Kitana awoke to shouting outside of her room. A woman and a man were having a heated debate. Throwing her legs over the side of the bed, the princess brushed off her drowsiness, put on a robe, and went for the door.

"What is going on out here?"

Maxis, the head guard who had come to her aid last night, stood in the hallway with Jade. The Princess' bodyguard looked incensed.


"I'm glad to see you're alright, Princess," she said as she learned on her staff. "No thanks to Maxis and Wei."

Maxis bristled. "We searched the Princess' room and there was nothing there. What more do you want from us?"

"I want to know where this came from." Jade pulled a sai from her belt, lunged at Maxis, and pinned him to the wall.

"That was the weapon the creature had," Kitana said.

"I was patrolling last night when I heard commotion," the female ninja said. "Guards talking about an escape and an attack on Kitana. I stole this weapon right off your belt and used it to gut Wei."

Maxis was stricken. "I'll see you dead for that murder, woman."

"Why wasn't the Emperor told about Shang Tsungs actions? Why are the emperors guards following that magician and condoning his disgusting experiments?"

"What experiments?" Kitana asked. "What has that man done now?"

"Tell her," Jade persisted. "Tell her and I will end you quickly." She pushed the point of the sai into the guard's throat.

"I'm not some green guard who bends to threats. Kill me and see where that gets you."

"Kill him with the stranger's weapon," Kitana said. "Then she will be blamed for it."

"I'll end this," Jade said. "You go get dressed so we can figure out what is going on."

Kitana nodded and went back into her room. Moments later she heard the last sounds of a dying man. Once she was properly attired the princess stepped into the hall. Jade was bloody. She sheathed the sai and retrieved her staff.

"Careful not to get his blood on your boots," Jade said. "Come, I need to go to my quarters so I can change. Damn it, I liked this outfit too."