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    Chapter 57 - The Celestial Vanguard

    Thomas Kasuto
    Saias’s Villa
    9 Hours

    “Apollomon, where have you been?!” Dianamon yelled as the two of us let ourselves in. “You still haven’t fully recovered from when Lector stabbed you two weeks ago! You are in no condition to be fighting like Thomas and Pheragas!”

    “I know, I know. I’m sorry I made you worry,” Apollomon said, weakly grinning at the female Mega Digimon.

    “So, just to be clear, you weren’t worried about me?” I asked.

    “Oh, you know I worry about you too, Thomas; but I know you didn’t get stabbed a while ago — well, I guess you did, but…Oh, you know what I mean! And you, Apollomon; you’re going straight to bed!”

    “I can’t…not yet,” Apollomon said. “There is something I must tell everyone…It is about the Horcruxes. Everyone should here this.”
    “…Fine. I’ll gather them up,” Dianamon said. “But after you tell us what it is you need to tell us, you are going straight to bed, mister!” Apollomon laughed quietly to himself, amused, as Dianamon strode off.

    Lilithmon

    Mandala City

    “Damn it, damn it, damn it! Those bastards!” I paced back and forth around the empty center of the sunken city. “It wasn’t enough for them to murder SkullCaliphmon, but they had to go and attack me?! Unforgivable!” I looked down at my bare stomach, were the shirt had been burned away by Apollomon’s attack. “These burns don’t look too bad, I suppose, and hopefully not too noticeable…But I can’t let them do it again! If the image of my beauty is wrecked by hideous burns…”

    “My lady, your beauty remains intact and as flawless as ever,” Sephyrus said. “There is nothing those plebeians can do to ruin your beauty in any way. In any case, our main concern should be the state of your friends.”

    “…You’re right as always, Sephyrus,” I said.

    “So, are your friends going to be pissed that SkullCaliphmon got his head caved in, mother?” Michalis asked, sitting atop a destroyed marble column.

    “Yeah, probably…Well, there’s nothing I can do about it. After all, it’s not my fault that Thomas killed SkullCaliphmon! They shouldn’t be too mad at me for something beyond my control!”

    “What would you have us do, Milady?” Sephyrus asked. “If you wish it, the two of us shall continue to gather the Horcruxes you created. In your stead, if you wish.”

    “If your friends are going to be pissed at you, you should let us get the Horcruxes for you and free them instead,” Michalis said.

    “…You’re right,” Lilithmon said. “Very well. Sephyrus…I will teach you the spell…the spell that will free my comrades from the Dark Area.”
    “As you wish it, my lady,” Sephyrus bowed.


    Apollomon

    “So, vut is it you vished to tell us?” Pheragas asked. I took a deep breath in, and looked around. Dianamon sat right next to me, eyes constantly flickering back and forth between my eyes and my old wound. Sitting on a couch directly across from me was Luna, with Chrysania snuggled right next to her, and Pheragas standing behind them. BlackGaomon and Statuedramon sat in the middle of the floor, and Thomas and Zelda sat together on yet another couch, holding hands. All but Thomas had looks of confusion of varying degrees.

    “It’s about Lilithmon,” I said. “She’s back.” Complete silence befell the room.

    “Well…can’t exactly say I was expecting that,” BlackGaomon said.

    “You were all affected by her selfish desires, so I think it is only fair that I tell you what little I know about her,” I said. “First of all…Lilithmon was not born of darkness. She was born an angel Digimon named Ophanimon. However, she soon fell to darkness, becoming the evil Digimon we are all familiar with.”

    “Lilithmon…was an angel?” Chrysania asked. I nodded.

    “I do not know the specific details of how it happened, but apparently, she was not the only angel Digimon to fall into darkness,” I continued. “Another Digimon called Cherubimon, being desperately loyal to Ophanimon, fell into the darkness with her, and they both became corrupted, Fallen Angel Digimon. That was when she befriended the other ten most powerful Digimon in existence. Now, Ophanimon and Cherubimon were part of a three Digimon group known as the Celestial Digimon, along with a third Digimon called Seraphimon.”

    “Seraphimon?! Wait a minute; I just remembered…he was the Digimon we met in Yew, Thomas!” Statuedramon exclaimed. “Like…two or three weeks ago…and we forgot to tell Apollomon about him…”

    “Yes, Seraphimon has always been a bit of a loner since those days long ago, always traveling across Arcadia. Anyway, Seraphimon, fearing the evil Lilithmon, Cherubimon, and their new friends would spread, formed a group of twelve Digimon, rivaling their number, known as the Celestial Vanguard. I…was a part of that group.”

    You? But…didn’t all of that happen over five hundred years ago?” Statuedramon asked.

    “Yes, well, I am over five hundred years old,” I laughed. “SlashAngemon…he was also a part of that group. All twelve of us were charged with defeating one of the evil Digimon, who had formed a group known as the Order of the Enchantress. I was the only one who had failed…my mission was to try to reason with Cherubimon to bring him back from the darkness, or to destroy him…and I failed at both attempts. Seraphimon tasked himself with defeating Lilithmon, and SlashAngemon was tasked with defeating a Digimon known as SkullCaliphmon.”

    “…That’s how you knew where to find Lilithmon when the Bio Hybrids took the necklace,” Thomas said. “SlashAngemon was the one who killed him…and he told you where it happened.”

    “That is correct; I believe Lilithmon is now attempting to free all of her friends from the Dark Area. To do that, she needs the Horcruxes she made for them before she was killed. Also, she can only free her friends in the place they were previously killed. That is how I knew where SkullCaliphmon would be; because SlashAngemon killed him in Cyprus Desert, so I knew that was where Lilithmon would be going.”

    “Apollomon, what exactly is a Horcrux?” BlackGaomon asked.

    “I can answer that,” Luna said. “A Horcrux is an inanimate object made by a powerful magic-user that places a small portion of someone’s soul — not necessarily that of the mage — into said inanimate object. If that person is killed or dies, then the mage can bring that person back to life, but only once. You see, when they come back, that little bit of their soul in the Horcrux joins back up with the rest of their soul, and afterwards, the mage can then proceed to make another Horcrux for that person if they so desire.”

    “That’s why you didn’t die when you were stabbed in the chest, Thomas,” I said. “If the soul of a Digimon is infused with into a Horcrux, then whoever is in possession of the Horcrux will gain some of the abilities of that Digimon. SkullCaliphmon was apparently an immortal under special circumstances — ergo, you had that same immortality when you wore his necklace.”

    “So, we just need to keep killing those Digimon as soon as Lilithmon brings them back, right?” BlackGaomon asked.

    “Correct; their true power comes from all twelve of them being alive at once. If all twelve of them were to walk Arcadia at once…then they would be nearly unstoppable,” I said. “What makes them even more dangerous is that some of them have powers unique to them, and foreign to other Digimon of the same species. For example, among them is a Myotismon capable of using fire attacks, and legendary golden flames, at that.”

    “Do you know where any of the other Horcruxes are?” Thomas asked.

    “…Only a few of them,” I replied. “In Cyprus Valley, there is a stone containing the soul of one of those Digimon. Also, I believe that Knight Commander Saias had one as well…”

    “Saias?! No way!” Statch exclaimed.

    “Yes; I believe his sword may have been a Horcrux, as well. It would be best if we could retrieve them as soon as we can, because it’s possible that Lilithmon knows about them as well. Pheragas, I would like for you and BlackGaomon to go to the old military base to see if you can find the sword. Thomas, I would like you, Zelda, and Statuedramon to go to Cyprus Valley to find the stone.”

    “Well, why not just send us to the ocean to find a specific droplet of water?” Statch asked sarcastically.

    “Is there anything about the stone you could tell us that would make it easier for us to find it?” Zelda asked.

    “If you hold it, you’ll be capable of utilizing pyrokinetic force,” I said. “And for some reason, I think it may be purple…I…don’t know if that information will help you…”

    “So, basically, we’re looking for a purple rock that will let us use legendary flames when we hold it,” Thomas said.

    “If we’re going to go that far south, we should hurry,” Statuedramon said. “The valley is a long way away from here, and those Bio Hybrids may have already started heading in that direction.”

    “Right; BlackGaomon and I vill go to de military base so ve can find dat sword,” Pheragas said.

    “Don’t follow them, Apollomon,” Dianamon said to me in a stern voice as soon as Thomas and the others left the villa.
    “Yes, mother,” I said sarcastically. Dianamon rolled her eyes as she walked out of the room.


    Pheragas Danved
    Yew
    20 Minutes

    “I don’t see how we’re going to find anything buried underneath all of that rubble,” BlackGaomon said. The military base where Apollomon fought Saias stood before us, a smoldering mess of debris and charcoal. Instead of deciding to rebuild this base, the knights decided to build another one in a completely different location, leaving this destroyed one alone, abandoned and untouched for the moment.

    “Look on de bright side, BlackGaomon; at least dare von’t be any knights to get in our vay,” I said. I turned over a huge mound of burnt rubble, finding nothing but charred ashes underneath. “Dat is a good ting; dis might take a vile…”

    “Do you remember what his sword looked like?”

