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Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 29, 2020 9:05:48 GMT
Mandrake and Lothar were in a cabin near a forest in the Eastern Timberlands. From what Mandrake learned it was a cabin that was owned by Lothar's family and despite not being frequently used it was well maintained. This was a good thing since it seemed things would be different for the pair from this point on. It seemed after admitting their feelings things happened to escalate quickly and now the two of them were snuggling up to each other near an improvised bassinet made of twigs and leaves which contained a purple egg that had Mandrake's cape wrapped around it that was mostly still but occasionally twitched. Mandrake was telepathically aware of the yet to be born digimon but didn't know what would hatch.
There was a fire crackling in a fireplace to keep all of them warm and Mandrake and Lothar stockpiled food as well as wood for the fire. They had been there a couple weeks and the egg was likely soon to hatch despite how mellow the child seemed to be. In the distance evidence of an oncoming storm was heard so it was a good thing they were well prepared. Who ever would be wandering the forest that night would likely get caught up in the storm.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 29, 2020 10:25:25 GMT
Holding his hand out Kagura felt a small sprinkle of rain slowly drop on his hand, they just got out of the woods and it seemed clouds started to show overhead. "So, that's why I couldn't see the sun clearly." Rin however seemed to be freaking out a bit. "It, it wasn't supposed to rain today? Oh wait that's tomorrow. There's a. Storm today." Kagura shrugged, bit weird for a storm to happen in his dream, maybe it was a sign that he was getting wet in his sl- ok stop thinking about that Kagura. "Either way I doubt we'll make it to this training grounds of yours, got any idea where we can hold up till it passes?" Rin rubbed their arm, eyes looking at the ground, so that'd be a no then. Well this was still a dream right? Maybe there'd be some nice monsters that'd let them stay for a bit. Kagura held his hands near his eyes and looked around the area, wasn't much around except.
"Hmm, maybe over there." Lazily pointing at a slightly far away cabin he put his jacket on fully to help with the cold and started off. "I-I dunno, what if we're intruding. Or they say no." Worried about the possibilities Kagura simply put a hand on Rin's shoulder and gave them his classic smile. "Don't worry so much, worst they can say is no. Just follow my lead alright?" Rin paused for a moment before nodding, they were strangers still but this humans confidence seemed to boost their own. Plus they were usually a follower. With that settled the two walked over to the door and he gave it a quiet knock. "Scuse me, anyone home?" crossing his arms he silently waited for a response as Rin stood nearby.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 29, 2020 21:02:40 GMT
Mandrake sensed two presences approaching the cabin and stood up before he said "It seems someone is caught out in the oncoming storm, Lothar. Things should be alright if we keep an eye on both the strangers and our egg."
Lothar then asked "Strangers? How many are out there, Mandrake?"
"There seem to be two of them. One is a human and the other is a digimon. Most likely a tamer and partner." Mandrake said as he made his way to the door but didn't grab his hat, which was hanging on a hook near the door, and shortly later a soft knock was heard followed by someone asking if anyone was home.
Mandrake opened the door and had to look up a bit to look the human at the door in the eye. One of the problems with being short that he had gotten used to. "You two have an odd sense of timing what with a storm on the way. Come on in before you two catch your death as humans would say." Mandrake would then step aside welcoming the two inside. At this point Lothar had gotten up and was checking on the purple egg before wrapping it back up in Mandrake's cape and setting it back in the bassinet before sitting back down subtly closer than he was prior. Mandrake merely sat down next to the Leomon after welcoming the human and Renamon in.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 29, 2020 23:28:28 GMT
For the short time they waited Kagura kept his arms crossed while Rin fidgeted around in the back, Kagura didn't know why the fox was so worried. Though he assumed it was because they didn't have knowledge this was a dream and it would probably all work out for them in the end. On any other circumstance Kagura definitely wouldn't be knocking on random cabins in the woods, that's just horror movie logic number one right there. If any scary movie he saw indicated anything it was, well firstly that his brother was a total coward, alongside the fact that random houses in the middle of nowhere was a bad sign, but dream logic was definitely on his side.
With the door open a tiny humanoid figure walked out, Kagura had to look down quite a bit just to maintain eye contact, thought that was something he was used to as he was usually taller then those around him. "What can I say, bad timing usually follows me around." not to mention he literally just woke up in the forest nearby but Kagura decided not to mention that part, after all he felt it didn't matter much. "And I just got the date wrong, guess I must've been a bit antsy. Thank you so much though." Rin didn't mention what they were so antsy about but bowed a bit in thanks.
The two made their way inside, Kagura watched as a lion man took something that was wrapped in a cloth and set it down, huh lion men? Cool. Kagura simply hung out back towards the wall near the door leaning on it a bit. "Sorry about the intrusion, hopefully it dies down fast. Names Kagura Mutsuki." he gave a short wave with his usual smirk. "I'm Rin, We were going to the Spartan training grounds but, we. Yeah." Kinda missed that mark by a long shot.
