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WDC: World Dance Competition
You'll be seeing these notices for the last time! (gasp)
Their Ultimate Comeback
When they arrived at Tokyo's best five-star hotel, the whole LimitZ dance crew instantly stormed their way to the outdoor swimming pool. The remaining months they spent most of their time vigorously training to get every little part of their routine precisely correct. The WDC provided all the group competitors with their own suite. They knew fairly well that each one of them deserved the time to relax with the competition being only the next day.
Mimi was the first into the pool. She did a perfect dive into the deep side, just missing TK as he pin bolted at the spot where she had been. Yamato and Taichi wrestled into the pool, roughly pushing Sora and Kari in the process that had been walking slowly down the steps. They shrieked as they adjusted to the colder temperature. Soon the lifeless pool erupted with ripples of waves and loud splashes being spun at every direction. After Sora tackling TK for trying to undo her bikini top, Taichi chasing Yamato after pulling down his board shorts with Kari and Mimi cracking up in laughter, they calmed down.
TK said quietly into Mimi's ear, "Let's make Sora and Matt bored so they can keep time for themselves."
It was then that the lights circling the pool dimmed and TK waddled through the water to Kari's side. It seemed he was telling her the same thing. When Mimi went to face Taichi, he was already there staring at her. TK had obviously passed him the message too. "Did he just say what I thought he said?"
"Maybe," Taichi smirked, waiting for her to answer her own question.
"How could we possibly get them to get together?" she muttered. Taichi shrugged then pointed at his sister and TK. She gaped. "No way."
They were making out in the pool. "I don't want to do that-"
Taichi already had his arm around her, his lips pressed against her. She wasn't willing to give in that easily. His breath was tickling her neck, but she didn't care. She was determined to not give in that easily. He then went to her neck. To her surprise, he didn't kiss her there. He lowered his voice so that only she could hear, "This is just a show to gross them out so that they leave together. TK's not really making out with Kari – I hope."
Mimi's mouth made an 'O' shape in understanding, but Taichi snuck his mouth connect with hers. He broke the kiss and saw her stare at him madly.
She raised an eyebrow, "Just for show, right?"
"Well, I couldn't resist it. You basically had it open for me. Might as well take the opportunity." Before she was about to hit him on the back of his head, he stopped her. "Wait a bit longer. You can't ruin our plan. Let's just stay like this for two minutes then you can tell me off when they're out of the pool."
"Fine," she replied through gritted teeth. She snuck a glance at TK and Kari. They sure were at it. She knew it more than a show, but she didn't want Tai to get angry and blow their show altogether. So she stayed there, in his arms, faces together, but not really. Somehow it felt calming feeling his breath against her face. Her legs wrapped around him and she felt him tense. "Like that, don't you?"
"You know, yourself, that you like damn fine in that bikini and I don't have to tell you myself. Why don't you tell me I have a sexy body?"
"You have a sexy body, you sexy man," she stuck her tongue out.
He grunted a laugh and hoisted her onto the cement edge of the swimming pool. He tossed his head at the place where Sora and Yamato had been. "Mission complete." He turned his attention to their other two accomplices, but they were still at it. Furiously, he splashed water at their direction. "Stop kissing her in front of me, TK! Did you even know they left?"
"Yes, we knew," Kari pursed her lips, but then her face became amused. "Tai, Meems…you should have seen their faces! They were so disgusted! I can't believe that worked!"
"I'm a genius, that's why," TK stated, ever so slyly.
"Yeah, you're a goddamn sneaky bastard for finding a way of making out with my sister in front of me!" Tai barked unpleasantly.
"But they'd better take this opportunity to fricken' get together already," Mimi declared. "Really, they should have ages ago. It'll be perfect."
Mimi observed TK whisper into Kari's ear. Her face looked rather serious, but then she gave a giggle. The two jumped out of the pool and exited the swimming pool.
Tai followed where Mimi's gaze. He was still watching them as they disappeared around the corner with a silent sort of vexation. "Tai?"
"You know - it's jinxed. I told you they're mushier than we are. Look at how the cuddle and canoodle. No matter how much I trust TK, it doesn't mean I fully trust him."
"That doesn't make sense. What do you mean?" she queried.
"I trust TK to be the best person for my sister. But when it comes down to it…he's a guy. What if she gets pregnant…argh…I don't want to think about it."
"Then don't. They're both sensible. But if, though it surely isn't going to, it does happen…you've still got to support her. She's your sister."
"I guess," he sighed. "It's just hard to adjust to. I just don't want to see her get her heart broken again. If she does…oh, TK's going to get it bad from me. He'll never hear the end."
"You're siding on him if he hurts my sister?!"
"It's a two way thing, Tai. And this whole hypothetical nonsense isn't even true," she said matter-of-factly.
"Well, well, well," a voice slit through their conversation. "It's good to see the both of you again."
Taichi positioned himself in from of Mimi, a snarl arousing on his face. "Acey," he glowered.
"I know, that's my name," the guy muttered off-handedly. He was by himself, looking calm from the other end of the pool as he leered at them menacingly.
"Even with no people here to back you up, you still enjoy picking meaningless fights, don't you? You really are a idiot," Tai sighed.
"Oh, don't be so egoistic now that you've got yourself some slut," Acey chuckled bitterly. "And meaningless fights? Why would any fight be meaningless. You're probably just sore because you know you've lost this competition. You didn't have a back up."
"Really?" Mimi rolled his eyes. "Grow up, Acey. You really need a life."
