Two days, two days too long had pass by since ChunLi relapsed into that discomforting silence and leaving Ryu with that empty chaos once again. He couldn’t understand why it happens, he had her back for a mere moment but then she was gone just like that..
He tried reaching for her the same way but fail in every attempt. It was always the same, something was herding him away from his goal. Something which made him feel that it was stronger than he is.
Ryu got up and scopes ChunLi into his arms, there is still something he has to try even though he might risk injury. Carefully he headed into the tunnel behind the platform, for this one attempt he needed more energy than he could muster up. Energy so pure, so powerful that if he fails, he risks being consumed by that energy. But then every risk he makes for ChunLi is worth it.
Hours pass and the tunnel led him into the basement of Summerlodge and from there he made his way to Witches’ Grove. It was slightly windy today, leaves spiraling from one end of the path to another driven by an invisible force. No sound beyond that of the wind and his footsteps were heard.
Entering the Grove he lets ChunLi lean against the tree trunk while he prepares for what he needs. He hopes that things would go well because if it didn’t, he’ll be in big trouble. So off Ryu went back to the Crossroads and take the southern path that would lead him to Dragonspring.
He ignores the beckoning
warmth of the spring and heads for the small hut hidden slightly by the
foliage. With a bucket he found there he collects the warm water from the
spring and headed back.
Arriving back Witches’ Grove he found a trio of curious foxes watching ChunLi, he realise that they were ‘them’, helping him keep an eye on things while he was gone. The foxes look at him questioningly
“I need to borrow.” Ryu said quietly.
What seems like silent
conference between the trio of foxes ended with the bigger silver fur,
blue eyed one nodding in consent. All three gave him ‘be careful’ look
and vanishes in the foliage.
Ryu moves towards the fire pit that is situated in the center of the Grove. Even though the Gathering had ended barely two days ago, the place still feels strong with the residue qi and it would be strongest here for the whole year until it is replenish once again in ten years time. Qi so strong that it would be difficult to wield if one is not up to that level.
Standing right here in the middle of it all Ryu could feel it, the warmth from the sun’s rays, the cool of the breeze that gently tugs his hair. The same energy but in different forms but it is here as it always has being around except it makes one feels more sensitive to it here than anywhere else.
Standing here he could also feel a sense of darkness, a sense of dread leering at him. This darkness he felt came from ChunLi. Whatever it was in her knows what he was doing. Ryu could feel that it was laughing at him.
He squats down and picks through the ashes, seeking out small crystals the size of a child’s fist. Choosing seven pieces of different colors he sets them into the bucket of spring water. He then let seven drops of his blood drip into the water. It sizzles and the water swirls violently then settles down quietly.
Gently he lays ChunLi
in the center of the Grove, he then uses his finger to draw out a shallow
groove so that it would encircle them. Following that he pours the water
steadily into the shallow circle groove. Finally he takes the colored stones
from the bucket and place them at equal distances apart damming up the
flow of water. Gently pulling ChunLi to a sitting position, he held onto
her hands and closes his eyes.
Tianzai taunts her, IT laughs in glee as it dances around ChunLi. IT without shape or form, IT laughs without sound as IT prevents her from going back to her beloved. IT gave her the feeling that soon Ryu will join her, but as the defender of its host body (ChunLi) as much as ChunLi is the its host.
IT says without words
A lovely pair
at that. IT’s host that wield It’s immense power and IT’s defender to match.
One offensive and defensive. What the couple had gone through was a mere
fraction of IT’s powers. Together not only would they give IT two beautiful
forms, they would give IT the ability to walk this earth and experience
what IT’s two beautiful hosts would allow IT to do. IT gives her two choices:
the easy or the hard way, they both lead to the same thing.
“I won’t give in.” ChunLi answers, too much is at stake here, to give in is to go against what she believes in.
ChunLi could feel
IT laughing at the fact that whatever the couple do.