Still Kagura's curiosity was peaked so he motioned to the thing wrapped in cloth. "if you don't mind me asking, what's in there?" it did seem like Rin was curious as well but didn't make a motion to ask about it, instead just standing away from everyone like they weren't prepared to be around others today.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 2:00:17 GMT
"Date? Oh, you must mean the weather report from one of the nearby towns." Mandrake said. Though he didn't ask why she was antsy because he at some level understood. Between his and Lothar's recent adventures and now having an egg to tend to, they had been quiet busy.
Mandrake noticed that the human was looking at Lothar while he was tending to the egg and when Lothar set it down to sit near Mandrake, the human and digimon introduced themselves as Kagura and Rin respectively. "My name is Mandrake and this is Lothar." When introducing Lothar he gestured to the Leomon with one hand. "Though I've never been to the Spartan Training Grounds myself, I've heard that it was a good place for training."
When Kagura asked about the egg it moved noticeably before coming to a stop as if at some level responding to the human's question. "That would be our egg. Shouldn't be long before the little one hatches seeing as Lothar and I have been here for a couple weeks."
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 30, 2020 3:00:52 GMT
Rin simply nodded with what Mandrake said. "I don't usually go out that much, so I guess I must've gotten something wrong. It usually happens." Kagura noted they seemed a bit hard on themselves, it was just a simple mistake but Rin seemed pretty beaten up about it. So he simple walked a bit closer and gave them a pat on the back, nearly knocking them over in surprise but still. "Hey no worries, if you saved my butt, that hasta count for something." With a smile Rin seemed a bit confused at the praise but simply nodded in agreement. "I was lost in the woods, just randomly woke up there. Glad you came round when you did. Being lost and in a storm doesn't sound like a great combo."
They introduced themselves, so far everything had a pretty normal name. Nothing too confusing yet. But when Mandrake mentioned the training grounds Rin looked back at the ground. "Yeah, I uhh. Gotta get stronger so I just figured..." they trailed off figuring they'd understand what they meant. "I decided to tag along, helping me outta the woods I gotta return the favor. That's how we Mutsuki's roll. Plus I don't gotta be back at work for a few days so eh." not that it mattered considering he was just asleep, but it was pretty obvious he seemed too relaxed for someone who just woke up in the woods.
An egg, made by a tiny wizard looking guy and a large lion man. Yup that sealed the deal this was definitely a dream, it made no logical sense by his standards so it had to be one. "Huh, well congrats I suppose, guess that'll be quite the sight to see." Rin nodded looking at the egg, they had never seen one hatch before, nor could they remember when they hatched... Why couldn't they remember? Shaking their head Rin figured it'd just been too long since that event.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 3:21:32 GMT
This had to be the strangest human Mandrake has seen yet. Some who came to the Digital World by means of just waking up here weren't usually this calm. "Well this is the Digital World and there are things in this world worse than a little bad weather. You were lucky you weren't attacked by some of the more feral digimon." Then Mandrake looked at Rin and said "I know strength is an important thing to many digimon but personally I have never been driven by the need for power like some. That doesn't mean I can't defend myself mind you."
It seemed Kagura was confused by how digimon like Mandrake and Lothar could create and egg between them. Made sense considering most humans weren't aware that digimon were technically genderless. "I guess Rin didn't mention anything about digieggs to you, Kagura." The egg moved a tiny bit but did little else. It seemed the little one was moving more often. Maybe it may hatch sooner than Mandrake or Lothar thought.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 30, 2020 3:36:19 GMT
Digital world, alright now that one was a riot. Sounded like some cheesy 2000 show for kids, but he kept his straight face and just nodded. "Suppose getting attacked wouldn't of been too pleasant of a way to wake up that's for sure, little Imp did almost lead me astray though." if that was this dreams idea of feral he had nothing to worry about, probably coulda punted that sucker over the tree line. Mandrake's line to Rin had them look at the ground a bit. "It's not that important to me just, I have something I need to do. I know I'm not strong enough to do it." they decided to leave it at that, Kagura wondered what that thing was but decided against asking, after all still strangers.
Both Rin and Kagura were a bit blanked faced at Mandrake's next words, but it suddenly dawned on the Renamon who raised their arms shaking them, denying the words outright. "Oh, s-sorry you're mistaken. We're not partners or anything. I just met Kagura in the woods, he isn't a tamer." at least Rin didn't think so, judging by the blank look on his face he didn't either. "Tamer?" moving his head to the side in confusion Rin decided to do what they could to explain. "Basically some humans get partnered with Digimon, they share a bond and use something called a digivice to get stronger. Which I don't think you have."
