Xiao Wang felt the pain from the wound coming back as he returned to reality but he had no plans of giving up but he knew he had to act quick or the wound would make him lose and died perhaps. He looked at the evil lord and there was something about him that he remembered from a fight he and his master Jiahao Wang have had against a younger man. But he could not remember who and what was so special about the man or the fight so he focused on the present instead and started attacking again with his fresh sword arm while the wounded arm could relax with the shield. The evil lord just laughed at him and defended like he had done so far like it was him who was waiting for something. “You are never going to breach my defences, boy” he yelled and threw his shield away so he was only holding his sword in his hands. Xiao Chang could feel the pain in his wounded arm grow and knew that he dropped his shield too, the pain would ease and he would be able to attack harder so without answering the lord, he threw his own shield too and the fight turned into a pure sword fight. Xiao Wang could feel the power grow in him so he attacked quickly and hard which surprised the evil lord who tried to block with his sword but he was a second too slow and he was hit right under his left eye so he could taste blood in his mouth. “You are going to pay for this and you attack on my wife” the evil lord yell loud before spitting out some blood. it gave a set in Xiao Wang as now he knew where he had seen the man before and he was certain he knew who the man was. “You are…” he held a break to remember the name “You are… Shi Chen, the emperor’s brother who tried to take the power form him many years ago when your father picked him over you even you are the oldest of his sons” he answered with a bit of fear in his voice as he remembered that the only reason that he and his master Jiahao Wang had won years ago was because that they by accident had killed his wife as she had stepped in front of his attack to protect Shi Chen. “Yes, that is me and the three young generals on horses behind me are my children who watched you kill her” Shi Chen yell even louder before spitting out some blood again. “I have been training every since to revenge her for my kids and myself” he continued and wanted to say more but Xiao Wang blocked him and replied “No, she stepped in the way so there were nothing I could do prevent the accident” the words had just left his mouth when the three kids on horses yelled in one voice “Liar, killing him, kill him now father” Shi Chen looked at his kids for a second and replied with strength in his voice “I will, my dear kids, this boy won’t be found anywhere on this earth when I am done with him” and as he was done speaking the fight changed from being boring and slow fight with mostly Xiao Wang attacking to a fight as equals. The swords started to clank against each other and started to sound like a small thunder cloud. The rain was still falling heavy over the men and the ground was soon a muddy mess by all the movements in the rain. “You are going to die now, boy” Shi Chen yelled loud and attack with heavy power that Xiao Wang had to block the attack with both hands and to his surprise he managed to block so hard that Shi Chen lost control of his sword as it flew out of his hand and landed into a tree a few meters back. “Give me a new one” Shi Chen yelled loud but no one moved a muscle so Xiao Wang did not waste time to attack but Shi Chen was faster and soon back at the tree to get his sword again while yelling courses at his men and children who was not giving him a sword when he yelled for one. The swords started to clank again and soon the sky started to send lightnings across the sky again to give a bit of light while the thunder gave a bit of music. Xiao Wang felt he had the upper hand after he had been able to block the attack before so he started to fight harder without losing his focus. Shi Chen was still mad and had lost a bit of his focus on the fight but still he was the one who got the next strike at his opponent. “Got you now” he yelled and cut a mark in Xiao Wang’s left leg which was luckily for Xiao Wang was not deep enough to give problems but still the pain was there. They had been moving around in the circle lots of times and at the moment they were standing with their backs against the enemy. Suddenly an attack made a sword flew again and again it was Shi Chen who was defenceless and this time Xiao Wang got the upper hand as he ran to get the sword before Shi Chen could get it. He pointed both swords at Shi Chen like he was going to attack him and he charged against Shi Chen who could do nothing but just as the sword was about to reach him, Xiao Wang stopped and replied “Do you give up, my lord?” Shi Chen was surprised that Xiao Wang had stopped his attack so he could not answer but started to walk away from the swords and to the part of the circle where his men stood. Xiao Wang could see that Shi Chen was thinking so he looked at his men and held the two swords up like he was the winner which made the men scream louder than the rain and thunders together. He then turned his face and the swords against Shi Chen again “So do you give up, my lord?” He repeated and Shi Chen was opening his mouth to say something but instead his mouth filled with blood and he fell to his knees. Xiao Wang started to ran over to his opponent but only managed to take a few steps before he could feel something cold growing from his back and as his arms hit the area, he knew what had happen. He had been hit by an arrow and as he looked over at Shi Chen, he could see him lying dead on the muddy ground, also