He didn't know why. He didn't know why he was having nightmares almost every night. He hated the white hot intensity pain that struck his muscles, making his body incapable to move. He hated how his bones would feel like they're frozen, making him curl up in a ball and stay there. He hated how he was sore the next morning, almost late to all of his boring classes. He hated when his heart would pound hard against his chest. He hated how he would wake up in cold sweat; his pillow would be drench and smell like salt. Ulrich Stern didn't like this at all. Those nightmares were about one of his best friends in the whole world: Yumi. His grades actually started to go up just a bit, from studying and doing homework all night, because he was too afraid to go to sleep. The teacher's were very happy for him, but he didn't care. He was scared of seeing Yumi lying on the ice-like floors, drenched in her own blood…dead.
Odd was getting a little suspicious about Ulrich's sleeping condition. Aelita noticed that after he died on Lyoko; he would come back from the scanners, sit against the wall, and sleep while Jeremie is typing away like a mad man on his super- computer. Jeremie noticed that Ulrich didn't eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. He also noticed that he passed his tests, and falls into a deep slumber right afterwards. Yumi tried to ask him what was wrong, but he would spaz out and say, "Nothing is wrong! Really!" and then run off. He was a lot more aggressive in his soccer games. It was an advantage, but his friends worried about him deeply. He was so tired, that he was wide awake. He couldn't fall asleep.
Ulrich's breathing became shallow. He could hear screaming in his ear, like she was screaming right next to him. He curled up into a ball; the white hot pain scorched his muscles, but his bones were ice. He eventually gathered enough strength, passing the fiery pain along with the heart ache, and rolled out of bed onto the floor. He laid there with his eyes open. His heart was racing; the pain slowly began to fade. He felt his blanket fall on top of his body. He needed to wash it, because it was starting to smell like Kiwi. Ulrich wiped the sweat off of his forehead with the back of his hand. He looked over at his roommate Odd; he was sleeping like a rock. Not even a tornado could wake him up. Ulrich sat up, and buried his head in his sweaty palms. He then glanced up at the bright red numbers on the digital alarm clock. It read 9:36 in the morning. He stood up, and bundled his blanket up quickly in his arms. The muscles in his legs were sore, and he flinched as the last bit of pain went away. He gathered up his towel, robe, a pair of boxers, shampoo and conditioner, placed them in his green bag, and then walked out of the room quietly. He dropped off his blanket in the laundry room, and then headed to the showers. He was the only one there, for all the other boys decided to sleep in on the cloudy Saturday morning.
Ulrich started the shower, and then stripped down to his birthday suit. He closed the curtain behind him, and let the warm water run down his body and over his face. He exhaled loudly and put his hand against his aching head. The water relaxed his sore muscles. A tingling feeling went down his back causing him to straighten up. He was tired and just wanted to sleep. When Ulrich was done with his shower, he dried off, and put on his boxers. Brushed his teeth and dried off the water that was still on his arms. He noticed that his hair was still damp as he put on his bathrobe, and tied the belt on it. He didn't like it when his hair was damp. It didn't bother him that much, but he liked it better when it was dry. He dried his hair, gathered his shampoo and conditioner, and exited the shower room. Once he got back to his room, he put his soap away. Odd was still sleeping. He was drooling on his pillow and snoring loudly. Ulrich quickly changed into his clothes, and then exited the room to leave Odd alone in peace. He dialed Jeremie's number. Once the ringing stopped, he heard Jeremie pick up his cell phone. Ulrich's brown sneakers were loud in the empty hall as he walked. His blue jeans were a little big on him, but that's because he didn't wear a belt. They weren't that big, not big enough to fall down on him. He had on a brown shirt, and then a camouflage jacket that was an olive color. It had two chest pockets, but it wasn't like the pockets on nice collared shirts.
"Hey, Einstein, you up yet?" Ulrich asked.
"I just got up ten minutes ago," Jeremie said. Ulrich heard him yawn on the other end. "But I know Aelita's up. She called and told me she was going to the cafeteria for breakfast."
