Author: A. E. Stover
Series: Duel Monsters
Genre: Friendship; Tragedy
Main Character(s): Kujaku Mai, Jounouchi Katsuya
Summary: [AU] After having to leave her apartment, which was scheduled to be demolished, Mai rents a room in the outskirts of town at an old boarding house owned by a disagreeable middle-aged man. She strikes an unusual friendship with her proprietor's ten-year-old son, who, with his serious problems with abuse, forces her to face the ghosts of her past.
Word Count: 10551
Warning(s): Mentions/Contains rape and abuse
Note(s): This is an AU in which Kujaku Mai is twenty-eight and Jounouchi Katsuya is ten. I don't know the name of Katsuya's father — I don't think it was ever revealed in canon — and I didn't make one up for him because I couldn't find one that suited his character for both canon and fanon works. The other characters are all in different age ranges, and will be appearing, however briefly or vaguely, in the story. Everything is written in the third person (limited), taking on Mai's perspective on things.
Links: FF | LJ