Dark Qiviut: Thank you so much for reading and leaving so many reviews, I'm so happy that you stayed with me till the final chapter. Izzy will redeem himself a little in this chapter but I'm really glad you don't hate him! There will be more Davis and Ken sappiness in this chapter so I hope you enjoy this last installment of "Walking in the Dark". Have happy days Dark Qiviut. GO RED SOX!
Takuya: Will, my friend, this is the chapter you've be waiting for! The fluff that will make up for all the angst. I'm going to miss reading your reviews! And you're right, Ken hit rock bottom so now all he can do is go up! I hope you love this last chapter and thank you so much for reading my story! Take care Takuya!
Wyntermajik: I'm so happy that a sweet reviewer like you read my story! Yes, finally I can rightfully call my story a Daiken, and after waiting such a long time for it makes they getting together so much better! I'm sad to see the last chapter go up too….but hey, at least you can read it over and over right? I can't write it over and over unfortunately! Thank you so much for all of the prodigious reviews and making my life so much better knowing I had an awesome person like you read my story! Enjoy that last chapter Wyntermajik!
Largo-sensei: Yeehaw! I promise nothing will fall apart in this chapter, Ken has already dealt with too much for that! I'm was so evil to him! It's awesome you were gushing with happiness over the chapter, I'm gushing with happiness over you reading it! I hope you guys never pull out those pitchforks (although another review did already L) I'm only trying to please you! I love you guys so much, I hope you love this next chapter Largo-sensei and gush with happiness over it! Thank you again for the review!
BreathMeDeep: Yay! You love me story, that's so prodigious! I'm glad you thought the last part was cute, I hoped that it would more up for all the angst. Onizuka is such an remarkable eves dropper, and thank goodness he did or else this might be rated "M"! Hope you love the last chapter and thank you for the review BreathMeDeep!
LonelyWalker: Yes! You kept reading! This is the happiness day of my life. It's amazing you kept from bouncing off the walls because I can't! You guys are so awesome I can't describe how happy I am in words! Thank you so much for sticking with me all this time and reading m story till the end, you're so marvelous LonelyWalker! Take care and enjoy the last chapter!
Ryuko: Happy endings are splendid aren't they! I'm sorry the fireflies make you think of that movie….every time I watch it I cry….so I hope that this will give you some warm fuzzy thought when you think of fireflies. A million words of thanks for sticking with my story, here's the last chapter…I hope you love it Ryuko and may fireflies light up your life! ….okay, that was a little corny but I'm so happy I couldn't help it.
Endoh Chiaki: Yes, finally Daiken goodness. They'll kiss again in this chapter, promise. Here's my update…sorry it's not soon but I wanted to get this chapter just right! Thanks so much for reading "Walking in the Dark" my friend, I hope you love the next chapter, take care Endoh Chiaki!
Ficmaster: Hey, awesome chapter for an awesome reviewer! I hope you adore the last chapter Ficmaster, thank you so much for reading it!
Kinoko: I rock? Wow….finally people actually think I rock! Well, you rock too Kinoko! Unfortunately….someone has flamed my story….it made me cry and laugh at the same time because my little flamer was too incapable of leaving a good flame, thus the laughter. To tell you the truth (my spelling sucks too… thank God for spell check). It makes my sad that it's ending too….at least you guys can read it again and again..but I don't get to write anymore! Thanks for being such an awesome review and I hope you love the last chapter.
LoveSovereign aka (): ….stop reading? ACK! My heart, it's breaking…..sorry about Ken, it just turned out that way…..I'm really sorry, I didn't mean to upset you or anything. Well…..Thank you so much for reading it, it makes me so happy when I get reviews like you. I hope you take care and that friend of yours better get his ass in shape, if not…you can always kick it for me. Hope you finish it. Thanks for everything.
Airkid: Man, I'm going to miss getting reviews from you! You're such an amazing kid, thank you so much for always leaving such a nice review. Also, thank you for calling me kind; I try my hardest for you guys and I'm glad you guys appreciate me and my story. Well….this is it, here's the last chapter, I hope you love and will come back and read it every once and awhile!
Hotaru007: You already heard what I had to say.
Bweiss: Well, you kick ass too! I love "A Thousand Words" and I'm glad you appreciated the song in there! Me and my "Davis" used to sing in together all the time. I hope you love this chapter Bweiss and thanks for the kick-ass review!
