Word Count: chapter: 2,918||story: 17,464
Morning has a habit of coming whether you want it to or not. Which isn't always a bad thing, to be quite certain. I do like seeing the light push back the darkness every morning. Unless it's like this morning, which is one of those rainy, gray mornings that seem to make things so depressive. I always prefer clear sunshine to start the day off with. Everything just seems so much happier then.
But this isn’t really all that bad. A light little rain could clear the air a little, and if we’re lucky, this afternoon could be gorgeous.
“Coming to school with me today, Tailmon?” I brush out my hair carefully, trying to make sure there's not a single knot in it. I've kinda gotten into hair brushing, from helping Miyako take care of her hair. It just feels so good. I’ve never had someone else help me do mine. I wonder what it would feel like. Miyako seems to like it. I wonder if Takeru knows that. Maybe I should let him know, just to see what happens.
“I don't think so.” My feline friend just kind of yawns and stretches when she answers me, flexing out her claws at the same time before rolling up into a ball next to my pillows. “It's a sleeping kind of day for me.”
I can't say I disagree with her that much. I almost slept through the alarm clock myself. It felt so horribly wrong to even move an inch out of bed. So warm and comfortable...I really understand how cats can spend all day every day sleeping. I wish sometimes that I was one myself. It would be so nice to just laze around for a while and not have to do anything that I don’t really want to do.
“All right, I'll see you after school then.” I'm not even certain if she's hearing me right now. She looks too comfortable. I don’t think I’d ever have the heart to move her from the bed when she looks like that. It has to be better than some of the places she slept while working for Vamdemon. “Have fun!”
“Mmmm, I will.” Tailmon turns over and sort of spreads out so she's taking up far more room than she should, not exactly being the size of a Monochromon or something. It really is a cat thing, and one of the cuter cat things at that. “You too. Don't forget to tell your parents.”
She's back asleep before I can ask what she means, but I don't have to. She wants me to tell them about my date with Daisuke. I thought about it all night long, when I wasn't actually sleeping, and even though we spent a couple of hours watching TV together, the right time to tell them just never actually came.
For that matter, calling up Miyako to see if Takeru made that date with her never actually came up. I kept thinking about it but every time, something else seemed to crop up in the way. Mom and Dad wanted to spend family time together last night not that long after I got off the phone, and Taichi kept giving me looks the whole time. I know he wanted to tell them, or for me to say something, but this is a date with Daisuke. My first date with him. I am glad that Taichi didn’t say anything about it himself.
I'm being silly about it, I know that. They think Daisuke is a great guy. They wouldn't be bothered by me having a date with him. I don't even know why I don't just tell them. I guess I'm just nervous. I have a feeling this date is going to mean more than just a date. Which is really being stupid all by itself.
So I guess it's time to tell them. Just before I go to school, so if they do decide to freak out for some reason, I can get out of here without having to make up a ridiculous excuse.
Then again, if I'm thinking like that, I just may have been spending a little too much time around Daisuke. That's the kind of thinking he'd have. Which isn't all that bad, really. But it’s strange thinking like him.
“See you later, Tailmon.” It's not necessary to say that, especially since she's asleep, but I do it anyway. She just curls more into the blankets and sleeps on. If I were someone else, like Miyako, I might be tempted to bother her until she decided to join me, but since I'm not, I won't. It isn’t all that often she can really sleep without nightmares anyway. I can’t take that away from her. They’re fading, and I really think they’re almost gone, but until they really are…I’ll just let her sleep.
“Morning, Hikari.” Mom waves at me as I come into the kitchen. Dad's finishing up his breakfast and looks about ready to run out the door. This looks better and better. They won't have time to do much, I think. But then there's that whole week stretching out between now and then. They could say a lot. I could say a lot. Anything could happen, and it most likely will.
“Good morning, Mom.” I grab some toast and cereal and start chewing, making a point not to 'wolf' down things the way Taichi is. Seventeen and he still acts like food's going to run away from him if he doesn't catch it first. I think it's a holdover from the days in the Digital World, if you ask me. I don't think he'd appreciate being told that, so I just won't tell him. At least I don’t eat like that, and I haven’t noticed any of the others doing it either. So it must just be Taichi. “I got a call from Daisuke last night, did I tell you?” I might as well go ahead and go through with it. Soonest begun, soonest done. And the quicker I get through this, the better.
