Digimon: Digital Monsters

Digi to the Future: Part 2

Written by: Steeldramon21

Disclaimer: I don't own Digimon or the movie "Back to the Future". If I did, the epilogue from Season 2 would feel my wrath!

Plot: This picks up from the first story. The couples are still Taiora with Rukato. (By popular demand.) This is the final part of the story. Enjoy!

Characters:

(Season 1)

Tai and Agumon
Sora and Biyomon
Matt and Gabumon
Izzy and Tentomon
Mimi and Palmon
Joe and Gomamon
T.K and Patamon
Kari and Gatomon

(Season 2)

Davis and Veemon
Yolei and Hawkmon
Cody and Armadillomon
Ken and Wormmon

(Season 3)

Takato and Guilmon
Rika and Renamon
Henry and Terriermon
Yamaki



Prologue- November 3, 2001, 7:28 PM (S3)

"I didn't expect to find you here."

"Rika!" Takato said as he hugged her tightly. "I thought that I would never see you again."

"Are you okay, gogglehead?" Rika said as he let go, both of them blushing lightly. "You're acting like you haven't seen me in a week. What happened to you?"

"If I told you, you'd never believe me." Takato said, noticing the slight tone of concern in her voice.

"You know, yesterday you were acting really weird around me." Rika said as she approached Takato, making him slightly nervous. "Am I making you nervous or something?"

"Well, Rika..." Takato said as he gathered up his courage. He was about to tell her how he felt about her when suddenly, three sonic booms threw them backwards. Takato and Rika looked as the DeLorean stopped right in front of them, ice covering the chassis. The door opened to reveal Henry, dressed in some kind of outfit, and Terriermon.

"Yo, Takatomon!" Terriermon said as he ran up to them.

"Takato!" Henry said as he came up to them. "You've got to come back with me."

"Where?" Takato said as he got off of the ground.

"To the future, silly." Terriermon said.

"What's going on?" Takato asked. "I was about to do something really important here."

"Whatever, Takato." Rika said as she approached Henry and the time machine. "What's going on here, brainiac?"

"I'll explain on the way." Henry said as he punched in some coordinates into the keypad. "Rika, you'll have to come with us. This concerns you as well."

"What are you talking about, Henry?" Takato said. "Did something happen to us in the future?"

"No, Takato," Henry said, "to your kids." The three children piled into the car and slowly backed into the street.

"Henry, I don't think that we have enough road to get up to speed." Takato said.

"Mo-men-tai." Terriermon said.

"Takato, where we're going, we don't need roads." Henry said as he flipped on his sunglasses. Much to Takato and Rika's surprise, the wheels folded under the car and it rose into the air. The DeLorean drove off into the sky and disappeared in a flash of light, fire trails marking where it had been. Unknown to the children, a figure was watching them from the shadows. He smiled to himself.

"Well, well, well. You can run but you can't hide." The figure said as he closed his lighter.



Chapter 12 (August 21, 2027, 3:00 PM)

The DeLorean arrived with three sonic booms as it sped across the sky. Henry swerved out of the way of an on-coming truck.

"All right, Henry." Takato said. "What's all this about?"

"Well, Takato, first of all the date is August 21, 2027." Henry began to explain. "Something terrible has happened here to your son, Tyler Matsuki."

"I... have a son?" Takato said in disbelief. "When did all of this happen? Who's his mother?"

"Mo-men-tai." Terriermon said. "All will be explained, Takatomon."

"We're here because something bad is going to happen to him." Henry said to his confused friend. "In about twelve minutes, he will be involved in a major fight."

"What's the big deal?" Rika said coolly. "I mean, why would you be in such a fuss over Gogglehead's kid being in a fight?"

"I hope you don't slug me for this later, Rika." Henry said as he took a device out of his vest pocket. He flipped a switch and, within seconds, Rika was fast asleep.

"What did you do that for, Henry?" Takato said as he looked at Rika's slumped form next to him.

"Calm down, Takato." Henry reassured him. "It's just a sleep inducer. She'll be like that for several hours. Besides, I didn't want Rika to know what I was about to tell you."

"...Okay." Takato said somewhat nervously. "I'm not sure if I want to know now."

