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Near the top of a mountain that sat not far from a Bavarian Castle, Mei watched with her binoculars as three people came running out of the castle and an old friend of hers shot out of the castle’s side screaming on a shield. He slid down the mountain before coming to a stop next to the three people. She looked over at the two mountains that were on either side and a bit farther away from the castle and saw two groups of people. 

 

Mei moved the binoculars away from her face and said, “Looks like things are getting interesting. If only you knew what that shield is capable of, Jakie.” 

 

Mei left the Bavarian mountain and got a one-way ticket to San Francisco to visit her old friend. 

Upon her arrival in San Francisco, Mei got a cab at the airport to take her to “Uncle’s rare finds.” When they arrived, Mei paid the cabman before going inside, the bell hanging next to the door ringed signaling that she was in the shop. Jackie and a little girl looked over at her when they heard the bell. 

 

“Hey, Jackie,” Mei greeted as she walked toward him. 

 

“Mei, so good to see you again,” Jackie returned, “What brings you here?”

 

“I was in San Francisco for work and decided to stop by,” Mei answered before looking down at the little girl, “Is there a Mrs. Jackie Chan you didn’t tell me about?”

 

“Oh, no, that’s my niece Jade,” Jackie replied, “She is staying with me for a year because she is having trouble at her school in Hong Kong.” 

 

“Nín hǎo, wǒ jiào méi. Wǒ shì nǐ shūshu de lǎo péngyǒu,” Mei introduced herself to Jade in Chinese. 

 

The bell at the door ringed again, Jackie, Jade, and Mei turned to see three men walking in. The man in the middle was dressed in a ‘70s white disco suit,  over a pink long-sleeved, button-up shirt, and blue-black shoes. He has pale, greyish skin and red hair, which he wears with old-fashioned sideburns. He wears a gold pendant around his neck. The man on his left has greyish-green skin and short, spiky, black hair, and a bandage that he wears over his nose. His outfit consists of a long-sleeved, collared, white shirt under a black dress coat, with a light red tie. He also wears black slacks and black dress shoes. The other man, who was the shortest of the three, wears black pants and a leather jacket with a dark grey shirt. He has pale skin, black spiky hair, and a pair of orange sunglasses.

 

Jackie moves behind the counter, “Welcome to Uncle’s rare finds.” 

 

“You’re Jackie Chan, the Archeologist?” The man with the red hair asked. 

 

“Heh. I dabble in the study of past civilizations,” Jackie responded in a humble manner. 

 

“Well, we’re recently aware that you ‘dabbled’ a shield from a Bavarian Castle,” He said. Mei instantly put herself on guard for anything that could happen, “Our extremely wealthy employer is interested in purchasing that shield.” 

 

Jackie squinted at the men as if confirming they were dangerous before saying in a feigned sympathetic tone, “I’m sorry I already donated that piece to the University.” 

 

“Really?” The red-haired man nodded at the man with the bandage on his nose. The man with a bandage knocked over two antique vases. Jackie quickly jumped into action and caught the vases by sliding on his back and catching them with his hands. The man with the orange sunglasses knocks one over and Jackie grabs a pillow from a chair with his feet before throwing it where the vase bounces off it. He throws the two in his hands before doing a flip to catch the third and throwing it. He placed the three vases on the table before sitting in the chair. The three men and Jade stared in awe, while Mei just smirked, of what Jackie had done. 

 

The red-haired man recomposed himself before patting Jade’s head, “It would be in your family’s best interests to undonate the shield, Mr. Chan. By this time tomorrow.” 

 

The three thugs turned around and left the shop. A moment later, Uncle came out of the backroom as the men were leaving. 

 

“Did they buy anything?” He asked.

 

“No,” Jackie replied. 

 

“You are terrible salesman!” 

 

“Mei, watch Jade. Uncle, hide the shield,” Jackie ordered before leaving the shop. 

