Last Time: Davis opened up that port for Kari's clone and that paved the way for Etemon's invasion. After putting Gomamon out of commission with his Concert Crush and a net, Etemon has an electrical net surrounding the twelve DigiDestined. While the net closes in slowly, Etemon goes into his explanation about the BIG plan to take over the real world and reveals how he made the clone. The clone, now learning the truth, seeks to make things right.


Double Play: Part 10


Kari couldn't believe it was all about to end like this. Her prom night was supposed to be something truly special and unforgettable. Instead, she found herself in the midst of an electrical net that was closing in on her. Her life was moments away from coming to an unceremonious end.

Davis suddenly spoke up. "Guys…before we go…I want to say I'm sorry. This is all my fault! I never should have opened that port!"

Tai immediately stuck up for Davis. "Davis, this isn't your fault."

"None of us knew what was going on," TK added. He looked sadly at Kari. "None of us."

There was nothing left to do now but await the inevitable. Kari wanted to take her eyes off the annoying grin Etemon had on his face, but she couldn't stop staring hatefully at him. This wannabe Digital rock star had ruined her prom night. She desperately wished she had Gatomon here by her side to help her. But the only Digimon around was Gomamon and he was struggling in that fishing net.

"You know, something doesn't feel right," Etemon muttered. Then he smirked. "I know what this is missing! You need a going-away song!"

Ken immediately covered his ears. "Has his singing ALWAYS been this bad?"

"He sounds like my grandpa when he's passing a stone," Cody added.

"No, his singing's actually gotten WORSE since we last saw him!" Joe growled.

Etemon raised the microphone to his mouth. "Y………………"

Etemon's voice was cut off. No sound was coming out of the speakers. Etemon tapped the mic and got no feedback. That's when Kari and the other DigiDestined started to hear chopping.

Etemon had a look of horror on his face. "NO! What are you doing?!"

Kari looked over to see…that her clone had taken matters into her own hands. She had an axe in her hands. It was the axe from the gym that was behind glass in case of emergencies. She was using the axe to chop up the stage's black wires. And as she continued chopping, the electrical net surrounding the DigiDestined was starting to fade away. Seconds later, the electrical net was gone.

Davis triumphantly raised a fist in the air. "All right!"

The older DigiDestined immediately headed for the fishing net, looking to loosen Gomamon. But Etemon cut them off.

"You may be out of the net, but you won't get passed me! Dark Network!"

Etemon unleashed his Dark Network attack. The DigiDestined managed to disperse before the black ball of dark energy hit the ground. They had successfully managed to spread out, now running around in eight different directions. Meanwhile, the younger DigiDestined all huddled up by the truck.

Yolei shot the stage a cold stare. "If I had Hawkmon here, I'd make a banana split out of that monkey!"

"But the only Digimon here is Gomamon," Cody pointed out.

Kari suddenly got an idea. "Maybe not. Davis, do you still have your Digivice?"

Davis took out his Digivice. "Right here!"

Kari smirked. "Then let's call for backup!"


Tai kept running around, as everyone stayed spread out, giving Etemon multiple targets to chase after. If he wanted any of the DigiDestined, he'd have to take them out one at a time. Luckily, Etemon's aim hadn't gotten any better. His Dark Network attacks continued to miss. But unfortunately…

"Dark Network!"

The Dark Network attack hit right in Tai's path. Tai tripped and ended up landing hard on his ankle. It was the worst possible time for one of his chronic soccer injuries to act up. And when he looked up, Etemon was right in front of him.

"Looks like I finally have you where I want you!" Etemon grinned. "You don't know how much you've cost me! I've been waiting for this chance to take YOU out once and for all! Dark Network!"

Tai couldn't limp out of the way in time. The Dark Network attack was headed his way and he wouldn't be able to escape.

"TAI!"

Before Tai could even react, someone pushed him out of harm's way and took the brunt of the attack. At first, Tai thought it was Kari. But when he looked closer, he saw that it was actually Kari's clone. She took the lethal attack and fell to the ground. Etemon didn't dwell on the miscue at all and instead focused on Tai again. But before he could attack.

"Fist of the Beast King!"

A sudden attack hit Etemon from the side, knocking the big monkey over. Tai looked over and saw backup had arrived…in the form of Leomon, who was standing right next to Kari. Kari quickly ran over to tend to her brother.

"Are you ok?" she asked.

"My ankle's sprained again," Tai moaned. Then he pointed at his lifesaver. "Leomon?"

"Luckily, I knew just where to find him," Kari explained. "I'll explain it to you later."

Etemon stood back up. "I will not be upstaged! This isn't any of your business! You weren't scheduled to appear!"

"Kari's a good friend of mine," Leomon countered. "And I won't let you come in and take over her home and do away with her friends!"

