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Erica finds herself trapped on General Hazma's ship. While trying to escape Natsu begins his own journey to find her.
Fire. Air. Earth. Water. Long ago, the Phoenix was created to help keep balance among the four nations by making sure the Avatar would not neglect his duties. However, almost a hundred years ago, the Fire Nation started the war and the Avatar disappeared along with the Phoenix. Now, as the Fire Nation comes ever closer to victory the Phoenix has reappeared and I truly believe that she can help restore the world to its formal self.
When Erica woke up, she found her hands and feet in metal cases. She began trying to pull them out, to no avail. She was still feeling groggy but from what she could tell, she was in some sort of Fire Nation prison. For a moment, a panic came over Erica, but it passed when she felt the room move, meaning she was on a ship. As Erica began to think up a plan, she heard footsteps approach her cell and when the door opened, she was unsurprised to see General Hazma enter the room.
"Well it seems my promotion to High General is all but taken place," said Hazma proudly.
"Don't count your Dragon Hawks before they hatch," said Erica.
"Tut, tut Erica you don't honestly think you have a chance of escaping do you?" said Hazma "I thought you were smarter than that."
Laughing he turned on his heel and walked out of the room, slamming the door behind him and Erica was left alone.
Natsu woke up alone in the woods where they had decided to camp the night before. The eelhound howled, hoping Erica would hear him. He then began sniffing the ground, Natsu detected several scents, and it took him a few moments to figure out which one was Erica's.
To Natsu she smelled like smoke, burning wood, and, oddly enough, fish. The other scents were strange to the eelhound, and he detected they went in the same direction as Erica. Natsu growled angrily and took off in the direction they had gone.
Erica began to panic; she didn't know how she was going to escape. She couldn't move her hands to melt the metal trapping them. She could release a stream of fire from her mouth but that would end up melting her hand off as well.
As soon as she determined that she was stuck, she decided she could only slow down the ship. Erica began taking deep breaths, rousing her inner flame, and then she angled her head down, opened her mouth, and released a jet of flame.
The fire burnt a hole in the ship. It melted through two floors until it broke through the bottom of the ship.
Erica stopped the flame and closed her mouth happy. Unfortunately, she hadn't thought her plan through. From the hole, water began shooting upward filling up the room Erica was in.
"Ahhhh!" she screamed as the water bounced off the roof and began hitting her.
Erica felt the ship angling to the side. The ship was beginning to sink.
Natsu was on a beach and was sniffing the ground, trying to discover where Erica had gone next. Then with his keen ears, the eelhound heard something.
It was a scream.
It was Erica's scream.
Natsu heard the scream come from somewhere out at sea, and with an angry roar began swimming to where the scream had come from. Natsu then heard Erica cry for help and he began swimming faster than he had ever before, he soon reached a large steel ship.
The back of the ship was sinking into the ocean and by instinct; the eelhound knew that that's where Erica was. The eelhound began scratching at the metal and ripping it apart with his claws. Eventually he made a hole large enough to stick his head in.
Most of the room was filled with water and in the half that was filled with water Natsu saw Erica chained up and unconscious. Natsu roared and then pulled his head out and began making a larger hole with his claws. When he finally made a hole big enough for himself Natsu swam into the room and bit off the chains that kept Erica stuck to the boat.
Natsu grabbed the back of her cloths in his mouth and swam back to shore.
Erica began coughing as she started to wake up. She sat up and, feeling woozy, turned over and vomited up water. Still coughing she looked around, trying to remember what happened to her. Then she remembered:
The ship, the water rising over her head and struggling against her restraints to try to get air, then everything going dark.
Shaking her head and trying to clear it, she saw her wrists and ankles had bandages on them from where she had strained against her restraints. Then she looked around the room she was in. It was white and fairly empty, with just a few large jars lining the walls.
Erica got up, swayed for a moment, and then walked to a door. When she opened the door, it revealed a large courtyard. There were women wearing white walking all over.
"I knew it, I'm dead," said Erica looking at the white robes.
"Not quite," said a woman walking over to Erica "I am Mother Superior, and I am glad to see you are feeling better."
"How long was I out?" Erica asked
"Only a few hours," said Mother Superior.
"Natsu! Where's Natsu!?" Erica asked alarmed.
"The eelhound?" Mother Superior asked
"Yes, have you seen him?" Erica asked
"Why yes, he is right over there." said Mother Superior pointing to the left.
Erica looked to where the nun pointed and saw the eelhound lying on the ground.
"Natsu!!" she squealed and she ran over to the eelhound and hugged him.
"We found you two lying unconscious on the beach, you were half-dead and your eelhounds front paws were all torn up," said Mother Superior "What happened to you two?"
"I can answer that for you." came an angry male voice.
Erica looked at the entrance to the courtyard and saw General Hazma standing there alone, with a look of pure rage etched on his face.
"Hazma," said Erica getting into a fighting stance.
"Question little girl," said Hazma walking toward Erica "how does it feel to murder your own people?"
"My people are the people who believe in restoring the Fire Nation to the way it's supposed to be," said Erica firmly.
"You will pay for what you have done." he spat and sent a large gush of fire at Erica.
Erica knocked the flame upward and then jumped in the air and sent a flame from each foot at Hazma. Both hit him in the chest but he still got up and sent another stream of fire at Erica, which she again deflected easily.
Erica was puzzled by this, Hazma had never been this careless before, true his fire was stronger, but he was being careless.
"Stop!" said Erica "You are in no condition to fight."
"What are you talking about I am just fine," said Hazma as he shot another flame from his fist. This one missed Erica completely.
"You are shaken up; probably from the ship sinking," said Erica. "I will not fight you in this condition."
"Then you will perish," said Hazma and he began running forward then collapsed onto the ground, unconscious.
Erica looked at Hazma for a moment, stunned, then looked at the nuns.
"We will take care of him," said Mother Superior. "You should leave while you can."
"Thank you," said Erica bowing. "Come on, Natsu."
The eelhound got up and then stumbled slightly.
"Are you okay?" Erica asked concerned
"Its paws are still injured," said one of the other nuns. "It will need to go slow."
"Alright, thank you for your help," said Erica.
Erica and Natsu left the courtyard, Natsu going slower than normal and stumbling on every other step.
"Don't worry pal," said Erica to the eelhound "I got your back."
Natsu turned his head toward Erica and licked her cheek.
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix|
|Book One: Water 水|
|The Beginning ♦ Heading Out ♦ Remembering ♦ Past Mistakes ♦ A Friend ♦ An Enemy ♦ The Ship at Sea ♦ Karoton ♦ Welcome to the Northern Water Tribe ♦ Waterbending ♦ Pets and Orders ♦ Blast From the Past: Part One ♦ Blast From the Past: Part Two|
|Book 2: Spirit 精神|
|The Living, The Dead, and the In-Between ♦ The Face Stealer ♦ The Crocodile Hunter ♦ The Elephant in the Room ♦ The Library|
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix Characters|
|Roku •• • • • •|
|Palik • Zuko • Iroh • Shyu • General Hazma • Yue|
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