TITLE: 23. Kung Fu Panda 3 - “Enter The Jade” Liu Zhang. [Part 2 of 2]
The Jade Palace's Barracks.
Just getting up the stairs was a massive struggle as Liu and I (Tigress) made our way to the Barracks. We’d normally be training for a little while, just that feeling of always being required. My idea of course years ago, and the plan stuck. We don’t ‘always’ do this as from Po who’s now joined us, we’re often too full to even through a punch! Even my dear Dad Shifu would agree. You go and ask him!
When we managed to get back to the Barracks and through the door, the Five were looking happy at seeing Liu’s family and actually speaking to them. Viper, Mantis, and Monkey found Huan and Lin adorable, and Crane found Shun nice to talk to as they both talked about his past and how the young Caretaker Crane trained for the Try-Outs. Liu’s parents had spoken to The Five, Master Shifu, and Grandmaster Oogway when Liu and I were down at the Valley looking for a chubby Panda.
This is what we were told as we both collapsed on our beds as the rest stood by the door. Each one told us on how much they really like The Zhang Clan. They even joked on how much Liu is like Po. They knew him well, but never foresaw on how their oldest Panther was like the Dragon Warrior Panda. Her addiction to Kung Fu and showing and wanting to show off to those at the Jade Palace where she now lives. Her craving for Sticky Dumplings and Almond Cookies, along with her collection of Action Figures and going to the Festival Of Figurines.
It was all there! Liu is is exactly like Po, and I adopted him!
But Liu and I didn't move of four beds! We had consumed way too much of Liu Zhang's favourite dish of Sweet & Sour Vegetables with Noodles and Egg-Fried Rice, which left the now Furious Six looking at us two as they spoke about the Zhang's coming back and looking round the place, talking to people, etc.
Afterwards, the others had left us to ourselves, and neither of us had the strength to move. Liu had put her weapons aside and laid on her bed. She then looked at me, struggling to smile for what she was about to say to me.
"Mum, do you know what I really fancy at the moment only if we had just that one meal?" Liu struggled to say as she got into sitting position of her bed as I remained laying down on mine.
"No, whats that?"
"Some of Mr. Ping's Plum Dumplings, and maybe a few Stickies!" Liu laughed, then in turn so did I!
"Your worse than Po! But now you said it I too fancy some! If Po were here, he could..." But I couldn't continue from laughing. We are both on our beds, me laying with The Jade now sitting upright fancying something on the sweet side! I didn't know what Croc and Ox were doing, but I knew for sure that that they would also love Po's cooking.
It took us a little while to move, and Liu had already started to put on her Katanas and Throwing Knifes back on her. I somehow managed to sit upright and look at my darling daughter as Liu checked herself over.
"I'm going to check up on Granddad, and practice my Sneak-Attack Training down in the Training Hall. Got to stay focused!"
"Whoa, your keen! And you're just like me and not even my own little tiger cub. Is this what you did back at Hope Springs?" I happened to ask. I then briefly saw a small Note Scroll on the side of the chest of drawers close to my bed, then The Jade turned to me and spoke.
"Yep! Every night I would train by myself, sometimes Shun would with me but not as long as I would. I used to do acrobats whilst performing kicks and punches just to try and adapt my own fighting style and technique. When it was our bedtime, I'd try and sneak out and continue my training. I know that they knew now because they've recently told me that Dad used to watch me, and then tell Mum. I would then try and sneak back in and go to bed, and get told off for being up so late as it was nearly morning. I did all of this so that I could show off my fighting skill to you guys back then at the Childrens Day Events. Shun soon realised how particular I was to my own training regime that he'd soon do the same as me!" Liu replied. This new news made me think of me now if I were a child and always training. I could now sense my influence inside The Jade, and she's not even one of my own children, and that's if I actually had any. Wish I had, and have now I must admit!
Before Liu left, I picked up that Note that was beside me from the drawer and read it. It read:
"Dear Master Tigress, thank you so much for taking Liu in and for her to follow her dream! If she is able to bring us back from the Dead, then we would still have her living at The Jade Palace!
In her own little would of Martial Arts and Adventure, it is only right that she still has you as her adoptive mother, and us as her family to which she can see from time to time, and live here for a few days before heading back to the Jade Palace.
Despite not having not much experience with children, and from help from your own adoptive family and Liu "The Jade" Zhang that she calls herself... You make a terrific Mother!
Shun says Hi, and looks forward to further training with his older sister Liu. The rest also say hello!
The Zhang's. XxX"
This, made me shed a tear as I read it, and swallow. But when I looked back towards the door, Liu “The Jade” Zhang had already left.
The Jade Palace’s Training Hall.
Master Shifu, Liu Zhang’s adoptive Granddad was busy doing his normal Inner Peace thing whilst his students, the now Furious Six did their own things. Liu was out with her gear on and could hear a particular Red Panda inhale and exhale and say “Inner Peace” loads of times.
