|Continuing my #Mulan tale for @DysMalLexia's contest: Mulan had gone a step too far, and she knew it. Drawing a weapon against a superior officer except in training was treasonous. If she gave him the chance to speak, Captain Li would have no choice, even had he been inclined to be merciful, but to have Fa Lu-Long captured and brought to him for execution. Hence she took advantage of Shang's utter astonishment, disarming him and knocking him out practically in one motion. No one would blame her friends for carrying the unconscious man back to camp in order to protect him from a rogue soldier. Now Mulan was effectively banished, whether the rest of the new recruits looked the other way temporarily or not. There was no time to worry about that, however. Instead of running for the hills, Shi-Yang the tiger refused to be parted from Mulan, leaning affectionately against her leg like a giant house cat, and bleeding from a spear cut that needed attention.