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While not the best of plans, it might buy them enough time and catch the Leomon off guard. Cole plays along with the farce, acting upset at turning over the pelt. Leomon suspects something is amiss, but it is too late. Suzamon sends him flying back with her Psychic Wave. Kuyo picks himself up, them attacks the downed Leomon with a blast of lava. The lava burns his face, as the corrupted Digimon bursts into data. The pelt collector is no more. His data is split between the three remaining Digimon.
Ravenna is relieved to be rid of the corrupted Leomon. He never did learn a lesson from his evil ways. Now, they had the pelt, and they had taken out the Digimon pursuing them. Suzamon returns to Cole and Tsuki. At first, she looks delighted, but then her expression changes to anger.
"What on earth were you thinking?! Ya, let's stroll right in and grab the pelt, then get into a high speed chase on that blasted motorcycle, only to end up battling in the middle of a freaking desert! I swear, it's like you don't think ahead. Are all men this dense?"
Ravenna's ranting goes on for quite some time. Finally, she stops to catch her breath.
"Alright then. Now to return the fur to Gabumon."
Suzamon powers down, and Ravenna returns to normal. There's a sound off in the distance. Raye cans see something coming their way. A Trailmon passing by sees them and stops. The Trailmon offers to take them back into town.
"That sounds great! I am so done with this sand. Come on, Cole. Aren't you going to get on?"
Ravenna came up to Cole and Tsuki, and was quick to lay into him, the man's eyes never looked up at her as she lashed out at him--what little of the man's smile that was there fading. He remained quiet, not giving any retort or argument. But someone else spoke up, Tsuki--her voice still weak. "Its...not Cole's fault...I'm the one who got all fired up when I heard...it was a Gabumon's pelt that was stolen. He wouldn't have been so brash...if I wasn't encouraging it..." Tsuki weakly tried to explain and take the blame, Cole's tear filled eyes looking to the BlackTsunomon.
But still. Cole felt guilty...again. This was a trend wasn't it? The man sighed and walked away carrying Tsuki, walking over to his bike. It was overall fine, just the front wheel wedged in the sand. He'd stand over it and with his injured arm try to grip the bars, tugging at it to see if he could free it from the sand...all he managed to do was injure his shoulder more.
It was about this time the Trailmon would show up, odd timing but welcome to the Digital World--things be wack yo. The man glanced back and heard Ravenna urge him to get on the train with her. Cole turned back to face his bike, trying to pull it out again...he clearly didn't want to ride the train. Finally he gave up and now his shoulder just hurt worse, the man would go ahead and store the bike in his digivice like he had earlier. Kuyo would walk up to Cole and nod at the man, before also digitizing and returning to the V-Pet off Cole's right hip belt loop.
Cole finally gave in and would come back to approach Ravenna and the Trailmon, the man still holding Tsuki with his better arm as he looked at the train. An expression of distaste filled his features. "...But why a train? Why is it always a train?" the man griped...he needed some convincing.
Ravenna had been a little rough on Cole, but in her mind, he deserved it for driving the motorcycle like a madman. She didn't want to see Cole upset, but Ravenna had hardened her heart. She watches as Cole struggles trying to get the motorcycle out of the sand. Kuyo returns to the V-Pet, while the injured Tsuki remains in Cole's good arm. Tsuki tried to blame herself for getting involved with the case, but Ravenna wasn't about to let Tsuki take the blame off Cole.
As Ravenna is about to get on the Trailmon, Cole has some hang-ups about riding a train. Ravenna gives him a confused look, opening her mouth and tilting her head. Maybe Cole had a traumatic experience while riding a Trailmon. Ravenna frowns, and stomps her foot down on the sand.
"Oh, what is it now? Let's go! I've got sand in places I don't even wanna talk about. Unless you've got a jetpack handy, this is our best option. I have to return this pelt to Gabumon in Terminus."
It is clear that Cole is going to take some convincing, so Ravenna changes her strategy. She was going to catch more flies with honey. First, she ties the fur around her waist to free up her hands. Ravenna raises her hands in the air, and starts dancing around. She moves her fists in a circular motion, like a train's wheels speeding down the tracks.
"Come on and ride the train. Woo wooooo!!!"
