Bee had been the first to realize something was
wrong that day.
While the others had gone about having fun, distracting themselves
from the absence of their original trio, she sat in a corner with her laptop to
check the newsfeeds.
She wanted to be sure no other Digimon made themselves
known anywhere in the world, worried at the odds they would have without their
three strongest fighters.
While all of them knew how to fight-except Evie,
who was too sick for that kind of exertion most of the time-, it was no
secret that Casey, Kim and Ma were the most skilled.
So, when the first short
video hit the web, Bee noticed immediately.
It was Casey.
buzzed at the sudden shock of panic through the Bond, turning to his partner at
the clear surprise in her violet eyes.
“Th-They’re in trouble…” She
managed to choke out.
Snapping into action, the brunette scrambled to her feet,
laptop held close as she took off into the busy Workshop with Tentomon buzzing
Dodging between bustling yeti and crowded worktables, she looked
around for someone, anyone, to convey this critical news to.
Bee squeaked as she was bodily lifted from behind, instinctively curling into a
ball as a herd of elves stampeded below with a miniature Christmas tree and a
box of ornaments.
Setting the young teenager down safely on her own two feet,
North smiled as Tentomon fussed over his girl in concern.
“Must be careful.
Elves are always under-boot.”
Noticing her upset, the jolly man frowned in
“Something wrong, little one?”
Bee tried to talk, she really
did, but her throat closed up-he’s going to get mad and say I’m just being
annoying and tell me to shut up-and the words stuck there like hot barbs,
refusing to be voiced.
The longer she was unable to speak, the worse her
anxiety became-now he’s going to be upset I’m wasting his time and why can’t
I just say it?-, until the girl was in the midst of a snowballing panic
attack the likes of which she had not felt for years.
skidded between the two, Gomamon clinging to her hair like a rider might while
riding a wild horse bareback.
“Back up a little, big guy! You’re making her all
North took a step back, guilty that he had made her nervous and not
realized, as the multi-colored teenager turned to her younger friend.
ease of someone who had dealt with this sort of thing before, she took Bee’s face
in her hands to force eye contact.
“It’s alright, Bumblebee.” Faye soothed,
voice low and soft. “No one’s mad at you. Just breathe for me, okay? Breathe.”
Dark purple eyes locked on the older girl’s silver pair, Bee took in a deep,
shuddering breath to stabilize her haywire system.
As her anxiety decreased,
the breaths came in smoother, until Faye decided she was ready to answer
“Now, what’s got your hardware in a twist, Bumblebee?”
came this time, if a bit roughly.
“I-It’s Casey! Sh-She’s in tr-trouble!”
Straightening up in surprise, Faye searched the
younger girl’s face for clues as to what had happened.
Bee presented her laptop screen in explanation, and North shuffled
over to get a better view.
that moment, a rabbit hole opened a few feet away, and Bunny leapt out, weighed
down by two human girls and their Digimon partners.
Bee paled at the sight of
Casey in the Pooka‘s arms, mind racing with all of the possibilities.
redhead was nothing if not stubborn; she had refused help after many a serious
injury, from broken bones to dislocated joints, and often dragged herself to
the hospital without assistance.
The only time Bee could remember her ever
accepting help was after a rough brawl with five older boys, all football
players, who had tried to ‘persuade’ her into some ‘fun’, and even then
she had grumbled the whole way.
True, the boys had not been able to walk away
from the encounter either, but that did not stop Bee’s returning panic attack.
Was she badly hurt?
Was she dying?
Closing her eyes, she started
to recite a familiar sequence to calm her racing heart.
“Three point one four
one five nine two six five three five eight nine seven nine three two three
The words were mouthed at best, barely a whisper of a voice, but they
helped slow the whirlwind of horrible thoughts and allowed logic to reassert
Casey was not bleeding, or bruised, or nursing a twisted limb; from the
way Bunny was holding her, there was no internal damage to ribs or the hips,
which left no life-threatening ailments on the list of possibilities.
opened her eyes again, Faye was looking at her in concern as North loudly
herded Bunny and his precious cargo towards what must have been a med bay of
“You alright, Bumblebee?”
