Beyond the Flames Chapter 13
Sigh, such a melancholic atmosphere, I thought as I stirred the broth simmering inside the pot slowly. I eye my fellow kunoichi inconspicuously as we all perform duties in preparation for tonight's supper.
With it being Sunday, Sensei Wu brought forth a new tradition to further unify our group as a whole. We would take turns every Sunday preparing a large dinner, the Ninja on one Sunday and the Kunoichi the following week. This Sunday was our rotation and we were preparing a nice delicious meal of hamburger stew, cornbread, and seasoned baked chicken breast.
Usually this day brought forth joyous talk and laughter from my three comrades with me adding as much as I could to the conversation. Now the air is thick with tension and indignation, caused by the invasion of privacy conspired by the Ninja only a few hours ago in Sasha and Ayane's quarters.
The kitchen had been transformed as well from Amaterasu's blessing, with quality wood-lined floors and exquisite gra
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"Why…why won't she come back up?"
My younger brother's voice was thick with emotion and anxiousness as we all continued to watch Ayane's Trial.
Ayane's opponent had fallen and her body dissipated into golden streaks of nothingness, Ayane was triumphant, however the crimson tint of the water from which she made her last shot from…
A bittersweet victory…
"Ayane, you must resurface," the white ninja's pleading tone held a certain edge to it "you have won. It is over, so you must come back to us."
The golden holographic image remained in a complete standstill as if locked in suspended animation. The transition of time lost as seconds turned to minutes without any results of Ayane's survival.
A soft thump sounded in my ear and to my right out of my peripheral I see Nya had collapsed to her knees, her hands covering her face as she weeps in mourning of the loss of a fellow kunoichi.
The azure ninja was at her side at once, yet he could offer no words of comfort to hi
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"Kai stop! Let's continue on foot!"
Ebony's voice was bursting with such liberal anxiousness I halted my Blade Cycle instantly at her plea.
She hurriedly disengages herself from behind me and runs to one of the groves nestled with the mysterious flowers known as Tiger's Bane.
I dispel my Spinjitsu Vehicle staring at Ebony all the while as she kneels carefully amongst the sallow-colored orchids.
The bloodied golden spores continue to dance amongst the canopy above and twirl lazily around us. I watch in stunned silence as many attach themselves to Ebony's person as well as her pure white hair.
What the hell…
None of the spores have ever stuck to me or my brothers or even Sensei Wu.
"Ayane, so this is the type of environment you were raised in…how wonderful," Ebony sighs blissfully as she rises from the grove of Tiger's Bane.
She turns to face me and lifts her arms outstretched in front of her to inspect the mystical spores that hugged he
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Ayane's eyes widen in shock as her mouth goes slack in astonishment. Then slowly her expression changes, lowering her head and furrowing her brow in trepidation and melancholy while her lips close together tightly.
"Zane…I'm sorry I—"
"Ayane, please listen to me," I begin in the same whisper I have spoken to her thus far, lifting her chin with the length of my finger so she may peer into my eyes once more.
"You are not gullible or foolish you are a courageous and intelligent young woman. I heard you say that you love me that love I have only cherished never scrutinized looking for a possible flaw. Tonight moy angel let me put your heart and soul at ease, so that these thoughts shall never enter you mind again."
The lights within Ayane's mystic orbs shimmer with happiness and she leaps up into my arms enveloping me in her embrace while placing a tender kiss to my cheek.
I return her affectionate hug with a smile.
"I'm really lucky to have found someone like you Za
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With their spears pointed forward and their round golden shields raised the female Serpentine charged aggressively as a unit.
With the skills I've acquired as an urban runner, I easily maneuvered my body into a springing front flip to sail over their heads and land safely behind them.
I recover in a roll and stand up, turning just in time to see Kai land beside me.
"What the hell, I've never seen a style of combat like this before," he says with a low growl and lowers himself in his fighting stance once more.
"Forget about going head-up with them," Sasha's voice sounds from behind me, but I dare not divert my attention from the females in front of me as they turn as one and began rallying again.
"That would be suicide, look for an opening then attack," she advises.
"What opening?!" Jay yells sternly, "those shields are huge and the protective gear they have on looks sturdy as well!"
