|In the forest at
the outskirts of a trading town
With Tianzai encased in the box, the journey had gone on rather smoothly without too much interference. It occurred to ChunLi that although immaterial Tianzai could still influence minds and to a point even the weather. No wonder IT was sealed away in amber and buried deep underground.
For even in amber
IT had still manage to influence Gill. She stole a glance at the wooden
box that Rimururu was assigned to keep. The girl's singing and her presence
had managed to disorient the dark spirit from IT's true target.
The box had also greatly limited Tianzai's influence, she had decided not to the touch the box again. For when she had, Tianzai had filled her mind with painful shrill screams that shriek away demanding, pleading to be release. For if not, IT swore vengeance by the time IT gets out her precious Ryu will be the first to suffer.
She shuddered at the thought of what would happen if that by the end of forty-nine when the box could no longer contain the violent dark spirit. But then ChunLi need not worry that much for they would be nearer to their target by then.
The camp itself was
set up at the outskirts of a busy trading town far from the little farming
community that Tianzai had influenced into becoming a torch and pitchforks
bearing mob. Haohmaru and Chizuru had taken one of the wagons into town
to trade for horses and some supplies and Galford had taken Nakaruru into
town to consult a physician on her present condition.
ChunLi smile fondly as she watch the ruckus going about at the back of the camp. She had the feeling that breakfast is going to be late today. Considering the fact that Iwa, Kumori, Kyo and Rimururu were chasing around a few uncooperative wild fowl.
"BODY GA!!! AME~
ZE!!!!" Kyo yelled, smashing a fistful of flame into a bush.
"Show off." Iwa growled
and walked away to look for fruits instead.
Kyo was left standing alone with an extra crispy overdone wild fowl in his hand. His embarrassment increase when he heard stifled giggles that broke into hearty laugh.
"What?" He said in
"You kids have fun.
I'm going to see how Ryu and Zannah are doing." ChunLi said, trying hard
not to laugh and further embarrassed Kyo. She had this feeling that the
quartet was having too much fun chasing wild fowl than actually catching
But then again they
deserved this break, ChunLi thought to herself. After all that everybody
had gone through, a little cheer is always appreciated. Even the sound
of her own thoughts is much appreciated. No shrill scream trying to influence
her, no one threatening her or the ones around her. Relief is what she
felt now. And for once she could actually see beyond the gloom that Tianzai
had cultivated in her.
"So. How's the catch."
ChunLi found Ryu and Zannah by the stream.
"You feeling better?" Ryu puts his fishing rod down. The injuries of last night seem to be heeling slowly. But despite the injuries he seems more relaxed, but that was due to the fact that he is relived that ChunLi has gain some respite from the meddlesome Tianzai.
"Yeah. Much better.
Thanks to everybody. You?" ChunLi gently touch the bruise on Ryu's chin.
He nearly flinches from the pain but yet he maintains his composure.
The stream is alive with fishes swimming about but none seems to take bait. With a frown, Ryu rolled up the hem of his pants and steps into the stream. Splashing water about as he chases after the large silvery fish.
The two women broke out in laughter over his failed attempts. Ryu stops and narrows his eyes in frustration. He glances at the two women who are still laughing and the fishes that seem to taunt him. Closing his eyes he concentrates, letting the qi flow.
"HADOKEN!!!!!!!" He yells, a large explosion of water was sent flying by the qi projectile. Soon it was raining fish, some crab, fresh water shrimps and some unlucky frogs.
"SPLATT!!!" A large
fish drops down on Ryu's head and slid down his face. The look of disgust
appears on his face on seeing how the two women are laughing at him.
"I'm sorry…hee hee….
You reminded me of Kyo….hehe… Do wash up….heee." ChunLi giggled.
"Well. At least Li
is feeling better." He took pride in that, but still felt a little foolish
standing in the stream with a dead frog on his head.
Back at the camp, ChunLi found that Hahmaru and Chizuru had just return.
ChunLi asked as she unloads the fish.
Kyo was grinning as he watches the firewood that seems to beckon for his flame. He raises his arm to the air, a small flame spark to life at the tip of his finger. Iwa, Kumori and Rimururu glared at him, reminding him. He mumbled as he grudgingly bring his arm down slowly and let the little flame light up the wood, displease with the fact that he was denied of a dramatic way to light up the firewood.
At this point Ryu joins them for breakfast. The others were looking at him questioningly and were about to comment of the fishy smell when he glares at them.
"Not a word." He warns.
And so breakfast
went on quietly though occasionally broken by bouts of stifled giggles.
For soon after breakfast they would check in at inn for a little rest and