This is the second part of my Code Lyoko fanfic. Read Mission 1 on the entry before this if you haven't read it. Please leave your thoughts on this and suggestions for me.
Mission 2: Xana Awakens Part 2.
Two days later, a coach bus entered Nowhere city. It carried various passengers, including one young pre-teen boy with a backpack and a duffel bag containing his belongings. He wore a yellow shirt, blue jeans, red sneakers and round glasses. The boy is named Arthur Read and his life is about to change forever.
After leaving the bus station, Arthur, carrying his backpack and duffel bag, walked through town until he reached a gas station on the corner of a street. He was to meet up with his cousin who would then take Arthur to his home to stay for the summer. Arthur looked at his watch which read 12:15.
"Great! I'm ten minutes early!" groaned Arthur as he sat down on a bench, dropping his duffel bag onto the ground. "Now what do I do?" He saw that he was in front of a snack shop and realized that he hadn't eaten in a while. "Might as well get some food." He got up and entered the shop but forgot about his duffel bag.
The moment Arthur entered the shop, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa were passing by. After getting out of the factory, the cats tried to find their way home but only ended up getting lost in the city. They saw Arthur's duffel bag in front of the bench.
"Maybe there's food in that bag," suggested Sheegwa.
"Even if there was, we can't take any," said Dongwa. "That'd be stealing.
"We know but we're starving," groaned Sagwa.
"No means no!" said Dongwa, putting his foot down. "I'm the oldest so you have to do what I say."
"Then don't expect us to share any if we find food," said Sagwa. "Come on, Sheegwa."
"Okay!" said Sheegwa, following her older sister to the bag.
"Hey, wait!" shouted Dongwa.
Ignoring Dongwa, Sheegwa and Sagwa unzipped the duffel bag to take a look.
"There's nothing but clothes in here," said Sheegwa.
"Maybe its buried beneath it all," suggested Sagwa.
Sagwa and Sheegwa went into the bag of clothes and begun searching for food. Dongwa, feeling hungry, decided to join in.
"Hey, save some for me!" he shouted as he dived into the bag after his sisters.
A few seconds later, Arthur exited the shop, having bought potato chips, pretzels, and candy, to see the duffel bag moving around. Arthur squat down to see that the zipper was open and he reached his hand into the duffel bag. When he felt something fluffy, he grabbed a hold of it and pulled his hand out to see what he found. He was holding Sagwa's tail and Sagwa herself was hanging upside down in the air.
"Hey! Let me go!" said Sagwa as she stuggled.
Sagwa scratched Arthur's wrist with her right foot claws, causing Arthur to drop Sagwa to the ground.
"Gee, thanks," said Sagwa, sarcastically. She was hurt from hanging from her tail and the landing. "That hurt, you know."
"Sorry," apologized Arthur, cringing at Sagwa's scratch. "Your scratch hurt me too."
"Sorry," apologized Sagwa. "But you should never pull a cat by her tail."
"A bit late for that piece of advice," said Arthur.
"Sagwa, are you okay?"
Dongwa and Sheegwa came out of the bag to see if their sister was okay.
"I was until he pulled my tail," said Sagwa, pointing to Arthur.
"I said I was sorry!" protested Arthur before realizing something. "Wait a second. Are you cats really speaking English?"
"Yeah, we are," said Sagwa. "I can also speak French."
"But how is that possible?" asked Arthur.
"It's a long story," said Dongwa. "For now, we're lost and starving. Can we have some of your food?"
"Sure," said Arthur. He opened his bag of potato chips and gave it to the Miao Siblings. "By the way, I'm Arthur Read. Who are you guys?"
"I'm Sagwa Miao," said Sagwa.
"I'm Dongwa Miao," said Dongwa.
"And I'm Sheegwa Miao," said Sheegwa.
At once, the cats started eating the potato chip until there wasn't a single piece left.
"So where are your parents?" asked Arthur. "They must be worried if you're all lost."