"Takato, Rika is your son's mother." Henry said calmly. He then began to set the DeLorean down on the ground below, ignoring the startled expression on his friend's face.

"What... how... when did... how?" Takato blurted out, flustered over the comment and blushing heavily. "She doesn't even know how I feel yet!"

"I'll tell you about it someday." Henry said as he got out of the car. "In the meantime, you need to change your clothes."

As Takato got out of the car, he was in awe of the sight before him. The buildings were in the shapes of all sorts of domes and pyramids. The sky was filled with traffic from flying cars.

"Wow." Takato muttered to himself. "It's... like something out of 'Star Trek'. Cool."

"Stick to the mission, will you?" Henry said as he took out a futuristic jacket and auto-lacing sneakers. "You need to put these on so you will blend in." As Takato began to put on the clothes, Henry began to explain the plan. "You need to get to Shijuku Junior High in five minutes. There, a boy named Kimoto will try to start a fight with you. Ignore him or stay out of his way completely! Understand?"

"I think so." Takato said. "But what about Rika?"

"She'll have to stay in the car for the time being." Henry said as he jumped into the car. "I'll pick you up in one hour."

"Where are you going?" Takato said to his friend as the engine started.

"I have some business to take care of." Henry said as the DeLorean lifted off the ground.

"Just relax and you'll be fine." Terriermon said as the door closed. With that, the car went skyward and was gone. Takato then stepped out of the alley and took a look around. The card shop where he bought his Digimon cards was still there. Next to it was an antique shop. In the window were some flat-screen TVs, an iMac computer, and a collection of DVDs and DVD players. Finally, Takato reached the school and nervously went inside the yard. Once there, he heard a voice that he thought was light-years away.

"I know you." The voice said. Takato turned around and was met with none other than Yamaki. However, he looked about twenty years older, his blond hair gone somewhat gray. Still, his voice was unmistakable. His eyes were also hidden by a pair of sunglasses.

"Yamaki?" Takato said in disbelief.

"You're Takato Matsuki's kid, aren't you?" Yamaki said as he slowly walked closer.

"Ummm... yeah, I am. That's me." Takato said nervously. "Why are you worried about it?"

"It must be unnerving to be the product of someone so misguided." Yamaki said as he looked down at him.

"Hey, Tyler!" An annoying voice said from behind him. Takato turned around and saw a burly-looking boy with a terrible haircut glaring at him.

"That must be Kimoto." Takato thought to himself. "Man, is he ugly."

"I thought I told you never to show your face around here." Kimoto said, getting closer. "Anyway, since you're here, how about letting me have your dad's Digimon cards?"

"No way!" Takato said as he braced himself.

"Now, you wouldn't want me to just pound the cards out of you, would you?" Kimoto growled as he picked up Takato by his jacket. Just as he was about to hit him, Takato then head the one voice that he thought he'd never hear.

"Kimoto! Put him down right now!" As Takato turned around, he saw whom the voice belonged to.

"Ms. Isagi!" Takato exclaimed in shock. She was definitely the same except her hair was starting to go gray.

"It's Principal Isagi to you, Tyler." Ms. Isagi said calmly to Takato. She then turned to Kimoto with a stern look in her face. "As for you, Kimoto, you know the rules. Wait for me in my office, now!"

"Yes, ma'am." Kimoto said as he sulked into the building, mumbling as he went.

"I heard that, young man." Ms. Isagi said as she went into the building also. As Takato went out of the yard, he then saw the DeLorean setting down across the street. He ran over and saw his friend, now in his regular clothes, and Terriermon come out.

"Hey guys." Takato said. "Where's Rika?"

"I dropped her off at her house." Henry told him. "Renamon will make sure that she's okay. In the meantime, what happened?"

"Kimoto wanted my Modify cards." Takato began to explain. "When I told him no, he went ballistic. He was about to beat them out of me when Ms. Isagi, of all people, showed up."

"Consider yourself lucky." Terriermon said in his cheerful voice.

"Anyway, Takato, I need to pick up some parts for the DeLorean." Henry said. "I need you to help me get them from 'Radio Shack'." With that, the duo and Terriermon set off for the store. Meanwhile, Yamaki came out of the shadows and smiled to himself.

