A.N.: Well people, I'm glad to say that we've finally reached the last chapter of this story. I'm also sad, because it's been an enriching journey, seeing where this story went. It has become more unpredictable and complex that I had originally intended, but hey, as long as you people love it, who cares? Anyway…
At the end of this fic there will be a questionnaire, with our two protagonists give me a Q & A. If you're interested to see how this fic developed, and what I've got planned next, then stay tuned, otherwise, you can leave whenever…
Now my peeps, it's time to precede to the last chapter. Let's begin!
Italicized words: Thoughts, or sometimes the narrative…and there will be a song inputted later…
Bold words: Might be pointing out certain words, like Japanese words.
Bold italicized words: The thoughts of Takeru's dark side.
Disclaimer: I don't own Digimon whatsoever. I also don't own "True" by Ryan Cabrera.
Synopsis: Last time we left our protagonists, Hikari was asked out by Mark. It had been some time since Hikari and Takeru had decided to keep their relationship as it currently was, but Hikari now wanted to move to the next level. However, after Mark's invitation, Hikari was stuck, having to debate whether to go with him or not. After heavy consideration, Hikari accepted Mark's offer, but a twist was created as Takeru was invited too! The three spent a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After Mark and Takeru had a confrontation in the men's room, Takeru finally confessed his feelings to Hikari at the end of the date. How will she react, and how will Mark react to his confession?
"Second Chances are so Few"
Final Chapter: Love, Friendship, and the Spiral of Life
Why? Why did I just say that! Man, I'm such an idiot..she'll reject me for sure now…
I was afraid this was going to happen. But, I had to stop him from getting to her first, so I did the only thing I thought I could do…
..and now, I may love my best friend due to my moment of weakness. I know that there is a possibility that she could return my feelings, but I…
..I doubt it. And what if she doesn't return my feelings? How will it affect us?
..Well, whatever happens happens, so I'll have to leave it up to Fate. I just hope that whatever happens…
Hikari and I can still be friends after this…
"Takeru..why did you do that?" Hikari asked, extending a hand to help Mark up. Mark gave Takeru a death glare, with the blonde returning it.
"Yes Takeru, why did you interrupt Hikari and I? What we were involved in doesn't concern you," Mark stated harshly. Takeru just took a step forward.
"Mark, you know that this very well concerns me!" Takeru shouted, glaring daggers at the young Asian man. He then turned to look at Hikari.
--"What I'm trying to say is..even if Hikari rejects you, or returns your feelings, life will continue. You can't worry too much…
Ultimately, the only one who can make a decision- is you. Not me, not Mimi, and not Hikari. Only you can shape your destiny…---
Takeru's eyes wavered as he thought back to the conversation he had with Joe, as he was looking over at his brunette companion. He then regained his composure as he continued to speak.
"The reason this concerns me Hikari is because…it is because I love you…" Takeru said. Hikari stared at him in shock as he made his statement.
He..loves me? This simple thought brought on a whirl of emotions for the young woman. Why did life have to be so unpredictable? She was about to consider giving up on the young blonde, because she thought that risking their friendship just wasn't worth it. Not only that, but coupled with the fact that Mark was attracted to her, and it seemed like a pretty convenient situation…
..But fate it seemed had different plans. And now with this revelation out in the open, what was she going to do? Here stood two young men, both attractive in their own right. At that moment, Hikari felt like her heart was split in two.
"You..love me?" Hikari asked nervously. Takeru simply nodded at the question, afraid to say anything more. Hikari blushed. She then tried to say something, anything, but the words just couldn't come out. She looked over both of the young men, before placing her key in the lock of her apartment door and unlocking it.
"Excuse me…" the brunette said weakly, as she opened the door, walking inside, and shutting it lightly behind her as she entered, leaving the two young men outside to themselves. Takeru looked at the door, astounded with what had just occurred, while Mark stared down the blonde.
"I can't believe what just happened..you are such an idiot, you know that? You ruined a perfectly good moment," Mark stated. Takeru turned to look at the young Chinese man.
"Yeah? Well, it's not like you didn't deserve it Mr. 'I Want to Meddle in Other People's Business!' What right did you have to force me to tell Hikari how I feel? Do you have any idea how much her friendship means to me?" Takeru asked.
"It's not like I had anything less to wager. Besides, you forced this upon yourself. You confessed to Hikari, and now, you will have to pay the penalty," Mark replied.
"Maybe so, but what you just said was a lie. You have something to lose too!" Takeru exclaimed, pointing at Mark. Mark just huffed.
"Maybe I do. If Hikari rejects me, not only will I lose a good employee, but also a good friend. But, I can always replace employees. Friends..that's a different story altogether," Mark said. Takeru could only nod in agreement, since he didn't have anything much to say at the moment. Mark sighed. "Well, I'm done arguing with you. You do have a problem on your hands, Takeru. Right now, one girl can either make us or break us. What are you going to do in this situation?" Mark asked.
