Caves and Kisses
Chapter 1: Trapped and Rescued
I stared at the other ninja, Jay was flirting with my sister, Nya, who was willingly flirting back, adding a giggled every here and there…only boosting the thunder ninja's ego more. Zane was practicing his sight with his falcon. Sensei was laid against the nearby Willow tree, his eyes closed as he sipped some tea. Cole was reading a book of some sort, making funny expressions every once in a while at whatever he was reading. Only, his eyes weren't scanning the book like they would if he was reading, and he'd be flipping through the pages.
I frowned and watched as he zoned out, wearing a oddly recognizable dreamy look. I shook my head and speared the test dummy I had set up, it fell to the ground with the last hit. I groaned and sat reluctantly on the soft, green grass. I never got bored when practicing, so this was a interesting change for me. I ran my hand through my spiked hair, then recoiled. I needed to take a shower later, put that on my mental check list. I sighed and fell back onto the soft ground, after not even a minute I groaned and rolled onto my stomach. I did this for a while until I got someone's attention, this being the dark haired earth ninja.
He looked up from his book, "What's wrong with you?"
"Bored." I drowned out, beating my head against the ground, occupying myself.
"Me too, this book isn't very…good." He blushed and looked away.
I had to force back my "Aw" when he blushed, it was cute. I admit it, I like-liked Coal. "So, what do you want to do?"
He shrugged and closed his book, setting it on the ground, "I don't know-" He suddenly gasped and stood up, did a little happy dance and ran over to me, with a big grin on his face.
"What are you thinking about?" I asked curiously.
"Cake! Let's go get cake!" He gave me a puppy dog look, "Please?"
"I guess it wouldn't hurt, I could use a snack." I shrugged, but was utterly shocked when Cole hugged me with a gleeful giggle-wait, he giggled.
I think he caught it too, because when he pulled away he cleared his throat and was blushing. Everyone was staring at him too, Jay laughed and went back to cuddling with my sister, who was the only one asleep. Sensei Wu just continued drinking his tea. Zane looked over, "Was that a giggle my brother?"
"No. It was a-" Cole said.
"-Giggle, you did giggle." I pointed out with a devious smirk.
He glared at me, "Shut up. You said yes, let's go get cake!"
I rolled my eyes and forced myself up. I grunted and walked over to Cole's side, then we headed into Ninjago city to get cake for Coal and his sweet tooth.
"So, why do you like cake so much?" I asked him as I took a bite of my chocolate piece. I was still on my first, while Cole was on his sixth.
He swallowed another large bite of chocolate and said with a shrug, "I don't know. It's the best thing in my life at the moment,"
I frowned, "What about your friends? Us?"
He pursed his lips, "Yeah, I guess."
"You guess?" I laughed, "Sure you do. You know we're the best things that have happened to you!"
He smiled and licked the cake off of his fingers, "Whatever."
Once we finished the cake -Cole mainly ate it- he turned to me as we left the store, "So, Kai, what's the most important thing in your life?"
I turned away to hide my blush, "Oh I dunno, my sister, you guys," you.
"That's cool, what do you want to do now?" He asked me.
"Walk around?" I asked.
"Sounds good," He agreed.
We walked in silence before a woman ran up to us with a panicked expression.
"You two are the ninja right?" She asked quickly.
We nodded, "Yeah, what's wrong?" Cole asked.
"A bunch of children, they were playing in a cave, and it…the cave got blocked by a bunch of rocks!" She said.
Cole growled, "Alright, where is this cave at? We can get them out,"
"Oh thank you! It's right this way," She said and grabbed our wrists, dragging us to some unknown destination.
We stood in front of a small, empty, non-blocked cave. I frowned and turned to the woman after a moment of scanning the cave.
"It's not blocked." I stated the obvious.
"Oh, deary, it's a mini cave in the inside, go ahead." She said with a smiled.
"Alright, why aren't you coming in with us?" I asked, while pulling my ninja hood over my head (we had put them on the way here).
