Disclaimer: Digimon belongs to Akiyoshi Hongo and Toei Animation. I am merely using them for this story for entertainment purposes, I am not making any money off of this. I repeat, I am NOT making any money off of this. What I do own, is the basic plot of Tai and Takuya being one and the same, that is all. Again, Digimon belongs to Akiyoshi Hongo and Toei Animation.


Hello there.

My name is Taichi 'Kasai' Kamiya. But then again, that really isn't my name, is it? Hm, perhaps I should explain myself? I suppose that it all started the day that I got a strange text message.

A message about destiny…

It turns out that I wasn't the only one to receive such a message, four other kids had as well. Our destiny, as it turned out, was to protect our world and a world of data from darkness. What we hadn't known at that time, was that a fifth kid, had followed us. If I knew then what I know now, I would never have accepted that message.

Sigh…

Anywho, the other kids had been Kouji Minamoto, Junpei 'JP' Shibayama, Zoe Orimoto and of course, Tommy Himi. The final kid, to our shock, had been Kouji's twin brother; Kouichi Kimura.

Where was I?

Oh, that's right.

After arriving, we were each given an elemental spirit. Kouji was given light spirit, JP the lightning spirit, Zoe the wind spirit, and Tommy the ice spirit. And as for Kouichi and myself?

Well…

I, myself was given the spirit of fire.

Unfortunately, when Kouichi was pulled into this world, he had been possessed by the corrupted spirit of darkness. It was only through the combined efforts of Kouji and myself, that Kouichi was freed and the spirit of darkness purified.

After defeating the corrupted guardian, Cherubimon; Kouji and I achieved our mega forms. Unfortunately, this came with a cost; the release of the traitorous Royal Knights. And it was two months after that incident, that everything went to hell for us.

Lucemon…was free.

Kouji and I were fighting off the Knights at the time, and though we were starting to strain from the fight; Lucemon showed up. We were horrified when the angel simply blasted them into data dust with a flick of his wrists. Then the fallen angel turned to us, and there was a strange look to his blue eyes.

I still shiver to this day.

Before we could even react, there was a flash of light, followed by a slight pressure and what sounded like an explosion. When I woke up, I realized that, despite everything; I was completely fine, if not a little sore. But, when I went to check on my friends, I could only stare in shock at the sight of a familiar data ring circling their waists.

How…?

I struggled to my feet and stumbled over to where Kouji was, and carefully cradled his lifeless body. Moments later, he stirred and hazy eyes stared back. He reached a shaky hand up, and caressed my cheek. "Why…are you crying…?" He rasped as I realized that he was right.

I was crying.

"Please," He whispered, grasping my hand. "Use our spirits to fight him." I cringed as I heard the others waking; coughing weakly, a painful sound. "I know that you can do it." I was surprised, to say the least. Did they really believe that I was strong enough to go against someone like Lucemon?

Before I could even react, they were already passing over their elements to me; including the spirits of water, wood, earth and metal. Then….they were gone; deleted. It was at that moment, that I felt a gentle pressure on my right shoulder. Swallowing thickly, I looked up and turned white when I found myself staring into the pale blue eyes of Lucemon.

And why was he looking at me like that?

Alright, now here's where things get weird. At this point, I can't remember much, but I do remember this. A sickening feeling, an unnatural surge of hatred, burning heat, a loss of hearing and my vision turning red. When I regained my senses, I realized that I was no longer in the Digital World, but standing on a street; and a familiar one, at that.

Shibuya.

More importantly, my neighborhood.

Assuming that everything would be alright, I turned to go to my house, only to freeze. I was standing before my home, only now there was a pile of burning rubble in its place. There was also a rancid odor that cause my nose to wrinkle and I had a sickening feeling that I knew what it was.

Burnt meat.

Covering my mouth, I staggered back, trying not to gag as I teared up. Everything that I knew was gone, and my family…I broke out into tears. Why couldn't I control my emotions anymore?