was hit which made no sense at all before suddenly a young laughing voice replied “Did you really think, we would let you live, killer” he tried to look up to see who was carrying the voice but the pain were too hard so he ended down in the muddy ground. A foot landed next to his face and some hands removed the arrow and turned him around so he could see the killer but it confused him even more as it was one of the kids. “You might be stronger than our weak father, but we have not waited 15 years of our lives to watched you get away again” Xiao Wang wanted to say something but his mouth was full of blood and mud so nothing except the air escaped. “We know it is weird that we killed our father too but we blame him just as much as you for the lose of her mother and now we will conquer the country which would be rightful ours” screams started to fill the forest and Xiao Wang knew what was happening and tried to dream away to his last time with the girls of his life but like the father did not want him to dream neither did the kid holding his life. “Don’t you dare dream away now, before knowing that we will take good care of your family by raping them again and again before burning them together with the town that betrayed my family” Xiao Wang closed his eyes knowing his time had come to an end but instead of just getting killed he was just putted down on the ground again. He thought he had died as the sounds around him was left to rain but the rain drops told him otherwise so he tried to open his eyes again but just as his eyes opened and watched the dark grey sky a face appeared laughing with no sound at all before the face turned serious and a knife appeared before he soon felt the cold again and this time he knew he was going to leave the living but he felt a power growing in his hand and he knew he had last attempt to help the people he were going to leave behind so he took a hard grip in the knife which had entered his chest and forced the hands holding it against the user instead and the face which had been laughing had changed from it seriously to a worried face before it started to scream but before he could know how much harm he had done, a sword appeared above his head and killed him instantly. “That stupid animal” an angry voice yelled loud while two others voices was laughing. A female voice replied “I told you to kill him instead of play with him, brother” The brother raised from the dead body of Xiao Wang and pulled out the knife from his side like it was nothing before yelled “Medic” and a man came running from the army and started to look at the wound. “You will be fine, my lord” he managed to say before man took the knife and killed the medic instantly while replied “But you will not” making a few of the soldiers watching not know what they should do about themselves before an other man yelled “Soldiers attack the town Jiudu, and I don’t want anyone to leave the place alive except for the general’s wife” just as his commands had lift his mouth screams was hears from the many soldiers. He looks at his brother and replied “Get your mess fixed in my tent Gang Chen, we need to plan this right so no one will escape our revenge so you dear sister Ning Chen, please join us too” they look at their brother before nodding in one movement.
Xiao Wang attacked and attacked like there was no tomorrow and the evil lord just blocked his attacks instead of attack himself so the clanking sounds was only answered by the thunder in the sky which had started to move away from the battlefield leaving only the rain left. Suddenly the old lord attack back and gave Xiao Wang deep cut on his left shoulder making him almost drop the shield in pain but he did not give up and he started to think of his girls at home and who will protect them from harm now they were all alone. He started to dream himself away and to meeting his girls on the hill that he had agreed with Ling Wang to meet on. He were watching the play together from behind so only the black hair was showing so he ran against them and took a gentle grip in his little girl and turned her around to hug her but instead a dead head appeared and when he look again the entire area was either burning or already ash. He looked back at his child who opened his mouth and yelled “No dreams about family just yet” and he returned to the fight against the evil lord who had watched him dream away. “You are not allowed to dream about your family just yet” he repeated and almost teased against Xiao Wang
The soldiers around him started to yelled louder to make the evil warlord’s army sound like nothing even it was way bigger and that they knew their leader was their only chance of getting out of the town alive. The other lord entered the circle and all turned quiet except for the rain against the leafs and ground which slowly got more and more muddy. The man raised his sword high as a lightning ran fast over the sky and followed by a loud thunder behind it. Xiao Wang could see that there already was blood on the sword but he knew that he had not been attacked yet but before he could clean his mind the other lord yelled “Are you afraid of me, boy?” With a ice cold voice which made the rain feel like ice for a second. Xiao Wang wanted to yelled no but again before he could do anything the lord yelled again “Take a look at those heads” and without warning two head flew though the air from the side of the warlord and landed in front of Xiao Wang who almost turned into ice. Only his breath showed he was still there and the fear in his eyes had turned him into a easy target but the lord did not strike yet and just yelled again “Care to tell who the