Me: I don't own Digimon, as usual. This is a story I never thought I'd write up!
Tai: What kind of story?
Me: A Taiora where you're the bad guy, but it's not of your choice.
Tai: What?! You're kidding me!
Me: Nope, 'fraid not.
Digimon-A Taiora Drama
Skirting the Edge
Prologue: Over the Edge
"Come on! We've gotta get him back to the Real World now!"
"I can't believe this happened to him! My own brother!"
"Why didn't I see it before now? Tai don't leave me! I love you too much for you to die on me now!"
Confused? I thought you'd be. The name's Kamiya. Tai Kamiya. The reason I'm like this-an inch away from death's door-is simple: I blame it on an evil Digimon, but technically, it's my fault for allowing him to take over like that. Let me start over again from the beginning…
Flashback to: Friday May 19, 2009
On this fateful day, about seven years after our triumph against MaloMyotismon, something happened to me, but just telling you isn't enough. I was calm as ever, attempting to forget that my two best friends-Sora Takenouchi and Matt Ishida, the self-proclaimed "cool one"-were still going out ever since that day with the cookies at his concert. I had played it cool on the outside while inside, I was torn apart. I hadn't wanted Sora to be hurt because of me, so I told her to go to him, plain and simple. I thought I'd be able to handle seeing them together, then my pain would pass. It didn't. Instead, as they got closer together, I felt even more fire eat away at my soul and knew that if I didn't do something about it, I wouldn't be the same person they knew. Even Agumon would be affected by it, so I went over to Sora's house in one final attempt to tell her how I felt.
I thought to myself, "Even if she doesn't feel the same way about me, at least I'll have told her, and that will be that." As I knocked on the door to the Takenouchi residence, I eyed my partner with a solemn look. Despite the fact that all the evil had been taken care of for now, none of us DigiDestined knew when we may be needed to save the world once again, so Agumon had made it his own personal vow-no matter where I went, he would always be by my side.
"Oh, Tai. Would you like to come in?" My heart visibly hammered in my chest as I took a glance at the one girl I considered to be one of God's angels…Sora Takenouchi, the DigiDestined of Love.
"Sure, but I can't stay too long. I came by because I've got something to tell you." Almost instantly, my mouth went dry and I felt a lump form in my throat. I took notice in the fact that Sora was blushing faintly, but it was there.
"You just missed Matt. He left about 10 minutes ago for rehearsal, but there's something I've got to tell you first. Is that okay?" Sora asked quietly.
"I've got all the time in the world for you, Sor." I replied, then I slapped myself for even allowing those words to come out of my mouth! She didn't take notice, though-she was busy fingering two things: One, the hair clip I'd given to her for her birthday-could that have been 9 years ago?-in her left hand. Two, a diamond ring-about 10 karats could be right, but that lump grew bigger as I realized what Sora was talking about.
"He asked you to marry him, didn't he?" I had no intention for the sadness to creep out, but it did and Sora looked up and saw my emotions before I had time to put on the mask-pain, betrayal, anger, emotional torture, and tears were brimming around the corners of my eyes. Down below, Agumon eyed Sora with a look of disappointment, anger and…well, let's just say he was madder than he'd been when I'd insulted him about his aim the first time I'd left him in the Digital World!
"Tai, I am so sorry."
"You don't have to be. There's no reason for you to be sorry." I said. Agumon muttered under his breath, "Yeah, right!" as he headed for the kitchen to find himself something to eat.
"Don't lie to me, Tai. If you want, I'll call the whole thing off." Sora advised. I casually placed my hand on her shoulder once again, and visibly flinched.
"Do you know what that would do to Matt? It would kill him beyond belief. You two have built up this amazing relationship for seven years; true, seven is a lucky number, but it can also mean bad luck, especially if you broke a mirror or a black cat crossed your path, or something like that. Don't hurt him just because of me. All I want is for you to be happy…" I whispered in a low voice, "…even if it isn't with me." I knew she'd heard me, because I saw tears start to roll down her cheeks.
"Tai…" Sora started shaking, and I pulled her into a hug.
