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A Return Bout in Changzhu
This was written to cluudle's prompt and follows on from A Third Tournament, Including An Incident.

The gi fighter known professionally as Chung Man Fu had spent weeks in hospital and then months in rehabilitation. Both his legs had been comprehensively and deliberately broken so he couldn’t walk, even with crutches, until the bones had healed. Even with the gi exercises they’d taught him it had been six weeks before they’d been prepared to remove the external fixation.

He’d watched the national titles on television from his rehabilitation hospital and seen the fighter who’d knocked his last opponent out of the ring like he wasn’t worth her time become the national champion in his division. She’d treated Bing Lu Ming like he was nothing, and the girl had never spoken to him, but the student of Shui Tzu Dan had left him money from her winner’s purse that day to help him recover.

It had been a bonus that Bing hadn’t been allowed to return to the competition while he was still unfit and the girl’s almost casual generosity had allowed him to follow his doctors’ instructions and stay out of the ring as long as he needed. He was sure that Bing and his manager were unhappy about that.

Chung Man Fu had done his rehabilitation, read a little, and consulted Masters of his gi school recommended by his old teacher.

When he walked back into the ring for the first time since his bout with Bing Lu Ming he did so, deliberately, in Changzhu, and he did it to the cheers of the crowd. He did it knowing himself not to be a different fighter, but a more mature one.

Bing was in the same tournament, but he wasn’t cheered and only received polite clapping for his wins in the first two rounds. He was behaving himself but when he entered the ring to face Chung Man Fu in the third round the cockiness oozed through his body language.

It took just a tiny half smile as they bowed for Chung to chase the larger smile from Bing’s face.

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Nice! But a tiny point of order, because Bing's name is mentioned in paragraph 3, I found myself thinking at first that it was Bing who had been the recipient of generosity. Maybe replace a 'he' or 'him' with Chung somewhere in there?

Re arranged a touch to fix this problem.

Yo, KARMA! Over here!!

This karma supported by a whole lot of dilligent hard work.

(It would be interesting to see Nai meeting each of them again someday, which seems at least plausible depending on how their stories go.)

ETA: also, I guess this means Bing wasn't permanently exiled from professional gi for deliberately disabling an opponent after the bout was called? What did the Referees have to say about that?

Edited at 2016-03-29 09:16 pm (UTC)

It was the Referees who made Bing stay out of competition until his victim was fit to participate again.

That seems inadequate, somehow, but at least it's duly noted as background material for next time.

If Chung had been unable to return to competition, Bing would never have been allowed back.

They felt very strongly about Bing's actions.

As well they should. It's an interesting condition on the penalty. Had Chung not been handed funds to assist him while he recovered, and tried to return to the ring early and taken further injury for it ...

Assuming that Master Que has not told her stories about how he supported his teacher when he was injured and about assisting the wife of the mean fighter who was beating on her to get away, Nai is so much like him. Nurture counts, but whom one chooses to do the nurturing counts too.

I suspect that Master Que doesn't discuss those incidents.

I suspect the same. But his attitude about such things does seem to have "infected" her -- maybe it is simply a thing of like souls attracting each other.

Bing doesn't seem to have learned as much as he might have from the situation. Though he seems to be having second thoughts, at least. Have the referees considered looking into how the other students of his instructors behave? Master Lau certainly seems a thoroughly dubious character from what little we've seen of him.

The other two students were polite to Nai at the restaurant, and the one she defeated in the final round of the tournament got no comment on his behavior, though Master Lau's behavior did. While we've not much data I'd rate them above their teacher on what's available so far.

Master Lau is Bing's father whereas he manages the others - there may be certain inherited character traits/tendencies in play here.

That explains some things!

The fact that Bing's father is also his gi teacher is not actually mentioned anywhere; it was merely said that Master Lau didn't pay as much attention to his other students compared to Bing.

At least, that's what I recalled from some rereading.

I'm sorry, I thought that was clear from the part where Master Lau suggests that Nai might marry Bing.

I must have somehow completely missed that suggestion.
That just makes the entire Bing/Master Lau combination MORE disgusting. Ugh. Eww. Ewwww.

oi, so it does. Thanks for the link. And also for keeping the landing page up to date! I may have gone on a bit of a reread binge.

I can't be responsible for everything.

I haven't put the cleaning piece on the front page yet because I'm not sure how it fits.... In terms of the landing page.

I can't be responsible for everything.

I haven't put the cleaning piece on the front page yet because I'm not sure how it fits.... In terms of the landing page.

Gee, you posted this once and then you went back in time and posted it again!

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