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Chapter 1: Prologue

At Kadic Academy, Jeremie Belpois strode into his office, a dreary room with no color or anything cheerful, and sat down in the chair behind his desk.

"Ulrich, Yumi, William," Jeremie said to three of his friends from his Kadic days: Ulrich Stern, Yumi Ishiyama, and William Dunbar. "What's up?"

"We couldn't find any kids to bring here, Jeremie," said Yumi.

"Sorry, man," said William.

"Aelita, Odd? What about you two?" Jeremie asked two other people, a man with stupid-looking blond hair and a woman with short, pink hair. Their names were Odd Della Robbia and Aelita Stones. "Have you found anyone?"

"No," Aelita lied; she and Odd looked really uncomfortable around their former friend.

Jeremie slapped Aelita across the face. "You're lying, Aelita! You and Odd are hiding something from me! Fess up!"

Both Odd and Aelita shook.

"Okay, okay," Odd said. "You know those two brothers in Frankfurt you were searching for? Ludwig and Gilbert Beilschmidt? Well…they're still there, Jeremie."

Jeremie grinned. "Excellent news, Odd. Excellent. Those parents of theirs thought they could hide their wittle boys from me? Well, they was wrong."

"What do you want us to do?" Ulrich asked.

Jeremie thought hard for a moment, then spoke. "I want you five to go to Frankfurt. Find Claus and Elise Beilschmidt and make them hand over their brats. If they don't…kill them, and their eldest son, Roderich! Then take LuLu and GilGil."

"Those aren't their names, Jeremie," Aelita corrected in a scared voice. "Their names are Ludwig and Gilbert."

"Who the hell cares?" said Jeremie. "Find the Beilschmidts, and grab their brats! Right now! Then bring them here, and we'll…"educate" them."