"Child?"

huh?

Swiping at my eyes, I looked up, surprised to see a young woman kneeling before me. She looked to be in her early twenties with pale skin, honey colored hair that was tied back in a ponytail and shocking pink eyes.

Who-?

"What are you doing out here?" She asked softly. "And where are your parents?" Swallowing thickly, I looked back to the ruins and she seemed to understand what I was hinting at. Without warning, my vision swam and I felt weak and tired. The next thing I knew, I was passing out; slipping into the woman's arms.

Not good.


When I woke up, I found myself in the hospital. Turning my head, I found the woman from before, along with a man and a little girl; her husband and daughter, perhaps? This left me rather confused; after all, I was a stranger to them. Sometime after I woke up, a doctor was talking with the couple; who I learned were Yuuko and Susumu Kamiya.

It turned out that I was suffering from a massive heat stroke, as well as severe burns over a good portion of my body. Funny, I didn't even remember being burned before something came to me. Could my injuries have come from the encounter with Lucemon?

Guess I'll never know.

I started to fall back to sleep, when I overheard the doctor saying something that shouldn't have been possible. What did he mean by child?

It wasn't possible…

…was it?


Well, it would seem that I was right about my suspicions. Somehow, between the Digital World and returning back here, I was de-aged by a few years. I now looked to be about six or seven.

Who knows how it happened?


It was a year after my family's death and after being adopted, that things changed for me once again. During this time, I was observing my new family. Susumu was a tall man with short brown hair that was done in a crew cut and honey brown eyes. Their daughter, Kari, was nearly identical to her mother, but her hair was a mixture between her parents.

Yuuko was a stay-at-home mom, and she favored in making her own healthy recipes. Susumu, on the other hand, worked as a clerk at a store near their apartment; which was in Heighten View Terrace. Kari, was an adorable little girl who used a whistle to communicate; guess she was shy. While it was nice living with them, after Kari got really sick, I would lose the trust of Yuuko and Susumu. There may not be anything physical, but emotional was just as bad, if not worse. I still feel awful for not looking out for Kari.


It was about a week after I turned eight, when I got a blast from the past. I got up during the night for a glass of water, and as I headed back to bed, I found Kari in Susumu's study; staring up at the glowing computer screen. I was a bit nervous when I saw that the computer was on.

"Kari," I hissed as I went up to her. "You know this room is off limits!" Kari just gazed at the monitor, her eyes wide. "But, it's doing something weird," She insisted as I snorted. Rolling my eyes, I went back to bed. Unfortunately, for me that is, Kari was right about the computer. Something weird was happening. I awoke the next morning to Yuuko announcing that she was going to the store for tonight's dinner. It was something about liver snaps, which made me gag at such a thing. Sighing, I climbed down the ladder, and turned to the bottom bunk to wake Kari; only to freeze when I saw what she was cuddling with.

A Digi-Egg.

I gritted my teeth, but forced back my anger as I gently shook her. Kari soon woke up and I headed to the kitchen; determined to make us something that wasn't one of Yuuko's creations. I got her settled in, and pulled out the ingredients for omelettes, and quickly whipped a batch for the two of us. I set the plates down, and watched as the egg hatched into a little black blob with stubby ears and bright yellow eyes.

A Botamon.

My eyes narrowed, but I wisely kept silent as I ate; watching as she fed some of her eggs to the baby. Could I not get away from Digimon? Finishing, she toddled back to our room; and I started washing the dishes and cleaning up the mess.

Much to my shock, I saw the electronics acting up. There was only one reason why electronics would go on the fritz. Groaning, I bolted back to our room and saw that I was right. Instead of the little blob, it was bigger; about the size of a beach ball, a pale pink with long and thin rabbit ears, needle sharp teeth and big red eyes.

Damn.

