Cast of Appearing Characters
Yeung Ming Hung Ė Kenneth Ma Kwok Ming
Yiu So Sum Ė Tavia Yeung Yi
Cheung Wan Sheung Ė Nancy Wu Ding Yan
Yeung Ming Hung leapt swiftly off the tree branch and landed before Cheung Wan Sheung who punched him in the shoulder and scolded, ďYou want to scare me to death by popping out like this in the middle of the night!Ē To her surprise, he crouched down with pain and her knuckles were covered in red blood. It was the exact place where the arrow had pierced him.
ďYou all right?Ē she cried out in concern, bending down to him, ďI didnít know you were injured!Ē
Yeung Ming Hung quickly got up, ďIt is just a minor injury. I will be alright! Quickly take me to So Sum! I have a very mission on hand that I must brief you about! Let us go before anyone sees us!Ē And Cheung Wan Sheung quickly led him back to the maid quarters.
Yiu So Sum was mending clothes when the doors suddenly burst open. ďBig Brother!Ē she exclaimed, and her trained eye quickly noticed his bleeding wound. ďWhat happened to your shoulder? Sit down and let me take a look at it!Ē
Yeung Ming Hung sat down and answered cheekily, ďSome crazy woman punched me!Ē
Cheung Wan Sheung scowled at him from behind as she secured the doors. He grimaced to hold in the pain as Yiu So Sum peeled off the soaked bandages.
Yiu So Sum frowned at him as she saw the wound. ďHow many times do I have to tell you that a deep wound like this arrow injury will not stop bleeding by itself? You must apply some clotting ointment to seal the wound before bandaging or you will slowly bleed to death!Ē And she quickly ran to her bed to get some ointment.
Cheung Wan Sheung poured him some hot tea, ďWell, you know how thick in the head he is! You are lucky that he can remember his own name!Ē
ďHa! Ha! Very funny!Ē teased Yeung Ming Hung, ďAt least I donít sleepwalk and end up waking up the whole army barracks by snoring on the roof!Ē They had not met for a whole year and these childhood friends missed teasing each other.
ďQuiet both of you!Ē scolded Yiu So Sum, returning with the ointment, ďItís not like we are kids anymore! And if anyone hears that we brought a man into the Enclosed Palace, all our efforts will have gone to waste!Ē
ďMaybe we should dress him up a maid!Ē taunted Cheung Wan Sheung, ďOr dress him up as a little eunuch!Ē And suddenly, slamming her hand on the table so hard that the other two jumped up in fright, she continued, ďAnd then we can castrate him for real!Ē
Cheung Wan Sheung stuck her tongue out as Yeung Ming Hung but quickly retracted it back into her mouth when she met You So Sumís disapproving glare, and sat down beside them. As she was applying the thick brown ointment, Yiu So Sum asked, ďSo what brings you to the Imperial Palace? Is Godfather fine? Has he further instructions for us?Ē
Yeung Ming Hung sighed, ďUncle is fine! But I am here on my own accord to accomplish a terrible mission!Ē, and he briefed the girls about the whole story. ďBut I was one step too late and the roster has already entered the Forbidden City! I am here to destroy it before Lau Gan can present it to the Emperor! The survival of our empire depends on it! Do you know where these official documents are kept?Ē
Yiu So Sum bit her lower lip to suppress her hatred as she wrapped the bandages around his shoulder. ďThat dreaded eunuch! He has long been looking for an excuse to get rid of the Yeung Family Army! He is currently away from the Imperial Palace and I have not heard anything about his return. He keeps all his pending documents in his private study which is always heavily guarded. I tried going there a few nights ago but was deterred by the guards.Ē
Yeung Ming Hung stood up immediately and said, ďThen I must go there immediately! Since that old eunuch is not there, it would be much easier to act now than when he comes back!Ē
ďSit back down, you bird-brain!Ē cried Cheung Wan Sheung jabbing him it the back with the tip of a thin brush, ďAre you familiar with the Imperial Palace and the patrol routes? Donít get yourself caught then lead them back to us! Besides, our Physician Yiu hasnít permitted her patient to leave yet!Ē
ďWan Sheung is right!Ē agreed Yiu So Sum, ďYou only just arrived and will easily get caught by the guards while escaping! If it were easy getting into the study, I would have gone in a long time ago and found the evidence I need to redress my fatherís so-called crimes.Ē
Yeung Ming Hung looked at Yiu So Sum with concern. ďAfter so many months in the Forbidden City, have you found any evidence concerning your father yet?Ē
ďNo.Ē said Yiu So Sum quietly, ďBut the evidence that I am after can only be in two places - either in Lau Ganís private study or the Royal Medicinal Department. Wan Sheung and I stole into the department to study all the medical history concerning Emperor Shing Fa but to no avail Ė his symptoms seem inconsistent and the documents regarding the herbs used seem to be forged. I am hoping that Lau Ganís private study can give me the answers I am seeking.Ē
Yeung Ming Hung seemed deep in thought. Then in a low voice, he said, ďSorry to tell you this, So Sum, but if I were Lau Gan and hatched such an intricate and wicked scheme to poison the previous emperor, then I would not leave traces of paperwork behind. Have you thought about the low probability that you can actually find anything to prove the conspiracy?Ē
Yiu So Sum gazed at her knees as reality hit her. ďI know my efforts may be futile. But I still have to try. I canít let my father die with the stain of misdiagnosis upon his grave. Even if there is only one thousandth of a chance, I will still take it!Ē Cheung Wan Sheung and Yeung Ming Hung stayed silent. Both knew of how the big the impact the death of her father had on her. She was very close to her father. In fact, she also nearly lost the will to live when he passed away. But she survived but she never forgot the injustice of his sentence.
