Welcome to the final chapter of "Virus of the shadow". All I will say right now is thank you for the continued support through this story and the series from the beginning of "Trial and error". I would also like to apologise to the writers who submitted Oc's to me but never appeared.
They had been allies once, had they not? No, they were more. They were friends. Will stood across the street from a small bar , studying the people inside. He recognised each other. Taichi Kamiya's insane hair as he moved carefully from the bar to the table with two drinks. One for himself, the other for Sora. Mimi, her bright pink hair bounching with the slightest movement , glared at Tai and complained at the lack of drinks for her. Joe carefully moves his way from his seat, heading to the bar. Will can already tell, Joe's going to buy her a drink. Sora glances at her phone, probably expecting a message from him. She'd complain if she knew he was stood across the street in the dark alley, watching them. He wanted to join them but felt compelled to watch. His body had become stiff, refusing to move forward. His vision was becomming blurry over time. His heartbeat was getting slower. There was a voice in his head now, it was loud. So loud it echoed . He couldn't understand it but he knew he didn't want too. Will placed a hand over his face and groaned in agony.
"You're not joining them?" Will turned and growled at the voice. Trace was walking slowly up the alley towards Will. Will glared and slowly lowered his hand as he turned back to the bar. Trace studied the older Digidestined. Black trousers , perfect black leather shoes , a crisp white shirt with the top buttons undone and a long black wool coat with the sleeves rolled up. Will looked eerily like a mix of his old guardian uniform and David, his old team leader.
"Thought you always liked a quiet drink with the Digidestined." Trace asked carefully. Will said nothing, trying to focus his thoughts. He could see Yolei screaming at Davis, probably something about stealing some of her drink. That voice was so loud. What was it saying? Was it even in English?
"Come on why don't we join them?" Trace placed a hand on Will's shoulder causing him to turn violently.
"Why are you being so loud!" Will glared at Trace as he lunged forward, his hand folded into the perfect fist. Trace stepped away from it but Will didn't wait and rushed forward striking a blow into Trace's ribs before almost immediately throwing a devastatingly hard punch into Trace's jaw. Trace flew back crashing into bins and whatever rubbish had been left in the dark alley. Two hits. He'd never felt such force behind an attack from anything before. Trace looked up at Will who was stood deadly still, his frame trembling and fists clenched so tightly his knuckles had gone bone white.
"What's wrong with you?" Trace spat out. "You're betraying us! Aren't you!" Trace yelled out as he felt everything going black, the last thing he saw before everything faded was Will sprinting down the street.
It was wrong. All of it was so wrong. That shouldn't have happened. Will kept running, not taking notice of where he was going. He just had to keep moving, nothing could be allowed to stop him. He had to get away now. He had to escape. Without even noticing , Will nearly knocked a younger girl to the floor.
"Hey Will! Where are you going?" With the slightest turn of his head he saw Leya balance herself. He wanted to go over say hi and hug her but no ,he had to keep running. Leya watched him race away in the distance, further into the dark city.
"What the hell was that about?" She asked in a perplexed tone. Her Digivice began to beep in a short burst of two jolts of noice. Her heart jumped, that was the code Alex and Izzy had installed on their Digivices for the members of D.I.R.T to use if they were in trouble. Leya stared at the screen, the signal was only down the road. She tore off in the opposite direction Will had just come. It took her no time at atll to get to where the signal was coming from and as she turned into the alley she found Tai and Matt, already kneeling down besides a winded Trace.
"What happened?" Leya said as she skidded to a halt. Matt looked up at her and quickly back to Trace. He took a few deep breathes before finally managing to get out a few words.
"It's Will. He's betrayed us."
Somehow, he'd made it to the Digital world. He had no idea where he was, just a grassy field. Somehow, Lightmon was there with him. This was all wrong. Lightmon's fur was so dark and rough , his eyes now just a pool of red. He stood there, obediently. Not uttering a single world. The pain was so bad now. The voice was blocking everything out. Will clutched his head in sheer agony as he collapsed to his knees. His body was beginning to lock up, all thoughts being pushed away and destroyed. He could barely see now, everything was nothing more than dark blurs. Finally, he could understand the voice. It was so loud, so dark and malicious he could hear it clearly.
"Use it!" It urged him. His arm stretched out, clutching the familiar D-core in his right hand. He wasn't moving his arm, it wasn't him. Something else, something was making him do it. He felt everything slipped away from him as if it was slowly being pulled away. It was as if he was being slowly extracted from his own body. His heart beat slowed to just one defeaning beat and with a crack, it stopped. The last thing he felt was his body falling sideways. He never felt the impact upon the soft grass.
