As the door closed it opened again and in walked the emperor Jiang Chen and Jiahao Wang entered. “Good to see you well, Ling Wang” Jiang Chen, Ling Wang could hear that the emperor was having mixed feelings so she just replied “Thank you, my lord” the emperor tried to laugh but it almost died in the sadness “No need to call me my lord” and a moment of silence filled the room before the emperor continued “I am sorry for your loss and Jiahao have told your story but do you have any ideas of what happened to your father? Other than he and the other men was not there when you got attacked in the town?” Ling Wang could feel the tears pressure her eyes but she didn’t want to cry in front of the emperor but before she could answer she felt a pair of gentle arms surround her and a gentle voice replied “we are all here to help you with your lose and I know it is hard to answer but try”
She woke up with a set almost screaming of pain but no voice left her mouth but she knew that she were not in the mud anymore and the medallion was no longer in her hand but around her neck and when she felt her surroundings even better she found it to be a soft bed and the blanket was nice too, but wait what was that it was sticky but still soft. As she started to feel it more a strangers laugher started and she knew that it was a head and it was not the old man she was used to but someone younger. She felt a hand grip hers and the laugher stopped but a gentle voice continued “Do you mind not picking my eyes out, my lady” she were not used to be called that so she could feel her checks getting red and unable to answer. “You are the shy type, aren’t you?” The the voice continued and before she had a chance to try answering “I like that, now if you will excuse me… I am the crown price and my father is the emperor. Ups I forgot to tell our names, guess I am still a bit sleepy as it is the middle of the night and you have been in bed for the most of the day and night but the old man you were with have told my father your story so I am sorry for your loss. Now back to the names, my father is named Jiang Chen and I am Jun Chen… what was yours again?” Finally Ling Wang voice started to work again and she replied with her courtesy “My lord, my name is Ling Wang” she could still taste the blood in her mouth and tried to clean it away with her tongue but it did not work so before Jun Chen could replied she continued “My lord, could you bring me some water as my mouth is full of blood” Jun Chen stood up from the bed and clapped two times before replying “you don’t need to call me, my lord after all what you and your family have done” and just as he were done a door was opened and steps were heard. “You clapped your highness?” And Ling Wang was about to repeat her request but Jun Chen was faster “Bring me some water for Ling Wang so she can get the blood out of her mouth” the servant was about to leave when Jun Chen stopped him “Did I tell you to go? Never mind… Ling Wang do you need something to eat too?” Ling Wang was about to answer when her belly started rumble loud making all three laugh loud. “I takes that as a yes” Jun Chen managed to replied while laughing and the servant left the room.
Ling Wang had hear it all from the horse and had no idea what she should do until she suddenly remembered the medallion her mother have given her and if it had been the plan to show it to the emperor then she could maybe get into him by showing it, but where was it. She didn’t had it around her neck like her mother have given her and she started to be sad and worried about that it could be gone in the forest, lost doing the branch or the fights. As she turned the saddest she was about to yell to Jiahao Wang if he had it but a strange feeling started to appear in her heart and a light appear in her dark eyes. At first she was scared of the light and the feeling because she had heard many old people talk about a light that would appear when you were dying and the strange feeling could be a pain from her wounds that she did not know but then suddenly the light turned into a star and started dancing in front of her like it wanted to tell her something and she move her arms out after it and started following it and soon felt the pockets on the horse. She started to open the pockets but could not find any medallion and the fear returned but as the darkness was about to win, she felt something, something which only could be the medallion and even she was not sure that Jiahao Wang would have one too she knew it was her family’s. She wanted to yell about it to Jiahao but he had told her that he did not want her to move or yell so she decided that movement was the best as then she would be get up close to escape the people and make less know about the attack so she started to feel the horse. It was the first time she had been getting of a horse without anybody to help her but she had to make a try. She bend forward against what she knew was the head and whispered “please let me get off gentle” and she felt like the horses started to relax more and she started grip in the horse gentle and do the swinging of her legs like her father had learned her but as she managed to turn, the ground was longer down that excepted and she fell to the ground and landed in some mud. She was about to get mad at herself but felt lucky that she didn’t lose the medallion when without warning a loud scream was heard “Look out!” And in the next second she was hit by a horseshoe in the belly near the place she had been hit by the branch. Her tongue started to taste the blood coming and slowly feeling the mouth. She started to feel dizzy and held tightly at the medallion, a gentle voice appear in the dark “Are you hurt?” She tried to answer but the blood was taking over and instead she could hear the voice of Jiahao yelling of someone and her on the same time before the voices disappeared and she blacked out.
