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Ry sighed, the deja vu washing over him as he looked around the trees. The very similar trees, in their forms and shapes and lack of markings.
How did he get lost again?
This was perhaps the second time he had gotten lost in these woods. The first time he had gotten lucky, and managed to find his way out instead of going deeper in by going a completely random direction.
This time however, he had the sinking feeling that he was going the wrong way. He had tried to remedy that by going different ways, multiple times, and instead he felt as if he was going in circles instead. He probably was.
He sighed, slumping against a tree in despair. There wasn't much that he could do now except hope that some wanderer could help him out, and send him the right direction to get out of this forest.
"Lost again?" A recognizable voice would call out to Ry, approaching from behind him. It was Rise, wearing a fresh set of clothes, most outstanding being a pink and teal letterman jacket. She had since found out how to return home, so there was no need going around dirty and beat up anymore.
"These woods aren't that big, you know." She now stood behind him, looking around the area to get a grip on her location. Everything looked the same, but there were some small differences in each area.
"Do you still want to get out?" Rise suddenly asked before giving the boy too much of a chance to speak, reflecting on the last time that they had met. It was hazy, and there was a chance Ry wouldn't remember.
Ry turned around immediately when he heard a voice suddenly call out from behind him, and then realised that she was too close for comfort than he would have liked and then took a step away, "Uh, yeah," he raised an eyebrow, "Again?" how did she know that this wasn't the first time that he had been lost?
Ry took a good look at the pink-haired girl, she did seem familiar somehow, but for some reason, he couldn't put a finger to it. Couldn't place a memory to her, or even a name, even though pink hair was really rare and he was sure that he would have been able to recognise her if he had actually met her before, "Do you... know me somehow?" he asked, "You sound like you know me or have met me before."
"And no, I beg to differ, these woods are definitely big," he sighed and glanced around them, the thick forestry and long trees that blocked the sunlight from entering the woods. But what made him raise his eyebrow was when she asked if he still wanted to get out, "Yes, of course, that'd be great, if you knew the way out at all?"
A worried expression took over when he realised once more just how similar the trees all look, "Do you?"
"Maybe you don't remember me." Reflecting on what had actually happened, perhaps it was better this way. Her first impression wasn't exactly an impressive one. Now she knew more, and was far more confident. "Maybe it's better that way. My name is Rise, nice to meet ya, again."
Ry probably didn't care much for all this nonsense she was putting him through. It was just like before. He wanted a way out. There had to be a way to get through to him. "Yup, I can lead ya outta these woods, and can even take ya back to the real world." It wasn't a lie on either account. This time, she was for real.
The pinkette playfully leaned against a nearby tree, still facing the opposite direction of the blonde, and looking towards the sky. So crisp, clear - the skies here were truly a marvel. It was hard to believe it was all just code.
"Maybe I don't remember you?" he repeated, "Have we met before?"
To be fair, she did seem very familiar to him, he just wasn't sure what had happened though. There was that one time that he just woke up in an inn with no clear recollection of what had happened to him, aside from large bruises all over his body, bandages hastily wrapped around his limps, and a massive concussion. Was she related to that?
"Oh, uh, Ry," he stammered, and squinted, trying to focus on her and try to recollect his memories, "Are you... Sorry if I don't remember you, but can you tell me what happened? And how we met? Everything's just quite hazy."
"Uh, yeah, I mean if you know the way out, that's great," he scratched his head in confusion, a weird thought coming to mind, "Look, sorry, I don't know where this came from, but you're not lying to me and leading me off to some weird place right?"
He didn't know what he was saying, where this was all coming from. Was he struck in the head much harder than he thought? "I don't mean to offend, just, you know, the posters say don't talk to strangers!" he chuckled nervously.
"Yeah, wow, you're absolutely clueless." The man was rambling like he just woke up from a fever dream. Of course, the paranoia of being lost was likely taking over his more logical areas of the brain. "We traveled into a cave together, with a third person, but after that, I dunno." Still not having any sort of control over her spirit form, it was hard to remember anything that she did in that state.
"I'll tell ya what I do know, we got beat up, and then separated." The tall blonde went on to question whenever she was telling the truth or not, which honestly surprised her. Acting a tad offended, she responded, "what? No, I really know how to get out."
There was no use in sitting around in this forest forever. The pinkette kicked off the tree and got ready to move. Whenever he wanted to come or not was up to him, but she had better things to do than kick it here.
"We... what?" Ry tried to process everything that the girl was telling him, but he didn't get it, didn't understand it, "Why would I follow you into a cave? And why are my instincts telling me that you're far more dangerous than you look, and try to pass yourself as?"
He cringed to himself inwardly, why did he have to say all those out loud? Fucking idiot.
"We got beat up?" he narrowed his eyes, though that would explain all the bruises and why he was hurting when he woke up at the inn, "Did you beat me up?"
He shook his head, a few images are starting to come back to him, and he guessed they were memories from before he got knocked out. He could remember seeing the pink girl in the same forest, he was just as lost, and what looked like a small purple dragon. He remembered the girl frowning at him, and then... the girl throwing his D-Tector back at him?
