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"Are you sure it is here? I have used this elevator a million times now." Ayumi scratched her head. She had been so excited that she hardly slept at all last night, but instead of leading her to a secret glowing portal or the like, Yukiko had led her to the elevator in Shibuya Station. A clawed digit appeared out of the bag Yukiko was carrying and patted Ayumi's leg. "Ey, trust her, she was told what to do!" Yukiko took a deep breath as the doors closed behind them. She dug through her pockets, and pulled out her Digivice. What had Ken said? Just hold it in front of the buttons until a beep is heard? Well, here goes nothing...
For a few seconds, nothing happened. Yukiko was about to hyperventilate from embarrassment when the beeping sound brought salvation and vindication. The elevator began to go down...and down. "My word, I was unaware this elevator could go this deep." "S-s-same...I have no idea what to expect..." Whatever Yukiko and Ayumi were imagining, it certainly was not a train terminal for a train that looked almost alive. It took Yukiko by surprise, while Ayumi gasped in amazement. "By the seven spheres of Heaven, this is amazing..." Mizu jumped out of the bag once they reached the bottom. "H-h-h-hey, get back in there!" "Hey, only people with Digivices can come here, right? So, I should be fine here! Come on, let's have a look-see before we get tickets to this Terminus City!" The frog ran ahead, the two humans trailing behind!
If not careful enough or attentive to her surroundings, the Betamon would find herself colliding against the leg of a certain person that was standing near. Yup, Amelie was once again there, and like always, she had zero idea what kind of twist of fate it took for her to just end... in a place like this.
And even if she wondered the reason, as of late, the brunette had found herself caring less and less about the circumstances that brought her closer to the Digital World each day. It was almost as if it became something natural for at this point. If she didn't know better, she was about to board a train, and truth was that she couldn't do much about it if "she" really wanted to go, as funny as the whole sentence sounded. These strange urges were something the brunette had been having way more recently as of late; was there really anything she could do about them, and... how much did she really care about it? Guess she did, even though she couldn't bring herself to, in a sense. It was so strange.
In case the Betamon passed through unimpeded, Amy would just stare at the duo that was behind her with, curiosity being obvious in her expression. Maybe they needed help? Or maybe, the situation was entirely under her control already.
Quite slippery, as it turned out. While the frog slipped through the girl's legs, Ayumi crashed right into her, as her eyes hat been too focused elsewhere. "Agh, a demonic forcefield!"
Yukiko gasped when she saw the impact happen, and hurried over, bending over to the two of them. "Oh, I am so sorry! Are you ok?" She had no idea who this other girl was, but she still felt bad about this accident.
Well, that had happened. The Betamond had gone through and before the brunette could react to any of it, one of the two girls had decided to crash into her. Funnily enough, the impact hadn't been what had bothered Amelie the most; truth was that the girl was somewhat small anyway. What had managed a pout out of her face had been... being called a demonic forcefield.
That wasn't very nice.
"Hey." It didn't take much to dust herself off and rise up again. "I'm a normal human being, thank you very much. If you wanna find demons, that's after taking the train, not before."
It had probably been an honest mistake, and the teenager was quick to cool down, especially when what looked like the girl's friend came over, and seemed... to have way more common sense.
"It's fiiine." Recomposing herself, she gazed at her. "Take you're looking for the digimon who ran past me just now? Didn't seem too keen on stopping, though."
"Oh, my apologies, I see now that you too are a mortal." Ayumi got up, dusted herself off, and bowed. Yukiko quietly sighs to herself, then whispers to the teenager. "I am sorry, she is a bit...loopy." Soon enough, though, the true weight of what Amelie had said. "My lord! Demons? At the end of this train track? Why, I must smite them at once!" Ayumi tried to stride off, but Yukiko managed to hold her in place with ease. The whole situation drove the blood into her face from embarrassment. "S-s-s-sorry."
From afar, Mizu was calling. "Hoooooy, y'all coming?"
At least the two of them seemed to be nice enough. Even though, just as the taller one said, the shorter was... a little weird. Amelie wasn't one to discriminate but... maybe she had one or two screws loose.
"Let me guess. She's new to this Digital World thing, isn't she?" She didn't have to be a genius to guess the answer. Even less so when she reacted adversely to hearing about "demons" and had to be "restrained" afterward.
"It's no big deal." She responded to the tall one, waving her hand dismissively. Soon after, she shrugged at the Betamon's call before adding. "I don't do this every day, but I'd say you have your hands full with these two; need a hand? I'm no Digital World expert, but I think that at least can help you a bit. Worst case, you won't have to deal with an excitable frog or an excitable exorcist all by yourself."
The teenager would wait for a response before moving towards their train or not.
Yukiko gulped. The very thought of having to socialize drove her social anxiety through the roof. But, on the other hand, having a guide might be fruitful, after all, they are jumping into the cold water here. "Ah, th-th-th-th-thanks, I w-w-w-would be glad t-t-t-to have a g-g-g-guide." She then extended a shaking hand. "M-m-m-my name is Y-y-y-yukiko. Yukiko Armstrong. Th-th-th-this is Ayumi Sakata, my best friend, a-a-a-and the green f-f-frog is Mizu-chan."
Ayumi turned around, flipped her hair out of her face, and extended a hand, too. "Indeed, I am called Ayumi, here on Earth. It is a pleasure to meet you."
Girl was super awkward, wasn't she? The fact that she was trembling like a leaf was a pretty clear indication of it. Amelie looked up, a calm smile on her face. Probably wouldn't do any good, but why somebody that big would have issues like that? Guess that, for now, the best was no prying into the matter. It wasn't like it was any of her business, anyway.
