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    Chapter 81 - Demon of the Deep

    IceDevimon

    The musky scent of dampened wood was one that had admittedly taken me a while to get used to, but now that I have, it had very much grown on me in a nostalgic sense. The air, filled with mist and dust, had the same sense of familiarity as I descended down a spiraling, stone staircase deep below the earth. Upon reaching the end of the long stairway, an even longer hallway followed. Lining the walls were rows of empty rooms, separated from the hallway by a set of iron bars, and behind them, the occasional prisoner. To be perfectly honest, there were more empty rooms than there were captives. We weren’t known for taking prisoners. Except for the women, of course; why waste what you can…well, you get the idea. Of course, at the moment, the only ones behind the bars were our…let’s say, failed experiments. Yes…those who had failed to accept the darkness offered to them, and had succumbed to a life of pain and torture. Of course, those who did fail rarely survived; thus, making the survivors an utmost priority for experimentations on how to properly seduce one into a life of purest darkness. I, of course, was never too proud to accept the necessity and help of allies, or even friends, thus leading to my experiments with darkness in the first place. As I passed by another cell, a trembling hand reached out.

    “…Please…kill…me…” It was a Human man. The look in his eyes revealed that he was far beyond the breaking point. I knelt down and tapped my finger on the man’s forehead. A sharp icicle tore through the back of his head, and he lay dead instantly.

    “Do not think me a merciful being…I simply enjoy killing,” I whispered to the man’s corpse.

    “Still, do be sure to not kill all of these failures, IceDevimon.” From the direction I was headed, a single cloaked being, obscured by the light and hidden in shadows, slowly and steadily approached me.

    “…Greetings, master,” I said, bowing at the waist.

    “IceDevimon. How are things at Cyllene?”

    “Well, I have some good news and bad news,” I began. “Barbamon was killed by the members of Lachesis a few days ago.”

    “…Is that so.”

    “Indeed. We’re a bit more shorthanded with him gone, but…we are one step closer to achieving one of our goals,” I continued.

    “I am aware of this, IceDevimon. You need not waste our time rambling on about the little details.”

    “Apologies.”

    “…If they defeated Barbamon…then they are on their way back to the Arcadian landmass…correct?” I nodded. “Unbelievable…it is astounding enough that they were able to get past Cetosmon to get to Cyllene in the first place. They just keep increasing their strength, IceDevimon.”

    “Do not fear. Cetosmon was not killed. I shall have him intercept Lachesis on their way home,” I said.

    “…One more thing, IceDevimon. Send out our…new recruit. Should they arrive safely back to their fortress, I would like to have someone there to welcome them home.”

    “Our new recruit? But, she is only a mercenary!” I exclaimed.

    “…And? What of it?”

    “Mercenaries like Celtinemon only answer to the sound of coin hitting the palms of their hands! Should the enemy hire her to fight us—”

    “Then it will be no big loss. Celtinemon is not plagued by darkness like the rest of us. She is not a chain, like Barbamon was.”

    “…Understood. I shall go send for Celtinemon immediately,” I said, bowing once more.
    “See that you do.”


    Mathew Kasuto

    The last traces of the continent of Cyllene disappeared beyond the dark, starry horizon. I closed my eyes, and leaned back against the railing of Karen’s ship, allowing the sensation of the gentle rocking of the waves to overtake my mind and thoughts. Katsumi had died. The woman I loved…she was dead. And to add insult to injury, there wasn’t anything I could do about it. The deaths of Alicia and Wayland had both taken be by surprise, and though I was deeply saddened by their loss, those feelings paled in comparison to the utter turmoil I felt over Katsumi’s death. All I could do while my Digimon partner bravely fought against that Digimon called Barbamon was sit and wait like a coward, holding the cold hand of the woman who I had hoped would someday become my lover. I was disgusted with myself for my cowardice and weakness, even though Coronamon has reassured me countless times that I had done nothing of the sort.

    “…Are you…Matthew Kasuto?” I looked up, and saw a young girl standing above me. I’d seen her briefly while first boarding Karen’s ship, but I didn’t have the chance to speak with her. Her hair was an odd color, as if transitioning between pitch black, grey, and pure white depending on the angle. “I apologize we haven’t had the chance to speak yet. I am Princess Tamiko Silverveil.”

    “A…princess?! I—”

    “Oh, no, don’t act formal! Please,” Tamiko said quickly. “I…actually ran away from home because I…I hated my father…I joined your missionary group, so I’d like for you to think of me as your equal, and not a princess.”

    “Okay, but—”

    “Not a princess! Just a girl named Tamiko! Okay?”

    “…Lachesis is a mercenary group, not missionary…”

    “…Oh.” Tamiko’s face flushed a rather lovely magenta. “…Well…I wanted to talk to you for a little bit, Matthew, if you don’t have a problem with me…”

    “…Why would I have a problem with you?” I asked.

    “Well…I’m a princess from Cyllene,” Tamiko said nervously. “You know…the empire you pretty much wiped out…the daughter of the mad king and all that…”

    “But you aren’t like that. You’re sweet.” Tamiko blushed again, and smiled.

    “Thank you…Um…Anyway, I was speaking with your sister, Elena, and—”

    “Eleanora.”

    “…Right. I was speaking to her…and…she told me…about what happened to your friend, Katherine—”

    “…K…Katsumi…”

    “…It was…one of the soldiers from my kingdom who killed her, Matthew,” Tamiko said, sitting down next to me. “I would like to take full responsibility for the actions of Black General Eliza Wilstrom.”

    “…You don’t…need to do that…”

    “But…she…she also killed Alisson and Wallace, didn’t she? Please…”

    “…Why do you feel like you need to take the blame for something you didn’t do?” I asked, not bothering to correct her on Alicia’s and Wayland’s names.

    “I just…feel like maybe I could have done something to prevent all of this…Instead, I ran away from home instead of trying to prevent all of this madness,” Tamiko sighed. “…Your sister told me that you loved Katsumi…I know how painful it is to lose a loved one, Matthew…”

    “…Yes…I did love her…But for the longest time, the two of us were so shy…Recently, a thief named Lira stole a memento of my late mother, and ever since then, I’ve been feeling…I don’t know, less like a coward, I guess.”

    “…Did you say…Lira?” Tamiko asked.

    “She called herself the Great Thief Lira Elric. Why? Do you know of her?”

    “…I feel as though I’ve heard her name before,” Tamiko pondered. “And you said she was a thief…She sounds familiar, but I’m afraid I can’t remember where I might have heard her name in the first place…Oh, I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to go off topic. Please, continue, Matthew.”

    “…I found the shyness Katsumi possessed to be rather endearing. She cried all the time because she would get visions of the future.”

