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|The Full Moon Cruises|
It was morning in the Si Wong Desert. Everyone was in a less than cheerful mood as they packed up their camp.
"Hey, Suki, are you sure Feng is okay to make the rest of the trip?" Ling asked.
"Yeah, he should be fine," Suki replied. "He has had enough rest."
Ling nodded and climbed onto the eel hound along with the others.
"Next!" yelled an unusually crabby lady.
Yanshu moved forward in line and approached the woman. "Five tickets for the ferry," he requested.
"Passports!" the lady shouted, spitting in the archer's face.
Yanshu pulled out five passports and presented them to the woman. She stamped each of the passports and shouted at the next person in line. "Next!" she barked.
Without a word of thanks, Yanshu turned and walked away, heading over towards his friends who were waiting for him to return. He handed each of them their fake passports back and gave them their tickets.
"Well done, Yanshu," said Tai Kun. "Now, let's go. We have a city to conquer."
After about two hours of riding, Team Suki and the Si Guan Lian were finally nearing the end of the Si Wong Desert. "Thank goodness we are finally out of that desert!" Bo said.
"Yeah, so now where do we go?" Ling asked.
"We have to get to Full Moon Bay before the Zhimings," Suki said. "If we're going to Ba Sing Se, that is the safest way to travel."
"Alright, then what are we waiting for? Let's get a move on!" said Kuong.
"Wait, what is Full Moon Bay?" Rong asked.
"It's a hidden area where people can take ferry rides to Ba Sing Se," Ling explained.
"Guys, we don't need to take a ferry! We can just ride across the lake on Feng!" Rong protested.
"Yeah, if you want the Zhimings to spot us," Suki said. "Besides, we can't risk crossing near the Serpent's Pass with so little protection."
"And you forget that some of us don't have animals that ride through the water," Otaka added.
"Fine," Rong conceded.
Feng and Wen ran on for several more miles until they finally got out of the desert. Soon enough, they rode all the way into a cave until they met a dead end.
"So now what?" asked Bo.
Ling made a downward motion with his arms and Earthbent the cave wall down, revealing a hidden area filled with many people. "Whoa! This place is amazing!" Bo said.
Feng and Wen slowly made their way over to the line people were waiting for in front of the ticket booth. "Alright, Feng, stay here while I go get the tickets," Suki said, dismounting the eel hound. Gahno and the others also got off of Wen to go stand in line.
The heroes watched as a man in front of them was yelled at by a very crabby lady. "I thought I told you that no vegetables were allowed on the ferry!?" she yelled.
The man in line watched as his cart of cabbages was destroyed by a platypus bear. "AH! MY CABBAGES!!!" he yelled! "That's it! Forget these cabbages! I'm just going to listen to my parents and start a business selling who knows what!" he said as he stormed away.
Suki and her friends moved up in line as the woman shouted, "Next!!!"
"Four tickets to Ba Sing Se, please," Suki requested.
"Passports!" the lady demanded. Suki, Bo, Ling, and Rong put their passports forward. The lady looked them over, and then stamped them each. Suddenly, she spotted Feng standing over with Wen. "Are those your animals?" she asked.
"Yes," Suki replied.
"Actually, the Shirshu is ours," Gahno spoke up from behind.
"And you want to take them with you on the ferry?" the lady questioned.
"Ha! Are you out of your mind!? We do not even allow small animals on the ferry! I would never allow those huge beasts onboard!"
"Can't you just make an exception? I'm a friend of the Avatar," Suki explained.
"Oh, right. Some little girl like you is friends with the Avatar!" the lady mocked.
"You don't know who I am either?" Suki asked, once again upset at not being recognized.
"No! Now get out of here before-" the lady was interrupted by the sound of stomping feet. Feng had rushed over to Suki's side after witnessing the woman yell at her.
"You really might want to re-think whether or not you want to let us through," Suki said with a grin.
The lady, terrified of Feng, handed Suki, Bo, and Ling their passports back, gave them their tickets and waved for them to go. "Okay, okay, you can go," she said. The four friends walked away with their pet eel hound and boarded the ferry.
Gahno, Ren, Kuong, and Otaka stepped up next. "We are with them, see?" Ren started.
"And it just so happens that we have a huge beast ourselves," said Gahno.
"Just go! Get out of here!" the lady yelled. "Enjoy the ferry ride!" she said, handing the four of them their tickets. "Thank you very much," Otaka said.
The friends boarded their ferry along with their Shirshu and everyone prepared themselves for the journey ahead of them. Night had fallen. All over the boat, passengers were laying down to go to sleep for the night.
Suki was lying on her back, looking out at the stars. Although her body was relaxed, her mind was quite the opposite. Her thoughts were interrupted by a presence near her.
"Hey, what are you thinking about?" Bo asked as he looked down on Suki.
