Episode 20 – Earthquake of MetalGreymon

Taichi pitched the bridge of his nose in irritation. "All you have to do is stand there and be helpless for a little while, before falling into the hole and letting me save you."

Sora put her hands on her hips. "Maybe I don't want to act like damsel in distress. Maybe I don't like the way this scene is progressing and how my character is being portrayed. Maybe I'm going to demand that the writers change this part of the script and do away with any rescue attempts altogether."

"How am I going to overcome my fear and have courage happen if you've already managed to save yourself?"

"Maybe I should save her and friendship can happen," Yamato interjected as he climbed through the gaping hole in the wall.

"Or I can save her and reliability can happen," Jyou added, stumbling in after him.

"Or," responded Sora, who was clearly annoyed by this point, "I can save myself and feminism can happen."

There was a momentary pause as the boys looked at one another. Someone let out a small giggle, another one of them snickered, and soon they had erupted into peals of laughter. Yamato clutched his stomach in agony. Taichi almost fell over. Jyou was howling in the corner. Even Koushiro shot her an amused glance over the top of his laptop.

Sora shot daggers at them through her eyes. She was duly ignored as the laughter continued.

"Good one, Sora," Yamato chuckled, wiping a tear from the corner of his eye.

"Wait, aren't you guys supposed to be creating a diversion?" Taichi asked after he had forced himself to calm down.

Jyou shrugged. "Not a lot happens off screen."

That seemed to satisfy Taichi for the moment. He took a couple of steps towards Sora and held one of her hands in both of his. "Look. I know that you want to seem brave and capable or whatever, but this is the most important Taiora moment of the entire season, Sor. You have to stop trying to destroy it."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa!" Yamato interrupted. "Hold on there, cowboy. There is no Taiora moment here."

"Uhh... Yamato, I'm rescuing her and she gives me courage and my crest is activated."

"That can happen for any number of reasons."

"Yeah, like the fact I'm being brave for the sake of saving my girl."

"Your girl? YOUR GIRL?" Sora was furious now. "Taichi Yagami, I have never in my entire life met anyone as-"

Yamato gave Sora a little shove and waved his hand dismissively. "I've got this." Then he turned to the brunet. "You're an asshole."

"Yeah, well fuck you, Yamato."

"Well, fuck you right back, Taichi."

"Fuck you more."

"Fuck you first."

"Fuck you times infinity."

"Guys, guys! This really isn't helping!" Jyou cried. "We need to end this scene so we can get on with the rest of the show."

"If someone would just follow the freaking script, we would have been done ages ago!" Taichi snapped.

"I'm not here to soothe your ego and add to your hero complex!"

"You tell him, girl," Yamato added for good measure.

Taichi let out a frustrated scream. "You guys are running this for me! You're ruining this for the fans! You're running it for the writers!"

"The Japanese writers didn't even believe in this love triangle crap," Yamato retorted.

"What the hell are you talking about?! The signs are all there! The subtle looks, the small gestures, the amazing back story! This whole thing has been set up perfectly!"

"Everyone knows that Sorato is canon in the end!"

"Shut up, Yamato! I'm not listening to you."

"Twenty-five years later, Sora and I have two children and are still happily married!"

"LALALALAA," Taichi sang with his fingers in his ears.

Sora huffed. "He can't just ignore the choice I'm going to make."


"Taichi," Yamato warned.

Taichi threw up his hands in exasperation. "Sorato is a big fuck you to the fans, it's a big fuck you to the people who followed the story from the beginning, and it's a huge fuck you to the twenty-somethings who haven't yet moved on with their lives and continue to live their adventures through me!"

"Maybe this whole incident will teach you that you can't always get what you want," Jyou added helpfully.

"Who is the main protagonist of this show, Jyou?" Taichi asked murderously.

"Well... we all have extremely important roles to-"

"I'm being serious."

Jyou deflated somewhat. "I suppose one could say that you-"

"Exactly. Me. And as the main character, all TV tropes point to the fact that I deserve the girl at the end."

"Deserve?!" Sora squeaked in indignation.

Koushiro decided to speak up. "There is actually an interesting theory going round which says that you don't end up with the leading girl precisely because you're the main protagonist, Taichi. It's very admirable to be brave in the face of imminent danger and possible death, but a different sort of courage is required to deal with moving on and not always getting what you want in terms of your relationships."

"That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard," Taichi declared.

"I quite like it. It delves on the themes of personal growth and maturity, and the importance of putting other people's happiness above your own," Yamato mused. "It's a good direction for the show to take."

"I'm sensing some vested interests here," Jyou commented quietly.

"Or maybe," Sora hissed. "I can make my own choices based on what I want which have nothing whatsoever to do with anyone other than me!"

"But I'm the main character!" Taichi yelled. "The girl is mine! And there is nothing that any of you can do about it!"

Without warning, Sora grabbed the the front of his shirt and pressed him up against the wall. "Taichi Yagami, I swear to God, I will rip off your balls if you so much as breathe another word," she snarled.

Author's Note: This chapter was so much fun to write! And I plan to lavish an equal amount of attention on each character and ship in the coming updates xD

As always, comments and reviews are welcome :)