Chapter 15 Dropping Like FliesChapter 15
Dropping like flies
The Master cracked open the door. She was on her knees, her arms on the window sill and her face buried in her arms. She looked up at the sound of the door opening and her cheeks were tearstained. Now . . . Now was the time he could reach her.
Are you crying, My Queen?
"What . . . ? Crying, what are you talking about?" she demanded.
He walked over and sat next to her. Then carefully, hoping she would not tear his arm off, he brushed a tear with his tentacle, holding up to what light there was. This, this is a tear. They form when you are in pain. Are you in pain my dear?
She looked out the window again. "Yes."
"I don't know. The others . . ."
There are no–
"Lies!" she cried out. "You are lying to me!"
The Master sighed. You are right. I am lying to you. I am sorry. I will tell the truth now.
"You better . . ." she growled. Her digivice flashed angrily.
Chapter 14 One Step Forward, Two Steps BackChapter 14
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Ken, Yolei and Davis had found a small cave that they decided to spend the night in. Yolei and Davis had fallen asleep instantly; Yolei curled up peacefully and Davis sprawled on the ground with his mouth open and snoring loudly. Ken smiled at them. He couldn't get to sleep, not with the constant crashing of the waves making all that noise. He wondered how Davis and Yolei had managed.
He guessed having a look out would be a good idea, so he kept his eyes at the opening of the cave. What was that? He thought he heard something . . . like a voice. He hesitantly got up.
He whipped around, thinking the sound came from deeper in the cave. "Ken? Where are you?"
The voice sounded annoyed at him . . . and deathly familiar. "Mom and Dad are going to kill you if you don't come out right now."
" . . . Sam?"
"You know Tai, if I die, it's gonna be your fault."
"As hard as it is to believe, h
Chapter 13 Pushing AheadChapter 13
Tom led the way, following the scent of water. TK looked ahead at Tai's back, his shoulders tensed and every once in awhile he turned around to tell them to hurry up. TK held Punimon close to his chest. His warmth helped his heart beat a little easier. Patamon was on TK's head, trying to shield the sun from his eyes. Punimon hadn't said a word since . . .
"Patamon . . . ?"
"What's wrong with Punimon?"
"I don't know," Patamon said. There was a silence before Patamon spoke again. "TK . . . what happens when people die? Do they go to a nursery like digimon?"
TK swallowed thickly. "No Patamon, the don't."
"Then where do they go?"
"They don't go anywhere, okay?!" he snapped.
Tai stopped and looked at TK, then sighed. "We're taking another break!" he shouted. "It'll be years before we get anywhere anyway," he muttered.
TK sat down where he was, staring at the sand. "I'm sorry, Patamon . . ."
"I guess . . .
Chapter 12 The Crest of FriendChapter 12
The Crest of Friendship
The prisoners are free!
Tai looked around. "What prisoners . . . ? Oh us? We're not free . . . I . . . just had to use the bathroom."
"And boy did he have to go," added Matt. TK slapped his forehead with his hand.
"Really bad. I almost wet my pants."
"Do you know what it's like to be stuck in a cell with someone who's wet his pants?!"
Tai nodded. "The smell is horrible."
"It's like the smell from Hell."
"But it's okay now. We just went outside so I could pee, then came back like good little prisoners."
"We're just about to go right back in the cell right now."
"Right . . ."
The creatures looked up at the dumb humans with their red eyes.
"Guys digivolved!" Tai shouted, before turning and sprinting the other direction, Matt and TK right behind him. Tokomon digivolved into Patamon before follow them. The other's stayed to shield off the creatures, blowing fire to block their way.
"Patamon! Where are the other digi
Chapter 11 The Black Dot ThingyChapter 11
The Black Dot Thingy
As Izzy worked away at his computer, the rest of them killed time waiting at various places. Sora fell asleep in Matt's bed. Davis was in his room sullenly bouncing a soccer ball, while Cody played with a stack of cards, rearranging them into different forms of towers. Yolei watched everything Izzy did like a hawk while Ken sat in the room with them, staring out into space. Mimi was in the kitchen making lunch, Joe keeping her company.
