On the same day of Andrea's duel, Will walks into the fast food joint "Blue Eyes Burger", where Yumi has already ordered and is eating a burger on a pretzel bread.
"Hey, Yumi...pretzels again?" Will asked as he walked over.
Yumi ignores Will's comment as he sits down. "I asked Tacey if she wanted something, but...she's not hungry. Heck, I told her you'd be coming, but then she got all fussy..."
Will makes a wry smile. "Let's not get into that right now. Any news?"
Yumi puts her burger down and grabs a napkin to wipe her mouth. "Yeah. I got a duel today." she answers, seemingly bored at the thought. "Oh, and um...I got some juicy news about you-know-who."
"You-know-who?" Will looks confused at the vague words.
"Well, yeah! Mister 'old-and-snoozy'!" Yumi continues before grabbing her soda.
Will's expression turns serious. "You mean Mike? What about him?"
Yumi puts her glass down and thinks. "Let's see...what was it again?"
Will facepalms. "You called me here, and you forgot what you wanted to tell me?"
Yumi looks around, not looking at Will for a second. "Umm...maybe he'll be here? Anyways, I wanna finish my lunch before my duel."
Will gets up and sighs. "What a waste of time..."
Yumi raises her hand to get Will's attention as he walks to the counter. "Hey! if you order anything, grab me a hot fudge sundae!" She shouts.
Will rolls his eyes. "Where does she put all that food...?"
Yumi grabs her burger again before she spots someone outside. "Huh? Is that...nah...it can't be. He's dressed all wrong."
Yumi does notice Michael walking by outside, however his purple sweater has ben swapped for what looks like an expensive white jacket, a purple shirt with green claw marks imprinted on it, light blue jeans and green canvas shoes with white ends.
Yumi grabs her soda in the other hand, takes a bite of her burger, then walks out of the restaurant. "Where is he off to? MIIIKE!"
Mike turns around to Yumi , then rubs one eye a few times before taking out some small earphones and walking over to her. "Um, Yumi right?" He asked as soon as he was within a few feet of her.
Yumi puts her hands to her sides, almost smearing ketchup on her white-and-pink shirt striped shirt. "Yeah! Whatcha doin'? And what's with the getup?"
Mike rubbed the back of his neck. "I had a looong nap after dueling most of the night...and my Neptune apartment had a mirror...I noticed how messy and torn my clothing was, which makes sense I guess I didn't bother buying new clothes due to me travelling constantly. So with some of the money I won from dueling all night I got new clothes and a new MP3 player."
Yumi looks up and down at Mike. "You look like you spent a fortune on that...how many duels did you do? Fifty?"
Mike blushed lightly at Yumi scanning his outfit with her eyes. "...so um...how do I look anyway...?"
Yumi: "Actually, you look snappy. I bet the next time, you'll be dressed in a tux or something!" Yumi grabs a bite of her burger and checks her PDA. "NO WAY!!! It's that time already?"
Will walks out, holding the sundae in one hand and a bag in the other. "Hey, here's your sundae." Will looks at Mike. "Huh...didn't think you had clothes like that."
Mike looked back at Will. "I didn't, I bought them about twenty minutes ago."
Yumi quickly looks at Will. "Sorry, gottarungottagonow!" She lets out before running off, knocking the sundae out of Will's hands and all over him.
Will looks back at Yumi. "GET BACK HERE!" he yells, forcing her to walk back, head down. "What the hell, Yumi? First you have me buy a sundae, then you Spill it all over me!"
Mike shook his head but wore a bright smile. "Good thing the Neptune tower is close enough to run and change to, eh Will?"
Will looks frustrated as he tries wiping the ice cream and molten chocolate off his jeans, shirt and shoes. "Yeah, yeah, laugh if off, will ya?"
Mike kept his smile. "Maybe I will, nothing's better than letting-" Suddenly Mike looked over to his right, but from where his eyes were looking it was as if he was looking at something on his right shoulder.
"What is it Dora?" Mike asked rather frantically.
Mike narrowed his eyes. "What? Yumi? Come on Dora don't play jokes, especially with new friends of ours..."
Yumi finishes her burger. "Hey, listen...it was nice seeing you all, but I got a duel to go to...maybe we could talk over sushi? Oh...right, sorry."
Mike then looked over at Yumi. "...what's wrong with Sushi?"
Will looks confused. "What's...what are you two talking about?"
Mike looked over to his left shoulder. "Ah she was thinking of you Ruba...well Yumi a lot of my Guardians care for animals but I'm not a Vegetarian."
Mike looks back to his right, grabbing his ear. "Hey calm down Dora I heard you."
Yumi looks back at her PDA. "Sorry, but can we talk about it later? If I end up late, they'll kick me out!"
