Hey, guys! Well, it's been fun, but this story has finally reached its conclusion. It's been almost two glorious years of this saga. Now, I'm proud to have ended this story and will be looking forward to writing the sequel. If you enjoyed this series, then the sequel will blow your mind.
Well, that'll be enough from me. Let's get on the start of this conclusion! We've made it this far and I have no intention of keeping you guys in suspense any longer. Grab yourself a snack or two, and enjoy the story's conclusion!
The Departure from the Shadow Tournament! The Dawning of a New Era!
"Hi, everyone, just in case you're weren't paying attention, the Shadow Tournament has finally come to and end. This is Takato Matsuda, leader of the Digimon Tamers and human partner to Guilmon. Just many hours ago, Pharaohmon had met his demise at the hands of Earth's greatest heroes and was brought down by Gallantmon Shining Mode. Man,that was so cool! Anyway... With Pharaohmon finally gone, it was decided that a celebration was to be thrown. But it wasn't going to be just any ordinary party. It was decided by the Great Amazon Queen that she was to be wed to Omegamon. Yeah, you heard right. Tonight was going to be the wedding. What a way to end all festivities. Heck, she even invited all of us to attend. That includes us, Tamers, Takuya's Legendary Warrior team, the Duelists, the Sailor Senshi and those Spirit Detective guys. Wow, all I can say is this is going to be one heck of an event!"
Digital World/Sphinxmon Hotel
Takato immediately returned back to reality and found himself sitting down on a chair. He had forgotten that he was back in Sphinxmon Hotel and inside a private hotel room. Inside the room besides himself were Takuya, Himura, Yugi and Omegamon. The Royal Knight looked himself directly into the mirror and sighed.
"It'll be all right, Omegamon. Just take a deep breath," Takuya pat Omegamon on his back. "It'll be over before you know it."
"Yes, this is your wedding, Sir Omegamon," Yugi helped fix the bow tie around the Royal Knight's neck.
"Just don't get too nervous. This is yours and Athenamon's night. This is our celebration over conquering Pharaohmon. Let's make the best of it we can," Takato stated with a smile. "There, you don't look too bad, Omegamon. You're ready!"
"I would hope so, Takato," Omegamon sighed. "This will be my last night of freedom. Once I'm married to Lady Athenamon, I am obligated to remain at the Amazon Kingdom. I cannot break her heart or it'll result in my execution by the Amazons."
"Don't worry. I know you will make Athenamon the happiest she's ever been," Himura assured the slightly nervous Royal Knight. "I doubt you will ever disappoint her."
"Now, we must be going off. Everyone is waiting," Yugi opened the door.
Nodding in reply, Omegamon walked down towards the door with the three boys accompanying him out. The pre-wedding festivities were complete and all the guests were seated at the lobby. Amongst these guests were the Tamers, the Legendary Warriors in their normal human forms, the Sailor Senshi, the Spirit Detectives and the Duelists. However, Rika, Izumi, Jeri and Jaarin were absent from the crowd.
"Wow, this is going to be so cool," Kazu snickered. "Who knew Omegamon would have to get married to that foxy Athenamon?"
"Poor guy, he learned that once defeating an Amazon would lead to him getting married to the one he had beaten," Kenta nodded his head. "Man, I have to wonder how Omegamon feels about this."
"I'm sure he'll do just fine," Renamon responded. "This is their night and we must respect that."
"Yep, man Omegamon is so lucky," Inumon scoffed. "You know Renamon..."
"Don't even think about it, mutt," Renamon responded before Inumon had a chance to finish his sentence.
"But I didn't even get a chance to say what I wanted to say..."
"Yes and I know what you were going to imply. The answer is no..."
"Nice try there, Inumon," Guardromon nudged Inumon on the arm and whispered in his ear.
"Isn't this is great, Junpei? I've been to a wedding before," Tomoki asked the older boy.
"I just hope the cake is good. I haven't had anything good to eat since the tournament. It's a darn shame it had to blow up like that."
"Be lucky we even made it out of there in one piece, Junpei," Kouichi reminded him.
"No joke, Kouichi," Kouji replied. "Anyway, what's taking those guys so long?
"Who knows but I'm getting anxious as it is," Vega stated.
"You just wish it was you and Ami up there, Vega," Dimitro snickered to himself.
"What...? Nah, we're not ready for that kind of relationship..."
"Sure, you are, Vega. You have that idea written all over your face," Sam teased the teen.
Upon hearing the boys' conversation, Sailor Mercury couldn't help but giggle. The crush Vega had on her was unmistakably a high school one despite the two being young adults. Sailor Venus noticed Mercury giggling and smiled.
"You know this would be the perfect time to sit next to him, Mercury," Venus winked. "Come on now. I can tell you really like him more than just a friend."
"Oh, don't be silly, Venus. It's nothing like that at all," Mercury slightly blushed. "You have it all wrong..."
"Come on, Mercury. We can already tell," Sailor Jupiter spoke up. "You like Vega. Don't be afraid to admit it, since he sure seems comfortable when he's around you."
"I know... It's just that I don't have time to start any relationships right now."
"Excuses, Mercury," Sailor Mars smiled to the Senshi of Water. "Besides, he is really cute. It's really time for you to find the right guy just for you."
"Girls, the ceremony is set to begin," Sailor Pluto whispered to the Senshi.
"Oh, boy, now this is going to be wonderful," Sailor Saturn smiled and waited in anticipation.
"Isn't this just beautiful, Uranus?" Sailor Neptune leaned her head against Uranus' left shoulder.
"Yes it is. Very beautiful..."
"Ah, here comes Omegamon now," Cammy pointed out towards the hallway.
As the ceremony music started, everyone turned around to watch Omegamon walking down the aisle first. Accompanying him were his groomsmen: Takuya, Takato, Himura and Yugi. The boys walked by side by side next to Omegamon. As best man, Takuya carried with him a box which held the ring inside. Guilmon stood up on top of his chair and waved to his Tamer.
"Takato!" Guilmon called out. "Looking great up there!"
"You know Yugi looks so adorable wearing a tuxedo," Tea giggled. "What do you guys think?"
"Um, well... I don't know about Yugi but I would have looked killer in one!" Joey grinned. "Right, Mai?"
"Well, I'll admit, you'd look much sharper than you are right now, Joseph."
"Hey, Seto, do you plan on ever getting married?" Mokuba asked his older brother. "It'd be nice if I had a sister-in-law."
"I'm afraid not, Mokuba. With my line of work, there's no time for me to consider marriage," the elder Kaiba replied.
"By the way, I can't help but notice that you're awake, Lance," Bakura nudged the teen's side. "Are you feeling any better?"
"That I am," Lance nodded in reply. "I just feel horrible after everything you've told me. Please forgive me..."
"Hey, you already said you're sorry, Lance," Tristan assured him. "There was nothing you could have done to overcome Pharaohmon's spell. He controlled and used you for his own evil bidding."
"That's right and Yugi saved you by ridding the evil of Pharaohmon out of you," Bakura stated. "Now, you don't have anything to worry about that monster anymore. The nightmare is finally over."
"Thank God. I'm so glad," Lance sighed. "I'm even happy to know that every one of you were willing to forgive me for everything I ever did."
"I'll admit you have some mad dueling skills," Duke said. "I can tell you're no amateur at the game."
"Of course not, I've been playing Duel Monsters for quite a while," Lance smiled.
"Well, I'm even happier to get to know a duelist who managed to beat Kaiba," Joey snickered.
"I heard that Wheeler. And if I remember correctly, you choked against Lance, too," Kaiba coughed out. "And I at least gave a much better performance against him than you did."
"Well, just be glad Yugi didn't have to whoop you again, bucko!" Joey growled angrily but was immediately restrained by Tristan and Duke.
"Not now, Joey! We're in a holy ceremony," Tea angrily scolded the teen.
"Now pipe down. The bride is preparing to come out," Mai replied.
"Oh yeah... Sorry, guys..." Joey sat down in his seat and sighed. "I just went and embarrassed myself again."
"Don't feel bad, Joey," Lance chuckled. "You have yourself some great and wonderful friends."
"Yeah, you're right, Lance. You're an OK guy after all."
"Thanks, I suppose..."
(Play Lohengrin's Bridal Chorus)
Finally, once Omegamon and his groomsmen remained standing near the altar, the bride and her bride maidens were preparing to come out. Once Athenamon stepped out, she came out wearing a beautiful white strapless wedding dress. She wore a small veil over her head and held beautiful multi-colored flowers in her hand. Accompanying her were her bridesmaids: Rika, Izumi, Jaarin and Jeri. As Maid of Honor, Rika held a box similar to the one Takuya had.
Omegamon looked on nervously and eyed the beautiful presence of Athenamon. No longer was she garbed in her traditional Amazonian outfit but a white, gorgeous wedding down.
Every female in the audience gasped in awe at the beautiful wedding gown Athenamon was wearing. Even Mermaimon, Darcmon and Jaguarmon were impressed with the dress they had picked out.
"Isn't she just gorgeous?" Sailor Venus was awe struck by Athenamon's dress. "I just wish my wedding gown is that pretty."
"Me, too," Mars and Jupiter spoke out in unison with hearts forming around them. "Awww..."
"How cute," Sailor Neptune giggled. "They still are looking for their beloved ones. A girl's dream is filled with many beautiful possibilities."
Even Keiko and Botan were thrilled with the wedding dress worn by the Amazon Queen. Their faces softened with a slight blush covering their cheeks.
"Now that's a dress I'd want for my wedding," Keiko stated as she held Puu in her arms.
"Mine, too, if I were a living human," Botan nodded in agreement.
"I always keep hearing how my sister claims she never wants to get married, but she will. I know she'll find herself the right man," Kuwabara stated.
"Marriage...? Just what's so special about it anyway?" Hiei scoffed. "I have no plans for such drivel."
"Oh, Hiei, you say that now but you just never know," Mizuno replied.
"So, Yusuke, ever had thoughts about marriage?" Kurama asked the detective.
"Me...? Nah, way too early for me to consider. I still haven't even enjoyed a peaceful life with all of this crap going on," Yusuke rubbed his chin. "What about you?"
"I'd say the same..."
"You know I should be getting a reward for what I pulled off at the tournament," Yusuke stated.
"Oh, you don't have to worry any longer, Yusuke," Koenma said to his lead Spirit Detective. "Once this wedding ceremony is over with, you guys will get your rewards."
"Who told you this, Koenma?" Kuwabara asked curiously.
"I was told by Omegamon and Athenamon themselves. They've already made some special rewards for the main contributors to Pharaohmon's demise."
"That's wonderful to hear," Kurama nodded in reply. "Isn't it, Yusuke?"
"You bet! I'm looking forward to the medal I could receive! Man, I'm definitely going to deserve a vacation after this is all said and done!"
"Hi there, Yusuke," Yui's voice was overheard.
The Spirit Detective looked ahead to find Yui waving out directly towards him with Dark Gabumon by her side. Yusuke was surprised to see her again but didn't hesitate to wave back to Yui.
"Hey, Yusuke? Who is that?" Keiko asked the teen.
"Just a little girl I met while I was walking down the hallways in the arena. Her name is Yui and I just talked to her about staying strong for her sick brother."
"Oh really?" Keiko looked over towards Yui and waved to her. "She seems so sweet..."
"So, that's Yui, Urameshi?" Kuwabara asked. "She sure is a little runt."
"Of course she is," Yusuke scoffed. "She's... what, eight or nine?"
"Oh, well, I thought she'd be a little older. You know like our age," the teen shrugged.
"Case in point, she isn't," Kurama replied. "I can already tell she'd affiliated with the Tamers."
"How can you be sure of that?" Mizuno asked the half breed.
"She carries the same device as the children with the digimon. Also, her partner is that Dark Gabumon."
"I see. Yes, I do see the device known as the D-Ark hanging by her side," nodded Mizuno.
"Quiet everyone. The ceremony is set to begin," Koenma hushed the group down.
With everyone in the room in complete silence, the wedding was already prepared to go underway. Athenamon and Omegamon stood side by side with their eyes turned directly to Sphinxmon. The hotel owner served as the man behind the altar. He cleared his throat to start the wedding vows for the soon to be married couple. Athenamon turned towards Omegamon with a warm smile, which caused Omegamon to sweat bullets. He realized that the Amazons were in the crowd and knew he couldn't screw this up. It would cost him his own life dearly.
