When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu
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Hundreds of years ago, there was a village in Beijing, the capital of China. The villagers and the king of Beijing were very happy. There lived a boy in the village called Sean Lee. He lived with his brother Yen Lee and his mother Xuan Lee. Both the brothers were kind-hearted, intelligent and brave. Although they did not quarrel with anyone, both of them always stood their ground, if ever the need aroused. They used to play lots of games like hide and seek, thief and the policeman and many other games. They were always good boys and followed whatever their elders said. Both the brothers were playful and naughty (not that bad kind of naughty) and never fought with anyone unnecessarily. They listened to their teacher when he taught and their writing skills were also brilliant. So in this case anyone could at least say that, "Both the brothers were naughty, but they deserve an award." Time flew by.
A decade later, when Sean was wandering in the forest, he was shocked to see a chariot which had wheels bearing the symbol of cobras and was navy blue in color. He went near the chariot to peep into. The poor teenager did not know that it belonged to Magorba, the commander- in- chief of the Cobra Ninjas. Hey! Do you know that who are the Cobra Ninjas? They are as fierce as lion, eyes as sharp as a hawk and their blood contains the venom of cobras, thus, known as Cobra Ninjas. Their main mission is to rule Beijing because the one who rules the capital, he or she rules that country. Their intentions were always evil and no matter whoever came their way, they killed that individual mercilessly. Actually they were demons.
Okay. Where was I? Oh yes! Sean went and peeped inside.
He was stunned to see Yen Lee, his brother! Sean rolled his eyes in disbelief. He first untied the vine ropes and then removed the cloth from Yen’s mouth. Sean stammered "H-H-How did you get here? ‘‘Brother, just like you, I was roaming in the forest. Suddenly Magorba and his allies caught me and tied me up over here", replied Yen. Sean was furious .He told Yen to come out of the chariot and destroyed Magorba’s chariot with a large boulder. Then he walked away to the village.
On the way a forest fairy appeared. She said that "I am a forest fairy. I am impressed by your bravery. You were not afraid and rescued your brother. Moreover, you even destroyed Magorba’s chariot. I am giving you these two swords. You can use the first one to cut vines and ropes in case someone is trapped in them." "What about the second one?" enquired Sean. ‘Use it during battle time.’ said the fairy. After having some words with Sean, the forest fairy vanished into thin air.
Unfortunately, Magorba was listening to their conversation. He soon sent his men to kill Sean but he always defeated them. Now, whenever there was any trouble, the villagers went to Sean and he was always there to save the day. He saved many people like that and hence was known as ‘The kind hearted boy with double swords’.
After his graduation, Sean thought to save even more people at the same time. He thought for some hours and planned to become a ninja too. He sought permission from his parents and went to a faraway place and enrolled in a Ninja academy to learn all their skills and become a ninja. Sean was doing very nice in his practices and tests. He learnt how to balance on a thin pole after jumping on it, how to jump high, how to fight and everything else. Only after two years of practices and tests he had become the commander of the shadow clan.
This news soon reached Magorba and he flew into a rage after listening to it. Magorba shouted, "What is this? I always send my men to defeat him but every time one dies and the others escape. What now? He is the commander of the shadow clan. Don’t you feel a bit of shame? But yes, if I summon Chang, (former general of the Cobra clan) then he will execute my order. I bet."
"Chang, go and knock down our arch nemesis". "As you wish Sensei," Chang replied. He took out his sword and set out on his journey. But when the royal messenger arrived he told the commander in chief that, "Your Majesty, Sean has knocked down Chang." Magorba was annoyed. "AAGH! This time I will plan and attack him with my army. I lost my general. But this time he is going to lose," cried a stunned Magorba. " I will take revenge. I will take revenge."
Meanwhile in Beijing, Sean and his academy were planning to shift to Shenyang, a city in China. His sensei said, ‘Sean, we must shift to Shenyang. Our enemies won’t be able to find us out.’ Sean agreed. There were six main ninjas in total -Sean, Yong, Kai, Lloyd, Yakov and Nakia.
In Yangzhou, the Cobra clan was preparing for war. Sean also knew about the war and alerted everyone. Sean captured the Blood clan, the Plant clan, the Fire clan and many other clans. Later he was crowned as the Commander in Chief. Then he settled his subjects and they were ready for war. After a few days the war began. Both the clans were fighting with full vigor and valor. Sometimes Kai shot arrows at Magorba, but instead, he counter attacked Kai and started hunting Sean. Finally Magorba wore his invincible coat and started hunting the Shadow clan down. But the clever Sean distracted him and Yakov took out his coat. Just at that moment Sean threw his sword at Magorba which struck his heart. Magorba died for once and for all. Everybody was singing praises for Sean. Once again good triumphed over evil.
