Digital World/Ruins of Phoenix Arena/10:09 PM (JST)
The familiar grounds of the fallen Phoenix Arena lay across the desert landscape. Dark clouds shrouded the skies and thunder rumbled. The arena no longer resembled that once prominent coliseum. It was nothing more than a burial of debris. Thankfully, nobody died within the exploding arena during the tournament's aftermath. Nobody, except for Pharaohmon and most of his minions. With his body destroyed by Gallantmon Shining Mode, his brain was wiped by Sailor Mars and Hiei coupled with the explosion. There was no feasible way for even Pharaohmon to survive the blast.
(Cue Digimon Frontier OST - Lucemon no Theme)
However, a trio wanted proof of his demise. Three figures walked across the ruins and used their nocturnal visions to search their surroundings. These three were General Scorpionus, BlackGuilmon and Atolmdramon. They concealed themselves with thick, black coats. Only their heads were visible. They were now fully convinced Pharaohmon was gone, but wanted to be sure. Atolmdramon used a device to scan for body heat activity. He picked up nothing. Even BlackGuilmon couldn't sniff out Pharaohmon's scent.
"So, what do you think, boys? You think Pharaohmon has been done in?" Atolmdramon asked his colleagues.
"Of course, you fool! We've confirmed that months ago!" General Scorpionus retorted at the dragon man. "I don't even see why we should be back here!"
"Relax, General, there's nothing left of him. Our sensors and my sense of smell have found nothing. I've already confirmed Pharaohmon has bit the dust, but I had to see for myself. Now, with him gone, we can proceed with our quest to find the seven pieces of Valmarmon! Isn't that what we want?"
"Yes, you're correct, BlackGuilmon. We must begin our search, but with what resources? Our tracking devices are obsolete! It's going to take us ages to find all seven pieces! We would have given up by then!"
"Patience, Atolmdramon," reassured General Scorpionus. "We'll find the seven pieces with our new technological acquisitions. How will we find these resources? Who knows, but we will find something my friends."
"General Scorpionus is correct. We share the same views and we want you to remain patient with us," the dark reptilian genius stated promptly. "Now, these ruins are no use to us anymore. There's nothing worth looking. How about we relocate to the farthest regions of the Digital World? There we can arrange another meeting with Demon and his associates. Come now, gentlemen. Our quest begins and in the end everything will pay off!"
"Anything to revive the true dark lord himself, Valmarmon!" the cybernetic general called out. "Atolmdramon, are you with us?"
"Yes! Anything to achieve our goal!"
"Now, let us depart from this hell hole and venture out to begin our quest!" BlackGuilmon declared as he ran out and hopped on his hover bike.
The other two colleagues followed out in pursuit and hopped onto their hover bikes. They started up their bikes and sped off across the desert landscape.
As they prepared to search for the seven pieces, unbeknownst to them, a new threat from space prepared its descent on Earth.
YuYuGiDigiMoon Season 2: Invasion of the Rajita
The Beginning of a New Chapter! The Reintroduction of Earth's Heroes!
Earth/West Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan/November 10, 2003/7:30 AM
The district of West Shinjuku was busy as usual. Streets became traffic heavy, either heading for work or dropping their children off to school. It was a beautiful Monday morning, though not the ideal day to start off the work week.
For the courageous Digimon Tamers, it was the beginning of yet another tedious school week. Yes, even the heroic Tamers who helped save the planet twice were still forced to pick up those pencils, write down their assignments and study hard for exams.
Opening the back door of his home, Takato Matsuda grabbed his schoolbag and picked up his lunch. Before he had a chance to walk out, a claw tapped him on the shoulder.
"What is it, Guilmon?" Takato asked while gathering his books.
"I just wanted to say good luck on that test, Takato!" Guilmon blessed him all while scarfing a piece of leftover bread.
"Thanks buddy. I'm gonna need it since it's Ms. Asaji's Algebra exams we're talking about. Man, why do I stink badly at math so much?!" Takato whined as he headed out. "Later, Guilmon! Don't give mom and dad a hard time!"
"Ok! I 'm gonna sleep in the room!"
"So far, I'm good on time! See ya later!" Takato waved out to his Digimon partner and bolted out the door.
"Bye, bye, Takato! Good luck!" Guilmon called out. "Bed to myself!"
As Takato walked out the back door, he placed his lunch bag in his satchel. He made his way across the street and turned to see two familiar faces. He saw Kazu Shioda and Kenta Kitagawa in front of the bakery. Realizing they hadn't noticed him, Takato sneaked up behind them, but the two boys quicklly greeted him with a double noogie. The goggle head was forced down on his knees and struggled under their weight.
Takato submitted. "Ouch! Ok, uncle! Uncle!"
"So, Chumley, are you ready for that Algebra test?" Kazu asked him.
"What do you think? Heck, no!" Takato shouted. "I studied a little more than I had to, but I'd rather face Pharaohmon again than this Algebra test!"
"Dude, I'd rather take the test than face him again," Kenta replied with a depressing sigh. "Still, I think this test is gonna kill us."
"Please, you two need to lighten up! I'm so confident I think I'll ace this one!" Kazu grinned proudly.
The other two boys muttered. "Feh, yeah right."
"Hey, don't believe me? Well, just watch when I pass this test and rub it in y'alls faces!" Kazu boasted. "Oh? Hey, you get back here, guys!"
As Kenta and Takato raced off across the street laughing, Kazu chased his two friends. He hurled playful insults at them. However, the three realized if they don't beat the tardy bell than they'll face Ms. Asaji's wrath.
For another individual, there was something much worse than an Algebra exam.
Azabu-Juuban District/Hikawa Shrine/7:35 AM
Inside the beautiful shrine home of Rei Hino and her grandfather, the dark-haired beauty was still asleep. However, lately, she hasn't gotten any adequate sleep. Her face contorted as she suddenly tossed and turned in bed. Her forehead drenched with sweat. She audibly mumbled and gasped in her sleep as if having a nightmare, which was what she was having.
"No... No! Please, don't! Where am I?! What is this?!" Rei cried out, violently thrashing about. "No! Stay back!"
Rei Hino, garbed in her miko garb, opened her eyes toward the ruins of Tokyo. It resembled the same post-apocalyptic vision she had when BelialMyotismon's probed her mind. However, this was no illusion created by the vampiric demon, but felt more realistic. The skies were once again red with black clouds shrouding and a purple full moon looming in the distance. The light from the moon beamed over the ravaged apocalyptic landscape.
There was no sound or movement. Just complete silence. Every trace of living thing was seemingly purged, but there appeared to be statues of people cropped all around the city. These were formerly the people that once flourished the city. Their souls had been ripped from their bodies and their bodies became lifeless husks.
Who could have done this horrible act of genocide? Rei paled in horror and disbelief.
She didn't want to admit it, but she was scared. Not even she can assure herself that hope will come and restore these innocent souls. She felt helpless and alone with no friends to save her. Even if she was independent, she couldn't handle the thought of being abandoned by her loved ones. This deeply disheartened her and forced her to search for a living soul to help her.
Then, she felt a presence. However, it wasn't just any ordinary presence. She sensed great evil Ki emerging from the background behind her. As soon as she turned...
(Cue Sailor Moon Sailor Stars OST - Nehelenia's Return (1:35 - 4:20))
The tall Tokyo buildings exploded and scattered debris across the land. A rain of fire poured of the collapsing towers. Rei raced as far as she could to avoid the flames. As she fell over and tripped, she watched as an enormous black shadow emerge. Her eyes widened in fear as the shadow fully materialized. It formed into the shape of the legendary Phoenix. However, the body of this Phoenix was engulfed in pitch black flames brimming with malevolent power. This was the largest amassed evil power Rei has ever felt. She couldn't move or speak. Her body was completely frozen in place as her gaze meeting the black Phoenix. Then, the Phoenix's eyes gleamed red. To shock's dismay, her own eyes glowed the same color as the bird's.
The fiery woman demanded from the dark entity. "What was that...? Who are you? Tell me! What do you want from me?!"
However, the black Phoenix merely shrieked loudly. For some reason, Rei could understand what it was telling her and engaged with it.
"So, you want me...? But, you never gave me a reason why! Tell me!"
The black firebird shot up into the air and glided over the city, dropping trails of dark flames. The skies and land became scorched by its evil flames. Rei immediately found herself trapped in a black ring of flames. As she tried escaping, she was repelled by the flames and nearly burned alive. She gazed through the flames and discerned what appeared to be a shadowed woman with wings and with eyes as red as the black Phoenix's. Her hair was long and dark. Rei looked at the woman as if she were staring at a reflection of herself. This was the same woman who appeared in her nightmare cast by BelialMyotismon's illusion.
"It's you! Are you the one who created that black Phoenix?! Tell me who are you!"
However, the woman chortled and addressed her in a tone similar to Rei's, but no audible words came out. Rei didn't take kindly to the woman's taunts and reached for her Henshin Rod. To her dismay, her Henshin Rod wasn't in her garb. More flames shot up and knocked her back. Rei yelped loudly as the fiendish woman laughed at her misery. As Rei scanned her surroundings, two more horrifying events occurred.
First, a sea green circle shot down from the sky and materialized, revealing the shape of a strange, ancient symbol under Rei's feet. Then, another dark figure looked down on her. This time it was the shadow of an unknown being with giant horns protruding from the sides of its head. A pair of yellow eyes gleamed over his captured 'prey'.
"Who are you?!"
The horned behemoth's lips curved into a malevolent grin. "You shall be just another soul for my collection, Princess Mars! You and the Moon Princess cannot hope to win! When it's all said and done, my kingdom will rise over your ruined dominion! Ha! Ha! Ha!" The figure laughed maniacally in the face of Rei.
"How do you know about us Sailor Senshi?! Who are you?!" Rei demanded as she tried connecting the green star symbol, the black firebird, the dark winged woman, and now this horned behemoth. She couldn't make any sense of it all.
As the dark flames finally engulfed her and post-apocalyptic Tokyo, she screamed a blood-curdling cry. Her screams filled the dead air as the black flames spread over Earth, turning it to a once beautiful planet into a lifeless husk. The Earth's entire surface was vaporized. The flames reached the planet's core and that was the last trigger that icaused the planet to explode.
The flames burned Rei's clothes off, leaving her engulfed in dark flames. The black flames entered her body. She expelled black flames from her mouth and her eyes turned white. Her dark hair quickly burned away. Her skin burned, reducing the once beautiful miko into a horrific skeleton with all her flesh, muscle, and organs burned away. The last thing she saw was the entire Solar System exploding into a supernova.
Quickly awakening, Rei sat up from her bed and shot up. "NO!" She screamed, eyes wide and breathing heavy. She quickly looked over her body and was relieved she was fine.
"These nightmares are getting worse. No, they're becoming more real..." Rei muttered. "They're playing out exactly like my fire readings are telling me. Now, the green symbol, the horned monster, the mysterious dark woman with my voice, the black Phoenix and the Earth left in ruins. It all doesn't add up... they can't be forthcoming events, can they?" Rei placed her hands on her chin and wiped her sweaty face. "Thank god, I'm still here, but is that vision BelialMyotismon gave me going to really happen?"
Suddenly, the door to her room opened up and standing out was eight-year-old Cammy Sakura Hino. The little girl was dressed in a schoolgirl uniform. The outfit is white trimmed with blue edges, her skirt was light blue, a red tie was tied around her neck, her socks were long and white, and her shoes were brown. A bright, radiant smile crossed her face and she was prepared for her first day in school. She had her backpack in one hand and a lunch bag in the other.