Upon hearing the question, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa's happy faces turned to frowns. The memories of Lyoko, XANA and the monsters were still fresh in their minds and the cats didn't know how to tell Arthur the unbelievable story as they didn't believe it themselves. Dongwa broke the silence.
"They're," he begun, "not with us anymore."
"Oh," said Arthur. He misunderstood, thinking that their parents died. "I didn't realize..."
"It's not like that," said Sagwa. "They were taken away."
"By who?" asked Arthur. "And why?"
Before Sagwa, Dongwa, or Sheegwa could answer, a car drove up to the curb and its horn honked, getting their attention. The window rolled down, revealing a boy in his late teens wearing sunglasses and sitting in the driver's seat. Arthur recognized him as his cousin, Franky Frensky.
"Hey, Four Eyes!" greeted Franky, calling Arthur by his old nickname. "Long time, no see!"
"Franky!" exclaimed Arthur. He got up and went over to the car. "It has been a while."
"Francine's waiting at the Hermitage," said Franky. "Get your stuff and hop in." He noticed the Miao Siblings. "Who are your friends?"
"Them?" said Arthur, looking back at the cats. "I just met them now. Believe it or not, they can speak fluent English."
"So they're the famous talking cats of Nowhere," said Franky. "I thought there were five of them."
"They were separated from their parent," explained Arthur. Then he had a thought. "Hey, Franky. Can Sagwa, Dongwa, and Sheegwa stay at the Hermitage with us? They have no place to go to."
Franky thought for a moment and came to an answer. "Sure they can. But only until their parents are found or when Mom and Dad come home from vacation. You know how mom doesn't take kindly to pets in the house."
"Gotcha," said Arthur. He turned to Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa. "Do you three want to come with me? We'll give you food and everything."
"Really?" said the cats together, their faces brightening up.
"Sure," said Arthur, opening the backseat door to the car. "Hop in."
As the Miao Siblings hopped into the backseat, Arthur got his duffel bag and into the car next to Franky. Everyone fastened their seatbelts and Franky drove off. The ride was relaxing for Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa but the cats couldn't help but worry about XANA and their parents.
Meanwhile in a nearby diner, a chef was busily preparing a meal in the kitchen. Just then, in the corner of his left eye, he saw a rather ugly dog. It had gray fur, a crooked snout and its tongue was hanging out, indicating that it was hungry. The chef stopped what he was doing and crouched down to see the dog.
"How did you get in here?" asked the chef. "I know this diner allows dogs to come in but they aren't allowed in the kitchen."
The dog barked.
"I guess you're lost," said the chef. "I'll help you find your owners." He reached out to the dog but it moved back, untrusting of the chef. "Come on, you can trust me. I can help you."
Nearby, an outlet plug sparked with electricity and a black, slimy, digital substance oozed out in the shape of a ghostly figure. The dog saw the spectre and barked violently at it.
"What's the matter?" asked the chef as he turned to see the spectre in front of him. Freaked out, the chef collapsed to the ground as the spectre swooped down and entered the dog's body, taking over its mind. The chef moved slowly to the dog. "Are you okay?" He reached his hand out to the dog and the canine bit him hard. "AAAARRRRGGHH! Son of a gun!" He ran to the employee bathroom to wash his hands and get the emergency medical supplies when he begun to feel woozy. Then the bite marks on his hand begun to sting violently. "What's happening to me?" he asked himself in a distorted voice. His skin turned clammy gray, his eye pupils disappeared, and his muscles grew. He became a monster.
Filled with blind rage, the monster burst out of the kitchen, causing the costumers to panic. But this was only the beginning.
After less than 30 minutes of driving, Franky's car arrived at the Hermitage. Franky drove into the driveway, stopped and turned off the car.
"Here we are!" said Franky, getting out of the car. "Home sweet home!"
Arthur got out of the car with his stuff and opened the backseat door to let Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa out. The cats saw the huge two story house.