"Okay, I'll go and join her. See you down there."
"Yeah, see you."
Ulrich hung up, and headed for the cafeteria. He walked in and saw Aelita sitting down at a table by herself, reading a book. Ulrich sat down at her table. She looked up and smiled.
"Good morning, Ulrich," she greeted. Aelita's smile was warm and comforting. "Did you sleep well?" He didn't want to lie to Aelita. His nightmares have been going on for a long time now, and no one knew. But, he figured that he could trust her with knowing his secret.
"Not so good," he answered. "I need to tell you something."
"Before you start, go get some breakfast, or you won't be able to tell me your problem."
"Is that a threat?" It wasn't much of one, but it sounded like Aelita wouldn't listen to him if he didn't eat.
"Yes, it is. You haven't eaten much in lately, and you need a good breakfast!"
Ulrich cocked an eyebrow, but for Aelita's sake, he got up and got some breakfast. He got eggs with ham and cheese in it, bacon, and some orange juice. He sat down back at Aelita's table, and leered at her. "Now eat," she commanded. Ulrich took a bite of his bacon. It felt strange as the bacon landed in his empty stomach. "Okay, eat more and tell me what's going on." When he didn't pick up his fork, Aelita glared at him, and he took a bite of his eggs. They were a little cold, but it didn't bother him.
"You promise not to tell anyone?" Ulrich asked, pointing his fork at her, like it was a threatening tool. Aelita smiled and rolled her eyes.
"Of course, Ulrich. You know I keep secrets."
Ulrich and Aelita stared at each other for a moment. Aelita's warm smile made Ulrich's body relaxed. The look in her eyes said that he could trust her. He took a bite of his bacon, and she took a sip of her orange juice. He never understood why she was so trustworthy—the only one that would understand.
"I've been having nightmares," he said. Aelita raised her eyebrows.
"Nightmares are normal to have—"
"This isn't normal, Aelita." Ulrich lowered his voice. He didn't want anyone to overhear their conversation—he didn't want anyone to think that he was losing his sanity. "I've been having them for two weeks. Every night! And they're about Yumi!"
"Yeah…and it's either she dies, I die, or I can't save her in time from falling off a ledge, and she's gone forever…." He paused and looked out the window. He could tell that Aelita had no comment yet, and wanted him to finish his explanation. "They're painful too." He looked back her. "The person who came up with 'you can't get hurt in your dreams', is lying right through their teeth. If I get stabbed, then I feel the sword going through me. I don't wake up. I can't move at all. And whether it's my blood or Yumi's, it feels real. Everything feels real there. I can even feel her pain too, and it hurts terribly. That's why I always sleep during the day."
"But you don't have nightmares when you're napping."
"They only seem to come to me at night. When I nap I don't even dream. But my body usually wakes me up before I go to sleep."
"I would love to rule out that it's X.A.N.A., but it may be the cause of your nightmares. We haven't had an attack in a while."
"William has been quiet lately, huh?"
"Yes, he has. His clone is getting someof our William's personality. But it's only little progress."
"Do you think X.A.N.A. is targeting me?"
"It wouldn't be a surprise, Ulrich. X.A.N.A. targets us no matter what, or the ones we care about at least."
"Then why does it always miss Sissy?"
Ulrich and Aelita laughed. He hadn't laughed in a while. He felt good, like a ton of weights have been lifted off his shoulder.
"I guess X.A.N.A. wants us to suffer," Aelita said. "But, Ulrich, these nightmares of yours seem serious. The chances of somebody having nightmares every night are slim."
"Do you think that it's possible that there's an activated tower, but it won't show up on Jeremie's computer?"
"X.A.N.A. has done it before, and I'm sure that it's a possibility that it can happen again."
"That's what I'm afraid of."
"But nothing has happened to Yumi—"
"Yet," Ulrich said reluctantly.