"I..I don't know," was all Takeru could muster. Mark frowned at the young man.
"Then think about it. It's all you can do. Well, as you Japanese say, Sayonara," Mark replied, before leaving the blonde by himself. Takeru sighed, and looked down at the floor as he turned towards the door.
"What am I going to do now?.."
Hikari looked sullen as she held the Gatomon plush doll near her chest. At the moment, the young brunette was sitting on her bed, staring off into an empty void. She sighed with despair as she looked down at her lap.
What am I going to do? I never thought that this was going to happen, she thought. She looked down at the Gatomon plushie as she continued debating the issue.
Gatomon, if you were here, what would you say? Would you tell me to be with Takeru, or to be with Mark? Hikari imagined a conversation between herself and her digimon partner.
"Well Kari, that depends. You already talked with Mimi on this, yes?" Gatomon asked.
"I know, but that was on the premise that Takeru had no feelings for me and that Mark liked me..now, the tables have turned. Takeru does have feelings for me, in fact, strong feelings. How am I supposed to decide who I want to be with!" Hikari exclaimed in her head. "Gatomon" just chuckled. Hikari glared at "her." "This isn't funny Gatomon," Hikari said.
"I know, but I can't help but laugh. Kari, there is no method to determine who you want to be with, you should know that. The only thing you can do is make a decision…"
"But what if the decision I make is the wrong one? Either way, I'm going to hurt someone with the decision I make, and I don't want to hurt either of them. They both mean a lot to me," Hikari said, holding the Gatomon doll very close to her chest. "Gatomon" just sighed.
"Kari, I know you don't want to hurt them, but in the end, it won't matter what decision you make. Someone's going to get hurt. Now, what you have to do is decide if one of them is worth being in a relationship with. That's all you can do." "Gatomon" then dissipated, leaving Hikari to herself, as she came back to reality. She cradled the doll as she closed her eyes.
Can I make the right decision? Can I follow my heart? Either way, I have to make a decision..
Before one of them gets hurt even more…
"I can't believe we're doing this," Takeru said as he and Mark were eating at the university cafeteria.
"Me either, but I need someone to talk to. Besides, you're my only link to Hikari," Mark replied. Takeru sighed. He did have a point. "How is Hikari?" Mark asked.
"I thought you'd know. Doesn't she still go to work?" Takeru asked in response. Mark shook his head.
"She hasn't been at work for the past few days. That's why I called you here," Mark answered, taking a bite out of his sandwich. Takeru looked at his plate grimly as he finally decided to answer Mark's question.
"She's been non-respondent. When she is at home, she avoids me like the plague. She doesn't even eat dinner with me and the others."
"So she's been neglecting you too, huh? This can't be good," Mark said. He then looked up at the boy, before he continued speaking. "Have you heard? Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Are you going to the Valentine's Dance?" Mark asked.
"Why would I? What would be the point? I love Hikari, and she's the only person I feel like doing anything like that with. If you think for one moment that my love for her will waver, then you have another thing coming," Takeru answered hastily. Mark just smirked.
"Finally, a passionate response from the unsure friend. Well, I'm still renting a tux, just in case. You never know Takeru, Hikari could make a decision over who she wants to be with soon, and she just might want to ask one of us to the dance. And besides, it wouldn't hurt to at least mingle with the rest of the female student body, would it?" Mark asked.
"Not if you're already assuming that Hikari's going to reject you. And not if you have feelings for someone, deep feelings anyway. And how would you know that Hikari might ask one of us? She might not even be aware that there is a dance coming up with what she's going through right now," Takeru replied.
"You never know, Takeru. There are signs posted all over the university, in plain sight I might add. She may very well be aware." Mark then looked at his watch. "Well, it's been nice talking to you, but I gotta go. I have a class in fifteen minutes," Mark said. Takeru just gave the other man a glare.
"Whatever." Takeru just concentrated on finishing his meal.
"Hey," Mark snapped, causing Takeru to look up at him. The two made eye contact. "Just think about the dance, okay Takeru? That's all I ask." And with that, Mark left the young blonde to himself. Takeru just looked back down at his plate.
"What is there to think about?.."
"Hmm, it doesn't look like there's anyone here," Hikari replied as she stepped into her home. The brunette had just returned from the university library, where she had spent another afternoon avoiding Mark. As she made her way into the kitchen-dining room area, she smiled slightly when she saw Joe sitting in a chair, eating some ravioli.
"Hey Joe," Hikari said, slightly surprised that the blue-haired doctor-in-training was here. Joe stopped eating and swallowed his food before noticing the brunette beauty before him.
"Oh, hi Hikari. Are you busy today?" Joe asked. Hikari's eyes narrowed at the peculiar question.
"No. Why?" Hikari asked.
