Chapter 23: Colleen, and Destiny!
“It’s been four days…” Saint murmured a little then said: “I’ll answer your questions later. For now, we must check on Colleen.”
Lorna nodded and watched Saint pull out his phone to call Colleen, but found out that his option “does not allow for international calls!”
The two looked at each-other helplessly for a while, and then Saint said: “Maybe she has returned! I’ll go to the Dojo!”
“I am going too!”
Afraid of this unknown danger that her boss told her about, Lorna was not willing to take any more time in the store, and walked out right behind Saint.
A few moments later….
“Boss? Lorna? Hello…”
Peter, carrying a bag of rice, came out of the utility room. He shouted twice and had no answer, looked at the empty restaurant and said to himself: “What happened? What should I do? I have school…”
At the same time, Saint stood at the door of Colleen’s Dojo and knocked. It didn’t take long before he was able to hear approaching footsteps. The door was half opened, and behind it, a beautiful figure appeared….
Saint was surprised and said: “Joy? What are you doing here?”
“I should be the one asking that question!” Joy was also very surprised, saw Lorna behind Saint and said: “Saint, why did you come?”
“I am an old friend of Colleen and have known her for several years.” Saint answered, and then he pointed at Lorna: “This is Lorna, you’ve known her from my restaurant, but she’s also Colleen’s disciple.”
Joy let way to the two saying: “If that’s the case, come in and let’s talk inside. You have to help me Saint! Help me persuade Colleen to go to the hospital. She’s in very bad state!”
“What happened to Sensei? Where is she?” Lorna asked anxiously.
“In the back bedroom.”
Joy pointed to the room, and then explained briefly to Saint: “I went with Danny and Colleen to China to investigate the Hand’s conspiracy. While we were there, there was a fight, and the enemy managed to mildly scuff her arm. It was so miniature that I thought she would not be hurt, but I didn’t expect that her enemy’s weapon was poisoned!”
Saint nodded, realizing that what he was worried about happened after all. He couldn’t help but sigh at the unexpected fate. Because of his presence, Danny was not sent to mental hospital by Joy. This is why he shouldn’t have needed Colleen’s help to get out. However, it seemed that events occurred, and the two ended up traveling to China anyway; but with Joy this time, and without Claire Temple in their company. It ended up the same way: Colleen was poisoned!
Saint also knew why Colleen wouldn’t go to a Hospital. She should be probably waiting for Bakuto, her Sensei, believing that he should be able to detoxify her. Indeed, western modern medicine shouldn’t be able to help her in time against this Chinese poison.
When Saint followed Joy to the room, he saw Colleen in bed, her face pale and lips clue. She was in cold sweat, struggling to talk: “Don’t worry Lorna, I can get through this. When my Sensei arrives, he will help me detoxify.”
“Oh Colleen! That’s awful! You look so ugly right now!” Saint approached her bed; with an emotionless face and said: “I see the change in climate did not treat you well on your trip!”
“You’re terrible…” If Colleen wasn’t powerless at that moment, she would have jumped at him and beat him to a pulp. After staring at him, she said: “Saint, if you’re not going to say anything good, just shut up!”
“Ugh, you have no sense of humor!” Saint broke character and smiled, turning back and saying: “Joy, why are two alone? Where’s Danny?”
“Danny went to the pharmacy to buy antibiotics.”
Joey looked down anxiously to her watch: “He should be coming back soon.”
Hearing Lorna weeping sniffing on the other side, Saint reached and patted her shoulder. He said smiling: “Don’t cry; I’m here! I will not let her die!”
Lorna shook and her eyes lit up: “Boss, you can really cure Sensei?”
“Of Course, this is nothing!” Saint took a pause as three jaws dropped around him, and he said: “However, I have to wait for Danny Rand. I need to use the Iron Fist granted to him by Shou-Lao!”
The trio was speechless. After looking back at Colleen, Lorna said to Saint: “Boss, is that really reliable? You sound very confiden…”
“How can I rely on it? I…” As Saint was about to answer her, he was interrupted by Colleen: “Saint, who’s Shou-lao?”
“Not who; what! Shou lao is a dragon, Kunlun’s Undying Dragon to be exact. He has been living for thousands of years now.”
“Dragon…. That’s just a myth!” Colleen murmured in disbelief.
“If you don’t believe me, ask Danny!” Saint turned back, as if looking through the wall saying: “He’s already at the door!”
Then, as if to confirm his words, the sound of the door being knocked reached them, followed by Danny’s voice: “Joy, I’m back! Open the door!”
Colleen and Joy were both stunned, staring at Saint as if he was a ghost… Only Lorna thoughtfully guessed: “Ki Sense?”
Saint silently nodded to confirm her assumption, and then reminded Joy: “Aren’t you going to open the door?”
“Oh!” Joy quickly ran to the door, coming back with Danny who had pharmacy labeled bag in his hand.