Worry was reflected in Gomamon’s green
eyes, and Tentomon leaned into her leg as support.
Taking in a fortifying
breath, Bee nodded.
“Y-Yeah…” She whispered, regaining the fragile control over
Honestly, Bee knew she was never ‘alright’.
No one was allowed in the med bay for hours as
the yeti ran test after test on the four girls and their Digimon, and Bee was
They were not badly hurt, surely?
Just exhausted, like they
So why was it taking so long?
In a bid to distract herself, she
went over the blurry video and pictures that a child or reckless teenager had
managed to take of the incidents, trying to find a pattern to explain the
sudden leap from normal human and Rookie to superhuman and Champion.
was beginning to form, an inkling of what might be the cause, but there was
something she needed to know first.
Looking up at the soft whisper
of his nickname, the ladybug-like Digimon nuzzled into her side.
“What is it,
“Th-The Bond…H-How does it w-work?”
Intrigued by the unexpected question,
Tentomon sat up.
“Well, the Bond is a special connection between the souls of a
Digimon and their Warrior. Through it, we can share emotions and thoughts, or
even meld minds if the Bond is strong enough.” He explained. “Most Bonds are
formed when Digimon are at the Rookie or Champion level, and deepen with time.
When I asked Centarumon, he said that it is because of the understanding
between Digimon and Warrior that we become stronger.”
Bee stayed silent for a
moment, processing this new information and tailoring her theory, before speaking
“S-So we sh-share energy…Th-That’s how y-you Digivolved to R-Rookie,
“Exactly.” Tentomon commended, proud to have such a smart
partner. “It is the Digimon’s job to protect the Warrior, and be taken care of
in return. We must be in-tune with each other to do that.”
mouthed silently, mind racing to put all the pieces together.
Her eyes lit up
in wonder as the answer came.
Maybe, just maybe…
Everyone in the hallway, spirits and humans and Digimon alike, jumped in surprise when Bee suddenly leapt to her feet, practically vibrating in excitement.
“That’s it!” She exclaimed, turning to the
congregated audience without her usual crippling shyness. “They Digivolve
because of us!”
Blinking away her astonishment, Rocky sat up as Patamon clung
to her shoulders like a koala cub.
“What do you mean, Bee?”
“The Bond is a link
between us and the Digimon, a conduit for spiritual power.” Bee explained,
clearly excited. “When we become one in a goal, protecting each other, we
unlock the next stage! It’s the perfect defense mechanism!”
The four present
Guardians shared a look, starting to understand…
“Sounds about right.”
turned to the now-open doorway they had been waiting in front of, and Casey
rolled her eyes playfully.
“Gotta admit, it was kinda weird to feel Agu in my
head like that, but it wasn’t a bad kind of weird.”
“It makes sense that we
would need to be in agreement with our Digimon in order to fight together
properly.” Kim noted, leaning on the doorframe in visible boredom.
pretty well together, and we rarely agree on anything.” Casey pointed out
The other girl shrugged, noncommittal.
Bee!” Ally praised, grinning.
Now that her excitement had ebbed into warm
accomplishment, Bee’s anxiety reasserted itself, and she seemed to fold into
“W-Well, I-I j-j-just…”
“Yes, very good thinking!”
North agreed, clapping a hand on her shoulder and nearly sending the brunette
sprawling. “Very good!”
Bee squeaked, quickly becoming overwhelmed by all the
attention and the sudden physical contact, and Tentomon buzzed nervously at the
sudden spike in her anxiety.
“Could you be anymore hands-on?” Casey
scolded, pulling the panicking girl out from underneath the Russian’s heavy
hand. “She needs time to get used to you before you can manhandle her!”
