Chapter 1

I sat alone in the school yard, watching everyone around me playing or hanging out. They would scream, laugh, talk.

I was jealous.

As time flew by I ended up sitting alone on that bench. The sun had started to fall from the sky so that the moon could rise. Vibrant oranges, pinks, and yellows filled the once blue area. I was pathetic, sitting there by myself, hoping that just maybe someone would notice me and come over to talk.

I should no by now. Nobody was going to talk to me. They avoided me like the plauge.

My phone beeped pulling me from my thoughts. That's weird. Nobody ever texts me since I only had my aunt and uncles numbers, and they didn't even know how to send a text message.

I opened the message.

Do you want to start?

I didn't have time to think before my finger slipped and gave an answer.

Yes

I waited for something to happen, but the screen went blank. Did I just break my phone? I started shaking it around, pressing all the buttons, I even tried turning it off, but nothing was working. The screen stayed white.

Suddenly, there was a voice.

"Dahlia Summers, It's time to decide your future Dahlia. Your destiny is calling, take the 5:45 outbound train."

My destiny? I looked at the message in closer detail.

Take the 5:45 Shibuya bound train from Jiyuugaoka station

I looked at the time. 5:30. I could make it with time to spare. Now I just hope I'm not making a stupid decision. I got up from the cold bench and took off running towards the station. I could have walked, but I liked running anyway.

In no time flat I was at the station, but there was no way I was getting on a train without a ticket. My hand dug into my pocket to grab my wallet, my fingers looking to clasp around the familiar fabric.

It wasn't there. My wallet was gone.

How was I supposed to purchase a ticket?

Suddenly, a machine started spewing out a bunch of tickets. They were flying around like confetti. I walked over and grabbed one. Part of me felt guilty about taking it. Then again, if this paper didn't go to use the tree would have died for nothing. . .

That was good enough justice for me. The train doors opened at 5:42. I got onto the train.

There weren't many seats left. The closest was a man who had taken up three seats with his stuff. Since it was the closet, I went over to the man to ask for a seat.

When I got over to, I pointed down to his stuff with a questioning look on my face. He scowled at me.

"What are you doing here?" He asked with a not so pleasant voice. I pointed to people sitting across from us and then back to the seat, trying to get the man to understand that I wanted to sit.

"You got something to say, then you say it." He spat. I opened my mouth to try and speak when he got up, roughly pushing me to the ground with his shoulder.

"Watch it! You're just lucky I'm getting off here anyway." He yelled like I bumped into him, then simply stepped over me, getting off without a sorry. Just when I was going to take the seat, these two teens sat down without giving me a second glance. I sighed. Instead of sitting, I ended up just standing and holding onto one of the poles.

"Why didn't you tell them that it was your seat?" A boy asked me. I turned to face him. He was taller then me, although a lot of people were, with a blue sports jacket on top of a yellow t-shirt. On his legs he wore grey capris and blue and white sports sneakers. To finish it off, he wore a blue and brown bandana on top of his longish hair that was tied into a ponytail.

I looked down at the ground, and I never felt his gaze leave me, probably expecting an answer. If only I could give him one.

I was Grateful, our phones went of so I didn't have to answer. In fact, every one on the train who was less then eighteen had a phone that went of.

I heard a boy cry out with surprise, but didn't turn to look.

The voice from before called out.

Transfer to the 6 o'clock westbound train

Of course, the text was different.

Transfer to the 6 o'clock subway from Shibuya Station

The train pulled into the station at 5:54. That didn't give me much time to switch trains, but I would be fine. I gave a wave of acknowledgment to the raven haired boy and took off into the crowed. My long pink hair flowed out from behind me as my grey eyes scanned the crowed. I didn't really know where to go, but an elevator caught my attention. Then I saw the sign telling me that the westbound train was on the lower level.

I got inside one of the elevators and the doors closed, leaving me by myself. I squirmed in discomfort. Maybe I was a little, not much, just a tiny bit claustrophobic.

My body fell to the ground when the elevator sped up, going beyond it's limit. It literally started traveling down floors that didn't exist. I started to panic, clinging to the wall so that I wouldn't fall. This shouldn't be happening, this isn't even possible. Was I going to be trapped underground? Was I going to die? I couldn't control the thoughts of death that swirled around my brain.

Finally, the doors opened with a ding. I gasped for breath when I stepped out. Yeah, I might have been over reacting, but hey, you would have done the same thing if you were me.

After taking a few moments to get myself together, I stood up to take a look around. The first thing I noticed were the many trains. They weren't normal trains though, but colorful ones and in all different shapes. Some seemed completely rectangular while others looked like an egg sliced in half. Kids were walking around the station confused.

This is really weirding me out. Where am I?

The voice gave me advice again.

It's up to you now, which one will you chose?

My eyes scanned the crowd for a train. The closest one already had people on it. I don't want to bother them. I couldn't get to some of the farther ones because of the crowds. To my right, I saw a little opening between kids that I could slip through. I took off.

