All right! I just saw Kung Fu Panda 2 very recently with my best friend! I bawled my eyes out :'( This one-shot takes place after the SECOND movie! And that's all this is going to be, a one-shot! It's a romance between Po and Tigress. I just thought the second movie implied that they like each other, and I think they are sooo cute together! No sex or anything, trust me. *Few minutes later* BOOM! SEX SCENE! Hahaha kidding ;) No sex scenes for this girl :D Can't write one if my life depends on it! So, enjoy! And PLEASE, if you have ANY advice whatsoever, don't be afraid to share it! I would appreciate it if you would review, just so I know that I accomplished something (I have low self esteem issues). Thank you!
DISCLAIMER: I do not own these movies. Sadly.
Pretty Sure It's a Miracle
"WAIT!" I screamed. It was too late. It was already happening. "Oof!"
I went flying as Tigress punched my stomach more forcefully than before, which was really saying something. I flew over the walls of the shrine (A/N: I totally can't remember what the heck the place is called where they all live. The palace? Shrine? I don't know…) and landed with a huge thud. Thank the gods that my stomach saved me. That would have been a whole other world of pain had I landed on my back.
"Awe, c'mon, Tigress!" I whined as I stumbled through the doors to the shrine again. "I wasn't ready!"
"Po, you say that every time one of us hits you during training." Crane pointed out. I thought this over.
"Uh…I do? I don't remember any of these times that you speak of!" I tried to hold back a smile.
"Panda!" Shi-fu said gruffly. I turned towards him, surprised. He wasn't in here when we were training, was he? I don't remember seeing him here. Then again, he has this awesome way of just appearing out of nowhere in places he isn't even close to. "I suggest you stop fooling around, and then maybe you will be able to fight back for once! Stop blaming the fact that you are not blocking the strikes given to you on not being ready. Everybody here can see that half the time you say that, you are fully ready."
I looked down in shame. "Yes, Master Shi-fu. I understand completely."
"I'm not angry, I'm only teaching. If something happens that is even half as evil as the Peacock, you need to be prepared. Tai-Lung was a mere baby pig compared to the Peacock, especially in your case." I felt a pang of grief on the inside. Shi-fu sometimes really knew where to hit you. It was only a short time ago, two weeks maybe that we had defeated the Peacock and I had learned who I was and where I came from.
The reason we keep saying, "The Peacock" is because we vowed never to say his real name in the presence of one another. I found that it is a lot more comfortable than saying his real name. It was just too painful, even for a big fat carefree panda like me.
I realized that nobody had said anything and it was quiet all around. I focused my vision, and saw that Shi-fu had disappeared again. This guy was going to give me a headache.
I looked over at the four of the five that were standing outside of the training area on the steps and noticed that Crane, Monkey, Viper, and Mantis were all heading inside. I hadn't realized it, but the sun was setting and it was getting dark out. I shrugged, knowing that I would be fine if I didn't get into my room on time. Nobody really cared anymore.
Then I shot my eyes to Tigress, who I found to be looking intently at me. As soon as I looked at her, though, she quickly averted her eyes away from me. What was with her?
"Hey, Tigress? Are you okay?" I asked, walking over.
"I'm, fine, Po. I'm just tired." She sighed.
"Are you sure…?" I pestered. She glared at me. I threw my paws up in defense.
"Hey, I was only concerned!" I chuckled. She rolled her eyes as she turned to walk away. "Um, goodnight! Sleep tight!"
"Goodnight, Po." She smiled.
I sighed dreamily without realizing it. Thankfully she didn't seem to hear.
As I walked into the hall containing our rooms, I tried my best to be quiet on the floor. Sadly, the floors were still as creaky as ever. I doubted they were ever going to get them replaced. Either that or it was just my weight. I decided it was the latter.
I walked into my room and just kind of stood there for a moment; breathing, thinking, dreaming…
I jumped. When I turned, I was startled to find Tigress standing in my doorway. Her eyes looked like they had aged a thousand years, although they were still beautiful. Her fur was slightly sticking up on side of her face, like she had been rubbing it or something. She was in different clothes, other than her training suits. It looked to be more like a comfy outfit. All in all, she looked a mess. A gorgeous mess. I expected that she was in here for the normal reason; to say goodnight or to tell me to try to be quieter when I'm walking down the hallway. Or in the rare case, actually tell me she hopes I sleep well.
But nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.
She started crying.
It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen. Not horrible in the, 'she looked disgusting and stupid' way. It was horrible in the, 'heartbreakingly painful' kind of way. Nothing could make me think that she was ugly or stupid or anything like that. She was the most beautiful person I had ever met. And the most understanding, from what I know.
But this…this image will never leave my mind. The image of the tears running freely down her cheeks, the image of her eyes closing tightly to try to hold them back, the image of her mouth opening slightly to let out a soft whimper. It made my heart break into a million pieces. A person like Tigress shouldn't even know what crying is. She was too tough for this! And yet here she is, doing what I thought was impossible for her to do.
"Tigress?" I said my voice a shaky whisper. "Tigress, what's wro—"
Then she did another surprising thing. She rushed forward and wrapped her arms around my neck, pulling me into a tight hug. She buried her face in my neck fur and sobbed. Hesitantly, I wrapped my arms around her waist, too.
"Tigress…" I trailed off. "This isn't like you at all. I didn't even know you could cry! What the heck happened?"
She stayed silent for a moment, her arms still wrapped around my neck and her head still on my shoulder.
After a few more seconds, she pulled away from me. She didn't bother to wipe any of the tears away, seeing as they just kept coming.
"I don't really know what's wrong with me," she managed to choke out. I moved out of the way so I could gesture to the mattress that was my bed (The original bed was above the ground, but it broke eventually).
"You wanna…sit down? You need someone to talk to?" I asked. She nodded and padded over to the mattress, plopping down onto it. I came over too, sitting down next to her as gently as I could. "Tigress…please. Talk to me."
She coughed slightly, and then put her paw on her forehead, letting it rest in her paw. She took a deep breath. "Po, how is it that I didn't go through the most traumatic experience two weeks ago but you did, yet I'm the one sitting here crying?"
I stared at her blankly. I didn't know what to say. I didn't know why I hadn't broken down in tears at some point in the past two weeks. Tigress had seemed as strong as ever. I finally decided to speak. "I'm not sure. I have to say, this is one of the most shocking things I've ever seen you do, though."
"I know. I'm never like this. I never show a sign of weakness, or anything like that. But since that battle…ugh, that was the most intense and most horrifying battle I've ever gone through. I watched you get hurt again and again, and it was slowly killing me on the inside. That was the only thing that got to me. Having to witness you being hurt like that, it was terrible. The worst of it was…I could relate to your emotional pain. Not knowing who you are or where you came from. That was and still is my problem. But now you know who you are. I'm extremely happy for you, but I think the realization of everything that happened during all of that finally got to me tonight for some reason."
I couldn't speak. Her weakness…was watching me get hurt? So that pretty much means…her weakness is me? I so didn't see that coming. I didn't know if I should be flattered or upset by this. I didn't want to be someone's weakness, but knowing that Tigress really cared about me that much was actually kind of nice.
"I didn't think that anything like that would ever affect you," I said shakily. "I'm sorry I made you go through all of that, Tigress. I didn't…"
"Po, just shut up." She laughed. "It wasn't your fault that the Peacock did all of that. I just wish I could have helped more. If you had told me about what he did earlier, we could have defeated him sooner. But it's all right now, it's over and done with." I saw her bottom lip start to quiver, and within seconds, she was sobbing again. I moved a little closer to her and put my arm around her to hug her. She put her head on my shoulder and sobbed into it. "And…I hate to say it, but I've been holding all of this in since the fight. I decided I couldn't hold it in anymore. But I needed someone to talk to."
"I'm here for ya, Tigress. All day and everyday. But why me?" I raised an eyebrow.
She talked without lifting her head up and the tears still running down her face. "Because you're my best friend, Po. You're the one person who doesn't make me angry because of the way you talk to me, or the way you treat me. The other four…they drone on and on about how I'm so angry all the time and how I'm such a bitch. They talk about me behind my back. Don't get me wrong, I still like them and everything, but sometimes it just really gets to me. This is the first time that I've cried in 20 years, and I don't like it at all."
"I'm your best friend? Well, I must admit, I do feel pretty special. But…you really have been holding it in for a long time, haven't you?" I said softly.
