I said in the Post Your Thoughts of the Moment thread yesterday that I have written a bit on a Digimon fanfic, and I also mentioned that I might post it here. Seeing that I think I'll actually start spending some time here again, I decided to post it. I would love criticism as long as it is constructive. If you don't know some of the Digimon you can look them up. I have written about four and a half chapters by now, and the outlining/plot is pretty much done as well. Just fixing some small things that I didn't think fitted in. Oh well, I'll start with the prologue. Here I present to you - Digimon: The Next Generation. Prologue – The Digimon Arrive! Jason Takiyanagi hurried up the stairs in his apartment building. School had cancelled earlier today, and he was trying to rush everything so he could get outside and enjoy the spare time. He lived on the top floor, together with his mother and father, as well as his little sister, Ania. Banging the door open, he almost slid through the hallway and into his room. The wooden floor was newly cleaned and his mother was still cleaning. He did not greet her, but she did not mind. Well inside his room he tossed his bag onto the bed and immediately turned on his computer. Jason had discovered something interesting last night. A couple of kids from the school had talked for a few weeks about a game. It was called Digital Monsters, and apparently, everybody played it. Well, in his school nobody played it. People from all over the world could connect to the game and play together. In the game you achieved a creature; a so called Digital Monster. The Digimon, as they were called, was chosen after the player had answered a few questions and therefore matched the player’s personality more or less. Jason had started downloading it last night, and was glad to see that it was finished. “Let’s see now”, he said for himself. Clicking on the newly created desktop icon, a screen was opened. An old man greeted the player. Jason created an account, and answered the questions. There were three in total, but you also had to show a picture of yourself. Jason started to answer the questions. “What do you cherish the most; friendship, power or loyalty?” the monitor asked. Jason had to think. Friendship? That is something you cannot be without. Power? It sounded very raw. Wrong, and Jason did not think that it was what he was looking for. On the contrary, who would not want to be powerful? And left was loyalty. A loyal friend is better than a shady one. Jason chose loyalty. That could not go wrong. “Next question then”, he smiled. “Where would you rather spend your afternoon; alone at home, among friends in the city or with your family in the woods?” Jason chuckled a little when he saw the question. It was a bit silly, he had to admit. This was not such a hard choice however. He clicked on the second alternative. But it did not take long before he understood that he had pressed the wrong alternative. He sighed as alternative one was added to his “already responded questions” map. Jason shrugged and moved on. Not that big of a deal. “What would you rather fight with; a sword, your body or magic?” Jason had never really been one of those children that enjoyed magic. He clicked the sword alternative. Left was the picture part. He selected a photo of himself and his family from a vacation a few years ago. The program went black for a few seconds, calculating his results. What showed on the screen made Jason a little stunned. A tiny, computer mouse-like creature had appeared together with a text that read: “We think that MetalKoromon would be perfect for you!”. The Digimon was not what he had expected. Nonetheless, he clicked continue when he was asked whether he wanted to re-take the quiz. MetalKoromon spawned inside a lush forest, apparently known as the File Island. Jason quickly understood the controls and started to move around the little island, chatting with others and even battling a few. He did not take to mind the time that flew past. Soon, his mother called for him from the kitchen. Dinner was ready. Jason was just about to leave the computer when something happened in front of him on the computer. His MetalKoromon started to glow. Jason leaned forward; touching the screen with is hand. A sudden, hefty push made him fall backwards. The glow disappeared and he had to deafen a scream when he saw what was lying on top of him. It looked like a cat, purple and white, with a big steel helmet adorned with two sharp horns. The creature spoke. “Hi!” it said happily. “I am Kapurimon! Who’re you?” Jason stared at Kapurimon. When he heard his mother looking through the doorway, he tossed the Digimon onto his bed and hid it under his covers. He then rushed to the computer. His mother peeked in. “Dinner is ready, honey, you’d better come out”, she said calm. When she saw Jason’s troubled face she spoke again. ”What are you doing in here? I thought I heard another voice just before.” Jason tried to act cool. He swiped with his hand in midair, telling his mother everything was fine. She believed him and snuck away. Jason on the other hand hurried over to the bed. He started to brush around the covers and soon found the Digimon. Just as it was about to give him a