Disclaimer: I do not own Digimon.
Ken was happy for Izzy.
If only Sam could see me now, Ken thought to himself as he looked at the photo of his lost brother.
"Earth to Ken!" Izzy cried in his ear, "We have a meeting to get to."
"Yeah, I know," Ken replied and shut his locker
"Hey, Izzy," Yolei screeched, "waitforme!" She ran up behind him and threw her arms around his chest, nearly making him drop his books.
Ken burst out laughing.
"There you are," Izzy said and turned around to take her hand.
"Hi, Ken," Yolei said pleasantly.
They went in and got their lunches.
"Look, Izzy, the last chocolate milk!" Ken cried,
"I'll get it for you--" he reached for it and a girl with short black
spiky hair and green eyes took it.
"You need to be a little faster," she said, rolling her eyes and grabbed a tray.
Izzy and Ken exchanged glances.
"Hey, are you new here?" Yolei asked.
"What's it to you?" she demanded coldly.
She ignored her and paid for her lunch. She sat at a vacant table. When a guy wanted to sit there, she screamed at him and he ran away.
"Guess I know where not to sit," Yolei
"Thanks, Yolei," Izzy said and patted her back as she went to go sit with Kari at another table.
"Whatever you do, Kari, do not talk to that new girl over there!" Yolei warned, "She's not nice!"
As Ken and Izzy began to walk out of the lunchroom, the new
girl stood up right in front of them to get some ketchup and she bumped into
"Watch it!" she snarled.
"You could at least say excuse me," he
"Ken, we'd better go to our meeting now," Izzy said with a grin, "we can't be late."
"Next time I'll put chocolate cake down your shirt!" the new girl shouted after them.
"Man," Ken groaned as they walked to their meeting, "and I thought Jessica had no class."
"She's way worse than Jessica," Izzy agreed, "way worse."
They got to their meeting.
Paul came in gasping.
"I see you met the new girl," Izzy mumbled.
"That girl," Paul moaned, "is crazy!
Everyone started laughing, "it's not funny!" Paul cried, "She's scary!"
After school that day, everyone went over to the new 'Hot
"Did you meet the new girl?" Ken asked.
"She's in my math class," Kari groaned, "her name's Penelope Otika."
"Penelope?" Davis cracked.
"Penelope, huh," Ken mumbled.
"Yeah," Kari sighed, "she didn't do a thing
the teacher said. I'd hate to see her in class every day.
"I hear she was kicked out of her old school for fighting," Courtney said.
Yolei shuddered, "maybe she's like that because she's
"I tried to," Kari said, "I wanted to take a picture of her and she broke my camera!"
"I saw her after school playing soccer," Lisa
stated, "She's pretty good!
"You'd think she'd have bad grades," Davis said,
"but she's smart.
"And how would you know, Davis?" TK demanded with
"Well, if she's in Kari's math class, she has to be
smart!" Davis retorted.
"Just because she went there," Cody said,
"Doesn't exactly mean she's taking chemistry class.
"Well, she's not in my class," Yolei said, "or Izzy's."
Ken was quiet while everyone talked about Penelope.
"Hey, Ken, you alright?" Davis asked.
"I'm fine," he lied as he rose to his feet,
"listen, I need to get home.
"Bye Ken," Yolei said.
It wasn't a good night for Ken however.
Ken sat up straight with his scream stuck in his
His head fell back down to the pillow and he thought nothing more of it.
The next morning, Ken saw Penelope at her locker.
She slammed him against the next locker, "how do you
know my name!" She wore a black gothic looking dress and a gold chain.
"A-a friend told me," he stammered.
"Well, it's not Penelope…It's Penn." She let go of the collar of his jacket.
"Penn...well, Nell sounds alright."
Ken smiled and peeked around her shoulder on the inside of
her locker to see a portrait of a girl with long black hair and green eyes,
resembling Penn. The girl wore a pair of glasses.
Penn bit her lip and slammed the locker door closed, "I need to get to class."
"Was it something I said?" Ken mumbled as he watched her walk away.
"Hey Ken!" he heard Izzy shout behind him.
Ken turned around, "Hey, Izzy.
