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liukangfire933 minutes ago
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Oh wow, it's Kung Lao !
Saw this on Max Huang's insta. What a good looking Kung Lao.
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betsyworthingtons6 minutes ago
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Not Erron being a sadistic bitch, pouring acid on their heads and laughing about it! I guess I was right about him... 馃憖
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thunderdilf8 minutes ago
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//Liu Kang is the Krillin of Mortal Kombat, but he's also the Goku. Get you a man who can do both.
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someirish-brawler21 minutes ago
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Camping Is Fun!
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Characters + Owners (Apologies If I Spell Any Names Wrong And If I Misplaced Them):
Ocs:
Henia - @free-the-shadows
Nova Nagako - @starneko123
Nirene - @anxietymuffin
Hakari Yamaguchi - @earthrealmclown
Tethys - @ren-meteor
Mesmer - @yuvon
Idk The Name Of The Character, Sorry - @catornek
Sonas:
Tora - @tora-lotus
Jess Starling - @topknotking
Sienna - @loverofthewindgod
Aofie - @someirish-brawler (Me)
Kay - @kano-kupcake
Tomoka - @tomoka0013
Siris - @maddenedroses
Sona - @zombbean
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videogamesmoviesandships49 minutes ago
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Mortal Kombat OC
Now, for something no one asked for because this blogs is for all ships, weather it be original with Canon, Canon with Canon or original with original. I don't have a ship for my character yet but I'll get to it when I can. Hope you guys don't mind! If you have any questions about this character, just drop an ask and I'll answer!
*this character can both fit in the games- tho possibly just in the reboot trilogy- as well as the 2021 film.*
Name: Aiden Bradley
Gender: Male (ftm)
Sexuality: Gay
Age: 24
Personality: Laid back, friendly though a little bit of a loner.
Appearance: 5'7", average built, dark red, almost brown hair that's in a fade cut. Hazel colored eyes. Wears a black T-shirt with a orange circle with a black siluette of a bonzai tree on the front- it was gifted to him by his instructor. Has a grey, sleeveless zipped up hoodie vest. Wears black cargo shorts and a pair of black and red shoes.
Arcana: Can manipulate and use Liquid Metal and can harden it into weapons like a sword. (I had no idea on what his power should be. If you guys want me to change it I will.)
Past: Born in New York, United States in Earthrealm, he was raised in an apartment complex with his parents. That was a struggle for reasons that retain to who he is. He was kicked out when he was seventeen(thus making him have abandonment issues) and had ended up in a small town in Pennsylvania.
He ended up at a Dojo and became a student there, training and learning Karate mainly. He managed to get a job at a local fast food place to make some money and, once he saved up, got a cheap apartment near the Dojo and that's where he's been seven and so years...until his first taste of Mortal Kombat.
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ravenkult51 minutes ago
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Mortal Kombat - Goro by WETA WORKSHOP DESIGN STUDIO https://www.artstation.com/artwork/D5Jr3n
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whatifxwereyouan hour ago
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The Oncoming Storm Part 9: Shadows
Liu Kang x Reader and Kung Lao x Reader (gonna do both, two paths!)
So much has happened this night that it's kind of hilariously ridiculous at this point. AND YET we are just beginning. Was that kiss a tease? Maybe. Is this still slow burn? Absolutely. Will it be Fun and Complicated鈩? Yes. Thanks so much for reading! Next update is Thursday. Going to try to push for another double update this weekend! As always, open to suggestions and if I like them I will integrate them~ Hope you're all doing well.
Part 8
鈥淚鈥檓 really okay, Liu.鈥 Your voice was tired and shaky. Words were difficult after that. How were you supposed to reset and leave that moment so quickly? Liu Kang had managed, but you imagined it had to do with the fact that his hand was covered in your blood and worry and guilt had taken over.
He showed you his hand as if to prove a point and you adjusted against the wall. The hanfu was still tangled behind you, stuck halfway down your arms so you slipped it off the remainder of the way. Then you pulled up your shirt to show him the wound. It was bleeding through the gauze.
鈥溾 don鈥檛 think this is proving the point that you want it to prove.鈥
鈥淔ine.鈥 You pulled the gauze away and the wound, while ugly, was mostly still closed. A few stitches had pulled and blood flowed freely but it definitely could have been worse. 鈥淪ee? Not that bad.鈥
鈥淚 feel like you aren鈥檛 taking this seriously, Y/N.鈥 He showed you his hand again, scooting closer. His fingers, warm, brushed around the wound and you shivered. Your hands were still shaking, your heart was still racing. How were you supposed to relax after any of this? You鈥檇 had a vision for the first time in years and then Liu Kang had kissed you! Not just kissed you, he鈥檇 kissed you and you weren鈥檛 sure it would have stopped at that if you hadn鈥檛 been bleeding.
鈥淚 am. Look, we need to speak with Raiden. I鈥 whatever it is that I saw, Liu, it鈥檚 important. If you think that he can decipher it then best to do it right now while it鈥檚 fresh, right?鈥 You were afraid to tell him the truths of your childhood illness. This was all too familiar now and saying any of it out loud meant accepting it as reality. Like you would be willing it into the world with words. 鈥淚 know my limits, Liu Kang. You have to trust me.鈥
鈥淚 do trust you, Y/N.鈥 He reached to touch your cheek again but spotting the blood on his fingers he pulled back before turning his gaze. 鈥淵ou鈥檒l tell me if you鈥檙e feeling sick, right?鈥
鈥淵es. I鈥檓 tougher than I look, I promise.鈥
鈥淵ou鈥檙e so pale. And freezing.鈥 He held his hand in front of you with the flame again and you winced at the overwhelming heat. In contrast to the cold you were feeling, it was blazing. He frowned.