"There has to be a way Jay," Nya counters, coming to stand beside me on my righ
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I close my eyes using everyone's attention on the enormous eagle to my advantage and let my pain be expressed freely on my face.
Now I do not only suffer from a knife laceration to my lower back, but adding to my agony is this deep wound to my left calf.
Damn that insufferable python for taking a cheap shot when he grabbed me nevertheless I was able to leave a nice parting gift in retribution to his crime against me and to the orphanage.
If only I was able to kill him…
I reopen my eyes and stare down at the shining platinum weapons in my hands mesmerized by the mysterious design etched into each of the three-pronged blades and the thin black shimmering linked chains attached to the end of each hilt.
I grasp them tightly in my hands.
I…I will keep these.
That moment when I touched them and that pitch black miasma seeped out and surrounded me, I felt like something was unraveling within my body, within my essence.
Could these sais be a lin
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Ebony remained silent after my declaration to protect her from her father and I take the time to smooth my hands comfortably up and down her back as she hugged me tight.
Damn it, why her? I thought furiously as I let Ebony's scent of crushed coconut and jojoba butter engulf me.
Screw it even the Gods won't stop me from protecting her…and Garmadon won't either.
"It shouldn't come to that Kai," Ebony's voice rouses me from my thoughts and I feel her hold on my body slacken.
I let her pull away until her gaze of russet garnet meets my own.
"We must leave…now."
I let go of her as she turns away and walks to the railings of the right side of the ship. Her long braid dances in the night breeze and as always with each step she took the chime of her chains echoed hauntingly.
"Wait Ebony," I call to her with an outstretched hand, "we should at least tell the others where we're going. We can't just leave."
I make my way closer to her as she leans over the rai
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I grind my teeth together hard to suppress the growl from escaping from my throat as I march up the stairs away from Ebony.
"I don't need your help or anyone else's."
Those damn words piss me off beyond belief.
I reach the top of the stairs and could hear voices coming from the dining room.
"Actually Nya, I would really like it if you wore that little number you had on months ago," Jay's voice rang out flirtatiously. "You looked very beautiful in it and I think it really does your body justice by accentuating the luscious curves of your—"
"PINEAPPLES!!" I yell furiously as I pass the entry way of the dining room and continue my march towards my brothers' and I shared bedroom.
Jay's yelp of surprise was followed by a round of laughter from Cole, Zane, and Lloyd.
I throw open the door once I reach it, but just pace around the room to try to calm myself down.
"Man, I know I was bad when it came to relying on others way back when I first joined the guys, but I w
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We all stood gathered around Sensei Wu, Ebony, and Lloyd in the sick bay. No one has spoken a word for awhile now, no doubt the reason being we were all caught up in our own thoughts about the revelation that was unveiled to us just now.
Ebony…is Garmadon's first child…
A child he conceived with a mystical woman of another world.
You mean realm little gale.
Including yours, there are a total of six realms in this universe: Crosshaven, Ninjago, Synderfell, Leckorum, Blugaria, and…Dagra Sai.
So, Ebony's mother is from one of these realms?
Tempest, Ebony's mother, Karliah, who is she?
What is it Tempest? What's wrong?
…Oblivion just told me to be silent, well the exact words that were spoken so eloquently was "shut up". One would think housing a pair of weapons for countless millennia would teach humility obviously I was mistaken.
…I do not care if I am younger than you I am still considered as one of
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(Twilight City at Starlight Orphanage)
Today is my eighteenth birthday.
I lay spread out comfortably on my bed, one arm nestled behind my head the other draped carelessly over the side.
The slow rotation of my overhead fan is my only viewing pleasure at the moment as I contemplate what this particular day meant.
Easy, this day marks the ending of one life and the beginning of another.
I will leave the only home I've known and embark on a pilgrimage to my past.
I sit up and remove my blood red amulet from my pocket.
I stare at it intently and sure enough a sense of longing enters my heart.
I I want to find the person who left me this. It has to mean something for it is my only lead.
I have examined this amulet many times over the years hoping to find more clues, but my search is futile.
The crimson gem is encased in a Silicate mineral which I believe is some variety of quartz, but that is all.
