Chapter 2: Nindroid Invasion
"So, what's for dinner?" Lloyd asked in a grumpy tone.
Kai's smile faded. "Well. Usually its Zane's turn to cook, but since he's...I guess Jay will have to cook for us," he said in melancholy. Jay gave a simple nod and went to the kitchen to prepare a meal. "Hey, why wont you let me cook?" Cole asked, crossing his arms over his chest.
"Because your food stinks," Lloyd replied. Cole growled at him, only to gain a snicker from Kai. As the food was preparing, Kai was drumming his fingers on the table, he seemed rather quiet than usual. "Hey, Kai you ok? You seem rather distant," Lloyd asked in worry. The young fire starter ignored him at first, but then got pulled out of his thoughts when Lloyd yanked his ear.
"Ow! What was that for?!" he shrieked.
"Well, if I was ignoring you, would you do that to me?" Lloyd asked, smugly. Kai sighed and held his head up with his left arm to think, "What do you want, Lloyd."
"I want to know whats wrong," Lloyd replied. Kai looked at him and then gazed back at the wall, no emotion shown on his face. "Nothing to be concerned about," he said lowly. Lloyd stared at him for a long time, trying to figure out what the problem was, he then realized something. "Whats the date?" Lloyd asked Cole.
"June 16, why?" Cole replied, but then stopped, "Oh..." Lloyd looked at Kai, his eyes showing sorrow, "Zane's sacrifice..."
Kai looked at Lloyd with dim eyes, he turned away to shed a tear, he still remembered it, like it was yesterday, but gladly it wasn't, because then it would be more painful to bear. Cole looked down, he too felt a hint of sadness, ever since he met the Nindroid, he'd had always thought of him as a friend, but to Kai, he was a brother, a brother and a good friend who saved them all from enslavement. Now that the Overlord was gone, the whole world of Ninjago was at peace, nothing threatened Ninjago for a long time, and it was all thanks to Zane, the noble, ninja of ice, a simple Nindroid, turned out to become an unforgettable hero.
Jay came back from making dinner, "Ok! I made dinner!" He glanced at everyone, his smile immediately melted from his face. "What's wrong with you guys?"
Kai stood up and went to his room, "I'm n-not eating...see you tomorrow guys..." The fire ninja disappeared into his room. Jay looked at Cole and Lloyd in worry, "Was it something I said?"
The sun was beginning to set in Ninjago, the sky turned a nice mix of orange, yellow, and red. P.I.X.A.L glanced out the window of the city, she had never seen the sunset before, and what a beautiful sight it was indeed.
"Beautiful, isn't it?" P.I.X.A.L heard Zane through the systems, she gave a warm smile and nodded, "It is beautiful."
Cyrus had gone out to say hello to the people and check on other things, he made P.I.X.A.L in charge of keeping watch on the tower, which she always did a good job at. Now along with Zane, her job had gotten that much easier.
"It reminds me of you," Zane stated. P.I.X.A.L exchanged a confused expression, "What?"
"The sunset, it is beautiful, like you," Zane explained, seeming to smile. P.I.X.A.L gave a hollow glow, smiling with embarrassment with a mix of gratitude. Zane could only be happy at this, he loved making her smile.
P.I.X.A.L glanced out to the sunset once more, her eyes now making out the details in its beauty. "I suppose you could be correct, but I do not believe I could be as beautiful as the sun setting, it just doesn't seem compatible," she replied. Zane felt a bit of confusion, "Why is that?" P.I.X.A.L pondered at this, Zane then answered for her, "You and the sun both share similar qualities, you both contain beauty inside and out, no matter what. Do not be confused at this, my love, cherish it, and believe it, for it is true."
P.I.X.A.L's smile, only grew wide, her face red with blush, which made the Nindroid happy.
There moment was interrupted, by a loud boom, P.I.X.A.L immediately glanced out the window to see the people fleeing for cover, from what seemed like an explosion. "What was that?" Zane asked, in concern. P.I.X.A.L glanced out to see, to her surprise, Nindroids! They were attacking the city!
Zane could only growl at this, he activated the patrol robots to protect the citizens, from down below, Cyrus saw the danger, and gasped, "Oh dear." He began to head to Borg Tower but was knocked off his wheelchair by none other than Cryptor himself. The inventor fearfully looked up at the general, who could only smile. "Well, well. Long time, no see, Cyrus Borg," he spoke. The patrol robots closed in on Cryptor, he narrowed his eyes and fought against them with no trouble at all, soon enough the robots were left to nothing but piles of junk.
P.I.X.A.L gasped at the sight, "Mr. Borg!" The doors to the tower flew open, and in came in at least dozens of Nindrois, they surrounded her, she had no where to go. Zane wanted to do something, but he knew that if he did, he would be discovered and Cryptor would, without a doubt shut him down. P.I.X.A.L stood her guard, going into a fighting position, "What do you come for?"
"Surrender Borg Tower or else!" the Nindroids all shouted.
"I'd rather die!" P.I.X.A.L sprung into action, her fighting has been improved ever since Zane gave her half his power source, and with that she used it to her advantage. The Nindroids were caught by surprise by her attacks, she drew her daggers and began to dismantle them all from left and right, she was getting good when...
"Yah!" Cryptor shot a beam of energy at her. P.I.X.A.L let out a painful cry and rammed into the master computer, it smashed to the floor. Zane gasped, he began to get angry. Cryptor laughed and approached P.I.X.A.L, who slowly began to get up, she felt dizzy. Cryptor kicked her back down, and that's when Zane lost it. "LEAVE HER ALONE!" he screamed. Cryptor froze, he looked around him, the machines began to come to life and go towards him, his eyes widen in shock, "Impossible!"
Zane began to attack the general, Cryptor fought back with such fierceness, Zane, being fueled by anger, tried his best against the Nindroid general. But Cryptor was to strong for him, and so he cut off the power, Zane shut off, but was not erased. Cryptor growled, "How did you survive..." He then approached the systems hard rive, drawing his sword. "This time I'm going to make sure you stay dead!" he yelled. He raised his sword and brought it down, only to have it blocked by P.I.X.A.L's dagger. The general was surprised.
"Y-Your not going to shut him down, n-not if I have anything to say about it!" P.I.X.A.L slashed Cryptor in the eye, the general shrieked and stumbled backwards, the P.I.X.A.L used this moment to snatch the hard rive that contained Zane, and slip them in her robes. She then made a run for it. Cryptor placed his hand on his now permanent scar, artificial blood poured down his face. He grit his teeth and snarled, "GET HER!"
The Nindroids that were still operating went after P.I.X.A.L, who was running as fast as her legs could allow. She looked behind her to see at least a dozen Nindroids right at her heels, she quickened her pace. She came to an empty floor, a window on her right, she was trapped. The Nindroids soon came, drawing there weapons. "End of the line," one of them taunted.
P.I.X.A.L stepped backward, unsure of what to do, she glanced at the window behind her, and at the upcoming Nindroid army. An idea formed in her head, she then turned and ran straight towards the window, the glass shattered and she began to fall from impossible height. P.I.X.A.L landed on the concrete ground, her head was pounding, she was critically damaged, but she had to get help, she ran into the forest.
Cyrus looked after her, as Nindroids dragged him away, he wished her luck, "Get help, my trusty assistant...get the ninja."
The peace, had come to an end, the time for Zane's return, was now.