The Time of Flight
A/N: I OWN NO PART YU GI OH 5DS! ALL RIGHTS GO TO THE CREATORS!
Chapter 1: The Time of Flight
It had been six months since the Dark Signers and King of the Underworld disappeared and Yusei became an angel. Yusei had learned exceptionally fast and I was impressed. It took me a year in Angel Academy to get as far as he was. As of now, I was deciding on whether he was ready to start flying. He just needed to finish learning the angels' language and master the Demon Exorcist Spell. He had even come into the Afterlife with me a couple times to help rebuild for a bit. He seemed to really like the Afterlife. Even as much as I did.
May, Cornelia, Myla, and Yue were chosen to be the top new guardians with a couple others who were chosen by the four who knew them well. And because of them, more angels were being chosen than before, and even males were being accepted again.
Right now, I followed Yusei by flight as he drove down the bridge. We were talking in the angelic language.
"Era, how much more of the language do I need to learn?" Yusei asked.
"You're pretty much done. Just got to practice a bit more," I answered.
He sighed. "Really?" Yusei responded and he sounded annoyed a bit.
I grinned. "I know it's boring. But you're learning pretty quickly. In fact, you're farther along than I was in a year of study at the Angel Academy," I told him.
"Really?" he responded.
I nodded. "Now don't get cocky because of it," I scolded.
Yusei laughed. "I won't," he stated. "By the way, doesn't this count as practice?"
I cracked up. "You're impatient with this stuff. It's kind of strange compared to the Yusei I got to know," I told him after I was done with my fit of laughter.
"Well," he responded sounding a bit embarrassed.
I grinned. "But, yeah, in all honesty, it counts as practice," I told him. "But that doesn't mean we will never talk in Angelic again. We'll be talking in it to keep you practiced whenever we're around people we don't know and need to have a private conversation."
"Can't you just do that with mental conversations that angels can do? We haven't done that at all since I became an angel," Yusei asked.
"Angels can only talk to other people through telepathy. Humans and other creatures. But angels cannot talk to angels in that matter. It's hard to explain but being in the same mentality that is also more complex than the average human may contribute to the fact that angels cannot communicate telepathically with another angel," I explained.
"Huh," he responded.
I sighed for a moment. 'He's ready,' I thought. "Okay, Yusei," I told him and he looked at me. "You're ready."
"Are you sure?" he asked.
I nodded. "I've actually been holding it off because I wanted to be, for a fact, sure. So yes, I'm positive you're ready," I told him.
A call on Yusei's duel runner and he answered to see Crow, "Yusei, we're waiting for you to edit the engine so we can test it. Where are you?"
"Just with Era. I'm coming," Yusei told him in his original language.
"Ugh! You're always with her when this happens. Just hurry up or Jack will leave to spend more money," Crow stated before hanging up.
"What am I going to do?" Yusei muttered as he made way to the garage.
"Don't worry, Yusei," I told him. He looked at me. "We're almost done with training. You just have to learn some spells and finish your training in bringing out and killing a possessing demon."
"How have I been doing on that anyway?" Yusei asked.
"Extremely well," I told him. "I'm happy of how well you've done. It's impressive."
"Thanks, I think," Yusei responded.
I giggled. "To keep you up, remember," I said as we pulled up to the garage, "as soon as we're done training, you get to tell our friends about what's been going on."
"I'll be waiting for that day," Yusei responded.
"Don't worry, Yusei," I told him placing a hand on his shoulder while changing back into human form. "It'll come soon."
We walked in and Yusei and I looked as Jack and Crow were lying on the couch or sitting in a chair bored.
Crow looked up. "Where have you two been?" he asked.
"Just hanging around," I answered. It wasn't like I was completely lying. I was more being vague than lying.
"Where?" Jack asked.
"The Infinity Tower and the Overlook," Yusei answered. That was true. It was where we hung out the most while I was teaching him.
"Whatever," Jack muttered.
"Just get to work. We've been waiting," Crow followed.
I grinned and followed Yusei as he began to make the last edits to the duel runner. I added and suggested things here and there while Yusei worked, so it wasn't long before the engine was ready to be tested.
Jack got on and began to start the motor. As he accelerated, errors began to flash.
"Jack! Slow it down!" Yusei called over the noise.
