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Tale of Lee
General information
Genre

Drama

Creator(s)

Mushtashman

Chapters

4

Country/Language

English

Runtime

November 2, 2014

Production
Director(s)

Mushtashman

Writer(s)

Mushtashman

Plot

Seventeen years after the Air Nomads Genocide. Lee, a young man living in the streets, is tasked to find the Avatar. With Sozin's time coming, he is not pleased with another looking for his greatest enemy. The race to the Avatar begins.

Characters

Lee: Male, Fire Nation, no bending. Born and raised in a military orphanage, and left to the streets; Lee is expected to find the Avatar

May: Female, Earth Kingdom, earthbender. Daughter of General Tou, and next in line to lead the city of Wanchang.

Story

It is written like a script. I wrote it before hand and just copied and pasted it.


FADE IN: INT.AIR TEMPLE ISLAND, REPUBLIC CITY-DAY

Thirty-five years after Ozia's defeat, Aang receives a Letter stamped with the lotus symbol. He opens the letter and after a few moments of reading he puts it down.

AANG, you know who he is

AANG

Katara! Come here please!

KATARA, need I explain who she is?

KATARA

Aang, what is it?

Aang hands her the letter. She then puts her hand over her mouth.

AANG

We have to go see him.

CUT TO: INT. THE BACK ROOM OF THE JASMINE DRAGON, BA SING SE-DAY

Aang and Katara come almost running through the door, shortly followed by Sokka and Toph. Zuko is by the bed with Iroh. Clutching his hand tightly, with slight tears.

TOPH, Sokka, Zuko, IROH, I need not explain who these people are.

IROH

My Friends! I am so glad you could make it.

AANG

Sorry I couldn't get here sooner

IROH

No need to worry Avatar, at least you made it.

ZUKO (distraught)

Well now that we are all here. What is it you wanted to tell us?

KATARA

"Tell us". Tell us what?

Sokka looking over the letter

SOKKA

Yah, there's nothing here about and announcement.

IROH

Every one quiet! I have an announcement. Aang, there is no doubt that Ozai could not have been defeated by any one but you. Nevertheless, there is one man that you should know about. All of you should know about. A man that, without him, you would have never been able to complete your destiny.

Zuko looked up and his expression changed from concern to confusion.

ZUKO

What? Who? Why have you never told me about this?

IROH

I didn't even know who it was until now.

AANG

Ok, then. Who is it?

IROH (Coughing)

Give me a moment. I need some tea.

Zuko gets up and grabs a small tea cup as well as a pot. Then pours some tea. Iroh drinks

IROH (Smooth)

Ah. That's better. Now, Lets begin.

CUT TO: EXT. A POOR FIRE NATION TOWN MARKET-DAY

17 years after the Air Nomads were wiped out. A young man is walking down the market browsing items. People are haggling and bartering.

CUT TO:

A shot of several green apples in a cart with one red one in the middle.

LEE, the young man who lives in the streets just saw the apple and walks a little closer to the merchants shop.

LEE

How much for an apple?

MERCHANT, an old fellow who doesn't look like he is enjoying his time here

MERCHANT

Three copper pieces.

LEE

What? Three? That's ridiculous!

MERCHANT

If don't like my prices, move on.

The Merchant turns to deal with the other buyer behind Lee. Lee walks down the market, looking a bit upset, to meet a young girl in rags who is anxiously standing

ANI: A small young girl in a large shirt made from scrapes.

ANI

So, did you get breakfast?

LEE

Yah, here.

Lee hands her a bag, and she pulls out two large pieces of bread. Which look fairly stale. Ani makes no response and instead looks at Lee disappointed.

LEE

What?

ANI

We give you ten copper, and this is all you get for us? I saw you look at that apple, did you buy it?

LEE

No, and by the way ten copper was not a lot, and the merchants keep raising prices... I think the war is getting to them.

ANI

War doesn't matter. What does is your performance today. Do you think this,

Ani holds out the bread

ANI

will feed all of us?

Ani gestures to a fairly large sized group of homeless people around a fire surrounded by the large buildings almost making a ring around them.

ANI

Because I don't think so. You need to and go get some more food.

Ani reaches back and takes out a small leather pouch. ANI

Here is five more copper... Meekes not getting any better so, if you could, get some tea? Please?

Ani walks back to the homeless. Lee takes the small bag. Withdraws one coin of out looks at it, then to the homeless. He clutches the coin and looks out into the market. Then walks out to it

CUT TO: EXT. TOWN SLUMS-DAY

The homeless around the fire are eating the bread, Ani is passing around small pieces. Lee can be seen walking away from the camera. Camera pans up to the sun.