    “And…that made her cry?” Tamiko asked. “That sounds…ominous…”

    “She didn’t ever say what she saw in her visions,” I admitted. “But…whatever she had seen always seemed to traumatize her…”

    “Matthew…”

    “…I…was so angry at myself…for not being able to do anything to save her,” I whispered. “All I could do was beg her not to die…and hold her hand for hours…until Flaremon came back for me once all the fighting was done…”

    “…Thank you for talking to me, Matthew; it must have taken a lot to say something that affected you that deeply,” Tamiko said. “I really appreciate the trust you’ve given to me by telling me your story.” Tamiko reached over and placed a hand on my shoulder. “Your sister is really worried about you, you know…and she…well…she kind of reminds me of myself…”

    “In what way?” I asked.

    “Well, she’s your twin, but she’s always treated you like her younger brother,” Tamiko smiled. “I, too, had a little brother…His name was Kelik. He…wasn’t my father’s son, though…and…and he…was…Desmond executed him.” I gasped.

    “…How could he do something like that?” I said breathlessly. Tamiko shook her head.

    “He…was only a little boy, eight years old…and Desmond outed him as a spy in order to have a good excuse to murder him,” Tamiko continued. “He felt that, with the blame placed, he would have a further good reason to go to war with the so-called invaders from the west.”

    “…So that’s what you meant,” I said. “You and El both care deeply about your brothers…” Tamiko smiled.

    “Yes…we do,” she replied. “Plus, we both have black hair.”

    “…Black?” I stared at Tamiko’s long hair, and still was unable to tell what color it was.

    “Oh, yes; when I ran away from home, my Digimon partner, Kudamon, used his attack to change my hair color,” Tamiko said, laughing shyly. “I…guess it wasn’t too necessary, though, since I ended up going back to the castle to help all of you fight Barbamon anyway…Gah, my hair looks so weird now! Ugh, I feel like such an ugly freak…”

    “Don’t say that; I actually think it’s quite lovely,” I said.

    “T—Thank you,” Tamiko said, blushing. “…Hopefully, I’ll be pretty once my hair makes up its mind about what color it wants to be…” As I was about to respond, a massive wave crashed into the side of the ship, rocking it violently back and forth.

    “Is everyone okay?!” Karen yelled. The ship’s deck was thoroughly flooded; everyone on it was soaked.

    “…I’m glad I’m not wearing one of my princess dresses,” Tamiko said, brushing her sopping hair out of her face.

    “Karen, I think there’s something out there!” Ulysses exclaimed. The pirate queen remained still and silent, carefully eyeing the horizon. “Karen!”

    “I heard you,” Karen replied calmly. “…This doesn’t look good…”

    “Is it Cetosmon again?” I asked.

    “It shouldn’t be; MetalSeadramon blasted him practically to the bottom of the ocean,” Karen mused. The ocean waters began to stir once again, and another wave struck the hull of Karen’s ship. I looked over the railing, and saw a shadow beneath the water. A big one.

    “…It’s about to surface,” I said. “Tamiko, go below deck with all of the others. This could get messy.” As if on cue, a massive head emerged from the sea.

    “That…isn’t Cetosmon,” Ulysses said. The Digimon, enormous and red, grinned as it eyed Karen’s ship. A large row of sharp teeth glimmered endlessly in the moonlight. It snapped its massive jaws together, and dove back into the water.

    “…What…was that thing?!” Tamiko asked.

    “It can’t be…”

    “Karen, what’s wrong?” I asked.

    “I’ve heard stories of it, but I never thought it to be real,” the pirate queen murmured. “We’re dealing with a Digimon called Leviamon.”

    “So, it really does exist,” Ulysses said quietly. “It has been said that Leviamon has strength rivaling that of Barbamon, along with five other Demon Lord Digimon.” An enormous tail rose out of the sea, striking the side of the ship.

    “It must have Digivolved from Cetosmon,” I said.

    “RIGHT YOU ARE!” Leviamon leaped out of the water, wearing a nasty grin on his face. “An old pal of mine found me after you almost killed me, and gave me a bit of an upgrade!” Leviamon swung his tail again, destroying the masts of the ship.

    “Damn it, we have to stop him!” Karen yelled.

    “Reload, Leopardmon! Kentaurosmon!” Ulysses held up his Fusion Loader, calling forth the two Exalted Knights.

    “…Him again,” Leopardmon sighed. “He survived?”

    “I care not how strong he is; I shall do everything in my power to protect Tamiko,” Kentaurosmon said. Both he and Leopardmon aimed an attack at the massive Leviamon, who didn’t even flinch when hit.

    “Thunder Breath!” Leviamon roared, roasting both Leopardmon and Kentaurosmon with a breath of flames.

    “Damn it; Ulysses, keep everyone else below deck! Make sure they stay safe!” Karen barked. A small burst of flames from Leviamon’s attack bounced and hit one of the broken masts, igniting it. “Matthew; take the princess down below!”

    “But—”

    “Do it, Matthew!” Kentaurosmon agreed. Reluctantly, I took Tamiko’s hand in mine, and as I headed towards the stairs, another wave struck the ship. This time, another Digimon arose from the depths.

    “MetalSeadramon!” Karen exclaimed.

    “…I see our old friend is back,” the Mega said, glaring up at Leviamon. “Let’s end this!”

    “Yes, let’s!” Leviamon agreed.

    “River of Power!”

    “Shell Shock!” Leviamon’s attack tore through MetalSeadramon’s in almost an instant. The attack continued on, tearing through MetalSeadramon’s neck. The force of the attack sent MetalSeadramon flying backwards onto the ship, breaking it completely in half. Ulysses was flung down the stairs to below what was left of the deck. Tamiko and I nearly fell into the water, had I not grabbed the stray rope of a fallen mast. A nearby flame, however, threatened the stability of said rope.

    “METALSEADRAMON!” Karen, acting as though her ship were in perfect condition, ran to the fallen Digimon’s side, but it was too late. MetalSeadramon had died.

    “That will teach you…That’ll teach all of you; DON’T MESS WITH ICEDEVIMON’S PLANS!” Leviamon roared, diving back into the water. A huge wave rose up, crashing into the broken ship, wrecking it even further and completely submerging it beneath the surface of the ocean, and all of us with it.
    "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 82 - A Strange and Mysterious World

    Matthew Kasuto

    Matthew…Wake…up…

    A familiar voice echoed in my mind. But whose was it? I was barely conscious, but still, I could clearly hear the voice. Was it Eleanora? Coronamon? A cold ocean wave splashed my face; the stinging saltwater flowed into my mouth, and up my nose, agitating my sinuses. Completely surprised, I leaped up out of the wet sand, immediately trying to snort and cough out the saltwater. Upon regaining my composure, I looked around. All around me, my friends laid unconscious on the shore, several in the water, but most on the sand. I quickly found Eleanora belly-up in the sea and pulled her out as fast as I could, relieved that I could find a pulse.

    “You have nothing to fear, young man. They all live yet.” Surprised for the second time that minute, I turned around to face the speaker to find a tall Digimon, one that I had never seen before, standing nearby. Above him, far up in the sky, I could faintly see two large Digimon circling around. “It was a close call, but due to the actions of a brave seafarer, I was able to bring you all back here safely.”