"Speed up! Okay!" Jack responded.
"No! Slow down!" I retorted. But it wasn't seconds after that the duel runner engine exploded. I sighed as Jack stopped. "Jack, we said to 'slow down'. Not speed up," I told him.
"Well…" Jack started but the three boys' landlord shot the door open.
"Cut down the noise, will ya?!" she yelled.
"Sorry, Zora," I told her.
"Yeah. Sorry about that," Yusei added.
"Just keep it down please," Zora responded before leaving and shooing away the crowd that had formed.
"What do you two do to make her like you so much?" Crow asked.
"Not sure," Yusei answered.
"We're just lucky, I guess," I answered. Crow sighed. "On another topic, what're we going to do about this duel runner?" No one could respond before a knock sounded at the door and Trudge and Mina walked in. "Hey, Trudge, Mina," I greeted.
"Hey, guys," Trudge greeted. He looked at the duel runner remains. "What's that?"
"It's the remains of the duel runner we've been working on," Yusei answered.
"We're trying to be up to par for when we enter the World Racing Grand Prix," Crow explained.
"So what're you doing here?" I asked. "We all know you don't typically show up just to say 'hi.'"
"Have you heard about the Ghost?" Trudge asked.
"I've heard the rumors. Supposedly, he shows up and forces people into duels and causes people into crashes," Crow mentioned.
"With the tournament's new rules, people will be using Speed World 2 instead of the standard Speed World," Trudge said. "I want you, Jack, and Yusei's help to capture the Ghost."
"No! No! No!" Crow exclaimed rushing Mina and Trudge out the door. "We have too much to do to get ready for the tournament. Sorry but we can't." He shut the door behind them and locked it.
"Crow, that may have been a bad idea," I told him.
"They can handle it," he responded.
"Maybe," I agreed though it was obviously reluctant.
"What's wrong?" Jack asked. "Don't think they can deal with a criminal?"
"Even if a person with enough darkness to kill or is actually possessed by a demon, this isn't the normal actions of anything. A demon possessing a person would just kill or injure once in a while and try to gain power in the human world so people can be turned to the Underworld," I explained. "By the sound of it, the Ghost isn't following those rules. He's just killing and injuring to do so. Almost as if for fun. It doesn't make any sense."
"So you think there is something behind the Ghost?" Crow asked.
Yusei nodded. "It definitely would seem to reason that," he agreed.
"You act like you know a lot about demons, Yusei. More than me and Crow," Jack commented.
"Era told me more about life as an angel a few months ago," Yusei explained.
"Anyway, it's about noon," I stated. "I needed to take Yusei somewhere. But don't worry, he'll be back soon." Yusei nodded understanding what I was talking about.
"Where are you going?" Crow asked.
"Just downtown," I lied.
"Okay," Crow agreed.
"Come on, Yusei," I said and he boarded his duel runner and followed me out.
"Where are we really going, Era?" Yusei asked as he began to drive.
"There's a small cliff on the far side of the Satellite," I explained. "Not a lot of people stayed there and it's mostly still junk piles so we'll be safe from people."
"Okay," Yusei agreed.
I explained to him the basics of flying as we drove and until we arrived at our spot. We stopped and Yusei got off.
"Okay, Yusei. Change into your angel form," I ordered. He nodded and changed with ease. "To start, you need to begin flexing your wing muscles. Open and close your wings until I say to stop. It'll strengthen your wings in order to fly."
Yusei nodded again and I was pleased to see him focus as he opened and closed his wings. I was amazed of how strong his wings already were.
I nodded. "Okay," I started and he stopped to look at me. "Now to the harder part."
"What do you mean?" Yusei asked.
"The reason we're at a cliff isn't just for safety," I stated and he raised an eyebrow. "As all first time fliers do with our teachers, I'm going to wait half-way down the cliff and you're going to jump. I'll be ready to catch you so you don't hurt yourself and you'll start beating your wings as you fall."
"Uh, okay," he agreed with clear reluctance.
"Don't worry, Yusei," I told him and gave him a small kiss. "I won't let anything happen to you."
He nodded and I jumped off the cliff before I pulled to a hover below. I looked up and saw him looking down. I nodded at him with a reassuring smile.
