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Taming Cat Ryu
Writer Lawrence Kinden
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  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
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Taming Cat Ryu
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Lawrence Kinden
Sep 16, 2018
15 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!CTdXA95mZHAv3WJB0h37posted on PENANA

Jade Fist, Guardian of Empire City, looked down into the alleyway from the rooftop, watching the ECPD examine the scene, including five thugs responsible for a ham-fisted protection racket and burgeoning organized crime in the lower third over the past few months. One of the police officers, a woman named Candy Walker paused in her examination of the scene to look up and him and give a small nod of thanks. Not everyone on the ECPD appreciated his vigilante assistance, but Candy understood.copyright protection3PENANAGtynojTkQh

Officer Walker looked at the building across the street from the alleyway. The building was on fire and while Jade Fist and his apprentice, Dragon Cat, had managed to evacuate the tenants, the apartment building was a lost cause, even with the fire department doing their work. Fighting crime wasn't without its risks, but Jade Fist was proud that he kept collateral damage minimized while on duty. Officer Walker gave him an eyebrow quirked in question.copyright protection3PENANAusaIqLRw7Q

Jade Fist looked over his shoulder at his sulking apprentice, then back down at Officer Walker and gave her a firm nod.copyright protection3PENANAdImhE5TFnW

Officer Walker turned back to her job with a chuckle and a shake of her head.copyright protection3PENANAM3pkrOEk8u

Jade Fist turned and strode across the rooftop to Dragon Cat. She leaned against the ladder of the building's water tower, pouting. She'd been the one to set the building afire with her breath weapon, a reckless maneuver Jade Fist had warned her about many times before.copyright protection3PENANACDXNloycUF

"Can we go home now?" Dragon Cat demanded.copyright protection3PENANA38opp2viIS

Jade Fist shook his head. "We need to talk about what happened."copyright protection3PENANAfuWEPotuIB

"Which part? The part where I saved your neck from that goon with the knife? Or maybe you mean where I did that awesome triple flip off the balcony and kept them from getting away?"copyright protection3PENANAZkfW7AkFMf

"You're reckless."copyright protection3PENANAlQnJgNML5u

"No, I'm awesome."copyright protection3PENANAElZBZPZsjH

"You put fifteen families out of a home."copyright protection3PENANA4j2jf9TAPG

Dragon Cat crossed her arms and turned away.copyright protection3PENANAPbxcVNZHy5

"The League is going to want to talk to you about this. Do you think Justice Man is going to think your sass is cute?"copyright protection3PENANAcdrcOq1OTl

Dragon Cat paled and looked at Jade Fist with wide eyes. "Justice Man knows about this?"copyright protection3PENANAvYFyiUHcvx

"He will."copyright protection3PENANATlJqyEdxmM

Dragon Cat swallowed hard but shrugged like she didn't care. "Fine. So, we've talked about my bad attitude. Can we go home now?"copyright protection3PENANADzZ4LOvNCp

Jade Fist frowned. He put his hands on her shoulders. "I don't think you're taking this seriously." copyright protection3PENANA98oOGGJoSe

Dragon Cat knew a moment of frustration that began in her clenched jaw, spread through her tensed shoulders, and lashed out in her hands as she knocked his away. That would have been fine, probably, but she followed up with a palm thrust to his chest and sweeping kick at his head, which he dodged, thankfully.copyright protection3PENANAVLzEc7jpFF

For a moment, they looked at each other, Jade Fist stunned, Dragon Cat aghast, wishing she could take it back.copyright protection3PENANAbjeboZZUNB

Jade Fist took a step toward her and Dragon Cat lashed out again. Jade Fist stepped aside, letting her punch go wide. He grabbed her by the shoulder and used her momentum to pull her off balance, making her stumble, and he smacked her bottom sharply as he stepped past her.copyright protection3PENANAjWJHKpotNh

The hero and his apprentice turned to face each other again.copyright protection3PENANAIJ2hofpHE4

Though her superhero outfit was made of plastisteel weave and could turn aside all manner of hazards, it was the sting of embarrassment that had Dragon Cat rubbing at her backside.copyright protection3PENANAnQoC1MC1Hp

"I'm not a child!"copyright protection3PENANAC1lmJ6M7zA

"Then stop throwing a tantrum."copyright protection3PENANAohjrzIGYql

She leapt at him like a cat, intending to show him that she was not playing around, that she wasn't going to be humiliated by him.copyright protection3PENANA3Nbrpde1eV

