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Lost in Darkness

"Man, why do these things always happen to me?"

Tai sighed as he rested his head on his hand. He glanced around from the park bench he sat on, waiting for something to happen. Anything, actually. It wasn't as if it were a dull day, in fact, the weather couldn't have been nicer. The sky was blue and cloudless, and a slight breeze tugged at his t-shirt and shorts. The trees scattered around the park made for the perfect shade. Not to mention the flowers were in full bloom, creating a sea of pink and yellow. But despite all of this, he still had one problem.

Tai Kamiya was bored.

"Let's see. Matt's rehearsing with his band. Again. Sora has tennis practice. Izzy is helping Yolei fix Cody's computer. Joe is taking a test. Kari is out shopping with TK, poor guy. Mimi's in America, but even if she were here she'd probably make me take her shopping if I said I was bored. Then I'd be in the same boat as TK." At that thought, Tai shuddered. "Hm, well, who's left? I don't know Ken very well. Besides, he'd probably bore me even more than shopping would. He talks less then my cat. And that's it, isn't it? Who else is there? I know there's someone I keep forgetting about but who-"

"Hey Tai! Wow, I didn't expect to see you here!"

Tai flinched. That's who he had forgotten. He slowly turned to the person who was now waving frantically in his direction.

"Oh, er, hi, Davis," he replied, barely raising his hand and forcing a smile on his face. Tai sighed for what must have been the tenth time that afternoon as the goggle wearing boy ran up to him. It wasn't that he didn't like Davis. In fact, in a way he was kind of flattered at how the younger boy seemed to idolize him. He did everything he had done from playing soccer to wearing his trademark goggles.

'Sometimes I wish I hadn't given him my goggles,' Tai thought, 'It almost feels like by doing that I gave him permission to be like me.'

"Tai, what's up?" said Davis, grinning broadly, "I haven't seen you in a while. Whatcha doin'? It's such a nice day, isn't it? Why on earth would you just want to sit around on a day like today? Hey, I know! You can hang out with me! 'Cause I KNOW that you were hoping I'd say that!" Davis' smile grew even larger as he stood in front of Tai.

Realizing this was not a request, the older boy looked up. "Sure, fine. So what's the plan, genius?" As much as Tai wanted something to do, he wasn't sure he wanted to hang out with the hyperactive, miniture version of himself.

Davis thought for a moment. "Hey, I know! We could get a bunch of people together and have a soccer match!"

Tai shook his head. "Sorry, everyone's busy today. Well, except Mimi, but she's not exactly available. And I'm not sure what Ken's doing, but... Hey, that's right. Don't you usually hang out with him?"

"Yeah, I do. But Ken said he was going to spend some time with his family today. Besides, two on one wouldn't really work out in soccer, huh?" Davis replied.

"You don't think so?" Tai asked as he leaned back on the bench, a smirk on his face. "I think you'd need some help against a star player like me. But don't sweat it. Not EVERYONE can be as good as I am."

"Oh yeah, hot shot? If you're so great, then how come the last time we all played, your team lost?" the younger boy returned, an identical smirk forming on his face. Tai's began to look more like a frown.

"I just wasn't playing as hard that day, that's all," he replied, crossing his arms over his chest. "Well, this is getting us no where. Any other bright ideas?"

Davis quickly went back to thinking. After a minute of him just standing there, Tai was about to get up and leave, when suddenly the other boy's eyes lit up.

"I got it! There's nothing to do here, so how about we take a trip to the Digital World? I'd need to wake Chibimon up, but..." Tai instantly sat up, not hearing the rest of what Davis was going on about. The Digital World. He hadn't been there in a while, due to the fact that whenever he wanted to, he needed the help of one of the new Digidestined and their new Digivices. He had finally gotten used to the idea that he was no longer the leader and that he could not see Agumon whenever he wanted. But at the mention of the strange world, he realized just how much he missed his partner.

"...find a mouse in our house, and that he'd chase it all night? I'm surprised I got any sleep, but he sure-" Tai stood up and put a hand on the younger boy's shoulder to silence him. With a smile, he looked at Davis and said "Well, what are we waiting for?"

"Huh? Oh, right! Let's go!" cried Davis as he took off at a run for his home.

"Hey, wait up!"

"So, Davis? What exactly are we doing here again?" Veemon asked as they wandered through one of the dense forests of the Digiworld.

"Well, I'm not exactly sure, but I made the suggestion to Tai, and he seemed really excited about it, so, yeah. We're here," said the digimon's partner with a shrug.

Tai wasn't listening as he carefully studied his Digivice. A small blip on the screen showed that his partner was not far off. He smiled as he pictured what Agumon's face would look like when he realized he had come to see him. 'At first he would look confused, then surprised, and finally he-' "Huh?"

"Tai? What is it? What's wrong?" Davis asked when he noticed the older was no longer walking and had a frown on his face. He was staring intently at his Digivice, as if waiting for something. But Tai didn't hear the boy's questions as some of his own were running around his head.

"I don't understand," he said quietly, and Davis leaned in closer to hear him better. "What happened? Why did the dot just disappear like that? He... he couldn't be hurt, could he? But what if something happened to him? What if..." Tai suddenly looked up in the direction the blip had been in. He narrowed his eyes. 'If anybody hurt him...' With that, he quickly took off, running as fast as he could further into the forest.

"Hey, Tai! Wait a second! What's going on?" yelled Davis as he instantly followed after the older boy, Veemon right beside him.

"Davis, why's Tai in such a hurry?" the blue digimon asked.

"I'm not sure, but I think something happened to Agumon," he replied, his face grim, "And if that's the case, then whoever did it will soon regret it!" His partner nodded his full agreement.

Up ahead, Tai panted as he raced through the trees. 'Agumon, whatever it is, please be ok. I'm coming! Just hold on!'

to be continued...

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