Skeleton warriors, Kruncha and Nuckal sprang from the bushes to tackle the foe they were to attack, yet only to find it was only a harmless squirrel. Kruncha quickly got up, the squirrel ran off frightened. Nuckal was still on the ground, which was good for Kruncha, since he was able to kick him to his feet. "Ow ow!" Nuckal yelled.
"That wasn't them, idiot!" Kruncha shouted.
"Well sorry for not looking right, I cant see well through bush leaves ya know!" Nuckal stated, putting his bony hands on his hips to protest. Kruncha rolled his eyes and grunt in frustration, "If we cant carry out Lord Garmadon's plans, we're both done for! So we gotta do the job right, ya bonehead!"
"Alright alright, hold your thestrals," Nuckal uttered.
Kruncha shook his head, he then heard the sound of footsteps, he gasped and pulled Nuckal and himself into the bush they chose to hide in, "Keep it down! Someones coming!" Nuckal instantly shut his mouth and watched along with Kruncha on who was approaching.
It so happens the two people were Kai and Zane, they appeared to still be in search for the other part of the prophecy, and they so happened to be right in front of Kruncha and Nuckal!
"This is it, Nuckal, time to fulfill our job," Kruncha stated. The two counted down to three and sprang out, although they were too late as the two ninja had already sped by. "Aw come on! This is all your fault! I told you we should've counted faster!" Kruncha yelled.
"I wasn't the one counting slow! You were the one that was counting slow!" Nuckal shouted.
"NO! IT WAS YOU!" Kruncha screamed. The two soon broke into a fight, hitting and punching one another, while Kai and Zane still were on the run in hopes of reaching the next village in time before sunset. "So (pant) do you think anyone else is going to come at us this time?"
"I doubt it, though I do sense an evil presence near," Zane replied between pants.
"Like what?" Kai asked.
"Its best we don't find out," Zane stated, stopping a few miles from the next town, "Why would you want to know?"
"So we can be prepared," Kai responded, stopping as well, "You know! So we could be less clumsy with our actions."
"We weren't clumsy, just surprised and a little late on the fighting, its common human reaction," Zane explained. Kai shrugged, "Whatever, all I'm saying is, if we run into some other ninja, we best be prepared, don't you think?"
"What if its another enemy?" Zane asked.
"We deal with that later," Kai said. Zane pondered at that, then shrugged it off. Right now they had bigger things to worry about, such as where else to look, they had already searched ten villages, and it was getting late, they needed a place to take shelter. Upon arriving to the next town, the ninja took off their hoods, and decided to walk through the village to not raise suspicion, if they ran into another ninja, they wouldn't be able to suspect anything. Zane thought most of what to do if another ninja attacked, he wondered if there were more than that one they had faced in the other village. "Kai, do you think there will be more ninja such as the one we fought earlier?" he asked.
"Of course, I doubt that ninja works alone," Kai replied, waving at a few fans he passed by.
Zane was still a little nervous, "I just feel that we would be outnumbered." Kai sighed and turned to his friend, putting a hand on his shoulder, he said, "Zane. Relax. If there is more than one, we can take them, its not such a hard task. We've done it before, why should this time be any different?"
"Well, they're like us," Zane stated. Kai paused, trying to conjure up what to reply, but he had nothing, "Huh. I guess you have a point."
"Exactly, that's why I'm a bit unsure of what to do if we run into a bit more," Zane explained.
Kai pondered for an answer, in the meantime they kept walking, passing by a few stores and houses. Zane thought they should be looking for the scroll, "Uh, Kai? Don't you think we should be looking for the scroll? You can answer my concerns later." Kai snapped back to the real reason they were here, "Oh yeah. Ok, you check the west side, I'll check the east side of town, got it?"
"Ok," Kai began, "We'll meet back at the inn, we'll be staying there tonight, unless an emergency occurs, alright?"
So the two headed off in separate ways, Kai headed for the nearest store, and Zane headed for the library, surely the other part would be in there, since its filled with scrolls. Once inside, he could tell it was very empty, except for the librarian. Zane greeted her, and she responded with a kind hello. He then began to search the shelves for anything that might relate to what he was looking for, but instead he couldn't find anything, "Hmm." He began to think, where would they keep such a thing like that? An idea formed in his head, probably Ninjago's history! He went over to that section and searched the shelves, not noticing someone else over there as well, well, not until he bumped into her. "Oh, uh, excuse me miss," he said politely. The woman eyed him with suspicion, noticing his armor and ninja robes, she got a thought, and that's when she decided to ask Zane, "What are you looking for?"
