Digimon Tamers: The Empty World

Chapter 1: Epilogue

Disclaimer: I don't own digimon.

Four figures gathered to discuss the outcome of the recent war in front of an audience. One of them, a large, blue dragon named Qinglongmon (or Azulongmon) was the first to speak.

"Recent times have been difficult, but I agree that we can finally declare the war to be officially over!"

The cheers from the audience, consisting mainly of digimon that had reached the Mega stage thanks to Culumon's shining evolution but who had been forced to regress due to the damage inflicted upon them by the D-Reaper's attacks.

"Now, we must rebuild," Zhuqiaomon said, "It will be a long road ahead, but if we all work together, we should be able to become greater than ever before."

"Unfortunately, there is a slight problem," Baihumon said. "In my realm, a new threat has emerged in the form of a powerful digimon that has not only been able to drive back the D-Reaper, but has also enslaved every digimon to wander into its area. Daemon has the floor!"

"I have personally encountered the digimon in question," Daemon said, floating towards the center of the arena where they were having the meeting. "It is very powerful and seems to be in a number of places at once."

"How can we possibly trust the word of such a digimon?" Zhuqiaomon asked in disdain. "We know your kind!"

"Except that I only achieved this form thanks to the shining evolution that you invoked," Daemon responded, "Before that, I was simply a DemiDevimon who had gotten on the wrong foot in life. Ever since then, I have seen the horrors of evil upon this world and I refuse to accept that life even if it is in my blood."

"Oh, sure, as if we could trust…"

"Just let Daemon continue!" Qinglongmon exclaimed. "He worked alongside me during the D-Reaper war and you have no right to question his loyalties."

"As I was saying," Daemon continued, "The digimon we're dealing with a digimon who like me had his power boosted by the effects of the Shining Digivolution. Only unlike me, it didn't join the sovereigns, instead opting to take out its revenge on the digital world by enslaving any digimon it could. The digimon in question is known as TysiachGlazkovmon and we need to figure out a way to defeat it without getting enslaved ourselves."

"So, you're saying that we can't go get our partners?" Jenrya asked, tears going down his face. It was just after the D-Reaper got sucked back into the digital world along with their partners and the group was meeting in the conference room at Hypnos.

"Unfortunately, we don't have an ark ready for when you need to get home," Yamaki explained.

"Actually, I did backup the data for the original ark so the tamers can go if they need to," Shibumi corrected.

"However, it's still a bad idea. The D-Reaper still exists, even though it's a great deal weaker than it used to be. There is no way we should risk these children's lives by sending them there. So the discussion is closed. Just enjoy yourselves for the day. The battle is over."

It was hard to enjoy themselves, though, since their partners were still in the digital world. That night, Takato looked at the drawings he made of Guilmon in remembrance of the days they had spent together. Ruki felt lonely at the thought of Renamon not being with them. Jenrya played a computer game, only to be reminded of how he met his partner, Terriermon.

Please be okay, they all thought at one point in the night.

The next few weeks were far from easy for them, but they finally got into a rhythm. There was no way they were going to get their partners back and they just had to accept that. Except that they couldn't truly let go.

One day, after school, Takato was walking by Guilmon's hideout on the way home when he thought he heard the laughing of a Digignome in the distance. Because of that, he decided to check his partner's old hideout. And when he did, he saw a gateway that he could use.

There was no time to waste. He had to go get the others.

"What do you mean you found a portal?" Ruki exclaimed, partially out of joy and partially out of disbelief.

"It was right there in the shed. There was a hole that Guilmon dug out and that hole ended in the portal."

Jenrya wasn't too sure. "If it turns out to be a portal to the digital world, then how do you expect us to survive there without our partners?" the half-Chinese boy asked.

Ruki agreed with the Chinese boy. "It would almost be suicide."

"Then how else do you expect us to get our partners back?" Takato asked.

The red-head looked at Jenrya. "Okay, brainiac, you have any ideas?"

The Chinese boy looked at her in surprise. "I don't. Maybe we should ask the monster makers for some advice."

