Wolf: I'm so sorry it took so long to post this chapter! School's been crazy and I lost track of time. I promise the next chapter will arrive sooner than this one did.
Fey: You'd better, or else you'll have Digidestined coming after you.
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I slammed the rock into the door again. I have no clue what had happened, but I now found myself in some kind of cell. It took me a moment to realize that it was underwater, yet I was able to breathe somehow. Maybe I was in the Digital World? Regardless, I knew I had to get out of here fast. I felt darkness all over the place here and I was starting to feel a little freaked out. I raised the rock again, but before it could make contact the door swung open, startling me because I didn't hear any footsteps coming. Standing on the other side of the door was something that resembled a shadow that had a physical form. I glared at the thing.
"The master wants to meet with the lights immediately." I grit my teeth. Lights. That probably means I'm not the only one here. I reluctantly followed the creature into an enormous throne room. Just ahead of me another shadow figure, guarding Kari, like he was trying to keep her from running away. Not that I would blame her for trying. I was lead next to Kari before being roughly shoved down to my knees. Kari glanced over at me.
"You're here, too?"
"Yeah. This place gives me the creeps. What kind of place is this?"
"The Dark Ocean," Kari replied, flatly. I turned to look at her. I hadn't expected her to actually answer. Before I could ask anything else, something entered the room. Kari started trembling so badly I could see it out of the corner of my eye. She defiantly knows something is up. I looked up at the figure that had come in and saw it was a huge Digimon that kinda reminded me of an extremely ugly octopus.
"WHAT DO YOU WANT WITH US!?" I cried out. Before I could react a shadow creature slammed something into my back so hard I fell forward. Then the things pinned me down to the ground as Kari gasped. I glanced over at her and saw her try to help me, but other shadows grabbed her and held her back. I struggled under them, but it didn't make a difference.
The octopus spoke, "I have no need of the male. Dispose of him before the wedding." My eyes widened. Wedding?! Was that THING thinking of marring Kari?! That's CRAZY! Even so, the shadows grabbed me and started heaving me away.
"NO!" Kari struggled against the shadows even more than before. I don't know if it was because of my situation or hers, but she clearly wasn't happy with this. I had been dragged over to the door when-
"WAIT! MAKE HIM THE LIGHT'S PERSONAL SERVANT!" Everyone in the throne room froze. That voice… I turned and saw Fey being led in. Unlike when Kari and I were led in, she was being restrained by two shadows.
"How dare you defy your master!" one of the shadows yelled at her. Her master?!
"Hear me out! I've been to their world! The light won't be comfortable in this world, no matter what! However, if you were to have a second light around, than perhaps she will be less likely to wish to leave! If nothing else, he could be used a leverage to keep her here!" Kari had her eyes locked onto Fey, her eyes almost looking devastated. "Dragomon! I know more about the world of light than you do. Allow the boy and myself to serve the light, and I promise you, the light will not will not leave her home voluntarily." Is this her idea of helping, or was she always Dragomon's minion!? I stared angrily at Fey.
Finally, Dragomon responded. "Very well," Kari and my heads shot to Dragomon. "The two of you will serve my future queen. Take them back to the cells while I deal with the deserter." Deserter? With that, the two of us were dragged back to the cells.
I sat in the corner, hugging my knees. Koji sat on the other side of the room, glaring at the door. The now placed us in the same cell, since Koji was supposed to be my servant, thanks to Fey's suggestion. I've been running that back and forth in my mind. Why? Why did Fey promise Dragomon we wouldn't leave? I couldn't figure it out. Finally the door swung open and Fey was roughly shoved into the cell. I dashed over to her as the door shut. Fey started to get up, but appeared to have some difficulty doing so.
"You OK?" Fey sat up and flashed a smile at me.
"Y-yeah. I'm OK. Just a little sore from my punishment."
"So what now?" Koji asked, sounding aggravated. "We live out the rest of our days here?" Fey rolled her eyes.
"What are you talking about? We are going to get out of here." I didn't look over at Koji, but I am pretty sure that he was staring at her just as confused as I was.
