Chapter 17: Safety and a Nindroid's Grief
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cole awoke with a heavy start, his chest ached, and his head throbbed with pain. The ninja of earth opened his eyes and gazed around the room, it looked to be a monastery, but it did not look familiar to him . He felt something cold pressed against his forehead, he reached up to find it was a wet rag, probably used to stop the fever he was having. What was going on? Where was he?
The door to his room opened, and in came someone he knew, Misako.
"M-Misako?" he sputtered. The woman heard him, startled by his awakening, she nearly dropped the tray of food she was holding, but luckily she didn't. "I see you have awoken, that's good," she said, smiling. She set down the tray on the table next to Cole's bed, "I made you some breakfast, if your hungry."
Cole tried to get up but soon found he couldn't, the strong pain in his chest and head were keeping him back. Misako noticed and helped him sit up into a position where it hurt less, "T-Thank you." Misako nodded, accepting the gratitude. Cole took the soup on the tray and began to sip from it, with each sip the pain in his chest eased and and made his head feel lighter.
"You took quite a shot, battling Cryptor," Misako stated.
"H-Huh?" Cole asked, looking at her.
"Lloyd told me what happened, and I must say you took quite a shot. Cryptor hit you right here near the heart," Misako explained, while patting Cole's chest, this managed to make the earth ninja give a low wince, in which Misako apologized for.
"I-It's not that bad...is it?" Cole asked, continuing to eat his soup.
"Well, if he had hit you with a stronger beam of electricity, it would've been life-threatening, but thanks to luck, you survived, and a good thing too, I don't think your team can bear another team member loss to them," Misako stated. Cole seemed to chuckle at that, "That's funny, because...we're back to being five ninja."
Misako looked at him confused, "What do you mean?"
"Lloyd didn't tell you?" Cole questioned.
"Tell me what?" Misako asked.
Cole sighed, "I guess you don't know, well. The thing is, Zane is still alive, just not here with us."
Misako was confused by what he meant, "Did you get enough sleep, Cole? Because your not making any sense now."
"Yes, I got enough sleep, Misako, thank you for your concern. But, what I tell is the truth. I'm saying, after Zane defeated the Overlord, he was spared within the system of Borg Tower. P.I.X.A.L came to us, two days ago, with the hard rive, she told us that Borg Tower was invaded by Nindroids, Cryptor seeked revenge. When she plugged the hard rive inside our hideout's computer, we heard Zane, he was spared," Cole explained.
Misako looked at the ninja of earth, she blinked twice, still astonished at what he just told her. Lloyd came in the room, looking surprised, "Cole! Your awake!"
Misako turned to face her son, her eyes hinted her suspicion, "Son, is it true Zane is alive?"
Lloyd paused, he looked at Cole, then his mother, then Cole again, then his mother. This continued on for at least two minutes before Misako asked him again, "Lloyd, is Zane alive, or not?"
Lloyd scratched the back of his head, "It's kind of hard to explain..."
Jay huffed, he and P.I.X.A.L had been running for almost a day now, and judging by the mass of trees that were ahead of them they knew they had still not found either a village, monastery, or a medic. Kai didn't have much time, and Jay wasn't about to let him die, sure he was hotheaded, and he sometimes got on his nerves but, he was his friend, and friends stick to one another no matter what.
The ninja of lightning panted for breath while looking around, he saw nothing up ahead, just more trees. "P.I.X.A.L, scan the area, are there any villages or any form of shelter nearby?" he asked through pants. P.I.X.A.L scanned the area, she waited for a moment for the results to roll in, soon she got it. "There is some shelter nearby here, it doesn't seem to be a village though," she replied.
"It doesn't matter, as long as we got Kai someplace safe. I don't think he can hold on any longer," Jay stated. The two took a quick break the sprinted forward. P.I.X.A.L navigated Jay through the woodland of trees, until they came to what seemed a monastery. Jay had some sense of deja vu of the place, had he been here before? He thought back but then remembered what they have come for, "Ok, P.I.X.A.L, lets knock on the door and see if they can help us." The droid nodded in agreement, then followed Jay to the front door, they knocked and hoped someone would answer. But the person who came to the door surprised them.
"Jay?" Lloyd asked confused.
"Lloyd!" Jay and P.I.X.A.L exclaimed. The green ninja, upon seeing Kai, immediately let them in.
"Uh, what happened exactly, why is Kai like that?" Lloyd asked nervously as they came inside.
"No time, he needs medical attention, like now!" Jay shrieked. Misako came into the room, she was indeed surprised to see Jay and P.I.X.A.L, but then she sees Kai, "Oh dear." Jay asked her if there were any spare beds, Misako managed to say there was one where Cole was staying, Jay entered the room and saw Cole.
"Jay? What are you doing here?" Cole asked.
