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    Thank you Danielle for your comments and Cherrie for your private message. I will respond to both of your messages along with the posting of my next chapter.

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    i can't wait for the next chapter! pls update asap! your reader is getting impatient... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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    I like your story, please update soon. I wonder what will happen to Gong Yu. Who was the man that save her?

    [ November 10, 2002: Message edited by: jeh ]

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    Characters appearing in this chapter:
    Annie Man Chung Han---So Sui Han
    Louis Koo Tin Lok---Koo Yat Fei
    Gilbert Lam Wai Sun---Lam Yik Lun
    Benny Chan Ho Man---Koo Yat Keung
    Andy Lau Tak Wah---Lam Siu Tin
    Idy Chan Yuk Lin---Chan Yin Yuk a.k.a. Sui Yuk
    Ada Choi Siu Fun---Lok Bing Yee
    Steven Ma Chun Wai---Lee Wai Kit
    Rain Lau Yuk Chui---Sung Ling

    Fei tenderly brushes aside her bangs. "Why did you save him last night?"

    The simple joy of being in his arms vanishes as she sighs and walks a few steps away to pick nervously at the leaves on a low-hanging tree branch.

    Sui Han suddenly turns around to face Fei. "Godfather sent me a message last minute, asking me to save him."

    Fei frowns and thinks out loud to himself. "Why would father do that when the original plan is to kill all four Lam siblings?"

    Sui Han shrugs. "He didn't give me a reason. His message just says to save Lam Yik Lun and to continue staying at Lam Mansion until further notice." She paces back and forth before suddenly stopping in front of Fei. "Anyway, why must we kill them? I have been at Lam Mansion for several weeks now, and I find that the Lams are not as horrific as Godfather makes them out to be."

    Fei walks up to her and holds both of her hands in his. "Sui Han, you are young and naÔve. You do not understand that the face of evil comes in many forms. Even the Lam family, the most respected family in the martial arts world, has hidden skeletons. Father has his reasons to want to destroy the Lam family, and we must respect and obey his wishes."

    Sui Han wrinkles her nose uncertainly. "But…"

    Fei sighs. "Okay, let's not waste the little time we have together arguing about this." He gathers her close to him as he inhales the floral fragrance of her hair. "I miss you so much. We have never been apart for this long. Remember that time when Father sent me on that mission and forbade you to come along?"

    Sui Han nods her head against his chest, a smile teasing the corners of her mouth as she recalls the fond memory. "I remember. I secretly trailed after you anyway and ended up spraining my ankle after tripping on some loose rocks. I slowed you down, because you had to piggyback me the entire way."

    Fei smiles. "And Father was furious when we returned."

    Sui Han giggles. Yes, Godfather's complexion was even darker than yours at that time!"

    Fei tightens his arms around her. "I just wish Father had informed me earlier that he was planning to send you to infiltrate Lam family. If I had known about his plans before you had left for this mission, I would have objected. It is too dangerous. If the Lams find out that you belong to the Sun Moon Sect…"

    Sui Han smiles reassuringly. "But they won't find out. Don't worry. I will be careful."

    Fei cups her cheek with one of his hands and leans down to gently touch his lips to hers. The sunlight reflects off the jewels on her hairpin, their twinkle catching Fei's attention.

    Fei touches the corner of the pin. "Where did you get this?"

    Sui Han glances at the ground, mildly embarrassed. "Oh, that hairpin… First Young Master bought it for me."

    Upon heraing this, Fei's mouth flattens into a grim line. "He bought that for you?" He stares hard at Sui Han for several minutes. "He is in love with you, isn't he?"

    Sui Han flushed. "Of course, not! He was simply being kind and bought the hairpin after he saw me admiring it at the marketplace!"

    Fei's mouth remains stubbornly grim. "Well, I don't think he is 'simply being kind.' Men do not give gifts out of kindness. He wants something from you." He paces the damp earth back and forth, mumbling to himself. Finally, he halts in front of her. "I don’t want you to return to Lam Mansion." Sui Han opens her mouth to object, but Fei interrupts her. "I will take full responsibility for aborting our plans when we return to headquarters."

    Sui Han, her expression stubborn, stomps her foot. "No. Godfather entrusted me with this mission, and I refuse to fail him just because of your paranoia. If you don't have enough faith in me, then there's nothing else to discuss."

    She begins to walk off in a huff, but Fei grabs her hand as she brushes by him.

    Fei pleads contritely, "Sui Han! Please, don't be mad. I am just…" He sighs. "I just don't want to lose you."

    Sui Han softens as she wraps her arms around his waist and rests her head on his chest. "You will never lose me."

    Fei tightens his hold on her, as if trying to permanently attach her to his side. "Let's talk about something else. Keung is with me at the inn. Why don't you come back with me so that I can introduce you to him?"

    Sui Han lifts her face upward and smiles into Fei's eyes. "So your brother is finally back from his training with his teacher?"

    Fei nods. "You have never met him, since he left for his training before you joined the Sun Moon Sect." He pulls her along as he starts to head out of the forest. "Come on. For some reason, he has been wandering around the marketplace and patronizing a specific restaurant a lot lately. Let us go before we miss him."

    Sui Han reluctantly digs in her heels. "I can't. I have to go back to Lam Mansion. Mistress Lam Yin Yuk wants me to accompany First Young Master on some journey."

    Fei blurts out in disbelief. "What?! What journey? Where are you two going?"

    Sui Han shrugs. "I don't know. Mistress didn't tell me."

    Fei clenches his jaw in anger and jealousy. "Well, why couldn't he go alone? He is a big boy. He can take care of himself!"

    Sui Han sighs. "Let's not start this again."

    Fei paces back and forth again. "I don't like him."

    Sui Han sighs in exasperation. "He is actually quite a gentleman."

    Fei stubbornly refuses to listen to reason. "I still don't like him."

    Sui Han shakes her head at his childish behavior. "You don't even know him! The Lams are respectable people, despite what we have been told." She decides to play along and humor him. "Okay, tell me what you don't like about him?"

    Fei searches for an answer, any answer. "I don't like the way he dresses." He nods, as if to reaffirm his response.

    Sui Han throws up her hands up in disbelief. "WHAT?! That is a ridiculous reason to dislike someone! Besides, he dresses the same way as you do! In fact, both of you mostly wear white and blue long gowns!" She rolls her eyes, thinking about the absurd tangent that the conversation has taken. "I should leave before the Lams become suspicious."

    As she walks by, Fei grabs her hand and looks at her with a pitiful expression.

    Sui Han relents a little. "I will contact you by carrier pigeon as soon as I have the opportunity." She stands on tiptoes to peck at his cheek before rushing off, leaving him behind to watch after her rapidly disappearing figure.


    Sui Han hurries by the marketplace on her way back to Lam Mansion, her gaze lingering longingly at the various vendor stands lined along the street. She has spent her life first in her small fishing village and then in the desert near the Song border where the Sun Moon Sect is stationed. Therefore, this is her first experience of the big city. Fascinated, she tries to take in as much as possible, her eyes wide with awe. Not paying attention to the path in front of her, she walks smack into someone's chest.

    Sui Han, a bit dumbfounded from the impact, apologizes quickly. "I am so sorry, Sir!" Flustered, she finally looks up to discover the pervert she met at Sky Dragon Restaurant a while back. "You!"

    Koo Yat Keung smiles joyfully. "Miss! I have finally found you!"

    Sui Han scowls at him. "Hmph!"

    She grumpily brushes past him, but he happily trails after her.

    Keung, trotting along beside her, attempts to start a conversation. "Miss, where do you live? I'll walk you home."

    Sui Han ignores him and continues walking. Unfazed by her less than enthusiastic attitude, he walks alongside her, chattering about the fine weather. As she walks by Yee Heung Lau's (brothel's) open doors, she suddenly pushes Keung through the entrance, right into the waiting arms of the women standing by the doorway procuring customers. Caught off guard, he crashes into the furniture inside Yee Heung Lau as several women immediately surround him.

    Keung tries to ward off the women. "Hey! Don't touch me!" The women ignore his command, for his well-dressed state signals to them that he is rich. "Hey! Keep your hands to yourself!"

