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Wow…it's been a long time since I updated. How long?

"I'd say three months," Henry noted.

Yeah...oh and note that the author's reviews are not scripted anymore. I should thank you guys for telling me of the consequences of using script…although I didn't realize it was bad no matter where you put it.

I also apologize for not updating it on time…and school is no excuse for it as I had plenty of time to do it. My other fic I might have to put it on hold for while…writer's block is starting to get to me. Hopefully I'll get back to it.

This chapter will get weird in the beginning but then head in a normal direction (I hope)

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In the Wake of Sakuras

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Chapter 2- It begins to show.

"This place…it's…only a dream? Or is it a part of me…my memories?"–Sora; Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Green. It was all he could see. Green as far as the eye can see. No trees, no flowers…just a green grass and a clear blue sky. It felt peaceful, yet for some reason, it was very disturbing. What was he doing here? Standing here in the middle of what looked like to be a meadow of some sort?

It was strange and at the same time…creepy. There was absolutely nothing here…unless you count the grass or the sky as something. He started to walk…seeming as there was nothing else to do, he decided to call out.

"Hello?"

"…"

"Anybody out there!"

"…"

"Hellooooo!"

"…"

"Ollie, Ollie, Oxen fre- oh what's the use…"

It never did occur to Takato Matsuki that he would have a dream as weird as this. Then again all of the dreams he would usually have were no different from this one. He continued walking hoping he would find at least something besides an endless sea of grass.

"Man this has got to be one of the weirdest dreams ever."

Indeed it was. Takato hadn't realized it before, but it was actually very nice here. Too nice. The air was almost refreshing to smell every time he breathed it in. The sky was unusually clear, but that was something he would see on nice days outside. The grass was a nice jungle green, yet that too he would see everyday. But what was frustrating him right now is why he was here in the first place.

Takato sighed. "This place would be nicer if there were people here."

He was starting to get lonely. He wished at least something were here with him. It didn't matter to him; just anyone would make him feel happy right now. Guilmon, Kazu, Jeri, maybe Ryo or Henry…heck even Rika. Though he would have to put up with her constant teasing, it seemed more tempting than being here alone.

Alone and confused. Well…more like agitated.

"Argh! Somebody let me out of here!" Takato finally cracked as he broke into a run. He didn't like being here. Peace was something he could handle to a certain extent, but not for this long. This place felt like a prison.

He stopped.

"Well…that…was…a waste," he panted.

If he stayed here any longer he would go crazy. Another thing he realized was the fact he had been walking (and running) for almost an hour, in his opinion, and all he could see is grass.

How he suddenly hated seeing it right now.

Out of sudden impulse Takato dropped to his knees and started tearing the vile thing apart, desperately hoping to find something else other than grass. Dirt would look more pleasing than this. But to his sheer horror, and after about digging for almost ten minutes, the grass was still there. He inched away from his current spot; fear was starting to overtake him.

"W-Where am I?"

He definitely didn't want to stay here. Dreams weren't suppose to last this long. By now he should have at least woken up; his mother yelling at him that he would be late for school. How he missed his mom right now. Suddenly before he backed away any further, something brushed up against his hand. Takato flinched out of surprise that he felt something other than the thing he hated so much right now. Looking down he noticed a small tan object the size of an acorn.

"It's…a seed?"

Takato stared at the seed for a long time. It was something new…for that he was relieved. But what was it doing there? More importantly…why?

"What am I supposed to do with this?" he thought, picking up the small seed from the ground. Takato tried to get up but flinched for the second time when his hand suddenly dropped into a small hole. Takato looked down and with a joyous shout found what he tried to accomplish before.

"Dirt…hey wait a minute…"

He got back up again a looked at the seed. Then he looked at the hole in the ground.

A seed in his hand…

And a hole in the ground…

"Am I supposed to plant this?" he wondered. Shrugging off the small thought, he gently tossed the seed into the hole. He pulled apart some grass to the side, which for some strange reason didn't grow back like it did before, and buried the seed. He got back up a watched.

"…"

Nothing happened.