Mumbling an apology, North stepped back once more, and Bee was able to breathe
Ashamed of her involuntary reaction, she shifted awkwardly from one foot
to the other, taking one of Tentomon’s claw-hands in both of hers.
Swallowing the lump in her throat, Bee peeked up shyly through her lashes as
her voice came out in a weak whisper.
“I-I’m s-s-sorry…I-I’ll tr-try
Understanding softened the Russian’s face, and he crouched down to
her level, apparently oblivious to the shock of the other girls.
sorry, little one. Should not be so rough. We will both try harder, da?”
Her eyes brightened from a darker twilight shade to almost violet in wonder and
joy, and North smiled as she nodded enthusiastically, too worked up to speak a
Even after all these years, that was all he ever needed.
Days passed without further incident, with no
sudden appearance of Digimon or Pitch anywhere in the world.
Though Bee kept
checking the newsfeeds and media sites just in case, she knew there would be
Pitch had failed three times in one day; he would plan much better
before making a fourth attempt, of that she was sure.
Despite these worries,
Bee was beginning to truly enjoy her time in Santoff Claussen.
Time had eased
her anxiety around the Guardians, though to varying degrees.
They were kind and
conscious of her shyness, and while they spent most of their time with others-Bunny
spent an awful lot of his free time with Casey and Evie, and Jack with Kim and
Rocky-, it was not to the detriment of anyone else.
Honestly, Bee found
most of her days being spent with the yeti or North, who she had become most
In fact, she was in the middle of assembling toy airplanes-under
Phil’s watchful eyes, of course-when Faye ran by in a fit of hysterical
Never a good sign.
“Bumblebee!” The older girl
squealed in joy, latching onto Bee’s wrist to tow her along. “Come on! I’ve got
a great place to watch the action!”
“Wh-What? F-Faye, what did y-you-?”
broke out as the elves charged, armed with paint-filled water guns and balloons
that were soon dyeing any unsuspecting yeti pastel.
cackled, spurring the little miscreants on as his partner dragged the other
girl up onto the next level.
“Go, my minions! Show no mercy!”
when the multi-colored teenager was bodily lifted off the railing by the back
of her anime t-shirt, hanging like a chastised puppy in front of a
With a sheepish smile, Faye found only one thing to say.
North was beyond frustrated.
His prototype of a
flying eagle refused to work properly, and nothing he did so much as made the
After hours of futile attempts, the Russian had momentarily
abandoned the stubborn toy to angrily munch on the cookies a yeti had brought
Unbeknownst to North, Bee had been watching the entire debacle silently
from an armchair, a thick tome in hand and Tentomon sitting comfortably on her
When he had turned away from the metal toy, clearly upset, the brunette
frowned softly in thought.
Perking up at the sound of rustling behind him,
North turned back to the table and nearly dropped his cookie in surprise
because the damn eagle was working!
A shy little smile appeared on Bee’s
face as she closed the chest compartment, Tentomon buzzing happily around her
head in a show of delight.
“H-How i-is i-it?”
Grinning happily, North ruffled
her hair, happy that she only smiled wider in response.
“Is best toy I have ever seen.” He assured her, proud. “Would you like to make more?”
Tentomon loved his partner just as much as any
other Digimon, perhaps more.
She was so sweet to him, and smarter than anyone
could guess; every thought in her head was like a flash of lightning, and the
result was a constant thunderstorm of activity that crackled pleasantly through
They spent hours together talking, learning about each others worlds
and sharing theories.
Even Tentomon did not know everything about the Digital
World, just bits and pieces of bigger things, but he gladly shared them with
Bee in order to puzzle out what they might be.
Bee had been most interested in
the hieroglyphs he had explained, recreating them with painstaking care on
large sheets of paper procured by the yeti Faye had stubbornly named Pookie.
Curled up next to his partner, lulled by the rhythmic clicking of keys on her laptop, Tentomon was glad to have her.