"It was harder than you think. All those times I wanted to brake down in front of everybody and just show them that I actually do have feelings…Shi-fu knows that I do. He saw my cry countless times as a child. He was the only person I could talk to about these kinds of things, but I never considered him as a best friend. He eventually stopped listening to me and told me to grow up. I did, but it was one of the hardest challenges he ever gave me." I could see she was really hurting right now, so I hugged her real tight.
"Tigress, I'd never tell you to grow up, or to get over it," I whispered. "You're my best friend too, and nothing is ever going to change that."
I could tell she was smiling, but tears were still falling. I wiped one of them away with my thumb. She looked at me for a moment, and I thought that no other moment could ever be so peaceful and perfect in my life. I felt butterflies in my stomach, and I felt kind of light headed, to be honest. But it ended when she awkwardly looked away.
"Uh…" she stuttered. "Um, Po, thanks so much for this. It really helped a lot. I'm glad I could finally talk to someone about this. But please, please promise me that you won't tell anybody about this."
"I swear I won't," I smiled honestly.
I really kind of wished that she would stop doing surprising things to me. They were starting to make my head spin.
This time, she stuttered a moment, and then she turned to me and gave a quick kiss on my cheek before running out of the room. My eyes widened when she was gone. But seconds later, she came back and poked her head through the door.
"Goodnight, Po. I hope you sleep well."
And she was gone.
I fell asleep about an hour after Tigress left the room.
My cheek had been tingling where she kissed me before I got to sleep. Then I woke up and it was still tingling. What woke me up was not the fact that the gong had been rung, but the fact that the sun was shining into my room unusually bright. There was one day a week where we didn't have to train if we didn't want to and could sleep in however long we wanted to. That day was Wednesday. I got out of bed and exited my room, checking everyone else's room to see if they were awake. Everyone was gone except for Tigress. She was still asleep in her bed. I wasn't surprised. Last night probably made her insanely tired.
I closed her door and walked out of the hallway. "Guys," I called quietly. I didn't want to wake up Shi-fu if he was still sleeping. "Guys, where are you?"
It was quiet.
I turned around quickly, feeling another presence in the hallway I was in.
What I saw scared me the most I had been scared since the recent battle.
It was the Peacock.
He was standing at the end of the hallway in the darkness where there was no light whatsoever. I held back a shout for help.
He's dead, I thought, He's dead, he's dead, he's dead, he's DEAD! I repeated this over and over in my head about a million times while he stood there and watched me. I flinched when he took a step forward. Then another, and another. I couldn't move. It was like my feet had been glued to the floor. Finally, when he got close enough to me that he could reach out and touch me, I snapped.
"GET AWAY FROM ME!" I screamed, falling backwards and knocking over a vase on a pedestal. I squeezed my eyes shut.
"Po…" he said. I shook my head.
"Go away…DON'T TOUCH ME!" I yelled again.
"Po!" he hissed.
"Po!" Someone yelled frantically for me. "Po! Wake up!"
I sat up lightning fast in my bed. I felt extremely hot, and I was breathing hard and fast. "What…what the heck just happened?" I asked myself. Then I remembered that there was another person in my room. I looked up from my feet at the foot of the mattress. It was Tigress.
"You were having a nightmare, Po," She verified for me.
"Oh…a nightmare…thank the gods that's all it was," I breathed.
"Yeah, and judging by the looks of it, it must've been pretty bad. What was it about?" She asked, concern showing clearly in her voice.
"The Peacock," I said quickly.
"That's not good at all…but it's okay now. It wasn't real. He's dead, remember?" she raised an eyebrow.
"Yeah…um, Tigress? I didn't dream all the stuff that happened last night, did I?" I asked embarrassingly.
She chuckled. "No, you didn't. That was completely real."
"Okay, good. Because that would have been really confusing." I laughed. "But anyways, where is everyone else?"
"We slept in. It's about 12:00 noon. All the others are up and gone. But they should be back any minute for lunch." She explained.
"Yes! Lunch!" I smiled. "Let's go!" I rolled off the mattress and took Tigress's paw and dragged her towards the dining room. She laughed as she almost stumbled over the carpet. I never knew she could be so uncoordinated!
"Hey, Po! Tigress! Glad you decided to join the land of the living!" Mantis greeted us.
"Oh, it seems that they beat us here," Tigress muttered to me.
"Who cares, let's just eat! I'm starved!" I groaned.
"Of course you are," Viper rolled her eyes and patted the seat next to her. Tigress took the seat across from me.