"Ahem... We are all gathered here today, to witness the wedding ceremony of two well known Royal Knights of this Digital World, Royal Knight Omegamon and the Amazon Queen Athenamon, take place. If there's anyone with a reason for these two to not be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace."
Athenamon glared directly at the crowd and searched for any objectors. Much to her relief, there weren't any. The ceremony would still continue. She calmly placed her hand around Omegamon's. A warm, affectionate smile crossed her delicate face. For an Amazon Queen, she has the most gorgeous face any female digimon can ever hope to possess. The sapphire eyes really brought the rare, exotic beauty out of her. Omegamon just couldn't hope to turn this down. He was marrying the same teenage brat whom he had saved many moons ago. Now that teenage brat had grown up to become a delicate, strong and gorgeous young woman.
"I suggest we make this short and sweet if you don't mind," Athenamon whispered to Sphinxmon. "There are still the awards to give out."
"Yes, my lady..." Sphinxmon nodded and cleared his throat. "Sir Omegamon, do you take Lady Athenamon whom you now hold by the hand to be your lawful wedded wife? Do you promise to love and cherish her in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all other, keep yourself only unto her, for so long as you both live?" Sphinxmon looked to Omegamon.
"...I... I..." Omegamon stuttered before he nodded without much hesitation. "I do..."
"And do you, Lady Athenamon, take Sir Omegamon whom you now hold by the hand to be your lawful wedded husband? Do you promise to love and cherish him in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all other, keep yourself only unto him, for so long as you both live?"
"I do," Athenamon stated confidently.
"All right now, Do you mutually promise in the presence of our friends, guests and conquerors of Pharaohmon that you will at all times conduct yourselves to one another to become husband and wife?"
"We do," the couple said in unison.
Upon hearing this, the female portions of the audience were choking up with happy tears. Even Athenamon's Amazon sisters were starting to tear up in happiness for their beloved Queen. Sailor Venus was visibly bursting into happy tears with the other Senshi patting her back. Artemis sighed and hopped over to comfort the 'Goddess of Love'.
"This is so beautiful," Sailor Saturn wiped a tear from her eye.
"Indeed and they are going to give one another their vows," Sailor Pluto pointed out.
"Oh, Omegamon, you're so freaking lucky," Inumon whimpered happily.
"Herodramon, I've never cried at weddings before," Ninjadramon wiped a tear from his eye. "Oh..."
"That's because we haven't been one in many years," Herodramon replied. "But this is truly a momentous occasions. This not only celebrates the wedding to two Royal Knights but the destruction of Pharaohmon. This is sure to be one to remember forever."
"For the history books, I say," Flamedramon agreed.
"Now Omegamon, you may begin your vows," Sphinxmon nodded to the Royal Knight.
"Yes," Omegamon replied with a nod and turned towards Athenamon with tear-filled eyes. "Lady Athenamon, we may have had our differences in the past... I know how you've always wanted my head on your mantle and hated my guts... You even went as far as to challenge me in the Shadow Tournament, which I came out victorious over you. Now, according to the Amazon code, I must marry the very Amazon I've defeated in combat. With all of my heart, I take you to be my wife. I will love you through the good and the bad, through the joy and sorrow. I will try to be understanding, and to trust in you completely. I will make you a part of me and in turn, become a part of you. Together we will face all of life's experiences and share one another's dreams and goals. We will be equal partners in an open, honest relationship throughout the years."
Looking over to Takuya, he called for the boy to open the box. The goggle head opened the box to reveal a golden ring. Omegamon picked up the ring and held it over Athenamon's hands.
"With this ring, I pledge my love and commitment," Omegamon choked with happiness.
"Awww, now Lady Athenamon, you may begin yours," Sphinxmon nodded to the Amazon Queen.
Athenamon smiled and looked directly up into Omegamon's heavenly blue eyes. A warm smile crossed her face as she touched the ring.
"Sir Omegamon, yes, indeed we've had a very complicated past. It was you who rescued me from becoming another victim to Pharaohmon and it was you who brought me back to my Amazon Kingdom when I was unconscious. I hated you for it and vowed to kill you in combat. That opportunity finally presented itself at the Shadow Tournament. When I heard you would be at the event, I took matters to my own hands and signed us for a match. I had promised to defeat you to restore the good name to my Amazon sisters. Alas, I underestimated you and thus my own arrogance was my own undoing. You were right. I was still the cocky little brat who hasn't learned a thing about respect. Since my defeat by your hand, there was the Amazon code of the defeated Amazon having to marry the man whom she was defeated by. I am a woman of my word and I pledge myself to be your wedded bride, Omegamon. I... I no longer can bring myself to hate you anymore. I just can't. You're a good Royal Knight with a noble heart. Now it is my intention to be your beloved, to respect and support you, to be patient with you, to work together with you to achieve those things that are important to us, to accept you unconditionally, and to share life with you throughout the years..."
Looking over to Rika, she asked for the box to be opened. The redhead did not hesitate and opened it. She handed Athenamon the ring.
"With this ring, I pledge my love and commitment," Athenamon smiled.
The couple slid the rings into each other's fourth fingers. Sphinxmon sighed happily and continued to finish his pronouncement.
"Then, by the power vested upon me by the Great Sovereigns, witnessed by friends and heroes, I have the honor to pronounce you, husband... and wife!"
Sphinxmon walked in between the couple and placed their hands onto one another. Athenamon took off the small veil over her face and smiled.
"You may now kiss the bride!"
The two generated radiant glares and they finally sealed their engagement with one, heartfelt kiss. No longer were they rivals but eternal lovers of happiness. Sphinxmon closed his book and waved out to everyone in attendance. They all stood up in unison and clapped heavily for the newly wedded couple.
"MY QUEEN! WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU!" Mermaimon screamed out happily.
"You go, girlfriend!" Jaguarmon hopped around on top of Darcmon's head.
"That Omegamon is sure something. Well, as far as I'm concerned, I'm glad he didn't screw this up. But, I can't help but feel happy for Athenamon. She truly is happy," Darcmon no longer hesitated to smile. "Perhaps this is what she has always wanted all along. She never truly hated Omegamon. She just felt that didn't need to be rescued. My lady, Queen Garudamon would be very proud of you!"
"You go, Omegamon!" Kazu whistled out to the Royal Knight. "Woo! You're a player, man!"
"Man, I've never had to cry at weddings!" Kenta wiped a tear. "Oh well, ok... Maybe one or two before..."
"That was truly beautiful, wasn't it, Jaarin-san?" Jeri smiled and asked the teen.
"It sure was," Jaarin nodded in agreement. "I have to wonder who I'll end up becoming eternal partners with."
"Likewise, Jaarin," Izumi sighed happily. "Those two just look so cute together. I'm proud of them!"
"Athenamon truly looks happy," Rika smiled as she watched the wedded couple walk down the steps to be greeted by the crowd. "I just can't see myself married, to be honest. It's just not my thing..."
"What are you talking about, Rika?" Takato asked the redhead. "I'm sure there's someone you'll end up with for the rest of your life?"
"We'll see... Though, I seriously doubt it."
"Don't be too hard on yourself, Rika," Yugi smiled warmly. "You don't even have to be married to find the one you love."
"That's right," Takuya nodded in agreement.
"Maybe..." Rika whispered to herself.
"Wow that was truly a beautiful moment!" Botan clapped happily. "I've never had to cry this hard before."
"I hope my wedding turns out like that," Keiko clasped her hands together and blushed warmly.
"Well, boys, I hope you took notes on how to work your weddings," Koenma commented.
"No, don't ever associate that with me," Hiei scoffed and turned away.
"Unfortunately, marriage doesn't seem to be one of my future priorities," Kurama responded. "We'll see what the future brings forth."
"Me marrying a woman of my dreams?" Yusuke wondered. "I don't know... It's a possibility."
"Marriage? Yeah, it could happen," Kuwabara nodded.
"Well, I don't know about you guys, but I best be heading off," Mizuno approached the Spirit Detective team. "The digital oceans are calling me back and I have to return to perform my duties."
"Oh, are you leaving so soon?" Botan asked Mizuno.
"Just a moment everyone," Athenamon called out as she returned to the altar with several boxes. "I wish to give rewards out to the heroes who banded together to bring down the treacherous Pharaohmon today. Digimon Tamers, Legendary Warriors, Duelists of Earth, Sailor Senshi and Spirit Detectives. Thank you all for helping to rid us of that terrible demon. He can no longer present a terror to the Digital World. We and the Digimon Sovereigns are relieved. You could say that the final portion of the continuing Great Wars has finally ended. But this wouldn't have happened without the aid of several key players. The medals in these boxes will be presented to the selected few I feel should wear them with great honor. So, please, allow me to start off with the three responsible for the formation of Gallantmon Shining Mode, the slayer of Pharaohmon. Takato Matsuda, Guilmon and Cammy the Digital Priestess, please do come up and receive your medals of honor."
Upon hearing this, the trio was surprised. The audiences clapped heavily for them and cheered. Takato runs up back over the stairs with Guilmon following him.
"Go on, Cammy. This is your shining moment," Sailor Mars whispered to her sister.
"Right!" Cammy nodded in reply and jumped out of her seat.
The raven-haired child ran down the aisle and was greeted upon by Guilmon once again. She pat the crimson reptile and shook Takato's hand. Athenamon smiled warmly and presented the three with golden medals. They had the emblem of Courage carved upon them. The trio had the medals placed around their necks and given handshakes by the Amazon Queen herself.
"Takato, Guilmon and the Digital Priestess were truly the difference makers. If it had not been for these three, Gallantmon would have not reached his new mode and slain Pharaohmon. They deserve the Medals of Courage! Please, give them your highest honor and respect with a standing applause!"
With that said the audience in attendance clapped and cheered in unison. The Tamers called out to both Takato and Guilmon while the Senshi cheered for Cammy.
"I have to admit, you and Guilmon look great up there," Rika thought with a smile on her face.
"Cammy, I'm so proud of you. I knew you could do it," Sailor Mars said in thought.
"Thank you, Lady Athenamon," Cammy kindly shook the Amazon Queen's hands.
"No, thank you, Digital Priestess," Athenamon responded as she kneeled beside Cammy. "If it wasn't for you, Gallantmon couldn't have defeated Pharaohmon. You truly have saved us all once again with your miraculous presence."
"You're welcome...?" Cammy tilted her head to one side with an innocent look on her face. "It was an honor, Miss Athenamon."
"You did save us all back there, Cammy. Thanks a lot," Takato pat Cammy on her back.
"Yeah and you've given me a power I thought I'd never get," Guilmon smiled warmly. "Thanks, Cammy. You've become a new friend of mine."
"Yeah, me, too, Guilmon," Cammy hugged the innocent reptile warmly.
"Well, isn't that just adorable?" Sailor Venus giggled. "Huh, Mars?"
"Yeah, as long as she's happy," Sailor Mars smiled. "If you hadn't come along, we would be in serious trouble. Sailor Moon would be so proud of your heroic efforts, Cammy-chan."
"Wow, that girl must be something if she has the powers of the Digital Priestess. Of course, I've seen what she can do," Yui stated. "If only I had powers like her..."
"Why don't you introduce yourself to her, Yui?" Dark Gabumon suggested. "I'm sure she's a nice little girl."
"Yeah, maybe I'll do just that."
"Finally, I'd like to give another medal of honor to one unlikely hero. He had used a technique using his spirit energy as a bomb to explode within Pharaohmon," Athenamon continued on with the ceremony. "With this lucky technique, he was successfully able to allow each one of us to deliver one powerful, unified assault to bring down the treacherous demon lord! Allow me to give this award to our unlikely hero, Yusuke Urameshi!"
Upon hearing this, Yusuke's mouth dropped and his body stiffened out of shock. This announcement came right out of the blue and caught the Spirit Detective completely off guard. Koenma nudged the boy's shoulder and cleared his throat.
"Um, now would be a perfect time to accept that award, Yusuke," Koenma said.
"Yeah! That's your award, Urameshi! Just think of it like an academy award!" Kuwabara slapped Yusuke on his back.
"Receiving this from Athenamon is truly an honor," Mizuno nodded.
"Yes, so I'd hurry before you test her patience," Kurama lightly pushed Yusuke out of the crowd.
Yusuke found himself falling forward and walks up the steps. He stepped forward and bowed his head to the Amazon Queen. Athenamon placed the medal of honor around Yusuke's neck and saluted the 'unlikely hero'. Upon receiving the medal, Yusuke turned towards the crowd and threw out a single thumb up with his right hand. The crowd gave the boy a standing ovation.