FORM CUT TO: EXT. THE MOON-NIGHT

Camera pans back down to the—-

TOWN SLUMS

The homeless haven't moved much and are patiently waiting. Ani is watching the alley way that serves as the access to the Slums and the rest of the city.

ANI (relived)

Ah, there he is.

Lee walks along the alley with a large bag. Head down

LEE

I got enough for two days.

ANI (Stunned)

What? H-How?

LEE

I "bartered"

ANI

But why were gone so long?

LEE

To get this.

Lee lightly tosses a bag to Ani. She opens to see four tea pouches, and a kettle. She makes no response in her disbelief, as Lee walks past her to the sit with the rest of his fellow homeless.

CUT TO: TOWN SLUMS

A side shot of an old man with Lee coming in and sitting next to him.

KENTO, an old man with no use of his left leg, and a tendency to speak his mind.

KENTO

Lee, how did you get all that?

LEE

Why do you need to know?

Kento looked at Lee with a bit of concern and anger

LEE (Quiet and sad)

I...I stole it okay?

KENTO (A bit impatient)

Well its about time!

LEE

What? No, not about time. What I did was wrong.

KENTO

Wrong? Look around you kid.

Kento points at Ani who is passing out, meat, fresh bread, varies vegetables, and even some fruit to all the now cheery faces.

KENTO

We all benefit from your...er...makens. You don't need to feel bad. Sure merchants lose some items, the food is tainted, and you broke the law, but who cares!? Lee look how happy every one is!

LEE

...sure. I guess.

KENTO

Oh cheer up! Now is a time to celebrate! When was the last time we had a meal like this!

Kento stood himself up while resting on a crude crutch made from wood. As he walked forward, Lee grabbed his sleeve.

LEE

Kento... don't tell Ani.

KENTO Eh what? Oh! Yes! Ani. Don't worry Lee, she won't know.

Lee took out a red apple hesitated then took a bite out of it. With a concerned look on his face; He looked out at all the happy people. Then to Ani, when she looked back at him. Her expression changed from cheerful to a sad disappointed look. She looked at the sack of food with doubt, snapped out of her pondering and handed a carrot to the hand that was asking for it.

CUT TO: TOWN SLUMS-LATE NIGHT

All the homeless laying to rest, with Ani checking up on people. She then walks over to Meeke

MEEKE, another small girl about as old as Ani. Who has big dreams.

ANI (Quiet and sympathetic)

We got you some tea. Well not "we". Lee got you some tea.

MEEKE (sickly)

Lee? Oh thank goodness. You see? He's not so bad. I saw you two talking out in the streets. You shouldn't give him such a bad time...

Meeke sat up a little while Ani fed her the tea.

MEEKE

When I get better. I'm going to the market with Lee every day. So I can learn to be just like him, and help him when he's sick.

Camera zooms out, then down to Lee laying awake on his side, his back to Ani and Meeke.

LEE (to himself)

You don't want to be like me kid.

CUT TO: EXT. 7 YEARS AGO, IN A COURT YARD OF KIDS-MORNING

A Militant officer trains orphan kids to serve in the Fire Nation army. SGT. TUN, a tall military officer with a short temper, and even shorter hair.

SGT. TUN (barking)

Alright! Today we work on fire bending! A soldiers greatest tool in battle! You going to learn how to use it, control it, and most of all master it! We clear?

KIDS (In unison)

Yes, Sir!

SGT. TUN

Good, now the late Fire Lord Sozin is coming to examine our progress, more specifically, my progress. So lets begin. Every one show me what you can do!

All in unison took one step forward and preformed the most basic fire bending move. All but Lee produced a fire blast. He looked at his outstretched fist in disbelief. Sgt. Tun took notice.

SGT. TUN

Nineteen out of twenty is not bad! But I want perfection! Lee! Step forward!

From the straight line of kids. Lee took one step forward.

TUN

Well? All your fellow men fire bended? What is it to cold out?

LEE

I...I don't know.

TUN

Well try again!

Lee got in a battle stance and preformed the move in exactness. But no fire was produced. Tun walked over to Lee.

TUN

Tell me Lee, why do you think you didn't produce fire?

LEE

Did I do the form wrong?

TUN

No, its because...

SOZIN, The Fire Lord

SOZIN

Because he's not a fire bender.

