000004 tried to speak but it was 000005 who said something first “These men, want to use hypnoise on you to learn who attacked Shinobe while I want you to rest and get better first as I do not find it important if the enemy attacks us soon anyway” the answer made 000001 look at the all with big eyes as she did not expect their argument and even less why was it the crown prince who protected her and not 000005. She took a deep breath while she made up her mind and replied. “Ok, but please let me have some breakfast first” the men nodded all and all left the room except for 000005 who sat himself in the chair and looked at her with playful eyes which made 000001 flush deeply. Before any of them could say anything the servant that 000001 had called to bring her some food had arrived and it was chicken and noodles as she had ordered. She wanted to say thank you to the servant but he had already left the room so she decide to start eating again. “Why did you let those old fouls use hypnosis on you when you are still broke? And it will not change a single thing in the events that will happen” 000005 asked and 000001 quickly stopped eating and replied “Well, my mother gave me this mission to bring the news to the emperor and” “I do not care what mission your mother gave you, she would not have asked you if she knew you would be in pain now” broke 000005 clearly annoyed with the answer she had given before he quickly turned glad again and before 000001 could say anything he continued “Sorry, I just do not want you to die as there is always a chance that your body forget what have happen to it doing a hypnosis so you could die doing the séance” 000001 face turned even more red and tried to use the warm noodles as cover before she replied “Like I was trying to say before you broke in, my mom gave me this mission and maybe the hypnosis helps me stop feeling the events was my faults as if I had just been at home the entire time, my mom would have time to ride with me instead of sending out the servants to look for me” a tear ran down her cheek but she quickly removed it before eating some more and soon the chicken was all gone. 000005 did not know what to reply as he respected her reasons and her bravery but why was he caring so much for a woman, he has not meet or seen before even her father was the most trusted general of his father’s army. 000001 used the silence to finished the food and just as she had finished the last bite the emperor and 000004 entered the room like they had been called. “Are you ready now?” 000004 said calmly while he looked at both 000001 and 000005. 000001 did not answer with words as she just nodded and 000004 walked to the bed while he spoke “Seat up against the wall with your legs straight and your arms following your back into the bed while slowly clearing your mind for everything that has happened, both good and bad”
It was a nice morning as 000001 opened her eyes. The sun was up in the horizon while a bird had landed in her window and started to sing for her. She wanted to get out of bed but the pain from her injuries stopped her movements so instead she decided to enjoy the singing from the birth. Just as the bird started to sing most beautifully noises on the hall outside her room broke the silence and the little bird flew away as fast as it could. A knocking was heard but before 000001 had a chance to answer, the door opened and 3 men entered the room while having a major argument “I am not letting your torture this young lady, after all she had been to” 000005 yelled loudly against 000004 and another man who she did not recognise at first but the golden clothes made her quickly know that it was the emperor. She tried to seat up so she could bow a bit to the emperor but the emperor noticed and replied her instead of his son. “No need to bow for me, my child as your father was a great general and warrior for me so at you are the one bring me this sad news is unbearable” 000001 tried to smile but the joy was short as 000004 did not waste the time and replied to 000005 “You have no idea about anything, you are a child like her but sometimes you need to do what is needed of you even that it might hurt” 000004 yelled which shocked 000001 as even that they had only been together for a short while she did not expect him to be like this but the sweet voice from the emperor had given her enough strength and before 000005 could defend her she broke in “Why not ask the broken person about it whatever is on your minds instead of talk about something like she is not in the room” the men look surprised at each other and became all silenced. Breaths revealed that they was still alive and angry but it was still 000001 who broke the silence. “I would like to have some noodles and some chicken” 000001 said and 000005 turned around and nodded to a servant who quickly started running after the food. “Well, my lords… we have some time while the servant is bring me the food so is there anyone calm enough to tell me what is going on and what is in such rush” 000001 continued and the men looked at each other and at her as they did not expect her like this.