    “…Are we in Arcadia?” I asked.

    “Indeed you are. You are in Shendu Territory, to be more specific,” the Digimon answered. “You were all close to being annihilated by that Leviamon. In the end, I was only able to drive him off myself…”

    “…Who are you?” I asked. “I’ve never seen a Digimon like you before…”

    “Oh, do forgive my discourtesy; my name is Dynasmon. I am a knight in the Shendian military. The seafarer that I mentioned told me her name was Ansley.”

    “Ansley? …Did she have red hair?”

    “Ah, then you are acquainted with her!” Dynasmon exclaimed. “Well, I’m afraid I haven’t seen her since she helped me to bring you all back safely to the shore; she set sail immediately; that was about fifteen minutes ago.”

    Ansley…she helped us? I don’t understand…Barbossa’s daughter…The daughter of the leader of a group of bandits…

    “I’d have taken you all back to the castle in Acacia with my subordinates, but I didn’t wish to risk moving you in fear of worsening any injuries you may have,” Dynasmon continued. “Are you…feeling alright, sir? You seem a trifle confused…”

    “No…its nothing,” I whispered. “…Dynasmon…why did you save us?”

    “What do you mean? I saw that you were all in trouble, and I came to your assistance,” Dynasmon said. “…Did I meddle unnecessarily?”

    “No, it isn’t that…We came from the east,” I continued. “You knew we were coming from the east. With the currents we were in, that’s the only place we could have come from. So, why?”

    “Because I know that is not where you are from,” Dynasmon said. “It is a complicated story, but…I know you are a member of Lachesis. I know you are not from the Eastern Continent.”

    “You know about us? …Were you in Lachesis at some point?”

    “…In a sense,” Dynasmon replied.

    …Hmm…I don’t recall ever hearing of a Digimon called Dynasmon being part of Lachesis…Maybe he was part of that group Coronamon was in back when he used to be Apollomon? What was it called…the Celestial Vanguard or something?

    “Now, you don’t appear to be injured, young man. Might it be safe to assume the same of your friends? I believe it would be best to move you to the infirmary of Acacia Castle, but I don’t want to worsen any possible fractures in doing so.” Slowly and carefully, I examined myself, moving my arms and legs before feeling around my torso.

    “…I think I’m fine, but I can’t speak on the others’ behalf,” I said after a moment. “We should probably take them in anyway; if any fractured bones get worse, we can always just heal it up at the castle…”

    “If you think that is the best choice, sir,” Dynasmon said. The Digimon turned his head to the sky, eyeing the two flying Digimon I spotted earlier, and raised an arm, firing an attack into the air. At once, the two Digimon raced through the sky, and were at Dynasmon’s side in the blink of an eye. Both of them were exceedingly large Dragon Digimon. “My Lord Kasuto, may I introduce to you two more of the Digimon working with me in the Shendian military; their names are Majiramon and Magnadramon, and they are partnered to two of Shendu’s finest knights.”

    “Two of the finest?! Jeanette is better than among the finest!” the Digimon called Majiramon fumed.

    “…You mean Jeanette and Eirika,” Magnadramon replied. “My partner is as loyal as yours, Majiramon.”

    “Yeah, but Eirika’s still a newbie!” Majiramon whined. “And besides, she’s totally unrefined in mannerisms; Jeanette’s got class.”

    Hmm…Sounds like Giselle and Eleanora…

    “Now, don’t get me wrong, Magnadramon; Eirika’s pretty cute and all that, but she just doesn’t have Jen’s poise and elegance,” Majiramon continued. As the two dragons continued their argument, I glanced over at Dynasmon, who was quietly shaking his head in disapproval.

    …I never told him my name…How did he know my last name?

    “…Every time,” Dynasmon sighed. “If it isn’t their partners, which it rarely isn’t, it’s their own combat prowess…” The Exalted Knight stepped forward, and fired a Dragon’s Roar attack from his hand up into the sky, getting the attention of the two dragons. “Honestly, you two…you’d think that with how well Jeanette and Eirika get along, you two would be the best of friends!”

    “Yes, commander!” Magnadramon instantly saluted.

    “Yeah, whatever you say, boss,” Majiramon said, speaking in a far less formal tone than Magnadramon.

    “Now that you two are done arguing, perhaps you would like to assist me in taking these people to the castle infirmary?” Dynasmon asked.
    “Yes, sir!” Both Dragon Digimon saluted.


    Eirika

    “…Ready…aim…and release!” With the target in my sight, directly ahead of me and plastered to a castle wall, I pulled my arrow back as far as I could, and let go. It was only the slightest fraction of a second, one that seemed to last for minutes as I watched the arrow fly through the air and hit the target…roughly four inches away from the center. “Aww…I thought for sure I’d get it this time!” I pouted.

    “Do not despair, dear Eirika. You improve your skills vith each passing day.” I turned around and smiled, knowing that the voice belonged to my best friend. “You have improved much since the day vhen ve first met. You are among Shendu’s finest knights.”

    “Wow…you really think so, Jeanette?” I asked. “Gosh, I didn’t think I was anywhere near that good!”

    “Your dedication is something that I much admire, darling,” Jeanette said, giving me a gentle smile.

    “Whoa…really?!” I gasped. “You…admire me? But, Jenny, I’m the one who’s supposed to admire you! I mean…you’re just so much prettier than me, and more lady-like. Here, check it out; I even got my belly button pierced like yours so I could be more like you! But even still, I don’t feel as adequate as you are; I wanna be pretty and talented like you are, Jenny!”

    “Oh, dear Eirika, there is no need for you to feel so,” Jeannette said. “It is alvays the better option to live your life vithout comparing it to that of another, dear one. You are a vonderful person in your own vay, and you should not make a try to changing it. Are you understanding?”

    “Hmm…yeah, I guess so!”

    “Good; I am glad you are having the happier feelings now,” Jeanette said. “Magnadramon and Majiramon have been coming back to the castle vith Dynasmon; they have bring us many injured travelers, and I think ve should go and go to see them, Eirika.”

    “Wha-What happened?!” I asked.

    “I am not knowing the details very much, but there vas a shipwrecked on the beach vith those travelers, so they vere taken to the infirmary.”
    “Well, let’s go, then!”


    Matthew Kasuto

    This world is a very mysterious place. Karen’s ship had been completely destroyed. Everyone aboard had been injured in some way — none of them fatally or seriously, to my relief — but still, it confounded me. Why wasn’t I hurt? I had a few cuts and scrapes, and a bruise or two, but of everyone that had witnessed Leviamon’s rampage, I was the only one to escape without a single broken bone. Furthermore, I was the only one who was conscious, even two hours later after being brought to the infirmary at Shendu Castle by those dragon Digimon. Everyone had his or her own bed in a large and spacious room; the room had even been big enough for Majiramon and Magnadramon to enter without issue.

