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Avatar: Centennial Embers
Book 1: Earth
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Escalating Danger is the second chapter of Avatar: Centennial Embers.
Team Avatar learns that the Earth King has not yet returned to Ba Sing Se.
The Council of Five's War Room
"Thank you for coming so quickly," General How began.
"No problem," Aang responded. "What do you need?"
"First let me say that this is strictly confidential. We don't want word getting out."
"Word about what?" Aang asked.
"Just please agree you won't tell anyone." He waited, until everyone nodded. "Alright. You see, the Earth King has not yet returned from his exile after our city fell."
"What?" Sokka asked, taken aback. "It's been three weeks since the War's end. Shouldn't he have come back by now?"
"Yes, he should have, which is why we're worried. Without the King, we are the only true authority in Ba Sing Se. We could handle it but...."
"But what?" Aang inquired.
"The peasants here are growing unruly. They seem to resent the noblemen and basically anyone with power. We practically have to have the military stationed at every corner just to prevent a revolt, and the situation is still getting worse. If they knew that we didn't have a King...." His voice trailed off, and he shuddered at the thought of what might happen.
"It's just like what we saw earlier in the Lower Ring," Katara said. "That man said the peasants still hate their situation right now."
"Well can you blame them?" Sokka added. "I mean, these people are dirt poor, and have just endured a century long war for almost nothing.
"Almost?" Zuko asked.
"Well, you fire guys made some pretty cool machines over the past century. I mean, did you see those airships?" "Fire guys?" Zuko asked, disregarding the rest of Sokka's comment.
"Alright, that's enough," General How said, to bring the discussion back on track. "Well, we all see how things are going. That is why I would like you all to search the Earth Kingdom for the King. We need him back before things get out of hand. Or before he gets himself into trouble."
"What do mean?" Aang asked.
"Well, the King is slightly, um... inexperienced. He never even left the palace until several months ago. I just don't know how well he could take care of himself while traveling the world." He was silent for a moment, but then spoke again quickly. "Don't tell him I said that. I don't want him to think I'm insulting him behind his back."
"But you just did," Sokka began, before being cut off by Toph punching his arm.
The Jasmine Dragon
"I don't know how were supposed to find the King," Suki said. "I mean, it is a big Kingdom." They were all back at the Jasmine Dragon, packing their things.
"I know," Katara said. "It took us almost all winter to get from one end to the other."
"Hey," Sokka began, sounding excited, "what about June? She has that crazy sniffing thing that can track people anywhere in the world."
"That's a good idea, Sokka," Aang said, impressed. "We can go to her tavern first. What about you two?" he asked, directing the question toward Zuko and Mai.
"We really have to go back home," Zuko replied. "But I hope you find the King soon."
"Thanks, Zuko." Aang paused for a moment and looked around, not really wanting to set off yet, but knowing that they had to. "I guess it's time to go," he finally said. "Although it would have been nice to have a little more time to relax. Zuko and Mai, we can take you back to the Outer Wall before we leave."
"Yeah," Sokka said, "and maybe this time we can get there without being given a mission to save the entire city from a revolution."
- This chapter was originally planned to be part of chapter one, but the two were split as to not make the chapter too long.
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|Avatar: Centennial Embers Chapters|
|Book 1: Earth|
|Unrest - Escalating Danger - An Unsettling Detour - A Lingering Flame - Young Gangs and Old Games - Embers Unearthed - Reunion|