
Sinisquirrel: "Argh! This is just the same, frustrating thing over and over! So, like, did you learn anything on your own since then!?"
kwikkidus: "Yeah! I learned plenty! Like 'don't turn away help,' and 'nobody can do everything by themself!' Stuff it looks like you could do with learning!"
Sinisquirrel: "An' what help would I get, huh!? Do you know what new skills I've acquired since I've gotten here? Nothing!"
kwikkidus: "...You made that gun. You made people feel bad. You did plenty."
Sinisquirrel: "Those aren't 'new' skills, meathead. All I have to do here is take things apart and that's it... but that's not new, either."
Sinisquirrel: "Whatever gap I thought was there that I had to close to do what I needed to do... the tools to cover it aren't here."
Sinisquirrel: "Meanwhile, people like you and Isabel are just going to get better an' better, and you have mentors..."
kwikkidus: "By that idea, nothing I do is different either. All I do is cast spells and things happen. And if I can't, the it's just because it's not the right spell! It's not as clear cut as you're making it, Mylene!"
Sinisquirrel: "Yes, it is! Who do I have to learn from? What teacher is here for me!?"
kwikkidus: "I... what about that one teacher! The weird one!"
Sinisquirrel: "I don't know about any weird teachers except for the big ones! Fuji-sensei and that other guy!"
Sinisquirrel: "Either way... when you hear that even your own roommate doesn't want to get too close because she thinks there's a gap..."
kwikkidus: "...Who told you that?"
Sinisquirrel: "Desdemona... but she'd know. She's lived inside of her."
kwikkidus: "...Desdemona. That's the demon that's inhabiting her, then?"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah. So?"
kwikkidus: "...Are you sure you can believe her?"
Sinisquirrel: "Of course I am! Why not? She's not a bad person."
kwikkidus: "If you say so..." He looks away. "It's your turn, isn't it?"
Sinisquirrel: "Hmph. That's that 'if you say so, but I'm not gonna believe it just 'cause it's you...' sorta thing, isn't it. Flip Summon Des Lacooda." Mylene draws 1. (7800)
kwikkidus: "That's the 'If you say so, but I'm not gonna' believe it because demons are evil' one, darnit!"
Sinisquirrel: "That's prob'ly just from your limited knowledge! Sheesh! One minute you're sayin' you don't know everything, then you're some sorta authority!"
Sinisquirrel: "Swarm of Locusts!" The swarm just flies there, not doing anything for the moment. "And Guardian Sphinx!" (1700/2400)
kwikkidus: "...Ghh..." The three goats evaporate as Mobius and the Rat fly back to his hand.
Sinisquirrel: "That Frost Monarch's another one of those cards that loves you, huh? Nightlingale!"
kwikkidus: "Stop saying it like that!" (4500)
Sinisquirrel: "What? It's true, isn't it? Duel Spirits come naturally to you..." Mylene stoops down to pat Rush. "You're so lucky... anybody can learn to build a machine."
kwikkidus: "That dog... What's it mean to you, anyways? You bet it, didn't you..?"
Sinisquirrel: "Mn. This is Rush. Or, well, Outstanding Dog Marron... or even Mecha-Dog Marron or Skull Marron... it's gone through some changes in its life."
kwikkidus: "...And it's the machine you've been building?"
Sinisquirrel: "No. Right now, this... is because I let it wear Isabel's necklace..."
Sinisquirrel: "It got knocked off of Celeste in a fight, and I picked it up... So, really, it's the prize."
kwikkidus: "...That necklace. Oh, right. It did that, huh." He pushes up his glasses, eyebrow raising. "So... You'd give me your only way to see your spirit... That's the ante?"
Sinisquirrel: "Mn. Besides the goggles I created, which can't really 'see' things... this is the first time I've ever seen him in person."
Sinisquirrel: She stands up from the pup and points. "Which is why I'm not gonna lose him t'some creep like you!"
kwikkidus: "I wasn't the one who started this, rival. If you don't want to lose him, just stop it! You have friends! People like you!"