“You are finally awake” the young man said even that 000001 tried to hide that she was awake. She stretched her body toot the pain stopped her before she could complete it. There was silence between them for a while as they looked into each other and neither of them knew what to say. “Where…?” Managed 000001 to say before the young man broke in. “You are in the emperor’s palace and forgive my manners but I am crown prince 000005…. I was the guy who landed on you, and I am sorry for the pain I gave you” 000005 said low while 000001 smiled a bit. 000001 wanted to reply him but her belly took the words out of her mouth and 000005 started laughing before quickly yelled loudly “Servants, bring food now” and before 000001 could say thanks or anything else 3 servants entered the room and started to serve food. 000001 could not believed all the food and started eating quickly as she was hunger after the trip there, she had not been eating since the evening 2 days ago. 000005 smiled and joined her eating while sending out the servants out again so they was alone again. “So what brings you here? 000004 has not spoke a word to me and just left the room with my father after you was place here” 000005 asked while trying to sound friendly and curious on the same time. 000001 smiled before taking another a big bite of the turkey leg she had gotten her hands in. She swallowed the food quickly and slowly started to the story about that she woke up expecting to meet her father after his months training with the men from Shinobe. But instead the town had been attacked by strangers and her mother had sent her away on the family horse, with only a sword and the family medallion. She stopped to eat some more before she showed the medallion before continuing the story. She had gotten to the forest but the bad weather had hidden a low hanging branch which she had hit with such force that it had killed the horse and leaved her very injuries but luckily she had reached 000004 who saved her from the soldiers following her. Later they traveled here she explained as she did not want to tell the crown prince about she had killed soldiers because she feared it would maybe scare him. Then they meet each other on top each other as 000001 had heard 000005 arguing with the guards and she had wanted to give him the family medallion. 000005 took a grip in it and enjoyed the sight of it for a while before letting go again. “I am sorry for your loses but It is a nice medallion you have” 000005 with sorrow in his voice. The plates had turned empty doing the story and it was time for bed again. “Good night, my lady” 000005 said before continuing “Just yell if you need me or a servant as I am sleeping in the room next door” 0000001 smiled and replied “Good night, my lord” and 000005 left the room. 000001 could feel the thoughts of her parents arrive in her mind once more but compared to before there was now a small light there too, the thoughts about crown prince 000005 and the thought of him made she fall asleep fast.
000001 opened her eyes while her mouth wanted to scream of pain but no voice appeared and her eyes closed too fast for her mind to have any idea of what or where she was. She took deep breath and started to lead her mind against the events that had leading up to her blackout but before the first word managed to appear in her mind, she felt something heavy on her legs which grew into fear and she opened her mouth again but again no voice appeared. She focused on her breath for a while as she tried to let the mind flow again without any fear. “I am not dead, and I am laying down warm and soft, so whoever had caught me, has brought me somewhere nice” she managed to think before a snoring sounded told her that she was not alone. She tried to open her eyes slowly and this time she managed to see she was in some bedroom and that a windows told her that it was already night again. She looked around and focused on the most handsome man, she had ever seen laying with his head on her legs, making her smile as she now knew what was wrong with her legs. Suddenly she was caught by fear as she remembered that she had dropped the medallion out in the mud when she were falling of the horse, the thought made it impossible for her to breath and she felt the air leaving her body and she tried to get air into her lungs by forcing her arms on her chest. The pain in her wounds made it worse before she finally felt some metallic in her hands. “The medallion” she thought loud so it flew out of her mouth and the peaceful man who had slept on her legs started to stretch his arms.
000001 looked up against the sky and felt the rain drop hit her face while the argument between the two men carried on. Suddenly the guard had gotten enough of the yelling from 000004 and for the first time, he yelled back. “My patience with you are goners get lost old foul or I make sure you have a public execution to look forward too” and before 000001 could hear a reply from 000004 a splash was heard. 000001 returned her focus to the men and now 000004 was seating in a pool of water but her mind was already somewhere else suddenly she remembered a way for them to get in. Her family medallion that her mother had given her before sending her away. “000004” she yelled but the pain made it impossible for her to yell loudly and 000004 was still too focused on the guard even the warning about a public execution. She tried to seat up instead and with much pain she managed to get up and she quickly started searching for the medallion as she could feel that the guard was not having much patience left. Suddenly she felt it around her neck, the pain frothier injuries had cover it and she tried to yell again but her voice did not even reach her lips this time so instead she tried to get off the horse. Normally a servant would hold the horse when shows getting off a horse back home but here was no help to get so she had to do it all by herself. “Keep calm” 000001 said to herself and the horse as she turned her back away from the horse when a clicking sound appeared. At first was 000001 confused about what was going on and made the sound in the first place but just as it disappeared she noticed that her medallion had caught the harness and her attempt of getting of the horse had broken the chain and now the medallion was on the way to the ground. Without thinking she reach out for it and she almost caught it before the pain in her body grew so big that she force herself back but it was too late as the horse started to rear without warning making she lost every last control of her body. She felt the pain disappear while she flew into the air but the pain returned tenfold as she landed on the ground with a big splash. “Arrhhhhhhhhh” She scream of pain which made both the guard and 000004 focus on her but before they could do anything other than look, another horse started to rear, which made the owner fall off too even that he had been having more control than 000001 had before her episode. 000001 scream again as the man landed on top of her, but quickly silence as the pain became too much for her body and she fainted. The guard and 000004 ran over to the accident to make sure that all was good when they notice that the owner was none other the crown prince 000005. He stood up and was about to yell at 000004 and the fainted 000001 when he noticed how beautiful she was. “Get her inside and treat her injuries” he yelled as blood started to mix with the muddy water. A few guards came running and took her while 000004 calmed the horses before his eye caught something shining on the gourd and notice it was the medallion, making him understand what had happened. He picked it up and was almost hitting crown prince 000005 on the way back up. “I am sorry for the mess, my lord” 000004 said as he noticed the crown prince just watched him. “It is ok, I know who you are, 000004, please let us follow the guards to the palace then you can talk to my father like old times” 000004 smiled and nodded as he was in no mood to explain the crown prince why they was there in the middle of the street.
