Pegasus responded by sealing Mokuba's soul in the " Soul Prison " card. He told Kaiba he would need 10 Star Chips to see him, like the other contestants. He gave him the 5 Star Chips Mokuba had previously stolen and told Kaiba that he must beat Yugi to get the other 5.
Pegasus seals Kaiba's soul in a " Soul Prison " card. Kaiba did so and prepared to Duel Pegasus using his Duel Disks , which he has designed to counter Pegasus' mind reading strategy. Pegasus agreed to use them, provided Kaiba also accepts his terms; to have Mokuba's body hold his Duel Disks. Kaiba refused to attack his own brother, so he Dueled Pegasus using a standard Dueling Arena. With the ability to read his opponent's mind, Pegasus defeats Kaiba and traps his soul in another "Soul Prison" card.
Having been humiliated by Pegasus in their last encounter, Keith held a gun to Pegasus after losing his Duel and demanded the prize money. Pegasus opened a trap door, causing Keith to plummet into the ocean. As he planned, Pegasus ends up Dueling Yugi. Were Pegasus to win, Yugi's soul would be sealed in a card. Should Yugi win, Pegasus would release the souls of Yugi's grandfather and the Kaiba brothers. The Millennium Eye initially gives Pegasus a massive advantage, but Yugi and Yami Yugi are able to outsmart him by using a "Mind Shuffle" technique, where each of them play a card face-down and then switch to the other mind without letting the other know what card they played.
Although the game is too much for Yugi, causing him to collapse, Yami Yugi was still able to resist Pegasus's Eye with the aid of Yugi's friends reaching out to protect Yugi, allowing him to destroy Pegasus' monsters and win the Duel.
Pegasus' and Bakura 's Shadow Game. Yugi manages to win using the " Dark Magician " Pegasus added, and shortly afterward it is revealed that Industrial Illusions plans to take Dungeon Dice Monsters global.
Duke uses Pegasus' additions to the KaibaCorp computer system to his advantage, by adding Dungeon Dice original monsters to his Deck when he is trapped in the Virtual World. Pegasus dreams of the impending danger as it enters his room to set its plan in motion. Soon after, Kaiba arrives and demands a way to defeat Yugi's three Egyptian God Cards since he knew Pegasus wouldn't let them go without a way to take them down.
Pegasus admits to having a card that may work, but doesn't agree to Duel for it until after Kaiba wagers his three " Blue-Eyes White Dragons ". Though he uses his beloved Toons , Pegasus is defeated after Kaiba uses " XYZ-Dragon Cannon " to destroy " Toon World " which destroys the toon monsters as well and attack him directly. Kaiba discovers two cards to take on the God Cards and doesn't believe Pegasus when he insists he only had one. Pegasus returns in the Waking the Dragons and gathers information on Paradius company and the company's true intentions.
Pegasus warned Yugi and his friends of the impending danger and also gives Yugi the card " Legend of Heart ", a key card leading to the defeat of Dartz.
His soul is taken by Mai Valentine , but is restored by the end of the arc. He is eventually freed after The Great Leviathan is destroyed. Though Pegasus doesn't make a physical appearance during this arc, he is mentioned several times. Firstly, when Yugi's group remember he paid for their flight to America. And Pegasus was later mentioned by Leon as the one personally responsible for creating the Fairy Tale cards Leon uses.
Zigfried later gloats that his virus would wipe out KC's computer data, forcing Pegasus to sign a business contract with Schroeder Corp ; though he is later foiled by the one weakness in " Golden Castle of Stromberg ", allowing the virus to cease its destruction of the KC computer data. Pegasus is told of the Ceremonial Battle towards the end of the series, where he gives a small narration of how Yugi 's past adventures have led to this.
He later makes a business deal with Zigfried von Schroeder. This is not shown in the dub. Pegasus and Chumley follow him to Duel Academy and end up working with Chumley's school chum, Jaden Yuki , to track him down. After Chancellor Sheppard halts the tournament, the group finds Franz and Pegasus prepares to Duel him.
Jaden steps in, however, and though he struggled at first against a God Card, he manages to hold his own. After seeing Ra in pain, Jaden declares he will save the monster from Franz' grasp and ends up destroying Ra and resurrecting to beat Franz. Pegasus watches the Duel in awe of Jaden's confidence and ability and even compares him to Yugi much like Yugi's own grandfather had done before.
