I've decided to re-post Iron Lyoko since I don't think it's available on line anymore.
It's also oddly appropriate to re-post it in December you'll see why if you read it or if you remember.
Note: I made some minor updates before posting it.
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Summary: This story takes place after the 1st Season ends.
Jeremie figures out a new way to deal with the virus that Xana gave Aelita.
Mrs. Hertz's class was just about to begin; Ulrich, Odd, and Jeremie --who looks like he is asleep-- are already seated.
"What's wrong with Jeremie?" Yumi asked.
Ulrich and Odd looked behind in shock.
"What are you doing here Yumi?" Ulrich said.
"Well my teacher has that cold that has been going around so we didn't have class. Everyone else is in the library, but I asked Mrs. Hertz if I could sit in on her class."
"Jeremie told me he worked all night on some big plan. We can talk about it later," Ulrich said.
Mrs. Hertz looked sternly at the talking trio. Then noticed Jeremie nearly asleep on his desk.
"Sorry, Mrs. Hertz," Yumi said.
"Oh, Odd, would you wake up Jeremie?" Mrs. Hertz said.
Mrs. Hertz stood in front of the chalkboard and began her lecture.
"Today, class, we are going to learn about Avocados as part of our science of food lesson. The avocado looks like a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. It usually has rough, green skin and a large, hard pit. One of the common uses of the avocado is as the main ingredient in guacamole. Guacamole is usually used as dip for chips. . . ."
The lecture continued. Mrs. Hertz even shared her favorite recipe for guacamole.
After classes were over the rest of the gang met in Jeremie's room.
"Today was pretty funny; usually, I'm the guy that sleeps during class." Odd said with a smile.
"I spent so much time last night figuring out a new way to stop Xana," Jeremie said.
"So, what is this new plan anyway?" Ulrich asked.
"Well, as you can recall Xana, infected Aelita, so that even though we can materialize her we can't shut down Xana without hurting Aelita," Jeremie answered. "Until now, I've been trying to cure Aelita, but what if we changed Xana?"
"Isn't that dangerous?" Yumi said.
"Yeah, couldn't that destroy Lyoko or something?" Ulrich added.
"Not if I just change his decision-making matrix a bit. I've isolated the matrix, so all I have to do is change a few integers and presto," Jeremie said.
"Hey, Einstein, could you translate that into English . . . er . . . French." Odd said.
"Basically by altering the decision-making matrix I alter Xana's personality." Jeremie clarified.
"So, you're saying, if Xana's a nice guy then it wont matter if he is still running?" Odd said.
"That's it exactly." Jeremie said.
After a little more convincing, the gang agreed to try Jeremie's plan. They all went to the factory and waited around while Jeremie changed numbers on some grid displayed on the screen.
"Alright, Aelita, I need you to monitor the changes from one of the towers," Jeremie said.
"Sure thing Jeremie," Aelita replied.
"So, is everything going as planned Jeremie?" Yumi asked.
"It certainly seems -- " Jeremie was cut off.
"Jeremie! Xana's activated the tower that I'm in!" Aelita exclaimed.
"I'm going to try entering the code before Xana does anything else."
The gang stood around the computer waiting as Aelita hovered up to the platform to enter the code. As she typed the phrase "Code Lyoko" appeared on the tower's screen. Moments passed by but nothing happened. Finally Aelita put words to what everyone already knew. "Jeremie! It's not working!"
"Maybe the sequence is wrong?" Odd said. "Some of my video games freeze up if you doing things in the wrong order."
"Odd might be right," Jeremie said. "Alright Aelita, try to leave the tower and enter it again."
Aelita hovered back down and tried to leave. "That's weird. Jeremie, I can't pass through the tower's walls."
"Oh, no! Aelita, don't worry well figure something –" Jeremie stopped talking and gasped at what he seen on the screen. According to the map the land in front of the tower was growing.
"What's going on Jeremie?" Ulrich asked.
"The path in front of the tower has more than tripled in size." Yumi answered for the stunned Jeremie.
"With all that space in front of the tower Xana could send enough monsters to destroy the tower!" Jeremie said.
"And Aelita with it." Odd added.
"Okay, we've got to go to Lyoko now." Yumi said.
[End of Part 1 - To be continued. ]
Jeremie virtualized Yumi, Ulrich, and Odd to a near by section of the forest region. As they cautiously approached the tower they could see Lyoko's landscape forming a small stage like hill. Next to the stage another hill was rising. In the middle rectangular counter like shapes rose waist high.
"Hey! Can you smell that?" Odd said.
"Smell?" Yumi asked.
"I can smell the Forest!" Ulrich said as his eyes widened. "I can smell the pine trees and the fresh air."
"Smell? But, but that's crazy you shouldn't be able to smell on Lyoko!" Jeremie's voice boomed through Lyoko's blue sky as usual.
"I can smell it too Jeremie," Yumi said.
"Maybe we changed Lyoko when we changed Xana's personality," Ulrich suggested.
"But that's --" Jeremie got cut off.
"Maybe it's just a new way of Xana attacking?" Yumi suggested. "Xana's decided to do things differently."
The changing land of Lyoko became more defined. Block like shapes became highly detailed objects, but they were still hard to make out from a distance. The virtualized trio walked closer to get a better look.