"I thought you said we wouldn't try and leave," I said, looking down at the floor. Fey chuckled.
"First of all, since when did you guys listen to what I said? Besides, I said that the light wouldn't leave her home voluntarily. This world isn't your home, is it Kari?" Fey stood and leaned on the wall with a smirk on her face.
"What if he'd realized your choice of words?" Koji asked.
"Then I'd have to work fast to get you four out." Koji and I both looked at each other.
"Four?" I asked. At this point, Fey looked a little unhappy.
"I… might have brought a couple of people with me…"
"Who?" Koji asked coldly. Fey avoided looking at us. "KOICHI!" Fey raised her hands.
"HOLD IT! Before you jump down my throat neither of them is in the castle. Both people let go and I am certain that they made it to land. They are looking for you two topside." Koji still looked extremely angry, but composed himself enough to focus on the current issue.
"So what's the plan?"
"Um… any ideas?"
"You could use some of your powers to bust us out of here," I said.
"Good one, but can't. I tried to use them earlier when Dragomon's minions were capturing me but nothing happened."
"Maybe it has something to do with the 'master' and 'deserter' stuff from earlier?" Koji offered. Fey froze up.
"Yeah, that confused me, too. What were they talking about?" Fey swallowed.
"Um…T-that's because-" Before she could finish, the cell door swung open, reveling a shadow creature.
"Y-you! Fey, what are you doing here? I thought it'd be Sama-"
"Yetata! Ixnay on erhay!" Fey cast a glance over at us, who had backed up. The shadow nodded.
"Right." The shadow creature glanced around. "Well, better get going. I'd say you have less than half an hour before the portal closes."
"Huh? What- No, never mind. Thank you." The shadow nodded and dashed away down the corridor.
"What was that?" Koji asked, suspicious.
"The Rogue. Occasionally one of his servants tries to turn against Dragomon. That's what that shadow was. She's helped before, and if it could possibly benefit her, we can trust her. With our escape, Dragomon won't get stronger and things will at least stay the same."
I stepped over to Fey's side. "You seem to know a lot about this world, Fey." My voice came out almost more in a warning tone than concerned, but Fey understood what I was implying.
"Let's get out of here first. After that I will try to explain what I can." Fey avoided looking toward us, but I think I saw her trembling. I smiled.
"No," I chuckled, getting the attention of them both. "Just tell us what you want to. After all, friends don't force information from one another unless it's necessary." My statement was met with silent stares.
Fey managed to recover first. "Y-you didn't go back a couple months, did you?" I only smiled back.
"We need to get going," and with that, I charged into the hallway first heading in the direction of the throne room.
"Kari, where are you going?" Koji asked when he caught up to me, grabbing my arm and pulling me into a stop.
"When I was being brought to see Dragomon, I saw a room with an open window. If we can get to it, then we can get outside and swim up to the surface."
"Good thinking, but there is two catches," Fey interjected. "That room will most likely have at least one servant inside. Without my powers, we can't guarantee we can overpower them before they can sound an alarm saying we'd escaped."
"And the second?" Koji asked.
"The water in this castle is 'breathable,' however the moment we go outside it will be almost like real water. Given how far below the surface we are, it's likely we would pass out before reaching it."
"So what can we do?" I asked.
Fey's plan was simple. We each grabbed ourselves two sturdy sacks of some kind and Fey led us to the highest place in the castle: the tower. To our luck, there were few servants of Darkness to stop us.
"Fey," Kari said as we dashed up the stairwell. "There's something that's been bugging me."
"Are you wondering how I know the layout of this place so well?"
"No, nothing like that. Actually, I was wondering why your hair was getting darker." Without slowing down, Fey grabbed a handful of her hair and glanced at it.
"Great. Just perfect," Fey muttered to herself. "Well, it's kinda obvious that I… I'm not from Earth." Duh. It's practically obvious you're from this place. "Well, because of where I'm from, darkness kinda has a big influence on me. It turns me into Stellamon, but in some cases, it also can change my normal physical features. If I get to the point my hair is completely black and my eyes are the same, it'll be a sign that all of the light that used to be in me is gone. Then it will be virtually impossible for me to leave this world."
