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This was a case where Denryu's notoriety would make the situation difficult.
After all, this was never a situation where they had to track the Knightmon 'Raider' nor the BladeKuwagamon 'Blade' down in the vast Digital World. Even before Denryu had found his first partner in the mountains, he knew exactly where these two were - and knew that they would be relatively safe through the end. No, what would be difficult would be pulling these two out of the web they found themselves in:
As respected participants in the Infinity Coliseum!
"Tch... and do they have to use this place as their lodging?"
"Without a bit to their name, what else could they do, Angel?"
Sitting in the stands' upper levels, the Renamon sat with an annoyed expression on her face, the rookie peering down to an unrelated fight between a Meramon and a Garurumon at the bottom of the arena. Seeing that his words did little to comfort Angel, Guru just gave a sigh, turning his attention forward. "But this is a bit of a mess. What is this, the fifth time we've tried to scout it?"
"Hm." Keeping their voice relatively low, the fox just tapped her claw against the armrest. "Freaking General... this is what happens when you get way too 'visible'..."
Holly didn't know much about Raider or Blade. She didn't know much about the Coliseum apart from the few things her Ma or Da had told her about this place. It was a good place to practice their skills or a good place to meet people of a certain lifestyle. She didn't know the entire need for the Xros army either nor did she really understand why there was a constant desire for gaining more people. But she wouldn't question it.
The meicoomon leaned against a wall quietly, her ears flicking a bit as the two others spoke. Digimon with no bits to their name, using this place as their lodging while also fighting and improving their skills. To any group they would be a boon. She'd consider quietly how one would approach individuals like this considering the reputation of their leader. She'd ease forward and sort of take a moment to hop into a seat next to the two.
She was quiet, she had been ever since the incident. But that didn't stop her from mulling over what they needed to do here. Nor what the other two needed from this place. They had tried to scout it so many times? She didn't know why they needed her then, wouldn't their abilities be suited to gain attention for this endevour? Or was that exactly what they were afraid of? She'd turn her eyes to the two ignoring the fight down in the arena.
Angel seemed worried. Guru seemed impassive, but there was an air of frustration that she could sense; she wasn't sure from who but that just brought an uneasy frown to her face. She'd furrow her brows slightly and pipe up. Her voice was smooth and quiet and she'd lean just a bit so that she was looking at the both of them. She wasn't feeling super chatty at the moment; the last few days of sleep had been plagued by nightmares and it was adversely affecting her mood.
Angel gave a sigh, raising a hand to gently scratch at the back of the Meicoomon's head, still looking down onto the fight below. To the Renamon, this seemed like a low-caliber display, simply red flame clashing against blue and the Digimon running head-long into each-other. A spectacle, sure, but the flaws in their style peeled open before her eyes.
"All that wolf has to do is step in there. This Meramon's footing is too desparate-"
"Angel, you're zoning out again." The Reppamon chuckled, an embarrassed blush crossing Angel's face.
"Tch... unfortunately, Holly, I haven't had much chance to learn how to sneak yet. Guru and I have only been Xros partners for a few weeks - I know what I can do, but hardly the application behind it. If I had a good plan, I wouldn't have dragged you along."
That comment was punctuated by the roar of the crowd - the Gururumon blasted clean off the side of the stage by a powerful blast!
"I think what Angel's trying to say," Guru continued, for the now irate Angel ("You were looking away, you dolt!"), just with a simple observation: "You know much more about what to do here than she does."
Holly flicked her ears and followed where the renamon was looking. She saw this fight, she saw how her ma or da would take both of these opponents. She thought of how she would. There was a wide array of openings that she could... She'd shake her head a little bit and flick her ears again as Guru spoke to Angel. She seemed a little embarrassed and Holly couldn't help but giggle softly.
Then they addressed how they didn't really have the chance to learn how to sneak yet. Holly turned her head a little bit and raised a brow. There it was. She'd rub at her cheek and consider what all there was that they could do. Well if she knew what she could do holly could work with that and there was a few long moments of her sizing up the two of them, her ears flicking one direction as the crowd roared. She'd tap at her mouth thoughtfully and the fact that she knew more about what to do here than the other made her flush slightly.
"Well I have a few plans. But all you really need is to talk to the both of them right?"
