"How is this possible?" Rika gasped, looking at emerging forms of Renamon and the other Digimon.
"I had a little talk with Yamaki and Mr. Wong a few months ago," Takato said. "They agreed to try and get our Digimon back into our world."
"You talked to my dad?" Henry asked. "When?"
"Like I said, a few months ago," Takato answered.
"Are you alright, Rika?" Renamon asked, stepping forward.
"Yea," she nodded. "What about you? Are you going to disappear again?"
"No," Renamon replied. "This time it should be forever."
"Happy early birthday, Rika," Takato said. "This was supposed to happen in about a week, when you had your birthday, but I guess not."
Rika just stared in shock at Takato.
"How did you plan this out so fully and completely?" Rika asked.
"To tell you the truth, I only asked Yamaki and Mr. Wong to bring them back and try to get it as close to your birthday as possible," Takato said. "After that, I let the two of them work everything out."
"Thank you, Takato," Rika said, eyes welling up ever so slightly with joy.
"Did I just hear what I think I heard?" Terriermon asked. "Did Rika just say your actual name?"
"Shut it, you lousy bunny," Rika snapped, tears of joy suddenly disappearing.
"Takatomon, can we play now?" Guilmon asked, walking up to Takato.
"In a bit, buddy," Takato said, hugging him.
"So fill me in, Henry. What happened while we were away," Terriermon said.
"Henry, if you tell him about Goggle-head's question, I will personally tear you apart bit by bit," Rika threatened.
"Ok," Henry said.
"What was Takato's question?" Terriermon asked.
"Guardromon, MarineAngemon, Cyberdramon, Impmon, go and find your Tamers, we'll catch up later," Takato said.
"Henry, what was Takato's question?" Terriermon asked again.
"It was if Rika wanted to beat you up," Henry said, trying to get Terriermon to shut up.
"Yea, right," Terriermon said. "Everyone already knows the answer to that."
"Well, it was worth a shot," Henry sighed.
"Henry, do you think you could go for a second?" Rika asked.
"Um, sure," Henry said. "Come on, Terriermon."
They walked into the distance, with Henry making sure that Terriermon couldn't hear anything.
"Takato?" Rika said. "Did you really plan all this out?"
"Yea, it's just like I told you guys," Takato said. "Why?"
"Oh, no reason," Rika said, a faint blush forming. "Another question. Was this for everyone or just me?"
"Well, it was originally just you, but I thought that everyone would be mad at me if you were the only to get your Digimon back," Takato said.
"Thank you," Rika said. She went over to hug Takato.
Not knowing what to do, Takato just hugged her back.
"Don't tell anyone about this," Rika said, stepping back.
"Of course," Takato said. "Although I am surprised that we are on a first name basis now."
"Only in private," Rika said. "I have a reputation to uphold."
"And how would this ruin your reputation?" Takato asked.
"For a simple reason," Rika said. "This is the sweetest thing that anyone could have done. Thank you."
"No problem," Takato said, blushing. "But I'm still wondering how this will affect your reputation."
"You don't get it, Takato?" Rika asked. "I'm supposed to be super cruel and have mean nicknames for everyone, remember?"
"Oh, right," Takato said. "Duh."
"That's okay, though," Rika said. "That's what makes you so cute."
"Yea, wait what?" Takato said, taken aback by the sudden change in Rika's attitude.
"You and Henry were both wondering why you were still alive, right?" Rika asked. "The reason behind it is because I was sort of hoping that you would ask me eventually."
Takato just stared at her, dumbfounded by what she was saying.
"So if you're saying what I think you're saying," Takato started.
"Then your feelings for me are mutual," Rika finished.
Takato was even more stupefied than before when she said this. Rika just giggled and stepped closer.
Score! Takato thought. This is a dream come true! He followed Rika's train of thought and put his face near hers. They silently touched their lips together, kissing for only a second when suddenly…
"Holy cow!" Terriermon cried out.
This disruption had forced Takato and Rika away swiftly, each with a blush that would put a tomato to shame.
"Terriermon! Get back here!" Henry yelled at him, running after the little Digimon. "Sorry about that, guys. I couldn't hold him."
"You're going to need someone to hold me in a second, Brainiac!" Rika said in a harsh tone.
Taking Rika's own advice, Takato quickly grabbed her from behind, trying to restrain her arms before they could find a path to Henry's face.
"Did you think Rika was the only one who could do harm to you?" Renamon asked, appearing behind Terriermon, who was currently laughing his life away.
"Uh-oh," Terriermon said. "Um, Momentai?"
"Not this time," Renamon and Rika said at the same time. Terriermon just took off running at his full speed. Renamon gave chase, trying to get the rabbit-dog away from Rika and Takato.
"You'd better go, too, Henry," Takato said.
"Right." Henry walked off, leaving the two alone near the edge of the fountain. Behind them, the sun was setting and giving off a beautiful orangeish, redish hue.
"Isn't this a wonderful view?" Takato asked Rika, who was still red in the face.
"Whatever," she said.
"Don't be like that," Takato said. "I'm sure that Henry didn't try to do that."
"I know," Rika said. "But now Terriermon has seen us and he's going to tell everyone."
"That's not the Rika I love, you know," Takato said. "The Rika that I love would just shrug it off and say 'Whatever.'"
"Whatever," Rika said.
"There we go," Takato chuckled. "Now where were we?"
"Right about here," Rika said, pressing her lips to his once more. They stayed like this for a minute or so, then broke apart. "This stays right here."
"No problem," Takato said. "I was planning on that anyway."
Rika just smiled and gave him a peck on the cheek, then walked off.
"I'll see you tomorrow," she said.
"Could I at least walk you home?" Takato asked.
Takato ran to catch up (again) and slowed down when he was next to her. Grabbing each others' hand, they continued to walk until they were in front of Rika's gate.
"So is tomorrow a good time to come over?" Takato asked.
"Sure," Rika said. "Is ten ok with you?"
"Sure," Takato said.
"Rika! It's time to come in now!" Rumiko Nonaka called out. "Oh, my. Is that Takato out there with you?"
"Yes, mother," Rika said.
"Well, say good night to him," Rumiko said. "You should get to bed soon."
"In a minute, mother," Rika said. "See you tomorrow." She gave him a quick kiss and ran inside.
"See ya," Takato said.
Walking off, he heard Rumiko ask Rika if she had seen what she thought she had seen. He paused to listen to how Rika would respond to this question. The result was this:
"W-well, i-it was, uh, it was, um, a head butt?"
Takato chuckled at the answer. He continued to walk home, staring at the rising moon on the way.
Well, that was quite the day, he thought. Yamaki was a little ahead of schedule, but I guess it doesn't matter right now. All that matters is my one dream has finally come true.
Takato walked into his bakery/house and went upstairs to his room. He fell down on his bed with a huge grin on his face.
Tomorrow, he thought. Tomorrow will be the greatest day of my life.
A/N Whoo hoo! I finally finished it! I hope that this was good. For all you Rukato fans out there, this chapter should have satisfied your thirst for at least a little bit (I don't expect it to be for long though). I would like to make another chapter, but I would need some ideas on what to do. Please review, I want to know how well I am at writing romance. Also, you should know that starting in about a week I will be unable to write or post anything except for a select few days a week since school is going to be out and I will have no access to the internet for most of summer.