Let´s begin with a little recount of events.
After the Omega incident,Ange and and Nova ´s relationship evolved from unwilling partners into something much more special .
The childish, brother complex little girl had grown up into a sweeter and incredible beautiful lady. The impatient, intransigent angel embraced humanity and beginning to understand that there´s a why for every action even if´s initial meaning escaped his logic.
The painful experience of Omega forced them to open their eyes and realize that there was a much bigger picture beyond their initial wishes and impetuous personalities. They learned there was a time they were allowed to change elements from the Time and others must be left alone no matter how painful they were to their hearts.
Nova had no choice but to let go of his brother in the end so realities 01 and 09 could exist the way they were supposed to shattering her own heart in the process while Ange had to bid farewell to the one he called his child; his pride was shattered as well because he ended leaving his child under the care of another angel, the one he called impostor for stealing his rightful spot.
Yet Ange knew his time in reality 01 was done.
When back to his original universe the only thing he could think was in a certain girl and how he left his heart within her….so of course he had to go back and try again. He´d rather be by her side, even if she was supposed to be someone else´s woman, than not seeing her anymore…
He went back to plea for a forgiveness and ended finding a catastrophe waiting for his intervention in reality 12. How long was he gone ? At first he wasn´t sure but Ange certainly was astonished when he found out the huge war happening between Digital and Human worlds! A conflict of such gravity that threatened to destroy the entire reality 12!
“How could this happen?” where the first wordsthat came from his lips “Where the heck is Nova?!”
It didn´t take too long until he learned about her fate. Dearest Nova couldn´t help but being turned into a puppet of a mysterious foe: Saturn Angemon. A fallen angel of Time was the main responsible of the disasters, bringing nothing but chaos. Tia Yagami´s group joined ranks with many of the still dormant Yggdrasil´s deities, beginning with the Olympian XII in order to chase away the intruder from another universe; but Saturn Angemon , once a survivor of the Omega paradox, wanted revenge. Plain revenge. He cared nothing at all about reality 12 when all what he wanted were the people whom he considered the direct responsible for the loss of his original timeline and make them pay with their lives.
The digidestineds of reality XII had no choice but to fight against Nova in order to preserve both the digital and real worlds. It had been the most heartbreaking war, she was their dear friend but Saturn Angemon´s spell was so powerful that despite their best efforts the 18 year old Nova became a Ladydevimon-esque character and her hand almost erased them from continuity!
Complete destruction was on the way the day Tempus Angemon returned to Reality 12; once there, he declared: “Today I will save everybody without sacrificing any lives. I am bringing her back home no matter what and we shall be on our way to happiness!” .With his reaffirmed feelings he could summon the miracle that neither Tia ´s group nor the deities were able accomplish so far: open a path through her broken spirit and connect with the real Nova, which until that moment was trapped in a deep, deep slumber….
“I thought you left for good” whispered the girl “Weren´t you supposed to be by Takeru´s side like in the old times?”
“Takeru is fine ” smiled the angel “The other guy is doing quite a decent job taking care of him, so once I realized that I just had to come back”
Tears flowed all over her face
“Only to find this” the brainwashing effect was so catastrophic that even her appearance changed! She was like a Ladydevimon only not so grotesque yet more menacing since she jeopardized the reality XII digiworld´s stability like no foe did before !
Ange switched off his Tempus Angemon form and resumed his usual champion form.
“You are still a brat” he smiled “Are you done playing the villain part?”
“IT´S NOT LIKE I WANTED TO BECOME ONE IN THE FIRST PLACE!” she yelled
“Good, because Tia and the rest of the gang are waiting for us”
Tears again showed up on her face
“How come? I fought against them!” she was filled with so many regrets!” “And I also fought against Mikagura, the brits and so many good people…! I can´t face them!”
A gentle pinch on her nose cut her words.
“And you also fought against me, remember?”
Her face turned red and such was her shame that she tried to avoid his eyes. But he wasn´t going to have any of it.
” But it´s okay, it´s not our first quarrel anyways” he caressed her wet cheeks “and of course it´s a given it won´t be the last. I kinda enjoy our arguments, the feisty you is one of the funniest parts of my current life”
Her eyes opened wide, puzzled.
“So I came back in order to accomplish two things” he continued “First, I am rescuing you from Oblivion”
“What´s the second ?”
“Well, I am all for a new partnership. Not a designated one by the gods like in our first meeting …this time, I am the one who CHOOSE my partner…I CHOOSE YOU”
The darkness that had been surrounding her heart slowly began to evaporate.
“You want us to become associates again?”
