This is the seventh installment of the Light and Shadow series. I do not own Code: LYOKO, but Eva Maverick and Kayla Olson are mine. Please review and feel free to leave more than a one line review.

Jeremy handed Eva a folder.

"What's this?" she asked, opening it up.

"An aptitude test," replied Jeremy.

Eva gave him a look that asked him why she would need to take such a test.

Jeremy smiled. "I just want to know how smart you are," he said. "I know you don't try your hardest on tests."

Eva raised an eyebrow. "You want to know if I can outshine you?"

"That, too," Jeremy said with a slight nod.

"Fine," said Eva.

"Great," he said. "Meet you in the library in five minutes. Aelita's taking it, too."

"What about you?" asked Eva.

Jeremy held up another folder.

Five minutes later the three of them met in the library. They started at the same time and worked silently on their tests. Jeremy was done first, then Aelita. Eva used all of her time, putting the test back into the folder when she was finished.

"Okay, now what?" asked Eva.

"I will have a third-party score them," said Jeremy, gathering the folders. "We'll know by tomorrow."

Aptitude tests meant nothing to Eva. She didn't need a test to tell her that she was smart. In fact, there were probably students here, or even teachers for that matter, who may score high and be completely senseless when it came to things that weren't book related. The same could be said about those who scored low. The tests may say they are unintelligent and they could build some sort of mode of transportation from scrap metal. Eva thought the tests were inaccurate.

In the evening, Eva knew she wouldn't be able to sleep. She was having one of those nights again when she felt guilt creeping up on her. It would torment her with nightmares if she closed her eyes. Instead of going to sleep, Eva got out the electric kettle and made instant cocoa.

There was a knock on her door.

"Who is it?" Eva asked.

The door opened and Aelita poked her head in the door. "Me," she said. "May I come in?"

"Sure," said Eva.

Aelita closed the door behind her. Eva moved a few things and beckoned her to sit on the bed. Eva got out another mug and put some instant mix in it.

"Nightmares again?" Eva asked.

Aelita nodded. "I'm used to them by now, but they are still annoying."

Eva poured her a cup. "I know what you mean. Sometimes they get the better of me still."

Aelita accepted the cup offered to her. "Are you okay?" she asked. "You've been a bit introspective the last few days."

"Almost getting killed sets things in order for you," said Eva.

Aelita shook her head. "That was not your first brush with death," she said. Kayla had shared a few things about Eva that Eva normally wouldn't have shared. The others knew that it was her mother that gave her the wicked scar on her left shoulder. "What is it really, Eva? You can tell me."

"You can tell the others about this if you want," started Eva, "but when I was trapped under that rubble with Nicolas, I saw Mackenzie."

Aelita gave a small start. "Was it XANA?" she asked.

"No," said Eva. "It was Mackenzie. I know it was probably a hallucination brought on by the extreme pain that I was in at the moment, but I knew it was her."

"How can you be sure?" asked Aelita. "XANA's created convincing specters before."

"She called me my pet name," said Eva. "XANA would not know it. Like I said, it was probably a hallucination."

"Eva, it was," said Aelita. "She's dead. She's not coming back."

Eva gave Aelita a severe look. "Don't you think I know that?" Eva groaned. "Sorry, Aelita. I didn't mean it like that."

"It's okay," said Aelita. "I understand."

"It was like I was looking at a ghost," said Eva. "She hadn't changed, still the same as I remember her." Eva touched the locket hanging around her neck.

Aelita finished her cocoa. "Thank you," she said, putting the empty mug on the desk. "Good night."

"Good night, Aelita," said Eva.

Eva finished her cocoa and tried to get some sleep.