"Don't think that way! Look, I'll run to the factory, run a Deep Scan on the supercomputer, and report if anything is wrong. Meanwhile, you stick with the others," Aelita said quietly. "But I'll sneak over to the factory tonight while Jeremie is asleep, so he won't know your secret."
"I've snuck out past Jim before. It's not that hard, you know."
"Aelita, I suggest you do it after dinner."
"Fine, fine, I will. Just to be safe. Now tell me your dreams."
Ulrich began to explain his nightmares one by one. He said that he would dream a nightmare one day and then three days later he would dream the same one. Aelita showed no sign of confusion or really, no expression at all. As Ulrich talked, on, he noticed that Aelita's pink hair had grown out a tad. The little princess that came out of the scanner was now becoming a queen. She began to have more sarcasm and wit since she's been on Earth.
"And I just want everything to go back to normal!" Ulrich said. "Where's Jeremie and Odd? They should be here by now."
"Jeremie is probably surfing Lyoko on his computer to make sure that everything is okay, and Odd is probably in the showers. It's only 10:15 in the morning."
"What am I going to do, Aelita? I get nervous around Yumi now when she asks what's wrong."
"You've always been nervous around her. You looked like you were going to faint when she kissed you on the cheek."
Ulrich glared at Aelita and she just shrugged. "Okay, not all the time."
"She was just thanking me for her birthday gift…." He ended up switching the bone and the necklace the next day. He apologized for the whole confusion. The bone was meant for Kiwi and the necklace was meant for her. Yumi just smiled and thanked him again. She looked excited when she saw the necklace.
"We'll keep an eye on her today; see if anything is out of the ordinary. Jeremie and I are going to be fixing the bug in the digital sea today. The Skid seems down, for when you and Yumi got back from the lab."
"It took a lot of damage, and we had no time to repair it, and because the backup disk that Jeremie put in was only a temporarily repair, just enough for us to escape. The navigation and coordinates system needs to be tweaked, along with the ammo hold." Aelita paused for a second to take a sip of her orange juice. "We're going to see if we can increase the shields on the Skid, too. And we just can't keep using disk after disk to hold the Skid together. It just won't work. So we'll be at the factory for most of the day. I won't be able to run a Deep Scan until after dinner, like you said."
"Thank you, Aelita, it means a lot."
Aelita smiled and said, "You're welcome. How come you don't want the others to know?"
"I don't want them to think I'm crazy."
"Ulrich, you've been through crazier, like that giant teddy bear that attacked the school. No one believed you."
"That is true. But this is serious. People see giant teddy bears. But they don't see what you're dreaming."
"I understand. You know, you can always do a scan. Didn't Jeremie teach you how to use the supercomputer?"
"Uh, sort of. I just know the basics. I don't know how to do a scan yet."
Aelita was about to say something, but stopped when Sissy came up to their table. Ulrich just looked at Aelita, but she didn't look back. He hated Sissy so much. He wished that Jeremie or Odd would come in right now. He stared at the doors to the cafeteria. With the luck he was having, his wish wasn't granted.
"Ulrich, I have to tell you something," Sissy said. She always had to tell him something!
"Excuse me, Sissy," Aelita said. Ulrich looked back at her. "But you are rudely intruding on our conversation. I'm trying to help Ulrich with something."
"Well maybe I can assist him better."
"You know, she can," Ulrich joked. Aelita played along.
"Really?" Sissy asked surprised.
"Yeah, you can," Aelita said, "you can help him by going away."
Ulrich and Aelita laughed and Sissy glared at both of them. She growled under her breath. It looked like she was going to drop her breakfast tray, because she was so angry.
"You got a lot of nerve, Stone."
"Is that something you don't have?"
"I have a lot of nerve, thank you very much!"