Zane turned to face her, the woman had chocolate brown eyes, pale lips, a simple face and beautiful, curly brown hair that went over her shoulders. She wore white and grey attire (mostly grey), and wore a silver bracelet. Zane wasn't sure how to answer her, he has never talked to a lady, besides Nya that is, but he answered her, "Uh, well, its, something of importance."
The woman raised an eyebrow, obviously she knew something was up, she knew this man was a ninja, no doubt, but what could he possibly be looking for that was important? He's probably here for the same reason she thought. She reached behind her, where she had a pair of ninja stars, yet before she pulled them, she decided to get some answers from him, "Why exactly is it important?"
"Well, um, its none of your business," Zane replied. The woman glared at him, "Really?" she pulled the ninja star from her back and threw it at him. Zane dodged quickly, the librarian was shocked. The woman stared at Zane with an ice cold look, "Because I believe it is."
Zane's eyes widened, he immediately made a run for it, the woman dashed after him, ignoring the stares she got once she ran out of the building as fast as a speeding cat. The ice ninja looked back to see his chaser throw more stars at him, he in turn returned the favor, one of them dug right into her shoulder, which slowed her down a bit, but it really did nothing in particular. The ice ninja gulped and kept running, he had to find Kai so they could get out of there. The ninja was fast and determined, as Zane sensed, but for what? Killing him? The ice ninja shook the thought out of his head, he had to find Kai, and quick. Once he caught sight of the fire ninja, he immediately shouted, "KAI!" Startled, the fire ninja turned and saw that his friend was being chased by a girl, who so happened to be throwing ninja stars. "ZANE WHAT THE-" Kai was cut off, as Zane took him by the hand and immediately ran as fast as he could towards the end of the town. The woman was right behind them, ready to face them, however Zane didn't stop, he only kept running straight out, much to her surprise.
Kruncha and Nuckal had gotten back into position, except when the two came running by, their bush was swept away, making them visible, the two shrieked and were immediately knocked over when another figure sped by.
"ZANE WHY ARE WE RUNNING?! WHERE ARE WE RUNNING?!" Kai asked, a little shocked at his friends reaction.
"I'm running because she didn't suspect me to! Now where we're going, um, I don't know!" the ice ninja replied. Kai gulped, he then saw a forest up ahead, he shut his eyes, not wanting to crash into a tree. However once they got there, Zane looked to see the woman still running, he then threw Kai up a tree, Kai clung onto the branch for dear life, "ZANE HAVE YOU GONE MAD?!"
"No I'm simply trying to save our lives," Zane snapped, beginning to climb up the tree. He used the leaves to shield him and Kai's appearance. Once the woman arrived at the scene, she couldn't find them anywhere, even though she looked up, she could not spot the two. She grunt in frustration and proceeded to search the whole forest, once she had disappeared, it was all clear for Kai and Zane.
Zane sighed in relief, and helped Kai off the branch, though he still clung to him like an attached child. "Kai, let go of me please," the Nindroid stated.
"I-I...uh," Kai stuttered, looking down and wincing. Zane sighed and set Kai in a soft spot in the tree, which was a little lower from the ground, yet still high enough for the woman to not see them. Zane then saw that the sun had already went down and it had now become night, "We better get ourselves to sleep. Or are you too afraid to?"
"A-Afraid? Pfft, I-I'm not afraid, why w-would I be?" Kai asked, avoiding the distance from the ground.
"Kai, I know your afraid of heights, it'll be alright, just don't look down," Zane said calmly. Kai hugged the tree branch and tried not to stress, Zane sighed and came over to him, pulling him off the branch and laying him upon the dry, soft moss, "Sleep. We have a big day tomorrow. I'll keep watch." Kai yawned, "O-Ok..." he then attempted to fall asleep, and before Zane knew it, the fire ninja was out cold. He chuckled, "Ah, Kai."
He looked out to the stars, and wondered why that woman wanted to know what he was looking for...perhaps she was another one of the foretold ninjas of legend? She did have throwing stars, such as his, but why were they looking for the same thing they were?
Zane yawned, yet he refused to sleep...all this was too confusing to him, he might think about it more tomorrow, right now, he had other things to worry about.