Disclaimers: I don't own Digimon Frontier. This is just a fanfiction.
Rated T for mild languages, fighting scenes, mild sensuality scenes, and bloody-violence
Chapter 38: A Broken Heart
Needless to say, Takuya's plan to change Izumi's parents' mind didn't exactly work out. When they walked into the nearly empty restaurant (no thanks to the bad rumors of the recent murder) Romano and Teresa were less than please to see them. They were about to ask the kids to leave again, until their niece Rosalina stepped in and argued that unless Takuya and his friends didn't purposely pose a threat to their establishment, her aunt and uncle had no right to ban them.
Takuya promised to keep his outburst under control from now on and would do his best to contain his excitement. Plus, Masaki, Takashi, and Kimi were the new faces and new customers. More importantly right now, the Orimoto don't need any more bad reviews if they were to be turned away.
At first, Izumi's parents agreed with their niece to let the kids back in as customers, but they still wouldn't let Izumi off the hook and allow her to hang out with her friends. That's when Kimi came in.
Kimi greeted and thank them in perfect Italian and Izumi's parents were surprised not only on her perfect Italian grammatical sentences and accent, but on her etiquette as well. Kimi asked to see Izumi so that she can thank the blonde girl for the shopping and movie hang out two days ago (In truth, Kimi wanted to thank Izumi for the night before, but after what Takuya told her, she omitted this fact or else risked Izumi getting into more trouble should they found out that their daughter had snuck out.)
Takuya and the boys never knew how she did it but with Kimi around, Izumi was talking to her parents again and they believed that Kimi would be a good influence on their daughter. Unfortunately, their conversation to turn things around lasted too long. Romano and Teresa were about to change their minds until they heard a loud sound from the dining room. Rushing out, they saw Takuya crashing through three of their waitresses (Enrico was thankfully not among them this time). The hot food they were carrying landed everywhere, including on some of the guests who got up and yelled at Izumi's parents, threatening them with a lawsuit and furiously leaving without paying the bills. Of course, Romano had to offer the meal free of charges to avoid any more complaints from them.
Izumi's parents sighed and looked down to see a skateboard and began to connect the dots to Takuya. The next thing they all knew, Takuya and the boys were moping from the inside of a fast food restaurant located across the street. Kimi was giving him a death glare as they struggle to eat their burgers.
"You're an imbecile, you know that?" Kimi snapped. "I was so close to winning them over before you messed it up!"
"What are you angry for? They didn't really kick you out," Takuya retorted.
True, they didn't ban Kimi and her two friends, but with the tense atmosphere and the embarrassment, the three of them left on their own as well.
"What possess you to do something so monumentally idiotic?" Kimi asked.
"Hey, you were taking so long, I wasn't sure if things were going well," Takuya said. "Those waitresses looked like they're trying to carry one too many dishes so I…"
"So you thought it would be a good idea to show the restaurant that you're not a walking bad-luck charm," Kouji finished bluntly.
"Hey, I only wanted to help! What's wrong with that?"
"You shouldn't try to do other people's job, Takuya," Kouichi lectured. When Takuya gave him a sour look, the older twin turned his attention back to his fries. Unfortunately his cat ate most of them when he wasn't looking.
"I couldn't think of anything else!" Takuya protested. "I was trying to think of something to get on the Orimoto family's good side. How was I supposed to know that there was a skateboard lying in front of me?"
"Wait, that wasn't your skateboard?" Takashi asked. "I thought you forgot it the last time you were here."
"Of course not! Why the hell would I bring it with me after the last time Enrico slipped on it and gotten broken bones?" Takuya fumed.
"Then why didn't you say that before?" Masaki asked.
"After my track record, I don't think they'll believe me even if it's true," Takuya sighed in defeat. He played with his chips by dipping them in ketchup.
"Great, just great," Junpei said sarcastically. "So now what do we do? Any suggestion?"
"I got nothing," Takashi shrugged.
"You could apologize to them," Tomoki suggested. "Tell Orimoto-san that you didn't mean any of that to happen and that it wasn't you who brought in your skateboard. For all we know, a previous customer must had forgotten it."
"After that accident earlier today, I don't think Izumi's parents will listen to what we have to say for a while, Tomoki," Takuya shook his head.
Kouji sighed and got up to leave.
"Where are you going?" Takuya asked.
"Where I go is my own business," Kouji replied bluntly.
"I can't believe you're going to ditch us again," Takuya frowned. "We're in the middle of a crisis here, you know?"
Kouji turned to glare at him as-a-matter-of-factly. "From what I can tell right now, we're not exactly on the welcoming list, Takuya," Kouji pointed out. "As much as I want to help Izumi get out of her punishment, her parents are just as thick-headed as she is and I don't see any of you coming up with bright ideas after what just happened."
"We would if you had helped us."
"I have my own personal problems to deal with first, Takuya," Kouji replied coldly. "And if I don't hurry and finish it, I'll…"
Kouji stopped himself and quickly looked away.