"So, it appears that I wasn't seeing things twenty years ago." Yamaki said. "They really did build a time machine. This could be useful to my own future." With that, the former Hypnos director went over to the time machine and jumped in. He immediately set the time circuits for:

December 29, 2001, 5:00 PM (S2)

He started the engine and took off for the past. In three sonic booms, he was gone and back at the same time. After setting the time machine down, Yamaki stepped out with a satisfied smile on his face.

"Soon, the future will be restored." Yamaki said to himself as he waked away. Just then, Takato and Henry had returned to the DeLorean with Terriermon.

"Let's get back home, Takato." Henry said to his friend.

"I'm with you." Takato said as the car lifted off and began its 26-year journey back.



Chapter 13 (November 3, 2001, 4:45 PM)

The DeLorean re-entered with three sonic booms and landed near the parking garage close to Henry's house. As the trio got out, Takato and Henry were in shock. The parking garage was all that was on the block. Where Henry's apartment building was supposed to be, there was nothing but rubble.

"Uh, Henry, are you sure that this is the right time?" Takato asked his friend. Henry, however, was dumbstruck.

"This doesn't make any sense." Henry said. "The time circuits were set for 2001 in our reality. How could this have happened?" As he opened the door to check the equipment, he found something familiar. "Takato, take a look at this."

"That's... Yamaki's lighter." Takato said as he looked at the object.

"That's right." Henry said to him. "Somehow, he must have taken the time machine and altered the future. But we still don't know how that happened. We need the date and time."

"I'll ask him." Takato said with an angry look in his eyes.

"What?" Henry said.

"You heard me. Yamaki's gone too far." Takato muttered angrily. "I'm going to get some answers." He was about to storm off when Henry pulled him back.

"Well, before you decide to go gung-ho on me, I have a plan." Henry said as he began to explain...



Chapter 14 (November 3, 2001, 7:54 PM)

Yamaki sat in his chair inside of Hypnos, smiling to himself in satisfaction. After all of their hard work, after years of controversy, they finally succeeded in eliminating all of the "wild ones". At last, his work was finished. Just then, he heard some noise outside his office.

"Security, what's going on out there?" Yamaki said in an annoyed voice. Suddenly, the door burst opened in an explosion. Standing there was none other than Takato and Guilmon.

"What the..." Yamaki said in shock as he recognized whom it was. "You. How is this possible?"

"Save it." Takato said as Guilmon began to get that eerie look in his eyes again. Luckily, the Digimon of the Tamers were unaffected, so Takato was happy that Guilmon was still with him. "I want answers, Yamaki. How did you make it so Digimon don't exist in this world?"

The director of Hypnos then began to grin. He figured that this day would come sooner or later.

"Very well." Yamaki said. "I'll tell you. It started about one month ago. I was going through the records of the television show you children watch, the one based on that silly game that you play. I discovered that MaloMyotismon, one of the wild ones in that program, was about to bioemerge in this reality during Christmas thanks to a mysterious outside force. We never found that source. Anyway, he did bioemerge and the government granted Hypnos whatever means to stop that thing. Soon, every Digimon on the planet, including him, were wiped out."

"No way!" Takato said in disbelief.

"I am still curious as to how your Digimon survived." Yamaki continued as he reached under his desk. "But no matter. Soon, he will be destroyed as well." He then pulled out a futuristic-looking gun and aimed it at Takato and Guilmon.

"Oh boy." Guilmon said nervously.

"I can't allow you, now that you know, to escape." Yamaki said as he began to fire. Takato and Guilmon bolted out of the door of the office, Yamaki close behind them. They ran until they got to the roof of the building, twenty-five stories above the ground.

"Okay, boy." Takato said as he reached for one of his Modify cards. "Get ready to fly."

"Looking for these?" a sinister voice said from behind them. Takato and Guilmon turned and saw Yamaki, the gun aimed at both of them. He was holding Takato's Modify cards. "I figured that you would use these interesting cards to help your little friend."

"You're really sick, you know that?" Takato said. Just then, he took Guilmon by the hand, went to the edge of the roof, and jumped.

"What the..." Yamaki muttered to himself as he went to the edge of the roof. Just then, he saw Takato, Guilmon, and Gargomon standing on top of the DeLorean!

