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|Pets and Orders|
Yue and Tokuda meet Natsu. Erica finally learns about the Pai Sho tile Iroh gave her.
Pets and Orders
Fire. Air. Earth. Water. Long ago, the Phoenix was created to help keep balance among the four nations by making sure the Avatar would not neglect his duties. However, almost a hundred years ago, the Fire Nation started the war and the Avatar disappeared along with the Phoenix. Now, as the Fire Nation comes ever closer to victory the Phoenix has reappeared and I truly believe that she can help restore the world to its formal self.
Erica, Yue, and Tokuda were walking along the streets of the Northern Water Tribe together.
"So what is it like living in the Earth Kingdom?" Yue asked Erica.
"Oh...well...its..." said Erica thinking quickly
"Ya I want to know about that too." said Tokuda eagerly
"Well it's pretty much the same as here." said Erica "We have ya know, people and building and such."
She hated having to lie to her friends but it was necessary.
"You know what." said Erica trying to change the subject "I think it's time you two met my best friend, Natsu."
Erica led them both through the Tribe and to the stables. When they arrived and Natsu saw her, he howled happily and then ran over to Erica, knocking her to the ground as he proceeded to quickly lick her face.
"Hey pal, yes I've missed you too." Erica said as she sat up and hugged the eelhound around the neck "Come on guys meet Natsu."
"Is he dangerous?" Yue asked scared.
"Oh no not at all." said Erica smiling honestly as she stood up.
Tokuda stepped forward to pet Natsu, when suddenly the eelhound began growling and walking toward him.
"Don't move." said Erica suddenly very serious "He is testing you, don't move, don't breath, just look stern and tough."
Tokuda stiffened and a weird scared/confident look came over his face, which just left him looking like he was going to be sick. Natsu circled him several times, still growling, sniffed Tokuda, then after five circles Natsu stood in front of Tokuda, face to face, the yellow eyes staring into Tokuda's blue ones then...the eelhound licked his face.
"You passed." said Erica releasing a breath she didn't realize she had been holding.
"And what, may I ask, would have happened if I hadn't." Tokuda asked as he patted Natsu on the head.
"So Yue do you want to pet Natsu." Erica asked, avoiding Tokuda's question.
"Will I be tested?" Yue asked worried
"No, he only tests males who are a threat." said Erica
"A threat?" Tokuda said shocked "I would never hurt you!"
"Not that kind of threat." said Erica
"What kind of threat is it?" Tokuda asked
Erica opened her mouth and then closed it several times, a blush crossing her face.
Yue looked between Tokuda and Erica before saying:
"You know I think I have to go somewhere." she then turned around, smiling, and walked away.
"So, what kind of threat?" Tokuda asked Erica after Yue left.
Erica hesitated a moment.
"This kind." she said and she walked over and kissed him quickly on the cheek before running away, her face bright red.
Tokuda slowly raised a hand to his cheek stunned. He then felt a presence next to him and saw Natsu standing next to him growling and Tokuda's face paled.
"Hey Karoton." said Erica as she entered her teachers house.
"Have a good day?' he asked her.
"It was...interesting." said Erica still in shock at what she had done.
"Really, what happened?" Karoton asked turning his upper body to face her.
Erica shook her head.
"It's not important," she said "what are you up to?"
"Oh nothing much, just working out some new strategies, there is a big tournament in a few weeks." he said and Erica walked over to him and saw that he was playing Pai Sho.
"You play Pai Sho?" said Erica barely concealing her humor.
"Yes, and what is so funny about that?" he asked her
"Nothing it's just you don't strike me as the type to play Pai Sho." she said
"And what, may I ask is the type that plays Pai Sho?"
"Well my Uncle Iroh type, well actually he's not really my uncle, more like the wise old man who lives next door, anyway he..." said Erica before suddenly stopping
"Erica?" Karoton asked concerned "Erica, are you okay?"
"Ya it's just..." she began thinking "I forgot!!" she said suddenly face-palming herself.
Erica ran into her room and reached into a drawer by her bed. At the very bottom of the drawer, she grabbed something small and round, pulled it out, looked at it for a second and then ran back into the room Karoton was in.
"Karoton what does this mean to you?" Erica asked placing the object on the table in front of Karoton.
Karoton picked it up and looked at it.
"It's a White Lotus tile." he said
"Anything else?" Erica asked eagerly
"Why do you ask?"
Erica's face fell.
"Never mind." said Erica disappointed
Karoton looked at her face for a moment then began turning the Pai Sho tile between his fingers.
"So who was the Grand Lotus who told you about the group?"
Erica looked up and a smile came to her face.
"Then you know what I am talking about." said Erica excited
"I do." said Karoton smiling
"Good, then could you explain it to me, because I honestly have no idea what this is." said Erica
"Well what do you know." Karoton asked
"All I know is my crazy uncle-like-person told me to ask an old person in the Northern Water Tribe to teach me how to play Pai Sho." said Erica sitting down across from Karoton.
"Well the easiest way to explain everything is to show you." said Karoton "Care to play a game."
He gestured to the board between them and Erica began to wonder if this was a bad idea.
"Can we stop now?" she asked "I haven't been getting much sleep since I got here."
"First a quiz." said Karoton "Question One What is the Order of the White Lotus?"
Erica sighed before responding in monotone:
"The Order of the White Lotus is an organization bent on helping restore the worlds order. There are members in every nation, most being past the age of fifty. They play Pai Sho as a way of communicating with each other. The groups has been around since even before the time of the Avatar and Phoenix and in times of trouble will put all loyalties to their nation aside and join together and fight."
"Very good." said Karoton with a smile.
"So can we stop now?" she asked again
"Of course, you seem to have gotten down a most of the history and a few of the signaling moves." said Karoton pleased
Erica smiled, closed her eyes, and laid her head on the Pai Sho board.
"Now, we can go to the Ice Valley and try and get you waterbending." said Karoton smiling
Erica's eyes opened wide in alarm.
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix|
|Book One: Water 水|
|The Beginning ♦ Heading Out ♦ Remembering ♦ Past Mistakes ♦ A Friend ♦ An Enemy ♦ The Ship at Sea ♦ Karoton ♦ Welcome to the Northern Water Tribe ♦ Waterbending ♦ Pets and Orders ♦ Blast From the Past: Part One ♦ Blast From the Past: Part Two|
|Book 2: Spirit 精神|
|The Living, The Dead, and the In-Between ♦ The Face Stealer ♦ The Crocodile Hunter ♦ The Elephant in the Room ♦ The Library|
|Avatar: The Legend of the Phoenix Characters|
|Roku •• • • • •|
|Palik • Zuko • Iroh • Shyu • General Hazma • Yue|
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