Tainted Love

Intro: Here is yet another drama/romance story by me. This one however, is much deeper and darker than my others... if you've read my poor summary, then you partially understand. Read on readers... but if you've read "One Choice" and "Forever Yours", this is much deeper and sadder than that. Mainly drama, R+R of course rukato all the way!!


"You never really know how much you really love someone until they're gone..." ~Unknown (Anybody know who said this?)

()= Rika's thoughts
{}= Takato's thoughts
[]= Henry's thoughts
''= Everyone else's thoughts
""= Speech


Background:
It is 4 months after that hideous fight with the D-reaper. None of the Tamers had gotten their digimon back, but Takato had stumbled on a digital portal, which led to their digimon. Taking the rest of his friends with him, they found all their digimon, even Leomon, who had been reborn. The arc was created yet again and the digimon and the children made it back in one piece. Wild ones still threatened Shinjuku, however none of them prevailed now that the Tamers were back in business... not yet anyhow...

***Part 1 ***

On the brink of bio-merging a huge digimon flew across the Digital Plane. "Here I come Tamers..." it hissed. "Ready or not..." A yellow eye flicked open, having the look of pure genius in it. "Takato will be mine..."

There had been no wild ones today, sadly. The tamers hung around the park, just the three of them, for the others were all too busy (if you call napping busy) to play. Ai, Mako, and Impmon were on vacation in Tokyo, Suzie was taking her nap, Kazu and Kenta had chores, and Jeri was working overtime at her father's restaurant. They figured Ryo was busy also for they had yet to hear from him at all.
Ruki leaned against a tree and looked up. Through the greenery she could see the brightened sky, which was a brilliant blue. The sun shone through and she had to shade her eyes, but it was a beautiful day. Takato was playing with Guilmon and Terriermon (tag of course), and Lee was reading on a park bench. It was just another incredibly boring day in her eyes.
(Haaa...) She sighed. (It's so quiet.... Too quiet...) Her sigh had caught Takato's eye and he jogged over to her. "You ok Rika?"
"I'm fine," said Rika, eyes closed. "Just incredibly bored."
Takato grinned sheepishly. {She was ok all along... heh heh... God she must think I'm a total dork!} "Just making sure."
"Whatever."
Henry watched them out of the corner of his eye. [What's going on here?]
"Hey Takatomon!" cried Guilmon. "Are you still going to play?" He was chasing Terriermon and had been 'it' forever because his large legs couldn't carry him so fast.
"In a minute," said Takato. {Maybe I could spend some time with her... I feel really bad about her dad and all...} "Do you have anything you want to talk about?"
"Why the sudden interest?"
"N-Nothing! It's just... I feel... bad about the whole Parasimon thing..." said Takato quietly.
"Oh, that," true, she had been thinking about that whole incident for the past 4 months, but that was nothing to get sappy about in her opinion. (Why the sudden caring for me? Just cause he saved me and was the only one who actually listened to me... he's a weird kid.) "Don't worry about it alright?"
Takato nodded. {So much for making conversation...} "Ok..."
(Why does he seem to care for me? I mean the guy's had a crush on Jeri for a long time, maybe I should remind him...) She smirked thoughtfully. Takato looked at her with a quizzical look on his face. "What?"
"Just thinking," said Rika, still smiling. "Isn't there a dance coming up at your school? Aren't you going with Jeri?"
Takato blushed crimson. "I-It's not like that Rika! We're just friends, she told me herself."
"Sure..."
"I'm serious!"
"So am I."
"Why do you keep bringing up Jeri anyway?!" he said haughtily. "I mean, you like Ryo..."