    “I tink it may have had a black handle…”

    “…Do you think it would be too much to hope that the sword just got burnt up altogether, making its use as a Horcrux worthless?”

    “Dat may not be a vise decision; ve should just find de sword so ve can go back to Apollomon.” I began walking to another area of the base when, upon hearing the flapping of a giant pair of wings, faint, but growing more distinct as I could hear it approaching, I stopped.

    “What’s wrong, Pheragas?” BlackGaomon looked up at me.

    “…I hear someting. Somevun is coming…By air…”

    “You mean, like a flying Digimon?” I nodded. The shadow of a huge Digimon flew over us, and a barrage of flames and lightning bombarded us from the sky. “It must be the Bio Hybrids!”

    “Yes, it is a good ting dey did not go aftuh dose kids,” I said.

    Just then a voice from above us announced, “Missing you was not an accident. If you do not hand over the Sword of the Earth’s Crust, we will not miss again.” Whoever spoke to us had a deep, booming voice, and it was easy to tell what he was saying despite being so high up in the sky.

    “Give us a goddamned minute! We haven’t even found it yet!” BlackGaomon said.

    “I intend to keep it that way. Our master desires that sword to be in his possession, along with all the other Horcruxes. Leave this place now, and there’s a chance you’ll survive.”

    “No way! We won’t let Lilithmon get her hands on the Horcruxes!”

    “…So be it. You have sealed your fate!” More flames rained down upon us, surrounding me and BlackGaomon in a ring of fire. A flash of green was the last thing I saw as something struck me from behind, leaving me to fall unconscious from the blow and from the smoke produced by the flames.
    "Evil can confuse you when you're staring at it straight in the face. You can hope the face of evil will change, but it won't unless you force it to change."

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    Chapter 58 - Romancing the Stone

    Thomas Kasuto
    Cyprus Wasteland
    One Day

    Statuedramon’s mouth fell open in horror as he caught his first glimpse of Cyprus Wasteland. Scattered across the landscape were millions of rocks.

    “How the fuck are we ever going to find this one rock?!” he asked. I looked at the barren landscape before us; even though it was the middle of the day, the sky was a perpetually deep orange, and it reflected upon the landscape, turning everything in sight the same color.

    Everything is exactly as it was described in every book I’ve read about this place… Statuedramon’s anguish did not seem unfounded, as I continued looking around the vast wasteland. There was nothing but rocks lying on the ground as far as the eye could see. “As far as I can tell, all the rocks here look to be a normal color for rocks; I’d think a purple one would stand out.”

    “So…we just start looking around for a rock that might be purple?”
    “That’s about all we can do for now,” Zelda said.


    Sephyrus

    “So, what’s the plan, S?” Michalis asked. His voice was filled with vigor and energy to spare, though his body looked as though he were on the verge of collapse. I certainly couldn’t blame him; the heat of Cyprus Wasteland was appalling, and even worse than that of Cyprus Desert due to its lack of a strong wind.

    “We wait.” I looked down from the small plateau from where we hid ourselves. Thomas, Zelda, and Statuedramon were not even a mile away, but they had no idea how close we were to them.

    “For how long?”

    “Until they find the stone. Then, we take it from them, saving us the trouble of trying to find it. Afterwards, we can take it to Marigold Spire to the East. That was where Myotismon was brutally murdered by Beowulfmon.”

    “Oh…is mother already at the spire?”
    “There is no need for her to travel to a place as harsh as this one,” I said. “She taught me her spell; the one in the ancient language. If all goes as planned, and you are able to distract the three of them long enough if necessary, then Myotismon will be free.”


    Thomas Kasuto
    1 Hour

    “…Thomas, are rocks edible?”

    “No, Statuedramon.”

    “…What about the dirt? It’s starting to look like chocolate powder…”

    “Get the dirt out of your mouth, Statch.” Even without turning around, I knew what he was doing.

    “You’re mean!” I heard him reluctantly spit the dirt out, though from the sound of it, it was more from disgust at the taste rather than from me telling him to.

    “I’m aware of that.” I grinned.

    “…Man, this is taking forever! I wonder how Zelda’s doing…” Statuedramon glanced over at her just as she bent down to pick something up.

    “Thomas! Statuedramon! I think I found it!” Zelda walked over to me, and in her hand was a vibrantly purple rock.

    “No way! That’s it, all right!” Zelda handed Statuedramon the rock. The Rookie Digimon gripped it tightly, and a flare of golden flames began circling him. “All right! Let’s take this back to Apollomon so he can deal with it!” Statuedramon began walking ahead of us to the desert.

    “Oh, I’m so glad I did something right for a change!” Zelda said, looking very pleased with herself. “I could never do anything right when I was just a little girl!”
    “…Zelda…there’s something that I’ve been meaning to ask you,” I said as she handed me the Horcrux. “It’s about your lack of self-esteem. Have you always been like this?”

    “As far as I can remember…I have been. Because I’m one of the Marked, my mother would always yell at me and insult me, as if it were my fault she carried the mark as well. I eventually began to believe all the things she said about me — and I’m sure I will for the rest of my life — that everything is my fault, that I’m not smart, that I’m not pretty, that I—”

    “Zelda, you cannot believe anything she told you about yourself that made you feel bad,” I whispered. I placed her small hand in mine, and looked into her lovely eyes. “I am grateful to her for bringing you into this world, but you just can’t believe any of those lies. Do you believe me when I tell you how beautiful you are? Do you believe me when I tell you that I love you?”

    “I…maybe? I’m not sure…” She looked up at the sky, and smiled. “…When I was younger, growing up in Adonis Village with Anna…At night…at any time during the night after my mother passed out drunk after yelling at me…I would always go outside, and look up at the sky, at the stars…they always looked so pretty to me. I often dreamed about becoming a star…I remember thinking to myself when I was five or six years old that, if I could become a pretty star, then I would be able to prove my mother wrong…”

    “Zelda…you are more beautiful than any star in the sky.”

    “…Thomas…”

    “You’re the kindest person I know, Zelda. If you didn’t take the time to help me, I could have lost my arm, and if you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t have been able to treat that wound. I love you, Zelda. I promised that I’d always be there for you, and that I wouldn’t ever let you cry again. Those are promised I intend to keep.”

    “Thomas…I love you, too…You were the first person who was ever nice to me after I had parted ways with my sister…”

    “Thomas, we’ve got a problem!” Statuedramon shouted, far ahead of Zelda and me. I glanced at him, seeing Michalis and Sephyrus approach him. “Stand back; I have a rock, and I’m not afraid to burn your asses with it!”

    “We have come for that very stone,” Sephyrus said. “Hand it over, or suffer the consequences!”

    “…Think fast!” Statuedramon gripped the stone, and a stream of golden flames shot out of it at the two Bio Hybrids.

    “Bio Hybrid DNA Charge! Bio Hybrid Digivolve to, BioPremenitmon!” Michalis stood behind the Mega level Bio Hybrid as he took the flames emitted from the stone in the face. “Thanks for finding the stone for us; it saved us the trouble!” BioPremenitmon trudged through the flames and picked Statuedramon up by his wrist. “The stone. Hand it over.”

    “Let go of him!” I brandished my sword and attempted to stab BioPremenitmon’s arm, but the tip of my blade bounced off his scales. Statuedramon suddenly began screaming, and I looked up to see that BioPremenitmon’s grip had tightened around his wrist until Statch’s fingers unraveled themselves from the stone.

    “Thank you very much,” Sephyrus reached up with his other hand and took the stone. “We’ve gotten what we came here for. Let us go, Michalis; to Marigold Spire! Shadow Evolution; Gryphonmon! Quickly, Michalis; get on!”

    “You fools are too late; Myotismon will be released!” Michalis laughed as he jumped onto Gryphonmon’s back. “And this time, there won’t be anything you can do about it!” Gryphonmon spread his massive wings and flew off, leaving the three of us behind.

    “Damn it…now, we’ll never catch up to them,” Statuedramon said.

    “No, we can still make it!” Zelda said. “Come forth, Dynasmon!”

    “What is it you desire, milady?” Dynasmon asked as soon as he materialized.

    “The three of us need to get to Marigold Spire as soon as possible!”
    “Understood.” Dynasmon bent down picked up all three of us, and in an instant, we were in the air.


    Sephyrus
    Marigold Spire

    “It is done, Michalis!” I exclaimed. The stone lay before us, emitting a bright light just as the necklace did when SkullCaliphmon had been summoned. “Myotismon, I call to you from the other side!” A black hole formed underneath the stone, and a cape-wearing Digimon flew out.

    “You are not Lilithmon; who are you?!” Myotismon asked.

    “My name is Sephyrus; I have freed you on behalf of our lady, for she could not be bothered to travel to a place with a climate as severe as this,” I replied. Myotismon sighed impatiently.

    “Well, whatever. But what took you so long?! Surely my Horcrux would’ve been hidden in a place where it could’ve easily have been found!”

    “I’m afraid not, Sir; your rock was buried in the sea of stones that is the Cyprus Wasteland. Furthermore, we had to allow our…rivals in the Horcrux hunt to find your stone first so it would be easier to retrieve.”

