Jay and Zane crept silently through the underworld away from the battle camp and towards the fire temple where the others were waiting.
Jays shoulder throbbed though and he felt He felt tired and slightly dizzy from that.
Finally half way there Jay stopped resting against a stalagmite.
"Give me a minute…" Jay said tiredly.
"We don't have a minute," Zane said. He sensed danger.
"Then keep going without me. I can't stake another step. My legs are hurting. And so is my shoulder," Jay said.
Zane sighed. He knew Jay was pushing himself more than he should be. But he could not shake off his sixth sense that easily. Danger was coming. They needed to move.
Zane went up to Jay and leaned his uninjured side against him putting Jays arm around his shoulder.
"Come on we're half way there already," Zane said walking with Jay still leaning on him.
He sensed the danger growing closer. He had to shield them for a moment somehow.
He quickly scanned the area, and found a crack in the wall large enough to fit one of them in.
As quickly as he could without hurting Jay further, Zane helped Jay into the crack.
"Stay here," he said.
"Which is it? Keep moving or stay put?" Jay joked.
"Right now it's stay put," said Zane.
Jay rolled his eyes, "That was a joke Zane."
Zane didn't answer. Out of habit he reached for his mask to pull it over his face. Upon remembering it was covering Jay's wound, he pulled out his shurikens.
Before him a spider easily bigger then both him and Jay combined dropped down moving its mouth hungrily.
Zane frowned thinking for a second. He didn't want cut the web it was hanging on incase it decided to retreat he'd have to aim low.
He threw his shurikans but missed and landed behind the giant spider.
The spider landed though its abdomen was still attached to the ceiling.
Thinking fact Zane ran drawing the spider away from Jay.
He angled himself and started running up the wall. He then wall jumped to a large stalactite and jumped back down landing hard on the spider's abdomen. If there was anything any creepy crawly hated, no matter what size, it was being stepped on.
Zane then jumped flipping through the air and landed next to his shruikans. He picked them up and faced the spider. Zane threw the shurikans again hitting the spider in the mouth.
The spider made a noise of pain and retreated up its web. Its mouth must have hurt too much now to want to eat.
Zane caught his breath and returned to Jay again leaning him on his shoulder.
"I don't feel so good…" Jay mumbled.
Zane noticed Jay was sweating heavily and had turned pale. But he couldn't do anything here.
"Just lean on me and keep moving. Sensei will know how to help you," he told him.
The two started off again. Jay again was unusually quiet. Zane's sixth sense picked up another issue. Jay was going to die unless they got out of here.
At last the two come an area with an opens high above them. The opening would lead right to the fire temple and back into their home world.
Zane leaned Jay against the wall.
"KAI! COLE! SENSEI!" he shouted up at the hole.
"Where's here Zane!" Cole's voice replied.
"Send down a rope! Jay's injured! He can't climb!" Zane called.
Within second a rope was sent down. Zane tire it around Jay and he was pulled up Zane climbing after him using his shurikens to help him hold the wall. Half way Zane saw jay lose consciousness.
Kai took Zane's hand and helped him the rest of the way.
Sensei took Zane's mask off of Jay's wound. The area around it had turned a bluish green.
"Poison," Sensei said angrily taking out his tea set.
"Sensei this is no time for a cup of…" Kai started, but he stopped when he saw sensei put an extra herb in and force feed it to Jay.
Zane watched his injured friend who showed no signs of life. Tears pricked his eyes but he refused to let them out.
"I'm sorry Jay…" Zane said softly, "I couldn't protect you…please wake up…"
Cole took Zane shoulder firmly and lead him away.
"I know you Zane. You did what you could down there. You need to give yourself a break," he advised.
At that moment Zane heard Jay groan.
He broke free of Cole's clasp and was soon at the side of a coming round Jay.
"Jay are you okay?" Kai asked.
"I feel weak…" Jay muttered, "But I guess I'll live."
"You'll be fine," Sensei Wu smiled.
"I'd better be. We learned something about our team. It looks like if one of us goes down then all of Ninjago will be in trouble," Jay said sitting up.
"What? How?" Kai asked.
"It's explained in the scroll plus some thinking Jay and I did," Zane explained producing the scroll and handing it to Sensei Wu, "The team is in a complete balance which is what has to be used to overcome lord Garmadon. If any of us are brought down the balance is tipped."
"It appears Zane and Jay are right…this could be a weakness…the four of you must continue to look out for each other, for you own sakes and for Ninjago's.
Footnote to FishE1: Hi! Thanks for the idea. Sorry it took so long to finish your request. Got caught up in a film. Hope a long final chapter makes up for it.