"Well, I've certainly have taken notice of how both you and Takeru have acted towards each other lately. You've basically locked yourself in your room, and Takeru has been non-respondent to anything that Mimi and I ask him. What's going on between you two?" Joe asked.
"Well, you see…" Hikari trailed off as she looked down at the floor. Joe regarded her curiously as he saw her somber expression.
"What is it?" Joe asked gently. Hikari continued to look at the floor as she began to speak.
"Well, you see..you know about the date I went on with Mark and Takeru a few days ago?" Hikari asked.
"Well…Takeru confessed to me." Joe's eyes widened for a moment at the sound of Hikari's confession, before returning to their normal state. The young man then began to speak.
"Let me guess…you don't return his feelings? But, I thought that was why-"
"It's not that. It's just that..he confessed to me after Mark tried to make a move on me," Hikari said abruptly, looking up to meet Joe's eyes. Joe just simply nodded.
"So this is why you've been avoiding us these past few days, and why T.K. hasn't talked that much. I understand now. You're confused with who you want to be with," Joe said as he came to a realization. Hikari nodded in agreement.
"Well Kari, I wish I could be of some help, but I have never been in this kind of situation before. The only advice I can give is this: follow your heart..okay, maybe that and..despite what happens, life goes on," Joe said. He then looked at his watch. "Ooh, I better get going to bed. I have to get up real early tomorrow morning for my shift at the hospital. 'Night," Joe said.
"'Night Joe," Hikari replied, smiling as Joe smiled back. He then washed his plate, and left the kitchen to go to his bedroom, leaving Hikari by herself. She sat at the table and looked sullenly at it.
"Life goes on..well, I just hope that whatever decision I make is the right one…"
Takeru sighed tiredly as he made his way out of Multimedia Warehouse. Today had just been terrible for the young man. First, one of the other employees was making careless mistakes when it came to alphabetizing the CD collection, or someone as a joke would put an adult DVD in the children's section. That seriously peeved off the young blonde, not to mention Dave.
Two, the young blonde had to deal with studying for three upcoming exams, exams that he wasn't in particular looking forward to. He cringed every time he thought about it.
And three, what made Takeru frustrated the most was that he still wasn't able to talk to Hikari. Or, at least Hikari wasn't talking to him. Ever since that date, Takeru has often wondered…
Did I make the right choice when I told her how I felt about her? Takeru looked up at the night sky as he made his way toward the bus stop. It was cloudy, covered in dark veil.
Ironically, that's what I think of Hikari's feelings for me right now. Shrouded in mystery. Will I ever know what she thinks of me? Takeru paused in his thoughts as a bus made its way to his location, before stopping. The door then opened, and Takeru heavily sighed.
Probably not. Takeru stepped onto the bus, paying his fare before walking to find a seat.
"Takeru!" a voice shouted. Takeru looked up from the floor as his eyes caught hold of an old acquaintance.
"Catherine," Takeru muttered, as he sat beside the green-eyed blonde. The girl smiled as she observed her companion.
"Pourquoi (why), bonjour (hello) Takeru. Cava (how are you)?" Catherine asked. Takeru sighed at the question.
"To tell you the truth Catherine, not good," Takeru answered. This statement made the other blonde concerned.
"Pourquoi? What's wrong?" she asked. Takeru sighed again as he looked at the girl.
"Rien (Nothing), je suis fatigué, c'est tout (I'm tired, that's all)," Takeru replied. Would Catherine believe his lie?
"Hmm..well, I don't believe you," Catherine said.
Told you so.
"And why not? I simply feel tired, that's all," Takeru said, trying to convince the girl that he truly was fatigued. However, the French girl could clearly see through his façade.
"That's a lie and you know it mon ami (my friend, masculine). Nous parlons tout les jour dans Biology (We talk everyday in Biology). Mais, tu ne tu pas presentment (But, you are not you presently).
Now, to say Takeru wasn't surprised at Catherine's observations would be an understatement. She knew something was wrong with him, and she wouldn't stop until she found out what it was. Takeru then decided that if Catherine really wanted to know what was going on with him, then she would have to keep prodding him.
"Yeah? Well, maybe I haven't had anything interesting to talk about during the last few classes," Takeru said. Catherine just scoffed.
"Sil te plait (please, informal), I know there's something wrong with you." Catherine then turned her attention from the boy so that she could look out the window. She then came to an epiphany as she turned lo look back at her friend. "Oh, je sais maintenant (I know now). Je ne tu pas vois avec cet fille (I haven't seen you with that girl). Um, elle s'appelle (what was her name)?" Catherine asked.
"Elle s'appelle Hikari (Her name is Hikari)."
"Ah oui (yes), Hikari. Did something happen with her?" Catherine asked inquisitively.
"Well, I…" Takeru sighed as he looked towards the floor, which seemed more interesting at the moment. His cheeks reddened at the thought of the brunette. Catherine noticed this, and grinned at Takeru's "response".