鈥淧lease stop doing that. I鈥檓 not going to crumble. I鈥檓 not fragile, Liu.鈥
鈥淩aiden. Then the infirmary.鈥 Liu Kang stood up and offered you the hand that wasn鈥檛 on fire. The heat of the fire was killing you. It was too hot. Everything was overstimulating right now. Liu, the fire, the cold, your spinning head, your throbbing side. It was too much. You took his hand and got back to your feet. Your legs were shaking beneath you but you took a second to focus on your posture, on the weight of your body on your feet, and steadied yourself.
Liu Kang extinguished his fire and slipped his arm around you then urged your arm over his shoulder to support you. You didn鈥檛 have the heart to tell him you didn鈥檛 need him to do that. Besides, that kiss hadn鈥檛 ended the way either of you had wanted. Being close was a comfort until you could talk about it though talking about it seemed like this distant, scary thing already. You walked in silence for a time and you slowed your pace as you made it up a flight of stairs.
鈥淣ot too late to go to the infirmary.鈥 Liu Kang was avoiding your eyes.
鈥淲e鈥檙e already almost there.鈥 You stopped walking and pulled out of his arms to lean against the wall. This didn鈥檛 help Liu Kang鈥檚 worry. You were certain that what he鈥檇 seen happen to you had been traumatic. Then all that he鈥檇 done after that... That was a lot for you to consider, you were sure it was just as much, if not more, for him.
鈥淚鈥檓 uncomfortable with this.鈥 Liu slipped his arm around you again and urged you away from the wall before you were ready and you nearly collapsed into him. 鈥淰ery uncomfortable.鈥
鈥淚 know you are, but please just humor me.鈥
鈥淚f you pass out, I鈥檓 taking you to the infirmary. Also you鈥檙e going to owe me an apology at this rate.鈥
鈥淚f I pass out then I will happily apologize, Liu Kang. I鈥檒l tell you how right you are and make it up to you. I promise.鈥
鈥淚鈥檓 holding you to that.鈥 You caught a small smile on his face and were relieved for that. The tense air was exhausting. You made it up the last flight of stairs before the hall with the electrical sculptures and were met by a monk who hurried up to you and bowed.
鈥淟ord Raiden requires isolation for the night. You must turn back.鈥 He seemed nervous to approach you. Probably because of Liu Kang, you guessed. You were nobody. 鈥淲hat鈥檚 going on?鈥 He looked between you and then at the state of you. You were both covered in ink and you were covered in blood.
鈥淲e must speak with Lord Raiden. It鈥檚 urgent. Whatever he鈥檚 doing can wait.鈥 Liu bowed his head in spite of his assertion. The monk hesitated and then nodded before disappearing down the hall and out of sight. Liu Kang helped you to the end of the hall and you stood waiting. He didn鈥檛 need to hold you, but still he did and it took all of your self-control no to rest against him, not to bring up what happened. There were more important things, you told yourself.
Thankfully, the monk didn鈥檛 leave you waiting long. 鈥淧lease, follow me.鈥 He led you through the doorway that he鈥檇 come through and then bowed to you. 鈥淲ait here. He will be with you as soon as he can.鈥 The monk bowed and then walked through the door that he鈥檇 led you through, leaving the door open and the two of you alone. Liu helped you into a chair near the back wall and then took the seat next to you.
You leaned your elbows on your knees and sighed. When you sat back up, Liu Kang was facing you. He brushed his fingers over your cheek and pushed your hair back. Then he checked your pulse and felt your forehead for a fever. The frustration he鈥檇 radiated with you for not going to the infirmary was gone. Only worry and curiosity remained.
鈥淚鈥檓 okay, Liu,鈥 you whispered reassuringly and grasped his hand, pulling it away from your face. He nodded but the look of concern didn鈥檛 fade. It wasn鈥檛 pity, but it was pretty close. Worry was becoming exhausting. You wanted him to trust you. He said he did, but it was hard to believe it when he was so concerned. It was traumatic, you reminded yourself. You needed to talk about it and there just wasn鈥檛 the time in that moment. 鈥淩eally. I鈥檓 okay.鈥
鈥淵ou鈥檙e still so cold.鈥
鈥淏ut I鈥檓 also okay.鈥 You snatched his hand back as he felt for your pulse again and offered him a tired smile. Despite your racing thoughts, you understood his worry. You just needed to talk. So much had happened. The door leading into the room from the back left opened and Lord Raiden walked in. His presence commanded your attention. You let go of Liu鈥檚 hand, feeling as though you were a child who had done something forbidden.
鈥淲hat鈥檚 happened?鈥 He folded his arms over his chest and approached the two of you. Liu Kang stood and bowed before Raiden. You heard the prayer beads shifting into his palm again.
鈥淟ord Raiden, I鈥檓 sorry to interrupt you so early in the morning when you鈥檙e in isolation but Y/N has had a vision.鈥 Liu didn鈥檛 lift his head as he spoke. 鈥淎 vision of our future.鈥 He went on to explain how he had found you in the fight pit and how your arcana had attacked him. You went pale. He hadn鈥檛 told you that! You鈥檇 attacked him? You hadn鈥檛 even asked him if he was okay. How selfish of you!
Raiden walked around Liu Kang who turned with him and stood before you, imposing and intimidating. 鈥淲hat did you see, Y/N?鈥
鈥淚鈥︹ You hesitated with nerves. The vision really was jumbled up. When you were a kid, you鈥檇 struggled to relay what you鈥檇 seen to anyone and when you had managed, you鈥檇 gotten in trouble. This was no easy task. The times that you鈥檇 spoken with certainty had been during your fits and completely without your permission. It was as though there was something else inside of you doing the speaking in those moments. 鈥淚t鈥檚 fuzzy. There was a man with long dark hair, armor, a cloak and his鈥 his eyes went completely black and there was all this鈥 smoke and shadow.鈥 You caught Liu Kang鈥檚 gaze fixed on you and locked eyes with him. He had volumes hidden behind them. Raiden caught your shared gaze and you looked away.
