“Do you believe in the existence of Fate, Sebastian?”
The butler raised an eyebrow , perplexed by the question.
“I certainly do, miss Lili”
The blonde girl sighed and said no more for a good while. The butler kept riding the limousine and wondered what´s lately going on with the lady; right now she was laying on her seat and apparently engrossed in her videogame, a new version of Digiworld RE: Digitalize: Decode , yet her face accused unsatisfaction and disillusion.
Lili let escape another sigh, she was surfing in the Digital World under her usual Monzaemon avatar but despite the wonderful graphics, the new apps and upgraded techniques she couldn´t help but find the game horribly dull.
“And do you think I may have a fateful encounter this time?”
“Well, this is your first day at school so it´s a bit early to make predictions….I think?” was she already thinking on getting a boyfriend?
“I am not talking about the bloody school”
They were heading to her new school but she didn´t seem the least enthusiastic. All she was doing was checking up her Nintendo and nothing else.
“I just assumed that you were…errr…wondering about sentimental matters now that you are beginning a new term…”
Lili frowned, irritated.
“Screw the bloody school! Why can´t I find my new Catherine?!”
Sebastian, the proud butler of the Rochefort family , managed to maintain a sober expression despite his urge to laugh like a maniac. So that´s it! It was digimon business and the old man sighed in relief, for a moment he feared miss Lili was upset because of a guy and God may be his witness Sebastian would never allow a suspicious fella near miss Lili !
“I am confident you will soon find the suitable one ” what else could the butler say?
“I wish I had some of your confidence, Sebastian” Lili yawned “There are countless of digimons available and they look so dull that I am about to throw this cursed Nintendo out of the window!”she pressed a button and activated the door´s window.
“Miss, I respectfully ask to reconsider that part” if the miss went ahead with her threat it would be the 5th Nintendo that would meet its tragic end on the road.
“Throwing the poor machine won´t improve your mood, miss Lily” insisted Sebastian “And I´d rather not being stopped again by the police due to littering the streets and endangering other passing vehicles” Sebastian had the patience of a saint and only he could follow his mistress´s ups and downs without going insane. Emilie de Rochefort may be a jewel from Monaco, full of grace and charm, more than fit to become a princess if she wanted to (She could easily make any member of the European royalty fall for her but she´d rather go out and try her fists alla Streetfighter ) and ready to dote on her beloved father whenever the chance came…but when it comes to digimon business, she could be fiercer than in the Tekken tournaments themselves!
“Okayyyy….” she grumbled and closed the window “Happy?!”
Lily sighed again and begrudgingly resumed her game. It wasn´t any better now than before. How could she feel any sort of excitement since she tasted the experience of being inside the Digiworld for REAL ,meeting other digidestineds and defeating the VITIUM monster? Sebastian needn´t be a psychic to realize that after that once-in-the-life experience miss Lily found dull the usual games.
“But I still want my Catherine-chan MK-2” she kept whining “Otherwise how can I beat Taiga and the others?!”
“What about a Lillymon?”
The lady shook her head
“The Mega form of the previous digimon? Come on!” her face it was the same when faced with the prospect of eating escargots which she hated more than everything! “Pass!”
Lily frowned and energetically shook her head.
“As if I ´d choose a glorified lap dancer!” and she didn´t like the fact that a digital angel could compete with her beauty!
“I have the feeling THOSE go on YOUR tastes, not mine”
Sebastian said nothing but Lily seemed to notice something because she began to poke his head from behind.
“You blushed, you naughty one!”Lily kept poking the old man , she certainly noticed from the mirror´s reflection Sebastian´s slightly blushed cheeks . He was more than 70 years but that didn´t mean he was unable to appreciate the joys of youth!
“I vehemently suggest going back to your games, miss Lily and let me focus on the driving”
But she wasn´t going to let that matter go, it was AMUSING learning a little something about the discreet (and extremely secretive) butler. Ok, it was a cool thing that he also joined the digimon fad and she was actually surprised the day she found out an Angemon had been trailing her movements in the net. At first she thought she´d been followed by a stalker until she found out the angel belonged to the butler. Firstly, of course, she felt so annoyed that was ready to butch her butler and winged avatar and spread their remains through the net but love stood up instead and she let him keep his account in the VIP room and challenge other digidestineds as long as he didn´t bring his nose in her private affairs.
“So you HAVE a crush on those femme fatales, haven´t you?”
“I just believe they are suitable candidates for “Catherine”” he kept his cool, unwilling to give into her teasings.
But Lili wasmore than interested in digging HIS affairs!
Sebastian was pretty much like Batman´s Alfred Pennyworth, Englishman , dignified and when the occasion required he was able to kick a rival´s ass with elegance ! And his stint during the Tekken Tag Tournament was proof enough. Of course he never bragged about such event fearing it would upset the miss and on the way back home,the aloof girl ended suggesting to switch on the radio and listen some music to brighten the mood. She remembered the times he changed stations (and he switched stations quite a lot!) because the announcers kept talking about Sebastian’s unforseen victory at the tournament. Worried stiff about her feelings he ended destroying the radio! But Lili proved his fears were off the mark the moment they arrived at her mansion, when leaving the car she quietly congratulated Sebastian before she walking to the mansion…
“Yes you do!” she giggled “Don´t you think I didn´t hack into your account as well?”
