" Puni?! ". The little red blob said after waking up from its egg, an egg that fell from the sky no less, but right now Fluttershy couldn't care less about meteors or cat like creatures or world ending shenanigans, her eyes were glued to the most adorable and cutest little things she had ever seen, back in her cottage Angel bunny felt as if somepony just kicked his spleen.
Back with Fluttershy, she waited patiently as the new born looked around, then its little eyes eyes set back on her. " Puni? ". Asked the red blob once more, but less surprised and more curious.
" Hello little one, don't be afraid ". The yellow Pegasus used her sweet voice reserved only for situations like this one when she needed to make a small critter feel safe.
The blob looked her intensely, tilting its body to the side, it made a small slide forward. " Oh! You're so cute, come, I can carry you, don't be shy ". The red mass looked as the mare extended her hoof fro him to touch, the little alien looked at the yellow hoof, then back at her smiling face, then back to the hoof, it jiggled and jerked, moving up and down like a red accordion, then, convinced that there was no threat coming from the pony he moved forward, only for a pink and long tongue to lick him up once more.
" Nope, definitely not taste like strawberry jelly ". Pinky said after carefully asserted the flavor. Unlike last time, this time the hatchling reacted to the touch of the pink pony with fright. " Puni! ". The blob jumped away from both mares and back to the egg, then he retracted his body as much as he could to make himself smaller, all while trembling.
" Pinky pie! ". The yellow mare turned to her friend with anger and bloodshot eyes. " Don't, do, that, again! ". She poked her in the chest with every word said.
" But-?! ".
" No buts! Do that again, and I'll have ants eating every cupcake you make from now on, got it? ". The pink earth pony nodded earnestly. " Good, now, ahem, where was I? ".
" About to enslave a small alien creature with your voice? ". Pinky said.
" Yes I... No! That's not what I was going to do Pinkie! ". The pegasus corrected in a hurry.
While the two mares disputed, the little lost animal looked around, his surrounding looked completely different from what he expected, apart from that, he couldn't remember ever to meet two creatures like those. They looked like an Unimon, except for the fur color, the size, one was missing the wings and both were missing the horn and the metal helmet. The creatures were definitely strange ones but he knew that the Digital world was vast and in constant change which means they probably were just Digimon he never met before but his major concern came not from them but from the place he found himself at, there was a feeling of wrongness coming from the very place they were standing.
Another look around, told him that his friend was not present at the moment, he couldn't see the black blob that was Botamon, the initial form of Agumon, maybe he was still inside his egg or he has just left before him, it wouldn't be the first time that the more adventurous Botamon wondered around after just hatching but the area looked nothing like the Patch of Restart, there was no Elecmon either.
" Puni ". Still confused and a bit distrustful of the two weird ones, Punimon decided to venture around for a bit, he jumped off from his egg and wobbled his way away from the mares still bickering, he was aware that the place looked dangerous but standing in the same spot wouldn't solve him a thing, besides, he was starting to get hungry. As stealthy as a legless jello mass could be, he slipped away.
" And that's why you must never interrupt my ritual of bonding with a critter, never! ". Said Fluttershy as she shook Pinkie by the neck like a mobster extorting money from a victim.
" Flu-tter-shy?! ". Pinkie said with difficulty.
" What?! ".
" Can't, breathe! ". The pink pony said almost turning blue now.
" Oh my! ". She let go of her friend who landed hard on the ground. " I'm sorry Pinkie, I got a bit carried away ". The yellow pony declared now shying away from her actions.
" I say, hey! The little alien thing is gone! ". Pinkie said as she rubbed her neck.
" Pinkie, stop calling it an ali-wait what?! ". The mare turned to where the egg was left o my to find it empty indeed, she jerked her head left and right trying to find the red baby blob but found no signs of it. " Oh no, oh no, oh no! What do we do Pinkie? What do we do? We can't let it alone, it could get hurt, or worst! ".
" No problem! ". Pinkie shoved her hooves inside her hair and draw out a couple of items that she quickly out on, now she was dressed with a cap and a cape of matching brown color, along that, she had now a huge minifying glass and a terrible British accent. " Follow me my dear Flutters, we should have this case closed before dinner! ". Pinkie proclaimed and immediately she inspected the ground finding a small trail, she followed it with Fluttershy in tow.
A good distance away, Punimon continued sliding forward trying to find any landmark that could give him an idea of where has he restarted but the forest only gave him darkness and cold, the night would be falling soon but so far no other Digimon has crossed his path and that worried him even more.
