Prologue

"Alright guys, 14 serving 12!" Kari yelled. She smacked the ball over the net with a powerful serve. Cody went to try to hit it over, but it fell short. Just it the nick of time, T.K. saved his teammates by hitting it to the way back on the opponent's side. He gave a thumbs-up to Davis and Cody, who gave one back. While they were distracted, Yolie hit it up to the front and Ken spiked it. They were too preoccupied to hit it over, so Yolie's team won.

"Fine, Yolie, you win," Davis said, practically choking on his words, "Start rubbing it in my face."

"Why Davis," Yolie said with a sarcastic tone, "I'm shocked! I would never do anything like that."

"Just get it over with."

"Fine, if you insist: Go me!Ibeat you! I-"

"Yolie," Kari shouted, "did you forget about Ken and me so soon?" Yolie turned to face her teammates.

"Okay, go us! We beat you guys! Okay, ya happy now?" Kari and Ken nodded. "So, what should we do now?" she asked. Cody replied, "Well, our digimon were done with their volleyball game about 10 minutes ago. Let's ask them." Everyone agreed.

"Ya know," Ken said loudly, "if the older digidestineds weren't in college, and Mimi was on our team, your team wouldn't have gotten a single point, Davis." Everyone laughed and went to ask their digimon what they wanted to do.

When they found them, each of their digimon was doing something different. Patamon and Veemon were having a race, while Wormmon judged. Upamon and Poromon cheered for their partner's teams then went on to the playground mid-game. Everyone was having a good time. That is, everyone except Gatomon. She wasn't really too interested in the volleyball game, so she climbed up a tree and let her mind wander. 'Look at them, playing and having a good time. What's there to celebrate? Okay, so I became a digidestined, and we did beat Myotismon, but…well…I miss Wizardmon so much. I just wish he were here so badly.' Gatomon silently cried, but stopped abruptly when she heard Kari approaching. "Hey, Kari I'm up here!" Gatomon shouted. Kari heard her partner and climbed up the tree and sat down right next to her friend. "Whatcha doing, Gatomon?"

"Um, well, I…"

"Hey, did ya see? Our team won the game! Yolie went and rubbed it in Davis's face. It was awesome. So, why don't we get down, and, I don't know, play some volleyball or play on the gym equipment. I mean, come on, you love going to the park. Well?

"No thanks, Kari. I'm not in the mood." Kari looked at her friend in disbelief and suddenly noticed that Gatomon's normally sapphire eyes were red and swollen. "Hey, are you okay?" Kari asked.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Just…tired, that's all."

"Okay, well remember that my brother is coming down from college for the other part of the 'party' and he'll be taking us home, so-" Her brother honking the car horn cut off Kari's sentence. "Well, say goodbye." Kari said and hopped down so Gatomon could gather up her thoughts. After saying goodbye, she climbed into the back seat, but then, she felt a tap on her shoulder. She turned around to see Veemon looking at her. He asked, "Hey, um… are you ok? Because, well, I know you as a really good volleyball player, and well, uh…you didn't really play a good game, no offense, so…I'm just curious and so is everyone else." Gatomon stared at each of the digimon, then back at Veemon. She stared at him and answered, "Oh, Veemon, I'm fine. Just a little…distracted. Actually, more like tired." She made a fake yawn that Veemon believed. "Don't worry about me. Bye!" she added sweetly and hopped into the back seat of Tai's car.

Later that night

Gatomon opened her eyes and looked around the room. "Huh, what the…?" she said groggily. She saw that she was in the living room. Great, I fell asleep on the couch with the TV on…again. She turned the television off and let her eyes adjust to the darkness. Then she tiptoed into Kari's bedroom and climbed into bed, which was the bottom bunk. Wow, ever since Tai went away to college, this room hasn't been so messy. Not to mention Kari and I get our own beds now. She turned to look at the clock. It read 3:27. Must get to sleep, must get to sleep. But no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't. She went over to the sliding door that leads onto Kari's balcony and looked at the city lights. She looked up at the crescent moon and the stars, like she had done when she longed for something. Only this time, she wasn't longing for the usual toy or candy tonight. Tonight, she longed to see her long- lost friend, Wizardmon, again. When she got tired of looking at the night sky, she went back out to the living room and curled up under the blanket on the couch. Her eyelids got heavy, and were almost closed. Suddenly she heard a high pitch droning noise, which made her wide-awake, coming from the computer room, so she went to investigate.

She slowly opened the computer room door and took a quick look. There were piles of books stacked on top of each other to make them look like columns. Not only that, but there were papers and more books scattered across the floor, so it was very easy to trip and fall. The computer was on, which was common, but the background was an eerie sort of green, which never happened. Gatomon went closer to the computer and tried to figure out why it was like that. Then, the ear-splitting high pitch noise went off again (it was coming from the screen) which scared Gatomon. She fell backwards and raced to the door, when she tripped over a pile of books and fell again. She turned around to find out what happened and saw something come out of the computer. When she realized who it was, all words escaped her, but after a minute, the figure approached her. She finally had the courage to speak.

"Wizardmon?" and with that, she fainted.