Alex jolted awake. It was the middle of the night. He grabbed his mobile and looked at the time. Three in the morning, the same day as the open house. He had gone back in time and remembered everything that happened during the open house. And it would happen again if he didn't stop it.
In front of the factory, Alex quietly chanted a spell that would keep anyone who would want to steal the secrets of LYOKO to create another XANA. And what was that about the Hermitage? Alex wasn't sure where or that was, but he took a wild guess and hoped that the spell he was casting would affect the Hermitage. When he was finished, he turned and ran back to the hotel, hoping that his parents and Owen had not noticed that he had left.
Alex had just crawled back into bed when his mobile rang. There was a text message from an unknown number. Curious to who it was, Alex opened the message.
Thy hand once flesh now flesh again for with this rhyme I do mend. Blood and bone, cold stone no more, undone the Cauldron's magic forevermore.
The message was unsigned, but Alex had a feeling who sent it.
Alex got out of bed again and went to Owen's room. Owen was asleep, but Alex was not sure for how long. Alex had the message displayed on his mobile screen and he gathered his magic. Owen was lying on his right side, his left hand up by the pillow where Alex could see it.
"Don't wake up," breathed Alex.
Alex swallowed hard. "Thy hand once flesh now flesh again for with this rhyme I do mend. Blood and bone, cold stone no more, undone the Cauldron's magic forevermore."
Alex watched as Owen's stone hand turned to flesh and blood again. He gave a sigh of relief when he saw that his spell had worked. Owen stirred. Alex froze before bolting back to his room.
Alex sent the message and waited for a reply. A minute later there was a beep that a new message had been sent to him.
Look out your window.
Alex frowned and walked over to the window. He looked down. Standing on the sidewalk dressed in a black sweatshirt and baggy jeans was Eva. The light from her mobile illuminated her face and she looked like her LYOKO form. Alex waved to her and Eva waved back.
Is it done?
Alex wrote back, It's done. They won't go to the factory or the Hermitage. Disaster averted.
Good. See you at the open house.
Alex smiled at the message and went back to bed.
Eva came back to her dorm earlier than she had before. She wanted a little rest before she had to get up. It was not long before Odd and Ulrich came to her room and presented her with the blue phoenix top.
"Thank you again," said Eva. She gave them a look. "I know you want to go for your jog, but tell me something. Is this just some ruse to get me away from school while you plan something?"
Odd and Ulrich started.
"How did you know?" asked Odd.
Eva smirked. "I didn't. You just told me."
Ulrich gave Odd a jab in the side. "Nice going, Odd," he said. "Guess the cat's out of the bag now."
Odd simply shrugged. "That means we just get to party early then."
"Party?" asked Eva.
"Come on," said Ulrich. "I'll round up everyone else."
They ate their breakfast and moved to the auditorium. Parents came with their children for the open house. Among them was Alex and his family. The LYOKO warriors saw that Owen's hand was now flesh and blood. Alex beamed at them and slipped over to talk.
"What happened?" asked Jeremy.
"Eva gave me what I needed to undo the magic on his hand," explained Alex.
They went into the auditorium. There was the cake, the snacks, and the present from Nicolas.
"This is to congratulate you on your success," said Sissi.
"I think it can be more than that," said Eva. She looked over at Alex. "Welcome to the team, Alex."
Sissi and Nicolas frowned.
"Did we miss something?" asked Sissi.
"We'll tell you later," said Ulrich with a chuckle.
They cut the cake and passed out the pieces. Nicolas presented his gift to Eva.
"I hope you like it," he said. "I didn't know what to get you."
Eva felt the wrapping paper. Whatever it was was soft. She pulled off the paper. Looking at her with black glass eyes was a plush elephant.
"It's adorable!" said Aelita.
Kayla gave Eva a sympathetic look. "Eva, he didn't know. I didn't tell him," she quickly said.
Nicolas was confused. "What? She doesn't like elephants?"
Eva stared at the plush toy for a moment before squeezing it to her chest. "It's fine, Nicolas. I love it. Thank you." She started to choke up.
"Are you okay?" asked Yumi.
Eva nodded and forced a smile. "I'm fine," she said. "Let's eat."
Alex took something out of his pocket. "Here," he said. "Since you're doing A Midsummer Night's Dream, I thought you would like this."
Alex handed Eva a copy of the play. She flipped through the pages and saw notes in the margins.
"It's Uncle Puck's," Alex explained. "He's insane, but in a funny way. If you really want to the crowd to laugh themselves silly, check out some of his notes."
"Thanks, Alex!" said Odd, taking the book from Eva and looking through it.
"I'll need it back," said Alex. "If you can mail it to me when you're finished, that would be great."
"We'll do better than that," Odd said with a giggle. "I'll record the play so you can watch it at home."
"That would be nice," said Alex.
They finished their cake and exchanged phone numbers and e-mail addresses. They were going to stay in touch with Alex no matter where in the world he was.
Alex left and joined up with his family.
"Everything all right, Alex?" asked Xanatos.
"Everything's great," replied Alex with a grin. He looked over his shoulder to see the LYOKO warriors watching him leave.
Owen looked over his shoulder. "I suppose I should reprimand you for using magic, especially magic on me."
"But in light of your accomplishment, I will let it slide," said Owen with a slight smirk.
"How did you come up with a spell to reverse the effects of the Cauldron of Life, Alex?" asked Fox. "I know you are talented, but it seems that it shouldn't have been possible without some coaching from Puck."
Alex gave his mother a mischievous look. "That's a trade secret, Mom," he said and got into the car.
Game over? No way! This is only part 1. Thank you for being patient with me. As always reviews are a joy for me whether they are good or bad.