Ravenna continues to dance around, waving her arms in the air and shaking her hips. This wasn't exactly what Raye was expecting to do while out on a case, but she's tired, it's hot, and she wants to get out of this scorching desert. Maybe her dance would convince Cole to get on board.
The man had his reservations against trains...it was just a thing, probably something he'd never tell anyone. Yet just in the last few weeks he's been forced on trains at least three times. The man looked up as he heard Ravenna, she started....well, doing Raye things is the best way to describe it. He huffed a sigh and looked away, he nearly felt embarrassed simply being around her.
But reluctantly the man stepped over, and would make his way onto the train--of course in the very rear. He'd sit down on a seat, gently setting the relaxing Tsuki on his lap. She shifted and put her face against Cole's abs, the man sighing and just brushing his hand through the BlackTsunomon's fur. Assuming Ravenna joined him on the train--considering she was the one trying to convince him this is easy to assume--he'd look over to her, remaining silent for now--his eyes had stopped watering but between the sand and such--the trails from his tears was obvious.
Luckily they seemed to find a kind Trailmon, not a moody one, he was nice enough to give them a ride to Terminus. The train car was much more comfy then being under the desert sun, that was true...the Trailmon had taken off and they was quickly on their way to return the pelt.
It seemed as though Raye's dancing had convinced Cole to get on board. Though it was for a different reason. Cole didn't seem too impressed with her dancing.
(Thinking) "First he doesn't want to get on the train, and now he doesn't like my dancing? Just because Tsuki is hurt doesn't mean it's okay for him to be difficult. Oh well, at least he got on the Trailmon."
Ravenna hops up onto the Trailmon. The door closes, and the train takes off across the sand. Cole seems to be in a mood, so Ravenna mostly leaves him be. She looks out the window at the sand passing them by. Off in the distance she can see a large light tan stone wall. Could it be the trade city she heard about?
(Thinking) "Look at how high that wall is. Misty said there are four of them protecting the city. Though the real dangers lurk within.
The Trailmon continues blazing across the desert, finally passing into a new area. The Trailmon pulls into the station at Terminus. Ravenna turns over to Cole and smiles.
"Come on, party pooper. Let's get rolling. Every minute we wait is another minute longer until I take a bath."
Ravenna gets off the Trailmon, then turns around and smiles to the train Digimon, waving both hands. She thanks him for the ride, then turns her attention to finding Gabumon.
"Let's see, last time I saw Gabumon was just west of that tomato cart over there."
Ravenna starts walking down the street towards where she met up with Gabumon. The Rookie Digimon is too embarrassed to be walking around with no fur on, so NudeGabumon was being very sneaky.
Cole continued to be quiet, basically petting Tsuki as she rest while they road the train. It seemed Ravenna didn't have anything else to say, Cole glanced up and over to her, seeing she was just watching out the window...he sighed quietly and looked out his own window. The scenery was changing, eventually the walls of Terminus came into view...Cole didnt exactly enjoy the town, the only reason he even came here was cause it was the most reliable way to and from the Digital World--at least using his Digiport.
They made it to the station, Cole could finally get off this contraption. He glanced over just in time to catch Ravenna give him a smile before speaking. He'd listen to her, then nod. "Alright..." the man said quietly, standing to follow her off the Trailmon. For just a moment her words crossed his mind, especially the last bit--it brought a flash of an image to Cole's mind that would instantly turn the man's face pink, he quickly turned away so Raye couldn't see him blushing. Tsuki was stirred by all the movement and glanced up, she couldn't help but snicker seeing Cole's face. Don't blow his cover!
The man would follow after Ravenna, letting the woman show the way as he tried to avoid this town--not knowing it very well aside from how to get out quickly. Not to far from where Ravenna met the Gabumon, he'd be huddled up in a blanket in a nearby alley. He kept everything covered but his lower jaw, he could barely even see! But when he seen the teenage girl, he'd call out. "Hey, over here!" the Gabumon said, trying to wave but almost making the blanket slip and he quickly caught it to keep himself hidden. Cole's ears burned. "Think thats your client Raye...?" he said, even though it was kinda obvious.
