Is This A Dream
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     “Dad...Father..ZHANG YU!.. WAKE UP! Why are we here?” XiXi frantically screams as she looks around the unfamiliar place.”I have exams today!”

     Why are we on this island, she is thinking as she looks at her disheveled father on the ground. He wearing a long white robe with a crescent moon embroidered on it.

     She looks around at the surroundings since her father remains unconscious on the ground. Okay, I must be , dreaming... yes that's it she concludes.

     XiXi laughs this is a very realistic dream, I even feel as though I can smell the ocean breeze.

     Well, I will just enjoy this island atmosphere until I need to get ready for school. It is really quite beautiful, the sand is white and the water is a shimmering blue color. The sun feels warm on my face.  It's just a dream I might as well relax. It's funny I am wearing my school uniform in this dream, shouldn't I have a swimsuit on at the beach?  She lays down on the sand, feeling the tropical wind on her face.  XiXi licks her lips thinking a drink would be nice right now.

     While XiXi is having this conversation with herself , her father is beginning to stir. He looks over at his daughter who seems in a daze. This can't be right! He was working on his spells and armaments when a bright light engulfed him.

     The last thing he remembered was an indistinct voice warning him he was going to tread too far into another realm. Why did XiXi come with him, how is he going to explain their family's history as Sorcerers to her.

     He feigns sleep while he ponders all the implications, maybe I can resolve this before she realizes the situation. I knew I shouldn't have taken this assignment, that man definitely didn't look trustworthy. 

     The Sorcerer's Society had recently begun to deal with very unsavory characters from the Underground Syndicates. Zhang Yu noticed that although the trafficking of Beast Cores had been outlawed there has been a resurgence in black market trading. He got the impression the man who approached him was from a Syndicate. But he had no choice but to accept.

     While this father daughter duo were engaging in their own thoughts, two Immortals  were sitting on a cloud looking down observing them.

     “That little beauty is very amusing” Feng Tian quips to his brother. "They have no idea what awaits them on that island" It is filled with dangerous terrain, Mythological Beasts, merciless Beast Hunters, making it difficult for two weak people to survive.

     “Shall we have some fun with them?” 

    He could tell Zhang Yu is a third grade Sorcerer. What was he thinking coming to this island with that slip of a girl. What does he plan to do here I wonder, he doesn't look like a Beast Hunter, maybe someone employed him. Feng Tian  is intrigued, where were could they be from, the girl's clothing is so revealing and unusual.

    " I have been bored lately in  Myriad Cloud City,  I think this could prove to be interesting!" Feng Tian notices his brother Feng Che is scowling at him."You are always busy with the business of the High Council, why don't you come with me to see what they are doing here?"

     "Unlike you Tian, I have better things to do than play around, I only came here today because I haven't seen you in awhile. Father wants to know if you have a woman with whom you would like to enter a marriage contract."

     "..."

      XiXi sneezes just at that moment ,who is talking about me? She rubs her nose and looks over to where her father is lying, he seems to be moving so she walks over to his side. 

     “Hey Dad !I need to get up for school so see you at breakfast” as a cue for her body to wake up. Suddenly Zhang Yu reaches out to her takes hold of her hands, “I'm sorry this isn't a dream, XiXi” She jumps away startled by his words, this can't be true. It's impossible!

     A certain Immortal  bursts out laughing, no wonder she was acting like a kitten laying in the sun. She thought she was in the dream world, what will they do now he wonders.

     “I don't have time to explain everything to you but trust me I will get us back home” Zhang Yu exclaims. All he needs to do is find that Mythical Beast and get its Beast Core for that bastard. But how?

     He hadn't finished his preparations before being catapulted here with XiXi. The last thing he remembers is XiXi knocking on his study door to borrow his laptop, He was in his secret room behind it when he felt his whole body hit with a bolt of lightening.

