Chapter 2: Discovery
The dining hall at the Jade Palace was typically a very loud and joyful setting. Any meal time would fill the air with hysterical laughter and wild shouts of dares and jokes. After the chaos of the previous night, however, the room was occupied by tired and listless warriors, picking at their rice and dreading the announcement of the next training period. Instead of the typical playful banner, the only joke present was the good-natured ribbing of Tigress from the rest of the Five ("why are you so sad, you don't have to bust your butt in the Hall today", a comment met with an eye roll from the big cat). Every approaching set of footsteps caused the masters to glance up and at the door way, holding their breath in anticipation. Most of the time, it was merely some servant or workman heading to the barracks to fix the fire damage.
The only exception was the approach of heavy footfalls, causing every board to creak. Po peeked around the corner, surprised and som