Disclaimer: I don't own Jackie Chan Adventures.
The Dark Hand had been quiet for quite some time and the Talismans as well as the statue of Shendu were locked away in Section 13. All Jackie and Uncle had to worry about were four little words: Jade in middle school. Of course, Jade got in trouble but not as much as she used to.
One day, a letter came. There was no return address and the envelope simply said 'Jade' in fancy scrawled handwriting. Jade immediately ripped it open and read it.
I've watched you from afar for awhile now and I would like to meet you face-to-face to talk. Please meet me at the dock in downtown at eight o'clock tonight.
Your Mystery Guy'
Jade looked at her watch, which read '7:42.' 'Well, just enough time to tell Uncle Jackie and head on out,' she thought, eager to meet this guy. Just then, Jackie walked in, his arms full of boxes marked 'fragile.' Jade ran over, waving the letter. "Jackie! Guess what!" Startled, Jackie jumped, which made the boxes fly out of his arms. Fortunately, Jade caught them. "Sorry, but I'm going out tonight to meet someone."
"You mean a date?"
"I guess you could call it that."
"All right, but be back before ten. I'll tell Uncle." Jade placed the boxes down, hugged Jackie, stuffed the letter in her pocket, and ran to the door. She grabbed her light jacket and left. Jackie shook his head and walked toward Uncle's study. He peeked in. "Uncle, Jade went out on a date. She just left."
"Jackie, go follow her."
"Why?" Uncle thwapped Jackie on the head with two fingers. "Ow!"
"Do not argue. Just follow."
"All right. I'll keep an eye on her."
AT THE DOCK
Jade clutched her jacket shut. 'Maybe I should've brought a heavier jacket,' she thought, looking around. A movement in the shadows caught her attention. "Who's there?"
A boy stepped out of the shadows. "You received my letter. Good."
Jade's mouth almost dropped open. His long silvery-white hair was kept back in a loose ponytail, his gorgeous blue eyes were soft and caring, and his English-accented voice was smooth. There was an air of mystery about him. He knew her, but she didn't know him. Or did she? He seemed familiar. "Who are you?" was what she meant to say but it came out, "You're so handsome." The boy blushed slightly as Jade covered her mouth. "I didn't mean that! Well, I did, but I didn't-" Jade started, but the boy put a finger to his lips.
"Thank you, Jade."
Jade blushed. "So, who are you?"
"I'm someone you and your uncle know. Isn't that right, Chan?"
Jackie stepped out of the shadows behind Jade. "Jackie! What are you doing following me?"
Jackie ignored Jade's question and walked up to the boy. "Did you just call me 'Chan'?"
"Yes, I did."
Jackie looked at the boy and whispered, "Valmont?" The boy nodded. "What happened to you?"
"Isn't it obvious- are you cold?" Valmont noticed Jade shivering.
"A bit." Valmont sidestepped Jackie, taking off his jacket. He crossed the dock and put his jacket around Jade's shoulders. "Thank you."
"Get away from her, Valmont!" Jackie exclaimed.
Jade drew back a few steps. "Valmont?"
He nodded again. Jackie crossed the dock, took Valmont's jacket off Jade, threw it to the ground, and started dragging her away. As Jade was being led away, Valmont stopped down and grabbed his discarded jacket. He heard running and the second he stood up; he was captured in a bone-crushing hug. It was Jade. "Jade?"
"I don't care what you've done or said in the past. You've left the Dark Hand, haven't you?"
"Yes, I have."
"Then, I don't see a problem!"
Valmont smiled at Jade and returned the hug. "Thank you for understanding."
Jade stepped out of the hug, grabbed Valmont's hand, and started pulling him away from the dock. "C'mon, I'll take you to the shop."
Valmont smiled again and followed her. To Jade's surprise, all the lights were off. "Hmm. Uncle and Tohru must have gone to bed already." Jade pulled out her key and unlocked the door. She pulled Valmont inside and upstairs. Jackie entered the shop and closed and locked the door. He briefly wondered where Jade and Valmont went to but lights from upstairs gave him the answer. 'I wonder what Uncle will say,' he thought.
UPSTAIRS – JADE'S ROOM
Jade had fallen asleep shortly after they entered her room. Valmont was sitting in a chair, looking out the window. He was a little unsure of what was going to happen the next day, but he was sure it was going to be different than last time. The reactions probably wouldn't be different though. With these thoughts on his mind, Valmont drifted off to sleep, curled up in the chair.