FULL TITLE: 23. Kung Fu Panda 3 - "Enter The Jade" Liu Zhang.
The Jade Palaces Barracks — The same night.
Liu Zhang was asleep, purring beside me (Tigress) in her bed, obviously from having two legendary Masters, Ox & Croc in our Barracks. My 13-Year-old Black Panther hadn’t stopped purring for ages and it sounded cute coming from a happy child. Her “Gift” that Zhi “Tuggsy” Tsugumi had given Liu “The Jade” Zhang was now on top of our chest of drawers amongst us figurines.
Po’s room was still empty, and there was no word from the Panda of coming back, or from Zeng our Messenger Goose. You could hear him though, talking in his sleep as usual to which no one would deny. Only this time, it’ll be of Ox and Croc’s missions, about them, us in Gongmen City… And him saying that he can’t believe that we have two legendary Masters, Ox and Croc staying at the Jade Palace which will be epic!
Explains Liu’s purrs.
I was semi-awake. I was listening to Po’s footsteps coming from down the hall on some creaky floorboards, him talking, and I was still slightly worried probably for no apparent reason from the top of my head about his safety. On top of that, I was still trying to figure out my “Noodle Dream”. Po has now gone to a “Super-Restaurant” we’re told and Po in my dream was in a Super-Restaurant pleased to see me!
That didn’t make sense! None of it did!
Closing my eyes, getting comfy, it was a mere second for me to fall back to sleep. What I’d dream since I could hear Liu’s purrs, a lost Panda, my Noodle Dream, two Masters sleeping with us, or Dad saying what we’d do with Liu “The Jade” Zhang presenting THE JADE to us, The Furious Five and the rest of us I have no idea. It’ll probably be nothing. Yep, in a few hours time we’d be up and ready for action… Minus The Dragon Warrior the lucky sod!
The Jade Palaces Barracks in the morning.
The gong hadn’t been heard yet, and I, Master Tigress and proud mother to a child to which I now wish I have kids of my own and one like Liu, was watching the path of the rising sun slowly rise in the distance. I’m sitting down on the steps to our barracks as I watch.
It was a deep red. The sort the Japanese Wolves would rally to when seeing it. It has rays of light coming from it, making the clouds red-pink, and the sky being blue. The Full Moon can still be seen in the distance and it was gong to be a clear blue sky today, no doubt about it.
It won’t be long till the gong now, and I have to admit that I am really excited at seeing the REAL Liu “The Jade” Zhang, and what a 13-Year-old Black Panther girl who’s been going to our Childrens Day Events can really do! By the time I went back inside, Liu was waking up, and so were the others.
Yawns of “Good morning!” could be heard coming from each Master’s rooms as I passed and entered mine… But not till I had stopped looking into Po’s somehow immaculate room.
“Morning Liu Zhang! You’ve been purring in your sleep! Anything exciting?” I asked as Liu stretched in her bed and then sat up to get up, staring at her toes and legs, then at me.
“Uh-huh! Got my parcel from Tuggsy so I can so you the REAL “Jade” Liu Zhang, and having two Masters staying here. Ooh! By the way, when you all go and prepare breakfast, I’ll stay here and show you The Jade. You know, the present from Tuggsy!”
“That would be nice! Have you opened it yet?”
“What…? NO! Don’t want to ruin the surprise… But he did say he wants me to “Parade myself” through the Valley of Peace as The Jade.” Liu says and sweetly smiles towards me. She then gives me a kiss, ushers me out of my own room and asks that whoever’s doing the breakfast to not to serve it till she’s shown us what it is, and what she looks like. I say that I will do and manage to get a glimpse at Liu Zhang’s present from Zhi that one of them, wrapped separately, looks like a staff or some sort.
I then leave to go to the kitchen in the Jade Palace when I can hear Liu saying the words “WOW! THANK YOU TUGS! THANK YOU ONSLO! WHOA! THIS IS SO BLOOMING AWESOME!…”
Meanwhile in The Jade Palaces Kitchen.
“So, with Liu Zhang here and training… Where should we start?” Asks a very eager Snake who’s looking at the others in excitement. A 13-year-old Black Panther girl who calls herself Liu “The Jade” Zhang will be training with the Furious Five, Master Shifu, and Grandmaster Oogway observing.
