The digidestined were called to the Digital World at age 16 instead of 11/12.
Ken is still the Kaiser and he has run away to the Digital World at this point.
Yeah, there is some OOC but it is slightly AU so please forgive me.
/I went back and edited this chapter. I also put in some of Ken's thoughts.\
Kari, Ken, TK, Davis, Yolie: 16
Matt, Tai, Sora, Mimi, Izzy: 19
Chapter One: Dreamlike Whisper
Kari darted into the computer room quickly and shut the door behind her. She skipped her daily trip to the locker to avoid meeting up with the others. She usually met up with TK and Davis at her locker, ran into Yolie right after, and looked for the Digimon while they waited for Cody to get out of school. But she couldn't deal with everyone that particular afternoon. TK and Davis had begun to openly compete for her affections, constantly forgetting that she had turned them both down. Earlier that morning a simple game of dodge ball had turned into an all out war between the two. And although neither of them would admit it out loud, the fight had been over Kari. Winner would have the right to date her, or something to that affect.
Yolie didn't make things any easier. She loved the drama that Kari's love life involved and was always putting her two cents in. After the little dodge ball escapade had occurred, Yolie had been the one to relay the events to Kari. Of course, Yolie had her opinions about who Kari should date, but that was a topic that was not discussed between the two girls- not that Yolie didn't try.
Everyone had just gotten so… frustrating. Kari needed some time away from everyone, just to think and be alone.
The Digital World seemed like the perfect place, so long as she wasn't attacked while she was there alone. She wasn't expecting to be there long. No doubt TK and Davis would figure out that she had gone there and follow her there. Finding Gatomon would have been a smart idea, but that would waste time and Kari was feeling too restless to wait. "Digiport open!"
Ken awoke with small beads of sweat running down from his forehead and a scream trapped in his throat. The dream he had been having… it was important somehow. But like all dreams that he tried to remember, it was gone within moments.
Cupping his face with his hands, Ken roughly rubbed his cheeks and wiped away the cold sweat. He sat up and swung his feet around the side of the bed. Why did I decide to take a nap? Stupid Kaiser, you should have known you'd have a bad dream. For weeks Ken had had terrible nightmares and yet he could never remember what they were about. They took so much energy out of him that he thought he was better off not sleeping. He'd gone the night without going to bed, but he only lasted till mid-afternoon before fatigue overpowered him.
"Damn dreams," he complained. The worst part was he was so close to remembering them he could almost relive the dream in his mind. But no, it was not close enough.
A loud shrieking alarm went off. It was a signal that the Digiport had been activated. "The digidestined are here." Maybe something exciting will happen and I'll wake up a bit more.
The alarm continued to sound as Ken made his way down the corridor from his personal chambers to the Control Room. He set up the program to sound like that of a bird shrieking: it matched the digidestined in annoying quality.
Shutting down the alarm and rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Ken decided to check out where the digidestined had come in. He had the computer locate where the Digiport had been activated and brought up the surveillance cameras.
He gasped when he saw her, and the feeling of the dream being within grasp overpowered his senses. He felt like he was seeing her for the first time, though he'd faced her and her allies many times. What was her name…Kari? "Kari," the name felt right rolling off of his tongue. "And she's alone…"
She arrived in an open area of the forest; there were trees to the left and behind her, as well as a little ways ahead of her, and a stream on her right. She walked forward for a while and sat against a tree. A gentle breeze blew her hair back and Kari felt more relaxed immediately. She closed her eyes and took a deep breathe of the cool, crisp air. She didn't hear the footsteps that drew ever closer, and she scarcely hear a person sit down beside her.
She was slow to open her eyes, assuming that it was either TK or Davis. It was neither of the afore mentioned boys, however. It was the last person she wanted to run into by herself. It was the Kaiser. "Ken," she whispered, fear lightening the volume of her voice. So much for being safe in the Digital World by herself.
"Where are your friends?" he asked.