Yusei softly beat his wings a bit before jumping off the edge. I caught him and steadied him though he still beat his wings which were keeping him aloft.
He looked at me and I smiled. "Keep focusing and beating those wings," I told him.
"Right," he agreed.
I slowly took my hands off of him and was relieved, and surprised, when he stayed at a hover. "Fastest. Time. Yet," I told him with a grin. "You never cease to amaze me, Yusei."
"I'm guessing that's a good thing, right?" Yusei asked.
I giggled. "Very," I answered. "Now I want you to get some altitude and fly up to those clouds."
He nodded and began to increase in height at a fast rate though it was a little clumsy. But I expected that from a first time flier. I followed him and laughed. "You need to slow it down, Yusei. Go too fast and you'll hurt yourself," I told him.
Yusei gave a slight blush before he looked out at New Domino City as he hovered. "I would've never thought I would see New Domino like this," he stated in a quiet voice.
I grinned. "It is an amazing sight," I responded. "You should see it at night." I looked at him. "Now we should land. Your wings will need a break since they just started flying. We'll get out more to keep strengthening your wings."
"Okay," he agreed and angled down with me as we glided to the ground.
I landed with ease being more experienced while Yusei stumbled a bit. He looked at me and I watched as he changed back to his normal outfit. I walked up to him and placed a hand on his cheek.
"Strong, determined, skilled, full of light. They all describe you, Yusei," I whispered to him as I placed a hand on his chest. "When I first heard of your decision, I was worried of what would happen. But now I see you were always destined to become the angel you are. Our highness, the Crimson Dragon, was right to give you the choice when he did."
Yusei pulled me into him. "And I don't regret the choice I made," he whispered back. "I did promise we would find a way to make sure we could stay together."
He slowly leaned in until our lips met and he pulled me in tighter as I wrapped my arms around his neck. I pulled back so we could breathe and I set my head on his chest listening to his fast heartbeat.
"We should get going," I told him.
"Okay," he agreed and we separated before Yusei got on his duel runner. He looked at me. "Come on."
I blinked. "You know I can deal with riding a duel runner, but you also know that I don't like it," I reminded him.
He chuckled. "I know. Just thought I would try," Yusei responded. "You would do really well on a duel runner."
"Yet I'm an angel who should fly rather than drive," I retorted.
"By the way, does this mean I'll be able to tag along for a couple demon scouting?" Yusei asked.
I thought about it for a moment, 'It wouldn't hurt for him to gain some experience and he's mastered all of the protection spells.' I looked at him with a nod. "Yes, Yusei. You'll be joining me on the next few scout outs," I told him. "Maybe we'll be able to get an idea on the Ghost too."
Yusei nodded. "I'm worried about that too," he stated. "It just doesn't feel right."
"Well, we better get going before the others get nosy like last time," I said.
"They're getting more and more suspicious," Yusei responded as he began to drive.
"I know," I agreed. "But it's not like if they find out we'll die and it will be the end of the world."
Yusei chuckled. "True," he agreed. "We're both already dead. Even me in a way." I looked down for a moment. I had always secretly felt guilty since Yusei literally gave up his life to be with me. "Don't tell me you feel guilty about that," said Yusei snapping me back to attention. I looked at him. "I made the decision myself because I wanted to be an angel and find out the way you lived for a hundred years. It isn't your fault so don't feel guilty about a decision you didn't have any say so in." I blinked a bit in shock. "Don't worry, Era. I'll be fine." I nodded.
Yusei's duel runner went off for a call and he answered it to see Crow yet again. "Okay, where are you really?" Crow asked. "You're not downtown."
I flew into view. "We just left to head back to the garage," I half-lied.
"Why were you looking for us?" Yusei asked.
"Jack and I wanted to get an idea of what's been going on between you and Era," Crow explained.
I sighed. "Nothing's going on, Crow," I told him. "We've just been hanging out lately. That's all." Crow raised an eyebrow obviously still suspicious.
"By the way, Era, don't you ever get worried about people seeing you in your angel form?" Jack asked popping up.
I shrugged. "I'm careful," I told him.
We pulled up to the garage and Yusei said, "We're at the garage. So we'll see you here in a bit."
"See ya there, guys," Crow stated and Jack nodded before they hung up.