The Digidestined, plus Takato, Henry and Rika, minus TK and Kari, were at the beach a little past sunset, waiting for a ceremony to celebrate the triumph of the Digimon.
Takuya, Zoe, JP, and Tommy were building a sandcastle along with Cody in the little light left while Davis, Yolie, Ken, and Mimi played a game of tag in the waves. The rest of the Digidestined sat on the beach, trying to absorb as much light as possible and talking.
"I wonder what's gonna happen now that Piedmon's gone." Tai said as he sipped a soda with Sora at his side.
"My guess is that Myotismon is going to start attacking again." Izzy supplied. Everyone groaned.
Then Matt chuckled. "I wonder what he'll make of our new toys." He said with a feral grin, causing the others to laugh.
"Now that Piedmon's threat is over," Henry began, "I'd say it's time we head back to the Southern Plane."
"That's too bad." Sora said. "You guys are awesome teammates."
Takato grinned, Rika sitting on his lap. "Hey, if you need help, just give us a buzz. We'll come running."
"You'll at least stay from the ceremony, right?" Tai asked.
The three Tamer Warriors looked at each other and grinned. "I guess it couldn't hurt."
Koji was silent, however. Well, more silent than usual, which Koichi was quick to pick up on. "Hey, Koji, you okay?"
Koji blinked and looked up at his twin. "I was just thinking about how we helped Azulongmon."
Now everyone was silent, except those who played. It had happened only minutes after they had destroyed Apokalymon and entered the Digital World.
All of the Chosen appeared at the Digidestined HQ. The place had been cleaned up, but only slightly.
Gennai looked up from his work. "Digidestined!" he cried joyously. "You made it!" Then he grew somber. "But I'm afraid you're too late."
He turned to Azulongmon's chamber, the Digidestined following. Azulongmon was not there, though there were specks of data flying around the room.
Sora hugged Tai as Mimi did the same for Matt. Ken grabbed Yolie's hand and gave it a gentle squeeze. Kari sank to the floor and TK wrapped his arms around her. Zoe swallowed hard and felt for Takuya's hand as she stared at Azulongmon's data. Takato, Henry, and Rika, not knowing Azulongmon personally, could only bow their heads in respect. The rest just stood, stunned, wondering how they could have let this happen.
Finally, TK spoke. "If we have the power to destroy, why don't we have the power to heal?"
One by one, all of the Digidestined turned to stare at him. He shrugged. "Hey, we might as well try."
"You really think that would work?" Sora asked.
"I have to." TK replied. "I can't give in to despair. I have to hope that someway, everything will be as it was."
As he said this, his crest began to glow, and to everyone's surprise, some of Azulongmon's data began to swirl around him.
Tai smiled. "It just might work." He said. "Come on."
They formed four circles around Azulongmon's ring. Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, TK, Kari, and Ken were in the outermost circle, holding their arms out and touching their fingertips. Their crests began to glow brightly and floated out from under their shirts, still suspended around their necks by their tags.
The next circle contained Takuya, Koji, Zoe, Tommy, JP, and Koichi. They were more spread out than the first ring, their arms crossed over their chests, a Spirit floating in front of them. A ring of their respective elements surrounded them as they focused their power on the data particles.
The next circle had Davis, Yolie, Cody, and Willis. They were standing with their arms out, hands open, and a Digiegg floated inbetween their palms. The crests on the four Digieggs glowed along with their actual counterparts.
The last circle held Takato, Henry and Rika, holding their D-Powers in the air. The machines glowed their respective colors.
Suddenly, crests, Spirits, and Digivices shot beams of light that met in the center of the ring. Not only Azulongmon's data, but that of the Destiny Stones and everything else that had been destroyed swirled around the beams, reformatting and returning to their original places.
Finally, Azulongmon himself reformatted, appearing in the center of the room. He stretched to get the kinks and knots out of his body, and then gazed down at the children. "Digidestined." He greeted with a smile.
"Azulongmon!" They all chorused with heartfelt joy. "We thought we'd lost you forever!" Sora added.
The Dragon Sovereign of the Eastern Plane just beamed at his chosen warriors.
Everyone nodded in silent agreement before Tai grinned. "Hey, better healed in some mysterious way than still deleted."
"True." Matt agreed.
Suddenly TK and Kari ran up carrying two large picnic baskets.
"Sorry we're late." Kari panted. "Mom wouldn't stop talking, and then we had to throw out her 'healthy choices'."
"Thanks for that." Tai and Izzy chorused at the same time, turning a rather sickly green color.
The swimmers and the castle builders came in from their play and helped set up the picnic.
They were about halfway through the food when Takuya's little brother Shinya showed up.
"Hey guys!" he said, grinning.
"What's up, bro?" Takuya asked.
"Aw, nothing much." Shinya replied. "Just hanging around with my friends when I saw you guys."
Zoe leaned forward from her seat on Takuya's lap. "Hey, Shin, I hear you're a big hero with the city."
While the Digidestined had been gone, Piedmon had gained mental control over the adults in the city, forcing them to dig out the huge metal vats that held the data of MetalSeadramon, Machinedramon, and Puppetmon.
When he had found these vats, Piedmon forced the adults to cross the city and enter the sea to drown themselves.
Fortunately, Shinya had caught wind of the plan and had gathered all of his schoolmates to hold the adults back until the Digimon defeated Piedmon.
Back with the gang, Shinya was blushing. "I didn't really do all the work." He mumbled. "The Digimon did most of it."
The group exchanged a secretive smile. Now Kari leaned forward. "You know, one of these days, you might be a Digimon too."
Shinya glanced at her, a dreamy look taking over his face. "Shinyamon, Digimon of Power…"
The group exchanged amused looks. "Needs a little work." Izzy commented.
"I know!" Takuya said with his gogglehead-face on. "Shinyamon, Digimon of Shortness!"
The group laughed as Shinya exclaimed, "Hey! I am not short!" But before they two siblings could argue any further, the fireworks started over Tokyo. Everyone on the beach turned and began screaming and yelling support for the fireworks.
For the grand fanale, several firewoks went off and put a sign in the air.
THANK YOU DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS
CHAMPIONS OF THE DIGITAL WORLD
SAVIORS OF OUR WORLD