Ken smirked. He knew that she was the only one to pass through the gate. But her fear bothered him. Why do I care? He ignored the feeling and continued to taunt her. "Is that so? I was pretty sure that you came here alone. Any particular reason why?"
"None of your business," Kari replied softly. Her irritation was returning and pushing back some of her fear.
He leaned in closer to her but she backed away. "You look afraid," Ken said calmly. He placed a hand on her cheek but she slid backwards and stood up. Ken grabbed her wrist quickly to prevent her from escaping. "Do I scare you?"
"Let me go!" she shouted as her backed her up against the tree.
"Not until you tell me why you're here."
She fought him, unwilling to answer his question. "Let go," she repeated finally, using her free hand to try to pry his hand off of her wrist.
He grabbed her other wrist and tightened his grip on both. He smirked again, causing her fear to intensify. He raised her hands above her head and pushed the backs of her hands against the tree until the bark began to tear into her skin. Leaning in closer, Ken pressed his lips against hers. Kari was too shocked to react at first.
She tried to scream but Ken took the opportunity to slip his tongue into her mouth. Releasing her hands, Ken held onto her cheeks. Eagerly exploring the inside of Kari's mouth, it seemed like she had gotten into it as well. Kari raised her hands and grabbed his forearms but did not try to pull him away.
He'd done this before; he didn't know how it was possible, but he could almost remember kissing Kari before. It was like almost remembering a dream. He couldn't explain it but the passion he felt, the burning desire; he'd definitely felt this before.
Time stood still as Ken brought his body closer to hers. He tilted her head a bit further to the side and deepened the kiss. "Shit!" Ken backed away and spit; blood and saliva banded together on the blades of grass.
Wiping under her lip with the back of her hand, Kari glared at Ken. "Don't ever touch again," she warned.
She bit me! That bitch! Ken rushed at her again, pushing her against the tree with all of his strength. She groaned in pain. He kissed her again; hard this time, with no passion or desire, only force.
And he kept his tongue in his mouth.
Kari fought him. Her plan had backfired and now she had pissed Ken off. She beat on his chest until he grabbed her and forced her to stop.
A birdlike shriek went off from within one of Ken's pockets. He pulled away slightly, met Kari's lips again for a second, and then backed away. He took out his travel alarm and turned it off. "Tell Davis that I said hello," Ken said before turning and walking away, leaving Kari alone and confused.
She sank down against the tree and rubbed her aching wrists. She sighed deeply, making a mental note not to go the Digital World alone again.
Voices were heard not too far off and Kari recognized them as those of her friends. TK and Davis came running, stopping just before crashing into the tree. "We've been looking all over for you," Davis panted.
"Why didn't you wait for us? What if something happened to you?" TK demanded.
Kari slipped her hands into her pockets to hide the scratches from the two teens. Gatomon stood a little ways back, leading the remainder of the group to Kari and the boys. "Well, nothing happened so you don't have to worry." Mentioning her encounter with Ken would be a bad idea; TK and Davis would flip out. Besides, Ken had only kissed her so why bother worrying them?
"What if something had happened?" TK pressed. "What then?"
The others arrived in time to see Kari snap at TK. "Thank you for having so much confidence in me, TK. Now, if it's alright with you, I'm going home." The others exchanged glances before following after her. Kari was never so angry, or at least she never acted like she was angry.
"Do you still want me and TK to come over?" Yolie asked.
"Huh?" Kari questioned.
"To work on the project for health," she explained.
Oh, yeah, sure. Why not?" Kari hid her discontent. A full day at school with TK and Yolie and then most of the evening? She wasn't sure that she could survive. "Digiport open."
Davis reluctantly parted ways with the group as Yolie and TK followed Kari off of the elevator while Davis remained to reach the next floor. Cody had taken the digimon to his house because Armadillomon wanted to have a sleepover. Kari opened her purse and searched around for her keys.
"Perfect," she mumbled, realizing that she didn't have them. Hopefully Tai was home and able to hear the doorbell.