"I already have fun…so I'm enjoying this ironic meeting. You know…Jezebel was really good in bed," he chuckled again. "Too bad I destroyed your friendship. I found it immensely entertaining."
"Oh you're a sick asshole," Mimi sighed. "I'm really over it. I've found better friends…a better life…a better boyfriend."
"Like I even referred to you as my own girlfriend, whore."
Taichi strode his way to his direction, though it was hard when the water restricted him from going faster. Mimi held him back, "Don't worry about the ass."
"Yeah, you're a sissy after all. It would have been better if the bullet shot your hear instead of that leg of yours."
Mimi persuaded Tai to get a grip. "Let's go somewhere else." Luckily, he did. Instead of fighting his way back at Acey, he dragged himself out of the pool and held a hand out to her.
When she had gotten out of the pool he spoke. "I agree," he gave a charming goofy grin with a wink. "We've always got the bedroom."
She kicked him from behind.
Sora tugged around the cream towel around her neck as she walked bare footed down the hallway of the hotel. She had no idea where to go. She had thought to go to her room, the gym or one of the entertainment areas but wasn't really in the mood. She wanted some air. Obviously the swimming pool was occupied – so she had crossed that out of her list. She didn't really want to go in the streets, it was already dark and she hadn't stopped back in room to change. And then is struck her.
She enthusiastically scurried down the hallway and met hopped into one of the elevators. She grinned mischievously and pressed the highest floor. After pattering up one more flight of stairs, she opened the door and headed out into the leveled cement roof. She hurried to the edge of the large building and held her breath in when she realized how high up she was. Adjusting to the altitude she began to see Tokyo for more than its height. Bright colours flashed in no structured sequence whatsoever. It was beautiful. It had been a while that she'd noticed how beautiful the place she lived in was. The scenery calmed her down. Maybe it would be good to bathe in the moonlight for one night so she could forget the stress of the dance competition the next day.
She walked to the centre of the building, believing she had enough of the tasteful scenery and stood there. She took off the towel around her neck, and smoothed it out on the cement. Soon she was lying on her back, staring at the black inked evening sky. She smiled. The stars were scattered prettily that night. Unconsciously she began to sing the melancholic beautiful tune…
"It's me and the moon," she says.
"And I've got no trouble with that."
"I am a butterfly, but you wouldn't let me die."
"It's me and the moon she says."
"That's a sad melody."
Sora sat up instantaneously feeling rather startled. In the dark she scrutinized where the source of sound had come from. It was Yamato. Yet somehow, instead of her heart beating slowing…it continued at the fast irregular pace. "You scared me."
"At least you're not completely out of it," he grumbled, sitting down next to her. He also was still in his navy board shorts from the pool. "Did you know I was looking for you? You shouldn't be wandering off on your own. It isn't safe. You're lucky I caught sight of someone going to the top floor. I wasn't sure it was you…yet I was."
She paused, holding back the urge to snap back. With Yamato's cool persona, she had seen through the lines. He had worried for her. She was careless and didn't even think of the danger she could have caused…or what could happen to her. "Sorry."
He shrugged the apology, stretching and lying down next to her. "I know that song. I didn't know you could sing."
"I didn't intend for anyone to hear me singing," she said, embarrassed. She was glad the night was hiding her burning cheeks. "Compared to you…I'm just some off-key idiot."
"No, really. You sing well," he said. "I should be the one sorry. Sorry I haven't been around much. Everything's just been so-"
"Busy. I know. I've also got a florist to manage at the same time with our tiring dance practices." Her eyes wandered back at the sky. "The stars are beautiful…aren't they? They're so breathtaking."
He didn't reply. She was curious and snuck a glance at him. She tensed when she noticed that he was closer to her now. He was staring at her. "Yes, you're breathtaking."
"I didn't mean…I meant the stars."
"I don't care about the stars…I care about…" words failed him. In an abrupt movement, he had rolled right next to her and embraced her. Her face was even hotter now. She realized that she still had her bikini on and could feel his skin on her chest.
"Matt," she said faintly. Tears spilled down her eyes before she had the chance to hold them in.
His voice spoke as he rocked her. "It's stupid how I've let this go on. I've always loved you Sora…"
She choked on her tears. He let go of her, face pale. "Did I hurt you?"
"No, not at all," she laughed. "I'm just so happy. The waiting paid off, I guess. You don't need me to tell you I love you too…because I do."
He was so close now that she smelt a whiff of alcohol. Well, that explained the confession and how strange and energetic he had been the pool earlier…she thought to herself. Before she could think anything else, his lips erupted on to hers. She felt like she was drowning in so many emotions that she had waited for so many years. She had wanted him for so long…and now…she kissed him back.
She didn't care that he was a little bit tipsy. All she cared about was being with him. She had long waited for the time they would confess to each other. Under the starry blanket sky, the moment was perfect. It was about darn time.
"And I told you our little scheme would work," TK confirmed, cocky grin appearing on his face.
Kari rolled her eyes. "Okay, you were right. Now let's stop watching them at it…we've got other stuff to worry about."
"Way ahead of you."
Once they had entered and exited the elevator they got off at a certain level and strolled down the corridor. "Are you sure it's this way?" Kari accused.
"And I thought you trusted me," he said smoothly, a twang of humour in his tone. "I know where I'm going." When they arrived at room number 2494, he gave it a rough knock on the door. Seconds later the door bolted open to reveal a confused looking teenage boy…probably two years younger than they were.
"Who are you?"
"Umm…uh-" TK spluttered.
