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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Epilogue
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
Epilogue

    Korren watched the two leave.  He didn’t know John could be like that.  He was even more shocked that he was still alive, if it wasn’t for Len he was sure he wouldn’t be.  He didn’t stand a chance against John Travis.  Especially if he wanted blood and Korren didn’t.  He owed his life to Len, and she had seen him kill her brother moments before.  If only he could explain, maybe she would listen.
    “Wait!”  He called after them, “Please you don’t understand!” They didn’t top though, or even turn their heads.  It was too much to expect her to listen after what she had seen, he had to find his parents, now that he had saved his father’
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 7
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
            John 16:33
Part 7: Ashes to Ashes

  Shean had just finished packing to leave when Taryn came to him with the news of what had happened.  He was surprised but didn’t miss a beat when he was told to go find Korren.  But he couldn’t find him; he wasn’t anywhere around the camp.  It wasn’t until he looked outside of camp that he found him on one of the trails leading from the village.
    “Hey, Korren, come on, we need to get back to camp.”  He turned and took a few steps but could tell Korren wasn’t following.  “Come on we need to hurry.”  He said again.
    “I’m sorry Shean, I really am.  But you didn’t give m
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse: To Defend History: #5
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
                                                                    2 Corinthians 12:9
Part 5: Super Saibamen and Super Powered [not super] Saiyans

    Alako materialized and found himself standing on thin air! “Whahh!” he landed hard on the ground and fell on his back side. “Stupid scroll, sticking me ten feet above the ground what’s the deal, so help me I’m going to…”  He heard a crash and stopped his grumbling.  He stood up and du
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: part 6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                                                             Philippians 4:6-7
Part Six

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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 5
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
                                                   
Matthew 6:14-15

Part Five
    Back at the camp, after the portal through which Jaqui returned to, Korren mentioned how hard this would be on her.  He didn't hear a response, and when he turned he saw that Shean had moved, and that he was walking away.
    "Hey Shean?"
    "I'll Talk with you later Korren.  I just have something I need to do really quick."  His friend waved goodbye and left.  Absently Korren waved back.  There was something off here, someth
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 4
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
               
Proverbs 3:5-6

Part Four   

    "I screwed up, big time, and I'm a moron and a big mouth and I talk more then I think.  That’s why I said what I did.  I know it's not an excuse but I can't make one because it was senseless thing to say."
    He turned to his friend.  "Is that all?"
    "I'm a big moron?"
    "Close enough ice head."  His friend smiled and so did he.  They shook hands and hugged.  I'll see you back at camp."  He started to leave with the rest of the Earthrealmers, though Korren was staying to spend more time with the Grey Eyes.  He was almost alone in the night as he was walking between one group of Earthrea
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 3
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
                                                                   
Proverbs 17:17
Part Three

    Korren was with Shean searching for Casie.  They were carefully probing around the edge of the forest that surrounded the town looking out for her.  Kano was not known for his scruples as much as his business sense and cunning.  So it seemed like a reasonable bet that he was in town drinking, womanizing, or both.  Casie could have very easily reached the same conclusion, in which case they might run into her if they were lucky.  Suddenly a cloud of smoke rushed passed him and rematerialized beside him.
 
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 2

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
                                                                       
Romans 12:14


Chapter 2: Unreliable Friends
    Ye-Jun and the other senior kombatants did not get their own huts.  Yes, they were huts, well furnished, well-built huts, but their size prevented him from thinking of them as anything else.  They did have more liberty in choosing bed fellows and only had to sleep two to a hut.  John was sleeping with his son and daughter.  Which was, of course, the fact that they w
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Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 1
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.
                                          
