A/n: For each fic they will read there will be a different Mimi couple. For Candystore it is Mimato.
Chapter One Candystore-Misguided
"I don't like the sound of this chapter." TK murmured as he started to read.
"How do you deal with all of this?" T.K had once asked his brother, on a sunny afternoon when they were alone, the routine of saving the world at a standstill for a moment.
"Deal with the fact that Izzy and Mimi are vampires? Simple Izzy's my friend and Mimi's my girlfriend I'm not going to dessert them because they're not humans." Matt replied and everyone stared at Matt as if he had gone crazy and Mimi was glaring at him for being called 'not human'.
"I mean in the fic because Izzy and Mimi are vampires. Not in real life." Matt quickly rephrased and Mimi turned back to the book satisfied.
As if being one of the Digidestined weren't burden enough, Matt was also very different from the other kids his age. At fifteen, he tried to live as normal a life as possible, but that was hard when you had to stick yourself with a needle everyday.
Matt remembered it all very well, like a movie that played itself over and over in his mind. How his mother had struggled to learn how to manage his disease while caring for his two-year-old brother; how his father had been too busy to take the time to learn, and how he himself had taken up the responsibility at the young age of five.
"Okay first of all if I wasn't a Digidestined I wouldn't have such great friends and second of all stop BASHING MY CHARACTER!" Matt screamed at the computer ready to break it apart but luckily Mimi managed to calm him down and rub his back soothingly.
That's when the fights started—the blame that his parents pushed upon each other consumed their lives. Matt was to this day pretty sure that his Diabetes was one of the biggest factors that led to his parents' divorce when he was seven.
For his mother, all hope for a perfect first child had been cruelly shattered. For his father, it was a constant reminder that somehow, he had failed as a parent. Both of these beliefs were severely misguided.
"Yes they are!" Matt and TK shouted together now. TK too was furious at the author for making his parents go on a guilt trip.
"Okay calm down you too who's taking the fic seriously now?" Sora asked teasingly and both Matt and TK blushed.
Mimi and Kari laughed at their embarrassment.
A five year-old was too young to be saddled with the task of following a restricted diet and sticking to their shot schedule, but neither of his parents could find the strength to carry it for him.
"Well that's true." Sora agreed and the others nodded.
His parents' feelings were one of the reasons Matt decided to keep the truth about his disease from his friends—it wasn't until he could no longer hide it that they ever found out.
"WHAT?! How could you keep it from us?" all his friends screamed minus TK who hid his head in his hands.
Matt backed away.
"Um I dunno maybe fear of rejection?" Matt tried and the others stopped and resorted to glares.
"You really need to have more faith in us Matt." Tai said gritting his teeth and Matt shrugged. TK lifted his head up and continued reading seeing that his brother was still alive.
It was not shame or fear that distanced Nancy and Hiroaki from their son—it was guilt. Eleven years had done a lot to assuage that guilt, their family had come to terms with the hand they had been dealt. But still, what remained of Matt's carefree childhood had been forcibly taken, and acceptance was no comfort for someone who had to grow up too fast.
"I grit and bear it," Matt answered simply.
A/n: Yeah, it doesn't make sense yet. Will soon, I promise.
"It better and our characters better be shown better or else." Matt threatened but TK stopped him and Matt glared. TK handed the book to Matt and scurried behind Kari.