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CL Fan Fiction

(This is a work of fiction, there will be a disclaimer at the bottom.)

  "God almighty," Aelita said, surveying the damage. It was Sunday, so she had the day off. She had decided to spend it helping Odd and William repair the damages caused by the bar fight the night before. Jeremy was out buying supplies to help fix up the place.
   Odd was in shock about what happened the night before, too shocked to even a joke.
  "Freaking Ulrich," William muttered.

  "I'm sorry, say again?" Ulrich said.
  "I said, the target's name is Aelita Schaffer," Hort confirmed. "She and her father disappeared about twenty years ago, but she was just sighted in Paris. Apparently, under a bunch of false names, she's gotten a job as a professor at a local university. I gotta say, she looks good for thirty-three."
   Actually, she was twenty-three. Her decade in Lyoko paused her biological development for ten years.
  "Alright, alright," Ulrich replied. "I'll start looking."
  "There's one more thing," Hort added. "You need to make sure she doesn't fall into the wrong hands. If you can't take her alive, if you can't stop her from being taken by other people, you take her out. She may have information that could harm a lot of people."
   What?! WHAT?!
  "Uh… yeah. Yeah, I'll get it done," Ulrich said, ending the call. He sat down on his bed.
  "Oh, Jesus."
  He had never been so apprehensive about a job. Never had it been so personal. But why did have to happen right now? Part of him thought it was a trap. But either way, orders were orders.
   He left the hotel, taking a few minutes to step into the hotel restaurant. He picked up a piece of bread to eat and a knife off of a table. It was not the best breakfast, but it would help. And the knife would help, too.
   It did not take him long to find Jeremy and Aelita's apartment. Once there, he picked the lock with ease. He was hoping to find anything indicating where they were; a note on the fridge, a mark in the calendar, anything. He did not go to his dead-drop yet, thus he was unarmed. He figured it would look worse if someone found him burglarizing their apartment with a gun than it would to get caught without a gun.  
   He noticed a white couch with a long strand of black hair on it. It reminded him of Yumi's raven-black hair.
   Forget the past, he reminded himself. You're operational.
   How could he forget the past? He was looking right at it. Hell, there were even pictures of him and his friends back at Kadic in the apartment. How the hell could he ignore the past if it was looking at him right in the face.
   Ulrich opened a glass door, and stepped onto a balcony. He wondered what he should do when he found Aelita; lie to her, threaten her, tell her the truth.
  What was he thinking? This was his friend. This was someone who had saved his life, literally. Why could he not stop doing horrible things to the people he used to think of as family?
    He could live with killing, easily. An Activity operator needed three confirmed combat kills to join, along with the other grueling requirements. Most, including Ulrich, had many more than that before he joined.
   But how could he live with going after a close friend? Ok, they were not that close anymore, but still. He literally owed his life to this woman. Actually, a lot of people owed their lives to her. Ulrich, Yumi, and Odd; they played an important role fighting XANA's monsters and responding to situations, but Aelita was the one who deactivated towers. In fact, she had put life on the line more often than most soldiers Ulrich had seen. There were times she practically accepted her death in the effort to save thousands, if not millions.
  What was Ulrich supposed to do? Follow orders, or stick up for a friend, for a hero.
   That was the biggest difference between Ulrich and Aeltia; she was a hero. Heroine, whatever. Aelita was a selfless, kind individual who saved lives and diffused conflicts. Ulrich was a stone-cold killer who lied, committed crimes, and killed people for a living, under the supposed justification of serving his country. If either of them, Ulrich or Aelita, deserved a bullet to the back of the head, it was Ulrich.
   That's when Ulrich heard the door open.
   What the hell?
   He ducked into a bedroom to hide. He heard two men talking in American English, surprisingly. They weren't French, and they definitely were not government-trained. Maybe ex-military, though. Which meant they were probably mercenaries.
  When the moment was opportune, Ulrich attacked. He grabbed one guy, a short man with dark hair and a goatee, and slammed him against a wall. That always helped in a fight. The other guy, a blonde tall guy with a beard, was frightened, surprised by a stranger being in a supposedly empty apartment. Blondie, Ulrich's nickname for him, tried to fight back, but Ulrich grabbed his wrist, twisted his arm, and flipped him onto the ground.
   The first guy, whom Ulrich nicknamed Shorty, got back up and attacked, but Ulrich countered, and this time launched a powerful kick to the guy's ankle, knocking him off his feet.
   Ulrich saw a third guy enter the apartment. He was older, clean-shaven with a bald head and glasses. And he had a Taser in his hand.
   Ulrich attacked quickly, trying to disarm Four-Eyes. He was able to get the guy to point the Taser at the man with the injured ankle, and Four-Eyes accidentally pulled the trigger, shocking the injured ankle guy.
   Ulrich forced the weapon out of the man's hand, pushed him up against a wall.
   "Who the hell are you people?!" the confused operator demanded.
    Before Four-Eyes could answer, he sensed something moving toward his head. He ducked, and a metal rod meant for his head hit Four-Eyes instead. It was Blondie, and he would pay.
   Ulrich grabbed Blondie's wrist with his left hand, and slammed his right fist into it. Blondie's wrist shattered. Ulrich's left hand grabbed Blondie's right arm, and Ulrich slammed his right elbow into Blondie's face. Ulrich then maneuvered around Blondie's arm, and then slammed his left elbow into Blondie's back. Blondie went down fast.
   Suddenly, Shorty and Four-Eyes got up and ran out the door. Before Ulrich could go after them, Blonde ran out the glass door. He then jumped off the second-story balcony, and fell hard, but survived. Ulrich saw him limping away, then ran out the door. He quickly locked it, and then began chasing Shorty and Four-Eyes. Whoever the hell these guys were, they were not getting away.