    “You need not worry, Matthew,” Dynasmon said in a calm voice. Once everyone had been transported to the castle and settled in a bed, Dynasmon has stayed exclusively at Zelda’s bedside. “They will all be fine…”

    “Dynasmon…why are you staring at Zelda?” I asked. The knight stretched his violet wings, and shifted his sitting position on the floor. His ivory armor blended well in the white room.

    “…It is…a complicated story,” Dynasmon whispered. “Let’s just say, for now…that she and I have crossed paths many years back.”

    “…You also told me you were a member of Lachesis,” I continued. “But, I don’t recall there being any record of a Dynasmon being part of the guild.”

    “As I’ve told you, Matthew, it is a long story; one that is difficult to explain,” the Exalted Knight said. Though the tone of his voice did not waver from its usual calm, I could tell that he did not wish to speak further of the subject. I glanced at Eleanora; there were a few bandages wrapped around her sword arm. I looked out of a window at the deep violet-orange sky.

    …Why am I fine? I thought once more. I don’t understand…and whose voice spoke to me when Dynasmon found us?

    Matthew…I froze. It was the voice. Whose was it? Matthew! The sudden loudness of the voice caused me to jump.

    “Is there a problem?” Dynasmon asked.

    “…Did you…hear…anything?” I asked.

    “I hear nothing apart from the breathing of your unconscious friends, my boy. What did you hear?”

    “…Nothing. Never mind…”

    Matthew! The voice was growing more and more clear; it was a woman who was speaking to me. However, it was just faint enough so that I could not fully tell whose voice it was, though it was indeed familiar to me. Come with me…I looked up into the window, and saw a pair of golden eyes staring back at me, rather than my own. I gasped.

    Those eyes…I’d recognize them anywhere! “…Katsumi?” The eyes blinked. Gradually, her form began to materialize outside the window. Hovering in midair, the ethereal form of the woman I had loved smiled gently at me.
    Come with me, Matthew… Katsumi stretched out an arm and held out her hand. Against my better judgment, I opened the window and jumped through, landing on the grass just inches below. Katsumi began to glide away, and as I followed her, I heard Dynasmon call after me. At least, I think I did. All of my focus was on Katsumi.


    Zelda Kasuto

    Slowly, my eyes began to drift open. With the memories of the previous night’s ferocious battle still clear in my head, I was not at all surprised to find myself in a pure white hospital room. I glanced around the room, and saw that nobody was completely covered by a sheet, signifying that there were no casualties. I breathed a sigh of relief and tried to sit up, but a terrible pain in my ribs kept me from doing so.

    “Please…you need to get some rest.” I blinked. Standing next to me was a Digimon I thought I would never see again.

    “…Dynasmon!” Instantly, my eyes filled with tears, and in spite of my pain, I stood up to embrace the Exalted Knight, but stopped myself almost immediately from doing so. “…No…you’re probably different…from the one I knew…”

    “…It’s good to see you again, Zelda,” Dynasmon said quietly. I gasped.

    “You…you are that Dynasmon!” I threw myself into the Digimon’s arms, and lost myself to time in his embrace. “You’re…alive…I can’t believe…How…I thought that your Talisman was destroyed by Lilithmon…”

    “Enough time has passed,” Dynasmon said. “I have been reborn, as all Digimon are when they die. I would imagine that Gallantmon, Renamon, and the others would have been reborn by now as well.” I smiled.

    “…And here I was, thinking that there might be some way to fix all of your shattered Talismans. I spent many hundreds of years traveling the continent with Abigail, Andromon, and Flamedramon,” I said. “But having you here, right now and in the flesh, is even better than I could ever have dreamed of…Oh, Dynasmon…”

    “…I apologize for not going directly to you when I was reborn,” Dynasmon whispered. “I wanted to…I went many times, but others had told me you had left on a journey…I didn’t know what else to do, so I became a knight here in Shendu, the land of my birth in my first lifetime.”

    “No…I guess I need to be the one apologizing, then, if you were so worried about me,” I said. By this point, my ribs began to hurt even more, so Dynasmon gently lay me back down on my bed.

    “…I see you have become a mother in my absence,” Dynasmon said. “The swordswoman who resembles you; the archer that resembles Thomas…”

    “…Yes…They are not my direct descendants, but they seem to be my youngest living descendants,” I said. “…If only Thomas could be here to see them…”

    “…I had forgotten that he did not have the Mark, as you do,” Dynasmon said. “But, could he not have gotten it rather easily…?”

    “He didn’t ever want to cheat on me. Those were his exact words,” I said. “…I…said that I wouldn’t ever mind if he did it…I…often wish that he would have…Is that selfish of me?”

    “All you wanted was to spend your long life with the man you love. There is nothing selfish about that.”

    “…I miss him, Dynasmon,” I whispered. “But, I’ve got Matthew and Eleanora…so the pain isn’t as bad as it used to be.”

    “…Speaking of Matthew,” Dynasmon began. “He…left just before you woke up. He asked me if I heard something, and he suddenly left through the window…”

    “…It’s okay,” I said, smiling up at the big Digimon. “Matthew is strong. He’ll be okay.”
    "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."


    If you enjoy(ed) my story, check this out! It's the various Digimon I've created for the entire series: ---> https://withthewill.net/threads/1844...906#post325906

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    Chapter 83 - Undying Love

    Zelda

    The pain in my ribs had kept me from sleeping in the silence that followed my conversation with Dynasmon. I was undisturbed by this; as I had much on my mind, I doubt I could have slept anyway. For the most part, I was simply thinking back on everything that happened over on Cyllene. Princess Tamiko and Kentaurosmon joined us. Alicia, Wayland, and Katsumi were all killed. My eyes watered instantly in memory of Luna’s daughter. Well, her second one, technically.

    And to think…I knew her while she was still inside Luna’s tummy…I watched her grow up into a beautiful woman. And now…

    Gradually, one by one, the other members of Lachesis began to regain consciousness, although those who did were either too injured to talk, or too exhausted. “…Dynasmon…you said Matthew left, didn’t you?” I asked.

    “Yes…should I go after him?” the Exalted Knight asked.

    “Well…did he seem at all hurt to you?”

    “Now that you mention it, he was the only one who didn’t have any broken bones,” Dynasmon mused. “He was also the only one awake while I brought you all to Shendu Castle. Although, perhaps he may have taken a blow to the head? He did mention hearing something that I could not…”

    “…I trust him, though. If he says he heard something, then I believe him. If he were too weak to go out, then he would not have done so. I trust that he will come back. He will…”

    “…Yes…Although—” Before Dynasmon could speak any further, the doors of the infirmary opened wide. Two young women, one with long crimson hair, and the other a blonde, walked in. “Ah, Jeanette and Eirika…I’m glad you’re here.”

    “Whoa, you weren’t kidding, Jenny; there’s a ton of people here!” the blonde said.