"Then you should have the nerve to leave," Ulrich said, glaring at Sissy. Her angered expression slowly turned frightened. Aelita looked at Ulrich and saw that he had a cold look on his face. It was the same expression he gave Yumi, when X.A.N.A. had the gang under control to kiss someone else. Even though it was a clone who kissed Sissy that day, Ulrich was giving her that look now. Sissy scoffed to hide her fear of his glare. She held her head high, and walked away to another table. Ulrich's face lightened up and he smiled at Aelita, which made her smile.
The doors opened to the cafeteria opened. Ulrich looked over Aelita's shoulder. He was relieved to see Jeremie and Odd walk in. They stood in line to get breakfast. Odd persuaded the lunch lady to get an extra helping of eggs; that made his day. They came over and sat down.
"You ready for a day of work, Aelita?" Jeremie asked with a smile. His red sweater, light brown pants with blue stripes down the sides, along with blue sneakers suited him perfectly.
"I sure am," Aelita said, smiling back at him.
"Has anyone called Yumi yet?" Odd asked with a mouth full of eggs. Ulrich and Aelita eyed each other as Ulrich took a bite of his eggs. Odd raised his eyebrows as he forked in another load of eggs into his mouth.
"No, no we haven't."
"Oh, well, someone should." Odd eyed Ulrich, and Ulrich's face flushed. It was pretty clear that he showed that he was annoyed. "Well, go on."
"I'm pretty sure she's on her way now." Ulrich stood up.
"Can I have your eggs then, if you're going to get her, Romeo?"
"I'm not going to get her, and go ahead. I'll see you guys later, I'm going to…to take a walk." He glanced at Aelita who just smiled. He walked to the front doors; he could feel his friends and Sissy, who was at the back table, stare at him as he left. When he stepped outside, he froze quickly. Yumi was standing on the bottom step. She had on her black shirt that had blue stars on the bottom at the side that revealed her shoulders, but her purplish-black sports bra straps covered them up, which blended in with the shirt. She had on black jean capris with her black sneakers. Ulrich began to walk over to her. She looked up and saw him. A smile spread across her face. He smiled back, just so she wouldn't feel awkward.
"I was just going to see if you guys were in there," she said.
"They're in there, if you want to go see them. I just finished eating."
"I can see that, because you have something right there." Yumi pointed to her own tooth to indicate the piece of food that was stuck between Ulrich's.
"Oh, thanks," Ulrich said. He wasn't embarrassed, for it had happened before. He closed his mouth, and then quickly removed the piece of bacon from his teeth with his tongue. "Gone?" He gave her a big smile.
"Yeah, it's gone now."
Ulrich was about to walk past her, but she grabbed his jacket. They looked at each other. Yumi's expression was soft and warm, causing Ulrich to give her a smirk. Yumi smiled. For them to smile at each other was a conversation. "Where are you heading to?"
"Up to my room to clean up a few things. I'll see you around." He walked away from her and headed for the dorms. He could feel Yumi's eyes on him as he left. It felt awkward. He went up the stairs and then got off on his landing. He went down the hallway and opened the door to his room. His area was a little messy, while Odd's was a pigsty. Ulrich tidied up his side of the room. He never was messy, and he didn't have obsession compulsive disorder. But he just liked to straighten up. He even cleaned up Odd's side. Kiwi just relaxed on Odd's bed and stared as Ulrich cleaned up. When he was done, he sat down at their desk. He finished all of his homework for the weekend. He would do his roommate's homework, but the teacher would tell their handwriting apart. He jumped as he felt his phone vibrate in his pocket. He pulled it out and saw that he had a text message. Surprisingly, it wasn't a message saying that X.A.N.A. was attacking. It was a message from Yumi. "Want a round?" he read aloud. His phone vibrated again. It was another message from her. "Open your door." He got up and opened the door. He looked to his left and saw Yumi leaning against the wall. She put her phone away. "Hey."
"Hey," she said back.
"Want a round of what?"
"A match," she said, walking up to him.
"It's been a while since we had one, hasn't it?"
"It has. I hope you're not rusty."
"Me? Rusty? Impossible."
"So that's a yes?"