Never since the appearance of the Dark masters did the Digital world looked so empty and spooky, or maybe it was the fact that he was alone, all alone, no Botamon, no Matt, no one. That realization hit him harder than Myotismon when they fought in the human world, fear and loneliness creep at him, his kind was well known for been why and reclusive, only when a Gabumon donned his fur did its personality turned a 180 and became a ferocious beast.
" Puni! ". His fur, he remembered, he left his fur just under the egg, he needed his fur, without it he would be totally helpless. Turning left and right, Punimon tried to identify the direction where he came from, even if he had to cross paths with those two weird Digimon he saw back there it did little to discourage him, it was imperative to get his fur.
He started the trek back, he advanced further and further in the direction he thought was the right one but eventually he had to stop for a moment when his entire body shook from hunger, it hurt him but he decided to ignore it and continue, it wasn't long before his hunger force him to stop once more, this time the hunger came with dizziness and he had to wait until getting his stability back, he closed his eyes to made the effect pass faster but not a few seconds later a low growling made him open his eyes wide, at first he thought it was his own stomach doing it but when the sound was heard again he saw where it came from.
A huge snake with pure black skin crawled out of a nearby bush, a predator from the deepest parts of the Everfree forest, parts so black and sinister that the scales of this giant reptile may as well absorb any kind of light shone upon it just like the forest itself, ts head alone was bigger that the poor Digimon and its elongated body seemed endless, the smaller creature trembled as the reptile got closer and closer, not going directly but surrounding him with its long body. " Pu, Pu-ni?! ".
The snake raised its head far above its pray, never letting him out of its sight, the snake tasted the air with its forked tongue, it tasted the sweet fragrance of fear, rearing its head back, the serpent attacked.
NOT FAR FROM THERE...
" Hmmm, yes, yes indeed, is just as I suspected ". Detective Pinkie proclaimed with satisfaction.
" Did, did you find its trail? Did you Pinkie? Please tell me you did ". Fluttershy asked feeling hope swell.
" Indeed! I found out that... We're completely lost, my glass must be going bad or something ". Pinkie responded as she tapped the glass with her hoof.
" Wha-what? But, but the hatchling? What if it get eaten? Pinkie?! ". Fluttershy implored.
" Don't worry Fluttershy, I'm sure non of the creatures in the Everfree like alien jelly, besides, if something has were to happen my Pinkie's sense would turn uuuuuuup! ". Pinkie started shaking as if she was over a mini earthquake at the end of the shakes she was left pointing in a specific direction with both hoof and hair. " That way! Trouble! ".
" Oh no! ". Without waiting for more instructions, Fluttershy bolted at top speed, ignoring her characteristic fears and insecurities, the life of an innocent critter was in danger and she wouldn't risk it dwelling on those right now. Meanwhile, Pinkie looked back and saw the egg dissolve into small luminescent squares that soon disappeared, leaving only the white and blue pelt, she took it and place it inside her puffy hair. " May come in handy later, maybe during a character development plot, or to make a nice sweater ". Done with that, the pink pony rushed behind her friend.
The snake snapped it jaws shot over the red target, but at the last second Punimon expanded his body over the ground as much as possible to avoid becoming been devoured. After the close call, he moved away from the snake but been surrounded by its body it was just impossible, he tried to jump over the black barrier but the snake easily pushed him back by rising that section of its body, the impact while not hard was still augmented by lack of energy. Punimon used the last of his strength in one last maneuver, when the snake went for another strike, Punimon jumped to meet the snake mid-air, the crash was completely unexpected by the long reptile which was hit square on the snout and send reeling back, Punimon tried his best to use the chance and escape but no matter how much he pushed his body, he couldn't even stand up.
" Pu...ni ". With a heavy sadness, the little Digimon realize this was as far as he would go, in that instant, memories of his time with Matt and his friends returned, they were hazy but still made his heart ache, if there was any chance to see them again it would be lost in a few seconds, the tears started to flow, and the cry of broken hopes.
The snake came out of its momentary paralysis and found the red blob crying for his life, with an angry hiss it lashed once more at its little red snack. " Stoooooop! ". The snake was denied for a second time its meal, this time by a yellow projectile that smashed its face so hard that it knocked it back to the ground. This time the damage was greater and the snake could feel a few of its fangs coming loose from the impact.
