"I hope you don't mind, kiddo, but I got this new toy recently, and I've been itching to try it out."

Nilemon held the cattle prod out between himself and Kiriha. For a brief moment, there seemed to be an expression of fear on the boy's face; eyes widened, teeth clenched, and paled slightly. However, he quickly regained his composure, and though he couldn't keep an apathetic face, he sure as hell could keep an angry one.

Nilemon just grinned, then jabbed the two prongs of the prod into Kiriha's bare chest.


Now back in the castle's dining area, the majority of Xros Heart was now seated at the long table, along with other digimon, either discussing amongst themselves the recent events, or hanging around near Taiki, who seemed to be in deep thought while staring into the screen of the blue Xros Loader. The Digimon talking soon noticed that Taiki was not, and began to hush, until the whole room was silent. But still, Taiki said nothing.

The Turuiemon from before broke the silence. "Dad should be down here in a minute, I think he was arranging for some servants to keep Lopmon occupied... "

Taiki nodded, still fixated on the screen. There was another moment of silence, until Taiki finally spoke. "Greymon and MailBirdramon haven't woken up yet. If they're in that bad of a condition... And brought back only Kiriha's Xros Loader..." Taiki tightened his grip around the device, and narrowed his eyes. "We have to find him as soon as possible."

Mere seconds after he spoke, as if on cue, a Monitamon gripped it's head and yelped, "Incoming transmission!" All eyes immediately went to the Monitamon, who's screen was nothing but static. Then, a certain mechanical crocodile appeared on the screen, grinning widely.

"Hello, Xros Heart~"

He then moved out of the way, so that Xros Heart could get a perfect view of the shackled and battered Kiriha.

"Missing someone~?"