"What? You'll what?" Takuya pressed.
"Nothing, okay?" Kouji insisted.
"Doesn't sound like nothing," Takuya said.
"Takuya, don't push it," Kouji warned. "I'm already behind as it is. Like it or not, I'm leaving. Coming, Kouichi?"
Kouichi glanced at his friends nervously but nodded as he got up to join his brother. Their cat and dog wagged their tails and followed their masters obediently.
"Oh, c'mon!" Takuya yelled. He tried to get up to stop his friend, but Tomoki and Junpei grabbed his shoulders.
"Don't tell me you're siding with them!" Takuya raised his eyebrows in disbelief.
"We're not, but obviously there's something bothering him and it's personal," Junpei said.
"From the look of things, it could be urgent," Tomoki pointed out. "Let's leave Kouji to finish his business, whatever it is, and then he can come back and help us."
"What could be more urgent than friends?" Takuya asked. "We're practically family and family helped each other."
"Look, why don't we get back to our plan in helping Izumi?" Junpei suggested. "If Kouji wants to join us, he can do it when he's done with whatever it is that's on his mind."
Takuya sighed but nodded. "Remind me to blackmail Kouji again. I still have a few photos in my phone that will convince him." He snickered, going through the files on his iPhone.
Kimi couldn't help but smile quietly to herself. Then she remembered the small box in her pocket. She had planned on giving it to Kouji earlier.
"I'll be back. There's something I have to take care of," Kimi said mildly. "Kouji couldn't have gotten too far."
"But we were about to brainstorm on a new plan to get Izumi out of her punishment," Takashi noted. "You can't leave me—I mean us now!"
Kimi laughed as Takashi blushed, causing Takuya and Junpei to snicker.
"Don't be so paranoid, Takashi," Kimi said. "I'll return in a few minutes. You can start without me."
Before Takashi could protest any further, Kimi left and made a quick right turn.
"I don't understand why we can't stay a little longer and help our friends," said Kouichi. After following his brother, he regretted what they were doing but he doesn't want to leave his brother's side, especially how worked up Kouji has been recently.
"Because I need more time to look for that specific area where Kimchi will be showing up and that's tomorrow," Kouji explained. "I was just about to finished my research when Takuya interrupted us this morning with that silly prank of his."
Kouichi blushed furiously at the reminder. When he noticed that his cat was looking away, he cried, "Stop that, you two!"
"What?" Löwe asked innocently. "I didn't say anything."
"No, but you were thinking it!" Kouichi pointed out. True enough, Löwe and Lobo snickered.
"Stop it, it wasn't funny!" Kouichi insisted with his cheeks still burning.
"Of course it is," Lobo laughed. "But don't be ashamed, my boy. After all, both of your incarnations, Prince James and Jason of Lusteria, wore corsets and bonnets so that they could pretend to be chambermaids."
"You're not serious," Kouji shook his head. "What on earth possessed our past lives to do something so stupid as that?"
"As I recalled, it was your past life, who thought of the idea, Kouji" Lobo pointed out with a smug tone.
"You both wanted to sneak out of the palace that day and so you decided it would be a good idea to disguise yourselves," Löwe explained, smiling at the thought. "The plan worked, naturally, but we didn't think that you would still do it several hundred years later."
"It was for a school play!" Kouji pointed out. "It's not like we wanted to play those silly roles! God dammit! I'm going to get back at Takuya for even taking that stupid shot!"
"Don't be so upset," Lobo chided him. "It did put your friend Kimi in a good mood, and I don't believe she would reveal your little secret."
Kouichi frowned and looked behind him to gaze at the hamburger joint they just left from.
"Are you sure it's a good idea to leave Kimi behind? What if Takuya shows her more embarrassing photos of us?"
Kouji sighed. "Then I'll have to beat the crap out of Takuya so hard that he'll think twice about blackmailing us." He stopped and leaned against a brick wall. "Besides, I needed to get away from Kimi. Being around her is too confusing enough as it is recently."
"Kouji, sooner or later she's going to wonder why you keep leaving her with your friends," Lobo pointed out.
Kouichi nodded in agreement and turn to his brother. "We promised Kyochi-sensei that we would look out for his sister, but all we've been doing so far is dumping her on Takuya and the others while we…"
He stopped…not wanting to suggest anything. Unfortunately, Kouji noticed and looked up.
"While we do what, Nii-san?" Kouji frowned.
Kouichi looked away and rubbed his arms in defense. "It's just that…well…don't you think you should tell Kimi the truth?"
Kouji stared at his brother in shock and felt as if he had been slapped in the face.
"Tell her that I'm busy looking for someone else and that I can't be bother with her? Is that what you're suggesting, Nii-san?"
"She's your friend," Kouichi suggested. "She'll understand."
