A Touch of Kindness

A Touch of Kindness

Chapter 2

Disclaimer: I do not own Digimon.

Author's Note: I decided to add a second part to "A Touch of Kindness." I really like Ken's 'new girlfriend', Pen. (I decided to write her name with just one 'n' instead of 2)

It was a few weeks since Pen moved to Odabai and started going to school with Ken and the others. Pen became a new person, or at least the sweet girl she was before her dark transformation happened. But there was another secret inside her. She wasn't totally honest with Ken and it was eating her up inside. Pen did her best not to show it and smiled whenever she was with her new friends. Ken was always so kind to her and she was taking him for granted.

'I have to tell Ken the truth,' she thought as she started to do the combination to her locker. When she opened it, balloons rose out of it attached to a giant teddy bear. She started laughing, "I wonder how Ken was able to get this in here," she said, pulling the teddy bear out.

"It wasn't easy," said Ken, "but it was worth it!"
She looked to the side and saw a smiling Ken leaning against the locker next to her.

"You know, I'm running out of room to put all these presents you're giving me," Pen muttered, "and my birthday isn't for another month!"

"Your birthday is next month?" he asked, "Why didn't you tell me?"

She grinned, "you never asked!"

He took out his planner, "what day is it?"

"It's March 12," she mumbled, "why, are you going to throw a surprise party or something?"

"Maybe," he whispered.

"You don't have to give me all these presents, Ken," she said.

"Today's Valentine's Day," he reminded.

"Oh, so it is!" she giggled and looked at the balloons, "I forgot! You bring me so many presents I try to wonder what day it is."

He smiled, "I'd like you to come over."

"Why?"

"It's a surprise."

"Are we going to blow bubbles again?" she asked.

"Only if you want to," he chuckled.

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Yolei checked her email and she got a surprise message. When she clicked on it, the message told her to click on a link. So she did and read a cyber-email-Valentine's Day Card.

"Izzy!" she cried, "oh, how thoughtful of him!"

"Shhhh!" the librarian hushed.

"Oh, sorry," she squeaked and sent one back to him. Then she went to go find him when lunch came.

"Izzy!" she threw her arms around his waist and pressed her cheek on his back, "thank you for the sweet gift! I got your email greeting!"

"Glad you liked it," he said and turned around. "Did you see your locker yet?"

"My locker?" she mumbled and dragged him behind her. Her locker was decorated with stickers and streamers. "Oh, Izzy!"

"Look inside," he prompted.

"What'd you get me, Izzy?" she demanded, turning the dial.

"You'll see."

She opened it and found an envelope holding tickets to an orchestra. "Oh my lord! I'm not even going to ask how you got these!"

He smiled, "Well good, because it took me quite a while."

"Izzy, I love you!" she blurted.

"Huh?"

"I love you, Koushiro Izumi!" she threw her arms around his neck and began to sob. "I've always admired you secretly!"

"You did?" he asked, "but you had the hugest crush on Ken."

"Yes, but it was only a crush," she said, "I didn't know him but I always knew you! It's all right now because now Ken has Pen! Oh, it feels good to get that out of the open! I feel like saying it over and over! I love you, Izzy! I love you! I love you, I love you!"

"Wow, you sound pretty sincere."

"I am!" she shouted and stepped back, "I had both the digieggs of sincerity and love, you know." She let out a sigh, "I'm sorry."

"What for?"

"I kind of um, yelled it out loud," she looked around nervously, watching people gawk at her proclaim her love to Izzy in front of them.

"Don't worry about it," he said. "The important thing is that you mean it. I love you too, Yolei."

"You do?" she asked.

"Yes," he told her, "you're the first and only girl I ever felt this way about."

She smiled and stroked his cheek, "that's so sweet."

"I'll pick you up at 7. The orchestra starts at 7:30."

"Well, I'll be ready!" she laughed and threw her arms around him again.

They held each other until they finally realized they were missing lunch.

"Uh oh, we'd better hurry before they run out of chocolate milk again!" Yolei jumped back and grabbed his arm.

"How come I always get to the cafeteria when they run out of chocolate milk?" Izzy wondered out loud.

When they got there, they had already run out of chocolate milk. However, to celebrate Valentine's Day, they had pink strawberry flavored milk.