“Hang in there” she could hear 000004 voice say in the rain and even that they was alone on the road, his voice became lower and lower for each time he repeated it. The flames on the walls became smaller and smaller, while the pain inside 000001 was also dying out and soon she was fast asleep again. She did not know how long she had been asleep but the horse was not moving anymore but the rain was still falling heavy on her but for some reason it did not make her more wet and she noticed that 000004 had covered her with the blanket that she had been laying on the ground beside the fire with. Then it suddenly hit her, where was 000004 but before she got scared she could hear his voice yelling loudly and a low but firm voice replied him but they was too far way for her to understand the words. She looked up from the blanket and notice that 000004 was standing about 20meters away form her, in front of a major gate and he was talking to some guard. She tried to focus on the words and block out the sound from the rain and it helped as in the next 000004 yelled clearly “I need to see the emperor at once, the kingdom is at stake” but the suddenly just ignored his request and yelling.
“Relax and take a deep breath even it might hurt” 000005 said as he started to remove her cloches a bit so he could get to the wound. 000001 could feel the confusion in her head grow but a sudden pain woke her up like someone was pulling her up. “I am so sorry about the pain, but your wound need to be cleaned a bit as some of your broken clothes had gotten stock in the mix up” 000005 said while 000001 just tried to smile but the pain made her teeth almost crush everything. The rain starts to fall and the rain helps 000001 to relax a bit, and with tears started to run down her checks she finally manages to say something again “You forgot to answer my question about the fires places?” 000001 said with a broken voice and 000005 removed her hair from her face and replied “well, normally they light up when strangers appear near the gates to the town as a way to tell the emperor of guests” 000001 looked at him confused as she made note of his word ‘Normally’ as she expected it meant that someone would come and help them take care of her but as far as she could see, no one had arrived yet but maybe it was just the pain making the time run faster. “You need to get back on the horse so we can get you inside the walls alive” 000005 said before he packed her cloches back around the wound and without warning pulled her up. She wanted to scream off pain but tried to stay strong for her dead parents and soon they was on the move again as the rain got more and more heavy.
000001 opened her eyes and watched as the fireplaces in the towers above the turned on one by one, even that the sun was slowly raising in the east. “Where are we?” She asked and stretched but stopped as the pain from her injuries grew too big. 000005 looked at her and smiled “This is the capital Kuzuyama, the home of the emperor, I hope you had pleasant sleep even it was on horse back all the way” 000001 smiled back but her mind was full of thoughts about what would happen now that she had arrived at the palace like her mother had sent her out for, but still she knew that the death of her family and the attack on Shinobe would mean one thing and one thing only, war. “Why are they lighting up the fires, 000005” asked 000001 with a swinging voice and before 000005 could answer he already stopped the horse and taken her off it. “Stay with me, 000001” 000005 almost yelled inside 000001 who was getting more dizzy and confused but managed to stay awake while 000005 had place her head on a rock.
I know I gave you two parts today but when I was done the first part I had plans for other things but my fingers wanted to do more so I continued after a small break. Suddenly before I knew it I was done chapter 4, which you can find over on the book page as always. The next chapter will be named Escape so cannot wait sharing that with you too. My mind was a bit confused and a few things changed when writing chapter 4 so I might have to rewrite it later as some things does not fit totally with the book so far but still glad it is done. Of other news then I have also reach 20.000 words which I find amazing as while I was not sure if I had reach 10.000 words before I know I have never written anything past 20.000 words before so please enjoy and cannot wait to give you more.