"Yeah, you go do that. Watch, they'll say no. Why don't we just pack up and go?"

"Well, we need to let them know so that they can bring us back when the time comes," Takato told the girl. Ruki just shrugged and started to walk away.

"Okay, I get it. But let's go as soon as we can, okay?" she said, leaving.

"Alright, I guess I'll see you later, then, Takato," Jenrya said before the two parted ways.

Walking into his house, Jenrya came across his father while he was watching TV. The middle-aged Chinese man was watching the news when his son got his attention. "Hey, dad, there's something I need to talk to you about."

The man turned around and looked at his son with a smile on his face. "What is it?"

"Well, Takato… um Takato found a portal to the digital world." The look on Jenrya's father's face changed from his smile into one of shock.

No, this can't be. If that's the case, then the barriers… "Where is the gate?"

"In the park just like when we went to the digital world last time."

The man got up and walked out of the house, but not before telling his son something. "We'll talk about this later. Honey, I'm going out for a little bit!"

Jenrya looked on in surprise. That look in his eyes… no!

He ran back to his room and turned on the computer to check his e-mail and then proceeded to pack his backpack with what he thought he might need for the digital world. He also grabbed the phone to call Takato's house.

His computer finally booted up as his friend answered the phone. "Matsuda residence."

"Hey, Takato! I told my dad about the portal to the digital world and he just ran out of the house."

"What? He just up and left?"

"Yeah, I think he's going to Hypnos."

"It's probably nothing to worry about. What do you think they could possibly do about the portal?"

"I don't know. I just think we should get out of here and go to the digital world as soon as we possibly can."

"Okay, I get my stuff together and we'll leave first thing tomorrow morning."

Just then, Jenrya opened up his e-mail, seeing a message from an anonymous sender titled: GO TO THE DIGITAL WORLD IMMEDIATELY! "Just a second, Takato," Jenrya told his friend just as he was about to say goodbye and hang up.

"What is it?"

"I just got an e-mail." Jenrya opened the message up and read it.

You and your friends have to go to the Digital World right now, because this will be the last chance you have to see your partners ever again. If you don't, Hypnos will fill the portal with concrete and in a couple years there will only be a handful of digimon left (including the sovereigns, the partners of a handful of tamer and TysiachaGlazkovmon) and your partners will all be gone, possibly enslaved by TysiachaGlazkovmon.

One of the few remaining tamers with a partner in the future was one of three kids who went to the digital world, or who will go to the digital world tomorrow after one of them finds a portal there. The tamer in question will be the only one who comes back if you don't help, so part of your mission will be to rescue them from the clutches of TysiachaGlazkovmon.

If you're wondering who sent this message, watch the last episode aired of Season 3. I was in it, albeit at the very end. If you think that what I'm saying is farfetched, ask Ryo about where he's from. Oh and tell him that Koushiro Izumi and Ken's son Osamu both said hi. We're from the same world, though I've never met him personally. Those I mentioned were from my successor teams.

I wish you luck. The fate of the digital world rests in your hands.

Jenrya didn't know whether to believe the outrageous message that he just read. Then again, he wouldn't have believed that digimon actually existed more than a year ago.

He punched into his wooden desk. He had to go rescue his partner. He had to make sure Terriermon was okay and that this ridiculous message was false.

"What was that, Jenrya?"

"Call Ruki. We're going to the digital world tonight!"

Ruki was about to go to her bed when her cell-phone started ringing. She rolled her eyes. Her hair was down and she was in a bathrobe when she answered the annoying device, seeing it was Takato and not a credit card company.

"What is it, goggle-head?"

"Jenrya got a message that all our digimon are in danger and this is the last chance we have of going! We need to go to the digital world tonight!"

"Hold up, we're going to the digital world?" A smile crept onto Ruki's face. "That's what I'm talking about!" A few minutes later, the girl was dressed and out of her room, walking out the door of her house.

"Um, where are you going, Ruki?" he mother asked while watching TV.

"Oh, you know, the usual, the digital world," she said hurriedly as she walked out the door. It took a few minutes for the words to sink in, paralyzing her with fear for her daughter.