The Gabumon would come a bit out from the alley to meet the group, and nearly burst into tears the instant his pelt came into view. "You got it?! Oh my god I can't thank you enough!!" the Gabumon cheer gleefully, nigh jumping in excitement wanting to get his hands on it again.
Once again, Ravenna had flustered Cole. Just talking about taking a bath was enough to make the Tamer blush. It's a good thing he turned away, otherwise Ravenna would have gone off on him, probably throwing a few punches in his direction for being a naughty boy.
The duo walks down the street, until they come upon the Gabumon in question. The Rookie level is huddled up outside an alley, covered by a blanket in lieu of fur. Ravenna recognizes his mug and waves over to Gabumon.
"Hey, Gabumon! I've got your fur."
Grabbing Cole by the arm to hurry, Ravenna rushes over to her client. She takes the fur off from around her waste and hands it back to Gabumon.
"Here you go. I'm glad we could get it back to you. I don't think I could have done it without my vertically gifted associate over here. Cole's height is about the only thing he's got going on for him, and I think his brain must not be getting enough oxygen up there. Ha, haha!"
Ravenna gives Cole a pat on the back. She is giving him a hard time, but it was just her way of goofing around. She wouldn't be this cheery around him unless she felt close enough to him. Now that she has gone on two adventures with Cole in the Digital World, Ravenna is looking forward to getting to know him better back in their world.
"We snuck into the temple and took your fur back. That's when things got kind of hairy, and terrifying, but in the end we defeated the corrupted Leomon who stole your fur. Maybe someday we can go back and take out the rest of those bandits."
Cole had chilled out while they was walking, and simply just was following her, not paying much attention. Suddenly he'd feel his arm grabbed, hopefully Raye was smart enough to have grabbed his uninjured arm...either way the man would be tugged along, blinking in slight confusion until he realized she spotted her client. Once over there Cole would just stand off somewhere behind Ravenna, keeping out of the conversation...Tsuki on the other hand stirred, she felt better after the train ride and rest, and squirmed in Cole's arm, freeing herself to Cole's dismay, the BlackTsunomon hopping up right beside Ravenna to smile up at the Gabumon as Raye returned his pelt.
Gabumon gladly accepted the pelt and clutched it tightly to himself. He'd listen to what Ravenna had to say, even under a blanket one could tell the Gabumon tilted his head. "Oh wow..." the Gabumon said. Ravenna hopefully felt the daggers Cole was glaring into the back of her head right now for what she said, the man crossing his arms...which only hurt his left arm. Maybe she was right, sometimes the gogglehead in Cole showed...But he knew she was just messing with him an would let it go, the hand reaching out to pat him was enough to tell him she was just teasing.
Raye went on to further explain to the Gabumon, who's head straightened up. "Thats horrible!...Y-yeah I kinda remember now...the guy who stole my pelt said it'd make a nice present for their boss 'Leo'...must be the corrupted Leomon you faced. But thank you! I know its not much for all the trouble you went through but please, here." the Gabumon said, before his paw stretched out from the blanket, looking strange while missing the usual fur coat it'd normally have. He'd hand Ravenna a sack of the currency used in the Digital World...well it wouldn't buy her some new running shoes but maybe it'd keep her head dry on a rainy night in the Digital World at an inn. "We're glad to have helped Gabumon!" Tsuki cheered gleefully, although her voice still a hint weak. The Gabumon nodded and quickly darted into the alleyway--out of sight. A moment later he'd pop back out, looking as good as new! He smiled at Ravenna, Tsuki, an Cole, waving before taking off for home.
Cole sighed and turned, taking a step closer to the girls, knelling down next to Tsuki and beside Ravenna. "You feeling better Tsuki...?" he'd ask in concern. She smiled up to the tall man and nod. Even knell'd down he was much taller then Tsuki, and still came up to about Raye's stomach or so while she stood. Tsuki would bounce over to Cole, giving him a bit of a nuzzle if it could be called that before she would hit the V-Pet on his hip, making it absorb her so she could join Kuyo. He was probably bored in there.
