|Shadowlaw Main Palace.
“They’re back!!” Iwa yells and runs off
“BY THE GREAT RIVERS OF EDO!!!! THEY’RE BACK!! BRING MORE WINE!!!! NEVERMIND THAT BRING MORE FOOD!!!” Haohmaru yells at the top of his lungs.
The people who were now technically recovering from the recent battle had forgotten about their injuries. As two of their comrades have return.
“Naky!!!! They’re back!” Rimururu squeals
to her sister runs after the others
“Great to have you, little sister.” Zannah
hugs the younger woman.
“That’s good. Here.” Rimururu handed a
pouch to ChunLi.
“Really. You just waltz in here and these people act like nothing happen. Like Charlotte and Shizumaru weren’t injured. Kamui Kuten wasn’t fully destroyed. Like blood is not on your hands.” Nakaruru points her finger accusingly at ChunLi.
For some reason, she could not stand the thought of that woman returning, she felt threatened by ChunLi’s presence
“What’s done is done. We won’t get our
job done by harping on the past.” Zannah repiled
ChunLi narrowed her eyes and grabs Nakaruru by her shirtfront, pulling the younger woman off her feet.
“I am not proud of what I had done. No
amount of apologies can make up for the atrocities and I will not hide
from that fact. This dark spirit must be exorcise regardless. I am already
living with my guilt but if you want my blood along with it, take my life
if you have what it takes.” ChunLi shoves Nakaruru aside and strides off.
“Naky.” Rimururu knelt down by her side.
The garden area of ChunLi’s chamber
Opening the pouch that Rimururu gave them. ChunLi found a note with instructions written.
“For you.” ChunLi handed the note to Zannah.
“She wants us to go look for HER too.” Kumori added. Rimururu was wondering who is this HER they all were talking about. It was as if half the people here knows who this woman is but had refuse to call her by name.
“The very heart of Chaos huh.” ChunLi sigh.
A gust of wind blows the leaves in a spiraling circle. Kyo reaches for his sword by Chizuru stops him.
“Thank you for calming the boy down Aiko.”
Geonitz took a cup of tea from the stone table.
“Think about it. You are the perfect candidate to be HER host, which is why Tianzai wanted you as well. What makes you think that you are not trading in one demon for another.”
“That’s a risk we intend to take.” Ryu butted in, he’s starting to find Geonitz’s sudden appearances on the verge of irritating, and up to some point it seems to lead to some bad events.
“That is good to know. And you. Beyond irritating this lot to death. You have to go along with them on this trip else it would fail.” Geonitz spoke to Nakaruru who was eavesdropping.
“See told you she serves some annoying
purpose. You owe me lunch.” Kumori told a grumbling Iwa.
“Ah good, the two of you are here. I was
starting to wonder which two of your kind would aid them in this trip.
I would have believe that you were not comfortable with the idea of going
‘back’ before it is time.”
“Stop that.” Geonitz started
“What more can you tell us about HER. Bearer
of wind.” ChunLi asks.
“Come people. Our paths are set. We should
get cracking. The faster we start the sooner we reach our destination.”
Haohmaru got up and took another sip of his wine.
“Guilin.” Iwa answered
Later that evening the couple chose to have dinner in their quarters, they felt somewhat awkward about rejoining the group after what had happen. As Nakaruru had said, what is done will always be there. Even if the others believe that it was not ChunLi’s fault. The burden of responsibility is there.
“Li?” Ryu call out gently.
“Still thinking about what Nakaruru said?”
Ryu sighed, there was a sudden feeling of invisible glee taunting him. It was like someone pointing out to him and saying:
It demanded him to look at what she has become. It hopes that he should be really happy now. Since he wanted her back. It gave her back to him. But now she torn and broken. Does he still want her? No? Then kill her and return her to It. Oh and kill himself by the way too. Thank you oh so very much.
Ryu knew who it was that was taunting him,
apparently this dark spirit has yet to give up on ChunLi. The more reason
to fight back.
Outside at the garden area, ChunLi knelt by the side of the ornamental pool. One hand constantly rubbing the other hand underneath the flowing water. Her hands are clean yet she sees them as dirty. She suddenly jolted up as the feeling struck her. Guilt weighing heavily on her shoulders.
It then locks her in that private world
and invades her thoughts.
And now It asks her why does she suffers
She could see Ryu coming into the garden but couldn’t call out to him. Frozen like a statue she stood. An unheard shriek was heard as Ryu put his arms around ChunLi and held her. The feeling of Tianzai’s presence was gone for now. ChunLi responded to Ryu’s embrace with a whisper that echoes his answer to a question they both left unasked.
“All the more reason to fight back.”