"I had a hunch that you weren't sure where you were going," Kari confirmed.
"Ajay? Who's that?" Soon a figure approached from behind him. The older girl glanced at them then swiftly turned around on her heel. "Angel, quick…get your butt here! They've come!"
The TK-look-alike soon appeared, rubbing his eyes wearily. "TK…Kari?" his voice drawled at the last name. "What's up?"
"Just wondering if you've got it all planned out," TK said, gazing at their suite from outside the room. "Our side's about just prepared for war…yourself?"
"Same," he sneered. "Acey won't know what's coming. He's really in for it now. Whatever else you've got to say…you better get it done with already. He might be back here any minute."
"Well…this. Take it," Kari muttered, resting a small green container into his hands. She saw him become slightly taut when her skin touched his. She was aware that Angel still liked her. She hated that he was feeling hurt.
"Green dye…what's this for?" Angel questioned suspiciously, playing with the container around with his fingers.
"Let's just say…one of my friend's is a master at this sort of stuff. I'm sort of taking the idea off her. One of her tricks was putting dye into her enemy's shampoo…"
Angel scratched his head. "In this case, I don't think it'll really work. Acey's got black hair…remember?"
"Which was how Kari and I came up with something else way better," TK snickered. "Like for instance…somehow apply it in his toothpaste…better effect. His teeth will be a great colour…and apparently, I heard, the pigment is quite hard to get out."
"Oh…that's evil…but pure genius." Angel said. Kari could have sworn that his eyes twinkled. "I'll put this to good work. You can count on me."
Jasmine had come back. "Sorry, had to get Ajay to watch TV. Didn't really want my younger brother to know our plans."
"Sure," TK shrugged.
"Just wanted to say thanks. It's a pity we won't be competing as real challengers…it was fun the last time. But…I don't see how else we could do it," Jasmine muttered. "Our dance group has never sustained so much blows. He's blackmailing all of us…this will become our ultimate comeback."
"I've gotta agree with that," Kari smiled. "Try your worst tomorrow…we really gotta get going…or this plan will be ruined if he catches us talking to each other."
"Yeah," TK said, eyeing the hallway.
"Don't worry," Jasmine called after them, with Angel giving them a wave. "We'll try our worst. The best show Tokyo will ever see."
The backstage was filled with a nervous chatter. A lot of the LimitZ supporters and friends had come and were conversing amongst the crowd. Alongside the dancers were the members of Yamato's old band. The WDC organization had granted permission that they were allowed to perform considering they were incorporated as a part of the dance routine's music. Bri was obviously excited. It had been his first time performing in front of a whole stadium of people. After peeking out of the curtains he bellowed, "Are you read to KICK ass? OUR DEBUT! WHATTT!"
"SHUT THE FUCK UP!" James snapped, causing all direction to be focused on the pair. Rosalyn patted James on the shoulder…and he kept quiet, cheeks looking a tad bit pink.
"He actually listens to you now," Leigh gasped, earning James to stomp on his foot. "What was that for?"
Matt chuckled but suddenly paled when James gave Rosalyn a kiss on the lips. Sora laughed, "Finally together?"
"Same could be said about the both of you. Congratulations in officially being real lovebirds," Rosalyn grinned, momentarily leaving James side to the duo. "You were right, Matt. James just needed a little pushing to admit that he cared for me."
"So what, Lyn? You tortured him after his admission? I can picture it now. Poor guy…with you gloating about it-"
It was Rosalyn's turn to laugh. She let her attention spring to Sora. Her hands gripped both of the other girl's wrists and turned them over. She smiled. "I'm impressed. Good thing they healed."
"I really owe you…you're really good," Sora said gratefully.
"Excuse me?" Matt questioned in bemusement. "Healed what?"
"Don't worry, Matt," Sora winked. "It's our little secret. Jealous?"
"Somehow that worries me even more."
"Haha…look at Abs checking out your DJ," Rosalyn commented. "DJ Zee…right? Oh, look! She's making her move!"
"Yeah," Matt shook his head as the trio observed female drummer fumble towards the red haired man. Izzy smiled at her as they introduced themselves to each other. At least Izzy wouldn't be a loner anymore. Matt felt guilty that he couldn't speak to everyone at once. "Abs has always been found of loud sounds. I have a feeling she'll want to know what drumming sounds Izzy can make from his decks."
"A technology based romance," Sora sighed. "How sweet."
On the other hand, on the other side, a blond boy snuck his way to where Mimi and Taichi were standing. "Here," Acey murmured, handing the phone to Mimi. She looked at Tai curiously, he gestured for her to answer it.
"Hello?" she greeted.
"Drew! Hi," she said astounded.
"Just wanted to wish the lot of you good luck. Is everything planned okay there?"
"Yes, it is. It's Tai's turf. He's got everything handled. His old gang are here tonight just to make sure there won't be much commotions," Mimi responded. "How about in America? Is everything handled there…Acey's still blackmailing Detour's families."
"I know," Andrew said from the other line. "Don't worry about it from where I am. I've got everything handled."
"Thanks so much, Drew. I'll ring you up soon."
"Yeah." There was a pause on the other line. "Love you." The line was cut off. She handed the phone back to Angel whose jaw was tight. He had been speaking with her boyfriend.
"Angel…hurry up, get lost. Your dance team is up next. If they catch you here…"
"I know, I know," Angel repeated. "You'd better get Cody read too."
"CODY!" Taichi called the young boy whom had been talking to Kari and TK. The boy nodded and followed Angel out of sight.