"Hon, I'm claustrophobic. Carry on and save those children," She said and pushed us into the cave,
"This is kinda creepy," I said, not wanting to head into the cave.
"It's cool," Coal said as he ran his hand along the cave wall.
"Right," I shivered. The cave was at the top of a mountain, thick white fog surrounded it, and snow was on the ground.
"See you later ssssuckers!" The woman hissed, I whipped around and saw Pythor in her place. "Now sssnakes! Now!"
I ran over to the entrance but I was too late, the rocks from above caved in, trapping us in the cave. I and Cole were hit by the rocks that came in, I fell back and ran into a wall, blacking out.
~About a Hour Later~
I opened my eyes and looked around, but only saw darkness. Then all the memories of the cave and getting trapped inside. I started to breathe faster, that "lady" wasn't the only one claustrophobic, I was a little bit too. I backed up, shaking my head, which only caused it more pain than it was already in, and my arm was hanging limply, almost as if I had broken it during the fall. I hit something solid and turned around, only to see the slightly shorter earth ninja frowning.
"What's wrong Kai?" He asked, though his voice was soft.
"This was all a trap, they closed us in Cole!" I sucked in a bunch of air, feeling as if I couldn't breathe.
"I know that, but what's wrong with you?" He said.
"She wasn't the only one claustrophobic, I am too. A little bit." I said and sat down, hugging my knees and staring into space.
"Oh, um… We'll get out of here Kai, just inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Okay?" Cole said calmly, sitting next to me.
Kai was staring into space, breathing heavily. Man, this is all my fault. I wanted to get cake, I wanted to help the "children, but instead got us trapped in a cave, and Kai happened to be a little claustrophobic.
"Cole, are you hurt?" He sounded pained, but I could barely see his face, yet alone his body.
I nodded, "My leg hurts a bit…I think I sprained my ankle or something, my leg otherwise is practically fine, just cut up a bit. What about you?"
He groaned and cast his eyes downward, "My a-arm."
I leaned over on my knees and asked, "Which one?"
His red-gold eyes flicked up, those were the only thing I could see clearly, and the only real light source. "Left,"
I reached out and touched his left arm, earning a cry from Kai and for my crush to pull away. "I barely even touched you," I said, my voice full of worry.
"Well, it felt l-like you punched me instead," He said, and I saw his bottom lip quiver.
I sighed, I was only putting on a calm mask -something I learned from being the leader of the ninja- when I was really panicking on the inside. "Kai, can you stand?"
He rolled his eyes, "Of c-course I can, I don't walk with my arms." Well, his ego didn't go away, that's a good sign.
"Then do it, wise one," I rolled my eyes.
"Shut up," He said, struggling to stand up.
"Congratulations Kai, you have succeeded in stand-Ow," I rubbed my shoulder where he punched me with his right arm.
"Good to know it hurt," He grinned.
"Can you do your Spinjitzu?" I asked, I had already tried to.
He tried, "No." He sighed, "We're going to die this way aren't we."
He said it more like a statement than a question, "No, I won't let us." I said, determined.
"How can you be so sure?" Kai asked, frowning.
"I can't, but I'll do my best." I said.
He nodded but was interrupted by a violent shaking, he was cold. I was too. The Cave was getting colder each second, soon we'd freeze to death, if we didn't die of starvation and dehydration first.
"It's cold," I told the air, watching the small puff of my breath disappear.
"Y-yeah," He bit his lip, shaking.
"We, uh, we need to get warm." I said, blushing.
Kai's beautiful eyes stared at me, his mouth took in a shaky breath, then he did what I had done earlier, he hugged me. I was startled at first, but then the sent of him took over me and I hugged him back, burring my face into his collar inside of his red ninja suit, both of our hoods were pulled back. Tears streamed down my cheeks, I didn't want to die, but if I did I'd have to tell Kai about my true feelings for him, then die knowing he knew that I loved him.
"I'm sorry Kai," I cried.
He pulled back with a confused look that soon fell into confusion, "Are you crying?"
More tears streamed down my cheeks, as I nodded and shook slightly.
