Me: (sighs sadly) Once again, it all comes down to this-I thought I'd be ending the week like this, not starting it off like this!

Takato: Huh?

Me: (groans) On a happier note, I won't miss his lack of understanding stuff!

Rika: That's what I like best about my Gogglehead!

Takato: (blushes)

Me: Onward, but first-I don't own Digimon, nor do I own "Lullaby" by Creed or "Hero" off of the Spider-Man soundtrack which won't be out until this Wednesday, matter-of-fact.

Rika: Then how do you know about the music in the first place?

Me: Stations such as New Rock 104 play it every now and then. Many thanks go out to everyone who supported me and reviewed ever since "Tamer V.S. Tamer," "Takato V.S. Takato" and "The Lost Tamer!"

Terriermon: Anything else?

Me: Yeah-that without you knuckleheads around, I wouldn't have the inspiration needed for future stories, such as "Digital Eraser," the next story that should be a Rukato, but have myself and a few other authors in it, like Lonewalker and Flamegaruru.

Takato: What do you mean "knuckleheads?"

Rika: He's kidding-right? (eyes me with an evil look)

Me: Yeah-that's me, the kidder! Now, onward to the final chapter of "The Lost Tamer!"







Digimon Tamers: The Lost Tamer

Epilogue-Rika's Special Hero







"You had such potential, but then again, all good things must come to an end." -Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation

"I didn't do anything but trust you, and I guess, myself..." Takato Matsuki

"Okay-I'm with you!" -Rika Nonaka







Talk about a climactic battle! The Tamers may have had the advantage by having a significant number of Mega Digimon, but Reapermon hadn't even felt their attacks until Sakuyamon pulled a sneak attack on him and blasted him into some rocks with her Dragon Helix move. One by one, the Tamers were beaten and forced to return to the Real World until it was just down to Gallantmon: Crimson Mode, Sakuyamon, Reapermon and Calumon, who thought he could help pull off a miracle. Surprisingly enough, the D-Reaper destroyed the Mega's weapons and seriously injured them-twice, since Takato and Rika still felt the other's pain! It took their combined efforts as well as Calumon to summon the Sword of Courage and the Daggers of Love one last time to defeat the evil Reapermon. You thought things would end when the Digimon had to return to the Digital World? Not as long as the Tamers are still around!







Takato sighed a deep sigh as he found himself at the spot where he'd first been forced to do battle with Rika, a few miles away from the school. It had been a month since the Digimon had returned to the Digital World, but things weren't over yet, as far as the general public was concerned. The Tamers were considered heroes for stopping the D-Reaper, even if he hadn't publicly appeared in the Real World. So, now wherever Takato went, people he knew and didn't know would either shake his hand, give him a hearty slap on the back and congratulate him on a job well done! His response to the entire thing?

"Uh...it was nothing!"

As for the others, things had somewhat returned to normal. Henry was still together with Jeri and was still able to catch up on all the schoolwork he'd missed; Jeri's father had eventually accepted the fact that Henry was her boyfriend and even went as far as to invite him and his family over for dinner. Susie was, as Henry put it, "still as energetic as ever, if not more!" She now liked to pretend like she was Lopmon around the house, and it was all he could do to keep himself from yanking his hair out! Luckily, Jeri gave him a few ideas to pass the time by. (A/N: Not that, and definitely not yet!)

Kazu and Kenta were ecstatic about being famous and well known, except for one little detail. Kazu had put it like this: "We've saved the whole world, and we still have to go to school?!"

Ryo still got in trouble by his father even if he'd returned for a brief time to the Real World-after you'd been gone for at least 10 months in the Digital World, wouldn't you expect your parents to get a little schizophrenic on you?

Ai and Makoto hadn't been missed by their parents at all-thanks to Kazu's clever planning, they'd convinced their parents that they'd stayed at a friend's house and had lost track of time as well as forgetting to call.

As for Rika...Takato felt tears brim around his eyes. She hadn't contacted him at all ever since that day he'd given Guilmon the riot act and left him to head back into the Digital World without even saying goodbye, so he figured that was her harsh way of saying that the relationship was over. Not even stopping the tears from falling, he felt his pocket for the little black box that was still there since he'd made that promise-it seemed so long ago...

"Hey, Gogglehead! Keeping yourself busy, haven't you?"

Looking up, Takato laughed in surprise and joy at seeing Rika, dressed in her usual attire-shirt with the heart complete, pack of Modify cards that was still a habit for all the former Tamers to do and Digivice strapped to her side.