鈥淐ould you go get some water, Liu Kang?鈥
鈥溾f course.鈥 Liu seemed as though he didn鈥檛 trust this was a real errand but did as he was asked, disappearing from the room. That left you alone with Raiden and he took Liu Kang鈥檚 seat and clasped his hands in front of him.
鈥淣ow, tell me.鈥 He turned to face you and while his face was severe, he seemed oddly sympathetic. 鈥淧lease.鈥 That was the first time Raiden seemed like more than intimidating and you were grateful for that. The comparison to the harshness of your father faded from your mind.
鈥淲e were in the pit鈥 well they were.鈥 You went on to explain the details of what you had seen, at least what you could remember. You told him about the warriors who had been training with Liu Kang and Kung Lao, the ones you didn鈥檛 recognize. You told him about the pillar of smoke that the dark man had conjured and led his armies through. You told him about the visions of pain and fear.
鈥淲ho are these other warriors?鈥
鈥淚 don鈥檛 know but I can describe them鈥 there was a woman, an American, I think. There was a man with a series of scars all along his face鈥 They were fresh.鈥 You traced the lines over the side of your face and closed your eyes to try and recollect the vision. 鈥淎 man鈥 with鈥︹ You winced and held your head in your hands, a sharp ringing rattling through your ears. You could picture the others, but there was a disconnected between your thoughts and your mouth as if the words were impossible to form. 鈥淭hey were in so much pain, Lord Raiden. I鈥檝e never seen Liu鈥檚鈥︹ Your voice cracked and you covered your mouth. The sorrow was overwhelming. Raiden placed a comforting hand on your back. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know who any of them were. I don鈥檛 know where I was. I鈥檓鈥︹ You spoke quickly and frantically, the words pouring out of your mouth faster than you thought them. Where were you in those visions?
鈥淚t鈥檚 okay.鈥 Raiden urged you to stop and so you did. You felt suddenly spent and weak, resting your arms down against your legs and hunching forward. 鈥淏reathe, Y/N.鈥
You did as you were asked and were grateful for the reminder. Liu returned with a pitcher of water and a cup. He crouched before you and set the glass and pitcher aside on the floor. Then he looked to Raiden as if to ask him what happened.
鈥淗ow long has she been feeling this way?鈥 Raiden stood.
鈥淔eeling what way?鈥 Liu took the seat next to you again and Raiden placed a hand upon your shoulder. His eyes went completely white and electricity rang through the air. Then he pulled his hand back in surprise, as though you had been the one to shock him.
鈥溾arkness looms over you.鈥 He tilted his head curiously. Your heart dropped. Raiden was haunting to watch. 鈥淪omething dark from your youth.鈥 He turned his back to them and walked away. 鈥淵ou cannot fight. This affliction will make you weak.鈥
鈥淣o.鈥 You stood and while your legs wobbled, you fought to prove that you could. 鈥淚 want to fight. I can fight. I鈥檓 fine.鈥
鈥淎s you are? It would only lead to your death.鈥 Raiden turned to face you but seemed curious of your determination to defy him. You鈥檇 been told no almost your whole life and you had rejected it time and again. This would be no different. You would fight. Nothing would stop you.
鈥淭his shadow over you is one I cannot place. It will drain you. It has drained you. Made your blood thin. It is unnatural.鈥
鈥淟ord Raiden, Y/N鈥檚 arcana is strong. It can fight for her if she cannot.鈥 Liu bowed his head before Raiden but the look on his face made you turn away. Fear. You felt your stomach rattle with nerves. What if Raiden was right? What if you couldn鈥檛 fight? You would try but the fear you saw on Liu rattled you. What shadow was it that hung over you? Was he talking about your ability to see? Something that you had thought you鈥檇 lost in your youth. It had never felt particularly dark other than that it had made you terribly sick.
鈥淚鈥檓 afraid that without understanding of this shadow then it might be impossible.鈥
鈥淲e鈥檒l help her train with her arcana, Lord Raiden. We will make certain that no shadow will control her.鈥 Liu Kang鈥檚 fear had faded and was replaced with determination, thank god. That was a huge relief.
鈥淥h? Then I will entrust you with this task, Liu Kang. You and Kung Lao. Make certain that you are careful.鈥 Raiden looked back to you. 鈥淭his affliction runs deeper than you think. If her arcana is beyond her control as you claimed tonight then it could cause you both great harm. And just as terribly, if this wound was worse than a scrape from Kung Lao鈥檚 hat then she might not be here at all.鈥
Devastation.
You slumped back into the chair and furrowed your brow, holding your head in your hands. You鈥檇 fought it and won once before. You would fight it again. You had to hold onto hope that whatever this shadow was, whatever this affliction was, it was temporary. You didn鈥檛 want to believe that this was the end of your journey as a warrior.
Liu鈥檚 familiar hand fell on your cheek, warm and comforting. You leaned into his touch.
鈥淲e鈥檒l find a way. Don鈥檛 lose faith.鈥 He assured you and you were thankful for his kind smile. Out of habit, you placed your hand over his. You felt Raiden鈥檚 eyes on you, observing you. Your cheeks flushed.
鈥淥ne of the monks woke me and told me something happened.鈥 Kung Lao walked through the doorway before you could comprehend that he鈥檇 joined you. Liu Kang pulled his hand back very quickly. 鈥淚 stopped by the fight pit on the way over and it was covered in ink. I was worried.鈥 Kung Lao walked toward you but Raiden stopped him and pulled him aside to fill him in on what he knew. You watched the guilt wash over him. He stole a glance at you then turned back to Raiden. His eyes kept flittering over to you. He was battling an internal war, blaming himself for the wound on your side.
鈥淒on鈥檛 look at me like that.鈥 You straightened your posture and collected yourself the best you could. There would be plenty of time to dwell on the difficulty of the situation later. Right now you had to pick yourself up and move forward. There was no point in feeling down. 鈥淭his isn鈥檛 anyone鈥檚 fault. I鈥檓 going to be fine.鈥
鈥淔or now you will recover.鈥 Raiden placed one hand behind his back and walked away from the trio. 鈥淲hen you are feeling better, then we will decipher your vision using my gift. That way we can try and understand the truth of what you鈥檝e seen.鈥
鈥淎nd the shadow?鈥 You weren鈥檛 sure what that even meant. You wanted to know more.
