In his way back to the Digital World, one digimon is pulled out of his route toward a magical world to combat a familiar threat, but more importantly, to find a new beginning for himself. Magic of friendship meets the Crest of Friendship!
After saying goodbye to their partners Yamato ' Matt ' Ishida and Taichi ' Tai ' Kamiya, Agumon and Gabumon travel back to the Digital World only to get separated by an unknown force.
Gabumon now find himself stranded in a magical world where he needs to fight against a former enemy that's causing this new world troubles, but without his long time partner or his friends by his side, can he find a way to activate the Crest of Friendship? And how or why did he end up in this world?
" Goodbye... I promise, I'll always remember you, Matt ". The fur covered reptile Digimon said to his partner as both cried for the last time in front of each other, he even saw how his Digivice, the physical link of their partnership turning into dust.
His partner, the once human boy and now human adult offer him one last awkward save of his hand, not words, simply a wave. Not that he didn't cry, he was crying all right, as was him and the other two next to them, the other Digimon and Chosen Digidestinated. But his human partner wasn't giving him words because he didn't care, he remained in silent because he considered this not a goodbye forever, but a ' I'll see you later ' moment. The hope of each other seen again just as strong as his love for his brother and parents, as strong for his girlfriend and friends.
" See ya Matt ". Gabumon said finally as the light pulled him and Agumon away into the sky where the wormhole that would take them back to their original home was waiting. A weird experience every time but unavoidable, his friend Tentomon once tried to explain all the science behind it as his partner Izzy explained to him but Gabumon wasn't really paying attention, nor was the rest of the group now that he thought about it.
" Don't worry Gabumon ". Agumon said after blowing his nose from the snot he was quickly accumulating. " I'm sure we'll see them again! ". His friend tried to cheer him up despite he been just as sad as he himself was.
" Yeah ". Gabumon said in response. " One day ". The other reptile responded with a nod and another blow from his nose. " You better clean that up fast, unless you want to turn into a Sukamon when we get there! ". Gabumon said joking.
" What? Nooo! I don't want to turn into one! ". The other Digimon panic and started blowing his nose faster and harder, Gabumon smiled for his friend antics and felt a bit of piece knowing that he would still have him when both arrived at their old home, he wouldn't be lonely.
His smile disappeared when he felt the data in his body stir. He looked up and saw the wormhole even closer, he knew what was coming, his data would be re-arrenged into a Digi-egg so that he can be transported safely through the connection pass all the way back to the Main Server and from there to the place where all the Digimon were reincarnated, the Restart patch.
If he was lucky then he would find Agumon there as he hatched as well, if not then he could ask Elecmon about it so he wasn't so worried. Gabumon took one last look bellow but now it was too far to notice if Matt was still there, Gabumon send him one last goodbye in his mind.
" Is time! ". The always energetic Agumon said as both their bodies started deconstruction. The sensation was as weird as always, similar to slowly sinking into a body of thick liquid that turned the body numb as it descended, in front of him a small oval shaped object started to form, too small to contain his body as it was but as more of his body turned into pure data and moved inside the egg it was obvious that eventually every single particle of his body would be undoubtedly fit inside.
Gabumon turned to see his reptile friend with his eyes closed waiting for the process to be done with, it was a weird contrast compared with his usual loud and carefree demeanor, he turned back to his own egg now, the Digi egg was now half formed in exchange from a full arm and leg and a good chunk of his belly.
The forming egg was now taking a color and more defined shape, his became light blue with short darker blue horizontal strips. Agumon's was orange with yellow circles. As more of his body went into the egg more did he realized that this was his last time feeling this, experiencing this, at the last second his heart felt like a hole was carved inside.
ROYAL CASTLE, CANTERLOT...
" Thanks for coming so fast, I was fearing that this mission would have to be postponed until the rest of your group was back, we are facing many problems around the kingdom and even my sister is far up on the frontier dealing with some horrible monster that are harming ponies, those are really alarming times for Equestria ".
" Y-you, you said, mo-monsters? ". Asked the yellow pegasus Fluttershy, bearer of the Element of Kindness.
" Like, real monsters? Or just our typical end of the week kind of monster? ". Asked the pink Earth pony Pinkie Pie, bearer of the Element of Laughter.
" It is still unknown, My sister Luna will report to me as soon as she has more information, in the mean time I have a mission for you two, one that I believe will need both of your abilities ". Said the Sun Princess.
" I-if you think we are capable, I mean, maybe it could be for the best to wait for Twi-! ".
" Ha! Don't sweat it Princess! I'm sure that the two of us can deal with any monster that come our way! Right Fluttershy? Hey! Where are you going? ". Pinkie asked as the yellow pegasus tried to make her way out of the Royal chamber. Before she could make a excuse or run away her pink friend appeared next to her and grabbed her by the tail pulling her back toward the throne. " Wow! Fluttershy is eager to go out and defeat the evil monster! Don't worry Shy, we'll be there in no time but first Let's hear the rest! ".