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“Get that bird” Jiang Chen said a bit gentle while not moving much and Hui Wen took a noodle from Ling Chang’s noodle soup and tried catch the pidgins interest and soon it jumped against him. It quickly caught and eat the noodle which quickly made it fall asleep there were still sleeping powder left in the soup. “What did that poor bird, do any one of you” Ling Chang yelled from the bed while Jiang Chen stood up from the floor and looked at Ling Chang before answer. “I know you are angry but would you mind stop yelling of us, as I have explained why we did it and that we are sorry about the way we did it” he tried to say with a calm voice and then he looked at Hui Wen who had figure out what was wrong and had already found the small note at the birds left foot. It was only one word but the eyes of Hui Wen told them everything they needed to know. “War” he said with a low voice and the others looked at him with seriously eyes, and as he caught them starring he became confused if they had heard him or not so he repeated himself “The note is saying war” and held his breath while Jiang Chen almost teared the note in pieces by reaching out after it and in the next, it felt like the time itself slowed down as soldier came running inside the room yelling loudly but no-one understood a single word from his month before the time became normal again. “We are under attack” he yelled again and this time the emperor reacted and yelled to the guards in the room “Don’t stand there, go defend the palace” and they ran out following the soldier. Ling Chang watched some lights from outside the window and was suddenly getting flashbacks from the escape from the hill to her home not long ago and every bone and muscle in her body froze. “Get her out of here” Jiang Chen yelled and Jun Chen took a firm grip in her and started pulling her out of the room while Hui Wen and Jiang Chen force their way between the soldiers running to their places. “Wake up, Ling” Jun Chen yelled while pulling her with him and when she finally woke up they were in the throne room, in the centre of the castle with the ministers yelled in fear of their lives. “I did not expect them to be able to control the army and attack us that fast” Jiang Chen said while looking like he had seen a ghost. Hui Wen just nodded and pulled his sword so he could defend them in case, it became necessary. Ling Chang suddenly felt a rage inside her just as the time in the forest where they had been attacked and Hui Wen had been captured. ”Give me, my sword” she yelled in a strange voice and Hui Wen looked confused at her but quickly threw her the sword before pulling a new one from his belt. Suddenly scream started to be heard and Ling Chang tried to attack but Jun Chen held her back and she almost tried to cut off his hand but returned to her normal self and dropped the sword. Jun Chen held her harder in her hand while he manage get the sword back, just as the first enemy soldier appeared in the room, making all the ministers yell louder and run around like headless chickens. The soldier did not managed to do any harm before he were cut down by Hui Wen but the blood flew and hit Ling Chang in the face which turned on her rage once more, just in time for the group of enemy soldiers. This time, her powers was too strong for Jun Chen to hold her back and soon she was fighting one soldier after another. “We have to get to the stables to escape” Jiang Chen managed to say while watching the blood off enemy soldiers giving the floor a darker colour. More and more soldiers appeared in the room and they started to attack the defenceless ministers while Hui Wen started to fight a way to the doors leading to the stables. “Follow me” he yelled and all but Ling Chang started running against the exit. “You too, Ling Chang” he yelled again but her rage against the enemies made her seemly deaf and she just kept fighting like it was some sort of game for her. Hui Wen thought for a moment before he pointed at the doors “Jun Chen, Jiang Chen… you have to escape now” Jiang Chen started to run across the room against the doors, Hui Wen had pointed out while Jun Chen watched Ling Chang fight soldier after soldier. “Come on” Hui Wen yelled loudly and Jun Chen looked at him before yelling back “I am not leaving her here, all alone” and before Hui Wen could do anything had Jun Chen pulled his own sword and joined the fight with Ling Chang. A group of soldiers appeared in the door opening to the stables and Hui Wen feared the worst but Jiang Chen nodded while smiling “The backup is here” and the men started to run inside the room before started fight the enemy soldiers that came from the other side of the room leaving no soldiers for Ling Chang and Jun Chen. “No… do not take them all” a dying voice from Ling Chang managed to say before she fainted once again. Jun Chen and Hui Wen ran fast over to her and started to transport her to the doors while the soldiers around them started fighting harder and better than before. “Don’t loose my sword or medallion” a drowsy Ling Chang said as the four of them exited the doors and were now in the halls on the way to the stables. “I will protect them with my life” Jun Chen replied her before taking them both and held her even more tightly. “Don’t worry you two, we will escape soon” Jiang Chen managed to say from behind them, just as a major explosion destroyed the hallway. In the next was Jun Chen busy trying to get remove wood and tiles from the hallway to save his father while Ling Chang was all blacked out and Hui Wen tried to pull both of them away from them screen. “We have to escape now” Hui Wen yelled but Jun Chen resistance grew tougher for every attempt he did and he knew what had to do. He slapped Jun Chen in the face so hard that he movement and resistance died so quickly that they almost landed on top of Ling Chang who was laying lifeless on the ground. “We cannot save him now, and you know you are the next in line so we have to escape now” Tears started to run down the cheeks of Jun Chen who knew what Hui Wen was saying was true but still it was hard for him to lose his father especially after the argument about his mother not long ago. “I cannot leave” he yelled loudly back at Hui Wen who prepared himself to slap again as he did not want to watch more time or energy on him resist. “I know, it is hard, child but believe me, your father did not want you to die for him like he just did for you” Hui Wen said while some soldiers could be heard screaming from inside the throne room. Some tiles started to move and Jun Chen almost race over to start removing them but just as he had managed to make a hole, a face appeared on the other side and it was not his father. The man yelled something he did not understand and Jun Chen knew that it was the good men who was coming but more likely the enemy so he ran back to Hui Wen and Ling Chang. “Sorry…” he managed to say before Hui Wen broke in “We don’t have time for this now… Help me carry her so we can escape and no more resistance” Jun Chen just nodded and started carrying as he were ordered to and soon they were at the stables. A lightning started to cross the sky, showing them the few horses left in the stables who had not ran away in the explosion. “Take care of her and protect her with the sword you are carrying while I prepare some horse” Hui Wen said before running over to the nearest horse and started to get it ready for the trip away. Jun Chan looked at the way they had arrived there while the rain started to fall drop by drop until a major thunder rolled loudly. A soldier appeared but Jun Chen managed to fight him off easily before he yelled to Hui Wen “They are started to arrive, hurry” he yelled as Hui Wen ran over to the second horse without replying. Jun Chen turned back around and this time, two soldiers appeared but luckily a good one appeared too and they managed to finished them but off when an arrow penetrated the chest of the good soldier. “They have bows” Jun Chen yelled just as he felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned around and almost attacked when he noticed it were Hui Wen on a horse. “Get on the horse boy” Hui Wen said and turned the horse around while Ling Chang started grasping a bit as the rain hit her face. “Faster boy” Hui Wen yelled as an arrow flew between the two horse and as soon as Jun Chen were up, they started to run away from the palace which now had flames here and there.
