Lucia sat as still as a statue as Ivy treated Duo's wounds. By all means, that should be her there helping him recover, but she just couldn't bring herself to move from that spot. She had failed. Even with all the power her Dianamon form had granted her, she still wasn't strong enough. She may have actually done it, but then Duo was snatched away and she had made a split second decision.
Had it been the right one?
If she would have stayed and focused on Conquest, would Loki have still been able to save Duo in time? Had her attack really made any difference or should she have just stuck to her target and not let that kingdom ending monster get away?
She didn't know, there were too many unanswered questions and they were driving her crazy.
She was back in her Minervamon form now, and feeling more tired than she had ever felt before. The first use of that power had left her drained, both mentally and physically, and she couldn't shake the nagging feeling that there was still something wrong with herself.
She pushed those thoughts out of mind for the time being, right now what mattered was that Duo was going to be alright. She would figure out the rest later.
Justin walked the streets of Anatolia, helping out whenever someone asked. It was nice that he was getting recognition as a Peacemaker now, but right now it was almost getting in the way. Duo had said something about trying to find a Taomon friend of his named Saria, and right now Justin wanted to make sure that this Saria had made it through the attack alright. He had to admit, a part of him was hoping he'd run into that cowardly arch-rival of his who had coped out in the middle of their battle, but priorities were priorities after all.
So, of into the city he went. Of course his duty as a hero was to assist those who needed help along the way, so he was making slow progress. That was until he spotted a Taomon looking off in the direction of the Peacemakers.
She caught sight of him at almost the same time he caught sight of her, and he could see the urge to flee on her face, even with that mask. She surprised him however by simply smoothing out a few wrinkles in her garb and waiting patiently for him to approach.
"Justin, its been a long time." she said once he got near.
"How do you know my name?" he asked.
The Taomon just laughed. "Well, you are one of the famous Peacemakers now aren't you? But besides that, is that anyway to treat an old friend?"
Old friend? Who was this chick? Justin had no idea. Unless...
"Are you... Saria?" he asked.
The Taomon nodded. "Yes, it looks like you do remember me after all."
Justin still had no idea who she was, he only heard the name from Duo after all, but he nodded anyway. "Of course, it just took me a moment to gather my thoughts. A lot has happened lately you know."
"Yes I know." Saria said. "But besides that, were you looking for me?"
Justin nodded. "Of course, Duo said he wanted to ask you something, but with him out like a sack of bricks right now I figured I'd find you myself."
A look of worry crossed her face, and for a moment Justin wondered if he should have been a bit more tactful.
"I... I know he's down, a saw that whole scene in the skies. And I think I know what he wants to ask me as well. I probably deserve it you know. He doesn't like it when I keep secrets from him, but this time I'm afraid it was a necessity. If he knew the truth, there's no way I could stop him from running off."
"And what truth is that?" Justin asked.
"I'll have to tell him that when he wakes up I guess." she said, "But thank you for letting me know that he's alright." she gave a bow to the SuperStarmon. "When he wakes up, tell him I'll be waiting for him, right now though, I'm expecting a visitor. Farewell Justin." Saria gave a wave and disappeared around the corner.
"Hey, wait up!" Justin ran after her, but as soon as he looked down the corner, she was no where to be seen.
Justin crossed his arms and sighed. "I don't have time for all these crazy people..."
Saria entered her shop to find the counter deserted, her Tapirmon shopkeep nowhere to be seen. "Fey? Where are you?"
"In here Lady Saria. Your guest has finally arrived."
Saria was a bit surprised, it seemed a bit early for him to be back already. Reguardless, she made her way into the next room, where her Tapirmon clerk Fey was preparing tea for her and her new guest.
"It's been a while Saria." the TigerVespimon said.
She smiled. "And you're still looking as good as ever Trowa."
"Hey, enough with the teasing already. You tease me when I leave and now right when I get back its the first thing out of your mouth. I'm starting to see why you and Duo didn't get along." Trowa downed the glass of tea in a single sip, leaving Fey hurrying off to prepare him another glass.
"Our relationship had nothing to do with that, things were just... complicated for a while." Saria took her seat and took a sip from her own tea glass, taking the time to drink it slowly. "You're back sooner than I expected though, I take it everything went well?"
"Of course, I always deliver." Trowa said with a grin. "It looks like there's been some stuff going on on you guy's end as well though, whatever you're paying me for all this trouble it had better be worth me missing all the fun."
Saria laughed. "You really don't change at all do you? Alright, I suppose you'd like your payment. But first things first, did you find her?"
Trowa grinned. "Find her? She's sleeping in the next room if you wanna see for yourself."
Duo opened his eyes to find Ivy, Aeria, and Gunnar standing over him.
He blinked for a moment before attempting to sit up. Though his back was still sore, he managed to force himself into a seating position.
"Ah, I feel like I just got hit with my own Terra Destroyer." He said as he rubbed his forehead, trying to dull away the pain. "What did I miss? Did we win?"
Last edited by TheSequelReturns; 19th February 2011 at 12:08 AM.
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