Summary: It's been one day since Apocalymon has been defeated and the DigiDestined have returned to the real world. The Digimon are now on their own, left with nothing more than the memories they shared with their human partners. But have they actually LEARNED anything? Why don't we find out?


Getting To Know You: The Aftermath


Agumon felt down in the dumps. A day had passed since Tai left with the others to return to his home in the real world. Agumon was all on his own now. Though he had his Digimon friends, things weren't the same without the humans around. It was a lot of fun.

All Agumon had to remember Tai by was a soccer ball. He bounced the soccer ball off a nearby tree and sighed deeply.

"You miss Tai, don't you?"

Agumon looked next to him and saw Biyomon sitting right beside him. It was like she just came up out of nowhere. That's when Agumon realized he was completely spaced out.

"I wish he was still here," Agumon said sadly. "I'm sure you feel the same way about Sora."

"Of course I do," Biyomon agreed. "I've never had a friend like Sora before. I can't even begin to tell you about all the good times we've shared. In fact, one of them involves a soccer ball just like that one."

Agumon held the ball in his hands. "Yeah, I remember when Tai tried to teach me about that weird sport. He says I didn't exactly follow the rules. But he worked with me throughout our journey and I think it's safe to say that I'm an expert at this 'soccer'."

"Sora tried to teach me soccer, too," Biyomon smiled. "I think my lesson was a lot more painful, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. In fact, I'm not too shabby myself."

"That's great to hear, Biyomon. You probably aren't as good as me, but it's good to hear that you can play soccer too."

"And what is THAT supposed to mean?"

"Uh…what?"

"What do you mean I'm not as good as you?" Biyomon demanded. "Who says I'm not as good as you? What gives you that idea, Agumon? It's because I'm a girl, isn't it?"

Agumon blinked. "I never said that."

"But you were thinking it, weren't you?!" Biyomon shouted. "Well, let me tell you something, Agumon! I AM a better soccer player than you! And I'll prove it! I challenge you to a one-on-one! You against me! I'll meet you out by the arch!"

Biyomon turned around and stormed off angrily, leaving a bewildered Agumon sitting on the ground with the soccer ball.

"What did I say?"


Palmon felt like she lost a part of herself when she lost Mimi. It was she lost a sister. Things wouldn't be the same without her. Mimi had shown her so much and she taught her a lot. In fact, one of the things Mimi taught her was how to look her best…despite certain disadvantages.

So Palmon took out one of Mimi's makeup kits that she had left behind. She wished there was a mirror around, but all she had was a nearby pond. Palmon looked over the pond and eyed her reflection as she applied the lipstick and eyeliner. But as she was putting the finishing touches…

"HELLO!"

Something literally leaped out of the pond where Palmon's reflection was. Scared out of her wits, Palmon fell back and only heard some hysterical laughter. The little plant walked over with a stick in her hand and bopped the offender over the head.

"That's NOT funny, Gomamon! You scared me half to death!"

"Aw, have a sense of humor about it," Gomamon grinned. "You've got to admit, I got you pretty good." Then he noticed Palmon's face. "What's that gunk all over your face? It looks like the same stuff Mimi had."

"It's called makeup, smart guy!" Palmon growled. "And for your information, it IS the same stuff Mimi had. How do I look?"

Palmon fluttered her eyebrows flirtatiously and gave Gomamon a seductive glance. Gomamon just tilted his head and looked at her strangely.

"What's with you? Got something in your eye?"

"Don't you even notice ANYTHING?" Palmon snapped. "I'm trying to be stunning and glamorous like Mimi!"

"Well right now, you're just green and ditzy like Palmon," Gomamon grinned.

Palmon's green face started to turn red.

"Hey, now THAT'S a nice shade," Gomamon said naïvely. "I didn't know makeup could change color like that."

Palmon raised the stick and whacked Gomamon again. "DITZY?! You may think I'm ditzy, but I'm still more of a lady than you could handle! You wouldn't know a REAL lady if it came and bit you on the tail!"

Gomamon flinched. "It's this sort of thing that'll end up giving me a botanophobia."

"What does THAT mean?"

"Fear of plants."

Palmon shook her head. "I think you just have a caligynephobia."

"And that means…?"

Palmon grinned herself. "Fear of beautiful women."

Gomamon scoffed. "I think you have a janophobia."

"And what does THAT mean?"

Gomamon smirked. "Fear of reality."