"Say goodnight!" Gargomon said as he punched Yamaki with one of his turrets. The Hypnos director collapsed onto the ground, unconscious.

"Thanks, Gargomon!" Takato said as Gargomon de-digivolved. He leapt down and grabbed his Modify cards. He then jumped into the DeLorean with both Digimon. "Henry, you aren't going to believe this. We have to go to the Christmas episode of the TV show."

"You're right, I don't believe it." Henry exclaimed as Takato shut the door. The DeLorean sped away from the towers as the leader of the Tamers began to explain.

"That's right, Henry. December 24, 2001 in Season 2." Takato said as Henry punched in the date.

"I wonder why Yamaki picked that date to go back to." Henry said. "I think it has something to do with the Digital Gate being unstable, thereby causing a massive rip in the fabric of time." Just then, the display beeped repeatedly:

January 1, 1992, 12:00 AM (Season 0?)

"You've really got to fix that, Henry." Terriermon said as his Tamer pounded the display, making it display the correct date.

"All right, Takato, brace yourself." Henry said as he buckled his seat belt.

"Wait a second, Henry." Takato told his friend. "What about my parents? What about Rika? We can't just leave them here!"

"Mo-men-tai." Terriermon said.

"Don't worry about them. When the timeline's restored, they will be as well." Henry reassured him. "Besides, Rika has Renamon to protect her." Just then, the DeLorean began to spark as it began its journey across space and time.



Chapter 15 (December 24, 2001, 3:30 AM) (S2)

The time machine arrived with three sonic booms on the outskirts of Odaiba. As it set itself down behind a building, Henry and Takato got out.

"Wow." Takato said to himself. "It looks just like I was here yesterday."

"In your perspective, Takato, you were." Henry said to his friend as he began to explain. "Technically, there are now two of you here. Your past self is with Izzy and the other DigiDestined while you, your present self, is here with Terriermon and me." He then went over to the trunk and took out a small bag. "Now, it's important to steer clear of both your other self and the DigiDestined. Also, you have to find Yamaki while he's here and stop him."

"I understand, I think." Takato said as Henry gave him some money. It looked close to 15,000 Japanese yen. (Roughly 120 American dollars.) He also gave Takato a walkie-talkie.

"Get yourself a disguise and keep in close contact." Henry advised. With that, Takato and Guilmon took off for Odaiba.

"Something that doesn't make you stick out like a sore thumb!" Terriermon called out to them.

Later, after Takato bought a black leather jacket and jeans, he and Guilmon went to search for Yamaki. As luck would have it, they spotted him near the harbor. He was watching a black-haired man in a dark jacket speak to a seemingly nervous woman. That woman was Nancy Takaishi, T.K and Matt's mother. The man in question was none other than Yukio Oikawa.

"Soon, I will bring to life the most horrific Digimon either reality has ever seen." Yamaki said as he watched them. As Oikawa walked away, Takato flipped open his walkie-talkie.

"Henry, come in." Takato said into the device.

"Takato, what is it?" Henry said to his friend over the walkie-talkie.

"I just spotted Yamaki." Takato said. "He's going after Oikawa."

"I just remembered, Takato." Henry said. "Oikawa is the one who has Myotismon's ghost inside of him. If Yamaki tries to extract it now..."

"It could be a disaster, I know." Takato said.

"Stay on him as much as possible." Henry advised. "Don't let Yamaki near him."

"Got it." With that, Takato closed the device.

"Takatomon." Guilmon said as he pointed to where Yamaki was. He and Oikawa were gone.

"Rats!" Takato groaned. "Where did he go?" As he and Guilmon stepped out of the hiding place, he then saw something that made him jump back into it. The DigiDestined, including his past self, were down at the harbor and had just gotten their Digimon from their predecessors. Takato flipped opened his walkie-talkie again to talk to his friend.

"Henry, bad news. I lost him." Takato said, dejected.

"Well, see if you can find him." Henry said over the device. "From what I remember, he should be somewhere near the downtown area. Find him and stop Yamaki."

"I'm on it." Takato said as he closed the device. With that, he motioned for Guilmon to follow him and the two left the hiding place. They walked around the area until they got to the outskirts of town. There they found what they were looking for. Yamaki was talking to Oikawa.

