Chapter 5 - Skills
The three monks rode Dojo silently.
"Well that could've gone better," Clay muttered.
"Don't be so hard on your selves," Dojo enthused, looking where he was flying, "I mean you got the Imo gazer."
"Yeah only after Rai went in and bought it for us," Kimiko replied before clicking her back in, letting out a small moan of pain as she did.
"Kimiko, did Rai hurt you?" Omi asked, clearly concerned.
"No, you and Clay hurt me when you landed on top of me!"
"Oh right," Omi said sheepishly, "well we would not have landed on you if Rai had not attacked us."
"Omi, you provoked him," Kimiko replied, "If you hadn't accused him of stealing the Spear of Dashi, he wouldn't have done that."
"Kimiko I know without a doubt that he is the one who took the spear."
"He's already told us that he didn't take it, what more proof do you need?"
"Kimiko, as a demon and as Wuya's apprentice, Rai is no doubt an expert at lying."
"Now now ya two, don't start a fight," Clay interjected, "And speaking of fighting, where were ya when Rai showed up Dojo? One minute yer there, the next yer no where to be seen."
Dojo became very nervous.
"Well you see, I had found a coin on the side of the road and I decided to go return it to its proper owner."
Dojo cowered slightly at the sound teeth grinding angrily.
"Oh come on guys, what use could I have been."
"Well ya can start being useful and tell us about some tricks Rai may have left up his sleeve," Clay told him.
"The thing is, I haven't actually seen that much of Rai in action," Dojo said shamefully.
"You were too scared to be near him back then as well?" Kimiko asked
"Yeah and Dashi got sick of me hiding under his shirt while he fought so he told me to stay away after a while."
"Well what do you know?" Omi asked.
"Well I do know the broad brush strokes; Rai has wind powers, he is agile and likes to make full use of his environment when he fights. Dashi commented on his resourcefulness from time to time as well as the fact that he doesn't seem to need sleep."
"He doesn't need sleep?" Omi asked.
"Not from what we could tell," Dojo answered, "that's all I remember."
"Well it's better then nothing I guess," Clay answered.
Dojo started shaking.
"Hold on kids it looks like today is going to be a two for one special."
Rai was busy making him self comfortable in a tree. This area was secluded so he didn't have to worry visitors and he felt that a nice long nap was in order. He was about to doze off when strange sensation washed over him, causing him go rigid and fall out of the tree, into a bush.
"This just in," Rai said as he dug him self out of the bush, "The Horde of Haiku has just revealed it self and this reporter can officially see him self getting sick of this new ability very quickly."
The Warriors landed on the Great Wall of China.
"This will be a walk in the forest," Omi stated.
"That's "walk in the park", melon brain."
The Warriors looked up to see Jack make his entrance on his heli-pack.
"Hey Jack, where were you?" Kimiko asked, "A Wu went off earlier this morning you weren't there? Did mommy forget to wake you up?"
"No," Jack said defensively before muttering, "she was out shopping and forgot to set my alarm clock."
"Well if it would make ya feel better we'd be more than happy to clean yer clock for ya," Clay said slamming his fist into his palm.
"I'd like to see you try," Jack taunted, "Jack-bots att…"
Before he could finish the command a black streak shot in and pounced Jack from behind. He fell face down on a ground. The Warriors were shocked when they saw Rai crouching on Jack's back.
"That was easy," Rai remarked, "shall we stand you back up so we can try it again."
"Rai, get off of him this instant," Omi ordered angrily, "he is our foe so we get to be the ones who knock him to the ground."
Rai looked at Jack in disbelief.
"This is the "great evil" you guys fight? But he's so frail and sickly looking."
Rai poked Jack in the head a couple of times, hoping to get a reaction. Anything so that he didn't look quite so pitiful.
"Stop that!" Jack said "Who are you?"
"Oh right we haven't been introduced, I'm Rai; demon of the wind, lover of the ladies and kicker of the butt," Rai told him with a brief nod of the head, "and you are?"
"I am Jack Spicer, future ruler of the universe, builder of the robots and …er…eater of the pudding."
Rai cocked an eyebrow.
"You forgot talker of the lame," Rai informed Jack before getting off of him.
"Hey! Show some respect," Jack demanded.
Rai took no notice, being more intrigued in the colour of Jack's skin.