"Wow!" said Sheegwa. "Are we going to live here?"
"For the time being," said Arthur. "Until your parents are found, you'll need someplace to live."
"Do you live here, Arthur?" asked Sagwa.
"No," said Arthur. "Not anymore. I'm just here until September."
"Hey!" Franky shouted from the front door. "Let's get a move on! Time's a wastin'!"
"We're coming, Franky!" shouted Arthur.
The Miao Siblings followed Arthur as he ran up the stairs to the front porch where Franky opened the door to get into the Hermitage. The five entered a hallway where they saw a down stairway to their left, various household object against the wall and an up stairway at the end of the hallway. A young pre-teen girl with short hair wearing jeans and a red shirt entered the hallway from a doorway to the living room. She was Francine Frensky, Arthur's cousin and Franky's little sister.
"You're here!" said Francine, running up to Arthur. "My, have you grown! I haven't seen you since last Christmas."
"You not so short either, Francine," said Arthur.
"So Arthur," said Francine, noticing the Miao Siblings, "who are you little friends?"
"You may know them," said Franky. "They're the famous talking cats of Nowhere."
"Nice to meet you, Francine," said Sagwa.
"Wow!" Francine gasped. "You three really can talk and you're so cute too."
"Their parents are missing so they'll be staying with us for the time being," explained Arthur.
"It's be my pleasure!" said Francine. "Let's head to the kitchen! You guys must be hungry."
"Are we ever!" said Dongwa.
Francine lead the group through the living room where there was a wide-screen TV, couches to sit on and a piano in the corner. Arthur stopped when he saw the piano and went over to it.
I can't believe it's still here, Arthur thought. He sat down on bench and begun to play "Chopsticks" on the piano. A nostalgic feeling flowed through him as he played the music and forgot what he was originally doing when...
Arthur snapped back to reality and stopped playing. He turned to see everyone looking at him. "Yeah, what is it?"
"That was great music," said Sheegwa.
"Are you a musician?" asked Sagwa.
"Yes," answered Arthur. "To be specific, I'm a bit of a pianist."
"Okay, guys. Concert's over," said Francine. "It's lunchtime now!"
In the kitchen, Arthur, Franky and Francine were sitting at the table while Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa ate out of bowls set up for them by Francine. They were eating faster than usual as it was their first meal in over a day (not counting the potato chips).
"More please!" the cats said after finishing their portion.
"Well, okay," said Francine, putting more food into the Miaos' bowls. "At least you're being polite."
"So, Miao," said Franky, refering the cats as a whole, "how come you three know how to speak like humans?"
"We don't know the details," said Sagwa, "but we're part of a family of Chinese, Siamese cats that can communicate with humans."
"Before we came to America," continued Sheegwa, "our old caretaker taught us and our parents how to speak English."
"You had a caretaker?" asked Arthur.
"Yeah," said Sheegwa. "She's an expert at Martial Arts and she can take you down in two seconds flat."
"Sounds like it," said Arthur. He finished his meal. "I'm going to my room upstairs, Francine, to set up my stuff and connect my laptop."
"You better not do what I think you're going to do," teased Francine.
"Hey," said Arthur, "I may be a computer person and almost 13 year old but I don't do that kind of stuff!" Jeez! With that, he went through the living room and headed up the stairs.
"Sagwa, could you go upstairs to keep an eye on him?" asked Francine.
"Why?" asked Sagwa.
"I don't want him doing anything 'naughty'." said Francine. "You know what I mean?"
"I guess," said Sagwa. She left the kitchen to follow Arthur to his room.
"Give Arthur a break, Franny," said Franky, calling Francine by her nickname. "He hasn't been here since that day and it's bad enough that he can't remember his life here or his parents."
"You're right," said Francine. "Plus it has been six years..."
Dongwa and Sheegwa were wondering what they were talking about when the phone rang.
