“I don;t think you should come. Princess” Zhu Zhan Ye said as they rode out of the city, the moon already high above the skies.
“Bao Lu was a friend and Li Sun saved my life.” Hua Er said determinedly, “Whoever had done this, I will make them pay. No one get’s to toy with my friends and live.”
At midnight Yu Zhu and Lin Yu arrived, hiding silently in the shadows as they watched Hua Er, Zhu Zhan Ye, and Zhuo Hao walk into view.
“Do you have the ledger.” A voice boom and the three looked around. Lin Yu and Yu Zhu too, scanned the area.
Zhuo Hao held the books up, “Show me Doctor Li.”
A boat slide out of the reeds and Doctor Li Sun was tied to the mast.
“Now. Books.” A mountainous man had emerged from the tall grass. His head and shoulders were covered in dark fur. On his head he wore a hat made of animal skin. Yu Zu could see why no one else had bothered to show up. Whoever sent this giant knew that this man wouldn’t let a soul leave this place alive. The eyes barely flickered down to the three, “Give me the books and I’ll let him go.”
Zhuo Hao smiled, “What makes you so sure this is the only copy I have?”
“You had a day. There’s too much in there and the code that it’s written in makes it useless if copied.” The giant guffawed, “But if won’t matter. I was promised that I can kill you, as long as I get you here. Since you are to die from my hands, let me introduce myself. I am Te’Le.” With that he rushed at the three.
Yu Zhu flew down with her sword to strike at his back
The man turned quickly and his bear like hand swiped at her. She twisted and barely managed to get out of the way. With a flip she came close to his chest and thrusted her sword in.
Like a great bear shaking of a fly, he grabbed her and her sword and flung her off.
Yu Zhu landed in the ground with a thud. She rolled and was on her feet again. Zhu Zhan Ye, Hua Er, and Zhuo Hao watched warily as the man staggered.
Te’le’s eyes glowed red and he stood up as if Yu Zhu had not just stabbed him through the heart.
He roared with laughed, “You think you’re little human sword will kill me?”
Yu Zhu cursed and looked at Lin Yu, they had just found a demon.
Te’le opened his hands, two foot long, lethal looking claws shot out of his fingers. His arms were covered with fur.
“Run!” Yu Zhu screamed at the three, “Get out of his way!”
Te’le took a great swipe at Hua Er but Yu ZHu was already running towards the monster. She slashed and one of the claws fell to the earth. Te’le roared and fire came out of his mouth, leaving a trail of destruction. “No one is leaving here tonight!”
Lin Yu came to Yu Zhu’s defense. Her eyes glowed green as she threw her daggers made of her venom at him. Her magic flashed as it sank into Te’le’s body.
“I am the son of a Bear.” Te’le laughed gleefully the poison hadn’t even penetrated his fur, “Little snake you must be joking if you think you can take me.” He pounded the earth and rushed at Lin Yu. She dodged the swipes and threw out her sash, the iron like cloth bounding down one of his paws.
Yu Zhu and Hua Er both saw the opportunity and they climbed onto Te’le’s back. Zhuo Hao ran up to the other paw and struck it, his sword faster than the eye could see. The Bear roared and fire came from his mouth. Zhuo Hao dodged the fire but did not avoid the paw. He flew across the air and hit a tree. Knocked out.
Zhu Zhan Ye saw his brother, he changed course and ran to make sure Zhuo Hao was alright.
Hua Er and Yu Zhu battled the bear while on his back, each of them stabbing repeatedy. The other paw came swiping down. Yu Zhu pushed Hua Er out of the way and felt the claw rip into her clothes. She gritted her teeth and sank her sword into the bear’s neck.
She fell to the ground as Te’le roared in pain. The wound was painful, but not life threatening. Biting her lip to not scream, she got up again and saw Lin Yu being flung into the lake. The girl crashed into the boat that carried Doctor Li.
“You just used magic didn’t you? Snake Demon, I’m sure I sense your magic.” Doctor Li struggled, “Free me now! I am your only chance.”
Lin Yu’s mouth opened, but the screams of the people on shore distracted her. She ripped the cloth from Li Sun’s eyes. He looked at her, his eyes blazing with blue. She back away fear nearly immobilizing her, “You… you are….” What he was, she could see now. Surely she would die once he finished off the bear demon.
He took her hand and with a needle, pricked it. He pricked his finger and touched her wound. “Thanks. We will settle our accounts later.”
The blue now spread over his entire body. He rose into the air, his black hair changing into white.
“Te’le” A terrible ringing voice seemed to issue out of the Doctor’s entire body.
The demon on the shore looked up and roared.
” A Human Elemental! You’re all suppose to be dead.” The bear ran to the water’s edge and snarled, “With your blood I will be a thousand times stronger!”
The Elemental raised his hand, “With the commands given by Nu Wa, sacred creator of life. With the water that flows from the depths of hell, you are damned for a your sins against humanity.”
A drop of water rose in the air. It bursted into a thousand strings and latched onto the bear. The bear screamed and bit at each one. But every string bitten, ten thousands appeared.
The Demon Te’le looked at the lake. His eyes was full of fear. The strings bit deep into his fur, into his skin. It burned icy one moment and hotter than magma the next. Soon it cocooned him into a white, writing mass.