"It's a yes. What are the others doing?"
"Aelita and Jeremie are heading to the factory, and Odd is coming up here to finish his CD and feed Kiwi. So, I figured we can have a match in the gym since I'm not doing anything, and I assumed that you were done cleaning. Let's go."
Ulrich closed the door behind him, and the two of them started to head for the gym. He realized that the two of them were becoming more like brother and sister. He didn't like that feeling, but if it was to keep their friendship going then he would have to stick with it for now, or maybe forever. He still remembers the day when Yumi said it was better off it they were just friends. But the feeling he didn't like is starting to creep under his skin and get to his head. He wasn't as nervous around her like Aelita said. The attraction between them was starting to die quickly. The silence between them broke as Yumi said, "Aelita told us that Sissy stopped at your table today."
"It was no surprise. I don't think she'll ever get the fact that I don't like her."
"You think that would stop her from liking you?"
"Liking me? She's obsessed!"
Yumi laughed and said, "I think that's the only reason why she gets up in the morning."
"If someone new boy came to the school, and he was more attractive than me to her, that would make my day."
"I think that's impossible for her and every other girl at Kadic to be attractive to another guy."
"Maybe if X.A.N.A. created someone better than me—"
"X.A.N.A. wants us to suffer, not cheer us up." Ulrich held the door open for Yumi and they exited the dorm building.
The two of them glanced to their left and saw Odd running up to them. He placed his hands in pockets of his purple pants, and then quickly took them back out. He seemed nervous.
"Jeremie just called. We need to go to the factory, because X.A.N.A. has attacked, and we have to go deactivate the tower before things start to stir up around campus."
"Then let's go," Ulrich said with a nod. He looked at Yumi. She looked disappointed, but smiled and nodded. The three of them dashed off to the factory, taking the underground way through the park. As soon as they got to the factory, they went down the elevator. The doors opened and Jeremie was typing away on the supercomputer at a hundred miles per hour.
"Go to the scanner room quickly!" he said, not looking up from his work. "Aelita needs your help!"
Yumi hit the down button, and they went one floor below. The doors opened slowly; a big gust of air blew past them. They got into the scanners quickly. Jeremie was talking so fast for their virtualization that Ulrich couldn't pick up his words. Ulrich fell from the sky and landed on his feet. Yumi and Odd followed them. They landed up in the desert.
"Um, Jeremie, where's Aelita?" Odd asked.
"I'm right here, you guys," Aelita said from behind them. They turned around.
"Okay, Jeremie, what seems to be the problem?"
"There's an activated tower just east of you," Jeremie said. The four of them took off.
"We think that X.A.N.A. is beginning to mess up the system again, and we have to get to the tower before he starts. As soon as we got to the computer room, there was an alert," Aelita explained. Ulrich caught up to her and looked at her. She didn't look back. They reached the tower and took a quick break. Ulrich stood against a rock and held his head. It started to ache. He could see his nightmares as visions. He slid down the rock, and pulled his knees up. He placed his forehead against them, and tried to not make a scene. "Jeremie, the tower isn't activated anymore," Aelita said.
"It doesn't say that it's activated anymore. You better wait a second. Maybe it'll come up again."
Ulrich's pain was getting worse. He looked up and saw Aelita looking at the sky, like it would give her an answer of why the tower is not activated anymore. Odd was sitting on another rock like a cat, and Yumi was staring at the tower. They wait for a couple of minutes, but nothing happened.
"Jeremie," Yumi said, "nothing is happening. Maybe X.A.N.A. is just playing around with us. He's trying to get in our heads."
I think he's got to my head already, Ulrich thought. He closed his eyes and saw blood being shed. His stomach churned. He saw Yumi lying on the ground, the pool of blood spreading around her rapidly. Ulrich could see the sword blade sticking out of his chest. His eyes shot open. His chest began to burn like it was on fire.
"She's right, Jeremie," Ulrich said as he stood up quickly, "nothing is happening."
