Hopefully this'll pass.
Crane charged towards the clone and yanked her arm back. They had made sharp turns through the confusing pathways in this freezing maze called Mt. Freeze. Luckily for the black-necked Crane, they didn't get too far from the others before he caught up to her.
"Are you crazy?" Crane asked in a harsh whisper.
"Am I crazy? Ha! That's rich coming from you," the cheetah hissed.
"I'm not the one who got captured," he said, narrowing his eyes at her.
She pulled her arm out of his grip. "Are you forgetting that you're a clone yourself? Are you forgetting your mission?" He was silent as she asked him these things. "Don't you know what happens to clones who fail Tidao the Great?"
"It's just Tidao," he corrected her.
She immediately smacked him. "You're a Failed Copy, aren't you?"
"I am not!" Crane objected.
"Yes you are," she told him. She began walking around him as she spoke, "You actually think she likes you? She likes Crane. The real one, copy-boy. Have you forgotten that you're a copy? A clone? A fake!"
"Stop it!" he yelled.
"No you stop it!" she snapped. "You are a clone. Just a clone. Nothing more. Nothing less."
"I am not," he said in a whisper.
She shook her head no. "Look at me Crane. Look!" She gestured at herself. He looked at her dark blue vest with light blue flowers and white swirls as well as the black sash with flames she wore. "I have every detail of the original. From the dark blue vest to the black pants that go to my ankles. I have the same fur too. Light golden fur. Jet black spots, outlined with gray. These spots that overlap in between my eyes. Everything."
"I can see that. But what I'm saying is that I'm different! I know I'm more than just a Copy of the Original! I know I'm different. I can feel it," he said, putting his wing up to his chest.
In a flash, she swatted him with her claws across the face. The false Crane fell to the ground and touched his face with his wing. "Ack! What was that for?"
"I'm showing you the truth," she told him sternly. She bent down to speak to him face to face. "On the outside, we look exactly like our Originals. But on the inside," she grabbed his wing and pulled it away from where she had swatted him. He saw that instead of seeing red liquid, it was clear. "We're just water."
She stood up and continued, "Although these Non-Clones can't truly tell whose who by sight, they tell by knowledge. But Clones can identify Clones."
The false Crane kept staring at the water that was slowly disappearing into his white feathers. He felt water trickle down his cheek and neck from the wound Athina gave him. Reality was sinking into the clone's mind, despite his high hopes. He couldn't escape the truth, no matter how hard he denied it. But then he thought of Li. How would he explain this to her?
The clone Crane began to grow worrisome. He desperately tried to think of a way to keep the truth from her. He looked at his fellow clone. "Please! Don't tell her who I am. Just a little longer," he begged.
"I've gone through enough already, long beak! And I'm going to be the top clone in Tidao's eyes." Athina said coldly. She looked behind her as the crane made a sharp turn down the path. The crane's body pulled back and Li spread her wings. She brought them together, sending a sonic boom to the clone Athina's direction. The clone was sent feet away and slammed into the icy walls.
Li looked at Crane and asked, "Are you okay?"
"Yes, b-but we need to move! Now!" Crane said hastily, spreading his wings to prevent her from moving forward. Li still tried to see over his extended wings.
"Crane? What's with you? You're acting strange."
Crane could hear the clone moan. She would be getting up soon. "We...we need to go back to the others quickly! She called for back-up!" he lied to the fellow black-necked crane.
Li listened to him this time; even though she was still suspicious of his behavior. The clone Athina groaned again, struggling to get up after that hard blow to the wall. She watched while gritting her teeth as the false Crane and Li Sun ran back to their friends. She was about to use her anger as fuel to give her enough strength to get back up. Instead, she thought of another idea. She would tell Tidao of the clone Crane's betrayal. That would result in having-not only the Kung Fu Masters' being hunted down-but the Copy of the Original Crane as well.