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|A Bloody Bond|
Three hours had passed since we left the Fire Nation Capital. We now rode atop our animals through a section of woods. I honestly don't know where.
Now, before I tell you what exactly is going to happen here, it's important to know about my relationship with my sister. We're actually twins. The two of us were separated when we were very young. She went with our father while I went with our mother. You see, the reason I even know her is... well, perhaps it would be better if you heard it a different way.
Five years ago, I lived on Salamander Island, an island located near Ember Island. This was a better place for me to live, though, because with my growing reputation as an assassin, I needed a place to hide. And while all of the Fire Nation tourists were flocking to Ember Island, Salamander Island was left pretty much vacant. The reason I left, however, was thanks to my dear sister.
As I walked along the shores of the island one night, I was unaware of any suspicious activity. It was foolish of me to have let my guard down. It was then that I was struck by an assailant. She came out of the trees and swung some sort of bladed weapon at me. She missed and landed near the water. I spun to get a good look at her and saw she possessed blades attached to her arms. She also sported a metal mouth plate, a hair braid, and a shiny, black outfit that revealed her stomach. "So, who sent you?" I asked. "Which one of them finally caught up with me?"
"The Yoshi Family has taken extensive measures to track down the man who killed their daughter," she said to me.
"I'm not surprised," I replied.
"It was a pretty gruesome scene," she said. "Tell me; why would you leave such a mess? As an assassin, your job is to make it look like it wasn't murder."
"That job didn't go as planned," I answered. "There were complications. She wasn't supposed to be quite so feisty. She was a screamer, too."
"You have nice reflexes," she said to me. "The way you dodged my attack was very impressive."
"I was trained well," I replied.
"So you're good at killing and good at staying alive. What are you?" she inquired.
"I am a vagabond," I said.
"A vagabond who has been traveling across continents?"
"It sounds like your employers gave you quite a bit of info," I remarked.
"Oh, they didn't tell me. I've done some research of my own." Silence filled the air for a few moments before she spoke again. "What is your name?"
"Why would I give you my name?" I asked. "How stupid do you think I am?"
"Is your name Hong Wu?"
"So what if it is?"
"Well, if your name is Hong Wu, then that means you are my twin brother."
My eyes widened upon hearing this. "Sister? I don't have a sister or any siblings for that matter."
"Yeah, I thought I was an only child, too, but I ran into this lady who said she knew you. She said you killed a guy named Ba Wu-"
I wasn't sure if she was finished yet, but I didn't care. My heart rocketed back to life upon hearing this and my mind was racing against my mouth to ask one question. "Was her name Ming?"
"No," she said. Amazingly, astonishingly, she said no. My heart lost all of its power and powered back down again.
"Her name was Mitsuki," the woman explained.
"So she did survive," I whispered to myself.
"Anyway, she told me Ba Wu was your father. He's mine, too," she said.
"So, I have a sister?" I asked.
"Yes. My name is Mera and it looks like I am your twin sister."
I dropped my knife and walked over to her. The two of us embraced, forgetting about the fracas we just had. "I can't believe I have a living relative!" I said, amazed.
"I couldn't believe it at first either. I'm just so glad we could finally meet," Mera said.
"So you took the job just to find me?" I questioned.
"Yes, but I still know how we could get some money out of it."
"Just follow me back to the Yoshis' place and we'll kill them together and take their money," she said.
"I guess you weren't born without brains," I said to her. "I like that idea."
"Good. Then we'll leave first thing in the morning," she said.
So we got up the next morning around 5 o'candle. The reason we got up so early was, because we wanted to get there as soon as they awoke. After making our way across the island, I saw an eel hound sitting by the shore. "Well, that's convenient, isn't it?" I remarked.
"Convenience has nothing to do with it," said Mera. "She's my eel hound. How do you think I got here?"
"Good point," I said.
So the two of us mounted the beast and took off into the sea. It's quite amazing just how fast those creatures move. As the two of us rode the animal's back, we struck up conversation. As you can understand, we had quite a bit of catching up to do.
"So you got your training from the Xiang?" Mera asked me.
I nodded and asked, "Where did you get yours?"
"I trained myself. Dad was never around, that drunken bastard. I pretty much had to learn how to fight to survive."
"So I guess even though we should have lead different lives, they really are quite similar," I pointed out.
"Yeah, I guess so," she agreed. "Where will you go when this is all over?"
"I don't know. I have to go wherever I think I can find Ming."
"Who is Ming?"
"She was the love of my life and my fiancé. We were separated a few years ago and I've been trying to locate her ever since I started wandering on my own."
"Well, if that's what you have to do, then I'm coming along with you. I don't want us to be separated again."