"You actually think you can take me in a one-on-one fight?" Etemon scoffed. "I do my best work against solo acts."

"Then let's make this a duet."

Tai and Kari looked over to see that not only had Gomamon been set free, but he had Digivolved into Ikkakumon. But he wasn't finished yet.

**Ikkakumon…Digivolve to…Zudomon!**

Now Etemon found himself outnumbered. But he wasn't ready to go down without a fight.


After closing that port to the Digital World, Davis put his Digivice away. But he suddenly noticed that Ken had HIS Digivice out. He had a solemn look on his face as he stared at his Digivice.

"Ken, what's the matter?"

"Davis, think about it. If Tai and others defeated Etemon a long time ago and he just reconfigured, then that means even if we DO beat him, he can just keep coming back. We may never truly be rid of him."

"We'll worry about him the next time he gets reconfigured," Davis suggested.

"That may not be good enough," Ken argued. "Davis, look at all the damage Etemon's caused through his plan. Look at what he did to Kari and TK and YOU! Look how close he came to killing us! We have to get rid of Etemon once and for all!"

"But how?"

Ken looked at Davis solemnly. Davis recognized that look and he was suitably horrified.

"Ken, NO! You can't!"

"It has to be done," Ken said gravely. "It's the only TRUE way to get rid of Etemon for good."

"But…are you sure you can do it?"

Ken sighed deeply. "There's only one way to find out."


Kari kept looking on. At this point, the original eight DigiDestined had gathered together and watched as the fight between Etemon and Leomon and Zudomon continued. Etemon wasn't ready to go down and even the combined forces of Leomon and Zudomon couldn't knock the ultimate-level monkey out. But he was finally starting to tire. Leomon unleashed one more attack.

"Fist of the Beast King!"

Leomon's mighty attack, sent Etemon down to his knees and Zudomon looked ready to finish the job. But to everyone's surprise, Etemon only started laughing.

"Go ahead and finish me, but the king can never die. You can delay my comeback, but the tour can never truly stop! The hits will just keep on coming! And someday your luck will run out!"

"You're not coming back!" another voice called out.

Kari and the other seven looked over to see that Ken was standing alone, bravely holding out his Digivice. He had a familiar look on his face…one Kari had seen before.

"He's not gonna do what I think he is, is he?" TK asked.

Kari gulped. "It looks like it. Ken, NO! Don't do it!"

Ken didn't listen. He closed his eyes as his Digivice began to open a port to the Digital World. But just as there was six years ago, a dark speck was visible. Ken was tapping into his dark side…and opening up a port to the Dark Ocean, the one place that would be able to contain an evil like Etemon.

Etemon saw what was happening. "NO! Not there! There's no audience in there! Have mercy!"

Ken kept his eyes closed and he was visibly sweating. This was obviously opening up old wounds for him. But he kept his focus as the portal to the Dark Ocean grew wider until it was big enough to fit a certain monkey. Etemon tried to lunge towards Ken, but Zudomon delivered the final blow.

"Vulcan's Hammer!"

Zudomon's Vulcan's Hammer attack struck Etemon and sent him stumbling back…

"NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Don't be cruel!!"

…until he fell through the portal. Ken opened his eyes and the portal closed. After his work was done, Ken fell to his knees. It was all over. As quickly as it had started, it ended. Etemon was gone. This time, for good.

Davis walked up to Ken. "Are you ok?"

Ken nodded and gave an affirmative smile. "I'm…ok."

Davis then looked over another way and gasped. "NO!"

Davis left Ken and started running another way. Kari turned to see where he was running.

Davis was running towards the fallen clone.


Davis fell to his knees and put his arms around the fallen clone. Her dress was tattered and her body was covered in deep cuts and wounds. She was just about red all over.

Davis could barely utter the words. "What happened?"

"I…made things right," the clone said softly. "Etemon…was aiming for Tai. I…pushed him…out of the way. Davis……I'm dying."

"NO! Don't say that! You're going to be fine!"

"Davis…it's over. I'm not going to make it. And…it's not like it matters. I'm…just a clone, anyway."

Tears were streaming down Davis's cheeks. "I don't care if you're a clone! I still care about you!"

The clone smiled. "I care about you too. But…I'm not real, Davis. I'm a fake. I'm just some…thing Etemon made out of DNA and data. I'm not the real Kari. I don't belong."

Davis was left speechless, just choking on his tears.

"But…I want to thank you," the clone said with one more gasp. "Thank you for caring about me. Believe me...you were the only one who really did. I…love you."

"I…love you, too."

In that spontaneous moment, Davis and Kari's clone locked in a deep kiss. But as the kiss lingered…Davis started to feel her fade away. In seconds, the clone was slowly pixilating away. And soon…the kiss was broken…because there was nothing left.