"Let's just hope this works," Mimi said, crossing her fingers together.
All of a sudden there was a cheer from the audience. The announcer yelled into the microphone. "Next up we have the reigning champions from last year – DETOUR!"
"Guys," Izzy beckoned, "Watch this!"
They all strode towards Izzy and gazed where he had been looking. Kari excitedly peered through the group and found Cody crawling on the floor. In an instance, Cody tied Acey's two shoelaces together and gave them a two thumbs up. TK cheered with the others having an equal reaction. "This is really going to be a blast."
They all still didn't move from their position as they watched Detour begin to start. Just as the music played, Angel left the stage, clutching his stomach and feigning sickness. Acey's eyes burned after him, but realized there was no point of thinking of his teammate but getting the show together. Jezebel danced first – soon her brother, Ajay, joined in. Their movements were obviously sloppy to what they'd known to be skilled at. As Acey was about to move next, he tripped – falling head first on to the ground. The music continued to pump and he squirmed on the ground, trying to see the reason why he had stumbled. The mistake was obvious because people in the crowd were now pointing.
"Oh, my…doesn't that look bad," Rosalyn giggled.
"Don't worry," Tai assured. "When their performance is over…there's still a lot more coming."
"LIMITZ! Get ready…line up on the stage. It'll be your turn next," one of the people working for WDC instructed, pointing for them to take their positions.
"Are you ready?" TK asked Kari. "You're shaking."
"I'm scared. I haven't felt this nervous in a long time."
"Don't worry…I'll be here," he said quietly, taking her hand. "You've worked so hard to become better. I know you can do this."
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The crowd hushed, waiting for the next performance. There was a sort of stillness that made the crowd intrigued as a thick layer of smoke engulfed the stage. Then suddenly a beam of light flickered in the middle of the stage and the first LimitZ dancer emerged from the thick clouds.
With brown hair in a firm bun, she glided gracefully to the even rhythm of the smooth instrumental jazz tune to Norah Jone's song – 'I Don't Miss You At All'. From the way she moved it was evident that this girl had once been a ballerina. Every now and again she'd do a series of perfect pirouettes around the stage, stunning the audience. They hadn't expected this. They were so used to LimitZ typical hip-hop dancing that it caught them all off guard. Since it was still the introduction to the performance, they really didn't know where the dancing was heading.
Mimi didn't know how she was pulling it off. Though she was dancing in ballet form, she was attired in heavy clothing. She wore a heavy ballroom dress with an additional petticoat, which dragged her to the ground that made it difficult for movement. The pale pink ballroom dress showed scuffles at the end of the dress, illuminating with plenty of detail. She then twirled to the left of the stage, taking a flower from her hair and handing it to the first couple – Sora and Yamato. Yamato put the pink flower into his front pocket of his black tuxedo. He also wore bowler hat on his head, white buttoned up top behind the blazer and shiny leather shoes.
Sora was wearing the same dress as Mimi, as was Kari when she went to the middle couple next. TK was looking sharp in the same tuxedo Yamato was wearing. In uniform, Mimi flitted to her partner on the right part of the stage. Tai had a firm face on, as if trying to remember the sequence. There had been a lot of encouraging from everyone for him to even get to dance to ballroom. "Get it on…quick!" Tai murmured stressfully as Mimi clipped the flower on. By the time she had done it, the waltz music began to play and they started to sway in rhythm. Mimi laughed.
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.
The centre of attention was on TK and Kari now. With them teaching the other members of LimitZ, the crew had voted that they be in the middle since they had the most experience with the dance. They spun and whirled.
"You scared?" TK questioned, even though he knew the answer. He reassured her, "You'll be fine, Kari."
"You've worked hard. You've become more healthy…you won't stuff up."
She nodded and they proceeded to waltz to the slow melody. On one occasion, someone from the audience whooped when TK had kissed Kari on the cheek. As Taichi danced besides his sister, he stared daggers above Mimi's head – directly at TK…who gave his typical response of a chuckle. And then Izzy transited the music into the next song.
Woah Woman, oh woman, don't treat me so mean,
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen.
I guess if you said so
I'd have to pack my things and go. (That's right)
The rhythm was faster and boppy. As Yamato took of his bowler hat and planted it on Sora's, from the edge of his eye he could see the other guys in the crew doing the same in equal timing. For the old style called swing, Yamato couldn't help but enjoy it. Sora giggled as he began mimicking the words, "Hit the road jack...don't you come back no more, no more…"
(Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more.)
What you say?
(Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more.)
"You know," Sora smirked. "I kinda feel sorry for him."
"Who?" Yamato asked curiously.
"As in the poor fella in this song?"
"Yeah, you could say that. The woman really wants him out of her life…doesn't she?"
"I guess so. I hope you won't do that to me."
"Not a chance," Sora beamed. "After all this time trying to get together, we're going to make our relationship work."
"That's for sure," he smiled, holding her frame in his arms as the swung to the catchy beat. Yamato waited for the music to change, glancing at Izzy who gave him a nod. The beat slowed down and finally rnb began to boom through the large speakers…
She makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up
Just one touch
And I errupt like a volcano and cover her with my love
Babygirl you make me say (Ohh ohhh ohhhh)
And I just can't think (of anything else I'd rather do)
Than to hear you sing (sing my name the way you do)
When we do our thing (when we do the things we do)
Babygirl you make me say (Ohh ohhh ohhhh)
There was a number of wolf whistles as the guys undressed the girls. After lots of practice tackling the difficulties of taking the ballroom dresses off, they successfully got it off in time for the chorus.