2 Kings 2:2
Prologue

    Shao Khan was very pleased with the performance of his new cyberninja toys, or as pleased as Kitana had ever seen him with anyone or thing, besides perhaps her on rare occasions.  She had never been very supportive of this venture, not from the very day that her father allowed the two deflect metal men, Cyrax and Sektor, to not only remain in Outworld but continue their work with not only his protection, but his blessing.  Since then they had some modest success, admittedly only with her father
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Weekly Two Cents #4
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-…
Okay, so this.  My chance to make my case for why I think being anto-vaccine is ridiculous.  This isn't going to be a rant.  This is a historical example.  Smallpox.  Smallpox is one of the deadliest diseases ever to be faced by man kind, it's only redeeming factor is that if you get it once you are immune.  It has also, a pet from samples kept frozen in bio weapon and disease control labs, now completely irradiated from the world.  Thanks to vaccination.  So here is a good example for why vaccinations are are good thing.  In 1721 an epidemic of smallpox hit Boston.  A man by the name of Cotton Mather, who having heard about the benefits of inoculation (same as vaccination) from his slave (certain African tribes had been practicing a crude form of vaccination for a while) and a few other sources proposed vaccination to counter the diseas
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Weekly two cents #3
http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc… So I think this one is interesting because Fusion energy is actually a pretty important step humanity needs to take for a lot of reasons.  First one, a lot of people think renewable energy like wind farms and solar energy will be the future, well if so your wrong. Fusion basically allows you to produce all of the power as a conventional nuclear reaction (fission) but with none of the harmful waste.  Second one, once we get this down it will take care of our energy problems and it will be a big step for future technological advancement too, space ships anyone, power armor, stargates, who knows! Facts About Fusion.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-… Although I don't have very much to say on this one we should take n
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Pokemon: Vanished: Part 5
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Part 5: And All Was Gone
    The group moved out separately and reached the woods separately, Courtney confirmed everyone was in place, then they moved in on the base from different angels.
    "Alpha team engaged. "
    "Charlie team in the fight."
    "Echo team engaged.”  Came the reports over the radio as each squad got into combat.
    "All right everyone our turn."  He nodded to Sceptile and the pokémon jumped from the brush and sliced the throats of two guards, then Hunter and his squad came out and joined the fight. "Foxtrot team engaged."
    The fighting continued, bullets filling the air as well fire balls and leaf blades. The confederate garrison had been tipped off by an anonymous sor
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Weekly Two Cents #2
First off just letting you know I will be moving this to Saturday for anyone interested.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38456787 This is an important step for equality in my opinion.  America is better than a lot of countries but it's not perfect and that's no lie.  I think this is an important step in the right direction because will things like this help America on the whole get more used to and more understanding of different religions and cultures, but things like this will lend it's self to people assimilation into American society.  If they come here knowing that they will experience great religious and cultural acceptance they will be more likely to assimilate into American society, compared to remaining culturally divided, which only creates problems.  When I say assimilation I should make it clear that I do not mean the complete loss of cultural, I mean adoption of the wider cultural no
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Pokemon: Vanished: Part 4
But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
           
Isaiah 50:7

Part 4: And Then There Was One

    "Sceptile, come on."  Said Hunter, holding out his pokéball and allowing the pokémon to return before clipping it to his belt.  Zora was staying with friends in the city and he had taken the day off from work.  So he had plenty of time to. Talk to an old former friend.  The moment Tanner answered the door. Hunter posed his question.  "Where's my sister."  His voice was about as grim as it could be.
    "Sorry Hunter I can't help you.”  He tried to close the door but I stopped him.  “We sent her undercover at the city council's office but I haven't seen or heard from her in a few days."  Of course.  H
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Pokemon: Vanished: Part 3
 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?
                                                                                          
Ecclesiastics 7:17
Part 3: Victory and loss 
 "Hey babe," Ema said when he opened the door.  She was wearing shorts over a one-piece swimsuit, “and hello to you." She scooped up Zora and the little girl smiled.
    "Hi Miss Ema." The little girl said with an even bigger grin.  Ema turned her face to Hunter and her smile subsided. "Is something wrong?"
    "Just more trouble with my sister."
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Weekly Two Cents #1
So here is a new thing I've decided to do.  I plan to move it to a devoted Wordpress blog eventually but I'll just post it here for now. Basically I'm going to give you links to a couple of articles or videos tied to news or current event I though were impotent or interesting.  I'll give you a little bit about what I think of them.  Then I'll throw in a just for fun link to wrap it up.  To establish my bonafides I am a university student studying political science and I have been for more than two years, so I do know a bit about what I'm talking about.  So here we go.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38303209 
This first one is about Trumps choices for key cabinet pos
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And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28