鈥淲e will see what we can uncover.鈥 Raiden assured you. 鈥淔or now you will be taken to the infirmary.鈥
鈥淚鈥檓 fine.鈥 You didn鈥檛 get to argue with them. Honestly, it was almost like you weren鈥檛 there and had no say in what happened next.
鈥淚鈥檒l take her there.鈥 Kung Lao lifted you out of the chair without asking for permission or waiting for a response, cradling you in his arms.
鈥淚 can walk. My legs work fine.鈥 The further you were from your visions, the more normal you felt. You were certain you could make the journey.
鈥淛ust humor me, will you?鈥
鈥淔ine, but I鈥檓 annoyed,鈥 you whispered but even looking at Kung Lao made your face hot. Liu Kang had turned away from you but the memory of the kiss they鈥檇 shared in the hall was still in the forefront of your thoughts. Boy, that had made things instantly more complicated than they鈥檇 been only a few hours ago.
鈥淚鈥檓 willing to deal with that.鈥 Kung Lao bowed his head to Raiden and then carried you out of the room.
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Liu Kang listened to the footsteps of Kung Lao carrying you back to the infirmary. He gripped the prayer beads around his hand and felt their round shape press hard into his flesh. 鈥淗ow bad is it, Lord Raiden?鈥 Liu Kang was grateful not to be left alone with his questions.
鈥淚t is unnatural, this affliction.鈥
鈥淵ou said that but I know for a fact that she is not the first to speak prophetically in your temple.鈥
鈥淣ot her visions, Liu Kang. The shadow that hangs over her because of them. There is more to it than meets the eye. Something else. Or someone else. A creation of another world, I would guess.鈥 Raiden walked past him. 鈥淚 can see into your heart, Liu Kang.鈥
鈥淲hat do you mean something or someone? A creation from another world? Can it be fought?鈥
鈥淚 will try to uncover the truth.鈥
鈥淲hy would anyone create this? And why her when there are many others with such a gift?鈥
鈥淏ecause of what she has seen, Liu Kang. She saw a warning. If she saw more warnings and could communicate them then they would be valuable weapons against our enemies. More valuable as one who foresees than a fighter. Think of what we could prevent.鈥
鈥淚 will protect her, Raiden. From any shadow.鈥 Liu Kang placed his fist to his palm and bowed.
鈥淥f course you will. She is in more trouble than any of us have yet realized.鈥
鈥淚f we can get control over her arcana, then she can be that much stronger.鈥
鈥淵es, Liu Kang. There鈥檚 a storm coming, unseen, this is but the calm.鈥 Raiden hung his head. 鈥淟iu Kang, about鈥︹
鈥淚 know. I know that it鈥檚 complicated.鈥 He was deeply uncomfortable discussing this with Raiden. It wasn鈥檛 Raiden鈥檚 place but if he thought you were of value as a seer, then he could see why it would concern him. 鈥淚 cannot explain it. There is a thread of fate between us. Some greater purpose.鈥
鈥淎ll I was going to say, Liu Kang, was to be careful.鈥 Raiden smiled knowingly.
Liu Kang bowed again and then left without another word.
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across-many-galaxiesan hour ago
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NO NO NO YOU ARE ALL W R O N G (NSFW)
Raiden, the 10,000+ year old God of Thunder knows what he is doing in the bedroom you CANNOT tell me that he has been around for centuries and he doesn鈥檛 know a SINGLE KINK.
He is on a number scale from 1-10, 1 being like cute sweet love making and 10 being like pound you into the mattress type shit and every time he has sex he is just on one of those numbers, he is consent king, but he knows what the fuck he is doing and he does it well.
You guys are out here saying he gets all these fuck experience with Shinnok鈥檚 amulet, Dark Raiden is just constantly at the numbers 8, 9, and 10.
THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK,
Love Aly 馃挄馃挄
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summerwritesficsan hour ago
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Defrosting The Ice King, Chapter 1 - Ice, Ice, Melt Your Heart
Pairing: Johnny Cage/Kuai Liang Chapter Rating: General Chapter Warnings:聽Modern AU, Drinking, Paparazzi, Bisexual awakening, Kuai is tsundere as hell
Notes: Hello, welcome to rare pair hell, population me. I don't even know, this started as something for my song shorts, but it ended up not really fitting the song, but I liked it too much to just scrap it so... HERE WE GO MULTICHAPTER MODERN AU FANFIC ABOUT JOHNNY TRYING TO BANG KUAI LIANG. I'm considering this like a side project that I'll just add to every now and then when I feel like writing it, so... Yeah. Enjoy.
Really Johnny knew he didn't belong here. This high-class party for the rich and powerful. Sure, he was a billionaire movie star, but unlike everyone else in the room, he'd come from nothing. So everyone in the room was way more important than him, and he had no doubt in his mind on that fact. He tried to act like it didn't bother him, cocky movie star Johnny Cage didn't care about the jeers and sneers of these rich jerks.
He'd just come out the other end of a very public and messy divorce and he really just wanted to party and forget. Cassie was safely tucked away with her grandparents so when he got the invite he'd thought why not, even if he really didn't belong among these people.
As he was ordering a drink at the open bar, his eye was caught by the man next to him. Asian, Short black hair, a scar over one eye and blue eyes. He was pretty, and initially that was all that Johnny thought until he found his eyes kept drifting over to the man who was propped up against the bar. He was very pretty, now Johnny was really looking at him. He always had a feeling he wasn't exactly straight, but this was definitely the first time he'd ever considered hitting on another dude.