"All right, Urameshi!" Kuwabara clapped. "Though, I hope it's me getting a medal next time."
"Well, if you manage to pull off a lucky shot like Yusuke performed, you just might," Kurama chuckled.
"Me using a lucky shot? Ha!"
"Just look at that fool up there," Hiei chuckled. "He's enjoying every minute of this."
"Yeah, and I hope he doesn't get a big head after this," Botan muttered.
"Knowing Yusuke, he probably will," Keiko smiled as she watched Yusuke. "He truly does look happy, but how long can he go on doing this?"
"I wish it was me up there receiving a medal of honor," Mizuno sighed. "Oh well... I don't even intend on becoming a hero."
"Damn, I look so good with this medal," Yusuke walked down the steps while holding his medal. "Not even Koenma pays me for the crap I've been put through."
"Ahem, I HEARD that, Yusuke," Koenma narrowed his eyes directly at the teen.
"Ladies and gentlemen, with the medals given to our true MVPs of the tournament, I declare the rest of the evening to become a banquet. Please enjoy yourselves, get comfortable, partake on our food and socialize with those around you," Omegamon proclaimed. "This is a celebration for all of us to remember!"
Before anyone could do anything or utter a word, the front doors pushed open to reveal an ominous yet familiar figure. The guests all turned around to see a winged, dog-like shadow looking across. Himura and Inumon were the most shocked out of everyone in the lobby. It was as if they had seen a ghost. In fact, this was a ghost directly fresh out of the Underworld and reformatted back to his normal self.
The figure everyone was glancing towards was Anubimon. There was a shocked silence from this and Anubimon could only utter a few comments to break this silence.
"So, why wasn't I invited to the party?" Anubimon snorted with a smile cross his face.
"ANUBIMON!" Himura and Inumon exclaimed in unison.
"Oh my Goddramon... Lord Anubimon! You're alive!" Seadramon gasped out in shock.
"Looks like that or it's simply his ghost to come back to haunt us all!" Witchmon joked.
"That wasn't very funny, Witchmon," Renamon scoffed. "It is the real him, but how is this possible...?"
Before Anubimon had a chance to explain himself, Himura and Inumon were hugging the supposedly dead Underworld ruler. Anubimon collapsed on the ground with the duo latched onto him like children. Everyone gathered around. Anubimon lifted himself up and cleared his throat. Inumon and Himura both stood up obediently.
"You two will never change," Anubimon laughed. "Who even said you guys can start the party without little ol' me?"
"But, I don't understand. How can you be alive, Anubimon?" Omegamon approached the supposedly dead lord.
"Yes, we all saw you die before our very own eyes!" Athenamon nodded in agreement.
"Ah, so you two are wedded after all. That's great," Anubimon approached the newly wedded couple. "Omegamon, you take good care of Lady Athenamon and be faithful towards her."
"I will, my friend..."
"But you need to tell us why you're even here. We saw your data scatter!" Takato exclaimed.
"Ah, but I was never absorbed," Anubimon nodded his head in reply. "You see my data scattered and returned to the Underworld. So, how am I able to stand here completly intact? Well, it's all thanks to the spirit of Granasmon. He managed to recover my data and restore my body intact. However, I asked him not restore my body until Pharaohmon was defeated."
"So, you took a gamble on the condition we would defeat Pharaohmon?" Takuya asked.
"Gee, and you must have been really pulling for us to win then," Terriermon remarked.
"Indeed, I knew Pharaohmon wouldn't go too far," nodded Anubimon. "Once Granasmon had assured me that he would give Gallantmon Shining Mode the strength needed to defeat Pharaohmon, I knew my body would be restored. It was only a matter of time."
"Ah, now I get it," Henry stated. "Well, Anubimon... All I can say is welcome back, friend."
"It's good to have you back, Lord Anubimon," Seadramon bowed to Anubimon.
"Himura," Anubimon looked towards the boy.
"Oh, for what, Lord Anubimon?"
"For aiding your friends and helping everyone to overwhelm Pharaohmon. It was your teamwork that ensured that he would fall," Anubimon replied. "I'm proud of you, Inumon and everyone in this room. Now, what do you say we continue with the festivities, everyone? C'mon, let's party!"
With that said everyone was in complete agreement with the Underworld lord and cheered in unison. Music was being played in the background and chairs were pushed away to make room for a dance floor. The lights were immediately turned out with a disco ball descending from the ceiling. Everyone in the room scattered about to occupy several spots.
The first to step on the dance floor were of course the newlywed couple. The audience clapped for the couple as they started to dance to the heavy-beat music. The next to appear on the dance floor were Yugi and Tea followed by Takuya and Izumi.
"Yeah! Go, Tea!" Tristan and Joey called out. "Bust a move, Yugi!"
"Show us some of those fancy break dances you were going to show us, Takuya!" Junpei exclaimed. "Hold on, maybe I should go up there and do it!"
Just then, Joey felt a hand placed on his right shoulder. He turned and saw Mai smiling to him. Before he had a chance to say anything, she winked to him and grabbed his hand.
"Mai...? What do you think you're...?"
"Dancing with you, dork!" Mai laughed as she led Joey to the dance floor. "I hope you know how to dance."
"Ha! I'm the Master of every dance technique there is to know! I'm the man!" Joey faked an excuse.
"Sure, you are Joey!" Tristan called out.
"Don't lose a step, Joey!" Duke shouted.
"Oh, I'll show you about losing a step..." Joey mumbled and quickly started dancing with Mai.
"Wow, not to shabby there, Joseph!" Mai smiled.
"Thanks, Mai! At least I'm getting compliments from someone!"
Across the room, Himura was working up the nerve to ask Jeri to dance.
"You know, Jeri," Himura started, "you look very beautiful in your bridesmaid dress."
"Thank you," Jeri replied. "And may I say you look very handsome in your tux?"
"Uh... Gee... Thanks... Umm..." Himura stuttered.
"You wanna dance?"
"Umm... Sure!" Himura was shocked by her forwardness.
Meanwhile, Takato was talking with Kazu and Kenta about Anubimon's return when Rika walked up behind him and started to drag him by the shoulder to the dance floor.
"Man, can you believe he's alive? I'm just... Hey! What!" Takato exclaimed.
"Let's go, Goggle Head," Rika stated flatly. "I'm not going to be the only girl here without a dance partner."
"But... But..." Takato stuttered.
"Better go with her, Chumly!" Kazu called out. "You wouldn't want to incur the wrath of the Amazons, would you?"
Takato let out an exasperated sigh.
While the dancing was in session, several of the other groups were socializing and introducing each other. In fact, Yui spotted Cammy sitting on a chair next to the table where the Sailor Senshi were gathered. Cammy was fiddling with her medal and was having a conversation with her sister. Yui walked up to Cammy sitting down and cleared her throat.
"Ahem, hi there."
Turning around, Cammy smiled directly at Yui and replied, "Hi there."
"So, you're the infamous Digital Priestess? It really is an honor to meet you."
"Oh, you don't need to call me that. You can just call me Cammy. My name is Cammy Sakura Hino. What's yours?"
"Yui Tsubasa, it's nice to meet you," Yui reached out for Cammy's hand.
The raven-haired girl looked down at Yui's outstretched hand and shook it. They shared a giggle for a moment. Yui pulled herself a chair and sat down on it.
"So, you're brother is Himura, then?"
"Yep, and my digimon partner is Dark Gabumon. I take it your..."
"Oh, yes. The Sailor Senshi are good friends with my sister," Cammy said while covering up the fact that Sailor Mars is, in fact, really her sister.
"Wow, that's so awesome. I'll bet she knows who they really are?"
"Actually, she doesn't," Cammy replied. "I don't even know who they really are either."
"I see, but still, YOU were traveling with the Sailor Senshi! They're legendary vigilantes back home and have saved people over the years!" Yui stated. "I even saw one of them battling some monsters back on Earth."
"Really? Wow, so you've seen them before?" Cammy asked. "Well, they are very cool to hang around with. They've protected me and promised my sister that I would return safely."
"Well, they sure lived up to their promise. So, tell me. How old are you?"
"I'm eight years old. You?"
Yui responded while fixing her hair, "I'm nine years old, but don't we look the same age?"
"Yeah we do," Cammy smiled while fiddling with her medal.
"Can I have a look at your medal?"
"Um, sure," Cammy replied while taking the medal off and handing it to Yui.
"It's so nice," Yui observed the medal. "Oh and is Sakura your mother's maiden name?"
"Yeah, some of my friends call me Sakura because they think it's a pretty name."
"I think it's a really pretty and cute name, Cammy," Yui handed the medal back to the young Hino girl.
"Um, thanks," Cammy slightly blushed and giggled.
"Making a new friend there, Cammy-chan?" Sailor Mars asked the little girl.
"Yeah, I am, Sailor Mars," Cammy said while being careful not to refer to Mars by her real identity in front of Yui. "This is Yui Tsubasa, the sister of that Himura boy."
"It's nice to meet you, Yui. You sure have a group of interesting friends," Mars smiled and shook Yui's hand.
"My digimon partner is Dark Gabumon and Inumon is my brother's digimon. We're in a group called..."
"The Digimon Tamers...?" Sailor Mars asked. "We already know your group name. It was a pleasure to work with you guys."
"You, too. Wow, I can't believe I'm finally meeting the Sailor Senshi! This is so cool!" Yui giggled excitedly. "Any chance I can get your autographs?"
Upon hearing that, Cammy and Sailor Mars shared a sisterly giggle. The other Senshi noticed the love shared by the two sisters. It was very heart warming and touching to see the two together after having been separated without knowledge of one another. This whole mess with the Hino sisters' father will be resolved back home, but they would have fun and celebrate for the time being.
"They're so happy together," Sailor Mercury smiled warmly. "Don't you think?"
"I agree and I can't believe such a man would keep those two girls separated from each other," Sailor Pluto sighed in disbelief. "It's not good for Cammy and this is great for her to get to know her sister better."
"Yeah, man, Rei's so lucky. I wish I had a kid sister or brother," Sailor Jupiter said.
"Me, too," Sailor Venus smiled and leaned back against the chair. "Ooo, I'm pretty thirsty."
Sailor Venus got up from her chair and walked towards the table where the drinks were being served. She whistled to herself and poured herself a cup of sake without anyone looking. A devious grin crossed her face and it looked apparent she would actually get away with this, too.
"Heh, score another for Sailor V!" Sailor Venus giggled mischievously and went to pour her down her gullet.
However, she felt a tug on her right ear and this caused Sailor Venus to squeak out. The Senshi of Love immediately turned around to find herself face to face with none other than Sailor Mars herself. A stern glare crossed Sailor Mars and he quickly led Venus back to the table.
"But, all I wanted was one shot!"
"Yeah, and then you would have drank down more shots like last time. I don't think so, Venus," the Fire Senshi scoffed. "You're not going to cause another scene today, young lady."
"Yes, mother..." Sailor Venus sighed.
Rather than arguing the two Senshi shared a playful laugh together as everyone else around them laughed at their antics. Yui couldn't help but laugh.
"Oh, Venus, you'll never change," Sailor Jupiter chuckled.
"Mars just loves playing the role of the mother to Venus. This simply just never gets old," Sailor Mercury replied.
"Yeah, now if only Sailor Moon were here now," Sailor Saturn spoke up. "She and Mars would have argued like there was no tomorrow."
"That just comes to show how much they really care for one another," Sailor Pluto stated. "In fact, it proves that they are the closest of friends."
"Looking forward to getting back home, Uranus?" Sailor Neptune asked her love.
"Yes, and it's off to a relaxing, cozy bed where I can sleep for a whole day," Sailor Uranus sighed happily. "Sleep like there's no tomorrow."
"I'll make sure to join you," Sailor Neptune whispered while taking a sip from a wine glass.
"You and your sister are so lucky to be even close to the Sailor Senshi. It must be cool to talk to them," Yui got up from her chair and pat Cammy on her back. "So, I was wondering if I can be your friend?"
"Really...? You'd be friends with me?"
"Yeah, you seem really cool. Besides, you're the Digital Priestess a friend to the Sailor Senshi!" Yui reminded Cammy. "Even if you were an average kid, I'd still ask you to be my friend."
"Sure, Yui. I'd love to be your friend," Cammy smiled as she hugged Yui. "We'll be the best of friends."