There was a theory taking shape in the back of
Bee’s mind, piecing itself together from the bits she was learning from Tentomon,
and just the prospect of it made her giddy with excitement.
If the basic building blocks of her world were protons and neutrons and electrons, maybe…
it was different in the other.
Bee spent hours copying the hieroglyphs and
scanning them into her computer, fine-tuning a program to run them.
It took a
week, the complexity causing minor tangles every now and then, before she was
ready to run the program for the first time.
Placing her laptop on the desk,
Bee started the set-up as Tentomon buzzed around the empty sitting room to be
sure they were truly alone.
When he found no elves hiding in the furniture, the
bug Digimon landed next to his partner on the thick rug.
Nodding, Bee took a deep breath…
And started the program.
For a moment, the screen was being filled with lines of code, completely normal…
Bee startled when the lines
began to drift out of place, twisting around each other like vines, as the
background began to give off a faint glow.
Something crackled through the Bond,
like a jolt of electricity straight to the heart, and she gasped at the rush of
adrenaline as the glow brightened.
It took a moment for her to realize some
of the light was coming from the device attached to her shirt collar.
Violet eyes widened in wonder as a grid appeared through the screen’s
brightness, taking the shape of an island and zooming out to show a massive
continent, an endless ocean…
An entire world.
The whole concept was
It felt like flying.
“Ah! Hot! Hot hot hot!”
Snapped out of her trance, Bee whipped around, startled to see white light and
steam pouring out of the cracks in Tentomon’s exoskeleton.
off! Turn it off!”
With only a second to mourn the loss of so much untapped
knowledge, the brunette shut down the program and was left staring at the
desktop once more.
Plucking the device from her shirt, and finding the screen
blank, she felt dizzy with the implications.
Did we almost…?
beeping sound distracted her then, and it took a moment before Bee realized
what it was.
Running up to her main computer, a massive
set-up of multiple screens and terminals, she brought up the search details.
She had whipped up a program to search the video and newsfeeds earlier that
week to monitor any possible Digimon activity, and it seemed to have paid off.
A blurry image filled one screen, and with a few adjustments, she could make
out two figures.
“It’s Andromon!” Tentomon realized, buzzing up to her
Said Digimon was massive, at least seven feet tall and covered almost completely in metallic armor, towering over his reptilian partner.
The Warrior was still rather tall, maybe six
feet, and completely covered in green scales, with a spiked crocodile tail and
long snout, a jagged club hanging off his shoulder.
Bee noted some bits of
mechanical devices attached to the chest and head, like an advanced pacemaker
and computer respectively, that made the two match.
“They’re a very peaceful
pair.” Tentomon informed. “Strong, but they only fight when threatened.”
video came up, slightly grainy but visible, where the two demolished what
seemed like a small building.
Bee squeaked in fright, covering her mouth to
muffle the sound.
“…It’s been a while.” Tentomon admitted, clearly intimidated.
The door slammed open behind them, and the pair whirled around to see the
original trio stumble in with their Digimon and an assortment of yeti.
was that?” Casey shouted, Agumon growling at her side and light flickering from
the device at her hip.
“Did something happen?” Kim questioned, scanning the
room with sharp eyes as Gabumon bristled nervously beside her.
“Bee!” Ma called, rushing forward and pulling the startled brunette into a hug. “Are you
alright? What was that sound?”
As the older girl fretted over her like a mother
hen, Biyomon hovering over her shoulders in concern, the Guardians filled the
“What is going on?” North demanded, cutting through the cacophony of
the room with his booming voice.
Finally, Bee could be heard over the noise.
“A-A Digimon! A-A Digimon and h-his partner a-are attacking Chicago!”
in the room mounted, and Sandman turned to usher the other girls down the hall
as Casey straightened, taking command.
“What do we know?”
“It’s Andromon and
Tokage.” Tentomon informed them, wings buzzing nervously. “It’s so strange…They
are normally peaceful.”