Jade Fist dodged the first several attacks. Though she'd kept her claws in, she wasn't pulling her punches and though he was her mentor, he wasn't certain he could win the fight if it turned serious. But she was still reckless. Jade Fist waited for the right moment, the moment when her aggressiveness overextended, and he grasped her wrist, pulling it up behind her back and wrenching her shoulder. He smacked her backside again, calling upon the power for which he was named. His hand glowed green and through the woven armor, Dragon Cat felt the spank as though there was nothing there at all.copyright protection3PENANAqQWMdFSZNr

She yowled and a gout of flame lit the night over the rooftop.copyright protection3PENANAzbJTDiCkh2

"Get a hold of yourself," Jade Fist demanded, his measured tone strained.copyright protection3PENANAFkPQLf40hi

"Go to hell!" Dragon Cat squirmed and struggled, managing only to twist her shoulder worse.copyright protection3PENANAVH9Sumymml

He smacked her bottom again, twice, hard.copyright protection3PENANAOWxyPbQrv8

Dragon Cat leapt and thrust her feet back, striking Jade Fist and knocking him back. Dragon Cat landed on all fours and sprang to attack. Jade Fist rolled away in time to avoid swipe of her clawed hand. The eyes of her halfmask narrowed and glowing with flames. Even as he got to his feet, Jade Fist wondered if spanking her had been appropriate. She was seventeen now and a provisionary inductee of the League. Perhaps he should have allowed the League to handle it. But she was still his mentee. He was still responsible for her. He hardened his heart before the tears could begin.copyright protection3PENANAuask1ez5eQ

In the next several moments, Jade Fist dodged and blocked and parried the attacks of Dragon Cat, her black and orange outfit flashing in the moonlight, her eyes smoldering orange, her claws out. She was adept, which made her dangerous if she could stop from lashing out and showing off. But Jade Fist had the advantage of years more experience and having taught her most of what she knew about hand to hand combat. Finally, Jade Fist moved in close, pinned her wrists in one hand and scissored her legs with his, putting her face down on the rooftop, over one of his knees, he with his back the wall of the rooftop.copyright protection3PENANAnayw22TApf

Dragon Cat squirmed ineffectually for several moments before falling limp, sobbing onto the tar and gravel of the rooftop. Jade Fist held her tightly even as his heart softened and he longed to let her go.copyright protection3PENANAWebuM1FDta

"Well, go on then," Dragon Cat demanded.copyright protection3PENANALXkdhmrRrG

Jade Fist blinked at her, confused. "What do you mean?"copyright protection3PENANAHPQgmSiftI

"You're going to spank me, right? That's what you used to do when I lost control. You'd pin me like this and spank my bare ass in front of everyone. All the other kids in the dojo would laugh and I'd just cry and cry."copyright protection3PENANAvqWHUJJAmc

"The other kids didn't laugh."copyright protection3PENANAK8a5mrrOjS

"Yes they did!"copyright protection3PENANAu1Hkh3dAjH

"You weren't the only one spanked in my dojo, Cat."copyright protection3PENANAiP7fw2YfCl

"But I got spanked the most!"copyright protection3PENANAsntCsP4UDn

Jade Fist couldn't argue with that. He considered, for a moment, doing as she'd said, spanking her here on the rooftop, but he refrained. Instead, he released his hold and stood. Dragon Cat got to her knees, hid her face in her hands, and sobbed.copyright protection3PENANAN7ovsGzGgS

"You're grounded for a month, no superhero missions. You'll focus on your school work. Come home when you're ready."copyright protection3PENANAnzHvOeyNta

Dragon Cat sobbed all the harder.copyright protection3PENANA8WyBy0rCV4

Jade Ken, still in his Justice Man pajamas and t-shirt, looked up from his newspaper when Catherine came in. Her eyes were red-rimmed but otherwise she looked fine, if contrite. It was a strange look on her. She was clad in a pink nightie and white knee socks.copyright protection3PENANA0IcpdF5Mlm

"Good morning, Jade."copyright protection3PENANAEIVmeKBMx5

"Cat."copyright protection3PENANAXG1vizwJcr

She went to the coffee pot and poured herself a mug before taking an apple from the bowl nearby and joining him at the breakfast table.copyright protection3PENANAOd90CnGI91

"Well," she said. "I gotta say, I'm kind of disappointed in you, Jade."copyright protection3PENANA4OKZaYJMLh