"I'm ready!" Cammy smiled radiantly. "Have you forgotten? I start school today."
"Wha- Oh my gosh! You do!" Rei quickly jumped out of bed and fell flat on her face.
Cammy giggled and nodded, "That's right. Though, today is my first day. It shouldn't matter if I'm late, right?"
"Well... I'd rather get you there on time so you can meet the other kids there. I'm sure you'll make wonderful friends on your first day."
"You think so?"
Rei smiled. "I know so. You're very easy to get along with. Ok, let me get dressed and I can walk you there."
"Ok!" Cammy nodded excitedly and closed the door behind her.
Rei turned towards her wardrobe closet. She picked up a nice accessory of conservative clothes for the day. She put on a white dress with red long sleeves, a heart-pendant necklace and a pair of brown high-heel boots. She quickly fixed her hair and brushed her teeth. To top it off, she checked herself in the mirror. She walked out the door and grabbed her purse.
With Cammy waiting outside, Rei walked her sister out of the shrine. The sisters walked down and saw the shrine crows, Deimos and Phobos, squawking down at them. They flew down and landed on Rei's shoulders.
"Good morning, you two," Rei smiled, kissing the crows' heads. "Sorry, but I don't have any food now. I have to go drop my sister off. I'll be back to feed you two."
"Morning, Phobos and Deimos!" Cammy smiled and reached up to the touch the crows.
They flew onto Cammy's shoulders. The little girl giggled as she pet the crows and raised her arms up gracefully to allow them to fly back to the trees.
"They've grown to like you, Cammy-chan. They've long earned your trust," Rei stated. "We bonded the same way when I was your age. Ah, did you already say goodbye to grandfather?"
"Uh-huh, I did," Cammy replied.
"Are you ready?"
"You bet! I'm so excited to meet some new friends!"
"I hope you'll meet some wonderful friends, Cammy. I didn't have very many friends your age. This will be good for you," the raven-haired woman walked down with her sister.
"So, are you going to be seeing Minako and Makoto?" Cammy asked her sister.
"Yes, I'm meeting them later. After I drop you off and take care of some shrine errands, I'm going to see them. Do you need me to pick you up?"
"Well, maybe, but the school is pretty close to where we live, right?"
"Yeah, but I just want to take precautions," Rei reminded her younger sister.
Cammy smirked. "I know, but, I'd like to see if I can make new friends and walk home with them. I mean, that's how you and the Senshi bonded, right?"
"Sorta, but I went to a different school than them," Rei had remembered those fond memories of when she was introduced to Usagi and the other Senshi.
Then, the horrific images of the black Phoenix and the dark woman flashed in her mind. Rei gasped and dropped to a knee. Cammy quickly went to her sister. She noticed Rei's pupils dilute, her breath becoming heavy, and sweat drenching her face.
"Rei! Are you ok?!" Cammy tugged on Rei's right arm in attempt to get her attention. "You're starting to scare me...!"
"Oh... huh?!" Rei quickly snapped out of her sudden attack. "Cammy-chan?"
"What's wrong? Your face was sweating and you were breathing..."
Rei just nodded it off. "It's nothing to worry about. Just a little lightheaded. C'mon, let's get you to school, sis."
"Ok..." Cammy frowned, not taking her sister's reassurance lightly.
Sorry, but I can't tell you right now, Cammy-chan. I'd hate myself if you ended up with similar nightmares like me. I'll take all the burden. I just hope these visions just go away soon. Rei thought as she walked Cammy toward her school.
"You want to see the school? I heard the kids' parents can meet the teachers."
Rei nodded. "Sure, I'll be happy to meet them."
"Well, let's go sister! Come on!" Cammy excitedly ran across.
The Miko chased after her sister. "Hold on, Cammy-chan! You're running way too fast! Sheesh,you kids are bundles of energy!"
Tajiri Junior High/Room A-106/8:05 AM
(Cue Bleach OST - Dodo Dance)
The classroom of this specific first year Junior High class had thirty seats inside available for that approximate number of students. Four windows were on the left side of the wall with the curtains down. Despite the fact that class was supposed to start 5 minutes ago, the teacher was not there, and the class was only half-full.
Among the students was one familiar face. Sitting in a desk away from the large gathering of people is a blue-haired boy with an eye patch on his right eye and wearing a dark blue school uniform. He tapped his finger on his desk and yawned to himself. He wasn't exactly the morning type and didn't want to be here. This was Himura Tsubasa. Since the fallout of the Shadow Tournament, he and his sister have eased back into quiet lives again.
"Great. Another boring school day. I mean what good could actually come out of this?" the boy muttered. "Yui's lucky her classes don't start until forty minutes after mine."
Just then, the boy looked ahead and noticed a familiar face. A boy came walking in and Himura thought he had seen someone he knew.
Then, he realized that this boy had dark blonde hair and appeared more feminine than Kotori. Then, it just suddenly struck Himura's mind. Kotori's spirit asked Himura to befriend her cousin as her final wish. This was his opportunity to introduce himself.
Himura got up from his chair and cleared his throat. It's now or never. This one's for you, Kotori. He approached where the boy sat.
Sitting at near his desk, the feminine-looking boy opened a book to read. He hadn't noticed Himura approach him. The boy heard Himura clear his throat and turned. Himura greeted him with a rare smile. Raising an eyebrow, the boy put his book down.
"Um, hi there. You don't happen to be Philippe Sagara?" Himura sat down next to Philippe. He extended a hand for a handshake.
"Um, yes, that would be me and you are?" Philippe nodded. "Yes, I'm Philippe. Who are you?" He cautiously shook Himura's hand.
"Oh, I'm a good friend of your cousin Kotori! I'm Himura. Himura Tsubasa!"
Upon hearing this, Philippe's eyes widened in shock, but even more surprising his late-cousin had a male acquaintance. "Wait... What? You knew my cousin Kotori?"
"Yeah, I... I meet her before she died. I'm sorry about your loss, but she was a great person."
"Yeah, she was," Philippe nodded. "She was really close to me besides my sister. I'm surprised she even had any friends in school. Normally, kids her age would be more afraid of her."
"I know what you mean," Himura chuckled. "She told me all about her reputation as a bully beater."
"Yes, she protected me from the bullies but it wasn't long before she got kicked out of my school. Since then, I've never had anyone to stick up for me."
"Oh, did you just enroll here?"
"Yeah, that's right," Philippe said in reply. "We transferred here from another school. The kids here don't seem to be that bad."
"No wonder this is the first I'm seeing you here. Nah, you should get used to them. I'd like to be your friend since I knew your cousin."
"Yeah... I... I'd like that. You knew my cousin and we have chat about memories of her. I'd be happy to be your friend, Himura," Philippe shook his hand and smiled.
"Nice to finally meet you," said Himura. "Kotori would be happy to see us here now. She'd want someone who she knew to look out after you."
"Anyway, you also have a sister?" Himura asked him.
"Um, well, yeah... I do have a sister sadly," Philippe snickered nervously, resisting the urge to shudder and say her name. "I just hope she doesn't go causing a scene in any of my classes."
"What's the matter? Is your sister a troublemaker? You two don't get along?"
"It's not that. I mean, we do get along..."
Himura prodded with questions. "Then what? Is she scary? Is she even worse than Kotori?"
"No, she's nothing like Kotori-chan," the boy sighed. "She's not a major troublemaker but she's a little..."
Just then, the doors pushed open quickly and everyone turned around to see a late-teens girl standing out. A radiant smile crossed her soft face. She was as tall as most of the boys in class. Her attire consisted of a pink shirt with golden buttons, a dark blue skirt and brown shoes. She called out in a loud, disruptive cry.
(Cue Bleach OST - Comical World)
"HI PHILIPPE FEROT! YOUR SOEUR MERVEILLEUSE CAME HERE TO DROP OFF YOUR LUNCH!" The girl yelled out with a French accent in her voice.
"Oh... no... she managed to find me," Philippe sighed. "I can't believe I forgot my lunch..."
"Now, you can't forget little things like that, Philippe-chan," Philippe's sister handed him his lunch bag.
"Well, I guess this is her, huh, Philippe?" Himura whispered to the boy.
"Oh? You must be a new friend of Philippe's!" The girl approached Himura.
"Um, yeah, hi there," Himura sat up and shook her hand. "M-My name is Himura Tsubasa!"
The girl smirked. "Ah, nice to meet you. I am Saya, Philippe's soeur."
"Soeur? That's the French meaning for 'sister'. You don't happen to be French, do you?"
"Yes, we are, Himura. We're actually half-French," Saya replied. "Right, Philippe-chan?"
Before he had a chance to reply to his sister, Philippe had gripped the book his hand tightly and accidentally ripped it in half. The boy gasped in shock as he dropped the torn book. Both Himura and Saya gawked at him in bewilderment.
"Um, what happened here?" Saya asked. "Oh no, your book!"
"Philippe...? What was that for?" Himura approached the boy in confusion. "Dang, you tore that book a good one!"
Looking down at his torn book, Philippe never felt so humiliated and on his first day in Himura's school.
Damn it and that was my favorite book, too! Look what you made me do, Saya! Philippe thought as he slowly turned and nervously smiled to Himura. I hope I didn't totally scare him off! C'mon, Philippe, this is your first friend in a while! Make it count!
Keimei Gakuen Elementary School/Room B 204/8:15 AM
Sitting at the back row of the class was Cammy Sakura Hino. She felt nervous being exposed to a foreign school environment. It was a good thing she was fluent in Japanese since it was her father's primary language, even though she lived in America nearly all her life. Class hadn't even started and Cammy felt butterflies in her stomach.
She observed the classroom and didn't take her eyes off the chalkboard. She remembered what her sister had told her about making hew friends. I know I should be making friends, but it's difficult knowing I'm in a foreign school. I may be Japanese but this is still all new to me. Well, at least I can speak fluent Japanese. Let's see here... How should I go on and introduce myself?"
Just then, she turned around and saw a familiar face enter the classroom. Her eyes widened when she saw it was Yui Tsubasa. She, too, was dressed in the same traditional school uniform as Cammy.
"Yui...? Can it be...?" Cammy sat up from her chair and gasped out in happy relief.
Accompanying Yui was a boy. He had light, blue hair, tiny freckles around his face and gorgeous, green eyes. He wore a male black school uniform. They both conversed near their seats. Before Yui sat down, she saw Cammy running up to her.
(Cue Sailor Moon Sailor Stars OST - Five High School Students)
"Yui-chan! It's you!" Cammy put her arms around Yui.
"Cammy-chan! My gosh! It's you!" Yui called back as she embraced Cammy. "Oh, Cammy-chan! It's good to see you again!"
"Wait, you two know each other?" the boy asked the girls.
"It's been a while, Yui-chan. Like, seven and a half months, right?"
"Yeah, that's about right. Did you just enroll?"
"I enrolled sometime ago, but I had to take some tests before they let me start. I moved here from America and I'm staying with my sister. She's my legal guardian."
"Wow, that's so cool, Cammy-chan. So, how well did you do?"
"Aced all of my tests! Well, math was kinda hard." Cammy smiled proudly. "But, I was the highest ranked out of the transfer students."
"Wow, maybe you can help me with my homework, except the math." Yui giggled. "I'm not doing well in some of my classes."
"Sure, I can help you some. Though, you're going to have to introduce me around..."