Sexy love girl the things you do
(Oh baby baby) Keep me sprung, keep running back to you
Oh I love making love to you
Babygirl you know you're my (sexy love...)
The girls were clad in red corsets and black shorts. The whistles continued.
"I'm glad that's off," Kari commented. "It was so difficult breathing. I mean, it still is…with this skanky corset on but I could hardly move in that thing. Right now, I'd kill to wear what you're wearing. We should exchange."
"Exchange?" TK was baffled. The thought of him in a corset was horrifying.
"You look hot though," TK complimented.
"Flirt," Kari pushed him, causing him to almost stumble back.
"Good one," he sniggered.
In unison, the girls put their hats back onto their partners' heads and flowed with the song. They mischievously put their lips on the guys' necks. The whole point of this bit in the routine was to dance 'sexy.' And it wasn't much help when the song was called 'Sexy Love,' as well. They had to pull of being raunchy and in unison at the same time. Even as raunchy as it sounded, it was quite fun. TK (as well as the other guys) obviously didn't mind. All they had to do was just stand there while the females in the group practically dirty danced on them.
Sexy love girl the things you do
(Oh baby baby) Keep me sprung, keep running back to you
Oh I love making love to you
Say babygirl you know you're my (sexy love...)
The girls then pushed each guy down. The song was the overwhelmed with another one.
Aren't you…aren't you – aren't you tired of this shit?
I'm a hustler baby [I'm a hustler
I just want you to know [Wanna let you know
It aint where I been [It aint where I been
But where I'm bout to go [Top of the world!
Now I just wanna love you [just wanna love you
But be who I am [you know you love me
And with all this cash [mo' money, mo' problems
You'll forget your man
This song belonged to the girls as well. The guys were laying down on the floor, hidden by the smoke as the girls pounded the dance floor with incredible speed and accuracy. While Tai and TK stayed beneath the smoke, Yamato used the opportunity of the girls dancing to go off the stage into a smaller stage where his band was.
On the stage Mimi was on the left, Sora was in the middle and Kari was on the right. They skillfully popped and locked. There was a pause. Kari danced first, Sora came in next and then it was Mimi's turn to show off her moves.
Now give it to me
Gimme that funk, that sweet, that nasty, that gushi stuff
But don't bullshit me
C'mon, gimme that funk, that sweet, that nasty, that gushi stuff
"Oww! Fuck! What was that for?" TK groaned at Tai. They were both still disguised lying down on the stage. "For a minute there I thought you were Acey."
"Jyou's keeping an eye with Richie. And that was for displaying your affection in front of the fricken world," Tai grumbled. "Dickhead."
They watched both their partners go backstage to change. "Right now…I wouldn't mind being in their position…and talking over their dance steps. Wish I could have done that."
"Huh?" TK asked confused.
"What I mean…is that this fucking sucks. It's painful lying on this ground. I wish it could be replaced with a mattress."
"Oh," TK said tersely. Tai was about to speak more until he was interrupted by the loudness of the band performing. Yamato bellowed the tune causing the crowd to go frantic.
"I wrote a goodbye note
In lipstick on your arm
When you passed out
I couldn't bring myself to call
Except to call it quits
Ex-friends till the end
Better off as lovers
And not other way around
Racing through the city
In the back of
There was an eruption of clapping, but Yamato paused. "Who said it was over? We sort of saved this bit to thank a bunch of people, and let the girls change into another of their outfits…we should have saved this for after…but hell."
Fangirls of Yamato shrieked and screamed. Yamato continued to what he was going to say, "As some of you may or might know…I used to be part of a band before joining this dance group."
In the crowd, he caught Rosalyn's eye. He winked. "So give it up for Abs on the drums, James on the keyboard, Bri on the bass and Leigh on the electric!"
Yells and squeals combined the noise within the stadium. Leigh blushed, Abs continued drumming like a mad woman, James snickered and Bri gave on of his suave grins at the girls who had their eyes on him. "Sora?" he asked.
Sora didn't leave with Mimi and Kari backstage. She smiled. "And Izzy. Shout-out to him for making this whole mix happen. Combing jazz, rnb, hip hop and classical…man, this guy rocks. GIVE IT UP FOR IZZY!"
More cheering continued. Within the cheers, Yamato tumbled on the air and landed on the main stage. "C'mon, hot stuff!" Sora laughed. She did a little Shakira imitation booty shaking as a joke with Yamato before she ran backstage to get ready. Yamato still had the microphone, "Now who's up for BBOY ACTION?!"
The roar from the crowd was enough of an answer. Yamato tossed his mic to Izzy, which he caught. Izzy then proceeded to play the next beat.
Every once in a while there is some asshole
Giving you shit, cause something in his life won't fold
Usually, I'd walk away
The "peace/piece" offering another day
He seems not to wanna trade
So he must pay (its the inevitable, it's going down!)
It indeed was the guys turn to show their stuff. Taichi and TK leapt up from the smoke, surprising the crowd considering they believed that all along the two boys had been backstage. While warming up to the music by cripping and raving, they both shrugged off their blazers, displaying red suspenders. They loosened up the top button and went off.
He's talking! (fuck him up!) at me (fuck him up!)
Instead of! (fuck him up!) to me (fuck him up!)
My intelligence! (fuck him up!) sacked me (fuck him up!)
But he say's! (fuck him up!) he'll run through me (fuck him up!)
(THRASHER!) I'm a (THRASHER!)
I'm a (THRASHER!) you ain't know (THRASHER!)
