|Shotoken Dojo, Japan
Still the Spring of 1974
As Ryu carried the last stack of chopped wood to the woodshed, he wiped the sweat from his brow as one of his morning chores had ended. For the past few weeks he enjoyed the company of the most inquisitive young girl he ever met.
Okay so she’s the only inquisitive young girl he ever met but he had never met such strong curiosity before. For she had asked him about things that was a natural process in this lush greenery.
had said that she was from a big city…. > Ryu thought about
what his sensei had had said. Ryu had never been to the city. He had asked
ChunLi what it was like and she had answered
That had made Ryu
wonder what life was like there though ChunLi had said that she prefers
the quiet life in the dojo. But when he said that he wanted to experience
the city life ChunLi had said something about ‘grass being greener on that
other side’ or something like that, whatever that meant.
“Finish your chores?”
Gouken asked, he was putting herbs out to dry.
“Ooooh!! Can I come?
Can I? Can I?” A young voice shot out.
“Uhhh…..” Ryu was speechless has he thinks of a logical answer that wouldn’t make him sound stupid. He scratches his head for the moment. This made ChunLi thought that the older boy had no intention taking her along.
“Yes yes? Can I or
not? Please…Please Pretty Please?” She mustered up any amount of sweetness
that she had.
“Ryu…” Gouken voice
broke his train of thoughts saving him from his silence.
“Ch…” Before he could
continue his sentence, ChunLi was already by his side with baskets in hand.
The children followed
a trail that though rarely used was a familiar path to Ryu at least. ChunLi
had stopped now and then to gather up some pretty flowers. When Ryu saw
the mushrooms he wanted, he called ChunLi over and told how to recognise
them in future.
“Why?” ChunLi asked
“NO!! Don’t touch
those!!!” Ryu called out hurriedly preventing her from even plucking one.
ChunLi looked back at him.
“These are bad ones.
Very very bad ones. Don’t even touch those.”
“And if I do. What
are you going to do about that?” There was defiance in her eyes, she was
throwing a challenge back at him.
Ryu shouted. ChunLi’s attention was diverted. She followed the squirrels
deeper into the woods.
At the end of the
path they seem to be in a completely different haven, for below the somewhat
high ledge was a field of flowers. Blue, red, yellow creating a beautiful
scene as far as the eye can see.
“I bet this is where
Jiu Dao Nui live out her exile!!! Yeah at the end of this field of flowers
is where her cottage is!!!” She squealed
“The Dragon Lady!
After she was cursed by that demon! Didn’t Zannah jie tell you that story?”
“Oooh quite far!
A whole lot further than you! I’m at the Big Conference! Okay! Let’s make
a deal. I wanna see how far you can throw your qi. Then I’ll tell you how
much I know!!”
To Ryu, it seem that there was no way out for him, he hate the idea of disappointing ChunLi, with a sigh of resignation he left the basket of mushrooms on the ground. Facing the valley of flowers, he took a deep breath and got into his stance with his hand by one side of his body as if cupping a ball.
ChunLi watched as qi gathers in Ryu’s hands. The tennis ball size qi was at a bright blue but it never left his hands, all it did was hover there, with wispy strands of energy dancing around his hands.
“HADOKEN!!!” he shouted throwing his arms outstretched in front of him, willing the ball of qi outwards.
exploded into nothingness as the wavy strands of energy fizzled away
are you going off to?” Ryu asked seeing ChunLi moving so close to the edge.
The plant wasn’t
far but One can’t reach it if even if One is sprawled on the cliff surface.
Making sure his left hand has a good grip on the surface, he looks down. The flower was a trumpet like lily with a blue tint streaking out from its heart. It was in full bloom.
can reach it with my right hand… > Ryu thinks, carefully he
reached out, from within the leaves of the plant he could see a thin silvery
lining. Fear starts to eat at him.
Ryu yelled in panic.
ChunLi was sprawled on the ground with almost half her body over the edge of the ledge. Her right hand tightly gripping onto Ryu’s wrist and the other gripping the hard ground. Her left hand was bleeding slightly as Ryu’s weight dragged her nearer to the edge.
“Li mei mei! Let’s
go! You’ll fall as well!!” Ryu shouted, flailing about.
“It’s not a long fall! I can take it!!!” Ryu noticed that the hairy legs were gone, he was trying not to panic knowing he might pulled her down if he did, there was a feeling of something crawling on his back. Ryu tried not to think the worst.
Who am I kidding…..But I promise….no harm would come to Li mei mei…..Must
try!!! > he knew that if he didn’t move faster both of them
Ignoring the thought
that spider was on his person, trying to regain his grip on the surface.
A few tries and ChunLi was too close to the edge now. One wrong move and
both would fall. Ryu began gathering his strength for one last try.
< YYESSS! > he was excited as he finally had a grip on the wall. As quickly as he could he climbed back up. When Ryu was a little further from the ledge ChunLi hugged him fiercely and started to sob.
“It’s not your fault….” Ryu began, he realised that both he and ChunLi were still holding onto each other’s hands. He strokes her head trying to soothe her.
“Come on let’s go
back now…. I’m okay so don’t worry that much.”
“I won’t.. It will
be between us. We have to do something for your hand. I know some herb
that can soothe the pain.”
< I promise you Li. When I am older and stronger I will get that flower for you. > Ryu swore in his mind…….