" Thank you to both of you, the kingdom and this humble Princess thanks thee. Now then, this sis what we know so far, as you probably know by now, Ponyville is not the only town established near the Everfree forest, there's actually a few more located north and west from the forest, they were stablish as soon as the forest became less dangerous, some of those towns had reported seen what seems like a black cat that is causing mischief and stirring trouble among the ponifolk ".
" A black cat? ". Fluttershy asked suddenly now more interested at the news that an animal was involved.
" Correct, this... cat creature was reported as been able to talk with a rather explicit vocabulary, and also to be able to walk in two legs and it seems to be pretty agile ". Celestia explained.
" A talking cat? Now we're getting into the weird stuff there, I bet you that that's just an alien from a different world which is own by a different company trying to fight for the most original show that can sell the best toys or all tiiiiime! ". Pinkie rambled.
" U-uh, sure, something like, like I was saying, ahem, I need you to investigate this case and prevent this mysterious cat figure from causing more chaos, capture it if necessary, or if you can, convince it to change its ways but stop it, can I count on you?". Celestia watched them with anticipation.
" Hm, I, I think we should wait until somepony else can-! ".
" Sure thing princess! Leave it to us! With us behind this, that evil kitty is as good as cat-ptured! Get it? Get it? ". Pinkie said elbowing her winged friend after her pun that made her cringe even more that the elbow itself.
" Wonderful! Then I'll leave this to you. Oh by the way would you mind a little suggestion from me? ". Asked Celestia excited.
" Hm, well, if it is really a-! ".
" Sure Princess, to ahead, we're all ears! ". Pinkie said cutting Fluttershy short once again.
" Well, it would be faster for you if you cross through the Everfree forest rather that go around since the train doesn't cover those town yet, you can use the old castle of the Princess to pass the night! ". Said Celestia.
" Pa-pa-pa-pass the night in the forest? In the castle? THE NIGHT!? ". Babbled Fluttershy with terror.
" Nice idea Princess! Come on Fluttershy, we have to pack out stuff, adventure here we goooo! ". Pinkie pulled the yellow pegasus who led marks in the granite floor trying to resist the pink natural disaster.
Celestia smiled as her two subjects antics, the smile didn't last long however as Celestia saw the new reports send from the other bearers informing the appearance of other weird individuals. Twilight and Rarity were on Manehattan dealing with a pony with the ability to reflect anything thrown at him, magic included. Another report from Applejack and Rainbow who also found trouble in the form of two stallions that were chasing one another using road signs and knives, plus her sister who was been accompanied by a stallion hunter from another land, and those were the phenomenon she knew about! What other crazy things could be happening around the kingdom without nopony knowing.
This started to look like a bigger scheme rather that separated incidents but the only one who could put such convoluted plan in work was still imprisoned in a statue. With a heavy sigh Celestia went back to the reports and her paperwork.
FLUTTERSHY'S COTTAGE, OUTSIDE OF PONYVILLE...
" Come on Fluttershy, a brand new mission awaits, imagine when we rest of the girls comes back and we tell them about our super duper incredible no holdsbar adventure in the Everfree forest, they're gonna be like, whaaaa? You two defeated the bad guys without us? They're gonna be sooo jealous! This is gonna be aweeeeesome! ".
Pinkie jumped from place to place waiting for Fluttershy to finish packing her things, they have stopped in Sugarcube Corner before arriving at Fluttershy's home to get her saddle bag and now only hers was all they needed to head into the always dangerous Everfree forest.
Fluttershy was trembling every second since Pinkie drag her out of the castle, her fear for that place was as strong as before even if by now they have gone inside multiple times and come out ok. Despite all that, the pegasus couldn't deny this mission , it came directly from the Princess and also it involved a talking cat and Fluttershy wanted to see it. Apart from her saddle bag Fluttershy took out her survival backpack, equipped with everything she could need, she even packed some extra supplies because she was going with Pinkie.
Sucking her fear and keeping it deep down she donned her saddle bag and joined Pinkie in her living room. " I'm ready now ".
" Hurrah! Let's get this trip started then, to the Everfreeeeee! ". Once more Fluttershy shrieked in surprise when Pinkie took her by force and ran like a maniac in the direction of the dangerous forest.
A FEW HOURS LATER IN THE EVERFREE FOREST...
" I, I think we're lost Pinkie, uff, uff, we should, uff we should take a break ". Fluttershy gave up against gravity and laid down on the grass as Pinkie with her boundless energy just kept jumping here and there, by now she was sporting an explorer hat and binoculars that she produced from her fluffy mane. " Shouldn't we check the map Pinkie? By now we should have made it to the castle but I can't see anything yet ".
" Map? We have a map? ". Pinkie asked as she sat next to her, this time pulling out of her mane an ice cream of all things.
" Wait! Didn't you have a map? But what about the big piece of paper that you have been reading since we got into the forest? ". Fluttershy asked as she too pulled out a half hey sandwich.
" Oh! You mean this! ". Pinkie pulled a large paper from her mane and showed it to her. The ' Map ' was in reality a poster for the new event Trixie was going to perform in Ponyville.
" Pi-Pinkie! What is this? Have you been following this the whole time?! ".