    “Oh, my…I am glad to see that nobody is hurt,” the other woman said, speaking in a noticeable accent. “Vhat happened to you all?”

    “…It was a shipwreck,” Karen whispered through clenched teeth. “My ship…it was destroyed by a Digimon known as Leviamon. My partner…didn’t make it…”

    …That’s right…MetalSeadramon was killed, too…Poor Karen…I can’t even begin to imagine how she must be feeling…

    “Trust me…you do,” I heard Dynasmon whisper lightly.

    …Can he…read my thoughts? I wondered. Dynasmon nodded, but just barely. I…see…Well, I guess it isn’t so bad. At least I can trust Dynasmon with my thoughts.

    “Jeez, nobody else died?” Sparrow asked. “We must have some kinda angel watching over us…”

    “Yes, you are all lucky to not being injured,” Jeanette said.

    “Actually…there was one young man named Matthew who was fortunate enough to not be hurt at all, save for a few scrapes,” Dynasmon spoke up.

    “Mattie’s okay?!” Eleanora gasped. “Where…is he…? I don’t see him anywhere…”

    “You’re his sister, aren’t you?” Dynasmon asked. “I’m afraid he left a while back after mentioning hearing something—”

    “What was it? What did he hear? Where is he?! Is he okay?! Is—”

    “Eleanora, calm down!” I exclaimed. “Matthew is fine…he’ll be okay. I know he will.”

    “…My master is correct,” Dynasmon said.

    “Your…master?!” Eirika asked. She and the other members of Lachesis who were conscious had looks of confusion on their faces; all except for Abigail and Flamedramon.

    “…You never did tell us how you came to being a knight vith us,” Jeanette said. Dynasmon and I exchanged glances, and nodded.

    “Very well, then. I don’t want this to be a long story, so I’ll just say that, in my previous lifetime…I was a Digimon Spirit,” Dynasmon began. “My talisman fell into the possession of Zelda here, but my talisman was ultimately destroyed by a Digimon known as Lilithmon, essentially killing me. However, as I am a Digimon, I was eventually reborn. I knew not where to find Zelda, so I ended up becoming a knight of Shendu, my homeland.”

    “Whoa…that’s, like, a totally amazing story, Mr. Dynasmon!” Eirika exclaimed.

    “No…it really isn’t all too special,” Dynasmon said quietly. “There is…a more important subject that I wish to discuss with you.”

    “…Yes? What is it, Dynasmon?” I asked.

    “…It’s about the Emperor and his daughter. They wish to speak with your group.” Eirika and Jeanette both gasped.

    “Really…? Lord Tso Lan vishes to speaking vith them?” Jeanette asked.

    “Lana, too?” Eirika asked. “Er, I mean…Princess Lan Fan?”

    “Yes…but the Emperor did not tell me why; only that he wished to speak with you,” Dynasmon said.

    “Well, it’ll have to wait,” Eleanora said. In spite of the cast on her right leg, and the sling it rested upon, the young woman attempted to struggle her way out of her bed.

    “Vhat are you talking about?! You cannot simply be ask the Emperor to vaiting!” Jeanette exclaimed.

    “I don’t care; I won’t see anyone until I find my brother!”

    “Well, you can’t go find him in your condition!” Eirika exclaimed. “Can you at least get someone who, like, doesn’t have broken legs to go look for him?”

    “But…he’s my brother,” Eleanora said quietly.

    “…I can go look for him,” I suggested. “Um…I don’t know where he might have gone, though…and I don’t really know Shendu Territory very well…”

    “Oh, I’ll do it,” Karen said. “There’s no reason that the emperor would want to see me…right, Dynasmon?” I glanced over at the large Mega Digimon.
    “…Very well. You may go and search for Matthew, Karen Swan,” Dynasmon said.


    Matthew Kasuto

    Katsumi led me through a grassy plain and towards the setting sun. The two of us walked (well, Katsumi hovered in the air) in silence for over an hour, until we reached a more mountainous area. It was rather close to the shoreline, and I could smell the salty aroma of the sea that antagonized my sinuses. Katsumi turned around and looked at me, and then over her shoulder to glance at the familiar opening of a cave.

    “…This…is the King’s Spear Shrine,” I whispered. Katsumi nodded. “Katsumi…this is where all of those bandits live…Why did you bring me here?! And what’s going on?! I thought you were dead!”

    Matthew…go inside, Katsumi said. Her lips did not move, but remained in a gentle smile; instead, I heard her voice in my head. There is someone who needs your assistance in there…

    “Katsumi…” Blinking, the phantasmal woman hovered closer to me, and reached over in an attempt to place a hand over my cheek. From what I had heard of other’s supposed ghost encounters, I expected her touch to be chilling. I was surprised to feel warmth, as if she actually were touching me.

    Matthew…you are right…I am dead, Katsumi said. While I was dying…you told me that you loved me…Was that…true…?

    “Yes, Katsumi! I love you!” My eyes filled with tears, and I fell to the sandy ground on my knees. “I loved you…Katsumi…Why did you have to die?! I love you…so…much…”

    I know, Matthew…I loved you, too…And that’s why I’m here. Katsumi sat down on the ground next to me, and I could feel her place a hand over my shoulder. I’ll stay with you, Matthew. I’ll stay with you for as long as you want me to…Forever, if you wish…

    “…What do you mean?”

    Matthew…since I was a sorceress when I was alive…No…since I was her daughter…My spirit is now able to do as I wish…And I want to stay here…with you…Matthew…

    “…You want to haunt me?”

    Oh, Matthew! Goodness, no! Katsumi laughed. No…I…just want to be with you, Matthew. I know that, in this state, we cannot truly be together…but I would at least like to stay by your side for as long as you’d like me to.

    “Katsumi…” I reached over, thinking that I would place my hand over hers, but mine simply fell gently onto the sand as I fell through her. I felt her warmth, but that was it. “…I would prefer it if you were alive, to be perfectly honest…But I can’t keep you here if it’ll hurt you…”

    Well, it’s not like I have anything better to do, Katsumi shrugged. I’m already dead…this is pretty much my afterlife, I suppose you could say. Now, Matthew…I love you…and I know that you love me…but I don’t want you to feel like you have to be held back by me…I want you to be able to love another girl who is alive, if you ever find that you are able to. I want you to be happy.

    “…Katsumi. Losing you was even more painful than losing my parents…It hurts to think about them sometimes, but I hardly remember them because I was so young when they died. But you…” I shook my head. “I…don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get past losing you, Katsumi. Do you have any idea how painful it was for me, watching you die before me, when there was nothing that I could have done for you?!”

    Yes, Matthew. I can feel the turmoil that rages within your heart, Katsumi whispered. I’m so sorry…but there was nothing either of us could have done back then; you and Coronamon did everything you could to stop that woman. Thanks to you, she will never harm another person ever again…

    “But…why did she have to harm you?!” I screamed. “Why…did she have to…take you away from me?! Why?!”

