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Chapter 6

Shang and Mushu waited outside of Kong's tent, making small talk, when the doctor came out. "Captain, Mushu, she was greatly wounded and she had a fever, make sure that someone watches her for her fever might return."

"Surely you are mistaken doctor." Shang was incredulous; he looked to Mushu to see if he would back him up. "Kong couldn't be a girl, he just couldn't. Mushu, you grew up with Kong, tell the doctor that he must be wrong." It occurred to Shang that Mushu wasn't saying anything; instead he was just staring at Kong's tent. "Mushu say something or I would have you committed for treason." The doctor was just standing around looking uncomfortable.

"I couldn't get her to leave, I tried but I failed miserably. May I go sit with her Captain?"

Shang nodded his head, not knowing what to think. He began to dwell on the times he spent with Kong. "If Kong is in fact a girl, then it would explain why his voice would sometimes be very high pitched, the way he moved with a grace that is commonly found in women, and the way he would separate himself from everybody else. But, it wouldn't explain his behavior around the other soldiers, for he didn't hold his tongue. In a way, Kong reminded him of Fa Zhou's daughter, but that was impossible, or was it?" Shang rushed into Kong's tent and told Mushu to immediately go get him when she woke up; Mushu nodded and turned his attention back to Kong. Shang heard horses galloping toward the camp and went to see who it was. It turned out to be Chi Fu and his father, Shang approached his father and told him that he needed to speak with him immediately for it was urgent. Shang walked to his tent, and while waiting for his father, wrote a letter to the Emperor saying, "Please arrive here quickly for someone's life depends on it." He gave the letter to a messenger just as his father walked in. "Father, sit down for I have a lot to say and I need your help to figure out what to do."

Mushu was growing relentless; Mulan should have woken up by now. "Come on baby girl, wake up," even as he said this, Mushu knew that Mulan was getting worse. Her fever had come back and now Mushu was trying everything to get the fever to break, he went and got Shang telling him to go watch her while he went to go get the doctor, not caring that he had interrupted the Captain and the General's meeting, instead Mushu worried about finding the doctor.

Mulan returned to herself slowly, as if hiking uphill through a long, dark tunnel. It was barely lit, yet not entirely dark, because it seemed to her that she saw faces of friends that she had known and loved, passing in and out of focus as she walked. Mulan saw Mushu's face most often, and every once in a while, when the tunnel seemed endless, when it seemed to Mulan that she couldn't take another step, she thought she saw the face of Shang. He gazed down at her with concern in his eyes. Then came a day when the tunnel turned out to be too dark and steep to travel at all. It was then that Mulan was seized by a great fire in her body, when her ears grew deaf and her eyes grew blind. During those days, Mulan felt as if she couldn't hang on anymore but she kept fighting for her life. At last she could tell that the tunnel was coming to an end, Mulan opened her eyes to find that she wasn't alone. She saw Mushu sitting against the edge of her tent, snoring softly, and she saw Shang pacing back and front, deep in thought. Mulan struggled to get up and winced in pain, she had forgotten that she had gotten hurt. "But that means that they know." She realized that she had spoken aloud when Shang turned around with surprised etched onto his face.

"You're awake." Mulan saw Shang wake up Mushu, she heard them whispering but couldn't make out what they were saying, and watched Shang leave.

"What was that all about, Mushu?"

"Shang wants you to get dressed and then come outside." Mushu saw that she was about to ask something but he stopped her, "I can't tell you why Mulan, just do it." Mushu left the tent before Mulan could stop him. Mulan slowly did what she was told for she was in no hurry to see what fate awaits her. When she exited the tent Mushu escorted her to Shang's tent, inside the tent was Shang and two people she hasn't met before. The first guy was a man in his forties with a strong build, much like Shang, the second guy was around his sixties, his hair was full of black and gray, he looked like he wouldn't survive a war, much less a fist fight. Shang was the first one to see them enter.

"Fa Mulan, we have summoned you to deliver your fate." Shang was smiling which made her even for confused.

Her mind was filled with thoughts like, "Was he happy that she was going to die?" and "Who are these people?"

"The Emperor, my father the General, and myself hereby claim that you will be –"

"Executed, I know. So can we please get it over with?" Shang looked disgusted that she would say that.

"Mulan that isn't what I was going to say. What I was going to say was –"

"That I'm banned?"

