Phase 11. Love Story

Disclaimer: I don't own Digimon.

Etemon: I didn't know that! *Gets kicked in the ass* Ow...

-The dressing room-

"Kari, you're next!" Gatomon told her excitedly as the Royal Knights finally finished their performance outside.

"Okay," breathed Kari as she got to her feet. She was garbed in a pretty white dress with a pinkish tinge; the Bearer of Light blushed upon noticing how similar the outfit looked to a

wedding dress. The Crest of Light was sewed onto the chest, and the crest itself was hanging down from its tag right above it.

As she walked toward the stage entrance she spotted the Royal Knights exiting it, a majority of them looking exhausted. Dynasmon and Omnimon, who were the vocals, especially

seemed quite ready to faint on the spot.

"Good luck," they still managed to tell Kari smiling as they passed each other.

"Thank you," she replied sincerely.

"Alright folks, time's passing, this contest is coming to an end!" She could hear Matt yelling out to the crows as she waited right in front of the door. "The next song is going to be sung by

- guess who! Anyone? Care to try?"

"KingEtemon!" Someone shouted out from the audience, causing everyone to crack up.

"Matt Ishida!" Screamed a female voice from nearby.

"Heh, nice try kids, but no." Matt smirked. "Lemme give you a hint; the person in question is my best friend's little sister, who also happens to be the girlfriend of my cute little brother - "

"Hikari Kamiya!" A familiar voice shouted.

"Yolei, you cheater!" Matt yelled back. More laughter. "But what can I say? Since our happy friend has kindly blabbed it all out for your sake, let us welcome with a loud applause, the

Light-Bearer HIKARI KAMIYA!!"

"This is it," Kari whispered to herself before stepping out to face the audience.


T.K, having just changed into his tux, was about to open the hatch to get back up when it opened to reveal Crusadermon looking down at him.

"What kept you? She's out right now!" She whispered urgently as she pulled the Bearer of Hope up with her strong hand.

"Sorry, Crusadermon, this tux is rather hard to wear..." was all that T.K managed to say before the Exalted Knight pushed him all the way to the stage curtain. Peeping out through the

thin opening, he saw Kari dressed in a dazzling pink-white dress facing the crowd. He looked down at his own outfit, but snapped his head up as Kari spoke:

"Before I begin, I would like to dedicate this song to my... boyfriend..." - she had to pause blushing as delighted coos began to ooze out of the crowd - "...who unfortunately probably isn't

here. But I believe that our hearts will be connected, no matter how far apart we are. This I believe, because it is he who had taught me to hope for such things."

T.K smiled to himself; what had he done to deserve her? she had this natural innocence and tenderness that automatically charmed any soul that she encountered - well, a certain blond,

blue-eyed boy more so than others.

Kari had finished her speech, and the band began to play the familiar music. T.K held his breath, allowing the familiar melody to envelop him, as she slowly closed her eyes, raised the

microphone to her lips, and sang:

We were both young when I first saw you

I close my eyes and the flashback starts,

I'm standing there

On a balcony in summer air

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns

See you make your way through the crowd

And say hello

Little did I know

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles

And my daddy said stay away from Juliet

And I was crying on the staircase

Begging you please don't go

As soon as she began singing, Kari was surprised to find her stage fright melt away with all of her other fears. This was fate's chance given to her to sing her heart out, and she was

using it to its fullest potential. In her mind, the crowd and the stage were already gone. There was just T.K, with Kari telling him the words that she had wanted to tell him for so long,

words that made her love this song:

And I said: "Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone

I'll be waiting, all there's left to do is run

You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess

It's a love story, baby just say yes"

T.K stifled a gasp. He could easily tell that Kari was meaning every word of the lyrics. Did she care for him that much? He could almost believe that he really was her Romeo, ready to come

and take her to her happy place.

And I am, he told himself, glancing at the box he was holding in his hands.