Debating if he should or not, eventually he decided to hell with it and loudly declared 鈥淲hat's cookin', good lookin'?鈥
The man's eyes widened as he looked over at Johnny in disbelief, 鈥淓xcuse me?鈥
鈥淣ame's Johnny Cage, what's yours gorgeous?鈥 Usually, this line worked. At least on most women he met, who immediately realised he was Johnny Cage famous movie star. This man however just looked at him like he was some sort of unwanted pest. As the bartender gave the man his drink, he rolled his eyes, grabbed it and walked away without even so much as a glance at Johnny. Ouch. He'd never been rejected quite that hard before.
鈥淕od you have a bit of a death wish, Mr. Cage.鈥 Johnny jumped at the voice, realising another man was stood beside him now. He was a black man with dreadlocks, wearing a bright yellow suit. Johnny wasn't exactly familiar with him.
鈥淚n what way?鈥 Johnny questioned, his drink finally being given to him.
鈥淎s in trying to flirt with Kuai Liang,鈥 the man replied, pointing out the drink he wanted to the bartender. 鈥淚'm honestly surprised you came out of it with just the roll of the eyes, and not a broken nose to be honest.鈥
鈥淗ard to win over then?鈥 Johnny questioned, scanning the room to see Kuai Liang, now stood across the room with a few other men. He looked kind of bored if Johnny was being honest.
鈥淗e's got a reputation for being a bit of an ice king,鈥 the man explained, joining Johnny in staring at Kuai across the room. 鈥淎nd I say that as someone who's been his friend for years.鈥 The man finally held out his hand for Johnny to shake, 鈥淚'm Thabo, but you can call me Cyrax.鈥
鈥淛ohnny Cage, but it sounds like you already know that.鈥 Johnny accepted the hand, briefly looking away from Kuai Liang to meet the other man's gaze. 鈥淪o, uh, what's ice king's deal then?鈥
鈥淲ell, he's a member of the Song family,鈥 Cyrax explained, Johnny tilted his head not really aware of the family in question. Maybe another sign he really didn't belong at this party, but he pushed that thought to the back of his mind. 鈥淗is father, Song Jian is one of the founders of Lin Kuei.鈥 Johnny whistled at that. Lin Kuei were one of the worlds leading tech companies, in fact, Johnny's own phone was a Lin Kuei. 鈥淗e's the Song's youngest child, so if you want to go after him, be prepared. His family are very protective of him.鈥
鈥淗e's used to the finer things in life then,鈥 Johnny mused, watching as Kuai crossed his arms, lent to one side, not actually looking at the people he was conversing with.
鈥淪omething like that. As said I've been his friend for years but...鈥 Cyrax grimaced a little. 鈥淗e is a little bit spoilt.鈥 Cyrax took a sip of his drink. 鈥淗e's also not very... uh... well socialised, I guess?鈥 Johnny raised his eyebrow at that. 鈥淟ike I said, parents are very protective, he hasn't ever had many friends. Only reason I'm allowed near him is cause my father is Jian's attorney.鈥
鈥淪ounds... Lonely.鈥 Johnny kind of felt bad for the guy, if that was the case.
鈥淵eah, I think he is, but because he's never really had anyone I don't think he always knows how he's supposed to act so he just pushes people away instead.鈥 Cyrax was staring at Kuai, and Johnny couldn't help but consider how concerned he looked.
鈥淪o, uh, why are you telling me this anyway?鈥
鈥淐ause you seemed interested in him, figured I should give you a heads up on what his deal is.鈥 Cyrax sighed as he watched Kuai seemingly finally have enough of the people he was with and walk away. 鈥淎lso between you and me, I think you'd be good for him.鈥
Johnny hummed, 鈥淲hat, cause I'm so drop dead gorgeous?鈥
鈥淏ecause you're easy going. He's used to people who are uptight and 'proper'.鈥 Cyrax was grinning. 鈥淚'm willing to bet you'd be able to get him out of his shell.鈥
鈥淒efrost the ice king, huh?鈥 Johnny thought about it. 鈥淵eah. I reckon I can give it a go.鈥
鈥淭hen I wish you luck, Johnny Cage.鈥 Cyrax patted Johnny on the back a couple of times, before something caught his attention across the room. 鈥淪orry, someone needs me. Hopefully we'll meet again.鈥
鈥淟ikewise dude.鈥 Johnny lifted his glass as Cyrax walked away from him. He watched him for a few seconds, seeing him approach some other man who was wearing red.
Deciding there was nothing to be learned from that, he looked around for Kuai Liang again. He spotted the man, now standing alone and glaring at his drink. If there was ever an opportunity to try and make another opening, this was it. So he walked over, casually as he possibly could and slid next to the man. Kuai barely looked his way, just shifted slightly as if to make space between the two, despite Johnny not being that close.
鈥淪o... I didn't catch your name,鈥 Johnny tried, despite the fact he already knew it. Kuai didn't know that, and it might be weird if Johnny just knew his name out of nowhere.
Kuai gave an annoyed sounding huff as he growled 鈥淚 didn't throw it.鈥 Man, definitely an ice king. There was a second of silence, after which Kuai seemed to realise that Johnny wasn't leaving. 鈥淪ong Kuai Liang,鈥 he finally muttered, not meeting Johnny's gaze.
鈥淪o, Kuai Liang,鈥 Johnny started, hoping to god he was pronouncing the name right. Since Kuai didn't argue with him about it, something he seemed likely to do, he guessed he had. 鈥淒id you sit in sugar? Because you've got a sweet ass.鈥
Kuai's head snapped around to him. Unsurprisingly, he looked a bit pissed off, but not quite as much as Johnny had expected. 鈥淩eally? That's the best you've got?鈥
鈥淗eard that one before then?鈥 Johnny teased. He could imagine that the other man got a lot of attention from people of all genders. He'd probably heard everything under the sun.