Sinisquirrel: "Shut up! This is t'prove once and for all that even with a bond like this, it can beat yours! Des Lacooda!" (500) "Locusts!" (1000) "Nightlingale!" (500) "Direct attack!"
kwikkidus: As the monsters took their toll, he fell to a knee, wincing and holding his side. (2500) "Kh... It's about time... you attacked, Mylene..."
Sinisquirrel: Mylene waves her hand, ordering her monsters to flip back into face-down Defense position. "You know how I fight. Deal with it."
Sinisquirrel: "End turn."
kwikkidus: "...Draw."
kwikkidus: He slowly slides the card from his duel disk, as he shakily stood back to his feet. "I... won't lose to someone who just... hides behind everything until she's perfectly safe."
kwikkidus: "I summon Exiled Force... and I tribute it to destroy your Swarm of Locusts."
kwikkidus: "One card facedown. I end my turn."
Sinisquirrel: "You can knock off the weak insults, rival."
kwikkidus: "It's true! All you ever do is set up walls. What are you trying to keep out?!"
Sinisquirrel: "Dammit, this is a duel, rival! Whatta ya think!? Draw!" (8300)
Sinisquirrel: "Des Lacooda." Mylene draws 1. (8800)
Sinisquirrel: "Guardian Sphinx, and Nightlingale..."
kwikkidus: (2200)
Sinisquirrel: "You don't get it, really. Attacking despite anything isn't being brave."
kwikkidus: "Then attack, why don't you? It's not going to hurt at all. You've just got all your monsters in attack mode... While I just have one little reverse card!"
Sinisquirrel: "And choosing to strategize so that you don't attack when there's a risk, like now..." Another wave of the hands and her monsters are all face-down again. "Isn't being a coward! End turn!"
kwikkidus: "DRAW!"
Sinisquirrel: "Until Mirror Force is banned, you can forget it!"
kwikkidus: Ed grins right at her. "That's a real shame. I'll set one more card facedown, and end my turn."
Sinisquirrel: "It's fine either way! By the time I'm done, you'll slowly burn to death! That's kinda fitting, really!"
kwikkidus: "So this is it, then? You're content to let the duel end this way?"
Sinisquirrel: "Why not? The point is to win. Draw!" (9300)
Sinisquirrel: "Des Lacooda, Flip Summon." Mylene draws 1 yet again. (9800)
Sinisquirrel: Mylene looks over her newest drawn card and grins. "Heh. Well, they say the squeaky wheel gets the grease..." And slaps it down onto her duel disk. "Wave-Motion Cannon!"
Sinisquirrel: "Now you can get ZAPPED to death!
kwikkidus: "G--GHK!"
Sinisquirrel: "Let's see you whine about that-- No! On second thought, you don't get to talk."
Sinisquirrel: "Guardian Sphinx. Nightlingale."
kwikkidus: "T-T-T-Torrential Tribute!" The newest facedown card flips right up. I can't let her summon Nightlingale again!
kwikkidus: "When your Sphinx is summoned..." The water blasts the field. "Well. You know the rest."
Sinisquirrel: "You li'l prick! See, that's why I don't...! GRARGH!" Mylene slaps a card onto her duel disk. "One defender! End turn!"
kwikkidus: "Draw!"
kwikkidus: Ed holds up the just-pulled card. "Squeaky wheel gets the grease, huh? Here's some from me! Heavy Storm!"
kwikkidus: His reverse card, Tears of a Dryad, shatters.
Sinisquirrel: "Oh, you are so gonna pay for that!"
kwikkidus: "For the lucky draw, or for taking advantage of your play style? Why were you hiding?!"
kwikkidus: He places Giant Rat on his duel disk. "Go, Giant Rat!" (1400/1450) "Attack her defender!"
Sinisquirrel: "Hah! Sucker! It's Nightlingale!" (500/1500)
kwikkidus: "Reeh...! Well, it figures you'd have something like that!" (2100)
Sinisquirrel: "Well, duh! I play to win, not to be all flashy and crap! Geez, get it through your thick skull already!"