She smiled as she held onto Izzy's hand with her right and
pulled her left onto his arm.
"Penelope's sure in a hurry," Yolei commented.
"What happened?" Izzy asked.
"I'm not sure," Ken said, "but at least she only slammed me against a locker and not inside it!"
Izzy smiled, "Paul will be jealous."
They split to their classes.
Sweet Smart Izzykins,
Hi Izzy! Have I told you lately how wonderful you
"Yolei, is there something you'd like to share us?" the teacher asked.
"No sir!" she cried, "just some notes!"
"Notes or a note?" a guy snickered in the back.
Gotta go, the teacher is suspicious!
Yolei giggled while she jammed the note into her pocket.
Yolei wasn't the only girl writing love notes.
I'm in Home Ec right now.
You are the most awesome cool soccer player alive!
"What are you two girls up to?" the teacher demanded.
"Oh, well," Lisa mumbled and looked at Kari with the 'help me out' look on her face.
"We're just drawing diagrams, ma'am," Kari replied.
Both Lisa and Kari breathed in sighs of relief.
TK and Davis were in PE class so they weren't able to write
"DAVIS!" TK screeched.
"Whoopsie," he mumbled
"You almost dropped the bar on my face!" TK
"The truth?" Davis asked, "well, Lisa!
"Well, at least you're not thinking about Kari,"
"I guess girls and weight lifting don't really mix," Dais commented.
In her English class, Penelope was unable to concentrate on
a word the teacher was saying and it wasn't' because she was being rebellious
like her nature was, she kept thinking about Ken.
Izzy was in his electronics class working in the lab
creating something like a switchboard.
"Izzy, are you all right?" asked his lab partner in concern.
"Yeah," he replied, "I wasn't able to concentrate…. strange, that's…never happened to me before."
"You have a girlfriend, don't you?" he asked, helping him to his feet.
"Yes I do," Izzy said.
"Thought so," he said with a grin.
Ken always thought that history was boring.
I'm sorry, I didn't get a chance to introduce
The bell rang as soon as Ken finished his note.
"What are you doing?" she demanded.
"I just wanted to give you this," he handed her the note.
"I know what you're trying to do," she muttered, "and it's not working."
"What?" he asked, "I'm only being nice."
"Yeah, right," she said sarcastically, "You
want to know if all the rumors about me are true.
"No I'm not," he said.
"The cops told you, didn't they?" she questioned harshly.
"Oh, forget it," she sighed and began walking
"Are you in danger, Penelope?" he asked.
"It's Penn!" she snarled.
She didn't answer.
"What's the picture of in your locker?" Ken
"Pam's, dead, all right!" she cried.
"Dead?" he mumbled, "in an accident?"
"How dare you call my sister's death an accident!"
she shouted, "Why should I tell you anyway?
"Oh yes I do," Ken groaned, his voice close to breaking.
"Oh, do you?"
"Come with me," Ken said, "I want to show you
"An accident," she said, "that's what the cops told you?"
"Of course it was an accident," Ken said, "I saw it."
She shook her head, "oh, you have no idea, don't you?"
"What are you talking about?"
"What's wrong with you? Don't you watch the news?" she demanded, "didn't you hear about all those kids that were murdered?"
"Murdered?" he mumbled. Suddenly Ken felt sick to his stomach.
"Oh yes, that's exactly what happened to Pam. Someone murdered
"It was an accident," Ken repeated, "It had
"Well Pam was," Penn said, "someone drowned
"Do the cops know who?" Ken asked.
"They don't," Penn said, "but I do."
"Mr. Okinawa, the guy who kidnapped all those children
6 years ago."
Ken gasped, "No, I don't believe it."
"You calling me a liar?" she demanded.
"No, that's just not true," Ken mumbled, "It's not true he kidnapped those kids but he didn't kill anybody."
"Believe whatever you want," Penn snarled, keeping her tears back. She wiped her nose with the back of her hand and walked away.
Ken remembered he had to get to his next class and got there just before the bell rang.
There was no lunch meeting so the gang ate in the cafeteria.
"Ken, you alright?" Davis asked.
"I had a talk with Penn," Ken replied.
