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"He's okay, he has to be okay...please, he can't be gone... Please ..." Tigress demanded, meekly, against her hardcore will, slipping into the cold, murky water and splashing down on one knee next to the panda. She didn't know who she was pleading to, but she didn't care either.
Po was barely moving. He looked ten times worse than when Shen had blasted him with a cannon ball, to be frank; charred and broken. Tigress glanced quickly in the water, clouded and duly red-gray, and realized she didn't look that great either. Her fur looked singed and matted, and more scarred than she cared to remember.
She could barely move from the sore pain, but nevertheless she did, moving out her hand to wipe the ashy trickle of mud away from over Po's eyebrow carefully, paw shaking. She could barely tell if he was breathing; his stomach was just quivering, and his eyes shut.
"Po..." Tigress's breath caught up in her throat as she shook his arm lightly. Her voice came out small and shaky as she spoke. "Po, get up. C'mon. You can't just leave us, not yet," She said, tears indignantly slipping down her bowed face. "You can't leave me yet..." The striped feline pressed her against his chest and listened hard. Yes, there was a heartbeat, but so low and quiet, almost impossible to hear, as if it was giving up.
"Please," she begged fiercely, trying to steel herself against tears and yet they still taunted her by leaking out. "We need you here," then she added quietly, "I need you here, panda."
The water had drenched her through her fur now, but she didn't notice. The Kung Fu Master let her head fall against Po's chest again and she hugged his neck gently. When he didn't respond, she choked back an undignified, defeated half-sob and buried her head into his fur.
Tigress snapped her head up and stared down at Po with overjoyed amber eyes. "I'm right here," she said as calmly as she could, searching into Po's half-open eyes. Her eyes hardened protectively. "I won't leave you."
Po smiled sadly. "I might have to leave you soon, though..."
"Be quiet, you idiot," Tigress growled without much vigor, squeezing Po's hand so hard it hurt. "You're not going to leave me. You're not! I...I won't let you."
Po grinned half-heartedly, giving a feeble cough. "I'm sorry, Tigress, really...everything's just so dark...so...ow...painful..."
"Shh, save your breath," Tigress hissed softly, letting go of Po's paw, staring at him through blurred eyes. "You'll need to salvage your strength."
"I won't have any strength left," Po mumbled. Tigress growled, refusing to let the panda give up so easily, unable to stop the tears streaking down her snout, and gripped his shoulders roughly.
"Of all the stubborn bears I've ever known, Po, you are the worst! Listen to me! You're not going to--" She stopped sharply, gasping, because she couldn't get the last word out, knowing very well that Po might as well not last long enough. "You're not..." she cut her sentence short and looked away, biting her tongue from fear and desperation.
"And Morgul?" Po wheezed hoarsely, after a moment.
"Gone," Tigress managed, turning her head around to face him, scouring the clearing just to confirm the fact. No maniac black tiger visible anywhere. "You...did it, Po."
"Nah. We did it." Answered the panda. Tigress managed a wavering smile even though she was still crying.
"I don't think--" Po suddenly groaned, closing his eyes and giving shallow, taught breaths. It was too painful to speak anymore.
"I'll go get help," Tigress decided, though she didn't want to leave the panda's side. It was their only chance.
"I'll be back." she reassured gently; then forcing herself to the extreme, she hauled herself on unsturdy, failing legs. Her whole body felt like it was burning, arcing with barbed pain. The feline gasped, feeling her world turn upside down, trying to steady herself. She took two steps forward, one backward, and collapsed beside Po in the black water as everything plunged into an everlasting darkness, and the rain began to pour.