"What?" both Kari and I said stunned.
"Yeah. People from dark worlds aren't meant to enter worlds of light. Even if our worlds are closely attracted, they aren't meant to intersect. I broke that rule and crossed over into a world of light. If I hadn't done that… This probably wouldn't be happening right now." Fey came to a stop as she said this. We arrived at the top and was met with open windows.
"Ok," Fey said, her voice sounding a little odd, "I'll go over this one more time, just to make sure you understand. Because the water out there isn't breathable, we are going to take the water from in here out there with us. Because we are using objects from inside the castle, it will hold the water in, like holding your thumb over an empty bottle an taking it under with you."
"Shouldn't he have realized we've left by now?" I asked.
Fey shook her head. "No, if he had he'd have servants and his tentacles all over the place trying to find us. However…"
"What?" Kari asked.
"There's one part of the plan I haven't told you guys yet."
"What haven't you told us?" Kari asked.
"Well, even if he doesn't know now, he will know we've escaped once we leave here. He can sense you're light, after all."
"So how is this plan going to work if he knows when we leave."
"Well… You're not going to like it."
"How?" I asked again.
Fey took a deep breath. "We're going to have to dampen your light."
"What do you mean?" Kari said more calmly.
"I'm capable of transferring the darkness within me into others, if I wanted to. Even though my power's aren't working, I can still feel that much still works, probably because it's a power of darkness. If I transfer some of the darkness I've absorbed into the two of you, it will temporarily mask the light within you."
"If you've been able to do this before, than why not do it to keep from changing?" I asked, somewhat skeptically.
"Because the darkness within me is evil. If I transfer it into someone, there's a chance they won't be able to handle it and they will turn evil. For instance, if I transferred darkness into Koichi, he'd probably turn into Duskmon again."
"Then why the hell do you expect us to go through with this?"
"Because you two are different. You're naturally good light. Even if I unloaded all of the darkness inside of me into one of you, you'll still end up overpowering it and return to light. However, while my darkness is in you, you won't be able to spirit evolve or Gatomon won't be able to digivolve. Not that either of those options are available right now."
"Ok, let's do it," Kari said, holding out her hand.
"Hold on!" I said, reaching out to pull her hands away. "We don't know that this is even true. Are you really going to just believe her?"
"You heard her earlier. She's on borrowed time as it is. The longer we wait, the more likely she can't come back with us. Why would she make up a story like this instead of telling the truth?"
"You're wrong! This might just be an excuse to let her escape on her own."
"No. She wouldn't do something like that, especially to me."
"Why do you trust her so much? She-
"Has done anything and everything she could to help us! She figured out how to save your brother, and even made sure we could come along. She tried to tell us to go away when she turned into Stellamon near us, and she saved your life a while ago when she could have just stayed quiet about it. What kind of evil monstrosity would do all of that instead of letting us be picked off one by one?!" I stood stunned. Kari was actually sounding mad because I was against trusting Fey.
"Kari," Fey said, so low I almost missed it.
"I want to leave here, and I know Fey and you do to. So we have to put our trust in her hands now." Kari reached out to Fey again.
I looked over at Fey and thought for a moment. Was it worth it to trust her? I took a deep breath.
"Alright. I'm in too." Fey looked relieved.
"Ok, this will feel kinda strange," Fey warned, and grabbed both of our hands. I suddenly felt a wave of darkness flow into me, and I felt dizzy. Kari next to me stumbled a little before going down on one knee. Fey released us and helped Kari back up to her feet.
"We have to hurry. Dragomon will have noticed the light disappearing. Let's go!" Taking a deep breath, all three of us dove out of the window and started to swim for the surface. None of us bothered to look back because we didn't want to see any of those things chasing after us.
Thanks to Fey's water plan we made it up to the surface. Fey didn't give us a moment to catch our breaths before pulling us to the shoreline.
