With only a few weeks passed since the Battle at the Pyramid of Argus, The heroes of Earthrealm had been recovering in Edenia at the Edenian grand palace. The Queen, Sindel made sure the Earthrealm warriors were given the utmost treatment and care as always when they visited Edenia. During the time, the heroes all reflected at recent events and tried to grasp the unrealistic reality that their enemies were all dead and that peace was finally upon them, this time perhaps the longest they've had in a while.
During the recovering days, Liu Kang became well rejuvenated since his battle with Shao Kahn, which had left him mildly injured and covered with bruises all around his body. During his recovery Liu had time to think about all of what had happened in his life since he joined the Mortal Kombat tournament; his victory over Shang Tsung in the tournament, the first time he defeated Shao khan, the defeat of Shinnok, and also his death at the hands of Shang Tsung accompanied with Quan Chi.
He also thought about the terrible things that happened afterwards. It would have almost seemed like with his death, things took a turn for the worst on a level thought unimaginable. The fall of Earthrealm warriors, the rise of the deadly alliance, Raiden's defeat and rebirth as a vengeful god, the return of Onaga which couldn't have happened at the worst possible time. there was also the unbelievable shocking truth that Raiden resurrected his body and used it as a tool for destruction. Liu's possessed corpse traveled Earthrealm slaughtering innocents as Raiden's way of punishing the Earthrealm; an action that he has not yet forgiven Raiden for.
All of these things and more he had time to think on and reflect from, however, there was one particular moment in his life that he has regretted for a long time, but he finally had a chance to make it right and with his recovery nearly complete and with the okay by top Edenian doctors to walk around, Liu decided to venture to the palace...to find Kitana, who had been periodically checking up on him while he was slowly recovering. As he ventured he passed by the many guards and knights who admired and thanked him for all he had done recently for Edenia. After about five minutes of venturing the palace, he arrived to Kitana's room where a guard stood in attention at her door, when he noticed Liu Kang,
"Liu Kang Sir! Hello, How may I be of service to you, do you wish to speak with the princess?"
"Of course, sir" he said cheerfully as he knocked on the large brown door that kept Liu and Kitana apart for the moment "My lady, Master Liu is here to see you"
Kitana, who had been attending her vanity, didn't wait a moment further when she heard him. She dropped what she was doing and rushed to the door and opened it herself egar to set her gaze upon the champion of Mortal Kombat, the savior of Edenia, and one whom she could call, her lover; Liu Kang.
"Liu!" she greeted as the two embraced tightly,she was so happy to see him up and walking around...and in the flesh.
Liu Kang had died a few months ago prior to the Battle, and Kitana had not seen him…in the flesh at least, since their ordeal with the fallen elder god Shinnok. The next time she heard about Liu Kang, His best friend and fellow partner in crime fighting, Kung Lao had informed her that he was dead, killed by a new threat soon to be known as The Deadly Alliance.
The news of his death, broke her apart, the thought was so unreal that she actually thought it was nightmare but unfortunately, she was wrong. Kitana had already been through so much in the past months with trying to defeat the remainder of Shao Kahn's army with her new allies the four armed race, the Shokans. Kitana's been around death for most of her life, she's seen her share of gruesome deaths and even done her share of delivering them without so much as a thought of remorse or mercy in her mind. This particular death however had Kitana in an unheard of state of depression and mourning for a while. Every night she would break down on the cold hard floor and uncontrollably cry wishing that it had not been so, that Liu Kang was indeed alive and well and that one day…just one day, they would be together in peace as king and queen of Edenia.
Kitana's emotional state seemed broken beyond repair and it seemed like their was no way to put her back together…unless it was vengeance for her lover's death at the hands of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, their already mortal enemies. This act of revenge was unfortunately in vain as she too fell and met her death at the hands of the deadly alliance.
Much like her lover, her body had too been revived by a force and used for evil. Onaga the former emperor of Outworld had returned as it was foretold in Outworld legend, and began to resurrect the fallen heroes of the assault against the deadly alliance. Kitana would not have to endure this life of unwilling slavery long however as she along with her earthrealm friends were freed from Onaga's control by two very unlikely allies; one was the warrior known as Ermac, who was a fusion of the souls of fallen Edenian warriors and was once a force for evil until Shao Kahn's defeat. The other was The soul and spirit of Liu Kang who had been freed from Shang Tsung following his 'demise'. Liu Kang found a kindred spirit in Ermac and helped the ninja seek redemption and a purpose in life in return for a small favor. With their combined power, Liu Kang and Ermac freed Liu' s friends from Onaga's control and they were returned to their original selves alive and well.
That was the first time Kitana ad seen Liu in years and although it was a unexplainable wonder and sight, it still had not been enough, Liu was but only a transparent spirit. Kitana was excited and astounded but also still broken up at the same time because her lover was not a corporeal being anymore; it made it hard for her to see him like this and even more angry at her foes and the ones who did this to him.