We got our food laid out in front of us and we began eating.
"Mmm…I love this soup!" I said.
"New choice!" Mantis said. Oh, so we're really going to start this game now? Fine.
"I love this bowl!" I changed what I had said.
"New choice!" Mantis urged on.
"I love this table!"
"I love this…paw!"
"I love your WIFE!"
"I…love a paraaaddde…" I had run out of things to say.
"I like that one, stick with it." Mantis decided. I started laughing.
"You two come up with the weirdest games," Monkey shook his head.
I smiled to myself. Meal times were usually the most interesting part of the day.
"Po," Tigress said.
"Yeah?" I said, a noodle hanging halfway out of my mouth.
"Would you like to join me in some training later? I know it's our day off, but I would like to…"
"She wants to be alone with you!" Viper teased. Tigress's pupils dilated and she glared at Viper. I laughed lightly.
"C'mon, Viper. Stop that. I was thinking I could use some help on a couple techniques, so I would love to!" I confirmed. Tigress rolled her eyes at Viper and smiled at me to let me know she had heard me.
Training started out to be really fun, actually.
We had begun with the normal technique, and worked our way up from there. At some points we broke out in laughter at how stupid one of our moves had been. I seemed to mess up a lot, because I kept getting lost in the way she moved, or how pretty her eyes looked. I had never seen her act so…free…
"Um, Tigress? Are you all right?" I asked.
"Po, for the hundredth time, I'm fine!" she rolled her eyes while smiling.
"Okay, it's just…you're acting unusually happy and…not Tigress." I laughed nervously.
"Yeah, I don't know what it is. I've just been feeling really good ever since we had that little talk last night." She told me.
"Then I guess you're just relieved or something of all that stuff you've been holding in." I guessed. She nodded, her smile dieing down.
"Well, I don't think I told you everything…" she mumbled quietly. I don't think I was supposed to hear that.
"What?" I said, unbelievably. "Tigress, what didn't you tell me?" I had to know so I could make sure everything was all right! What if something was wrong with her?
"It was nothing, Po," she tried. "I just thought that I had forgotten to tell you something."
The tone of her voice was very unconvincing. I didn't believe her at all.
"Tigress, please…I know you're holding something back, here. I just want to make sure you don't have anything to worry about so nothing like last night happens again." I pleaded.
"I'm okay. I told you everything there is to tell. Trust me," she said. "There is nothing else. Now, why don't we start heading in? It's getting late; we've been practicing since lunch time. The sun is already setting."
Once again I didn't see that the sun was setting. I never noticed it, but when I did, it only took me a moment to see that Tigress practically glowed in the light of the sun. I swear I started to melt when I looked at her this time.
She looked at me with a concerned face.
"Po, I think it should be me asking you if you're alright," she said slowly.
"Huh…" I sighed. "Oh!" I shook my head quickly. "Sorry…Yeah, I'm fine. Completely fine! Psh, what was ever wrong with me in the first place? I was just looking at that…" I looked around frantically. "That…bird! That bird right there, behind you."
"Uh-huh. You were looking at the bird…" Tigress nodded slowly.
"It's an attractive bird." I said with a look on my face that said, Oh yeah, I said it.
"I'm sure it was," Tigress bit her lip. "Uh, like I said a while ago, we should probably get to bed."
"Sure…" I trailed off. I was going to say something else, but she had already started walking. "Hey! Wait!"
She slowed down so I could catch up quicker. When I was next to her, I spoke again. "Will you please tell me what you left out last night?"
"Ugh, Po! I thought we covered this already! I didn't leave out anything important, okay?" she shrugged.
"Ha! You just said you didn't leave out anything important! If it's not that important, then why can't you just tell me?" I pointed out. By now we were in the hallway with our rooms.
"If it's not that important, that I shouldn't have to tell you!" she shot back.
"Okay, it is important! How about that! Will that make you drop the subject?"
"No! If it is important, then I want to know even more! Just tell me!" I begged. We were standing outside our bedroom doors. She was in front of hers and I was in front of mine.
"I'm not going to tell you, Po! Just drop it!" she hissed. She seemed to be close to cracking, so I egged her on.
"Tigress, why can't you tell me? I told you that you can tell me anything! Now why can't you tell me?"
"Ugghh…" she growled. I knew I was close.
