FULL TITLE: 22. Kung Fu Panda 3 - A meeting with councilors.
The Jade Palace's Barracks the next morning at Dawn.
I (Tigress) sighed as I laid on my back still in bed and looked towards the ceiling. Something was making me anxious for not only Po and Mr. Ping, but for all the better chefs in the land! Maybe it’s just me that hasn’t heard of such events where all the best chefs in the land go to a top secret location for days on end and never seem to reappear. And that Noodle dream I had… what was that about!
“Good morning mum!” Liu said as she looked at me laying on her side. I turned to face her, then sat up on my bed rubbing my eyes.
“Morning Liu. Sleep well?” I asked as Liu too sat on her bed and stretched.
“I did yes thanks! You seemed agitated in your sleep. Are you all right?” She asked as she straitened her legs.
“Just slightly on edge Liu, just slightly on edge. Its from that village with Onslo, and Po… and a particular dream I had ages ago. The Noodle Dream.”
“The one where Po’s in a restaurant and serving customers? Viper’s a talking Noodle?”
“You sure its not because they work in an outdoor one. You have been there alot Tigress.” Liu says. I then look towards the figurines on our chest of drawers.
“Yes, but his one’s different Liu! He’s in a top high end restaurant and…” I said, but then Liu said something which made me stop worrying that much.
“Then maybe Mr. Ping brought the building on the left as you walk in and had an indoor and outdoor, which will ultimately be Mr. Ping's Dragon Warrior and Tofu Emporium! Be optimistic on your worries mum and stop thinking about Po and Ping. I’m sure their all right now come, we’ve got to make ourselves to my granddad and your dad Master Shifu!” Liu said. I then smiled towards her as we got ourselves ready.
Minutes later, we presented ourselves to Master Shifu. Staring ahead, I couldn’t take my mind off Po as I looked towards Po’s closed door till Liu nudged my arm.
“…Mum, he’s all right!” She said. We all then left for breakfast.
The Jade Palace Barracks Kitchen.
Breakfast was surprisingly already cooked, so we all sat down and started to eat. Shifu then said what was going to happen today.
“Today Five, Liu, we are going to the Valley of Peace to meet the Councilors to discuss the problem with Jin Chow. Onslo and his six wolves you all met at Mr. Ping’s will be present… As well as some old friends from Gongmen City. Masters Ox & Croc, as well as the Soothsayer!” Shifu said, but hearing this made Liu nearly spit out her food in excitement.
“…You mean… THE Masters Ox and Croc? The same ones who fought with you against Lord Shen?” Liu asks enthusiastically.
“Yes Liu. THE Masters who happen to be Councilors, plus two more from Gongmen City. Two will stay at the Valley of Peace whilst Ox and Croc will be staying with us in the Barracks.” This got Liu incredibly excited at the new prospect. I however started to think of the Panda.
“If only Po were here!” I say as Liu jumps from her chair in excitement. Everyone looks at her.
“Cor, isn’t this fun! I can’t believe two legendary Masters, such as yourselves are staying here at the Jade Palace! This is GOING TO BE EPIC!”
“I can see why now Tigress you said that she is so much like Po. She really is like him!” Crane said, smiling as Liu tried desperately to control herself, trying to eat. Shifu tried desperately not to laugh as much as the rest of us.
“What? What’s so funny? Is it something I said?” Liu asks as we all shake our heads just thinking of when Po’s heard a persons name and how he reacts afterwards, only for it to be my daughter Liu Zhang doing the same thing!
“You are a Po Liu, a Po.” Mantis said after walking over towards Liu who was still sitting at the table.
“Yes, a Po. Po is like ‘Cor I can’t believe he’s actually coming here! This is GONNA BE EPIC!’ Then what you did.” Mantis said. I was shaking my head.
“I see!” Liu said.
“We don’t know when or if we’ll be going down, or the time to the Valley, so I want all of you to be ready whenever we’re needed. Okay?” Shifu says towards us. A much over excitement Panther couldn’t contain herself, and wanted to go immediately to the Valley.
After breakfast, we all could see Liu wanting to go and see the two Legendary Masters, Ox and Croc… wherever they were. We too hadn’t seen them in ages and were looking forward to seeing our friends again.
The Jade Palace’s Training Hall.
As Shifu washed the dishes, we decided to kill some time by practising on the Training Hall. We wanted to see Liu in action since she was with The Furious Five and not Bao Gu and Co. instead, Liu kept looking towards the door to the Hall.
“So, want to take the Training Hall for a spin?” I ask as Liu keeps on looking towards the door. Monkey, Viper, Crane, and Mantis look towards us two.
“Bring it on!” Liu says, as-if she’s baiting someone to take her on. I smile towards her.
