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.
The sound was not too mistaken by the rain which started falling more heavy and soon the fear turned out to be true as an arrow hit just between them. The servant and Ling Chang looked at each other before another arrow hit not far from them and this time closer to Ling Chang. “We have to leave now, my lady” The servant spoke with hard words but the arrows had scared the soul out of Ling Chang who could not move at all. “Come here now” the servant yelled at her but she just stared like a doll and not even the rain could made her eyes close. A lightning crossed the sky and revealed more arrows coming their way and soon the little hill was almost covered in feathers from the arrows. A scream was heard and it woke up Ling Chang who looked at the servant but it was not him who had been hurt either. It were a woman who had been out of the town. The sight of the blood from her wounded leg made Ling Chang freeze again and the servant was ready but too slow. In the next an arrow penetrated the left leg of Ling Chang who broke down in screams, making it hard for the servant to take her but he managed and then he ran away with her as fast as he could. Arrows started flying against them and other people who were outside the gates who had come because of the screams. They reach the gate and just as he entered it with her on his shoulders, the gate were hit by three arrows and soldiers screaming outside was heard. The women who watched Ling Chang with her bloody leg started screaming or seat down to pray while the servant tried to come free of the masses that had appeared.
“You have to return home” the servant said just as he reach the hill but Ling Chang did not care about what he said so she just continued her training because of the deal with her father. The servant looked as she continued before repeating with a bit stronger voice “You have to return home now” and this time Ling Chang looked at him and then replied with a firm “No” before returning to the training which made the servant go over his normal rules. “Your mother…” he started before Ling Chang broke in and replied “I am not going back home because of some bad weather when I have agreed to meet my father here” and then the rain started falling heavy there and even that the leafs on the tree covered them, they still got very wet. Ling Chang just continued her training like nothing had happened at all and the servant wanted to just grab her and take her away. “Your mother has…” and again Ling Chang broke in and answered “I do not care” which made the servant complete his sentence and continued “fainted and I am here because she calls for you and not because of some rain” As the words had left his mouth, Ling Chang had stop her training and the servant thought it was because of his words and was about to apologise for his pick of words when something happened.
She started to swing the sword the ways her father had showed her months ago and now she had perfected it and were ready for new training. Back home the house was a mess as her mother Lan Chang had fainted doing breakfast leaving the servants all running around trying to clean up the mess while also taking care of her. As they finally got her back to bed, she opened her eyes and yelled “Xiao Chang” before going dark again. One of the servants started to look for Ling Chang but could not find her anywhere and in the next Lan Chang opened her eyes again and yelled “Ling Chang” which made the servant look even better for her and finally one of the servants remembered that she used to go on the hill outside the town. He left the house and started walking down the streets while looking calm at every man he meet as he did not want the town’s people to suspect a thing. The weather had also slowly turned from a lovely sunny morning to now a windy cloudy day. He reached the gates quiet easily as the town was not full of life yet and soon he had reached the hill where Ling Chang still were playing with her sword.
and slowly he felt his life run out while his tears and blood mixed with the rain.
In the meantime in the town Shinobe was Ling Chang awaking from her dreams and full of joy as the day was the day her father was coming home, so she almost jumped out of bed and ran out of the home and the town as they had agree to meet on a small hill with a tree not far from there. As she got there, she looked around to make sure no one was watching and when sure, she walked determent over to the tree and put her hand down a small opening of it and pulled out a beautiful sword. It was the family sword, her father Xiao Chang had given her it when he left last time because he thought it was time for her to have it. Her mother Lan Chang did not know, he had given her the sword as she was very careful with their only child, but she and her father had started training. Normally a girl her age would have been talking about marriage and stuff like that but her father had always wanted a boy so he had trained her even that it was against the norm.