"O-kay…now what?"

Matsuki began to ponder what he was supposed to do next.

"Something should happen…err…shouldn't it? I wonder what's wrong."

And then it finally dawned on him.

"Oh of course! I need wa-"

Takato was suddenly cut off when out of nowhere a small gray bucket filled with water fell down on him with a definite splash followed by a loud pang sound. Takato groaned when the headache came at him with full force after the bucket came down and covered his head.

"Oh…I hope I don't feel that when I wake u-"

Takato froze. If he didn't know any better he thought he'd be going crazy again. Somewhat far away was a small jingling sound followed by a squeaking noise. It started getting louder, which meant it was getting closer. And the closer it got, the more Takato became nervous. Something was here…other than himself…

…In the middle of nowhere.

He debated whether he should lift the bucket off his head or not after hearing that sound which started again. What was it he wondered? Was it a monster? If so then he'd be in one of the strangest nightmares he'd ever dreamt. But that didn't sound like anything ferocious. In fact…it sounded more like a mouse than any other type of animal.

The jingling sound was heard again.

Takato gulped as he prepared himself for the worst. Slowly he lifted the small bucket off his head only to stare at two large bright beady eyes.

And with that…

He let out a scream that echoed through the endless ocean of green grass.

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"Ayaka Masani…"

"Present…"

It was that time of the day...uh err…morning.

"Katana Meim…"

"Here…"

The day young teens dreaded and fear the most since the beginning of…well…their first year.

"Kuroki Lei…"

"Here ma'am…"

"Lulu Hiroshi…

"Ditto…"

Where adults are put with the task of teaching the basics of everyday life. Where a daily progress of hard work and responsibility are shown with the utmost priority. Where the minds of every young grasshopper is taken to the highest limit one could possibly conjure and beyond. The ultimate torture.

"Mamono Satana…"

"Fo shizzle duh rizzaow!"

"Please don't do that."

"Sorry…"

The ethics of high school.

"Matsuki Takato…"

"…"

"Takato?"

"…"

"Looks like he's not here teach," a student responded in the classroom.

The teacher somewhat frowned. "Yes I can see that."

"You think he's running late again?"

"Bet five bucks he'll come tearing down those halls."

"You're on!"

"Settle down students…and there'll be no betting in this class…I mean it Kazu."

"Aw nuts!"

"Um, Ms. Asaji?"

Megumi Asaji, or as any other student would call her, Ms. Asaji, blinked as she stared to find a hand rose near the corner of the room. It was a girl who looked a bit shy and sported pigtails like a childish elementary school student.

"Yes Sofia."

"Um…well…do you think that something might have happened to him?"

Asaji was going to answer no, but for some reason it didn't come out when she wanted it too. She was sure Takato was fine. Probably would come around the corner any minute now. The fact was it was nagging her to a point where she almost couldn't focus. It was like a tingling sensation where she would always feel that someone she knew was in some type of situation they couldn't handle. She also knew better than to think bad thoughts of the well being of any of her students, so she just decided to forget the ordeal.

"I'm sure he's fine. He'll probably be here anytime now."

Well in a way it seemed kind of out of line to give false hope to people. Over an hour had passed and there was still no sign of Matsuki Takato.

"It's official. Takato has ditched school."

"Kazu…enough. He's probably sick today."

"Or he could be playing hooky."

Ms. Asaji frowned again. "That's something you would do. Which I should thank you for reminding me. You still haven't served your detention after pulling your little stunt with that hair bleach last week."

Hiro Kazu groaned. "Oh come on Ms. Asaji! The white hair still looks good on him."

"That was before it starting shedding." Kenta pointed out.

"…oh."

"What do you think Wong?" Shiota Kenta asked.

"…"

"Henry?"

"…huh?"

Wong Lee Henry snapped out of his thoughts as he turned to look at Kenta seated in front of him. Henry had been quiet the whole period and hasn't said a word since they came into the classroom.

"…about what?"

