Sometimes it takes a little alteration from the past to create a butterfly effect in the future. Or an impulsive action may create a paradox that would endanger a whole reality.
And when a reckless action by Nova Takariyama and Tempus Angemon caused the non existence of Takeru Takaishi and Hikari Yagami in reality 01, the wheels of Destiny went nuts hence reality 01 became Reality 01 Omega.
Without the existence of the digidestineds of Hope and Light, not only Taichi Ygami and Yamatto Ishida never met their siblings the very own configuration of the Digiworld was altered as well…
From the original 8, only Sora Takenouchi remained as digidestined. In this paradox reality none of the others were granted a digivice hence she became part of a very different team fav.me/dbp71m8 …but Love is still Love and while going through different circumstances Sora Takenouchi ´s spirit remained pretty much the same: strong, beautiful and ready to protect everybody…
“Hey! You don´t need to hide them from me” smiled Sora to the crying boy “I understand…”
Steve Worthington ´s body tensed considerably. How did she find out?! He was so damn sure he found a good spot where to be alone and let go all his tenseness without making the ridiculous in front of the others…! But he was not alone anymore and his eyes, moments before covered in tears, were sparkling in a complete embarrassment.
“I wasn´t crying!” he protested quite quickly
The girl ´s smile grew wider and her fingers touched Steve´s wet cheeks.
“Were you peeling some onions, then, Steve-san?” she tried not to sound too tease-tease but the English boy´s face looked so adorable ! With those black curls, green eyes Steve Worthington resembled a doll and she had to contain an impulse of pinching his rosy cheeks.
The lad brushed off what was left of his tears and crossed his arms, attempting to show some manly pride only to look frailer than before. He wasn´t willing to admit to anybody that he was scared to death. He always assumed that he would face an uncertain destiny filled with unpleasant events and having to fight monsters once the day to go to Eton arrives. And now, in his 11s, he was going to fight against monsters for real in a parallel world called Digiworld assisted by friendly creatures called Digimons.
He already had his quota of stress, beginning from a strict aristocratic family, struggles on going along with a half sister he never knew he had – until Mirei Mikagura crashed into his place some months ago (fav.me/dax75xk) and turned his life into a holy mess- the fearsome perspective of going to Eton and finally – but not less important- that little Digidestined business. He was dragged to an unfamiliar world with other kids to defeat the so called Dark Masters and free the mentioned Digiworld otherwise they would not be able to go back home. So it was quite understandable that all the stress he´d been accumulating became too much of a burden to Steve´s sensitive heart and hoped that crying his lungs off would alleviate it.
But now the damn girl and her Piyomon witnessed the petty scene!
“No! And again, I wasn´t crying!” he was a Worthington for Heaven´s sake! If his father ever heard about him letting a girl catch him off guard, crying, he would lecture the boy until his 40s!
You SO remind me of Yagami-kun, he would say the exact thing! If I wasn´t so damn sure that you two belong to different islands I would say you are birds of the same feather! Right Piyomon?” and she knelt besides him. Piyomon assented, amused by the scene.
“What brings you here? “ demanded to know Steve, frowning “If you want to laugh feel free to do it!” he used the usual sarcasm. They had an awkward beginning when they landed for the first time in File Island , Sora was quite assertive brat and Steve a quite spoiled brat and those types of personalities were destined to clash. They certainly exchanged a good quota of arguments which Sora won most of the times.
She just meant to go for him and call him back to the group. The leader – Takumi Shiro- was busy planning their next moves with Akiyama-san and Tentomon , Mikagura-san decided that taking a nap was more fitting to her tastes than hearing an endless chorus of ideas that might lead them to nowhere. Sora wasn´t too keen on bringing back the lost lamb to the herd but offered anyways. When she found out his tears all her feelings of dislike towards him evaporated on the spot. She ended realizing that under that cantankerous, presumptuous facade Steve Worthing was just a kid like everybody else…
“I won´t laugh” she vehemently shook her head ” I am also overwhelmed by the current situation and so is the rest” she pointed at their comrades, sitting under a nearby tree ” If I could I would also cry my heart out”
Her words puzzled Steve.
