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Chapter 1: Let the Party Begin
OP 1: SHUFFLE Remix (Corinne Sudberg / Megami33)
END 1: Bakusou Yume by D
Tomoya opened the door to exit his bedroom and took a few steps to the mirror, just so he could make the final adjustments to his tuxedo. The deep blue dinner jacket had its buttons adjusted, while flattening down the white shirt beneath it. His hand reached out to flip the lid off a box held together by obviously fake leather straps. Out came the Kaiba Corporation lapel pin that had to be worn at these official events. It was twiddled around until perfectly attached onto his lapel. Sitting onto the edge of his leather chair, he slipped on the black oxford shoes one at a time, which had been pre-tied so they would not become loose during the event. “Alright…” The chair span around to face the desk, to pinch his keys, mobile phone, wallet and identification card. Tomoya stretched him to reach the shelf above the monitors, extracting the plain plastic deck box in the corner. The lid was tipped open, where a deck of Duel Monster cards slip out into his hand. A fine layer of dust was caked across them to make clear that they had not been played in ages. His gaze at the artwork of Barrel Dragon turned hollow for but a second, his mind drifting back in time to when the ocean wind blew across his face.
“Attention Guests! The Lake Pegasus centre closes in 30 minutes. Please begin to make your way to the exits.”
The tannoy announced outside his window and broke his spell, shaking his head a little. Squaeing his hand moulding them back into the usual deck, then slotted into a side pocket inside the jacket. In his mind the final checks were made;
“Keys: Yes. Phone: Yes. Wallet: Yes. ID…” Both his hands went to his chest and found that dammed card absent. Again. “Oh, wait.” The lanyard had just twisted itself around the back of his neck. One tug was all it took to have it atop his chest again.
Everything was there, so no point waisting any more time. Through the door and turned to slam it shut. Tugging the handle upward it bolted itself shut.
Tomoya quickly shuffled down the stairwell to a small and dimly lit lobb of yellow plaster walls and dull lime floor tiles. He thought it was strange that the condominiums had an office-like reception lobby, but knew a corridor next to the stairwell he just came down connect to a few offices. A secretary was sat at the main desk, tapping away on a desktop computer. Didn’t even blink an eye.
He continued through the door to a poky, brick-sided alleyway. A few more steps and he stood before an iron wrought gate, opened by sliding his identification card into a scanner. The lock buzzed and slid open in a star trek fashion, revealing the enormous public courtyard for entrance gates. The last pockets of guests where flooding themselves to the exit, so Tomoya’s held himself onto the empty sidewalks, then weave himself though any unavoidable pockets of worn-out parents and their moaning children. Up a small flight of steel steps was the main monorail station, where the traditionally-dressed station guard was putting the velvet rope across the entrance. “I’m sorry sir, the Monorail is closing for the…” With a flash of Tomoyas ID he swallowed any further words and drew the rope back. “Thanks.”
“Nonaka.” Tomoya called across the platform to a monorail captain that leaned against an impressive blue-eyes locomotive, smoking. Nonaka jumped to drophis cigarette and stamping the butt out. “Tomoya, lookin’ good man. Off to tonight’s party?” Nonaka quipped. “Yes, I am. Mind dropping me off at Château Square before you go to engineering?” Tomoya rhetorically asked ,reaching out to tap the entry button.
“Sure. Get in.” Nonaka turned and entered his cabin via the door, whereas Tomoya took the first available seat on the eerily empty cabin. A light thud emanated though the cabin as the monorail stirred into the life, as the backdrop of both the Lake Pegasus Center and the Kaiba Land World Resort slid to the right.
Cars rolled along from the park’s VIP entrance and pulled outside the Art Deco, automatic gates to Chateau Maximillian. Stepping out, a few select members of the local press where flashing their cameras.
An airport-style checkpoint had been set up mid-way between them and the entrance, where guests were being required to present their invitations and go through a metal detector, while the x-ray machine examined the contents of surrendered purses and pocket content. One disgruntled, slick-haired youth was berating an armoured security officer, who had removed the duel disk from the guest.
The event was too formal for the cumbersome and bold icon of KaibaCorp. Instead, miniaturise Holoboxes from the olden days of Duel Monsters where inside, so people could still pass the time with the iconic game.