"How many times have I told you I hate Mr. Perfect?" said Rika coolly. (Ok, maybe that was a mistake...)
"Uh huh right," said Takato slyly. "You like him and you know it. You're jealous cause I'm better at falling in love than you are."
Rika's eyes flared. "I would take that back Gogglehead..."
Takato was slightly hurt about her picking fun about him and Jeri. Even though he knew she would surely hand him his ass if he took anything too far, it was still fun to poke at the Digimon Queen. "Why? It's true."
"I'm warning you..."
"Stop saying I like Jeri then!" said Takato unhappily. True, he did sort of like her, but not as much as he once did.
"Ha! That's a laugh," said Rika, standing up straight to face him. "You've liked Jeri since we first started and you know it!"
"What's it to you?"
"What's it to you if I supposedly like Ryo?!"
Somehow anger had sparked between the two. Their opposites had clashed yet again and Henry saved his page and put his book down. Seeing the sudden clash he quickly walked over, but not quickly enough. "Guys..."
Terriermon and Guilmon were watching the two argue. Guilmon turned to Terriermon. "What are they arguing about?"
"You got me, I got lost in the first round."
"There was a first round?"
"Oh boy..."
By now anger had blinded the two. "You're just jealous because..." Takato took the first thing that popped in his head. "Because I like Juri and not you!!"
Rika stopped dead. At first she looked hurt, but that slowly grew to anger. Lee watched as her fists clenched in rage, eyes flaring. She looked ready to hit Takato, who had a smug grin on his face, because for once she had no retort. Speechless and unwilling to cause damage, she turned and stormed away. "Come on Renamon, I don't want to see these Goggleheads anymore..."
Renamon had been in a tree, watching the whole fight from a bird's point of view. She sighed and slid down and followed behind Rika. Renamon looked back at the boys only once.
Lee stood staring after Rika in surprise. He looked at Takato, then back at Rika's disappearing figure. He ran his hand through his hair and turned to Takato. "What happened?"
He looked up at Takato, who was staring after Ruki in a state of shocked silence. "Rika..." His voice failed him. "I-I didn't..."
"Earth to Takato! Hello?!"
Takato blinked and turned to Henry. Henry raised an eyebrow. "Let me take a guess, you two had a fight and you just made her mad. Knowing her, she'll be mad at you till the next millennium, quoting you."
"I know!" cried Takato in an angered tone. This surprised Henry, usually his goggle friend cared what he said to Rika. "What's up with you Takato?"
Takato's eyes narrowed. "I don't want to see her again either. Come on Guilmon, let's go home."
Guilmon followed sadly as Takato turned and walked off in the opposite direction. Henry sighed and Terriermon jumped on his shoulder. Henry looked at Terriermon. "Terriermon, someday I'm going to have to teach you the word denial."
"Momentai Henry," said Terriermon. "Thanks to that little bout I already know."
"Think we should patch things up?"
"Of cou- hey wait a minute..." Terriermon lifted one of his big ears in the air. "Something's wrong..."
"What is it? A digimon?"
"You bet!"
"How big?"
"Well let me put it this way, 'big' is an understatement...."
Henry smiled. "What are we waiting for? Now's our chance!"
"Chance for what?"
"Getting the two back together!" said Henry, grinning. Terriermon gave him a quizzical look. Henry sighed and rolled his eyes. "Look, Rika and Takato will be drawn by the wild one, so they'll have to see one another, and you know how those old fighting stories goes..."
"Yea, the guy saves the girl's life or vice versa and they live happily ever after!" cried Terriermon. "Let's go and let digimon take this friendship's course!"