“Payback for sending Angemon to spy on me, mister!” she proudly crossed her arms “Under these princess-style clothes I am fighter, I am not THAT naïve!” and she burst in a diaphanous laugh “And dear lord, your Cloud is filled with weird images! Care to explain about THESE?”
She pulled some buttons on her Nintendo (which was especially upgraded for her) and could be used as an ultra advanced computer as well. She gently extended the device and showed him the pictures on the screen, the following moment Sebastian almost lost the control of the car and his foot involuntarily pressed the accelerator .
“EEEEEkkkk!!!!! Slow down!!!” shouted miss Lili completely freaked out.
Sebastian´s forehead was covered on sweat. He never expected having his Cloud so easily hacked and only God knew what miss Lili might thing about him. They weren´t photoshoped pictures. They also weren´t fanarts. They had something to do with his past that did not want to share with anybody else, especially her. But right now he had to recover the control over the limo otherwise they could join the ugly statistics about road accidents….
“You dare to flaunt having a Supreme digivice and Alphamon´s codes…yet you are PATHETIC” and Mirei kept with her art martial attacks “You,weak-willed child, know NOTHING what it truly means being a Supreme..!”
And a last minute kick made Meiko fall to her knees, completely in pain.
” I see a BRACELET on your wrist but compared to ME you are NOTHING” Mirei Mikagura ´s eyes shone with a coldness that sent a shiver down Meiko´s spine “You say you´ve got Alphamon´s codes? YOU WISH!”
Mastemon, who heard Mirei´s words, laughed.
“Why are you laughing?” asked the hostile Shiro Angemon, exasperated “We are in the midst of a combat, dammit!”
“Because I realized you are a ROOKIE!” answered the female angel and kept laughing which irked the other party so much that he furiously summoned more deadly special effects from his silver scythe, causing the entire mall to crumble!
“I AM SATURN ANGEMON´S ALUMNI! ” shouted Shiro “AND HE ENTRUSTED ME THIS SCYTHE!”
Mastemon shrugged her arms and evaded the scythe like a ballerina while the terrified citizens fled the site, screaming in terror and praying for their dear lives.
Meiko struggled to recover her breath, Mirei had no qualms on hitting her on the stomach and it was hard to respond when you are in an unbelievable pain and practically out of air!
“You didn´t get Alphamon, I can tell” prosigued the purple haired girl, cold “And that winged idiot isn´t really a match against the head of the Royal Knights” the digidestined looked at Shiro Angemon and Mastemon and shook her head ” He must had willed to give up his codes and for such thing, whoever is the bastard you are working for must hold hostage something that he truly values…WHO IS YOUR MASTER?”
“As…as…..if..I´m…tel-ll..telling!” replied the other glass eyes girl “I´ll never…speak!”
And fueled by her resentment, Meiko´s armor shone and the girl stood up.
“YOU PEOPLE RUINED MY LIFE AND YOU DESERVE TO BE PUNISHED!” Meiko jumped towards Mirei and the latter barely dodged the sword .”I´M DOING THIS IN MEICOCOON´S NAME!!!!”
Shiro Angemon´s rage grew with Meiko and his scythe ended creating a vortex all around Shibuya!
“SURRENDER NOW MASTEMON OR THE ENTIRE DISTRICT WILL BE SENT TO OBLIVION”
Mastemon ´s smile was replaced with an annoyed expression.
The vortex was beginning to suckle cars, trees and everything that was in sight. The ruins of the mall were already on the way to the hole.
Mirei, meanwhile, was now the one avoiding the furious movements of Meiko´s sword. Meiko , once a sweet and shy little girl, now was derangement personified. Her sword, an exact replica of Alphamon´s, was causing its good share of damage by tearing apart whatever crossed its path.
“IF YOU DON´T DO WHAT MY PARTNER SAYS WE´LL MAKE SHIBUYA A GRAVEYARD!” declared Meiko “AND I AM NOT KIDDING”
Mirei jumped once more , dodging the cursed sword but much to Meiko´s surprise she didn´t seem the least worried!
“Silly girl. This is not the REAL Shibuya” as she spoke the city vanished and was replaced by a sea of data. Meiko´s cheeks flusterd. How could she forget that they were in the Digiworld? Just because Mirei liked to adapt her place as a the mentioned neigborhood doesn´t men it was real “IS THAT ALL WHAT YOU´VE GOT?” Mirei rearranged her glasses and showed Meiko her back “Mastemon, did Tempus-sama and the Boss tell you anything?”
“YES” answered the jogress version of Angewomon and Ladydevimon “PROTOCOL 8”
Mirei´s eyes finally showed some emotion.
“Never expected seeing happening in this lifetime, that´s FABULOUS!”
“Indeed!” Mastemon smiled tenderly at her digidestined and practically ignored Shiro Angemon “SHOW THEM, MIREI-SAMA!”
Mirei smirked and finally activated her digivice. A golden and silver light surrounded Mirei´s body and…
“SUPREME EVOLUTION….CLAVIS ANGEMON…COME TO ME!!!!!”
Shiro Angemon and Meiko were left in total shock when a diaphanous silhouette of Clavis Angemon emerged from the digivice and embraced Mirei, covering the digidestined in his holy garments. Mirei closed her eyes and accepted his essence as if being embraced by a lover´s arms. When the transformation was completed, her right hand was wielding a holy KEY!
