It is all quiet as Xiuying Chang open her eyes but as she try to left up her arms to stretch them, they won’t move at all and a bird start singing at a low volume which slowly grows. Xiuying Chang tries to move the rest of her body but nothing in her body seems to work, suddenly she remember the attack and the explosions. “What happened to me?” She thinks loud with no voice at all which scares her even more so her eyes starts filling with tears of fear and sadness as she have no idea of what happen to her, the others or her world for that matter. Suddenly something appears in the edge of her eyes which makes the tears run faster as she finds out she can see but the happy tears quickly turns in scared tears as the thing that comes closer are as far from alive as possible as it is a walking rotten corpse. She tries to move again but nothing helps and the corpse comes closer and closer. She tries screaming again but even she can feel her mouth movement, no voice leaves her mouth and suddenly it hits her that the only sound is coming form the bird and it is started to get on a disturbing level. Her focus on the bird makes her lose focus on the corpse and it is like the bird is telling her something with it’s high voice but just as she was about to hear words in the singing a hand touched her and with all her power she tried to scream and movement but it did not help and soon the corpse kissed her and spoke with a deep and far from friendly voice “I will be waiting for you” and in the next he, the bird and her vision was gone and she could hear Jun Chen talking to Yi Cheng about her but she was to happy to be in the real world to listen to what they said.
Her heart started to slow down before stopping together with her mind and she felt her body closing down but when just as it looked at the darkest two different hands to a hard grip in her hands, no minding the blood or anything and pulled her away. “We have to go NOW” she heard two voices yelling in mouth of each other but she knew the voices. It was Jun Chen and Yi Cheng, their voice continued but she didn’t focus on them as the light and darkness was fighting inside her. “Get up NOW” she heard low but it gave the light and as a blind person she had never seen a light like that before and as she shake her head the light filled her from top to toe and she stand up like nothing could touch her. She started walking with them like her injuries was there no more and she followed them in a speed, way faster than before and soon she could feel water against her skin before the sounds of horses meet her too. They were in the royal stables, a place she always wanted to go but not like this. The last thought made the darkness suddenly appear in the bottom of the light and her senses started to turn off but before she could scream, she fainted.
“Help her up now” Jiang Chen yelled to his men when he noticed that she were laying in the wet grass and soon two men took her and tried to walk her up while putting her on a horse. “You need to ride with her, Jun Chen” Jiang Chen commanded his son. Jun Chen just nodded and prepared his horse for Xiuying Chang as the men had giving up on waking her up and put her on the horse. The rain started to fall faster and another explosion was heard from in other end of palace but no one had time to focus on that now because they had to get away now and they did not have a second chance. Emperor looked up at the sky before he closed his eyes and fell the rain hitting in his face for almost three seconds before he nodded like he had decided something and then he started walking over to the gate. He opened it like it was nothing which made the men including Jun Chen and Yi Cheng freeze for a bit. “Get our now and let our paths meet again some day safe” he yelled loud and looked at his son a last time as they started riding on each side of him. Jun Chen wanted to look back at his father but the gate had already closed and they were now just the three of them and they had to hurry away or they might become many more.
Suddenly another explosion hit and her grandfather’s hand turned soft as they flew from each other. Xiuying Chang landed on something soft and at first, she was happy that she did not hit anything hard, her happiness quickly disappeared as she learn she had hit a person. She tried to figure out who it was but the explosion had ruined all her senses except touch so she started to move her fingers around on the body. It felt like a leg and she tired to follow it up but hit some sharp on the way with some liquid surrounding it. The body below her had not moved while she had touch the place which made her move so she started to doubt that it really was a person she had landed which leaved her no other choice than taste the liquid. She gentle touch her way up to the place again and sh was about to touch the place again when it crossed her mind that she already had the liquid on her fingers. She took a deep lick on her finger and froze before reaching the end. It was blood.