    Giggling, Sui Han quickens her pace and heads back to Lam Mansion.


    Siu Tin and Yin Yuk wander around the bottom of the canyon, searching in vain for Suk Yu.

    Yin Yuk shouts desperately, her voice hoarse from calling out her daughter's name for hours. "Suk Yu! Suk Yu! Where are you?"

    Siu Tin follows his wife, making sure she does not collapse from exhaustion.

    "Sui Yuk, she is not here. We have searched the entire area for her. Let's go home for now, sweetheart." He takes hold of her hand, attempting to lead her away, but she shakes off his hold, and takes a few steps forward as she stubbornly calls her daughter's name. Siu Tin sighs and walks toward Yin Yuk. "Sui Yuk, I don't want you to overtax yourself."

    Yin Yuk turns toward her husband, her eyes hot with anger. "I am not giving up! You should return to Lam Mansion if you want to, but I am staying here!"

    Siu Tin grabs both of Yin Yuk's arms, holding on tight as she struggles. "Do you think that I don't worry about Suk Yu? She is my daughter, too! But we are not doing our children any favors by continuing this fruitless search. We have been here for hours, and yet we do not see any trace of her!" Yin Yuk begins to cry in frustration. Siu Tin gathers her close to him and strokes her hair, letting her soak his gown with her tears of anguish. "Honey, let's return home. Yik Wah still needs us to take care of him."

    Yin Yuk buries her face against the side of his neck as she sobs. "What if she is already…?"

    Tak Wah strokes her back soothingly. "Shhh… Don't think that way. For all we know, she may have been rescued." He takes her face in his hands and tenderly brushes away her tears with his thumbs. "Let's go back, all right? We need to be there when Yik Lun leaves today for the Sun Moon Sect headquarters."

    Yin Yuk sniffs back her tears and nods. She allows her husband to lead her away, but could not help but glance back one more time at the deserted expanse of land, hoping to miraculously catch a glimpse of Suk Yu.


    Lam Yik Lun sits on one of the stone benches in the courtyard outside the servants' quarters, his eyes focused on the door leading to the servants' rooms. He has not seen Sui Han since last night and misses her terribly.

    Sung Ling, the Lam's cook, swings open the door to the servants' room and walks out. "First Young Master! Why are you sitting out here?"

    Lun stands up to peer behind her at the partially opened door. "I am wondering if Sui Han is in there…"

    Sung Ling nods. "She is in there packing for your journey today."

    Before Lun is able to respond, he sees his parents enter the main courtyard, their expressions grim. He walks over to them, already knowing the answer to his unasked question about Suk Yu.

    Lun speaks quietly. "Mother…"

    Yin Yuk brushes away her tears and takes one of Lun's hands in hers. "Be careful, honey."

    Siu Tin pats his eldest son on the shoulder. "Bringing the antidote home is important, but your safety should always be your first concern. If something goes wrong and you are unable to steal the antidote, I want you to abort the mission and leave immediately."

    Lun nods. "Don't worry about me. I won't let you down, Father."

    One of the servants approaches Siu Tin to announce the arrival of a daughter of a family friend. "Master, Miss Lok is here to see First Young Master."

    Siu Tin nods. "Please invite her in."

    The servant leaves and returns a few minutes later with a statuesque beauty and a young man following behind her. The Lok family has been a close friend of the Lam family for generations. The eldest daughter of the Lok family, Lok Bing Yee, has always been fond of Yik Lun. He, on the other hand, only sees her as a younger sister and treats her as such.

    Seeing Bing Yee, Yin Yuk smiles in greeting. "Bing Yee, are you here to visit, Yik Lun?"

    Bing Yee shyly smiles and looks at Lun. "Yes. Big Brother Yik Lun, I heard that you are injured. Are you all right?"

    Lun nods in response. "Yes, I am fine. Thank you for coming, Bing Yee."

    Bing Yee looks at the travel bag of food that her servant is holding. "I heard that you will be leaving on a journey today. I brought you some food to bring along on your trip." She turns to her servant, Lee Wai Kit, and signals for him to hand over the small sack to Lun.

    Lee Wai Kit gives the sack to Lun. "Young Master Lam, Miss stayed up all night to make you these desserts."

    Lun clears his throat, mildly uncomfortable. "Thank you, Bing Yee. You should not have stayed up to make me these."

    She blushes shyly, making Lun even more uncomfortable. He glances nervously over to the servants' quarters, willing Sui Han to appear so that they could leave for their journey. As if on cue, the door opens and Sui Han walks out with a heavy travel sack containing clothes and food. Relieved, he grabs his sword and waits for Sui Han to join them in the courtyard.

    Sui Han tries to juggle the heavy travel sack as she addresses everyone. "Master, Mistress, First Young Master." Politely, she nods to Siu Tin, Yin Yuk, and Lun.

    Lun introduces Sui Han to Bing Yee. "Sui Han, this is a good family friend, Miss Lok Bing Yee."

    Sui Han gives Bing Yee a friendly smile and slightly bows respectfully. "Miss Lok."

    Lun, anxious to leave, starts ushering Sui Han out. "It is getting late. We should be going." He turns to his parents. "I will return as soon as possible." He then turns to Bing Yee and nods to her briefly before grabbing Sui Han's hand and rushing off with her. Confused, Sui Han half runs after him in an attempt to keep up.

    Yin Yuk shouts at her son's retreating back. "Be careful!"

    Bing Yee stares at Lun's back until he could no longer be seen. Meanwhile, her servant, Wai Kit, watches her watch Lun, his heart sad with unrequited love for his young mistress.


    Outside Lam Mansion, Lun slows his pace. Noticing Sui Han toting the heavy travel sack, he takes it from her and hooks it over his shoulder.

    Sui Han shakes her head at him and tries to take the sack back. "First Young Master, you are injured! I should be carrying that sack!"

    Lun smiles at her outburst. "This sack is heavy." He laughs. "It probably weighs more than you do."

    Sui Han protests. "But you are my First Young Master. The whole purpose for me to come along is so that I could take care of you!"

    Lun takes her hand and pulls her along with him. "Don't be silly. I don't want you lugging heavy bags around."

    Sui Han frowns but decides to let the issue go. "First Young Master, you never told me where we are going."

    Lun glances at her as they walk. "Oh, we are going to the Sun Moon Sect headquarters near the Sung border to steal the antidote for Wah."

    Upon hearing this, Sui Han suddenly halts in her tracks, a hundred thoughts racing through her mind.

    Lun looks at her in confusion as he notices that she has stopped walking. "Sui Han? Sui Han?" When she continues to ignore him, he shakes her arm gently. "Sui Han?"

    Sui Han, startled from her thoughts, stares at Lun, perplexed. "Huh?"

    Seeing her preoccupation, Lun looks at her with concern. "Are you all right? You seem to be a hundred miles away."

    Sui Han quickly smiles at him reassuringly. "I am fine."

    Relieved that she is all right, Lun takes her hand again and continues on the journey, while Sui Han woodenly allows herself to be pulled along as she plots…

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    Thank you for reading my story. I am so excited to have a new reader. I hope you continue to find Legendary Book interesting. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

    Aww! Losing your password sucks! Anyway, I'm glad you're back and still reading my story. You simply amaze me with your dedication at fanfic reading! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I see your comments virtually on every story here at SPCNET! Kudos! <IMG SRC="smilies/clap.gif" border="0"> How do you ever find the time to read everything? I try to read a couple of stories, but then I end up lagging behind on updating my own story! <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> Anyway, I hope to hear from you soon. Bye!

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    Characters appearing in this chapter:
    Louis Koo Tin Lok---Koo Yat Fei
    Benny Chan Ho Man---Koo Yat Keung
    Gilbert Lam Wai Sun---Lam Yik Lun
    Annie Man Chung Han---So Sui Han
    Gigi Lai Chi---Lam Chi Chi
    Kristy Yeung Gong Yu---Lam Suk Yu
    Ekin Cheng Yee Kin---Yeung Lap Chun
    Roger Kwok Chun On---Kong Dai Hei


    After a depressing morning of finding the young woman whom he has been searching for many weeks and then losing her again, Koo Yat Keung stomps angrily up the stairwell of the inn to his room on the second floor. He swipes disgustingly at the front of his long gown, trying to brush away the sickeningly sweet fragrance used by the women at Yee Heung Lau Brothel. He grimaces at he memory of being mauled by those man-eating women. He finally escaped by making threatening gestures with his small knives, scaring them off. Reaching the threshold of this room, he swings open his inn room door, his mood dark.