"Hey, strawberry milk," Yolei said. "How cute!"

"Well, strawberries are better for you than chocolate," Izzy said. They sat with their friends at 'their' table.

"Hey guys, Happy Valentine's Day!" Yolei wished.

Ken picked up his heart shaped cookie and held it by the middle of his chest, "Pen, I want you to have my heart."

"I have one," she began and finally grasped what he meant, "Oh, Ken! You didn't have to!"

She took her heart shaped cookie and gave it to him, "you can have my heart too!"

Everyone else gave their heart shaped cookies to their dating partners.

"Hey, you copied me!" Ken muttered sarcastically and laughed.

"Well, I was about to give Lisa my heart anyway," Davis bragged.

"Oh, Davis, you're so awesome!" Lisa kissed him on the cheek and looked at the others, "Davis is taking me out to see a romantic movie tonight!"

"TK's taking me to the Digital world," Kari said. "We're going to have a picnic."

"That sounds like a good idea," Cody said, "let's all go."

"Cody, I don't know what you're talking about," Courtney muttered.

"Oh," he blushed. "It's just a world of pretty cool creatures. I can take you there if you want." (Author's Note: I've been thinking of writing a Cody romance story because you always find stories with digi-destined paired up with someone and Cody's left out. Besides Courtney, who I made up, I wanted to pair him with one of the children who were kidnapped. Does any one remember that girl's name? Remember that flower that grew out of her head? I think Cody and her would have a connection but I don't even know her name! Okay, back to the story, sorry to slow you guys down. I just felt sorry for Cody as all.)

"That's okay, Cody," Courtney said. "I'll just go to your Grampa's Valentine's Day party as planned."

"My Grampa doesn't bore you?"

"Shoot now!" Courtney laughed, "He makes funny jokes!"

"Yolei and I are going to an orchestra," Izzy said.

"An orchestra?" Davis mumbled, "on Valentine's day?"

"Hey, I went through a lot of trouble to get those tickets!"

"What do you guys have planned?" Kari asked Ken and Pen.

"It's a surprise," Ken told them.

"A surprise?"

"Ken wanted me to come over to his house," Pen explained.

"Oh," Davis said and then got a dirty idea, "ooohhhhhh!"

"DAVIS!" Ken roared.

"Hey, what did you expect me to think?" Davis demanded.

Pen giggled lightly and hooked some hair behind her ear, "I think you're going to fix me dinner, aren't you?"

"Well, maybe." Ken said.

"Can't wait."

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That Night

Yolei was humming with her eyes closed and nodding her head to the music. She wore a pretty lavender gown and wore a light amount of make up. Izzy wore a suit and instead of looking at the orchestra, he was watching Yolei. She didn't even know.

"Pretty music, isn't it?" she asked.

"Music?" he mumbled. "Oh, yes."

"I'm so glad you took me out, Izzy," Yolei smiled and opened her eyes.

"Me too," he murmured. "I love you."

"I love you too," she said.

They started to kiss and the violin music seemed to be so close suddenly. The violinist smiled and played a sweet melody for the sweethearts.

"May I have this dance?" Izzy asked.

"Do you even have to ask?" she questioned and took his hand.

They started dancing and never grew tired of the music, or each other.

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"Welcome to the Digi-Diner," Gatomon welcomed, "would you like to eat inside or outside?"

"But we came here for a picnic," TK said.

"And there is no diner," Kari added.

"I know," Gatomon smiled, "I just like saying that!" She cleared her throat, "right this way." She led them to a yellow blanket with a basket on the top and an unlit candle. Patamon flew to the blanket; "I'll be your waiter this evening. What would you like to drink?"

"Aren't there drinks in the basket?" TK asked.

Patamon pushed open the lid and took out sandwiches and a yellow and pink cake. "Nope."

"I'd ask for champagne but we're not to have any," TK said. "So we'll have milk."

"Ah, excellent choice," Patamon flew away and Gatomon went after him.

"I think he'll need help with the glasses," she said.

Kari laughed, "I knew they were going to wait on us!"

"Well," TK said, "it's better than Digitomamon's diner."

Gatomon came back holding two goblets of milk. She lit the candle, "enjoy your dinner."

