Past Lilly: (coughs) Hi, honey.
Past Cole: Mom! (He runs to her and hugs her.) I don't want you to be sick anymore, Mom!
Past Lilly: I know. But we don't always get what we want, do we? Your father said you got into trouble at school.
Past Cole: Yeah. But it - it wasn't my fault! There's this kid, he's just - he's just a big bully! He's always picking on the little kids and -
Past Lilly: And you got in a fight.
Past Cole: I'm sorry, Mom. I promise, I won't fight anymore. I'll be good from now on. I'll make you proud! And - and -
Past Lilly: Oh, Cole. Don't you see? I am proud. I want you to promise me, Cole, that you will always stand up to those who are cruel and unjust. Always.
Past Cole: I - I promise, Mom. Always.
(The flashback ends.)
Fungus: Come now, Plundar. It doesn't hurt to have someone take a fresh look.
Plundar: It's hurting my feet! We've been at this for hours.
Cole: Another dead end.
Fungus: Good sir Ninja, if it makes you feel any better, the four of us have been failing to escape this place for years.
Cole: Well, thank you, but that doesn't really help.
Plundar: (sighs) What are we doing following this guy? This is a waste of time. We're already a bunch of failed adventurers. We don't need a leader to help us fail more.
Vania: Cole isn't helping us fail! He's helping us escape! For your information, Cole is a fantastic leader!
Plundar: Oh yeah? Where's he leading us? In circles? Because guess where we are. That's right, back in Rock-Bottom.
(Cole throws a rock into the pool in frustration.)
Wu: What is on your mind, Cole? You seem troubled.
Cole: Ever since I saw my mother's locket, I felt her presence. She's connected to this place somehow, I - I can feel it! (sighs) Listen to me, what am I talking about? Why would my mother have come to this place? We're at the bottom of the world.
Wu: You're right. This is the lowest you have ever been.
Cole: Thanks for noticing.
Wu: No, I mean, your mother once told me that her powers were strongest when she was closest to the earth.
Wu: You've never been farther underground. Never been more surrounded by the very thing that powers you. The Skull Sorcerer thought he was burying you, but what if he was actually bringing you closer to the earth? To the source of your elemental power?
Cole: So what do I do? Try to connect with the earth?
Wu: Perhaps. Or perhaps you just have to stop worrying so much and let the earth connect with you!
Cole: (He nods, closes his eyes, and concentrates.) I'm not feeling anything. (He starts glowing orange.)
Wu: Cole. Open your eyes.
Cole: Whoa. (The rocks around him glow orange and float. He starts floating, too.)
Wu: Let it in. Let the energy of the earth infuse you!
Cole: I feel it. It's coming from the ground all around me! (He punches the ground, and an orange streak leading into the pool appears.) There's a tunnel down there. Maybe a way out!
Fungus: We're with you.
(They dive into the pool and swim through a tunnel. Vania screams when she sees a skull, and Cole gives her a boost up. Wu's cape gets stuck, and Cole frees him.)
Vania: Where's Cole? And Master Wu?
Wu: (He and Cole emerge.) You - you saved my life.
Cole: Nothing you haven't done for me a thousand times. Is everyone okay?
Vania: But which tunnel do we take?
Wu: Cole, touch the ground again. (Cole does so, revealing the correct path.)
Plundar: Across the lava? Ugh, what am I saying? Of course across the lava. All these nice tunnels we could take, but no. We got to take the tunnel on the other side of the lava.
Cole: You think I'm any happier about it? But that's the way. I feel it.
Korgran: Ah, Korgran fears no lava. (He dips a mug into the lava.) Korgran drinks lava for breakfast.
Plundar: No you don't. You drink juice.
Korgran: What? (The mug burns up.) Alright. Juice! Korgran fears no juice. Lava, on other hand ... very scary.
Cole: Is the path filled with danger? Yes. Would it be easier to turn back? Of course. But we can't stop Skull Sorcerer and save our friends trapped down here, can we?
Plundar: We can't stop him if we're dead either.
Cole: Then I guess you better roll your dice and take a chance. What's it gonna be? Turn back, or keep going?
Plundar: Ah. (They begin crossing the lava.) Almost there.
Cole: Wait. I sense danger.
Plundar: What are you talking about? We're practically home free.
Cole: No, I - I sense tremors in the ground beneath us. I've never felt anything like this! (A lava monster emerges and roars.)
Fungus: Never seen anything like that!
Cole: Look out! Guys, listen up! Korgran, frontal assault. Keep it focused, look out for those tentacles.
Korgran: Tentacles should look out for Korgran! (He cuts some of the lava monster's tentacles off, but they grow right back.)
Cole: Master Wu, block those lava balls, and send them right back at him!
Vania: Look out, more lava flying at us! (Wu does Spinjitzu and redirects the lava ball.) Two more to the left! (Wu sends the lava back at the monster.)
Cole: Fungus, see if you can distract him with some more of those snow flurries!
Fungus: I am intended to do more than just distract him!
Cole: Plundar, see if you can sneak around and reach that boulder! It just needs a little nudge!
Plundar: Ah, that's a job for Adam. Get it, Adam! Get it!
(Fungus freezes the lava monster just before it crushes Plundar.)
Cole: Adam! Now! (The boulder crushes and defeats the lava monster.) Everybody all right?
Vania: I'm okay.
Fungus: Doing well, sir Ninja.
Plundar: I've been better.
Korgran: Korgran still alive.
Plundar: Good job, Adam! Good boy!
Cole: Yeah, not bad for a bunch of failed adventurers! (They leave through a tunnel.) Hang on. I'm gonna seal this passage. Just in case that lava monster decides to come back. (He uses his Earth Punch to seal it.)
Plundar: Hey, hold up. I need to say something to you. I was wrong about you. You've been straight with us. You got us out of there, and, well, you're okay in my book.
Cole: Thanks, guys. But let's not start getting all huggy yet. We got a long way to go.
Fungus: For the first time in a long while, I believe we have a chance. Lead on, young Ninja!
Vania: Phew. Let's hope it's downhill from here. I mean, I know it's uphill, but you know, downhill uphill. That would be nice.
Plundar: Yep, I'm willing to bet the worst is behind us.
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