That irked Palmon to great lengths and she could only stammer. Gomamon's smirk grew since he knew that he had gotten the last laugh. Frustrated, Palmon took the stick and smacked Gomamon with a golf swing, sending him flying back to the pond. Seeing that she wouldn't get through to THIS particular male, Palmon went to wash the makeup off. Gomamon decided to inch a little closer and grab a handful of mud.

"Here you go! You need a mud facial!"

Gomamon slapped a handful of mud on Palmon's face. While Palmon would usually be ok with mud (being a plant and all), she couldn't help but be annoyed with Gomamon's games. Seeing he would be on the receiving end of her wrath, Gomamon took a dive and went underwater.

Palmon grabbed some stones and tossed them in. "Come out of there, Gomamon! Don't make me come get you!"

When she saw her stone-tossing was going nowhere, Palmon took matters into her own hands and dove in after him.

How a simple beauty display turned into THIS, Palmon will never know.


"So anyway, I think that's what the concept of a family is. Maybe Matt wasn't clear on everything and maybe I did get confused on some occasions, but that's the general idea. You know something? I think of you as a little brother sometimes. After all, you fit the bill. You're littler, you sometimes act younger, and you even cry like one once in a while."

Gabumon finally got through telling his whole story of what a family was…as told by his human partner, Matt Ishida. Through intense question and answer sessions, he learned what the idea of a human family was. And no one was more interested in hearing about it, than…

…Patamon.

"I do NOT cry!" Patamon whined. "I'm over that, just like TK. So what else did you learn, Gabumon?"

"I tried to get Matt to tell me where human babies come from, but he wouldn't say anything. He said he was rather sensitive about the subject."

"Oh, I talked to TK about that too! I think we said something about humans having their own Primary Village."

"That makes a lot of sense, now that I think of it."

"Yeah, that was before he tried to potty train me."

"Potty train? What's that?"

"It's when humans do their business in some contraption instead of on the ground like us."

"I wonder what that's like?"

"I can show you," Patamon offered. "I think I saw a wooden crate around here. Come on, I'll show you."

Gabumon curiously got up and walked with Patamon. He hadn't heard of this thing called 'potty training'. It sounded unusual. Gabumon could only wonder what he was in for.


Tentomon couldn't stop thinking about some of the memories he had of days past. Now that Izzy was gone, he could only reminisce on the great times he had with his human partner. So he spilled his guts to the only one who would listen.

"I can't begin to tell you all the things I remember sharing with Izzy. And I can't forget some of the things he shared with me…or the things I MADE him share with me anyway. I remember holding his laptop up until he told me about all the awesome bugs that humans hold in high regards! Especially this character known as 'The Tick'! He sounds like an amazing bug! Spoon!"

Tentomon turned around and saw a dry expression on the face of…

…Gatomon.

"Spoon? What does that mean?"

"Um…I'm not sure exactly. I just know that it sounds really, really cool! And then there are the other cool bugs like the Bumblebee Man, Mothra, and of course…SPIDERMAN!!"

Gatomon kept her dry expression. "I think Kari told me about Spiderman. Isn't he a human?"

"Yeah, but who bit him? A bug!"

Gatomon shook her head. "I think you're making too much of this, Tentomon. I mean, for every bug that's loved, there are at least ten others that are reviled."

"Yeah, name ten!"

"Cockroaches, killer bees, fire ants, scorpions, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, houseflies, mosquitoes, hornets, Spiderman's archenemy The Scorpion…"

"HEY! That's more than ten! I think you've made your point! But it's not like cats are held in high regard either!"

Gatomon laughed out loud. "You really don't know, do you? I could tell you all about the felines that humans look up to. There's Felix the Cat, Garfield, Hello Kitty, Josie and the Pussycats, the Pink Panther, and of course, let's not forget the coolest comic book character of all time, Catwoman!"

Tentomon sweatdropped. "I think you've made your point."

Gatomon nodded proudly. "Cats rule and bugs drool…not to mention shed, sting, and are just gross in general."

"You've made your point!" Tentomon said again, a little more emphatically.

Having lost this particular argument, Tentomon just buzzed off. This sort of thing could give a bug a complex and didn't do his self-esteem any good.

After all, bugs have feelings too.


Gabumon scratched his head. "THAT'S a potty?"

It looked like a simple enough contraption. It was a small cylindrical crate filled with water. The lid was lifted up to act as a 'seat'. And Patamon was sitting on the edge, with his posterior hanging over the inside.

"So maybe it isn't like the one we saw in the real world," Patamon shrugged. "But it's close enough. It works great. And TK says it's the civilized way to go."

