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"What makes me think this is false? How can this be real?" Eva looked up from her sleek mechanical arms back to Maria and her strangely dressed companions as they walked up, quickly retracting the blade with the snikt of metal upon metal. "I'm somehow in Japan, no idea how I got here, a metal thing built like a damn dump truck starts attacking us, your two strangely dressed friends, no offence meant, show up and I turn into this. A... Her eyes turned, looking towards a reflection flicking back up at her in a puddle. "A... half robotic fox thing. How does that not come across as a "fever dream" to you?"
She took a deep and somewhat shaky breath, wincing a little on the exhale. "No. No this can't be a dream. If it was, I'd know it for sure by now. The digimon half sat down, half flopped onto a bench, rubbing her temples. She blinked a couple of times, as if that would clear away the madness that was seemingly unfolding in front of her eyes, but when she opened them again, the three mysterious people were still standing right there.
Look, you sound like you have all the answers here, or at least some of them, and you're all talking about this as if it's something I should know. Who even are you? What's a "digimon"?"
Agent Maria and her partners were silent for a moment as they processed what Eva was saying. This individual seemed to have no idea even how she ended up in Japan, nor how she ended up appearing as a cybernetically-enhanced Renamon.
As far as Maria knew, this had nothing to do with DATS. Immediately she pondered the thought. She recognized Eva's British accent. Could... there be an equivalent of DATS or another organization based on digimon control and research based in the United Kingdom? Surely the DATS based in Japan would be in the know about that sort of thing, but... then the ethics came to mind. Either Eva was lying, or, she genuinely had no idea how she was turned into such a hybrid of digimon, technology and, presumably, the human she claimed she once was.
Still, that was just internal speculation. Right now, they had to deal with Eva as they saw her - and they saw her as an ally that seemed to be confused about the situation. When Eva asked, Sistermon Blanc sat down next to her, speaking in a gentle voice.
"Alright, let's start from the beginning." she said. "My sister and I are digimon - digital monsters. While we're not necessarily monstrous, we are primarily composed of digital data, rather than biological matter, like humans are. However, we're just as sentient and intelligent as humans, and especially more powerful. I doubt many humans would have been able to pull off the techniques we made tonight without exceptional technology."
With Blanc laying down the initial info, Noir then chipped in with her input. "Us digimon originate from a world that exists in a parallel dimension - the Digital World. It's a world much like this one, only dominated by digimon instead of humans. Lately the link between our worlds has been growing rather strong lately, and many humans are becoming partners with digimon, one way or another."
She left out DATS's aim of stopping this for the time being, given they were merely trying to fill Eva in on exactly what was going on.
"Also, there's been increases of incidents that just happened now - hostile digimon showing up here to cause trouble. But, for the most part, most digimon we've met have been cooperative." Agent Maria finished. She hoped that the information they provided was helpful.
Eva stared at the three of them rather blankly, though whether that was through mere confusion or the synthetic nature of those glassy camera eyes of hers was perhaps just a little hard to determine. Thoughts and memories rushed through the Renamon's eyes. They were of different times, different places, all scattered around like a jigsaw puzzle made of mismatched pieces that no matter how she tried to bend them to fit, simply refused to slot into proper place while others still were simple knowledge without source. She knew the layout of London, she knew she was English, she knew that this was Tokyo in Japan, hell she could even spit out some basic facts about its history, climate, geography and curiously a fair few details regarding the tactical capabilities of its self defence force and its status as one of NATO's "partners across the globe" yet she remembered no briefing, nor schooling on such a thing. No schooling at all in fact, any attempt at capturing a childhood memory no matter how strong one should be came up just as empty.
She tried to steady herself, taking a couple of deep breaths in an attempt to bite back a wave of existential dread rising like bile in her gut. "Data? Like, on a computer? How is that possible?" She asked rubbing her temples with her scuffed mechanical hand, singling out Blanc first. "How is it possible for that to be solid? How can it exist outside of a computer?" A splash of water studded with leaf litter rolled off the now cracked glass of bus stop roof as if it was emphasising her very point, the frigid rainwater splashing and running off her cybernetic arm, making her flinch and freeze for a moment.
Finally she looked towards Maria in particular, those cybernetic eyes locking with hers. "Is it possible that I was human before? do humans turn into this?" She gestured vaguely to herself as she said that "A... whatever the hell I am. I would have thought I'd have heard about that."
Agent Maria and her partners patiently awaited Eva's response to their information. Her first question was quite the kicker. Something indeed they didn't even know.
"How it's possible?" Maria repeated, thinking carefully, trying to recall theories and hypotheses about how digimon could indeed exist on Earth. "I think... the best explanation is, digimon are so advanced in their programming that they can construct a kind of... "bio-existence", in which they copy the same kind of matter that living organisms are made up on Earth."
"It's... a little awkward to explain, I admit." Sistermon Noir said. "However, even though I'm a digimon, I still have sentience, emotions and reason. And with those in mind, I think that my sister and I are equivalent to humans."
"Also, it would be unethical to test these things for certain." Sistermon Blanc added. "If any part of us is cut away for study, even our hair, it will cease to exist in any tangible form, it simply dissolves into air. Our partner has assured us that no such testing will be done by DATS on digimon like that."
"Yes, and I intend to keep it that way." Maria said, agreeing. "I regret that I don't have the answers that you want, Eva."
Eva then asked if it might have been possible that she might have been a human turned into a digimon. Maria and her partners blinked for a moment, then looked at each other, before Maria responded.
"Well, um... to be honest, we have heard rumours of similar things happening to other humans." she began, carefully. "All I can say is... the possibility could exist. And if it happened against your will, I'm very, truly sorry to hear that."
"Hmm. Maybe you could find answers in the digital world?" Sistermon Noir suggested. "They might be able to better help you than we can. Do you know how to get there?"