ChunLi tries to fight
her way out of the dark invisible web, soundless laughter greeted her attempts
.IT sings wordlessly at her
“No!” ChunLi yells
back at spirit.
Curiosity was the
feeling here now,
Alert now IT stops
dancing, silently still IT remains. IT screeches wordlessly at ChunLi to
let go of hope.
“Don’t you dare hurt him!!!” ChunLi could hear her words in echo.
In the darkness ChunLi
sat, the invisible web is gone and inky darkness is before her. She gets
up and starts walking, It doesn’t matter if she was heading left or right.
What she believes in is that as long as she keeps walking she will find
Ryu. Together they will fight their way out of this. There must be a way
to exorcise this dark spirit.
Silence and darkness greeted Ryu the moment he opens his eyes. He started walking forward. But somehow he feels that he had not made any progress at all.
“LI!!!!” he calls out but no one replies.
Ryu continues to walk onwards. After some time in this timeless place he starts to have this feeling that someone was watching him. Laughing and mocking him without words. Something starts to materialize before him.
“You’re not Li.”
Ryu said and walk onwards without looking back.
Doubts seems to flood
Ryu’s mind but Ryu knows those doubts are not his to begin with. This woman
that is harassing him is not the woman he knows.
“How can you be sure?” ChunLi asks again, this time reaching out to touch his cheek. Ryu flinch back to avoid her touch and she laughs.
“Don’t you love me? Don’t you miss me? Don’t you want me anymore?” Her voice was dripping with seduction but still Ryu ignores her.
A peal of laughter
that Ryu found strangely familiar, but Ryu ignores it and walks on. ChunLi
runs up to him, laughs and vanishes before his eyes. Undaunted Ryu walks
“Help…… me..” ChunLi appears behind him once more. Haggard with her hair covering her face, kneeling on the ground and trying to reach for him. But still Ryu ignores her.
Wordless taunts fills
The feeling now change
to one that seems to mock him.
The feeling of temptation
was gone but here now begins another, Ryu could feel that something is
here with him. It taunts him even further.
Tianzai dances before
him unseen. IT laughs shrilly unheard as IT plagues Ryu with more doubts
IT gives Ryu the
picture that he has brought ChunLi back to his world. But without the full
sword that had carried Tianzai once, ChunLi will never be normal again.
And the only solution is to have the full sword is the heart of another
Anger is hot in the
dark air for IT felt Ryu ignore him.
IT laughs at Ryu’s
naivete for thinking that SHE would help.
In that same darkness, ChunLi appears once again this time running towards Ryu, this time Ryu quickens towards her. Ignoring the mocking laughter that send doubts as to whether or not that this is the real ChunLi.
A barrier of fire
forms between them and Ryu seems to be drag further and further away. He
calls out to ChunLi but found himself muted.
As for ChunLi. All she sees is this color wheel dropping into the fire before her. It started to spin. Faster and faster. Giving her the feeling that her life is not in her hands. ChunLi yelled in silence as she rams her way through the spinning wheel and now runs towards Ryu.
IT taunts them, amused
by the fact that despite the hopelessness that is to come they would still
want to be together?
The couple attempt
to reach for each other but the distance remains, as much as Ryu tries
he remains out of reach, as does ChunLi. But ChunLi gave another silent
yell and leaps forward. The silent howling was filled with insane rage
at the moment the couple’s fingers touches. A bright light broke forth
washing over everything, then darkness returns taking everything away
After some time Ryu opens his eyes to darkness. It was not the darkness of the that plane but the darkness of the night sky. Ryu realised that he was wet with perspiration, he felt he was lying on something soft and someone was stroking his forehead.
“LI?!” he calls out
seeing that she was before him no more.
Ryu turned slightly, his heart skips a beat on seeing ChunLi. Warmth fills his otherwise cold broken heart. He turns to embrace her, the familiar warmth and scent of the lily based perfume fills him once more. In his arms again like the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle that fits, she is once again alive and well and in his arms once again.
“We’ll fight it together.”
ChunLi whispers into his ear.