    Keung mutters to himself as he steps into the room. "Women…can't live with them, can't live without them…"

    Fei, who sits at the table, his fingers tapping a discordant rhythm on the tabletop, bursts out, "Finally! Where have you been all morning?"

    Keung looks at his brother with narrowed eyes. "Why are you always lurking in my room?!" He turns toward his bed and notices a tied-up, gagged, and squirming Chi Chi on his bed, staring at the brothers with belligerent eyes. Keung throws up his hands in disbelief. "What?! Why you have moved her over to my room?"

    Fei, with his jaw clenched, speaks in a carefully controlled voice. "I was hoping you would be able to baby-sit her for a few hours this morning, but obviously you had more important things to do." Jealous of Lam Yik Lun's feelings for Sui Han, Fei had hoped to sneak over to Lam Mansion shortly after Sui Han's departure from the forest this morning to spy on her interaction with Lam Yik Lun. Unfortunately, his brother had not been available to watch over Lam Chi Chi.

    Angry for different reasons, the brothers glare at each other. The tense silence abruptly ends as a small knife suddenly shots into the room through the opened window, its sharp blade embedding itself in the wooden bedside post, the note attached to the knife waving loosely from the knife hilt.

    Fei detaches the knife from the post, removes the note, and briefly glances at its contents. "Father wants us to return to headquarters immediately."

    Keung frowns, disappointed. "So soon?" He remains silent for a moment, disappointed that he will not have another chance to look for the Miss he met at the Sky Dragon Restaurant. "I want to go to the marketplace one more time before we leave."

    Fei shakes his head. "If it's not important, then we should just begin our journey now. Father's note sounds urgent."

    In the background, Chi Chi squirms and wiggles, trying to loosen the knots on the ropes binding her hands and feet together. She tries to curse at the brothers but only ends up uttering muffled sounds because she is gagged. "Hmmm! Hmmm! Hmmmmmmmmm!" Her straining efforts to talk cause her veins to stand out prominently against the slender column of her neck.

    Keung gestures at Chi Chi. "What do we do with her?"

    Fei shrugs. "Bring her with us. Father may want to use her as a hostage."

    Keung sighs and shakes his head. "All right, but she is going to slow us down."
    He walks over to Chi Chi, and using his index and middle fingers, he seals her speech pressure point near her left collarbone, thus preventing her from screaming for help during their journey. He then unties her, removes her gag, and escorts the struggling Chi Chi off the bed. Keung sighs as Chi Chi sends him a venomous look. "Come on." He pulls Chi Chi along with him.

    Fei grabs his sword and follows behind.


    A young man, dressed in a long white gown, sits at a simple wooden table, playing a solitary game of Chinese chess. He bends his head ever so slightly as he contemplates his next move, his right thumb and index finger slowly rolling the black chess piece back and forth. Outside the cottage, the sun shines bright and orange, its rays reflecting off the bamboo stalks, giving them a glossy, glistening finish. Bamboo leaves sway in the breeze, their gentle motion casting odd-shaped shadows on the dirt path lightly sprinkled with pebbles, as dust motes dance merrily in the air to a silent melody. The gurgling sound of a shallow stream nearby and the intermittent chirping of birds complete this perfect portrait of nature's serenity.

    The young man in white smiles to himself as he decides his next chess move. He places the token on the chosen spot on the chess board and picks up his white fan, leisurely fanning himself as he sips a cup of hot tea. Calmly, he sets down his teacup. As he continues to fan himself, he picks up another black chess token and flicks it forcefully out the opened window. The token, making a whooshing sound in its swift trajectory, flies directly into the dense collection of bamboo stalks. Suddenly, a shout is heard and another young man, dressed somewhat shabbily but cleanly, falls out from his hiding place behind the bamboo and crashes to the ground in an inelegant heap. He scowls as he rubs at his chest, trying to soothe the dull pain caused by the chess token that smacked him.

    The shabbily dressed young man recovers quickly and runs over to peer in the window of the cottage. "Teacher!" He grins delightfully at the man in white, who continues to play his solitary game of chess.

    The man in white flicks his fan so that it closes with a snapping noise. "Please do not address me that way." He lightly hits the shabbily dressed man's head with the end of his fan. "I never agreed to accept you as my student."

    The shabbily dressed young man continues to grin, unfazed by this minor setback. "Okay, then I will refer to you as Big Brother Yeung." He cheerfully runs to the entrance of the cottage and enters uninvited.

    Yeung Lap Chun, the gentleman in white, sighs. "Little Brother, I have told you repeatedly that I do not accept students. I am not old enough nor experienced enough to be your teacher. You should not waste your time and effort on me. It would be more prudent for you to search for another more suitable and qualified teacher."

    The shabbily dressed young man stubbornly shakes his head. "I, Kong Dai Hei, will only learn from the best, and you are the best that I have seen so far."

    Lap Chun laughs and shakes his head amusingly. "If you think that I am the best martial artist in the world, then you have a lot to learn!"

    Dai Hei sits down on the stool next to Lap Chun and starts to pull out from his tattered bag a package of Chinese herbs wrapped in yellow paper. "I bought this medicine package for that Miss, whom you have rescued three days ago from the bottom of that canyon." He glances into the guestroom, where she continues to sleep the deep slumber of the unconscious. "How is she?"

    Lap Chun sighs. "She remains unconscious. I wonder who she is. It appears that she was heavily injured prior to her fall."

    Dai Hei seizes the opportunity to get into Lap Chun's good graces. "Maybe I should stay here and help you take care of her!"

    Lap Chun looks at Dai Hei suspiciously out of the corners of his eyes. "Don't you have a younger sister to take care of?"

    Dai Hei shrugs unconcernedly. "That sneaky and clever girl can take care of herself a lot better than I can. Besides, we live close by, so I can always go visit her periodically." Before Lap Chun could object, Dai Hei hurries to the small kitchen, cheerfully saying that he will make himself useful by cooking dinner tonight.

    As Dai Hei disappears into the kitchen, Lap Chun sighs and shakes his head. Walking into the guestroom, he quietly approaches the sleeping Suk Yu. He settles himself on a stool beside her bed and takes her pulse, his brow furrowed with worry as her radial pulse continues to feel weak and unstable. Concerned, he looks down at her beautiful face and wonders who injured her.


    The full moon glows brightly, a huge white globe suspended in the dark heavens, surrounded by millions of stars studding the night sky like tiny pinpoints of light on a black canvas. The tall weeds, scattered throughout the vast expanse of wilderness, undulate in the breeze, like ghostly arms performing an otherworldly ritual dance, luring unsuspecting travelers to their doom. An owl, its beady eyes glowing in the dark, perches on the branch of an ancient willow tree, quietly observing the two humans trampling through the field. It calls out, "Woooo, wooooo, wooooo," before suddenly swooping down to snatch a field mouse by the neck. In the distance, a wolf howls, its cry reverberating eerily through the silent night.

    Eyes wide with fright, Sui Han edges nervously closer to Lun while scanning the deserted field for hungry, four-legged predators. The combination of nighttime and wolves make her anxious and remind her of the past, when she wandered the streets and slept with only the earth and nature as her companions.

    Lun glances at Sui Han and notices her white-knuckled grip on his arm. "Sui Han, I am sorry. I underestimated the amount of time it would take us to reach the city of Hoi Yeung." He takes Sui Han's cold hands in his, as he stares into the distance, trying to see in the darkness. From afar, he notices the pointed tip of what appears to be the roof of some sort of structure. He smiles as he pulls Sui Han along. "Come on, I think I have found a place for us to lodge for the night."

    Her eyes darting uneasily back and forth, Sui Han breathes a small sigh of relief upon hearing that they are leaving this creepy place.


