Title: Lonely Destined
Chapter 4: System Bugs
Summary: Chapter five is here! Lots more action in this chapter...
Notes: Wow! Two submissions, almost right after eachother! It's amazing, I know...
Marian still hadn't been able to shake it. This whole thing felt so... surreal. Not like a dream exactly, but like she was just watching herself go through with this. Of course, this was a good thing, too; she hadn't quite been able to allow herself to think of things like "am I trapped here?", "am I going to die here?" and "what's going to try to kill me next?", being entirely too preoccupied with "why am I a Digidestined (assuming I really am)", "why do I have no Digimon?", and "why haven't I woken up yet?".
All in all, though, the main thing the surreal feeling did was allow her the freedom to "get in the mood" so to speak. She didn't feel like herself, so she didn't feel the need to act like herself. She could act "cool"; in fact, doing so was seeming to become natural, throwing out a quick wittisism before a fight, or throwing an attack with just a bit of extra flair.
And fights and attacks there were plenty of. Just going through the forest she had run into two Agumon, another Mechanorimon, and a Gearmon, all of which had attacked her on sight. In the end, though, Twin Beam had proved a powerful attack when put to use on her side, and Hand of Fate had been more than enough for the Mechanorimon. So, she added an Agumon, an "Element Align: Fire" (she wasn't quite sure what that did, yet), a Rapid Fire, and a Gearmon to her inventory of cards (though she couldn't see a condition where she'd ever need the Gearmon card; they really were pathetic Digimon).
Those adventures past, Marian had left the forest, and was now in another largely bland field on the other side of it. This one, however, had the distinction of having several large, flat metal sheets embedded in the ground for no apparent reason, with grass growing through every crack it could find, so the sheets were nearly invisible until you stepped on one. Having travelled for a while, and finally decided the sheets were safe to walk on, Marian could find no apparent use for them. There did seem to be a lot of robot-type Digimon in the region, well, two Mechanorimon and a Gearmon so far, anyway. Maybe that had something to do with it?
Marian found her line of though rather rudely interrupted by a sudden explosion in front of her, which sent her stumbling back, to finally lack roughly on one of the hard metal sheets. Groaning about the unfairness of it all, Marian glanced around for her attacker, already grabbing a couple cards in the meantime. Quickly, she spotted it, or rather, them: Two Mechanorimon, and a third robot, a humanoid, barrel-like brown robot her Digivice identified as Gaurdromon. It's Grenade Rocket attack had probably caused the explosion.
Sure enough, a second explosive package came flying her way in a moments time. In that moment, however, she had activated her Hyper Wing and skittered out of the way. Reaching down, she grabbed two more cards.
"Digi... MODIFY! Mechanorimon's Twin Beam and... Rapid Fire, ACTIVATE!" Sliding two cards almost at once was a trick Marian had picked up fighting the Mechanorimon. It seemed to work perfectly well, but she wasn't going to push her luck with more then two cards.
As the cards activated, Marian's arms changed into the long, flat, robotic arms of Mechanorimon. As Marian moved the arms about, three faded "shadows" trailed behind, duplicating the real arms' movements. Leaping into the air, Marian let her wings carry her high up, as a Grenade Rocket and several Twin Beams passed below her. Then, raising her arms above her, she flew at the Digimon, readying a Twin Beam of her own. As her real arms moved to form the attack, she shadow arms copied, and, when Marian unleashed her Twin Beam, not two, but eight laser shot fired out in quick succession. The rapid salvo caught the robots unprepared, immediately deleting one of the Mechanorimon, and damaging both other Digimon. Unfortunately, Marian had been overconfidant, counting on the attack to kill or seriously disable all of them, and they were ready to counterattack while she was still trying to come to a stop. The Twin Beams whizzed by with their normal inaccuracy, but the Gaurdromon's aim was dead on.
Surprising even herself with her incredible fast reaction, Marian just barely managed to bring the robotic arms up in front of the attack. Moments later, the force of the explosion hurled her back, and the shaddowy trails disappeared, reforming as a card in her pocket. Marian knew from the battle with the two Agumon that the card would not work again this battle. Strangely, a disabled card seemed to function perfectly well again once the nearby Digimon were cleared out.
Shaking herself, and thanking Lady Luck that the attack had not taken out her wings, Marian circled around the two remaining Digimon, avoiding their attacks and returning Twin Beams of her own. She managed to down the other Mechanorimon, but the Gaurdromon was barely being scratched by her attacks, and his Rockets were getting more and more accurate.