"Mulan, please stop interrupting. Now, since Mushu was in this too he will also be –"

"Shang, Mushu didn't do-"Shang walked over to her putting his hands on hers, and said, "Will you please let me finish?" Mulan nodded for she was distracted by the warmth of his hands being on hers, she didn't even concentrate on what Shang was saying. "Where you even listening Mulan?" Mulan gave a sheepish smile when she shook her head no; Shang repeated what he said with a hint of laughter in his voice, "You and Mushu are heroes. When I learned that you were a girl I sent word for the Emperor to come here and I explained the situation to him and my father, and we decided that what you did was an act of heroism because you knew that you would die and yet you came. Mushu helped you and killed most of the Huns during the battle." Mulan was shocked, for no girl has ever pretending to be a boy and lived, she looked over to Mushu and suddenly wishes she hadn't; for he was dancing like crazy, jumping up and down, yelling, "I kicked Hunny buns and I liked it."

"What am I going to do with you Mushu?"

"Save China, that's what we are going to do." Mushu then excused himself, saying that he needed to go write home.

Mulan finally remembering her manners, bowed to the Emperor and the General wincing a little because of the pain in her side. "Thank you. May I return home now?"

"Yes you may," the General said. Mulan was about to exit the tent when she turned back and hugged Shang goodbye, with that, she left.

Shang was stunned; the girl he is in love was brave enough to do what he was dying to do since he saw that she was awake. The Emperor walked by him and said, "A flower that blooms in adversity is often the rare and most beautiful of all." He too then left, followed by Chi Fu.

"I agree with him, son. You don't meet a girl like that every day." Shang went and got Mushu and together they headed to the Fa's house. When they got there, Mushu left to go to his family. Shang walked along a forest path somehow knowing that he would find her by the lake; he was right. Shang approached Mulan and sat down next to her, it was then that he noticed that she was crying. "Why are you crying Mulan?"

"I thought that by going into the army I would be able to look at myself and think that I'm a girl who is worthwhile, but I was wrong I see nothing."

"Mulan, you're worthwhile to Mushu, your father, your grandmother, and if that's not good enough you're worthwhile to me because I love you." While Shang was saying this, he had gently cupped Mulan's face and when he finished talking, leaned in to kiss her; only pausing a few inches because he didn't want to force her to do anything she didn't want to. Mulan pressed her lips to his, sealing not only their lips, but also their whole lives for Shang knew that Mulan loved him as he loved her.

They were married a year later around summertime, Mushu of coursed planned the whole thing. Mulan and Shang said their vows filled with the overflowing of love that they shared.

Fa Zhou was happy at last, knowing that his daughter was home and safe, and when Shang asked Fa Zhou for Mulan's hand, he became overjoyed. He sat by his old friend during the wedding, and Fa Zhou and the General were getting reacquainted during the reception.

Mushu flirted Cri Kee during the reception, for he believed that she was lucky.

Shang made an announcement once everyone settled downed, "On the first day that I had met Mulan, she was singing and I thought that it would be fitting that I would sing a song now. You know, to even up the score."

Shang started singing, "The strands in your eyes that color them wonderful

Stop me and steal my breath.

And emeralds from mountains thrust toward the sky

Never revealing their depth.

Tell me that we belong together,

Dress it up with the trappings of love.

I'll be captivated,

I'll hang from your lips,

Instead of the gallows of heartache that hang from above.

[Chorus:]

I'll be your crying shoulder,

I'll be love's suicide

I'll be better when I'm older,

I'll be the greatest fan of your life.

And rain falls angry on the tin roof

As we lie awake in my bed.

You're my survival, you're my living proof.

My love is alive - not dead.

Tell me that we belong together.

Dress it up with the trappings of love.

I'll be captivated,

I'll hang from your lips,

Instead of the gallows of heartache that hang from above

[Chorus]

And I've dropped out, I've burned up, I've fought my way back from the dead.

I've tuned in, turned on, remembered the things that you said

[Chorus:]

I'll be your crying shoulder,

I'll be love's suicide

I'll be better when I'm older,

I'll be the greatest fan of your...

I'll be your crying shoulder,

I'll be love's suicide

I'll be better when I'm older,

I'll be the greatest fan of your life.

The greatest fan of your life.

...greatest fan of your life. " The room busted out in applause causing Shang to become sheepish. Shang saw his beautiful wife walked up to him and kissed him. The kiss was full of love and a promise that they will be together forever. They were interrupted by Mushu bumping into them saying, "Oh, hi, guys. I didn't know you were here. I was just walking, so now I'm done, and I'm gonna go. Bye-bye!"

Shang and Mulan walked by the lake, grazing down at their reflections, wondering what was in store for them because they knew that they weren't like most couples, for they had married for love. They went back to the reception and danced until dawn. Together, they lived happily ever after.