“Stop it, they has nothing to do with it, so let them go in peace, this is your final warning.” Xiao Chang yelled and Shi Chen face become even more red and he pushed the sword closer to An Chen’s neck. In a quick movement was Xiao Chang next to An Chen and used his left hand to cover her neck from the sword while using the other to push Shi Chen away but he was too wear from his wounded side to do much as Shi Chen just pushed him and An Chen away who landed in the muddy ground with a big splash. Jun Chen flew but Xiao Chang was quickly up to catch him before he broke down again in pain. “Take… Take… care of him” a almost gone voice asked in the rain and as Xiao Chang finally reach An Chen, she were just watching the sky while blood ran out and mixed with the muddy ground. “No, no, no, this is not happening… please let her live” he managed to say while Jun Chen started crying loud. “Take me instead” He yelled before the screams of Jun Chen got too loud for him to bear. “I am sorry, it was all my fault, little one” he said while holding Jun Chen into him and covering from the rain. Suddenly a horse whinny in the back and only a quick movement saved them both from the wrath of Shi Chen who had found a horse and was not ridding for the gate. Xiao Chang thought quickly and turned around with a force and throw a knife again Shi Chen as a last attempt to revenge An Chen and his mistakes but the knife only brush the check of Shi Chen. “You cannot hide who you are anymore” Xiao Chang yelled while Shi Chen kept going and disappeared out of sight while the rain continued to fall heavy. Finally some soldiers and guards appear in the stables and yard, but there were no sight of Jiang Chen. “What took you so long?” Xiao Chang half crying half yelling but no of the men answered him so he stood up with Jun Chen in his hand while his blouse became more and more red. He started to walk inside again becoming more and more slow for each step as the pain grew higher and higher inside. As he reached the throne hall, he finally meet Jiang Chen who was still broke about what happened with his brother and his face did not get better when he noticed only two had return. Xiao Chang fell on knees and handed over Jun Chen to Jiang Chen in silence who took him and held him into his chest while warming him with his clothes. “Arhhh” Xiao Chang yelled of pain before continuing “I am sorry my lord, I could only save one, the other is… is…” he felt a hand on his shoulder and looked up in tearful face of Jiang Chen. “Death in the yard” he managed to say before the pain almost took him out but he tried to stand firm. He took forward a new knife and pointed it as his wound in the side “I have failed you my lord” he said and pressed the knife against the wound but something held it away. “You have not failed me” Jiang Chen spoke with a sad voice which made it hard to know if he was angry or not. “You have saved more than any other of my men could have done, and you managed to block a strike from my own brother even you was told to wait out side, thank you for that so please no more blood today” Xiao Chang released the knife and wanted to stand but his injuries made him kiss the ground instead and the last he heard was “Help him…”
Shi Chen looked at him like he had seen death coming and yelled “No, you have come to kill me” and pushed to An Chen to make her move faster to the stables but the muddy ground made it hard for her to move in her clothes. Shi Chen’s face became more and more red and the rain made everything look even worse. A lightning crossed the sky again and thunder followed quickly which a heavy win that opened the gate to the palace. “The gods have allowed you to leave this place” Xiao Chang said to try clam down Shi Chen who just got even more furious and pushed even harder to An Chen who almost dropped Jun Chen. “Move now” Shi Chen yelled but An Chen could not move at all in the mud. “You are working with him, trying to stop me from escaping and make sure they capture me” He said before he slowly move the sword closer to the neck of An Chen.
