Into the Deep -part seven-

a/n: I'm baaaack!!!!!! I'm trying to get this story done as quickly as possible 'cuz I've got another one I'm just DYING to write. Oh yeah, and I take back what I said last time. THIS is my favorite part of the fic. I wrote this story just so I could do this scene. (I just didn't get as far as I thought I would last time.) I'm not going to tell you that this is the last part because I've been saying that since part 4 and it's just not happening. So….here we go!

Disclaimer: I don't own Digimon….yet.

Tai searched the room for any possible way out. Again. He knew he wouldn't find anything. He'd already gone over every inch of his prison several times, although that was getting harder to do as the water rose. It was up to his chest now. Tai stood by the door and looked out. The hallway was still empty.

"They're not coming." He whispered to himself. He stood as still as a statue, realization sinking in. He felt the water creeping up his neck, a grim reminder of how little time he had left, "I don't want to die."

Walking no longer an option, Tai swam to the other side of the room. He peered out into the dark waters, searching for any sign of his friends. Just as he was about to give up, a slight movement caught his eye. A spark of hope ignited in the darkness. Pressing his nose against the glass, Tai strained his eyes, trying to figure out what he had seen. Then he saw it again, and this time there was no mistaking it.


"Oh God..." He whispered, hardly daring to believe it, "They came!"

Tai stayed by the wall treading water, watching until Zudomon disappeared under the bottom of the castle. Grinning, he turned around in the water and looked back at the door. It was gone.

"What the….?" He said outloud, looking up to where the water still poured into the room. What he saw killed his smile faster than anything else could have. Six more holes. The water was pouring in twice as fast as before. Taking a deep breath, Tai dove beneath the surface. He swam down to the doorway and tried the lock again. It was no use, he was still locked in. Giving up, he returned to the surface. The room was more than half full now, there wasn't much time left.

'It's ok.' He thought to himself, 'They're here, I'll be fine.'

But even that thought wasn't as convincing as it should've been. So he waited.

Sora sprinted down the seemingly endless hallway after Furmon, so worried that she could hardly breathe. If anything happened to Tai, she didn't know what she would do. He had to live. The digidestined couldn't defeat the dark masters without him. And Kari…she would be devastated. How do you tell a seven year old that her brother isn't coming back? All these thoughts flashed through Sora's head in seconds, making her even more desperate to get there faster. All of a sudden, she saw Furmon stopping in front of a door and skidded to a halt next to him.

"Yes! We found him! I knew we-" Sora stopped in the middle of her sentence. The room was almost completely filled with water, with only about a foot of air left at the top, "Oh no…are we too late?"

Then she saw it. There was something blue moving around at the top of the room.

"Look, there's Tai!" Sora exclaimed, pointing up toward the top of the water. She started banging on the glass with her fist, trying to get his attention. Finally, he heard it. Tai spun around in the water, facing the door, and dove under the surface. Stopping in front of the door, Tai held himself under with the handle and opened his eyes. He smiled the best he could under water and mouthed the words 'help please' at Sora. Then letting go of the door, he swam back out of sight.

"How do we get this door open?" Sora asked, yanking on the handle. It was still locked, "He's going to drown if we don't get this door open soon!"

Tai appeared in front of the door again, a frightened expression on his face. He shook his head frantically and pointed up. Sora looked at the ceiling.

"Oh no…" The room was completely full of water, "We're out of time. Biyomon, digivolve, we're going to need to get rid of this door. Hurry!"

"Biyomon digivolve to…Birdramon!"

Tai banged frantically on the door, getting Sora's attention, and shook his head. He pushed away from the door and swam to the other side of the room where she couldn't see him.

"Biyomon! Get him out now!" Sora yelled, moving out of the way.

"Meteor Wing!" Birdramon yelled, melting away a small section of the door. Water began pouring out of the room slowly. Trying to make the hole bigger, Birdramon fired her attack at the door again, "Meteor Wing!"

Finally, the hole was big enough to drain the room. The water rushed out of the room, emptying it in a matter of seconds. Sora looked around frantically for Tai. Then she saw him.

"Tai!" Kari yelled, getting everyone's attention.

