Author's Note: Thank you to all who have been reviewing. The step into Digimon has been a whole new thing for me, but it's been a lot of fun so far (especially with Davis' character giving me SO much material). Hope you enjoy this one.
Summary: Kari and TK's families are going to spend Christmas together in a mountain lodge. But wait! Kari…and TK…in the mountains TOGETHER? There's ONE guy (and his Digimon) who isn't ABOUT to let THAT happen.
Break A Leg: Part 1
"Kari, are you almost packed?"
"Just a few more things, Mom!" twelve-year-old Kari Kamiya called out.
Kari examined her suitcase one more time. It looked like it was overflowing, but she couldn't help but feel like there was something missing.
"Does it look like I'm forgetting something, Gatomon?" Kari asked.
Kari's Digimon companion, Gatomon, crawled towards Kari's suitcase and looked inside. "Hmm…you have your blow dryer. You have your mirror. You have your brush. You have your digital camera, of course. You have enough clothes to last you until NEXT Christmas. What else could you be forgetting?"
Kari pondered that, until her door opened. She looked over to see her big brother, sixteen-year-old Tai Kamiya. He had a huge grin on his face and a present in his hands. It looked long and thin, so Kari couldn't even guess what it could be.
"You might be forgetting this," Tai said.
Kari's face brightened. "What's this?"
"An early Christmas present," Tai answered. "Go ahead and open it."
"But…isn't Christmas a week away?"
"Just open it, Kari."
Kari didn't argue with her brother. She opened her present and gasped. "Tai! You got me skis!"
"I think you're old enough to learn how to ski and so do Mom and Dad," Tai told his sister. "And you can learn with TK. Matt got him some skis, too."
"Really?" Kari asked excitedly. "That's so great! Thank you, Tai! I love them!"
"Just don't break a leg," Tai said smartly.
Kari frowned. "Now really, Tai. Would I be so clumsy as to break my leg skiing?"
Tai shook his head. "Sorry. Sometimes I get you mixed up with Davis."
A vein almost popped out of Kari's head. "You take that back, Tai!!"
Tai stuck his tongue and ran out of Kari's room, shutting the door behind him. Kari couldn't get over the insult. To be compared with Davis was like comparing an eagle to a pigeon.
But despite Tai's outburst, Kari really did appreciate her gift. She had always wanted to learn how to ski, but she'd always be told she was too young. Now she could finally learn. She felt so much more…mature. And what made it so much better was that she'd get to learn alongside TK.
"So I guess that's everything," Gatomon purred.
Kari smiled. "This vacation is going to be SO much fun! I can't wait to get there!"
Feeling so excited, Kari dashed out of her room with her skis. But somehow, she felt as if she were forgetting something.
"KARI!" Gatomon cried out from Kari's room. "You forgot your suitcase!!"
Kari sweatdropped and walked back. The excitement truly was overcoming her. But the anticipation was just so great, Kari couldn't wait to reach…the Akakura Mountain Lodge.
"Davis…are you sure this is a good idea?"
Twelve-year-old Davis Motomiya momentarily ignored that question. It was obvious that his Digimon companion, Veemon, was skeptical about his latest idea. But all sense of rational thought went out the window when Davis heard what was going to happen.
"Are you kidding? This is a GREAT idea! I'm not about to leave Kari by herself with TC in a mountain lodge. So all I have to do…is follow them to the Akakura Mountain Lodge! That way I can make sure that TQ doesn't get fresh with Kari."
The little blue Digimon, Veemon, shook his head. "Do you really think TK's that kind of guy, Davis?"
"I'm not about to take that chance," Davis growled. "Kari's MY girl and I don't want TG to get any ideas! Now are you going to help me pack or not?"
Veemon shrugged and decided to help Davis pack. They each put in several pairs of clothes, a blow dryer, and anything else Davis felt would be essential.
"So just how are we GETTING to the lodge, Davis?" Veemon asked.
Davis didn't say anything. Instead, he looked Veemon in the eye and grinned.
Veemon sighed. "I was afraid of that. But if I have to do THAT, then I'm taking a nap as soon as I get there."
"No problem, Veemon," Davis assured his friend. "You can sleep as soon as we get there…just as long as we get there."
"Ok, but what are you going to do about your family?" Veemon pointed out.
Davis frowned. "I…never really thought of that."
Veemon sighed. "So you just decided to go to a lodge for a week and not tell anybody?"
Davis blinked. "Well…I…uh…OK! MAYBE I didn't think this out all the way!"
"Maybe?" Veemon chuckled.