She reached for the outstretched hand, shaking it confidently. "No need to thank me. Thinking it thoroughly, it's a bit obvious that you need it anyway. Name's Amelie Saboro; pleased to meet you!"
Yukiko, Ayumi and Mizu-chan. Those names were interesting, even though she'd have to reflect on those later. "Alright. Guess you're going to the Digital World? Or Mizu's just having a whim and dragged you all the way here. In any ca~se, we should probably board the train."
Inside the Trailmon that was waiting patiently for its departure time, John and his Agumon partner were relaxing on one of the comfy rose-colored seat cushions together. The human had his left arm wrapped around the dino Digimon so that he may hold him close in an affectionate yet gentle embrace.
In contrast to the lull of calm, John's ears picked up the commotion happening outside of the Trailmon's carriage. The Agumon, who was previously asleep with a cute bubble protruding from a nostril, stirred from the excitement. With a pop, the bubble was gone, and the Agumon rubbed away the sleep in his eyes followed by a quiet yawn. "Did Trailmon depart?" He asked, a bit groggily.
John's heart melted from the adorable display. To think that this little yellow saurian could be so cute sometimes despite having the capacity to become a monstrous horned ceratosaurus. The human's lips curled into a gentle smile. "Not yet, Cas. But we should be heading out any second now." The human's blue eyes darted toward the window ahead of him where he saw a group of people outside talking to each other. They might be boarding soon. "We might have some company in a bit."
John's eyes lingered on them for a while, as did Casimeir's. "Looks like we might be in store for making some new friends," the Agumon commented. "We only know a few people and Digimon. I guess coming to the Digital World today was a good call after all." His voice was more cheery now that he was completely awake.
Amelie tried to smile reassuringly at the taller girl, even though she had figured that, by now, reassuring her was an exercise in futility. Instead, she just tried to not mind her constant stuttering; it'd probably be hella rude to make a remark on it, anyway.
"Very well then! Shall we? The train's just ahead." It was a simple phrase, emphasized by the teen's body turning into the train's direction, some steps being in the living vehicle's direction.
At least until her leg was poked by Mizu-chan and that was followed by a threat. She lowered her body, trying to get at eye level with the digimon before shrugging. "I mean, if she wants to get rid of me, she can just tell me to scram and I'll be out of my way; not forcing myself on this small trip or anything, so I hope that the biting bit won't be necessary. Just talking is fine."
She didn't know how hard Betamons could bite, and wasn't especially keen on finding out.
Mizu turned up her snoot at Amelie. "Alright, but I'm watching ya!" She made a show out of turning around and waddling towards the train with her nose held up high. Yukiko looked very embarrassed, Ayumi chuckled.
"R-r-r-r-r-r-right, w-w-w-we should go, th-th-thanks for guiding us!" She then grabbed Ayumi by the arm and dragged her off to the ticket booth before entering the train.
Of course, the awkwardness did not end here, as someone was already in the train. Yukiko spotted the young man, blushed again, and looked away. "Oh, h-h-h-hello..."
Ayumi was a lot less shy, however. She just walked up and looked the Agumon over. "Oh my, what a small dragon, indeed!"
John and his Digimon both greeted the new occupants with warm smiles. "Oh, hello," said John. "It looks like we won't be riding alone after all. What's bringing you to the Digital World today?"
Casimeir, on the other hand, tilted his head to the side. "Small?" The Agumon looked at his partner, then back to Ayumi. "I'm not /that/ small. I'm bigger than most Agumon." Admittedly, Casimeir was now feeling a little self-conscious. No one had ever commented on his size before.
The man chuckled tenderly. "Relax, Casimeir. I'm sure she didn't mean to offend you." John had a warm expression about him. "I'm John. And this is my partner, Casimeir." He took a moment to examine the new train car passengers. "Is this your first time? Or are you revisiting?"
The partnered Agumon settled down again. The jab at his size wasn't worth getting worked up over. "It's nice to meet you all. What are your names?"
Yukiko coughed from her nervous breathing. If she even knew any means of calming herself down, they'd be useless at this stage. "Ah, I-I-I-I-I am Y-y-y-yukiko, n-n-n-nice to meet you..." The girl shifted, and quickly sat down somewhere, avoiding further eye contact.
The Betamon, much more cheerful, grinned and waved with her stubby arm. "Yo, my name's Mizu-chan, the gorgeous-est girl you'll ever meet!~ Nice to meetcha~"
Finally, the short, pale girl got up, put a finger to the bridge of her glasses, and tried to look cool. "I am the one they call Ayumi, the archangel of technology. If you have a problem with computers, I can solve it!"
With Yukiko paralyzed by social anxiety, Mizu took over for her. "This is our very first trip! We've only been into that whole Digital World thing for a couple of days now!"
Mizu was funny, in her own way. Winking impishly, Amelie just nodded at the Betamon's remarks before walking right behind the group and into the train.
"It's not big deal, seriously." She said yet again; this was getting somewhat tiring, but she could discern how insecure the girl was, and how her pushy partner or slightly loony friend didn't help any of that.
Maybe she had gotten distracted for a while? It was strange that before she could even notice it, the group was already chatting to a somewhat grown man who was hanging on the train with an Agumon.
What a lively crew, indeed. "Guess I haven't arrived too late for the introductions." Given that those were underway, it was fair for her to say her part while she took seat. "And I'm Amelie. Supposedly, I gotta guide the archangel, her shy friend and Mizu-chan through Terminus. Guess that makes me the prophet or something. Pleased to meet you."
Her tone had had its quota of seriousness, making the phrase all the more fun in hindsight. "What about you? Business or pleasure?"