“Partners. Without conditions, by free will “
She was speechless
” Let´s be Supremes , free to go through monumental adventures across hundreds of worlds and protect everybody from Chaos because WE WANT TO” and he whispered something else on her ear “Please?”
“You really want me to be your partner, despite everything?”
Moments later a beautiful light emerged from her digivice and her appearance reverted back to her true one.
“I take you said yes” he kissed her forehead
“I´ll become your partner” she promised ” But since you´d been away for several weeks, we´ll have to figure out new living arrangements since I don´t live in a dorm anymore and…”
He put a finger over her lips
“We´ll discuss about it after we defeat the bastard who brainwashed you. Now, let´s rejoin the others and fight!”
Together they reemerged from darkness and rejoined the forces of Good, kicking Saturn Angemon´s ass and humiliating him in one of the most formidable battles ever! Little he could do against the power of true bond born from Love. Tempus Angemon, empowered by everybody´s feelings did what he had to: manifesting the most glorious Gate of Destiny ever shown in either reality the Supreme Digital Angel of Time ended exiling the rogue to another plane, to an endless world from where he would never be able to escape …
Peace was restored and Saturn Angemon became nothing but a bitter memory. Nova was so remorseful about her actions that bowed almost non stop before her friends and digimons, begging for their forgiveness.
“You were brainwashed and couldn´t help it” Tia and the others replied with a group hug “But hey! make sure you won´t fall for such a trick again!”
“I won´t because I am going to become a Supreme and protect the realities” was her declaration and grabbed Tempus Angemon´s hand , making him immensely happy”With HIM”
Since then, Nova and Ange passed to look each other with another eyes. Slowly but steady their hearts shone under a different light, getting to know each other not as a pair of selfish rookies who wanted nothing but to achieve their own objectives. Their goals were the same:: protecting everybody´s happiness. Someone had to protect the holy equilibrium of the multiverse and the best way was joining countless of digiadventures across the realities; sometimes in the spotlight, sometimes undercover…but always together.
Their relationship deepened considerably, always smiling at each other, making jokes in the way from a random reality to another. Nova would often change her designated costumes delighting his angelic eyes, each time asking Ange what he thought about her chosen outfits.
And he, always smiling, would reply the same: “Beautiful”
Her face would blush , unable to hide how much she wanted to impress him . Having always stated how much she disliked shoujo mangas and pink novels, she couldn´t help but behave like the maiden in love she was. It was inevitable, in the end, she couldn´t outrun those feelings anymore.
One day , when she flaunted an avant-garde dress, Ange realized he couldn´t tone down his feelings anymore.
“Sorry, dear, all I want to do is make you mine…”and ended kissing her before she could pop the usual question about her looks.
Right before her 20th birthday, Nova Takariyama and Ange became lovers.
Fast forward some weeks.
They tried to take slowly their romance only for fastening things, that much they desired each other. So one night they went through all the way, discovering and exploring the wonders of Love; doing it the first time felt like meeting each other for the first time while surrounded by a pink cloud.
“We should had confessed much, much earlier!” declared Nova, with her eyes sparkling with love.
“But we have the rest of our lives to enjoy it..” was his gleeful answer, kissing her forehead “Don´t you think?”
“You are right” she smiled, leaning on his chest “We have all the time of the worlds….”
Soon after that she finally fell under Morpheous´s spell and let herself be dragged to Slumberland. Watching her asleep in his arms, with a smile on her face, Ange couldn´t help but surround her with his arms and wings.
“If time should freeze, I wish it´d be right now” he whispered at her ear “My Angewomon…”
He was ready to fall asleep as well when suddenly Nova´s body began to emanate a pink aura!
“That´s the loveliest thing I heard from you for a long, long time…”
Ange´s eyes opened wide when the ghostly silhouette of Angewomon emerged from Nova.
Floating above the lovers, an Angewomon with a staff decided to show up on stage and let escape a giggle of amusement when she noticed Ange´s astonishment.
“So you are real after all!” he said in a low voice. He could swear he caught a glimpse of her several times since the moment he was allowed back into the human world and partnered with Nova. For years he believed he was either daydreaming or having hallucinations because the female angel would only show up for mere seconds, each time. But now she remained still, sitting over her staff in a witch-lady style and carefully studying the lovers. Her figure gained more consistency and wasn´t as transparent as the other times.
Ange initially was going to wake up Nova but Angewomon shook her head.
“Not yet. If she opens her eyes right now, I´ll vanish”
The male angel frowned for a moment.