"You're so pale," Rai noted, "Are you undead or something?"
Jack was about to reply but then paused for a moment, mulling the concept over.
"You know I like the way that sounds," Jack finally stated.
Jack went into one of his villain poses.
"Jack Spicer; Undead Overlord."
Jack did a dramatic pause while Rai pulled out a knife.
"Well in that case, I'm going to have to cut your head off so that you can be laid to rest."
"AHHHH! I'M HUMAN! I'M HUMAN!" Jack shrieked.
He tried to make a run for it but he tripped over something. He looked back saw that he had tripped over the Wu they had been looking for. Rai saw this as well and made a jump for it. Both he and Jack touched it at the same time.
"Aha, Rai, I challenge you to a Xiaolin Showdown," Jack said triumphantly.
"A what?" Rai asked, clearly confused.
"You know, a Xiaolin Showdown."
"If I knew I wouldn't be asking now would I," Rai said testily before turning the Xiaolin Warriors, "feel free to jump in with an explanation at any time."
Kimiko was about to explain when Dojo clamped her mouth shut.
"Don't tell him anything," Dojo hissed before letting go of Kimiko's mouth.
Rai turned back to Jack.
"Mind cluing me in? Dimwits on parade over there are being a bit slow today."
Jack burst out laughing.
"'Dimwits on parade' that is genius, I've got to remember that one."
"Some time this century, girly man."
Jack stopped laughing.
"Alright, wise guy, a Xiaolin Showdown is a contest," Jack explained, "each person wagers one of their Wu and the winner of the showdown gets all of the Wu."
"Ok, that seems straight forward enough," Rai answered, "what's the contest?"
Jack pointed the next tower of the great wall.
"We will race along the Great Wall and the first one to get to that tower wins. I wager the Crouching Cougar against your…er…what Wu you got?"
Rai thought for a moment before sticking his hand behind his back.
"I wager the Spear of Dashi," Rai answered, pulling it out from behind his back.
Kimiko let out a gasp. Omi had been right.
"Alright, let's go, XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN."
The field change that occurred wasn't that dramatic by Showdown standards. The sky changed colour, the wall got longer and the Xiaolin Warriors found themselves on a floating platform over looking the showdown.
"I told you that Rai had the Spear," Omi told Kimiko triumphantly.
"Well he ain't gonna have it for much longer," Clay answered.
"Go Jack!" Dojo cheered.
"What're ya doing?" Clay asked.
"Simple, it will be a lot easier to steal the Spear from Jack than from Rai," Dojo answered.
"But what do ya think Rai is going to do to ya when he finds out ya were cheering against him?" Clay asked.
When Dojo clicked onto that, he quickly hid under Clay's hat again.
Jack enlarged the Crouching Cougar. He jumped onto the saddle and shouted "Gong Yi Tampai". He started the "engine" and shot off down the race track. Rai stared for a moment.
I guess that means go. Should I give him a bit of a head start? Nah, wouldn't want to hurt his pride when I beat him. At that, Rai gave chase.
Jack let loss his "evil" laugh as he speed down the track.
"Mawhahaha! This showdown is in the bag," Jack declared, "Mawhahaha…ack!"
Jack burst into a coughing fit.
"That's what you get for forcing an evil laugh," Rai told him.
"Who said I forced it?"
"It was obvious," Rai answered simply, "you might find it easier if you started with an evil chuckle and then work your way up."
"Thanks I'll try to remember that."
Jack then did a double take when he realised that Rai was running effortlessly along side the Crouching Cougar.
"How are you doing that?" Jack asked.
"It's called my wind sprint," Rai explained, "Well actually this is more my wind jog. Or is it my wind stroll? I really should have given it a number scale."
The warriors looked on amazed. The Crouching Cougar wasn't the fastest of the Wu but Rai running along side it wasn't human. Dojo stuck out his head from Clay's hat.
"I've just remembered another one of Rai's abilities," He said proudly.
"Does it have anything to do with running fast?" Clay asked.
"Why yes, how did you know?"
Jack soon got over the shock.
"So you can run, big deal," Jack taunted, "JACK BOTS, ATTACK!"
Rai came to a skidding stop when a group of metal flying creatures came at him.
Well at least it isn't those undead jellyfish-gerbils again, Rai let out a shudder at the memory.