"Thank you," TK and Kari said together.

Gatomon and Patamon bowed and left.

They ate their sandwiches and talked about the fun times they had in the Digiworld together. TK was caught again but the brilliant light in Kari's eyes. He smiled and took her hand.

"Kari, have I told you lately how beautiful you are?" he asked.

"Maybe," she said.

"I think you are very special," he confessed, "I love you."

"Are you just saying that because it's Valentine's Day?"

"No, I mean it," he said. "I love you, Kari. You know I do."

"TK, I love you too," she whispered.

They moved in for a kiss and Gatomon popped up with Patamon.

"Is there anything we can get you?" they asked.

"Some privacy would be nice!" TK muttered.

"Oh, carry on," Gatomon grinned and held out some binaca before they left.

Kari was too busy laughing to kiss TK.

"Was she implying that I have bad breath?" TK asked, covering his mouth.

Kari kissed his cheek, "you have something in your teeth."

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"Thank you for coming," Ken said as he closed the door.

"Are your parents here?" Pen asked.

"They're out," he replied.

"Do they know I was going to come over?"

"If I told them," Ken began, "they would've stayed."

"All right, what is going on here, mister?" she demanded, walking in the living room. "Just what do you have---planned?"

"Happy Valentine's Day, Penelope." Ken told her.

"Oh wow," she looked at the table. It had a shiny red tablecloth with candles and the whole works. Over the table was a huge banner that read, I love you, Penelope Otika.

"Ken, I--" her voice got stuck in her throat and she got a little teary eyed. She went to the couch and covered her face.

"Pen, I," Ken said, "Did I come on too strong? I'm sorry."

"It's all right, Ken," she said, crying a bit.

"Something tells me the tears you're crying right now aren't tears of joy," he sat down next to her and put his arm around her. "Pen, what's the matter?"

"Ken, I have a confession to make," she said, "I lied to you."

"About what?"

"How my sister died," she wiped her tears away and sighed. "She wasn't murdered."

"So it was an accident," Ken said. "Don't feel bad, Pen."

"It wasn't an accident," she choked, "Pam killed herself!"

"What?" he asked. "Pen, why would she do that?"

"I guess because people thought she was so great," Pen said, "I really don't know why. It's possible she didn't want to be popular anymore. I just saw Mr. Okinawa at the bridge. He was just there at the wrong place at the right time. Maybe he was going to kill her but decided not to. I guess he was going to try to stop her from killing herself."

"I don't understand," Ken mumbled.

"It happened so fast," Pen said. "When I got there, he told me he'd get an ambulance. He didn't kill those children either. They only disappeared for a while and came back home. They were digidestined."

"Digidestined?"

"Yeah, like what you are," she said. "And all your friends. They went to the Digiworld and came back some times. They had secrets. I lied about not knowing about the Digiworld."

"You're a digestined too, aren't you?" he inquired.

"It's possible," she replied, "I have a digivice. It came from my computer. I received a weird email from some anonymous sender, telling me how sorry they were about the loss of my sister."

"It was Mr. Okinawa," Ken told her. "He sent me one when Sam died."

"It's possible it was him," she said. "I went to the Digiworld."

"How come you never helped us in those battles?" he asked.

"I only went to the Digiworld once," she replied. "And my time there was not comforting. It was scary. All I saw was a dark creepy ocean. There was a voice there and it told me to put my digivice in the water. But I was too afraid to do it. I didn't feel right so I ran away and never came back to the Digiworld again. I just didn't feel at peace there."

"The Digiworld doesn't always look like that," Ken said. "It's better now. You went to the dark ocean. I'll take you back and--"

"No, I am never going back!" she shouted, "don't you see? I was the first target for the digimon emperor. They wanted me and when I didn't take the job, they chose you!"

"What?" Ken gasped, "That's not--"

"Don't you get it?" she demanded, rising to her feet, "Ken, they wanted me to mess up the Digiworld. The voices told me it wasn't real and I could hide there but I didn't buy it! I knew the Digiworld was not a game; it was real and I did not have the right to throw it off balance and neither did you!"

"I know that," he said, getting up and taking her hands, "but I thought the Digiworld was a game."

"And that is why they picked you," she mumbled.