heads are to those who cannot see them, boy” Xiao Wang tried to open his mouth but no voice escaped so the lord just laughed loud and continued “Did you lose your tongue, boy?” Xiao Wang could feel the hate start to grow inside him because of the dead men and the lord’s way of calling him boy all the time even he was a grown older man. “Stop calling me boy” he suddenly yelled and ran against the lord with his full power but as he was about to strike the lord just moved his sword from the sky to the middle ground and blocked his attack like it was nothing and laughed again “Well boy, you was not an ice cube after all and when you does not want to tell it, then those heads are the two men, you tried to send away to the emperor, while you was going to fight me to give the emperor a chance” he held a break and then yelled again “Is that not right, boy?” Xiao Wang was worried what his soldiers reaction would be if or rather when he would answer. “Yes, it is true” he yelled loud making sure the whole forrest heard it “But that does not change my plans of killing you anyway” and then he used the blocked attack to gain more power and attack again which this time surprised the evil lord a bit but still he managed to block the attack.
In the meantime in a forest not far from there things look very differently and far less good that it did at Ling Wangs place as here her father. Xiao Wang is preparing for might be his most important fight every as he is all that stands between a evil warlord and the road though Jingdu to the emperor’s palace in Beijing. So far he have kept them at bay by agreeing to a fight between him and the warlord while he has in secret sent away some of his men to warn the town and the emperor about the imminent danger so they maybe can save the town before his fight will be over. The rain is falling down like arrows hitting anything in it’s path and the impact looks like blood and lightnings is the only light in the sky. Xiao Wang puts his helmet on and take a shield in one hand and a sword in the other and starts walked between his men who yells louder and louder as crosses the path of more people before he exits the forest and goes into an small circle formed opening where on the other side also is noises coming form the evil warlord’s army
She walked from house to house trying to avoid as many people as possible before she exited the town before almost running the last way. As she got to the hill with a small tree outside the town, she could feel that the wind had taken the warmth from the sun and that it sooner or later would start to rain but she did not mind it at all. She started to swing her sword and soon her favorite noise came, the rain against the rocks around her and she focused for a second before she pointed the edge of the sword to the west and as she was stretched to her limit without taking a step the first drop hit the edge of the blade before millions followed and soon she was wet every place of her body and she started to dance with the sword like it was a dance partner and the rain was the music they were dancing too. Soon the wind joined the music too so the rain drops was harder to heard but still there plus they did not land as simple as before. It gave a set in her when a mighty thunder roared in the sky above her as she was used to that thunder came before rain but the lightnings started to cut thought the rain drops like her sword. She was not scared of the thunder so she just continued her training like she had planed it while waiting for her father.
The sun raised up behind the mountains as it had done many times and nothing in it’s light knew what groundbreaking day it would so the birds was singing and the sun was all alone on the sky. Ling Wang woke up as she felt the warmth hit her but she did not look out of the windows like many others would have done on this beautiful day as she was blind and even she liked the warmth form the sun, she preferred the rain as the drops of rain made her feel far more alive. Ling Wang got dressed which was a new thing for her as normally she would have been getting help from the servants of the family but lately she have been having more feelings with herself and had learned to get dressed by herself. It had started after the day her father, general of the north, Xiao Wang and the other men had left the town to go out training themselves where she had found herself in her parents room which was normal even for her but a power she could not described had forced her hands to open the doors of her father’s closet where she have found a sword she did not knew about even that her father had told her about his swords and other weapons before. As she had touched it a power had filled her body with energy and she had gotten the feeling that she wanted to train with it even she had never done anything like that before. The first days she had cut herself and she had to make up stories so the servants and her mother did not know that she was training with a sword as her mother was very scared of weapons as they had once made a great friend lose his wife in the hands of an evil man. This was one of the reason the men was always somewhere else to train instead of the town as Xiao Wang wanted to keep her from the nightmares that followed the weapons. This was why Ling Wang also was confused on why the sword had been in her father’s closet and why she did not know about it. Ling Wang took the sword from under her bed as she had prepared herself and then slowly she started to sneak out to her favourite place where she hoped her father would find her first so he could she how good she have become with a sword on her own.