The video looped, and the new audience cringed at the
violent destruction of an innocent automobile.
“Yeah, real peaceful.”
Jack noted sarcastically, knuckles bleached on his staff.
“Pitch is likely the
cause.” Kim suggested, expression blank but eyes frigid. “He could have found a
way to manipulate their minds, and turn them from their pacifist ways.”
way, this is gonna be a rough fight.” Casey grumbled. “They’re both pretty big,
and probably have lots of experience fighting as a pair.”
“Not to mention
they’re likely a lot smarter than Kuwagamon and his partner.” Ma agreed, a
frown tugging at her mouth in worry.
“This is Pitch we’re talkin’ about.” Bunny
reminded them, arms crossed tightly. “Can’t take anything at face value with
Bee watched as ideas flickered across Casey’s bright gold eyes, weighing
options and judgments.
She may not have been a genius, but there was no one
else better suited to something like this.
“Ma, you stay here in case of a
surprise attack.” The redhead decided. “Me and Kim will go take care of this.”
“I-I’ll go w-with y-you.”
All eyes turned to the shy teenager, laptop
hugged to her chest and some sort of wireless adaptors clutched in one hand.
“It’s too dangerous for you.” Tooth fussed, wings buzzing in clear anxiety.
“You and Tentomon…”
North agreed whole-heartedly, though he said nothing in
“I-I have a-an idea.” Bee insisted, big purple eyes pleading. “Please.”
The three other teenagers were silent, sharing a glance, before Casey sighed.
“Alright, alright…But you stay clear of the fighting! I don’t care what your
Nodding quickly in agreement, Bee took hold of her Digimon’s
claw-hand and followed everyone out, heart pumping madly with adrenaline.
Taking a Snow Globe from his jacket pocket, North held both sabers in one hand
as he herded Casey, Kim, Bee, Bunny and Jack to the Globe Room for a space to
open the portal.
“Come, come! There is no time to waste!” He urged, shaking the
glass sphere to agitate the magic inside.
Bee watched as it shattered on the
wooden floor, opening a vortex of color in the air, wishing she had more time
to properly study it before leaping through.
The city beyond was chaos.
Cars had been forcefully overturned onto the sidewalks, and streetlamps were
twisted out of form by the impact of debris to hang dangerously over the
asphalt streets like the branches of a weeping willow.
Gouges were ripped out
of the roads like claw marks, and craters filled with sharp scraps of metal
dotted the edges like a giant’s footsteps.
Covering her mouth to stifle a gasp
at the destruction, Bee tightened her grip on Tentomon’s claw-hand as Casey
“Yeah, this is bad…”
“Ah, so you have finally decided to
The Guardians were immediately on-guard, weapons raised, as Pitch
Black appeared before the group with an air of complete ease.
was not at all intimidated.
“Aren’t you missing someone?”
“If we had brought Ma, she would have ripped your throat out by now.” Kim noted, a spark of aggression in her eyes.
“And I’d rather knock all your teeth out
myself.” Casey admitted, grin sharp. “I have a lot to get even for.”
Pitch’s smile was dark, satisfied.
“I don’t think you’ll have time to try, my
There was a moment of confusion before something crashed behind them.
The smaller Digimon reacted quickly, tackling their partners to the
ground as the Guardians jumped to either side to avoid the blade of energy that
would have sliced them in half.
“Right, forgot about them…” Casey muttered,
sitting up with Agumon in her lap. “Kim?”
“We’re fine.” The black-haired girl
replied crisply, steadying Gabumon beside her.
Tokage growled, baring his sharp
blade-like teeth as Andromon lowered his arm now that the attack was done.
should be careful.” Pitch mock-warned, clearly pleased with himself. “They are
a rather violent pair.”
Andromon’s chest compartments opened as if on command.
The two missiles took to the air with a screech of
rockets, but they were not aimed at Casey or Kim.
They were aimed at the
groups of innocents hiding behind the nearby debris.