"It feels like Heaven's finally answered my call after so long, but why now?"







I am so high, I can hear Heaven

I am so high, I can hear Heaven

Oh, but Heaven, no Heaven don't hear me...









"So, there a reason you haven't called to have me help you out with the Guilmon bread?"

Feeling his cheeks grow hot, Takato replied, "Well, I thought that you didn't want anything to do with me after I left you and the others in the park without saying goodbye to Guilmon..."

"Let's try a little test-" A second later, Rika balled up her fist and, with a cynical grin, punched herself in the stomach, wincing in pain. Takato suddenly gasped loudly as he dropped to his knees as if the wind had been knocked out of him!

"-would you have felt that punch if I didn't want anything to do with a hero like you?"

Takato groaned while managing to stand up. "Not you too, Rika! Almost everywhere I've gone this past month, it's been 'congrats, Takato!' or 'way to go, goggle boy!' or 'would you like to go out with me sometime, Takato?' It's enough to make me go crazy!"

Eyeing Takato with a raised eyebrow, Rika retorted, "You think this has been a walk in the park for me? The girls at my school are still talking about me and how I stabbed my own boyfriend-who I didn't even bother to tell any of them about-in the chest during an attack on the city! People who challenge me to a card game are asking how it felt to actually battle alongside Ryo Akiyama instead of against him-and I still want a rematch against that jerk!"

"I'm gonna assume you still want to show Ryo up, so I'll ignore that remark." Takato replied while scratching the back of his head.

"True, but seeing you take on Justimon as Gallantmon is something to remember."

"Huh? But, weren't you at Hypnos during that-?"

After rummaging through her bag, Rika pulled out some pictures of Gallantmon and Grani taking on Justimon in the middle of Shinjuku.

"How'd you-? When'd you-? Where'd you-?"

"It would take too long to explain, Gogglehead, so here-you can have a few, and I will frame the others."

"What?! Frame the others? But what would people say?" Takato exclaimed in shock.

"They'd ask me 'weren't you scared being out there and taking those photos, knowing that one stray attack might've killed you?' And I would respond with, 'Nope-I wasn't within 100 yards of the action, and I still got great shots!'"

Takato sighed as he pocketed the pictures while looking up at the sky. "What I wouldn't give for a Digital Field to appear right now."

Nodding in agreement, Rika stared deeply into Takato's brown eyes with her own violet ones, losing herself at that instant. "You and me both..."

Suddenly, their Digivices went off at the same time, startling both of them and causing them to jump back a few feet!

"It-it can't be!" Takato and Rika both looked at their Digivices which had started to glow brightly seconds later. "Can it?"







Chorus: And they say that a hero can save us-I'm not gonna stand here and wait!

I'll hold onto the wings of the eagles, watch as we all fly away...









Following the signals, Takato and Rika ended up running into Henry and Jeri, both of whom had received the same signals which had lead them all back to Guilmon's old home!

"Okay-who's there?" Takato demanded irritably once their Digivices had stopped glowing a moment later.

"Sheesh-we try to come back, and who tries to threaten us? The one person I didn't think it would be."

"Terriermon!" Henry raced inside excitedly with Jeri, Rika and Takato after him to see a significant number of Digimon exiting the portal.

"Didn't I tell you we'd be back someday, Henry?" Terriermon piped up, a broad smile on his face.

"Yeah, you did, and I'm glad you kept your promise."

"Leomon!"

Despite the bear hug Jeri was giving him, the Champion Digimon gently hugged her back. "It's good to see you again, Jeri, and to see that you aren't injured like you had been against the D-Reaper."

"After we'd dropped you guys off, our wounds mysteriously disappeared since we were in the Digital World, I guess."

"Renamon-it's great to see you!" Rika happily embraced her old friend, truly pleased to see her once again.

"It's good to be back home, Rika."

After noticing the other Tamers reuniting with their Digimon, Takato looked around for a familiar face, or even two, but they hadn't appeared, and it looked like the portal would close any minute!







Someone told me love would all save us

But how can that be? Look what love gave us-a world full of killing and blood spilling; that world never came...







"He didn't come back...I guess I shouldn't be too surprised." Takato started to exit the place his partner had once dubbed home when Rika stopped him, a serene smile on her face.

"Where do you think you're going off to?"

"Do you see a red Dinosaur Digimon around here at all? 'Cause I sure don't!"

Even though he was being hugged tightly by his two Tamers, Impmon smirked as he said, "Boy, for someone who had a hand in saving this world from destruction, you're not too bright, are you?"