AmberBlood: Thank you so much for your many reviews and sticking with my story! Ken hit rock bottom and now it's his turn to have some fun. You'll learn more about Ken's parents in this chapter and it sums every up with some good Daiken fluff! Thanks AmberBlood, here's the last chapter, hope you love it!
Lugga: Glad I made your day! You made my day every time you dropped a review, you're my first reviewer so you deserved having a chapter dedicated to you! Thank you so much for all of your reviews and reading it. You're an awesome person Lugga, hope you love the chapter! Love you! I'll miss you!
"Like You Need To Know My Name": Wow…and I though the other flamer was idiosyncratic! Thanks for the "constructive criticism" it really "helped me out". See, if you waited for this chapter you wouldn't be complaining about Izzy and I personally think after months of silent torment from your best friend and your parents dying in a train accident that you'd be a little weak too! But oh well…I guess you believe Ken doesn't have feelings either! Have a nice day and thank you for reading some of my master piece which you obviously didn't like but kept reading anyway!
Kairan Akiyama: Seriously, it's for pleasant people like you that I continued writing this fic. I'm glad my writing and plot was able to move you to tears; it just makes me sad when people say that they're being treated like Ken by their friends. I hope a lot of people read this and pick up the message you did. Also, I'm glad you gave me some constructive criticism unlike other people whom we won't mention, I'll definitely proof read it over before I print it out for myself and my "Willis". Sorry that this chapter came out a little late, the 6th Harry Potter came out and my life became on hold! I cried for poor Dumbledore and felt so bad for Draco (my favorite character)! You're an awesome person, drop an email to me sometime if you want to chat! Thank you so much Kairan Akiyama, it's reviewers like you that keep good stories going!
Final Author's Note for "Walking in the Dark" (Please Read): Wow, what a journey, what a long walk through the dark. When I first starting writing this story it was to get over my own terrible experience with my best friend whom you all know as my "Davis"; I had no idea how many people would read it- if people would read it at all; I had no idea that there were that many of you that have your own "Davis" in your life. Friendship is a terrible thing to waste, and love is too precious to throw away, yet these "Davis" people waste it all in their own stubborn, selfish world. Now, I hope many people will read this story and take it to heart not to be a "Davis"; and hey, if you are a "Davis" and know it, apologize, "Ken" will forgive you.
I'm so happy I got a chance to write this and give people a story they can read over and over again, a story everyone can relate to. It's going to be so weird for me to sit down and not think "Okay, what I'm I going to do with Onizuka in this chapter?" or "Hmmm, will Davis seem more human in this section?" and the panicking thought of "Oh no! I hope the readers like this chapter better than the last, the last thing I want to do is disappoint them!"
Everyone who reads this story, I want to thank you. You are all awesome fireflies. I probably would've stopped writing it before it was done if it hadn't been for you guys! And hey, if you have friends who like Digimon, tell them to read it to! If you leave a review after this chapter I promise to email you back my gratitude….unless you really don't want me to annoy you!
Sorry that this chapter is a little late, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came out so life was on hold for me! If you haven't read it then….WHAT THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I loved it right to death, poor Draco!
Well, without further ado, I give you the last chapter of my story, "There Will Always Be Fireflies". Enjoy the last, sweet piece of chocolate I'll give you for a while!
Your Faithful Angel of Music,
Disclaimer: I do not own Digimon, or Onizuka from GTO, they own me.
This is for my "Davis", Ron. I hope one day you read this story and realize how much pain you put me through. I also hope you realized that I bear no hatred or resentment toward you, only sorrow for the lose of a great friend.
Walking in the Dark
Chapter 11: There Will Always Be Fireflies
Izzy paced nervously in his office, a million thoughts ran through his head but he couldn't grasp any of them. He started pulling at his spiky red hair in frustration and cursed under his breath; how could he possibly make a mistake! Izzy, the Creator of Tenti-Soft and the killer of Mirco-soft, had no room to make mistakes, yet somehow he just happened to blow up the train his friend's parents were on! Some Child of Knowledge he was! Izzy collapsed at his desk and groaned, when did he become so cold? Of course people mattered, when did others become so meaningless to him? So many questions yet never enough time to answer them. The red head rubbed his forehead and pressed an intercom button to his secretary, "Li, would you be a dear and get me some of that tea I like?"