Though Magorba had died, his brother, Megarca did not want the Cobra clan to be defeated. He wanted vengeance for his younger brother. Meanwhile, Sean’s plan to shift to Shenyang had succeeded. When Megarca set out to kill Sean, he was not there. Sean’s life was going on smoothly. He also knew about Megarca. He knew that Megarca was always there to kill him but that did not stop Sean from taking care of his city. He was always spending his days by solving his subjects’ difficulties and defending the town. After all that was the reason why he was crowned the commander in chief of the Shadow clan. He said to himself, ’the people should be happy, Sean.’
Sean’s subjects everyday celebrated the welcome of the commander in chief, but in Beijing, everybody was absolutely disappointed because Sean had left Beijing. Sean knew this and sent Lloyd, Yakov, Nakia and half of his army for the protection of the village but that did not please them. So Sean promised to his family that after he would defeat Megarca, he would come back to his village. However Lloyd, Yakov and Nakia were still there.
Now, on the other hand, Megarca was taking out information from his royal spies. The spies were regularly going to Beijing and asked more about Sean but no one ever answered them, for they knew, if they would ever cause any harm to the villagers, the ninjas would save them. Now the villagers were also happy for they knew that Megarca’s end was near. Megarca kept on trying but never got any information on Sean. Annoyed by the harassment, Megarca himself decided to attack the village. He formed thousands of weapons by his magic and planned. At last he was ready to attack. This time he did not miss even one target. He killed everyone without taking any pity on them. Sean’s family revealed that Sean had shifted to Shenyang. Megarca spared Sean’s family and some people living in their neighboring huts. Hundreds were wounded in that war. Even the army and the ninjas tried their best to defeat Megarca but even they failed.
This news directly reached Sean. Sean’s mind was full of sorrow. Most unfortunately, Megarca knew that Sean was in Shenyang. Now Megarca had also shifted over there. One of Megarca’s brothers lived in Shenyang. Megarca reported to his elder brother, Megarzu who was also one of the generals of the Cobra clan.
Meanwhile, in Beijing, Yen was losing his control. He was feeling bad for his brother. He was depressed, sad and impatient. Yen wanted to help his brother out. He wanted to be a part of the war. He knew that it was not good for his brother to deal with so many things alone. At last Yen decided to become a ninja and help his brother out. Now both Sean’s thought of saving people and Yen’s thought of saving Sean was matching. Yen also went to the same ninja academy and learnt how to become a ninja over there. He learnt everything with full concentration and dedication. Whenever his teacher was teaching something, he paid full attention. Yen attended his last test in which he had to perform everything he had learnt. Only then he could get the Black belt. Yen passed the test brilliantly by performing everything perfectly. Later he conquered millions of clans and formed his own army. ‘Next stop, my brother,’ murmured Yen.
Megarca, on the other hand, was enjoying his afternoon siesta, when suddenly Megarzu came running to him. He was huffing and puffing. Megarca looked at him questioningly. Megarzu fearfully informed him that many of the clan’s ninjas were killed by Sean. The moment he heard the name ‘Sean’, he became alert. Megarca wanted Megarzu to knock Sean. Megarzu thought that Megarca was out of his mind. He was the lucky one to escape from the claws of Sean. However by fetching courage, Megarzu went to hunt Sean.
Just after a few minutes Megarzu came running to Megarca’s court with fire on his head. He yelled, ‘Put out this fire off my head, I would tell what had happened in the fight.’ The guards immediately poured water on Megarzu. Then he said, ‘When I was fighting with Sean, I hit him a several times but he defended my last hit and counter attacked me. Sean used all his skills and knocked me off. Finally he set me on fire and I came running all over here.’ After this incident Megarca realized the seriousness of the matter. Now he had to be even more cautious.
Meanwhile, Sean was revengeful. He gave a warning to Megarca that there will be a war between the Shadow clan and the Cobra clan and the Shadow clan will only win. So from that day both the clans started to prepare for war. The war would take place in Yangzhou, the holy place of the Cobra clan. After Megarca read the warning, he said to himself,’ If my direct plans are not working, then I shall kill Sean by tricking him.’ Thus, he went to Sean’s sleeping chamber at night time and tried to kill him with a knife but Sean had also learnt how to remain alert while sleeping. So he counter attacked Megarca by punching him on the face. Due to Sean’s power and the impact of the punch, Megarca was thrown a mile away and directly landed at the doorstep of his court. He immediately put a bandage on his nose.
