While we wait for Sunday’s chapter, I’ve decided to revise the Seekers story to fix some of the story’s awkwardness. I will keep the story the same but will try to make it sound nicer. This isn’t my story, so please make sure you check out the original. Let me know if this is something worth continuing. Make sure you start at chapter 1-1
“Digimon are alive!” the professor says seriously. His words linger in the dead air.
Eiji breaks the silence with an involuntary chuckle “It be cool if Digimon were alive” Lots of people have Digimon. Some folks keep them as pets and others collect them. For us code crackers, Digimon are useful tools. Eiji thinks of his Tyrannomon. Tyrannomon are popular with code crackers because they were common and easily caught. Most Digimon exists as code traded, bought, and sold between people on GriMM.
“Hmm,” Ryusenjji responds, somewhat lost in thought.
“So, when will Digimon Land be ready? Where are you going to build it?”
Ryusenji snaps out of his thought as a look of disappointment fills his face. He begins to shake his head “We had to stop development on Digimon Land…Permanently”
“The park presented many challenges, some of which were a bit too hard to overcome. There’s a reason why the digital world has to be kept a secret. People aren’t ready.”
Eiji is reminded of the plane crash. He can still hear the screams and the terrible sound of the falling plane slicing through the air.
“There are bad people out there Eiji. People who will misuse Digimon for nefarious reasons. It’s already happening. It started small. Most of the crimes went unnoticed. A game server would crash or a website would get overloaded, but they were brushed off as pranks. Soon, the news started mentioning reports of identity theft and random acts of terrorism. You saw what happened to that plane. There are already people committing Digimon crime at a concerning scale, but the world leaders and international organizations are covering it up.”
Ryusenji sighs as he continues his explanation “Can you imagine what would happen if a criminal used one of the park’s mascots for an act of cyber-terrorism? Can you imagine the scandal? Publicizing the Digital world means publicizing Digimon Crimes, and the world just isn’t ready. Can you imagine the panic?”
Eiji nods his head. He understands where the professor is coming from. Some people just want to see the world burn.
The professor continues his rant, “I can hear the news outlets fear-mongering headlines. Digimon are coming for your freedom, more on this at 11,” Ryunsenji looks flustered as his rant grows angry. “It is shortsighted to assume all Digimon are evil” he continues ” People just aren’t ready to understand.” The professor trails off, his rant becomes unintelligible.
“Professor?” Eiji begins to grow concerned.
“There is another world beyond the network where Digimon is alive, Eiji. The real world and the digital world both coexist. Do you want to see it?”
Eiji’s confusion is overwhelmed by curiosity. “Yes of course” he replies with a hint of skepticism trailing on his words. He’d only known the digital world through the black and white screen he carried around on the palm-sized device he made from salvaged parts.
“Do you know why what I am telling you is top secret?” Ryusenji asks
“Because its real?”
Ryusenji smiles as he nods, “Yes. That was real footage from the digital world.”
Eiji looks at the Modoki Betamon on the screen. It’s alive! He thinks of the Tyrannomon he’s been using. They’re alive too. They’re all alive.
“That is why I have devoted my life to studying Digimon. To D4.” The transfer of Modoki Betamon is complete. The professor unhooks Eiji’s handmade device and looks over it once more.
Eiji moves forward with his arm extended “Thank yo..”
Ryusenji tosses Eiji’s Digimon dock.
Eiji moves quickly and catches the dock before crashing into the trash can and stumbling to the floor. Eiji spent a lot of time building it. Even though it was made from mostly junked parts, it cost him a lot of money. “What are you doing?” His face still recovering from the sting.
“There was an error in the memory”
“Seriously?!” Eiji couldn’t believe it. He’s never had an issue before.
Ryusenji was a Digimon Collection and like most collectors, he was preciouses about his collection. “My research requires Digimon data to be perfect, or else its worthless. That Modoko Betamon data was nearly destroyed.”
“That doesn’t mean you need to throw it away. It may be worthless to you, but this stuff is expensive. I don’t have the funding of a huge corporation or access to expensive equipment” Eiji retorts, clearly frustrated by the situation.
The professor seems to be lost in thought again “hmm”
“…Hello?” Eiji is puzzled by his eccentric client. The man is a genius, but he had no right.
The professor turns his attention to Eiji “Sorry about that, but you just gave me an idea. Let me see you left arm”
“My..arm?” Eiji studies the professor who returns a smile. Eiji offers his arm up slowly. Rysenji attaches something to Eiji’s wrist.
Eiji looks down at the watch on his wrist. He’s overwhelmed with emotions. He must have been a kid the last time he had received a gift.
“Let me give you this” the professor explains. “It’s Abadin Electronics’ latest Digimon Dock”
Eiji is overjoyed as he studies his gift. AE products were easy to convert to Digimon docks and highly valued within the code cracker community. Eiji could only dream of owning AE parts, but here he stands with the latest model strapped to his wrist.
“Now this is just a prototype I’ve been working on”
Eiji marvels at the craftsmanship “This is amazing professor”
The watch starts begins to cycle through the setup process. “It has a biometric vital sonsor, so only you will be able to use it”
“Just for me?!?!” Eiji can’t hold back his excitement.
The professor nods “It can record your pulse, blood pressure, and other medical data. Most importantly, it supports Digimon hololization. Digimon hololization is only allowed in at the DDL and a few other facilities, but this…is a special exception”
Eiji almost barely hears the explanation. He is distracted by his new toy. This is the coolest piece of tech he has ever owned.
“But here’s the thing” the professor begins. Eiji’s heart sinks. Of course there’s a catch. He knew better than to think there wouldn’t be a catch, but he also wasn’t ready to depart with his new watch.
“I want to see what the famous Cracker Fang can do with it the next time I ask him for a favor”
“You got it chief!”
“That was fast. Good. I like that about you.” Ryusenji takes Eiji’s arm and presses the switch on the side of the Digimon Linker. The screen begins to glow a faint green. A mysterious flame flickers across the screen before vanishing into black.
Words scroll past the watch reading: Loogamon, child, dark beast, virus type
Eiji looks at the strange Digimon occupying his screen. A small blue…
“A..Dog?” Eiji asks stary-eyed.
Eiji walks passed through the security gate, this time alone. The professor’s words still ring in his head. Digimon are alive. The digital world is real. Eiji passes the reception desk.
“Oh, good evening!” This time Hatsune speaks to him first.
Eiji turns away from his watch “Do I return the pass here?”
“Yes please. Put it here. Thank you very much.”
Eiji returns the pass. He notices Hatsune eyeing his watch curiously. “The professor gave it to me. It’s a Digimon Dock.”
Eiji shows off his watch. Hatsune scurries around the desk and whispers “Isn’t that the newest model? I thought those were top secret?”
Eiji is surprised by how well-informed Hatsune is. “It’s just a prototype. The professor asked me to test it for him.”
“Wow,” Hatsune is surprised by his response. “That’s impressive. The professor must really trust you.”
“You think so?”
“Absolutly” Hatsune lowers her voice “The professor is so….strange. He wouldn’t give this to just anyone.”
“He is peculiar isn’t he?” Eiji blurts out. Eiji is surprised by Hatsune’s change in attitude. She is a lot nicer towards him now. “I’ll see you later?”
“You can call me Eiji”
“Likewise…You can call me Hatsune or whatever. Oh, this is your admission record. I noticed you left your occupation blank. If you don’t mind, what should I put down?”
“My occupation?” Eiji thinks for a bit. “I am Eiji Nagasumi, a code cracker!”