"Ahem, look you two somehow know each other, but I've never see you before," the boy poked into their conversation.
"Oh, I'm so sorry, Aoshi!" Yui chuckled and pointed to Cammy. "Aoshi, this is Cammy. Cammy, this is Aoshi."
"Sorry for hogging your friend there, Aoshi," Cammy approached the boy and shook his hand. "My full name is Cammy Sakura Hino."
"It's good to meet you, Cammy-chan. Sakura is a cute name. You came just in time since we're starting a new lesson today."
"Oh really? What are you guys doing now?"
"Math and you just said you have difficulty in it. It's a pain in the butt," Yui sighed.
"I think I can do better once I get the hang of it. And I can help with the other subjects!" the raven-haired girl offered to tutor the duo.
"Thanks," Yui nodded. "Say, Aoshi, why don't we show Cammy around during lunch time?"
"Yeah, that's a great idea," the boy said in reply.
"You're gonna love hanging around with us, Cammy-chan, because I can protect you and Aoshi from the mean bullies."
"Wait, um, bullies? Yui-chan, you don't mean to tell me that you beat up on bullies do you?" Cammy asked with a slightly worried look.
"Sure, they never want to mess with me," Yui smiled proudly. "So, whenever you're in trouble, don't hesitate to call on me!"
"Ummm, okay, I won't forget, Yui-chan," Cammy lightly giggled. "So, anything else I should know?"
"Nothing, except that a few classes are pretty boring," Aoshi opened up his math textbook. "So, you say you live with your sister? Is she anything important?"
"She co-owns Hikawa Shrine with our grandfather," Cammy stated.
"Wait, you mean your sister is Rei Hino, that famous Priestess who's been on those magazines?!" Aoshi recalled seeing magazine pictures of Rei. "You're her sister?"
"Yeah and she's the best sister in the world!" Cammy smiled. "She's actually teaching me to become a shrine maiden."
"Is it hard?" Yui asked curiously.
"Eh, it's hard work, but I'm a quick learner. I need to keep at it though. It takes time."
Yui blinked. "Wow, that you'll be doing all those fire readings and rituals. Maybe read into people's futures?"
"Eh heh, I wouldn't say my sister can read a person's future, but she has a strong sense of creepy stuff like I do."
"That is so cool. To think your sister even knows the Sailor Senshi, too," Yui smiled.
Upon hearing this, Aoshi jumped out of his seat and cried out in front of everyone, "WHAT?!"
The whole classroom of children turned around and laughed. The boy covered his blushing face. Cammy and Yui giggled together.
"You mean to tell me you and your sister know the legendary Sailor Senshi?" Aoshi whispered to Cammy.
"Yeah, they come by and see us every now and then. They protect us from all of the bad monsters," Cammy explained. "Though, there haven't been any monsters lately."
"It's too bad. I actually wanted to meet them," Yui sighed. "But, its cool you know them, Cammy-chan."
"Gee, thanks," Cammy blushed happily. "I'm not that famous."
"Well, I'd say you're more famous than any kid in this school." Aoshi stated. "Don't worry, Cammy-chan. We're friends now."
"You two would be willing to be friends?" Cammy asked.
"Sure, we do, Cammy-chan. Both of us already said we'd be friends several months ago. Now that we're in school together, you, me and Aoshi can hang out more often."
"Oh, you guys... Thanks! And to think I wouldn't have anyone to talk to," Cammy hugged Yui warmly.
"It's ok, Cammy-chan," Yui embraced the young Hino.
Aoshi watched the two reunited friends embrace. "It's good to see Cammy meeting us on her first day. We'll be here whenever you need us."
While embracing Yui, Cammy looked back to what her sister had told her and now she was making her sibling proud. If you were here now to see this, I know you'd be extremely happy.
Sarayashiki District/12:05 PM
With many students in school, a few decided to skip out. The two most notable of these students were two of Sarayashiki's toughest street brawlers: Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. Today, they decided to skip out during lunch break and scour near local areas. Fortunately, they managed to get away without getting caught.
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #2)
Carrying a school bag behind his back, Yusuke walked down in his green school uniform. Kuwabara followed beside him and yawned.
"So, um, Urameshi? Decided where we're going?" Kuwabara asked curiously.
"What the hell?! You mean we skipped for nothing?"
"We can always hit the Game Center Crown. I hear they got new games installed. We can run by and check it out. Besides, all of those numbers and words are hurting my head. I could use something to clear my head."
"I hear ya," Kuwabara nodded. "The arcade is just the medicine I've needed."
"So, what are ya waiting for?" Yusuke ran down across the street. "I'm kicking your ass at Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance!"
"Bring it on, punk!" Kuwabara called out after the Dark Tournament champion. "Just because you've won the Dark Tournament, don't mean diddly squat!"
As the two teens headed down to Game Center Crown, another local delinquent, Impmon, sat in a tree munching on an ice cream cone. He watched the two Sarayashiki punks heading for the local arcade in Azabu-Juuban.
"Eh, Whatever," Impmon shrugged his shoulders and munched on the cone. "I got better things to do. Time to fish me some more grub. BA-BOOM!"
Azabu-Juuban District/Fruits Parlor Crown/12:30 PM
Meanwhile, two of the Sailor Senshi sat together at a table and waited for Rei Hino. One of the two girls, the blonde-haired Minako Aino wore a red orange long-sleeved shirt, an orange knee-length skirt and red boots. Minako lied back on her cushioned seat and took a sip from her shake. Makoto Kino wore a black long-sleeved shirt, a knee length green dress and brown high heel shoes. A belt buckle wrapped around her waist and her hair was again tied up in its usual ponytail. She drank her milkshake and waited.
"What's taking her so long?" Minako asked her friend.
"Maybe she had some errands to run? I called her four times," Makoto sighed. "I don't know what's the hold up. I know she dropped Cammy off at school this morning."
"But that was hours ago," Minako whined. "She's starting to lose track of time like Usagi used to. Rei's been constantly late for our meetings."
"She's also had a lack of sleep lately. Have you considered that, Minako?"
"You're right, but still... if something's bothering her, she doesn't have to hide anything from us. She can tell us what is on her mind."
"Yeah, even at this point, I'm a little worried for her. She's been just fine following Pharaohmon's demise. I mean she gained custody of Cammy over that asshole father of hers. She's doing great as Cammy-chan's legal guardian and I admire Rei for handling a child. It has to be tough work, plus there's the fact that she works at the shrine with her grandfather."
"And the fact that she's been rather distant lately," the blonde pointed out.
"Good point, Minako," Makoto nodded in agreement. "I just hope Rei will open up to us and let us know what's going on."
Rei then called out. "Hey, guys!"
(Cue Sailor Moon Sailor Stars OST - Peace)
The two friends ran up and embraced Rei while catching her off guard. Rei chuckled as she struggled to hug back her friends.
"REI! WE'RE SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU!" Minako squealed out like a happy child.
"Minako, it's only been a few weeks since we've last seen one another," Rei replied. "Makoto, you're looking well. Has Mina-chan been behaving with you two just sharing the apartment now?"
"Like always, I still have to watch over her," Makoto shrugged. "Artemis and I practically have to watch her everyday."
"You don't have to babysit me," Minako pouted. "I'm a good girl!"
"Oh sure," Rei sardonically replied. "So, are we going to catch up or what?"
"Sure, we can order ourselves some of those new shakes," Makoto recommended to Rei. "Mina and I just tried some."
"Did they just start making them today?" Rei asked.
"Yeah and they're really good! You should definitely try some out!" Minako smiled radiantly and held her empty shake glass. "More for me please!"
As Minako held her glass up high above her head, everyone stopped to turn and glance at the hyperactive blonde. Rei and Makoto sighed together in disbelief at her childish behavior. If one high caffeine drink was enough to make her radiant, then chugging down a few more would make her go on the biggest sugar rush she's ever experienced.
"I guess I'll try one out. Besides I've had to run a few errands and man, it's been a hectic today. I'm just worried Cammy-chan might have trouble making friends," Rei rubbed her forehead.
"Rei, this is Cammy-chan we're talking about. She'll make some wonderful friends," Makoto placed a hand on Rei's clasped hands and soothed them. "It'll be all right. She'll make it through just fine. You just concentrate on getting some rest and not stressing yourself too hard. You've done a good job being Cammy-chan's guardian."
"I know, but I just didn't take into account that raising a child being difficult. I'm supposed to be her sister not her mother yet I act more like a mom," Rei sighed. "Then, there's work at the shrine. It's a relief there haven't been any monster attacks since we stopped Pharaohmon."
"So, tell us about these dreams you've been having," Minako suddenly broke into a serious tone.
"Please, can we discuss something else? I'd rather not talk," Rei asked while brushing her hair aside.
"But, Rei, we're very worried about you. You been yourself and you've been restless. The last time you were this on edge was when the Death Busters showed up and had those visions of the Silence. You recall that, don't you?" Makoto reminded her friend.
"I do, but these visions... please, I'd rather not. That's all they are. Stupid visions that have no bearing on anything. C'mon, let's kick back and enjoy the hell out of this peacetime!" Rei declared, faking a giggle.
"While you two chat, I'm hitting the bar and getting us some drinks," Minako winked and got up from her seat. "And Rei, cheer up for our sake. Ok?"
As Minako left to fetch their drinks, Makoto glanced over to Rei and mildly smiled. She can easily see how tired Rei seemed. Rei was reluctant to tell them about the visions related to the black Phoenix, the mysterious woman, and the horned behemoth.
"Rei, there's no point bullshitting with us," Makoto whispered sternly. "What's bothering you?"
"Drop it, please."
"If you keep holding in for too long, the stress is going to eat you alive."
"I do appreciate the concern., but, can we just move on with another discussion. How's the restaurant work coming along...?"
"It's going along just fine. Some of our employees have quit, but we should be able to fill in those vacancy spots for others."
"Oh I see. I'm sure you guys will be getting some new employees soon."
"Yeah, it'll take a little time, but that's how the business runs," the brunette shrugged. "So, how's your grandfather and Yuuichirou?"
"Great. We're all working hard to keep the shrine in check and taking care of Cammy-chan," Rei responded. "Wow, Minako's taking long. What's the hold up with our order?"
"Probably ordered more for you since you need the caffeine. Though, in MInako's case, she needs much less of it."
"Ugh, don't remind me of the incident back at Drago Village in the Digital World. That was so embarrassing!"
"Oh, don't look now but Mina's at it again!" Makoto exclaimed and pointed out across the bar.
(Cue Ren and Stimpy OST - Screw on the Loose)
As Rei sat up from her seat, she looked ahead and caught glimpse of a scene much scarier than any vision. It was Minako and she had just chugged down several of the high caffeine shakes. The blonde cackled and yelled out already on a high sugar rush. Makoto quickly ran over and grabbed Minako, who spun around with arms stretched as if she were an airplane.
"WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! LOOK AT ME! I'M AN AIRPLANE! MINAKO AIRLINE EXPRESS! HA! HA! HA!" Minako laughed out.
"MINAKO!" Rei screamed out. "NOT THIS CRAP AGAIN!"
"Well, at least she isn't drunk," Makoto couldn't help but chuckle at the scene.
"Give me a break," sighed Rei. Now she's starting to think she's..."
"One of the characters from Aqua Teen Hunger Force?"