The servant left Ling Chang room and after the air cleared between the men they all entered the room again. The emperor took the word first “Sorry I force you to find out our enemies without giving you a chance to say yes or no” Ling Chang looked at him but did not say anything. He continued “Long ago, I lost my wife to my brother because he killed her as he escaped this palace and since then I have searched for him as I feared what would happen once he returned” Ling Chang opened her mouth but did not say a word before closing it again. “Your father was the one saving me as you might know already” he continued and this time Ling Chang did not stay silent “That gives you no right to perform this, whatever you did against me was without asking” she yelled loudly and wind blew thought the window killing most of the lights except for strongest flames. “I understand your reaction but we had no time to spare, as we needed to know who we were up against.” He continued while trying to sound calm. Jun Chen broke in “We are all sorry about it” but his decision to join the talk backfired as Ling Chang yelled back “I thought you care about me and all you did was making me sleep with the help of my hunger and don’t get me started on you Hui Wen” as her eyes caught the movement of Hui Wen. Suddenly a white pidgin landed in the window and Ling Chang was about to yell of it to make it disappear when Jiang Chen almost fell over the bed in attempt too caught it. The pidgin jumped just as he was close to catch it and as he hit the ground with a little bang, it just landed on him and started acting like it was laughing off him.
Hui Wen was the first to be next to her “Sorry my child,I did not meant to hurt you in anyway” he said with sadness in his voice before he left her up gentle while the bandages turned more and more red. They reach the bed and a servant come running with new bandages, making the three men and the guard leave the room for her to have some privacy. Outside they started discuss their new knowledge and emperor Jiang Chen was the first to start “I thought it was your job to kill my brother so we would have peace in the country” he snapped at Hui Wen who was wise to return the words with kindness “I am sorry I have failed you my lord but I have search entire countries the past 20 years searching for him and beside he is the least of our concerns now” he replied. Jun Chen wanted to say something too but emperor Jiang Chen came first and snapped again “I know but still he killed my beautiful wife after you almost caught him doing the escape after my father’s death and now I don’t have the pleasure of killing myself” this time Hui Wen was less kind and snapped back “I know, but look at this” he pulled up and showed a scar from the fight he had gotten the day many years ago. “I know I failed you back then and I might have failed you again but I did my best my lord and more importantly you are my friend” He continued while a single tear ran down left his cheek. Emperor Jiang Chen closed his eyes for a moment and returned to his calmness before the discussion. “Sorry my friend, I just lost a good man today to my brother and I cannot do anything about it because his own kids killed him, so let focus on them” Hui Wen nodded but Jun Chen was exploding instead “Why were you lying to me, father?” He almost yelled of Jiang Chen who for a moment looked confused before his face change back and replied “Now is not the time to discuss that” he tried with a mix of firm and sweet voice but Jun Chen was almost red as blood and snapped back “I asked you, why father?” Jiang Chen stood for a moment before he took a deep breath and started “I…” he managed to say before he started crying and continued in the most soft voice all evening “I wanted you to protect you from the tragedy that hurt me so much, I am so sorry my child, please forgive me” Jun Chen looked at his father and the crying returned him to his calmness and tears started running down his cheeks too. “Sorry father, I could not handle it in my head” he said almost voiceless.
