Act III, Scene II
by Ajora Fravashi
*Disclaimer - I don't own Digimon. Toei does. Nyah.
The feathered serpent struck so fast that Takeru could do nothing but
watch as it snatched Ken away with the speed of a falcon. It had only
lasted a heartbeat, but that heartbeat stretched out for a painful
eternity. They hadn't even considered the possibility of an
air-strike, and it left him stunned.
Too much had been going on recently for him to assess his own emotions
and any theories he might have formed about them had to be shuffled
away for later introspection. Yet it had pained him more than he
thought it would when Ken was so quickly and effortlessly snatched
Hardly a minute had passed before Stingmon gathered his wits and
darted after the flying snake. Without so much as a word, Pegasumon
sensed Takeru's urgency and followed closely behind. The mechanorimon
Akiyama piloted, however, was slower and soon trailed far behind.
Wind battered at him as Pegasumon spared no comfort in flight. One
particularly strong gust sent his hat flying away, probably lost
forever. He didn't care about it anymore, all he cared about was
getting Ken back.
The snake flew into the clouds with Stingmon and Pegasumon following
suit. The plunge into the clouds was like having shaved ice dumped on
him, though the chill failed to distract him from the pursuit.
Visibility was severely limited, and he dreaded that they had lost the
serpent and Ken. No, they couldn't lose Ken, not now...
Exasperated at how futile it was to maneuver in the clouds, Pegasumon
soon dropped out of the one they were in and glanced around for any
signs of the black snake. Only Stingmon was in the immediate area, and
looked to be as baffled about where the snake had gone as he was. They
all glanced around, hoping against all odds that something would come
along and tell them where to go.
Minutes crawled by as if they were hours, until at last the Tamer's
mechanorimon joined the three, escorted by Savali in his pinocchimon
form. Despite the dire situation they were in, the marionette digimon
was grinning in sheer delight. Takeru found it quite annoying that
Savali was enjoying all the stress they were going through.
"The snake is heading for Demon's fortress," Ryo's called out, his
voice mechanically amplified so it could be heard despite the distance
between him and the others. "Savali knows the way, so we'll have to
follow him. Be prepared for any potential attacks."
Takeru waved his acknowledgement, then clung to his mount's mane as
the pinocchimon darted by and Pegasumon followed its lead. He did not
like having a pinocchimon anywhere near him, but he'd have to put up
with it. At least for now.
The surface of the Digital World appeared so small when they were this
high in the sky, minute features looking as if they were merely
painted upon an artist's canvas with very thin brushes. Eventually the
plains and forests gave way to a coastline so littered with volcanic
ash and boulders of cooled lava that it looked grey and lifeless.
Presiding over it was the caldera of a volcano long dead. It was this
volcano, this beach, this was the home of the Demon Corps.
Miyako was worried. Not because of their situation, they could handle
themselves well enough. Not because Daisuke told her about Ken's
orientation, for she had long since gotten over her initial crush on
him. Even after Ken joined them, she could no longer view him as the
perfect mate. He was simply too unstable and emotionally fragile, and
she would have to constantly act as if she was tiptoeing around
eggshells just to avoid hurting him. Miyako was simply too blunt a
person to pull that off for very long without getting annoyed. No, she
just viewed him as a friend now.
She was as worried about what would happen to him as she would have
been were it any other friend. Daisuke had said that Demon was after
Ken, and that was all they knew. But what could they do? Without Ken
there would be no ImperialDramon; and without ImperialDramon, they had
no hope of confronting Demon and surviving the encounter. The outlook
was very, very bleak. Even Iori had mentioned, in that silently
unassuming way of his, that it might as well be a kamikaze strike. But
they all had come to trust Daisuke now, and if Daisuke was going to
rescue Ken, then some way or another he'd do it.
Yet nothing showed up on the tracking programs in their digivices and
they had no idea where to start looking. They asked around for any
clues that could help, and they had still gotten nothing. It was
starting to look like a fool's errand.
The D-terminal in her pocket beeped once, twice, three times before
she pulled it out and thumbed open the screen. There was a message
from Gennai, and she would have just ignored it if she hadn't noticed
the urgency code set in the subject header. Her eyes widened in
astonishment as she read the message in full. Gennai was giving them
coordinates to where Ken was held.