Will tries not to fold his arms over the smear. "Look, I'll go change. Yumi, head to your duel...Mike, just...do whatever."
"Although whatever is my favourite hobby, I'll probably just check out Yumi's duel...then I need to ask you both about your friend with the hood." Mike stated.
Will looks concerned. "You mean Tacey...yeah, we're gonna have to talk."
Around ten minutes later, Yumi makes it to the duel arena on-time with a few minutes to spare in the prep-room, the area which duelists walk-out from and onto the stage. Yumi paces around. "Man oh man...I hope he didn't believe that." she tells herself. "Okay...okay, calm down, keep cool...play it cheerful...nice and happy."
Meanwhile Michael is in the lounge watching the duel about to take place on-screen. "If she is what you say she is Dora...then something interesting'll happen during this duel..."
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Welcome to the first of the afternoon matches here at Arena Alpha! Let's not waste any time and drag these two monster maniacs out to the staaaage!" The announcer yelled. "In the red side, the clown duelist who has spent Obelisk knows how many years in the Venus rank, but she sure does love to duel and making folks smile during them, please welcome Yumi Dokeshi!"
Yumi jumps in, doing a few aerobatics before waving at the crowd.
"Aaaaand in the blue side, fresh into the Venus rank, giving a new spin on horror decks, please welcome with a moan the Zombie duelist Craiiiiig Dunst!"
A blad man with a rather grey complexion slowly walks out, readying a tomb-stone looking duel disk. "...ready."
Yumi looks at her opponent, not liking his overall looks. "Okay, peeps! Showtime!" she lets out, keeping with the act.
Both Yumi and her opponent Craig exclaim 'duel' but can't hear Craig's murmur over Yumi's "DUEL!"
Yumi draws her opening hand. "Let's get hoppin'! I start with Mystic Clown in attack mode!'
Yumi draws her opening hand. "Let's get hoppin'! I start with Mystic Clown in attack mode!" The creature that appears looks more of a scary clown that a happy one, as it wears clothes covered in eye-like motif and a strange mask that covers most of its face. 1500 ATK Yumi looks at her hand. "Umm...I'll snap two cards down on the field, and end my turn!"
Craig draws his sixth card. "Uh...cone zombie in attack mode." 1600 attack. A strange purple zombie with a traffic cone on it's head came out of the ground. "Attack clown."
"BZZZT! Wrong answer!" Yumi lets out. "I activate my face-down, 'Squirt Flower'! Hope your monster's thirsty, 'cause it's Attack and Defense are gonna pop down by 600!"
A large flower blooms in the middle of the field, squirting Cone Zombie like a fire hose.
Craig seems un-phased. "...Cone-zombie effect, once per turn is he destroyed...he not." Craig's eyes widen slightly when he sees Cone-zombie smashed by the Mystic Clown. 3500 LP.
Yumi spaces out for a moment before looking at Craig. "Huh? Oh...sorry. My lil flower's got ya pranked! Thanks to its effect, your conehead can't use its effect this turn,"
Craig moved his jaw strangely. "Still try stop other zombies, when zombie on field gone, can summon from hand; bucket zombie!" 2300 Attack. "And door zombie!" 2500 defense. A zombie with a bucket on it's head, and one hiding behind a huge wooden door came from the ground.
Yumi looks at the two newcomers. "Yikes...creepy much?"
Craig stopped his jaw from moving with his hand. "Still battle phase...attack bucket!" Bucket zombie limped over to Mystic Clown and prepared to bite it.
Yumi looks uneasy as Bucket Zombie sinks its rotted teeth into Mystic Clown, causing it to break apart. "Uh oh..." 3200 LP.
Craig looks back at his hand. "Set card, turn end." Craig stares at the two remaining cards in his hand before looking back at the field.
Yumi takes a deep breath. "Here goes! Draw time!" Yumi looks at her card. "Nice! I play the spell 'Jester's Panic'! Thanks to that, I can reveal a card in my hand and if your face-down and my card are the same type, yours goes Betty-bye-bye! So, I'll reveal a trap, 'Encore! Encore!"
Yumi takes a deep breath. "Here goes! Draw time!" (looks at her card) "Nice! I play the spell 'Jester's Panic'! Thanks to that, I can reveal a card in my hand and if your face-down and my card are the same type, yours goes Betty-bye-bye! So, I'll reveal a trap, 'Encore! Encore!" Yumi looks back at her card for a second. "Huh? Oh, sorry. Looks like you have to show me your card first, then I show you mine. Oopsie..."
Mike rubs his chin in thought. "Either she's a really good actress...or she's beyond cute..."
Craig turns his face-down over. "It mystical space typhoon."
