*^* Chapter 7- Sweethearts *^*

The Odaiba Middle School gym was overflowing with pink and white streamers and balloons. From the platform that had been set up against one wall, the Young Wolves were bashing out a rendition of Run Around that made the walls shake. The crowd of kids that filled the gym shook, rattled and rolled to the music, cheering and singing along as the lighting effects booth, courtesy of Izzy and a few of his friends, threw colored light around the dimly lit room. A laser-light traced red hearts and stars on the walls in swirling patterns.

Coming over to the refreshments table, Yolei and Ken ran into a pair of familiar faces smiling from ear to ear as they shared a cookie.

"Well, it's good to see that you two haven't killed each other," Yolei said cheerfully, helping herself to a glass of punch. "From the way you were carrying on in second period, I thought that mmphm ympha pmwa. Hm!"

Ken smiled apologetically, one hand clamped firmly over Yolei's mouth and the other one reaching for a cookie. "Sorry, TK, Kari. I think Yolei has had enough punch for one day, don't you?"

Yolei glared at him from behind his hand. He let go of her with a shrug. "Sorry, but you weren't being very tactful."

"Oh, don't you start lecturing me on tact, Mr. Digimon Empawooph!"

TK and Kari both began to laugh; Ken, thinking quickly, had 'shared' his cookie with Yolei. Wiping crumbs and pink icing indignantly from her face, Yolei tried to glare some more at Ken, but he just looked innocently at her with huge blue eyes. She sighed, rolling her own eyes melodramatically.

"He's impossible to stay angry at," she confided rather loudly to Kari, who was still giggling. "It really isn't fair."

"Don't come to me about your guy problems," Kari said with a smile. "Go dance or something, huh?"

"Gee, why didn't I think of that?" Yolei said, glancing over at Ken rather pointedly.

"Oh, all right, but don't say I didn't warn you," Ken gave in. "Good people have been badly hurt trying to dance with me, you know. She's been after me to dance all night," he added for TK and Kari's benefit, before he disappeared into the crowd with Yolei.

TK had spent the conversation looking through the box of sweetheart candies he'd gotten out of one of the bowls of edibles that graced the table. As Yolei and Ken left, he grinned in triumph and took one out, slipping it into Kari's hand. She blinked, confused, and looked down at it.

"My angel," she read, and smiled.

"My *only* angel," TK added firmly. Kari nodded.

"I know...and I'm really sorry, TK. I shouldn't have doubted you."

"And I shouldn't have lost my temper, so we're even," TK said. "We've already been over this a couple of times-"

"And we don't need to go over it again," Kari said gently, taking his hand. "You accepted my apology, and I accepted yours...and your word that you didn't write that note. Let's move on."

"Right," TK said. Kari reached for the box of candies and dumped a few into her hand, looking through them curiously. Suddenly, a mischievous smile lit her face, and she chose one and handed it to TK.

"As long as we're moving on..." she said with a slight blush.

TK blinked, glancing down at it. "What? Oh..." he said, smiling as well, and leaned forward...

The candy fell to the floor, landing word side up, declaring to all people present, 'Kiss me'.

A hand reached down to pick it up, and the owner of the hand looked it over thoughtfully. Slipping it into his pocket, he took a seat a few chairs down, taking a box of the candies and fishing through it. Once he had the one he wanted, he sat back in his chair and waited.

Finally, the two reunited angels surfaced for air. Kari spotted the familiar puff of purple hair first.

"Oh, hi, Davis," she said, blushing a vibrant pink. TK half turned in his seat, and caught sight of his former rival.

"Hey, Davis," he said with a friendly nod. "Who're you here with?"

"I came stag," Davis said, shrugging.

"Well, I hope you find a doe, then," came a teasing voice from behind him. Davis glanced over his shoulder.

"Hi, Yoshitada," he said guardedly. The neon-haired boy waved to Kari and TK, as did the blond girl on his arm.

"Hey, Davis. I'd stop to talk, but Ai wants to go make a request." He rolled his eyes, and Ai gave him a playful shove.

"That sounds like fun," Kari said, standing up. "I think I'll come with you. Want to come, TK?" she said. He shook his head.

"I think I'll wait here, thanks. The last time we went near the stage, I think I went temporarily deaf. I really don't want the condition to become permanent."

Kari giggled. "Okay, then. I'll be right back." She hurried away after Yoshitada and Ai.

"Hey, Davis?" TK said after they were out of sight.

"Yeah?" Davis said, wondering what he was going to say.

"Thanks," TK said, echoing the sentiment with his eyes. "Kari told me what you said. That was really great for you to do. I'll bet the temptation was pretty big to snag her for yourself."

"You could say that," Davis admitted, not quite meeting TK's honestly grateful gaze.

"Well, I owe you one. I'm not sure how the whole thing got so out of hand, but thanks for fixing things for us."

"Oh, I didn't do anything," Davis protested. "You guys did all the fixing. I just gave you a push to get you back on track." *And I'm glad I did,* he thought. *She looks so happy...I know I did the right thing.* Getting up, he took a few steps away, and then stopped and turned back. "Hey, TK?"

TK looked at him, surprised. *What, no TS or TG?*

"Catch," Davis said, and tossed something to him before melting into the crowd.

TK caught the object neatly and frowned, opening his hands to see what he held.

It was a candy heart. The pink letters on it spelled two simple words.

'Love her.'

"Hey, TK, they're playing a slow song next," came Kari's voice from across the table.

"Right," TK said, smiling at her. He glanced back down at his hands. *I will,* TK thought solemnly to the silent heart, and stood up, putting it in his pocket. He walked around to the other side of the table, taking Kari's hand with a heart-melting smile.

"Come on, Kari. Let's go dance."

Watching them from across the gym, Davis was wearing a wistful smile of his own. Veemon peeped out from under the bench he was sitting on.

"Hi, Davish! Gatomon and some of the other Digimon are havin' a celebration in one of the classrooms. Cody and Izzy smuggled us in."

"Good for you, Party Animal," Davis teased. "They've got plenty to celebrate." He sighed, leaning back against the wall. Veemon frowned.

"I should probably get back there before someone sees me... Hey, I was wondering, though. What *did* A.K. stand for?"

Davis shrugged. "What else? 'Another Kari'." He smiled ruefully. "I should have realized there could never be more than one of her. Kind of too bad, really."

"Well, there's plenty of fish in the sea," Veemon pointed out. Davis snorted.

"Really? Like who?"

"Like that pretty redheaded fish watching you from over by the stage...oh, and if I were you, I would send Doctor Smooth Love on a vacation and just be your sweet self," Veemon said pointedly, and ducked back under the bench. Davis yelped, reaching fruitlessly under the bench after his Digimon and nearly falling on his head in the process.

"Hey! Come back here, you goofy Digimon! Where do you mean...oh..." he said, looking up into a sparkling pair of green eyes. He blushed, and a smile spread across the girl's face as she brushed a strand of long red hair out of her eyes. *Right...just be myself. That's easy enough to do. No more tricky plans for me, thank you very much.*

"Hi...my name's Chi," the girl said, a twinkle in her eyes.

"Nice to meet you, Davis, I'm Chi," Davis blurted, and blushed furiously, clapping a hand over his mouth. "I mean...you know what I mean."

"I know what you mean," Chi said at the same time, and giggled.

"Um...want to dance?"

"I'd love to," Chi smiled, taking his hand. They headed out onto the dance floor.

Watching from the doorway, Veemon grinned. *Points to Davish, for sure. I wonder if the star-struck approach would work on Gatomon...* With that, he hurried away, leaving the human sweethearts to dance the night away.


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