I ended up getting on a dull green one.

My eyes scanned the train. Nobody else was here. I found a seat easily this time, and sat down. Instinctively I brought my feet onto the seat curling up into a ball, my head on my knee's. Luckily, my outfit was pretty comfortable so I didn't have to worry about ripping anything.

I was wearing simple black skinny jeans (more like leggings) with a, loose, 3 quarter sleeved jean blouse. I had a black belt around my waist since pants never fit my tiny body well, and grey ankle boots. The Jean color made my pink straight hair pop as well as my grey eyes. Around my neck I wore the one thing that I treasured more then anything. It was a rose neckless that my mother gave me when I was little. I can't even remember the last time I took it off.

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Footsteps filled the empty space around me. Did someone else get on? I looked up. It was that bandana boy from earlier. He was standing a good few feet away and staring at me like we were in school and he was memorizing who the kid next to him was.

"I didn't realize that someone else was on this train."

My eyes widened in shock. He probably was hoping to have the train to himself. I didn't want to bother him so I started getting up so he could get off. It wasn't a problem, I could find another train to ride. I took my first step when the doors closed.

No backing out now.

The train started to move. Slowly at first, but then it's speed started rapidly increasing. This caused me to fall over on to my side and crash towards the ground. It took a sharp turn, sending me flying into the wall. A hand grabbed my arm, pulling me up. With my free hand I grabbed onto the seat. My eyes met dark blue ones. Blue ones that were way to close to mine.

I jumped back in shock, my cheeks a light pink. He looked at me, confused as to why I moved so fast. Perhaps it didn't bother him as much as it did me that we were so close when he helped me up. I looked at him with a small smile of thanks.

"Your welcome?" It came out as more of a question.

I nodded.

"My name is Kouji Minamoto. What's yours?"

I took out my phone, typing my name.

Dahlia Summers

No sooner after he read it the lights went out and we fell backwards as the train shook. My phone started to glow, as did his. I saw what looked like a wolf warrior replace Kouji's body. My eyes widened in shock. That... wasn't possible. He didn't even look like a human anymore. I squeezed my eyelids shut, thinking I was just imagining things and when I opened them everything would be fine. I opened them again to see Kouji back to normal and looking at me just as confused as I was when I looked at him. The wolf thing was gone thought, so I must have been imagining things after all.

Our phones started to glow and change shape. Mine became more rounded. When the light faded, I was holding a completely knew device. The main part of it was a mint green with a small square screen in the middle. Around that screen and on a little grip on the side it was a dark pink color. The buttons and metal surrounding the screen area were yellow. I've never seen anything like it before! While I was staring at it, the screen lit up.

"Welcome to the Digital world Dahlia."

It was that voice again!

"This is your D-tector."

My D-tector. I looked over at Kouji who also had a 'D-tector' now. His had a color pallet of white, gray, and blue.

The train started screeching to a stop. My frail body was flung back against the wall from the force. I hit one of the doors with a silent groan. As a result, the world was blurry and I had a throbbing pain in the back of my head. My eyes focused on one point of the train as I waited for my vision to come back

"Dahlia? Are you alright?" Kouji called. I gave him a weak thumbs up. Yes, I was hurt, but I would be fine.

Then, the train stopped all together.

Once I gathered my bearings, I was able to stand with the support of the wall. The door behind me opened. Wasting no time, I jumped off the train, glad to be back into open air.

Everything was so... Different.

We were surrounded by a metal dome, but the train tracks and train suggested that it was a train station. From the opening on the far wall you could see tracks floating out in miles of open space.

Where were we?

I jogged outside of the room.

"Hey hold on! It could be dangerous!" Kouji yelled. I ignored him.

When I got outside, I seemed to be surrounded by dirt. Around me was what I would call a little clay city. All the buildings were round and smoke seemed to be coming from a ton of the buildings.

Kouji silently walked up next to me, looking around seeing the same things that I did.

I gave him a look that suggested it didn't look to dangerous, but also wondering where we were.

"Do you have any idea where we are?" He asked. I shook my head. Took the words right from my mouth, if I had any.

"Can't you talk!" He snapped, getting tired of my head shaking and simple gestures. I looked down. No, I couldn't. I wanted to scream at him that I couldn't talk and he should stop being such a jerk, but that wasn't going to happen. Not since the accident.

"Well?"

When I looked back up, my eyes were filled with hurt. I knew that. No tears, but they held a deep sadness I'd been carrying with me for a while now.

I pointed to my throat, then shook my head.

No, I can't.

Kouji realized his mistake. His face paled. He took a step backwards scratching his head, probably feeling guilty. "Oh, Umm sorry I-"

I stopped him by putting a hand out in front of me. His guilt lightened a bit when I smiled reassuringly. It's okay. You didn't know.

