I didn't see the Echos episode either, but like the other chapter, I got a synopsis for it. Enjoy. Also at the end of this chapter, be sure to read my last thoughts; they're a bit important.
They all were quiet. They should have been celebrating, but this victory had come with a steep price. Franz Hopper was dead. All their hard work to save him and they had failed him in that aspect. More importantly, XANA was destroyed. The seven of them stared at their breakfasts, none of them feeling very hungry.
"Why the long faces?" asked Sissi. She was standing at the end of the table with her tray in her hands.
"Go away, Sissi," said Ulrich.
She put her hand on Ulrich's shoulder. "You know you can talk to me about something, Ulrich," she said.
"He said go away," said Eva. "I would suggest you do what he says."
Sissi looked at the group and said nothing more. She turned and walked away.
"There's still one thing that must be done," said Jeremy.
They all knew what that was. They got up and started for the woods.
At the factory, they stood in front of the super calculator.
"Who wants to do it?" asked Yumi.
They turned to Aelita. She shook her head. "I can't," she said.
"It has to be done," said Yumi.
"But, Daddy," started Aelita.
"He's gone," said Eva. There was no emotion in her voice.
"I don't want to either," said Ulrich.
"Ditto for me," said Odd.
"No," said Kayla.
That left Yumi and Eva.
"Why?" asked Yumi.
"I don't want to lose my friends," blurted Jeremy.
"What?" asked Odd. "You won't lose us."
"How can you be sure?" asked Jeremy. "This is the only thing keeping us together. What's to say we won't drift apart if we shut it down?"
"I don't want to give up on him," said Aelita. "Shutting it down will mean I did."
"I like being a hero," said Odd.
Ulrich nodded in agreement.
"XANA's gone," said Yumi. "There's nothing to fight. How can we be heros if there is no villain?"
"I have a purpose here," said Kayla. "Other than treating Eva's wounds, I found a place with you guys."
"What?" asked Yumi. She turned to Eva. "Can you talk some sense into them?"
Eva stepped up. "Listen. Our bond of friendship was not only forged in a virtual world. We each have found our strengths and weakness that we learned on LYOKO, yes, but we came together here, in the real world. The war is over. That does not mean our friendship is over. Yes, we have lost family. Sacrifices were made. But that is war. That is life. And just because the fighting is over, it doesn't mean we cannot be heros in another way."
She sighed. "I know we do not agree on shutting down the supercomputer," Eva went on. "But I believe a unanimous agreement must be met in this case." She turned to the computer system in the middle of the room. "This is not going anywhere. Think about it."
Eva turned and walked into the elevator. The others followed her.
Kayla and Eva did not have lunch with the others. Eva was not hungry and Kayla wanted to keep an eye on her friend. They sat on a bench where they wouldn't be bothered.
"You should talk to Aelita," said Kayla. "You've lost a family member before. You can relate."
"Maybe it should be you," said Eva. "It was you who helped me."
Kayla shook her head. "She needs someone to understand. I'm a poor substitute. Besides, I don't think I helped you."
Eva gave Kayla a questioning look.
Kayla returned the look with a light frown. "Don't give me that look. You know exactly what I mean. You're still hurting. And I don't think any amount of consoling from me is going to change that. Eva, she's going to feel the exact same way you do. When you lost Mackenzie, you thought there was something you could do to prevent it. Aelita's going to feel the same way about her father. Talk to her. Please?"
Eva nodded. "I will."
By this time lunch was over and Eva and Kayla walked back to their friends. It was then Sissi came over to them. She had a weird look on her face.
"I know what you did," said Sissi. "I'm telling my father."
"What are you talking about?" asked Odd.
"About LYOKO," replied Sissi.
Seven pairs of eyes widened. How did she know?
Sissi stepped forward and took a GPS device from under Ulrich's collar. "I tracked you with this. I know all your secrets. I found the log on the computer."
"Sissi, keep you mouth shut about this," Yumi growled.
"Make me," said Sissi. She ran off in the direction of her father's office.
Eva started after her.
"No," said Kayla, grabbing her arm to stop her. "There's nothing we can do."
"We just have to hope Mr. Delmas won't believe her," said Jeremy. He shook his head. "I should have been more careful."
"Who in their right mind would believe her?" asked Odd. "Everything we've done sounds like it's out of a science fiction movie."
"Besides, you're not the first to have this happen to," said Ulrich. "Remember when she stole my journal?"
"Anyone could have made this mistake," said Aelita.
Jeremy nodded. "You're right."
Eva let out a sigh of discontent. "I should have caught that," she said. "I should have known she did something."
"Don't blame yourself," said Aelita. "You couldn't have known."
"If I was paying more attention, I would have," grumbled Eva.
"There has to be something we can do," said Ulrich.
"Keep an eye on her?" suggested Kayla. "I'll head into the main building and see what happens. If I don't call, consider something up."
Kayla walked away.
It wasn't long before Kayla saw Mr. Delmas escorting Sissi to the infirmary. She was going on and on about the LYOKO log. Kayla called Jeremy.
"Delmas thinks she's lost it," said Kayla. "I just saw her being led into the infirmary. I think he's going to call the institution in the next few minutes."
"Way ahead of you," said Jeremy. "I'm already at the factory. I'm initiating a return to the past."
They were at breakfast, eating. Sissi came by to plant the GPS. Ulrich reached up and stopped her.
"You know," he said, turning the GPS device in his hand, "if you wouldn't mess with us the way you do, we might become friends."
The LYOKO warriors with Sissi went to the factory. She asked a lot of questions, but they told her to hold her questions for later, that there was something important they had to do first.
In the super calculator room, they stared at the physical form of LYOKO.
Aelita stepped up and took one last look at the active computer. She shut it down.
"That's that," she said.
"You better tell me what's going on, Ulrich," said Sissi.
"Don't worry, Sissi, we'll tell what happened," said Ulrich. He turned to Yumi. "It's finally over."
They all smiled.
Eva reached up and rubbed the back of her head. She could feel another bad headache coming on.
Another bad headache? Are things truly over for the LYOKO warriors? I can tell right now, this is my last straight Code: LYOKO with Eva and Kayla. There will be a crossover series. It's going to be in five parts. The first three parts will be a Code: LYOKO and Gargoyles cross. To the fans of Code: LYOKO who also appreciate Gargoyles, be aware, you'll be reading about a certain redhead that's much older now. :) The first part of the five part epilogue series is already in the posting process. The first chapter is up for the story Shadows Reborn. Review! XD