All in the courtyard either got on there knee or stood standing in amazement.

TUN

Fire Lord Sozin! How long have you been here?

SOZIN

Not long, but long enough to see all the children perform a beautiful fire blast. Except that young man.

Sozin turned his gaze from Tun to Lee, who was one of the ones standing.

SOZIN

I saw it when he tried its for the first time. There is no fire in him. No flame, like that I see in all of you. He can't be solider, he's no one...

CUT TO:

TOWN SLUMS-MORNING

SOZIN (Through dream)

No one...

Lee woke up from his memory-dream. The words no one echoed through his mind. He got up and made him self breakfast.

ANI

Lee... I know where the food came from.

Lee slowed down in making breakfast. But made no response.

ANI

You know? Your not being a good role model. I don't know if you know... but Meeke believes in you. She wants to be just like you.

Lee slowed down so much that he stopped making food all together.


ANI

Did you hear me? Meeke wants to be you. A thief. A failure. A no body. She wants to be you, and I know you don't want her to.

LEE

I did what I had to.

ANI

What you had to? No I think you did you wanted to do. Look, I know that we need food. And moneys tight, and with Je-Je losing his job, we don't have any money coming in, but please... don't go back to thieving. There has to be another way.

Lee was silent

LEE

What other way... That's what I'm good at. I'm not making Meeke follow me, but your right. She had so much potential, and I don't want her to copy the mistakes I did.

Ani started to cry a bit and was a little angry. She didn't look at Lee.


LEE

Well... I'm heading out to get some blankets. I heard some of the older ones complaining. And the cold seasons coming soon.

Lee turned around to the alley way but was stopped by two guards. With out a word they grabbed his arms. But Lee being much stronger got out of the grasp and jumped back a few paces.

LEE

Hey! What's going on? The guards ran after him, so Lee backed up into another guard who pinned him.

LEE

I didn't do anything! Let me go!

The Guards turned him around to reveal the apple merchant.

GUARD ONE

Is this him?

MERCHANT

Yah, that's him.

GUARD TWO

Sir, you are charged of the thievery of over 200 gold pieces worth of merchandise.

LEE

What! I only stole food! And a kettle! That amounts to three silver tops!

As they drag him away

LEE

I only stole food! What ever that geezer told you was a lie!

Lee looks back at the Slums. People were looking at their food with doubt and some putting it down. Meeke can be seen in the alley. See barely has the energy to stand, and her heart looked broken. She then poured the tea in her hand on the ground. Five more guards came and confiscated everything.

LEE

No! They didn't do anything! It was me!

LEE (More towards Ani)

I was... I was just trying to help...

CUT TO:

Front shot of Lee being dragged towards the camera.

FADE IN:

INT. JAIL BLOCK-DAY

Lee is shown thrown in a jail cell with a middle aged man

MOODO, a 40 year old man, with lots of missing teeth, sits in the cell with Lee

LEE

Hey! Don't I get a trial or something! *angered grunt*

Lee paces the cell for few moments then sits with Moodo.

LEE

I can't believe this.

MOODO

My names Moodo, what er you in here fer?

LEE (hesitantly)

My names Lee, and why do you care?

MOODO

Hey sorry for prying, I just want to know who I'm spending the rest of my sentence fer. Well if you want to know. I'm in fer stealing bread.

LEE

Bread? Wh... never mind.

MOODO

Yep. In here for life.

LEE

...life?

MOODO

Yep

LEE

Well... I apparently stole 200 gold worth of merchandise

MOODO

*Whistles*, I do not envy you boy.

LEE (Concerned)

Why?

MOODO

If I'm in fer life because of some bread, then what are dey gonna do to you.

Lee looked at the guards who were whispering and pointing to him.

MOODO

I suggest you get a good nights rest.

LEE (Worried)

Yah, I guess.

CUT TO:

JAIL CELL-NIGHT

Lee lays awake in he top bunk, Moodo is already asleep.

LEE (To himself)

Why did I do it? I should have just bought with what I had. Its all over now.

Lee turned to look out the cell window to the slums. Then rolled over to sleep.

CUT TO:

UNDER WATER

Lee wakes up to see daylight and water above him. He panics then thrusts himself upward to get out of the 2 feet deep water.

LEE

  • gasping*

He surveyed him surroundings. He was in the ocean surrounded by small glaciers. He looked down to see that the ocean was at least 200 feet deep, but he did not sink. As if he was on a floor.

LEE

What is this, were am I?

He hears coughing in the distance.