But fortunately everything worked out and Liu Kang was revived and reunited with his body and given a new life thanks to;the elder gods of all people…yea, those lazy bastards...
Since then, Liu had been recovering from his injuries and Kitana had been a regular visitor eager for him to recover and be with her.
"Come in, how are you feeling, are you okay" Kitana asked him holding his hand as they walked further into her spacious room.
"yea im well, but how about you, Your mother told me you might still be feeling down on what's happened recently" he asked
Kitana's smile turned into a slight frown of sadness as she looked down at her lap and then out to her bedroom window. She began to walk towards it,
"Its still fresh in my mind…I…I just can't seem to let go of it. And with this peace, I still wonder how long it will last. It was short in the past and this could still be no different. I would like to enjoy it but after seeing it just suddenly disappear every time we gain a moment of it, it just makes me think about…will we ever be free of all the fighting, the wars…"
Liu knew how she felt and he too had wondered the same, He knew first hand, Shao Kahn was dead true enough, but there was always some new or returning threat that further kept them from a LONG peaceful life.
Liu went to Kitana and turned her around to face him. He gently lifted her head up by her chin and looked at her beautiful hazel eyes that were starting to get teary,
"Hey, we can't worry about the future, we can only live in the present and learn from the past. I don't know about you but…I can't live my life worrying about who my next challenge is going to be and if my home is going to be taken over. That's a life of constant stress, worry and depression, and it could lead you to be paranoid. I can't see my life like that, and I don't want yours to be that way." he paused as he looked deep into her hazel eyes and gave a loving smile, "You deserve to be happy, WE deserve to be happy…how ever long it last, we have to cherish every moment of it…being around our friends, our family…our loved ones…besides, your too young and beautiful to start having worry lines" he mildly joked.
Kitana's frown was turned upside down gain as she smiled upon hearing the words that brought her spirits up and seeing the man who the words parted lips from. Kitana loved when Liu Kang cheered her up and she missed it so much…she missed Liu's presence, she missed his touch, his gaze, his soft heartedness, his inspiring words, his humor…she missed her Liu Kang.
Liu Kang continued, "And…that's kinda what I wanted to talk to you about…" Kitana faced seemed alittle worry at first at what Liu could want to talk about regarding her loved ones and family.
Liu and Kitana went to her bed and sat on the edge together and Liu Kang sighed a bit and put out a slight smile. Kitana could tell he had been alittle nervous as he didn't start talking right then and there.
"Is everything alright Liu?" she concernedly asked him,"Oh yea, everything is great heha, uh, im just uh,…okay here it is", Liu Kang said as he cleared his throat.
Liu gently grabbed Kitana's hands with his own and looked at them for a brief moment. He was actually quite amazed at how well kept they were. He knew she was princess but he also knew that her job was a rather messy one at times, Yet she had managed to keep her sky blue painted nails and flawless soft hands in such beauty.
Liu Kang than focused back to what he was trying to let out, "Kitana…We've known each other for quite some time now…and umm, I know how I feel about you... and I know how you feel about me."
Liu Kang's speech was getting clearer as his courage began to over shadow his nervousness.
"A few years ago after the battle with Shinnok, you came to me and expressed your feelings for me". Kitana continued to stare at Liu Kang smiling as she listened to every world he said, her mind than flashed back a little to the moment Liu was talking about as she continued to listen to his words, "You said that, I made you happy, hopeful, so filled with good emotions you didn't have during most of your life. You were hoping we could be together…as perhaps a…married couple in Edenia…as king and queen one day"
Kitana remembered that conversation all too well, it was one that she would never forget it was one of the happiest moments in her life. She couldn't help but create a wider smile flashing her pearly whites at Liu Kang. That moment felt so good, all the time she had spent hiding her feeling, she was able to cut loose and express her love for Liu Kang that day.
"Kitana, I can't express how much joy filled my heart when you confronted me that day and just let out all your feelings for me so openly like that. I have to say that was one of the happiest moments in my life"
"I shared the same feelings for you, I guess we both were alittle nervous to share them with each other."
"All those things you said about me, it made me so happy that you had finally found hope and happiness and that it was because of me, a simple shaolin monk and part time fisherman just trying to save my home so I can continue to fish, heh." Liu Kang said letting out a slight laughter. Kitana let out a small laugh as well to go with her beautiful smile.
"I didn't really expect to meet someone like you. When I first saw you, you seemed just like any ordinary villain of Outworld…this time just a female and someone who had to be put down, But…when you came to me that night in the living forest, I was anything but prepare for what happened, You actually struck a conversation with me, Trying to convince me to help you fight your step father. In my mind, half of me thought this was some sort of trap, the other half thought this might have been legit."
"I guess we know what side I picked, huh?" he chuckled a bit, keeping Kitana's smile going strong.
