It took the couple about half a day to travel from Summerlodge to the main city, They were slightly surprise to find a carriage waiting for them. Without delay the couple was ushered aboard and taken straight to the main palace.
On seeing the Crown
Princess and her silent warrior arriving the guards snapped to attention
immediately. It had being months since the couple had being away. Their
return always calls for a celebration. The couple was then further ushered
into a private garden.
The Oriental setting
of the garden was carefully created, miniature waterfalls doted the area.
Colourful Koi fish swimming in the lily and lotus filled the large pond.
The couple walked over the small bridge built over the pond. A picture
of serenity and perfection. Yet squirrels were allow to roamed the area
raiding fruits from the trees and knocking birds’ nests out of the branches.
The garden was in bloom and the air was refreshing with the whiff of flowers floating around. Within this place of beauty was a sense of pure evil. It felt strong in this place of purity. And all the aura of evil came from the man in the robe.
Lord Vega (M Bison) ruler of the Shadowlaw Empire put down his glass of wine on seeing his guests. He has not seen them for almost a year and had invited them here as soon as he knew they had return.
The aura of evil
seems to soften much on seeing ChunLi, his favorite child among many, his
pride and joy, the gem of the empire and most importantly the only child
of his to inherit his Psycho Power. She would have inherited the empire
as well if she had not chose a to lead life away from the court politics.
“Li! My daughter.
Welcome back! ”Vega said as ChunLi hugged him.
< Great. That still remains. Guess the tension is too strong to be mellowed down. I don’t really want to see them both killed each other. > ChunLi thought as she eyed the two men who seem ready to bite off each other’s head. They held each other’s gaze in contempt, throwing a challenge to the other.
“Ahem!” ChunLi coughed
drawing the attention to her. The two were slightly embarrassed to be caught
at it again.
Following Vega they
walked through another path that leads to another garden, this one was
different from the other. This garden lets a large variety of roses were
left to grow wildly, those who thread on this path must stay in the center
or risk being scratch by the thorns as the rose bushes seem to threatened
to overtake the path. Nearing the center of this garden the scent of roses
became overwhelmingly strong. There was a feeling that someone was watching
“Li.. She wishes
to speak to you alone. Please do give me some face value if you do not
wish to show her respect.” His rested his hand on ChunLi shoulders.
< At least
she knew better than to pit my father against me. > She thought as
the door closed behind her. She couldn’t get along well with her father’s
favorite mistress. That was another reason for staying away from the palace.
Their believes have always clashed, what does the woman wants with her
The scent of roses was overwhelmingly strong in here. Seeing the purple hair woman, ChunLi automatically size her up. She knew that they both held special places in her father’s heart and their words hold weight. ChunLi wondered whom would her father side if ever a fight between the two arise. She passed through the numerous veils to the center of the room.
“I am honored by
your presence, Princess.” Rose spoke, breaking eye contact first.
“Do tell.” ChunLi
said, eyeing Rose as the older woman got up.
“And if I choose
not to go?” ChunLi sipped her tea
“Then you are likely
to be taken against your will.”
< As good
as going back to square one. > ChunLi got up preparing to leave.
She had a feeling that Rose was not giving her the full picture, but that
does not matter for she knew who else could answer her question.
Leaving the rose
scented chamber ChunLi headed down the path towards the kitchen, instincts
made her step aside as a meat chopper flew passed her embedding itself
on the floor. Ryu ran by carrying a roast turkey. He brakes on seeing her
“Hi Li! Explain
to you later. Bye Li.” He picked up his speed again
“Oh. Xiao Li(Little
Li). You’ve return. That husband of yours is still has yet to change.”
He said straightening up.
“I’ll see you later
then.” Jack rushed down the path that Ryu had taken. Warrior or no warrior
nobody messes with the ‘Tiger of the kitchen’ and gets away with it. ChunLi
shrugs as she heard the din on the side and continue to walk on. Passing
the kitchen door, the aroma of the roast chicken lured her in. She looked
left and right and scooted out of the kitchen with two chicken drumsticks.
ChunLi strolled down
the garden path that would lead to her chamber, sitting down by a stone
bench to relish her prize.
“Well…We can’t resist
that meatloaf.” Another voice added. ChunLi looked up, Her wards were hiding
up in the tall tree. They were following her example. ChunLi slapped her
ChunLi smiled as
she unsheathed her sword. A slim metallic blue double-edge blade, a ring
of spikes separates the blade and the hilt of royal blue colour. There
are some engravings on the blade. ChunLi used the tip of the blade and
began etching on the sand patch near the statue. The leaves whispered as
the wind blows. The rune on the sand began to glow upon completion.
“Doh! There we go
again.” One of them said.
Shorter than ChunLi by a head, she wore an attire almost similar to ChunLi except for the fact that her clothes was like a chain mail made of grayish blue scales. A trenchcoat like robe covered that attire. A sword with a bluish orb on the pommel. It’s crossguard were two dragon heads holding a pearl in it mouth.
She brushes one gloved
hand over her shoulder length bob to straighten it, though it doesn’t makes
much of a difference. A grayish blue headband with the same type of scales
kept her fringe from her eyes.
“Why.” ChunLi asked.
“It be one heck of
trip. Li Jie(sister Li).” Iwa said, looking up the tree where she fell
from, her companions were gone by now.
A little while later when ChunLi washed up and dressed for tonight’s feast. Wearing a light silk straight gown with a silk dress coat which she belted up. Her sword hidden under the coat.
Ryu came into their
chambers, slightly bruised and a light cut on his left cheek. ChunLi offered
him the other drumstick that she had being saving for. She dabbed the cut
with some ointment.
Some time later
“My my. you should
dress like this more often. Living up to your title indeed.” ChunLi said
as she looked at Ryu in attire. Black boots, a white jacket and pants top
off with a cape that made him look rather regal (Think Ryu in Vega’s military
attire). The black broadsword strapped to his side. Together they left
for the feast.