One last location. One last duel to fight.
And this time, Kirby and his friends were brought to a field of lava. At the far end of this place they knew Landia would surely be waiting for them.
It all adds up! thought Kirby. That was the city, and this is the natural terrain. These are the last minions. Sure is hot, though.
Ahead of them was a brown minion. Kirby ate it and...he wore a bandana and held a spear.
"You have my power!" said Waddle Dee.
Kirby looked down. "Um, yes. Yes I do."
The quartet jumped over a tall, narrow vat of spurting lava, where Kirby threw his spear at another minion.
"That was cool!" Kirby exclaimed. "Let's move!"
They rushed forward. Ahead of them were more vats of lava and a few more minions. Easily they dodged and slashed their way past and toward a door.
Inside was a platform. Above them was a ceiling of lava; below them the green concrete the platform was made of. There was no up-or-down arrow and ahead was a wall of lava. In the center was a button.
Kirby realized he had no choice but to push it. "Stay back! I'll go see what this does."
"But what if it's a trap?" asked Meta Knight.
"Then I'll face it and get caught, and you can go on and defeat Landia."
"I'll do it..." Waddle Dee frowned.
"No," said Kirby. "I need you safe." And he did.
Click! The button disappeared, and the platform lowered. A foot-long fly flew toward them, but Kirby speared it.
Below all four of them could hear chittering. "Get behind me!" Kirby shouted, and aimed his spear in front of him. Worried, his three friends did.
With every foot the elevator lowered, more minions poured in than the last. Kirby reacted quickly and speared each one.
Waddle Dee wasn't sure of this before, but now he knew. He'll do anything to keep us safe. That's what a good leader does. Kirby is one.
Two one-eyed bombs were right below. "Eat one!" Dedede shouted. "Eat one and blow up the place!"
"I can't! I might hit you!" Kirby replied immediately. King Dedede watched, awestruck, as Kirby speared them. Finally, the elevator landed with a halt.
Just then, the ceiling above them vaporized and a yellow, feminine minion dropped down. Kirby speared her and caught the key. "Remember seeing these once before?" Kirby asked.
"Yes," said Meta Knight. "Kirby, you're really brave."
Kirby smiled and nodded as another door formed itself. They all rushed in.
Kirby leaped across a series of elevated platforms on his way up, dodging a few giant fireballs in the process. Then he jumped onto a ledge where a giant fish, its body halfway molded into the wall, tried but failed to eat him.
Kirby's friends followed close behind as he jumped on top of a floating bridge. Suddenly, the tiles started to disappear! Startled, Kirby accidentally threw the key off and into the lava. "Fly! Now!" he shouted. They flew past the lava pool and what was left of the bridge.
They climbed another ladder, where they saw what was behind the locked door. An Energy Sphere. Kirby grunted. The key was destroyed. Lost. Gone. "At least it's not the end of the world," said Kirby. Above them was a door. "I think this leads inside Landia's lair!"
Waddle Dee scratched his chin. "Didn't see any siblings?"
"Nope," said Kirby. "I don't think so. Now, let's go!"
Inside, Landia flew in to meet them. They had made it.