"Shh. It doesn't matter how I feel-all I want is for you to be happy. Remember the song?
'You can't take nothing for granted! You've gotta live life today!
I turn around, I can see what's behind me; I turn back around, I can see what's ahead!
And if you don't believe I've been here all along, just turn around, just turn around…'"
I broke the hug and was relieved when Sora had stopped crying, her cheerful face back on.
"Thank you, Tai. I just wanted to know if you would like to be the one to give me away at our wedding-I would've asked if you could be the best man, but Matt already decided he wants T.K. to fill the role." I felt something in my chest at that second, and groaned slightly.
"Tai, are you all right?" Sora asked worriedly. I nodded and attempted to shake off the pain.
"Yeah, just some spasms I've been having for a while now. I've gotta go, but I'll call you later when I've made a decision, okay?" I headed over to the kitchen, yanked Agumon out of the chair he was sitting in opposite Biyomon ("Hey! We were playing 'Go Fish!'") and rushed to the door before I could allow my tears to surface.
"Sure, Tai. You sure you don't want to stay for a while longer? And what was it you wanted to say?" I turned back around to face her and nearly facefaulted in shock. She had this look in her eyes-the same look I'd seen when she'd wanted to see if Matt was free after the concert, but this time, it was directed at me.
"Uh…just to say 'Congratulations' for seven years, but now to say 'Congrats' for the marriage!" I forced myself to sound enthusiastic as I smiled broadly. Agumon made a "Humph!" sound while Biyomon sighed sadly in the background.
"Thanks, Tai." I nodded once again, knowing that if I tried to say anything else, I'd either break down in tears or admit my feelings to her. And she no longer needed a protector of Courage to watch over her anymore. Then, I turned and left and kept my sobs silent and quick.
"Sora, are you sure this is what you want?" Biyomon asked as she swept up the cards off of the kitchen table.
"Positive, Biyomon. But, I can't help but wonder about that look in his eyes…when he guessed that Matt had asked me to marry him before I even told him, he seemed so sad."
"Two people who've known each other for a long time-even those people who can be considered soul mates-can read what the other is thinking on occasion." Biyomon explained. "What did you see in his eyes?"
"Pain, sadness, anger, betrayal…but mainly guilt, regret, agony and suffering. What could Tai have gone through that would give him such hurt? And why didn't he come to me with this?" Sora asked herself, not knowing that Biyomon already knew the answer. Unbeknownst to Sora and I, Agumon and Biyomon had always kept up the firm belief that the two of us were meant to be together and that nothing would keep us apart-neither one of them had expected Matt to show into the picture; nor had they expected me to just let her go to him without complaint.
"Oh, Sora…sometimes when it comes to true love, you're as blind as a bat! Why can't you see thatTai's always been there for you whenever you needed a shoulder to cry on? True, Matt saved you from the dark cave and the falling rocks, but what about Tai? He saved you from Andromon, Datamon, Mammothmon, trusted you to look after Kari when she was sick, made that promise to you when we faced Puppetmon, sent you to find Matt and the others so Piedmon wouldn't hurt you and, in a final act of unconditional love, gave you the courage to go to Matt at the extent of his own heart! I think you may have finally pushed him over the edge and into an abyss…an abyss that only you can get him out of."
I was shaking with tears as I raced home with Agumon on my shoulders.
"Tai, what's the matter?" I stopped and put my partner down before glaring at him with a look so cold that Matt couldn't even counteract it!
"You know what's wrong! They're getting MARRIED! I've lost! All that time in the Digital World, all those fights and the only thing he had to do to truly win was to get Sora…and he did. I don't know if I can handle all this pressure any longer." I turned away from Agumon and ran the rest of the way to my house, almost oblivious to his protests.
"You haven't lost yet, Tai! There's still time for you to set things right. The day you lose is the day they say 'I do!' And they haven't said anything yet about a date-all you know is that they're engaged! There's still a chance!"
I rushed into my room from the door, grabbed my Digivice, as well as Kari's D3, and gasped out, "Digiport, open!" Then, as the portal opened, I put my sister's D3 down and was sucked in with Agumon a heartbeat behind me.