There was some static until a stiff voice answered, "Get your own damn tea, I'm busy."
Izzy snorted and pressed it again, "Your job is to get please my every need!"
The red head could almost see Li roll his eyes, "You're too needy."
Izzy growled in irritation, "Okay, just get your skinny Chinese ass in here! NOW!"
Li walked in clearly angry. Izzy almost laughed, the Chinese man looked so funny when he was angry! Light shone off his spiked black hair as he approached Izzy's desk, "You're not going to fire me are you?"
"Sorry, today's not your lucky day," Izzy leaned back in his chair, "Li, who rescued you when you were an inch from death?"
"Good, who hid you from the Italian Mafia and gave you a safe home to live in?"
"Good, now, who is going to get me a cup of tea?"
Li sighed, "I am?"
Izzy nodded, "Hurry, I'm expecting someone soon. And no more arguing!"
Li rolled his eyes and sauntered off, Izzy groaned and wondered why he helped that guy in the first place. He looked at his watch, Ken and Onizuka and maybe Davis would be showing up in ten minutes. Izzy bit his lip and hoped that Ken would show himself as the Child of Kindness and understand that Izzy was truly sorry. He ran a hand slowly through his hair as Li came back with the tea and set it next to Izzy's other hand which rested on his massive oak desk. The Chinese man gave Izzy a somewhat sympathetic look and turned his back to leave.
Izzy picked up the hot tea, "Li…thank you."
The man nodded and left the office. Izzy leaned back in his chair and watched the door reopen a few minutes later. Onizuka walked in first wearing his white teacher suit and looked somewhat nervous. Ken followed him in a nice pair of dark blue jeans and a form fitting black turtle neck despite the growing summer heat. Davis lingered by the door for a moment and then opted to wait outside; Li stood up and closed the thick oak doors leaving the three alone.
Onizuka let Ken sit down first and chose to stand behind him instead of taking the other seat. He rested his hands on the back of Ken's chair and bowed his head. Izzy looked at Ken for the first time in many months and saw that Ken looked much paler and thinner than when he last saw him. Ken's face bore no anger or hatred, just deep sorrow for losing the remainder of his family. Izzy sipped his tea and then set it down next to the telephone. He stared at Ken for few minutes and then broke the silence:
"It's been a long time Ken.."
Ken looked up and him, his eyes resembling soft pools of velvet, "It has."
Izzy bit his lip, "I want to tell you Ken….you've always been like a brother to me. I know I messed up, I won't lie about that." He started fidgeting with a pencil, "I guess I was being greedy…I wanted you for myself, as my family. But…." he looked at the ceiling, "but I just ended up screwing up your life Ken….I'm truly deeply sorry."
Ken looked at him slightly confused, "I know my parents were on that train you accidentally blew up….but it sounds like you're apologizing for something more than that Izzy…"
"Yes…you see, the reason Davis 'ignored' you was purely my fault."
Shock spread across Ken's features followed by a dark, melancholy look, "What did you do Izzy?"
Izzy took a deep breath and proceeded to tell Ken about the afternoon Davis asked him and how Izzy responded. Ken's face continued to have the same melancholy look to it and he stared at the desk rather than stare at Izzy. The red head looked at Ken, "It's because I wanted you for myself, I thought Davis would be bad for you. I was proven wrong when I found out he sat by your side every chance he could at the hospital and even sung to you to show he was there. I was wrong about Davis….and everything really. I'm sorry Ken."
Ken sat for a few minutes thinking about what he was just told; Onizuka looked at Izzy and asked, "Do you even know who the real SandWhale is?"
Izzy shook his head, Ken surprisingly did the same. He voice was soft as he said, "I never knew his real name, he was just an online friend…it's strange you would use him Izzy."
Onizuka nodded, "Especially since I'm SandWhale."
Ken and Izzy looked at Onizuka shocked, Ken gave a small smile, "No wonder I liked you so much when I met you in the park."
The violet eyes turned toward Izzy, "Well, Koushiro. This is quite a predicament we're in….you killed my parents and made my life a living hell for the pass few months…"
Izzy winced slightly as Ken continued in a soft voice that held no emotion, "I suppose since you did both things unintentionally it's not as horrible. You didn't know my parents were on the train so it's not like you personally attacked them in the attempt to kill them; but why you put a bomb on a civilian train is beyond me.
