Asia Tao and The Essence of the Dragon
CHAPTER 6: Suspect
6.1 Suspect: Stalker
It was now time for lunch and Asia couldn’t even think about eating. Her stomach was doing flips thinking about Giovanni. Then there was still Mr. Santos who obviously knew something but Asia was afraid to ask him. What if he saw Giovanni kill Chris? He could be the proof Asia needed. Asia decided to try and eat something. She decided to take a break from worrying and enjoy lunch.
It seemed as if she would have to eat alone today since Chris was dead now and Soo Yun didn’t have lunch at the same time as her. Asia found a seat in the back corner of the lunchroom away from everyone else. Just as she was about to take a bite of her pizza Giovanni appeared out of nowhere standing over her.
“My goodness you startled me.” Asia said. “Do you have lunch right now?” she asked.
“I do now.” He said.
“Are you stalking me?” she laughed offsetting her suspicions but deep down she considered it.
Giovanni was starting to show up everywhere she was like he could sense her. Asia began to think she needed to do some research on these powers they were getting.
Giovanni sat down next to Asia and smiled. “I just came from the library.” He said.
“That’s great that you are learning how to read.” She replied.
“Very funny but I read something very interesting.” He added. “I read this Chinese myth about a guy named Longwei.” He told her.
Asia’s eyes got big and she stopped eating. “Oh really.” She said as she turned to face Giovanni.
“From the look on your face you know the story.” He said with an inquisitive look.
“Yes I may have heard some of it.” Asia replied.
Giovanni took a bite of his apple as he stared at Asia looking for any sign that she may know more than she was letting on. “Well I learned a lot, I skipped my last two classes to do research.” He said.
“Why are you so interested in this all of a sudden?” Asia demanded to know.
“Because of you.” He answered.
“Me?” Asia asked shocked and nervous that he was on to her.
“Yeah your necklace made me curious.” He said.
“Do you want to hear the story, you might learn something?” Giovanni laughed.
“Why not?” she replied sarcastically.
“Okay, Longwei was a warrior from the Han dynasty who helped the emperor Liu Bang defeat warlord Xiang Yu in the battle of Gaixia in 202 BC.” Giovanni said. ‘Xiang Yu committed suicide after the battle and his body was dismembered by soldiers who were looking to claim a reward from the emperor Liu bang.” He went on. “Now Longwei had gotten his powers before all of this happened and when he did his best friend Chin ho got powers too.” He added. “They stopped being friends after they got powers because Chin Ho wanted to use his powers for evil.” Giovanni said. “Well Xiang Yu was Chin Ho’s uncle.” He went on as he animatedly told the story.
Asia began to become more interested in the story; this was a part she had never heard before. “Why didn’t Chin Ho help in uncle in battle?” Asia asked.
“I’m getting to that.” Giovanni replied as he finished the rest of his apple. Giovanni was taking his time for dramatic effect. He saw Asia getting impatient and he started to laugh.
“Can you hurry up?” she demanded.
“I don’t’ want to choke.” He said with his mouth full.