Chosen One (Chapter 1)
The wind whistles gently in the late night. A middle-age
man, wearing a golden robe, can be seen walking along with a white tiger. The
white tiger’s body was twice the man size and its height almost reaches the man.
Each step the male and beast took was filled with elegance.
The two of them were taking a night stroll in the garden.
The man could not sleep because there was something bothering him. He decided to
take his companion along to ease his mind.
The white tiger was walking silently beside him but suddenly
stop. It looks up toward the sky as if
something has caught his attention. The man notices the beast gaze and follow
the direction. What he found was nothing but the glistening stars in the night
sky. The moon was cover by dark clouds but small lights still penetrates
through. The night was eerily silent and the breeze continues to sway gently.
“What’s wrong, Jian Bing?” The man asked.
The white tiger did not answer but its gaze continues to
linger at the same direction. It was only a second later when its eyes widen,
let out a low growl, and suddenly vanish into thin air. This sudden action
causes the middle age man to be surprise and scare at the same time. He was
just about to call for the white tiger but was interrupted by a sudden call.
An elderly man was rushing toward the man in the golden
“Your Highness!” He called.
The elderly man, or Advisor Wu, was out of breath when he
had reached the golden robe man. He quickly bow down and reports, “Your
Highness, Empress Jalia is about to give birth!”
This man, also known as Emperor Hong of Zuleron, immediately
lost his calm composure and staggers backward. Advisor Wu quickly move and held
onto Emperor Hong before his knees collapse.
“Lead…Lead me to the room!” He ordered.
“Yes, Your Highness!”
Emperor Hong tried to stabilize his pounding heart. His chest was beating so rapidly he feels
like it was going to pop out of him. This was the first time he has ever feel
so nervous and excite at the same time.
He didn’t feel this way when he became the emperor. He didn’t feel this
way when he achieved his first victory in battle. Yet he was breaking into
sweat at the mention of his wife giving birth.
Just as they were about to take the first step, they heard a
loud and thunderous roar coming from the sky. The gentle breeze suddenly turn
violent and its speed pick up a little faster. The autumn colored leaves on the
ground swirl around as the breeze pass through.
Without warning, rains began to pour from the sky. The sound of the
thunder was like a howl of a powerful beast.
Advisor Wu quickly help Emperor Hong into the hallway. Their
hairs and clothes were soaked but they didn’t care. Something more important
was in their mind.
“Emperor Hong, are you ready to go?” Advisor Wu asked.
The emperor did not hear him because he was in deep thought.
He forgot about his wife for a moment as he stares at the violent storm.
Everything seems so peculiar. The white tiger sudden disappearance was
weighting down his mind. It never behaves in such a way before. “Is this a sign
of a bad premonition?” He thought.
He snaps out of his thought and turn his attention to his
wife once more. He suddenly feel his heart began to pound rapidly again. He
quickly follows after Advisor Wu. The moment he reaches his room, he could hear
his wife painful groan. The midwife was sending soothing and encouraging
words to console the Empress.
“Your Highness, I think it is better to take a rest.”
Adviser Wu suggested.
Throughout the whole night, his wife was still groaning in
pain. This only makes the emperor more nervous for his wife. He had heard many
stories of women dying during childbirth. He fears for his wife so he continues
to stay and wait. The storm continues to roar and lightning can be seen every
now and then.
“No, I will stay- “
He stops his protest when he heard a melodious cry coming
from the room.
He immediately opens the door and rush to see his wife and
child. Inside the room was a lady lying exhaustively on the bed. A few maids
were carrying out bowls of water and the nursemaid was wrapping a small child
with a soft fabric. When the nursemaid saw the Emperor, she bows down to greet
Emperor Hong ignores her bow and signals for her to hand him
his child. The midwife hastily handed him his child. The moment he held onto
his child, he was overwhelm with a flood of happy emotions. This was a precious
treasure. He suddenly feels a sense of pride.
Emperor Hong walks toward his wife. She was lying
exhaustively on the bed but her eyes were still open. Empress Jalia was a fair
skin lady with light red hair, and a pair of green eyes. Her face was pale from
giving birth but her cheeks still had a tint of rosy red. She stares
affectionately at her beautiful child. Her child was a beautiful boy with blond
hair and glistening green eyes.
“What shall we name our son?” She whispered.
As if heaven has accept their son, the roaring thunder
outside suddenly stop. The lightnings lessen and the rain turns into a soft
sprinkle. Slowly, the dark clouds began to separates and the sunlight beams
penetrate through them. The horrible storm was over and morning was arriving.
Emperor Hong smiled, “Choua, I like the sound of Choua.”
Empress Jalia smile and nod in agreement.
Choua was the first born child of the Emperor. He was also
the son of his first wife, the Empress.