That I'm a (THRASHER!) I'm a (THRASHER!)
I'm a (THRASHER!) I'm a (THRASHER!) I'm a..
With TK (as usual) being the most energetic, he took centre stage with Tai and Yamato on each of his sides. It was a slow beat that was 'stompable' to, but somehow within those beats TK was able to flip twice in the air. His bowler hat fell to the ground, but it didn't matter for now he instantaneously had begun spinning 360s on his head. "Speed it up," Taichi growled as the next part of their routine faded into the limelight.
I ain't got no money
I ain't got no car to take you on a date
I can't even buy you flowers
But together we be the perfect soul mates
Talk to me girl
(Oh) Baby, it's alright now, you ain't gotta flaunt for me
If we go and touch, you can still touch my love, it's free
We can work without the perks just you and me
Thug it out 'til we get it right
Sora, Mimi and Kari had joined the boys now. They were all dressed in navy satin dresses and silver heels. Sora had luckily dressed fast but still was catching for her breath. If they were to wear the ballroom dresses that they had been clad in beforehand, there wouldn't have been enough time to put the dresses on.
Together they all danced. Their motion was fluid, their actions were precisely in synch. They had made little mistakes beforehand in the whole routine, but their performance now was clearly making up for it. It was going along excellent that Taichi couldn't help but grin like an idiot as they did each step. They were nailing it.
Baby if you strip, you can get a tip
'Cause I like you just the way you are
(I'm about to strip and I want it quick
Can you handle me the way I are?)
I don't need the cheese or the car keys
Boy I like you just the way you are
Let me see ya strip, you can get a tip
'Cause I like, I like, I like...
Rewinding LimitZ…LimitZ Rewinding…Rewinding LimitZ…LimitZ Rewinding
From the rapid paced music, Izzy somehow managed to dissolve it and play the slow song that they had been waltzing to earlier. They spun around and followed the strict dancing that Kari and TK had taught the other members. Mimi abruptly withdrew from Taichi's arms when Norah Jone's jazz number replayed. Sora, Kari, Yamato and Takeru made their exit by waltzing to the corners of the stage. The boys jumped off the stage first and held out their hands for both Sora and Kari to take as they walked down.
While this was occurring, Tai and Mimi were acting through their dance. The song slow disintegrated and Tai took off his bowler hat as a gesture to say farewell. The stage lighting turned blue and Mimi pirouetted sorrowfully before disappearing from the audience's view, merging with the smoke.
For once, the crowd still was silent. Within the silence the LimitZ teammates weren't sure whether the crowd liked them or not. Each one of them began to sweat even more and stressfully ponder things such as - Could it be that the crowd thought they weren't good. Could it be that the crowd disliked how they mixed the so many genres all together?
But then there was a sudden booming to erupted like thunder. There was a pounding on the ground of feet, jumping and cheering. The six of them gazed, starry eyed, at the standing ovation.
They all held hand in a circle like a cheerleader posy, eyes scrunched waiting for the fateful announcement results. From the audience, Daisuke looked on. "They've so got this in the bag. I don't even understand why they're fretting over it."
"I agree," Catherine replied, eyes sparkling. "I never realized that my cousins were this good at dancing."
"Same with me. I thought TK had always been bluffing. I was darn jealous when I found out he could break-dance as well as play basketball so professionally," Ken joined their conversation.
"Yes, you were quite envious," JR grinned, teeth glinting.
The MC was still chattering about the people who hadn't gotten into the finals yet. Daisuke tediously looked around and caught a glance at Kari's mother who was staring at the group with pride. The band members: Bri, Leigh, James, Abs and as well as Rosalyn were behind them too. Daisuke even caught sight of Yamato's martial arts sensei that looked equally as pleased and proud as Mrs. Kamiya.
And then it happened all too soon. About three policemen lunged on the stage. The announcer blinked, unsure what to say. "What's wrong, officers?"
They avoided the MC's interrogation and attacked one of the dance groups. Daisuke recognized it was someone from Detour. He grinned at the sight. There was Acey struggling with two of the officers as the other policeman locked Acey's hands with handcuffs.
"You are hereby under arrest for sexual harassment and drug smuggling." Even though the policeman who had spoken it quietly, his voice was still captured into the microphone. The stadium began into a crazy chatter.
"I guess there will have to be a disqualification instead," the MC scratched his head.
Daisuke then caught sight of the other members of Detour who had relieved looks in their eyes. Angel gave him the thumbs up, beaming like a moron. Daisuke had to give it to them…these guys sure knew what they were doing to get Acey arrested for all his offences he had committed. Their group had everything pretty much handled. Whereas LimitZ and his group of friends had done minor damage. Like (for instance), Cody knotting Acey's shoelaces together, and the dye toothpaste. Actually, at that moment he could see the whole LimitZ crew guffawing at how Acey was trying to swear and talk back at the police officers while his teeth were a murky colour of green that could even be seen where he was standing.
After ten minutes, he was off the stage and was being dragged outside.
"Detour has been disqualified. Now, shall we commence again?" the MC stated, shaking his head. They were off schedule now. After speeding through the unnecessary awards, the announcer finally got to the one place that was praised the most. He cleared his voice and began to declare. "The winners of the cash, car and holiday goes to…"
There was a drum roll. Abby and the rest of Yamato's band had joined the LimitZ crew on stage when Acey had been arrested. So (of course) Abby took the chance to do the perfect drum roll.
"Well…why…isn't it good for our country…." The MC paused. "It's … LIMITZZZZ!!!!!"