* * *

Yamaki flicked his lighter open and shut inside the dark lab as he watched his two companions, Tally and Riley, tick away on their keyboards, searching for any sign of a wild one. "Anything?"
"It seems very quiet today," said Tally, her gaze unmoving from the screen. Suddenly there was a beeping noise coming from the screen as a red dot appeared on the huge computer screen. "Whoops, spoke too soon..."
"What's its status?" asked Yamaki impatiently.
"It's going to bio merge," said Riley, pulling off her goggles. "And by the looks of it, it's a big one... there's nothing we can do. I hope it's not too strong..."
"What?!" cried Yamaki. "Not too strong?! What's that supposed to mean?"
"Well," said Riley. "Its readings are close to the ones of the 'Devas', but... stronger..."
"Hopefully the kids will handle it right?" said Tally, smiling. "I mean, they did save us... a lot."
Yamaki released his tedious grip on his lighter and relaxed. "Right... let's hope they can handle this one... In the meantime analyze its whereabouts and strength."
"Right," said Riley, putting her goggles on. 'I hope those kids can handle this...' she thought worriedly. 'This wild one looks almost as strong as the D-Reaper...'

* * *

Rika dashed down the streets, pulling on her jacket and slipping on her shades, Renamon at her heels. "Hurry Renamon! I don't want to lose this one!"
Renamon pranced through the trees and landed in an intersection covered in a thick fog. Rika pulled off her shades and looked around. "Where is it?" She growled as she directed the D-arc in random positions, searching for any sign of life. "Oh this better not be a false alarm!!"
"Rika!" cried a familiar voice. Rika rolled her eyes and turned to see Takato running up to her. "Ugh..."
"Nice to see you too," said Takato angrily. Guilmon looked up at him unhappily. Rika sneered. "Why aren't you with Jeri?"
Takato's eyes narrowed, but their silence was soon broken.
"Hey what about us?!" cried Henry and Terriermon, riding a bike from behind Rika. "You weren't thinking about tackling this one yourselves were you?" said Terriermon, grinning broadly. "And getting all the fun?"
Rika smirked. "Of course not! And leave you out?"
Takato rolled his eyes. "That would be the day..."
"Sheesh just asking," said Terriermon. "No need to bite my head off!"
Takato and Rika growled at each other, folded their arms and turned away. Lee sighed. "This is going to take longer than I thought..."
Suddenly there was an earsplitting roar and the ground began to shake violently. Rika dug her feet into the gravel to steady herself and covered her head as the falling debris landed around her. Terriermon shaded Henry with his ears while Guilmon and Takato ducked out of the way of the falling chunks of metal and wood. Takato ducked out of the way of falling debris, leaving him on the ground. He looked up and the dust cleared, and Rika was straight ahead of him. His eyes widened. "Rika look out!!!"
Rika looked up and her eyes widened. A huge chunk of metal was aimed right at her. "RENAMON!!!"
"I'm coming Rika!" cried Renamon, dodging the falling debris as she sped toward her partner. The metal piece was inches from her when Renamon pulled her and herself out of the way, landing safely on the ground, Rika in Renamon's arms. Renamon looked down at her. "Are you ok?"
"Yea," said Rika, smiling. The shaking stopped and the dust began to clear, however the fog was still intact. "What was that?"
"I don't know," said Henry. His bike had been crushed when a piece of debris had come crashing toward him. He brushed himself off. "Remind me not to ride a bike into a Digital Field again."
"No kidding," said Takato, getting up also. Rika pulled out her D-arc again and scanned the area. "Damn it! Where is that thing?"
"Well," said Takato tentatively. "I think this has been enough excitement for one day don't you?"
Another earthquake shook the ground, releasing more debris. Takato dodged all of it. "Sheesh, where is that digimon..." He turned around and was met with a large, yellow eye. "YAAAAH!!!"
"What's wrong Takatmon why are you all sweaty- ah!!" cried Guilmon as he saw what Takato saw, the owner of the eyeball.
"What's up with Gogglehead?" asked Rika, turning to the two. She gaped at the digimon. "What the?!"
"I think we just found out where the digimon is..." stuttered Henry, gazing up at the digimon in fright.
"That thing?" asked Rika, stepping back. "Holy cow..."
"This isn't the time for Momentai eh Henry?" said Terriermon.
"For once I agree!"
The huge digimon screeched, its one huge eyeball on its head rolling madly. It was huge, at least 5 stories high, hunched over like a hunchback. It was clammy and gray, with a huge, yellow eye where its head should be. It looked like a clammy, gray potato with a huge eye on the tip. Above the eye was a black hat like thing with two bat wings coming out of it. It had huge, metallic claws on its hands, with a yellow eyeball in each palm. It had muscular arms connected to those two huge hands, and great, red, torn batwings connected to its back. It had a flailing, thick gray tail and huge feet with powerful legs. Huge metal talons gripped the ground as it screeched, and everyone covered their ears.
"Ok," said Rika, scanning it with her D-arc. "Finally! Ghoulmon, Mega level!! His attacks are Death Arrow and Explosion Eye!"
"Oh that's just great," sighed Takato. "Another mega for us to try and beat..."
"I know this day just keeps getting better and better!" said Henry sarcastically, laughing nervously.
"Whatever," said Rika. Then she spied Takato, who was right in the line of fire of...

"Death Arrow!!!"

"TAKATO WATCH OUT!!!" screamed Henry and Rika simultaneously. Before Rika gave it a second thought, she started running. (Hang on Takato!)
"Rika no!!" cried Renamon. Henry gaped in shock. "Rika don't do it!!"
Takato turned around, the arrow inches away from him. He shut his eyes tight and braced himself. {I'm so sorry Rika for what I said... it's not true...} Suddenly he was pushed to the ground, but there was no pain, only an earsplitting scream. Takato opened his eyes, he was on the ground, and a few feet away, the attack had made contact... but not with him. "RIKA!!!"

**End of Part 1**

Yes, I know, a cliffhanger, it sux eh? Calm down and keep your shirts on, I'll have the next chapter up in two shakes of a digi tail! R+R Rukato Itsumademo! (Rukato Forever!)