"Tu e'aime, n'est pas (You love her, don't you)?" Catherine asked. Takeru's eyes turned from the floor to meet Catherine's. What Catherine saw in Takeru's blue orbs was sadness, regret, and melancholy. She suddenly felt sympathy for the young man.
"Hai, I do. I..I confessed my feelings to her," Takeru muttered. Catherine's eyes widened in shock at the statement.
"Vraiment (really, truly)?" she asked.
"Oui, I did."
"Et elle ne dit pas rien ( and she didn't say anything)," Takeru responded.
"Wow. Je suis desolé (I'm sorry), Takeru. Do you..do you think that you two can still be friends?" Catherine asked.
"At this point, I don't know anymore…"
After debating this several times, I've finally made a decision over what I'm going to do with my life. I just hope I made the right decision, Hikari thought, as she was looking sullenly at the table. She then sighed heavily.
Sheesh..I've been sitting here for about an hour, and Mimi still hasn't gotten home. Hikari looked up at the clock, which was posted above the TV in the living room area of the apartment. As previously stated, Hikari had waited an hour for Mimi to come home after her short discussion with Joe. She sighed as she looked down at the table in front of her.
I have thought about this, and I have finally made up my mind. I know what I'm going to do, but I'm going to need Mimi's help in order to do it, Hikari thought, as she continued looking at the table. She then perked up when she heard the doorknob turn, and a moment later, Mimi appeared, looking exhausting from the night's work. She then closed the door as she made her way in the apartment.
"Joe, I'm- oh hey Kari," Mimi replied. She made her way over to the table and sat down. "Where's Joe?"
"Asleep. He has to get up tomorrow morning to head over to the hospital early," Hikari answered.
"Poor thing. I hope he gets enough rest. He certainly needs it," Mimi stated. Hikari nodded. She then turned to look at Mimi. Mimi smiled. "I see you've finally come out of hiding place. Is everything all right?" Mimi asked.
"Well, I think things might be. But, I need your help…you see-"
"It's about tomorrow, isn't it? Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, after all," Mimi replied.
"Yes, I know. And there is also a dance involved at the university. I want to go with a certain someone-"
"Who!" Mimi exclaimed. Hikari sighed.
"Well, I don't want to say it out loud. I'll whisper it to you." Hikari went over and whispered the name into Mimi's ear.
"Really? Well then, I'm all ears!" Hikari then smiled at the young woman.
"You're welcome, Hikari-chan."
"But, what are you going to do for Joe?" Hikari asked.
"Oh, don't worry about that, I got it all covered," Mimi said, waving the matter off with her hand. "So, what's your plan?"
"Well, this was what I was thinking of doing…"
Takeru sighed as he closed the door to his room. He had gotten in about half an hour later after Mimi arrived, which meant that everyone was asleep, snuggled into their beds. All except for him, though. Whereas the others had free-thinking minds, his just wouldn't let go with the current situation he was in.
I wish Hikari would tell me how she feels about me already. The suspense is killing me!
Well then, why don't you go to her room and demand she give you an answer?
Because, that would be rude and inconsiderate. Besides, I..don't feel like that anyway.
Because you are a coward. Come on Takeru, if she hasn't said anything to you during the past few days, then you already KNOW how she feels about you.
So you say. But you don't know the total answer yourself, "Mr. Know-It-All." For all I know, Hikari could love me.
Then if she does love you, why hasn't she said ANYTHING about it!
Maybe..maybe she's scared..
Scared? Scared of what? Of you accepting her? Like that's something to be scared of. Have you ever ACTUALLY taken the time to think what it would be like if you were in a relationship with her?.. The statement from Dark Takeru's thoughts made the blonde stop in his tracks. Now that he thought about it, the young man had not seriously thought what it would be like if he was involved in a relationship with Hikari. Sure, he would imagine fantasies sometimes of how they would get together in the past, but now that he actually considered the change in their relationship an option, he was..
Scared. You're the one scared Takeru. You're scared that just because Hikari DOESN'T love you, then that means your friendship with her will be over. And not only that, but you've NEVER been in real relationship before. What if you screw up? What if you end up being the cause of a future breakup? What then?
Oh my Kami..I've never thought about that before. You're right..what if I do screw up? I don't want Hikari to leave me..she means everything to me..but wait..why are you even asking me that question? Hikari and I AREN'T together right now. Even if we did hook up, you and I don't know whether we'll stay together or not. If we stay together, we stay together, and if not, then hopefully we can stay as friends. Takeru sighed as he sat on his bed, with his arms crossed, and his head propped up against the headboard. He had his eyes closed. He then opened them.
Do you honestly believe that if you and Hikari DO end up in a relationship, and if you DID breakup, that you two will try to remain as friends? I'm sorry buddy, but you're being pretty unrealistic here. Most exes do not talk to each other after they breakup. It's a sad fact.
