Ju-long raced through the bustling marketplace, “Mei, he’s done it. Come on!”
The two children ran, bursting with excitement, to their mentor’s laboratory. Qing was absent.
“I can’t believe he finally found the secret. Has he really found a way to live forever?”
A grey powder sat in a dish amongst jars labelled as sulphur, charcoal and saltpetre. “Is that it?” Mei poked her finger into it and took a tentative sniff, nose wrinkling.
The door banged open and Mei jumped, knocking the dish flying towards the open fire.
“Duck!” screamed Qing as the room ignited in sparkling white light.