(- Chapter 3
After 10 minutes of Nya lecturing Kai and 40 minutes of doing stuff, the Destiny’s Bounty arrived at Ninjago city.
Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane walked off the ship. Nya, and Sensei Wu were left behind to guard the ship and to guide them.
While walking towards the city, Jay said jokingly, “wouldn’t it be strange if giant spiders came out of nowhere and started attacking everyone?”
Cole shivered, “Don’t kid about that. I dislike spiders!”
Zane looked at Cole curiously, “By the way you’re acting, I would suggest you have a fear of spiders.”
“Pfft,” Cole chuckled nervously, “I’m not afraid of spiders, who would be afraid of those creepy eight-legged freaks.”
Kai nudges Jay with a smile, “he definitely is scared of spiders,”
“Am not!” Cole yelled, “I am NOT scared of those……things!”
Before anyone could reply to Cole’s comment, Nya’s voice crackled through the earpiece everyone was wearing. “Hey, sorry to interrupt your girl talk but we have a book to find. The library is directly north of you. Get going guys.”
The ninja immediately made a beeline to the central library. The city was bustling with activity more than usual so it took some time for them to get there.
The central library was a big glass dome shaped building. Inside, there were 5 floors, each with books on the 2 subjects that the floor was based on. Outside, there was a magnificent water fountain full of pennies and people’s wishes. People of all ages were constantly streaming in and out of the building.
Jay stared at the fountain, imagining how much money he could make if he gathered all the pennies.
“Forget it Jay.” Cole said, placing his hand on Jay’s shoulder. “People’s wishes are in there.”
Jay nodded and followed Cole up the big fancy stairs and into the library, but before he stepped in, he saw, out of the corner of his eye, a flickering flame. “Hey guys, is it just me or is that building burning?”
The rest of the ninja immediately turned their heads and saw the flames, Kai stopped and ran out, “Guys, come on! We need to help them!” The ninja nodded and followed Kai without hesitation.
When they grew closer, they could see that a house was on fire. Kai could sense that someone was still inside. They leapt into the fire as they reached it.
Zane and Cole made sure that the fire didn’t spread to the surrounding buildings and Jay and Kai looked around for trapped survivors.
Kai ran threw the burning building, dodging pieces of debris as he went. The building was a three story building. He ran across a fire, without even flinching, towards the bathroom, where he assumed that people would be. (he didn’t feel the heat as much as the other than just because he was the fire ninja and therefore had a higher resistance to heat.)
As he was going towards the bathroom, Kai heard a crash coming from what he assumed it was a kitchen. He immediately veered towards it. When he went in, Kai saw a blonde teen standing in the middle of the room with a strange semi-circle of purple flames surrounding her. There was a pan on the floor and that what he assumed the noise came from. As the flickering fire grew closer, she backed up, not wanting to get burned, but she ran into a wall.
The circle of fire grew closer and closer until “Ninjaaaaa goooo!” Kai spinjizued into the fire, picked her up and went out. He stopped and let the teen down.
“Thanks for helping me.” The girl looked up at Kai and he was immediately entranced in her eyes. Her eyes were like the ocean, very deep and you couldn’t see the bottom, and yet unlike the ocean, they were a bright icy blue…. and were those flicks of emerald green in-between?
“My name is Chloe, you must be Kai, right?” Chloe smiled softly then she looked around. “Anyways no time for chatter, we got to get out before this house burns down.”
Kai snapped out of his trance and nodded. “K, follow me.” He weaved through the flames grasping her hand, leading her. After no time at all they were out of the burning house. And just in time too because as soon as Chloe stepped out, the building collapsed on itself.
Kai and Chloe ran out of the building, hand in hand. “Oooo,” Jay said in a sing-song voice, “looks like Kai got a girlfriend.”
Kai blushed and let go of Chloe’s hand. “No-oo-o I don’t-t…” Kai stuttered. Chloe chuckled a bit at his reaction and kissed Kai on the cheek.
Kai flared up like a match and asked, “What was that for?”
Chloe giggled and replied, “for saving me from that fire silly, what else?”
Cole cut in and said, “Hey guys, sorry to interrupt your flirting, but we have somewhere to be.”
Chloe tensed up and looked at Kai, “sorry, but I also have somewhere to be right now. Catch ya later Kai.” Chloe hurried away urgently, throwing a wave back in their direction.
Zane spoke up, heading back toward the library, “We better get going too, the firemen have control now. We already wasted too much time on this.”
They follow the road back, Jay and Cole teasing Kai along the way.
“Hey guys,” Nya’s voice echoed through the earpiece, “for some reason there’s a group of people just in front of the library. You guys should check it out.”
Jay nodded, “On it Nya.” He relayed back. The others sprinted over to the library.
When they reached the crowd, Cole put his hand on the shoulder of a random person and asked, “Hey, do you know what’s going on here?”
The teenage girl turned around, her brown hair swinging behind her, and said, “I think there’s a group of people who are for some strange reason, takimg out all of the flower related books and dumping them in the fountain or something.” She said nonchalantly while checking her be perfectly manicured nails, “BTW name’s Emily, call meh.”
“What?!” Kai exclaimed completely ignoring the last part. He pushed his way to the front of the crowd and spied a group of about 20 people just dumping books in the fountain.
“Hey hey!” Jay shouted, coming up behind Kai, “What the HECK do you think you’re doing??”
One of the people smiled sweetly at him “Why we’re only getting rid of some things that you need. Why else would we burn these books?”
Zane looked at the people curiously, “By burning, do you mean setting on fire? Because tossing them in the water would have the negative effect intended.”
Another voice called out from the crowd, “Well dah-ling, it’s lucky that this isn’t water right?” The crowd parted to let through…
“Chloe!??” The ninja exclaimed as the blonde teen sashayed her way to the front of the fountain.
“Yes, Chloe is what I’m called here.” She replied smoothly, pointing your finger at the Ninja.
Guy stepped forward to argue with you but stop short when you heard a sickening crack around him, and in Zane’s case, a clang.
“Wa?” Kai looked backwards and saw his friends laid down on the hard ground, unconscious, and some civilians standing above them with baseball bats.
“Hey!” Kai spun around angrily and glared at the civilian behind him, innocently also holding a baseball bat. “You can’t do that! And why would you?! You are all civilians of the city!”
“Oh honey, we never said that we were civilians, let alone human,” The sugar sweet voice grew closer until it was right behind him. “Anyways, you should never turn your back on an enemy dah-ling.”
At these words I felt something hold slide and place itself along his throat. The cold metal prickled against his skin. “A knife…” He hissed under his breath.
“Now, you see, what can you trust, if there was nothing there?” She whispered into Kai’s ear.
Kai stared wide-eyed as the crowd disappeared Into thin air, “So… There was nothing there in the first place?” He said flabbergasted.
Yep! Chloe chirped, “It was all an illusion. Oops! we’re out of time, good night Kai, sweet dreams.”
The last sentence was accompanied by a sharp jab to the gut. Kai doubled over and fell to the ground, the knife no longer there. As his consciousness fell, he heard Chloe say, “Let’s start the bonfire Vipurees, The Dark Lord will be pleased with us.”
Then all was black.