|7th Street South
It was a windy cloudy
day. A two-story house surrounded by white picket fences, A neat little
garden by the drive way. A dark blue Harley Davidson drove in and stops.
The black clad rider got out and headed to front door. She took off her
helmet and shook her jaw length black hair loose before ringing the doorbell.
She's in her late thirties but seem like twenty, but the cold dark brown eyes show the truth, the horror she was to those who got in her way. Little old ladies would cross the streets just to avoid her.
Mothers would scare
their children into being good by saying they would call in the bounty
hunter on them. Her black jacket carried the Chinese words “Kuang Mo Long”
(Psycho Demon Dragon).
“Ding Dong Ding Dong.” The door opens to reveal the owner who is in her late forties but look like she's in her early thirties.
Her natural beauty
unmarred by the few wrinkles. Mature like fine wine, beautiful regardless.
Seeing her guest she shed a few tears for they had not seen each other
for almost a decade. The biker was unable to smile but only gave a twitch
in her lip, the closest thing to a smile.
“Li Jie.” The biker
said as she hug the woman, she could feel the elder woman flinch in pain.
The biker released the woman almost immediately.
The biker cock her
head to right and raised her eyebrows in a slightly curious manner, there
was something in her voice that bothered her and she suspected her friend
was hiding something from her.
Iwa really suspected that something was wrong, it seems to her that ChunLi is hiding something from her. She was about to ask more when the door opened, she noted that ChunLi seem to jump a little and glance nervously towards the door.
“MOM! I'm home!”
The voice of a teenage girl. ChunLi relaxed.
“Haru. Say hello
to Iwa.” ChunLi said nervously.
While Iwa looked
around the mantelpiece. Feeling the stone statue that was holding the clock,
she almost flinched when touched it. Her eyes wide open in disbelieve,
as if she never expected this feeling here.
“Mom why did you
bring her here? You know what Dad would do if he knew you had guests. You
know Kage had a fallout with Dad because of what he did the last time.
I didn't leave because I was afraid of what he might do to you.” Haru said
in a hush tone.
“Speak the truth!
The qi never lies. What's going on here?” Iwa asked as she stormed into
Then the door opens.
A man entered, carrying with him a sense of dread and fear to those around
him. His moody face dark and foreboding. Staring at Iwa there was a sense
of loathing and threat as if challenging her.
< Odd There
was no qi on him? > Iwa thought.
“Come. I tell you
but not here.” Haru said. “Can you drive me to the café?”
A little while later
“Seven years ago, Gouki found him. They fought hard but Dad lost and Gouki destroyed his qi and martial arts. Dad nearly went crazy because of that. At first we tried to help him deal with it but he snapped when he had to be defended by his family. For a warrior losing one’s ability to fight is worst than death."
"Of all places he
came here to cope. He turned to drinking when Grand Master Gouken was murdered
by Gouki and that's when the nightly beatings and the morning apologies
started. She loved him too much to fight back. You know she used to be
strong…..” Haru fought back the tears.
“….But now its a
180 degrees change. Kage tried to defend Mom but ended up being thrown
out of the house. The dojo down at Shadowlaw is run by him now. Mom made
him swear never to tell anybody, not Granddad and especially not you, not
anyone of the IC. She kept saying he would change. I think you know that
she called you in as a last resort. When Mel found out she made him swore
“I'm gonna kill that mo sum yan (heartless cad)!! After all that she had done for him. He treats her like this?!” Iwa said as she stood knocking down her chair. Haru grabbed her arm.
“Please no. Mom said that he'll change when he sees you. Please don't hurt him. Do this for my mom. I know you respect her a lot. If you still do, hear her cause please.” Haru pleaded. Iwa set down and listen.
“I try to visit more
often when I found that he won't touch her when I was around.”
Dinner was unusually quiet and was finish fast. Ryu could feel Iwa glaring at him silently sizing him up as if daring him to make a move. She had that classic ‘Touch her and die’ look on her face whenever she was overly defensive. After dinner They stayed out of each others line of sight. Ryu kept ChunLi closed to him. The tension was so thick that you could cut it with a knife.
“I don't get it.
They got love and fear relationship going on. He scares her so much yet
she didn't mind staying by his side?” Iwa said.
“I thought his dark
side would stop him from doing this? Or hers for that matter?” Iwa asked.
“I don't like it.
Feels awful uncomfortable just now. I wanna stay over.” Mel said.
The night seem eventful
until dawn when the cops and the medics came, the neighbours had alerted
the authorities when it happened. Ryu was in a coma from the fall and the
loss of blood. ChunLi in tears and a state of shock. Haru and Mel slightly
confuse. Iwa was taken to the police station for questioning.
Word was flowing
around that the bounty hunter who is the wife's disciple was angry and
had decided to kill the husband.
Blue Mary shone the
lamp in Iwa’s face.
“You can't deny that the dagger isn't yours. Your trademark was on it. And you have more than a dozen on your person.” Irriated Mary slapped Iwa's feet off the table.
“I admit that its
mine. But I'm not the only one who owns such a dagger. Mel has one, so
does Haru and so does the lady herself.”
An officer came and
spoke to Blue Mary who turned to Iwa.
a day later
“You've being here
the whole night go home and rest.” Iwa said
“Why? Hoi sang yat
hai lei seng shiong chou hei. (He takes his anger out on you everyday)”
“I could never leave
him. Not even if this is the reason to.”
“They made it through
didn't they. If she could why can't I? You had never being in love and
never love like I did. I called you in to remind him of his promise. I
never expected this to happen. I would never want this to happen. Maybe
it was predestined for us to suffer. Bad things happens to good people
sometimes. Maybe this is the best way for us to start over.” She said in
a soft voice.
“Came to finish your
job?” Blue Mary asked. “Iwa Hoshi or whatever-your-real-name-is. I hereby
place you under arrest for the attempted murder of Ryu Hoshi. You have
the right to remain silent.”
“Drop the charges
against her.” ChunLi spoke softly but firmly, her attention was still on
Ryu, tears was flowing down her cheeks as she watched her husband labour
over each breath .
ChunLi turned around
focusing her attention on Blue Mary.
“That morning he was questioning me, maybe he was jealous that she came as soon as I called her. Maybe he felt threatened. Everything else happened so quickly. There was a struggle…… somehow I had the dagger in my hand and he was stabbed when he rushed towards me…. He was shocked, staggering backwards. Lost his balance and fell out the window….” She was silent.
Iwa rubbed her wrists
when Blue Mary took off the handcuffs.
“CUT!!! That was beautiful, people! Okay! That's a wrap! Now Its time for the editing people to get an ulcer or two.” The director yelled. There was a short cheer before the people started to dismantling the set.
Pai (ChunLi) got
up and stretched herself. Looking at Yashiro(Ryu) she smiled and shook
his hand when he offered it.
Writer's comments: I wrote this fic because I wanted to explore what if such a thing did happen. It was actually meant to be a murder flick but hey. Somehow somewhere I ended up writing it this way. This one would never be a dream or even a nightmare for dreams and nightmares reflects thoughts and fears of real life. For it would emotionally scar the characters involved for there is a betrayal of trust in here. That's why it became an act.