“Well, I was thinking the Gator Gauntlet. See how many arses she can kick in quick succession.” Monkey says as he looks towards Viper who’s smiling. Monkey then looks Mantis who then thinks and asks the question on why Tigress and Liu haven’t appeared for Breakfast. Soon afterwards, a very curious female Tiger enters, she sits down, and looks at Po’s seat, then that of her daughter’s, Liu Zhang.
“If Dad hasn’t already told you, Liu’s friend Zhi “Tuggsy” Tsugumi gave Liu a present late last night, and is eager to show it to us lot! I think it’s the one from the Marketplace when you Monkey, Crane and I went.” I say, but it doesn’t explain on why she is late. Master Shifu looks on towards the door, then at his students.
“The Swinging Tiger Claws will be just Paws, and no Claws Tigress. The Teaching Ones that are painted Red for danger will be used instead, with the normal side untouched for Liu to hit… But NOT the Red side.” He says towards me. Then, a very happy and excited creature emerges from the corner… Liu “The Jade” Zhang in her outfit.
“So then guys, what ya think huh? Isn’t this epic!” Liu says to us. Liu is wearing a very Dark Green outfit near Black with a hood, elbow and knee guards, shoulder guards with Gold edging, and has the Twin Katanas and the Six Throwing Knives that were given to her by Onslo and his army. On the left-hand side is a place for scrolls.
“That… is so Hardcore!” I say towards her. I then get off my chair just to examine her on what she’s wearing. Liu lowers her hood and looks behind her and, then looks back at us.
“It’s the new outfit that my dear friend Tuggsy gave me at the Red Marketplace building. He said that he was going to give it to me earlier, but then saw the Japanese Wolves and Oslo who then told him about my new equipment, the Twin Katanas and my Six Throwing Knives… So he went back to make adjustments. This is the end result! I got the name "The Jade” as I can do some moves and signature moves of the Furious Five, and Po The Dragon Warrior, as well as my Panther-Style Kung Fu. And since the legendary fighters live at the Jade Palace... I started to call myself Liu "The Jade" Zhang! The Jade part being me in my gear, or just Liu.” Liu says towards us. She then goes over to Master Shifu, my adoptive Father and Liu’s adoptive Granddad so that he can have a look. She even drew a Katana for inspection.
“Nice Swords, and Throwing Knives…? Onslo has certainly seen something we haven’t!” Shifu says towards Liu as he looks carefully to the young smiling and purring Panther. Liu spins round and gives Shifu a glance on what she’s now wearing.
“You better get changed in to your Training Clothes Jade. It’ll be a shame to spoil the look and damage it, and you certainly look the part.” Monkey says towards Liu. I just look at her in amazement as Liu bows towards us and promptly gets herself changed. The one thing on my mind is Liu Zhang’s sword fight with Onslo Kretch. The one where Liu manages to hit the Wolf’s Sword so hard it falls from his hand, but Liu, my own daughter to which I honestly wish was my own little tigress is able to as-if in slow motion, able to grab hold of that training Katana and manage to grab hold of its handle and point it towards the enemy. Now Liu has two real ones on her!
I then tell the others on what we were doing when Liu and I went with the Japanese Wolves to take on another Panther… But I only talked about on how Liu was. I then said to everyone that when Liu Zhang imagines her friends or family in grave danger from someone, Liu is pretty much relentless! She won’t back down till she knows the opponent or opponents she is facing knows she would most certainly butcher them. She has a point in trying to disarm confrontations by asking why they are doing what they are doing as so to avoid any unpleasantries, but get Liu pissed off and you are most certain to regret doing so. Just make sure she offers repentance and take it whilst you are still able to walk and walk unaided! Just after I say this about Liu to the others, Liu comes back in with a plain dark green outfit of trousers and a shirt with ripped-off sleeves. On her feet are black shoes. We examine her.
“Yep, I prefer the other outfit! That one is WAY too dated!” Mantis says, forcing Liu to a smiling chuckle. Soon afterwards, we all leave for our training hall. From what I’ve seen already, I can’t wait to see The Jade Liu Zhang in action. When we enter, both Ox and Croc are already waiting.
The Jade Palace Training Hall.