“No, you didn't. What did he want?” Dad gives me something that can only be described as a 'dad' look. Maybe I should bottle it and send it over to Iori. His grandfather's pretty good at it, but there's just something about a real and true 'dad' look that every kid should see at least once in their life. I wonder if Daisuke’s dad has ever given him, or Jun, that kind of look.
“Not much. We're going on a date Saturday night.” I take a leisurely bite of toast and wash it down with some orange juice. “That's okay, isn't it?” This is it, the moment of truth. I hope they’re not going to want to interview him before we go out. I can’t even remember if I told them about his crush on me. Or if anyone did. I think they just know that we’re friends.
Dad looks like he just can't stop blinking. Like he's got something stuck in his eyes or something. Mom just smiles and starts to gather up the dishes to put them in the sink.
“That's sweet, Hikari. You two behave yourselves, and have a good time. Do you know where you're going yet?” All right, I knew that she was going to take it well, but this is almost freaky. What was that movie Mimi was raving about in her e-mails a few years ago? Oh, that's right. The Stepford Wives. Or something like that. This is almost like that. Except Mom never seems to get that upset about anything, so her not freaking out isn't too unusual.
“Daisuke said something about dinner and a walk but I don't know just where yet. I'll ask him about it today if I can.” I don't have a lot of time to talk to them about it. Which could be both good and bad now that I know they're not going to be panicking.
Dad finally stops blinking. That's a relief, I was starting to wonder if we were going to have to take him to a doctor for a chronic eye twitch or something like that. “You're going on a date?” He doesn’t really sound simple, just a little confused or worried. I can’t be certain of which.
“Yes, dear, that's what she said.” Mom turns on the hot water and gets some soap in there. I can’t say which of them I was more worried about flipping out because of this, but I’m really glad she isn’t. When Mom gets angry, it can get scary. Just ask Taichi. “And she's old enough, so don't say anything. Daisuke is a very nice young man and there's nothing else that needs to be said about it. Just be home before it's too late, Hikari, and make sure that you do your homework before you go. All of it.”
That’s really more like what I expected her to say. She’s always after me to do my homework and get good grades. She does the same thing for Taichi, and I’m almost scared of how she’s going to act once he gets into college. Or when I do.
Dad glares at her first, then looks over at me. “I wasn't going to say anything else. I was just wondering why you didn't say anything about this last night.”
“I wanted to, but the right time never showed up.” I wonder if that's going to sound as silly to him as it does to me right now. If I ever have kids, I think I'll tell them that every time is the right time. Even if they don't believe me, I'll tell them anyway.
I'm not really sure if Dad believes me now, but he's just kind of looking at me over his coffee cup before he puts it down and gets a refill. I think it's time I got out of here, before Taichi starts strangling on his own breakfast. That could be any second now, the way he's turning purple. Agumon's starting to pound on his back, and Mom even looks a little worried.
“Taichi?” Dad's attention is on him now, more concern for the fact his son could be choking to death than the fact I’m going on a date at the end of the week. “Are you all right?”
“Yeah!” He gasps a little and grins, coughing some before he drinks a bit more juice. “Something just went down the wrong way, that's all. I'm okay. Agumon, stop hitting my back!”
His partner just kind of peers around at him. “Are you sure you're all right?” I think I can see some jelly on Agumon's muzzle. I wouldn't be surprised; peanut butter and jelly is what he usually has for breakfast. He usually doesn't leave traces though. I think I'm focusing on entirely the wrong things right now. I've got something else to be doing: getting out of here.
“Well, since you're not dead, I'm out of here. See you later!” I grab my books and I'm gone out the door before either of them can say anything. I might have to face up to more questions and answer sessions before the weekend, but for right now, escape has been safely made!
Yes, I am really spending too much time around Daisuke.
But I like it.
