For the better part of the day Ken had dragged the duo around, he had in the process brought ChunLi back to her normal self but notice that it would be harder to get to Ryu. And by the time they gotten their grocery back to the dojo, Ken had more or less forgotten about Ryu as he was stuck in argument with ChunLi. An argument about who should be doing the cooking. In that nobody noticed that Ryu had sneaked out.
“Look here Chunnie. You’re the guest, it’s
your birthday. I’m cooking.”
“Is he…upset with me?” ChunLi asked meekly,
changing the subject.
“Help me Chunnie. Help me help Ryu. I can
only do so much. You’ve seen what’s happening to him. I don’t think we
would want to lose him to whatever’s being bugging him since that stint
It was near sunset as Ryu sat on upon a stout branch of his training tree to watch the sunset. The reddish clouds had gathered and form what seem like scenery of mountains surrounding a lake. Although the huge cloud formation of a tidal wave nearby seems out of place.
The words of the fortuneteller had confuse him so much that the better part of the day passed by him in a blur. He forgot where or what they did after that since he had let Ken and ChunLi drag him around until they got back to the dojo. Ryu had managed to sneak away while the noisy duo were arguing over what to cook and who was going to cook this night.
Quiet time, something he hadn’t exactly had since ChunLi arrived. Although he does not exactly appreciate the fact that Burning Red eyes had chose to haunt him during his little bit of quiet time. He was not even sure what he was suppose to do or even how. He tried researching the dojo’s library on the subject but found nothing to explain nor guide him.
Staring at his fists he felt a sense of
uselessness hits him, the feeling of ineptness gnaws at his guts, feeding
a slow simmering anger, a vicious cycle that nourishes Burning Red Eyes.
“Your path may be in your fists but the
answers you seek are beyond them.” A coarse voice interrupted his train
Which was why Gouken sensei decides who brings Gouki his meals. Ryu himself was seldom chosen for such a chore and when he was chosen it was on days that Gouki was confirm to be in a relatively sane and calm mood. Although less menacing Ryu could always feel that the older man was studying him and had never ask him anything beyond his training. Somehow Ryu had always been fascinated by the dedication the older man had for his arts. But still does he want to be exactly like him?
An uncomfortable feeling gnaw at him as
Gouki studied him in that inhuman manner of his.
The older man turned his attention towards the only path from the dojo and frowned. Ryu’s attention was drawn towards that direction as well, he gasped when the target of Gouki’s interest turn out to be ChunLi. A bead of perspiration form upon Ryu’s brow, of all time for ChunLi to show up, of all the attention she should attract she just had to attract his.
“So bright. Don’t lose that light.”
“Gargh!!” Ryu gasped as the tree shook, nearly flung out of the branch he was on. With one hand on the trunk for support he looked down and saw a giggling ChunLi. She responded by unleashing another series of kicks upon the trunk forcing Ryu to desperately cling onto the trunk.
When the tree stop shaking Ryu looked down once more but she was gone. It turns out that she was climbing up to join him. Offering his hand when she near his branch she took it and allow him to pull her up.
“Angry?” she asked him, jolting him from
certain thoughts that had plagued him.
“Then you’ll stay?”
mildly inacurate rendition of this little part of the fic.
*Because I don't have Alpha CL's sprites
“FORGIVEeeee meee oh great and mightiieee
warrior princess.” Dan scooped up the bracelets and offered it to her.
“So what is Ken preparing this time?” Ryu
asked as they jogged their way back.
“Race ya!” ChunLi laughed and quicken her pace. Reaching the dinning hall of the dojo the laughing girl pull open the door. Her laughter stopped immediately as a pair of red eyes look towards her from the far end of the table. Ryu bumped into her and was about to asked her if she was okay but he saw that her attention was fixed upon that of Gouki sama’s stare. A metallic tinkling of the wind chimes broke the spell of the stare and ChunLi bowed.
“Hajimemashite Gouki sama. I’m ChunLi,
pleased to meet you.”
|Author's Note: When
I started out writing this part I never knew it would come to this (adding
Dan). Who knew Dan would become the scene stealling man and a good one
too. I don't dislike Dan nor am I overly fond of him. But he's just too
perfect for the part. When I had added Dan it made me want to do a manga
version of this particular chapter for the fun of it but never got to finishing
it because I'm just lazy. And since I was already messing around with sprites.
I thought it would make a fun little addition. Therefore its half animated
to cut down on space.
Interesting thing was when this was written on paper Dan wasn't in it and I was wondering how to end the chapter. And since I removed Dan's appearnce from an earlier chapter where RCL were sparring. I thought I pay him back somehow. And somehow having him do the 'sitting in a tree' rhyme seems perfect payback. Who knew he blurted my entire storyline from Zero to LOB
Much Thanks to Sailor Pluto Street Fighter Hangout from the Dan gifs. Psyguy for Chun Li's gif and Mugen Project for Ryu's gifs