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It was the beginning of a new school year and with a new school year come a project. The 10th grade had to write a report about their childhood, and then the 11th graders would grade someone's paper.
Call it chance (or maybe Odd) but somehow Yumi ended up with Ulrich's paper. Well, she would have ended up with his paper if he had done it.
The gang was walking to their favorite bench when Yumi pulled Ulrich aside.
"I was the one who was assigned to grade your paper," Yumi started. "Yet when I got there to grade your paper, it wasn't there. Why didn't you do it? It was a simple paper about your childhood."
"I didn't do it because I didn't want to," Ulrich answered.
"That's a horrible answer! All you had to do was write down your childhood and you didn't feel like doing something as simple as that?" Yumi asked.
"It would help if I actually knew my childhood!" Ulrich hissed. He turned and ran off to the woods. Odd walked up to Yumi.
"What did you say to make him angry?" asked the boy with pointy hair.
"I was the one who had to grade his paper, but he didn't hand one in. He said it would help if he knew his childhood, but how can anyone not know their childhood?"
"Maybe he got amnesia and never recovered his memories," Odd suggested.
"For once you have a real idea that's probable," Yumi muttered.
"I do that a lot, you guys just never give me any credit," Odd said.
"I suppose I should go after him, make sure he doesn't get into any trouble," Yumi said.
"Let me do it, when he's upset he doesn't usually like talking to the person that made him upset," Odd said. Yumi nodded and Odd ran off after Ulrich.
Ulrich was in the woods sitting upright against a tree. He couldn't tell Yumi the truth. He couldn't tell anyone the truth. No one would believe him.
Ulrich hardly believed it himself except he knew it was true. He was found by a police officer one day and brought to the hospital. All Ulrich knew was his name, and only his first name. The rest was a blank. No memory of his home or family or anything else. Not even his age.
There weren't even any records of him on file anywhere in the world. It was as if he had materialized out of thin air.
Ulrich was believed to have been found at 8 years old, but no one knew for sure. His entire life that he knew of had been so hard and frustrating. Whenever he let his hopes soar too high he watched them fall, every single time. It made him scared to ever get too far off the ground.
He knew he would have to tell the others sooner or later, but Ulrich was praying for later. They'd think him insane.
Another weird thing about him was that he never felt like he belonged on Earth. He loved being on Lyoko because it was a different world. Earth just seemed… like a vacation spot.
It never seemed like home to him, no matter where he was. The closest he ever came to feeling at home was Lyoko. It was strange.
"Ulrich!" a male voice called. Ten to one said it was Odd. Ulrich wasn't ready to face anyone yet. Too bad for him Odd found him.
"There you are Ulrich! You know when you don't want to be found you sure aren't easy to find!" Odd said. Ulrich didn't say anything. "Yumi told me that you don't know your childhood," Odd said, being all serious now. "Do you have amnesia?"
Ulrich still didn't answer, or even look at Odd. Odd sat down on the ground next to him.
"We're here for you Ulrich, all of us. You can tell us anything," Odd said. "Let's head back now."
"Not ready," Ulrich said.
"So you can still talk!" exclaimed Odd. "Why aren't you ready?"
"When I go back everyone will ask me the exact same questions you just did. I'm not going to answer any of them, and I'd rather not have to deal with it," Ulrich said. Odd nodded in understanding.
"If you explain to me now I can answer for you later," the blonde suggested. Ulrich looked at him with a look that almost did kill Odd. "Okay, okay, that option is out the window and crashing to the ground. What if you tried to sneak in?"
"Only choice right now."
"Can you at least answer me this one question?"
"Okay, that was your question."
"No, that one didn't count. Why won't you tell anyone?"
Ulrich was quiet for a long time as they made their way back to the school.
"Are you going to answer me?"
"You're pushing your question limit, and yes I am. I guess it's more of 'I'll feel like an idiot if I do' kind of a thing," Ulrich said.
"Well, if it helps, Yumi probably already went back home," Odd said. His phone rang. "Hey Jeremy, yeah, I found him. No, he won't tell me. Xana attack? Okay, we're on the way!" Odd hung up. "Xana's attacking, we're needed on Lyoko!"
"Okay, just don't expect me to talk to anyone," Ulrich said. The two boys quickly changed course to the factory.
-End of Chapter 1-
There's the first chapter. I want to see if people like it, so I'm not updating until I have five reviews, be them flames or not.