"Why can't you—"
"Because telling someone you love them isn't the easiest thing in the world, Po!" She screamed.
I had never been so shocked in my entire life. My heart stopped the minute she finished that sentence, and I'm surprised I didn't pass out.
I saw her eyes well up with tears as she opened her door, stepped inside, and slammed it shut.
I stood there for a few minutes, thanking the gods that the other four weren't in here yet. They would be soon, so I had to make this fast. I wondered how hard it would be.
I stayed standing out there. I could see the outline of Tigress as she sat on her bed with her head in her hands. "Tigress…?"
"Can I come in, please?" I asked softly. I saw the outline of her head nod slightly, so I opened the door and walked in.
"If you're going to try to tell me that I'm wrong, then don't bother even looking at me." She sniffed.
"I'm not going to do anything like that, Tigress," I said. "I just want to ask you something."
"Why?" I asked simply.
"Why me? I don't understand what there is to like about…this," I poked at my overly big stomach.
She took a deep breath, and let it go. "Po, I can't tell you how much you mean to me. What you make me feel when I'm around you is beyond words. It's so easy to laugh around you, whether I'm laughing at you or with you. You know what to say to make me feel better or just to make me feel good, and you understand me. You're the nicest person I've ever met, and to be honest, you're not bad looking either. You're actually kind of…cute."
I felt my mouth drop open in surprise. She thought I was attractive? I wanted to say that it was an understatement, but really it was an overstatement. I never thought any girl would ever like me as more than a friend, especially one that's less than half the size of me.
"Whoa…" I breathed. This was just all coming to me as one big shocking earthquake. "Tigress…I-I'm sorry, I had no idea—"
"It's all right. It's not your fault in any way. I just wish that…" she trailed off.
"That I loved you back?" I whispered.
Her head snapped up. "Yes."
"Well then, Tigress, you're in for one of the biggest shocks ever." I shrugged. I waited a moment, watching her eyes grow a bit wider as she realized what I was going to say. "I'm in love with you, too."
I didn't get the reaction I thought I'd get. I thought I would get a smile, or a happy break out, or something positive. Instead I got a shocked face, and more tears. I was confused as to why she was doing this.
"You don't really mean that," she said. I tried to say something, but she kept going. "You don't mean it, Po. You're only saying this to make me happy, aren't you? I know you don't love me the way I love you. You never would. So don't you tell me that you're in love with me when you clearly are not!"
I had had about enough of her denial, so in the middle of her ranting as she stood up; I stepped forward, took her paws into mine, and put my black lips to her lips. I felt her tense up as I cut her off. Then I felt her face relax as she finally melted into the kiss. She freed her paws from mine and wrapped them around my neck. I held mine on her back, and she got as close as she could to me.
She broke the kiss first, and she put her head on my shoulder. Her arms were still wrapped around my neck and mine were still around her waist. I really did love her, I could feel it. If I tried to say that I wasn't in love with her, I would almost faint. I knew for a fact that I loved her.
"Okay, I believe you now," she chuckled. I smiled.
"Good," I replied. "I was beginning to think you were going to kill me!"
"I would never kill you. Just seriously injure you during training." I felt her mouth curve up into a smile on my neck.
"Nice to know you're going to be gentle," I smirked.
"Gentle? Me? When the hell am I every gentle?" she scoffed.
"Alright, you got me there." I nodded in defeat.
She didn't really say anything after that, she just looked up and kissed me again. I was sure it wouldn't end for quite some time. We swayed back and forth to the imaginary music I knew we were both playing in our heads.
"I love you," I said softly against her lips.
"I love you too," she whispered.
I had never been so happy in my entire life.
MOO! I'M BAAAACCCKKK! SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND! His name is Mr. Pants =^.^= Haha, sorry, getting a little carried away here…
Okay, my good readers, I know they were a BIT (understatement) OOC (For those of you who don't know what this means-I didn't figure it out for a while-it means Out Of Character)! I'm not good at writing romances and keeping people in character! I just got too…into it, I guess!
Sorry, that was Mr. Pants.
This is what happens when you leave a 13 year old 8th grade graduate girl alone in her room with her laptop after a day of painting the walls of her NEW room.
So, I hope you enjoyed, and please, for the love of boobies, REVIEW!
Holy mother of cheetos…Mr. Pants, what are you doing?