"What are you talking about?!" Takato growled angrily, but he heard two voices speak from behind him a second later.

"Takatomon, is that you?"

"Ooh-Eskimo Kisses!"

Once again, Takato felt tears come to his eyes as he turned and hugged Guilmon so hard, the Rookie Digimon felt his legs would break off.

"Guilmon! I thought you wouldn't come back, boy."

"I would've been out first, but Terriermon said I should try to make my entrance more dramatic-I don't precisely know what that means, but it sounded good enough. You do remember that promise, right?"

Looking over at Rika, Takato nodded in response, reaching for the black box in his pocket.

"How could I forget?"







Chorus: And they say that a hero can save us-I'm not gonna stand here and wait!

I'll hold onto the wings of the eagles, watch as we all fly away...







Takato steeled himself as he and Guilmon headed over to where Rika was yanking Calumon off of her head, seemingly irritated, but secretly happy that the In-Training Digimon had returned with Guilmon. It wouldn't have been right not to have that fuzzball stay away for too long.

"Okay, just walk over, start this speech that you've practiced whenever you had a chance to, hold it out and hope she doesn't break your heart in two!" Takato thought to himself as he cautiously tapped Rika on the shoulder.

"Um...Rika? There's something I've got to say."

"Yeah?"

Seeing practically everyone's eyes focused on him, Takato blushed while holding out the box with one hand. "Oh, yeah, sure-no pressure, no pressure at all!" he thought sarcastically.

"Ever since we saved the Real World from Daemon and had to stop the D-Reaper from causing all kinds of havoc and chaos, I've wanted to ask you something, but I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do this until now, with everyone still looking at me." Gulping, Takato opened the box up, which revealed a ring shaped to look like a broken heart, but at a glance from the sun, the heart looked whole! Rika-as well as everyone else-gasped in amazement and wondered where Takato had gotten the money to pay for this. "I know this isn't something a hero would do, which kinda threw me off guard when you called me your hero earlier, but I just wanted to know...Rika Nonaka, sometime in the future, when we've grown up a little bit, will you marry me?"







Now that the world isn't ending, it's love that I'm sending to you...

It isn't the love of a hero, and that's why I fear it won't do...









"Wow! Who knew Takato would have the guts to say all that right in front of us?" Terriermon asked.

"Terriermon!" Henry laughed quietly, despite his partner's impeccable timing. "You haven't changed a bit."

"Ooh...pretty ring!" Calumon noted while sitting on top of Guilmon's head.

"What do you think she'll say, Ryo?" Kazu asked calmly.

"For once, I don't know." came the response.

"Well, Rika? I think Takato's waiting for an answer." Renamon said.

Feeling her cheeks grow hot as well as tears flow down her face, Rika smiled gently at Takato while responding. "Takato...this is something that a hero would do, and even though you've gone through a lot of turmoil during our adventures here, in the Digital World and beyond, you were able to pull through. You even tried to be my friend time and time again, even if I didn't want you around before. You trusted me after I broke up with you in the Digital World when we were fighting your clone off. I'm sure my mom will definitely want to pay for this and I'd have to wear a dress, but if I could be with you for the rest of my life, one day would be worth it. Takato Matsuki-my own Gogglehead..." Rika plucked the ring out of the box and carefully placed it on her ring finger. "...yes, I will marry you." A second later, she pulled him into an intense kiss, ignoring the cheers of the others around her.









Chorus: And they say that a hero can save us-I'm not gonna stand here and wait!

I'll hold onto the wings of the eagles, watch as we all fly away...

And they're watching us...(watching...)

They're watching us...(watching...) as we all fly away

And they're watching us...(watching...)

They're watching us...(watching...) as we all fly away, yeah...!

And they're watching us...(watching...)

They're watching us...(watching...) as we all fly away, yeah, yeah!

Whoa...! (song ends)







"Way to go, Chumly!" Kazu screeched excitedly, on top of Guardromon who had to struggle to keep the two of them from falling over.

"Congratulations, Rika." Ryo allowed himself a tiny smile while standing beside Cyberdramon.

Guilmon and Calumon were busy dancing around, pleased that Takato had kept his promise. Renamon allowed one lone tear of happiness to roll down her face before wiping it away.

"So, how do you think those two are gonna be married?" Terriermon asked, a wide grin back on his face.

"Well..." Henry closed his eyes and, along with Jeri, imagined how things would turn out in the future...

Flashforward: seven years later

"You may...continue kissing the bride."