LEE

Hello?

Lee got up to investigate. He soon found himself on a high tundra with a 15-foot cliff in front of him. When he looked over the cliff he saw a young boy with no hair.

LEE

Hold on! I got yah!

Lee stretched his hand as far I it could reach, but he couldn't reach him.

LEE

To far...

Lee looked around to see if any thing could help him. A branch that was protruding out from the tundra was grabbed and he lowered it down to the boy.

LEE

Come on kid! Reach!

The boy grabbed the branch and just as he was being pulled up. He looked up at Lee, and Lee knew then who he was.

CUT TO:

JAIL CELL-MORNING

Lee snaps awake from his dream to hear yelling voices.

VOICE

Wake up, Lee! You got five minutes to get ready!

LEE

Get ready for what?

The guard, who the voice belonged to, looked away from Lee

GUARD

Just get ready...

Moodo was already awake. gnawing on some bread.

MOODO (With a full mouth)

You woke up in quite a fright! Is every thing alright.

Lee hadn't moved from his bed. He had his head in his hand.

LEE

I think... I think I saw the Avatar.

Moodo spit out what food he had in his mouth.

MOODO What? I haven't even seen you leave this cell. And besides people have been looking for the Avatar for at least ten years.

LEE

No it was in my dream... was it a dream? It felt so real. The snow was cold, and could smell the ocean...

MOODO

Maybe it's a sign.

LEE

Maybe... what no! If the Avatar is found then the rest of the world will never feel the greatness of the Fire Nation.

MOODO

You... support the War?

LEE

Yes... well...I... I was a solider at one point.

MOODO

Then you know the horror of war right?

LEE

No I was never shipped out...

MOODO

You should be glad. Its horrible out there.

LEE

But its for a good cause...right?

MOODO (With Roku's voice)

Lee, its time you learn...

LEE

Moodo, you sound different is every thing all ri...

When he turned around he was shocked to see Avatar Roku

LEE

Who are you?

ROKU, The predecessor to The Avatar, stood up and bowed

ROKU

I am Avatar Roku, and you Lee, have a great task ahead of you.

LEE

And... what's that?

ROKU

Come with me and I will show you show you

The wall behind Roku seemed to disappear. A dragon flew in the room and circled both of them. While Lee was wondrously looking around he noticed Roku's hand. Which was out in front of him.

ROKU Shall we begin?

CUT TO:

TOWN SLUMS-DAY

After Lee was just arrested all the homeless are staring to ask questions.

HOMELESS

So how much of this is stolen?

I bet all of it.

I knew this much food had some strings attached

How can we ever trust him again

Did they say 200 gold?

ANI (loud)

Ok, every one. Lets get some things straight. Lee is going to jail. I'm not sure why. I want to believe that he only stole the food... but I cant be sure.

HOMELESS

So its true

All this food was stolen

He stole the 200 gold I know it

We never should have trusted him

ANI (In tears)

Everyone... I don't think he's coming back. We have no source of food now. I don't know how we are going to fix this. I know the food we have now is stolen, buts its all we have right now...

MEEKE

We can make it... I know it.

CUT TO:

Lee on the back of the dragon with Roku in front.

LEE

So I'm supposed to find the Avatar?

ROKU

Yes

LEE But I don't want to. He will just end the war.

ROKU

Exactly

LEE

Buts that's bad, right

ROKU

You know you are talking to an Avatar, right. Lee your going to find the Avatar, its your destiny.

LEE

Well I don't accept

ROKU

You must, the war must end

LEE

Why? The war is a good thing. The world will be a better place after the Fire Nation takes command.

Roku was now angry. He and the dragon disappeared. Leaving Lee in a court yard, with a bunch of air benders.

LEE

Roku? Now were am I?

None of the air benders took notice to Lee, and one walked right through him. He walked around the yard and through some hallways were eventually reached a cliff.

LEE

Alright Roku! What did you want me to see here?

Suddenly a hook flew up and through Lee. Then hundreds more latched on the cliff side. From below Fire Nation solders came by the thousands. The sky turned a low red. Lee turned to see a comet in the east. After a few moments he heard a voice.

SOZIN

Attack!

Sozin ran right after Lee. Lee took stance, but he ran through him. Lee slowly turned to the fire benders take out air benders by the dozens.

LEE

Whoa, guys what's going here.

Air benders were running every where. The Soldiers wielded fire like none that Lee had ever seen.

LEE

There like dragons... What is this?