"Something like that," Rei sighed as she carefully approached Minako. "Now listen to me, Minako-chan. You're not some talking drink cup, a box of fries or even a meatball. You're just crazy old Minako-chan. Do you hear me?'
"ARGH! YOU DARE TO THREATEN MISTRESS SHAKE!" Minako jumped back and put up closed fists. "I HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN YET! NOW, SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!"
As soon as Minako said that, she turned around and bent over. Then, she pulled down her skirt and quickly flashed a 'moon' at everyone in the Parlor, including Rei. Needless to say, the raven-haired young woman did not take this kindly and let her temper flare. Makoto stopped between the two and calmed Rei down. Then, she covered up Minako and dragged her out of the Parlor.
"Excuse us, everyone! You didn't see anything here! Just continue going back to enjoying your drinks and finishing up on your wonderful conversations. We're leaving the building. Right, Minako?" Makoto pulled the blonde-haired girl out of the Parlor while whispering in her ear. "You just had to do that, didn't you!"
"Not this again," Rei muttered as she followed the girls out. "That's three strikes if you ask me. First, the karaoke incident after our high school graduation, then you stripping down to the nude in the Digital World and now this? Minako-chan, you're making a complete fool out of yourself!"
"Look, I'm so sorry this had to happen, Rei," Makoto gave an apologetic bow. "I don't know what this girl was thinking. I really wanted to discuss on important matters and what not..."
"Its okay, Mako-chan," Rei nodded and bowed. "I know Minako is full of surprises."
"Listen, maybe we can get together later? You can even bring Cammy-chan along. Besides, there's that cosplay event we were planning to go to, right?"
"Yeah, this coming weekend and Cammy-chan is so excited. I even made her a costume to wear for the event."
"What's the costume like?" Makoto asked.
"Oh you'll see. It's simply just adorable," Rei smiled. "I know Cammy-chan will love it!"
"I'll be looking forward to see it, too, Rei. Just get some rest before you pick up Cammy-chan, ok?" Makoto suggested. "Do it for me and Minako."
"Sure, for you guys," Rei sighed. "A little nap shouldn't hurt."
"Well, we'll see you later then, Rei," Makoto waved and walked with Minako. "Now, let's take you home, troublemaker..."
"BYE! BYE! REI-CHAN!" Minako called out and waved to her friend.
Waving to her two friends, Rei sweatdropped and turned to an opposite direction. "Some rest is all I need. It's time to pull yourself together, Rei!" She encouraged herself. "Don't let those visions consume and take over your life again."
Sarayashiki District/Minamino Residence/Shuichi's Room/3:45 PM
Later that day, Shuichi 'Kurama' Minamino came home after school and sat on his chair to briefly browse the Internet. After checking a few e-mails, he started working on his school assignments. Once logging in, he felt a presence entering his room. Without turning around, he whispered the name of his guest.
"Hiei. I had no idea you'd show up."
Hiei entered through his back window. "What else is there to do besides sleep. What are you doing?"
"I'm checking my e-mail and seeing if I received of anything of importance."
"Maybe a scholarship or anything important for my future," Kurama replied while reading his e-mail listings until one name caught his attention. "So, Hiei, lately I've been seeing you near the Hikawa Shrine lately."
"Just expanding my grounds."
"Or, perhaps observing the activities of Hikawa's shrine maiden Rei Hino? I hear she, too, has a keen sense of the supernatural. Be wary of her ability to subdue demons. She will do so to protect her shrine."
"Humph, well we haven't had contact," Hiei scoffed. "Even so, she won't be getting those seals on me that easily."
"Never underestimate the power of a shrine maiden," Kurama replied. "The Digital Priestess was a perfect example of that."
"Speaking of the Digital Priestess, I saw the little runt at the shrine with that priestess woman. I suppose that woman is her sister and... I'm getting the same scent from that Sailor Warrior I unfortunately had to save back at that Digital World."
"What? You smelled the same scent off that lady Priestess and it was similar to that Sailor Warrior?"
"So, you think it's possible that woman is that same Sailor Senshi?"
"I suppose. Though, it's not my business to get into that woman's business. Not like I care."
"Well, speaking of ladies, you know who I just got an e-mail from?"
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #3)
Upon hearing this, Hiei raised an eyebrow and glanced at the computer monitor. His eyes widened in surprise once he caught glimpse of the name Mizuno. He deeply growled and remembered being humiliated twice by her.
"What does that woman want?" Hiei growled. "Is she coming back to torment me?"
"Actually, she just wanted to say hello to us, including you, Hiei," Kurama chuckled. "She's even mentioned you."
Kurama chuckled as he showed him the screen. "Come and take a look."
On the screen, Hiei read the e-mail and growled. He reached down to his sword sheath and gripped the handle tightly. Suddenly, a pop-up screen appeared with a message from Siren Ocean Goddess05. Kurama quickly clicked on the message and received an IM chat from Mizuno. For Kurama, his screen name was Crimson Rose Thorn.
"Well, look who decided to send me a message now, Hiei? Care to chat with her?"
Hiei snarled. "Kurama, you had better not let her know that I am here! Tell her that I'm not here!"
"As you wish," Kurama chuckled as he immediately replied to Mizuno's message.
Turning his back on Kurama, Hiei walked over towards the other side of the room. Kurama typed in a message in reply to Mizuno.
Crimson Rose Thorn: Hiei is in the room with me.
Siren Ocean Goddess05: Oh, he is? Well, let me please talk to him! It'll be good to hear from him, because there's somebody that would like to speak to him in a private chat!
Crimson Rose Thorn: Then, let me go get him. By the way, who wants to talk to him?
Siren Ocean Goddess05: The person who wants to speak to him is named Mu-
Before the identity of this secret admirer was revealed, a lightning fast strike sliced the computer in two. The computer blew apart and fell to the ground. Appalled, Kurama stood up with his mouth agape.
"HIEI!" Kurama reacted quickly as he snapped out of the shock.
"You said you wouldn't tell that woman I'm not here. I can't trust you to keep your word." Hiei grunted while sheathing his sword.
"But... You destroyed a computer, which I paid through my own funds! That was uncalled for!"
"And...? It's a machine. Why should you care?"
"Hiei, it doesn't matter... I..." Kurama sighed while holding his head and shaking it in disbelief. "How would you like it if Koenma were to confine you only to this district and forbid you from leaving? Better yet he confines you to Hikawa Shrine?"
"What do you think?" Hiei scoffed with disdain.
"Since you've just destroyed my property, I'm going to make you pay off for it and not tell Koenma about extending your punishment."
"And how are you going to make me pay up for it? I doubt I'll ever be doing any work for any petty humans. No way. It's not the way I operate."
"At the risk of being confined only to this city district with Koenma watching your every move? I'm sure he'll think of methods to extend your punishment."
"Argh, fine, whatever... Anything is better than being confined to his damn human realm! You'll regret ever blackmailing me like this, Kurama."
"Think of this as a new learning experience to get to know the humans better, Hiei," Kurama smiled.
"Bah, humans. They make my skin crawl," Hiei shuddered.
"Now, shall we get going, Hiei? Today we'll look for ourselves an occupation to pay for a new computer."
"Whatever, you just lead the way..."
West Shinjuku/Maya's Garden Shop/4:05 PM
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #4)
Having left the Game Center Crown, the two Sarayashiki Junior High boys walked by the florist shop and peered inside to find a beautiful array of flowers. Now, there seemed to be a problem with this picture. Why would two tough boys even bother looking at flowers? Well, for one, Yusuke remembered he needed to give Keiko flowers as a gift. When eyeing the flower, Kuwabara was reminded of Yukina.
The boys walked inside the store and sneezed.
"Oh, bless you, two boys," a woman called to them.
"Um, thanks," Yusuke replied while sniffling and scratching his nose. "Just remembered I was allergic. Kind of crappy, don't you think?"
"Well, I'm surprised an allergic person decided to arrive in my store," the female florist said.
The two boys met a young dark-haired woman wearing a purple summer dress, a white long-sleeve coat and a pair of white slippers. Her hair was tied back in a ponytail and in her arms were a handful of beautiful orchids, irises, lilies and roses. The woman's face had a gorgeous smile on her face with green eyes meeting the boys' glances. The most notable feature of the woman was her enlarged stomach, a indication she was pregnant.
"Is there anything I can help you boys with?" the lady asked. "I'm Maya Katsuya, owner of this shop, as you can already tell from the name."
"Yeah, we've already figured that much out already," Kuwabara nodded.
"Well, we came... I mean, I came here to buy some flowers for a friend of mine at school. She..."
"Oh, for your girlfriend?" Mrs. Katsuya smiled radiantly.
"Um, you could say that..." Yusuke chuckled.
"I'll bet she would love one of these bundles I have in my hands. I have orchids, irises, roses, lilies and even some exotic flowers grown from out of South America. They would look great for her room."
"I'm sure they would," Yusuke said.
"Well, I can have my goddaughter come down and give you a hand," Mrs. Katsuya replied and walked over to the steps leading to the second floor. "Yui! I'm going to need your help again!"
As soon as she called for her goddaughter, both Yusuke and Kuwabara were caught completely off guard. They fell back in surprised disbelief. Mrs. Katsuya jumped back in fright and looked down at the fallen boys.
"Oh, heavens! What just happened to you two? Are you all right?" Mrs. Katsuya knelt over to their sides.
"Uh, yeah. We're just fine, but did you just say Yui?" Yusuke asked.
"As in Yui, a girl with dark hair tied in a ponytail?" Kuwabara described the young Tsubasa sibling.
"Why, yes... Are you two friends of her? You're awfully old to be her friends."
Yusuke rolled his eyes back. "We're junior high teens, miss. Not old geezers."
"Momma! I'm coming!" The near high-pitched call of Yui shouted back.
Yusuke lifted himself off the ground and turned to find Yui Tsubasa in her school uniform. The two exchanged glances and recognized one another. They both pointed out and reacted out in shock.
"It's you...! The same Yui I meet back seven and a half months ago!" Yusuke exclaimed.
Yui gasped. "Yusuke! I'd thought we'd never see each other again! My gosh!"
"Yui-chan, I can't believe it's you!" Kuwabara approached the little girl.
"Oh, you must be Kuwabara? Hi, nice to meet you again," Yui shook the boy's hand. "Now, you two are looking for flowers?"
"Yeah, Urameshi here is looking for something for Keiko."
"Is Keiko your girlfriend?" Yui asked Yusuke.
"Yeah, your mom thought so, too."
"Don't worry! I know the perfect flower gift for Keiko!" Yui smiled and turned to face her mother. "Momma, how about we... Momma?!"
Suddenly, the trio gasped as they found Mrs. Katsuya on the ground and groaning. Her hands caressed her enlarged belly as she could hardly sit up on her own.
"Oh no! It's time already! Momma!" Yui cried out as she knelt next to her mother. "Momma!"
"Please, can you get me to the couch in the back?"
"Yes!" Yui nodded in reply. "Hey, guys! We're going to have to put my Momma in the backroom on the couch!"
"What?! You mean her water just broke?!" Yusuke cried out.
"Urameshi, do you have any experience with handling pregnant women?" Kuwabara asked curiously.
"Guys, now!" Yui chided the boys. "There's no time!"
"AHHHH! DAMN IT! IT HURTS!" Mrs. Katsuya wailed at the top of her lungs.
(Cue Fullmetal Alchemist OST - Favorite Daughter)
"Hurry your ass up, Kuwabara!" Yusuke rushed over to Mrs. Katsuya's side and placed her right arm over his right shoulder. "C'mon, slow poke!"