For a long time now I've been walking in the dark all alone, during that time I've thought over many things. About what true friendship was and how sometimes it blossomed into love, after I think about what happened now, I want to thank you."
Izzy gave a very confused look, "Thank me?"
Ken nodded and continued, "If you hadn't told Davis those things he wouldn't have started to ignore me. After Davis stopped talking to me I realized how much I looked him, then I realized without a doubt that I loved him. Davis saw me struggle every day but felt like he couldn't do anything without breaking his own heart, he become conscious of my feelings as well as his own….. Thanks to you we both realized how much we loved each other…..I think if this didn't happen we would've dated for a week or two and then go back to being friends to avoid the strange emotions."
Izzy blinked and remained silent, Ken took a deep breath and kept going, "I know this sounds very strange to you Koushiro…Izzy, it's like a feeling I can't really describe. I feel that I can forgive you for what happened with me and Davis but it's going to take some time for me to get over my parents deaths….the remainder of my family is now….dead. I don't hate you Izzy, I just can't understand your thinking pattern anymore, I'm sorry."
"I'm sorry that I can't give you a start answer right now, all I ask for is some time until I see you again. However Izzy, let it be known that my mind has forgiven you but my heart hasn't yet."
Izzy bowed his head, "Thank you Ken, you are truly kind…I hope someday I'll win your trust back."
Ken stood up and lowered his eyes to Izzy's desk, "You will, don't worry about that."
"Well," Izzy sighed and stood up, he walked around his desk and softly embraced Ken, "if you ever need to talk.. I'll be here."
Ken let one tear slide down his cheek, "I know."
"Take care of yourself Ken."
"I will Izzy."
The red head let Ken go and let Onizuka shake his hand. He sat back down and watch the bleached teacher escort Ken out; at least in went better than he thought. Izzy pressed the intercom button, "Li, can you get two glasses and a bottle of brandy please."
There was some static as Li responded, "Anything for you Izumi-san."
Onizuka dropped Ken and Davis off at the cemetery, "Ken, be home at nine o'clock alright?"
"Yes Eikichi, thank you."
Davis laced his fingers with Ken as they slowly descended to the polished stone that bore the name "Ichijouji". Neither boy said a word as they walked pass the numerous grave markers, Ken looked at the ground thinking. If his parents had survived then how would he have explained the reasons for his attempted suicide? Would he have been able to see Davis? Would Ken's mother insist he'd be home schooled or move again far away from his old life? Ken bit his lip as Davis stopped and pulled him back, "Hey Ken, it's here."
Ken bowed his head and Davis quickly pulled him into a comforting hug, "It's going to be alright Ken."
The indigo haired teen rested his head on his boyfriends shoulder and looked at the simple stone that meant everything and nothing. That everything in his life changed and there was nothing he could do to bring his parents back. Davis rubbed Ken's back and buried his face in Ken's hair. They remained like that for a long time until Ken gently pulled away and kneeled in front of his parents grave.
"Hey Mom, hey Dad….I miss you, I hope you're happy up there. I just what you to know that you don't have to worry about me like Sam, I'm fine now. Like you always use to say Dad…once you hit rock bottom the only way to go is up. I want you to enjoy the after life and please take care of Sam for me…he needs you both so much. I promise you I will never try to kill myself again…I have no reason to now. I don't want you to worry anymore, I' m so happy that you were my parents, I'm happy I got the chance to know you over the past sixteen years of my life. Rest in Peace…please, for me. I love you both.."
Davis put a hand on Ken's shoulder, "It's okay to cry now Ken."
Ken shook his head, "No more tears Davis, I've cried too much over these past few months. I want them to know everything's going to be alright…and it will be."
Davis kneeled down next to Ken and embraced him lovingly, Ken smiled softly and looked at the grave marker again, "I never thought that I'd have to live without you in my life, I never could guess that you'd be gone. I wish that I just could've said goodbye. I'll always remember you all….Mom, Dad, Sam. Thank you so much for everything."
The indigo haired genius kissed the middle of his hand and pressed it too the stone, "Good-bye."
Davis helped him too his feet and intertwined their fingers together, "Let's go to the park Ken."
Ken looked back at the grave one more time as they left and smiled, everything was going to be alright.
Davis pulled out his old soccer ball when they reached the park and dropped it on the ground, "First one with five goals wins."