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In the back, a sliding glass door was shrouded behind two-ply curtains. After they parked and unloaded the Civic, Clara insisted on taking a walk with Kyle, leaving Katie and Mike in her dorm. Mike, tired from driving, crashed. The two crossed pockmarked parking lots and the I overpass before finally entering the carefully planned campus of JMU. They held hands. Kyle had to remind himself not to get too emotional, too out-of-control. He had spent his life sniffing out strange places and strange people.
He could be a hyper motherfucker and a lot worse. He knew that side of himself well. That morning, Kyle had skipped his meds, which he usually slurped down with his morning bowl of Fruity Pebbles. She spoke of constant danger. And that made him frightened and curious. It could be the two of them against the world. They both cracked up. He was wearing a black cloak and a wide-brimmed hat, and carrying a wooden staff. Clara had on a cloak that covered her all up.
His fantasies had always gotten him into trouble, whereas she seemed so comfortable with hers. Her voice and eyes had a focus, a matter-of-factness. He liked that about her.
Kyle tried the easy things first. He pointed out the weather still cold, getting colder. And then he asked about school pretty big deal, huh? She talked about the possibility of a new world war, when their kind, the goths and the freaks, would take over.
It would come soon. It would last three years, Clara told him. He could really like this girl. Talk of war yielded to peacetime threats against Clara—all the people who were out to get her.
Among those was her father. Clara said Robert Schwartz beat her and yelled at her and had once poisoned a lemon she was going to eat. Another time, he tried to feed her tainted meat. It tasted so bad, she said, she threw up. The two stopped and picked up Mountain Dews and Skittles from a campus vending machine.
His mind blurred badly at that point—so badly that he thought every passing car would hit him. He could see people behind him, talking. The voices, the ones in his head clamored, too. There was nothing on the white walls except a single moody abstract she had painted; nobody was permitted to touch it.
All surfaces were dirty. Even her computer was dirty. On its desktop, she had a picture of her boyfriend, Patrick House. The four sat on her bed, Kyle cuddling Clara, Mike cuddling Katie. Mike remembers this moment as the happiest and calmest one in their friendship. Mike, shirtless, spooned up tight against his girlfriend. Clara shared her bed with Kyle.
An hour or two later, Kyle felt the need to get some air. He threw on his cloak and hat and grabbed his staff. He walked up through a grid of student apartments peeking through a set of woods and a creek. What the fuck are they doing here? Kyle thought to himself. They might be here for me or for Clara. He spotted a bunch of shapes, shadows really. They scattered. He followed them and noted that they were all really pale, that they all dressed in leather, and that a few in the half-dozen or so wore upside-down anarchy symbols—the uniform of a rival vampire clan, the Brujah.
Kyle reached the Commons apartments, a ring of cheap three-story condos. He spotted a vulnerable Brujah member, grabbed a piece of wood, and staked him. That morning, Kyle and Clara woke up early and left Mike and Katie asleep on the floor. They walked up to the Food Lion for SoBe energy drinks.
They talked again of her father and could Kyle protect her? He said yes, of course, he would if the need ever presented itself. He told her he had killed one of the suckers for her protection. She fluttered her hand over the bottle, whispering a spell before handing it back to Kyle. Kyle took a swig. It felt as refreshing, he thought, as drinking blood.
He felt so good, so exhilarated, so focused. Kyle promised again to protect her. I was being called to do my duty again. But I always ended up protecting those I love. Kyle hung out with Clara until it got late. There were animals out. It could have been anything from foxes to deer to whatever. He woke up before dawn. It was raining and cold. He went up to the Schwartz house, where the lights were off. He decided to walk around the woods, along the creek bed, dressed in his cloak and vest.
The Schwartz house, known as the Stone House, was built, according to Clara, in In her bedroom, scratches and drops of blood had appeared on the walls. Kyle finally came back at 11 a. Clara and her father were attending to their horse in their stables, cleaning hooves and brushing its mane. Kyle loved hanging out with Clara. In the parking lot, Clara realized that they were being followed by a grayish-blue SUV. Kyle agreed that they were being followed. She added that this could be a rogue member of an old underworld alliance.
Lucky for Kyle, he had his sword with him. That afternoon, Clara returned Kyle to his old place in Woodbridge. Kyle then asked Mike to pick him up. On the way back to Haymarket, Kyle convinced Mike that he was being followed.
It was starting to get real scary, Mike thought, as well as a little embarrassing. Clara walked out of the house pulling a pork chop from her pocket. It tasted rancid, just a really bad sense of something wrong.
He spit it out right on the driveway. Kyle got pissed. He knew this could turn bad. Kyle stayed in the Civic. Mike at that point was unaware of the discussions between Clara and Kyle regarding Robert Schwartz. Clara was doing some serious case-building, calling Kyle three times a day. Serious calls, brooding calls, pleading calls: Take care of my father.
