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|Burning Air: State of Relocation|
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August 18, 2012
Chapter 3: State of Relocation
"Where are we going, Gyatso?"
Gyasto didn't answer and just motioned for Kyfu to keep walking. A few minutes later, they came to a massive door. It had the same locks as the inner sanctuary; you can only enter with airbending.
"We're here," Gyatso looked at Kyfu, "would you care to open the doors?"
Kyfu, who had no idea what was going on, just simply nodded. He took two quick steps back, and readied his stance. Then he thrusted his hands forward, and a massive current of air flowed from behind him and entered the pipe to open the locks. You could hear the air flowing through the brass, and finally the three locks spun around, opening the door. A meditation rug sat in the center of the room over-looking a magnificent view of the Patola Mountain Range.
"Gyatso, will you please tell me what's going on now?" Kyfu demanded.
"This, Kyfu, is where you will learn how to control the Master State," he said.
"How do you expect me to control it, if I don't even know how to enter it?" Kyfu muttered, frustrated.
Gyatso motioned for the young airbender to walk towards the center of the room. He then sent a quick blast of air past Kyfu and opened the window. "Now, I am going to try to knock you out of the window. Whatever you do, don't let me succeed," he chuckled.
Kyfu in completely shocked, did not know what to say, as he turned to look out the window. If he fell out of that window, who knew where he would land? He wouldn't have a glider or his sky bison to save him. At least he wasn't falling out of the other window, which dropped straight down into the fog swirling beneath the mountains. As he was turning away from the window, he was thrown across the room. To his surprise, Gyatso was already shooting blasts of air at him. "You better get up, Kyfu," he suggested.
Kyfu quickly used his breath of wind, shooting him up into the air. While airborne, he twisted around to create a mini-tornado and sent it directly at Monk Gyatso.
"I don't want to hurt you!" he shouted across the room, but Gyatso paid no attention to him.
To his astonishment, Gyatso managed to take the tornado and turn it into two massive air pillars, and shot them towards Kyfu. He barely had any time to react, but the air pillars struck him from both sides. Gyatso then ran towards Kyfu, and clapped his hands together, forcing a massive air slice right at him. Kyfu tried to block the slice, but it knocked him away from the window he was supposed to not fall out of, and towards the other.
An accidental blast of wind from Gyatso was sent spiraling towards Kyfu. The young nomad attempted to block it, but the air blast proved too powerful. Kyfu flew backwards and knocked open the window, losing his balance over the edge.
"Kyfu!" Gyatso rushed over to his friend, barely hanging from the ledge.
Kyfu looked up a Gyatso, completely and utterly exhausted, "Are we done with the first lesson for today?" he asked with a smile.
"It looks that way," Gyatso replied. "You can subconsciously go into the master state in a survival situation. And that's what I thought I could do by fighting you. I'm sorry it didn't work Kyfu."
While still hanging off the edge of the cliff, Kyfu looked up at Gyatso, and then turned to look down the cliff.
"I'm sorry too."
Gyatso immediately knew what he was about to do. "Kyfu, no!" he screamed in terror.
It was too late, Kyfu shut his eyes and let go. Plummeting to valley below. Gyatso instinctively reached out and tried to form an air cushion to stop his fall, but Kyfu just deflected it and disappeared beneath the fog. Gyatso fell to his knees.
"Are you comfortable?" Sister Yoi asked, as she turned to look back at a shivering Hikaze.
"Yeah, I'm fine," he replied with a smile. Although he wasn't fine, even though he had flown hundreds a times on Dorogan, he always had his breath of fire to help keep him warm. But now he was too injured to firebend. When are we going to get there, I'm freezing to death up there, he thought.
"You're cold, aren't you," Sister Yoi stated. She then looked down at her sky bison Leo. "Leo, you know where we're going, right buddy?" she said, patting the bison's head.
Leo growled back, signaling he understood.
"That's good. I'm going to check on our passenger," Yoi replied, as she turned around to climb up on his saddle. She sat down next to Hikaze, and handed him a robe. "Here, this will keep you warm."
"Thank you," he replied and took the robe, but seemed to have some trouble putting it on. "Ugghhh!" he said, while holding his side.
"Let me help you," Yoi said, and she took the robe and helped him put it on. "Is that better?" she asked.
"Much better, thank you," he replied with a contented groan. "You know, ever since you and your sisters found me, you have been so kind. Thank you."
"We always help people in need. It's the Nomad way," she replied.
Hikaze turned and looked her in the eye. "I just wish I didn't have to leave so soon," he mused.
Yoi blushed, but said, "I know, I wish you didn't have to leave either." After she said that she gave Hikaze a kiss on the cheek, and retreated back to check on Leo.
Hikaze just leaned back, and stared at the clouds. I can't get emotionally attached to the mission, he thought. I am only here to find, and eliminate the Avatar, nothing else. He turned his head to look at Yoi sitting up on Leo's head. He had spent so much time running special operations for the Fire Nation that he had forgotten what it was like to be a normal person. As he looked back up at the clouds, he noticed that a small figure was following them. He sat up to get a better look to see that it was a messenger hawk.
"Well, it looks like Sozin is getting impatient," he muttered, and then closed his eyes, for some much needed rest.
"Come on, come on!" Kyfu yelled. "If Gyatso said I can go into the Master State in survival situations, then why isn't anything happening?"
It was a long way to the bottom of the valley, but Kyfu's airbending couldn't help him. Every time he tried to make an air cushion, it would dissipate from falling so fast. It was only a matter of time until he would make impact. His time was running out right before his eyes.
"Whoa!" Kyfu screamed, after finally breaking through the final fog layer. He started to panic, his heart pounded, the master state was the only thing that could save him. Impact was imminent. He shut his eyes and clenched his fists. "It's over."
Within feet of hitting the ground, everything just stopped. A blue aurora formed around him. All the knowledge of airbending flashed before his eyes. He felt power pulsating through his veins. Kyfu created an airshield and raced back to the temple. He quickly burst through the fog, and hovered right in front of Gyatso. Gyatso jumped back from his sullen, morose position.
"Kyfu?" he said, astonished and grateful.
"Look what I can do," Kyfu replied. He then hovered back into the chamber, and his aurora disappeared. As he fell to the floor, Gyatso sent a cushion of air to catch him, and walked over to pick up Kyfu.
"You did it, you did it, Kyfu!" Gyatso shouted aloud, while holding Kyfu up. "Congratulations!"
Kyfu looked up at Gyatso and just simply smiled, before collapsing in his arms as the world faded into blackness.
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