Kuai looked him up and down for a minute, seemingly regarding him in some way. 鈥淲ho exactly are you again?鈥
鈥淛ohnny Cage,鈥 he chimed up cheerfully, holding out his hand to shake. Kuai did not go to meet his hand, looking at him blankly. Obviously Johnny's name meant nothing to the man. 鈥淚'm an actor. Uh, Y'know... Ninja Mime, Citizen Cage? Ring any bells?鈥
鈥淪orry, I only watch good films,鈥 Kuai said coldly. It was clear he meant it as an insult, but it was so blunt Johnny couldn't help but laugh.
鈥淗oly shit,鈥 he managed to bark out between his giggles. Kuai was looking very taken aback by Johnny's outburst. 鈥淭hat was brutal man, holy fuck.鈥 He ran a hand through his hair. 鈥淕od, it's been a while since I've been roasted like that.鈥
Kuai looked like he was about to say something, before another voice interrupted with 鈥淚s this guy bothering you, Kuai Liang?
Johnny turned to see the same man wearing red that Cyrax had been talking to. He was giving Johnny a filthy look, like he was not worthy of being in his presence. What's this guys problem?
鈥淲e were just talking,鈥 Kuai stated. 鈥淢r. Cage was telling me about his movie career.鈥
鈥淥h, you're the actor,鈥 the man said, as if being an actor was in some way a bad thing. Wow, this guy really thinks I'm beneath him, doesn't he?
鈥淵eah, I am. Johnny Cage and you are?鈥 Johnny gave a smirk as he reached his hand forward to shake. Johnny was trying to rub it in the man's face that he didn't know who he was, ergo, he was no where near as important as he thought he was.
The man looked at him like he wanted to strangle him. 鈥淶hou Shun. Heir to Lin Kuei.鈥
鈥淥nly partially.鈥 Johnny was kind of surprised when Kuai stated that, his brow furrowed as he stared at Shun. 鈥淵ou only inherit your father's half, Bi-Han inherits the rest.鈥 Given the way Shun eyes narrowed, he didn't like being reminded of that fact. 鈥淒id you actually need something Sektor, or are you just getting jealous that I'm talking to a man who isn't you?鈥
Johnny's eyes darted between the two. Tense silence as Shun and Kuai stared each other down. Clearly there was something between the two of them that Johnny wasn't privy to. Something more than their father's being business partners anyway.
鈥淚 merely thought you looked uncomfortable,鈥 Shun seemed to be trying to deflect the tension, his voice sweet as honey to a point it sounded completely fake. 鈥淚 wished to make sure he wasn't bothering you.鈥
鈥淗e isn't. You are.鈥
There was another stretch of silence, this one somehow even more awkward. No matter how cold Kuai had seemed with Johnny, it appeared that was nothing compared to whatever he felt about Shun. Definitely more to this...
鈥淥kay then,鈥 Shun finally got the hint to back off. 鈥淒o let me know if he does, though.鈥
鈥淚 won't. Now go.鈥 Kuai made a shooing motion with his hand, clearly getting more frustrated with Shun's inability to get the message. Finally the man seemed to retreat, but not before giving Johnny one last glare.
Once Shun had gotten a fair distance away, Johnny turned back to Kuai and gestured towards him with his head a subtly as he could. 鈥淪o, is he your ex or something?鈥
鈥淵ou'd think he was, the way he acts,鈥 Kuai grumbled, taking a large swig of his drink. 鈥淗e's been trying to get with me for years.鈥
鈥淣ot your type?鈥 Johnny asked.
鈥淣o, I don't go for people who want to marry me for my family's money,鈥 Kuai spat in a bitter tone. Johnny was kind of surprised that Kuai would be open about something like that. Kuai appeared to realise that Johnny was taken aback, and just shrugged. 鈥淚t's not exactly a secret.鈥
Johnny hummed with a mouthful of his drink, before he downed it and added 鈥淟ifestyles of the rich and the famous... They never told me about this sort of shit in stage school.鈥
鈥淣o, I suppose they wouldn't.鈥 Kuai agreed almost absent-mindedly. Then his head tilted in curiosity as he asked, 鈥淵ou went to stage school? Forgive me if I am wrong, but I believed those were... expensive?鈥
It was a more polite way of saying 鈥淚 thought you grew up poor鈥. It was something that came up often, usually not quite as nicely worded, so Johnny was willing to let it slide, especially with the knowledge Kuai was just generally like this. But it was interesting, given that Kuai had acted like he didn't know anything about him.
鈥淚 thought you didn't know who I was?鈥 Johnny teased, and Kuai once more rolled his eyes.
鈥淚 knew there was an actor here, I didn't know it was you. People around here talk, especially when there's someone they don't believe belongs here.鈥
鈥淟emme guess, people wondering why someone from the backstreets is allowed to mingle with the upper crusts of society?鈥 Johnny asked sarcastically, somewhat surprised when Kuai smirked back at him.
鈥淭hese people are the sort who are born into money, and feel entitled to it. So when there's someone who came from nothing and managed to work their way up, they feel threatened.鈥 Kuai spoke in a very matter of fact way, Johnny was finding, as if this was just how it was.
鈥淣ot you though?鈥 Johnny instead felt like he had to ask that.
鈥淚t's your money, why should I care how you got it?鈥 Kuai paused, then frowned. 鈥淚 suppose unless you got it illegally, but I do not think that's what happened.鈥
鈥淣o, everything I got was gained legitimately,鈥 Johnny assured him, kind of amused by Kuai's train of thought. 鈥淭o answer your original question though, I got in on a scholarship.鈥
鈥淎h.鈥 That seemed to placate Kuai Liang's curiosity on the subject. He looked at his empty glass, before his eyes flicked over to see Johnny's was similarly empty. 鈥淐are to get another drink with me?鈥
鈥淥of, and here was me thinking I was annoying you,鈥 he joked. Kuai closed his eyes, it was barely noticeably, but the man was smiling.
鈥淚 have decided you're considerably less annoying than the majority of people here.鈥 Johnny was used to being the most annoying person in the room, knowing that infamous ice king Kuai Liang found him tolerable was weirdly self satisfying.