He leap-frogged the first Jack-bot and hooked his feet on the next one's 'head'. Rai back-flipped; ripping off its 'head' and sending it flying straight through the first Jack-bot. He then grabbed another Jack-bot's arm and smashed it into two more. Not wanting to waste any more time, he used a Jack-bot as a step and leapt into the air. The remaining Jack-bots flew up to attack.
"HEYLIN THUNDER CLAP!" Rai shouted, clapping his hands together.
A shock wave erupted from his hands, destroying all the Jack-bots in its path. Rai hit the ground at a run to avoid the falling debris. Rai soon caught up with Jack.
"How did you do that?" Jack asked in shock.
"You're really not getting this whole demon of the wind concept, are you?" Rai asked.
Rai pulled out a disk that had been part of a Jack-bots head.
"You left this lying around."
Rai hurled the disc at Jack. It connected with Jack's face, knocking him off the Crouching Cougar and off of the wall, leaving Rai to win the race and showdown. Everything returned to normal leaving Rai standing triumphantly with all three Wu. He looked down the wall to where Jack had fallen.
"Not much of a fighter, but he sure knows how to make a quick escape," he said with a smirk.
Kimko walked to Rai, fists clenched and eyes flaming.
"Now, now Kimiko," Dojo called out, "don't do anything I'll regret later."
Rai put away the Spear of Dashi and turned to Kimiko.
"Next time would you guys be a little quicker on the info? It kinda looked bad not knowing what that momma's boy was talking about."
Kimiko punched him right in the arm. Causing him to drop the other two Wu.
"What was that for?" Rai asked, rubbing his arm.
"You lied," Kimiko said, clearly angry.
"What did I lie about?" Rai asked.
"You said you didn't have the Spear of Dashi."
"I never said that," Rai answered, "I said it was hurtful and prejudice that I was being accused of stealing it just because I'm a demon, which it was. It would only have been lying if I denied having the Spear."
"You stole from us."
Rai shook his head.
"Fine, for a moment let's pretend that I'm in some way obligated adhere to your human morals; the only things keeping the temple from trapping me again is possession of the spear and the chance of having a clear shot. Did you honestly think I would take that risk?"
Kimiko's fist flew in for another hit but this time Rai deflected the blow with his left hand and grabbed Kimiko by the throat with his right, all in one fluid motion. The grip on Kimiko's throat was gentle enough not restrict Kimiko's breathing but firm enough for her to notice.
"You're angry at me, I get it, but I'm not going to be treated like some punching bag," Rai warned, keeping his voice dangerously low, "the first hit is free but next will cost you. Got it?"
Not waiting for a response, Rai let go of Kimiko's throat. Instinctively, she raised her hand and placed it where Rai's had been. She suddenly didn't feel so eager to pick a fight. Omi and Clay ran up beside her.
"Now that I have your attention, hear me out," Rai told them, returning his voice to normal. "I would love to be able to walk away and never have to deal with anything to do with Dashi. Unfortunatly I told you guys that I wanted to help and I intend to keep my word on that. Not to mention that thanks to having that spear in me for so long whenever a Wu reveals it self I have a spasm and get the urge to go to where it is."
Kimiko nodded slightly, that certainly explained how Rai kept finding them.
"So how it stands I'm either going to be finding Wu with you guys or against you guys," Rai continued, "it's your choice."
The Warriors looked amongst themselves, trying to find an answer. It seemed like Rai now had reason to enter the Wu hunting game and considering what he had shown so far, he wasn't the kind of guy they wanted against them. Taking the lack of response as a no, Rai shrugged his shoulders.
"Alright, in that case I may go see if that Spicer guy is hiring," Rai said almost indifferently, "he obviously needs the help more than you do."
Rai turned round and started to walk off.
"Wait!" Kimiko said.
Rai turned back to face the warriors.
Kimiko sent Clay and Omi a desperate looked. No matter how ticked off they were, the last thing they needed was for Rai to side with Jack.
"Very well you may help us," Omi conceded, "but only for now."
"WHAT!" Dojo shrieked before fainting.
"Great," Rai said, "I'll just go make myself at home."
Rai ran off before anymore could be said. Dojo woke up.
"You know I had the scariest dream; dreamt that you guys had accepted Rai's help."
"We kinda did," Clay told him.
At that Dojo passed out again.