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|The Final Task, Part 1: An Elemental Discovery|
February 13, 2011
Mai tells Ty Lee that she's failed her duty to protect the Fire Nation, while the gang back in the Spirit World realize that finding the Spirit Amulets may be easier than they had anticipated...
Book 3 Chapter 9: The Final Task, Part 1: An Elemental Discovery
Aang stopped and clutched his side, gasping for breath. He couldn't remember the last time he had run that quickly. Toph collapsed to the ground and made a rock angel in the dirt. Zuko caught up with a still-protesting Katara and Suki in tow.
"How can you all leave him behind?" Suki cried.
"We have to go back! We have to help him!" Katara exclaimed.
"No," Aang asserted, plopping down on the dirt next to Toph, "it's finished."
"What are you talking about?" Katara asked.
"Aang's right," responded Zuko. "What Sokka did was brave...incredibly brave. But he did it so that we could escape. If we went back then it would all be for nothing."
"You're talking like he's dead," said Toph solemnly.
Her comment was met with a pained moment of silence that was only broken when Aang finally said, "We need to find the other three amulets. And," he said, getting to his feet again, "I think I know exactly how to find them."
They all hoped that he was right, because another enormous tremor shook the Spirit World and entire mountaintops in the distance disappeared from existence. They didn't have much time...
"So this has been happening all over the Fire Nation?" Mai asked as she and Ty Lee rushed back to the Royal Palace in the wake of the sky's destruction.
"And probably the whole world," Ty Lee concluded. "I was hoping that either you or Zuko would know how to stop it."
"I don't have a clue," Mai replied as they thrust open the front door of the Palace and quickly ascended the stairs to the Fire Lady's chambers. They emerged into a room plastered with more gray and black than Ty Lee had ever seen in her entire life. Disregarding her surroundings, however, she quickly followed Mai to a large window that was set in the wall across from her black bed. They looked out just in time to see another enormous earthquake decimate the landscape.
Fissures formed in the streets and cut gaping holes through them, while the rest of the ground was brutally torn to shreds by the disastrous onslaught. Another onset of wind was complemented by a torrential downpour of rain that quickly flooded the streets and gushed down the cracks, dragging any unlucky citizens still out-and-about down into the cracks.
"No..." Mai said. "NO!" She rested her face in her palm and her usually-emotionless exterior was shattered. "I've failed. It's my duty to defend these people in the Fire Lord's absence, but I have no idea how to end this."
"Don't worry," said Ty Lee optimistically, laying a hand on her friend's shoulder, "we'll find a way."
"You have to stop thinking of things from a mortal perspective," Aang explained, "because we're not on Earth. In the Spirit World, things work differently. On Earth, we had to find the amulets. Here, I don't think that's the case..."
"What do you mean?" Suki asked. "You mean, we just have to wish for them?"
"In a sense..." Aang affirmed. "We need to focus on the fact that finding them can save the world, and if the Spirits agree, then the amulets will reveal themselves to us."
"Okay," Zuko said. He stood up completely straight and focused on finding the next amulet.
He reasoned that there would most likely be one for each element, and that the one they had found would be the Earth amulet since they found it in a cave. He turned his thoughts to the Water amulet. He imagined rushing water extinguishing fire on Earth, and himself holding an amulet and raising it high in the air.
Beside him, a puddle began forming, soaking the dry Earth. It expanded and expanded until it had spread out over a great length, and then waves began to ripple along its surface. It began to vibrate and contract, forming a great orb of water that raised itself high into the air over Zuko who had his eyes still squeezed shut in concentration. The sphere broke and water spilled over Zuko, drenching him.
He spat water from his mouth, cold and in shock. "That," he said, shivering, "was not part of the deal."
"Well, did it work?" Toph asked, unable to see what had happened to Zuko.
Zuko raised his left hand and resting in his palm was another amulet, this one with the Water Tribe emblem carved into the front. "Yes," he said, grinning. "It did."
Finally something good happens for the good guys, huh? With only one more chapter left before the finale, about time Aang and the gang have some good luck, am I right? ;)
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