The Elemental held out a hand. In it a golden bowl, the kind used by Buddhists when asking for alms appeared. The bear demon was being pulled into the bowl, the characters on the sides of the bowl glowing red until the bear had disappeared completely inside it.
The Elemental looked into the Bowl, ” You will suffer pain unending for now on. In ten thousand years, if you are to repent your sins, I will let you reincarnate in another demon form. If not, then you disintegrate to dust.”
Lin Yu stared at the bowl, shaking from head to toe. It was the same one that had captured her aunt. It had broken her family and killed thousands of demons. It was Fa Hai, the famed Demon Killer’s weapon.
The Elemental turned to the little snake demon, “Demons are not allowed in this realm.” The bowl began to glow once more and Lin Yu could feel it dragging at her.
He raised a hand. But Yu Zhu was jumping across the lake in great leaps using her Qi.
“STOP. LI SUN. STOP!” Yu Zhu clutched her sword and swiped at the glowing figure. Li Sun’s white hair and blue eyes unnerved her, but he would have to go through her if he though he could get to Lin Yu.
The Elemental looked at Yu Zhu with a shocked expression. “But thats impossible.You’re impossible.” He said as he dodged the blow.
Yu Zhu wasn’t listening. She rammed into Li Sun to get him farther from Lin Yu. The Bowl stopped glowing, instead it began trembling, as if the inhabitants in the bowl became restless.
The Elemental put a hand over the bowl and began to chant until the bowl began still once again.
“Please step aside.” Li Sun said politely as he raised his bowl once more, “She is a demon and I am a demon catcher. She must be punished.”
“Has she killed anyone you ungrateful bastard?” Yu Zhu shot back, “She untied you and set you free.”
“My mother showed the original owner of that bowl so much mercy.” Lin Yu said, her eyes still on the bowl, “By the laws of your ancestor, I am allowed the same mercy.”
Li Sun looked at Lin Yu, “Daughter of the Green Snake. We finally meet.”
Lin Yu swallowed, “Yes. Descendant of Fa Hai, the man who destroyed my clan.”
“And your aunt, the White Snake flooded an entire city to be with Xu Xian. Thousands of lives were lost.”
The two looked at each other without another word. Lin Yu gripped her sword. Yu Zhu stood between them, “Is he human?” she asked Lin Yu.
Lin Yu was shaking all over, “You are a divine human, aren’t you? The last of your kind.”
“My family was gifted with extraordinary demon catching powers after capturing the white snake.” Li Sun answered, “We were asked to protect the earth. But we have ventured to borders of the realm to keep the peace.”
“And in return you become gods. While we are hunted to extinction” Lin Yu said bitterly. The two of them looked at each other with each again, and Yu Zhu knew this would not do.
“So. Do you grant mercy?” Yu Zhu asked calmly, “Or am I going to have to cut off your head.”
Li Sun sighed and stowed away the bow. He transformed back to the baby faced youth once more. “Only this time.” He floated down until he sat down on the boat, “Don’t ever show yourself to me again, Snake Demon,” He warned, “I will capture you.”
“Goodbye.” Yu Zhu grabbed the other girl’s hand and the two flew back towards the shore.
“Are you alright?” Lin Yu asked as she saw Yu Zhu’s bloody back. Yu Zhu looked at the girl with a smile, “Nothing I can’t handle with some rest.” The landed on the shore. The other three people were nowhere to be found.
The night hide the dagger from Yu Zhu’s exhausted body and sight. It sang through the air and sank straight in her chest.
Yu Zhu looked down, stunned. She knew there was nothing to be done now. Hua Er walked up to her triumphantly, “Tonight, you too pay for the Bao Lu’s death. Midnight Thief.”
Even if the wound didn’t kill her, the poison would. She grabbed Hua Er’s arm trying to steady herself. Her other hand still held the cloth mask in place. She staggered in the grass. Lin Yu’s face was full of disbelief as she registered what had happened.
Hua Er wanted was burning with anger, “You dare…” But the words were lost as the thief’s hands slipped and Yu Zhu’s mask came off.
“Yu Zhu?” The voice was behind her. Zhu Zhan Ye’s mouth fell open. He looked shocked at the appearance of the girl.
“What did you call her?” Hua Er’s voice came out strangled. Her ears rang and the earth shook. She took a long look at the girl in front of her.
Hua Er couldn’t breathe. The years had melted the child like features and caused the girl’s face to sharpen. But it was still the same eyes, the same nose, the same lips.
“Hua Er…” Yu Zhu gasped, again and again. Her face full of painful hope and fear “Hua Er… do you remember me?”
The voice was no longer so high pitched as Hua Er remembered, but how could she not have recognized it the first time she heard it? The world was breaking apart.
Hua Er felt as if she walked from one nightmare to another. She held the girl up, “No..no no no no no.” She breathed out, the words felt unreal. Yu Zhu’s voice was already weakening, “Hua Er….Don’t, cry.”
Hua Er hadn’t even known why the world was blurring around her. “NO!” She grabbed the antidote from her belt, her hands shaking so much that the little bottle rolled out of her hands, she held onto Yu Zhu and tried to retrieve another one.
“It’s too late.” Yu ZHu said with her last few breathes. She looked at Lin Yu, “Don’t hurt Hua Er…Look after yourself.”
With that, she felt the last of her strength leave her. She closed her eyes and darkness descended.