"I already told you, I already have my heart set on someone else," Kouji insisted, his voice raised a little bit higher and more insistent than usual. Luckily, there were not a lot of people passing by to hear it. "Look, it is best that I keep my distance away from Kimi until I find my childhood friend. If I keep tagging around the Princess of Lusteria, she'll probably think I really like her and Takuya will never live it down. Being around her is too confusing and I don't need another nuisance."
"Kouji…" Kouichi said as he noticed something from behind them and stared in shock, but Kouji was too preoccupied to sense it.
"There isn't anything going on between me and Kimi, okay?" Kouji insisted. "She's nothing more than someone I had to look out for because I had to pay my debt to Kyochi. Just because I rescued her in the park and gave her small compliments doesn't mean that I have any real feelings for her—"
"Kouji, stop!" Kouichi interrupted, pointing behind his brother nervously. Kouji blinked in confusion and then noticed that both Lobo and Löwe were looking away in shame. Kouji realized that someone was standing behind him and when he quickly turned around, it was none other than Kimi herself with a small present in one hand.
Oh, shit, Kouji groaned and wished that he could kick himself.
"Is that what I am to you?" Kimi asked, her voice shaking as tears threatened to pour from her blue eyes. "Is that what you really see me, Kouji? A nuisance and a pity?"
"Kimi, I—" Kouji started but his sentence was immediately cut off as Kimi slapped him in the face.
"You dog!" Kimi swore angrily. "And after what you said to me last night after facing my problems head on, I thought you were my friend!"
"Wait, you got it all wrong!" Kouji said, rubbing his burning cheek as he took one step closer but Kimi was too furious to listen any further as she pushed him away.
"Stay away from me!" Kimi warned him. She couldn't hold back the tears anymore as her eyes began to water. "I should never have left Clairebourne Manor…"
Before both brothers could justify themselves, Kimi turned around and ran for her brother's house.
Kouji got up but he didn't chase after her. He didn't bother to look at his brother or Lobo and Löwe, knowing full well what they were all thinking.
"I've made a real mess of things, haven't I, Kouichi?" Kouji asked.
Kouichi nodded, knowing full well that his brother regretted what just happened. It wouldn't help if he had lectured him further right now.
A part of Kouji wanted to run after Kimi and tell her to listen to his explanation. A part of him wanted to admit everything about Dusk, his past life as one of her kingdom's previous princes, about Gali's prediction, and all the madness that has happened. But no matter how much he tried, Kouji can't get the thought of the elusive Kimchi out of his head. He was so close to finding her and had nearly lost a lead the day before. Now that he was getting closer to finding his long lost love again, he'll have to take it before it's gone forever. But that doesn't mean that a right with Kimi has to happen. Kouji decided to make a mental note that he'll do whatever it takes to make up to Kimi for what he said as soon as his meeting with Kimchi is over. Hopefully, she'll have the heart to listen and forgive him.
Not far away, a man with long, spiky blond hair was making his way towards an Italian restaurant. He was wearing a bright red coat which puzzles the Japanese passerby because it was a blazing hot summer day. No one in their right mind would wear something like that. But then again, this man isn't normal. You could say that he's not really human.
Unconcerned with what the people around him were thinking, the man in the red coat looked around and spotted the Orimoto family's Italian restaurant and smiled. He was just about to cross the street until a little girl with long, blue wavy hair and piercing blue eyes pushed passed him as she walked by with her head down. She muttered a quick apology before continuing forward. The man could tell from the quick glance of her expression that she was crying. At the same time, it looked as if she was trying to get away from something...or someone. More than that, he caught a whiff of her aura and stared. Instantly, he knew that this girl is one of the bearers of the Galis Star. It could only mean one thing: Dusk could be after her.
The man was about to chase after Kimi when he noticed something on her wrist: a bracelet.
Kaze, he thought and smirked to himself. Always ahead of me as usual.
No need to worry about her for now. With Kaze's bracelet on her, Dusk cannot touch the girl to get the Galis Star. This would leave the man in the red coat free to worry about what was about to happen later that day. Turning his attention back to the restaurant, he knew that it was only a matter of time before he had to intervene.
"Everyone ready?" Taichi asked his group of friends. He didn't have to look over his shoulders to know that they were all nodding their heads.
"As ready as we'll ever be, Tai," Yamato said, placing a hand on his friend's shoulder.
"We got all of our tags and crests," Takeru said, looking down at his necklace with the symbol of Hope. "Now we just have to get Ken to accept his."
Daisuke couldn't help it. Charged up, he ran ahead and punched the air with his gloved hand. "Yeah! It's time to show that parasite not to mess with us or our friend!" Placing the goggles over his eyes, he smiled mischievously. "C'mon, let's go get Ken back!"
"Lead the way, Daisuke-kun," Taichi repied. "Lead the way."
To be continued...
Take a guess who the mysterious man in the red coat is if you can. Yes, Kouji can be a bit of a jerk sometimes, huh?