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Midori is eventually pried off of Zane.
"That Digimon at least had a reason to try killing me!" She exclaims. "A psycho with a gun has no reason to kill... unless you really count murdering for the pleasure of it, a reason."
Midori tries her best to keep up with Zane, and soon they hear more gunshots that start sounding like a battlefield. From where the four of them are, they can see the ruins of some kind of frontier town, with 3 reptile-like, assault rifle wielding Digimon shooting at something or someone in a wrecked building. A cowboy hat, revolver Digimon in the building peeks out every few seconds from different spots and shoots at the other Digimon before quickly hiding back in cover.
[i What in the... these are Digimon too?] Midori wonders. [i A squad of three army-dinos versus a lone ranger that's literally a gun too... but wait, why are they fighting each other?]
"I'm not so sure which side we should help." Impmon states.
"I get the feeling these aren't the only Digimon here." Midori says. "I have no sense of tactics or planning yet though... so what should we do, Zane?"
Zane couldn't help but sigh slightly at her protests, stopping his movements as she held onto him out of fear. Sighing and petting her head gently before starting to pry her off of him.
"You're scared of a far off gunshot, you were almost eaten alive by a Giant Spider, sure it was weak in my terms. But if I wasn't there even this Impmon would have struggled against it, you'd be mincemeat in seconds." He told her bluntly as he kept walking into the Rocky area surrounding the entrance to the Mountain Zone. Leading the group towards the gunshots. Zane was curious and skeptical, he doubted they were humans. So they were most likely Digimon, he had only met Digimon from the Forest Zone so far with the exception of some Digimon he lured there to fight. He hadn't met any with guns but assumed they were possible, he got his hopes up, made evident by a large cocky grin as he started to run towards the sound with Vain clinging to his shoulder. gesturing for Midori to hurry up and follow them.
"Very different...?" Midori says then freezes after hearing the gunshot. "W-wait, g-go deal with that?!"
"No need to worry, us Digimon can handle ourselves better than you humans!" Impmon states while moving towards the noise with Zane. "Not to mention you've got a pair of guardians protecting you."
"Sh-shut it!" Midori responds as she puts her Digivice away. "I-if that was a gun, D-digimon or not, this sounds very dangerous!"
Midori notices they're still moving onward and breaths out a sigh then hurries along with them.
Soon, another gunshot is heard. Midori unknowingly finds herself hugging up against Zane.
[i This can't be good- this won't be good- there's no way these gunshots are good!] Midori exclaims in her head. [i I don't see anyone taking up firing practice out here- not unless people are used as targets- there's no way this is a good idea!]
"Wh-what if it could be a-another human who is a crazed-d psychopathic serial killer!?" Midori fearfully asks. "O-or even w-worse, a Digimon that is-s a serial killer!"
"Let's just say that most Digimon that I've encountered have been hostile, then again, I only focus on the stronger ones. There probably are nice Digimon, but I'd rather have the powerful ones on my side than the nice ones." He answered bluntly, he definitely believed there were nice Digimon, but did he care to meet any. Not really, it didn't concern him so he never cared before.
Peeking at her Digivice to read the message he nodded to her and himself, looking off towards the Mountain Zone once more.
"I wanted to take us through their anyway, but be warned, Digimon there are very different to those in the Forest Zone. No telling what we'll find." He warned her before hearing the gunshot, clutching his Digivice as Vain jumped onto his shoulder once more.
"Come on, better to deal with whatever that is now before possibly being on the other end of that sound later." He said as he started moving towards the sound, entering the Rocky Plains around the Mountain Zone.
"You make it sound like every Digimon is evil... but there's no way that's true because how would this world exist if it was?" Midori replies. "What if it is a Digimon that wants to help me, or has a good reason for messaging me?"
Midori gets a response on her Digivice, prompting her to soon check it.
[b I said to leave behind your world for now. Focus only on this one until you reach me.
The way to here is blocked, so you'll have to go through the clearing, take the path that goes up and follow it until you see the big walls surrounding the entrance far in the distance. From there, you should be able to find your way to me. A friend will be waiting there to guide you.
Take your new friends with you too. You'll need their help, and so will I. Please hurry too, there's not much time.]
At this point, Midori just shows Zane what the message says.
"Looks like we're supposed to head through the mountains." She states. "Maybe I was brought here to help someone, or help multiple people... either way, I want to follow these directions and meet this friend."
Something in the distance can be heard further through the plains. It sounded oddly like a gunshot.
Zane stopped as she spoke, she was right, this should be perfect for him. A challenge for him and something he might want to have himself. But there was one worry he had now about that possibility.
"That may be true, I'd love to fight a powerful Digimon, even try and recruit it if possible. But the problem is, if it's trying to lure you. That means it wants you for something, and if it's going through all this trouble to get you. It probably isn't just for a meal. Which means it wouldn't focus on fighting me, but rather go straight for you." He explained rubbing the back of his head slightly. Come to think of it, how did she even get here and why? Vain told Zane that he wanted to come here, had made a deal with Vain in order to be here. Vain hadn't explained why or what made Zane want to come here, but it was by choice. Midori had no idea about this place, like she was dragged here.