With a curse, silent
or spoken, Casey and Kim leapt to their feet as light flooded from the devices
at their hips.
Bee was nearly blinded as she watched the
transformation unfold for the first time.
“Agumon, Digivolve to…Greymon!”
“Gabumon, Digivolve to…Garurumon!”
With a mighty swing of his tail,
Greymon smacked one of the explosives off-course, crouching over the terrified
humans as it blew up overhead instead.
flames caused a premature explosion, Garurumon’s steel-furred body shielding
the crying children and parents from the force of it.
“Is that all you’ve got?”
Casey challenged, fire sparking to life between her clenched fingers. “Bring it
on, you overgrown tin can!”
Tokage slammed into her in a footballer’s tackle,
and the two bounced across the street with enough force to crack the asphalt.
Pinned under a clearly-upset crocodile man, Casey wheezed a breath into her
“Okay, you definitely brought it…”
Water wrapped around Tokage’s throat like a whip, yanking him off the winded redhead and sending him flying with a roar.
“What have I told you about antagonizing your
opponents?” Kim chided, clear liquid hovering around her shoulders as Casey
struggled to stand.
“To make sure I can punch their face in first?”
Bee fumbled with the wireless adaptors in her hand as Bunny and Jack went after
Pitch, heart racing as Andromon threw a thrashing Greymon into a small
The blue-eyed teenager turned slightly, gaze assessing
before she held out a hand to catch the little gadgets.
With the adaptors
firmly in her grasp, she faced Tokage, calculating.
Crouching low to avoid a
swing from the larger Warrior’s club, Kim used the extended arm to flip up over
his head one-handed, bringing her other hand down on his head to twist and land
on his back feet-first.
With a deft flick of the wrist, one of the plugs was
firmly placed in the open circuitry of his head before Kim was forced to
retreat from razor-sharp claws.
A fireball distracted the massive crocodile-man
from his swifter prey, allowing her to plan her next move against Andromon.
Garurumon snarled as he was grabbed around the throat mid-lunge, claws sparking
against unscathed metal as Andromon easily lifted him up and slammed him down
onto a car.
Phantom pain spread across Kim’s back, and the faint whimper her
partner let out had the teenager leaping up to click the USB-like device into
an opening in the android’s armor plating at the neck.
Andromon reached up to
forcibly remove her, but Garurumon would not allow harm to his partner and
clamped down on the offending arm with strong jaws.
With those two tag-teaming
Andromon, Greymon joined his own partner against Tokage, roaring as he brought
down all of his considerable weight on the crocodile Warrior before those teeth
could close around Casey’s neck.
With a connection established, Bee opened her
laptop and sat down cross-legged, trusting her friends to keep the battle far
away as she worked.
“What are you doing, little one?” North questioned, sabers
raised defensively in case Pitch somehow escaped the other Guardians.
a certainty in her bright purple eyes that was new, like every mystery in the
universe was unraveling behind them.
Ducking and weaving in a
traditional boxer’s stance, Casey growled as she hammered the heavily-scaled
torso with fire-encrusted fists, frustrated that her blows barely scuffed the
“Go down, you son of a-”
Tokage snarled, kicking her hard in
the gut, and whipped around to grab Greymon’s nose-horn as the dinosaur Digimon
bore down on him in protective rage.
softly as she dropped into the splits and back, just avoiding the deadly blade
of light, before spinning her feet up in a hurricane kick that shot out water.
The android did not flinch as the dense blades struck his armor and exposed
flesh, completely relentless.
Before Garurumon could even properly aim,
Greymon was thrown into his side, canceling the attack prematurely as both
Digimon tumbled through a nearby building.
Shoving herself off the cracked
asphalt, Casey glared up at Tokage defiantly as blood trickled down her chin.
“Okay…Let’s try this again…”
The club was raised, spikes deadly-sharp and lethally long, and she raised both arms in a defensive cross-
When he froze.
literally, but the large Warrior went still, like he had looked into Medusa’s
face and been turned to stone.