"What do you think everyone likes in their sandwiches?" she asked Joe brightly, trying to lighten the mood.
"Would you like me to ask?"
"No, you don't have to move. I'll do what I did last time." She put the eight sandwiches on a large serving plate. The plate looked empty with the missing four sandwiches. She stared at it with a lump in her throat. "I-I'll . . . cut some fruit too!" She swallowed hard and went about the counter.
Joe watched her with sad eyes. He wanted to comfort her, but
Chapter 10 Desert AttackChapter 10
TK's face was pressed up against Gabumon's fur. They had all snuggles up against each other in the night, half asleep, searching for warmth in the cold desert air. They had all, unintentionally, pressed themselves against Gabumon and became a huddled heap of boys and digimon. Tai opened his eyes as the sun shown onto his face. He quickly moved away from the pile of beings. That was a little too close in his personal space bubble.
He looked at the sky. The sun was rising in front of him. That meant that direction was east . . . and they were supposed to be going east, but the sandstorm had made them go . . . south? So they should be going northeast. Yes, he was brilliant. He kicked Matt in the side. "Matt! Get up! I know where we're going! It's . . ." He spun around in a circle with his finger in the air, "that direction!"
Matt pushed himself up with a groan. "What the- How do you know?!"
"I have a mad sense of direction! Come o
Chapter 9 Sora's StoryChapter 9
Sand crashed all around Matt and the only thing he could think of was to protect TK. He clutched TK against his chest, desperate not to lose him.
They couldn't breathe. They couldn't see. The sound of the wind was so loud they could hear nothing else.
Someone grabbed onto Matt's arm. He couldn't tell if it was Tai or Gabumon. They were going to die. They couldn't survive this forever.
Then as suddenly as it had started, it stopped and all was dark.
Agumon was buried in sand.
He could see nothing.
He could hear nothing
He could smell nothing.
But he could sense up from down, and he could feel Tai's hand. Making sure, Tai was still holding onto him, he clawed his way to the surface.
When his nose broke free, he gulped in the cold desert air, and yanked Tai free.
"Tai, are you okay!?" Tai doubled over and started hacking up sand. Agumon waited until he was done. Tai rested against him, breathing heavily.
"Where are the others?"
Chapter 8 SearchingChapter 8
"I can't get the computer to contact Tai and Matt," Izzy said, hitting the same exact keys over and over.
"Move over," Yolei sat next to Izzy. They began to talk in computer talk.
Mimi quietly left, nobody noticed her return with her purse. She rummaged through it for a while, then took out a compact and lip gloss. She casually put some on, before returning it. Then she took out her cell phone that hadn't worked since she arrived. The bottons were glowing.
"Hey what's Matt's cell phone number?"
Sora looked over at Mimi and told her.
"That's what I thought." She began pushing the buttons.
"I don't think that's going to work," Izzy said. "It hasn't in the past."
Mimi shifted her weight to one hip as she waited for the phone to finish ringing.
Be-be-beep! Be-be-beep! Be-be-beep!
All heads turned to Matt.
"Matt, your pants are making noise," said Gabumon.
"And it's not my digivice." Matt took out his cell phone. "Um . . . hello?"
Chapter 7 The MasterChapter 7
Sora closed her eyes, her face pressed against Matt's side, her arms around him. They were sitting on the couch together. She should be tired. She almost had fallen of a cliff that day, and the night before, she hadn't gotten that much sleep either, but she couldn't sleep.
She didn't trust herself. She didn't like her dreams.
Maybe Tai was right. Maybe . . .
Thinking about it now, did she regret what happened back then?
Yes. There were so many things she regretted.
But she didn't regret being with Tai. There was something special when she was with him . . . but then it went away . . . and then that happened. It wasn't Tai's fault. That was just the way he was. But she couldn't handle him forever. She needed someone to help her for a change. That's what Matt did.
Matt was so sweet. She never wanted to hurt him. Was she hurting him now? She could hear his heartbeat. She wondered if he was still awake. She did lov