Kari tilted her head, her eyes curious. "What is it?" She asked curiously, and once again, I gritted my teeth. Koromon, the newly evolved Digimon, started hopping about in a happy manner. Hearing something, I looked up and was surprised to see Kari dragging in Miko's; our cat, food bowl.

She pushed the bowl in front of Koromon, whose red eyes gleamed hungrily. Blinking, I stared dumbfounded as he just gobbled the cat food down. I then heard a soft, angry hiss and saw a pissed looking Miko lingering in the doorway. The cat let out another hiss, seeing Koromon eating her food. Koromon yelped as the cat took a swipe at him; cutting his cheek, before she dragged her bowl away.

As Miko clawed the poor Digimon, I cringed as my own cheek suddenly stung. Sighing, I shook my head and went to grab the first-aid kid. Yuuko kept it in the main bathroom, and I soon brought it back to our room. Kneeling next to Koromon, I opened up the kit and pulled out some disinfectant and a cloth. I then turned to the little Digimon, who was watching me with curiosity. "Now, this may sting," I warned. "But, it will help your cheek." Koromon nodded, bracing for impact. I poured some of the disinfectant onto the cloth and I gently pressed it to Koromon's cheek.

Koromon hissed, tensing slightly but he soon relaxed as I carefully cleaned his cut cheek. I then put the cloth down and grabbed a bandage, peeling it and placing it on his cheek. Koromon smiled, and jumped up and I automatically caught him; surprised when he snuggled up to me.

Kari giggled at this, and cheerfully introduced us to him. Koromon squirmed a bit, turning around in my arms to stare at her. "Hi Kari and Tai!" He chirped. "My name is Koromon and I'm from the Digi-World!"

Why me?


I thought that it was bad enough with Koromon here, but I should have known better. It was a little after midnight when I was awoken by Kari's sharp whistling. Rubbing my eyes, I sat up in concern, before peering over the edge of my bunk and down to hers. I was surprised to see that he was literally turning blue in the face. Frowning, I looked to a frightened Kari. "You didn't give him any of your liver snaps, did you?" I asked her suspiciously. Kari shook her head, and my frowned deepened. I then got out of bed and was about to take a closer look at Koromon when I got a horrible feeling.

What if…?

I looked up sharply to the wall clock, and saw that the hands were spinning furiously; and knew that a digivolution was about to occur. But…why was I getting such a bad feeling about it? I then heard a soft crack and whirled around, stunned when Koromon turned into Agumon…a very large Agumon. His sudden growth shattered the bunk bed, sending shrapnel everywhere. I shielded myself, and was pushed back a bit by the sudden force.

As the dust began to settle, I was alarmed by what I found. The wall that had been next to the bunk bed, had been utterly destroyed. I about had a heart attack when I saw Kari getting onto Agumon's back. In fact, even now I swear that there was a pain in my chest as Agumon leapt out of the hole, landing on the streets below. Even worse, Kari was still on his back.

Yuuko and Susumu were going to kill me.

"Kari? Tai?"

Whoops.

Feeling ill and weak, I looked back to the still closed door where Yuuko was still pounding at; before turning back to the ruined wall. Sighing, I knew that I didn't have much of a choice. Either the fall would kill me or Yuuko would.

Again, I ask, why me?

Taking a deep breath, I backed up until I was at the door. Without hesitation, I ran towards the hole and took a flying leap. Thankfully, I slammed into quite a few trees, slowing down my fall; but I still hit the pavement with a sickening crack. The sudden impact left me dazed, almost paralyzed from the pain. Stirring, I was able to regain my senses only to fight back a scream as my lower body burned from an unnatural heat. Gritting my teeth, I forced the pain back and slowly got to my feet.

Wheezing, I followed a trail of destruction that could have only come from Agumon's claws. As I crossed a bridge, the faint energy of another Digimon, caught my attention. Swallowing thickly, I looked up and blanched as a massive Digi-Egg appeared within the evening skies, before hatching…

into a larger than normal Parrotmon.

Oh man, I needed to find Kari and fast!

