In order to preserve their father's health, Reinafu and Siuyu had decided to buy horses and the three of them were now urging to the house near Kaifeng that our readers surely remember.
When they arrived at Kaifeng, they took rooms in an inn and, while Old Andrea was resting, Reinafu went to a clothes shop with her sister and they bought a white and pink dress that was the uniform of Ah Ke's disciples and that the seller seemed to know very well since he had some of these uniforms already ready to be sold in his shop.
They returned at the inn and they took some hours of rest too. After a good meal, the two Liang sisters and their father decided to go at once at Ah Ke's refuge and they proudly crossed the town on their horses, heading to the house.
When they arrived, Ah Ke's disciples took a supicious look at both Siuyu and Old Andrea, and she abruptely asked Reinafu :
Disciple : "Who are they, Reinafu ? You perfectly know that Master doesn't allow any stranger among us ! How come this girl is wearing our uniform ?! "
Reinafu : " You should show a little bit more respect towards me ! Did you forget that I'm Master's daughter ?! "
Disciple : " She no longer considers you as her daughter, have you forgotten ? "
Reinafu : " Things will change from now on. Let us pass, these are my father and my sister ! "
The disciple tried to interfere, but the three other ones who were guarding the house didn't let her do it and they respectfully inclined towards the three people.
These latter soon arrived in the room where stayed Ah Ke and Reinafu said :
Reinafu : "I'm here, Mother. "
Ah Ke ordered her people to go out, and she angrily exclaimed :
Ah Ke : " Who are you calling Mother ? I'm your Master, here, and I don't have any daughter among my disciples ! You'll be allowed to call me mother when you'll succeed in your mission !"
With tears in her eyes, Reinafu looked at her father and sister, both shocked by Ah Ke's behaviour.
Ah Ke suddenly frowned and exclaimed :
Ah Ke : 'You aren't alone !! Who is with you ? "
Reinafu : " I found them, Mother ! "
Ah Ke : " Found them ? Who are you talking about ? Did you find the assassins of my husband and my daughter ? "
Reinafu was about to answer, but her father stopped her with an arm gesture and began to speak :
Old Andrea : "I'm here, Dear, I'm not dead and Reinafu brought me here. "
When she heard here husband's voice, Ah Ke staggered and he quickly went to her, taking her in his arms. She softly passed her hands on his face, and she whispered with tears in her eyes and voice :
Ah Ke : " Andrea !! It's really you !! I was so desperate ! I thought that you were dead !! "
She suddenly realized that Reinafu had said " I found them " and she stammered :
Ah Ke : " Who...Who else is with you ? "
Reinafu encouraged her sister with a head gesture and the young girl went to her mother, knelt in front of her and said :
Siuyu : " I'm here too, Mother. I'm Siuyu. "
Ah Ke almost shouted : " Siuyu !! My Baby, Siuyu ! I can't believe it !! Andrea, are you sure that it's her ? "
Old Andrea : " She has the birthmark, Ah Ke, there is no doubt that she is our daughter ! "
Very moved, Reinafu was about to leave the room when her mother said :
Ah Ke : " Don't leave, Reinafu ! Come here, I want all my family members reunited with me in my arms !! "
With a sob, Reinafu ran in her mothers' arms and this latter embraced her husband and her two daughters, crying and laughing at the same time and she said to Reinafu :
Ah Ke : " I'm so sorry to have been so rude with you, Reinafu ! Will you forgive me one day ? "
Reinafu : " You were right, Mother ! I deserved all these years of punishment for not having been able to protect my little sister when we were attacked ! "
Ah Ke sighed and said : "I'm so happy now thanks to you ! You can ask what you want from me and..."
She was interrupted by the disciple who had argued with Reinafu, who frowned when she saw the picture offered by her master and the three people who had passed without her consent, but she didn't say anything regarding this matter and announced :
"Master, KellyChen is here, with a girl who looks very strange ! "
When KellyChen stopped talking, all Liang's family members looked at each other and Reinafu sighed :
" I would have never thought that PrincessK would be able to betray us ! What should we do, Mother ? Have you ever heard of Master Wan being a martial arts expert ? "
Ah Ke : " I never heard of any Master Wan...Maybe you should return to your inn, Daughter. It's about a week since you left your friends and maybe they are waiting for you there, with more explanations..."
Siuyu : " Mother, can I go too, please ? I'm afraid that Reinafu might be ambushed and I want to help her ! "
Old Andrea : " You can go with your sister, Siuyu, but you must promise me that you'll take good care of each other and...I would be less worried if you took an escort with you. What do you think, Ah Ke ? "
Ah Ke : " Yes, ask Yü Lan and a few other girls to come with you, Reinafu. "
Reinafu : " Well...I would prefer to avoid Yü Lan, if you don't mind, Mother. "
Ah Ke : " Why ? What happened with her ? "
As Reinafu was hesitating to answer her mother's question, it's Old Andrea who explained what had happened when they arrived in the House and Ah Ke exclaimed :
" What an impudent !! I must punish her ! "
Reinafu : " Don't do it, Mother, please ! I want to know what she is up to. Maybe she works with PrincessK..."
The spy carefully left her hideout without being seen by anybody, while Ah Ke decided :
"Alright, Reinafu, I'll let you deal with this matter."
Reinafu answered : " Thanks, Mother. We'll leave tomorrow. Tonight, I want to stay here and have a big feast in order to celebrate your family's reunion ! "
Ah Ke noded and the four of them began to discuss about the celebration...