鈥淲ow... That was almost a compliment.鈥 Johnny couldn't stop grinning, even as Kuai shook his head.
Still, not one to turn down an invite for a drink from a pretty face, Johnny walked with him, interesting on where this could possibly lead him.
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Johnny groaned, his head spinning as he tried to figure out what woke him up. It took him a few seconds to realise his cell phone was going off. He grabbed it off his bedside cabinet, noticing the caller ID was Kenshi. He sighed and answered.
鈥淵'ello?鈥 His voice came out in a croak.
There was a beat of silence before Kenshi came out with 鈥淵ou're hungover, aren't you?鈥
鈥淯gh, it was a crazy party last night,鈥 He tried, realising he hadn't looked at the time. Apparently it was midday. Holy fuck. He hadn't been this late waking up in years.
鈥淭oo crazy to meet up for a coffee?鈥 Kenshi asked.
鈥淣ah. Let me throw some clothes on.鈥 Johnny pushed himself out of bed, searching around for some clean clothes.
鈥淎lright. See you in a few minutes.鈥 The phone went dead. That was... Odd. Kenshi didn't usually do that. Oh fuck, what have I done now?
He didn't want to think about it. Instead he threw on the first clothes he found, quickly smoothed his hair down, and made his way through the condo. Grabbed his car keys and went off on his way. When he finally arrived at the caf茅, Kenshi was already there, Hanzo too, actually, which hadn't been mentioned to him. Yep, I've definitely fucked up somehow.
鈥淗ey, sorry, I got caught in traffic,鈥 he greeted, neither of the men got up to greet him back, just gave him a look. As Johnny sat down, he realised they'd already brought his coffee. He stared at the cup, and then at his two friends. 鈥淎lright, what did I do now?鈥
Hanzo wordlessly handed him his phone, open on some trashy celebrity gossip website. The headline read 鈥淛ohnny Gay-ge???鈥 and he immediately had a feeling where this was going.
Indeed, when he scrolled down, there was an image of him at the party last night, sitting next to Kuai Liang with his hand on Kuai's thigh. Who the fuck even took that photograph? He scrolled down to at least read part of the article.
鈥淢ovie star Jonathan Carlton, better known by his stage name Johnny Cage, was spotted last night at a party getting friendly with another man. The star of the Ninja Mime series has recently divorced from his second wife, the stated reason was mutual differences. Could these differences be a clash in sexuality?鈥
He should have known by now he couldn't do anything without the press finding out but, really? Who the hell at that party would take a photograph and give it to the press? And besides, why was his sexuality such pressing news anyway? It was 2021, who gave a fuck if he liked men, women, cis, transgender or people on the broader spectrum of gender. He scrolled back to the photo, it looked like someone had tried to take it without being spotted. It's so strange. Still he sighed, passing the phone back to Hanzo.
鈥淭hey could have at least come up with a better gay pun for the headline,鈥 he commented, leaning back in his chair and finally getting to his coffee. 鈥淚'm more upset about that than anything else.鈥 He thought about the photograph again. 鈥淎lthough I would like to know who the fuck took that photograph.鈥
鈥淛ohnny, how many times do we have to tell you to be more careful with your dating life,鈥 Kenshi questioned, rubbing his temple. 鈥淵ou know the press are vultures who lap up this stuff.鈥
鈥淟ook as far as I knew, it was a private party,鈥 Johnny argued. 鈥淗ow'd you even find the article anyway?鈥
鈥淥ne of my assistants sent it to me,鈥 Hanzo grumbled, clearly far more unhappy about this than Kenshi actually was. 鈥淵ou do know who this guy is right?鈥
鈥淪ong Kuai Liang, son of one of the founders of Lin Ku-鈥 Johnny paused, suddenly realising why Hanzo was so pissed off. Hanzo was CEO of Shirai Ryu, Lin Kuei's biggest rival in the tech industry. 鈥淥ooh.鈥
鈥淥h? That's all you have to say after fraternizing with my biggest competition?鈥
鈥淐ome on Hanzo,鈥 Johnny whined, flailing his arms around. 鈥淚t wasn't fraternizing with your enemy, from what I gathered Kuai Liang has very little to do with Lin Kuei.鈥 He shook his head, remembering what Hanzo had said when Johnny brought his phone. 鈥淏esides I thought you didn't care? That's what you said when I got a Lin Kuei phone instead of one of yours.鈥 He held up and waved his phone around.
鈥淭hat's different! That's buying a product, and I have no problems with you choosing whichever works for you, but this is you directly interacting with people you know I am on bad terms with.鈥
Johnny rubbed his eyes with his hand. 鈥淟ook, I didn't think about it like that okay? He was a pretty guy in a crowd and I went for it. Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu's brand rivalry wasn't really in the forefront of my mind.鈥
Before the discussion could go any further, Johnny jumped as his phone went off. He looked down at it, to see the caller ID come up as 鈥淜uai Liang鈥. Wait, when did we exchange numbers? He tried to wrack his brain, vaguely remembering slipping Kuai his phone right before he left.
Hanzo and Kenshi were looking at him. 鈥淚t's him.鈥
Hanzo looked like he wanted to start chewing Johnny out again, but before he could Kenshi chimed up with 鈥淧ut it on speaker.鈥
Johnny didn't really consider why Kenshi wanted it on speaker, he just clicked the answer button a placed the phone on the table. 鈥淵'ello?鈥
鈥淛onathan?鈥 Kuai's voice questioned on the other end.
鈥淵eah, hey, how are you?鈥 God Johnny hadn't felt this awkward about being rang by someone he'd flirted with since he was in high school.
鈥淚...鈥 There was a pause, Johnny could hear a strange tapping sound. 鈥淗ave you seen that a photograph of us is doing the rounds online?鈥
鈥淵eah, a friend of mine sent me an article.鈥 Johnny bit his lip, eyes flicking over to Kenshi and Hanzo who were listening intently.