"Tell me, Yukio," Yamaki said, "what would you give if you could go to the Digital World?"

"I'm not really sure what you're talking about." Oikawa told him.

"You know what I mean." Yamaki continued. "You've always wanted to go to the Digital World. You even made a bargain with the spirit of a long-dead Digimon to get there."

At this, Oikawa's eyes widened. He thought that no one knew about that. How could this stranger know all of that? Just then, his eyes went cold for an instant, gaining an evil gaze. His body began to convulse as Yamaki smiled to himself. Takato flipped open his walkie-talkie once more.

"Henry, I think Yamaki's trying to channel MaloMyotismon." Takato said. "That must be the outside force that he told me about."

"Stay there, Takato." Henry said as he and Terriermon jumped into the DeLorean. "I'm on my way."

"Let's get this show on the road." Terriermon said as the door closed on the car. It slowly lifted off and was about to take to the skies. Just then, one of the tires snagged onto a clothesline below.

"Come on, come on!" Henry said as he switched gears. The DeLorean finally yanked itself free and took off, leaving a piece of the line tangled around the tire. Meanwhile, Takato watched as Yamaki continued to talk to Oikawa.

"Who are you?" Oikawa said. "What do you know about me?"

"Let's just say I'm protecting the future." Yamaki said as he took out a futuristic-looking scanner. "Approximately one week from now, the entity inside of you will begin to grow Dark Spores inside of the children of this city. You will harvest them to feed the entity until it expels itself, becoming the Digimon called MaloMyotismon. I'm going to force that entity into my world, thereby ensuring that my future survives. This is for allowing the Digimon into the real world." Yamaki said with an evil grin on his face. Just then, a fireball narrowly missed burning him. He turned around and, to his surprise, saw none other than Takato and Guilmon!

"Hold it!" Takato said as he pulled out a Modify card. "Leave him alone!"

"You're too late, Tamer." Yamaki said in a sinister voice. "Once I extract this Digimon, you and you're little friend will be nothing but an unpleasant memory."

"Not if I can help it." Takato said. "Go get him, Guilmon!"

"Rock Breaker!" Guilmon said as his claws glowed red-hot. He knocked Yamaki and the scanner to the ground.

"No!" Yamaki said. Just then, he noticed that he was beginning to slowly disappear, since the future that he wanted to create would not exist. "This cannot be happening!"

"It's over, Yamaki." Takato said as he glared at the vanishing Hypnos director. Within seconds, he was gone. Unknown to them, Oikawa had slipped away with the scanner.

"The fool." Oikawa thought to himself. "He only extracted the digital codes that Oikawa had locked away in his mind. Now that he told me exactly what I must do, it is only a matter of time."

Meanwhile, Henry and Terriermon had flown in with the DeLorean and set down in front of Takato and Guilmon.

"Henry, you just missed it." Takato said as his friend got out of the car. "We stopped Yamaki from extracting MaloMyotismon."

"Great, Takato, but where's the device he used?" Henry said. Takato looked around and then turned as white as a ghost.

"Oikawa must have taken it." Takato muttered. "I let him get away with it. If he uses it..."

"You don't have to say anything." Henry said to his confused friend. "Get in." With that, they closed the door and took off to find Oikawa before it was too late.



Chapter 16 (December 24, 2001, 5:48 PM) (S2)

Takato and Henry scanned the area with their D-Powers, trying desperately to find Oikawa and the scanner. They needed to destroy it if they were going to stop him from summoning MaloMyotismon. They were just about to give up when Takato's D-Power beeped repeatedly.

"Henry, I'm picking up the signal." Takato said. "It's coming from... I don't believe it."

"Where is it, Takato?" Henry said to his friend.

"It's coming from a few blocks away from the concert!" Takato said in surprise. "We have to go get it, now!"

"Just be sure to stay out of the way of your other self and the DigiDestined." Henry advised his friend. "I don't want you to do any unnecessary explaining."

"Gotcha." Takato said as he opened the door of the car. He looked down and saw that it was almost twenty feet above the ground. He gathered up as much courage as possible and grabbed the clothesline tied to the tire. The car slowly dipped down until Takato was safely on the ground. Just then, he was almost pushed down by the mob of people rushing from the concert. Takato looked carefully and, sure enough, Oikawa was standing there with the scanner.