Liu entered the Training Hall with great anticipation, more so because our friends from Gongmen City and Members of The Kung Fu Council were also present. As we stood by the Twilled Beams, Liu looked round the Hall as usual. Expecting some changes. There were a few minor ones, but the majority of Liu “The Jade” Zhang’s training will be outside.
She then came up towards us, and bowed. I took over from Shifu.
“Liu, you must go on the Twilled Beams here and attack the Swinging Tiger Paws which will try and knock you off! Attack the Paw, and NOT the Red Side. Got it?” I say sternly towards Liu. Monkey holds up a Tiger Paw and shows Liu what I mean.
“That’s easy Mum! I’ve…” Liu tries to say, just knowing she is trying to show off to her biggest fans. Anyone would. I would.
“I know you want to show off to us sweetheart, but this is extremely dangerous. You MUST pay full attention and not for a SECOND, get distracted.” I say in a loving way, but cautious to Liu, to which I then ruffle her head and kiss her on the lips. Liu smiles back.
“…Fine! I’ll do it that way. But why avoid the Red?” She’s eager to ask, then her Granddad shows what a normal Tiger Claw looks like… A big block of wood to which you wrack as-if to counter attack, and the potentially lethal spikes on the other. The Red side.
“Ugh! Has anybody, you know, been hit by that thing before?” We all look at her, not saying a word.
“…WHAT?! Geez! I, wouldn’t want to know what it would look like… through me!” Liu says in a scared tone. Crane then puts the Claw beside Liu Zhang and makes it look like from the side view and giving Liu to see, how far Tiger Claws penetrate those who don’t pay attention.
“I’ll give you a demonstration on what you have to do. I did this with my Dad Shifu and you’ll get the hang of it, and become second nature! There’s nothing to worry about!” I try and say to Liu, who is now starting to shake. Mantis and Viper try and comfort her.
Shifu turns on the Twilled Beams and I jump on and maintain my balance. I then relay instructions to Liu.
“As the Paws come closure to you, make sure you hit only the Paw and not the Red Jade. It is obvious why it is Red.” Then Shifu activates the motion of The Three Tiger Claws. I dodge a few and wrack the Pawed Sides and avoid the Reds. I do this for a while, then come off. Ox and Croc applaud.
Then its Liu’s turn. She runs on and maintains a balance. She looks up and sees the Tiger Paws back in position resting on a pole high up on the support beams. “I’m ready!” She says. Without hesitation, the Paws are released and Liu dodges them all for a while, jumping from one beam to the other. When Liu is ready, she attacks with fists, but the first one she hit… Was on the Red Side.
“You’ve just lost your arm. That was the Red Side. Look closely and focus, you can do it!” I say to her, making her look at me, then narrowly dodge another Paw from being knocked off or would’ve been impaled.
“That’s easy for you to say Tigress, you’ve been doing this for years!” She shouts back, but then I say something back that does make her think twice.
“Just because we do it often doesn’t mean one of us doesn’t get themselves either badly hurt or nearly killed!”
Liu looks on as she’s attacked on all fronts. She sees the timing of opportunity and punches and kicks the Paws and avoiding death. We all applaud her for her efforts as the Paws are put back into place, Liu looks over towards a part of the Training Hall where no one is, and waves over that direction and shouts out “Nice to see you here!”. As we look at her as The Jade comes off and smiles at us, then looks back at that same corner. The Panther then starts to purr.
“Who… Are you waving, to Liu?” Shifu asks as the rest of us try and figure out who it might be.
“Ah, it is my family watching me! So Mum, whats next huh?!” Liu asks. As she purrs, a few tears roll from her cheeks. But I didn’t know nor anyone else if these tears are of happiness that my daughter’s family is watching her, or missing them terribly.
“… How, are you for… sparring with me?” I try and ask Liu as I try and get my words out. I just feel sorry for poor Liu with her own family watching her, and their dead!
“I’ve done it before Mum, and by the way, my family over there are waving towards you all!” Liu says to me. We all wave back. We can’t see anything but weapons on a weapon stand and a few Training Dummies. Liu then says thank you to us for wanting us to wave back.
“I mean, have you done sparring on the Twilled Beams before Liu with one of us? That’s without anything swinging! Later when you and if you feel more comfortable, we can do the swings and spar with one of us Five. How about it!” I ask. Liu looks over to the corner, looks at the Beams, then at me, smiling.
