The bandages was more hard this time, that by the servant before but Ling Chang did not want to show the pain to her mother as they got tied. A servant appear but before he could say anything Lan Chang held a hand up and then she stood up before bending down and took up Ling Chang. “The horse is ready” The servant said as Ling Chang against her mother tried walking on her bad leg but the pain felt like hammers. They took it slow and as they reach the stables to get a bit cover from the rain Lan Chang looked at the servants “Leave us and prepare the gate” and the servants who had been preparing the horse ran out without a single word or look of fear. The sound of rain and the horse breathing was all that could be heard in the stables before Lan Chang took Ling Chang and put her on the horse. Lan Chang was the first to say something “I do not know if your father lives or not but you are the only one who can save more people from dying” Ling Chang could feel more tears come and wanted to say something but her mother put a finger on her mouth and continued “I am sorry that you have to do this alone but the horse cannot carry us both all the way to your emperor’s palace” She took a medallion off and hang it around the neck of Ling Chang. “Show this to everyone who stands in your way on the way to the palace” Ling Chang held up the medallion, it was the family dragon which had been the symbol of the family in ages.
Ling Chang wanted to reply but the servants around her started going crazy. Lan Chang walked over and picked up the family sword and gave it to a servant. “Prepared the best horse” she said without looking away from the sword and as the servant disappeared from her side, she bend down to Ling Chang who was still on the ground with the blood red bandages around her leg. “Are you alright my lotus?” She replied while remove the bandages and a servant came with some new. Lan Chang did not know what to said but the tears started to run as she knew that her mother would not join her on the ride to the palace. “I… I… don’t… want to leave you” She managed to say while the tears ran faster and Lan Chang stopped her changing of bandages and took Ling Chang and held her close which for a moment made all the sounds disappear. The first sound that returned “I know… I know… my lotus” and then the rain came too. Lan Chang stopped her hugging and returned to the bandages. Ling Chang could see tears in her mothers eyes but was not sure if it were rain or real tears. The soldiers outside made more and more noise while a few screams also were heard.
Ling Chang stopped screaming and looked at her mother confused “Yes, that was what I said” Her mother stood for a second and asked “Was he death in it?” Ling Chang could feel a pain grow inside her so she almost forgot her injury and her screaming stopped for good but she could feel her tears getting bigger and as she looked at her mother, she knew that her father was death. “Yes, he was” her voice almost died in the rain. Lan Chang looked at Ling Chang and her mouth opened but a heavy hammering on the gate stopped her sentence and instead she yelled “We are not giving up” and she heard the soldiers outside yell course words back. Ling Chang joined and yelled “My father is the general and he will come and beat you all” New sounds came from the outside and the hammering continued. Lan Chang looked at Ling Chang with seriously eyes and then spoke with a soft voice “We have to save you and warn the emperor” Ling Chang wanted to reply but the servants around her started going crazy.
Ling Chang looked back and watched two soldiers coming closer and that the servant laid death on the muddy red ground. She turned back to the door and started hammering while screaming “Let me in” and in the next a servant opened the gate and pulled her inside the yard without knowing about her injury. Ling Chang screamed loud of pain and the servant almost drop her in fear when he noticed the blood. “Was… that me? My lady” he managed to say in the rain while a now awaken and confused Lan Chang appeared behind him. “No…” Ling Chang managed to say still screaming a bit of pain before her mother could react. Her mother looked at her, the injury and at the sword which Ling Chang had managed to transport back home too. “What happened my lotus?” the still confused Lan Chang managed to say. “An arrow hit me and the servant you sent to pick me up, took it out which made me dream about father” the word father made Lan Chang wake up from her confusion and she looked at her with big eyes. “Did you dream about him too”
The town was one big mess of people screaming so the servant could not get back or forward with Ling Chang so he decided to stop and look at her leg. “Sorry, but does it hurt when I do this my lady” and then he tried to remove the arrow which made Ling Chang scream of pain with tears almost bigger than the rain drops still falling. The servant pull his clothes in pierces as he knew they could not wait to they have reach home and then without warning he broke the arrow and pulled it out, making Ling Chang scream so loud that everything else silenced before all turned dark. “Don’t give up, my angel” Ling Chang heard a voice said and she looked around and the weather had become the sunniest weather. She got an eye on her father who was standing under the tree that they had agreed to meet and she were laying on the edge of the hill. “Father… I had a nightmare…” she replied with tears in her eyes and tried to stand up so she could run to him. “Don’t give up, my angel… I know it hurts” her father replied and in the same the pain in her leg returned and the tree had died with the weather also turning into rain again. “Father, I am scared” Ling Chang almost screamed of pain and mixed with horror when she noticed her father. “I know it hurts but don’t let it come in your way of doing great things” a corpse of her father and suddenly she were back in the town. “Wake up, WAKE UP” the servant voice yelling was the first in the mess of sounds that returned and when she looked around, she could see people laying everywhere who had been hit by arrows and in the rain she could hear soldiers being commanded. Ling Chang remembered her father’s words and with almost no care in the voice, she looked straight at the servant and replied “I am awaken” Just in time as the gate broke down and soldiers started running inside. The soldiers started searching the woman, laying on the ground with arrows pointing everywhere. “Help me up NOW” Ling Chang yelled at the servant who was still a bit surprised of her coldness and the broken gate. He took her and started running with her, but too late, the soldiers had seen them and started following the thought the streets. Suddenly the worst thing happen, the servant slipped on the muddy ground and fell with Ling Chang who tried to keep the pain inside but still screamed loud. Ling Chang was the first to stand again and she tried get the servant to stand too when she noticed the arrow in his back. “Go… Leave me… Go now, my lady” he said almost silenced by the rain. Ling Chang could feel the tears grow inside her and they grew bigger and bigger for each time, he pushed her away. “Leave me… my lady, get… home safely” and then the servant pushed a last time and she started moving the best she could with her leg hammering of pain and sash reach the door to her house, she heard the servant scream a last time.