As they got closer more people started to show up on the road they were following and Ling Wang knew it would be a bad idea to say anything about the attack at her home or she might start a panic which was not needed as the emperor had a big army which would be able to defend them. The wall have grown bigger and it was possible to see a gate in the wall now where people was lining up to get inside the town as the guards was checking if they were allowed to enter the place. The pain in her belly was getting better so she was seating on the horse so it would look normal and her bandages was had been changed too. Suddenly Jiahao stopped the horse and whispered “Stay here, do not make a move or sound and I will be back after done the paper works” Ling Wang just nodded and soon he walked away from them and over against two guards who was doing nothing. Ling Wang watched before focusing on keeping the horse in control. In the meantime was Jiahao arrived at the soldiers. “I am Jiahao Wang and I have a important message for the emperor” he started quiet and gentle which made the soldiers looked at each other at first and then looked stupid at him “Who is that, and why are you not in the line like the rest” one of them replied and Jiahao looked at be angry at them before he replied “I am Jiahao Wang and I have a important message for the emperor” with a more focused voice. The soldiers just shacked their head and pointed on the line “Go to the line like everyone else” they continued. Jiahao looked up at the sun for a moment before returning to them “I don’t have time this” and then he started searching for some proof of who he was so they could come trough the gate fast but before he could finish, one of the soldiers pushed him “Go to the line now, you cannot just jump the line because you feel you are important” That was stupid and Jiahao had to focus his mind to not be yelling at the guards. “For the last time… I am Jiahao Wang and I have a important message for the emperor so please let me in”
Ling Wang could feel the pain growing inside her again both in the mind and the injuries but she kept quiet as she did not want to lose more lives. She started to look on the sun which was red as blood even that it had been raising for a while. She wondered how much time there had been gone since her rage against the soldiers and now but she decided not to ask Jiahao ask he looked focused on getting to the palace as quickly and quietly as possible so she tried to get back to sleep again even it was hard because of the pains. Suddenly a yelling voice broke the silence and Ling Wang looked around to find the source and understand what it said but before she found it, the sound found her as head popped forward from the bushes. “Hello, are you alright?” He continued but before Ling Wang could answer him Jiahao had already taken a hard grip in the man without a single word. “What is wrong old man? Is the girl your daughter or something?” The stranger continued and Ling Wang wanted to answer him but the look from Jiahao told her that it was a bad idea and in the next second the stranger had pulled a knife and started yelling “give me your values or get cut, I am not asking twice” Jiahao who had been silence doing the all could not prevent himself from laughing which started to annoy the stranger. “Stop laughing” but before he could say more had Jiahao slowly drawn his sword and pointed it at the man. He made big eyes when he noticed the size, he started to lose focus and stutter “I am… sorry for… ruining you day… bye” he manage to say before he were gone and Jiahao stopped laughing and put his sword back on place before he pointed in from them. “We are almost there” he spoke as his fingers pointed outta a wall in the horizon which did not look like much.
Ling Wang could feel the movements from the horse as she slowly woke up after the crazy events doing the night. She opened her eyes and watched as the ground moved quickly below as her senses started to wake up too. She could feel the tears starting to press on and soon they started to fall but before her mind was able to think about why, a heavy pain started to feel hear body and she started to scream loudly which surprised both the horse and Jiahao Wang who tried to control the horse while making sure that Ling Wang was not hurt by the horse. Finally he managed to stop the horse and step off the horse before trying to calm Ling Wang down so she would stop screaming but her pains was too heavy to just stop quickly and the screaming got worse as she started to notice blood leaving her belly. Jiahao Wang tried to think in the noise but he had a hard time getting ideas plus he worried if any evil would find them before they could continue on their trip to the palace. It had been a while since he last had been there but he knew they were not far from it so if they just could get there without scaring too many civilians they would be safe at the emperor. He took a deep breath to block out the sound and then took Ling Wang of the horse and started to hold her like a little child to make her feel safe so it was not the reason for her to scream. It took the worst of the sceaming and soon he could lay her on the grass as he started searching in the pockets on the horse for some fabrics he could use to make a new bandage even he knew it would become better when they would appear at the palace but maybe the screams would stop for good if he did that. He found a piece of bread that they had not eaten the even before and put it her mouth to block the screaming and soon after he had found a nice fabric which had been a gift for Ling Wang’s mother Ning Wang but there was no use for it. He started gentle to change the bandage and with every run around the belly the screams got lower and soon Ling Wang was quiet and only breathing heavy except for the few times that he had to touch the injuries. Ling Wang looked at him and even she did not say a word, he knew that she were thanking him for what he had down so far. As he was done he kissing her forehead before replying “Try not to scream when I lift you on the horse again, my child” Ling Wang got so confused about the my child that she just nodded in agreement and almost did not notice that he moved her even she at first landed on the wound. “Tell me when and where it hurts next time without screaming as we are not on safe ground yet but soon” he continued before he slowly started walking with the horse by focusing it way holding a tight grip in the harness and soon they were back on the trip to the emperor’s palace.
