Episode 12
THE METAL CITY

"Once Auramon had defeated Kazikonzamon, we decided it might be a good idea to get out of the mountains before somebody else attacked us. Auramon led the way since she knew the mountains, but when we reached the peak of the highest mountain, there was nobody around, which was just too creepy. And then to make things way worse, the entire mountain simply opened up all of a sudden and then slid back together as if nothing had happened. And if that wasn't bad enough, once everything had cleared, we saw that Lily and Auramon were gone! But I think I know where they went." -Tai

Sora and Biyomon were wandering through a vast jungle when Sora decided to make a diffident half-suggestion.

"If you digivolved, you know, we'd be able to fly out of here and maybe find the others."

Biyomon shook her head. "I can't do it right now. I'm just too hungry. Besides, even if I could, we wouldn't be able to spot the others from the air if they're all in the jungle. The foliage is too thick."

Sora, who had been thinking the same thing, nodded her agreement. "Well, I hope someone will find us."

"You're in luck, then," a voice said from behind them.

Sora and Biyomon whirled around. "Matt!" Sora cried.

"And Gabumon!" Biyomon added joyfully.

"Yeah, we're here, too," Matt said, not sounding too thrilled about it.

"Where are the others?" Sora demanded.

Matt shrugged. "Beats me. You're the first person I've seen all day."

"Maybe the others aren't here at all," Gabumon suggested. "Maybe they're back on Earth."

Matt looked relieved. "Right. They'd be safe back on Earth."

"Matt, I'm sure wherever TK is, he's okay," Sora said quietly.

He looked at her, surprised. Then he smiled gratefully. "Right. But I guess we should still look for the others. Just in case."

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Lily woke up on a cold, hard floor in a cold, dark place, and realized she was lying on top of something warm and furry.

"Auramon!" she yelled, jumping up.

Auramon's eyes snapped open. "I'm okay, I'm okay!" Then she blinked. "What the...?"

"Are you all right?" Lily crooned, hugging her Digimon. "I think I was lying on top of you this entire time!"

Auramon smiled up at her. "Don't worry; you aren't THAT heavy. Besides, somebody had to try and slow your fall."

Lily vaguely remembered falling for a long time and then hitting the ground none too gently.

"Well, you must have slowed it, or else I'd probably be dead right now. Why didn't you digivolve?"

Auramon shook her head sorrowfully. "I couldn't. You let go of the digivice when we were falling. I don't know where it is."

"What?!" Lily dropped to her hands and knees and began crawling around. "It's gotta be around here somewhere."

"I don't know much about these digivices, Lily," Auramon began. "But your tag was glowing earlier. Then it stopped suddenly. If you're digivice was still around, I think it would probably still be glowing."

Lily fingered the tag absently. "Well, now what are we supposed to do? Just sit around in this hole?"

"I never knew this mountain was hollow," Auramon said as she walked morbidly around, her hooves clacking on the floor. She froze suddenly, and looked down. "Metal!" she yelled.

"What?" Lily said.

"The floor is metal! Why else would my hooves make a noise?"

Lily realized that she was right. "But why would a hollow mountain be made of metal? Unless..."
She looked around. "There's light coming from somewhere. And air, too! There's a tiny breeze, like a draft or something."

"Somebody put this here," Auramon said darkly. "This isn't natural." She spread her wings suddenly and leapt into the air. "AURA BEAM!"

A blinding beam of light suddenly shot from her eyes, making the entire area as bright as day.
Lily glimpsed a tunnel at the far end of the metal cavern just before Auramon's light disappeared.

"There's a tunnel or something over there," Lily said to Auramon, walking toward it.

"I saw it," Auramon replied grimly, hurrying to catch up.

The tunnel was short. After only a few minutes of walking, it suddenly opened up again into an enormous underground cavern. The cavern was filled with buildings and streets and alleyways and everything- all made of dark metal.

"Amazing!" Lily gasped. "It's like an entire city!"

"I think it is," Auramon said. "Take a look at this."

Lily followed her Digimon's gaze. There was a sign right above their heads, and Lily could just make out the words in the dim light: Metal City

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