“That will be great! To spar with the great Master Tigress on her own turf!” Liu says in pure excitement. Liu quickly runs onto the Beams which Monkey then activates, but before I can even try to get on… Liu bows down as-if facing an opponent, and is already engaged in a sparring match… And she was even on her own!
Soon, Liu is exchanging blows, kicks, and punches to the air. She jumps from one beam to the other whilst blocking attacks.
“Who is she… fighting with?” I ask myself as we all look in astonishment on what Liu “The Jade” Zhang is doing, which would’ve been with me if I was on the Twilled Beams sparring with my daughter, which I wasn’t. I was still by the side of the things. Then suddenly, the Level to activate the Swinging Tiger Paws was set in motion.
“WHO JUST TOUCHED THAT?!” I yelled out as the Paws started to become released from the resting positions. No one was near them! Not Dad, Ox or Croc! But before I could even say to Liu to look out, Liu had already perfectly avoided being impaled by the dreaded Red Side by kneeling down and continued raining blows onto her invisible opponent or opponents. Liu side kicked a Paw that was about to knock her off, then performed a swinging side kick that would’ve nearly knocked someone off! Liu quickly went back into a stance, keeping her eye on who ever she was fighting. Then, just as she was about to be taken down, performed a perfect backflip kick, and landed on her feet, knocking anyone she was facing to a Swinging Red Sided Paw.
“I think it’s Shun! Her dead brother who Liu’s fighting!” Crane says to us. Liu bows after the fight, then comes off panting. She then looks over to the corner of the room, and puts her hand up in appreciation. She briefly looks at us, then struggles to regain her breath. We all just look at her, completely and utterly speechless! I don’t recall seeing any child do those moves, especially on the letter Twilled Beams and Tiger Claws. But Liu was unscathed, and hot and sweating.
“You wanted to see The Jade… You just GOT The Jade!” Liu says towards us as Liu tries to breath, then asks an astonishing question…
“So then, whats next huh?…”
At the Red Dragon.
It was becoming closure towards the Grand Opening, and everyone was working really hard. Mr. Pings Secret Ingredient Soup, Po’s Famous Sticky Dumplings, Xiao Sou’s Fireballs, Mr. & Mrs. Cheung’s Dance Of The Dragon, and many more!
Everyone was really excited! Po had forgotten all about trying to figure why he was here. Instead, the Panda was just cooking, helping others, and genuinely excited to show off to The Furious Six and Master Shifu. The tables set, music playing, people singing from bands that people formed and they were all great singers… Even the Japanese Wolves seemed relaxed. Some had rounded up Chefs, Musicians, Caterers, and of course… The unexpecting ingredient that would accompany some of the dishes. And yet still, they too seemed to be having a great time!
Being the atmosphere, they had forgotten what they had seen, and some of what they were a part off. Those who contemplated on suicide were now either helping out the supposed prisoners for The Red Dragon’s Grand Opening, getting drunk and merry, or even messed about with children.
The children, the children who’d never see their parents again. To be fed what they loved so much. Some, even come to the table. What was the secret ingredient Jin Chow had ready, no one knew… They all refuse to know.
The food is prepared and is grandly presented. It looks so good, it smells so good, it tastes so good. It was that grand that you would just admire the work gone into each and every bit of food, the starters, main course, even the puddings and deserts.
As the chefs prepare and cook the food, occasionally, bits of raw material would be cooking amongst the carrots, bean sprouts, baby sweetcorn, and others. Those who knew what that raw material was, resigned! Well, thats what people heard. Truth was that they would be “Forced” to cook and prepare for the Grand Opening. Refuse, and you would be having your family in with the ingredients you are now cooking.
The food HAD to be on the table, no doubt about it! If you knew what was going on, you’d die trying, and you would be grandly presented to the table, along with the tarter and desert. Drinks are inclusive, and Wines were very popular indeed.
In fact! No one actually knew that Jin Chow has started his own Wine Company. He had done this for years, and it was not from what happened to him when he was younger nor what he did to his victims make him this way oh no. He just has a great talent for making great wines!
But when things got nasty, and the disposal of bodies, something had to be done about the blood he had spilt in his command. No one knew about this.
Red Wine anyone?
Back at The Jade Palace.