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No Girls Allowed (Interlude, digific)

Title: No Girls Allowed
Author: Schnickledooger
Rating: T/PG-13
Genre: Romance/Humor
Summary: Jun keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. Tai is not pleased, especially when it gives his friends the wrong impression. AU Season 02 time-line and events.
Word Count: So far... 51,000+


Ch.1 Revenge

Ch.2 Backfired
Ch.3 The Way To A Man's Heart Is...
Ch.4 Love Is A Jealous Thing
Ch.5 Night Out
Ch.6 Eternal Darkness Of The Cluttered Mind
Ch.7 All The World's A Stage
Ch.8 Elementary, My Dear Jun
Ch.9 The Melancholy Of Taichi Kamiya
Ch. 10 All's Fair In Love And War
Ch.11 So Much For My Happy Ending

 

Disclaimer: I do not own Digimon. Toei Animation does.

Interlude

DarkTyrannomon's tail lashed out like a whip, like a sleek black snake striking its prey in high speed. It swatted the two puny humans aside as if they were nothing but annoying gnats.

Tai and Jun were sent flying backwards by the Digimon's unexpected attack. They hit the support column with a sickening thud. Tai, who was holding Jun tightly against his chest, took the brunt of the blow. A loud cracking sound filled the air as the broken column splintered straight down the middle. His body made a soft thumping sound as it made impact and remained where he had fallen half-slumped over on the ground, Jun sprawled out across his arms which hung limp at his side.

Neither of them was moving.

"Tai!" Kari screamed her brother's name rushing towards him despite her friends' efforts to stop her.

DarkTyrannomon ignited towering, blistering fires within a ten-foot radius around him with his Fire Blast Attack pushing back the older Digidestined's Digimon with its intense heat and effectively cutting aid from arriving to his victims.

The ground beneath them shook and trembled as a heavy weight trampled across it. Only the head of DarkTyrannomon's massive form could be seen outlined from behind the giant, blazing fires, his attention focused solely on something on the ground in front of him, something that the base of the fierce orange and red flames shielded from their eyes…

"Oh, stop! Stop! STOP!" Kari shrieked frantically.

Impaildramon disengaged his locked claws with Megadramon's to try and get there in time. He was snagged backwards in mid-air when Megadramon's tail curled around his right ankle as he tried to leave that whipped him around and slammed him violently into the rooftop of the Fuji TV Station.

Monzaemon didn't appear to want let his adversaries go without a fight either. Shakkoumon was warding off blue Hearts Attack bubbles that threatened to freeze him in place while Silphymon struggled wildly to escape a suffocating Silence Hug from the over-sized teddy bear's grip.

And every second DarkTyrannomon drew closer and closer to snuffing out two human lives whose light flickered pale in comparison to the brightly burning fires around them.

An ear-splitting roar of rage vibrated harshly off the Digidestined's eardrums as the form of another T-Rex rose up from behind the fire wall and charged furiously into DarkTyrannomon's side with a furious swipe of his horned helmet, shoving the enemy violently away from his intended prey.

"Grey…mon," Kari whispered. But the Digimon hardly resembled the one she remembered as her brother's partner.

Greymon's eyes were narrowed into slits and glowing a smoldering crimson color consumed by a terrible, blinding blood lust. Claws and teeth flashed wickedly in the moonlight as the two T-Rexes battled with each other. DarkTyrannomon's tail whipped out and dealt another deadly blow that sent Greymon smashing through a building's stone work. The walls, already weakened by the Digimons' attacks before came crashing down as concrete and debris flew everywhere in a massive cloud of dust and fire. Greymon was lost to their sight, disappearing in the smoke and stone. Undeterred, DarkTyrannomon turned his head towards his goal…

"Nova Blast!"

The cry rang out with a mad vengeance along with a stream of scorching flames that belted out of Greymon's open jaws. They enveloped DarkTyrannomon like a fiery tornado. Nothing but a twisted, charred corpse in the figure of T-Rex was left behind. It stood still under the moonlight like a monument to the sky before a slight wind picked up the ashes—data—and swept them away into the darkness of the night.

The same wind that briefly fanned the wall of fire into extraordinary heights before the flames exhausted their energy and having nothing else to feed on other than crumbled rumble and dust collapsed into nothingness.

Jun and Tai lay in the exact same position they had last been seen in looking pale and still as Death itself.

Kari was dimly aware of herself running forward shouting Tai's name frantically, other voices joining in the clamor.

Tai lay slumped over, half on the ground with his back propped up against the support column. His eyes were open but glazed over and unfocused. For one horrifying second she thought he was dead… then she spotted the slow but steady rhythm of his chest falling and rising as he breathed.

She reached out a hand towards him—just to touch him, just to feel the warmth of his skin, just to make sure he was really alive—seeing others doing the same in her peripheral vision.

"Don't touch him!" the order was barked out clear and sharp.

