Lost In Her Voice-

Note: The whole gang will be in the same grade. It's part of the plot. And they all have the same schedule except for extracurricular activities. Yumi and Ulrich are auditioning for a musical for a part as a double. They still don't know that the other likes them. The audition is on the same day and at the same time as the biggest soccer game of the season. Sissy is also auditioning, with and OC of mine, for the couple part. Based off High School Musical. Sadly, I do not own Code Lyoko, the movie High School Musical, or the song "At The Beginning." (sniff sniff) Anywho, here you are, the story:

Chapter 1- Why?

Yumi walked through the halls of Kadic Academy. She tightened her grip on the strap of her bag. She happily started to turn a corner when she heard something… something she never had expected to hear:

"I mean come on, Ulrich. You can't have it hanging over you forever. Just quit the audition. Yumi doesn't care about it anyway. It's your choice- that stupid audition for the school musical, or the biggest game of the season… you choose."

"Dude, if you don't know that I'll be there at that game, then you must be retarded. Look, that audition means nothing to me! You should know that! What… did you actually think that I would choose singing over soccer? I'll go to practice and give you a hundred and fifty percent. Okay?" she heard the sound of a high-five.

"That's the Stern we know. See ya later man." She felt tears build up behind her eyes. Quickly, she turned the corner to see the brunette watch his friend, Theo, the co-captain of the soccer team, walk off.

"Yumi! Hi!" he fell into step beside her as she walked past him. She looked away from him and went faster. He matched his stride to hers, "Yumi? Yumi, wait!" He grabbed her arm and forced her to turn around to face him, "What's the matter with you?" She pulled her arm free from his grasp and opened her locker. She put her books away, refusing to look at him. When she had everything she needed, she slammed the locker shut and half walked, half ran, into science class. Ulrich followed her, confused.

She put her books on her desk and leafed through her bag and placed something under her folder. Ulrich came and sat by her. She looked out the window, at the chalkboard, the blueberry pancake in the front of the room that was tap dancing and singing "I love you, You love me…" (JK, jk… okay, after the part where it says 'the chalkboard,' here it is:) anywhere but at the boy next to her. Throughout the class, he tried to gain her attention. She just ignored him. At the end of class, she was one of the first people out the door. She threw something in the trashcan on her way out, not knowing that it missed. Ulrich bent down and retrieved the stapled papers. It couldn't be… their audition song. He saw a little note in the corner of the paper in Yumi's small writing:

I guess I was wrong.

He clutched the paper and rushed after her, "Yumi!" She was at her locker. She continued with her business.

Without turning around, she whispered, "It's okay. I don't want to do the audition either." It was then she turned. He had the paper in his hand in the action of handing it to her.

"What are you talking about?" he practically yelled. He immediately regretted doing so when she softly closed her locker and walked slowly down the hall as the bell rang.

"Yumi!" She broke into a run. She ran all the way to her house, (it's the end of the day) and into her room. She threw her stuff on her bed and went back downstairs, tears threatening to spill from her eyes.

"Mom, I'm going for a walk. Be back later," she managed to say without her voice breaking. She exited and walked into the forest behind her house. Forcing herself through the trees, she stumbled onto a path. The autumn leaves blew around her as she walked down the path. Tears streamed down her face as she asked herself the one question she didn't know the answer to:

"Why?"

.: With Ulrich :.

Ulrich watched the Japanese girl race down the hall. "Argh!" he yelled. He punched his locker, which was right next to Yumi's. He cursed quietly himself.

Walking toward the auditorium, he jumped up onstage and put the paper on the piano before walking solemnly down to the soccer field. He was the last one to arrive. He changed into his black sweatpants and black muscle shirt, and walked out onto the field.

"Ulrich! Hey man! Catch!" Theo kicked him the ball. Ulrich caught it in his hands and dropped it on the ground. He walked over to the bleachers and put his head in his hands. Theo looked at the rest of the guys on the team and went over to Ulrich.

"Dude…man, what's wrong?" asked Theo. He put a hand on his friend's shoulder.

Ulrich banged his fist on his knee, "I don't know! Yumi won't talk to me, she threw out audition song away, and she's ignoring me! She ran off when I tried to confront her about it."

"Maybe soccer will help cheer you up, it always does," Odd quipped. He was on the team, as well as Ulrich's best friend and roommate.

