Ninjago Season 8: Baby Garmadon and the Unexpected Lullaby
It happened. It actually happened.
The Temple of Resurrection was filled with a blinding light as the spell was completed. Lloyd fell backwards, holding his bandaged hand from the cut needed to bring his dad back.
As the light died down, the last thing both teams expected to hear rose from the smoking circle of resurrection.
A baby’s cry.
The other team stood back in shock, but the Ninja team didn’t hesitate. “Get him!” Lloyd barked.
Cole instantly flipped over the barrier and scooped up the baby. As the Garmadon worshippers snapped into action, the ninja team was already set to holding them back. Cole tucked the child into his arm and then lifted a glowing fist as the signal.
Lloyd nodded, seeing the glowing orange hand. “Retreat!” He ordered as he painfully pushed himself off the ground.
The ninjas vanished like ghosts, but the worshippers weren’t that easily defeated. “Follow them!” The leader screeched.
The ninjas regrouped at the edge of the temple. “They are hot on my trail,” Kai huffed as he slid in the circle.
"Alright,“ Lloyd acknowledged the red ninja. "We need to get us and Garmadon to the Bounty. I recommend we split up, so they have to split up too.”
"Who is going to take the baby?“ Jay asked, looking around.
Lloyd extended his hands to Cole. "I will. He is my dad."
Cole didn’t hesitate when he handed the small child over. Lloyd took the child, but then something weird happened.
The baby began to cry.
"No no no,” Lloyd hushed to the baby but something was clearly making the baby upset.
"Over there!“ The leader of the worshippers called through the twilight mist.
Lloyd pulled the baby closer to him, but he just cried even harder. He stuck his pudgy arms out towards the sleeveless ninja.
The green eyed ninja slowly raised his eyes to Cole. "I think….he wants you."
The black haired ninja stared blankly back. "No way. I can’t care for babies. I don’t even like babies-”
Lloyd passed the baby to Cole. The baby instantly stopped crying and smiled up at the tall muscular ninja. “Well, get your parent instincts on, you’re taking care of him til we get to the Bounty."
Cole looked down at the smiling baby before rolling his eyes and tying him to his back. "Hold on Lil’ Garmy.” He grumbled as he tightened his new package on his back.
A burning arrow stuck itself right above Zane’s head. “We need to leave.” He told everyone.
The ninja all nodded in unison and split into the night.
The tall and muscular ninja slid through the jungle like he was a ghost. His eyes constantly darted through the undergrowth, looking for movement. The Bounty was still about a hundred yards away but he wasn’t about to take any chances, especially with Garmadon strapped to his back.
A twig snapped to his right.
Cole ducked down fast and froze. The baby was being remarkably silent as he waited to pounce on the enemy. He tightened his grasp on his war hammer and waited until he saw movement.
Cole sighed then stood up. Jay flinched and bit back a yelp. "Cole! You gave me a heart attack!"
"You gave me one first!” Cole hissed back as he tightened his package.
"How is he doing back there?“ the blue ninja asked as he peered over Cole’s shoulder.
The baby smiled in return. "He’s doing fine,” Cole grumbled. He motioned with his hand and they both ducked into the undergrowth and crawled together toward the Bounty.
"I knew the Resurrection thing would make a baby, but I didn’t expect to be the babysitter,“ the taller ninja grumbled. "I’m horrible with babies."
Jay looked over with his eyes narrowed. "I thought you said you liked kids."
He snorted. "There’s a fine line between a child and a baby.” He explained. “Kids you can entertain with screens and they can use imagination. Babies sleep, poop, eat, and-"
A wail cried out from Cole’s back. The two ninja froze. ”-cry.“ Cole finished with wide eyes.
Baby Garmadon began to screech. Cole untied him and held in him his arms, trying to look for what was wrong. "Hey, hey, hey….sssshhhhh!” Cole tried to comfort the baby while Jay looked around in panic.
"Jay I don’t know what’s wrong!“ Cole hissed as the baby continued to cry. It was so loud, he was sure their location was jeopardized.
"We have to make a run for it!” Jay spat quietly, but Cole shook his head. “They don’t know where we are yet-we need to get him quiet!"