The Digidestined jerked back abruptly and Joe pushed his way through a tense, worried frown on his face as he knelt down beside the two. Placing two fingers under the girl's neck he checked her pulse and found it: throbbing steady and strong. He couldn't see any other injuries she had suffered other than a stunning blow to the head that had made her lose consciousness. Seeing nothing more he could do other than keep her warm until aid arrive, he took off his coat and draped it over her, before turning to Tai and calling his name.

For a few, anxious, heart-stopping moments Tai showed no signs of response. Then his eyelids fluttered faintly as he blinked and attempted to focus on the person in front of him.

"J-Joe…" he slurred out through puffy, swelled lips.

A relieved smile spread across Joe's features.

It lasted until Tai took a deep, rattling breath full of air … and acute pain flashed across his face as he coughed up a tell-tale liquid that oozed out in a shiny, red pearl-shaped drop from the corner of his mouth.

Joe's mind raced wildly. What was it the medical books said about coughing up blood? Didn't that indicate a punctured lung? Tai hadn't moved a muscle from his current position either. Was he unable to? Paralysis perhaps?

"Joe," someone said from behind him—a girl's voice. They sounded young... and scared. Kari? Yolei? "Joe, he's bleed—"

"Try and stay awake, Tai, okay?" Joe said smoothly combing over the others' words, pushing down the irritable urge to snap at whoever it was. Wasn't it obvious that Tai was bleeding? No need to vocalize it and cause the victim—no, don't think of Tai that way—to panic! He motioned for Izzy who approached with no hesitancy whatsoever. Good. He needed someone who could think sensibly and remain calm. "Call for an ambulance, Izzy," he whispered in low tone from behind his hand.

"How… bad… is it—" Tai managed to gasp out tilting his head at an angle trying to see the extent of his injuries.

Joe blocked his line of vision, placing the palm of his hand over his eyes. Truthfully, he wasn't sure himself yet. Tai didn't appear to be bleeding anywhere except from his mouth. There were no bones sticking out grotesquely or limbs contorted into shapes that no human limbs should be in. Perhaps the reason that he had hardly moved attributed to the fact that he was in shock from the violent trauma his body had recently gone through. Perhaps he was suffering from a concussion like that one that had knocked Jun unconscious. No. No, something was wrong, something and didn't know what. And all he could think of to do to avoid questions he didn't have answers to was prohibit the chance of Tai asking.

A weak chuckled gurgled from within Tai's throat. "T-that… b-bad, huh?" He seemed to be having difficulty in keeping his head upright. It was bobbing up and down in exhaustion and his eyelids were beginning to droop heavily, a familiar, hazy mist creeping back into his brown irises.

"Stay awake, Tai," Joe frowned.

"C-coach is gonna… k-kill me," Tai said probably not even realizing what he was talking about, his chin sinking onto his chest as he slipped into a comatose state.

"Tai!" Kari cried sounding near-hysterical.

"It's alright!" Joe said shooting out his hand to ward her off from making any sudden, mindless moves like trying to shake her brother awake. The last thing Tai needed was to be shaken. "He just blacked out—that's probably a good thing. He couldn't handle the pain."

"The ambulance is on the way," Izzy said quietly in a numb tone that Joe understood more than he liked. This scene was all-too reminiscent of the fight with Piedmon. Tai had ended up in pretty much the same state then as he was now. No, now it might be worse.

A muffled whimper broke through the stunned silence that had crept over everyone like smothering blanket.

It was Yolei. She had both her hands pressed tightly against her mouth as she stared wide-eyed from behind her glasses looking like a bewildered and frightened owlet that had fallen from its secure nest into a cruel reality.

"He d-d-destroyed… D-Dark…Tyra—" she choked out her voice cracking in half, gazing at Greymon in a kind of horrified trepidation.

She had never seen one of their partners destroy another Digimon, Joe realized. It had only been Control Spire Digimon that they had deleted. For all their experience as Digidestined, the newest members of the younger team had never been in the same situation as everyone else. They hadn't been stuck in the Digital World for months with no prior knowledge of what their purpose there was, without any clue of what Digimon, digivices or digivolutions entailed. They hadn't had to constantly deal with each other and survive on a daily basis together. Survival which often enough depended on destroying real live Digimon who posed a threat to their existence.

Perhaps we sheltered them too much, Joe thought seeing how Yolei's face had grown pale and pinched, at how Davis had come over to stare down with an unreadable expression at his sister spread out so seemingly lifeless.

There was a brilliant flash of orange light as Greymon de-digivolved back into Agumon and when it had dispersed the orange dinosaur was lying face-down on the ruined concrete of the sidewalk.

"Agumon!" Kari exclaimed starting towards him.

"Wait!" Gatomon cried leaping in front of her and spreading both gloved paws out wide. "Don't go near him!"

"What?" Kari asked in confusion.

There came an odd, strangled growl behind her. Kari whirled around to see Agumon climbing unsteadily to his feet, his body racking with violent tremors that weren't just from the cold. The pupils of his green eyes were narrowed into slits, his lips twisted back into a savage snarl exposing sharp, glistening teeth. He looked wild, vicious, feral… almost like the time he had been under the control of the Dark Spiral.

Kari took a step back. "W-what's wrong with him?"