Kai forced a smile, "But you never show weakness, okay, maybe around dragons every once in a while, and cake."
I shook my head and leaned over to hug him again, surprisingly he accepted it. He only ever showed affection for his sister.
"You only show this much affection with your sister," I whispered and closed my eyes.
"True, but we're stuck in a cave together, might as well not be mean right?" He replied.
"Okay…I love you." I whispered, closing my eyes and falling asleep.
Cole said something, but too soon fell asleep on my chest. I hugged him and somehow slid to the ground, him lying between my legs, his head on my chest, and his arms around my waist. It was comfortable, but I was worried about him, us, the cave, and everything else. Were the other's worrying yet? If so, were they coming? I asked myself these questions, but received no answers. I was the only heat source, besides Cole, but since I was the fire ninja, I radiated more heat.
"Oh Cole," I sighed. "I have a big crush on you, only if you liked me back, the way I like you." I whispered and leaned down, placing a soft kiss on his forehead.
I brushed his soft black hair to the side, and set my arm around the small earth ninja, he felt perfect against me. My other arm was defiantly broken, it burned and was hanging limply at my side. My head was throbbing and I felt liquid trail down my neck, but ignored it, knowing that it was blood. I soon fell asleep, praying that we'd be okay.
I yawned and stretched my arms above my head, I shivered from the random burst of cold against my left side. I felt someone sift underneath me and looked up. Kai was asleep, his right arm was draped around my torso, and I lay between his legs and on his chest. He was like a fire place, though he was shaking a little, I still felt at home in his arms. I took this chance to look at his arm though, knowing that he wouldn't let me examine it if he was awake.
I leaned over and looked at the limp arm, it was hidden by his uniform, so I couldn't see if it was broken, twisted, or just popped out of place. But I assumed by how Kai acted when I touched it earlier, that the bones in it were most likely shattered. How, must've gotten slammed against a wall, which I did happen to see that happen, then he was knocked out. I sighed and touched his arm, he yelped and squirmed beneath me, I left my had there, at the end of his sleeve. I pulled it up a little, and he yelped again, only this time he trembled beneath my touch. I removed my arm and saw his unconscious self relax.
I set my hand on his forehead, and sucked in a breath, he was cool, as in his temperature was too low, even for a mere mortal. I bit my lip and set my hand on his cheek, he automatically leaned into it, his cheeks turning pink as he muttered something. I looked around and soon enough, an idea popped into my head. I smirked, I was bored any ways, and I wanted to know a thing or two about Kai.
I leaned down to his ear and whispered, "What's your name?"
His eyebrows furrowed but he soon answered, "Kai."
I grinned, this was going to work. "Okay, good. Now, how old are you?"
"Eighteen." He slurred, "And a half."
"True, what color is your hair and how do you wear it?" I was going to see if he'd answer more complicated questions.
After a minute he said slowly, "Brown, and spiked up."
"Right again," I thought about another question then said, "What color is Cole's hair?"
"Black," He answered quickly.
I stared at him for a second before asking another question, "What's his eye color?"
"Green and flecks of yellow-brown." He mumbled and a small smile lit up his sleeping face.
"What's his favorite color?" I asked with a smile, let's see how well he knew me.
"Red and black." He said.
I stared, wide eyed at him, 'How did he know that?' I shook my head, "Who does he like?"
He shifted and curled up, around me, "Not me."
"Why not you?" I said curiously.
"Not good enough," He said with a small frown. "and he's straight."
"What if he wasn't?" My suspiciousness had quirked a lot now.
"He'd still not like me back," He sounded sad.
"Wait, what do you mean by 'back'?"
"I like him, he's my everything." He said dreamily, though it was muffled by his collar and my shirt.
"Well, you know what Kai?" I said.
"What?" He asked, sounding normal.
"I like you, a lot too." I said quietly, as a stray tear slid down my cheek and fell onto his.
His eyes snapped open and he looked at me curiously, "What happened? Did we get out?" He looked around and sighed.
"Nope, so…" I looked around, only seeing darkness.
