~ • Finding Sabata
Django was franctically running around the Underground Area 1, he seemed to be looking for something or someone. Otenko maybe?
No, this time he was looking for Sabata.
He wanted to show his brother the world his friend Rockman lived in, so he opened the gate to the Immortal Area and they both entered the Net.
Unfortunately, he got distracted for few seconds and immediately lost sight of his brother.
That's why he was so worried. Sabata didn't know his way around the Net, what if he got cornered by some viruses or met the ghost datas of some strong Navi? He might end up dead or badly injured! And the worst thing was that he couldn't even track him down, because Sabata had been purified from the Dark Matter and didn't give off any dark aura anymore!
«SABATAAA!» shouted loudly, hoping for his twin to hear him...
Meanwhile, in Sky Area 1, Sabata was looking around in astonishment. That was an amazing place, so bright and white, he had never seen anything like that in his life.
But... what place was that exactly? That surely wasn't the area they came from... He remembered spotting that cute thing with a blue hard hat and starting following it, going through a reddish warp, up some staircases and then losing track of the Mettaur right after that.
He was... Yes, he was definitely lost.
When the realization sinked in, his amazement quickly turned into worry, which, in turn, became fear.
Yes, Sabata was frightened. Could you blame him? He was alone in a place he knew nothing about, surronded by weird, human-looking programs and cute but aggressive things that can attack you in any moment. That... was no place for him. He wanted to come back to the safety of his Undead-filled world, at least he knew what to expect from it, what to do and where to go!
He... wanted his brother...
«Django...» whispered, hunching his shoulders while trembling slighly, tears welling up in his eyes.
Sabata was so lost in his thoughts that he didn't notice someone approaching him. So, when he felt a black and red gloved hand touching his shoulder, he shrieked and dashed forward, grabbing a poor Program-kun that happened to pass by and throwing it at his assailant, knocking out both of them.
Then, he ran away, not realizing that he dropped somenthing very important...
When he stopped, Sabata realized the stupid thing he did. Hitting someone that probably only wanted to help him...
And he even went further inside the Net, that area was the exact opposite of the one he previously was. It looked like the Dark Castle... was it equally dangerous?
He fell on his knees, eyes wide in terror. Then, he seated right under the statue of Greiga and Falzer, drawing his knees closer to hide his face, sobbing.
Some moments later, a group of scary-looking Navis spotted him and approached him.
«What's a cute little Navi like you doing here?» asked one of the HeelNavis, getting closer.
«Are you scared, little one?» asked another one, noticing his situation. «Of course you are, this is no place for pretty girls»
«Let's take her and ask for a ransom to her Operator!»
Navi? Operator? What were they talking about? The only thing he'd understand was that they've mistook him for a girl and wanted to kidnap him.
Hmpf, as if he'd let them do it. He might be girly, but wasn't defenseless. And, oddly enough, those guys didn't scare him, they looked like the Undeads from his world.
«I was just crying for your imminent death» replied the Moon Beauty, wiping away his tears while standing up and reaching for the Gun del Hell... that wasn't where it should have been.
Oh Sol, that was a disaster! He was a goner without it! And he couldn't even use his Moon Beauty powers there! But, well, those guys didn't know that, so he was allowed to fake a bit, right?
Still, he didn't even have the time to do anything that the HeelNavis were literally cut in half before disappearing into cyber dust.
He was caught off guard, that was pretty unexpected...
«Are you ok?» asked a red Navi with long silver hair, approaching him.
«Who are you?» bit back, taking a fighting stance.
«The one you've previously hit» replied, pointing at the scratch on his helmet. «You hit pretty hard for being this small»
«What do you want?»
«I don't need any help» there it is again, his stupid pride...
«Oh, really? You looked pretty lost back then»
«You've just stopped crying» retorted the Navi, pointing at his reddened eyes. «But, if you don't want my help, at least take this back. Here» continued, giving Sabata the Dark Gun he'd previously lost. «You're lucky I was the one who found it, you should pay more attention to your things. Pretty interesting weapon, though, it looks a lot like the Gun del Sol Chip... Uhm, well, good luck finding your way back to Sky, Miss» ended, waving him goodbye.
