There was a moment of shock for the Guardians
as they realized that these teenagers actually believed in them.
the strange monsters and the light that had brought them here, that was
what really struck them.
With children losing their belief earlier and earlier,
usually because of their own jaded peers or frustrated parents, it was like a
Patamon perched safely on her head, ear-wings perked in interest,
Rocky looked up at them with wide blue eyes.
The large Russian could
only smile, nodding in response as a laugh bubbled up from his belly.
“Oh my God oh my God oh my God-”
practically hyperventilating as the implications sunk in, green eyes sparkling
in mounting joy and Palmon hanging from her waist in a hug.
flabbergasted, Bee’s mind raced as Tentomon landed beside her, piecing together
what she knew while her eyes flicked between all five of them.
They were all a
bit overwhelmed, because, honestly, when did you get to meet the very icons
of childhood face to face?
“We have much to discuss.” North admitted, still
Casey wrestled back control of her tongue with great difficulty, looking
down at Agumon and then back up again, before sharing a glance with Kim.
“…Got a place in mind?”
Portals, especially those opened by Snow Globe,
can be rather rough if the traveler is unprepared for the high speeds and quick
So, when North shoved the large group through one straight to Santoff
Claussen, it really should not have been a surprise when they ended up in a
heap on the other side.
With a few aborted cusses, groans and complaints, the
older teenagers untangled themselves from the pile, helping up the younger
girls once they were free.
Bee, for one, was completely floored by the wondrous
sight of Santa’s Workshop, filled with wild toys and joyous racket and bright
colors like Christmas.
North waved off the curious yeti that came to see the
newcomers, and scolded some elves for getting underfoot again, before gathering
“This way! Yeti will bring hot chocolate, but first, you
have much explaining to do.” The Russian voiced, herding the large congregation
towards one of the larger sitting rooms for some privacy.
“We really don’t know
much.” Ma admitted, petting down the bright pink feathers on Biyomon’s head as the
bird Digimon snuggled up to her hip like a cat.
“Even we don’t know
everything.” Patamon agreed from his perch as Rocky giggled, watching what
looked a hybrid between a train and a rocket as it roared overhead.
us what you know, okay?” Tooth assured, flitting around as the girls sat down
on the assorted couches and chairs. “No pressure!”
“Yeah, not feeling any
pressure…” Casey joked sarcastically, pulling Agumon onto her lap as she sat
down on the nearest couch.
Once everyone was settled down-besides Tooth, who
could never hold still at all while directing her mini-fairies-, the seven
shared a look, trying to figure out where to start.
“We were hanging out at the
park when it happened.” Kim stated, giving her more vocal friends a starting
“Yeah, and then the sky opened up and BAM, these cool things flew
out of the sky!” Faye relayed, wildly animated as always, Gomamon struggling to
keep his spot on top of her head.
“And then there was this light, and I thought
it would hurt, but it didn’t, and that’s how we got our Digimon-they say it’s
short for Digital Monster, but they like Digimon better-and they said we were
chosen to do something, but they don’t know what, and now we’re Bonded!” Ally
finished, not stopping once to catch her breath while hugging Palmon close.
Guardians were silent, trying to comprehend the rapid speech, and Ma sighed,
shaking her head.
“I think we can do better than that.” She voiced with a
slight undertone of motherly scolding.
Both Faye and Ally smiled sheepishly in
apology, the former miming the act of zipping her mouth shut.
“Now you see why we don’t let them do presentations together.” Casey told the spirits, greatly amused. “We should start with introductions before jumping into the good stuff.”
Straightening up, she gave a warm smile, open
“I’m Casey, miss grumpy-pants over there is Kim, with her little
Said teenager turned from her sister, sandwiched between her
and Gabumon as if for safety, to glare reproachfully.
“And that’s Prema, but we
call her Ma.”
The brunette smiled, Biyomon cuddling up under her chin.
you’re already acquainted with Faye.”
She waved enthusiastically in greeting,
Gomamon laughing at her antics.
