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|Tales of Adventure|
Green Firebender Chronicles
After Kenji's little night battle...
Kenji strode along the streets warily; he only had a few minor cuts from Mei's blade, but he felt a lot of pain from the rocks he had received to the gut. He was feeling very tired, and would have fallen asleep several times if it wasn't for his pet slapping him in the face with its wing every time he closed his eyes. There was a slight breeze in the air that kept him cool from the heat. The streets were filled with people moving to their various destinations, and a few earthbending police officers were watching for any criminal activity from the shadows. The ground was made of hard cement and paved beautifully across the city. Shops and stalls could be seen in every direction, and there seemed to be restaurants and tea shops on almost every corner. If I can just find a lonely tavern, it'll be good enough, Kenji thought to himself. He closed his eyes for a second, only to receive a slap to his forehead.
"HEY, I need sleep you know," he yelled. "Oh, never mind." This time, it wasn't Sai. He had smacked his head right in front of a blue skyscraper.
"Wait a minute, isn't this the Fire Nation royal manor?" he said. No wait, that was red, he thought.
Luck had smiled upon him; he spotted an open window and it was not too high. He took several steps back, then propelled himself forward with firebending. He ran up the wall before boosting himself into the building from the open window. Strangely, the room was cold and decorated blue. There was a reading desk, along with a barrel of water, some ice and luckily for Kenji, a smooth wool bed with a blue wolf skin cover. He turned to his pet.
"Try and find some food for both of us to eat," he said. He removed some coins from his pocket and gave it to Sai, who swiftly flew out of the window. Kenji wasted no time in getting into the bed and pulled up the cover. He laid still for several seconds before a sudden scream shook him from the bed.
"What the hell are you doing?" Several seconds passed before Kenji realized that a girl was also on the bed. She leapt from the bed, and he instinctively leapt behind her and covered her mouth.
Xue was in complete shock; I guess this is my punishment for oversleeping, she thought. The mysterious figure had covered her mouth with his hand and had a tight hold on her own, preventing her from bending. She was terrified, but did her best not to show it. Her head was pressed against his neck and he had found some way to restrict her legs, otherwise she would have responded by kicking him in the groin. She struggled in vain to break free.
"Don't scream or say a word if you don't want to be in serious trouble." The voice was cold, yet calm and reassuring. She could've sworn she had heard it before. However, she was terrified now, and he seemed to realize this.
"I'm not going to hurt you if you co-operate, I promise." He turned her quickly and they both got a glimpse of each other.
"Xue?" Kenji loosened his grip and she broke free, immediately bending the water from the barrel, splashing him into the wall, then freezing him against it.
"What do you think you're doing? You scared me half to death!" she ranted.
"Sorry about that," he replied. He exhaled steam through his nose and melted the ice away. He walked towards her slowly, then raised her chin up with his index and middle finger.
"By the way, nice top," he said. He stared at her chest referring to the pink baggy shirt which barely covered her shoulders, a white lotus pai sho tile on the front. She banged his head as hard as she could to prevent him from seeing her face turn red with embarrassment.
"Get out of my room!" she yelled, but he simply fell on her shoulder. That hit couldn't have knocked him unconscious, she thought. "I'm dead serious," she continued, "my Aunt came to visit last night and she could enter at any moment!" Little did she realize that she had knocked him out cold.
"Xue? Are you alright in there?" asked a woman's voice from behind the door.
"Speak of the devil," she whispered. "I'm getting dressed Aunt Suki!" She held the unconscious Kenji from falling by putting his arm over her shoulder. She opened her closet and threw him in, locking it behind her. She put on fake weary eyes to make it seem as though she was just waking up, and opened the door with a fake yawn.
"Good morning Aunt Suki" she stated.
"You're just waking up? And you're not yet dressed? That's not like you," Suki replied. "It's time for breakfast. Get washed up then come join your brother in the dining room. Did you hear any screams this morning?" she asked, her eyebrow raised.