He turned around to scream but it was too late, a rain of arrows flew thought the air and as he hit the ground he had five seating different place including the one in his shoulder. His mouth ran full of blood before he could scream and all he could do was watching the rain drops that has had started falling again hit his face while the screams from his men filled the forest. Suddenly Shi Chen’s face appears above him but even he is silenced by the arrows and he falls death to ground without a word. “This one is not death yet my brothers” a sweet voice said and the face of the girl who had been on the horse appeared just like Shi Chen had just before except she were very much alive. “Kill him like our father so the weaklings can go visit their gods” Xiao Chang tried to reply something but the blood in his mouth made it impossible. “I think he is trying to speak, brothers” she answer before Xiao Chang could feel a sword penetrate his chest. “Close your eyes and pray we won’t find your family in the town and please send our regards to our father as he was too weak to lead like our grandfather predicted”
They started dancing again but Shi Chen was hurt a lot from his time with the knife so he was slower than Xiao Chang. Xiao Chang lunched an attack but before he was could reach Shi Chen, he could feel a pain in his side. When he looked then Shi Chen has already managed to move behind him and strapped him in the same as many years ago. Xiao Chang fell to the ground with a scream and the fight seemed over but Shi Chen was not finished so instead of killing him, he jumped back while laughing “I am going to make you suffer once more like you did back in the day” The pain was unbearable for Xiao Chang who tried to stay standing as he could feel the worrying eyes from his men. Shi Chen attack again and this time he cut Xiao Chang above the chest so his screamed even louder than before. “Are you giving up” Shi Chen asked teasing while he jumped backing safety. Suddenly the rain stopped and Xiao Chang looked up in the sky while thinking “This is the end… I am not going to return to Ling Chang” and in the next he felt the edge of a sword once more. What happened next none of the men has expected as a bird had started to attack Shi Chen and drove him away from Xiao Chang who used the change to get standing. Just as he were up, the bird flew away from the still dancing Shi Chen and Xiao Chang attacked him without any sound to ruin the movement and he kicked the sword so hard from below that it flew up in the threes again and Xiao Chang expected it to return but some far more confusing happen. A man with the sword in his chest landed beside him and Xiao Chang got surprised but still raised his sword and yelled “Cheater” before he started to swing the sword against the head of even more confused Shi Chen. Just as the sword reach almost reached the head , he stopped the attack, not because he wanted but hand had suddenly died.
“Give me a sword” Shi Chen started yelling but not a single soldier in the ring moved neither the three on horse did. “Stupid men” he yelled and just as Xiao Chang was about to strike him down and turned around with a smaller sword in hand and quickly defended himself with it. “I knew you were cheating” Xiao Chang replied clearly with the upper hand in the fight. Blood started to appear all over Shi Chen’s body who know had a hard time defending himself. Suddenly a lightning ran over the sky and hit the tree with the sword in and the branch fell heavily to the ground and Shi Chen seemed saved but the branch landed right next to Xiao Chang who without much trouble remove the sword. He stood for a while thinking if he should give it back or not as he was not used being evil like Shi Chen. “Throw you knife out to the men and you can have your sword back” Xiao Chang yelled. “How can I know you are not going to trick me?” Shi Chen replied and Xiao Chang bend down and place the sword in the muddy ground before returned standing and walked away from it. “Because I have honour while you have none, take your sword now” Xiao Chang yelled and Shi Chen looked confused at him even he was a bit annoyed by the words about honour but accepted and threw his sword out to his men. He walked over to his sword and drew it from the ground “Let us finished this” and then he attacked like nothing had happen.
The men around them became all quiet as they all knew that only one was getting out that circle alive and there were not a single chance of one sparing the other. The rain continued to fall down in bigger and bigger drops, making the ground in the circle even more muddy but the two men was too focused on each other to care. “Thanks for the introduction, shall we continue our little fight or have you lost the spirit” Shi Chen finally said while covering the bleeding. “Ohh I am far from finished with you and I won’t stop until you are in two pieces” Xiao Chang replied and the attack again to seem fearless but this time the attack was blocked and Shi Chen force the swords back against Xiao Chang who sank a bit into the muddy ground before the swords reached his knee. “Arhhh” he screamed while trying to force the sword back against Shi Chen who had started laughing again. “Your screams has not changed a lot since we last meet… what? I cannot heard what you are saying” Xiao Chang had started to pray “Save my family, dear dragons” the prayer made Shi Chen laugh even louder before he removed his sword so Xiao Chang could escape the attack. “So you have gotten a family since our last meeting… luckily for you they won’t even know what hit them before it is too late” and then he nodded against a soldier who threw in two heads. Xiao Chang could feel the fear grow inside him when he watched it was the two men he had send to the town and the emperor’s palace in the middle of the night. “I caught those two sneaking past the river last night and thought they were yours so here they are” Shi Chen said while still laughing. “You… You will pay for that” Xiao Chang managed to reply while he managed to get free of the muddy ground and in the next he were up and charging against Shi Chen who looked surprised. In the next Shi Chen’s sword flew to the air and hit a branch a bit high up. The fear vanished as quickly from Xiao Chang’s face as it appeared at Shi Chen’s face.