    …I’m afraid that’s just the way things go, Mattie. But…I haven’t been completely taken away from you, Katsumi continued, giving me a small smile. And that’s okay…I’m glad I was able to use my life to protect someone I love so much.

    “…You knew that sniper was coming? She’d have killed me…if you weren’t there,” I said in a trembling voice. Slowly, Katsumi nodded. “…I…What…am I supposed to do now…? I don’t know…”

    That’s why I’m here, Matthew, Katsumi said. Well, part of why, anyway. Matthew…whenever you’re feeling lost…and you don’t know what to do…or who to talk to…I’ll be there for you. I’ll always…be with you…

    “Katsumi…” Feeling my eyes water with tears, I quickly brushed them away before the salty air could make my eyes burn. “…Did you bring me all the way out here…just to tell me this…?”

    No…Earlier, I told you that I brought you here because somebody needs your assistance.

    “…Some bandit?” Katsumi nodded. “…Why would I want to help one of them…?”

    Because it is the right thing to do. I looked up at the spirit of the woman I loved. Please, Matthew…

    “I could never say no to you…Katsumi,” I replied, smiling at her. Katsumi smiled back, and the two of us walked hand-in-hand, so to speak, into King’s Spear Shrine.
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    Chapter 84 - The Lunar Prince

    Micaiah Valencia

    Shendu Territory is such a pretty place! The interior of the castle is so ornately decorated with letters from ancient languages, painted onto wood plants with black ink. Various gold ornaments were built into the structure of the castle. Beautifully crafted vases holding even prettier flowers were lining the walls; the flowers themselves didn’t seem to be all that rare, but they looked beautiful and smelled heavenly. Even the trees here were breathtaking; varying shades of pink and magenta shone radiantly in the moonlight overlooking the clearest pond I had ever seen.

    “Are you enjoying your stay here, Micaiah?” I turned and looked over to the girl at my side; my best friend in the world, Lan Fan. “This is your first time so far away from home, isn’t it?”

    “Oh, yes! Your castle is so pretty, Lana!” I exclaimed. “It makes my castle in Valencia look so boring in comparison!” Lan Fan laughed.

    “Oh, Micky, your home has its own beautiful little charm to it,” Lan Fan said.

    “But it’s so plain compared to yours!”

    “Well, it is less decorated, I suppose…But it is far less gaudy than my home. Having the same decorations surrounding me day after day tends to get a little boring…”

    “Well, maybe we could swap castles for a little bit!” I suggested.

    “Ha ha…You know, sometimes, I forget that you’re the older one…”

    “Well, yeah! You’re taller than me, after all! That’s why I call you big sis!”

    “Yes…I know,” Lan Fan said gently.

    “Now, then…about my castle swapping idea…”

    “I’m not sure if father would approve of that, though,” Lan Fan said.

    “Well, I don’t have any objections if you wish to go spend a few extra nights here at Valencia Castle, my dear.”

    “Oh…hello, father,” Lan Fan smiled.

    The emperor…Lan Fan’s father, a tall and slender man with long, violet hair as deep as the evening sky.

    “Lan Fan. Lady Micaiah. Are you ready to meet with the group who arrived at the infirmary?” Tso Lan asked.

    “Oh…This is the first I’ve heard of this!” I exclaimed.

    “…Is it? I told Lady Eirika to relay this information to you and Lan Fan,” Tso Lan whispered.

    “Father…perhaps you ought to start giving more important information to Jeanette,” Lan Fan replied.

    “Yes…I know Eirika’s a bit…flighty…but I don’t want her to think that she isn’t valued.” I stared up at the infinitely tall and equally handsome man. Though only forty-two years of age, Tso Lan’s calm expression and gentle eyes made him seem all the younger.

    And he cares so much about his subjects, and knights, and everything! I thought. I wonder if I could ever be a ruler like Mr. Tso Lan…

    “Whatever could have happened to make such a large group end up in the infirmary?” Lan Fan asked.

    “It was a shipwreck,” Tso Lan replied. “Dynasmon and an unidentified third party dragged them out of the wreckage of a ship and brought them to shore, where Majiramon and Magnadramon helped him deliver them to the castle.”

    “Unidentified? Was it not the Pirate Queen who aided them?” Lan Fan asked.

    “No; she was among those who were injured,” Tso Lan said. “Dynasmon said that she was bringing a mercenary group back home from the eastern continent.”

    “Mercenaries…Lachesis?!” I exclaimed. Tso Lan nodded.

    “Do you know of them?” Lan Fan asked. I nodded.

    “Aegolius and I met with them to enlist their aid in destroying an evil Digimon a while back!”

    “And now they’re coming home from Cyllene? My, they lead busy lives…”

    “Well, I can introduce you all to them! They’re all super nice and friendly and….and nice!”
    “…Let’s go and see them. I’ve something I wish to discuss with them,” Tso Lan said.


    Matthew Kasuto

    The cold, dead body of the bandit leader Barbossa lay in a puddle of frozen blood on the hard, stone floor of the King’s Spear Shrine. Further in, the entire cave was frozen over; iced over bodies of the Thanatos bandits were scattered around, all dead.

    “…What happened here, Katsumi?” I asked.

    A powerful Digimon was here a while ago; I believe it may have been IceDevimon, the spirit replied. …I can only assume that he was using Barbossa as his host, and at some point, he left him to die. And I don’t sense Vikemon’s presence, so I believe IceDevimon may have killed him as well.

    “Man…what is going on here, Kitty? First, it was Fenrirmon and Behemotmon, then it was Barbamon, and now Leviamon and IceDevimon? Oh, and Geitz was turned into Duskmon, too…”

    …I do not know for certain what is being planned, Mattie…but I do know this; something big is about to happen. There will be many events that lead up to this…and I cannot say for certain if you will emerge triumphant…or not.

    “You don’t…? But…I thought you could see the future…”

    I’m afraid not…ever since I died, I haven’t been able to…I’m sorry…

    “No, don’t worry about it…” I looked back to the dead body of Barbossa Thanatos. “What should we do with him…?”

    Bury him, of course.

    Bury him?! But…but…”

    Matthew, you know as well as I do that it is the honorable thing to do…

    “Well, yeah, but he was a bandit…you know, the LEADER of the bandits that we all worked our asses off to kill!”

    “What are you blathering about?” The sudden voice nearly made me jump out of my skin. I turned around, and saw the Pirate Queen Karen standing behind me at the mouth of the cave. “How long have you been talking to yourself, Matt?”

    “What…? What are you doing here, Ms. Karen?” I asked.

    “Well, yer sis would’ve come instead, but she had a broken leg from the shipwreck,” Karen replied. “So, who’re you talkin’ to?”

    “Oh! Uh…”

    There’s no sense in explaining; you’re the only one who can see me, Matthew, Katsumi said. Besides, regular Humans and Digimon generally do not believe others capable in commuting with the deceased.