"Alright then, let me devirtulize you guys," Jeremie said.
"We can just kill each other off," Odd said.
Odd began to devirtulize, and soon, he was gone. Aelita was next. She winked at Yumi and Ulrich before she was gone.
"Ladies first," Ulrich said with smiled. Yumi smiled at him as she began to be devirtulized. As soon as she was gone, Ulrich let out a sigh. His chest was still burning with intense pain; his head still pounding. He looked up at the tower and yelled out in pain. He closed his eyes. He was standing in front of Yumi. They were in the forest at night. They were out of breath, scratched and bruised.
"Ulrich?" Jeremie said. That snapped him out of the vision. "You ready?"
"Ready when you are." He began to fade. The next thing he saw was the doors to the scanner. He was sitting on the floor of it; the pain he felt in Lyoko had died down. The doors opened. He saw Yumi sitting on the door to the floor below them. She looked at him and raised her eyebrows concerned.
"You okay?" she asked as walking up to him. "You look a little pale."
"I'm good, I'm good. I just haven't been focused today." Ulrich yawned. The real truth was that he hasn't been sleeping. Yumi held out a hand. He grasped it, and she pulled him up. Her hand was soft and warm. He quickly dropped it.
"You ready for our match?"
"Let's check up with the others first. Then we'll have our match."
Ulrich and Yumi went up in the elevator. As they entered the room, Jeremie said, "The system doesn't have a bug in it."
"Maybe it's in the network," Aelita said.
"Can't be…X.A.N.A. is just playing with us. I have a feeling that he's giving us a signal that something bad is going to happen. Or something went wrong with the supercomputer downstairs. I'll go take a look."
"I'm going to go back to the room and work on my CD," Odd said. He stepped in the elevator with Jeremie. "Anyone else coming?" Yumi looked at Ulrich.
"You go ahead to the gym, Yumi, I'll meet you there," he said, "I have to tell Aelita something." Yumi nodded and stepped in the elevator. When the doors closed, Ulrich turned to Aelita. "Are you still going to do a scan tonight?"
"Of course. If there's something wrong with in the control room, and then maybe the super scan will work properly if it needs to be fixed. Now, go have your match with Yumi."
"See ya later, Aelita," Ulrich said with a wave of his hand as he began to head towards the elevator.
"Bye, Ulrich," she said. The doors closed and he went up. When he reached the bottom floor of the factory, he saw Odd standing just a few feet in front of the elevator doors.
"Okay, tell me what's going on," he said, placing a hand on his waist.
"What are you talking about?" Ulrich asked. The two of them headed for the stairs.
"I saw you in Lyoko. You were acting like you had a major headache."
"So maybe I did."
"No, no, I can tell when something is wrong. So what's wrong?"
"Nothing is wrong, Odd!"
"Come on, Ulrich. I'm one of your best friends! You can tell me!"
"I told you—"
"It's pretty obvious that there's a problem. I can tell. Something is on your mind. You can't hide it from me, Ulrich."
As much as Ulrich didn't want to give in…he had to. Odd would find out sooner or later.
"You must not tell Yumi," Ulrich said.
Ulrich began to tell Odd about his nightmares. Odd surprisingly didn't interrupt him. But he stopped talking when they heard some twigs snapped. The stood there in silence.
"What's wrong?" Odd asked.
"I…I thought…." Ulrich gazed around.
But Odd didn't seem to notice that Ulrich was concerned about the twig snapped.
"It probably was a bird or a squirrel."
They began to walk again. Odd was about to speak, but Ulrich's vibrated so loud from his pocket, that Odd closed his mouth.
"Hold on," Ulrich said, taking his phone out of his pocket, and pressed the green button. "Hello?"
"Ulrich," said Yumi on the other line. "The gym is closed for the day."
"What? Why?" Ulrich asked, almost tripping over his own shoes. Odd was fidgeting with his purple shirt, which had a hood on the back of it, so that it would fit better over his long sleeve shirt that was a darker shade of purple. He looked up at Ulrich, who raised an eyebrow.
