FULL TITLE: 24. Kung Fu Panda 3 - The Noodle Dream.
At the Jade Palace’s Barracks — In Tigress’s Quarters that same night.
There comes moments in your life on where you think to yourself on “Why did I just do that, and survive?!”. We do stuff to protect those we love dear. Not questioning our insanity to get the job done. Get beat up, keep on fighting, take the bad buys and girls away if they haven’t fled already to Chorh-Gom Prison. Get yourself checked over, add another bruise, cut, scar, life-changing event to your life, eat, train, bed, and the next day… Well, repeat.
There is always has been a Furious Five for at least a thousand years. Each of them helping to protect China, and their home village of The Valley of Peace and others alike.
Get up each morning, present yourself to your Teacher and Masters. Get told what you’re going to to and do it well! Train hard, teach the next generation and through seeing their heroes in action inspires them to train hard. Each child eager to become one of the Furious.
I (Tigress) had been doing this for years with my family. I say “Family” because I too am an orphan like Po. I have no actual knowledge of who my parents actually are, nor if they are even still alive! I say that occasionally that somehow or somewhere they are watching me, and who I am, and what I do. I question through Po on what if I knew my actual biological parents on what would I actually be doing. Would I be on a shop stall selling goods like those in the Market? Growing crops for China and the world? A merchant? I don’t know!
A Furious Five, and my Master being my adoptive father. The closest thing I have to a father I actually have and just recently started calling him Dad. Thats through Po, our Panda, our friend! He called Mr. Ping who’s a Goose Dad because he too was orphaned, and now his father has found him after all these years!
I somehow wish that I know mine.
I see Masters Crane, Monkey, Viper, and Mantis my brothers and sisters. The ones I don’t know I probably have. Shirong is Master Shifu’s dad. He is also my Granddad who both are Red Panda’s who have adopted a Clouded Leopard Tai Lung, and a Tiger called Tigress.
This is my family, and the ones I won’t see harm coming to them. I’ve also adopted too, which I never thought I would. 13-Year-old Liu Zhang, a Black Panther girl who calls herself “The Jade” because she can do some of our moves, signature moves, some of The Dragon Warrior Po, and her own unique Panther fighting style.
And THAT is the effect you have with Children. Wanting to be like those who help protect them, their heroes The Furious Five.
The Furious Five huh! Now The Furious Six!
A Furious Five for at least a thousand years is now probably broken because someone let their children fight with them. And she isn’t of my own blood a Tiger oh no, this ones a Panther.
She fights like me, acts like me, talks like me, and not my actual daughter yet wish she was. My own little Tiger, or Tigers if I had or have cubs eventually.
But Liu is doing things I was still learning Kung Fu with Dad. And as a teenage Tiger, I was doing small tasks and fighting small-time crime. Liu is more advanced. She's been watching us since she was little and practicing those moves, and being taught from us Five. Seen somebody do something impressive, Liu would take it on! Liu Zhang has lost her entire family, and yet still trains with the spirits of her Zhang Clan. It tears her apart, but knowing that she is being watched over brings comfort.
If there is a way to bring her family back well, it'll be terrific! Liu can live here or back with her Zhang's and stay for a few days, then head off home!
That home for Liu "The Jade" Zhang IS The Jade Palace. So if Liu comes across something at the Moshu Market where they sell all the magic stuff, then for a while the Zhang’s can stay here till they find their own place.
I sure do feel so sorry for Liu Zhang having her family watch over her and not join them. But Liu does have her friends so it keeps her occupied.
And I am really starting to notice on how Liu is like Po and I! I mean she even talks in her sleep like Po does, and says stuff like doing a particle move, the Plum Dumplings Mr. Ping does, the Festival of Figurines. Yep! Like me and Po combined.
Just watching her sleep is cute. Its like watching Po but coming from a Panther hearing Liu talk about us becoming the Six, and doing some impressive moves. But there’s nothing more tearful than hearing Liu talk to her dead family, being back at Hope Springs, where she feels happy and turns into a wreck.
As I nearly does off after watching and listening to Liu talk about delicious Plum Dumplings do I hear a yell of anguish.
“OH DAMN IT, BLOOMING HECK, OH SOD IT! ARGH!” Liu yells out, throwing a tantrum in her bed, causing me to wake up.
“What? Whats wrong?” I ask with a slight idea on why Liu is angry.
“I was about to tuck into some Sticky Dumplings, with Plum Dumplings as well, but just as I was about to take a bite… I woke up to pee! DAMN IT! Its damn hard to backtrack a dream Mum! ARGH! I was this close…” She says, even showing me what she was doing before sitting up on her bed and putting on her slippers. I just shake my head.
“Your worse than Po! And we thought he was bad.” This made Liu laugh and smile.
When Liu came back, I was half asleep thinking about Gah-ri cooking, and thinking about Liu and Po.
“Goodnight Mum!” I hear her say as she kisses me on my forehead.
“Good… Night… Jade…” I vaguely remember saying before falling into a deep sleep.
The Red Dragon — Tigress’s Dream.