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Chapter 2: Legacy of Warriors
Focused. His twin shotos each intercepted a different target. I must be focused. His opponents pulled away and inverted their individual spins; one going low, the other high. He intercepted the low strike by stamping it into the dirt with his foot, and when it connected with the hard earth, it skipped and flew from its owner's grip. He matched high for high at the same time, spinning his own blade until his opponent's grip failed.
Another victory. He grinned and quickly sheathed the weapons with an elaborate, but unnecessary, flourish.
Clapping moved him out of his reverie. "Well done, Kyani! I am impressed." Sokka strode forward, a majestic and deadly warrior only slightly affected by the age that tried to claim him.
Kyani bowed. "Thank you, father."
Sokka laughed. "C'mere!" He embraced his son, and he only let go when Kyani began to squirm.
Sokka released his grip. "Right, right." He glanced over at the two Kyoshi Warriors who had just been beaten. "Jin and Sho are two of the best in a growing order; you should be proud."
The Water Tribe Chieftain chuckled as he listened to their protests. "We'll just train harder. We were going easy on him anyway."
"Sure they were..." Suki leapt down from the balcony of the master bedroom, one Sokka had insisted that it be built overlooking the training arena. She turned and smiled at Kyani. "You fought excellently, honey!"
She threw up her hands. "Okay, okay." As she turned away from her son, she winked at Sokka. A little reminder of his place in the family would keep the boy from getting a big head.
The Bo staff flowed from one hand to another, spinning in an intricate pattern. Kyani whipped it so fast that the wind whistled, and he ended the form by resting the weapon against his back. He smiled, his breath coming in gasps. Almost perfect.
A high-pitched, female voice caused him to whirl around. "Kyani!"
He was met with the sight of a small girl with bright green eyes running full speed at him. "Hey—!" She used an earth pillar to launch herself before he could finish. She wrapped her arms around him.
"I haven't seen you in forever!"
"Same goes for me." He smiled warmly. "You're getting big! How old are you now?"
She released her death grip, a huge grin on her face. "I'm gonna be twelve soon!"
"Way to go, kiddo."
The inquisitive Earthbender looked at the staff in his hand. "If you're such a great swordsman, why do you need that stick?"
"Well...it's important to learn how to handle multiple weapons if I ever want to become a true master."
"Oh. What about—?" She was cut short when Toph's voice could be heard from the other end of the courtyard.
"I'm over here, Mom!" She began jumping up and down, waving her arms, before realization hit her. "Oh..."
"I know where you are; come over here and say 'hi' to Kyani's parents."
Chikyuu blew the hair out of her face in annoyance. "Yes, ma'am..."
Kyani chuckled as the almost twelve year old ran to accomplish a task she obviously did not feel was necessary. For his part, the warrior had his own surprise in the form of a Sky Bison landing in front of him.
Tenzin hopped down out of the saddle while Sora stayed seated. "So what's new, Kyani? Got any plans?"
"So let me get this straight..." Sokka paced from one end of the main room to the other in a comically over exaggerated fashion. "You want to take my son with you to Republic City without adult supervision for an unspecified amount of time; is that correct?"
Tenzin shifted in his seat. "Well if you put it that way..."
"And you'll be doing spirits knows what."
"Yes, sir, but..."
"Sounds like fun." He faced his son. "Kyani, do you want to go?"
He grinned. "Definitely!"
Sokka nodded. "Okay, that was easy."
Chikyuu whirled toward Toph. "Mom, can I go!"
Toph raised an eyebrow. "I don't think you're ready for that."
"Please..." The puppy dog eyes were lost on Toph, but she couldn't ignore the earth. She sighed.
"Don't worry, Mrs. Bei Fong," Sora climbed down from the saddle. "We can take care of her."
Toph gave her a half-smile. "I'm not worried about you." She pointed at Tenzin. "It's him I'm not sure of."
The young Airbender raised his hands in defense. "Hey, I'm perfectly trustworthy."
"Ha. Ha." The Blind Bandit put her hands on her daughter's shoulders. "Sweetie, I'm not comfortable with this."
"But you did the same thing when you were young!"
"No it's not!"
"Watch your tone, young lady."
Her eyes grew large. "Please..." This time, Toph gave in.
"Fine. You can go, but you listen to them as if you were listening to me. Understand?"
She began to jump up and down. "Yes! Yes! I understand!"
"Okay, you can go."
Chikyuu pumped her fist up in the air. "Yes!"
Tenzin came up behind her and tousled her hair. "Looks like you're with us, Chief."
The young Earthbender glared daggers at him. "I hate that nickname, and you know it."
As the new arrivals each prepared themselves for the journey, Tenzin rested in Teela's saddle. "Looks like it's all gonna work out, girl."
"I'm surprised that this is the extent of your 'plan', Tenzin." Sora leaned against the wall.
"Oh, I've got one more stop." His grin made his twin nervous.
"Where?" She threw up her hands. "Nevermind, I don't want to know."
"Yes, you do."
She sighed. "Fine. Where are we going?"
"The Fire Nation Capitol." He stated it so matter-of-factly that it took her a few seconds to register the implications.
"Wait, so you're planning on asking Fire Lord Zuko if we can kidnap his children and take them to Republic City with us?"
"That's the plan."
She shook her head. "You're crazier than I thought..."
His grin widened. "I'm a Mad Genius!"
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