The night was silent
as the villagers tended to their wounded and rebuild what they can, no
major damage was caused, no lives lost. But still if the Jiu Dao Nu could
this to them. Who could make sure she wouldn’t do worse to others.
“That’s why she must
be destroyed!” Nakaruru insisted, she was only lightly bruised but her
pride was hurt. Rimururu and her were conversing with the three elders
while the others were helping out in the village.
The elders frowned
at that, the young woman still has not change her opinion, and they had
a feeling that this was going to be difficult. Michiko mumbled something
that killing Jiu Dao Nu would not solve anything.” Yukina translated.
“But why do you insist
on preserving ChunLi’s life. Is she a link to something else? Grandmother?”
Rimururu asked, she was quietly listening to the conversation the whole
Michiko smiled at the younger girl and began saying something rapidly to Yukina who chuckled at what the older woman had said. Yukina asked Michiko something else and Michiko answered with another chuckle.
that at least you have the sense to ask the right question.” Yukina tried
to hide a smile.
“And the dark spirit that is Tensai (Tianzai). Will resurrect both of them giving it the chance to make these two mortals’ shell its own residence instead. Which just simply means that Tensai bypass using the Godling and still get the mortal shells it requires. Which makes path one come true even though certain things have changed,” Yukina the sipped her tea.
“But why can’t they
kill themselves?” Rimururu asked again.
There was a polite knock on the door and the silver hair, statuesque warrior woman entered.
I am glad that you can make it.” Michiko spoke directly to the silver hair
woman in fluent Japanese accented English.
“Grandmother! You knew what we were all talking about in the first place? What didn’t you say so?!” Nakaruru was stunned. Michiko’s eyes narrowed and whispered again in that Japanese dialect to Yukina.
“And have you argue
with her before she could say anything. At least this way you would actually
listen to what she has to say. That was partly why Grandmother insists
on you going on this trip with your sister. There are some things that
you have to see with your own eyes.” Yukina berated Nakaruru.
Seiko had just returned from the oak chest and handed a pouch to Zannah. Opening it there was a piece of paper in a language of kind and a map.
“And this is?”
“And how do I help
my sister?” Zannah asked. Michiko smiled and gestured Zannah to come over
and whispered for a while in her ear.
“To get Ryu to do
that to ChunLi would be difficult if not impossible.” Zannah mused.
With that Michiko
dismissed their guests, since they have to get going in the morning.
Two weeks later
The eastern mountain borders of Shadowlaw
It was dawn and the sun seems to be climbing out from behind the mountains. Sitting preciously upon the high ledge of the mountain is the Twisted Pair. ChunLi was lying within Ryu’s embrace as they stared down at the land beneath them. ChunLi was stroking Ryu’s thigh casually while observing how the sun’s rays washes over the fertile rice fields.
Further east would be the main city and the Shadowlaw Castle. But their destination is beyond the chasm. They are to go to Witches’ Grove. That too is a part of ChunLi’s estate.
Within a few days
upon that very piece of land great power will concentrate as Shadow Warriors
begins the Gathering. It was an affair that happens every ten years but
for this time the power taken will benefit the Chaos Mother’s return in
human flesh. The world a gem in their hands to shape as they so please.
Rough hands gently massaging her shoulders turn her thoughts back to now. She knows where her path lies and intends to keep the Defender with her. Why should she give his life up for the Godling? Why should she submit herself to the Godling? Why should she ascend alone? When she can have her partner is greatness ascending with her.
All that was needed
is to use the Godling’s heart instead, a change of plans require a change
in equipment naturally. So that was why she had to take that tablet. But
so far the chances of they being stop by anybody is quite remote.
ChunLi turned slightly so that she now faces Ryu, her right hand on his face, she rewarded him with another shower of kisses on his lips.
“I want his heart.”
She coos at him. Her right hand slides lovingly down to his chest.
“The time is at hand
then.” Ryu asked, his thumb was rubbing her waist automatically.
Moments later they
got up. ChunLi climbed onto Ryu’s back, her legs clamped around his waist.
Carefully Ryu began
climbing down the face of the mountain, ChunLi was silent as to not distract
him. There are easier ways to descend the mountain but that would defeat
some strange purpose. She presses her cheek onto his warm back and held
him tighter as a gust of wind sweeps past. It won’t be long. It won’t be
Witches’ Grove, Shadowlaw
Rose knew that her safety would not be guarantee by coming here. But she had to. She sees the seven of them, sitting around a fire with a deer roasting on a spit. The statue that was in the middle had being pushed aside. Though she approached silently she saw seven crossbows aimed at her.
There are seven of
them, two she knows as Iwa and Kumori. The other five she knows them not.
She sensed that these seven aren’t the least bit ordinary and would have
destroyed her as she stood if they choose to. The crossbows are just for
“Come no closer.”
The long hair one said.
“She is coming for
all of you.”
“Don’t you intend
to fight back?”
“But it is a big
“Chasm.” The youngest
“Ooohhhh.” The seven said in union. They just had another glimpse of the future. They shrugged and five of them pointed at Iwa and Kumori. The elder two slap their foreheads with a sigh of resignation. It was up to them to represent the group in the fight again.