“IMPOSSIBLE!” yelled Shiro Angemon “THERE´S NO WAY YOU CAN CARRY THAT DIGITAL ANGEL´S CODES!”
Clavis Angemon was one of the most elusive digimons from the multiverse and hard to obtain.
“Who says?” Mirei showed a malevolent smile “He´s been MINE for AGES! Who do you think was the one who granted me the POWER to make my girls become MASTEMON?”
And Mirei´s left hand called the mentioned angel to her side. Mastemon gladly obliged and surrounded her human in a tender embrace.
“This outfit suits you so well, Mirei-sama” Mastemon couldn´t contain herself and kissed one of Mirei´s cheeks “You ought to summon it more often”
Shibuya was being dragged to the vortex and in a matter of minutes the entire city Tokyo could be engulfed into the disaster but neither Mastemon nor Mirei weren´t t really paying attention at it.
“It´s a pain in the ass” declared Mirei nonchalantly “But let´s give that pair of losers a little something for their money…shall we?”
“Of course” and her hands joined Mirei´s towards the key “Anytime, anywhere”
“WHAT..WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” yelled Meiko, disconcerted with the image “THIS CITY IS BEING PIERCED FROM NORTH TO SOUTH …AREN´T YOU SURRENDERING TO SAVE THESE PÈOPLE?!”
“Neah” and the pair exchanged a smile filled with complicity before pointing Clavis Angemon´s key towards Meiko! “Sayonara!”
“OH CRAP!” Shiro Angemon ´s face paled at the Key´s sight and fearing for his partner´s life, he immediately rushed to Meiko´s rescue and managed to grab her by the waist before the weapon unleashed its power “WE ARE LEAVING THIS FOR ANOTHER TIME!” and Shiro Angemon abruptly summoned a gate of Destiny and jumped into it, with Meiko.
Mirei and Mastemon laughed.
“Again, those were such a pair of ROOKIES” declared Mirei.
“Naturally” Mastemon couldn´t agree more “It´s quite obvious their INEXPERIENCE in a true battlefield. The rookie Angemon mentioned Saturn Angemon´s name, so it´s a given he´s back in the game?”
Mikagura ´s smile froze for a second.
“Shoot!” she muttered a curse. So that pair of idiots were sent to deliver HIS message! “Whatever! Let´s do it!”
And human and angel wielded together Clavis Angemon´s key and shouted in unison:
And the following moment the entire city was engulfed in a light…
“OH SHIT! SHIT! SHIT! !!!!” that was the fourth yelling that erupted from a biker “I AM SO SCREWED IF I DON´T MAKE IT IN TIMEEEEEE!!!!”
A girl called Asuka Kazama was peddling her bike as if her life depended on it. She was determined to make it on time on her very first day to Mishima High and mark the beginning of a dreamy life at high school. At least, not being scolded by the teachers for her hopeless tardy tendencies like in middle school would be something new and perhaps this time she would mark a better impression on the authorities.
“I am so looking forward to it! I can´t wait to make new friends and create new, exciting memories!”
For once she wanted to do something that didn´t involve fights and try living a “normal life”. She wanted to hang out with girlfriends, skip boring classes and perhaps getting a cool boyfriend or something. Just like in the mangas!
“In the end, I´ve got one life and I wanna make the best of it….”
And that´s the moment a limousine appeared out of nowhere, apparently out of control.
“OH NOOOO!!!!” Asuka yelled in surprise
“Oh lord, no!!” Sebastian maneuvered the best and just when he thought he had controlled the car the view of a passing biker forced him to press furiously the brakes.
“Ugghhh!!!”despite her fighter´s skills, Asuka´s bike ended crashing the limo. Sebastian fortunately stopped in time and the crash was slightly superficial, still Asuka´s lunch ended falling to the ground.
“NOOOOO!!!!!” Asuka´s face paled considerably, that was her homemade lunch! Her most valuable asset after her bike. And a million dollar asshole had just screwed it!!!
Before she could yell at the driver, the door opened and a very annoyed Lili got out of the limo
“So should I thank this worthless individual for ruining my first day at school?”
At first Asuka was too astonished to mutter a word. A princess dared to lecture her DUE to her driver´s OWN CLUMSINESS?!
“ARE YOU SOME SORT OF IDIOT?!”
“I COULD SAY THE SAME!”
I, 2… didn´t take up to 3 when the Mount St Helena erupted! The warrior spirit instantly took over the two girls and began to exchange powerful blows at each other. Fist against fist, kicks against kicks.. World War was about to take over the streets when Lili’s driver quickly got out of the limousine .
Still thinking in the mentioned pictures, Sebastian´s mind initially did not pick up what´s going on between the girls. “I can´t believe I forgot about those pictures…but heck! those were a helluva of adventures…! ” he thought, his heart was filled by a sudden feeling of nostalgia “I wonder how´s miss Takariyama faring these days…” His mind was so filled with memories from the past that he was completely unaware of the situation.
Then he finally returned to the present and he smiled when he saw the two girls exchanging what´s in their minds
“Brilliant. She’s already making friends. I’m so proud of her…” and couldn´t help but smile . Asuka , still mumbling about her ruined lunch rode back on her bike and left.
Lili, despite the heated argument couldn´t help but smile.