Mike knew that his friend had stopped taking his meds. Kyle would get the hallucinations at night. And he would get them during the day. They were like little movies in his eyeballs, playing out nearly the same every time. Then Robert Schwartz would appear. It very vast now. The one remaining manuscript box seemed almost to quail in the far corner,. Promise was scrawled across the top in fat black letters.
I could barely remember what the goddam story was about. I snatched that time-traveller from the eighties and slammed the box shut. Nothing left in there now but dust. Give me that, it's my dust-catcher. Mr Quinlan, I'm finished,' I called. My voice sounded rough and unsteady to my own ears, but Quinlan seemed to sense nothing wrong. I can't have been the only customer after all, who found his or her visits to this financial version of Forest Lawn emotionally distressful.
I had composed two letters, which I slipped into the manuscript box before setting out for Federal Express. Both had been written on my computer, which my body would let me use as long as I chose the Note Pad function. It was only opening Word Six that caused the storms to start. I never tried to compose a novel using the Note Pad function, understanding that if I did, I'd likely lose that option, too.
I had tried a couple of times to compose longhand, with spectacular lack of success. The problem wasn't what I had once heard described as 'screen shyness'; I had proved that to myself. One of the notes was to Harold, the other to Debra Weinstock, and both said pretty much the same thing: here's the new book, Helen's Promise, hope you like it as much as I do, if it seems a little rough it's because I had to work a lot of extra hours to finish it this soon, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Erin Go Bragh, trick or treat, hope someone gives you a fucking pony.
I read almost fifty pages before entrusting my final unpublished novel to a harried-looking clerk. When I wished her a Merry Christmas she shuddered and said nothing. The phone was ringing when I walked in my front door. It was Frank asking me if I'd like to join him for Christmas. Join them, as matter of fact; all of his brothers and their families were coming.
Frank sounded as surprised as I felt, but honestly delighted. There was no Christmas tree; I hadn't bothered with one since Jo died. The room looked both ghastly and much too big to me. I'm pouring you a drink as soon as I get off the telephone. That was hands down the best holiday since Johanna died.
The only good holiday, I guess. For four days I was an honorary Arlen. I drank too much, toasted Johanna's memory too many times.
Two babies spit up on me, one dog got into bed with me in the middle of the night, and Nicky Arlen's sister-inlaw made a bleary pass at me on the night after Christmas, when she caught me alone in the kitchen making a turkey sandwich. I kissed her because she clearly wanted to be kissed, and an adventurous or perhaps 'mischievous' is the word I want hand groped me for a moment in a place where no one.
It was a shock, but not an entirely unpleasant one. It went no further — in a houseful of Arlens and with Susy Donahue not quite officially divorced yet like me, she was an honorary Arlen that Christmas , it hardly could have done — but I decided it was time to leave. I left on the twenty-seventh, very glad that I had come, and I gave Frank a fierce goodbye hug as we stood by my car. For four days I hadn't thought at all about how there was now only dust in my safe-deposit box at Fidelity Union, and for four nights I had slept straight through until eight in the morning, sometimes waking up with a sour stomach and a hangover headache, but never once in the middle of the night with the thought Manderley, I have dreamt again of Manderley going through my mind.
I got back to Derry feeling refreshed and renewed. The first day of dawned clear and cold and still and beautiful. I got up, showered, then stood at the bedroom window, drinking coffee. It suddenly occurred to me — with all the simple, powerful reality of ideas like up is over your head and down is under your feet — that I could write now.
It was a new year, something had changed, and I could write now if I wanted to. The rock had rolled away. I went into the study, sat down at the computer, and turned it on.
My heart was beating normally, there was no sweat on my forehead or the back of my neck, and my hands were warm. I pulled down the main menu, the one you get when you click on the apple, and there was my Word Six. I clicked on it. The pen-and-parchment logo came up, and when it did I suddenly couldn't breathe. It was as if iron bands had clamped around my chest. I pushed back from the desk, gagging and clawing at the round neck of the sweatshirt I was wearing.
The wheels of my office chair caught on little throw rug — one of Jo's finds in the last year of her life — and I tipped right over backward. My head banged the floor and I saw a fountain of bright sparks go whizzing across my field of vision.
If I'd only pushed back from the desk so that I was still looking at the logo — and at the hideous blank screen followed it — I think I might have choked to death.
