Yuuki stifled a yawn as he opened his eyes to the same dark, stone corridors that had greeted him at least six times now. Whether that corresponded with the number of days he couldn't be sure. It was difficult to gauge time down here.
He stirred himself and went to check on the rest of the group, most of them were still sound asleep, with the exception of Wanyamon and Kyokyomon who were standing guard. The pair acknowledged Yuuki quietly as he approached them.
"Any movement out there?" the boy whispered as he sat next to the digimon rubbing his hands together to warm them.
"Not really," responded Wanyamon, "I spied a few Diseased DemiDevimon in the dark but they don't seem to be interested in us right now."
Yuuki glared off into the shadows surrounding them. Of the few digimon he had met so far the odd bat-like beast that had stalked their journey through the tunnels were definitely not on his list of favorites. They always struck when nobody was watching and always from behind, "Cowards."
"All the better for us," murmured Wanyamon.
"I know, but . . ." he trailed off and looked down at one of the small Botamon who now bore deep wounds over it's right eye where it had been grabbed by one of the DemiDevimon. Even if, by some whim of fortune, the injury had been the worst thing that had happened on their journey so far, it was still unacceptable that he had allowed it to happen. He should have been watching more carefully, he was supposed to be protecting them. The young blonde hung his head in silence.
Wanyamon patted Yuuki's arm with his tail, "I know, Yuuki, I know."
Yuuki sighed and stroked Wanyamon's head, "We should get them up, we need to get moving."
The small group soon resumed their trek through the dark caverns. Yuuki and Wanyamon taking up the rearguard and letting Akio and Kyokyomon lead the way into the dark.
It took both humans and their partners to keep the Botamon from wandering off. Silence was even more difficult to maintain, but it was absolutely necessary. Yuuki had suspected for some time now that they were being followed and if they were ever to lose their pursuer they needed to make sure there was as little for it to use to track them as possible. So they trekked through the darkness and the quiet, little more then shadows in the massive tunnels.
Yuuki gently prodded a Botamon back into the group as it attempted to wander from the path. The little digimon were certainly a handful.
"Yuuki," Wanyamon whispered, "We've got company."
The striped digimon had turned about, "There's a faint glow back there. I noticed it when we took that sharp turn a while ago but I thought it was just my eyes playing tricks on me. It's gotten brighter now though and I'm certain. Something's back there. It's been trailing us for a long time."
"Yeah," Yuuki looked over his shoulder, "I had a hunch that somethings was back there for a few hours. That's why I told everyone to keep their voices down. I don't know what that thing is but . . ."
"I'll go check it out."
"What? No!" Yuuki hissed, grabbing Wanyamon by the tail before the digimon could hop away, "We don't know what that thing is. It's better that we just stick together and-."
A dismayed cry from Akio interrupted Yuuki and at the same moment the entire group ahead stopped. Yuuki glanced down at Wanyamon, then released the digimon and said, "Stay here."
Wanyamon nodded and the human made his way through the Botamon to where Akio and Kyokyomon were standing, staring at an immobile pile of rubble. Through a few cracks between the massive rocks that blocked the path faint slivers of moonlight broke free.
"The tunnel caved in," Akio looked up at Yuuki, "What'll we do?"
Yuuki studied the blocked entrance for a few minutes, "I'm not sure just yet. Give me a few minutes and I'll think of way, don't-."
"Yuuki!" Wanyamon called from his position, "Trouble! Our tag-a-long's getting closer!"
Yuuki swung about, the light behind them was growing brighter, "Shoot."
He ran back to Wanyamon, "Everyone back against the wall."
"What're you planning, Yuuki?" Wanyamon stared up at his partner in concern.
"I don't know yet," Yuuki swallowed the fear in his throat, "I'm making it up as I go."
Yuuki hoped against hope that the approaching entity was friendly. His hopes were dashed when around the corner came a huge cat covered in purple flames and Wanyamon exclaimed, "Diseased!"
The Diseased digimon roared and rushed at them. Yuuki didn't think or hesitate, he immediately put himself between his group and the attacking beast. Even if it cost him his life, he had to protect them.
"Yuuki!" Wanyamon leaped forward just as the Diseased pounced at the little digimon's human partner. A brilliant white light engulfed Wanyamon for a moment, "Wanyamon digivolve to! Gaomon!"
A red glove struck the feline digimon in the face knocking it away from Yuuki and into the rock wall. As before Yuuki could react a bipedal, blue and white dog landed in front of him. Without a word the dog breezed by Yuuki, through the Botamon, and passed Akio and Kyokyomon to the rubble blocking the path.
"Gao Rush!" the stones gave way under the series of unrelenting blows, falling outward in a hail of dust and smaller rocks.
The dog waved to the group, "Everyone, quickly!"
There was no arguments, Akio led the way, scrambling out of the tunnel into the moonlit glade followed by the terrified Botamon who soon overtook him. Yuuki left last, making sure every member of the crew was out with the dog at his side. It was then that he realized that Wanyamon was missing, "Where-?"
A glance down at the dog told him the answer, "Wanyamon?"
The canine merely nodded, "Call me Gaomon, now. Come on, Yuuki, we have to get out before DarkLynxmon gets up."
Yuuki followed his partner out of the tunnel to where the others were waiting. Just as they reached the group a blast of violet flames lit up the tunnel behind them and the Diseased digimon leaped out.
Gaomon brought up his fists and faced the enemy, teeth bared, a snarl rising in his throat. DarkLynxmon leaped for the dog digimon and received a powerful strike to the face. The attack didn't seem to do as much damage as the first though and only knocked the feline back a few paces. Gaomon backed up, "Rr, he's strong."
"Can you beat him?" Yuuki questioned.
"I may need some assistance."
Yuuki heard Akio whisper something to Kyokyomon and suddenly, "Metal Straw!"
A metal spike shot from the small, yellow digimon's mouth and struck DarkLynxmon in the shoulder. The enemy digimon let out a roar of anger an pain and went in for an attack on the group.
"Now!" Akio shouted.
DarkLynxmon was greeted by a high powered stream of bubbles to it's eyes from the entire mass of Botamon and another few spikes from Kyokyomon. Yuuki stared in surprise at the smug smile on Akio's face. In a matter of moments the kid had arranged such a perfect plan? That was insane. The bubble attack was beginning to die down though and the enemy didn't look like it was going to give up.
"Gaomon!" Yuuki shouted.
"Right!" No more needed to be said between the partners, Gaomon immediately knew what Yuuki wanted and rushed forward, following up his friends' attacks with a spinning attack to DarkLynxmon's face, "Double Backhand!"
The feline digimon was blinded by the bubbles and still reeling from the Gaomon and Kyokyomon's attacks. This was the perfect opportunity to make an escape and Yuuki wasn't about to pass it up, "Everybody, run, now!"
The group obeyed immediately, bolting into the forest ahead, soon losing sight of their fearsome foe as the trees swallowed them up.
Heh, sorry this took so long, I've been pretty busy recently, but here it is now and I hope it's up to par!
To be continued . . .