Epilogue

    Korren watched the two leave.  He didn’t know John could be like that.  He was even more shocked that he was still alive, if it wasn’t for Len he was sure he wouldn’t be.  He didn’t stand a chance against John Travis.  Especially if he wanted blood and Korren didn’t.  He owed his life to Len, and she had seen him kill her brother moments before.  If only he could explain, maybe she would listen.
    “Wait!”  He called after them, “Please you don’t understand!” They didn’t top though, or even turn their heads.  It was too much to expect her to listen after what she had seen, he had to find his parents, now that he had saved his father’s life.  Perhaps they could explain to john what was going on.  So he returned to their camp, but there was hardly any sign that it had been occupied only hours before.  Everyone had left already, why?  He was stranded, he had no way to make it back, and now that the tournament was over, especially since Outworld had lost he could expect no further hospitality from them.  Considering how tightly controlled this island seemed to be he could only think of one option that would not run a risk of getting him killed that he did not like.  Though making a deal with this devil was not much better, he would have to take his chances.    

    “So the son of Sub Zero wishes my help.”  Said Nitara, with obvious relish as the vampires twists her hair and smiled.
    “I need to get back to Earthrealm.”  Korren said.
    “Indeed you do, and why should I help you return there?”
    “Because I am stranded here and I know I won’t be able to make it off this island myself. I know this isn’t going to be free so just tell me what you want.”  As the vampiress chuckled her smile became a little more ironic, Korren could see that she would be more than happy to assist him, but it would surly come with a price. 
    “I will be happy to send you to Had’ra’din.  If I do, you will owe me a favor.  I am not sure what yet, but as I am likely saving you from Sektor and his ‘automation’ I doubt that is much to ask.”
    “I need to get to Earthrealm not Had’ra’den.”
    “You have many friends in that realm, does it really matter that much?” She had a point.  Nitara held out her hand.  Reluctantly Korren shook it, but the moment his hand was in her grip he could feel and see the strange green magic coursing into his body like lightening.  “Good luck to you Korren.”  Then she let go and Korren felt himself falling through a portal. 
    He felt himself reemerge and land feet first onto solid ground.  He almost lost his balance with the hard impact, the sorcerer had dropped him from more than ten feet up.  Darkness was coming, he looked all around him for some sign of someone, and he saw a small fire light, a hundred meters or so away.  As he got closer he could see it was a camp, all the fires were out except for one, probably the night watch.  As he got closer he could see a man and a woman sitting around the fire, he could also see their grey eyes glowing in the dark.
    “Hello?  May I enter your camp?”  He called out.
    “From what clan do you hail?”  Shouted back the man.
    “No clan, I am from Earthrealm.”
    “Earthrealmers eyes do not glow.”
    “No, but mine do.”
    “Korren?”  Said the women, it was a voice he recognized.  She stood up and turned toward him and he saw her face, it was Terra.
    “Terra?  I am glad to see you.”  He said in relief, the approached the fire.
    “What are you doing here?”
    “I got left behind in Earthrealm, I couldn’t get back their but I found a way here.”
    Her expression changed to one of dread, “Korren, what did you do?”  Now his smile faded, and he told his sad story, but then she told him what her mother had told her.  Then he received the horrible revelation that he had been manipulated.  He pulled Shean’s dagger from his belt and clenched it in his hands.
    “Shean, I’m so sorry.” He started to weep. Never before had he felt so foolish, so helpless, or so alone.