" You will not have this little one as your food! ". Said the angry yellow pony that crashed the snake's face. Fluttershy landed next to the Digimon and pulled him into her embrace and started calming him down. " Don't worry little one, you're safe now, you're safe now, don't be afraid, Auntie Fluttershy is here ". Fluttershy cuddled the blob like a new born pony, at first it seemed to be ineffective but little by little, the small creature ceased his crying and instead looked at her. " Ouh, aren't you a cutie? Are you ok? Did the big bad snake hurt you? ".
The hatchling in her arms didn't answer, but the snake did with a ferocious hiss, angrier than ever before, the reptile rose once more to stand above her targets menacingly, but the look the snake gave was giving was returned by the one from the pegasus mare. " Didn't you hear me the first time? I do not want to hurt you but Celestia help me, I will if you don't cease now! ".
For its first time since been hatched in this dark and dangerous forest, the snake felt fear, it pushed it to run, to abandon its enemies and leave, to look for food somewhere else, away from the yellow mare, but basic instincts won, the snake wouldn't be leaving without revenge of without something to throw down its throat. Fighting the fear of the stare, the snake prepared to devour everything in front of it and Fluttershy was ready to prevent that although she didn't want to hurt the animal.
It opened it's jaws as wide as possible showing its fangs in all its glory, its sustenance wouldn't be denied a third time. " Watch out belloooolw! ". The missing Party planner came flying toward the snake who once again was too unprepared for such a thing, but this time the pain would be far more intense as Pinkie collided with the snake head on, the snake already bruised and weakened by two more headbutts, Pinkie, well protected by a stun helmet used for daredevil acrobatics.
It was over, the black animal landed with an extra lump on its head, the serpent then took the best option and retreated no longer caring for hunger, it was now obvious for the predator that fighting up front was bad idea so it made its way back to the bush where it came from, it only turned its head one more time to let it's tongue taste the smell of each of the Invaders, it would memorize them and if their paths crossed once more, it would have its revenge.
" Pinkie! How did you got here? ".
" Party cannon, never leave my house without it, although I didn't expected a snake to use its face to cushion my landing, pretty nice of it ". Pinkie said without much worry of the reality.
" Thanks Pinkie, now then ". Fluttershy sat down, she place Punimon in front of her. " Do you feel better now, we're friends here ". She gave her another sweet smile to make him feel at ease, while still tearing up a little, he called down.
" Puni ".
" I'm sorry that you have to pass through this, but this place we're in is pretty dangerous as you saw, would you to come with us? ". Punimon watched her with curiosity, her eyes radiating nothing but kindness, suddenly, an image of a blonde 10 year old with blue eyes appeared next to the yellow pony.
" Puni? ".
Of course it wasn't him, but somehow this unknown Digimon showed a similar vibe to his former partner making the sadness diminish considerably. " Puni! ". The little Digimon answered with more energy and jumped up and down showing a positive emotion for the first time since arriving.
" You do? Oh that's wonderful, now we just need to-! ".
" Fluttershy! Look! Look! ". Pinkie interrupted jumping in happiness, Fluttershy turned to see what made her so excited, which could be almost anything. To her relief, there was real reason to be happy, just pass the the treeline, the top of one of the towers from the Sister's castle was now visible.
" We're close! We can make camp inside the castle and pass the night! ". Fluttershy explained to her new companion, then a growling came from the little guy. " And have dinner too, I think we deserve it ". Safely mounted on the back of the pegasus, the three travelers moved on.
AT A TOWN NEAR THE EVERFREE FOREST...
Silently jumping through the roofs of houses and business, a black figure made her way, although it was very late, some ponies patrolled the streets bellow and pegasus did the same from the sky, not many, but still enough to cause mild annoyance to the night invader.
" Nyah, ha ha! Looks like they got fed up with my little games, hm should I get a little more... evil? ". The black cat looked from her point of view and found a silo which the citizens used to store their emergency supply of hay, destroying it would force the ponies to increase work and reduce servings which would increase the overall condition of the whole town for the worse. " Nyah ha ha! That should do the trick! ".
Despite the security and the many eyes on watch, the troublemaker still found her way rather easily, soon she was near the silo, she looked around for tools that would allow her to ruin the food and a nearby lit street lamp provided just that.
With incredible acrobatics and sharp class, the mischievous cat took the lamp and cut a hole big enough to throw it inside, then she ran to another house to look closer at her handiwork. It didn't took long for the silo to catch fire, a yell from one of the ponies patrolling the street alerted the rest as to what was going on.