“I hereby calls for Oryu, the lady of the underworld to guide Ling Chang to the past of her parents so we can get a glimpse of our enemy” Hui Wen spoke with a deep voice, making Ling Chang opened her eyes again but she were not at the palace anymore. She were inside a forest and she watched the sun slowly raising but no she made shadow. A noise from men was heard and she walked against the sound and scared birds until she came to a circle of men. Suddenly a bird flew right against her, making her closed her eyes and cover her head with her arms. Nothing happened and she opened her eyes and noticed the bird was already past her and far way. She turned around again and watched the men yell louder and louder, making her interested in what was going on. Luckily there was a small opening between the men and she watched two men fight against each other when a sudden cold feeling flashed down her back. One of the fighters was her father and the fight was not going so well and she started cheering for him as she hoped that it would turn the match around. The rain started to fall but Ling Chang did not feel the water and yelled even louder when suddenly an arrow flew thought the air and more stared to follow, killing the men around her like flies. A young man she did not know went over and cut the thought of her father making her scream loud but to her surprise no one care or even noticed her. The army started to march on from the screen and Ling Chang knew it was on the way to attack the town now but a strange voice kept her at the screen. “Over here” it dry voice repeated over and over. She followed it until she were directly above the body of her father and she wanted to scream again when she noticed the his mouth was moving and saying the words. “It is good to see you, my little lotus flower” he suddenly said changing from the “Over here” he had repeated and she knew he were speaking to her even it was impossible,. “I am sorry that I did not get to meet you on the hill, but I will always be in your heart” he caught a bit blood before continuing “I know you have been sent here by my old master Hui Wen to find out who the enemy is” Ling Chang could feel tears growing in her eyes. “I do not care who the enemy is, I just want to be with you and mother” Ling Chang almost yelled of him. Xiao Chang’s arm moved gentle and slow up to her eyes and dried to first tears off before continuing “I know you want to be here, but trust me, you are more important alive” Ling Chang eyes started to run just as fast as the rain falling “I am sorry, lotus flower but time is running out and the enemies you are looking for are the Chen siblings, daughter and sons of Shi Chen, the emperor’s brother, I just fought who they killed together with me and my men…. Remember that when you wake up” and suddenly all went dark and Ling Chang wished to be staying but a voice appeared “Close your eyes and return to the land of living”. She wiped her tears and remembered her fathers words before closing her eyes as commanded. The voice returned just as she had closed them,”Opened them now” and she did but instead of being back at the palace, she were inside her mother’s bedroom and weird noise were coming from the bed together with screams. “No…. NO…. NOOOOOO, please stop” a voice yelled and she knew it were her mother, getting raped by a man. Ling Chang looked around and noticed a sword from the soldier and went over to pull it but her finger flew thought it like air. Once more tears started to run down her cheeks like it was not enough for her to see her father’s death. The screams from her mother made her try again and again to pull the sword from the ground and she had almost given up when a tear hit the sword, making a tiny metallic sound. In the next she grasped the sword by the handle and without much thought she penetrated the rapist, making her mother get a small shower form the blood. “I saved you mother” Ling Chang almost silence but the joy was short as in the next the house started burning and Ling Chang closed her eyes because of the heat. She wanted to scream in the heat but as fast as it came, it were gone and she opened her eyes again and noticed her mother standing in front of her with all her burn marks. “You was not supposed to see this and like your father said you are most more important alive than death so please leave and return to the earth again” her mother’s gentle voice spoke and the voice who had demanded her to close her eyes returned. She nodded to her mother and for a second she could she her father beside her mother, kissing her forehead before Ling Chang closed her eyes again. She opened her eyes and with a quick movement, she managed to get a sword from a guard who had been at the opening to the room. The movement had surprised Jiang Chen, Jun Chen and even Hui Wen who all stood with open mouth when she pointed the guard’s sword against them and yelled “Promise me that I am never going to be sent back like that again”, Hui Wen tried to say something, making her yell even louder “I said promise me, if not you can forget all about the enemies or whatever you sent me back to figure out” Hui Wen looked at Jun Chen and Jiang Chen before returning his eyes at Ling Chang before clearing his throat. “I promise, I mean we promise” and the others nodded in agreement. Ling Chang stood for a moment thinking if she should end her life and return to her parents or live the important life that they thought she had. She shocked her head and dropped the sword “I have the answer for the question and there is not one enemy but three, Mei Chen, Gang Chen and Li Chen, the kids of your later brother, my dear emperor” and just as the words had left her mouth, she feel to the ground in pain, barely missing the sword in progress.