"Anyway, I'm not staying here. Might as well start looking for a way back." He turned and started walking away. Did he even know where he was going? I stayed frozen in my spot, unsure of what to do.

"Are you coming or not?! I don't have all day. If you don't come now I won't hesitate to leave you behind!" He called over his shoulder. I grinned, running to catch up with him.


It was a comfortable silence between us as we walked. There was usually silence wherever I went anyway, but this wasn't different. This wasn't pity, it was two people walking together.

"So have you always been mute?" He asked.

I shook my head and held up 8 fingers. "8 years?"

I nodded.

"How old were you when you lost your voice?" I held up 5 fingers.

"5 years?" I nodded.

He stopped the conversation there, probably sensing my discomfort. I was grateful that he didn't ask what happened to make me mute because I didn't want to 'talk' about it right now. There was no doubt in my mind though that he would ask later on.

"This place is so weird." Kouji stated, looking around the area. I silently agreed. It really was.

First of all, there were no human civilizations insight. As far as I knew, Kouji and I were the only humans here. What about all of those other kids? Are they all here? None of them? Only a few?

Who built the town from before? It was unlike anything I've ever seen, and the whole place looked like it was built for something smaller the humans.

I let the subject drop from my mind. I didn't want to worry to much about it. If I did, I would freak out and that wasn't an option at the moment. Right now, my main focus was finding a way back home.

It was starting to get dark and my feet hurt, but the two of us kept walking. I didn't want to seem like a burden to Kouji by complaining, not that I really could anyway.

He must have read my mind.

"Do you want to rest for the night?"

I nodded and yawned, blushing a bit because that was not how I intended to answer at all. Kouji chuckled as he settled down on a tree across from me.

"Night Dahlia."

I didn't answer. My mind was wondering a bit, something that was never good. I was reminded of that first time I tried to speak without a voice.

"Mom! Dad!" I tried to call out. It made my throat feel like it was being stabbed with each letter I sounded. Nothing.

I tried again, but ended up whimpering silently.

My voice was gone. A doctor came running in.

"Sweetie, listen, you can't talk right now okay?" She whispered comfortingly.

"Why?" I tried to ask. I had grabbed my throat, somehow thinking it would protect me from the invisible knife that jabbed at me every time I tried to talk.

"I'm sorry Hon." The nurse said with a gentle voice. "You won't be able to talk anymore. At least not for a really long time."

Tears streamed down my face. I was only 5 years old when I lost my voice. That age when you start learning to read out loud and singing was apparently a great way to learn. I wasn't going to be able to do those things anymore. I was going to be different.

I needed my mothers comfort right now. I needed her love. For her to whisper in my ear and tell me that everything was going to be alright, my father holding my little hand and smiling.

"Where's my mom." I mouthed. The nurse looked confused. I repeated the action slower.

"Where's my mom?"

The nurses face paled.

I shot up from the ground in shock. It made me feel dizzy. I used the tree I was leaning on to steady myself, wiping the tears from my eyes. This wasn't the time to think about that time, it would only lead me to more pain.

Kouji was leaning against a tree, still sleeping soundly. I could tell, just looking at him, that I was only going to be a bother to him. Kouji was strong, I was weak. He was fast, I was slow. If I stayed with him, I would only be slowing him down, and that wasn't fair. If he could get home to his family faster by leaving me behind, then that's what he should do.

I grabbed a stick and found a clear spot in the dirt.

Kouji,

Thanks for letting me stick around with you as long as you have, but I don't think its fair to you if we continue to travel together. I'll be a burden, just one more thing to slow you down and take care of. I'm sure we'll meet again though, in this world, it seems likely. Good luck from here on out, but I doubt you'll need it now.

Thanks again,

Dahlia

Satisfied, I put the stick down and got up off the ground. I started walking away from the little campsite and into the woods. I had absolutely no idea as to where I was going.

My foot stepped on a twig. The result of this was a loud *snap*. Louder then possible. I heard Kouji's body start to stir.

He was waking up.

I took off running, trying to get as far away as possible. If I got some distance, everything would be fine. Kouji wouldn't be able to find me.

What if he isn't even coming after me? What if he doesn't want to?

I came to a halt. Why was I assuming that Kouji would come after me? Perhaps he agreed with my reason for leaving and was glad to be rid of the burden. That was why I left after all.

I couldn't hear any footsteps, just a silent forest. I'd gotten away, and he wasn't chasing me after all. Somehow, this made me feel a bit upset.

I'd be fine on my own, but I couldn't stop moving. The faster I went, the faster I would find a way home. I continued on for hours maybe, my feet screaming in protest. It didn't matter, I needed to find somewhere safe to rest.

Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. The tree's were more spread out now, so I knew that I was getting out of the forest.

This was far enough. I could continue on in the morning.

I sat back down, leaning against a tree as the sun entered the sky.

My last thought was this.

I hope Kouji's okay.