Garmadon was now fully impatient with the Serpentine. Pythor had sent them out and none were able to return with a mission accomplished. Pythor could shudder, he wasn't that afraid of Garmadon, but he sure felt as if tomorrow, he'd become a skin on Garmadon's wall. He glanced over at the dark lord, his eyes set on the staff grasped tightly in his hands. If only he could have that staff, the dark lord would be no match for the Anocandrai and he could rule this world with an iron fist, or should he say, golden fist?
Pythor cracked a smile, and he conducted an quick plan to snatch the weapon from Garmadon's prying fingers. He slithered up to his throne, the dark lord noticing him, his crimson eyes edging his way over to the snake. He grumbled something under his breath, "What is it, Pythor..."
"Well I was, just um, wondering about some things such as your management. You know, the way things come around here," Pythor hissed, "you really should work on the way to treat your minions and don't get me started on your temper."
Garmadon furrowed his eyebrows in suspicion, he gripped tightly on the staff, "Well for your information snake I happen to like the ways I rule around here. It seems to me you should be wondering about something else, perhaps the fact that you have only today left to live." Pythor gulped, "W-Well, I," he cleared his throat, "I happen to not like to think about my concerns, maybe you should recommend doing that yourself."
Garmadon chuckled, kind of lightly, but still the sarcasm was clear in his voice, "Sure, snake-breath. Except I don't have any worries."
Pythor seemed to find that to be a lie, "What about the fact that the ninja just might defeat you, again?" Garmadon jerked his head sharply towards Pythor, making the Anocandrai shudder with fear. "How dare you speak of that now, I am your ruler, and no one else! DO NOT THINK TO INSULT ME AGAIN! DO YOU NOT REMEMBER WHO HAS THE POWER TO GET RID OF YOU?!"
"W-Well, we wont know if my men have failed unless they come back again with the task complete, now wouldn't we!?" Pythor snapped.
"OH I HOPE THEY DO," Garmadon snapped, rising from his chair and pointing the staff at Pythor, "BECAUSE IF I FIND OUT THAT YOUR MEN FAILED ME AGAIN, YOUR HEAD WILL GO ON MY WALL!"
Pythor gulped, and somewhere in his clever mind he hoped Please let my men reach here and make sure that red fire ninja baffoon is put behind bars!
Apparently, the doors to the castle busted open and in came two, wet, and tedious looking Serpentine. Obviously they swam all the way from here. Garmadon turned his attention away from the shaken Anocandrai and towards the two that had entered, they looked beaten, bruised, and a bit singed. But what had Garmadon angry was that they had come back empty handed. He sharply turned to Pythor and whispered threateningly, "When I come back...your DEAD."
The dark lord turned away from Pythor and headed for the door, though on the way out into the real world, he barked orders to all his men and some clever Serpentine left. He had had enough, using Pythor and his slithering pawns of idiocy. Now, he decided to take matters into his own hands. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Uh, guys? Do you think that he's going to make it or what?
Shut up! You don't want to disrupt his rest!
You sound almost like Zane
Oh shut up!
Both of you are acting foolish, stop goofing around and be qu-
Too late, he's already waking up
Zane woke up with a painful sensation running through him, he looked down to check himself to find that the part in his chest that had been hit by his own shuriken had been mended with some fixing. He winced and looked up to see his two teammates, and the girl that helped him run, and another one he could not make out. Before he could ask, Lily broke the silence, "Its a good thing your awake, these two were starting to get on my nerves with all their ranting." Cole and Jay shot her a look, and Jay was the first to complain, "I don't like this chick."
Lily growled at him making him shut up, Cole looked a bit confused at the new girl that he just had met, he kept glancing back and forth towards the girl Zane knew, and the girl Zane didn't know. He finally had a chance to ask, "Uh, excuse me, girl I recognize, and girl I do not recognize, do you mind introducing yourselves?" He paused once he realized he didn't speak in hiss, he felt himself, the scales were gone and so were his tail. He'd been turned back to normal! "I'm, myself! But..how can that-?"
"Back when Ninjago was young, I studied antidotes and medication. There are more ways to stop Fangpyre venom you know," Lily stated, smiling, "also, my name is Lily, as for the woman beside me, I do not know her as well."