"Uh, you see I decided that I'd sleep in late yesterday so I only just woke up," she lied.
"Alright, I'll leave you to get dressed." Xue closed the door and breathed a long sigh of relief.
45 MINUTES LATER...
Xue stepped out of her bathroom, a towel tied around her chest and another around her hair. She remembered that Kenji was in her closet and she needed to get her clothes. She went to grab the key from her reading table only to realize it was gone.
"You know, locking someone in a closet without any air isn't very nice." She turned to see Kenji on her bed, with a bag of nuts.
"Oh and sneaking into someone's house is? Wait a minute, how did you get out of there?" she asked. Kenji grinned mischievously.
"Having a pet is a real advantage."
"I don't get it. Anyway I need to change. Would you rather go into the bathroom or the closet?" she asked almost rhetorically.
"Why? I can stay right here and face the wall, or watch you if you want," he teased.
"Not on my life you don't!" She attempted to drag him by his shirt but he caught her hand and drew her face close to his.
"What's wrong with that?" he teased even further, enjoying provoking her.
"Oh don't you tempt me," she replied. She bent the water from the water barrel with her free hand and formed it into a water whip, which she used to slap him across his face. "What is with you, you act like a..."
"Pervert? Jerk?" Kenji interrupted. Xue's face showed little concern upon hearing him.
"I wasn't going to say that," she replied. Although the second one does seem close, she thought.
"Either way, it's better than my real character," he said in a muffled voice.
"What's your real character like?" she asked, an air of interest in her voice.
"You really want to know?" His tone had changed and he flicked the red flames surrounding his fingers.
"Why not?" she asked as she got her clothes from the closet.
"Because everyone would hate me. But maybe you should know." He turned and stared deeply into her eyes. "I'd become..." He moved closer to her and stared into her eyes once more. "Never mind. You honestly don't want to know." He stepped through the wooden door and entered her bathroom.
Xue slowly made her way down the. She had changed into her blue Water Tribe attire; a long blue blouse and slacks. Her black hair was curly and she had a blue headband attached to it. She reached the bottom of the stairs, and found everyone seated eating their meal, all except Aunt Suki.
"Where's Aunt Suki?" she asked no one in particular.
"You just missed her. She said she had to buy some things from the market before heading back to the South Pole this afternoon," Li Yong replied.
"Alright." She took her seat and uncovered her breakfast which was almost cold. "Egg Custard Tart and Jasmine Tea?" she said in a muffled voice.
"So Xue," Tenzin said, starting up a conversation. "Have you decided to join our pro-bending plan?" he asked as he took a sip of his ginseng tea.
"I told you already, I have to think about it."
"But it's been three days already," he pestered.
"I said I'll think about it!" she snapped at him, and no one said another word throughout the whole of breakfast. Things were tense enough as they were. Xue finished her custard tart without once touching her tea. She took the cold Jasmine Tea and went up stairs. "I got you somethin-" She paused; Kenji was no longer in her room. "He l-left? Just like that?" Her voice was a mix of anger and relief.
"Is that tea?" Kenji dropped from the ceiling, surprising Xue who startled back and nearly fell, only to be saved by Kenji who placed his hand behind her back to stop her from falling. He stood in front of her, and she noticed that he was a few inches taller than her. Once she regained her balance, he took the cup from her hand and immediately took a sip.
"Blaugh!" he cried out, "this is the coldest tea I've ever drank. I don't even know which type it is."
"Sure, you're welcome," she replied sarcastically.
"Sorry." He put his mouth over the tea and exhaled a small stream of fire into the black designed tea cup. Seconds later, it was steaming hot and he finished it in one gulp.
"Kenji," Xue said suddenly. She had not called his name for a while, so it surprised him.
"Yeah?" he replied.
"Tenzin, Lu Ten and Lin would like to see you, to apologize for what they did earlier. Maybe we could meet them?" she asked softly.
"You mean Mr. Proud Prince and Son of the Avatar would like to apologize?" he sneered.