Sinisquirrel: "If I wanted t'be all cool I'd run something stupid like Dark Scorpions or... or Macro Cosmos!"
kwikkidus: "ACHOO!" A pause. "...Huh?"
Sinisquirrel: "You done yet?"
kwikkidus: "Y...yeah. I'm done for now!"
Sinisquirrel: "Good! Draw!"
Sinisquirrel: "Pot of Avarice! I'll shuffle Stealth Bird, Swarm of Locusts, Des Lacooda, Guardian Sphinx, and Marshmallon back into my Deck and draw two!"
Sinisquirrel: "I'll take the liberty of using Nightlingale's effect to put her back face-down..."
Sinisquirrel: "Set a new defender, and, finally, two reverses. It's your move."
kwikkidus: "I draw, then!"
kwikkidus: He points right at Mylene. "I hope you're ready. This is going to be the end. I tribute my Giant Rat for Mobius, the Frost Monarch!" (2400/1000)
kwikkidus: "Destroy both of her reverses!"
Sinisquirrel: "Chain! Threatening Roar!"
kwikkidus: "As expected from my rival!" He pauses, folding his arms. "Tell me..."
kwikkidus: "Are you proud of yourself?"
kwikkidus: "Watching Amado do that? Did it feel good?"
Sinisquirrel: "Hey, you got into that fight on your own."
kwikkidus: "So you did." He pauses, looking at his hand. "Well... since I can't attack this turn... My move's done."
Sinisquirrel: "Even if I was your friend it wouldn't be my responsibility to get you out of fights your puny little motormouth causes."
Sinisquirrel: "Draw."
kwikkidus: "He was there to hurt people who were already hurt, rival! Or are you just so blind to your knew friends you can't even see that anymore?"
Sinisquirrel: "He was only there t'ask some goth chick a question about what's-his-face!"
kwikkidus: "Who was injured and who he was going to beat up."
Sinisquirrel: "She didn't look injured to me!"
kwikkidus: "The guy he was asking about was!"
Sinisquirrel: "If by 'that guy' you mean Donovan, I doubt it."
Sinisquirrel: "With the way you jump to conclusions, I know you're not blind... you're just unwilling to see. Stealth Bird, Flip Summon!" (700/1700) "Nightlingale, after!"
kwikkidus: "GHHKK!!!" (900)
Sinisquirrel: "You shouldn't make light of that disability anyway. One of my new friends is more perceptive without her sight than you'll ever be with it."
kwikkidus: "Sure. That's another conclusion you just jumped to..."
Sinisquirrel: "Back down!" The birds both flip over. "Messenger of Peace! End turn."
kwikkidus: "I DRAW!" He tears the card from the top of his deck with ferocity.
kwikkidus: He looks at the card. "...This won't let me beat you. But it'll keep me alive." He plays the card. "Go, Sanctuary of Balance!"
Sinisquirrel: "Th' hell's that supposed to mean?"
kwikkidus: He grins, just a little, "Sanctuary of Balance is a very special card. It means all monsters on the field now have 0 base attack and defense points."
Sinisquirrel: "... and?"
kwikkidus: "And that's what will save my life this turn." He places another card on the field. (100) "I activate Premature Burial, calling back Needle Lady!"
kwikkidus: "Needle Lady! Attack the Nightlingale! Mobius, the Stealth Bird!" He points at the two cards. "Now!"
Sinisquirrel: "Ugh! I knew it! You little... ARGH!" Mylene stomps her foot as her monsters uselessly flip face-up.
kwikkidus: "I know you, Rival. You can't flip them down and then back up."
Sinisquirrel: "Don't you mean I can?"
kwikkidus: "...Reeh?"
Sinisquirrel: Mylene palms her face. "... you don't, do you?"
kwikkidus: "You never did anything like that in as many duels as I've seen you in."
