This letter arrives late Sunday, reportedly delivered to the offices by a Pandaren who, by the scent and the incredibly jovial belly laughter, may or may not have gotten “lost” in the Slaughtered Lamb for at least two days and possibly more.
Dear Everyone -
I’m not quite sure what to write, since I’ve never written a letter like this before. I hope you’ll forgive me if I just write a regular letter, even if that’s the wrong thing to do. Today is just past mid-week - oh! And I’m sorry it took me so long to write this, as well! Things were just so - well they weren’t actually busy, but somehow I didn’t have very much time to do things and I was quite tired in the evenings so I ended up just falling asleep.
I suppose because I’m not used to being away for so long so I don’t think of what you usually do when you go away for a while….Thinking all kinds of things like this might be why I’ve been tasked to spend so much of my time in meditation, which I like, but I didn’t realise could quite so exhausting. Though I don’t usually see things during meditation at home, and that’s happening quite a bit, here. Shifu says that Niuzao is testing my reactions, though I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to be reacting to or how, since I’m meditating in the first place…. It was a long time ago that Shifu himself worked with me on ignoring distractions and not falling out of them. it. But he won’t tell me any more than that so I suppose I just have to hope I’m doing things right.
Then again Shifu might mean something different than what I understand - maybe the Ox is testing whether or not I should really be at his temple instead of the White Tiger’s or the Red Crane’s or something like that. But here, they did at least let me keep the pie and preserves though! One of the other initiates, her name is Ying, says that at the Red Crane’s temple you’re not allowed to bring anything with you including your clothes! I’m not quite sure that’s true, but I’m actually afraid to ask any one here because for some reason it seems a bit disrespectful to be asking Black Ox Sentinels about Red Crane Acolytes ....
I hope all of you are doing well - Mac, you haven’t gotten into any trouble, right? No thieves accosting you in the street or anything? And … well I am a little worried that Mister Steele has figured whatever it was he needed to out and that you all have gone haring off to some alternate dimension to rescue Aurelinna and Declain and Sevastien and I didn’t even have a chance to see you off, let alone go. Or that Cani has, since I know she was more than willing to go before Mister Steele even found whatever it was he was looking for. I suppose I’m just worried something has happened - I realise I should have said … well, more, anyway. I don’t know why I didn’t occur to me.
Anyway, I shared the pie with Ying and another initiate named Hyuk, and they said it was really tasty so thank you, Mac! I’m saving the preserves for breakfast on Monday, though. Master Xiumin has said that I’m allowed a break on Monday afternoon while he and Master Yixing, who’s the Niuzao Adept that’s been overseeing my stay here, discuss my progress and things. So I might know a little more about how things are going to go from here on out by then, or at least on Tuesday - I wish I could say myself, but four straight days of meditation is hard for me to judge my own progress.
But! I'll be back on Monday, so I'll see you all then, hopefully!
Again, I hope everyone's well in the meantime.
P.S. I - hope this gets to you, too. Apparently the only option for sending letters is to give them to Chin Chin Chen. He's a very good Strongarm but I think that's because he's usually had so much to drink that he doesn't notice how much he's carrying around or if something's fallen on him or things like that? Everyone seems to think he's quite reliable, though. Anyhow, I suppose we'll see!
Sees the open letter sitting on the office table, uncertain who has opened it, and certain that nobody is around he picks it up and begins to read it.
"Red Crane Monks... I remember deep within the Krasarang Wilds they taught me that the deepest of despair can be mastered. I wonder if Odine has any deep feelings of loss or sadness within that may cause problems in the foreseeable future. And of course the peaks of Kun Lai—Anger, Rage, Violence, all manifest during combat unless trained by Xuen's Monks... even then..."
Po runs his hand over his mouth and catches himself talking to himself. He looks around to make certain, again, that nobody is around.
"Shifu? Hmm... Ah yes, Xiumin... とても新しいモンクがいますね。じゃ、かんたんではありません、モンクをなります。Wo zhen de xi huan zhe li... Mmm Pandafu."
He rubs his chin thoughtfully then places the letter carefully back on the table using the mental image in his mind as a guide.
"Great... now I'm questioning the past, and the actions of another, when all I really have control over is myself, and my own actions... Worrying about others is troublesome, isn't it..."
He walks out of the office with a frown on his face as he thinks about the past and what lessons he can glean from it to pass on to others, perhaps even learn from others in due time, on what exactly this particular prophetic cue meant. He pulls out a scrap of parchment and beings to scribble something upon it.
Love is such a paradoxical thing, a crucible for the soul. But do we have to lose in order to learn? I wish there was another way for them... for the young ones to learn. Perhaps that's a role best filled by someone more qualified. Alas, I am but a humble Monk, who like water (水) moves around obstacles as though that were the nature of conflict. I wonder though, if this will ever be enough.
Contently he folds the piece of parchment up into the shape of a Crane and leaves it on the office steps.