Another thing Kenta noticed was that he hardly paid attention to any of the small conversations that went on in the classrooms. It wasn't strange to him, most of the kids usually didn't care what went on in the room; it was the fact that it happened almost everyday.

"You know…think Takato really ditched school?"

Henry tilted his head in confusion. "What? Takato's not here?"

Kenta blinked in surprise. "Man he really wasn't listening," he thought.

"Uh…yeah, he hasn't been here for half the period."

Henry leaned back in his chair. "Mm…I don't know. Takato doesn't look like the type to cut school. If anything he'd probably get caught before he went on with it. "

"…"

"It just doesn't seem right. It's out of character for him. No matter how much he hates this place."

Kenta looked up at the ceiling. "You do have a point."

"…" Nothing was said after that and Henry stared off out the window. It wasn't that he didn't like talking to the others…it just felt awkward now. One thing he realized though was that he stayed home way too much as the normal tan color he would have on his skin was starting to pale.

"I really need to get out more," he noted grimly. Henry let his eyes drift around the room, noticing the many kids catching their late morning sleep. Others seemed to just stare off into space like he would normally do. One girl blushed and turned away from him wondering why he was staring at her so attentively. He let a smile flow across his face as he decided to look somewhere else.

"Heh. Terriermon would have shot off his mouth if he saw me staring at her."

Henry slightly frowned when he caught himself thinking about the floppy-eared digimon. He looked two his left and noticed that two rows away was an empty desk.

Takato really wasn't here.

Henry mentally scolded himself for not paying attention long enough to notice Matsuki was absent from the classroom. He was really out of it today. And it wasn't his only day. Other days during his Martial Arts class he would hardly focus on his task and would usually daydream all day.

"Heck…I'm starting to act like Takato…" he pondered.

He looked back to the empty seat and frowned as seconds went by into minutes…then hours. He really wasn't coming. One thing Henry thought he would never have to feel after their digimon left was starting to nag him the same way it was doing to Ms. Asagi. And he couldn't stop thinking about it. For once in two years…

He was worried.

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It was way into the afternoon that school almost ended when a large crash was heard in a bakery. People stopped and stared in confusion at the strange noise heard inside, then continued on knowing it wasn't their business to pry.

"What do you mean he's in a coma!" a young woman cried out.

A man in white clothing who looked similar to a doctor sighed as he adjusted his glasses pushing it slightly up his nose. Another man was seated on the table looking just as worried as his wife.

"Nothing seems to be wrong with him Ms. Matsuki," the doctor finally spoke. "There are no signs of any type of illness or body failures. His heart rate is good, breathing signs are normal; he's as healthy as an ox!"

Mr. Matsuki stood up as customers began coming into the shop. Ms. Matsuki simply sat in the chair and sighed in agony. It had been almost six and a half hours onto seven and Takato still hadn't woken up. She kept shaking him in the morning to wake up, scolding him that he was already late for school, but he simply slept there in the bed

…as if he was dead…

"How long do you think it will last?"

The doctor stared at her for a moment before looking somewhere else. "I'm not sure. Some rare occurrences people would normally wake up as if nothing ever happened, while others…well…" he trailed off.

Mei frowned deeply. "What? What is it?"

"They…never wake up at all."

Her eyes widened at the horrible thought. She did not want her only son to…die…if it was the case. She cried as she placed her head over her arms while the doctor simply frowned wishing he could do more.

"Please…Takato…wake up…"

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Upstairs into the bakery…a small groan was made from the bed as a boy lifted his head up, holding it gingerly.

"Jeez…I feel like I just had a hangover."

Opening his eyes he looked around the room noticing that it was bright and early as the sun that beamed through the window proved it. He groaned stepping out from under the covers trying hard to shake off the nauseating feeling coming from his stomach.

"Man am I hungry…huh?"

Looking on his piled up desk he noticed his clock in the shape of an Agumon covered in a heap of papers. Brushing them aside he stared at the clock…

…A sudden shock hitting him hard.

"WAAAA! I'M SO LATE!"

