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Leaving the lawyer office, Ryu was thinking if there was another way to do things. He can't just give up now. They had gone through too much just to end it now. What more ChunLi is about five months into pregnancy, what could have caused a sudden change in her behavior. He does not know but he wished he knew.
But divorce seem so final a solution, he had always thought that divorce is something that happen to other people. How could it happen to them? And why did he sign those papers blindly? Why? Why are there so many questions and no answers?
What kind of an answer is that? Looking up Ryu saw ChunLi at the taxi stand.
“Why?” she asked
him. Not even wanting to look at him. This pains him even more.
“There is no third
“I thought I could
accept your Dark side. But seeing its brutality made me worried. With it.
You had already corrupted my ‘qi’. Leading me to rediscover my heritage.
Forcing me to accept who I really am, that was the kind of life I had avoided,
my father knew that and respected my decision to have nothing to do with
the Psycho Power. I fear too what it might do to our children! I have read
that if they ever make a mistake in dealing with the Satsui no Hado they
could end up like Gouki…Perhaps we were not meant for each other. …” she
“Where would you
“LI!!! Tell me! Tell
me what do you want me to do so that you would return to me? I will give
up the Satsui no Hado. if that's what you want!”
“Get it in your head….When
love dies…no power in the world could revive it…”
Watching her go was
like a knife stabbed into his heart and repeatedly twisted to shed his
heart to pieces. Why? Why must it be so final?
Damages Repairs Department. Co-own by Kusanagi-Howard Corporations.' The
words printed on the van. Those men immediately repair the damaged wall
and left quietly. Ryu sat down on the bench and stared at his fists.
“Am I so useless that I need others to clean up for me?” he asked. No answers. Still staring emptily at his fist. He started to think about the past, the present and the bleak future that he was to lead alone. Six years of marriage gone just like that. All those memories, those precious moments, the hardships they gone through together. Have they all come to naught?
There was once a time when this pair of fists had brought down opponents that were stronger and bigger than he was. There was once a time when this pair of fists could shatter a boulder with just one punch. There was once a time when this pair of fists fought, spar and trained with the strongest and most beautiful woman in the world.
This pair of fists
had even held the same woman in his arms giving her all the love, warmth,
security and comfort that he could ever give. This same pair of fists had
plucked a fragile flower to pin the hair of the same woman whom he loved
more than life itself. Ryu still remembered that there was once a time
when this pair of fists had proved that is worthy to love and defend that
But this pair of fists had failed to keep the strongest woman in the world from leaving him. This pair of fists had failed to revive a love that was once thought to be eternal. This pair of fists had lost all meaning in life. What is power when One looses the reason that power was used in the first place. Even with all that power within him, Ryu had never felt so helpless. Loneliness seem to come with power…..
“…..Enough….. I have
enough…..” Ryu said softly. The world around him started to fade away and
Moments later when Ryu reopened his eyes he was back once again in Shadowlaw, in the Shotoken-Wushu Dojo that he and ChunLi had put so much efforts into. In their room where they are sitting in bed. Ryu's right arm over ChunLi's shoulders, his left hand gently stroking his wife's pregnant belly as she lays in his arms. ChunLi was combing her long hair.
“What?… Don't look
at me like that.. You're the one who asked me what Divorce is.”
“What about my Dark
side? You used it as a reason on grounds for divorce?”
“LI! Stop that!!!!”
Ryu called out, defending himself from being hit repeatedly.
Avoiding the many
flying projectiles Ryu had caught the oaken box that he carved for ChunLi.
He knew how much she loves it.
By this time ChunLi's rage had subsided, her composure regain. Only then she realized what she had done in her moment of fury.
“Ryuuu!!” ChunLi rushed over, pulling the sofa aside. Ryu was bruised but otherwise okay. ChunLi knelt by his side as she cuddled Ryu in her arms.
“Ryu… Wake up… “
she said while shaking him. After a while of silence Ryu's eyes slowly
“I doubt I would
forget someone as fierce as you. Dragon Lady….Heh heh.” Ryu grinned, showing
her the undamaged oaken box.
“Then maybe you should
read this.” ChunLi handed him a book.
“Good I'm glad we
have an understanding. I'm going to bed now. You coming?”