"I suppose it's time for us to go too…" Lang and Mei Hu were standing at the temple door, arms intertwined and Mei Hu leaning her head on Lang's shoulder. Felix was also standing next to them.
"Do you guys have to go too?" Viper asked, sadly, looking between the three.
"Xue Hu and Lie Bao left a week ago already…I think we've overstayed our welcome." Lang grinned sheepishly. "Besides…we broke out of prison…if we stay here we'll probably get you all in to trouble too…A month has already been much too long…"
"But, do YOU have to leave too?" Viper looked at Felix.
"Although I'm not running from the law, I do think it's time for me to leave too…" Felix said, nodding.
Viper glanced up at Tigress, who just stood there, arms wrapped around herself and staring at her feet. "But…-"
Shifu placed a hand on Viper's back, silencing her. "Of course you are free to do whatever you wish. But remember you will always have a home here."
The three of them bowed low to Shifu. "Thank you, sensei. Maybe one day in the future we may return here…" Mei Hu said softly.
"We'll be waiting for that day then." Crane said with a nod.
"Thank you all for everything you've done for us." Lang said, as he, Mei Hu, and Felix all turned to leave. "Let us meet again one day."
"Goodbye!" Po shouted, as he and the rest waved at the departing backs. "We'll have a bowl of noodles for you when you return!"
The three smiled and waved before descending the steps down into the village. When they reached the bottom, Mei Hu, Lang, and Felix parted too, Mei Hu and Lang to one village exit, and Felix to another. Once they were all out of sight, everyone turned to Tigress.
"You're just going to let him go like that?" Monkey asked.
"I'm not going to stop him…He said that his original journey was over and it's time to start a new one…It's how he goes through life and I'm certainly not going to get in the way of it." Tigress said quietly.
"What was his original journey? He mentioned something like that the day you kicked him out…" Mantis asked.
Tigress smiled slightly and blushed. "To find someone he could call his own…Find someone who suited his tastes I guess…"
"And he chose you?" Mantis mumbled.
Everyone tensed, expecting Tigress to pounce on Mantis, but she didn't. She simply smiled and even laughed slightly.
"I'm just as surprised as you are…"
"Then why don't you go with him?" Shifu asked.
"I can't just leave the temple…especially as one of the masters I'm obligated to stay here…"
"Is that so?" Shifu reached behind a tree and pulled out a travel bag, one that belonged to Tigress and was packed full of items.
"T-that's just…um…" Tigress stammered, obviously been found out.
Shifu chuckled. "Go…you should be with him…"
"You can come back any time you wish…you, as them, are welcome here always." Shifu said with a smile.
Tigress stood there, momentarily speechless. She turned to the others, who were also smiling.
"Go…if you don't you'll end up regretting it…" Crane said, nodding his head towards the village.
"We'll be fine, Tigress…you should hurry before he's gone…" Viper smiled.
Tigress smiled and hugged them all. "I promise I'll come back to visit one day…"
"We'll be waiting…" Monkey said, patting Tigress on the back.
Tigress broke away from them and turned to Shifu, bowing low, and took the bag that he was holding out for her and ran out. At the bottom of the steps, when she entered the village, she looked around to see Felix leaning against the wall, waiting for her. They both waved up the steps before turning to go.
"You think that Tigress will be ok?" Po asked.
"She'll be fine." Shifu said with a nod.
"But I mean with a cub and everything…It'll be a lot harder on them wouldn't it?"
Shifu chuckled. "I'm sure Xue Hu won't be a problem for them or anyone else ever again…"
"Huh…?" Po looked down at Shifu and then at the Viper. "You didn't tell him…?"
Viper shook her head. "I thought Crane was going to…" She looked up at Crane, who shook his head, Mantis and Monkey shaking their heads too.
"What are you all talking about?" Shifu looked at his students.
"Master…Tigress is pregnant…"
A bomb seemed to go off in Shifu's mind. "TIGRESS! YOU GET BACK HERE!!!"
In the village, Shifu's shout followed Tigress and Felix, who both laughed.
"You sure they'll be ok without you?" Felix asked, smiling.
"They'll be fine…but I do wish we could've gone with Xue Hu…"
"I'm sure between his mother and his loved one…he'd most likely pick the latter…and just like between me, you, and him…three is definitely a crowd…" Felix smirked.
"I guess you're right…besides…we have our own things to worry about…" Tigress purred as she placed a hand on her slightly swollen stomach.
"You sure you want to come with me?" Felix asked, sounding concerned.
"Felix…I almost lost you once because I left you alone…I'm not making that mistake again…"
Felix smiled and nodded, and lead Tigress out and away from the village. They traveled the land together. Years later, they returned to the temple, though this time accompanied with their daughter. But that is another story.
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