"I'm coming!" Kuwabara ran over and placed the woman's left arm on his left shoulder. "It's going to be okay, lady."
"So, you two handled a pregnant woman before?" Yui asked the boys.
"Hell, I'm the only child and I don't know how to handle myself during a situation like this," Yusuke honestly replied.
"I only have an elder sister and she never had kids," Kuwabara said. "So, nope, I've never dealt with any pregnant women before."
"Well, I don't know what to do because momma here is going to have her first babies!"
"What, but I thought this was your..."
"No, Yusuke, this is my godmother!" Yui reminded him. "She even called me her goddaughter, remember?"
"So, what now?" Kuwabara asked.
Once the boys placed the woman on the couch, she screamed out louder and held her stomach.
"AHHH! I CAN FEEL THE LEGS KICKING INSIDE!"
The trio panicked over the situation. Yui raced around in circles and quickly grabbed the telephone. Yusuke and Kuwabara stood over the couch with nervous looks on their faces. They obviously had no clue on what to do.
"Yui, why don't you just call the hospital?" Yusuke asked.
"Yeah, my poppa works there, but I doubt he can get a team over to pick her up. What if the baby comes out before they arrive?" Yui asked as she rambled on and picked up the office phone. "Oh, this is just crazy!"
"Ok, listen, Mrs. Katsuya, you just need to calm down and breathe," Kuwabara tried to calm the pregnant woman down.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK I'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO?!" Mrs. Katsuya screamed. "OH GOD! WHY DOESN'T THE PAIN STOP?!"
"You guys! We have to do something quick!" Yusuke panicked. "Damn, I've never had to do this before!"
"Hold on, guys! It looks like Poppa's sending a team on their way here. He's also coming with them!" Yui called back to the boys while staying on the phone line.
Kuwabara asked. "How long will that take?"
After hanging up, Yui answered. "They should get here in about five to ten minutes. Momma, hang in there!"
"Damn, all of this is getting me tense," Kuwabara wiped his forehead. "The poor lady."
"I just hope she can make it through on the trip to the hospital," Yusuke said.
"Poor Momma," Yui knelt over the couch and held her godmother's hand.
"Yui. Thank you..."
"But I thought the baby wasn't due for another month..."
"I guess he or she wants out now," Mrs. Katsuya chuckled while struggling to maintain her composure and fighting against the labor. "Don't worry, Yui. You and Himura will have yourselves a new welcome addition to the family. Though, I just hope I won't have to endure this much longer..."
"You won't Momma. I promise," Yui smiled.
"For your godmother's sake, I just hope your godfather gets here soon with the ambulance," Yusuke looked at the clock. Damn, I never thought I'd be dealing with this. If I ever become a dad, I might be in a crappy situation like this. Get here soon, pops.
Unbeknownst to Yusuke, he had forgotten his briefcase school bag. A tiny, blue creature emerged out of the bag and plopped on the ground. Its body was round and blue. There was a small beak and penguin-like feet. In fact, it looked exactly like a baby penguin. A tuft of black hair was on its head. This was Yusuke's spirit beast, Puu.
The tiny creature squeaked out and found himself in the middle of the florist shop. He found a window widely opened and flew out. He flapped his wings and hid away from the large crowd of people.
"Hi, did all of those mean people scare you, too? Culu!" a child-like voice called out.
(Cue Digimon Tamers OST - Theme Gag)
This caused Puu to instantly spin around and he came face to face wit an adorable white, big-eared creature. Its eyes were large and its cheeks were slightly pudgy. There was a red symbol embellished on its forehead. The creature's ears expanded. It hopped around Puu.
"Hello! Hello, there! What's your name? My name is Calumon!"
"PUU!" the spirit beast responded.
"Puu? Like Puu-mon? Ah, swell!" Calumon smiled and hugged Puu. "Pleased to meet you, Puu! Say, how would you like to hang with me for a while?"
"Is that a yes? You seem to be a nice guy. It'll be fun! Come one, let's go and explore! Up, up and away!" Calumon expanded his ear wings and was set to take off.
Suddenly, Calumon fell back as a dark shape jumped out right in front of him. He squeaked out as he bumped his head and glanced behind him.
"Who's there? Don't you know it's rude to go jumping out and scaring people like that!"
"Well, if it isn't cream puff!" Impmon chimed in. "What'cha been up to, pudgy?"
"Impmon? You shouldn't go sneaking up on me like that!" Calumon chided him.
"Yeah, yeah," Impmon replied and caught glimpse of Puu sitting behind Calumon. "Say, you made a new friend there? Who's the blue penguin?"
"Oh, allow me to introduce to you my new friend! This is Puu," Calumon pointed to the spirit beast. "Puu, this is Impmon."
"Puu? As in 'Poo'?" Impmon snickered. "He just said 'Poo'! Ha! That's a good one!"
"And? What's so funny about Puu?" Calumon asked.
"Oh, you'll never get it, shorty," Impmon couldn't but help laugh.
"Ok, listen... I just found several places we can go and raid. If you and 'Poo' want to come, then feel free or you're missing out on some good grub. And if you two don't come, more for me then!" Impmon walked off leaving the two behind. "Well, what are ya waitin' for?"
"Um, yeah! We're coming!" Calumon called out. "Puu, we can get some food!"
"Let's go before Impmon eats them all!" Calumon happily pounced away to follow the impish rookie.
The tiny spirit beast followed Calumon and joined him. By this point, Yusuke hadn't realized his spirit beast left the florist shop.
Digital World/Toucanmon Beach Resort/Sector OCE-0528/4:12 PM
The Toucanmon Beach Resort. This was the very same resort where Takuya and his friends were taken in as guests by the Toucanmon. They took advantage of their generous offer to swim in the beautiful ocean and gorging down plates of the most delicious foods. However, it was merely all a ploy set up by them in order to win over Ranamon. Since the fall of Lucemon, the Toucanmon have expanded their Beach Resort with additional venues, including numerous volleyball courts, more food stands and also have been in the process of constructing a beautiful hotel.
There were many guests taking advantage of the beach resorts while relaxing, tanning and playing rounds of volleyball matches. Among these guests were two notable figures. The recently married couple, as of the Shadow Tournament's conclusion, was at the resort to celebrate their honeymoon.
(Cue Ren and Stimpy OST - Model Life)
Already seven and half months later, Omegamon was settling into their married life. He stood outside of a changing room and waited for his beautiful Amazon wife. He let out a deep sigh and looked across the beach.
"Athenamon, how long are you going to take in there? It's already been seven minutes! Have you already picked out an outfit yet?"
"Yes, and would you be a little more patient? Most of these outfits are too scantily and I don't want peepers to gawk at me. All right, I'm ready!"
With that, the Amazon Queen walked out of her dressing closet and walked out wearing a light blue one-piece bathing suit. She had a towel wrapped around her waist to cover her lower body. She spun around gracefully and pushed her hair back with her arms. Omegamon witnessed his wife in the bathing outfit and blushed. Standing right in front of him was the Digimon Amazon Queen in a near scantily bathing suit.
"Oh dear... Athenamon, you're so..."
"Beautiful? I know I am," Athenamon smiled and walked over towards the Royal Knight. "Come now, let's go and take a walk across the beach."
As Athenamon pressed closer against Omegamon, the male Royal Knight gasped and felt blood rush into his head. Athenamon noticed her husband's blushing and curiously tilted her head to the side.
"Oh, don't be shy, Omegamon. I'm yours now, remember?" Athenamon took her husband by his hand and giggled excitedly like a school girl. "It'll be very romantic and then we can swim together. I know I sure could go for a tan. Do you think so, Omegamon?"
"You're simply beautiful no matter how you look, my lady..."
Upon hearing this, Athenamon simply blushed and smiled. Nobody has ever given her that much compliments besides her own Amazon sisters. Omegamon's comments really touched her.
Unbeknownst to them, a pair of Gazimon video taped a close-up of Athenamon. They deviously snickered and caught the Amazon Queen completely on tape. One Gazimon wore an eye patch and the other was wearing a baseball cap.
"Oh, yeah, we're going to make huge bucks off this! We'll send this to every little magazine agency who are begging to have the legendary Athenamon pose nude! This chick is hot stuff!" the Gazimon with the eye patch snickered.
"By getting Athenamon on tape, we'll show them that she's worthy to being posted on the front cover!" the other Gazimon nodded. "Now, we've got more than enough footage! Hold on... I think she's about to bend over! OH MY..."
Before long, the Gazimon with the eye patch lost his balance while lowering his camera and fell out of the bushes. This caught the couple completely off guard. They turned to find the two sneaky Gazimon rolling out of the bushes.
"Gazimon?!" Omegamon exclaimed. "What were you two doing? Spying on us?!"
Athenamon looked down at the video camera and then lowered her head. Omegamon slightly backed away and watched as the Amazon Queen fumed. Athenamon's eyes darkened as she grabbed the video camera and crushed it with one hand. The Gazimon were amazed by her legendary strength and quickly sped off across the beach.
"GET BACK HERE YOU LITTLE PERVERTS! BASTARDS! YOU'RE NOT GETTING MY IMAGE TARNISHED ON A NUDE MAGAZINE!"
Omegamon sat back on a beach chair and watched the Gazimon pair being chased across the beach by an infuriated Amazon Queen. He took a wine glass from one of the waiters and sipped it while enjoying the entertainment.
Omegamon laughed while leaning back on the seat. "Oh yeah, now that's my woman! Let Goddramon have mercy on their souls, haha!"
Nevertheless, the wedded couple was enjoying their long yet deserving honeymoon. The Amazon Kingdom was now currently presided over by Jaguarmon. However, the couple could afford to spend another few weeks on their vacation before returning to their kingdom.
East Shinjuku/Shinjuku Central Park/4:19 PM
(Cue Ed, Edd n' EddyL The Mis-Edventures OST - Track 8)
After school, the Tamer boys met at the park. Needless to say, Takato, Kenta and Kazu were relieved to finish their math test. They arrived at Guilmon's old bunker and gathered to play of Digimon cards.
"Awww, not again!" Kenta said. "How did I lose again?"
"Let's face it, Kenta. You still aren't in my league, dude. Keep training if you wanna get on my level."
"We'll see! Just you wait, Kazu!"
Oh, you'll be cracking up once I've beaten you at your own game."
Kazu shrugged off Kenta. "Hey, Takato, ready for me to kick your butt?"
"Hah, I'd murder you since Rika's been my dueling tutor. You're going down, pal!" Takato pulled out his deck.
"Looks like you guys are having fun," Henry chimed in.
The three boys spun around to find the blue-haired Tamer sitting next to them.
"You came just in time, Henry," Takato smiled. "Kazu wants a piece of me."
"Ha! Get all the training from Rika! It won't matter in the end, Chumley!"
"Care to wager, Kazu? Maybe a few cards?"
Speaking of Rika, the queen herself interjected. "You boys are starting a game without me. Well, I'm insulted."
Before the boys started, they turned to see the Digimon Queen herself. Rika walked out of the corner with her arms crossed.
"Rika!" Takato acknowledged her.
"Hey, goggle head. Remember those pointers I gave you. You'll kick Kazu's sorry butt," Rika smiled coolly at Kazu's expense.
Kazu snorted. "Is that so? Well, let's see you put up or shut up, Chumley. I'll know by beating Takato, I've beaten you, Rika!"