“You are not getting away from here alive” the man said but Xiao Chang was just started and in the next he jumped out and his sword flew in the air and the man only just managed to take a step back to avoid it but Xiao Chang forced himself another yard and the man ended up taking his free hand to the face. Xiao Chang expected that to see blood and a man yelling of pain so he were almost already cheering with his men when a laugher started from the other man. “You have trained since our last meeting and when I heard that my weakling of an brother had made you, his most trusted general after all the damage you had done, I knew I had to find you first” he said before removing the mask that had hidden his true face and threw it on the muddy ground. Xiao Chang could feel the ice run down his back but tried to sound fearless and yelled back “Shi Chen, the emperor’s brother and a traitor of the kingdom, I will make you pay for every crime you have done your entire life” and then he attacked again and this time he hit Shi Chen and blood landed in the muddy ground and the dark clouds started to let rain fall.
the reply made Xiao Chang lose focus as his started to think heavily about his opponent and it almost became fatal as in the next a sword flew through the air. Xiao Chang managed to block it in the last second but the hit was still too powerful to stop from reaching his neck. The pain awaken him again and he yelled “I don’t care of who you are and your mind games so lets fight” and the he press back the sword and soon lunched his own attack which hit the man near the shoulder but he did not mind the pain at all and only focused on getting ready for his own strike. The men around them started to become loud and the sky has also decided to cover the blood red sun with some dark clouds instead. Xiao Chang charged again but this time, the strike was too far off and the opponent was able to cut Xiao Chang in the leg. Xiao Chang started cursing of himself because even that the opponent had been quiet, he has still been able to control his mind. Xiao Chang closed his mind for a second to clean his mind but even that gave the other man chances and only a quick movement spared him from more cuts and injuries.
The men on the other side split into two groups and in the opening a man appeared and started walking against the right while the men closed the gap again behind him. “I am ready to fight you too” he answered without revelling who he was but Xiao Chang could feel inside he knew the voice but he could not place it. They watched each other directly in the eyes while holding their hands on the swords and for a moment not a single sound was heard but as they pulled their sword and the first clank where here the men on the two sides went crazy. “Nice to see you again, your sword has not changed since last time” the unknown man started while they started walking around in the circle while figuring out how the ground was. “You know nothing about me” Xiao Chang yelled back but his eyes told otherwise. “Your eyes tells the truth” the other man continued and attacked but Xiao Chang blocked easily and they were back at they started. “Be quiet and I will kill you quickly” and almost before the words had left Xiao Chang’s mouth the other yelled back “You could not kill me last time”
He drank some of it and then held up his cup and threw the last drink the ground before he stood up and bowed to the men and the sun a last time. He looked at his men and picked his sword and started to walk against the circle of light which slowly became full of light in the sun. He stopped at the edge and looked over against the enemy soldiers who already was there on the other side. Three were on horses and if he not were mistaken, one of them was a girl or at least a very young woman. “Who would bring a girl to a fight like this and even less to an army” he thought for himself while he entered the ring and held the sword high before yelling “I, Xiao Chang, is ready for the fight against your lord as we agree less than 24 hours ago” his men started yelling wild and tried really to look fearsome even they knew that Xiao Chang could still lose the fight.
20 years later, in a forest not far form the town Shinobe, the home of Ling Chang, the only child in the family of Chang. The sun was red as blood while it slowly raised in the horizon and its light gave life to many animals in the forest and all was at peace until it hit the face of Xiao Chang. He stood up form his position in the circle and watched over the other men who all looked at him nervously and with fear in their eyes. “My men” he started with deep strong voice “If I am going to die today, I would like to say it has been a honour training and fighting with you guys and before I go to my fight against the enemy in the circle of light not far from here, I would like you all to raise your cup for the emperor Jiang Chen and crown prince Jun Chen who have rule this kingdom in many great years” The men looked at him and some of the fear had disappeared from their eyes and they held up a cup “Ganbei” He yelled so loud that all the nearby birds flew as fast as they could away from the men. “Ganbei” the men yelled even louder back.