This is the second part of the Dimensional Guards Trilogy. If you haven't read the first one, I would recommend that you read it (titled Chaos in Washington). Also I would strongly recommend that you read my Code: LYOKO story titled Light and Shadow since I use original characters Eva and Kayla. I do not own Chaotic or Code: LYOKO. Please review.

Jeremy was staying late at the factory, searching for XANA on the internet. It had been over a month since they met Eva and Kayla and things had been going more smoothly. One thing was certain, neither of them was like William.

William.

Jeremy thought about their fallen friend and ally. He prayed that one day he would figure out a way to bring him back to Earth.

There was a beep and a mailbox icon popped up on the supercomputer's main screen.

"What's this?" asked Jeremy.

He opened up the e-mail. It contained the plans for something called a specter band. Jeremy stared at it for a long moment, studying the plans. At the bottom was a note.

"There is more than one world XANA is after — Franz Hopper."

Jeremy's jaw dropped. "This is amazing!" He began dialing all the numbers of his friends.


"What's going on?" asked Odd as they entered the factory.

"I don't know," replied Aelita. "I could barely understand Jeremy. He sounded very excited."

"I think the term you're looking for is ecstatic," Eva said.

The six of them got into the elevator and rode down to the supercomputer.

"What's so important that you had to get us up at two in the morning, Jeremy?" asked Ulrich.

"Aelita, I got a message from your father," Jeremy started.

"What?" she asked.

"He sent me the plans for something called a specter band," Jeremy continued, speaking rapidly. "At first I thought it was just a game that XANA was playing with me, but after studying the plans, it's—it's real!"

"Jeremy, could you speak a little slower and a little calmer?" asked Kayla. "What is a specter band?"

"A device that generates large quantities of energy with very little outside influence. It has the power to transfer that energy to a living creature and enhance their natural abilities." Jeremy turned around with a huge grin plastered to his face. Then he saw their confused looks. "You can have your LYOKO powers in the real world without having to be transferred from the skid or activating a tower."

"What?" asked Ulrich.

"You mean we don't have to even have to use the scanners?" asked Yumi.

"Precisely," said Jeremy.

"That's great!" chirped Odd. "We can fight XANA on equal ground."

"Is it safe?" asked Aelita.

"It's your father's plan, Aelita," said Jeremy. "I'm sure it's safe. I'll have to create a prototype first and test it."

"If you don't mind, Jeremy, I would like to test the prototype," Eva said.

"Sure, Eva," said Jeremy.

"Why her?" asked Odd. "Why not one of us veterans?"

Jeremy shrugged. "Eva asked first. Do you have a problem with Odd testing it out, Eva?"

"I rather do it," said Eva. "I'm used to taking huge risks."

"But I've been Jeremy-fied before!" argued Odd. "I know how it's supposed to feel."

"Why don't you both test it?" Kayla suggested. "Eva will do the field test and Odd can do the lab test. He'll know what it'll feel like and Eva can test its limits."

"Sounds fair," said Jeremy with a nod. "What do you think?"

"I'm fine with it," said Eva. "Odd, any arguments?"

"Fine," agreed Odd, "but the lab test comes first."

"That's settled," said Ulrich. "Was there anything else that came with those plans, Jeremy?"

"Yes," replied Jeremy. "He sent a note. 'There is more than one world XANA is after'."

"What do you think it means?" asked Ulrich.

"I have no idea," said Jeremy. "I have the scan on searching for wherever XANA strikes next."

"Maybe XANA's next target will shed some light on the note," said Yumi.

"And when he does, we'll be ready," said Kayla.

"Well, the only thing we need to be ready for is class tomorrow," said Eva. "Let's go to bed. We'll worry about this tomorrow."

"You go," said Jeremy. "I want to see what I will need for supplies for these specter bands."

They all got on the elevator except for Eva.

"I'll see you tomorrow," she said.

The others left. Eva took a seat by the elevator doors and watched Jeremy work feverishly.

Around four in the morning, Jeremy slumped over his keyboard. Eva got up and went to his side.

"Come on, Jeremy," she said, putting him over her shoulder like a sack of potatoes. "Let's get you to bed."

Eva turned off the supercomputer and started back for the academy.