scolding, he held his hands over its mouth. “Not now”, he hushed Kapurimon. The Digimon fell silent. He slowly released his grip. The Digimon glared at him. “Before you start to talk again, I have to ask you how the heck you got here.” Jason said silently. Kapurimon, still glaring, answered. “Because I wanted to meet you!” it said. Jason looked at the cat questionable. It seemed so innocent. He could not help but to somehow see himself in the creature. “You wanted to meet me?” “Yup”, Kapurimon grinned. He shook his head. This had to be a dream. A creature he had just created online a couple of hours ago were now lying in his bed, live and well. Jason heard his stomach growl. He made a decision. “Stay here, be quiet and wait for me to come back!” Jason said clearly. The Digimon, seemingly displeased, nodded. Jason left the room. --- After dinner, Jason headed back to his room. He was just about to open his door when his mother shouted from the entry. “Mai is here! She’s coming in!” she announced. Mai was a girl in Jason’s class, and probably his best friend. He panicked and rushed into his room. Unfortunately, he could not find the Digimon he had hid. Just as Kapurimon charged him straight on from the bed, Mai walked in. She stared blankly at the creature. Jason looked up and tried to smile. “Close the door, please”, Jason grinned, rubbing the back of his head. He explained the situation to Mai. She nodded and hummed, but did not say anything. When he was finished, she did, however, open her mouth. “So what you are saying is that this, thing… jumped out of your computer? And that is originally a part of an online game?” she said doubtfully. She sat on the floor, arms crossed and her face curled up into a frown. Jason nodded towards her. He introduced the Digimon. “This is Kapurimon, so what I just told you is true.” Mai shook her head. “I can’t believe this! What are you going to do now?” Jason was glad that she was as easygoing as she was. Anyone else would have freaked out immediately. “I don’t know really, I mean, Kapurimon has been here for almost a day now, and he does not seem to go away.” It had gotten dark outside. It was late in the evening already. A dense silence fell over the room. Jason looked over at his computer. The monitor had started to glow again. He was still online it seemed. He wanted to ask Mai to turn it off, but something caught his eye. A small black dot that grew bigger and bigger for every second. Just as it almost covered the whole screen, a ball burst out of the computer, tumbling on the floor. Both of them jumped of their seats, but Mai was the first one to near the little creature. She gasped. “Another one”, she said fascinated. This one was green and white, with two leafs growing out if its head twisting and joining together at the very top. Mai took the Digimon in her arms and lulled it tender. She talked to it, to Jason’s surprise. “What is your name, little friend?” she asked carefully. The little one opened its eyes carefully and tried not to panic when it saw Mai. In a matter of moments it was scared of its life, but then it realized something, as if it remembered where it was. “I am Tanemon”, it said cheerfully. “Tanemon, huh?” Jason said. Mai looked at Tanemon and it looked back. Kapurimon interrupted the silence. “Tanemon! What’re you doing here!” he said, happily bouncing towards Tanemon. Tanemon smiled when it saw the other Digimon, but quickly looked at the other seriously. It jumped down from Mai’s arms and stopped in front of Kapurimon. “It is not a matter of why I’m here!” Tanemon said hefty. “A tear has appeared between the Digital World and the human one!” Kapurimon seemed chocked. “So that is why I managed to get into this world so easily! Has anything bad happened?” he asked. Tanemon nodded. “It has! I arrived here just in time and at the exact right spot as well! A rampaging Boarmon is about to get to this world!” “What! We have to do something!” The two little Digimon ran across the room in panic. Jason and Mai on the other hand, were lost. Digital World, tear, our world, more Digimon. They looked at each other, desperate to hope that the other had a plan. Jason was a bit frightened that his parents would come into his room because of the ruckus. But nothing happened. Mai interrupted the quarrel. “Can you please give us a hint of what is going on?” she shouted over the two Digimon’s voices. They stopped for a second and collected themselves. Tanemon was just about to speak when a high noise was heard from outside. It sounded as if a flock of bulls was on a rampage. Mai, Jason, Tanemon and Kapurimon looked out. What they saw chocked all of them, especially Jason and Mai. A gigantic boar had just landed on the street just outside. It was orange and flames spread over its back and around its hooves. Jason connected two and two. “Is that the Boarmon you were talking about?” he asked terrified. Tanemon nodded. It then, together with Kapurimon, hurried towards the door. Mai shouted. “Where are you going?” The cat-like Digimon turned around. “To stop the beast!” Now it was Jason’s turn to rush recklessly towards the door. He grabbed Kapurimon in the process. “Mai! Take Tanemon with you and come with me!” he said rapidly. She simply responded