He ran and soon found himself in a room with a Monk who was being backed up into the room by four solders, and Sozin. When The monk reached the back wall he turned around as looked into Lee.

GYATSO, Aang's care taker

GYATSO

Aang... I'm so sorry

The four soldiers were in position while Sozin was out in front. Gyatso faced his enemy. But put up no defense.

LEE

What are you doing, fight back!

Sozin raised his right hand then made a fist. The four soldiers preformed a move, but before the fire reached Gyatso. Time seemed to stop

. LEE

No... This isn't what happened. The Fire Nation came to negotiate, they attacked first.

Lee backed up into Roku

ROKU

This is, how it happened. They killed all of them.

LEE

I... I had no idea...

ROKU (Impatient)

No idea about what? That this war has killed thousands, that the great Fire Nation committed genocide? That every thing you have learned about was a lie? The world needs saving Lee. Now, are you going to help?

LEE (Full of rage)

Where do I begin?

(END)








FADE IN:

CLIFF SIDE OVER LOOKING THE EARTH CITY OF WANCHAN-DAY

Lee has begun his journey

LEE

Why here?

ROKU

I'm... not sure...

LEE

What? I thought you had a plan?

ROKU

When did I say that?

LEE

Well never mind... I'll figure out something.

ROKU

Good bye Lee, I won't see you for some time.

LEE What was that?

When Lee turned to Roku, he was gone.

LEE

Great...

Lee wandered down to the inner city. It was full of merchants and families. All were happy. Even those who were in the slums looked like they were enjoying there day. Lee stomach growled.

LEE

I'm getting hungry.

Lee checked his back pocket. Then realized he was still in Fire Nation prison clothing.

LEE

They took my money. Now how am I supposed to eat?

Lee looked around expecting to find something. There were job offers and some prisoner bounties, but only one thing caught his eye. A man was advertising an underground fighting community.

MAN

Come and see the two strongest men in the kingdom fight toe to toe in the pit?

Lee walked over to the man

MAN

You sir! How would you like to see the greatest fight of your life?

LEE

I'm not here to buy a ticket. How much do those fighters get paid?

MAN

What do you mean?

LEE

I want to join.

MAN

Hmmm.

The man looked over Lee. With interest.

MAN

You certainly look like a fighter. Do you have any past fighting experience?

LEE

Yes.

CUT TO:

INT. UNDERGROUND FIGHTING COMMUNITY-NIGHT

VIHLO, The Fighting communities boss.

VIHLO

So you want to fight?

LEE

Yes

VIHLO

Why?

LEE

I need money.

VIHLO

Good enough, your in. Your first fights right now. Through that door.

LEE

What now?

VIHLO

Yes go!

Someone pushed Lee through the door and was meet with a roaring crowd and a large man at the other end of the ring; which was just a wide hole in the ground.

VIHLO (To the crowd)

Now! We have a special fight tonight! These two new contestants will fight to be in the championship! The crowd got louder and cheered.

VIHLO

Lets, begin!

The large man got on all fours and charged at Lee. Lee was not paying attention and got hit full force. The crowd went wild. They were cheering: "Rhino, Rhino" When he got up Rhino was ready for another one. Lee got his bearings and assumed his battle stance. One arm extended in a fist and the other up by his head open. When Rhino charged again, Lee got low and lifted the momentum of the man over him and against the wall. Rhino took his face out of the wall, furious. He then through a punch. Lee easily dodged the slow jab, and countered with a punch of his own. It hit square on the nose. Rhino backed up a few paces. Then again got ready. The crowd simmered a little. Rhino was now really angry and ran at Lee. Lee swept him of his legs, and as Rhino was falling, Lee elbowed him in the back. The crowd was now silent.

VIHLO

Well! This new comer had got some skill!

RHINO

Rhino will not lose!

The crowd started up again. The mountain of flesh got low and made a charge at Lee once more. Lee breathed in and then out, assuming stance. He dug his legs in the ground and through a punch at Rhino. It hit the stomach so hard that Rhino stopped and even was pushed back a few paces. Before Rhino could recover. Lee jumped at him and round housed him in the head, knocking Rhino out. There was a long pause from the audience.

VIHLO

We have a winner!

The crowd once again cheered and clapped.

CUT TO:

VIHLO'S OFFICE-NIGHT

Lee is at the office waiting for his reward.

VIHLO

Here you are 200 golds worth of coin, and now that your in. There will be plenty more coming your way.

LEE

Thanks but I don't think I will coming back. Good bye.

