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|My Name is Elquiorra|
January 28th , 2012
It was a stormy night in Suzuka City, which is an island that is near the Northern Air Temple. Out on the outskirts of the city in the stormy weather, a boy was mounted on a badgermole. The boy's eyes were as green as grass in spring. His skin was almost as pale as a zombie. His hair was black, and it stopped at his shoulders. He was frowning, and the rain that was falling made him look like he was crying. The frowning boy was wearing a green jacket with black pants, with a sword at his side. As he was riding his large badgermole into the wet forest that was his only wall in the way of getting to the city, he reminisced over something he was told long ago.
"You're the Avatar, you're a weapon, a tool. You have no emotion or purpose. The only purpose you serve in this world is to master all the elements, and to kill The Death God. A man who threatens to control the world."
Those were the words the boy lived by. Because of them he went on to master earth, fire, air, and Waterbending, but he still had a long way to go before he was able to fight against The Death God. After twenty minutes of riding, the boy had finally made it to the entrance of Suzuka City. Looking up, the boy could see the skyscrapers that towered over the wall of the city. After scanning the area he then walked towards the city's gate. There, four guards were waiting for him. They were all dressed in metal armor. It was clear to the boy that they were Metalbenders, but standing beside them; two mysterious figures were donning white masks and black jumpsuits. After looking at those two guards, the boy knew that this city was under the control of The Death God.
"You. State your name and business for coming to this city," the Metalbender ordered.
"My name is Elquiorra. My badgermole is named Kukkapuro. I'm from the Earth Kingdom. I've come to this city because I'm in need of a place to stay," Elquiorra said calmly.
"Well, I guess that's a good enough reason. Welcome to Suzuka City."
Elquiorra now was in Suzuka City and was looking forward to resting in a hotel, but his stomach was growling, and it was clear to him that he was hungry. After walking through the streets of Suzuka City and passing by many houses, Elquiorra finally made it to a tavern. The tavern looked liked an average large house, and its color was red. It also had many windows. Even though Elquiorra had not entered the tavern, he could hear the laughter of many people just from being close to the building. These were the kind of places Elquiorra disliked. He soon entered the building and walked through the crowd of people who were inside until he made it to the counter where the clerk was located.
"I've never seen you around here before. Where are you from?" the clerk asked. Elquiorra ignored the man's question and placed his money on the table.
"I would like to have a glass of water and fish. I also would like to have cabbage for my badgermole." Elquiorra said.
"I see. You're not a very talkative person. Well I'll get your food ready."
After waiting for a couple of minutes, Elquiorra was finally able to put his growling stomach to rest and then he proceeded to exit the tavern and feed Kukkapuro the cabbage he bought. Suddenly, he heard an argument nearby and he turned around to see a group of citizens surrounding something.
He had no interest in what was going on so he continued to tend to his badgermole. Meanwhile, in the crowd of people, three men were holding a girl hostage. One of the gangsters had a knife to the girls neck, preventing the four Metalbending guards from attacking them. The gangster that was holding the girl as hostage had a gray jacket on. The other two gangsters had a red shirt on and light brown pants. It was clear that the one holding the girl hostage was the leader of the three. The girl they were holding as a hostage had brown long hair with red bangs, and she had pale skin. She was also wearing a very expensive white dress.
"We have your princess. Now you have no choice but to let us go free if you don't want your princess to die," the gangster replied.
An hour ago the three criminals performed a successful robbery, but the Metalbending guards started to pursue them. Somewhere in time, the three men found the princess roaming around the city without any guards and made her their hostage.
"Don't listen to them," the princess begged. "Kill me if that's what it takes to arrest these criminals," the princess continued. The gangster soon started to poke the princess with the knife to silence her.
"Princess, you know we can't do that," one of the Metalbending guards said, while trying to find another way to solve the problem.
Elquiorra, who was now bothered by all the noise everyone was making, decided that it was time for him to end it. Usually on any other day, Elquiorra would have left without any care for the outcome of the situation, but he was feeling different today. Suddenly out of nowhere, a growl as loud as thunder filled the area. Everyone then turned their heads to face the Avatar and his badgermole. Everyone was so shocked by the unexpected growl that they couldn't say a word. Elquiorra then began to walk towards the three gangsters that were holding the princess captive.
"Who are you? What do you want with us?" the leader of the three gangsters asked.
Elquiorra kept walking towards the man, ignoring his question. Now the leader of the three criminals was intimidated by Elquiorra's aloof personality.
"You," he said, while pointing at the smallest of the three. "Deal with this wierdo," the gangster ordered.
The smallest of the three criminals quickly got into a fighting stance. Both of his legs were stretched out apart from each other. He brought up his to two hands beside his waist, and suddenly, with a quick jab of his left fist, a rock was sent hurling at Elquiorra. Elquiorra easily whipped out his sword and swung his blade into the incoming rock, shattering it like glass. He then stomped on the ground, and rose his hand that was not holding his sword. An earth column rose from the earth floor, blasting the gangster into the air and sending him crashing to the ground with a thud.