    John, Silene, and their children spent the first two days after their return in mourning.  As there was no body to bury all Shean received was an empty urn placed onto a shelf in the temple, where the ashes of all their dead were placed.  He did not receive ashes.  They honored him the way enenra honored their dead. John had not spoken to anyone besides Silene for a few days, not even his children, but now he came out of the temple, with his family and closed the doors to the mausoleum.  It was the last time Ye-Jun was sure.  This whole situation made it difficult.  His son was gone, and he wanted to mourn for that, but his son had murdered his friend and the son of his closest friend.  So, he wasn’t sure how to feel. Or what to do.  How could he mourn the loss, though not death, of his oldest son, when he was the murderer of Johns own.  John came closer and Yo-Jun put his hand on his shoulder.
    “John, I’m sorry.”
    “Yo-Jun, I’m old, and I’m too old for all of this.”  He kept walking.  His wife passed by, then Len, and his next oldest daughter.  She would be the same age Shean in a few years, then her sister, a few years younger, who was holding her brothers hand, who was only a few years older than his daughter.  He looked at his wife and daughter standing next to him.  The little girl would grow up without ever knowing her brother.  He didn’t know what had driven Korren to his actions but he would make sure that his daughter would not make the same mistake.
    “John, what will you do now?”
    “I’m going to pray for your family and mine, and your son.  We all need it right now.”
    “Indeed we do.”
    “Len, would you join me.  I need to speak with you in private.”   He heard John say.  His friend was right, whatever god or gods were out there, he hoped they were with his son.  He was in a very bad place right now, where ever he was.  Somehow too, he knew this was only the beginning.

    As Sub Zero was pushed through the portal, it was not unobserved.  Not only was Shao Khan, and Sektor, and Nitara, and many others of Outworld watching.  There was still one more pair who was watching one that no one besides themselves and those who sent them knew of. They watched silently from the shadows.  Then whisked themselves away reforming their bodies from a cloud to their human forms miles away from the fortress on the opposite shore.
    "
That didn’t look good.” the female said.

    
“No,” the male agreed.  “They seemed so close too.”  If only that one, the half-mancer who fled to Had’ra’den, if only he had known.  His suspicion had been the thing that undid them all.  Maybe if he had known from the start then they likely would have succeeded, and perhaps the cryomancer would have left like a savior, and not as a scrap being thrown back.

   
“Who do you think will have to report this?”

   
“Probably us.”

   
He sighed, “I guess.”  No one liked to be the messenger for bad news.  This news was going to be very bad.  The leaders of their people had not been known to kill the messengers, but if there was ever going to be the first time it might very well be with them.  The female waved her hands and power began to radiate form them as portal began to appear.  The two stepped through and on the other side was a snow dusted village coming out of winter.  Thin sheets of ice floated on top of pounds, and a great lake that formed the northern boundary of the village.  Shops, houses, school.  All made up the large village of one to three story structure.  One building was much taller than the rest though.  It was a tower like the high rising castles of ancient Japan in Earthrealm, or of great kings of the former realm Edenia.  This castle was a rising tower of stone, artfully carved but grey and imposing. Surrounded by a great stone wall that was equally formidable.  In times of crises it was the refuge of all who lived in the village and a highly defensible fortress.  In times of peace it was the seat of government for the town and in all times, it was the home of the founder of the village, the founder of their clan, and the person in whom all authority ultimately lied.  Not because of fear, but out of respect.

    The made their way through the town in the early hours of sunrise.  The town that was lively in the day was only just starting to stir.  The earliest risers were just now waking.  Perhaps the two messengers moved a little slower than they could on purpose.  This was important news but not the kind that required haste.  It was a matter of professionalism for them to report to the clan’s council at the first possible moment, they could hardly count themselves as respectable spies if the decided to find a tavern and drink away the day before reporting with a hangover.  Still, this wasn’t the kind of news you would wake someone up over.  So they returned to their homes.  They had breakfast, they bathed and changed closed.  Then at around nine O’clock in the morning, when the council first met they came to make their report.
   
“Suri, Ahmren.  I was wondering when you two would show up.” Said the voice of Kalnren jumping down from some masonry above he had been perched on.  The man may have had only one eye but it was said he could see more with one than any other could see with ten.  Then there was his partner, the other guard of the tower, where was he?

    “Katski.”  Suri said, “I didn’t thing they would send you to greet us.”