"Neither do I," I sighed. "But I think it's best if you don't come with me." That was not an easy thing for me to say.
"What? Why not?" she asked.
"You still have a chance for a better life," I explained. "I don't want you to throw it away by tagging along with me."
"But-" she started.
"No 'but's," I said.
"You can't tell me what to do," she said to me. "We're the same age and we just met a few hours ago.
"I'm not trying to tell you what to do. I am trying to give you a nice life."
Mera pondered this for a moment. She knew I was right. She had to know. Finally, she sighed. "Alright, but the minute you find her, you come find me and we'll be a team."
"Deal," I said.
So we continued riding until we reached a land mass with a hill that had a house resting atop it. Well, it wasn't so much a house and it wasn't really as big as a mansion, so, I think I'll just call it their resting place. As we approached the shore I remarked, "Well, there it is."
"Do you remember what the security is like?" Mera asked.
"All I can remember is that they have guards posted all over the front yard and at the back entrance."
"Well, forget everything you remember, because after your last little visit, they've doubled the amount of guards on duty."
"Thanks for the info," I said.
We finally came ashore and got off the eel hound. "Alright, Joo, stay put for now," Mera said to it. "We'll be right back."
The two of us started moving up the hill, making sure every step we took was as quiet as could be. The sea breeze smacked us in the back as we moved on, making it easier for us to be stealthy and giving us a sense of easiness as well. That's not something you usually feel during these missions, but it was a nice breeze. We neared the top of the hill and hid behind two trees, getting a good look at the place before we moved on. Mera motioned for me to take out a knife. I drew two and waited for her to tell me where to throw it. She pointed to the two guards stationed at the stairs leading to the entrance and nodded, giving me the go-ahead.
I hurled the knives at the guards and Mera immediately sprang into action. She moved on to the next guards and sliced their throats with her blades, releasing a crimson flood into the grass. I, too, made a move and flung another knife into a guard standing on the stairs, nailing him directly in the eye. I took off towards the entrance, following closely behind Mera. The two of us fought our way through more guards who were firebending at us now. She leaped over one of them and cut his head open while I ducked and whizzed a knife at another one's leg.
We went through the entrance and found four guards in the hall. "I've got this," I assured my sister. I whisked two knives out of my sleeves and sent them right into two of the guards' stomachs. The other two firebent at us. I ducked while Mera sidestepped the flames by going out the door. I ran towards the guards and stabbed them both in the neck. Mera re-entered through the door and caught up to me. We each put on one of the uniforms the guards were wearing and waited until two more showed up.
"What happened here?" asked one of them.
"Some robbers were trying to get in here," I explained. "But it's okay. There's nothing to worry about. We got them."
"Where are they?" the guard asked.
"We scared them off," Mera lied.
"I don't want to take any chances," the first guard said. "I want everyone to check the perimeter and make sure it's secure."
"Yes, ma'am," Mera and I said in unison.
The two guards walked away and the two of us went on with our business. "This is almost too easy," Mera said. "They basically don't even know we're here."
"And they won't know until after we're gone," I added.
We made our way through the Yoshis' resting place until we came to a large hallway. "This is their bedroom," Mera said.
"Do they keep their money in here?" I asked.
"Then let's do this."
We approached their door and heard passionate moaning from inside. "I hope they made each other feel good," I joked. We busted the door down and saw Mr. and Mrs. Yoshi in bed and unclothed. I hurled a knife at the Mrs. While Mera ran over to the man.
"Mera!" Mr. Yoshi shouted. "What are you doing?!" Rather than give him an answer, Mera stabbed him in the chest, resulting in a gurgling, choking sound and then the disappearance of his eyes.
"A disgusting sight," Mera remarked.
"Which one?" I asked.
"Both of them," she answered. "Before and after they were covered in blood."
"The Mrs. didn't look so bad before she got blood all over her," I said.
"Find their money. I'm sure that will look even nicer."
"You're probably right," I concurred.
So we took the money and split. As we walked back down the hill, battling the breeze, we talked. "So, I guess this is it for now," Mera said.
"I'm afraid so," I said. "But don't worry. I'll find Ming soon and then I promise I'll come and find you."
"Alright," Mera said. "I'll be around."
"Around where?" I inquired.
"How about this: every year on this day, we meet on Salamander Island."
"I like that," I said. "You've got yourself a deal."
"Great. Now hop on. I'll take you wherever you need to go and then we'll part ways."
So we both mounted the eel hound and rode off.
So, that's the story of how I met my sister. Now that you're up to speed, we can get on with the current story. I'll tell you more next time.
- Salamander Island is a reference to FrodoTheHutt's fanon.
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