    The abandoned temple stands tall and proud despite its sad, crumpling state, with peeling paint and cracked eaves caked with mud. Lacy, cottony cobwebs span the entranceway, a flimsy substitute for the wooden door, which hangs drunkenly from only one hinge, its wood filled with holes likely caused by termites. Swiping aside cobwebs with the end of his sword, Lun steps over the threshold with a tired Sui Han in tow.


    The inside of the temple appears just as bad as its exterior. Several tiles on the roof are missing, allowing faint beams of moonlight to peak down into the darkened interior. Cobwebs cling to the corners of the large single-room temple and to the bronze Buddha statue, which sits tall and serene on the altar despite its shabby surroundings. An overturned offering table lies abandoned on the floor, one of its legs broken off. Bits of straw and debris are strewn randomly over the cold, stone floor of the temple.

    Lun smiles sheepishly at Sui Han. "Well, this certainly isn't the royal palace, but at least we don't have to spend the night outside."

    Sui Han gives him a weak smile and walks over to examine the corner farthest from the chilly draft blowing through the opened doorway. Collecting several long strands of straw from the floor, Sui Han improvises by using the straws to make a broom to sweep away the debris littering the corner. With one hand covering her nose and mouth, she prepares to swipe away the cobwebs clinging to the corner when Lun stops her.

    Lun motions for Sui Han to stand behind him as he clears away the webs. "I don't want you to dirty your hands." He explains as he cleans the area. Removing his cloak from the travel sack, he spreads it onto the ground and then gestures for Sui Han to sit down on the makeshift bed.

    Sui Han hesitates. "First Young Master, that is your cloak."

    Lun smiles and pulls Sui Han down onto the cloak-covered floor. "Don't worry. The floor is stone cold. The cloak will help keep you somewhat warm tonight."

    Sui Han sits with her knees drawn up to her chest, hugging herself to ward off the chill. She watches nervously as Lun stands up and walks toward the entrance. A wolf cry echoes hollowly through the night.

    Sui Han quickly runs toward Lun and clamps onto his arm. First Young Master, where are you going?!"

    Lun pats her hand reassuringly. "Don't worry. I am not abandoning you here. I am just planning to go collect some firewood to start a campfire in here." He attempts to leave, but Sui Han holds onto his arm tightly, refusing to let him leave her alone.

    Sui Han feels somewhat shameful of her fear, but is unable to control her urge to cling. "First Young Master, don't go! I don't want to stay here alone, not even for one second!"

    Lun stares at Sui Han's terrified expression and nods. "Okay, let's forget about the firewood." He leads her back to the corner where the makeshift bed is. After she settles down onto the cloak-covered floor, he crouches down beside her, observing her wide-eyed fright with concern. "Are you all right? I did not realize you are scared of the wilderness. Do you want to talk about it?"

    Sui Han shakes her head quickly from side to side as she gulps down her childhood fear. "I am just tired. Maybe some rest will make me feel better."

    Lun nods in agreement. "Don't worry about anything tonight. Go ahead and lie down. I will sit in the corner here and watch over you."

    He settles himself on the stone floor a few feet away from Sui Han, his sword lying across his crossed legs. Assuring herself that he is close by, Sui Han hesitantly lies down and curls herself into a tight ball, trying to warm herself and block out the wolf howls heard in the distance…


    A skinny little girl of about ten years of age tears through the wilderness during the middle of the night, heedless of the overhanging tree branches and prickly thorns of plants scratching the tender skin of her face, arms, and legs. She sobs uncontrollably, tears leaking from her eyes, her hair matted and her clothes filthy. She trips on a protruding tree root. Sprawled on the ground, she quickly sits up and draws her knees tightly up to her chest, her stomach growling from several days of hunger. She scans the surrounding dark forest, her eyes huge with fear.

    The little girl sniffs back her tears. "Big Brother, where are you? Why haven't you come back? I am scared! I don't want to be alone!"

    She emits soft whimpering noises and buries her face between her knees. In the depths of the woods, a wolf howls at the full moon, its cry throaty and deep. Terrified, the little girl scrunches herself into a tight ball, shivering violently. From the distance, a predator stealthily approaches, eyes glowing red in the darkness, sharp fangs dripping with saliva, nostrils flared open as it smells the intoxicating scent of human fear…

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    You definitely need to update more!I'm guessing the little girl is Sui Han. Sui Han is probably dreaming about her past. That's just my opinion.Keep on updating. It's getting to a good part.

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    Characters appearing in this chapter:
    Annie Man Chung Han---So Sui Han
    Gilbert Lam Wai Sun---Lam Yik Lun
    Andy Lau Tak Wah---Lam Siu Tin
    Idy Chan Yuk Lin---Chan Yin Yuk
    Frankie Lam Mun Lung---Lam Yik Wah

    The little girl sniffs back her tears. "Big Brother, where are you? Why haven't you come back? I am scared! I don't want to be alone!"

    She emits soft whimpering noises and buries her face between her knees. In the depths of the woods, a wolf howls at the full moon, its cry throaty and deep. Terrified, the little girl scrunches herself into a tight ball, shivering violently. From the distance, a predator stealthily approaches, eyes glowing red in the darkness, sharp fangs dripping with saliva, nostrils flared open as it smells the intoxicating scent of human fear…

    Sui Han shoots straight up into a sitting position, screaming in terror, her body shaking uncontrollably. "AHHHHHHHHH! BIG BROTHER, HELP!"

    Lun, startled awake by her cry, he rushes over to her side. "Sui Han! Sui Han!" Still trapped in the murky depths of her dream, she fights him furiously, scratching and clawing at him. He clamps her arms down to her sides and wraps his arms tightly around her. "Sui Han! Sui Han! Wake up!"

    Eyes wild with fear, Sui Han snaps out of her dream state to find herself securely wrapped in Lun's arms. "First Young Master! First Young Master! We have to go save her! We have to go save her!"

    Lun strokes her back soothingly. "Shhh… It is just a dream… Everything will be all right…"

    Sui Han pushes at his chest urgently, trying to break free of his embrace. "No! We must go save her, or else it will be too late!" As if suddenly transitioning back into her dream world, Sui Han suddenly goes limp in his arms. She stares ahead, as if looking into some invisible portal that only she can see. Her pupils dilate into large black orbs, swirling with terror. "AHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHH!"

    Lun, extremely concerned about Sui Han, shakes her lightly, trying to bring her back to reality. "Sui Han! Sui Han!"

    Sui Han, ignoring Lun's presence, continues to scream. "AHHHHHHHHH!"
    Suddenly, her pupils constrict back to normal size and she slowly turns toward Lun, her expression drained and hopeless.

    Sui Han mumbles in a dull voice. "It is too late…too late…"

    Lun gathers her close to him, tucking her head under his chin as he strokes her hair comfortingly. "Shhh… You are just tired. Go back to sleep. I'll sit here with you."

    Oblivious to his words, she continues to stare blankly ahead, muttering to herself. "The Sight is back… It is back…"


    Mist swirls around the majestic Eagle Mountain in light, cloud-like puffs, giving an observer the illusion of heaven. At the very peak of the mountain stands a single bamboo cottage, its simplicity belying the profound wisdom of its inhabitant.

    An old man, dressed in a long gray Taoist robe, stands outside his cottage in the middle of the night, gazing thoughtfully up at the stars twinkling in the heavens. Using his right hand, he moves his fingers slowly in the ancient Chinese art of fortune telling. After a few minutes, he nods to himself as he calmly strokes his long white beard.

    The old Taoist master looks up at the stars, reading the secrets that they behold. "The Seer is reborn, and they are together once more." He slowly walks back into his cottage, all the while nodding his head knowingly, his faded brown eyes full of wisdom of what is yet to come. "It is the will of the heavens…"


    Outside the temple, the wind howls, stirring the fallen leaves into a miniature tornado before settling them back onto the ground. The single-hinged wooden door creaks loudly in the silence of the night, flapping back and forth with every gust of wind. For some reason, the wolves have retreated, their cries no longer heard echoing in the distance, as if they sense the presence of a force more dangerous than they.