She'd turn her head and consider something for another few long moments, that flush still on her face. She wasn't used to people having to rely on her for anything and this was a nice bit of fuel to her.
"There's three or four routes I see that we can take here one way or another. But all of them are risky, the safest one is one that would take a while and I'm not sure if we have the time so lets just leave that one for last."
She'd stare down at the two fighters, the plans working in her head. She'd look about and grit her teeth slightly.
"A large place like this will have Ducts, will have security in key places. And where they don't have security they'll have cameras. For large wide open spaces like this they'll have at least four per zone and one watcher. Look around and tell me where you think would be the best and worst place to be for those."
Yup, Angel was distracted. Guru just gave a nervous chuckle until the Renamon finally slipped back down into her chair, arms crossed, ear lightly flicking at the Meicoomon's words. Right, security: "It ain't weak, either. The 'brawn' around here's had to deal with rowdy fighters and the like, so its definitely not as simple as brushing past them."
"Hm... is it really so complicated, though?" The Reppamon questioned the logic. "Sure, there's security now, just look at the place - but wouldn't most of it be day security? Surely we could simplify this by accessing the residential areas overnight."
"Ultimately, all we need to do is talk to them and give them the location of our current base." Still, the Renamon gripped her muzzle in frustration. "As for Holly's question, there's definitely a line of security by both waiting rooms and around the center of the ring. Then there would be some around the vending areas, just enough to keep the peace - but its not like a sporting arena like this is made for security-"
The fox blinked.
"... What if we use the ductwork to just find their quarters directly?"
Holly tilted her head as angel answered her questions. They had brawn around here to deal with rowdy fighters and brushing past them was out of the question. She'd lean back in the chair a little bit rubbing quietly at one of her ears, looking somewhat thoughtful. The reppamon questioned the logic about taking a crack at it by accessing the residential areas overnight.
"Brushing past them isn't super easy when you're well known or they haven't seen them around before. With accessing the residential areas overnight it'd be difficult. The security would be limited yes but they'd also have it in the areas where they're 'weakest' so to speak."
The meicoomon blinked a bit and stared at angel, they did only need to talk to them. Which was a relief. She'd shrug a little bit at the mention that there was a line of security and around the center. Vending areas and then the fox seemed to get what the meicoomon was going for. She'd gesture lightly.
"Bingo~! but any noise would draw attention to the ducts we go in and we would be in a maze without proper guidance."
She seemed amused for a moment and then just shook her head. It wouldn't be hard to get the information for this arena, they would be able to probably find out about the duct network from any information hub that was worth it's salt but that'd draw attention.
"So we get a map, we go over the route and we go there. That's route one. Or we wing the ductwork and hope that we get to the residential area eventually. It's also a manner of getting them alone in the resident area no? Unless they have a private room somewhere... And how quiet do you suppose you can be in the ducts? There's other routes still mind you but this would probably be the 'easiest' with information."
"Hm... so its more likely that security will be by the fighters' quarters at night..."
It was a reasonable enough assessment, but then again, did that really make it better to carry it out in the day? Even if they could avoid security, that didn't mean much if someone caught wind of them, and metal ductwork would be noisy enough to move through. Holly seemed to hone in right on the challenge itself, listing it out for her.
"Well, this place is pretty similar to the base underground," the Renamon muttered, "and when we're Xros'd, we won't make too much noise in the vent. General maps of the stands and 'customer' areas are already available through brochure... here, take this, let us know if that helps." She'd slip a discarded brochure off the ground and hand it to the Meicoomon, the Reppamon considering the situation.
"Why go to this extent at all? Surely we could say we're just visiting-"
"If they already know who that Knightmon is, it could just be bait to lure the rest of us in. Besides, Raider's pretty stubborn about visitors himself. If we're going to make this work..."
The fox sighed.
"How likely do you think using the ducts would work?"
"If they don't assign guards near the fighter quarters I'd be surprised."
The meicoomon shook her head and let out a smooth sigh. Either way each part of the day or night cycle would have a challenge they needed to get through. She knew she would be able to get through the metal ducts without too much of an issue as long as she took her time, but there was inherent noise that came from moving through the ducts that she'd also need to account for as well.
"Well if we look through the brochures then..."