"You're going to pay for that!" the other gangster said in rage at seeing his friend defeated so easily.
With a jump and a kick in the air, a wave of flames went shooting at Elquiorra, who quickly stomped his foot on the ground again, causing a wall of earth to block the flames. The earthbender soon thrust his palm into the earth wall, sending it slamming into the gangster, knocking him unconscious. After witnessing his partners being defeated, fear was all across the leader of three's face, but he still had one more defense. He had the princess.
"If you do one more move this knife will be right through the princess' neck," the gangster warned him. Elquiorra ignored the man's warning and simply raised his left hand up in the air, causing a sharp piece of earth to float above his hand.
"I'm warning you. If you try to attack, the girl will be killed," the gangster repeated, and Elquiorra ignored him again.
He then flicked his finger, sending the sharp piece of earth shooting at the gangster's head. The man couldn't believe his eyes, but he somehow got back his senses and dived out the way of the sharp earth needle. The four Metalbending cops that were standing nearby took advantage of this, by shooting a metal rope out their metal suit. The leader of the three criminals was now tied up. While the other three Metalbenders went to bind the other two benders, one of the Metalbending guards went to check on the princess.
"Are you okay Princess Emi?" the officer asked while helping her up.
"I'm fine," she answered.
Meanwhile, Elquiorra was about to mount Kkukkparuo, but a loud voice from the rooftops above stopped him. Five people dove from the roofs of houses and landed on the ground, surrounding the Avatar and his badgermole. The people that were surrounding Elquiorra all were wearing white masks and black jumpsuits. They were wearing the same clothing the two mysterious guards at the gate were wearing.
"You're under arrest for putting the princess' life in danger," the mysterious guard told Elquiorra.
Although Elquiorra was just told he was being under arrest for putting Princess Emi's life in danger, his calm and emotionless face never changed. He figured that the guards were jealous because they were not able to do anything to save the princess' life. Every person in the area wanted to protest that Elquiorra should not be arrested, but if they did; they would have to suffer the consequences. The mysterious guards handcuffed Elquiorra's hands and then turned their attention to the princess.
"Your father is worried about you. Hurry up and see your father now!" one of the mysterious guards shouted and Emi ran quickly away from the area without a word. Usually a guard would not talk to a princess this kind of way, but it was clear that these masked guards were ranked higher than her.
"Now it's time for your first order you will be given from a Biobender," the guard said, turning his attention back to Elquiorra. "Watch as we teach this criminal a lesson," the Biobender ordered.
The Metalbending guards that were standing by the leader of the three gangsters walked away quickly to avoid a scolding from the Biobenders. The leader of the three gangster was tied with metal rope so he couldn't run from the Biobenders. All he could do was face the ultimate punishment that he was going to be given.
He cried and begged for his life, but the Biobender's closed their ears. While three of the guards picked up the criminal by both of his arms, one of the Biobenders placed his cold fingers on gangster's head. Suddenly, the criminal's skin began to disappear. Now nothing was left behind but his skeleton. All of the people that were standing by did not feel sorry for the man. After all, this was normal in a city controlled by The Death God. The people who didn't follow the law suffered the ultimate consequence. Elquiorra had heard many things about Biobending abilities, but this was his first time ever seeing it in person.
The Biobenders then placed Elquiorra and the other two criminals in a Metal truck that was being driven by Metalbenders and the truck drove away. They then turned their attention to Kkukkparuo who was standing by. Because he was not given an order by his master, he stood there and did nothing. He was taught by Elquiorra that if he didn't order him to do anything, he did nothing. The Biobenders had no trouble bringing the badgermole to its special prison.
Four hours had passed since Elquiorra had got arrested. He was sitting on a mat that was on the floor of his jail cell. He was surrounded by walls of metal, and a window that was right above him that had metal bars. Because it was still raining outside, some rain fell through the window. Elquiorra sat in his cell doing nothing. The only thing he did was think. Suddenly, he was interrupted when Princess Emi was standing in front of his jail cell bars. She was holding a plate of rice with tea in her hand. She slid the food through the jail cell, giving it to Elquiorra.
"Why did you come here?" Elquiorra asked. It was not normal for a princess to give food to a prisoner, but here Emi was doing it.
"What does it look like I'm doing?" Princess Emi said. "I'm giving you food because the Biobenders will not allow high ranking criminals like you to eat a lot," the princess explained.
"Why do you care whether I eat or not. I thought supporters of The Death God didn't care much about people who broke the rules."
"The only reason I'm giving you food is because I have a heart. This is the last time I'll have mercy on you," Princess Emi explained.
"So you're offering me food because you have a heart. Ridiculous!" Elquiorra said. He was the kind of person that didn't understand why people compared a heart to a feeling.
"Someone like you will never understand," Emi shouted as she walked away.