His eyes watched as the men one by one laid down their swords and soon he was the only one with a sword. “You too” Shi Chen yelled with anger in his voice and Xiao Chang dropped his sword like the others. Shi Chen slowly and calm walked past the men who did nothing else then following them with their eyes. Xiao Chang was the first and only who moved after him and followed him out of one room into the next one until the reached the throne hall. “This will be mine, soon enough” and a mighty thunder rolled in the sky with the rain falling more and more heavy. Jun Chen started crying again but the knife against An Chen made it impossible for her to take care of him. “Please lord, let me stop him from crying, I am sure that you are free to go now” She wanted to say more but Shi Chen just held the knife closer to her neck and yelled “Silence, you of all should know how your husband is” and then they walked out of the hall and walked out into the heavy rain which quickly ruined their clothes. A lightning crossed the sky with no thunder to follow and revealed the iris of a man, Xiao Chang. “Are you here to stop me?” Shi Chen yelled before the thunder made everything else silent. “No, I am here to return the empress and crown prince to my master and lord Jiang Chen”
“Shi Chen, you are hereby arrested for treason against the former emperor and the new one… I suggest you follow me quietly or you might not see the sun again” the highest guard said before he pulled his sword. Shi Chen could not believe his eyes, he has been the next in line less than an hour ago and now he was taken away like some animal just because he could not handle that his younger brother was the new ruler. But he decides to follow as commanded. “I will return and take my rightful place brother and you, Xiao Chang, will be placed in the darkest cell I can find and then you will stay there with your family” The guards just looked at Shi Chen ignoring his words. “I did not ask for this brother” Jiang Chen answered and look him directly in the eyes. “I did not know anything about our father’s plans but I can see why he did it as your hunger for power is as much as a normal mans need for air… Guards would you mind taking him away and makes sure his son is also taken the same place” The highest guard nodded and they continued out of the room when suddenly An Chen walked past with Jun Chen in her hands without knowing anything about the events that had just happened. “Jiang Chen, come here and help me make your son sleep again… No wait stop” but it was too late Shi Chen has taken a sword form a guard and was now holding it against a terrify An Chen with him behind her, using her as a shield. Shi Chen was the first to speak after the turn of events. “Let me and my family go or I will kill your wife and child” Xiao Chang looked at Jiang Chen who was speechless, making him take the command “Guards, on behalf on Lord Chen, I request you to stand down and let him leave so back away slowly”
The swords started clanking against each other like small fire works and even that Xiao Chang was hurt, he did a great job defending himself and Jiang Chen. “Why can we not be friends and I am sure this was why father did not want you to have any power.” Jiang Chen yelled of Shi Chen and continued fighting while the once clear sky had turned completely dark and rain falling in heavy drops. “You have both broken my heart and I do not want to be part of this family anymore” A guard fell death to the ground so now it was more fair teams but the fight was far form over. Suddenly the room was light up by a lightning and for a second the rain stopped before an ear deafening thunder rolled across the sky. “Guards” yelled Shi Chen in hope of getting more help and Xiao Chang looked worried at Jiang Chen but as the next guards entered where loyal to Bai Chen so they could not make themselves hurt a son of him. “Attack them” Shi Chen yelled of the guards who just stood still and even the guard that had been fighting at his side moments before had stopped and was just watching him with his sword on the ground. “They killed the emperor Bai Chen” which made even Jiang Chen about to speak up in return but the guards just kept still and looked at him.
“Our father has been death for less than a minute and now you are already trying to kill me, your own brother, just because father gave me, your position” Jiang Chen replied and looked blaming at his brother who was having fire in his eyes who calm for a second while he answer “I am sorry, brother… where are my manners… hand over the title of emperor to me and I promise to let you, your family and that dog Xiao Chang leave the palace alive” Jiang Chen was about to give it so thought but before he could even answer the fire in Shi Chen’s eyes returned and he striked again and this time he had the former guards on his side so they tried taken care of Xiao Chang by attacking him even more. Xiao Chang looked for a second at his best friend and now emperor who gave him a nod in acceptance and just as the first blood for his wound hit the wooden floor he spun around and started fighting while Jiang Chen pulled his and got ready to fight his brother.
Jiang Chen focused on his father and blocked out every sound and noise coming from Shi Chen. His eyes grew bigger while getting filled with tears both of pride of his father’s decision and his death. Outside the room where Xiao Chang talking with the guards while enjoying the quiet and not being part of the mess inside the room. “I think the old lord is death now” he said to the gaurd and continued “Maybe you should go get the priest…” he wanted to say more but his senses started alarming and instead he opened the door with such power that it ruin the hands and he had to throw it on the ground to be able to pull his sword. The guards tried to stop him as they had no idea what he were doing but the only one high sound where heard “clank” and the next was a mix of screams in pain and anger. Jiang Chen looked up from his father and noticed the sword for a guard entering the side of Xiao Chang while Xiao Chang’s sword had missed his back with a few inches. “What happe…” he managed to say before another clank were heard and he turned around and noticed it was Shi Chen who tried to strike him down.