The clone was gone.

Davis looked to the sky and just let out an agonized scream.


Yolei walked up to Ken, who was obviously looking a little disturbed. Despite what the former Digimon Emperor told Davis, Yolei could tell something was bothering him.

"Ken…are you ok?" the concerned Yolei asked.

Ken nodded. "I'm getting better at dealing with my dark side. I was just hoping I wouldn't have to face it again."

"I hope you never have to face it again," Yolei said comfortingly.

"Me too," Ken smiled.

Upon looking at Ken, who had once again risked everything by facing his inner demons one more time in order to save his friends, Yolei was reminded of what she saw in him. He selflessly risked himself to save everyone.

Yolei soon found herself blushing. "That was really brave of you."

Ken blushed back. "Y-Y-You think so?"

Rather than answer that, Yolei suddenly got an idea. "Cody!"

Cody walked over, with the video camera still in his hand.

Yolei smiled. "Get this on tape!"

After issuing that order, Yolei made Ken's worries go away with a deep kiss. And of course, Cody got it all on tape. It hadn't been the ideal prom night by any stretch of the imagination. Yolei didn't exactly picture an evil Digimon infiltrating the real world and nearly killing them all as her ideal prom night. But now that it was over, Yolei wanted to end it on a high note.


The night had just about ended. Leomon and Gomamon went back to the Digital World. The DigiDestined all went home…with the exception of Kari and Tai. They were both heading home…along with TK. After a long walk, especially for Tai who was limping on a sprained ankle, they were finally home. Tai went inside, obviously looking for some ice, but Kari and TK stayed outside on the front porch.

"It's been a pretty long night," TK sighed. "Believe me, this wasn't my ideal prom night. But there is one good thing that came out of it. I feel a lot better knowing that you really didn't kiss Davis." He put his hands on Kari's shoulders as she had his back to him. "I guess I should have known better than to think you would ever do something like that. I'm sorry for the things I said yesterday, Kari."

Kari closed her eyes, standing there with a solemn look on her face. This wouldn't be an easy thing for her to do, but she felt like it had to be done.

"Get your hands off me."

TK slowly took his hands off Kari's shoulder. Kari turned around to see that he had a look of confusion on his face.

Kari came right out and said it. "I can't see you anymore."

TK looked completely stunned. "W-What?"

"I can't see you anymore."

"W-Why? Kari…I know you really didn't kiss Davis. I know it was just a misunderstanding. And I said I was sorry. So...doesn't that mean we can go back to the way things were?"

Kari couldn't believe what she was hearing. "I can't believe you. You honestly think that after all this, we can go back to the way things were? As if nothing ever happened?"

TK nodded uneasily. "Well...............yeah. Why not?"

Kari shook her head. "You don't get it, do you? You really don't. TK…you don't know how much you hurt me yesterday. It wasn't just the words you said. It was the meaning. TK…we've been together for so many years…yet when I told you the truth...when I told you that I didn't kiss Davis, when I told you that I would NEVER hurt you in that way, when I told you that you were the only one for me, the love of my life…you didn't believe me. I can't believe that after so long, after ALL these years that we've been together through thick and thin, facing ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that came our way together, after so many years of being best friends and eventually more, after ALL THAT…you don't trust me."

A cold, harsh reality seemed to hit TK. Only now did it appear that he realized just how much damage he had caused through his accusations and jealousy. It looked like he was finally starting to see clearly now, but for Kari it was far too late.

After a long silence, TK finally spoke again. "Kari…I DO trust you! I'm sorry I didn't believe you! I trust you now!"

Kari shook her head again. "I'm afraid it's too late for that. I'm sorry…but this isn't a case where I can just forgive and forget. I can NEVER forget this, and...it may just be something I can never forgive. I will NOT be in love with someone who doesn't trust me! And...it pains me to say this...but I'm afraid I can't even be FRIENDS with someone who doesn't trust me."

TK had an indescribable look of horror on his face. It was as if someone had plunged into his chest and ripped his heart out. It was as if someone had taken the very essence of his soul. To say he was devastated would be the ultimate understatement.

"Kari…I…"

Kari was forcibly holding back tears. "Don't…make this any harder than it already is!" She leaned over…and kissed TK on the cheek…for the last time. "Goodbye, Takeru. Maybe someday…we can be friends again."

Those last words were the hardest for Kari to say, but they had to be said. After the things TK said to her, it was evident that he didn't trust her. A relationship without trust wouldn't work. And such a problem wouldn't just go away instantly. A deep wound had been opened and there was no easy way to stop the bleeding. Kari's solution…was to just cut the limb off completely.