    “Your rivals…you refer to the people who murdered SkullCaliphmon?!”

    “Yeah, those are the ones,” Michalis said. “They always feel like they have to interfere with our work.” As Michalis spoke, Dynasmon, the same one that had attacked me in Mandala two weeks ago, popped up behind him, carrying Thomas, Zelda, and Statuedramon. “Speaking of whom…”

    “You shall interfere no longer!” Myotismon shouted. “Crimson Lightning!”
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    Chapter 59 - Crimson Lightning and Golden Flames

    Zelda
    Marigold Spire

    “Crimson Lightning!” Dynasmon quickly but gently placed us down on the mountain before catching Myotismon’s attack with his claws before it hit us. “Who is this miscreant that dares defy me?!” Myotismon asked.

    “His name is Dynasmon,” Sephyrus said. “He’s a Mega level Digimon, and a master of both hand-to-hand combat and combat from afar, as well as in the air.”

    “Master, eh? Dynasmon, you may call me Master!”

    “I think not! Breath of Wyvern!” As Dynasmon summoned forth a gigantic dragon, Myotismon snapped his fingers. The flames of Dynasmon’s attack dispersed, much to the surprise of the Digimon Spirit.

    No way! Dynasmon…is so powerful! How could Myotismon have done that?!

    “There is nothing a Digimon like you can do to defeat me! Nightmare Claw!” Myotismon sent out a black, ghost-like entity that turned Dynasmon’s pure white armor a faded black. The Spirit, unable to stay airborne, fell to the ground, landing on his head before vanishing. “When you take me to Lilithmon, Sephyrus, tell her to expect an earful for letting SkullCaliphmon die! I might be the strongest Digimon among the twelve of us, but I’m not as strong as I could be without all twelve of us! Thanks to her, that might not ever happen!”

    “Duly noted,” Sephyrus replied.

    “And as for you,” Myotismon turned to face us. His face was scrunched with wrath, and I felt my knees tremble as his pale blue eyes glare down at us. “Expect an even worse fate for slaying my comrade! Grisly Wing!” Without hesitation, Statch jumped out in front of us and help up his shield.

    “Dimensional Shield!” Myotismon conjured up a countless number of bats, and each and every one of them found their way into Statuedramon’s shield. When he swung his sword, his Sword of Dragon’s Soul attack took on a black hue before it struck Myotismon, who held up his cape to protect himself.

    “Crimson Lightning!” Myotismon struck Statuedramon across the face and head multiple times until the Rookie Digimon lost consciousness, with blood slowly pouring from his nose and mouth. “You two are next!”

    “Zelda, get down!” Thomas ran in front of me just as Myotismon’s attack struck him across the back.

    “Thomas!” He fell to a knee briefly, and I ran over to him. Myotismon attacked again, and Thomas leaped back up to protect me.

    “Don’t worry…I’ll…protect you,” Thomas whispered, grinning weakly at me before Myotismon attacked him once again. His face contorted with pain each time Myotismon attacked him, and I could hear his breathing grow more and more labored with each attack. Still, he did not falter, and through each attack, he held me tightly in his strong arms.

    “Thomas, please…” His breathing grew more and more labored, and he looked to be on the verge of passing out. In all my life, I had never felt as helpless as I do now, seeing the love of my life ruthlessly attacked.

    “How is this Human still not dead yet?!” Myotismon asked, panting.

    “This one has always been quite stubborn about clinging to life. He didn’t even die when I stabbed him in the chest,” Sephyrus said. I saw Myotismon’s expression turn from annoyance and exhaustion to surprise.

    “How many times must I attack him until he dies?!” Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the sunlight glinting off something. It was nearby, and I could easily reach it…

    “It shouldn’t take too much longer,” Michalis said. “The back of his shirt’s all torn up, and his back is bleeding like crazy!”

    “Then this will be the final attack! Crimson—”

    “No! Please, don’t do it!” I worked my way out of Thomas’s limp arms and placed myself between him and Myotismon, my arms outstretched, as Thomas collapsed to the ground. “Please, don’t hurt him anymore!”

    “Are you volunteering to be my first Human victim in over two hundred years?” When I didn’t reply, the Ultimate Digimon shrugged. “Suit yourself.”

    “No…Zelda…”

    This Digimon…Please, be strong enough to protect the man I love! “Come forth, Gigasmon!” A tall, large-armed Digimon appeared between me and Myotismon.

    “You call me?” Gigasmon asked, looking at me over his shoulder. “Me help you if you want.”

    “Ridiculous; you really think this grammatically-challenged imbecile can defeat me?!” Myotismon asked.

    “Me not smart, but me strong!” Gigasmon cracked his knuckles.

    “We shall see; Grisly Wing!”

    “Quagmire Twister!” Gigasmon spun and spun, knocking away almost every bat Myotismon sicced on him while smashing all the others with his fists.

    “Not bad, I suppose,” Myotismon said. “But if you are the best they have, then there is no hope for them to win! I will burn Arcadia to the ground as the sound of thunder resonates in the sky! And you shall be the first to be burned, Spirit!” Myotismon shrouded himself in swirling golden flames that roared as fiercely as the lightning from his Crimson Lightning attack. “This will hardly be a battle at all; simply an end!”

    “You kill me, me keep coming back! Me Digimon Spirit! Me can’t die! Me loyally fight for whoever summons me! Tectonic Slam!” Gigasmon leapt up high into the air, and was followed by the flames.

    “Perish, flawed one!” Myotismon screamed. Gigasmon fell through Myotismon’s golden flames as they soared upward into the air and surrounded him, not wincing once as they seared and burned his skin. After remaining airborne for what felt like an eternity, Gigasmon crashed down onto Myotismon, with his large hands placed around the evil Digimon’s neck as they crashed into the mountain, delving deeper and deeper through it until they popped on the other side and landed on the sandy, rocky ground below. As we weren’t very high up on Marigold Spire, I could easily see Myotismon’s sharp fangs when he opened his mouth to scream one final time before he died.

    “Me do good?!” Gigasmon hollered up at me, wearing an expectant smile on his face.

    “…Yes…you did just fine, Gigasmon!” I smiled back at the Digimon Spirit, who gave me an eager thumbs-up before vanishing.

    “Well…Lilithmon certainly is going to be quite upset about the loss of Myotismon,” Sephyrus said calmly, and as he bent down to pick up the stone, a sword flew through the air, with its blade landing in the ground between Sephyrus’s hand and the rock.

    “Myotismon’s soul is no longer bound to the rock…meaning it is no longer a Horcrux,” Thomas said as he limped over to pick up his sword. I gasped when I saw his back; his coat and shirt were completely torn up, and he was bleeding quite badly. “And yet, there you go, taking the time to pick it up, or rather, try to. Just like the Necklace; it no longer has SkullCaliphmon’s soul bound to it, and it is no longer a Horcrux, either…meaning it should be of no value to you. So why, then, do you take the time to retrieve them when they are empty of souls?” Sephyrus closed his eyes and smiled.

    “You are right, Thomas. The Stone and the Necklace are no longer Horcruxes, yet it remains prudent that we keep them safe and intact for our lady.”
    Thomas picked up the rock and placed it in his pocket. “Might you be willing to tell us why?”

    “I would, but I’m sorry to say the details remain a mystery even to me. So, go right ahead; take the stone, if you feel that you must. Alone, it will not do you any more good than it will us…and when the time comes…whenever we wish it…we could easily take it back from you. Your trials are far from over; we are already in possession of the Jewel and the Silk. Once Lilithmon is finished with them, you will have two Mega Digimon to deal with in addition to Lilithmon…as well as us Bio Hybrids.”

    “We will stop you.”

    “I know you will, at the very least, try,” Sephyrus said. “Whether or not you are successful…It is entirely up to fate to decide who will win this. You or us. Good or evil. Light or darkness. Whichever of us the world deems to be more worthy of existing…that is who will survive.”

    “We will not fail in stopping you,” I said. Sephyrus regarded me with interest for a moment.

    “Michalis, are you ready to go?”

    “Yeah, let’s get out of here,” the younger Bio Hybrid said. Sephyrus nodded and began his descent from Marigold Spire.

    “Wait!” Thomas grabbed Michalis’s arm before he could follow Sephyrus. “…Lilithmon told me you were the one who murdered Victoria. Is this true?”

    “…I’ve got no reason to deny doing it,” Michalis shrugged. I saw Thomas’s grip tighten around the boy’s arm. Michalis grinned through the pain, and even began laughing.

    “How could you do it?” Thomas asked quietly, almost inaudibly. “She was your mother! She loved you! She…she was pregnant…”

    “Yeah, she mentioned all of that before it happened,” Michalis said. “So? Is there something you were going to do about it? You wouldn’t actually go as far as to…kill me…would you?”

