|A Life Best Not Lived
Author: Neko-Salosa PM
Rockman wakes up as Saito in a strange world. He and Netto find that the other Crest Holders are pracically their neighbors but they can't say anything just yet. Can they make it through what Duo is planning? [Finished]Rated: Fiction K - English - Angst - Chapters: 8 - Words: 11,642 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 09-23-05 - Published: 08-11-05 - id: 2529817
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Netto opened his eyes against the streaming sunlight that was coming into his room. He groaned and turned over in his bed to try and ward off the intrusive light but he was barraged by someone yelling at him.
"Come on sleepyhead, wake up!" a bossy female voice said to him.
Netto was too out of it to wonder why a voice he didn't recognize was yelling at him. "Nh… go away…" he whined.
"I can't go away Netto, now get up," the voice said again.
"Netto-kun," a softer more concerned voice said quietly.
"Hm?" Netto sat up and rubbed his eyes, "What is it?"
"Oh sure, you get up for your brother but not for me," the voice said saucily.
"Brother!" Netto said in an alarmed voice and looked up to see his mirror image staring back at him. The only two slight differences between them being that Rockman's hair was slightly tidier then Netto's and his eyes were flecked with small specks of green making them appear slightly hazel.
/Netto-kun, something happened last night/ Saito muttered to Netto mentally.
Netto was still in shock/No kidding/
"You're acting like you've never seen Saito before," the bossy voice said again. "Netto, are you all right?" it asked with a bit more concern.
Netto turned to face where the voice was coming from. A purple PET with a navi whose age looked to be in her early twenties was there. She wore a purple and black jumpsuit with green knee high boots and wrist high gloves. Her hair was shoulder length a dark blue and her helmet was a combination of all four colors with a black gem in the center. "I'm fine…" Netto said falteringly while taking in the new navi's appearance.
She crossed her arms and regained her saucy attitude, "Well if that's the case, get up Netto or you'll be late for school." She turned her gaze to Saito, "You get ready too, Saito or Stone will have my head."
"Stone?" Saito asked in a soft voice.
"Yeah Stone, your navi," she said in a hard voice. "What is with you two today?"
Netto and Saito looked at one another and shrugged. They needed to get out of listening range of the somewhat hyper navi before they could really talk.
Saito walked over to his side of the room and opened a drawer. He pulled out a sky blue sleeveless hoodie, an orange t-shirt and a pair of dark grey shorts and went to the bathroom to put them on. Netto rooted around in his drawer only to find an orange sleeveless hoodie, a pale blue t-shirt and another pair of dark grey shorts. "No bandana…" he muttered darkly.
"Hm?" the navi in the purple PET asked.
"N-nothing," Netto said as cheerfully as he could and took his clothes to the bathroom where Saito was currently leaving.
"Netto-kun, what is going on?" he asked.
Netto shrugged and looked back to his room, "I have no idea. But let's just go with it for now. Maybe we'll find something out at school."
Saito nodded apprehensively and returned to his room. Netto went into the bathroom and proceeded to get dressed.
Saito looked at his half of the room which was neat and tidy, and as if there was some kind of invisible line there was Netto's half, messy as ever. Saito sighed and rubbed his head, looking at the disaster area. Maybe now that he was in the real world he could get Netto to pick up.
"Saito-kun, are you almost ready?" a soft voice asked behind him.
Saito spun around to see a navi in a light green PET looking very similar in age to that of the navi in the purple PET. This navi had on a pale green and grey jumpsuit with moss colored boots and gloves. His helmet was a mixture of green and grey and there was a dark grey stone in the middle of his helmet where the stone was in the other navi's helmet. His mellow appearance was a stark contrast to that of the other navi's. "S-stone?" Saito asked.
Stone smiled, "Very good Saito-kun," who seemed to be taking his operators seemingly sudden memory blank in a stride. "Did you remember your homework?"
"My…" Saito looked around the room and saw two back packs lying on the floor side by side. Netto's or what he presumed to be Netto's backpack was lying open with random papers falling out while his was zipped shut and standing right up against the wall. "Yeah, I did…" Saito said in a daze.