Rika rolled her eyes. "Right, best prepare for disappointment."
"Hey, guys!" another voice called out.
The two duelists groaned as they were once again interrupted. Rika, Kenta, and Henry turned to find Takuya running up towards the bunker with a folded poster in hand. As Takuya entered, Takato quickly jumped to his feet and gave the fellow gogglehead a high five.
"Takuya! Good to see you again!" Takato laughed.
"Same to you, dude. You won't believe this, but I found this poster while I was out buying Duel Monster cards. Remember that cosplay convention this weekend at Kaiba Land?" Takuya excitedly displayed the poster which featured cosplayers and a bulletin. "I just bought myself a ticket for this Saturday. Kouji, Kouichi, Izumi, Junpei and Tomoki are all coming, too. Any of you coming to this?"
"What?! Oh man, you're right! I still don't have my cosplay!" Kazu shouted. "Kenta, dude, why didn't you remind me?!"
"It slipped my mind."
"Hmm, I think Jaarin's working at this show. She might get me and Suzie in," Henry observed the poster.
"Sure, why not? I've got no plans. If there's card tournaments there, I'm in," Rika added.
"You know I'm there, Takuya! I know what costume I'll be wearing, too!" Takato said.
"That's great! But you guys better buy your tickets fast. They're selling like crazy and tell Himura about it," Takuya reminded them.
"Sure, I've got his number anyway," Takato replied. "Man, this is going to be so exciting!"
Kazu grinned arrogantly. "Heh, look at it like this, Chumley. After I beat you here, I'll challenge and kick Rika's butt in front of thousands of con goers!" He pointed to the sky and boasted. "Then, everyone's gotta call me the Great Kazu!"
Rika rolled her eyes. "In your dreams."
"I better get going. See y'all this weekend!" Takuya waved out to the Tamers and ran off with the poster in hand. "Oh, I almost forgot!" He called back. "There's going to be a contest where they'll be giving away these four legendary Beast Cards."
"Beast Cards?" Takato asked. "What are those?"
"Not sure," the other goggle head replied. "They mentioned it on the poster but didn't go much into detail."
Leaving the Tamers behind, Takuya ran down to catch the nearest bus.
"Well, I guess since Takato put his cards down, I win my default."
"My foot!" Takato called back. "We still have a game to start, pal!"
"Nuts! I almost had ya!" Kazu sighed. "Y'know what? Screw this game. I'm so freaking jacked for this convention! And since Takuya mentioned these Beast Cards, I've gotta compete and win those babies!"
"Hah! They're only reserved for real champions," Rika stated.
"Bring it on, babe!" Kazu challenged the feisty redhead, who shot him an icy stare.
"Beast Cards, huh? Wonder if these are rare Digimon or Duel Monster cards," Henry quietly deduced.
Takato overheard Henry. "Guess we'll know at the event. I can't freaking wait!"
Azabu-Juuban District/Hikawa Shrine/6:25 PM
Later in the day, Rei finished her nap and came back with Cammy from school. They spent the better part of the after school hours to meet with Cammy's teachers and Rei treated them to some ice cream on the way home. Rei was happy to learn her sister made new friends on the first day. As soon as they returned home, Cammy quickly started on her homework, allowing Rei time to heat them dinners.
Sitting at the dining table, Cammy was already halfway through her Algebra homework. Though math wasn't her forte, she still managed to get the hang of the equations. Rei came walking in with a tray of two plates. Cammy's plate was curry rice mixed with shrimp. Rei's plate was curry rice mixed with vegetables.
"Hey, kiddo, break time," Rei smiled and placed Cammy's plate on the table.
"Oh, yum!" Cammy placed her book and paper aside. "That was quick."
"It's just frozen TV dinners. That's nothing I can't handle."
"You mean you don't cook for yourself often?"
"Oh, I thought you could teach me sometime."
"Maybe, when you don't have homework and I don't have to work much," Rei placed her own plate down. "Mind if I join you?"
"No, I don't mind," Cammy nodded and placed a spoonful of curry rice in her mouth.
"It's wonderful that you've made friends already. So, that Yui girl you met in the Digital World is in your class?"
"Yeah, we have a lot of classes together, including gym," Cammy replied after swallowing her food.
"And this Aoshi boy. How is he like?"
"He's a bit shy, but he's a good kid," Cammy stated. "Some mean boys picked on him because of his bad sense of smell and Yui scared them off."
"Wow, this Yui girl sounds pretty tough if she can scare off bullies."
"She is and now I have a friend to depend on. She's asked me to help with her schoolwork."
Rei briefly reminisced. "Ah, tutoring. I remember Ami used to tutor me and the girls most of the time. Ami was a life saver when it came to academics."
Cammy queried. "How's Ami-san doing?"
"She's doing fine. As a matter of fact, she was supposed to call to tell me about something big coming up."
"Oh, I wonder what it is."
Rei shrugged. "Who knows? I guess we'll find out once she tells us."
"Yeah, oh and there's something you've wanted to tell me?"
"Yeah, and thanks for reminding me," Rei said. "It's about that cosplay event. I worked hard on making that cosplay you wanted."
"Yeah? It's ready?! You have no idea how excited I'm about this con!"
(Cue Sailor Moon Sailor Stars OST - Flame Sniper)
Rei smiled and walked over to the other room. There was a black bag sitting on the ground. She knelt to grab it and brought to the dining table. Cammy anxiously watched as Rei opened it. The costume was an adorable, miniature version of Sailor Mars' sailor outfit. It looked precisely just like Rei's Sailor suit, from bow to the color schemes. Rei even pulled out a tiny tiara and a pair of long-sleeve gloves. There was simply one word to describe Cammy's reaction: ecstatic.
"So, what do you think, Cammy? I worked hard to make this for you."
"I love it, Rei!" Cammy ran up and embraced her sister around her waist. "Now I can honor you by wearing this outfit! You even got the tiara and the right colors. The only thing missing are the shoes."
"I was thinking you can wear regular tennis shoes with it," Rei chuckled. "I don't think you would want to walk in high heels all day."
"Nah, tennis shoes should be fine. Oh, Rei, you have no idea how much I love this outfit," Cammy smiled as she held the outfit in front of her. "So, what are you going to go as?"
"I'll just simply wear my priestess garb, tie my hair back and bring along a bow & arrow," Rei replied. "I'd probably double as Kagome or Kikyo in their priestess garbs."
"Yeah, the shrine maiden outfits they wear is like yours. Pretty simple," Cammy nodded. "Thank you for the costume, Rei."
"You could try it on after you finish your dinner and homework."
Cammy hugged her Sailor Mars cosplay. "I think I will."
Rei smiled as she sat down and ate with Cammy.
"Um, is it ok if my friends, Aoshi and Yui, can come with us?"
Rei nodded. "Sure, I don't see any problem with that. You can introduce me to them."
"You'll like them. Well, you already saw Yui, but she only knows you as Sailor Mars I think."
"I look forward to seeing them, Cammy-chan."
As Rei was prepared to eat, she looked across the table and towards Cammy.
Her eyes widened once again as she caught glimpse of the 'dark angel woman' standing behind the little girl. Rei jumped back in utter disbelief and pushed her food aside. The little girl took notice of her sister's reaction and rushed over to her side. To Rei's surprise, the dark woman was gone just like any illusion or ghost would fade away.
"Sister, what's wrong?" Cammy knelt over next to Rei. "Sister...? You're already sweating and breathing heavy."
"Was... Was there any one behind you?"
Cammy blinked in confusion. "No? I would've sensed a dark entity like you can. My senses are stronger with the Priestess' spirit within me."
"What did you see?"
Rei placed her hands on Cammy's shoulders and let out a deep sigh.
"Cammy-chan, you have to promise me that you don't tell anyone about what I saw, okay? Not even to Makoto, Minako, or your new friends. This is between us."
"Of course, a promise between sisters. I understand."
"What I saw..."
"Yeah? What was it?"
(Cue Sailor Moon Sailor Stars OST - Hotaru's Prediction)
"In my dreams lately, I've been seeing images of Tokyo destroyed..."
"I started having these images ever since BelialMyotismon planted those illusions in our heads. To this very day, I'm the only one to ever be truly affected from it. I haven't recovered since then."
"What? Wait, I did sense some doubt from you back in the Digital World. You appeared so unsure and the look in your eye was troubling."
"That's not the half of what I saw. Along with our destroyed home city, I saw an dark angel woman. Her devilish smile gave me chills. In those lifeless eyes of hers, all I can see was malice, a lust for destruction and no remorse. "
"Oh my gosh."
"What's even scarier was that she has my voice or at least similar to mine."
"That doesn't add up. How can she have your voice? Is she some lost family member from your past as Sailor Mars?"
Rei just nodded. "I don't know. I don't recall anything about this woman."
"But how can she be evil when you're good?"
"You've got me there, Cammy-chan. I wish I knew but I only have these images."
Cammy recalled. "You once told me that there's a perspective between good and evil. However, there's one question I need to know. Can we have darker halves within us?"
"I believe so. When there is light, there will always be darkness. They can never be separated."
"Even Sailor Senshi have a dark side to them?"
"Unfortunately, yes..." Rei nodded in reply. "Hotaru-chan was once Mistress Nine and Chibiusa nearly tried to kill Usagi when she became Black Lady."
"You even told me about Galaxia. She was controlled by something called Chaos."
"She was greatly corrupted by darkness and was our greatest enemy. She even killed me easily along with the other Senshi," Rei tried hard to not reflect on the painful memories.
"Rei, tell me more about what you saw..."
"Cammy-chan, I can't go any further. Besides, if I tell you any further, you might up getting nightmares. I don't want to bring myself to causing you to become restless as I've become."
"No, sister, I'll be just fine. Besides, it's the Digital Priestess side of me that's curious. She wants to know, Rei."
Observing Cammy's mature responses, Rei finally gave in and nodded. "Along with that woman, I saw a black Phoenix bird. Its presence was the greatest evil I've felt since... well ever. Its power greatly surpassed anything I can imagine."
"Yes, and there's more. A monster with horns cast some green symbol over me and said that he would destroy everything the Moon Princess represents."
"Wait, a monster? Would he be an old enemy of the Moon Kingdom?"
"That's just it. I don't know. All of our memories have not been fully restored. Well, except Setsuna-san of course. But, I'd rather keep this between us. Can you keep all of this a secret just between us sisters?"
"You have my word, Rei," Cammy nodded and flashed her left pinky finger. "Let's make it a pinky promise."
"Yes," Rei smiled and wrapped her left pinky finger around Cammy's finger. "Pinky promise."
The two sisters shared a giggle and set apart from the table. Cammy had finished her dinner and walked to the kitchen.
"Can you get some more rest, Rei? I can throw away our plates," Cammy suggested.
"Sure, but you don't need any help with your homework?"
"No, I should be fine."
"Ok, then. If you need anything, just knock on my door, ok?" Rei sat up and walked towards the door. "Goodnight, Cammy-chan."
"Goodnight, Rei," Cammy said.
Closing the door behind her, Rei let out a deep sigh and walked over to her bed. These visions were exhausting her and taking their toll on her mental well being. are getting worse and taking a toll on her. She was relieved her eight-year-old sister was able to take it better than she thought.
"I just hope you don't get nightmares from everything I've told you, Cammy-chan. You shouldn't have to go through that at your age. Oh, how can I not bring myself to tell the others? Setsuna-san would probably be best but I'm not so sure. She's probably even aware of my situation."