My throat the size of a straw, and each inhale made a weird screaming sound, but I was. I lurched into the bathroom and threw up in the basin with such force that vomit splashed the mirror. I grayed out and my knees buckled. This time it was my brow I struck, thunking it against the lip of the basin, and although the back of my head didn't bleed there was a very respectable lump there by noon, though , my forehead did, a little.
This latter bump also left a purple mark, which I of course lied about, telling folks who asked that I'd run into the bathroom door in the middle of the night, silly me, that'll teach a fella to get up at two A. I got up, disinfected the cut on my forehead, and sat on the lip of the tub with my head lowered to my knees until I felt confident enough to stand up.
I sat there for fifteen minutes, I guess, and in that space of time I decided that barring some miracle, my career was over. Harold would scream in pain and Debra would moan in disbelief, but what could they do? Send out the Publication Police? Even if they could, what difference would it make? You couldn't get sap out of a brick or blood out of a stone. Barring some miraculous recovery, my life as a writer was over. And if it is? I asked myself.
What's on for the back forty, Mike? You can play a lot of Scrabble in forty years, go on a lot of Crossword Cruises, drink a lot of whiskey. But is that enough? What else are you going to put on your back forty?
I didn't want to think about that, not then. The next forty years could take care of themselves; I would be happy just to get through New Year's Day of When I felt I had myself under control, I went back into my study, shuffled to the computer with my eyes resolutely on my feet, felt around for the right button, and turned off the machine.
You can damage the program shutting down like that without putting it away, but under the circumstances, I hardly thought it mattered. That night I once again dreamed I was walking at twilight on Lane Fortytwo, which leads to Sara Laughs; once more I wished on the evening star as the loons cried on the lake, and once more I sensed something in the woods behind me, edging ever closer.
It seemed my Christmas holiday was over. That was a hard, cold winter, lots of snow and in February a flu epidemic that did for an awful lot of Derry's old folks. It took them the way a hard. It missed me completely. I hadn't so much as a case of the sniffles that winter. I placed fourth and won fifty bucks.
I framed the uncashed check and hung it in the living room. Once upon a time, most of my framed Certificates of Triumph Jo's phrase; all the good phrases are Jo's phrases, it seems to me went up on my office walls, but by March of , I wasn't going in there very much. When I wanted to play Scrabble against the computer or do a tourney-level crossword puzzle, I used the Powerbook and sat at the kitchen table.
I remember sitting there one day, opening the Powerbook's main menu, going down to the crossword puzzles, then dropping the cursor two or three items further, until it had highlighted my old pal, Word Six. What swept over me then wasn't frustration or impotent, balked fury I'd experienced a lot of both since finishing All the Way from the Top , but sadness and simple longing. Looking at the Word Six icon was suddenly like looking at the pictures of Jo I kept in my wallet.
Studying those, I'd sometimes think that I would sell my immortal soul in order have her back again. Go on and try it, then, a voice whispered. Maybe things have changed. Except that nothing had changed, and I knew it.
So instead of opening Word Six, I moved it across to the trash barrel in the lower righthand corner of the screen, and dropped it in. Goodbye, old pal. Weinstock called a lot that winter, mostly with good news. Early in March she reported that Helen's Promise had been picked as one half of the Literary Guild's main selection for August, the other half a legal thriller by Steve Martini, another veteran of the eight-to-fifteen segment of the Times bestseller list.
And my British publisher, Debra, loved Helen, was sure it would be my 'breakthrough book. I don't know. I think the connection's going. You sound muffled. Sure I did. I was biting down on the side of my hand to keep from howling with laughter. Now, cautiously, I took it out of my mouth and examined the bite-marks. So what's the new one about? Give me a hint. Your pals at Putnam are crazy about the way you're taking it to the next level.
Laughed until I was crying. That's me, though. Always taking it to the next level. During this period I also agreed to do a phone interview with a Newsweek writer who was putting together a piece on The New American Gothic whatever that was, other than a phrase which might sell a few magazines , and to sit for a Publishers Weekly interview which would appear just before publication of Helen's Promise.
I agreed to these because they both sounded softball, the sort of interviews you could do over the phone while you read your mail. And Debra was delighted because I ordinarily say no to all the publicity.
I hate that part of the job and always have, especially the hell of the live TV chat-show, where nobody's ever read your goddam book and the first question is always 'Where in the world do you get those wacky ideas? I did my crosswords, I bought myself an acoustic steel guitar and started learning how to play it I was never going to be invited to tour with Patty Loveless or Alan Jackson, however , I scanned each day's bloated obituaries in the Derry News for names that I knew. I was pretty much dozing on my feet, in other words.