"I'll get it," said Franky. He got out of his chair and went into the living room to pick up the phone. "Hello. Franky here."
"Oh, thank god! You're okay!" said a female voice in a distressed tone. It was Jessie, Franky's girlfriend.
"Jessie?" said Franky. "What's wrong?"
"Turn on the TV, Franky," said Jessie. "You'll see what's wrong."
Franky took the remote and turned on the television in the living room. An emergency news broadcast was on.
"There have been reports of vicious creatures in Nowhere that have been attacking citizens and turning them into other creatures," reported Kent Brockman the reporter. "We at the Nowhere News Station advise everyone to get to safety immediately!" Another piece of paper was handed to him and he read the shocking update. "This just in! The creatures have invaded this very news station! This is Kent Brockman, telling you to run for your lives!"
Franky switched off the TV when he and everyone heard a loud banging noise. He hung up the phone and went into the hallway to see what was making that noise and saw that the front door was being rammed from the outside.
Meanwhile upstairs, Arthur was in his room, setting up his laptop on a desk. The room was small with only a desk and a bed on each side. Arthur turned on his computer to check everything on it.
"Good," he said. "Everything's saved and I have internet here." He looked around the room and thought to himself. It's been so long since I've been in this room. Even though I can't remember at thing about it. He sighed.
Arthur turned to his right and looked down to see Sagwa. "Oh, hi. What are you doing here?"
"Francine told me to see if you weren't doing anything 'naughty," whatever that's suppose to mean," answered Sagwa.
"O-kay," said Arthur, slightly disturbed. "Well, I'm not, as you can see."
"What are you doing then?" asked Sagwa, innocently.
"I'm just checking my laptop," said Arthur. "It's a mini computer, in case you don't know. This one is the latest model."
"Are you good with computers?" asked Sagwa.
"Very good!" answered Arthur. "I'm considered a prodigy back in my hometown, Elewood."
"I see," said Sagwa. Maybe Arthur is the one who can help us with XANA.
Just then, Sagwa and Arthur heard the ramming of the door. Quickly, the two ran downstairs into the hallway where Franky, Francine, Dongwa and Sheegwa were.
"Franky, what's going on?" asked Arthur.
"I don't know," said Franky, "and I don't think we're going to like it."
Finally, the door swung open and two monsters entered the room. One wore a business suit and the other wore a dress from when they were formally human. Everyone was greatly shocked by their grotesque appearance and Sagwa cling onto Dongwa. The monsters sniffed the air to smell their prey.
"Everyone," said Franky, "there's a way out through the basement. Miao, you three run ahead of us."
Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa ran down the stairway to the basement and Arthur, Franky, and Francine begun to follow them when the monsters pounced towards them. Quickly, Francine sprayed their eyes with Pepper Spray, making them writhe in pain.
"Why were you carrying Pepper Spray?" asked Arthur.
"I always do," said Francine. "Let's go!"
Arthur, Franky and Francine ran down the stairs, entered the hallway in the basement and headed for a door at the end where the Miao Siblings were waiting for them. Franky opened the door and everyone ran outside to the backyard, closing the door behind them.
"Now what do we do?" asked Dongwa.
Arthur noticed a metal door nearby and images flashed in his mind.
A six-year-old Arthur walked up to the metal door. He looked up to a man whose face was blocked by the afternoon sunlight. The man turned the door's handle and he and Arthur entered a staircase to the sewers.
Arthur snapped back to reality. He went up to the metal door, turned the handle and opened the door. Everyone went over to see what Arthur had found and saw a staircase to the sewers. Seeing as they had no other choice, they closed the door behind them and ran down the stairs into the sewers.
"Ewww!" said Sagwa, covering her nose. "It's so stinky!"
"Hey! At least we're safe from those monsters," said Dongwa.
"Where are we anyways?" asked Sheegwa.
"We're in the sewer system," answered Franky. "This is where things go when you flush them down the toilet."