"Thanks Cole," He said suddenly.
"What?" I asked, confused.
"For what you told me," He grinned.
I narrowed my eyes at him, "What do you mean?"
"This-" He leaned forward and his lips brushed mine.
"Oh, you were awake weren't you?" I blushed and looked anywhere but his eyes.
"Yeah, but it was worth it." He pressed his lips to mine softly, testing me.
I kissed back, and slung my arms around his neck, kissing him tenderly. He moaned and pulled away with a smile that warmed my heart.
"That was nice, let's do this more often." He looked around. "Besides the getting trapped in a cave, and getting a broken arm parts of course."
I nodded and looked around for what seemed like the hundredth time that day. "We need to get out Kai."
"Agreed," He nodded. "Wait, listen…"
"Guys! Can you hear us?!" Jay's loud voice broke through the silence.
Once in my life, I loved the sound of his voice. "We're here!"
"Yeah!" Kai added as we scrambled to our feet.
I limped over to the sound of Jay's voice, "They hear us guys! Their alive!"
"Cole, Kai, search for cracks!" Nya's voice shouted.
"Will do!" I shouted and searched the wall, ignoring the thump behind me.
"Cole…" I heard Kai moan behind me.
I turned around and gasped, Kai was laying on his arm, struggling to move it out from under him, and tears streamed down his face, "Kai! What happened?"
"I fell, damn rocks." His voice was strained when he talked, and he was hissing it through his teeth.
I pulled him up, and he thanked me, "No problem Kai,"
We both screamed and hugged each other as a loud crash was herd behind us. I hugged Kai's torso and he hugged my shoulders and chest. My neck was buried in his neck and his was buried in my hair. I'm pretty sure tears streamed down both of our faces, how brave and manly huh?
"Guys!" I herd Nya's shout of joy then of confusion. "Guys?"
"Hey you two!" Jay shouted, then had a tone that said he was smirking, "Why are you hugging?"
I pulled away first, but Kai only fell onto my shoulder, limp. I gasped and grabbed his cheeks, looking at his face, "Kai, no, Kai, you stay with me!"
"Kai?!" Nya shouted and ran over to us, checked his pulse and sighed, "He's alive, but, what happened to his arm?"
"I think i-it's shattered," I cried into his hair, which was bloody. I assumed he was hiding more than what he let on.
"Zane! Get in here! Lloyd, we're going to need bandages! Hurry!" Jay shouted and ran over to us.
"Who trapped you in here?" Nya asked, using a small rag to wipe away Kai's blood, then mine.
"Pythor, stupid snake dressed up as a woman, tricked us into thinking we were saving a few trapped kids, then, boom. We're in here." I snarled and hugged Kai closer to me.
"Oh," She looked at me, then Kai, then me, "are you guys together yet?"
I blushed, "What do you m-mean?"
"The way you're crying, and hugging my brother. Plus the fact that when we broke down the wall you were hugging each other like the end of the world." She stated the obvious. "And I knew you liked him, and he liked you."
"How did you know?" I asked, shocked.
"It's obvious by how you flirt with him, and he tells me almost anything in his sleep." She grinned.
"Well, I guess you make it sound simple. And, I don't now, he k-k-" I averted my gaze to his hair.
"You're either going to say 'kicked me' or 'kissed me' aren't you?" Nya said, a small smile was now placed on her lips.
"The second one," I muttered.
"Well, that was a adventure now was it not?" Zane asked out of know where, holding blankets.
"Thank you Zane, and Lloyd." Jay said and gave Nya the bandages.
When Nya finished wrapped our wounds up the thunder ninja set the blankets around us, muttering; "About time with you two."
"What do you mean?" I asked Jay.
"You two got together, now maybe Nya won't bug me about it nonstop." Jay said and shot a cheesy grin at Nya, who was glaring at him. He laughed nervously, "I mean; I love you baby. Ahaha…ha"
I rolled my eyes, "Let's go."
"Alright, let's get going!" Jay shouted and helped me carry Kai onto the flying boat.