“I think I had an encounter with Fate…I hate her so much that I can´t wait to meet her in another match…”
Sebastian was about to say something when he felt a strange feeling on his right wrist. While Lili was still ranting about the rude girl that ruined her promising first day at school, Sebastian slyly uncovered his sleeve and his eyes grew wider than a pair of plates when he found out he was wearing a circular bracelet!
“Oh Goodness!” he whispered to himself “But I´m too old for this job…!”
“And next time I am going to beat her to a pulp and then everybody will…Sebastian?” Emili Rochefort turned her head in time to see a light coming from her butler´s arm.
SUPREME SEBASTIAN , a feminine voice emerged from the device, DUE TO UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THREATENS THE EXISTENCE OF EVERYTHING…YOU MUST GO BACK ON DUTY….
“Sebastian?!! What´s this?”
The device paid no attention to Lili and kept talking to Sebastian.
REQUEST OF ACTIVATION OF PROTOCOL 8, ASAP
“Protocol 8?!” The butler´s face lost all his solemnity and clenched his fists. “Dear Lord, forgive me. I never thought I would live to see this day coming” the light began to surround his body , much to Lili´s horror. “I´m deeply sorry, miss Lily but I… I …must go…”
The blonde girl pinched her cheek and it hurt, so it wasn´t a dream!
The light began to grow bigger and bigger and Sebastian´s body began to vanish.
“NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!” and she rushed to where he was “SEBASTIAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!!!”
And when he was about to disappear, Lili made an ultimate attempt and jumped with all her might, catching one of his hands.
And the light ended taking both of them….
“Brother, please, let me say…”
“ENOUGH FOR A DAY!” he abruptly turned his back , afraid to face her eyes “I CAN´T …I DON´T WANT TO..!”
His back and words ended shattering Relena´s heart.
A tear began to row on her cheeks, followed by another one and then by a third..soon, Relena´s face became a bitter stream of tears.
” I meant to keep it forever buried in my chest , convinced that if never addressed, then it would disappear. And by not saying anything nobody should be harmed, right?”
Relena sighed, desperately attempting to have her message going across Tohma´s heart
“But secrets sooner or later will free themselves from the graveyard!” she continued” I couldn´t keep it locked anymore..it´s been eating me alive! Of course I never meant to seek a relationship…”
But Tohma kept giving her the cold shoulder, not daring to turn around even once. Relena realized that it was like talking to an impenetrable wall and gave up.
“…FORGET IT! I …I…WON´T BURDEN YOU WITH MY FEELINGS ANYMORE! I´LL FIND THE WAY TO OVERCOME THEM SO EVERYBODY WILL BE HAPPY IN THE END!”
And that´s when she ran away, crying a devastating sea of tears because her message never went across her most beloved one´s heart.
How long she´d been running, she couldn´t tell. But when exhaustion finally caught up to Relena , the girl found herself succumbing right at the entrance of the Karlskirche, a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz. She was so tired that she initially didn´t pay attention where she was actually laying ; when she finally recovered some breath she almost lost it again when she noticed she´d been right between the Angels from the Old and New Testaments, guarding silently the entrance.
“Oh my!” she covered her mouth, completely in aghast. The angels looked more impressing ( and a bit threatening ) in the middle of the night than the last time , when she dragged Tohma to St. Charles’s Church because she wanted to take a selfie with them more than anything. Of course they admired the rest of the church, Tohma-kun found more fascinating admiring the two large columns on either side of the church and recalled how they were actually modeled after Trajan’s Column in Rome but representing the columns on the Second Temple in Jerusalem and showing scenes from the life of St. Charles Borromeo. And he did not hesitate to tell the story behind every single sculpture, and paintings from the cupola and he ended attracting a huge crowd of tourists when detailing everything he knew about the ascension of St. Charles which wss the center of this baroque altar much to her annoyance!
“Oh dear angels!” she stood up and wept some more tears “Which is the one who´s going to take me to Hell?”
Of course she only got a benevolent silence from the angels.
“Please! Can at least one of you have mercy on me and put an end to my misery?”
“I never meant to spill my secret, I never meant to bring him anymore trouble than what he´d been through because of my sake!” her eyes were so red, they were itching yet she couldn´t stop the tears from falling again “He sacrificed half of his lifetime devoting himself to find the way of curing my illness…and I paid him back by confessing a taboo!”
The angels, if they were alive, would had pitied the suffering girl and would had tried to cheer her up with benevolent words. The sculptor always meant to portray them as benevolent guides who´ll always protect, guide and admonish men and would be present at times of battle and prayers. And they would also remind the human in question about the blessings about possessing free will and intercede for the suffering ones and speak about the never dying power of hope. But they were nothing more than artificial angels and could not transmit anything but tangible symbolism.
“I think you would be the one who fits me the best” she stood next to the Angel that represented the Old Testament and caressed the skull that was beneath his feet “I am living a borrowed time anyways”
The girl´s tears stopped flowing and she turned her head around, surprised. Had someone just spoken at her ear?!
But she saw no one.
“Oh no, not again” she sighed “I think brother´s right, I´m not well…”
Relena´s heart almost froze. Did she hear that voice again?!
“Whatever!” she cleaned her tears “All I know is that I am an unworthy , useless person who did nothing but bring trouble to my entire family since the very day I was born!”
