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|"The Showdown of Ba Sing Se"|
September 18, 2016
The Showdown of Ba Sing Se
While her father and prince spoke, Miranda touched Tyro and screamed, "Tyro! It's Lady Li-Hua! She has infiltrated the opening event!"
Tyro understood that it was her, as they were all surrounded by purple smoke.
The audience started to panic, and no one could really see what happened because of the thick smoke they were surrounded by.
While Lady Li-Hua suddenly had disappeared in all the panic, Pei Qi, wearing a gas mask, used his firebending at Team Avatar.
"Who are you?" Myrdin asked.
"You don't remember me? You will." Pei Qi removed his disguise and shot a powerful fire blast at them. Willy stopped it.
Miranda and Willy were blocking everything they could. They were like a human wall. All of a sudden, a lightning blast just missed Willy by inches, but the force threw him sideways.
Miranda yelled, "He can generate lightning!?"
Tyro looked at him and said, "Apparently so."
Dandelion yelled, "We have to move!"
Miranda yelled, "I got this!"
She took a deep breath and entered the Avatar State. Pei Qi then said to himself, "Okay. I can handle this."
He tried to fight back, but it was pointless. Miranda froze him with waterbending so that he couldn't get free and that he couldn't use firebending to get free. Willy laughed.
"Well that is the end the of the once great Pei Qi. Hey Myrdin, Dandelion, watch him."
Now they were after a much bigger threat, Lady Li-Hua. Miranda returned to the team, "Let's move, we have a kingdom to save."
The group, along with Tyro, was walking through the city, trying to not get noticed. However, that didn't work out so well.
"I have a feeling that Lady Li-Hua has gone to the palace," Miranda said.
"Why do you suppose that?" Dandelion said.
"Miranda's right. Lady Li-Hua wants to be the Earth Queen. I'm sure she has taken the throne already," he said.
The group finally reached the palace, which the smoke had not managed to reach yet.
Beneath the long staircase, Lady Li-Hua stood.
"How are you going to fight us? We are all benders and you have no weapons at all!" Tyro said.
"Don't I?" Lady Li-Hua said, as the earthbender Tara popped up from the ground.
"Tara?! You're with Lady Li-Hua?" Miranda asked.
"Surprised, Avatar?" she asked.
"Bring them down for me," Lady Li-Hua ordered and started walking up the long staircase to take the throne.
While the rest of the group fought Tara, Miranda followed Li-Hua.
"I'm not letting you escape once again, Li-Hua!" she yelled.
Despite the fact that Miranda was a little late, she easily went ahead and Lady Li-Hua was terribly far behind, having great difficulty to climb the stairs.
Miranda took a look at Lady Li-Hua, who was nearly drowning in sweat. She was not very physically fit.
Miranda actually didn't need to do anything right now. She just stood at the top of the staircase and waited for the extremely tired woman to reach the top as well.
When she did and had finally breathed out a bit, she stood next to Miranda, but she didn't do anything to her, she just looked down at Tara who did no longer fight. They just stood there.
"What are you waiting for you fool? Kill them! Kill them right now!" Lady Li-Hua screamed. Neither Miranda understood what happened.
"What's going on?!"
Then, Lady Li-Hua suddenly fell down the stairs and rolled down, landing on the ground at the end of the staircase.
"Are you okay?" Tara asked.
"Not that you care! Although Pei Qi has been defeated, he was the only assistant who fought to his death," Lady Li-Hua said.
"Actually, he's not dead. He has escaped. Again," Willy said.
"What?! Well, great. Now I'm all alone. But that's okay, though. I don't need anyone else. I knew this was going to happen so I made a backup-plan," Lady Li-Hua said and took a timer out of her pocket.
"What's that?" Myron asked.
"This is the timer that is going to explode all of the castle and everything in its vicinity," she explained.
Miranda came down from the stairs, hearing everything.
"What? Are you going kill everyone? Including yourself?" she asked.
"Of course. I don't have anything to live for anymore. Everyone I know has betrayed me," she said. She was about to hit the button, but then, suddenly, Tara stopped her for a second with earthbending.
Lady Li-Hua was lying on her back on the ground, and Tara jumped on her.
"Leave, everyone! Then you'll be safe, and I'll handle her!" Tara said.
The group left, and from a distance, they heard a big scream.
"Tara! You betrayed me! I hate you!"
Then, the entire palace exploded.
- The scene when Miranda and Lady Li-Hua walking up the stairs to the palace is inspired by the scene from Studio Ghibli's movie Howl's Moving Castle, when Sophie walks with the Witch of the West up to the Ingary Royal Palace.
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|Book Two: Disease (疾病)|
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