"But I have another idea!" Davis said triumphantly.
Veemon sweatdropped. Hopefully, this would work out better than any of Davis' other ideas.
"So…where are you two going?" Davis' mom asked.
Davis stood side-by-side with…sixteen-year old Sora Takenouchi. This was his brilliant Plan B. Sora would have him cleared for the next week.
"My mother needs help finding flowers for the new year," Sora answered. "And we could use an extra pair of hands, especially since it looks like we'll be going far away to look for them with this weather. Davis was so nice to volunteer."
Suddenly, Davis spotted his sister, Jun, standing in the hallway…with her finger making the international 'gagging' motion. It was clear that Jun was seeing through this charade, but that didn't matter to Davis. What mattered was that his mother bought the story.
"I didn't know Davis liked to pick flowers," Davis' mom asked.
"I don't," Davis blurted out. Then he recomposed himself. "But I'm doing this to help Sora and her mom."
Davis' mom thought about it. "I don't know…it would take a while for Davis to get packed."
With almost superhuman speed, Davis rushed into his room and ran back out with his suitcase. "All packed!"
Davis' mom sweatdropped. "Well…then I guess he's ready. I'm sure Davis is in good hands. Just be sure to keep an eye on him, Sora."
"I will," Sora smiled.
Sora took Davis' hand and walked him out the door. As soon as the door shut behind them, though, Sora took her hand back. Then she shot Davis a glance.
"Ok, Mini-Me. You know what I want."
Davis sighed and looked towards the bush. "Veemon?"
Veemon came out from behind the nearby bush and held up a rare pink flower. "Here you go, Sora."
Sora took the flower. "I can't believe it. These flowers hardly ever grow in the winter. Thanks…but that's not it. You know what else you promised me, Mini-Me."
Davis grumbled, since he didn't like the way the old Digidestined would refer to him as Tai's 'Mini-Me'. He reached into his pocket and pulled out $50. "Here. And stop calling me 'Mini-Me'!"
"Ok, Davis," Sora smiled. "But why did you want to leave your house for a week?"
"No reason," Davis said innocently.
Sora frowned. "Does it have to do with the fact that Kari's leaving for a week? AND the fact that she's going with TK?"
"Uh…no," Davis stammered. "I'll give you another $5 if you stop asking questions!"
"Deal!" Sora agreed enthusiastically. She held out her hand and Davis gave her another five. "Thanks, Davis!"
Davis sighed. On the upside, she wasn't calling him 'Mini-Me'…for now. But Davis was out $55. It didn't matter to him, though. What mattered was that now he was cleared to follow Kari and TK up to the Akakura Mountain Lodge.
"So are we ready to go, Davis?" Veemon asked.
"You bet!" Davis said cheerfully. "Let's go!"
"So which way's the lodge?" Veemon asked.
Davis' mood suddenly changed. "I…don't know."
Veemon scratched his head. "Hmm…that's not a good thing, is it?"
"No, it's not a good thing!" Davis whined. Then a light bulb flashed over his head. "Hey, I got it!"
After a long walk, Davis finally got to the alley where Veemon was waiting for him. He looked just about everywhere, but he did manage to find someone who was selling maps. Of course, that meant Davis was out another $20. It was getting late and the time was almost midnight. After all these delays, they were just about set. So Davis and Veemon both examined the map to plan out a route. Then they were ready.
"So go ahead," Davis instructed.
Veemon sighed. "Ok, but remember. I'm getting some sleep when we get there."
**Veemon…Armor Digivolve to…Raidramon, The Storm of Friendship!**
The much bigger, four-legged, Raidramon was the perfect form of transportation. And with the streets just about empty, it would be the best time for the quick Raidramon to get Davis to the Akakura Mountain Lodge.
So with his suitcase in hand, Davis mounted the much-larger Digimon and got ready to take a ride. With Davis securely on Raidramon's back, they finally got moving.
"Hold on, Davis!"
Davis held the suitcase tightly and also gripped Raidramon in a tremendous grip. With the goggle boy secure, Raidramon started moving much faster. Davis was lucky he wasn't falling off with the speed Raidramon was moving. But Davis didn't want them to be seen, otherwise there would be reports of 'Monster Activity' and he didn't want to cause a panic over nothing.
This was just a harmless trip. It would be a trip to the Akakura Mountain Lodge, where Davis would be able to keep an eye on Kari. He vowed to be on her like gel on Matt's hair.
No, as long as he was there, Davis wouldn't take his eyes off Kari. He'd watch her like a hawk.
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