Yumi shrugs. "Well, that's a big joke. Here's mine!" She puts one card away and pulls out another. "Ta dah! Foolish Return!"
Craig looked at Yumi's field. "Still can use it before destroyed; on last backrow."
Yumi mopes as her face-down card 'Sad Clown's Lament' is destroyed. "Ah, poop." Yumi looks at her hand. "I'll slap one face-down, and play this guy face-down in defense. That's that!"
Craig barely mvoed a msucle as he drew without a word. "...summon digger zombie!" A zombie wearing ragged overalls, a helmed and carrying a rusty shovel came only so much out of the ground; his bottom half still submerged. 1200 attack. "Once per turn, target one face-down card, that destroyed but he no attack; target monster." The digger zombie began to tunnel underground and towards the face-down monster.
Yumi raised her hand. "Too bad, so sad, but you just sent Peter to the grave, and by sending him outta town I can bring one of his brothers to the stage!" 1200 defense.
Craig looked at the new clown. "...bucket zombie...attack."
Yumi groans as Peten gets bitten and breaks apart. "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on you again! Peten's got one last pal to show up!" 1200 Defense.
Craig stares back at his hand. "...not enough in grave for this spell...so turn end."
Yumi points at her face-down card. "You might be done, but I didn't say I was! I'm activating my face-down 'Encore! Encore!' Thanks to that, I can bring back one of my Clowns from the grave back to the field, so come back, Mystic Clown!" The lanky clown flips back onto the field. 1500 ATK Yumi looks at the field, then takes a deep breath. "Draw time!" she lets out as she draws, then looks at the card. "Time for the main act! I summon my Wood Clown in attack mode!" A skull-faced jester hops onto the field, making a creepy laughter. 500 Attack
Yumi looks at the field. "Time to join the Festival, folks! I choose Masked Clown, Mystic Clown and Peten for a three-way trick! Watch and be amazed, ladies and gents, 'cause these three clowns are about to dissapear...to bring out the ringleader, the one, the only...Clopin, Master Jester!"
The three clowns vanish onto the field in a burst of smoke as a tall jester, its legs held on stilts, appears on the field, wearing the coats of a circus ringmaster, but holds a series of burning juggling pins in his hands. 2600 ATK
Michael narrows his eyes. "Okay...now I'm definitely curious...because we know that Sequence monsters don't come from random packs, right Dora?"
Yumi looks at the field. "For the first act of the show, Clopin will make Digger Zombie go boom! Make the pins rain!" The overly tall clown begins juggling with his pins before tossing them down at the smallest of the three zombies.
Digger zombie drops his shovel and tries to catch the burning pins.
Yumi claps. "Bravo! And onto the next trick: whenever Clopin deals battle damage, all of the cards in your hand go bye-bye, and I get to draw as many cards as you dropped!"
Mike folded his arms. "Since it's during the damage step, Craig can't summon the zombies in his hand when Digger Zombie is destroyed."
Digger zombie explodes as the pins hit him, though Craig only murmurs at the sight. 2100 LP.
Yumi looks at Craig, then at his hand. "Ah come on...why the grumpy face? Oh wait...is it because you lost your cards? Sowwy!" she says, pulling her tongue at him.
Yumi smirks as she draws. "And a one...and a two! I place two cards face-down and end my turn!"
Craig draws without a sound, not even reactng to the card he drew. "Activate effect of monster in hand; zombie midget, I target one monster; Clopin, equip this card, he lose 300 attack, plus other effect when you have him attack...but now bucket zombie attack weaker Clopin." Bucket zombie began it's usual shuffle towards Clopin.
"Here comes the pies!" Yumi lets out as she activates her face-down. "Pie Splat! When you try to attack, my card splats your monster down to defense mode. Plus! Your monster can't get out of the cream pies until the beginning of your next turn!" 1800 Defense.
Craig lowers his duel disk. "Turn end."
Yumi looks at the field. "I'm gonna make this count! Draw time!" After checking her card, she nods. "Okay. I summon 'Entermage Trick Clown' in attack mode!" A quirky clown, walking on his hands, pops on the field in a star-covered suit, holding a cane in his hands and sticking his tongue out. 1600 Attack. "Next, I reveal my face-down card, 'Smile World'! Thanks to this trick, all our monsters gain 100 Attack for each monster on the field until the end of the turn!" The field is flooded with smileys and cheerful faces. Yumi claps and tries to cheer the crowd on. "Let's put some smiles all around! Trick Clown, kick Bucket Zombie's bucket!"
The kick to Bucket zombie's head makes a huge dent in it, but does not destroy the monster.
Craig blinks. "If Bucket head destroyed...not, and dent counter added, when has 3 counters he destroyed."
Yumi looks surprised. "Seriously? Oh well...time for some Knock-Knock jokes! Clopin, smack some sense into Door Zombie!"