"I was just thinking about how I am going to beat Tai Kun," she said.
Bo nodded and sat down next to her. "The stars sure do look nice tonight," he said.
"Yeah, I guess," Suki replied.
A few moments of silence ensued before Bo spoke again. "Look, I know you made it clear you weren't interested in me," Bo started.
"Really, Bo?" Suki asked.
"Hold on! Let me finish," Bo continued. "You said you like me as just a friend, so what can I do to show you I would be a great boyfriend too?"
"Listen, Bo, I think you are really sweet and funny and nice, but I can't just leave Sokka," Suki explained.
"What is it that you see in him anyway?" Bo inquired. "What makes him any better than me?"
"Well, actually, you and Sokka are a lot alike," Suki admitted. "When I first met you I thought you were him until you turned around. And it's not just looks; you both act a lot alike too. But there is something about Sokka that is different; something that makes him special. He is really brave and caring and funny and the two of us really connect, you know? It seems like we were meant to be."
Bo sighed after hearing this.
"But there is also something that is special about you," Suki said.
Bo's spirits lifted after hearing that.
"You are one of the best friends I have ever had. You are loyal, friendly and you really value our friendship."
Bo smiled at these remarks. "Thank you, Suki," he said. "And I'm really sorry if I made things awkward between us." The Waterbender extended his hand towards Suki who disregarded it and lightly kissed him on the cheek before lying down on her sleeping mat. Bo's cheeks were bright red as he walked over to his mat.
Elsewhere, Shun was meditating on the deck of the ferry, while Kang Dae paced back and forth. "When are we going to get off of this stupid boat?!" Kang Dae questioned, impatiently.
"Oh, would you just relax?" Shun asked her friend. The Airbender looked over at Shuang. "Here, let me show you how to make your own entertainment," she said. She got up and walked over to where Shuang was sitting.
Shuang was looking up at the night sky as well. Powerful memories were going through his mind. He hated it when that happened, as did others around him. It usually led to him having an emotional breakdown and, on some occasions, someone's death.
"What are you doing over here?" Shun asked, sitting down next to the lunatic. "You have been sitting like that with that look on your face for the last half-hour. Are you going to tell me what's up?"
Shuang growled as he looked at the Airbender. "Nothing that concerns you!" he spat. Shun closed her eyes and slowly moved her hand towards Shuang. "What are you doing?!" he asked.
Shun touched her teammate's forehead. "I can read your energy, you know," she said. "I sense you were mocked, bullied, tortured as a child."
Shuang's expression was one of pure fury. "Stop!" he demanded.
"Yes, the children at your Northern Water Tribe school were quite relentless in their tormenting."
"Stop, you don't know anything about me!" Shuang yelled.
"And what have we here?" Shun asked herself.
Shuang screamed, viciously and produced an ice shard in his hand. Before he could stab Shun with it, someone grabbed his arm from behind. Shuang turned around to see Yanshu holding his arm. He yanked the ice shard from Shuang's hands and tossed it overboard.
Hearing the commotion, some of the other passengers woke up and looked over at the three teammates. At a loss for words, the three comrades heard Kang Dae's voice. "Everybody relax. He tends to have bad dreams," Kang Dae said. "Just go back to sleep."
Several of the passengers obliged, even a noticeably skeptical old man with a gray beard and a coat.
"I can't believe you guys got us stuck on the wrong boat!" Otaka yelled.
"Hey, don't look at me! Gahno was leading the way," Kuong said in defense.
"What? You're blaming this on me!? That's ridiculous! You were in the front, you blooming little punk!" Gahno shouted.
"Guys, just take it easy," said Ren. "We can meet up with the kids once we get inside the city."
"Fine," said Gahno.
"Whatever," said Kuong.
"Alright, then," said Otaka.
Morning had arrived and the sun was rising. The ferry was nearing it's destination, the Ba Sing Se Monorail Station. "We finally made it," Rong said.
"Yes, now let's hope we made it before Tai Kun," said Ling.
The ferry sailed through the water until it docked at a port. There, everyone exited the boat and headed for the station. Everyone leapt out of the way as Feng sped through the port and Team Suki found the station. They patiently waited in line in order to get into the city. After nearly ten minutes, Suki and the others finally reached the front. "Can I help-" the woman at the booth yelled in alarm when she saw Feng. "You," she said, finishing her sentence.
"Yes," Suki answered.
"Alright, let me see your passports," the lady said. The four friends handed over their passports, each of which received a stamp. "Welcome to Ba Sing Se," the woman said. Feng made his way into the station, where a train was just arriving. As the passengers boarded, Suki whipped Feng's reins. The eel hound jumped onto the tracks and sped off.
"Well, it looks like we're on our way," said Suki. "Let's kick some Zhiming butt."
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