Gabumon sweatdropped. "You aren't going to give me a demonstration, are you?"

"Bite your tongue. What do you take me for? I don't do my business in front of other Digimon. That's just not…proper."

**TWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET**

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!"

**SPLAT**

**PLOP**

Patamon blushed a bright red. After hearing an extremely loud whistle that scared him out of his wits, he realized that he had had an accident. Then he turned around to see that the culprit was none other than Gatomon, who had blown the whistle that Kari left her.

Gatomon chuckled. "Scaredy cat."

Patamon flinched. "That wasn't funny! Now I see why human bathrooms have doors. Can I have a little privacy?"

Gabumon sighed and started walking out. "Come on, Gatomon. We'd better leave Patamon alone with his potty."

Gabumon and Gatomon walked out while Patamon stayed sitting on the pseudo potty. He was obviously a little bashful about what just happened. Gabumon could only hope that someday Patamon wouldn't let anything scare the you-know-what out of him.


Agumon felt a little weird as he stood in front of the soccer ball. Biyomon had her game face on as she stood under the arch. He still couldn't understand how this whole mess started. But somehow it led to Agumon going one-on-one with Biyomon.

There was already an audience forming. Gabumon, Patamon, Tentomon, Palmon, and Gomamon were already sitting along the sidelines, eagerly awaiting this match. And Gatomon stood between Agumon and Biyomon, acting as a referee since she was the only one with a whistle.

Gatomon explained the rules. "The game is penalty kicks: sudden death. First one to score while their opponent misses is declared the winner. Now let the games begin."

With the reverberating sound of Gatomon's whistle, the one-on-one match started. Agumon started running and as soon as he reached the soccer ball, he put his best foot forward.

The ball went flying forward like a bullet. But it didn't go through the arch. Instead…

**BONK**

…the ball smashed against Biyomon's skull, sending the little bird falling back. Agumon rushed over and saw she was looking up with swirled eyes.

"Are you ok?" Agumon asked.

"Oh, I'm getting used to it," Biyomon said dizzily. "My head seems to be a magnet for soccer balls." Then she shook it off and gave off a quick smirk. "But at least I stopped it. Now it's my turn!"

Agumon sighed and took his position under the arch. He silently reminded himself that using his Pepper Breath is an illegal tactic. Meanwhile, Biyomon positioned the ball and got ready. Agumon got in his defensive stance and prepared to take his friend's best shot.

Biyomon ran forward and kicked the ball…straight up in the air. In fact, the ball rose HIGH in the sky, nearly disappearing. Then gravity took effect and the ball started coming down. That's when Biyomon flew up in the air and waited for the ball to come down. Once the ball fell in front of Biyomon, she kicked it down, straight towards the goal. Agumon didn't anticipate this at all and just dove to his right. The ball sailed past him and past the arch. Biyomon had scored.

Agumon took his head out of the dirt and looked over at Gatomon. "Is that legal?"

Gatomon just shrugged. "I don't think there's a rule against that." She blew her whistle. "This game is over! Biyomon wins!"

Biyomon triumphantly raised a wing in the air. "WHOO! Girl power!"

Agumon just shook his head. He had lost to a girl. He wondered if Tai ever went through this sort of thing. When he got to his feet, Biyomon stood right in front of him, extending the wing of friendship.

"Good game, Agumon."

Agumon nodded and accepted. "Yeah…even though it WAS kinda short."

"You want to get some grub?"

"Sounds good!"

Agumon and Biyomon started walking off together, leaving the soccer ball behind. What neither of them knew was that the other six Digimon had gathered around the soccer ball behind them.

"That couldn't have been a legal move, Gatomon."

"I really don't think there's a rule against it, Gomamon."

"You're probably just saying that because you're a girl."

"Are you calling her a crooked ref, Tentomon?"

"No one's calling her a crooked ref, Palmon."

"Hey Gabumon? You think I could kick the ball hard?"

That's when Agumon heard someone kick the ball…which headed down a straight path…

**BONK**

…and bopped Biyomon in the back of the head. Agumon stopped and Patamon flew over towards her.

"I'm sorry, Biyomon," Patamon apologized. "I guess I don't know my own strength. Are you ok?"

Biyomon's eyes swirled. "Please…get the soccer ball away from me…"

Agumon couldn't help but smile as the eight Digimon shared this scene together. Maybe the humans were gone, but the eight of them still had each other. Tai and the others would be missed…

…but none of them would ever forget what their human partners showed them.


THE END


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