"Why are you still resisting the brainwashing?" Mai asked Ben angrily. "You must have some serious willpower."

"Let me go!" Ben yelled at her. He was sick of their experiments, sick of their brainwashing, and sick of Mai!

"We do have one more thing we haven't tried yet," Mai grinned, and her eyes lit up.

Ben glared at her at first, then put his hands to his head. He hated her-wait, no!-he hated his cousin and her friends. What was going on? He felt dizzy.

Mai released his bonds. "We have some intruders. Ben, get them out of our headquarters, but capture the girl called Elaine. I have some questions for her."

Ben went outside as directed. There they were. The ones he hated. And that girl! She betrayed him and now she was with that stupid friend of hers!

"Ben!" Elaine said. "Are you okay?"

"What do you care?" Ben replied angrily.

She released Kai's hand. "I do care, I just-"

"Then why are you with him?"

"I'm not! I mean, what I mean to say is-you're hopeless!"

"What do you mean by that?"

"You never listen to me, you know that? I told you I was sorry! And you don't even-you don't care!"

I glared at him, blinking back angry tears. What had they done to him? And how much of it was what he was doing to himself?

"What am I supposed to believe?" he asked. "I'm supposed to throw you out. And that's what I'm going to do."

"I won't fight you," I said. I turned, the tears flowing freely now, and left the Chiass.