Tigress spent the day in her new room crying her heart out until there was no tears left for her to cry. Why had her father been so harsh? Oh yeah, he was her father and that meant she wasn't allowed to have a boyfriend, even when she was a fully grown woman. "I hate him sometimes but this is too far," She whispered to herself, referring to Shifu. No matter what, Shifu always made Tigress hate him for one reason or another but this was beyond hate. It was rage, hate, sadness and suffering all put into one.
Shifu's voice still rung in her ears, like she had committed a crime that she couldn't undo. 'You will not be sleeping in the same dorm as this… This thing," he had said. He hadn't even said Panda, he just said thing. It hurt Tigress that her father couldn't see how happy she was when she was with Po. He couldn't see how much he had hurt her. She just wanted to leave.
Tigress sat up with that thought. Leave. She could just leave. Surely there would be at least one person in the Valley, willing to provide shelter for Master Tigress, leader of the Furious Five. She stood and walked over to the window. From this dorm she could see the training hall and Po was battling Viper outside. Smiling the Tiger wrote a short note for the Panda before packing up all her things. She was leaving.
Walking outside, she called out to the Snake. "Viper," Tigress called. The reptile looked up to see Tigress waving her over. "Where are you going?" She asked when she reached the Tiger. Tigress looked at her sadly. "I can't stay here," she whispered. "Can you give this to Po for me?" She asked holding out the note. Viper looked at the note for a moment before taking it. "Of course I can," She said after a moment. "I'll miss you though." Tigress looked at her friend. "I'll miss you too, but I can't stay here where my dad is going to torture me for the rest of my life," She said with tears in her eyes. "I have to go now." Saying their final goodbye's Tigress turned and walked out the doors before beginning the journey down the many stairs to the village.
By the time she reached the village, Tigress was feeling light headed and tired. From the moment she entered the Village, she knew that she had to get somewhere she knew the people in. The only place she could think of was Mr Ping's Noodle Restaurant. The young Master felt tears well up in her eye's thinking about Po's old house. What was going to happen when Po read the note? She couldn't help but wonder.
When she walked into the restaurant Mr Ping looked overjoyed and confused at the same time. "Um, Master Tigress… Why are you here? I thought you'd be training," He said. "Well, I left. My dad did something this morning that I can't let go," She replied sadly. Mr Ping nodded although he was still confused. "Well, if you need a place to stay, you are more than welcome to have Po's old room," Mr Ping told her. "Thankyou Mr Ping. I will have to take you up on that offer. I have nowhere to stay the night."
Mr Ping was delighted and showed Tigress the way to the room. When she saw the room, Tigress was delighted. It still had all Po's old things in it. "Thankyou Mr Ping," She said just as the Goose slipped back down then stairs to serve people. Maybe it won't be so bad after all, the Tiger thought.
Back at the Jade palace Po was in his room holding the note Viper had given him. He didn't know whether he wanted to open it or not. It was from Tigress though so he couldn't help himself. The note, when opened, was more of a letter though. It said:
"Dear Po,I am sorry about this morning. I am even more sorry if my father treats you badly after this. I have to tell you that this hasn't been easy and that I'm leaving. By the time you read this I will probably already be gone. I might just go live in the village but I might go live somewhere else."
"I am truly sorry. I couldn't live without seeing you. I needed to be able to talk to you. Since my father made that stupid rule that I couldn't see or talk to you, I needed to leave. If he blames you tell him that it was his fault. If he had just let me live my own life this wouldn't have happened. I love you, Po. He could never change that but if I can't see you, I might as well not live in the palace."
"Love, forever and always,"
Po felt his heart break into millions of tiny pieces. She was gone. He might never see her again. The Panda felt anger wash over him for the first time in his life. Master Shifu had done this and now look where they were. They had no way of contacting Tigress. No-one knew where she was. The Dragon Warrior was heartbroken. Everything was falling to pieces. How could they let this happen? Monkey was first to realise something was wrong.
It was past dinner time and Po still hadn't shown up. "Hey, has anyone seen Po?" He asked looking at his friends. "Well, um, he went to his room after training with the note Tigress gave him," Viper said. "I'm going to see him," Monkey told them, leaving as soon as he could.
Turning down various hallways, Monkey finally walked into the dorm. He opened the door to Po's room and froze in his current position. The Panda had trashed his room. There was broken glass everywhere. Looking at the bed, Monkey saw his big friend with his head in his pillow. "Po?" He asked worriedly. "Go away. Let me suffer in peace," the Panda replied. "But Po, what is wrong?" the Primate tried again. Po sighed and picked up the note before giving it to Monkey. The Primate read the note and looked at his friend. "I am sorry," He said before leaving to go back to the kitchen.
Monkey knew better than to say anything when he got back. Instead he prepared one of the meals he used to make before Po came along and cooked for them. "What happened?" Mantis asked when the Primate had served the meal. Monkey sighed and looked at them all. "Tigress left, and in the note she gave Po it sounded like she wasn't coming back unless Master Shifu accepts her choices." "Can we see the note?" Crane asked curiously. "Maybe… If Po hasn't gone completely crazy and lets you."
Finishing their meals, everyone went to see Po's room but when they got there, it was a worse mess and the Panda was crying in the corner.