Chapter 2: Stone Face
Lin Fong finally finished his reporting on what occurred over the past 140,000 years. The first 70,000 years there was nothing out if the norm but the last 70,000 almost ended the worlds.
“You said there was a war between all the realms 70,000 years ago? Even after the last one? This is getting very mundane and repetitive. The Ghost tribe was indeed ambitious but look now what they’ve accomplished, created their own demise. That Stone Face almost died as well you say? So I wonder whatever happened to staying out of it if it is not necessary and he was front and centre for this war? Did he finally choose beauty over peace? What?! He got involved because of his disciple, so my impression were correct, they are indeed too sissy! Loving a man isn’t unusual but for Stone Face it is indeed interesting. Too bad I wasn’t around to witness that!” Exclaimed Shao Wan as she listened from start to finish the recollection of the thousands of millennia which have passed during her supposed death.
She knew that she was dead to the world in the past but now awakened from her deep sleep, she tried to recall what had exactly happened to her, for her to be in that comatose form for so long. Upon awakening, her Demon clan survivors were shocked to say the least that their Ancestor came back to life. Even more so she didn’t seem to have aged. Her youthfulness was flawless. Yet she far surpassed the age of 300,000. Was this what you would call a beauty sleep?
Shao Wan chewed on the roasted pheasant placed before her with the other various dishes brought forth as a banquet feast in celebration of her return. She had stated she was famished upon her awakening and so her clan gathered to witness the Ancestor in person and quickly prepared the heaping plates of fancy fare for her. The current Demon King was from her understanding, was a self appointed ruler but all is fair in battle. The strongest, smartest and ambitious will become king. She had her time as a ruler and glad she was no longer responsible for the Demon realm. But what was it that refused to come to the surface from her memory? She felt is was very important but dismissed it regardless. Everything was finally at peace and treaties have been enforced by that Stone Face, she assumed.
She thought nothing more if it and asked for a bath to be drawn and a change of clothes. The brightest yellow almost shimmering like pale gold was chosen as her outfit today. Her ladies in waiting sat patiently in rows, side by side for a total of 18 outside of the hot springs’ compound. She soaked in the secluded hot springs, found only in the underground realm. In her solidarity she decided to take a nap.
Afterwards she needed to confirm a few things with her younger brother, Shao Wei. He was the Great General of the Demon Realm. Why he chose not to become the next ruler was not known to her. But her younger brother was always more of the behind the scenes sort of character.
Shao Wei entered his sister’s chamber. Looking at her it seems he should be the elder. Her deep sleep and disappearance did her justice and he can also feel the aura of immense power she wielded. Although she didn’t seem to care if she had this immense Yang energy within her. Shao Wan was alive, he took over as the High General of their demonic army in fear that their current ruler wanted to obtain more power and take reign over Heaven and Mortal world. The divided ambitions of the two major clans within the Demon tribe was becoming harder to contain. Hence he became the median between them.
“Shao Wan, right now I am able to keep the gossips brewing about that some unknown energy has become uprooted in our underground world. The Celestial tribe wants to launch a full investigations to confirm if it’s evil or just an unknown energy. It’s only you but when do you want to announce your awakening? You’ve been meditating to calm your meridian points for almost one year now. We cannot keep it low profile anymore. And the task you’ve provided to me to relay your cryptic message to Mo Yuan has been delivered. He has asked me each month when you will accept his visit?”
Shao Wan thought over her brother’s words. When she first awakened she felt fine and act as if everything was normal but after her time in the hot springs, she collapsed from the inner energy as if she was being burned alive by the flames of crimson fire. With the utmost excruciating pain attacking her insides, she had no other choice but to temporarily freeze her pressure points to relieve some of her pains. The Pill master for them, Hso Min advised no pill he could create can cure her. She just needed to calm her energy with meditation. But that was still a temporary fix.
“Tell him to wait for my response in another few months. I have urgent matters to see with Dijun and Zhe Yan.” She replied and proceeded to leave.
The two high gods looked over their young visitor, yet she was only a few hundred years younger than them.
“What did you use as a negotiating tool to obtain your beauty and youth? Sleeping causes one to age backwards? I have lived for so long and this is a first. Has Mo Yuan visited? I know he will not say a thing when it comes to you but I wouldn’t be surprised if this does it.” Dijun commented. His eyes twinkled at Shao Wan’s response.
“Do you really think Stone Face will react, we have all known each other for so long, I think you give too much credit to him.” She retorted.
” I disagree Wan Wan, as the oldest Phoenix here, there will be great changes to things and gods.” Zhe Yan chirped in. “But what have you been through the past year, let me take your pulse.” He reached out and listened carefully.
Shao Wan didn’t flinch to his touch, “Only because you’ve hatched before me that I will not challenge you with your status. You have aged, the both of you, but still I am glad our friendship remains the same.”
She saw Zhe Yan brows furrowed, was something wrong with her? He then smiled.
“Dijun pass on some of Buddha’s scriptures for her, maybe another 700 years and she will be ready to join our enlightened state. As long as she doesn’t fall asleep again in between”. The two men laughed all the while Shao Wan made a face. Scriptures had always bored her to tears.
She asked for some peach wine and took a scroll to read in the woods, she didn’t want to speak with them any longer. As she found a spot to enjoy the wine and start to read, there stood a tall man, back to hers attired in dark mustard coloured outfit and his hair bound tight above his head. Her reaction turned cold. As he turned around she finally came to face to face with Stone Face, Mo Yuan.