    Cradling Sui Han protectively in his arms, Lun looks down at her angelic features, so serene and child-like in sleep. After the strain her nightmare has put on her, she has finally fallen into a deep sleep. Lun rubs gently at the dried tear tracks on her cheeks with his thumb, as he listens to her gentle breathing. He sighs softly, feeling guilty for pushing her so hard on this journey in his rush to obtain the antidote for Wah. Maybe he shouldn't have brought her along… But this journey would take several months given the distance they must travel, and he does not want to be separated from her for that long of a period of time.

    Meanwhile, in her sleep, Sui Han drifts off to a land far, far away from the abandoned temple…


    Surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature, she dashes from rose bush to the gurgling stream and then back to the edge of the mountain to glance curiously down at the swirls of cotton-like mist separating the mountain from the rest of the world. Eyes wide with joy and fascination, she giggles childishly to herself, immensely pleased to have found this beautiful playground.

    From within the mist emerges a figure, tall and impressive, clothed in a long white gown, his features obscured by the thick haze. Curious, Sui Han reaches out to touch him, but she realizes that he is only an illusion as she grasps thin air. Confused and strangely upset, Sui Han dejectedly sits down on a flat rock, her eyes glancing wistfully at the spot where the figure once was.

    From behind, an old man, dressed in a Taoist gown, approaches her, his eyebrows so white they appear like feathery wisps of delicate fine cotton, his snowy beard so long it tapers to a pointy tip a few inches above his waist.

    The old Taoist master strokes his beard slowly. "Sui Han, you have come. I have been waiting for you for five hundred years."

    Sui Han cocks her head slightly as she examines the kind, grandfatherly figure in front of her. "Old Grandfather, do I know you?"

    The old Taoist master smiles knowingly. "Of course you do, my child. Of course, you do."

    Sui Han shakes her head in confusion. "I think you are mistaken. I do not recall meeting you before."

    The old Taoist master looks at her with wise eyes. "You are not meant to remember until the time is right. Now, it is time for you to leave and return to him."

    Sui Han shakes her in protest. "But I don't want to leave. It's so pretty here!" She skips around, her arms spread wide apart in a joyful, carefree gesture. "I want to stay here with you!"

    The old Taoist master laughs as he nods his head calmly. "When the time is right… When the time is right… Now go!"

    As the Taoist flicks his wrist, Sui Han feels herself propelled through air by an invisible hand, flying, flying further away from Eagle Mountain…

    In the distance, she hears a voice, strong and insistent, yet strangely familiar, as if she has known him for many hundreds of years…


    Sui Han wiggles restlessly in Lun's arms, mumbling incoherently. Yet, unlike with her previous dream, her expression this time appears calm, peaceful. Concerned that she may be having another nightmare, Lun gently shakes Sui Han, intending to wake her up. Gently, he pats Sui Han's cheeks. "Sui Han… Sui Han… Wake up…"

    Sui Han stirs as she hears a distant voice calling to her and begins to slowly open her eyes. "Hmmm?"

    She peers at him with sleepy eyes, studying him with a strange look, as if she is seeing, not him, but someone else. Slowly, she reaches a hand up to touch his cheek, her eyes clouded with confusion. After a few seconds, she gradually drifts off to sleep once more, her hand slipping back down onto her lap.

    Lun shifts and settles Sui Han more comfortably in his arms, while he silently reprimands himself for tiring her out on the trip. He decides to allow her to rest tomorrow. They shall then continue their journey the following day.


    Bright beams of daylight shine through the cracks in the temple roof, as more sunlight floods into the temple's interior through the opened entranceway. Birds chatter outside, bringing life and noise to the deserted temple.

    Lun smiles down on the still sleeping Sui Han, while he tenderly brushes a few strands of her hair away from her face. His arm, which she has been using as a pillow, has long since gone numb, but he ignores that minor discomfort in favor of letting her sleep undisturbed.

    A courageous little sparrow hops into the interior of the temple, chirping hesitantly, its eyes examining Lun and the sleeping Sui Han curiously. Slowly, it ventures forward until it stands a few feet away from the two humans. After emitting a few more sharp chirps, the bird loses interest in the pair and flutters out the doorway.

    Sui Han, hearing the distant high-pitched squeaks of a bird, gradually awakens from her deep slumber. Her heavy eyelids half-opened, she scans her surroundings in confusion, before focusing in on Lun's face.

    Sui Han quickly sits up in embarrassment, her face crimson red. "I am sorry, First Young Master. I did not mean to lean all over you last night."

    Lun stares at her for a moment before clearing his throat self-consciously, looking anywhere but at her. "It is all right. I was not very sleepy last night, anyway."

    They stand up swiftly, brushing the dust from their clothing. As they both lean down simultaneously to pick up the travel sack, their fingers brush. Shocked from the contact, both withdraw their hands quickly as if electrocuted, their eyes downcast.

    Lun shifts awkwardly from one foot to the other. "Ahhh… Ahhh… I remember passing by a small stream last night. Why don't we go there to wash up?"

    Sui Han nods, her eyes still downcast. "All right."

    Both of them rush toward the doorway. In their urgency to leave the confines of the temple, they squeeze through the doorframe at the exact same moment and end up stuck there temporarily. Quickly, Lun backs away from the door, gesturing for Sui Han to leave first. After she has passed, he picks up the travel sack and his sword and follows behind her.


    The afternoon sun beats down hard on Sui Han and Lun as they travel across the barren land. Using her hand to shade herself from the bright rays, Sui Han swallows, trying to wet her throat. Feeling slighty lightheaded from dehydration, she forges ahead, trying to keep up with Lun.

    A few paces in front of her, Lun squints against the glaring sun and spies the blurry outline of a teastand in the distance. Smiling, he turns to Sui Han. “There’s a teastand up ahead. Let’s rest there for a while and get something to eat.”

    Nodding with relief, Sui Han quickens her footsteps.


    The teastand keeper, a pudgy elderly man in his sixties, rushes up toward Lun and Sui Han, eageringly gesturing them toward his small business. “Welcome! Welcome! It sure is a hot day, isn’t it?” He chats amicably. “Please come to my teastand for a cup of tea and some refreshments.”

    Lun and Sui Han settle down on wooden stools around a small square table placed under a large cloth awning.

    Lun places his sword and travel sack on the table and orders a pot of tea. “What do you serve here?”

    “Oh, even though we are a small establishment, we serve a wide variety of dishes here!” The teastand keeper boasts. “I recommend our steamed sweet pork buns, sticky rice with chicken wrapped in lotus leaves, and mango pudding. We also serve red bean pudding drenched with a melted, creamy coconut topping.”

    Hearing Sui Han’s stomach growl at the mention of food, Lun smiles indulgently. “We’ll take two orders of each of the dishes you recommended.”

    “Thank you, Sir!” The teastand keeper grins happily, glad for the business. Then sighing, he shakes his head, as he pours tea for Sui Han and Lun. “Normally, by this hour, my place would be bustling with people. However, there have been recent reports of deaths in this area, of people being mauled to death by wolves.”

    About to bring the teacup to her lips for a drink, Sui Han stops stone cold, a shiver running down her spine as she hears this news. “Wolves?” She whispers. “Did a young girl die last night?” She asks, almost afraid of hearing the answer.

    Lifting his eyebrows, the teastand keeper sputters. “Why, yes!” He bursts out, surprised. “How did you know that, Miss? Last night, a young girl was mauled to death by wolves, her body found mangled and torn in the forest early this morning!” Clucking in pity, he shakes his head. “That poor girl’s family! My wife actually knows the girl’s mother.”

    The teastand keeper continues on and on, chatting about the unfortunate girl’s family and how his wife is consoling the girl’s mother at this moment. However, Sui Han does not hear a word he is saying, as she replays the horrible vision she had last night of the little girl’s death.

    As the teastand keeper waddles off to prepare the dishes of food, Lun leans over and gently places a hand over Sui Han’s. “Sui Han?” He squeezes her hand when she remains quiet. “Sui Han? Are you all right?”

    Shaking herself out of her reverie, Sui Han focuses in on Lun’s worried expression. “I’m fine, First Young Master. I just…I just…feel sorry for the poor little girl and her family.” She makes up an excuse, not wanting Lun to know that she had seen the girl’s death in her vision last night. She does not wish for Lun to think of her as an evil witch, as the villagers of her seaside village have once thought.