Kagura pushed off the wall he was leaning on and checked his pockets real quick, he had his wallet, Cell phone, some chick at the bars number. Nope, didn't seem to be a digivice, he shrugged shaking his head no. "Yeah, i'm a student of a BanchoLeomon over near Terminus. Not a partnered digimon." Rin seemed a bit embarrassed they had to explain that but hopefully that got the point across.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 3:56:18 GMT
An Imp leading one astray, why did that sound so familiar? Of course there was a legend regarding an Impmon in a wooded area not far from here. "Sounds like you came across an Impmon ghost in the woods. Good thing you weren't led astray because who knows what would have become of you if that was the case, Kagura." Mandrake's rookie form was Impmon but he almost never was in that form ever since he mastered his current form of Wizardmon.
Kagura wasn't a tamer? Well that was certainly odd indeed. Usually humans didn't come to the Digital World without some kind of digivice in their possession. Though Rin didn't seem to be his partner at least she could keep him safe until he got home. "Kagura, what is the last thing you remember before waking up lost in the forest?" Maybe his answer could help with making the human's reason to be in the Digital World make sense. Mandrake highly doubted that Kagura was a lost tourist.
Seeing Kagura emptying out his pockets it seemed he had nothing resembling a digivice. "There are BanchoLeomon in my family line and every few generations one of my family members digivolve into that form." Lothar said finally contributing to the conversation.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 30, 2020 4:09:41 GMT
Impmon ghost huh, he remembered Rin mentioning something about that in the forest, he wondered for a moment what would've actually happened if he did follow it. That thought quickly left his mind though, it was too late to check anyway and he wasn't exactly keen on going back into the forest. "Welp, good thing Rin came along when they did i suppose." Speaking of though why was Rin so deep in the forest anyway, Kagura looked over and Rin seemed to pick up on it. "I was taking a shortcut through the woods, it's a pretty straightforward path." Ahh that explained it.
When asked about the last thing he remembered Kagura decided to humor the idea and thought back to the night before. "Lets see, I was out drinking with some old friends. I was on my way home and..." a thought entered his mind. "There was a teenager standing in front of my house, then the rest is a bit blank and I woke up in the woods." maybe it was because he had a bit too much to drink but for some reason the teen stuck out in his mind, they were holding some kinda cell phone... But the memory was too hazy. "That's about all I remember." giving a small shrug.
Then Lothar started talking, a bit surprising but Kagura kept his straight face. "Ahh, was wondering when you'd start talking." must be one of the stoic types. "Yeah, I figured. He saved my life and offered to teach me to fight. He's gone out somewhere so I'm trying to get stronger before he gets back." despite the meek nature Rin showed so far they seemed pretty adamant about this.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 4:25:44 GMT
So it seemed Kagura and Rin crossed paths for a reason though what the reason was still wasn't clear to anyone. When Kagura explained what happened before he woke up in the Digital World and Mandrake thought for a moment before he said "Perhaps that teenager you mentioned has something to do with why you are here. There is a chance he isn't a human at all but possibly a disguised digimon."
"If that teenager is responsible, why would he bother to take Kagura from his home? If this is a joke, it isn't a very funny one." Lothar said trying to understand everything himself. Though he ignored Kagura's comment about wondering when he would start talking.
"There are many forms of strength, Rin, as I'm sure you know. If you're trying to become stronger I'm sure you will in time." Mandrake said understanding about having a mentor. After all his father trained him in magic and how to control his mental abilities.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 30, 2020 4:48:44 GMT
A disguised digimon, well ignoring the fact that these things are called digimon, which is weird and very specific in of itself, why would a dream of his be focusing on something he saw in the real world, it could've just been some teen hanging around his house waiting for someone else. Slowly his face turned a bit more serious as the idea that this wasn't a dream ebbed its way into his mind. He'd need a bit more evidence to the contrary but a but the hint that it might not be made him a bit more focused. "Hmm, I could see why someone might have it out for me. I'm a defense Attorney. Darn good one too. Can't imagine them being a teenager or a digimon though." someone in the mob or a criminal yeah but a teenager? This didn't sit well with him.
Rin just nodded, sadly they seemed to lack multiple aspects of strength, couldn't fight we'll and didn't have confidence to back it up but. "Well if someone is after you Kagura, I'll help you get back home after the training grounds. I can at least see you off." Kagura let his face go back to its typical relaxed fashion and give the fox a thumbs up. "Heh, alright. In return though I'll give you some flirting tips. Make you a real hit." That made the Renamon instantly embarrassed. "Er uhh. I don't know. Uhh" but the human already had his arm around the digimon with a smile. "C'mon, you need more confidence. Back home I'm well know for my technique. It'll be just the thing to pay you back."
