Ryu had just finished his fight and was heading back to the locker room. He felt that he was being watched. Looking up at the rafters he saw a cold gleam.
< No. > he thought. Making a run for it. A shadow darted about beside him. The word 'flea' sprung to mind. Stopping right in front of the locker room door. She turned to face him.
"Hello sensei…." She said but remained
ready to attack
Ryu was looking for a way to escape. He had no intention of fighting her. He knew what she's capable of, he had no wish to hurt the disciple of his late wife.
"Never! It was the last thing she gave
me! You had no guts to return for her! You were the one who threw her down
that cliff! You fear accepting responsibility for your own actions!! You
can't always run from the truth!! You wanna go. Fight me!"
"Hado-kikoken!" A blast of qi came from
behind his antagonist blasting her past Ryu slamming her into the wall.
The fifteen-year-old girl ran beside him. There was a familiar sparkle beneath the seriousness in her eyes. Black shoulder length hair with a tint of brown. Center parting fringe held away from her eyes by a red headband. Black bodysuit beneath dark blue gi, a black belt that signifies her level in Shotoken Karate. Black sport sandals on her feet. On her wrists she wore the knobbed bracelets that ChunLi had worn in her younger days. That face is a perfect the blend of his face and ChunLi's. She had both their good looks it seems. He knew at once who the girl was.
"This way!" he called out when they reached
the carpark. Together they headed for his beat up jeep and revved off immediately.
Back outside the locker room
Ryu's attacker got up and shook the dust
off herself. Taking out a communicator she punch a button.
While driving back to Ryu place, there
was an awkward silence between father and daughter.
< I didn't want to hurt the both of you. > Ryu thought.
Seeing young Haru again reminded him of
ChunLi. The pain he had felt that day return to him. He still remembered
what happened that day. Throwing the woman he loves so deeply, into that
cliff. Gouki was had messed with his mind quite badly that day. Till now
he feared having an overly close relationship, fearing that he might destroy
what he loves. If only he had a chance to right what wrongs he done. He
had being running away from the truth since then.
"How is your brother?"
Once inside there seem to be a silent confrontation
as Ryu introduce Sakura to Haru.
Father and daughter began talking again.
Ryu realized that leaving his family was the biggest mistake of his life.
But he had no choice. Nobody would understand his reasons even if he had
told them. There were times when he wanted to return, he had seen members
of the Inner Circle searching for him yet he was the one who avoided them.
He didn't want to make the same mistake once more. Ryu had asked Haru about
how things were back in Shadowlaw but she kept avoiding the subject.
"Dad why did you leave us?"
A boy no more than fifteen stood, He resembles
Haru but is more masculine, short floppish hair. His stone gray dogi jacket
was wrapped around his waist and secured by his black belt With one
punch Haru's younger twin had shattered the door. He was looking straight
at Ryu with stony unforgiving eyes. The boy was slightly taller and and
larger than he was
Ryu and Sakura had intention to fight but
Haru was faster. Tapping certain qi points she left Sakura unable to move
and speak. And Ryu was left unable to move.
Kage moved aside and ChunLi walked in escorted
by Iwa. ChunLi's battle attire was jet black. With the Shadowlaw symbol
upon her belt. A cape around her shoulders. Her eyes seem different as
a cold fire burns in them.
Ryu gasped as his heart missed a beat upon seeing her. More memories return. Eyes that scream fear and betrayal. The pain that had clouded his head, ordering him to destroy all that stands before him. Guilt that prevented him from going down to look for her. Fear of seeing what he had done. He had suppressed all those feelings but they return to haunt him every single night giving him not a single night's rest.
She is still as beautiful as he had remembered. Ryu shuddered as her warm hand lingered upon his cheek, for over ten years he missed that familiar warmth. Seeing her again makes him want to hold her in his arms once more. A rush of feelings hit on knowing his true love is still alive. But doubts nagged at him. Would she still want him back? Those eyes seem to have lost their coldness on seeing him.
"You're still alive?" Ryu asked.
"How do you think I felt watching the man I love throw me to my death? How do you think I felt when it was my disciple and not my husband who found my nearly dead body hanging in the trees. How do you think I feel knowing that I owe Geotao a life debt for healing me, and not knowing when that stony Kage-bushi(Shadow Warrior) would call in the marker and at what price. Those nights when the incident kept replaying in my mind. YOU WERE NEVER THERE FOR ME WHEN I NEEDED YOU!!!!!!"
Ryu realized that although Geotao had healed ChunLi's physical injuries, the injuries of the heart and soul remained unhealed.
"SLAAAP !!!" ChunLi suddenly struck him.
Sakura gasped at ChunLi's viciousness.
"How do you think the kids and I felt when
we realized he has no intention of ever returning. Does it makes you happy
to break up a family? You thought you were in heaven when he ended up here
with you? Well then what does it feels like to love a man who kept you
constantly at arm's length? How does it feel at times when you needed his
comfort the most and yet he never lets you into his heart." ChunLi stood
in front of Sakura. Sakura was shocked, it seems that ChunLi knew more
than she thought.
"Don't look so shock. I had always had
people watching your every move. You could had left with Sean when you
had the chance to. But instead you choose to be with a man who cares not
for you, a marriage only in name. An accomplice to a plan that even he
does not understand. Hmph."
"And you my darling Ryu. You have always being a hard man to track down. Dragging Saky around for a few years before coming here. Changing your name and how you dress. But you can never stay away from the fights. That was your weakness." ChunLi was stroking Ryu's hair. Staring at him face to face while her other hand remains on his face.
"Worry not I will never kill you, my dearest
partner of greatness." She grabbed his head pulling him forward and kissed
him deeply. Ryu responded with a hunger. That sweetness he known so long
ago was still here. But ChunLi drew away upon sensing his hunger for her.
Her fingers on his lips, that soft gentle touch.
"Hmph! What? After all these years you still want me? Why then did you not return sooner? You would had known that I was alive. You and your stupid pride. Thinking that you can have the same feeling for another woman? No other woman can satisfy you like I can."
"Kage bring your father back with us."
So they brought him back to Shadowlaw. On reaching the main palace they headed straight for the underground labs.
"Soon my love we will have the chance to
start over again" ChunLi said.
"I see you have accomplish part one of
"Indeed the Psycho Power seems to have
manifested it's full strength in you. I was right to have chosen you as
my heir. The strongest of my brood. My own flesh and blood."
Rose's eyes shoot open. Glancing at her
Tarot cards, she realised that it was the forth time the cards had given
her the same answer. The answer is still the same. The Twisted Pair must
not change back for now. Ryu's unwilling betrayal will kill any goodness
that remains in ChunLi. The first path will lead only to misery and destruction.
What then would the second path leads to?