Reuniting Part I
The bamboo forest was never ending, the air was humid the fog was slowly creeping towards them. It was safe here to rest before heading straight to the kingdom. With the assassin apprehended, Yoon A well she done her nation proud especially catching the person who tried to kill the Princess. The soldiers that survived the fight against the assassin rested and healed their wounds.
"General!, should we send a footman with a message that we are on our way? Also our progress on what information we have gotten out of the assassin?" The young soldier spoke instantly after he came back up from his respecting bow.
"Not right now, I am going to question him right now, on you go and eat" Grants the men to go eat, Looking to her left she sees the man tied up against the bamboo tightly and his feet bounded in rope. She grabs her small blade and starts walking over to the man.
"Either you tell me who sent you or ill get it out of you, because trying to assassinate Princess Seo is rather odd. Wouldn't your official or the person that hired you. Want the Emperor killed not his daughter. Now tell me why did they hire you go after Princess Seo Ju Hyun rather than the Emperor?"
She sat down on the mud that was covered dead leaves from the bamboo starring at him waiting for a reply. He lifted his head up and retorted back
"heh! you really think i'm going to talk and customer confidentiality...hah, fine i'll tell you this. I was hired by someone that wanted to get rid of Seo Ju Hyun so she won't become Empress after the Emperor dies", Smirking as he knew exactly who it was that wanted Empress Seo Ju Hyun. Yoon A looked inside the tattered bag he was carrying mostly it was weapons varying in size and condition.
"How about this why don't we do a wager, we both fight each other no weapons. just fists if i win you tell me who assigned you to kill the princess?" Yoon A knew that she could win this with her eyes closed, maybe she was being a little cocky about her fighting skills but she is taking a risk on getting information on who wanted to kill Ju Hyun.
"Fair enough, what happens if i win?...I want to be set free" they both agreed
After she untied him, they gave distance to one another. In their ready fighting stances, both wait for one of them to make the first move.
Yoon A ducked under the first swing and snapped herself back into calm pose while moving instantly for her next approach to her opponent. His face was full of hatred and angry while he was fighting, then suddenly not dodging Yoon A skillfully formed her hands as if she were gripping imaginary rice ball and launched herself at him. She digs her fingers into the bicep of the swinging arm and ripping muscle, while striking the forearm on the same side, straight in with the heel of her palm. It was a hundred year old battle protocol from her master that taught her everything she knows.
He grunts in pain from his arm, it dangles there lifeless as he prepares himself for his hidden attack. He takes out a small blade that was tucked into his sleeve. running at her with sheer determination to kill her or to scar He ripped into her face with the blade between his fingers, raking it along her nose and mouth. With his dominate hand, Yoona screamed in pain when the blade struck her she didn't block quick enough. Holding her hands against her face while grunting and trying to not scream in pain again, she looks at her hands and sees her blood on her hands, she feels it dripping and throbbing out of her face.
'Seohyun won't look at me now..no..'
Yoon A enraged she clenches her firsts at her side and smirks "You are now at a disadvantage. You cheated. you might win by using your blade but i still have a chance as well."
He laughs demonically at her words.
She ran at him as fast as she could dodging his attacks, slicing her arms as she firmly strikes his neck and digs fingers in, grabbing the windpipe. A technique she has never used before until now and it succeed, The move is designed lacerate his throat and killing him. But Yoon A wanted him to suffer a little more. She pushed rather than pulled, momentarily closing the windpipe against itself, cutting off his air. Her face was clouded with anger as she held his windpipe. She could feel the blood pulsating out of wound as she frowns.
Pushing him against a bamboo shoot, leaves start to fall and the fog thickens. Block his weak arm with the other. She walked right into his plan, His blade pierces through her collar bone, she scrunches her eyes in pain and grunts loudly
'I can't let him win. i just..can't'
With the blade wedged into her collar bone. Yoon A grips his throat tighter and throws him to the ground like a rag doll. grunting and heaving for air because she had a tight grip onto his throat. She takes her hand and grips blade composing herself until she rips it out of her screaming as she throws it out of sight.
Getting on his knees coughing and heaving, Yoon A grabs him by the hair in a tight grip her eyes dead with anger.
"Tell me who sent you to kill Seo Ju Hyun?!"
The smug look on his face already told her the answer of her question but for good measure and pure ignorance he spat at her. He tries to attack her again with a hidden blade but she grips it just in time with her and and turns it around into left side pressing it deeper for him to feel as much excruciating pain as possible. Kicking her away pushed hitting her back against a bamboo root. Her reflexes were getting weak from the loss of blood from her wounds. He grabbed a sword from his bag, she took hers out.
She had to finish him or permanently weaken him until they reach back at the Palace.
They ran towards each other. Yoon A dodged his attack and span behind him, piercing her sword through his back.
She knew that she didn't hit him in any vital areas but wishing that she had killed him. He fell down after the blow to the back, coughing up blood from the severity of the blow.
The soldiers finally came back from getting fresh water and from their rest seeing the assassin on the ground injured and their general in the same condition.
"See to his wounds and tie him tightly back on to the spare horse, we are leaving in an hour",
"General! What about your wounds?.." A soldier spoke
"Don't worry about me. The main importance is to bring him back alive..get it done" She spoke with authority, taking a drinking .
Thinking of the horror of what he had down to her face, the soldiers faces couldn't hide from what they had just seen.
Oblivious of what was happening in the Bamboo forest the Kim Kingdom were preparing for Princess Kim Tae Yeon's meditation. all the servants, guards we to leave her chambers as she meditated of course the only her personal protector was able to enter while she was meditating.
She could hear how peaceful and calming it was. hearing the sweet chippers from a small bird but the peace and quiet would abruptly end.
"You always find a new way to enter my room don't you, Sun Kyu...what took you so long?"
Sun Kyu took off her mask that was covering her face. Her short brown hair frizzed up instantly when it hit the cold night air. removing her weapon and placing it on the rounded table she sat at.
"I was getting the thing you wished, Princess Kim." Her eyes still not looking up at Tae Yeon. Tae Yeon frowned at the sound of her being called Princess, especially from her friend.
"What have i told you? call me Tae Tae when no one is around i have said this so many times..I'm ready for my bath now..you can join me".
The large bath was perfectly prepared, the soothing aroma of the white petals in the water made it even more relaxing. incenses burning, her hair loosely tied back. bliss she mouthed as she rested her arms against the edge of the never ending bath.
Finally Sun Kyu joins her. it was awkward for Sun Kyu even when they have known each other for 6 years. sharing a bath was one of forever awkward situation..more like embarrassing situation for her.
no words were spoken. they just stared at each other and smiled occasionally enjoying each others company. until a female servant abruptly disturbed them.
"Princess Kim, you need to sleep early. you have the meeting with the Hwang officials and the princess"
Tae Yeon rolled her eyes at hearing that she was to sleep early, Giving Sun Kyu a knowing glance as she stepped out of the bath, Sun Kyu knew exactly what it meant.
"HWANG MI YOUNG!?" everyone was looking for her around the palace once again Empress Hwang had hid herself from the officials.
"phew, that was close..can't they take no for answer. i don't want to get married"