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ENCOUNTER: Stalled (9) by CoffeeAddictedDragon ENCOUNTER: Stalled (9) by CoffeeAddictedDragon
It had been a week since Yami had been transferred into this new cell. In many ways, he felt it was worse then his last one. It had taken only a few days to explore nearly all of the tank, and whilst it was much much bigger then his previous one, it still had limitations and cheap imitations. The fake things here were what frustrated him the most. Whilst some of the coral and plant life were real, they were nothing compared to the ones that grew in the wild ocean. He had discovered that if he dug deep enough into the sand, his claws would scrape against concrete. The tide here was also fake and repetitive, and never changed depending on the time of day unlike the real tide. Whilst there were places to hide in this tank, it didn't hide him well, he always felt exposed to some degree.

And then there was the fact that he was within mere INCHES from his beloved ocean.

But he was separated from it by a bit, thick glass wall.

The ultimate torture, to be surrounded by mere mockeries of his past home and a view of his prior freedom.


Yami now lay on the bottom, staring up at the rippling surface. He knew humans were watching him, but he didn't really care anymore.
His body was sore from his morning attempts to bash into the glass wall. Bruises on his tail had begun to form.
In the process, the white 'bandage' things had come off.

Another attempt failed.

He was stalled.

He narrowed his eyes and watched the light filter into the water. 'What if I can't get out?...'
The thought made him tense up. It wasn't the first time those phantom words had risen in his mind, but before it had been much easier to push them away. Now however, it seemed more bleak, and he didn't have the mental strength at the moment to fight it.

His thoughts turned to his pod, he'd been thinking about them since he had first awoken here, but now his heart ached more at the thought that he might not actually see them again.

'Yugi must be looking his mind worrying... I wonder if Joey is still picking fights with that other fireback...' The more his thoughts wondered, the more he missed them. He missed his friends... He missed clam hunting with Yugi despite it being too boring for the likes of him. He missed losing to Tea at seagull hunting, or sparring with Joey and laughing at Duke and Tristan's petty maid squabbles. He missed the security of his pod, the feeling of hunting together, the chirps of pups annoying their mothers to stay up past sunset...
And of course the evening lullabies the queens sung as night fell, each note echoing off the reef. Though it was meant to sooth their whelps, it inadvertently sent he and many others in the pod to sleep as well.

But now it was silence.


Yami's eyes closed and his frills went limp...

'I hate this place...'




"Hi Yami!"

Yami snapped awake as his name was called. He glanced around before seeing Mana's golden form glide over to him. "Watcha doing?" She chirped, eyes bright and curious. He flipped himse;f over and upright and faced towards her. He had gotten to know Mana fairly well during his first week here, and though he still knew next to nothing about her and why she acted so strangely, he had grown fairly comfortable with her presence. "Nothing... Just thinking." He replied, trying to hide his contempt for her home. "Why do you ask?..."

"No reason. It's just you seemed kinda..." She paused and kicked a pebble with her claws shyly. "... Lonely. Yeah, you look lonely. So I thought I'd cheer you up! I wanted to show you a secret place near the back of the tank, if that'll help."

Yami tilted his head. "Hiding place hm? I suppose I can be tempted to see it."

Mana perked up. "Great! It's really cool I promise, I hide lots of shiny stuff their anytime I find it." She then began swimming away, excitedly going off about it. "You can hear the humming of the machines on the other side of the rocks and it can be SUPER relaxing, I think you'd like it cause you always seem a bit tense, I may or may not have a couple of things stashed away in there but..."

Yami followed behind quietly, letting her go on and on about this hiding place, even though he had literally no interest in anything this man made phony reef had to offer. But he couldn't tell her that, it wasn't her fault.

Through his entire stay, Mana had been the only good thing he had seen here. Sure, she was a bit talkative and excitable, but that could easily be over looked. Whilst she hadn't asked him out right about himself, it was clear she was interested in his well being and Yami could appreciate that.

In many ways she reminded him of Yugi.


Except she was a pet.


Rather unfortunate, if they had met out in the ocean, things might have been different.