     XiXi blinks in disbelief,  “Dad, I think I need some reasonable words from you.Where is this place and why is my dad, the accountant, dressed in that robe?

     Zhang Yu says “Sit down and give me a minute to gather my thoughts. I also need to check and see what I have in my Dimensional Space”. Zhang Yu is beginning to sweat not only is he unprepared he has his daughter with him. The gods are truly unkind.

     Dimensional Space? What the …. is that XiXi is thinking. This can't be real, it must be a dream. 

     Zhang Yu tries to calm XiXi down. "There is much I need to tell you but for right now just trust me."

    XiXi panicking, glances around at the strange surroundings, how are they going to return home, she doesn't even see a boat. At that moment she has a strange feeling as though someone was laughing at her.

  “She is priceless, did you see that look on her face when he said Dimensional Space?” Feng Tian from his perch in the sky is holding his side from uncontrollable laughter.

     Feng Che sensing his brother has an unusual interest in this girl asks “What do you intend to do brother?" he knows no good follows when Feng Tian has that mischievous glint in his eyes. 

     Feng Tian replies “I must get a closer look at her, it's been so boring in Myriad Cloud City, I need some amusement!”

     He jumps down without waiting for his brother to respond. Feng Tian lands on the opposite side of the island then strolls to a bamboo house of his friend Yun Tai's he uses on occasion.

     His phoenix eyes shows an unusual gleam as he pictures all the expressions on that little face.He is surrounded by beautiful women but they seem too perfect and uninteresting. This little beauty caught his fancy and he must get to know her! The way she licked her pink lips and tossed her long black hair while looking up at the sun in that revealing attire. Then without a care she laid down on the sand like it was  the most natural thing to do, she reminded him of a playful kitten getting comfortable.

      Feng Tian thinks I don't want to frighten them by my sudden appearance, so I will disguise myself. Right now he is dressed in an elegant embroidered white brocade robe, his  long ink black hair pulled up in a gold and jade hairpin. He finds some clothes left by his warrior friend, Yun Tai. Yes, that should do, I very ordinary now in this simple black robe.

     Feng Tian considers the situation then feels he should conceal his face with a mask{Honestly,I am too extraordinarily handsome after all} with his unusual green eyes  and his peerless beauty women in the city fawn over him hoping he gives them one look. He is quite happy with his transformation then sets out to meet that little kitten.

     Zhang Yu and XiXi are currently trying to come to grips with their situation. Zhang Yu took close to an hour to explain the circumstances to his daughter. She is unwilling to believe that her ancestors were famous Sorcerers.

     How could this be true in the modern world, there is no rational explanation for what he is saying. He further went on to say that due to a series of events in the last generation their powers had been lessened. 

     When his father married her grandmother against the wishes of the elders, a seal was placed on most of his powers.

      The grandfather didn't care at the time he loved his ordinary wife and his ordinary life. They lived a simple life, he went to college became a chemist and his wife had a beauty salon. He only occasionally dabbled in magic for fun and a bit of profit.

     She was well know for her beauty creams he concocted, people often praised its magical effects. XiXi remembered how beautiful her grandmother was and how her grandfather doted on her, so some of her father's story made sense.

     But Sorcerers! 

      Zhang Yu had been kept in the dark and grew up thinking his parents were boring people. They sent him to the local college to become an accountant so he could help with the family's growing cosmetic business.

     It wasn't until his father was diagnosed with a rare disease did he become aware of his ancestry. The elders relented and told him they would extend his life but he needed to teach Zhang Yu the Sorcerer's Arts and his son needed to complete at least one commitment a month to them.

     He continues trying to give the shortened version that two nights a week he would accept assignments or work on his skills. While XiXi was listening she felt she was going to explode. She is his only daughter why is the fact their family is full of Sorcerers only coming to light now​?

     XiXi knits her brows together, maybe if she had an inkling of the family history as Sorcerers she might not feel so helpless now.

 

        

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