Zane stopped walking and turned to face her for now.
"We should keep moving, to the mountains. Something doesn't feel right about all this, normally humans are brought here for a reason or choose to come here. But it sounds like you were forcibly pulled here, maybe by whatever is talking to you through your Digivice." He told her, extremely cautious now as he scanned the tree line, they were exposed in the plains, they needed to make a decision and move. He didn't like this one bit, it felt wrong.
Midori stops herself from hitting send once Zane says that.
"So you're saying I shouldn't send what I just typed up back to her?" She asks. "I don't understand how a Digimon could send me messages using Shiori's number- wait... if a Digimon is behind this, and it is a powerful one... isn't that good for you?"
[i Still, this entrance zone she wants me to go to, what is the entrance for?] Midori wonders. [i Maybe it could be the entrance to the Digital World... and maybe I can leave through there and get back to Earth!]
"You were mad that the Digimon that attacked me wasn't powerful, so this must be a good opportunity for you to find a strong one!" Midori adds. "This entrance zone sounds like a way for me to get back home too, so this is good for both of us!"
Unknowingly to Midori, the Digivice's screen glitches out a bit and the message somehow gets sent.
Zane smirked as her phone began to finish it's transformation. His hunch was correct after all. her phone was becoming a digivice. However he was still skeptical about the messages, peeking at her new Digivice's screen to read what the new message had said. He didn't know how her friend talked, so he wasn't sure if this was normal or not. But even to him, it didn't look right. For now he stood back up, Vain jumping off his shoulder and poking at her digivice. Now that Midori could see Vain properly, she could see he was actually pretty small, about half the size of Impmon.
"I wouldn't respond to those anymore Midori. It's very likely that's not your friend, probably a very powerful digimon trying to lure you away." Zane warned her, eyeing her digivice cautiously as he walked out into the open plains, the Mountain zone viewable in the distance now.
Midori stays quiet and listens to what Zane says, meanwhile Impmon walks over and pokes her phone.
The phone soon starts digitalizing through a fiery inferno-like process.
"WAAAH!" Midori reacts, dropping the phone onto the ground in fright of getting burned.
It slowly reforms into a Digivice of burning colors, with strange symbols on it and the Digivice resembling a smart phone.
With that, the Digivice makes a notification sound on it. Midori cautiously picks it back up and looks at what notified her.
It's a text message from Shiori?
[b Leave your fantasy world behind for now and focus on the real world right now. Power stopped working, you need to head to the entrance zone. I'll meet you there.]
"First of all... if this is a Digivice, this actually a pretty awesome one!" Midori says. "Second... I got a response from my friend, but something isn't right."
Midori starts texting back.
[b Hey, are you okay? I've never heard you call anything an entrance zone before, especially the entrance to the school. Whatever the case, I'm in some plains and have no idea how to get to any "entrance zone". If you can give me directions on how to get back to the school from all the way over here, I'm all for it!]
He didn't answer right away as she said that about the Digimon names, did he plan to keep looking after her from now on, or would he ditch her once she could fend for herself. He wasn't sure, at first he was just going to ditch her after teaching her a few things. But now it was like he would feel wrong if he just left her, he wasn't sure why. IS that the kind of person he was, a nice guy? He sighed as they kept moving before answering her statement.
"Yeah, most Digimon will talk to you first, so you can ask them. But there are some like that 'Spider' back there that don't care much for talk. Especially if they're hungry. That Dokugumon probably hasn't had a good meal in a long time, probably why it really wanted to eat you, but that was a weakling compared to other things out here, and this Forest one doesn't house many powerful digimon either, mainly weaklings here." He said as a long explanation while they neared the edge of the forest, near the plains on the outskirts of the forest.
Zane blinked as he started to see the Plains, he was taking her to his shelter wasn't he? Why did he decide to try and leave the Zone. He was confused, did he subconsciously change his mind. He bit his lip confused but kept moving before smirking. This was a good excuse as any to explore this world. Zane stopped as they entered the plains turning to her as she got a message on her phone, he couldn't help but be surprised by that. He didn't think phones would work here. Shaking his head at her question
"Don't know, I didn't have anything on me besides my Digivice. But I doubt that message you sent will go through, that message was probably the last one your phone could receive. Or maybe... " He started then moved towards her, looking at her phone then Impmon.
"Hey, little Imp, come try and touch her phone." He told the digimon follower, wanting to test something, he had a suspicion her phone was mid-transformation into becoming a Digivice, wanting to see if it would react to the Impmon. Vain leaning closer from Zane's shoulder, trying to get a good look at what was going on.
"Huh... Impmon, Novamon... woodmon... rockmon... whatmon?" Midori mutters quietly to herself then shakes her head. "I'll just let you or them tell me what their names are rather than trying to guess."
Then Midori hears Zane's explanation, and tries her hardest to understand everything he says.
"So Digimon need this... Digivice, to... evolve and get stronger to fight other powerful Digimon, while humans need it to become closer and work together with them!" She says. "But these Digivices are ancient, or at least yours is, and to get one I need to do what exactly?"