Long, painful days had passed since Will had vanished. Alex Dowski stared a large map of the contient the Isle currently occupied. One of the main features of his crest was he had control of the Isle of creation. A large island he could manipulate place anyway. Essentially a moving fortress. He'd scanned a large amount of the Digital world and the real world but Will's signal was missing completely. It was as if his Digivice had been destroyed or his signal had died. Alex sighed in utter frustration. He'd been sent out to monitor activity on the south continent. On the map before him , there were several black crosses indicating sites of large battles and mass destruction. In seven days, five towns and two major settlements had been wiped from existence of the Digital world. He'd visited them all but there was no trace of anything. Battles, debris, data, all of it gone. He'd find maybe a small piece of a house or in one case , a decapitated statue. Something clattered down the corridor from his office.
"Neo, you around?" He called out to his partner. Silence. Alex shook his head, sometimes weird things went on with the isle. Taichi had often called it haunted. Alex laughed at the memory. An explosion rang out , shaking the entire building knocking Alex off his feet. As he rose, smoke billowed into his office, the corridor had been completely destroyed. Nothing was left. He could see NeoFlamedramon being pinned to a wall by the neck by a large lumbering Knight. Yellow eyes. Eerie, dark terrifying yellow eyes glowed from the knights helm. He knew them too well. The sound of equal footsteps echoed in the distorted silence as a figure walked towards Alex slowly. Alex barely had time to pick himself up. One hit from the figure and he crashed into a table behind him. A chill of fear raced Alex's entire body. This was eeriely familiar of the last attack on the isle. Before Alex could react, the figure had him pinned agains't the wall.
"Will? What the hell are you doing?" Alex managed to shout despite what was before him. He looked rough, cuts on his cheek, a bloodied shirt , dark shaggy untidy hair and lifeless eyes. He was strong too. Too strong. He said nothing and just held Alex against one of the few remaining walls.
"Where is your vault?" Will's voice was harsh and deep. It was rough and had a deadly edge to it. Alex's eyes widened in fear. No one knew about the vault except him.
"What?" Alex asked in quiet fear.
"Your vault. Where is it? I know what you have in it. Tell me!" Alex felt the pressure on his neck increase as Will leaned in. Why was he doing this? Alex struggled to breath as Will applied more and more pressure.
"North west corner of the isle." Alex muttered. He couldn't die. Not now. Will suddenly dropped his head and the pressure on Alex's neck lightened. Now silence fell again. Will looked up, very slowly and Alex's entire frame froze. Will's eyes were dark and dangerous, almost like a pool of darkness. Alex remembered these eyes from the night he died. They were the same. The exact same.
"I'd kill you again, but it's no fun if you don't remember it." A voice came out of Will's mouth that was pure evil. It was as if it was a mix of hatred and posion had fused with darkness. It was the voice of the Demon god. Alpha Strikemon. Alex's heart sped and threatened to break his chest. Will let go of Alex's neck but before he fell to the floor, he grabbed Alex's jacket and began to drag him.
"You're going to escort me to the vault." Alex struggled to get free as Will dragged him away into the debris cloud, towards the glowing yellow eyes of the Knight.
Somewhere deep in the dark of the Digital sky, two orbs of golden light race across the stars. Their target is simple and easy to find. They're racing across the sky at impossible speeds, growing brighter and brighter as they get closer. They skim the surface of their target, carving away at the earth before impacting , destroying a huge mass of land. Smoke and debris rise from the craters of the destructive light. The light simply fades away, leaving almost nothing behind. The lights had found their target.
The Dark Infestation has begun.
I had planned to write "Virus of the shadow" for a long time to come and finish it around the summer but I'll be hoenst, I've found myself becomming annoyed and frustrated with it. I stopped enjoying writing this and uni work took over and it came to the point where I felt I needed to finish "Virus of the shadow". All the main points are still included so you still get the full story. I hope you've all enjoyed the story and enjoyed the ride because I've loved writing this but for now , I feel it's time for the series to come to an end. If you wish to read more of this series, please refer to the other writers of "Networks of destiny" who are Etiger1995, Megablastdragon and Dowski.
I'm only getting started. I am currently writing a new series which takes place right after this chapter. It's going to be one long continous story that doesn't stop till I finish my time line of events. This means I will be combining five stories into one long project here on the site and it will be updated often, even with small filler chapters.
The story of Will and Lightmon will be finished one day but that day is not today. Today is the end of the triology that brought together myself and the other writers to form "Networks of destiny". To all the writers who submitted Oc's ,please submit your Oc again to the new series and they will be used.
For now, I thank you for your patience. Keep an eye out over the next week for the direct sequal, the new project :
"Networks Of Destiny : ReWired."