TK did one of his signature flips in the air. Matt twirled Sora around on the stage and Mimi and Tai quickly walked up to the announcer, ready to make a speech and accept their prize.
"Wow," Tai grinned, holding up the trophy. "Thanks. I don't need the car…perhaps I'll donate it to Matt."
"Shut-up…and get on with it," Yamato snapped.
"Anyway…just wanted to say thank you to the judges for deciding to give us this award. We've worked darn hard for this trophy and it's about goddamn time we've got it. Most of all…we want to thank all our supporters out there who have given us motivation to continue. We've had so many struggles as a group…and to finally reunite as one to perform for you guys…that's what really mattered in the end. We hell had fun, I hope that you did too," Tai said.
Mimi added, "And thanks Mrs. Kamiya for being the only adult to keep us strong throughout our whole training."
The speech went on a bit longer, but Daisuke didn't really bother to listen to the rest. He grabbed the person next to him and screamed over the throngs of voices. "THEY WON! WE WON!"
Catherine smiled. She was about to reply to him but his lips were already on hers.
Yolei redid her hair with it half tied up and letting he other half of her hair fall down. She gave one swifter glance at herself in the mirror, riveted on her heel and was about to exit the bathroom when two people stormed in. She gasped.
There was both Mimi and Tai infatuated in each other in the function's ladies toilets. When the pair realized that they had company, they immediately stopped what they were doing. Mimi flushed deeply, "Yolei…um…eh-"
"Don't worry, I was just leaving. I'll leave you two with whatever you were doing," Yolei murmured, wanting the best to get out of there – which she did. She hated awkward moments as such. She didn't know whether she would be able to look at the couple properly in the future.
Yolei went back to the table she was sitting on. The people on her table consisted of Ken, JR, Sora, Yamato and Cody. Jyou couldn't make it because there was a lack of doctors at the hospital that night.
"Where are they?" Sora asked her friends on the table. "It's just about to start. I don't think Tai would want to miss TK and Kari's dancing…"
"You wouldn't believe it," Yolei grumbled. She then felt all eyes on her, each and every one sending her suspicious glances. "Really, you wouldn't want to know. You may be scarred for life."
Everyone was well dressed that night. Yolei, herself, was wearing a dark purple floral dress. Sora was wearing a strapless simple black dress. The rest of the opposite gender were attired in sharp formal suits. They were all attired like this because it was…
"Welcome to the 30th combined annual ball with both our beautiful ladies from St. Margaret's and well-mannered boys from St. Kevin's," one of the teachers greeted. Cody coughed when the teacher had described the St. Kevin's boys as 'well-mannered.'
"Thank-you all for attending tonight to support your family and friends. This is a special event-"
At the moment Mimi and Taichi came rushing to the table and took their seats, appearing rather red in the cheeks and flustered. "Did we miss anything? We just heard the…what?" Tai glared.
It was if everyone on the table had finally understood what Yolei was about to say earlier. They were all roaring with laughter that even Matt had tears was messing with his vision. Mimi's hair was a bit frazzled and Tai's necktie had been undone, while his cream buttoned up shirt was scruffy and creased as well. Not to mention, Mimi's shawl wasn't really doing its justice in hiding the marks on her neck.
Mimi was now staring at Yolei now, hands folded and lips pursed at her direction – sussing her out. Yolei shrunk in her chair with her boyfriend putting an arm around her.
"…thanks to Kari for letting a famous person – DJ Zee – take care of our music tonight. He is quite impressive if I do say so myself."
Taichi stood up on his chair with an overreacted cheer, most likely as a tactic to change the subject. JR rolled his eyes, snickering.
Classical music swept the rich function hall, with the disco ball spinning glitters in every direction possible. The group watched on at the younger members of LimitZ.
Meanwhile on the dance floor, the boys spun the girls together. "This is a piece of cake," TK yawned. "This is what we danced at the competition and I'm getting highly bored of it. Enjoying doing this much?"
"Do I really need to answer?" Kari yawned as well. She looked spectacular that night. Her attire was a white deb dress with a matching white-gold necklace that TK had given her and a silver tiara that Mimi had let her borrow. "We attend posh schools after all."
Even if they both feigned boredom, there was no denying that they were enjoying being in each other's arms. There was a twinkle in TK's eye and he lifted her in the air. She almost screamed, but held it in. When he had put her back onto the solid ground she wanted to hit him… but she knew (for sure) that the teachers wouldn't mind dishing out detentions even if it was an event night.
He lifted her again. Daisuke caught his eye besides him with a rough nod. In queue, he lifted Catherine who couldn't really quite disguise her scream as Kari had. The pairs on the dance floor formed a circle and began to exchange partners.
When Catherine was dancing in TK's arms, he couldn't help but smile. "What's up cus?"
"Nothing really," she replied, flickering glances around the place. "It's just nerve-racking dancing in front of all these people. You also gotta acknowledge that Daisuke and I are not being really good dancers. He stepped on my feet twice already…I stepped on his once. But I think it makes up for it cause I'm wearing heels."
"Yeah," TK said. That had happened to him before. He winced at the pain Daisuke must be going through at that moment. "Well…not really never racking. You get used to it. Dancing with LimitZ sort of adjusted me to it."
"You're pretty confident yourself. You're really up yourself on stage," she teased.
"Thanks," he muttered. "But don't try and dodge the question I asked earlier. You're tense in my arms. Tell me what's up."
"I was dancing with Jamie just then. The reckons that Stephanie wants to apologize."