"We sure will, Cammy-chan," Yui smiled warmly.
"Awww, isn't that so cute?" Sailor Venus gleefully giggled. "Now if only we have a camera with us. We'd take a perfect Kodak moment of those two."
"It's wonderful to see Cammy-chan finding herself a new friend," Artemis replied. "Right, Sailor Mars?"
The Senshi of Fire nodded her head in reply and watched her sister socializing with Yui. This brought a smile to her face as she came to realize that Cammy was already making new friends. She had never had the chance to make any friends when she was Cammy's age. She was always a bit of a loner until she met Sailor Moon and the other Senshi.
"Oh, Cammy-chan, I'm so proud of you. You're already making new friends when I've always had trouble when I was your age. The fact that I've become more of a mother than a sister really is still a very concept for me to bear. However, I vow to always do my best to make you happy and want what's best for you. How an asshole like my father would keep us apart. I'll never forgive him."
Meanwhile, the Spirit Detective were out standing by the front door to see Mizuno depart. However, the mysterious Siren digimon female stopped to give a slight bow to each of her new friends.
"Well, I must be departing now, everyone. I'm sorry this had to come at such an unfortunate time," Mizuno stated. "However, the oceans are calling me back."
"It was truly an honor to meet you, Mizuno-chan," Botan bowed to her. "It'll be great to speak with you again."
"Well, you guys all have my e-mail address. Just hit me up with an e-mail and I'll be sure to reply back. I'll be waiting just in case you guys need some help and I'll be there," Mizuno stated. "Hiei, I'm sure you won't forget me either, right?"
Hiei immediately looked up and faced Mizuno. They didn't take their eyes off one another and there was silence between the two. The fire apparition was obviously still very PEEVED with Mizuno giving him a kiss on his lips and forcing him to get into the hot tub. However, Mizuno did not seem to mind making a fool out of Hiei. She rather enjoyed it in a playful manner. A smile crossed her face as she approached Hiei and leaned over to kiss him on his lips. Hiei was hesitant and slightly stepped back. However, Mizuno leaned forward and planted a warm kiss on his lips. The fire apparition's eyes widened in shock while everyone else was surprised. To think that Mizuno was still walking even after kissing Hiei not once but TWICE. Any normal human or demon would be dead in an instant, but Mizuno managed to survive unscathed. However, Hiei saw something that none of the other Spirit team did catch a glimpse of. He managed to notice a blue sea dragon spirit looming over Mizuno, which finally convinced him that she was indeed no human. She was a creature of the ocean.
"Mizuno..." Hiei whispered.
"You don't have to say anything, Hiei," Mizuno whispered. "Yes, that sea dragon was my true form. I am Sirendramon. We shall meet again, Hiei."
"Well, it was nice meeting you, Mizuno, but don't hesitate to call us. We'll call you when we need you," Yusuke said.
"Yes, it'll be wonderful to hear from you again, Mizuno," Kurama stated. "It was a wise idea to give us your e-mail."
"Don't worry about a thing, Mizuno. I'll be sure to hit you an e-mail when there's trouble," Koenma reminded the sea dragon girl. "Now if you'll excuse me guys. I'll be heading over to where Anubimon is."
With that said the toddler ruler Koenma started walking off from the team and marched to where Anubimon was sitting with Himura and Inumon.
Keiko reached over and shook Mizuno's hand.
"It was good to meet you, Mizuno. You take care, all right?" Keiko smiled warmly and generously held Mizuno's hand.
"Thank you, Keiko. You and Yusuke have a wonderful time together. You two are obviously the closest of friends."
"You think so...?"
"I know so," Mizuno smiled as she started walking out and waved her goodbyes. "Until we meet again, Spirit team... Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Botan, Keiko, Puu, Koenma and Hiei... You are all wonderful people and I hope we do meet again."
The Spirit Detectives watched Mizuno disappear off into the distance. It was sad to watch a new friend depart but they knew she had other obligations to fulfill. Out of everyone of the team, Hiei kept an eye on the far distance and watched Mizuno venture across the land with his Jagan eye.
"And what are you smiling about, Kuwabara?" Kurama asked the teen as they walked back inside. "Care to explain your reasoning?"
"Oh nothing," Kuwabara snickered. "Yeah, now I can ask Mizuno to send me those pictures of her kissing Hiei. Man, that's just going to make my day!"
Using his telepathic ability, Hiei had heard every though from Kuwabara's mind and instantly turned around. He gave Kuwabara a death glare, which would frighten even the bravest of human men. To add more of an intimidation factor, the Jagan Eye on Hiei's forehead dimmed a red aura. It was obvious that he will go at any lengths to prevent Kuwabara from ever receiving those pictures.
"What, Hiei? Was it something I said?" Kuwabara backed off.
"If you never receive those pictures, I'll make sure your face will be more than just black and blue. Do you hear me?" Hiei hissed angrily with a threatening gesture.
"Ummm... Yeah, I get the message," he replied back nervously. "Note to self: Hiei is a telepath."
Kurama could not help but ignore the two starting an argument. However, he immediately stopped as a group of female fox digimon gathered around him with innocent glares and giggly chuckles. It was obvious why these girls were around him. All poor Kurama could say was...
"Um, may I help you, ladies?"
"OOOO! THAT'S HIM! THAT'S THE LOVELY NEW PRETTY BOY IN TOWN!" one yellow furred fox digimon screamed out like a fan girl.
"OH TOTALLY! YOU SHOULD HAVE LIKED SEEN HIM TURN INTO THAT SILVER-HAIRED SEXY HUNK!" a gray-furred female fox cried out happily and danced around Kurama. "OH, KURAMA-KUN! YOU HAVE TO BE MY BOYFRIEND! I PROMISE TO BE YOURS FOREVER!"
"Ladies, please... Can we talk about this?" Kurama backed away and nervously laughed. "I know you have taken interest in me, but I..."
"Oh, don't be like that, Kurama-kun! We'll create a new fan club in honor of you!" Floramon stepped out of the crowd. "You're looking at the new president, Floramon! Your hostess with the mostess! I declare this day to be known as 'Kurama Day'!"
"Please, let's be civil about this!" Kurama backed away and started taking off.
"Oh no, you don't, Kurama-kun! We're not going to leave until you've given us all an autograph!" Floramon called out while giving chase to the half breed.
"GET BACK HERE YOU SEXY FOX!" the female foxes screamed out in pursuit of him.
Taking notice of this, Yusuke, Keiko and Botan couldn't help but laugh. Poor Kurama was being chased by perhaps his most devoted fan following since leaving the real world. The female fox digimon, excluding Rika's Renamon, have already taken a great interest in Kurama and his alter ego, Yoko.
"Oh man, it sucks to be Kurama right now," Yusuke couldn't help but laugh.
"Come on, Yusuke. Let's go dance. There are still a few things we need to catch up on."
"Say, where did Koenma go?" Botan looked around in search for the child ruler. "Ah, yes! He went to go see Lord Anubimon. I had better go and see what they are discussing about."
Fixing up her hair, Botan hummed a tune to herself as she walked over to where Koenma was sitting. She looked over to find him speaking with Lord Anubimon. The Underworld digimon ruler looked up directly at Botan and smiled.
"Hello there. Your name is Botan, am I correct?" Anubimon asked curiously.
"Yes, that would be me."
"Ah, Botan. Good for you to come. Please sit down with us," Koenma said. "Anubimon is quite the pleasant fellow. He's telling me everything about how he runs things down in his Underworld. I think its best we take notes on what he tells us."
"Yes, you're right," the blue-haired female nodded in agreement. "So tell us about your Digital Underworld, Anubimon."
"It's no different from your Afterlife. That's for sure," Anubimon responded kindly while sipping a red wine glass. "However, I will tell you about my experiences during my long stint as Underworld ruler."
With Anubimon proceeding to tell them about his Underworld duties, Omegamon and Athenamon were preparing to finish up their dance. It looked as though they were preparing to leave the party. It wasn't even halfway through but they felt it was time for them to depart and prepare the start of their long honeymoon that awaits them.
"Well, everyone, I'm sorry to say this but you will just have to continue this party without myself and Lady Athenamon," Omegamon announced to everyone in attendance. "We will be taking off for our honeymoon."
"But, how long will you be gone my queen?" Mermaimon asked Athenamon. "Who will be left in charge while you are away?"
"I have declared that Jaguarmon be placed in charge until we return," Athenamon announced. "Oh and by the way, I am allowing Witchmon and Kuzuhamon to be allowed into the Amazon Kingdom. Those two approached me earlier this evening and asked me if they could join us. With Pharaohmon gone, I have no reason to argue with them."
"Witchmon and Kuzuhamon! But isn't Kuzuhamon an evil digimon?" Felinismon pointed out.
"No way you can trust her," Lopmon nodded.
"She's actually a very good digimon, but she was merely on the wrong side. She will do well in our kingdom as long as she stays out of trouble," Athenamon stated. "Jaguarmon, I leave you responsible for everything while I'm gone."
"Yes, my queen, I will not let you down," Jaguarmon bowed to her queen.
"Great, I just hope you don't screw everything up, Jaguarmon," Darcmon sighed.
"Hey, just watch me! I'll lead by good example!" Jaguarmon hissed towards Darcmon.
"Omegamon, you and Lady Athenamon have yourselves a wonderful honey moon," Anubimon sat up and approached the newly wedded couple. "You've earned this vacation after all of these years. The Great Wars can finally close with its final chapter."
"You're right and I'm going to make the most out of it, my friend. It's good to have you back," Omegamon stated as he shook Anubimon's hand. "Are you ready, my lady?"
"Yes, let's go," Athenamon nodded in reply.
As the wedded couple walked down through the entrance, everyone from the party gathered around to witness the couple departing. Athenamon turned around and smelt her bouquet of flowers. The girls all gathered around and knew what was coming up. The Amazon Queen threw the bouquet of flowers across for either one of the girls to catch.
However, before any of them had a chance, a squid-like tentacle launched right out and grabbed the bouquet. This caught everyone immediately by surprise and they turned to find the culprit. Yes, it was none other than Marine Devimon! He had managed to sneak inside the hotel without anyone noticing.
"Ah, yes! Now, I know my time will come!" Marine Devimon laughed. "Yes, by catching this bouquet, I will end up marrying my Calmaramon! HAHAHA!"
Everyone in attendance glared directly at Marine Devimon with cold, hardened stares. Others were simply annoyed by his presence, especially Jaarin. She picked up a nearby guitar and charged ahead towards Marine Devimon. Before the marine demon had a chance to react, Jaarin smashed the guitar across Marine Devimon's face and sends him flying out through a glass window.
"AHHH! WAS IT SOMETHING I SAAAAAAAAAAID!"
Once the nuisance was taken out, Jaarin dusted her hands off and gave a wink to Izumi.
"Now, remember, Izumi. If any boy tries to hit on you, just let him have it."
"Right, you're an inspiration, Jaarin-san," the blonde replied with a nod.
"Well, that takes care of him. Whew, and here I thought the rest of the trash was gone," Inumon wiped his forehead.
Before long Inumon's face paled as he turned around. He quickly found himself embraced by none other than Kuzuhamon. The dark armored female giggled like a schoolgirl and held onto Inumon dearly with heart-shaped eyes.
"ACK! IT'S YOU!" Inumon screamed out.
"Oh, my Inumon-sama! Are you going to be leaving now? Without saying goodbye to me first? It's a good thing I managed to find you my Inumon-sama!" Kuzuhamon rambled on.
Once Renamon caught glimpse of this, she angrily stormed directly towards Kuzuhamon and tried pulling her off of Inumon.
"Let go of him, Kuzuhamon! What about that talk Inumon had with you last night? Are you still obsessed with him?"
"Of course, I am! If anything, I will not give up as far as Inumon-sama is concerned! Please, leave her Inumon! Renamon is no good for you! She disrespects you! I'll be your eternal love slave for as long as you desire!"
"Please... ladies... Get off and let me go..." Inumon managed to choke out.
Before leaving, Omegamon gave a wave to everyone in attendance and scooped Athenamon up in his arms. The heroes gathered together to wave their goodbye to the wedded couple. It was truly wonderful to end the festivities to witness these two rivals becoming an official wedded couple. This also seals the final chapter of the Great Wars and ends the dark reign of Pharaohmon. The Digital World and the Real World have been saved thanks in part to the five heroic teams of Planet Earth, not to mention the assist of the Dra-Warriors.