The Furious Six head towards the twirled beams with the Tiger Claws hanging from the ceiling.
“Right then smart-ass, run, jump, and attack the Tiger Claws swinging towards you and try to avoid the spikes… okay?” Liu sweetly smiles towards me as the devices are set in motion. Liu runs and jumps onto one of them, and looks back at us.
“I make this look easy!” She says as she jumps onto another beam and ducks to avoid the Tiger, then hits it as it reproaches her. Liu then back-kicks another as it comes into reaching distance. She then gazes towards the door, waiting for awesomeness to arrive.
“LIU! FOCUS!” I yell out, forcing her to look immediately towards me, but before blocking a Tiger Claw from knocking her off. Liu then jumps onto two more beams before somersaulting towards the Gator Gauntlet. We follow suit.
“You look pathetic!” Liu says towards the Gauntlet, then performs the Crane Stance and takes on the Gauntlet unscathed. By this time, both Shifu and Grandmaster Oogway appears in mortal form and not as a spirit.
“Show off!” Monkey yells out towards Liu. The girl smiles back, then again checks the door. No sign of entry just yet.
Liu takes on the Jade Tortoise, the massive bowl in the centre of the Training Pit. With the help of Crane lifting her up, Liu walks round to balance herself. The Black Panther then jumps from one edge to another and narrowly avoids falling off. This then results in Somersaults to which Liu loses her balance and nearly falls off, but is somehow able to swing around to climb back up unaided. Liu does a few more somersaults before casually jumping off. The rest of us don’t say a word as we all look towards my daughter, my adopted daughter which I was wishing was my own little Tiger as the Panther then headed towards The Field Of Flames. Viper looked on in concern.
When that was activated by Mantis, loads of flames came rushing up, catching Liu by surprise. Liu then backs off and looks around till she sees a spare Broom Handle to use. She then reproaches the Field Of Flames and steps on. The flames dangerously close to her, closure than expected. She looks for a safe route as the flames shoot up. Soon, a few paths are shown and Liu takes them. Being in the centre of hell, Liu then tries to touch the sensitive pipes, the ones if you step on them… you’ll know too quickly. Liu touches a few as flames of off around her and some are triggered, forcing them to go off! All the while, Liu doesn’t say a word as she concentrates. She soon sees the route given to her and quickly takes it, leaving only a few burns to her clothes as she leaves the Field of Flames.
We all cheer and applaud Liu Zhang she bows in all directions… Then, the door opens.
“I, I, I…” Liu tries to speak as Masters Ox and Croc enter the Training Hall, being lead by Zeng our Messenger Goose. We all bow towards them as Master Shifu goes to meet them, leaving a wondering Black Panther to try and figure a way out of the Pit and eventually notices the stairs as she runs round in excitement.
“I CANNOT BELIEVE I’M SEEING THIS! TWO AWESOME MASTERS AT THE JADE PALACE?! WHOA, THIS ADOPTION IS THE BEST ONE EVER!” Liu screams in fun-filled adrenaline.
“Masters Ox & Croc, my adopted daughter, Liu Zhang. Liu Zhang, Masters Ox & Croc, and members of the Kung Fu Council.” I say towards Liu as Liu looks on in amazement, too afraid to even blink.
“Kung… Fu… Council…? Kung Fu, has a Council? AWESOME!”
Red Dragon — In the meantime…
Everyone was up and getting ready for what is going to be the first day in preparations for the Grand Opening of The Red Dragon Super-Restaurant, the biggest of its kind and catering for loads of potential customers. This got Mr. Ping’s back up! Both Po and Mr. Ping had been up much earlier than the other Chinese Chefs in their separate quarters, leaving the two of them to think of what is really happening and most importantly, serving customers.
“Eventually son, we’ll be able to see who has been leaving our own empire which Mr. Ping's Dragon Warrior and Tofu Emporium, and to this so called ‘Red Dragon’ rubbish.” Mr. Ping says towards Po as each other Chef gets acquainted with
“Come on, dad! We can see what Tigress was on about, and…” Po tried to say, thinking on the Tiger in a bath trying to cleanse herself of blood.
“Like I care! Yes I do feel sorry for the Wolf, but we have one thing the others don’t… Coupons!”
“Yes Po, Coupons. Buy one, get one free, free Tofu, one child eats free…” Mr. Ping went on to say.
“ I don’t think Coupons are going to solve the problem of our customers leaving your restaurant dad.” Po went to say. They then went to the centre of the room where all the other chefs where engaged in conversations of their own.
“Being here Po, we can serve the Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup to everyone! This is our destiny. To serve Noodles to everybody!” This caught the others by surprise, which then forced them to ask what the secret ingredient was. Soon, bartering was involved with each and every one saying how to cook Bean Buns to a T, to perfecting Dumplings, to Plum Dumplings with the feeling of wanting more.