What brought all this to an end was a call from Harold Oblowski not more than three days after Debra's book-club call. By mid-evening the power would be off all over Derry, but when Harold called at five P. Just got off the in fact. There's a feeling at Putnam, Michael, that this latest of yours may have a positive effect on your sales position in the market.
It's very strong. Go on. Helen Nearing's a great lead character, and Skate is your best villain ever. A very lucrative three-book contract. All without prompting from me. Three is one more than any publisher has wanted to commit to 'til now. I mentioned nine million dollars, three per book, in other words, expecting her to laugh.
I think I must have Roman military officers somewhere back in my family tree. I felt the way you do when the dentist has gone a little heavy on the Novocain and flooded your lips and tongue as well as your bad tooth and the patch of gum surrounding it. If I tried to talk, I'd probably only flap and spread spit.
Harold was almost purring. A three-book contract for the new mature Michael Noonan. Tall tickets, baby. This time I didn't feel like laughing. This time I felt like screaming. Harold went on, happy and oblivious. Harold didn't know the bookberrytree had died. Harold didn't know the new Mike Noonan had cataclysmic shortness of breath and projectile-vomiting fits every time he tried to write.
We feel this new book is a big step forward for him. Now, I haven't given anything away, wanted to talk to you first, of course, but I think we're looking at seven-point-five, minimum. In fact — ' 'No.
Long enough for me to realize I was gripping the phone so hard it hurt my hand. I had to make a conscious effort to relax my grip. I don't want to talk about a new contract. Think about it, for Christ's sake. We're talking top dollar here.
If you wait until after Helen's Promise is published, I can't guarantee that the same offer — ' 'I know you can't,' I said. Yes, I suppose I had been. I think Debra would be very distressed to hear that. I also think Phyllis Grann would do damned near anything to address any concerns you might have. I thought, and all at once it seemed like the most logical idea in the world — that dumpy, fiftyish, balding little Harold Oblowski was making it with my blonde, aristocratic, Smith-educated editor.
Are you sleeping with her, do you talk about my future while you're lying in bed together in a room at the Plaza? Is that what you're up to?
Why are you so upset? I thought you'd be pleased. Hell, I thought you'd be over the fucking moon. It's just a bad time for me to talk long-term contract. You'll have to pardon me, Harold. I have something coming out of the oven. I think it was the first time in my adult life I'd hung up on someone who wasn't a telephone salesman.
I had nothing coming out of the oven, of course, and I was too upset to think about putting something in.
I went into the living room instead, poured myself a short whiskey, and sat down in front of the TV I sat there for almost four hours, looking at everything and seeing nothing. Outside, the storm continued cranking up. Tomorrow there would be trees down all over Derry and the world would look like an ice sculpture.
At quarter past nine the power went out, came back on for thirty seconds or so, then went out and stayed out. I took this as a suggestion to stop thinking about Harold's useless contract and how Jo would have chortled the idea of nine million dollars. I got up, unplugged the blacked-out TV so it wouldn't come blaring on at two in the morning I needn't have worried; the power was off in Derry for nearly two days , and went upstairs.
I dropped my clothes at the foot of the bed, crawled in without even bothering to brush my teeth, and was asleep in less than five minutes. I don't how long after that it was that the nightmare came. It was the last dream I had in what I now think of as my 'Manderley series,' the culminating dream. It was made even worse, I suppose, by unrelievable blackness to which I awoke.
It started like the others. I'm walking up the lane, listening to the crickets and the loons, looking mostly at the darkening slot of sky overhead. I lean closer and see it's a radio station sticker. WBLM, it says. From the sticker I look back up into the sky, and there is Venus.
I wish her as I always do, I wish for Johanna with the dank and vaguely smell of the lake in my nose. Something lumbers in the woods, rattling old leaves and breaking a branch. It sounds big. Better get down there, a voice in my head tells me. Something has taken out a contract on you, Michael. A three-book contract, and that's the worst kind. I can never move, I can only stand here. I've got walker's block. But that's just talk. I can walk. This time I can walk.
I am delighted. I have had a major breakthrough. In the dream I think This changes everything! This changes everything! Down the driveway I walk, deeper and deeper into the clean but sour smell of pine, stepping over some of the fallen branches, kicking others out of the way.
I raise my hand to brush the damp hair off my forehead and see the little scratch running across the back of it. I stop to look at it, curious. No time for that, the dream-voice says. Get down there. You've got a book to write. I can't write, I reply. That part's over. I'm on the back forty now.
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