So what? At least I'm trying to keep whatever I may have left with her. I know that our relationship is going through a change right now, but it might not have to be one for the worse. Even if Hikari doesn't love me the way I love her, I will always be by her side. I rather have her as just a friend, then not having her here with me at all. I'm tired of you constantly bringing me down, and I've had enough of it. I am not going to let you bring me down anymore, you hear? No more!
You think you can go on without me? Fine. But remember, I was created out of your loneliness. I was created BECAUSE of your feelings for Hikari. Just wait. I know where this road will lead. You will be lonely Takeru, trust me. And SHE won't be there for you.
I don't care what you have to say to me anymore, do you hear me? "I DON'T CARE!" Takeru exclaimed, breathing deeply from saying his statement out loud. After taking in some breaths, he sighed deeply.
I don't care anymore. As long as I can at least be friends with Hikari, that's all I could ever ask for..
That is what would make me happy…
"Wow, the Dance Committee really did a great job with decorations this year," Mark said, smiling as he made his way into the dance room, tux in all. Today was the day, Valentine's Day. And now, it was time for the event that the school had advertised for the last two months: the Valentine's Day Dance. To appropriate the décor, the room was decorated in red, white, and pink. And most of the women were wearing dresses to appropriate the day as well, in the three aforementioned colors. Mark was wearing a black tux with a red vest and matching bow-tie. He grinned as he made his appearance.
"And the women are looking fantastic as ever," Mark said, as he saw the young women mingling with the other young men that had attended the event as well. As people were dancing in the crowd, Mark used his eyes to search for a certain person. When he found them, he smiled as he made his way over to them. The person smiled in return as Mark made his way over to them.
"Hey," they said.
"Hey yourself. So, has anyone asked you to dance yet?" Mark asked. The person shook their head. "Then may I dance with you, my lady?" Mark bent down as he extended a hand. The girl smiled as she took it, and together, the two made it to the dance floor. Mark wrapped his arms around her mid-section, while the girl wrapped her arms around his neck. He smiled as he looked in her eyes.
"So Hikari, why did you call me? Have you finally made a decision?" Mark asked. Hikari nodded.
"Yes, yes I have," Hikari replied.
"Well, I hope that whatever decision you made, we can still be friends after this."
"Don't worry. I'll try if you'll try," Hikari said. Mark smiled.
"That's all I ask. I'm curious, but I think already know who you chose. So, who have you chosen?" Mark asked. Hikari stepped back as she looked into his eyes.
"Well, the truth is, I've chosen…"
"Man, I'm glad I'm done with work," Takeru said, as he finally walked in his apartment. He sighed as he made his way toward his room. He stopped as he heard a voice.
"And where do you think you're going mister?" a voice asked. Takeru turned his head to look at the source of the voice.
"Oh, hello Mimi. I'm just going to change out of my uniform. Is Hikari here?" Takeru asked. Mimi shook her head. "Really? Where is she?"
"She's at the Valentine's Day dance that the university is hosting, remember?" Mimi said.
"What!" Takeru ran over to the calendar, which was posted in the kitchen on the refrigerator. Indeed, today was Valentine's Day.
"Oh man, how could I forget! I didn't even get anything for her," Takeru said. Mimi walked over and patted the young blonde on the shoulder.
"Well, that's okay. After all, back home in Japan, the guys are the ones who get the gifts on Valentine's Day (1). Oh, speaking of gifts, here's one for you," Mimi stated, handing Takeru a small white box, with brown cursive writing in the center. In delicate cursive English writing was his name. He looked at it for a moment before he turned his attention back to the brunette standing before him.
"Who's it from?" he asked. Mimi huffed.
"Like I'm going to tell you. It's a surprise. Open it," Mimi replied, placing her hands on her hips. Takeru sighed as he removed the cover from the box.
"Fine." After opening it, he noticed its contents. It was collection of fudge chocolates, his favorite. He grinned. As he was about to take one to pop into his mouth, he noticed a piece of folded paper sticking in the back of the box. "Huh?" Takeru took the piece of paper out and unfolded it. He then began reading it. It read:
Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy these chocolates. I made them especially for you, you know. I want to apologize for the way I've been acting towards you during the past few days. I'm sorry for all the pain and confusion I may have put you through. But please, don't worry, for this situation may be cleared up..soon.
Tonight is the Valentine's Day Dance. If you can go, then enclosed with this note is a ticket. If you appear there, then I will explain everything. Again, I'm sorry for all the hurt and pain that you might've endured over the past few days. You mean so very much to me.
Hope to see you there.
Takeru blushed as he took the ticket, which was hiding behind the bottom crease of the paper. He then looked at his watch. "It's ten-thirty. The dance is almost over. And besides, I don't have a tux-"
"That's where I come in. Go to your room Takeru," Mimi instructed.
"Okay.." Takeru gave Mimi a peculiar look before sauntering off to his room. Once he got there, he smiled at what he saw. Layed on his bed was a white tux, with a red vest a red formal tie. He smiled as he turned to look back at the brunette.
