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All Seems Beautiful: Chapter 7

Title: All Seems Beautiful
Category: Digimon Adventure
Rating: T (may go up)

Genre: Adventure/Drama/Romance
After a bizarre incident, Taichi discovers he's vanishing from his own world and becoming a part of the Digital World. Meanwhile, the Chosen take hits from every corner - an enemy at home, and an enemy (or two, or several) on the digital plane. To top that off, they can't manage to keep their personal lives from getting tangled up. As thy are pelted by complication after complication, the Chosen must put their faith in themselves and in their friends to the test. To quote the ever-eloquent Daisuke: 'Today sucks.'
Previous chapters: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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All Seems Beautiful

Chapter Seven
Say "Friend" and Enter

"If you contribute towards other people's happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life."
- XIV Dalai Lama

“Are you mad?”

“Well, yeah, a little. I mean, I’ve been a Chosen just about as long as you have. You were there for me at the Dark Ocean. I would have thought you’d let me return the favor.” She tucked her chin into her hand, tightening her grip on his palm.

“You have bigger things to worry about.” Takeru pulled away and sat up. Next to him she felt no larger than a child. “I didn’t know about what’s happening to Taichi-san until this morning. I’m… I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what?” she asked sharply. “Sorry he cut his chin? He’s had worse injuries. Usually self-inflicted, in stupidity. Sorry he’s,” she struggled to spit the words out, “disappearing? Vanishing right before my eyes? Leaving my world, to become part of one that makes no promise of a future?”

Takeru met her eyes for the first time. “You don’t know that for sure.”

“It’s what Gennai said would happen. Not in so many words, but what else could he mean by ‘it’s irreversible’?”

“I doubt that. We’ve overcome ‘impossible’ odds before. This time will be no different.”

“Even though the enemy we’re fighting is invisible?” Hikari glared at him with enough grief that he backed off. “I think I understand what’s going on better than any of the others. Maybe better than Oniichan himself. I’ve been there, Takeru-kun! Once you leave your world, just by walking across a street, and end up somewhere else – you know there’s no ticket back home.”

She felt him stand up and come around to face her. The loss of his weight caused the mattress to roll beneath her. Takeru squatted down, resting his elbows on his knees. “But you did come home.”

“Because you were there,” she protested. “And the second time, because Miyako-san was there.”

“We may have helped, but neither of us would have gotten away alive if you hadn’t been there.”

She bit her lip. The floor felt infinitely close, as if with one wrong move she’d never stand up again.

A knock on the door broke through the whirlwind of her thoughts. “Time’s up, Takeru,” Natsuko said, sounding almost apologetic. She opened the door, but didn’t come inside.

“Shoot.” Takeru dropped his head. “Mom and her rules.”

“Guess I should go,” Hikari said, ashamed to find tears in her eyes.

“Hikari-chan.” He grabbed her wrist. “It’s going to be fine,” he said, gently. “I promise.”

She hesitated. His hand slid off her arm, lingered nearby. At last she gave him a watery smile.

“It must be nice to fall asleep gazing at the stars.”

Link: [Say "Friend" and Enter]