"DarkTyrannomon used to be a Tyrannomon who got corrupted by a Virus, right?" Izzy voiced out loud catching on rather quick.

"Right, and anything DarkTyrannomon sinks his teeth into, the Virus gets transferred," Gatomon said watching Agumon with a wary, measured gaze.

She would be aware of that fact, Izzy realized. There had been a DarkTyrannomon as one of Myotismon's henchman.

"How do we help him?" Kari asked a tiny quaver slipper past her lips. She had almost lost her brother. She didn't want to lose his partner either.

"Just wait it out for a couple of minutes. Agumon's a Vaccine-type. He can fight the Virus more easily than Tyrannomon could," Gatomon explained.

The waiting was unbearable. One minute went by. Two. Three. Four. Five. And all the while, Agumon stood in place, locked in a mad delirium fighting the Virus within.

Then finally, the small, orange dinosaur gave a heaving gasp as a shudder raced throughout his body like the last aftershocks of an earthquake and collapsed where he stood. "T-Taiii," a soft moan slipped out of his mouth as his body began trembling again but for a different reason this time as moisture collected at the corners of his tightly-shut eyes.

Gatomon relaxed her guard and Kari raced past her and gathered Agumon up into her arms, wiping away the clear liquid that trailed down his cheeks with her scarf.

"It's alright now, Agumon, it's alright," Kari soothed not believing her own words. Not when Tai lay unconscious, his injuries unidentified, not even ten feet away.

"It's n-not," Agumon cried opening green eyes wide that were glassy and shining wetly. "I only r-realized today. Even as l-long as I've been with Tai… I d-don't k-know… m-much ab-bout humans… but I do k-know… they don't rem-main the s-same like us. They c-change… g-grow older… d-die. And when they d-die… humans aren't reborn at Primary Village!"

And there were absolutely no words of comfort anyone could think of to give to that except to sit in a stunned silence over this new found revelation and listen to the approaching wail of the ambulance in the distance.

oOo

"You won't lose me, Tai. I'll be here whenever you need me."

"Even when I'm old and grey?"

"Always and forever."

To Be Continued…

A/N: Yay, she's back with the new chapter! So this would have been out sooner, but what did I do first thing in my spare time on my lovely reunited net? Caught up on the eps of Bakuman that I missed, rewatched my fav eps of D. Grayman plus its newest manga chapter, and had a Hikaru no Go marathon for like the bazillionth time. Ah, bliss!^^ Then of course, halfway through an intense Touya-Shindou rivalry scene I choked on my coffee and realized that my poor, poor readers were probably ripping their hair out and chanting curses at my selfish neglect and depriving them at learning what exactly happened at the end of last chapter. Luckily, I pretty much had all this spun out in my head. I just hadn't sat down to type it, so here it is! Is everything clearer now? Has anyone guessed what's wrong with Tai? He did get injured.

Alright, normally I don't do this. I hate giving away spoilers, but since everyone has suffered for two weeks now without any update on our valiant hero, I'll spare you all the agony and tell you no, it's not paralysis. His injury could have caused it, but luckily, I'm not that much of an evil author.

Finally, I didn't really like using the earthquake metaphor towards the end especially with what's happened in Japan recently, but I couldn't think of anything to describe the process better. For anyone, who has family or friends where the tragedy has occurred, I hope they're safe and you have been able to get in contact. That part about DarkTyrannomon infecting anyone he bites—I took artistic license. But I don't think I'm that far off from canon if Tyrannomon could be corrupted by a Virus. It seems pretty practical to me. Plus, there was that time Lilymon got poisoned(?) by Myotismon. It seems like Digimon can get sick in their own way just like humans. Also, remember every Digimon belongs to one of three attributes: Vaccine, Data, or Virus. Vaccine is vulnerable to Data, Data to Virus and Virus to Vaccine. And about Agumon's revelation about humans, he's not the only one to have realized this. In 02 episode 13 Japanese subbed, Gatomon says practically the same thing about humans growing older and looks sad.

Not much else to say other than sorry this chapter is shorter than usual (but it is an interlude) and I listened to the Hikaru no Go OST for inspiration. That anime has such beautiful, sad-sounding songs! Oh, and switching POV was harder than I thought it would be after I had grown accustomed to writing only one for awhile. Hope I did okay^^;; Next chapter story picks up! Heads up, the story is far from over! I'm taking this until the end of 02, minus the cheesy epilogue. I may even do one-shots surrounding this universe after the story's over. This is just the obligatory black-hole point all the characters fall in before the final climax, There has to be dark angst here. Don't worry, everyone! After all, "the sun'll come out tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar thaaaaat tomorroooow, there'll be suuu-" (gets shot) x.x

I hope you have enjoyed reading this! Please review and share your thoughts and favorite scenes. I love hearing what you liked best and it's the only reward a fanfic author gets. I like knowing what my readers think and feel. Thank you!^^

On to next chapter Accidentally In Love

 

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
I am quite e joying your story. You've got Tai's personality down to a "T", it's wonderful!

Thanks so much for (continuing) to write it :3
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