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Lloyd winces as I wrap the bandage around his ankle. I look at him apologetically and tighten it some more, determining whether it'll support him or not.

"Do you think I can still fight?" Lloyd asks, a hint of hope in his voice.

I shake my head. "I'm sorry, Lloyd. It'll take a few weeks to heal."

He scowls. "We don't have a few weeks!"

Sighing, I say, "I know. We'll figure something out. We always do."

Lloyd nods and I offer him my hand, pulling him up next to me. He leans on me a bit, and we walk towards the others together.

"I don't get it. Didn't the prophecy say the Green Ninja was to defeat the Dark Lord?" Kai asks, throwing rocks into the ocean.

"I...don't know," Sensei Wu responds dismally.

Jay gasps. "B-but you're Sensei! You always know!"

"Is there not a lesson to be learned? A word of wisdom? Anything?" Kai asks.

"For once, there is nothing to learn. Only that, evil has won."

I let that sink in. Evil? Winning? Since win? In movies, good always wins. What happened?

I keep reminding myself: we're still here, we haven't lost. But I'm not sure if I can pep talk myself much longer.

"If Sensei doesn't have a lesson, then I do," Lloyd says. He unwraps his arm around me and limps towards the forest.

"I used to be nothing but trouble until I met you guys. You all showed me the importance of being brave, of being strong. And most importantly, being good."

He places his bad foot down and winces. He turns around to face us.

"When the First Spinjitzu Master fought the Overlord before us and he was caught between a rock and a hard place, did he give up? No. He kept going."

"Out of all people, he passed his powers to us. A bunch of regular kids. There has to be a reason he chose us. I'd like to think it's because he knew we'd never give up. We've learned the ancient ways of the ninja, and ninja never quit."

I find myself staring at Lloyd in awe. He was meant to be a leader. He was meant to be the Green Ninja. Fuck what I said about pep talks, I feel like I could kill an entire army right now.

"He's right. We haven't lost yet, and I don't plan on giving up now. Not while I'm on this shitty island," I say.

"If we have to swim to Ninjago City, then so be it," Kai says, walking into the water.

"But I didn't bring my speedos!" Jay jokes.

"Really, Jay? You're joking now?" Cole scolds.

"Just trying to lighten the situation."

A screech emits through the sky. I look up to see Zane's falcon soaring above us.

"Maybe my good friend as an idea for us," Zane says, already following his bird.

We each jump onto Nya's samurai armor, as it is faster and Lloyd cannot walk, and Kai takes the controls. We follow the falcon up a familiar mountain and it perches himself at the top.

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