"So, that ends the adventure into the Digital World. In case you guys were wondering where we all go from here? Well, Guilmon and I were not too sure until we received word from the four Digimon Sovereigns. They congratulated each and every one of us for our heroic efforts. But, like all good things, our time in the Digital World was at an end. The Sovereigns provided portals for us to return home. I know this all sounds sudden, but with Pharaohmon gone, there's nothing left for us to do in the Digital World. We served our purpose, became idolized once again as great heroes and destroyed Pharaohmon. Now, I can go back home and relax when this is all settled...
Oh yeah, how can I forget about Lance Canebrook? Well, everything turned out great in the end. We realized that he wasn't to blame for all of the recent trauma. As for all the souls taken by Pharaohmon, the souls of the people back home were restored once Pharaohmon himself was destroyed. That became evident as soon as we returned home. Lance was relieved when he found out that his own parents were going to be just fine. The nightmare of the demonic Pharaohmon has finally come to an end and it couldn't have come at a better time. Now, it's back to normal life back home... Yay. Well, before all else, let's take a look at how most of us are dealing with the post-tournament events. Starting with Himura and Yui."
Earth/Shinjuku Family Cemetery/April 2, 2003/3:03 P.M.
Kouji and Kouichi met Yui and Himura at Shinjuku Family Cemetery. The Tsubasa siblings already visited their parents' tombs. Now, the four were ready to visit Kotori's tomb.
"Hey Himura, where are Inumon and Dark Gabumon?" Kouji asked while noticing the absence of the Tsubasa siblings' digimon.
"They're at home, resting. After the tournament, they were really tired," Himura explained.
"I can't blame them," Kouichi nodded in agreement. "My spirits are really fatigued after fighting against Duskmon three times. Plus, the fact that giving Loweemon and Kaiser Leomon to form Magna Garurumon and Susanoomon was very tiring for the spirit powers."
"Yeah, and the digital world will need a rest before to it can restore itself from the damage that Pharaohmon had caused," Yui replied.
While they were chatting, Himura led them through the cemetery and introduced them Kotori's tomb. They each placed flowers on the tomb as they prayed for her soul. The twins even mentioned to Yui about the crazy dream they had together and how they met Kotori. Yui thought it was very weird when they mentioned Kotori was dressed as Han Solo. Yes, they had told her everything about the whole whacked out Star Wars dream.
"She was a Tomboy, wasn't she?" Yui asked her brother.
The elder Tsubasa sibling nodded in reply to his sister's question.
"Yes, she was. She's far worse than Rika if you ask me."
"She's not that bad, is she?" Kouji asked Himura curiously.
"Well, while we were at the dream world, Kotori mentioned to me that she was famously known as Bully-killer at her school after she sent a bully to the hospital. She told me she had beaten him down senseless without any regret."
When Himura mentioned that, Yui, Kouji and Kouichi sweatdropped. Yeah, they found out there was a person worse than Rika. Then, they immediately heard a voice.
"Yeah, and I still miss beating up those arrogant fools," the voice of Kotori chuckled.
They all turned around and they saw Kotori. She was sitting on her own tombstone. She was wearing the same clothes she wore when she reunited with Himura in the dream realm. Unlike Yui, the boys gasped out in surprise. How could be possible they are seeing Kotori's spirit in the front of them?
"What's up? You guys look like you have just seen a ghost," Kotori looked at the group with a smirk.
"Wait, you guys can see her?" Yui gasped out in shock once she had come into realization. "I thought I was the only one here who can see spirits! Even you shouldn't be able to see them, Himura!"
"But how is that possible?" asked Kouichi as Kotori got up and she smiled towards them.
"It's because of the Dream World. You see, you 3 got a strong spiritual sense after that mess from the Dream World made by that evil spirit of the Ring. Thanks to the Dream World, you received that special gift."
"You mean, we can see dead people?" asked Kouji, not sure whether to be ready for the answer.
"Not like that boy from movie, The Sixth Sense. Oh and yeah, I have a message for you two from your grandmother. She wants you to go see her," Kotori approached the brothers.
Once hearing this revelation, Kouichi smiled enthusiastically. Now he had a chance to see his grandmother again. Kouji wasn't so sure about this idea of seeing dead people but Kouichi tried to convince him that he might have a chance to see their grandmother.
"Have you seen our parents?" Yui asked Kotori directly. "I'm just curious..."
"Sorry, Yui-chan, a spirit guide already took them to the Spirit World. Also, today, a spirit guide will take me in there," Kotori announced right out of the blue.
"So, that means... This is going to be the last time we see each other?" Himura asked as Kotori nodded sadly.
"Yeah, but we have to continue with our own lives. Your parents would like you do that. Speaking of which, how's my Seadramon friend doing?"
"He's going to be fine. He's now living with the Dra-Warriors. He promised to me he would continue with his own life," Himura informed his friend of her digimon partner's current status. "As I promised, I will find your cousin and become his friend."
Then without warning, Kotori kissed Himura on the lips. Himura felt a sudden chill, but it didn't do harm to the boy. This was a good spirit he would always depend on. Kouichi and Kouji gasped in surprise as Yui just smiled fondly at the sight. It was an unexpected but yet a beautiful scene.
"I know you will be a good friend to him. Just don't mistake him for a girl like everybody else does. He hates when people do that," Kotori said as she immediately caught the movie theme from the movie, Ghost, playing in the background. "AND WHO'S THE IDIOT THAT IS SINGING THE GHOST THEME!"
Everybody turned around and they saw another ghost with a microphone and a guitar. It was a man who bore a striking resemblance to Patrick Swayze.
"Sorry, I couldn't resist!" the man chuckled.
Everybody sweat dropped directly at the young ghost. That was also unexpected. Then, they heard another voice. It was a familiar yet high-pitched voice.
"Ready to go, Miss Ayami?"
The voice belonged to none other than Botan. She was wearing her pink kimono and riding on her oar.
"Just a minute," Kotori tuned around.
She removed her goggles from her head and placed them on Himura's hands. The boy was really surprised when the goggles turned solid on his bare hands.
"It's a just a thing to remember me and a proof you need when you meet Phillipe."
Then, Kotori went towards to Botan and she hopped on her oar.
"Remember Himura, you're not a lone wolf anymore. Now you belong to a pack with a full of wolves. Bye! Bye!" Kotori smiled and waved out to the group.
With that said Botan and Kotori immediately took off into the sky above. Himura, Kouichi, Kouji and Yui waved goodbye as they watched them vanish out of thin air. They were off to the Spirit World in a flash. Himura looked down at Kotori's goggles with a warm smile. He could feel the things will be going better forwards on.
"HEY! WHAT ABOUT ME!" whined the ghost singer. "I DON'T WANT TO STAY HERE ANYMORE!"
Himura looked directly into the heavens and smiled, "Thank you for everything, Kotori. I promise to live the rest of my life at its fullest. Take care now, my friend."
"Yeah, that's for sure. Since then, Himura would be one of our closest friends. The lone wolf has indeed become a one amongst a huge pack. Whenever he needs us, we'll be there for him. But that pretty much seals all of the problems he and Yui have undergone. As for Inumon and Dark Gabumon, well they're still arguing over who will have the last TV dinners from the fridge. Inumon still has a thing for Renamon even though she won't admit it herself..."
"Ok, guys! It's my turn! Yusuke Urameshi here to give you the heads up! One day after the Shadow Tournament, it appeared everything would return to normal. Well, since I'm a Spirit Detective, I'll never get a break! Who's to say that I will have it easy? As soon as we all returned home, I was confronted by an old enemy of the past. I had now come to a realization that I must participate in yet another tournament called the Dark Tournament. Whatever the hell that is, but you're about to find out."
Yusuke Urameshi found himself standing at the center of a construction building. Standing on the opposite side of him was a tall, man. This man was massive in height and stature. His face seemed rather aged with a pair of shades covering his eyes and his hair similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. The man was wearing a green coat, blue jeans and black boots. The Spirit Detective was going face to face with a demon, whom he thought he had defeated previously with Kuwabara. This took place during the rescue of Yukina.
This old, supposedly dead enemy of Yusuke's is a demon named Toguro.
The first to speak amongst the silence was Toguro, who had a deep, menacing yet calm voice.
"You didn't think you had defeated me? Money had decided that fight long before you even entered that mansion," Toguro spoke up. "But don't be disappointed. You just might have a chance to fight me on fair terms and get not so easily crushed."
Yusuke could only scoff at this 'petty' threat and growl with annoyance, "Why don't you just get to the point? I've got better things to do with my time than waste it with you!"
However, it was apparent that Yusuke was slightly afraid. It was visibly obvious with his arms trembling. Toguro sensed the aura of fear from the boy and smiled with amusement.
"So, you are afraid of me."
"What? More like amused if you ask me!"
"There's no one here to impress Yusuke," the demon stated as he removed his green coat to reveal his muscular upper body. "I can see your entire body is trembling. The ability to fear your enemies is one of your greatest strengths. It forces you to reach your potential. But you haven't been scared enough. You need some motivation, and that's why I came here to show you... MY TRUE POWER!"
As soon as he said this, Toguro roared out and released a purple, demonic aura around his body. The Spirit Detective stood his ground as he was feeling a similar power from this guy as he did with Pharaohmon before him.
"I only used twenty percent of my strength when I fought with you and your friend!" Toguro roared madly as the muscles on his body increased. "So, why don't I show you-"
Once his body increased slightly, Toguro quickly smashed through one concrete pillar with his right fist. The pillar was shattered into tiny rock debris from that one blow alone.
"There, that was sixty percent," Toguro said solemnly.
Then, Toguro wasn't finished. He leaped across and kicked through another pillar. The boy watched in horror as Toguro leaped across and punched through several more pillars around him. Yusuke immediately realized that there weren't anymore pillars to keep the collapsing ceiling from falling on top of him. The boy gasped out in disbelief as it started coming down upon him. Toguro was quick to throw out invisible ki barriers to shatter the falling debris.
However, it wasn't long before the whole building started coming down. It collapsed in a matter of seconds and created a massive dust cloud in the process. It seemed like forever since this, but then dusk broke out across the city.
Hours passed since then and there seemed to be nothing left from the pile of debris. Not life activity from either Yusuke or Toguro. However, there was a sudden movement and a hand emerged from underneath the pile. The Spirit Detective pushed a huge rock slab off his back and panted heavily under his breath. He couldn't believe he had managed to survive that. He should have been dead. Once again, luck had saved Yusuke from another near-death experience.
However, he wasn't the only one who survived. He looked ahead to find a familiar shadow standing behind the dissipating debris cloud. It was definitely Toguro. While Yusuke had some cuts and marks on his body, Toguro was completely unscathed.
"Son of a... He's alive!" Yusuke barely could manage to utter a word.
"Understand this is the last time I will save your life."
Yes, that pretty much confirmed it. Toguro did in fact save Yusuke's life there. The boy would have died underneath the falling debris had Toguro not been there. Toguro saw great interest in Yusuke and letting him die would have been a wasted opportunity.
Once Yusuke backed away with a shocked glare, Toguro instantly phased out. Yusuke gasped out but not long before he felt Toguro reappear behind him instantly.
"Two months from now, a martial arts competition will be taking place."
"Oh? A martial arts tournament...? Sounds like... fun... Yeah..." Yusuke stuttered with fear in his voice and sweat dripping across his face.
Basically, Yusuke wanted to piss himself scared.
"It's called the Dark Martial Arts Tournament," Toguro continued on. "It's organized by greedy human crime lords and drawing on the most vile demons from the Makai World. Each criminal gathers a team of five fighters, and the teams battle to the death. The humans enter for the gambling and the entertainment. Demons fight for blood, and the chance to win the grand prize. You and Kuwabara are special guests in this tournament. If you refuse, I will immediately kill you and everyone close to you. If you want to survive these fights, get stronger."
With that message delivered Toguro methodically walks off and leaps off onto the street below. He landed on his feet without losing a step and started walking down the street.
Yusuke fell to his knees and trembled not just out of fear, but also out of anger. He had just recently come back from the Shadow Tournament and the crap from Pharaohmon. Now, one day has passed, and he has been just challenged to yet another tournament. This time Yusuke would be a main attraction against Makai's deadliest and most vile demons, including Toguro himself. Beads of sweat dripped across his face as he felt butterflies in his stomach. There was no refusal to this challenge or that meant death to him and to those close to him.