Looking up, she noticed that the others had gotten the same message. A
flash of silent communication passed between them all as they rose as
one and went to prepare their digimon partners for the long flight to
Sighing, Ryo closed his laptop and returned his concentration to the
flight ahead. He still had an ace up his sleeve, even now that Demon
was aware that Savali could access mega level. It was a long shot,
certainly, and he wasn't sure that it could be pulled off. But all he
could do now was hope that it would work. Demon might be too powerful
for the pinocchimon or any of the Jogress pairs, but maybe if there
were two mega digimon facing Demon, they'd have a chance. He just
hoped the second set of Japanese Chosen Children would arrive in time.
Savali, now his partner for however long the temporary bond would
last, blasted his way through the Demon Corps, with Stingmon and
Pegasumon close behind. Whatever doubts Ryo once had about where
Savali's loyalties laid had been washed away in under the span of six
hours. He still did not understand just why the digimon saved him or
why Savali was throwing aside any other allegiances he may have had,
but Ryo was grateful for it nonetheless.
The sight he witnessed once they were in Demon's own lair was
something he hoped never to see.
Ken was floating several feet above the floor, with nothing acting to
keep the boy mid-air. Eyes that were once a blue-violet color that
struck him as quite pretty now glowed red. Red... Moon=Millenniumon
had those same crimson eyes. Ryo fought down the rising terror of
seeing Millenniumon in any form once again, just barely aware of the
strangled noise coming from Takeru's direction and the whimper from
Stingmon. And, finally, Demon glared back at the boy, ignoring their
Ryo had barely gathered his wits before the creature that was once Ken
lashed out with an attack he hadn't seen in years. Moon=Millenniumon's
Death Crystal attack crackled as plasma between Ken's fingers, then
shot out the boy's extended left hand, formed into a massive
crystalline spear, and impacted with full force against Demon's
shoulder. The viral lord staggered under the blow, but did not fall.
The crystal jutted out from Demon's back, penetrating one of the wings
Demon's eyes narrowed as he began to lash out with his own attack. He
had barely started his Flame Inferno before Moon=Millenniumon struck
again. The crystal spear had just barely missed as Demon darted out of
its way just in time, shattering against the wall behind him. The boy
that hosted Moon=Millenniumon was too small a target, however, and
Demon's Flame Inferno ended up taking out the wall behind the boy as
Ken dropped a couple of feet and resumed his original position once
the attack flashed by.
As the battle raged, Takeru and Pegasumon trotted to Ryo's side, both
mount and rider carrying with them an air of uncertainty. "Should we
step in," Takeru asked, glancing warily at the two opponents. "If one
of Demon's attacks hit-"
"We can't do anything yet," whispered the Tamer as he brushed back the
stray lock of hair in trepidation. They were all worried and he knew
it, but they all counted on him to know the answer to everything.
Dammit, sometimes he really hated being 'Gennai'. He couldn't show
anything that could be considered a weakness because he had to keep
the kids' hopes up.
They watched anxiously as two viral mega digimon attacked each other
and ducked out of the way of each other's attacks. Takeru's fingers
twisted in Pegasumon's mane as he fought down the urge to dart in and
pull Ken away from this place, whether Ken was still himself or not.
Triggered by his own despair and fear of losing Ken right before his
eyes, his stomach felt as if lead pellets had been poured into it. He
had to do something. Anything...
Finally, as if he had been waiting for the opportunity to catch his
opponent while exhausted, Moon=Millenniumon lashed out for the last
time with a Dimension Destroyer. Time seemed to stop as a fog of
darkness swirled around Demon, then settled as it solidified and took
on the appearance of deep space. Demon looked to have disappeared
within the portal, lost forever amidst the stars. But, after what
looked to be an eternity, the void closed in upon itself, leaving
Demon frozen in place. Even the blood that dripped from three crystal
spears were trapped in halted time.
Ken/Moon=Millenniumon turned away to float towards an exit left by a
stray Flame Inferno. Those digimon that had been drawn to the chaos
soon scattered the moment they noticed that the intruder was facing
them. Ryo reacted quicker than Takeru could get up the courage to
stand between whatever Ken was now and the exit hole, and had the
mechanorimon darting before Ken. The boy paused as his path was
blocked by a mechanorimon and its pilot.
"Get out of my way," the boy ground out, pinning Ryo under a heated
Blanching at the red glow in Ken's eyes, the Tamer swallowed
uncomfortably. Well, all he could do now was to go through this. "Ken,
I know you're still there. Where are you going?"