" Of course not silly willy,I kept looking at the poster so that I won't forget to go when the show arrives, aaaand we have been following my Pinkie sense! ".
" Your Pinkie sense? But then, how come we're still lost in the forest? It won't be long before it gets dark and then it will be really dangerous to be here! ". Fluttershy asked in panic, her lunch forgotten now.
" Hmmm, about that, if my Pinkie sense is keeping us here it must be for something important, so here we stay! By the way, are you gonna eat that sandwich? ".
" I, we, I, Pi-Pinkie Pie! ".
" Oh oh, we're practicing introductions for when we arrive? Nice idea Fluttershy! I knew we would make a great team! Ok, my now, Hi! I'm Pinkie! ". The pink pony extended a leg for Fluttershy to hoofbump but the yellow pegasus wasn't listening. In rare occasions, when presented with moments of extreme annoyance, fear or anxiety, Fluttershy sometimes would erupt in bouts of fury to cope with the situation, this was one of those occasions.
" Pinkie! I can believe that you would act this immature! ". Pinkie reacted shocked.
" Have you forgotten how dangerous this place is at night? Have you? Well I haven't! ". Pinkie's eyes went wide at what she saw.
" I know you're not doing this on purpose or to cause harm to us, but even so, I can't let this slide without a proper lecture young mare! ".
" Uh Fluttershy? ".
" No Pinkie! I'm been serious right now, don't you hear my tone of anger? ". Pinkie was about to say that her ' angry tone ' sounded just a few decibels above her normal tone, but she decided to keep quiet, first to not offend her friend, second, to inform her of the danger approaching.
" We, are on an important mission, given to us by Princess Celestia no less, we must do or best to accomplish this and remain safe and sound to return back to our families and friends! ".
" Fluttershy! ". Pinkie called again but Fluttershy continued.
" Imagine of you gets injured, imagine of something awful happens to you, who do you think has to inform the Cakes of your condition, hmm? Who's gonna tell Gummy that you were injured because you didn't payed enough attention? ".
" Flu-Fluttershy?! ". Pinkie asked again.
" You feel bad right? You don't want that to happen, right? Then please, for our same and our safe return, take this more seriously! ".
The pink earth pony broke in tears and hugged her friend. " Bwaaaaah! I'm sorry Fluttershy! I'm really really sorry! You're right, you're absolutely right! I should be more careful, could you forgive me? ".
" There there, I forgive you Pinkie, I know I can be sound like a real meanie when I get upset but what I said needed to be said, I hope you have learned your lesson ". Fluttershy said as she returned the hug.
" I sure did Fluttershy, I sure did, now I will be more careful, Pinkie promise ". She did her signature gesture to seal the deal.
" Good, now then, what were you trying to said back then? ".
" Oh nothing important, just that something is falling from the sky and is going to crash near us, look, is almost here ". Pinkie pointed to the bright object coming at terminal speed.
" What?! ". Fluttershy just managed to turn and see the meteorite straight just a few meters away from them, a flash almost as strong as the one they saw when Twilight became an Alicorn blinded both mares, an incredible boom was heard that traveled for miles away scaring off even the more ferocious of predators. Both mare were hurled back y the force of the impact followed by an unnatural quietness, just as it came, it was gone, and both mares were still alive.
" Well, that was anticlimactic ". Said Pinkie as she removed invisible dust from her fur. " You can let go now ". Sha said to the butter colored mare that was trembling and cutting the circulation from her leg.
" So-sorry ".
" Hey look! There's something over there! ". Pinkie jumped without fear toward where the rock landed, still scared, Fluttershy followed. When she arrived to the impact zone she found the area unchanged.
" That's... weird, there's no crater, no heat, everything seems the same! ". Commented Fluttershy surprised.
" Yeah, what did I tell you, anticlimactic, well, nothing to see I guess, oh except for the weird egg over there ". Fluttershy followed her sight and was perplexed as to how she missed the object.
Carefully she approached the oval shaped rock, indeed it looked like an egg, the shape was an instant giveaway. " This is..! ". Her fear was replaced with wonder as she approached more, the egg was just there, laying over what seemed to be a pelt of some animal, the egg was the same color as the pelt.
" Wow! Imagine the size of the omelet you can make with an egg this big! ".
" Pinkie! What are you even saying we can't harm this poor little egg! We must protect it! ". Fluttershy said passionately as her animal lover instinct took over.
" But, you just broke it ".
" Wha are you ta-oh I touched it ". Fluttershy realize too late that she made contact with the egg and now it begun to crack. " Oh princesses! I hope I didn't hurt the little hatchling! ". The egg continued to crack until a light erupted from the inside forcing the mares to cover their eyes, when the light dissipated, a small red blob appeared.
" Uh, what is that? ". Pinkie touched the blob with the tip of her hoof and then took a lick at it. " Hmm, it is not strawberry jelly ".
" Pinkie! ". The warning came to late, the small blob stirred at the contact and slowly started to move, from the top part three small bumps appeared, then a mouth that opened with a yawn, finally two eyes set on the girls, first in Fluttershy, then in Pinkie.
" 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.