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Buck wanted to explore the digital world alone, but Bearmon refused unless Buck agreed to bring that older Tamer he'd met at Miyashita park. That was the only reason Buck bothered to arrange to sneak out of his house after dinner and meet Ryou at the train station. So, after making the call and arranging the meet, Buck stored Bearmon in his digivice using the V-Pet program and bussed all the way to the Shibuya Train Terminal. From there, he supposed he'd just have to wait for his comrade. While waiting, he stood outside the door of the 'shut down' train platform and looked at it nostalgically - even if his first time there had only been a couple of weeks prior. Ryou is gonna freak out when he sees the place. To his credit, the young man had thought ahead; he was lugging around a huge backpack containing a meal and water for four as well as all the other camping gear he could cram inside it, minus that which he expected he'd need only for an overnight stay. That was an outcome Buck didn't care for... yet. "Do you see him yet?"
From within the D-3, Bearmon shook his head at his Tamer.
When Buck ended up contacting Ryou to go explore the Digital World with him, Ryou didn't really want to go, but he figured one of two things would happen: either Buck would insist on it, or he would go on his own and neither was a pleasant option. Ryou didn't think a kid like him should really be allowed to go into a different, dangerous world by himself, so now he agreed to go mostly out of concern for the kid.
Ever since Shou digievolved into Gladimon, it was being a little more difficult to smuggle him around places. He was pretty heavy now and it wasn't easy to make people believe he was a pet, so Ryou's solution to bringing him outside without anyone realizing what was going on was... put Shou inside a small suitcase and drag it around. He got some odd looks anyway but... it was better than letting people see him.
He arrived at the Shibuya Train Terminal as instructed and there, he spotted Buck and waved at him with a calm smile.
"Hey, Buck. Are you ready?" He asked as he approached, dragging the suitcase behind him as well as carrying his gray backpack with him
"Hey! Hi!" Buck waved to his fellow Tamer and beckoned for Ryou to come closer. "Thanks for coming, man. Wylde would'a lost it if I tried to go alone." This time Bearmon didn't bother to correct Buck on his name; there were more important worries ahead. "So, Wylde told me about this place in the digital world where there's old ruins and a huge temple rumored to be full of treasures. I don't know about you, but I have always wanted to go on a real live treasure hunt! It's out in a dessert, though, so I brought a bunch of water, sunscreen, and other desert stuff." Buck gestured to the door behind himself then. "And the best part is we can just take a train - sort of - the whole way there!" The boy flashed his digivice to the secure door, then, and it opened up for the pair. Buck slipped through quick as he could, then beckoned Ryou behind him.
The door would shut quickly behind Ryou and lead the pair of Tamers into a small hall that led to an elevator. That elevator itself would take them deep, deep underground to the Trailmon platforms, where travellers could hitch a free ride to and from the digital world - at the convenience of the Trailmon, of course.
So even Buck's Digimon had issues with him going to places in the Digital World without someone else accompanying him. That wasn't reassuring in the slightest and made Ryou all the more glad that he decided to accept this invitation. Especially because they were apparently going to some ruins and old temple. If there was anything Ryou had learned from movies and games, it was that those places were usually full of traps.
But then again, usually those places weren't so easy to reach by just getting on a train.
"Well, that's... convenient," Ryou commented as he followed Buck through the door.
This was going to be his first time visiting the Digital World, so Ryou didn't really know what to expect from the place, or even what was further down into the train station. He was feeling a little nervous but didn't let it show. Instead, he just let Buck guide him through this whole procedure he was unfamiliar with.
The elevator was a long, long ride down. It felt more like ascending down a skyscraper than just a few floors. But it let out into a subway tunnel full of people of many ages - though mostly in the younger ranges - and, even more spectacularly crowds of digimon! Even Buck, having seen the sight once before, was still floored by how openly the various digidestined could be from this point. Of course, he didn't lose track of his task; soon as he got down there he pulled his big buddy by the arm to find a route map and, from there, pulled Ryou onto the correct Trailmon accordingly. "But where should we sit- oh!" Before Ryou had even gotten a chance to answer, Buck found a little booth of four seats, two facing another two, and sat down instantly. Soon as he was settled, he unslung his bag and said to his digivice, "Alright, Wydle, we can stop hiding!"
When Bearmon emerged from the digivice, he gave both Buck and Ryou a small nod of acknowledgement but didn't greet them verbally. It was only at this point that Buck thought of Ryou's own partner, just as the train started rolling. "Hey, uh... where's Caprimon? You didn't leave him behind, did you?"
That elevator seemed to go down awfully far, making Ryou wonder just how far underground they were by the time the doors opened and they could see the station, which was filled with other young people and digimon. At that point, it was probably safe for Shou to come out of suitcase, but before he could say anything, Buck was already dragging him around by his free arm until they got to the train.
