Title: No matter what…

Pairing(s): A little bit of T.K./Davis friendship in the beginning but Ken/Davis friendship all throughout then!

Genre: Angst/Drama

Summary: A day after Ken stopped being the Digimon Emperor, he suddenly disappears and Davis decides to go back to the Digital World to look for him! Would the other DDs help him? Or is he on his own?

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Prologue: The Vision…

Davis was looking at the sky; he was sprawled on his back at the soccer field. He looked really petrified! He thought as he remembered Ken's expression when Wormmon died. ­Then that means he really has changed for the better! Davis thought as he sighed. He heard footsteps nearing him as he looked up.

"Hey!" he greeted as he sat up. "What do you think you're doing here, Davis? We have to go to the Digital World to destroy the control spires!" Yolei scolded. "Oh yeah! Sorry… I forgot!" Davis apologized softly. "How could you forget? We always go everyday!"

"I just had something filled in my mind right now, okay? I wasn't able to think clearly!" Davis explained.

"Something?" Yolei asked as Davis led the way back to the computer room. "Or someone?"

Davis looked back and shot Yolei a glare. "It's Ken, okay?" he snapped as he looked back to where he was walking and went silent all the way.

"They're here!" Cody announced as Yolei and Davis came inside the computer room. "I'm so sorry, guys! I totally forgot!" Davis explained again. "So, is everybody ready?" Everyone nodded and so they went to the Digital World.

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Too disturbed by what happened, a certain purple-haired boy walked alone in the dark and cold night in the middle of the dessert. Walking with his hands swaying restlessly below him. "I don't know what I'm going to do now… what am I supposed to do? Should I go back home? Or should I just…" He thought as his eyes drooped.

He fell forwards and slammed into the sand staring into nothing. "I'm so confused… what am I going to do?" With one last thought, he drifted off to sleep feeling someone had carried him away.

Ken stirred as a few hands pushed him. He half-opened his eyes to reveal that he was pushed into some sort of gigantic round capsule. Inside were green liquid and bubbles started floating inside. "Where- where am I?" Ken whispered. A man, or a Digimon, beside him came into his view. "Ah! I see you're awake, Digimon Emperor!" he smirked. He had two horns sprouting out from his head and had a red cloak on.

"What?" Ken mumbled. "I am Daemon!" Daemon introduced. "What're you doing?" Ken asked weakly. "Don't worry… I won't hurt you! I'm just going to take something out of you!" he replied.

"Something out of me?" Ken repeated. "What do you mean?"

"You'll understand…" Daemon said. And with a snap, Ken screamed.

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"Yosha! That's about it in this area!" Davis cheered. "This is great! We still have 2 hours! We can have a picnic!" Yolei yelled out and raised her backpack. "Good thing I brought some snacks with me!"

"I want to have some!" Veemon ran to Yolei's backpack and started burying his head for some food. "Hey, leave some for us!" Armadillomon pouted followed by Hawkmon. Kari laid down a blanket on the ground as Davis sat on it. "I'm starving!" he smiled as he held his stomach. Suddenly…

"Stop it! I don't want to do this anymore! I don't want to kill anymore!"

He felt some pain in his head and used his right hand to grasp it. He silently yelped and supported himself on the ground with his left hand.

"Davis?" T.K. called as he noticed of this and approached him. "Hey! Are you alright?" T.K. asked as he held Davis' shoulder. Davis was now sweating a lot and trembled. "I-"

Ken was floating inside the capsule, his hair flying and his legs and arms dropped below him. Silent tears came out from his eyes as they all went up with the water.

"Davis?" Kari wondered. Davis slowly closed his eyes and then, in a split second fell into T.K.'s arms.

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He opened his eyes, noticing that everything was a blur. Slowly, his vision became full and found himself in a bed, 4 of his friends looking at him worriedly. "Hey… you okay?" Kari smiled modestly at him. Davis nodded and looked at everyone.

"What happened?" He asked.

"Davis! Hey, Davis! Wake up!" T.K. shook him roughly. "What happened to him?" Kari freaked. Yolei, Cody and the other digimons noticed this and started to gather around them. "Davis!" Veemon called from behind them.

"I- I don't know! He fainted all of a sudden!" T.K. explained. "What happened before he fainted?" Yolei asked. "He was holding his head and was balancing himself on the ground." T.K. snapped.

"Does he have a headache or something?" Yolei continued. "How should I know???" T.K. half-shouted. Kari laid a hand on Davis' forehead. "He's not sick either…" That's when she noticed Davis' expression. It was as if he was in an unbearable pain and wouldn't stop wheezing and sweating.

"Then, why is he in so much pain?" Cody exclaimed. T.K. stood up and carried Davis at his back; "We'll get all the answers when we see Joe! Let's bring him back to the Real World!"

"Then we brought you back to your house!" T.K. explained everything. "You're parents freaked out when we brought you here… we had to look for another excuse!" T.K. smiled. "Luckily, they allowed us to visit you!"

"Sou desu ka?" Davis softly said. Kari nodded. "What happened back there anyway?"

Davis sat up, ready to tell them everything. "I had a vision," he snapped. "A vision?" They repeated. "Yep! A vision…"

"About what?"

Davis breathed and got it all out. "About Ken…"

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"You're not looking for him, are you?" Yolei said with a despised look. "Yes, I am!" Davis nodded. "Either I'm going alone… or you guys are coming! It's your choice and I don't want to force you!" Davis spoke up seriously for the first time.

"Besides… DemiVeemon and I can handle this on our own!" Davis said as he paced his D3. "Are you guys coming or not?" DemiVeemon asked.

Everybody shot Davis a 'you're-making-a-big-mistake' look. "Fine… see you guys when I come back!" Davis said as he was sucked inside the computer with DemiVeemon in his arms.

~ To Chapter 1: The Dark Spore… ~