    “I wasn’t sent by the honorable legation.”  He said.  There was something he knew that they didn’t, she could see it in his smile.  “I was sent by the Matriarch herself.”  They both stood up a little straighter as his words hit them.  They were to report directly to the Matriarch.  No one but the Legation ever did that, and rarely did she ever request to see anyone.

    “So she’s the one who sent us on this mission.”  Katski nodded.  Follow me.  He faded into white smoke and rushed off up the great tower.  Suri and Ahmren followed in the same fashion until they reached the top floor.  Kalnren was waiting by the door the and Katsi took up his position on the opposite side.  He knocked once.  A loud solid knock that seemed to reverberate down to the ground floor.

    “She’s waiting.” Said a voice from inside.  They both pulled and the bronze skinned doors opened.  The pair stepped inside.  Lowering themselves to their knees they bowed and touched their heads to the floor before sitting up straight.  Ahmren kept his eyes low, Suri looked up and at the silhouette behind the thin curtain that separated them from the presence of the Matriarch.  To either side of the curtain stood two guards with polearms in hand to fend off any attacks, as if it was necessary.  Smoke could be seen curling form the Matriarchs mouth as she pulled them long stem of a pipe from it.

   
“So,” she said.  Her voice was as pleasant as a young woman’s almost, despite her age she sounded like she was barely middle aged. Still, her voice had the same wisdom and maturity of an ancient sage behind it.  “Tell me what happened at the Tournament for Earthrealm?”  Suri looked at Ahmren, his eyes still on the floor, not sure which of them should report.  To her relief he spoke first.  She was sure that the Matriarch would be displeased with the news.  Suri would almost swear by it though that she saw a broad smile on the Matriarchs lips, the smoke swirling from it like a grinning furnace before the pipe returned to her mouth and more smoke streamed out with fresh vigor.

    “This is good, everything is going just as it should.”  The Matriarch was satisfied with the news they had bought, very satisfied.
Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Epilogue
Five Years after the disaster of the Open Tournament, it is time, yet again, for Earthrealms warriors to fight in Mortal Kombat.  The time the Tournament for Earthrealm does not go as it has before. 
It goes beyond the intrigue and scheming of all other tournament, to end in bitter betrayal.

MK and its associated properties are owned by Neatherrealm Studios. I make no claims to the series or its properties their of, beyond my own intellectual contributions found in this and my other works.

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 Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 7
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I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
            John 16:33


Part 7: Ashes to Ashes


  Shean had just finished packing to leave when Taryn came to him with the news of what had happened.  He was surprised but didn’t miss a beat when he was told to go find Korren.  But he couldn’t find him; he wasn’t anywhere around the camp.  It wasn’t until he looked outside of camp that he found him on one of the trails leading from the village.
    “Hey, Korren, come on, we need to get back to camp.”  He turned and took a few steps but could tell Korren wasn’t following.  “Come on we need to hurry.”  He said again.
    “I’m sorry Shean, I really am.  But you didn’t give me any choice.”
    “What do you-” Korren took a step closer, and Shean felt something cold and sharp slide between his ribs.  He looked down to see a blade of ice sticking into his chest.  Razor thin, and going right to his heart.  He wasn’t mad actually he kind of felt like it was his fault, at least in part for not telling Korren when he had the chance.  He didn’t even feel surprised actually, just a soaking cold moving out from his heart.