Lying back on her bed, the raven-haired beauty sighed and slowly closed her eyes.
"A little more rest should probably help... Oh, Usagi, I know you're faring much better than I am now. I really do hope we see each other again."
Shinjuku Memorial Hospital/Outside the Emergency Room/6:15 PM
Several hours passed since Mrs. Katsuya taken to the local hospital. Fortunately, her husband worked there and sent a ambulance team for her. Yui, Yusuke and Kuwabara accompanied Mrs. Katsuya on the trip to the hospital. They were still in panic trying to calm a vulgar-mouth, pregnant woman. The trip inside the hospital was even more hectic. Mrs. Katsuya continued yelling out in labor.
Closing up her cell phone, Yui called up Himura to rush over to the hospital quickly. She sat down next to Yusuke and sighed.
"What's wrong, Yui-chan?" Yusuke asked the little girl.
"I don't get why my godmother has curse like that."
"Well, she's in freaking pain and I don't blame the poor lady," Kuwabara stated.
"I guess the baby has already been delivered?"
"Correction, boy," Mr. Katsuya said as he walked out of the emergency room. "My wife just had...TWINS!"
"WHAT?! TWINS?!" the trio exclaimed in unison.
"That's right! I've never been this happy in all of my life!" Mr. Katsuya howled proudly with gleaming eyes.
"Oh, don't be so over dramatic, dear," Mrs. Katsuya interjected.
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #5)
Turning around, the trio and Mr. Katsuya saw a red-haired nurse pushing Mrs. Katsuya on a wheelchair. The twins' faces were seen inside bundled up blankets. Yusuke, Kuwabara and Yui walked over to Mrs. Katsuya's side. Yui looked down at the baby twins.
"Oh, Momma, they're so adorable!" Yui giggled. "So, they're both boys?"
"That's right, dear. I've even given them names," Mrs. Katsuya smiled warmly. "The baby on the left... I've named him Yusuke."
"Whoa, that's cool! Nice of you to name him after me!" Yusuke smiled. "Heh, yeah, in dedication of yours truly!"
"And what did you name the other twin, Mrs. Katsuya?" Kuwabara asked the lady.
"WOW! She named the other one after me!" Kuwabara grinned sheepishly. "So, what made you decide to name them after us?"
"That's because you two boys were generous enough to tend to me. Even though you were clueless on how to care for a pregnant woman," Mrs. Katsuya said. "Besides, I found you two to be nice boys when you walked in. Your names were just perfect for the twins."
"Momma, why didn't tell us you would have twins?"
"Yui-chan, I wanted it to be a surprise to all of you. Only your father knew. So, what do you think? Now you have two baby brothers to play with."
"I know and they're so adorable," Yui poked the twins' noses. "Yes, you two are so cute!"
"Well, we're happy for you, Mrs. Katsuya," Yusuke said. "But, damn, all of that pain you had to go through."
"It was painful, but worth it for these two bundles of joy."
"Momma, it's a good thing I came. I needed to ask how you're gonna run the shop. You need time to recpver."
"Oh, yeah, that's going to be a problem and business will need to continue," Mr. Katsuya nodded and then looked at the two boys. "That's it. You, two... Yusuke and Kazuma, right?"
"Yes, sir?" Kuwabara asked.
"Since my wife will be recuperating and watching over the babies, maybe you two can help run the shop for her."
"Well, um, there's a problem since I'm allergic to some kinds of flowers," Yusuke said. "Believe me. Some flowers are just a pain in the ass for me to handle."
"That's okay. Yui-chan can be there to help you two."
"But, we aren't even allowed to have part-time jobs right now, right?" Kuwabara wondered.
"Even so, we'll be doing this for Mrs. Katsuya. We owe her," Yusuke said. "All right, pops. You got yourself a deal. Yui-chan, you can help us with everything there is to know about running the shop?"
"Sure, as long as it's after school," Yui said. "We can't open the store until we all get out of school."
"Sounds like a plan then," Mr. Katsuya smiled. "Thank you for your help, boys, we're so ever grateful for your help."
"It beats being in school," Yusuke said.
"Oh, I need a favor, you two," Yui said. "Since Momma is gonna be recuperating, I won't be able to go to the cosplay event this weekend without her. Can you take me, Yusuke and Kuwabara?"
"What? Us?" Yusuke asked.
"Yeah, I've already bought my ticket! I just need a chaperone or two to take me and two friends of mine, Aoshi and Cammy."
"Really? Well, I guess minds do think alike," Yusuke smirked coolly. "I'm going to the event, too."
"You got your ticket, Urameshi?" Kuwabara asked.
"You going, too, Kuwabara?"
"Sorry, but I gotta take Eikichi to the vet and do some stuff for my sister. Damn, I wish I could've gone with you guys."
"No big deal. It'll be just me, Yui-chan and her two friends."
"Great! I'll just talk it over with Cammy and Aoshi. Cammy's sister is coming, too. So, you two can be our chaperones."
"Himura's going to the event, too, right?" Mr. Katsuya asked Yui.
"Yeah, but he's going with his friends."
"All right, just make sure to talk this over with them," Yusuke advised Yui. "We don't want anyone to get left out."
"This is great for Yui-chan to have so many friends," Mrs. Katsuya smiled. "Oh, you said Himura was leaving with other kids?"
"Yeah, he's going with Takato and the others. He told me that earlier day."
"Ok, then. So, Himura will be one group with Takato's friends. Yui-chan will be going with her two friends, Yusuke and your friend's sister. That's good," said Mrs. Katsuya. "Just make sure everything is in check, Yusuke."
"Don't worry, Mrs. Katsuya. We'll be just fine."
"Humph, I'm so jealous," Kuwabara scoffed.
"It's settled then. We're going to have lots of fun this weekend, Yusuke!" Yui giggled excitedly.
"You know it," Yusuke said. "Well, I better go grab Puu and..."
Then, it suddenly dawned upon him. Yusuke only just realized he left his bag at the shop. Additionally, he also left his spirit beast.
"HOLY CRAP! I FORGOT ABOUT PUU!"
West Shinjuku/Maya's Garden Shop/6:40 PM
(Cue Ren and Stimpy OST - Hit and Run (1:00 - 1:14))
It wasn't long before a chef chased Impmon, Calumon, and Puu. The three raided a cafe.
"HEY, YOU GET BACK! YOU FILTHY VARMINTS!" The red-mustached chef chased the three thieves.
"Can't catch me, Yosemite Sam!" Impmon insulted the chef while on the run. "BA-BOOM!"
"Wait for me, Impmon! Hurry it up, Puu! He's gaining on us!" Calumon called out to the winged spirit beast.
With Puu flying, he caught up with Calumon and Impmon. The florist shop was very close by. This gave Puu an opportunity to beeline through the open window. While he was safe from the chef's wrath, Impmon and Calumon were still on the run. Puu turned another corner of the shop and spotted the briefcase. He quickly slipped inside.
Before long, Yusuke, Kuwabara and Yui returned. They arrived through the backdoor and walked inside the shop. The Spirit Detective found the briefcase lying on the ground and picked it up.
"Hey, Puu? Are you in there?" Yusuke peeked inside.
"Puu?" the tiny spirit beast poked its head out.
"Oh my gosh! That thing is so cute! Is he your Digimon?" Yui patted Puu's cheeks.
"Digimon? This thing? Nah, he's my spirit beast, but he does follow me nearly everywhere I go. Wanna hold him?" Yusuke opened up his bag and released Puu.
"Hey, Urameshi? Shouldn't we get going? You still need those flowers for Keiko, right?" Kuwabara reminded him while picking up his suitcase he had left behind.
"Damn, what's wrong with me today? Always forgetting things!"
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #6)
Just then, the door of the shop opened up. The trio turned around and saw two familiar faces. Or rather, at least Yusuke and Kuwabara are familiar with the two individuals that made their entrance.
"Kurama? Hiei?" Yusuke approached the duo. "Surprised to see you two here. Though, this place would suit you, Kurama. Not so much Hiei."
"Wow, it's you two! This is like a Shadow Tournament reunion!" Yui exclaimed. "Yusuke, Kuwabara, are those guys friends of yours?"
"The red-haired pretty boy is Kurama and he's a pretty swell guy," Kuwabara introduced her to the duo. "Hiei, eh be careful when you're around him."
"I can hear you, cretin," Hiei disparaged Kuwabara.
"So, what brings you two along?" Yusuke asked the duo.
"We've scouring town finding part time work," Kurama said. "You see, Hiei here destroyed my computer after catching me talking to Mizuno online."
"Heh, what?! Really?!" Yusuke laughed, turning toward Hiei. "Does Mizuno still get on your nerves?!"
Hiei snorted. "This is none of your business, detective."
Kurama chuckled. "Well, I told Hiei that he'd be happy to work off the damages and pay to have my computer fixed."
"That's a lie and you know it, Kurama!" Hiei shot back.
"You agreed to help me work to pay off for a new computer. If you aren't willing to compensate, well we can have a long talk with Koenma. He'd be happy to confine you to a smaller vicinity in the city."
"Hah, shorty's getting blackmailed! I love it!" Kuwabara snickered at Hiei's expense. "Hey, why don't you two work with us?!"
"Hahah, me work with the likes of this fool?" Hiei pointed to Kuwabara. "I'd rather have Toguro crush my head like a melon than work alongside this buffoon."
"Good, you'd make a good smear mark on anyone's shoe!" Kuwabara retorted.
Kurama calmly interjected between them. "Cut it out you two."
"Wow, you two argue more than my brother and I," Yui giggled.
Yusuke shrugged. "Looks like I actually agree with Kuwabara's crazy idea. Look at it like this, we work together while managing the store Yui's mom is on maternal leave. You two can get paid to have that computer fixed."
"Yui? You mean this little girl?" Kurama pointed to Yui. "Pleased to meet you, little miss."
"I've already seen you and that Hiei guy at the Shadow Tournament, but it's good to meet you," Yui respectfully bowed to the duo.
Hiei merely glared at Yui, sending unsettling vibes to her.
"Don't mind Hiei, Yui. He's no big fan of us humans." Yusuke chuckled.
"Wait, he's a demon?"
"So is Kurama, well kinda," Kuwabara said.
"Wow, they don't even look remotely demon. They can sure blend in with the crowds," Yui stated. But I can sense Youki from the both. Yusuke's spirit energy is stronger than I remember from the Shadow Tournament. Kuwabara doesn't have strong energy for some reason. Weird, he had power before. Between these four and Cammy, I'm around people with strong spiritual awareness.
"So, do we all meet back here tomorrow?" Kuwabara asked Yui.
"We can meet here after school. If I'm not here, you guys can wait over at the coffee shop over on the other side of the street. Though, judging of you four, Hiei doesn't go to school."
"No, and why would I, child?" Hiei scoffed.
"You sure don't like to socialize, do you?" Yui was turned off by Hiei's snide remark. "Anyway, we're indebted to you guys! Thank you so very much! Yusuke, don't forget about the cosplay event!"
"Yeah, I'll keep that mind," Yusuke nodded.
Kurama and Hiei exchanged glances before setting sights on Yui. They, too, sensed the dormant spirit energy coursing through the girl's body. They wondered if Yui could possibly be contender to being Yusuke's successor being a future Spirit Detective.
Shinjuku District/Outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building/8:05 PM
Standing outside the government landmark, a blonde-haired man wearing a dark blue suit, black tie, black dress shoes and a pair of black shades finished a phone conversation with a Japanese ambassador. The discussion was about an upcoming project not related to Hypnos business.