Jade nearly choked on his coffee. "What did you say?"copyright protection3PENANARIXSefrLZE

"After all this time training me, and I still can't beat you in a fight. Isn't the student supposed to surpass the master at some point?"copyright protection3PENANAcNRmOuJucS

"Hmm." He set his coffee on the table. "You have much to learn before you surpass me. Patience especially."copyright protection3PENANAvgHfgSe0EZ

Cat shrugged. "Yeah, well, I'm not sure patience is in my nature. I'm daughter of a lion goddess and elder dragon after all."copyright protection3PENANAhvIfnXuPIt

"I believe in you, Catherine."copyright protection3PENANAtUglh5P0z1

"I know."copyright protection3PENANAT4iBkytyy7

They drank their coffee in silence for a time. Cat ate her apple, Jade read his newspaper.copyright protection3PENANAxPCg4ZdzOV

"Why didn't you do it?"copyright protection3PENANA3iQjD7os8Y

"Hmm?"copyright protection3PENANAu22MDmk6VS

"Oh, come on. Don't make me say it."copyright protection3PENANAetIQJNQWmF

Jade considered for a while. He put his newspaper aside and shifted his chair to face her squarely.copyright protection3PENANASpYJJBQ84Z

"It's like you said. You're not a little girl anymore, you're seventeen years old. You're not a student in my dojo anymore, you're a provisionary member of the League."copyright protection3PENANA6y29lGwFNr

"I've lived in your house since I was four years old. You've never hesitated to scold me or ground me or spank me before."copyright protection3PENANAy1VhSE4JBr

"Maybe it's time to let go."copyright protection3PENANAouRmdBY4J2

"What do you mean?"copyright protection3PENANA3QB6ZWMwCA

"Maybe you need another teacher. Someone with a different perspective."copyright protection3PENANAYbCTsuyxda

"I don't want that."copyright protection3PENANAYCEPYRqWVa

"Sometimes it's about what we need, not what we want."copyright protection3PENANAZZ1B61xTxa

"What I need is a spanking!" Cat set her coffee mug down hard, surprising them both. She blushed and looked away.copyright protection3PENANAtwl5pNAYkN

The kitchen was quiet but for a buzzing on the edge of perception. Perhaps it was the refrigerator. Perhaps a light.copyright protection3PENANA8jpM9oEAlz

"What did you say?" Jade asked.copyright protection3PENANAKlzLWFMuzk

"I didn't... I mean..." Cat finished her coffee quickly and got up to make a fresh pot.copyright protection3PENANAE2QZ8fMIe7

"I haven't spanked you since..."copyright protection3PENANAwmqW8zkN9G

"Five months ago," said Cat. "Just before my seventeenth birthday after I got in a fight with Princess Moira."copyright protection3PENANAnU1WGYCssc

"Hmm."copyright protection3PENANAN6eD5nTS67

"And I hated it," Cat said. "It's not like I want a spanking. But like you said, it's not always about what we want, but what we need. You know what my half-sibs are like, chaotic at best, downright villainous at worse. If I hadn't grown up your daughter in all but name I'd be dead or behind bars or on the League's shit list. Your discipline has kept me centered, kept me in check."copyright protection3PENANAZCtqyC0Tp9

"Hmm."copyright protection3PENANAAM4CJKAmd2

Cat threw her hands in the air. "Will you stop that?"copyright protection3PENANAy08NDdbw6h

Jade shook his head. "I cannot continue to provide you discipline. Not forever. If I do as you ask, there may come a time when you'll ask again. How long will it continue?"copyright protection3PENANAD5U7vsJvm9

"I don't know. Until I'm... eighteen? Twenty maybe? Until I'm married to a woman who'll take me in hand?copyright protection3PENANAFXWKzFu92H

"No. You must take responsibility for your own discipline. That's what I've been trying to teach you."copyright protection3PENANAbBHjolxASD

"Well fat lot of good that did me last night."copyright protection3PENANARvJLDfemLB

"Indeed. I think we must consider that I have failed and you need someone else."copyright protection3PENANAwqysb78Fha

"But..."copyright protection3PENANAnsL5MaqjLi

The coffee brewed. Cat poured them both fresh mugs.copyright protection3PENANAXCOGorWCOH

"Jade. Daddy, please. I've been doing a lot better. I haven't lost control since..."copyright protection3PENANAel8MNjUVYb

