“Eh. I’m gonna get some gis from the school
karate club, ChunLi put the bottle back under her bed.
“And I’m going with her.” Ken hung a pair
of shades on the pocket of his vest.
“Nuh uh Chunny. Pretty National school wushu champion like yourself must have a line of guys queuing up for you from here to Timbuktu.” Defining the kind of competition he meant.
“But that’s none of your business blondie!”
She looked at Ryu, hoping he would shut Ken up, but he didn’t. The young
man still seems to have this mildly groggy look on his face.
“All the more reason I have to go. Since
you have a thing for karate guys. I wanna see what he’s made of.”
“And you. I’ll get you some ham jim bang
(fried sesame dough w/o red bean paste within) on my way back. Just rest.
If you need the bathroom its in the kitchen, the one with the metal door.
Daddy’s busy with his reports so he’ll be in his room, but if you need
anything just asked him.” She placed an assuring hand on his shoulder and
left after he smiled his understanding to her.
The noisy duo squabble all the way out of the apartment, the closing door brought on silence, not the looming silence that usually herald Burning red eyes but a serene one. He doesn’t want to know where Burning red eyes had went and he hope that it would remain this way. Ryu got out of bed and found himself facing ChunLi’s bookshelf and the interesting objects on it.
There was a strange looking sword, 3ft in length, its crossguard feature the heads of two dragons each with a pearl in its mouth. The pommel itself was a claw holding a glass like orb with coloured dust dancing within. Its hilt covered by some dull grayish-blue scale like material. He shudder at his proximity to the weapon, he could not understand why he felt uncomfortable just looking at it.
Surrounding the sword, are some figurines of dragons, each a different colour. He moved on to her desk and there are some photographs in the frames. One in particular caught his attention. It was of ChunLi and him, yet he had no memory when it was taken.
There were other photographs as well. Such as the one of the three of them together. Again he had no memory of taking the picture, he had let the active duo dragged him around most of the time. There was a photograph of her Dojo mates, there was a young man within who bares a passing resemblance to Ryu himself.
He realised that he had being so absorbed
in trying to deal with his problem that he distancing himself from all
those near and dear to him. All the more reason to try an overcome this,
Ryu felt like going out for a walk, so he headed to the bathroom to wash
up. After he washed up and dressed in one of the causal outfit that the
duo had chosen for him.
“Shouldn’t you be in bed?” A stern voice asked, stopping him in his tracks. He recognised the voice as one of the two who attended to him during his illness.
The man with the crew cut black hair and pencil thin mustache was taller than him by almost half a head. In one hand his was holding a mug of coffee, on the mug were the words ‘World’s greatest Daddy.’
The child part of Ryu remembered that the man in the red checkered shirt had being very much a giant. Ryu unconsciously swallowed at that memory, bringing about a quick smirk of satisfaction from the older man.
“You have grown stronger, Gouken trained you well.” He smiled, putting a hand on Ryu’s arm, his strong grip soon slacken and release him. Ryu took a few steps back and bowed.
“I am sorry for bringing you much trouble.”
Trying to rein in his scattered thoughts. He couldn’t understand why he
felt this way. After so many years he still feel intimidated by ChunLi’s
father. Why is that? He had no answers. All he knew was that he would end
up upsetting ChunLi by acting this way.
“It is no trouble.” The older man said,
retreating to the couch. The act allowed Ryu to straighten up.
His heart had been pounding away that he
thought he was going to embarrassed himself. He wondered what her father
meant by that. No matter, all he needed was some fresh air so that he won’t
feel so stiff.
He found the dojo easily enough. Entering the dojo one rather large light grey cat cozy up to him and rubbed against his leg.
“Ah Long ah! Gong zhou fan lei? Li Li eh? (Ah Long ah, Came back so soon? Li Li eh?)” Someone call out.
Ryu turned, slightly puzzled, unaware of how to answer. A middle age woman carry a few bags of grocery was surprised on realizing her mistake.