"But…it turned out to be the start of something that I hadn't had before…not with a woman. Heh, I even remember when you showed me your face and I said "wow…you don't have sharp teeth, actually, your…very beautiful," I saw you smile for the first time, when you smiled I knew there was something about you that just told me to give you a chance"
"I never regretted one single moment that we spent together after that. And as time passed on…I was…starting to fall for you. At first, I just felt so bad for you and how you were brought up, doing Shao Kahn's bidding, even if it did satisfy you. And the fact that you wanted to change and live the life that was stolen from you, instead of the life you had to go through under Shao Kahn. It was a feeling that just took me captive. I wanted to see that you were happy and I wanted to make sure that you were the princess of Edenia once more…not Outworld." he paused.
"You gave me a new motivation after I met you and you told me about your past. I realized then that other than just seeing my realm spared from Outworld, I wanted to see you happy, I knew you deserved it and worked so hard to achieve it…only for it to just spit in your face."
Kitana was listening to every word Liu was saying as it was starting to hit her inside. She was holding back tears from reflecting at the life she knew as The Emperor's Daughter.
"I realized then and there that…I fell in love with you, your so beautiful, kind, strong willed, and courageous. The last thing I would expect from an ally of Shao Kahn."
"The day you expressed your feeling for me, I was so happy to know that I wasn't alone in the thought…I was happy to know that you felt what I was feeling. It was truly the happiest moment in my life, but that's when…I…had to give up that happiness." Liu said as his grateful and warming smile turned to one of sorrow.
"Kitana, you have no idea, how hard that was for me, When I said that I couldn't except your offer, inside, my heart cracked. It just kept replaying in my mind over and over…like a broken record. Each time it did, by heart cracked more and more until it just shattered. I was so devastated at what I had did. I knew I did it with the best intentions but, it still felt horrible. Ive been in a lot of fights and have receive excruciating pain but none could compare to that…I never told anyone this and please don't tell anyone, but…The pain was so intense, I…cried later that day"
"Oh Liu…"Kitana quickly embraced her lover tightly and felt tears falling from her face. Her lover had done the right thing but sometime even that can produce a pain that would hurt just as much, just as bad as doing the wrong thing.
The two shared a moment of embracing one another thinking of the choices and the decisions that each had made that caused pain or hurt in their lives. Kitana released him and Liu continued on, on his face was a noticeable tear.
"So anyway, I just kept thinking about it and I then thought that maybe you thought I didn't share the same feelings you did…you had just openly told me that you cared for me and then I just threw it in your face…I didn't want you to think that I didn't care for you too...that I didn't love you. It just ate me up inside".
"It always has…And I just wanted you to know that… Kitana, now that we are at peace, and we were sorta given a clean slate, I…don't think I could live this life…without you by my side this time around" As he ended, Liu Kang looked down to the floor and got off the bed as he began to slowly bend down on one knee. Kitana had seen this action before, she knew what Liu was doing and her face had lit up brightly with excitement and egerness…and a bit of surprise.
Before Liu Kang could get out any words, "Yes Liu, I will" She said suddenly as tears began to run down her puffy cheeks,
Liu looked back to her and gave a dumbfounded look "You…will what?"
"I will marry you…isn't-isn't that what you were going to…ask?" she said looking suddenly puzzled at Liu's questioning expression.
Liu Kang looked at his position briefly and let out a laugh,"OOhh, you thought that I-" he paused before laughing at himself, "No, I was bending down to tie my shoe, heha"
Kitana's face abruptly turned into one of shock,surprise and almost sadness at the startling revelation that had dawned on her.
"I was actually gonna propose to you at the celebration tonight…but I guess I got into the mood unexpectedly" he chuckled, "Oh well, no sense in waiting now. Kitana, Will you marry me?"Liu said looking up to her with a slight but undeniable smile,
Kitana was trying to hold back her newly revived excitement following what she thought was going to be the proposal once liu had first got on his knee…to tie his...shoe.
Kitana was with a smile that she was struggling to keep from bursting into tears of joy, but she just let it out as she aggressively grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him to her as they both went on the bed fully, him on top of her as they became locked in a very passionate kiss. Both their eyes were closed so they could really use their sense of touch to feel the pleasure of each others lips and tongue caressing the others.
The two lovers laid on the bed kissing each other for a full minute before Liu broke off briefly,
"So…was that a yes…?"He asked seductively, looking into his lover's beautiful hazel brown eyes that were seemingly glowing from the light of the sun hitting them, only further enhancing their beauty. They were only a few centimeters from his own dark brown eyes.
Her face came closer to his as she started grinning seductively "What do you think…" before they were once again locked in their passionate kiss.
This time they kissed each other for…Awww, what the hell, until they didn't feel like kissing anymore.
This is my first time writing a romance with humor type story so bare with me. instead of doing one whole story (which i can't think of), im going to do an anthology.
i may give nodds or references to other stories on here that may have involved the couple as well, just to show my respect, admiration, and inspiration for the story.
credit will be given to them as well.
thanks for viewing and reviews are always welcomed.