"Of course not." Ryou smiled at Buck before opening the suitcase, with Shou peeking out of it immediately afterward.
"Hey!" Shou greeted Buck and Wydle, waving at them and then jumping out of the suitcase, at which point Ryou closed it and left it on the side
"He evolved recently and I still can't get him inside the digivice, so it's become a bit of a pain to keep him hidden without drawing attention from other people." Ryou sighed.
The ride was a surprisingly smooth one. Surprisingly dull, too, at least in Buck's own opinion. To be fair, the view of the train exiting the tunnel and giving its passengers a glorious view of the city of Terminus was a sight the boy had already seen once, so maybe it had a little less impact on him than it might have made on Ryou. "That's Terminus! We're officially in the digital world now, so we don't have to hide. It's a relief, right?" Bearmon nodded in agreement. "I think it's gonna stop in Terminus, but don't get off. This one'll take us all the way to the Ancient Ruins."
Indeed, the Trailmon did make a stop just outside the old, crumbling city, and the ultimate destination - the temple - seemed to stand tall and comparatively intact. "Alright!" Soon as the Trailmon stopped, Buck made a beeline for the door, forcing Bearmon to follow him in a run.
Ryou was completely taken away by the view of the Digital World through the Trailmon's window. It was so bizarre, how could something so... big and natural-looking exist, when just a while ago they were underground? How could there be plains and such, that seemingly stretched out forever, all underground? It was all too difficult for Ryou to really process, so he was just staring, barely being able to process what Buck was telling him.
Then, the train stopped in front of the ruins of a town, no doubt where they would be exploring that day. Buck wasted no time in running out while Ryou was still staring through the window, forcing the boy and Shou to quickly start running after the kid and his partner Digimon.
"Hey! Wait up!" Shou called out, not wanting to be left behind.
"The ruins aren't going anywhere!" Ryou reminded him as he followed behind, dragging his things with him.
While following along behind this overeager boy, Bearmon was at least a little glad he wasn't the only one who was already getting a little fed up with this child's antics. Even a boy his age should know better, I imagine, Bearmon thought to himself but didn't say. So, while chasing after his Tamer, he rolled his eyes before they assumed their natural state of constantly scanning everything. There's a very good reason not just any amateur treasure hunter enters this place, he went on to himself as the boy in front of him passed under an archway and rounded a corner. Buck only came to a stop once he found himself in the middle of some circular room out of which many archways led down many more paths. Additionally, each archway had an odd symbol carved above it which was neither English lettering nor Japanese. In truth, they were the innumerable crests, but as far as Buck and Bearmon knew, there was no way to decide which corresponded to which.
"Hey, Ryou!" Now that he had finally come to a stop, he dropped his bag and dug out one water bottle for each member of the group including himself, then passed them around. "So... where 'dya wanna go?" he then asked out of the blue.
While Ryou couldn't blame Buck for being enthusiastic, he was pretty interested in this stuff himself, the kid seemed completely unaware of the fact that rushing ahead in a place that could be filled with dangerous monsters was a bad idea. Still, carrying all of his stuff with him, Ryou was able to keep up with him alongside Shou, until they stopped at a circular room with many paths available to him.
"Eh? What do you mean where I want to go? It's not like I know anything about this place." Ryou looked at the symbols written above the paths. "Any of these hallways would be fine for me."
"I wonder what's that written there." Shou commented offhandedly.
"Can't you read it? You're a Digimon, right?" Ryou looked down at his partner, eyebrow raised.
"Well... actually I don't think it's writing. They might just be drawings." Shou elaborated a little, then shrugged.
"Huh..." Ryou looked over all of them, trying to see if there was anything that could point out their meaning, but not being able to come up with anything. He then looked over at Buck again. "Anyway, you lead the way, I'll just follow behind."
"Well... alright." Buck took the pass back to him and stride and began examining all the insignias above the archways. He took a long while with each one, too, almost like he was somehow translating in his head just what each one could have meant. Eventually, he settled before one path which was marked by a symbol that vaguely resembled the shape of a mallet striking a flat surface. "We're going this way." Buck pointed down the hallway, then laid out his perfectly logical, reasonable explanation for why this path was a better choice than the others: "That symbol looks so cool." Buck set off down the tunnel, then.
In truth, there wasn't a whole lot to see. It was just a stone tunnel whose structural integrity was probably dubious at best; already, pebbles occasionally tapped the ground as they fell from above, but it wasn't anything close to a total collapse. Also noticeable was just how hot the place seemed to get the further Buck and Bearmon walked. The desert was scorching before, but Buck found he'd drained nearly half his bottle after a mere minute - and Bearmon even more than that.