"OVER HERE!” A distant cry echoed through the woods. Baby Garmadon continued to wail.
Jay held his head in panic. “Give it food!"
"I don’t have any!"
The blue ninja made a panicked noise in this throat. "Well, do something! Cover its mouth, sing a lullaby or something-"
"I’m not covering his mouth!” Cole hissed through his teeth. “And I’m not going to sing-"
”We are gonna get caught if you don’t do something!“ Jay screeched as softly as possible.
"Grrrr! Fine!” Cole spat as he cradled the crying child. “Um…go to sleep…"
Baby Garmadon’s wails died down some as Cole’s voice softened into song. Jay’s jaw dropped under his mask.
Cole’s heart pounded, but he kept going. "Uh…”
"Go to sleep my little one
Sleep until again there’s sun.“
His voice was shaking now, but the baby was now staring at Cole, completely calm. He looked up at Jay, who gestured to him to keep going. He took in a shaky breath but continued.
"Hear my voice, you’re safe with me
Hear my sweet sweet melody."
Baby Garmadon started to blink sleepily. Cole couldn’t believe this was actually working. As Jay peered over the bushes, Cole finished the last verse in a controlled and soothing tune.
"Don’t be scared, and please don’t cry
Listen to this lullaby.”
Silence fell again on the forest as the baby softly slept in Cole’s giant arms. The two ninja anticipated an attack, but none ever came. Jay poked his head out of their bushes and waved the clear sign. Cole glanced one last time at the baby before holding him tight and making a dash for the ship.
In a few seconds, Jay and Cole were halfway up the gangway. “J AND C!” Jay wailed as they hit the deck. All the other ninja were waiting for them, where Nya instantly pulled the ship up and off the ground, Zane and Kai lifted the gangway, and Lloyd pulled the sails taught. Another few seconds and their ship was airborne.
The ninja all met together in the kitchen, where Cole was cradling the baby. Lloyd was the last one in with his mom, who had wrapped fresh gauze on his hand. “I’m glad we are all safe. Especially you, Cole. Looks like you didn’t have any complications."
Jay snorted. "We did have one big one. The baby decided to let loose a sobbing fit while we were in stealth mode."
Kai’s jaw dropped. "How did you not get found?"
The team all turned to Cole, who was sitting in the corner slowly rocking the baby. Baby Garmadon was fast asleep with his little head facing Cole. His left tiny hand was resting on Cole’s bicep, but the Ninja didn’t care. In fact, he was looking down upon the baby with an unusual small smile, as if he was the proud father.
Jay slowly turned back to the group. "He sang a lullaby."
Now all the ninja’s jaws dropped. "I thought Cole said he couldn’t sing,” Zane murmured.
The blue ninja forced a laugh. “Well, he lied. Big time."
Cole slowly cradled the baby but looked up at the team. They all stared at him in shock. The black ninja blushed. "Fine, yes, I can carry a tune."
Jay crossed his arms. "You can do more than just carry a tune. You put a baby to sleep just with your voice."
Cole blushed harder. "The song….it was sung to me when I was a baby. I remember my dad singing it to me every night….but…” Cole drifted off, his eyes staring in the distance deep in memories. “…I kind of remember someone else singing to me, a woman."
"Your mom?” Nya asked.
He looked back down at the small child, who was starting to stir. “I don’t remember my mom at all. Dad said she passed before I could remember."
Now the baby was yawning and blinking open his big brown eyes. He gazed at Cole, before smiling a little. "Wuah-wuah!” He cooed at the Ninja.
Cole smiled back and said, “Wuah-wuah!” back. The ninja all stood in silence, shocked to see this side of Cole for the first time.
With a huge smile, Baby Garmadon clapped its small hands together. Then it reached up to Cole’s face and spoke, “Da-Da!"
Cole’s smile faded and color drained from his face. He slowly looked up at the team in shock.
Jay was coving his mouth trying not to explode in laughter, but Cole didn’t think it was funny. "He thinks….” Cole breathed, as he looked down at the baby. “Garmadon thinks I’m his dad.”