Screw the disclaimer, lets get to the story! This continues on from "Choices - Courage, Part Three."
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LOVE - Part One
By Chris McFeely
Sora's mind was flooded with light as her eyes opened, and she squinted immediately. As her eyes adjusted,
she realised she was lying on her back. Slowly, she sat up, expecting to see Tai sitting there, but was instead
greeted by the visage of Mimi Tachikawa.
Oh, you're awake! Mimi squeaked. Sora scrunched up her face, and tried to collect her thoughts. She
looked around, and realised she was at home, sitting on the couch, to be precise. She rubbed the side of her
head, trying to organise her addled mind.
Wh...what happened? she asked.
I don't know! Mimi proclaimed. Tai called me, and told me to come over here right away, so I did, and
as soon as I got here, he practically ran out the door!
Sora groaned. Oh, no...
What's wrong? Mimi inquired.
Tai and I... we went to a movie earlier tonight, Sora explained.
Mimi squealed. Like, on a date?
Sora said. Or at least, I didn't think it was a date, anyway.
What did he do? Mimi asked, leaning in close to her friend.
He... tried to kiss me.
Mimi leapt up out of her seat. Kiss you?!
When I asked him what he was doing... he... he... I don't know what it was, it was like back in the
DigiWorld, when we had our Crests... he just started to glow... and then the glow faded... and he..
He told me he loved me.
Oh my GOD! Mimi shrieked. She grabbed Sora by the shoulders and pulled her up off the couch into a
standing position. Do you have any idea how perfect you two are together? Sora opened her mouth to say
something, but Mimi was in full swing now. Ohh, I just knew you two would get it together eventually!
And now Joe and I have a couple to double-date with! And he said he loved you!
You're going to have to come clothes shopping with me now, you know!
He said he loved you!
Mimi half-grunted, Sora's yell having derailed her train of thought. What's wrong?
I... didn't say it back.
I... I couldn't! Sora tried to explain it. I mean... I always liked him, but I never though about him like
that! And... when he said it, it... was just too much. I think I must have fainted. Tai must have carried me
Where's your mom? Mimi asked.
Sora looked around the room, on impulse, even though it was obvious her mother wasn't there. I guess
she went out.
Where do you think Tai's gone?
I don't know... how long ago did he leave?
Two hours, maybe?
Sora immediately spun around, and snatched up the phone that sat on the Takenouchis' coffee table. She
quickly dialled the Kamiya apartment. The voice of Kari was heard on the other end of the line.
Kari? It's Sora.
Kari squealed with excitement. How'd everything go? Is Tai there now?
You... mean he's not there? Sora asked, the concern building in her voice.
Kari started. What happened?
Sora groaned. If she had to answer any more questions tonight, she felt that her head might explode. He...
told me loved me.
There was a muffled half-gasp, half-shriek on the other end of the line. Kari placed her hand over the
Sora could hear her yell, however muffled it was. Matt was there? Pick up the phone! You're
gonna wanna hear this...
There was a click. If someone yells Wazzzuuuuup!', I'm hanging up... Matt said.
Matt, it's me, Sora told him.
Sora? How'd the date go?
It wasn't a date, Sora told him.
I thought we were just going as friends...
Oh, crap, Matt moaned. What... happened?
If one more person asks me that, I'm going to go crazy... Sora said. He said he loved me.
There was a noise on Matt's end of the line, as he slapped his forehead. Where is he now?
I don't know.
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Sora and Mimi met up with Matt, Takeru and Kari outside the apartment building the Kamiyas lived in.
We have to find him before he does something stupid, Matt said.
What do you think he's going to do? Sora asked.
Matt coughed, and ran a hand through his hair. He... well, he said that he... wasn't sure if he could go on
living if you didn't feel the same way.
Mimi stifled a gasp by clapping her hands to her mouth. Sora shut her eyes and put her face in her hands.
Matt attempted to comfort her, but it had never been something he could do very well.
It'll be okay, Sora, Takeru told her, laying a hand on her shoulder. We'll find him.
Yeah, you'll see, Kari offered her condolences. Her voice sounded optimistic enough, but deep in her
heart, Kari was afraid. Once her brother set his mind to something, he would see it through. That had been
the way it was in the DigiWorld, and that had been the way he had dealt with life thereafter - with the
exception of dealing with his feelings for Sora. And now that he had done that, Kari was afraid of what he
might do next.
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Tai stared out into the fog. Rows of lights surrounded him - four huge, unending strips of luminosity
converging inward, towards him... or perhaps flowing outward, away him, if you chose to look at it that
way. Tai chose the latter. The light has left his life. And there was no reason for that life to continue.
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Continued in "Love, Part Two."
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