Ling Chang almost choke on the noodles and only a quick hit in the back from Jun Chen made her breath again. The noodles flew out and a few landed in front of the emperor who looked down at them before bending down and picked it up. Hui Wen looked chocked at Ling Chang who almost tried to hide that the noodles was hers before the emperor smile and replied “You most be starving when I can follow a trace of noodles from the door to the bed you are in, Ling Chang” Ling Chang looked at him and wanted to say something and almost did before she remembered to swallow her food first. “I am sorry, my emperor… I ” more did she not manage to say before he held up a hand to silence her. “While you are here, I don’t want you to call me, my emperor, but rather Jiang Chen as your father and mother was very respected here and I am very sad to hear that they have left this world and travel to the Isle of Gods. Please allow me to give you the same respect as your parents even it is your first time here” Jiang Chen said with the sweetest voice Ling Chang had ever heard. She looked at him and could see tears had slowly started to run down his checks which made Ling Chang want to say something but no words left her mouth and she found the silence awkward and before she knew it, she were eating again. Hui Wen was the first to break the silence “I have told the emperor, your story that you told me when we meet and I am sorry I know this will be hard for you but we have to return to the past once more” Ling Chang looked up from the noodles and without any pressure replied “How do you want me to return to my past once more when I have already told you all I know?” She returned to her noodles and suddenly started to feel more sleepy that before she started. “What have you done to my food?” She managed to ask before dropping the last of the noodles on the ground which scared Jun Chen a bit as he did not know the plan. “If you hurt her, I will killed you” Jun Chen trying to hide his feelings for her but still enough for him to pull his sword and look directly at Hui Wen. “Sorry you had to see this Jun Chen, but rest assured I would never hurt Ling Chang and this is only so we can know who our enemy are” Hui Wen said with a calm voice looking directly at Ling Chang and not minding the sword at all. Jun Chen removed the sword and put it back in its palace before leaving the room. “Will it hurt?” Ling Chang managed to say while not any fear in her voice as she believed ever word of Hui Wen. Hui Wen started to gently and lovingly stroke his hand over her hair while she closed her eyes. “No, my child” he said before her eyes closed.
Ling Chang did not know if she should be happy or sad as a feeling told her that the emperor’s brother was all behind this but before she could say anything a servant came running inside with a noodle soup for her and her belly rumbled loud again. “Thanks” she managed to say before the servant was all gone again. Normally she would care about things like that but today she were to hungry so started to fill her mouth with the lovely noodles. “How long since your last meal?” Jun Chen asked while almost laughing again of acting. “ 2 days I guess, the last I remember was you landing on me” the words made her set down her soup for a while, as she started searching for the medallion and got a trouble face as she could not find it anywhere. “Are you looking for this?” Jun Chen said while holding the medallion in the broken strap. Ling Chang took it quickly with out a word and returned to her noodles before it finally hit her to say something “Thanks for keeping it while I was out” He looked at her and wanted to know more but the doors opened and in came the emperor and Hui Wen.
She tried to move but the pain in her chest grown so she decide to go back to sleep when suddenly her belly rumbled loud. The man who had been sleeping at her legs woke up laughing loud “Sorry, I know it is rude to laugh” he managed to say while still laughing which sounded so funny that Ling Chang started laughing too even that the pain tried to stop her. They stopped laughing and the man yelled “Guards” and before Ling Chang could say a word two guards entered the room. “Our guest has awaken so let Hui Wen and my father know… I also want you to bring us food as she sounds very hungry” the guards nodded and left the room in a hurry leaving the all alone in the room again. “That was the second important things, now for the most important thing, who are you? The man said and looked directly at Ling Chang who started to become more and more red in her face as she was far form used to talking to men around her age. Still the adventures so far had harden her and she returned his look and replied “I am Ling Chang, the emperor’s most trusted general was my father, Xiao Chang while my mother was a former concubine of the emperor” she held a break before continuing “I have never been at the palace before and after your commanding I think I am there now but who are you?” The young man could not stop laughing by her way to speak but replied “No need to call the emperor for the emperor as he is my father Jiang Chen and I am Jun Chen, the only heir to the throne if we don’t count my father’s brother but he is long gone so no worries about him.”
