Tainted Love

Intro: Last time we left our cute coupling they were about to be blasted into a million pieces! Isn't that wonderful? Haa... I really must stop torturing my favorite couple no?

Rika: Remind me to kill you when you're done with this!

Eheheheh.... O.o;;; Well now, time for the disclaimer!! Rukato forever!!

Disclaimer: I don't own diddley squat, and if I did I'd have Ruki and Takato marry!!

BlackGatomon: Whee! ^.^ Candy! Arigato so much Dreaming Nightingale, Rukato Fan!

On with the show! Sorry it took so long, school's been a nightmare (I've got a project) T.T

***Part 7***

There are no possible words grand enough to describe this disastrous explosion. The whole area ripped apart, throwing Takato, Rika, Renamon, and Guilmon off their feet in a flurry of fiery sparks. Everyone was driven into the ground, blood dribbling from new wounds. Ghoulmon was the only thing standing in the shrouded Digital World, driven mad by the smoke and sand swirling about him. Dizzy and unable to see, his eyes rolled white and blood spurted from them. He knelt down on the ground to stop the world around him from spinning.
Everyone lie in the rough ground of the Digital World, too shocked and pained to speak or move. Rika was breathing heavily, trying to regenerate her body to stand. Takato got up slowly and painfully and pulled out his D-arc. "Explosion Eye... Ghoulmon's best and foulest attack. It is said that the user is driven mad after using this attack, for the amount of destruction dealt from it is so horrific."
Rika managed to stand, wearily trying to keep her balance. Suddenly and soundly, she collapsed, but Takato caught her. "Rika?"
Renamon stood and pawed her way through the smoky air to them. "She's unconscious... this is just too much for her."
Takato picked her up and nuzzled her. "It's ok Rika... everything's going to be fine... we're together..."
An earsplitting scream sounded through the smoky area. Guilmon ran from the direction of it and into view, a crazed Ghoulmon not too far behind. "Takatomon!!! We've got to get out of here!!"
"And leave this crazed lunatic to destroy everything in his path? No way!!" cried Takato. Renamon grabbed Takato hand and dragged him away from the shrieking Ghoulmon. "Listen, even if we could, he's too mad to trifle with him now. If he gets it through his head he can use that attack again we're doomed."
"Then we'll fight," said Takato, still carrying Rika. He pulled out his D-arc and handed Rika to Renamon. "Ready Guilmon?"
"Always ready."
"Good. Bio Merge Activate!"
Gallantmon landed in all his glory, ready and waiting for Ghoulmon. The raving monster finally came into view, foaming and eyes rolling in extreme pain. "Lightning Joust!"
Gallantmon charged at Ghoulmon, but at the last second Ghoulmon whipped around and grabbed Gallantmon's lance. Gallantmon's eyes widened in surprise as Ghoulmon grabbed both his arms and held them firmly. "You will not escape here alive tamers..."
Gallantmon struggled to pull free, but nothing was working. Ghoulmon's monstrous claws grew tighter and tighter around his wrists. Ghoulmon grinned and screamed. "Death Arrow!"
Renamon shook Rika. "Rika! Takato needs our help! Let's go!" Rika awoke with a start, pulled out her D-arc and screamed, "Bio Merge Activate!"
