Chapter 20: Capture and Escape
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jay quickly set on building the robotic rebuilt. P.I.X.A.L, Zane, and probably everybody else in the world were depending on him, if he didn't finish Zane's new body, who else would be the one to stand up to Cryptor and overthrow him?
Jay had just finished half the robot, now all he needed to do was work on the legs, and the robots motions, feelings, etc. He had a lot of work ahead of him. Also, he had to find the power source, but where to find it? Jay overlooked the copy of Zane's blueprints and looked for its energy source, he spotted it and began to read the description. It was clear the time Zane's father made this was a long, long time ago, he couldn't read most of the words, but he was able to make out cyan hyper source, rare, can only be found in...
Before he could read the last words, Jay felt the earth above him shake, he was in the workshop beneath the monastery, but he still felt as if a large explosion had hit. The lightning ninja hid the robot and the spare parts somewhere safe, and hid behind a box of spare parts, he knew he couldn't fight, get caught or killed, not when Zane, and everybody else were practically at sake.
Meanwhile, above him, the entire monastery became alert of the explosion, another one came just more stronger. Cole and Kai had awoken from their sleep to hear it. "W-What was that?" Kai asked, anxiously.
Sensei Wu and Garmadon were the first ones to act, they told the children to hide in the basement, where Jay was now. P.I.X.A.L recognized the explosion, and soon enough everyone else did, when the general and his men barged in. Luckily, the kids had rushed safely to the basement, which was now hidden from any prying Nindroid's eyes. Cryptor smiled as he entered, earning glares from all the ninja and Sensei's. "Well, well, I must say you are fools to think I wouldn't find you, but, it was hard for me to do so and for that I say, nice work," he teased.
"What is your business here, Cryptor?" Garmadon declared, standing in front of his wife, "I demand that you leave at once, and leave us in peace."
"I don't think that will be necessary, Garmadon. I only believe destruction and order, is the way things should be around here, and I will soon get it," Cryptor declared, his voice rising. Lloyd grit his teeth, "Your wrong, we'll stop you, we wont let you disrupt the peace!" Cryptor chuckled and approached the green ninja, Lloyd took a few steps back, "Wrong you are, Lloyd. There can only be order, and pure grief, shall be the only things that works, not hope and freedom, now, if you excuse me, I must attend my work."
With one swift move, Cryptor stabbed Lloyd's shoulder, the green ninja screamed. "LLOYD!" everyone screamed. Garmadon and Wu sprung into action, Cryptor only blocked their attacks, and managed to land a blow on both, the two sensei's were thrown back against the wall. Misako glared at Cryptor and began to fight, her moves as fast as his, Cryptor couldn't land a blow on her, and managed to get a hit or two from her, Cryptor fell back, he looked up at Misako, "Not bad, for a woman." Misako growled at the insult, Cryptor got right back onto his feet and began to fight more, Misako got a huge hit on her side which made her fall back, she felt weak. Cryptor laughed, "Just not good enough."
"RAAA!" Kai tackled Cryptor from behind, the Nindroid General fell to the floor, being pinned by the ninja of fire, "YOUR NOT GOING ANYWHERE!" Cryptor laughed, "Don't you ever learn?" he stabbed Kai again, the ninja of fire screamed and clutched his wound tightly, Cryptor stood up and grabbed his garb, Kai looked into his petrifying red eyes. "How pathetic, you come, you fight, yet you fail," Cryptor spat. The Nindroid general threw Kai on the floor, the red ninja fainted, Lloyd crawled over to him, still clutching his shoulder tight, his eyes welled with tears, "K-Kai?"
"Now where is the droid," Cryptor muttered. Cole was next to stand up to him, Cryptor looked at him, he raised an eyebrow as if to say Are you serious?
"W-What's wrong, Cryptor," the earth ninja said through gritted teeth, "T-Too chicken to fight?" Cryptor rolled his eyes and hit Cole in the chest, the earth ninja grunt and fell to his knees, he felt weakened from the blow, Cryptor chuckled and kicked him to the wall, he then pinned him down with his foot. "You call yourself a leader? What a disappointment, I bet that's why your father, nor mother, ever counted on you," Cryptor cursed.
