“Hey Ryu. Are you okay?” Ken asked
“No fever. Possibly just feeling ‘heaty’,
considering the things you ate. I think you just need some cooling herbal
tea.” She mumbled.
Ryu watched them until they were out of sight, he then headed to the nearby vending machine to buy a warm drink to ease his queasy stomach. He wonders what was wrong with himself. This strange hunger even though he had eaten a little while back. A feeling that worsen since he left the dojo.
No! He shook away the thought that he might lose control over Burning red eyes right here in this crowded airport. Could he? He grabbed the back of a chair for support. He wasn’t sure of anything anymore.
<< Come >> A familiar voice called him, Ryu sneezed and when he opened his eyes the airport was empty! Where did everybody go?! Where’s ChunLi? What about Ken? Was his eyes playing tricks on him?
<< This way, my dear
sweet boy >> Unable to resist, Ryu follow the voice. There
was something about the voice, he felt he heard it before but the place
and face eludes him.
A little tug upon his t-shirt and Ryu stopped, the voice cajoled him once more to take a few more steps but the urgency in those tugs came on stronger until it overwhelms the lure of the voice.
He shook his head and blinked once more. The airport was once again crowded. The tugging came once more and Ryu look down by his side. A little girl about five years of age, A bob of black hair with a stray lock by the side framed her curious face. Wearing a sleeveless red and white checkered dress and dragging a stuffed toy cat in one hand, The bluish-grey metallic pendant that she wore caught his eye. So she was the one who tugging his t-shirt.
Ryu squatted and their eyes locked for a moment, there was a hint of familiarity. He was reminded of another little girl he once knew . A little girl who is now a young lady, the same young lady who’s running his life for the last few days.
Ryu almost panicked when he felt Burning red eyes stirring, he felt ‘his’ anger directed at the child. A sense of jealousy? Distrust? Contempt? Challenge?! Just what is wrong with Burning red eyes to be taking it out on a mere child ?!
“Ah Wai ah!!! Tong lei gong duo gei duo
bai!! Mo luen zhao ah! (Ah Wai ah! How many times must I tell you to stop
running about?)” A voice broke the girl’s glance when she heard it. A dark
hair woman came running towards them.
And then she saw that the girl was holding
on to Ryu’s shirt.
“Aww... she's so cute. Too bad we can’t
keep her.” ChunL sighed when she reached Ryu’s side.
“Where’s my bag?” Ryu asked.
It was a unique little department store, which carries a range of clothing from formal to causal. The moment they dumped Ryu on a seat the duo went on to pick out clothes they think would suit him. Somehow Ryu got the feeling they both see him as some sort of human doll.
Ken had return first and dumped a pile of clothes on him and shoved him into one of the changing rooms. Before heading off to pick another set.
“Do I really have to wear this?” Ryu asked on coming out, feeling a little uncomfortable as Ken tie on the red tie. White shirt underneath a pale yellow jacket and crisp pale yellow pants. Shiny black shoes. Once again Ken made him wear the long chrome yellow coat and top it off with a fedora hat of the same yellow. He felt a little embarrassed when a few female shoppers were checking him out.
“How very Dick Tracy….” ChunLi commented
as she studied Ryu
When he reappeared, Ryu had changed into something more casual. This time he was wearing a black sleeveless shirt with the word ‘fight’ upon it. A beige hooded jacket, its sleeves rolled up to the elbows and a pair of dark blue jeans.
“Hmm… Why do I have the feeling that you
have a shirt under a cute vest and denim jeans with a
little hat that has a blue ribbon upon it to go with his assemble?
What planning on a picnic? Where are we going elder missy?” Ken looked
at her pleadingly.
“Beats having him tear out the sleeves,” She hands Ryu a black leather jacket and smiled at him pleadingly when he looks at her questioningly. Ryu sighed and tried on the jacket. Was it just him or were the number of female shoppers increasing?
“What about my gi?” Ryu tried to get a
“My dojo’s uniform Ken. Not my uniform.
Just go and pay up Ken!” ChunLi shoves him towards the cashier. It didn’t
take Ken long before they were headed for the Taxi queue and out the airport.
|Author's note -
I cannot resist doing an ode to HK Ryu. With the exception of the black
jacket and blouse and pinafore (Jap Capcom gals manga anthology titled
- 'From Chun Li') the others are found in the pages of various HK SF comics.
Of course the trenchcoat and bodysuit came from Chao Ba. I told you I cannot
As for that little girl. No prizes for guessing who she is. Since she's already missing from this series as timeline wise she was not officially in the fic. But at least I could throw her in a cameo.
That dress was indeed my school uniform when I was in kindergarten.