Yami sighed, his mood slowly lifting a bit. So things still looked bleak, his confidence a bit iffy and his escape was stalled.


At least he had some sort of good company here.

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Next: ENCOUNTER: Reasons by CoffeeAddictedDragon

Previous: ENCOUNTER: Introductions by CoffeeAddictedDragon
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Sorry for the long break in between, Shark week in all. (Good grief this year's shark week is awesome!)
Lots of idea's for mers thanks to shark week.

Yami's having a small lapse in confidence. Don't worry, he's not submitting, just showing a bit of weakness when the filthy humans aren't looking.


YuGiOh/Characters (c) Kazuki Takahashi

Mers/Mer Designs/Story/Art (c) Me
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:iconatem925:
Atem925 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
WHEN THE FRIDGE DID THIS START?! (It's awesome, by the way, but seriously.)
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I SNUCK it in under your nose when you weren't looking! >: D
(Thank you. Would you like a link to the first one to catch up?)
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Atem925 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
*blinks* Well then, I guess I'll have to start paying more attention then, won't I?
(You're welcome. I would very much appreciate that. :) )
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess so. XD

(Here you are! thestarfirephoenix.deviantart.… )
(see you on the other side. XD)
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:iconatem925:
Atem925 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
*blinks* Well then, I guess I'll have to start paying more attention then, won't I?
(You're welcome. I would very much appreciate that.)
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016
Poor Yami.  He's becoming depressed while being in there.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. Mana shall save him though!
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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Nice job! I like the way you did his hair in this one! Great job! Can't wait to see more! :D (Big Grin) 
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molivents Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
is this going to update soon? :)
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully soon. :)
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molivents Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016
Argh i can't waiiitttt XXDDD
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Yami72 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Ah man, he is so hot. Fanboying over here. Mr Incredible 
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pftfhahaha. ^^
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MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's nice to see that he is having a moment to him self. I'm not sure why, but this drawing has a peaceful feeling to it. Nice work.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad the calmness translated over well. Thank you. :)
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:iconmutouyuugiaiboufan:
MutouYuugiAiboufan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good to have these kinds of drawings. You're welcome.
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NewArtist19 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Poor guy. I hope they release him back. I have a feeling they will but....
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It'll be a long while. Yamis injuries were serious and life threatening.
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angelgirl24Kage Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
awww yami you will healed and get better and you be go home it be ok yami mer 
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
awww, no worry Yami, once you are healed up you will be allowed to return
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Poor Yami, he's home sick...
I would be too, if it were me. Can't wait to see what Mana has in her little 'grotto'. XD
Now I wonder how Ishizu is going to take it when she sees the bandages have come off...? ^^;
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, Poor Yami.

I'm afraid we won't see what's in Mana's hiding spot. It's just a little alcove with little trinkets Mahad gives her in it.

Ishizu stated when they let him loose in Introduction that the bandages could come off now since the wounds have healed enough for just the stitches to be used.
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Darn. I wanted to know what she collects...
Oh that's right, I remember now. Hopefully, Yami won't get into any fights....or the stitches will be ruined.
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They'll keep him until he's fully recovered, and I doubt he'll fight mana.
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Maybe not...
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yami wouldn't hurt Mana. XD
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
I don't mean Mana...I mean if one of the other Mers decides to pick a fight.
I know Yami wouldn't hurt Mana.
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the two are the only mers in the tank currently, so if it ever happens, it'd be a while.
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Kineil-Wicks Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student General Artist
Don't give up, Yami! Do a Free Willy! Or like the whales in Finding Dory--wait, how high does the glass wall go? :confused:
Been loving the mers thus far, and I like Yami's reminiscing about his pod; it's a nice organic way to give some insight into mer life. A few typos ('himse;f', for example), but they're of the sort that tells me you're excited about what you're writing. :)
Awesome job! :D
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CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. ^^

It's not exactly a glass wall, more a big gigantic window, so there's no way past it.
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ArtesVeil Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought he was going to cry for a second.
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:iconcoffeeaddicteddragon:
CoffeeAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yami is to proud to cry. XD
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ArtesVeil Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True. XD
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