"I don't know why, but all this looks sort of familiar." Ulrich said looking at the Lyoko's changing landscape.
"No, it can't be!" Odd exclaimed. "It's . . . it's . . . it's Kitchen Stadium!" Odd said.
"Kitchen what?" Yumi said aiming a puzzled look at Odd.
"Kitchen Stadium," Ulrich said in his serious voice. "A place where two culinary master battle to see whose cuisine reign supreme."
"Huh?" Yumi asked.
"Two Chef's prepare food and see who's best," Odd answered. "There's always a secret ingredient that the Chef's have to use. It's a fun show. Ulrich and I watch it all the time."
"You watch TV at school? In your dorm room?" Yumi said getting even more puzzled.
"Yeah, Odd got a TV tuner card for the computer," Ulrich said. "He had Jeremie install it and hook it up to the school's cable."
Just then a mist surrounded the tower that Aelita was trapped in. Out of the fog a shadow like ghost or specter with green glowing eyes, wearing an oriental style vest walked toward the gang. "Welcome to Kitchen Stadium Lyoko, I am the Chairman." The Chairman said. "I welcome you, brave challengers."
"Come on let's go Aelita's waiting to be rescued," Odd said.
As the trio warily advanced toward the Kitchen a strong wind blew the fog away from the tower. Now the gang could see five Block (Blok) monsters in white puffy Chef hats. Behind those monsters was another shadowy specter with glowing green eyes. Unlike the Chairman specter this one had a Chef hat and a white uniform around a large tummy.
"This is Iron Chef Lyoko," the Chairman said.
"Ho ho," Iron Chef Lyoko laughed as his belly shook like a bowl full of jelly. "This will be an interesting match."
Seeing the mass of monsters, Ulrich's drew his sword; Yumi grabbed her fan; and Odd pointed his laser glove.
"Jeremie! A pack of monsters just appeared out of the fog," Ulrich said.
"That's strange," came the familiar voice from the sky, "all I see on the map is a bunch of trees that are moving."
"Maybe Xana figured out a way to trick the map," Yumi suggested.
"That could be it Yumi," Jeremie said. "Or maybe . . . it looks like they aren't really trees, but some kind of non-monster object."
"I'd ask for the translation," Odd interrupted, "but that's not important right now."
"Really?" Ulrich asked. "What is important then?"
"Your parents and Yumi's parents are the judges," Odd answered.
Ulrich and Yumi gasped as they looked at the judging table of Kitchen Stadium.
"How?" Ulrich said letting his sword stance drop.
"They look almost like holograms," Yumi observed. "Jeremie, do you think our parents are in any danger?"
"I don't think so Yumi," Jeremie said. "I've checked the computer and they weren't virtualized. They should be safe, but I don't really understand how Xana's doing this."
Three other hologram-like humans sat in what look like an announcer's booth.
"So that's what Fukui, Doc (Hattori), and that other guy look like," Odd said pointing at the booth.
"You mean Ohta?" Ulrich said.
"Oh, yeah that's the guy." Odd said. "That's the guy that interviews the Chef's and reports from the floor of Kitchen Stadium."
Out of the sky theme music started playing.
Then Fukui's voice filled Lyoko's sky.
"Five minutes ago, Xana's dream became reality. Xana created a stage to bring a form of combat never seen on Lyoko -- a giant cooking arena. The Kitchen Stadium."
"But what's a Kitchen with out a Chef? So Xana created Iron Chef Lyoko a fat, jolly specter who sort of knows how to cook stuff."
"Now the Iron Chef and these three kids, the challengers will perform culinary combat.
They have one hour to tackle the theme ingredient of the day. Using all their senses, skill, creativity, they are to prepare four or five artistic dishes never tasted before. And if the challengers win over the Iron Chef, the return-to-the-past thing will happen and Xana will go home crying to his mama."
"Let's introduce our challengers," Fukui said. "There is Ulrich, a guy more familiar with cooking on the Soccer field."
"Fukui-San? Don't you mean football?" Ohta asked.
"No, this is a fan fic written by a guy from the U.S.A., so it's soccer," Fukui said.
"There is Odd, an artist who's a bit of a comedian," Fukui said.
"We'll see how he stands up the competition . . . get it? Comedian? Stands up?" Doc added.
"And finally we have Yumi," Fukui said. "Doc do we know much about Yumi?"
"Yumi is a day student attending Kadic School. Since she lives at home she has access to a kitchen. Her parents are two of the judges at this competition today."
"That's right Doc," Ohta said. "I've interviewed Yumi's mom and she said that Yumi has learned how to prepare a few traditional Asian meals."
"It will certainly be interesting to see how these challengers will work with the secret ingredient for today," Fukui said. "Speaking of today's theme ingredient . . ."
A table in between the two kitchens rose up from a fog filled pit in the ground. The fog left reveling the secret ingredients.
"It appears today's ingredients are bananas and plantains," Doc said. "The plantain is the starchy cousin to the banana. Unlike bananas, plantains are not very sweet."
"Let's rock and role!" The Chairman said rising to his feet. "No, wait I mean Allez Cuisine!"
[ end of part 2 to be continued ]
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