"Damn it... I just got back from the Shadow Tournament and that crap Pharaohmon put us through... Now this! The Dark Tournament! Stupid Yusuke...! You got so scared around him you couldn't even freakin' move!" Yusuke said thought but not long as he cursed himself out. "Damn it, Yusuke! He's going to kick your stupid ass!"
Yusuke wasn't the only one scared. Looking from a nearby railway, Kuwabara was trembling just as much as Yusuke was. He couldn't even believe what had just occurred.
"What's going on here?" Kuwabara said while trembling violently. "I thought we killed him!"
Elsewhere, Toguro had already walked past the construction zone and picked up his green coat. He walked calmly down the street and stopped. Feeling out two demonic Ki, he looked up to find two figures looking down carefully. It was Kurama and Hiei.
"I assume from your dismal faces that you've been invited to the competition as well," Toguro stated promptly. "On Urameshi's team, no doubt. Demons who side with humans will get no sympathy."
"You're wrong, Toguro. Sympathy has never been a part of those fights," Kurama retorted.
"Well, as you know the teams are made of five, so you'll have to recruit another fighter," Toguro finished as he placed his green coat back on and walked off into the city streets. "For your sake I hope you find someone useful."
Kurama watched Toguro depart into the city and directed a question to Hiei, "So? What is our chance?"
"Don't ask," was all Hiei could say as he walked off from the roof side and departed into the city.
"Well, there you have it! The wonderful life of Yusuke Urameshi! Give me a freaking break! I just got back from the Shadow Tournament and now I'm forced to enter this competition? Needless to say, the next six months are going to be hell. My four partners on the five-man team will include Kuwabara, Hiei, Kurama and the masked fighter. Who exactly is this masked fighter? Well, you're about to find out. Be sure to check out the fun, drama and action as we kick into gear with the upcoming Dark Tournament! Yeah, hopefully this will make me stronger cause if I ever fight Toguro again, I'm screwed. Dark Tournament, here we come!"
"Yugi Muto here and what can I say? We've all returned to our normal lives after the Shadow Tournament. The Kaiba Brothers returned back to America to start establishing that Kaiba Theme Park they've always wanted to build. Duke left back to America to continue his Dungeon Dice Monsters tour and Mai returned to America to explore the beautiful cities. Once she had said her goodbyes to Joey, we never heard another word from her. But, I have a hunch we will meet again. As for me and my four friends, Tea, Tristan, Joey and Bakura, well, back to school we go... Yay. Though I am still weary of Bakura these days..."
The King of Games looked across the sunrise from his school's balcony. He overheard Joey calling out towards him.
"Hey, Yug! First period is about to start any minute!" Joey exclaimed.
"Yeah, I sure don't want to be late that's for sure!" Yugi called back and rushed towards the door.
"Yugi, I am happy we managed to survive that encounter with Pharaohmon. We once again saved humanity from another dark threat. However, I have a bad feeling that another threat maybe on the horizon. Who could it be? There's no telling, but we must be prepared at any cost."
"I managed to get a call from Lance the day after the tournament. As it turned out, his parents were released from the hospital. They'll be flying out back to America to visit Kaiba to discuss the release of the newly upgraded duel disk systems. I'm so happy Lance managed to reconcile with himself and his parents. We look forward to seeing him again and there are absolutely no hard feelings directed towards him. We all knew Pharaohmon used him as his mind control puppet. As for me, it's back to normal life as usual. That is until the threat Yami warned me about would soon come. A while later, the threat of a man named Dartz became known, then we traveled into the Millennium Puzzle to retrieve the Pharaoh's memory, but those are stories for another day. This is Yugi Muto speaking and signing out."
"Hello, everyone. In case you don't know who I am, allow me to reintroduce myself. My name Rei Hino. I have another persona, though: Sailor Mars. I am a part of a heroic vigilante group known as the Sailor Senshi. As soon as we returned from the Digital World, it was back to our normal lives. Pharaohmon was gone thanks to my finishing blow. I felt much better knowing that I dealt the final blow to that damn demon. Haruka, Michiru, Setsuna and Hotaru all left back to the outskirts of Tokyo. However, they would come by to visit us a few times per month. Ami stayed with us for a week but returned back to America. She and Vega got to know each other a little better with a dinner get together before her departure. I must say, it's about time Ami found herself the right guy for her...
What about Minako, Makoto and myself? Well, we've returned back to school life as usual. Out of the three of us, only Minako is unemployed. However, she's now attempting to try out for an Idol contest, similar to American Idol and we all know Minako would do her best to become Japan's best. Makoto returned back to help tend with the restaurant she co-owns. As for me, I'm schooling and working at the Hikawa Shrine with my grandfather and Yuuchirou. I introduced my sister to them and they were thrilled to finally see her. Surprisingly, I did not receive a call from my 'wonderful' father... Yeah, that was sarcasm there. I guess he doesn't realize his daughter was gone. Ha, well, he's about to receive a call from his beloved first daughter. It's time for a rude awakening, daddy!"
Hikawa Shrine/8:05 P.M.
Rei Hino lay back on her bed inside her room. It had been a while since she had returned back to her own slumber since she commutes with Minako and Makoto in Shibuya. She got up from the bed and looked ahead to find Cammy sitting down. The two sisters were rather silent for a few minutes.
"Oh, Cammy, we're both pretty filthy, aren't we?" Rei wiped her face. "Yeah, we could both use some baths after that long walk across the Digital World."
"I don't know. I kind of like being dirty," Cammy giggled.
"Oh, you nasty little girl," Rei teased her sister and rubbed her finger across. "Oh yeah, you need a bath!"
"Oh no I don't..."
"You're stinky, too!"
The two sisters shared a heartfelt laugh with one another. Cammy was the first to get undressed as she stripped her shirt off. Then, Rei immediately caught glimpse of a truly grotesque and heart shattering sight. She gasped out in horror once she caught a glimpse of red welt marks across Cammy's back. It was no wonder Cammy would always change her clothes in privacy. Cammy had just realized what she had done and covered herself.
"Rei! Oh no! It's not what you think!" Cammy gasped and backed herself against the wall.
"Oh my god... Oh my god..." Rei's eyes started to tear up as painful memories were playing in her mind. "Cammy... How did you get those marks?"
"How did you get them...?"
Cammy couldn't bring herself to tell her sister the truth. It was very painful for her to reveal the reason for the welts. Rei kneeled over to her sister and placed her hands on her sister's shoulders gently.
"Cammy, please tell me. I need to know... Did father do this? Don't be afraid to tell me the truth," Rei whispered. "If he did this to you, I'll be sure to straighten this out."
"Father did this to me... He... He thinks I'm always getting in the way of his work... He wants me to keep a good self-image... If I don't, he beats me... Even my mommy tried to stop him... She can't... I try my best to make a good impression and yet he still beats me... Oh, sister... It's horrible... I don't even see him as a real father..."
"So, that's it then? Father did this to you?" Rei frowned and cursed under her breath. "That son of a bitch has gone too far..."
Realizing what she had said, Rei pressed Cammy close to her and gently held the little girl like a mother would protect her child. She had undergone the same trauma Cammy was experiencing now. It was reliving a past Rei had wish she had completely wanted to forget. If anything, she wants Cammy to live a happier childhood and not deal with such heart breaking trauma. It was because of her father beating her and leaving her to pursue his political career that caused her to be bitter in the first place. Needless to say, Rei's relationship with her father was icy and has been for the past decade.
"You stay right here, Cammy. I'm going to make a quick phone call. Ok? You just stay right there."
"Yeah, I understand..."
Giving a smile to her sister, Rei sat up and walked out of the room. Once she left the room, her smile turned into a cold, hardened stare. Her eyes were now burning with furious anger.
She opened up a cupboard to find the list of phone numbers. Right at the center was the highlighted number of a Hiroaki Hino. Rei pulled out her cell phone and dialed up the man's number. Gripping the phone tightly, she was anxious to let her father have it for what she's about to say. It was not going to be pretty that's for sure.
"Hello, front desk of the Dietman Hino, speaking. May I ask who I am speaking to?"
"This is his eldest daughter, Rei. I would like to speak to him."
"Ms. Hino? It's been a long-"
"Let me speak with my father, please."
"Yes, Ms. Hino. Please hold..."
The raven-haired girl sat down on the table with her cell phone in her right ear and fiddling with a pen next to her. There was soft music playing in the background through the waiting line, which needless to say did not calm the fiery girl. She grabbed the pen and was summoning enough strength to break it. Finally, a successful connection was made to Dietman Hino himself.
"Hello, Dietman Hino speaking..."
"Hello there, father," Rei responded calmly despite the slight venom in her voice.
"Rei... My daughter? Is that you? It's been such a long time since we've spoken..."
"I'm sure it has daddy. I'm not here to speak to you to reconcile old times. I'm calling you concerning my sister."
"Cammy? Wait, is she there with you...? I've been searching for her for days. You mean to tell me actually is there with you...?"
"Oh, thank goodness. I'm glad she's safe with you and not kidnapped. I'll be sending a flight over to pick her up and drop her off back-"
"No, you can stop right there, dad. As far as I'm concerned, you no longer have any claim on that poor child."
"Of course, I do. She is my daughter..."
"And I'm your first daughter! Need I remind you that you LEFT me behind to pursue your damn political career, dearest Dietman! You left me after physically abusing me and never helping mother through her illness! She claimed it was illness, but after many years, I just don't see it that way anymore. She died obviously of a broken heart because you left her, too! Sure, you did come to the funeral but after that, barely a word or mention from you!"
"Rei, I'm a very busy man. I hope you understand this..."
"No, even the busiest of parents would return every now and then to see their families, especially for the holidays. You could have sent me a card or called me to wish me a happy birthday. You've only done that once on my sixteenth birthday by taking me to dinner, but that's all..."
"Where are you trying to get at? This is going nowhere."
"The bruises and the welts... I found them on Cammy's back when she was getting dressed. I was horrified when I saw that. You know what that reminded me of? Hmmm? Me, father! You physically beat me because you saw women completely inferior to your status! You beat me to make an example of your philosophy! I once trusted you and you broke the sacred family trust! I figured you would have seen the error of your ways and changed for the better. But, once I saw the welts on Cammy, I was proven wrong. I feel like such an idiot to believe an asshole like you will ever change."
Rei felt tears dripping across her face as she choked up. The first daughter was letting her father know how she was feeling and releasing all of her suppressed emotions. Dietman Hino, needless to say, was silent in shock. Yes, he was caught red-handed.
"Rei... Please, try to..."
"Understand! I've understood enough! I don't even want to KNOW you anymore! You make me sick to my stomach! First me, then Cammy and I'll bet you beat Cammy's mother, do you? My step mother in case you've forgotten! Cammy told me she's just like my mother, your first wife!"
"What's the matter, dad? Do you get a real turn-on when you hit women? Yeah, it makes you a big man, doesn't it? You're so pathetic," Rei spat out ferociously. "It's no wonder I've never had any interest in dating guys, because I'm scared that any one of them will turn out just like you! It's a good thing, too, because I wouldn't want my child to undergo the same trauma that myself and Cammy have gone through. It's sad when a child has to deal with that. No, here's what I propose. Since I'm going to be nineteen this month, I'm an adult and I have the right to gain custody of a child. Which means I want custody of Cammy since I feel she will be more comfortable leaving in a safer environment with me than you!"
"You can't... Even if you can take me to court, I will not let you gain custody of Cammy. She's my daughter..."
"Well, consider yourself childless as far as I'm concerned. I'm taking your ass to court and there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me!" Rei growled intensely and smashed the pen against the table. "Enough is enough, fa- No. As far as I'm concerned, I have no father! My mother is gone to a better place, but I've never had a father. You're simply Dietman Hino in my view. Now, you name the time and place where we can settle this. I'll be waiting here for you, Dietman Hino. Cammy will be much safer with me and will not have to deal with a monster like you! I will defeat the big, bad monster for her!"
"Rei, please reconsider this. You're going too far..."
"Gone too far? No, I'm just getting started! Cammy will be with me and she's much happier to be at her beloved sister's side. My friends are in agreement with me. Won't they be disgusted to know how much a man the Dietman really is once I tell them about what you've done to Cammy? I know Usagi would be disgusted in you."
"No, don't do this..."
"Sorry, but there is no turning back, Dietman, consider the court date set for sometime early this month. I will see you there and you had better be ready for the evidence I'm going to present. I think Cammy and I will be all the proof the judge needs to hand me custody of my sister."