” What do you mean by that? You are a girl, of course you can cry!”
Piyomon said nothing thinking how she never saw, even once, her human cry.
” Not this girl “ replied Sora ” I can´t cry neither in public nor alone no matter how much I try” the last time Sora cried her mother ended belittling the child and declared that as a Takenouchi she had to strengthen her resolve and tears were nothing but weakness. Something inside Sora broke that day and hadn´t been able to cry ever again which puzzled her friends , greatly.
“Then I envy you!” sighed Steve “Please, lend me some of that ability. It would save me a lot of trouble, especially when I´m dealing with father´s perpetum mobile of dickness!”
Sora finally laughed.
“Only if you trade some of those tears with me! I would be grateful indeed then everybody at school would stop calling me a freak!”
Steve smiled for the first time.
“I wouldn´t mind being called freak. It´s way better than being called sissy “ being born with a delicate, subtle template was something he hated about himself; Steve was at a stage in which he still didn´t look too masculine and could be easily confused as a girl if he wore a skirt. How many times did his peers at school made fun of him because of his unique beauty ? He could write a dozen of books! He kinda hoped that by the time he was going to Eton his looks would be less “adorable” and way manlier otherwise he may follow Dante´s pilgrimage from the Purgatory (primary school) to Hell (middle and high school). “Whatever. I wasn´t really crying, there was some dust in my eyes”
” Okay, if you say so…” Sora kept looking at him and in a particular tender voice she added “ But let me tell you this: no matter what, I swear that I am going to protect you!”
““UH?!” the boy and Piyomon let escape the exclamation at the same time.
Sora kept talking, unfazed by their reactions.
“I really mean it for all she knew Steve-san was the weakest of the group due to his sensibility and undeniable innocence. He was also the only non Japanese fella from the group and could barely properly speak their language – which Ryo said it was a pain in the ass attempt to establish a dialogue with the foreigner digidestined and Mirei was unwilling to make a bridge. Takumi and Sora´s English vocabulary was limited- ” You are my friend and I always protect my friends “
Steve frowned not sure he understood her words but then a smile emerged in his lips.
She placed a hand over his cheek and gently caressed it.
“ It breaks my heart seeing a friend cry alone. Whatever´s your burden , please, share it with me. I may suck on crying but I am a good listener “ her tone sounded as sweet as the most delicious honey and Steve found himself being drawn to it. It wasn´t a fake sign of sympathy, the girl really meant those words! ” I am going to protect you”
Her words could had easily sparkled his pride and he would had given a crude response about him not being a princess and that it was a man´s duty to protect the lady. But he did not. It was the first time someone told him that kind of thing and whenever it came from a boy or a girl it felt quite good being shown that interest. From what he could tell Steve always lead a lonely life and seldom had friends except the Montgomery siblings. And he like a castaway thirsty of affection so he would take in any kindness.
“ Are you a candidate for Lancelot or what?” he took Sora´s hand and kissed it “But I cannot say I dislike the gesture. Thank you…”
Sora ´s cheeks reddened like a pair of apples.
“HEY! Don´t do that! “ she was never kissed like that before “ It´s outrageous!” and took back her hand .
Steve´s smile grew wider, amused by her flustered face. He was beginning to see the girl under a new, much pleasant light.
“ I don´t mind having a guardian angel. Especially a Japanese angel his green eyes shone like a pair of emeralds. The more he looked at Sora the more he felt attracted to her ” When we grow up , please continue doing that as my wife…” he added in an impulse.
The following moment he was back on the ground with the mark of a slap stamped on the cheek.
“YOU ARE AN IDIOT!” the girl furiously went back with the rest, fuming. She was beginning to care about the Englishman only for him to throw another joke at her face..!
Piyomon sighed and followed her comrade.
“ But it wasn´t a joke…” would mumble Steve. And one thing´s for sure, even when they later learned that this was an alternate reality, the so called reality 01 omega and forced to witness Shukumeimon´s display of powers to fix the reality mess his love for Sora Takenouchi would remain intact….