Evening in the Shadowlaw palace as the dining room was buzzing with activities. The musicians played in the background as servants waltzed in and out of the kitchen with what seem like trays after trays of delicacy piled upon the grand table.
The usually regal
Dragonlord's lack of manners has being overlooked for today. For he had
being gone long enough to miss the wonderful dishes that this particular
chef had prepared.
"So What are your
plans." Vega asked, Ryu looked up with a chicken drumstick still in his
mouth. ChunLi stifled a giggle, nearly spilling the wine in her glass.
"Li. Is it possible
for you to not go to Edo?" he asked, his face showed no hint of emotion.
Ryu turned his attention from Vega to Ryu, at the same time still chewing
on the drumstick.
Vega had never questioned her on her wanderings with Ryu. And when he does, she couldn't help but feel that something was amiss.
"As you know that
the Gathering is approaching soon. Things are usually ….'unstable' during
this time of the year."
Then for no reason at all ChunLi clapped both palms in front of her face. Shocked were those around her as they saw her clamping onto a dagger by the blade between both palms. Blade and skin was separated by a hair's width.
Deadpan as she was, ChunLi gave her palms a slight upward motion tossing the knife upwards and stood up at the same time, she then grabbed it by its handle and toss it with full strength towards the balcony above. A shriek hails from above. A shadow darted from the table up to the gallery above. A shruffle was heard.
Moments later the
same shadow leapt down from the gallery with another person in tow. It
was a woman with mid-length hair. Dressed like a kitchen maid, she was
bleeding from her left shoulder where the dagger was pierced. Iwa dragged
the woman over to ChunLi. Kicking the woman in the back of her knees to
make her kneel. Her left hand holding onto the back of the woman's neck.
"Who sent you. How
many more are there?" ChunLi asked, firmly
"Your pet demon would
never be able to tear my thoughts from my pure mind." She muttered.
"FORGIVE ME MY LORD!!!"
She screamed, looking at Ryu.
Iwa noticed and tried to force the woman to spit it out. But moments later foam began to appear in her mouth, her eyes glazed over and her body grew cold and her pulse fades away. In silence two guards came over and took the dead woman away.
did you picked up?" ChunLi asked
ChunLi frowned, apparently
the highlight for the moment were attempts to drive her crazy or end her
life. She looked towards Ryu who was as puzzled as she was, no explanation
had he even though he was associated by the claims of the woman.
The merry atmosphere was destroyed by this, her appetite gone by now.
ChunLi excuse herself from the table and headed to the garden that leads to her chamber. She sat down on the stone bench. The palace was designed in such a way that surrounding most of the sections and chambers were pockets of greenery designed specifically to the likes of the one staying within that section. She took off her robe, placing it beside her. She could see the stars in the sky and fireflies were flitting about the garden like little stars on earth.
Many thoughts were
in her mind, many questions left unanswered. Betrayal was the word that
kept haunting her. But she refused to believe that the one to betray her
would be Ryu. They had being through thick and thin together, if he had
no love for her, he would have left her to die of her wounds during that
battle with the demonic warrior.
Rough hands gently massaging her shoulders brought her back to reality, she knew he could have broken her neck if he wants to, but his touch remain gentle. She refuses to believe that her husband would prefer to kill her slowly. Ryu sat down beside her wordlessly.
"Were you hurt?"
He asked in regards to the incident just now.
"Come." ChunLi said
as she pulled Ryu up.
As sleep claims them, dreams began to form in ChunLi's mind once more. This time she sees herself in a black kimono with tiny sprigs blood red cherry blossoms motifs. She was surrounded by five elements - a platform of earth, a column of swirling water, a coloumn of wind, a column of fire and lightning that seems to rip the sky apart. She knew that she was standing on the top of a tower with a blood red stormy sky looming over her.
The throne of skulls that was on the earthen platform was where she was sitting. Standing upright from the body of a greenish colour young dragon was a jagged edge sword with grooves that seem like a network of veins running from the crossguard to the tip of the blade. The hilt of the sword she was holding onto was like a black backbone. Blood on her hands.
All around her was
the screams of a thousand tortured souls. Friends and enemies alike all
mingle and intertwine together. What was worse was that to her the sound
of crying was like music to her. Especially the pain of the one who was
chained to her throne. The mighty Dragonlord who was now neither dragon
nor human but a mindless defender, hers to control at her bidding.
As ChunLi jerked
out of bed she found Ryu looking at her with concern. She found out that
he had being waken by her mumbling.
Rimururu was shaking her sister roughly hoping to break her out of her nightmare. The elder was screaming away. Moments later Nakaruru finally broke out of her dreams. Wet with perspiration she was panting heavily as she accepted a drink from her sister. The wolf -Shikururu and the falcon - Mamahaha watched on in silence.
started. Her big round eyes filled with concern for her sister. Nakaruru
had being plagued with dreams for the last few days. She could see the
fear in her sister's eyes as she glugged down the water.
Nakaruru started. Choking on the water.
At this point a messenger pigeon flew in. Rimururu went ahead to retrieve to message. She read it and hurried over to Nakaruru.
"Who is it from?"
A hut somewhere in the high mountains.
"Awake Now Yagami…."
A woman's voice said.
He shot up almost
immediately. Anger burned in his eyes as he stared at the two women. The
moon shaped scythe in his hand.
"Now Now Yagami.
Geonitz has a job for you." The blond one said
"Master Oruchi is