Izzy whirled around to look at the young girl, "Kari, what's wrong?"

"Something happened." Kati told him, her eyes wide with fear, "Something isn't right. "

"What do you mean?" Mimi asked fearfully.

"It's Tai." Kari whispered, her eyes filling up with tears, "Something happened to him. He's gone."

"What do you mean he's gone?" TK asked her, but Kari didn't hear him. The world turned dark around her and she swayed on her feet.

Izzy caught her before she fell and lowered her to the ground gently. Then he looked around at everyone's worried faces.

"I think Kari had another vision." He said, "And if what she said is true, something has gone terribly wrong."

"What do we do?" Mimi asked.

"Nothing." Izzy said wearily, "There's nothing we can do."

"Tai!" Sora screamed, her eyes finding his unmoving body lying in the water. She ran to him and fell to her knees by his side, "Oh God….Tai….wake up. Come on, talk to me, you have to be ok."

Sora shook Tai's shoulders lightly, getting no response. He wasn't breathing. Tears flowing down her cheeks, Sora let go of the young leader and stared at him in disbelief, "No. No…Tai! Come back!" Breaking down in tears, she buried her face in his chest and cried.
Suddenly, an explosion shook the room, followed by Aquarimon and Metalgarurumon battling fiercely, neither without injuries. Sora took no notice of the fighting digimon. Nothing in the world mattered anymore. Nothing. Matt ran into the room after his digimon, stopping short in the entrance. He saw Tai's motionless form, Sora's shaking shoulders, and froze, "No."

He used one arm to steady himself, gripping the doorway. The reality of the situation hit him like a bolt of lightning. He shook his head in denial, "This isn't happening."

Matt walked over to Sora slowly, swallowing the lump in his throat. He laid a hand softly on her shoulder. She shivered and pulled away from him, "Go away."

"Sora, I…." Matt started.

"Matt, just leave me alone." Sora whispered, her voice hoarse from crying, "Tai's dead. He didn't just get taken away this time, Matt, he's really gone." Breaking down in tears again, Sora looked up at Matt, her eyes dull, "What do we do? What can we do?"

Matt felt tears filling his own eyes, "I don't know."

A small glow came from where Sora was sitting. It was her crest.

"Sora look! Your crest!" Matt exclaimed, just as his own began glowing faintly. The light grew brighter, leaving the crests and floating in front of the startled digidestined. The sphere of light grew smaller by the second. The battle had stopped, and all eyes were on the light. It shrank to the size of a marble, glowing white hot in the silence. It floated above Tai for a second, then without warning, dissolved into the Crest of Courage. Time stood still. At first nothing happened, and no one was sure of what to expect. Then there was an explosion of blinding, orange light form Tai's crest.

Everyone covered their eyes against the light. Then as quickly as it had appeared, it was gone. Everyone sat in stunned silence, all eyes on Tai. He moved. Matt's eyebrows went up, and he jumped back with surprise. Sora's jaw dropped. Aquarimon fumed. Tai coughed.

"Tai?" Sora whispered, hardly daring to believe it. Choking on the water that had filled his lung, Tai struggled to get a breath. He groaned softly as his eyes flickered open and focused themselves on Sora's tear stained face.

"S-sora?" He managed to get out between coughing fits. He pushed himself up into a sitting position and gave her a concerned look, "Am I dead?"

"TAI!!" Sora yelled, flinging her arms around his neck and bursting into tears, "I thought you were dead. I didn't know what to do. I don't want to lose you." She sobbed.

"Shh…it's ok." Tai whispered, wrapping his arms around her shaking form, "I'm ok."

"Are you sure?" Sora asked. Tai smiled weakly and nodded, "Yeah." Reluctantly, Sora let go of his neck, suddenly looking slightly embarrassed, and stood up. Matt reached a hand down to Tai, who took it gratefully and got shakily to his feet.

"Thanks for coming Matt." Tai said. Matt shrugged.

"Don't mention it. Please. And NEVER pull a stunt like that again. I don't want to end up leading the group. You have no idea what a disaster it was while you were gone." Matt said with a slight smile.