The meicoomon hummed a bit and paged through the brochure, biting one side of her lip as she read through the information given and went over the areas in general that were listed. It was something she'd need to double check but there were a few places they could slide in easy enough. Grinning slightly she'd flick her ears.
"being up and center about it wouldn't go too well especially if people around here knew of the general and such. Like angel said earlier."
Holly traced her hand over the brochure mumbling a little bit and flicked her ears again as angel addressed her inquiring about the likelihood of the ducts working.
"Hmm. One in ten to make it to the resident area, and then one in twenty that we get the right place. Then it's up to the two of you to chat it up with Raider and them. I don't think I'll be much help with that."
Holly would shrug a bit and look up at the two of them and grin ear to ear.
"I'd say all and all? A one in fifty maybe sixty? Chances of this working, but with odds like that I think it's better than the others. Unless you fancy waiting a few weeks to work into the scheduling and matches. Or bribing some guards... or maybe getting lucky and catching one of them leaving the Colosseum."
Of course it made sense that the area would be guarded, but would there be a difference between going in 'during hours' or 'after hours'? With all the noise above, it was hard to believe that anyone would be using it as a general residence during the day - more likely, it was just a place to tucker out for the night. Then again, those were all just baseless assumptions.
As Holly gave her idea ("The General would scoff at anything lower than 1 in 3..."), Angel considered the situation at hand. Of the three of them, there was one who was more likely to get away with something... hm.
"Well, there's another option." Angel tapped her glove, blinking over in Holly's direction. "Its crowded right now, right? I can't pull it off and neither can Guru, but you could make an 'honest mistake' walking down the wrong hallway, and figure out where the residential quarters are." The Renamon gave a shrug, as the arena below cleared out for the next match. "Just shoot the guard a quick question, ask where it is and see if you need a visitor's pass or something."
"Couldn't hurt. Would help remove that 'one in ten', anyway."
Holly sat there quietly, still watching the fight as it played out as the others considered what she said. She'd flick an ear when angel piped up. Saying that there was another option. It was crowded and she wouldn't be able to pull it off. Nor would Guru be able to because they would know them. They could use the fact she was young and that she had made an honest mistake going the wrong way in the halls.
"That's something that could work, they wouldn't really think about questioning it since... well I'm so young."
The meicoomon hopped off of her chair and stretched a bit looking up at the both of them for a moment. She looked as though she didn't exactly like the idea of this but it would help them if they could get away with it. She'd sigh sweetly and just shook her head.
"There's a chance they won't buy it and that I'll get caught with it but we'll see. And with this brochure I can just stick my head in and wander for a bit too. It'll take a bit though, have to make it look reasonable. I don't really like using my age like this but... well. If it helps you guys out..."
The meicoomon gave the two a small little bow and trotted off to go start up her wandering proper. With her face buried in a brochure no less. She hopefully would wander into the right places and people wouldn't think twice of the little mon...
"Well, just in case, we'll have Guru tag along with you." Obviously it wasn't entirely safe, but the Xros team had their own way of handling things as well! With the plan set, as Holly would make her way towards the concessions area, the Reppamon would follow along - first briefly visible, but as they would turn the corner, with a flick of his tail, the weasel vanished from sight. So long as they didn't push it too far, there likely wouldn't be someone too sensitive at sensing data - at least, not enough to pick one more random Digimon out of the crowd.
That said, Holly would have something of a ghost following her for the time being. As Holly would make her way through the concessions area, she wouldn't draw so much attention from security - though there would be a few tense to simply see a Meicoomon wandering around, unattended. Still, things went smoothly enough, and the first hall they'd turn down would turn out to be...
... A way back to the east entrance. Alright, no dice, but they had to get to a lower level than this, right? If Holly wasn't too quick to turn around, she'd see a Guardromon standing, well, on 'Guard', in front of another door of a small building a bit away from the arena. It clearly didn't draw much interest, any spectators simply walking on by - and come to think of it, a storage shed didn't make much sense there, right?
The meicoomon would tease softly and let out a small giggle. Through the concessions area she would keep her eyes more or less plastered to the brochure. Occasionally flicking her ears and stopping to look around with a bewildered look on her face. There wasn't many mons paying attention to her, at least security wise. She could see the few individuals that looked tense from just seeing one of her kind. Not really a surprise considering the lack of control she heard that many of them lacked.
