Yugioh GX: Jaden Rhodes
Chapter 1: Adoption
On a normal summer day, a building is seen, it was red from all the bricks with a rather beaten up door with broken glass on the windows. There was however a large yard all around the building with a guarding brick fence all around. Outside the brick fence a sign that read “Ye Olde Orphanage” is seen that also looked to have a lot of graffiti written on it, with tons of profanity and rather inappropriate drawings. The inside of the building wasn’t much better; there were many mold spots, cockroaches, and dozens on broken pieces. While there were many different rooms, all but two rooms were abandoned. One of the two rooms was horrible and putrid while the other was clean with a desk, basically making it an office. There were also only three people who were ever around in the building. Two of the three being young children, one being 7 years old and the other being 6 years old. The third person was an old, raggedy lady who was the owner of the building however never cared for the two children and only kept them in the building to make sure she can still be paid.
“Come on, Bubby! We gotta clean this place up!” The young 6 year old girl said, pulling on the arm of her big brother.
“Sis! We can’t, remember! Mrs. Flaner won’t let us!” The big brother reminded his little sister. This caused the little girl to start crying uncontrollably in her brother’s arm. “WHY MUST SHE HATE US!!” She screamed, crying loudly even more in her brother’s arms.
“HEY, BE QUIET YOU BRATS!!” The old lady, Ms. Flaner, screamed from all the way in her office. The two kids quieted down after but the young girl was still sobbing.
However it was at this point that the doors to the front of the building were flung open gently which still startled the two kids however didn’t faze the old lady in her office as she never heard the doors open. Right at the door stood a family of four. A moderately aged man and woman named Charlie and Debbie Rhodes respectively, along with a 7 year girl named Alexis Rhodes and 10 year old boy named Atticus Rhodes. The two young orphans looked at the family with fear as they were scared of something happening to them.
“See daddy! I told you there were still some others here!” Alexis yelled happily as they were planning on going to adopt a kid to give a kid a good home.
“WHAT DID I JUST SAY ABOUT SCREAMING YOU LITTLE BRATS!!” Ms. Flaner exclaimed as she can storming out her office with a powerful looking whip which caused the two orphans bolt in a corner in pure horror and dread. It wasn’t until she came about half through the wallway that she noticed the family looking at her in complete disgust as she tried to fake a smile while quickly hiding the hid behind her back, obviously being nervous. She stood there for a good ten seconds before speaking, “Why hello there, good family, to what do I owe this visit?”
Alexis quickly ran over to the two hugging and cowering siblings who were reluctant to speak due to the fear they had in their eyes. However the silence was broken by Alexis, “Hi there, I’m Alexis, what’s your names?” The orphan boy gulped loudly before stuttering, “H-h-hi, m-my n-name is……is J-J-Jaden and this is my s-s-sister A-A-Aria.” Jaden and Aria were shivering from both fear and coldness as the building was a rather horrible and freezing place. “Bubby, are we gonna actually be separated?” Aria asked with even more tears in her eyes as the thought of them being separated from her big brother terrified her.
However, that fear was starting to lift as Charlie finally spoke with a clear voice, “Hello, I’m here to talk about adopting these two fine young kids.” Upon hearing those words, “adopting these two”, Jaden was shocked but still scared to know if this was a dream or a prank. He held onto Aria even tighter as she was almost about to jump for joy but would’ve most likely slipped and hurt herself on the broken glass near them. Both Atticus and Debbie walked up to the two siblings as Debbie kneeled down and tried to calm them down. “Oh you poor things, you look absolutely scared, has she always been this way to you two? Debbie asked to Jaden.
“Yeah, she hates us, we always get hurt but she doesn’t care, we can’t even clean up the building to keep us from getting hurt.”
“Oh wow, this is definitely a shocking piece of information. I can see so many bruises and cuts everywhere, well don’t worry, we’ll be able to clean you two up really well when we get home” Debbie reaches out both her hands to both kids, which causes both Jaden to be even more protective of his younger sister. “I see you really care for your little sister there.”
“Of course I do! She’s all the family I have left!” Jaden starts to break down in front of them “She’s the only family I got left!”
“Well maybe now you can add us into that family of yours” Debbie calmly says with a passionate, motherly smile.
Meanwhile in the office room, Ms. Flaner was trying to convince Charlie that it was a bad idea adopting them and that they should try another orphanage, so she can still keep getting paid despite having her own small restaurant joint in the downtown Domino City Square. However this never affected Charlie’s decision which caused Flaner to cry internally as the paperwork was being filled out.
“Well kids looks like we’re your new family.” Charlie happily says to the two now non-orphans, which caused Aria to be super excited and crying from the happiness while Jaden was more shocked and not sure if it was real or not.
The drive onto the Rhodes’ household was normally quiet while Jaden and Aria were usually asked personal life questions from the others, as a way for the family to get to know each other. Alexis also noticed that Jaden was clutching onto two different objects in both of his pockets “Hey Jay, what’s that in your pockets?” Alexis asked which caused Jaden to look straight at her.
“These are both mine and Aria’s decks”
“YOU TWO DUEL??!!” Alexis was sounding very excited as she asked that question.
“Y-yeah we try to but no-one ever wants to. No-one around duels and Ms. Flaner would’ve burnt them if she found them. But why do you ask?”
Alexis was shocked at how cruel Ms. Flaner was, but was relieved as they never had to deal with her for the rest of their lives. Alexis went back to being excited as she happily proclaimed, “We duel too!!”
“Really?! All of you?!”
“Not Mommy and Daddy, but Atty and me do!”
Jaden and Aria were shocked but then started to be very happy as they finally found others to duel with and have fun. The rest of the drive was filled with chat about Jaden and Aria’s decks, Jaden had an Elemental Hero deck while Aria had a Six Samurai deck with cards nearly never seen before, cards that say XYZ and Synchro as she was the only one current in this time and world to own them.
The conversation was ended as the family finally arrived at a very large house, much bigger than the orphanage. As Jaden and Aria stared at the property they knew it was going to be a very new time with their new family.
To Be Continued…