“The blonde over there that’s likely to talk
your ears off is Ally, and the really quiet one in the corner is Bee.”
down, as if trying to hide behind Tentomon, the brunette squeaked a greeting.
“Now is our turn!” North boomed, purposely drawing the attention away from the
clearly-shy teenager. “You may know me as Santa Claus, but my real name is
“And I’m Toothiana!” Tooth introduced herself, smiling as she buzzed
closer. “But everyone calls me Tooth!”
Sandy threw up a few symbols in an
advanced game of charades, but when none of the girls seemed to get it, Jack
cut in to help the little guy out.
“This is Sandman, but we call him Sandy. And
I’m Jack Frost.”
“E. Aster Bunnymund.” The Pooka let out hesitantly, trying to
distract himself from those big gold eyes that were still making it difficult
“What was all that, anyway? About being Bonded and the light show and
everything?” Jack wondered, leaning on his staff.
“Definitely wasn’t expecting
it.” Casey admitted. “Nearly had a damn heart attack…”
Bee shrunk under
their gazes, so Tentomon spoke up instead.
“We were brought here to Bond with
the Chosen Children to save both Earth and the Digital World.”
the snake-guy were Bonded, too.” Gomamon added helpfully. “Most Digimon are
Bonded. It’s how we get enough strength to Digivolve.”
like evolve?” Ma voiced.
“Exactly.” Biyomon agreed, smiling. “It’s when we go up a level in power. We were only In-Training before, but now we’re at the Rookie level!”
“Hold up.” Bunny cut in, confused. “What’s this
‘bout Chosen Children and saving worlds?”
The reminder perked all of the
“That’s us!” Faye stated matter-of-factly.
exactly had time to figure out how we’re going to do it…” Casey piped up
Sandy frowned, looking over the assembled group with concern.
may not be children, but they were painfully young to be saving worlds.
they be facing threats like Kuwagamon and his partner again?
Would the threats
The Guardians were useless in this fight, considering that their
magic and weapons could do little more than delay the inevitable.
clear on Tooth’s face.
Could they do it?
But then Casey straightened,
steeling her spine, and there was a fire in her eyes that had not quite been
“But we will figure this out.”
It was said with such
conviction that there was no doubt she believed in this wholeheartedly, and the
words sparked a fire in all the others.
Even Kim, who had seemed to be ignoring
the proceedings, looked up with a determined edge to her blank expression, like
a concealed blade.
At that moment, the Guardians could almost believe it, too.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Standing in the Globe Room, the five spirits tried to figure out what to do.
just let ‘em run off and get killed!” Bunny insisted, ears laying flat in
“They’re still kids at heart.” Jack agreed, for once. “And
believers. It’s our job to protect them, right?”
Tooth nodded in agreement,
“Yes, but how do we protect them? If it’s their job to fight things like
Kuwagamon and his partner…”
“All we can do is give guidance.” North stated,
taking cues from Sandy. “They are strong, but do not know strength. Is the way
of children, yes? We protect by giving safe places to stay, and guiding.”
of agreement were given in reply, and Sandy floated back to the sitting room
where they had left the girls.
Jack and Bunny were right on his sand-trail,
strangely eager, as the door opened and the sight inside revealed.
them were fast asleep.
Apparently, the day had caught up with the mortals,
and they had crashed not too long ago.
Casey was laid out on her end of the
couch, Agumon face-down and snoring rather loudly against her neck, while Ma
was curled up with her back against said furniture, Biyomon cuddled up to her
like a feathery blanket.
Kim was sitting, slightly slouched, on the other end,
Rocky snuggled into her side with Patamon tucked under her arm and Gabumon
lying on her for added warmth.
Ally was in one of the armchairs, legs thrown
over the arm and an arm wrapped around Palmon to keep the sleeping Digimon from
Bee was in another armchair closer to the fireplace, Tentomon
pressed against her back, and Faye was sprawled on the wood floor below,
snoring like North’s chainsaw with Gomamon lying on her face like a rather
annoying cat might.
Jack, once again, desperately wished for a camera.