That wouldn't stop her from wandering or keeping a somewhat bright expression on her face. Managing a small sense of wonder in being in an area like this, it probably didn't help it was also her first time being in such a place so the bewilderment was partially real.
Finding herself at the east entrance holly would frown a bit, she figured she would of found some stairs or perhaps an elevator of some form like in the one in teneborus. She'd start to turn around and her eyes would lock onto the Guardromon that was standing in front of another building. It was just... there. In some shed of some kind. Why was there a shed? Was it storage? What was in it that warranted guarding? She'd pause a moment and mumble to 'herself'.
"Odd place to have a shed... think it might be linked?"
There was a plethora of reasons that you could put a shed there. She'd consider briefly what to do, looking over the brochure like she was lost in the mean time. If this was a side entrance to the area they needed to go to or something else entirely... well. The only real way to find out was to quietly approach the shed and then slip inside with a flicker or something. But guru wouldn't be able to follow her if she did that...
Angel teased right back, sharing a rare grin and chuckle with Holly, staying in the chair as the other two pulled away. The Renamon would stay to watch that fight - at least for a bit. If this was going to work, the Meicoomon and the Renamon would be better off looking like unrelated parties. That left the invisible Guru and the visible Holly at the east entrance, with Holly asking a good question: could they be linked?
"I would think so. There's not enough space in such a small shed for storage - not for a building this big."
Guru's analysis was careful, seeing Holly's expression as she looked to the shed from the corner of her eye. Now, if it were indoors, it would have been easy to claim getting lost, but outside? Not even Holly would have an excuse.
This was why the Reppamon had another idea: "Get a little closer. I'll distract him just enough."
How would he do that? The Reppamon, still invisible, would walk straight out, silent as ever, to the far side of the guard - and once Holly was in position, the Reppamon would simply press against the machine's leg.
"Hm?" The pressure felt real - but it was gone in an instant, the Guardomon blinking as he looked over and saw nothing. He scratched the back of his head, and shrugged, moving back to position. "Dumb kids these days..."
It would definitely be enough time, and if Holly managed to slip through in those few seconds? She'd find herself at the top of a staircase, which led down and turned right - back in the direction of the arena. The stairs themselves looked to be made of an old stone, easy to slip on, and the lighting down here was just open wires and lightbulbs.
"Even if it was just normal storage? A lock and some camera would do. Not a guard."
The meicoomon narrowed her eyes and scanned over the brochure again; she was getting tired of reading this thing over and over again. She was rather grateful that they had found something that they could at least address. But addressing this 'storage' shed would take some work wouldn't it? She knew the problems of approaching it with that false story of being lost.
However the reppamon suggested that she get closer and that he would distract him enough for her to do something. She'd get close enough to the shed, staring quietly at the machine as she did so. Folding that brochure so that she could just put it away into her chest fluff for the moment.
The moment that the Guardomon looked around Holly slipped into the shed, quietly and hopefully she wouldn't draw additionally attention from that particular individual. Noting that she was at the top of a staircase she'd bite her lower lip.
This wasn't a visitors section. It was too old for that. She'd carefully move step to step down the stairs wondering where this would lead her to. She didn't have much of an option to do anything but move forward and with any luck she would find something they could use to get to their other xros members.
What made holly somewhat happy was how nervous she was feeling about this, no real plan other than the little tidbits they were able to manage and there was a lot of unknowns. You could call this... fun in a way.
As Holly moved down the stairs, deeper into that cavernous basement, the Meicoomon would eventually come to that ninety degree turn. That same, depressing hall would continue on for several yards, giving it the dark foreboding feel of a dungeon. It would eventually lead to a large door at the end of the hall, but just where would it lead to? Heck, why did the Infinity Coliseum have such a place? As she would make her way down the hall, and pass through the door at the end...
... She'd find herself looking at a much different setting. On the other side of the door, though the floor was still stone, the walls were a much-less depressing white painted drywall, with sensible florescent lighting hanging above her. Here, she'd find two halls: one that stretched forward, and one off to her right. Down each, she'd find several doors with room numbers, '107' and '109' being the two closest rooms to her.
Alright, so this place was structured like an apartment complex, meaning that she was close to where she needed to be! But, the question remained:
What room did she need? Holly didn't have Guru here, so she was on her own!