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A Mother's Revenge is the fourth chapter of Sokka. It is the only appearance of Azula.
That night, the doorway stood empty. Everyone thought the danger was gone. But when all were asleep, a shadow came creeping. Azula, Hei Bai's mother came seeking revenge for her son. She knew that her strength and battle skills ere not as great as Hei Bai's. So she only snatched up one warrior and went on her way.
The next morning, Sozin mourned. "His name was Bumi. He was a good friend and a brave and faithful warrior," stated Aang. "It is my fault that he died. Over the years, many have seen two creatures stalking in the fogs of the fens. Hei Bai was one. The other one we guessed was his mother, Azula. I should have known she would come, seeking vengeance for what you had done."
Sokka then put a hand on the shoulder of his father's friend.
"Since it was my deed that brought her, it is up to me to hunt her down. I swear that I will!" swore Sokka.
Then Sokka and his men belted their blades over bright armor and rode out to hunt the she-beast. With them went Aang and some of his warriors. They rode to the lake. It was still bubbling and steaming just as before!
"Into the Lake Azula has gone. Into the lake I must follow," stated Sokka.
"Shouldn't you shed your armor? It will make swimming harder," commented a warrior.
"In a lake like this, there are surely all manner of foul serpents. My mail may keep me safe from their fangs," replied Sokka.
Then Long Feng, ashamed of his insult to Sokka, came forward. He was holding a sword with a blade as black as ebony.
"Wait! Let me offer you this. Its name is Haru," stated Long Feng. "It is an old and famous blade. None who have borne it have ever failed in battle."
Sokka handed a warrior his sword and placed Haru, in its sheath. "I will do my best to bring it glory," promised Sokka. "Good King Aang, generous giver of gifts, I ask that if I do not return, you send what you've given me to Zuko, my king. Take care too of these friends who have followed me to your land."
Then Sokka dove deep into dark waters. Sokka was right about the sharp-toothed serpents, but his armor turned back their teeth. Finally, far below, he found the hole where Azula must have gone. His lungs burned for breath, but he swam on. Finally, he found air.
And he found more than that, Azula! When she saw Sokka, strong enough to swim down to her home, she knew he was the one who had killed her son. Angrily, she leapt at him! Even Haru, that sharpest of swords, could not harm her. Throwing the sword aside, Sokka struggled to fend off her claws and tearing teeth.
The hro was stronger. But the old she-beast was both quick and crafty. She leapt at Sokka, with both hands around his throat. She then drew his dagger! Though she was safe from sharp blades, she knew he was not. But again his armor saved him.
Azula was stunned and at that moment, Sokka hurled at the cave wall! Then the glint of a golden hilt caught his eye. It belonged to a mighty sword, forged by giants. Who knows how it had come there? In a moment, Sokka snatched it from the wall! Azula knew that her enchantment would not stop the giant's sword.
He then gave Azula a gift. Gladly he gave her the edge of the sword. Sokka killed her. Her blood ate at the blood. Then Sokka saw Hei Bai's body in the corner. Now he would have real proof that Hei Bai was dead. Sokka hewed off his head. Hei Bai's blood was even fouler than his mother's. It burned the blade away. Thrusting Haru back in his belt, Sokka took his prizes in hand to take back to the king.
When Sokka emerged from the waters, he held up the sword hilt and the gruesome head of Hei Bai. Burdened with the monster's skull, they headed home to Sozin.
With both monsters dead, the shadow of fear finally lifted forever from the hall. Once again Sokka stood before Aang. This time he held a sword hilt.
"To you, King Aang, I give this ancient treasure as proof of my pledge," said Sokka. "Both monsters lie dead, never to haunt this hall again."
"We give our thanks, Sokka, greatest of heroes," said Aang. "You have done what we could not, freeing us from fear. May you live all your life with the same courage and good faith you have shown here."
With that, Sokka turned his thoughts toward home. Many people were there to see him off. Notably Aang and Long Feng.
"To you, Long Feng, I give thanks for letting me borrow the great blade Haru," thanked Sokka. "Though it could not wound Hei Bai's foul mother, it is still a wondrous war-friend."
Long Feng took the sword. Already he was a better man than when Sokka had arrived. Sokka then turned to Aang.
"And to you, Aang, I prmise that if you ever need my help, you have only send word." promised Sokka.
Aang smiled. Sokka was truly a loyal friend. "You have already done more than I can ever repay. I only hope that your own people realize your worth. If you outlive Zuko and his heir, the people of Ba Sing Se could choose no better king than you," commented Aang.
Sokka and his men boarded their ship. Then they were on their way home.
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