The LYOKO warriors woke up as the ambulance and police were coming. Jason and Batman helped them all get to their feet and walk out of Noire Manor. They were tired, but none of them were hurt.

Batman and Jason filled them in on everything after they destroyed the core of LYOKO. The LYOKO warriors just nodded and smiled. Batman and Jason both had feelings that there was more to this than the kids were letting on, but they didn't push the subject. Everyone was safe and the only casualties were the vampire twins.

Their parents were less than pleased with all this. The Dunbars were just happy to have William back safe and they promised him he was going to be grounded all summer once they got home. The Sterns on the other hand were a completely different matter. Mrs. Stern was in tears and Mr. Stern was berating Ulrich. This was quickly put to a stop by Batman praising Ulrich's deeds that helped stop two kidnappers.

Ulrich turned to Jason. "There's something I don't understand," he said. Jason turned to Ulrich. "How did we get out of this without injury and Armand and Philip died?"

"There can be a number of reasons for that," answered Jason. "One is that your minds were so strong that you were able to use their power against them." He smiled. "I am surprised by this actually. In order to do something like that you would have had to have prior experience. Have you ever done anything like that before?"

The four friends looked at each other, not knowing what to say.

Jason's smile widened. It confirmed his and Batman's suspicions about the children knowing more than they were letting on.

"You four are very strong," said Jason. He turned to Kayla. "Especially you."

Kayla frowned. "Me?" she asked. "How?"

"You turned an illusion that was supposed to be used against us against the vampires," said Jason. "That is not an easy thing to do."

Kayla blushed. "I just remembered what the real Eva said to me. She promised she wouldn't turn her back on me."

"You two must be very close friends," said Jason.

"Speaking of Eva," said Ulrich, taking out his mobile. "I have to call Nicolas to tell him that everything's okay."

"Oh, boy," said Yumi.

"What?" asked Jason.

"Nicolas is Eva's boyfriend," said Yumi.

"He's going to tell her what happened," said Kayla.

"Brace yourselves," said William.

Ulrich talked to Nicolas for a few minutes, explaining everything that happened. Several minutes after Ulrich got off the phone with Nicolas, they all received text messages.

Don't answer ur mobiles. –A

A few seconds after receiving the message, their mobiles started ringing, first Ulrich's, then William's, then the girls'.

"I think it's safe to say that Eva now knows what happened," said Ulrich as Yumi checked the caller ID.

"We should tell her," said Kayla. "It's only going to make things worse."

"Go ahead," said William. "You've been friends with her for the longest."

When Eva called Kayla, Kayla answered.

"Eva, we're okay," Kayla immediately said.

There was shouting in French that all of them could hear. Kayla held her mobile as far away from her ear as possible as Eva went on a rant, threatening to beat both William and Ulrich to pulps for not telling her when this happened.

"What could've you done?" Ulrich called. "It's not like you could have taken a plane."

"I would have found a way!" roared Eva.

"When you calm down, I will call you back," said Kayla and then she hung up.

"You have guts," said William.

"You just need to know how to deal with her," said Kayla.

"I can't wait to get home and tell the others about this," said William.

"Same here," said Yumi. "But I think I'm going to have a hard time explaining this one to my parents."

"We'll figure something out," said Ulrich. "We always do."


Later that night when they were allowed to go back to their hotel room, Kayla decided to call Eva. They were supposed to be sleeping because they were going to fly back home tomorrow. The parents all agreed that they had enough of an adventure for one vacation. Kayla was probably the most exhausted out of the four of them. Jason said this was because Kayla had used the most energy and the mental strain was catching up to her.

Kayla got out of bed, careful not to disturb Mrs. Dunbar or Mrs. Stern. Yumi was out like a light and wouldn't be walking up for the rest of the night, Kayla was certain. Kayla left the hotel room and found a quiet place in a secluded hallway by a window. There she dialed Eva's number.

"Kayla?" Eva answered.

"Hey," said Kayla. "I'm sorry about hanging up on you."

"You're forgiven," Eva said quickly. "Are you and the others all right?"

"We're all fine," said Kayla. "I will explain everything when I get home tomorrow. I just called to say thank you for being my friend and being such a good friend. I know I've called you insane and stubborn, but I love you, anyway. And if it wasn't for you being the way you are, I don't think all of us would have gotten out alive."

There was silence on the other end.

"Eva, are you still there?" asked Kayla.

"Yes," answered Eva in a small voice.

"You're a good teacher," said Kayla. "Your tricks about conquering fear saved me from a panic attack, and I think Ulrich and William used a few of your tricks, too, to get to us." Kayla was beginning to choke up and start crying. "I love you, my sister. I'm glad I met you and I'm glad that we became such good friends."

"I love you, too, Kayla," Eva said, her voice quivering.

Kayla wiped a few tears from her cheeks. "I got to go. I'm so tired from all the fighting and running around I did."

"You get some sleep," said Eva.

Kayla hung up her mobile and went back to bed.


The end of another installment. One more crossover story and the Light and Shadow series will be concluded. Please review!