    Shean hadn’t returned yet, and John was starting to wonder what was keeping his son.
    “Len, come on, let’s go find the boys.”  They went searching around the camp first and then began to spread out from there when they found nothing.  John and Len were checking one of the trail when they found them.  “Shean, Korren, come on we have to…”  He began to realize something was wrong, Shean didn’t move to react, and Korren seemed frightened to see him.  Then Shean fell.  “No!”  He ran and landed next to his son as he fell.  He cradled him, but he was fading away now.  Shean’s blood continued to spread through his cloths, and now his body was returning to smoke and vapor, he was dying.  He had seen it all too many times, never did he want to watch another one of his people die, to hold them in his arms as they slipped away, again.  “No, no stay with me Shean, stay with me.”  He could feel the tears forming in his eyes as he clung to his son.  No matter how tightly he held on though he couldn’t stop him from returning to the wind and the air his people had been made from.  In death they returned to Yahale.  It wasn’t long before Shean completely faded away, gone to sit beside God.  “No, no…” He began to hold his head and the tears poured out.  His first born son, his child was dead.  Like so many times before, he had been helpless to save his own flesh and blood from a Grey Eye.  He turned back to see Korren.  He could see the fear in the young assassin’s eyes as rage and anger boiled in his.  He looked at one of his son’s blade, left in his hands as Shean died, he clenched it in his fist.

    “John” Something grabbed his arm, preventing the tense muscles from pulling back and sending a deathblow at Korren.  It was his own daughter.  He looked up at her, his own eyes red with tears and anger.  She looked like her mother, regal, controlled, but with just her eyes she conveyed all of his grief all of his sadness all of his rage and just a simple request.  She did not want him to spill anymore blood.  He pulled himself to his feet and threw the blade down with a clank. 
    “You have killed one of your own, that makes you an outcast of the Lin Kuie.  If they find you they will hunt you.  If they catch you than they will kill you.  If they bring you back or if you come back...”  He had the mind to kill the boy right there and then, but not the heart to.  He had a heart to morn.  To be alone with his grief for a while and let it pass.  If he ever saw that unholy half breed again he might not be able to control himself.  “Then I will probably kill you.  He turned away “Len.”  He said and began to walk away, he saw her come up beside him out of the corner of his eye.  Korren shouted after them.  But with one cold and deadly look John silenced him, out of fear or something else he stopped calling.  John really didn’t care why he stopped.   