"I learned my lesson," Ken said.

"I'm sorry, Ken," she sighed.

"For what?" he smiled, "you did nothing wrong."

"I lied to you," she explained, "I should've told you the truth but--I just couldn't tell you that--that my sister killed herself!" she pulled a shaking hand to her mouth. "It just seemed easier for me to believe that she was murdered!" Pen began to sob again and she didn't have the strength to stand anymore.

Ken rushed to her and wrapped his arms around her. "Shh," he hushed gently and pulled her back on the couch. "I'm not mad at you."

She clenched his arm and cried into his shoulder, "I'm so sorry," she sobbed.

"Just let it out, Pen," he told her, brushing her hair with his fingers, "Just let it out." While she cried, Ken didn't say anything. He just held her until she stopped. The shudders of her shoulders ceased and what was left of her crying became soft breathing.

"Are you all right now, Pen?" Ken asked.

No answer.

"Penelope?" He looked down at her.

Penelope's eyes were closed. She had cried herself asleep in his arms.

Ken got a nervous expression on his face. He didn't know what to do right now. Should he wake her up or continue to hold her until she woke up or just lay her down to sleep? He didn't plan on spending his night this way. He expected to have a nice dinner and some conversation and a movie.

After some thought, what he had now was better than dinner or anything else. The night was perfect. He decided to pick her up and carry her to his room. He took off her shoes and placed them by his bed. Then he tucked her in his bed, kissed her on the forehead, whispered, "Sweet dreams, Penny," and closed the door behind him.

Ken looked at the table. He slaved over the oven for hours to make a nice dinner for her and she was too asleep to enjoy it. It didn't seem to matter though. Any moment he'd have with Pen was priceless.

He blew out the candles and began to put the dinner away. When she woke up, he could just reheat it if she was hungry or give her a plate before she went home.

The doorbell rang and he went to answer it.

"Davis, what are you doing here?" He demanded with a soft voice, "I thought you and Lisa were going to the movies."

"We did, I just took her home," Davis said, hushing his voice also, "why're you whispering? Ohhh, I see! Penelope's still here, huh?"

"Yeah," he replied.

"I can't wait anymore, let me out!" said a voice in Davis' backpack

"Did your backpack just talk?" Ken inquired.

Davis grinned, "I decided to make a stop before I came here!" he opened his backpack. A green digimon and a blue one jumped out.

"Wormmon!" Ken shouted, opening his arms.

"Ken!" Wormmon yelled, jumping into them.

Veemon crawled up on Davis' shoulder. "It was my idea!" Veemon bragged.

"No it wasn't!" Davis grunted, "I came to the Digiworld by myself." He walked right in, "Hey, it smells good in here."

"Davis, you should go now." Ken said. "This really isn't a good time."

"Where's Penelope?" Davis asked. "I just want to say hi."

"It's Pen. Only I can call her Penelope."

A soft sigh came from Ken's room. Davis made a funny face, "Kennnn, I really got you at a bad time, didn't I?"

"What's that supposed to mean?" Veemon asked.

"Well, Veemon, when two people really like each other---" Davis began.

"Don't tell him that!" Ken barked, covering Wormmon's ears, "Wormmon does not have to hear this!"

"Hmm?" Wormmon mumbled.

"Ken?" mumbled Pen's voice from his bedroom.

Still holding Wormmon, Ken walked in his room, "Hey, feel any better?"

"I think so," she yawned and sat up. "But I wonder how I got in your room."

"You fell asleep when you were crying," Ken explained.

She blushed, "oh, I guess I just made myself tired."

"Don't worry about it."

"What is that you're holding?" she asked.

"This, well, this is--"

"Ken, we're home honey," voiced Ken's mother. "Oh, hi Davis."

"Hi Mr. and Mrs. Ichijoji!" Ken said, "I'd better get goin'!" he escaped through the door, trying to keep himself from laughing.

"Wow, it smells good in here," Ken's dad said. "I think Ken made us dinner."

"I'll be right back!" he shouted in a whisper, dropping Wormmon on Penelope's lap and rushing out of his room.

"Hello, my name's Wormmon," Wormmon introduced, "I'm Ken's digimon."

"Hi, I'm Penelope," Pen mumbled, "but call me Pen."