"I came to save Kai's life," Jay spat, a little rude in tone. Cole didn't question it, he knew that if Jay didn't act quick, Kai would die, he didn't want anyone else lost to him. Kai was well mended and treated, and soon enough he opened his eyes, "U-Ugh...w-what happened?"
"You got stabbed by Cryptor while he and his men ambushed our camp," Jay replied, Cole gaped upon hearing that, "He stabbed him?!"
"Yes, and he was on the verge of death, and I could guess you were the same," the ninja of lightning stated, glancing at Cole, "what happened to you by the way?"
"I was electrocuted in the heart. B-Badly," Cole said, groaning. Jay saw the pain in his eyes, he must have took quite a shot. "You doing alright?" he asked out of concern.
Cole nodded, "I-I'm getting there, I just have to get used to standing up and walking without being knocked down due to headaches, wait wheres P.I.X.A.L, isn't she with you?"
"We just arrived, and yeah she's in the living room with Misako and Lloyd," Jay replied.
There was a moment of silence within the room, until Cole brought up something he might regret, "How 'bout Nya?" Both Kai and Jay hesitated, they knew Nya was going to be alright, but with the Nindroids lurking about would she even stay that way? "Nya's," Kai started, ignoring the pain his wound gave him, "s-she's fine...but I'm not sure for how long, I mean, with the Nindroids everywhere."
Cole seemed to understand what he meant, he wouldn't feel safe if he were being watched every second, especially by his own enemies. "I'm pretty sure she'll be safe, I mean, some villages have some form of defense against threats like the Nindroids, its not like their new at this," he said. Jay sighed, he out of all of them, was worried for Nya the most, "I hope your right, Cole. Cryptor is going to pay for all this, well, I guess P.I.X.A.L already took care of him."
Cole exchanged a puzzled expression, "What are you saying?"
"Well, when Cryptor and his men attacked us, P.I.X.A.L managed to plant her silver blades into his head, so I guess you can say he's sorta, dead," Jay explained. Cole shook his head, "Jay, your talking about a cold-hearted, killing robot, who is likely plotting his revenge, at this very second!"
Cryptor drummed his fingers on the table, as an individual repaired his damaged head and side. The simple mechanic fixed with extreme careful, one wrong move would surely mean him being executed. Cryptor couldn't stop thinking about P.I.X.A.L, how she beat him was unknown to him, but in his head, he could imagine her death, as if it was a memory. Yes, he could see the artificial blood leaving her, her circuits cut and her insides turned out, she would explode into nothing more than smoke, and Zane, her beloved Nindroid would grieve, but he wouldn't have to worry about her, Cryptor would surely dispose of him as well.
He glanced at the mechanic who seemed to be finishing his work, "Are you finished?"
"U-Uh, just adding the finishing touches, e-er, sire," the man stuttered. The mechanic finished placing in the last piece, Cryptor stood up from the table and tried out his new features, they worked well and like new. The general smiled, "I thank you for repairing me. However, I feel too bad, that I must have to kill you." The mechanic's face turned pale white with fear, "W-What?" Cryptor thrust his blade right through the man's body, the mechanic gagged as his blood began to flood the floor, Cryptor couldn't help but show a maniac's smile, he was enjoying this all too much, now if only it was that droid, he would surely be happy, or better yet, Zane.
Once the mechanic had fallen to the floor, now dead, Cryptor called in two of his men to take him away and clean up the mess. He then chuckled to himself while looking out to the city, "Soon, female droid, I shall end you, you and your friends." He took out a silver blade from his robes, it was razor sharp, so sharp, that you could cut yourself just by gazing upon it. Cryptor admired it's razor sharpness, he then took out a picture of P.I.X.A.L he had found, he threw the blade straight at her head, at that moment came in his second in command, "Uh, sire?"
The general sighed, "What is it."
"W-We're ready to move out and destroy the ninja, sire," his second in command stuttered.
"Good. Go and round up my men, I'll meet you outside," Cryptor ordered. The Nindroid soldier nodded and left the room, Cryptor glanced at the laptop, he decided to amuse himself.
Zane awoke to see Cryptor smiling, it terrified him to see him that way, "What are you smiling about?"
"Oh nothing, just thought I amuse myself with your pleads of mercy," Cryptor chuckled. Zane grit his teeth in anger, "What is it, your wasting my time."
"Just thought I'd give you a warning, enjoy her while you can, Zane. She'll be gone before you know it," Cryptor threatened. Zane pondered at what he meant, he then realized, "NO!" Cryptor laughed and left the room, leaving Zane to panic.
Zane pondered at what to do, he couldn't do anything at the moment, he was nothing more than a computer code, how could he possibly do anything to stop him?
Zane grit his teeth, he sank to his knees and put his head in his hands.