"Not today Odd," Ulrich ran both his hands through his hair before getting up, "I… I just need to be alone." He turned and jogged into the building.

His teammates looked at each other and started after him secretly. They really felt bad about what they had done, and they wanted to apologize.

.: With Yumi :.

Yumi walked down the path, not really caring where it took her. Only when she ended up in front of the school was she surprised. Silently, she walked in the double doors and found herself by the auditorium door. She walked down the center isle and climbed onstage. She noticed a laptop with a note that said:

Auditioners (sp?) may use this to practice. Good luck with your audition.

She plugged her iPod in the computer. Scrolling through her selections, she chose the accompaniment to the song "At The Beginning," a song from the movie Anastasia. She stepped back to the middle of the stage, her back to the doors, and let the music flow from her.

.: With Ulrich :.

The brunette walked down the hall. He ran his hand along the wall, feeling the oh-so-familiar vibration-like feeling in the tips of his fingers. He passed the auditorium, only to double back when her heard music from within… a song that he recognized instantly as Yumi's favorite, or so she had said. Quietly, he opened the door and slipped in. He walked up to the stage and pulled himself up on it as Yumi started to sing:

(Yumi:)

We were strangers starting out on a journey

Never dreaming what we'd have to go through

Now here we are and I'm suddenly standing

At the beginning with you

Ulrich came up behind her. His voice filled the air and she whirled around, not expecting anyone to have been there.

(Ulrich:)

No one told me I was going to find you

Unexpected what you did to my heart

When I lost hope you were there to remind me

Timidly, Yumi joined him.

(Both:)

This is the start

And Life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep flowing

Life is a road now and forever, wonderful journey

I'll be there when the world stops turning

I'll be there when the storm is through

In the end I wanna be standing

At the beginning with you

(Yumi:)

We were strangers on a crazy adventure

(Ulrich:)

Never dreaming how our dreams would come true

(Both:)

Now here we stand unafraid of the future

At the beginning with you

And Life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep flowing

Life is a road now and forever wonderful journey

I'll be there when the world stops turning

I'll be there when the storm is through

In the end I wanna be standing

At the beginning with you

Knew there was somebody somewhere

I need love in the dark

Now I know that dream will live on

I've been waiting so long

Nothing's gonna tear us apart

And Life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep flowing

Life is a road now and forever, wonderful journey

I'll be there when the world stops turning

I'll be there when the storm is through

In the end I wanna be standing

At the beginning with you

(Ulrich:)

Yeah

Life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep going

(Ulrich:)

On

(Yumi:)

Starting out on a journey

(Both:)

Life is a road and I wanna keep going

Love is a river I wanna keep flowing

In the end I wanna be standing

At the beginning with you.

When the song ended, Yumi found herself less than a foot away from Ulrich. She grabbed her iPod, "Uh, I have to… to go." She started to walk away, but he grabbed her arm.

"Yumi, at least tell me why you won't do the audition!" he pleaded.

"I think you know that, Captain Stern," she replied icily. She tried to pull away, without success.

He grabbed her other arm, preventing her from escaping, "I don't! I don't know! Yumi please…"

"You could have told me you didn't want to do the audition!" she cried. Tears poured out of her eyes yet again.

"What? What make you think I don't want to do the audition? Do you think I want Sissy and Jorge to win? When did you ever get the idea that I wanted to cancel the audition?"

"Think back to your conversation with Theo," she whispered, her voice barely audible.

"Yumi, I said those things to get them off my back! Pleas, Sissy and Jorge have won for the past five years just because Sissy's dad is principal and she scared everyone else away! Really, do you want them to win AGAIN?"

"It doesn't matter."

"Yes it does!"

"No, really… it doesn't."

He stared at her, "You… you can't mean that." She attempted to pull away, but he held on fast, "Please, Yumi! You have to believe me! We need to beat her out!" He put his hands on her cheeks. He was so close, she could feel his heart beat. She blushed at the prospect of being so near to him. This time, she pulled away successfully, and took off. When she looked back, she wished she hadn't. The forlorn look on his face was too much to bear. He stuck his hands in his pockets and solemnly walked off the stage.

Aww… Ah-hahahaha! Cliffie… I don't know how many chappies this will be, but I love this story already. Have fun reading, and remember… REVIEW! Yeah, this is my first one, but I don't care if you flame me or not… criticism makes you strong! (flexes muscles) heehee… whatever… I'll update soon. BYE! doodahdoodah