An: Well, my computer got fixed, and while that's good for me, it also means that I'm using a different word formatter. So, the layout may be slightly different, I apologize.


Odd

Unlike his friends in other universes, Odd decided to fake sick and go to sleep for the rest of the day. He simply ran into the room that other-him shared with Xana and collapsed on his mattress. When he woke up, it was pitch black outside and there was a huge lump on the bed across the room from him. He almost let himself relax again when he remembered something.

"Meet me in the factory after curfew."

Grumbling to himself half-heartedly, he grabbed a pair of sneakers off the ground and walked out, making sure that he closed the door quietly incase Xana was a light sleeper. Walking the familiar path to the factory, Odd couldn't help but feel like he was being watched. Even as he climbed down into the sewers, the feeling didn't leave him. When he got to the factory, he narrowly avoided being seen by Ulrich, who was apparently was worse than Odd's Jeremie when it came to sacrificing personal needs for Lyoko, going into the elevator. Luckily (or unluckily) a hand had covered his mouth and dragged him behind a support beam.

"Aelita is going to attack again." Jeremie whispered, eyeing the elevator like he expected Ulrich to come back up any second (which he probably did).

"Right, about that, I'm not really-"

"You're not really Odd. Or at least, not the one we're used to here. You got switched up in the scanners and are now stuck here. Am I right?"

"…That's kind of creepy. Can you tell me what I had for breakfast today?" Jeremie snorted.

"Well, you're funnier than our Odd, at least."

"Can I get that in writing?" Jeremie shook his head.

"We have to be serious. When Aelita attacks, she'll be planning on the scanners being down. She might use me to hurt you. I can't help you if she does. But I can help you right now. If you can get Stern out of the factory tomorrow during breakfast, I might be able to fix the scanners, or at least start the process."

"And why should I believe you, huh? All I know right now is that you betrayed your friends so you could basically get high all the time." Jeremie gave him an intense look.

"I don't know, why should you?"


Yumi

As she retreated back to her room, she bumped into her little brother.

"You and Hiroki share some sort of mutual respect, but you don't talk to each other much. That's good, it means you don't have to worry about him picking up on weird behavior." Yumi remembered Aelita's advice. She nodded in greeting, and he returned the sentiment, before they continued on their way. After searching through the bedroom for something readable, she settled on a worn out book whose title was indecipherable. She was halfway through it when she heard the front door open.

"I'm home!"

"You absolutely can't stand your step-dad, but you're always civil to his face." Odd's voice reminded her.

"Yumi, Hiroki, it's time for dinner!" Her mother called. Yumi went into the kitchen and sat in the only available seat. Her step-father was a moderately tall man, with harsh features and mean eyes, glinting maliciously even though he was smiling.

"Hello Yumi, how are you today?"

Ulrich

Collapsing onto his bed, Ulrich refused to move, even with Jeremie's prodding.

"It's time for dinner."

"mmtired…" Ulrich replied oh-so-coherently.

"Come on…foooooood…"

"I'm not Odd, that doesn't work."

"Well, I tried. Seeya." Jeremie left, and Ulrich slept for what seemed like ten seconds, but had really been much longer, before he was woken up by two pairs of hands grabbing him and throwing him out of his bed.

"We have a situation." Odd stated, and Ulrich groaned.

"Of course we do. What is it?"

"Your Dad is visiting." If nothing else could have gotten Ulrich's mind off of the pain in his lower back and butt, that statement did.

"What? Why?"

"He works for the school board, and he's going to be giving teacher evaluations and scholarship interviews for Kadic."

"Well…that's different. Where I'm from, he's a businessman*."

"My friend, that is probably number 3 on the list of things we really don't need to know right now. The big problem is that we need to prep you for his visit. If he figures out there's something off about you, we'll be screwed."

"Fantastic.


Aelita and Jeremie

"So, what do we do now?" Yumi asked as Jeremie stopped typing.

"Well, we can probably tell your parents that you're sleeping in my room for a couple of days to study for exams." Aelita said. "And Odd and Ulrich share a room, so it's not like they'll have any roommates wondering about them." Ulrich blinked.

"Well that's convenient." There were sounds of agreement all around.

"Of course, you'll have to wear your counterpart's clothes while you're here." Jeremie added.

"How bad can it be?" Odd asked. Aelita laughed.

"We have to put purple dye in your hair." And she left it at that.


*I don't know what job Ulrich's dad has. He just seems like a businessman, you know?

AN: This has sat, unfinished, on my laptop, for at least two weeks. So, I wouldn't be surprised if it sucked.