Cole huffed a sigh, the jaded jade hues of the man drawing up from the ground to Ravenna's face, him looking up at her. He was tired and sore, with his good arm he pushed himself to stand back up, rising above Ravenna again. "...Vertically gifted huh? Mad I'm taller then you, short stuff?" he said, but a small smile crossing his features would let Raye know he was messing with her just as she did with him. He'd pull out his Digivice, glancing down to it. "After that little adventure--think I need to get some rest in my own bed..." the man said to her, facing away from her as he took a couple steps away, and would activate his Digiport. At this moment a portal formed, surely something Ravenna should be familiar with, Cole sure was and it seemed Raye had been around the Digital World longer. Standing in front of the semi-stable portal, Cole looked back over his shoulder to Ravenna.
"If you happen to live in Shibuya...The portal is made for up too two, I ah...would wanna make sure you get home safe. Not that you can't handle yourself, I know you can...just...ah...you know...." clearly half way through this sentence Cole became flustered, and his expression showed it. Really he was just trying to be a gentlemen, essentially offering to make sure Raye got home alright. He had looked away when he started to get flustered, just a slight hint of light pink crossing the bridge of his nose, but he'd pretty quickly look back to her for her response.
Ravenna is glad to give Gabumon his fur back, and Tsuki is even happier. The little Digimon hops over to Raye and Gabumon, happy that she helped one of her own. Ravenna's digs at Cole noticeably upset him, but then he could tell Ravenna was just messing with him. It's a good thing she didn't tug on his injured arm. Raye is no genius, but she's not a spaz (like Kuyo, shots fired Just kidding around.)
The Gabumon takes his fur, then spares them the site of a naked Gabumon, by changing around the corner before returning. Ravenna thanks him for the payment, then offers Cole a share since he did help. Her objective complete, it was time to move on to the next adventure. But not before a little R&R.
Cole reaches down towards the BlackTsunomon. Tsuki hops back into the V-Pet. Cole rises up, seeming to check out Raye's body. Cole returns fire from Ravenna's jabs from before.
"I'm not short! Guys are just taller, silly. It's a good thing you're so tall, otherwise I wouldn't want you around. But then I wouldn't get to see Tsuki, haha! Tall, and kind of cute..."
Ravenna awkwardly smiles up at Cole, then giggles and covers her mouth with her hands before they both turn away. Cole opens up a portal back to Shibuya, then offers to take Ravenna back with him.
"Okay. I live on campus at the college. Maybe we could hang out sometime? I mean, if you wanted to. I have a track meet coming up, maybe you can come see me?"
Ravenna isn't even trying to hide her blushing at this point. She isn't 100% infatuated with the Tamer, but there is something brewing between the two. She likes having Cole around. Maybe it was his tall stature. She feels safe when he is near. Ravenna offers her hand to Cole's uninjured side, and grabs him by the hand. She turns to face the portal, and the two return to Shibuya together.
Cole heard Ravenn'a retort to the short comment, he was about to say something back but the last bit caught him way off guard, making the man blink in confusion for just a moment while she giggled. They seemed to turn away at the same time when Cole went to open the portal, and would offer to see to it she made it home.
He'd looked to see her answer, and caught a sight she was also blushing at this point, but happily agree'd to come with the man through the portal. Her question about him coming to her upcoming track meet through him off, but the man nodded after a moment. "Yeah...I guess I wouldn't mind coming..." he agree'd.
Ravenna had stepped over and what happened next would make Cole's blush come full force, she took his hand, Cole looking to her with the flustered expression. They'd go ahead and go through the portal together, if one listened closely they could hear Tsuki giggling from the V-pet at what was happening. She didn't have to see it, the bond between Tamer and partner was unbreakable, she could feel how Cole felt. Kuyo could feel it too, just didn't pay enough attention to understand, the BlackAgumon looking at the BlackTsunomon within the digital space in question.
The two passed through the portal and ended up in a random alleyway within central Shibuya. The portal closed behind them once the duo went through it. Cole would go ahead and walk the whole way from there to the Campus that Ravenna stayed at, it took a bit but wasn't too bad of a walk, eventually they'd make it. Before Cole would go his own way to walk back to his own apartment building, the man would look to Ravenna. A slightly shy smile came to his features and the tall man stepped closer to her. "Last time you did this I didn't return it, so I think I owe you this Raye..." the man said, his good arm would curl around Ravenna, pulling her into a hug for a moment. After the moment he'd turn and walk off towards his own home, surely face red from what he just did. -------- -Fin-