-This is an AU of the Season 3 Finale, "Final Round". You could also call it an AU of Season 4.
-This fanfic will be formatted similar to Nights Out of Dreams and Discord and Divergence. However, unlike the other two stories where there were multiple first person narrators, the story is narrated entirely by William.
-Full summary: What if William Dunbar was never possessed by the Scyphozoa? What if William was never under Xana's control, but instead, Yumi, Ulrich, Odd and Aelita were? Well, that's exactly what happens. In the aftermath of the destruction of Lyoko, William must find a way to keep up the fight against Xana now that's he's the last Lyoko Warrior remaining. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. Between a terrible teacher, a very mean classmate, and the fact that trouble seems to follow him around, William has his work of surviving the 9th grade (and defeating Xana) cut out for him. It seems impossible actually. So why does he fight? For one reason; Yumi Ishimaya. Although his chances with her are slim, he desires to save her from Xana's grasp more than anything. Is his love for Yumi his greatest strength, the primary if not only factor that allows him to persevere through the toughest of times? Or will it become his greatest weakness, and become what could lead him to his downfall?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Let's get this story started!
The rain continued to fall on my face, getting harder and harder as time passed on. At first, the rain was soft as I began to get misty-eyed, but as I cried even more, the rain and wind got harder and harder. It seemed as if Mother Nature herself could feel my pain and was in perfect sync with my emotions. I looked at the grey sky and asked myself the hundredth time that day, How could it have all gone so terribly wrong? I always believed that things happened for some reason either minor or major, but what just happened about 35 minutes ago had no good reason to happen at all. Ok, you're probably wondering what happened, why I'm so upset, and just who I am. Before I tell you my name, let me give you a fair warning. I'm not the person you think I am. If you knew my name, you might think I'm rude or evil. Even worse, you may think I'm a villain. But before you accuse me of anything, I'll tell you something right now. I'm not a hero, and I'm not a villain. I'm just... a lost cause. Don't say I didn't warn you.
My name is William Dunbar. I'm a 9th grader at Kadic Academy, and the newest recruit for the Lyoko Warriors. Sadly, in addition to being the newest warrior, I'm also the last one left. You could also say that Jeremie is a Lyoko Warrior, but he always runs the Supercomputer, and last I looked, he doesn't have a Lyoko Avatar nor has he ever been to Lyoko. I could be wrong, but I honestly didn't know. After being outside for over 30 minutes, I heard someone call my name.
Jeremie: William?! William!
It was Jeremie Belepois. You might know him, but in case you don't, I'll give you a brief description of him. He is 13 years old and an 8th grader at Kadic. He has blond hair and wears circular glasses. He wears a long blue shirt and light colored pants.
Jeremie: William, have you really been sitting out there in the rain for 30 minutes?
William: It wasn't raining at first. It just got harder and harder as time passed by.
Jeremie: You should come inside. You're gonna catch a cold in that weather!
William: Hey, I have a pretty good immune system. And besides, I haven't heard any thunder or seen any lightning yet. (a lightning bolt is seen a few miles away, thunder is heard)
Jeremie: You were saying?
William: Alright, alright, I'm coming in! (William runs into the factory)
Jeremie: I wish I had a warm towel to give to you, William. You must be freezing.
William: Hey, I've ran through much worse weather and felt even more cold than that. So what have you been doing for the last half-hour?
Jeremie: Trying to figure out how things went so terribly wrong and see if we can't find a way to fix it.
William: Any ideas, Einstein?
Jeremie: Sadly no. The Core of Lyoko has been destroyed, Lyoko's gone, and so are the other four Lyoko Warriors. Xana has guaranteed victory and there's nothing we can do to stop him...
I wanted to say some encouraging words to lift his spirit, but what the young genius didn't know was that on the inside, I was emotionally breaking down.
William: There's gotta be something we can do. This can't be over...
Jeremie: I wish I could be as optimistic as you are, William, but I just can't. Xana won and we lost...
I wished I could tell him how I truly felt about the situation we were in. He knew I was sad, but he didn't know that I was crying, or losing hope for a happy ending.
William: With the other warriors under his control, Xana will be able to take over the world.
Jeremie: I'm not even sure if the others are even alive anymore. All four of them, and Franz Hopper, who we've been trying to save for a while... They could be dead by now.
It felt like a needle stabbed me in the heart. Yumi, as well as the other Lyoko warriors, dead? No, it couldn't be...
William: Are you sure they're dead?
Jeremie: No, I'm not sure, and I really hope they're not dead, because if they are, it's all over. I don't entirely know what Xana's plans are, but whatever they are, he can do them now. (Jeremie looks at his watch) Man, it's late. 6:30pm. (he gets up off the ground)
William: Where are you going?
Jeremie: Back to Kadic to think this whole thing over. If you were smart, you'd get back there quickly. The break in the weather may not last long. (he gets up and leaves)
As Jeremie went down the secret passage way from Kadic to the Factory, I looked at the floor below me. I still couldn't believe this. Aelita Stones (or should I say Hopper?), Odd Della Robia, Ulrich Stern and worst of all, Yumi Ishimaya, kidnapped by some giant jellyfish thingy. The Scyphozoa? Yeah, that sounds right. I wasn't there at the time, but Jeremie told me how they were possessed by Xana through the Scyphozoa. The storm started up again, and I wanted to tell myself that it was all over. I was supposed to be the optimist in dark times, the honest guy, and the guy who has a shoulder to cry on, but this time, everything's reversed. I'm the guy who needs a shoulder to cry on. I'm supposed to be strong. I thought to myself. But instead I feel so weak.
(William walks onto the bridge, it is raining heavily, he looks at the right side of the river)
William: Yumi.. I'm.. I'm sorry. (a tear escapes from his eyes, falling off his face and into the river below)
I wanted to say it was all over, but as I left the Factory for Kadic, something told me that this was far from over. In fact, it was just beginning...