Zuko offers Katara her necklace
Bribing The Waterbender
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The Perspective of the Banished Prince





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Chapter 8: Bribing the Waterbender

Today, I was conversing with Lieutenant Jee when I noticed that the ship was changing direction. I saw that Uncle had steered it away and now we were sailing in a completely different direction.

"What are you doing Uncle?! We are so close to the Avatar!" I demanded angrily.

"I misplaced my white lotus tile and for my Pai Sho game and I want to go and buy a new one," he said. I was furious.

"Fine," I snapped. Uncle smiled.

"It's so good to have an understanding nephew," Uncle said. I stormed off. Sometimes, Uncle makes me so mad.

We arrived at a port to buy Uncle's new white lotus tile. I was waiting at the ship when Uncle came back.

"I didn't find a new tile but I found some other things!" Uncle said cheerfully. Three of my troops were carrying piles of musical instruments.

"You bought a tsungi horn?" I asked.

"This is for Music Night!" Uncle said. Right then, a band of pirates came. We then made an agreement. If I retrieved a Waterbending scroll, then they'll hand me the Avatar.

That night, we were on the pirates' ship, sailing quietly through the river. I then heard a voice. The Waterbender's voice. She had to have a name. Kya... Katniss... Kanna... Katara....Katara! That's her name.

"Ow! Stupid scroll!" she was saying to herself. We finally pulled into the ground. The pirates then ambushed Katara and I came.

"Let me go!" she was saying.

"I'll save you from the pirates," I said sarcastically.

"Where is the Avatar? I know he is with you," I demanded. All of a sudden, she kicked me. I was unaffected by the blow. Katara should have known better.

"Feisty aren't you? Now, you know better than to attack me," I said.

"Let. Me. Go." Katara said with gritted teeth. The fire was in her deep blue eyes.

"Fine. Bind her!" I ordered. The pirates then tied Katara with rope.

"You can't keep me here! Let me go or I'll show you how feisty I can be! Let me-" Katara began but I cut her off.

"Enough!" I shouted. Then, my tone became calm.

"Again, where is the Avatar?" I asked. She glared at me, a fire in her ocean blue eyes. I growled under my breath. She was being really difficult now. "Tell me where he is, and I won't hurt you or your brother." I said.

"Go jump in the river!" she shouted. I had to resist the urge to burn her. I had a better idea. This time, I was smooth and seductive in my words.

"Try to understand," I said. I circled around her, sly, smooth and cunning.

"I need to capture him to restore something I've lost: my honor. Perhaps in exchange, I can restore something you've lost," I said. I took out the beautiful Water Tribe betrothal necklace that was rightfully hers.

"My mother's necklace! How did you get that?" Katara demanded.

"I didn't steal it if that's what you're wondering. Tell me where he is!" I demanded.

"No!" Katara cried.

"Enough of this necklace garbage! You promised the scroll!" the pirate captain snapped. I smiled slyly and took the scroll out.

"I wonder how much money this is worth," I said, slowly starting a fire at the bottom of the scroll. The pirates looked shocked. I stopped.

"A lot apparently," I said. I slipped the necklace back into my armor. She muttered something under her breath. I heard the words 'loser' and 'banished'. We exchanged a few spiteful words and I stormed off.

The next morning, I came back with the Warrior and the Avatar. Unfortunately, I didn't have them for long because the Warrior was saying that the Avatar was worth more money and I wound up losing the Avatar and my ship. They all went over the waterfall but only the bison with the group came up. The pirates were down at the bottom.

"I found my White Lotus tile! It was hidden up my sleeve!" Uncle said, popping his tile out. WHAT?! WE WASTED ALL OUR TIME IN THIS GOOD-FOR-NOTHING PORT ONLY TO FIND YOUR STUPID TILE?! Out of anger, I grabbed the stupid Pai Sho tile and threw it over the waterfall. I failed once again.

Author's Note

So sorry for the delay! I am really busy these days!

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