    “…A few days ago, when I first learned what you had done, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t kill you, that I wouldn’t let myself fall to your level,” Thomas said. “She always told me not to let anger, revenge, and hatred get the best of me, not to let them guide me. Revenge is simply another name for murder, and there is no forgiveness for wanton murder. Any good man must always condemn it. Michalis…you will be my one exception. Victoria…please forgive me…but your son cannot be allowed to live…”

    “You can do whatever you want; I will never regret killing her! She wasn’t my mother! Lilithmon is!” Michalis said. “Now, if you’re done speaking to that dead woman, there’s a profane bishop I need to catch up to.” After a moment, Thomas released his grip on Michalis’s arm. “See you later…‘bro’.” Michalis slid down the spire after Sephyrus.

    “Why did you let him go?” I asked.

    “I couldn’t do it…not with you watching…”

    “We could have covered our eyes,” Statuedramon suggested.

    “No; you’d have still heard it.” Thomas reached back into his pocket and pulled out the stone.

    “Hey…wasn’t that rock purple a few minutes ago?” Statch asked.

    “It was purple when it had a soul bound to it; it isn’t now that it no longer has a soul attached to it,” Thomas said. “But why would they still need it if it was devoid of souls?”

    “Do you think Apollomon will know?” I asked.

    “We should hurry back; if he does know, we might be able to use that knowledge against Lilithmon.”
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    Chapter 60 - Belphemon Awakens

    Michalis
    Mandala City
    2 Days

    I stood nervously at the very center of Mandala City, the place where Lilithmon seemed to be most at ease. I watched her face, wondering how she would react to the news I had just delivered. “I see…so, Myotismon has been defeated as well,” Lilithmon said. “Well, I’m sure he’s pissed about that; he was always the quickest to anger of the twelve of us.”

    “I apologize, milady; such a thing should not have occurred while there was something I could have done about it,” Sephyrus said. “If Myotismon is too miffed about his predicament, perhaps I could—”

    “Nah, let him be pissed off; even if he was alive, I’m sure he wouldn’t be too much happier.”

    “So…milady, are your preparations complete?”

    “Yes; I’m ready to begin,” Sephyrus nodded. “Bio Hybrid DNA Charge! Bio Hybrid Digivolve to, BioPremenitmon!”

    “Are you sure you’ll be okay without that gem?” Lilithmon asked.

    “It is only a single attack I will be losing,” BioPremenitmon said, holding up his ankh. “Shadow Evolution was convenient, but losing it will in no way hinder me as I continue working with you, Lilithmon.” Lilithmon wrapped her fingers around the vibrantly colored jewel in BioPremenitmon’s ankh and plucked it out.

    “Michalis?”

    “I know, I know…” My heart sank as I lifted up my left sleeve and looked at the silk cloth wrapped around my arm. Almost forgot it was there…Wonder if it’s as bad as it was the last time I checked? I sighed, beginning to unravel the cloth until it loosely fell into my hand. Lilithmon took it, ignoring the dark blood that stained it. The Silk had covered a festering welt that I had gotten when the blood of Beelzemon was injected into mine.

    “What are the odds that the two of you would be in the possession of a Horcrux?!” Lilithmon asked giddily. She grasped my Jewel and Michalis’s Silk in her left hand, and stared down greedily at the two of them.

    “It seems as though we are fated to prevail,” BioPremenitmon said, turning back into Sephyrus. “I was simply lucky enough to stumble upon this jewel in my youth, and I’ve kept it with me ever since.”

    “That cloth has been wrapped around my arm ever since I was turned into a Bio Hybrid.” I spoke in an absent-minded voice, half-listening to the conversation as I examined my arm. “They told me that my ‘operation’ was a bit messier than others, and they used that cloth to stop the bleeding. Guess they forgot about it…” Well…I suppose it’s not nearly as gory and repugnant as it was before…At least the bleeding stopped nine years ago…

    “Well, lucky for us that they did!” Lilithmon said. “This jewel is home to the soul of DeathPhantomon before his murder in Yew at the hands of Flamedramon — a different Flamedramon from the one we are familiar with, mind you — and this silk is home to the soul of Belphemon before his murder here in Mandala at the hands of Neptunemon.”

    “Rumor has it that Neptunemon lives still,” Sephyrus said.

    “Really? Where?!”

    “It’s rumored that he’s been frozen solid by an incredibly powerful Digimon up in Nymphaea Province.”
    “Really…I wonder who could have done that,” Lilithmon mused. “Well, as long as he’s out of the way, I guess it doesn’t matter. Now, then…it’s time to revive Belphemon!”


    Thomas Kasuto
    Saias’s Villa

    “What do you mean, they took the sword?!” I asked.

    “I mean just dat,” Pheragas said, sitting across from us on a couch in the villa’s living room. He and BlackGaomon, who sat in Pheragas’s lap, were covered in soot and smoke, but appeared to be otherwise unharmed. Beside the two were Apollomon and Dianamon. Zelda and Statuedramon sat next to me. Luna sat in a chair nearby, and on the floor next to her lay Chrysania, sprawled out on her stomach and swinging her legs in the air.

    “But…that can’t be!” Statuedramon jumped up and stood on the couch next to me. “The Bio Hybrids were on Marigold Spire; they brought back Myotismon right before we killed him! How could they have also been in Yew, taking the sword?!”

    “It might not have been them,” I said. Apollomon glanced at me.

    “What do you mean?” Luna asked.

    “Just because a Horcrux was taken doesn’t mean it was one of the Bio Hybrids who took it,” the Mega answered. “Pheragas, you and BlackGaomon clearly heard your attacker say the word ‘Horcrux,’ didn’t you?”

    “Yes; the Digimon that attacked us said that his master wanted the sword in his possession,” BlackGaomon said.

    His possession?!”

    “Yeah…? What’s so weird about—”

    His possession,” Apollomon repeated. “The Digimon attacking you wanted the sword for his master, who he clearly stated to be male. Lilithmon is a woman.”

    “Oh…”

    “It’s kind of hard not to notice,” Statuedramon said in a dreamy voice.

    “So that means that someone else is out gathering Horcruxes,” Dianamon said.

    “And if they attacked the two of you to get it, then I doubt they have something in plan for them,” Apollomon said.

    “Or us,” Pheragas added.

    “Geez, this is turning into an even bigger mess than the one a two weeks ago,” Statch said.

    “…Apollomon…can you think of any reason why Lilithmon would still need the Horcruxes after the souls have left them?” I asked.

    “What do you mean?! They shouldn’t have any reason to keep them!”

    Wow…this really is getting weird, then… I reached into my pocket, pulled out the stone that had once held Myotismon’s soul, and held it up for Apollomon to see. “After Myotismon was killed by Gigasmon…Sephyrus took the time to try and retrieve this…just like he did with the necklace.” Apollomon stared blankly at the stone. “Are you sure you can’t think of any reasons why they would still need them?” I asked.

    “They…shouldn’t be of any use to her anymore…” Apollomon said.

    “I can’t think of any reason, either,” Luna said.

    “If they are taking the time to get the Horcruxes even when they don’t have any souls in them, it might prove wise to retrieve them before they have a chance to,” Dianamon said.

    “And in the meantime, Sephyrus told us Lilithmon is already in possession of the Silk and Jewel Horcruxes,” Statuedramon said.

    “The jewel…that may be DeathPhantomon,” Apollomon said. “And I’m fairly certain the silk was Belphemon’s. In Mandala, before Lilithmon’s first death, Seraphimon told me he saw a shred of Lilithmon’s sleeve float away soon after Belphemon vanished.”

    “Then that means Belphemon was killed in Mandala!” Statuedramon exclaimed. “And that’s where Lilithmon and the Bio Hybrids are right now! And that means she could be bringing Belphemon back right now!”

    “How powerful was Belphemon back in the old days?” I asked. “Did the friend of yours who killed Belphemon ever tell you that much?”

    “Let me think…Neptunemon told me that Belphemon had held him off for quite a bit until he had finally one,” Apollomon said. “Belphemon is a Digimon large and powerful enough to strike down entire mountains with a single swing of his arms, but is usually too busy napping to actually do it.”

    “So, he’s lazy, is he?” Statch asked. “Guess we don’t have to hurry, then.”

    “I wouldn’t be too sure,” I said.

    “On the contrary,” Apollomon interrupted. “When Belphemon actually is awake, he is a wrathful and destructive being; in fact, it was partly because of him that Mandala is now on the bottom of the ocean. It is advised that you leave as soon as possible, Thomas, and if possible, stop Belphemon from being brought forth from the Dark Area in the first place. Like, now.”

    “What?! We have to go to the bottom of the ocean?! Again?!” Statch wined.

    “Irene led me to a shortcut to Mandala in Yew when we went to kill Lilithmon last time,” I said. “It’s really close by; we should get there in about ten minutes.” And maybe…Michalis will be there…I’ll have to be prepared for the possibility of not just fighting him, but…killing him…Victoria’s son…
    “Go as soon as you are ready,” Apollomon said. “And do not let Belphemon walk this earth again!”


    Sephyrus
    Mandala City
    10 Minutes

    “Boy, this sure is taking a while,” Michalis said. He yawned in boredom as he looked around the sunken city. “How come the others didn’t take this long?”

    “It has to do with the ancient language Lilithmon is reciting,” I said. “In the ancient language, Belphemon’s name is almost one hundred syllables.”