“YOU ARE MISTAKEN, CHILD”
“Oh yeah?! ” despite being unable to see the source of the voice, which by the way was a masculine one, she stood up anyway as if ready to challenge the..whatever was talking to her “I was born with an illness so rare that no one could even give it a name. Father tried everything to cure me and dragged my stepbrother in a scheme to harm innocent digimons for my sake! I was´t completely fully aware of that but several of those creatures were used as lab rats so I could live a bit longer…Tohma was forced to betray the only people he considered his friends for my sake! And instead of viewing the whole picture, I allowed Father to manipulate him…and now I really hit the jackpot by telling my own brother about my feelings! How someone like me can be called worthy?!”
It was the Darkest Hour.
Poor Relena was so filled with burdens and regrets that she was about to to fall in a dark pitch. But then an invisible hand gently touched her shoulder and its warmth caught her attention.
“YOU ARE A WORTHY SOUL, CHILD. AND A COURAGEOUS ONE AS WELL” insisted the voice “AND I AM COMPLETELY AWARE OF YOUR DEAL…YOU DID WHAT YOU DID BECAUSE OF LOVE, YOU COULDN´T BEAR SEEING YOUR BROTHER´S EFFORTS END IN A FAILURE. AND VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT YOU DID FOR SOMEONE ELSE´S SAKE”
The girl sobbed.
“So you know about my true condition…?”
“OF COURSE. AND IT WAS PREDETERMINED”
Relena opened her mouth, puzzled. What did he mean with that?
And as if reading her thoughts, the voice continued:
“SOON YOU´LL PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE UPCOMING EVENTS. YOU´LL SOON REALIZE THAT YOU WERE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER THAN JUST PUPPY ADMIRATION. DO NOT GIVE UP, FACE HIM ONCE MORE AND HAVE A PROPER TALK…BESIDES, YOU ARE NEEDED MORE THAN YOU THINK”
The hand stroke gently the shoulder and then caressed her forehead.
A torrent of images entered into her mind. First there was the pianist she´d been visualizing moments before to the regretful confession, then she saw a fierce battle between two angels..one was wearing golden wings and blue armor and was battling desperately against a scythed one only to be harmed on the chest. She could see a childlike angel sitting on a throne and laughing at a collection of mirrors, despite looking like a child that particular vision gave her the chills. A short haired girl was then shown tied to a mirror among other people…and Tohma was among them!
“Onii-chan!!” she yelled, her heart was beating so fast that it could stop in any minute
“HE´S BEEN TAKEN AMONG MANY OTHERS” continued the voice “IN THIS PRECISE MOMENT THEY ARE USED AS FUEL TO SUMMON A HEINOUS POWER THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE: CHRONOS”
“It´s a lie!” she protested “Onii-chan is back at the hotel, thinking on several ways to avoid my face the next morning!”
“NO, HE´S NOT. HE´S BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE AND HIS LIFE IS IN DIRE DANGER”
The hand showed her how he suddenly vanished in the air, right after their argument.
“OH NO!!!” she screamed, unable to accept it “NO! NO!!”
“THAT LIGHT WAS ACTUALLY AIMED AT YOU BUT YOU RAN AWAY JUST IN TIME AND THE LIGHT TOOK HIM INSTEAD” added the voice “BUT FORTUNATELY, THIS WILL PLAY IN FAVOR TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING RIGHT NOW TO FOIL LUCEMON´S NASTY PLANS”
“I don´t care who´s Lucemon or whatever!” yelled Relena, nearly hysteric “Onii-chan´s suffering and it´s my fault…again!”
Such was her anger that her body began to feel quite hot. More than that, it was suddenly beginning to shine by itself!
“NICE. IF YOU KEEP THAT FEELING FRESH IN YOUR HEART YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THE WAY TO SAVE HIM…BUT YOU´LL NEED HELP”
“I´ll do whatever is needed to save brother!” she cried “Please tell me how!”
“YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND THE WAY BY YOURSELF” was the voice´s reply “FOR NOW, ALL I CAN DO FOR YOU IS TO PROTECT YOUR ESSENCE FROM THE UPCOMING WAVE…YOU MAY END LOOSING SOMETHING IN THE WAY BUT YOU´LL MAKE IT SAFE ONCE YOU REACH THE OTHER SIDE…PROTOCOL 8…”
And before Relena could say anything she suddenly found herself being showered by a golden light and then…everything disappeared in front of her eyes…
Steve Worthington kept attacking, he was too irked at that moment to read into lines. Cherubimon was a baddie who dared to harm his friends and wanted nothing but to hunt it down and beat it to a pulp.
“DO I LOOK LIKE I CARE? YOU ARE PERVERTING THIS WORLD´S GOD´S BODY!” and summoned Excalibur ” LEAVE YGGDRASIL OR DIE!”
“ARE YOU NUTS?! THINK IN BOKOMON AND NEEMON!!!” insisted the giant bunny, still avoiding Seraphimon´s hoky attacks “YOU CAN´T BETRAY THE DEAL!!!!”
Cherubimon was too heartbroken to realize the slip.
“BUT I AM HONORING IT EVEN IF I DIE! ” and shoot another of his mortal techniques against the angel “THOUSAND SPEARS!!
But this time, Steve wasn´t going to fall for that. He raised his right hand and summoned another special effect.
“EXCALIBIUR WON´T WORK ON ME!” warned Cherubimon “YOU CAN JUST GO AND DIE, YOU TRAITOR!”
