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September 7th, 2012
"Are you sure that we can trust him?" asked Sokka casting a glace at the other campfire about thirty yards away.
"He was telling the truth," said Toph, crossing her arms.
"The question is how do we deal with him," said Zuko as he sat his sword to the side. Aang sat with his legs crossed and his chin resting on his fist as he gazed at the other campfire.
"We need to get to know him, he could be around for a while," he said. Without speaking, Katara stood and started to the other campfire. She picked her way though the undergrowth before she arrived at the edge of Lee's camp. The ostrich horse was picketed across the camp; Lee lay on a bedroll near the fire cleaning a large metal object. A crack of a stick breaking emanated as Katara neared, causing Lee to rush to put the metal object away.
"You're a little jumpy," she said, standing on the edge of his camp. Lee motioned for her to approach.
"Back home, it's the difference between life and death," he replied. Katara sat across the fire from him.
"So is that it? The weapon you spoke of?" she asked, motioning to where he had put the object. Lee sighed slightly before he nodded.
"Yes, that is my gun," he said. Katara could not help but admit that she did find this newcomer rather interesting.
"Where did you get it?" she asked. Lee waited for a moment before answering, trying to figure out weather she was trustworthy or not.
"My father passed it to me, like his father passed it to him," he answered. He leaned forward, putting his chin on his kneecaps.
"If you're here by the bidding of the one with the sword and the pony tail, you're not going to get anymore information."
"Why would Sokka send me here to get information?" she asked.
"I've seen his type before. They try to use what ever sort of information they get their hands on and use it against their enemies," said Lee, reaching out to stir some meat that was cooking over the fire.
"You sound as if you've known him your whole life," she said. Lee chuckled slightly before staring long and hard at her face.
"And what of you? Where do your alliances lie?" he asked.
"With Aang, of course," she answered imminently. Lee's eyes shined with amusement, a grin formed at the corner of his mouth.
"You're in love with him," he said simply. Katara's cheeks turned bright red.
"I am not," she said. Lee laughed.
"I've been where you are, I can see when someone's in love." Katara blushed some more before she stood.
"Well, I'm going to go back over to the others, Night."
"Goodnight," said Lee as she turned and disappeared into the shadows around the campsite. Waiting a full total of three heartbeats, Lee pulled the gun out again. It was a Colt Single Action Army, its wooden grip a dark oiled oak. The family seal, a sword crossed with a scroll and encompassed with a circle, was branded into the right side of the grip. The weapon almost seamed to gleam in the firelight, like both a beacon of hope, and the blade of a sword.
"You hardly move, it's very had to tell were you are at times," said Toph, leaning on a nearby tree. Lee didn't bother to put the gun away, as he knew that she was blind to things that didn't move or things that weren't touching the ground.
"What's your point?" asked Lee. Toph smiled as she walked over and sat next to the fire.
"I don't have one," she said. Lee snapped the cylinders open and blew lightly down each chamber.
"I assume you have a reason behind your visit," he said, satisfied with the clean gun.
"We'll be reaching the coast tomorrow, and you still haven't told Aang what exactly you want from him," she said. Lee snapped, the cylinders closed and gave them a spin with the tips of his fingers.
"Somewhere inside of him, one of his previous lives holds the answer to my world's problem. I don't know which one, but I know they're in there," he said as he took the meat off of the fire. Toph picked up a knife and stabbed one of the chuncks, picking it up.
"Well, you'd better convince him to let you ride with us tomorrow or find yourself something else besides an ostrich horse," she said before she took a bite out of the meat. Lee cocked an eyebrow of annoyance at her, but grinned as a means to show that he was joking, even though he knew that she was blind.
"So you believe me?" he asked.
"I know that you were telling the truth. Although it does sound a little far fetched, but the truth is the truth," she replied before taking another bite. Lee stared into the fire's depth.
"Sometimes the blind see better than those with the eyes of a hawk," he muttered to himself.
"Thank you," said Toph through a mouth full of food, causing Lee to grin again. With a slight twirl to the gun, Lee stuck it back into its holster before leaning back.
"Enjoy your meal," he said as he slid the helmet down over his eyes.
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