"Okay," Ken smiled, eager to leave his depression behind him. The mahogany haired Goggle Boy gave a swift kick to the ball and started the game. Ken soon forgot everything he was thinking about and only focused on the game. Davis faked the ball to the left and then ran down their makeshift field, Ken skirted ahead of him and stole the ball back. It was half an hour before the first goal had been made, and after that first goal it started to rain lightly. Davis and Ken continued playing in the rain, mud splattered everywhere and they both thought of an earlier time when they did this; a time where they went back to Ken's house and his mother fussed over them worried sick they'd catch colds.
After three hours of playing the rain stopped and Davis scored his fifth goal ten minutes later; the ending score was 5-4. Both boys crawled beneath a tree onto the wet grass and collapsed from the intense game. Davis pulled Ken toward him and let Ken rest his head on his shoulder. They panted satisfied and content as the sun started to set; Davis moved so that they were in a sitting position and leaning up against the tree so they could watch the sun set. Goggle Boy II couldn't remember a time where he felt so at peace; he smiled and started playing with Ken's hair as the last rays went down.
As it started to become darker, little lights started floating around them--bathing them in a warm, yellow light. Ken lightly laughed and snuggled closer to his boyfriend, "Hey Davis, look! Fireflies…"
"Yeah," Davis rested his cheek on top on Ken's head, "There's so many of them that's sometimes you have to wonder if there was a time when they weren't around."
"Like there's so many good times you often forget there was any bad times."
Davis raised his head up and looked lovingly at Ken, he loved the other so much that it hurt. Ken looked up and Davis a stroked his cheek, violet eyes met chocolate brown. Ever so slowly Davis moved his head down and softly kissed Ken, the other boy returned it causing Davis to pull up on his lap. He pulled away and pulled Ken into a tight embrace, "I love you so much Ken."
"I love you too Davis, I always will.."
Davis laughed a little and cried with joy, "I've never been so happy before, every moment with you becomes more precious than the last."
Ken ran his fingers through Davis' spiky hair and kissed him on the forehead tenderly, as he pulled away he softly said, "I told you that I couldn't live without you."
Fireflies drifted around them as Davis pulled Ken in for another kiss, when he broke it off he drew Ken in so the other boy rested his silky, violet head on his shoulder. Stroking Ken's hair he whispered, "And you won't have to Ken."
He held Ken for a few moments in silence, letting the fireflies quietly buzz around them. A smirk broke slowly on his face as he coyly whispered in Ken's ear, "Hey Ken.."
Ken rolled his eyes, "Oh Davis, you know I hate this game."
"I know, but still!"
Ken looked up at Davis with his violet eyes, "Okay, what is it Davis?"
Davis grinned and whispered sexy like in Ken's ear, "I wouldn't mind if it was just you and me. Screw T.K. and Kari and Yolei and Cody, even Willis. I could live with just you….I don't want to think of a time when you're not around."
Ken smiled and gently touched Davis' cheek, "You know what?"
"You won't have to."
They kissed again--sitting under a tree in their favorite park--with fireflies floating around them--wishing that the moment would last forever.
As they broke off for air Davis looked deeply into Ken's eyes and tenderly whispered, "Whenever you're around, there will always be fireflies."
T.K. looked at his laptop satisfied and clicked the save button, Kari came up behind him and looked at the last line, 'There will always be fireflies.'
"Hey T.K., what's that?"
"It's a story Kari. A story that's filled with despair and love, pain and beauty, teachers with bleached hair, a train explosion, and two friends finding out their more than friends."
Kari smiled and rubbed T.K.'s knowing exactly what story it was, "So what are you going to call it?"
T.K. sighed and tapped his chin twice, "Well let's see, Ken always described it as--and Davis did to….I guess….the only right title would be Walking in the Dark. What do you think Kari?"
She kissed him on the cheek, "I think it fits….but we really have to head over and deliver that soup. Ken and Davis can't seem to get over those colds they caught last week!"
T.K. laughed, "Yeah, go ahead, I'll catch up."
Kari nodded and walked off into the kitchen. T.K. looked at the screen one last time, stood up, and cracked his back. He smiled down at his computer and turned it off; scratching his shaggy head he picked up his leather coat and hit the light switch. That was the end of it, and just like T.K. hoped, it turned out to be a happy ending. He chuckled and grabbed Kari around the waist, "Hey Kari, don't you just love happy endings?"