Sinisquirrel: "I always had the ability to destroy that card before it saw too much play! An' besides, keeping my cards in face-up Attack position was always too much of a risk!"
Sinisquirrel: "See, this is what you're supposed to be learning here!"
kwikkidus: "Huh... Guess that means you win, then, doesn't it?"
kwikkidus: "...Fine. But before I end... there's one last thing."
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, yeah."
kwikkidus: "...Mylene Elisabeth Batolli, I wouldn't forget your name even if I forgot everything else. Including... especially if you decided not to hurt people." He puts his hands at his sides, staring right at her.
kwikkidus: "It's your move. I end my turn."
Sinisquirrel: "Gh! You jerk! Why couldn'tcha have said something like that before when I was trying!? Draw!"
Sinisquirrel: Mylene's Messenger of Peace dissolves as she chooses not to pay its cost, knowing she can win with the flip of a card.
Sinisquirrel: "Only 100, huh?"
kwikkidus: "Mmn. I gave up everything I could trying to help." He pauses, looking away. "Sorry that I couldn't do any better."
Sinisquirrel: "Cheh. It's not even worth it to go overboard. Birds, flip face-down. Nightlingale."
kwikkidus: The little tap is enough... and it sends Ed once more to the ground, grabbing his side. "Ghh...." (0)
Sinisquirrel: "Hmph. What did you think you could accomplish in a state like that, anyway?"
kwikkidus: "...I thought maybe I could talk to you..." He puts a hand in his pocket. "...Y'know... 'cause... You're you."
Sinisquirrel: "Well, y'talked t'me. Congratulations. Now hand over your card."
kwikkidus: He tries to stand, after a moment collapsing back again. "C...can't seem to do that now that the adrenaline's worn off..."
kwikkidus: "Could you... come here?"
Sinisquirrel: "Sheesh, I can't believe this..." Mylene sighs and walks over to him, her hand outstretched.
kwikkidus: He pulls his hand out of his pocket, putting two cards in her hand, and a keychain of a puppy along with it.
Sinisquirrel: "Huh? What's all this?"
kwikkidus: "...Oh... I was going to give you that. I found it when I was cleaning up the mess you left when you ran out of my room..."
Sinisquirrel: "Huh?"
kwikkidus: "I uhh... bought it a week ago, 'cause... you seemed like you needed cheering up from the nightmares and stuff. Then... well..." He coughs out a nervous chuckle. "I kinda' lost it."
Sinisquirrel: "Idiot. Why would you even do something like that?"
kwikkidus: "Because... like I keep saying. We're friends."
Sinisquirrel: "You never really... asked me."
kwikkidus: "...Do you really need to ask someone to know they're your friend?"
Sinisquirrel: "When you feel the way that I did... yeah. Yeah, you do."
kwikkidus: "Then... Can we be friends?"
Sinisquirrel: "... no!" She turns her back on him.
kwikkidus: "...Alright... Then do me one favor?"
Sinisquirrel: "Tell me why I should."
kwikkidus: "...B..because you're a good person?"
Sinisquirrel: "Idiot!" She whirls back around. "I dueled you while you were still hurt to get your most favorite thing in the world! How can you call me a 'good person!?'"
kwikkidus: ""You're not acting it right now... but I told you. I know rival better than anyone. You want to be recognized, and you want to do great things... but you'd really rather help people than hurt them. Right?"
Sinisquirrel: "... maybe..." Her grudging way of saying 'yes.'
kwikkidus: "You are a good person! So... just... don't hurt anyone else, okay? I don't care if it's me. I'm... used to stuff like that. This isn't exactly the first time someone decided to crush my dreams underfoot, y'know?"
Sinisquirrel: "You're really in no position t'ask something like that, y'know. I mean, really, what'd you think?"
kwikkidus: "I just thought that... maybe if I asked nicely..." ...I didn't want to do this... but... "Rival. Did you want the rituals to call her with, too?"