There are no markings, no text, nothing else to go by.
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"Are you guys sure you want to do this?" Lloyd asks as he turns off the SNES and walks over towards us.
"I mean if Sensei Wu finds out—"
"Sensei is not going to find out," I interrupt quickly, giving him confident smirk, "because you're going to cover for us."
"What!?" he exclaims loudly with his mouth agape. "Come on Kai, this sounds way too stupid and why me? I don't want to get involved."
"You're getting involved because you're a guy too and a fellow ninja," I counter steadily, but Lloyd only frowns.
"You'll understand our reasoning when you get older and have your own girlfriend," Cole says as well.
Lloyd crosses his arms and turns his head away with the same sour expression on his face.
"I don't want a girlfriend if I have to do stupid stuff like this," he grumbles.
You say that now, but someday you'll be singing a different tune, I thought as I give the abrasive youngster a look.
He relents with a groan and uncrosses his arms.
"Okay, I'll distract Sensei if
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Darkness…no, not again…
The pain will come soon…
That voice…I can't recognize it no matter how many times I hear it.
Is it mine…?
Waves, please I know you can hear me.
Please get me out of here before—
I want to scream, but I can't as the crippling pain cuts through my body.
I fall and land on my back, feeling the pool of fresh blood as it develops beneath me.
My life's liquid floods up my esophagus and I'm forced to cough violently.
Have you abandoned me Waves in my time of need?
I don't want to experience this anymore…how long will I have to endure this suffering…?
How am I able to feel pain in a dream…?
Is this how I die…? It is…isn't it Waves…?
When will I pass on and leave everything I hold dear…?
Can you at least tell me that…?
…You must be strong Sasha for it is written in your essence…Lord Leviathan is trying to bless you with another power.
…Instead of trying to prevent t
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The door closes to Nya and Ebony's room with a soft click and I take numerous short breathes in a vain attempt to quell my raging emotions.
I feel the familiar pricks of unshed tears gather in the corner of my eyes and shut them before they have a chance to spill.
Bowing my head, I hastily make my way to the deck for some much needed fresh air.
How can she say such cruel words so off-handedly?
She knows nothing about me and yet she already knows my character?
I reach the exit door and step through, the warmth of Amaterasu's rays greet me immediately.
Filling my body and soul with her generous affection…unfortunately a few tears still manage to escape.
I lift my head while shielding my eyes from the glare of the sun, my gaze settling on the height of the crow's nest.
That seems like as good a spot as any to calm myself uninterrupted, I don't want Zane to see me like this…
I begin my climb to the top with perfect ease, though I feel the slight mid-winter chill of
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"Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane!! No, it's SINGLE MAN!!" Jay shouted ecstatically over the PMS during our free-fall to the chaotic Twilight below.
I whip out my own PMS while maintaining steady visual contact on the streaking Twin Sais of Oblivion.
"Jay, this is no time to be making jokes!! In case you haven't noticed we're about to enter a war zone!!" I yell irritably once I pressed the "All Call" button, so everyone can hear me.
"Sorry, just had to get that out!!"
"Everyone, focus and pay attention," Cole calls out austerely, "Lloyd just filled me in on the Serpentine location points!! There's a crap load of the suckers spread out all over Twilight, so we're going to have to split up!!"
The Sais suddenly emits a powerful dark silver aura and increases in speed. I change my body's position to a dive and chase after them.
Where do you think you're going in such a damn hurry?!
"Zane, Ayane head towards Alto
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Another Friday another day of grueling training in the Ninja Training Hall
I narrow my eyes at my sparring partner warningly.
Now if only I can get this blue idiot to shut the hell up
My glare intensifies as I level my stance in preparation for an offensive maneuver. Even though Jay had his hood on I knew a smirk was on his face as he twirled his golden nunchucks with mastered ease.
"One is the loneliest number and the loneliest number is the number one!!" My annoying blue-clad brother sings gleefully in taunting voice.
A low feral growl reverberates in my throat.
We so do not need a lightning ninja
It's been over a month since our last major battle with the Serpentine during the rescue mission and ever since then Jay had taken it upon himself to remind me I'm the only brother left who doesn't have a girlfriend.
