Xiaolin Temple. Home and training place of the four Xiaolin Dragons, warriors of the four elements; Water, Wind, Earth and Fire. It is their duty to collect magical items called Shen Gon Wu, and keep them away from the forces of evil.
Our story today focuses on the Xiaolin Dragon of Wind, named Raimundo. Raimundo comes from the country of Brazil from a family of circus performers. Yet, Raimundo has had a troubled past. After failing to reach Apprenticeship, he joined the Heylin side, working for the evil witch Wuya. However, Raimundo was able to overcome his dark side and trap Wuya in a puzzle box. He until recently was able to join his friends as a Xiaolin Apprentice.
Raimundo sat cross-legged on the floor, eyes closed. He wasn't meditating, if you could call it that. Raimundo was studying, if you call it that. Rai (as his friends call him) was re-reading the facts he had learned in his studies.
Of course, no reward came without a price. Rai kept hearing a very irritating noise; Scritch scratch. Scritch scratch. One green eye opened. Nothing. Wait...he had heard this before. Standing up, Rai waited until he could tell where he was. Two...one...POW!
"Hey!" rang a voice.
Rai grinned with satisfaction.
Short, yellow and bald, Omi appeared out of thin air, holding the Shroud of Shadows in his right hand. "How did you know...?" he asked, rubbing where his nose should be with his left hand.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again;" replied Rai. "It's the Shroud of Shadows, not Silence."
The Xiaolin Dragon of Water paused, trying to find the right thing to say. "I was just...uh...testing you." he said with a large grin.
"Right." Rai sweatdropped. He knew Omi was not exactly the person to admit that he had made a mistake.
Omi started to walk away, Shroud
still in hand. He stopped halfway out of the room, then turned back.
"I'm not sure if I should tell you this, but Kimiko is looking
for you." he said, rubbing his chin.
Rai's stomach did a backflip. Kimiko was the dragon of Fire. Her hairstyle changed daily, yet her temper stayed the same; short and high-risk. Yet, Rai had begun to develop feelings for her, and found it harder to hide them each passing day. "Thanks, little dude."
"No problem." replied Omi, and disappeared with the Shroud.
Rai figured that he should go look for Kimiko. After all, he hated sneak attacks.
Dojo the dragon waited patiently for the Xiaolin Dragons in training. A new Shen Gon Wu had revealed itself, and it was only a matter of time before Jack Spicer, evil boy genius, was able to find it. Clay, Xiaolin Dragon of Earth, was the first to arrive. His usual "nine-gallon" hat was perched atop his head.
"So, what's the new Shen Gon Wu?" he asked in his Texan drawl.
Dojo raised a finger. "Ah! I can't tell you until everyone is here."
Omi landed next to Clay. He had safely placed the Shroud of Shadows back in the Shen Gon Wu Vault, since he did not want another punch in the face. He noticed Clay had started whittling a cow out of a block of wood. Omi had always been fascinated by Clay's craftsmanship, so he sat down and watched.
Rai, on the other hand, began to explore the Xiaolin Temple for Kimiko. He moved cautiously, since he didn't want Kimiko to sneak up behind him. "Where could she be?" he spoke to no one in particular.
"I believe Kimiko is outside." said a calm voice.
Rai spun around to find Master Fung behind him. The Xiaolin Master taught Rai and his friends about fighting techniques and life lessons. Rai had not really appreciated how Master Fung taught these lessons, but they came in handy once in a while.
"Uh...thanks Master Fung." said Rai, rather confused why Omi would say Kimiko was looking for him. He turned and ran outside to find his friends.
Once Rai had noticed his friends (which was pretty easy, considering the size ratio between Clay and the others), he slid in line next to Kimiko as Dojo explained the new Shen Gon Wu.
"It's called the Icicle Vortex. It allows the user to summon up a blizzard and freeze the opponent."
"Well, that might be somewhat useful,"mused Rai. "Seeing as Kimiko here might melt it."
Kimiko glanced at him, looking rather angered. Rai could only grin and hope he didn't blush.
"Well, let's go and get it then." said Omi, pretending nothing was happening to his left.
Dojo nodded and expanding to his 40-foot form. The four Xiaolin Dragons hopped on the dragon's back, and off they flew.