"The sun shall set upon the gods' reign," two voices stated in an
uncanny similarity to a Jogress-united digimon's voice. And yet Ryo
could hear how Moon=Millenniumon's bass just slightly overruled Ken's
tenor. "Then shall come the twilight."
"You can't take out the Holy Beasts," Ryo shot out, despite his secret
desire for retribution of any kind. "The balance of the Digital World
depends upon the Holy Beasts. Without them it will collapse. Ken, I
know you wouldn't want that!"
"They use our kind, Tamer. You of all people should want to see the
twilight of the gods." Only Ken spoke this time, his tone was that of
one who would rather be asleep.
Ryo took a breath and steeled himself. There were too many variables
in this, he wasn't even sure what would happen now. But he had to try.
"So you would prefer to sacrifice an entire world rather than the
handful of humans who never belonged in this world in the first place?
I guess you were beyond redemption after all, Herr Kaiser. Nothing is
ever gained from a crusade, but I guess you never really understood
that either." He turned, despite the sickly coiling in his gut at what
he had done. "The Ken I adored doesn't exist anymore. Come, Takeru,
let's get out of here."
Takeru started, looking stunned at what Ryo had just said. His jaw
worked a bit as his eyes darted between the Tamer and Ken, trying to
process just what was going on. Glancing quickly over to Stingmon, he
noted that the digimon looked just as distressed as he himself
probably did, and he could hear Pegasumon clap a hoof against the
floor in nervousness. What was he to do?
For what must have been the first time in awhile, the Child of Hope
prayed fervently, silently, that he wasn't going to lose Ken to
whatever it was that now had his friend floating midair like that. Not
now, not ever. He needed Ken, because no one else could understand his
own darkness. No one else would be there to pick him up if he fell
from grace. No one else fully understood what he went through in his
childhood quite like Ken could. And he needed someone who understood
more than anything else.
Much to Takeru's surprise, Ken seemed to shudder violently, looking
for all the world like a marionette whose puppeteer was shaking its
strings. The blond kneed Pegasumon into flight as he noticed that Ken
had now become limp and was beginning to fall. Pegasumon barely
managed to situate himself under the falling boy in time for Takeru to
Both Ken and Moon=Millenniumon must have run out of energy, Ryo
thought to himself as he watched Pegasumon jolt slightly under the
force of gravity. At least for now there wasn't enough energy for the
seed to fully bloom yet. He glanced over to the pinocchimon, who was
'playing' with Mixcoatlmon. Mixcoatlmon had been trying to get away
before Savali decided to pick it out as a victim.
Shaking his head as Savali manipulated the snake into tying itself
into a knot, the Tamer glanced back at Demon. Droplets of blood that
had been frozen in time began to fall slowly, their pace quickening
the further they got from Demon's body. Soon enough the Dimension
Destroyer's power would fade out, then he would need the other kids
here to finish up where Moon=Millenniumon left off. Savali just
wouldn't be powerful enough to handle Demon on his own, even with the
viral lord's weakened state.
Once the mechanorimon settled on the ground, Ryo hopped out and nearly
tripped as he did so. Somehow his robes seemed bulkier than usual, and
he couldn't quite figure out why. He'd have to check into that later.
Before his thoughts could go further, Raidramon barged in with Iori,
Daisuke, and Armadimon. Following closely was Aquilamon with Hikari,
Miyako, and Tailmon. About damn time, Ryo muttered silently as he
threw on the strictly-business mask of the Gennai persona.
He heard a choking gasp from Hikari as her eyes darted to Savali, who
was now twisting the snake into the mathematical symbol for infinity.
Tailmon, recognizing a pinocchimon, jumped from Aquilamon's back and
hissed as she settled into a position that would allow her to strike
at any minute. Oh crap...
"Stop, Tailmon," he commanded, using the inflection in his voice that
she would have to acknowledge. Tailmon had been one of many digimon he
trained and did as she was told. "The pinocchimon is with me and can
be considered an ally. Savali, stop playing with the snake and come
The pinocchimon openly sulked as he withdrew the threads that allowed
him to control the snake and trotted over to Ryo's side. He cocked his
head as he watched the display of odd emotions across one of the
girls' face and, figuring he might as well milk this for what it was
worth, gave a huge grin. She blanched quite nicely too.