"No wonder it smells," said Sagwa. "Ugh!"
"But why was there a passageway to here?" asked Francine. "And what do we do now?"
"Now we make our way though this system and find someplace safe from those creature," answered Arthur. "I'll lead the way."
Franky, Francine and the Miao Siblings follow Arthur through the sewer system aimlessly for almost two hours until they came to a dead end where the water filtered out into the river. There was a ladder to their left that lead up to a trap door.
"Here's a way out," said Arthur, starting to climb up. "Let's hope it leads someplace safe." He climbed up to the top where he opened the trap door and looked around.
"Do you see any of those monsters?" asked Francine.
"Nope, the coast is clear," Arthur replied, "and there's a place we can hide too." He climbed onto the surface. "Come up and see for yourself."
Franky and Francine climbed up the ladder followed by Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa. The surface they all climbed onto was a bridge which led to a place that the Miao Siblings recognized instantly.
"We came back," said Sagwa.
The bridge led to the old abandoned car factory where the supercomputer and Lyoko was hidden beneath.
"Unbelievable," said Dongwa. "How did we make all the way back here?"
"You three been here before?" said Franky.
"Yes," answered Sheegwa. "We came here with our parents two days ago. We were going to make this our new home when we discovered something amazing."
"What was it?" asked Francine.
"I discovered some sort of supercomputer hidden below the factory itself," said Sagwa. "It contained a virtual world called Lyoko."
"Lyoko?" said Arthur. The word rung a bell.
"We though things couldn't get any worse," said Dongwa. "But a strange being named XANA brought us to Lyoko to make us his warriors. We had to fight his monsters but we took them out with our superpowers."
"Powers?" said Franky in confusion.
"On Lyoko, we get cool superpowers, weapons and a human body," answered Sheegwa.
"As I was saying," continued Dongwa, "we managed to protect ourselves and Sagwa manage to make a coward of herself. After that, we three were devirtualized by one of the monsters and sent back to Earth but Mama and Baba never came back."
"Well, that was a nice story and all," said Francine, "but what does this have to do with our current situation?"
"XANA did say he wanted to take over the world," said Sheegwa. "Maybe those monsters belong to him."
"We need to stop XANA from attacking Earth and save our parents," said Sagwa. "Arthur, can you work a supercomputer?"
"I guess so," said Arthur, unsure of himself. "That depends. Can you show me this supercomputer?"
"Sure," said Dongwa. "Just follow us."
After entering the factory and sliding down the ropes, Arthur, Franky, Francine and the Miao Siblings were in the Cathedral hall. The cats showed them the factory lift.
"But that thing's way too old!" said Francine. "I doubt it'd support any of us."
"We'll have to see for ourselves," said Arthur. He went into the lift box and jumped up and down 4 times. "So far, so good. Come on."
Franky, Francine, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa got into the lift box and Arthur pressed the big red button. A metal door came down, sealing them all inside, and descended downward. The elevator then stopped and the right wall lifted up to reveal the vault-like door which opened up in two to let the six enter the computer lab. Arthur, Franky and Francine were flabbergasted.
"Wow!" said Franky. "I can't tell if this day is getting weirder or better."
"It's weird, all right," said Francine. "What do you think, Arthur?"
"What do I think?" said Arthur, walking around the room. "It's awesome! I can't believe such a thing actually exists! It's like a dream come true!"
"That's nice to know," said Sagwa, "but can you work it?"
"Sure, but I need a manual," said Arthur when he stepped on something. He looked down to see that it was a black hardcover notebook and picked it up. "This should clear things up." He opened up the notebook to find sketches of the supercomputer, the world of Lyoko, and the chambers that once sent the Miao Siblings to Lyoko. There was information that explained what was what and codes to activate the programs. Arthur read a some pages for a few minutes.
"What does that book say?" asked Sheegwa.
"To sum up what I just read so far," said Arthur as he went over to the computer chair to sit down, "Lyoko is a virtual world created within the supercomputer. It's divide into four lands that are based on certain biomes of Earth."
