Author's Note: Just a little epilogue….


Somewhere within the Edenian palace, Queen Sindel and Rain lay in bed smoking a cigarette.

"You ever get feeling you've forgotten to do something important?" Sindel asked.

"You too? I swear I was supposed to have gone somewhere today," Raid stared thoughtfully up at the


"I guess we'll figure it out tomorrow, right?"


The next morning Sindel found her very hungover daughter and her very hungover friend facedown on

the table at breakfast. "What happened to you two?" she asked.

"You remember the 'bonding session' you were supposed to have with us?" Kitana said.

"Damn, that's what I was supposed to do," her mother grumbled.

"Be glad you didn't remember, there's something a bit perverted about getting drunk with your mother

and talking about sex anyhow," continued Kitana.

"Exactly what kind of 'bonding' was going on?" Sindel was a bit intrigued now.

"The kind that can only go on over a few beers and busting some poor guys balls," replied Jade. "I don't

think they'll ever go on a panty raid again."

"Never mind," Sindel shook her head. "I don't think I want to know."


"So what did you guys do, anyway?" Kai asked Kung Lao as they prepared for morning exercises.

"Just the usual male-bonding; got a little drunk, did some really stupid things," Kung Lao replied

groggily. "I still can't believe you didn't' come with us."

"I was 'guarding the fort' so to speak," said Kai.

"Because the place isn't teeming with highly trained martial artists or anything," Lao didn't seem to find

Kai's excuse valid. "Where's Bo' Rai Cho?"

"How would I know? He was with you last night," Kai told him.

"It's not like he'd have a hangover," Kung Lao was a bit puzzled. "Then again, I don't remember him

coming home with me."


As she popped two more Tylenol, Sonya sincerely hoped she wasn't going to accidentally overdose.

"Toss me the bottle," Jax said weakly. "I can't believe I drank that much when I had to go to work the next


"At least we're not in the middle of a delicate operation," Kenshi pointed out.

"At least we're not in the hospital," Cyrax said with a pointed look at Sonya.

"He was asking for it!" Sonya protested.


Meanwhile, somewhere in the red light district of LA…

"Do you have any idea how to get back to the apartment yet?" Nightwolf asked Bo' Rai Cho.

"No, but that's no necessarily a bad thing," Bo' answered.


Mokap squinted as Stryker pushed the wheelchair through the automatic doors and out into the sun.

"Thanks for staying with me," he told the cop as they left the hospital.

"No problem, besides, how else was I going to tell the whole story to my drinking buddies?" Stryker

answered with a smirk.

"It's not funny!" Mokap hissed. "I'm not going to be able to work for a month."

"Dude, you're the first guy in medical history to have his balls lodged up his ass," Stryker said. "I didn't

ever think that was physically possible. Think of all the medical journals you'll be in."

"Shut up! How was I supposed to know she would go for my balls? I thought only Johnny did that,"

Mokap shifted in his seat. "Damnit, these bandages are bothering me already."


Somewhere in the Nether Realm, Sareena was going on and on about how great the Sub-Zeros were. And

if you heard about your nemesis non-stop, well, you'd be a bit bored and cranky too. Consequently, he

allowed his mind to wander in an attempt to keep from bludgeoning the female demon to death, or whatever

state of being the denizens of the dark realm went to.

"Are you listening to a word I'm saying?" Sareena demanded.

"No," Scorpion answered truthfully. "If it doesn't have to do with how we're going to make Quan Chi

suffer, I don't' give a rat's ass about whatever nonsense is coming out of your mouth."

"What if I said something important while you were staring off into space?" said the indignant she-


"Comparing the Lin Kuei's competence in bed does not rate as important," Scorpion informed her.

"And what were you thinking about that was so important?" huffed Sareena.

"I think I should have my own television show," said the ninja specter.

"I thought you said you couldn't get drunk," Sareena interrupted.

"I'm not drunk! I think it would be a great idea."

"Oh yes," Sareena said sarcastically. "I can see it now…. 'Cooking With Scorpion'. Just like that Emeril



At first, Frost was convinced she was hallucinating, but a second examination confirmed that her sifu and

his second in command were indeed hauling a keg across the practice hall. Judging by the pile of containers

forming in the hallway, they had probably been at this activity for a while. Curiosity finally got the best of

her and the young ninja spoke, "What on Earth are you doing?"

Sub-Zero barely even glanced at her, "We're unloading kegs," he said brusquely.

"Why?" Frost asked as they dropped off their cargo and went for another one.

"Are you going to stand there and ask stupid questions or are you going to help us?" Sub-Zero was

definitely in an uncharacteristically bad mood, and it was quite clear what the correct answer was.

By the time Sub-Zero finally allowed her to take a break, Frost was sure she had transported enough beer

to get the entire clan drunk. She decided to risk another question, "Who do you plan on serving all this

beer to? You've got enough here to supply New Orleans during Mardi Gras season."

"Bo' Rai Cho," the two masters replied simultaneously.

"Well that ought to last him a few hours. Why is he coming here?" Frost persisted.

"If we had asked Master Li this many questions as a leaner her would have loosened a few of our teeth,"

Smoke said pointedly to Sub-Zero.

"Master Li also had you turned into a soulless robot and programmed you to kill me," Sub-Zero returned.

"You missed the point."

"No, I didn't. I was trying to say I generally avoid that sadistic bastard's method of teching."

"And look how well that worked!"

"I prefer to think of that as a minor set-back caused by a phenomenal lack of judgement on the part of the


"Hey! It could have worked!" Frost butted in.

Sub-Zero laughed sardonically. "If I truly considered you that big a threat, I would have pounded some

lessons in humility into you the old fashioned way."

Smoke snorted at that.

"Is everything a double entendre to you?" Sub-Zero sighed.

"And don't you think he's a little too old for me?" Frost asked.

"What do you mean, 'too old'?" Sub-Zero was quite indignant.

"You know, you're not exactly a spring chicken." Frost said weakly, hoping she wasn't digging herself a

hole she couldn't get out of.

Luckily for Frost, it was Smoke's snickering that was really pissing off the Lin Kuei master. "What are

you laughing at, Gramps?" Sub-Zero asked him. "You're older than I am!"

"Only by a few months, and it doesn't matter since I'm not the one fu-"

"We're not having sex!" the two ice ninjas insisted.

"Whatever. You're old, get over it," Smoke dismissed them. "Now, if you two don't mind, I'm going to

go take some aspirin and try to have a "horizontal meditation" session until this wears off." With that, he

spun on one heel and made for the exit.

He was barely out of the room when the sifu turned to his student, "Too old for you?"

"I had to think of something, he was on to us!" Frost suppressed a smirk, "I hadn't realized I was going

to hit a nerve."

"Hmph!" Sub-Zero attempted to look insulted.

"Oh, you know I love you even though you're old and grey and grumpy."

Sub-Zero just laughed at that and led her off for a "horizontal meditation" session of their own.