 

“Where am I going to hide a big shield?” Uncle asked before asking himself, “Where did I put it? Oh, Mei, it is so good to see you again. How was Tibet?”  

 

“Tibet was very educational, Uncle. I was able to witness a cham dance and take part in some sand painting,” Mei replied before turning to Jade, “Alright fess up, you can speak English.”

 

“How did you know?” She asked. 

 

“You just told me,” Mei confessed, “I wasn’t sure, but all I need to do was say a few choice words. Now, Jackie told me to keep an eye on you, but something tells me that he is going to need help. So, what do you say, Jade, wanna go on a little field trip?”

 

“Definitely,” Jade responded. 

 

“Now, let’s go,” Mei said before the two rush out of the shop. Mei looked up and saw Jackie running across the rooftops of the buildings. They follow him but stopped when they saw he climb onto the downspout of a building before his weight on it had caused it to come to lose and he landed on the thugs’ car. A moment later, the car sped away with Jackie still on it. Mei and Jade quickly chased after and followed it at a park, where it had crashed into the chain-linked fence. 

 

The watched as Jackie fought off the thugs before they surrender and ran away. Jackie jumped off the arch climber and not long after a man wearing a long black coat, a red turtleneck, grey dress pants, and black business shoes appear behind Jackie and sprays an aerosol causing Jackie to fall to the ground unconscious. Mei grabs ahold of Jade and hid behind playground equipment. Mei looked over and saw two men walk up and placed Jackie in the back of a black van before driving away. 

 

Mei hailed a cab for her and Jade before telling the driver to follow the van, which had entered an alley. When they were a good distance away from the van, Mei and Jade got out and quietly made their way to the corner of the building where the alley began. They saw Jackie argue with the man who sprayed him with the aerosol before getting into a phonebooth which quickly disappeared into the side of the building. 

 

Mei placed her finger to her lips signaling Jade to be quiet and watched as the three men went to a hidden doorway. She had managed to overhear one of the men call the man who had spray Jackie with the aerosol, “Captain Black” and knew he must be in charge. Mei waited a few seconds before placing her hand on the wall where one of the men who had kidnapped Jackie did and a stairway leading down appeared. Mei and Jade went down the stairway and found a large underground base.

 

Mei stuck her head out of the stairway to check if the coast was clear before she and Jade walked out. It took less than two minutes before Mei had realized that Jade was no longer with her and a moment later, Jade on a motorcycle came speeding by her. 

 

“Well, there goes the element of surprise,” Mei groaned before running after Jade. When she had managed to get caught up with Jade after Jackie had turned off the motorcycle and he crashed into something. 

 

Captain Black walked up to him and held two fingers,” Jackie, how many fingers do you see?”

 

“Look, fishies,” Jackie responded, showing he had hit his head.  

 

Four men grabbed hold of Jade and Mei, who tried to break free from their grip. 

 

Captain Black turned around to Jade and Mei, “How did you get in here?”

 

Jade and Mei broke free from the men’s grip them before Mei replies, “The stairs.” 

 

Jackie walked to them after recovering and asks, “Jade, where did you get the bike? You could have been hurt.”

 

Jade pulls him down by the collar of his shirt, “I snuck it out of their garage. I knew we needed to blow this taco stand. So, we out of here?”

 

“To be fair, she left me when we got here,” Mei explained to Jackie as he stood up straight. 

 

“Jade, these people are my friends,” Jackie said.  

 

“Your friends knocked you out and took you to a super-secret underground base?” She questioned.

 

“Uh, yes,” He answered. 

 

“America is so cool!” Jade exclaimed with a smile. 

 

“Care to explain how our security was penetrated by two civilians, one of which is a child?” Captain Black asked his men. 

 

“I’m not a child, I’m Jackie’s niece,” Jade corrected him. 

 

“Didn’t know you had a niece Jackie,” Captain Black said, slightly amused. 