Wait, where was Parrotmon going…?

My eyes widen, before I was cursing and running after the bird. I should have known that Parrotmon would have sensed Agumon. And if anything happened to Kari, I don't even want to think what Yuuko and Susumu would do to me. Reaching another bridge, I spotted Parrotmon hovering nearby. Getting an idea, I peered over the edge, and relaxed when I saw that Kari was snuggling up to Agumon. Thankfully, this particular bridge had a set of stairs that lead down to the streets below. Limping, I hurried down and over to her.

eh?

I blinked, a bit hurt when she flinched at the sight of myself, burying her face into Agumon's side. It was at that moment, when the pain came rushing back. Hissing, I gritted my teeth before looking down.

Oh.

So, that's why.

I noticed that my left arm was hanging limply, something pure white jutting from the shoulder. Bruises so dark that I knew went straight to the bone marred my skin a good deal, including numerous cuts of various sides. Nervous, my eyes traveled downward and I felt bile rise up. Both of my legs were so mangled, that it was a miracle that I could even stand, much less walk.

Dizzy, I managed to give Kari a weak smile. "Don't worry," I assured her. "I'll be fine." However, I regretted my words as my legs gave out and I collapsed. I could hear Kari whimper and was surprised when she curled up to me. Before I could comfort her, Parrotmon dove for us; only for Agumon to shield us as the bridge above us, gave way.

Oh hell.

Dust billowed everywhere as I held onto Kari, who was crying from fear. I coughed, wheezing a bit as Agumon shifted. Blinking back tears, I was shocked by the sight of Agumon's new form; Greymon.

H-how…?

Kari and I watched in amazement as Greymon and Parrotmon duked it out. Without warning, Parrotmon delivered a nasty blow to Greymon's chest; knocking the dinosaur back and out cold. "Koromon!" Kari cried, squirming in my grasp. "Get up!" Blinking owlishly, I watched as Kari took her whistle and started blowing. Unfortunately, her crying had caused a violent coughing fit. I glanced at her whistle then back to the lifeless Digimon with a thoughtful frown.

Getting an idea, I reached down and grabbed Kari's whistle, surprising her. I took a deep breath, raised the whistle to my lips and I blew; hard. Almost instantly, a high pitched whistle tore through the air. Moments later, I had to stop as my lungs burned. Breathing heavily, I turned to Greymon, and almost had a heart attack when the dinosaur's red eyes snapped open. Greymon was back on his feet, burning red flames spewing from his opened jaw.

"DIGI-NOVA BLAST!"

I immediately shielded Kari as flames exploded outwards, spiraling toward Parrotmon with alarming speed. Unfortunately, the collision caused a massive explosion; sending up a pillar of pure light.

When the light faded and the dust had settled, I realized that it was a little too quiet. Releasing Kari, I looked around and saw that both Parrotmon and Greymon had vanished. There was nothing more than ruined buildings around us, but no Digimon. Kari had gotten to her feet, and started calling for Koromon to come back. Relieved that we were safe, I sank into blissful unconsciousness. However, what I didn't know, was that seven other kids had witnessed the incident.


That was four years ago.

I was thankful that Kari forgot about the incident. Unfortunately for me, I was right about the Kamiya's reactions. Yuuko was furious that Kari had been in danger, and Susumu reamed into me for getting hurt; again. This time, however, the damage was a bit more extensive. My left arm had been broken in three places, two broken ribs and one fractured, a damaged pelvis and shattered hips, right leg broken in two, the left leg had been broken in three and severe street burns, a partially shattered skull, a collapsed lung, a weakened heart and internal bleeding.

Damn.

I was lucky to even be alive.

I would spend the next three years in and out of hospitals, receiving surgeries, skin grafts and physical therapy. Once I was strong enough, we moved from Heighten View Terrace to a comfortable apartment in Odaiba. After that, I was pretty much ignored by the Kamiya's.

Sadly, this is where my story truly begins…