"To think my own daughter is taking me to court over such a petty reason. You are going too far with this..."
"Pitiful, you're in denial, Dietman. Well, here's a little reality check... I HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN YET!" Rei screamed out through the phone. "GOODBYE!"
Once she vented out her anger, Rei turned off her cell phone and slammed it down on the table. She couldn't believe she had said all of that. First Pharaohmon and now this. All of that anger and frustration is building up inside her heart. She sat down on the chair, trembled violently and poured her face against her right hand. Tears came pouring down from her eyes.
"Oh my god... I can't believe I said all of that... I can't believe it..."
Then, without warning, Rei felt her heart stop beating for a second and sensed a sudden chill across her back. She lifted her face up and looked herself in the mirror. Her face was a mess with dirt and dried tears. Suddenly, she noticed an abnormal occurrence through the mirror. Her gorgeous purple eyes changed and emitted a bright, crimson glow. This had happened before in her nightmare when she faced that mysterious, demonic entity. She jumped back and felt spooked from this supposedly supernatural occurrence.
"What was that just now...? My eyes just glowed and now... Maybe it was just my imagination. No, I saw this happen to me in that nightmare Belial Myotismon presented me. Will that dream come true? No, it was just an illusion. There is no dark side inside of me. Is there...? No, I'm the Senshi of Mars and Rei Hino. I'm nobody else. Oh, I have to think this through... How am I going to win custody of Cammy?"
Rei spun around to find Cammy standing out in front of the room. The child had a worried look on her face. Rei crawled over towards her beloved sister and hugged her. More tears poured down Rei's eyes as she pressed Cammy closer.
"Cammy, I promise I'll be the best guardian I can be."
"You've already proven that to me, sister. I know I can depend on you."
"Yes, and I want what's best for you. Understand?"
"Of course, I do..."
"Good..." Rei whispered and smiled. "Then, would you feel better living with me?"
"Are you kidding...? Of course I'd be much happier, Rei. You're the best sister I've ever had."
"Silly, you're the only sister I've ever had," the elder sister held the younger one close to her. "Don't worry, Cammy. I will always protect you, no matter what. I vow to be watch over you at all costs, as Rei Hino and as Sailor Mars. I will do my best to ensure you are happy."
"From that day forth I lived up to my promise to Cammy-chan. I settled this with my father in court and showed them the evidence they need. Once I showed them the welts Cammy and I received, they were convinced that fa- Excuse me, Dietman Hino, would no longer have any custody over Cammy. Even his wife agreed to let Cammy stay with me. I vowed to give Cammy a suitable living environment. As soon as she settled in the shrine, we came closer than we've ever been. Though, I'll admit its pretty tough having a kid around. It's definitely hard work, but it's paying off. Cammy is happier than she's ever been. My friends have already grown to love her. In just a few months, she'll be attending a school I've helped enroll her in. Needless to say, these next few months will be great yet complicated. Just recently, that Hiei guy has been seen on our shrine grounds. I don't know what he's up to, but I'm keeping a close eye out for him. He may have rescued me out of the detonating stadium, but I can't bring myself to entirely trust him. Oh well, we'll see how everything plays from here.
However, just when I thought everything would turn all right, some things haven't been looking too bright. Lately, I've been having these visions and my fire readings are showing me images. Rather disturbing ones. I really hope this will all settle down, but my conscious is telling me that something bad maybe heading our way. I hope I'm wrong... This is Rei Hino signing out."
Shibuya/Local McDonalds/8:15 P.M.
"Yo, this is Takuya Kanbara speaking! How's it going, dudes and dudettes? Well, one day removed and Pharaohmon had bit the dust! Who would have thought we'd be alive after all of that crap we've been through? Well, tonight we're celebrating with good ol' McDonalds burgers! I can tell you that we're going to gorge down like pigs! Oh in case you're wondering, it's just me, Izumi, Junpei and Tomoki. Kouichi and Kouji are off seeing their mother right now. Vega and Dimitro are off training in the mountains somewhere. Jaarin's home with her family and Sam's commuting with a cousin of his. Well, I can safely say that nothing's happened since the Shadow Tournament with us, Legendary Warriors. No threat has shown its ugly rear in either Digital World. The only thing we're not looking forward to is returning to school. What a bummer..."
Takuya and the rest of the Legendary Warriors, excluding Jaarin, Vega, Sam and Dimitro, were sitting at a table while gorging down on their hamburgers. They were immediately reminded of how well the Burgermon's burgers were.
"Hey, Takuya, you know what I've just found from the magazine store earlier?" Junpei said as he pulled out a magazine.
However, as Izumi caught a glimpse of the cover, her eyes widened out in shock. Junpei held it out right in front of Takuya. The goggle head's mouth dropped at the sight. On the front cover were both Izumi and Rei in bikinis. Yes, this was from the same photoshoot they received, which in truth was a trap, laid out by Felinismon.
"OH. MY. GOD!" was all Izumi had to scream out.
The restaurant suddenly became silent after Izumi's sudden outburst. The girl slightly blushed out of embarrassment and sat down in her chair. Izumi quickly grabbed the magazine from Junpei and glared at the two boys darkly.
"Did you two look inside...?"
"Um, no, we didn't..." Junpei and Takuya both gulped.
"I hope you're right because I won't be showing you two any mercy if I find out you were peeping!" Izumi warned them.
"Ok, we get it," Takuya sighed while sipping his orange soda.
"I'll never understand those guys," Tomoki shrugged and took a bite out of his hamburger.
"Well, fortunately for us, we got to live and were spared from Izumi's wrath. As I said, nothing much has happened. Bokomon and Neemon are in the Digital World in Seraphimon's palace. But, just in case there's trouble, they'll know who to call. No, not the Ghostbusters, but the Legendary Warriors. That's who! Ha, sorry I sometimes like to crack myself up. Until then, take care guys!"
D-Tamers Digital World/Phoenixmon Mountain Range
Looking on from the far off horizon on the mountain valley were three ominous figures. Two of which were unknown but the third was rather familiar. They all held binoculars and caught a glimpse of a massive smoke cloud from where the Phoenix Arena was left in ruins. The first to put down his binoculars was the first cloaked figure. He removed his hood and was revealed as a black dragon-like dinosaur. Basically, he was the darker version of Takato's Guilmon. Only this one was slightly larger in size, about the size of an average child.
"Ah, so, Pharaohmon has fallen...?" the dark Guilmon grunted. "Humph, well, looks like we will just have to pick up where he left off. Better yet, we will do something that he advises against: finding the seven pieces of Valmarmon and reviving the Great Demon God, for he always feared Valmarmon!"
"But, BlackGuilmon, there is an obstacle. Where are the seven pieces? It will take us decades for us to find all seven. We will need to search for advanced tracking devices," the second hooded figure replied as he unveiled himself as a humanoid black dragon.
"Patience my dear Atolmdramon," the familiar face of General Scorpionus replied.
"It's a good thing we managed to collect a sample from your original heart and cloned you right away as you asked," BlackGuilmon stated. "Thanks to my brilliant genius of course..."
"Yes and I feel much stronger than I've ever been. Those Senshi only managed to destroy a weaker and more broken down version of myself. With the proper training, it'll be a pleasure for me to eliminate those human wenches!"
"Well, that's good and all, but we will need your help if we hope to locate the seven pieces," BlackGuilmon replied as he activated a tracking device. "The devices we have can only pinpoint faint locations. We will need to find upgrades soon or all will be lost."
"So, what now?" Atolmdramon asked.
"We search for allies. I know where Demon and his group are fleeing. We can meet with them there and organize an alliance," BlackGuilmon suggested. "It'll be a matter of time before we reach our goal. Atolmdramon, have patience. I promise that our goal will be complete."
"I hope so, for your sake, BlackGuilmon," Atolmdramon snorted in annoyance. "Pharaohmon is gone and I don't wish to be categorized with that failure."
"Well, we better move out soon. The Sovereigns will no doubt send troops to scout the areas. I heard the Dra-Warriors themselves have volunteered to be their security officers," General Scorpionus stated. "If we're caught, our plans will never come to fruition and I doubt neither one of you will want to be thrown in the Dark Area."
"Good point," BlackGuilmon nodded. "Let's move!"
As the trio nodded in agreement, they hopped aboard their hovercraft bikes and took off into the far distance. Their first priority was to locate Demon and his group above all else. Then, they are to find more advanced tracking devices to help them on their quest to find the seven pieces of the Demon God, Valmarmon; they hoped to revive him and spread chaos across the Digital Worlds.
Elsewhere from a far distance
Watching the trio escape on their hover bikes, the same hooded figure who helped Belial Myotismon kept his eyes on the trio. A pair of golden, yellow eyes dimmed through the darkness underneath the hood. Those same haunting eyes were enough to send chills to the bravest of men.
He turned away and pulled out a pentagram pendant from out of his pocket.
"So, Pharaohmon has fallen. This is just as I predicted. Part one of the prophecy has been fulfilled. It's all going according to what I am hoping for. The second part to the prophecy will soon be coming up shortly."
The figure walked over to a crystal orb and waved it over his hand. An image of the trio was displayed through it and seeing them made the hooded figure chuckle.
"Yes, find the seven pieces all you want fools, you're only helping me fulfill the prophecy. For even Valmarmon will not know what will hit him!" the hooded figure chuckled. "Until then, we will just have to see how everything sets out."
No doubt about it. This guy was trouble and there was no telling what unspeakable horrors he has in store in the future events. What's this about a prophecy? Only time will tell.
Once everything had been settled, every lost soul was retrieved and returned back to the Underworld. This included the data of Wardevidramon, Basilikmon, Ryuukoutsuseimon, numerous Scrabmon, Icedevimon and many more of Pharaohmon's men. However, Pharaohmon's data hasn't been collected. It is said his soul was sent into a dark abyss.
Anubimon knew he had a job to fulfill. Once he arrived back in his office and opened his door, a large mountain pile of papers COLLAPSED right on top of him! The Underworld lord struggled to free himself from the heavy piles and emerged out while trying to breath.
"ACK! MAN! Here I am revived and now I return back with all these papers! All right, maybe it wasn't such a good idea to leave the Underworld. No more vacations for me for a long time..."
Just then, a young female figure walked in and knocked on his door. Her outfit appeared to be similar to that worn by one of the Sailor Senshi. She immediately cleared her throat.
"Um, excuse me, Lord Anubimon?" a female called out to him in the background.
"Hum...? Oh hello, it's good to finally see you. How was your trip to that alternate dimension involving that future boy...?"
"It went just fine. Though, he's still fighting off the Artificial threats in his time period. He's left in a different timeline of that same universe to help his comrades against their enemies."
"I see. Well, it seems you did a wonderful job to motivate the boy. Now, you can stick around here and help me out with my work."
"Question, when will I see them?"
"Them... As in the Sailor Senshi?"
"Soon, my dear. You will meet them. Won't they be surprised to see you."
"Yes..." the girl giggled. "I'll wait a little longer, Lord Anubimon. There is no rush."
"Ok, then. You can hang around here until the time is right for you to introduce yourself to them."
"Thank you, Lord Anubimon."
"Now, let's get to work!" Anubimon pulled out his stamp to begin sealing all of the paperwork to confirm the status of every soul set to be judged.
"Right!" the girl cheered in response to the Underworld lord.
Okinawa Beach/9:10 P.M.
Standing around the beach and looking out into the beautiful night skies was Takato Matsuda. He had made himself a fire out of several logs for him and Guilmon to munch on roasted marshmallows. They decided they would make this a great opportunity to take it easy for a day or two before Takato returns back to school. Of course, there's still make-up homework for Takato to receive.
"Yep and that's me, Takato Matsuda. I guess you can call me the main hero of this whole crazy adventure. Guilmon and I left for my cousin's home at Okinawa Beach. Call it a mini-vacation. The other Tamers are back home and taking a day off since the Shadow Tournament. From what I heard Kazu and Kenta are out looking for the latest Duel Monsters cards. No doubt they are supping up their decks. Felinismon moved in with Jeri and her family. She serves as a waitress under the human disguise known as 'Felicia'. Terriermon is still making wise-crack jokes again while Henry, Jaarin, Lopmon and Suzie are left to laugh at his attempts in becoming a full time stand up comedian. Good luck with that, buddy. Impmon and Calumon are back to their usual antics in the city. Himura and Yui are doing much better than I hoped. Inumon and Dark Gabumon are both resting from the tournament, especially Inumon. Yamaki and his crew are rebuilding the damage at their secret headquarters, Hypnos. Ryo and Cyberdramon left town to find some lost friend of theirs. Hope everything goes well for those two. As for Rika and Renamon, well..."