VIHLO

Wait! Don't leave. *nervous laughter*, look kid. We got some good responses tonight. The people, they like you.

LEE

Look, I just needed some money.

Lee was close to the door

VIHLO I... I... I'll double your winnings, and you want a place to stay I got that too!

LEE

No... Sorry I don't fight anymore.

VIHLO

Well can I at least get your name?

LEE

My name is Lee.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE STREETS-NIGHT

Two spectators from the fight are talking

SPECTATOR 1

Did you see his speed?

SPECTATOR 2

I know I couldn't even see his punches!

SPECTATOR 1

Who was that guy?

SPECTATOR 2

I'm not sure, but I did hear some of the fighters say "Lee"

Just earshot away two guards and General Tou over heard.

GENERAL TOU, The head militant commander of Wanchang city.

GENERAL TOU

Did those two just say Lee?

GUARD 1

Yes, I think so. Why?

GENERAL TOU

That's a Fire Nation name.

GUARD 2

So?

GENERAL TOU

So, a Fire Nation spy is in our city. Search the place, find him.

CUT TO:

INT. A SMALL HOTEL-LATE NIGHT

Lee with his earnings has decided to rest for the night.

LEE

How much for a night?

TELLER

10 silver. And can I get a name?

LEE

Yah, my name's Lee.

Lee counted out 10 from his bag then headed up stairs to his room. It was a single room, with a bed and a window. Lee pressed down on the bed. He pulled the blanket of and set it on the floor. He sat on the blanket and after a few moments laid to rest.

CUT TO:

MILITARY ORPHANGE COURTYARD-DAY

After Lee was told he was not a fire bender by Sozin.

BANJI, The second in command at the Orphanage, and the closest thing to a father for Lee.

BANJI

Lee, come here.

Lee hesitantly walked away from the others who were demonstrating there bending prowess.

BANJI

Its alright Lee, every thing is going to be alright.

LEE

But I'm not a fire bender, won't be allowed back here.

BANJI

I know... Lee listen. I cant give you a home, but I can teach you how to survive with out one. I can teach you to fight.

LEE

But where will I go?

BANJI

I don't know... but we cant worry about that now.

Banji wiped the tears off Lee.

LEE

Ok, teach me.

CUT TO:

INT. LEE'S HOTEL ROOM-MORNING

Lee got up and almost immediately looked over at the bag of coins.

LEE

200 golds worth... Ani... I'll never see her again.

Lee got up to and started for the door, when suddenly someone knocked.

VOICE (behind the door)

Is Lee in there?

Lee hesitantly walked over to the door and put his ear up to it.

VOICES (whispering behind the door)

When he opens grab him!

VOICE

Lee are you in there?

LEE

Who wants to know?

VOICE

Just open up!

Lee backed up the end of the room.

LEE

If you want in, then come in!

Two guards broke down the door followed by five others.

GUARD 1

Lee, you need to come with us.

Lee noticed some were making fist and one had cuffs on his belt

LEE

Oh no, I am not going back to jail!

Lee kicked the dresser in front of him at the guards. Then jumped out the window. He landed in front of two more guards.

GUARD 1

Hey, grab him!

Before the guards could react, Lee quickly subdued them then ran of. He soon ran into the streets. Guards blocked both ends and trapped Lee. One ran towards Lee. When Lee through a punch his hand meet with a rock. The rock amounted to pieces.

LEE

Oh, that hurt.

The guards stood amazed.

KID

He just punched that rock to smithereens!

GUARD 1

Don't stop!

The guards made no advance but some threw rocks while others pushed walls of rock at him. Lee dodged the walls and punched the rocks. Shaking of the pain from his fist every time. Lee ran towards one end of the street and jumped over the guards, kicking one in the head while in air. When he landed he was meet with General Tou.

GENERAL TOU

I have you now...

The other guards stop chasing and blocked the exits.

GENERAL TOU

You going to come quietly Fire Nation scum?

LEE

Not with that attitude.

GENERAL TOU

Very well...*battle cry*

Rocks rose from the ground in a line at Lee who jumped away. Tou sent a flurry of fist sized rocks. Lee covered his face and stood his ground against the barrage. Tou stomped his foot and raised his arms. Two walls of rock rose one behind Lee and one in front. Coming at him with high speeds. Lee kicked one foot back and at the same time punched forward. When the dust settled Lee stood with a pile of rock in around him

TOU

Hmm. Interesting.

LEE

Any more!

TOU

Why not fire bend?