“Who says I´m summoning Excalibur?” smiled the angel under his blue and gold helmet “COME TO ME…HOLY KEY!!!”
Cherubimon´s jaw almost separated from the rest of the body. He was witnessing something that only heard from Baromon´s old tales: A KEY OF TIME!
“It´s not possible!” he screamed “That thing should not exist!!”
Steve shrugged his arms.
“Like Digital Angels of Time?” he smirked under his helmet
“Seraphimon, you are not an Angel of Time. I KNOW!”
“The Seraphimon you dared to betray, of course he´s not an angel of Time” added Steve “And I, Steve Worthington, despite wearing a Seraphimon´s clothes I am actually a bearer of the angel who guards the gates of Time and Space and because of your treachery I am here to finish you once at all!”
And pointed the enormous key at Cherubimon.
“HEAVEN´S ARROW!!!!!!” and a series of dimensional gates opened right behind Cherubimon, tearing away every data from him! It was pretty much like Golden Saint Gemini´s attack only to be more ruthless and if unleashed in its full glory, there was no way Cherubimon would be able to revert into an egg…he would be gone for good in a matter of seconds!
“ARRRRGHHH!!!!!! NOOO!!!!! NOOOO!!!!”
“You shed no tear when you attacked Seraphimon that time , you were more than willing to kill your best friend had not Ophanimon interceded” the other angel spoke “We´ve been there, unable to interfere because Tempus Angemon warned us about the consequences of stopping a predetermined event. BUT YOU SUCK IN MY BOOK. Only a being who willingly allowed himself to be dragged to the dark side due to an insane jealousy is beyond redemption! Because I can tell that you would had repeated the betrayal cycle once and again because you allowed it into your damned codes! SO BE GONE FOR GOOD!!!!!”
Cherubimon , still holding Yggdrasil´s armor, shed some tears. First, they were filled of regrets because what the other angel said hit the deepest part of his heart and exposed what he always feared about himself: his inability of letting go of a grudge and his possessiveness towards Ophanimon was so twisted that it prevailed over his admiration towards Seraphimon who he always looked up as an elder brother.Because he was unable to win Ophanimon´s heart as his mate, then he had to get rid of the competition so he wouldn´t have to see them living a happy life. He wanted to KILL his best friend and there was no excuse for such horrific act. And he was willing to KILL again, doom entire realities because he couldn´t bear to see the two little souls who raised him as theirs and assured him that he would grow into a fine digimon: Bokomon and Neemon.
Even if he managed to ensure their lives for a little longer, there was no chance for him to achieve redemption in any life. His sins were too grave and harmed too many innocent souls to ever be forgotten. Not then, not now and not ever.
“O..O…Okay….” Cherubimon was ready to let it all go and embrace oblivion. Besides, if he didn´t fulfill his part of the deal then Lucemon wouldn´t be able to finish his horrid project and realities would be saved “Bokomon…Neemon…please…forgive me for failing you…”
Under Seraphimon´s helmet, Steve´s eyes became watery. He never thought he was going to use this lethal technique once more but given the prospective future awaiting for them…he had no choice but to become Time´s executioner for the second time…
“NO, YOU WON´T” a masculine voice floated on the air “UNLESS YOU WANT HER TO BE SENT TO OBLIVION AS WELL”
Saturn Angemon´s silhouette suddenly was projected between Steve´s Key and the dying Cherubimon .
“YOU!!!!” Steve momentarily shut down his attack “HOW DID YOU ESCAPE THE DEATH´S REALM?!”
Saturn Angemon smirked.
“I AM AN ANGEL OF TIME, ALBEIT A FALLEN ONE” and his scythe pointed at Steve “YOU ARE JUST A MERE HALF-BREED OF ONE ..BUT LET´S SAY THIS. IF YOU FOIL THE BUNNY´S PART, WHO CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT YOUR MOST BELOVED ONE WILL SURVIVE THE ADVENTURE?”
Steve nearly died of anger when Saturn Angemon´s scythe projected Sora Takenouchi being tied to a mirror among other people.
“SORA!!!!” he screamed in total unbelief . The woman he never stopped loving was being held hostage and he had no idea where! “YOU SCUMBAG! YOU´D BETTER RELEASE HER BY YESTERDAY OR I´M TEARING EVERY SINGLE FABRIC OF TIME UNTIL I FIND YOUR MISERABLE ASS!”
“YOU MAY DO AS YOU PLEASE BUT BY THEN I MAY HAD ENSURED HER SOUL IS DESTROYED AS WELL AND SHE´LL MISS ANY CHANCE OF EVEN REINCARNATING. ARE YOU WILLING TO CARRY ONE SUCH RESPONSABILITY…ARE YOU WILLING TO LIVE WITH YOURSELF EVERY SINGLE DAY KNOWING THAT YOU CONTRIBUTED WITH HER UNABLE TO EXIST ANYMORE IN WHATEVER TIME BECAUSE THERE WON´T BE ANY PART OF HER SOUL LEFT TO INHABIT A BODY?”
Steve ´s eyes flared with so much hatred that it nearly met Seraphimon´s helmet!
“DAMN!!!!!! DAMN!!!!!!!” and he let go of his key “I CAN´T!!!!”
Saturn Angemon burst in a joyful laugh.
