"Because…, Mileena needs your help." She stated, now watching to see the aftermath of the confrontation before them. If only…she thought of a way back to the throne room.
"Sub-Zero murdered your family! The Lin Kuei destroyed your clan!" Quan Chi reminded the spectre.
If only Quan Chi anticipated Sub-Zero's denial of the event. "…These are lies. The Shirai Ryu are our enemies, this is the truth…" He removed himself from Mileena's grasp, limping forward. "But we never ventured to Japan to slaughter them. In fact, it was you Quan Chi who sent Scorpion as 'back up' when you sent me after the sacred map. This led to our battle, and Scorpion's death."
Scorpion's hollow eyes were on Bi Han…then back to Quan Chi. "You would hire the Lin Kuei after he destroyed my family?""I was setting it up for your vengeance, Scorpion!" The sorcerer held strong to his story.
"You tricked me once before…, you will not trick another before my eyes!" Bi Han began to gather frozen energy in his palms, immediately alerting Quan Chi.
With the chill of Sub-Zero's powers all around, the intense heat of Scorpion's flames, and the deathly glare of Mileena's eyes…Quan Chi decided fleeing was the best option. Turning to run, a rift broke in the air before him, allowing him to leap through and out of the Netherrealm before either could attack him!
Relaxing himself, Scorpion turned fully to face Bi Han. "The score is settled dead even, Bi Han. If a Lin Kuei steps foot in the Shirai Ryu territory with malicious intent, I will kill them. You can be sure a Shirai Ryu will not bother your pathetic clan of criminals any longer."
"The same can be said to you, Hanzo." Bi Han chuckled, amused at the threats of the Spectre. "For now a truce is in order. The Lin Kuei will know of Quan Chi's acts of betrayal, as will the Shirai Ryu. Perhaps you will one day discover your true family's killers…"
"Perhaps." He would get to the bottom of this, that was a fact. To Mileena his gaze now turned. "Had you not come and told me of the Elder Gods word, perhaps I would have killed Bi Han at Quan Chi's request. I thank you."
Mileena smiled beneath her veil, despite she knew she lied to him. Now if only the Elder Gods would actually agree to it, she would be safe! "You are welcome, Scorpion."
Without many more words, Scorpion vanished in a flare. This left Sub-Zero and Mileena alone in the boiling pits of this hellish realm."Woman." Bi Han said, now upgrading Mileena from a 'foul beast' to simply 'woman', "What is it you sought to gain from this? Why is it you desire my assistance?"
"Mileena wishes to become Lin Kuei." She said quickly. She wasn't even thinking, all she knew was that if she became a Lin Kuei, she would have an excuse to see Kuai Liang earlier than normal! She saw the way he looked at her – as if she were completely off her rocker. Resorting to desperation, she placed her fist over her chest. "To be stealthy as the night…!"She bowed forward slightly.
Bi Han paused. "….And deadly as the dawn." He said after a few moments. Where she learned such a thing would need to be questioned…, though he began to recall her saying she knew Kuai Liang. "One does not become Lin Kuei overnight. However…, in return for arguably saving my life…I will give you a map to the temple. There, you can attempt to gain audience with the Grand Master. I will send Sektor and Cyrax with you once this tournament concludes."
"Thank you, Sub-Zero." She took yet another bow, trying to be sure she remained on his good side."Come to my chambers tonight." He paced away from her, examining the hellish scene about them. "It is near the docks. It is impossible to miss."
"First, we must escape…this place." She added in, following closer behind him. "…Have you any means of escape?"
Thinking briefly, Bi Han placed a hand at Mileena's shoulder. "It will take every ounce of energy I have left. I will try." The two of them quickly became encased in ice – and within seconds would be forming into ice back within the throne room. Exploding from the frozen casings, Sub-Zero fell forward, though Mileena remained standing.
Everyone chattered amongst themselves, though Sektor and Cyrax quickly came to Sub-Zero's aid.
"What did you do to him?" Sektor shouted, quickly picking him up to begin carrying him off for medical attention, leaving Cyrax behind. "You will pay dearly for this, woman!"
Though cooler heads prevailed with Cyrax, Mileena did not stick around long enough for anyone to question her. She fled out onto the balcony, and overthe balcony into the rain. She was going to meet up with Sub-Zero with little delay, as long as she could help it."…Jade." Kitana simply said.
Knowing the command, the guardian nodded her head. "Far ahead of you, Kitana." It seemed the matches for the night were over…and as the group dispersed, Jade headed out carefully alongside Kitana. Before long, she broke off from the group, heading into the depths of the island, where she could feel Mileena's energy.
Side Event #11: Inescapable Fate"…I called Sektor off, you should be fine." Sub-Zero spoke as he limped over to his night stand. "Keep this safe with you." A scroll was pulled from it as he turned to limp back toward Mileena. "This was meant to be given to possible recruits. Guard it well."
"Mileena will guard it with her life. Thank you…" She accepted the scroll, taking a bow toward him.
"Perhaps your…gifts will serve us well in the future. Now, be gone. Until you are a proven Lin Kuei, consider this peace between us no longer existant." If his words were simply for motivation or true were very hard to tell.
"Ha. Right!" Opening the front door, Mileena moved like a thief in the night back into the storm. Within seconds, she was completely gone.
This left Bi Han alone, finally. Hobbling to his bed, he sat down. He was still in a lot of pain, and wasn't entirely certain he would survive long with his patched wounds. He could sense Sektor and Cyrax in the distance. They were growing more hostile with one another. He would have to for once and for all shut down this nonsense of the cyber initiative himself.
There was a loud crackle of thunder outside that caught his attention. In his brief distraction, suddenly another energy source appeared in his dim room. "What? Who are –"
He couldn't see his attacker until the last moment… the woman in red. Before he knew it, pain shot through his body as breath left him. The last thing he would see…was red.
( End of Side Event )