Cole gaped, he grit his teeth, "N-No, y-your wrong-"
"Am I?" Cryptor asked, pinning him down further, "Oh no, why do you think your mom is missing? Your father probably would've done the same." Cole took in what he just heard, he hated to admit it, but...as much as it hurts, Cryptor was right, his mother was no where to be found, perhaps she did leave him for being a failure. Cole held back tears, he was nothing more than a failure, he failed to protect his team, and keep them safe, being defeated by one blow, very weak. Cole let his head fall onto the wooden floor, Cryptor smirked and kicked the earth ninja, sending him into unconsciousness. P.I.X.A.L could see it all happening, she wanted to fight, but Wu instructed her not to, but...she just had to. So, the female droid jumped out of the shadows and onto Cryptor, the Nindroid General was caught by surprise but he was quick to act, with one thrust, he threw P.I.X.A.L down, the female droid coughed and stood up, yet she faltered.
"Ah, I see you've finally come out to fight, and for what, your friends?" Cryptor teased. P.I.X.A.L only glared with hatred, she lunged at the general, her daggers ready to strike, Cryptor took out his sharp blade and lashed out at her, P.I.X.A.L dodged his every move, and Cryptor did the same. The battle was evenly matched, and only one could be the victor, but who? Cryptor finally managed to make a blow, slashing P.I.X.A.L on the side, the female droid yelped in pain, Cryptor smirked and continued. P.I.X.A.L was now covered in scars, but she kept on fighting, she needed to defeat Cryptor, for Zane and everyone's sake.
P.I.X.A.L slashed Cryptor's arm and chest, the General grit his teeth to hold in a scream, but he was also doing it to throw P.I.X.A.L off, "You fight well, droid...but not too well." Cryptor then jumped up and kicked her multiply in the head, P.I.X.A.L was thrown back, yet she didn't stay down. Cryptor growled and lashed at her again, yet she still didn't manage to be defeated. P.I.X.A.L took this as a chance to finally be done with him, and so she jumped up with pure grace, and readied herself, but before she could kill Cryptor, the General had raised his blade and thrust it through her. P.I.X.A.L's eyes widen in shock, she looked down at her wound, the blade went right through her, a pulsing ache rose in her throat. Everyone, excluding the ones who were unconscious, looked in horror, Cryptor smiled and took out the blade, letting P.I.X.A.L fall to the ground. Cryptor chuckled, she groaned and laid there, ready to welcome death.
Cryptor humphed, "I expected no less...pathetic." Ninjago's greatest heroes tried, but had failed. Cryptor ordered his men to take them all, and in just a matter of time they were all loaded into the Mechdragon, ready to be shipped back to Borg Tower, to watch the city fall before them. Once inside the Dragon, Cryptor chuckled seeing P.I.X.A.L on the verge of death, "Your just wimpy as your beloved Nindroid." P.I.X.A.L glared at him, Cryptor laughed and left the corridor.
P.I.X.A.L leaned against the wall, feeling defeated. But as she gazed around at her fallen comrades...a shameful feeling began to sit in the pit of her systems. It sickened her, P.I.X.A.L couldn't just let Cryptor win...but she also couldn't fight in these conditions, how would she get fixed? She then realized, her eyes widen, remembering. Her eyes moved to the left, and to this she saw a loose door in the mechanism. She thrust forward, with all her strength and began to kick on the weak bars. The others watched her cautiously. They soon gave away, allowing her to crawl through the gap, she looked back at everyone awake. Lloyd eyed her, "P.I.X.A.L?"
The droid teared away a secret door, which led out to the ocean that they were flying high above, before she jumped she looked at the others, she whispered, "I-I'll return to you all..."
Lloyd wanted to protest but before he knew it, P.I.X.A.L jumped into the sea, and broke through the water. Her body began to glitch at first, and she thought she might have drowned, but she soon got the hang of swimming. P.I.X.A.L broke through the surface, taking in lungfuls of air, her eyes gazing upward towards the grey, ashen sky. She looked up at the Mechdragon, watching slowly as it disappeared over the horizon. P.I.X.A.L frowned, her eyes showing worry, "I-I'll return...I-I promise..."