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 7:06:41 GMT
Apparently Kagura wasn't aware of holosuits and likely wouldn't recognize the teen if he saw him again seeing as he was drunk when he spotted him. "Even here in the Digital World there are those that aren't found of defense attorneys in general considering what they do for a living. Maybe, if it was a human, it wasn't a teenager but a young looking adult. Though that doesn't necessarily explain how you woke up in the Digital World." Mandrake said as he wondered what trouble Kagura could of attracted.
As Mandrake and Lothar listened to the exchange between Kagura and Rin a faint sound was picked up by Lothar as he flicked one of his ears. Getting up without so much as a word and heading for the egg, Mandrake had a good idea what was going on. Mandrake got to his feet as well and walked over to Lothar seeing the purple egg in the Lothar's hands. There were some cracks forming along the shell and by the way the egg was moving it seemed the little one was eager to get out. As more cracks formed on the shell what sounded like frustrated squeaks could be heard. Eager wasn't the word more like impatient was best to describe the soon to be hatchling.
Curiously a splashing sound was heard followed by another frustrated squeak before the top of the egg seemed to explode into fragments and revealing what looked like a Punimon but covered in rainbow colored paint. "Looks like the little one inherited at least one of your traits, Mandrake." Lothar said in reference to the paint Mandrake used to spit in both his fresh and in-training forms.
"It seems to of taken quite a bit after you as well, Lothar. Maybe he should be cleaned off before the paint dries on him." Mandrake said with a smile.
"That and so we can see what he really looks like under all that paint. We'll be right back." Lothar said as he took the hatchling into the bathroom to wash him.
Mandrake looked down where Lothar left his cape before he walked back to where he was sitting after leaving the cape in the bassinet himself. He then sat back down to wait for Lothar to return with their child.
Post by Kagura Mutsuki on Aug 30, 2020 7:37:09 GMT
Hmm, a young adult might fit better, he tried to think about it a bit more but his memory was just too unfocused at the time, he did remember falling however for a small while but at the same time when drunk it can always feel like that. Thinking on it wasn't gonna get him anywhere, he just had to be more careful from here on out. "Suppose the reason doesn't matter at this point, I'm here now so I just gotta do what I can." might've been a laid back response but it wasn't like there was much he could do, at least he met some nicer creatures instead of some beasts, even if he wasn't 100% sure this wasn't a dream.
But while he was talking to Rin the digimon easily picked up the noise with their great hearing and pushed Kagura off of them. Kagura was confused for a moment then turned to see the other two go towards the egg, which seemed to be hatching. Speaking of the egg though that was a rather large egg, the human had no idea how any anatomy or this thing worked so he just decided to remain silent and lean against the wall again letting the two have their moment. The kid seemed to be covered in paint, apparently that was a trait Mandrake had. Covering yourself in paint? Must be a species gap.
The big guy took the kid away they'll be back, 100% sure they weren't talking to either him nor Rin, Kagura simply thought about what he just saw. "Hmm, never seen anything hatch from an egg before." Rin looked over a bit confused. "Humans aren't born that way?" which caused Kagura to let out a small laugh. "No, trust me. Usually a lot more uhh, screaming involved." Rin looked confused but Kagura just shook his head indication he wasn't gonna mention it further.
Post by ricochet6-Mandrake on Aug 30, 2020 8:08:40 GMT
While sitting down and waiting for the Punimon to be washed Mandrake thought about what Kagura said before the egg began hatching. He had a point. One could only do what they could. At least it seemed like Kagura would be okay with Rin.
When Kagura and Rin were talking about how humans were born, Mandrake said "As far as I've seen female humans seem to carry their unborn young inside them. I guess such a method has some advantages."
A short time later Lothar returned while drying the hatchling off. "It seems the little one has inherited more than your ability to spit paint, Mandrake." Lothar said as he sat down next to Mandrake setting the towel in his lap before holding the hatchling out for Mandrake to hold.
Mandrake noticed right away what Lothar meant as he held the small digimon in his hands. Instead of the normal red color Punimon was known for he was purple instead. Considering Mandrake spent his first three stages as a purple monster of some kind this sight was still a surprise. "He could be a virus attribute like I was at his age." Mandrake theorized out loud before something else caught his attention. A brief light purple sparkle appeared briefly in the Punimon's eyes and, though weak, there was no mistaking what he was sensing when the sparkle appeared. "Lothar, there was a light purple sparkle in his eyes just now. It may be weak but I was able to sense magic coming from this child."
"That sparkle appeared while I was washing him. I guess we shouldn't be surprised if any kids we had possessed magic of some kind. Perhaps it will get stronger as he gets older. Makes me wonder what kind of magic this is?" Lothar said surprised by the information revealed by Mandrake.