"He's just a boy!" Gyatso exclaimed.

"He's our only hope, monk Gyatso. I think you're forgetting how crucial it is that he masters the elements before this war gets too out of hand."

"This isn't the only way." Gyatso protested. "He needs to have a childhood. Not to mention the risks we are taking by sending him. We don't know what's out there."

"The boy is the Avatar. He will be fine, and he will be safe. If he were to stay and learn the elements here the Fire Nation would be a more severe danger to him than the unknown."

"I'll miss you."

"I'll miss you too, Aang." Gyatso replied.

As he stepped into the portal, he was met with a blinding light. The whole world seemed to be spinning around him as he passed from one world to the next. (probably because it was) When he reached the other side of the portal he turned to see it was no longer there. As he looked around him he was amazed at the sight. Streets, cars, power lines, buildings, everything was so bright and exciting.

He walked around town and found a bar. Seeing as he was pretty hungry he decided to take a look. He had with him the money the portal guide gave him and walked inside.

"Ummm... Excuse me" He tried to get the bartender's attention. The bartender looked Aang up and down.

"You're not from here, are you?"

"Uhh no. Is it that easy to tell?"

"Yes." He had a blank expression on his face.

"So what'll it be?"

"Uhhh.." He stared up at the menu, the strange characters getting jumbled up in his head.

"You know what, I just realized I forgot my money at home, sorry." Aang walked out of the bar. How could he have forgotten that he couldn't read English! He decided to stick with whatever the monks had left him.

He explored the city once and decided to find a place to rest. He took off on his glider and flew to the edge of a forest.

After blowing his bison whistle a few times, he became slightly discouraged.

Didn't they say they set up Appa's portal over here?

He walked through the forest until he found a large tarp draped over something big. He pulled it off revealing some money, supplies, and a sleeping Appa and Momo. He smiled. "Thank you Gyatso, you thought of everything."

After his long day he decided it would be a good time to set up camp and rest. Figuring out how to find a master would have to wait until tomorrow.

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