Chapter 6: I'll Make a Man out Of You

The next day was the first day of training. They were all on a field in their under armor. She was standing next to Ling, San and Neon, who were now her friends, or more precisely, 'Hon's friends. And the five masters were in front of them. It felt weird to have people think you're someone you're not and having relatives with the kung fu masters.

"Am I the only one who's hungry?" Ling said loudly, looking around for someone who might back him up.

"Ling, if we gave you enough food to keep you full, there wouldn't be enough for China, let alone the army." James said as he walked by. Ling scowled.

"Who asked you?!" Ling called after him.

"You did." James called back over his shoulder.

Ling muttered something about James, Hannah knew he never would have dared to think in front of General Sora.

"Whoa, dude, HARSH!" Neon said laughing.

"Hon, you really need to relax." San said. "You're way too uptight."

"Actually," Sora's voice said, "I like Hon's attitude. War is a serious business." The four of them looked and saw Sora coming towards them.

"Err…Thanks, General." Hannah said awkwardly. Her face felt a little warm for some reason.

"Before the training starts, you must take a little task." Sora said as James carried two made by jade and bond 200 kilograms coins with rope handle! He then fired an arrow on top of a wooden statue.

"Ling, come here!" Ling stepped forward and he held out his hands and Sora put them on his hand.

"This hand represents 'Strength'," he carried up Ling's right hand, and he held another hand, "And this represent 'Determination', each of you must carry during in the climbing and take the arrow, except the masters." Sora explained.

And all of them have done the task but none of them did it, even Hannah. The heavy coins were heavier than she did back from the Jade Palace.

Sora shrugged and flicked his hair. He walked over to a pile of bamboo sticks and tossed them to the crowd. Everyone caught theirs, but just before Hannah could snatch hers out of the air, a hand grabbed it. Hannah looked and saw it was the same big bully pig, Kao, who she messed with yesterday. She held out her hand to take it, and Kao tripped her. Everyone (except, of course, five masters, San, Neon, and Ling) laughed, and Sora rolled his eyes. We've got a long way to go, He thought.

"Now," Sora said as he picked up a stick of his own stick.

"Master Monkey will do a demonstration." Sora said and Monkey stepped forward with a bamboo stick in his hand, Sora nodded to him and he nodded back.

"Let's get down to business!" He flung a pot high up into the air. As it flew, Monkey spun the stick so fast he made a small wind that blew the hair on the soldiers' faces back. The pot came down, and Monkey smacked it and the pot broke into a hundred pieces. A chorus of "Wow!"s and "Cool!"s went through the crowd, except Hannah, she watched his show all the time.

Sora:

Let's get down to business-to defeat-the Huns.

Did they send me daughters when I asked for sons?

It was the rookies' turn. Unfortunately, the entire army was terrible at it, but Hannah was the worst. But it wasn't the truth, she got prank by Kao as he out Mantis in her neck, and she struggling with her bamboo stick as it hit everyone in the area.

Shifu was widened and saw Mantis has finally off her neck as the false alarm has over, she saw Sora standing with his arms folded across his chest. "I'm disappointed, Hon."

"But , General, he's just got prank by somebody. Someone has put Master Mantis in Hon's neck which caused this mess." Shifu explained.

"Even though, he had failed on concentrating." He did make a point. He leaned his face close to Hannah's.

Sora went on, "Trying your best isn't going to keep you alive if you're one-on-one with Siren. You need to be trained and disciplined." He pulled her even closer, so that they were almost nose to nose and snarled, "Believe me, Hon. Before we're done, I'll make a man out of you." He pushed Hannah to the ground and walked away, leaving her wondering what on earth she had gotten herself into.

Sora: You're the saddest bunch I ever met

But you can bet before we're through

Mister, I'll make a man out of you

James then continued on his recording paperwork.

Sora: Tranquil as a forest

But on fire within

Once you find your centre

You are sure to win

You're a spineless, pale, pathetic lot

And you haven't got a clue

Sora had wanted them to put a bucket of water on their heads and deflect apples being thrown at them with one of the bamboo sticks. Hannah thought this was impossible (Neon, San, and Ling all agreed.) But Shifu demonstrated perfectly. Hannah rolled her eyes when he wasn't looking.

Poor Sora was disappointed again. Hannah did manage to block a few apples, but the bucket of water fell on her head. Sora shook his head and said training was done for the day.

Sora: Somehow I'll make a man out of you!

Another time, they were trying to grab fish from a river with their bare hands (which Hannah didn't really understand the point of, but whatever floated Sora's boat.) Of course, Tai Lung and Sora was master at it, whereas when Hannah tried it, she grabbed Kao's foot and he fell in the water, which he yelled at her for about five minutes for. Hannah didn't think Ling, San, and Neon burst a gut laughing helped much.

Neon: I'm never gonna catch my breath

San: Say good-bye to those who knew me

Ling: Boy I was a fool in school for cutting gym

Maz: This guy's got 'em scared to death

Hannah: Hope he doesn't see right through me

Neon: Now I really wish that I knew how to swim!

The next day, they were firing arrows through apples (they've got lots of apples, deal with it!) and demonstrated by Crane, shoot the arrows and landing them in circles drawn on a tree trunk. Once again, Hannah thought this was impossible, and once again Sora proved her wrong, which was starting to get old. At least she wasn't the one yelled at, Ling kept trying to eat his apples.

Sora & (CHORUS):

(Be a man)

We must be swift as the coursing river

(Be a man)

With all the force of a great typhoon

(Be a man)

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

The day after that, they were trying to fire missiles at a target a hundred feet away (Hannah's somehow flew way off target and almost hit James), then they had to run through a field of flaming arrows (Neon got his hair scorched and San got an arrow in a…unlikely place.

