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January 15, 2011
Azula's plan is put into action, while Zuko has a disturbing nightmare that leaves him convinced that not all is well in the seemingly-peaceful world.
Chapter 2: It Begins...
A couple of nights had passed since the night of the forest fire. The moon was just a sliver of its former self; the Waterbenders wouldn't be feeling particularly powerful tonight. Perfect...
Long Feng was asleep when it happened. Suddenly, the entire ground shook as a bolt of lightning struck the tallest tree in the forest. Several people saw this incident occur, and all of them saw the same strange phenomena. The sky was perfectly clear that night, without a storm cloud in sight. The lightning had shot up from the ground in the heart of the forest.
Nonetheless, the tree tumbled down and the forest was instantly ablaze for the second time this week. Blue flames shot out in all directions from the heart of the forest, and in a moment the whole forest was ablaze once again.
Every Waterbender in the surrounding area came to help put out the flames, but it was impossible. The moon was barely a small sliver in the sky, and it simply wasn't giving the Waterbenders enough power. All of their combined efforts just couldn't put out the flames that were slowly burning down the entire forest...
Long Feng was watching the forest fire with interest until he heard sounds of struggle from the other section of his prison. Then, he heard the metallic clang of a key before finding himself staring directly into the eyes of Azula herself. She quickly unlocked his cell and turned to leave. "Wha-?" Long Feng exclaimed.
"Follow me if you want to live, " she told him. He did.
"Why are you rescuing me?" Long Feng asked, rushing to keep up with the fast pace of the princess. No reply. "What good am I to you?" Still no answer. "Where are we going?"
Azula stopped abruptly and turned to him, a scowl spread across her face. "Shut your mouth, or I'll shut it for you. Understood?" Long Feng nodded. Azula turned her back to him and kept on walking...
Ursa was standing on top of a grassy mountain overlooking the Fire Nation Royal Palace, with a circle of trees surrounding her. Zuko saw the shadowed figure of his mother from the window of his study, and he ran to her as fast as he could.
"Mom? MOM!" Zuko exclaimed, tears forming in his eyes. "Mom, what are you doing here? Where did you go, I couldn't find you! I've missed you so much". Zuko ran to his mother, and embraced her. Suddenly, her body disappeared, and the circle of trees caught fire; blue fire. His mother's voice echoed in Zuko's mind, "Go to the Northern Air Temple. Go to the Northern Air Temple." Her voice faded away to nothingness. The blue flame came closer and closer to Zuko, until he was almost touching it. It reached his skin, and he cried out in pain. He was being burned alive. He jumped into the air to try to escape the flames, but he fell back to the ground where the flames were waiting...
Zuko awoke with sweat covering his forehead. He lay on the ground for several minutes, pondering just what his dream might have meant. Finally, he arose, and set off for the forest just beyond the boundaries of the palace where he knew the Avatar to be camping for the night. He spotted the large form of Appa and, stumbling upon the campsite, nudged Aang awake.
Aang opened one eye. "Zuko?"
"Aang, I need you to fly me to the Northern Air Temple," Zuko whispered.
Aang sat up. "The Northern Air Temple? Why?"
"I don't know, I just know that something bad is going to happen, and we need to go there."
"Something bad?" Aang asked. "Like what?"
"Like someone was burned alive in the middle of a forest fire with blue flames, and I don't know how or why, but I think that's only the beginning."
Aang was fully awake now. "Let me get this straight. You're saying that someone was burned in a forest...and that more bad things are going to happen if we don't go to the Northern Air Temple?"
"Pretty much," Zuko said. Aang sighed, but proceeded to load Appa's saddle and wake up Katara.
"We're going to the Northern Air Temple," Aang told her as she groggily shook herself awake.
"Why?" asked Katara.
Aang turned to her and said, "Because Zuko said so." Turning to Zuko, he continued, "I think it's time to get the old gang back together."
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