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No Girls Allowed (Ch. 15, 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... 71,000+


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
Interlude
Ch. 12 Accidentally In Love
Ch. 13 Just To Let You Know I Care
Ch. 14 With You

 

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

Ch. 15 Take My Hand

The rain lightened up but still continued to pour earthbound in continuous sheets of chilling, droplets of water. Tai plodded silently through it, keeping a firm grip on Jun, with no particular destination in mind.

We should get out of the rain, he mused distractedly casting a glance to the grey sky overhead. Maybe a café or something.

But he didn't think Jun would appreciate being crammed into a tiny shop full of people and what taking her haggard appearance into account. In fact, the girl probably wouldn't even bother to worry about they would think. She seemed to have settled into a self-induced stupor at the moment going by the way she was allowing him to keep his arm around her shoulders and not launching into a tirade of how not to act so familiarly with someone he wasn't sure he could label as a "friend" even. She didn't appear to notice her surroundings at all much less the person beside her.

An entrance to a park caught his eye and Tai drew them towards it, a vague plan taking shape in his mind. The trees provided adequate enough canopy from the rain and the thick foliage kept out most of the biting wind and weather creating quite the shelter. Tai walked Jun to one of the benches and helped her sit down.

Jun was no longer crying.

This alarmed Tai more than when the girl had been weeping so despairingly before. At least she had been showing off some emotion. Now, she seemed to have shrunk, curled into herself someplace far away from the harshness of reality.

Tai tried to think of something nice to say to ease her pain but drew a blank. There was nothing he could possibly think of that would make her feel better or change the simple facts of the situation.

Jun wasn't a Digidestined. She hadn't been chosen. She didn't have a digivice. She didn't have a partner.

She didn't have the guy she wanted either.

Tai wandered over to a vending machine and bought a can of coffee. Returning back, he took Jun's motionless hands and wrapped them around it firmly. She made no move to drink it but at least the heat from the can would warm her numb fingers at least.

"I saw them too," Jun spoke suddenly, breaking the silence that had fallen around them.

"What?" Tai said more startled by the girl talking than what she had meant.

"At the convention center… five years ago…" Jun said her voice quavering with every word as her fingers gripped the can of coffee so tightly the tips turned white. "I saw them too… the ghost monsters… that vampire… I saw them too… just like Davis… so why—" she choked at the end as if her throat had closed up and bowed her head, her shoulders renewing their trembling.

After their tour around the world, Izzy had shared with him how there were other Digidestined besides the original eight. Apparently, anyone who had seen or been in contact with Digimon who had slipped through the gateway to the Digital World five years ago had potential to becoming a Digidestined. Potential but it wasn't an absolute.

Jun always appeared to get the short end of the stick.

Perhaps that's why she tried to hard to reach the goals she had set for herself. Why she became so utterly crushed when she failed them.

In any case, there was something she had mentioned earlier that Tai found quite disturbing.

"Jun," he said slowly so as to not frighten her, "what did you mean when you said you were 'too old for it to sprout properly'?"

It sounded as if Mummymon and Arukeniemon were up to another one of their schemes and if they were, then Ken was right and the Control Spires popping up all around the world had been nothing more than a diversion to get the Digidestined to leave Japan so that they could set their plan into motion.

"I d-don't know," Jun sniffed, bringing one hand up to brush briefly across her eyes. "The man didn't g-give me anyt-thing. M-maybe he was p-pervert. M-maybe he was c-crazy. M-maybe I was crazy for b-believing him."

"You're not crazy, Jun," Tai said quietly.

"Y-yes, I am," Jun smiled lop-sided. "C-crazy, psychotic, and obsessive, that's m-me, remember?"

"Jun…"

"Oh, let me g-guess, y-you're g-going to s-say you like that ab-bout me, r-right?" Jun laughed albeit hysterically, flinging her head backwards and causing the hood of Tai's coat to slip off and exposing her face flushed red by the tears streaking down her cheeks. "C-can't have the girl you r-really like, so let's settle for s-second best, huh? We can be t-two of a k-kind: a c-couple brought together by b-both of them being rej-jected by the people they l-love. They find s-solace and c-comfort in each others' arms and l-learn to truly c-care for one another and l-live happily ever after. S-sounds about r-right. Good enough to be a m-movie," Jun said with a strangled giggle. "Hey, maybe we'll co-write a b-book tog-gether about our tragic exp-periences and how we w-would go through them a m-million t-times if it meant m-meeting each other, hahahahaha!"

Tai stared at the girl in front of him who had fallen over sideways on the bench lost in the throes of her mad laughter, her entire body shaking.

"Stop it," he said, a dark anger coiling in the pit of his stomach at the sight.

"What?" Jun crowed triumphantly up at him seeing his expression. "C-can't handle the t-truth? 'C-cause it's what I just s-said."

"What you just said is utter bullshit," Tai swore vehemently, his anger rising every second that Jun smiled that horrible, false grin sweetly at him.