Sabata looked at him in astonishment. That dude said he wanted to help him and now he was turning his back on him and leaving him Sol knows where!
That Navi was probably his only chance to get back to Django, better lower the head and accept his help.
«No, wait!» said, following him. «Please, help me get out of here...»
Blues looked at him satisfied, somehow he knew he would have accepted his help if cornered.
The more they ventured inside the Net, the more scared Sabata was. He shouldn't be feeling that way, after all Blues was with him. But, well, as strong as he might be, he wasn't his brother... And he was missing him a lot. Thinking about him made the tears well up again in his eyes...
When they stopped to find the right path, Sabata found himself unconsciously moving towards him, hands reaching out to grab the closest arm and resting his head on the corresponding shoulder.
That action startled Blues, as he wasn't used to being touched. He was going to end the contact when, looking at the other, he noticed how frightened he was and the tears that were now running freely. He supposed that holding onto him made him feel better, so he let the other do it. Indeed, he moved the arm to grab one of his hands, tighting the hold a bit to reassure him.
Then, they started walking again, hands clasped together.
«I don't think I got your name» affirmed Blues, turning towards the other.
«Because I haven't told you yet» replied, sniffing. «I'm Sabata»
«Nice name. My name's Blues, nice to meet you»
Sabata only nodded, looking away shily.
«You know» continued the red Navi, looking around the area. «There's no need to cry anymore, we will find you Operator»
«What's an Operator?» questioned, confused.
«You must be a Solo Navi then»
Blues raised a hidden eyebrow. How didn't he know what a Solo Navi was?
«Navis without an Operator, they don't belong to anyone nor follow someone's orders»
«Ok, but I'm not a Navi»
«Of course you are» replied the red Navi, matter-of-factly. «You're in the Net, so you're a Navi»
«I'm a human»
«Humans can't enter the Internet»
«I'm not from this world» replied Sabata, a bit irritated that the other wouldn't believe him. «I came through a portal in the Immortal Area»
Those words picked up Blues' attention, he'd already heard them from someone. Who was it? Ah, yes, Rockman...
«Wait, are you related to Django the Solar Boy?»
«He's my brother»
«Is he here too?»
«Of course, I wouldn't have been able to come here without him. It's just that... I got separated from him and don't know where he is...» answered, sobbing.
«Hey» said the red Navi, a bit uncomfortable with someone crying right in front of him. «I can surely help you finding him» revealed, opening a phone-call window.
Django warped out of the Underground and immediately headed towards the gate that led to Akihara Area, where he remembered his friend Rockman's homepage was.
Just when he exited the warp's zone, he immediately spotted a very familiar blue being.
«Rockman!» exclaimed, glad to see him so soon. He felt relieved now that his friend was there, Rockman could help him finding his brother faster.
«Oh, Django! I was looking for you» replied the Navi, greeting him with a hug.
«Me too» and they laughed briefly. «Why were you looking for me?»
«I just received a call from Blues» said the blue one, explaining his reasons. «He said he'd found your sister»
«Sister?» asked the Solar Boy, confused. «I don't have any»
«Then, who's Sabata?»
«My twin brother»
«Oh, it's a boy...» commented, embarassed. «He looks so cute and girly... Anyway, I know where they are, come with me!» said, leading him outside Akihara.
Blues and Sabata were at the Café in Sky Area 1, talking while waiting for Rockman.
It was better that way instead of running around the Net, maybe in different directions.
«So» started Blues, sipping at a coffee. «If Django is the Solar Boy, what are you? Do you have any power of some sort?»
«Well, like Django, I've inherited the title and powers from our parents. He can use the power of the Sun like father, while I can control the power of the Moon like mother. That's why I'm called the Moon Beauty» explained, looking around to try and spot his twin.
«Suits you. You're a really beautiful girl» replied, nodding.
Sabata turned immediately towards him, looking at him in shock.
«I'm not a girl!»
«But "beauty" is a term mostly used for females» pointed out the red Navi.
«Just because the Moon Beauties have always been women up until now»
«So, you're a girl»
«I am not!!» protested Sabata, stomping his feet on the metal bar of the stool. «Don't you think I know what I am?»