    “…Looks like Barbossa hit the bucket,” Karen said. “This why you’re here? Did you kill him? Can’t say that I blame you, but…”
    “No…he…was killed a while ago; probably while we were in Cyllene,” I said. “…We need to bury him, Karen. Will you help me?”


    Zelda Kasuto

    The emperor of Shendu Territory stood before us all at the center of the room; Princess Micaiah of Valencia and Princess Lan Fan of Shendu stood at his side; I noticed the former waving at Ulysses and Lucia.

    “…I am truly relieved that there were not any casualties,” Tso Lan said. “You and your group is free to stay here as long as necessary, Sir Ulysses.”

    “I appreciate that, Emperor,” Ulysses replied. “I do not wish to become an inconvenience to His Majesty; if we are all able to, I’d like to leave in a few days—”

    “Actually…As Lady Micaiah has done before, I would like to…enlist your aid,” Tso Lan said.

    “Is there…something wrong, Emperor?” I asked.

    “…You are Zelda, aren’t you?” The emperor was looking directly at me. “I had heard you last came here to Shendu Territory about 98 years ago asking for assistance, were you not?”

    “Yes, sir; it…um…it’s not very important, sir,” I said quietly.

    “Well, I regret asking for your aid when my ancestors were unable to do the same for you, Lady Zelda, but this matter is quite urgent,” Tso Lan said. “It has to do with the Royal Gem of Shendu Territory.” The emperor held out his hand; at the center of his palm was a small, diamond-shaped gem that was a deep silvery gray.

    That’s strange, I thought. Hmm…based on Eleanora’s description…isn’t that what Matthew’s stolen jewel looked like…? But the color’s different, of course…

    “This gem is important to Shendu Territory; without it, my kingdom will fall into a state of chaos,” Tso Lan continued.

    “What’s so special about it?” I asked. “Does it have some kind of magical power or something?”

    “…I’m not sure. All I know…is that it must stay in the possession of the emperor or empress of Shendu.”

    “And what’s the problem?” I asked.

    “My brother, Duke Tchang Zu of Amaryllis, plans on stealing the Royal Gemstone,” Tso Lan said.

    “…I used to have a gemstone like that,” Ulysses mused. “Yes…same size and everything, except mine was blue…”

    “What happened to it?” I asked. From the corner of my eye, I could see Giselle sink beneath her blanket.

    “…It was stolen from me,” Ulysses said in a dull voice. “Although, I strongly suspect that it was not your brother who did so.”

    “…It was a CaptainHookmon and Ikkakumon,” Giselle whispered.

    “Those are ocean Digimon…you are correct. My brother would not concern himself with them; he wouldn’t see value in them, even if they can move around on land,” Tso Lan said.

    “…They fought too well to simply be bandits,” Isole added. “So, if they weren’t with your brother, then there are two groups we need to be on the lookout for…”

    “Three,” Eleanora said. “Remember Lira? That bitch stole Mattie’s gem, remember?”

    “…There has to be a reason for all of this,” I lamented. “The gemstones surely must be connected, if they’re all the same size and shape…”

    “And the ones stealing them are likely unconnected,” Tso Lan said. “Although, their reasons might all be the same…” Tso Lan looked down at the gem in his hand, and gripped it firmly but gently. “…Warriors of Lachesis. May I ask you for your assistance in protecting this gem? I am aware it is quite a step below fighting bandits…”

    “No. We take every job given to us seriously,” Ulysses said. “You asked for aid, and so we shall give it our all. Those of us that can move, at any rate…”

    “I appreciate this; truly, I do,” Tso Lan said. His eyes were fixated on his gem the entire time he spoke; he barely ever glanced up when speaking to us.
    …Why do I get the feeling he isn’t telling us something…? I thought.


    Matthew Kasuto

    “…It’s over with,” Karen said. “He’s buried now.”

    “You were able to get through the ice?” I asked.

    “Aye; it wasn’t too hard,” the Pirate Queen said. “One of those idiot bandits had a shovel instead of an actual weapon, so digging the hole for old man Barbossa wasn’t difficult.” Karen sat down on the shoreline next to me, and looked out at the starry sky. The moon was nearly full, and it reflected in the smooth ocean waters even more radiantly than the sun. “Now, tell me, Matthew…who were you talking to? And don’t tell me it was Barbossa; I heard you. You were speaking to somebody else.”

    “…It was Katsumi.” Karen’s eyes widened.

    “Don’t fuck around with me, kid. She died on you…”

    “No…it was…her spirit. Her ghost, I guess you could say,” I whispered.

    “…Is that so…You don’t look like you got hit on the head, or nothing,” Karen said. “…Well, I never really understood how those magic folk did things, anyway. If you say it was her ghost, I’ll just take your word for it…But, why can’t I see her? Is it just you who can see her?”

    “…Because I…I loved her,” I said quietly. “She died in my arms…I couldn’t…save her…”

    “That’s rough, kid…But, hey; at least you can see her every day now, right?” I smiled.

    “Yes…you are…correct…” I gazed out unto the open sea for a few moments, when a memory pricked at my mind. “…Karen. Dynasmon told me…he told me that it was Ansley who saved us.”

    “Ansley? You mean that bandit skank who attacked us as soon as we set anchor at Cyllene?” I nodded. “Well, now…seems we got us a job to do, Matt.”

    “…What are you talking about?”

    “We’re going to find that red-haired slut and kick her ass until she spills out some answers for us,” Karen said.
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    Chapter 85 - Echoes of Daybreak

    Alena Sly

    The morning sun flooded into the hospital room, casting a ray of golden light directly into my eyes. Somewhat miffed, I turned to my side as best as my aching ribs would allow, where I noticed my liege, Princess Micaiah, slumped over on my bed in a nearby chair.

    …That’s right…I was somewhat out of it last night; I forgot that Micky was here too. Smiling, I reached out and placed a hand on top of her head. Just like a little sister…Why doesn’t Aegolius appreciate her kindness more? I just don’t understand it…I looked across the room at my fellow knights. Siebold was snoring loudly; it was a mystery to me how the others were still asleep. Charlotte’s massive belly rose and fell with each breath she took. Wikstrom and Pherania lay peacefully in their own beds. I breathed in carefully, and slowly crawled out of bed. The floor was cold against my bare feet, but it helped to wake me up. Quietly, I walked out of the room, where I was greeted by several knights of Shendu, a few of whom I recognized from joint training exercises between our two kingdoms. I reached one of the castle’s courtyards, and slumped my back against a wall, sinking down to the ground.

    Man…I might have overdone it a little…I thought a little walk would help me feel better. Guess not…I held up my sword, gazing at the reflection of my eyes in its cold steel.

    “…Taking a small break, my dear?” The sudden voice startled me somewhat; I looked up and saw the largest Human I had ever seen. Tall and dark-skinned like Pherania, he dressed in typical Shendian style armor, light but maneuverable and sturdy.

