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Title: "Cats Cradle" (maybe chapter one?)
Writer: kyatto
Characters/Pairing: Tai Lung/Tigress
Rating: PG
Summary: Time has passed since Tai Lung's defeat. Tigress is beginning to come to accept Po. But what happens when she discovered Tai Lung is still alive?


It had been a long period of time since the Dragon Warrior had defeated Tai Lung. The valley was at peace again. And the Furious Five had finally come to accept their new comrade, and welcome into the group with open arms. They’d grown into quite the family.

Master Tigress was the only one still unsure. She liked Po, as disgusting as he was. For a big fat panda, he had turned into quite the hero. He’d surprised her greatly, she had to admit. But lately he was hinting at a relationship between them. But she didn’t want any of that. She liked him, and he was a good friend, but not the one for her.

One night she was assigned to watch over the valley, to keep an eye open for crime. The whole time she was on patrol something didn’t smell right. There was something out of the ordinary. She had ventured down into the village to investigate further, quiet as a mouse. She was drawn to an alley behind an abandoned building. While she was bounding across rooftops she heard a crash. When her eyes adjusted to the moonlight she saw a body lying in a heap of rubble. Alarmed, she rushed to it.

“Are you alright?” Tigress called out, sounding genuinely concerned, as she knelt by it.

“I’m…” The body coughed. It was male. “I’m fine…Tigress.”

The voice was familiar. “Tai Lung!”

“Glad you remember me,” despite his state, Tai Lung was as cocky as ever. “I was afraid you wouldn’t.”

“Why…How are you here?” Tigress was confused. “Po used the Wuxi Fingerhold….correctly. It’s impossible to escape!”

“I see you still doubt my abilities, Master Tigress,” Tai Lung told her, wheezing as she propped him up against a stone wall. “It just sent me away…far away….and weakened me greatly….but I had to come back.”

Suddenly, Tigress felt a pang of sympathy for him, despite him being an enemy. “But why? Why would you return? You know you’re no longer wanted here.”

“Where else would I go…?” He sighed. “This place…is my home. Always has been.”

“Shifu will not be pleased,” she replied sharply.

“He lived?” It surprised her how concerned and relieved he sounded. “That’s good…”

“I’m serious. After trying a second time? There’s no way he’ll let you come back.”

Tai Lung sighed and leaned back against the wall. His chest rose and fell slowly with each shaky breath. His clothes were torn, his fur dirty and matted, his face bruised. It was obvious he had several broken bones. So used to seeing him standing tall and strong, ready for combat, it hurt Tigress to see him in such a state. He was so weak and vulnerable. She wasn’t sure why she was feeling this way.

“I won’t be going up the mountain so soon…” Tai Lung coughed again. “Not like this. I’ll stay down here…Incognito. Let myself heal. I’ll only return when I know I’m ready.”

Tigress was quiet for a minute. “I’ll help you,” she decided.

“I’m not asking you to.”

“I…” she glanced away then looked into his eyes. “I want to…As long as you…”

“As long as I what?”

“As long as you promise that you’re good now.”

“You have my word,” Tai Lung smirked.

“I mean it!” Master Tigress glared at him. “If you slip up just once, take one step backwards; show any sign of being corrupt or evil again, you won’t have to worry about Shifu and your fate, because I’ll make sure your fate ends right then and there. Permanently!”

“Master Tigress,” he placed a wounded paw on her shoulder. “You have my promise. The word of a Master.”


Let me know what you think!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
OMG yes. I loved it, being the first Kung Fu Panda fan fic I've read, It's great. OMFG The speech at the end made me squee with Avatarded joy lolol win.
Jun. 11th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I was hoping someone would get the reference.

I really hope this gains a good fandom. Because I seriously want to start a legion of Tai Lung/Tigress shippers. It'd be Zutara all over again. And then we'd go to Dreamworks and demand that it happen in the sequel. But they'd be all like "NO". And have Po get with her. And piss off the fanbrats I created. Meanwhile I'll be curious as to how a panda and a tiger could reproduce without it looking utterly bizarre.
Jun. 11th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Indeed, it needs a good fandom, because it's totes badass for reals. I was blinded by pure awesomeness. Tai Lungress ... What? It needs a ship name. *shot* lulz a panda/tiger would be straight up bizarre, lolwut?
Jun. 11th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Two cats mating I can see. Even if they're technically different species. I mean, come on, ligers exist! But a PANDA and a tiger? WTF. No. I do not see this science working.
Jun. 13th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Kyattooooooo. <33

You make my heart go *squee*. LOL, they probably won't have Tigress and Po mate, their baby probably would come out creepy looking.

But you know what? Now I am torn. TORN BETWEEN Tai Lung/Tigress and Tigress/Po. GRAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

I guess I will ship both.

Thanks for the wonderful fic, dearest. <3

See you on FK!
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
I feel kinda bad, because Tai Lung/Tigress is like Zutara in way

but on the other hand it's kinda more visually appealing than her with a panda.

Maybe there will be a sequel where they find another kick butt panda or something? That'd be cute.
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm not too exited for a sequel (which I just know is coming), because I'm scared of it sucking. Dreamworks's sequels aren't as bad as Disney's, but I hear there's gonna be a Shrek 5, so I'm starting to worry. I liked Shrek 2 and all, 3 was just ok, but Kung Fu Panda seems like the kind of movie that would be better off standing alone. This is the best movie I've seen in a long time (well for Dreamworks at least), which gives me amazingly high hopes for WALL-E (zomg Pixarrrrrr).

However, I'm all for the fics. <333
Jun. 18th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I feel that Tigress was way too quick into feeling sympathy for Tai Lung there, especially knowing her overall demeanor, but at least she sounded strict and harsh enough there in the end. I quite liked how you explained Tai Lung surviving that stupid finger-hold thing and not having healed from his injuries, though it kind of goes against the beginning when it mentions that it's been a long period of time since the "fight" between Po and Tai Lung. Just gotta watch out for those bits there.

And I've been nuts about seeing a Tai Lung/Tigress anything, I just think they'd make for a cute couple, so I'd definitely like to see more to this fic. You write well and got both characters down well for being an introduction and am sure you'd do real good in their interaction with those stubborn personalities of theirs, so I'd definitely like to see more to this fic. ^_^
Nov. 9th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Omigee I squeed while reading this
cause when I watched the movie in the cinema, TWICE,
I totally supported this couple.
(and those amazing blue fires around tai lung's paws..the uber awesomeness, that was..)
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