"Ok, we're here. Now what?" Fey looked around.
"There," she said, pointing. Kari and I followed her finger.
"Isn't that where the lighthouse used to be?"
"Yeah," Fey answered. "It's the most likely place for the portal to be. We can't know if Koichi or TK went through yet. Our best chance is to go check."
"And how do we check if someone has been through a portal?"
"Once someone has gone through a portal to a world of light, it starts to shimmer… At least that's what I've heard."
"It's the only shot we've got. Let's go." Kari ran for the area, with the two of us hot on her heels. I glanced back in the direction we came and saw dark figures forming, about to surface.
"We'd better hurry if we don't want to be caught again."
I stopped short from where the lighthouse used to be and looked around. Fey and Koji arrived about a minute later.
"See it anywhere?"
"No," Fey answered my question. "If the portal is here, then they haven't used it and it's still hidden." Fey started walking around, waving her arms around franticly.
"What are you doing?" Koji asked.
"Trying to find-" At that moment Fey's hand disappeared from her elbow. "That would be our portal." Fey smiled as she pulled her hand back out. I dull shining appeared; not enough to get anyone's attention, but it was still there.
"So we have to go and look for them." Fey turned to Koji.
"I agree." Koji looked toward me, who had gone to stand next to Fey.
"Then let's-" Koji suddenly ran at me.
"Look out!" He pushed me aside and dove to the ground as a tentacle suddenly lashed out at us. Before retreating into the water, it slammed itself onto the ground, forming cracks. Suddenly the ground gave and everything between the edge and Fey and me suddenly fell.
That included Koji.
"Koji!" Both of us dove for the edge and saw he managed to grab the cliff, but he couldn't move around without losing a handhold.
"We've got to help him!" I glanced over at Fey, intending to agree when I suddenly realized something: Fey's hair was as close to being black without actually being so and her eyes were black. If Fey didn't leave soon, it'd be almost impossible. I looked down at Koji and was surprised to see him looking directly into my eyes, as if sending me a silent message. I knew what he was trying to say. I nodded in agreement.
"Fey, I'm sorry." Fey turned to me, but I didn't give her a chance to look confused. I grabbed her from behind and used everything I had in me to force her to go into the portal. Surprised, she didn't even give any resistance and easily stumbled backward into the portal. The moment her body disappeared the portal became much brighter, shining light that would draw anyone's attention. Nodding in satisfaction, I turned back to Koji in an attempt to figure out how to help him back up.
"KARI!" I turned to see TK, Koichi, and some girl running towards me.
"TK? Hurry, I need your help." The girl looked over and without any hesitation began to climb down.
"HEY!" TK reached over, but Koji's brother stopped him.
"She knows what she's doing."
"But… What are you guys even doing here?" My guess was that TK was trying to distract himself from what the girl was doing.
"Long story," was all I wanted to say at this point.
I felt myself falling backward out of the portal, landing uncomfortably and peculiarly onto something lumpy.
"Excuse me, but would you be so kind as to get off of me?" I recognized that voice.
"Lunamon?" Sure enough, I turned around and saw Lunamon and her blind partner Dani. Continuing my glance, I realized we were just outside of DATS. "We have to hurry. Kari and the others are in trouble!" I helped Dani up as I said that.
"I know. They called me to try and help them get a gate open."
"No need. I just fell out of one." Then, without waiting, the two of us hurried into the main office. I burst in and said quickly, "Portal just outside the door if anyone wants to try and save four Digidestined," before turning back to get to the portal. Everyone was chasing after me without asking questions. We turned the last corner and everyone saw the same thing I did: a dark effect that was getting smaller by the moment. Before anyone had a chance to jump inside, however, Koji, Kari, TK, and Koichi all fell out in a tangled mess, somewhat stunned.
"What happened over there?"
TK was the first to respond. "I don't want to talk about it," and before anyone could move he bolted up and ran off. I watched him run for a moment before glancing at Koichi. He looked back at me and I saw he also looked upset. I didn't need to ask what happened to those two.