    She first started having visions of the future as a child. However, they only seemed to be visions of death and destruction, never of happy things to come. The people of her village called her a witch, a bad omen, an unlucky charm. At the age of thirteen, her visions disappeared, leaving her to sleep in peace at night. Relieved, she prayed for the visions to disappear forever. And they have…until last night, when they returned, showing her the death of the little girl.

    Noticing Sui Han staring off into space, Lun calls out to her again. “Sui Han? Sui Han?”

    “Huh?” Sui Han snaps out of her daydream. Looking at Lun with a blank look, she asks, “What’s wrong, First Young Master?”

    “I just asked if you would like to have some more tea, but you seemed to be a thousand miles away.” Lun replies worriedly.

    Forcing a smile, she tries to reassure Lun. “Sure, I would love to have another cup of tea. Don’t worry, First Young Master. I’ll be fine once I get some food in my stomach. We should eat quickly so we can be on our way soon to find the antidote for Second Young Master.”

    Frowning, Lun nods. Glancing at Sui Han, he takes a sip of tea, letting the issue go for now as he senses that she does not wish to discuss what is bothering her.


    Yin Yuk sits at the foot of her son's bed, keeping constant vigil, her hand clutching his tightly. The door to his room gently opens, and Siu Tin walks in, carrying a tray of food, a cloak slung over his right arm. He quietly sets the tray on the table and approaches his exhausted and dozing wife. Crouching down to stare into her face, he shakes his head slightly as he reaches up to gently smooth out the frown between her eyebrows. Awaken by his ministrations, Yin Yuk startles and quickly sits up straight, glancing at Wah to see if he is still there.

    Yin Yuk finally notices her husband crouched in front of her. "Why haven't you gone to sleep?"

    Siu Tin takes the cloak and puts it around her shoulders. "How could fall asleep without you beside me?" Taking her arm, he leads her to the table. "You need to eat something to keep up your strength."

    Yin Yuk shakes her head. "I am not hungry." Seeing that Siu Tin is about to object, she wraps her arms around his waist and leans her head on his chest. "I just couldn't take any food down right now, not with Yik Wah like this, Suk Yu and Chi Chi missing, and Yik Lun on a dangerous mission." She frowns, her expression full of guilt. "We shouldn't have left them alone for so long."

    Siu Tin sighs and wraps his arms comfortingly around her. "They are all grown up. We cannot hover over them forever. Let's take a walk. It's not healthy for you to mope around like this." Before she could protest, he gently leads her out the door. "Come on."


    A small tombstone stands alone at the edge of the forest. Offerings of fresh fruit and pork buns are placed in front. Beautiful wild flowers surround the stone slab that reads, "Mok Yee San, beloved servant and friend," bringing a splash of color and life to the drab gray of the stone.

    Siu Tin and Yin Yuk kneel down and pay their respects to the young woman who has sacrificed her life for their son.

    Yin Yuk reaches out and brushes away debris and dead leaves scattered around the tombstone. She traces the lettering on the stone slab, smiling sadly. "Thank you, thank you for saving Yik Wah's life. May you rest in peace."

    Siu Tin stands up and reaches down to help his wife up. Hands linked together, they slowly walk away. Suddenly, Siu Tin halts abruptly, listening closely to the silence of the forest.

    His head slightly cocked, Siu Tin listens carefully. "Sui Yuk, do you hear that?"

    From afar, a distant voice echoes clearly.

    The voice chuckles, amused. "I am surprised you lovebirds still remember me. You haven't visited me in a long time."

    Yin Yuk smiles happily, a twinkle brightening her eyes. "Teacher! Teacher!" She eagerly scans the surrounding forest. "Where are you?"

    The voice chuckles again. "You can stop looking now. I am not there with you. I am using my internal energy to transmit this voice message to you."

    Siu Tin calls out joyfully. "Teacher! How have you been?"

    The voice snorts. "I am doing well, thank you. At least I am still informed, unlike you two. How can you claim to be leader of all the martial arts sects and still not be aware of this news?"

    Siu Tin asks in confusion. "What news?"

    The voice switches to a serious tone. "The Seer has awaken. You must find this person immediately…"

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    Ooops. I forgot to add my short addendum at the end of Chapter 14, so here it is.
    Definition: A seer is one who sees the future.

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    Oh, by the way, if you are a guest and cannot leave comments because you are not registered, just click on the blue Legendary Book of Sun-Moon Swordplay link below to go to the winglin fan fiction site, where you do not need to be registered to leave comments. Thank you for reading and for leaving me valuable feedback. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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    <IMG SRC="smilies/clap.gif" border="0"> wOw intense moment cant wait to see what happens next!!! ooh still I hope the dai sui yee and annie and be together <IMG SRC="smilies/azzangel.gif" border="0"> oh well keep typing and we'll keep reading <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">oooh yeh and check out my website sometime its currently under construction though... and wOw that sifu must be really strong or something huh??? (well duh)cu your fan, danielle a.k.a. ella :birthday <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">s i forgot to tel you its my birthday! (soory just HAD to tell everyone it had to come out somehow) -yours till the pencil points- <IMG SRC="smilies/beerchug.gif" border="0">

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    ooh dang it a typo i meant to put <IMG SRC="smilies/birthday.gif" border="0"> not the <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> although ti is cute!!! hey i forgot to ask why the long update a couple of weeks ago? <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0"> -danielle aka ella

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    Hey Danielle,
    Happy birthday! Thanks for your comments. They really brighten my day. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Sure, I will check out your website in the near future. About my slow update pace - well, I'm kind of loaded down with several papers that are dued soon. Plus, I have some exams coming up. Another reason is that my cast is rapidly expanding exponentially, and I am trying to figure out what to do with each character. Hey, I have a general outline, but I unfotunately am not experienced enough to have all the details down yet. Don't worry. My next chapter will be posted sometime next week...hopefully. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> I will not abandon my story and will finish it...eventually. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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    Characters appearing in this chapter:
    Andy Lau Tak Wah---Lam Siu Tin
    Idy Chan Yuk Lin---Chan Yin Yuk
    Gilbert Lam Wai Sun---Lam Yik Lun
    Annie Man Chung Han---So Sui Han
    Louis Koo Tin Lok---Koo Yat Fei
    Benny Chan Ho Man---Koo Yat Keung
    Gigi Lai Chi---Lam Chi Chi
    Helena Law Lan---Grandmother Fa

    Guest appearances in this chapter:
    Tony Leung Chiu Wai---Ha Ming
    Kitty Lai Mei Han---Kwan Suet Lin

    The voice switches to a serious tone. "The Seer has awaken. You must find this person immediately."

    Siu Tin shakes his head in confusion. "But I thought the Seer does not exist and is nothing more than an ancient legend."

    The voice sighs. "Oh, no… The Seer is very real…very real… She is, after all, one of the founders of our Sun Moon School of Sword Fighting."

    Yin Yuk's eyes light up in alarm as a new thought occurs to her. "Teacher, if the Seer has reincarnated, then according to the legend that means…"

    Siu Tin finishes his wife's sentence. "That the Guardian will soon also awaken, and the Book of Sun Moon Swordplay will once again attain its former glory!"

    The voice cuts in before everyone gets too excited. "But all that will only happen if you locate the Seer in time before her powers spiral out of control. If that happens, then nobody in the martial arts world will be able to control her, possibly not even the Guardian himself."

    Upon hearing this, Yin Yuk and Siu Tin exchange worried looks, staring into each other's eyes as if communicating by telepathy.

    The voice huffs in exasperation. "Why are you two still standing there? This is not the time to be exchanging romantic looks! Go! Find the Seer!"

    Siu Tin frowns with bewilderment. "But we don't who she is. We don't even know where to start looking!"

    The voice explains, "Travel southbound and look for the one who possesses the gift of sight. That is all I am able to tell you without revealing too much and thus going against heaven's will."

    Siu Tin forms a fist with his left hand and wraps his right hand around his left fist, as a form of salute to his Teacher. "Yes, Teacher. Sui Yuk and I will leave immediately to look for the Seer."

