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ENTER THE NINTH DIGIDESTINED
We joined our heroes in the Digiworld who were chilling after yet another trying fight, when there was a buzz on Izzy's computer.
"Look you guys, e-mail from Gennai," Izzy said, and the rest gathered around him.
Gennai's voice on the computer said, "I have something you kids will definitely want to see. I found it this morning floating in the surf off the coast of Continent Server. Come to the first lake you can find and I will be there."
"Leave that to me," Gomamon said cheerfuly. "I am the expert on finding water."
"What could he possibly have for us?" Sora asked.
"I don't know but we've definitely got to go find it," Tai said.
"Oh, big surprise, Tai is ready to go," Matt said, rolling his eyes.
"Tai's right, we should go see," Izzy said. "Gennai did say it was important."
Without waiting for an agreement Gomamon jumped into the river. "C'mon, let's go! There's a lake not far from here!"
"What could make Gomamon happier than finding water?" Joe muttered as the kids and Digimon set off. After a few minutes of walking the river opened up onto a lake and they found Gennai waiting on the shore.
"Hi, Gennai," Izzy said.
"Hello, kids," he greeted them. "Got a little surprise for you."
He held up a hand, and dangling from it was...
"A tag!" all the kids and Digimon said in unison.
"Very good," Gennai replied. "Now let's see if you can figure out what this means."
"There's an ninth digidestined!" Izzy cried.
"Right again, you kids are getting smart," Gennai said. "Yes, there is an ninth kid and he's in your home town, once again."
"Who?" Tai demanded.
"I don't know. What do I look like, a psychic?"
"If the kid is in our home town, then that means we're going to have to find our way back," Matt said.
"Oh no," Mimi groaned. "Does anyone else remember the last time we went home?"
"I sure remember Myotismon," Agumon said. "Who could forget?"
"With our luck, we'll search the whole city, then at the last moment, find that it was somebody right under our noses the whole time," Joe moaned.
One by one the kids all looked at Kari.
"Don't ask me," she said. "I don't know who it is."
"Okay, let's not panic here," Tai said. "We have to figure out how to get back to Earth, but hopefully there won't be any rush. When we do get back, we'll start with people we know, ask them if they have a digivice or anything."
"But don't forget, Kari didn't have her digivice before Wizardmon found it and gave it to her," Matt said.
"I'm afraid he's right, the digivice could be anywhere," Gabumon said.
"Well, as of now, I think that's our best bet to go on," Tai replied. "Besides, we can at least use our digivice to try to locate the ninth one. Remember, they activate when they're near each other."
"Now that that's decided, how are we going to get to Earth?" Sora demanded.
"How about the cards?" TK suggested. "That's how we got to Odaiba the last time."
"But Myotismon's castle has been destroyed, along with the card pattern," Izzy said.
"I have the cards," Gennai said. "And I can create a new pattern. Now that you kids know how to figure it out, as well as which card is fake-"
"That would be mine," Agumon said.
"-you shouldn't have any trouble opening the dimensional rift."
"Gennai, that would be great!" Izzy said. "That would save us a lot of trouble."
"Good, and you can all help me," Gennai said.
"Ohhhhhhhhh," the kids groaned.
Finally the card pattern was finished. "And here are the cards," Gennai said, handing them over to Izzy.
"Okay let's see," Izzy murmured. He looked over the card pattern and quickly placed the cards into the right slots.
"Done," he said proudly as a hole began to tear through the sky. Through it they saw flashes of their home town.
"Home," Mimi said. "Oh, how wonderful!"
"Well, what are we waiting for?" Tai said. "Let's go!"
"Wait, you kids forgot the tag!" Gennai yelled, rushing after them. He grabbed Tai's hand and placed the tag into it. "There. Be careful and don't lose it!"
"I won't, I won't," Tai said as he and Agumon bounded quickly into the drift.
They fell for a very long time and suddenly they were lying face-down in the middle of an empty parking lot.
"Kari, are you all right?" Tai demanded. She murmured a reply. "Everybody okay?"
"I'm great," Matt said groggily. "The concrete broke my fall."
"Well, here we are again," Sora said, sitting up and touching her head carefully.
"At least this time we're a step ahead of any bad Digimon," Biyomon said.
"Don't say that!" Joe yelled. "You're going to jinx us."
"Aw, don't be a pessimist, Joe," Gomamon said. "We'll find this kid."
"Let's just hope that it won't be as hard as the last time we had to find a Digidestined," Matt said, ever optimistic.
Next episode: "HOME SWEET HOME"