The eight tired warriors
finally made their way from Demon’s Island to the fishing village. Chizuru
had dragged Iori out from the driftwood he was hanging onto much to Kyo’s
protest. Since they don’t have the time to take care of the unconscious
Iori, all Chizuru could do is hand him over to village’s physician with
a small bag of silver and instructions to get him treated.
“And our horses are gone.” Shizmaruru tried to get a word in between the arguing Kyo and Chizuru.
They were still arguing as Kyo had insisted on letting Iori die while Chizuru firmly put her foot down on the fact that the three weapons against Oruchi must have three wielders and since Iori is the present wearer of the Megatama she would not let Iori die.
Seeing no impact at all Shimauru returns to Zannah, Haohmaru and Charlotte joined them with supplies and some news. With their horses gone, the warriors knew that the Twisted Pair had gotten a headstart. Though they wondered if the couple traveled on foot or horseback.
“The couple came
this way a few hours ago.” Haohmaru started
Zannah and Haohmaru looked at her disapprovingly but continued with their conversation.
Rimururu blurted out, suddenly jolting into wakefulness.
“She sent me a thought! She actually sent me a thought that she intends to visit Kamui Kuten!!!!” Naky! We have to go back!!!!” Rimururu sobbed.
“What is in Kamui Kuten that draws their attention?” Zannah asked the sobbing girl, the younger girl look up to her sister, silently pleading with her to tell them of what she knows.
“….. There are many
mystical objects sealed in the grounds of Kamui Kuten….. tablets of spells
mainly…..” Nakaruru reluctantly volunteered her information.
“Maybe she is and
maybe she’s not. Maybe she’s out to destroy Kamui Kuten, Maybe it’s a trap
to hinder us from getting to wherever she really wants to go in time. I
“Then have you seen or heard about a seven colour stone tablet, with seven creature engraved upon it and an indent in the middle?” Zannah asked again.
“The Tsuriai no hogosha (Guardians of Balance) tablet? Yeah, it’s one of the pieces that is kept in the main temple.” Rimururu said, although she still don’t quite understand.
“Bad.” Kyo stop arguing
“It was said to be
able to seal or destroy some demons. What’s so bad about that?” Rimururu
“Enough talk for
now, we have to find a way to get to Kamui Kuten.” Zannah brought everybody
back to the main subject.
Although with everything led out before them, there is still another problem. When mules are attached to wagons, they refused to move. But that issue was solve when Rimururu and Nakaruru ‘spoke’ with the mules.
So in short time
the eight warriors started moving. Haohmaru, Nakaruru and Chizuru on one
wagon with Galford holding the whip to lead the mules. And on the other
wagon are Zannah, Shizumaru, Rimururu and Charlotte with Kyo holding the
whip. They were all moving along but at the plodding speed that the mules
What more they weren’t even sure by what means were Ryu and ChunLi traveling by. The couple could have flown for all they know. They could have cut a straight path through the forest while the eight of them sticks to the main road. For all they know ChunLi could have turned Ryu into something to let her ride all the way to Kamui Kuten.
The eight swore that
when they do get to the next town, they have to get some decent and fast
Ryu ran carrying ChunLi all the way from the fishing village to Kamui Kuten. It wasn’t much of a big deal for them since they had cut through the forests and are now at least two to three days ahead of the eight warriors. Along the way they had made a few stops so as to camp and allow Ryu to gain back his strength. Somehow ChunLi was impressed by his stamina.
And now after resting for the entire night by the little stream a little distance from Kamui Kuten. Ryu walked with ChunLi into the gates of Kamui Kuten. She smirked seeing that there are a few men who were armed and cautious of their approach.
“I bear you no malice.”
ChunLi said, still carried by Ryu, she presented to the inhabitants of
Kamui Kuten no hint of immediate action. Her left hand was still in contact
with Ryu as she was stroking his cheek. As much as the inhabitants know
what she had come for, they can’t attack her until she makes the first
Michiko hobbled out of her hut with Yukina and Seiko supporting her. ChunLi hops down from Ryu’s arms but still she maintains physical contact with him by pressing her back into his body. The expressionless Ryu did not reach up for his blade but kept his eyes on the men carrying weapons, within his mind he was already thinking of different strategies.
“My greetings, Venerable
one.” ChunLi curtsied, still no malice in her voice, formal and neutral,
her true intentions hidden.
“Greetings to you too. I see you have chosen your path? Jiu Dao Nu?” Michiko answered, making sure that her words offend neither ChunLi nor Ryu, she didn’t want that to be used as an excuse for an attack on Kamui Kuten. The lives of the people here are in her hands.
The longer ChunLi and Ryu remains here the more likely are the lives of the villagers are danger. Regardless of whether she bears them malice or no, a fox among chickens is still a fox among chickens.
“Nay Wise one. You
too would know that now is too early.” ChunLi answered casually, she could
taste the tension in the air but still she find no offense in Michiko’s
words. She needed an excuse but couldn’t find one.
Michiko made a gesture with her fingers. Three men headed off to find Poppy, Mamahaha and Shikururu, these creatures might attack the Jiu Dao Nu, giving her the excuse to attack the viallge. So for the sake of the whole village the three creatures would have to be under restraint for now.
ChunLi turned slightly
and whispered something to Ryu in a older Shadowlaw dialect, he nodded
“What can this humble village do for you. Jiu Dao Nu?” She knew what ChunLi wants. And depending on ChunLi’s answer and hers as well, just two answers can prevent bloodshed or start one.
the next few days, my beloved and I are tired after travelling for so long.”
ChunLi smiled back at the older woman.
for Seiko to bring them to the hut near the temple. Though simple in decorations
it is considered comfortable enough. ChunLi looked around the humble hut,
it wasn’t poor enough to let her make her complaint.
“Is this to your liking?” Seiko asked, a tone of respect in her voice, the next few days everybody would have to be careful about what they do and say.
“It is adequate.” ChunLi said, watching Seiko leave.
“There is a spell
on that thing. We can’t touch it because of that. In two nights by the
first howling wolf, that spell will neutralise itself until the end of
the time for the Gathering.”
“Butff Thaff willf
giff themff….” Ryu took the spoon out of his mouth.
“That is a chance
we have to take. More pepper?”
ChunLi sighed and
added a little bit more. The second tasting was better off indeed.