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|The Crocodile Hunter|
As Erica, Roku, and Anil head toward the realm of Xong Shi Tong they stop to take a short break where they talk for a short time before they are attacked by a creature of legend.
The Crocodile Hunter
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.
"Do you think we can land soon?" Erica asked Roku.
"Why did you see something?" Roku asked as he sat in front of Erica.
"No," said Erica her face holding a greenish hue "I feel something."
"Please land Roku she has already puked on me once, I really don't want to re-experience that," said Anil from behind Erica.
"Alright, there is a clearing up ahead, we can land there," said Roku pointing a little ways in front of them.
"Thank you," said Erica and Anil, both grateful for their own reasons.
When they were above the clearing Fang circled to the ground and landed gracefully. Erica eagerly jumped off the dragon's back and landed on the ground.
"Oh land, sweet, wonderful, beautiful land," said Erica as she lay down on the grass.
"No matter how many Phoenix's I meet I can never get over how different your personalities are," said Roku with a smile.
"What was Emiko like when she was younger?" Erica asked.
"Emiko?" Roku said surprised by the question "Well, she was always very relaxed and happy."
A smile graced Roku's lips as he remembered.
"Yes, she loved playing on the beach of the island that we lived on and flying up in the air on her glider."
"That sounds like an Airbender," said Anil.
"Were you one?" Erica asked.
Anil looked down at his orange and yellow cloths then back up at Erica with an eyebrow raised.
"Umm ya," he said.
"Oh, okay, I just wasn't sure without," she gestured to her forehead and arms, "the tattoos."
"Ah, yes well I was supposed to get mine but then, well, I died," said Anil.
"On the day Sozin's Comet came?" Erica questioned sadly.
"Why does everybody think that?" Anil demanded. "You know airbender's died on other days beside that one you know?"
"Oh, sorry," said Erica.
"Well when did you die Anil?" Roku asked.
"On the day Sozin's Comet came, but that isn't the point!" said Anil.
Erica and Roku laughed.
"It is strange though," said Anil an odd look crossing his face, "Other Air Nomads have told me about how terrifying it was and how powerful the Fire Nation Army's bending was but I don't have any memories of it."
"You have amnesia?" Erica asked.
"No I just wasn't around long enough," said Anil "I was just walking to the main hall of the temple to begin the ceremony to get my tattoos when I felt a sharp pain in my neck and then nothing."
Erica didn't know what to say.
"I was told later when I was in the Spirit World, by others, that I had been hit by an arrow," he continued.
"I am sorry," said Erica.
"Huh?" said Anil as he shook his head coming back to the present "Oh sorry I was...distracted."
"It's okay, don't...don't worry about it," said Erica still feeling sorry for Anil.
"Don't feel bad Erica," said Roku "We all eventually die and whether we see it coming or not; it is not something to pity."
Just then, Fang raised his head and began to growl.
"Fang what is it?" Roku asked the dragon.
As he asked this, about twenty Medow Balls ran by them.
"Run away!" the all said in high pitched voices.
"What was that about?" Erica asked getting to her feet.
"I am not sure," said Roku looking around them.
"In my experience when large groups of animals run away in fear it is usually followed by something bad," said Anil.
"Well as long as it doesn't steal faces I think I am prepared for anything," said Erica.
Suddenly a large group of birds cried out and began flying over the group. Then a green blur passed from one tree to another and then flew up into the flock of birds. A second later the green blur landed in front of the group.
Erica got into a fighting position when she suddenly remembered, she didn't have her bending.
The green figure stood up only to show a green scaly head with a long jaw, two thick arms and legs, and a brown thin tail that was swishing back and forth behind him.
"Crocodile Monkey!" shouted an alarmed Anil.
"Dinner," said the Crocodile Monkey a tongue coming out of his mouth and licking his lips.
The Crocodile Monkey then jumped into the air, spun around and then landed on Erica, knocking her to the ground. The creature then opened his jaws wide over Erica's head as she struggled to get her arms free from the Crocodile Monkeys grip.
Fang then swung his tail at the creature, sending it flying off of Erica; she scrambled to her feet, her breathing hard.
"What is that thing?" Erica asked alarmed.
"A Crocodile Monkey," said Roku "Vicious creatures, they went extinct in the mortal world years ago, now they reside in the Spirit World always looking to hunt and kill anything that crosses their path."
"Good grief I thought life after death was supposed to be peaceful," said Erica irritated.
"In some places it is," said Anil "Just not here."
A roar along with the snapping of branches was heard a little distance away.
"Here it comes," said Anil raising his arms in front of him, ready to fight.
"Hold on," said Erica alarmed "I have never fought without my bending before!"
"Then just bend up close to the creature," said Roku as the Crocodile Monkey burst through the brush and leaped toward the group jaw opened wide.
"What is that supposed to mean?" asked Erica as the Crocodile Monkey flew toward her.
"Swinging Fire Kick!" shouted Roku.
Erica then planted her left leg and swung her right leg as she would to send fire out of it. Her foot collided with the Crocodile Monkeys head and sent it flying toward the brush again.
"I did it!" said Erica excited.
"Good now keep it up," said Roku. "Just follow my instructions."
The Crocodile Monkey charged through the brush again roaring angrily.
"Fire Punch, Swinging Fire Kick, Fire Punch again, Fire Jabs!"
Roku continued shouting the names for various Firebending attacks and Erica obeyed using the moves directly against the Crocodile Monkey and the creature soon fell to the ground unconscious.
"Yes, yes, yes, yes!" said Erica happily "I can't believe I just did that."
"You did very well," said Roku with a smile.
"Thanks to you," said Erica as she bowed toward Roku.
"You have more skill then you give yourself credit for Erica," said Roku.
Suddenly all around them came the roar of several Crocodile Monkey's.
"I think now would be the strategic time to leave," said Anil.
Roku and Erica both nodded and all three got onto Fangs back as the dragon took to the sky.
"Master," said the Crocodile Monkey as he knelled before a figure dressed in a dark cloak.
"Did you do as I instructed, did you kill the Phoenix?" Oni asked the Crocodile Monkey.
"Well master, I am sorry but I couldn't, the way she fights, she is an expert, I never stood a chance," said the Crocodile Monkey sadly.
"What!" said the Oni as he turned to face the spirit before him, "One of my best warriors was bested by a child?"
"Well technically she is a teenager," said the Crocodile Monkey in his defense.
"Imbecile!" said the Oni "Now, go alert the Eomni! Tell him to follow the dragon from the ground and kill that girl!"
|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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