    One hundred?! That’s fucking insane!” the boy’s jaw dropped. “I can see why that language is dead!”

    “Conversely, the word meaning ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’ is only two syllables.”

    “…Is there anything else I should know about the language?”

    “Do not fear, Michalis; it will not be required of you to learn this language,” I laughed.

    “It is complete!” Lilithmon’s voice echoed throughout the ancient city. Beneath the shred of Lilithmon’s sleeve that lay on the floor, a black hole appeared, and from it emerged the claws of an enormous Digimon. Soon, its head was in sight, and before too long, the rest of it. Belphemon stood, towering over the three of us. It seemed as though he were panting from exhaustion, though to me, it sounded more like roaring. “Behold; the triumphant return of the most powerful of my Digimon allies; Belphemon!”

    “Enough of the idle chattering,” Belphemon said. “What’s for dinner?”

    “Damn it, we’re too late!” I turned around, seeing Thomas, Zelda, and Statuedramon standing above a blue tile and gaping at Belphemon’s colossal figure.

    “I was hoping we’d be able to avoid this,” Thomas said.

    “Those three are the ones who killed me a week ago,” Lilithmon said. “They will do for now, won’t they?”

    “Oh, good; I love the taste of Humans!” Belphemon greedily stared at Thomas and Zelda. “Especially the girls!”

    “Bon appétit, dear Belphemon. We’re off to free another of our allies,” Lilithmon said. “Sephyrus, Michalis; with me! We’re going to Yew!”

    “Yes, milady,” I said. Michalis and I quickly ran after her, with a roar from Belphemon being the last thing I heard before stepping on a different blue tile, headed for Mandala.
    "Evil can confuse you when you're staring at it straight in the face. You can hope the face of evil will change, but it won't unless you force it to change."

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    Chapter 61 - The Phantom Unleashed

    Thomas Kasuto
    Mandala City

    “You three are the ones who killed Lilithmon a year ago,” Belphemon said. The gigantic Digimon licked his lips.

    “I’ve never heard of a Digimon eating Humans before,” Zelda whispered. Belphemon greedily looked down at her.

    “You’re a bit on the scrawny side, Human woman; there’s hardly any meat on your bones at all,” Belphemon said. “I should save you for later, Human woman, so I can make you as fat as I can get you. A lot of fattening up would do wonders for your flavor! What was your name, again? I can’t quite remember.”

    “The only thing you’re going to know is what it’s like to die a second time!” I retorted.

    “…So…you think you can kill me, small Digimon?” Belphemon asked. “I don’t really care what you or anyone else thinks. Let’s just get this over with so I can go back to sleep! Gift of Darkness!”

    “Come forth, Gigasmon!” As soon as Zelda summoned him, the Mineral Digimon reached up and caught two of Belphemon’s claws before they touched the ground.

    “You wish to have a strength contest with me, Spirit?”

    “Me no care how strong you is! Me will protect master!” Gigasmon said.

    “Hah! Good luck with that!” Belphemon said. “My claws are clad in the flames of hell! You think someone like you could withstand their heat?!”

    “What should we do?!” Statch whispered frantically. “There’s no way any of us could beat a Digimon this powerful! And I don’t wanna get eaten!”

    “Oh, relax! I’m the one he’s going to fatten up!” Zelda whined.

    “Should we go back and get Apollomon?” I asked. I looked calmly at Zelda, and admired how calm and composed she looked in the shadow of that enormous Digimon.

    “I don’t think we have time for that!” Statch said. “Lilithmon is in Yew as we speak, summoning another Digimon! We need to hurry up and kill this one before that one gets out! But…I’m not big enough to fight a Digimon like this…”

    “Big enough…Statuedramon, aren’t you capable of Digivolving?” Zelda asked.

    “Not that I know of. I know most Rookie Digimon with a Human partner like me can do it, but I just don’t know how it’s done.”

    “Without Apollomon to help us, Zelda, I think you might be the only one who can stop Belphemon,” I said. “The Digimon you summon are the only ones strong enough to stop him.”

    “Enough! I grow weary of this!” Belphemon roared. “Lampranthus!” One of the chains coiled around Belphemon’s wrist moved on its own and struck Gigasmon across the head. The Digimon Spirit tumbled over backward and was struck again by two more of Belphemon’s chains before the larger Digimon swatted him away with his claws. Belphemon roared victoriously as Gigasmon vanished.

    “…Okay. I’ll try not to let you down, Thomas,” Zelda said.

    As if you ever could…I smiled as I watched as Zelda held up an arm to summon another Digimon. “Come forth, Dynasmon!” she commanded

    “Dragon’s Roar!” Dynasmon unleashed an attack that struck Belphemon directly in the chest, managing to move the larger Digimon back a few feet.

    “Eating Digimon Spirits is no fun,” Belphemon said. “Get out of my way so I can eat those Humans! Even though she’s way too skinny, that girl looks especially soft and tender…” Belphemon began to drool.

    “Never; Breath of Wyvern!”

    “Gift of Darkness!” Belphemon’s claws cut through Dynasmon’s attack, the flames of which dispersed into the air and vanished. Dynasmon was effortlessly swatted to the ground by the enormous talons before disappearing. “Done yet?”

    “Come forth, Leomon!” Zelda yelled as the Champion level Spirit materialized,

    “Fist of the Beast King!”

    “Lampranthus!” Belphemon flailed the chains around his arms, striking Leomon across the side of his head and his shoulder before he could attack.

    “No! Leomon!” She began to run to her Spirit’s side, but I held up my arm to stop her from getting any closer to Belphemon.

    “Don’t worry; I’ll be fine…” Leomon, with a trembling arm, tightly grasped the hilt of his sword and removed it from its scabbard.

    “Lampranthus!”

    “Beast Sword!” Leomon quickly swung his blade, slicing clear through Belphemon’s chains before they were able to hit him.

    “Gift of Darkness!”

    “Leomon Digivolve to, SaberLeomon!” SaberLeomon, standing on his hind legs, was almost as tall as Belphemon; he let out a threatening roar that shook the entire city. Belphemon, with a look of near-concern on his face, halted his attack and drew his arm back.

    “A Digimon the same size as me? I thought Machinedramon was the only one,” Belphemon said.

    “I have people I’m fighting for; you cannot hope to be a match for me,” SaberLeomon growled.

    “Well, either way, let’s try to make this quick,” Belphemon said. “I’m getting tired of all this moving around…”

    “Howling Crusher!” SaberLeomon reared up on his hind legs and shoved one of his front claws into Belphemon’s chest. Blood came surging out, staining SaberLeomon’s yellow fur orange.

    “…Well? Aren’t you going to scream in agony like everyone else?” I asked.

    “I would…but…it’d take too much…of an effort…” Belphemon smiled and looked down at the three of us. “Well done…I completely underestimated you, so I held back…If we ever fight again…you won’t win…this easily…” Belphemon, still smiling, fell over lifelessly as his body turned to small bits and clumps of data.

    “My lady, I shall be taking my leave for now,” SaberLeomon said before disappearing.

    “We’ve got to go after Lilithmon now!” Statuedramon said.

    “She said she was going to Yew, right?” I asked.
    “Let’s go; she’s probably summoning that Digimon as we speak!” Zelda said. I gently took her hand in mine as the three of us left the submerged subcontinent of Mandala.


    Sephyrus
    Yew

    “DeathPhantomon is free!” Lilithmon exclaimed. The three of us stood in a secluded area of the city, and we were hidden from sight by a few warehouses. The jewel lay on the ground at Lilithmon’s feet, and beneath it, a black hole opened up, with a rather large, cloaked Digimon quickly flying out of it.

    “It’s good to be free again,” DeathPhantomon said. “Well, Lilithmon, it seems as though thou art keeping up thine end of the bargain after all. The punishment I had in store for thee will have to remain as little more than a fond, fond memory.”

    “Oh…thank you, DeathPhantomon,” Lilithmon said.

    “On the other hand…” DeathPhantomon continued. “It seems that thou art failing to keep us here once we have been brought back. Alas, SkullCaliphmon, Myotismon, and even Belphemon hath fallen in battle. Lilithmon…if this keeps up, thy sweet, enjoyable punishment will turn from dream to reality.”

    “Belphemon’s dead, too?!” Michalis exclaimed. “How could a Digimon as big and powerful as him be defeated so soon?!”

    “It shall forever remain a mystery,” DeathPhantomon shrugged. “Belphemon hast begun his near-eternal slumber upon once again upon returning to the Dark Area.”

    “Rest assured, DeathPhantomon; I highly doubt a Digimon of your skill would fall as easily to those Humans,” Lilithmon said.

    “Of this, I have little doubt,” DeathPhantomon agreed. “For I shall not face them in battle.”

    “You what?!”

    “It seems as though all those who face those Humans are destroyed. I shall make mine escape before they arrive.”

    “You coward! How can you be afraid of two Humans and a Rookie level Digimon?!”

    “Thou may call it whatever thou wishes to; I call it keeping myself alive, free from the Dark Area. And so now, I shall bid thee a fondest farewell.” DeathPhantomon bowed as well as he could for not having any legs, then flew away.

