Chapter 9

So Close


While Lilly was making the Reverse Juice, Crane stepped to his future daughter side and with his curious heart, to see her works.

"What are you looking at?" Lilly spoke before Crane could say anything.

Crane got shocked at first, but thought back she was alike Viper, always knew when he was behind her back, he chuckled, "You know, you've got the sense of Viper." He said.

"Really? But people usually say that I act more like you." She surprisingly replied.

He frowned, "By the way, where did you learn that thing? The Broken Juice? The Reverse Juice? I'm sure the palace wouldn't have teach you this such a thing to know." Lilly heard his statement.

"I learnt from a friend from a very far country." Lilly explained as she started to conjure about Nana, a Fok Ninja from Japan, she loves to study the potion of different kinds and the cure of the poison. She taught her, Azure and Hannah secretly in the camp by being closet friends.

Although, Hannah and Azure were both no interest of that but she was different, as Nana taught her everything she knew about potion. Then she conjured the friends from the kung fu camp and she started to miss them. Especially Wing, wondering what he was doing in America…

"Lilly!!" she sudden snapped out by Crane's shouted.

"The water is linking out!" he pointed at the linked water pot.

She gasped as she immediately watered off the fire and there let out a dark smoke haze. The two almost got choked by it.

"Dang!" both said in unison, then they were shocked of their words as they stared to each other, and then they burst out a warm laughter, they were really father and daughter.

Suddenly, Hannah, Po, Viper, Monkey and Mantis were both rushed into the room.

"I've hear shouting! What's going on?" Viper asked in rush.

"Nothing! Lilly got a little mess around here, that's all." Crane said as he tried to comfort his lover.

Crane then spotted one was missing, "Where's Tigress?" he asked.

"She's still in the training room, we tried to call her to come with us but then she just gave me the cold look, and then we left her alone in the room to train." Monkey replied as he felt a chill just thought back of the cold look.

Lilly then looked at Po, "No luck?" he merely nodded.

"That is not the Tigress I know." Viper started to fight back her tears.

"By the way, what are the Broken Juice and the Reverse Juice anyway?" Mantis curiously asked.

"Broken Juice, whoever drinks this, it will change his/her character. For example, like Tigress, she used to be a kind, loveable and cheerful master. But now, she is a cold blood, full of hatred and alone master." Lilly explained.

"And as for Reverse Juice, it could reverse anything. Like from cold to warm, from bad to good. It's sort of a cure of the Broken Juice." Hannah added.

"Speaking of which, where did you guys bought this sauces?" Po then asked.

"And it took a month to make this juice, have you guys been tracked by a grudged people between you guys?

The five masters both shook their heads quickly in unison, "Are you crazy? We're peaceful warriors, we're just bought this stupid juice from a little rabbit girl!" Monkey claimed.

Hannah then wide-eyed by Monkey's last words, "Come again?" she asked.

"I said, are you crazy that-" he stopped by Hannah's interrupted.

"No! I meant the last words!" she furiously said.

"Monkey said that we bought this juice from a little rabbit girl. What?" Mantis confusedly asked.

Hannah has a deep thought a moment and then she began to speak, "I'm giving you guys three questions and you're going to give me the straight answers!" Hannah said and they nodded.

"Did she have a raged doll?"

"Yep, a really raged one." Monkey replied.

"Are her eyes were crimson red as blood and big?"

"As big as Mantis." Monkey joked and Mantis glared him.

"Last question, did she have a shape of a heart birthmark on her left arm?"

The two masters thought hard and conjured the little rabbit's appearance, "Yea, she did have a unique birthmark on her left arm."

"Ah dang!" Hannah began cursed, which made them shocked.

"What!? You know that girl?" Crane asked.

"Worse." She said as covered her eyes with her right paw.

"Then who?"

"That girl who you bought her sauces was Gei!" she shouted, and then there was a shocked and gasped in the air.

"WHAT!? But how do you know for sure?"

"Hello! I was in the Sight Seeing, too! And I was in her mind and her eyes, of course how she looks like!" she stated.

"But why on you two? It doesn't make any sense." Crane questioned the same question last night, he thought very hard on it.

"Maybe it is our test." Hannah murmured, "Or maybe the Gods knew this day will come as we will stop this grudge spirit and fix this together." She mumbled.

"What had got you in mind?" Lilly asked as she gave her a smile.

Hannah smirked as she handed them a look on the flyer that she found it this morning, "Take a look on this flyer."

"What's this?" Lilly questioned.

"Singing Dance Contest here at the Jade Palace Theater, each couple could take the singing or dancing. And the best part is" She paused, and then she smirked, "The Emperor of China will be there, too." She added and the others finally knew what her plan is.

"So what's your point?" Mantis accidentally asked, the next thing he knew was Hannah and Lilly slapped him with a pan. Mantis got slapped against to the wall and fainted goofy.

"Do you think he'll be awake?" Viper asked.

"Yea, I hope so." Lilly answered.

"We need to have a complete plan. First, Viper, you block Tigress away from us while we're confrontation. And Monkey, you'll go down to the valley and sign up the form for us. Crane, teach Po how to dance, you know better than us. Lilly, hurry up finishes the potion and as for me, I'll go talk to Shifu." She finished the discussion as they all split up and did what she ordered them to do. They grinned at the white tiger as they thought that she has the leadership liked her mother.