On the same day of the big fire at the Ding's Mansion, somewhere towards the North...
While they were walking fast, PrincessK couldn't help but take frequent looks to her fiancé, thinking :
" I don't know how to cure him ! I'm so eager to arrive at this doctor's !! "
Master Wan, who seemed to walk more by a kind of automatism than as a normal person, said :
" Why do you walk so fast, PrincessK ? Is there an emergency ? And where are we going ? How come I feel so strange ? "
" Don't you remember what happened, Master Wan ? ! "
" I remember a fight..."
PrincessK : " Yes, there was a fight and you have been hypoptized. Later, you attacked me and if not for a scholar's help, you would have killed me ! He blocked your blood points. "
Master Wan : " What do you say ??!! I tried to kill you ? But why ? "
PrincessK sighed : " If only I was able to answer this question ! "
Master Wan : " Why don't you release my blood points ? "
PrincessK : " I can't, Master Wan ! before leaving, the scholar told me that if I did, you would be able to attack me again ! He told me to lead you to a famous doctor in the North who can cure any poison, and that's why I walk so fast, it's because the earleir we'll arrive there, the earlier you'll be cured ! "
A few hours later, they finally arrived in the town where lived the doctor and they went to his house at once.
It was almost night and PrincessK had to knock on the door several times before someone finally come to open the door.
A double exclamation then burst out :
" Father ! "
" My son ! "
Mesmerized, PrincessK looked at Master Wan and then at the old man who was standing at the door and she finally asked :
" Are you...Are you Master Wan's father ? But we thought that it was the famous doctor JohnD's house ! "
Doctor : " I am, indeed. I had to change my name in order to escape people who wanted to kill me. Please, come in ! "
Wan senior lead them to a reception room and he exclaimed : " I'm so happy to see you, my son ! How come you are here ? You don't seem very well..."
PrincessK : " He has been poisoned, Doctor. He has been hypnotized too and he tried to kill me ! "
Doctor : " And you are ? "
PrincessK : " I'm his fiancée. "
Wan Senior seemed surprised, but he didn't say anything and began to examine his son's face and neck. He turned to PrincessK and asked :
" How do you know that he has been posioned and hypnotized ? "
PrincessK : " I have been helped by a scholar and it's hil who told me this. He blocked your son's blood points and they are still blocked, that's why he looks so strange. "
Wan senior asked a maid to take care of PrincessK and he alos asked two servants to help his son to go to another room and he followed them, thinking of a way to cure his son without making him being violent again...
After thinking for a rw seconds, Wan senior asked his twi servants to follow him with his son in the basement of the house, in a special room where there were some torture instruments that nobody would have thought they couls exist in the house of a famous and well appreciated doctor.
The two men helped their master to hancuff Master Wan on a kind of vertical plank, on which they also tied his feet.
Then, Master Wan seemend to realize what was happening to him and, after the servants left the room, he begged his father :
" Untie me, Father ! You know that I can't bear not being free of my moves !! Untie me, I beg you !! "
Wan Senior : " I'm so sorry, son, but I must first prevent you from attacking me when I'll release your blood points. As soon as I'll see how you react and I'll give you an universal antidote to expell the poison from you, I'll release you, don't worry. "
Master Wan was already very agitated, trying to free himself from the ties, but when his father released his blood points, he became much more agitated, and his father congratulated himself for having taken the precaution to tie his son. He went to a small room near the one with the torture instruments, searched for some flasks for a little while, and he returned to his son. He helped him to drink what was in a blu flask, and then in yellow one and Master Wan began to be quieter at once.
Wan Senior waited for 15mn more, and then, he released his son. This latter felt much better and he thanked his father for having taken care of him.
The two men then left the torture chamber and they went into Wan Senior's room,a nd the father asked his son :
" Tell me what happened to you, so. Who poisoned you and hypnotized you ? "
Master Wan : " Well... I'm not sure, father. I remember to have fought with a man in a cave. He had fierce eyes and I think that it's him who hypnotized me. He also said something to me, and while he talked to me, I felt something strange and painful near my ear. It's been a few days since this happened. I also remember that I very unusually acted from then, and that PrincessK was very annoyed about this. And suddenly, we heard a zither and I became mad and began to attack her and to try to kill her. A scholar blocked me, but later, she had to blocked me again because I was about to attack her and she decide to come to a doctor in order to cure me."
Wan Senior said : " Hum...A zither...Do oyu know who this guy in the cave was ? "
Master Wan : " He looked exactly like the girl Andrea who played fiddler in Reinafu's inn "
Wan Senior jumped on his feet : "What ?? Andra the fiddler ?? And this guy looked like her ??!! You must avoid these people by all means, Son ! They are very dangerous persons ! "
Wan Senior jumped on his feet : "What ?? Andra the fiddler ?? And this guy looked like her ??!! You must avoid these people by all means, Son ! They are very dangerous persons ! " --> I planned to make this Andrea the fiddler and the Andrea the guy who played zither as one person. A double personality psycho like Brigitte Lin in the film The Ashes of Time. I wonder if that's possible though. reinafu
Well, why not ? If Wan Senior isn't aware of this particularity as yet, it can work.
It's you who initiated the character of Andrea, so, you can do what you want with her, I just adapt myself to your ideas, and since you didn't write anything after my " return " on the scene, maybe I wrote things that can't fit your ideas, sorry...