Deciding it was time for a gamble, Marian focused, returning her arms to normal, and grabbed a card out of her belt.
"Digi... MODIFY! Mechanorimon's Twin Beam and... Element Align: Fire, ACTIVATE!" Once again, her arms reformed. However, this time, they were made of red-tinted steel. Quickly and barely dodging another Grenade Rocket, Marian raised her arms, and a small ball of fire formed bwteen her robot hands. "Twin... Beam!" Throwing the attack forward, she was surprised to discover that there was nothing "twin" about it. A single stream of fire shot forward, passing through and destroying one of Gaurdromon's attacks, and carrying on to smash through the armor of the Digimon himself. When the blast of fire cleared, the last of the robot's pieces could be seem dissolving into data. "Now that's gotta hurt..."
Dropping to the ground, panting heavily, Marian deformed her cards and raised her Digivice to absorb the data from the Digimon (which, she realized with some annoyance, she had fogotten to scan for cards). This time, only two cards formed: The expected Gaurdromon, and another Element changer: Laser (Laser is an element? was all she could think of that one). As she dropped to her knees to rest, Marian noticed another strangity about this world: she seemed to have all the energy she'd ever need while fighting, but she was left nearly exausted afterwards, even if the fight wasn't that tough.
Shrugging it off, she climbed to her feet, continuing on towards what she assumed was the north (she wasn't quite sure if the sun was the same here, but then again, what did it matter?).
Two hours later, Marian finished off the last of the strange fruit she had found growing in the forest. She had been worried, of course, that it might be poisonous, but her stomach had insisted that food poisoning was better than starvation. She was now past the metal plates, back into the straight grassland, which so far seemed uninhabited, at least to the extent that nothing was trying to kill her.
Of course, her thinking that and all, she just had to be proven wrong. A quick rumbling sound was all the warning she had before something burst through the ground beneath her. Only the fastest Hyper Wing she had ever slid brought her safely out of range of a slicing, red claw. Even as she stabalized herself, the large, red, four armed insectoid Digimon flew up after her, forcing her to retreat. Grabbing her Digivice, she brought up the data: Kuwagamon. An extremely territorial insect Digimon that considers everything it sees it's territory. This one might have attacked her even if she hadn't been a "glitch", as all the other Digimon called her. It's Scissor Claws attack, while nothing fancy, just a basic melee attack, could still cut her in half easily enough. And the card data was...
"Scissor Claws!" A couple quick slices of Kuwagamons claws would have been the end of her if not for the first one cutting up her wing, sending her crashing down into the ground, a very confused Kuwagamon looking back at her just long enough to run into a tree.
Climbing back to her feet, Marian grabbed some cards. A quick "Digi... MODIFY!" brought her back to combat ready with shadowed robot arms at her side. By then the giant bug had climbed to it's feet and turned to face her, recieving another surprise at her changed form. Nevertheless, not being the brightest insect of all time, it clomped confidantly toward her.
"Twin Beam!" Twin beam is a powerful attack. It is balanced by it's pathetic accuracy, but it is very damaging for a champion level attack. So, at point blank, the Kuwaga was totally unprepared for seven Twin Beams to the chest and arms. The blasts ripped a crack in it's armor, which widened at the giant bug fell back. Just as it would have come crashing to the ground, it dissolved into a million pieces, Marian still death-glaring at the spot where it had last stood. "Never, ever, EVER touch my wings again!" Marain had become rather fond of flight in the past day, and the thought of fighting without it was disconcertin.
As the data collected from the bug, it formed, not the expected Kuwagamon card, but instead a kind of orb. Red orb was the same red as the inscects armor, with marking and indents to resemble Kuwagamon's face, arms, and feet. Marian knew she had seen something like it before, but couldn't place it. As she laid her hand on it, it glowed, changing into a strange card, which was nothing more than a picture of the egg-shaped orb, and a name: Kuwaga Armor.
Shrugging, and having learnt that cards do nothing outside of battle, Marian pocketted the strange card, sent one last glare at the dead Kuwagamon's final resting place, and heading again towards the north. Or whichever direction it really was.
Notes: Wow, long chapter, eh? Well, it's not nearly over yet; there is much more to do. Be sure to join us next time!