LEE

I'm not a fire bender!

A shadow was cast in front of Lee. A girl landed on top of him and quickly trapped him in rock. MAY, daughter of Tou

TOU

Well done May.

TOU (To Lee)

Your gonna be locked up for along time, boy. Take him away!

CUT TO:

INT. JAIL, LARGE ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS-DAY

Lee is being chained down to the floor. Tou, May, and several other guards are in with him.

TOU

I will admit, boy. You have some fighting skill, and strength of that which I have rarely seen. But now you are mine, and you will cooperate fully. Understood?

Lee made no response.

TOU

Understood?

LEE

Understood.

TOU

Answer me this: how did you get past the Earth Kingdom borders?

LEE

A dragon flew me in.

TOU

I won't as again.

LEE

My answer is the truth. Take it or not.

TOU

Don't play games with me boy. I know why you are here! You have come to plot the down fall of this city.

Lee ignored Tou, but then looked up at him.

LEE

How did you know I was Fire Nation?

TOU

Your name is a dead give away. Lee is a pretty common name over there. I suggest next time you spy you chose an alternative one.

LEE

Spy? I'm no spy.

TOU (sarcastically) Oh your not a spy. Well then what are you?

LEE

I'm just a traveler.

TOU

Then why travel outside the Fire Nation?

LEE

I'm looking for the Avatar.

He stood up in rage, made his way out the door, and was stopped by May.

MAY

What should I do with him?

TOU

Watch him closely. Don't believe anything he says. And find out why he's really here.

MAY

Are you sure those chains will keep him? He broke solid rock with his bare hands.

TOU

They will. He's not going anywhere.

) FADE IN:

LEE'S JAIL CELL-DAY

Lee slept on his knees with his arms up for the whole night.

LEE

Oh, My back. I got to get out of here.

The door opened and through came May with a bowl of rice.

MAY

Here's your food for the day.

LEE

How am I supposed to eat it?

MAY

Dad want me to feed it to you. Your not escaping that easily

LEE

Dad?

MAY

Yes, Dad.

May feed the rice then stood up to leave.

LEE

Thank you May.

MAY

You know you don't act like a Fire Nation spy.

LEE

Its probably because I'm not one.

MAY

That's what they all say.

LEE

I'm not a spy. I'm not even a bender how could I be a spy.

MAY

You have a point

There were a few moments of silences then May left. When she stepped out she was face to face with Tou.

TOU

Well what did you learn?

MAY

Dad I don't think he's a spy.

TOU

May, I told you not to believe anything he says.

MAY

Right. I...I'll see what I can gather tomorrow.

Lee stood up and tried to pull on the chains, they wouldn't budge. Lee sat back down and waited for hours before someone appeared before him

LEE

Roku! You're here, good. Now get me out of here!

May was just outside the door listing.

ROKU

Lee, I cant help you this time.

LEE

What, why?

ROKU

This is your destiny not mine.

LEE

Well then why are you here?

ROKU

To tell you that you can't do this alone.

LEE

What? What's that supposed to mean?

ROKU

All will be reveled in time, Lee.

LEE

Roku! Wait!

Roku faded away just as May was walking through the door.

MAY

Who's Roku?

LEE

You could here him?

MAY No just you.

LEE

Roku's the previous Avatar.

MAY

And why are you talking to him?

LEE

So he could help me find the current Avatar.

May said nothing, didn't make eye contact with Lee

LEE

Why did you come to me?

May looked sharply into Lee's eyes and got on her knees.

MAY

Ok, lets say will believe every thing you say right now. Would you say the truth?

Lee was a bit taken back, but responded in kind.

LEE

Yes.

MAY

Then talk. Why do you need to find the Avatar.

LEE

Because he is the only one who can stop the war. I know it sounds weird. You don't have to believe me. I'm Fire Nation, and I just recently learned that the world doesn't like the Fire Nation.

LEE (More to himself)

The Fire Nation's the world's enemy. I'm the world enemy...

With out a word may got up and left. She closed the door behind her. She leaned back against the door. Then headed out.

CUT TO:

FIRE NATION THRONE ROOM-NIGHT

Sozin sits on his throne looking sickly. Two nurses are helping him.

SOZIN

What's wrong with me?

NURSE

Fire Lord, your dying.

SOZIN

So my time has come, and I haven't even gotten close to finding the Avatar. How much time do I have left?

NURSE Maybe a year or two...

A guard came running in. Reached the throne, then got on a knee.

GUARD

Fire Lord Sozin!