"Hey, goggle head!" a familiar voice called out.
This immediately forced Takato to jump to his feet and look ahead to find a red-haired girl with the usual tomboyish appearance. Rika glared down Takato with a serious glare and approached him.
"Rika... How... I didn't expect you to show up..."
As Rika raised her hand, Takato cowered and shielded his face. Suddenly, she stopped and gave him a pat on his head. The boy stopped for a moment with a confused look and stared directly at Rika.
"Um, Rika...? Hey, what was that for?" Takato asked in confusion. "I had expected you to slap the taste out of my mouth."
"Why would I want to do that?" Rika smiled as she sat down on the sand.
"Um, so you came alone?"
"I'm afraid not, Takato," Renamon instantly appeared behind the goggle head.
This sudden appearance caused Takato to jump back and fall butt first against the sand. Renamon merely chuckled to herself and kneeled over next to the fireplace.
"Having a relaxing time, goggle head?"
"Um, well, yeah. You could say that. What brings you here?"
"Oh, nothing, just wanted to see what you're up to," Rika stared at the fireplace. "Besides, I needed to get away from town."
"I'm so glad this whole mess is over with. Now we can move on with our normal lives. Pharaohmon was sure a pain in the ass and he outlived his welcome if you ask me."
"Amen to that, Rika" Takato agreed as he eat a marshmallow. "Want a marshmallow?"
"No thanks. Besides, I didn't just come here to chit chat with you, Takato."
"Wow, no 'goggle head'?"
"You know it's only a pet nick name I always give you. No, I came here because I wanted to make sure you fulfilled your end of the bargain?"
"Um, what bargain? Am I missing something here?"
Rika annoyingly scoffed and grabbed a marshmallow from out of his bag, "I can't believe you've forgotten, goggle head. The promise you made! Remember?"
"Promise...? I don't seem to recall promise I made."
"Do I have to remind you? The duel? Our digimon card game that was stopped because of the rain? Hello?"
"Oh yeah! Now I remember!" Takato quickly nodded his head. "Yeah! You and I were dueling..."
"Wow, you're a fast one," Rika rolled her eyes and smiled. "It was stopped by the rain. I felt we should have picked off where we left off. So, what do you say, goggle head? Let's get this over with. I hope you brought your deck with you."
Takato smiled and reached down into his pockets, "You know I'm always prepared, Rika. Bring everything you've got to offer!"
The two best friends stood on opposite sides of the beach and faced each other off. Smiles crossed their faces and they pulled out their digimon cards. They were ready to finish up their duel as they had promised. Guilmon and Renamon watched as their only viewing audience.
"Ready for me to mop the floor with you, goggle head?"
"LET'S DO THIS!" Takato shouted out.
"And so that ends our story. The wrath of Pharaohmon is a thing of the past and we all prepare for what the future is in store for all of us. One thing is for sure, I'll be ready. For, soon, a BIG change will happen to each of us and it will be something we will never forget. This is Takato Matsuda, logging out! Peace!"
Takato: Hey, guys! Did you really think this was truly the end? Well, have we got news for you! We're not through yet by a long shot! Seven and a half months have passed since the Shadow Tournament! We get a glimpse from everyone since the event. Well, unfortunately, Yugi and his group won't be making an appearance for the next few episodes since they are still in America. Hopefully, we'll be hearing from them soon.
Yusuke: It's already been a month or two since the Dark Tournament's end. You're looking at the Dark Tournament champ and... What the! Yui, well, it's good to see you again, kid.
Yui: Yusuke! Kuwabara! We have to get my godmother to the hospital! She's giving birth to twins!
Yusuke & Kuwabara: WHAT!
Rei: What are these visions I'm receiving? Are they signs of things to come?
Cammy: Wow, I get to be in the same class with Yui. But who is this Aoshi boy?
Minako: If you guys thought my drunken self was hysterical, wait until you see me when I'm on a sugar rush! Looney Tunes galore!
Himura: Hello Phillipe, my name is Himura Tsubasa. I happen to know your cousin...
Phillipe: What? You know my cousin?
Kurama: Plus, we get a shadow glimpse of the new enemy, but his identity won't be revealed for now.
Inumon: The sequel series will be called The Invasion of the Rajita Empire, but the first episode will be entitled...
The Beginning of a New Chapter! The Reintroduction of Earth's Heroes!
Takuya: Don't miss out on the brand new, sequel series! It'll sure to be better than the Pharaohmon series! Twenty-eight episodes! What more can you ask for!
Indeed, Takuya, what more can you ask for? With that, I am happy to announce that the Pharaohmon series has reached its conclusion. It's been a long run, but it had to come to end. It was long overdue. :D
Now, you guys notice the girl who entered Anubimon's office? She mentioned a boy from the future. I can confirm it is NOT Trunks. It is a character from my Digimon Fusion series. This girl will be the one key that will actually connect this mega crossover series with my D-Fusion series. Sort of like how Ryo connects the Adventure-Tamers series in a way. Who is this girl? You'll just have to make a guess for yourselves:P Though, I would appreciate if you keep speculations at a minimum. Please, especially for those who haven't even read my D-Fusion series.
Well, before all else, I must give out credit where credit is definitely due.
As I've said before, this whole story is dedicated to my late-friend, Youkai Youko. The legacy of this series will continue in your honor. Thank you for everything my friend. God bless you.
I also want to give credit to LazerWulf, Ninetalesuk and Belletiger, the cousin of Youko. These three were my main contributors to the series and it was great working with them. I would have been in stuck with this series if it had not been for them. They helped out to contribute ideas and look over my work.
First, big thanks to LazerWulf for basically setting up the format/results/match order for both tournaments of the Shadow Tournament. He solely constructed the brackets, thought up the matches and picked out the winners. As for the duel tournament, he basically used the help of his Yu-Gi-Oh games to create the duels play by play. While some of the matches took a while for me to receive, they came out looking great. LazerWulf is also responsible for suggesting the whole Amazon love tradition for Athenamon, which resulted in her marriage to Omegamon. He even gave me some scenes to work with and add into my story, which was a big plus. This also included his Shadow Omegamon character debut! Awesome idea, LazerWulf! That is your character and it was my pleasure to work with him! He also has beta-read the series starting with the Shadow Tournament's beginning to the epilogue chapter. Thanks a lot, LazerWulf, buddy. I hope you're looking forward to my sequel. ;)
Ninetalesuk helped to write me up many humorous scenes, including those involving Labramon. Hell, he was the one who suggested adding Knuckles, Sonic, and Shadow from the Sonic X series into the Star Wars dream as cameo characters! That scene managed to add plenty of variety into my series! Also I want to thank him for allowing me to use his following characters: Metaldevidramon, Wardevidramon, Ninjadramon, Herodramon, Luzdramon, Panzerdramon, Galaxiadramon, Espritdramon, Kyodaidramon, Angedramon, Darkknightmon, Atolmdramon, the name of Valmarmon, the name of Granasmon, Gallantmon Shining Mode, Ninetalesuk's version of Labramon and the cheese-burger loving Skull Satanmon, Inferno and Berus.
Belletiger, and respectively Youkai Youko, were also great contributors to this series. They also introduced to me some unique but wonderful characters of theirs. In fact, it was these two who contributed many romantic, angsty and comedic moments. Some of these wonderful scenes include the flashback of Himura meeting Kotori in the Underworld, Kotori's death, Himura meeting Kotori in the dream world, the entire Star Wars dream, ideas for the Sailor Senshi's worst nightmares, many of funny moments involving Inumon, Joey's talk with Mai in the locker room, etc. Those two really did a lot to make this story better than I had hoped. Even though Youko is gone, Belletiger vowed to stick around and help me through difficult times. We both want to continue this series for Youko and for each of you. Also I want to thank her and the late-Youko for allowing me to use their following characters: Himura & Yui Tsubasa, Inumon & his evolutions (KouInumon, Hell Inumon & Youkai Inumon), their version of Dark Gabumon/Shadow Metalgarurumon, Nemesis, the concept of the Digital Underworld & Paradise, Basilikmon, Kotori Ayami, the mention of Phillipe, Athenamon, Jaguarmon, Mizuno/Sirendramon, the three Huskymon sisters (Huskymon, Shadow Huskymon & Bellehuskymon) and the Katsuya family (Himura & Yui's godparents).
Also thanks to Wolfbane420 for his Vega James Hunter character and his love for Ami Mizuno. :D Thanks to Winged Knight for his Sam Joseph character. Thank you Cavecat for you allowing me to use your Socramon character. Last but certainly not least, a big shout-out to every reviewer that has taken the time to read this story and send a review. You guys helped to motivate me to continue this story for nearly two years. In fact, many of you have become familiarized with my Digimon Fusion, my first highly successful series.
These following characters/ideas rightfully belong to me: Pharaohmon's demon forms, Cammy Sakura Hino/the Digital Priestess, Brimstone, Scrabmon, General Scorpionus, the Scorpionites, Super Scrabmon, Aspmon, Babimon, Horusmon, Felinismon, Ryuukoutsuseimon, the cloaked figure who arrived at Hohou Temple, Lance Canebrook and his family, Dimitro, Onyxmon, the Hell Hockey monster, the outfits for the Ninja Senshi, the girl who appeared to assist Anubimon, and the dark figure in Rei's dream (who will be in the sequel at some point).
To tell you the truth, it was all thanks to my Digimon Fusion series success that gave birth to this series. I seriously wanted to try out a true anime crossover. But it would be one that wasn't a disappointment and TRULY lived up to its name. It looks like I've really pulled it off. I first thought about writing this series as soon as I began my D-Fusion Artificial/Virus and D-Tamers: Unite/Dark Magimon/D-Reaper Rewrites. In fact, some of the most notable of the anime heroes in this series made cameo appearances throughout my D-Fusion: D Tamers series. Once I completed my rewrites, I began to write this series. I didn't expect it to start off big and end with a bang. I was like 'Wow, these guys really like it.' Looks like it worked with great success.
I hope that my sequel will do just as good if not BETTER than this series. Even with only 28 chapters planned, I will still write the long 18,000 to 25,000 word chapters (Maybe a few close to 30,000 word chapters). Wish me luck and please send me more reviews. I want it to at least beat the number of reviews this series had and you guys can make it all possible. Tell all of your friends and pen pals about this series. It's a crossover, IMO, done RIGHT!
This is a series especially for the Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sailor Moon and Yu Yu Hakusho fans!
Before I go, I want to give more credit where credit is due. That's for the professionals of each of these respective titles. The Digimon anime and manga are done by Toei Animation, Tokyopop and Saban. Akiyoshi Hongo is the genius behind the Digimon concept. The Digimon Tamers series is a concept created by Chiaki J. Konaka (creator for Serial Lain Experiment, Big O, Hellsing and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040). The Digimon Frontier series is a concept created by Yukio Kowizawa. Yu-Gi-Oh anime/manga series is copyright of Kazuki Takahashi, 4Kids Entertainment and KidsWB. Sailor Moon is a series copyright of Toei Animation and Naoko Takeuchi-Togashi. Yu Yu Hakusho is copyright of Yoshihiro Togashi and FUNImation. Some of the other canon digimon characters are based exclusively from the Digimon Adventure/Zero Two series, which are concepts of Hiriyuki Kakudo.
Oh, before all else, I've included a survey you guys could fill out based on the entirety of this series. I did this for my Digimon Fusion's main sagas, including the Millenniumon Saga. Anyhow, here goes, this is a TOP 7 list. So pick out seven for each category.
Top Male Characters:
Top Female Characters:
Top Digimon Characters:
Top Male/Female Villains:
Top Humor Moments:
Top Sad/Angsty Moments:
Top Overall Favorite Moments:
Top Shocking/Unexpected Twists:
Top Darkest/Scariest Moments:
Final Thoughts on the series:
Well, that wraps up everything with credits and such. I hope you guys enjoyed The Wrath of Pharaohmon and enjoy my longest-lasting villains finally get what he deserved! ;) Now, I'm ready to begin my sequel after I settle in with school and when I have time. Don't worry though; the first chapter will be up sooner than you know it:D
Until then, peace out everyone! Good luck with school and such. You're going to need it. :P