This time he thought that ‘If I place a battle in the mid of their preparation then their preparation will be ruined.’ So he went to Hong Kong to call the elephant demon, Zin Han. Megarca reached Hong Kong and convinced the king of the demon elephants to kill Sean. At last the demon elephant agreed. He walked fearlessly and reached Sean’s castle. Zin challenged him to engage in a fight with him. Sean came out and cried, ’Come and attack me.’ ‘No use. You are so weak that I’ll crush you in a jiffy,’ Zin yelled. Sean replied, ‘What is the use of boasting over there? Come, do what you said.’ Zin was furious He rushed towards Sean. However, Sean was quick to attack first. Zin was not ready for this sudden attack and so, he fell back. This time Sean got the opportunity to kill him. Therefore, Sean hopped towards Zin and pinned his sword on his chest. He died on the spot.
Megarca was terrified after watching the horrible scene. Then he thought to pray to the evil god, Huan. So he began the ceremony. They offered a delicious meal to Huan and sang prayers for their god. Somehow the Shadow clan also knew that the Cobra clan is praying to the evil god. So Sean, Cheng, Kai and some ninjas set out to ruin Megarca’s ceremony. Cheng, Kai and the other ninjas killed the ninjas who were guarding the function hall and entered the room. After that Sean killed the ninjas who were guarding the statue. Then he set the statue of Huan on fire. Megarca watched the statue burn into ashes. He did send some ninjas but Sean and the others killed them. In this way Sean ruined Megarca’s ceremony and saved everyone’s lives again.
Soon after that day, Megarca started tough preparations for the war. The Shadow clan had already started the preparations and they had improved very much but though the Cobra clans had started their preparations too but were still in the first level. Meanwhile, Yen and his team were planning to surprise Sean in the war. When they would realize that his brother was getting tired of fighting, Yen and his ninjas would perform a sudden attack on the Cobra clan.
Just after a week, the war started. Everyone was fighting so swiftly that no one could understand that who was fighting with whom. When Sean wanted someone by his side, as he was tired of fighting, Yen appeared with half of his ninjas and attacked Megarca. The other half attacked the main ninjas of Megarca’s clan. Megarca was senseless for several minutes. Sean gazed at the unbelievable scene. Yen soon landed on the ground and Sean asked him, ‘What are you doing here?’ Yen replied ‘It is a part and parcel of life. How could you expect your brother to not come and help you in this war?’ Saying so, both the commander in chiefs started fighting with their ninjas.
When Megarca regained his senses, he was shocked to see two main enemies (for Megarca). They all started fighting rapidly. Half of Sean’s army helped Sean in fighting Megarca, while the other half (including Yong, Kai, Lloyd, Yakov and Nakia) helped the other ninjas in fighting the other Cobra ninjas. However Megarca soon knocked the first half of the army which was helping Sean by himself, and imprisoned them ( excluding Sean) which the other half of the army did not know. So now, it was only between Sean and Megarca. Just after some minutes, both, Sean’s and Megarca’s sword slashed together. They alternatively overpowered each other but no matter who fell down, the fallen one rose up. All of them dodged each others’ swords. However one of Sean’s and the demon’s army members attacked both them. The enemy ninja attacked Sean whereas the ninja which belonged to Sean’s army attacked Megarca. Both of them threw their swords at the ninjas. Now that they had thrown their swords, both, Megarca and Sean were barehanded. Still they fought for some minutes, bare handedly. Then finally, Sean punched Megarca on the head and Megarca flew all the way to a sharp pole and landed over there only. The sharp end pierced Megarca’s belly and went through his body. After that you know what happened. Yes, he died, and once again good triumphed over evil. Sean took out the sword from the ninja’s belly he had thrown at. When Sean returned home to Beijing and told his mother about the defeat of Megarca, his mother’s happiness knew no bounds. The brothers’ mother informed the whole Beijing about it. The whole Beijing celebrated the return of the ninjas, and the death of Megarca and Magorba. From that day, both the brothers and their mother lived happily ever after in Beijing. No sooner the both brothers’ action-packed adventures started. Even from that day they did save lives and fulfilled the promise they had made to the village.