    “Oh, well…maybe it is better this way,” Lilithmon sighed. “He is right; at least those Humans won’t be finding him…Well, come on; let’s get back to Mandala.” Michalis and Lilithmon began walking away, and I prepared to do the same, but I stopped when I heard someone approaching.

    “You are too late,” I said as I heard Thomas and Statuedramon walk up to me.

    “Too late…you mean…the Digimon…has already been summoned?” Statuedramon asked, completely out of breath, as if he had run all the way over here.

    “Yes, but you have no reason to be concerned,” I said.

    “Why is that?” Zelda asked.

    “The Digimon we summoned, DeathPhantomon, has run away, so to speak. He has no quarrel with you, and would prefer not to share the same fate as his allies.” I turned around to look at the three. “If you are fated to do so…then you will fight him. Of this, I have no doubt.”

    “So, where are you going to go for a Horcrux next?” Thomas asked.
    “I am unsure. We do not know the locations of any more off the tops of our heads. It is actually quite possible that you will get to a few of them before us. But just know that we’ll always be there to get them back.” Without another look behind me, I walked off after Lilithmon and Michalis.


    Thomas Kasuto
    Saias’s Villa
    20 Minutes

    It was nearing the end of the day and close to sundown by the time we had made it back to the villa. Apollomon was the only other person that sat with the three of us in the living room as we retold what happened.

    “Well, I’m impressed you all managed to defeat Belphemon by yourselves, and I’m even more pleased none of you got hurt,” he said.

    “Statch and I didn’t really do much of the fighting; it was all Zelda and her Digimon Spirits that defeated Belphemon,” I said. I glanced over at the woman I love only to find her blushing in embarrassment.

    “Well, nevertheless, I’m glad you weren’t hurt,” Apollomon repeated. “However, it is even more troubling to know that a Digimon like DeathPhantomon is roaming Arcadia freely.”

    “What kind of Digimon was he?” Statuedramon asked.

    “Again, I never fought him, so I only have a vague idea of what he is like,” Apollomon said. “From what I was told, however, I can only surmise that he was an exceedingly cunning and crafty Digimon, one who uses his surroundings, even the shadows themselves, to his fullest advantage, and on the rare occasions he was backed into a corner, he was able to change his form and regain the advantage he previously had. This is not a Digimon you will be able to defeat if you fight him unprepared; however, with the way he fights, there is no real way to be prepared for him.”

    “Wow…how could we defeat someone like that?” Statuedramon asked.

    “I am uncertain as to how he was ever defeated in the first place, unfortunately,” Apollomon said. “The friend of mine who killed him, Flamedramon, passed away before he was able to tell me how he was successful.”

    Flamedramon?! Hold on a minute—!”

    “Oh, yes; he’s not the same Flamedramon we are all familiar with,” Apollomon added quickly.

    “If he’s not targeting any of us, then we might not be in too much danger,” I said.

    “That may be, but as long as he’s still out there, we should be on our guard,” Zelda said.

    “So, what of the next Horcrux?” Statuedramon asked. “Even Sephyrus said that they don’t know specifically where any of them are, so what should our next move be?”

    “Well…I have a few ideas of where some might be,” Apollomon said. “But it’s getting late. I’ll tell you what I know tomorrow morning.”

    “…Fine,” Statch sighed. The three of us left the living room and began walking upstairs to our rooms. Zelda and I now shared a room, as well as a bed, while Statuedramon had a room all to himself.

    “…Tommy?” Zelda asked as soon as I closed our bedroom door. “If Belphemon…if he had made me fat like he said he would’ve…Would you still love me?”

    “Of course I would, sweetie!” I walked up to her and embraced her. “He could have fed you until you were bigger than he was, and I would still love you. I will always love you, no matter what.”
    “…Thank you, Tommy. I will always love you, too…”


    The Next Morning

    “So, you said you had an idea of where some more of those Horcruxes might be?” Statuedramon asked. All the members of Lachesis stood in the villa’s living room, standing around a map of Arcadia that lay across a table in the middle of the room.

    “…Possibly,” Apollomon said. “Over on the other side of the continent, near Shendu Territory…in the ocean…that is where the Medallion should be.”

    “If it’s in the ocean, I might be able to get it,” Luna said. “I know of a spell that enables Humans and Digimon to breathe underwater.” Apollomon nodded.

    “Good; you’ll go with Thomas and Zelda to Shendu Territory to find that Horcrux, then.”

    Shendu...I don’t know what help I would be underwater, but…I glanced over at Zelda. Shendu Beach is said to be really beautiful…that’s something I’d like to share with her…

    “The next one, the Flute, should be somewhere in the Savage Prairie, in Elphierr Territory.”

    “I was born in Elphierr Territory, so I know my way around that area,” Dianamon said. “I’ll go search for the flute.”

    “And the next one, the Mirror, should be near Lake Viscaria in Lotisea Province.”

    “BlackGaomon and I vill go and get dat vun,” Pheragas said. “I need to make up for de vun I lost.”

    “You didn’t fail us, Pheragas,” Dianamon said. “None of us knew somebody else might be searching for the Horcruxes.”

    “Everybody, proceed with extreme caution,” Apollomon warned. “It is extremely likely that each of your groups will be attacked by those seeking the Horcruxes. Chrysania, Statuedramon, and I will remain behind so not all of our members will be out at the same time, in case you all do get attacked.”

    “You know, as much as I hate the thought of being left behind…that’s a really good idea,” Statuedramon said. Apollomon nodded.

    “Everyone, make your preparations and depart as soon as possible.” Luna, Zelda and I all left for our rooms to prepare for our undoubtedly long journey.
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    Chapter 62 - The Medallion Calls

    Thomas Kasuto
    Shendu Territory
    3 Days

    The waves of the ocean were all that could be heard. The sun was in the middle of the sky, and its light was reflected with a near-blinding glow on the surface of the water. The sand of the beach Zelda, Luna, and I stood on had been heated up quite a lot by the sun, and though I wore shoes, I could sense just how hot it was—mainly due to Luna’s complaints about it, as the young witch had taken her shoes off.

    “Wouldn’t want these little beauties to get ruined,” she had said as she placed them into Zelda’s satchel before we arrived at the beach.

    Zelda gazed at the vast ocean lying before us now. “This is my first time here,” she said. “To the ocean, at least…”

    “I’ve never even been to Shendu Territory, let alone the beach,” I said. “The farthest east I’ve ever been was Elphierr Territory.”

    “It’s…so beautiful…” The ocean’s sparkling light was reflected in my lover’s eyes; she seemed as completely mesmerized by the sight of the ocean’s water as I was with the sight of her beauty before me. “I could watch this all day…”

    “As pleasant as that sounds, we have something we must do,” Luna said. “I’ll go see if I can find us a boat.”

    “A boat?” I gave the witch a quizzical look. “Don’t you know some spell that will let us breathe underwater?”

    “Of course I do! But, like most of my spells, that one has a time limit. That’s why it would be best for us to find a boat.”

    “Couldn’t you just…magic one up?” Zelda asked.

    “I could, but magic shouldn’t be depended on for everything. If you can do something with your own hands, you should do so.” Without any warning, Luna, in a single, fluid motion, removed her shirt. Neither of us were surprised, as this was something Luna frequently did at home. Her beauty and sexuality were two of the most dangerous weapons Lachesis had, possibly even more so than Pheragas’s axe, and Luna proudly and unashamedly used both to her advantage to lead to the downfall of countless nameless bandits. “Now, let’s see if I can find some poor, unassuming sap that I can…persuade…into letting us use his boat…” Luna had begun taking her long, dress-like skirt off until she was wearing nothing but her black and dark violet bikini. “Unless I don’t find anyone, this shouldn’t take too long. I’ll be back as soon as I can!”

    “I should…I should probably…” Zelda’s face began to turn bright red as Luna walked away. “I…I don’t want my clothes to get wet…”

    “You want to change? I can turn arou—”

    “No, that’s okay; I did what Luna did,” she added quickly, and very, very quietly. “I…I’ve never worn one before, though…”

    “You’ve never struck me as the type to wear a bikini before,” I said.

    “…Me too,” she said quietly, nervously looking away from me as she began taking her boots off. “It must seem ridiculous, being nervous like this; what I’m wearing right now really isn’t too much more revealing than a bikini…”

    “You don’t have any reason to apologize for being the way you are as a person,” I said softly. “To be honest, I find your shyness quite endearing. You’re really adorable when you blush like this.”

    “Thomas…” Eventually, Zelda finished removing her clothes; she wore nothing but a blue bikini with a same-colored cloth wrapped around her waist. She was blushing furiously and trying hard to avoid my gaze.

    “You do look very beautiful,” I assured her. “You may not ever believe me when I say it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”

    “…T—Thank you…”

    “Wow! Lookin’ good, Z!” Luna said. “I’m relieved to see that you’re getting less shy, dear.”

    Zelda’s face went completely red with embarrassment.