"I'll keep that in mind next time I try to get myself killed." Tai replied, laughing. Sora smiled at him, "Thanks."

An evil laugh interrupted the reunion, "Enjoy your time together while it lasts. You haven't got much more of it." All three kids turned and looked at Aquarimon, none to excited to be reminded of her presence

"Fine, so he isn't dead. That means nothing. You still have to beat me, and that's never going to happen." Aquarimon bit out angrily, her eyes full of fire.

"Think again Aquarimon." Tai said, turning to face the evil digimon, "We have some unfinished business, and I'm going to finish it now."

Sora handed Tai his goggles, tag and crest, which he immediately returned to where they belonged. With a determined nod of his head, Tai turned to Agumon, "Think you can take her?"

"With my hands behind by back." Agumon replied, "Agumon, warp digivolve to……Wargreymon!"

Aquarimon glared angrily at the huge digimon before her, "You'll never beat me!! I am invincible!"

"I don't think so. " Tai said, his expression turning dangerous, "Get her Wargreymon!"

"Terra Force!" Wargreymon yelled, launching a globe of energy at Aquarimon. She screamed, taking the hit, and flew into the wall.

Aquarimon shook her head to clear it and leapt back to her feet.

"Aqua beam!" She countered, shooting a jet of water at the startled digimon. Wargreymon moved to the side, but not fast enough, and the attack hit him on the arm. He yelled in pain, and turned back to his attacker angrily.

"Oceanic fina-" Aquarimon started again, ready to launch another attack, but she was violently interrupted.

"Ice Wolf Claw!" An unexpected voice called from the other side of the room. An icy blast hit Aquarimon in the stomach, knocking her to the ground. Seeing and opening, Wargreymon retaliated with his own attack, "Terra force!"

Wargreymon watched as Aquarimon struggled slowly to her feet. She leaned on the wall, breathing heavily, and glared at the two digimon who had finally caused her downfall.

"How could this happen to me? I captured the leader of the digidestined! No one should have known he was here! I should not have failed, I am invincible!" Aquarimon said, talking to herself as much as to everyone else. Her feet began disintegrating, bits of data flying in every direction. She watched as her body disappeared, and her voice lowered to a regretful whisper, "I was invincible."

"I'm sorry it had to come to this Aquarimon, but I told you that you couldn't change destiny. You should have known better than to have messed with the Digidestined." Tai said, watching as his captor disappeared, "Goodbye Aquarimon."

"NO!" Aquarimon yelled, only a face still remaining of what had once been a dangerous enemy. Her voice faded with what was left of her, never to be heard again, "No…….."

After a few moments, Matt broke the silence, "I think she took that very well." He said lightly, a smile in his voice.

Tai and Sora laughed, agreeing with him wholeheartedly. They watched as the two mega digimon de-digivolved back to their rookie forms.

"Thanks for your help Gabumon." Agumon said with a smile.

"No problem." Gabumon replied, "I'm glad I could help."

Suddenly Biyomon cocked her head to the side, a puzzled expression on her face, "Do you hear that?" She asked, gesturing toward the open doorway.

"It sounds like footsteps." Tai said, walking toward the sound, "I wonder what it is."

Before he could get to the door though, a familiar blue-haired figure ran through and skidded to a stop, looking around frantically.

"Joe?" Tai said, "I didn't know you were here."

"Tai! You're ok! " He said happily, "So…uh…what did I miss?"

"We'll fill you in later Joe. Right now, I think we should get out of here. This place gives me the creeps." Matt said, heading for the door.

"I cannot WAIT to see the sun again. I am so sick of water…you have no Idea!" Tai exclaimed, walking after Matt, "Oh yeah, and Gomamon, thanks for finding me. I owe you one."

"HEY!" A familiar voice screeched from behind them, "Aren't you FORGETTING SOMEONE?"

"Furmon!" Tai exclaimed, "That's right. I promised to get you out of here. Speaking of which…how do we get out of here?"

"Aquarimon's submarine." Furmon suggested, "It should hold us all.

"Of course." Matt said dramatically, "I finally get my submarine, but it's just a little bit late for that now!"