鈥淭he Johnny Gay-ge one by any chance?鈥 Kuai snorted as he spoke, and Johnny gave an affirmative hum. 鈥... I'm sure they could have found a better gay pun than that.鈥
鈥淭hank you! That is exactly what I said.鈥 Johnny looked at Kenshi and Hanzo as if to say 鈥淚 told you so鈥. Hanzo just looked blankly at him, but he could see Kenshi desperately trying to hold back a smile.
鈥淚t's troubling me that someone took the photograph in the first place,鈥 Kuai admitted, it seemed he mirrored Johnny's thoughts on the subject. There was only one person at the party he could think of that might have had a personal reason for doing something like this.
鈥淚 mean, I don't want to point fingers but that Shun guy really wasn't happy about me talkin' to you.鈥 Hanzo's expression changed slightly, like he was curious about that. Then again, if Shun was the son of Lin Kuei's other founder, then Hanzo was likely familiar with him as well. Maybe he'll tell me what the fuck Shun's damage is?
鈥淎dmittedly that was my first thought, though I find it hard to see what his end game could be.鈥
鈥淧ublicly humiliating me to get me to back off from you?鈥 Johnny theorised, it made sense, at least to him. 鈥淯nfortunately for him, I am not easy to humiliate. Having my divorce plastered all over the media completely shattered my sense of shame.鈥
鈥淕ood to know.鈥 There was a beat of silence, and Johnny heard the man take a deep breathe, 鈥淚n that case then, if you would like to prove the point to him, we could... go to dinner some time.鈥
Johnny couldn't help the lopsided grin on his face at that. A glance over to Kenshi showed he looked somewhat giddy by it, while Hanzo's previous anger had been replaced by surprise.
鈥淭hat sounds like your asking me on a date,鈥 he teased, watching Kenshi reach to slap Hanzo's bicep lightly.
鈥淚... Um... I...鈥 Kuai stuttered on the other end, clearly flustered by the fact it had been pointed out to him. 鈥淚 suppose... it would be one... Yes.鈥 Another pause. 鈥淚-If you want it to be one?鈥
鈥淗ow's tonight at 6 sound?鈥 Johnny asked, wiggling his eyebrows at Kenshi who looked as ecstatic. To Johnny's bewilderment, even Hanzo looked kind of pleased for him.
鈥淵es!鈥 Kuai replied almost over eagerly. 鈥淚- I mean, yes, that would be wonderful.鈥 Kuai coughed slightly. 鈥淚'll um. I'll pick you up at half 5?鈥
鈥淪ure thing, I'll see you then, babe.鈥 Johnny felt so very self satisfied that Kuai gave a strange squeak at the nickname, before he hurriedly said goodbye and ended the call. Johnny cackled slightly looking back up at Kenshi and Hanzo before he happily announced 鈥淚 have a date!鈥
鈥淲e heard,鈥 Kenshi replied, his grin almost as wide as Johnny's. 鈥淚'm glad you're getting back out there.鈥
鈥淲hat was that stuff about Shun?鈥 Hanzo asked, seemingly skipping over Johnny's date for now. 鈥淏ecause I assume you meant Zhou Shun.鈥
鈥淵eah, apparently he's been trying to get Kuai to date him for years,鈥 Johnny answered, he wondered if he should really be telling Hanzo this, but Kuai himself has said it wasn't exactly a secret. 鈥淪eems to think that marrying Kuai will land him with the Song families money.鈥
Hanzo gave a disgusted sounding tut before he grumbled 鈥渁lways knew that guy was a fucking slime ball.鈥 Hanzo started to rub his chin, 鈥淭hat said, you must of pulled some serious moves on Kuai Liang, I've never heard him talk that much before.鈥
鈥淩eally?鈥 Kenshi questioned, the only person sat at the table who had not interacted with Kuai.
鈥淧eople call him an ice king for a reason,鈥 Hanzo indulged, and Johnny found it interesting that really was the man in questions reputation as a whole. He'd figured it was an in-joke between his inner circle. 鈥淢ost of the time he looks at you like you're either stupid or boring to him, like everyone around him is an annoyance.鈥
鈥淟ast night he told me I was considerably less annoying than anyone else in the room,鈥 Johnny brightly chimed in, now even more proud of that.
鈥淵ou? The least annoying person in the room?鈥 Kenshi exaggerated his surprise and Johnny stuck his tongue out despite knowing Kenshi couldn't see the action. 鈥淒on't you stick your tongue out at me!鈥
鈥淚t's really creepy when you do that, you know that right?鈥 Hanzo commented and Kenshi just laughed. 鈥淪till, Johnny as much as I wish your bisexual awakening had been from someone who wasn't related to my biggest business rival, I wish you luck with your date.鈥
鈥淭hank you,鈥 Johnny said, sincerely glad that Hanzo was willing to put his own problems aside for Johnny. 鈥淚'll keep you guys posted.鈥
鈥淵ou'd better,鈥 Kenshi said. 鈥淚 want all the deets.鈥
鈥淭he deets?鈥 Johnny snorted. 鈥淲hat are you? A teenage girl?鈥
The conversation dissolved into teasing and playful arguments. Internally, Johnny started to figure out a plan of action for his upcoming date.
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Characters Ships + text posts and other stuff I see all the time on pinterest: SubScorp
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I tied it up and I'm happy (I'll go to Seido Prison for this) Maybe I'll draw a version of +18
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Okay listen up guys, this is my beloved OTP There's gonna be a lot of them here (卢鈥柯)
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maxhuangofficial After a good dinner with the Earthrealmers and a quite entertaining conversation with Kano @thatjoshlawson Arcana, Kung Lao is chillin by himself with a bottle of wine. Photo credit: @lewistanofficial
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In the short film Ji, Lewis played a romantic and protective character, now he will finally be acting in a romantic comedy alongside the talented Emma Roberts, I can't wait to see this movie. 鉂わ笍
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