 

“Join the club,” Jackie said to Captain Black before pulling Jade off to the side and Mei followed them, “Jade-”

 

“Come on,” Jade interrupted, “just admit wasn’t I  brave.” 

 

“Yes, but you also need wisdom to know when challenges are too big,” He told her,” Courage without wisdom is foolishness. Understand?”

 

“Uh, my English must not be too good,” She responded. 

 

“Really?” Mei asked in a sarcastic tone with a raised eyebrow. 

 

Jackie’s phone ringed in his pocket, he took it out and held it to his ear while Mei and Jade listened in, “Hello?”

 

“Jakie?” They heard Uncle’s voice. 

 

“Uncle.”

 

“Where are you?” Uncle asked. 

 

“Uh, can’t say,” Jackie replied. 

 

“Oh. One more thing, have you seen Jade and Mei?” He asked.

 

“Yes, they’re with me.”

 

“See, I knew you two would get along,” Uncle commented about Jackie and Jade, “One more thing, I have been doing research on the shield. Jackie, I have found what the inscriptions mean. They are incantations.”

 

“Incantations?” Jackie questioned. Mei soon became worried about her time running out to get the shield. 

 

“Magic. Very powerful, but the shield, not important” Uncle stated. 

 

“Uh, of course, the shield is important. Uncle, everyone I meet today wants the shield,” Jackie told him. 

 

“Nah, shield not important,” Uncle told him. 

 

“Hello? Uncle? Uncle?!” Jackie called through the phone, but Uncle didn’t respond. 

 

“Your uncle is fine for now, Mr. Chan,” A strange man’s deep voice spoke through the phone. Jackie stood up and away from Mei and Jade. 

 

“Yes, yes, I understand. I will bring it. I will tell no one,” Jackie hangs up and puts his phone away and tells Captain Black, “A favor between friends and watch my niece with Mei.”

 

“Jackie, where are you-” Captain Black began to ask before Jackie interrupted him. 

 

“Please don’t ask questions,” Jackie pressed a button and stepped into the elevator. When the doors closed, Mei and Jade quickly disappeared before heading back to the shop. 

It was starting to get dark outside when Jade and Mei arrived at the shop and they had gotten there before Jackie. While Mei began looking around the shop for the shield, Jade hid behind a screen divider, no doubt to scare Jackie. 

 

Jackie eventually arrived and asked himself, “Where would Uncle hide a shield?” He began looking and let out a scream and patted is chest when he had removed the screen divider and found Jade standing there.

 

“Hi,” Jade greeted him. 

 

Mei came running out of the backroom and asks, “Are you alright, Jackie?” 

 

“How did you-?” Jackie began.

 

“The stairs,” Mei and Jade replied. 

 

“Well, take these stairs to your room,” He told Jade. 

 

“Aww, let me help!” Jade proclaimed, “Uncle’s my uncle too, I think…” 

 

“Come on, Jackie. The sooner you let us help you, the sooner you can get Uncle back,” Mei told him. 

 

“Fine, help me find the shield,” Jacie shrugged before going off to look for the shield.

 

Jade spotted the shield on a stool with some things on it which came toppling down on Jackie after Jade had pulled it off the stool. Jackie’s head popped out of the clutter that had landed on him and glared at Jade.

 

“This it?” Jade asked as she held the shield up. 

 

“Yes!” Jackie exclaimed before standing up.

 

“I must be getting that wisdom you were talking about,” She said. 

 

“Good job, Jade,” Mei told her. 

 

“Thank you, “Jackie took the shield from Jade before pointing to the stairs, “Now, go to your room.”

 

Jade huffed in response. 

 

“I’m going with you, Jackie. I promise to stay a good distance,” Mei said as she stopped him from leaving. 

 

“But how?” Jackie asked. 

 

“I was raised by monks, their known for subtlety,” She replied with a smirk. 