"Did she slam you into a locker again?" Izzy asked.
"No," Ken said, "but we had an argument.
"How did she die?" Kari asked.
"Penn told me she was murdered," Ken said.
Yolei covered her face with her hands, "that's
terrible!" and began to sob.
"What?!" Cody cried.
"That's what I thought, Cody," Ken said, "but
she said that she saw him kill her.
"That was a long time ago, Ken," Izzy said,
"and Mr. Okinawa's dead.
"But still, why would he do it?" Ken asked,
"Nobody hated Sam, everyone loved him.
"Do what you want," she muttered.
Ken sat down in front of her, "I'm sorry, Penn.
"I'm sorry about your brother," she said.
"It's Ken," he corrected.
Davis smiled, "at least he didn't tell her to call him the digimon emperor!"
"The digimon who?" Lisa mumbled.
"You don't know what digimon are?" he asked.
Everyone at the table groaned.
"Okay, Ken," she smiled and Ken blushed.
"Can you, tell me what your sister was like?" Ken asked.
"I can't," she said, "it's . . . too painful."
"Penn, I need to know," Ken said, "It might
answer some questions I have to why someone would kill my brother. If they were
the same maybe it would make sense."
"Oh," she sighed, staring at his hand.
"It's just the way I am," he replied.
She nodded, "sure."
"Sam was a very smart person," Ken started,
"everyone told my mother how great it must have been to have a son like
"I'm sorry, Ken," Penn murmured, "That's
pretty much the same what happened with Pam.
Blowing bubbles? Ken thought.
A tear slid down Penn's cheek. Embarrassed, she wiped it away, "I need to go, sorry."
"Penn, are you okay?" he asked, rising to his feet.
She stood up and walked away.
"What happened?" Izzy asked.
"I'm not sure," Ken replied.
Kari talked to Penn in her math class.
"I really don't want to talk about it," Penn said.
"Didn't he tell you about his brother?" she asked.
"Yes, he did."
"Ken used to be a celebrity.
"I'm from another town," Penn said.
"Ken is a very kind and gentle person," Kari said,
"but he wasn't always very kind.
"What kind of things?" Penn demanded.
"It's kind of hard to explain," Kari mumbled.
"What did Ken do?"
"You wouldn't understand," Kari said.
"Tell me!" she hissed.
"Well, have you ever heard about the digital
world?" Kari asked uneasily.
"I don't mean to confuse you," Kari explained,
"but there's a place called Digiworld.
"Digiworld," she mumbled, "wait a second
here, when I was 8 I remember it got really foggy one time.
"Yes, it was," Kari said, "and something like that just 6 years ago," Kari said, "digi-destined all over the world helped save both the digital world and this one. "
The bell rang, "I have to get to my class."
"Hi, Penn," Yolei said.
"I told her about Ken being the digimon emperor," Kari said.
"You did what?" Yolei demanded, "Kari, why'd you do that for!?"
"You knew too?" Penn asked.
"Yes," Yolei said, "Ken was more than just a
genius and the best soccer player of all time, but he was also a very bad
"Ugh, you're all giving me a headache," Penn rubbed her head and walked to her next class.
Kari and Yolei sighed and exchanged glances.
Ken waited for Penn at her locker.
"Are you stalking me or something?" Penn demanded, though she was close to laughter. "I should press charges."
"I need to talk to you, Penn," Ken said.
"I know that you were the digimon emperor," she said, "I don't really want to hear anymore."
"What!" he turned red, "never mind that.
"I'm sorry but I can't."
"It would mean a lot to me, Penn," Ken said.
"Okay," she said.
Ken smiled and blushed as he slipped his hand in hers and they walked out of the school.
"Izzy, look," Yolei stopped walking with him and
nodded over to Ken and Penn.
"If anybody could," Izzy said, "it'd be Ken."
"Well, this is where I live," Ken said as he opened the door for Penn.
"Ken, is that you honey?" his mom called from inside the kitchen.
"Your mom's here?" Penn whispered.
Ken blushed, "Yes, Mom, it's me!
"Bring Izzy right in," she said, unaware that there was a girl in the house, "I made some," she turned around and saw a Goth girl next to her son, "cookies??"