"Andrea," Andrea replied. Lily's eyes widened, and for a second she seemed to act like a statue. All three guys looked at each other, confused, but when Lily turned around to face Andrea, the elder soon recognized, her eyes went wide as well, "S-sis?"
The three all looked surprised, not very, but they still looked shocked. Lily muttered something, avoiding Andrea's gaze for a while, "I-I...I thought you were dead..."
Andrea swallowed, a shadow of sorrow hinted on her features, "I survived..."
"Why didn't you come look for me?" Lily asked, somewhat in a demanding tone.
The elder played nervously around with her fingers, obviously she felt uncomfortable, "I-I...I was..."
Lily looked at Andrea, a bit cross, she growled and turned away, she felt betrayed. How could her sister be alive, and she had not known of it? She always visited the lands of Ninjago, why didn't she spot her before? It almost seemed like Andrea was purposely hiding from her, she felt even more hurt. Andrea couldn't help but feel guilty, she had put the fate of the world ahead of her own family, how could she have been so forgetful? This was not some easy thing to forget, she knew she had had a family, but she was too busy doing her job she was too blind to realize. She wanted to say sorry, but stopped herself, things such as this could not be fixed with a simple apology, Lily would most likely never forgive her if she treated all this as a joke.
But alas, Lily could only feel happy that her sister, her long-lost sister, was alive. Alive! No matter how angry, or how much hurt she felt from Andrea, she still put that aside, her sister was alive and that's whats important. Though although she felt all of this inside, she didn't have the nerve to show it, her sister still sort of abandoned her, when she could've helped her throughout the years.
Soon enough the silence was just to uncomfortable for Jay to handle and so he broke the silence, "So, uh...you two, make up or what?" The two looked at him and for once it wasn't in anger or hatred, it was nothing more than a pitiful look of sadness. Still it managed to shut Jay up again. Zane rubbed the back of his head, Lily questioned how he was feeling, and he answered with a mere fine. "Though my head still feels light, and I kind of still feel some nausea, I guess I ran for too long," Zane groaned. Much to the ice ninja's surprise, Lily laid him down onto the moss bed, Zane soon realized they were in some shade shelter. But he didn't care, the moss was soft as silk and made him feel sleepy. "Rest then, its just the medicine taking affect, soon you'll be ready for battle once more," Lily stated, putting a hand on his forehead. Her hand felt warm, but still cool to Zane, it was the perfect temperature, and it just was enough to make Zane relax.
But then Cole just had to pop the question, "Uh, Zane? Why exactly were you running?" The ice ninja's eyes went wide and he suddenly remembered, "Oh dear god..."
"What? What happened?" Andrea asked, almost quickly. Zane sat up a little and shook his head in worry, the others grew more concerned, he looked at them and said, "The reason I was running was because I was going to warn you..."
They all exchanged worried glances, Lily then asked, "Warn us? Warn us from what?" _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Kai awoke to find the ground shaking, the whole island seemed to be under the influence of a massive earthquake. The roars and cries of ragons could be heard outside his bedroom, Inferna had also awoke and was on the roof roaring and pounding her feet nervously. Kai got up, careful not to fall due to loss of balance, and then took a glance outside. He gasped upon seeing Skeleton and Serpentine warriors moving out towards the island, some in copters and some on Snake bikes, arrows and crossbows ready. The dragons all roared in fury and also in fear, some flew off while others stayed to defend the island. But what most surprised Kai was the fact that Garmadon himself soon showed up inside of a skeleton vehicle, a golden staff in his hands. Kai couldn't believe what he was seeing, Garmadon was in possession of the Staff of dragons! He grit his teeth, They'd come for me, haven't they, now all the dragons are going to be put at risk because of me...I cant let that happen.
He reached for the paper wings in the corner of his room, but before he could strap them on, Inferna roared loudly, Kai was knocked off his feet, his head hit the marble floor hard and he let out a painful wince.