I tighten my grip on my Dragon Sword of Fire and charge.
Golden sparks fly as our weapons clash repea
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Disclaimer: I don't own Ninjago, though it would be cool if I did!
I could still feel it, her soft lips against my skin, the thundering of my heart as it sped up.
"I like you best when you're you."
She she really likes me.
"JAY!! PAY ATTENTION!! "
I snapped my head up just to see Kai's fist come hurling toward me, I quickly jumped back to avoid it. Man that was close!
"Jay, just because you reached your full potential doesn't mean you can slack off during training. One must always strive to improve themselves and go beyond their limits." Sensei Wu said as he sipped his tea. Geez, why did I challenge Kai to a sparring match again? I thought as I shook my head to clear it.
We were all training on the upper deck of the Destiny's Bounty. Cole and Zane were going through some new ka'tas, while Kai and I were sparring.
"Yeah Jay, better watch out if you don't wanna end up face down on the deck
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I can't breathe
My body slumps to the side as I feel my chest tighten. My throat has already begun to swell up and I gasp in a vain attempt to get oxygen back in my lungs. I hear loud shouts all around me.
"Nya, what's wrong!!"
Dizziness sweeps my vision and I close my eyes tight. I feel someone's arms encircle around me and prop me up so that I'm leaning against their body.
"Nya please, tell us what's wrong so we can help you!"
That's Jay's voice.
I open my eyes and try to focus, but everything is spinning to fast.
Have to tell Kai
"Kai wheat," I manage to gasp out weakly, before darkness consumes me.
I was kneeling on my sister's right as Jay held her close to his chest.
Wheat? What the hell is that suppose to-
"Oh no", I whisper.
"Wheat? Kai, what does she mean?!" Jay asks frantically.
But there was no time
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I don't think I can take it.
It has only been a eleven minutes since those nurses took Nya away, but it feels more like hours. We had all moved from the entrance to the hospital to the waiting room next to it.
Kai had taken to pacing back and forth muttering to himself, while Zane leaned against the wall with his arms crossed surveying his surroundings. I simply stood there, glancing at the door Nya was taken through, ever few seconds.
Neither of us spoke.
What was there to say?
We all wanted to hear the same thing.
That Nya was alright.
But, where was Cole?
Soon after I think this, I hear rapid footfalls coming from the entrance. We all turn our heads to see Cole looking around anxiously. He spots us and runs to us, stopping in front of Zane.
"Where's Nya? Is she okay?" He asks breathlessly.
"We are still waiting for the update of her condition."
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Damn you Kai!!
I thought as I raced through the ship's interior. I didn't stop until I was safely in my room. I shut the door and leaned against it.
Okay, deep breathe Nya you can plan a fate worse than death for your stupid brother later. Argghh!! Why did Kai have to go and say that for anyway? The day had been going so well too.
I had adorned a new outfit this morning that I had bought yesterday during a supply run for our home. I have always loved cherry blossoms and the color reminded me of the evergreen trees that grew outside the Four Weapons blacksmith shop back where we grew up.
I wanted to upgrade my Samurai Exosuit and had just finished a new barrier prototype for it. Since Jay knew a thing or two about defensive barriers I was going to ask him about some of the specs I had implemented. Sure, I didn't have to, because everybody knows I'm more than capable when it comes to mechanical engineering or anything else for that matter.
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"Oh crap!!! What do we do?!" Jay yelled, taking a step back.
I glanced behind us; there were only a few meters between us and the cliff. If we didn't do something quick, we were either going to fall off and plummet to our deaths or stay here and get turned into ninja pancakes. I returned my gaze to the matter at hand. The ground was shaking violently due to the force and speed the boulders were barreling towards us.
"Cole, do you perhaps have a plan?" Zane asked, turning worried hazel eyes to the earth ninja.
"I'm afraid not Frosty," Cole replied, tightening his grip on his Scythe.
"Well, we have to think of something!!" Kai exclaimed, digging his sword into the ground to help regain his footing.
I I don't know what to do.
Well, you could try using me my little gale.
What, who said that?
Quickly please, there isn't much time, position yourself in front of your friends.
This voice it sounded mature, feminine, and soothing
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Jay's lips have such a profound, addicting flavor, like rich mocha.