Sakuyamon thrust her staff forward and hit Ghoulmon in the eye again, only this time the attack was ready. The Death Arrow struck Sakuyamon the same time she hit Ghoulmon, and Sakuyamon released her staff and fell to the ground.
"NO!" screamed Gallantmon, watching her fall. The staff was still stuck in Ghoulmon's bloody face, and Ghoulmon was screaming bloody murder.
Sakuyamon laid there, the attack still in her, threatening to turn her into bits of data any minute. Gallantmon rushed toward her. "Rika!"
He held up her head and smiled through his tears. "It's like déjà vu..."
Sakuyamon smiled. "I know... but this time... I'm alive..."
Gallantmon hugged her and smiled joyfully. "You're ok..."
They heard a bubbling noise and turned. Ghoulmon was in extreme pain, Sakuyamon's staff sinking into his eye, dealing a ton of damage. Ghoulmon fell to the ground, and the stem of the staff disappeared into the eye.
"Well... that takes care of him..." said Takato. He turned to Rika, but instead of joy on her face, there was pure horror. "What?"
"If my staff was absorbed..." said Rika. "It wouldn't kill him... it would revive him!!!"
Gallantmon's pupils dilated. "Oh no..."
There was an earsplitting shriek and a beam of light thrust upward around Ghoulmon. Ghoulmon's wounds healed and his eyes returned to normal. He was set down, and he laughed maniacally.
He took to the air and grinned, an evil glint in his eye. "Pathetic Tamers... you will perish together! I will not rest until I've seen each and every one of you to your graves!!! Death Arrow!!"
Gallantmon ducked Sakuyamon and himself out of the way. Gallantmon was on top of her, and as he gazed at her she had tears in her eyes. "Rika what's wrong?"
"We can't fight..." explained Renamon. "Our staff is the key to our attacks..."
Gallantmon got up slowly. "Rika... do you trust me?"
"With my life Takato."
"Good," said Takato. He extended his hand. "Lend me your power. I'll defeat him myself... with your help."
Sakuyamon got up and held his hand. Gallantmon smiled as she gave him all of her power, and he could feel her power flow through his veins. Sakuyamon fell to the ground, the only thing covering her feminine body was a black suit. Gallantmon smiled down at her. "We'll be back."
Sakuyamon nodded. Gallantmon turned to Ghoulmon and smiled. "Crimson Mode!!!"
Grani flew from the sky and joined Gallantmon. Gallantmon Crimson Mode stood, and took off to the air.
"We've had it with you Ghoulmon!" cried Gallantmon. "Prepare to face our power!"
Ghoulmon looked amused. "Aww... how cute... Death Arrow!!"
Gallantmon dodged it. "My turn!! Final Justice!!!"
The attack knocked Ghoulmon to the ground. Ghoulmon hurled himself at the red knight, trying to claw him. Sakuyamon watched them battle with hope in her heart. (We're rooting for you Gogglehead... go for it!)
Suddenly, Gallantmon was in Ghoulmon's grasp. Ghoulmon's clawed hand firmly placed around Gallantmon's neck, Ghoulmon held him above himself. "Now little Gogglehead... you will be the first to perish..." Ghoulmon's eye rotated a full 360 degrees and he cried, "Explosion Eye!!"
Sakuyamon screamed and Gallantmon shut his eyes. {I'm so sorry everyone...}
Sakuyamon shut her eyes tight and covered herself. But there was no explosion, all she could hear was a blast of thousands of bullets and...

