The air around Metalonia was filled with the smell of oil and smoke as workers tore down the opulent castle that had once been so huge it blocked out the sun. The palace had once been the home of Chromoly, the former lord of Metalonia and possibly richest person in Ninjago, however after a change of heart following the declaration of him as Master of Metal he decided to tear down the palace and donate the precious metals and jewels it was made out of to the poor. Though he was proud of his friend for making the change, Li Wei found tearing the palace down a bit of a drastic measure. After several arguments with Chromoly, however, Li Wei agreed to help in the demolition process. It was gruelling work, even for an elemental master, and Li Wei could only ever hop to keep up with Kopi who had taken over the lead of the project, but Chromoly was a good friend so Li Wei complied. Many days later the castle had been torn down to a lot Chromoky intended to turn into a park, the job was done.
"So what are we going to do now?" Kopi asked Li Wei a cool, calm morning. "Leave, look for new elemental masters or do we have enough. Are we going to rally and challenge the Nightmare Revolution and bring them down?"
"No, I was thinking something quite different." Li Wei replied gazing into the sunrise.
"Training? Weapon making with Chromoly?" Kopi guessed to which Li Wei shook his head "Well what then?"
"I love how you're so eager to jump into action, yet I was thinking we should take a day off."
"What? And, like, relax?"
"Have you forgotten how?" Li Wei joked. "I wouldn't be surprised, we've been on the move for months and I find that very draining. Everyone needs time to relax. One day can make a difference, besides I have a feeling Metalonia hides more surprises we have yet to find." Li Wei took his conical hat off his, a rare gesture, and then slowly pulled the string out of his hair that held the top knot in place, an even rarer gesture. His dark brown fell chin-length. This made him look far younger and more human than he usually did.
He stood up "If you wish to come Kopi, I implore you to, however it's your decision." And Li Wei walked down toward the village market Kopi trailing behind him.
The market was a bustling place full of vendors selling anything one could imagine. Around every corner was a blacksmith shop turning out hundreds of unique metal items. The pounding on the anvil only made the noise of the market even louder. Clothes were being sold in every style, color, and fabric. There was the smell of a dozen different cultures' food including exotic fruits, creamy pastries, and fancy hor d'oeuvres that cost more than a bar of gold. A haggard looking woman tried to sell Kopi a very large set of earings and even offered to pierce her ears after Kopi reveled she didn't have piercings. It was an incredible sight in Kopi's eyes--the market was a huge bustling place, yet everyone and everything seemed to work together like a machine. Li Wei saw it a bit differently, for him it was different to be regarded as just another shopper, not the great First Spnjitzu Master.
Li Wei and Kopi turned a corner, Kopi admiring her purchase of a beaded scabbard, Li Wei eating a large cotton candy, when they saw a crowd gathering. "I hear she comes here everyday" one man said. "Her shows are said to defy the laws of nature." Said another woman
"What are they talking about?" Kopi asked
"Care to find out?" Li Wei smiled back
Li Wei and Kopi were about to join the crowd when they were gathering when someone whispered in Li Wei's ear.
"Psst, don't follow the crowd, the real magic is over there." A gloved hand directed to a place on the cobblestone street that immediatley burst into yellow smoke. The smoke faded to reveal a slender figure wearing a tailed, sleek, black coat, a red choker, and charcoal gray leggings. She flashed a smile of blinding white teeth, winked one of her twinkling black eyes, and flipped her unnatural black and white streaked hair. "Good afternoon everybody!" She mused "Are y'all ready to see some serious...magic." And from out of nowhere a boquet of flowers appeared in her hands. The crowd cheered wildly. "My name's Yoku and I'll be your mistress of the mystical arts this fine day. Shall we get started?" And the flowers turned into a flock of doves with the snap of her fingers.
Yoku's show was nothing less than incredible. She started off with 'simple' card tricks that would've taken even the most seasoned of magicians weeks to learn. She continued with several mind bending dove tricks, and then some escape tricks that left the crowd on the edge of their toes. She only picked up the pace from there performing distortion tricks, quick change and sword swallowing.
"For my last trick." Yoku announced to the swelling crowd "I need a volunteer from my audience, let's see how about, you." She pointed at Li Wei. "Yes, sir what's your name?"
"Li." He responded simply.
"Yes, alright Li, for my grand finale I will need you to put this on." She said holding out several glittering bangles. "These are 20 karat gold bracelets made by the finest jewlers in Metalonia, impossible to snap, distort, bend, et cetera. Now I'm just going to put these on you, tell me when they're tight."
"Ouch, right there."
"Are they cutting off your circulation?"
"Yes, it's quite painful."
"Good, now audience take a look, doesn't our friend Li look fabulous--and restrained?" The audience laughed, Kopi gasped, Li Wei's arm was turning purple. "Now I'm going to take these bracelets off Li using levitation, ready? Keep your eyes focused on Li's arm." Yoku screwed up her face in deep concentration, and began making pulling motions in the air, the bracelets didn't budge. The crowd grew restless, that's when a young child cried out "She's flying!" The crowd gasped the bracelets had not gone anywhere but Yoku was twenty feet off the ground, floating in midair.
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