"Dude, what happened to Demon," Daisuke exclaimed, eyes fixated on the
viral lord. Ryo, smothering his irrational dislike for the goggle boy
for the moment, turned his attention back to Demon. The blood fell at
a normal pace now, and Demon was breathing heavily.
Demon was also watching them as they were watching him.
With a nod from the Tamer, Savali hefted his mallet and giggled as he
rushed forward to attack. The viral lord's eyes narrowed as he lashed
out with a counterattack that easily knocked the pinocchimon
backwards. Savali was not one to so easily give up, however, and was
soon back on his feet and lauched another attack.
The Tamer returned his attention to the other kids, all of whom were
staring at him oddly. Shrugging off the curiosity, Ryo focused on the
auburn-haired goggle-boy, all misgivings forgotten for the moment. "We
need our digimon to Jogress."
"Jogress? But Gennai..." Daisuke blinked as he trailed off, honestly
confused about whatever was going on. A person can only have one
Jogress partner, right? And, well, Ken was his Jogress partner.
Unfortunately, Ken was also unconscious in Takeru's arms from the
looks of it. "Do you even have a partner digimon?"
The person known as 'Gennai' turned slightly to call out to Stingmon.
Grateful for the opportunity to be useful, Stingmon darted over to the
Tamer's side. "My status doesn't allow me a permanent partner, but
for the moment Stingmon shall be answering to me."
Daisuke's eyes darted from the funny guy in robes that now looked too
big and Ken, then back again. Well, this was Gennai, right? Everyone
trusted Gennai and Gennai was supposed to know everything. So if
Gennai could order Stingmon around without question and believed that
they could Jogress, then he supposed it was worth a shot.
They needed to protect Ken, and to do that they needed to eliminate
Demon. While the Dark Seed was still there, Demon would always be a
threat. To get rid of that threat, they would need their digimon to
Raidramon reverted to V-mon before evolving to XV-mon, and while
Daisuke and Ryo were united in a common cause, XV-mon united with
Stingmon to become Paildramon. Paildramon was soon by Silphymon and
the pinocchimon's side, his attacks adding to the damage inflicted on
Demon. Yet it still wasn't enough, and Silphymon took the full force
of a Flame Inferno. This sent the androgynous digimon out of the
fighting, and urged by the Tamer and Daisuke, Paildramon evolved to
Now faced with two mega-level digimon, Demon began to unleash all the
power he could muster in an attempt to eliminate the more powerful of
the two. Imperialdramon was bulkier and could not move out of the way
fast enough, but the pinocchimon was quick to see the oncoming threat
and darted in to strike the viral lord off balance. With a hefty swing
of a mallet that was heavier than it looked, Savali struck hard
against the back of Demon's knees. Imperialdramon took the opportunity
to let out his Mega Death attack. Demon finally fell, and once his
head collided with the floor, the viral lord disintegrated into a
flurry of digital dust.
A silence fell over the remaining beings once Demon disappeared. The
last of the great evils of the Digital World was gone and no one quite
knew what to say. Pegasumon settled into a gentle walk that would not
jar the two humans on his back, only stopping once he joined the group
gathering around Daisuke and the Tamer. Takeru held Ken in his embrace
and looked quite distressed, unwilling to turn his attention from the
"I don't think we'll make it in time," the blond whispered, peeling
his eyes from Ken to glance at the Tamer. "It's too far away."
"Don't talk like that! We can make it if we try! Imperialdramon, are
you up for the trip," asked Daisuke. He was torn between darting over
to Ken's side to make sure his friend was safe, and leaving this up to
Takeru. But he could at least make sure they got to wherever Gennai
wanted them to be as soon as possible.
The two voices united as one uttered their affirmative. 'Gennai',
thankful that his ace had played out, requested that the other digimon
devolve into smaller forms so that they could all fit into
Imperialdramon's cockpit. Once the Tamer sent the orders to his
mechanorimon to fly off to the operation site on its own, he turned
back to the giant dragon and allowed himself and his tsukaimon to be
teleported into its cockpit. He only spared a quick glance at the two
boys huddled into a corner with a patamon flying possessively over
them, making sure Ken was at least still breathing.
Just a little more time. All he needed was a little more time.
Ajora: One more part and the epilogue, and this part was very hard for
me to write... *falls over and dies from stress*