"The fire was too much for her." Her mother began showing tears. Mulan had never seen her mother cry. This was all her fault. She laid Shu Fang down on the ground and looked at the suprised look of all the people from the village. They probably started the fire. it was one of them.. But which one. She searched their faces until she landed on one. Sui- Yen's. Sui-Yen stared at her. Her eyes bore into Mulan's . Sui-Yen smiled and mouthed. 'Adultress'

That's what happened last time. On to the next chapter.....can it get better? I own nothing. Not the characters,nor the quote at the end. thanks.

Chapter 14: "If we shadows have offended..."

Mulan let out an ear piercing scream. She jolted and sat up. It was dark. She had no clue where she was. She kept imagining she was in a prison or some house getting ready to be punished. Maybe one of the men took her to a quarantine room until they could punish her. As if punishing her would come anywhere close to killing her grandmother, daughter, and the love of her life. The door opened. There was candle light. She tried to let her eyes adjust.

"Mulan are you all right? I heard you scream." Mulan's eyes widened as they adjusted to the light and the voice. It was Shang.

"Shang?! You're okay?" Mulan reached out timidly to touch him to make sure he was real. She touched his hand with her finger. Once she touched him she smiled and lunged into his arms. "Shang I thought I lost you. How did you survive the fire?!" She cried holding tightly to him.

"What fire?" Shang asked incredulously. Shang slightly tapped her back to show that he acknowledged her but timidly pushed her away. Mulan moved back from him.

"The fire the villagers set. After you came back here. You tried to save my grandmother and she died." Shang smiled

"You must still be in shock from Shan-Yu's sword wound. Or that big fall off of the palace. I have never been to your house before this. I came for dinner today and your family invited me to stay the night, remember?" Mulan then noticed that Shang was acting a lot more awkward around her than when she had shared the dreams together. Shang lit a few more candles in her room.

"So we haven't been around each other a lot after the war? I didn't go to your house and meet your family and go through all that stuff with the matchmaker and Shu Fang, and our engagement." At the mention of engagement Shang turned red. Mulan was then convinced about the whole thing being but a dream.

"Are you okay now?" Shang looked around. Mulan was fully aware that Shang wasn't comfortable in her room. Traditions sank back into him.

"It's okay Shang." Mulan started. "So, I never met your family?"

"Not that I know of." Shang answered. Mulan scooted over on her bed and motioned for Shang to sit down. Shang declined. When Mulan moved her body over she heard a crumple. She looked at what she had forgotten to move from her room when she saw the note.

"Mulan,Not everything is as it appears. Don't wait to let your feelings show, not all dreams need to come true."

"What is it?" Shang asked, looking at the paper. Mulan smiled.

"It's nothing." Mulan put the paper on the table. "So you don't have a mother named Li Mei, or a grandmother named Li Ming or a grandfather named Li Zhong." Shang looked at her in disbelief.

"That's my family.. Well, was my family. My grandparents died about 5 or 6 years ago."

"So they're dead?" Mulan stood up and headed towards the family room. Shang would feel more comfortable there, she figured.

"Mulan are you sure you're okay, I can take you to a medic if you need help." Shang put his hand to her forehead to check her temperature, going into captain and soldier mode. Mulan swatted at his hand.

"No, no I promise, I'm fine." Mulan assured him. " Can I ask you something, though?"

"Uhh, okay. Sure." Shang slowly waited for whatever she was going to ask.

"Did your grandparents ever talk about dream sharing?"

"Mulan, you're getting scary. My grandparents did mention it when I was little, but my mother and father dismissed them for slightly excentric. I mean when you think of it, Who would ever thing that sharing dreams would bring two people together?" Mulan thought back to the letter Li Ming and Li Zhong wrote.

"Not all dreams need to come true." She mumbled.

"What was that?" Shang asked. Mulan figured out the meaning of the letter. If she and shang confessed their true feelings earlier that dream wouldn't happen. It was just a dream.

"It was nothing Shang." Mulan smiled and motioned for Shang to sit down. He did. She sat her hand on his. Shang turned bright red.

"Mulan? What's going on?" Shang looked around nervously waiting for a family come in and catch them there.

"Shang," Mulan began looking at him. "I had the worst night terror ever." Shang looked at her imploring her to continue. "We didn't talk for three months after the war. We finally got to see each other after a complicated thing happened. As it turns out, Your mother got you mixed with someone else. And in that dream you cared for me and I cared for you deeply. The dream ended with a lot of people dying." Mulan left out that he was one of the people. No need scaring him. "And I need to know, Do you even care for me? I mean if you don't that's okay. It's better than living in suspense, and always wondering what if. I just need to know." Mulan rambled. She knew she was rambling to avoid the inevitable. She was confronting someone when she had only dreamed of them. Maybe it was her girl like crush telling her to bare her soul to him. Shang looked at her, showing no emotion. Mulan knew she probably asked him way too early. Maybe she should have let her feelings wait.

"I didn't want to tell you this.....EVER, but when we were soldiers together, I thought of you as the only friend I had. You were so different. Then when I found out you were a woman. I was hurt, I'll admit it, Then I was intrigued. My best friend could also be something more. I consitered it but then you looked so happy here and I didn't want to scare you by wanting to take you away from your family so fast. But I do care for you deeply." This was what Mulan was praying that she would hear. She hugged him tightly, this threw Shang off balance and he fell backwards. She giggled and stayed beside him. "Mulan, would you like to go with me home to meet my family?" Mulan smiled and laid her head on his chest.

Sure And I'll help train your brother on shooting arrows while riding horseback." She smiled

"How did you know he needed help on that?" Shang paused for a second. "How did you know I had a brother?"

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumbered here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend:

If you pardon, we will mend.

And, as I am an honest Puck,

If we have unearned luck

Now to;scape the serpents tongue,

We will make amends ere long;

Else the Puck a liar call:

So, good night unto you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends

And Robin shall restore amends. "

Puck from "A midsummer night's dream"

William shakespeare.

So what did you guys think? A few dreams within a dream. Kinda weird? I Loved this idea for an ending. I think I May have used the idea before but it made the title make more sense. Kinda mushy near the end. Please leave reviews. I might try to write more stories next time. Thanks for reading. Oh the monologue isn't mine...obviously. I just thought that would tie it all together./c/p