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The Battle at Liusha River

            Tangseng and his two disciples kept going west, and had already travelled for a few months from summer to fall. One day, the master and his disciples were met with a big river that blocked their path. The big river had high rolling waves, and the opposite shore was not visible. Tangseng stopped his horse, and sighed: “There are no boats on this wide river; how do we cross?” Wukong leaped into the air and looked around, then shook his head: “My eyes can see as far as one thousand miles. There really isn’t a boat on this river. Me and Bajie could ride the clouds and arrive at the other side almost instantly, but master what will you do?” As Tangseng and his disciples talked, they saw that there was a stone monument, and on it there was the big words: “Liusha River”. Below it was a little line of small letters: “Goose feathers can’t float, reeds sink to the bottom”.

            As they looked at the stone monument, there suddenly was “Huala” a sound, and from the river came a monster with red hair and round glaring eyes. He held a treasure cane and had a string of nine skulls around his neck. Not saying anything, he ran at Tangseng. But Wukong had quick eyes and hands, and seeing this he carried Tangseng and ran.

            Bajie put down the luggage, raised his nine toothed palladium and charged at the monster. The monster twirled his cane and attacked back. The two fought on the banks of Liusha River without victory or defeat for about twenty rounds.

            Wukong carried his master to a nearby mountain, and when he saw that Bajie was still fighting with the monster, he couldn’t resist taking out his Gold Wrapped Staff. He said to Tangseng: “Master, please sit here and don’t be scared. I will be back shortly.”

            Wukong jumped to the shore, and smashed his staff at the monster. The monster quickly turned to frantically avoid it, then dived into the river and disappeared. The two disciples went back to their master’s side.

            The master and disciples faced the river, and couldn’t think of a way to cross. After a little while, Wukong said: “I have an idea. That monster lives in the river, so he must know how to cross it. We could catch him, but not kill him, so he could carry master across the river.” Bajie said: “Good idea. Brother you could catch him while I stay here to guard master.”

            Wukong said: “Bajie, for this matter I will not brag. You are better than me in water combat. When you were the Tianpeng General, you once led one hundred thousand marines. So the best is for you go into the water first and lure the monster onto shore. Then I could help you capture him together.” Bajie agreed and said: “Okay. Then let’s do it this way!”

            When the monster went back underwater, he still hadn’t sat down when he heard someone talk loudly. When he looked closely, he saw that it was Bajie Zhu who had come. Bajie held his palladium in his right hand, and his left hand was on his waist. He stood there and cursed: “Monster! Quickly come out! Your pig grandpa has come!” The monster came out and scolded too: “Oh you pig monk! Take a cane!” Bajie raised his palladium to block out the monster’s cane, and the two fought as they went from the bottom of the river to the surface.

            Wukong was waiting on the mountain. The monster and Bajie fought a few rounds on the surface of the water when Bajie pretended he was losing, fleeing to the shore, whereas the monster tightly tailed him onto the shore. Wukong had become impatient by waiting for a long time, so as soon as he saw the monster reach the shore, he jumped to the riverside and raised his staff and stroke. The monster didn’t dare to battle, turning around and slipping into the water.

            Bajie saw that the monster had run, and in a huff he blamed: “You horse raiser, you are such an impatient monkey! If you waited longer before you moved so I could lure him onto the mountain, and then you went to the shore to block him, we would have caught him! Now this is good, we have no idea of when he would come out again!”

            The second day, Bajie went into Liusha River again to find the monster, but the monster would only fight on the surface with Bajie, not daring to go onto shore again. Wukong saw that the monster would not come to shore, so he rode a cloud and leaped into midair, then suddenly descended in an attempt to capture the monster. The monster was fighting with Bajie when he suddenly there was wind beside his ear. He turned around to see Wukong coming down from the clouds. He stopped his cane, dived into the water, and disappeared.

            Bajie and Wukong went back to their master, and Bajie said: “Hard, so hard! I used all my strength, but could still not catch him.” Wukong thought for a moment and said: “Bajie, you stay here to protect master, while I go to the south sea to find Guanyin and see if there are any ideas.”

            Wukong rode his cloud to the south sea. After he saw Guanyin, he told about meeting monsters at Liusha River. Guanyin asked: “When you were fighting with the monster, did you tell about protecting Tangseng to seek the scriptures in the west?” Wukong said: “We only cared for rescuing and fighting, so we didn’t have to say these.” Guanyin said: “The monster in Liusha River was originally the Juanlian admiral in the sky palace. But because he accidentally broke dishes at the Peach Banquet, he was banned to Liusha River. We already agreed that he would help you protect Tangseng to the west. If you say that you are the people seeking the scriptures, he would surely stop fighting with you.” Wukong said: “But now he is in hiding at the very bottom of the river, and no matter what we say he wouldn’t come out.”

            Guanyin took out a red gourd from her sleeve, then turned around and said to her apprentice Muzha: “Follow the Saint for a trip. Go to Liusha River’s banks and call Wujing, and he will come out. Bring him to see Tangseng, then put the nine skulls around his neck on the floor with the red gourd in the center to form a boat, which could let Tangseng across.”

            Wukong thanked Guanyin, and together with Muzha came to Liusha River. Muzha yelled: “Wujing! Wujing! The scripture seeker has come, so why do you still not come out?”

            The monster was hiding underwater when he suddenly heard someone call his name. He came out and asked: “Who is calling my name? Where is the scripture seeker?” When the monster saw that it was Guanyin’s disciple Muzha who was standing on the shore, he quickly saluted. Muzha said: “My master let me to tell you that the scripture seeker has come. Quickly go and see your master and brothers.”

            Muzha led Wujing to the side of Tangseng, and the monster kneeled down and said: “I take the river as a name, and Guanyin gave me a name as Wujing. Yesterday I was senseless and disturbed master, so hope you could forgive.”

            Tangseng was very happy, and said: “You already have a name, but let me give you another name as Shaheshang.”

            Shaheshang took down the nine skulls on his neck and put it into a circle. Muzha put the red gourd in the middle, and very quickly it became a boat. Tangseng boarded the boat, with Wuneng and Wujing by his side. Wukong and the dragon horse followed behind the boat. Liusha River was very calm. The master and disciples crossed the river, said farewell to Muzha, and continued on their journey west.

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