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|Taylor the Earthbender|
January 12, 2014
Taylor the Earthbender
Stella wasn't offended when I told her that David had taught me a lot of earthbending in the two weeks she was away. She was so glad that I could finally earthbend. She said that David would be an excellent teacher for me while I was away.
"What do you mean 'while I'm away'?" I asked her.
"You are going to the Fire Nation in a few days to learn Firebending from Firelord Dukran," Stella said smiling.
"I've only been here for two and a half months. I need to help with the Reconstruction."
"No, Taylor. We've got it under control. We will have all the best Earthbenders rebuilding."
"But I'm the Avatar! I have to be here! I have to oversee things and be a source of wisdom and-"
"Taylor, right now, you need to focus on learning all the elements. The Order of the White Lotus agrees. Including your mother and grandfather."
I suddenly became overcome by a wave of anger, but it passed quickly. I knew it wasn't worth arguing. I, like my mom, didn't not like being the last to know things. If everyone thought I was ready, I'd accept it. "Okay, Stella. I'll be a good kid like everyone says."
"Taylor, we're only doing it because you are mature enough for the challenge. You've grown up a lot since you've been here, and we thought you could handle it. Taylor, you are acting like a man rather than a child. Many Avatars were not as mature as you at this age. And we are so proud," Stella said.
I thought about it. So much had changed since I came to Ba Sing Se. I met friends. I protected a city by using the Avatar State. I had publicly introduced myself as the Avatar. I had healed hundreds of citizens who were injured and help rebuild the Earthbending powered train to help people get around the city. I spoke at the memorial for the lives lost during the explosions. Things were pretty much wrapped up.
ChoHee was standing next to me when Stella said this. I looked at her and she was smiling up at me. "What?" I asked her. She just kept smiling. I smiled back and slid my arm around her waist.
"I'm going with you, Avatar," ChoHee said without vocal inflection but with the world's biggest smile on her face.
And then she did.
End of "Book" 1
Behind the Scenes!
- If you didn't catch on, ChoHee is Taylor's girlfriend.
- The bombing event is known as the Collapse of Ba Sing Se. The rebuilding project is called the "The Ba Sing Se Unity and Restoration Project", but Taylor shortens it to "The Rebuilding".
- If you shorten Ba Sing Se Unity and Restoration Project into an acronym, it would become B.U.R.P. Hence "The Rebuilding" name.
- Every time the author reads this chapter, she thinks of the last scene of The Breakfast Club, even though they are nothing alike.
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