Chapter 24 – The Snow and the Rabbit

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(Wallace Huo as Wei Yun)         ( Liu Shi Shi as Yu Zhu)


“You’re staring out the window again”

Yu Zhu jumped and looked around, Lin Yu cradled her head in her hands looked at Yu Zhu, her eyes were golden slits. Whenever Lin Yu was at home, she preferred to have her true eyes and sometime went by her true form.

Yu Zhu turned away, “Was not.”

“Was too. You’ve been staring since that Wei Yun came yesterday. You’re a terrible liar.”

 

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Chapter 23 – Wei Yun

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Yu Zhu didn’t know what to say as she followed Lin Yu out of the city. Lin Yu was too furious to notice that people turned their heads to follow them as they walked out of the town. Claws and fangs slide out of the human disguises as the demons sensed that something, someone human was in their midst.

 

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Chapter 22 – A Proposal

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Yu Zhu and Lin Yu knelt in the garden, holding their swords above their heads. Though their arms were sore, neither of them complained. They had held their swords since the sun was high in the sky and now the sun was sinking into the green valley. Grandfather hobbled into the dusty yard, and elder brother Tu Suo came in as well. Grandfather sat down and looked at the two girls, their faces were red with perspiration, both of them stubbornly remained silent. Lin Yu’s hand bled down her arm sluggishly, she bit her lips to stop from crying. Even though grandfather said if they apologized and promised to never go back to the forest, they could put down the swords, Lin Yu and Yu Zhu refused.

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Chapter 21 – Snake Bite

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Yu Zhu ran back to the cottage, using qi to speed along her travel. She ran into the courtyard without acknowledging Lin Yu. Yu Zhu ran into her room and grabbed her bow and arrow. She tucked three daggers into her belt and hung her quiver full of arrows around her pale purple robe.

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Chapter 20 – The Crow Man

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Yu Zhu couldn’t bring herself to go back to the oak tree after listening to Lin Yu’s story. For days she spoke little and ate even less. Lin Yu was worried, but Grandfather only shook his head and told her to leave Yu Zhu alone. she looked as lost  as she did when she came to the cottage four years ago.

Slowly, Yu Zhu seemed to get better. Yet sometimes, Lin Yu caught Yu Zhu staring at the direction of the forrest. One day, Yu Zhu looked out the window and realized that she hadn’t been back in the forest for half a year. On some nights the acorn floated like an ethreal dragonfly around her room, trying to lead her to the forest. Yu Zhu threw it away in annoyance, determined to forget about the glowing god in the forest.

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Chapter 19- The God of Demons

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Yu Zhu woke up with with the fiery light of the sun peeking over the edge of the trees. She smiled, she hadn’t slept so soundly for so long. She looked at the forest around her and realized that she couldn’t see past the vast wilderness and find the village. Just then, an acorn flew up and hovered between her eyes. It pointed to the trees and floated towards the woods again, it would lead her home  She smiled and patted the tree, after all she was in the land of demons, it wasn’t so strange if a tree had a little bit of magic. With that, she rose and followed the floating acorn. The leaves behind her shook lazily.

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Chapter 18 – The Lone Oak

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“Stop!”

Yu Zhu looked up to see an angry bunch of adults charging at them. She grabbed Lin Yu’s sleeve and pointed. Ho Pa Lai’s grimy face lit up as he lifted his head, two large black eyes were starting to form. The rest of the boys lay in the alley, moaning and sniffling. Ho Pa Lai gloated, “My family servants are coming, when they catch you they’re gonna sell to the pleasure houses.”

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Chapter 17 – The Nowhere Town

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A jade green snake glid quietly along the banks of a sleepy creek, silently targeting a brown little rabbit that was too busy eating grass to notice. The little jade snake coiled and sprang only to to have the rabbit turn around and aim a kick at it. The little snake narrowly avoided the rabbit’s powerful kick, turned around and glared at it balefully before trying to slither away. The rabbit shook its head.

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Chapter 16 – Battle Brothers

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The Princess’s Pavilion

By the time the news had gotten out of the princess’s death, the palace was covered in millions of white paper ghost money. If anyone saw it, they would think a snowstorm had only engulfed the palace in the middle of october. The plaintive wailing could be heard even in the city. The bone aching sounds piercing even the most hardened hearts. People wept for the bright little princess who had been the jewel of their beloved Emperor’s eyes.

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Chapter 15 – The Princess In The Winds

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The footsteps echoed in the sparse and cold room. Sunlight barely filtered through the black curtained windows .  Hong Yan Su walked slowly and bowed in front a slumped figure sitting in an onyx chair carved with rolling black clouds. The man in heavy black silk glared at  Hong Yan Su while wheezing heavily. Hong Yan Su only bowed elegantly, “Father. I hope you are well.”

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Chapter 14 – The Winter Pavilion

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“Your Majesty, the princess’s maid is here.” Eunuch Dan Yi swept into a bow as he faced the Emperor who sat alone in the Winter Pavilion of the Jade garden and Lily Ponds. It was the highest and coldest point of the Jade gardens, hidden by giant maple trees, built on massive boulders dredged from the Northern Sea.  The Emperor looked up, the steaming cup of fragrant chrysanthemum tea in his cold fingers. “Let her up. Keep all the servants back from the Winter Pagoda.” He said as he gazed into the garden below.

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Chapter 13 – The Choice

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Yu Zhu shuffled backwards,  her legs shaking as her eyes widdened with disbelief.  Her brother the Crown Prince Xu Long Hui, was pointing a shining sword directly at her neck.

“Long Hui Gege…I” Words failed her as Yu Zhu felt the sharp cold rocks at her back. She was trapped. Long Hui’s brows furrowed in pain, sweat dripped from his beautiful features onto the black silk robes. Behind him, floating like a translucent shadow, was the demoness. She was cackling delightfully, “Hurry, my Long Hui. How much longer do you want to be my slave. To carry me in your heart, always?”

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Chapter 12 – The Demoness In His Heart

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The thousand firecracker string roared into life, as did hundreds of firecracker strings flared in joyful exuberance. Dragon dancers waved and weaved through the streets as people cheered. The palace was brighter than the sun as gold embossed orange red lanterns floated into the sky, carrying well wishes for the newly returned heir. The gates were thrown open as people, dignitaries, and ambassadors from every country came to celebrate the return of the Crown Prince of Dian.

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Chapter 11 – The Dragon Returns

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Present day

“Papa!” Yu Zhu was barely ushered into the inner palace when she heard the pounding hoofbeats and clinking of armor. Her father the Emperor,  Hong Yan Su, and a retinue of guards and eunuchs had ridden from his residence once he had heard that Yu Zhu had come back safely.

“Yu Zhu!” The Emperor ran to his only child and crushed her in an enveloping hug. “We’ve searched everywhere.” He held her up and made sure that she was fine.  He couldn’t even bear the thought of losing his last child.

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Chapter 10 The Day of the Seige

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“It seems that you have a lot on your mind tonight.” The Doctor leaned against the rough wooden door frame as the soft melody faded into the silent night. “Old friend, even someone as tune deaf as I can tell that song isn’t a happy one.” Doctor Li rubbed his wrist, Xu Long Hui had to help extract him from Hua Er’s grip.

Xu Long Hui’s icily handsome face was turned to the moon, “I was just reminiscing. How many years ago has it been?”

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