Blinking slowly, Casey turned to see Andromon
was the same, his foot still poised to crush Kim’s ribcage as she rolled away.
For a moment, they had no idea what just happened.
The next, both turned to
Bee, wide-eyed and smiling and oh so relieved, laptop balanced on her crossed
legs and Tentomon buzzing next to her in joy.
North laughed uproariously,
clearly impressed, and Casey felt a smile grow on her face.
A tired smile drifted across Kim’s mouth, a shadow of relief.
we have here? A little mouse?”
Bee startled, holding her laptop close as
Pitch’s shadow fell over her, North’s sabers rising in defense.
amber eyes seemed to pierce straight through her, frowning at the setback to his
“I’m afraid I can’t allow you to live.”
Something on the screen shifted,
and wide violet eyes locked on the lines of code as something else broke
through from the inside to take over control.
And there was nothing she
could do to stop it.
There was no time for the redhead to
react before Tokage smacked her into a lamppost, Andromon wasting no time in
literally punting Kim through a storefront window.
rose up like smoke, and though some fell to North’s blades, the Russian was
forced away from the girl he had been trying to protect despite all his
Scrambling to her feet, laptop pressed protectively to her chest, Bee
shrunk in the face of the angry equine-shaped beasts.
The nearest Nightmare disintegrated under the blast, and Tentomon buzzed angrily around his partner in warning.
“You leave Bea alone! Super Shocker!”
The beasts retreated a few steps, now wary of the electricity building between
the Digimon’s fast-beating wings.
Bee’s heart beat a tattoo against her ribs,
and she could almost feel Tentomon’s do the same-can’t give up, there’s a
way out of this, I know there is-and realized what was happening.
Without looking, the brunette brought up the program on
her laptop, breathing a prayer as it started up.
Crying out as he barely dodged
the club aimed for his head, Tentomon jerked back into his partner as Tokage
righted himself, eyes cold and distant.
There was nowhere left to run or hide;
Casey and Kim were down, their Digimon likely worse for wear, and while the
Guardians would try, they were no match for the android and his crocodile
But there’s a solution to every problem, and Bee was going to find
Energy was already crackling across the Bond, and light grew beneath
Tentomon’s exoskeleton in pulsing waves.
All Bee could feel was I won’t let anyone hurt you trust me I know we can do this…
And she believed
Light erupted around them, and Pitch very nearly face-palmed in
Every single time…
“Tentomon, Digivolve to…Kabuterimon!”
Tokage was thrown back by the massive bug Digimon’s take-off, tumbling
head-over-heels and skidding to a halt beside his own partner a few meters
With a deep breath, Bee looked up, a darker purple glowing in her eyes as
various damaged vehicles lifted up from the ground without physical effort.
With a roar, the crocodile-man charged, weapon pulled back for a heavy stroke-
The club was stopped in midair with a thought, and Bee tossed her
attacker away with another.
It was as fitting as Casey’s
flames or Ma’s control over the air.
evaded the attack deftly, swooping down in a dive that very nearly crushed
Andromon had the smaller Digimon not diverted it.
Seeing this, Bee floated up
into the air to avoid most of the Nightmares, mind racing.
Something had reconfigured their programming from the inside…
Sparks, like from damaged wiring, flared to
life around Andromon’s organic leg.
It was their only chance.
There was no need for explanation as he regained altitude,
taking aim at the exposed flesh as Bee caught Tokage mid-lunge.
The massive ball of electricity seemed to be absorbed into
Andromon’s leg, and the assembled group watched in amazement as a large black gear
phased out the other side, shattering into atoms on contact with the ground.
Almost immediately, Andromon and his partner shut down.
“It seems I‘ll have to
take care of you myself.”
Bee whipped around at the sound of disembodied hoof
beats, spinning away to avoid being rammed into by a charging Nightmare.