Within record time, Takato Matsuki dove into his closet, grabbing an oversized light blue shirt, faded blue jeans and his goggles, made a mad dash for the bathroom…

Not even noticing the large noises he made upstairs…

"What in the name of…" The doctor murmured as he heard what sounded like a muffled scream followed by large thumping sounds. He looked at Mei, who was still a bit teary eyed, had the same confusion displayed across her face.

"Umm…do you have any other siblings in the house?"

"Why no but…"

She gasped. It couldn't be…

"I'm late I'm late I'm late I'm late!" yelled the goggle-head as he tore down the stairs like a stampeding elephant…missing the initial shock on everybody's faces. He went into the refrigerator, practically diving head first in, grabbing any on the go snack.

"TAKATO!"

"Mmm? Mmm!" Young Matsuki poked his head out the fridge with a mouthful of marshmallows, was suddenly attacked by a barrage of hugs and kisses.

"Oh Takato we were so worried about you!"

Takato nearly choked after being crushed by his mother's bear hug. He swallowed the white fluffy snack before tilting his head in mild confusion.

"What are you talking about?"

"What am I talking about?" she practically shouted. "What am I talking about! Takato I thought you were…"

Takato's dad stopped her before it got any worse. "Hun…you're scaring him…not to mention the customers…"

Mei blinked away her tears noticing that everyone was staring at her.

"Oh…"

"Eh…did I miss something?" Takato asked more confused than before. Not to mention nervous. His mother was acting very strange…he also noticed a doctor standing in the room near the table as well.

"No it's nothing…" his father replied, ignoring the silent protest from his wife.

"O-kay…" Takato said before realizing his state. "Oh no I'm late bye mom bye dad!"

"No wait! Taka-"

(SLAM)

"…to

Too late. Takato was already out the door running down the sidewalk. Mei frowned wondering what happened just a minute ago.

"Richard why did you let him run off like that!"

He sighed as he looked at the doctor for a way out of it. He only shrugged.

"I…I think…it'd be better if we didn't tell him anything, seeming as he doesn't remember anything that's going on."

"He makes a point…" The doctor added. "It seems Takato has no idea the state he was in. If anything he probably thought he was still asleep. I think some fresh air would do him some good; he's been in that bed for too long.

"I…I guess you're right…" Mei frowned, feeling defeated. Mr. Matsuki on the other hand chuckled at a funny thought.

"I wonder how long it will be before he realizes school is already over." The doctor pondered out loud.

"I'm betting five bucks he'll be sitting in the classroom for a good ten minu-"

(THWACK)

"Richard Matsuki!"

"What? It was funny…"

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Takato raced down the sidewalk not caring for anyone or anything that got in his way. The dream he had last night was a strange one indeed. What was it about he wondered. That last bit with the creature confused him to no end, though he was a bit relieved that he woke up from it.

"Too bad I only saw its eyes," Takato thought disappointedly. It kind of shamed him that he cried out because he saw two big eyes. They didn't look very big the more he thought about it. It was so close to his face was the reason drew back in surprise. Not terror.

Another thing he wondered was why the doctor was at the bakery. And his mother…

She was crying.

It hurt to see her in tears. But about what though? Takato shook off the thought as he rounded around a corner, ready to burst at full speed when he had the momentum. He would have to talk to his parents about it later. Right now, he was seriously late.

"Man Ms. Asagi is really gonna kill me with detentions now- WAAH!"

"HEY WATCH I-"

Takato was flung onto the grass along with someone else after slamming into them at full speed. Apparently he did get the momentum to give the edge he needed to run, but that made less friction for him to stop. Matsuki groaned as he got up feeling that same headache from his dream.

"Oh man did that hurt…"

"That's not the only thing that's going to hurt buster!"

"Huh? Oh crap…"

Takato looked up at the person he ran into only to meet their large fist in his face.

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Ouch that will seriously hurt next chapter.

Anyways…sorry again for the delay in updating anything I've been really lazy these past few month as I had plenty of time to update them. I will update the Earn your trust fic next weekend and after that, I'm gonna focus more on this fic.

Hopefully you guys are still here to read and review.

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