Door zombie gets crushed by his own door when Clopin knocks on it.
Craig looked at Clopin, who still has midget zombie calmbering all over his face. "Effect of Midget Zombie, when Clopin attack, flip coin...guess right attack go through, guess wrong and attack own monster."
Yumi shakes her head. "Hmm...tails!"
The coin in the middle of the arena materialises, flips and lands on heads.
Yumi looks startled. "Seriously?!?"
Clopin can't see due to the zombie on his face, and instead attacks trick clown.
Yumi jumps up and down, fuming as her life points drop to 2500. "No fair!"
Yumi mopes before looking at the field. "I'll activate Trick Clown's effect! When he goes to the grave, I can special summon another Entermage from my grave, but it loses all its attack and defense, and I take 1000 points of damage!" Entermage Trick Clown reappears on the field as Yumi's life points drop to 1500, but its dropped defense makes it drop on its face.
Yumi lets out a sigh. "That's all for me this turn..."
Craig draws, and shakes his jaw when he sees the card he drew. "Time for...fave card...tribute Screen...and bucket...then summon...Gargantuar Zombie!" 3000 Attack. A huge muscle-bound zombie, equipped with a power-line and with a midget zombie on it's back, towers over Clopin.
Yumi looks way up at the creature. "Uh...wow..."
Craig blinked a few times. "Gargantuar, attack Clopin..." Gargantaur stomped over to Clopin who still only has 2300 attack due to the midget zombie on it.
Yumi cringes as her best monster is crushed, her life points dropping to 800.
Craig's jaw moved. "Gargantuar effect...when destroy monster, zombie in grave...return; bucket zombie." 2300 attack, bucket zombie rose from where Clopin had fallen. "Still battle...phase...bucket attack trick."
Yumi lets out a worried sigh as her monster is destroyed. "Ah, man..."
Craig left his mouth hang open. "...turn end."
Yumi looks glum. 'This is real bad...' she thinks. 'No monsters, no cards on the field, nothing in my hand...'
Yumi slowly draws her card and looks at it. "I place one card face-down and end."
Craig draws then looks at field. "...duel fun...you good..."
Yumi looks confused at the zombie duelist. "Huh?"
Craig looked over at Yumi. "...hope we duel again sometime..."
Yumi tries her best to cheer up. "...yeah. Yeah! That'd be great!"
Craig almost smiles for a second. "Bucket zombie...end duel..."
Yumi smirks as the strike knocks her down, dropping her life points to 0.
Yumi lets out a relieved smile. "That was a smile...I just know it was." she says to herself.
"Aaaaand it's overrrr! Craig seems to be really moving up through the league, keep an eye on him next week when he faces-" The announcer carries on as Craig walks over to Yumi, holding out his hand.
Yumi grabs onto the man's hand and gets up. "Thanks. I thought I had you for a sec."
Craig nods slightly. "Glad you not...find me scary...hope meet more like you in future..."
Yumi makes a relieved smile. "Hey, I've seen some scarier things before..." She closes her eyes and thinks back to old memories. "Much, much scarier..."
Meanwhile back in the lounge, Will walks in whilst Michael looks at the screen showing Yumi and Craig shaking hands.
"Hmmmm...she didn't really show much other than how lacking her skills are...but then that sequence monster..." Michael thought aloud.
Will looks over to Michael. "She lost another one, did she."
Michael looked back at Will, then back at the screen. "Yeah...do you know how long she's had that sequence monster...?"
Will looks confused. "Sequence monster? Mike, I missed the whole duel. I had to go change clothes, remember? I didn't...wait...I don't remember her ever having a Sequence Monster."
Mike narrowed his eyes. "...then why did she use it now...is it because-"
"Dude it's the Ice Queen!" A random male duelist shouted from the lobby outside.
Will sharply turns around. "Holy...what's a Jupiter doing here?"
Mike turned to face Will. "A Jupiter...oh those high rank guys...what they don't come to the lounges or anything?"
Will shakes his head. "Hardly. When one shows up, it's like a king coming to visit...or in this case, a queen!"
Mike rubbed the back of his head. "Well if she's here, might as-well challenge her, I mean the best part of dueling for me is the challenge and, if she IS as tough as you keep building these Jupiters up to be..."
Will frowns back at Mike. "Are you crazy? You don't have the Rank for that!"
Suddenly a voice came from right outside the lounge the two were in; "Um, Michael Silver? Um...yeah he's right in there Miss Crystal."
Michael turned to face the entrance of the room. "...you were saying...?"
Will looks uneasily at Michael. 'What the...' he thinks. 'How does a Jupiter know him? Who the heck is this guy...I mean, who is he REALLY?'