Everyone laughed, "Just be glad we don't have to ride Zudomon back up Matt." Sora said, shuddering at the thought of repeating that experience.

"Yeah, no kidding." Matt answered as they all climbed into the submarine.

"Everyone sit down and hold on." Furmon said, shutting the doors, "Let's get out of here."

"It's about time." Tai whispered, watching through the window as the beautiful castle got smaller and smaller until he couldn't see it anymore.

Kari groaned and opened her eyes slowly. She looked around and found everyone staring at her.

"What?" She asked, staring back.

"You fainted." Izzy informed her gently, "Right after you told us that Tai was gone. What did you mean by that? Did you see him again?"

"No." Kari said, "I felt him die."

"He's dead!?" Izzy exclaimed, caught off guard.

"No…he's alive. Look." Kari pointed at the ocean. A split second later a small submarine burst out of the water and sped toward the shore. Stopping when the water got to shallow, the submarine's door flew open and Tai jumped out.

"Tai! Tai, you're ok!" Kari yelled, leaping up and running toward her brother as fast as she could.

"Kari!" Tai exclaimed, bending down and scooping his sister up in a huge hug, "I missed you so much!"

"How did you do it?" Kari asked, loosening her hold on his neck and looking at him expectantly.

"How did I do what?" Tai asked, giving his little sister a puzzled look.

"You died. I felt you die." Kari explained, watching as Tai's jaw dropped, "But you're not dead."

"How did you….?" Tai shook his head, "I'll have to let Matt and Sora tell you about that one. I'm not really sure what happened myself."

"I knew you would come back." Kari told him.

Everyone else had clambered out of the submarine by now, and they all walked back to where they had set up camp, talking and laughing happily. Furmon lagged behind the group keeping to himself. Noticing this, Tai turned around and waited for him to catch up.

"What's wrong?" He asked his furry companion.

"Nothing." Furmon said, pausing for a moment before continuing, "I have to leave."

"Already?" Tai asked, "Couldn't you stay for just a little longer?"

Furmon shook his head, "No…I have a family, you know. I haven't seen them in years. I really need to find them."

"Ok, I understand." Tai said, nodding his head, "Thank you for all of you help. I owe you my life, you know."

"Yeah…but I wouldn't have gotten away without your help, so we're even." Furmon explained.

"I guess I'll see you later then." Tai said sadly.

"Yeah," Furmon agreed, hopping away slowly, "Bye Tai."


Taking one last look at Furmon's retreating form, Tai turned and caught up with the rest of his friends. Just as he got back with the group,

Kari gasped and pointed toward the water.

"Look!" She exclaimed.

Everyone turned and watched as the sun came up on the horizon, spilling golden light over the land. The sunbeams reflected on the ocean's surface, making it look like the water was on fire. Everyone watched the amazing sight in silence until someone finally spoke up.

"Thanks for coming after me." Tai said softly.

"What did you expect us to do?" Izzy asked, "Leave you there? You're our friend."

"Tai, if it weren't for you, this entire group would fall apart. You're what keeps us all together." Sora explained.

"It's destiny," Kari added. TK nodded his agreement.

"I knew you would find a way," Tai said, "It's SO good to be back."

"Yeah." Matt said with a sly grin, "And now that we're all back together, I have a great idea!"

"What's that?" Mimi asked, curious.

"Let's go swimming." He suggested.

"Very funny." Joe said, laughing. Soon everyone else joined in. The digidestined stood watching the sunrise, enjoying their private joke, finally together like they were meant to be. Peals of laughter rang out over the ocean, welcoming the morning. Looking out over the water, Tai realized how lucky he was to have friends that would risk so much for him. Even their own lives. As if she read his mind, Sora looked over at Tai, giving him a knowing look. He smiled at her and slipped an arm around her waist. And they stayed like that, savoring the silence. No one had to say anything. They already knew.

The End

a/n: -bawls- My fic…'s -sniff- done……I never thought I'd finish this thing. You know, I actually liked this part. A lot. Well, now that I'm finally finished I can work on my new fic. Be watching for it! I hope you liked "Into the Deep"! Please write me a review and tell me what you thought. It will really mean a lot to me. Thank you so much! -Vera