Outside the palace, it was all chaos. dragons and warriors all fighting one another, Garmadon being the one to lead them, though he wasn't so focused on the dragons at all, all he wanted right now was Kai. He spotted a palace just far to the north, no doubt Kai was inside, it seemed too easy. He chuckled, ready to finish what he started.
As the battle continued on outside, Kai slowly got to his feet and looked out the window. Inferna was no where to be found, he grew worried, had she left to join the fight? He hoped she'd return safely to him, but right now he had bigger things to worry about. He finally managed to strap on the paper wings onto his back, his body itching to get airborne, as well as join the fight. But as he was about to make the jump for the window, there was a loud banging against the palace doors. Kai stopped dead in his tracks, he heard the sound of wood banging on wood. They're trying to knock the door open. He wouldn't allow them to take him, even without a fight, he ran straight for the window only to find snakes climbing up the walls. He glanced around, slightly panicked and remembered the observatory in the palace, he ran straight for it, ignoring the fact that the skeletons had now successfully opened the door and began to pour in along with the Serpentine warriors. He glanced behind him and quickened his pace once seeing them catching up, he reached the observatory, the top had been knocked off, probably a dragon used it as a weapon against skeleton or Serpentine troops, which only made Kai's plan easier.
He turned and became suddenly cornered by the Serpentine and Skeleton warriors, they smiled, believing they had just finished their task. "Game over, hothead," a Serpentine hissed. Kai bared his teeth and stood at the edge of the tower, looking down smiling. Then looked back at the troops and gave a smirk, "So you think." He then let himself fall, and the troops all looked down from there, shocked, but were knocked off their feet once Kai picked up air and began soaring straight up the sky. He laughed as he reached the highest point, "Wooohooo!" Inferna looked up and glanced above him, her eyes drooped in worry, she gave a low whine then turned her attention to the skeletons and Serpentine.
Kai swooped downwards and made himself completely airborne, then tried not to get lost in the amazing feeling. He looked straight down to see the war going on, then noticed the Serpentine already drawing their bows, pointing straight at him. Not this time, the fire ninja thought. He swooped down, the Serpentine opened fire but he gracefully dodged everyone of their arrows. He then spun to the other side, in a zig-zag kind of way, avoiding the crossbow bearing skeleton troops. He couldn't help but feel sorry for some dragons that had gotten shot down and were now being taken capture. It made him mad, he was the prince of these creatures and he wasn't going to let them down. He swooped down to where an ice dragon was being caught in a net, he punched the skeletons which maintained the net, and used one of their swords to cut the dragon free. The ice dragon bowed its head, and Kai bowed in return, the dragon returned to join the fight. Kai took for the skies again and continued to help with the battle.
Garmadon noticed him in the air, and his eyes widened, "But how?!" One look at Kai gave him a cross feeling he just wanted to shoot him out of the sky! Garmadon glanced at his staff and a dark thought seeped into his brain, he cracked a wicked smile, "Well...what comes up, must come down."
He aimed his staff straight for him, Inferna saw the danger, and she knew what was going to happen if she didn't do something quick. She swooped down in front of Kai. Kai seemed to notice her fly in, and flew towards her, "Whoa girl! You ok?" Inferna only responded with a shrill roar, she flapped her wings at fast rate, trying to pull himself out of the way of the impact. Kai though found this confusing, "Whats up with you?" Inferna roared, this time in a low whine, looking back at Garmadon who was now ready to hit his target. Garmadon smirked and pointed straight for Kai, his smile only growing wide and crazed, "See you in hell, fire ninja."
"Inferna whats wrong?" Kai asked, now fully concerned. Inferna flapped her wings and again pleaded, but nothing seemed to get him to move, she heard the dark lord fire, and that's when her instincts took over. Before the shot could hit its true target, she threw herself in front of Kai and took the impact herself. The fire ninja was shot back by the loud BOOM that came along with it. He caught air again, and time seemed to freeze when he realized what had happened, the horrific scene flashing before his very eyes...Inferna fell straight from the sky, hitting the ground with a loud thud. The whole island seemed to freeze. Only Kai moved at fast rate, he screamed but it was drowned out by the sounds of battle. Garmadon turned and saw Kai dive down towards his dragon, and was shocked to find he had missed.