“I thought it was my imagination…” he looked at Nova and tightened his embrace, then he looked back at Angewomon. He recalled meeting several angels like her on countless of adventures but none of them intrigued him like the visitor “But this isn´t the first time I caught a glimpse of you when…when…Nova is asleep” inside his mind, the puzzle was beginning to make sense. Yet he wanted a confirmation ” You two are related, aren´t you?”
” I am Nova and Nova is me even is she´s till unaware of this fact”
“How come?” he always knew that Nova wasn´t an ordinary human. Kabuki Sakuyamon once said she belonged to a rare type known as hybrids, human beings with digital codes embedded in their systems. And he , originally a full fleshed digimon in a previous life he also became an hybrid since his resurrection thus their compatibility was so good that eventually allowed them to become a couple in all sense of the word. Nova, in the past, inherited several codes from the Royal Knights before their passing away. Yet the codes she was manifesting right now were completely different from them so that could only mean…
“I am her Past and her Future” added Angewomon “This is me before I was reborn as Nova and at the same time this is the me she still needs to acknowledge before she awakens into her full potential…and our powers as well”
She gave a warm glare at her current self, submerged in a content slumber.
“This Angewomon you are looking at , in another time, almost succumbed to the grief of losing everything she knew. But when I was about to give into oblivion, destiny sent me a savior in the form of a little child…Magnus Takariyama” (“Angewomon and the child) she made a pause “I became so smitten with him that I chose to forgo my name and form and instead of dying, I was reborn as his sister”
She spoke with such sweetness that Ange´s heart felt a shake. It was an incredible twist of fate; both angels ended attached to the same soul albeit in different timelines and identities, Magnus Takariyama became a digidestined and after defeating a Quartzmon in reality 09, passed away only to be reborn as Takeru Takaishi in reality 01. Nova tirelessly looked for her brother , dying and resurrecting once in the process while Angemon had his own quota of death and resurrection while protecting his child.
After the Omega incident Nova had no choice but to put aside any attempt of changing Magnus´s fate and letting him go in order to respect reality 01´s original timeline, crushing her heart in the process. Ange also had to let go any wish of going back to his original reality and claim his rights as Tk´s original partner and let another Angemon look after him (Angemon meets his human self II)
“I see” he said
“I´ve been waiting for you as well” she continued “Since we had already been partners, more than a millennium ago, in another universe…” she pointed a finger at him and Ange felt a burst of warmth on his forehead. Suddenly he was showered with images from a previous life, as a set of Angemon and Angewomon, serving a tiny angel known as Lucemon…initially the purest, the holiest angel of all only for him to carry on a campaign of extermination towards the world he was supposed to protect…
“Ughh…” he bit his lips, many of those memories weren´t pleasant at all! The little angel had no qualm on enforcing death and destruction in that other digiworld, declaring that neither human-type nor beat-type digimons were worthy of existing…
” PLEASE! STOP THIS!” a little girl´s image came across the others “ANGELS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT EVERYBODY…PLEASE STOP!”(Switching sides)
Ange´s body shrieked.
“Shi…Shiz..Shizuka?!” memories from a distant past were coming back to him and among them a digidestined called Shizuka. Yggdrasil was on the verge of self destruction and filled with despair ended summoning a human child hoping she could unite the tribes and lead them against Lucemon. “Oh Lord! what happened to her…?”
“Don´t you remember? The mission was accomplished” replied Angewomon “She managed to reunite the 10 and…”
“Lucemon was defeated” Ange was sweating nervously “The warriors died but she survived. The new rulers sent her back home…”
He sighed in relief, at least that child was safe and sane.
“Yes” sighed Angewomon. Whenever Nova was fully aware or not of her past life as Angewomon, her own actions in her first adventures were influenced by Shizuka´s. Shizuka Kimura´s determination to find her missing cousin was so fierce and heartbreaking that ended touching ANgemon and Angewomon´s hearts and made them switch teams, preferring to protect Shizuka instead of serving Lucemon anymore…
“And the we…” Ange´s eyes saddened with another wave of memories, when they sacrificed everything the got to prevent a Millenniunmon from destroying the recently rebuilt digiworld…at that time, he though he lost his dear partner for good and almost …almost…”I´m..I´m so happy to see you again…I thought we would never meet again…” a tear rolled down his face. “Thank you for waiting for me…thank you…” and tenderly kissed Nova´s forehead. If he ever had any doubt about making her his partner for life, the doubts evaporated for good.
“You are welcome” Nova and Angewomon spoke at the same time, the first still asleep and the other with tears “I ´m so happy that you found the way to reach me…you don´t know how much…”
Ange could only nod, such was the turmoil of emotions spiraling inside his heart.
