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Southern Air Temple
Aang and On Ji's home.
Today was the day. Aang and On Ji's new baby turned one. They, finally, get to find out whether he's an Airbender or a Firebender. It's also the day they get to name the baby. For a whole year it was nameless. Aang and On Ji promised to wait until they found out what kind of bender he was. If he was an Airbender, he'd be named Gyatso. If he was a Firebender, he'd be named Kuzon.
"Today's a great day, On Ji."
"I know, Aang," She said as she hugged him.
Near Zuko's Ferry
Lee was wearing all black clothing with an uncomfortable mask covering his face. He held a bow-and-arrow in his left hand while he climbed through a window. There was darkness everywhere aside from where Lee was looking. He was now in an empty kitchen. Suddenly, he winced and looked down at his feet. Lee's right hand wiped the sweat off his forehead. After a few seconds, he pulled himself together. He walked out of the messy kitchen and entered a hallway that led to where he needed to go. Silently, Lee unobtrusively entered a bedroom. There was only a slight sound made when Lee retrieved and arrow from his sheath. The arrow, now readily in place, was pointed toward his target. Something wasn't right, however. He quickly glanced at where he had just entered moments ago. Standing, with a typical brown teddy bear, was a little girl. It only took a matter of moments for girl drop her teddy bear and scream.
The scream echoed through Lee's head and he violently shook himself awake. He took quick breaths in rapid succession in an attempt to stabilize his breathing. Sweat trickled down from his temple. He sensed somebody else's presence and quickly stood up, forming a defensive position. However, he came to realize it was only a girl – a beautiful girl. He immediately felt something come over him. He didn't know what it was, however. Hopelessly, he tried to search for something to say...or even think. He only managed a mutter.
"Uhhh...I-I don't know."
"I'm Jin. You're the hero who saved Iroh in the Jasmine Dragon."
"What- wait. How do you know...I feel dizzy."
Lee collapsed into Jin's arms.
Fire Nation Palace
Zuko had the same dream he always had. The dream that always haunted him. It was of his mother leaving him. He used to wake up to it in a cold sweat, panting. Now, he calmly opened his eyes. Zuko was all too used to it. He hand with being held by somebody. He wasn't surprised to see it was Katara. She had fallen asleep by his beside their bed. As silent as possible, Zuko slipped out of bed. He didn't want to wake Katara. She was probably up for as long as she could, desperately waiting for him to wake, for all he knew. She deserved a rest. There was a slight echo as Zuko walked to see his officials. He had no sense of what time it was, but he suspected it to be very early in the morning. Out of the darkness further down the hallway emerged a figure.
"Zuko? Is that you?"
It was one of his advisors.
"How are you feeling? You were out for quite some time. I was just about to check on you."
"I'm fine. What has happened since I was out? The insurgents must have done something."
"Spit it out."
"It's your uncle, again. I am sorry, but he's been kidnapped."
Southern Air Nomad
Outside the oasis.
Their newest son was either going to become the second Airbender in the world...or another Firebender. Aang couldn't hide the fact that he wanted it to be an Airbender. However, no matter what he was, Aang knew he'd always love their child. He knew they could always try again and have another baby.
Aang left the oasis and met up with On Ji.
"On Ji, would you like to hold...Kuzon?"
Near Zuko's Ferry.
Lee finally had a clear head. He had finally emerged from the darkness and was fully operational.
"My healing abilities have brought you back to good health."
"Thank you. I really appreciate it," Lee said while he stared at her. She seemed so familiar.
"Why are you staring? Is their something on my face?" Jin said with a chuckle.
"You seem familiar. Have we met before?"
"Yes, do you not remember our previous conversation?"
"No, I don't think I do."
"Well, I'm Jin. I was the Waterbender who helped you after you saved Iroh from-"
"Iroh! Where is he?" Maybe he wasn't as aware as he thought. How could he have forgot about Iroh?
"What do you mean?"
"I was traveling with Iroh. He was with me back at the village...there was a fight. What happened? If you were in Ba Sing Se, how did you end up here?!" Lee started to panic.
"Calm down, Lee-"
"How do you know my name? How do I know I can trust you?! I need to get to the Fire Nation, right now!"
Fire Nation Capitol Prison
Phoenix King Ozai's cell room.
"Sir, Zuko saved Katara. They planted the explosives but she managed to elude them with Zuko's help. They say he was injured, but we don't know how extensive."
"Why am I not surprised? You cannot rely on anybody these days..."
"Sir, if I may add, an Insurgent group came across Iroh. They successfully captured him. He was traveling with Lee. The one who had-"
"I know who he is. Contact Hide. I want him dead!"
"Aye, sir. What do you want to do with your brother?"
Ozai grinned viciously.
Fire Nation Palace
Hallway outside of Zuko's quarter's.
"I'm enacting the lockdown protocol. All government personnel and their families will be staying here. Nobody in, nobody out. Everything we do, everywhere we go puts us in danger. This way, we can limit government casualties. I need all of you and I don't want anything to happen to their families. This unrest needs to stop. I'm going to put together a team-"
"You're not thinking-"
"That's exactly what I'm thinking. You know what to do. Put it together..."
Fire Nation Guard Post
Outskirts of Fire Nation Palace
"So, I there's rumors going around that the explosion injured the Fire Lord. Guess he's not such a big deal after all."
"Shut up! You wouldn't know respect if it hit you right in the face."
"Hey, don't get mad at me, I'm just saying..."
"You're an immature fool-"
"Who the hell is that? Wait-"
"What it is?"
"I don't know. Look for yourself."
The guard peered over the wall. There were three figures. None of them could be seen clearly. However, it did appear that two of the figures were carrying the third one. "Hey! Who's there?! You're not authorized to be here. Any step close and you're finished!" They stopped dead in their tracks. Two of the figures threw the third on the ground with no care, whatsoever. Then, disappeared. "Quick, you fool, get down there!" The two guards quickly went to investigate. One of them made a fireball to light the way. Once they got to the body, it was bloody. There were obvious and severe wounds. Torture wasn't a far fetched conclusion of what happened to the man. Without hesitation, the guards turned the body over. Luckily, he was still alive. But, who was it? They wiped the blood of his face and moved the hair out of his eyes.
"Is this who I think it is?"
"Quick, contact the Fire Lord! It's the Dragon of the West!"
Hello, everybody. I am back to the livin', as Sokka would say. My prologue and first chapter got some great feedback and I look forward to what people think of the new chapter. I will continue this, hopefully, on a regular basis. Please, tell me what you think about it. Thanks. ~Heroic Firebender 17:32, June 30, 2011 (UTC)
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