"Are you serious?"
"Of course! Why wouldn't I be?" Mimi smiled. Takeru was astonished.
"But how? You don't know my-"
"But I do," another voice said as he stepped in to place an arm around Mimi. Takeru smiled as he saw his peer before him.
"Joe? You're in this too?" Takeru asked.
"Yeah. After Hikari left for school today, Mimi told me her plan over the phone. Thankfully, I had recorded all the guy's tux measurements written down from the wedding somewhere in this apartment. It was just a matter of finding it and going to the tux store to rent the tux," Joe answered.
"But how am I going to get there?" Takeru asked.
"I'll drive. I know where the dance is. Now get changed, or else you'll miss your princess 'Prince Charming'," Joe said. Takeru chuckled.
"Fine, I will. Thanks you guys. You're really like family, you know?" Takeru asked.
"We know, we know. Now stop talking and get changed!" Mimi exclaimed.
"Fine!" Takeru then laughed as he closed the door, leaving Mimi and Joe to themselves while he began changing.
"Man, kids these days..they just won't shut up…"
Takeru smiled as he got out of the car, in tux and all. He turned to look back at the two.
"Thanks again you guys," Takeru said.
"You're welcome. Now go get her! Just call us when you need us," Mimi shouted from the passenger seat.
"Yes ma'am!" Takeru gave Mimi a mock salute, before making his way to the dance floor. As he entered the room, he looked in awe at the décor, and at the people scattered throughout the dance floor.
How am I going to find Hikari in all of this? He asked himself, as his blue orbs began searching the crowds. After searching for a few moments, his finally laid his eyes upon her. She looked magnificent as she was wearing a pink dress, which helped bring out the color of her crimson eyes. She also wore long, white gloves, and her hair was down and out, wavy but beautiful all the same. Takeru's voice caught in his throat at the sight of her.
"Beautiful…" was all he could get out as he continued looking at her. But, as soon as he saw who he was with, he came back to reality.
Mark…Takeru grunted as he saw his rival dancing with the girl of his dreams. He then sighed as he tried to calm down.
Remember Takeru, even if Hikari rejects you, hopefully you two will still be friends. If Hikari wants to be with Mark, then all I can do is support her. After all, I am her best friend. And I always will be, despite the recent circumstances..Okay..here I go… Takeru breathed deeply as he made his way over the two. As he made his way through the crowd, the two noticed him as he made his way into their view. Mark smirked as the two looked at him.
"Look who's finally here," Mark said. Takeru just smirked back.
"Am I late? I'm sorry, Hikari-chan," Takeru said, as he looked directly into Hikari's eyes. Hikari smiled as she shook her head.
"No Takeru-kun, you're just in time," she answered. Mark observed the two as they looked at each other. In his opinion, they just seemed so..entranced, that nothing could stand in their way. He smiled at the two.
"Well Takeru, you're just in time for the last dance. Enjoy," Mark said. He then turned to look at Hikari. "And you, my lady, have been a delight, but I must be off. I'll see you at work tomorrow?" Mark asked, as he kissed Hikari's hand. Hikari chuckled as she looked at him.
"Yes good sir, you shall. Good night Mark," Hikari replied.
"'Night Hikari," Mark said, giving Hikari one last bow. He then walked over to Takeru, and whispered into his ear. "Take good care of her." Takeru then watched him as he left him and Hikari to themselves, disappearing into the crowd. Takeru shook his head.
"I'll never understand him," Takeru said. He then turned to look at Hikari, as he walked over and stood in front of her. "Well my lady, it seems like you have no one to accompany you. May I have this last dance?" Takeru asked, bending over and extending his hand. Hikari smiled as she linked her hand with his.
"You may." Takeru then straightened himself, and together, the two found a spot on the dance floor. They then encircled their arms around one another, and looked around. The other couples were standing in a similar fashion, but weren't dancing yet. The DJ, who coordinating the music, then began to speak into the mic.
"Well everyone, I don't know about you, but this has been one fantastic night. I hope you all have joined your loved ones, for this will be the last dance of the night. Thank you all for coming, and on behalf of New York University, we all hope you enjoy this last dance. Lights please," the DJ said. The lights lowered to a dark hue, as a chandelier in the center of the room began to glow, giving off the only light in the room. The DJ then pushed play, and the last song began to play over the speakers. Takeru and Hikari smiled as they looked at one another, before beginning to sway to the melody of the music.
I won't talk, I won't breathe, I won't move 'till you finally see that you belong with me
You might think I don't look, but deep inside the corner of my mind I'm attached to you
As the song played, Takeru closed his eyes, memorizing this very moment. Capturing the smell, the touch, the sights, and sounds of this night, for the young man feared that he never be in this position ever again. He smiled as he thought back to how they met, and how they became fast friends.