“I just need to know something” Angewomon took a breath ” I am pretty aware you noticed my ghostly presence…and about my current self…well..” she hesitated, unsure how to make the question. It was a delicate matter…
“I fell for her a long time ago” he smiled “Even before discovering your spirit loitering around. Hey! I think I loved her since she dared to boss me about how to deal with Piedmon!”
“You are kidding!” she exclaimed
“Of course I didn´t realize it . We were too busy exchanging words” he winked an eye “But believe me, I suffered like a miserable when she exiled me for 3 years to the digiworld!”
Angewomon couldn´t help but laugh.
“Oh yes, she certainly taught you a lesson” she decided to stop floating and landed on the bed. She caressed her other´s self cheek and satisfied with Ange´s answer, she decided it was time to go back to sleep ” I like my current incarnation. I don´t recall having so much fun”
“SO DO I” declared him as well.
“Before I go” she looked at Ange “There´s one thing I need to tell you”
“What is it?”
Her smile turned a bit sober, she was about to give a warning.
“I said that I am Nova´s past and Future. Well, I caught a glimpse of the future and…someday the Past will catch up to us and it may not be a pleasant thing” she caressed Ange´s cheek this time “darling, my current me still struggles to move on. Please, shower her with plenty of love. She needs you as much as you need her”
“Of course! That´s a given!” he could walk naked through hell several times if only to make sure his beloved was fine
“She also holds on too much on her digivice. That´s not okay” added Angewomon “Someday she´ll need to part ways from it”
“How come?” he was astonished. The circular digivice was Magnus´s memento and Nova would rather die before giving it up. How many times did they argue because of her fixation towards her missing brother? Sometimes Ange felt jealousy towards the brother she loved so much but at the same time it was her determination on finding him what attracted him in the first place…
“The digivice is nothing but a clutch. Until she loses it, she won´t be able to awaken her true form….”
And those were Angewomon´s last words before rejoining Nova leaving Ange dumbfounded.
If you ask if he was able to sleep after that set of revelations , the answer is no.
First he wanted to treasure every minute, then he wondered how much could he reveal to his beloved about what he learned from her other self. He spent all the night thinking carefully about this matter, Angewomon didn´t tell him to keep it a secret. But was his future bride ready to assimilate such information?
He knew her pretty well and when the morning arrived, Ange came up with a decision.
” I love that dress ” whispered Ange to Nova´s ear on their way to a new mission, they were going to make a squint at reality 02 six months after Taichi Yagami´s triumphal battle against Neo´s monster. Ange wanted to know how the Local Angemon and his people were faring and also the kids back home. Yet he couldn´t help himself but flirting with his girl all the time”But I like it more when you are au naturale…”
Her cheeks turned carmine
“You are a pervert!” she gasped remembering how far they went the other night. Only God knew the things they did and weren´t in the least sorry.
“But I was referring when you are not wearing the bracelet…” he showed up an innocent expression
“Oh!” she bit her lips, completely embarassed. When she used the bracelet she always changed forms, beginning with the wardrobe “Sorry, I thought you meant something else and…”
“So that means you can´t stop thinking about THAT?” he showed a maleficent smile “Who thought you would become such pervert? Considering all the scratches you left all over my back and…”
Nova placed a hand over his mouth in order to make him stop. She may have to go to the confession room at church when they go back home. Ange grabbed her by the waist , freed his face and placed a torrid kiss on her lips.
“Well, about THAT, after we clear this mission we ought to go to the shopping mall”
“The shopping mall?” she was puzzled “Why?”
“To buy a brand new bed” and he couldn´t help but laugh when her face turned redder than the red hot chilli peppers…” Your queen sized one may not be enough for both and my wings…”
Nova´s head almost exploded. He turned to be the most shameless angel of all! Yep,she could recall the way he display them during their rendez-vous and broke down the lamp next to the bed!
“You have no shame, don´t you?” she fumed
He replied with another kiss. Touché. She was right.
“Of course , dear. Just like you…aren´t we really a match made in Heaven after all?”
He started to run before she could come with a response, prompting her to chase after him.
“Come back, you jerk!” she yelled, embarrassed to the core which only made him laugh more. His laughs were heard everywhere, opening the local digimons´s curiosity.
“Catch me if you can, missy!” he so loved it when she was so indignant, fumming like a volcano.
“You bet I will!!!”
And while she was chasing him all the way to Lord Angemon´s castle, Ange remembered Angewomon´s words and came up with a conclusion: let Nova find about it by herself.
It was better that way and he was more than certain that someday Nova would be ready to embrace that part of herself and when that happens…he couldn´t wait for that day to arrive….