But Liu didn’t make a sound. Instead, The Jade withdrew a Katana from her back and tried to tip-toe towards Shifu. The Hall was dark, and so was Liu in both colour, and that she’s a teenage Black Panther girl ready for action. The only thing that had light was near Shifu with candles by his side. As Liu tried to take a few more steps, the floorboards under her feet started to creak! As she could she Shifu’s ears twitch as Liu stayed still and tried to hold her breath, she was certain that he would see her. But luckily, he hadn’t. Liu very quietly then drew a Knife and looked over towards the gator Gauntlet and threw the knife so that it hit an arm and spin round. The noise of its impact and rotation made Shifu instantly look over to see who was deliberately trying to distract him from his peace. Liu advanced further towards her goal and managed to hide behind a support column.
Liu somehow from out of nowhere saw a few stones on the floor reasonably near Granddad, so she chucked one so it hit a weapon stand, trying to make out that someone hadn’t put some weapons away… But Shifu didn’t even look! He just groaned as more noise was made, sure of that someone was trying to deliberately wind him up.
The Jade managed to get closure towards her Granddad, trying to take Shifu by surprise… Not knowing that I had been watching Liu Zhang the whole time.
“Liu! Bedtime!” I yell out as I teased my daughter, ruining The Jade’s opportunity to strike my Dad down.
“DAMN IT! Yes, Mum! I…” Liu jerked forward as she spoke back in a displeased tone, giving Shifu ample time to grab hold of one of Liu’s knives, and hold it to her throat.
“Still eager to train I see Jade, hmm?” Shifu teased the Panther. The light from the candles made Liu Zhang’s Shoulder Blades shine, along with the four remaining knives.
“S… Sorry, Master Shifu! Just, was doing… a bit of, Sneak Attack Training. You know, sneak up on you sort of thing!” Liu joked, but also a bit sheepish as she had a knife held to her throat. “Always make sure you don’t give your enemies time to strike… Especially with your own weapons Jade. Don’t let them get too close, as I’m doing right about now!” Master Shifu says towards Liu, but soon afterwards lowering the knife and put it back in Liu’s holster. Liu put back her Katana.
“Tha, thank you Master Shifu, er, I mean Granddad. I will make sure I don’t make that same mistake again!” She says, still a bit shaken. As The Jade prepares to leave, Shifu gives Liu a loving hug.
“In a lot of ways Liu, you remind me of your Mum when she was younger, about your age actually. Goodnight, Master Liu, or should I say “The Jade”. Shifu says to Liu, then looks at me in my nightgown. We all bow with me being at the other end of the Training Hall. As Liu comes back towards me with Liu lowering her hood, I ruffle her cute little black head of hers.
“You lady are just like my own little Tigers if I had any!” Liu giggles a bit as we both walk back to our Barracks for bed. Shifu is heard still saying Inner Peace as we leave.
The Jade Palace’s Barracks.
By the time we enter, you can hear some snoring from Monkey, Viper just getting ready for bed, Crane just about to nod-off, and know that Mantis is looking at a scroll which he has for a bed with a really cute and pretty female Mantis with flowers dotted around her. I tell The Jade to be as quiet as possible, and that the Furious Six are nearly asleep. After closing my door, Liu starts to take off her gear and I sit on my bed watching her. I also sy to her that there is some water for her.
“So Liu, you do this late-night training session thing often?” I ask quietly as Liu takes her Katanas to their stand.
“Pretty much, yeah! Mostly though after the Childrens Day Events just imagining still being here at the Jade Palace with The Furious Five, The Dragon Warrior Po, the spirit of Grandmaster oogway, and Master Shifu. I do forget what time it is as I’m so engrossed in the training sessions I set myself up for.”
“Mastering a move, my own moves and trying to figure out a new fighting style and technique. Acrobats combined with fists and feet. That sort of thing. I just find it relaxing!” Liu says which makes me spit out my water. She’s got her top off, and just taking off her trouser gear and trousers.
“Hmph! Talk about me growing up in the warmth and brace of Kung Fu Training! I don’t remember taking Kung Fu Sessions like that at your age! Maybe later in my teens but definitely not at your age. That was during the day with Dad in the Training Hall.” I comment as Liu puts on her plain jade nightgown.
“I suppose Mum I am like you now huh! Always training, always prepared, always ready!” She jokes, then takes a mouth of water, then holding the cup in her right hand.
“…You, could say that Liu! You’ll also be like me regarding scars and stuff! Yep! This Tiger’s full of scars, cuts, bruises, broken bones now healed. I can’t recall how many times I’ve fallen and still been able to fight, yet alone stand! The times I’ve seen our team of Healers, had acupuncture… You really must be that keen to become one of The Furious, with highly trained killers like myself. Now, you’re becoming one! you certainly look it Liu!” I excitedly say to Liu, and see smiles back, showing her teeth as she does.
“I sure do!” I suppose I’ll be fighting bandits like Fung and his gang of Croc Bandits. Cor! that Croc can sure cook, Gah-ri. Fung calls him Gary, which annoys him. Come back from robbing people and come back to a lovely bowl of something delicious!” Liu says to me. She puts her cup back on the chest of drawers and gets into bed.