Kai however reached Inferna, but even though he hugged her snout like he always did, he could not get the heartwarming response he always received from her. Her heat had left her body, her chest singed. Kai shook his head, his eyes wide in horror. "N-No...NO NO NO! Inferna! INFERNA!" he screamed. He shook her, pleading for her to get up, and be ok, but she only fell gently to the earth, limp and lifeless. He couldn't stop the tears from coming down, even if he tried, he didn't care, Inferna was gone.
The other Dragons, had been captured, the skeleton and Serpentine now hauling them into copters, the battle was over...Garmadon had won. Kai hugged the snout of his beloved friend, his tears rolling down his cheeks and onto her bright, sunset-colered scales. He couldn't help it, he knew he had almost knew her for a few short days, but she had helped him so much...now she was gone.
Garmadon watched as Kai grieved over his Dragon, he rolled his eyes, "Pathetic."
Kai paused, lifting his head up from Inferna's snout and sniffled, his grief turned to hatred, and fury. He wiped the hot tears out of his eyes and sharply jerked his head in Garmadon's direction, his eyebrows knitted in fury. Garmadon could only smile at his sudden fury, a fiery look in his eyes, "Hm, you look better."
"You," Kai growled, his hands tightening into tight fists, he had a sudden urge to punch Garmadon in the face, better yet a punch everywhere hard enough to slaughter his insides out. He didn't want nothing more than Garmadon's pain, which would surely make a great exchange for Inferna's death. Garmadon sensed his inner wishes to murder, smiling, "You don't stand a chance against me, hothead."
Kai got to his feet, he took off the set off wings strapped to his back and pulled up his sleeves, "Try me."
Garmadon smiled, and readied himself, of course he didn't really need to since he had the staff within his grasp. But he decided to amuse himself and have a little fight with Kai just for entertainment. Kai huffed, and stomped his foot on the ground, alike a bull patting the dirt as it prepared to charge, right now, Kai was like a steaming bull: driven and angry. Garmadon decided to use that as a way to complete his capture, so he stuck out the staff as if it were a red banner, and smirked, "Come and get it."
Kai's blood boiled and he soon lost it there, he charged, "AHHH!" Garmadon pulled the staff away, Kai fell forward towards the dirt, he grit his teeth and looked back at Garmadon, his anger rising inside him. Garmadon only waved the staff, "Hehe."
Kai charged again, and this time Garmadon kicked him in the gut sending him flying straight for the forests, Kai hit a tree and let out a loud grunt. He then turned and faced the villain with angry eyes, he wanted to end this now, all he wanted was Garmadon's blood on his hands, his skull being crushed by his own strength. He could imagine his enemies screams in his ears. Kai almost flashed a crazed smile before attacking again, Garmadon blocked his every move and everyone of his hits, Kai managed to grab hold of his arm and twist it all the way. The dark lord shrieked and Kai kicked Garmadon down, kangaroo style, the dark lord slipped by and pounded Kai hard in the lower back of his spine, Kai gagged, but didn't let that stop him. He turned and kicked Garmadon straight in the head, and he swore he heard something crack. Garmadon winced and grabbed a hold of his jaw, Kai grinned, he managed to break a part of Garmadon's mouth. But even that wasn't enough for him to be satisfied. Kai lashed out, ready to rip his enemies head off, but Garmadon saw through him and swung against the sensitive part of his spine, Kai shrieked and fell to the ground, temporarily paralyzed.
Garmadon hoisted himself up from the ground and looked down at his defeated foe, he smirked, and grabbed Kai up by the hair, Kai let out a low cry of pain but Garmadon pulled his face towards him to make him stare right into his eyes. Garmadon laughed, "I finally got my hands on one of you ninja...maybe now you'll be used for something more useful."
Kai glared at him, Garmadon tossed him over to two skeleton troops, he ordered, "Lock him somewhere secure! Make sure he never escapes until I get through with him and his friends." The skeletons nodded at their master, and Kai watched as the fiend walked away, the staff radiating power in his hands. He tried to yell but his voice cracked, and all of his spirit was taken right out of him. He was nothing more than a broken soul, Inferna was gone, Garmadon had won...it was all over...