Having done what she had to do, Kari closed her eyes and turned her back on TK. She slowly turned the doorknob and walked into her house without looking back, leaving her now ex-boyfriend on the porch.

TK had been her boyfriend for over five years. He had been her best friend for even longer. But in one night…

…he was nothing.

Kari knew that her life had now changed. She'd wake up the next morning…knowing that she'd be all alone.


Davis looked out the window one more time. He couldn't sleep on this night. Everything had been so intense. These last few days had been so confusing. He had felt every possible emotion in these last few days…including one he hadn't felt in years.

Davis had been in love again.

Being around the clone brought back lost feelings. Ever since Kari first got together with TK, Davis tried to push his feelings for her aside. And for the most part, it worked. He had been Kari and TK's biggest supporter. After a while, he no longer felt a romantic love for Kari.

Then the clone came into his life. And even though it wasn't the real Kari…she brought back old feelings that Davis had. He was feeling that love for the real Kari again. And he even began to feel happy…thinking Kari had really fallen for him. But it was nothing more than a hoax put on by an evil Digimon.

Davis sighed deeply again. For all he knew, Kari and TK were back together. And once again…he'd have to try and push his feelings for Kari Kamiya aside and be happy for them. But after the last few days…

…he wondered if that was even possible.


TK looked out the window one more time. He didn't even try to go to sleep on this night. He knew it'd just be a futile gesture to even try. After the loss TK just experienced…he didn't know if anything was worth trying anymore.

He once said that if he ever lost Kari, his world would collapse. So far…it has. Because of Etemon's charade, TK had lost Kari...and his world had fallen apart.

Another turning point

A fork stuck in the road

Time grabs you by the wrist

Directs you where to go

Then he came to senses. TK realized that he had no one to blame but himself. He was the one that thought he saw Kari kissing Davis. And when Kari told him he didn't, he was the one that didn't believe her. He was the one that didn't have faith in Kari. He was the one that didn't trust her. TK knew it wasn't Davis's fault, the clone's fault, or even Etemon's fault. It was HIS fault that this breakup happened.

So make the best of this test

And don't ask why

It's not a question

But a lesson learned in time

And now it was too late to make amends. Not only had TK lost the love of his life, but he also lost the best friend he had ever had. TK truly felt…alone. Prom night was supposed to be a special night. Instead, it turned out to be the worst night of TK's life.

It's something unpredictable

But in the end is right

I hope you had the time of your life

TK looked out the window one more time, looking out into the bright lights of Odaiba, and said one thing.

"Please forgive me, Kari."


Kari was lying on her bed, looking up at the ceiling. She couldn't sleep. Instead, she was thinking about what happened tonight on her front porch. It continued to linger in her mind, the scene replaying itself over and over again in slow motion.

So take the photographs

And still frames in your mind

Hang it on a shelf

In good health and good time

It was hard to believe, but it was over. The longest and most fulfilling relationship Kari had ever had…was over. She had done her best to hold back tears while she was around TK. She tried to convince herself that this was the right thing to do. Yet the tears were still coming down her cheeks and falling on her pillow.

Tattoos of memories

And dead skin on trial

For what it's worth

It was worth all the while

Kari was hurt all over. She knew she couldn't be with TK anymore if he didn't trust her. Yet letting him go was the hardest thing she had ever done. This was supposed to be her prom night. It was supposed to be special. But it turned out to be a nightmare.

It's something unpredictable

But in the end is right

I hope you had the time of your life

Kari could only wonder now how she'd move on with her life. Not only had she broken up with her boyfriend…but she had also lost her best friend. She had never been short on friends, but TK was different. He was...special. He was always a different kind of friend. He was always the first one she'd rely on. He knew her better than anybody. He was always there for her. And now he was gone. That weighed in heavily on her heart. She had never felt so alone.

It's something unpredictable

But in the end is right

I hope you had the time of your life

Kari sat up and walked towards the window. She sat by the windowsill and looked out into the bright lights of Odaiba. Kari's cat, Miko, slowly wandered over and placed himself on Kari's lap. Kari hardly noticed, as she looked out into the city, knowing TK was out there somewhere. With tears in her eyes, she said one more thing.

It's something unpredictable

But in the end is right

I hope you had the time of your life

"Goodbye…sweet Takeru."


THE END


Author's Note: I guess it is a pretty sad ending, but it does answer the question of how TK and Kari broke up. And it also answers the question of why things were so awkward between the two in "Keeping Secrets". Readers, you go ahead and make the call. Was this breakup justifiable or just a misunderstanding? "Double Play" is a very important story, as its events will pop up from time to time in Digimon: The College Years. Sorry to end the story like this, Takari fans. But as you read through Digimon: The College Years, remember…never say never.


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