He opened the door slowly as he expected her to be watching fireworks again but the room was all dark except for the light from the hall. He could see that Ning Wang was already in bed and that she wear looking away like she did not want to talk at all. “Are you asleep already?” he tried with a gentle voice while looking at her but she did not move so he closed the door and walked over to her bed and knelled in front of it. “I am sorry I yelled at you, but you know it was past your bedtime” he tried and this time she moved around and with a sad look she answered “I am sorry that I wanted to see the fireworks so much” a moment of silence followed before they gave each other a hug which made Ning Wang smile again. “Will you tell a bedtime story?” she asked with a interested voice and Jiahao Wang just nodded and stood up from his kneeling position and removed the curtains so the fireworks entered the room and Ning Wang used the chance to get out of bed and run over to get her favorite book and toy so she could enjoy the story. But Jiahao Wang smiled and shaked his head gentle while removing the book from her hand. “I know it is your favorite but today I will tell you another story” Ning Wang turned a bit sad as she had hoped she could her about princesses and dragon’s and was about to complain about it but keep quiet as she did not want her grandfather to become more angry tonight even it had been her fault. Jiahao Wang could see that her eyes was sad over that he would not read that one so instead he walked out of the door “Just a minute” he said as he left the room and soon he was back with the old case form earlier and continued “I know you love the book very much but I felt it was time to tell you a real story instead of all that fantasy” He wanted to say more but could see how Ning Wang’s eyes got more and more focused on the old case he had in his hand so he cut the story short and continued “I did not plan for you to see this before in long time, but here is a sword which have been in our family for as long as the moon have been in the sky” Ning Wang did not listen at all as she watched the sword but still managed to be able to think and ask a question “Is the story about this sword, grandfather?” Jiahao Wang laughed because he knew his grand daughter was not stupid at all but still so he just replied “Yes, but first you need to know the backstory and let me warn you, it is stories for little girls even I will do my best to tell it gentle to you, then you can always get the bad version later” Ning Wang did not care as she was used to hear stories about dragons and heroes so why would this be any different. “Am I in the story grandfather?” she asked gentle as she tried to figure out what the story was about without spoiling the story and Jiahao Wang looked at her with seriously eyes as he was worried about something which made her quickly replied her own answer “I am sorry, grandfather” which made Jiahao Wang get his happy look back while he replied “I don’t know sweety… let us see” and the he pretented to read a page in a book before he replied “No, you are not but let us call the hero in this book for Ling Wang just so we feel we are family” before he could finish Ning Wang already had a new question “Who is she?” Jiahao smiled again as big rocket explode in the window almost turning the whole room red with its power before he answered “She is the hero as I said and she is a blind girl” Ning Wang broke in again and asked “Why is she blind grandfather?” Jiahao Wang replied quickly “I am sure the story will tell you why so please no more questions now so I can tell you the story” A new rocket exploded behind them this time it turned the room green and Ning Wang smiled before nodding and answered “Yeah tell the story grandfather” like she was the one waiting for him to get ready while she had been the one distruping the story. Jiahao Wang took the sword and put it in it’s case again so no one would become cut from it and then he took her at his lap with her blanket around them and watched the fireworks for a second before he prepreade his voice and started “Our story begins in a small town Jiudu which is not far from Beijing in China, here lived a young girl named Ling Wang with her parents, the famous general Xiao Chang who had helped the emperor many times and ways and in returned had gotten premisson to marry Lan Wang the emperor’s favorite concubine…”
Ning Wang looked at him and knew she had crossed the line to see the fireworks so started to cleaned up the mess she had made while Jiahao Wang walked out of the bathroom and into the living room while still looking very seriously. Jiahao Wang thought to himself that this was the first time she would go to bed where they were not friends so he started top think of an idea of how he could get the good mood back and suddenly his eyes turned from the serious look to a happy one as he remembered that her mother had been like that too in that age and it had helped to tell the family story and this time he would tell as two stories as the story was long so she could not hear it all in one night anyway. But now she had to brush her teeth and clean the mess up first before he would announce that he would give her a bedtime story while she could watch the fireworks outside.