    “…Yes, sir.”

    “Tell me, now.” The large man gripped the hilt of a massive broadsword. “You…are with the group that recently arrived at the castle…aren’t you?”

    “Y-Yes…sir…?”

    “In that case…you must be eliminated.” I looked up just in time for me to weave my head out of the way of the man’s sword just seconds before he could hit me. “Hear me; I am Dai Gui, general of Duke Tchang Zu’s army! It is by his decree that I will destroy you and leave your bones to merge with the earth itself!” Dai Gui swung his broadsword once more, but I held up my own sword just in time to protect myself. The large man reached and kicked me in my already-broken ribs, sending me tumbling to the ground, coughing up blood. “…Pathetic. I would assume a knight of Valencia would be more powerful than this…”

    “Don’t…underestimate me…because I’ve been weakened,” I gasped, keeping my arm over my chest while forcing myself to stand.

    “Then I am free to fight as hard I can!” Dai Gui said. The large man grabbed me by the face and picked me up. “Now, then…the only question that remains is…how should I kill you? Should I cut you into tiny pieces? Or should I simply crush your skull?”

    “Sword of Destruction: Black Aura Blast!” A powerful attack hit Dai Gui in the back, making the large man drop me onto the floor. I glanced up, and saw Leopardmon’s sword glinting in the bright morning sun. “Alena. I trust you are unharmed? No, that was a stupid question; why else would you be in the infirmary?”

    “…Leopardmon…” The tall Digimon knelt down, carefully positioning himself between me and Dai Gui.

    “C’mon…Don’t let this bully get to you, you hear?” Leopardmon carefully picked me up with only one hand, and turned to face Dai Gui. “Honestly…picking on a girl with broken ribs. Don’t you have anything better to do?”

    “I do only as my master dictates,” Dai Gui replied. “And my master…desires this land!”

    “…You’re pathetic. Continuing to serve a master even when you know them to be wrong…”

    You are wrong. I do as Duke Tchang Zu asks because I believe in him!”

    “Then you are a fool! Sword of Annihilation: Extinction Wave!” Leopardmon swung his rapier, sending a huge wave of energy towards Dai Gui. A cloud of dust erupted out of the ground from where his attack hit the floor. Dai Gui was nowhere to be seen.

    “…Did that…get…him?” I asked.

    “No…the scent of blood does not linger in the air,” Leopardmon said. “The bastard must’ve escaped.”

    “…T-Thank you…Leopard…mon…”

    “You’re lucky Ulysses let us out of his Fusion Loader. You shouldn’t do something like this while you’re still so weak, Colonel.”

    “S…sorry…”
    “…I’ll take you back for now. Get some rest…you sweet fool.”


    Matthew Kasuto
    Thalia Village
    “…How do you know she’s here?” I asked.

    “C’mon; where else would the so-called ‘Princess of the Open Seas’ be?” Karen asked.

    “She should be all the way back in Cyllene! There’s no way she’d be here in Shendu Territory!”

    Oh, Matthew, there’s no need to be so negative! Katsumi’s spirit exclaimed. Although…I guess that might sound a bit odd coming from me, of all people…

    “Well…I guess it isn’t the weirdest thing I’ve heard you say,” I said.

    Was the weirdest when I told you I loved you?

    “…Not so much weird as it was surprising…but yes.”

    “The hell are you talking about?” Karen asked. “Oh…that dead girl’s soul, right?”

    “…Yes.”

    “Right…Carry on, then.”

    Matthew…I sense the presence of a ship nearby.

    “Wait, what?!”

    I said, I sensed—

    “No; how the hell do you sense the presence of a ship?!” I asked. “It’s a ship! It’s not a Digimon! Ships don’t even have presences…do they?”

    Well, whatever the case, it’s over to your west.

    “Hey, Matthew; there’s a huge-ass ship on the other side of town!” Karen exclaimed.

    …Oh…

    “Well, this is a port town; what are the odds that it belongs to Ansley?” I asked.

    “It looks exactly like hers,” Karen replied.

    “…It’s. A. Ship. Of course it’s going to look like hers!”

    “Well…it’s got a sail with the emblem of Thanatos on it,” Karen said. “And, I see a few more along the side of its hull…”

    “…Oh.”

    “That’s what comes of being a downer all the time. But, I suppose it helps to keep your hopes from getting too high…”

    “…Why did we want to find her, anyway? Just to thank her?”
    “No. I have something I need to discuss with her,” Karen said. “I want her to tell me everything she knows about Leviamon so that I can avenge MetalSeadramon.”


    Leopardmon

    “…It was Dai Gui who attacked you,” Dynasmon said quietly. “This is troubling…It certainly confirms your suspicions, My Lord…”

    “That’s the least of my concerns,” Tso Lan said. “If Tchang Zu sent his top general here, then he truly is serious about all of this…”

    “Your majesty, I’m still not quite sure I understand,” Eirika interjected. “What’s the worst thing that could happen if your brother takes that gem thingy?”

    “Perhaps…it would be best if you hand the gemstone to the members of Lachesis,” I said.

    “No. Nobody can take the gemstone. Nobody can have it!” Tso Lan exploded. “The Royal Gemstone of Shendu Territory is something that I would not even trust to my own daughter! Not even after she becomes empress!”

    Jeez…trust issues, much?

    “…I understand that it is important to you, your majesty,” Ulysses began. “And rest assured that we will not allow your brother to take it away from you. However, I feel that keeping it out of Tchang Zu’s reach may be the best option—”

    “NO! I refuse! Find some other way to keep that brother of mine from taking what does not belong to him! That is your job!” I glanced over at Dynasmon.
    …How did you guys survive this long with an emperor like that? I pondered. Dynasmon simply shook his head.
    “…You’ll just have to figure out how to stop them while still here in Shendu,” Tso Lan continued. “The gemstone will forever remain in my possession. That is all you need to know.”


    Dai Gui

    “…She fought well for having shattered ribs,” I said, bowing before my lord, Duke Tchang Zu. “I held back as you asked of me, sir. Had I gone all out as I desired, she’d have died within ten seconds.”

    “Well, now…She was a Valencian, though, was she not?” Tchang Zu asked. “And above that, she is a woman. I would expect no less from you, Dai Gui.”

    “…Yes…sire.”

    “And how goes the search for that rock, Dai?”

    “I’ve told you before, sir; it is in the possession of your brother, the emperor,” I said. “There is no special place he keeps it. He merely holds onto it at all times.”

    “Ah, yes…”

    “Now then, sire…What are your plans to retrieve the Royal Gem?” I asked. Tchang Zu stood up from his throne, and smirked down at me.

    “General…rally your men, and prepare yourself,” Tchang Zu said. “We will strike the castle tomorrow at dawn.”
    "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."


    If you enjoy(ed) my story, check this out! It's the various Digimon I've created for the entire series: ---> https://withthewill.net/threads/1844...906#post325906

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