"That's my brother. He's vain but he's got some good points."
"Hmph." He picked up his swords and swung them across his back. "I'll meet you downstairs."
"Alright Tenzin, and you Lu Ten, what do you have to say for yourselves?" They were all gathered in the third living room; Kenji was seated waiting for what they had to say so he could leave and continue his search.
"I'm sorry for attacking you," Tenzin said reluctantly.
"Why do I have to apologize for anything? I'm the-" Lu Ten was interrupted by everyone else.
"Crown Prince of the Fire Nation. We KNOW!" they all yelled in unison.
"You have your father's pride," Kenji grinned. "Though you'll lose it when realization dawns on you."
"DO NOT SPEAK ABOUT MY FATHER!" Lu Ten snapped at him. "He is a powerful man and a great leader of his people. But who has ever heard of your parents?" Kenji's grin vanished along with his personality.
"Enjoy him while you can, once he's gone nothing will bring him back." Kenji's voice was cold and shivers ran down everyone's spines with every sentence he made.
"What? You make no sense at all, I'm sure your parents-" Once again Lu Ten was interrupted.
"My parents were killed when I was ten years old!" Kenji banged his hand against the table and they all gasped as a deadly silence filled the area. "How would you feel," he asked, breaking the silence with a reminiscing tone. "How would you feel if you woke up one morning and found your father burnt alive and you're mother with an icicle through her chest?" No one replied. "How would you feel if you were made an orphan in a matter of seconds as everything you had, everyone you loved was gone... forever. I would have killed myself long ago, living only with the hope that my sister is out there somewhere. How would you feel?!" He roared out all his emotions, but stopped himself from shedding a tear. Stay calm Kenji, stay calm, he thought. He took the last sip of his tea and it soothed him, but just barely. He got up and bowed.
"Are you leaving?" Xue asked, still shaking from what Kenji had said.
"I thank you for your hospitality, but to be honest, coming here was a complete waste of my time." He walked towards the door and left without looking back.
"I'm sorry, I've never heard or seen anyone called Juan."
"Nope never heard of her."
"There goes that boy again, I feel sorry for him"
"It's not easy to lose all of one's family like that."
Kenji was plagued by his past failures and voices echoed endlessly in his mind. He placed his hands on his head and squeezed tightly to no avail.
"What a poor fellow," another voice said. "He's just a hopeless case."
"Why doesn't he accept the fact that his sister is dead?"
"Perhaps he would lose his only drive for living".
He rushed through the square and into an rundown part of the city that was completely inhabited. They're lying, they're all lying, he thought to himself. It had been years since he had been plagued by his failures and the voices in his head, and back then it was most likely due to starvation and dehydration in the Si Wong Desert. Sai followed him swiftly trying to keep up with his pace. Kenji fell to his knees with his hands firmly gripped to his head.
"These voices you hear are not real. Your own emotions are forcing out your fears and insecurities." Kenji had heard this voice before. He turned around and found no one except him and Sai.
"Was that you?" He stared at his pet falconbat who stood with his wings crossed.
"Yes." Kenji leaped almost three feet high in shock, perhaps he had gone crazy. "You had better get back to civilization and to some help, danger approaches."
"What?" Kenji was confused, but an explanation came quickly. A man in a black hood dropped on top of the roof of the building opposite Kenji.
"Kenji of Shu Min, son of the great firebender Rokan. This should be an interesting battle," he said. Four more people in black cloaks appeared on the roof as a dozen or so Equalists descended.
"Equalists, this should be easy," Kenji said. He unsheathed his swords.
"Ah, don't get cocky now kid," one of them replied. A dozen more men fell from the sky, but they weren't Equalists. They wore green and black, the Earth Kingdom insignia blazoned on the front. Kenji's eyes widened as he realized who they were, and his jaw dropped.
"Dai Li agents?!"
Yes, the pet talked. All will be explained in the next chapter, the voices, the pets, and why we have a blast from the past. This chapter took me the longest time ever, not to mention the retyping.
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