She rang, waiting impatiently for the door to open. When it did, she saw someone she wanted to see less than Ken. Matt had come to answer the door with Tai. They were laughing at one of Tai's stupid antics but became serious when they saw her.
"What are you doing here?" Kari asked Matt, her voice colder than usual.
"I invited him over," Tai said, glancing nervously at Matt. "What are you doing here?"
"I live here!" Kari snapped.
Tai laughed stupidly. "I meant, what are you doing home so early?"
"Nothing much was happening in the Digital World today." Kari pushed past Matt without looking at him or bothering to excuse herself. "I have a headache; you two can set up in the living room while I find some Advil. I'll be out in a few."
Yolie and TK stepped inside, both stared intently at Matt. TK glared at his brother and shook his head. "Why are you here? You aren't welcome."
"I invited him over, this is my place too, and therefore I give him all the welcomeness required to enter this dwelling." Tai smiled and crossed his arms over his chest, feeling very intelligent.
"What are you up to?" Yolie asked the older teens. "You aren't trying to reconcile, are you? I'm voting for you, by the way." TK's eyes narrowed in Yolie's direction.
"I didn't know she was going to be home early today," Matt explained.
"Whatever," TK growled before turning and heading towards the living room. Yolie followed knowing full well that he was pissed at her for her comment.
Tai glanced at Kari's room before looking at Matt. "You might not have another chance," he warned.
Matt nodded and walked towards Kari's bedroom, preparing himself for a possibly violent conversation.
Kari was rummaging through her desk drawers trying to find supplies needed for the project. She had already found scissors, glue, tape, and markers, but the colored pencils and construction paper had eluded her detection. A knock was administered against her door. "Come in," she called, her attention still focused on the contents of the drawer.
Before she could look up, Kari felt someone's arms wrap around her. She jumped, recalling the events earlier that day. She turned to see who it was. "Matt," she hissed, pushing him away. "What the hell do you think you are doing?"
"I wanted to talk to you…" Wrapping his arms around her was not really 'talking' but it was a good way to start, or so he believed.
"Well, I don't want to talk to you," she replied, cutting him off. "I have things to do, anyway."
"You can't avoid me forever," Matt insisted.
"I don't need to talk to you now!"
"The project can wait until later; just give me five minutes."
"No, it can't. TK has a basketball game tomorrow, and then Tai and I have to go out to dinner with our grandparents. Sunday Yolie is working all day. The project is due Tuesday so we have to get most of it done tonight. So, no, I don't have five minutes to give you. Not that it would do any good, anyway."
"Damn it, Kari, how many times do I have to tell you I'm sorry?"
"It loses meaning when I hear it so often. It won't do any good no matter how many times you say it."
"But I didn't kiss her! She kissed me!"
"I know, so did the other ten girls I've heard about you kissing. Honestly, I'm not that stupid. I'm not going to forgive you so you can cheat on me again." Kari felt her eyes burn with tears; tears that she would not allow to fall.
"It won't happen again, I promise."
"You're right, it won't. I'm not going to give you that chance. You, TK, Davis, and Ken, you're all so…frustrating!"
"Ken? What does he have to do with this?"
Kari mentally slapped herself. Matt didn't know about the kiss, and he wasn't going to find out. "He's trying to take over the Digital World."
"What can I do-?"
"Nothing! We are over! For good! Why can't you understand that?" Kari grabbed the supplies off of her desk and left the room. Matt stood there, unable to accept what had happened.
Tai walked in. "It didn't sound like you had any luck."
Matt shook his head. "She totally hates me."
"You should probably get going; give her some space."
"Alright," Matt agreed. He walked out of the room with Tai, taking a moment to watch Kari as she, TK, and Yolie began working. She didn't look upset, but he figured that she was. And it was his fault. He was the idiot who let members of the opposite sex cloud his senses and ultimately ruin his relationship with Kari. Now he was expected to stand aside and watch as his little brother and Davis fought to be with her?
He wasn't sure if he could do that.
TK's name is all caps!
Chapter revision completed June 23, 2006
Chapter reposted June 29, 2006