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Digimon: Illuminated Dusk
Chapter 18: Old Friends
"Right now, we have a problem." Hiruko said. "Since Elegon decided to go out and find more comrades along with Tashai and Ten, we don't have many people strong enough to fight. Lulu and Eve are no good, seeing as how they just left biomerge."
"So we need to find someone more capable of fighting?" I asked.
"Yeah… but I can't think of anyone else…" Hiruko said. "We only have Kin and Ayumu, and Kin's… well…"
"I'm what?" Kin asked.
"Never mind." Hiruko said. "Anyways, we need to find someone powerful."
"Wait, I know someone who is powerful!" Lulu said, smiling. "But he's a little…"
"Well, as long as he's strong, I think he'll be perfect." Hiruko said. "But where is he?"
"Last time I met with him, he lived in the city area." Lulu said, smiling. She stood up from where they were seated around the campfire, and looked at her digivice. "That's about two days walk from here."
"Seriously?" I asked. "Do we have to continue walking again? Can't we rest first?"
"No." Hiruko said. "Let's go."
"Darn it…" I muttered, standing up. Can't I please get a break?
"Can't I please get a break?" I asked. "We've been walking all day."
"Fine, we can take a break." Hiruko said. "You can sit there, and when you're ready, we can keep going."
"Sounds great…" I said, lying down on the ground.
"Ryuko, you shouldn't be lying around." Zorumon told me. "We really should be going."
"Fine… But give me five minutes." I said. "I really need to let these cramps wear off."
"So this is the city?" Eve asked, looking around. "It looks really dismal."
"Well, it's been abandoned for quite some time." Lulu said. "But he should be around here somewhere."
"Well, I don't often get visitors." A voice from behind us said. We turned around to see who was standing there. Believe it or not, it was another person.
"Kaien!" Lulu said, smiling. "You still have that annoying habit of sneaking up on people!"
"Yeah, yeah…" The man, Kaien, said, yawning. He was probably in his late thirties early forties, and had black hair. Beyond that, he was smoking a cigarette, and the fumes were very… bad.
"So, you're Kaien." Hiruko said, holding up his good hand. "You have a last name?"
"Kyosuke. Kaien Kyosuke." Kaien said, smiling, taking Hiruko's hand. "And it's good to see you again."
"Wait, you two know each other?" I asked.
"Once upon a time." Hiruko said, bitterly.
"Well, if you guys don't have anything to do, you can come stay in my house for a while." Kaien said, smiling. "It's not much, but at least it has AC."
"After walking around in the desert, that would be great!" Eve said, smiling. Kaien led us into his house, which, while broken down, was better than being in the hot sunlight.
"Well, I really didn't expect to see you here, that's for sure." Kaien said. He and Hiruko were standing atop of his house, leaning against the railing.
"That's for sure." Hiruko said. "So that's your assumed name now? Couldn't you have chosen one a little different than your real one?"
"So we meet each other again for the first time in five years and you just mock me?" Kaien asked. "That's nice."
"Listen, Kai, if you want to change your name and live somewhere else with no responsibilities, that's fine." Hiruko said, glaring at Kaien. "But you should know what's happening to the digital world."
"I know, alright." Kaien said, flicking some ashes from his cigarette. "Unlike you, I was there. I saw everything." He put the cigarette to his lips, removed it, and blew some smoke out into the air.
"So you were there." Hiruko said. "So how are you even alive? Everyone there that day died."
"Yeah, but I was the smart one there." Kaien said. "Once The Origin emerged, I knew we didn't have a chance. So I ran."
"You ran?" Hiruko asked incredulously. "You ran and abandoned your duties as a digidestined and left your friends to their fates?"
"Yeah." Kaien said, bitterly. "I ran, ran, ran…"
Hiruko slammed his fist in Kaien's face, knocking him to the ground.
"I suppose I deserved that…" Kaien muttered, standing up, brushing himself off. "But with a little girl at home with her mother, there was no way I was going to die there…"
"So instead of dying, you just ran away from your duties, your responsibilities, and everything you chose to protect?" Hiruko asked. "I can't believe you."
"I know I'm scum." Kaien said. "I've been one ever since I abandoned them. But at least I was there, unlike you. How long are you going to grieve over the past? What's done is done."
"I know." Hiruko said. "But you didn't smoke last time I saw you. It seems like I'm not the only one still grieving."
"You got that right." Kaien said, putting out his cigarette. "So how's my daughter, anyway? I didn't see her in your little group."
"That's the problem." Hiruko said. "It seems that she's currently missing."
"Missing?" Kaien exclaimed. "How?"
"Well, when I went to check on them, she and Yuki were gone."
"Is that so?" Kaien asked, shaking. "When I see that brat again, I'm going to beat him up so badly…"
"So where's Veemon?" Hiruko asked, changing the subject.
"Veemon… was deleted." Kaien said. "Right now, he's probably been reborn in primary village."
"I see…" Hiruko said. "I'm not going to ask you to come with us on our quest."
"Really? Why not?" Kaien asked.
"Because you're not strong enough." I said, walking out of the entrance to the rooftop.
"So when did you get here?" Hiruko asked, not turning around.
"Just a little while ago." I said. "You're Kai, aren't you?"
"Smart kid." Kaien said, smiling.
"You were at my fathers' funeral." I said.
"I was." Kaien said, smiling sadly. "I figured it was the least I could have done."
"Listen, I didn't know my father very well, but I think that he would have forgiven you for what you've done." I said. "Somehow, after hearing about him, I think that's the kind of man he was."
"I said it before, but you're a smart kid." Kaien said. "You've got some pretty big shoes to fill, you know that?"
"What? Why aren't you coming with us?" Lulu asked.
"Sorry, but I have things to do, you know." Kaien said, smiling. "I just can't."
"Well, we must be going." Hiruko said, smiling. "It was good to see you again, 'Kaien'."
"Always a pleasure." Kaien said, smiling. As I began to leave, he grabbed my arm and pulled me back.
"Akira, I think Hiruko's hiding something from you." Kaien whispered to me, before releasing my arm.
Mukuro: Foreshadowing! What will happen next?
Jami: Next time, on Digimon: Brightly lit Dusk. So, the story is getting more and more complicated! What happened to the previous digidestined? What does Hiruko know? What could he be planning? Where does Mephistomon fit into all this? What will Kaien do next? Maybe you'll find out the answers next time in "Cold As Ice"