The Jade Palace Barracks Kitchen — around lunchtime.
Onslo was busy looking towards his men down at the Tournament, cleaning their equipment whilst some were sent to the Bao Gu Orphanage to make preparations in protecting it from any further attack, or potential attacks. Liu Zhang, The Furious Five, and Master Shifu are in the Barracks with Masters Ox and Croc, as well as getting themselves sorted.
Both had been given a room, to the left of Po’s were two rooms used for storage, mostly of plates, bowls, etc, bedding things, and other miscellaneous stuff.
It had been a while since we had last seen each other from defeating Lord Shen in Gongmen City, and had much to talk about. What has been happening, what we do, our pasts as well as theirs, (To which we learnt mostly from Po’s background knowledge from reading anything and everything about everybody), and Liu Zhang’s past. Liu however, saw this opportunity to really go into detail, purring madly as she did so.
“I was, well, I thought I was going to be adopted by a Pig couple who make fine clothes, but luckily I wasn’t… Master Tigress here adopted me, mostly because I remind her of the Dragon Warrior Po Ping, who has a Goose as his adoptive Father. My family… passed away when we, were little… Sorry. I am so, happy you are here!” Liu said, talking about the adoption process before remembering the painful time she and her siblings were there after her Mum and Dad died, and her siblings. I comforted her as she gave me a massive and tight hug whilst sobbing.
“There, there, we understand how you feel!” Ox said, shortly after coming round to give Liu a hug as well, which very quickly cheered up the Panther.
“So Ox, Croc, what exactly happened after defeating Lord Shen. What happened next?” Liu asks Ox as Liu perks herself up after having another legend hug her.
“Well, after we got ourselves bandaged and checked over, the whole city went wild! We all had a massive party… And got rather drunk of course. Shortly before our friends left for the Valley of Peace, we paid our respects to Master Rhino.” Ox said, shortly afterwards bowing his head in remembrance to their dear friend. Croc did the same.
“I’ve read so MUCH about you three in the new Masters Council Exhibit. I’ve paid the small fee towards it, but cor! That is one HELL of an exhibition.” Liu says, now getting really excited and forgetting she ever sobbed.
“But its free! We just add a small donation at times, and it’s mostly others like from the Village who actually pay sweetheart.” I say towards Liu, sweetly smiling towards her.
“What?! You mean I’ve been spending my Pocket-Money unnecessarily?”
“Money well spent! If I didn’t have to train, no offence anyone, I’d spend DAYS in there, and never coming out. Well, to eat and all I would have to but, yeah, definitely!”
“You must really love being adopted by Master Tigress then Liu Zhang, to have Master Tigress as your mum!” Mantis said as he came up towards Liu on the table.
“Oh definitely Mantis, definitely! It’s not just being with The Furious Five and Grandmaster Oogway and Master Shifu, but I can also do Kung Fu! AND, the Winter Feast… With LOADS OF KUNG FU SCHOOLS AND THEIR MASTERS… AND SOMEONE HOSTING THE EVENT… AND HAVING MASTER TIGRESS AS MY ADOPTIVE MOTHER… HELL YEAH!” Liu screamed out loud, and still couldn’t believe that there were two Kung Fu Masters here at the Jade Palace. That was when Liu starting purring loudly.
“I can’t say that I don’t blame ya! I remember when you and the others used to come here for the Childrens Day Events. You used to go nuts just being in the Training Hall, and never wanted to leave. Bao used to have to somehow bribe you to leave, but then that wore off!” Crane said to a purring Panther. The rest of us smiled whilst Ox and Croc listened.
“And that was just a few months ago Crane! Yes, whilst I did Kung Fu and showed off my moves to you Five, I often used to grab hold of any weapon I could get my hands on! It was only after showing off with that that someone performed a masterstroke and took the weapon off me without me even knowing!”
“You must have dreamt about staying here an awful lot then Liu Zhang. Being here with our friends, Master Shifu, Oogway, being at the Jade Palace…” Ox said, then looked at us, then at Liu who was now standing and ecstatic.
“Nearly every night Ox! Yeah I used to think that if I were adopted would I still be able to go to the Jade Palace and train. It was an amazing surprise to see Tigress back at the Bao Gu Orphanage, and incredible to know that I was sharing her old room, to which I didn’t know! Maybe Bao did it to shut me up, which didn’t work. The whole feeling of Tigress adopting me made it worse. I still can’t believe she really has!” Croc chuckled then smiled towards Liu, and so did Ox.
Meanwhile at the Bao Gu Orphanage.