“Of course you can´t. Not when you are practically obsessed towards the angel of love” and then he turned his attention towards Cherubimon who was extremely weak and the empty armor of Yggdrasil “You are such an imbecile. What´s the use of carrying an empty, powerless shell when Yggdrasil long time ago took another form? Or are you such a blockhead that you didn´t realize such obvious fact?”
Cherubimon´s cheeks paled
“But I was told to retrieve Yggdrasil! And the lectures pointed to this place..!”
“That thing is useless without the God´s conscience” sentenced Saturn Angemon “You useless piece of junk, no wonder you couldn´t maintain your promise given to that little girl a millennia ago! You were born without brains”
The Virtue angel ´s heart sank lower in despair. How could he forgot about the 11th? She was the core reason why the 3 Great Angels swore to protect the Digiworld after the 10 Legendary Warrior´s sacrifice…! If she could see him now, the pathetic creature he became….she would be so horrified!
“I am worthless” he wept “I truly am”
“SO, WORTHINGTON, SINCE YOU MANAGED TO DEFEAT THIS IMBECILE TO THE POINT OF TURNING HIM INTO A USELESS MASS OF DATA AND WITHOUT THE TRUE YGGDRASIL´S ESSENCE IN SIGHT…AND CONSIDERING YOUR FOOLISH LOVE TOWARDS MISS TAKENOUCHI, THERE´S A NEW EQUATION ON THE TABLE. ARE YOU WILLING TO FACTORIZE THIS MATH´S PROBLEM OR NOT?”
Steve Worthington looked to the bubbles and checked on his comrades, they were still unconscious. Darcmon, the female angel was more dead than alive on the mountains.
He then thought about Nova and Tempus Angemon and how much he owed them.
And then, there was his own sister.
He closed his eyes and everything he could see was a sea of darkness. He bit his lips so hard that they began to bleed.
“I´LL NEVER FORGIVE YOU SATURN ANGEMON, EVER!”
“But Digimons are real” declared the newcomers, again in unison ” COME ON GUYS, LET´S BEGIN THE SHOW!”
And Shizuka barely could hold it together when suddenly a twin set of Terriermons, Palmons, and Hagurumons emerged from the shadows.
“NO WAY!” gasped Kouichi “Are you DIGIDESTINEDS too?”
Brother and sister exchanged an amused glance before assuming a super sentai pose
“Takumi Aiba at your service!”
“Ami Aiba at your service!”
And their digimons jumped to their humans´s side, joining the pose.
“AND IN THE LORD´S NAME…” chanted the entire group “YOU SHALL BE SEIZED!”
That was the Aibas vibrant announcement in the middle of a train station. Shizuka pinched her own cheeks wondering if skipping breakfast once again was finally getting a toll on her and was imagining nonsense because of the hunger. A set of claps followed through, both parties turned their heads in surprise only to realize the claps came from the passerby passengers.
“WOW! SO COOL!” yelled a salaryman
“I LOVE YOUR MOVES!”cheered another member of the public
“OHHH! FROM WHAT SHOW ARE YOU?!” a woman had just fallen in love with the digimons “THEY ARE THE BEST ROBOTS I EVER SAW…THEY FEEL SO REAL!”
And the admired multitude , assuming they were the cast of an entertainment show that was live broadcasting , did the typical and the Aiba´s twins were suddenly surrounded by almost one hundred of admirers!
“MAY I HAVE AN AUTOGRAPH?”
“MAY I APPEAR IN THE SHOW?”
“A SELFIE! ”
“MAY I POSE WITH THE ROBOTS?”
Such unexpected turn of events proved to be overwhelming to Takumi and Ami and their digimons, whom could barely breath due to their new fans´s hogging.
“Come on Shizu! let´s get outta here!” Kouichi did not waste his time, grabbed his cousin´s hand and prompted her to run. Somehow he managed to open a path despite the people (probably due to them not being as flamboyant and flashy as the others) and was decided to escape no matter what. Shizuka was puzzled but let him lead her anyways.
“This is one of the most bizarre dreams I ever had!” she thought. So far, for her psyche, everything that´s happening right now was so surreal that the only plausible explanation was that she was still in her bed, dreaming the whole thing. Since she enjoyed having weird dreams, all she had to do was going along with the weirdness…
“THEY ARE ESCAPING!” yelled the Terriermons at the same time.
“AS IF!” the Aibas had a task, retrieving the last of the frontiers for their master or face punishment “PALMON, DIGIVOLVE RIGHT NOW!”
“YES!” and the Palmons immediately digivolved into Lillymons
“WOW! SUCH SUPERB SPECIAL EFFECTS!” the public stormed into another set of applause “BANZAI! BANZAI!”
The Lillymons and extended their greenish wings, floating above the enthusiastic public; the fairies smiled at each other and in perfect synchronicity they showered the with dust. Green, magical dust. The Aibas and the other digimons immediately covered their noses. The multitude fell asleep in a matter of seconds.
“OH SHOOT!” grumbled Kouichi when he noticed the people falling like domino pieces to the ground “SHIZU! WE ARE TAKING THE STAIRS!”
“Okay!” Shizuka giggled. The weirdest the dream, the best!
“NO YOU WON´T, KIMURA!” the Hagumons were already blocking the exit “SURRENDER NOW !”
“NEVER!” Kouichi stood in front of Shizuka, ready to protect her despite not being a digidestined anymore.