I can already see the other kids who go to school with me heading that way. There isn’t anyone I really feel like talking to right now, though. Not that it's a problem. I already know I'm going to run into someone I want to talk to before too long. No, I don't have to be psychic to know that. It's just that when you've walked to school with the same guy long enough, you kind of get into knowing he'll be there. In fact, it's gotten to the point that if I don't see Daisuke there before I’m two blocks from the apartment, I start wondering what's wrong. He’s just that kind of prompt. He always has been from the moment we started to walk there together.
It's actually out of Daisuke's way to walk with me. He lives closer to the school than I do, and he usually walks with some of the kids who go there from his building. But a month or so after we beat BelialVamdemon, he started to walk there with me. I've been meaning to ask him why he did it then and not when he was having that serious crush on me. I wonder if he even knows why. Sometimes he can come up with the craziest reasons for things. Then sometimes, he just kinda shrugs and grins with a 'hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time'. The fact it works isn’t as terrifying as what could have happened if it didn’t, and that never seems to occur to him.
But he's almost always been there. I can think of four times he hasn't been in the last three years. Twice some kind of Digimon were causing trouble and that delayed him. Once Jun was sick and they'd had to get her to a doctor. The fourth time there'd been some kind of accident and he'd had to get Lighdramon to get him around it. But there was always some kind of really good reason behind it.
And since I know there haven't been any accidents of any kind in between here and where he lives this morning, that's why I start wondering what's going on when I deliberately wait about five extra minutes, and I don't see him anywhere. V-mon doesn't even come up with an excuse, and he did twice out of the three times. The only reason he didn’t come the third was because he was busy carrying Daisuke that time.
It's another five minutes, ten minutes later than it should've been, when I start to twitch and paw through my things looking for my D-Terminal. I wish that the weather wasn't so cruddy. Tailmon would've come with me then, I'm sure. She could've checked things out a lot faster than I could have. But there's a reasonable explanation. There always is. Maybe he decided to drop in on the Digital World for a morning visit or something and he lost track of time. Daisuke has been known to do that on occasion. He’s got so many friends there that I can hardly believe it myself. The hatchlings at the Village of Beginnings adore him and he’s had his hide saved on more than one occasion by some Child or Adult that he helped teach soccer to when they were fresh out of the egg.
Or some Digimon could’ve attacked his apartment building this morning. It’s not as if that hasn’t happened before. Those Vilemon did it once, and there were others, too. They don’t always attack us when they find a way over here, but once in a while, it’s been known to happen. Daisuke’s a prime target, and so are Taichi and I. Ken’s even been hit a time or two, and I’ve heard Daisuke telling him he should do something to alert us so we know what’s going on over there in Tamachi. If something happened to Ken, Daisuke would drop everything to go there as fast as he could. I wonder if I should try checking out the early morning news just to see.
On the other hand, there’s an entirely different explanation: the biology test. It’s not even close to his best subject, so it’s not impossible that he could still be studying for it. Pulling an all-nighter was the only way he was able to pass the last test. Or maybe he found out about Takeru trying to ask me out and is busy on the phone with him still, gloating about how we've already got our date before Takeru said a word to me. No, he wouldn't have gloated that long. And knowing him, he'd want to do it to Takeru's face anyway. There's something else keeping him from being here. Other than his intense dislike of school in general and tests in particular. I'm going to e-mail him and see what the problem is. I just hope he’s where he can answer me.
I don't feel any better when as hard as I look for my D-Terminal, I can't find it or my D-3 anywhere. I can’t believe I left them at home. Tailmon always reminds me to pick them up before I go.
But because she slept in, she didn’t remind me, and I must have forgotten to put them both in my bag. There are no words for how cold I feel at the very thought of being cut off from everyone else. Taichi’s going to yell at me if he hears about this, and he’ll have the right to do so. It’s just a silly mistake, but one that could be dangerous if it repeats itself at the wrong time. This just doesn’t feel right at all.
Everything feels even worse seconds later, when the world shakes all around me, and the loudest explosion I’ve heard since the last time Omegamon and ImperialDramon joined their attacks on an attacking Digimon shatters the morning chatter with a fist that drives me and everyone I can see to the ground, and in the distance, in the direction Daisuke would have been coming in, I can see smoke and flames rising.
To Be Continued