An older Henry Wong grinned while Takato continued kissing his bride up until they both had to pull away from lack of air.

"Told ya-five minutes!"

"Terriermon-now's not the time." The grin was still on Henry's face as Takato and Rika turned to face the crowd.

"May I present: Mr and Mrs. Takato Matsuki!"

Everyone either cheered excitedly or clapped for the newlyweds, who'd started their march down the aisle. As Rika had predicted, her mother had paid for the entire wedding-Takato was lucky he'd been able to convince her that his parents could bring the bread and other food items, which included the Guilmon bread, the piece of work that the three original Tamers and Digimon, as well as Jeri and Leomon, had worked on during most of the day.

"May I have this dance, Mrs. Matsuki?" Takato had an impish smile on his face as a familiar band started playing. Rika couldn't help but blush as she recognized the band and the song they were playing.

"It would be my pleasure, Mr. Nonaka." His smile growing wider, Takato pulled Rika close to his body as the song started off.







"Hush, my love

Now don't you cry-everything will be all right

Close your eyes and drift in dream, rest in peaceful sleep...







"How'd you manage to get these guys on such short notice?" Rika whispered into Takato's ear as they danced slowly in the middle of the aisle.

"Being one of the heroes who saved the world from Armageddon seven years ago has its advantages." Takato replied calmly, giving Rika a peck on the nose. The young woman giggled quietly while twirling around her husband ecstatically.







"If there's one thing I hope I showed you, if there's one thing I hope I showed you, hope I showed you...

Just give love to all, just give love to all, just give love to all...







While being eyed by everyone who were patiently waiting in the pews, Rika felt like nodding off but remembered that they still had to make their getaway as swiftly as possible and they couldn't do that as long as she was conked out.

"Did you ever think that this day would come so quickly?" Rika asked, her hair draped over her shoulders and a few strands on Takato's face.

"To be honest, it came too fast for me!" Smirking, Rika playfully whacked him in the back of his head.

"No more jokes until later tonight."







"Oh, my love in my arms tight, every day you give me life

As I drift off to your world-rest in peaceful sleep...







"You may still act like your as tough as nails, but I know that even the former Digimon Queen has to have at least one weakness." Takato insisted as the band headed into the final chords of the song.

"True-that would be the work of the former Digimon King, who could help me bear a Digimon Prince or Princess one day." Takato's eyes widened in surprise, whereas Rika's smile grew slightly.

"Not now, Gogglehead-someday in the future, however."







"I know there's one thing that you showed me, I know there's one thing that you showed me, that you showed me...

Just give love to all, just give love to all, just give love to all, let's give love to all, let's give love to all, just give love to all, let's give love to all, just give love to all, let's give love to all..." (final chords are played; song fades out)







Everyone who was there broke out into applause-Henry, the Best Man and Guilmon, the Best Mon, Jeri, the Maid of Honor, Renamon, the Mon of Honor, their parents, Calumon, the Ring Mon, the other Tamers and their partners, Yamaki, Riley, and the rest of the "Monster Makers" as Takato and Rika bowed out and exited the chapel while hopping onto a gassed up motorcycle that had the usual sign on the back-"Just Married!"

"Ready to ride off into the sunset, Gogglehead?" Rika asked, a wicked grin on her face while pulling her hair back up into a ponytail.

"As long as I'm with you, we could go down to the center of the Earth." Takato replied, a smile on his own face. Seconds later, the two of them peeled out on the motorcycle, headed off to an unknown destination that only they knew about...

End flashforward

"Hey Brainiac!" Rika broke Henry and Jeri out of their thoughts of what could be, a smile on her face and Takato's as the two of them pointed in the distance.

"Is-is that what I think it is?" Henry asked in astonishment.

"Yep-a Digital Field for your enjoyment!" Terriermon stated.

"Everyone else headed home a few moments before that thing popped up." Takato explained calmly.

"Well, you said you wanted a Digital Field, Takato, so here's one set up!" Rika joked.

Takato eyed his bride-to-be with a look of confidence in his eyes as the triangle on Calumon's head glowed a deep red.

"Well, Takato? Ready?" Henry asked.

Nodding, Takato started forward, declaring, "Just like old times..."

With smiles on their faces, their Digivices and Modify cards gripped tightly in their hands, Takato, Rika, Henry, Jeri and their Digimon headed onward to start another grand adventure. With the Digimon by their sides, the Tamers could succeed in anything imaginable, as long as they believed in themselves and worked as a team to handle the toughest missions-together...