Those were such great memories..but some of those memories were tragic, as well…
I'm weak, it's true..I'm just scared to know the answer
Do you want me too? 'Cause my heart keeps falling faster
Then Takeru thought about what happened after his first adventures in the Digital World, leaving Hikari and the others behind. He was crying on the way home, but he know, deep within his heart, that they would see each other again.
And he did, for three years later, the young blonde moved to Odiaba. There, he met her again, and together, the two, along with the then new DigiDestined, created new Digital adventures. As he spent more time with her, he began to realize that his feelings for her were different from feelings he had about anything else, even his own family. Often times, he would stay up awake at night in his room back home, wondering..
What is this feeling?
I've waited all my life to cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide, it's time to try
Anything to be with you
All my life I've waited
This is true
It took one major, but dark event to realize the full depth of his feelings for her. The Dark Ocean. It was that place that finally made him realize what he had for her. He didn't just feelings of close comradely with her. It was more, much more.
It was then that he realized what his feelings truly were. They were feelings, of love.
You don't know what you do
Everytime you walk into the room I'm afraid to move
But after he realized what he felt for her, he became scared. He felt that if he confessed his feelings for her, then he would losing the one of the things he valued most between them: their friendship. However, at the same time, he couldn't keep his feelings totally under wraps. Events had occurred where his feelings had somewhat..slipped out.
All of these events, all of these moments led to this one he was having with her right here. And he wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
I'm weak, it's true..I'm just scared to know the ending
Do you see me too?
Do you even know you've met me?
Takeru smiled as he opened his eyes, and looked down upon his angel. Hikari smiled as she looked back at him. He then whispered her name.
"Hikari." That was all it took. Hikari grinned as she leaned in towards Takeru, and smiled up at him.
"Takeru." She whispered his name, and to catch him off-guard, she touched her lips to his. He was surprised at first, but a smile graced his lips as he began returning it passionately.
I've waited all my life to cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide, it's time to try
Anything to be with you
All my life I've waited
This is true
I know when I go, I'll be on my way to you
Way that's true
I've waited all my life to cross this line
To the only thing that's true
So I will not hide, it's time to try
Anything to be with you
All my life I've waited…
This is true
As the song ended, the two parted, and looked at one another for what seemed like an eternity. They just continued holding each other, oblivious to everyone around them. It was then that Hikari decided to speak.
"I love you, Takeru. I'm sorry I couldn't say it earlier. It's just that…" Hikari trailed off. Takeru could only smile at her.
"I know Hikari, I know. You had a rough time deciding, and I understand." He then tightened his grip a little upon her. "I love you, too." He smiled.
"I know," was all Hikari could say, before she captured her lips with his again. And as for the rest of that night, Takeru and Hikari were in pure bliss…
"Man, time flies by before you know it," Takeru said, as he made his way into the living room of the apartment. He smiled as he sat down and joined his lover's side. Currently on the table was a box, with Japanese writing written in black marker. "What's that?" he asked, pointing at the box. Hikari just smiled at him as she grabbed it.
"This was something Cody and Izzy gave me before I left Japan a year ago," Hikari replied.
"Are you going to open it? Or will it just sit here and collect dust?" Takeru sasked.
"Are you that anxious? Just hold your horses 'Cowboy,'" Hikari responded, laughing. Takeru just smirked at her.
"Fine, fine. But will you please just open it?"
"Okay, okay…" Hikari and Takeru looked at it anxiously in anticipation as Hikari tore off the cover, revealing what was inside. Inside the box was pictures of the two, together throughout various situations in the past.
"Wow, look at this..this was right after we defeated Apocalymon in Primary Village," Hikari replied, observing the picture. Takeru smiled as he looked over it with her.
"Those were good times."
"Hey, this was that time when we went to watch Daisuke's soccer match against Ken, remember?" Hikari asked.
"Oh yeah, I remember. Dai had pulled his leg and Ken trip over him. Ken still won that match, though," Takeru recalled. Hikari smiled as she put the picture down. She then took one that stood out among the rest.
"Oh wow, look at this one!" Takeru followed his eyes to the picture. He gasped at what he saw. It was their Senior Prom photo. They both held it together.
"That was a special night," Takeru commented, looking over to the brunette. She simply looked back at him.
"Yes, yes that was. Hey Takeru-kun, now that everything's out in the open, was there anything else you were going to say back then at that dance?" Hikari asked. Takeru blushed as he observed his girlfriend.
"Well…to tell you the truth, I was going to tell you how I felt. But during that night, I felt guilty hiding the fact that I was going to come here, so when the moment came, I just couldn't bring myself to confess. I'm sorry Hika," Takeru replied, sighing. Hikari smiled.
"Don't worry about it, we're together now, right?" Hikari then noticed something on the back of the photo, and turned it around. "Hey Takeru, read this." Takeru turned his attention from Hikari and onto the back of the photo. There, scribbled in dark ink, was a message.