with a nod, not questioning his motifs. The two dashed out of his room and down the hallway. Jason could hear his mother scream as he opened the apartment door. He acted as if he had not heard her. After getting down the stairs and outside on the courtyard he let go of Kapurimon. Mai did the same. Jason kneeled down to Kapurimon’s level. “What are we to do now?” he asked. Kapurimon could see in his eyes that he was scared, but the Digimon did not blame him, it was as well. “I say we try to attack him!” Kapurimon said bravely. Tanemon looked at him as if he was crazy. “Attack a Boarmon! I might have to remind you that we are still in our In-Training forms!” Tanemon shouted angrily. Mai took action. “I have no idea of what you are talking about but can we do anything?” she inquired, pointing at herself and Jason. Tanemon shook its head. Kapurimon on the other hand, brightened. “Well, maybe you actually can”, he said, smiling teasingly at Tanemon. “Remember the questions you were asked before?” Jason nodded. Mai shrugged. He then remembered that she had probably not even seen the game itself. “Wait, before you go on I might have to tell Mai about them!” Jason said, holding up his hand. After a brief explanation and a little thinking he and Mai stood before the two Digimon. Jason in front of Kapurimon and Mai before Tanemon. Jason thought about the answers hard, but nothing happened. Then, suddenly, Kapurimon and Tanemon started to glow just like MetalKoromon had earlier that day. Mai looked at the Digimon with shimmering eyes. She is such a tomboy, Jason thought. What other girl would enjoy a moment like this? They could see how the two Digimon grew. When the glow disappeared two new creatures stood before them. Kapurimon now looked like a little samurai, but underneath the costume you could see a pair of lavender reptile legs. His face was hidden behind a men, a samurai mask. Tanemon had turned into what resembled a walking flower. Its hand was now two purple flowers and the body was entirely green. The neck was adorned with a bunch of red leafs and the head had a red flower cap. The two Digimon looked at themselves. “Cool! I digivolved into a Kotemon!” the former Kapurimon cheered. What had been Tanemon still inspected itself. “And you are a Floramon!” exclaimed Kotemon. Mai neared Floramon. “You look amazing!” she said, eyes still shimmering. Jason hated to interrupt the moment, but Boarmon was just about to start wreaking havoc, and something had to be done. “Now that you have digivolved or whatever, what is our next move?” Jason asked quickly. “Just leave the rest to us”, Kotemon said confidently. “Are you ready, Floramon?” The other Digimon nodded. The two rushed forward towards Boarmon. They looked so small in comparison to the bigger Digimon. Jason wanted to help. “Hey! Big guy!” he shouted at Boarmon. The creature immediately directed its attention to the two children. Mai glared at Jason. “Are you stupid!” she screamed as Boarmon charged. “No don’t worry”, he answered, defending himself from her fists. “Look!” Kotemon and Floramon had now reached the larger Digimon. They jumped into midair and both of them launched an attack. Jason was impressed by the things they did. “Feel my Rain of Pollen!” Floramon shouted, emitting an orange dust from the flowers on its hands. The dust seemed to make Boarmon disoriented. Kotemon flowed Floramon’s lead. “Here it comes”, Kotemon shouted. “Go Hothead!” Kotemon’s wooden sword went ablaze and he struck Boarmon over the muzzle. The giant beast grunted from the hit, but only seemed to be minor injured. Kotemon’s hope sunk. Boarmon rammed the two opposing Digimon and was eager to continue its rampage. Kotemon, despite being mangled, attacked again. And just as before, not much happened. The beast maddened and let out flames from its nostrils. Jason and Mai screamed in unison as a thick smoke covered the street. Jason, feeling empty, stumbled. “Do you think that…?” He did not want to finish the sentence. Mai just nodded slowly. Jason embraced her. Was this it? Boarmon still rampaged; anyone could hear that even if the smoke covered it. Then suddenly Boarmon shrieked in pain. Jason looked up, wondering what had happened. In the smoke he could see the silhouette of what looked like a samurai. He rubbed his eyes. As the smoke settled, Boarmon lay still on the street. Kapurimon and Floramon dragged themselves over to Jason and Mai. The humans were in shock. Somehow, they had managed to defeat the beast. And Kotemon had somehow reversed back to Kapurimon. Jason did, however, say nothing. He embraced the round cat. Mai did the same with Floramon. As he let go of Kapurimon, he looked at him happily. “What happened in there?” he asked puzzled. When Kapurimon opened its mouth to answer, it was interrupted. Boarmon had started to slowly dissolve and with that a rift had opened up underneath it. Jason and Mai, not that far away from Boarmon could see the tear, reach towards them. As it replaced the ground underneath their feet, Jason could see the same lush forest that MetalKoromon had been in earlier. “File Island”, he said faintly. The last thing he could remember was the sensation of falling. He felt at peace. There it is. I hope you like it!