"So it's like a virtual reality video game?" asked Francine. "Then who's XANA?"
"I'll check the notebook," said Arthur. He flipped through some pages until he found something. "It says here that XANA's a self-sufficient multi-agent program created to protect the supercomputer. In other words, he's like a living soul in a computer."
"But why is he attacking Earth?" asked Franky.
"The notebook doesn't say," said Arthur. "It also says that XANA can't leave the supercomputer because of a firewall that prevents him from accessing other computers."
"If that's true, then how is he attacking Earth?" asked Sheegwa.
"Let me check," said Arthur, as he skimmed through the notebook until he found something interesting. "According to this, there are towers on Lyoko that can connect to Earth. XANA must be using one of them to pass through the firewall to access Earth's computers."
"Now that that's cleared up," begun Sagwa, "how are we going to stop him?"
"Simple," said Arthur as he moved the chair to the computer monitor. "You guys will go to Lyoko and deactivate the tower. I'll be here to guide you there."
"But we don't know how to deactivate the tower!" protested Dongwa.
"You will once I figure it out," said Arthur. He pressed the "enter" key on the keyboard and the monitors turned on. "But first, let's find out where this tower is." Reading from the notebook, Arthur typed in a code to activate a program that begun to scan the towers to see which one XANA was using. A window on the middle monitor opened up and showed all the towers in the system being scanned. Eventually, the program stopped on one tower and gave its location. "I found it. It's in the Desert Sector. I'll try to send you guys there. Head for the scanners."
"Okay, Arthur," said Dongwa.
Sagwa, Dongwa, Sheegwa, Franky and Francine returned to the factory lift and Franky pushed the button to make the left go down one floor. The right wall lift up and the vault-like door opened up in half. The five entered the brightly-lit room where the three chambers called scanners stood in their usual triangular position.
"You guys there?" asked Arthur. He was using an ear piece to speak to them through a loudspeaker in the scanner room.
"We're here, Arthur," said Sheegwa.
"Good," said Arthur. "Each of you get into a scanner and I'll send you to Lyoko."
"Exactly what's on Lyoko?" asked Francine.
"Weird monsters that want to massacre you," answered Dongwa. "You two wanna join us?"
"No thanks," said Francine. "I'm more of an Earth person."
"Plus I have a girlfriend," said Franky.
With that, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa entered a scanner but Sagwa was scared as usual.
"I don't know about this," said Sagwa. "What if we do run into those monsters again?"
"Don't worry, Sagwa," said Dongwa. "We'll have our powers to help us."
"And if we defeat XANA," said Sheegwa, "maybe we'll get back Mama and Baba."
Sagwa thought for a moment and answered. "You're right. Let's do it. For Mama and Baba." She smiled.
"Are you ready for the big plunge?" asked Arthur in the computer room.
"We're ready, Arthur," said Sagwa.
"Okay," said Arthur. "I'm beginning the transfer now!" He hit the enter key and activated the program. "Transfer, Sheegwa. Transfer, Dongwa. Transfer, Sagwa."
Down below, the three scanners closed their doors one by one with one of the Miao Siblings inside. On the computer monitor, three out of five digital cards appeared on the screen, each one of the three showing Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa's Lyoko form and the other two showing Mama and Baba's Lyoko form. In the scanner room, the scanners lit up inside.
"Scanner, Sheegwa. Scanner, Dongwa. Scanner, Sagwa," said Arthur, typing in a new code to activate the scanners.
Down below in the scanners, a gust of wind blew upward as a metal ring circled around Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa who each closed their eyes and braced themselves.
"Virtualization!" said Arthur, pressing the enter button.
In the scanners, a bight light shone as Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa's bodies were broken down and sent through the wires to the supercomputer. The scanner doors opened up, showing Franky and Francine nothing inside. On Lyoko, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa's virtual humanoid bodies formed in mid-air. When they were complete, they dropped to the ground one by one. Dongwa and Sheegwa landed on their feet while Sagwa landed on her bottom.