    Taryn was waiting and beginning to become impatient.  When John and Len finally returned, but without Shean and Korren.
    “Well?”  She queried.
    “I think they must have returned to Earthrealm before we could catch them.  We can manage this without them though.”
    “I don’t think they would have done that.”  Taryn saw his eyes then.  She normally didn’t look at his eyes but he had seen them so often hat he usually saw the same thing.  They were different this time, withdrawn, almost robotic.
    “They must have; we don’t have any more time to waste on finding them so we should just go ahead and start this.”  Taryn looked to Len for an answer, nothing about her seemed out of the ordinary.  Something was wrong though, she didn’t know what, but for the moment he was right.  The time to waste wasn’t there for Kitana.
    “You two go ahead, we will need information before we move.”  They suddenly dissipated and rushed off.  The speed of an Enenra was far greater than any human when in their ethereal form.  It always sort of creeped her out to see what looked like a human being suddenly disintegrate into vapor like that.
    Taryn and Ye-Jun left the camp for a small cave in the forest.  Shean had told them about it and it was a discreet place to wait for Len and John to return.  Hopefully with their camp deserted Shao Khan would assume they had all left.  Shean and Korren didn’t show up at any point so Taryn became more inclined to accept John’s assumption about them leaving.  After an hour or maybe two John and his daughter returned.
    “The fortress is pretty solid, there’s a tower along the north wall that we can come over though without too much trouble and, if we’re careful, we shouldn’t be able to stay undiscovered.  It looks like Kitana and Jade are being held in the center of the fortress, looks like Kahn has put a Tarkatan guard on her.”
    “Don’t forget about the two assassins in the cell with her, they hiding up in the rafters.”  Len told them.
    “Right, getting in won’t be a problem, just getting out.  You have that spell ready right Taryn?”
    “I do.”  She had been trying her hand at magic lately and had a bit of a talent for it.  She couldn’t summon things up on command, but as long as she had something prepared in advance she could summon it up quicker than any powdered summoning spell.
    “Follow us.”  They followed the pair through the woods until they reached the tower along the wall they had been told of.
    “Give me one of your blades,” John said to Taryn.  She pulled out one of the cool, liquid hard blades she had been given by her biological father.  He took it and then rushed up as smoke.  The others started to scale the wall and Len followed her father a moment later.  When Taryn reached the window and Len helped her in she was shocked by what she saw.  All of the guards, cleanly and coolly killed, no, not all.  A few were simply unconscious.  The fact that any were dead surprised her because looking around she was sure John didn’t have to kill them.  Len and John both had objection to killing if it was at all avoidable, for practical and philosophical reasons.  For John to kill like this, then there was the way he was acting, something was wrong.  It was very unsettling.  They followed as he led the way.  He moved on very efficiently.  Something was upsetting him too.  He had that strange determination you got when you were upset and you just wanted to get something done so they could sit with whatever emotion they needed to deal with.  That didn’t make the fact that he was acting like a robot any less strange.  They moved quickly and covered the fortress grounds, making their way toward the prisoners hold in the center.  They quickly cleared the Tarkatan and the two assassins did not prove too be much trouble.  Things were going very smoothly.
    “Coming back for us was unnecessary,” Kitana told them, “but I thank you.”  She stared at Len for a moment, probably seeing something familiar.  The group started to move again.  They just as easily moved through the fortress on their way out as in, only this time with fewer encounters and bodies, until they were approaching there exit.  They found their way blocked by Cyrax and four of his cyber ninja blocked their way. 
    “Stand to the side.”
    “Negative, I-” Without another word John rushed forward, rematerializing in front of one cyberninja and burying Taryn’s blade into his skull.  Taryn rushed forward and deftly engaged, so did Ye-Jun.  He smashed a cyberninja’s jaw with the palm of his hand then grabbed its arm and swung it into the wall, where in a burst of ice it was frozen into the spot, Taryn dropped hers to the floor and slashed its torso open from each shoulder to the waist.  John had easily dispatched the other and was now on Cyrax.  The other fought and John seemed to just be dancing around him, that was when Taryn realized that Cyrax wasn’t fighting his body was just moving with the blows, as he was slowly cut to pieces, once his arms had been disabled John tossed him aside.  He stood there for a moment, taking deep, almost ragged breaths.
    “Let’s keep moving.”  Then Jade took Taryns blade form her hands, and with a leap landed on a knee and planted the blade in Cyrax’s skull. 
    “Why did you do that!”  Taryn barked.  Cyrax may have been their enemy but he was a Lin Kuie, and he could have been helped.
    “He was an enemy.”
    “He was not well; we could have helped him.”
    “So you would have carried him then.  If he was a warrior worth your pity than he would have preferred death to this soulless existence.”
    As much as she hated to agree, the woman was right.  “Let just go.”  They kept going Across open ground to the tower they had entered through.
    “Why do you run Earthrealmers?”  That was a voice no one wanted to hear, it was Shao Khan.  They stopped, and turned around to see him and a small horde of his guardsmen forming up in front of him.  “Your battle has only just begun.”
    “I think we could use that portal now,” Len said.
    John reached behind him and pulled a pistol from his belt, he tossed it to Len.  “Cover us.”  She immediately began dropping guardsmen as Ye-Jun and John rushed forward to engaged.  Taryn did not watch any longer to see the battle happen.  She concentrated on trying to weave her magic’s.
    “Jade!”  She heard Kitana shout, but could not pull any more of her concentration from her magic than she already had.  The portal was slowly starting to form, she only needed a few more moments.
    “A little faster Taryn,” Len said. Just a little more time was needed.
    “It’s ready, Len grabbed Kitana and ducked through.  Under the circumstances Taryn struggled to hold the portal.  She looked back to See John, his neck thoroughly in the grip of Shao Khan, why didn’t he move, why didn’t he turn into smoke?  He sliced up with his blade.  Cutting across his thumb before kicking off and changing as he rushed toward them.  He hit the ground near her and rematerialized into his human form.  He was panting hard and holding his throat, he coughed hard and Taryn was surprised when she didn’t see blood.  He pulled himself onto his feet and staggered through without a word.  Then Ye-Jun and Jade came closer.  Panting, Taryn released the portal, she had put enough power into it that it would hold itself open for a few minutes.
    “Go,” he told her.
    “No, we’ll hold it until the last minute.”
    “Yes we will, but not you.”  She felt something hit her in the back of the neck, and then her vision went black.
    When she came to again she was in Earthrealm, where she wasn’t sure, she had only been aiming for Earthrealm.
    “Where is Ye-Jun?”  She asked.
    “Not back yet,” Said John.
    “What? then let’s go get him.”
    “No.”  She stopped and stared at him.
    “No.  There would be no point.”
    What was he saying, no point?  “He’s your friend?”
    “And he wouldn’t want you to endanger your life for his.”  As if that ever would have stopped her and John and Ye-Jun both knew it.
    “Coward,” she spat the word at him. She tried to turn but he grabbed her wrist and spun her around.  He looked at her with cold eyes that seemed to be able to dismiss her concerns as nothing, dismiss her as nothing, there was no emotion at all.
    “Do not test me, not now.”  He released her.
    “What I wrong with you.”  She was dead serious.  He never acted like this, there was something very wrong with him. The way he was acting, it was very much like something she had heard.  She was going to do something that might be a bad idea.
    “Kill Hound.”  Suddenly his hand was on her throat, now there was bloody rage somehow seething in the coldness.  A killer’s blank stare.
    “I have been hurt enough by your kind today, do not test your luck or I will show you what that name meant to your people.” Defying his eyes, his voice held something not so hot, something like sadness.  It was the only emotion, like it was the only thing he could feel.  He released her and started walking.  “Let’s go.” 
    Taryn moved closer to Len to ask what had happened.  That was when she heard about John’s pain, and she understood, and she sheared it.