"Since your fight with Princess Moira."copyright protection3PENANA6lESrq3RKO

"Yeah."copyright protection3PENANAaIqZoPrkrf

Jade sighed and shook his head. "Not this time, Catherine."copyright protection3PENANA2GAasotnks

The magi-tek training room flickered with protection wards as Cat slashed her way through holographic enemies, her orange fire absorbed harmlessly as she burned them down. Even at the height of her fury and power, the magi-tek protections on the room would keep the outside world safe from her. In here, she could let loose her anger and no one would lose their homes because of it.copyright protection3PENANAyqOcifDm7n

Just as she was working up a sweat, preparing to really letting loose, the holographic scene around her flickered and faded as a heads up message told her to stand down. The program was ending.copyright protection3PENANAah5BhuqIPS

Cat growled and sighed. "Must have overloaded the program."copyright protection3PENANAYRyy21Xwph

It wouldn't have been the first time. The room lit up, showing matte grey walls, floor and ceiling of plastisteel embedded with magical circuitry. Cat turned to the door, an archway embedded in the featureless wall, lit with white LEDs to distinguish it. There, in the archway, stood a woman.copyright protection3PENANAYXHMa02Om9

She was tall and broad with skin so dark it almost shone purple in the light of the room, like she was sculpted from black marble. Her hair was pulled back into a series of tight braids and was all the colors of the rainbow, from vivid red on one side to velvet purple on the other. She, like Cat, was dressed in workout clothes: loose pants that hung just below the knee and a sleeveless shirt, both a dirty white, like they'd been used a lot.copyright protection3PENANAcxri8IMzqC

"Catherine Ryu?"copyright protection3PENANArou0Xx2U3r

"Who the hell are you?" Cat groused.copyright protection3PENANAc1pTOAURoh

"Princess Lem."copyright protection3PENANA0AOsSXbFwC

"Oh great, another princess."copyright protection3PENANAiY1NYYk0Tn

"You have a problem with royalty?"copyright protection3PENANAr5pQZdqU4P

"My track record with princesses is... fraught. What do you want? I'm in the middle of training."copyright protection3PENANAb5q0yjXJZu

"I have this room booked."copyright protection3PENANAlhsm5rlpre

Cat scoffed. "No. I've got it for another hour."copyright protection3PENANANTkcKkqbfu

"I think you're mistaken, kitten."copyright protection3PENANA0qAqq8JoRJ

Cat growled and stalked toward the princess, ready to remove her bodily from the training room. copyright protection3PENANASd0lz5MVvd

"It's been a shitty week, lady. Don't push me."copyright protection3PENANAai7vuRPV24

Princess Lem grinned.copyright protection3PENANAp3v0uW9ek1

Cat got as close as she could to the other woman without touching her. She let a bit of heat escape her throat, letting loose her breath weapon just a bit. Jade would have been proud of her control.copyright protection3PENANAXdeXyO3kJz

"I said 'get out'."copyright protection3PENANAyTSFomxeiz

Princess Lem's grin turned to a full blown smirk. "Make me, kitten."copyright protection3PENANAjHDOI7LRl6

Cat took a deep breath and tried to keep her anger in, to control herself, to discipline her emotions as Jade had taught her. Then Princess Lem put a hand on Cat's shoulder and shoved hard enough to push Cat back several steps. Cat eye's flickered over with flame as she fell into a defensive crouch to regain her balance and prepare to pounce. She sprang at the princess who dodged to one side with a deftness even Jade would have found impressive.copyright protection3PENANASij7gSVkcF

Cat swept her left fist at the princess in a broadly telegraphed strike. As Cat had expected, the princess danced backward just enough to stay out of reach, but Cat followed up with her right fist, a thrust hidden by the obviousness of her left. The princess looked surprised as Cat struck her a solid blow just under her sternum. That look of surprise shocked Cat into remembering that this was a princess, royalty, probably delicate, and she pulled her punch at the last moment. It was still a hefty blow, but anyone using a magi-tek training room should have been sturdy enough to take it.copyright protection3PENANATLyLqX8Xcq

Princess Lem staggered back several steps before falling into her own defensive stance, smiling.copyright protection3PENANAxv8bkRi6IE

"All right then. Looks like there's some spunk to you after all."copyright protection3PENANAcBWwIdoExB

Cat took a step back and glared at the princess, suspicious. "What do you want? Did someone put you up to this?"copyright protection3PENANAjrmScNQlL2

"I just want a sparring partner. You were recommended."copyright protection3PENANAMjyVuTMNZv