"Sir! There's something you should see on the television." Riley called out to her boss.
"What is it, Riley?" Yamaki turned to find the red-haired woman.
"There's been reports from NASA about some unidentified object and it's something we should be looking into."
Yamaki furrowed his brows. "Sorry, but I don't deal with that extraterrestrial nonsense, Riley."
"Yet, you accept the existence of Digimon and the Digital World?"
"That's because they've been proven to exist."
"But, there's footage that just might change your mind, sir. This is not fabrication either."
After a giving moments of thinking this through, Yamaki responded in typical fashion, "Ok, Riley, let me see this for myself."
As Riley led Yamaki into their secret Hypnos facility, they and their large group of associates viewed the big screen. What they saw was beyond their imagination. Displayed on the screen was satellite footage around Earth's orbit. Yamaki was completely speechless at what he and the others viewed. If one was tell them that UFOs did exist, they would have laughed it off. Well, it appears the believers were getting the last laugh. The spaceship on the screen appeared to be a large mothership. Attached on its side appeared to be a massive dragon. The surface of this mothership was covered with metal, glass, and lights.
"In all of my years, I've seen the existence of the Digimon. Never have I bare witnessed this extraordinary event: the arrival of other worldly beings that have traveled from far off galaxies."
"It truly is remarkable, but I wonder if they will be granting us peace," Talley observed the big screen.
"Sir, I've got word that all the leaders across the world are going to be directing this news to the people of the world," Riley said to Yamaki. "Even the United States president will be giving a speech soon about this new phenomenon."
"Very well," Yamaki gave the nod to Riley. "Riley, one more thing..."
Taking off his shades, Yamaki gave her an apologetic look. "Sorry I doubted you."
"I'm glad you listened," Riley smiled to her boss. "So, you think they're here for peace or our destruction?"
"It's all up in the air. The media, even Hollywood movies, provide us different perspectives of how we should view beings from other planets. My hope is that they'll offer help to mankind and improve our quality of life. We can learn insight from them. Perhaps they are the guides we've been searching for thousands of years since mankind's first civilizations."
"And if they don't come in peace?"
(Cue Yu Yu Hakusho Unreleased Track #35)
Yamaki put his shades back on. "Then, God help us all."
Rooftop/Katsuya Residence/8:30 PM
Staring up at the night skies, Inumon and DarkGabumon noticed a massive object casting its shadow over the moon. The alien mothership was already orbiting near the Earth. From a Digimon's perspective, this was the first time they've seen an extraterrestrial sighting.
Suddenly, they heard foot steps behind them. Inumon and DarkGabumon watched Renamon approach them.
"Renamon," Inumon nodded. "So you saw the object flying across the moon?"
"Yes, and I have to wonder if what those reporters are saying is true. Are there other life forms outside the human world? To think there are life forms beyond Earth and Digital World," Renamon meticulously stared at the mothership.
"Both of our universes have many vast and uncharted avenues, Renamon," Dark Gabumon replied. "I think this is just the tip of the iceberg."
"You think so?" Inumon asked.
"I know so, mutt. I just know there's more to this than we're letting on."
Shinjuku District/Matsuda Residence/Takato's Room/8:35 PM
Takato was listening to the reports through his radio and was in utter disbelief. To think that he would get a chance to see a real alien spaceship orbit Earth. He's only remembered one instance of a UFO in Tokyo. If there was one thing Takato learned, if Digimon can exist, then so can aliens.
Takato and Guilmon continued listening to the female news reporter.
"We are getting live coverage of this new phenomenon. It truly is a remarkable sight, but are these visitors friendly? Leaders worldwide are skeptical. Until we know the visitor's intentions, humanity is left in the dark..."
"Hey, Takato. You think these aliens are like the ones from that Independence Day movie?" Guilmon asked his tamer.
"I don't know. I wish I knew, but if they're not bad guys, we're in for a treat to meet people from other planets."
"I hope they're friendly, Takato. I know I'm excited to see the aliens!"
"Me, too, buddy."
Ueno District/Tenoh-Kaiouh Residence/8:45 PM
However, others that did not share the same sentiments as Takato and Guilmon. This event especially did not please the four Outer Senshi. They watched the breaking coverage from the television. Setsuna's eyes narrowed while listening to the reports.
"So, intruders from outside the Sol System decided to reach Earth. I thought after the Shadow Galactica, we'd be over this. These visitors can't be trusted," Haruka grimly stated, observing the news broadcasts.
Michiru whispered, looking out an open window. "I can feel the darkness from the cold breeze. It's unsettling. There's a great yet disturbing presence coming from these visitors."
Hotaru turned around and noticed Setsuna seemingly disturbed. "Setsuna-san, I'm sensing a great darkness but why are you so silent? You haven't even spoken since they showed those satellite images of the mothership. Could these visitors potentially be our next enemy?"
However, the Guardian of Time remained silent and continued listening to the report. Hotaru wondered why the older woman was quiet. Setsuna appeared to know more about these visitors.
"Setsuna? What's wrong?" Haruka approached the Guardian of Time. "You haven't spoken since the reporters started debating about this."
"You think there's something Setsuna is not telling us?" Michiru approached Haruka.
"I don't know, but I'm going to find out eventually."
Setsuna leaned back on the chair and stared up into the ceiling. Her eyes examined the ceiling as thoughts ran across her mind. Somehow, only she knew about this unidentified mother ship displayed on the television.
So, they've finally come. The Guardian of Time thought. But, they've arrived sooner than anticipated.
Outside Earth's Orbit/Inside the Mother Ship/9:15 PM
(Cue Superman the Animated Series OST - Darkseid Theme)
The mother ship levitated above Earth's orbit and cast an ominous shadow over the majestic blue planet. People from across the world gathered in anticipation and fear of contact with these other worldly people. Many believe that they would come in peace, but others claim that an invasion could be on the horizon. Nobody was sure about this, except Sailor Pluto herself.
Another close-up view of the mother ship: It appeared dark, out of this world and mysterious. It was difficult to tell how long these beings have managed to maintain advanced technology but it's obvious they've been roaming the outskirts of the Sol System for many years, perhaps as long as a thousand or millions of years. Modern humans would be classified as an uncivilized simian race to these visitors. It's possible they could've been at the height of their power during the Sailor Wars and before the first Silver Millennium.
Inside the ship, a dark and tall monstrous figure sat on what appeared to be a throne. It was silver decorated with gargoyle dragon heads on each side and a three-headed dragon statue sitting on top of the throne. The figure stood up wearing what appeared to be a long, black cloak. On his shoulders are large shoulder armor pads. His head was large with massive curved horns protruding from the sides of his head. His eyes burned with a green flare. However, his appearance was completely masked behind the darkness of his throne room.
Curling his lips into a smile, the being was thrilled to have finally reached outside the Solar System.
Just then, a tall reptilian creature garbed in black armor walked in and bowed before his liege.
"My lord, we can confirm we've arrived at our destination. We are above Earth's orbit. It's also confirmed that the inhabitants have sighted our ship using satellites."
The horned behemoth smirked calmly, chortling under his breath. "Oh? So Homo sapiens have become a far advanced race from what I recall thousands of years ago. Those naked apes have managed to evolve in such a minuscule time. I'm impressed, but yet they still have nothing over our advantages." The evil figure acknowledged the human race with lack of civility. He spoke in a dark, menacing tone which can be described as authoritative.
"They see us as great messengers and to provide them peace. What a joke, my lord."
"Let those arrogant fools delude themselves into a false sense of security. In the end, their race will fall to our mighty sword," the leader walked over to view Earth. "To think this backwater world contains some valuable resources. Or, perhaps there's nothing worth of value. Either way, we will find out when we scour their planet."
"Just to remind you, this is the planet where the Sailor Senshi defeated many foes, including Sailor Galaxia."
"So, the legendary Galaxia was defeated? I presume it was the Moon Princess born from the Queen's royal blood, who cast us out."
The adviser added. "I presume so. The Sailor Senshi and the people of the Moon were said to have disappeared after the Great War against Metalia and her followers."
"No matter. Whether they have their full memories or not, it won't matter. For they stand no chance against me. The Moon Princess has the two items I am looking for: the legendary Silver Crystal."
"Indeed, my lord."
"Yes, but there is another powerful artifact I must procure before I harvest the greatest power in the universe."
"Which is that?"
"You'll know with time. Now, let the hunt begin. Amassing our resources and alert our men. Alert the four generals and tell them to gather their elite warriors. We will start by scouting corners of the planet and then implement a full scale attack when I give the final word."
"Yes, my lord! I will alert every unit available!"
With that, the minion stormed out of the throne room. The leader observed the Earth and had many thoughts running through his mind. At last, he found the Sailor Senshi. This was his opportunity to find the daughter of Queen Serenity and steal away two of her most important artifacts. One being the Silver Crystal and the other an unknown artifact.
"Princess Serenity, I may not have had the chance to kill your mother, but you'll do just fine. I plan to add you to the souls I've amassed during the long venture into this system. Yes, this is the same planet where one of our stones fell to Earth. As I recall, a human discovered the power of the Orichalcos stone. That fool didn't realize the power he tampered with. Once again, that proves the arrogance of humanity's lust for power. They have no respect for any power given to them. This planet has a nice collection of souls I can gather before I destroy it. Warriors of Earth, adieu to everything you cherish. For the Rajita Empire will be the ultimate force in the universe!"
With that, the Rajita lord picked up a wine glass and sipped it casually. He drank to the impending death of Princess Serenity and her royal court, as well as capturing the two artifacts, including the Silver Crystal.
"May our Lord and God, Leviathan, bring us victory. Moon Princess, the last remnants of your fallen Silver Millennium will be nothing more than ancient history. The Rajita Era will reign over the universe."
Takato: Hey, everyone, it's me to give you the preview for the next episode! Several days removed from the alien mother ship discovery, the cosplay event has finally come and we're all planning to have a blast at Kaiba Land! I'm cosplaying as Yoh from Shaman King!
Takuya: There's lots of cool activities to check out, including some games and contests! I'm going as Tai from Digimon Adventure!
Yusuke: Hope you're having a good time, Yui.
Yui: You bet! Cammy, Aoshi and I are having a blast. Sister, how about you?
Rei: I'm sensing a dark presence in this event. I don't like this feeling.
Rika: They're holding an Anime Quiz Contest to win the four Beast Cards! They're so mine!
Takato, Himura, and Henry: Not unless we have anything to say about it!
Makoto: Oh, hi there, my name is Makoto Kino, or can you can just call me, Makoto. Mako is also fine.
Mako: Mako? What a coincidence. My name is Mako Tsunami, pleased to meet you!
Hotaru: There's a monster attacking! But, where did it come from?
Kouji: It's no Digimon! The Tamers' partners and our Legendary Warrior strength just can't seem to beat him!
Rei: Leave this to us, Senshi! Everyone, ETERNAL! MAKE UP!
Takato: Let Rika go, you monster!
Rajita monster: Surrender yourselves and submit to the Rajita!
Rika: In your dreams...
A lightning bolt is summoned down from out of nowhere.
Himura: Whoa, where did that come from?
Kouichi: The answers will be revealed in the next chapter! Next time...
A Fun Day at the Cosplay Event! What are the Beast Cards?
Kazu: Darn it, if only I could get myself one of those Beast Cards!