"If you got here then that must mean you have one somewhere for you." Impmon says.
"Well I guess I didn't check my stuff for anything new so I guess I'll go do that." Midori says as she shuffles through her bag. "Though, I highly doubt I would find anything like a Digivice magically being in my bag suddenly-!"
She gets blinded for a second by her phone flashing into her eyes, signalling she has received a message. She quickly pulls it out and checks what exactly the message is.
It's a message from Shiori.
[b Hey Midori, the physical exam got canceled due to power fluctuation issues in the building, so no need to worry about it. ...Where are you though?]
Midori quickly starts texting Shiori on what happened.
[b You're not going to believe what happened to me at all! I don't even believe it myself, and I'm still staring at this! I was trying hurry to the gym but then I slipped and... fell into some other world called the Digital World with these creatures known as Digimon! I'm currently walking through a forest with this guy named Zane and I have no idea how to get back...]
She sends it and hopes it actually sends.
"Hey, do... phones still connect to Earth?" Midori asks. "Because I just received a message from my best friend and just sent one back... which kinda makes the whole thought about Earth and the Digital World moving at different times I just had, a bit uh... proven wrong."
Zane showed no reaction as she said that, how long has he been here? Days? Weeks? Months? Years?
He didn't know, until now he had never even thought about it, he wasn't sure if time moved the same here either. It could even be slower or faster than Earth.
For now though, he shook those thoughts from his head as she stated her name, he couldn't help but chuckle at her question about how they Digimon's names work.
"From what I know yeah, each of their names end with -mon. That's why I call Vain, well, Vain, simpler that way." He told her as they walked, glancing back at Midori and Impmon as they had their revealing little conversation. A digimon attracted to a human, that was new. Then again, he only ever fought digimon and asked questions later. So he never got the chance, then he started to think about whether there were attractive digimon, he hadn't met many species after all. Having only lived in this area and around it.
Zane blinking and turning around as she spoke to him again, shrugging then fishing into his jeans pocket, pulling out his black ancient looking digivice, filled with Hieroglyph-like symbols on the sides and buttons.
"Thanks to this, when I woke up here, Vain was holding it. Lets me capture and monitor other digimon. But mainly lets me power up Vain, transform him to a stronger version og himself. Even let's me fuse together with him like you saw earlier. As far as I've heard from him though, this 'Digivice' as their called, is unique to me and Vain, something that hasn't been seen for a long time." He explained then sighed, knowing most of it went over her head.
"Basically let's someone interact with and tame certain Digimon, but each digivice is different."
"You... must have been here a long time then." Midori says then stares at the ground as they walk.
[i Time... does time move the same here like it does on Earth?] Midori wonders. [i Scary to think about being missing with everyone looking for me...]
She then looks up and faces Zane after hearing his question.
"O-oh, my name is Midori." Midori answers. "Imp-mon and Nova-mon... do they all have mon at the end of their names then?"
"Yup." The Impmon answers.
Midori glances over her shoulder at the Impmon.
"Seriously... why are you following me?" She asks.
The Impmon doesn't respond and looks away, blushing slightly.
"...Oooh~ I see how it is~!" Midori states.
"S-see how what is?!" The Impmon questions.
"Nothing~!" Midori replies then looks back over to Zane. "Though... I know nothing about- what was it again... Digimon- I know nothing about them or how to do any of that stuff you did earlier, Zane."
Zane just continued walking through the digital forest. Thinking to himself as he led Midori and their new Impmon guest through the trees. Remembering his sister, Kaori, he remembered that the reason he came here was because of her, but nothing else. It bugged him everyday, but he had hit the point where he no longer cared about it until now. What had he forgotten, did Kaori send him here somehow. Or did he choose to come here for her, did something happen to her? He had lost most memories of his past life, he never really wanted them back, but seeing another person made him wonder.
Hearing Midori's questions he stopped briefly, slowly removing his hood and running a hand through his spiky brown hair as he glanced back at her.
"I supposed it would be easier if you had something to call me by. It's Zane, I... don't know. I honestly don't remember much about her, or how I even got here." He said briefly and nonchalantly, as if it was normal for him as he continued walking.
"What should I call you, girl? And your little friend back there, is an Impmon, though a little different than normal. The little annoying dragon on my shoulder is a Novamon, just call him Vain." He said changing the subject quickly and smoothly. Vain turning around on his perch and facing her, smirking and showing his metallic fangs through his near-smile.
Midori's movement slows down as Zane talks to her. She looks at him, the anger slowly fading from her face as she listens, and starts to feel bad about her reaction as she looks at the ground while walking along Zane.
[i Pestering him for a way back home when he must hate his old life from before getting here... I'll be a burden until I can survive in this world like him.] She thinks to herself. [i I wish Shiori was here... she could help with her advanced knowledge- though I wouldn't want to her to be trapped in this world with me.]
Midori slowly nods her head in response to Vain then looks at Zane as she follows behind.
[i I just know I'm going to regret asking about his sister, but I still want to know.] She thinks.
"You... what's your name?" Midori asks. "And your sister... is she also in this world?"
Meanwhile, the Impmon casually follows them all, hands behind his head.
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