Cat shook her head. "I'm too dangerous. I tend to hurt sparring partners."copyright protection3PENANArc6nIPA6t8

Princess Lem laughed. "You're not the only daughter of a deity in this room. My father is Helio, a sun god. My mother is Sigur, a sword god. Your claws and fire will not hurt me. At least, not much."copyright protection3PENANAINz4FMSv7D

Cat blinked at her. "Really?"copyright protection3PENANAyUW6Pr0Ce0

Princess Lem nodded. "Really. I've been itching for a worthy partner for a long time, kitten."copyright protection3PENANA8Fcf3U4D1y

Cat smiled so hard she thought her face might split. "Me too."copyright protection3PENANALJlkO07Gwe

Cat fought harder than she'd ever thought before. She unsheathed her claws, she roared fire, she let loose her fury. She fought with all the poise and control Jade had taught her. She fought with all the wild abandon she'd been born with. True to the princess's words, Cat's claws did not cut Lem's skin, her fire did not burn. Princess Lem took it all and gave as much in return. With twin swords of light, she cut the air, drove Cat back, singed her fur, stung her pride.copyright protection3PENANAj49gbZHcBV

When her chest was heaving, when she was sweaty and rung out, Cat held up her hands. "All right, princess, I think that's enough."copyright protection3PENANAcKBoZEj3il

"You sure?" Princess Lem said through heavy breaths. "I could do this all day."copyright protection3PENANAB44XpTXwzu

Princess Lem's workout clothes were in tatters. Her sleeveless shirt was pocked with burns and hung in tatters over her midriff. Her pants were so shredded and burned they exposed thighs, barely functioning as underwear. Even her plain, functional panties beneath were singed and slashed.copyright protection3PENANALTyU9KTRWv

"I don't think your wardrobe can take much more," Cat said.copyright protection3PENANAN9foxe2Ril

Princess Lem laughed. "You're one to talk, kitten."copyright protection3PENANAcUphROaPkJ

Cat looked down at herself and realized her workout clothes were in much the same conditions. In fact her shirt had been so slashed by the princesses lightswords it had fallen away completely. Even her sports bra was in danger of being slashed to uselessness.copyright protection3PENANAj5CSZMDTDz

Cat blushed beneath her fur. "Next time I'll wear morphcloth."copyright protection3PENANApqIFPgUS8c

"I don't mind the view," said the princess.copyright protection3PENANAdk7CCYqNOL

Cat cleared her throat nervously.copyright protection3PENANAw8Q90QWDKA

"Come on," said Princess Lem, "One more."copyright protection3PENANAd90WPQcJIk

It was a tame fight compared to what had come before. They were both tired, worn, played out.copyright protection3PENANAVVF3yi1Z5Q

"Is that all you got left?" Princess Diana goaded.copyright protection3PENANAKCYAMZrICb

"Don't push it, princess."copyright protection3PENANAiQljMa9ZTS

"Or else what? You gonna lose your temper again?"copyright protection3PENANAkPO0SmiUmn

Cat surged forward in a berserker barrage. Lem parried with arms hard as sculpted marble. And just when Cat though she had the upper hand, she thought she'd knocked the princess on her backside, Lem suddenly stepped aside, just as Jade would have done, neatly snagged her wrist, wrenched it up behind her back, and scissored her legs, dropping them both to the floor. Princess Lem was firmly in control and Cat's bottom was over the other woman's thigh.copyright protection3PENANAK60JHMI8ul

Before Cat could grow embarrassed or object, Princess Lem smacked her backside hard, harder than Jade ever had, and Cat yowled in surprise.copyright protection3PENANAkNbG6YQgXK

"Hey now, that's not funny!" Cat said.copyright protection3PENANA8iAWitjBnF

"Isn't it? I think I quite like this situation."copyright protection3PENANAY8MYRtLACf

Lem spanked Cat again and again and again. Cat squealed and squirmed like she was a little girl again.copyright protection3PENANAVX36Da4tq2

"Stop that!" Cat screeched, flinging her other hand back to defend herself, using all her strength trying to break free. But Princess Lem was at least as strong as her, if not stronger, and she snagged Cat's other wrist and held both in one hand. She tugged at the remains of Cat's clothing, ripping it free, baring Cat's backside. And even through the fur of an immortal lion and the scales of an elder dragon, Cat felt the sting to her pride and her backside as the Princess of Light and Swords spanked her to heartfelt tears. copyright protection3PENANAezkOwDhQeF

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