Elquiorra sat in his jail cell and did not eat one bit of the food he was given. It was a certain code that Elquiorra had to not accept help from a supporter of The Death God. The Avatar was now sure that everybody in the city had let their guards down. It was now time for him to make his escape. Elquiorra raised his right hand up into the air, and the rain that fell through the window rose up from the ground. With five consecutive swipes of his right arm, the rain water chopped the metal bars that was blocking Elquiorra from leaving. After Elquiorra had finished tearing down the prison bars, he ran down the hallway of the jail to the exit door. Just when he was about to make it to the door, a Metalbending guard opened it, and the officer didn't have any chance to respond to the air blast that was launched, knocking him unconscious.
Elquiorra didn't bother with trying to hide the body of the officer because he knew that he would have escaped before anybody found the guard. It didn't take long for the Avatar to successfully escape the prison without being caught. When he was back on the streets of Suzuka City, he darted to the cover of one building after another. It was just as the Avatar guessed. All of the people in the city were ordered by midnight to be inside their house. Since no one dared to break the law, Biobenders and Metalbenders often relaxed on their patrol. Elquiorra had now successfully snuck into the prison where Kkukkparuo was located in, and arrived at the door to its cell.
The Avatar opened the door to see his badgermole's paws in shackles. Kkukkparuo's eyes opened wide as he saw his master again. Elquiorra quickly took out his sword and sliced the shackles on his badgermole's paws, and just when Elquiorra had finished, the door to the room opened. He soon found himself looking at four Biobenders.
"How did you get out of your jail cell?" one of the Biobenders asked. "Your cell was completely made of metal," the guard continued.
"I have no interest in answering your simple questions," Elquiorra said as he turned completely around to face them.
"I'll go first," one the Biobenders said as he balled up his two fists.
Suddenly, two purple daggers of energy could be seen in his hand. Elquiorra then quickly figured out that Biobenders had the ability to control energy. The guard was now charging for Elquiorra. When the guard was right in front of the calm Avatar, he swung his daggers multiple times. Elquiorra parried and dodged every one of the Biobenders attacks until he found an opening in his opponent's' defense. The Avatar ducked under one of his enemies strokes, and palm thrust his hand, making a blast of fire splash into his enemy's stomach. The guard fell to the ground screaming in pain. Now the other guard attacked Elquiorra, after seeing his partner go down. He did a quick forward punch, firing a purple blast of energy at Elquiorra, who easily cartwheeled out of the way. Now the guard began to charge at the Avatar with a yell, only to be blasted with a gale of wind. "Impossible. Could he be the..."
The last standing Biobender could not finish his sentence because he was dealt a powerful blow in his stomach from an Earth column. "Let's go Kkukkparuo," Elquiorra said as he mounted his badgermole.
Kkukkparuo pounded his left paw on the ground, making dust fill the area. Once the dust cleared up, a big hole in the jail cell floor could be seen. They had escaped.
In a large temple in the center of Suzuka City, a man was sitting on his throne. The leader had a bald head and donned a black robe. He also had gray eyebrows. He was sitting in his chair and a Biobender was kneeling before him.
"What is so important that you had to wake me up in the middle of the night?" the leader asked in a grumpy voice.
" Admiral Contindo, do you remember when we said that we put the person who risked your daughter's life in jail?" the Biobender asked.
"Yes. I'm thinking about giving him the ultimate consequence myself," Contindo answered.
"I'm afraid you won't be able to do that. He's escaped, but that's not it. We have also confirmed him of being the Avatar."
"Impossible. In all of the places the Avatar could turn up; he showed up here, and you all let him escape," Admiral Contindo shouted in anger at his guards' mistakes.
"So what are we going to do now sir?"
"Let all of the Biobending Corps in every nearby city know that the Avatar is out there somewhere. We'll also have to let The Death God know that we've spotted the Avatar and are handling the situation," Contindo answered.
"And most of all, we have to capture the Avatar."
Meanwhile on the outskirts of Suzuka City, Elquiorra dismounted his badgermole. They were now on the beach of the island, and their large metal ship was right in front of them. Kkukkparuo crawled into the large ship alongside his master. Suddenly, a part of the deck on the ship opened, allowing Kkukkparuo to crawl under the deck. It was Elquiorra's place for hiding his large badgermole. The Avatar then started to waterbend the currents of the ocean, making his large ship sail away from Suzuka City. Once Elquiorra was sure the ship was sailing fast, he turned around to look at the Suzuka City coast. The coast was growing smaller as the ship sailed farther away from the island, and the sun was now rising. Elquiorra's only reason for coming to Suzuka City was to get sleep, and he gained none of it. The Avatar now had to continue traveling to the Northern Air Temple without another night's rest.
- The author originally planned to make the Death God make an appearance in this chapter but it didn't happen.
- This took the author a week to complete.
- Suzuka City is one of the many islands near the Northern Air Temple to be conquered by the Death God.
- Biobenders are ranked higher than many guards in cities controlled by the Death God.
- Admiral Contindo will appear again in upcoming chapters.
- Princess Emi will appear again.
- The Heart concept will appear again.
- The person who told Elquiorra the quote he now lives by will be revealed in an upcoming chapter.
|To BE but Not to BE|
|My Name is Elquiorra - Ships in Flames - Past of Despair - Temple of Freedom - -|
|Elquiorra · Rina · The Death God|
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