Saturday, August 19, 2006

Prelude - LIsa Chun

Lisa Chun, former competitive gymnast and dancer. Now dance instructer with a successful studio in Franklin NC was at crossroads in life. She got an offer to audition to join the Ira Duncan Dance Troupe, the premier dance troupe in the country, several of her best students defected to the Scarlet Dragon Troupe, the gymnastic group of her ex-lover, and the most puzzling development she received a small inheritance from her recently deceased Great Uncle. With only one problem, to get it she needed to travel to China. Lisa decided to visit China to re-center herself and find some focus. Part of her itinerary is a side trip to central China, to see her ancestoral homeland.
The plane was delayed on the tarmac for some reason and she fell asleep again dreaming of the scaling the mountain. The name Hua Shan is one that comes up. In her dream she is again climbing the mountain, again meeting with the dragon, and this time when asked "what do you want" there is a crack of thunder and lightning and the the fall.
She woke up as the plane lands in China.
She spent a few weeks seeing the sights in China before finding her way to Mt. Hua Shan. She climbed the mountain and finds the Taoist temple. She spent several months there trying to find the center she needs to answer the question. The monks were not very helpful. They seemed expect her, but they do nothing to help. She spent much of her time climbing the cliffs and scaling the precipices looking for the dragon. Until finally, she was at prayers at the alter and a nun leaned over and asked her if she is ready to confront the dragon.
She said that she beleived she was. She closed her eyes, and when she opened them again.
She woke up in the Franklin Chinese Community Hospice... eight months later. According to the nurse she had been in a coma the entire eight months. Her plane crashed into another on the ground during the EVENT, and after a few weeks in the hospital with steady deterioration, her family agreed to move her to hospice, feed and take care of her, but wait for her death. instead she awoke and in a few days was ready to leave. She moved in with her parents and sifted through the remains of her past life.
After a few days of quick recovery at her parents she went for a walk one night and found herself confronted by a gang of thugs: "Steel Dragons". They pursued her, and cornered her in a dead end, near a construction site. She tried to escape them by scaling the wall into the construction site. Sadly they followed her in, and captured her. They began to terrorize the young woman and she fought back. Initially her feeble attempts were laughed off, but after being struck by the leader of the gang, with her arms pinned behind her back she panicked and feared for the worse. Suddenly, the ground saround them softened as the site began to fill with water. In second the water was waste high, and most of the thugs fled to higher ground.
Another continued to menage her with a piece of rebar, and in her attempt to deflect the blow she sent a wave of water crashing down on the thug washing him across the pit. Seeing him struggling back to her, she 'willed' the water to throw him out of the pit and that was the last she saw of him. Shortly after the fight, the water drained harmlessly away. She felt a small loss as the water drained away.
She spent much of the rest of the night and the next few days experimenting with her new found control of water. She could create fountains, geysers, even static pools, and hovering globes of water. And once made, she could move them was like extensions of her body.
When she went home she noticed an unusual ad on TV for the Teach Academy offering to assist those who were affected by the EVENT in ways no one else could understand. She did a little research online and found out little about the Teach Academy. For the next few days she couldn't shake the feeling that she was being watched. Then a week or so later, she received a strange e-mail from the Teach Academy saying that if she lost interest, she needn't answer the door that night. Strangely, her parents went out for an unusual night on the town, and fearing what might arrive, she decided to wait for the inevitable knock from across the street.
Hiding across the street in the shadows of the stoop she waited. Sure enough an SUV arrived an parked outside her house. She was about to investigate, when the smell of pipe smoke drifted over her. She looked up and met a strange man. He called himself "Ted" and said he helped people like her. After a brief discussion, he left with an invitation to visit the academy.


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