    Yin Yuk urgently grabs her husband's arm before he dashes off with his lightness kung fu. "Brother Siu Tin! We cannot leave Yik Wah at Lam Mansion!"

    Siu Tin halts suddenly as he remembers that his second son needs the combination his and of Yin Yuk's internal energy to stay alive. Brows drawn together in indecision, he looks toward the direction of his teacher's voice for guidance.

    His teacher senses Siu Tin's indecision. "I understand your dilemma. I have a solution. I want you and Yin Yuk to use the pressure point sealing kung fu I taught you to seal Yik Wah’s thirty-six major pressure points. That will halt the progression of the poison, lessen his pain, and give him the ability to use a quarter of his martial arts. Bring him along with you on the journey. You may see your junior martial uncle on your trip. Hopefully, he will be able to cure him."

    Yin Yuk hesitates before speaking. "Teacher, if you know about Yik Wah's situation, then you must already know that Eldest Senior Martial Brother has returned after disappearing from the martial arts world for twenty-five years…" She trails off, not wanting to upset her teacher.

    The voice angrily grunts. "Hmph! That traitor! First he steals the second manuscript of the Book of Sun Moon Swordplay. Then he has the nerve to name his newly found sect the Sun Moon Sect! He is trying to bring disgrace to our Sun Moon School of Sword Fighting. Hmph!"

    Siu Tin and Yin Yuk wait patiently as their teacher fumes.

    Suddenly, their teacher blurts out, as if suddenly remembering that his students have not left yet. "Well, go you two! Go find the Seer!"

    Siu Tin and Yin Yuk, galvanized into action, quickly respond in unison. "Yes, teacher!"

    Holding hands, they fly off together.

    As his students disappear, the voice sighs to himself. "Hopefully, history will not repeat itself…"


    The marketplace in the city of Hoi Yeung bustles with activity. A fish vendor advertises his merchandise by putting on a show for his potential buyers. With his butcher knife held firmly in his right hand, he flips the fish up into the air using his left hand. While the fish is still in the air, he expertly slices it into thin pieces, which land neatly onto the plate near the end of his worktable. The audience bursts into thundering applause.

    The fish vendor, a man in his mid-forties with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes, grins cheekily and bows low at the waist, his right arm making a grand sweeping gesture. The fish vendor holds his plate of fish slices toward the admiring crowd. "Now! Who wants to buy some fish?"

    The excited crowd surges forward en mass, a sea of madly waving arms, as each person screams loudly to have his order heard over the din of noise. The fish vendor happily wraps the slices of fish in butcher paper for each customer.

    One of the female customers blinks her eyelashes rapidly at him and sashays up to his side. In a seductive voice, she drawls, "Big Brother, I want two slices of your fish." She resumes her rapid eye blinking after voicing her

    The fish vendor smiles charmingly at her. "Coming right up!"

    He wraps two slices in paper and hands the packet to her. "Miss, that will be two bronze coins."

    The female customer swings her hip so that her rear end collides with the vendor's. "How about just one bronze coin?" She looks at him with an exaggerated pout.

    The fish vendor hedges. "Well…"

    But before he is able to make a decision, he feels his left ear suddenly being jerked forcefully to the side. Turning his head toward the direction of the ear-jerker in order to relieve the tension on his ear, he looks around and stares straight into the angry face of his beautiful wife.

    Ha Ming smiles sheepishly at his wife. "Wife!"

    Kwan Suet Lin, her right hand still twisting Ha Ming's left ear, while her left hand rests on her left hip, glares at her husband suspiciously. "What do you think you are doing?" She glares at him menacingly.

    Ming smiles charmingly at her. "I was just doing my job and selling fish!"

    Suet Lin continues to glare, unamused. "Uh huh. Right. Does selling fish include flirting with the customers?" She gives his ear another forceful tug to emphasize her question. "HMMM?"

    Ming rapidly explains. "I wasn't flirting! I love only you, my beautiful!""

    Suet Lin pins him down with a fierce look before letting go of his ear. "I don't want to see any rear ends bumping next time." She shifts her furious eyes over the flirtatious female customer. "Hand over the two bronze coins and scram!"

    Lips flattened in scorn, the female customer slaps down her payment on the vendor stand and sashays off, her generous rear end swinging from side to side with her every step.

    Suet Lin stares scornfully at the retreating customer. "Shameless hussy!" She looks over and notices Ming also looking at the other woman's undulating rear end and pinches him on the arm. "What are you looking at?"

    Ming smiles innocently. "Hehe! Nothing, Wife. I have eyes only for you."

    Suet Lin snorts. "Romeo, that line no longer works with me."

    She walks off huffily to serve a customer at their simple sidewalk restaurant set up next to the fish vendor stand.

    Ming grins widely at her retreating back. "Still as sassy as ever! That's my love!"


    Suet Lin wipes her hand on a dishrag before approaching a young couple who is about to settle themselves at a table in her restaurant. She smiles as she watches the handsome young man pull out the stool for the fragile-looking beauty traveling with him. The young woman looks up and smiles at him sweetly, thanking him for his gentlemanly gesture.

    Suet Lin speaks quietly to herself, a smile in her voice. "Ahhh… It is so refreshing to see young love." She approaches the couple and gives them a welcoming smile. "Welcome to Suet Ming's Sidewalk Restaurant. What would you like for lunch today?"

    Lun looks up at the restaurant owner with a smile. "We would like three large bowls of pork noodle soup along with some hot tea." He leans slightly toward Sui Han. "Sui Han, would you like anything else?"

    Sui Han shakes her head, her expression innocent. "Nothing else for me, thank you."

    Suet Lin smiles at the charming pair. "I will be back with your order as soon as possible."

    As Suet Lin walks away, Lun turns his attention back to Sui Han. Seeing a small leaf still clinging to her hair from sleeping in the abandoned temple last night, he reaches over toward her head.

    Sui Han, surprised at his actions, withdraws away slightly. "First Young Master…?"

    Lun smiles reassuringly. "You have a leaf clinging to your hair. I am just going to pick it out." He gently untangles the leaf from her hair. "There!" He gives her a satisfied smile.

    Sui Han smiles back sweetly, her heart beginning to soften toward him. "Thank you." She lowers her head, all the while scolding herself for ever considering betraying him when he is so kind to her. At that moment, she makes up her mind to talk to her godfather about making peace with the Lam family when she returns to the Sun Moon Sect headquarters. With that decision made, her heart lightens as if a huge burden has been removed. She begins to enjoy her surroundings, her mood cheerful.

    A few minutes later, Suet Lin approaches with three large bowls of steamy pork noodle soup, followed by a kettle of hot tea. Ravenous, Lun devours his bowl in record time, while Sui Han daintily eats hers. Staring at the extra bowl of noodles, Lun pushes it toward Sui Han, whose own bowl is only half-finished. Sui Han looks up from her noodles and shakes her head.

    Sui Han pushes the bowl back toward him. "One bowl of noodles is enough for me."

    Lun shrugs and positions the extra bowl in front of him, since Sui Han does not want any more noodles. He proceeds to gobble up his second bowl. Suddenly, he hears giggling and glances up at Sui Han.

    Confused, he looks at her questioningly. "What is so funny?"

    Sui Han grins teasingly. "First Young Master, you have a piece of noodle on the tip of your nose!"

    She giggles as she reaches over to pick it off. Then with her handkerchief, she delicately dabs at the tip of his nose. While she is performing that task, Lun stares at her adoringly. Oblivious to his devoted expression, she focuses on what she is doing, feeling quite maternal toward him.

    After several dabs, she smiles at him, satisfied that she has cleaned off all the oil from the noodle soup. "There!" She returns her attention to her bowl of soup. However, after a few minutes, she glances up at him upon feeling his steady gaze on her. Eyes wide with confusion, she gently shakes his arm. "First Young Master, your soup is getting cold."

    Lun, startled out of his trance, quickly looks down at the table and stuffs in a few mouthfuls of noodles.

    From her position at the stove, Suet Lin looks on the young couple, smiling like an indulgent mother.