"You heard me right. Jamie said she feels really guilty…though it sort of serves her right. But the point is … Jamie said it will take her time to say sorry to me."
"I believe so. It's always difficult waving the white flag first and saying sorry…trust me. It demolishes your pride…even more when the person rejects you."
"Kari?" Catherine smirked.
"Not any more," he winked.
After a few minutes later Kari was back in his arms. "How glad I am to be back with you. Those guys can't dance."
"I'm glad to have you back too."
The dance ended and everyone returned to each of his or her respective seating arrangements. TK, Kari, Catherine and Daisuke didn't join their friends because they had to be seated with their fellow schoolmates. During the next half hour, everyone was enraptured with his or her delicious delicately cooked meals.
On the other side of the hall, JR had left his table and headed towards the table where the punch bowl was located. As he reached for the handle of the serving spoon, his hand brushed with someone else. On instant reaction, he withdrew his hand and stared at the person who he had had contact with. It had been a while since he had felt the emotion because usually all his friends that were girls and were all taken. That's way he had pursued the punch ball when he had realized that they were all couples at the table (excluding Cody – but he had went off to another table because he had some friends there).
"Sorry," she said shyly.
JR continuing staring at her again, as if in a trance. She had beautiful blonde hair and dazzling eyes and a green envious dress that stopped on her knees.
"Here, let me do it," JR said, taking two crystal glasses and putting an equal amount of punch in both of them. He passed the other glass to her and took a sip of his. He waited for her to leave, but she didn't. Deciding to talk a bit more, he did. "You know…what type of punch is it without alcohol? I mean…this is practically just juice. I mean, I should have expected it since it's a school function and all-"
"You talk too much," she laughed. She held out a hand. "I'm Stephanie."
"JR," he said, taking her hand and shaking it.
It was now nearing the end of the night. Not to anyone's surprise, TK and Kari won the prize of being the best couple on the dance floor. Their brothers and crew of friends screamed so loudly that a lot of people had given them disapproving looks. Instead of TK taking it home to treasure, he had given it to Cody for doing the courageous thing in tying Acey's shoelaces together because it was something Cody would never do considering he was so innocent and always did the right thing.
Everyone was currently on the dance floor. Matt and Sora was still on their table, still finishing their ice cream for dessert. Matt scooped the last bit of ice cream and put it in Sora's mouth. "Thanks mum."
"Any time," he smirked. "So why don't we go dancing now?"
"I don't feel like it. I'm tired….I don't really want to," Sora said, listing her excuses. He smiled slyly.
"What?" Sora asked not liking the look in his azure eyes. Without her permission, he lifted her up and put her over his shoulder as they headed towards the dance floor.
"Put me down, Matt!" she yelled over the loud music Izzy played, feet kicking in the air. "My underwear could be showing!"
He chuckled, pulling the end of her dress down with a slap on her bum. "I'm not letting you sit there. We're going to enjoy this night."
Once they had gotten on the dance floor, he put her down. They were now dancing alongside all their friends. For everyone there, it was finally a good time for relaxation. It had been a long time for each one of them to finally have a perfect night.
But knowing them, there was bound to be drama and more angst the next day. And as for what happened to them all in the future? I leave that up to your imagination.
(REALLY THE) END!!!
Song Used: Me and The Moon by Something Corporate
Songs Used for the Performance (in order):
Don't Miss You At All by Norah Jones (instrumental)
Moon River by Frank Sinatra
Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
Sexy Love by Ne-Yo
I Just Wanna Love U by Jay-Z Ft. The Neptunes
Bang The Doldrums by Fall Out Boy
Thrasher by N.E.R.D.
The Way I Are by Timbaland
(a/n) YES! DONE! COMPLETE! FINITO! 5 YEARS! DONE! I AM RELIEVED!
By clicking on the story progress 'complete,' I feel like I have ended one chapter of my life. Because now…there's just PPZ and MFV to finish. I don't think I'll ever write a full story on Digimon (or fanfiction) anymore. Maybe one-shots…but that's about all. I'm going to save my brainpower for fictionpress. Thanks for all of your support over the years. I'm really grateful. I hope you enjoyed the sequel to LimitZ.
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- FOR MORE INFORMATION HOW I WROTE LIMITZ
- AND FOR THE CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
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1) To the people who have practically reviewed every chapter (in no particular order): take the blame, michi-fan, miaow227, SpiffyCookie, Takari lady aka D-3 and Princessstphanie.
2) To the people who have kept updated and waited for reach chapter to come out for both LimitZ and LimitZ II within the 5 years: Calmer of the Storm, Takari lady aka D-3, Kuroi Black Nightingale, miaow227, KoumiLoccness, michi-fan, take the blame, crest of music and nobuta-power.
3) To EVERYONE who has read/reviewed this story: miaow227, Nobuta-Power, SpiffyCookie, KoumiLoccness, Takari lady aka D-3, michi-fan, blondie121147, Princessstphanie, Calare, take the blame, death-by-illusion, Rock-Angewomon, 4everDestined, PrincessSakuraTenshi12, Kuroi Black Nightingale, Calmer of the Storm, SaffireStarz, ai.kokoro, larg0, crest of music, rainingOnyourParade, ickle kat, Pickledevil, pain herself, x.'ThatGirl-, sangkun, BeautiiQueen, Alicia, animerules, AnimePinkCess16, SkuAg, cutie sora and KtRenee
With a sore throat, runny nose and a virus turned into bacteria…I'm glad I finished this story in one piece!