You So Sum packed up her medicinal kit. Then she said calmly, ďGodfather gave me my second life. No matter how much I want vengeance for my father, I will always remember Godfatherís mission for me to come here and keep an eye on Lau Gan and gather evidence of his crimes. Donít worry about me. I know what I have to do!Ē
Yeung Ming Hung quickly changed the topic. ďSo... erÖ you have any information about Lau Ganís crimes yet? What have you found out about him?Ē
ďNothing so far!Ē stated Cheung Wan Sheung as she dawdled on a piece of paper with her brush. ďWeíve been confined to the Enclosed Palace so far and only see loads and loads of beautiful women. Weíve seen the Emperor heaps of times but havenít caught a glimpse of that traitor, Lau Gan yet! Only know that he is an old eunuch and likes to either go to Imperial Court or hide in his study under heavy guard. Donít even know if he is fat or ugly!Ē
Yeung Ming Hung joked, ďAre we talking about you now?Ē and Cheung Wan Sheung threw her brush at him.
Yiu So Sum interrupted them with a stern stare. ďStop it! Let us rest for tonight and we will plan to infiltrate that study another time! With all three of us in action, there will definitely be a higher chance of succeeding! No more talking! Get to bed now!Ē She had always been the authoritative one in the pack of four since childhood.
ďWell, he can sleep in your side of the room!Ē Cheung Wan Sheung yawned loudly and stretched her arms out, ďIím going to bed now.Ē
Yeung Ming Hung raised an eyebrow. ďDo you still like to kick people when you sleepwalk? Maybe I should have brought my armour with me! Donít want to wake up battered and bruised in the morning!Ē Yiu So Sum ignored them and set up a soft surface on the floor for him to sleep on.
ďJust your luck that our dear So Sum is the daughter of the famous Head Royal Physician Yiu and has inherited her fatherís healing gift! I can kick you all I want but you wonít die when she is around!Ē And saying so, she chucked at him a piece of paper still wet with ink. ďMemorize that by tomorrow night or no rice for you!Ē
Yeung Ming Hung held it up against the candlelight; it was a brief map of the Imperial Palace and the way to Lau Ganís private study. It was dotted with the paths that the guards would take and shortcuts back to the maidís quarters. He called out quietly, ďHey! Wan Sheung! I never knew you could write!Ē
ďGo to sleep!Ē cried Cheung Wan Sheung, and she threw a cup over the candle and the room went dark.
A light-hearted chapter just before the drama begins. I have always appreciated platonic relaionships between males and females. All until next time.
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
Girl, I swear this story will be my winter reading assignment . I promise, pinky swear
I bet tweety would resume reading your story asap if you add Wallace Chung in as a hot, sexy villain! That's how I got her to read my story.
charbydis - There's nothing wrong with Kenneth Ma. I like the guy very much. But when I think of Kenneth, I think of a nice, sunny day at the beach with a bunch of kids building sand castles in the background. When I think of Wallace Chung, I think of a dark balmy night on a beach in some exotic locale with lots of smoldering kisses and skinny dipping. You see the difference? I bet tweety would agree. Wouldn't you, tweety?
Tweety's right. The weather in CA right now is absolutely gorgeous. It's beach time and bikini time! Plus, I have vacation time coming up in winter, so I would have more free time to read. Right now, the truth is I'm simply too busy.
I'm telling you charbydis... If you add Wallace Chung in as a hot and sexy villain, you'll earn yourself two very loyal readers (tweety and me).
Kenneth's cool. You can give him more scenes, if you wish. However, I'm still sitting around waiting for Wallace Chung to pop up in your story...
Wallace, Wallace, Wallace!!!