    Fei walks in the lead with Keung pulling Chi Chi along behind him and Grandmother Fa bringing up the rear. Fei stops in front of an inn and looks back at his brother.

    Fei waits for his brother, Chi Chi, and Grandmother Fa to catch up. "Let's rent a room in this inn and rest here for the night before continuing our trip back to the Sun Moon Sect headquarters."

    Keung nods in agreement. "Good idea." Fei and Grandmother Fa walk in ahead of Keung to make arrangements for two rooms. Meanwhile Keung turns back to Chi Chi and attempts to pull her along. "Come on."

    Being contrary on purpose, Chi Chi suddenly plops down on the middle of the sidewalk, Since she cannot speak because Keung has sealed her speech pressure point, she is showing her protest of being dragged along all day through her actions.

    Keung sighs in exasperation. "What in the world are you doing?!"

    He attempts to pull her up, but she stubbornly remains seated on the sidewalk, thus attracting the attention of a small crowd. Chi Chi smirks as the townspeople jab their fingers in Keung's direction, speculating on what is going on.

    Keung's face reddens. "Alright, there is nothing to see." He shoos the crowd away. Then he leans down, picks Chi Chi up in his arms, and vanishes rapidly into the inn, away from prying eyes.


    Chi Chi gives Keung a victorious grin. He, on the other hand, glares warningly at her, while carting her up the stairs with Fei and Grandmother Fa leading the way to their rooms.

    Fei glances back at Keung and Chi Chi and shakes his head.

    Meanwhile, just as Fei, Keung, and Chi Chi disappear up the stairs, Lun and Sui Han wander into the inn's lobby and approach the innkeeper's desk to rent a room for the night.

    Lun walks over to the innkeeper. "We would like two rooms for tonight."

    The innkeeper glances up at them apologetically. "I am sorry, Sir. We only have three rooms vacant today and two of them were just taken by a group of four people. That only leaves one room available.

    Lun frowns, disappointed. "Is there another inn nearby?"

    The innkeeper shakes his head sadly. Lun looks at Sui Han helplessly, but Sui Han gives him an encouraging smile.

    Sui Han accepts the room, since she does not want to spend another night in the wilderness. "We'll take whatever room you have left."

    The innkeeper nods at her, relieved that the dilemma is solved. He turns toward a small room situated below the staircase and calls for the bellboy. "Ah Fok! Please take this lovely young couple to the room across the hall from those other two gentlemen that were in here right before them."

    With Ah Fok the bellboy leading the way, Sui Han excitedly follows, glad that she will not be hearing any howling wolves tonight. Seeing Lun standing there looking confused, Sui Han rushes back and grabs his hand, pulling him along.

    Sui Han urges him along enthusiastically. "Come on, First Young Master! It won't be that bad. You can have the bed."


    Just as Fei and Keung close the door to their room, Lun and Sui Han turn the corner, following Ah Fok to the room right across the hall from Fei and Keung's room.

    Ah Fok opens the door of Lun and Sui Han's room. "Please let me know if there is anything I may assist you with." He gestures for them to enter and stands at the threshold, waiting for further instructions.

    Sui Han turns to Ah Fok. "Thank you. We won't be needing anything for the moment."

    Bowing respectfully, Ah Fok backs out of the room and gently closes the door.


    The room, though small and sparsely furnished, is neat and clean. A medium-sized round table occupies the center of the room. A fat red candle sits at the center of the circular tabletop, its flame dancing wildly, mirroring the wild rhythm of Lun's heart beat. A smaller rectangular table is located under the single window in the room, flanked by two chairs. A canopied bed, barely large enough for two people, is pushed up against the wall on the side of the room opposite the window.

    Lun shifts nervously on his feet as he stares at the only bed in the room.
    Oblivious to his anxiety, Sui Han excitedly runs over to Lun and yanks away the travel bag in his hands. She digs eagerly inside and finally pulls out the cloak they used last night to sleep on. Happily, she spreads it out on the floor near the window and prepares to lie down to rest.

    Lun immediately objects. "Sui Han, you take the bed tonight. I'll sleep on the floor."

    Sui Han shakes her head. "No, you did not get enough sleep last night at the abandoned temple, since I was leaning all over you. You should take the bed."

    Lun shakes his head back at her. "No. The floor is cold and uncomfortable. I want you to take the bed."

    Sui Han stubbornly refuses, her lower lip beginning to protrude in a pout. "No."

    Lun sighs. "Sui Han…"

    Sui Han smiles as an idea suddenly pops into her head. "We can both sleep on the bed!"

    Lun gawks at her, flabbergasted. "Huh???"

    Sui Han gets up from the floor quickly and drags Lun over to the bed. She pushes him onto the bed aggressively. Stunned, Lun allows himself to be stuffed into the far corner of the bed and then just sits there with a bewildered expression on his face. Sui Han ignores him and busily arranges the pillow longitudinally at the center of the bed.

    Sui Han smiles proudly, pleased with her brilliant plan. "There! I'll stay on my side of the bed and you on yours!"

    She runs over to the table to blow out the candle flame and then hurries back to bed, eager to get some rest. Sui Han lies down and releases a soft, satisfied sigh. However, upon noticing Lun still sitting up on his side of the bed, she lifts her head up slightly and looks at him. "First Young Master, why aren't you sleeping?" When he looks at her blankly, she lectures at him. "You really should get some rest." With that said, she plops her head back down and promptly falls asleep.

    Finally, Lun gingerly scoots down until he is lying squeezed up on his side of the bed, his heart thumping wildly.


    Feeling none of Lun's reservations, Sui Han has dozed off more than half an hour ago and now sleeps soundly. On the other hand, Lun remains awake and lies flat on his back, awkwardly hugging the wall on his side of the bed, listening to Sui Han's soft breathing. His heart rate has slowed a little, but it is still far from normal. He tries to imagine his kung fu stances to take his thoughts off Sui Han, but his traitorous mind keeps drifting back to Sui Han's smooth white skin, to her soft curvy body snuggled up against his last night at the abandoned temple. Reaching up to gently slap himself on the cheek as punishment for his ungentlemanly thoughts, he squeezes his eyes shut in an attempt to block out images of Sui Han.

    On the other side of the bed, Sui Han tosses restlessly in sleep, shifting around unconsciously for a comfortable position. With her hand, she accidentally knocks away the pillow at the center of the bed. A chill sneaks through the cracks at the seams of the window. Shivering a little, Sui Han gravitates toward Lun's warmth. Frowning slightly, she again searches for a comfortable position.

    Suddenly, without warning, she sits up and unconsciously flops onto her stomach right on top of Lun. Stunned, Lun holds his body as stiff as a board, not daring to move a muscle while Sui Han tucks her head beneath his chin and nuzzles her cheek against his chest. Hugging him as if he were a big pillow, she finally settles down into a deep sleep, having found a warm comfortable spot.

    Lun gulps and tries extra hard to imagine his sword fighting moves. Mean while, Sui Han wiggles against him in her sleep.

    Lun nervously darts his eyes back and forth from one dark corner of the ceiling to the other. "Ohhhhhhh, noooooooo. This is going to be one long night…"

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    hmmmm i don't know how many time have i read your story but never have time to comment it, what can i said your story is really good. one request can you write more on kristy and ekin pls
    update more pls
    Many people will walk in and out of your life. But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

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    Thank you! It is so wonderful to hear that you have read my story, not only once, but multiple times. I feel so honored. Yes, a lot of readers have requested for more scenes on Kristy and Ekin, and I will try my best to accommodate everyone's wishes. This is a long story, so every character will get his/her time in the spotlight. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Please continue to leave me your valuable comments and thank you for reading. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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    Great chapter on Sui Han and Wai Sun. It was hilarious when he has the noodle on the tip of his nose but also gross, too. So when are you going to write about what happen to Kristy when she fell off of the cliff?

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    Thanks for your comments. I am glad that you find Sui Han and Wai Sun funny. Sorry, the noodle on the nose was meant to be funny, not gross. I hope I didn't gross anyone else out! <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> Anyway, I believe Kristy will appear in either chapter 17 or 18. Wow, I am happy to know that there are lots of Kristy fans reading my story! Once again, thank you for reading and for your feedback. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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