His suspicions grew instantly, what was the girl doing with his D-Tector back then in the first place? Or was it really just his memory acting up? Regardless, he moved forward to show that he was ready to get out, just as the girl was.
Ry sighed, "Well, there's nothing I can do aside from following you and hope I don't get beat up again, then."
This boy was talking way too much, asking too many questions that she didn't have clear answers to. Rise almost got mad over it, but was able to just shrug it off. "What? No, I didn't beat you up. But thanks for the compliment, darlin'." It was a good thing to be seen as dangerous, after all.
"Let's not waste anymore time blabbin' on here, then." The pinkette playfully said, kicking herself off the tree and getting ready to move. It was still some distance before they would get out of here and reach civilization, where they could then take a Trailmon back into the real world. Really strange how all that worked, but it was a different world, after all.
Whenever Ry had began following or not, she would begin walking north, the direction which she originally came. Eventually, they would reach a dirt path, which would lead to a city in a few miles.
Ry snorted, "Beating me up is a compliment? Okay," though once he glanced at the girl's irritated expression, he knew that she probably wasn't kidding. He stopped talking for a little bit to let her calm down and not beat him up, walking beside her and kicking a stray rock on the road.
Eventually they reached a dirt road, Ry frowned. This wasn't really the path that he had taken to reach the forest, he had gotten there by rolling down a hill. Purely by accident, of course. But at least he was out of the forest, he wasn't going to complain about that.
"Huh? Uh, yeah," he stammered, caught off-guard by the sudden question, "I mean, no, not really. Not unless getting caught by seven drilly digimons, waking up at an inn with little recollection of the day before, and running around volcanoes to get my spirit is a grand time, then probably not."
"How about yourself? Grand time here in the Digital World?"
The forest was graciously quiet, only the distant sounds of wind and small insects could be heard. It allowed for Rise to listen to the blonde a little better. What stories he spoke, ones of fighting drill-like monsters, traveling volcanoes, and blacking out. She hadn't had the pleasure of having that much fun yet.
"Gosh, that all sounds totally fun! I've mostly jus' been explorin'." It wasn't the action packed adventure she sought, but learning more about this world was imperative. Just diving in without knowing anything would be stupid. Nevertheless, she was visibly jealous.
"Say, don't ya think this spirit stuff is kinda weird?" Since it was mentioned, the pinkette figured she might as well bring it up, just to see Ry's take on the situation that effected them both. "It makes me feel way weird, like, I don't know, something' about adventure and fighting gets me goin'..." The dirt path was winding around a set of trees, and with the pair still being a few miles from the city, there was no sign of civilization yet.
Ry sighed, "Those would have been fun experiences if they hadn't nearly robbed me of my life," he muttered, though he did have to agree, his two weeks in the Digital World had been far more exciting than the past five years of his life in the human world. he didn't know if that was good or bad, but since he's still alive, he supposed he should look at it in a more positive manner, "Maybe if you stick around with me, you'll be trapped in near-death situations too," he laughed.
Ry raised an eyebrow, "Weird? What do you mean by weird?" then he listened to the young girl's experience of her own spirit evolution. He didn't peg her as a spirit user, though he only now realised that she was missing a digimon partner. He must have also shown her his D-Tector at some point, if she knew that he was a spirit user too. He shook his head, he was missing too much of his memories.
Regardless, there wasn't much he could do about it, better not to dwell on it in the end. "I'm not sure, to be honest. I haven't been able to spirit evolve until just recently, and even then, not for long," Ry shrugged, "It didn't make me feel weird, but I don't think I was able to hold the form longer than ten minutes, I think it was."
"Not a bad idea, maybe I will stick around you." Based on how he spoke, it was likely that Ry barely remembered her. For this reason, her reply was mostly sarcasm. "I dunno how to do it either, like, it has somethin' to do with my emotions." Rise shrugged, continuing on their path to the city.
The road got darker and darker, tejstjng and turning into the woods, with the oath itself becoming more and more narrow and overgrown with vegetation. There were a copious amounts of of spider webs in this area, lining the tight spots in-between the trees. It certainly didn't seem like this path led to the city, but it did.
"Kind creepy, right? Maybe a monster will eat us." Distant crawling sounds could be heard if one listened closely, causing the pinkette to pick up her pace through this section.
Ry couldn't help but chuckle a bit, even with the dripping sarcasm in Rise's tone, "Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment, I guess, not a lot of people want to stick around with me," he said, "Not even my own dad wants me around, or I think he wants me around, but in that regard, he's more like a clingy girlfriend than anything."
Emotions? Ry shrugged, "I don't think I've ever tried evolving with my emotions involved, though then again, I don't think I've ever felt any intense emotions ever since I received my spirit," he admitted, his mind reeling back into his memories of the time after he received his spirit. Now that he thought about it, his life was only turbulent before he received his spirit, and not after it. Figures.
Then they started getting into a darker area of the road, more from the forest, then into the plains, then into what looked like out of a B-grade horror movie.
Ry forced out a nervous chuckle, "Haha, yeah, maybe a monster will eat us," he said, his trust draining away very fast, then glancing at the pink girl, "Are you sure that this is the right way? It doesn't look like it."