Author's Note: Ah, yes, I'm now going into THIS story. Cliched? Perhaps. Bad idea? Hardly! I think this could work out awesome and I hope I don't hit writer's block anytime soon, because this should be a lot of fun! So let's check out what happens!


Summary: Kari's still not very happy with TK or Davis over what happened at the fashion show. But TK and Davis are determined to make it up to her through more…conventional means. But there's nothing conventional about what happens!


Three's Always a Crowd: Part 1


Another January day was just beginning, but twelve-year-old Kari Kamiya already found herself home alone. Her father was away at work and her mother was doing her grocery shopping so she could make her…most unique concoctions. And of course, Tai was spending the day with Matt and Sora. That left Kari alone with her one companion…

**ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ**

…who was asleep on top of the TV. Kari's sweatdropped at the sound of Gatomon's snoring. But it didn't take long to wake her up, because the doorbell rang. Having been startled by the doorbell, Gatomon fell off the TV, hitting the floor with a thud.

"W-What happened?" Gatomon yawned. "I dreamt that I was being chased by a bunch of giant mice."

"It's just the doorbell," Kari giggled. "I should get that while you pick yourself up."

Gatomon found herself more comfortable on the floor, so she stayed down while Kari got the door. At first she thought it would be the mailman delivering something for one of her parents, but she got an unexpected surprise.

"TK?"

At her doorstep was twelve-year-old TK Takaishi, Kari's best friend. To say the least, he was very early since he never came at this time in the morning…nor did he ever come without calling first. This was the latest in a string of peculiar behavior being exhibited by TK. Kari knew he wasn't being himself and there was a reason he was acting so different than normal.

"Hey, Kari! Is anybody here?"

"Just me and Gatomon," Kari answered.

"Can I come in?"

"Uh…sure."

TK walked in and that's when Kari noticed he had a box in his hand. He placed the box on the nearby coffee table. Kari was getting very curious at this point and she wondered what could be inside.

"What's in the box?" Kari asked.

TK scratched the back of his head shyly. "Well…I know you've been pretty mad at me these last few days. And…I can't blame you, since I DID hit you with a pie and everything. But…I was hoping I could make you feel a little better."

"How do you plan to do that?" Kari asked, with a hint of a smile.

TK was about to answer, but that's when someone knocked on Kari's door again. Kari got up and answered it. This time…

"Hi, Kari!"

…it was twelve-year-old Davis Motomiya…and he also had a box in his hand. This was what Kari WASN'T hoping for, because now she had a combustible element. TK and Davis were once again under the same roof.

Of course, Davis was the one to start it. "What are you doing here, TU?!"

"What am *I* doing here?" TK repeated. "I was here first!"

Kari quickly nipped this in the bud. "Um…before we start any arguments…what's in the box?"

TK and Davis both smiled and opened up their respective boxes. And they both took out…a magic kit. Davis and TK eyed each other and groaned. Kari could only giggle.

"You stole my idea, TP!" Davis whined.

"No way!" TK shot back. "I thought of it first, Mini-Me!"

"DON'T call me that!!"

Kari knew she should have stopped this, but luckily someone else was there. And her curiosity was peaked as well. It was Gatomon.

"Ooh, is that a magic kit? I didn't know you two could do magic."

TK turned back to Kari and smiled warmly. "Of course I can. You don't spend years watching your older brother try this stuff and not pick up a few tricks. Hey, Gatomon? Why don't you be my guinea pig…er…I mean assistant?"

Gatomon jumped at the chance. "Ok!"

Davis huffed as TK got ready to prepare his first trick. He reached over behind Gatomon's ear and pulled out a quarter. It was enough for what was to be a simple intro trick. Then TK moved over to Gatomon's other ear and pulled out a chain of handkerchiefs that were tied together. Kari was impressed and showed it with her applause.

TK took a bow. "Thank you."

Davis didn't even wait for TK to sit down before he prepared HIS first trick. First, he consulted with Gatomon. Then he stuffed her in a box, where only her head and feet were sticking out. Davis reached over and pulled out a large saw.

"I don't know if this works on anything other than humans," Davis grinned. "But let's hope for the best!"

"Just be careful, Davis," Gatomon chirped. "I only have nine lives, you know."

Davis reached over and started sawing the box in half. Kari couldn't help but be concerned for Gatomon's safety, especially knowing that the magician in question was DAVIS. But Davis did saw the box in half and moved it apart to show Gatomon had been cut in half. Then he put the boxes back together and opened the box. Gatomon proudly jumped out of the box to show she was still in one piece.

Kari was legitimately amazed, so of course she applauded. She then peeked out of the corner of her eye to see that TK was shocked. Not because of the trick, but because Kari was actually applauding. Had this been earlier in their lives, Kari would have completely blown Davis off. Kari couldn't help but think of that fact, either. Maybe things WERE changing.

TK then decided to try his next trick. He placed Gatomon on a large box he had set up and put a blanket over her. He recited the magic words and he removed the blanket to reveal that Gatomon had disappeared. Kari and Davis both couldn't believe that, but TK wasn't finished. He put the blanket back on and recited the magic words. But Gatomon didn't reappear under the blanket…

"Hello!"