Emperor Hong had countless concubines but he still loves his first wife
the most. She was his first love and had a kind nature that drew him in. Her
heart was as beautiful as her appearance.
Just as Empress Jalia was about to hold onto her child, she
has a sudden pain in her abdomen.
“Urgh!” She groaned.
“What...What’s wrong?” Emperor Hong panics.
He hand Choua to a nearby maid and clasps his wife’s hands.
Her face has turned pale and she was clenching her teeth in pain. The midwife ran over to check Empress Jalia.
She was just about to touch Empress Jalia but jump in fright
when a loud thunderous BOOM echoes throughout
the palace. Once again, the sky outside turn dark and rain falls faster than
before. The windows swing open because
of the strong wind. The candles were blown out instantly. Luckily, it was
morning and there was no more use for the candles. The nurses scramble over to
the windows and shut them.
“Quickly check my wife!” Emperor Hong shouted.
The midwife nodded and checks Empress Jalia. She gasped
and her face turns white. Her expression worries Emperor Hong even more as he imagines
“It’s…It’s nothing serious. It’s just that Her Highness is
about to give birth to a second child.” She explained.
Everyone froze in their spot as they try to analyze this
piece of information. Empress Jalia was weak from giving birth to the first
child. She was already out of strength. The birth of the second child will be
very dangerous. It may endanger the Empress’ life. Yet there was nothing they
can do but helps the Empress gives birth.
“Quickly help her!” He demanded.
It didn’t take long for the second child to be born. Thankfully,
his wife had a strong will and last until the end. Everyone was waiting to look
at the child when they suddenly feel a chill ran down their spine. The child
born did not utter a single cry. The midwife even thought that the child was
not alive until she saw his chest moves up and down. His silence was eerie but
his appearance was even more.
“My…My god…this is...”
The boy appearance was the splitting image of the first
born. The people present can conclude that they were twin. Although they look alike, the second child had
black hair and eyes. This was not a trait that belongs in the royal family,
Empress Jalia or Emperor Hong.
Emperor Hong was a handsome man with blond hair and deep,
blue eyes. His wife had red hair and green eyes. Choua inherits his father’s
hair color and his mother’s eyes color. The second son, however, did not have
any of his parent’s traits.
The child appearance was frightening but that was not all of
it. It took the people a second later to remember how giving birth to twin was
a bad omen. No one knows why but there was a prophecy in their country that a
pair of twin children will bring destruction to the county. People had no choice but to abandon their
twin children or kill them. Many chose
to keep one of them. A pair of twin was a bad omen and it was even worst to
have them born into the royal family.
“No way.” Empress Jalia gasped.
She fainted when her eyes landed on her child. The midwife was scare of the child but did not dare to put the child down. After all, this
was still the child of the emperor. Emperor Hong’s head was filled with
countless thoughts. He feels like his head was going to explode. Advisor Wu was
speechless and he begins to feel fear rise in his heart.
The emperor didn’t even care to name his second child. He
turns away from the boy and decided, “Kill this child.”
Everyone, including Advisor Wu, gasped. The emperor was
known for being merciful and gentle yet this quick decision was ruthless.
“But-But Your Highness! This boy is still-” Advisor Wu
“SILENCE!” Emperor Hong bellowed.
He turns to face Advisor Wu with a helpless face. This was a
tough decision but it must be done. This child may be the child from the
prophecy. Either he keeps this bad omen child and waits for disaster to strike,
or kill the boy first. It was better safe than sorry. He did not want to risk
any danger to the country, even if it means killing his own son. He even doubt
if this was his son.
He sighed, “Advisor Wu, I want you to take care of this
Advisor Wu bow down and replied, “Yes, Your Highness.”
Then Emperor Hong turns his attention to the rest of the
“What happen today must be kept secret. It will only be
announce that my wife gave birth to Choua. If any rumor was to appear, everyone
present here will be executed.” He threatened.
Everyone gulp and quickly bow down, “Understood, Your
He looks at them and marks their appearance into his mind. At
the moment, he didn’t have the heart to kill anyone. Besides, even if this
rumor was spread later on, he doubts any one will believe it. After this, it
will be very likely that his second son will no longer be alive. No one else
will know the truth.
The emperor gave a second glance at his son and then exits
the room. He has a heavy heart as he look toward the dark future. The
disappearance of the white tiger and the pair of twin was definitely a bad
Everyone was caught up in their own thought. It may be the horror
of the curse child or the horrible fate of knowing the truth. None of them notice the beautiful rainbow that
was hovering across the sky after the storm.
This was the first time in history that such a huge rainbow has appeared.
Countless peasants were coming out of their shelters to look at the miracle,
thinking that this was a great blessing.
Coincidentally, the end of the rainbow was located at the room
where the second child was born. Legend says that a pot of gold exist at the
end of the rainbow. However, this child was no pot of gold. He was deemed as
the child of a devil, a demon offspring.