The time flew a bit while he waited for his girl to enter the living room but as the toothbrush finally stopped sounding, he hear the door closed and small steps going to her bedroom instead and the living room like he had expected as she always came to say good night no matter what had happen. Slowly he stood up from the chair and quietly walked to the walking closet in the hall and took down an old case down. He opened the case, it had ancient sword in it but it was still sharp, he took it out and swung it a few times before whispered “I am going to tell your story tonight, please help me not turn her into her mother” and then he hurried packing it away and slowly walk towards the door to Ning Wang’s bedroom.
Ning Wang turned against her grandfather and looked at him before turning back to the fireworks and did not mind it was past her bedtime now. Jiahao Wang looked at the clock before he with a certain dry voice announced “it is time for bed young lady” while he took a step closer to her as the words left his mouth but as he was about to put his hand on her she just turned around and looked at him with the biggest eyes ever begging to stay and watch the fireworks but he just shaked his head like it was nothing. He was about to take a hard grasp in her but by the time he reached the point of his body she had disappeared and left the room. He smiled to himself without laughing to make sure she did not hear him and then yelled with a big higher power “Brush your teeth now and you can watch the fireworks from your bed until you fall asleep” he started to walk back to the door and heard the door to the bathroom open and the toothbrush start running. He had still had some power over her and walked to the bathroom door to talk about the rules around here but the bathroom was empty with the toothbrush running like crazy and it had spit the toothpaste anywhere. He was a bit annoyed now and yelled even louder than before “Ning Wang, come here now” some fast steps was hear and a door was opened and closed before some small tiny quiet steps came closer to the bathroom before a sadly face appeared and replied “Sorry grandfather, I just wanted to see the fireworks so badly” Ning Wang had almost tears in eyes to show how sad she was but Jiahao just keep his hard style and with a commanding voice replies “No more fireworks before this mess is cleaned and your teeth is white is like stars”
There are many types of stories, some are well known, others have turned into fairy tales, which again have turned into legends while others died out and gets forgotten again. Let me ask you this? Does stories have to being told between people for a million times to become legends or be hundreds of years old. I don’t know your answer, but this story will be my answer as this story took place just as much in the past as in our time, so for me it is one of those stories which maybe are told to people, but not remembered as a story as it doesn’t grow big but I still feel it is a story which needs to be told so let’s begin at the beginning.
The sun had gone to bed so the sky should’ve been dark, but the moon was full giving, it is light to the people on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan together with the stars, but they were not alone on the sky as hundreds of sky flowers colored the sky in millions of colors like it was daylight. Rockets flew to the sky before ending with a big bang and spread out red balls of light together with the smaller but still powerful batteries. People were celebrating New Year’s Eve like there was no tomorrow and in every apartment and house their was a party, except for Ning Wang’s apartment even she had done her best to make it a party, her grandfather had already told her to go to bed even it was only 8.57pm. She looked at the clock and counted down to 9pm as she knew she was not going to stay up all the way to 12am like all the others. A door opened up behind her and the light from the hall entered the room and the shadow of an old man followed. The old man was her grandfather, Jiahao Wang and she had been living with him for as long she could remember and when she tried to ask about her parents or other family she had just been told the hard truth. They were all killed in an accident, a car accident if she remembered right. “I am 8 years old now, I wanna watch the fireworks all night, ” she yelled with a begging sweet voice which left her grandfather standing in the door speechless and just watch the fireworks in the windows behind her. “She is like her mother when she was at that age, never going to bed…” his thought was interrupted by heavy the heavy bell from the clock telling the time had passed 9pm and time for bed for Ning Wang.