Dear Takeru and Hikari,
Hey guys, hope you enjoyed this compilation we made for you! We know that in all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we had a feeling that you would forget these pictures. Here's a reminder of how close you two are, and a hint to how close you two can become. We hope you two get together, and whatever happens, always hope for the best!
Taichi, Yamato, Sora, Koushiro, Daisuke, Ken, Miyako, and Iori
"Wow..I can't believe they did this for us. Thanks you guys," Hikari said, as tears came into her eyes. She smiled as she wiped them. Takeru turned to her, and embraced her.
"Well Hika, I'm glad that they support us. I'm glad that we're finally together, after all this time," Takeru said, not being able to prevent himself from smiling. Hikari couldn't help but smile as well.
"Me too. Who knew that second chances could be so few?" The two smiled, before leaning in for a passionate kiss.
Never have I imagined how much things would change..
But, I couldn't be happier with the way things are now. Sure, we have problems from time to time, but who doesn't?
As long as I have my friends and family beside me, I think she and I can face anything together…
And I wouldn't have it any other way…
Well people, that's the end of "Second Chances are so Few." I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to read this story, and especially to those of you who have reviewed. You don't know how much those reviews meant to me. They gave me the motivation to get off my ass and write, to actually finish this fic, so, thank you.
Now, it's time to have a little fun as I get a Q & A from our two protagonists. (Takeru and Hikari are sitting across from the author in chairs, with the audience surrounding them) You may proceed.
Takeru: What made you come up with the idea for this story?
Malcolm Yuy: Well, what made me up come up with the idea was..well, when I began writing this, Senior year of high school was right around the corner. I wanted to write a story in remembrance to seeing people that you haven't seen in a while…well, that, and I was thinking that after Guaduation, I would never see the girl I loved ever again…how wrong I was…
Hikari: So, did anything happen between you two?
Malcolm Yuy: In short, no. And that's okay. I never really expected anything to happen anyway.
Takeru: So why did you make me act schizophrenic in this fic! I acted like a complete psycho!
Malcolm Yuy: Sorry T.K, sorry, I didn't know you didn't like being that way. I just wanted to make you suffer. That, and seriously, I think like that half the time. I don't really know how often people talk to themselves like that, but I can tell you that I'm one of them.
Hikari: That's fascinating. Hmm…ooh, I know! What did you change about this fic?
Malcolm Yuy: Good question. I changed the story a lot as the plot grew. For example, the ending turned out A LOT different than originally planned. At first, I planned for Takeru and Hikari to get together earlier, and then have a misunderstanding between them at the dance when Catherine would try to make a move on our blonde protagonist, and Hikari would run to Mark for support. But alas, the plot changed. Catherine only ended up making two appearances, and no misunderstanding happened. Also, as for the music selection, at first I was going to have Takeru sing "Shiver" by Maroon 5 and also have their song "She Will Be Loved" played at the different ending, where Takeru was going to make a dramatic dialogue about how he loves Hikari to her in the rain, but as we all know, it didn't turn out that way.
Hikari: Are you disappointed by that?
Malcolm Yuy: Not really. I'm actually glad the story ended this way, it felt more logical to me.
Takeru: So, do you have anything else planned for us?..
Malcolm Yuy: Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I plan to write another Romance story with you two in it. But be warned; it will be much darker and more mature than this one.
Hikari: Will the..Dark Ocean be involved?
Malcolm Yuy: (sigh) Why do you have to assume that everytime someone writes a dark fic about you two it has to include the Dark Ocean?
Takeru: Because most of the dark fics about us are either about us cutting ourselves, or involves Hikari being sought after the digimon in the Dark Ocean…
Malcolm Yuy: (sweatdrops) Oh, yeah..Well, for my next fic, no, there will be no Dark Ocean involved.
Hikari: Phew, that's a relief. So, when will our readers expect for it to come out?
Malcolm Yuy: I..don't know, to be honest. What I will say about it is that I won't publish the Prologue until I have the first two chapters written, so it may be a while. Expect at least two to three months, to say the least, maybe less, depending on how much I want to write. I have Summer Break now so it may come out sooner than expected.
Takeru: Is there anything else you'll tell us about this upcoming story of yours? Where will it take place? How old will we be, anything like that?
Malcolm Yuy: Well I will tell you one thing, you two will defiantly be older in this fic. You two will be in your twenties. As for the setting, or anything else, that will stay under wraps I'm afraid.
Hikari: Well Mr. Yuy, thank you for your time. We must be going so another author can work with us on one of their stories.
Malcolm Yuy: You're welcome, Kari, T.K. Well everyone, that's all we have time for today. I hope that answers any questions you might've had if you were curious.
Oh, one last thing. I think I will create a homepage and post how far along I am on my stories, so more of you can be informed and not just asking "How far along is he? Is he even working on this story anymore?" I'll post it on this chapter when I have it ready.
Well, 'till the next fic, ja ne!- Malcolm Yuy