"Oooh," Jun gasped mockingly sitting upright again and leaned forward interestedly. "Are you going to contradict me now? Do tell me how it's not true!" she exclaimed clapping her hands. "Tell me how perfect and wonderful I am and how much we complete each other! Tell me!"

"Not like this," Tai bit out, struggling to control the rage building inside him. "Not until you're back in your right mind."

"What right mind? This is me," Jun tittered, batting her eyelashes coquettishly. "Crazy, psychotic, and obsessive, just they way you prefer."

Tai resisted the urge to slap her across the face, to try and snap her out of the insanity that had shrouded her senses. He turned sharply without a further word and began walking away. There was no use talking to her anymore right now. Maybe time alone would make the madness disintegrate. Let her think he was leaving. He would wait nearby out of sight and make sure she got home alright by herself. He just couldn't stand seeing her like this a moment more.

"Hey, where are you going?" he heard Jun call out from behind him. "You haven't confessed your undying love yet!"

Tai continued forward without as much as a backward glance.

"Hey!" Jun shouted again and this time there was less dementia and more anger in her tone than before. "You can't leave until I say so!"

He had just stepped under the light streaming from the lamppost when a coffee can went hurtling past his head colliding into the vending machine it had come out from. The tab on the can broke open spraying steaming dark-brown liquid into the air and all over the front of Tai's shirt soaking the vest he wore underneath. He spun around to see Jun standing not three feet away, her face devoid of its mask of craziness, contorted with a new and strange kind of fear instead.

"You can't leave," Jun repeated brokenly. "Everyone… everyone always leaves!"

The girl had balled her hands into small fists that were shaking by her side. Her chest was heaving wildly as if she had run a marathon. Her eyes were shining with sorrow and hopelessness, but free from the delirium she had been suffering before.

A soft smile slowly spread its way across Tai's face.

"Do you want know what I like about you, Jun?" he said. "I like the fact that you're not perfect and wonderful. I like how with you it's 'hit first, ask questions later'. I like how you can send people running at just your arrival. I like the way that if you laugh too hard you start to snort like a pig. I like the way that you remind me of a kitsune becauseof all the clever tricks you pull, even though look more like a raccoon right now because your mascara's been running. I like the way your hair smells like almonds and how when I put on your helmet every time I ride your moped the scent sticks my own. I like how in art class when the teacher asks us to draw something, I want to sketch every expression I've ever seen you make. And I like going to sleep at night with the last thought on my mind being how I'll never know if I'm going to survive the next day because you'll be in it ready to drag me through another one of your wild schemes but I don't care because I enjoy every minute of them!"

Jun was staring at him wide-eyed when he had finished, a faint blush having slowly crept into her cheeks as she had listened to his words. Then without warning, her expression crumpled inward and the floodgates in her brown irises burst open wide as withheld tears poured forth.

"I… look… like a raccoon?" Jun cried, halfway between a strangled squeak and a wail.

"A cute raccoon!" Tai tried to amend hastily. Dammit, why did all his confessions have to go awry and miss their mark?

Jun sobbed louder than ever burying her face into her hands and rubbing the back of her palm against her eyes in an effort to wipe away the black mask that had formed. All she succeeded in doing was dying her hands black from the mascara rubbed off on the skin.

"Don't do that," Tai said gently, taking one of her smudged hands in his. "You'll just make yourself look like a panda instead."

Jun struck him feebly in the chest with her free hand. "You need to learn how to flirt better, you jerk. Telling someone they look like an animal isn't a compliment!"

Tai was heartened to hear laughter bubbling its way through her crying. Happy, normal laughter. "Sorry, I'm new at this," he grinned. "I guess someone will have to teach me."

Jun looked up and fixed him with a bewildered, searching gaze and Tai realized that he had taken hold of her other hand and now was holding both of them… and that their faces were in such a close proximity that it wouldn't take much effort for him to lean down and press his lips against hers…

"Wait," Jun rasped out as his head started to decline downward.

Tai paused and blinked as if a veil had been lifted from his eyes. What had he been about to do? He felt his face flame at the thought. Jun's hands were shaking slightly in his grasp as the girl gazed at him with an air of uncertainty.

"I'm not…" she said, stumbling over the words. "I'm not… just a rebound… or substitute that you can use."

"I know that," Tai said firmly. "I don't think of you like that at all."

The two stood in silence for a moment, Jun regarding him carefully.

"I understand though… if you don't feel the same way about me," Tai said starting to withdraw his hands. "If you still have feelings for—"

He was stopped in his tracks when Jun snatched at his retreating hands and curled hers back around his tightly. With a start, Tai noticed the burning, electrifying heat that usually ignited whenever he touched Jun had vanished. It its place was a warm, glowing sensation that tingled pleasantly as it danced across their fingers that had somehow gotten laced through each other's…

Then Jun was lifting her face upwards expectantly and Tai was tilting his head down and their lips were gliding softly together as they meshed in a tender kiss and the warmth raced from their fingertips and spread throughout the rest of their bodies until they were completely immersed in an overwhelming, indescribable feeling that lasted for far too short a time.

When they finally pulled apart, Tai was out of breath and felt as if his face was on fire. Judging by Jun's dark-red complexion as she stared at him in surprise and amazement, his face was probably a mirror-copy of hers.

