After the screening, the seven LYOKO warriors met up outside.

"This was one insane day," said Kayla.

"How are you feeling, Eva?" asked Yumi.

"Since the return to the past, everything's fine," answered Eva. "My head hasn't even had a twinge of pain."

"Laughter is the best medicine," said Odd with a grin. "And I know how to administer it."

"I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help," said Eva, disappointment in her voice.

"It's okay," said Aelita. "Maybe it was part of XANA's attack."

"But it was hurting before," said Eva.

"It may be my fault," said Jeremy. "All those tests we ran last night, it was bound to have some sort of effect on you."

"A little sleep and it'll probably never happen again," said Ulrich.

Odd turned to Kayla. "And you say that you carried her to the Hermitage?"

Kayla nodded. She walked over to Eva and easily picked her up and carried her. "If you know how to lift, it's easy. I've been in dance and ballet for years. I know how to lift someone who weighs more than I do."

"And you got to admit, that was pretty cool what you did with Mr. Rouiller," Odd praised.

"It backfired," said Kayla, rubbing the back of her head in an embarrassed manner.

"But at least you tried, sunshine," Odd told her.

Kayla blushed. "Thank you."

"I'm going to say good-bye to my parents," said Odd.

"I better get home," said Yumi.

"Same here," said Kayla with a nod.

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


Eva was as quiet as ever at supper. She ate only about a fourth of her meal.

"Eva, are you all right?" asked Aelita. "You're not sick, are you?"

Eva did not answer right away. Instead, she blinked twice and looked up blankly. "I'm sorry. What?"

"Are you feeling okay?" asked Ulrich. "You've said less today than you usually do."

"Yeah, I'm fine," said Eva. "I have that placement test tomorrow. I really don't want to take it."

"Then don't," said Odd.

"If I don't, I'm going to get badgered nonstop for it," said Eva. "Mrs. Hertz is giving it to me tomorrow. I think I'm just going to go to bed."

Eva got up and walked away, leaving her tray for Odd.

"Someone should keep an eye on her," said Jeremy.

They turned to Aelita.

"Okay, I'll check in on her tonight," Aelita said.


After lights out, Aelita got out of bed and walked to Eva's room. She knocked lightly on the door. "Eva, are you awake yet?" There was no answer. Aelita found the door unlocked and she went inside. Eva was sitting at her desk, scribbling something in a notebook. "Eva?"

Eva turned around. She had that same blank look on her face. "Aelita."

"What are you doing still working?" asked Aelita. "You should be sleeping. I know you don't sleep so much, but you should try. It'll make your headaches stay away."

"Headaches. Right."

Eva got up and Aelita guided her over to her bed. Eva was already changed and Aelita tucked her in.

"Try to sleep?" Aelita gently begged.

"Try," replied Eva. She rolled over and was out like a light.

Aelita turned off the desk lamp and quietly shut the door. She went back to bed thinking that Eva was acting a lot stranger than usual. Aelita didn't look to see what Eva was writing. Perhaps it was her diary. If so, Aelita didn't want to invade Eva's privacy.


In the morning, Eva went to Mrs. Hertz's room to take her placement test.

"You have forty-five minutes," said Mrs. Hertz. "Don't feel pressured. This is only to see where your grade level is truly at."

Eva started on her test. Twenty minutes later, she got up and turned it in to Mrs. Hertz.

"Finished already?" she asked, looking over the test.

"Yes," replied Eva.

With that, Eva walked out of the room.


Mrs. Hertz was correcting Eva's test.

"This can't be right," she muttered. She shook her head. "This can't be right!"

Jim poked his head in the door. "Hello, Suzanne. I just came by to see how Eva did on her placement test."

Mrs. Hertz shook her head again. "This can't be right," she said again.

"Is something wrong?" Jim came into the classroom and walked over to Mrs. Hertz.

Mrs. Hertz looked up at him. "I have seen many students come and go through my class, but I have never seen this."

"What is it?" asked Jim, looking at the placement test.

"There is not one error on this test," said Mrs. Hertz. "I knew Eva was strong at history and language, but this shows that her math and her science skills are beyond that of the seniors here."

"You don't think she cheated, do you?" asked Jim.

Mrs. Hertz sighed. "I don't know. In any case, I have to show this to Mr. Delmas."


Eva did not go to lunch. The others were worried.

"Do you think that she flunked her test and she's just sulking?" asked Ulrich.

"No way," said Kayla. "It's a placement test and Eva's smart. I seriously doubt that she could have flunked."

"Maybe she did." They all turned to Aelita. "I checked on her in the middle of the night. She was writing something in a notebook. I didn't see what it was. She was acting really weird. I think she was stressed out."

Kayla was concerned. Eva stressed out was not a good thing. She could be moody and violent. That wasn't so much different from her regular personality, but she could become a lot worse.

"I should check on her," said Kayla, getting up.

"Can I have your gelatin?" asked Odd.

Kayla said nothing and hurried to the dorms. She found Eva in her room, bent over her notebook and writing very rapidly.

"Eva?"

Eva looked over at Kayla before turning back to what she was writing.

"Eva, are you okay?" asked Kayla.

"I'm fine," answered Eva, not looking up.

Kayla peered over Eva's shoulder to see what she was writing. She was writing math equations, though Kayla didn't know what they were for.

"What's that for?" asked Kayla.

"I don't know," said Eva. "I saw it somewhere and I keep thinking about it. It's a puzzle and I want to solve it."

"Okay," said Kayla. "If you need my help, just ask."

"Right," said Eva.

Kayla left the room. A math equation? That was nothing Kayla ever saw before. And if Kayla never saw it, where did Eva see it?


So many questions, not enough answers. If you have a prediction, send it to me. You may be right.