"Mega Barrage!!"

Sakuyamon looked up to see Gallantmon on the ground, MegaGargomon letting the huge one eyed monster have it. Henry saw her and waved. "Just in time eh? We were wondering where you went off to!"
Gallantmon beamed. "Henry! Terriermon!"
"About time Lop head," said Rika sternly.
"Well howdy do to you too Queenie," said Terriermon. Henry sighed and looked up. "Umm... guys? I think we forgot something..."
Gallantmon looked up at where MegaGargomon was pointing. "He's getting away!"
The tamers took to the sky, except Rika who, as Sakuyamon, lay in a circle of shadow to protect herself. Gallantmon stopped as he flew into the air and turned to her. "Rika..."
"Momentai, Takato," said Rika. "I'll be right here."
In his red bubble Takato couldn't help but blush. "Umm... Rika? Thanks...for coming back..."
Rika smiled. "What are friends for?"
"I hate to break up your little blushfest here but we've got company!!" cried MegaGargomon. Ghoulmon dived downward from his altitude in the sky, gaining speed as he did so. MegaGargomon's eyes widened. "He's going to ram into us!!"
"Say your prayers Tamers!!" shrieked Ghoulmon as he sped past MegaGargomon, who just barely dodged him. Gallantmon was still with Rika. Henry screamed. "Takato look out!!!"
Takato turned around at the last second and just barely made it out of the way. But he had forgotten one thing.
Ghoulmon collided with Sakuyamon with a loud crack. Smoke flew everywhere, shrouding Sakuyamon from view. Sakuyamon screamed and so did the other two megas. Takato's face went from shock to sadness. "No..."
The smoke had not cleared, but Ghoulmon shot out of the smoke and into the air, cackling. MegaGargomon growled. "Doesn't this guy ever quit?!"
Ghoulmon turned around and fired. "Death Arrow!!" Only this time, three arrows shot out. Gallantmon thought quickly, as two were heading right for him! He held up his shield at the last second, rebounding the two attacks back onto Ghoulmon! The attacks collided and Ghoulmon screamed in pain. MegaGargomon caught the arrow speeding toward him and threw it back to Ghoulmon. "Hey Ghoul-head! Catch!"
Ghoulmon's eye went viral as the last arrow struck him, severely wounding him. "Now Takato!" cried Henry, and Gallantmon readied his shield.
"Final Justice!!!" screamed Gallantmon, blasting with all his might. It struck Ghoulmon in the chest, and with earsplitting screams Ghoulmon fell to the ground, writhing and twisting, until he disintegrated into bits of data.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" wailed Ghoulmon as he disintegrated from the face of the Digital World. "My plans for world domination... reduced to dust... I only wanted control of you Takato... only... you..." His eye was the last to disintegrate.
MegaGargomon and Gallantmon Crimson Mode de digivolved. Takato ran through the smoke in the direction of where Rika had been, Henry following. "Rika! Rika! Rika answer me!!"
Takato searched through the smoke, ignoring the sting in his eyes from it. Finally he could see something through the smoke, a shadow and part of a spiked ponytail. "Rika!"
Henry stayed behind, watching as Takato slowly picked up Rika. He carried her out of the smoke, and as he walked past Henry, he could see tears in Takato's eyes. Henry opened his mouth to give words of comfort, but for once he couldn't. There was nothing to say.
Takato got out of the smoke and stopped, his shoulders shaking. Guilmon watched him in sadness and Renamon slowly crept out of the smoke. Guilmon spotted her and picked her up. "What happened?"
"R-Rika..." gasped Renamon.
Takato sunk to his knees and hugged Rika in his arms, crying. "I'm so sorry Rika... I didn't mean to... I..."
Henry held Terriermon close. Terriermon looked up at him. "Henry... what happened?"
"I think... she's gone..." said Henry silently. "Takato didn't know, it was an accident..."
"Momentai Henry..."
"I don't know if we should momentai..."
Takato had started and couldn't stop. Through his tears he held her close to him. {This time it really is my fault... I'm so sorry...} He sobbed quietly and tried to stop himself from losing it. But there was no other thing to do, Ghoulmon was dead, and so was his love.
"I couldn't think..." he said quietly, not entirely to Rika. "I...I didn't know... how could I let this happen to you? I should've protected you... but instead and left you vulnerable... I'm so sorry Rika..."
After that, words just tumbled out of his mouth, things he had wanted to say to her for years, all of it poured out. "I've always admired you Rika... your bravery and fighting skill. Secretly you were always there for me... like I was for you. I was drawn to you, and there was no way around it. You've done everything I'd never do in a million years, you've been the coldest person I've ever met, but you had a good heart. You were unique... and that's what drew me to you... you were unlike any other... a gem in a sea of leaves..."