SOZIN

What is it?

GUARD

Our spy from Wanchang has reported a Fire Nation boy in the jail, who's calming that he's seeking the Avatar.

SOZIN

Who's looking for the Avatar?

CUT TO:

LEE's JAIL CELL-DAY

Two days after Lee's first confrontation with May. Lee is joined by Tou who looks rather pleased with him self.

TOU

How are you feeling spy?

Lee made no response

TOU

Well I'll have you know, that the Fire Nation is coming are way to get you, and with Sozin dying I would suspect he means business.

Lee quickly perked up with a thoughtful look.

LEE

Wait. How do you know that?

TOU

The Fire Nation sent a letter concerning your well being.

LEE

No no not that. How do you know Sozins dying. They wouldn't tell anyone but Fire Nation that.

Tou expression changed. His smile fell, He did not speak, sweat started down his face

. MAY

What's the plan for today dad?

May took notice to Lee's expression, and Tou's lack of words

MAY

What's going on here.

LEE

And how did you know that Lee was a common Fire Nation name? I didn't even know that.

MAY

Dad, what's he saying?

LEE

You thought I was the spy. But I think there's more to you than we realized.

MAY

Yah... how did you know that?

LEE

You covers blown spy.

May opened her mouth to say something but quickly shut it. The guards also fell silent.

TOU

Don't believe him! He's trying to pit us against each other! Gag him!

None of the guards or May made any move.

TOU

Fine! I'll do it my self!

He left, but was stopped by two guards.

GUARD 1

How did you know Sozin was dying, and I checked the letter. I doesn't say anything about Sozin.

TOU

What, you believe him! Can't you see he's lying!

The guards took him by the arms and took him away.

TOU

No! You can't take me, the Fire Nation will come for all of us! We can't win this war!

May, walked to Lee.

MAY

I don't think I can trust anyone now. Except you.

LEE

Why I'm Fire Nation.

MAY

Well... you haven't given me any reason to not trust you, and being any nation doesn't matter to me anymore. Dad was just as Earth Kingdom as I was.

May unlocked the cuffs. Lee stood up slowly.

LEE

Thanks.

When May said nothing Lee started for the door.

MAY

Lee?

LEE

Yah?

MAY

You said that you looking for the Avatar to save the world, Right? Well you want help with that?

Lee said nothing and held out an open hand. May grabbed it.

LEE

I just might need that...

Some more guards came to check on Lee.

GUARD

What going on here?

MAY

I'm taking Lee to the Fire Nation. We have our own problems to deal with here at home...

GUARD

Right. Carry on.

May and Lee walked out of the jail cell and to the edge of the city.

MAY

The Fire Nation won't be here until sunset. There looking for you right? Why?

LEE

I'm not sure, you father could have anything about me.

MAY

I still can't believe it... He was so strong, how did they break him?

May looked back to the city.

LEE

The city will be fine.

MAY

Maybe not... He wasn't just the General, he was also the governor. What will the city do?

LEE

More of the world is going to end up under Fire Nation control unless we find the Avatar.

MAY

We?

LEE

Yes, were in this together now. Enemies of the Fire Nation.

MAY

And Earth Kingdom...

LEE

What?

May

I just let you free and joined you. That's treason. We are no ones ally now...

LEE

So be it. We still need to find him. To save the world, to save the Fire Nation...

MAY

Were do we start?

LEE

Lets go south to the Air Temple. He may be there.

MAY

OK..

. CUT TO:

INT. JAIL HOUSE-DAY

Sozin himself and ten Fire Nation guards are in the Jail house.

SOZIN

Now, where is this Lee?

GUARD

I thought May brought him to you?

SOZIN

I was never meet by anyone.

GUARD

Well I don't know what to tell you.

Sozin looked about the room, and noticed a journal on a desk behind the guards.

SOZIN

What's that?

GUARD

This? It's a record of all that happened in that cell.

SOZIN Give it to me.

The guard put the book down and backed up.

GUARD

Why?

SOZIN

Take it.

The Fire Nation guards blasted fire at the jail guards back, while one grabbed the journal. Sozin took it and read over it.

SOZIN

Roku... Search the whole city. Find this Lee.

FIRE NATION GUARD

Why? So what if he's looking for the Avatar. He's just one man.

SOZIN

That one man, is looking for the Avatar with help from an Avatars spirit. And if he is truly being helped by Roku. Then he just might succeed. The world about to change. And if Lee is out there. The world might change back.

(END)

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