Onslo, his kids, his mates, and an army were at the Bao Gu Orphanage making preparations for Guard Posts and Towers at the gate and entrance of the place. They had seen the damage done to the place after secretly coming back to see and witness the extent of the damage done by Jin Chow’s orders.
As the wolves looked around and made plans of their own, it was decided that Five Watch Platforms would come from both the 1st and 2nd floors, giving the entrance a 360 degree view and alarm system. This would also give them the chance to fire Crossbows and Arrows towards any further threat towards anyone who dare threaten the place again! It was highly unlikely that it would happen again, but to Bao Gu’s instructions, the Orphanage would that was a garrison would be one again.
Two or three Guard Quarters would be on the ground floor, giving ground support and ariel support if deemed necessary. A few rooms would now be Sleeping Quarters and would be able to look after the children, along with the Matrons of the place. Soon the plans were drawn up, and the project underway. All they had to do now, was purchase some tools.
The Red Dragon.
Ginger Snaps, Hazelnut Wafer, Almond Crisp, Peach Jumble, Plum Dumplings, and many more were being made by the Chinese Chefs, and many other things coming from the Japanese. It was that nice of both cooking and trying out different foods, and learning how to perfect their own that both Mr. Ping and Po completely forgot where they were, and why they were there.
Mr. Ping thought about adding new and exciting things to his restaurant, and Po thought about both stuffing his face and trying different foods and drinks that what Onslo said about the Red Dragon’s “Secret Ingredient”, or the carnage at the unfortunate place seemed unheard of. Everyone was happy.
“Soon Po, will be able to serve all these to everyone! Not just here at this awesome Red Dragon Restaurant, but at ours too! Just think of the potential customers son. If that place next door goes on the market, I’m going to expand and have both tables inside and out! Two storeys of potential customers, and many more outside! We might even run out of Coupons.” Mr. Ping says, being miles away as they and everyone was preparing and making exciting things. Po sweetly smiles back at him.
“That’ll be great! We’ll even have proper Bedrooms too instead of Storage Rooms. More stuff to have from the Jade Palace, your collections of me… AND, we can have some of these guys come help and furnish it as well!” Po says, after looking at the samples on display.
“I wonder if we could have some sort of Entertainment? What could we have?”
“A Pie Eating Contest!”
“Po! I mean, Clowns for the kids, Fireworks, that sort stuff… Food Fights?”
“Oh definitely dad, definitely! We could have teams from rival Restaurants chucking stuff. Awesome!”
After a while, it was time for Tea.
Meanwhile, back at the Jade Palace…
“Analyse my weakness!” Liu says to an excited Ox after seeing The Furious Five and Master Shifu again.
“What, did you say?” Ox says towards Liu Zhang, standing very close to Ox with a big smile on her face.
“Analyse, my… Weakness! I’ve heard that you can analyse someone’s weakness by staring at them.” Liu says, not leaving Ox’s eyes. Ox then looks at the rest of the others, even Croc who’s trying to keep a straight face.
“I don’t think it works like that Liu. It’s a thing that happens in a fight, or something you find out.” I say towards Liu as Ox tries to get up from his chair, Liu follows in-front of him, again not leaving eye contact.
“Just analyse me. Its fun when you know you’ve got a Master who can just look at someone and see the weak spots.”
“Liu, you’re mad! Although, I can imagine Po being here on what he’ll be like.” Mantis says, making us all laugh. All except Liu Zhang.
“Okay, okay Liu… Here it goes! …GOT YA!”
“Ooh, do tell, do tell!”
“That’s for me to know and you to find out!” Ox says to a now surprised Liu, who then sticks his tongue out at her.
“Hey! I want to know! It’ll help in mastering my weakness’s and conquer them.” Liu says towards everyone. Master Shifu agrees.
“All right then! You are extremely ticklish, you crave Sticky Dumplings, and are worried about your personal hygiene.” Ox says, making Croc crease up laughing.
“That's not a weakness you meanie!” Liu says to Ox, then kicks him, then laughs at what was said.
“Okay. Seriously now Liu, you fear what might happen to your family so you’ll do anything to protect them. Giving your enemy ample time to harm you. Its called ‘Love’ Liu. That, and you’re ticklish.”
“It is true. I do, at times, fear what could happen when I’m with you when the time comes when the Five becomes The Six. I am ticklish though, but how did you find out about my foods and hygiene?” Liu asks a smiling Ox.
“Your new family told us! On how you are like Po, The Dragon Warrior, an over-obsessed Fan. The craving for Sticky Dumplings, and it is a good thing you keep on top of your hygiene Liu. That’s good!” Croc says as the rest of us laugh a bit.
“You can’t beat a good Dumpling, especially with a Bowl of Treacle’s involved!” Liu says, then Liu’s mouth starts to water.