Ling Chang opened her eyes and felt something heavy at her legs, making her want to scream but she managed to remember what had happen before her voice went loud and instead she started to look down at her bandages, they were not red and her pain was almost gone too. She looked farther down and noticed the course of the heavy was a stranger but he was fast asleep so she did not mind much. He looked good at what she could see from the evening sunlight
The men stood speechless and the man who had thrown the apple even stopped breathing as he suddenly got nervous about what would happen next. The guards noticed the silence between the people and looked directly at Hui Wen who still had the sword pulled but slowly started pointing it back. “Now my dear friends, would you mind allowing me to reach the guards a bit quicker than before our little fight” Hui Wen said with a gentle but determent voice. The apple man just nodded gentle and the people who had watched the screen made an opening all the way to the guards who finally have understood what had happen. “We do not tolerate such tricks” the leader of the guards said with a firm voice while Hui Wen came closer to them while the line closed behind him. “I know you do not, but I have an urgent matter to the emperor and before you tell me to explain it to you, I cannot discuss the matter with you as you will know soon enough” The guard looked at him with eyes as firm as his voice “I do not care if you was the emperor’s lost brother back to conquer the world, you are not getting past here without giving me info or that the emperor demanding for you and since he is all the way at the palace there is no chance he will come down here for a little ant like yourself” Ling Chang could see as Hui Wen got more and more red in his face and suddenly she remembered the medallion and started searching for it in the pocket while hoping she would not be too late. In the meantime was Hui Wen looking at the guard leader directly in the eyes while opening the month a few times but no words left his month before a last time, he opened and almost yelled directly in the face of the guard. “Do you have any idea of who you are talking to?” He asked but before the guards had any chance of answering he answered himself. “I am Hui Wen, the grandmaster for the emperor himself and I am sure he is expecting me if he knew what info I hold, so for the last time, let me and my follower enter the town and palace now” The guards looked at each other for a second before the leader nodded and they all pulled their swords, making the surrounding people take a few steps back and talking loudly of who Hui Wen was and how he was going against all they knew. Back at the horse had Ling Chang found the medallion and she tried to get the attention of Hui Wen and the guards but the noise from the people around them made it impossible to get though. She yelled louder but it did not help at all as the people just taking it as screams for fight so they too started yelling. Ling Chang fell back on the horse back and rested for a bit but before she were ready to yell again, she got an idea, she had to get to them before the fight broke out. She took a deep breath and was about to step down from the horse when a loud yell from a nearby man scared the horse and in the progress made Ling Chang drop the medallion down on the ground. Ling Chang forgot all about her injuries or her surroundings and jumped down from the horse to get the medallion. In the next, the time almost stood still as she picked upon the medallion from the ground and was about to move her body against the fight when she felt a shadow above her and turned around only to see a horse rearing in front of her. The time started again and before Ling Chang could block and save herself the owner of the horse landed directly on top of her. She watched the man for a few seconds and his look made her heart beat run faster that rain on a stormy night. He tried to say something but their were no sound and her mind wanted to make her scream or move but instead of any her body filled with pain from the landing and the bandages became red as the evening sun before she blacked out. “Help her” the man yelled loud when he noticed the blood and his voice penetrated the mess and soon the guards and Hui Wen was at the screen. The leader of the guards caught the medallion in her hand and replied “Why did you not show us this?” And blamed Hui Wen while being busy bowing to the crown prince Jun Chen who were the stranger who had landed on Ling Chang. “I forgot all about it because of the important news I am bringing” Hui Wen said before bowing himself. Jun Chen looked at them “We do not have time for this, take her to my room in the palace and let us here what important news you bring”
“Just a bit hungry now after not eating for days” She continued. The road was now full of people and the guards was working hard making sure that no one entered without the right papers. Hui Wen stopped and stepped of the horse before turning against Ling Chang “Stay here, while I go talk to the guards so we can get inside” and turned back and started to walk against the guards. Ling Chang watched as he walked without care about the other people in the queue and just pushed himself forward. “Excuse me, please good sir, excuse me” he said and most people did not care much but suddenly a man yelled “You have to wait like everyone else” and the man took a hard grip in Hui Wen who tried to walk on but the man was too strong. “I said you have to wait like everyone else” the man repeated with the same volume of voice. Hui Wen looked at him and nodded “I am sorry, but have to reach the emperor as I have very important news for him so please let me go” the man looked at Hui Wen before letting go. “Sure, why not but you still have to wait like everybody else” he yelled once more and the guards who was busy with the man in front of the line started to watch the two men. Hui Wen wanted to say something but the man continued “If you are such important to the emperor himself then why are you waiting in the line with us, Your Majesty” which made the nearby people laud of them and another man said “Yeah, would you like this apple” before throwing it against Hui Wen and Ling Chang could not make herself watch anymore but suddenly hiss between the people was heard and when she looked again Hui Wen had drawn his sword and cut the apple in half.
The gate and the walls surrounding Zhaomay were getting bigger and bigger for each step the horse took. Ling Chang had never been outside Shinobe before but her father Xiao Chang had told her many storied about the town while her mother had told of her time inside the palace as a concubine for the emperor. A few tears ran down her check as she thought of them but she smiled too because she had reached the completed her mother’s last request. “We are here” Hui Wen said and pointed at the gate. Since the attack on the stranger, there had been silence between them but the road had become more alive making up to their silence. The rain had stopped too and the sun had reappeared. “How is your belly?” Hui Wen asked suddenly and Ling Chang could feel it rumble a bit of hunger as it had been 2 and half day since her last meal because she did not have time for breakfast before the escape but the injuries had upper hand and every time the horse hit the ground, it all hurt like hell. “Just fine” she lied because she wanted to seem strong to Hui Wen after he had promised her to help her get revenge