"Was that your first kiss?" Jun asked.

"Y-yes," Tai reluctantly admitted. He hadn't thought his face could grow any hotter. This was rather awkward and embarrassing. "I'm sorry if I wasn't any g—"

His apology was abruptly cut off as Jun yanked him gently back down for another kiss, this one deeper than before.

Tai rather thought he could get addicted to this.

oOo

It was night by the time the rain finally let up and they left the park. Tai walked Jun back home holding hands the entirety of the way there in broad public.

"You could come in for a bit," Jun suggested almost shyly as they stood in front of the door to the Motomiya residence. "I could make tea."

The idea was tempting. But…

"I've got get back. My nursemaids are probably frantic by now. Look, seventeen missed calls," Tai said showing her his cell phone. He was glad he had the sense enough to turn it off earlier. He hadn't even looked at his D-Terminal yet.

Jun smiled and unwrapped herself from his coat, handing it back to him. "You'll need this then. I wouldn't want you to catch a cold."

Tai took it from her and put it on. It was still warm from the heat of her body. "I'll call you in the morning," he said. "We could get together later tomorrow."

"I thought we already were together," Jun teased, laughing when his face flushed a crimson shade.

Together.

Tai's head spun dizzily. He wondered how once word could make him feel so incredibly happy. This must be the feeling sung about in those sappy love songs he used to despise. This strange sensation of walking on air and hoping feverishly that this wasn't a dream because if it was, he never wanted to wake up from it.

A weight was pushed onto his wrist suddenly and Tai broke out of his daze to look down and see Jun finish hooking the metal clasp of a charm bracelet that used to grace her own wrist.

"Well, I don't have a gift ready to give you right now," the girl said, her mouth pressing into a thin line as she avoided his gaze. "And I totally understand if you don't want to wear something so stupid—"

Tai silenced her taking off the blue headband he used to hold up his hair and wrapping it around Jun's wrist in return.

"This will make it twice I've given something of mine to the Motomiyas," he chuckled. "What can I say? I have must have a real weak soft spot for them."

"Yeah, but I kiss better than Davis, right?" Jun smirked.

"Loads," Tai grinned at her.

Their faces inched forward closer ever-so slowly and then…

They were interrupted by a next-door neighbor arriving home from work late and decided kissing in plain view wouldn't be the best idea in the world.

"Good night," Jun said unlocking the door and stepping into her apartment.

"Good night," Tai whispered, his eyes lingering on her and not leaving from the threshold until the girl had shut the door.

He glanced down at the charm bracelet on his left wrist and decided it was better than any sports wristband he had ever worn for good luck.

oOo

Tai arrived home, his mind still enraptured in a pleasant cloud and dimly heard his sister's voice coming as if from a long tunnel.

"Oh, hold on, nevermind, he just got back. I'll call you later." There was a click of the phone's receiver and then Kari's worried tone. "Tai, are you alright? You didn't hurt your back again, did you? Where were you for so long?"

Tai didn't bother even taking off his shoes at the entrance and brushed past her without so much as an explanation, heading straight for his room. "Tell Mom I'm sorry for missing dinner and I'm going to bed," he said shutting his door firmly behind him.

Casting off his shoes and his coat on the floor, he stretched out across the bed and stared absently up at the ceiling. Then he reached one hand over the side of the mattress and picked his coat up from where he had flung it. Burying his nose in the hood, he closed his eyes, inhaled deeply and smiled.

It smelled like almonds.

oOo

Tai's Haiku Corner

Melting in fire
Swept away by a river
Your lips against mine.

To Be Continued…

A/N: Short chapter is short! But I think the fluff makes up for it don't you think?^-~ So to answer your questions from the last chapter, no Jun didn't receive a Dark Spore. How could she have? Oikawa hasn't kidnapped Ken yet and made copies. It was awfully tempting I admit, but I have other plans for Jun. How was the kiss scene anyway? First time describing/writing one. Self-esteem is rock bottom. And you have to excuse Jun's craziness at the beginning. It was brought on for having something she desperately wanted so close within her grasp and then having cruelly snatched from her reach for the umpteenth time. She took her frustration out on Tai.

Fun Facts: Vending machines. You name it. Japan has it. In spades. Including hot drinks in a can. Hot drinks in a can in a vending machine in a park. They're almost as common as DDR. You find them anywhere. They're awesome like that.

Tai's confession as to what he liked about Jun was inspired by the end scene in the movie When Harry Met Sally. Sometimes saying you like/love someone is not enough. You have to go overboard and tell them what you like and even what you like to dislike about them!

Songs I listened to while writing this: "Sparks Fly" and "Today Was a Fairytale" by Taylor Swift. "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer. "Almost Like Being In Love" by Frank Sinatra.

Next chapter: adventure/drama picks back up, woo-hoo! Finally back in my element! XD Yes, fight-scenes! The kids' Digimon are back in the picture! So is BlackWarGreymon! Who can't wait?

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 the next chapter Poisoned Bond

 

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