"Ow," groaned Sagwa. "Talk about a rough landing."
"Sorry about that," said Arthur. He was still in the computer room, speaking to the cats through the ear piece. "By the way, what does it look like on Lyoko?"
"It looks different from the last time we three came here," said Dongwa. "But it's awesome."
Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa were in Lyoko's Desert Sector. It was made of a collection of dry, rocky plateau floating over the digital sea and under an orange sky. There was an upper level and a lower level of plateaus. There was a trench on a plateau in front of the Miao Siblings.
"So where's the tower?" asked Sheegwa.
"Straight through the trench in front of you," said Arthur. "Be careful, the computer monitor shows three other virtual beings near the tower."
"Looks like XANA was expecting us," said Dongwa. "He's smarter than I thought."
"So what are we going to do?" Sagwa asked.
"We'll know once we get there," said Dongwa. "Come on." He ran towards the trench ahead of his sisters.
"Hey, wait for us," said Sheegwa, running after her brother.
"Don't leave me behind!" said Sagwa, running after her big brother and little sister.
After passing through the huge trench, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa stopped to see another plateau where at the end they saw a tower glowing a red aura guarded by three of the Krabs they saw on their last visit to Lyoko.
"Now that we're near the tower," said Dongwa, "how are we going to deactivate it?"
"Well, I may be off by a slight miscalculation," said Arthur, "but you're gonna need to keep Sagwa virtualized so that she can enter the tower and then deactivate it."
"Me?" said Sagwa. "Why me?"
"Your Virtual Template is programed to be able to activate and deactivate towers," said Arthur. "I'll explain later. For now, Sagwa must get to that tower."
"And how do you expect us to get past those Krabs?" asked Sheegwa.
"You're the ones with the powers and weapons," said Arthur. "Use them."
The Miao Siblings had briefly forgotten that they had powers and weapons. Dongwa drew his swords, Sheegwa conjured her Tessen Fans and Sagwa created an Energy Field with her left hand.
"Alright girls," said Dongwa, "let's show XANA who he's dealing with!"
With that, the Lyoko Warriors charged onto the plateau towards the monsters. The Krabs advanced towards them, blasting the lasers. Dongwa swiftly dodged each one with his super sprint while Sagwa and Sheegwa tried their best not to get hit. Dongwa jumped up and stabbed the Eye of XANA in the Krab with one of his swords. He jumped off the Krab as it exploded into pieces that eventually dematerialized. Sheegwa took out her Tessen Fans and tossed them both at another Krab. The fans circled around the Krab and sliced through it, causing it to explode. The last Krab advanced towards Sagwa who tried her best to stand her ground.
Come on, Sagwa, the cat thought to herself. You can do it. Just blast the monster away.
The Krab blasted a laser at Sagwa and it hit her in the belly. Sagwa was hurt but soon recovered.
"Thank goodness," said Arthur. "You only lost 20 of your Life Points."
Sagwa turned and ran away in fear towards the right edge of the plateau.
"What are you doing?" asked Arthur. "You're heading for the digital sea! It's dangerous!"
"How dangerous?" asked Sagwa, stopping at the plateau's edge.
"How does 'eternal virtualization' sound?" asked Arthur, sarcastically.
The Krab caught up to Sagwa and blasted her from the back, causing her to fall of the edge. Quickly, as if by instinct, Sagwa concentrated with her mind and a piece of the desert plateaus digitalized just below her. Sagwa landed on the floating piece of digital rock and got up.
"That was amazing!" said Arthur. "You made that rock appear like you willed it to."
"Aren't I creative?" said Sagwa.
"Now all you have to do is get back to your siblings and deactivate the tower," said Arthur.
"How do I do that?" asked Sagwa.
