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|Blast From the Past: Part One|
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.
"Just try it one more time," said Karoton encouragingly
"I can't," said Erica bitterly. "I can't, I can't, I can't, I'm sorry, I've tried, but I just can't do it!"
As she said this sparks began coming from her hands.
They had been practicing all through the night but Erica still had had no luck in moving the water.
"Listen Erica," he said walking over to her "you need to have more faith in yourself."
"But what if I can't do it." she asked looking into his face "What if I never master Waterbending?"
"You will," said Karoton wrapping an arm around her shoulders "I know you will."
She didn't respond but Karoton could still sense her doubt.
"How did your Waterbending past lives learn the element?" he asked her
"I don't know," she said. "The only past life I've ever talked to was an Airbender."
"Hmmm, well is there any way you can contact a Waterbender?" Karoton asked
"I'm not sure, I don't normally contact Emiko, my past Airbending life, she contacts me."
"Maybe there is a way," said Karoton and Erica looked at him confused.
They had made their way to the Palace and snuck into a back room. The room was filled with scrolls and books, all covered in dust. Karoton went over to the shelves and began rifling through them.
"What are you looking for?" Erica asked looking out the door to see if they had been followed.
"I...am...looking...for...this." he said as he pulled out a scroll from a shelf.
Erica walked over to him and looked at the scroll.
On the scroll was the picture of a woman with long white hair and dark blue eyes.
"This is your past life," said Karoton
"It creeps me out how much we look alike," said Erica
"And there it is," said Karoton pointing to some writing in the corner "that's what I wanted to know, her name was Ohelo."
"Ohelo," said Erica, still staring at her past life.
"Yep and now that we know that we can move on," said Karoton, putting the picture back on the dusty shelf and walking out of the room.
"Move on where?" Erica asked as she ran after Karoton, closing the door behind her.
They traveled through the palace until they reached a small, round, wooden door.
"Where does this go?" Erica asked
"Hopefully for you the Spirit World," said Karoton as he open the door.
Erica looked at him confused then climbed through the door and, upon emerging from the other side, her jaw dropped.
The entire area was warm and there was a tiny little island in a river caused by a large thin waterfall. The island was covered in grass with a small pond in the middle. Behind the pond was an archway with the symbol of the Water Tribe on it.
"Oh yes!" she shouted "Grass!"
Erica ran over a bridge, onto the island, and lay down in the grass.
"Enjoying yourself." Karoton asked as he entered through the door.
"No offence to your way of life but I am so glad to be in an area without ice covering the ground."
"No offence taken." he said, "This place is the spiritual central point of our tribe, maybe you will have luck contacting Ohelo here."
"How do I do that?" Erica asked getting up.
"Good Luck." he said as he crawled back through the door.
Erica sighed, turned, and faced the archway.
"Here goes nothing." she said as she began wandering around the area. She tried to feel something, anything that would help her connect with her past life.
Erica eventually found herself sitting in front of the little pond where two koi fish were swimming.
She watched as they circled each other.
The water pushing and pulling around them.
And as she observed them they almost seemed to form a...
"Ughh," said Erica, rubbing her eyes. "I must be getting tired or something."
She stood up and began pacing again.
"Ohelo please show yourself!" she shouted into the air.
Just then, the water in the river began bubbling. Erica started walking over to it but when she was still feet away, a giant blue creature emerged from the water and soared into the air. It made several spirals into the air before spreading its wings and landing on the other side of the koi pond; next to the archway.
It was a dragon.
A giant blue glowing dragon.
Erica was freighted for a moment when she remembered the picture of Ohelo Karoton had shown her. She remembered there had been a purple dragon in the background, and it all made sense.
"You were Ohelo's dragon weren't you?" she asked
The dragon blinked once and Erica took that as a yes.
"Can you take me to her." she asked
The dragon turned and faced the archway with the water nation symbol on it. He then opened his mouth and gave a deafening roar. Erica covered her ears with her hands and was just able to squint with the loud noise. A tiny blue dot emerged in the archway and continued to grow as the dragon roared. When the dragon closed his mouth, the entire archway was glowing.
Erica looked into the dragons eyes and knew what she needed to do. She took a deep breath and walked through the glowing archway. As she walked through it, Erica felt as though she was walking through an icy waterfall. When she reached the other side of the archway, she found herself in a swamp-like area.
She turned around and saw the dragon coming from an archway similar to the one in the Spirit Oasis. The dragon lowered its head to the ground and Erica hesitated for a moment before she got onto it. The dragon then took to the air and began flying over a forest.
Erica was terrified, she had never been this high in the air before. The ground was moving quickly beneath her and she began feeling slightly nauseous. Finally, after several minutes of flying they landed on a cliff next to a river, right where the river flowed off the cliff, forming a waterfall.
A woman was standing facing the river with her arms folded behind her back. She had white hair tied in a low bun against her neck.
"Hello?" Erica asked
The woman turned around and Erica saw an older version of her own face looking at her.
"Hello, Erica," said the woman.
"Ohelo?" Erica asked and her past life nodded. "I need your help."
"So I heard," said Ohelo. "And I will be happy to help you in any way I can."
"Then tell me, how were you able to master Waterbending?" Erica asked
"Well, for our cycle in the Phoenix line it is always difficult to master our second element." began Ohelo "We are dealing with our natural opposite, the yin to our yang, literally. We must virtually erase everything we know in order to learn Waterbending."
"But how were you able to do that?" Erica asked
"Here perhaps this will help," said Ohelo and she put her hands on either side of Erica's head and closed her eyes.
Suddenly Erica felt it, the power, and unmerciful nature of the ocean, the push and pull. She saw waves crashing on the beach and understood its motion. Feelings she had never felt before came over her, and Erica knew what she had to do.
Ohelo removed her hands from Erica's head.
"I understand now," said Erica.
"Good," said Ohelo "Just don't tell anyone that I did that, people might think you were cheating."
"If it is wrong then why..."
"Because the world is in trouble, and you need to be able to help save it," said Ohelo "And...I've never had much patience."
"Thank you Ohelo." Erica said and Ohelo smiled.
"My dragon will give you a ride back to the portal," said Ohelo.
"Goody," she said, Ohelo laughed.
The dragon closed his mouth and Erica stepped through the portal back into the Spirit Oasis. Excited she ran straight to Karoton's house where she saw the Waterbender siting drinking a cup of tea.
"Karoton." she said urgently
"Ah Erica, were you able to contact your past life?" he asked
"Yes, and we need to go to the plateau." she said urgently
"What now?" he asked surprised and she nodded.
They snuck out of the tribe headed into the mountains and to the plateau where they had been training. Erica ran over to the water and took a deep breath remembering all the images Ohelo had shown her.
Then she planted her feet on the ground and moved her arms in a flowing motion and the water followed her command. A tiny wave folded over itself backward.
"You did it," said Karoton stunned, then a large smile broke out on his face. "You really did it!"
He brought her into a big hug as both began laughing.
"I am so proud of you," he said as he released her.
"Thank you, Karoton," she said.
"But of course you know what this means," he said.
Erica shook her head.
"More training!" he said happily.
Erica's face fell.
In the Spirit Oasis the archway began to glow as the portal in the archway began to reopen.
"That was so much better," said Karoton as they walked back to his house the next morning.
"It feels so good to finally be able to move the water," said Erica.
"It is the first step on your journey," said Karoton. "You are on your way to becoming a Waterbending master."
Her smile faded though when she took in the sight before her.
They had arrived back at the tribe and saw most of the buildings were destroyed and several people were crying.
"What happened?" she asked, alarmed.
|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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