    “Luna, did you find a boat already?” I asked.
    “C’mon, Thomas; with a body like mine, I’m surprised I didn’t get a few marriage proposals in the process,” the witch joked. “See that man over there?” Luna pointed, and a good distance away stood a lone man next to a motor boat. “Biggest perv I’ve ever met — which is definitely saying something — but I was able to convince him to let just the three of us use that boat of his.”

    As far away as the man was, we could see him wave, and Luna turned around to blow him a kiss. “C’mon, we’d better go,” she said, rolling her eyes as she turned to face us. “We have to get to that next Horcrux before the Bio Hybrids do.”


    Michalis
    10 Minutes

    “Damn it; we’re too late!” The boat with three of Lilithmon’s enemies took off, leaving Sephyrus and me alone on the cold, windy beach. They were soon out of sight, and I kicked a clump of sand away in anger.

    “Not necessarily, my son,” Sephyrus said. “Suppose we were to arrive here first; what would we do?”

    “We would…find the Medallion,” I replied. “The Medallion of the Crescent Moon…the Horcrux we’re searching for…what else would we do?”

    “And how, exactly, would we get it?”

    “What do you mean?”

    “The Medallion lies beneath the ocean’s surface, and I, without my ability to transform without DeathPhantomon’s jewel, would be unable to find it. Unless you are capable of Digivolving into something that can breathe underwater, we have no other way of getting it.”

    “So…we just wait for them to come back with it, and then we take it?” I asked. “Just like with the Stone?”

    “Exactly,” Sephyrus smiled. “Michalis…how goes your…newest transformation? Have you attained flight yet?”

    “Yeah, I’ve got my wings now.”

    “Very good; I’m going to go to the restoration sight. When you retrieve the Medallion, bring it to me there as soon as you can.”
    “Understood.”


    Thomas Kasuto
    2 Hours

    “I think I…found something…” I climbed up into the boat, gasping for air, like Luna and Zelda before me, having been down in the water for longer than expected. In spite of having been down in the ocean before me, both women were still soaking wet, and their bikini-clad bodies glistened in the sunlight.

    “Are you okay?” Zelda asked. I nodded.

    “What did you find?” Luna asked.

    “It looked…like a treasure chest,” I said. “I’ll bet…that’s where the Horcrux is. Luna…cast the spell again. I’m ready.”

    “If you say so,” Luna said. The sorceress gently placed her hands over my shoulders as she began to speak in an eerie, incomprehensible language, as she had done before. “Okay, go!” I leaped out of the boat and once again dove down into the sea. In truth, I didn’t physically feel any different; it wasn’t as though I suddenly grew gills. However, it did feel rather weird to be able to breathe in water, and on several occasions, I found myself holding my breath.

    Let’s see…where was it? For a few moments, I swam further and further down in silence until something caught my eye. A black treasure chest, caught between two rocks. That’s it! I made my way to the chest, and no sooner had I placed my hand on top of the chest than a giant, white tentacle wrapped itself around my arm. Oh, no…why now?!

    “This is my treasure, Human!” I stared with horror into the featureless face of the Gesomon that held me in place. “Leave at once, or suffer the consequences!”

    “No! I need what’s in that chest!” I shouted. I don’t even know if what I’m looking for is in there, though… I reached down for my sword and severed the Gesomon’s tentacle.

    “You fool; you should’ve left when you had the chance! Coral Crusher!” I was barely able to wrap my fingers around one of the chest’s handles before one of Gesomon’s larger tentacles struck me across the chest, sending my flying through the water with the Champion level chasing after me. “You won’t get away from me that easily; Deadly Shade!” Gesomon squirted out a thick, black ink. Instantly, my eyes began to burn as the Gesomon wrapped his limbs tighter and tighter around my chest.

    Damn it…I have to…lose this thing! Can’t let it…hurt Zelda… I tried in vain to swing the heavy, bulky chest, but Gesomon had me tied up too tightly to move my arms. Damn…I couldn’t have died…fighting bravely against one of those Bio Hybrids, huh?

    “Fist of the Beast King!” A flaming lion’s head tore through Gesomon’s ink cloud and struck the Mollusk Digimon in the back of the head.

    “…Leo…mon…”

    “Beast Sword!” Leomon’s sword cut through a majority of Gesomon’s legs, setting me free. Gesomon turned around, and when he saw Leomon he began backing away slowly.

    “You okay, little buddy?” Leomon asked.

    “Yeah…I’ll be fine…” the two of us began swimming up to the ocean’s surface.

    “Oooh, Leomon, huh?” I heard the Gesomon ask, sounding somewhat impressed. “I’ve always heard stories of how strong Leomon was, but I never knew he could swim, too!”

    “Zelda saw that cloud of ink rise to the surface, so she and Luna sent me to check up on you,” Leomon explained, ignoring the Gesomon. In a matter of seconds, we had reached the ocean’s undulating surface. The Digimon Spirit climbed into the boat and helped me get the chest aboard before I climbed in after it.

    “Tommy, are you okay?! What happened down there?!” Zelda asked.

    “It was a Gesomon,” I said.

    “Did he use his Deadly Shade attack?” Luna asked. I nodded.

    “It got in my eyes. I can’t see anything, now…”

    “Oh, no! Luna, is there anything you can do for him?!” Zelda asked.

    “This is the work of a Digimon’s attack, and damage from them can always be undone, dear,” Luna said. “However, it will require the use of a potion, one that I cannot make while we are out in the middle of nowhere. We’ll get him back to Shendu Territory, and I’ll see what I can do.”

    “Don’t worry, Thomas; we’ll get you back safely, and you’ll see again really soon!” Zelda said.

    “I’ve always wanted to challenge you, Leomon!” I heard Gesomon yell.

    Leomon sighed. “Yes, I know,” he said. “That’s what I did with my life before dying; fighting Digimon like you who thought they stood a chance against me. In fact…that’s how I died, Gesomon. That’s how I became a Digimon Spirit. If you wish to fight me, I have no objections, though. I will defend my master and her friends with every ounce of my strength!”

    “That’s exactly what I wanted to hear!” Gesomon yelled. “Gesomon Digivolve to, MarineDevimon!”

    “…MarineDevimon…One of the strongest Digimon to hide in the depths of the ocean,” Luna said breathlessly.

    “…I thought they were blue, though,” Zelda said. “Why is this one red?”

    What?! A Digimon with a rare coloration, and I have to be fucking blind!

    “It happens,” Luna said. “From what I’ve read, there’s like a one in eight thousand chance of seeing a Digimon with a different coloration.”

    God damn it, no! Why?! Of all the times to be blind, why now?!

    “Leomon Digivolve to, SaberLeomon!” A monstrously loud splash violently shook the boat as the Digimon Spirit leaped into the ocean. “You three, go on ahead; I’ll deal with MarineDevimon.”

    “No way! I’m not sticking around for this!” MarineDevimon screamed. “I wanted to fight Leomon, not this oversized monster! I’m out of here!” Another loud splash was heard, but still, I could see nothing.

    “It doesn’t hurt, does it?” I heard Zelda’s concerned voice next to me..

    “Well, my eyes are burning, but I’m getting kind of used to it by now.” I felt Zelda — at least, I’m fairly certain it was Zelda — reach down and give my hand a gentle squeeze as the boat began to move once again, heading for the shoreline.

    “Yeah, the burning’s to be expected with Gesomon’s Deadly Shade attack,” Luna said. I heard the lid of the treasure chest open. “…You did a good job, Thomas. You found it.”

    “The Horcrux? Is it in there?”

    “Yes; this is it,” Luna said. “Oh, wait; I guess you can’t see it…Sorry. I was holding it up to…show you…”

    I smiled. “Don’t worry about it. As long as the Bio Hybrids didn’t get it, I’m happy.” In a few short minutes, I felt the boat come to a sudden halt.

    “We’re back, Thomas,” Zelda said softly. After I was helped out of the boat by the two women, my ears soon picked up the wingbeats of an approaching Digimon.

    “…Something’s coming,” I said.

    “What? Where?” Luna asked. I could hear her shifting around in the sand, looking around.

    Interesting; my hearing seems better now that I’m blind… “It’s a flying Digimon; I can’t tell which direction it’s coming from…”

    “Corona Blaster!” The sound of multiple attacks resonated in the air as they struck the sandy beach, sending sand flying everywhere. “I’ll take that!”

    “That voice…Michalis?!”

    “I claim this Medallion in the name of Lilithmon! Ain’t it lovely?” I heard BioBeelzemon ask.

    “Where are you?!” And how long has he had wings?!

    “Oh…are you blind or something? Well, that’s not my concern; I got what I came here for, and soon, Generalmon will walk Arcadia once again! Later, losers!” The sound of BioBeelzemon’s wingbeats faded away, and soon, he was gone.

    “What…what should we do?” Zelda asked. “We can’t fight him…not without Thomas’s help…”

    “I’ll have to try; even if I can’t see, I’ll still fight him,” I said.

    “No,” I heard Luna say.

    “Luna?”

    “I’ll go after him,” Luna said. “I’ll fight BioBeelzemon, and if necessary, that Generalmon.”

    “By yourself?!” Zelda asked.

