Code: Lyoko

Pass the Ball

Author: Chibi

Disclaimer: Chibi does not own the characters of Code: Lyoko. Though she is unsure of the people who DO, she's positive that it isn't her. Also, the song, titled 'Subtle' DOES belong to me (that's right! CHIBI WROTE IT!) and if I catch anyone using it, they'll have only half the original amount of finger on their hands!

Summary: As an end-of-term fever buzzes around every student, the Principal, pressured by Sissi, agrees to throw a sware in honor of the students who would be graduating that year and all of their accomplishments. Everyone has their eyes set on someone but complicated measurements may keep them from going with who they want to go with. These measurements in turn lead to some of the most crazy matchmaking mix-ups possible. More of a social fic than a XANA-attacks-Earth-and-almost-kills-off-an-important-character fic.

Warning: Includes Yumi/Ulrich, Odd/Sam, and possibly Jeremie/Aelita. Also a good amount of Sissi-scheming.

WARNING TWO: I'M TELLING YOU NOW. THINGS WILL BE GETTING VERY SAPPY. I know that's not what Code Lyoko is LIKE, but... Oh, forget it. I'm just telling you (especially Ulrich/Yumi fans) that cavities are not the only pit stop you'll be making.

PLEASE DON'T KILL ME FOR THIS.

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Chapter Seven (Finale)

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"Grr... YUMI, I'M SORRY!" He shouted as the Block took one last chance to attack and hit him square in the chest, sending him flying off and to the ground, dematerializing at that point in time.

"What?" Yumi shouted. She turned-she had heard, seen everything-and smiled. Her Crab poised its beam and struck her in the arm, making her fan fly from her grasp. She realized she was hit for the last time and disappeared in a wisp of data particles just as a blinding white light enveloped the land.

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"Return to the Past!" Jeremie shouted, tapping the 'Enter' key with his finger as everything vanished from his sight and he reappeared again in another time and place entirely.

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The Disc jockey was on the makeshift platform again, while the students, Odd and Sam in the lead, made an example of the superb music choice as they danced to the beat. The centered disco ball and the light and smoke effects brought the common cheer from the crowd in between songs.

"I'm glad that we got out second chance after all..." Aelita giggled as she tumbled and waltzed with a still-slightly-nervous Jeremie. He gulped and nodded, finding time to dip her (A/N: Can you believe it..!) in his arms before cracking into light peals of laughter and pulling her up again.

"Me too. More than you know." He replied.

Ulrich leaned against one of the walls and attempted to shake Sissi off of him with a little more force than was necessary. Now that he had a sudden surge of courage and a reason to do so after his apology to Yumi, he found that it was quite easy to flake the ebony-haired girl from his side.

A new song started.

- I am here, whenever you need a word
You know that, more than anything, you can trust me
I am like no one else to you
I am your confidante
I am your other soul
-

"Ulrich! I thought that you wanted to spend the night with me!" Sissi stated as she tried to latch onto his arm more effectively, but only succeeded in giving him enough incentive to finally pry her off.

"Just an innocent question but... What gave you that idea?" He stated before walking off.

Sissi growled as she saw exactly whose direction it was that he was heading in. She 'hmphed' and, crossing her arms, sidled over to her cronies along the Wallflower bench. Scoffing, she watched as a few whispers followed in her direction. Obviously, seeing the principals daughter, the one responsible for even promoting the dance in the first place, acting the part of dumped wallflower was something to talk about.

"May I cut in?" Ulrich asked Theo as their side-step was cut short. He nodded solemnly after a quick look in Yumi's direction and then walked over to the tables and took a seat, getting a drink and catching his breath.

"So, you wanna dance with me?" Yumi asked him, looking slightly flushed, "I'm flattered Ulrich."

- I compel you to speak every little worry
You know that I will listen, no matter how frivolous
No matter how selfish they may seem
I am always there to hold you
Whenever you are let down
-

"I hope you don't mind that I saved this dance especially for you. Just one more chance tonight, Yumi. I want just one more chance to have you fall in love with me..." He looked down, watching as feet as they glided to the music in the background.

Yumi said nothing. It seemed her throat had gone permanently parched.

And so he placed one arm on her shoulder, and the other upon her waist, and he began to twirl her in tune to the music. She was a little hesitant at first, either by making a mistake in her step, or by the brittle relationship now held between them. But, after awhile, she felt her heart relaxing, and the visible stiffness eased up a bit.

"You know, Ulrich... You and I..." She was slightly red with embarrassment now at where she was trying to pull the conversation, "We knew how we felt about each other... And it makes me wonder... Why didn't we ever try to get together like this before?"

"I don't know." It seemed too simple an answer, and for a moment, Yumi was afraid that Ulrich couldn't really think of anything, "But our friendship is so complicated anymore... I mean, it's so easy to fall in love with someone... We never saw it coming, did we? But I don't regret any of it... My feelings for you... Or how long we've waited... I think there's a reason as to why we fought that day, and that was to prove to us how much we need and depend and care for each other."

