Morning comes as the sun slowly let’s its warm rays wash across the face of the earth, Dew drops hangs precariously on the tips of leaves and birds singings songs of marked territories and where to find food fills the air. A bird dives downwards and tears a grasshopper away from its perch on a blade of grass. Food for its growing nestling.
All this Ryu paid no attention to. All he cares about is the woman he held in his arms. All he knows is that she is real and alive. Not some illusion that fades away like the mist. Gently he fingered a lock of hair, the soft silkiness brought back memories. He missed her and missed her greatly.
While she sleeps,
he kept watch, now and then distracted by the beauty dozing in his arms.
He watches her rouse from sleep and kisses her the moment her eyes open.
She smiled back him, a hand lingering on his face. She looks please and
that is a good sign.
“When do we go back.”
Ryu asked, his eyes never leaving hers
“The others would
be worried by now.” Ryu said quietly they got dressed by the spring moments
“Things could get complicated.” ChunLi mumbled, brushing the dirt off her clothes, once again she was wearing the dark blue shirt and tights under a dark blue wide cuff silk dress coat with ankle length gathered skirts (think Vice and Mature). Tianzai was carefully concealed.
“But that is half
the challenge yes?” ChunLi asked as her hand lingered on Ryu’s face.
“He’s gone again!”
Shizumaru exclaimed, resting his umbrella on his shoulders.
The others follow. Ryu has become trouble than he’s worth these few days and there was nothing they could do. They know that he was worried for ChunLi. But it won’t do him any good to run straight into the claws of a succubus the moment a voice like ChunLi’s call out to him.
They were barely
out the front gates of the temple when they saw someone coming up the path
towards them. Someone is carrying someone else.
“Look who I’ve found!!” they heard him called out to them
“Ryu.” Zannah noted,
her hand on her sword more out of habit than caution.
ChunLi frowned and narrowed her eyes as the screaming girl ran towards them. A reminder from Ryu and her expression changes back to neutral. Still she kept her face buried in Ryu’s chest. Partly due to the fact that she can’t stand the sweetness in the young girl’s voice.
“Li’s tired. Best get her inside.” Ryu said quietly, carrying ChunLi into the temple.
As the couple passed
by her, Nakaruru felt a chill in the air in spite of the warm sunshine.
Some about them frightened her. Something had happen but what? Nakaruru
felt that somehow they had let a snake into a chicken roost and that snake
is picking them off one by one.
As gently as he could, Ryu laid his wife down on the bed of dried grass by the wall. Sitting by her side, he gently ‘wakes’ her to the group of concern faces. ChunLi slowly open her eyes and studied the concerned faces one by one.
“Zannah jie.” She said softly, at the same time making mental note to be wary of the silver hair woman. After all, this woman had known her for a long time. The other three members of the Inner Circle she had to be careful around too. As for the other five in the group, they don’t really know her at all.
ChunLi leaned closer
to Ryu as her gaze shifted from Zannah to the each and every member, all
the while drawing from what Ryu remembered. The moment her eyes locked
onto Nakaruru’s there was silence. She didn’t like the way the younger
woman kept looking her.
A warning jolt of fiery pain made Nakaruru gasped slightly. ChunLi had sent a warning that she knew Nakaruru suspected something. She challenges the younger woman to tell the others what she knew of, knowing that none would believe her.
ChunLi was amused
by the way the younger woman seems flustered. She smiled sweetly back at
her with a cold glint in her eyes. A sense of satisfaction grew in her
when the younger woman broke eye contact and shrunk behind the group.
“How did you escape?!” Rimururu planted herself down in front of ChunLi, large eyes intently watching the older woman with such unnerving sweetness.
boots. I managed to put together a raft.” ChunLi pointed to her boots,
noting the shadow of a smile on Zannah’s face.
“There is this island
east of here. There was this castle.” ChunLi started, giving them what
they need to know.
hissed, her eyes narrowed.
< Wards?…. wards..wards… Ah wards… > ChunLi understood from what information Ryu gave her.
“Huh?” Rimururu blinked
“So what do we with
her?” ChunLi asked, fingering Ryu’s headband as she watches the banter
going on in the room.
“Indeed she isn’t. I guess.” ChunLi smiled back almost submissively as she lies lazily against Ryu. One hand had been placed on Ryu’s arm since the conversation started. She can’t afford to have him beating up these people at this point in time.
<< Patience. Beloved patience. > > She coos at him, feeling the muscles in his arms relaxed. Her hand snakes up to his face once more gently patting his face. There seem to be some kind of silent conversation between them.
“Tonight?” he asked,
upset by the fact that Zannah had overruled ChunLi.