"Mom, Dad," Ken said with a very uncomfortable face, "hey, you're home early!"

"I see you made enough dinner here for two," Ken's mother said. "That's very sweet, hon."

"Y-you're welcome," Ken muttered.

"I don't think this dinner was for us though," Ken's father said, pointing at the huge sign: I LOVE YOU, PENELOPE OTIKA

"You were entertaining a girl, weren't you son?" He interrogated.

"Well, it is Valentine's Day," his wife put in. "He's been dating Penelope?"

"Did she go home?" he asked, "I'd like to meet her."

Ken bit her lip, "she's in my bedroom."

"You're bedroom!?" they roared.

"Ken, when a girl says no she means no!" she spat.

"I know that," Ken mumbled, "we were talking on the couch and she fell asleep."

Penelope heard them talking to Ken and she new she had to rescue him, "Hey, Ken!" she said and grabbed his arm. "Oh, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Ichijoji! I know what you're all thinking right now. You come home on Valentine's Day and you find a girl with your son. Well, don't worry, Ken's far to kind too do anything like that." She grinned ear-to-ear, "You raised a kind-hearted, sweet and intelligent son! Hey, Ken, I have a surprise for you in your bedroom." She tugged on his arm and they went back to his bedroom.

His parents breathed a sigh of relief. "We don't put a lot of trust in Ken, do we?" his mom asked.

He shrugged, "I don't know but whatever he made sure is making me hungry."

"But how can you be," she said, "We just came from the restaurant."

"Thanks, Pen," Ken said.

"No problem," Pen said.

"She's really smart," Wormmon said.

"Wormmon!" Ken muttered, "You talked to her?"

"She said to me she was a digidestined," Wormmon said. "Maybe we could all go to the Digiworld."

"Maybe another time," Ken said.

"Yeah, how about tomorrow?" Pen asked.

"I thought you just said you never wanted to go to Digiworld again," Ken gasped.

"Well after meeting Wormmon," Pen said, "I realize I have a digimon in the digital world waiting for me. I wasn't in the Digiworld long enough to find out who my digimon was."

"Well, then," Ken said, "we'll all go! Don't forget your digivice!"
"Can't wait."

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Next Day

"You say that Penelope's a digidestined?" Izzy asked.

"But you told us you didn't even know about the Digiworld," Yolei said.

"I'm sorry," Pen muttered, "I lied. My first time in Digiworld wasn't so great so I try not to think about it."

"You went to the dark ocean, didn't you?" Kari asked.

"How'd you know?" Pen gasped.

"Because I was there too," Kari explained.

"I see."

"Well, what're we waiting for?" Davis demanded, "let's go! DIGIPORT OPEN!"

Their digimon we're waiting for them in a line. They all seemed so happy to see each other.

"Wow," Pen said with a smile, "it's like having a pet that could talk!"

"They're more than just pets," TK said, "they're friends."

"Look, I found something," Kari said, picking up something off the ground. "It's a crest!"

"A crest?" Pen mumbled.

"I'm sure it belongs to you," Ken told her.

"To me?"

"What kind of crest is it?" Davis asked.

"It's peace," Ken answered and the crest flew away from Kari's hand and into Pen's. It was white with a symbol of wind blowing.

"Peace?" Pen mumbled.

"You said you didn't want to come to the Digiworld again because you didn't feel at peace there," Ken reminded, "Do you feel at peace now?"

Pen smiled and looked around, "yes. It's beautiful over here. But where is my digimon?"

A white bird-like digimon perched on Penelope's shoulder. "Hello," it cooed, "I'm Dovemon."

"Well, does that answer your question?" Yolei asked with a smile.

"Hello, Dovemon," Hawkmon said.

Dovemon nodded, "hello again, Hawkmon."

"Dovemon and I are cousins," Hawkmon said to Yolei.

"Well, you do kind of look alike," Yolei said.

"I can't believe I never came back here," Pen mumbled. "All because I was too afraid."

"Don't feel bad, Pen," Ken told her, "When the Digiworld is tainted with darkness, no one would want to stay there."

"Then why did you?"

"I already told you," he said, "I didn't know it was real."

"Well, it is," Pen said, "Really peaceful."

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