Yumi smiled, but as her head was now laying on his shoulder, she didn't think he saw it, "I think you're right... And I don't regret it either."

- You see every part of me
I read every page of you
And somehow, subtlely
I'm falling in love
With everything you do
Everything you are
Subtle
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Two hours later, and things were beginning to calm down. Sam and Odd had actually slowed down to the pace every other student was using, Jim(bo) had invited Mrs. Hearse onto the dance floor, and they were doing some strange sort of stiff waltz (awkward, huh?), Jeremie and Aelita were currently playing host to themselves at one of the very small serves-only-two tables, and seemed to be enjoying themselves quite a bit (Actually, Jeremie was scarlet at the moment, and Aelita was laughing lightly, having given him that reaction in the first place), but Yumi and Ulrich were still dancing.

It was strange... They hadn't stopped once, or moved out of tune since that song. It seemed that, they alone, were immune to tiredness, strain, or any other feeling that would cause them to let go of each other.

Sissi was playing the average, prissy Wall-Flower. Herb and Nicholas were standing beside her (forcibly holding back grins) and anyone who just happened to walk by her on their way to the punch bowl made a point in gesturing towards Ulrich and asking her, "You mean he finally dumped you?"

And no matter how much she tried to defend herself ("Well, at least I have TWO dates!" She pointed at her cronies), everyone chose laughter as the best policy to throw her off.

Finally, the night was over, and everyone was beginning to retreat, either to their dorms, or to the parking lot, where their parents were supposed to pick them up and take them home. (Note: Hey, it's like midnight now. No parent would let a thirteen-to-fourteen year old kid walk home alone that late!)

"So, I suppose I'll see you tomorrow?"

"Yeah..."

Both Yumi and Ulrich were feeling rather awkward now. It seemed some sort of wish or hope wanted to be spoken, but Yumi didn't know how to say it. So Ulrich said it for her.

"Though we had a great time together tonight, I enjoy it like this, and nothing more or less. Yumi, let's not act any differently, okay? that's the last thing we deserve to do to each other."

Yumi smiled, grateful that he'd given them that much.

"Right. Thank you, Ulrich." She leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek, leaving him looking like a scarlet Christmas ornament, "Well... Goodnight!" She ran out the door before he could comment.

Ulrich raised a hand to his cheek (still red) as a small smile appeared on his face.

That's right; nothing was different between them.

(Note: Yeah, right!)

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A/N: I'm actually finishing the fic up there. Seriously, I have nowhere else to take it. Like I said last chapter, the plot is officially dead. I was lucky enough to have carried it on this long anyway. So, uh, there ya go. Read it, weep it, seep it, keep it. Whatever. I've done my part in writing it and you've done yours in reading. It's been fun and all but... You can just let your 'lil imaginations wander of their own accord and everything... Hey, at least you all got your romantic confession!

Oh, yes, that note above was written when I first finished the fic, so there are some additional ones that I wanted to add here. First of all, I'll place the full song "Subtle" below, but if I see it being used "illegelly" or something (meaning without my permission), I'll be forced to take the necessary actions.

Also, I wanted to inform any Yumi/Ulrich fans that I'm currently in the process of creating a new fic entitled, "The Riddled Love Letter". It'll be centered on a Yumi/Ulrich/Sissi triangle, with tons of Sissi-scheming and fluff and... Stuff. Yea. If you like Y/U, you'll like it.

So stay tuned!

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Title: Subtle

Author: Chibi

Note: I mainly wrote this just for fun; that was until I found out how well it worked with some of my other stuff, namely my Code Lyoko fic.

So this if for you romance-loving fans out there! I hope that you like it!

I am here, whenever you need a word
You know that, more than anything, you can trust me
I am like no one else to you
I am your confidante
I am your other soul

I compel you to speak every little worry
You know that I will listen, no matter how frivolous
No matter how selfish they may seem
I am always there to hold you
Whenever you are let down

You see every part of me
I read every page of you
And somehow, subtlety
I'm falling in love
With everything you do
Everything you are
Subtle

You speak of fears, you speak of praise, of everything
And I am content but to hear your voice in my ear everyday
I am laid-back; I watch as you relax
I am tainting you with my ease
You are losing your restlessness

Light and heavy; your words collide
Sweet and sultry, they form a wry phrase
And I hear it, repeating, an echo
As though they were my heart racing
For it's true, with every word you speak

You see every part of me
I read every page of you
And somehow, subtlety
I'm falling in love
With everything you do
Everything you are
Subtle

Honesty is the rose, lie is the thorn
Should I not tell you now, of my own burdens adorned?
For many years pass us by, and still you do not go
I am that much to you
You make me feel as though
I am worth something true

See, here we are today,
And I am telling you
"I love you"
That there is no one else above you
And that my heart is yours
And that I am yours

You can come to me every time, I will listen to your doubts
I will relay what I have taught myself, what makes you come about
You know that you can trust in me
I know everything there is to know about you
I am your other soul, your confidante

Who is subtlety falling to your world...

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Any comments on my work would be much appreciated.