His hand that was covering mine moves to rest on my right upper arm as he responds to my kiss with equal gentleness. My hand which was resting against his cheek slides down to his neck where I can feel his strong pulse resonating quickly beneath my fingers.
We pull back slowing and I rest my forehead against his.
Feeling the blush stain my cheeks, I close my eyes shyly unable to meet his gaze.
"This this isn't a dream," I hear him say breathlessly "you're really here."
I feel his hand lightly squeeze my arm.
"You don't feel like my pillow." He states with uncertainty.
I giggle and open my eyes to meet his blue ones. His eyes are wide with surprise and a light blush comes to his face.
"Nya " He says gently as he leans forward to kiss me again. I close my eyes blissfully in preparation for the heavenly contact.
"I'm sorry sir, but I really must ask you to leave now."
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"Did I ever mention how much I hate snakes?" Cole asked through gritted teeth standing up.
I stood up quickly as well pulling my mask up.
"Come on, let's get to the bridge!" I exclaim looking down at my still seated boyfriend.
"Awww man, but the pot roast," Jay said with a pout.
"Jay, you're going to become a pot roast if you don't get up!" Kai threatened over his shoulder as he made a mad dash to the bridge.
Sensei Wu, Zane, and Cole had already left the room and were heading there as well.
"Oh, alright," Jay sighed sadly getting up.
I give a small smile from under my mask and reached to pull his hood over his head.
"Let's go," I say gently placing my hand in his and pulling him behind me out the door
As we ran to meet the others on the bridge, I felt his grip on my hand tighten slightly.
I turned my head slightly back to question him, but my words got caught in my throat.
His deep blue pools spoke volumes.
"I'll protect you."
I turned my head back around as we n
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The flames of the black fire Ebony and I created continued to burn throughout the night. Never having to be rekindled, never having to be extinguished the illumination and warmth they provided was perfect.
After we all had eaten, Ebony volunteered to take the first watch. I had tried to argue with her, saying she needed the rest more than I did, but she just looked at me with that nonchalant expression on her face and gave me a simple command.
I tried to get comfortable on the cold stone floor, but it was difficult to sleep in such rough conditions. Hell, the tree limbs were much more relaxing than this!
But, Ebony surprised me once again when she suddenly tugged on my arm and got me to sit up, then directed me to lay my head on her lap.
My heart pounded as I lay on my back staring up at her; nevertheless she continued to stare ahead towards the outside her gaze never meeting mine as she began to comb her nimble fingers through my hair.
Before I knew it
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I hope Nya's okay. Ever since Kai let loose his gigantic pie hole this afternoon, I can't get her to say two words to me.
(Earlier that afternoon)
Oh man, now what do I do, I think hopelessly as I see the door shut behind Nya's retreating back.
Should I go after her or give her some space? Arrrghhh!! I so suck at this!
"Hey Jay, you done playing scarecrow or should I ask Zane to have his falcon come perch on your head!" I hear Cole shout.
I pull my hood back with my free hand and take a sip of the lemonade Nya gave me. The refreshing sweet liquid glides down my throat and I suddenly remember how parched I am from the heat and down the rest in a few short gulps as I make my way to the others, but not before giving one last look at the door Nya disappeared behind.
I'll give her some time.
"You all will have your short break, but I still expect at least one more hour of rigorous training before you can rest for the day," Sensei says a
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This was want I wanted right.
I thought as I made my way to my room.
Yes, I wanted to fight alongside them, to be part of the team. I thought I found my own way to help by being the Samurai X, but I never felt completely satisfied because of the lack of team unity.
It just wasn't enough.
I stopped in front of my door, turned the handle and went inside.
"Wh-What the hell happened to my room!!?" I screamed.
I walked to the middle and looked around me. It looked like somebody performed Spinjitsu recklessly then left. I sighed heavily and began to clean up.
I guess they were looking for the antihistamine I had in my room, but sheesh, did they have to go monkey crazy trying to find it?
Sigh, anyways, my next step is to master Spinjitsu.
Kai told me they figured it out just by going through the motions of the training course and I remember going through that place countless times trying to beat my brother's record.
So, the next time I g