Chaos soon spread causing many other ponies to burst outbox their houses in worry or just curiosity, that soon changed to full out panic when the silo became engulfed in fire, many ponies brought buckets with water in either mouth or carried by magic, the pegasi collected clouds over the silo and with kicks and jumps caused rain to pour down on the burning structure, all the while, the entire town became alive with yells of despair and fear, exactly what the cat wanted, the negativity was for her a exquisite perfume that made her sigh in happiness, the cries of sorrow and outrage were like music to her ears.
" Nyah ha ha ha! Yes, YES! Are you watching My dear Lord Piedmon? Are you proud of me? You are, aren't you? ". There was no answer of course, long was Piedmon gone, defeated by the impertinent DigiDestined and their chosen Digimon, too bad she couldn't get back at them for their atrocity, that's the only thing that could make this even better.
" There it is! ". Yelled one of the ponies. " The weird cat is right there, laughing! ". Murmurs soon accompanied the noise of the fire been extinguished but gradually turned into shouts of rage directed at the black cat. That was the last straw in what was several days of vandalism, violence and terrorism, and the ponies had enough. " Nyah ha ha! You want to play? Then see if you can get me first dunkies! ". The chase was on.
OLD CASTLE OF THE SISTERS...
After securing a room to pass the night, Fluttershy, Pinkie and Punimon took the time to have dinner, however, things took an unexpected turn for the ponies. " Pinkie, you only packed sweets to travel? Would you get sick from it? ". Pinkie, who by now had several iced cupcakes stuck inside her mouth gave her a dumbfounded look. " Sorry, I know, silly question, anyway, I'll eat the food I brought and I'll give some to our new friend ".
She turned to the third party who was curiously watching them, Fluttershy presented him with a fruits of different kind. " Sorry, I don't know what exactly do your kind eat but berries are good for everyone, well, almost everyone, just be careful to-! ". Before she could finish, the red blob jumped up and started eating of everything, berries, strawberries, a banana, a few apples and he even tried to chomp an entire bunch of grapes, all without slowing down, when the fruit was gone, he set his eyes okay few cupcakes Pinkie hasn't touched, but instead of going for those he watched the pink earth pony, then to the cupcakes, then back to Pinkie. " You want those? Yeah, go ahead, I don't like Pistachio flavor anyway ". With her blessing give it, Punimon devoured the pastries as well, after a good burp, the Digimon rested his body on the cobblestone floor.
" Oh my! It was really hungry ". Fluttershy said as she broke a piece of bread and started eating.
" Meh, I can eat more that it ". Pinkie said casually, as she too rested over the floor after having her fill. After a few more minutes of idle chat between the mares they decided to call it a day and sleep, each prepared their respective sleeping bag and snuggle in Pinkie was snoring as soon as she was on hers but Fluttershy waited.
" Do you want to sleep next to me? ". Fluttershy asked Punimon who after a few seconds of consideration jumped in with her. Fluttershy wrapped him between her fretlocks and rested her head next to his. " Goodnight little one, tomorrow will be better, I'm sure of it ". Fluttershy fell sleep with the fresh sensation that the body of little Digimon gave her.
A few hours after the trio felt sleep, a mysterious light erupted from the sleeping bag of the yellow made, and despite been more intense that the light from the candle that illuminated the room it didn't disturbed the rest of the two ponies, until the next day.
Fluttershy yawned as she came out of her slumber, she stretched her legs and wings to commence the new day and continue with the mission Princess Celestia gave then, then suddenly she remembered that she wasn't alone last night. " Little one? Little one?! Oh no! Where are you now? Did the evil snake came back and took it? Did it run away again? Did my morning breath scared it? Where are you little one?! Pinkie, help me! ".
" Uh, Fluttershy, the alien jelly baby is over here, I think? ". Pinkie called from the front of the chamber near the door.
" Where! Where is it? And what do you mean, you think? ". Fluttershy hurried to see what she meant. When she reached Pinkie, she saw directly to where Pinkie was looking. She saw not the red blob that until yesterday was know as Punimon but instead she saw another creature entirely half hidden behind the doorway.
" Eh, he-hello? ". Called the small creature. Fluttershy stepped forward trying to see this new critter better. It was a small round creature covered with with white fur on the face but orange in the rest of its body, it had red eyes and lacked any legs, but its most prominent feature was the black inverted horn coming out of the top front of its face.
Fluttershy wasn't sure if it was part of her special talent or just her experience accumulated through the years of caring for other animals, but without need to ask or proof, she knew that the new creature in front of her was the same she just slept with.
" Little one? ".
" Hm, I... I'm... my name is Tsunomon and, I wanted to, say thanks, for saving me yesterday ". The Rookie Digimon said.
END OF THE CHAPTER.