“Wow Kouichi-kun!” whistled Shizuka, impressed “I don´t recall seeing that side of yours! So masculine…!”
“And foolish!” pointed Ami Aiba ” There´s no use trying to escape from us. We are Cyber Sleuths!”
“Cyber WHAT?” Shizuka scratched her chin, slightly curious “It sounds like an X-Rated movie!”
“Cyber sleuth you ignorant!” yelled the twins, with their cheeks as red as apples.
“Cyber Sloth?” she rose an eyebrow
The Aibas screamed so loud that they nearly lost their voices. How dare that airhead insult their Digidestined ranks like that?!
“Know what?” she crossed her arms, ready to annoy the hell out of those characters “If I were you I would SO change that name…! ”
“ARE YOU CRAZY?!” Kouichi couldn´t believe his cousin´s casual way of dealing with the situation “WE ARE PRACTICALLY SURROUNDED BY THE ENEMY! DON´T PROVOKE THEM!”
“TOO LATE!” declared one of the Hagurumons and moved towards the insolent girl, ready to KO her.
“SHIZU! WATCH OUT!” Kouichi noticed the geared digimon´s movements and pushed his cousin just in time to avoid the attack. Unfortunately his right cheek received the hit and the poor lad fell heavily to the ground.
“KOUICHI-KUN!” yelled Shizuka, not enjoying with that part of the dream “ARE YOU OK?!”
Kouichi managed to smile despite seeing the stars.
He struggled to stand up but his pride wouldn´t allow him to stay still on the ground. Otherwise Shizuka would say that he was a baby that needed 24/7 protection! But the girl wasn´t thinking on such, she caressed his face and her heart ached when her fingers noticed how swollen was her little cousin´s cheek.
“Nothing? ” her eyes flared “You are growing a tomato !”
“You like tomatoes anyways..” Kouichi managed to mutter a joke before passing out. The hit proved to be too much for him.
The following moment the hockey stick was released from the carrier and…
“YOU HORRID THING, WHY DON´T YOU GO TO THE FUCKING MOON AND STAY THERE?!” and an astonished Hagurumon found himself flying on the air thanks to a raging Shizuka Kimura´s stick! And he was hit with such strength that had it been done with a baseball bat Shizuka would had scored a home run!
“NO WAY!” yelled Takumi , horrified with the scene.
“IMPOSSIBLE!” Ami whistled, not less impressed.
“DREAM OR NOT, NOBODY TOUCHES ONE OF MY COUSINS AND LIVES AFTER THAT!” she was so furious that she was ready to crush half of Tokyo´s population in order to avenge the affront “WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO HURT A CHILD?!”
Shizuka´s words reached the twins and their resolution wavered for a couple of moments. Ami and Takumi felt an ache and, in a perfect synchronicity, they placed a hand over their chests moved by Shizuka´s intensity. Their eyes also showed a reaction, devoid of any warmth until that moment, a spark they didn´t know they possessed.
“NOBODY TALKS TO OUR PARTNERS LIKE THAT!” the Lillymons opened their flowery cannons and proceeded to shoot “WHY DON´T YOU DIE ALREADY!?”
“WAIT!!!” yelled the Aibas , again at unison
Shizuka could only watch in horror the upcoming beam . She tried to imagine the attack into something else but the cursed dream wasn´t responding to her commands! How come she couldn´t control her own dream?! She kept concentrating anyways, it was her dream dammit!
“GATE OF DESTINY!”
And just in time, ready to save everybody´s ass like in season 01, a certain digital angel made his appearance at that moment and his golden gate had just absorbed the fairies´s attack…
“Through the holy portal, in Ophanimon´s Name” Magna Angemon showed up right in front of the Kimuras ” I have found my way here to the Human´s World to protect the Chosen of Darkness…” and he picked up Kouichi.
“Oh dear!” Shizuka almost lost her jaw. She never thought she could imagine such a handsome warrior!!
“WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!” demanded the Lillymons, annoyed to see their attacks nullified by a complete stranger.
“WHATEVER! HE´S GOT THE BOY!” screamed Ami “GO AFTER HIM!!”
The twins ´s digivices shone and their remaining digimons digivolved into their ultimate level as Andromon and Rapidmon in order to fight against Magna Angemon. The angel sighed with indifference , he had no time to waste in meaningless fights with foreign digimons when he had a mission to fulfill.
“GATE OF DESTINY!” and his Excalibur summoned another golden portal.
“OH CRAP!” Takumi sighed “If that thing reaches us we are going to end in the Twilight Zone…!”
“And Master will punish…!” added the sister.
The Aibas were about to give their digimons instructions on how to defend themselves from Magna Angemon´s special technique when the angel, without hesitation, still holding Kouichi in his arms, jumped into the portal!
“WHAT THE FUCK…?!”
“HEY! WAIT!!” Shizuka didn´t think it twice and jumped into the portal as well!
The Aibas exchanged an astonished glance and their expressions accused the same question: what the hell just happened?!
“WE CAN´T LET THEM ESCAPE!” the Lillymons didn´t think it twice either and still irked by Magna Angemon´s interference they proceeded to take their humans by their waist and follow the annoying angel through his cursed portal “COME ON!!” they yelled at their digital comrades before vanishing into the golden door.
“YEAH!!!!” the Rapidmons and the Andromons jumped into the portal before it closed…