Disclaimer: I do not own Code Lyoko or the character Colonel Scott "Hort" Horton. Code Lyoko and its characters are owned by Moonscoop. The character Colonel Scott "Hort" Horton is owned by Barry Eisler. This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of fiction or are used fictitiously.
Fight scene!

I used nicknames for the antagonists because I figured it would be easier to understand than me just calling them all "that guy, that guy, and that guy."

So, Ulrich's conflicted about what he should do, then things take an unexpected turn. I also wanted to use this chapter to compare somebody like Aelita, somebody people would think of as a kind hero, compared to somebody like Ulrich, a cold anti-hero who is very effective at what he does but at a cost to his humanity. I wanted to ask the question of who is the real good guy, here?

What do y'all think of that one?
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mariomanart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought your poem was sweet but seeing this... It Isnt sweet which isn't bad and adds very powerful elements of mystery. I love it! Please make this into a book!
I bet it'll be a best seller!
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I wish I could, but I can't publish it due to copyright law. Thank you for the watch and the fav? Did you read all the chapters of The Return?
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HeWalksInBeauty Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good chapter. The addition of nicknames definitely helped the flow of the fight.
In other news, I finally got pt. 2 out of Too Late. It took awhile to reconcile myself to the ending the people chose, THAT'S for sure.
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the comment.

I just read it. I couldn't believe that's how it turned out. I mean, Aelita's the best character.
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Lovely-Madness-13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....more fightz...Ulrich can kick some butt^^
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I wanted to touch on both Ulrich's self-loathing and examine the differences between himself and Aelita.

With Ulrich, he's someone who lies and kills for a living. He's an elite soldier, an operator, but is he a hero? Is he a good person? He kills bad people, sure, but does that make him good?

With Aelita, she's practically angelic. She's a caring, kind person; something Ulrich gave up on being a long time ago.
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Lovely-Madness-13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But he can be a caring and kind person...it just takes a while for him to remember. ^^
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That actually plays an important role in the story. In this chapter, the doubt he feels is a sign of his old self resurfacing.

However, it will not be easy. He's been fighting and killing for six years now, and even before then he had problems. I won't spoil anything right now, but I will say that there were things that happened to him; after XANA's defeat, I should say. It changed him, but he never told his friends about it. When Ulrich left Yumi, what his friends don't know is that he was going through a series of pychologically damaging events, and that was why he left Paris, why he back to America (I gave him dual American-German citizenship), why he joined the Army. He did that because he wanted to get the hell away from the misery he felt in Paris.

I'm not trying to make excuses, and what he did was not what I'd condone, but he had his reasons. And when the others find out all that stuff, the pain he was going through that he kept from them, it will be a very sad part.

Also, things will get VERY heated when Yumi meets with the group. Anger, sadness, guilt; all those emotions will come out. This isn't a mindless action story; I have moments of action and fighting, but it's meant to have emotional moments. It's more of a drama.

I keep imagining a scene where, after a very heart-felt, emotional conversation between Ulrich and Yumi, they come to a point where they both feel guilt and sympathy at the same time for each other; Ulrich feeling guilt over how he hurt Yumi by leaving, and sympathy by her recent experiences in Africa, and Yumi feeling guilt and sympathy when she finds out why he left, and what horrible things he was going through. I was wondering about writing her being horrified that Ulrich could have said something to them, that they could have helped him, but he did not say anything.

I may have said too much already.
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Lovely-Madness-13 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not, it's interesting! ^^ And Drama's are good.
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, thanks. I can't say when Yumi will show up because I'll start a chapter and I'll end up splitting it into 3 because it gets so big. What I will say is that it will get very intense between the two of them, like they did in the show.
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