Hannah then walked herself to the Jade Palace and opened the gate slightly. And she saw Shifu was meditating beside the Moon Pool, she gulped as she silently walked inside the palace.

But when she stepped within seven steps, she got stopped by Shifu, "I know you're here."

She was shocked as she quickly saluted to her master, "I'm so sorry, Master. But there's something I need to tell you."

Then she told her plan to Shifu, when Shifu heard it, he nodded, "I understand, and I think it's a good idea to bring them back together."

"Thanks, Master Shifu." Hannah hugged him and gave him a quick kiss on his cheek and ran away.

Shifu was astounded and watched his future-granddaughter exited the palace and leaving him alone, he covered his cheek and smile, "She's Tigress and Po's daughter alright." He silently said. After 5 hours of making the potion, confessed the Furious Five and the Dragon Warrior had to wear on their festival dresses like that mission (Case Within Love) to go down to the Jade Palace Theater and meet the Emperor of China.

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Jade Palace Theater

Rackets blown everywhere for welcome the Emperor's arrival, everyone has a wonderful time in the theater, and the kung fu masters have to make sure the plan, "Alright, everyone knows the plan?" Hannah asked and they nodded.

"Good, now let's do this." Lilly said as there was a bottle with glimmering liquid in it behind her waist.

Soon, time was like a river, as the happy time has slipped very fast. They tried many methods to keep Po and Tigress together alone, but it didn't work!

"Only one hour left till the midnight!" Lilly shouted.

"What should we do? What should we do? Think, Hannah, think!" Hannah urged herself and then she has sudden remember the Present time when Crane spoke to her and the others.

"Crane, Viper, I need you guys!" Hannah smiled hopefully at them.

"What do you want us to do?" they asked in unison.

"I need you, Crane, sing and Viper, play that instrument over there," she said as she pointed the piano on the stage, she went on, "as we are going to make them dance together." She said.

"Master Shifu, tell Tigress that she must dance with Po together, they have to!" Hannah requested Shifu.

At first, he didn't reply and then he spoke, "I'll try." She grinned. "Now go for the preparation." He then ordered and Hannah nodded as she ran in a lightning.

Shifu then found Tigress, who was chatting to the guest, and he pulled her out of the crowd, "Tigress, go and dance with Po." He said.

"What!? But Master, there's nothing-'' she was cut by Shifu's strict order.

"The Emperor was insisting that want you two to have a dance in front of him. And because I am your master, and you will do as I say!" he yelled.

"OK, OK! Sensitive ears here." She annoyed as she grumble walked towards to Po.

Lilly then ran by Po's side and handed him a Reverse Juice, "Po, take it. Make sure you make her drink it."

"Well how can I suppose to do that?" Po asked confusedly.

"You have to figure it out by yourself, now go, the music is on!"gave Po a push towards Tigress's chest with her strength.

"Tigress, I-'' Po then interrupted by Tigress.

"Don't get hope on it, I do it because Master Shifu told me to." She replied in cold tone and then she placed her one paw on Po's left shoulder.

'I will do anything to make you to remember me, Tigress. The question is, how?' Po thought with hope, and pulled Tigress closer to his belly. Hannah and Lilly were volunteering to help to play the instruments when Viper started the piano, and Crane started to sing.

'Hope this gonna work.' Hannah thought and then she saw her left leg has sparkled a little, and the picture of her has started to disappear. Lilly hissed her for not to being panic and continued the playing. Crane then began to sing, for his friends' relationship and the friendship:

You're in my arms

And all the world is calm

The music playing on for only two

So close together

And when I'm with you

So close to feeling alive

Slowly, different couples in the ring of the theater were beginning dancing in a circle. Slowly, Hannah felt her energy was drained and exhausted. She tried hard to stand on her feet but it was useless instead she kneeled and leaned beside the wall.

Crane paused a bit but Hannah gave him an eye-contact that, 'keep going, don't worry about me!' Crane understood as he continued. Monkey and Mantis rushed beside her to keep her comfort.

As life goes by

Romantic dreams will start

So I bid mine goodbye and never knew

So close was waiting, waiting here with you

And now forever I know

All that I wanted to hold you

So close

So close to reaching that famous happy end

Almost believing this was not pretend

And now you're beside me and look how far we've come

So far we are so close

How could I face the faceless days

If I should lose you now?

We're so close

To reaching that famous happy end

And almost believing this was not pretend

Let's go on dreaming for we know we are

So close

So close

And still so far

Slowly, Tigress felt her emotion started stronger and stronger then the potion. As their eyes locked and slowly pressed their lips against to each other. And the affect of the love potion was destroyed. The used to hatred eyes have changed into soft and lovable eyes.

Tigress looked around, seemed she didn't remember anything. "Po, where are we? And why are we wearing these dresses?" she asked.

Po chuckled, fresh tears formed into his eyes. He hugged his lover tightly and whispered in her ear. "You just let your mind floated somewhere." He could only answer that.

Tigress grinned as she returned his hug. As the song ended, the whole crowd cheered, and so as the kung fu masters. Instinctively, Hannah's body was slowly regained its light and returned from soul into flesh. She slowly breathed and Lilly slid beside her.

"How…What happened?" Hannah asked.

"Let's just say, you miss some romance reality show." Lilly giggled at her feline friend.

However, this isn't over…


To be continued…