Rika flopped into bed, mind abuzz with the recent events.

Taomon… She savored the word, and with it the majestic image of Renamon's Ultimate form. We've both come far, Rika thought, somewhat amused as she recalled how cold and angry she'd once been.

"Rika!" She sat up, startled, but then relaxed upon seeing that it was only Calumon. The small, white and purple Digimon gave her an innocent look as he shut the door to her room.

"Hey," she said with a smile. "Do you want to stay the night?" Calumon smiled happily, jumping onto Rika's stomach.

"Yeah, I'm super tired!" he told her, emphasizing his exhaustion with a big yawn. Rika laughed and hugged him, feeling happier than she had in a long time. Calumon squealed happily, burrowing his head into her shoulder. Suddenly something occurred to Rika, and she picked the Digimon up to give him a critical look.

"Can I ask you a question, Calumon?" she said. The little creampuff Digimon wriggled out of her grip, before cocking his head at her.

"Of course," he said, ears expanding in piqued interest. Rika hesitated, contemplating how to phrase what she wanted ask.

"During that time after the fight with IceDevimon," she said, getting chills from the very memory of the frozen freak, "when I said I hated Digimon. You still wanted to be my friend, even though I was jerk to – well, everyone. Why?"

"Because you were sad, and I wanted you to be happy!" Calumon said without missing a beat, jumping up and down as he shouted the last word. "Everyone deserves to be happy, right?" Rika blinked and then laughed.

"Thanks, Calumon. If it wasn't for you, I might not be Renamon's partner today," she said. Calumon grinned before worming his way under her covers.

"No problem! Happy to help!" he said, nuzzling her cheek. Rika hugged him again before drifting off into a contented sleep.

In the corner of the room, hidden by the shadows, Renamon smiled.

fin.

Author's Note: I'm re-watching the Tamer series in preparation for a fic I'm writing, and this idea just kinda came to me. I love both Calumon and Rika, so I thought it'd be fun to attempt to explore their friendship in a quick drabble.

Return of the Thief, out.