"Excellent." Oikawa said to himself. "While the children are distracted, I can release the codes and return to my true form."

"Not if I can help it!" Takato said as he tackled Oikawa to the ground, forcing him to drop the scanner. He then snatched the scanner up before Oikawa could and started to run for it. Takato ran past the building where the DigiDestined were holding off the Digimon there and briefly saw what had happened before. As soon as Tai and Sora realized how they felt for each other, Takato was able to Matrix Digivolve Growlmon into WarGrowlmon. He smiled to himself and continued to run until he came to the roof of the building. When he got there, he saw Henry and the Digimon waiting for him.

"Did you get it?" Henry asked his friend.

"Yeah." Takato said as he jumped in. "Let's go!"

"You don't have to tell me twice!" Terriermon said as the car began to lift off. Below, Takato could see Oikawa yelling something at them. None of them could hear it since the car was too far away.

"We did it, Takatomon!" Guilmon said happily as he gave his Tamer a high-five. Just then, they heard a familiar sound from the back seat. What popped up was a very familiar creature with blue eyes.

"Calumon?" Takato said in surprise. "How did you get back there?"

"Is the game over yet?" Calumon asked innocently.

"Hopefully." Henry noted. "Let's go home." With that, The DeLorean reached 88 miles per hour and began it journey back. Meanwhile, unknown to them, Izzy and Tentomon had turned to leave after sending Takato and Guilmon home. They both had seen the sky-bound DeLorean.

"Ummm, Izzy, did we just see what I think we saw?" Tentomon said to his friend.

"If it was, I don't want to know." Izzy said. With that, the both of them went home to celebrate Christmas with Izzy's family.



Chapter 27 (November 3, 2001, 5:00 PM) (S3)

The DeLorean re-entered the Tamers' reality with three sonic booms. As it set down on the roof of the parking garage, Takato and Guilmon got out.

"Well, Henry, that was some adventure." Takato said to his friend.

"Yeah, I'll say." Henry said with a slightly sad look on his face. "Unfortunately, it'll be the last one for a while. The time circuits were fried by that last trip. The time machine just wasn't built to handle all of that."

"Oh." Takato said, slightly dejected. He had always wanted to see the DigiDestined and he got his wish. For that, the Tamer had no regrets.

"Listen. Be at the park at 7:00 tonight." Henry said to him. "This time, bring Rika with you. She should hear this too."

"All right, Henry." Takato said as he closed the door. With that, the time machine once more took off to the sky and vanished. Later, after dropping Guilmon off at his cave, Takato quickly ran over to Rika's house. He wanted to see if she was okay since Henry used the sleep inducer on her. As he got to the door, Renamon greeted him.

"How is she, Renamon?" Takato asked the fox-like Digimon.

"Still sleeping, for the moment." Renamon said calmly to him. "I am curious about something, Tamer."

"Uh... what is it?" Takato asked.

"I have noticed that you tend to become nervous when around my Tamer." Renamon told him. "Also, she has a tendency to call your name in her sleep."

"She... called my name?" Takato repeated. No other girl, not even Jeri, had ever called his name while asleep. This was indeed flattering to hear.

"Yes. I believe that she is, as you humans would call it, in love with you." Renamon said to him as Takato walked into Rika's yard. "I trust the feeling is mutual."

"Believe me, Renamon, it is." Takato said with a slight blush as he went over to where Rika was. She was sleeping peacefully on her porch, the soft light of the sunset only adding to her beauty. As Rika opened her eyes and saw Takato there, she jumped back in total shock.

"What... what are you doing here, Takato?" Rika said angrily.

"Calm down, okay?" Takato said to her. "I just came to see how you were."

"Well, don't sneak up on me, okay?" Rika said as she began to calm down. "I wouldn't want to think you were a stalker or something."

"Fine." Takato said. He then gathered up as much courage as he could and took Rika's hand. "Rika, there's something that I wanted to tell you but I never had the courage to so it until now. Ever since the day that we first met, I always thought that you were this cold-hearted person that just thought Digimon were nothing but data. Then, as time went on and I got to know you, it was your dedication and your persistence that I liked most about you. You're a wizard when it come to the card game and..."