     Ye-Jun had been inside his cell for… he wasn’t exactly sure, a day or so probably.  It was completely dark so he had nothing to orient himself besides his own sense of the flow of time.  He had not slept so he didn’t lose any time sleeping.  He heard footsteps on the stone floor, armored boots. No, they were metal feet.  The door was opened and the flickering light of fire swept his sell, he shielded his eyes for a moment while they adjusted.  When he got a clear look, he could see it was Sektor.
    “Shao Khan wishes to see you.”  Of course, that was not a request, the alternative was probably him being dragged before the conqueror, so he walked, if he was about to die at least he could do it with dignity.  Sektor put a firm hand on his arm, as well as another one of his cyberninja.  They took me to the throne room at the center of the palace, where Shao Khan waited, with the vampiress and in the insect queen flanking him as Kitana and Jade once had.
    “Cryomancer,” He said with a hint of nostalgia.  “I almost destroyed your people ones, how whatever father you come from escaped I must wonder at, it is not important.  Do you know why I have summoned you?”
    “To kill me.”
    “In due time, but not yet.  For now, take a message to your realm.  That I do not take treason lightly,” despite his menace and the dripping poison of his words Ye-Jun still looked up at him. “You, and all the others, will be dealt with when I am ready.”
    “What did you do with Jade?”
    A slightly smile turned from the corners of his mouth. “I’m surprised you haven’t realized. Take him away.”  The two cyberninja clamped a steal grip on his arms and started to drag him away.  What had he meant.  Ye-Jun looked to sector and to the other ninja dragging him it was a different model, slimmer and more feminine in construction, painted a flat black with a few, slight, green accents.  They escorted him through a courtyard, where a portal was already waiting.  They took him right up to the horizon of the swirling magic and as he fell through.  He suddenly realized what Shao Khan had meant.  He felt his feet hit gravel and he almost slipped, wherever he was it was hot, but he could find his way home.  He started walking toward what looked like a petrol station in the distance.  After this very long and disappoint tournament, he would be happy just to rejoin his family again.  After all, as long as he kept his family together, was anything more important?

 

 

Mortal Kombat: Betrayal: Part 7
Five Years after the disaster of the Open Tournament, it is time, yet again, for Earthrealms warriors to fight in Mortal Kombat.  The time the Tournament for Earthrealm does not go as it has before. 
It goes beyond the intrigue and scheming of all other tournament, to end in bitter betrayal.

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