Sinisquirrel: "Huh? It's pretty useless without 'er, isn't it?"
kwikkidus: "Kinda... but it still has her picture." He sighs for a second. "Maybe it'll be enough to keep us linked..? I hope?"
Sinisquirrel: "... what kinda crap are you tryin' t'pull?"
kwikkidus: This is getting nowhere... "This kind." He reaches a hand out, grabbing at the bottom of her shirt and pulling her down.
Sinisquirrel: "GAH! TH' HELL, RIVAL!?"
kwikkidus: She'd be immediately silenced by a sudden smooch.
Sinisquirrel: Silenced at the mouth, maybe. Mylene's brain, meanwhile, is cursing a blue streak... and it doesn't take long for her to start flailing.
Sinisquirrel: Rush... just barks at them.
kwikkidus: After about a moment more, he lets go, pulling back just a bit, a little too... red-faced to say much of anything.
Sinisquirrel: The pup wriggles its way between the two, looking back and forth as Mylene blinks. A few times. "Wha...?"
kwikkidus: "...I erm... kinda' like you, Rival. And I couldn't think of any other way to tell you... and you weren't listening anyways... so..."
Sinisquirrel: "You... why're you... why'd'ya...? You...! You're freakin' confusing me!" Mylene shoves him.
kwikkidus: The already injured red falls back onto his rear, wincing again. "Rival. People like you. I like you. We want your help, and you're not useless. You can do a ton of things nobody else can!"
Sinisquirrel: Almost immediately, she's in his face. "You need to work on your delivery."
kwikkidus: "...Wha-what?! What was wrong with my delivery?!"
Sinisquirrel: "Too short."
kwikkidus: "...You...! If I could move I'd..." He tenses up again, feebly shaking a fist. "You kept telling me to shut up!"
Sinisquirrel: "You really care, huh?"
kwikkidus: "Yeah! That's what I've been saying this entire time!"
Sinisquirrel: "'Cause you... like me."
kwikkidus: "Y...yeah." Geez, if I'd known that would do it... Why the hell did I even accept that stupid ante anyways?!
Sinisquirrel: The blonde sighs. "I still... wanna help Desdemona, though..."
kwikkidus: "..Do you think she and Isabel can just coexist peacefully?"
Sinisquirrel: "I dunno... but... she... she was okay with me just as I was. She praised me, and... I felt really accepted when she was around."
kwikkidus: "Then we'll just have to ask her why she's doing all this bad stuff like everyone says she is, right?"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah... I guess that makes sense... I didn't really think about it before. Meso..." Or whoever it is controlling him. "Seems weird, but... she seems all right."
kwikkidus: "So we'll ask, then!" He weakly pumps an arm. "...But uhh... first can you help me up? I kinda' can't really feel my legs anymore..."
Sinisquirrel: "Geez, you're totally useless without me..." Of course, she's helping him.
kwikkidus: "Hey now... I walked down here myself, didn't I..?" Of course, he's also trying to limp along!
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, yeah, yeah... let's get you back to the infirmary."
kwikkidus: "...Hey. Mylene?"
Sinisquirrel: "What is it, you?"
kwikkidus: "Don't ever be evil again. It hurts."
Sinisquirrel: "Can't promise ya."
kwikkidus: "...I'm going to win if you do it again, you know..."
Sinisquirrel: "Oh, this is bad; now you're delusional."
kwikkidus: "Let's just assume I'm in a lot of pain right now."
Sinisquirrel: "I could make it worse."
kwikkidus: "...Is there anything I could say that'll keep me from it?"
Sinisquirrel: "I'll spare you just this once. We got more important things to do..." Like asking Desdemona those quesions I shoulda asked before...
kwikkidus: "Right! As soon as I can walk, I'll be right there with you!"
Sinisquirrel: "Yeah, yeah, yeah... do you ever stop talking?"
kwikkidus: "...It was hard to talk during... You know."
Sinisquirrel: "... shut up, rival."
kwikkidus: "Alright, but now we're even."
Sinisquirrel: Mylene just sighs. He never shuts up...