"Jim said that part of the ceiling fell, and almost began to tell the story of how he built houses."
"Great, that means we can't have our match."
"Match?" Odd asked loudly. "What match?"
"It's nothing, Odd," Ulrich said.
"What?" Yumi said.
"It-it's nothing," Ulrich said quickly.
"Is Odd with you?"
"Yes, Odd is with me."
He heard Yumi sigh, but he could tell she wasn't annoyed. She sounded happy rather than disappointed at the fact that their match was postponed.
"Maybe we can have our match another time. I'll meet you guys in the wreck room, kay?"
"Sounds like a plan."
"See ya there."
Ulrich hung up after he said bye, and stuffed his phone back in his pocket. Odd had a large grin on his face.
"What are you smiling about?" Ulrich asked.
"You and Yumi," he said with a laugh.
"For the last time, Odd, Yumi and I are friends."
"So you think—"
"If you're thinking of the pool incident, I will strangle you. And if you're thinking of that kiss on the cheek, she did it as saying thank you for her gift."
"Why don't you guys get your relationship on track?"
"Are you trying to give me advice on relationships? Odd, you can't keep one yourself!"
"Ouch, that hurt, man. I have a relationship…with Sam!"
"That's the only true one you had."
"I still have one with her," Odd protested. "I talk to her a lot, for your information."
Ulrich wanted to change the subject, and get off the fact that he still had feelings for Yumi, but he wasn't quick enough.
"Where's the connection between you two?"
"It died. It died a slow and painful death."
"Your relationship with Yumi was strong before William came. But it seems to be building up again!"
Ulrich didn't say anything back. It was true. His relationship with Yumi went down the drain as soon as William stepped in. He had never trusted him. Even though William's clone was still here, he still felt a little uncomfortable around him. He was so angry, that he accidentally slapped Odd in the face as he stuck out his arms in frustration. Ulrich lowered his arms quickly.
"Oww!" Odd cried. He rubbed his nose. "What was that for?"
"Look, you still like, or 'love'—"
"Odd!" Ulrich yelled.
But Odd didn't listen. He continued on as if Ulrich had never shouted his name. His cheeks turned red.
"—Yumi, then show her you still like her."
"Look, Odd! I'm not going to jeopardize my friendship with Yumi to get our relationship going again…there was nothing in the first place."
"Don't say that! There was something!"
"Ulrich, I'm just saying you should try, since William is sort of out of the way."
"God, no! It'd make her feel awkward."
"It'd be like before he came!"
"Just drop it, Odd."
"…You still should show her you care."
They were silent until they reached the wreck room. But Odd wasn't following Ulrich in.
"Where are you going?" he asked him.
"I have to go check on Kiwi, and check out the gym. Seeing Jim mad is pretty amusing. I'll see you later!" Odd said with a smile. He ran off.
"I swear, Odd, you left me alone with her on purpose—" Ulrich muttered.
THIS IS NOT THE SEQUEAL TO NIGHTMARES! This is actually the re-write of it. Yeah, kind of the same plot, but I changed my writing style a little. Nightmares was about 21 pages, and this story is going to be going over 50. I wanted to keep it a one-shot, but I failed at that XD. So it's going to turn maybe into a five-shot or short story. The story is going to get better. I've been writing it for four months o.O. Right now I'm on page 36 of the story, and I want to get it done soon.
A lot of people liked Nightmares, but I didn't. Well, I did, I thought it was one of my best, but it bugged me a little. I wanted to re-write a better version. And I got the Code Lyoko game for the Wii, so it got me going again. I tried to keep up with the epsiodes that already played, and then I was like, meh, I'll do what I want. I hope to God there are no mistakes. I've read it so many times, yet there is usually a freaking mistake. Grr. Anyway...
PLEASE REVIEW AND I'LL POST CHAPTER 2! It'd make my day! and Happy New Years!