So I sneak out to the garden to see you

We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew

So close your eyes

Escape this town for a little while

'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter

And my daddy said stay away from Juliet

But you were everything to me,

I was begging you please don't go

And I said: "Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone

I'll be waiting, all there's left to do is run

You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess

It's a love story, baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel

This love is difficult, but it's so re-eal

Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess

It's a love story, baby just say yes"

Kari sighed quietly, eyes still closed, as the interlude rang out. She was surprised that even her stage fright couldn't swamp out her disappointment in T.K being unable to hear this, but

before she could ponder on it it was her turn to sing again:

I got tired of waiting

Wondering if you were ever coming around

My faith in you was fading

When I met you on the outskirts of town

This was T.K's chance. Silently slipping out from behind the curtain directly behind Kari, he quickly motioned the crowd to be silent in case they reacted to his sudden appearance, and

began to creep towards his unsuspecting love, who still sang with her eyes closed:

And I said: "Romeo save me, I've been feeling so alone

I keep waiting for you, but you never come

Suddenly, Kari realized that someone was beside her. Without pausing, the opened her eyes and turned right -

Is this in the head, I don't know what to think

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said:

The music stopped. Kari held her breath, shocked to her core. Dead silence reigned among the audience.

T.K, wearing a handsome black tux with golden edges, the Crest of Hope shining on his chest and from its tag, was kneeling in front of Kari, holding out an open box to her. Kari gaped at

the ring inside it, a beautiful thing with a ruby embedded on the top. Upon closer inspection, she realized that the Crest of Light was carved inside the jewel. T.K was wearing a ring

himself, this one adorned with a sapphire with the Crest of Hope shining inside. Kari saw the hope glimmering in his cerulean eyes, and knew that her own maroon ones were glistening

with light that was reflected off her tears.

T.K slowly stood up, never taking his eyes off Kari, the ring box still held out to her. Smiling angelically, he took out a hidden microphone and began to sing just as the music resumed:

Marry me Juliet, you never have to be alone

I love you, and that's all I really know

I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress

It's a love story, baby just say-

"YES!!!" Kari half-screamed in joy, throwing her arms around her love. T.K hugged her back passionately, using the moment to slip the ring on her finger. She responded by suddenly

pulling his head closer and kissing him, who returned the gesture with enthusiasm.

They didn't even notice the crowd going hysterics with wild cheers and applauses, and barely aware that their fellow DigiDestined and the Royal Knights had all leaped onto the stage to

congratulate the happy couple. It was just like two years ago, when they first admitted their love for each other; Hope and Light, bound together. But this time, they knew that they had

eighteen other Crests to thank as well.

"Mischief managed," Kari heard Tai tell Matt with a smirk, and smiled at her brother.

"Thanks again," she told him, who grinned back. Looking at her ring again, she asked T.K (her fiance, she realized in delight), "This isn't an ordinary jeweler's work. Who carved the Crests

into the ring? They're beautiful beyond words."

"One of the best lapidary the world has ever known," chuckled the Bearer of Hope, nodding at Dynasmon. Noticing Kari and Gatomons' astinoshed looks, the Exalted Knight showed the

gems embedded in his palms and shrugged.

"I'm glad you like it," he mumbled embarassedly and was about to back off to make room for the others when Kari took his hand. Two maroon eyes looked into the Passionate Warrior's

green ones, brimming with gratitude.

"It's perfect, Dynasmon," she said quietly. "Thank you."

"Thank you," repeated Gatomon, suddenly climbing onto Dynasmon's shoulder and kissing his cheek quickly before leaping back down. The Exalted Knight blushed at the sudden gesture

as he numbly felt his cheek, causing his comrades to burst out laughing.

"Way to go, brother," chuckled Craniamon as he headlocked the still-dazed Dynasmon.

"Does this mean I get to live with Gatomon?" Patamon asked as he flew down from his perch on T.K's head, glancing hopefully at Gatomon who giggled lightly (pun intended).

"More than that, Patamon." T.K smiled as he looked at Kari, who beamed back.

"Much, much more than that."

'Cause we were both young when I first saw you...

Yup, that's the end of this fic, but hey, I've still got a sequel! This one's gonna concern T.K and Kari's wedding, and while the plot may be a little duller, the character list gets an extension. Until I post that, R&R! Oh and by the way, everybody knows Taylor Swift's 'Love Story', right?