Blues only hummed. He wasn't entirely convinced by Sabata's words. He might affirm he was a boy, but his appearance was that of a girl: heart-shaped face, girly voice, long nails and large hips.
But, well, you can't hide the breasts even if you wear a sport bra. So, he reached out to touch his chest and gave it a heartful squeeze.
Sabata shrieked and punched him in the face so hard that it knocked him off the stool.
«WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!» shouted, covering his own chest in protection.
«Just controlling if you were telling the truth»
«You didn't believe me??»
«It's just that you look more like a girl than a boy» excused himself Blues, getting up from the floor. «Sorry for the rude gesture»
«Hmm...» answered the other, looking away pouting.
«Anyway, how did you manage to get lost?»
Sabata blushed lightly in embarassement.
«It's... pretty stupid actually... I followed a blue thing with an helmet until I lost sight of it»
«Yes, it's stupid»
«I know...» grumbled, rolling his eyes. «They'll make fun of me for a looong time...» continued, huffing. «Django must be really worried... Can't blame him, though. After what had happened, he's scared to death to lose me...»
Blues was about to ask him about that, when Rockman and Django finally came.
«Sabata!!» exclaimed the Solar Boy, running towards his brother and hugging him tightly. «You made me really worried! Please, don't run away again without telling me, I don't want to lose you!» continued, nuzzling his neck.
Sabata hugged him back, he was happy to be reunited with his twin. He was scared to not be able to see him again, until Blues offered him his help and contacted Django's Navi friend.
«I'm sorry» whispered the Moon Beauty, in a voice so low that only Django was able to hear it. «I've been so stupid, running away without even knowing where to go...»
«I don't care anymore» replied the Solar Boy, separating from him to look at his brother in the eyes. «The only thing that matters now is that you're safe and we're back together» and he kissed him on the cheek, making his brother blush a deep red and hide his own face in the Crimson Scarf. «I was super worried, but now I'm fine» said, turning his head towards Blues. «Thank you so much for finding my dear brother and looking after him in my absence»
«No problem, it's my duty as a Net Officer to help who is in need»
«So, Sabata, I can finally meet you» affirmed Rockman, getting closer to the twins.
«Same here» replied the other, offering him a hand. «The famous Rockman»
«Yeah, famous» answered the blue Navi, chuckling. «I don't know why, but I always imagined you as identical twins, like me and Netto»
«You have a twin brother too?» asked Sabata, surprised.
Before Rockman could answer, a window popped up beside him and a boy identical to the Navi but with brown eyes appeared. Sabata yelped at that sudden event, hugging his brother tightly.
«Yup, that's me!» exclaimed the boy, waving at him. «I'm Netto! Nice to meet you, Django's sister! And nice to see you again, Django!»
«Hi, Netto» replied the Solar Boy, waving back. «But Sabata's my brother, not sister»
«Oh really, you look so girly...» commented, taking a better look at him.
Both Rockman and Blues chuckled, they made the same mistake just minutes ago.
«What's wrong with the people in this world??» exclaimed Sabata, exasperated.
«In all honesty, you look a bit girly, Sabata» admitted Django, whispering. «After all, you've taken after mother»
«I know...» growled, annoyed.
The four of them were now in the Immortal Area, right in front of the gate that links the two worlds.
«Thanks for the visit» said Rockman, waving at the twins. «It was nice to spend some time together without any Immortal to fight»
«Yes, just a friendly hangout» replied Django, smiling. «Well, after the "find the lost princess" part, of course»
«Hey!» protested Sabata, elbowing him.
«Hope to see you soon» said Netto from the window next to his brother.
«Not so soon, I have to first make fun of Sabata for getting lost because of a Mettaur»
«You will never make me live it down, huh?»
«Not until I've spread the voice through the whole city and beyond» retorted, smirking. «Oh, the Count will know about it, too»
«I'm so screwed...»
«Well» continued the Solar Boy, grabbing his brother by the waist and drawing him closer to himself. «It's time to go home, Otenko-sama will start to worry if we don't come back before sunset»
«Ok, say hi to Otenko from me» said Rockman, waving them off.
«We will! Bye, guys!» replied Django, before entering the gate.