    “We don’t really have a choice, now do we?” Luna asked. “You wait here with Thomas; I’ll go get the Medallion back.”

    “Will you be okay by yourself?” I asked. I felt so helpless, and useless, not being able to fight. This was a new feeling, and it wasn’t like the time in the desert when Apollomon told me not to fight. This time, it was…crushing…like I was being deprived of my sole purpose in life.

    “I could send Leomon or Dynasmon with you, if you’d like,” Zelda suggested.

    “No; I’ll be fine on my own,” Luna said. “I’ll be back soon. I promise.” I heard the sound of Luna’s footsteps fade into the distance.

    “…Just don’t die!” I shouted. If anything happened to another friend when I could’ve been there to help out, I’ll never forgive myself

    “…Don’t worry. I would never be so cruel as to deprive Chrysania of her mother again.”
    "Evil can confuse you when you're staring at it straight in the face. You can hope the face of evil will change, but it won't unless you force it to change."

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    Chapter 63 - Nameless Challenger

    Thomas Kasuto
    Shendu Territory

    “Can you see anything yet?” Zelda asked. Her voice was filled with concern. “Your eyes don’t hurt anymore, do they?”

    “I can’t see anything, I’m afraid,” I replied. The two of us had been sitting alone on the beach with our, or at least my, back against what felt like a tree. The entire time, Zelda sat with her arms wrapped around my shoulders, as if to keep me safely in place while I couldn’t see. “My eyes still burn quite a bit from that attack, though.”

    “Aww, poor baby…” Zelda intertwined her fingers in between my own as I felt her lips press up against my right cheek.

    “Zelda…you haven’t…you’re still wearing your bikini, aren’t you?”

    “I don’t want to let go of you for a second while you’re still like this!” Zelda exclaimed. “I don’t know what it’s like to be blind, but I’m not going to leave your side if I can help it! I could never…abandon you…”

    Wow…I have the sweetest girlfriend in the world… I smiled and placed my arm around her waist, enjoying the moment and the soft and silky feel of her skin. I gently brushed my fingertips across her belly, and I could feel her laugh as my fingers worked their way around her navel. Without warning, I felt Zelda shift nervously. “What’s wrong?”

    “…Someone’s coming again…”

    “Who is it? Is it Luna?”

    “No…It’s a man…” I noted a small tinge of fear in her usually calm voice. “He’s walking up to us.” Soon, I heard the footsteps of the man as he walked through the sand of the beach. “Who are you?”

    “…I…do not know,” the man said. “It seems I have forgotten.”

    “What do you want with us?” Zelda asked.
    “There is a swordsman in your embrace; a particularly well-known one from where I came from,” the man continued. “I wish to challenge him.”


    Luna
    Acacia City
    Shendu Territory

    Where are those two?! My eyes were frantically scanning the sky, hoping to find BioBeelzemon. I can’t believe I lost sight of that bastard! Though it was only for a brief moment, an incandescent surge of white light filled the sky. By Goddess Arcadia…I’m too late! They’ve already—

    “Welcome to the plane of the living, Generalmon,” an unfamiliar voice said. I turned around, seeing a clearing near the outskirts of Acacia. There, I saw Michalis standing with another man I could only assume to be Sephyrus. In front of them was a heavily armored Digimon whom they addressed as Generalmon. So as not to be noticed, I hid myself behind a tree.

    “Skip the pleasantries, Sephyrus,” Generalmon said. “I’m interested only in conversing with Lilithmon…so that I may remove her head from her body.”

    “But…that would prevent the rest of you from being freed!” Michalis said.

    “Not necessarily,” Sephyrus said. “I am capable of doing so as well, remember?”

    “Yeah, but they’d all be weaker without her around, right?”

    “The child is correct. You may be capable, Sephyrus, but without Lilithmon — without all twelve of us — our power is diminished. Unfortunately, she must live on so all twelve of us can remain at full power,” Generalmon said. “Now, the only thing that I need to do is find a way to revive SkullCaliphmon, Myotismon, and Belphemon without need of foolish Horcruxes so that that can happen.”

    “Not so fast, Generalmon,” Sephyrus interrupted. “You…do realize where you are at the moment…do you not?”

    “No…please, enlighten me, Father Sephyrus.”

    “At this moment, we stand in the outskirts of Acacia City of Shendu Territory. The exact same city where you were killed by Omnimon.”

    “Did you say…Acacia?”

    Sephyrus nodded. Generalmon snapped his fingers, and a large, imposing axe materialized in his gauntlet-covered hands.

    “Hey, where are you going?” Michalis asked as the tall Digimon began to walk toward the city.

    “With this axe, I shall tear even the universe itself to shreds!” Generalmon roared. “But first…Acacia must fall. This eyesore of a city must pay for the injustices it has given!”

    This city…did something to him?! Why? Wait! Maybe…maybe that could be why Generalmon is an evil Digimon… Generalmon’s heavy footprints interrupted my train of thought as he again began advancing toward the city. Whatever; it can wait! Right now, I have to stop him! I ran out of hiding and placed myself between the city and the behemoth of a Digimon.

    “…You wish to stop me?” Generalmon asked. Were his eyes visible, I was certain they would be glaring at me.

    “So, those two have sent their bikini-clad witch to do their fighting for them, have they?” Sephyrus asked.

    “Yeah, she sure is,” Michalis said, staring at me.

    “Michalis, please refrain from ogling the witch,” Sephyrus said.

    “A witch?” Generalmon’s helmet turned to face Sephyrus. “Is she any threat to us?”

    “I cannot say for sure, as I have never had the honor of seeing her magic.”

    “If you do not know, then she must not be very imposing. Stand aside, witch!”

    “I don’t know why you have a grudge against this city, but I can’t let you destroy it,” I said. I snapped my own fingers, and a small orange flame twisted around my arm. I snapped again, and the flames leapt toward the Digimon, igniting him in a raging inferno that was so intensely bright, it darkened the sky.

    “As I thought…you are no threat to us.” Generalmon trudged through the flames, his violet-colored armor not even singed and shining beautifully. “But you…you look…familiar…”

    “I’ve never met you in my life,” I said. After a moment, Generalmon sighed.

    “…I know how to deal with you spellcasters…you spend all day studying your magic, leaving you no time to train your body. You, my dear, I could snap like a twig with only a single hand.”

    “I’d like to see you try!” I taunted, forming another wisp of flames in my hand.
    “Permission granted!” Generalmon stuck his axe blade-first into the soil, and as I prepared to attack again, the huge Digimon ran toward me with a speed that shouldn’t have been possible with all the armor he wore. “Ferreo Pugni Dæmonis!” I had been completely caught off guard by his speed, and Generalmon, taking advantage of my surprise, rammed his huge fist into my belly. I fell over backwards as blood spilled out of my mouth. The blood promptly fell and landed on my face as soon as I hit the ground.


    Zelda

    “You wish…to fight him?” I pulled Thomas’s head up against my chest. “But…he…”

    “Enough chatter. Only one wielding a sword has the ability to vanquish me…for once and for all,” the man said. He snapped his fingers, and two long blades formed in his hands. “I wish to eliminate those strong enough to do so. I have been killed many times…and each time I am reborn, I am unable to remember any of my past lives. I wish only for it to end.”

    “No, you can’t! Thomas—!”

    Thomas placed his hand over my shoulder, as if to stop me. “It’s okay,” he said. Struggling, he stood up and felt around for his sword.

    “…You are blind?” the man asked. He sighed, and said, “Well…there is no honor to be found in murdering someone at a severe disadvantage, but if it means keeping my own life and memories intact, then I will do what I must.” The man’s long black hair, tied up in a ponytail, shook slowly and freely in the air as a light breeze moved past us. “Or, if you’d prefer…I can fight the both of you. That would be ideal for me; you two appear to be lovers. Is there any offspring of yours in her belly? A child that could potentially grow strong enough to vanquish me?”

    “Thomas…please…” I reached up and grabbed his hand. Smiling, Thomas bent down and kissed me on the lips.

    “Don’t worry,” he whispered as he pulled me into a hug. “I won’t die. Like you did for me, I will never leave you behind. But I won’t let you fight this man. He’s too strong, and I am not going to risk losing you.”

    “Thomas…” Finally, Thomas was able to find his sheathed sword at his waist, and in no time, it was in his hands.

    “So…you really wish to challenge me, even with your disability,” the man said.

    “Only if you promise me you won’t hurt Zelda!” Thomas said.

    “Attacking a defenseless woman would go against the code of chivalry. You have my word of honor. Now, let us begin!”

    “No! Thomas, please! Don’t do this!” I felt my heart racing faster than ever at the sight of this man. Something about his very presence seemed familiar, but I did not recognize this man in any way.

    “Don’t worry…I’ll keep you safe,” he replied. “I will always…keep you safe.” Thomas gripped the hilt of his sword tightly, but the nameless swordsman was already behind him. By the time Thomas noticed this and turned around, he had already been viciously cut by the twin swords, and he fell to the ground, bleeding and unmoving.
    "Evil can confuse you when you're staring at it straight in the face. You can hope the face of evil will change, but it won't unless you force it to change."

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