Catching herself scant feet from the ground-and a wickedly sharp pile of
debris-, the brunette turned to face Pitch with a frown.
lost.” She pointed out quietly, voice firm in certainty. “You’re outmatched.”
“Outnumbered, perhaps.” He consented, frowning at the assembled Guardians. “But
A spear of dark sand tore through the air-
Straight at North.
The projectile shattered against Kabuterimon’s tough exoskeleton, and
Pitch gasped as he was telekinetically lifted off the ground and thrown against
a nearby building.
The purple glow in Bee’s eyes was much brighter now, and
debris began to float off the ground all along the street.
should never piss off the quiet ones.
“Next time, then.”
into the nearby shadows before a boomerang could take his head off, and Bunny
cursed as he caught the weapon on it’s way back.
When no attack came for a
minute after, Bee allowed herself to relax, the fierceness on her face
smoothing into concern.
“I’m okay…” Casey assured, shoving
the lamppost off her chest with some effort.
“No real harm done.” Kim agreed,
brushing glass shards off her shoulder even as she stumbled back onto the
With a concentrated thought, the brick and metal covering their
Digimon was lifted up, allowing Greymon and Garurumon to stumble onto clear
ground with groans of pain.
“You alright, big guy?” Casey wondered, patting one
of her partner’s sturdy legs.
“I’ll live.” He grumbled back, shaking dust from
his horned helmet.
Garurumon growled happily as Kim scratched behind his ear,
expression softening in what might have been relief as he collapsed into a
sprawl that made Jack laugh aloud.
A happy little smile took root on Bee’s
face, and she pat Kabuterimon’s helmeted head with a breathless giggle.
did it.” She whispered, voice shaking with adrenaline.
“Never doubted it for a
moment.” The large bug Digimon assured, nudging her palm gently.
It seemed Andromon and Tokage were waking up, or rebooting more likely, and Casey was already on the defensive, fire bursting to life around her fists.
“W-Wait!” Bee pleaded, dropping down between
her battle-ready friends and the still-disoriented crocodile warrior on the
pavement. “I-It was th-that gear that m-made them violent! I-I’m sure they’re
While the two Warriors slowly lowered their elemental weapons,
North was not so easily convinced, sabers raised defensively as he warily
“A-Are you alright now?” Bee wondered, voice soft.
functional.” He replied haltingly, gears whirring audibly to catch up.
cause all of this?” Andromon wondered, levering himself up with some
“Yes.” Kim answered, eyeing the pair for signs of deceit as Jack
stepped to her side, staff held tightly in one hand.
“We did not…” Tokage
started, scanning the area with sorrow obvious in his eyes. “We are deeply
sorry. That Black Gear…It overrode our programming, and we could not stop
Relaxing as the pair made no sign of aggression, North grinned.
fine, now that gear is out!”
“Is there anyway to get back to the Digital
World?” Tokage wondered, standing.
“W-We don’t kn-know of one.” Bee answered
apologetically, Kabuterimon a warm, safe presence through the Bond.
find one, then.” Andromon stated, rolling his shoulders to make sure the joints
The thought that they would be stranded in a strange world, all
alone, until they could return made Bee feel guilty, and she turned to North
with a beseeching look.
Despite Bunny and Jack gesturing wildly behind her,
clearly not liking the thought, North could not say no to those big purple eyes
when they pleaded with him so.
“There is plenty of space at North Pole!” The
Russian assured, patting Tokage on the back hard enough to make him stumble.
“You are welcome to stay! I insist!”
“Well…” The crocodile-man started, sharing
a look with his Digimon. “If you insist.”
Bee smiled, pleased, as the evolution
slowly reversed and she fell back on her rump with a tired sigh.
landed against her side, obviously exhausted, and she leaned into him as North
scooped both up.
It had been a good day after all.
Pitch had surely thought he would win, but he had once
again underestimated the girls chosen.
After all, Knowledge is a powerful