IC: Bryce Cliff
Bryce opened his eyes to see a canopy of trees above him. "Where am I?" he muttered, sitting up groggily.
"Oh, so you're awake," a voice said.
"What the --?" Bryce turned towards the voice and saw a small red creature. It stood on all fours and had short fur that was mostly red, with a few blue markings, short claws, and long ears that stood straight up, giving it an almost rabbit-like appearance. But it also had several tails that fanned out behind it like a peacock. "What are you?!" Bryce cried, backing up against a tree. "Where's Marie?"
The creature cocked its head, looking up at Bryce curiously. "I don't know what a Marie is, but as for your first question, I'm a Digimon. You can call me Elecmon."
"I'm Bryce. Marie's my little sister. She was taken by some sort of ghost thing. It was white, and looked almost like a sheet of cloth, but it had eyes and teeth. You wouldn't have happened to see them go by, did you?" Bryce asked.
"Can't say that I have," Elecmon shrugged. "But by the description, it sounds like your sister was captured by a Bakemon. They're a Virus-type ghost Digimon."
"And you don't have any clue where it might have headed?" Bryce asked. He couldn't believe he was talking to some sort of rabbit-peacock thing, but given that his sister had just been kidnapped by a ghost virus, it wasn't that surprising.
"Sorry, not a clue," Elecmon shook his head. "But I'd be happy to help you look for your sister."
"You would?" Bryce said. Elecmon certainly seemed friendlier than the Bakemon. "Alright then," he agreed, kneeling down so that he was at eye-level with the Digimon. "Let's shake on it."
"It's a deal," Elecmon smiled, extending his paw.
The moment they shook hands (or paws in Elecmon's case) a dazzling light appeared between them. In the center of the light, Bryce saw a small red device, no bigger than the palm of his hand. Reaching out with his other hand, he grabbed it. As soon as he did, the device stopped glowing. It was red in color, with blue markings and buttons, similar to Elecmon's color scheme.
"What in the world is this?" Bryce asked. He pressed a random button, and two dots appeared on the screen, one in the center, and one in the upper-left corner. "Maybe this thing is showing me where Marie is."
"I've never seen a real Digivice before, so your guess is as good as mine," Elecmon shrugged.
Bryce stood up and slowly spun in a circle. As he did, the outer dot on the screen orbited around the center dot. "Just as I thought; it's like a GPS or radar. Ten bucks says it'll lead us to Marie."
"I don't see any bucks, but it's bound to lead to something good," Elecmon agreed. "Let's follow it."
The two trudged through the forest, which wasn't that dense. As Bryce pushed aside some underbrush, he thought back to the portal he had leapt through. "Is this like some sort of alternate dimension?" he asked.
"You're in the Digital World," Elecmon answered. "It's a normally a lovely place, but with the corruption spreading, it's becoming more and more dangerous. That Bakemon that took your sister was probably corrupted."
"Corrupted? Is that what you meant when you said that it's a virus-type?"
"No, no," Elecmon shook his head as he leaped over a large tree root. "Virus-type Digimon tend to be more violent, but they would never have any reason to kidnap a human. But the corruption, on the other hand, makes Digimon more... feral. Some would say it makes them evil, but I disagree. The corruption takes over their bodies, but I believe the Digimon's true self is buried deep inside somewhere."
Bryce frowned. There was no way he could believe that Bakemon was anything but evil. They traveled in silence for a few more minutes before they reached the edge of the forest. Beyond stretched a large open plain, and out in the distance stood what looked like a large industrial city. Bryce looked down at the device in his hand. "It looks like this thing is leading us to that city," he said.
"That's Mechan City," Elecmon shuddered. "Lots of corrupted Digimon live there. We'd better be careful."
"Sounds like the perfect place to find that Bakemon... and Marie," Bryce said. "And when we find them, I'm gonna teach that ghost a lesson!"