“Oh. Sorry ah. I thought you were Ah Long, your back profile resembles him.” She spoke in English. Ryu assumed that she meant the young man with ChunLi in one of the group pictures he saw.
“Are you sure you fit enough to be running around? Oh sorry ah forgot my manners. I’m Mrs Liu. You must be ChunLi’s Japanese Boy. Zhen hai ho cute ah (really so cute ah). Call me Auntie Liu . Aiyah you’re such a nice boy ah.” She commented when Ryu relieved her of her packages.
“Aiyah, no wonder Ah Li rejected so many boys, you are as cute as she say your are. Yeah hor, there is a resemblance to my Ah Long. No wonders she looks up to my boy.”
“Ah Long ah? You don’t mind me calling
you Ah Long?” She asked, Ryu answered with a shake of his head.
“I needed a walk. How far is her school?”
“Thank you.” he smiled his thanks
Ryu just let his feet lead the way as he
always does, it felt nice to be walking and taking in the sights of a new
While at ChunLi’s school various students had gathered around the courtyard where the Karate club students trained. Apparently some guy had thrashed the whole club. The last time the Karate club guys got thrashed was when they had challenged the one of Wushu club’s most outstanding member. Clearly these guys have the bad luck of challenging folks a whole lot tougher than they were.
“Where did you find this guy. CL?” The
captain of the Karate club asked. He was scratching his head in disbelief
as each of his mates were easily defeated by the blond defender.
“What?! How did you know the guy? He’s that boyfriend you always going on about?! The only guy to ever really beat you in a bout? What kind of company have you been keeping CL?!”
“Nah. Chunny’s boyfriend is my siheng. Too bad we didn’t bring him along. He would have educated your boys a whole lot better than I could.” Ken butted in after he found that no one else wanted to challenge.
Possibly because there was nobody left to be challenged by. He waved to a couple of girls at the other side of the yard, earning him a few excited squeals and two or three swooning school girls.
“You mean your siheng as in your siheng
the Ryu? The Ryu would took part in that tournament? The Ryu who beat the
King of Muay Thai. That Ryu?!
“So how did you like your work out?” ChunLi
asked as they left her school and boarded a bus.
Embarrassed the duo got off the bus and walks instead. ChunLi took the chance to buy the snacks she had promised Ryu. Making Ken carry another bag.
“His name’s Fei Long. A part time actor
of sorts. Okay as a fighter, Had not the chance to fight him properly since
he keeps holding back.”
“Hmm? I hope not.”
“Thankfully he was sort of okay by the time we got the airport and back to Japan. But something happened to him that day and it freaked him out. And you became the rest of the story. Afraid that he might go loony?”
“No. Just worried that he might pushing
himself too hard.”
“Hey there tough guy. Shouldn’t you be
waiting in my bed ?” she smiled, teasing a blush from him.
“Yit suai ah! Hang hoi ah! yit suai ah!
(Hot water! Out of the way! Hot water!” A yell came out from nowhere. ChunLi
pulled Ryu towards her with her free hand , a delivery boy on a bicycle
zipped through yelling his warning to pedestrians. Somewhere ahead, a pair
of lovers was forced to drop each other’s hand to give way to him.
Ken sighed as he watches Ryu and ChunLi standing there still looking somewhat surprised by their proximity to each other. He rolled his eyes in mild annoyance as the little couple's gaze remain locked on each other.
He smiled sensing the feeling budding between them. Being a chaperone isn’t exactly fun as the responsibly to be cruel to the couple sucks big time. A little torn between letting the couple steal a quiet moment or forcing them apart.
He wished he could have a word with whomever it was that designated him with such a lousy job. If he doesn’t do anything soon, the three of them would be standing here for a long time with him bored out of his mind.
Something familiar tickled his nose, all
three sneezed at the same time, the couple’s spell was broken as they reluctantly