He gazed at her with eyes of sadness. Her eyes were closed, her mouth a thin line. Whitened her face was, battered were her clothes. He bent over her and kissed her cold lips. "I love you..."
He stared at her, willing her to come back. But nothing happened, there would be no fairy tale ending. She was still cold to touch, her body battered, but she did not live. Takato's lip trembled and he sighed to try to keep himself from crying. It only made him cry more. "Rika... please... I'd do anything, anything... to have you back safe and sound..."
Guilmon came to Takato's side. "Takatomon... maybe if you wish for it, it'll come true."
"What?" Takato squeaked, not believing what he just heard.
"Well," said Guilmon. "When you wanted to fight with me, you wished for it, and getting me in the first place was a wish too. Maybe, if you wish hard enough, she'll come back. The Digignomes were nice enough to give you a digimon, why not restore a life?"
"Whoa," said Terriermon. "Is Guilmon actually being serious?! I must get this on tape!!"
"Can it Terriermon!" shushed Henry.
Takato set Rika on the ground and stood. "Good idea Guilmon, thanks."
"You're welcome," grinned Guilmon.
Takato smiled and looked to the sky. He held his D-arc into the sky. "I wish Rika was alive and well! I can't stand her this way! Please, here me out, you must bring back her life... she's important to me, I cannot live without her!!"
He gripped his D-arc and concentrated. "Please bring her back! ...I love her..."
There was no answer. Takato sighed and held his D-arc to him. A single tear dribbled down his cheek and landed on Rika. "Please... I really wish for her to come back..."
Suddenly they heard something, something very far off. Henry turned around and squinted. He beamed. "Takato!! Takato look! It's the Digignomes!! They're coming!"
Guilmon and Terriermon cheered, Renamon smiling weakly. Takato waved at the thousands of Digignomes. "Here! Here we are!"
There must have been millions of them, all of them speeding toward the Tamers, chirping happily. As they flew over the arid and destroyed land, powder from their wings graced the land, sprouting trees and greenery. All of the digimon were right behind them, settling as they flew over.
"They're restoring the Digital World!" cried Henry, awed by the sight. Digignomes flit about the area around them, restoring peace and prosperity. Finally all of they gathered around Rika's body, all of them sitting around her, waiting.
Suddenly they all began to chirp and their voices became one. Takato watched as all of them shone with brilliance, a thousand lights surrounding a beam of light. Inside the beam Rika was taken up into the air and spun around and around.
"Henry?" asked Terriermon. "Why don't I have attacks like that?"
"Oh Terriermon..." sighed Henry, sweat dropping.
"Sh-h, listen," said Takato. "They're singing..."
Their music filled the entire Digital World, and the digimon sang back. Soon tears from each and every one of the digimon came drifting back, giving the gnomes more power. Rika was stripped of her clothing, her hair let down, and only a veil of ribbons hung around her body to clothe her. Suddenly her eyes flickered open.
There was a blast of light, and the Digignomes were gone. Rika lie on the ground, her clothes back on, her hair up, and she was staring up at the sky. Takato jumped for joy. "Rika! Rika you're alive!!"
Rika looked up and smiled. "Takato!"
Takato embraced Rika, crying. "You're alive... we're both alive... he's gone..." Rika faced him. "Yes."
Takato smiled, and before he knew what was happening, Rika kissed him on the lips. His eyes widened in surprise, but then he closed his own eyes and enjoyed it. Henry smiled serenely. Terriermon blew his nose. "That was just... so beautiful!! Waaaaaaa!!"
Henry bopped Terriermon on the head without looking down. "Indeed, now everything's peaceful once more... I wonder, what the future will bring."
"Do you think it'll bring bread?" said Guilmon.
"Guilmon you are so naïve," Terriermon rolled his eyes.

***End of Part 7***

Rika: Hmmm... I've decided not to hurt you... for now...
Oh that's REAL comforting Queenie.
Rika: HEY!!!
Well, I'm finally done with this story! Aren't you proud of me? I still need to watch more of Frontier before I make a decision (whether to go for Takumi, Kozumi, or both) but right now I'm pretty neutral. I'm just glad they got a new theme song (Di-Di-Digimon is neat, but it was getting old).

BlackGatomon: And with the next story bring more candy!!!! Please?

-_-;;; At least you said please... anyway, Arigato for reviewing (And for giving hot head here candy). Remember Rukato itsumademo!! I may be writing more Rukato...