"Wave your hand over that star-shaped bracelet of yours," said Arthur.
Sagwa did so and her angel wings appeared on her back. She flew up to the plateau where the Krab was looking down from. Sagwa then concentrated her energy into a pink ball and tossed it at the Krab like a baseball. The Krab was hit and it exploded into pieces. Sagwa flew down to the ground and her angel wings disappeared. She ran to the tower.
"Now then," said Arthur, "just enter the tower and deactivate it."
Sagwa looked around the tower's base which was black. The tower itself was connected to large wires like the other towers in the system.
"But how do I enter?" asked Sagwa. "Is there a door?" She placed her hand on the base and it went into the tower. Sagwa pulled it out and then put her whole body into the tower where inside, the walls were covered in light blue screens with 0s and 1s on them. "I guess that'll do."
Sagwa walked onto a platform shaped like the Eye of XANA and stepped onto the center. A white aura surrounded her and Sagwa levitated upward to the top platform. A light blue screen appeared, scaring Sagwa a bit. Curiously, she placed her hand onto the screen and it said SAGWA in Gunship font letters. Then it said CODE and then LYOKO. All of the light blue screens on the tower walls dropped down to the dark abyss below the tower and the aura of the tower changed from red to blue.
"Did she do it?" asked Sheegwa.
"Yep," said Arthur. "She did it. Those monsters in our world should return to their normal selves."
"But you know," said Dongwa, "people are going to remember this forever. I know I will."
"You guys will," said Arthur, "but they won't."
"What do you mean?" asked Sagwa.
"I mean this," said Arthur as he keystroked a code to activate a program. "Return to the past now!"
From the bottom of the tower, a white light shone and became brighter. In the real world, a white pillar of light appeared from the holograph orb and extended into a dome that grew and engulfed the lab, the factory, Nowhere, the Earth and the whole universe.
After less than 30 minute of driving, Franky's car drove into the driveway of the Hermitage.
"Here we are," said Franky, getting out of the car. "Home sweet home."
Arthur got out of car with his stuff and opened the door to let the Miao Siblings out.
"Wait a minute," said Sheegwa. "How did we get back here?"
"I remember Arthur saying 'return to the past now' and-," said Sagwa before realizing something. "Did we really?"
"Yeah, it seems so," said Arthur. "I thought it was crazy but after what I've seen I'll believe anything now."
"I think you have some explaining to do, Arthur," said Dongwa. "I'm confused."
After Arthur set up his stuff in his room, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa lay on his bed while Arthur sat in a chair to explain everything.
"So basically," said Arthur, "the notebook gave me everything I needed to know about how to work the supercomputer. It even told me which virtual template or avatar, as I'd like to put it, was programmed to deactivate towers."
"Now that we know all that," said Sheegwa. "Where's Mama and Baba?"
"I don't know," said Arthur. "But I'll go back to the lab to find them on Lyoko. It's possible that they're still there."
"I hope that they're safe," said Sagwa. "One last thing, how come we remembered the events that just transpired?"
"For you three," begun Arthur, "it's because your DNA was inputted onto the supercomputer memory drive. But as for me, I'm not sure why. That aside, XANA probably won't be attacking Earth for a while. Until then, let's promise to stop him until we find your parents and shut him down."
"Can't we shut off the supercomputer?" asked Dongwa.
"And risk losing our parents?" said Sheegwa. "I don't think so."
"Then its agreed," said Arthur. "We four will become a team to defeat XANA. This is just like my favorite TV show only better."
"Guess we have no choice," said Dongwa. "Besides, fighting has never felt better."
"I really don't want to do this but I'll try my best," said Sagwa. "I really want to save Mama, Baba and the world."
"Just don't run away," said Arthur. "You're the most important member of this group."
And with that, Team Lyoko was formed. However, Arthur, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa are not aware of what they have gotten themselves into for their adventures have just begun.
Mission 2 Complete...
Next Mission: Trip To The Vet.
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