She follow him thought the halls while she heard many new voices but Jun Chen keep dragging her past them all so she had no time to focus on what they said or the rooms they left. Suddenly Jun Chen stopped and Xiuying Chang could feel the wind and some leafs playing with her hair. It was so calming and relaxing that she almost forgot she were hungry. “When you are better again we will go out here in the palace garden every day and train as I have heard that you are good fighter even you are blind” Xiuying Chang smiled before her belly started to demand some food soon and they soon on their way again. They got back inside again and soon she heard voices she knew. The emperor and her grandfather. “What took you so long?” The emperor replied as he got an eye on them and before Xiuying Chang could answer Jun Chen had already open his mouth. “I wanted to show her the garden father” he answered like it was the simplest thing in the world. “Very well, but now it is time to eat and I am sure that Xiuying Chang is hunger too after about a day full of sleep.” Xiuying Chang could heard something was wrong in his voice but was too hungry to ruin the meal so she started to try find some of the food on the table in front of them. No one said a word as they were eating and Xiuying Chang used the change to relax and get as much food inside as possible as she were starved after the days with almost no food. Suddenly some quick feet entered the room and ran over to the emperor and a voice started whispering but not for long as the emperor yelled “Those people you see around this table are survivors for the attack so they are allowed to hear everything about it” the whispering voices stopped and took so deep breaths. “I am sorry my lord, I didn’t know it was no secret but what I was to say was that an army have been sighted not far form here” he wanted to say more but suddenly the whole hall was in chaos as more men entered the room screaming loudly. Xiuying Chang had been so focused on the food that she didn’t hear what they were saying before a hard grip took her arm and dragged her away form the food. “Heeeyyyy, I was eating that” she responded annoyed and her grandfathers gentle voice replied “didn’t you hear what happen, we have to get out now” Xiuying Chang’s voice changed form annoyed to worried “No, sorry grandfather, what happened.” But before he could answer an explosion happen near them and Xiuying Chang knew what was going on and was about to panic but her grandfather’s hard grip made her feel safe and she did her best to follow him even the fast movements had made her injuries hurt again.
She woke up as she could feel the sun reach her body which she used to wake up by back home. She listened for the morning birds but could not hear them as they were replaced with those she was about to hear in the afternoon and she were about to yell for someone but then she remembered she had no idea of what direction she was sleeping in so it could be why she had slept so long beside her injuries had taken its toll on her too. Suddenly a gentle female voice broke the bird songs “Good afternoon, good to see you up as I am here to replace your bandages. Don’t worry I will be gentle” and before Xiuying Chang could do anything to prevent it, a pair hands started touch her belly and chest. The pain were still unbearable but she did not want to show she were weak so instead of screaming she just bit her teeth together and tried to act normal. The woman was gentle but still doing her job like she had done it a million times. Suddenly footsteps started and entered the room but before the person could say anything the woman who had wrapped her like a rice roll replied “Can you see, we are busy at the moment and need some privacy?” And Xiuying Chang could hear the steps stop before making sounds of turning around “I am sorry, Xiuying Chang I just heard that you were awake and wanted to ask you if wanted to have dinner with me?” Xiuying Chang could hear it was with the crown prince but her mind was too focused on the pain she tried to hide to remember his name so the word exploded our of her mouth “YEEEEEEES” she almost yelled which surprised all in the room and Xiuying Chang could feel the color turn more and more red in her face and it got worse when she just noticed that she have been naked in front of the crown prince, a man and person she have only just meet. Her thoughts was stopped by a gentle voice from the woman who had wrapped her bandages “I am sorry, I didn’t meant to hurt you in anyway so next time I will change your bandages please tell me so I can be even more gentle” Then the hands left her painful body which was shacking like she had been out in the icy snow instead. “We are done, you can turn back around now” The steps form the crown prince changed direction as the woman’s steps leaved the room. He laughed like she had done something stupid before he stopped himself “I am sorry for laughter and my entrance… would you allow me to guide you to the main hall for dinner with me, my father and your grandfather?” Xiuying Chang had forgotten all about her grandfather and her parents. The thought of them made a tear run down from her left eye before she stopped herself and tried to focus on present time instead.