He closed his eyes hard and started to focus on the rain drops instead of the nightmare which had awaken him not long ago and soon he was already fast asleep but this time there were no dreams or nightmares in his sleep only an annoying voice calling “General, general” before his ears and mind finally understood it was in the real world the sound was coming from and he opened his eyes again and he so tired of being awaken again with such short distance. He staring with eyes sending lightnings at the man who had been yelling for him seconds ago and now was standing in front of him covered in blood. “I hope that blood is from the girl I ordered you and 11 others to kill” The soldier looked down in the ground and did not answer as a cat had taken his tongue. “Why are you waking me up if you don’t have anything to say” Li Chen continued while slowly walking closer to his sword on the bed. A very low voice replied “I am sorry to have awaken you, my lord but I bring bad news” Li Chen took the last step against the bed and took the sword before turning against the soldier and swung his sword fast making the soldier start screaming of pain as his left arm started to slide down and land on the ground “I told you that I would only be awaken if you had good news, stop screaming and tell me the news or I cut you again” He yelled to break thought the screams. The soldier tried to focus but the pain was too much so it was not very understandable “We… ambush… crazy girl… old man… death…” Li Chen looked at the man and smiled “Try again and this time more words please” The soldier became more calm as a medic entered the room and started to cover the hole “We attacked and ambushed her and some older man who was with her but something happen and she turned into a crazy person and started killing us for fun even when we took the old man hostage” he said and Li Chen smiled again “See, that was not hard, was it?” The soldier started to shake his head but before he could reply properly he fell to the ground while holding himself on the chest with his only arm. Li Chen had stabbed him and he was laughing loud now “I told you guys to handle it and if you cannot beat a small girl and old man you are a disgrace to my army so die now” and then he cut the head of town as he was tired of the scream. The medic who had been seating next the soldier was speechless but did not do anything else than leave the body and the tent. Li Chen look at the body while thinking about who the old man could be when it hit him that in his father battle against the young man years ago, he had also been fighting an old man and that old man was the main reason that they had lost but luckily they had still managed to escape. He thought hard but could not remember the name of the old man but wondered if the dream was together with events and that the dragon was him. He decide he would not take the chance on having the old man on the lose so he walked out to his guards. “I want more guards at my siblings and I tents plus I want someone to clean up my tent as it is a mess in there” the soldiers just nodded as they knew what had happened inside the tent not long ago. Li Chen was about to walk inside the tent again to sleep some more when the sun started to raise up in the east and he knew that he had been getting more sleep than expected and he turned his focus on his guards again and yelled “Bring me my siblings now and clean up the mess now then you can find extra guards later” and then he walked into the tent and cleaned the sword while talking to himself “That old man have made my hand kill twice and ruined my plans to attack the emperor’s palace with all my might and power. I hope we get there before him so we can hurt them down afterwards without any place for them to go”
Not soon after he was asleep his mind started to create will dreams and he was soon on a green hill full of red flowers and as he walked around them birds where singing and the sun shine. All was good but suddenly he froze as he started to hear low voices and it sounded like it were screams but no matter where he looked he could not see a single soul around him and he walked around as the screams got higher and higher before he by mistake looked down and watched the the red flowers turned into blood for every step he took and the path he had walked had turned into blood. He was about to scream but as he was about to open his mouth something shining started to appear in the horizon and he decided to get it out without making a noise as it the blood in his path made him worry if the shinning object were friend or foe. But he had to find out quickly or the screams from the flowers would drive him made. He looked down and started to try him as few flowers as possible while still walking against the object. Suddenly he felt something hitting him like a push and before he could plant his legs down he landed on the ground with a bum. He wanted to scream but the blood from the flowers filled his mouth and as he started to get it out again the object appeared right in front of him and it was a golden dragon and suddenly the screams where all gone and he enjoyed the peace even it only lasted for seconds as then a thunderous voice broke the silence. “You will never get the power without great loses” and before he could reply the dragon it flew through him and soon he was in a dark room away from the hill and flowers who screams he could still hear in his head. He raised himself up but two sets of arms tried to held him down to the ground and when he finally got forces himself up he looked into the eyes of two people he knew very well, his sister and brother, and as he got his eyes out of theirs he watched the were naked, one with cut marks all over the body and the other a almost cut head. He tried to scream but nothing came out of his mouth and as he tried again the hands from his siblings covered his mouth while whispering something low and he did his best to hear what they were saying and suddenly it turned into screams “don’t lose us, don’t kill us, don’t lose us” they repeated over and over until the noise got unbearable and he closed his eyes and as he open his eyes again he were back in the tent and the rain had gotten stronger again and lightnings had started to light up the sky. It ran cold down his back as he heard a laugher as he was not sure if he were back from the dream “you have seen him” a tired voice broke the laughter and he knew it was just Ning Wang who was playing with him so he stood out of bed “be quiet” he almost yelled but she continued her laughter from before but as she watched what he had planned she was about to scream but too late. Her head was the first that hit the ground and soon the body followed covering the area in blood as she were dead. He walked back to his bed to continue his sleep as he knew it had just been a dream and they did not mean anything and his eyes started get heavy again but his mind were nowhere relaxed and ready to sleep now.