Gatomon appeared behind Kari and Davis. Kari was completely in shock…and completely stumped.

"How did you do that?" she asked.

TK shook his head. "A magician can't reveal his secrets. You won't tell her, will you, Gatomon?"

"My lips are sealed," Gatomon replied.

"There's no way you could have pulled that trick off!" Davis exclaimed. "How'd you do it, TE?"

"Get my name right and I MIGHT tell you," TK grinned.

"I don't need you to tell me! I can top that any day of the week!"

"You're just jealous, goggle boy! You cannot top that!"

"I…could. It just might…take me time."

"Is the great Davis FINALLY out of ideas?"

"I NEVER run out of ideas!"

Kari knew it couldn't last. The two boys were fighting again. She couldn't take much more of it, so she buried her face in her hands. She didn't need to see this. And there was nothing worse for Kari than seeing her two friends fight.

**CLICK**

Kari felt something snap. She turned her head to see…her left wrist had been handcuffed. And at the other end of the handcuffs…was Davis, who had a wide grin on his face.

"For my next trick, I'll undo these magic handcuffs," Davis said.

"Magic handcuffs, huh?" TK muttered. "Two can play at that game!"

TK reached into his box to reveal he had his own set of magic handcuffs. And he put them at Kari's RIGHT wrist. Kari felt trapped between a rock and a hard place and all she could was sweatdrop.

First, Davis attempted to undo the handcuffs. He took his plastic magic wand and he tapped the cuffs three times in a pattern. The cuffs didn't come loose.

"Um…maybe it's like this."

Davis tapped the cuffs three times again, this time in a different pattern. Again, the cuffs didn't come loose. Kari was starting to lose her patience and she saw from the look on Davis' face that he knew it, too. So he tapped the cuffs again three time in a different pattern. But the cuffs would not come loose.

"That's weird," Davis mused. "It always USED to work."

"What do you mean USED TO?!" Kari shouted indignantly.

"Why don't you let me show you how it's done, Davis?" TK added.

TK tapped his set of handcuffs three times in a different pattern than what Davis tried before. But it didn't work. The cuffs were still attached. TK sweatdropped and he tried again, this time tapping the cuffs three times in another pattern. Again, the cuffs stayed on. Kari was now giving TK a menacing look and TK knew he was short on time, so he tried tapping the cuffs again in a new pattern. It still wouldn't work.

"So much for the two great magicians," Kari groaned. "Look, you obviously can't do it, so why don't you just get the key already?"

Davis blinked. "There's a key to this?"

"That's NOT funny, Davis!" Kari growled.

"I'm not laughing," Davis gulped. "I didn't think there WAS a key to this. So I think I might have thrown it away with the box."

Through that revelation, Kari managed to keep her cool. "That's not a problem. I'll just undo those cuffs with TK's key. Where's your key, TK?"

TK blinked. "Um…I think Matt might have lost his key."

Kari gave TK an intimidating glare. "That's NOT funny, TK! Where's the key?"

TK scratched the back of his head with his right hand. "Well…I never PLANNED to use these. I just used them because Davis did it first. And I thought I could get them loose…"

"What are you saying, TK?" Kari demanded.

"I don't have a key, either. I think we're stuck."

Kari immediately turned red. It wasn't the red that neither TK nor Davis was used to seeing. Kari was turning a very ANGRY shade of red. She looked like she was about to blow.

Kari tried to sum it up. "So…you're saying I'm stuck like this? Attached at the wrist to BOTH OF YOU?!"

Davis smiled. "You know, if I could be attached at the wrist to anybody in the world, I'm glad it's…"

"SHUT UP, DAVIS!!" Kari shouted. She then focused her anger on TK. She grabbed him by the shirt with both hands, even though that meant dragging Davis over. "What do you plan to do about this?!"

"Yeah, TH! She obviously doesn't want to be attached to you! This is your fault!"

"My fault?!" TK snapped. "You're the one who attached yourself to her in the first place! This is all your fault!"

"No one told you to attach yourself to her other wrist! It's yours!"

"Yours!"

"Yours!"

"YOURS!"

"STOP IT!!" Kari shrieked. "I don't care WHOSE fault it is! I just want these handcuffs off me! So what do you two plan to do about this?!"

Silence.

TK spoke up first. "Well…we could always try to BREAK the handcuffs."

"But wouldn't it be kinda weird to try and break them here?" Davis thought.

"That's the smartest thing you've said all day," TK responded. "Maybe we should try breaking these somewhere else so we won't be seen. Imagine if Kari's mom comes in and sees us like this. What if TAI sees us like this?"

Kari gulped. "Good point. A change of scenery would be nice."

"But where would we go?" Davis asked.

TK grinned. "I think we all know the answer to that."

Kari sweatdropped. That obviously meant it was time to drag her other friends into this. And the last thing she really wanted was to be seen attached at the right wrist to TK and at the left wrist to Davis.

This was going to be a VERY LONG DAY.


Next Time: It's time to try and break the handcuffs with a little assistance from a few friends. But is breaking two sets of handcuffs as easy as it looks? And what'll happen when Kari, TK, and Davis run into the inevitable problems that come with being attached at the wrist?


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