Ruki only had to wait for a few minutes at the shed that used to belong to Guilmon, Jenrya coming by first. "Where's Takato?" she asked.

"Calling everybody else," Henry replied.

The red-head rolled her eyes. He better not be inviting Mr. Perfect or the loser twins! Ugh, chasing those two idiots across the digital world last time was a pain in the…

Her thoughts were interrupted by footsteps. A bearded man wearing a hat walked up to them. "Hello, Jenrya."

"Shi… Shibumi! What are you doing here? You weren't the one who sent the message, were you?" Jenrya asked in surprise.

"No, I received a message that you were leaving as well. Do you have any idea who sent it?"

Jenrya shook his head. "The hint I got was that he appeared in the last aired episode of season 3. I can't remember what happened, though."

"I was in a coma at the time."

"It was literally right before the giant pig deva invaded Tokyo," Ruki said. "Tanya, Osamu and Kentaro went down to where the original chosen were sleeping. Only one of them was left alive."

"What was his name?" Jenrya asked.

"They didn't reveal it at the end of the episode. He just came out of the stasis chamber barely awake. I just remember his long, black hair and that he had the crest of friendship. There was something weird about the stasis chambers, though. There were six of them along with six names on the screen."

"Before we get carried away talking about fiction, I need to tell you why I'm here," Shibumi said. "I have a program I need you to take to the digital world and to give it to you, I'll need to connect your digivice to my laptop."

Jenrya nodded and handed the mysterious man his digivice while he sat down on the ground and connected it to the computer. He accessed the program and it started to upload to the digivice. While the program was getting uploaded, the others started showing up, starting with Hirokazu and Kenta, followed by Juri, Ryo and finally Takato arrived last.

"Finally you showed up, gogglehead," Ruki chided the boy.

"Hey, I had to call everybody," the brown-haired boy responded.

The girl rolled her eyes.

"So, I heard you guys are going," Juri told Ruki.

"Yeah. Wait, are you coming too," Ruki asked in surprise. The other girl just shook her head.

"I'd just be in the way. Take care of Takato, will you?"

Ruki was surprised that the girl would tell her that. Don't she and Takato like each other? The red-head looked at her fellow tamer, who was busy laughing about something with some of his friends.

"Well, I guess I'll say goodbye. Have a good trip!" Juri exclaimed, before walking away while waving at her friends.

"Okay, it's all set," Shibumi said, closing his computer. "It's a cold night. You kids better hurry up and get going before you freeze to death. Have a good trip and keep safe."

"Alright, you bet we will!" Takato said. The entire team said goodbye as the computer scientist left them behind. "So, what is it?"

"Shibumi said that it was something that we should deploy in a safe spot and that it was necessary for the future of the digital world," Jenrya replied.

"Okay, are we going or what?" Ruki asked.

"Yeah, I'm freezing my butt off out here!" Hirokazu exclaimed.

"It's not that bad!" Kenta objected.

"Yeah, we're going. Too bad we don't have a flag this time," Takato said. "Let's do this!" he led the group into the hole in the back of the shed where the portal was. He smiled. They were finally going to see their partners again.

A few minutes later, they were gone and in the digital world.

A/N: Well, there goes the first chapter. I hope you liked it. Yes, it's Rukato, just there hasn't been much to work on for them yet. I'm hoping to slowly develop the relationship, but the main focus of the story is the adventure. Basically this fic takes place in the same timeline as Runaway Locomon and in a different timeline than the CD drama and is intended partially as a lead-in for my Digital Union series (the first one, Echelon, is up if you want to read it. It's an elsewhere fic about another team of tamers).

Oh, and the digimon TysiachaGlazkovmon's name comes from a Russian phrase meaning 'a thousand little eyes'. I first thought of it while brainstorming 'What if Duskmon could Double Spirit Evolve' and that was what I came up with.

I'm not sure how long this fic's going to be (I'd guess about ten chapters or so). Also, this chapter is short for me, but the rest should be long.