In the darkness of night, Mei and Jackie stared at a very tall building where Jackie will meet the man holding Uncle hostage to trade with the shield on the roof. 

 

“Uncles up there, huh?” 

 

Mei and Jackie turn around and saw Jade standing behind them. 

 

“You speak english?” Jackie asked her. 

 

“You know I do,” Jade replied. 

 

“So, what part of “Go to your room” do you not understand?”

 

“Aaaawwww.”

 

“Stay here or else I’ll put you on the first flight back to Hong Kong,” Jackie told her. 

 

“Scout’s honor,” Jade said as she gave the scout salute. Jackie and Mei rushed into the building. Once inside the elevator, Mei told Jackie that they would stop two levels before the roof and she would get out and use the stairs, offering at least some element of surprise. Before leaving the elevator Mei wished him luck and Jackie did the same for her. 

 

After rushing up the stairs to the roof entrance, Mei stopped and slowly opened the door to just a crack, wide enough for her to hear and see what was happening. Mei saw Uncle was being held by a

large Japanese man, wearing a white T-shirt with black overalls and brown sandals. He has black hair in a chonmage hairstyle. Not long after, Jackie walks onto the roof. 

 

“The shield,” The man demanded. 

 

“Why does your employer want it?” Jackie asked him. 

 

“That is not your concern,” He told him. 

 

Mei could not help but feel that something was off, she looked down and saw Jade standing next to her. Mei held her finger up to her mouth to singal Jade to be quite. Jackie saw Jade and the three of them each gave subtle signals for to be ready for what is about to happen. 

 

“Okie dokie. You want the shield? Catch!” Jackie then throws the shield like a frisbee to the man. He lets go of Uncle to try and get the shield flying over him, but misses it and again when it flies back over him and Jackie catches it. While that was happening, Jade and Mei got Uncle away from the man. 

 

“Fool! Say sayonara to your uncle!" The man goes to punch Uncle, but notices that he is not there and sees Jade and Mei running away with Uncle. When they were in the staircase, Mei, Jade, and Uncle rushed down the stairs and after a while they were outside the building. While Uncle was trying to catch his breath, Mei and Jade saw Jackie standing nearing the edge of the building with the shield and several black clad figures surrounding him. 

 

“Jackie!” Mei called out to him. Jackie looks down at them before dropping the shield. 

 

“Mine!” Jade exclaimed. When she caught the shield it caused her to knock into Uncle sending them both to the ground. Uncle helps her up  and when Jade starts to run, she bumps into the large man. Uncle goes into a Kung Foo style stance and tried to attack the man, but was unsuccessful. Mei noticed Jade in the coroner of her eye removing the talisman from the shield and placing it in her pocket before giving it to the man and he walks away. 

 

A moment later, Captain Black arrived with a helicopter and helped Jackie down to the ground. Captain Black and Jackie were standing with Mei, Uncle and Jade outside the building where Captain Black was apologizing to them. 

 

“Jackie, I never meant for your family to involved in this.”

 

“It’s not your fault. The Dark Hand was after the shield,” He told Captain Black. Uncle hits Jackie over the head with a two-fingered strike, “Ow!” 

 

“I told you! Shield not important! The talisman in the center of the shield is. That is where the magic lies,” Uncle told them. 

 

“Uh, we’ll be sure to look into that once we reclaim the talisman from the Dark Hand,” Captain Black responded with skepticism in his voice. 

 

“Don’t need to,” Jade said as she pulled out the talisman with a roster on it out of her pocket, “Amdit it; I’m just wise.” 

 

Uncle grabs the talisman from Jade’s hand, “One for thing: see the markings. Sign of the roster of the Chinese zodiac. There are eleven more talismans where that came from.”

 

“And my gut tells me the Dark Hand after them too,” Captain Black said, “You on board, Jackie?” 

 

“Uh-” Jackie began before he was interrupted by Jade.

 

“Absolutely!” Jade gave a smile at Jackie and he returned one to her.