Netto came back into the room and looked around. "Well?" he asked.
"Well, get my PET and let's go Netto!" the navi in the purple PET said. "You two are going to be late for school."
"Gem, calm down," Stone said. "They still have ten minutes to get there."
"No…" Saito said, grabbing onto the one thing that seemed normal at that point. "We need to get going. Come on, Netto-kun," he said while grabbing his back pack.
"R-right," Netto said, walked over to his backpack, shoving the loose leaf papers inside and zipping it closed. Then he walked over to the purple PET and picked it up, "Ready Gem?" he asked giving the navi a broad grin.
Gem seemed to gather some comfort from the action; it seemed to Saito that it was because Netto was finally acting normally. "Ready when you are!" she said in a loud voice.
Saito picked up his pale green PET and smiled at his navi. It was so weird to think about a navi being his. His navi… Saito let the phrase roll around in his head as they walked out of the door.
/Are you all right/ Netto asked him.
Saito caught Netto's eye and then looked at the cement/Netto-kun, what's going on here? I don't understand…/
/Neither do I/ Netto replied/But we need to do whatever we can to find out just what is going on here…/
Saito looked up at the looming Akihara Elementary and gave it a resolute stare/Right./
"You two are awfully quiet," Gem snipped.
"I'm still tired," Netto said while crossing his arms in front of himself.
"Oh?" Gem said. "Maybe I should have let you over sleep then," she teased.
"Hey, that's not nice," Netto said in spite of himself. He rather liked the odd navi, even if she was a little pushy.
Netto and Saito made their way into the elementary school building and walked into their class room. There was Mariko-Sensei and Netto's class mates. Netto scanned the room looking for any oddities. /Netto-kun, over there/ Saito hissed in his mind. Netto's gaze snapped to the far corner where Jasmine and Dingo were both sitting next to Meiru. All three were staring at Netto and Saito with identical awed expression.
/Crap/ Netto thought. /Just… pretend we are part of this fake world for now. We can't explain this quite yet./
/Agreed/ Saito said and they took two empty seats in the front row. There was a general buzz of excitement but they were all asked to quiet down by Mariko in the front when the bell chimed 8.
"Good morning class," she said while picking up her pointer and pulling down a modern map of the world.
"Good morning Mariko-sensei," they all said obediently.
"Today, we're going to learn about the Country of Creamland and its monarchy. So if you could all bring up the 'Creamland' file on your computers we can start class."
/Why is Dingo and Jasmine here/ Netto asked Saito.
/I have no idea, then again why am I here/ Saito replied.
Netto opened the correct file on his PC and sighed/That's a really good question./
"Saito-kun, who was the last ruler of Creamland?" Mariko asked jerking them out of their mental chat.
"Um, Princess Pride?" Saito guessed. Who knew what was screwed up in this world.
Mariko beamed at him, "Correct, very good, I see you've done your homework, Saito-kun."
/Hey, I knew that/ Netto muttered.
/Heh, sorry Netto-kun/ Saito replied.
"Out of curiosity, does anyone know her reason for abdicating the throne?" Mariko asked. Almost every hand in the class went up except Netto, Saito, Meiru, Dingo and Jasmine who all looked silently confused.
/She gave up the throne, Netto-kun/ Saito explained.
"Yes, Sai-kun," Mariko said pointing to a boy in the third row.
"Princess Pride gave up the throne to her cousin so she could pursue a career as a Net Savior and program creator so she could better the world," he said quickly.
"A text book answer, very well said, Sai-kun," Mariko smiled at the boy who beamed in return.
"Now, the current ruler of Creamland is…" Mariko started but Netto and Saito's minds were elsewhere.
/Is this place showing us the future/ Netto asked.
/Can't be, we're still 12 Netto-kun. Maybe some kind of alternate reality./
/But why/ Netto asked. /And who/
Saito frowned/I'd like to know the answer to that myself. But… for now, maybe we should keep our distance from people we knew in our reality. If they don't know what's going on, then maybe we don't have to explain about the link./
/Right/ Netto agreed.
This fic will be somewhat short. This is for Yue, hope you enjoy Yue :3