"...And what, Takato?" Rika said, sensing what he might say next as a light blush came to both of their faces. "Just spit it out, already."

"I think that you're... that you're pretty, too." Takato blurted out. "To be honest, the only real reason I was ever nervous around you is because I liked you a lot."

At this Rika was totally stunned for the first time in her life. Most of the boys that were around her were either in awe of her ability in the card game or too scared to be around her. Takato, on the other hand, was right here spilling out his heart to her.

"Get up, gogglehead." Rika said, trying to maintain her composure. The thought of someone actually being interested in her other than a quick battle was a little overwhelming. "I... I really don't know what to say to you right now."

"You could start by telling me how you feel about me." Takato said, getting nervous all over again. He was starting to think that he made a fool out of himself. The two of them then sat down on the porch as Rika began to talk.

"To be honest, I never had anyone tell me that they liked me before except for Renamon, and that's totally different. I mean, when I first met you, you were this shy, insecure Tamer who didn't know anything about Digimon. Then, during the battle with Mahiramon, you changed. You turned into a brand-new person, someone that was sure of himself and dedicated to winning." Rika then placed her hand back into Takato's. "I hope that you stay that way for a while, Takato."

"So... does this mean what I think it means?" Takato said, calm for the first time since his visit.

"That depends, gogglehead." Rika said as she got up to go inside. "What do you think it means?" With that, she went inside and closed the door. Both of them, unknown to each other, let out a long sigh of relief.



Chapter 28 (November 3, 2001, 6:58 PM) (S3)

Later, after Takato went to pick up Rika, Renamon, and Guilmon, they all met in the park for Henry's announcement. But the resident genius was nowhere to be found.

"If he said for us to meet in the park, then he should be on time." Rika said, getting impatient.

"Calm down, Rika." Takato said. "Henry will be here soon." Just then, the wind starting picking up speed for no reason. There weren't even clouds in the sky. Both Tamers took out their D-Powers and started scanning. Renamon and Guilmon, however, looked up into the sky.

"Something's coming." Renamon said in her normally calm voice.

"It's really big, too." Guilmon said, this time not getting that weird look in his eyes.

"I hope it isn't another Digimon like Mahiramon." Takato said over the wind. Just then, three loud sonic booms threw everyone onto the ground. When Takato and Rika looked up, they saw that it was a Space Shuttle type vehicle. It was outfitted with all kinds of equipment and devices.

"What is that?" Rika said as the ship set down.

"I hope it isn't aliens." Takato said.

"Give me a break." Rika muttered under her breath. As the door opened, the two saw a familiar face.

"Hey guys."

"Henry!" Takato said happily. It was definitely his friend but with some slight differences. For one thing, he was a few years older and was wearing a black T-shirt and orange jacket.

"This is what I wanted to show you guys." Henry said to them as he got out. "It's called the Dimensional Time Shuttle, or DTS for short. I built it in 2027 and sent it here by remote control."

"It looks really great, Henry." Takato said to his friend.

"Oh, by the way." Henry said as he pulled out something from inside. "I made a pit-stop into the DigiDestined's reality and they told me to give you this." As Takato opened the gift, his eyes began to water with happiness.

"What's with the water works?" Rika asked with some slight concern.

"It's a postcard from the DigiDestined." Takato told her, looking it over. (It's the infamous poster from Toei only it has the couples from this story on it, except for Rukato of course.) "It's great, Henry, thanks."

"Just one thing, brainiac." Rika said as she approached Henry. "The epilogue wasn't anything like that. If it was supposed to affect our future, why are we still here?"

"Duh. The future isn't written in stone." Terriermon said as he popped out of the inside of the ship. "You can change it anytime."

"Don't worry, we will." Takato said as he pocketed the gift. "By the way. Where are you headed now?"

"Who knows?" Henry said as he got back inside. "Take care of yourselves, both of you."

"I can take care of myself, thanks." Rika said in her cool tone of voice. Henry chuckled to himself slightly.

"Don't ever change, Rika." Henry said as he closed the door. The DTS lifted off with a roar and headed skyward. It shot off into the distance until it disappeared, fire trails marking where it had been.



The End... or The Beginning