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[May 16th] [Yu-Gi-Oh!] All a Lie

Title: All a Lie
Day/Theme: May 16th - I heard voices
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Character/Pairing: Marik Ishtar
Rating: K+

It was strange, clinging to Téa's mind as some semblance of normalcy . . . sanity. They always said it wasn't possible to be in two places at once, but somehow he was managing it. He was locked away in a pyramid in the recesses of his own mind . . . yet he was also able to reach out to Téa because of the unwilling bond he had formed with her after mind-controlling her. He had thought he might still have need of that connection; he had just never had any idea it would be because the dark being in his heart had taken over his body.

Even while not controlling her, he could use their bond to hear what was going on around her. That was what he was doing now. Everyone was talking to Ishizu after her duel with Seto Kaiba. She was telling them all of the private Ishtar family business, including how Yami Marik had been created and that horrible day when . . . when . . .

What was this?! What was she talking about?! According to her, after she and he had come home and found Rishid being whipped to his death, he, Marik, had lost control and . . .

Even though he was only in spirit form due to his body being taken over, he felt his heart drop into his stomach and his stomach drop around his knees. This was . . . not possible. . . . No. . . . Everything he had believed, everything he had fought for, for five long years . . . it was all a lie. Ishizu had been there. She had seen it happen. Yami Marik had come out when Rishid had fallen unconscious from his injuries. Yami Marik had taken up the Millennium Rod and unscrewed the dagger. He had been the one who . . .

"Dear God, what have I done?!" Marik screamed in his mind.

For five long years he had blamed the Pharaoh for the death of his father. He had formed the Rare Hunters and grown rich on their crimes, all for the purposes of finding the elusive Pharaoh and making him pay for bringing so much suffering to the Ishtar family and rewarding their three thousand years of servitude by killing one of those most loyal to the cause. And now Ishizu was saying that it had all been for naught, that the tragedy of the Ishtar family was that Marik himself had brought about the death of his father . . . even though he had blocked it all out.

He sank down, shaking, unable to hold himself up any longer. He slumped against the pyramid, digging his hands into his hair.

"Why didn't you tell me, Ishizu?! Rishid?! Why didn't you tell me?!" he screamed, despite knowing he could not be heard. But deep down, he already knew the answer. The only reason they would have withheld the information was because they were afraid of how he would react, what he might do. Maybe they had thought it would cause him to lose control again. Maybe they had feared he would kill himself.

He couldn't deny it was tempting. His world was shattering around him. Everything he had thought he had known was now a lie.

But . . . no. He couldn't end his life. He had made this horrible mess, dragging countless innocent people into treacherous situations in the name of his twisted and misguided revenge. Now they were all at the mercy of the evil being he had created. Rishid especially was in danger. With the duels over for the night, Yami Marik would probably go after Rishid again. And that could not be allowed.

Marik narrowed his eyes and got to his feet. He would reach out to Téa again, and this time he would take control. Maybe, through her, he could save Rishid . . . if he could awaken the spirit of the Millennium Ring and get him to help.

I made this disaster, he said to himself, but now I'm going to do whatever I can to make it right.


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May. 17th, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
I really like how you portray Marik's thought processes. I never really thought about how this moment hit him, but this just feels right - that he'd go to such despair, and then hold on tight to the idea of making it better. He's a character of extremes like that, and with his own code.
May. 18th, 2018 06:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I wondered what that moment was like for him, but I didn't actively consider writing it until now. I'm glad he seems IC! He was always one of my favorite YGO characters to write.
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