"I don't exactly look like Izzy, do I ma'am?" Penn asked.
"Mom, this is Penelope," Ken said, "she's new in school."
Penn rolled her eyes and elbowed him, "Ken…It's Penn."
"I mean, Penn."
"I'm going to leave for work now," his mom said,
"but I need your help with something.
"Sure," he said.
She nodded as Ken followed his mother in her room.
"Ken, what is that witch doing here?!" she demanded in a whisper.
"Shh, mom!" he hushed.
"Well, she's dressed like one!" she hissed, "I want you to ask her to leave."
"Mom, her sister was murdered," Ken said,
"around the same time Sam had his accident.
"Well, don't you get any ideas, young man," she said, "I'm leaving now."
"Have a nice day, Mom."
She walked by and looked at Penn.
"I don't think your mom likes me," Penn said.
"No, you don't," he walked to her and took her
"What are you up to, Ken?" she asked.
"It's a surprise," Ken said, "go on, I'll be right out."
"I love surprises," she grinned and walked out on the balcony.
A few minutes later Ken walked out carrying a straw cut at
the bottom and a cup with soapy water.
"What is that?" she asked.
"We're going to blow bubbles," he replied.
"You invited me here to blow bubbles?" she demanded with a scream.
"Have you ever blown bubbles before?" he asked, stirring the solution.
"Yes, of course I have," she said and took the cup
"If you think you could do any better, I'd like to see it!" she snarled and pushed the cup into his hand.
"Okay," he took the cup and stirred the straw.
"Show off," she muttered.
"The trick is, Penn," Ken said, "You have to
blow them gently." He returned it to her.
She took a tiny breath and Ken nodded.
"Let's try this again," he stepped close to her
and pulled her chin up.
"Um, Ken, what're you doing?" she demanded.
He pressed on her shoulders, "Relax and keep your head
"Now, blow again," he said.
Penn blew a bunch of tiny bubbles and she opened her eyes in
surprise, "oh wow!" she put the solution down and started grabbing
"Wait a second, Penn," Ken said.
"What is it?" she asked.
Ken unbuttoned his blue shirt, showing the white tank top he
She took a few steps forward and he slid his fingers
underneath her chin.
"Why do you keep this white makeup on?" he asked, sliding the corner of his shirt over one side of her face, "why do you keep your pretty face covered with this?"
"I don't know," she replied with closed eyes.
"Well, it didn't work on me," Ken said.
"Stop it." She blushed a little.
"I'm serious," he said.
"Don't call me Penny!" she snarled.
He ran his hand through her short spiky black hair, "you dyed your hair too?"
"Yeah," she said, "so I could look like my
"You are not your sister," Ken said, "You're
"Why are you being so kind to me, Ken?" she
questioned, "I didn't ask for you to be kind to me.
"Because I can't," he answered, "I know about the darkness you carry inside of you and I don't want it to swallow you whole."
"That's sweet, Ken," she said, "but I don't
need you to worry about me, okay?
"What's wrong?" he asked.
She pulled her hand to her neck, "I have a pain in my neck…it's you."
"I'm kidding," she said with a smile,
'Dear god, no,' Ken thought, remembering the black spore he
had in his neck.
"Oh," she said, "I was afraid a bee stung me or something."
He rubbed his thumb gently over the knot, "does that feel any better."
"It does, thank you," Penn sighed.
"Hey, it's no problem," he said, "I didn't
want you to feel left out or anything.
"It's Penn…" she sighed.
"And I like you too, Kenneth Ichijoji!"
"I'm NOT the digimon emperor anymore!
They shared a few small laughs together and Ken reached for
her hand again, placing it over his heart.
At lunchtime, the gang was surprised to see a different
"Alright if I sit here, Penn?" he asked.
"Of course, Ken," she replied with a smile.
The others soon followed suit and sat with Penn.
"Glad to have you part of our group, Penn," Kari said with a smile.
"Yeah," Yolei added and looked at Ken, "It's amazing what a touch of kindness can do."
THE END! SEE, I TOLD YOU YOLEI LOOKS BETTER WITH