At the base of the mountain, where the snow just sprinkled down lightly and only a light coating of snow lay on the ground, the Furious Five and Po began their climb up the mountain.
"I can't believe we're at Mt. Mihan!" Po said excitedly. He looked at the others who weren't as excited as he was. Tigress was silent as usual, her face showing no happy expression on her face, but the serious one she was most common for. She simply began walking ahead.
Po looked at Crane. "Did you hear the legend that a giant monster rests at the peak of Mt. Mihan? A ferocious beast with long, pitch-black claws, razor-sharp teeth, and it's at least eight feet tall!" exclaimed Po, getting excited with every word.
"It's just a myth, Po. An old folktale told for years. There's no monster at the top of this mountain," said Mantis, resting on Monkey's shoulder.
"Oh. Are you scared?" Po asked, giving Mantis a taunting look.
Mantis just narrowed his eyes at the panda and looked on ahead. As they traveled further into the snow, they noticed the snowfall getting heavier and some hail being mixed in with the snowflakes. Tigress covered her face with her right arm, preventing the ice from scratching her face anymore. Crane tipped his straw hat down more and kept a tight grip on it. He didn't want his favorite hat to blow away and be lost forever in this blizzard.
"I bet...the monster...is just a...few feet away!" Po panted, lifting his knees higher and higher each time to be able to travel further in this weather. He soon became exhausted and fell face first into the snow. Viper looked back and lightly tappd his shoulder. "C'mon Po, we have to keep moving. Master Shifu entrusted us with delivering this special letter and we need to fulfill our promise to him."
Po struggled to get up. He moaned with his face still buried in the freezing snow and got up. He still panted and trudged on. Their trek only lasted a little longer, until they stopped. Po, thinking this is as far as they would go quickly turned his back to the brutal wind and fell back. With as big as the panda was, he didn't sink down all the way. The snow underneath the panda had no feeling. He was already numb from the neck down. Small ice began to form at the tip of his fur as they had trekked up the mountain.
"Po," Crane said to the panda. "Get up."
"It's okay you guys. You just keep on going," Po said, closing his eyes and enjoying the brief moment of relaxation.
"Po. Get. Up," Tigress said firmly. Po looked at the South Chinese Tiger and sat up, only obeying her partly. He could barely see through the heavy storm, a silhouette. It wasn't small. It seemed huge to Po. Like an ox. Maybe even bigger than an ox. It seemed like it would tower over them from where he was now.
"Po. Stand up," Tigress demanded, looking back and giving the panda a sharp glare. With whatever was standing in the snow, possibly waiting for them to come closer, she didn't want anyone to get hurt because they were being careless.
Po immediately obeyed this time. He got in a figting stance, despite the fact that three-fourths of his body was numb. They got ready for a fight with whatever was coming closer. And then...