Sora:

Time is racing toward us till the Huns arrive

Heed my every order and you might survive

You're unsuited for the rage of war

So pack up, go home, you're through

How could I make a man out of you?

That night, Hannah was going to the tent from the bathroom, and then she heard soft hoof beats on the ground behind her. She turned and saw General Sora with five masters beside him coming towards her holding her backpack in his hands. Hannah had known this was coming, but didn't expect it right now.

She had let her family down, Sora and everybody down!

Sora stopped a few feet in front of her and let out a sigh. "I'm sorry, Hon. You're not meant for war. It's time to go home." He stuffed the backpacks into Hannah's hand and walked away.

Hannah watched him and the masters go, with his sliver hair blowing lightly in the breeze. A memory suddenly came to her:

Flashback

"I'll prove you wrong! I'll find a man better than one you could ever give me!" Hannah yelled.

"YOU'LL NEVER FIND LOVE!!" Ms. Hito shrieked.

End of Flashback

Hannah was startled that that memory had just come to her. Could she be…? No way. Hannah told herself firmly as she went to go pack her stuff.

About a half hour later, Hannah was standing at the gate. She turned and looked at the place one more time, and saw the pole staring her in the face. What the heck?

Hannah walked over and saw the weights still on the ground. She picked them up, and Sora's floated through her mind. "Strength. Determination. You'll need both to get to the top."

Hannah slipped the weights on her wrists and threw them around the pole. To her surprise, they wrapped up in each other. Hannah pulled, and they were tight. Taking this as a good omen from her ancestors, she began to climb.

At about fifteen feet, she looked down and thought, 'I'm doing it! I CAN DO IT!' Her arms were tired and sore, but she wouldn't give up. She was determined.

There were only three yards to the top. The sun was rising, and people were coming out of their tents. They were talking, all wondering the same thing: Could the worst one of them all reach the top?

When the five masters out of their tents and slowly went to the centre of the camp, only two yards distance.

Two yards left. The words Hannah had heard Sora saying to himself during training were pulsing through her head.

Sora & (CHORUS):

(Be a man)

We must be swift as the coursing river

(Be a man)

With all the force of a great typhoon

(Be a man)

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

One yard now. Once again, Sora's voice floated into her mind. I'll make a man out of you.

Hannah's finger tips reached the edge. With the last of her strength, she pulled herself up on top and looked around. Thirty feet below her, she saw her masters and all of the army was cheering and clapping for her.

Sora & (CHORUS):

(Be a man)

We must be swift as the coursing river

(Be a man)

With all the force of a great typhoon

(Be a man)

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

Sora heard a noise outside. He sat up wondering why he felt so bad. He realized it was because of Hon's departure. But why did he care? Hon had been no help anyways. And wondering why that still so familiar in his mind? He suddenly heard the noise outside.

What are they on about? Sora wondered grumpily. He walked outside his tent and saw the army surrounded the pole. The arrow that had been on top suddenly fell down and landed at his feet. Sora picked it up and turned it around in his hands. He looked up to see who had gotten too the top, and what he saw the wind blew him away.

Hon, the clumsy, clueless soldier was sitting on top smiling sweetly down at him. But there was something different about him, a different look from the one he had had the day before. The look said 'I'm ready.'

As Sora flicked his hair and smirked at her, Hannah knew that she was back with a bang.

Sora & (CHORUS):

(Be a man)

We must be swift as the coursing river

(Be a man)

With all the force of a great typhoon

(Be a man)

With all the strength of a raging fire

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon

The next few days were like a dream come true to Sora. The army, inspired by Hon's success, had gotten up on its feet and was improving a hundred percent everyday.

Then, Hon was a whole other thing all together. He was absorbing their exercises, and he seemed to be the perfect soldier. Like with the bamboo defense thing, Hon had stopped those apples in their tracks, and the bucket hadn't wobbled for a moment. With the fish he caught three in one try (which Ling greatly admired and envied.). Hon had fired three arrows at one and all of them shot an apple and landed in the tree. In the missile firing practice, he had gotten the exact center. In running, he had finished second to Sora himself. And while practicing fighting, he swung up his leg and kicked Sora in the face so hard he was knocked to the ground. Despite that his lip was swelling and he was seeing spots, Sora was very impressed.

It has been 5 weeks of training and they have one night rest. At night, when Hannah and the masters decided went to the lake for a bath, they met Sora and his face was seem like happy.

"Hey, now I remember you." then Hannah was shocked.

"You have a twin sister named Hannah, right?" he asked excitedly.

Hannah sighed of relief and replied, "Yes, I have. What's wrong?"

'Twin sister?' the masters both confused in unison.

"Oh, nothing. It's just like I hope you could tell me everything about her. What I meant was, she's the only girl I ever dreamt of and I haven't seen her for a long time and now I have chance to stay here to search for her." he said.

"Wait? You saying that are you the wolf kid who also in the international kung fu camp past thirteen years?" Hannah asked with hope in her eyes.

"Yes." he answered.

Then there was a moment of silence and Hannah has snapped out and said, "Why don't we talk about later right after the baths?"

"Okay, I'll meet you at the gate." He replied and she watched him gone and smiled sweetly like she had never made it before. Hannah was happy that he still remembered her for so long but then she saw the masters were smirking at her.

"What!?" she asked them with confused.

"You like him, don't you?" asked Shifu.

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Next Chapter: The First Face to Face Battle

Preview:

"Actually, she told me that she fell in love with a guy." Hannah simply said.

"What? Who?" Sora asked curiously.

"Well... he is..." before she could finished, she got interrupted by James.

"General Sora! We've got a terrible news!" he shouted.

"How a news could terrible be?" Hannah asked.

"The Huns had destroyed the Valley of Courage!" he replied with fear.